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10/5 Obituaries

*Oren Joseph Snyder*Wilfred 'Willie' Ray*Helen Elsie McKibben*Gerald Albert Sisson*Barbara J. Theiss*Kathryn S. Muller*Sylvia L.Rowell*Gerald G. Cook*Ida Helen Ingram

Oren Joseph Snyder

Feb. 28, 1936 - Sept. 25, 2011

Oren Joseph Snyder

Oren Joseph Snyder, 75, of Dallas died Sept. 25 in Dallas.

He was born in Denver to Oscar J. Snyder and Pearl E. Lancaster.

He attended Wheat Ridge schools up until his family moved to California, where he graduated from Chaffey High School in 1955.

On Oct. 22, 1966, he married Vera June Smith in Bellflower, Calif.

He attended Los Angeles Trade Tech and Dunwoody Baking Institute in Minneapolis. He worked at Barbara Ann Bakeries in San Bernardino, Calif., owned Chino Bakery in the 1960s, owned Oren's Cake Box in Dallas in the 1970s, and then owned Leopold's Pizza in Woodburn. In the 1990s he worked for Safeway in many of the area bakeries and retired from the bread plant in Clackamas.

He was a very hard worker, independent and liked to cook, bake, garden and do stained glass. He won first place at the Oregon State Fair in 1986 for his hooked rug, which he loved to do. He was very helpful with his family in trying to get everyone on their feet and established.

Oren was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Naomi Chapter No. 22 Order of the Eastern Star. He also enjoyed deep sea fishing and camping.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera, in 2004 and a sister, Mary Belle Stice.

Survivors include his son, Joel Snyder of Dallas; daughter, Melody Vohland of Dallas; sister, Shirley Larsen of Whittier, Calif.; brother, Frank Snyder of Dallas; and three grandchildren.

Service was Sept. 28 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Entombment was at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Salem.

Contributions are suggested to the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.

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

Wilfred 'Willie' Ray

Sept. 23, 1933 - Sept. 27, 2011

Wilfred 'Willie' Ray

Wilfred "Willie" Ray, 78, of Yoncalla died Sept. 27.

He was born to Luther and Murl Cooper Ray in Monmouth.

Willie married Lorena Buck on Sept. 7, 1963, in Springfield.

He had lived in Airlie and Dallas. He was a logger and had worked for Wooley Brothers in Drain.

He enjoyed gardening and camping. He loved helping other people, sharing produce from his garden and playing baseball with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Edyth Wykoski.

Survivors include his wife, Lorena Ray of Yoncalla; daughters, Helen (Mike) Templeton of Yoncalla and Kim (Jim) Roberts of Myrtle Creek; son, Jerry Ray of Drain; sister, Winona Lambert of Dallas; brother, Darold Ray of Logsdon; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Service is Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at Yoncalla Church of Christ. Interment will be at Yoncalla Cemetery.

Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel of Cottage Grove handled arrangements.

Helen Elsie McKibben

Feb. 24, 1917 - Sept. 27, 2011

Helen Elsie McKibben

Helen Elsie McKibben, 94, of Dallas died Sept. 27.

She was born in Spring Butte, N.D., to Llewellyn and Ruby Abel Cooper Rowell Sr.

The family moved to Portland in 1919 and to Dallas in 1920. She graduated in 1935 from high school in Salem and went on to attend Willamette University and Salem Business College. Helen worked for the FBI in security during World War II while living in New York.

On Oct. 5, 1946, Helen married Gale Lee "Kelly" McKibben in Dallas.

Helen was hired at Gerlinger in December 1944 as a stenographer. Through her 35 years with Gerlinger, Towmotor and Caterpillar she was a dedicated office worker whose duties included receptionist, payroll clerk, insurance claims processor, librarian and roles in the personnel department. She retired in 1979.

She was a member of the Pythian Sisters, Rebekah's, Dallas United Methodist Church, Toastmasters, Chamber of Commerce and Extension Group. She loved to read mysteries, travel and do for others.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kelly, in 1993; son, Gary "Michael" Gentry; sisters, Maxine Lambert and Arlene Rowell; brother, Eugene Rowell; grandson, Brian Lampkin; and one great-grandson.

Survivors include her daughters, Vicki Lampkin of Salem, Terie Kester of Dallas and Loren "Scott" Teter of Portland; brother, Ted Rowell of Portland; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Service was Oct. 4 at Dallas United Methodist Church. Interment was at Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the charity of choice in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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

Gerald Albert Sisson

Aug. 7, 1931 - Sept. 26, 2011

Gerald Albert Sisson, 80, of Dallas died Sept. 26 in Dallas.

