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Bateman Carroll Funeral Home

520 W Powell Blvd, Gresham, OR

OBITUARY

Ernie Gatchell

January 4, 1943March 22, 2020

Ernest Alonzo Gatchell, 77, of Happy Valley OR, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020. He was born on January 4, 1943 in Staples, Minnesota, and later graduated from Mara Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California before serving in the US Army Reserves.

Ernie worked for over 40 years in funeral service in the Portland area and will be remembered as a friendly funeral director, a gifted embalmer and will be missed by many colleagues. He served his apprenticeship at Skyline Memorial Funeral Home before completing Mortuary College in San Francisco. He then worked several years at Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes where he spent time as manager. Ernie took some time to operate Tire City in Beaverton and worked at Milwaukie Tire and Oregon Wilbert before returning to funeral service in 1988 at Young’s Funeral Home in Tigard. Ernie continued his career as manager at Gables-Parkrose Funeral Home, funeral director at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home and retired from Portland Funeral Service in 2014.

Ernie married Grace Ann Cooley on September 2, 1984 in Portland, Oregon. Together, they traveled extensively and were active with the Gateway Elks. Over the years, he enjoyed fishing, bowling, golfing, and was an active member of a Hood to Coast walking team. Most of all, he was an avid Oregon Ducks Football fan, and season pass holder. His favorite place to spend his free time at, was the Oregon Coast with family.

Ernie is survived by his wife Gracie Gatchell of Happy Valley OR; son Eric Gatchell (Beth) of Sandy OR; daughters Wendy Smith (Craig) of Happy Valley OR and Nichole Nilson (Gary) of Macomb MI; sister Marlene McGinnis of Portland OR; niece Shannon Prince (Doug) of Portland OR; grandchildren Marques Gatchell (24), Ashabel Gatchell (24), Denali Tervo (23), Paige Smith (19), Gary Nilson (17), Lousara Gatchell (17), Jenna Nilson (15), Jack Nilson (14), and great granddaughter Zayla Mae Tervo (9mo).

A private interment will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham, Oregon. A Celebration of Ernie’s Life will take place at a later date this summer. 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, Oregon

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Guinevere Tolbert

April 6, 2020

How do you sum up a mentor that influenced your career and encouraged you each and every time you saw them? He literally lit up a room with his smile and bright personality. Even if he was busy he'd greet you and make you feel included. His sense of calm is what I remember most. That, as Morticians it was important to not look overwhelmed. To accept challenges and strive to be the best. I will always remember when I would come in the back of Young's with a case he would stop what he was doing to help me. I was able to work side by side with one of the greatest. May your next journey be peaceful . ♥ Guinevere (Young's Funeral Home) 2003 to 2006

Sherri Hamann

March 28, 2020

So sad to hear of Ernie's passing. He was an amazing person.!!!
My heart & prayers, go out to his family. May you rest in piece. ☺

Ron Hylton

March 27, 2020

A fine gentleman and it was an honor to have known him.
Rest in Peace.,

Koreen Lucas

March 25, 2020

Ernie is very missed; my deepest condolences to all his family and friends at this very difficult time.

Bob Baker

March 25, 2020

Ernie will be greatly missed by many. I knew an worked with Ernie at Young’s. We became great friends at work , went fishing together, and always laughed a lot at each other. I know his true life long love was Gracie. Our prayers are with you Gracie , and your family. God Bless

Bob & Sadie.

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Ernie & Mother Alta

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Ernie & granddaugher Paige

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Ernie with his forever bride Gracie

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Ernie & Mother Alta

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Ernie & granddaugher Paige

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Ernie with his forever bride Gracie

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Ernie with grandson Marques & granddaughter Ashabelle

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Ernie with granddaughter Paige and grandson Gary

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Ernie with daughter Wendy and wife Gracie celebrating Gracie's 75th birthday

Biography

Ernest Alonzo Gatchell, 77, of Happy Valley OR, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020. He was born on January 4, 1943 in Staples, Minnesota, and later graduated from Mara Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California before serving in the US Army Reserves.

Ernie worked for over 40 years in funeral service in the Portland area and will be remembered as a friendly funeral director, a gifted embalmer and will be missed by many colleagues. He served his apprenticeship at Skyline Memorial Funeral Home before completing Mortuary College in San Francisco. He then worked several years at Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes where he spent time as manager. Ernie took some time to operate Tire City in Beaverton and worked at Milwaukie Tire and Oregon Wilbert before returning to funeral service in 1988 at Young’s Funeral Home in Tigard. Ernie continued his career as manager at Gables-Parkrose Funeral Home, funeral director at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home and retired from Portland Funeral Service in 2014.

Ernie married Grace Ann Cooley on September 2, 1984 in Portland, Oregon. Together, they traveled extensively and were active with the Gateway Elks. Over the years, he enjoyed fishing, bowling, golfing, and was an active member of a Hood to Coast walking team. Most of all, he was an avid Oregon Ducks Football fan, and season pass holder. His favorite place to spend his free time at, was the Oregon Coast with family.

Ernie is survived by his wife Gracie Gatchell of Happy Valley OR; son Eric Gatchell (Beth) of Sandy OR; daughters Wendy Smith (Craig) of Happy Valley OR and Nichole Nilson (Gary) of Macomb MI; sister Marlene McGinnis of Portland OR; niece Shannon Prince (Doug) of Portland OR; grandchildren Marques Gatchell (24), Ashabel Gatchell (24), Denali Tervo (23), Paige Smith (19), Gary Nilson (17), Lousara Gatchell (17), Jenna Nilson (15), Jack Nilson (14), and great granddaughter Zayla Mae Tervo (9mo).

A private interment will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham, Oregon. A Celebration of Ernie’s Life will take place at a later date this summer. 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, Oregon.