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Obituaries

Ronald J. Myers

Dec. 21, 1939 - Sept. 19, 2001

Ronald J. Myers of Dallas died on Sept. 19 in Dallas. He was 61.

He was born to Joseph M. and Eloise Myers in Moweaqua, Ill.

He attended Moweaqua schools and graduated from Moweaqua High School in 1957. Following graduation he moved to Phoenix, Ariz. and learned the floor covering trade. He traveled to New Mexico to continue to learn and work in the floor covering industry.

He returned to Moweaqua where he was employed at Gentry's Carpets for many years before opening Myers' Carpet Service.

He married Iris "Pat" Estrop on Sept. 2, 1970.

His career took him to Lawton, Okla. in 1981. There he assisted in the building of Crystal Hills Free Will Baptist Church, serving on the church board and as a Lay Minister. In 1985 he moved to Salem to work in the First Free Will Baptist Church.

He was employed by Nathan Levin as a Maintenance Supervisor and Property Manager for the last 10 years.

He was a member of the First Christian Church of Moweaqua for many years.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and reading the Bible. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all who came in contact with him. His most joy came from spending time teaching and playing with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sheryl; and a son, Marvin Estrop.

Survivors include his wife, Iris "Pat" Myers of Dallas; sons, Ronald Joseph Myers of Easton, Kansas, William "Bill" Eschbaugh, Patrick Eschbaugh and Randol Estrop, all of Salem; daughters, Denelle Hoffman of Dallas and Joell Williamson of Fort Worth, Texas; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial services were Sept. 24 at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas.

Memorial contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Bollman Funeral Home which handled the arrangements.

Martin F. Classen

Aug. 7, 1917 - Sept. 21, 2001

Martin F. Classen of Dallas died on Sept. 21. He was 84.

He was born to Jacob R. Classen and Anna Friesen Classen in Meade, Kansas.

He graduated from Pleasant Hill Elementary School.

On Aug. 22, 1937 he married Katherine Rempel in Meade.

They farmed in Meade until 1945 when he felt called into Christian service. They moved to Omaha, Neb. where he attended Grace Bible Institute graduating in 1950. He pastored Mennonite churches in Burns, Kansas and Wolf Point, Mont. before moving to Dallas in 1956.

From 1959 until his retirement in 1983 he worked for the Billy Graham organization as a film representative.

He was a former deacon for the Grace Mennonite Church. He and his wife endowed an annual scholarship at Grace University.

He loved to travel beginning in his teens when he restored a 1930 Ford Model A. While working for the Graham organization he drove almost every road in the Pacific Northwest and flew to most major cities in the United States.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine of Dallas; daughters, Shirley Funk of Shafter, Calif. and Gerrie Bliven of Dallas; sons, Virgil of Clovis, Calif. and Allan of Portland; brothers, Will of Walnut Hill, Fl. and George of Sturgis, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Thursday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Grace community Church in Dallas. Visitation will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dallas Mortuary Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel which handled the arrangements.

Mildred L. Hoover

Oct. 30, 1915 - Sept. 13, 2001

Mildred L. "Millie" Hoover of Forest Grove died on Sept. 13. She was 85.

She was born Mildred L. Webster in Gibbon, Neb.

In 1935 she married Reynold Ted Snyder, he died in 1940. She married Herbert "Wayne" Hoover in 1944 and he died in 1996.

She lived in Dallas and Hillsboro before moving to Portland in 1947. She moved to Forest Grove in 1971.

She worked for Rodgers Variety for 19 years, retiring in 1977 as a buyer for all the Oregon stores.

She was a past president of the Marysville Grade School PTA.

Survivors include her sons, Bill and Richard; sisters, Verda Brown and Beverly Aichele; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were Sept. 20 at Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home and interment was in Hillside Cemetery in Forest Grove.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hillside Bible Church in Forest Grove.

Arnoldo Garcia

Nov. 13, 1927 - Sept. 19, 2001

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Arnoldo Garcia of Independence died on Sept. 19. He was 73.

He was born in Rio Grande City, Texas.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He moved to Polk County in 1965. He worked for the Forestry Service as a Ranger.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the Valley Migrant League for 10 years.

He enjoyed dog and horse racing, helping people and telling stories.

He married Margarita V. Vela and she died in 1993.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and his parents.

Survivors include his sons, Arnoldo M. Garcia Jr. and Noe Garcia, both of Independence and Ernie Garcia of Salem; daughters, Ana Alvarez of Albany, Rosa Hernandez of Clackamas, Mary Garcia of Olympia, Wash., Hilda Garcia of Independence and Hilma Garcia of Beaverton; brother, Romeo Garcia of Independence; sister, Panchita Garcia of Robstown, Texas; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Rosary was on Sept. 24 at Farnstrom Mortuary of Independence and funeral mass was Sept. 25 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Independence. Interment was at Hilltop Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Remona Marie Young

Sept. 13, 2001

Remona Marie Cummins Young of Redmond died on Sept. 13 in Redmond. She was 94.

