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Oct. 31 obituaries

Maurice “Red” Trow Davis Jr.

Sept. 20, 1931-Oct. 11, 2012

East County resident Maurice “Red” Trow Davis died Thursday, Oct. 11, in Portland. He was 81.

Two memorial services were held to remember his life at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Boring and Willamette National Cemetery, with receptions following at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4273 in Sandy.

The oldest of four brothers and one sister, Red was born Sept. 20, 1931, in Red Bluff, Calif. Because of his red hair, he was known to his friends as “Red.”

After growing up in Northern California, he received an associate’s degree from Shasta College in Redding, Calif.

Red entered the California Army National Guard in 1950 and spent 10 years in the Guard and Army Reserve before entering the Army in 1960.

He married his wife Nancy in the early 1950s.

Red served 10 years in the Army, including three tours in Vietnam. After 20 years of combined service at the rank of Major with the U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets), he retired from the Army.

He worked as a tractor foreman and later a tour bus driver. During his life, Red learned several languages, including Spanish, Tai, Laotian, Korean and Vietnamese.

He and his wife moved to Oregon in 1977.

A hardworking man, Red had a strong personality and could be very charming when he wanted to be.

Red is survived by his wife; six sons, Trow, Pete, Chris, Jack, Shawn and Jeff Davis; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mary Patricia Aeppli

Nov. 28, 1927-Oct. 15, 2012

Mary Patricia “Pat” Aeppli died Monday, Oct. 15. She was 84.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. A short reception will follow at the funeral home with an extended reception at another location to be announced.

The youngest of three, Pat was born Nov. 28, 1927, in Vernonia, to Cleo (Weems) and Carter S. Caton. She spent eight years of her childhood living in Texas. After returning to Oregon, she graduated from Vernonia High School in 1946.

Pat enrolled at Oregon State University, studying art and joining Sigma Kappa sorority. She stayed in touch with her sorority sisters for the remainder of her life.

Pat met Walter Jakob Aeppli, an engineer from Zurich, Switzerland, while working at Timberline Lodge. She and Walt were married in Portland in 1952 and raised two daughters in Rhododendron. They were married for 55 years until Walter’s death in 2007.

Inspired by Walter’s Swiss heritage and his home-baked bread, Pat loved cooking Swiss-style meals. Their home was warm and inviting, and their hospitality touched many.

Pat donated her time to many volunteer organizations. For several years she worked with the Columbia River Girl Scouts as a troop leader, day camp coordinator and site manager for the Homestead Camp in Rhododendron.

She also volunteered at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, PTA, OSU Extension Service, Hoodland Women’s and Garden Clubs, Wy’east Artisans Guild, Portland Swiss Ladies Club, Helvetia-Alpengluehn and Friends of Timberline.

Pat was a gentle soul with a quiet, thoughtful nature and a strong faith in God. She enjoyed sewing and could expertly produce a school choir uniform or community theatrical costume on short notice. She lovingly created both of her daughters’ wedding gowns.

Pat was a natural artist who enjoyed working in pastels and pencil. She was not one for athletic endeavors, but nonetheless joined a bowling league and even won a trophy.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Shelby Wofford of Cuero, Texas; and brother, Hugh Caton of Hillsboro.

She is survived by her daughters, Christine Buck of Sandy and Shelby Imholt of Hillsboro; nephews, John Wofford of Victoria, Texas, and H. Riley Caton of Gresham; four grandchildren; a great-niece; and three great-grandchildren.

Wilhelm Heckel

Aug. 10, 1933-Oct. 15, 2012

Longtime Boring resident Wilhelm Heckel died Monday, Oct. 15, after recovering from a heart attack at St. Vincent Medical Center. He was 79.

A memorial service was held Oct. 27 at Sandy Baptist Church in Boring.

Wilhelm was born Aug. 10, 1933, in Odessa, Ukraine. He and his family escaped the upheaval of World War II and settled in Northern Germany on the Island of Fehmarn. There, Wilhelm learned his trade as a cabinet maker and carpenter.

In 1957, the family immigrated to the United States. Wilhelm married Ida Wagner April 4, 1964.

The couple bought a farm on Kelso Road where they grew raspberries and strawberries for 38 years. Many people in the Boring area remember picking berries at the Heckel Berry Farm.