Private funeral mass was held at St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas. Private interment was at Fir Crest Cemetery in Monmouth.

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

Barbara J. Theiss

April 24, 1939 - Sept. 27, 2011

Barbara J. Theiss

Barbara J. Theiss, 72, of Dallas died Sept. 27 in Dallas.

She was born in Portland to Marshall and Ethel Munson.

Barbara attended Seaside High School. She married George Theiss on Nov. 26, 1955, in Oceanlake.

They later settled in Dallas, where they owned and operated the local Montgomery Wards Store. Barbara also worked for the state of Oregon as a telephone operator and receptionist at the Capitol.

Barbara had been an active member of St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas, where she had served as the head of the Altar Society for some time. She also had been in charge of the annual Christmas Bazaar and faithfully baked bread for the occasion.

Barbara's family was very important to her. She always looked forward to hosting, baking and cooking the family holiday dinners and reunions. Barbara and George loved to go visit the coast together and had many wonderful trips there. She also enjoyed playing pinochle with her sisters and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Douglas; sister, Louise Larfield; and brother, Michael Osborne.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 56 years, George Theiss; sons, Steve, David and Allen Theiss; daughter, Cat Anderson; sisters, Patricia Osborne and Linda Theiss; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial was Sept. 30 at St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas. Interment was in Dallas Cemetery.

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

Kathryn S. Muller

Jan. 24, 1955 - Sept. 26, 2011

Kathryn S. Muller

Kathryn S. Muller, 56, of Dallas died Sept. 26 after a brief battle with cancer.

She was born in Salem to William and Alma Fitzgerald.

Kathy was a gifted seamstress who loved animals. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, game shows, playing Yahtzee and spending time with family. She also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Kathy had a good sense of humor and was always ready for a laugh. Kathy had a generous heart and will be deeply missed by those who love her.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Muller; daughter, Khristine Palmer; mother, Alma Fitzgerald; and brothers, David, Larry and Robert Fitzgerald.

Graveside service is Friday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at Dallas Cemetery.

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

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

Gerald 'Jerry' G. Cook

Aug. 23, 1937 - Oct. 1, 2011

Gerald 'Jerry' G. Cook

Jerry Cook, 74, of Dallas died Oct. 1 in Salem.

He was born in Beloit, Kan., to Leland and Bernice Cook.

Jerry married Donna Hevner on Feb. 21, 1970. Together they enjoyed more than 41 years of marriage.

Jerry worked for Willamette Industries for 40 years.

He was an avid hunter and the family cherishes the memories they have of Jerry and his enthusiasm for hunting. Jerry also enjoyed the life he had on the farm.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Cook of Dallas. He is also survived by a large extended family and many friends.

Private family service was held.

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

Ida Helen Ingram

Jan. 20, 1920 - Sept. 30, 2011

Ida Helen Ingram

Ida Helen Ingram, 90, of Dallas, formerly of Monmouth, died Sept. 30.

She was born in DeQueen, Ark., to Ward and Nancy Chronister.

Helen moved in 1926 with her family to Sand Springs, Okla., where she graduated from Sand Springs High School.

She married A.Y. Gentry in 1940 and in 1961 they settled in the Independence-Monmouth area with their five children.

In 1967 Helen was married a second time to Lester Ingram and the couple lived on the family farm north of Independence.

Helen worked for more than 20 years in the housekeeping department at Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University), eventually returning from retirement to manage the department.

Helen's life revolved around her family; family dinners were so special to her. She enjoyed summer gardening, canning and her activities as a dedicated member of Monmouth Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Glenn and Raymond Chronister, and her husband, Lester Ingram.

Survivors include her daughters, Sharon Gentry and Linda Ryan, both of Monmouth, Nancy Sullivan of Auburn, Calif., and Gloria Stoner of Vancouver, Wash.; son, Roy Gentry of Saint-Denis, Belgium; stepson, Phillip Ingram of Everett, Wash.; stepdaughter, Phyllis Nash of Monmouth; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Service is Friday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. at Monmouth Church of Christ. Graveside service follows at Restlawn Memory Gardens. A reception will follow the graveside service at the church.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Sylvia L. Rowell

Dec. 11, 1944 - Sept. 29, 2011

Sylvia L. Rowell

Sylvia Rowell, 66, of Dallas died Sept. 29 in Salem.

She was born in Dallas to Ellis and Shirley (Johnston) Bowman.

Survivors include her sons, Dan Hesselgrave of Dallas and Rick Hesselgrave and David Hesselgrave, both of Salem; and her daughter, Melissa Reed of Dallas.

Private family service will be held at a later time.

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

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