Sept. 27 obituaries

Dorothy Helen Evans

April 22, 1925-Sept. 20, 2013

East County resident Dorothy Helen Evans died Friday, Sept. 20. She was 88.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 N.E. Arata Road, Wood Village.

Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements. To see Dorothy’s memorial page, visit

Carol Ann Falkner

Oct. 3, 1936-Sept. 21, 2013

Gresham resident Carol Ann Falkner died Saturday, Sept. 21. She was 76.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home. Visitation will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Carol was born Oct. 3, 1936, in Spokane, Wash., to Ralph and Grace (McNulty) Helphrey. She grew up in the Laurelhurst area and graduated from Grant High School. On Dec. 5, 1955, she married Robert E. Falkner. 

Carol was the quintessential Air Force wife, finding her calling as a homemaker. She and Robert moved to Gresham in 1966 and were instrumental in the founding of Gresham Little League. She also enjoyed gardening.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her children, Jeff Falkner, Kate Kenney and Rick Falkner; brother, Gary Helphrey; sister, Marilyn Gayton; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

George Edward Schafer

Jan. 1, 1944-Sept. 17, 2013

Former East County resident George Edward Schafer died Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Nehalem. He was 69.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Tillamook Moose Lodge, 1706 Second St., Tillamook.

George was born Jan. 1, 1944, in Portland to Emanuel and Emma (Hocken) Schafer. He graduated from Parkrose High School.

George worked as a truck driver and belonged to Teamsters Local 223 and Estacada Moose Lodge. He was an avid gold prospector and avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with animals.

Survivors include his son, Michael Scott Schafer; daughter, Angela Rose Schafer; granddaughter, Abigail Rose Schafer; brother, Robert Emanuel Schafer; aunt, Irene Schafer; friend and caregiver, Suzann Repass; partner and companion, Karen Poore; Karen’s daughters, Angela and Alicia Poore; and Karen’s grandson, Max Eckwall.

Waud’s Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Laura Sophia Ella Van Speybrock

Jan. 25, 1921-Sept. 15, 2013

Longtime East County resident Laura Sophia Ella Van Speybrock died Sunday, Sept. 15. She was 92.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Laura was born Jan. 25, 1921, in Willow Spring, Ill., the seventh of eight children to the Rev. Albert and Ida Teyler. She spent her childhood as a “preacher’s kid” in North Dakota, learning to speak German before moving to Oregon in 1936.

During World War II, she served as an Army nurse. Laura married Ernest Van Speybrock in 1949 and began a career as a nurseryman’s wife for more than 40 years at their Beaver Creek Nursery in Gresham.

Laura was known for her green thumb, “cookie drawer,” sense of humor and loving spirit.

She is survived by her children, Jane Rutherford, Nancy Brady, Karen Hansen and Roger Van Speybrock; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Viola “June” Skipper

June 4, 1929-Sept. 20, 2013

Longtime East County resident Viola “June” Skipper died Friday, Sept. 20. She was 84.

A celebration of life will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Damascus Community Church, with a viewing at 11 a.m. A reception will follow.

June was born June 4, 1929, in Nebraska to Ralph and Viola Masten. After the family moved to Gresham, June married the love of her life, Tommy Skipper, on Feb. 20, 1947.

The Skippers committed their lives to their faith, spending many years as missionaries in Central America and Spain. They returned to the Gresham area in the mid-1980s. A member of Damascus Community Church, June loved singing, studying the Bible and worship.

June is survived by her husband; sister, Celia Church; son, Tim Skipper; two grandsons; a large extended family; and hundreds of friends.