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February obituaries

Obituaries

Earl Raymond Leckie

April 7, 1949-Feb. 21, 2012

Sandy resident Earl Raymond Leckie, age 62, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Clackamas.

A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 24, at Gresham Memorial Chapel.

Earl was born April 7, 1949, in Pineville, La., to Truman and Merilla Leckie. Earl moved to California with his family at a young age. He served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1970.

Earl worked as a union plumber in Oregon for more than 23 years. He and his wife, Esther, moved to Troutdale in 1989 and resided in Fairview and Gresham before moving to Sandy in 2005. Earl loved his family and sports.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Steven Leckie and Vincent Leckie of Sandy; sisters, Edie Liu and Claudia Zellner of Pollock, La., Lois Loche of Arvada, Colo., and Ann Brewer; and brother, Hank Laird of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, N.Y., 10001. Gresham Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Charles A. Lutz

Dec. 8, 1929-Feb. 24, 2012

Longtime Sandy resident Charles A. Lutz died Friday, Feb. 24, in Bend. He was 82.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 5, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 39901 Pleasant St. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland. A reception will follow at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Sandy.

Charles was born Dec. 8, 1929, in Filer, Idaho, to Fred and Luella Lutz. Charles attended Filer High School and farmed in the Filer area until he was drafted into the Army in 1951. Charles served for two years in the Tank Company. He then worked for two years for the civil service in Anchorage, Alaska. Charles moved to Salem in 1957.

In 1958, he married Doris Teetz in Sandy.

Charles worked mainly as a builder and as a developer of land and real estate. He moved to the La Grande area in 1971 and back to Sandy in 1983. He retired from real estate in January 2000.

Charles was a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and an active member of the VFW Post 4273 in Sandy.

He was preceded in death by his wife in October 2011; his brother, Dave Lutz; and his sisters, Inez Schmidt and Fern Lutz.

Survivors include his daughters, Judy Wells of Bend and Susan Johnson of Sandy; sons, Fred Lutz of Sandy and Michael Lutz of Sandy; brother, John Lutz of Twin Falls, Idaho; sisters, Wanda Sievers of Kimberly, Idaho, and Kathleen Sievert of Federal Way, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

David Henry Schaffer

Sept. 22, 1951-Feb. 25, 2012

David Henry Schaffer, a resident of Boring, died Saturday, Feb. 25, at Adventist Medical Center in Portland after a battle with cancer. He was 60.

A viewing was held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Sandy Funeral Home.

Dave was born Sept. 22, 1951, in Toledo to Otto and Norma Schaffer. The family moved to Hood River and then to Sandy in 1963, and Dave attended Hood View Junior Academy. In 1966, the family moved to Boring, where Dave finished his schooling and graduated from Portland Adventist Academy. He then entered the Army in 1975 and was honorably discharged in 1977.

Dave began working with his father as a contractor. On March 5, 1977, he married Patty Norris in Sandy. They made their home in Gresham, and David continued his employment until 1978, when he furthered his education at Mt. Hood Community College. He began his career and was employed at A to Z Steel. He worked at Steel Draft Systems for 17 years, and most recently he worked at InstaFAB until his health forced him to retire on Sept. 29, 2011.

Dave was an avid golfer and spent much time golfing with his family and friends. He also enjoyed playing Texas Hold'em, darts and pool. Dave took great pride in his 'fixer upper' 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, a two-door hardtop, and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

A brother preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife; his mother, of Boring; sons, David Schaffer Jr. of Gresham and Dustin Schaffer of Boring; sisters, Nancy Reed of McMinnville, Jean Chard of McMinnville and Edie Unterseher of Gresham; brothers, Don Schaffer of Gresham and Dan Schaffer of Sandy; and six grandchildren. Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Deborah Lee Ramsey

Aug. 16, 1953-Feb. 20, 2012

Gresham resident Deborah Lee Ramsey died Monday, Feb. 20, in Portland. She was 58.