She was a hair stylist who owned or operated beauty salons in San Francisco, Portland and Lincoln City, retiring in 1981. She had moved to Redmond in May 2000.

She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, traveling, reading and seeing her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a former husband.

Survivors include her two children, R. Althea Richards and Alfred R. Zentz; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Disposition was private and at her request no services were held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Redmond, Sisters & Grant County or the charity of your choice.

Donavon "Don" Ray Burbank

Sept. 29, 1938 - Sept. 14, 2001

Donavon "Don" Ray Burbank of Monmouth died on Sept. 14. He was 62.

He was born to Alfred and Mary McBeth Burbank and was a life long resident of the Pedee area.

On Feb. 4, 1961 he married Leta Elaine Summers at the Pedee Church.

He worked at Brand S. Plywood in Corvallis for 19 years and in 1980 began working in farming. He was also a grounds keeper for Western Oregon University up until his retirement in 1999.

After retirement he continued to work at Doug Burbank Tree Service as the lead cat driver/operator.

He was a member of the Oregon Association of Mounted Posse and the Polk County Sheriff's Posse. He also worked with Polk County Search and Rescue.

He enjoyed horseback riding and trained, rode and broke colts. He also enjoyed the outdoors, camping and was an avid hunter of deer and elk.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley.

Survivors include his wife, Leta of Monmouth; sons, Steve of Dallas; daughter, Vickie Baker of Dallas; brothers, Wesley of Monmouth and Kenneth of Brothers; sisters, Alberta Jones of Monmouth and Twila Ware of Lake Oswego; and three grandsons.

Services were Sept. 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas.

Dallas Mortuary Chapel handled the arrangements.

Richard "Dick" Hewitt

Feb. 24, 1930 - Sept. 21, 2001

Richard "Dick" Hewitt of Monmouth died on Sept. 21. He was 71.

He was born in Rickreall and graduated from Independence High School in 1948.

He married Joeann Lacey on Nov. 8, 1950.

He retired from Valley Concrete as a dispatcher and truck driver after 30 years of employment.

He was a charter member and past Exalted Ruler of Independence Elks B.P.O.E. No. 1950. He was also a member of the Rickreall Masonic Lodge No. 110.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending his retirement years with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his four children, Susan Conrad of Salem, Theda Antrican of Eugene, Derrell Hewitt of Clackamas and Brian Hewitt of Rickreall; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and longtime caregiver and companion, Willa Thomas of Monmouth.

Memorial services will be Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Oak Grove Church in Rickreall and a fellowship will follow at the Oak Grove Grange. Private inurnment will be at Fir Crest Cemetery in Monmouth.

Dallas Mortuary Chapel handled the arrangements.

Betty Jean Jones

Feb. 5, 1934 - Sept. 11, 2001

Betty Jean Jones of Monmouth died on Sept. 11 in Salem. She was 67.

She was born in Brownfield, Texas and moved with her family to Oregon in 1942.

She married Bill in Reno, Nev. on Nov. 19, 1953 and they moved to Texas. They moved several more times including living in New York and continued to move around the United States until they ended up in Oregon again.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially enjoyed her three great-grandchildren and was proud of the accomplishments of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Jones of Monmouth; children, David of Salem and Gail Wolfe of Independence;

sister, Doris Clawson of Lebanon; brothers, Jack Braziel of Salem and Jerry Braziel of La Pine; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were Sept. 14 at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence and interment was at Restlawn Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

June Peterson

July 2, 1932 - Sept. 16, 2001

June Peterson of Turner died on Sept. 16 in Turner. She was 69.

She was born to Alfred and Margaret Wilson in Brighten, Col.

She was raised in Fall Creek and on April 20, 1952 she married John Peterson.

She spent most of her life being a housewife but did have jobs off and on. She worked as a telephone operator, teacher's aide, seamstress for Sea Air in Alaska, bull cook in a Denali gold mine in Alaska and was a country club receptionist.

She was an active member of the Monmouth First Christian Church.

She loved her family and church. She enjoy painting, arranging flowers and ceramics.

Survivors include her husband, John Peterson of Turner; sons, Chuck Peterson of Anchorage, Alaska, Stanley Peterson of Monmouth, Michael Peterson of Kenai, Alaska and Bob Peterson of Dufur; daughter, Carolynn Harkins of Puyallup, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held on Sept. 20 at the Monmouth First Christian Church and inurnment was at Fir Crest Cemetery in Monmouth.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Monmouth First Christian Church.

Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence handled the arrangements.

Lois Marie Nicks

June 19, 1906 - Sept. 20, 2001

Lois Marie Nicks of Monmouth died on Sept. 20. She was 95.

She was born to James and Collie Singleton in Bartlett, Kansas.

She attended college in Billings, Mont. for two years.

In 1926 she married Edward Nicks and he died in 1982.

She was an active member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Monmouth and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She enjoyed traveling and going fishing.

