*Sandra D. 'Sandy' Bonk*Alice Marie Nendel Hamilton Rhodes*Sylvia Kukrall*Rita Mae Montgomery*Rafael S. Alvarez*John Henry Montgomery*Wilbur 'Bill' Raymond Atkins*Charles Richard Holderby*Melvin Lange

Alice Marie Nendel Hamilton Rhodes

Dec. 31, 2011

Alice Marie Rhodes

Alice Marie Nendel Hamilton Rhodes, 82, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, formerly of Dallas, died Dec. 31.

She was born in Philomath to Henry and Bessie Nendel.

She married James Edwin Hamilton on June 27, 1947, and they raised three children. Jim died on Feb. 28, 1977.

On Nov. 24, 1979, Alice married Chester Rhodes. He preceded her in death on May 17, 2005.

Alice was the consummate homemaker, taking care of children and her home, her joys and delights. In her early married life she went occasionally to Dallas Retirement Home and did the hair of residents. She loved to cook, bake and quilt, and always had a beautiful flower garden around her home. She knitted many baby sweaters and snowflake Christmas ornaments.

She loved to camp with her family on the Alsea River, where 30 to 40 would gather for a great time. She boated with Jim and enjoyed the Nendel family reunions.

She also enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles and a good cup of coffee. In her later years her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Larry Hamilton; stepson, Steve Rhodes; and siblings, Beatrice Unrein, Lucille Katewa, Margaret Gothard, Orla Mathews, Robert Nendel, Alvin Nendel and Walter Nendel.

Survivors include her sons, Robert (Judi) Hamilton of Aloha and Gary (Sue) Hamilton of Prineville; daughter, Evelyn (Duane) Friesen of Coeur d'Alene; siblings, Vera Bemrose, Lela Hamar and Raymond Nendel; stepchildren, Bill Rhodes, Tom Rhodes, Jerry Rhodes, Ron Rhodes and Kathy Nelson; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service is Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas. Interment will be in Dallas Cemetery.

Bollman Funeral Home handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Sylvia Kukrall

Oct. 14, 1927 - Jan. 7, 2012

Sylvia Kukrall

Sylvia Kukrall, 84, of Keizer, formerly of Dallas, died Jan. 7.

She moved to McMinnville with her parents, John and Agnes Kukurall, at the age of 6 from South Dakota and later moved to Dallas, where she resided for more than 24 years. The past 12 years of her life were spent living with her daughter, Judy Berge, in Keizer.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Tillie Vincent.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy (Ted) Berge of Keizer, and extended family.

Graveside service was Jan. 11 at Dallas Cemetery.

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

Sandra D. Bonk

Nov. 25, 1937 - Jan. 7, 2012

Sandra "Sandy" Dagmore Woodruff Matocha Miller Bonk, 74, of Dallas died Jan. 7 in Salem.

She was born in Tillamook to Edward and Ruby (McCutcheon) Woodruff.

Sandy had an enormous love of the outdoors. She cared for all creatures, big or small. She enjoyed painting Christmas ornaments and cards. She also enjoyed playing board games and cards. Sandy loved snow, waterfalls, flowers and birds, and those were the usual subjects of her paintings. She also enjoyed gardening and watching things grow.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 26 years, Earl Miller.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Edward Bonk of Dallas; sisters, Donna Minor of Coquille, Loraine Arnold of McMinnville and Carol Glass of Newberg; brother, Dan Matocha of Willamina; and her extended family.

Graveside service was Thursday at Buck Hollow Cemetery near Sheridan.

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

Rita Mae Montgomery

July 15, 1936 - Jan. 10, 2012

Rita Mae Montgomery

Rita Mae Montgomery, 75, of Monmouth died Jan. 10.

Rita was a mother, sister and wife. She was a native Oregonian and lived in the Willamette Valley most of her life.

Being a teacher at Perrydale for 27 years was a real joy. She also was involved in Delta Kappa Gamma for many years. Rita, with her husband, volunteered at the Polk County Historical Society as well as participated on the board.

Memorial service was Saturday at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Wake was held at Farrol's in Rickreall on Sunday.

Contributions are suggested to the Polk County Historical Society or to the Paralyzed Veterans.

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

Wilbur 'Bill' Raymond Atkins

March 20, 1917 - Dec. 26, 2011

Wilbur "Bill" Raymond Atkins, 94, of Dallas died Dec. 26 in Dallas.

He was born in Hartford, Conn., to Wallace and Irene Atkins; he was one of two sets of twin boys.

He grew up both in Connecticut and on the waterfront of Sarasota, Fla. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, and an avid swimmer, boater and outdoorsman. Bill joined the Navy at the age of 17 in 1935.

