Births & Deaths in Polk County families



Madison Mae Shuck was born to Ryan and Jill Shuck of Dallas at 5:25 p.m. on March 19 at Salem Hospital.

She weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches long.

Madison is the couple's first child.

Her grandparents are Cheryl Miller of Dallas, Jackie Shuck and Cam and Tina Shuck, all of Albany, and the late James Albert.

Her great-grandparents are Juanita Isabel of Depoe Bay and Harold and Virginia Shuck of Albany.


Jacqueline Stefani Buller was born to Johnnie and Jamie Buller of Hillsboro at 1:21 p.m. on March 29 in the Tuality Hospital in Hillsboro.

She weighed 8 pounds, 4.4 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Jacqueline is the couple's first child.

Her grandparents are Roger and Sherri Jackson of Dallas and Ron and Pam Nelson of Goldendale, Wash.

He great-grandparents are Jack and Doris Stefani of Dallas and Morris and Elaine Whitlock of American Fork, Utah.


Gordon `Gordy' J. Buhler

July 11, 1925 - April 8, 2001

Gordon "Gordy" J. Buhler of Dallas died on April 8 in Salem. He was 75.

He was born in Dallas to Jacob and Ida Thiesies Buhler.

He graduated from Dallas High School in 1944 and attended Oregon State University. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II.

He married Ruth Jackson on Sept. 3, 1948 in Dallas.

He worked in farming for a time and later worked at the Willamette Plywood Mill from 1948 to 1959. He was the Arco Fuel Distribution Agent in Dallas from 1959 to 1975. He then worked for Rickreall Farm Supply as a fuel transport driver. He moved to Oregon City in 1980 to work for Christianson Oil as a sales associate and returned to Dallas in 1994 following his retirement.

He served as a long standing member of the Salt Creek Baptist Church.

He was a people person and enjoyed sports and was a member of a bowling league in Dallas.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Dallas; daughter, Maribeth Steward of Portland; son, Mike of Dallas; and four grandchildren.

Services were April 14 at Salt Creek Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salt Creek Baptist Church Memorial Fund or to the American Heart Association in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel who is in charge of arrangements.

Jordan David Douglas Sumner

Jan. 8, 1991 - April 5, 2001

Jordan David Douglas Sumner of Monmouth died on April 5 in Portland following a year-long illness with a bone marrow disorder. He was 10.

He was born to Jeffrey and Micki Earnest Sumner in Salem.

He grew up in Monmouth, where he attended Monmouth Elementary School and was in the fourth grade.

He enjoyed playing his Game Boy and working with his lap top computer. He also liked camping with his family and making people laugh. He enjoyed taking things apart to see how they worked. He liked to go boating, fishing and he liked to dance.

Survivors include his father, Jeffrey Sumner and his wife, Cynthia of Salem; mother, Micki McDowell and her husband, Chris of Monmouth; brothers, Joshua Sumner and John Nichols, both of Salem; sisters, Cassandra Sumner and Amber Sumner, both of Monmouth, Angelia Sanchez and Shelby Nichols, both of Salem; grandparents, Judy Majia of Salem, Charlene and Bill Hins of Mitchell, S.D., Judy and Bill Wold of Corvallis and Douglas Sutherland of Toledo; numerous aunts and uncles; and those who have come to know and appreciate him where he has lived and gone to school.

Funeral services were April 12 at at Attrell's Newberg Funeral Chapel in Newberg. Committal service was at Pike Pioneer Cemetery, Yamhill.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jordan Sumner Memorial Fund in care of Attrell's Newberg Chapel, 207 Villa Road, Newberg, OR 97132.

Barbara A. Zerr

March 23, 1953 - April 8, 2001

Barbara A. Zerr of Salem died on April 8 in Salem. She was 48.

She was born in Dallas and graduated from Albany Union High School in 1971. She received her degree in interior design from Oregon State University in 1975. She was an office coordinator and homemaker.

She married Kent Zerr on Aug. 31, 1974.

She had been a member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church for 20 years.

She was a member of the American Diabetes Association and was a director on the Board of Babe Ruth Baseball League.

She enjoyed gardening, floral arranging, crafts, water sports, camping and watching her sons play sports.

