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Obituaries

For the week of Nov. 27 to Dec. 4

November 26, 2002


Gordon Winfred Beck

Nov. 29, 1914 - Nov. 18, 2002

Gordon Winfred Beck of Dallas died Nov. 18 in Salem. He was 88.

He was born in Sheridan to Winfred and Emma Towner Beck.

He married Nellie Richter on April 25, 1940 in Newport.

He served in the Army during World War II in both the Philippines and New Guinea.

He worked for the Bank of Newport for 40 years as a cashier. He retired in 1972 and continued working part-time at the bank for a number of years.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Newport and also attended the church in Dallas.

He and Nellie settled in Dallas in 1997.

He was a member of the VFW in Newport.

They had enjoyed traveling to Mexico and Yuma, Arizona throughout the years.

He was preceded in death by his son, Gary in 1991.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie of Dallas; sons, John of Dallas, Bob of Pleasant Hill and Ken of White Bear Lake, Minn.; and seven grandchildren.

Services were Nov. 23 at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas. Private interment was at Sheridan Masonic Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Newport Chapter C.E. of the P.E.O. Sisterhood or the Alzheimer's Association in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 694 Main St., Dallas, OR 97338 who handled the of arrangements.

Marilyn "Mae" Grace Brown Parker

July 28, 1925 - Nov. 21, 2002

Marilyn "Mae" Grace Brown Parker of Dallas died on Nov. 21 in Salem. She was 77.

She was born to Earl and "Polly" Brown in Stratford, N.H.

She grew up on the family farm with her nine sisters and brothers. She graduated from high school with valedictorian honors.

She married Curtis Parker, a World War II Merchant Seaman, in June 1944.

The family moved to Battle Creek, Mich. living there for several years before moving to Seal Beach, Calif. in 1955. They later moved to Mojave then to Tehachapi, Calif. They spent the next several years dredging for gold in Alaska and on the American River in California.

Following the death of her husband, Curtis in 1992 she moved to Dallas.

Her family was her life's work.

She was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Chance Curtis Taylor in 1998.

Survivors include her daughters, Sharon Taylor of Dallas and Mary Parker of Seattle; sons, Philip Parker of Mojave, Calif.; brother and sister, Harry and Ruth, both of New Hampshire; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Private family services were held under the direction of Dallas Mortuary Chapel.

Lillian Leatrice Goff

Nov. 29, 1919 - Nov. 5, 2002

Lillian Leatrice Goff of Sublimity, formerly of Dallas, died on Nov. 5. She was 82.

She was born to Shirley and Clara Strange in Temple, Okla.

She lived most of her childhood there and later lived in California.

While living in California she met and married Jesse Hammers. They moved and lived in Bellingham, Wash.

She met and married her second husband, Gene Goff in Bellingham. They moved to Dallas where he later preceded her in death.

Following a stroke she moved to Gates to live with her daughter and son-in-law. The last two years she lived at Marian Estates in Sublimity.

She was a very caring, sweet and gentle person who was devoted to her family. She enjoyed cooking, flower gardening and music.

Survivors include her children, Glenda Ragan of Olympia, Wash., Judith Wilson and Daniel Hammers, both of Gates, David Hammers of Bellingham; Sharon Huestuss of Anchorage, Alaska, Shelia Hammers of Chehalis, Wash., and Brian Goff of Tualatin.

Paul Cox

Sept. 28, 1915 - Nov. 23, 2002

Paul Cox a lifelong resident of Polk County died on Nov. 23 in Mt. Angel. He was 87.

He was born in Independence, one of 13 children, to Fred and Lora Cox.

He moved to Valsetz at age 13 and then to Parker.

On Oct. 28, 1945 he married Hilda June Ross and they made their home in Falls City.

At the time of his illness he was living in Dallas.

He worked in the sawmill and logging industry most of his life.

He was an avid gardener and enjoyed carpentry.

In January 1962 he was certified as a Scoutmaster.

He was a member of the Oddfellows Lodge and the First Christian Church.

Survivors include his son, Michael D. Cox; daughter, Beverly J. Tyler; sister, Innabelle Cook; brother, Benjamin Cox; five grandchildren; and twin great-grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas and interment will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens.

JoAnn Kreofsky

June 9, 1951 - Nov. 16, 2002

JoAnn Kreofsky of Monmouth died on Nov. 16. She was 51.

She moved to Monmouth in 1998 with the support of Partnerships in Community Living Inc. (PCL).

