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*Theordore W. Jones*AllanTscheigg*Christopher Scott Murphy*Roberta Lea Townsend*Ed Redman*Anna Christine Wagner*Fred C. Hibbeler*Mary Kathryn Paul*Laura Ruth Watkins*Helen Crow Livingston*Thelma Alice

Theodore W. Jones

July 19, 1918 - Dec. 20, 2012

Theodore W. Jones

Theodore W. Jones, 94, longtime resident of Pedee, died Dec. 20 in Pedee.

He was born near Shady Lane Road, in the Pedee area, to William Ray Jones and Margaret S. Jones.

Ted graduated from Monmouth High School in 1936. Not long after graduating from high school he traveled to Los Angeles to attend a sheet metal school. After completing his education in Los Angeles, he was hired by Boeing Co. in Seattle. His knowledge and work ethic drew attention from the Army Air Force and he was recruited in 1942. Ted received an honorable discharge in 1946 after serving his country.

Upon returning home Ted began working at a local farm on Pedee Creek Road. It was during this short time he met the love of his life. Ted and Alberta were married in 1949. The newlyweds set up their first home in Harlan.

In 1955 Ted purchased his 87-acre property in Pedee and he worked at a local plywood mill in Independence. As a side job Ted raised cattle and harvested hay for his herd. He also loved spending time in the garden "playing in the dirt." Ted retired from the plywood mill in 1980.

Following retirement Ted volunteered at the local fire department and after 23 years of service he retired. He enjoyed sharing time with his grandchildren, attending sporting events, family holidays and graduations. Ted stayed active around the farm and filled his days with work in the garden, helping Alberta around the house and attending church on Sundays.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Alberta M. Jones; son, Raymond R. Jones; daughter, T. Arlene Bailey; three sisters; and three grandchildren.

Memorial service was Dec. 29 at Pedee Evangelical Church. Private interment with military honors was at Womer Cemetery in Pedee.

Contributions are suggested to Albany Helping Hands or Union Gospel Mission in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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

Christopher Scott Murphy

Feb. 12, 1958 - Dec. 25, 2012

Christopher Scott Murphy

Chris Murphy, 54, of Keizer, formerly of Dallas, died Dec. 25.

He was born in Castro Valley, Calif., to Charles A. Murphy and Sandy Hodges.

Chris was a master mechanic for more than 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sandy.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Cook Murphy; daughter, Michelle Murphy; father, Charles A. Murphy; stepmother, Lois Murphy; sisters, Colleen Cuccarese (Jay), Karen Theriault and Patricia Coffey (David); brother, Michael Murphy (Kathy); stepbrothers, Ken Petersen (Jennifer) and Philip Petersen (Sherry); and extended family.

Memorial service was Dec. 29 at First Baptist Church in Independence.

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

Mary Kathryn Paul

Oct. 4, 1950 - Dec. 21, 2012

Mary Kathryn Paul, 62, of Independence died Dec. 21 in Independence.

She was born to John and Carol Stewart in Klamath Falls.

On Oct. 14, 1972, Mary married Samuel D. Paul Jr. in Reno, Nev.

Mary's grandchildren were her delight. They were what made her world go around.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Samuel D. Paul Jr.; sons, Steven D. Paul of Carmichael, Calif., and Jason C. Paul of Apex, N.C.; daughters, Kelli M. Odom of Salem and Heather D. White of Monmouth; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mary's family will be celebrating her life privately.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To share an online condolences: www.FarnstromMortuary.com.

Roberta Lea Townsend

Dec. 17, 1937 - Dec. 27, 2012

Roberta Lea Townsend

Roberta Lea Townsend, 75, of Salem died Dec. 27 in Salem.

She was born in Fresno, Calif., to Theodore and Margie Alvis.

Roberta married Jack Townsend on July 5, 1957, in Fresno; they were married for 36 years.

Roberta was a homemaker who was dedicated to her children and her husband throughout her life. She was always caring and generous. She loved to spend time with family, listen to music, dancing, roller derby, wrestling, playing poker, early rock 'n' roll, card games, canning and knitting.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; daughter, Fern Lewis; two sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include her children, Kathy Scharton, Fawn Von-Sprecken, Erma Townsend, Naomi Villwock, Laura Wyler, Jack Townsend and Diane Davison; sister, Lorraine Coffey; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Service was Dec. 31 at Grace Baptist Church in Dallas. Private inurnment was at Dallas Cemetery.

