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10/27 Obituaries

*Sgt. Ian M. Tawney*Nelda Lenore Hoover*Donald L. Todd*Robert A. Puerner*Richard I. Prater Sr.*George Grant Isenburg*LeRoy Junior Mersch*Kristy Calkins*Larry Duane Oliver

Sgt. Ian M. Tawney

Dec. 3, 1984 - Oct. 16, 2010

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U. S. Marine Sgt. Ian M. Tawney died Oct. 16 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

He was born in Salem to John and Theda Smith Chandler Tawney.

He grew up in Dallas and graduated from Dallas High School in 2003. Ian married Ashley Stevenson on July 30, 2005, in La Jolla, Calif.

Ian enlisted in the Marine Corps on March 14, 2005. He became a squad leader and a Marine Corps firearms and martial arts instructor. This was his fifth deployment overseas. Among the awards he received were the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Humanitarian, and Navy Unit Commendation. He graduated at the top of his Squad Leader course and was recognized as the class Honor Man.

Ian had attended the First Presbyterian Church and had a strong Christian faith.

He enjoyed Quincy his dog and Bobby and Tucker his cats. He loved watching football and was an avid Oregon State Beaver fan. He also liked watching movies. Ian was a devoted husband, a loyal friend and an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, snowboarding and riding motorcycles.

Survivors include his wife, Ashley; parents, John and Theda Tawney; brothers, Shayne Chandler and Jacob Tawney; sisters, Stacy Barham, Karin Lamberton and Karla Cowan; grandmothers, Leona Smith and Kathryn Tawney; father-in-law, Mark Stevenson; mother-in-law, Jennifer Jenkins; and brothers-in-law, Kyle and Hunter Stevenson.

Service with full military honors was Oct. 23 at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Dallas. Graveside service with procession followed at Dallas Cemetery with the assistance of the Patriot Guard Riders.

Contributions are suggested to the Sgt. Ian Tawney Memorial Fund, which has been established at the Dallas Branch of Bank of America and may be sent in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

Remembrances of Sgt. Ian Tawney can be sent to: www.dallastribute.com and will be shared with his wife, Ashley, his family, and soon to be born daughter, Claire Kathryn Tawney.

Donald L. Todd

March 13, 1939 - Oct. 13, 2010

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Donald L. Todd, 71, of Keizer died Oct. 13 in Salem.

He was born in McMinnville to George and Bobbie Jacobs Todd.

He married Sharon Balzer in 1958 and they had three children. They later divorced.

Don was proud to have served in the Marines from April 1, 1957, to June 28, 1962.

He worked on dairy farms in the Dallas area and then went into construction. He worked for rock crushing companies and operated heavy equipment.

On Aug. 27, 1977, he married Arlene Dempsey in Reno, Nev.

In 1983 he started Don L. Todd Trucking, his own business, hauling sand and gravel in the local area for 23 years. He worked for Walling Sand and Gravel as an independent trucker in the later years. In 2006 he retired because of his declining health.

Don was a true animal lover and he also enjoyed target shooting.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene; daughters, Debbie (Don) Bradford of Redmond and Lynette of Bend; son, Richard of Salem; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life was Oct. 23 at McNary Restaurant.

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

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

Robert A. Puerner

Feb. 22, 1930 - Oct. 18, 2010

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Robert "Bob" Puerner, 80, of Monmouth died Oct. 18 of cancer in Monmouth.

He was born in Fort Atkinson, Wis., to Lester and Lillian Puerner.

He was a veteran of the Navy Reserve and entered the Army Air Corps as it became the U.S. Air Force in 1947. He served as a radio operator on SA-6, C-82 and C-l 19 aircraft; a gunner on B-36 aircraft and was as an Air Commando in the 580th Air Resupply Squadron. He also served in Strategic Air Command as a combat electronics warfare officer on B-52s during the height of the cold war. He was a member of a group selected as Air Crew of the Year. He retired in 1968 after 22 years and more than 20,000 hours of flight time in the service to his country.

He was a HAM radio operator for more than 40 years and often built or repaired radios in his spare time; his call sign was KA7FXW. After retiring he became a highly accomplished Subaru mechanic and continued tinkering in his garage until just before his death.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janeth "Jan"; children, Becky (Jim) Taylor of Washington, Linda (Roy) Bridgmon of Oregon, Michael (Elena) Puerner, Bobbi (Tom) Boutwell and LeAnn Higgs, all of Arizona, and David (Sarah) Puerner of Alaska; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was laid to rest on Oct. 21 with full military honors, after being escorted by the Oregon State Chapter of the Patriot Guard to Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Contributions are suggested to Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville. Information on donating can be found at www.sprucegoose.org/museum/contribute.

