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Frank Prosser
A private service will be held for Frank Prosser, who died May 2, 1999, in Ocean Park, Wash., at age 68.
Mr. Prosser was born April 19, 1931, in Portland. He graduated from Washington State University. From 1972 to 1974, he headed the Community Action Council in Wenatchee, Wash. After earning a master's degree from the University of Oregon in the mid-1970s, he was an associate dean of Westark Community College in Fort Smith, Ark. He returned to Portland in the early 1980s and was an admissions counselor at Portland State University and a recruiter for ITT Technical Institute before retiring in the late 1980s. He moved to Ocean Park in 1997. In 1993, he married Margaret Moore; she died in 1996.
Survivors include his sons, Gary of Vancouver, Wash., Ron of Portland and Kevin of Daly City, Calif.; daughter, Brinda Hayes of Austin, Texas; companion, Betty Forsberg of Lacey, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His son, John, died in 1979.
Disposition is by cremation. Arrangements are by Penttila's Chapel by the Sea.

David Mathew Mersereau
A memorial service was held for David Mathew Mersereau, who died April 27, 1999, from injuries suffered in a fall near Elsie at age 53.
Mr. Mersereau was born Sept. 1, 1945, in Portland. He graduated from Lincoln High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a diesel mechanic for a number of years and had lived in Gearhart since 1996.
Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Jane of Moab, Utah; mother, Jane of Portland; and brothers, Gene of Manzanita and Jules of Portland.
Disposition was by cremation. The family suggests remembrances to the Nehalem Fire Department. Arrangements were by Hughes-Ransom Mortuary in Seaside.

Virgie 'Pearl' Hunnel
A funeral was held in Loveland, Colo., for Virgie "Pearl" Hunnel, who died April 10, 1999, at age 86.
Mrs. Hunnel was born March 27, 1913, in Hillsdale, Wyo. Her maiden name was Beaver. She was a certified nursing assistant in Denver before living in Oregon City and Gladstone, where she was a private home care provider. For the past five years, she lived in Peyton, Colo. In 1929, she married Harold H.; they divorced in 1950.
Survivors include her daughters, Mable White of Loveland and Hildred Edmonds of Peyton; sons, Larold of Gresham and Darold of Cheyenne, Wyo.; brothers, Buford Beaver of Chugwater, Wyo., and Winfred Beaver of Hudson, Wyo.; many grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her sons Dean and Herbert died earlier, and her daughter Harleen died in infancy.
Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery in Cheyenne. Arrangements were by Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home in Loveland.

Lucille Vanicek
At her request, no service will be held for Lucille Vanicek, who died May 1, 1999, at age 81.
Mrs. Vanicek was born Dec. 6, 1917, in Iowa. Her maiden name was Thrapp. She lived in Hayward, Calif., before moving to Vernonia in 1973 and to Hillsboro in 1998. She was a homemaker. She married Frank in 1944.
Survivors include her husband; daughter, Catherine of Milwaukie; son, Joseph of Hillsboro; two sisters and one brother; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Disposition was by cremation. Interment will be in Fir Lawn Cemetery in Hillsboro. Arrangements are by Bronleewe-Bass Funeral Home.

Thelma H. Stinson
At her request, no service was held for Thelma H. Stinson, who died May 3, 1999, at age 90.
Mrs. Stinson was born Aug. 3, 1908, in Myrtle Creek and grew up there. Her maiden name was Robinson. In the late 1940s and 1950s, she worked as a nurse in a doctor's office in Berkeley, Calif. Her husband, Jack, and daughter, Gertrude, preceded her in death. She had lived in Vancouver, Wash., for 10 years.
Survivors include her close friends, Allen and Mary Lou Dobbins of Portland.
Disposition was by cremation with private interment. Arrangements were by Vancouver Funeral Chapel.

Edna Ardenia Schaefer
No services will be held for Edna Ardenia Schaefer, who died May 1, 1999, at age 86.
Mrs. Schaefer was born Dec. 29, 1912, in Brunswick, Mo. Her maiden name was Martin. She moved to Portland in the mid-1940s and was a registered nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital until retiring in 1977. In 1942, she married Charles H. Sr., who died in 1981.
Survivors include her sons, Charles H. and James D., both of Portland; sister, Mildred Martin of Columbia, Mo.; and two grandchildren.
Disposition was by cremation. The family suggests remembrances to Multnomah County Library. Arrangements were by Zeller Chapel of the Roses.