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

Anna Christine Wagner

April 15, 1914 - Dec. 29, 2012

Anna Christine Wagner, 98, of West Salem died Dec. 29 in Salem.

She was born in Yakima, Wash.

She married Wilbur L. Wagner on Nov. 2, 1941. He preceded her in death in April 1971.

Survivors include her daughter, Jeanette A. Brandt of Monmouth and a granddaughter.

Private interment will be held at Terrace Heights Memorial Park in Yakima.

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

Ed Redman

Nov. 18, 1931 - Dec. 29, 2012

Ed Redman, 81, of Monmouth died Dec. 29.

He was born to Edwin and Emma Redman in Houston.

Ed graduated from Lamar High School in Houston in 1950 and joined the Air Force reserves. He was called to active duty in 1951 and trained as a radar operator and ground control intercept controller. He was stationed at Geiger Field in Spokane, Wash., and at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash.

Ed was released from active duty and returned to his family's business, Chrystal White Laundry in Houston, but returned to the Pacific Northwest to wed Loretta Dumdai, his first wife. They had four children. He moved his family to Eastern Oregon and began the second phase of his adult life as a rancher. They moved from Elgin to the Pendleton area, where a natural disaster took Lorry's life in 1965.

In 1969 Ed met and married Callie Heise of Pendleton and her son, Gregory, became a member of his family. The family moved in 1969 to Eugene, where Ed took a management position with SAIF Corp.

The family stayed in Eugene until 1981, when he was moved to a senior management position at SAIF headquarters in Salem. He retired from SAIF in 1984 and returned to ranching on a hobby basis in Monmouth. He later went into risk management as the head of WTD Corp's. insurance and safety programs.

Ed was asked to serve the governor of Oregon on a special committee to reform the workers compensation law in Oregon. Ed did so, and in 1990 it became Senate Bill 1197, groundbreaking legislation that served as a model for many other states. Retiring again, he enjoyed his farm and devoted himself to caring for Callie, who had Multiple Sclerosis. Callie preceded Ed in death in June 2011.

He was an avid sports fan and loved the fact that his children shared his passion for football. Ed coached many teams of young teenagers in the art of football and enjoyed great success with multiple league championships won by his teams. He rarely missed a game, often driving from one field to the next on weekends to coach his team and then watch his sons play on different fields.

His other passion was roses; at one point the family house in Eugene had more than 50 rose bushes growing around it. He was also a gardener in general. The family would have to turn out at harvest time to take in the huge bounty of vegetables and fruits from his many trees and plants.

Survivors include his children, Kathy Parks, Curt (Carolyn) Redman, Chris Redman (Ann Warren), Kit (Sally) Redman and Greg (Carol) Redman; and 14 grandchildren.

Service was Saturday at Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence. Graveside service is Sunday at 1 p.m. at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Kennewick, Wash.

To send an online condolence: FarnstromMortuary.com.

Thelma Alice McKibben

Jan. 12, 1918 - Dec. 15, 2012

Thelma Alice McKibben, 94, of Dallas died Dec. 15 in Dallas.

She was born at her grandma's home in Sheridan to Thomas Turnbull Lux and Opal May Evans Lux.

During her childhood her father worked on the railroad and in logging camps and later settled in Sheridan as she grew to adulthood.

She married Melvin Lambert McKibben on May 2, 1938, in Sheridan. They farmed together for many years and then owned and operated Mel's Auto Service in Sheridan for many years.

She was a member of Salt Creek Baptist Church of Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, in 1994; daughter, Betty Malone; infant granddaughter, Mary Alice; and son-in-law, Leland Veach.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy (Carl) Christman of Dallas; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Service is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Salt Creek Baptist Church. Private family burial will be at Salt Creek Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the church or Camp Tapawingo.

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

Fred C. Hibbeler

Aug. 27, 1921 - Dec. 25, 2012

Fred C. Hibbeler, 91, of Dallas died Dec. 25.

He was born in Texas to George and Mary (Meadly) Hibbeler.

At the age of 18 he joined the Army Air Force during World War II. While stationed in California, he met his future bride at a dance. Fred married Norma L. DeWitt on April 6, 1946. Later that year they moved to Dallas.

