Gustav Ferdinand Carl Wardin II

Aug. 4, 1929 - Nov. 27, 2012

West Linn resident Gustav Ferdinand Wardin II died Nov. 27, 2012. He was 83.

Mr. Wardin was born in Portland to Anna and Albert Wardin of Hillsdale. He grew up working in the family business, Fulton Park Dairy. He graduated from Benson Polytec in 1947.

Mr. Wardin married Marion Morton of Tigard in 1950. They raised their three children in Raleigh Hills.

Mr. Wardin was a noted salesman and sold thousands of vehicles for Ball Ford and then through his own dealership, Newberg Ford. He later turned his business acumen to real estate, selling commercial and residential properties.

He also enjoyed participating in drag racing and won many awards with his brother John Wardin. In later life he collected classic and older Fords and participated in the Rose City Model T Club.

Survivors include his wife, Marion; children, Debra Ann Bartlett and John Ferdinand Wardin; siblings, Dr. Albert Wardin Jr. of Nashville, Tenn., Doris Lemley of Tacoma, John Klem Wardin of Newberg and Ardys Braidwood of Portland; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

His son, Bradley Earl Wardin, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held in the spring.

Donald McKay

Sept. 13, 1929 — Nov. 23, 2012

Donald McKay of West Linn died Nov. 23, 2012. He was SUBMITTED - McKay

Mr. McKay was born in Astoria to Thomas and Elizabeth McKay. He was raised in Seaside and graduated from Seaside High School.

He later attended Vanport College and Oregon State University. Mr. McKay enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 and was discharged in 1948.

He married Dayle Shipley in 1964.

Mr. McKay was a salesman and active in his community. He served on the city council in Seaside as well as on the Seaside Library Board and the Seaside Convention Commission. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Cascade Sports Car Club.

Survivors include his wife, Dayle McKay; son, Bruce McKay; daughters, Cori McKay and Lessli Rushforth; and five grandchildren.

A private burial will be held at Willamette National Cemetery and a celebration of Mr. McKay’s life will be held at a later date.

To light a candle in Mr. McKay’s honor and sign an online guest book, visit

Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center Milwaukie.

Katherine Stewart Beckham

Aug. 5, 1916 - Nov. 27, 2012

Katherine Stewart Beckham died Nov. 27, 2012. She was born in Thomasville, Ga. Her family moved to southern California when she was 5 years old, settling in San Diego.

She met and married Bob Beckham in San Diego in 1939. After Mr. Beckham’s retirement in 1978, the couple moved to West Linn. They were longtime members of Lake Oswego United Methodist Church in Lake Oswego until Mr. Beckham’s death in 2002. Mrs. Beckman moved to Lake Oswego after her husband’s death and joined Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.

She had a passion for playing bridge and had a special group of women with whom she played every week for more than 20 years. Her tenacious defensive play earned her the nickname “Vicious.”

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, O.B. and Susie Beckham of Applegate and Jim and Joan Beckham of Mill Valley, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Bill Schrempf of West Hills, Calif.; three grandchildren; and four great-granchildren.

No service is planned at this time.

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