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*Paul Allen Tanksley*Russell A. Koetke*Ronald Washburn*Judith 'Judy' Spock*Charles 'Chuck' Perry Bradley*Albert C. Davis*Bert Toler*William Calvin Braun*Harry B. Wiebe

September 26, 2012

Ronald Washburn

Oct. 13, 1945 - Sept. 15, 2012

Ronald Washburn

Ronald Washburn

Ronald Washburn, 66, of Dallas, formerly of Oakdale, Calif., died Sept. 15.

He was born in Oakdale to Robert and Ethel (Anderson) Washburn.

He graduated from Oakdale High School and attended Modesto Jr. College prior to enlisting in the Army, where he served his country with pride. He was an honorable soldier and a proud patriot and believed in fighting for what is right and was proud to be an American.


Ron married Sharry (Emmons) on Oct. 10, 1965 and they enjoyed more than 46 years of marriage.

Ron was known as a dedicated hard working man of God who loved with his whole heart. His integrity was unsurpassed, his honesty was unwavering, and his commitment to his family was unparalleled. Ron wasted no time and was hard at work on his land at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Elks and in his earlier years, E Clampus Vitus.

Ron was an excellent electrician and worked for many years in the electrical industry prior to moving to Dallas.

He and Sharry enjoyed boating (especially sailing), writing fiction, baseball games, gardening, playing with his dogs, BBQ's, dancing with his wife and daughter and created many memories as a family by camping, fishing, and just being a family. Ron was also a Harley rider and most recently an ATV rider and loved riding with his son and grandsons.

Survivors include his his wife, Sharry Washburn of Dallas; children, Michael Washburn of McMinnville and Rebecca Masingale of Dallas; brother, Tim Washburn of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandsons; and extended family.

Service was Tuesday at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Interment followed with full military honors at Willamette National Cemetery.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Paul Allen Tanksley

June 19, 1933 - Sept. 17, 2012

Paul Allen Tanksley

Paul Allen Tanksley

Paul Allen Tanksley, 79, of Dallas died Sept. 17.

He was born in Nashville, Tenn., to Paul and Irene Gobel.

Paul served four years active duty in the Navy as a pilot and 16 years in the reserves. He retired as LCDR USNR.

Paul graduated from Vanderbilt University. He worked in the aerospace industry as a reliability engineer for Hughes Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft and Vickers Aircraft.


Paul married Karen Baldry on July 18, 1959 in Los Angeles. They moved to Dallas in 1980.

Paul was a farmer. He enjoyed the bridge group at the Dallas Senior Center. He had been involved with the Willamette Master Chorus and had participated in the Rickreall Christmas Pageant for a number of years. Paul's hobbies included ham radio, Sudoku and golf.

Survivors include his wife, Karen of Dallas; sons, David Tanksley (Staci) of Lincoln City and Neal Tanksley (Toni) of Hillsboro; daughter, Paula Tanksley (Eric Q. Braun) of Sebastopol, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Service was Friday at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center followed by interment at Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Union Gospel Mission or Goodwill Industries in care of the mortuary.

To send an online condolence:

Charles 'Chuck' Perry Bradley

Aug. 16, 1940 - Sept. 15, 2012

Charles "Chuck" Perry Bradley

Charles "Chuck" Perry Bradley

Charles "Chuck" Perry Bradley, 72, of Dallas died Sept. 15 in Sublimity.

He was born in Blackstock, S.C.

Directly after graduating high school he served from the late 1950s to early 1960s in the Navy.


He married Darlene Irene Mensinger on Sept. 26, 1986 in Pacific Grove, Calif.

He lived in South Carolina, California, Texas, Medford, Keizer and for the past 11 years in Dallas.

He owned a welding business in Medford. For 20 years he drove bus for Greyhound and also tour buses in Europe and retired in the 1990s. He marketed Charlie B's Bar-B-Que & Cooking Sauce.

Chuck built cars, drove drag racing cars and loved to fish. He entered many Pro/Am fishing competitions around the area and played in many Pro/Am golf competitions. He was known for his quick wit and ready smile.

He was preceded in death by three siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene of Dallas; daughter, Tiffany Bush of Salem; son, Rick Bradley of South Carolina; stepdaughters, Linda Hearle of Salem, Ruth Schmidt of Salem and Lori Gerson of Salem; stepson, John Hearle of New Jersey; five siblings; five grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A private family gathering will be held.

