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Obituaries: Jan. 25, 2012

Jennifer Helene Hare

Sept. 26, 1944-Jan. 10, 2012

Eagle Creek resident Jennifer Helene Hare, 67, died Tuesday, Jan. 10.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 14, at The Salvation Army Gresham Corps.

Jenny was born Sept. 26, 1944, in Great Falls, Mont., to Robert and Annie (Lowery) Hallas.

In 1968, she married Larry Hare.

Jenny was a homemaker. She enjoyed time with her husband and family. She especially enjoyed family outings, camping, swimming, reading, crocheting, knitting and grocery shopping. She also enjoyed cooking, playing the piano and being with her pets. She played the piano for services at The Salvation Army Gresham Corps/Church for more than a decade.

Survivors include her husband; children, Rick Hare of Sandy, Nancy Dewane of Sandy and Marty Hare of Eagle Creek; sisters, Nancy Schafer of Sandy, Mary Kelly of Washington, April Kelly of California and Norma Larson of California; brother, James Kelly of Arizona; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to The Salvation Army Gresham Corps Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 1350, Gresham, 97030.

Joseph Frederick Thompson

Dec. 25, 1922-Jan. 17, 2012

Sandy resident Joseph Frederick Thompson died Tuesday, Jan. 17. He was 89.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. Private burial will be at Cliffside Cemetery.

Joe was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Portland to Thales and Katie (McConnell) Thompson. When he was 6, he went to live with his aunt and uncle on their farm near Estacada, where he graduated from high school in 1940.

Joe entered the Navy in 1942. While on leave, he married childhood sweetheart Shirley Tucker of Estacada on May 3, 1945. After his discharge, they resided in Corvallis, where he attended Oregon State College for two years. They resided in Portland and Gresham prior to making their home in Sandy in 1967. Shirley preceded him in death in 2001.

Joe worked at Reynolds Metals for 24 years, 10 years at production foreman and two years as millwright foreman. He worked in Venezuela for two years before retiring to his farm on Marmot Road.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jean McQuin, in 1994; and by his grandson, Jason McQuin, in 1994.

Survivors include his sons, Donald Thompson of Portland and Daniel Thompson of Sandy; daughters, JoAnne Groshart of Bellevue, Wash., Molly Thompson of Tacoma, Wash., and Carrie Sutherland of Dallas, Texas; sister, Dorothy Loudon of Sun City, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Audubon Society, 5151 N.W. Cornell Road, Portland, 97210.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William Oliver 'Bill' Porter

Sept. 6, 1926-Jan. 20, 2012

William Oliver 'Bill' Porter, a former resident of Boring, died Friday, Jan. 20, in Gresham. He was 85.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Mt. Scott Funeral Home, 4205 S.E. 59th Ave., Portland. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery with full military honors.

Bill was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Pendleton to William Tracy and Estella (Oliver) Porter. The family lived in Pocatello, Idaho, Palo Alto, Calif., and Bend. They moved to Salem in 1937, and Bill enlisted in the Navy at age 16. Bill served active duty in the South Pacific during World War II as a gunner's mate and ship's barber; he also wrote the ship's newsletter. He was discharged from the service in June 1946.

On Sept. 4, 1949, he married Frances Dee Gibby at Silver Falls Creek. They resided in Gresham and Boring.

Bill worked at canneries and logging companies and was a co-owner and hydraulic mechanic at Line Ko Equipment in Clackamas. He was a master woodcarver of gunstocks, Christmas ornaments and decorative pieces.

Bill was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He was also a sharpshooter and vice president of Frontier Town at the Little World's Fair in Damascus. He enjoyed gardening (especially dahlias), Christmas and restoring vintage cars.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Martha Porter and Ester French Robinson; brother, Donald Porter; and grandchildren, Shelley Talent, Billy Ray Talent and Heather Porter.