Harold C. Palmer
A private memorial service will be held for Harold C. Palmer, who died May 3, 1999, at age 76.
Mr. Palmer was born Sept. 5, 1922, in Portland. He graduated from Roosevelt High School. He was a merchant marine during World War II. He worked as a rehabilitation adviser for the Portland Development Commission before retiring in 1985. He married Marjorie Jones in 1950; she died in 1985.
Survivors include his daughter, Marcia Palmer of Beavercreek; son, Steven of St. Helens; brother, Barr of Escondido, Calif.; and one grandchild.
Disposition was by cremation. The family suggests remembrances to a favorite charity. Arrangements are by Holman Hankins Funeral Home.

Wayne Francis O'Donnell
A private service has been held for Wayne Francis O'Donnell, who died May 7, 1999, at age 88.
Mr. O'Donnell was born Aug. 15, 1910, in Rolla, N.D. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in New Guinea and Africa. He moved to Portland in 1954 and was a production supervisor at Langendorf Bakery until it closed. He then worked in maintenance for the U.S. Postal Service downtown until retiring in 1972. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church. In 1944, he married Mary Adams; she died last year.
Survivors include his sons, Paul of Portland and George of Clackamas; daughters, Rita Miller and Patricia Dix, both of Portland; sisters, Alice Samuel and Eleanor Murphy, both of Seattle, and Bonnie Johnson of Portland; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Private interment will be in Willamette National Cemetery. The family suggests remembrances to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Hustad Funeral Home.

Charles Henry Obenhaus
A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 18, 1999, in Attrell's Sherwood Funeral Chapel for Charles Henry Obenhaus, who died May 14 at age 70.
Mr. Obenhaus was born Feb. 9, 1929, in Portland. He attended Benson Polytechnic High School. He was a machinist at Tektronix Inc. for 20 years until retiring in the mid-1980s and then owned C&S Tool Grinding in Scholls for 10 years. He married Shirley Kelly in 1948.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Yvonne Law of Vernonia, Cheryl of Sherwood and Suzie Durdel of Cornelius; and five grandchildren.
Private interment will be in Mountainside Cemetery in Scholls.

M. 'Marie' Beale Oakley
At her request, no service was held for M. "Marie" Beale Oakley, who died May 1, 1999, at age 72.
Mrs. Oakley was born Nov. 17, 1926, in Bun Oak, Kan. Her maiden name was Beale. She moved as a child to Lebanon, Ore., where she graduated from high school. She lived in the Portland area since the early 1950s. She worked in risk management for the city of Portland for 10 years, retiring in 1991.
Survivors include her nieces, Peggy Ann Hoffman of Tigard and Joyce Germeaux of Portland; and nephew, Allen Wolfenbarger of Lebanon.
Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lebanon. The family suggests remembrances to Portland Adventist Medical Center's hospice program. Arrangements were by Bateman Carroll Funeral Chapel.

Raymond E. Nesheim
A private memorial service will be held for Raymond E. Nesheim, who died April 28, 1999, at age 88.
Mr. Nesheim was born July 17, 1910, in Cloquet, Minn. He lived in the Portland area since the mid-1940s. He was a cook in the merchant marine during World War II. An accountant, he worked for ESCO Corp. until retiring in the mid-1970s. His wife, Joan, died in the early 1990s.
Survivors include his sister, Maxine Reed of Portland; brothers, Richard of Weed, Calif., and Donald of Tacoma.; and companion, Susan Morgan of Portland.
Disposition was by cremation. The family suggests remembrances to Mt. Hood Hospice. Arrangements are by Zeller Chapel of the Roses.

