David Leroy Salisbury

Oct. 15, 1951-March 31, 2013

Gresham resident David Leroy Salisbury died Sunday, March 31. He was 61. 

No public services will be held at this time.

David was born Oct. 15, 1951, in Toledo to James and Glenda (Petri) Salisbury.

He married Geneva Zigler in July 1978 in Bremerton, Wash. David worked as a warehouseman at Fred Meyer for 26 years and was a member of the Teamsters Local 206. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking and hiking.

David is survived by his sons, Randy A. Salisbury and Johnny M. Salisbury; stepson, Daryll M. Zigler; daughter, Cindy I. Salisbury; father, James Salisbury; brothers, Philip and Jimmy Salisbury; and nine grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Donations may be made to SnowCap Community Charities and to the Oregon Food Bank.

George Albert Casterline

Jan. 15, 1920-April 2, 2013

Portland resident George Albert Casterline died Tuesday, April 2. He was 93.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Portland.

George was born Jan. 15, 1920, in Axtel, Mont., to Leo and Annette Casterline. He grew up in Mabel, Ore., and graduated from the University of Oregon Dental School in 1955.

George served in the Army during World War II, receiving the American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He worked as a dentist, retiring from his Gresham practice in 1983.

On Aug. 8, 1948, George married Polly Pollard in Portland. He was a member of Gresham Rotary, the Mt. Hood Community College board and First Congregational United Church of Christ, and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Polly Casterline. George is survived by his ex-wife, Suzanne Shepperd; sisters, Leota More and Carolyn Miller; daughters, Peg and Paula Terp; sons, Milton and Alan Casterline; six grandchildren; and seven grandchildren.

Davies Cremation and Burial Service is handling arrangements.

Gerald (Jerry) Busse

July 20, 1936-March 17, 2013

Gresham resident Gerald (Jerry) Busse died from a sudden illness Sunday, March 17. He was 76.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Eastrose Fellowship Unitarian Universalist Church, 1133 N.E. 181st Ave., Portland.

Jerry was born July 20 ,1936. He was raised in Illinois, graduating from high school in 1955.

He joined the Air Force in 1958 and married Tara Ryan. They relocated several times, ending up at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where Jerry specialized as a ballistic missile technician instructor for the Titan II Program.

In 1982 Busse married Joanne Axline. They eventually settled in Gresham. Jerry was a caring man who was active in his church.

He is survived by his son, Don Busse of Seaside, Calif.; his wife, JoAnne Busse; and his extended family.

Crown Memorial Center is handling arrangements.

Lillie May Powell

March 12, 1923-March 28, 2013

Corbett resident Lillie May Powell died Thursday, March 28. She was 90.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 2, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Troutdale. She was buried at Willamette National Cemetery.

Lillie was born March 12, 1923, in Cane Beds, Ariz., to Andrew Herold and Mary Anna (Barnhurst) Allen. She married Wallace Bertram Powell on Feb. 4, 1947, in Eugene.

Lillie was a homemaker, a member of 4-H and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lillie sang with a country band, was a great artist and seamstress, loved crocheting and enjoyed watching the kids in her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband; sisters, Mary Irene Norman and Dora Fetzer; and grandson, Andrew Ames Post. She is survived by her daughters, Alice Hawkings, Renah Strawser, Karen Christenson and Shirley Post; sisters, Orrella Butts and Elva Owens; brother, Jim Allen; 21 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.

Family Memorial Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Betty Marino

Feb. 7 1940-April 1, 2013

East County resident Betty Marino died Monday, April 1. She was 73.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes.

Betty is survived by her husband, Al Marino; children, Tim, Tami, Tony, Bruce, Shannon and Russell; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MS Society.

Lewis A. Hammond II

Long time Gresham resident, Lewis A. Hammond II, died March 29, 2013. He was 81.

Mr. Hammond , born Jan. 7, 1932 to Mable Mae Hill(s) and Lewis (Louis) A. Hammond I, in Grand Rapids, MI.

