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Robert B. Pamplin

Robert B. Pamplin of Dunthorpe died June 24, 2009. He was 97.

He was born Nov. 25, 1911, in Din-widdie County, Va., the middle son of Pauline Beville and John Robert Pamplin.

A graduate from Dinwid-die County High School and Virginia Tech, he continued his education at Northwestern University, obtaining his CPA certificate in Georgia.

Mr. Pamplin started work for Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1934 as an accountant. He was elected president in l957 and chairman of the board and president Dec. 31, 1967. He retired from Georgia-Pacific after 42 years with the company on Nov. 30, 1976.

Upon retirement, he joined his son, Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., in building the R.B. Pamplin Corporation, the parent company of Pamplin Communications, which includes Community Newspapers and the Lake Oswego Review.

A friend of education, Mr. Pamplin served on the Board of Visitors of Virginia Tech and twice as chairman of the board of trustees of Lewis and Clark College. The gymnasium at Lewis and Clark was dedicated Pamplin Sports Center. The College of Business at Virginia Tech was named the Pamplin College of Business in honor of father and son.

He was honored with Northwestern University's 'Merit Award' as the outstanding alumnus, Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Virginia Tech, selected outstanding chief executive officer in forest and paper products industries by 'Financial World,' named Marketing Man of the Year by Sales and Marketing Executives International, named Virginian of the Year by the Virginia Press Association, and given the American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award. He received honorary degrees from Lewis and Clark College, University of Portland, Western Seminary and Virginia Tech.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Katherine Reese Pamplin, and his brothers John William and Claude Alan.

He is survived by his son, Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., and daughter-in-law Marilyn H. Pamplin, Lake Oswego; two granddaughters, Amy Pamplin North and her husband, Walter A. Jr., and Anne Pamplin-Evenson and her husband, Patrick; and three great-grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 26, in the Lewis and Clark College Agnes Flanagan Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lewis and Clark College's Agnes Flanagan Chapel, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OR 972219; Trinity Bible Church, P.O. Box 16732, Portland, OR 97292; or First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. Alder St., Portland, OR 97205.

George Hessevick

Lt. Col. (Ret.) George Iver Hessevick died June 13, 2009, of cancer. He was 93.

Lt. Col. Hessevick was born May 20, 1916, in Bran-don, Minn., to Joseph and Ida Louise (Mat-son) Hes-sevick. He grew up in Proctor, Minn. and graduated in 1934.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1936 and was stationed at Fort Lincoln, N.D. While attending Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck, he met his future bride, Ruth Aune. They were married in 1941 in San Francisco. Lt. Col. Hessevick was attached to the Army Counter Intelligence Corp and once World War II began, his unit was moved inland to Salt Lake City, Utah. While living in Salt Lake City, daughter Eleanor was born in 1943, followed by George Jr., in 1945. A second son, Bruce was born in 1946 in Provo, Utah.

A Far East assignment in Japan and Korea began in 1948. The family joined him in Japan and daughter Toni was born in Kyoto in 1951.

The family returned to the United States in 1956, and was stationed in Minneapolis, Minn. until his retirement in 1958.

Following retirement, the Hessevicks settled in Salem and Mr. Hessevick took a job with the state of Oregon. He retired again in 1974, from his post as an administrator with the Workers Compensation Board, Disability Prevention Department.

In the late 1970s the Hessevicks moved to Wilsonville to be closer to their children's families. They enjoyed traveling, especially to the Oregon coast, and Mr. Hessevick enjoyed bowling with the Sons of Norway and Wilsonville leagues.

His wife Ruth and brothers Martin, Richard, Louis and John, precede him in death.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Eleanor and Jon Woodside of Lake Oswego, daughter Toni Hessevick of Oregon City, sons George Hessevick, Jr., and Bruce Hessevick of Portland, grandchildren Jennifer Predeek and husband Eric of West Linn, Justin Woodside and wife Jeanetta of Eagle Point and Jason Woodside of Lake Oswego, two great-granddaughters and his brother Floyd Hessevick of Coon Rapids, Minn.

A military honors service was held at Willamette National Cemetery on June 22.

Remembrances may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Hospice, in care of Holman Hankins, Bowker and Holman-Hankins-Bowker and Waud Funeral Home, Oregon City.

Maryanne Sherman

Former Lake Oswego resident Maryanne Sherman died June 16, 2009. She was 70.

Mrs. Sherman was born Aug. 22, 1938, in Sweetwater, Tenn.

She attended school at Eastern Washington University where she met and married Dave Sherman. They moved to Lake Oswego in 1964, where they raised their three children.

Mrs. Sherman moved to Vancouver, Wash., in 1990, where she worked for Morgan Stanley as a financial adviser.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Dave, who died in 2002, and her son Mark who died in 2003.

Survivors include her partner, Don Herring of Portland, son Todd Sherman of Billings, Mont., daughter Patti Kauf of Alta, Wyoming, and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held June 27 at 4 p.m. at Waverly Country Club in Portland.

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Phyllis Pleger

Phyllis (White) Pleger died June 10, 2009. She was 74.

Mrs. Pleger was born on April 5, 1935, to first generation Irish-American parents Frances and Zita White in San Diego, Calif. She and her sister Patricia were raised in San Diego and had fond memories of summers spent with their grandmother in San Francisco.

