Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas

Earsel Venvil Christensen

April 22, 1921-Aug. 2, 2011

Earsel (Ernie) Venvil Christensen, 90, a lifelong native of Vernonia, died Aug. 2 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

A fifth-generation Vernonian, he was born April 22, 1921, in Vernonia to Vester Christensen and Helen (Anderson) Christensen. He grew up on the family farm near Vernonia and attended Lincoln and Pleasant Hill elementary schools and Vernonia High School, graduating with the class of 1939.

He was a veteran of World War II, having joined the Army in early 1942, and served in North Africa and Europe, making sergeant. Following his discharge in December 1945, he went to work in the timber industry.

He worked as a timber faller and later as a supervisor for Holce Logging Co. in Vernonia for 17 years until retiring in 1986.

In 1949 he married Velva Ramsey. They later divorced.

On Dec. 18, 1985, he married Irene Bergerson on the Christensen homestead in Vernonia. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last December. Following their wedding, they made their home on the Christensen Homestead in Vernonia, where they resided ever since.

Mr. Christensen was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing (especially winter steelhead), hunting, hiking and camping. Following his retirement, he enjoyed traveling and working on his tree farm.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his three sisters, Arvela Robertson, Vesta King and Lesta Peppard.

Survivors include his wife Irene of Vernonia; four stepsons and their wives; grandchildren Justin Meyer of New York City, Nicholas Meyer of Beaverton and Michael Meyer of Aloha; and several nieces and nephews.

Pastor John Cahill officiated at a celebration of life service on Tuesday at the Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home in Vernonia, with burial rites and interment and with a flag honor presentation under the direction of American Legion Post 119 in Vernonia and the American Legion Washington Post No. 2 in Forest Grove.

The family of Earsel Venvil Christensen suggests that donations in his memory may be made to the National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030.

To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, visit

Christopher Scott Jones

July 10, 1968-Aug. 7, 2011

Christopher Scott Jones died at his home on Sunday at the age of 43. Cause of death was cancer.

Mr. Jones was born July 10, 1968, in Pomona, Calif., to Bruce Jones and Arline Combs and raised in Aloha, where he graduated from Aloha High School.

A mechanic for many years, he was just finishing studies at Everest College to become a medical assistant.

He volunteered for Candlelighters, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping children with cancer.

He loved to fish, camp and spend time with his daughter Jaci and family and friends.

Surviving are his daughter Jaci Lee Jones of Vancouver, Wash.; his father and stepmother Bruce and Rosie Jones of McMinnville; his mother and stepfather Arline and Roger Combs of Kona, Hawaii; and brothers Dave Jones of Kona and Greg Jones of Denver, Colo.

A memorial service is being held today (Thursday) at 1 p.m. at Springer and Son, 4150 S.W. 185th in Beaverton.

William S. Lovell

April 23, 1933-Aug. 3, 2011

William S. Lovell died Aug. 3 at the age of 78.

He was born April 23, 1933, in Oak Park, Ill., and graduated from Colton High School in 1950.

He served in the Air Force and the Navy Reserves and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant commander.

In 1967 he married Margaret Ramaley Lovell.

Mr. Lovell earned BS and BA degrees from Portland State College, a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Willamette University.

He worked as a scientist, attorney and inventor. He lived and worked throughout Oregon, in Colton, Portland, Salem, Independence, Dallas, Monmouth, Corvallis, Beaverton, Aloha, Grants Pass, Rogue River and finally Lincoln City.

Surviving are his wife Margaret; children Theodore (Ted), David, Jennifer and James; plus four grandchildren.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Colton Lutheran Cemetery in Colton.

Joy Ann Stalder

Oct. 10. 1952-July 27, 2011

Joy Ann Stalder, 58, of Hillsboro died July 27 at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma.

She was born Oct. 10, 1952, in Corvallis. Raised and educated in Cottage Grove, she was a graduate of the Cottage Grove High School class of 1970. After high school, she attended Lane Community College in Eugene for two years.

On May 25, 1974, she married David A. Stalder in Reno, Nev. They celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary in May this year.

Following their wedding, they made their home in the communities of Cottage Grove, Tualatin, Sherwood and West Linn until 2006, when they moved to their present home in Hillsboro.

While raising their children, Mrs. Stalder volunteered in the Tigard-Tualatin School District as part of the support staff. She was also a volunteer with the Clackamas County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.

She dedicated her life to supporting her husband, children and grandchildren. She was active in her children's and grandchildren's school activities, sports leagues and numerous other extra-curricular events.

She enjoyed arts and crafts, gardening and reading. She was an avid football fan, especially the Green Bay Packers. She also loved her Bassett hounds Homer and Oscar.

Survivors include her husband David of Hillsboro; daughter Kelly Stalder of Sherwood; son Kyle of Irvine, Calif.; and grandchildren Savannah, Jesse and Noah.

The family suggests donations to the International Myeloma Foundation, in memory of Joy Ann Stalder. Mail them to International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive. Suite 206, North Hollywood, Calif. 91607.

Private cremation rites will be held at the Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove.

To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family, visit Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove was in charge of the arrangements.

Anne Vitkevich

Dec. 5, 1925-Aug. 3, 2011

After a long illness, Anne Vitkevich died in Beaverton Aug. 3.

She was born Dec. 5, 1925, in New York City, where she graduated from Washington Irving High School.

She is survived by sons John Jr., David and Matthew; daughter Ramona; and five grandchildren.

Brenda Withers

Nov. 26, 1956-July 17, 2011

Brenda Withers died June 17. Cause of death was a brain tumor. The Beaverton resident was 54 years old.

Born Nov. 26, 1956, in Miles City, Mont., to Bart and Carol Withers, she was raised in Idaho Falls.

She attended Brigham Young University for two years.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Surviving are her children Jessica Larson of Aloha, Brent Larson of Beaverton, Nathan Larson of Aloha, Andrea Larson of Aloha and Christian Larson of Beaverton; and three grandchildren.

A funeral was held July 23 at Sunnyside Holmes LDS Church in Idaho Falls. Interment was in Fielding Memorial Cemetery. Threadmill Memorial handled arrangements.

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