Community Announcements

Vernon E. “Vern” Caldwell-Obituary

Obit-CaldwellVernon E. “Vern” Caldwell, 77, a longtime resident of the Banks community, died Thursday evening, March 12, 2015 at the Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Oregon.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Forest Grove, with Mr. Ed Willer, conducting. Family and friends were invited to attend a reception immediately following the ceremony. Private Interment Rites were held on Friday March 20, 2015, at the Union Point Cemetery, 41500 N.W. Banks Road in Banks, Oregon.

VERNON EDWARD “VERN” CALDWELL was born March 9, 1938 in Hillsboro, Oregon, the son of the late Earl Joseph Caldwell and Lily May (Luke) Caldwell. He was raised and received his education in the Banks community, having been a graduate of the Banks High School Class of 1956.

He was united in marriage to Sharon L. Stoller on May 29, 1959 in Aloha, Oregon. They celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary this past May. Following their marriage they lived in El Paso, Texas for six months, while Vern was serving in the military. Following his discharge, they moved to the Banks community, where they have resided since.

Vern has worked as a truck driver most of his life. He began by hauling meat for Kummer Meat Company in Hillsboro, drove truck for Shell Oil Company and later Shadybrook Lumber. He also bought his own truck and spent some time driving across the western United States. In October of 1985, he bought his first self-loading log truck and established V & S Log Express Company in Banks. He and his son Jerry have owned and operated for the business for the past thirty years.

He was an active member of the North Cornelius Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Forest Grove. Read More

Congratulations: Ronnie Ray Maldonado

Congratulations-RonnieMaldonadoRonnie Ray Maldonado, 18, of  Vernonia graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on January  23, 2015.

Private Maldonado successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD San Diego as one of 73 recruits in Training Platoon 2122. While in recruit training Private Maldonado achieved Sharp Shooter.

Following his ten days home on leave he reported to Camp Pendleton for one month at Military Combat Training. Private Maldonado will graduate MCT March 3rd.   He will then attend Military Occupation Specialty school in North Carolina, New River Marine Base, where he will learn to work on Ospreys Helicopters.

After graduating this schooling he is uncertain where his MOS duty will be.

 

Forrest “Bud” L. Hemeon – Obituary

Obit-Hemeon-webForrest “Bud”  L.  Hemeon

January 1, 1919- February 26, 2015

Bud Hemeon died peacefully at home with his family around him, on February 26th 2015 in Mist, Oregon at the age of 96.

Bud is survived by his wife, Jeri; his sons Steve and Larry Hemeon; and his daughter Vicki Weller and husband John; his grandchildren Josh Hemeon and wife Julie, Veronica Skerjanec and husband Chance, Alex Funderburg and husband Shawn, Stephanie Hemeon, Tyler Hemeon, Leslie Woodward and husband Nathan, Ashley Clark and husband Danny, Casey Fields and husband Travis, Katie Hawley and fiancé Jon Mulleda.  Also surviving are his great-grandchildren; Hayden, Jakey, Emory, Isabella, Sam, Lilly, Lola, Jonathan and Harper.

Bud was born January 1, 1919 in Somerville Massachusetts, to Forrest C. and Rhoda Hemeon.  Bud had to quit school in the 11th grade due to his father’s illness.  He then helped with the running of Hemeon Trucking with his sister, Rhoda.  At the age of 19, he moved to Hollywood, California where he began work as a Western Union Boy delivering telegrams.  During this time, Bud enjoyed collecting hundreds of autographs from the stars of that era.

Bud was 20 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He was a Boatman’s Mate, on the U.S.S. Los Angeles, a heavy cruiser.  During WW2 he traveled to North Africa & Europe.  He was honorably discharged in September of 1945. Read More

Kenneth George Pitts-Obituary

Obit--KenPittsKenneth Pitts, 71, a resident of the Vernonia community, died Thursday morning, February 19, 2015 at his home.

A Celebration of Life will be held on March 14, 2015 from noon-4pm at the Vernonia Scout Cabin, 901 Park Drive in Vernonia, with Pastor Grant Williams, presiding.

