Norman Joseph “George” Barker

Sept. 30, 1919 - Feb. 21, 2013

Norman Joseph “George” Barker, of Portland, died Feb. 21, at the age of 93 years in Gladstone. He passed away from natural causes.

Born Sept. 30, 1919, in Portland, he was a hard worker, co-founding the Northwest Leather Renewal store. During World War II he was an electrician at the Hanford site of the Manhattan Project, and in 1954 he not only started working for GM ( where he’d work until his retirement March 31, 1985), but he also met Jean Anne Bigbee Hanna, his future wife. They married June 16, 1958. From 1959 to 2013 he owned, managed and maintained rental properties.

Mr. Barker was an avid fisherman and traveler. He loved to drive the entirety of the old Route 66. He was a member of the Oregon Trail Society, and a man who deeply cared about his fellow men. He is remembered and known not only for his care and concern for others, but for his sense of humor and practical jokes.

Mr. Barker is survived by: his daughter, Millie, and her husband, Phil; daughter, Patricia; grandson, Michael, granddaughter Catherine, and her husband, Carlos, and great-grandchildren, Michael, Caleb, Christian, Trinity and Eva.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

David L. Boisjolie

Dec. 28, 1934 - March 3, 2013

David L. Boisjolie died March 3.

He was born in Fargo, N. D., on Dec. 28, 1934, to Septem and Lucille (Stevens) Boisjolie. The family moved to Oregon when he was 8, and he lived in several different towns around the Portland/Vancouver area until he was in junior high.

The family settled in the Willamette area of West Linn, where his father owned a barber shop. He finished school at West Linn High (class of 1953). He worked for The Oregonian, the West Linn Mill and a brief stint in the National Guard before he finally found his love of cars to be his final profession. Mr. Boisjolie worked in several different auto dealerships, and spent the last 25 of those years with Armstrong Buick. He retired in 2000.

He was married to Joyce Hill and had two daughters. They were divorced and he later married Mary Sue Bennett and had one daughter. They raised all three girls together.

They lived in Portland and Gladstone and have been in West Linn at the same house for the past 36 years. Dave and Mary Sue would have been married 50 years in September.

During his lifetime he enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling with family and friends.

Mr. Boisjolie is survived by: his wife; sister, Sylvia, and brother-in-law, Bill Stoddard; daughters, Michelle Lavier (David), Jacqueline Horvat (Robert) and Lisa Macias (Armando); grandchildren, David Forsyth (Cyndi), Brittney Osborne (Derek), Mike Flitcraft (Kira), Kate Losee (James), Morgan and Kaitlin Boisjolie-Breed, and Nick, Greg and Zak Macias; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Bagley, Amber Williams(Lee), Taylore, Ry’n and Parker Osborne, Birch, Jasper and Vivenne Flitcraft and Finn and Junie Losee; great-great-grandchildren, Addyson and Auryan Williams; and five nieces.

He will always be remembered for being a quiet man with a big heart and a dry sense of humor with a mischievous smile. He was always willing to help his family, friends and employees whenever needed. His greatest love and joy was found spending time with his wife and family. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

William G. Dady

September 10, 1921 – Feb. 24, 2013

William G. Dady of Sun City West, Arizona passed away at 91 years of age on Sunday, Feb. 24, with his wife Charlene E. Dady and family by his side.

Bill, as he preferred to be called, was preceded in death by his father William Eugene Dady and mother Hope Dobyne, his sister Grace Fitch and his oldest son William. Bill was born on Sept. 10, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois where he grew up and studied Geology as a bachelor’s degree graduate of the University of Illinois. He was a member of the esteemed Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Unable to join many of his beloved fraternity brothers in the allied fighting in WWII due to a childhood illness that rendered his right arm movement very limited, Bill went to work for Pan American airlines. His first employment was as a flight attendant on the famous Pan Am Clipper flying boats. Bills admiration of the mountains and his mapping of the geologic formations that created them led to extensive explorations into the Teton Mountain area of Wyoming. Bill met and married his lovely wife Charlene Erkins (Dady) in 1948 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming at Our Lady of The Tetons Catholic church. The two of them savored each and every day of their 64 magnificent years together.