Naomi V. 'Honi' Miller
A private memorial service was held for Naomi V. "Honi" Miller, who died May 8 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 71.
Mrs. Miller was born Aug. 25, 1927, in Portland, where she was raised. Her maiden name was Bradley. She graduated from Portland Union Academy and as a young woman was a dental assistant and a secretary for psychiatric practices. She was a homemaker and had lived in Warren since the mid-1950s. She taught sign language and had been a sign language interpreter for the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In 1946, she married Charles "Chuck."
Survivors include her husband; sons, Brent of Forest Grove and Brian of Walla Walla; sisters, June "Babe" Anderson and Autumn "Jimi" Bennett, both of Los Angeles, Geraldine "Geri" Hilderman of Long Beach, Calif., and Cecil "Sis" Miller of Warren; and two grandchildren.
Disposition was by cremation. The family suggests remembrances to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for ALS research or any hospice program. Arrangements were Westside Cremation Service Inc. of Hillsboro.

Melvin Charles Merkel
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 1999, in St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Cornelius for Melvin Charles Merkel, who died May 14 at age 78.
Mr. Merkel was born Sept. 12, 1920, in La Moure, N.D. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces Medical Corps during World War II. He lived in the Portland area since 1953. He owned Mel's Building Maintenance, a window cleaning business, for about 30 years until retiring in 1996. He was an elder of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sherwood and served on the board of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home for 26 years. He married Marion Krahn in 1945.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Dennis of Dallas, Ore., Kenneth of Tempe, Ariz., and Ralph of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Jan Hase of Gaston and Angela of Cornelius; brothers, Delbert of Ellendale, N.D., Alvin of Aberdeen, S.D., Edwin of Great Falls, Mont., and Ted of Santa Maria, Calif.; sisters, Edith Heinrich of Redwood Falls, Minn., Emma Olek of Felton, Minn., Dorothy Newhardt of Aberdeen, S.D., Marion Martin of Forbes, N.D., and Frances Schwann of Garden Grove, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Private interment will be in Skyline Memorial Gardens. The family suggests remembrances to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Terra Bella, Calif., or the Good Shepherd Fund in care of Attrell's Newberg Funeral Chapel.

James Olen Lynch
At his request, no service will be held for James Olen Lynch, who died May 6, 1999, at age 66.
Mr. Lynch was born on April 7, 1933, in Whiteflat, Texas, and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He had lived in the Portland area for 36 years and worked as an assessor for Multnomah County for 20 years. He was retired at the time of his death.
Survivors include his daughter, Betty Lynch of Lubbock, Texas; son, Hugh, of Crestview, Fla.; brother, Buck, of Galveston, Texas; and sisters, Lola Allison and Martha Woodard, both of Amarillo, Texas.
Interment was in Willamette National Cemetery. Arrangements were by Aftercare Cremation & Burial Services. The family suggests that rememberances be sent to the Parkinson's Association.

Marjorie M. Lundgren
A service has been held for Marjorie M. Lundgren, who died May 3, 1999, at age 81.
Miss Lundgren was born Nov. 27, 1917, in Lawton, Okla. Her birth name was Stites, but she was adopted by the Lundgren family as an infant. She attended nursing school in Lamar, Colo. She was a secretary in the banking industry in Denver for a number of years until retiring and moving to Forest Grove in 1981.
Survivors include her sisters, Helen Myers of Woodburn, Luella Owsley of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mable Hanagan of Denver.
Disposition was by cremation. The family suggests remembrances to the Oregon Humane Society. Arrangements are by Westside Cremation Service.

Gertie 'Jean' Logerwell
A funeral has been held for Gertie "Jean" Logerwell, who died May 6 of Lou Gehrig's disease at age 69.
Mrs. Logerwell was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Dudley, Mo. Her maiden name was Kyle. She moved as an infant to Poplar Bluff, Mo., where she was raised and schooled. She moved to the Portland area in the early 1950s. A waitress, she worked at Saylor's Old Country Kitchen and Three Star Restaurant and later for the Multnomah Athletic Club from 1979 until retiring in 1995. She married Wendell J. in 1951; he died in 1997.
Survivors include her daughters, Diane Peterson of Portland and Linda Lambert of Beaverton; sons, Terry of Gresham and Carl of Portland; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Interment was in Lincoln Memorial Park. The family suggests remembrances to Providence Hospice. Arrangements were by Sandy Funeral Home.

