William Alan Townsend

Feb. 5, 1924-Oct. 19, 2011

East County resident William Alan Townsend died Wednesday, Oct. 19. He was 87.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 Fairview Ave. Private entombment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland.

Alan was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Portland to William Earl and Florence (Towle) Townsend. Alan grew up in the Fairview/Troutdale area and graduated from Gresham High School. After graduating, he received two scholarships for baseball and football to attend Oregon State University.

After college, Alan worked on the family dairy farm, Wholesome Dairy, in Troutdale. He coached basketball in a Presbyterian league for seven years and won three championships.

On Feb. 19, 1950, Alan married Frances Fricker at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Portland.

In the early 1960s, Alan converted the dairy farm to growing berries and it became Townsend Farms. Alan served on the board of directors for the Gresham Berry Growers and the Multnomah Drainage District. 

Alan was a lifelong member of Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church and served as an elder. He and his wife traveled throughout the world. He was a strong supporter of Oregon State and loved sports and traveling.

Survivors include his wife; children, Mike Townsend of Gresham, Susan Townsend of Damascus and Jeff Townsend of Fairview; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Contributions can be made to the Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 69, Fairview, 97024.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Jack Nelson Kight

Dec. 26, 1928-Oct. 17, 2011

Gresham resident Jack Nelson Kight, 82, died Monday, Oct. 17.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Jack was born Dec. 26, 1928, in Toledo, Ore., to Walter and Mabel (Nelson) Kight. He resided in Portland for most of his lifetime, graduating from Washington High School in 1946 and attending the University of Oregon. He served in the Army from 1950 to 1952 and was stationed in Germany.

Jack was married to Alice Scott from 1954 to 1992. He married Adrienne Lockray on Jan. 3, 2001, and she preceded him in death in 2003.

Jack was a real estate broker for 40 years before retiring in 1993 and was a member of the Million Dollar Club and the National Association of Realtors.

Jack was a lifetime member of the Christian Science Church and a member of the Men's Garden Club and the Rose City Motorcycle Club. He was an avid motorcyclist and world traveler, which included Europe and Asia. He moved to Gresham in 2002.

Survivors include his former wife, Alice Kight of Pleasanton, Calif.; son, Eric Kight of Portland; daughter, Jane Onojafe of Pleasanton; brother, Jim Kight of Troutdale; and three grandchildren.

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Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William Lee Bickle

Feb. 21, 1941-Oct. 10, 2011

East County resident William Lee Bickle died Monday, Oct. 10, in Portland. He was 70.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. Visitation will take place just prior to the funeral beginning at noon. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

William was born Feb. 21, 1941, in Seattle to Donald and Ruth (Halfenberger) Bickle. He moved around as a child to places where his father could find work. He resided in Montana, Seattle and later Portland and attended school wherever they settled.

On Aug. 24, 1974, he married Vonalee Bartel in Portland.

William worked as a cook for Meier and Frank for 30 years, retiring in the late 1990s. He resided in East County for the past six years.

William enjoyed cooking, painting, sketching and tending to his houseplants. He also enjoyed traveling throughout the Northwest including the beach.

His wife preceded him in death in 1998.

Survivors include his son, Karl Wickstrom of Portland; and brother, Jim Bickle of Washington.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Food Bank, P.O. Box 55370, Portland, 97238; or Loaves and Fishes Centers, P.O. Box 19477, Portland, 97219-0477.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ryan Curtis Oium

Sept. 24, 1979-Oct. 14, 2011

Ryan Curtis Oium, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., died Friday, Oct. 14, in Portland. He was 32.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Ryan was born Sept. 24, 1979, in Portland to Robert and Carolyn (Keels) Oium. He was raised by parents Glenn and Cathey Fisher. Ryan graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1997 and worked at the Oregon Humane Society for six years.

On April 27, 2009, he married Jennifer Johnson.

In February 2005, Ryan enlisted in Oregon Army National Guard. He served tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq and was currently stationed at the Gresham Armory as a part of Charlie Company 2 of the 162 Infantry Regiment. He was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.

Ryan enjoyed riding quads, golfing, camping and fishing. He just recently started water skiing and also enjoyed snowboarding. He was an Oregon Ducks football fan and an avid Buffalo Bills fan regardless of their record.

Survivors include his wife; parents, Cathey Fisher of Beaverton and Glenn Fisher of Yacolt, Wash.; sisters, Katrina Deffenbaugh of Yacolt, Wash., and Keira Matthews of Beaverton; and grandparents, Roy and Louis Larkin and Kenneth and Mary Keels.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland, 97211-0364.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dolores 'Dolly' E. Foreman

April 18, 1914-Oct. 9, 2011

Gresham resident Dolores 'Dolly' E. Foreman died Sunday, Oct. 9. She was 97.

Internment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Dolly was born April 18, 1914, in Portland to John and Rose (Rbacek) Morgan.

Dolly married Jim Foreman in 1933, and they moved to Gresham in 1935. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband and by her daughters Shirley and Patti.

Survivors include her son, Richard Foreman of Pacific City; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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