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Feb. 27 obituaries

Wayne Harvey Kubitz

Nov. 27, 1939-Jan. 29, 2013

Former Sandy resident Wayne Harvey Kubitz died Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Wasilla, Alaska. He was 73.

Wayne was born Nov. 27, 1939, in Portland, to Harvey and Florence Kubitz. He was raised in Sandy and attended Sandy Union High School.

Wayne served in the Army from 1956-59.

On June 3, 1960, he married Barbara Chestnut, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sandy.

Wayne worked in heavy construction until retiring in March 2002. After retirement, he and Barbara moved to Wasilla. Wayne enjoyed building and fixing things, gardening and spending time with his family.

Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by his daughter, Joyce McCollum; son, Randy Kubitz; sister, Barbara Church; and four grandchildren.

The Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Wasilla is handling arrangements.

Elton “Sunny” Grant Cole II

June 24, 1984-Feb. 16, 2013

Former Estacada resident Elton “Sunny” Grant Cole II died suddenly in Woodland, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 16. He was 28.

A celebration of life was held Feb. 23.

Sunny was born June 24, 1984, in Portland, to Barbara Lorraine and Elton Grant Cole I. He was raised in Eagle Creek and graduated from Estacada High School.

Sunny worked in construction for a while until he was hired by the Port of Portland as a deck hand on a dredge.

He married Christina Davis in July 2006, in Oregon City.

Sunny enjoyed spending time with his daughter, listening to music, older Chevy cars, writing, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Christina Cole; daughter, Hailey Cole; parents, Elton and Barbara Cole; sister, Eva Cole; an uncle; and a niece.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Foster Turner

Sept. 13, 1946-Feb. 19, 2013

Estacada resident Foster Turner died Tuesday, Feb. 19. He was 67.

A memorial service was held Feb. 23 at Springwater Presbyterian Church in Estacada.

Foster Turner Jr. was born Sept. 13, 1946, in Los Angeles to Foster and Evangeline Turner. Foster and his family lived in the Los Angeles area until moving to Portland in 1987.

Foster met his future wife Patti in 1967 at Pasadena City College. The couple was married Aug. 20, 1977.

Foster worked for Delta Airlines as an aircraft mechanic for 25 years and assisted his wife in her business endeavors.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, KC Sailsbery; son, Robert Turner; and two granddaughters.

Estacada Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

The family requests contributions be made directly to the family or to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 West Evergreen Ave. Suite 204, Chicago, IL, 60642.

Joanne Marie Gallagher

Aug. 30, 1929-Feb. 19, 2013

Sandy resident Joanne Marie Gallagher died Tuesday, Feb. 19. She was 83.

No services will be held.

Joanne was born Aug. 30, 1929, in Melrose Park, Ill., to J.W. Philip and Annette Wilder Philip. She grew up in Maywood, Ill., and graduated from Proviso High School.

Joanne married William Gallagher Aug. 7, 1948. She worked as a program analyst and was affiliated with the Methodist Church.

She and William had lived in Sandy since 1997.

Joanne is survived by her husband; her daughter, Susan Jo Gallagher of Sandy; brother, J.W. Philip, Jr. of Fruita, Colo; son-in-law, Frank DeBiccari of Fountain Valley, Calif; one grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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John Robert Karlen, Jr.

John Robert Karlen, Jr.

On February 21, 2013, John Robert Karlen, Jr., better known as “Bob”, passed away after a short stay in the hospital.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial celebration at the Community Church of Sandy at 39290 Scenic Drive in Sandy, Oregon, on Saturday, March 2nd at 1 PM.

Bob was born in Gresham on May 4, 1925 to Bertha (Wiese) and John Karlen III. Growing up in Boring, Oregon provided many experiences to shape his character. He is remembered as a hardworking, determined individual who would help family, neighbors and friends whenever there was a need. During World War II Bob served in the Coast Guard off the coast of Alaska and after his tour of duty he settled in East Portland. In the late 1960's Bob moved back to the original family farm site and built the family home. For over 40 years, Bob delivered home heating oil, gasoline and diesel fuel to logging crews, farmers, small stores and gas stations from Gresham to Warm Springs. Over many decades he grew to know personally most of his customers who nicknamed him “Tanker Bob”.