Laraine Parker Loftis
No service was held for Laraine Parker Loftis, who died May 6, 1999, at age 86.
Mrs. Loftis was born Feb. 15, 1913, in Omaha, Neb. Her maiden name was Richards. She lived in the Portland area for more than 50 years. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Chuck; and daughter, Linda Parker of Cornelius.
Interment was in Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Forest Grove. Arrangements were by Portland Funeral Alternatives.

Angus MacLaren Lindsay
A private cryptside service was held in Lincoln Memorial Park for Angus MacLaren Lindsay, who died May 3, 1999, at age 87.
Mr. Lindsay was born Oct. 5, 1911, in Stevenson, Wash. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. He had lived in the Portland area since 1932 and was a salesman for A.W. Davis Supply for more than 50 years, retiring in 1986. In 1932, he married Lois H. Ryan; she died in 1989.
Survivors include his daughter, Beth Schleichert of Oregon City; and two grandchildren.
The family suggests remembrances to Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City, OR 97045. Arrangements were by Lincoln Memorial Park Funeral Home.

Sheldon A. Levy
At his request, there will be no service for Sheldon A. Levy, who died May 3, 1999, of diabetes at age 72.
Mr. Levy was born Feb. 17, 1927, in New York City. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic. He moved to Portland from Long Island in 1973, and was a self-employed insurance broker at the Nash Group until retiring in about 1992. In 1953, he married Naomi Lipkowitz.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Ivan of North Oaks, Minn., and Douglas of Kenmore, Wash.; daughter, Marcia Charest of Lakeside, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.
Disposition is by cremation. The family suggests remembrances to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are by Autumn Funerals & Cremations.

Leroy Glen Leighan
At his request, no service was held for Leroy Glen Leighan, who died April 29, 1999, at age 73.
Mr. Leighan was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Blackwater, Mo. He served in the U.S. Navy for a year and was discharged in 1944 for medical reasons. He was a diesel mechanic and a journeyman welder and retired in 1982. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1950 he married Florence Waisanen; she died in 1997.
Survivors include his daughters, Margaret Cobb and Tanya, both of Portland; sister, Grace Nord of Albuquerque, N.M.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Disposition was by cremation. Arrangements were by Heritage Memorial.

William V. Koch
At his request, no service was held for William V. Koch, who died May 1, 1999, at age 91.
Mr. Koch was born March 5, 1908, in Russia. When he was 7, his family immigrated to Ritzville, Wash. He was a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1959, he moved to the Portland area, where he worked as a carpenter. He retired in 1964. In 1949, he married Lydia Werner; she died in 1989.
Survivors include his son, Donald of La Pine; niece, Katherine Henderson of Aurora; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Disposition was by cremation with private interment. Arrangements were by Lincoln Memorial Park Funeral Home.

Ema L. Kiger
At her request, no service was held for Ema L. Kiger, who died May 4 at age 93.
Miss Kiger was born Nov. 15, 1905, in Colorado. She moved to Portland from Baker City. She graduated from Washington High School, worked at Jantzen Knitting Mills and retired as a supervisor. She was a past council president of Toastmasters in the Portland-Vancouver area and a past president of businesswomen's groups in Vancouver and Parkrose.
There are no survivors.
Disposition was by cremation. Arrangements were by Mt. Scott Funeral Home.

Margaret A. Kesch
Recitation of the rosary and a funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 17, 1999, in Queen of Peace Catholic Church for Margaret A. Kesch, who died May 14 at age 84.
Mrs. Kesch was born Dec. 30, 1914, in Seaforth, Minn. Her maiden name was Burtzel. She lived in the Portland area since the early 1940s. A homemaker, she was a member of the church and made more than 13,000 rosaries for distribution to missions for Our Lady's Rosary Makers. Her husband, John, died in 1975.
Survivors include her son, Merlyn, daughter, Delaine Murphy, and sister, Sophia DuPree, all of Portland; brother, Leo Burtzel of Redwood Falls, Minn.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The family suggests remembrances to a favorite charity. Arrangements are by Zeller Chapel of the Roses.

