Death and funeral notices for the Tigard-Tualatin and Beaverton areas

Alexander Florian Albertine

Feb. 7, 1925-Nov. 2, 2011

Alexander Florian Albertine died on Nov. 2 in St. Helens. A former resident of Sherwood, he was 86 years old.

He was born in Chicago on Feb. 7, 1925, to Alexander J. and Louise M (Agrella) Albertine and raised with his three sisters Marie, Adeline and Barbara.

In 1943 he joined the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater and China.

On his return to Chicago, he completed two years of education at Bryant and Stratton Business College and went on to work with his father at Bowman Dairy.

On Oct. 2, 1948, he married Bernadette M. Cogozzo. They moved to Portage, Ind., where he was active in community affairs and became a volunteer firefighter.

In 1961, he began his lifelong dream of becoming a farmer and rancher by moving to Sherwood.

In addition to farming 30 acres of land, he worked for Boyd Coffee Co. and became an award-winning salesman for Portland Wholesale Grocery.

In 1978 the Albertines moved to John Day to help raise cattle on a 10,000-acre ranch.

In 1981, they retired to Bend and then to St. Helens.

Survivors include Bernadette, his wife of 63 years; children David of Portland, John of Annapolis, Md., Susan McReynolds of Puyallup, Wash., and Paul of Hillsboro; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; sisters Adeline Majury of Portland and Barbara Dent of St. Helens.

Recitation of the Rosary will be followed by a funeral liturgy. A reception will follow on Friday. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

The family of Alexander Florian Albertine requests that memorial donations be made to the Mount Angel Abbey Foundation of Oregon, One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Ore. 97373, or the order of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 302 Maryknoll, N.Y. 10545.

Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens handled arrangements.

Darlene Butcher

May 30, 1953-Nov. 4, 2011

Darlene Butcher, the owner/operator of North's Plumbing in Aloha, died Nov. 4.

Details of services for Mrs. Butcher and a complete obituary will follow next week.

Arrangements are in the care of Springer and Son Aloha Funeral Home.

Carl Jean Knox

Nov. 21, 1932-Sept. 13, 2011

Carl Jean Knox died Sept. 13, the result of an automobile accident. The accident occurred on Sept. 12, and he died in the hospital on the following day. He was 78 years old.

Mr. Knox was born Nov. 21, 1932, in Monmouth and raised in Newport by his parents Lorenzo La Fayette Knox Jr. (Budd) and Lelia Alice Knox (Lee).

He graduated from Newport High School in 1952.

After four years in the Navy, he attended Linfield College, where he met his future wife, Flora L. Ownbey.

He received an associate's degree from Portland Community College and graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in K-12 physical education in 1971.

He returned to the Navy numerous times, retiring in 1987 after 31 years of active and inactive service. He often spent summers on Navy assignments.

Mr. Knox won a football trophy from Newport High School and played football at Linfield.

He was active in many sports, including hunting, fishing, skiing, rail biking, four-wheeling and parasailing. He was an exceptional dancer and avid swimmer.

He had a gift of helping and serving others in need. Many would wait in line for a massage from him.

He was a member of Beaverton Christian Church.

Surviving are his wife Flora; children Sheri L. Knox and Ronald J. Knox; grandchildren Kahlia Knox and Ekaterina MacGowan; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at Beaverton Christian Church on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m.

Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

Karol Louise Larson

May 18, 1960-Nov. 5, 2011

Karol Louise Larson died Saturday in Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She was 51 years old.

She was born May 18, 1960, to Charles Richard Rogers and Florence Christiansen in Royal Oak, Mich., and raised in Caro, Mich., where she graduated from Caro High School. She graduated from Northwood University with a business administration degree in 1982. She graduated with honors in high school and college.

She was co-owner of A-1 Truck Insurance.

Mrs. Larson received many awards in horse showmanship and cheerleading in both high school and college.

On Sept. 24, 1988, she married Bradley Larson in Tualatin.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are parents Florence Christiansen and Charles Rogers; sons Austin and Alex Larson; stepson Eric Larson and step-grandson Aricin Larson.

Preceding her in death was her sister Gail Rogers in 1971.

Donations in the name of Karol Louise Larson may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, 2194 S.E. Minter Bridge Road, in Hillsboro.

Springer and Son Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Raymond Elmer Sims

Oct. 5, 1929-Oct. 31, 2011

Raymond Elmer Sims died at his home in Portland on Oct. 31. He was 82 years old.

The only child of Clayton and Helen P. (Bennet) Sims, he was born Oct. 5, 1929, was raised in Portland, attended Benson High School and went on to Vanport College in Portland.

In 1953, he married his first wife, Joanne L. Magness, and they had four children. They divorced in 1979.

On Sept. 2, 1986, he married Ailene Hatfield Fortsch in Kauai, Hawaii, and they made their home in Portland.

Mr. Sims served as a civil engineer all of his working life for the city of Portland.

Among his interests were fishing, swimming, camping and photograpahy.

Survivors include his loving wife Ailene of the family home; children Karen Sims Bundy of West Linn, Diane Harju of West Linn, Linda Rollins of Milwaukie and David Sims of West Linn; stepchildren Byron Fortsch Jr. of Aloha, Janet Fortsch of Beaverton, Kathryn Weller of Tacoma, Wash., and Karyn Ylvisaker of Aloha; three cousins; and 10 grandchildren.

The family of Raymond Elmer Sims suggests donations in his name to the American Cancer Association.

Duyck and VanDeHey Funeral Home handled arrangements.

An online guestbook is at

Roberta Helen Vopat

Oct. 18, 1924-Oct. 30. 2011

Roberta Helen Vopat of Hillsboro died Oct. 30, 12 days after her 87th birthday.

She was born to Robert Henry Troutman and Callie Dove Block Troutman on Oct. 18, 1924, in Dodge City, Kan.

Surviving are son Jim Vopat of Sherwood and daughter Judy Joseph of Tigard.

Donations in memory of Roberta Helen Vopat may be made to the Oregon Chapter of the American Alzheimer's Association, 1650 N.W. Naito Way, Suite 190, Portland 97209; or Washington County Hospice and Pallative Care, 900 S.E. Oak St., Suite 202, Hillsboro 97123.

Arrangements were by Young's Funeral Home.

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