She was employed by PCL with PCL's Courier Mail Service.

She loved music, singing and gardening among many things.

Survivors include her mother, Helen Kreofsky; sister, Karen Cassidy; nieces, Lisa and Shawna Coleman and Kim Anders, all of Salem; and nephew, Michael Coleman of Salem.

Services were Nov. 25 at City View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Salem.

Contributions may be made to PCL, PO box 128, Monmouth, OR 97361.

Bruce Edward Meaut

June 24, 1949 - Nov. 21, 2002

Bruce Edward Meaut of Dallas died on Nov. 21 in Dallas. He was 53.

He was born to William and Catherine Webster Meaut in New Orleans, La.

He grew up in New Orleans and had lived in Norfolk, Va., Salt Lake City, Utah, Hawaii and Oregon. He moved to Dallas from Newberg in 1985.

He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and later graduated from Portland State University.

He married Mo Engelhard on Dec. 18, 1971 in Kailua, Hawaii.

He worked for the USDA as an Animal Identification Coordinator.

He enjoyed painting, gardening, bonsai, history, reading, antique firearms and his cannon.

Survivors include his wife, Mo Meaut; sons, Alec Meaut and Zachary Meaut, both of Dallas; parents, William and Kay Meaut of Florida; brothers, Bill Meaut of Maryland and Bob Meaut of St. Croix; and sister, Kay Moniz of South Carolina.

Private services will be held.

Contributions may be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel which handled the arrangements.

Arabelle "Sandy" Westgarth

Sept. 15, 1928 - Nov. 21, 2002

Sandy Westgarth of Dallas died on Nov. 21 in Dallas. She was 74.

She was born to Milton and Vivian Anderson Mathews in Banks.

She grew up in and attended school in Banks and Hillsboro.

She completed beauty school in Klamath Falls.

She married John Westgarth on April 6, 1964 in Carson City, Nev.

She moved to Dallas in 1965.

She enjoyed painting with Artex and Tri-chem.

Survivors include her husband, John Westgarth, Sr. of Dallas; son, Darrel Westgarth of Dallas; daughters, Carol Keeton of Dallas and Cheryl Schubert of Salem; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Dallas Mortuary Chapel.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel which handled the arrangements.

Margaret Elsie Van Brocklin

May 8, 1912 - Nov. 19, 2002

Margaret Elsie Van Brocklin of Dallas died on Nov. 19 in Dallas. She was 90.

She was born to Jesse and Mary Hazelwood Weatherby in Akron, Colo.

She attended school in Iowa and moved to Washington in her teens.

She married Cecil Van Brocklin in Kendall, Wash. in 1931. They moved to Dallas in 1944.

She worked for Agri-Pac Cannery retiring in the 1970s.

She was a member of the Falls City Free Methodist Church.

She enjoyed knitting and reading but mostly enjoyed church activities.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil in 1987, brothers, Milton and Gilbert and sisters, Agnes and Mary.

Survivors include her sons, Theodore "Gene" Van Brocklin and Dan Van Brocklin, both of Salem and Joseph Van Brocklin of Ferndale, Wash.; daughter, Sharon Cauthorn of Albany; brothers, Robert Weatherby of Lynden, Wash., John Weatherby of Custer, Wash., and Harry Weatherby of Sedro Woolley, Wash; sister, Violet Verkist of Bellingham, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Nov. 21 at Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Falls City Free Methodist Church in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel which handled the arrangements.

David Braddick

Oct. 2, 1907 - Nov. 21, 2002

David Braddick of Dallas died on Nov. 21 in Salem. He was 95.

He was born in California.

He worked as an accountant for Edison Power Company and had lived in Polk County for seven years.

He loved trains.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jonny Braddick.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in law, Kathleen and Mike Olson of Dallas; 15 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

No services will be held at his request.

Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence handled the arrangements.

Elva Elicia Leos

Nov. 12, 1940 - Nov. 19, 2002

Elva Elicia Leos of Independence died on Nov. 19 in Dallas. She was 62.

She was born to Romaldo and Beatriz Lopez Leos in San Antonio, Texas.

She moved to Oregon in 1963 and helped raise her brothers and sisters.

She had worked in the cannery and was an assistant teacher.

She was a wonderful seamstress. She loved music and spending time with relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Demencio Leos.

Survivors include her brothers, Juan Leos, Romaldo Leos Jr., Julio Leos, Ruben Leos, Esteran Leos and David Leos, all of Salem, Raul Leos of Independence and Carlos Leos of Monmouth; and sisters, Angelita Pena of Albany and Diana Renya of Sherwood.

