Death and obituary notices

Olive Evangeline Bernhardt

April 9, 1911 - April 11, 2008

Olive Evangeline Bernhardt died April 11, two days after her 97th birthday.

Born April 9, 1911, in Ballston Spa, N.Y., she was named Olive Evangeline Paddock.

In 1924 she moved to Oakridge in Oregon, and in 1929 she married Howard Bernhardt.

A son, Bill, was born in 1931 and son, Gary, in 1938.

The family moved to Beaverton in 1945.

Mr. Bernhardt died in 1983, and Mrs. Bernhardt continued to live in their same house in Beaverton until November 2007.

She had been employed as a sales clerk at Sinnerud Men's Store.

Surviving are her son Gary; sisters Eleanor Fisher and June Poggi; brother James Paddock; daughters-in-law Beverly Bernhardt and Tana Bernhardt; nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband Howard, were son Bill Bernhardt, brother Worden Paddock and sister Etta Herdon, who died April 13 this year.

A memorial service was conducted April 18 in Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ in Beaverton.

Donations in memory of Olive Evangeline Bernhardt may be made to Providence St. Vincent Hospice.

Pegg, Paxson and Springer Funeral Chapel handled arrangements.

Richard Powell Davidson

Oct. 24, 1950 - April 10, 2008

Native Oregonian Richard (Dick) Powell Davidson suffered a heart attack and died April 10 at his home in Vernonia. He was 57.

He was born Oct. 24, 1950, in Portland, was reared and educated in Hillsboro and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1968.

In 1969 he married Karen Lou Allstot in Tucson, Ariz. They spent the first few years of their marriage in San Manuel, Ariz., and eventually moved to Hillsboro, where their three children were reared.

After their divorce in 1981, Mr. Davidson moved to Forest Grove, where he met JoAnn Anzaldi, who became his longtime companion. After her death in 1991 he moved to Vernonia, which he called home until his death.

He was employed as a welder for Freightliner Trucking for more than 32 years, retiring in 2005.

Mr. Davidson enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping and working in his yard. He loved to joke around, play innocent pranks on people close to him and was a good sport when the prank was played on him. He cherished the time spent with his family and friends and was loved by many.

Surviving are daughters and their husbands, Tina and Phil Gardner of Hillsboro and Tonya and Brad Hesselgesser of Portland and son Michael Davidson of Forest Grove; six grandchildren; his former wife Karen Davidson and his aunt Janny. JoAnn's children Landon, Theresa and Jeff also survive him.

A celebration of the life of Richard Powell Davidson took place April 19 in the Forest Grove Senior Center.

Donations in memory of Richard Powell Davidson may be made to the American Heart Association, 710 2nd Ave., Suite 900, Seattle, 98104, (

Services were provided by Duyck and VanDeHey Funeral Home.

Elwood A. Nestor

May 2, 1920 - April 6, 2008

Elwood (Woody) A. Nestor died April 6 at age 87.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in the Tigard American Legion Post No. 158.

Mr. Nestor was born May 2, 1920, in Parsons, W. Va., where he graduated from Parsons High School on his birthday in 1937.

After graduation he drove a truck for a meat company.

In February 1940 he enlisted in the Army, in which he served for 5½ years as a medic and a truck driver at many military posts, his longest assignment being 2½ years at the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, and then his last assignment at Baxter General Hospital in Spokane Wash.

On Sept. 5, 1956, he married Patsy Bowers.

After his military discharge he worked as a school bus driver, bought a truck and became a long-haul driver.

During his 44 years as a teamster he worked for United Truck Lines, Arrow Transportation, United Buckingham Truck Line, Ringsby United Truck Line, and retired from Oregon-Washington Truck Lines in 1982.

Mr. Nestor worked as a charter driver for Laidlaw Bus Company and for Lamb's Thriftway in Garden Home as a delivery driver, finally retiring in 2002.

He volunteered at the Portland Veterans Hospital as a van driver, helped with the veterans' gift shop at Christmas and at the Rose Festival Veterans Wheelchair parade.

Mr. Nestor earned more than 10,000 volunteer hours with the VA.

He and his wife joined the Tigard American Legion in 1976. He served as department sergeant-at-arms for three commanders and was also an assistant sergeant-at-arms for many commanders and an aide to the department commanders for his wife when she was the first lady commander in Oregon.

He was a paid-up-for-life member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was very proud of his connection with the veterans' organizations.

He was a post commander at Beaverton Post No. 124, Tigard Post No. 158, and also belonged to Sherwood Post No. 26. He was goal district commander and volunteered at Boys State.

Surviving are his wife Patsy, to whom he was married for 51½ years; daughter and son-in-law Georgia and Nick Brown; son Alan; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations in the name of Elwood A. Nestor may be made to the American Legion Emergency Fund, American Legion Department of Oregon, P.O. Box 1730, Wilsonville 97070.

Juanita Auldine Williams

April 17, 1921 - April 12, 2008

Juanita Auldine Williams of Tigard died April 12 at the age of 86.

A funeral Mass of Christian Burial is being held today (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Mrs. Williams, whose maiden name was Page, was born April 17, 1921, in Lewiston, Mont.

She was a graduate of Vancouver High School in Washington.

In 1940 she married Frank Edward Williams. He died in 1987.

She retired in 1983 from Santry Trucking and worked at 'A Williams Florist' from 1987 until the present time.

Surviving are daughter Nancy King; sons Mark (Buzz) Williams and Grant Williams; brother William Donaldson; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Young's Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Scott Carl Erickson

Jan. 3, 1976 - April 5, 2008

Native Oregonian Scott Carl Erickson of Portland died April 5 at the age of 32. Cause of death was muscular dystrophy.

A memorial service is being conducted at 12:30 p.m. today (Thursday) in The River House at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro.

Scott Carl Erickson was born Jan. 3, 1976, in Portland. He was reared and educated in the Beaverton area, graduating from Aloha High School.

Surviving are his parents Dennis and Karen Erickson; his birth mother Karen Horning; grandmother Jane Horning; sister Robin Wright; half-sister and half-brother Rosie and Nick Horning; and caregiver Stephanie Weber.

Donations in memory of Scott Carl Erickson are preferred to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Riverview Abbey Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Violet V. Hess

Aug. 15, 1916 - April 20, 2008

Violet V. Hess of Tualatin died Sunday at the age of 91. Cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Hess, whose maiden name was DeVault, was born Aug. 15, 1916, in Lewistown, Mont.

She graduated from Hillsboro High School.

In 1951 she married Donald R. Hess. He died in 2000.

Mrs. Hess was employed as a warehouse shipping clerk at Meier and Frank.

She lived in Portland from 1947 to 1970, when she moved to Tigard, and then to Tualatin in 2003.

Surviving are son William P. Goin Jr. of Gladstone and daughter Arlene M. Noles of Wilsonville, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Wednesday at Mountainside Cemetery in Scholls.

Arrangements were handled by Young's Funeral Home.

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