Judith “Judy” Word

May 23, 1940-Nov. 1, 2012

Longtime Gresham resident Judith “Judy” Word died Thursday, Nov. 1. She was 72.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Mountainview Christian Church, 1890 N.E. Cleveland Ave., Gresham.

Judy was born on May 23, 1940, in Sweet Home to Claude and Agnes (Crane) Wells. She lived in Sweet Home until the age of 9, when her father became a minister. The family spent six years in the Midwest, returning to Jefferson in 1955. Judy moved to Portland after graduating from high school in 1958.

She married Archie Word in June 1960 in Portland. They lived in Happy Valley for many years until moving to Gresham in 2008.

Judy’s favorite activity was to have her children and grandchildren gather for a family dinner, followed by visiting and games.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Patricia J. McKern of Lyle, Wash., and Jennifer L. Oviatt of Troutdale; son, Randy S. Word of Portland; brothers, Myron Wells of Yuca, Calif., and Marlin Wells of Port Orchard, Wash.; and five grandchildren.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Mary Frances Topaum

May 1, 1948-Sept. 16, 1929

Gresham resident Mary Frances Topaum died Wednesday, Nov. 7. She was 83.

A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd., Gresham, with a committal service at Willamette National Cemetery. A viewing will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Mary was born Sept. 16, 1929, in Gracemont, Okla., to Sidney and Ethel Jones. She graduated from high school and worked for Connel’s Drug Store. She later ran a printer at a printing shop.

She married John Topaum in Wichita Falls, Texas. They moved to Portland in 1969 and Mary worked for Nationwide Insurance.

Mary worked as a missionary through East Hill Church, the Crow Agency in Montana, Center for World Missons on Indian Reservations and the National Native Bible College in Desaroto, Canada.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Steve Topaum of Portland and Sid Topaum of Gresham; daughter, Jeanne Hasselwander of Port Angeles, Wash.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Keith Williams

Feb. 5, 1952-Nov. 6, 2012

Portland resident Donald Keith Williams died Tuesday, Nov. 6. He was 60.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Cornerstone Masonic Lodge, 202 S.E. 84th Ave., Portland.

Donald was born Feb. 5, 1952, in Odessa, Texas, to Clifford and Edith (Baker) Williams. At age 9, he moved with his family to Grants Pass, where he worked for the Forest Service and graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1971.

He moved to California where he attended a year of community college and worked for the Parks Department in Thousand Oaks.

On March 3, 1977, he married Bonnie Anderson in Portland. He worked as a Farmers Insurance Agent for seven years then at the Boring School district for nine years, retiring in 1992.

Donald enjoyed hunting, fishing and rock hounding. He was also a great craftsman who made keepsakes for his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Portland; daughter, Kristie Blanchard of Oregon City; brother, Wayne Williams of Yelm, Wash; and sisters, Carol Reed of Olympia and Mary Carpenter of Troutdale.

Contributions may be made in memory of Donald to the Endangered Breed Association,

Bateman Carroll Funeral is in charge of arrangements.

Bertha Lohr Janik

June 2, 1918-Nov. 5, 2012

Gresham resident Bertha Lohr Janik died Monday, Nov. 5. She was 94.

A memorial service was held Nov. 11 at Dover Community Church.

Bertha was born June 2, 1918, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Wilhelm and Olga Lohr.

She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1937 and married Stanley Janik June 4, 1949 in Portland.

Bertha was a homemaker and a Sunday school teacher. She lived in Redding, Calif. from the 1960s to 2004.

Bertha was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her sons, Robert Janik of Los Angeles and Kevin Janik of Sandy; and four grandchildren.

Jeannie V. Hower

May 17, 1954-Nov. 6, 2012

Longtime East County resident Jeannie V. Hower died Tuesday, Nov. 6. She was 58.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant St. A graveside service will follow at Lincoln Memorial.

Jeannie was born May 17, 1954, in Portland, to Robert and Velda Childers.

She attended Glenfair Elementary School and Reynolds High School.

Jeannie was employed at Goodwill Industries for 17 years, most of which were spent in San Rafael, Calif.

She married Conrad W. Hower 38 years ago.

Jeannie is survived by her husband; two sons Bill and Brandon Hower; brother, Jay Childers; sisters, Judy Weaver and Bobbie Childers; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Flowers may be sent to Sandy Funeral Home, 39551 Pleasant Street.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Catherine Louise Anderson

Aug. 10, 1942-Oct. 25, 2012

Fairview resident Catherine Louise Anderson died Thursday, Oct. 25, in Hood River. She was 70.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Good Shepherd Community Church, 28986 S.E. Haley Road, Boring.

Catherine was born Aug. 10, 1942, to Robert Woodrow and Margaret Virginia Craig, in South Gate, Calif.

