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

Rev. Charles D. Borho

March 10, 1926-July 9, 2011

The Rev. Charles D. Borho of Beaverton died July 9 at the age of 85. Cause of death was lung cancer.

He was born March 10, 1926, to Alexander Borho and Julia Koehmstedt in Nekoma, N.D., where he was raised and graduated from Nekoma High School.

In World War II he served in the Marines from 1944 until 1946, serving in Okinawa and northern China.

He then attended the University of Portland, graduating cum laude with a BA in 1950.

In 1951 he began his seminary studies at Mt. Angel Seminary, and from there went on to theological studies at St. Edward Seminary in Kenmore, Wash.

Father Borho was ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland on May 18, 1957.

His ministry of 54 years included assistant director of St. Mary's Home for Boys in Beaverton; associate pastor/pastor at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Astoria; associate pastor of St. James Parish in McMinnville; pastor, St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton; and pastor of St. Paul's Parish in St. Paul until his retirement in July 2009.

After retiring, Father Borho moved to Mount Angel Towers, where he lived until ill health in association with lung cancer necessitated his move to Maryville Nursing Home.

Survivors include his brothers Cyril, Norbert and Alfred.

Preceding him in death were brothers Leslie, Joseph, Arnold, James and John, and sisters Geneva and Mary Borho.

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 14 in St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland, followed by interment in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Rev. Charles D. Borho may be made to the Priests' Retirement Fund, Archdiocese of Portland, 2838 E. Burnside, Portland 97214.

Arrangements have been in the care of Pegg, Paxson and Springer Funeral Home.

Ethel Elizabeth Gerlach

March 21, 1921-June 30, 2011

No services have been planned for Sherwood resident Ethel Elizabeth Gerlach, who died in Newberg on June 20. She was 90 years old.

She was born March 21, 1921, in Tigard to Edward and Babette Hunziker.

She was married to Norman Gerlach.

Survivors include her sister Doris Van Gordon; brother Ed Hunziker; sons John Gerlach and Robet Gerlach; and daughter Susan Gerlach.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband.

Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery.

Arrangements were in the care of Young's Funeral Home.

Myrtle Winifred Henderson

July 9, 1909-July 15, 2011

Myrtle Winifred Henderson died peacefully July 15, six days after her 102nd birthday, with her daughter and niece by her side.

The second child of seven children, she was born in Portland July 9, 1909, to Francis Charles and Asenath Winifred Johnson, who instilled the love of music and laughter in their home.

A few years after she was born, the family moved to Beaverton. In 1918 their mother died from the Spanish flu and Myrtle became the 'sister/mom' to her siblings.

Throughout the years, the family piano was the gathering place for the continued love of music and its connection to their father and mother and each other.

She attended Merle Davies grade school and then Beaverton High School, where she was on the state 'all star' basketball team. (A picture of that team is at Ruby Tuesday's restaurant, off Murray Road).

After graduation from high school, she attended and graduated from nursing school at Good Samaritan Hospital.

She married her first love, Bill Henderson. They had four children: one boy and three girls.

Over the years, she and her siblings remained very close and after they all had families they became one huge loving family. The countless aunts, uncles and cousins taught them their old songs and stories.

In addition to music, Mrs. Henderson loved to cook, bake, sew, knit and crochet. She also loved photography and playing cards.

Preceding Myrtle Henderson in death were all her siblings, her husband and her son Bill Henderson Jr.

Surviving are daughters Jan Chiapelone, Judy Hibler and Nancy Hedrick; daughter-in-law Katie Henderson; and all their children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Myrtle Winifred Henderson may be made to OHSU Foundation In Support of Macular Degeneration Research, Mail Stop 45, P.O. Box 4000, Portland 97208.

Ernest Albert Hering

Dec. 9, 1919-July 12, 2011

Ernest (Ernie) Albert Hering, a former native of western Washington County, late of the McNary Estates in Keizer, died the evening of Tuesday, July 12, at his home. He was 91 years old.

The youngest son of Daniel Hering and Caroline (Munch) Hering, he was born Dec. 9, 1919, in Cornelius. He was raised on the family farm, south of Cornelius and attended Forest Grove and Hillsboro high schools.

He served in the National Guard in Hillsboro.

In 1940, he was inducted into the Army in Hillsboro, serving in the 41st Division Field Artillery Company. His assignments took him to the South Pacific, Australia and New Guinea. He served for five years until receiving his honorable discharge in August 1945 at Fort Lewis, Wash., as a corporal.

On Jan. 25, 1945, he married Nellie L. Withycombe in Portland. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in January this year.

Following their marriage, they lived in Seattle for five years.

While living in Seattle, Mr. Hering learned the meat-cutting trade and owned and operated the meat market at the Wedgewood Market in the Wedgewood district of northeast Seattle.

In 1950 the Herings returned to Oregon, settling in Cedar Hills.

They purchased a grocery and market in Cedar Hills, which became 'Ernie's Thriftway,' and which they owned and operated for 22 years.

Following their retirement, in 1973, they moved to Tigard, where they lived for seven years until 1980 when they moved to Bend. In 1989 they moved to the McNary Estates in Keizer.

Mr. Hering served as director of the Thriftway stores as well as United Grocers. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and the Elks Lodge BPOE.

