*Leonard Ray Shinn*Randy Lee Mason*Richard Joseph Portal*Lewis Calvin Clay Kirkland*Virginia 'Ginny' L. Swensen Derksen*Joan Schmitt*Magdalene Strikwerda Hedding Swartout*Terry Reed Morrison*Donald 'D

Richard Joseph Portal

Jan. 2, 1918 - Sept. 30, 2010


Richard Joseph Portal, who was never far from a library, died Sept. 30 of complications from dementia. He was 92.

He lived a singular life. Richard was born to Joseph Leland McLaughlin and Ella McLaughlin in Kansas City, Mo. Joseph and Anna Potrykus adopted him from St. Anthony's Infant Home and named him Richard Joseph Potrykus.

The family was among Dust Bowl immigrants that came to the West. They arrived in Oregon in 1935 and changed the family name to Portal. They farmed in south Salem before buying land in Shaw, east of Salem.

Richard served from 1942 to 1945 in the 434th Army Air Force, island hopping from Hawaii to the Philippines, Guadalcanal, the Northern Solomons and New Guinea. He earned the rank of sergeant.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Willamette University, teaching certificate from Oregon College of Education and master's degree in library science from the University of Washington.

In 1958 he married Doreen Yorkston. They divorced in 1974 but remained in touch until her death in 2005.

Richard's library career included stints at the Oregon State Library, Jackson County Library and Mount Angel Abbey. He organized the book collection at Colegio Cesar Chavez in Mount Angel.

He also worked later in his life as a caretaker at City View Cemetery in Salem and a security guard for the city of Salem. After retiring he volunteered at the Salem Public Library, the Willamette University library and Blanchet Catholic School in Salem.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Mary, Joseph, Ann, Eleanor, Robert and Rosemary.

Survivors include his son, Chris of Dallas; daughter and son-in-law, Ann Portal Esteve and Harry Esteve of Portland; and two granddaughters.

Graveside service will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery in Shaw during Thanksgiving week.

City View Funeral Home, Salem, handled arrangements.

Lewis Calvin Clay Kirkland

May 21, 1924 - Sept. 27, 2010


Lewis Calvin Clay Kirkland, 86, of Dallas died Sept. 27 in Salem.

He was born in Lemon, S.D., to Lewis and Grace Robinson Kirkland.

At the early age of 17 Lewis entered the Navy, where he served on the USS Long Shaw. During his military service he saved a man from drowning after their ship was shelled. He returned to Oregon after the service to the Mehama area. Clay worked as a correctional officer at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. He worked in the power houses of Oregon College of Education in Monmouth and Oregon State University.

He married Bonnie Delores Simpson on June 27, 1966, in Vancouver, Wash.

Clay loved to golf and even made a hole-in-one. He was a golf marshal at Sunriver. He was an avid swimmer and motorcycle racer. He was Santa Claus at the Triangle Mall in Longview, Wash., and was flown in by helicopter one year.

Clay was a member of the Dallas First Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Clay and Bonnie moved from La Pine after 23 years to live in Dallas in 2008.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie Gehlen.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie of Dallas; sons, Tom Kirkland of Dallas, Michael Borchers of Lampasas, Texas, Adam Kirkland of Salem and Matthew Kirkland of Cathedral City, Calif.; daughters, Paula Matthews of Dallas and Leta Borchers of La Pine; and 24 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Oct. 2 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Interment was in Willamette National Cemetery.

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

Joan Schmitt

May 25, 1917 - Oct. 4, 2010

Joan Schmitt, 93, of Dallas died Oct. 4 in McMinnville.

She was born in Roslin, British Columbia, Canada to John and Fhilomena Colistro.

At the age of 7 her family moved to Portland in search of a better life for the children.

Joan met the love of her life, Henry E. Schmitt, in Salem. They married and settled on the family farm in Dallas, raising two sons, Henry Jr. and Michael.

Joan had many jobs in her lifetime but her greatest passion was her life at Central School District in Independence and Monmouth, where she was the health coordinator for more than 30 years. She dedicated her life to the needs of the children. She provided food, clothing, coats, shoes and medical needs. She retired at the age of 92 in 2009.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in 1995; grandson, Jimmy Schmitt, in 1970; and seven sisters.