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

George Grant Isenburg

Feb. 22, 1917 - Oct. 21, 2010

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George Grant Isenburg, 93, of Dallas died Oct. 21.

He served in the 5th Medical Corp., U S. Army, from 1938 to 1945 as a combat surgical technician in Africa and Europe. His stint included liberating Dachau concentration camp in Germany.

George was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a temple worker in the Portland and Medford temples.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeanine Marie, the mother of their five children. They were married for 47 years.

Survivors include his children, Renee Bray of Austin, Texas, David of Olympia, Wash., Michael of Rainier, Wash., Robert of Fresno, Calif., and Denis of Lancaster, Calif.; his wife, Phyllis; five stepchildren; 60 grandchildren; and 66 great-grandchildren.

Interment with full military honors will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Contributions are suggest to the LDS Church Missionary Fund in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute, which handled arrangements.

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

Nelda Lenore Hoover

Nov. 5, 1917 - Oct. 21, 2010

Nelda Lenore Hoover, 92, of Salem died Oct. 21.

She was born in Salem to Ralph and Blanche Crum.

Nelda had worked at the Oldsmobile dealership in Salem after high school and later married Melford Hoover. She then took care of her family and home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melford, and brother, Norman Crum.

Survivors include her sons, Robert D. Hoover of Keizer, David P. Hoover of Independence, Joel A. Hoover of West Salem, and Samuel M. Hoover of Newberg; sister, Opal Trowbridge of Quantzite, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Oct. 26 at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem.

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

Richard I. Prater Sr.

Dec. 24, 1920 - Oct. 21, 2010

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Richard Ivan Prater Sr., 89, died Oct. 21 in Monmouth.

He was born to Jones and Cleo Prater in McMinnville.

He graduated from McMinnville High School and played football for Linfield College until he joined the Navy in 1942.

He married Janet Elizabeth Groth on Feb. 22, 1942. They moved in the late 1940s to Dallas, where he worked for the Ford dealership as a shop foreman. In 1969 he started Dick's Auto Glass Service and operated it until his retirement in 1986.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Prater.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Janet of Monmouth; brother, Maurice (Dorothy) Prater of Portland; children, Kathy Miller of Chandler, Ariz., Dick (Sandy) Prater of Dallas, Linda Lesh of Salem and Sally Bayer of Portland; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Private interment was in Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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

LeRoy Junior Mersch

June 6, 1941 - Oct. 13, 2010

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LeRoy Junior Mersch, 65, of Independence died Oct. 13.

He was born to Roy T. and Maxine O. Mersch.

He loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his dog.

He was preceded in death by a brother and a great-grandchild.

Survivors include his wife, Vaneta; sons, Gregory and Wally; daughters, Tammy Phillips and Lora McDaniel; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; seven sisters; and one brother.

No service will be held.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Kristy Calkins

April 7, 1961 - Oct. 17, 2010

Kristy Calkins, 49, of Dallas died Oct. 17 in Dallas.

Memorial service was Oct. 24 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas.

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

Larry Duane Oliver

April 18, 1941 - Aug. 18, 2010

Larry Duane Oliver, 69, of Stanfield, formerly of Independence, died Aug. 18 following a 16-year battle with cancer.

He was born to Benjamin and Carrie Oliver in Sundance, Wyo.

The family lived near Gillette, Wyo., on the Burt Norfolk Ranch, where his father was the foreman. The family moved to Falls City after the blizzard of 1949.

Larry attended Laurelwood Academy in Gaston, Milo Academy in Milo and studied drafting in Klamath Falls.

He worked for Mountain Fir Lumber Co. in Independence until it closed, and then worked at Silvercrest Manufactured Homes in Woodburn in the maintenance department until it closed.

Survivors include his wife, Starlene Oliver; daughters, Shannon Brown of Richland, Wash., and Connie Haberly of Salem; sons, Duane Oliver and Mike Oliver, both of Salem; sister, Harriet Wallace of Monmouth; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Celebration of his life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at his sister's home, 1090 Hoffman Road, Monmouth.

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