10/3 Obituaries

Katherine Tepper

Aug. 8, 1910 - Sept. 26, 2007

Katherine Tepper, 97, of Dallas died Sept. 26 in Independence.

She was born to Daniel and Elizabeth Zotnick Seefried in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada.

She married Herbert Tepper on May 31, 1931 in Yorkton.

They moved to the states in 1951 settling in Dallas. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1959.

Katherine worked as a nurse's aide for 13 years with the Dallas Nursing Home.

She was a member of the Salt Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed the many activities there.

Her favorite pastimes were traveling, gardening, enjoying her family, reading the Bible and collecting Royal Commemorative China.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert on March 19, 1978, and siblings, William, Theofhil, Edward and David Seefried and Annette Snodgrass.

Survivors include her sons, Vernon of Dallas, Evan of Castle Rock, Colo., and Neil of Las Vegas; sisters, Victoria Carney of Vancouver, B.C., Adeline Fitzner and Verna Barrie, both of Surrey, B.C., Esther Fandrey of Kelowna, B.C. and Emily Fandrey of Chase, B.C.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sept. 29 at Salt Creek Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the Salt Creek Baptist Church.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.


Ruth Elizabeth Friesen

Oct. 29, 1918 - Sept. 27, 2007

Ruth Elizabeth Friesen, 88, of Salem died Sept. 27.

She was born in Salem to George and Mae Johns Van Laanen.

She married Harry E. Friesen on March 16, 1938 in Vancouver, Wash.

Ruth worked for the Polk County Extension Service, the cities of Eugene and Milwaukee, and the Marion County Housing Authority, retiring in 1980.

She was a member of the Lents Evangelical Church in Portland for 24 years and in recent years attended Grace Baptist Church in Salem.

She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Friesen in 2006.

She enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting.

Survivors include her husband, Harry; sons, James Friesen of Lincoln City and Philip Friesen of Salem; sister, Dorothy Nickerson of Salem; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service is 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at Grace Baptist Church in Salem and private interment will be at Pioneer Cemetery in Salem.

Contributions are suggested to Youth For Christ, PO Box 2161, Salem, OR 97308.

Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom handled arrangements.


Carrie Mae Oliver

Feb. 14, 1906 - Sept. 28, 2007

Carrie Mae Oliver, 101, of Monmouth died Sept. 28 in Monmouth.

She was born in Hulett, Wyo., to Samuel and Anna Quatier Rathburn.

She married Benjamin H. Oliver on Nov. 30, 1935 in South Dakota. They moved to Oregon in the spring of 1949.

Carrie was a homemaker but also worked in the Dallas Nursing Home. She had an adult foster home where she cared for people in her own home up until she was in her 80s.

Her daughter Harriet and her husband Bill moved in with her 15 years ago to look after her and keep her in her own home.

She was a member of the Falls City Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Carrie enjoyed gardening, flowers, crocheting and cooking.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben in 1979.

Survivors include her son, Larry of Stanfield; daughter, Harriet (Bill) Wallace of Monmouth; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Oct. 2 in Dallas Cemetery.

Bollman Funeral Home, Dallas handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.bollmanfuneralhome.com.


Sandi Dyan Berg Gibson

April 16, 1968 - Sept. 28, 2007

Sandi Dyan Berg Gibson, 39, of Salem died Sept. 28.

She was born in Hillsboro to Donald and Jane Yetman Berg.

At her request there will be no service. Sandi was an organ donor and several people will have a chance for life because of her generosity.

Survivors include her parents, Don and Jane Berg of Independence; daughter, Jessica of Independence; brothers, Steven of Seattle and Scott of Salem.

Remembrances may be sent to her parents and daughter at 8259 Buena Vista Rd., Independence, OR 97351.

Contributions are suggested to Willamette Humane Society, 4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem, OR 97301.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.farnstroms.com.


Jose A. Gil Sr.

April 7, 1927 - Sept. 25, 2007

Jose A. Gil Sr., 80, of Independence died Sept. 25.

He was born in Laredo, Texas to Juan and Maria Vela Gil.

Jose moved to Independence in 1962 from Corpus Christi, Texas.

He married Lilia Gil in 1949 and she preceded him in death on Jan. 24, 2007.

Jose was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence.

He enjoyed going to garage sales and flea markets.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Juan Gil Jr.