Contributions are suggested to the Parkinson's Foundation or the American Cancer Society in care of the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center which handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence:

Albert C. Davis

Aug. 16, 1920 - Sept. 21, 2012

Albert C. Davis

Albert C. Davis

Albert Curtis Davis, 92, of Dallas died Sept. 21.

He was born in Corn Hill, Ark., to Commodore and Josie (Lynd) Davis and was a descendant of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

He left Arkansas as a young child and lived in various places until his family settled in Napavine, Wash. At the age of 17 he went to serve with the Conservation Corp, he served for two years, later he worked as a journeyman welder. Albert joined the Navy in 1944 and was stationed in the Asia Pacific on the USS Sibley 206 as Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class. Al had the privilege of witnessing the historical raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. Upon leaving the Navy he attended Northwest Bible Institute in Kirkland, Wash., and prepared for ministry.



He married Dolores Basom in August 1947 and together they ministered in Nebraska, Tacoma, Wash., McMinnville and Dallas. She died in May 1963. In May of 1967 Albert and Mary Louise Johnson were married in Salem.

Rev. Davis served as pastor of Dallas Assembly of God church for 19 years before being asked to serve as the Assistant Superintendent of the Oregon District of the Assemblies of God. In this post he served on the board of directors of Northwest College and on the National Presbytery of the Assemblies of God.

Following his 10 years as Assistant Superintendent he served on staff with Salem Christian Center, Newberg Assembly of God, Salem People's Church, and as visitation pastor for Dallas Valley Life Center, in total more than 60 years of ministry.

Al will be remembered as a wonderful man of God. His sense of humor, countless stories, zeal for life, and anointed messages have blessed and encouraged thousands of men and women.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Mary Lou;, his children, Jon Davis (Cyndi), Phil Davis (Celeste), Melodee Fosner (Verlon), and Doug Johnson (Michelle); 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Service is today (Wednesday) at 10 a.m. at Dallas Valley Life Center followed by private graveside service at Willamette National Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Oregon Ministry Network US Missions in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center which handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence:

Bert Toler

Sept. 6, 1926 - Sept. 24, 2012

Bert Toler

Bert Toler

Bert Toler, 86, of Dallas died Sept. 24 in West Salem following a stroke.

He was born in Glen Alum, W.V., to Lee and Leta Toler.

Bert served in the Army Air Corps in 1946 and then attended West Virginia University, graduating in 1951 from the School of Forestry. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service in various locations in the State of Washington for about 30 years.


He retired and moved to Dallas in 1989. He was active in Kiwanis, the Dallas United Methodist Church and was a volunteer at the Dallas Food Bank. He also belonged to Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Masons and Shriners.

He and his wife, Shela celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Aug. 1.

Survivors include his wife, Shela; children, Kay Bertrand (Randy) of Redmond, Wash., Greg Toler (Lynn) of Cheney, Wash., and Shannon Toler of Powell Butte; and five grandchildren.

Visitation is Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Celebration of Life is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dallas United Methodist Church followed by interment with military honors at Dallas Cemetery.

To send an online condolence:

William Calvin Braun

Nov. 17, 1923 - Sept. 22, 2012

William Calvin Braun, 88, of Keizer died Sept. 22.

Memorial service is Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Salem First Baptist Church, 395 Marion St.

Contributions are suggested to Salem Rescue Mission.

Harry B. Wiebe

May 27, 1922 - Sept. 22, 2012

Harry B. Wiebe, 90, of Dallas died Sept. 22 in Dallas.

Memorial service is Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas. Private interment will be at Dallas Cemetery.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Russell A. Koetke

June 25, 1926 - Sept. 16, 2012

DALLAS - Russ left this life on September 16, 2012, at home, surrounded by his loving family. How do we tell you about this most wonderful man who lived such a good life? Well, the beginning is the best place to start.

Russell A. Koetke

Russell A. Koetke

Russ came into this world on June 25, 1926 in Bismarck, North Dakota, the son of May Bell and Frederick Koetke. He grew up across the Missouri River in Mandan, North Dakota, where he grew to love horses and all things "western". Russ attended Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D., for a short time, where he met the love of his life, Lois Jean Stedman. Russ enlisted in the Army Air Corps in December 1943, where he grew to love aircraft and all things military. Becoming a flight engineer, Russ made his career in the U.S. Air Force, and was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Over time, he was assigned to the 5th Air Force, the 7th Air Force, and the 20th Air Force, all in the south Pacific area. His aircraft experience included the C-47, P-61, C-54, B-29, B-36, F-94, T-33, F-100, F-89, L-20, B-52, C-135, and C-123. His last assignment was with a F-106 squadron in Great Falls, Montana.


