10/31 Obituaries

Daniel "Tim" Thomas Blair

June 8, 1924 - Oct. 22, 2007

Daniel "Tim" Thomas Blair, 83, of Dallas died Oct. 22 in Salem.

He was born in Bingham Canyon, Utah, to Daniel Winthrope and Vera Morse Blair.

He was raised in Idaho and Oregon settling in Dallas at the age of 13. He worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps and helped develop the Silver Creek Falls area.

He married Virginia Belle Earl on May 14, 1946, in Dallas and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.

He enlisted in the Navy and served from 1942 until he retired as a Senior Chief Storekeeper in 1969. He went on to work as a correctional officer for the Oregon State Penitentiary for 10 years.

Dan enjoyed Ham Radio operations and built radios with his brother. He also enjoyed doing family history research.

He was a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints in Dallas.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dana Marie Blair, brothers, James Howard and Raymon DeVere Blair and sister, Margaret Afton Blair.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia of Dallas; daughters, DeVere Florence Reyes of Mapleton, Utah and Judith Marilyn Reinertsen of Portland; son, Daniel Edward Blair of Dallas; sister, Mary Hodson of Cornelius; brother, Bill Urie of Port Orchard, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Service was Oct. 25 in the Dallas Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints and interment was in Dallas Cemetery.

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


Menno Leander Neufeld

Sept. 22, 1925 - Sept. 24, 2007

Menno Leander Neufeld, 82, of Dallas died Sept. 24 in Dallas.

He was born in Colby, Kan., to Peter and Maria Neufeld.

He enlisted in the Navy when he was very young, so he was unable to graduate from high school, however he easily obtained his GED many years later. He served in World War II and was honorably discharged.

Soon after coming home from the war he met his wife, Esther Janzen. They were married on Jan. 30, 1948, at Grace Mennonite Church. They had two children before he re-enlisted in the Navy for the Korean War. They had two more children after he came back.

He worked at Towmotor for more than 40 years.

Menno loved to build things, including the house he built for his family. He loved to be with his family, including taking them on camping trips when they were young. He had a love for astronomy and even built his own telescope. He took electronics and math courses throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his wife Esther in 2003, and his brothers, Simon, Edward and Ruben Neufeld.

Survivors include his children, Corolyn Neufeld of Bellflower, Calif., Ken Neufeld of Albany, Mel Neufeld of Lebanon, and Arlene Rhoads of Canby; sister, Regina Galloway; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Oct. 6 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center with interment at Dallas Cemetery.

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


Dennis L. Bales

Nov. 16, 1945 - Oct. 20, 2007

Dennis L. Bales, 61, of Umatilla died Oct. 20 in Hermiston.

He was born to Robert and Lila Bales in Prairie City.

Dennis had an outgoing personality, enjoyed playing sports and served as student body president during his high school years in Baker City. Dennis attended one year at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario before being drafted into the Vietnam war where he served as a military policeman headquartered in Saigon.

While home on leave in 1966, he married his sweetheart, Rosanna Fenicottero in Payette, Idaho. They had three children and divorced several years after his return home from Vietnam. He married to Glenda Kloster in 1991, and later retired from Hughes Payless Lumber Co. in Hermiston.

Dennis continued living out the rest of his days nurturing his hummingbird "Hunny" and volunteering his time to help the local youth program in Umatilla.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Glenda, a sister and a nephew.

Survivors include his children, Dean, Chris, and Collette Bales; sisters, Sally and Patty; brother, Darrell; his first born grandson, Jake Bales-McCammon of Monmouth and Shawn, Tammy, Connor and Madison McCammons.

Service with military honors was Oct. 29 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.


John A. Qualey

Feb. 25, 1916 - Oct. 26, 2007

John A. Qualey, 91, of Dallas died Oct. 26.

He was born in Cutbank, Mont., to Sever and Anna Hanson Qualey.

John started driving lumber trucks at the age of 15 and then went to college to study to become a diesel mechanic, at which he became very proficient. He could fix anything, and if the part wasn't available he machined it himself.

He drove log trucks for 50 years.

John married Agnes Westbrook on Feb. 15, 1939, in Dallas.

John was a member of the Falls City First Christian Church.

He enjoyed gardening and sharing it with others. He liked metalworking and woodworking, cutting firewood and running his sawmill. He was also a tree farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes, and seven siblings.

Survivors include his daughters, Betty Munson and Peggy Letterman, both of Eugene; sister, Elaine Dahl of Salem; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

Service is 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center and interment will be in Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the Church Memorial Fund in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

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


Fred H. Ringhoff

May 30, 1913 - Oct. 27, 2007

Fred Henry Ringhoff, 94, of Dallas died Oct. 27.

He was born in St. Louis, Mo., to C.A. Rudolph and Mattie Masonhall Ringhoff.

After his father's death when Fred was 15, he went to work in a shoe factory in St. Louis to support his mother and sister. They later moved to the Ozarks. Fred joined the CCC in 1935 and later worked as a ranch hand and taxidermist in Nevada. He also was a cyanide man in Nevada for Pennelas Mining Company.

