Leo James Burgess

Aug. 15, 1918-Feb. 2, 2013

Longtime Sandy resident Leo James Burgess died Saturday, Feb. 2. He was 94.

A service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery on a later date for Leo, a World War II veteran. Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Murylene Mercedes Patitucci

April 8, 1923-Feb.2, 2013

Gresham resident Murylene Mercedes Patitucci died Saturday, Feb. 2. She was 89.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham. Entombment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Mausoleum.

Murylene was born April 8, 1923, in Waubun, Minn., to Hans and Matilda Williamson. She graduated salutatorian from Waubun High School and worked at the Albina Shipyards as a welder during World War II. After the war, she clerked at Strohecker’s Grocery Store for 45 years.

Aug. 10, 1946, Murylene married Louis Patitucci in Portland. A full Norwegian who married into an Italian family, Murylene prepared authentic dishes from both sides of the family.

Her husband; son, Thomas; and seven brothers and sisters all preceded her in death. Murylene is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Murphy; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Charles N. Wagoner

April 17, 1930-Feb. 4, 2013

Longtime East County resident Charles N. Wagoner died Monday, Feb. 4, in Gresham. He was 82.

Private interment will be at Douglass Cemetery in Troutdale.

Charles was born April 17, 1930, in Wilson, Wis., the son of Arron and Vernice Wagoner. In 1947, Chuck settled in East County, where he worked at Fairview Dairy Farms. On July 3, 1950, he married Janet Graham in Gresham.

Chuck went to work as a truck driver in 1956 and retired in 1989. He enjoyed camping, waterskiing, fishing at Garibaldi and hunting.

Janet preceded Chuck in death in 2010. He is survived by his two daughters, Charlene Gothard and Beverly Rock; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is in care of arrangements.

Eileen J. Troxel

Feb. 4, 2013

Eileen J. Troxel, 74, a former Gresham resident, died at a hospital in The Dalles on Monday, Feb. 4.

Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Marjorie Viola Howe

May 15, 1921-Feb. 2, 2013

Hood River resident Marjorie Viola Howe died Saturday, Feb. 2, in Hood River. She was 91.

A graveside service was held Thursday, Feb. 7, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Marjorie was born May 15, 1921, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, to Alphelis and Grace Butten. She attended Abraham Lincoln High School. On Oct. 29, 1938, she married Arthur E. Howe.

Marjorie cooked at numerous restaurants and nursing homes in the area. She also operated the hot dog stand at Costco in Portland until her retirement. She enjoyed word puzzles and quilting.

Marjorie’s husband and daughter, Susan, preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Edith Killion, William “Butch” Howe, Alpheus “Pete” Howe, Arthur “Ed” Howe, Randy Howe, Marie Swanson and Dennis Howe; sisters, Mary Adams and Virginia Bund; 25 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donald Lee Fagan Jr.

July 26, 1948-Feb. 5, 2013

Gresham resident Donald Lee Fagan Jr. died at home Tuesday, Feb. 5. He was 64.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham. A military committal service will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Willamette National Cemetery.

Don was born July 26, 1948, in Portland to Donald Lee Fagan Sr. and Mary Lou Fagan. He graduated from Madison High School in 1967 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. Don married Sheryle Lee Gibson on June 14, 1969, in Portland. He was a fiercely loyal member of the NW Veterans Motorcycle Club.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Debbie Braden and DeeDee Templeton; mother, Mary Fagan; sister, Linda Barnard; brother, John Fagan; five grandchildren; and two great-grandsons,

Bateman Carroll is handling arrangements.

Richard A. Ripley Jr.

Jan. 21, 1946-Jan. 25, 2013

East County resident Richard A. Ripley Jr. died Friday, Jan. 25, in Clackamas. He was 67.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave.

Richard was born Jan. 21, 1946, in Spokane, Wash., to Dr. Richard and Marjorie Ann Ripley.

After graduating from Washington State University, Rick worked most of his career as director of store operations for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. He married Doris Spotts in 1997.

Richard was preceded in death by his father and wife.

He is survived by his mother, of Wilsonville; four sisters, Linda Recob of Redmond, Wash., Lorre Spelman of Tigard, Leisa Anderson of Fresno, Calif., and Letty Hiller of Lake Oswego; and several nephews and nieces.

Gresham Memorial is handling arrangements.

Donations in Richard’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Darwin L. Ake

Nov. 10, 1954-Feb. 5, 2013

East County resident Darwin L. Ake died Tuesday, Feb. 5. in Portland. He was 58. No services are planned at this time.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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B. 5-3-1925 – D. 1-21-2013

Robert “Bob” Boesch died peacefully at home Monday morning, January 21, 2013 under hospice care with loving family by his side.

Bob was born in Portland, Oregon May 3,1925 to Emil and Pauline Boesch. He joined older brother Emil and sisters Gertrude and Helen. He grew up in the Russellville area of, what was then, east Multnomah county and graduated from Gresham High School in 1943. Upon high school graduation, Bob joined the US Coast Guard as mechanic and flight engineer. This during WWII, he was stationed at the Port Angeles, Washington Air Station with the Air-Sea Rescue Unit. He attended post career Aircraft Mechanic School and remained in aviation until retirement.

