Beverly Herman1946-2024Beverly Ann Herman was born on July 15th, 1946, in Deadwood, South Dakota to loving parents Daniel and Margaret “Irene” Vaughan. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on February 7th, 2024. Born as one of five children, she was a cherished sister to David, Thomas, Terry, and Shirley. Being a sister was something she loved and shared many stories that included time the kids lived in a house they built on the property of their family business located in South Dakota named Vaughan Cabins. In 1962 she met, then married the love of her life, Kenneth Charles Herman in 1964. They would say “when their eyes met at the local Bodega” they fell head over heels in love and began their lifelong love story. They moved several places looking for their forever home that would include North and South Dakota, Montana and finally settled in Portland, Oregon where they remained in the same home, they purchased in 1971. Beverly worked in the restaurant industry her entire career intentionally to allow her the flexibility and time to dedicate to her children, their schooling, volunteering, and cheerleading their various sports. Most notable was the Matterhorn and Steamers restaurants located in Portland. She was an avid book and Oregonian daily reader. She played piano and passed on her love of all genres of music to her children. She always had something playing in the background and shared her love of all things “Toby Keith”. She was a lifetime crime junkie in books, in television, movies and eventually on her very loved iPad. She was a lifelong dedicated sports fanatic of NFL and the NBA and rarely missed a game. She was quite the foodie and reveled her “Happy Hours” with friends and family. Over her lifetime she built many relationships with lifelong friends, customers, neighbors, and her large, very loved extended family. To know her was to love her. One of her proudest things was becoming a grandma, adding great grandmother to her many titles. She is survived by her daughters, her “Honey/Sweetie Pies” Carmen Milashouskas (TJ), Michelle Mantei (Mike) and Kendra Brown (Ron). Her grandchildren and loves of her life, Kenny McKinney, Kameron Corbus and Kelcy Brown. Her great grandbabies Linda and Khalea Mae. Brother Terry Vaughan and sister Shirley McLain. She is predeceased by her parents Daniel and Irene, her brother’s David and Thomas, loving and devoted husband Kenneth, and their son Jeffery Michael. Jeffery and Thomas both passed away in infancy. Beverly made sure every single person in her life knew how very loved and cherished they were to her -- only to be matched by the love she received in return. Always making daily phone calls with her girls. Searching then writing those perfect special cards. She shared in everyone’s celebrations and life events. Her friendships meant the world to her. To say she will be missed is an understatement. She is and will always be loved and missed endlessly. A special moment we would like to share: She began having an extremely sweet conversation that morning, we asked her who was she was talking to so sweetly and smiling and this was her response:“My Ken is calling me home and told me he is waiting for me” she took a breath and with a smile she said, “I told him I am coming”. She passed away peacefully a couple of hours later. A private celebration of life for friends and family will be held on April 13th, 2024. Further details to come
Ronald Gaul1962-2024Ron was killed while crossing NE Martin Luther King road and Gertz road. He was hit by one car that sent him into the path of another car and died instantly on February 5th, 2024 at 6:30pm. Ron was born in St. Paul Minnesota on December 10th, 1962 to Alan F. Gaul and Sharon (Wirth) Gaul. Ron did not like working for others and always worked for himself. He had his own businesses at Saturday market in downtown Portland, Oregon. To his last business adventure of selling cowboy boots and other items on street corners in Portland. It was called “Just Kickin It”. He was called The Boot Guy by his customers and he loved that. Ron was preceded in death by his step-father, Gilbert Binger. Ron is survived by his daughter Cassidy Everridge, father Alan Gaul, mother Sharon Binger, step mother Patricia Gaul and brothers Richard and Robert and sisters Kimberly, Shannon and Sandy and many nieces and nephews and many more. He is to be cremated and burial will be private.
Elizabeth Emerson1934-2024Elizabeth (Beth) Eoline Emerson passed on January 27, 2024. She was 89 years old. Beth was born on September 20, 1934, in Yreka, California to William (Nate) Clayton and Elizabeth (Liz) Blanche Fairchild. She graduated from Corvallis High School in 1952. On August 2nd, 1953, she married James Morris Brown in Anlauf, Oregon. They later divorced. She married Carroll (Sid) Emerson in Reno, Nevada on February 15th, 1969, and were married for 53 years until his passing September 12, 2022. Beth lived most of her adult life in the Elmira, Oregon area. She worked for Oregon State College, US Plywood and the University of Oregon in the Business Office for over 27 years as head of the Cashiers and Requisitions Department. She retired January 1st, 1995. She belonged to the Oregon Public Purchasing Association (OPPA) and TOPS. She enjoyed her beautiful family, the coast, traveling, camping, reading, collecting antique dishes, astronomy, sewing, cooking, bunco, great friends, flowers, photos, doing Cryptoquotes, Sudoku and Crossword puzzles. She loved to sing. As the daughter of a logger, she attended 24 schools, not counting the ones she went to twice. She is survived by her five children, Kathleen Anne Hall of Eugene, OR; Shalline Elizabeth Nielsen of Eugene, OR; Debra Sue Plourd of Veneta, OR. Steven James Brown of Portland, OR; and Lisa Emerson Polvi of Otis, OR. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, one step granddaughter and one step great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband Sid, her parents, two brothers, a baby son and a grandson. A celebration of life will be held on February 18th, 2024, at 1:00 for Beth at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.