A graduate of Columbia Christian College, Catherine served with military personnel as a missionary in Germany.

She married Charles Anderson June of 1960 in Norwalk, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband. Catherine is survived by her sons, Eric Anderson, Brett Anderson, Matt Anderson and Kirk Anderson; sister Margaret Ann Cunningham; and four grandchildren.

Lavon O. Haggerty

June 2, 1923-Nov. 11, 2012

Gresham resident Lavon O. Haggerty died Sunday, Nov. 11. She was 89.

A viewing will be held noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Gresham Memorial Chapel, 257 S.E. Roberts Ave., Gresham. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Contributions in Lavon’s name may be made to Mt. Hood Hospice.

Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Paid obituaries

Gerald Frederick Blank

June 14, 1924-Nov. 6, 2012

Gerald Frederick Blank, a resident of Gresham, OR, died on Nov. 6, 2012 in Gresham. He was 88 years of age.

Gerald was born on June 14, 1924 in Toledo, Ohio and he was the son of William and Elizabeth (Held) Blank. He served in the Army during WWII and on August 9, 1947, he married Clara Walsh in Toledo, Ohio. He worked for Dana Corporation and was transferred to the Portland in 1968. He retired in 1985 and moved to Gresham in 1993.

Gerald was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church and the Gateway Elks.

He is survived by daughters, Alice Freuler of Gresham, Marcia Nado of Troutdale, Annie Allen of Troutdale and Nancy Filippino of Wichita, Kansas, sons, David Blank of Happy Valley, Peter Blank of Vancouver and Joseph Blank of Molalla and sister, Rita Bambis of Toledo, Ohio along with 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Recitation of the Rosary will be on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 11:00 am at St. Henry Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery. Contributions may be made in memory of Gerald to ASPCA or St. Vincent De Paul at St. Henry Catholic Church. Bateman Carroll

Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Richard Leo Alm

Feb. 23, 1937 - Oct. 30, 2012

Richard Leo Alm, 75, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 30, 2012 at his home in Gresham. Dick embraced all of life’s activities, travel and people. He is missed by those fortunate enough to have known him and experienced his caring, love and presence.

Born February 23, 1937 in Gresham, he is survived by his loving wife Rita (Stuntz) Alm, his two sons and their families, Brian Alm of Seattle (wife Lisa Burgess and granddaughters Kellan & Haley) and Brent of Eagle, Colorado (wife Michelle Alm and grandson Jasper), and Rita’s three children Karen of Napier, New Zealand (husband Brett Gilmore and granddaughter Alana) daughter Valerie of Portland and son Dan of Gresham. He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence David Alm and Emma Viola (Proctor) Alm.

Father Clarence Aim was a grocery store owner (Alm & Nelson Grocery/aka-The Little Red Store), berry farmer and later nursery grower; mother Emma worked in the family store and then for many years at W.R. Hicks in Gresham. The family lived for several years in the residence behind their Powell Valley Road store and then near-by. Dick attended Powell Valley Grade School and Gresham High School graduating with the Class of 1955. He attended Oregon State University where he studied food science. Dick was active in the Army ROTC, the ATO Fraternity and several Food Science clubs. There he met and married Glenda Kaser. After Dick’s graduation from OSU they were stationed at Fort Ord in the Monterey Bay area. Brian was born there. Dick completed his Army service with the rank of Lieutenant. In 1963 they returned to the Northwest for Dick to work in the food industry as a Quality Control Supervisor – Snyder Farms in Gresham, and Birdseye Frozen Foods in Walla Walla. Son Brent was born there. In 1964 a career with Safeway Stores began working in quality assurance for Safeway’s private label packing in the western United States.

In 1964, Dick and good friends built a home at the end of W.K. Anderson Road on family property one mile from where he was raised. He and Rita continued to live there. Dick also operated Alm Nursery on that land raising plants on over 20 acres. He enjoyed operating a small business and had a deserved reputation for growing beautiful stock. He balanced work and an active family life; many happy memories were created on family trips to Hawaii, annual trips to Canada, skiing, fishing, camping and backpacking just to name a few.

In the late 1980’s Dick got involved with the Bergfreunde Ski Club and met the love of his life, Rita. In 1995 they married and for the rest of his life, they enjoyed each other’s love, friendship and a joint passion for travel and adventure. Following retirement from Safeway, Dick was a full-time nurseryman and part-time food industry consultant. The many places Dick and Rita traveled together includes the Galapagos Islands, Machu Pecchu, South America, Central America, Mexico, China, Korea, Turkey, Italy, Sweden (seeing relatives), Africa, Australia, South Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii and the lower 48 and many places in-between. Although a heart condition slowed him down in the last two years, they still traveled, going to Alaska and Norway to see the Northern Lights and rafted the Grand Canyon last May!

