Van Harmon1940-2023Van Allen Harmon, born December 22, 1940, in Springfield, Missouri, passed away on January 30, 2023, at age 82, following a long illness. He is survived by his spouse, Phyllis Ann Harmon. Van was a lifelong student. His greatest joy was researching and learning about other cultures, health practices, and travel. He served two tours in Viet Nam as a Special Forces medic and several years in the Army Reserves and Oregon National Guard. During his service, he was honored with the Croix de Guerre of France, twice recognized as a soldier of the year, was awarded a Purple Heart for battlefield injuries, and met the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. He married Phyllis Fero in 1967. They were married for 55 years. He was preceded in death by their daughter, Kelley Rene. He is survived by his wife, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, brother Dean Harmon of Ackworth, Georgia, sister Robin Blackburn of Beaverton, Oregon, and four nieces and nephews. Internment to be at Willamette National Cemetery. No services are planned, but please feel free to share your memories of Van below. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in Van's honor to the nonprofit Tunnels to Towers Foundation (https://t2t.org) to support their ongoing work in caring for veterans and their families.
Leslie Bell1933-2023Leslie Gordon Bell was born in Seattle, Washington as the third child to Arthur Gordon Bell and Hazel Violet Bell. He was raised in Seattle and Concrete, Washington completing high school in Concrete and then enlisting in the Navy. He enjoyed his service life on an aircraft carrier during the Korean War. He worked in various power stations and eventually operated and controlled the automated dam at Cedar Falls, Washington from which he retired. He was very proud of his accomplishments with Seattle City Light. His love of music began early in his life. His family all participated in a band call “The Bells”. Their music enriched many people’s lives and his love of the piano and guitar never faded. He continued entertaining others with his musical talent even as late as a month before his passing. He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Helen Thompson Bell, step sons Mark Thompson and partner Greg Bristow, Tracy Thompson and his two biological children Mike and Laura Bell along with grandchildren and great grandchildren. He resided in Portland, Oregon for the past twenty two years and will be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery located in Southeast Portland on Mt. Scott. He will be remembered as a U.S. serviceman, husband, musician, wood worker and gentleman. Thanks to Crown Memorial in Tigard for their help in his cremation and burial.
John Trom1935-2023The Rev. John Phillip Trom, 87, died peacefully on January 24 in Portland, Oregon, shortly after entering hospice care. As a lover of music, it is fitting he breathed his last while a harpist was playing for him. John grew up in Lisbon, North Dakota, cradled in the beautiful Sheyenne River Valley. After graduation in 1953 from Lisbon High School, he attended a year at Concordia College before transferring to North Dakota Agricultural College (NDAC), now North Dakota State University (NDSU), graduating with a Pharmacy degree in 1958. He worked as a retail pharmacist for a decade at Trom Drug, his family’s drugstore. In 1961, he married Karen Marie Froemke. They moved to Brooklyn Park, MN, in 1969. There he worked as a hospital pharmacist for Mt. Sinai and North Memorial. While working nights at North Memorial, he was a seminary student during the day at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He was ordained in the American Lutheran Church (ALC), now the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), in 1977. His first call as parish pastor was a two-point parish in LaSalle and Lake Hanska, MN. In 1981 he accepted a new call to Hope Lutheran in Sunburg, MN. In 1989 he was called to a three-point parish including Singsaas, Marble, and Christ Lutheran Churches in Hendricks, MN. His last call was in 1998 to another three-point parish including Hope Lutheran and Our Savior’s Lutheran (the “rock church”) in Menno, SD, and St. Dysmus Lutheran Church in the state prison in Springfield, SD. After retiring in 2000, he lived in Grand Junction and Cedaredge, CO. In June 2021 he moved to Portland, OR, to be near his children and grandchildren, bringing his most treasured material goods – one thousand books. His computer home page became Powell’s City of Books, and his home was lined with bookshelves about the U.S. Civil War, history, theology, Norway, North Dakota, and so much more. He was kind, non-judgmental, smart, and humble. He was a man of few words, and those words held wisdom and humor. He found joy in being present with people he loved, and was himself dearly loved by family and friends alike. He always had more questions than answers, and had such curiosity and admiration for every person’s unique life story. “Can you imagine?” he would ask. He was one of the first people to show up for breakfast every morning where he lived his last years at Courtyard Village, enjoying the food and the conversation with friends equally. And on Sunday mornings, he would not miss being a part of his church community as they worshiped together while watching a livestream of a service. The rituals of church were of utmost importance to him. John is survived by his son Matthew, daughter Jennifer and her spouse Chris and their children Abigail and Kimberly, and daughter Kate and her spouse Doug (all of Portland, OR), and by his sister, Karen Marshall, nephew David and his spouse Gina (all of Longmont, CO). John was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Karen (d. 1997), brother-in-law Bruce Marshall (d. 2008), and nephew John Marshall (d. 1981). A memorial service will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at First Immanuel Lutheran Church in NW Portland. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Lisbon, ND. Memorial contributions may be made to First Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1816 NW Irving St., Portland, OR 97209 or the ELCA.