Christopher Caston1990-2024Christopher C. Caston passed away unexpectedly in Portland, Oregon on January 21, 2024. Born on September 19, 1990 to Jeffrey P. Caston and Pamela J. Caston (maiden name Ewer) in San Bernardino, California. Chris, as he was known to friends and family, was 33 years old.Christopher is survived by his mother Pam Caston of Missouri City, TX He leaves behind his Maternal Grandmother Ardene Langfield, Aunts Sherry Reed (Randall), and Sandra Vaughn, Uncles Ron Ewer (Juliana), Bernard Howard (Sandy), Gregory Caston, John Caston, paternal half-brother Jake Martin, many cousins and good friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Jeffrey P. Caston, his paternal grandparents, Clinton & Irene Caston, his maternal grandfather Charles Ewer and his Uncle Jack Vaughn.Christopher was well known for his great sense of humor, his big heart, empathetic nature and putting others before himself. He loved music, art and anything that grabbed his imagination.A celebration of life for his friends and family will be scheduled at a later date.The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to either:Transitions Projects, (503) 280-4700 http://www.tprojects.org/ ORFriendly House, (503) 228-4391 https://fhpdx.org/
Gerald Barnes1943-2024Jerry Barnes, age 80, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 19, 2024, at his home in Cheshire, OR. He was born on January 31, 1943, in Lebanon, OR, to Lynn & Ethelma Barnes. He was a proud, hardworking farmer in this community his entire life. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, Linda Fischer and Pat Barnes. He is survived by his partner, Neoma Loehr, his brother Dennis Barnes, his sons, Bryon and Bradley Barnes, his daughters Belinda Barnes-Smith, Lori Burrows and Ranee Werder. Jerry had 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held Monday, January 29th at 10 a.m. at Harrisburg Christian Church and he will be laid to rest at Alford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, you can send a donation to the Outstanding Farmers of America at www.outstandingfarmers.com/registration and click the donation tab.
Stephen Crouch1936-2024Stephen Douglas CrouchOctober 21, 1936 – January 14, 2024Stephen D. Crouch passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Portland on January 14, 2024. He was born in San Diego where his father was stationed in the Navy. After a time in Florida, the family moved to Oregon. Steve graduated from North Salem High School in 1955 and then studied at Oregon State before joining the Oregon Department of Transportation as a civil engineer. He married JoAnne (Jodie) DeZort in 1960 and together they shared 63 years.Steve’s career with ODOT took him from Salem to Roseburg and eventually to Portland where he joined Tri-Met as a project manager on the original downtown Portland light rail line. He was a lover of opera and the symphony, craft beer and all things mechanical, especially cameras, bicycles and British sports cars and motorcycles. He participated in many rallies and races as a member of the Willamette Motor Club in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He later became a ham radio operator (NO7V) and, as a member of Porland Amateur Radio Club, helped coordinate communication for the Portland marathon for many years. Steve was the king of the quip, a constant note taker and never met a pocket flashlight, knife or multi-tool he didn’t love.Following his retirement in 1995, Steve and Jodie hit the road in the RV, including 9 years as their full-time home. Fulfilling a promise made when marrying Jodie that she get to spend some time living in her native Montana, they spent parts of several years in Dillon, MT before returning to Portland. They enjoyed winters with RV communities in Tucson, Morro Bay and St. Petersburg as well as volunteering as camp hosts at BLM Yaquina Head, and in Dillon and Flathead Lake MT. They also took several trips to Europe visiting Italy, France, Austria, England and the Czech Repulbic.Stephen is survived by his wife Jodie Crouch, daughter Lisa Giovannetti (Glen) and son Todd, two grandchildren, Eric and Gina, his sister Joyce Anicker, three nieces and a nephew, and two cats.Steve believed in the power of volunteering so in lieu of flowers, please consider giving time in your community or making a donation to a local community effort of your choice.
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