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Ray Godsey

Dec. 10, 1922-Sept. 28, 2012

Ray Kenneth Godsey of Beaverton died Friday of cancer. He was 89.

Mr. Godsey was born Dec. 10, 1922, in Rose Lodge to Miles and Alice (Blinn) Godsey and was the youngest of six children.

He graduated from Willamina High School in 1940, enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943 and returned to the U.S. in 1946 as a first lieutenant in the Army Air Force Reserves.

He received a degree in education from OCE, now WOU, and worked as a teacher before becoming superintendent of Columbia County schools from 1958 until 1981.

During his time as an educator, and well into retirement, he helped to ensure access to education for all students, from the disabled, talented and gifted, troubled, to adults and seniors, as well.

He was a mentor and friend to many, and dedicated to service and innovation in all that he pursued, including his time as a member of and leader in fraternal service organizations, most recently the St. Helens chapter of the Lions Club.

A lover of technology, he taught himself to use computers, created the website for his chapter of the Lions Club, and volunteered at the Columbia Learning Center teaching seniors and students to use the computer.

An avid golfer and dancer, he and his wife Cleo, whom he married in March of 1946, were a fixture at the Greenwood Inn, where they could be seen tearing up the dance floor and chatting with the band at least once a week. She passed away in 2004.

His endless good humor and boundless energy, ability to find a friend in every stranger, genuine love and admiration of his children and grandchildren, and sharp intellect will be missed by those who had the good fortune to know him.

He is survived by his son Michael Godsey and wife Ann; daughter Sherry Lynn Bostic; grandchildren and spouses Farah Bostic, Christopher Godsey (Hannah), Nicholas Bostic and Kayla Lewis (Bryan); great-grandson James Lewis; and sister Melba.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at The Village at Forest Glen, 13775 S.W. Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at columbiafh.com or raygodsey.com.

Michael O. Malarkey

Dec. 27, 1940-Sept. 23, 2012

Michael O’Neil Malarkey of Warren passed away Sept. 23 at home with his beloved wife at his side. He was 71.

Mr. Malarkey was born Dec. 27, 1940, in Portland to Herbert and Elizabeth Malarkey and was the youngest of three children.

He grew up in the family business that he would lead for more than 35 years.

In 1969 he made his home in Columbia County on his beloved ranch.

Always a supporter of the community, he gave to many worthy projects and sponsored many youth sports teams.

He loved his family, his business and his home and all the characters who entered his life through them.

He is survived by his wife Sharon; children Palmer, Brian, Tonya and James Malarkey; stepchildren Jenifer, Josh and Justin Slemp; sons Scott McDaniel and William Cowell; 10 grandchildren; sister Elizabeth Brooke; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, George.

A celebration of life gathering was held Sept. 30 at the St. Helens Elks Lodge.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at columbiafh.com.

Arthur Preston

July 18, 1941-Sept. 26, 2012

Arthur E. “Gene” Preston of St. Helens died Sept. 26 at his home surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with multiple myeloma cancer. He was 71.

Mr. Preston was born July 18, 1941, in Mountain Grove, Mo., to Clifford and Florence (Rogers) Preston.

In 1954, he moved west and settled in the St. Helens area.

On Nov. 18, 1960, he married Kathleen Camelia Cave. They spent the next 40 years building a life and family in the area until her death in April of 2000.

Those who knew him knew he was a hard working, intelligent and generous man.

He enjoyed anything in the outdoors, including camping, hunting, fishing and riding quads.

Spending time with his family was high on his priority list and list of things that made him happy.

We will miss him but are grateful for the 10 additional years we were able to share with him after his initial diagnosis.

He is survived by his children, Marie Dimich of Mill City, Forrest Preston of St. Helens, Nanette Hagen of Oakland, and Janette Arnold of McMinnville; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and siblings Geneva Thomas of Merril, Lyle Preston, Wanda Heile and Juanita Crouse, all of Yuma, Ariz., and Polly Brown, Elmer Preston and Ray Preston, all of St. Helens. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen in 2000; and son Kevin in 2001.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Yankton Community Fellowship Church, followed by a reception at the Yankton Grange.

Private interment will be at Yankton Hillcrest Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in his honor may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at columbiafh.com.

James Tuntland

Nov. 29, 1953-Sept. 24, 2012

James Ralph Tuntland of St. Helens passed away Sept. 24 of natural causes at his home. He was 58.

Mr. Tuntland was born Nov. 29, 1953, in Riverside, Calif., the second son of John O. Tuntland and Betty Wade.

He claimed his older brother, John “Doody,” who was 9 years old at the time, was none too pleased to have a baby brother. He would tease that Doody was unmerciful to him as a child. This was hard to believe when seeing the two brothers together as adults. The bond of love they shared was incomparable.

In the mid-1970s, he met and loved Mary Greear. Together they had a daughter, Alisha. He shared his love for movies and super-heroes with his daughter. They were estranged for a decade but were able to reconnect about 15 years ago. His daughter was amazed at how many favorites and likes she shared with her father; from chocolate chip ice cream to “Star Wars.” Her first son, Donovan James, was named after her father.

He moved to Oregon with his mother. They were very close to each other, and he was devastated when she passed away.

He made many friends. One of the most important was Debbie Palmer. She was his best friend, and there were a number of times that she saved him.

He was full of love, was gentle and laid back, and was kind and funny. He will be missed deeply.

He is survived by his father, John, who he talked to on a regular basis, and John’s significant other, Mary Strange; daughter Alisha Walton, her husband Ryan and grandsons Donovan and Dorian; and brother John, niece Summer, nephew Josh and great-niece, Julia.

A graveside service was held Oct. 2 at Yankton Hillcrest Cemetery in St. Helens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at columbiafh.com.