He met the love of his life, Virginia Bolton, while at Naval Training School in Norfolk, Va. After a short six weekends of courting, Bill and Ginny were married Dec. 7, 1939. They moved to San Diego and started a family that would grow to seven children. Bill reluctantly retired from the Navy he loved to help Ginny raise a house full of teenagers.

After retiring from the Navy in 1955 he worked for General Dynamic's Aerospace, from which he retired in January of 1974. He and his wife moved to Dallas to enjoy their retirement together.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Ginny, on Aug. 24, 2010, and his son, Ray, on May 27, 2009.

Survivors include his children, Irene (Bruce) Sinclair, Kenny Atkins, Linda (Mike) Walder, Jack (Paula) Atkins, Paul (Traci) Atkins and Cheryl Howard; 18 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and extended family.

Memorial service is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private interment will be in Falls City Cemetery.

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

John Henry Montgomery

May 7, 1918 - Jan. 7, 2012

John Henry Montgomery

John Montgomery, 93, of Dallas died Jan. 7.

He was born in Muskogee, Okla., to George and Rosie Montgomery.

He grew up in California, where he attended school until it was necessary for him to assist in supporting the family. He quit formal education in the sixth-grade and began doing manual labor in the cotton fields and vineyards for 10 cents per hour. He developed a strong work ethic and high morals, which created the integrity for which he was known.

His family returned to Otter Rock when John was in his teens. There, he logged and continued the hard work with which he was familiar. He also met his wife, Violet Fuller, in Otter Rock. They married in July of 1940, in Stevenson, Wash., and had five children.

John and his family moved in 1950 to Oregon, where he worked at Willamette Industries for nearly 30 years until he took an early medical retirement.

John loved the outdoors and enjoyed working outside on the lawn or other projects. John was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting. He also enjoyed animals and made pets out of his cows and other farm animals.

John lived his faith in Jesus Christ. He enjoyed being able to serve as a deacon, an usher or assist in the music with his guitar. He was a member of the Assembly of God.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Violet, in 1996; daughter, Bonnie Tatti; and sons, Ken and Jerry Montgomery.

Survivors include his daughters, Sue (Jim) DeVault and June (Dan) Marion, all of Dallas; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and extended family.

Celebration of life was Friday at Valley Life Center in Dallas.

Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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

Charles Richard Holderby

Jan. 13, 2012

Charles Richard Holderby, 88, died Jan. 13 in Independence.

Viewing is Monday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Graveside service is Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

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

Rafael S. Alvarez

Nov. 24, 1948 - Jan. 14, 2012

Rafael S. Alvarez, 63, of Independence died Saturday.

He was born in Edinburg, Texas.

He later lived in Washington and moved to Independence in 1962. He graduated from Central High School and worked for Boise Cascade for 38 years, retiring in 2008.

He spent his time in his garage fixing things and organizing his tools. He loved fishing, radios, movies and collecting coins. He loved spending time with his grandkids. He loved his whole family very much and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Eda Alvarez; sons, David and Nicholas Alvarez; daughter, Margarita Alvarez; sister, Dora Alvarez; and two grandkids.

Recitation of the Rosary is Friday at 1 p.m. with memorial mass at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Melvin Lange

April 28, 1930 - Jan. 12, 2012

Melvin Lange

Melvin "Mel" Lange, 81, of Sacramento, Calif., died Thursday.

He was born in Tacoma, Wash., to Ben and Ella Lange.

Mel grew up in Dallas and graduated from Dallas High School in 1948. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated from the University of Omaha. He entered the Air Force and served for 28 years before retiring. He was delighted to have flown his favorite fighter planes during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.


Upon leaving the Air Force he settled in the Folsom area of California, where he went into business as a real estate broker until his second retirement in 2008.

For several years he served as assistant scout master for Folsom Troop 94. He was a member of the Order of Daedalians (military pilot fraternal organization), the Military Officers Association and the California Association of Realtors.

Mel was known and loved for his sense of humor, his love of family and devotion to his country. His favorite activities were skiing, hiking, salmon fishing and traveling in a motor home. In his last years he was thankful to continue traveling while still doing his home hemo dialysis treatment using portable equipment. He helped to found the Sacramento Area Association of Kidney Patients, an educational and support group for individuals with kidney disease.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Judy; sons, Michael of El Dorado Hills, Calif., and Mel Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter, Kathryn Kuenzi of Salem; brothers, Ken and Loren; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial service and celebration of Melvin's life is Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. at Green Valley Mortuary Chapel, 3004 Alexandrite Road, Rescue, Calif.

Contributions are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation or any like organization associated with kidney disease.


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