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Steven Ray Christensen   May 29, 1950 - Dec. 20, 2013Steven Ray Christensen   May 29, 1950 - Dec. 20, 2013    Steven Ray Christensen   Steven Ray Christensen, 63, of Dallas died Dec. 20.   He was born in Eugene to Phyllis and Ray Christensen.   After graduating from high school, Steve joined the Air Force and served in Turkey and England.   Steve married the love of his life Mary (Owre) and they had two sons, Bill and Clint, who were his pride and joy. He loved to take his family on grand adventures and watch his sons play football.    Steve was trained as an engineer and began his career at Lawrence Livermore Labs in California. Steve and his family returned to the Northwest and settled in Dallas, where he worked at Caterpillar and the Oregon Department of Transportation.   Steve enjoyed taking his family crabbing in Newport Bay and steelhead fishing with his friends on the Siletz River. He also had many great fishing trips to Alaska for salmon. Steve was blessed with four grandchildren. This past summer, Steve brought the whole family together for a wonderful week in Sunriver.   Celebration of life was Thursday at The Majestic in Dallas.   Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.Lester O. Madison   June 22, 1917 - Dec. 24, 2013 Lester O. Madison   Lester O. Madison, 96, of Dallas died Dec. 24.   He was born in Woodbine, Iowa to Arthur and Mabel Madison.   He joined the U.S. Army Horse Calvary at Fort Mead, S.D., where he broke and trained his own horse, Elmer. Boot camp was a 1,000 mile horse ride which included going past the base of Mt. Rushmore. He served in Italy and Germany under General Clark's 5th Army, beside General Patton's 1st Army. He saw the Japanese attack on Astoria, where he was Buck Sergeant, head of unit, at Fort Stevens. He retired from the U.S. Army.    He married Helen Lapay and they enjoyed many years together. They lived in Astoria and moved because of Lester's occupation. He owned and operated Madison & Davis Insurance in Mill City, Stayton, and Keizer. He also had the postal contract to operate the Keizer Post Office.   Survivors include his son, Jerry Madison of Dallas; daughter, Myra Martin of Silverton; sisters, Vera Nya of Bealeton, Va., and Frances Mensching of Missouri Valley, Iowa; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.    Graveside service with full military honors is Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at Dallas Cemetery.   Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.Paul Eugene Armentrout   Feb. 7, 1920 - Dec. 27, 2013 Paul Eugene Armentrout   Paul E. Armentrout, 93, of Dallas died Dec. 27 in Salem.   He was born to Art and Irma Armentrout on a farm near Anita, Iowa.   Paul received his elementary education in many country schools because the family moved to different farms. He attended Anita High School and Lewis High School, both in Iowa, where he lettered in three sports and was a member of the debate team. He graduated from Lewis High School in May 1937, and then attended the American Business College in Omaha, Neb., for two years, where he received a scholarship in basketball that partially paid his tuition. He returned to Iowa, but the best paying work that he could find was picking corn in his grandfather's and neighbor's fields.   On Jan. 1, 1941, Paul and a friend left Iowa to go west looking for work and adventure. They found construction jobs with Sears that kept them moving up the West Coast until they reached Oregon. After completing the construction of a new Sears store in Albany, Paul was hired to manage the Shipping and Receiving Department. His high school sweetheart came to join him in Oregon, and he married Marjorie Pierce on May 31, 1941.   That next year Paul signed up with the Army Air Corp and began his stateside training as a pilot. He was assigned a crew and sent to Bungay, England. He flew 30 bombing missions over Germany some of them as the bomb group lead plane. He was proud of the fact that he never lost a crew member, although his favorite plane Hot Shot Charley was so heavily damaged by flak that it was scrapped for parts. After the war, Paul returned to Albany to work for Sears and very quickly worked his way up into management.    Paul spent 40 years working for Sears Roebuck from 1941 - 1981. He was transferred to six stores in the Pacific Northwest as an assistant manager in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington and then as a manager at three stores. He retired at the age of 61 from the Tacoma, Wash., Sears store, the largest one he had ever managed.   After the war Paul remained in the Air Corp Active Reserves attending regular meetings throughout the remaining 35 years of his Sears transfers. He retired in 1980 as an Air Force Lt. Colonel, and had been the Commanding Officer of two different Air Force Units. In 1984 Paul took his wife to England to show her all the places he had been when he was stationed at Bungay. In 1987 he started attending annual reunions of his 446th Bomb Group. He and Marjorie enjoyed those reunions every year up through 2005. He reunited with members of his crew with six out of the nine who were able to attend the 1990 reunion. By 2000, Paul was able to share his war experiences through his book called "Remembering My War." Several hundred copies of the book have sold and it led to Paul and his crew being featured on an Oliver North television special documenting the role of the B-24s in World War II.   After retiring from Sears and selling his Tacoma home, Paul began his retirement living in Sunriver in 1981. He had plenty of time for his favorite activities of fishing and playing golf and he was especially proud of his three holes-in-one. During the next 10 years, Paul and Marjorie spent their summers in Sunriver and their winters in Mesa, Ariz. In both places they lived on or near golf courses and were very active in all the other senior activities available to them from playing bridge to swimming.   