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Obituaries: May 16, 2012

Robert Lester Barger

Dec. 20, 1926-May 3, 2012

Gresham resident Robert Lester Barger died Thursday, May 3, surrounded by his family. He was 85.

A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday, May 16, at Mt. Scott Funeral Home, 4205 S.E. 59th Ave., Portland. Interment will follow at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Bob was born Dec. 20, 1926, in Portland to Lester and Minnie (Hodges) Barger. He graduated from Benson High School in 1945.

On Sept. 17, 1945, Bob married Elizabeth 'Betty' Welch in Vancouver, Wash., just a few days before his deployment to the Pacific in World War II. Bob was in the Navy and served aboard the USS Bexar from 1945-46. He also served in the Air Force Reserve during the Korean War.

Bob was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 16. He worked in Sandy and at American Sheet Metal for 25 years until he and a partner started their own business, B and B Metal Inc., in the early 1970s. He retired in 1989.

Bob was a catcher in a semi-pro city baseball league during the 1950s. He was a fan of baseball and visited all of the Major League baseball parks in the United States. He was a big fan of the Mariners and the Yankees. He and Betty were also Trail Blazers fans and season ticketholders for 34 years. He had a passion for golf, carrying a low handicap, and had at least two holes-in-one.

Bob and Betty loved traveling in their motor home as well as their yearly visits to Hawaii. Family was the most important thing in the world to Bob.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years; and by his siblings Willard, Marie, Herbert, Bill, Harry and Don.

Survivors include his daughters, Kathy Watkins of Troutdale, Cindy Johnson of Gresham and Karen Campbell of Clackamas; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 1200 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 220, Portland, 97209; or the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Mt. Scott Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Kathleen Louise Czupofski

Dec. 6, 1953-May 10, 2012

Sandy resident Kathleen Louise Czupofski, 58, died Thursday, May 10.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Dover Community Church, 41820 S.E. Kitzmiller Road.

Kathy was born Dec. 6, 1953, in Eureka, Calif., to Robert and Alice Ray. She was raised in Eureka and attended Eureka High School.

On June 18, 1982, she married John Reed Czupofski Sr.

Kathy was a longtime member of Dover Community Church, where she was a youth leader. She rescued and rehabilitated animals.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer Borgelin, and brother, Charles Ray.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Sage Freeman of Tucson, Ariz., and Karen Kellar of Mulino; son, John Czupofski Jr. of Seaside; brother, Harold Ray of Medford; sister, Roseann Scott of Sandy; and 12 grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Raymond Frank Snell

March 21, 1962-May 10, 2012

Raymond Frank Snell, a resident of Boring, died Thursday, May 10, in Gresham. He was 50.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St.

Ray was born March 21, 1962, in Gresham to Lloyd Orville and Lois LaVerna (Linafelter) Snell. He attended Cottrell Grade School and then Sandy High School, graduating in 1980.

Ray worked as a truck driver for Swartz Moving and Storage in Portland. He enjoyed reading, doing the daily crossword puzzle and watching sports.

Survivors include his daughter, Bobbie Snell of Reno, Nev.; brothers, Ross Snell of Boring and Ron Snell of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters, Louise Maples of Olympia, Wash., Gayle Alexander of Gresham, Joyce Edwards of Baker City and Lois Allen of Zigzag; and many nieces and nephews.

Contributions can be made to the Boring Fire Department, P.O. Box 85, Boring, 97009.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Madelin Wheeler

Dec. 14, 1928-May 15, 2012

Madelin Wheeler, a resident of Boring, died Tuesday, May 15, in Sandy. She was 83.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. Private burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of The Post.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lorraine Jean Pinkerton

April 6, 1933-May 12, 2012

Sandy resident Lorraine Pinkerton died Saturday, May 12, at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. She was 79.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. A private burial will follow at Firhill Memorial Cemetery.

Lorraine was born April 6, 1933, in Arapahoe, Neb., to George and Bernice (Pruden) Foster. Lorraine was raised and educated in Arapahoe.

At age 18, she married Leonard Pinkerton. They moved to Lexington, Neb., where they began their family. In 1963, they moved to Portland, where they lived for a short time prior to moving to Sandy.

Lorraine was employed at The Big Apple Market and later at Mt. Hood Cleaners. In 1981, Lorraine and Leonard moved to Bonners Ferry, Idaho. They returned to Sandy to be near their family and granddaughters. Lorraine returned to work at Mt. Hood Cleaners, where she was employed until retiring in 1994 after 31 years.

On Jan. 28, 2000, Leonard preceded Lorraine in death, and she remained in Sandy. For the last three years she had resided at Avamere Assisted Living.

Lorraine loved doing various types of crafts, playing bingo, doing crossword and word search puzzles, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son, Ronnie Pinkerton, in 1994; two brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Pinkerton of Gresham and Kathy Pinkerton of Sandy; brother, Donald Foster of Salem; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Arlene Tomsha Kuykendall

Feb. 25, 1919-May 13, 2012

Gresham resident Arlene Tomsha Kuykendall died Sunday, May 13. She was 93.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 21, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Arlene was born Feb. 25, 1919, in Kansas to Ray and Leola (Brooks) Douglas. Arlene was raised and educated in Kansas.

