Sept. 13 obituaries

Loren Dean Stoker

May 6, 1924-Sept. 3, 2013

East Portland resident Loren Dean Stoker died Tuesday, Sept. 3. He was 89.

A graveside service was held Thursday, Sept. 12, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Loren was born May 6, 1924, in Hugoton, Kan., to Homer and Leta (Reedy) Stoker.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked as a pipefitter at Reynolds Aluminum.

Loren married Violet Holman, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son, Gregory Stoker of Cornelius.

Omega Funeral and Cremation Service is handling arrangements.

April (Eichner) Palm

April 10, 1975-Aug. 20, 2013

East County resident April (Eichner) Palm died Tuesday, Aug. 20, from cervical cancer. She was 38.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Pleasant Home United Methodist Church, 31632 S.E. Bluff Road, Gresham.

April was born April 10, 1975, to Rhonda and Larry Eichner.

She is survived by her parents; son, Bryan Bacon; half-brother, Adam Palm; stepsisters, Jolene Galvin, Shelly Northrup and Tina Dibbern; stepbrothers, J.R. Griener and Deric Northrup; and other extended relatives and friends.

Harold Berends

April 29, 1929-Sept. 7, 2013

Damascus resident Harold Berends died Saturday, Sept. 7. He was 84.

Harold was born April 29, 1929, in Clements, Kan., to Everett and Grace Berends.

He graduated from Parsons High School and attended Pittsburgh Teachers College and Kansas State University.

Harold was drafted and served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. Once discharged, he married Patricia Glenn.

Harold worked for the Bureau of Land Management for more than 30 years. His work as a land appraiser took the family to Denver; Santa Fe, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; and Portland.

He loved gardening, traveling, attending grandchildren’s sporting events and family time.

Harold was preceded in death by his son, Mark Berends. He is survived by his wife of 60 years; daughters, Debra Miller, Cathy Stover and Brenda Cole; their spouses; 14 grandchildren; one brother; and four sisters.

Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery is handling burial arrangements. For more information, visit Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Community Church Military Ministry and American Red Cross.

Howard Prentiss Stark Jr.

Dec. 9, 1938-Sept. 7, 2013

Gresham resident Howard Prentiss Stark Jr. died Saturday, Sept. 7. He was 74.

No services are planned at this time.

Howard was born Dec. 9, 1938, in Portland to Mary (Sieberts) and Howard Stark Sr. He was raised and educated in Portland.

Howard Sr. was killed in World War II. Just like his father, Howard Jr. trained at the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego.

After receiving his honorable discharge, Howard met Carol Burnett. They were married Aug. 1, 1959, in Chicago. Howard worked as a lead man for Boeing of Portland for 43 years, retiring in 2007.

Howard is survived by his wife; children, Cynthia Allen, Laura Anderson, Bradley and Gregory Stark; and eight grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Lawrence Earl Oman

Oct. 6, 1924-Sept. 9, 2013

Portland resident Lawrence Earl Oman died Monday, Sept. 9. He was 88.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Lawrence was born Oct. 6, 1924, in Leavenworth, Wash., to Oscar and Ella Mae (Leonard) Oman. He was raised in Everett, Wash., and attended Everett High School.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946 and received a Combat Infantryman/Bronze Star during World War II.

In 1951, Lawrence married Margaret Alice Cooper in Stevenson, Wash. She preceded him in death in 1989. He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Oman; and brothers, Wayne and Dale Oman.

Lawrence enjoyed fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities.

He is survived by his sons, Daniel and Samuel Oman; daughters, Laurie Lux and Julie Climenson; brothers, Karl and Robert Oman; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Duyck and VanDeHey Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Cheryl Martin Inglesby

June 10, 1937-Sept. 7, 2013

East County resident Cheryl Martin Inglesby died Saturday, Sept. 7. She was 76.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at Bateman Carroll.

Private burial will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Portland.

Cheryl was born June 10, 1937, in Wild Rose, N.D., to Kenneth and Helene (Belzer) Martin.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; sons, Jeffrey and Trent Inglesby; daughter, Megan Cooper; brother, Berry Martin; sister, Pam Margeson; and five grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll is handling arrangements.

Thomas Vance Carter

Dec. 18, 1936-Aug. 24, 2013

Gresham resident Thomas Vance Carter died Saturday, Aug. 24. He was 76.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Parkrose United Church of Christ.