He was also a member of several golf and country clubs, including the Portland Golf and Country Club, Summerfield Golf and Country Club, Bend Golf and Country Club, Indian Wells Golf and Country Club in Palm Springs, Calif., where they enjoyed spending time at their winter home, as well as the McNary Golf and Country Club in Keizer.

Among his special interests were jazz and swing music, big band music, golf, traveling and relaxing with a glass of bourbon.

Preceding him in death were his parents Daniel and Caroline Hering; sister Carolyn Jacobsmuhlen; and brothers Fred, William (Bill), Henry (Hank) and Walter (Walt) Hering.

Surviving are his wife Nellie (Nel) L. Hering of the family home in Keizer; daughters Laraine McCallen of Gaston and Janet Johnson, of Eugene; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family of Ernest Hering suggests that contributions in his memory may be made to World Vision International, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, Wash. 98063.

The Rev. Karl Pishaw, pastor of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Cornelius, officiated at a prayer service on Saturday (July 16) in Forest Grove Memorial Chapel, following a family graveside service at Forest View Cemetery.

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Forest Grove Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Barbara June Rhode

Oct. 23, 1928-July 10, 2011

Barbara June Rhode died on July 10 at Larisa's Home Care II Adult Foster Home in Portland. She was 82 years old.

She was born to Louis W. Houghtling and Isabel (Gulliford) Houghtling on Oct. 23, 1928, in Portland, where she was raised and educated, a graduate of Milwaukie High School's class of 1946.

On Aug, 17, 1947, she married Matthew M. Gillespie in Portland. They were married 35 years before being divorced.

In 1982, she married Harley M. Rhode in Reno, Nev. They lived in Portland and were married for seven years before Mr. Rhode died in 1989.

Mrs. Rhode enjoyed movies and watching soap operas on TV. She was a homemaker and a housewife and loved dogs and all animals.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband Harley, were her parents and her twin sister Beverly Jane Debunce.

Survivors include daughter Linda Dalpez and grandson Justin M. Dalpez, both of Beaverton.

Private interment has been held.

Donations in memory of Barbara June Rhode may be made to the Oregon Humane Society, P.O. Box 11364, Portland 97211-0364.

Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Beaverton handled arrangements.

Chester (Chet) Lane Robinson

July 4, 1918 - July 8, 2011

Chester (Chet) Lane Robinson died of age-related illness July 8 in Beaverton Hills Assisted Living. He was 93 years old.

He was born on July 4, 1918, to Harry and Bertha Robinson. at the family home. The family's half-section farm was homesteaded in 1852 by his great-great grandfather, William Robinson in the Progress area between Beaverton and Tigard, west across Highway 217 from Washington Square. He farmed and had a dairy with his father and brother until development in the late 1960s.

He attended Hiteon Grade School, which was originally at the intersection of what is now Conestoga and 125th.

After grade school, he graduated from Beaverton High School. In 1940 he graduated with a BS in farm crops from Oregon State University, where he was active in the Farm Crops Club, Ag Club and Campus 4-H. He was also in the 4-H honorary Mu Beta Beta. He was a 4-H club leader for more than 30 years.

He met his wife, Evelyn Kickbusch, in the Campus 4-H club, and they were married in August 1940. They made their home on the Robinson family farm and raised four children; Lynn, Kay, Thea and Dee.

Evelyn Robinson preceded him in death on Dec. 16, 1986.

Mr. Robinson looked forward each year to elk and deer hunting trips to Eastern Oregon. He also enjoyed fishing East Lake and streams for trout. Salmon fishing trips were always favorites. Celebrating holidays, especially Christmas, with his family were highlights of the year for him.

He was involved with many civil activities, including being on the McKay School Board for 10 years and Agricultural and Stabilization Committee as local representative for 12 years. He was on the board of directors for the local fire district (Beaverton Rural and Washington County No. 1, which became Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue) for approximately 35 years. He was a longtime member of Bethel Congregational Church in Beaverton.

He became active in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows when he joined Charity Lodge No. 75 in Tigard in January 1941. In due time he became a Rebekah, an Encampment and Canton member. In 1962 he was elected grand warden of the Grand Lodge of Oregon, 1963 deputy grand master and was grand master for 1964-65. He served a two-year term as chairman of the Northwest Odd Fellows and Rebekah Association and was active in their United Nations Pilgrimage for high school students since its beginning in 1949. In addition he still took time to serve on the board of the Odd Fellows Home, Friendship Health Center and as a grand trustee for the Grand Lodge.

In September 1992 he married Virginia Brooks, and they moved to a home on Cottonwood Lane in Tigard. However, with this move he did not get off the family farm as Cottonwood is in a residential development located in part of the farm.

He and his wife moved from that home to Beaverton Lodge Retirement Center and then to Beaverton Hills Assisted Living in November 2009.

In addition to his first wife Evelyn, preceding him in death were his daughter Dee Hanson of Kennewick, Wash., on Oct. 29, 2006.

Survivors include his wife Virginia; sister Evelyn Strickland of Keremos, B.C., Canada; son Lynn of Beaverton; daughters Kay Bell of Portland and Thea Wood of Tualatin; granddaughter Elizabeth Robinson and grandsons Mark Robinson of Valencia Calif., grandson David Robinson of Santa Clarita, Calif.; and granddaughter Laurie Robinson of San Jose Calif.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Friday (July 22) at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Congregational Church in Beaverton.

Private interment is at Crescent Grove Cemetery, where he will be with many of his ancestors.

Springer and Son Funeral Chapel handled arrangements.

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