On June 14, 1947, Russ had the good sense to marry Lois Jean Stedman, and together, they raised two daughters while moving often, as Air Force families do. From 1961 to 1964, the family was lucky enough to spend three years in England, the native land of his mother, May Bell.

On August 1, 1972, Russ retired from the Air Force, after serving thirty years. He was awarded numerous commendations over the years, including the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. After retirement from the Air Force, Russ and Lois Jean settled in Casper, Wyoming, until, in 1978, Russ took a job with Lockheed Corp. as an aircraft maintenance instructor for the Iranian Air Force. Their time in Iran was cut short due to the revolution that ousted the Shah of Iran. Russ and Lois returned to the U.S. in January 1979, settling in Salem, to be near family. In September 2010, Russ moved to Dallas, Oregon, where he lived with daughter, Bobbie Barott, until his death.

Russ was a 60-year member of the Masons and was also a Shriner. He and Lois Jean were active in Capitol Lions Club and the Air Force Sargeants Association, as well.

Russ was preceded in death by his precious wife, Lois Jean, in 1994. He is survived by his sister, Betty Ringman; his daughters, Paula Bell (Tom) and Bobbie Barott; three grandchildren, Diane Hill, Karen Stanerson (Ray) and Lyle Bell (Diane); seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; his quarter horse, Monte and his devoted dachshund, Andy.

Many thanks to Willamette Valley Hospice and friends, Kelly, Mike and Dennis, who helped with Russ's care during his last days.

A memorial service was held at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem, on Monday, September 24th at 10:30 a.m. Interment, with full military honors, followed at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland at 1:30 p.m. A reception honoring Russ's life was held at the home Russ shared with daughter, Bobbie Barott.

Russ requested, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Shriner's Hospital, Portland, OR. Memorial contributions may be made to the same.

Thanks, Dad, for everything you were and for everything you taught us. You are the best. We love you. Bon voyage, as you soar with the angels, especially your special angel.

Judith 'Judy' Spock

Oct. 25, 1941 - Sept. 16, 2012

Judith "Judy" Spock

Judith "Judy" Spock

Dallas - Judith (Judy) Ann Spock passed away at her home on September 16, 2012. She was born October 25, 1941 in Vancouver, WA to Meredith and Pauline Lyon. She spent her childhood in Portland but moved to the Dallas area in the mid-seventies where she raised her seven children; Thomas P. Steggell II, Amy K. Steggell-Black, Kelly P. Steggell, Tracie L. (Edward) Rabago, Heidi E. Steggell, John V. Spock and Stephen M. Spock with great help from her husband of 35 years, John R. Spock. Along with her seven children, Judy was a grandmother to 19 and a great grandmother of 5.

While raising her children, Judy had various jobs throughout the years. To list a few, she worked at Fairview Market, drove the school bus for Head Start and cleaned houses for those who eventually became dear friends and extended family. She loved them all.

Judy touched the hearts of so many and on many different levels. She made connections that ran deep in and around the community. Over the years, she became a mother to her children's' friends and upheld that tradition with her grandchildren's' friends. Judy was a friend to many.

Her wit was quick, her smile and laugh contagious, she was sharp and empathetic to those around her.

She was the sound of reason, a warm hug, a cold beer and a funny punch line all rolled into a strong and courageous woman. Always up for a game of Scrabble and good conversation, she loved her crossword puzzles, listening to her music and reading was a passion for her. Judy had a green thumb and enjoyed her house plants and flowers. She was a woman of simple pleasures and found beauty in everything.

Judy always had snacks and drinks on hand for grandkids that would stop by and they would. She was enjoying the time watching as they grew to become wonderful human beings and she was always reminding them how proud she was and how much she loved each and every one. They say home is where the heart is but to everyone who knew her, home was where Grandma Judy was. Family was everything to her and she was everything to them.

Judy left this world peaceful and comfortable in her home surrounded by love. She leaves behind family and friends who cherished her and they will all deeply mourn the loss of their dear friend. Judy's absence will never be filled.

The family would like to invite you to Judy's Celebration of Life at her home, 1052 SE Ash St. Dallas, Oregon Friday, September 28. Come anytime between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contributions are welcome and can be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center who is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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