Mr. Hammond was known across the country for his expertise in transmissions of any kind on and for any vehicle. He was known as a mechanical genius after learning “If” he took it apart, he could make it work better than designed. Pretty much could diagnose a problem with your transmission by a 10 minute phone call.

Mr. Hammond was also know for his musical talents on his guitar. He could make you want to get up and dance to pretty much anything he sang, be it gospel or country music.

Mr. Hammond loved life after he figured out who he was and he was loved by many.

Family include: Rocky Lewis Hammond, (Deceased 2001), Lewis Adam Hammond III, Pompano Beach, FL, Clara (Lucy) Moss, Beggs, OK, MariAnn (Mary) L. Schmid Mount Vernon, WA, Tina M. Hamilton, Rogers, Arkansas, Jacqueline (Jackie) Graves, Adair, OK, Sally M. Edwards, Wagoner, OK, Tammy L. Hammond, (Deceased 2005), Thomas (Tom) C. Hammond, Collinsville, OK, 24 + grandchildren, 23 + great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Step-son: David Smothers, Gresham, OR

Brothers and Sisters: Edna Elaine Gibson (Deceased), Geraldine Frances (Deceased), Bessie (Becky) Norine Finney (Deceased), Donna Jean Balcom, Delbert Ray Hammond, Janet Ellen Milner and Kenneth James Hammond (DSeceased).

Private services. Flowers may be received at Forrest Lawn Cemetery & Mausoleum, 400 SW Walters RD., Gresham OR #97080.

Lee Larson

Lee Larson, 94, passed away on April 3, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. He was born on January 30, 1919, in Seattle, Washington. He was raised there and attended the University of Washington, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Aleutian Islands. After the war, Lee began his career as a high school teacher and counselor. He also joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Major after 20 years in 1967.

Lee married Ruth (Olson) on April 4, 1943. They have shared 70 wonderful and supportive years of marriage together. Lee was well recognized as a great role model, and also as a loving husband and father. He was very attentive and respectful to his family and all those around him. He spent 35 years in secondary education, including 10 as a math and science teacher in Burlington, WA and 25 as a teacher and head counselor at Benson HS in Portland. Lee was also a very active leader in the Covenant Church. He enjoyed staying in touch with both young people and adults, and was never “stuck in a decade”. He always made sure to listen, understand, and often learn from the people around him, no matter their ages.

Lee is survived by his wife, Ruth Larson, of Portland; children Robert Larson of Portland, Christy Fair of Gig Harbor, WA, James Larson of Happy Valley, and David Larson of Albany; as well as 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Lee will be laid to rest privately at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham, and a memorial service will be held on Tuesday April 9, 2013 at 1:30pm at Powell Valley Covenant Church in Gresham. For more information or to leave the family a message, please visit

Audrey L. Normoyle (Skeslien)

February 17, 1930 - March 7, 2013

Audrey L. Normoyle (Skeslien)

Audrey was born February 17, 1930 in Mohall, North Dakota to Alvin and Myrtle Skeslien.  In 1934 they moved to Sandy, Oregon where she lived all her life. She attended Bull Run Grade School and graduated from Sandy High School in 1948.

Audrey worked 33 years in dentistry as an assistant, receptionist and in dental insurance.

On November 24, 1948 she married George (Bud) Hornback, after 23 years of marriage they divorced.  They had two lovely daughters, Diane and Debbie.  In 1978 she married Eugene Normoyle.  He died in 1997.

Audrey loved people.  Her hobbies were her family, sewing, golfing, bowling, Pinochle, her flower garden and western music.

She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Normoyle, sister Doris and her great-grandson Ben Pierson. Survivors include daughters Diane Deatherage and husband Bob, Debbie Kirkpatrick and husband David, sisters Darlene Weller and Carol Pleiss, brother Bud Skeslien, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and her long-time companion Mike Bohrer.

Remembrances can be sent to Mt. Hood Hospice PO Box 1269 Sandy, OR 97055.  A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

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