July 7, 1931 - March 17, 2011
Ralph William New, 79, of Damascus, Ore., passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2011. He was born on July 7, 1931, in Milton Freewater to Roy E. and Gladys Pearl (Dinwiddie) New. He graduated from Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, served in the U.S. Army and received his bachelor of science from Walla Walla College. He married Bernece Mae Olson on Dec. 8, 1957, in Battleground, Wash., and moved to the Portland area in 1966. He worked as a registered nurse for 33 years with Adventist Medical Hospital before retiring in 1992. He was a member at Rockwood Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he was the church organist and also built the church organ. He also built church organs for many other churches in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. He was an accomplished craftsman and enjoyed woodworking and building homes. He loved cars, steam engines and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Bernece of Damascus; sons, Gary New (Phyllis) of Portland, and Lonney New of Damascus; daughter, Cheryl Barbusca (Andy) of Elk Grove, Calif.; and grandchildren, Amy Hill of
Kennewick, Christopher and Matthew Barbusca both of Elk Grove. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clifford and Kenneth New; and sister, Rosella New.
Viewing will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, and Thursday, March 24, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. in Gresham. Funeral services will be held on
Friday, March 25, 2011, at Rockwood Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1910 S.E. 182nd Ave. in Gresham. Contributions may be made to the church.
Please join us in celebrating Ralph's life by visiting www.batemancarrollfunerals.com to sign the guest book and to share your thoughts and fond memories with the family.