Hester Kennedy
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, May 17, 1999, in Prairie Community Church in Vancouver, Wash., for Hester Kennedy, who died May 13 at age 93.
Mr. Kennedy was born Oct. 27, 1905, in Paducah, Ky. He farmed in Indiana for a number of years. He lived in Kennewick, Wash., from the early 1950s until moving to the Portland area in 1969. He was a line operator for Standard Oil Co. until the late 1960s and a member of Bethel Bible Fellowship. He married Mattie Black in 1927.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Clyde of Kennewick, Darrell of Portland and Ron of Indianapolis; daughter, Norma Patterson of Portland; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Private interment will be in Portland Memorial Mausoleum. The family suggests remembrances to the church. Arrangements are by Bateman Carroll Funeral Chapel.

Helen A. Kaen
Services will be private for Helen A. Kaen, who died April 25, 1999, at age 95.
Mrs. Kaen was born Jan. 23, 1904, in Oregon City. Her maiden name was Andresen. She graduated in 1925 from Oregon State University. She and her husband owned and published the Oregon City Enterprise Courier and operated a Mr. Pix camera store and retired to Arizona in 1976. She married Edward in 1928; he died in 1984.
Survivors include her nephews, Bill Tobin of Beaverton and Jack Tobin of Cathlamet, Wash.; and a niece, Ann Herrmann of North Carolina.
Disposition was by cremation. Arrangements were by Adobe Chapel Funeral Home of Avondale, Ariz.

Dorothy N. Hoyne
No service will be held for Dorothy N. Hoyne, who died May 10, 1999, at age 85.
Mrs. Hoyne was born Feb. 6, 1914, in Pueblo, Colo., and moved to Portland in 1918. Her maiden name was Orton. She attended Girls Polytechnic High School and graduated from Commerce High School. She was a homemaker. In 1937, she married Francis G.
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Patricia A. O'Grady and Janet D. Lundgren, both of Milwaukie; son, Donald G. of Portland; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Private interment will be in Lincoln Memorial Park. The family suggests remembrances to Trout Creek Bible Camp. Arrangements are by Lincoln Memorial Park Funeral Home.

James A. Halladay
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 1999, in Cliffside Cemetery in Sandy for James A. Halladay, who died May 14 at age 84.
Mr. Halladay was born Sept. 11, 1914, in Widtoe, Utah, and was raised and schooled in Circleville, Utah. He lived in Portland since 1942. A truck driver, he worked for Johnston Brothers Trucking for 41 years until retiring in 1982. He married Anna Mae Hall in 1937.
Survivors include his wife; daughters, Anna L. Harries of Portland and Peggy J. Young of Stoneham, Mass.; sons, Calvin A. of Estacada and C.A. "Jock" of Rainier; sister, Susie Giles of Heber City, Utah; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests remembrances to Providence Hospice. Arrangements are by Bateman Carroll Funeral Chapel.

Joanne L. Deitz
A private celebration of life will be held for Joanne L. Deitz, who died May 4, 1999, of cancer at age 66.
Mrs. Deitz was born July 20, 1932, in Minneapolis. Her maiden name was Edwards. She lived in Portland for about 39 years. She was a key punch operator for First National Bank. She retired in 1996 as manager of support services for Metropolitan Family Services. She married James L. Deitz in 1956; he died in 1989.
Survivors include her daughters, Sandi Hughes of Milwaukie and Patty Crawford of Portland; sons, James of Beaverton, David of Everett, Wash., and Steve Deitz and Mike Hart, both of Portland; brothers, Tom Edwards of Lincoln City, and John Edwards of Reno, Nev.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Disposition was by cremation. The family suggests remembrances to Metropolitan Family Service's foster grandparent program or its Project Linkage program. Arrangements are by Portland Funeral Alternatives.

Oma Creech
A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 19, 1999, in Lincoln Memorial Park & Funeral Home for Oma Creech, who died May 16 at age 76.
Mrs. Creech was born May 21, 1922, in Wooten, Ky. Her maiden name was Browning. She lived in Portland since 1950. She was a homemaker and did volunteer work for Mt. Hood Medical Center for five years. She attended the Church at Rockwood. She married Ray D. in 1941; he died in 1981.
Survivors include her daughter, Etta of Gresham; son, Dean of Portland; brother, Homer Browning of Evarts, Ky.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests remembrances to a memorial fund at the church.


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