On Sept. 11, 1938, she married Leslie J. Tomsha in Colorado. In 1943, they moved to Oregon with their two infant children and made their home in the Parkrose area and had two more children. Arlene worked part time at J.C. Penney.

In 1958, the family moved to Gresham, where they made their home and had another child. In 1964, Arlene's husband preceded her in death. She remained in Gresham and was employed at W.R. Hicks Company in downtown Gresham and later as a cook for the Gresham School District.

In the late 1960s, Arlene married Roy Kuykendall. Arlene and Roy owned and operated a heavy equipment construction company until his death in 1986. Arlene remained in Gresham, living on the family farm until 1998, when she moved to a mobile home park where she lived on her own until she was 92.

Arlene was an avid gardener and an excellent cook. She square-danced for 75 years and was a charter member of the B and B's Square Dance of Portland. She also danced with the Country Cut-Ups and the Sandy Swingers. She was a longtime member of the Sandy Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 4273. Arlene made wedding dresses, all of her square-dance dresses, quilts, comforters and afghans; she also did fabric painting and made rice bags. When she was younger, she enjoyed playing the piano. Arlene had a love and passion for cats, not just her own but strays. She also loved dogs and had a Labrador that lived to age 23. She even made quilts for her animals and fed them homemade food.

She was preceded in death by her son, Francis Tomsha; grandson, Joe Tomsha; and brother, Jerry Douglas.

Survivors include her daughters, Jo An Gunderson of Sandy and Sherri Becker of La Grande; sons, Bob Tomsha of Gresham and Dennis Tomsha of Gresham; sister, Normadine Dixon of Boise, Idaho; 18 grandchildren; more than 25 great-grandchildren; and more than 20 great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jesse Alan Ash Sr.

Sept. 15, 1964-May 13, 2012

Jesse Alan Ash Sr., a former resident of Boring, died Sunday, May 13, of heart failure. He was 47.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, May 19, at the Lighthouse Community Church, 495 S.E. Fourth St., Gresham.

Jesse was born Sept. 15, 1964, in Harbor City, Calif., to John and Maryjane (Gilbert) Ash. When he was a young boy, the family moved to Washington, where he began his elementary education. The family later moved to Boring, where Jesse finished his schooling.

Jesse was an automotive mechanic and was employed at wrecking yards and later at Don's Machine Shop for many years.

On Aug. 3, 1991, Jesse married Lisa Angus at Lighthouse Community Church in Gresham. For the last three years, Lisa and Jesse resided in Troutdale.

Jesse enjoyed working in his garage doing car repairs, working on his sand rail and restoring a 1950 Ford for his father. Jesse was a past member of the Associated Fords of the Fifties car club with his 1959 Ford truck. He also enjoyed spending time at Sandy Lake with his sand rail.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Jesse Ash Jr. and Russell Ash, both of Troutdale; daughter, KC Ash of Troutdale; his parents, of Gresham; brothers, Charles Orth of Ohio and Johnny Ash of Gresham; sisters, Victoria Angus of Damascus and Kathy Ash of Gresham; nieces and nephews; and one great-niece.

In lieu of contributions, the family requests that love and prayers be lifted for Jesse's family.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Norma 'Jean' Morehead

June 6, 1928-April 29, 2012

Former Sandy resident Norma 'Jean' Morehead died Sunday, April 29. She was 83.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 8, at Sandy Ridge Cemetery.

Jean was born June 6, 1928, in New Bridge to Cully and Mabel Trickel.

In 1945, she married John Wesley Morehead. They resided in many places throughout the West, Southwest and Midwest before settling in Sandy in 1965. Jean later moved into a retirement condo in Gresham and then in with her daughter, Sandy, in Gresham.

Jean was an entrepreneur and a meat wrapper by trade.

Jean was passionate about rocks, doll collecting, Native American artifacts, painting and hand quilting; she was a member of numerous rock clubs and quilting clubs. She also volunteered and served on the board of directors for the Sandy Action Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, John Sidney 'Pete' Morehead; and brother, John.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandy Webb of Gresham; sister, Nona; brothers, Tiny, Wink and George; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, 97055; Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Mail Code BTE355, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, 97239; or to a charity of choice.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dean C. Cool

Sept. 13, 1941-March 8, 2012

Dean C. Cool, a resident of Boring, died Thursday, March 8. He was 70.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Dean was born Sept. 13, 1941, in Lewiston, Idaho. He was raised on his grandparents' ranch along the Snake River outside Lewiston. He attended Lewiston High School and enlisted in the Navy in 1959. He was discharged with injuries in 1969.

Dean was known as a jack-of-all-trades and held several jobs: rancher, mechanic, logger, truck driver, commercial fisherman and welder. He volunteered with R and R New Options Equine Rescue and Rehab. He was an active outdoorsman and liked to fish, camp and ride horses. He resided in Gresham, Carver and finally in Boring.

Survivors include Mary Rice, his companion of 20 years; daughters, Brina White of Boring and Leona Derrick of Portland; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Providence Hospice, 6410 N.E. Halsey St., Suite 300, Portland, 97213; or the American Cancer Society, 4380 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite 210, Portland, 97239.

Crown Memorial Center of Milwaukie is handling arrangements.