Bill was thrilled and challenged by many employment endeavors over his lifetime. He was established across the states of Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Colorado, Arizona and Oregon as a very well known, highly respected and much sought after consulting geologist, oil-gas-mining exploration specialist and petroleum engineer. Bill and Charlene lived in Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado before settling the Dady family sequentially in Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville, Oregon in the 1960s. Bill graciously volunteered his time weekly for the Wilsonville planning commission and was an important asset to the incorporation and management of Wilsonville in 1969. The development of the Charbonneau District in 1972 was also one of Bill’s participating achievements. Charbonneau is an award winning private planned community within the city limits of Wilsonville and has been emulated as a model for many northwest communities henceforth. Bill ‘unofficially’ never announced his retirement, instead continuing to research and compile information for volunteer consulting from Bill and Charlene’s retirement home in Sun City West, Arizona from 1998 to 2013.

While employment was a fiscal necessity, community services his passion, and Bill’s devotion to his traditional Roman Catholic faith unshakeable, his principal delight in daily life was his family. He is survived by his be- loved wife Charlene and daughters Shawn Koellermeier (husband Robert), Lorin Clasen (husband Rick), Patty Dady, Sharon Harrell, Anne Whalen, and sons Robert Dady (wife Kelly), Michael Dady, and John Dady (wife Kristy). In addition there are currently 22 Dady grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, with one more presently on the way.

Bill will be laid to rest at the base of the majestic Grand Teton mountain range near Wilson, Wyoming at the Elliot Cemetery on Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. Contributions may be given to Hospice of Arizona at 12740 North Plaza Del Rio Boulevard, Peoria, Arizona, 85351.

Lorraine “Rena” Gray

March 10, 1923- March 6, 2013

Lorraine “Rena” Gray died on March 6 at 89 years of age.

She is survived by her son, Richard Gary Garver.

A private scattering of her remains at Otter Crest Beach will take place in the summer of 2013.

Richard Alan Torrance

May 31, 1935 - March 6, 2013

Oregon City resident Richard Alan Torrance passed away March 6 at home surrounded by his family.

He was an avid fisherman who never missed a spring or fall Chinook run. He worked in construction as a truck driver for over 40 years.

He is survived by: his children, Michele Nichols, and her husband, Dan, and daughter, Jeanine Smith, and her husband, Colin; grandchildren, Alex, Preston, Connor and Sarah; and nephew, Roger Hopkins, whom he loved like a son. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Addeanne.

A memorial service will be held Friday, March 19, at 11 a.m. in the Lynchwood Christian Church, 3815 S.E. 174th Ave., in Portland.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Odyssey Hospice for the help and support. For more information and to sign the online guest book, visit

Arrangements: Hillside Chapel.

John Steven Whiteline

Feb. 7, 1944 - Feb. 24, 2013

John Steven Whiteline, 69, died peacefully in his sleep in his Puyallup, Wash., home on Sunday, Feb. 24. He was born in Klamath Falls, on Feb. 7, 1944.

He was an intelligent man with many interests. A former small aircraft pilot, he enjoyed reading, playing chess, gardening, sailing, studying astronomy, traveling, practicing his German language skills and learning anything new. He was an avid golfer, skier and sports fan.

He retired from the Port of Tacoma where he worked as an electrician.

He was a kind and generous soul, who was a wonderful friend and confidant. He took care of his extended family with his whole heart, and his love for family and friends was unconditional.

He shared much of his time and talent encouraging young people to achieve their academic and athletic goals and was so proud of their accomplishments. His greatest joy was sharing time with his daughter and helping her pursue her dreams.

He is survived by: his wife, Rong Whiteline; daughter, ChengSu Chen; mother, Dorothy Chenault, of Oregon City; and sister, Diana Ames.

Interment is planned at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Mr. Whiteline loved life and will be profoundly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. Condolences of respect can be submitted on the Fir Lane Memorial Park Funeral Home website:

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