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4/19 Obituaries

April 19, 2006

Maurice Oliver Farnstrom

Jan. 11, 1950 - April 11, 2006

Maurice "Maury" Oliver Farnstrom, 56, of Independence died April 11 of pneumonia after a long and courageous battle with multiple sclerosis.

He was born in Bozeman, Mont., to Maurice and Bernice Korth Farnstrom.

He moved to Salem as a young boy, graduating from North Salem High School in 1968. He then attended Lower Columbia College in Longview Wash., where he met Starla Easley. They were married July 31, 1971.

He transferred to Oregon State University before going to San Francisco Mortuary College, graduating in 1974. He returned to Oregon where he worked for mortuaries before purchasing Parmenter Mortuary in Independence in 1978 and operating it as Farnstrom Mortuary. He retired due to illness in 2002.

Maury was an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks where he was Exalted Ruler for Independence Lodge No. 1950. He then went on to serve as the District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler for Oregon North Central District. He is a past board member of M.I.K.I. and served as Central High School Panther Club president. Maury was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Monmouth.

His hobbies included traveling, cars and basketball, but most of all he enjoyed his work.

He was preceded in death by his father, Maurice Farnstrom in 1952 and his sister, Clarice Payten in 1989.

Survivors include his wife, Starla Farnstrom of Independence; sons, Alexander (Misty) Farnstrom of Sandy and Benjamin (Kelly) Farnstrom of Monmouth; mother, Bernice Patterson of Tualatin; brother, Eugene Farnstrom of Beaverton; and granddaughter, Nicole Farnstrom of Sandy.

Service was April 14 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence and vault interment was at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.

Arrangements were handled by Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence and City View Funeral Home in Salem. To send an online condolence go to

Arnold H. Hiebert

July 24, 1919 - April 10, 2006

Arnold H. Hiebert, 86, of Dallas died April 10 in Dallas.

He was born in Aberdeen, Idaho to Henry C. and Anna Unrau Hiebert.

He moved to Dallas in 1925. He graduated from Dallas High School in 1939 and spent four years in the Army during World War II.

He was employed at Caterpillar until he retired at age 62.

He was active in the Evangelical Bible Church, formerly the EMB Church, in Dallas, singing in the choir and serving as youth sponsor, deacon chairman, and Sunday School teacher. He and his wife, Helen, enjoyed a number of winters as volunteers at Rio Grand Bible Institute in Texas using his carpentry skills.

He enjoyed camping and deep-sea fishing with family and friends. He traveled the world as well as the United States to visit his children in their early married lives in Uruguay, Kenya, and Michigan.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Helen Quiring Hiebert of Dallas; sons, Marvin Hiebert and Douglas Hiebert, both of Dallas and Richard Hiebert of Milwaukie; daughter, Evelyn Waldon of Gresham; brother, Henry Hiebert of Gates; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration service was held April 15 at Evangelical Bible Church.

Contributions may be made to the Salem Gospel Mission or the Willamette Valley Hospice in care of the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center which handled arrangements. To send an online condolence go to

Joel W. Warner

Sept. 1, 1929 - April 7, 2006

Joel W. Warner, 76, of Dallas died April 7 at his son's home in Montesano, Wash.

He was born in Parshall, N.D., to Judson and Ragnhild Nelson Warner.

On July 1, 1955 he married the love of his life, Myrna Wolff in Minot, N.D.

Joel was an all-state player in football, basketball and baseball in his senior year of high school. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox soon thereafter.

Joel served as a pilot during the Korean war, and while in the service he earned a Golden Glove Boxing Champion title and played on the all-service baseball team.

Joel's careers included being a forest ranger at Fort Stevens State Park, a technician for Boeing, a scientist at the Nuclear Commission, a high school math and chemistry teacher, and a coach in Tennessee and Oregon. In 1987 Joel retired from teaching and coaching at Astoria High School.

In 1996 he was named Oregon Senior Athlete of the year. He enjoyed playing golf, coaching, teaching, and spending time with his family and friends.

Joel was a member of the Faith Evangelical Free Church in Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his wife Myrna; brothers, Kibby and Delwyn, and sister, Eleanor Moody.

Survivors include his children, Craig, Curt, Clay, and Corey Warner; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29 at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Dallas.

Edward H. Ranslam

April 7, 1933 - April 15, 2006

Edward H. Ranslam, 73, of Independence died April 15.

He was born in Portland and was raised and lived in Beaverton until 1943. He graduated from The Dalles High School in 1951.

Edward enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955.

Edward did 20 years of police work including working for The Dalles, Multnomah County, and Union Pacific Railroad.

He received a bachelors degree from Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University in Monmouth, and worked 14 years as a driver for May Trucking, Gordon Trucking. He retired from Safeway in 2000.

Ed was an ardent member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and supporter of the 2nd Amendment.

