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Obituaries - June 6 edition


Ronald Adams

July 31, 1928-May 31, 2012

Ronald 'PON' Morris Adams of St. Helens died peacefully May 31 at home in the presence of his wife and family members. He was 83.

Mr. Adams was born July 31, 1928, in Portland.

He grew up in Boring on the family farm with his 11 siblings, and many cousins. His father, George was the bread winner, and his mother, Alameda was the bread maker. It was an idyllic upbringing and one that he cherished and frequently reminisced about to his dying day.

The majority of his life was spent as a logger, running his own company, and later working for Crown Zellerbach and Hahmeyer Logging. His final job was as a heavy equipment operator for Beaver Bark in Scappoose, until health problems forced his retirement at age 77.

In his younger years he was also an accomplished horseman. He was a member of the Columbia County Mounted Posse and also competed in many horse gaming events in which he won hundreds of ribbons and trophies, while riding his horse 'Smoke.'

Among the things he enjoyed were his family, animals and flowers.

He epitomized the Biblical saying, 'A man's greatness is determined by how he treats others.' He was one of God's great ones. He was loved and cherished by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judy; daughters, Kathy (Dan) and Tammy (Troy); sons, Larry (Terri), Michael (Diba) and Ron (Gina); 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Ella Berg of Canby; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and many pets, including his best friends, Honey and Anna. He was preceded in death by his son, Danny; and 10 of his siblings.

Per his request there will be no service.

Memorial gifts may be made to the family headstone restoration or the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements were by Oregon Cremation.


Gwendolyn Baker

Dec. 27, 1931-May 28, 2012

Gwendolyn Mae Baker of Scappoose passed on to be with our Lord on May 28 at a hospice center in Longview, Wash. She was 80.

Gwendolyn was born Dec. 27, 1931, in Sisseton, S.D., to Harold and Marjorie (Lord) Arrowsmith, and was one of four children.

In 1950 she graduated from Scappoose High School and married Laurence Glenn Miller. Together they had four children.

Later in life she wed Richard F Baker.

A homemaker for most of her years, she was most fond of flower gardening.

She is survived by her children, Linda and Jim Glasscock, Diane Whittington, and Bart Miller; grandchildren, Jenni DeFrees, Jacque Grogg, David Miller, Matt Miller, Jamie Charleton, Missy Gonzales, Christopher Whittington, Crissy Olinger, Anthony Miller, and Jacob Miller; 24 great-grandchildren; and brother, Bob Arrowsmith. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Miller.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at Scappoose Foursquare Church, 33404 S.W. JP West Rd.

A reception will follow in the recreation room at Victorian Manor Apartments, 33878 E. Columbia Ave., Scappoose.

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


Richard 'Butch' Barger

Sept. 25, 1943-May 19, 2012

Richard Edgar 'Butch' Barger of St. Helens passed away May 19 at home after a lengthy illness. He was 68.

Mr. Barger was born Sept. 25, 1943, in Portland to Donald Clair and Pearl (Lee) Barger, and was the second of three children.

He attended Buckman Grade School and Washington High School.

After high school he went to work at the shipyards joining the 'International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers, AFL-CIO.' He started work in Local 72, and later when the union split he became a field worker in Local 500. He continued working out of that local until he retired.

On Feb. 24, 1962, he married the love of his life, Barbara JoAnn Kelly in Vancouver, Wash. They were married for 50 years.

He is survived by his wife; mother, Pearl Barger of St. Helens; children, Raymond L. Barger of Deer Island and Suzanne M. Barger-Kallio of Columbia City, grandchildren, Timothy R. Turner, Kristle R. Turner, Nicholas A. Barger-Anundi, Adrianna B. Breckenridge, Alexander L. Barger, and great-granddaughter, Britin Lea Barger-Anundi; sister, Lovetta Eileen Tweed of Kaiser; and nephews, Warren, Shawn, and Brian Gould. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Clair Barger; and brother, Robert Henry Lee.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Caples House, 1915 1st St., Columbia City.

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


Doyal Brown

July 1, 1922-May 11, 2012

Doyal Brown, formerly of Scappoose, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 11 surrounded by his loving family. After several years of declining health he is now free from the struggles of this life and is safe in the arms of Jesus.

Mr. Brown was born July 1, 1922, in Marshall, Okla., where he lived till the age of 10.

His mother's declining health caused the family to move to Scappoose where he completed his high school education.

In September 1942 he entered the Coast Guard and was trained in radio transmission. While stationed in Atlantic City, N.J., he committed his heart and life to the Lord at a Christian Servicemen's Center on Christmas Day, 1944. He never wavered from that decision to serve the Lord.

Upon release from the service in November 1945, and having renewed a friendship with a former school mate, Viola Roth, they were soon engaged to be married. On Feb. 10, 1946, they were wed at the bride's parents' home on Sauvie Island.

