Robert ‘Bob’ Stanley Furrer

April 15, 1930 - March 18, 2013

Lake Oswego resident Robert “Bob” Furrer died March 18, 2013. He was 88.

Mr. Furrer was born in Centralia, Wash., and spent his early years in Oregon. He graduated from Sweet Home High School and then enrolled at University of Oregon in the architecture school where he joined the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

Through the Air Force ROTC, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and served in Korea. He returned to the University of Oregon and completed his degree and began a career as a professional planner. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Asscoiation and the Kuwait Society of Engineers.

Mr. Furrer married Victoria Valentine in 1964. They divorced. He married Beth (Church) Ameling in 1985. The couple lived in Kuwait, where Mr. Furrer worked in the ministry of public works until June 1990.They departed just before Saddam Hussein’s invasion and returned to Lake Oswego.

Mr. Furrer was active with the Air Force Association, serving as state president in 1993 and 1994. He was past commander of the Springfield branch of the Military Order and devoted time to his neighborhood association, Greenridge Townhomes HOA.

Survivors include his wife, Beth, of Lake Oswego; children, Mike Furrer, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Michelle Shaw, Phoenix, Ariz., Melanie Furrer, Las Vegas, Nev.; stepdaughters, Nanci Munroe, Keaau, Hawaii, Carol Dietz, Windsor, Colo., Ellen Garber, Tucson, Ariz.; and six grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors has been held.

Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Kent Peter Peay

April 22, 1949 - March 16, 2013

Kent Peter Peay died March 16, 2013. He was 63.

Mr. Peay was born in Pocatello, Idaho to Pete and Connie Peay. He was raised in Lake Oswego and graduated from Lake Oswego High School.

He married Linda Notz on Nov. 10, 1973.

Mr. Peay was a graphic artistic by profession.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Peay; father, Pete Peay; and brother, Peter Peay, all of Lake Oswego; daughters, Michelle Peay, Tigard and Alissa Peay-West, Salem. His mother, Connie Peay, and brother, Todd Peay, preceded him in death.

At his request no services are planned.

Gene E. Watson

Sept. 7, 1927 – March 5, 2013


Gene succumbed to pulmonary thrombosis after a particularly difficult battle with the disease during the last few months of his life.

As a young child, Gene and his family moved from Utah to Pocatello, Idaho. While growing up in Pocatello, Gene became an Eagle Scout. After serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII, Gene graduated from Idaho State College as a pharmacist. While at ISC, Gene met his wife, Barbara, also a pharmacist. After a brief stint working as pharmacists in Pocatello, the couple moved to Portland, Ore., where Gene worked at Seaton’s Pharmacy.

The couple opened the first of two Village Drug Stores in Lake Oswego, Ore., in 1958. The family owned and operated stores were known as much for their hamburgers and milkshakes as they were for their outstanding pharmacy and the many long-time employees Gene and Barbara mentored over the years. They sold their stores in 1996 and retired.

Gene’s early years in Lake Oswego were filled with boating and water skiing on Oswego Lake and later, SCUBA diving around the world. He was known for sharing his SCUBA adventure stories with customers between filling prescriptions.

Gene and his family have been long-time members of the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego where a memorial service has already been held.

Gene had requested that donations be given to the Boy Scouts. Please mail your donation to Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Dr., Lake Oswego, OR 97035 and write on the memo line “for Boy Scout Troop 432.”

Thomas Larson Beckwith Jr.

February 26, 1926 - March 6, 2013


Thomas Larson Beckwith of Lake Oswego died on March 6th following a short illness.

He was born to Thomas Larson Beckwith Sr. and Almeda Teresa Fioroni in Morristown, NJ where he grew up. Following high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II. Upon discharge, Tom worked part time in Washington D.C. where he worked in the FBI Identification Division as a finger print researcher. During that time, he earned a law degree from George Washington University Law School.

After becoming a Special Agent for the FBI in 1947, he was assigned to New York, Hawaii, Detroit, Michigan, and Portland, Oregon. He worked on Domestic Intelligence and Foreign Intelligence. Following his retirement in 1976, Tom worked for the United States Department of State as a Special Investigator.

As a lifelong Episcopalian, Tom was a chorister and a soloist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothea and four step-daughters; Catherine Margolin, Jackie Pinch, Norma Jean Sutton, and Andrea Brown, three step-grandchildren, his brother, Horace, and nieces and nephews.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, his first wife, LaVerne, his sister, Alma, and his brother, Jack.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 6th at 2:00pm at Christ Episcopal Church. 1060 Chandler Road in Lake Oswego followed by a reception at Oswego Lake Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to:

Former Agents of the FBI Foundation

PO Box 1027

Quantico, Virginia 22134-1027

Leonard Martin Mathisen

August 25, 1915 – March 23, 2013Matthison

Leonard Martin Mathisen, 97, of Lake Oswego passed peacefully in his sleep on March 23, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born in Portland, Oregon, on August 25, 1915, to Leonard A. and Inez Mathisen who nurtured his love of fishing and classical music. He lived in Hillsdale with his parents and sister, June Mathisen Campbell, and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1933. Following a year at Northwestern College of Law, he proudly spent 15 months with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Remote, Oregon.

Len ultimately received a degree in Fish & Game Management from the newly created department of Fish & Game Management at Oregon State College in 1939. He went to work full time for the Oregon Game Commission (OGC) in 1940, researching the remote lakes of the Deschutes National Forest and falling in love with Central Oregon. He was drafted into the US Army in 1941, initially assigned to a horse battalion and then transferred to Officer Candidate School. He served throughout WWII, finally as a battalion liaison officer with Patton’s army. Len married Ilene England of Multnomah on June 15, 1942.

Upon his return to OGC in 1946, Len was assigned to Reedsport to do research on the Umpqua River. In 1950 he became the first Central Regional Supervisor for OGC (later Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife) in Bend. He loved his work and especially all the great people he was associated with. He particularly liked getting out in the field, whether checking hunters and anglers on opening weekend, or going out at 2AM for “electro-shock” fish surveys. He also enjoyed the many opportunities for fishing, hunting, camping, and skiing with his family.

After retiring in 1983, Len continued to share his expertise in water resources by serving on local boards and commissions, including the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and BLM Advisory Committee, and as a member of WaterWatch. He remained active, including driving through Norway and England, but his favorite activity was salmon fishing on the Willamette and Columbia with his family and friends.

Len and Ilene remained in Bend until 2008 when they moved to The Stafford Retirement Community, closer to family and friends.

Len will be profoundly missed and remembered for his honesty, integrity, curiosity, energy, humor, and his personal frugality combined with extraordinary kindness and generosity.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ilene, and their children Suzanne (Dick) Piland, David (Gail) Mathisen, Diana (Tom) Partin, Marilyn (Greg) Sullivan, and Richard (Kathryn) Mathisen; and by seven grandchildren, Christi Partin Medlyn, Nick Partin, Kaia Partin, Whitney Mathisen, Landree Mathisen, Laura Mathisen Campbell and Anne Mathisen Decker.

There will be a private family gathering in lieu of a service. Remembrances may be sent to WaterWatch of Oregon, 213 SW Ash Street, Suite 208, Portland, Oregon 97204.

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