Kenneth George Pitts, Sr. was born on December 19, 1943 in Portland Oregon, the son of the late Arnold Wayne Pitts and the late Bella (McDonald) Safranski.  He was raised and received his education in Portland, Oregon, having been a graduate of Cleveland High School class of 1962.

He was united in marriage to Sharon Kathleen McCreadie, on May 26, 1984 in Portland Oregon.  They celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary this past May.  Following their marriage they made their home in West Linn until moving to Vernonia in 1987.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold Pitts and Bella (McDonald) Safranski; his sisters, Laura McDonald and Margaret Kemp.

He was a member of the Vernonia Lions Club. Read More

Guy Leigh Williams-Obituary

Williams-Guy-Pic-webGuy Leigh Williams was born in Rochester, NY on May 23, 1946 to parents Pardon and Gloria (Swaim) Williams. Guy was second of 8 siblings and lived in Garbutt upper state NY and graduate of Wheatland Chili Central High School, trade school, US Navy Submarine in engineering, and Rochester Inst. of Tech. (RIT) graduate as EE Engineering BSEE, auto mechanic, Driver and gear head of a rail-dragster with Alan Rathmacher.

Soon after moving to work at Tektronix in Oregon 1978 and other Electronic Design firms as Principal Engineer in Polyvision, Softboard, RLX and recently at Intel as part of a design team. Remarried in 1984 to Joy Williams and had also become a dedicated Christian, ministering, Sunday School teacher, worship leader, assistant pastor and youth assistant. AS a Royal Ranger Commander/Leader and worship leader for boys with Christ and FCF fellowship training, worship and Bible drama teams for 30 years. In addition was part of a few Missions trips for Central Am., Africa Japan and a prayer team with our church in/with a Native Reservation in California. Guy and Joy have been ministering together, playing and dancing a happy journey 33 years and to “run the good race” as “good and faithful servant” Guy.

Guy was a Mazamas climber, very good downhill skier and loved the Mountains here, an avid white water canoeist, family camping, fly fishing, croquette and golf with Joy, family and associates. He wasn’t just active in church but also penned a few Worship songs that we all loved.  Guy was focused on his Faith walk for the Lord with others and very family oriented. Read More

Nathan Jeremy Jackson-Obituary

Obit-Nathan-Jeremy-Jackson-webNathan Jeremy Jackson

August 4, 1979 – January 13, 2015

Nathan died in a car accident at the age of 35.  He was born in Portland to John and Natalie Jackson.

Nathan graduated from Southwest Christian High School in 1998, he went on to graduate from the NECA-IBEW Local 48 commercial electrician training program.  As skilled journeyman, he practiced his trade in Multnomah County and surrounding areas.  He would always make himself available to help others no matter what the task.  As a young adult Nathan developed a passion for bow hunting and devoted much of his free time to this pursuit. He felt at home in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and was often out scouting.

In 2008 Nathan married Annie, the love of his life.  They bought their dream home near Vernonia, Oregon, a bucolic river front house where he could walk out his back door and hike into the forested hills.  Nathan and Annie shared a special 7th anniversary on January 12th.  He died the following evening.

Although Nathan and his wife Annie were new to the Vernonia area they immediately got involved with their small community and served for awhile on the Mist/Birkenfeld Rural Volunteer Fire Department. Read More

Charles C. “Chuck” Hendricks-Obituary

Obit-Hendricks-webCharles C. “Chuck” Hendricks, 85, a resident of the Forest Grove community, died Friday morning, January 16, 2015 at Marquis Care at Forest Grove.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home, 2308 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove, with Pastor Wayne Marr, of the Vernonia Assembly of God Church, officiating. Concluding Rites and Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at 2:00 P.M. at the Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd. in Portland.

Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the chapel service, to be held in the fellowship room of the funeral home.

CHARLES CLAYTON “CHUCK” HENDRICKS was born August 9, 1929 in Anderson, Missouri, the son of the late Charlie Raymond Hendricks and Laura V. (Holloway) Hendricks. He was raised and received his education in the Anderson, Missouri community.

He was a Veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict having joined the United States Navy on August 14, 1946 in Joplin, Missouri. Chuck served for four years until receiving his discharge on May 10, 1950. He re-enlisted on November 13, 1950 and served another two years, until receiving his discharge on March 12, 1952 at the rank of Aviation Structural Mechanic Third Class. He had received the China Service Award, American Theatre Award and the World War II Victory Medal.