After his Coast Guard years Bob graduated from Powellhurst Bible College and, in 1952, married Hope, the love of his life. Together they made their home in Gresham, raising two children: daughter, Carolyne and son, John. Nurturing his large garden and beautiful yard, hiking the Northwest and music were mainstays throughout Bob’s life. He had served as choir director for Powellhurst Baptist Church and Lynch Baptist Church and for many years was the baritone part of a Gospel quartet.

His love for Jesus Christ, The Lord was the foundation of everything Bob did. This was reflected by his commitment to serve his local church and his unwavering daily walk of Faith. Most importantly, to his family he was a strong man of Integrity, much Love and great Laughter. To his three grandsons and five great-grandchildren he will always be their beloved “Fafa”.

Bob is survived by his sweetheart of over sixty years; sister Helen of British Columbia; daughter Carolyne (Greg) of Jacksonville, Oregon; son John (Becky) of Washougal, Washington; grandsons Joel, Andrew and Gabriel; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Military honor burial was held January 29, 2013 at Willamette National Cemetery.

Services provided by:

Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes

11667 SE Stevens Road

Happy Valley, Oregon. 97086

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be

Sunday, February 24, 2013

at 2:00PM

Good Shepherd Community Church

28986 SE Haley Road

Boring, Oregon 97009

In remembrance, donations may be given to the church or

Mt. Hood Hospice

39641 Scenic Street

Sandy, Oregon 97005

Amy E. (Betty) Dunn

December 31, 1915 - February 1, 2013

Amy E. (Betty) Dunn

Our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully Friday morning, February 1 at the age of 97. She was born Amy Elizabeth in Cardiff , Wales, the daughter of William D. and Amy Amelia (Romero) Rees. After completing her secondary education, she attended business college and worked as a secretary and bookkeeper in Cardiff.

She met her husband Rex, an American Army sergeant, while he was stationed in Cardiff during WWII. Her daughters, Janetta and Patricia, were born in Cardiff. At the end of the war, Rex returned to the US to muster out of the Army. Near the end of January 1947, Betty said goodby to her country, family and friends and came to America to join her husband on his Nebraska farm. Their daughter Cheryl was born there a year later. In the fall of 1948 the family moved to Oregon, and in 1949 they welcomed their son Gary to the family.

Betty loved family gatherings. Gentle, kind-hearted and friendly, she made everyone welcome and filled them with her home-made treats. She devoted herself to her home and family, and her kind and caring nature drew everyone close. She loved music and was never without a song on the radio or her lips. She was an avid gardener and won awards for her yard floral displays. In later years she filled her front yard with every variety of dahlia. Growing up she enjoyed sports, playing tennis, handball, soccer and swimming, riding her bicycle everywhere. And she was a true Trailblazer fan. She and Rex enjoyed salmon fishing, and for over 20 years they spent many weeks each summer at the Oregon coast in their RV. They wintered in southern California and Arizona each year, where they made many friends among the “snowbirds.”

Survivors include her children, Janetta May, Patricia Shepherd, Cherie Rettig and Gary Dunn, as well as 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, all of whom she held very dear to her heart. Her husband Rex, brother Leslie Rees grandson Michael Davis, and great-grandson Noah Shepherd predeceased her. She will be buried in a graveside service at Willamette National Cemetery at 12:30 pm Friday, February 8.

Carol Ann (Olson) Gangstad

July 8, 1946 - January 16, 2013

Carol Ann (Olson) Gangstad

Born in Portland Oregon July 8 1946 to Cora [ Stephenson] and Lloyd Olson. Passed away January 16, 2013, at home in Central Oregon after a short battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Jerry Gangstad, her sister Diana and brother·in law Ross Bates, as well as many nieces, nephews and loving friends.

Carol was a respected senior escrow officer for over 30 years in the Portland and Gresham area. After she and Jerry retired they sold their ranch in Sandy and moved to central Oregon. They traveled to Arizona for the winters joining friends to go four wheeling through the desert. Carol also enjoyed craft and exercise classes at the local club house. They returned home in spring to fish, plant a huge garden, traveled to Portland to visit friends and relatives and the Oregon coast for crabbing. They also made trips to Sacramento to visit Diana, Ross and family.

Carol loved her flowers and garden and animals, plus her many craft projects. She was a beautiful person who made life beautiful for those around her.

Carol will be sorely missed but loved always in our hearts.

There are no services planned. Donations to the American

Cancer Society are suggested if you wish.

Sachi Onchi

Sachi Onchi

Sachi Onchi of Gresham, Oregon passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the age of 91. Sachi was born in Vashon, Washington to Junzo and Iki Mishiro, the first of four children. She lived in the Troutdale and Gresham area most of her adult life. Sachi was preceded in death by her husband, George; and sister, Fumi Kitayama. She is survived by her brother, Terry Mishiro; sister, Amy Kanegae; six children, Maryann Ikata(Ronald), Raymond Onchi (Janis), Ronald Onchi (Suzanne), Georgene Lee (Richard), Noreen Onchi (Dean Dumont), and Vickie Onchi; eleven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

At Sachi's request, no services were held.

The family would like to thank her beloved friends and caregivers at Powell Valley Assisted Living. A special thank you to Marci Donaldson her hospice nurse and her PCP, Dr. Kathrine Avison.

Remembrances may be sent to the Oregon Humane Society: PO Box 11364, Portland, OR 97211; Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center: 121 NW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR 97209; or Mt Hood Hospice: PO Box 1269 Sandy, OR 97055.

Arrangements were handled by Gresham Memorial Chapel.

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