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Obituaries - Jan. 4 edition


Jack C. Blair

Jack Carson Blair of St. Helens went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 27, 2011. He was 78.

Mr. Blair was born March 29, 1933, in Thornfield, Mo., to Jesse Albert and Bertie Martha (Willis) Blair, and was the second youngest of nine children.

He attended his first years of school in Thornfield, and then transferred to Rainier Elementary and graduated from Rainier High School in 1951.

Following he attended Lewis and Clark College from 1951-1953 and went on to earn a Bachelors of Science degree in education in 1959 from Portland State University. Eventually he earned a Masters Degree in educational administration at University of Oregon.

On May 1, 1953, he married his high school sweetheart, Elsie LaVonne Johnson at the Methodist Church in Rainier.

In between his school years, he served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956, and was stationed in Sendai, Japan.

His entire career was spent in education. He taught in St. Helens School District and at Warren Elementary School, was the superintendent/principal at Warren, principal at Grant Watts Elementary and finished his career as Scappoose School District superintendent, retiring in 1992.

His professional affiliations included being a member of the National Education Association, Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, past president of Oregon Superintendents Association and past committee chairman of the American Association of School Administrators.

Also very active with Grace Baptist Church, he served as an officer for several years, as well as in the Sunday school program, as church moderator and as chairman of the finance committee. He was also construction/design project manager for the new church building on Ross Road.

He loved being with his family, traveling with his wife, playing tennis and golf, and going out for coffee.

He was known for his sense of humor, dry wit and clever puns.

Additionally, he enjoyed enthralling his grandchildren with his stories of growing up on the farm in Thornfield.

A quiet man of faith, he was an incredible example to his family and friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, LaVonne; children, Ellen (Mark) Koelsch, Jon (Wendy) Blair, Melissa (Mark) Terry, and Jill (Dave) Lawrence; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and siblings, Max Blair and Martha Robinson. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Delmas, Junior, Edwin, Hugh, Willis, and I.J.

A memorial service of thanksgiving was held Dec. 31 at Grace Baptist Church in St. Helens.

Committal service and vault interment were at Hudson Cemetery in Rainier.

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

Don C. Borland

Don Columbus Borland of Seaside died Dec. 26, 2011, at his home. He was 90.

Mr. Borland was born Sept. 18, 1921, in LaCrosse, Wash., to Earl and Helen (Washburn) Borland.

Educated through the 9th grade, he served in the U.S. Navy for four years and received numerous medals including Navy Good Conduct, service in the American Campaign, European African Middle East Campaign, and Asiatic Pacific Campaign, and World War II Victory Medal.

A logger for Crown Zellerbach, he retired in 1980.

Wed to Barbara Mae Guild Borland, she preceded him in death on May 15, 1997.

On July 1, 2005, he married Amanda June Lentz Kammer in Laughlin, Nev.

A lifetime member of VFW Post 10580, and the American Legion, he enjoyed travel and cutting trees.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda Jean Borland of Seaside; nieces, Glee Stewart of Phoenix, Ariz., Nelida Bottin of Yuma, Ariz., Linda White of American Fork, Utah, Karen Rivelli of Aurora, and Tammie Swanson of Lebanon; nephews, Michael Borland of Portland, Alan Borland of Bend, and R.C. Borland of Lebanon; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and four step children. He was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Dan Borland; brothers, Howard Borland and Dick Borland; sister, Pearl Borland; and nephew, Russell Borland.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at American Legion Post 99 in Seaside.

Private inurnment is at Oswego Pioneer Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Lower Columbia Hospice in care of Hughes-Ransom Mortuary in Seaside.

Marion L. Glasscock

Marion Lee Glasscock of St. Helens passed away Dec. 23, 2011, peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer. He was 54. At the time of his passing he was living in Troutdale.

Mr. Glasscock was born March 5, 1957, in Arcata, Calif., to Mary Mudford and Marion W. Glasscock, and raised in St. Helens.

After starting a family with Julie Heiselt, he joined the U.S. Army on March 11, 1975, and was stationed in Fort Ord, Calif.

Among the things he loved were music, basketball, cars and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his children, Misty Ehrlich of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, and Mandy Glasscock of Medford; brothers, Charles, Les, Jim and Glen; sisters, Winnie and Sylvia; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Marion; sister, Pam; and brother, Tony.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland.

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Barry W. Murray

Barry Wallace Murray of Scappoose died Dec. 23, 2011. He was 69.

Mr. Murray was born July 12, 1942, in Duluth, Minn., to Wallace B. and Joyce Ann (Pearson) Murray. His parents were divorced and he and his little brother, Billy (Steve) were raised by their father and step mother, Helen.

