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Nov. 28 obituaries


LaVerne Elsie Dibble

June 24, 1932-Nov. 16, 2012

Sandy resident LaVerne Elsie Dibble died Friday, Nov. 16. She was 80.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Sandy Senior Center. Another service was held Saturday, Nov. 24, in the Estacada Kingdom Hall.

LaVerne was born June 24, 1932, in Minnesota to Chester and Violet Hopkins. After graduating from Clatskanie High School, LaVerne moved to Portland and worked as an aide at Good Samaritan Hospital.

LaVerne married Earl Dibble in 1956. The couple made their permanent home in Sandy and raised three children. After her children finished school, LaVerne worked in the kitchen at St. Jude’s Nursing Home.

LaVerne enjoyed sewing, Chinese checkers and time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Linda Minnick, Diana Alter and Vern Dibble of Sandy; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements

Roxie Burns

Feb. 28, 1915-Nov. 19, 2012

Sandy resident Roxie Elizabeth Burns died Monday, Nov. 19. She was 97.

A graveside service was held Monday, Nov. 26, at Willamette National Cemetery, following a viewing at Sandy Funeral Home.

Roxie was born Feb. 28, 1915, in Haines to James and Carrie McCormick. She attended Palmer School of Business and Writing College.

In 1933, Roxie married Eldon Mills. They made their home in Sandy. Besides caring for her daughter, Roxie worked at Scales Mercantile and Dr. Nohren’s office as a receptionist. Roxie and Eldon were later divorced.

Roxie married LeRoy “Flip” Burns on July 3, 1954. They had one son together. Roxie continued her employment at Dr. Nohren’s office, later working at Ogden Variety.

Survivors include her daughter, Dolores Yarborough; son, Shawn Burns; brother, Jim McCormick; and four grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral is handling arrangements.

Alan Stephen Lajimodiere

Sept. 29, 1947-Nov. 20, 2012

Eagle Creek resident Alan Lajimodiere died Tuesday, Nov. 20. He was 65.

A graveside service with honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Alan was born Sept. 29, 1947, in Belcourt, N.D., to Leo Joseph and Lola Lajimodiere. He joined the Marines in 1964 and served honorably during the Vietnam War.

Alan worked for an ambulance company, then became a union carpenter for 18 years. He worked as a construction inspector, retiring as chief inspector for the city of Gresham in 2009.

Alan enjoyed classic cars and studying history. He was a life member and past commander of Sandy VFW Post 4273.

Survivors include his wife, Leora Lajimodiere; children, Michelle and Ben Lajimodiere; step-children, Karen Riley and Greg Ogilvie; sisters, Denise and Leola Lajimodiere; and 10 grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions to Team Rubicon Region 10.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jack Lee Massey

Jan. 26, 1942-Nov. 19, 2012

Sandy resident Jack Massey died at his home Monday, Nov. 19. He was 70.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Jack was born, Jan. 26, 1942, in Los Angeles to Clifton and Iris (Davenport) Massey.

He was raised in Sandy but worked in the farming industry in Southern Oregon most of his life. Jack returned to Sandy to retire and make it his permanent home. He was very loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Royce “Buster” Annis

March 24, 1928-Nov. 19, 2012

Longtime Brightwood resident Royce “Buster” Annis died at his home Monday, Nov. 19.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Brightwood Tavern.

Buster was born March 24, 1928, in Nashville to Royce and Ruby (Taylor) Annis. In 1942, the family moved to Sandy, where he grew up and attended school.

Buster married Ethel Cain in March 1949. After Buster’s service with the U.S. Air Force took the couple to California, they returned to Sandy in 1956 to make their permanent home and raise their family.

Buster and two brothers-in-law started their own logging company, BSA, and cleared land on the mountain. After logging for many years, Buster worked for the Oregon Highway Department until retiring in 1986.

Surviving are his daughter, Jenny Shibley of Brightwood; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ben Gering

July 8, 1940-Nov. 26, 2012

Gresham resident Ben Gering died at his home Monday, Nov. 26. He was 72.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Mt. Hood Christian Center, 2500 S.E. Palmblad Road, Gresham. A private burial was held at Cliffside Cemetery in Sandy.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Paid obituaries

Elaine Dyson Hartman

Elaine Dyson Hartman’s life journey came to end November 20, 2012 at Avamere Assisted Living center in Sandy. A memorial mass was held November 24th at St. Michael Catholic Church in Sandy. Private interment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Elaine, a Sandy resident since 1948, worked for many local businesses, retiring in 1982 from the US Post Office, Sandy branch.

Elaine married Louis Popelka June 2, 1945 in Wisconsin. They had 2 children; Thomas of West Linn and Lois Coleman of Sandy. Louis died in 1964. Elaine met Sam Dyson while working for The Oregonian and married in 1967. Sam passed away in 1991. Elaine later married Capt. I.S. “Jim” Hartman (USN retired). Jim died on November 20, 1998. Elaine was a snowbird for the last 12 years in Yuma, Arizona where she made many friends.

She is survived by her children, grandchildren Brad Coleman of Des Moines, Washington, Brian Coleman of Sandy, Dennis Popelka of Tualatin and great-children Dani Popelka of Indiana, Tiffany and Emily Popelka of West Linn, Aiden Coleman of Sandy and travel companion Jim McKee of Portland.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Jeanne Rathbone

May 26, 1920 - November 20, 2012

Longtime Welches resident, Jeanne Rathbone died on Tuesday November 20th, 2012 at Cascadia Village Retirement Community. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 8th at the Community Presbyterian Church in Sandy at 10:30 a.m.  A private burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. 

She was born, Jeanne Elizabeth Schippers to Marian (Hatch) and Gerrit Schippers on May 26th, 1920 in an area between Gresham and Portland called “Berkely Station”.  She was delivered by her Grandma Hatch. 

Jeanne grew up in Portland where she attended Gregory Heights Elementary School. She graduated from Grant High School in 1938. Following graduation, she enrolled in Portland Conservatory of Music. In 1941 she married Walter Thurman in Portland. 

Jeanne later enrolled in a business school in Portland and spent the majority of her working career as a legal for the firm Klarquist and Sparkman. 

Jeanne was on a Mazama hiking trip on the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska where she met Nathanael Rathbone. They married in 1976.  Together they traveled and trekked in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Yugoslavia, Nepal, Thailand, Indi , Japan, China, England, Scotland, Ireland, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. 

Jeanne was actively involved on the mountain and was a member of many clubs and organizations; Hoodland Lutheran Church, Mazama Hiking/Climbing Club since 1948, past Treasurer of Hoodland Women’s Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, a past member of the Community Presbyterian Church in Sandy, she played the organ and piano for the Chapel of the Hills and Pleasant Home Methodist Church for Sunday services.  Jeanne had a passion for hiking and enjoyed being on the mountain trails with her friends.  She summited Mt. Hood 6 times, climbed other Cascade peaks and bought her grandson, David, his first backpack for a hiking trip when he was 3 years old.   

Jeanne is survived by her brother Robert Schippers and wife Mary of Portland, son Bob Thurman and wife Margaret of Brightwood, her, her grandson David Thurman of Redmond, Washington and several nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her husband Nate in 2008.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.