Chuck was united in marriage to Peggy Juanita Brooks on August 16, 1950 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Following their marriage they made their homes in the communities of Anderson, Missouri; San Diego, California; Anaheim, California and Marion, Iowa, They then returned to Orange, California where they lived until 1960 when they moved to Tualatin, Oregon. They later lived in Tigard for two years, Vernonia for six years and Cornelius for nine years, until 2005 when they moved to the Forest Grove community, where Chuck had resided since.

He had worked as a truck driver for Pacific Motor Trucking Company in California and Oregon for many years, until 1984 when he retired. Read More

Ronald M. “Ron” Hinderman-Obituary

Ronald M. “Ron” Hinderman, 55, a resident of the Vernonia community, died Tuesday morning, January 6, 2015 at The Grove Assisted Living Facility in Forest Grove.

Private Cremation Rites will be held at Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove.

RONALD MICHAEL “RON” HINDERMAN was born on July 17, 1959 in Wallace, Idaho, the son of the late Benjamin Ryder and Lena Mae (Purcell) Hinderman. He was raised and received his education in the Wallace community, having been a graduate with the Wallace High School Class of 1977.

He worked as a medical  aide for twenty-five years in the healthcare industry. Ron had worked for the past thirteen years for the The Gardens Enhanced Care Community in Forest Grove, until he was recently forced to retire because of ill health.

Among his special interests, Ron enjoyed gardening, landscaping and water gardening.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin R. and Lena M. Hinderman and his sister, Jeanette M. Hood, on January 4, 2015.

Survivors include his three siblings and their spouses, Patti and Bill Wolfe, of Bandon, Oregon; Gary and Karen Hinderman, of Bellingham, Washington and Jim and Lorie Hinderman, of Colorado.

Also surviving are his two nieces and six nephews.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to Care Partners Hospice, 900 SE Oak Street, #202, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123, in his memory.

Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Hillsboro is in charge of the arrangements. 503-693-7965

John M. “Mike” Grady – Obituary

Obit-MikeGrady-webJohn M. “Mike” Grady, 80, a longtime resident of the Vernonia community, died Thursday afternoon, January 8, 2015 at the Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro.

Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Vernonia Memorial Cemetery, 2080 Bridge Street in Vernonia, with Pastor  John J. Cahill, of the Pioneer Baptist Fellowship in Vernonia, officiating. Concluding Rites and Interment will follow at the cemetery.

Family and friends are invited to attend  a reception immediately following the cemetery rites, to be held at the Vernonia Scout Cabin, 901 Park Drive in Vernonia.

JOHN MICHAEL GRADY was born August 26, 1934 in Longview, Washington, the son of the late John Joseph Grady and Macile Leona (Roberts) Grady. At the age of two years old, he moved with his family to the Vernonia community, where he was raised and received his education, having been a graduate of the Vernonia High School Class of 1952. He then attended O.I.T. (Oregon Institute of Technology) for two years in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

He was united in marriage to Ilene Norquist on September 26, 1964 in Tumwater, Washington. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary this past September. Following their marriage they have made their home in the Vernonia, where they have resided since. Read More

Terry Michael Schaumburg-Obituary

Obit-TerrySchaumburg-webTerry M. Schaumburg, 59, a longtime resident of the Vernonia community, died Sunday afternoon, November 30, 2014 at the Providence St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Portland.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the Vernonia High School Commons, 1000 Missouri Avenue, with Pastor John Cahill, of the Pioneer Baptist Fellowship, officiating. Private Family Interment will follow at the Clear Creek Cemetery in Vernonia.

The family is requesting those attending to dress casually and to wear their favorite hickory shirt and/or barn boots.

Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the ceremony, to be held in the commons.

TERRY MICHAEL SCHAUMBURG was born on October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, the son of the late Donald Ray and Georgene Inga (Aasland) Schaumburg. As a young child he moved with his family to the Vernonia community, where he was raised and received his education, having been a graduate with the Vernonia High School Class of 1973.

He was united in marriage to Brenda K. Eckland on November 22, 2014 in Vernonia, Oregon. Following their marriage they made their home the Vernonia community. Read More