Survivors include her sons, Henry Schmitt Jr., of Arizona and Michael (Joy) Schmitt of Dallas; sisters, Gloria Catalan and Lorraine Livesay, both of Portland; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Oct. 12 at St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas.

Contributions are suggested to Schmitts' Funds for Needy Children through Crown Memorial Center, Salem, which handled arrangements.

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

Magdalene Strikwerda Hedding Swartout

March 8, 1923 - Sept. 30, 2010

Magdalene Strikwerda Hedding Swartout, 87, of Dallas died Sept. 30 in Dallas.

She was born to Charlie and Louise Pregg Strikwerda in Hillsboro.

Mina grew up in Perrydale and graduated from Dallas High School with honors in 1941.

She worked as a waitress at a small lunch counter prior to becoming a secretary.

Mina married Benjamin Hedding in 1952 and they moved to Los Angeles. She worked for Kaiser Steel Co. as an executive secretary, retiring in 1989. Ben and Mina retired to Rancho Mirage, Calif. Ben died in 1985.

In 1989 Mina married Bob Swartout and a few years later they moved to Dallas. Bob died in 2005.

She traveled extensively across the United States and overseas. Mina loved to shop and have lunch with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by a sister, May Helen, and a brother, Chucky.

Survivors include her stepdaughters, Lois Reese and Marilyn Turley; stepsons, David, Bob and Michael Swartout; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. Private burial was in the Salt Creek Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice in care of the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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

Terry Reed Morrison

Dec. 14, 1948 - Oct. 7, 2010


Terry Morrison, 61, of Salem died unexpectedly Oct. 7.

He was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to June and Reed Morrison.

He was raised in Downey, Idaho, where he met and married the love of his life, Debbi. Their early years were spent in Idaho Falls, happily raising their seven children. Terry and his family moved in 1986 to Dallas, where they had their last three children. They moved to West Salem in 2003.

Terry was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He had the privilege of serving diligently as a missionary in New Zealand, a young men's president, high councilmen and seminary teacher. In addition he served the church in leadership positions as part of the bishopric, the stake presidency and in the LDS Boy Scout programs.

Terry also volunteered many hours as a coach and was the No. 1 fan of his children's sports teams. He had the opportunity to serve as president of the Dallas Mat Club and West Salem High School athletic booster club. He made a difference not only in his own children's lives, but in the lives of other children in the community as well.

For 24 years he was employed by West Coast Bank in various mortgage lending and real estate service departments, where he succeeded because of his strong work ethic, dependability and organization skills. He served on several committees and boards related to his career. His co-workers appreciated his leadership, knowledge and support.

Survivors include his wife, Debrah; children, Angela (Quint), Trevor (Rhoda), Shay (Kerri), Devin (Kalynn), Marshall (Amy), Drew (Jenn), Jace (Cirbi), Alissa, Trent, and Tanner; parents, June and Reed Morrison; brothers, Lex and Larry; sister, Trudy; and 14 grandchildren.

Service commemorating his life is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Monmouth Stake Center at 3154 Eola Drive in West Salem. Viewing will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service.

Contributions are suggested to the missionary fund for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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

Randy Lee Mason

June 22, 1954 - Oct. 9, 2010


Randy Lee Mason, 56, of Monmouth died Oct. 9.

He was born in McMinnville to Richard and Mary Mason.

Randy was raised in Carlton, attended Carlton Grade School and graduated from Yamhill-Carlton High School. He then attended Clackamas Community College.

Randy was a member of the McMinnville Bowling Association for 38 years, former Carlton volunteer firefighter, a McMinnville Elk and a member of the Independence First Baptist Church.

Randy had worked for Frontier Leather Co. from 1972 to 1985. He then owned and operated Monmouth Dairy Queen with his wife for more than 20 years.

He was an avid Yamhill-Carlton, Central High School and OSU Beavers fan. Randy loved watching sports, spending time with his family and friends, golfing and working in the garden.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard C. Mason, in 1983.

Survivors include his partner and soulmate, Nancy Nelson -- they were married in McMinnville on Sept. 7, 1977, and spent 33 years together; daughters, Jennifer (Jeremy) Main of Independence and Betsey (Chris) Cannon of Monmouth; mother, Mary Mason; brothers, Doug (Debbie) Mason and Richard (Marty) Mason; and four grandchildren.

