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Obituaries - April 25 edition


Dorothy Hess

Dec. 25, 1921-April 22, 2012

Dorothy Fern Hess of Scappoose passed away April 22 at home with her family gathered around her. She was 90.

Dorothy Fern Austin was born Dec. 25, 1921, to Barrett O'Dillon 'Robert' and Bertha (Birkholtz) Austin of Willow Lake, S.D., and was the youngest of seven children.

Her family moved to Scappoose in the mid 1930s and her father was best remembered as the Scappoose Chief of Police a few years later.

On Aug. 10, 1946, she married her lifelong husband, Willard. He preceded her in death in 1990.

She was best known in the community for being one of the early proprietors of Rose Valley Market in Scappoose. She operated the grocery store and raised her two children, while her husband worked as a long haul truck driver. After the October 1962 wind storm, substantial damage was done to their home and business. Their interest waned shortly after the remodel and rebuilding of the business and it was sold.

As time went on she longed to operate another grocery store, and she and her husband purchased Grahams (Kokarnicks) market in south Scappoose. She operated this business for almost seven years and then eventually sold it and retired from the grocery business in 1972.

She and her husband bought and sold several homes and properties in the Scappoose area, finding it fruitful and providing a substantial retirement for them both. She later got involved with selling real estate as a formal occupation in Scappoose, working for realtors, Columbia River Real Estate, Stassens, Stan Wiley, and Empire.

She is survived by her sons, Barry of Scappoose and Randy of St. Helens; daughters-in-law, Darlene and Sandi; grandchildren, Ken DeFrees, Anne Piccolo, Heidi Hess, Jason Hess and Ryan Hess; and great-grandchildren, Jordan DeFrees, Elijah DeFrees, Hannah DeFrees, Pyton Piccolo and Cassidy Piccolo.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens. A reception will follow at the home of Randy and Sandi Hess in St. Helens.

Remembrances and donations in her name can be made to the Holshiemer-Lamar Animal Shelter in St. Helens.

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


Lynda Hornbeck

May 29, 1945-April 22, 2012

Lynda Lee Hornbeck of Warren passed away April 22 at home in the loving presence of her family. She was 66.

Lynda was born May 29, 1945, in Port Angeles, Wash., the daughter of Bill and Lavon (Hollar) Bessur.

Raised in Boise, Idaho, she graduated from Borah High School in 1968. Her family moved to Portland that same year.

She worked as a machinist for Proto Tool.

For several years she lived in Oregon City before moving to Warren in 2002.

Possessing a zest for life, she enjoyed fishing, ATVs and gardening.

She is survived by her son, Daniel Hornbeck of Seaside; step-children, Connie Canoy of Hillsboro and Howard Hornbeck of Camas; grandchildren, Andrew Canoy, and Mychal, Megan and Alicia Hornbeck; life companion, Dennis 'Jim' Bywater of Warren; and siblings, Dennis Trumble, Chuck Trumble, Terry Russell, and Valarie Salzwedel.

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

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


Reinhard 'Sig' Jensen

March 27, 1949-April 20, 2012

Reinhard Siegfried 'Sig' Jensen of Portland passed away the way he lived his life, surrounded by his friends and family. He was 63.

Sig was born March 27, 1949, in Portland, the third child of seven, to Robert Julius Jensen and Pauline Carson Brooks Jensen.

He graduated from Grant High School in 1967, the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Physics in 1973, and Portland State University with an M.B.A. in 1980.

A passionate athlete, he was a member of the Grant High School track and field team as a high jumper. He continued this sport at the University of Oregon, and throughout his life. One of his proudest accomplishments was winning the gold medal in the high jump at the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia.

He also competed as a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club Masters Basketball team in national and international events. Basketball was a sport he loved dearly and worked to pass on that enthusiasm to youth, volunteering his time to the Skyline school and with the Boys and Girls Club.

He had a booming voice, which could be heard as the baritone for the Multnomah Athletic Club singing group, the Mellomacs. He was also a member of the St. Wenceslaus church choir in Scappoose.

His early career included positions at Freightliner, Bingham Willamette, Tektronix and Applied Laser Technology. However, in 1999, his adventurous, inventive, and entrepreneurial spirit lead him to establish his own business, Micron Laser Technology, Inc., where he remained CEO until his death.

Though diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007, he refused to surrender to the disease, spending the last moments of his life travelling with his wife, Jean Marie, in Mexico.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jean; and children, Derek, Greta Laurine, and Reinhard IV 'Rei.'

Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose.

