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Oct. 8 obituaries

Harold E. Dockter

Aug. 11, 1943-Sept. 28, 2013

Former Gresham resident Harold E. Dockter died Saturday, Sept. 28. He was 70.

A memorial service was held Oct. 2.

Harold was born Aug. 11, 1943, in Carrington, N.D., to Gottlieb and Josephine Dockter. He worked as a metal machinist and lived in Gresham until 2002.

Harold married Susan Dockter.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sonja Dockter; son, Daniel Dockter; sisters, Doris Wade, Ruby Elsele and Erma Christianson; and brothers, Albert and Vernon Dockter.

Harold is survived by his wife; daughter, Rachelle Higgins; sisters, Alma Deloris, Agnes Nokleby, Marjory Bohnet, Janet Banning, Helen Duda, Jennie “Dolly” Kaul and Shirley Pederson; brother, James Dockter; and four grandchildren.

Evans Funeral Home of New Rockford, N.D., is handling arrangements.

Laurence Arthur Allen Jr.

Aug. 31, 1924-Oct. 4, 2013

Gresham resident Laurence Arthur Allen Jr. died Friday, Oct. 4. He was 89.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Gresham Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Stone Tower Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3010 N.E. Sandy Blvd., followed by military honors at Willamette National Cemetery.

Larry was born Aug. 31, 1924, in Cherryville to Laurence Sr. and Emma (Odell) Allen. He was raised and educated in Portland, attending Benson High School when he was drafted into the U.S. Navy at age 17.

Larry met Erma Johnson while they worked together for the United States Postal Service. They were married Sept. 4, 1955, in Portland. Larry retired from the Postal Service in 1983.

Larry was head deacon for many years at Stone Tower Seventh-day Adventist Church. He loved taking care of his family, fishing, hunting and working outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2009. Larry is survived by his daughter, Laurie Allen; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Kenneth W. Hanson

March 11, 1931-Sept. 30, 2013

Former Portland and Springdale resident Kenneth W. Hanson died Monday, Sept. 30. He was 82.

No services are planned at his request.

Kenneth was born March 11, 1931, in Aitkin, Minn., to George and Hildur Hanson.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

J. Irene Greer

Feb. 25, 1946-Oct. 2, 2013

Former Wood Village resident J. Irene Greer died Wednesday, Oct. 2, from kidney cancer. She was 67.

A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 7, at The Boring Barn.

Irene was born Feb. 25, 1946, in Portland to Willard and Ruby Kile. She grew up in Wood Village and attended Gresham High School.

Irene worked as a lab technician, retiring in 2005. She married Don Greer on Oct. 23, 1987.

Irene was preceded in death by her sister, Susie Garrettson. She is survived by her husband; daughters, Dora Dalton, Connie Hatfield and Racheal Nardone; son, Marvin Mack; brothers, Ollie Kile, Jim Kile, Gary Kile and Earl Kile; sisters, Esther Patterson, Barb Hurd and Shirley Coursey; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Donations may be sent to Providence Cancer Research.

Paid obituaries

Doris Cunningham

Doris Cunningham

Mrs. Cunningham was born in Jay, Oklahoma on April 10, 1921, the daughter of D. P. and Cora McLain. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Don McLain, husband Lester Cunningham and daughter Joyce Vurik. She is survived by her grandson Jason Michael Vurik; nephews Kennith and Kyle McLain and niece Connie Battenfield.

Doris joined the working force at the beginning of WWII with the Civil Service. After she married, whatever state they lived in , she would transfer to remain in the Civil Service. Doris’ daughter Joyce was born in Portland, OR and the family moved to San Diego shortly thereafter. In Joyce’s teenage years they moved back to Portland, where Joyce went to college, married, and gave birth to Doris’ grandson Jason.

Doris’ favorite hobbies were sewing and reading, in later years, exercise and health took over. God and church family became very important and she was baptized in 1996.

A visitation will be held before the service beginning at 9:00 A.M. Funeral services for E. Doris Cunningham will be held Thursday October 10, 2013 at 11:00am at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

Sarah Kay Peterson

December 1, 1987 - October 2, 2013

Sarah Kay Peterson

Miss Sarah Kay Peterson 25, born 12/01/87 went to heaven on 10/02/13. She lived and was raised in Sandy, OR. Went to Sandy High School, and worked at Sandy Dairy Queen as an Assistant Manager. There will be a Public Memorial service open to all for Sarah at 11:00 am Saturday 10/12/13 at Greater Gresham Baptist Church. Address 3848 NE Division St, Gresham, OR. Sarah loved her crew at Dairy Queen and handing out smiles one cone at time. Sarah was a beautiful woman full of joy and laughter. Sarah is survived by her angel and son Spencir Allen Peterson 5 years of age, father Joseph Ole Peterson, mother Lorrie Kay Canham and stepfather Craig S Canham, older brother Justin Kyle Peterson (wife) Elizabeth (son) Caiden, older sister Kristene Michele Peterson (partner) Rick (daughter) Aubree, and her loving friend and mentor Jarad Ray. Numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, David & Kelly Rossi and family, Monty & Tammie Sims and family, Jim & Deanna Tipton and family. and step grandmother Mable Peterson. During these trying time we find and see true Heroes, thank you to the Sandy Fire and Police departments, and Greater Gresham Baptist Church, Sarah’s family.

Earl J. Ridings

March 27, 1924 - September 17, 2013

Earl J. Ridings

Earl J. Ridings was born in Portland, Oregon March 27, 1924 to Aliene and Earl A. Ridings. He had a twin brother and sister, Stanley and Patty, (now deceased) born eleven years after him. He is survived by his wife Jean, of 60 years, and son Roger, (Judy) of Dodson, daughters Laurie, (Bill) of Ohio, and Linda in Gresham. Earl and Jean had four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In 1942 Earl graduated from Benson High School and later enlisted in the Coast Guard. He was assigned to duty in Alaska. And served four years. When discharged he was employed by Freightliner Corporation, (now Daimler Corporation), of Quimby, Swan Island, and Portland. He worked mainly in the Parts Department and the Glider Kit Program. While at Freightliner he was active in volunteering in the “Junior Achievement Program”.

He retired in 1989 with an unusual Retirement “This is Your Life” Party which was held at the Columbia River Red Lion. Before and after retirement Earl spent years on the golf course always ready to get into the ‘swing of things”. He enjoyed golfing with his friends at Mt. view Golf course in Boring, and in Palm Springs. Earl and Jean went to Alaska for their 50th wedding anniversary and visited where he was stationed during WWII.

Earl and Jean were longtime residents of Interlachen, Oregon. Earl was a loyal fan of his beloved Beavers right to the end – knowing the Beavers beat Stanford in overtime. He belonged to the Oregon State Beaver Club for over 42 years and contributed to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund.

Earl often talked about his early years at the Childers “Rustic” Cabin on Blue Lake and walking on the lake when it froze over. Earl also recalled when a party was given celebrating when the hot water heater was put in place. It was also a time for practicing with the “Shed House” Dixieland Band.

On October 17, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. a Mass Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke’s the Physician Episcopal Church, 120 SW Towle, (South of Powell in Gresham), with a reception following. October 18 2013 interment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery at 1:00 P.M.