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Obituaries - Jan. 11 edition


Daniel Adams Jr.

Daniel J. Adams Jr. of Seaside, formerly Scappoose, died Jan. 4, 2012, in an automobile accident on Highway 26 on the way from Seaside. He was 26.

Mr. Adams was born Feb. 12, 1985, in San Jose, Calif., to Daniel J. Sr. and Tracy (Buddock) Adams.

In 1991 he moved to Scappoose, and graduated from Scappoose High School in 2003.

He had been working in the construction industry.

He was a fun-loving, good natured young man.

He is survived by his parents, Daniel and Tracy Adams of Scappoose; fiancé, Melissa Adams; older sister, Amanda Adams; maternal grandfather, Mike Buddock of Pennsylvania; niece, Erolynn Reynosa; and many aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jim and Lois Adams; and maternal grandmother, Joan Buddock.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Daniel J. Adams Jr. Memorial Fund at St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union.

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

Francis Billings

Francis Raymond Billings of North Plains died peacefully Jan. 5, 2012, at his step daughter's home surrounded by the love of his wife and family. He was 94.

Mr. Billings was born Nov. 8, 1917, in Foster to Raymond Wallace and Gertrude 'Mae' (Crosby) Billings.

He attended school until the 9th grade in Brownville, which was normal in his day, then went back to work the family farm.

In 1936 at the age of 19, he moved to North Plains where the family purchased acreage. He was a dedicated son who farmed, and took care of his mother.

When he was 60 years old, he married the love of his life, Jo Ann Hudson on Dec. 20, 1977, in Monrovia, Calif. It was during this marriage that he learned to love travel, and travel they did. From Alaska to Hawaii, the Grand Canyon to Glacier National Park. The two of them enjoyed life together.

Fond of all the children in his life, he was able to share his love with nieces, nephews and later with his wife's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was known by many names including, Frank, Unc, Gramps and Grandpa Francis.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Jo; step children, David and Katie Jones of Rainier, Beth and Mike Kennedy of Rainier, Harvey Jones of Portland, and Amy and Jason Hewitt of North Plains, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Edra Anna 'Bobbie' Dangerfield; nieces, Ann Lutman and Frances Smithson; and nephew, Michael Dangerfield. He was preceded in death by his brother, LeRoy 'Lucky' Billings.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Christian Church of St. Helens.

Private burial will be at Yankton Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

Edmond Burton

Edmond Theodore Burton of Warren passed away Jan. 1, 2012, in St. Helens. He was 90.

Mr. Burton was born Oct. 20, 1921, in Klamath Falls to Clayton Edmond and Annie Laura (Nelson) Burton, and was the second of four children. They grew up in the Klamath Falls area around Keno.

After high school he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, serving mostly at Hill Field, Ogden, Utah, before going overseas to Okinawa.

Following his military service his family moved to Cave Junction where they farmed. He also joined his father and brother in a logging operation until 1949 when he left for college.

After graduation he moved to St. Helens to help with a very small church which was later renamed Sunset Park Church. He went to Pacific Bible School, renamed Warner Pacific College, in Portland graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Theology degree.

While at college he met Martha Esther Ganz in 1949. The next year they were married on July 30, 1950.

He worked at Swift and Company Meat Packing Company part-time while going to college, then full-time another three years after moving to St. Helens.

In 1957 he began working for Kaiser Gypsum Company which later became Owens-Corning in St. Helens until they closed the mill in 1982. He had worked as a tile machine operator, then trained as a millwright. After the mill closed he later worked for the St. Helens Parks Department until he retired in the late 1990s.

A member of Sunset Park Community Church since moving to St. Helens, he took an active part in many ministries of the church.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Martha; children, Shirlene (Stephen) Perini of Egg Harbor City, N.J., Ted Burton of Great Falls, Mont., Lorna Standeford (Dan) of Rapid City, S.D., Kevin (Kathi) Burton of St. Helens, and Merrie Loyd of St. Helens; grandchildren, Geoffrey Crezee, Michael Ryan Crezee, Karissa Griffith, Micah Perini, David Perini, Madison Laughlin, Molli McLean-Burton, Courtney Armstrong and Dallas Naish; great-grandchildren, Elyssa Griffith, Chloe Griffith, Annalise Griffith, Levi Crezee and Lydia Crezee; siblings, Rosalie Collins of Colorado Springs, Colo., Alfred Burton of New Castle, Calif., and Lauralie Barrett of Klamath Falls. He was preceded in death by his grandchildren, Ashley Burton, Brandon Crezee, and Matthew Burton.

A funeral service was held Jan. 6 at Sunset Park Community Church in St. Helens.

Memorial gifts may be made to Sunset Park Church, Warner Pacific College or the Alzheimer's Association.