Survivors include his wife, Janice L. Ranslam of Independence, whom he married Aug. 13, 1962; son, Edward H. Ranslam II of Keizer; daughters, Pattie Zerbe of Redmond, Suzi Curtis of Keizer, and Diana Ranslam of Independence; six grandchildren; and two great-Grandchildren.

Service with Military Honors is 2 p.m. Friday, April 21 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or National Rifle Association.

Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence handled arrangements. To send an online condolence go to

John "Jack" Stuart Marshall

Sept. 20, 1925 - April 12, 2006

John "Jack" Stuart Marshall, 80, of Monmouth died April 12.

He was born in Mina, Nev., to Victor R. Marshall and Margaret Sue Share Marshall.

The family moved to Nyssa when Jack was 2. His ancestors were pioneer settlers who homesteaded in Malheur Co., and he grew up on the family farm.

Jack joined the U.S. Army after turning 18 and served during World War II. He was assigned to heavy artillery batteries. Shortly after his 19th birthday he was shipped to Europe and took part in the Battle of the Bulge. He completed his service term in Antwerp, Belgium.

He attended Oregon State University and entered the banking profession, retiring as a bank auditor in 1984.

In retirement he and his wife, Charlotte moved to Monmouth. They enjoyed traveling, writing, genealogy, gardening and family.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Charlotte Eller Marshall; daughters, Nancy Galbraith of Portland, Karel Painter of Fair Oaks, Calif., and Tina Beaudry of Rochester Hills, Mich.; and four grandchildren.

Graveside service was April 17 at Fir Crest Cemetery in Monmouth.

Contributions may be made to Benton Hospice Service, 2350 NW Professional Dr., Corvallis, OR 97330.

Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence handled arrangements. To send an online condolence go to

Quinn D. Arave

Sept. 20, 1922 - April 11, 2006

Quinn D. Arave, 83, of Independence died April 11.

He was born in Taylor, Idaho to Herchel and Mae Clark Arave.

He graduated from Shelley High School in Shelley, Idaho. He served during World War II, in 1944 to 1946 in Germany.

He was married to Byrle Bigelow Arave for 65 years.

He lived in Idaho until 1962 and worked in the Northwest building churches from 1962 to 1973. From 1972 to 2002 he lived in Tigard where he was a general contractor and owned and operated Arave Construction Co.

Survivors include his wife, Byrle Bigelow Arave; daughters, Kathleen Isaac, Susan Brewster, Helen Woller and Cindy Christensen; sons, Stephen Arave and Spencer Arave; sisters, Donna Carden and Nola Conner; 45 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Service was April 17 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tigard.

Contributions may be made to Evergreen Independence Rehabilitation Center.

Family Memorial Mortuary handled arrangements.

Robert "Bob" Eugene Minson

Jan. 29, 1938 - April 8, 2006

Robert "Bob" Eugene Minson, 68, of Dallas died April 8 in Dallas.

He was born to Walter and Amy Cumiford Minson in Miami, Okla.

He married Carol Paulsen Jan. 29, 1984 in Keizer.

He retired from Pence Kelly Construction and was a highly skilled and respected carpenter.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and antiquing. He was a man with deep religious convictions.

Survivors include his wife, Carol of Dallas; sons, Chris (Gina) Minson of Dallas and Anthony Minson of New Jersey; daughter, Lacy Mather of Independence; stepdaughter, Deanna Matney of Eatonville, Wash.; brothers, Walt Minson of Madras and James Minson of The Dalles; sisters, Lea Folkerts of Pawnee Rock, Kan., and Eddie Barnes of Wister, Okla.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial service is 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at Valley Life Center in Dallas and interment will be at Greencrest Memorial Cemetery in Sheridan.

Macy & Son of McMinnville handled arrangements.

Jerry Lamar Puckett

Nov. 10, 1943 - April 7, 2006

Jerry Lamar Puckett, 62, of Seneca died April 7.

He was born in Dallas to Vernon and Lois Shively Puckett.

Jerry worked as a steel fabricator and welder in Eugene until a disability forced his retirement. He lived in several areas in Washington and Oregon, settling in Seneca more than 15 years ago.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Arrol.

Survivors include his sons, Ronald and Randy, both of Eugene; daughter, Kelli Douthit of Eugene; brothers, Lucky of Mill City, Eugene of Hermiston, Smokie of Rainier, James of Hermiston and Lorrie of eastern United States; sisters, Jenny Pugh of Spirit Lake, Idaho and Fairy Teal of Dallas; stepchildren, Chad and Sunday Mattson of Vancouver, Wash.; and seven grandchildren.

No service will be held at his request.

Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S Canyon Blvd, John Day, OR 97845.

Joan C. Jones

April 17, 2006

Joan C. Jones of Monmouth died April 17 in Monmouth.

Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence with interment following at Brooks Pioneer Cemetery in Brooks.

For further information: Farnstrom Mortuary, 503-838-1414.

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