Survivors include his sons, Juan Gil of Denton, Texas, Jose Gil Jr. and Edward Gil, both of Independence; daughters, Hilda Salinas of Independence and Anabel Rincon of Monmouth; sister, Aurora Casarez of Laredo; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren

Mass of Christian burial was Oct. 1 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence and vault interment with military honors followed at Hilltop Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence handled arrangements. To send an online condolence at www.farnstroms.com.


Evelyn Grace Lindscheid Erickson

April 14, 1918 - Sept. 19, 2007

Evelyn Grace Linscheid Erickson, 89, of Yakima, Wash., died Sept. 19.

She was born in Warwick, N.D., to Edward and Matilda Linscheid. She spent her childhood in Dallas.

She attended Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle, where she traveled with a womens vocal trio, representing the college. She loved to sing and this is where and how she met the love of her life, Arvid Erickson. They were married Aug. 19, 1944.

They moved to Fortine, Mont., where they began their ministry together as pastor of the Fortine Community Church. After several moves between Canada and Montana, they settled in Yakima during the summer of 1962. They came to help start KBBO Radio.

Evelyn was an active member of the Yakima Alliance Church. She taught many classes there and was a member of the WMOF.

She loved singing and playing the piano. Her hobbies of sewing, gardening and hospitality were also used to minister. She would bring fresh flower bouquets from her garden on Sunday mornings, sewed quilts and baby clothes for the Mission and CPC and hosted missionaries and newcomers to church in their home for dinner.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Arvid in July 2005, three brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include her sons, Doug Erickson and Rick Erickson, both of Yakima; daughter, Becky Fretwell of Plainsboro, N.J.; brother, Oliver (Edna) Linscheid of Dallas; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A time of sharing was held Sept. 23 at Keith & Keith Funeral Home in Yakima and graveside service was Sept. 24 at West Hills Memorial Park.

Contributions are suggested to the Alliance Missions (Christian Missionary Alliance Church) in care of Keith & Keith Funeral Home, Yakima.


Darwin "Don" Gates

March 3, 1930 - Sept. 29, 2007

Darwin "Don" Gates, 77, of Dallas, formerly of Depoe Bay, died Sept. 29 in Dallas.

He was born in Clarion, Iowa to Harold and Ira Gates.

Don graduated from high school in Iowa and enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and served his country for four years.

Don married Nadine McNeff on Dec. 20, 1952, in Portland.

He worked for Boeing as a machinist for 17 years. They moved to Depoe Bay in 1969 where Don operated his own commercial fishing boat and retired in 1977.

Don attended Faith Baptist Church in Lincoln City. He helped build the church and care for the church grounds. They have lived in Dallas for the past six years and attended Dallas Alliance Church. He was also a member of the Polk County Master Gardeners.

Don's hobbies and special interests were most everything including fishing, boating, and watching all sports especially football. He also enjoyed heavy equipment (John Deere), motorcycles, gardening and breeding Chihuahuas.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Segerson in July 2002.

Survivors include his wife, Nadine and son, Michael both of Dallas.

Memorial service is 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 at Dallas Alliance Church. There will also be a memorial service at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Faith Baptist Church in Lincoln City, 5750 NE Highway 101.

Contributions are suggested to Missionaries of Dallas Alliance Church or Missionaries of Faith Baptist Church in care of the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center which handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.


Janis Lyn Bailey


Aug. 29, 1950 - Sept. 29, 2007

Janis Lyn Bailey Armstrong, 57, of Dallas died Sept. 29 in Dallas.

She was born in Dallas to Wayne and Martha Jean Plummer Bailey.

Janis attended Dallas schools and graduated from Dallas High School in 1968. She studied at Oregon College of Education in Monmouth for two years.

She had been currently employed by the Department of Human Resources in Salem.

She loved animals and during her early years she participated in the Western Games competitive horse shows winning many trophies. She also loved nature, hiking, flowers, and the Oregon Coast, and will be remembered for her kind and caring ways. At the time of her death, she owned horses, two dogs, and three cats.

Survivors include her parents, Wayne Bailey and Martha Jean Bailey, both of Dallas and brother, Terry of Milwaukie.

Service is 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5 at Bollman Funeral Home, Dallas. Visitation is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4 at Bollman Funeral Home.

Contributions are suggested to Willamette Humane Society in care of Bollman Funeral Home, Dallas.

To send an online condolence: www.bollmanfuneralhome.com.


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