William Roland “Ron” Bates

May 22, 1928 - Oct. 15, 2012

William Roland “Ron” Bates passed away in Milwaukie on Oct. 15, from causes related to age at 84.

He was born in Red Bluff, Calif., to parents Harry and Clara Bates on May 22, 1928. He was raised in Cottonwood, Calif., and graduated from Anderson High School in Anderson, Calif., in 1948.

In April 1949 he married Elma Jamerson and together they had three children: Judy, Bill and Susan. In 1961 the family moved to the Portland/Milwaukie area, where he and his wife had remained since.

During his working life, Mr. Bates worked as a truck driver, a farmer and a rancher who loved animals, especially horses, cows and dogs.

He is survived by: his wife, Elma Bates; daughter, Judy Rideout; son, Bill Bates; daughter, Susan Bates; sisters, Shirley Spoon and Deniel Bisnett; his grandchildren, Brandon Bates, Joe Bates, Kimberly Rideout and Ashley Rideout; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harry Bates, and his sister, Beryl Haakinson.

A memorial service was held at First Baptist Church in Portland on Oct. 20. To light a candle in his honor and to sign the online guest book visit

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Carolyn Louise Grace

Sept. 28, 1950 - Oct. 13, 2012

Carolyn Louise Grace passed away suddenly at the age of 62 on Oct. 13.

Born in Portland on Sept. 28, 1950, she grew up in Oregon City and graduated from Oregon City High School.  She then graduated from Clackamas Community College and attended Lewis & Clark College, majoring in English. 

She was married to Gary Grace for 43 years, and together they raised four children in the Milwaukie area. The couple moved to Rockaway Beach in 2007. They had recently built a home there and were looking forward to their retirement.

Mrs. Grace is survived by: her husband, Gary; sons, Geoff and Rian; daughters, Trisha Tiemann and Crystal Grace; sister, Michelle Fematt; brother, Michael Oades; grandchildren, Colby, Taylor, Isabelle and Connor; and daughters-in-law, Amie and Debra. 

She was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry, and her parents, Lester and Carolyn Oades.

Carolyn is loved by so many and will be sorely missed. The world was a better place with her in it.

 A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Milwaukie Presbyterian Church. Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Rockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel in Oregon City.

Danina Mary Hill

Oct. 20, 1930 - Oct. 10, 2012

Danina (Puleo) Hill passed away on Oct. 10; she was born on Oct. 20, 1930.

In life she was surrounded by the love of family and friends, her warm smile and loving presence will be deeply missed.  May she rest in peace with wonderful memories of her loving family and friends.

She is survived by: her three daughters, Doni Howard, Leslie McLaughlin and Nancy McGill; her three sons, Charlie, Greg and Richard Hill; 14 grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren

She was preceded in death by daughter, Linda Jacobs. 

Her family will celebrate her life in a private gathering. 

Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels.  Please visit to leave condolences for the family.

Rev. William J. Jackson

Jan. 26, 1922 - Oct. 11, 2012 

Rev. William J. Jackson died on Oct. 11, in Damascus.

He was born in Davison Township, Mich., on Jan. 26, 1922. 

A loving husband of 58 years, he is survived by his wife and family. He was a minister, chaplain, counselor and teacher. His last 20 years were focused on missionary work in Haiti. 

A memorial service will be held at Milwaukie Covenant Church at 1 p.m. on Nov. 3.  Arrangements: Stehn Family Chapels. For more information or to leave a remembrance for the family, visit


Carol Mary (Warren) Johns

Jan. 15, 1936 - Oct. 5, 2012

Carol Mary (Warren) Johns died on Oct. 5. 

She was born on Jan. 15, 1936, in San Francisco, to William and Dorothy Warren, the middle of three sisters. The oldest is the late Diane Hickman, and the youngest is Susan Stebbins.  As a child, she lived in Columbia Falls, Mont., and Portland. She attended Portsmouth grade school and Roosevelt High School. As a young girl, she was nicknamed “Carol Mary Wildcat.” Most people who knew her as an adult would not be able to imagine her as wildcat. 

It is difficult to create a summary in words of the intricacies that is an entire lifetime. Yet, we are compelled to try. We want to share all the beauty, love and grace of our amazing beloved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. Our mother was loved dearly, and is profoundly missed. 

In 1951, she married Richard Kluser and moved to various cities across the country in their life as a Marine Corps family. Together they had five children: Lorna Danine, Joan Elaine, Deborah Anne, Carol Lynn and Richard William Jr. When her marriage to Richard ended, she moved to Oregon with her children 

She married Robert (Bob) Johns in 1970, and they welcomed a son, Ronald Warren Johns. They lived for many years in Southeast Portland. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, sang in the choir, was a member of a trio and taught Sunday school. 

While her husband helped coach Little League teams for Richard and Ron, Mrs. Johns helped the team, working in the snack wagon and cheering them on. She volunteered at Woodstock Grade School, which led to a paid position as a teaching assistant. She worked for Portland Public Schools for over 20 years as an assistant for a special education teacher, at Woodstock and Bridlemile grade schools. She believed in the importance of education no matter the challenges. She also served as den mother to her sons’ Cub Scout troops.

Mrs. Johns took great pride in all of her children.  She understood their uniqueness and respected their differences. One of her greatest sources of pride and joy were the arrival of her grandchildren: Joshua, Joseph, Damian, Benjamin, Andrea, Zachary, Sarah, Andrew, Matthew, David, Katie, Madeline, Jordan, Aaron, Caden, Sylvie and Liam.  She loved sharing their milestones, birthdays, graduations, recitals, plays and weddings. 

