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*Eldon F. Neufeld*Gerald 'Jerry' Murray*Martha Sadie Little*Ronald Booth*Rayda N. Kangas*Ronald 'Ron' Ray Wilson*Jessica Brann*Randy Scott Fredrickson*Michael Grover Martin*Zelma Louise Goan*Elmer P.

Eldon F. Neufeld

July 31, 1927 - Feb. 22, 2012

Eldon F. Neufeld

Eldon Neufeld, 84, lifelong resident of Dallas, died Feb. 22.

He was born in Dallas to Frank and Agnes (Friesen) Neufeld.

On Feb. 7, 1947, he married Frieda Heinrichs in Dallas. Eldon and Frieda recently celebrated 65 years of Christian marriage.

The career path for Eldon started on the farm in Dallas, working the fields and orchards. He later went to work at Tracy Canning Co. He then went to work for Portco Corp. in Vancouver, Wash., launching his true love for sales.

Eldon helped pioneer the lumber wrap industry in the Pacific Northwest. That knowledge and experience carried him through 43 years in the industry. He worked for Fortifiber for close to 20 years until Fabrene Corp. purchased the lumber wrap division. Eldon worked for Fabrene for 13 more years until retiring in 2006.

Eldon was involved in the community and served as board member and president of the Dallas Downtown Development Association, was treasurer for the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and Dallas Smileroo committee. He was a founder and board member of the West Valley Foundation and a board member of Valley Community Hospital, now West Valley Hospital.

He also was a board member of the State Downtown Development Association, committee member of the Dallas Downtown Renaissance and a president of Bridlewood Homeowners Association.

Eldon received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce in 2006.

Beyond his community and civic involvement, Eldon was a man of faith in Jesus Christ, and enjoyed serving in various ministries which included church usher, choir director and committee member.

Music was a big part of Eldon's life and his voice and musical talents were a blessing.

Survivors include his wife, Frieda Neufeld of Dallas; son, Rod (Jackie) Neufeld of Portland; sister, Evelyn (Wayne) Flaming of Vancouver; brother, Clifford (Shirley) Neufeld of Olympia, Wash.; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; two stepgrandsons; and two stepgreat-granddaughters.

Celebration of life was Monday at Dallas Evangelical Bible Church. Private burial was at Dallas Cemetery.

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

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

Ethel B. Hughes

July 7, 1917 - Feb. 23, 2012

Ethel Hughes, 94, of Dallas died Thursday.

She was born in Willamina.

She married Verne Hughes in Vancouver, Wash., on July 14, 1934. Ethel and Verne enjoyed 75 years together. He died in 2009.

Ethel was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the First Christian Church. She and Verne made many lasting friendships and enjoyed the times they spent with fellow church and community members.

Survivors include her sons, Larry (Karen) of Keizer and Steven (Virginia) of Caladonia, Minn.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Private burial will be at Dallas Cemetery.

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

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

Martha Sadie Little

June 19, 1920 - Feb. 19, 2012

Martha Sadie Little

Martha Sadie Little, 91, of Monmouth died Feb. 19 in Independence.

She was born to James F. and Anna C. Swallow in Seavey, Minn.

Her family lived in many states, but most of her childhood memories were set in Montana.

She met Verle Price Little in Gridley, Calif., and they married in October 1937. The marriage lasted until Verle's death 71 years later. They raised three children: Ray, Linda and Roger.

The Depression nor war could keep them down or apart for long. Martha was hardworking, spending much of her career as a supervisor at Libby's Cannery.

Martha was a world-class grandmother of 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Distance or time constraints proved no match for her zeal for attending games, plays or special moments of any kind. She was an integral part of their lives. Nearly everyone slept nightly in the warm embrace of a quilt from grandma.

Service was Feb. 22 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Monmouth. Interment was at Smith Cemetery in Monmouth.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Ronald Booth

Nov. 11, 1935 - Feb. 21, 2012

Ronald Booth, 76, of Willamina died Feb. 21 in Willamina from complications from Leukemia.

