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*Alta Mae Kliever*Myrna Mae French*William 'Bill' Inman*Charles Raymond Gunther*Sally Stinson*Eva Friesen*Bonnie Garrison*Pilar S. Cruz*Ana Angelica Badillo English

November 27, 2012

Alta Mae Kliever

Dec. 4, 1917 - Nov. 20, 2012

Alta Mae Kliever

Alta Mae Kliever

Alta Mae Kliever, 94, of Salem, formerly of Dallas, died Nov. 20.

She was born in Hebo to Ernest and Tessie Lightfoot.

Alta's life was serving and enjoying people. She had a hearty laugh that was both contagious and could be heard throughout a room. Alta loved a good party and socializing with family and friends.

Alta quit school at an early age to help support her family. Until retirement she worked throughout her adult life at the old Valley Junction restaurant, J.C. Penney's in Dallas, North Dallas Tavern, White's Electronics in Sweet Home and Jerverns Dress Shop in Sweet Home. She lived for many years in both Dallas and Sweet Home.

She married Marvin Ritchey and they had two children, Larry and Judy. She then married Ken Kliever and they had one son, Kerry Kliever, and were joined by Ken's daughter, Michelle.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Marvin Ritchey and Ken Kliever, and daughter, Judy Damewood.

Survivors include her sons, Larry Ritchey (Helen) of Salem and Kerry Kliever (Debby) of Sutherlin; stepdaughter, Michelle Ong of Salem; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life is Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. A catered buffet of the family's favorite Alta recipes will be served.

Contributions are suggested to the National Parkinson Foundation in care of the mortuary.

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Myrna Mae French

Oct. 18, 1928 - Nov. 23, 2012

Myrna Mae French

Myrna Mae French

Myrna Mae French, 84, of Dallas died Friday in Salem.

She was born in Fedora, S.D., to Norman and Nora Peterson and graduated from Colman High School.

Myrna married Gerald French on Sept. 3, 1949, in Nashau, Iowa. Myrna and Gerald lived in Eugene prior to settling in Dallas in 1993. Myrna had been a beautician since 1948. She continued to cut hair for friends and family.

Myrna was a faithful volunteer at Oakdale Heights Elementary School in Dallas, where she was a lunch buddy and reading buddy for several years. She really enjoyed her years at Oakdale as a volunteer helping children as well as helping with the Dallas ICAN after-school art programs at Whitworth and Oakdale.

Myrna was a skilled seamstress and did alterations for friends and family. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and was artistic. She was an excellent baker and enjoyed cooking.

Myrna had a great love for her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, in 2008; son, Kevin, in 1989; sisters, Ruth Hanson and Norma Ponto; and brothers, Gerald Peterson and Duane Peterson.

Survivors include her daughters, Vickie (Richard) Boer of Dallas and Sheryl French of Anchorage, Alaska; sister, Anita Surmon of Lebanon; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Contributions are suggested to Oakdale Heights Elementary School Library for books, Dallas Education Foundation or Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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Charles Raymond Gunther

Feb. 26, 1923 - Nov. 17, 2012

Charles Raymond Gunther

Charles Raymond Gunther

Charles "Chuck" Raymond Gunther, 89, of Gladstone died Nov. 17.

He was born to Charles and Louise Gunther and raised in Chicago.

From 1943 to 1946 Chuck served as a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II.

Chuck married Muriel in 1952 and they settled in Portland in 1957. He retired from Media Service Center in 1988.


Survivors include wife of 60 years, Muriel; children, Sharon Wiley, Jeffrey (Ruth), Cynthia Nork (Dan), Timothy (Katrina) of Dallas and Marci Gunther; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life memorial service was Nov. 21 at Jennings Lodge Community Church in Milwaukie. Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Contributions are suggested to the church, 4670 SE Jennings Ave., Milwaukie, OR 97267-6418.

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

William 'Bill' Inman

Oct. 24, 1934 - Nov. 18, 2012


William 'Bill' Inman

William "Bill" Inman, 78, of Depoe Bay, formerly of Dallas, died Nov. 18.

He was born in Culver City, Calif, and was raised in San Francisco. He studied music and finished high school in McMinnville.

Bill was a veteran of the Army, serving three years during the Korean War, including temporary duty touring Germany and entertaining troops with his music.

As a professional pianist Bill played the Northwest circuit until retirement in 1971. He then attended Portland State, Chemeketa Community College and received his master's degree from Western Oregon State College in 1989.


During Bill's hard-earned 38 years of sobriety he mentored, encouraged and served others through his personal and musical involvements in churches, Alcoholics Anonymous, senior centers and care homes. Most important to him was learning to "let go and let God" one day at a time.

