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11/27 Obituaries

*Helen LaVonne Dalke*Robert L. Mulder*Gary R. Beckley*Marius Robinson 'Brock' Brockway*Esther Chism*Jean Washburn Kershner

Helen LaVonne Dalke 1922 - 2013

Helen Dalke, 91, of Dallas, died Nov. 8. She was born in her grandmother's home in Puyallup, Wash., in 1922 to Helen and Harold Scott. Helen attended school in Puyallup and graduated from Puyallup High School. She also attended at the College of Puget Sound (now the University of Puget Sound). Helen met the love of her life Harold Dalke, Sr. during World War II and they were later married in Puyallup in 1946. Early in Helen's working career, she worked for the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia, Wash., and the Girl Scouts of America. In the late 1960s she founded the Olympic Plan Center. Later Helen worked for the Division of Elections retiring at the age of 80. Helen loved to give back to the community and volunteered her help when and wherever possible. She had been active in Eastern Star and was a past Worthy Matron of OES Chapter No. 36 in Olympia and had served as Guardian of Bethel 51 of Job's Daughters in Olympia and eventually served as the Grand Guardian for the state of Washington. Helen also supported her husband, Harold, in various Masonic and Shrine activities. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Dalke, Sr., and son, Harold "Skip" Dalke, Jr. Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Dalke and Nancy (Alan) Pace; brother, William (Dottie) Scott; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and extended family. Internment service is Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Robert L. Mulder 1922 - 2013

Robert L. Mulder, 91, of Dallas died Nov. 10 in Salem. He was born in Grand Haven, Mich., to Henry and Della Blanche Willet Mulder. He married his high school sweetheart, Helen Louise Kieft in Grand Haven just prior to Bob going overseas during World War II. He served in the Air Force flying in B24 Liberator Bombers in the 577 Squadron. He was shot down over Hamburg, Germany and was a POW from August 1944 to February 1945. He marched more than 400 miles during that period of time as a prisoner.

Bob returned from the war to earn a bachelor degree from Western Michigan College of Education and a doctorate from Ohio State University in speech pathology. He wrote numerous papers and books on stuttering including: "Stuttering in Childhood," "Tangled Tongues," and many other guides for the stutterer. Bob was director of Western Oregon Speech and Hearing Center for Oregon College of Education in Monmouth from 1953 to 1968; coordinator of the Speech and Hearing Unit for the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped U.S. Office of Education from 1968 to 1971 in Washington D.C.; consultant for the U.S. Office of Special Education of Programs from 1972 to 1984; served as a visiting professor with Fresno State University and visiting lecturer with Oregon College of Education, California State College Stanislaus and Northern Michigan and taught a course at Howard University. In 1972 Bob turned to being a professional artist with the encouragement of his wife, Helen. He was part of the Portland Saturday Market from 1972 to 1997 with his paintings, silk screenings, watercolors, oils, acrylics, and ink and pencil drawings. He was selected to travel to China and Hong Kong as one of 50 American artists and art educators in a dialogue sponsored by the Kennedy Center and Ministry of Culture and by the Government Secretariat of Hong Kong in 1988. Bob compiled many books of his art including: "Noble Creatures O The Large Dark Forest," "Jocularity," "The Listener," and "Mulder." He was preceded in death by his wife Helen, in 1997. Survivors include his sons, Robin Cornelius Mulder, Nathan Henry Mulder and Robert L. Mulder, Jr.; brothers, David B. Mulder and Charles Henry Mulder; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private family committal will be held. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Gary R. Beckley Sept. 29, 1947 - Nov. 21, 2013

Gary R. Beckley, 66, of Monmouth died Thursday. Celebration of Gary's life will be held at a special gathering in the summer of 2014. Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Marius Robinson 'Brock' Brockway Nov. 28, 1938 - Nov. 23, 2013

Marius Robinson "Brock" Brockway, 74, of Dallas died Saturday. Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Esther Chism March 2, 1926 - Nov. 20, 2013

Esther Chism of Dallas, Oregon was reunited with the love of her life Lee and met her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Esther Laverne Corley was born in March 2, 1926 in Monroe Arkansas to Charley and Ola Corley. She was the youngest of four children. Esther and her three siblings Marion, riley and Helen grew up on the family farm in Brinkley, Arkansas. At the young age of 16, on July 25, 1942, she married the love of her life Levi Chism. Lee enlisted in the Marines which took them out west to Oregon in their early years of their marriage. Lee and Esther had two daughters Sherry and Jo Ann. Esther was a homemaker and stay at home mom until her girls were in high school at which time she started working at the State Revenue Department. After retiring from the State Revenue Department, Esther became the office manager and bookkeeper for Lee's reforestation business. Although busy helping run and support her husband's business from their home office she was never too busy for family.