After his retirement, Wilhelm kept busy with carpentry projects and attended Sandy Baptist Church with his family.

His pride and joy were his grandchildren and he enjoyed salmon fishing in Tillamook Bay.

WIlhelm is survived by his wife of 48 years; two daughters, Elizabeth deJesus and Margaret Lemmer of the Boring area; four grandchildren; and brothers, Oswald Heckel and Alex Heckel, Sr.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Bill “Billy” Oscar Kitchens

Oct. 31, 1937-Oct. 25, 2012

Longtime Corbett resident Billy Oscar Kitchens died suddenly Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. He was 74.

A memorial service was held Oct. 30 at Sandy Funeral Home in Sandy.

Billy was born Oct. 31, 1937, in Epps, La., to Oscar Pink and Bessie (Parrish) Kitchens. He was raised in Epps and graduated from high school in 1958.

He met his wife, Elsie May Crouch, in Maryland while serving in the Army. They married Nov. 1, 1958, in Rock Hall, M.D. They made their home in Epps.

The couple moved to Oregon in 1973, where they raised their four children, eventually settling in Corbett as their permanent home.

Billy provided for his family by working as a long-haul truck driver, a career he began at age 17 and finally retired from in 2002.

Billy loved to hunt, spend time with friends and family, take care of his animals, tend to his garden and keeping his fences mended and straight.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years; sons, Ronnie Kitchens of Sandy and Billy Kitchens of St. Helens; daughters, Karen Kitchens and Sheena Barnes both of Sandy; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters; several nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

Billy’s family suggests contributions be made in his name to the Corbett Grange, Northeast Grange Hall Road, Corbett.

Berneita Snyder

April 10, 1934-Oct. 19, 2012

Longtime East County resident Berneita Snyder died Friday, Oct. 19, at Pacifica Encore Senior Village in Portland. She was 78.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1440 S.E. 182nd Ave., Portland.

Berneita was born April 10, 1934, in Ellsworth, Kan., to Rudolph and Hulda (Haase) Nienke. After growing up in Ellsworth and graduating from Ellsworth High School, Berneita attended Brown Mackie School of Business in Salina, Kan., where she earned her associate’s degree.

On Jan. 16, 1955, she married Laurence Ralph Snyder in Ellsworth. Together they owned Larry’s One Hour Martinizing for 30 years.

In September 1974, the couple moved to Gresham, where Berneita worked at the Multnomah Education Service District as an accountant and reception clerk until she retired.

She loved crocheting, gardening, baking, sewing and going to the beach. She also enjoyed helping produce Bibles for the blind at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Gresham.

Berneita’s favorite way to spend her time was with her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her brother Leonard.

Berneita is survived by her daughters, Charleen Treanor of Sandy and Kathleen Davis of Gig Harbor, Wash.; son, L. Craig of Maple Valley, Wash.; sisters, Betty of Loveland, Colo., Doris of Milaca, Minn., Edith of Salina, Hulda of Ellsworth, Velma of Gypsum, Kan., and Lois of Salina; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild due in May.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Charles T. Lane

June 24, 1910-Oct. 22, 2012

Former Sandy resident Charles T. Lane died Monday, Oct. 22, at a Portland retirement center where he had resided for the past seven years. He was 102.

A funeral service was held Oct. 27 at the Community Presbyterian Church with a private burial following at Cliffside Cemetery.

Charles was born June 24, 1910, in rural Hayes County, Neb., the youngest in a family of six children. He grew up on a cattle ranch in Arthur County, Neb., graduating from Arthur County High School in 1930, and from Kearney State Teachers College at Kearney, Neb.

Moving to Sandy in 1941, Charles began a lengthy teaching career at Sandy Elementary School, teaching eighth grade most of the time.

He also was a principal, bus driver, sports coach and school activities coordinator. Charles was involved in community affairs, helping secure Sandy’s first fire truck.

On Feb. 21, 1942, Charles married Nellie A. Clapp. During World War II, Charles served with the 4th Infantry Division in the European Theater as a front-line medic.

After retiring from the Sandy public school system, Charles took some jewelry-making classes at Mt. Hood Community College. He worked part time as a jewelry lab supervisor at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham from 1976 until 1988.

Surviving is his wife of 70 years; his three daughters; eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Arthur County Rural Fire Protection District, P.O. Box 187, Arthur, Neb. 69121.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.