Obituaries for Argene Allison, Tony Ketchum and Grover Risner Jr.

Argene Ralph Allison

Dec. 20, 1938-March 13, 2011

Argene (Gene) Ralph Allison died March 13 in a local hospital. He was 72 years old.

He was born to Ray and Jessie B. (Johnson) Allison Dec. 20, 1938, in Gayville, S.D., and moved with his family from South Dakota to Gresham in 1954.

At age 17 he joined the Army and was stationed in Anchorage, where he became a sharp shooter and drill sergeant. He enjoyed the cross-country skiing and rock climbing they did every day.

In 1962 he married Mary Lou Douglass. They moved to Tigard, where they lived for 10 years and then moved to Sherwood in 1972.

After getting out of the service, Mr. Allison went to work for Mayflower Farms, where he won several trophies for his cheese and ice cream making skills.

In 1977 he went to work for Teamsters Local Union No. 305 as a business agent and later became secretary-treasurer and the president of the Teamsters Joint Council No. 37.

In 1993 he retired from the Teamsters and enjoyed traveling with his wife, family and friends. He also enjoyed raising Christmas trees for 39 years.

Surviving are his wife Mary Lou Allison; sons Dennis Spath of Sherwood and Lee Davis of Oregon City; daughters Vicki Allison of Tualatin and Diane Brown of Sherwood; brothers Clair of San Diego, Calif., Robert of Ridgefield, Wash., and Gary of Gresham; sister Nancy Flesher of Gresham; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers and one sister.

Pastor Ken Vanden Hoek officiated at a funeral service on March 17 in Sherwood Community Friends Church. A private committal service was held at Willamette National Cemetery with military honors.

Attrell's Sherwood Funeral Chapel handled arrangements.

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Memorial contributions may be made to Sherwood Community Friends Church, c/o Attrell's Sherwood Funeral Chapel, 16195 S.W. First St., Sherwood 97140.

Tony Mathew Douglas Ketchum Jr.

July 25, 1986-March 15, 2011

Tony Mathew Douglas Ketchum Jr. of West Linn died March 15. He was 24.

He was born July 25, 1986, to Marguerite and Troy Ketchum Sr. in Portland, where he was raised.

He loved music, sports, movies and video games.

Surviving are his father and mother of West Linn; sisters Kristin Jansen of Tigard and Rachael Ketchum of West Linn; grandmother Carole Kellems of Phoenix, Ariz., and grandparents Marlis and Kay Ketchum of Hillsboro.

Preceding him in death was his grandfather, Rocky Kellems.

A memorial service took place on March 19 at Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud Funeral Home in Oregon City.

Grover Washington Risner Jr.

Nov. 30, 1922-March 9, 2011

The Rev. Grover Washington Risner Jr. died peacefully on March 9 in his Sherwood home under hospice care. The resident of Sherwood since November 2007 was 88.

Born on Nov. 30, 1922, in Mammoth Springs, Ark., to Grover Washington and Lora Grace Risner, he was raised in Tulsa, Okla., where he graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1940.

On Sept. 24, 1945, he married Mary E. (Betty) Stocks in Binghamton, N.Y., at Faith Tabernacle. She died on March 22 last year.

Graduating from Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Mo., he and Mrs. Risner pastored Assembly of God churches for more than 50 years throughout the country.

A southern gentleman who loved God, people and horses, his motto throughout his life was 'He abideth faithful.'

Pastor Risner also was owner/broker of Ore-Cal Properties in Klamath Falls.

Surviving are his daughter Marcya Cox of Gilroy, Calif.; sons Jonathan Risner of Blacklick, Ohio, and Stan Risner of Sherwood; brothers James Risner of Virginia and Jack Risner of Missouri; sister Peggy Goldstein of Illinois; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held April 16 at 4 p.m. in Sherwood New Life Assembly of God, 15611 Oregon St.

Terry Family Mortuary handled arrangements.

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