Dick stayed active in the Gresham Kiwanis Club, the YMCA, and enjoyed doing Ti Chi at the Senior Center. He loved spending time with his two sons and Rita’s children and all the grandchildren. He was a member of the Eastrose Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. With Rita’s gardening and Dick’s stone and wood work, they co-created a beautiful home together inside and out that they enjoyed, frequently welcoming family and friends. We are all so very grateful to have known this kind, caring, generous, loving and thoughtful man who was in turn deeply loved by a cadre of friends and family.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be Sunday, November 18th 1:00-4:00pm at McMenamin’s Edgefield, Blackberry Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Eastrose Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: or a favorite charity of Dick’s: The Smile Train:

Norman Thoreson

Norman Thoreson was born April 13, 1917 in Ransin County North Dakota, to Martha and Thorin Thoreson. He had 2 brothers Vernon and Ervin. Life in North Dakota was hard and the family struggled in poverty. Things got worse when the depression hit. Normans father got word of a job in a sawmill in Tacoma Washington. The family moved there in the mid 1930’s. The family was able to start a new life in Tacoma until the saw mill closed. Norman’s father was forced to leave the family again to look for work. He found a job in a sawmill in Cottage Grove Oregon. Soon after, he sent his family $20.00 to move from Tacoma. They packed everything they owned on an old Model A Ford and left Tacoma on July 4th. Norman and his brother Ervin took turns riding over the spare tire. His parents and older brother Vernon would remain in Cottage Grove until they died. Norman graduated Cottage grove High school in 1936. He worked at Woodard Lumber co every summer. He saved up enough money to enroll at Oregon State in 1937 and majored in Forestry and Conservation. He participated in Football, Basketball, Track, and was a member of the Bohemia Ski club. He also was a proud member of Kappa Delta Rho National Fraternity and participated in the local ROTC Program.

Norman left Oregon State in 1940 and joined the Army on Sept 16th. He was assigned to the 249th coast Artillery at Ft Stevens on the Oregon coast. He was stationed there when a Japanese submarine surfaced near the mouth of the Columbia River and fired shells toward Ft Stevens. This would become the only attack on a mainland American military installation during World War II. The Fort Stevens gunners were refused permission to return fire for fear of revealing the guns' location and/or range limitations to the sub. Late in 1942, Norman enrolled in Officers Candidate School and spent 3 months in Miami Beach Florida. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He later became part of the Army Air Corp. During the next 2 years, he was assigned to the 88th Bomber group in Rapid City South Dakota, 543rd Bomber sq Ainsworth Nebraska, 383rd Bomber group Geiger field Wash, 543rd bomber sq Peterson Field Colorado, 213AAF Base unit Mt home Idaho. During this time he was promoted to the rank of Captain and was the Base Adjutant and Executive officer at most of his duty stations. The primary mission was to support training for B24 and B29 Bomber Squadrons. He was discharged from active Duty in 1946, and was appointed to the Officers Reserve Corp. In 1947 He was then assigned to the Air Reserve training Center at McCord AFB Washington. In 1948 he was called up to active duty. He was assigned to the 403rd troop carrier wing at Portland Oregon, and served as the base adjutant and personnel officer for the 2343AFRTC. In 1951Capt Norman Thoreson was deployed to Japan as part of the Air Forces 6161st wing. Their mission was to provide support for the B-29 bombers making nightly strikes against North Korea. He separated from the Air force in 1952.

Norman married the love of his life, Dorothy Lucile Johnson. They lived happily together for 63 years. They had 3 children, and lived in North East Portland. Norman worked as an accountant for several lumber companies retiring in 1989. He loved fishing, golf, his church Gethsemane Lutheran, the Air force, his country, growing flowers and wood working. Norman loved to make wooden toy cars and produced over 6,000. He would donate them to Snow Cap, Northwest Medical Teams, and other charities. He was featured in an Oregonian article and as a result, got a request for cars from the Oregon Women’s Prison. They asked him to build them 300 cars for the inmates to paint for crafts. He would never accept money for his cars, and built them to see the joy in children’s faces. His toy cars have been distributed all over the world. Where ever North West medical teams would deploy to provide disaster relief, they loved to pass out Norman’s toy cars to the children and always got a smile.

Norman was a kind, gentle, and generous man who passionately loved his country and family. His wife Dorothy preceded him in Death earlier this year. He is survived by his son David of Gresham, daughter Connie Gould of Boise Idaho, and daughter Laurie Donohue of Gresham. He was affectionately known as “Bompa” to his 9 grand children, and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral for Norman will be Nov 17 at 12:00 pm at Gethsemane Lutheran church. 11560 SE Market Portland Or. Private interment at Willamette National Cemetery on Friday Nov 16th. The family requests donations be made to “Disabled American Veterans” PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 attn Gift Processing.

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