Celebration of life is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Independence First Baptist Church. A reception follows at the church fellowship hall.

Contributions are suggested to Legacy Hospice Services, 2275 NE McDaniel Lane, McMinnville, OR 97128.

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

Albert M. Derrick

Aug. 8, 1939 - Oct. 10, 2010


Albert M. Derrick, 71, of Dallas died Oct. 10 after a courageous 13-year battle with cancer.

He was born in McMinnville to Allie and Ilena Derrick.

Albert grew up in Sandlake and spent his teenage years in Mill City. He worked in the logging industry and odd jobs for years before getting his dream job working for the Polk County Road Department. He retired in 1998 after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2007.

Albert married Sue Daniels Cox on March 6, 1969.

He attended The Highway Tabernacle Pentecostal Church of God in Dallas, where he enjoyed playing music and singing for the Lord. Albert enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Derrick of Dallas; children, Randy Cox, Darla (Tom) Gallagher and Tera (Robert) Lewis, all of Dallas, Rick (Robin) Derrick of Mill City, Roxann (Charles) Rice and Robert Derrick, all of Magalia, Calif., and Gayla Cox of Winton, Calif.; siblings, Viola (Ron) Umphress and Nancy Arndt, all of Dallas, John (Linda) Derrick of Caldwell, Idaho, and Virgil (Karen) Derrick of Linn, Wash.; 25 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Interment will follow in the Dallas Cemetery.

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

Leonard Ray Shinn

Aug. 26, 1923 - Oct. 9, 2010


Leonard Ray Shinn, 87, of Dallas died Oct. 9 in Dallas.

He was born in Russellville, Ark., to "Rance" William Ransom and Edna Lois McAnulty.

During World War II he served in the Army in the 18th Special Services Unit and discharged as Technician Fourth Grade in 1945.

He married Verna Louise Tucker on May 11, 1946, in Delaware, Ark. They moved from Arkansas to Dallas in 1955.

In Dallas they were very active in the Valley Life Center. Leonard taught Sunday school and was on the church board. He also worked with Verna at the church for many years as janitors.

He loved his children and grandchildren and enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. In his younger years he enjoyed working on cars.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna, on May 29, 2006, and a brother, Ira Shinn.

Survivors include his sons, Roger, Charles, Rick, Kevin and Paul Shinn, all of Dallas; sisters, Mildred Findley and Blanche Welcher, both of Russellville; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Viewing is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Service is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Valley Life Center in Dallas. Interment will be in the Shinn Cemetery in Russellville.

Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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

Virginia 'Ginny' L. Swensen Derksen

Nov. 7, 1942 - Oct. 9, 2010

Nov. 7, 1942 - Oct. 9, 2010

Virginia "Ginny" L. Swensen Derksen, 67, of Monmouth died Oct. 9.

Service is pending with Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Dorothy Mary Pierce

July 19, 1920 - Oct. 10, 2010

Dorothy Mary Pierce, 90, of Independence died Oct. 10.

At her request no service will be held. Private interment will be at Fir Crest Cemetery in Monmouth.

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

Donald 'Don' Ernest Guenther

Aug. 21, 1941 - Oct. 10, 2010

Donald "Don" Ernest Guenther, 69, of Dallas died Oct. 10 in Salem.

He was born in Monmouth to Earl and Agnes Sheon Guenther.

Don graduated from Central High School in 1959 and served a short time in the National Guard. Don worked for Willamette Industries for six years prior to working at Towmotor for 21 years. He drove log trucks for Howard Brothers and Siletz Logging.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and gardening. He even enjoyed raising cattle on his farm.

He was married to both Beverly Koloen and Margie Wildt; both are deceased.

Survivors include his children, Donna Villegas of Monmouth, Teri Lopez of Salem and Doug Guenther of Long Beach, Calif.; sisters, Janet Stone of Surprise, Ariz., and Lorna Borden of Warren; brother, Robert Guenther of Silverton; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial service is at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at Salt Creek Baptist Church.

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

Gerald 'Jerry' Allen Greene

Nov. 22, 1947 - Oct. 10, 2010

Gerald "Jerry" Allen Greene, 62, of Dallas died Oct. 10 in Dallas following a battle with cancer.

Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Bridgeport Community Chapel.

Contributions are suggested to Camp Attitude in Sweet Home in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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


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