He was born in Willamina.

He had been a resident of Valsetz in "his heyday" and loved the life there. After living in Valsetz, Ron, his wife Patricia, and children, Aaron and Deelain, moved to Willamina. They lived on a farm, which Ron enjoyed immensely, for the remaining years of his life.

He and Patricia's 52nd wedding anniversary was also Feb. 21.

Graveside service was Friday at Buckhollow Cemetery in Willamina.

Chapel of Macy & Son in McMinnville handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.macyandson.com.

Michael Grover Martin

June 21, 1944 - Feb. 21, 2012

Michael Grover Martin

Michael Grover Martin, 67, of Salem died Feb. 21.

Mike graduated from South Salem High School but lived most of his life in Independence.

He graduated from Oregon State University and served in the Army in Germany and Vietnam.

He accomplished much in his lifetime but the most important thing in his life was his family, especially his three granddaughters, who knew him as "grandpaw." He was loved by many.

Survivors include his daughters, Melissa Killion and Susan Shepherd; mother, Barbara Martin; brother, David Martin; sister, Becky Plum; and three granddaughters.

At his request no service will be held. Private interment was at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Ronald 'Ron' Ray Wilson

April 5, 1950 - Feb. 7, 2012

Ronald 'Ron' Ray Wilson

Ronald "Ron" Ray Wilson, 61, of Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Perrydale, died Feb. 7 in Anchorage.

Ron was born in McMinnville to Albert and Lois Wilson.

He grew up on the Wilson wheat and turkey farm just east of Perrydale. Ron graduated in 1969 from Perrydale High School, where he was active in FFA. From July of 1969 to 1973, Ron served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

On March 4, 1970, Ron married Marilyn Schellenberg in Dallas. The couple spent a happy 41 years together.

Ron had many different jobs after the war, but the job that took him and his family to Alaska was with Halliburton Oil Field Service. Living in Alaska had been his boyhood dream.

After working for Halliburton for nine years he started his own business, "Ron's Riverboat Service," a fishing guide business that he ran for 17 years. Two years into the guide business Ron and his wife became the contract concessionaires for Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Susitna Landing Boat Launch and Campground in Willow, Alaska. They lived at and operated the landing for 15 years until December 2008, when Ron had a massive stroke which medically retired him. He spent the next three years at Providence Extended Care and developed a close relationship with his Lord and Savior.

Ron loved fishing and running the rivers of the Susitna River Drainage. Not only did he enjoy guiding many people fishing, but also did many rescues of other boaters. Ron also taught Coast Guard Boater Safety Class in the spring and also received an award for developing a special "river safety" part to this program.

In the winter these same frozen rivers kept him busy. He developed and groomed snow machine trails that he also hauled freight and building materials on to remote locations with his freight sleds and super-wide snow machine.

Ron was preceded in death by his daughter, Ronna Kay.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Kelly Coulombe; and one grandchild; all of Wasilla, Alaska.

Celebration of life was Feb. 11 at Wasilla Christian Church. His ashes will be scattered at the Susitna Landing this coming summer.

Rayda N. Kangas

Aug. 29, 1937 - Feb. 23, 2012

Rayda N. Kangas, 74, of Salem died Thursday.

No service will be held.

Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem, handled arrangements.

Jessica Brann

Jan. 31, 1947 - Feb. 18, 2012

Jessica Brann

Jessica Brann, 65, of Clatskanie died Feb. 18.

She was born in McMinnville to Grand Ronde Tribal member Etta Hansen and Richard Younger.

The family moved around a good deal, but spent her last school years in Willamina. Jessie married at the age of 17 and moved to Clatskanie. She returned to Willamina when her marriage ended.

Jessie married Denny Brann in March of 1998 and then moved to Mexico, living there for about three years. Jessie and Denny finally returned to Grand Ronde. Her husband Denny preceded her in death.