During the 1960s, while living in San Jose, Calif., she became involved in politics and campaigned for civil rights, against the Vietnam War was part of the women's rights movement.

She met her husband Pete Pleger at San Jose State University; they married in 1961 and in 1970 moved their family to London, England for a job for Mr. Pleger. While living abroad they traveled to Scotland, Ireland and Paris.

Upon returning stateside, the Plegers settled in Lake Oswego in 1973. Mrs. Pleger worked as the office manager for a fruit tree broker in Lake Oswego.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Pete Pleger, daughter Lenore LeMans, son Eric Pleger and three grandsons, Jacob Pleger, Reed and Colin LeMans.

No public service is planned.

Philip Prince

Lake Oswego resident Philip Prince died May 27, 2009. He was 85.

Mr. Prince was born to Irving Hudson Prince and Mary Potter Prince on Aug. 16, 1923, in Los Angeles, Calif. He graduated from Los Angeles High School and Stanford University. At Stanford, he was a champion badminton player and a member of the basketball, track and soccer teams.

He served in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II. After basic training in Arkansas, he attended Lehigh University, where he studied engineering. When the program was discontinued, he joined the 84th Infantry Division, which was stationed in England before landing at Omaha Beach a few weeks after D-Day in June 1944.

During the battle of the Siefried Line in Germany, Mr. Prince was taken prisoner on Nov. 19, 1944. In May, 1945, he and other prisoners escaped to the American lines in northern Germany. He earned two Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars and a Presidential Unit Citation.

Returning to Stanford after the war, Mr. Prince earned a master's degree in structural engineering and entered the construction industry as a general contractor and architect. He specialized in residential construction, building over 100 individual homes in Pacific Palisades, Brentwood and Bel-Air, Calif.

At Stanford, he met Barbara Lee Cooper. They married in 1947, and lived in Pacific Palisades for 42 years before moving to Lake Oswego to be near their grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Lake Oswego, sons and daughters-in-law Richard and Julie Prince of Tualatin, and William and Salenna Prince of Vienna, Va., and four grandchildren. Granddaughter Joanna Prince predeceased him.

There will be no service, per Mr. Prince's request.

Remembrances may be sent to the American Red Cross.

Evan T. Davies

Evan T. Davies died on June 16, 2009. He was 90.

He was born on Jan. 14, 1919, to John C. Davies and Catherine C. Crombie. He was raised in Coos Bay and attended Marshfield High School.

He served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II.

In l947, he married June Anderson and the couple lived in Eugene while he attended the University of Oregon.

Mr. Davies had a 30-year career in the lumber business, and became president and CEO of Alpine International.

In 1962, Mr. Davies and his family moved to Lake Oswego. He was a long-time member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, a former scoutmaster and an active member of his fraternal organization, Sigma Chi. He enjoyed fishing, golf and gardening.

Mr. Davies is survived by his daughter Christine Davies of Oregon City; his daughter and son-in-law Janet and David Siegel of Israel; his son and daughter-in-law Tom and Nancy Davies of Portland, and grandchildren Kelsey, Whitney and Nick Davies. He is preceded in death by his wife, June, who died in 2007, and his grandson Brett Davies who died in 2004.

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church today, June 25, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Our Lady of the Lake School Endowment Fund, 650 A Ave., Lake Oswego, OR 97034 or the Brett Davies Scholarship Fund at Jesuit High School, 9000 S.W. Beaverton/Hillsdale Highway, Portland, OR 97225.

Bette Sturgis

Bette Veline Sturgis died on June 16, 2009 of complications of a heart attack and stroke. She was 83.

She was born on Nov. 24, 1925, in Eldora, Iowa to Alvin and Lillian Veline.

She was raised in El-dora, and then went to college at UCLA where she met her husband C.R. 'Bob' Sturgis. The two were married on their graduation day of June 20, 1948.

Their early married years were spent in Southern California where they raised their two daughters, and then they moved to Lake Oswego in 1968.

Mrs. Sturgis enjoyed golf and travel, and spending the winter months in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bob; their daughter and son-in-law Susan Sturgis and Edgar Waehrer of Portland; two step grandchildren and 5 step great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Cynthia Sturgis, died of cancer on June 6, 2006.

There will be no formal memorial service.

Ray A. Dunn

Ray A. Dunn died on June 22, 2009. He was 88.

He was born on Jan. 18, 1921, near Dairy, Ore., to Carrol and Pearl Dunn. He lived in Klamath County until 1993, then he moved to Tualatin and then Salem. In 2003, he moved to Lake Oswego.

Mr. Dunn was drafted into the U.S. Army in l943 and served three years with the 1613 Engineer Forestry Company in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II.

After the war, he was employed by Weyerhaeuser as a lumberjack, mill worker and sawmill foreman until his retirement in 1980.

Mr. Dunn married Marilyn Londborg in l949, and the two were married for 36 years until her death in l985.

He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He was member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a life member of the Elks.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Sy Beko of Tualatin, Lauren and Roger Frei of Bend; grandchildren Steve and Robert Zamsky, Jason Beko and Deidra Maycumber; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens, 4711 Highway 39, Klamath Falls, Ore. A memorial gathering will be held in Lake Oswego at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity of your choice.

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