Survivors include her husband, Kent Zerr of Salem; sons, Craig Zerr and Chris Zerr, both of Salem; and father, Roger Byam of Albany.

Services were April 16 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem and interment was at Willamette Memorial Park in Albany.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Howell-Edwards-Doerksen Chapel, Salem handled the arrangements.

Emma I. Lowe

April 27, 1910 - April 15, 2001

Emma I. Lowe of Dallas died on April 15 in Dallas. She was 90.

She was born to Joshua and Lydia Edmison in Ruleton, Kan.

She worked as a cook at Oregon State University and also cooked at OMSI summer camps and Yellowstone summer camps. Later in life she managed an apartments complex in Prineville.

She was a member of the New Hope Community Church in Prineville.

She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Lowe in 1970 and four brothers and sisters.

She enjoyed collecting art work and rocks and enjoyed painting.

Survivors include sons, Ronald Lowe of Loveland, Colo., G. Samuel Lowe of Greenville, Texas, Tom Lowe of Stanfield, Francis Lowe of Hermiston and Dan Lowe of Monmouth; brother, Tom Edmison of Corvallis; 20 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at Union Cemetery in Crawfordsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dallas Retirement Village in care of Farnstrom Mortuary who handled the arrangements.

Louie Odis Towry

Nov. 26, 1919 - April 8, 2001

Louie Odis Towry of Monmouth died on April 8 in Salem. He was 81.

He was born to George and Mary Towry in Hatton, Ark.

He moved to Oregon from Arkansas when he was 17. He worked for Boise Cascade Plywood Mill until he retired in 1984.

He married Nellie Crow on May 21, 1948 in Sheridan.

He enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Dale Towry and Bruce Towry.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie Towry of Monmouth; daughter, Karen Atkinson of Baker City; brother, Grady Towry of Longview, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 13 at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence and private interment was at Fircrest Cemetery in Monmouth.

Louise `Bonnie' Lenore Ryan

Sept. 22, 1907 - April 10, 2001

Louise "Bonnie" Lenore Ryan of Sheridan died on April 10 in Sheridan. She was 93.

She was born to George and Mae Greenwood Beattie in Ingelston, Mich.

As a young child she moved to Milwaukee, Wis. where she attended school. On June 30, 1927 she married Owen T. Ryan in Milwaukee. In the early 1940s the couple moved to El Cajon, Calif. and later moved to San Diego, Calif. in 1950.

While in San Diego she worked for the U.S. Government at the North Island Naval Air Station as an electrician retiring in 1981 at the age of 74.

In 1994 she moved to Dallas and then to Sheridan in 1999.

She was a very loving aunt and left her nieces and nephews with many happy memories.

She had a great love for flowers and was a member of the Gardening Club at Balboa Park in San Diego.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen T. Ryan, two brothers, one sister and one niece.

Survivors include nieces, Sherry Fitch and Candia Friesen, both of Dallas, Debora McCurry of Forest Grove; Eileen McCurry-Hays of Salem and Maureen Kilgore of Sheridan; nephews, John McCurry of Lake Tahoe, Nev., Red Fitch of Dallas, Patrick McCurry of Salem; Michael McCurry of Cool, Calif. Edward Martin of Williamsburg, Vir. and Lewis Martin of Appleton, Wis.

Funeral services were April 13 at Dallas Mortuary Chapel and interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or Doernbecher Children's Hospital in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel.

Vera Gilbert

Sept. 16, 1907 - April 9, 2001

Vera Gilbert of Dallas died on April 9 in Dallas. She was 93.

She was born in Turner and graduated with honors from Washington High School in Portland. She graduated from the College of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. and later did graduate work at Stanford University in California. She taught English in a San Francisco high school.

She married Andrew Thomas Caufield in 1933. He later died.

She married J. Allen in 1962. He died in 1991.

She was a homemaker who took good care of her family.

She had a very positive attitude and an eye for beauty. She enjoyed collecting, reading and gardening and was very good with needlework.

Survivors include daughters, Dardyn Batz of Pleasant Hill, Calif. and Jeannine Thieme of Independence; sister, Elsie Richardson of Davis, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Private family services were held with interment at Rose City Cemetery in Portland. Howell-Edwards-Doerksen of Salem handled the arrangements.


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