Violet Louise Thompson

March 26, 1935-Nov. 17, 2012

Gresham resident Violet Louise Thompson died Saturday, Nov. 17. She was 77.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home. The memorial service will be 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Violet was born March 26, 1935, in Beresford, S.D., to John and Theressa Fitzgerald. She worked as a beautician.

Violet married Wilmar (Bill) Thompson on Feb. 19, 1955. In 1960, the couple moved to Gresham, raising their family and farming together for more than 40 years.

Violet served Trinity Lutheran Church, Zarephath Ministries and East Eagle Estates Association. She always had homemade treats available for visitors and enjoyed trips to the Oregon Coast.

Violet is survived by her husband; children, Rose Dougherty, Carla DeWaters, Laurie Faulkner, Peggy Hoagland and Patrick Thompson; seven siblings; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren..

Contributions may be made to Zarephath Ministries.

Jesse Earl White

Oct. 24, 1923-Nov. 16, 2012

Jesse Earl White died Nov. 16, 2012, in Corbett. He was 89.

No public service will be held. A private burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

Jesse was born Oct. 24, 1923, in Umbarger, Texas. As a small child he lived in Alabama. Jesse moved to Oregon at age 17, where he resided the last 72 years.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Jesse married Blanche Settlemier in Corbett. She died in 1980.

Jesse was a supervisor at Wagner Mining Company. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf.

Jesse was preceded in death by his son Tom White. Survivors include his two sons, Roger White of Corbett and Jerry White of Glendale, Ariz.; and three grandchildren. Jesse was preceded in death by his son Tom White.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Raymond E. Bechtoldt

FEBRUARY 19, 1922 - NOVEMBER 19, 2012

Raymond E. Bechtoldt, age 90, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, November 19th, 2012, of natural causes, after a long and prosperous life.

Raymond was born on February 19th, 1922 to Henry and Hilda (Cordie) Bechtoldt in the farming community of Belleville, Illinois, one of a family of nine children.

Raymond served in World War II as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne and participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and other European operations.

He returned home safely at the end of the war and married his sweetheart and wife of 66 years, Lucille (Gansmann) and shortly thereafter they relocated to Portland , Oregon. Ray always loved farming and he and Lucille purchased a farm in Gresham, Oregon, in 1950 where they raised two sons and farmed continuously until 1995. They farmed strawberries, raspberries and a multitude of other crops and their roadside fruit stand on Powell, “Bechtoldt’s Berry Farm”, was a local landmark.

Ray and Lucille retired and relocated to Fairview in 1997. In recent years, Raymond enjoyed reading, visiting with friends and family members, socializing with the elks and the occasional trips to casinos.

Raymond had excellent recall of his days in service to his country in the war and enjoyed recounting his adventures with his family. In 2008, Raymond and Lucille and both their sons and their wives traveled to Europe for a World War 2 Memorial Tour which was a highlight of Ray’s later years and provided many lasting memories for his family.

He is survived by his wife Lucille, his brother Robert, his sisters Rita, Catherine and Rosemary, his sons Gary and Mark, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Raymond was a kind and gentle man who was loved very much by his family and will be greatly missed.

Services were held at Gresham Memorial Chapel on Saturday November 24th at 11:00 AM.

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