9/12 Obituaries

Esther C. Medellin

Dec. 4, 1939 - Sept. 1, 2007

Esther C. Medellin, 67, of Falls City died on Sept. 1.

She was born in Madera, Calif., to Porfirio and Frances Carrasco.

Esther married Rudy Sanchez Medellin on May 27, 1964, in Reno, Nev. He died in May of 1979.

Esther worked for IBM for many years and was a mailroom supervisor until her retirement in 1988. Esther moved to Falls City and purchased the Boondocks restaurant and tavern.

Esther's family was first in her life. She enjoyed getting together for holidays and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was a collector of many things, including shoes and anything gold colored. Esther enjoyed Elvis Presley Gospel Music.

Survivors include her sons, Rudy Medellin Jr. and Danny Medellin, both of Dallas, and Gilbert Medellin of Reno; longtime companion, John Rossi of Falls City; brothers, Sam Carrasco of San Jose, Calif., and Moses Carrasco of Fresno, Calif.; sisters, Helen Gonzales and Rachel Garcia, both of San Jose; and five grandchildren.

Service was in Santa Clara, Calif., and interment was in Mission City Memorial Park, Santa Clara.

Contributions are suggested to the Falls City School District.

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

Hannah A. Shackleford Boland

Jan. 1, 1921 - Aug. 30, 2007

Hannah Audrey Shackleford Boland, 86, of Keizer died on Aug. 30 in Keizer.

She was born to Robert Donnell and Elizabeth Roberta Shackleford in their country home near Quanah, Texas, on a snowy night.

Hannah was the first child in her family to attend college, and left home to do so when she was 16. She was studying to be a teacher, but had to leave college after only a year. She went to beauty school and worked as a waitress at Fox Drug Store in Clovis, N.M., where she met her future husband, Al Boland. They were married Feb. 5, 1941 in Brownwood, Texas.

They moved to Oregon in 1941, looking for work. Al found employment in the shipyards at Swan Island in Portland.

After raising her family Hannah was able to return to college in 1966, and she earned a bachelor's degree in education. Meeting her goal of obtaining a teaching certificate was a huge accomplishment and one she was always proud of.

She lived in Monmouth from 1966 to 2005. She retired from teaching at Independence Elementary School in 1986 after 18 years with the Central School District. She also taught in Salem schools.

She made good use of her retirement by taking classes in painting and quilting, baking cookies, doing crossword puzzles, reading, traveling, walking, gardening, watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in their many activities, teaching adults to read and volunteering in the public school system as well as at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

She made quilts and hats for cancer patients. Ever the educator, she began teaching decorative painting from her home around the age of 70, spending many happy hours painting with her students.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Al, in 1971, and all of her siblings: Thomas Jacob, Troy Howard, twins Ethel Hattie and Edna Virginia, Lieman, James Alfred, twins Robert Donnell Jr. and Roena, and Lacy Faye.

Survivors include her daughter Lynn; sons, Ronn and Donn; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice.

Erna Elizabeth "Liz" Harnish

March 8, 1924 - Sept. 6, 2007

Erna Elizabeth "Liz" Harnish, 83, of Dallas died on Sept. 6.

She was born in Ebenezer, Saskatchewan, Canada to Gustav and Linda Schaller Rutsch.

Her father was a Baptist minister. The family lived in Salem when she was young, moving to Canada in 1935. Later homes were Gackle, N.D. (where Liz graduated from high school); Bismark, N.D.; Rapid City, S.D.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Santa Cruz, Calif.

Liz married Glen Harnish, Jr., Feb. 5, 1972 in Reno, Nev.

She owned a fabric store in Santa Cruz before retiring in 1986. They settled in Dallas in 1987.

She and Glen enjoyed several years of travel, RVing for a few years across Canada and the United States, visiting family and friends along the way.

Liz loved playing the organ and sewing.