With a wife and two sons, Fred was later the first one from Dallas to be called back into active duty during the Korean Conflict. Fred was always proud of serving his country.

Fred owned Mobile gas stations in Independence and Dallas, later delivering milk for Pope Dairy. He retired from Willamette Industries after 30 years. He was always there with a helping hand when needed and always had a joke.

Fred and Norma designed and built a home in two years while he worked full-time swingshift at Willamette Industries. Their daughter later bought the home from him.

Even after retirement Fred kept busy for 19 years as he helped his son, Gary, at Dallas Radiator until knee replacement slowed him some.

He enjoyed yard sales, word search books and playing bingo at Dallas Retirement Village. Fred was a proud member of Grace Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma.

Survivors include his daughter, Janice (Mel) Smith of Dallas; sons, Richard Gary Hibbeler of Dallas and Dennis Hibbeler of Salem; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Service was Thursday at Grace Baptist Church in Dallas, followed by interment with military honors at Restlawn Memory Gardens.

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

Helen Crow Livingston

Dec. 6, 1921 - Jan. 3, 2013

Helen Crow Livingston

Helen Livingston, 91, of West Salem, formerly of Monmouth, died Thursday following a brief illness.

She was born in Fredericktown, Mo., to Clarence Robert Crow and Florence Patton Crow.

When Helen was 10 she was baptized at Fredericktown Christian Church. Later that same year her family moved to Potosi, Mo., where her father ran the family lumber company.

Helen graduated from Potosi High School and then completed a two-year business program in Chillicothe, Mo. Following her graduation from business school she worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Chattanooga.

An interesting event she liked to talk about during that time was taking a vacation to Havana, Cuba. When Helen's mother died unexpectedly, she returned to Potosi to take care of the family. During this time she met her former high school classmate Robert Livingston. He had just returned to Potosi after serving in the Army Air Corp in World War II and they started dating. They were married in 1947 and were married for 60 years.

While living in New York City when her husband was attending Columbia University, Helen worked as an administrative assistant for an education research project made up of all the Ivy League college presidents. During the two years she worked there she became close friends with the presidents of Harvard and Columbia universities.

Helen and Robert moved to Monmouth in 1951. Helen lived in Monmouth for 50 years until she moved to Capital Manor in Salem.

Helen was active in supporting the city of Monmouth and served on the library board and the election board for many years. She was a Brownie leader. She went door-to-door raising money for the American Heart Association each year during its annual fundraising drive. She was active in the Campus Elementary School PTA and the Oregon College of Education Faculty Women's Group.

She was a member of Monmouth Dial-a-Care, which called to make daily checks on elderly community members. She was a longtime member of Monmouth's Social Hour Club. Helen's family had a long history of supporting the Salvation Army.

Upon their retirement Helen and Robert traveled extensively, including every March to Arizona to attend baseball's spring training.

Helen was admired by all who had the pleasure of knowing her and was loved by her family.

Survivors include her daughters, Sally Peyree (Tom) of Independence and Jane Myatt (Mike) of Newberg; sons, Jim (Ging) of Monmouth and Don of Happy Valley; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial service is Saturday at noon at Monmouth Christian Church. Interment will be at Fir Crest Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army.

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

Laura Ruth Watkins

Jan. 2, 2013

Laura Ruth Watkins, 75, of Eugene died Jan. 2 in Eugene.

She was born in Illinois to Cecil and Lela Watkins.

Ruth was always a very happy person. She did not have a care in the world and was loved by everybody she encountered. She spent some time in Fairview until she relocated to Eugene, where she spent the remainder of her life.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Charley Watkins, and sister, Arlene Watkins Dickey Staggs.

Survivors include her brother, Raymond Watkins; sister, Mae Cooley (Loren) and extended family.

Service was Tuesday at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas.

Allan Tschiegg

Sept. 27, 1930 - Jan. 5, 2013

The Rev. Allan Tschiegg, 82, of Dallas died Saturday.

Service arrangements are currently pending with Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, 503-623-2325.

Updated service information will be available and online condolences may be sent to: www.dallastribute.com.

Norvell Willis Braziel

Feb. 13, 1933 - Jan. 5, 2013

Norvell Willis Braziel

Norvell Willis Braziel, 79, of Independence died Saturday.

