Edna Kennedy

April 6, 1929-April 9, 2012

Edna May Kennedy of St. Helens passed away April 9 in Portland. She was 83.

Edna was born April 6, 1929, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to John William and Ethel Fay (Tinnel) Donaldson, and was the third of five daughters.

Her family moved to Mariposa, Calif., where she attended high school.

In 1982 she moved to Scappoose.

On Aug. 24, 1984, she married Jesse Ralph Kennedy in Longview, Wash.

In the early 1980s she worked at the St. Helens café.

She was a Moose member for over 34 years, loved old cars and was a founding member of the 'On The Road Again' Car Club in the Clatsop and Cowlitz county areas that had over 50 plus members from Longview to Long Beach and Astoria to Rainier.

A snowbird for many years, she spent winters in Arizona for 16 years.

She loved camping, fishing and her beloved children and extended family.

She is survived by her daughters, Phyllis Wilson of Scappoose, Roberta Robertson of Fayette, Ala., and Billie Jean Combest of Taylor, Texas; step-children, Gary, Barbara and Vicky; numerous grand, great- and great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Wilma Richardson of Montesano, Wash. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse in 2007; and sisters, Genevieve Fournier, Margaret Mitchell and Ethel McCleary.

A celebration of life service was held April 16 at First United Methodist Church in St. Helens.

A committal service followed at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Scappoose.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Jack Olson

June 24, 1921-April 13, 2012

Jack Gordon 'Gordie' Olson of St. Helens passed away April 13 in Portland surrounded by his family. He was 90.

Mr. Olson was born June 24, 1921, in St. Helens to Kitty C. (Usher) and Oscar M. Olson, and was the youngest of five children.

He attended McBride grade school and graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School.

A short time later he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific Theater in Guadalcanal from 1942 through 1945.

While in the service he married his sweetheart, Dorothy Evelyn Gillis on Feb. 4, 1944, in Portland and they honeymooned in Sun Valley, Idaho. From their union they had five children. She preceded him in death in 2005.

He was employed with Local 701, International Union of Operating Engineers, for many years before working for K.F. Jacobsen Paving in Portland from 1961 until he retired in 1981.

He is survived by his companion, Helen Sharp of St. Helens; children, Dale Olsen of West Linn, Don Olson of Long Beach, Wash., Doug Olson of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and Debbie Edwards of Oregon City; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Delmar, Merton, and Perry Olson, Dorothy Haun and Pearl Olson.

A celebration of life gathering was held April 17 at Yankton Community Fellowship.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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