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Arlee D. Bethel

Thursday, March 9, 2006

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Sept. 9, 1932--March 7, 2006

WILSONVILLE -- Arlee D. Bethel, 73, died Tuesday (March 7, 2006) at the Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

He was born near Lebanon on Sept. 9, 1932. to Klee C. and Laura R. (Fisher) Bethel.  He graduated from Danbury High School in 1950.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He graduated from Airframe and Power Plant School in Denver, Colo. He was a certified airframe and power plant mechanic. He worked for Frontier Airlines and farmed.

He married Sue Mares in Englewood, Colo., on April 2, 1955. The couple made their home in Colorado before moving to Wilsonville in 1994.

He was a baseball and softball coach in Aurora, Colo. He was a charter member of the Isaac Walton League of Aurora and the Elks of Aurora. He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion Posts of Lebanon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Elsie Clarida.

Survivors include his wife, Sue of Wilsonville; son, Rick and wife, Kelly of Wilsonville; daughter, Kathy and husband, Ron Christensen of Arvada, Colo.; two brothers, Harold of Aldie, Va., and Don and wife, Judy of Lebanon; two sisters, Wilma Olson of Des Moines, Iowa, and Joyce Hicks of Texas; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, March 17, at 2 p.m., at the Wilsonville Baptist/Christian Church. Military committal will be given by the American Legion Post of Lebanon. A private family inurnment will be at the Wilsonville Cemetery.

Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge is in charge of arrangements.