Births & Deaths in Polk County families



Katie Lynn Keeton was born to Tony and Mary Keeton of Independence at 4:07 p.m. on Dec. 21 at Valley Community Hospital.

She weighed 8 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces and was 22 inches long.

Katie joins Stephanie, 4.

Her grandparents are Clifford and Kathy Keeton of Dallas and Bill and Yvonne Hensley and Donna Christy, all of Independence.

Her great-grandparents are Ed and Elaine Ainsworth of Monmouth, Leona Hensley and Jaunita Keeton of Keizer, and Ruby Holland of Independence.


Hunter Arthur Weaver was born to Annette and John Weaver Jr. of Dallas at 10:32 p.m. on Dec. 13 at Salem Hospital.

He weighed 6 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces and was 18 inches long.

Hunter joins Marshall, 6.

His grandparents are David and Michelle Hunter and Arlene King, all of Dallas.

His great-grandparents are Art and Helen Regnier of Dallas.


Jesse Wade Cable was born to Timm and Lori Cable of Monmouth at 8:47 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Salem Hospital.

He weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20 1/4 inches long.

Jesse joins Will, 18 months.

His grandparents are Carol and Donna Cable and Bob and KayDee Marr, all of Monmouth.

His great-grandparents are Mabel McLaughlin of Independence and Harvey Marr of Monmouth.


Hailey Marie Comstock was born to Crissy Comstock of Monmouth at 11:46 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Valley Community Hospital.

She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Hailey joins Alexis, 3 1/2.

Her grandparents are Gary and Peggy Winkler of Monmouth and Curtis Comstock of Salem.

Her great-grandparents are Edmond and Dorothy Comstock of Salem and Betty Trupka of Dallas.


Kaden Daniel Andreas was born to Dan and Tiffany Andreas of Sheridan at 10:13 a.m. on Dec. 30 at Valley Community Hospital.

He weighed 5 pounds, 7.4 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Kaden joins Kody, 2 1/2.

His grandparents are Dan and Kathy Andreas of Willamina.

His great-grandparents are Steve and Lureen Bogen of Willamina.


Carter Dean Schofield was born to Eric and Dena Schofield of Dallas at 4:26 a.m. on Dec. 28 in Valley Community Hospital.

He weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and was 22 inches long.

Carter joins Cody, 6 and Taylor, 4.

His grandparents are Dean and Debbie Gallino of Bend; Sherri Gallino and James and Christie Waddell, all of Dallas and Michael Schofield of Grants Pass.

His great-grandparents are Lee and Juanita Gallino of Keizer; Loyd Coffey of Tillamook and the late Virginia Coffey; Wayne and Naomi Schofield of Yucaipa, Calif., and the late Agnes Schofield; Thomas and Ann Ferree of Riverside, Calif., and the late Marilyn Ferree.


Gavin Kaleb Teal was born to Jeremy and Ami Teal of Dallas at 8:01 a.m. on Jan. 3 at Salem Hospital.

He weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces and was 22 inches long.

Gavin joins Kendra, 5 and Logan, 3.

His grandparents are Tim and Sue Teal and Lee and Lynda Spangler, all of Dallas.

His great-grandparents are Jim and Bev Teal of Dallas and Hal Lindstrom of Salem.


Beverly Loleta Neufeld Cardin

April 19, 1946 - Jan. 2, 2001

Beverly Loleta Neufeld Cardin of Tigard died on Jan. 2.

She was 54.

She was born the daughter of Edward G. and Irene Neufeld at Bartell Hospital in Dallas.

She attended Lyle Elementary School in Dallas and graduated from Salem Academy in 1964. She attended Warner Pacific College in Portland from 1964 to 1965.

She married Alan Cardin on March 19, 1971. They lived in Salem, Roseburg, Dallas and had made their home in Tigard.

She was employed at Value Village and attended Tigard Church of God.

Her hobbies included piano, singing, and sewing. She was an avid reader and had a love for books.

She was preceded in death by her father on Oct. 27, 1992.

Survivors include her husband, Alan of Tigard; son, Gene of Tigard; mother, Irene Neufeld of Dallas; sisters, Marilea Shrock of Independence and Sylvia Roth of Salem; brother, Dell Neufeld of Dallas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were Jan. 8 at Tigard Church of God and interment was at Dallas Cemetery.

Raymond Burton Thomas

Dec. 24, 1927 - Dec. 31, 2000

Raymond Burton Thomas of Port Orchard, Wash. died on Dec. 31 in Port Orchard. He was 73.

He was born the son of Alvin John and Grace Burton Bluemeg Thomas in Standardville, Utah.

He married Betty Lou Wallace on June 18, 1974 in Kapalua, Hawaii. She preceded him in death in 1997.

A high school and college graduate, he worked as a pharmacist for 40 years, retiring in 1989.

He was the owner/pharmacist of Haas Drug in Dallas for many years.