Jessie's passion was decorating her home and yard. She loved decorating for the holidays and always had a project in the works. Her dog, Pebbles, was a constant companion.

Survivors include her sons, Rick Olean of Clatskanie and Rodney Olean of Lacey, Wash; sisters, Cassandra Scott and Cecilia Bissonette, both of Grand Ronde, Stephani Grim of Salem and Mary Leith of Sheridan; and brothers, Richard Younger of Utah, Lewis Younger of Willamina and Edward Hansen of Salem.

Memorial service was Tuesday at the Grand Ronde Tribal Gym. Interment followed at Grand Ronde Tribal Cemetery.

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

Randy Scott Fredrickson

May 20, 1953 - Feb. 14, 2012

Randy Scott Fredrickson, 58, of Willamina died Feb. 14 from pulmonary hypertension.

Celebration of his life is Friday at 2 p.m. at the Willamina VFW Hall.

To leave an online condolence: www.AdamsonsSheridanFuneralHome.com.

Zelma Louise Goan

June 29, 1910 - Feb. 23, 2012

Zelma Louise Goan

Zelma L. Goan, 101, of Monmouth died Thursday.

She was born in Grangeville, Idaho, to Charles Henry and Mabel Lee (Allen) Goan.

Zelma attended school through the eighth grade. After her mother died she began to work on the family farm. She moved in 1935 to Sheridan, and later to McMinnville.

Zelma lived in many towns in Western Oregon as a farmer and milker. She never married. In 1968 she moved to Monmouth, where she resided until her move to Dallas Retirement Village.

Zelma loved to read. She was raised in the Baptist Church, but did not maintain affiliation.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Gladys Brammer, Esther Box and Marjorie Carpenter; and brother, Herman Goan.

Survivors include her niece, Donna Wood of Port Angeles, Wash.

Committal service is today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Salem.

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

Wanda Louise Bilyeu

Jan. 22, 1939 - Feb. 23, 2012

Wanda Louise Bilyeu

Wanda Louise Bilyeu, 73, of Monmouth, formerly of Dallas, died Thursday in Salem.

She was born in Portland to William G. and Myrtle Irene Sanderson Miller.

Wanda graduated from Dallas High School in 1957. She received an associate degree from Chemeketa Community College and also graduated from the College of Hair Design Careers in Salem. She was a talented hairdresser and worked in Salem and Dallas for a number of years. She then worked at Praegitzer Industries from 1993 to 1998.

She briefly lived in Wasilla, Alaska, and then returned to the Dallas and Monmouth areas.

She was a talented cake decorator. In the late 1960s Wanda participated in a television commercial, with her pancake recipe being compared to Bisquick pancakes. She bowled for many years in leagues and enjoyed going to competitions in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She loved her family, grandkids and camping.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Glenn Cooper, in 1961; second husband, Fenton Bilyeu, in 1994; infant daughter, Irene Susanne Cooper, in 1960; and sister, Jennie Lewis, in 2008.

Survivors include her sons, Dan (Cyndi) Cooper of Wasilla, Clifford (Teresa Talley) Cooper of Dallas and Chester Bilyeu of Monmouth; sister, Margaret Cook of Forest Grove; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial service is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private interment will be at Mount Crest Abbey in Salem.

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

Gerald 'Jerry' Murray

June 2, 1923 - Feb. 19, 2012

Gerald "Jerry" Murray, 88, of Dallas died Feb. 19.

He was born in Perryton, Texas.

Jerry moved to California and attended Folsom High School, where he excelled in track. His track record held for more than 23 years. He was in the Army during World War II, where he served in Guadalcanal. He retired from the Sacramento Fire Department in California.

Jerry was a member of the American Legion for more than 57 years.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Alice; children, Linda Stephenson, Nancy Davis and Donald Murray; stepchildren, Michael Callaway and Kathy Troglia; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Tuesday at Bollman Funeral Home, Dallas.