Memorial gifts in his name can be made to OSHU Knight Cancer Institute, 1121 S.W. Salmon St., #100, Portland, OR 97205 or Portland Master's Track Club, 14239 N.W. Mason Hill Rd., North Plains OR 97133.

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


Lois Lammers

Oct. 10, 1917-April 17, 2012

Lois Marie Lammers of St. Helens passed away to heaven on April 17 in St. Helens. She was 94.

Lois was born Oct. 10, 1917, in a log cabin on a Montana homestead.

Farming, ranching and enjoying extended family characterized her childhood. As a young girl, she rode on horseback to a one-room school in Luther and was known to be an excellent young rider. Growing up on a rural ranch, she learned to shoot a rifle, raise all kinds of livestock and poultry, and cook.

Upon attaining the proper age she moved off the ranch to attend high school in Red Lodge. During this time she learned to become an exceptional cook while working in the boarding house where she stayed.

After high school graduation, she moved to Billings and worked in a hosiery reweaving shop until she, her friends and brothers traveled to San Diego to find better jobs and assist in effort to win World War II. She chose to work at a consolidated aircraft factory building B-24 bombers.

While in San Diego she met John at the famous USS Grant Hotel where he happened to be singing in a radio gospel choir. They fell in love and were married in the spring of 1945.

In 1950 they moved to Del Norte County where they built a home and raised their family. He worked in the timber industry and she served lunches at DNHS. She also tended children and cared for the elderly. They enjoyed their friends and neighbors and tried to be of help to them in many ways.

Known by her family to be a dedicated Christian believer, she was also a diligent mother, an excellent cook and a 'green thumb' in the garden.

She will be missed for the stories she told, the delicious cookies and pies she baked and the vegetables, fruits and flowers she grew.

In her last years she was cared for by her son, Tim and his wife Joann. Her family is thankful for the kindness and service of the staff at Spring Meadows Assisted Living who not only cared for her, but also loved her deeply.

She is survived by her children, Carolyn Lammers Dunwoody and Tim Lammers; and grandchildren, Marina Wetrosky, Mark Michalski, Rich Lammers, Robbie Lammers and Ryan Lammers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Dassie McDaniel; brothers, Norman and Claude McDaniel; and husband, John Lammers.

A funeral service was held April 21 at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens. Committal service and interment were at Del Norte County Cemetery in Crescent City, Calif.

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


Irene Putman

Oct. 19, 1917-April 16, 2012

Irene Loretta 'GG' Putman of St. Helens passed away April 16 in St. Helens surrounded by her family. She was 94.

Irene Loretta Kinsey was born Oct. 19, 1917, in Rugby, N.D., to Thomas W. and Belle Casey Kinsey. She joined an older sister and two older brothers.

Raised in Towner, N.D., she graduated from Towner High School in 1936. She played on the girl's basketball team while in high school.

From 1936-1937 she attended Minot Normal School in Minot, N.D., graduating in 1937. Following she taught all eight grades in a one-room school seven miles south of Towner until 1939.

She met Carl Edison Putman through a friend at a picnic, and they were married on Good Friday, April 7, 1939. He left immediately for Oregon for work and she stayed in North Dakota to finish the school year. In May of 1939 she left to join her husband in St. Helens.

She began teaching in the St. Helens School District as a substitute teacher. She taught fifth grade for several years, and then was the music teacher for McBride, Yankton and Columbia City schools for several years.

While teaching, she completed the requirements for her Bachelor's Degree and Teaching Certificate in 1960 at the University of Oregon.

In 1962 she transferred to Condon Elementary School, where she taught second grade for several years and then first grade until her retirement in 1980.

After retirement, she and Hazel Chappell and the River City Singers volunteered at Meadow Park Care Center every Thursday for 12 years. They sang the old songs with the patients there.

For years she played bridge with several bridge clubs. She loved any kind of card game, cooking and entertaining her family and friends. She adored her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Eastern Star, Columbia City Community Club, University of Oregon Alumni Association and various other educational organizations.

For more than five years she resided at Thanksgiving House in St. Helens, and through those years received wonderful loving care from Cecille Molden and the entire staff.

She is survived by her son, Douglas Putman and his wife Marilyn of Clatskanie; daughter, Beverly Ann Carpenter and her husband Charles of St. Helens; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl in 1979; great-granddaughter, Lindsey White in 2006; and grandson, Craig Carpenter in 2009.

A funeral service was held April 23 at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens. Committal service followed at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name can be sent to the Thanksgiving House, 184 N. 2nd St., St. Helens, OR 97051 or Children's Book Fund at the St. Helens Library, 375 S. 18th St., St. Helens, OR 97051.

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