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Obituaries: Feb. 1, 2012

Kathryn Ann Chaney

Oct. 29, 1930-Jan. 12, 2012

Dover resident Kathryn Ann Chaney, 81, died Thursday, Jan. 12, at her home.

At her request, no services will be held.

Kathryn was born Oct. 29, 1930, in Dansville, N.Y., to Frank and Minta Lohr. The family moved to Estacada in 1942, and she attended Estacada High School.

In 1947, she married Don Chaney. They resided in Gresham and in many other places throughout Oregon, Washington and California. In 1960, Don went to work for General Telephone in Gresham and they bought a farm, which Kathryn tended while raising their four children. She also started the Dover motocross motorcycle track.

Kathryn and Don moved to Petersburg, Alaska, in 1974 for his job with a telephone company. Kathryn helped her husband and worked in a fish cannery. They built their own home on property across the bay from Petersburg. Kathryn also ran a liquor store for many years and continued to fly back to her farm in Dover. She built a new home there in 2001, doing much of the construction and landscaping herself.

Kathryn received her pilot's license and bought her own Cessna 180. She survived a near-death crash in the bay but bought another plane and continued flying. She loved fishing, boating and camping. She also knew a lot about boats from her small skiff to how the ferry system in Alaska worked.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1997; brothers, Franklin, Howard, Harvey, John and Billy; and sister, Adele Wilbanks.

Survivors include her daughters, Donna Davis of Vancouver, Wash., Karen Houston of Sandy and Rachel Chaney of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; son, Jeff Chaney of Anchorage, Alaska; brother, Glen Lohr of Estacada; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Joann June Anderson

Dec. 13, 1939-Jan. 26, 2012

Joann June Anderson, a former resident of Boring, died Thursday, Jan. 26, in Maupin. She was 72.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. Private burial will follow at Forrester Cemetery at Eagle Creek.

Joann was born Dec. 13, 1939, in Portland to Joseph and June (Baxter) Anderson. She was raised in Boring, Milwaukie and Clackamas. She attended Clackamas High School, where she enjoyed playing trumpet in the high school band. She graduated from there in 1957. Joann resided in Corbett and Boring until finally settling in Eagle Creek in 1967.

Joann worked as a custodian for a number of drive-in and walk-in movie theaters in the area. She eventually got a job as a custodian with the Estacada School District, where she worked for 30 years until retiring. After retirement she spent most of her time raising Appaloosa horses on her ranch.

Jerry Boerste, her companion of 53 years, preceded her in death in 2008.

Survivors include her brothers, Clifford Anderson of Maupin and Charles Anderson of Las Vegas, Nev.; two nephews; and two nieces.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Luella Fay Bechtel

May 16, 1923-Jan. 21, 2012

Luella 'Fay' Bechtel, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 21, at her daughter's home in Boring. She had Alzheimer's disease and had recently broken her hip.

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 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham. A viewing will be from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St., and prior to the service at the church.

Fay was born May 16, 1923, in Roseberry, Idaho, to Edgar and Ruby (Hoagland) Buchanan, the oldest of six children. Fay was raised in Roseberry and graduated from high school in Donnelly, Idaho.

In 1940, Fay married Ross Muller. They made their home in New Meadows, Idaho, and began their family. They divorced after 17 years.

In 1962, Fay married Vern Bechtel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They resided in New Meadows, where Fay worked as a waitress. Fay and Vern moved to Oregon and made their home in the Gresham and Rockwood areas, where Fay was a plant nursery worker. In 1976, they moved to Cove. Fay moved to her daughter's home in September 2010 as her health was failing and her husband was unable to care for her.

Fay enjoyed playing spelling games and in her young years participated in spelling bees. She loved to garden vegetables and flowers and picked the dandelions by the roots so they wouldn't spread. She did ceramics, tole painting, quilting, sewing and crocheting for many years and enjoyed reading. Fay had a special love for animals, especially dogs and cats.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Irene Draper, and her son, Bill Muller.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Ron Muller of Caldwell, Idaho, Monte Muller of Gresham, Mike Bechtel of Boring and Kelly Bechtel of Gresham; daughter, Carol Alexander of Boring; brothers, Eldon Buchanan of Meridian, Idaho, and Allen Buchanan of Weiser, Idaho; sisters, Lois Hunt of Gresham and Mildred Martin of Bakersfield, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joel Kevin Twist

Aug. 11, 1942-Jan. 19, 2012

Eagle Creek resident Joel Kevin Twist died Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center in Portland after a long battle with leukemia. He was 69.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring.

Joel was born Aug. 11, 1942, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Jack and Katherine (Donavon) Twist. He was raised and educated in Buffalo. Shortly after graduating from high school, he entered the Coast Guard on Feb. 8, 1961, in Orchard Park, N.Y. While on leave, Joel married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Brooks, on Aug. 24, 1963, in Port Huron, Mich. Joel and Sharon then moved to Buffalo, where he was stationed until his discharge in 1967.

Joel and Sharon lived in various areas throughout New York and began their family there. Joel farmed for a time until he was called into the ministry of sharing the Gospels. Joel and his family then moved to Dallas, Texas, where he furthered his education and received his training in the Gospels. Shortly after graduating, they moved to Oregon and made their home in Eagle Creek, where they started a church and school.

Joel loved spending time outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. For many years, he and Sharon raised Labradors. He treasured the times spent with his family.

Survivors include his wife; son, Matt Twist of Sandy; daughter, Jennifer Hamilton of Gresham; sisters, Mary Twist and Kathleen Gallagher, both of New York; brother, Michael Twist of Arizona; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Leukemia Society.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Myron Rogstad

Aug. 18, 1943-Jan. 21, 2012

Rhododendron resident Myron Rogstad died Saturday, Jan. 21, at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham. He was 68.

Private inurnment with military honors will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Still Creek Inn, 73365 E. Highway 26, Rhododendron.

Myron was born Aug. 18, 1943, in Los Angeles to Selmer and Lillien (Johnson) Rogstad. When he was a small child, the family moved to Oregon and made their home in Portland, where he was raised and educated. Shortly after graduating from Parkrose High School, he attended an electrical trade school until he was drafted into the Army. He served in the Vietnam War.

Myron married Linda Neal. They resided in Rhododendron for 38 years.

Myron was an electrician. For the past 12 years he had heart disease and emphysema. Myron spent much of his day on his computer and phone, reaching out to his family and friends and keeping them up to date on what everyone was doing.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Troy of Damascus, Anthony of Rhododendron, Darrin of La Grande, Kelly of Lake Oswego and Kyle of Gresham; and 12 grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mary S. Thorsell

Feb. 13, 1941-Dec. 1, 2011

Sandy resident Mary S. Thorsell, 70, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Sandy Assembly of God, 39800 Highway 26.

Mary was born Feb. 13, 1941, in San Diego to Walter and Ruby Kost. She was raised in Portland and attended Grant High School.

On Feb. 9, 1957, she married Ronald Terry Thorsell in Vancouver, Wash.

Mary was a homemaker. She moved to Sandy in 1972 to live on a farm. She volunteered at the Sandy Action Center and at the elementary schools her children and grandchildren attended. She loved going to the Oregon coast with her grandchildren and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Scott Thorsell of Troutdale and Ron Thorsell of Clackamas; daughters, Kathi Rentenaar of Boring and Andrea Thorsell of Sandy; sisters, Virginia Underwood of Hillsboro and Nellie Tapp of Molalla; brothers, Theodore Kost of Vancouver, Wash., Richard Kost of Svenson and Merlin Kost of Pendleton; and five grandchildren.

Crown Memorial Center is handling arrangements.