She welcomed and loved her great-grandchildren: Talon, Bryar, Tyler, Jonathan, Nathaniel, Lydia, Karli, Lexie, Olivia, Ethan, Ruben, Manny, Isabella and Kemper. Most recently she welcomed her first great-great-granddaughter, Maya.

In 1989, Mr. and Mrs. Johns moved to Oregon City, having acquired some acreage where they planned to live in their retirement years. They joined the Carus United Methodist church in Oregon City where they both became very involved with the community. From 1991 to 2008, Mrs. Johns served the annual conference as a certified lay speaker. From 1993 to 2004, she served as Carus UMC lay leader. In 2002-2004, she served as Western District lay leader. In 2004, she was dean of the UMW School of Christian Missions. She served as Carus UMC United Methodist Women president and Western District United Methodist Women president. During this time, she took piano and organ lessons. She loved to sing and was always involved in the music ministry. She also taught Sunday school. She had great fun helping to organize the Carus annual mother/daughter tea and took great pride in introducing her daughters, granddaughters and friends’ daughters at those events.

She loved it when the family gathered at her home for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  Friends were always welcome and treated like family.  Welcoming was often used to describe our beautiful mother, she always said, “The more the merrier.” 

She enjoyed group games like Charades, Encore, Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit and Scattergories. She also loved Scrabble, jigsaw puzzles and crosswords.  She was an avid, thoughtful reader.  Some of her favorites books include “Lorna Doone,” “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” the Harry Potter Series, Agatha Christie and Isaac Asimov, to name but a few. She enjoyed knitting and made afghans for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, allowing each of them to choose their favorite colors.

Mrs. Johns absolutely adored her sisters and brother and their spouses. Together they all had a great sense of fun.  She cherished their children, her many nieces and nephews. She treasured her cousins and friends. She had 38 very happy years with her dear husband, who preceded her in death in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her older half-brother, Rev. Lindsay Warren. 

She was brilliant, kind, loving, caring, welcoming, patient, gracious and beautiful. She blessed this earth with her love, curiosity and humor. She had a lovely smile. We love her dearly and she loved us so well.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to United Methodist Women or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud. Visit for more information.

Billie Louise Kampen

Sept. 3, 1929 - Oct. 8, 2012 

Billie Louise Kampen passed away peacefully with her son by her side on Oct. 8, at Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City; she was 83.

She was born in Nashoba, Okla., on Sept 3, 1929, to Lester and Oma Gillreath.

She was raised in Oklahoma and graduated from Antlers High School.

She married Henry Dorton, who preceded her in death in 1972. They had one son, Leon Dorton, born in 1948. She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in education from San Francisco State College and enjoyed 32 years as an elementary school teacher in California schools.

In 1973, she married Albert Kampen, who preceded her in death in 2004. After his death, she moved up to Oregon City to live with her son and his wife.

Mrs. Kampen was a member of Rolling Hills Community Church. She loved to spend time reading and studying her Bible and always loved to travel. She spent the last week before she died at the Washington coast.

She leaves behind: her son, Leon Dorton (Judy); son, Frank Kampen (Jeanne); daughter, Geri Kampen; granddaughter, Jeanette Johnson; sisters, Madge Lisle, Shirley Conner, Lesta Huffer, Mary Hegel and Paula Baird.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

 In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Kampen’s name may be made to Portland’s Pregnancy Resource Center @

Interment will be at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, Calif.

Arrangements: Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.

Walter DeWayne Spurgeon 

Jan. 14, 1957 - Oct. 14, 2012

Walter DeWayne Spurgeon, beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather, died on Oct.14, at the age of 55. He had lived life to the fullest with pulmonary

fibrosis for six years.

Walt was born in Medford to Virginia and Walter Spurgeon.

He is survived by the love of his life, Lori Spurgeon; five daughters, Denise Spurgeon, Reiko Rogers, Alyssia Spurgeon, Sherri Meyers and Natasha Rodriguez; son, Jacob Spurgeon; 16 beautiful grandchildren who were the light of his life; one brother, Bud Ward; and two sisters, Sharyn Young and Sammi Henricksen, of Oregon City.

A public celebration and internment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on Friday, Oct. 26, at 12:30 p.m. A private family reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in his name would be greatly appreciated.

Curtis Robert Sumpter

Dec. 8, 1938 - Oct. 12, 2012

Curtis Robert Sumpter passed away on Oct. 12.

He was born on Dec. 8, 1938, in Portland, and was the son of Robert Sterling Sumpter and Martha Sumpter. He graduated from Cleveland High School in 1957, where he enjoyed playing saxophone with his high school band.  From 1957 to 1959, he joined the U.S. Navy as a store keeper on the U.S.S. Yorktown. He was recalled to active duty in 1961 on the U.S.S. McGinty for service in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in August of 1962. 

In 1970, he married Carol Sumpter (Duncan), whom he met at U.S. Bank. He worked for Freightliner, and later worked as a salesman where he traveled across the United States. 

Mr. Sumpter enjoyed fishing in Eastern Oregon, playing his saxophone and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. He was someone who always made people laugh with his sense of humor; he will be greatly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. 

He is survived by: his spouse of 42 years, Carol Duncan Sumpter; children, Jeffrey and David Sumpter; his children from his previous marriage, Sally Fast and Brian and Robert Sumpter; his only remaining sister, Martha Maxwell (Sumpter); and grandchildren, Connor, Jacob, Gabi and Ryli Sumpter.  

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Stehn Family Chapels in Milwaukie.  For more information or to leave a remembrance for the family, please visit

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