He was preceded in death by three wives: Geraldine Morgan in 1976; Margaret Lytle in 1989; and Marian Gast in 2010.

Bill and Marian moved from McMinnville to Mesa, Ariz., from 1992 to 2000, and then lived in Dallas until moving to Depoe Bay in 2008.

Survivors include his stepdaughters, Karlene Arnett and Charlotte Lyman of Dallas; six step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and extended family.

Memorial service is Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Ocean Lake Christian Church in Lincoln City. Interment was Nov. 23 at Green Crest Memorial Park in Sheridan.

Adamsons Sheridan Funeral Home, Sheridan, handled arrangements.

Eva Friesen

Aug. 29, 1916 - Nov. 25, 2012

Eva Friesen, 96, of Dallas died Sunday.

Visitation is Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Memorial service is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is handling arrangements.

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Bonnie Garrison

April 17, 1960 - Nov. 25, 2012

Bonnie Garrison, 52, of Dallas died unexpectedly on Sunday.

Celebration of life service is currently pending.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is handling arrangements.

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Sally Stinson

April 25, 1942 - Nov. 24, 2012

Sally Stinson, 70, of Dallas died Saturday.

Private family service is being planned.

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

Pilar S. Cruz

Oct. 11, 1923 - Nov. 20, 2012

Pilar Sifuentez Cruz, 89, of Independence died Nov. 20 in Independence.

She was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico.

Memorial service is Wednesday (today) at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence. Inurnment will be at Hilltop Cemetery.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Ana Angelical Badillo English

Sept. 14, 1923 - Nov. 20, 2012

Ana Angelica Badillo English

Ana Angelica Badillo English

Ana Angelica Badillo English, 89, graduated from this life in her home in Dallas, Oregon, on November 20, 2012. She was surrounded by her family during her final days.

Ana was born on September 14, 1923, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She was the seventh of eight children born to Gregorio Badillo and Secundina Carrasquillo.

Her mother died when Ana was five, from complications of childbirth. Her father passed away when she was 11. She lived with relatives until she was able to go to boarding school where she sang in the high school choir. Her life in Puerto Rico was very austere; no electricity, cooking over coals, and sleeping in a cot rather than a bed. Despite the primitive conditions, there was a strong sense of community. She recalled the neighbors turning up their radio so she and others could sit outside and listen from the sidewalk.

Following graduation, at the age of 17, Ana moved to New York City to live with family. She also spent time with family in Chicago prior to settling in Los Angeles with her brother Tom and his wife, Janice. Ana attended junior college and worked for Lockheed-Vega during World War II where she was a "Rosie the Riveter" on the wing assembly of the B-17 Flying Fortress. While working at Lockheed-Vega, she met Gordon Comstock English. Shortly after they began dating, Gordon was inducted in the Naval Reserve and went to work for Pan American in the Bay Area. Realizing they were meant for each other, Gordon proposed, and they were married on August 12, 1944, at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather chapel, at Forest Lawn, in Glendale, CA. They began their married life together in South San Francisco, CA.

Expecting their first baby, Gordon Jr. (Virginia) English, they moved back to the Southern California in 1945. Three more children, Virginia (Rick) Kirk, Nancy (Johnny) Kinder, and Gregory (Joellyn) English were born in California. Gordon and Ana relocated the family to Dallas, OR in 1964 where they became active members of the community.

Ana loved children. She was a den mother, church volunteer, member of the Dallas Women's Club, and served as a bi-lingual instructional assistant in the Dallas and Central School districts. Ana and Gordon were hosts to several foreign exchange students throughout the years. She also spent many years providing child care for several children of family and friends. She loved being "Nana" to her grand-children and great grand-children along with Jandi Lucas, great niece and caregiver.

Over the years, Ana and Gordon travelled to Puerto Rico on several family trips. Ana enjoyed returning to the land of her youth. Over the years, Ana and Gordon traveled to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Hong Kong, Spain, Great Britain, Canada, and Mexico. They also made regular visits to family and friends in California and across the United States.

Ana was preceded in death by brothers Francisco, Herman, Thomas, Ubaldo, and Jose'; sisters Virginia and Carmen; and grandson, Joshua.

Ana is survived by husband, Gordon; sons Gordon Jr. and Gregory; daughters, Virginia and Nancy; eight grandchildren; six step grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service was Tuesday, November 27th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas. Interment was in Salt Creek Cemetery. Visitation was Monday, Nov. 26th at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center which handled arrangements.

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