Allen Baillif1931-2023Allen Kingsley Baillif 1931 - 2023 Allen Kingsley Baillif was born September 8, 1931, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Helen Veness Baillif and Clement Baillif. He and his older sister grew up in nearby Richfield. Allen served in the Army during the Korean War and afterwards met his future wife, Norine. They married and settled down in Prior Lake, Minnesota, living there for thirty years where they built their lakeshore dream home and raised a family. Allen had an aptitude for working with his hands, designing, and building. He designed and built houses, boats, furniture and more. He spent his career as an engineer in the high-tech industry. He’s the inventor on two patents issued in the mid-‘60s for memory reading/writing. Allen continued to work in memory storage technology up until his retirement. Afterwards, he and Norine moved to West Linn, Oregon where they enjoyed the milder climate and being closer to their daughter, son, and the son’s family. They found a welcoming home in the West Linn Lutheran Church where he and Norine participated together in various activities, including roles as hospitality ambassadors. Allen was easygoing, ever optimistic, and always had a kind word. He enjoyed family and friends, pursuing his interests, and sharing his discoveries. He peacefully left this world on January 18th at age 91. He is survived by his son Lee and his wife Karen and their son Conrad, and is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Virginia Bartlett, daughter Julie, and wife Norine. A celebration of Allen’s life will be held on Saturday, May 13th, at West Linn Lutheran Church, 20390 Willamette Drive, West Linn, Oregon. Visitation starts at 10:30 a.m. followed by services at 11 a.m. Remembrances to the West Linn Lutheran Church (wllc.org) or CASA of Clackamas County (casa-cc.org).
Wayne English1943-2023Wayne John English - (WJE) “ WEE-GEE “ Wayne, 79 Years, passed peacefully at home in West Linn, Oregon. He was born on December 16, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Harry and Violet English. His Mother remarried Charles Kellogg and they had a daughter named Donna who was born in 1951. The family moved to Roseburg, OR when Wayne was 10 and Donna was 2. He spent his school days in Roseburg, and graduated from Roseburg high school in 1960 at the age of 17. He went on to college at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. Where he spent 2 years. Wayne met Darlene at Mountain Park in Lake Oswego through an introduction from her daughter. They dated for 7 years and then got married on April 23 1994. They were married in a beautiful historic chapel named Oak’s Pioneer Church on Spokane street, in Portland OR. Wayne was a University of Oregon Ducks football fanatic. When Wayne was getting ready for a Ducks game he would wear his Ducks shirt, his Ducks Jacket and ALWAYS put on his Ducks hat. Win or lose he was Ducks through and through!!! He was an Amazon Super Shopper! Everyday he would be sitting at his computer ordering at least one or two items from Amazon. The minute he received an Amazon gift card, he would immediately race to his computer to spend it! Wayne was really into clothes. He had a full closet of just Jackets. He had one jacket for everyday of the month! He also loved shoes. He had 4 full shelves of only shoes. He had all types of athletic shoes, from name brand sports shoes to running shoes! He had a big collection of watches and would always buy more. He was into cars and motorcycles. Over the years he bought and sold many cars. He loved motorcycles and scooters. He purchased many types, ranging from the smallest to some of the larger ones. He also liked E-bikes and had a few of those too. Most of all he loved his wife. He loved spending and sharing his time with her! He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Violet Kellogg, and his step-father Charles Kellogg. Wayne is survived by his wife Darlene English, West Linn OR. His sister Donna Kellogg, Santa Fe NM. Monica (Dante) delos Reyes, Cameron delos Reyes, Alexa (Lexy) delos Reyes, Gladstone OR. Terry Shultz, Warrenton, OR. Wayne will be laid to rest in Our Lady of the Lake-Sacred Heart Cemetery in Lake Oswego, OR. Arrangements will be made by Crown Memorial, 12995 SW Pacific Hwy. Tigard OR. 97233.
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