Norma Elizabeth Taylor

Nov. 5, 1925-June 3, 2012

Damascus resident Norma Elizabeth Taylor, 86, died Sunday, June 3.

A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

A complete obituary will be published at a later date.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Eugene A. Kauffman

May 19, 1917-June 2, 2012

Gresham resident Eugene A. Kauffman, 95, died Saturday, June 2, 2012, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 8, at Sanctuary Church, 3101 S.E. Orient Drive.

Eugene was born May 19, 1917, in Jefferson, Iowa, to John and Emma (Burnell) Kauffman. Eugene graduated from Cooper High School in 1936. He earned his bachelor's degree in pharmacy at the University of Iowa in 1941.

On April 1, 1945, Eugene married Jean Winders in Sioux City, Iowa.

Eugene worked as a pharmacist at Walgreens for eight years in the Midwest. In 1949, he moved to Portland and later moved to Gresham in 1973. He was a pharmacist at Fred Meyer for 33 years, retiring in 1982.

Eugene's hobbies included photography, travel, antique watch collecting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Diana Hatfield.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Joan Harrington of Oregon City and Janet Rice of Kalispell, Mont.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the University of Iowa in support of the College of Pharmacy Opportunity Fund.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Barbara Jean Doerr

June 10, 1941-April 21, 2012

Gresham resident Barbara Jean Doerr, 70, died Saturday, April 21, at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.

At her request, no services were held. Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Barbara was born June 10, 1941, in Fairmont, Minn., to Floyd and Viola (Nawrocki) Sheely. As a young girl, she graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel Academy in Mankato, Minn. She served in the Air Force as an airman 3rd class and was stationed in San Francisco, where she met Terry Doerr. Upon leaving the service, she returned to Fairmont, where she received a certificate in cosmetology from the Delyles Academy while she awaited the arrival of her fiancé.

On May 21,1966, Barbara and Terry were married at the Holy Family Catholic Church in East Chain, Minn.

Barbara received a degree in nursing from Mt. Hood Community College. She worked as a registered nurse and specialized in mental health and geriatric care.

Barbara was both a member and a volunteer at the Gresham Senior Center. She also volunteered for many years at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham. In her spare time, she enjoyed her dogs, working in her garden, collecting Kewpie dolls, quilting, knitting and going to lunches and the movies with her friends, but mostly being a grandmother.

Her husband preceded her in death on July 9, 2006.

Survivors include her children, Rebecca Fernaine of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Christopher Doerr of Gresham; sisters, Helen Rolling of Armstrong, Iowa, Marlene Anderson of Truman, Minn., and Shirley Malherek of Ironton, Minn.; brothers, Richard Sheely of Mankato, Edward Sheely of Mankato and Paul Sheely of Fairmont; and two granddaughters.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105; or The Dougy Center, P.O. Box 86852, Portland, 97286.

Visit Barbara's online memorial at

Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements.

Arlen R. Jacoby

March 15, 1949-June 2, 2012

Gresham resident Arlen R. Jacoby, 63, died Saturday, June 2.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Faith United Methodist Church, 27400 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland.

Arlen was born March 15, 1949, in Windsor, Colo., to John and Mary Jacoby. He received his bachelor's degree in forest management from Colorado State University.

On June 20, 1981, he married Judee Gabbert in Gresham.

Arlen was a supervisory appraiser. He attended Faith United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife; sons, John Mours of Mulino and James Mours of Milwaukie; daughter, Jeanne de Wette of Portland; brother, Melvin Jacoby of Windsor; and one granddaughter.

Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Wesley W. DeMent

Aug. 21, 1942-June 2, 2012

Gresham resident Wesley W. DeMent died Saturday, June 2. He was 69.

A committal service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Wes was born Aug. 21, 1942, in Portland to Wesley and Juanita DeMent. Wes resided in the area for most of his life, graduating from Reynolds High School in 1961.

After high school, Wes joined the Marine Corps, where he was a cook. He served for four years, attaining the rank of corporal.

After his service, Wes returned to Oregon and began his career as a mechanic. Wes loved to work on cars, and when he wasn't doing it at work, he was working on the ones in his garage at home, especially the classics. He was divorced. He worked for more than 20 years at Cascade General.

Wes enjoyed listening to news programs, staying up on current events so he had something to argue about when family and friends were over. He was known for his sense of humor, his stories, and for being a loyal friend.

Survivors include his children, Joe DeMent of Denver, Colo., Jay DeMent of Gresham, Jill Aldridge of Vancouver, Wash., and Ryan DeMent of San Diego; sister, Cheryl Edelman of Seattle; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

For more information or to leave the family a message, visit Wes's page

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Darrell Alvin Meyer

March 9, 1950-Dec. 27, 2011

Darrell Alvin Meyer, a resident of Boring, died Dec. 27, 2011, at Legacy Hopewell House Hospice in Portland. He was 61.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at the Wildhorse Harley-Davidson Dealership, 63028 Sherman Road, Bend. Call Cam at 703-943-7982 to RSVP.

A complete obituary was published in the Jan. 4, 2012, edition of The Outlook.

Sandy Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Opal Pearl Annette Lake Mitchell

April 21, 1922-June 4, 2012

Former Gresham resident Opal Pearl Annette Lake Mitchell died Monday, June 4, in Phoenix, Ariz. She was 90.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Opal was born April 21, 1922, to John and Matilde (Bruns) Lake on their farm east of Gresham (now 282nd Avenue). A graduate of Orient Grade School and Gresham High School, Opal attended Northwestern School of Commerce.

On Nov. 25, 1942, Opal married Leonard Dee Mitchell in Salt Lake City, where he was stationed with the Air Force. After Leonard returned from overseas in 1945, they settled in a small home on Boring Road.

Opal was a secretary for the Oregon Journal newspaper, J.J. Parker Theatres, the State Tax Commission and the Oregon Automobile Dealers Association before spending 18 years as administrative assistant for the business manager of the Oregon Health and Science University Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. She retired in 1984.

Leonard preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 1988. Opal joined the local church at Lynch. She credited a church care group and friends with lifting her from the doldrums of widowhood. Her 'Lunch Bunch' group of widow and widowers met weekly. She took up bowling, had barbecues, raised ribbon-winning fuchsias, and enjoyed her music, home and garden. In 1993, she and six ladies went to Hawaii (her first big trip). The same group later ventured to Branson, Mo.

After 2005 injury, Opal moved to Phoenix, Ariz., near her granddaughter and great-granddaughter. She liked the restaurants, shopping and desert scenery.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Stambaugh of Roseburg; granddaughter, Heidi Lynn Watson of Phoenix; and great-granddaughter, Allison Joy Watson of Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the OHSU Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, P.O. Box 574, Portland, 97207-0574.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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