Patrick Jones

Aug. 9, 1949-Dec. 14, 2012

Patrick Jones died at 63 on Dec. 14, after living in Milwaukie from the age of 12, and attending Dale Ickes Elementary and Milwaukie High School.

He was born on Aug. 9, 1949, in Newport, R.I., to Catherine Mary and J.W. Jones. He joined the U. S. Army at the age of 17 and served for six years, with two tours in Vietnam, and tours in Thailand and Germany.

He left the Army as an E5 in 1973 and started working as a hod carrier, building fireplaces, and later worked on commercial and industrial masonry with companies like Bromley Masonry, Stebbins Engineering and CH Murphy.

He worked for Recor Services as a leadman and foreman and a bricklayer in refractory work for many years, rebuilding the boilers in paper mills all over the Western states, Canada, Wisconsin and Arizona.

He later started a new job as a foreman, installing artificial turf fields at schools and parks in Oregon, California and Washington.

After he retired, he did what he loved best of all, which was spend time with his family and going fishing. He liked fishing for salmon and steelhead and shared whatever he caught with his friends and family. He enjoyed the outdoors and camping, and liked to gamble.

Most of his neighbors in Milwaukie knew him as the “woodman,” as he was always bringing in huge logs and rounds of wood to split into firewood. This was a favorite hobby.

He drove trucks most of his life both at work and at home, and took great pride in restoring several of them. He drove his ‘66 Ford one-ton truck for many years, and it pulled his boat to the Willamette River, where he spent many hours on the water fishing for those elusive salmon.

He is survived by: his beloved wife of 38 years, Denise; son, Stacy; daughter, Alisha; grandchildren, Bishop, Autumn and Mckela; father, J.W. Jones; and siblings, Paul, Shirley, Carol and Jay.

A veteran’s memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, at 12:30 p.m. at the Willamette National Cemetery, with a public celebration of life to follow at the Milwaukie Masonic Lodge on Main Street from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit to sign the online guest book.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.

J. “FlorenceWhitney

April 22, 1936- Dec.13, 2012

J. “Florence” Whitney died on Dec. 13.

She was born in Lebanon, Ore., on April 22, 1936, to Earl and Hazel Turpen. She graduated from Jefferson High in Portland in 1954 and married James Carelock. They divorced, and in 1957 and she married the love of her life, Stan Whitney. They had their only child, Juel, in 1960 and lived in the Portland/Milwaukie area. 

Over the years she and Stan had several foster children and were involved with the Kiwanis Club. She was a Girl Scout leader for several years and a vice president of the Columbia River Girl Scout Council, and remained connected through the years.

Following her years there she volunteered with Loaves and Fishes and eventually became a manager at the Wilsonville and Estacada centers.

Upon retiring, they moved to Yachats, where Mrs. Whitney joined the Yachats Ladies Club in February 1997.  She became a very active member and was the resident cook at all the dinner fundraisers.  Her ability to organize and put on a big dinner was a lifesaver to the financially stricken club. 

She was elected club president in 2000, and served in this position for two years.  On July 4, 1999, she organized the first Pie and Ice Cream Social.  They continue today and have become one of the club’s best and most attended fundraisers. 

Mrs. Whitney was voted lifetime member status a few years ago when her hard work and support of the club were acknowledge by the members. She also volunteered on a regular basis with the Library and Visitors Association. She had her own photography business, specializing in cards, calendars and custom orders.

Mrs. Whitney is survived by: her daughter, Juel Mathews; grandsons, Jared Mathews (Jacklyn) and Clinton Mathews (Lisa); great-granddaughters, Marjorie, Ashlyn and Shelby; as well as many “adopted” family members and friends. She will be greatly missed.

Her husband, Stan, preceded her in death in 2008. 

The family suggests remembrances to be made in her name to the Yachats Ladies Club or Loaves and Fishes. Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels, Milwaukie.

Dale Edwin Wales

Oct. 6, 1917 - Dec. 13, 2012

 Dale Edwin Wales passed away on Dec. 13, in Portland, at the age of 95. 

Born on Oct. 6, 1917, in Norfolk, Neb., he was raised primarily in Goshen County, Wyo.  He graduated from Torrington High School in 1936, and later served his country as a soldier in the U.S. Army’s 351st Engineers, deployed in Europe during World War II.  He and Evelyn Marie Gruber were married in 1949 in Chicago. 

In 1983 he married his second wife, Leona Kathleen Bunnell, in Brinnon, Wash.  He moved to Oregon in 2009. 

Mr. Wales enjoyed woodworking, gardening and hunting.  A carpenter by trade, he was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Quilcene Bible Church, Forks Bible Church and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. 

He is survived by: his sons, Edgar L. (Cindy) Wales and Raleigh S. Wales; daughter, Carol J. (Roger) Jackson; stepdaughter, Judi (Larry) McClanahan; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Gruber Wales, and by his second wife, Leona Bunnell Wales.  He was also preceded in death by his son, Roy E. Wales; daughter, Luann B. Scott; and stepson, John Adams. 

A memorial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 26, at Gilman Park Assisted Living Facility, 2205 Gilman Drive, Oregon City.

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center, Milwaukie.

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