He was born in Royal, Ark., to Arthur R. Braziel and Minnie Ruth Cunningham.

He moved to the Willamette Valley with his family in 1945 and married Myrna J. Hedrick on Nov. 3, 1951, in Vancouver, Wash. They settled in Independence, where they raised their children.

Norvell went to work at Georgia Pacific and then Boise Cascade, from which he retired in 1996.

In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. After retirement he spent his spare time gardening and woodworking, where he was awarded ribbons at the Polk County Fair for his efforts.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael A. Braziel, and siblings, Velda J. Kessel and James A. Braziel.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Myrna of Independence; daughters, Nancy (Scott) Banks of Salem and Melodie Fournier of Vancouver, Wash.; brothers, Stanley Braziel of Salem, Charles (Marly) Braziel of Monmouth and Bobby (Sally) Braziel of Dallas; and three granddaughters.

Viewing is Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence. Graveside service is Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at Hilltop Cemetery.

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

Lewis Hambleton Ritner

Feb. 10, 1919 - Dec. 12, 2012

Lewis Hambleton Ritner

Lewis H. Ritner, 93, of Ukiah, Calif., died Dec. 12 in Ukiah.

He was born to Peter and Alice Ritner of Pedee.

He married Mollie Talley in 1944 and they raised their family in Oregon until moving to Point Arena, Calif., in 1956.

Lewis operated sawmills in Polk County and Mendocino County, Calif. The family moved to Sonoma, Calif., in 1962 and he worked for Pacific Gas and Electric for 25 years.

After retirement they lived in Oregon, Arizona and California. Lewis and Mollie enjoyed traveling and visiting family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mollie.

Survivors include his sons, Lynn R. of Yarnell, Ariz., Terry R. of Prairie City and Scott R. of Kimberly; daughter, Diane Anderson of Laytonville, Calif.; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be Aug. 10 at noon at Pioneer Cemetery in Pedee, followed by a celebration of life.

Anker-Lucier Mortuary of Willits, Calif., handled arrangements.

Melba N. Black

March 2, 1920 - Jan. 5, 2013

Melba N. Black

DALLAS - Melba Black, 92, of Dallas died on January 5, 2013. She was born on March 2, 1920 in Java, South Dakota and spent her childhood on a farm in South Dakota. Her one room school house only had four students. The family moved to Oregon and she graduated from Sheridan High School in 1938. She then studied to be a teacher at Oregon Normal School in Monmouth and graduated in 1940.

She taught in Molalla and then moved to Seattle and married Reynold Hendrickson. Reynold died of polio in 1945. Melba and their daughter then moved to Dallas, Oregon and joined the First Christian Church. Melba worked as church secretary. In 1948 Melba married V. Carl Black and they had a daughter in 1952. She worked as a substitute teacher then became the first secretary for the elementary school in Dallas (Morrison). Melba also worked for the Dallas ESD as a secretary and media coordinator. She loved to write and took great pride in the compositions that were published. The Itemizer Observer ran her "Flip Side" article for many years. In these articles it was easy for the reader to see her love of people, sense of humor, and high ideals.

Melba was also an active volunteer in the Dallas Public Library. The Dallas High School Speech Contest often invited her as a judge. She enjoyed hearing the student's speeches and enjoyed the evaluation process. Melba and Carl have lived in Dallas for all of their 65 years together and took pride in their community. They had a foreign exchange student, Elizabeth Kemp, and remained active in the AFS program. Elizabeth was here from England and the Blacks were fortunate to fly to York, England a few years later for Elizabeth's wedding.

Melba was a very accomplished seamstress and often sewed for her family. She took an active role in all 6 grandchildren's lives. She took pride in having her own computer and staying in touch with family and friends. She wrote and directed church Christmas Pageants and she and Carl were youth directors for the church high school group in the early 1950's. She taught a popular adult Bible class for many years.

Melba is survived by her husband, Victor Carl Black, of Dallas, and daughters; Vicki Massey and Virginia Stensland. She is also survived by her 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Reynold Hendrickson.

The funeral service is planned for Friday, January 11th at 11:00AM at the First Christian Church, in Dallas. Burial will be at the Dallas Cemetery. Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross, in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, who is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.dallastribute.com

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