Danial R. Adams

Master Sergeant Danial R. Adams, assigned to 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Stuttgart, Germany, was killed in action in Afghanistan on Sept. 13, 2011.

MSG Adams, a native of Oregon, was born in Scappoose and grew up in Hillsboro, attending Sunset High School.

He joined the Army in 1995 as an Infantryman, where he served with distinction while assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., followed by exemplary service with 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry at Fort Richardson, Alaska, and 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry at Fort Lewis, Wash.

After his assignment at Fort Lewis, MSG Adams earned the Green Beret in 2005. His first Special Forces assignment was as a Senior Medical Sergeant with the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.

In 2009 he joined 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), located in Stuttgart, Germany, where he served on a Special Forces Team. He was killed in action while conducting combat operations with his Team in Afghanistan.

MSG Adam's major military education includes Airborne School, Jungle Warfare School, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, and the Special Forces Qualification Course.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal with bronze clasp (Four Loops), the National Defense Service Medal with one service star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), the Iraq Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with the Numeral 2, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge and Expert Infantryman's Badge.

MSG Adams is survived by his wife, Melany; sons John and Jeff; and daughter Skye. His parents, Jim and Penny Adams; and sister, Brandi Schaper, currently reside in Hillsboro.

A memorial service for MSG Adams was held Sept. 24 at the Arms Forces Readiness Center in Clackamas.

James 'Jim' Carpenter

James 'Jim' R. Carpenter of Warren died Sept. 22, 2011, peacefully at his home of over 50 years. He was 85.

Mr. Carpenter was born Jan. 18, 1926, in Charleston, W.Va., to Russell and Janet Carpenter.

Raised in West Virginia, he ran the mile in track at Stonewall Jackson High School.

He left high school his senior year to join the U. S. Navy during World War II, and served proudly as a signalman on a destroyer until his discharge in 1947.

After the war he worked as a logger and laborer for a short time, and then went to work for Burlington Northern Railroad.

In February of 1954 he married Dorothy O. Fail in Forest Grove. His sister, Carol served as maid of honor.

He lived the rest of his life in Warren, where he and his wife raised four children.

After retiring from the railroad, he worked cutting fire wood from the Crown Zellerbach pole yard in Scappoose, and delivering it to people in the local area.

As a young man, he enjoyed hunting with his father and younger brother, Austin.

In his retirement he got much pleasure from spoiling his grandkids and growing things in his garden, once producing a pumpkin weighing over 700 pounds.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy; daughter, Connie Gardner; son-in-law, Brian Gardner; daughter, Cathy Carpenter; daughter, Casey Vanderkin; son, Dan Carpenter; daughter-in-law Lisa Carpenter; grandchildren, Kelly, Kimberly, Grant, Amy, Brooke, and David; sister, Carol; and brother, Austin.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. A reception with remembrances will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Warren Country Inn.

Memorial gifts in his name may be made to the St. Helens Senior Center, P.O. Box 692, St. Helens, OR 97051, 503-397-3377, or the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 230 Strand St., St. Helens, OR 97051.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Curtis A. Roderick

Curtis A. Roderick of Vancouver, Wash., died Sept. 19, 2011, in Woodland, Wash. He was 42.

Mr. Roderick was born Oct. 11, 1968, in Othello, Wash., to Lee and Mary (Sutton) Roderick.

He attended school in Scappoose until grade 8, then the Columbia Academy, graduating in 1987.

In 1983 he moved to Vancouver.

He married Holly Sanders in 2000 in Vancouver.

He was a member and attended Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland, and more recently Meadow Glade Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Ground, Wash.

His interests included all sports, especially surfing.

He is survived by his wife, Holly Roderick of Vancouver; children, Mitch Roderick of Camas, Wash., and Tasia and Lola Roderick, both of Vancouver; parents, Lee and Mary Roderick of Scappoose; brother, Sam Broderick of Battle Ground; and nieces, Shawna and Janelle Roderick of Prescott, Ariz.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Meadow Glade Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Ground.

Memorial gifts in his memory may be made to King's Way Christian School, Attention: Angela, 3300 N.E. 78th St., Vancouver, WA 98665.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

James 'Jamie' Thompson

James 'Jamie' Darrin Thompson of St. Helens died Sept. 21, 2011, at his home. He was 41.

Mr. Thompson was born Jan. 4, 1970, in Portland to James Leroy Gerhard and Janet Marie Thompson, and was the eldest of two children.

Raised in northeast Portland, he attended both Vestal Grade School and Madison High School.

He relocated to Jacksonville, Fla., for about five years, returned to Portland, and finally moved to St. Helens to be near his family three-and-a-half years ago.

He is survived by his children, Dylan and Teagan Thompson; mother, Janet Thompson; sister, Tina Gerhard; nephew, Bodi Gerhard; step dad, Michael Gerhard; and five uncles.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Columbia River Foursquare Church in St. Helens.

A potluck reception and celebration of his life will follow the service at noon at 60799 Gensman Rd., about four miles up Pittsburg Road.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Gwen Urie

Anita Gwen Urie of St. Helens died Sept. 23, 2011, peacefully at home following a 26-year battle with cancer. She was 67.

Gwen was born July 26, 1944, in De Queen, Ark., to William Archie and Carrie Louise (Jones) Rowlett, and was the fifth of seven children.

Raised in west Texas, she attended Crane High School until her junior year.

In 1962 she graduated from high school in Artesia, N.M.

After graduation, she married Joe Barker and moved to International Falls, Minn. In 1967, they moved to St. Helens where she lived the remainder of her life.

For many years she did child care and loved children.

She then went to work for Boise Cascade for over 23 years, retiring in 2003 as a payroll specialist.

On Feb. 19, 1983, she married Don Urie Sr. in St. Helens.

A member of the Baptist church for most of her life, she was baptized at the age of 14 in Crane, Texas, and a member of Grace Baptist Church since 1967.

She will always be remembered for her faith, service to others and ability to persevere gracefully despite adversity.

She is survived by her beloved husband and best friend of 28 years, Don Urie Sr.; daughters, Melissa Barker of Springfield, and Gina Matney and husband, Mike of Hillsboro; step son, Donald G Urie Jr., who is serving in the U.S. Army, and his wife, Christina; grandchildren, Aaron and Hannah Matney, Joshua Warner, Nathan Urie, Rebecca Vining and husband, Tim of Pueblo, Colo.; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Maxine Patton and husband, Elmer of Talco, Texas, and Freda Law and husband, La Joe, and Johnny Rowlett and wife, Gale, both of Forney, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, William Archie Jr. and James Wesley Rowlett; and sister, Deanna Kaye Mann.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Grace Baptist Church in Warren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation, or Grace Baptist Church,

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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