Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Elwyn Lloyd Gage passed on Dec. 10, 2005, to be with Jesus at the age of 94.
Elwyn was born Dec. 1, 1911, to Lloyd E. and Rosabelle (Fansler-Coons) Gage at Bardsdale, Calif.
After graduating from Santa Paula High School about the time of the Great Depression, he, like many other young men at the time, worked with the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the WPA.
Elwyn married Stella Mae Still in 1934, at Ventura, Calif.
Their only child, Frank, was born a year later.
When World War II erupted, Elwyn worked with Northrop Aviation Company in Southern California.
He worked on projects such as the “Flying Wing” and the “Black Widow” which were both very progressive programs in the 1940s.
After 35 years of employment with the Getty Oil Company, he retired in the late 1970s to Lake Isabella, Calif.
Elwyn later divorced and moved to Poulsbo, Wash.
Many years later, he met Margie Bradley in a local grocery store, and they were married in 1998.
Margie passed away in 2001.
Then in June of 2003, Elwyn moved to Hood River, Ore., to be near Frank’s family.
Elwyn was a member of the Kingston Christian Church in Kingston, Wash., where he was regarded as a good friend and someone who helped those around him.
He was preceded in death by his second wife, Margie (Bradley) Gage.
Elwyn is survived by his first wife, Stella Gage, of White Salmon, Wash.; his son, Frank Gage and family of Hood River, Ore.; and his stepdaughter, Katie Mabes of Yakima, Wash.
Donna Louise Koppang died peacefully Dec. 9, 2005, at Powell Valley Alzheimer’s Care Community in Gresham, Ore., at the age of 91.
Donna was born to Samuel Arthur and Alwine Louise Bordeaux Aug. 16, 1914, in Big Valley, Alberta. The family moved to Chewela, Wash., in 1919 and to Parkdale, Ore., in 1921. Donna graduated from Parkdale High School in 1932.
In 1933 she married Willard Arnold Howards of Parkdale, who died in 1940.
Donna moved to Portland in 1956 after living in Hood River, Ore., for many years. She married Philip Koppang, of Portland, in 1963; he died in 2001. She was also preceded in death by brothers Chan and Fred Bordeaux, and by a sister, Rita Taylor.
Survivors include her son, Will Mullins (Mary Rosalind), of Ottawa, Canada; stepsons John Koppang (Mary Catherine) of Ephrata, Wash., and Tom Koppang (Connie Rhodes) of Portland; six grandchildren and seven nieces, including a very special niece, Sandra Taylor (Herb Ozer.)
After moving to Portland Donna did volunteer work at the Veteran’s Hospital and was for many years employed at Mutual Benefit and Life of New Jersey. She was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland.
Interment was at Idlewild Cemetery in Hood River. A memorial service will be held at a future date.
Arrangements are by Zeller Chapel of the Roses, 2107 N.E. Broadway, Portland, OR 97232.
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