Until recent years he and Betty spent summers in Dallas and winters in Yuma, Ariz.

He was a member of the Rotary Club and enjoyed fishing.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Ceril Thomas and a son, Raymond Thomas.

Survivors include his sons, Jeff Wiggall of Lake Oswego and Eric Thomas of Washougal, Wash.; daughters, Linda Tillman of Northridge, Calif., Chris Anderson of Dallas and Becky Hageman of Port Orchard; sister, Grace Jane Stone of Cedar City, Utah; 20 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were Jan. 4 at Dallas Mortuary Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinsons Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Warren Lee Casey

Sept. 13, 1925 - Jan. 1, 2001

Warren Lee Casey of McMinnville died in Portland on Jan. 1. He was 75.

Born in Dover, Ark., he was adopted when he was 2 1/2 years old by John and Sadie Casey.

He was raised in Brownsville, Texas. In 1941 he joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the European Theater until 1946. After World War II he returned to Arkansas and married Hazel Belle Lloyd in 1947.

They moved to Texas, where he went to work for an iron foundry. He later went to work as an ice delivery man. He also lived in Oklahoma, and in 1960 he moved to Yamhill for five years and then to McMinnville.

He worked for Soule' Steel Company in Portland as a heavy iron worker for 15 years. He worked on many of the bridges and dams in the Pacific Northwest. He later was owner/operator of Casey's Boot and Shoe Repair in McMinnville. After 10 years he sold the business and moved to Arizona. He and Hazel had divorced prior to the move to Arizona. In 1989 he moved back McMinnville and in 1991 he opened a business in Dallas called Dallas Shoe and Boot Hospital. He retired in 1993.

He was a member of the Local 29 Iron Workers in Portland and a member of the Veterans of Foreign War in Willamina.

As a younger man he enjoyed being a fisherman and later in life he enjoyed leatherwork carving.

Survivors include his son, James Casey of Dallas; daughters, Colleen Hendrix of Welston, Okla. and Marilyn Smith of Dallas; and six grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 7 at the VFW Hall in Willamina and private interment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign War in care of Macy and Son Funeral Directors, 135 North Evans, McMinnville, Or 97128-4682, who handled the arrangements.

Lloyd D. Ensz

Jan. 11, 1915 - Jan. 3, 2001

Lloyd D. Ensz of Dallas died on Jan. 3 in Dallas. He was 85.

He was born the son of Dietrich and Nettie Deckert Ensz in Marion, S.D.

He married Selda "Sally" Becker on July 11, 1944 in Marion.

He was called to leave farming and become a minister in 1951. That year he entered Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb. and graduated in 1955.

Their first two internships were at churches in Orchard Heights, Neb. and Weston, Neb. He also attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

He pastored his first church in Floodwood, Minn. from 1956 to 1960, then from 1960 through 1962 he pastored in Luton, Iowa. From 1962 to 1969 he pastored in Dalmeny, Saskatchewan, Canada and from 1969 until 1974 he pastored in Meade, Kan.

He retired from his church ministry in 1974 and he and Sally settled in Dallas. She died in 1998.

He helped with custodial work and was a chaplain at the Dallas Care Center from 1974 until 1987.

He was a member of the Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas, was a past board of director on the Christian Education Board, past Sunday School Superintendent and past Sunday School teacher. He was instrumental in starting the men's fellowship breakfasts at the church.

He played the harmonica and enjoyed singing in a church quartet. He loved serving people.

A hobbyist, he was very creative and also loved to fish.

He married Verna Balzer on May 6, 2000 in Dallas.

Survivors include his wife, Verna of Dallas; sons, Orlan of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Glen of Dallas and Darin of West Salem; daughter, Jolene Boyd of Keizer; brothers, Alvin of Doniphan, Mo., and Harry of Freeman, S.D.; sister, Rose Becker of Marion; along with nine grandchildren.

Services were Jan. 8 at Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas and interment was in Dallas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church Memorial Fund for the new parking lot project in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel, who handled the arrangements.

Chauncey Clemen Hughes

Dec. 1, 1934 - Dec. 23, 2000

Chauncey Clemen Hughes of Monmouth died on Dec. 23, 2000 at his home. He was 66.

He was born the son of Algie Wesley and Julia Blanch Hughes in Dallas.

He moved to Rose Lodge in his teens and worked at a family sawmill. He then moved to Port Orford and worked as a logger and also at a bakery. He returned to Dallas in 1959 and then moved to Monmouth in 1960, where he made his home.

He was employed by Boise Cascade and worked in the plywood mill for 37 years.

He was a member of the Independence Elks Lodge.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, going to the beach and dogs.

Survivors include his son, Lorance Hughes of Salem; daughter, Diane Hughes of Keizer; two grandchildren.

Memorial services were Dec. 30, 2000 at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence.

Violet Maxine Dunckel

April 10, 1918 - Jan. 4, 2001

Violet Maxine Dunckel of Independence died on Jan. 4 at her home. She was 82.