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

William Cotton

William G. Cotton of Scappoose died Dec. 28, 2011, at his home. He was 71.

Mr. Cotton was born April 25, 1940, in San Francisco, Calif., to George and Evelyn (Stump) Matthews.

Educated in Medford, he graduated in 1958 and went on to college in Seattle.

He lived in California growing up, then in Texas, Oregon, and Scappoose from 1979 until present.

On May 22, 1975, he married Debra West in Portland. She preceded him in death in 2003.

Employed at various companies during his working years, he retired in 2001 after three years in maintenance at Bridgeport Brewery.

A member of the NRA, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, drag racing and family.

He is survived by his sons, Wes Cotton and Kyle Cotton, both of Scappoose; grandchild, Avah Cotton; and brothers, Jim Cotton of Arcata, Calif., and Steve Cotton of California.

Niche inurnment was held Jan. 6 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

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

Wilma Harbourne

Wilma Jean Harbourne of St. Helens died Jan. 4, 2012, in St. Helens. She was 55.

Wilma was born Feb. 28, 1956, in Portland to Leonard Larry and Ardis Virginia (Wolfe) Lunceford, and was the eldest of five daughters.

Raised in California, she graduated from Glendora High School in 1975.

She went to nursing college in West Covina, Calif., and was a school bus driver for the Los Angeles Unified School District for several years.

In 1988 she moved to Portland where she worked for the Volunteers of America.

She moved to St. Helens in June of 2011.

She is survived by her life companion, John Wright of St. Helens; daughter, Chelsea Leann Lightfoot of Fairview; son, Henry Benton Lightfoot IV of Salem; granddaughter, Haylee Jean Mills of Fairview; and sisters, Elizabeth Sellan of Bull Head City, Ariz., Rosann Padovani of Dixon, Ill., and Lynette Ramsey of Covina, Calif. She was preceded in death by her sister, Pam Lunceford.

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

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

Brandon Keudell

Brandon Richard Keudell of Columbia City passed away Jan. 6, 2012, in Columbia City. He was 28.

Mr. Keudell was born Sept. 29, 1983, in Portland, the only child of Glenn Richard and Kathy Jean (King) Keudell.

A lifelong resident of St. Helens, he attended Yankton Elementary School and St. Helens High School. He was on the swim team and graduated in the class of 2002.

He joined the U.S. Navy and served for five years as an Aviation Ordinanceman onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) before being honorably discharged as 3rd Class Petty Officer in 2007. He also served in the U.S. Army National Guard for three years.

He loved practical jokes, especially catching family off guard. As the class clown, he championed the joke of the day for his 6th grade peers.

He loved his animals, his dog Fletch was his favorite.

He was always a car buff, and enjoyed the outdoors where he camped, fished and hunted.

He is in the hands of the Lord, and will be deeply missed by family and friends.

He is survived by his parents, Glenn and Kathy Keudell; aunts and uncles, Konnie and Robert Speirs, Karen Freeland, David Keudell, and Morris Keudell; cousins, Joseph Froli, Jeff and John Wetherbee, and HE, Eugene, and Herb Freeland; and great-aunt and uncle, June and Quinton Carlson.

Committal service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

A gathering for family and friends will follow at noon at Warren Baptist Church, 56799 Columbia River Hwy., Warren.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts in his memory can be made to Columbia Community Mental Health/Pathways, P.O. Box 1234, St. Helens, OR 97051.

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

Genevieve Matthews

Genevieve 'Gen' Mary Matthews, formerly of Columbia City, passed away Jan. 8, 2012, at her son's home in Chehalis, Wash. She was 92.

Gen was born Jan. 28, 1919, in Ft. Atkinson, Wis., to Frank Engelbert and Clara Katherine (Bachman) Wicke, and was the youngest of three daughters.

She attended Catholic grade school and graduated high school in Ft. Atkinson. Following she went on to Holy Rosary Catholic College in the Chicago area for two years. In 1939 she moved to Portland to live with her sister, Catherine and attended college for art and fashion illustrations.

On Oct. 18, 1941, she married Albert Leonard 'Leo' Matthews. From their union they had three children. He preceded her in death in 1993.

Employed for the Oregon State Employment Division as a benefit assistant, she worked there from 1959 until she retired when she was 62 years old in 1981.

In 1958 she moved from Portland to Beaverton and lived there until 1980 when she moved to Columbia City. She resided in Columbia City until 2005 when she relocated to Longview, living there until 2011.

She was a member of St. Frederic Catholic Church from 1980 until she moved in 2005.

She was also past president of the Beaverton VFW Auxiliary Post #4617, as well as, a member of the St. Helens VFW Auxiliary Post #1440.

