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Joyce Marie Bales

March 10, 1930-Sept. 16, 2012

Former Gresham resident Joyce Marie Bales died Sunday, Sept. 16, at Avamere in Sandy. She was 82.

A celebration of her life will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Best Western, 37465 Highway 26, Sandy.

Joyce was born March 10, 1930, in Roswell, N.M., to Arnold and Ida (May) Amerson. Joyce was raised in California, but spent a majority of her life in Gresham, where she resided for more than 30 years.

Joyce married Welcy Bond in 1947. They divorced in 1969. She married Al Bales in 1972. She was widowed in 1990.

Joyce loved playing cards, slot machines, fishing and, most of all, her family.

Her sister, Diane, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, John Bond of Eagle Creek; daughters, Joan Flynn of Sandy, Diana Bond of Bellingham, Wash., and Kathy Smith of Lolo, Mont.; siblings, Leon, Donald, Louise and Sue of California; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donald Roger


March 31, 1937-Sept. 15, 2012

Donald Roger Slaton, a resident of Boring, died Saturday, Sept. 15. He was 75.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Don was born March 31, 1937, in Branson, Mo., to Edmond and Pearl Pruitt (Barnett) Slaton. Each parent had three children from previous marriages. At the beginning of World War II, the family moved to Babbitt, Nev., and both parents went to work in the ammunition depot. The family moved to Westfir in 1946 and then to Boring, where Don’s father bought 15 acres at $50 an acre.

In November 1961, Don married Marina Davis. In 1962, construction of the new Mount Hood Highway (US-26) crossed most of their land and went through the house Don’s father had built. They retained an acre where they built a new house.

Don started working in plant nurseries at age 10. After graduating from Gresham High School in 1956, he worked on amphibious airplanes at McKinnon Enterprises for several years. Don’s other jobs over the years included at a ladder company, in machine shops, trailer construction and 20 years as custodian for the Centennial School District. He also spent eight years in the Oregon National Guard.

After retiring, Don started doing woodworking in his basement, producing art in fretwork, making clocks, candelabra, ornaments and many other items.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Christie Slaton Zgourides of Burleston, Texas; brother, David of Fallon, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances can be sent to Northwest Regional Heart Center at Adventist Medical Center, 10123 S.E. Market St., Portland, 97216.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Olof Leroy Rhoads

April 17, 1914-Sept. 16, 2012

Gresham resident Olof Leroy Rhoads died Sunday, Sept. 16, in Clackamas. He was 98.

A celebration of his life will be at noon Saturday, Sept. 22, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Inurnment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Olof was born April 17, 1914, in Gresham to Walter and Ellen (Forsgren) Rhoads. He graduated from Cedar School in Troutdale and Benson High School.

In November 1936, Olof married Norma Danser at Powell Valley Covenant Church in Gresham. Olof resided in Gresham, in Bend for 20 years and then back in Gresham.

Olof participated in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was a lens grinder at Zell Brothers, a barber and a farmer, and he grew greenhouse vegetables and flowers to sell at farmers’ markets. Olof worked for the Gresham Berry Growers Co-op for 20 years, retiring in 1972. He then helped with maintenance operation of the Bend Riverhouse Motel.

Olof was a member of Gresham United Methodist Church, Bend United Methodist Church and Christ Light Unity Church in Gresham. His hobbies and interests included Boy Scouts when he was young, flower gardening, cross-country skiing, camping, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2006; brother, Robert Rhoads; and granddaughter, Cheryl Mello.

Survivors include his son, Kenneth Rhoads of Oregon City; daughters, Peggy Swanson of Oregon City, Irene Monson of Renton, Wash., Sandra Hawes of Salem and Melody Mello of Vancouver, Wash.; brother, Charles Edward Rhoads of Pennsylvania; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1650 N.W. Naito Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, 97209; or to Christ Light Unity Church, 205 S.E. 181st Ave., Gresham, 97233.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

James Anthony


July 16, 1941-Sept. 15, 2012

Gresham resident James Anthony Oswald died Saturday, Sept. 15, at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. He was 71.

A funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at St. Henry Catholic Church, 346 N.W. First Ave., with viewing starting at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Gresham Pioneer Cemetery.

Jim was born July 16, 1941, in Bemidji, Minn., to Robert and Iris (Scott) Oswald. He received his schooling in Minnesota and Colorado. He pursued his education at Colorado State University where he received his undergraduate degree in education. In 1970, he received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon.

On July 21, 1964, Jim married Joanna Metz in Chicago. In 1966, the family moved to Oregon where Jim was a high school French teacher in Albany. Jim and his family moved to Salem in 1970, and he worked as a trainer for the Oregon Department of Corrections.

In 1979, the family moved to Gresham. In 1978, Jim became the owner and operator of Billiards N’ Bagels. He retired in September 2009.

In 2002, his wife preceded him in death.

On Sept. 26, 2011, Jim married Leticia Muralla. They made their home in East County.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Charlene Oswald and Amy Torres, both of Gresham, and Jamie La Londe of Fairview; sister, Lynn Oswald of Texas; and two grandchildren.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joyce A. Jones

Sept. 30, 1944-Sept. 17, 2012

Gresham resident Joyce A. Jones died Monday, Sept. 17. She was 67.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Living Word Fellowship, 12700 S.E. Orient Drive, Boring.

Joyce was born Sept. 30, 1944, in Knoxville, Iowa., to Herb and Edith Randol.

She was a secretary for many years, and had retired in January after working 12 years at Mt. Hood Hospice.

Joyce enjoyed reading, traveling and cooking. She loved being with family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, or Portland Lutheran School, 740 S.E. 182nd Ave., Portland.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Don; brother, Glenn Randol of Portland; sons, Randy Jones of Gresham, Ken Jones of Lewiston, Idaho, and Dennis Jones of Sandy; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Crown Memorial Center in Milwaukie is handling arrangements.

Thelma Fay Krum

May 28, 1918-Sept. 19, 2012

Longtime Sandy resident Thelma Fay Krum died Wednesday, Sept. 19, with her family by her side. She was 94.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the chapel of Sandy Funeral Home. A private family burial will be held at Lincoln Memorial Park.

Thelma was born in Buhl, Idaho, to Edward and Clara Chamberlain. She grew up in Buhl and moved with her family to northeast Portland when she was 12. After graduating from Jefferson High School, she attended business school.

On Dec. 27, 1941, she married Thomas “Cliff” Krum at her parents’ home in Portland. In 1948, the couple and their children moved to Pendleton for Cliff’s aviation business, returning to their original Portland house in 1951.

In 1959, Thelma, her husband and three sons moved to Sandy, making their home next to Rich’s Airport.

Thelma was a secretary for many years and rollerskated to work when the weather permitted.

She was a member of Estacada Presbyterian Church and previously a member of Sandy Presbyterian Church.

Thelma’s hobbies included gardening, knitting, cross-country skiing, hiking and rollerskating. She was known to grow dahlias so tall she could hide in her garden.

Survivors include her sons Dale Krum and Clifford Krum, both of Portland; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001 and her son Glenn in 1989.

Donations in Thelma’s name may be made to Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind, 43233 S.E. Oral Hull Road, Sandy.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donna Doreen Wright

July 25, 1962-Aug. 30, 2012

Gresham resident Donna Doreen Wright died Thursday, Aug. 30. She was 50.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Easthill Church Office Complex, 539 N. Main Ave., Gresham.

Wright is survived by her father, Richard Wright; mother, Venita Taennler; and sister, Karla Wright.

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