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12/29 Obituaries

*Charlene Marie Littrell*Peggy R. Van Patten*Robert Alan Barnhart*Jack E. Cook*Jose Manuel Escoto-Ojeda*Marcile 'Marcy' Yvonne Welburn*Mary Sherwood Moranville*Barbara J. Helgerson

Charlene Marie Littrell

April 1, 1930 - Dec. 22, 2010

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Charlene Marie Littrell, 80, of Dallas died Dec. 22 in Dallas.

She was born in Duluth, Minn., to Henry Dudley and Fannie Marie Neimenen Freeman.

Charlene was a longtime resident of Minnesota and Oregon, moving Dallas in 1966.

She married Lloyd Edward Littrell in Newberg on Oct. 15, 1976.

She worked as a medical aide for Newberg Care Home for several years and retired in 1995 from Dallas Retirement Village after 17 years.

Charlene loved to quilt, sew, travel and push buttons at the casino. She truly loved her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd, on April 16, 2005.

Survivors include her sons, Johnny Lee O'Keefe of Deer River, Minn., Jerry Louis O'Keefe of Bovey, Minn., and Brian Kevin O'Keefe of Dundee; daughters, Linda Marie Skeffington and Tina Louise Olson, both of McMinnville, Dawn Star Young of Dallas and Wanda Jean Hanson of Culver; sisters, Beverly Isaacson and Carol Freeman, both of Minnesota; brother, Donald Freeman of Minnesota; seven stepchildren; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Dec. 27 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Interment was in Dallas Cemetery.

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

Jack E. Cook

Oct. 17, 1934 - Dec. 23, 2010

Jack Cook, 76, of Monmouth died Dec. 23 in Corvallis due to cancer induced complications.

A native of the Independence and Monmouth areas, he lived in Tillamook from 1974-1980 following his job with Southern Pacific Railroad. He then returned to the Monmouth area, retiring there in 1993.

Among his many passions in life were his love for hunting, fishing and the outdoors, along with being an avid horseman. He loved to travel and spend time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Elaine; sons, Paul of Monmouth and Sandy (companion Nancy) and Clay (Kelley), all of Tillamook; daughter, Pearl (Ken) of Tillamook; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Visitation is Wednesday, Dec. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence. Service follows at 1 p.m.

Contributions are suggested to The American Cancer Society in care of the mortuary, which handled arrangements.

Jose Manuel Escoto-Ojeda

Dec. 22, 1954 - Dec. 22, 2010

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Jose Manuel Escoto-Ojeda, 56, of Independence died Dec. 22 following a courageous year-plus battle with colon cancer. He never complained about his illness; he was optimistic and never lost his faith in God.

He was born in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico.

He was a mechanic/prefabricator who never stopped working and continued his work at home by beautifying his home and trying to rebuild his prized truck. He was a man of many projects and skills.

To his family he was a superman, a man of many talents and professions. His great bravery and love helped him fight this disease with all his might and courage until the end. He was a great father, husband, friend, neighbor and hero.

Survivors include his wife, Maria; daughter, Dulce; sons, Jose Jr. and Martin; and four siblings.

Service was Dec. 27 at St. Patrick Church in Independence. Interment was at Hilltop Cemetery.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Barbara J. Helgerson

Dec. 18, 1934 - Dec. 23, 2010

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Barbara J. Helgerson, 76, of Dallas died Dec. 23 in Salem.

She was born in Calapatria, Calif., to Marion and Mary Starr Hughes.

She moved to Yakima, Wash., as a child and then to Bremerton, Wash. Barbara graduated from beauty school and was a licensed beautician.

She met Harold "Hoot" G. Helgerson while in beauty school. They were married six weeks later on Feb. 21, 1953, while Hoot was serving in the Navy. They moved to Waldport, where she owned Helgerson Realty in Seal Rock for 10 years. In 1995 they moved to Dallas, where Barbara worked with the Dallas School District in the food service department for six years.

Barbara was a member of Valley Life Center in Dallas, sang in the choir and volunteered at the church in whatever capacity she could. She enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was devoted to her family, the Lord and to the church. She was the foundation of the family and she loved and was loved unconditionally. She touched people in many ways.

She was preceded in death by a son, Kendall, in 1966 and a brother, Dick Hughes.

Survivors include her husband, Hoot of Dallas; daughters, Syndi Gates of Salem, Korri (Rick) Pettit of Yelm, Wash., and Nikki Helgerson of Dallas; son, Robin (Tinker) Helgerson of Waldport; sister, Carol Hayes of Bremerton; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Service is Thursday, Dec. 30, at noon at Valley Life Center. Interment follows in Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center to help with funeral expenses.