Esther's home was always the gathering place for many family get-togethers. Esther always enjoyed having family over and entertaining them with her good cooking and enjoying the laughter and memories that came with each visit. Esther enjoyed playing games with her family, watching a ball game on TV, attending her grandchildren's' sports and activities, and working in her yard. One thing she will always be remembered for is her constant whistling as she cleaned the house or was busy cooking in the kitchen. There were four things Esther loved that stood out above anything else and that was her love for God, her love for her Husband, her love for her family and her love for gospel music. One thing you could guarantee to find Esther doing was reading her Bible. Esther was always studying God's Word and always listening to various preachers on the radio throughout the week. Esther's strong walk and relationship with god was no secret. She had a childlike faith and trusted God with everything. She kept things simple and trusted God with every detail in her life. No matter how old she got, she was still diving into the Word and learning from it and applying it to her life each day. Esther simply loved the Lord with all of her heart and trusted Him wholeheartedly for everything she needed in life. Her second love was her love for her husband, Lee. Esther and Lee had a love story we all could learn something from. They had a love and commitment to God, each other and their family. You couldn't help but feel their love when you were in the room with them. The one thing you always knew you would find when being around them was laughter. There was always laughter in their home. Thirdly, Esther loved her family. Family meant everything to her. Esther loved just spending time and being together with her loved ones both near and far. Esther spent time praying for each of her family members every day and if you were family you knew that and you knew she had an unconditional love for you. Lastly, Ether had a great love for Southern Gospel music. Gospel music was always being played at her home. She loved sharing the stories of when she was a young girl and use to travel around the area to local churches with her sister and two cousins as they sang in a quartet together. Esther raised and taught her entire family to appreciate the old hymns as well as the Gaither Homecoming CD's and DVD's that she and Lee loved to listen to, as well as watch on TV.

Some special memories that Esther loved and cherished were the family traditions that were made at her and Lee's home. The weekend after Thanksgiving Esther would have her entire family over where she would prepare homemade chicken and dumpling soup while the family would hike up and over their property to cut down the Christmas tree and then begin decorating the tree and putting up lights and Christmas decorations. She loved this time of years. Another memory was the annual hike the family would take after Easter dinner as everyone would hike up the hill on their property and look over the valley at the beautiful view. Lastly, a favorite memory of Esther's was in 1992 the entire family flew back to Brinkley, to celebrate Esther's parents 75th anniversary, Esther and Lee's 50th anniversary and Lynn and Sherry's 25th wedding anniversary. It was an incredible and beautiful celebration of three generations of marriages. Esther will forever leave a legacy of her love and faithfulness to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Lee; parents, Charley and Ola; and her two older brothers, Marion and Riley.

Esther leaves behind her sister, Helen Medford; daughters, Sherry Storm and husband Lynn, and JoAnn Cyr. She leaves behind her six grandchildren who she loved and faithfully prayed for every day, Jason Groves, Rich Storm, Mandy Straus and husband John, Megan Dunkin and husband Brian, Leah Kuehn and Tally Kuehn. Esther also had the privilege to love and pray for her great-grandchildren TaCallie Chase, Kylie, Ella and Brody Storm, Maddy, Gracie and Izzy Straus, and Annie, Macey and Connor Dunkin. All are welcome to attend the celebration of life on Monday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at Salem Evangelical Church. Contributions are suggested to the Salem Union Gospel Mission.

Jean Washburn Kershner April 9, 1928 - Nov. 13, 2013

Defying doctors strong recommendations to terminate the pregnancy, parents Robert & Kate Washburn along with big sister Kay, welcomed little Jean into their lives on April 9, 1928, in Salt Lake City, UT. An undisputed "Miss Congeniality," Jean may have developed her "people skills" due to the fact that her family moved often as her father worked for the railroad. After a move to Salt Lake in 1944, Jeannie would meet her future husband--a handsome, charming 15 year old Roger Kershner, who by 16 knew Jean "was the one." They married May 26, 1950 and children Kris, Jill, Mark and Cori joined them in quick succession. Jean and Roger established a home where anyone, anytime could enter and find love. Jean was the consummate home maker and loved her extended community of family and friends, reading, Bridge, solving the daily Word Jumble, socializing and learning. After a sudden medical emergency, with her loving and devoted husband of 63 years and family beside her, Jean quietly slipped into the arms of her precious Savior November 13, 2013.She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all of whom she dearly loved. A Celebration of Life will begin at 12:00 Sat. Nov. 30th at Christ's Church, 412 W. Clay, Monmouth OR. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cori Kershner Hatch Cancer Fund, through Bank of America.

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