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Myrtle A. Bergren

Jan. 17, 1920 - May 1, 2013

Myrtle A. Bergren, 93, a resident of the King City community, died May 1, at her home.

She was born on Jan. 17, 1920, in Anaconda, Mont., the daughter of the late John F. and Anna C. (Alm) Orn. She was raised in Anaconda until the age of 4, when the family moved to Vancouver, Wash. She received her education in the Vancouver community, having been a graduate with Vancouver High School Class of 1938.

She was united in marriage to Ivor W. Bergren on June 27, 1947, in Vancouver. Following their marriage they resided in the community of Gladstone, until 1962, when Ivor passed away. They celebrated 15 years of marriage together.

Mrs. Bergren then resided in Portland for many years until 2003, when she moved to King City and has resided there since.

She worked at the Alcoa Aluminum Plant in Longview, Wash., during World War II. She then went on to become a medical secretary at Good Samaritan Hospital and worked there for 20 years prior to her retirement in 1985.

She was a member of St.

Stephen Lutheran Church in Gladstone.

Among her special interests, she enjoyed sewing, crocheting, reading and animals.

Survivors include: her two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Dan Whittington and Brenda and Cal Caruthers; grandson, Michael Whittington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, John and Anna Orn; and her eight siblings, Martha Haller, Frank Orn, Lil O’Donnell, Roy Orn, Ruth Lewis, Carl Orn, Harry Orn andWalt Orn.

A graveside service was held on May 9, at Willamette National Cemetery, with Reverend Julie Smith, officiating.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to Hospice and Palliative Care of Washington County, Oregon Humane Society, American Cancer Society, a local food bank or a charity of one’s choice, in her memory.

Arrangements: Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives-Beaverton.

Kenneth Ray Bladow

Oct. 5, 1960 - May 4, 2013

Kenneth Ray Bladow, 52, of Clackamas, died May 4, as a result of an accident on Highway 212 while riding his motorcycle (scooter) home after enjoying an evening of laughter and the company of his wife’s family at her parents’ home in Oak Grove, including relatives who were visiting from their home in Minnesota. Family was always important to him.

He was born Oct. 5, 1960, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, to Woodrow (Woody) and Juanita Bladow. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sellwood, the neighborhood in which he grew up and attended elementary and middle schools. He graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland and received an associate degree from Portland Community College.

Mr. Bladow came to Sabin-Schellenberg (North Clackamas School District) in 2002 as the technical assistant in the telecommunications program. He played a critical role in setting up the Schellenberg TV studio and radio station, and worked with instructor Deborah Barnes to teach students how to run the studio: lights, cameras, monitors, teleprompter, as well as how to set up a radio show.

In 2006, he then became the technology support specialist for the three campuses of Sabin-Schellenberg, where he maintained hundreds of computers and other technology devices. If you attended or facilitated an event in the Schellenberg Commons, he most likely set up your technology needs for you.

Mr. Bladow and his wife, Susan, knew each other nearly from birth as both their families attended Immanuel Lutheran. They were in Sunday School and youth activities together at the church and were married at Immanuel on May 21, 1983. In a few weeks they would have celebrated their 30th anniversary. To this union were born two sons, Kristopher and Stephen.

Mr. Bladow followed in his dad’s footsteps, playing for the Wilhelm Funeral Home bowling team, made up of men from the church who bowled each Tuesday night for many years at Milwaukie Bowl. Kristopher and Stephen got the itch as well, with the entire family (including his wife’s family) bowling in the church’s Sunday league with mother Juanita cheering them on from the gallery.

He served his congregation in many capacities. He was a member of the church choir for many years, joining his wife and her family to make up a significant percentage of the choir. He also played in the church’s handbell choir for several years along with the family.

With the dawn of computer technology, he became the church’s one-person audio-visual department. He installed all the equipment, upgraded it as necessary, and served as the “sound engineer” for services at the church - missing only when ill or on vacation with family.

As a part of this service, he prepared CDs of each service to be used by members of Immanuel who could not attend (“shut-ins”). He trained a second volunteer, son Kristopher, to help with these duties. Mr. Bladow helped (along with his wife and sons) in usher duties at the church and was the player coach/captain of the church’s softball team for several years, again where his entire family joined in playing and where he developed son Stephen’s baseball skills. In later years, when the church lacked enough players to field a team, he joined the West Linn Lutheran softball team to continue his participation in the sport.

Family and friends were always an important part of his life. He made sure his mother was cared for, bringing her to Sunday services at the church each week and performing many other care activities for her. The family enjoyed many camping (including fishing, of course) and other outings with their friends Wayne and Tammy Berry, and enjoyed cruises to exotic locations such as the Caribbean and Mexico, in addition to trips to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm when the kids were younger. Also included were trips to visit Susan’s relatives in Minnesota, where Ken would always be found with fishing pole in hand in pursuit of northern pike. A favorite memory of the family is Ken’s role in the family produced musical video, “Fishing the Floyd,” where he had a solo part singing the words “the lakes are alive with the sound of big loons” to the “Sound of Music” tune.

Mr. Bladow is survived by: his wife, Susan; sons, Kristopher and Stephen; mother, Juanita; sister, Terry Jensen (Randy); and a number of family from both the Bladow and Cox families.

His father, Woodrow (Woody), preceded him in death.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all the people he touched throughout his life.

The family extends its sincere thanks to the first responders and the TIP volunteers who assisted the family at the scene of the accident and to all the family and friends who have kept them in their thoughts and prayers and provided support in many ways during this time.

A celebration of life service was held Friday, May 10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Pastor David Zemke officiated.

The family believes that Ken, with an embarrassed smile, would request any memorials given in his honor be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church and specified towards its audio-visual needs. In addition, an account has been established to help support the family in the coming weeks, and donations can be made to the Kenneth Bladow Memorial Fund at any branch of U.S. Bank.

Casey Conrad

Dec. 10, 1982 - May 6, 2013

Casey Conrad died on May 6. He was born Dec. 10, 1982, in Oregon City, to Scott and Tami Conrad. Following his graduation from Oregon City High School in 2001, he worked as a groundskeeper and attendant at Mary’s Woods Retirement Community. He often told stories of the retirees that he came to know and love. After Mary’s Woods, he was fortunate to earn a living pursuing his passion of woodworking.

He loved to snowboard, play basketball and follow his favorite sports teams: the Ducks, the Blazers, and the Dolphins.

His family and friends knew him as a man who could make everyone laugh and who constantly looked for ways he could help those around him.

He was loved by all, but will be missed especially by his nieces and nephews who adored his playful and gentle affection.

His memorial service was held on May 9, at the Oregon City Christian Church.




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