Services were Nov. 22 at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence.

Dorothy Burris Schemm

Jan. 30, 1926 - Nov. 22, 2002

Dorothy Burris Schemm of Hillsboro died on Nov. 22 in Hillsboro. She was 76.

She was born to Leo and Mary Hill Burris in Cooley County, Kan.

Her early years were spent in Texas and later she graduated from high school in Wakeeney, Kan.

During World War II she worked for Boeing and was one of "Rosie's Riveters."

She married August "Gus" Schemm on Oct. 6, 1946 in Wakeeney, Kan. In 1951 they moved to Washington and about a year later moved to Oregon. They lived in the Willamette Valley in Corvallis, Dallas and McMinnville for a number of years. They had just recently moved to Hillsboro from McMinnville.

Her husband, "Gus" died the same day as she did, Nov. 22.

She was a homemaker who returned to work as a newspaper typesetter at the Corvallis Gazette Times and the Eugene Register Gaurd after the children were in school.

An avid reader, she had been a longtime volunteer at the Dallas Library after her retirement.

She had numerous hobbies. She enjoyed tropical fish, had raised exotic birds, hamsters and geese. she was an avid gardener and enjoyed playing pinochle and cribbage.

Survivors include her sons, Michael A. Schemm of Seattle and John B. Schemm of Gardena, Calif.; daughters, Mary K. Green of Redmond, Wash. and Barbara Anderson of Aloha; sister, Lenore Peterson of Beloit, Kan.; and five grandchildren.

No services will be held.

Bronleewe-Bass Funeral Home in Hillsboro handled the arrangements.

August "Gus" Schemm

June 14, 1921 - Nov. 22, 2002

August "Gus" Schemm of Hillsboro died on Nov. 22 in Hillsboro. He was 81.

He was one of nine children born to Paul and Katerine Pastor Schemm in Wakeeney, Kan.

He was raised and schooled in Wakeeney and attended college before serving in the Army in London, England during World War II.

Following his discharge he married Dorothy Burris on Oct. 6, 1951 in Wakeeney. In 1951 they moved to Washington and about a year later moved to Oregon. They lived in the Willamette Valley in Corvallis, Dallas and McMinnville for a number of years. They had just recently moved to Hillsboro from McMinnville.

His wife, Dorothy died on the same day as he did, Nov. 22.

He retired as printer from the Capitol Press in Salem in the early 1980s. At one time he owned The Fish Shop, a tropical fish store in Corvallis.

He was an avid gardener and enjoyed playing pinochle and cribbage. He was the proud winner of the McMinnville Senior Center cribbage tournament.

Survivors include his sons, Michael A. Schemm of Seattle and John B. Schemm of Gardena, Calif.; daughters, Mary K. Green of Redmond, Wash., and Barbara Anderson of Aloha; sisters, Esther Pearson, Doris Koehn and Helen Ziegler, all of Kansas and Ruth Nollette of Colorado; brothers, Richard Schemm of New York, Thomas Schemm and Leo Schemm, both of Kansas; and five grandchildren.

No services will be held.

Bronleewe-Bass Funeral Home in Hillsboro handled the arrangements.

Wayne H. Slotten

Dec. 19, 1927 - Nov. 23, 2002

Wayne H. Slotten of Dallas died on Nov. 23 in Salem. He was 74.

He was born to Harold and Minnie Aamodt Slotten in Breckenridge, Minn.

He grew up on farms near Dwight, N.D. He graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1945. He joined the U.S. Navy the day after he graduated and was a World War II veteran. He earned a degree from North Dakota State University in 1953. He taught vocational agriculture in Langdon, N.D. and Breckenridge.

He made a career change to the Agency for International Development (AID) as an Agriculture Advisor and Developer in 1966. He served in Ghana, West Africa, Na Trang, Vietnam, Bangkok, Thailand and the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of West Africa.

He divided his retirement years between Dallas and a lake home in Dent, Minn.

survivors include his wife of 46 years, Dulcie; children, Greg Slotten, Dean Slotten, Gail Scheet, Paula Rengstorf and Brenda Knoll; brothers, Dale Slotten of Fargo, N.D. and Russell Slotten of Pelican Rapids, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services were Nov. 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas and interment will be at Dwight Cemetery in Dwight, N.D.

Dallas Mortuary Chapel handled the arrangements.

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