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

Loene Dorothy Wilson

July 4, 1919 - Feb. 8, 2012

Loene Dorothy Wilson

Loene Dorothy Wilson, 92, of Portland died Feb. 8.

She was born to Allen and Emma Hall in Pratum.

She was raised in Salem until age 9, when the family moved to Independence. She started fourth grade at Independence Oak Point Grade School and then attended and graduated from Independence High School. She attended Oregon Beauty College in Salem and passed her exam in about 1939.

She picked hops for her father, who was foreman on the Mitoma Hop Farm in Independence. There she met and married Marion Wilson in July 1940.

She was a devoted Christian and cared for all the babies in the Independence First Baptist Church nursery.

She was a professional seamstress, dedicated nursing home aide at the Independence Nursing Home and worked in the Independence Laundry until 1979, when she moved to Portland. In Portland she worked sewing golf clothes for a golf clothing factory and retired after the factory closed. She continued to do sewing repairs and alterations for a local dry cleaner for extra money.

Loene was an incredibly loving mother who enjoyed sewing, gardening, music and serving others.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Earnest Wilson, and sister, Eleanor Fugate.

Survivors include her children, Eleanor (Bob) Lewis, Marilyn (Bob) Rainey, Judith (Wayne) Jones, Raymond (Cyndee) Wilson, Larry (Cindy) Wilson and Janelle (Scott) Porter; sister, Doris Brickeen; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life will be March 31 at 1 p.m. at New Vision Fellowship, where she was an active member.

Contributions are suggested to the Loene Wilson Music Memorial Fund, c/o New Vision Fellowship, 5525 SW Menlo Drive, Beaverton, OR 97005.

Elmer P. Bogardus

March 15, 1925 - Feb. 22, 2012

Elmer P. Bogardus, 86, of Independence died Feb. 22.

At his request no service will be held.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Lewyn Frank Cutten Jr.

Oct. 2, 1930 - Feb. 22, 2012

Lewyn Frank Cutten Jr.

Lewyn Frank Cutten Jr., 81, of Dallas died Feb. 22 in Salem.

He was born in Los Angeles to Lewyn and Mildred Cutten.

He grew up in Los Angeles, where he played baseball. He was a messenger and a spotter for his neighborhood Civil Defense Unit during World War II. He graduated from Garfield High School in 1948.

He served his country in the Marine Corps for 21 years. His service included one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. During his first tour in Vietnam he received a war time Officers Commission. He achieved the rank of captain. He retired on May 31, 1970.

He married Marjorie Jean Scutt on Oct. 6, 1956, in Selah, Wash. Together with their children they roamed the country from North Carolina to California. The family crossed the United States eight times coast to coast. He and Marge moved back to the Dallas area in 2007.

After his retirement he attended Central Washington University. He graduated with honors with a degree in geology and a minor in physics (he thought it would be fun). He was always gifted with a sharp mind and an interest in all mathematics and astronomy.

He was always active in church. He was very proud of the dozen or more "Walk to Emmaus" retreats that he participated in. He served the Lord in many capacities in many communities. His devotion and commitment served as an inspiration to many.

He joined Kiwanis while he and his wife lived in Brewster, Wash. He had many roles, including distinguished lieutenant governor in 2003-2004. He later would be a member in the Yakima, The Dalles, Dallas and South Salem chapters.

He enjoyed his family, golfing, camping and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; children, Alan, Lori and Lewyn "Frank"; brother, Franklin D. "Bumper"; sister, Linda; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and extended family.

Graveside service is Wednesday (today) at 2 p.m. at Fircrest Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Jacqueline Sue Smith

Aug. 29, 1951 - Feb. 27, 2012

Jacqueline Sue Smith, 60, of Independence died Monday.

Service is pending with Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence.

For more information: 503-838-1414.

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