She was also preceded in death by an infant son and her parents.

Survivors include her sons, William Nicks of Monmouth, Edward Nicks of West Salem and Jerold Nicks of Colorado; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Sept. 22 at Fir Crest Cemetery in Monmouth.

Arrangements were handled by Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence.

Leola Ruth Pauls

May 25, 1931 - Sept. 24, 2001

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Leola Ruth Pauls a lifelong resident of Dallas died on Sept. 24 in Dallas. She was 70.

She was born in Dallas to Jacob and Elizabeth Regher Wall.

When she was nine months old the family moved to an acreage on S. Fir Villa Road where she grew up. She attended Orchard View School and then went to Salem Academy graduating in 1949.

She married Art Pauls on Jan. 19, 1951 in Dallas and they celebrated their 50th anniversary this year.

She worked for two local dentists, Dr. Foster and Dr. Ott. She then worked for Dr. Gary Pederson's office in Salem as an oral surgeon's assistant and retired in 1993 after working there for 19 years.

She and her husband raised fryers on the old home place where she grew up.

She was active in the Mennonite Brethren Church in Dallas and served on the food committee for many years. She also sang in a ladies church trio and the choir.

She was a server of others and enjoyed spending time with her family. She also had enjoyed meeting with her ladies coffee group 1976.

She also enjoyed traveling and wintering in Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth and sister, Mildred Funk.

Survivors include her husband, Art of Dallas; son, Ron Pauls of Dallas; daughter, LaVonne Vogt of Clovis, Calif.; brother Les Wall of Independence; and four grandchildren.

Services will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Mennonite Brethren Church in Dallas.

Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Medical Teams or Mennonite Brethren Missions and Services in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas which handled the arrangements.

Letha "Lee" Hall

Nov. 7, 1932 - Sept. 23, 2001

Letha "Lee" Hall, of Dallas and a longtime resident of Brookings, died on Sept. 23 in Salem. She was 68.

She was born on a farm outside of Culver, Kansas to Clifford and Pearl Humbarger Jarrett.

She married Larry Hall in 1954 and moved to Brookings in 1955.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Loring's Lighthouse Sporting Goods and Bernie Bishop volkswagen. She later owned and operated LarryLee Crafts Store.

She had moved to Dallas about one year ago to be closer to her family.

She enjoyed needlework, crafts, crossword puzzles and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry in January 2000.

Survivors include her son, Greg of Dallas; brother, Delorn of Kansas; and two grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Friday, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1200 Easy Street in Brookings. Private interment will be in W.J. Ward Memorial Cemetery in Brookings.

Memorial contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel which handled the arrangements.

Clifford Wilson Egbert

Nov. 6, 1912 - Sept. 23, 2001

Clifford W. Egbert of Monmouth died on Sept. 23 in Dallas. He was 88.

He was born to John and Evalyn Skinner Egbert in Casper, Wyo.

He moved to Ten Sleep, Wyo. as a young child and lived at the family homestead in the mountains. He worked in mining, logging and carpentry work.

He moved to Worland, Wyo. for a short time and then to Powell, Wyo. In 1945 he moved to Bozeman, Mont. and to Casville in 1975. He moved to Angwin, Calif. living there until 1995 when he moved to Monmouth.

He was a member of the Falls City Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He was a founder of the Pathfinders and an ordained elder for the church.

He loved to tell stories.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bessie and second wife, Lucille.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene of Monmouth; son, Everett Egbert of Bellgrade, Mont.; daughter, Arlene Egbert of Bozeman; brothers, Emmett Egbert of Spokane, Wash., Allen Egbert of College Place, Wash. and Arnold Nelson Egbert of Spokane; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Dallas Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas handled the arrangements.

Elsa Johanna Reckard

Oct. 9, 1916 - Sept. 23, 2001

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Elsa J. Reckard of Salem died on Sept. 23 in Salem. She was 84.

She was born in Holyrood, Kansas to Hans and Wilhemina Springfield Kahler. She was the 18th child of two marriages and her parents lived to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

At the age of 16 she moved to Page City, Kansas to live with her sister. While there she met G. Lee Reckard and later married on Aug. 30, 1933 in Gore, Kansas.

They made their home in Page City before moving to Omalaska, Wash. in 1939. In 1942 they moved to Eatonville, Wash. and in about 1956 they moved to Valsetz and then moved to Dallas in 1973.

She was involved in the school, Blue Birds and Cub Scouts and was the chairwoman of the Valsetz Election Board.

She enjoyed arts and crafts and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, G. Lee Reckard and a granddaughter, Dana Reckard.

Survivors include her sons, Dale Reckard of Salem and Ronald Reckard of Taylorville, N.C.; daughters, Rita Chase of Dallas and Roxanna Wagstaff of Park Valley, Utah; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. in the Dallas Mortuary Chapel and interment will follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Salem. Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 27, noon to 8 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Dallas Mortuary Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel which handled the arrangements.

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