Sept. 6 obituaries

Terry O. Farness

Feb. 28, 1943-Aug. 28, 2013

Columbia City resident Terry O. Farness died Wednesday, Aug. 28. He was 70.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Donelson-Fir Lawn Memorial Center.

Terry was born Feb. 28, 1943, in Portland to Harold and Nile Farness. After attending Hillsboro High School, he served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

Terry worked as a truck and school bus driver. On Oct. 27, 1972, he married Rose Devlin in Tigard.

Terry was a NASCAR fan and had driven race cars at Portland Speedway and River City Speedway in St. Helens from 1974-1990. He was an official at both tracks for 15 years.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Donna Evenhus; sons, Terry Farness, Eddie Farness and Hal Farness; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

James Henry Loos

Dec. 3, 1926-Aug. 28, 2013

James Henry Loos of Boring died Wednesday, Aug. 28. He was 86.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, with private interment at Willamette National Cemetery.

Jim was born Dec. 3, 1926, in Portland to Henry and Evelyn (Nicholsen) Loos. He was raised and educated in Portland.

Jim enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944, serving as a Seabee during World War II. On Oct. 3, 1947, he married Shirley Picton in Vancouver, Wash.

He worked in commercial construction as a drywall finisher/plasterer, retiring from Cascade Acoustics in 1988.

Jim enjoyed clam digging at his retirement home in Ocean Park, Wash. He loved spending time with his family and taking his grandchildren to the beach.

Jim is survived by his wife; three children, Ronald, Edward and Nancy; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Dewey Cletus Sykes

Aug. 17,1936-Aug. 23, 2013

East County resident Dewey Cletus Sykes died Friday, Aug. 23. He was 77.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 5, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Dewey was born Aug. 17, 1936, in Carlisle, Ark., to Ivy and Era Sikes. At 17, Dewey joined the U.S. Air Force. While stationed at the Portland Air Force Base, he met and married Nila Flanders, his wife of 57 years.

He retired from the Air Force as a senior master sergeant in 1975. Dewey then began his second career as a mechanic for Halton Tractor in Portland, retiring permanently in 1998 after 23 years.

Dewey was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved to fish, hunt and socialize.

Dewey is survived by his wife; three children, Ardette, Arlen and Aaron; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Della Modell Caswell

June 28, 1923-Aug. 31, 2013

Della Modell Caswell of Boring died Saturday, Aug. 31. She was 90.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home.

Della was born June 28, 1923, in Lexington, Okla., to John and Annie Johnson.

On Jan. 29, 1944, Della married Charles “Chuck” Caswell Jr. in Vancouver, Wash. They operated the Sunset Service Station in Sandy from 1951-1957.

Della helped Chuck with janitorial work, cabinet-making and building their four homes. A member of the Ten Pins Bowling and Friday Foursome bowling leagues, she also enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling.

Della was preceded in death by her husband; children, Anna Jones and Chet Caswell; brothers, Manley, Otis and Davis Johnson; and sisters, Billie Hummel and Lavois Reynolds. She is survived by three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her niece and best friend, Wanda Call.

Leon Apcar Martin

Oct. 15, 1936-Aug. 26, 2013

Fairview resident Leon Apcar Martin died Monday, Aug. 26, after a long illness. He was 76.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at City Bible Church in Portland.

Leon was born Oct. 15, 1936, in Baghdad, Iraq, to Apcar and Tsaghik Martin. He came to the United States in 1958, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1964.

On Nov. 11, 1960, Leon married Melba Swanson. He worked as a restaurant owner, in auto dealing and as a building contractor.

He was a member of City Bible Church since 1974 and the Armenian Community of Oregon since 1980.

Leon is survived by his wife; daughters Connie, Kay and Aimee; 14 grandchildren; and one step great-grandchild.

Crown Memorial Center is handling arrangements.

Esther Thomsen

Oct. 22, 1921-Aug. 24, 2013

East County resident Esther Thomsen died Saturday, Aug. 24. She was 91.

A family celebration of life will be held in November.

Esther was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Hughesville, Mont. She graduated from Centerville High School.

In 1944, Esther married Gail Thomsen and moved to Portland.

Her husband preceded her in death. She is survived by her children and their families, Ron and Lynda Thomsen, Don and Jim Schmidt, Steve and Joanie Thomsen and Judy and Tim Leeper; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Bateman Funeral Home is handling arrangements. See for more information.