As newlyweds they moved to an apartment at the Cascade College campus in Portland where he graduated in 1949. Still on the GI bill, he was able to get one year of seminary training, all the while serving a little Sunday school, under the direction of the American Sunday School Union. He was called to lead Release Time Bible classes beginning in St. Helens, and high school Bible Clubs in several schools. During that time he also pastored a church in Mayger for three years.

Three sons were born during the college and seminary days, Dennis, Raymond and Aaron.

In 1955 he was asked to serve with the AMF as missionary in the Portland area, then as a promotion director in Philadelphia in 1957, where he served for 10 years, returning to Portland to work with a Christian book distribution warehouse. Always there was a desire to own a Christian bookstore; the opportunity came in 1972 in Yakima, Wash. During those years he faithfully served on several boards, including Living Care and Christian Booksellers Association.

On retirement, he and his wife sold their home, purchased a motor home, and traveled America with 'Hardhats for Christ' where they helped in the construction of churches in many locations. These were some of the most rewarding years of his life.

He served the Lord faithfully and leaves a legacy that survives in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years; his three sons; two loving daughter-in-laws; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Linda.

The family would like to thank each of you for your prayer and support through these difficult days. It was rewarding to us to find out that each of his hospice caregivers were longtime customers of The Book and Bible House. We will miss Doyal but know that his life was spent faithfully serving the Lord.

A memorial service was held May 19th at Wiley Union Church in Yakima.

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

Arrangements are by Keith and Keith Funeral Home.


Mary Jo Carr

Nov. 2, 1945-May 30, 2012

Mary Jo Carr of St. Helens passed away May 30 at home with her son at her side. She was 66.

Mary Jo was born Nov. 2, 1945, in Page, Okla., to Jimmy William and Hattie Mae (Lehman) Heavener, and was the second oldest of five children.

Raised in the Page, Howe and Heavener areas, she attended Heavener High School.

Later she worked as a seamstress for several years in Poteau, Okla.

In 1982 she moved from there to St. Helens.

She attended the Christian Church of St. Helens, and enjoyed reading and her pets.

She is survived by her children, Bobby Lee Jones, Jimmy Don Mattox and Carla Jo Matlock; five grandchildren; and siblings, Wanda Bullock and Ellen Blackledge. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Patsy Mae Heavener and Jimmy Will Heavener.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Christian Church of St. Helens, 185 S. 12th St.

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


Lenna Esch

March 7, 1918-May 26, 2012

Lenna Adelle Esch passed from this life to eternal peace on May 26 in St. Helens. She was 94.

Lenna was born March 7, 1918, in Oakes, N.D., to LaDelle Hartley and Lulu May (Wilson) Briggle, and was the eldest of three children.

Raised in North Dakota, she graduated from Hazelton High School.

On June 22, 1941, she married Jacob Esch.

Ten years later the family moved to Portland, where for many years she was a secretary for a local stock broker firm.

A member and church treasurer for Vancouver Avenue Methodist Church, she was also active with the Fireside Group. She later attended the United Methodist Church on 40th and Sumner.

Among the thing she enjoyed were caring for her flower garden, bird watching and crocheting afghans for family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Esch and James Esch, both of Portland, and Timothy Esch of Summerville, S.C.; grandchildren, Kandace Eagle, Barbi Robinson, Stephanie Patterson, Jacob Esch and Danielle Esch; great-grandchildren, Krystina Faulk, Lara Huffsmith and Jenna Huffsmith; great-great-granddaughter, Dakota Drake; and brother, LeLand Briggle of Silver Springs, Md.

Private burial was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

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


Sonny Estes

Feb. 24, 1937-May 26, 2012

Sonny Estes of Scappoose died peacefully May 26 at his home. He was 75.

Sonny was born Millard Monroe Estes Jr. on Feb. 24, 1937, in Longview, Wash., to Millard Monroe Estes Sr. and Ruth Louise (Byrum) Estes, and was the youngest of two children.

Raised in Longview, he graduated from R.A. Long High School with the class of 1955. He was quite the athlete lettering in football, baseball, track and basketball.

After graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Kay Bryan on June 10, 1955, in Lewiston, Idaho. From their union they had three children.

A maintenance supervisor, he worked for International Paper and Summit Timber for a total of 37 years before retiring in 1998 at age 62.

The family moved to Scappoose in 1998 from Darrington, Wash.

He was a member of the Battle Ground Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kay; daughter and son-in-law, Lynda Stenlund (Rick) of Sauvie Island; and grandchildren, Andrea Lundin and Casey Stenlund. He was preceded in death by his children, Deborah and Sandra Estes; and sister, Barbara Louise Sims.

A celebration of life gathering will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at The Shamrock Tavern, 1131 15th Ave., Longview.

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


John Germer

Oct. 8, 1921-May 24, 2012

John Dudley Germer of Columbia City passed away May 24 at his home on the Columbia River surrounded by the love of family. He was 90.

Mr. Germer was born Oct. 8, 1921, in Challis, Idaho, to John Henry and Virginia Bordoli, and was the fifth of eight children.

Raised in several locations due to his father moving around the Northwest to find work, he graduated from Challis High School in 1941.