Survivors include her husband, Glen Harnish, Jr. of Dallas; children, Jim Keen of Colorado Springs, Colo., Karen Vaughan of Rathdrum, Idaho, Terry Keen of Brighton, Colo., Robert Harnish of Long Beach, Calif., John Harnish of Watsonville, Calif., Sara Harnish-Madigan of Milton, Mass., Glen Harnish III of Sacramento and Dan Harnish of Carmel, Calif.; sister, Darlene Hoover of North Dakota; brother, Alvin Rutsch of Sacramento; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sept. 11 at Salt Creek Cemetery with a Celebration of Liz's Life following at noon at Salt Creek Baptist Church.

Contributions are suggested to Salt Creek Baptist Church.

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

Dorothy Mae Rodkey Reed

June 12, 1908 - Sept. 4, 2007

Dorothy Mae Rodkey Reed, 99, of Independence died on Sept. 4 in Independence.

Dorothy was born in Manhattan, Riley County, Kan., to Jesse Ellsworth and Ruby Darlo Alspach Rodkey.

She grew up in Blue Rapids, Marshall County, Kan., where the family were members of the fourth generation of Marshall County pioneers.

Dorothy met Ralph Jewell Reed while in high school and they eloped Sept. 6, 1926, to be married at Beattie, Marshall County, Kan.

In November 1942 the Reed family and the family of Dorothy's brother, Harold decided to move to Oregon so the men could work in the Portland shipyards. The Reeds traveled in an old Model A pulling a small trailer with most of their worldly possessions along the Oregon Trail with only a few mishaps. They reached Oregon City the day the federal government established gas rationing.

For a brief time the family lived in West Salem. Ralph secured employment with Roger's Creamery in Independence and the family moved to Independence in January 1943.

In the fall of 1943 Ralph was drafted into the military. Dorothy applied for her first job, at the Independence Post Office, and worked there until Ralph returned from the service in the fall of 1945.

With his military preference rating Ralph replaced Dorothy at the post office, and Dorothy went to work at the Independence Bank. She retired in 1969.

In her retirement she pursued her addiction to genealogy and spent more than 30 years climbing family trees and locating ancestors. Her last trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, for research was in 2000. Another of her passions was flowers; she could grow anything and everything.

Dorothy was a member of Chemeketa Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and Mahonia Chapter Daughters of the American Colonists.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Ralph, in August 1981.

Survivors include her daughter, Juanita of Monmouth; son, George of Eola; granddaughter, Terri Siner of Kent, Wash.; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial and celebration of life was Sept. 8 in Bollman Funeral Home, Dallas. Graveside services will at Prospect Hill Cemetery Blue Rapids.

Contributions are suggested to Monmouth Library or the Polk County Historical Society.

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

Arvil Leroy Oziah

July 11, 1925 - Sept. 7, 2007

Arvil Leroy Oziah, 82, of Dallas died on Sept. 7 in Dallas.

Arvil was born in Marshall, Mo., to Carl and Opal Kramer Oziah.

At a young age the family moved to Iowa before moving to Pedee where he attended school. He entered the Army where he served from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1946. While serving, Arvil and his unit received a Presidential Unit Citation.

He returned to Polk County, where he made a living working in local mills. In 1987 he retired from Mountain Fir Lumber in Independence.

On Dec. 26, 1958, Arvil married Mary Wolf Bethel in Independence.

Arvil enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing, baseball, NASCAR and his veggie garden.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary; daughters, Deborah (Billy) Scott of Keizer, Valerie (Robert) Pascal of Salem and Marcia (Allen) Neudauer of LaHabra, Calif.; sons, Brian (Martina) of Independence and Kevin of Dallas; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorial service is 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Sylvester J. "Buster" Garrison

April 18, 1916 - Sept. 8, 2007

Sylvester Joseph "Buster" Garrison, 91, of Dallas died on Sept. 8.

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Andrew and Mary Ella Evans Garrison.

Buster lived in Salt Lake City, Ohio, West Salem and Falls City. He moved to Dallas in 1945.

He was a sawmill worker for Atlas Lumber Company and Willamette Industries, retiring after 32 years.

