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*Wallace 'Wally' Eugene Entz*Tommie A. Gossett*Ron August*Dortha May Carver Minshall*Edna Bishop*William 'Bill' J. Byrom

January 31, 2012

William 'Bill' J. Byrom

Aug. 16, 1922 - Jan. 25, 2012


William "Bill" Byrom, 89, of Dallas died Jan. 25 in Dallas.

He was born in David City, Neb., to Fred and Louise Byrom.

Bill attended school in Rickreall and graduated in 1942. He then served in the Navy during World War II.

Bill worked in plywood manufacturing until his retirement in 1984 from Champion Plywood in Lebanon.

Bill never married but was an excellent uncle to his nieces and nephew, and they have fond memories of the times they shared together. Bill was a kind and gentle man who loved his family.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Fred, and sister, Catherine McDaniels.

Survivors include his sister, Dorothy Baker, and his extended family.

Service was Tuesday at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas.

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Wallace 'Wally' Eugene Entz

Jan. 7, 1932 - Jan. 22, 2012


Wallace 'Wally' Eugene Entz

Wallace "Wally" Eugene Entz, 80, of Coos Bay died Jan. 22 in Coos Bay.

He was born in Dallas to David and Susan (Warkentin) Entz.

Wally was raised and educated in Dallas, where he graduated from Dallas High School. He served as a Seabee in the Navy during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. He completed construction and driver's school and was stationed in Adak, Alaska, and Guam.


Wally married Jean Moad in Stevenson, Wash., on Dec. 28, 1954.

Following his time in the service Wally worked in construction as a mill worker at Western States Plywood in Elk River, owned and operated Pitch's Tavern in Port Orford, and for many years was a truck driver. He worked for several freight companies over the years, but worked at Pacific Motor Trucking (PMT) in Coos Bay the longest. Wally and Jean also owned and operated a motel in North Bend.

They made their home in Port Orford, Coos Bay, Renton, Tigard and back to Coos Bay, where they retired.

Wally loved sports and hunting. He played football and basketball in high school and semipro football while stationed in Guam. He was an avid golfer, played on several community basketball teams and was a member of the Eagles' pool team. He was a member of the Coos Bay Eagles Lodge and the Coquille Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Aplet.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Entz of Coos Bay; son, Rocky (Julie) Entz of North Bend; daughter, Lynda (Ed) Ellingsen of Coos Bay; sister, Hazel Helms of Dallas; and six grandchildren.

A family remembrance will be held at a later date.

Contributions are suggested to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030, or to a cancer research organization such as the American Cancer Society.

Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, handled arrangements.

Dortha May Carver Minshall

Dec. 29, 1916 - Jan 23, 2012

Dortha May Carver Minshall, 95, of Dallas, formerly of Monmouth, died Jan. 23.

She was born in Center, Ark., to John H. Sullivan and Ethel Jane Jean Sullivan.

Dortha married Lester "Bill" Carver on Halloween night 1937. They had three children: Ethelene, Christene and Larry Carver.

During World War II Dortha worked in a textile factory in Redondo Beach, Calif., and Bill worked in a shipyard. Bill and Dortha lived in many towns in Arkansas and California and also lived in Big Lake, Texas, and Klamath Falls. Bill died in 1958.

Dortha later married Charles Minshall. Following his retirement from Ford Motor Co. in Milpitas, Calif., they moved to Silverton. After Charles' death Dortha bought a home in Monmouth and had lived in Dallas for the past 10 months.

Dortha was a homemaker. She loved sewing, gardening, traveling and being with family.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Christene, and eight brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Ethelene (Ted) Osgood of Monmouth; son, Larry (Mary Ann) Carver of Silverton; brother, Eugene Sullivan of Springfield, Mo.; sister, Erma Glass of Bakersfield, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Unger Funeral Chapel in Silverton.

Contributions are suggested to the Pedee Women's Club Soldiers Account, c/o 11895 Kings Valley Highway, Monmouth, OR 97361.

Ron August

June 4, 1941 - Jan. 28, 2012

Ron August, 70, of Salem, formerly of Dallas, died Saturday in Salem.

Ron worked for the Dallas School District for 25 years. He was a longtime Dallas High School teacher and Dallas High School head football coach.

Celebration of Ron's life is being planned under the direction of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center and will be announced.

Contributions are suggested to the Dallas Booster Club in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

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Edna Bishop

July 12, 1923 - Jan. 27, 2012

Edna Bishop, 88, of Dallas died Friday in Dallas.

Viewing is Wednesday (today) from 2 to 8 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Graveside service is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Dallas Cemetery.

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Tommie A. Gossett

Oct. 25, 1925 - Jan. 28, 2012

Tommie a. Gossett

Tommie A.Gossett

Tommie A. Gossett, 86, of Dallas died Saturday in Dallas.

He was born in Drumright, Okla., to James and Fannie (Burke) Gossett.

He attended schools in Bakersfield and Wasco, Calif., before joining the Merchant Marines in 1943. He graduated from Officer Candidate School and served on ships carrying munitions during World War II.

After leaving the Merchant Marines he married Nadine Horne in 1945 and moved to Portland. He worked for Western Transportation piloting barges on the Willamette and Columbia rivers. In 1950 he joined the Portland Police Bureau, where he worked until his retirement in 1976 as a harbor pilot


During his working years he joined the Mazamas and climbed numerous Pacific Northwest mountains including Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount Jefferson. He also hiked trails around Mount Hood and the Pacific Coast Range.

In 1978 he married Lynn Ellen Estey Denison of Warren and continued an active life of cross-country skiing, jogging and RVing across the Western states. In 1985 he fulfilled a lifelong dream and bought a Honda Goldwing, which quickly became his favorite recreation.

Tom was a vibrant man with a charismatic personality and a great storyteller with a wonderful sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Delbert Gossett.

Survivors include his wife, Lynn; daughter, Carol McClure; son, Jim Gossett; brothers, Jim Gossett and Charley (Audrey) Gossett; sister, Bette (Bill) Swank; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to a reception honoring his life and memory at the family home, 364 SE Davis Court, Dallas, on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Private committal service is planned with burial at Willamette National Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation of the American Diabetes Association.

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