Tom was born Dec. 18, 1936, in Ashland to Thomas Vern and Ima Elizabeth Carter. Born with retinitis pigmentosa, Tom never let his blindness hold him back.

He was raised and educated in Ashland, receiving his bachelor’s degree at Southern Oregon University and his master’s degree at the University of Oregon.

Tom worked as a math professor at Mt. Hood Community College, retiring after 20 years. He traveled extensively, visiting all 50 states and Europe.

A member of the Gresham Breakfast Lions Club, Tom served as president in 2012. He was a great sports fan who enjoyed playing all kinds of cards.

Tom is survived by his brother, Kent Carter; and sisters, Janice Anders and Ann Ritter.

Affordable Funeral Alternatives is handling arrangements.

Paid obituaries

Lawrence E. McAllister February 16, 1939-August 22, 2013

Lawrence E. McAllister

Larry McAllister, age 73, of Ferndale, WA. passed away on August 22, 2013. Larry was born in Rockport, Washington, February 16, 1939. He attended schools in Bellingham, WA. Larry joined the Marine Corps. and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After his discharge, he moved to Portland, Oregon and started machinist apprenticeship at Electronic Specialties. Larry moved to Sandy, Oregon in the 1970’s and started McAllister Machining which he operated until his retirement. Larry is preceded in death by his father, Ernest Boring, mother, Jean McAllister, and daughter, April McAllister. He is survived by daughter, Alice, and son, Christopher, and brothers, Dennis and Bill, also numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. At Larry’s request, there will be no funeral services.

Ronald D. Holley

Ronald D. Holley

Ronald Douglas Holley, 66 of Gresham, passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. He was born on March 8, 1947 in Portland, Oregon to Howard and Katie Holley. He was a 1965 graduate of David Douglas High School. Ron later earned a degree in computer programming from Western Business College and received certification in water quality technology from Clackamas Community College. Ronald served in the US Navy from 1967 to 1971 and continued serving in the US Navy and US Coast Guard reserves until 1992. Ron was a water service mechanic for the Portland Water Bureau for over twenty years before retiring in 2002.

He married the love of his life, Shannon, on October 23, 1990 in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Ron was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his wife Shannon Holley of Gresham OR; daughters Kristina Leist and husband Anthony of Milwaukie OR, Tanya Carriker and husband David of Portland OR and Brandy Case and husband Justin of Troutdale OR; grandchildren Shawn Leist, Holley Leist and Cadence Case and several aunts, uncles and cousins in West Virginia.

Ron loved trains, woodworking, bird watching, archery, target shooting and fireworks. He will be best remembered for telling jokes.

A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd in Gresham, Oregon. Contributions may be made as donations to Gresham Relay For Life at or to Legacy Hospice.

Jean Ellen (Query) Vorm

March 27, 1925 - August 22, 2013

Jean Ellen (Query) Vorm

Gresham resident, Jean Ellen (Query) Vorm died Thursday, August 22, 2013. She was 88.

A public memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 SE Haley Rd, Boring, Oregon, 97009 at 4:00 P.M. on September 22, 2013.

Jean was born on March 27, 1925 in Phoenix, Arizona to parents Francis Blaine and Nannie Elizabeth (Grasham) Query.

Jean was a piano teacher and retired in 2012. She attended Phoenix union High School. She also received a bachelor’s degree from Asbury University in Kentucky and a master’s degree from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. After graduating, Jean’s first job was teaching music at Cascade College, (a small Christian College in north Portland), where she met her husband Clifford. Jean and Clifford were married on June 5, 1950 in Portland, Oregon. They lived in East County since 1962.

Jean was a piano teacher, church pianist/organist, and accompanist. She accompanied church and school choirs, various instrumental performers, and music students who competed in state competitiions. Jean and her husband were members of Good Shepherd Community Church and active in the Prime Movers Group.

Jean’s life was filled with music, hospitality, friends, family, and tending to her flower garden.

Jean is survived by her husband, her 5 children; Susan Hammer of Portland, Oregon, Sarah Reardon of Gresham, Oregon, Tom Vorm of Hollywood, California, Roger Vorm of Portland, Oregon and Dan Vorm of Thompson’s Station, Tennessee. She is also survived by her cousin Bob Chamberlain. Jean is survived by 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Union Gospel Mission Life Change Program, 3 NW Third Ave., Portland, Oregon 97209 or Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 SE Haley Rd., Boring, Oregon 97009.