In the early 1990s, Paul sold his homes in Sunriver and Mesa, and built a new house on a golf course in McMinnville. He spent several years volunteering as a docent for the McMinnville Evergreen Air Museum. He continued volunteering at the Museum even after they moved to the Dallas Retirement Village in 2005.   At age 92, Paul was among 50 World War II veterans included in an Oregon Honor Flight group traveling to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial. The following year Paul and Marjorie celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.   Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; children, Sherrie Kuhl, Jane Snoddy, David Armentrout, and Kim Luoma; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.   Celebration of life is Saturday at 4 p.m. at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem. Memorial service is Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Retirement Village Chapel.   Contributions are suggested to the Evergreen Museum Educational Scholarship Fund, 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128.Jesse Alan Morris   Aug. 24, 1951 - Dec. 15, 2013Jesse Alan Morris, 62, of Salem died Dec. 15 in Salem.   He was born to Forrest Lee and Ruby Mae Davis Morris in St. George's, Bermuda.   Jesse lived in Dallas in his youth and had lived in Salem for more than 15 years and was a maintenance worker.   Survivors include Robert Morris of Dallas, Michelle Andersen of Payette, Idaho, Micheal Harmon of Riverton, Utah and Jay Morris of Sagertown, Penn.   Service is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Oak Park Community Church of God, 2990 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem.   Keizer Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services handled arrangements.Margaret I. Noble Pomeroy   June 12, 1918 - Dec. 25, 2013 Margaret I. Noble Pomeroy   Margaret I. Noble Pomeroy, 95, of Monmouth died Dec. 25 in Monmouth.   She was born to Margaret and William Noble in Gilmore, Idaho.   The Noble family lived in Gilmore for six years and then moved to Seattle. The family then moved to Horst Company Hop Ranch in Independence. Margaret started school at Oak Point then attended Independence High School for four years. She was active in all school functions and in 1937 was a Hop Fiesta Princess. That same year she met her future husband, Ed and they were married on Aug. 6, 1939, a that love lasted for 74 years.   They moved to Seattle where Ed had a job at Boeing. They bought a lot and planned to build a home but World War II started and plans changed. Ed joined the Air Force and Margaret followed him from base to base. At the end of the war they drove back to Independence for a visit and bought a hop farm south of town.   Margaret was active in the American Legion and Elks Lodge. She loved to dance, was a good cook, and never found an animal she didn't love.   After retirement they traveled around the United States and had a great time. They then settled in Monmouth.   Survivors include her husband, Ed and their son, Steve of Independence.   At her request no service was held. Interment was at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Salem.   Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice.   Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence handled arrangements.Kenneth Lyle James   April 7, 1927 - Dec. 31, 2013 Kenneth Lyle James   Kenneth Lyle James, 86, of Dallas died Dec. 31 in Salem.   He was born in Minneapolis, to Robert W. and Adela "Minnie" Barker James and was raised by his stepfather Arthur H. Kliever.   Ken came to Oregon as a baby and he was schooled in Dallas until age 16. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard and after basic training at Catalina Island he joined the Merchant Marine. He sailed on various ships until 1946 and was discharged from both organizations at the same time.    Ken married Patricia I. (Anderson) Ames on May 2, 1960 in Reno, Nev., and became an instant father of three children. He drove tank truck for 40 years with Carl May Oil Company and co-owned James Gang Ceramics for 35 years. He was the best caster in the state. Ken enjoyed bowling, gold panning, scuba diving and antique collecting.   He was preceded in death by his sisters, Alice Taylor, Dorothy Jeness; and brother, Melvin Kliever.   Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Patricia; sons, Tracy A. James of Portland, Chris E. James of San Francisco; daughter, Deborah Diehm of Independence; sons, Michael J. Ames of Dallas and James W. Ames of Keizer; sisters, Shirley Reynolds and Nancy Neal, both of Dallas; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.   Reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Greenway Mobile Park in Dallas.   Contributions are suggested to the Humane Society in care of the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center which handled arrangements.   To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.Richard E. Olson   AUg. 15, 1925 - Jan. 3, 2014Richard E. Olson, 88, of Dallas died Friday in Salem.   Memorial service is Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas. Private interment will be at Dallas Cemetery.   Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.David Donald LaVoie   Oct. 25, 1925 - Jan. 4, 2014 David Donald LaVoie   David D. Lavoie, 88, of Monmouth died Saturday in Monmouth.   He was born in Pine River, Minn., to Ovid & Mary LaVoie.   He married Joyce Laird on Feb. 3, 1944 and they were married 66 years. Joyce preceded him in death in March 2010.   He and his family lived and farmed near Pine River until 1964 when they made the move to Falls City. In 1966 the family moved to Pedee, where he resided until his death.   Dave worked at the Pedee Mill as a millwright until he was injured requiring him to retire in the 1970s.   