On Jan. 28, 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy and served proudly during World War II. He was honorable discharged as an Aviation Boatswains Mate 1st Class on Nov. 23, 1945.

That same year he moved to Columbia City to join his family, where he also met and married Betty Josephine Dowler in 1950. She preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 2003, after 53 years of a beloved union.

Employed at several places over the years, he retired from the Crown Zellerbach sawmill in Columbia City where he worked his way up to being the mill carpenter.

He loved the Columbia River and built his house next door to his parents'-in-law's home where he constructed his own boat ramp. Fishing was one of his favorite hobbies and he could be found on the river many a day with his friends.

He is survived by his children, Tom Germer of King City and Janet Gage of Athol, Idaho; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a younger sister, Virginia Leuzinger of Challis, Idaho.

A gathering was held June 3 at his home in Columbia City.

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


Roger Grams

June 17, 1951-May 30, 2012

Roger Allen Grams of Scappoose passed away May 30 at a hospital in Portland. He was 60.

Mr. Grams was born June 17, 1951, in New Ulm, Minn., to Edwin and Delaurice (Gluth) Grams.

His family moved to Oregon City, where he was educated, and then to Scappoose in 1970.

He had worked for Hudson Garbage until he was not able due to his health.

He enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball.

He read the Bible daily, and was loved by his family and friends.

He is survived by his mother, Delaurice Grams of Scappoose; siblings and spouses, Pat Tomlin (Terry) of Oregon City, Bob Grams of Deer Island, LuAnn Zimmerman (Jerry) of Arlington, Wash., and Ron Grams of Longview, Wash.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin in 1986; and sister, Ruth in 2001.

A graveside service and interment will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

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


Nanette Mallory

Feb. 16, 1922-May 26, 2012

Nanette Mallory of St. Helens passed away May 26 at a hospital in Portland. She was 90.

Nanette Ramsey Simpson was born Feb. 16, 1922, in Stratford, Wash., to William G. Simpson and Annie B. Sharp (Simpson) and was the second of six children.

In 1927 her family moved to Deer Island and then to Yankton in 1935.

On July 1, 1939, she married Clyde Armond Mallory in St. Helens. He preceded her in death in 2003.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Warren and had an association with Lewis and Clark Bible Church in Astoria.

Her family, church and friends were so very dear to her. She enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening, crocheting and spending time with her family and friends.

Always active in her church, she served as a Sunday school teacher, church clerk, youth adviser, Vacation Bible school teacher, camp counselor, deaconess and greeter.

A homemaker, she also worked at Long's Variety Store, owned and operated with her husband the Mallory's County Store, during strawberry season was the 'berry patch banker' for Luttrell Farms and retired from St. Helens School district as a 'lunch lady' cooking at different schools.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Boozer of Astoria; son, Stan Mallory and his wife Connie of St. Helens; grandchildren, Jim Boozer, Andrea Nollette, Matt Boozer and Scott Mallory; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; brother, Richard Simpson and his wife Mary Jo of St. Helens; and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by grandson, Paul Mallory; and siblings, William Simpson, Mary Baker, Robert Simpson and Leonard Simpson.

A graveside committal service was held June 2 at Yankton Hillcrest Cemetery followed by a celebration of life gathering at Grace Baptist Church in Warren.

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


Larry Schaumburg

Oct. 19, 1935-May 26, 2012

Larry James Schaumburg of Portland passed away May 26 at home surrounded by the love of his four children and loving caregivers. He was 76.

Mr. Schaumburg was born Oct. 19, 1935, in Hoopeston, Ill., to Carl Jacob and Beulah (Carl) Schaumburg, and was the fourth of five children.

His family moved to Vernonia in 1950, where he graduated from Vernonia High School in 1953.

For many years he was a salesman for welding supply companies.

On Dec. 27, 1975, he married Barbara Lee Stechmesser in Vancouver, Wash. They resided in Portland for the last 35 years.

A wonderful craftsman, he also loved hunting in Toe Head Canyon and Central Oregon, and fishing at Paulina Lake in LaPine.

He and his wife were square dance callers for many years with the Eager Beavers, and members and Goodwill Ambassadors for the Oregon Federation of Square Dance and Round Dance Clubs; his wife being a cuer and he a caller. They made many friends and travelled all over enjoying this recreation.

He loved his vacation homes in Etna, Calif., and Harlingen, Texas.

He is survived by his children and spouses, Robbin Boos (Steve) of Tualatin, Ron (Denita) Schaumburg of Redmond, Ryan (Jennifer) Schaumburg of Wilsonville, Renée Hafeman (Mike) of Scappoose, and daughter-in-law, Sherrie Craig; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; special nieces and nephews; and wonderful caregivers, Karen Golson, Mary Helen Dominguez and Joyce Sosa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara in 2011; step-son, John Dalen Craig; and siblings, Gwen Marino, Phyllis Wyatt, Donald Schaumburg and a younger unknown sibling.

A celebration of life was held May 29 at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

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