In memory of
Ernie Gatchell
In memory of
Ernie Gatchell
Ernie Gatchell Jan. 4, 1943 - March 22, 2020 Ernest Alonzo Gatchell, 77 of Happy Valley, Ore., passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020. He was born Jan. 4, 1943 in Staples, Minn., and graduated from high school in California before serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. Ernie worked for over 40 years as a funeral director in the Portland area. He served his apprenticeship at Skyline Memorial Funeral Home before completing Mortuary College in San Francisco and worked for several years at Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes. Ernie took some time to operate Tire City in Beaverton and worked at Milwaukie Tire before returning to funeral service in 1988 at Young's Funeral Home in Tigard. Ernie continued his career at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home and retired from Portland Funeral Service in 2014. Ernie married Grace Ann Cooley Sept. 2, 1984 in Portland. He was active with Gateway Elks and enjoyed fishing, bowling and golf. Ernie is an avid Oregon Ducks Football fan and was an active member of several Hood to Coast walking teams over the years. He traveled extensively and loved the Oregon Coast. Ernie is survived by his wife, Gracie Gatchell of Happy Valley, Ore.; son, Eric Gatchell (Beth) of Sandy, Ore.; daughters, Wendy Smith (Craig) of Happy Valley and Nichole Nilson (Gary) of Macomb, Mich.; sister, Marlene McGinnis of Beaverton, Ore.; grandchildren, Ashbel Gatchell, Marques Gatchell, Denali Tervo, Lousara Gatchell, Paige Smith, Gary Nilson, Jenna Nilson and Jack Nilson; and great-granddaughter, Zayla Mae Tervo. An Open House Celebration of Ernie's Life will be from 3 to 7 p.m., Sept. 26, 2020, at 13205 S.E. Tumbleweed Court, Happy Valley, OR 97086. Private interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham, Ore. Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at alzfdn.org in his name. Arrangements entrusted to Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, Ore. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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11831 SW Pacific Highway
Tigard, OR 97223
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In memory of
Ernie Gatchell
Ernie Gatchell Jan. 4, 1943 - March 22, 2020 Ernest Alonzo Gatchell, 77 of Happy Valley, Ore., passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020. He was born Jan. 4, 1943 in Staples, Minn., and graduated from high school in California before serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. Ernie worked for over 40 years as a funeral director in the Portland area. He served his apprenticeship at Skyline Memorial Funeral Home before completing Mortuary College in San Francisco and worked for several years at Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes. Ernie took some time to operate Tire City in Beaverton and worked at Milwaukie Tire before returning to funeral service in 1988 at Young's Funeral Home in Tigard. Ernie continued his career at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home and retired from Portland Funeral Service in 2014. Ernie married Grace Ann Cooley Sept. 2, 1984 in Portland. He was active with Gateway Elks and enjoyed fishing, bowling and golf. Ernie is an avid Oregon Ducks Football fan and was an active member of several Hood to Coast walking teams over the years. He traveled extensively and loved the Oregon Coast. Ernie is survived by his wife, Gracie Gatchell of Happy Valley, Ore.; son, Eric Gatchell (Beth) of Sandy, Ore.; daughters, Wendy Smith (Craig) of Happy Valley and Nichole Nilson (Gary) of Macomb, Mich.; sister, Marlene McGinnis of Beaverton, Ore.; grandchildren, Ashbel Gatchell, Marques Gatchell, Denali Tervo, Lousara Gatchell, Paige Smith, Gary Nilson, Jenna Nilson and Jack Nilson; and great-granddaughter, Zayla Mae Tervo. An Open House Celebration of Ernie's Life will be from 3 to 7 p.m., Sept. 26, 2020, at 13205 S.E. Tumbleweed Court, Happy Valley, OR 97086. Private interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham, Ore. Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at alzfdn.org in his name. Arrangements entrusted to Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, Ore. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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Young's Funeral Home | Funeral Home Tigard OR
11831 SW Pacific Highway
Tigard, OR 97223
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