A service was held Saturday, Feb. 25, at Donelson Fir Lawn Memorial Center in Hillsboro. Interment was at Fir Lawn Memorial Park in Hillsboro.

Debbie was born Aug. 16, 1953, in North Platte, Neb., to Robert and Marlene (Hecht) McKenney. In 1955 the family moved to California, where she became a Christian. The family moved to Portland in 1958. Debbie graduated from Marshall High School in 1971.

Debbie married Howard E. Ramsey on Dec. 29, 1973.

Survivors include her husband; son, Ken Ramsey of Gresham; mother, of Hillsboro; brother, Ted of Soldotna, Alaska; and sister, Rose of Tillamook.

Donelson Fir Lawn Memorial Center is handling arrangements.

Gregory C. Lee

Dec. 27, 1961-Feb. 20, 2012

Former Sandy resident Gregory C. Lee, 50, died Monday, Feb. 20, in Lake Stevens, Wash.

A memorial service will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in Lake Stevens.

Gregg was born Dec. 27, 1961, in Portland to Virgil and Diane Lee. Gregg was raised and educated in Sandy. He joined the Army in the 1980s and received an honorable discharge.

Gregg resided and worked in the Portland area before moving to Lake Stevens. He owned a cardboard recycling business. He loved the outdoors and going hunting and fishing.

On Dec. 4, 2011, he married Joanna Fanning, his longtime companion.

Survivors include his wife; children, Robert Lee of Portland and Jennifer of Portland; mother and stepfather, Diane and Larry Zimmerman of Sandy; father and stepmother, Virgil and Karen Lee of La Pine; brothers, Bill Lee of Sandy and Steve Lee of Rhododendron; and two grandchildren.

Lena Esther Meyer

July 18, 1922-Feb. 8, 2012

Lena Esther Meyer, a resident of Boring, died Wednesday, Feb. 8. She was 89.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Orient Drive Baptist Church, 15150 S.E. Orient Drive, Boring.

Survivors include her daughters, Beverly Melton of Boring and Barbara Erazo of Salem; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Isabelle Catherine Grunst

Nov. 21, 1919-Feb. 26, 2012

Sandy resident Isabelle Catherine Grunst, 92, died Sunday, Feb. 26, at her home.

A service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 2, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 18090 S.E. Langensand Road. Burial will be at Roseburg Memorial Gardens in Roseburg.

Isabelle was born Nov. 21, 1919, in Pierz, Minn., to Nicholas and Frances (Gassert) Meyer, a German-speaking family. When she was in the third grade, the family moved to La Pine, and Isabelle began to learn English. She grew up helping her father run trap lines, logging with draft horses, cooking at logging camps and working at a general store. After graduating from La Pine High School, Isabelle attended Pacific Beauty School in Portland, graduating in 1938 with a degree in cosmetology.

In 1939, she married Clarence Otto Grunst. They settled in Bend for a few years before moving to Portland, where she worked as a shipbuilder in the Portland docks as a 'Rosie the Riveter.' In 1949, the family moved to Canyonville, where she continued as a homemaker and later as a business owner of a small motel. Clarence died in 1978. Isabelle moved to Portland in 1985 and to Sandy around 1990.

Isabelle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and had a double mastectomy. She participated in breast cancer events as a survivor.

Isabelle was an active member and one of the original founding families of the Myrtle Creek Catholic Church. She enjoyed camping with her family. One of her greatest joys was being a foster grandparent volunteer. Known as Grandma G, she tutored reading for hundreds of children at five of the local Sandy schools. Her hobbies were knitting, crocheting and needlepoint work.

Isabelle was preceded in death by three of her sisters. Survivors include her sons, Ralph Grunst of Bend and Fred Grunst of Richland, Wash.; daughter, Jean Grunst of Sandy; and sister, Leona Brander of Rapid City, S.D.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sandy Public Library, P.O. Box 578, Sandy, 97055, for the purchase of children's books. Well-wishers can also read a book to a child in lieu of donations or flowers. Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.