Survivors include children Debby Moore, Richard Porter and Claudia Catchpole, all of Gresham, Patsy Talent of Orchards, Wash., and Donald Porter of Newberg; brother, Edward Porter of Lakewood, Wash.; ex-wife, Frances Millington of Portland; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, remembrance contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va., 22312.

Mt. Scott Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Douglas Owen Portinga

March 29, 1946-Dec. 23, 2011

Welches resident Douglas Owen Portinga, 65, died Friday, Dec. 23, five weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

At his request, no memorial service was held.

Doug was born March 29, 1946, in Vancouver, Wash., to Rodney and Eunice Portinga. He graduated from Parkrose High School in 1964 and married his high school sweetheart, Valerie Werstlein, in 1966. They built their house in Sandy.

Doug was a union ironworker. Some of his favorite projects were working on the building of the Fremont Bridge as well as several buildings in downtown Portland. He retired from Harder Mechanical in 1999.

After Valerie's death in 1999, Doug sold the family home and moved to Welches. He was an avid reader and a member of the Mt. Hood Golf Club. A golfing friend introduced him to Cloanne 'Cloie' Hammond. They married on March 30, 2002. They enjoyed gardening in their yard, taking cruises and spending time on the Oregon Coast. Doug also assisted at Cloie's family's restaurant, The Skyway Bar and Grill in Zigzag, building things for their outdoor dining area.

Doug's sister, Paula, and brother, Dale, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; son, Todd Portinga of Hillsboro; daughter, Kelli Bobbett of Oregon City; stepson, Dan Hammond of Boring; brother, Ron Portinga of Rogue River; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Adventist Hospice, 5835 N.E. 122nd Ave., Suite 135, Portland, 97230.

Nita Ann Stamm

July 17, 1932-Jan. 23, 2012

Sandy resident Nita Ann Stamm died Monday, Jan. 23, at her home with her family at her side. She was 79.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St.

Nita was born July 17, 1932, in Lewistown, Mont., to Floyd and Lillian (Miller) Coleman. She was raised and educated in Lewistown.

On June 8, 1951, Nita married her high school sweetheart, Richard Stamm, at the naval academy in Annapolis, Md. Dick left for Korea and Nita returned to her family in Montana.

After his honorable discharge, Dick joined his wife and children in La Crosse, Wis., where they farmed and Dick began his career in industrial refrigeration. The family resided in Brigham City, Utah, and in Pocatello, Idaho, before settling in Mount Prospect, Ill., where Dick owned and operated his own industrial refrigeration business and Nita was the bookkeeper. She also worked for the Elk Grove Township and the school board until retiring.

Nita then formed her own engineering company and contracted out with the American Public Works Association's Chicago chapter. Nita also worked as an office manager, contractor liaison and election clerk and for the Public Works Department.

In 1993, Nita and Dick moved to Oregon and made their home in Sandy. Nita was employed at the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce office. She volunteered her time at the senior center and was active with the Sandy Kiwanis Club for many years and on the Sandy Historical Society board.

Nita was passionate about her family and always put them first. She cared for her elderly mother for many years until her death. She loved gardening, taking family road trips and being active in the community.

Her twin sister, Nada, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; children, Linda Luster of Sandy, Paula Ketner of Sandy, Marshall Stamm of Peachtree City, Ga., Leanne Sterzel of Elk Grove, Ill., and Molly Nesheim of Scappoose; brothers, Yale Coleman of Florida, Norm Coleman of Lewistown and Ron Coleman of Illinois; and six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sandy Senior Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy, 97055; or the Sandy Historical Society, P.O. Box 652, Sandy, 97055.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Luella 'Fay' Bechtel

May 16, 1923-Jan. 21, 2012

Luella 'Fay' Bechtel, a resident of Boring, died Saturday, Jan. 21. She was 88.

A viewing will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Hollyview Baptist Church, 14095 S.E. 257th Ave., Damascus. Burial will follow.

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

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.