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Obituaries - Jan. 18 edition


Richard Gilbert

Richard Floyd Gilbert of Warren passed away Jan. 13, 2012, in Portland of an apparent heart attack. He was 84.

Mr. Gilbert was born June 17, 1927, in Marinette, Wis., to Floyd and Aline (DuHaime) Gilbert, and was the second eldest of eight children.

When he was 16 years old the family moved to St. Helens.

A year later in 1943, he joined the Merchant Marines. In 1946 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country during World War II and the Korean War in the U.S. Navy and the National Guard. He was finally discharged to civilian life in January of 1950.

After the war he moved back to St. Helens and went back to work at St. Helens Pulp and Paper/Boise Cascade where he retired from 35 years later in 1985.

On March 23, 1967, he married Olive in Kelso, Wash.

A life member of the St. Helens Elks Lodge, BPOE #1999, and an active member of the Energizer Club of Boise Cascade Retired Employees, he donated his time making wheel chair ramps for the elderly in the community.

He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping and woodworking.

He was also a farmer, raising cattle on their property, and a huge Green Bay Packer fan.

After retirement he and his wife did a lot of traveling, including driving across the United States and Canada visiting friends and relatives, spending time in Spain, and keeping a cabin in La Pine for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Olive Gilbert; son, Curtis Michael Gilbert of St. Helens; step sons, Clinton Timmons of Chipiona, Spain, and Carl Timmons of Rainier; eight grandchildren; and siblings, Roger Gilbert of Yankton, Jeannette Fischer of Scappoose, June Lee of St. Helens, Doris Hlavinka of St. Helens, Gail Renner of Long Beach, Wash., and Verna Shell of St. Helens.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Committal service with military honors and vault interment will follow at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

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

George Lloyd

George Milton Lloyd of St. Helens passed away peacefully Dec. 24, 2011, in his home surrounded by his children. He was 78.

Mr. Lloyd was born Dec. 29, 1932, in Beatrice, Neb., to Otis and Viola (Thurman) Lloyd. He grew up in Nebraska and later moved to Oregon.

For just over 11 years he served in the U.S. Army.

He met Sharon Pasco in Beatrice after he moved from Oregon. They met at the Senco filling station where he was working as an attendant in 1963. Not long after they met it was her birthday and he bought her a fancy set of lingerie. He gave it to her at her birthday party in front of her family and friends, and she was never so embarrassed in her life. He loved to be the jokester and give people as he would say 'a bad ass time.'

They spent a lot of time dancing together and one night he took her home, and they became friends. The more time they spent together the more they fell in love. They were married in Auburn, Neb., on April 3, 1964, and started their forever lives together as the Lloyd family. They had their first child, Michelle Lloyd in June of 1966. In 1966 they moved to Oregon where the Lloyd family was living, and for work. They had their second child, George Lloyd III in August of 1968, and their third child, Beth Lloyd in November of 1970.

Prior to marrying Sharon, he was married and had four children, Peter Lloyd in 1957, Theresia Lloyd in 1959, Carole Lloyd in 1960 and Roxanna Lloyd in 1961.

He worked in many different trades, but mainly as a painter.

Loved and liked by so many people it would be impossible to list them all, but to name a few were Keith Bunn, John and Kathleen Harrison, Fred and Mary Boorse and Bruce Freeman. He was loved by many family members and always spoke highly of them all, especially his favorite niece, Julie Beaudoin.

He is survived by his brother, Dick Lloyd; sisters, Toni Bryant and Gloria Babb; daughter, Michelle Williams of St. Helens; son, George (Tracy) Lloyd of St. Helens; and daughter, Beth (John) Baisch of Columbia City; grandsons, George Lloyd (Melody Lignell) of St. Helens, Anthony Rock, Austin Baisch and Joseph Baisch of Columbia City; great-granddaughter, Arienna Jumpingbull; and ex-daughter-in-law, Tammy Lloyd. The most precious gift he received before he passed was his great-grandson, Jasper Preston Lloyd. He was a very proud grandpa and just lit up every time that little man came in the room. He is also survived by his children, Peter Lloyd, Theresia Loyd-Siemer, Carole Lloyd, and Roxanna (Frank) Logsdon and granddaughter, Shelby Logsdon; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Sharon Lloyd in July of 2010; mother and father; and sisters, Gennelda Schrader and Donna Norris, who passed away on what would have been his 79th birthday on Dec. 29, 2011.