He joined the Army in 1941 and after serving in World War II he went to work for Washington Veneer Company in Olympia, Wash. He later worked for the City of Olympia Street Dept., Union Pacific Railroad, Olympia School District, Georgia Pacific Plywood Company, Maritime Administration Reserve Fleet, Gordon Plywood Products, Eads Transfer, and for the State of Washington as a janitor.

He moved to the Walla Walla, Wash., area where he owned and operated an irrigation farm for 17 years.

Fred became a union carpenter while farming and worked for various contractors out of the union on the Hanford Project. He and Opal lived in Nevada for nine years, where he worked for the U.S. Forestry sign shop. He retired a second time, moving to Oregon in 1986.

Fred married Lydia Opal Paul on March 20, 1942, in Olympia.

They were involved in MMAP (Mobile Missionary Assistance Program) for three years, and they helped found the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Olympia, First Baptist Church in Burbank, Wash., Ruby Mountain Church in Elko, Nev., and Grace Baptist Church in Dallas.

Fred enjoyed model trains, woodworking, carving birds, and watching baseball. He was a member of Polk Station Railroad Club.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Zoe Wall, on March 1, 2007.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Opal Ringhoff of Dallas; son, Rudy Ringhoff (Rita) of Polson, Mont.; daughter, Mary (Ted) Reed of Everett, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31 Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Service is 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Grace Baptist Church with interment following at Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Grace Baptist Church. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.


Leonard "Lee" Spangler

Feb. 22, 1944 - Oct. 28, 2007

Leonard Lee Spangler, 63, of Dallas died Oct. 28.

He was born in Indianapolis, Ind., to John and Ruby Bennett Spangler.

Lee grew up in San Pedro, Calif., graduating from San Pedro High School and joining the Army.

His military career took him to the Vietnam War, and later to Korea, Germany, Alaska, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and California as an Army recruiter. After retiring from the Army Special Forces, Lee began a career in law enforcement. He served 10 years in Eastern Oregon, Grants Pass, and Hermiston, and then became chief of police in Falls City. After his retirement there he worked in juvenile corrections and probation.

Lee had college degrees in law enforcement and other areas. He completed degrees at the University of Alaska, Western Oregon University, and Rogue Community College. He also had earned a black belt in judo.

Lee enjoyed hunting, fishing, building model airplanes, knapping knives and arrowheads, collecting animals, and playing with his grandkids. He was a member of the Special Forces Association, VFW, and Willamette Valley Miners Association. For a time he built surf boards in California in his own shop, Koko Surfboards.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jordan Teal, and brother, Bob Spangler.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lynda Spangler of Dallas; children, Patty (Don) of Kansas, Ami (Jeremy) Teal of Dallas, Scott (Tonya) of Dallas, Jon (Brittany) of Monmouth; sisters, Barbara Barnhart and Patty Sledge; and 10 grandchildren.

Service is 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 at Valley Life Center in Dallas with interment following at 2:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

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


Patti Jo Graham

Oct. 19, 2007

Patti Jo Graham, a longtime area resident, died Oct. 19.

She was born in Monterey Park, Calif., and moved to Dallas in 1969.

Patti had been involved with Bateman Industries and loved working for seniors.

Survivors include her husband, Mark of Salem; daughter, Chantell Wagner of Lacey, Wash.; son, Travis of Salem; mother, Barbara Northcutt of Dallas; and grandson, Tyler of Lacey.


Jason A. McGlaughlin

Jan. 24, 1971 - Oct. 27, 2007

Jason A. McGlaughlin, 36, a longtime Dallas resident, died Oct. 27 in Veneta.

He was born to Richard McGlaughlin and Nancy Standish.

Jason was raised in Dallas by his adopted parent's, Lorene and Guy McGlaughlin.

He loved fishing, camping and having a good time.

Survivors include his daughter, Alyssa and grandson, Jeremy, both of Dallas; son, Andrew Breese of Florida; father, Richard McGlaughlin of Springfield; mother, Nancy Standish of Veneta; adopted mother, Lorene Virgo of Dallas; brothers, Greg, Randy, and Corey; sister, Kathi; adopted sister, Roxann; and adopted brothers, Robert, Ronald and Rex.

Service is 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4 at Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Alyssa and Jeremy at the time of the service to help with costs.


Irma M. Allen

Nov. 8, 1913 - Oct. 27, 2007

Irma M. Allen, 93, of Clackamas, formerly of Dallas, died Oct. 27.

She was born Irma M. Haeder in Berlin, Germany.

Irma married George William Allen on Oct. 16, 1933. He died in 1991.

A great cook and seamstress, Irma lived in Dallas for more than 40 years, and then in the Portland area for the past eight years.

Survivors include her sons, Franklin Allen of Dallas and Clifford Allen of Clackamas; brother, Harry Haeder of Huron, S.D.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

No service will be held.

Contributions are suggested to a charity of choice.

Oregon Cremation Co., handled arrangements.


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