He served in the Army during World War II.

Buster married Elizabeth Cicolino on Oct. 18, 1945 in Columbus, Ohio.

He was a member of the Dallas First Christian Church. Buster enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Garrison, grandson, Dave Charles VanLieu and siblings, David Garrison, Lee Andrew "Andy" Garrison, Wilfred "Bill" Garrison, John "Red" Gordon Garrison, Ella Paquet and Anna Matilda Garrison.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Garrison; children, Richard (Roxy) Garrison of Dallas, Sylvester "Rusty" Garrison, Jr. of Brookings, Edward Garrison of Portland, Wayne Garrison of Monmouth, Diana (Charles) Ackerman of Silver Lake, Mary Hensley of Newport, and Anna (Doug) Yancey of Dallas; sister, Mae Teal of Dallas; 19 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Memorial service is 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept., 13 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Contributions are suggested to Dallas First Christian Church.

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

Edward M. Vincent

June 11, 1936 - Sept. 9, 2007

Edward M. Vincent, 71, of Independence died on Sept. 9 in Independence.

Edward was born in Somerville, Mass., to Frederick and Vivian La Fleur Vincent.

He served three years in the military as an MP. He held many other jobs before coming to Oregon where he worked for Georgia Pacific for a number of years. He joined the Local 320 union of Portland, and retired in 2001.

He enjoyed trains and hunting, fishing, and camping with his children and family. He was also an avid collector of many items.

Survivors include his wife, Judy; daughters, Cherlyn and Joanne, both of Dallas and Michelle of Tennessee; a sister of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

At his request no services will be held.

Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice.

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

Sandra Lynn Rowden

Dec. 12, 1950 - Sept. 6, 2007

Sandra Lynn Rowden, 56, of Dallas died on Sept. 6.

She was born in Klamath Falls to Floyd and Bonnie Welty.

Sandra grew up in Superior, Mont., and in Ontario, where she graduated from high school. Later she lived in Tacoma, Wash., and married Jim Rowden there on Jan. 13, 1970.

Sandra enjoyed family, her grandchildren, reading, ice skating and horseback riding.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Deanna Rowden, her sister, Ronda Welty, and her father, Floyd Welty.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Rowden; son, Jamie (Amber) Rowden; mother, Bonnie Heiser; brothers and sisters, John Welty, Pam Dyer, Jackie Schmelling, Debbie Olson, Linda Rowden; and two grandchildren.

Celebration of Sandra's life will be 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 14 at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

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

Wayne E. Deaton

Oct. 21, 1953 - Sept. 8, 2007

Wayne E. Deaton, 53, of Dallas died on Sept. 8 of a brain tumor.

He was born in Dayton, Ohio, to Clifford and Ruby Garber Deaton.

Wayne grew up in Lewisburg, Ohio and graduated from Twin Valley North High School in 1971.

Wayne married Kathy Swearingen on June 21, 1975, in Brookville, Ohio. They moved to Dallas in 1977.

Wayne worked his entire career as a carpenter. He specialized in designing and building log homes, giving particular attention to detail and quality. At his company, Log Craft Homes, he built strong relationships with those he worked with.

Wayne and Kathy joined the Old German Baptist Brethren Church. Wayne enjoyed studying church history, observing nature, traveling across the Unioted States and Europe, and working around his home.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; daughters, Aimee (Robert) Rumble and Jennifer; parents, Clifford and Ruby Deaton; siblings, Alan (Ruth), Julie (Brenton) Wise, Ward (Becky), Brian (Diane), Bruce (Julie), Carol (Ren) Rumble, Patty (John) Ritter, and Daryl (Geneva).

Service is 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Old German Baptist Brethren Church on Beck Road near Perrydale. Interment will be in Salt Creek Cemetery.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.

Charles Edgar Cheek

Nov. 28, 1921 - Sept. 9, 2007

Charles Edgar Cheek, 85, of Salem died on Sept. 9.

Service is 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14 at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence followed by vault interment at Hilltop Cemetery.

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


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