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Some deaths made headlines in 2013


Plenty of good people saw their lives end during 2013.

Those whose deaths were treated as newsworthy locally — this doesn’t count the many citizens whose obituaries ran during the year — included the following.

Reinhart“Lake Oswego man dies while climbing in Argentina” (January): Relatives and friends of 42-year-old David Reinhart of Lake Oswego said he died during a climb on 22,841-foot-tall Mount Aconcagua in Argentina. Reinhart was a managing director of Portland-based Felton Properties, a commercial property company. A second climber in his group also died.

Kyle"Mayor’s son-in-law, renowned military sniper, dies in Texas shooting” (February): Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker traveled to Texas following the murder of his son-in-law, Chris Kyle, a 38-year-old former Navy SEAL who lived through six explosions and was shot multiple times while serving as a sniper in Iraq. Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, were shot dead, reportedly by a former Marine who had accompanied them to a shooting range in Erath County, Texas.

Holzhauer“LO man killed in collision on San Franciso Bay” (February): A collision between a pleasure boat and a ferry in San Francisco Bay claimed the life of a new Lake Oswego resident. Harry Holzhauer, 68, who worked in worked in litigation at Integra Realty Resources in Southwest Portland, died after the 22-foot boat he was riding in collided with a ferry operated by Golden Gate Ferry service.

Schlenker“Former mayor remembered as advocate for parks, city development” (May): Stalwart Lake Oswego public servant Alice Schlenker died of cancer in May. She was 71.

Born in San Jose, Calif., on Sept. 23, 1941, she graduated from Marylhurst University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and moved to Lake Oswego in 1975, setting up house in the North Shore neighborhood. It was there she cultivated an enduring passion for community activism and local government: serving as media director of several political campaigns and, as president of a local women’s club, setting the stage for a successful bid for a seat on the Lake Oswego City Council in 1981. Her term ended in 1984, but Schlenker’s work with the city council was to continue. In 1988, she was elected mayor of Lake Oswego, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the city’s history. She served two terms as mayor, from 1989 to 1996.

Percin“West Linn grad with LO ties killed in wildfire” (July): A 2007 West Linn High School graduate was among 19 firefighters killed by an Arizona wildfire that was called the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the United States in the past 80 years. John J. Percin Jr., 24, died with other members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots near Prescott, Ariz. The elite squad is known for fighting wildfires head-on and is tasked with setting up barriers to stop fires from spreading. Percin had attended Our Lady of the Lake School in Lake Oswego for five years, until 2000.

Stafford“LO community mourns death of Dorothy Stafford; local civic leader remembered as ‘a bright light’” (October): Longtime Lake Oswego civic leader Dorothy Hope (Frantz) Stafford died Oct. 17 of complications from a fall. She was 97. Many in the community were saddened to learn of her death. She was a longtime volunteer at the Lake Oswego Public Library, Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Portland Art Museum and for other causes.



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