A celebration of life will be held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at his daughter's house in Columbia City. For information on attending the celebration please contact Beth at 503-397-1735 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Following the celebration family and friends will be having a few drinks at his local hang out the Columbia Tavern in St. Helens.

A private interment will be at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

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

Donald Ripley

Donald Wallace Ripley of St. Helens passed away peacefully Jan. 5, 2012, in Portland. He was 77.

Mr. Ripley was born May 10, 1934, in Rutland, Vt., to Edward and Marian Ripley, and was the youngest of three children.

He enjoyed his upbringing in Poultney, Vt., and formed the love of travel at an early age, living with relatives in Louisiana and attending St. Bernard's School in New Jersey.

He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in engineering and set about his career with Beloit Corporation in 1956 where he met the love of his life, Alice Porter, in 1957 and married in 1960.

Together, they explored the world while he continued to work for Beloit Corporation in Beloit, Wis., Downingtown, Pa., Portland, Ore.; Kalamazoo, Mich., Valladolid, Spain, Montreal, Canada, and Singapore. Oregon was always home to him.

He was happiest when he was with his wife, family and friends.

He is survived by his daughters, Luanne Ripley Kreutzer (Mark) of St. Helens, and Judy Ripley Mankus (Roger) of Hawthorn Woods, Ill.; granddaughters, Emily and Ruby Mankus; and sister, Anne Smith (Phillip) of Wadsworth, Ohio. He also shared his love and humor with seven nephews, a niece and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Ripley on Oct. 26, 2009; parents; and brother, Charles Ripley.

A private family celebration took place on Jan. 12.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be made to Legacy Hospice - Portland, P.O. Box 4484, Portland, OR 97208.

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

George Schmitz

George William Schmitz of St. Helens passed away Jan. 15, 2012, in Clackamas. He was 88.

Mr. Schmitz was born Feb. 5, 1923, in Thomas, Okla., to Carl Bernnard and Genevieve Marie (Weishauer) Schmitz, and was the third of four sons.

Raised in Thomas, Okla., he graduated in 1941 from Custer City High School.

During World War II he served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia, and was a tank mechanic before his honorable discharge.

After the service he went to California where he worked a short time in the Kaiser Shipyards before moving to St. Helens.

In St. Helens he answered an ad in the local paper looking for a mechanic, and went to work for Jordan Motors in 1947, retiring as general service manager in 1984 after 37 years. During his time at Jordan's he was fondly nicknamed 'Mr. Good Wrench.'

On Aug. 21, 1950, he married Mary Joyce Henderson at the First Christian Church in St. Helens. She went by Joyce and preceded him in death in 1995. From their marriage they had five children.

He was well known in the community as a volunteer and community member. In the 1950s he was an active member and one year term president of the St. Helens chapter of the Jaycees. He also served on both the Bethany Lutheran Church and Bethany Memorial Cemetery boards and was a charter member of the St. Helens Elks Lodge, BPOE #1999 and active with the Eleventh Hour Lodge of Sorrow.

An avid fisherman, he enjoyed gardening and loved playing card games with family and friends.

He enjoyed his retirement traveling in his RV with his wife.

Friends relied on him and his love of tinkering and dabbling in anything automotive and home improvement related, and he was often found lending them his expertise and time. Those who knew him expected his practical jokes, loved his sense of humor and all of the goodness in his heart to help others.

He really enjoyed being around his grand and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Michael W. Schmitz (Shelia) of Longview, Wash., Jeanne Campos (Jose) of Nampa, Idaho, Marie Christianson (Jim) of Apple Valley, Minn., and George D. Schmitz (Kevin) of Warren; grandchildren, Cathy, Connie, Michael Jr., Toni, Kori, Tepe, Tona, Xochi, Jennifer, Jason, Jacquelyn and Jamie; and great-grandchildren, Megan, Jewel, Brianna, Jordan, John, Brody, Teya, Paris, Kenneth, Grayson, Layne, Kloee, Klyee, Kayla B. and Kayla S. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce in 1995; son, John Schmitz; and brothers, Anthony, Clement and Joseph Schmitz.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Bethany Memorial Cemetery in Warren.

A memorial service will follow at noon at Bethany Lutheran Church in Warren.

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