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Obituaries for Jan. 4, 2012

Gloria Diane Swan

Aug. 3, 1939-Dec. 23, 2011

Sandy resident Gloria Diane Swan died Friday, Dec. 23. She was 72.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham.

Gloria was born Aug. 3, 1939, in Joseph to Selwyn and Beulah Gaulke. She attended Welches Grade School and graduated from Sandy Union High School in 1957.

In 1967, she married Thomas Swanton. When they divorced, Gloria changed her name to Gloria Swan.

Gloria attended Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts) in Los Angeles as an illustration major. She completed a bachelor's degree in general studies and art from Portland State University in 1980, followed by a master's of teaching in art education from Lewis and Clark College in 1985. Gloria was a public school art teacher for 20 years in Sandy at Cedar Ridge Middle School.

Gloria was a published author and illustrator who worked in New York City and from her home in Oregon. Her first book, 'A Day With My Pets,' was reissued again as 'Where is My Shoe?' It was also printed in two anthologies.

Gloria was also an artist in galleries, art shows and private commissions. Gloria's art is owned across the United States, Australia and Europe. Her illustrations have been in the New York Society of Illustrators show. Her art is on permanent display in the Department of Agriculture building in Washington, D.C., and in Portland at the Oregon Zoo. Gloria's deep love of nature, animals and especially horses inspired her artwork. Her artwork can be seen at gloriaswan.com.

Survivors include her daughter, Tahnee Swanton of Seattle, and nieces Cindy Gaulke of Portland and Kim Tellin of Beaverton.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lillien Loraine Rogstad

Oct. 30, 1925-Dec. 22, 2011

Sandy resident Lillien Loraine Rogstad, 86, died Thursday, Dec. 22.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St., Sandy. Private inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Lillien was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Stanley, N.D., to Joseph and Tonette Johnson, one of 14 children. She was raised in Stanley.

Lillien married Sam Rogstad on Feb. 12, 1943, and they moved to Los Angeles. After World War II, they moved to Portland and then to Gresham.

Lillien was a homemaker. She briefly worked at a bookbinding company in Portland.

Lillien enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family, dancing and music. She played the piano and accordion and played in her brother's band, the Doc Johnson Silver Moon Band, as a young woman.

Her husband preceded her in death in 2002.

Survivors include her son, Myron Rogstad of Rhododendron; sisters, Sallie Sackett of Portland and Millie Lillegarde of Sandy; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Cascadia Village, 39495 Cascadia Village Drive, Sandy, 97055.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jeffery E. German

April 30, 1943-Dec. 20, 2011

Former Kelso resident Jeffery E. German died Tuesday, Dec. 20, after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 68.

Services will be held Friday, Jan. 6, in Bakersfield, Calif. Another service will be held on the Clearwater River.

Jeff was born April 30, 1943, in Hood River to Thomas and Violet German. The family resided in Kelso for many years. Jeff graduated from Sandy High School in 1961.

On June 8, 1987, he married Christine Brley in Enumclaw, Wash.

Jeff worked in the shipyards in Bremerton, Wash. He moved to Bakersfield, Calif., and worked as a fabricator and welder for Kern Machinery. He loved making things with his hands and enjoyed cooking and baking.

Survivors include his wife of Bakersfield; children, Rick Cronister of Arizona, Tracy Boyd of Clarkston, Wash., and Dan German of Bremerton; and seven grandchildren.

Donna Rae Patricia Norris

March 6, 1939-Dec. 29, 2011

Sandy resident Donna Rae Patricia Norris, 72, died Thursday, Dec. 29, at her home with her daughters by her side.

A viewing was held Friday, Dec. 30, at Sandy Funeral Home. A memorial was held Saturday, Dec. 31, at Donna's home. A private ceremony is planned for the summer 2012.

Donna was born March 6, 1939, in Lincoln, Neb., to Clinton and Viola (Thurman) Lloyd. She spent her childhood in Beatrice, Neb. In 1952, the family moved to Springdale.

On Feb. 3, 1954, Donna married Ray Donald Norris in Portland. They resided in several towns in Oregon over the years as their family grew. They finally settled in Sandy where they remained for the last 47 years.

Donna was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing clothing for her girls and making sure that they and Ray were well fed and cared for. Donna liked to travel. She also enjoyed hunting, fishing and rock hounding.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2002 and by her brother, George Lloyd, in 2011.

Survivors include her daughters, Gloria Lucky of Sandy, Virginia Miller of Rock Springs, Wyo., Patty Schafer of Boring, Oria Coe of Sandy and Marie Prater of Rock Springs; brother, Dick Lloyd of Boring; sisters, Gloria Babb of Arizona and Toni Bryant of Irrigon; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Darrell Alvin Meyer

March 9, 1950-Dec. 27, 2011

Darrell Alvin Meyer, a resident of Boring, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, at Hopewell House in Portland. He was 61.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Darrell was born March 9, 1950, in Portland to Lester and Esther (Sharer) Meyer. He was raised and educated in the Gresham and Troutdale areas.

On May 28, 2005, he married Londa Thomas in Reno, Nev. They made their home in White City. In 2009, Darrell moved to Boring to be near his mother.

Darrell worked various jobs throughout his life. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson with his dog Charlie, racing dirt bikes, watching and attending NASCAR races, drag races, attending car shows, restoring cars and boating. He was a 'jack of all trades' guy and was talented in so many areas. He had a passion for animals and was a supporter of no-kill shelters.

Survivors include his wife; mother, of Boring; daughter, Dawn Meyer of Beaverton; son, Cameron Meyer of Washington, D.C.; sisters, Beverly Melton of Boring and Barbara Erazo of Salem; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hopewell House, 6171 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland, 97239-2649; or to any no-kill animal shelter of choice.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Linda Ann Bell

April 26, 1938-Jan. 1, 2012

Welches resident Linda Ann Bell, 73, died Sunday, Jan. 1, of complications from an illness.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Hoodland Lutheran Church, 59151 E. Highway 26, Brightwood.

Linda was born April 26, 1938, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Charles and Eleanor Wirt.

In May 1981, Linda married Richard 'Dick' J. Bell in Antioch, Calif. They moved to Welches in 2004 and became members of Hoodland Lutheran Church, where Linda was a member of the Neighborhood Missions program.

Linda loved spending time with her family and crafting. She enjoyed building dollhouses, sewing and quilting. She loved children and adopted or became a surrogate parent and grandparent to many.

Survivors include her husband; son, Kevin Bell of California; and three grandchildren.

Peggy Jo Ryan

Jan. 7, 1953-Dec. 29, 2011

Sandy resident Peggy Jo Ryan, 58, died Wednesday, Dec. 29.

A memorial service is pending and will be held at a later date.

A complete obituary and service information will be published in a future edition of the Post.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Linda Lee Churney

July 4, 1944-Dec. 18, 2011

Sandy resident Linda Lee Churney, 67, died Sunday, Dec. 18.

No service will be held.

Linda was born July 4, 1944, in Portland to Will and Lucille Myers. She was raised in Santa Barbara, Calif.

On April 24, 1970, she married Allan Churney in Rainier.

Survivors include her husband; son, Brian Churney of Sandy; and one granddaughter.

Crown Memorial Center of Milwaukie is handling arrangements.

Elizabeth 'Betty' Edwards Baker

May 4, 1930-Dec. 19, 2011

Sandy resident Elizabeth 'Betty' Edwards Baker died Monday, Dec. 19. She was 81.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Sandy Baptist Church, 34435 S.E. Jarl Road, Boring.

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

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.