April 2, 1905-Dec. 29, 2004

IRRIGON - A "celebration of life" gathering for Elbert W. "Eb" Stroud will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 205 Tumbleweed Blvd., in Irrigon, preceded by a fellowship dinner at 12:45 p.m.

Mr. Stroud, 99, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at Portland.

He was born April 2, 1905, at Fordland, Mo.

In 1928, he married Elizabeth Anne Jones. The couple had two daughters, Norma Jeanne and Margaret Joyce. In 1929, they moved to Nebraska. While living in Nebraska, his wife died.

In 1942, he moved to Portland where he was employed as a carpenter working out of Union Local 247. While in Portland, he met Gladys Lewis Beezley and they were married Nov. 12, 1952. In 1982 he and his wife moved to Irrigon where he was a member of the Irrigon Seventh-day Adventist church. He was involved in helping to oversee the construction of the new church.

The couple returned to the Portland area in 1995. After his wife's death in 1999, he moved to Court Yard Plaza in Portland.

Survivors include his daughters, Jeanne Kline and Joyce Gago, both of Portland; stepson, Charles "Chuck" Beezley of Irrigon; brother, Charlie in Illinois; sister, Opal Grossman in California; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Elizabeth Anne and Gladys; by four brothers; four sisters; by stepdaughters Linda DeBrie in 1987 and Treva Kister in 2001; and by a stepson, S. Ray Beezley, in 2003.

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