Dave loved the outdoors, working on cars, lawnmowers, tractors and anything that had an engine. Not only his but anyone else needing a repair. He loved the Lord, his wife and children and they were his dearest treasures. He was always lending a hand to anyone in need of help.   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen March in 2013; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.   Survivors include his sons, Ted (Cathy), Don (Brenda), all of Monmouth, and Ovid J. (Dy) of Philomath; daughters, Merrilou (Steve) Gilmore of Enterprise, Sharon LaVoie of Keizer, Darlene (Jeff) Strand and Patricia (Rick) Hurt, all of Dallas.   Memorial service is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church. Private interment will be at Womer Cemetery in Pedee.   Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.Robert P. 'Bob' Schuh   May 15, 1935 - Dec. 23, 2013    Robert P. "Bob" Schuh, 78, of Dallas died Dec. 23 in Portland.   He was born in Portland to Eddie and Ila Schuh.   He attended schools in Portland and Oregon City. From 1953 to 1962 He served in the U.S. Army National Guard.   Bob married Dolores Schaefer on July 27, 1957. He attended Portland State College and transferred to Oregon State College, where he attained both a Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in electrical engineering.   In 1959, Bob and Dolores and their baby girl Mary moved to New York where he worked at General Electric. In 1963 the family moved to Seattle where he worked for Boeing until retiring in 1991. They then moved to Dallas.   Bob enjoyed many activities including camping, fishing, stamp collecting, home computing, gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, and genealogy.   He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary in September 2013.   Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Dolores; daughters, Patty Turk (Mike) and Cathy Hutchison (Erik); sons, Jim Schuh (Kari) and Chris Schuh; sister, Carole Robinson (David); brothers, Mike Schuh (Pam), and Peter Schuh (Mary); six grandchildren; and extended family.   Funeral Mass is Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church in Dallas.Bryan Keith Murray   Nov. 17, 1952 - Jan. 2, 2014Bryan Murray, 61 of Dallas died Thursday in Salem of acute myeloid leukemia.   Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Karen Murray; son, Angus Murray; mother, Nellie Murray, all of Dallas; and brother, Michael Murray of Sherwood.   Service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Dallas First Presbyterian Church.   Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.comRichard 'Rick' Tallon   Aug. 3, 1944 - Dec. 30, 2013 Richard 'Rick' Tallon   Richard "Rick" Tallon of Kuna, Idaho died Dec. 30, 2013 in Phoenix, AZ.   He was born in Staten Island, N.Y., to Tommy and Irene Tallon.   Rick married Sandy Johnson in 1986.   Rick was a meat cutter/ meat supervisor until he retired in 2001. He then worked for his brother-in-law in construction until he fully retired in 2006.   He enjoyed camping, jeeping, woodworking, reading and waterskiing. Rick was a member of the American Legion and Elks.   Survivors include his wife, Sandy Tallon; children: Scott (Dyan) Tallon, Molly (Eric) Richey, Brent (Sarah) Johnson and Greg (JoLyn Stone) Johnson; grandchildren: Ashley, Grant, Dominic, Stefani, Christian, Christian, Kinsey, Christopher and Kyle and his brother, Mike (Sherri).   A graveside service will be held on Monday January 13th, 2014 at 11:00 AM, at the Kuna Cemetery. Following afterwards there will be a celebration of his life at the Community Center in Kuna. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.   Remembrances may be left online at www.AccentFuneral.com. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian.Grace Tannehill Bingham   Jan. 15, 1922 - Dec. 31, 2013 Grace Tannehill Bingham   Grace Tannehill Bingham passed away on December 31, 2013, after a long illness.   Grace was born to parents Frank and Althea Wrigley in their home in View, Idaho on January 15, 1922. She was the youngest of six children.   She married Milo Sherman Tannehill in 1941. They lived many places as Sherman's work dictated.   They began their family in Redding, California with the birth of son David. They then moved to Pocatello, Idaho, again for Sherman's work at Garrett Freightlines as a mechanic. There, George, Kay, Sharon, Frances and Katherine were born. The family eventually moved back to a farm in View, Idaho where they made many fond memories of camping, ice skating, fishing, and hunting. This helped to balance out the hard work typical of farm life.   She received her Associates Degree in Nursing and worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Burley Hospital in Idaho. She was, by even doctors' accounts, a very competent nurse who enjoyed training other nurses and loved working in pediatric medicine. Throughout her life, she loved to work with her hands at work and at home. She enjoyed oil and china painting, crocheting, machine knitting, cooking, and needlework.   In 1994, and after many life changes, she relocated to Dallas, Oregon to be near daughter Kay and her family. She was living in Dallas at the time of her death.   The family is thankful to the nurses and staff at Dallas Retirement Village for their competent and compassionate care for the last three years of her life.   Grace is survived by son David Tannehill (wife Judy), daughter Kay Jackson, son-in-law Dale Hanson, daughter Katherine (husband Rand), and daughter Frances (husband Charlie). She also is survived by 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her son George, husband Sherman, daughter Sharon, grandson Curtis, and son-in-law Lonnie.   Viewing was at Restlawn Funeral Home, Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Graveside services will be at View Cemetery in View, Idaho on January 11, 2014 at 11:00 am.   

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