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

Mary Sherwood Moranville

Oct. 9, 1924 - Dec. 20, 2010

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Mary Sherwood Moranville, 86, of San Diego, formerly of Monmouth, died Dec. 20 in San Diego from pneumonia.

She was born to Phil and Aimee Sherwood in Red Cloud, Neb.

She graduated from Red Cloud High School and attended the University of Nebraska. She aspired to become a teacher of secretarial skills, however H. Blake Moranville changed her mind and they were married on Jan. 2, 1946. After they were married, Blake continued as a career naval officer and the family moved frequently, living, among other places, in Morocco, California, Virginia, Bermuda and Georgia.

In 1964, Blake retired from the Navy and the family moved to Monmouth, where Mary lived until she moved to San Diego in December 2008 to be closer to her son, Mark.

Mary was a dedicated and loving wife and mother. She often stated that her greatest accomplishment in life was raising her two sons. While the boys were growing up she was always involved with their activities, such as Boy Scouts, sports and school.

Mary enjoyed golf, tennis, bridge, dancing and was an active member of the Monmouth Ladies Book Club. While in Monmouth, Mary actively supported Blake, an associate Dean of Students at Western Oregon University, by letting students from Thailand and Japan live in their home. She was exceptionally talented in arts and crafts and tole painted wedding invitations for numerous Western Oregon students.

Mary enjoyed traveling to exotic places like Indonesia, Italy and Hawaii on vacation and Micronesia on college exchange programs supporting Blake.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Blake, and sister, Julie Saladen.

Survivors include her sons, Michael and Mark; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Mount Scott Funeral Home, Portland, handled arrangements.

Marcile 'Marcy' Yvonne Welburn

July 23, 1945 - Dec. 24, 2010

Marcile "Marcy" Yvonne Welburn, 65, of Dallas died Dec. 24 in Salem.

She was born in Medford to Kellie and Lucille Coffman Willoughby.

She graduated from Phoenix High School in 1963. She married Rolly Dean Welburn on Sept. 27, 1963. He died in April 2001.

Marcy loved her children and grandchildren very much.

She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Survivors include her daughters, Shawn Welburn and Shelley Hillis, both of Dallas; son, Rod of Salem; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Private family service will be held at a later date.

Contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or the Diabetes Foundation in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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

Peggy R. Van Patten

April 18, 1938 - Dec. 23, 2010

Peggy R. Van Patten, 72, of Independence died Dec. 23.

Service was Dec. 28 at Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence.

Robert Alan Barnhart

Aug. 24, 1924 - Dec. 25, 2010

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Robert Alan "Bob" Barnhart, 86, of Hoskins, died Dec. 25 after enjoying Christmas day with his family.

He was born in Dallas on Aug. 24, 1924, to Elmer and Elsie Barnhart.

Bob grew up in Independence and spent summers during his teenage years on the family ranch near Hoskins.

He attended Independence High School, where he played three sports. He excelled in baseball and continued to pitch on town league teams after graduating from high school.

He worked in the Barnhart-Kochis sawmill near Hoskins until he enlisted in the Navy in 1944. He served two years on the USS Markab at the end of World War II.

After the war he enrolled at Oregon State College and majored in agriculture. While there, his best friend set him up on a blind date with Ardene Knutson. They married in 1948.

After graduating from OSC, he and the family moved to Burns to manage the Barnhart and Kochis cattle ranch from 1950 to 1958. In 1958 the ranch was sold and the family moved back to the ranch and tree farm near Hoskins, where he raised cattle. There he spent the rest of his life.

Although he continued to run the ranch, he took a job as a timber faller, which he continued to do for the rest of his working life. He considered himself both a rancher and a logger.

He and Ardene remained active and faithful members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas. He had been active in the Gideon Bible Ministry.

He loved to hunt and continued to do that as long as his health allowed. He also enjoyed keeping track of the activities on the ranch and forestland, and the activities of his children and grandchildren. In 2005 his family built a smaller house for them on the ranch.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucile Hukari.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ardene; children, Keith (Patty) of Lakeview, Richard "Dick" (Charlotte) of Eugene, Carol (Tom) Vierra of Philomath, Barbara (Gordon) Byers of Park City, Utah, Dan (Erin) of Philomath, Cliff "Kip" (Andrea) of Monmouth, Marilyn (Cory) Snively of Dallas and Tim (Diana) of Philomath; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Viewing is Thursday, Dec. 30, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 31, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Service is Saturday, Jan. 1, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas. A graveside service follows at Kings Valley Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Gideon Bible Ministry in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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

Lola 'Fran' Lane

Aug. 12, 1923 - Dec. 27, 2010

Lola "Fran" Lane, 87, of Dallas died Dec. 27.

Arrangements are pending with Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Updated information available at www.dallastribute.com.

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