Ernest Gottfried Bachofner

Oct. 15, 1925 - Nov. 20, 2012

Ernest Gottfried Bachofner died on Nov. 20.

He was born Oct. 15, 1925, in Portland as the fifth child to Herman and Amelia Bachofner. He attended Vestal Elementary School and Benson High School.

In 1943, he entered the U.S. Navy and served on the escort carrier USS Savo Island. Released in 1945, he worked at various jobs until he started with Portland Screw Company and worked there as a purchasing agent for 45 years.

He married Jeannie Rankin in 1947 and had one son, Fred, in 1949. He divorced Jeanne in 1975.

Mr. Bachofner was a great athlete, playing on championship teams in softball, basketball and baseball, many times with his two brothers. After a knee injury playing basketball, he took up golf and loved bowling with his wife, Jeanne. He had five holes-in-ones and bowled on league championship teams.

He loved to be with family and friends and always took the time to visit friends when they were in need. He loved playing pinochle and going swimming in rivers or lakes, no matter how cold it was. After retirement, he would go camping in his fifth wheel with his camper club. He loved volunteering for The National Kidney Foundation, where he was named 1998 Volunteer of the Year. He was proud of bringing his famous pickle wraps to any family, friend or holiday event.

He had many nicknames throughout his life: Dirty Ernie, Bachy, Pickle Man, Honest Ernie, Ernie Got Fried in a Bakeoven and the like. Later in life, he met his partner for the rest of his life, Louise Lehl. They lived together for 15 joyful years. Those years were some of his most memorable, with cruises, trips to Mexico and Palm Springs and many trips to the beach. Louise’s sons, daughters and grandchildren all treated him as a member of the family.

The couple and their dog, Sophie, were always a bright spot at any get-together. His smile and warm sense of humor were always felt at a party.

The year 2012 was a tough year, with Sophie dying in July, Louise in September and the passing of Ernie in November.

Mr. Bachofner lived a full life with friends he had always loved when he was around, because he would always say something to bring a laugh or a smile and a warm spot in their heart.

He is survived by: brother, Herb; sister, Lillian; son, Fred, and his wife, Diane; granddaughters, Allison, and her husband, Trevor, and Kelli; nieces, Marilyn (Robert Hodson), Juanita (Ron Petersen), Donna (Dave Barr); and nephews, Gary, Jim and Josee Bachofner.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond, and sister, Alice.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2013, at Willamette National Cemetery. To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor, please visit

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Joan Ruth Siefert Hall

May 19, 1936 - Dec. 5, 2012

Joan Ruth Siefert Hall died on Dec. 5, at age 76.

She was born on May 19, 1936.

Mrs. Hall is survived by her three children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two sisters.

Her parents and brother preceded her in death.

A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at McLoughlin Place, 1153 Molalla Ave., Oregon City.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel Funeral Home.

Ronald Leyden Spencer

Feb. 27, 1934 - Nov. 30, 2012

Ronald Leyden Spencer passed away on Nov. 30, at the home he and his wife, Esther, had shared for 26 years. He was 78.

He was born in Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario, Canada, on Feb. 27, 1934. In 1950 he graduated from Galt Collegiate. He and Es (as he called his wife) married Nov. 16, 1956, and recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

The couple traveled the world, frequently with their close friends, Rod and Celine Bell. These travels provided him with opportunities to explore genealogy, and he was able to trace his Scottish history to 1692.

Mr. Spencer earned his accounting certification in 1959 and his degree in 1965 from Canadian Industrial Management, taking evening and correspondence classes while working full time. His work at Omark Industries brought him to the United States with his wife and three children in 1967.

The family moved to Oregon in 1974. They lived in Gladstone, and in 1986 Ron and Esther moved to West Linn. He worked for Freightliner for 15 years before retiring as the director of accounting in 1998.

Mr. Spencer valued community involvement and used his financial expertise, passion for the outdoors and love of birding in his volunteer commitments. He served on the United Way of Columbia-Willamette board for 14 years, was a board member for Tualatin Riverkeepers, helping rebuild their accounting system and was active with the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. He was an enthusiastic birder, and at the time of his death, served on the Audubon Society of Portland board, where he had been involved since the 1990s. He assisted Audubon in critical financial times, most notably as treasurer. He was described as a calm, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer, with contributions that were of great benefit to these organizations.

Mr. Spencer was diagnosed with lung cancer in September 2010. Never a smoker, he grew up in a time when smoking in the home and workplace was common. He championed the first-ever nonsmoking workplace at Freightliner.

The last few months his activities were more limited, but he got out of bed every day and experienced little pain. He said his wife, Esther, was his rock.

Mr. Spencer is survived by: his wife, Esther; their children, Ron Spencer, Tammy Spencer and Cheryl Knobeloch; sister, Norma Stubbs; grandchildren, Sandi Ferretti, Lee Spencer, Stephani Mongelli, and Griffin, Cassandra and Ethan Knobeloch; great-grandchildren Leland and Alli Spencer, Lilli Ferretti and Kyler Mongelli; and aunt and uncle, Ruth and Gordon Kaufman.

A celebration of life will be held in late February.

To view a short video clip of him on the river talking about birding, go to Ron’s Birding: php?v=10151167282621795&saved.

Donations in Ron’s honor and memory can be made to the Audubon Society of Portland,

To sign the online guest book and light a candle in his honor, visit

Arrangements: Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

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