While work was important in Bob's life, so was his family. He spent many hours as a little league baseball coach, later helping the kids repair their vehicles. His honest opinions on life brought much wisdom and many laughs to the family. He loved animals and over the years had a menagerie of cats, dogs, horses, guinea pigs, chickens, squirrels and birds. Those who had the opportunity to know Bob will miss him greatly.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Del Karlen. Bob was a dedicated father to his children Juanita Lane and John R. Karlen III, and two step-children Debra Burke and Michael Coates. His family included 9 grandchildren: John Lane, John R. Karlen IV, Laura Karlen, Beau Burke, Shawna Houser, Nolan Burke, Jason Coates, Juliane Weaver, Joanna Martin and 10 great grandchildren. His neighbors Dickie and Julia Murray must be included as surviving “family” also.

The family would appreciate remembrances, in lieu of flowers, be directed to the Humane Society.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lorinda Jean Lassich

Lorinda Jean Lassich, 52 of Sandy, unexpectedly passed away in her sleep on Friday, February 22, 2013. She is survived by her loving family, her husband Gregory Thomas, daughter, Sara Jean and son, Stephen Gregory all of Sandy. Also surviving are her brothers, Charles, Tom and Don and their immediate families, and numerous aunts and uncles all from Washington.

Lorinda was a long time valued employee of Blount International in the Portland office as a computer program design engineer, where she received frequent recognition for her outstanding work.

Lorinda loved her family. She enjoyed spending time with them in leisure activities such as hiking, dining out and playing board games at home. She had a friendly outgoing personality and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

A Memorial Service was held at Sandy Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

Elsa M. (Heier) Liepold

January 1, 1923 - February 12, 2013

Elsa M. (Heier) Liepold

Elsa M. (Heier) Liepold

Elsa M. (Heier) Liepold, age 90 died February 12th, 2013 lovingly surrounded by her children and husband.

She was born January 1, 1923 in small village outside of Odessa, Russia to wealthy German landowners, Paulina and Adolf Heier. The oldest of seven children, her family escaped for their lives from the Bolshevik Revolution. A harrowing adventure with jewels stitched into their clothes, one suitcase, a sinking ship and grave illness ultimately lead to her family being saved with the aid of the Lutheran Church. The Heiers emigrated to Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

At 18 Elsa trained at Grey Nuns Hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan to become a Registered Nurse.

Following WWII she met John Junior Liepold in Bengough, Saskatchewan, married him June 25, 1950, became a US citizen and settled in Boring, Oregon in 1952 where they established Liepold Farms. The Liepold home was the daily social hub for fellow parishioners, friends and neighbors where everyone was welcome for coffee, a bite to eat and conversation. Ace, as she was commonly referred to, was very friendly and socially outgoing. She developed an amazing social network over her lifetime. Elsa spoke 4 languages, read extensively, traveled, loved polka music, and aided in the plight of refugees from around the world as her family had been helped.

Deeply believing in the German saying, “work makes life sweet,” Elsa would say to all, “America is where any dream can be earned with hard work.” She realized her dream by proudly nursing for 43 years, raising her children, and farming with her husband of 62 years. As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham for over 55 years, Elsa was tireless in helping others escape political or religious persecution to establish within the community. She was thankful to God for her blessings and most for the love of her family.

Elsa is survived by her husband John; 3 brothers, lrv Heier and Walt Heier of British Columbia, Skip Heier of Ontario and her sister, Ime Heier of British Columbia; her 3 children and their spouses, Rod and Marcia Liepold of Boring, Marcia (Liepold) Patterson and Jim Patterson of Boring, Mark and Carla Liepold of Boring; her 8 grandchildren Michelle (Liepold) Krummenacker of Happy Valley, Jeff Liepold of Boring, Jon Liepold of Portland, Melody Eisenzimmer of Sandy, James Struck of Newport Beach, California, Heather Patterson of Klamath Falls, Kim Liepold of Gresham, and Katy Liepold of Boring and finally her 13 great grandchildren. The celebration of Life will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers please donate to Mt. Hood Hospice in her honor.