Loving to knit and sew, she was also active in bowling leagues, and was a past treasurer of the Columbia City Garden Club.

Additionally, she served at the St. Helens Senior Center and worked through RSVP. In 1994 she was crowned princess in the Columbia County 'My Fair Lady' Court.

After retirement she and her husband traveled. They especially loved ocean cruises, including an Alaska cruise.

She is survived by her children and spouses, Howard (Sunny) Matthews of Chehalis, Clara Matthews of Seattle, and Douglas (Lisa) Matthews of Portland; and grandson, Spencer Matthews of Portland. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Catherine Wegner and Francis Steimont.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at St. Frederic Catholic Church in St. Helens.

Committal and vault interment will be at Bayview Cemetary in Warren.

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

Frances Meuleveld

Frances 'Molly' Meuleveld of Salem died peacefully Jan. 5, 2012, of natural causes, six days short of her 98th birthday.

She was born Jan. 11, 1914, in Saskatchewan, Canada, to Charles and Florence Palmer.

The family soon relocated to Los Angeles where she lived as a young child.

It was in LA where she met her lifelong love, partner and husband, Tom Meuleveld, and they married Aug. 1, 1936.

They moved to Scappoose in 1948 with their two children, Gretchen and Peter, onto a 50-acre forest home near the Scappoose-Vernonia Highway. Both she and her husband were active in the Scappoose community, especially in schools and PTA work. They moved to Salem in 1988.

She loved science, languages, travel and learning about people and their families. Throughout her life and until the very end, she would charm and amaze people with her intellect and curiosity about everything in this world and beyond.

She knitted countless stuffed animals and baby blankets anytime she knew of a new baby or young child in need.

For several years, one of her favorite activities was a Sunday cocktail date at Thompson's Brew Pub with her son, prior to a family dinner at his house.

She is survived by her daughter, Gretchen Fuller; son, Pete Meuleveld and his wife Linda; granddaughters, Catherine Fuller and Suzanne Heath; and grandson, Max Meuleveld. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom in 1996.

At her request, no services will be held. A private celebration of life will be scheduled soon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to her favorite non-profit, FINCA International, providing micro financing to small businesswomen around the world at www.finca.org.

Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Lelah Nelson

Lelah Alberta Nelson of St. Helens died Jan. 4, 2012, at her home. She was 90.

Lelah was born March 23, 1921, in Winslow, Ark., to Rufus and Rose (Reed) Pense.

She attended school through the 8th grade in Prairie Grove, Ark.

She married Ulys (Red) Asher. They divorced, and in 1943 she moved to St. Helens.

Later she met Nels Nelson, and they were wed in 1946. They were best friends and very devoted to their family. Nels preceded her in death in 1982.

A homemaker, she enjoyed quilting, gardening, fishing, and feeding and watching the birds.

She is survived by her son, Clifford Nelson of St. Helens; daughters, Sue Wilson of Hammond, and Karen Miller of Graham, Wash.; step daughter, Betty Leichty of Springfield; 20 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Donna LaRiviere in 1972; grandchild, Jessie Wilson; and all of her siblings.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Committal service and interment will follow at Yankton Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

Dacre Olmstead

Dacre Gowan Olmstead of St. Helens met his Father in Heaven on Jan. 6, 2012. He was 87.

Mr. Olmstead was born Sept. 19, 1924, in Dupree, S.D., to Ben J. and Fern M. (Gowan) Olmstead. Fern passed from the flu epidemic when he was very young. His father was remarried to Evelyn, which he knew as his mom. He was one of five children and had six step siblings.

Dupree was a small town and if you stood in the middle of town, you could see the end of the street in both directions. Dupree was in Sioux country so he had many Native American friends growing up. He learned what it was like to be a ranch hand and how to run a farm.

After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy as a Radioman. He completed basic training in Farragut, Idaho, and deployed from Chicago, Ill., on the LST561 USS Chittenden County where the Navy carried troops from North Africa to Southern France during Hitler's war on Europe.

After his honorable discharge, he worked for some time in Montana on the railroads operating telegraphs.

On July 22, 1975, he married Ruby E. (Belflower) Harris.

Most of his later life was spent working in lumber mills and eventually he retired from Friesen's Lumber in St. Helens in 1988. He did some part-time work after retirement to keep busy at the local Wal-Mart where a lot of the community remembered him.

He was a life member of St. Helens VFW Post 1440.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Ruby; children, Leigh Brunner, Nancy Durant, Deborah Stansbury, Barbara Dickerson, David Olmstead, David and Dan Chronister, and Linda Brunick; and a multitude of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all who loved him very much. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Margarite Jeffries.

A funeral service was held Jan. 10 at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Committal service with military honors followed at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

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