Obituaries published in the May 3, 2013 issue

by: SUBMITTED - Kenneth Minikel

Kenneth Minikel

May 2, 1927-April 26, 2013

Kenneth Minikel is with his Savior.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Lorraine Minikel; his son, Tim Minikel; daughter, LaManda Minikel; sister, Alice Schroeder; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Ken served in the 11th Airborne in the Occupation Forces of Japan at the end of World War II.

After his service, Ken and Lorraine moved to St. Helens where he worked at Boise Cascade Paper Mill until his retirement in 1987.

Kenneth loved the Lord. He was active in several area churches until becoming a founding member of Warren Community Fellowship where he played an important role for 30 plus years.

One friend had said “Ken bleeds Scripture” and this is true. His love of the Word of God spilled over into his love for his family, friends and all those he came in contact with.

He freely shared his kind smile and wise words that radiated from an open, gracious and God-loving heart.

While he will be missed beyond words, we know he is happy with the Lord.

A memorial service was held May 2 at Warren Community Fellowship Church.

Private interment was at Yankton Hillcrest Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Columbia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 503-397-1154.

by: SUBMITTED - Agnes T. Sawyer

Agnes T. Sawyer

Dec. 22, 1916-April 26, 2013

Agnes T. Sawyer was born on December 22, 1916, in Ord, Nebraska, to Frank and Anna (Denemarek) Mares.

She died at her home in Milwaukie, Oregon, on April 26, 2013, at the age of 96.

Agnes attended a one-room school house in Ord and just out of grade school she moved to Omaha, Nebraska, to be a family domestic helper.

When she moved back home the Dust Bowl era had left them with nothing so the family moved to Scappoose in 1936.

She married Tom Sawyer on August 31, 1946, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose.

Shortly after that time they moved to Portland, then on to Astoria for 17 years, back to Portland for 11 years and Milwaukie for the past 32 years.

Agnes worked at the box factory during the war and as a bookkeeper for Montgomery Wards until she retired in 1947 to raise her family.

She was very active in all of the churches they attended. She was a member of the altar society, Eucharistic ministry to Royal Marc Nursing Home in Portland and the activities related to the spouse of a Knights of Columbus. Both she and her husband served on the Portland City Counsel.

She is survived by her children, Mike Sawyer (Elaine) of Hillsboro, Rose Bucher and Joseph Sawyer, both of Milwaukie, and Len Sawyer of Wasilla, Alaska; two sister-in-laws, Mary Mares and Evelyn Baker, both of Scappoose; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Recitation of the Rosary and Funeral Mass were held May 2 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose.

Committal service and vault interment were at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the EWTN Catholic, (Eternal Word Television Network) 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, AL 35210 or to Oregon Right to Life, 4335 River Rd., N. Salem, OR 97303.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Columbia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 503-397-1154.

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