They lived in New Jersey for some time and ended up in Florida where he met and married, Anne Elizabeth Benni on June 27, 1965. They had a son, Christopher, and were together until she died in 1998. He then moved to Oregon to be close to his parents and siblings.

A marine mechanic for most of his life, he came to Scappoose to work at Channel Marine in April of 2004.

During his lunch breaks at The Wayside he met his beloved wife, Kathleen Smith. They were married on Aug. 12, 2005. They dearly loved each other.

Very proud of his of Scottish descent, he loved going to the Scottish Highland Games and to dress up in full regalia.

He was also an avid Nascar fan. On their first big date, he took Kathleen to the Daytona 500. He didn't tell her he had never flown before. He didn't have to. 'It was worth it,' he said.

A hard working man, he enjoyed reading, Fact, not fiction; and had a great mind for remembering almost everything he read. And he had a very soft spot in his heart for cats and chocolate.

He is survived by his very loving wife, Kathleen; son, Christopher; step son, Andy Tucker; parents, Wallace and Helen Murray of Merlin; siblings, Steve in New York, Kathy Dennis of Washington State, Wallace and Crisanne, also of Merlin.

A celebration of life for family and friends will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at The Wayside in Scappoose.

Cora M. O'Connor

Cora Mae O'Connor of St. Helens passed away Dec. 23, 2011, at a hospital in Portland. She was 87.

Cora Mae Denney was born May 26, 1924, in Enterprise to Cread and Doris E. (Lansing) Denney.

In 1942 she graduated from Enterprise High School, where she was active in both swimming and volleyball.

She managed the swimming pools in Enterprise and Hermiston.

Six years out of school she met and married the love of her life, James Raymond O'Connor. The couple wed on May 26, 1948, in Reno, Nevada. They were married for almost 63 years. He preceded her in death on Feb. 28, 2011.

An active and long term member of Christ Episcopal Church, she was also a member of the BAC and volunteered for many years for the Arts and Crafts Faire, United Way Meals on Wheels, St. Helens School District and St. Helens Hospital, and was Woman of the Year in 1966 for the Business and Professional Women's Foundation.

Employed beginning in 1946, she worked for the Wallowa County Sheriff's Department, was the secretary and office manager for the Hermiston School District for over 22 years from 1948 until 1970, and from 1971 until 1986 was the bookkeeper for the Scappoose School District.

Additionally, she was an energetic walker and an avid Oregon Ducks fan.

She is survived by her children, James S. O'Connor and his wife Alina of Miami, Fla., and Kari Woyak and her husband Andrew of Aloha; grandchildren, Kathreen Woyak, Gabriella O'Connor and James O'Connor; and brother, Delbert Denney and his wife Delores. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Robert Denney.

Memorial services were held Dec. 29 at Christ Episcopal Church in St. Helens.

Private burial was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial gifts in her name may be made to the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation or Christ Episcopal Church in St. Helens.

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

Lois J. Ryder

Lois J. Ryder of Rainier died Dec. 28, 2011, at a hospital in Longview, Wash. She was 80.

Lois J. Handley was born Jan. 18, 1931, in Rensselaer, Ind., to Lyle and Louise (Clausen) Handley.

At the age of 2 she moved to Oregon.

She met and married Freeman Ryder on Aug. 27, 1950, at Pacific Union College, Calif.

She attended college in California and received her Bachelor's Degree in business from Marylhurst College in Portland.

They lived in Vancouver, Wash., for 37 years prior to moving to Columbia County 27 years ago.

During her working career she was employed as a telephone operator, bookkeeper, and in banking from a teller up to managing loan officer through all the different phases of ownership at what is currently known as Wells Fargo Bank.

She and her husband also owned and operated the RV Park/Store/Marina at Goble Landing.

Baptized in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, she enjoyed needlepoint, embroidery, and knitting, all of which she made for many gifts over the years.

Although very occupied with the RV Store, she was still able to be a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her sons, Steven and Raymond Ryder, both of Rainier; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sylvia Peterson of Beaverton, and Phyllis Hensley of El Paso, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Scappoose.

Committal service and vault interment will be at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

A reception will follow at the family RV Park and Marina at Goble Landing.

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

Bryce A. Stoneking

Bryce Allen Stoneking of St. Helens died Dec. 20, 2011. He was 16.

Bryce was born May 6, 1995, in Portland to Kurt Russell and Corrina Lea (Bunn) Stoneking, and was the youngest of four children.

Raised in St. Helens, he attended Yankton, Warren and Peterson schools, St. Helens Middle School, and was in his junior year at St. Helens High School.

For the past two years he enjoyed playing rugby for the Columbia County Operators, and he collected knives and enjoyed camping and fishing with his family, grandparents and great-uncles. He had also taken hunter and gun safety courses to prepare to go hunting.