She was born in Monmouth to Austin and Nona Hinkle Locke.

She was raised in the Buena Vista and Independence areas, where she attended the local schools. She lived a short time in Silverton, where she graduated from Silverton High School.

She married Ray Dunckel on Sept. 17, 1949 in Independence.

She worked as a cosmetology instructor for Phagan's School of Beauty, working 20 years in Corvallis and 20 years in Salem.

Her hobbies included reading, flowers and gardening. She was a family historian. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include her son, Kris Dunckel of Houston, Texas; daughters, Kathleen Hudspeth of Prineville and Kellie Rae Wood of Spring Lake Heights, N.J.; brothers, Austin Locke of Prineville, James Locke of Salem, George Locke of Pedee and Harold Locke of Springfield; sister, Winona Steckley of Keizer; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services were Jan. 7 at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mid-Willamette Hospice in care of Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence, who handled the arrangements.

Marie R. McWhirter

Oct. 11, 1909 - Jan. 4, 2001

Marie R. McWhirter of Dallas died on Jan. 4 in Dallas. She was 91.

She was born to William and Verna Rummerfield Pray in Cramdon, Wis.

The oldest of six children, she moved to St. Joe, Idaho at the age of 2. The family came to Idaho from Wisconsin on a covered wagon. It took the family a year and half to homestead to Calder, Idaho.

She married John McWhirter on Oct. 29, 1928 in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.

In 1942 they moved to Boulder Logging Camp outside of Dallas. They moved to Dallas in 1943, where they made their home.

She retired in 1974 from Fairview Training Center as a licensed practical nurse.

She continued to take care of the family farm in Dallas after her husband, John died on Nov. 2, 1966.

She was a natural pianist and played the piano for silent movies. She enjoyed gardening and flowers and mostly her family.

Survivors include her sons, John C. of Albany, Wayne, Roger and Ronald, all of Dallas; daughter, Diana Mason of St. Helens; sister, Ellen Leinonen of Crescent City, Calif; 18 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Jan. 9 at Dallas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas who handled the arrangements.

Ruth Katherine Bunger

Jan. 1, 1916 - Dec. 19, 2000

Ruth Katherine Bunger of Dallas died on Dec. 19, 2000. She was 84.

She was born in Berthoud, Colo.

She married W. Leonard Bunger on April 13, 1941.

They moved to Dallas in 1946. She worked a nurses aide for five years and a receptionist for six years at the Dallas Care Center.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Salem where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School classes.

She enjoyed cooking, arts and crafts and tatting.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers.

Survivors include her husband, W. Leonard Bunger of Dallas; daughters, Carolyn Curtis of Keizer and Bonnie Sullivan of Jefferson; and five grandchildren.

Services were Dec. 27 at Restlawn Funeral Home, Salem and interment was in Restlawn Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Salem.

Sidney F. Feller

Aug. 5, 1915 - Dec. 20, 2000

Sidney Fredrick Feller died in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Dec. 20, 2000. He was 85.

A Monmouth resident for more than 20 years, he was an active member of the Central Lions Club and Polk County Habitat for Humanity.

He was a member of the Monmouth Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was active in the church.

Before retiring to Oregon in 1980 he lived in the San Fransisco Bay area where he was the Construction Supervisor for Buildings at the University of California, Berkley and Stanford University, where one of his projects was the Green Library.

He also served as the Construction Supervisor for the Frank Lloyd Wright Marin County Hall of Justice.

He was an armed guard serving on U.S. Army ships in the South Pacific during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth C. Gardner Feller of Salem; sons, Sidney Fredrick Feller, Jr. of Lakewood, Wash. and Eric Daniel Feller of Sacramento, Calif.; sister, Louise Visser of Dallas; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Monmouth Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church St., Monmouth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humanitarian Fund of the Monmouth Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Lamarice `Lee' Blount Jr.

Aug. 8, 1954 - Jan. 8, 2001

Lamarice "Lee" Blount Jr., of Salem died in Vancouver, Wash. on Jan. 8. He was 46.

He was born the son of Lamarice and Merle Jo McNair Blount in Long Beach, Calif.

He lived in Porterville, Calif. until the age of 18 when he joined the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Riverside, Calif. and later in Texas and Tennessee.

On June 25, 1976 he married Rita Winton in Porterville, Calif.

Soon after his discharge in 1978 he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in San Jose, Calif. In 1979 while in the U.S. Navy he spent time in Japan. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy the couple made their home in Modesto, Calif. where they raised their family.

In 1995 he went to work for Hewlett Packard and the family moved to Oregon. While living in the Dallas area he volunteered at the Dallas Retirement Center where in November he was named "Employee of the Month."

He attended Monmouth Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Rita; sons, Daniel and Jason; daughter, Cassie Blount; sister, Joy Ingraham; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at Dallas Mortuary Chapel and interment will follow at Dallas Cemetery.


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