He is survived by his parents, Kurt Stoneking of Vancouver and Corrina Stoneking of St. Helens; sisters, Jessica Walker of Scappoose, Kaylea Watkins of Seattle, and Jocelyn Stoneking of St. Helens; grandparents, Doug and Jane Stoneking of Aloha, and Keith and Barbara Bunn of St. Helens; aunts, Robyn Greene, Crystal Stoneking, and Lisa Al-Naimi; niece, Korah Walker; cousins, Megan, and Amanda, and others; plus many great aunts, uncles, and grandparents.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds pavilion, 58892 Sausler Rd., St. Helens.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in Bryce's name has been established at St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union. The funds will be used to aid in the continuation of rugby in Columbia County, a sport and team who gave so much to him.

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

James 'LaMar' Walker

James 'LaMar' Walker of Scappoose passed away Dec. 25, 2011, at home surround by the love and support of his family early Christmas morning. He was 78.

Mr. Walker was born June 18, 1933, in Santaquin, Utah, to Walter Joseph and Lillian (Stevenson) Walker, and was the second of four children.

Raised in Santaquin, he graduated from Payson High School in 1951.

After graduation, he married Ranae Forsee in 1951 and from that union had three children, and then divorced.

Very athletic, at 13 years of age he raced horses as a jockey. He played football and baseball in high school and went on to play professional baseball for the farm team of the Philadelphia Phillies as a catcher before suffering a career ending injury.

He then went to the University of California, Riverside and received his degree in business. For many years he worked as a non-food buyer and merchandiser for several grocery chains in the western United States.

He met Donna in Salem and they were married 30 days later on July 14, 1979. They were happily married for 32 years.

In 1990, they began working in management together. They moved to Scappoose in 2001 and became the park hosts at the Scappoose RV Park in 2006.

He enjoyed fishing and camping and following the Mariners baseball team.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Donna Walker of Scappoose; his many wonderful children and their spouses, Randy (Cheryl) of Mesa, Ariz., Gary (Debbie) of Coco, Fla., Cindy of Melbourne, Fla., John (Hilary) of Vancouver, Nancy (Bruce) of Salem, Merry of Vancouver, Jeff of Scappoose, and Melanie (Jefferson) of Sherwood; 27 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Jack Walker of Payson, Utah; and sister, Idonna Crook of Santaquin, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lillian; and brother, Arnold.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Memorial gifts in his name can be made to the Columbia County Humane Society, 2084 Oregon St., St. Helens, OR 97051.

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

Kathy R. Waterman

Kathy Rae Waterman of St. Helens passed away Dec. 15, 2011, at her home. She was 65.

Kathy Rae Cartwright was born Feb. 15, 1946, in Portland to Dwight W. and Lucille Ione (Monroe) Cartwright, and was the oldest of three daughters.

Raised in St. Johns, she graduated from Roosevelt High School.

In 1980 she married Dean Lewis Waterman. He served in the U.S. Army, and they were stationed in Germany and Ogden, Kan. In 1986 they finally settled in Scappoose. He preceded her in death in 2009.

She worked at the Candle Factory in Scappoose.

Her joys were reading, knitting, puzzles and especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Desiree Danson of St. Helens; son, Shane Cartwright of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren, Meghan Cartwright, Derrick DeWitt and Allison DeWitt; great-granddaughter, Heaven Settig; and sisters, Francie Gray of Eagle River, Alaska, and Martha Pelletier of Anchorage, Alaska.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

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

Patricia M. Willard

Patricia Marie Willard of St. Helens passed away Dec. 23, 2011, surrounded by the love of her family at Community Home Health and Hospice in Longview, Wash. She was 73.

Patricia Marie Taylor was born Nov. 19, 1938, in Hillsboro to Robert Harold and Eldiva Marie (Hyatt) Taylor, and was the youngest of three children.

The family moved to St. Helens where she lived the majority of her life other than five years from 1959-1964 when she lived in Sauvie Island.

On Oct. 4, 1956, she married Donald J. Willard in Portland. He preceded her in death in 2001.

Employed at a number of local businesses over the years, they included ABC Printing, the Candle Factory, Warren Country Inn and as a phone surveyor for St. Helens Auto.

She loved spending time with her family; camping, hunting, and mushrooming in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

She is survived by her children, Jack Willard of Aurora, Sandy Stoddard of Clatskanie and Robert Willard of St. Helens; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and sister, Myrna Nixon of St. Petersburg, Fla. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carol Moffett; and brother, Fred Taylor.

A graveside service was held Dec. 30 at Fairview Cemetery in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts in her name can be made to the Columbia County Humane Society, 2084 Oregon St., St. Helens, OR 97051.

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