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*Charles J. Benge*Leo E. Lehto*Dorothy Evelyn King*Eva Friesen*Pilar S. Cruz*Lucille 'Lucy' L. McReynolds*Pearl Marian Wiebke*Bonnie L. Garrison

December 05, 2012

Charles J. Benge

July 23, 1917 - Nov. 20, 2012

Charles J. Benge

Charles J. Benge

Col. Charles J. "Johnnie" Benge, 95, retired military officer and former Dallas resident, died Nov. 20 of natural causes in Vienna, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

He was born in Spokane, Wash., to Stanley and Estelle Benge.

Charles was raised in Dallas in the 1920s and 1930s.

Col. Benge was a sergeant with the Company "L" 162nd Infantry of Dallas when it was activated for federal duty on Sept. 16, 1940, during World War II. Early in 1942 he attended the Army's Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. He served in the military for more than 30 years before retiring in 1974.


His assignments included: Company Commander of Company "L" 158th Infantry Regiment in the Philippines during the latter part of World War II; two one-year tours of duty in Korea; a one-year tour in Vietnam; two four-year tours in Germany; a three-year tour with the U.S. State Department in India; as well as a number of stateside Army posts including Fort Lewis, Wash., the nuclear facility at Richland, Wash., and Fort Benning.

Charles received 18 military awards during his service, including three separate awards of the "Legion of Merit," one of the Army's most distinguished honors.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Florence of Vienna; daughter, Charleen of Chicago; son, John (Holly) of Maplewood, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements were handled by Money & King of Vienna, Va.;

Leo E. Lehto

April 19, 1922 - Nov. 23, 2012

Leo E. Lehto

Leo E. Lehto

Leo Lehto, 90, of Monmouth died Nov. 23.

He was born in Duluth, Minn., to Elmer and Ida Lehto.

Leo completed high school, and as the United States entered World War II he proudly enlisted into the Navy, where he faithfully served his country. He served on many ships and saw combat in the South Pacific.

He later married Josephine Douglas and they had two sons, Alan and Gary.

Leo was a baseball fan and enjoyed going to Los Angeles Dodgers' games. He also enjoyed swimming, family time, camping, traveling and was an avid pinochle player. He and Josephine took a year away to travel in their RV around the country.


He was a deeply religious man who loved God. Leo was a member of Monmouth Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine. On the day of his death, his sister, Aileen Papiro, also died.

Survivors include his sons, Alan (Bindy) Lehto of Monmouth and Gary Lehto of Keizer; brother, Melvin Lehto of Lavern, Calif.; and 15 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Nov. 27 at Smith Cemetery in Monmouth.

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

Eva Friesen

Aug. 29, 1916 - Nov. 25, 2012

Eva Friesen

Eva Friesen

Eva Friesen, 96, of Dallas died Nov. 25 following a short illness.

She was born in St. Paul to Emanuel and Catherine Weber.

She had eight siblings, all of whom preceded her in death.

Eva's family lived in several different towns in Oregon and Washington before settling in the Smithfield area of Oregon. Eva was known as a hard worker and could pick more cherries or hops than anyone.

Eva married John P. Friesen in June 1936. Together with their son, Richard, they lived in Dallas and then on a farm in the Smithfield area. Eva, not being a typical farmer's wife, chose to get a job in town. She worked at the Co-op Warehouse and later for the city of Dallas as a bookkeeper. Eva retired on Dec. 21, 1976.

After her retirement, Eva and John moved to Salemtown in West Salem. They also became "snowbirds," going to the Palm Springs, Calif., area every winter for more than 25 years. While there she loved swimming, bicycling, playing cards and just having fun. She loved gardening and could get anything to grow; she especially loved to grow all kinds of flowers. Eva really enjoyed spending time with her great-great-grandchildren.

Eva and John were married for 67 years when he passed away in 2003. She continued to "snowbird" for several more years along with her son, Richard, and his wife, Barb. Richard also preceded her in death in May 2009.

Eva then moved to Dallas Retirement Village, where she had been living for the past 3« years.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Barbara Friesen of Salem; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Saturday at Bollman Funeral Home.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled 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.

Pilar married Fidel Bosquez Cruz Sr. on Aug. 22, 1948, in Carrizo Springs, Texas. Together they raised three children. Pilar worked in her own home as a homemaker.

Pilar was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Fidel Sr., on Nov. 2, 2012.

Survivors include her daughters, Delma Rincon of Monmouth and Velia Alvarez of Independence; son, Fidel S. Cruz Jr. of Independence; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Nov. 28 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence. Inurnment was at Hilltop Cemetery.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Lucille 'Lucy' L. McReynolds

May 18, 1928 - Oct. 24, 2012


Lucille 'Lucy' L. McReynolds

Lucille "Lucy" L. McReynolds, 84, of Forest Grove died Oct. 24 in Forest Grove.

She was born in Airlie to Jacob James and Anna Dorothy (Runa) Ploub.

She was raised and received her education in Dallas and was a Dallas High School Class of 1946 graduate. She worked as a checker at a local grocery store following graduation.

She married Everett Roscoe McReynolds on June 18, 1965, in Hillsboro and the couple made their home in Forest Grove. They celebrated 47 years of marriage this past June.

Lucy was a charter member of the Ballad Towne Elkettes. She also was a member of the Moose Lodge of Hillsboro and the Womens Auxiliary of the Eagles Lodge of Cornelius. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, gardening, cats, going to Reno and watching football.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, George Ploub, Jacob Ploub and Francis Ploub, and her sisters, Anna Parsons and Alyce Harter.

Survivors include her husband, Everett R. McReynolds of Forest Grove; sons, Steve Fearn and Stan Fearn, both of Portland; stepsons, Ric McReynolds of Medford and Tom Simms of Waldport; sister, Ruth Buker of Salem; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Interment was at Valley Memorial Park in Hillsboro.

Contributions are suggested to Washington County Animal Shelter.

Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home, Forest Grove, handled arrangements. To send an online

Pearl Marian Wiebke

Dec. 29, 1918 - Dec. 2, 2012

Pearl Marian Wiebke, 93, of McMinnville, formerly of Dallas, died Sunday in McMinnville.

She was born near Almont, N.D., to Samual K. and Regina M. (Knutson) Anderson.

She married Leo J. Wiebke on Dec. 4, 1936, in Yakima, Wash. The couple settled in Yamhill County until 1960, when they moved to Crescent City, Calif., returning to Dallas in 1976. She had moved to McMinnville in 1998 to be closer to family.

Pearl was a member of the Oregon Grange, Salem Eagles and Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; son, Roger D. Wiebke; brother, Leon Anderson; and sisters, Madeline Wiebke and Jean Brown.

Survivors include her daughters, Connie Duncan (Wayne) of McMinnville and Janice Boucher (Dick) of Enterprise; sons, Michael A. Wiebke of Ben Lomand, Calif., and John R. Wiebke (Leasa) of Portland; brothers, Harlan Anderson of Salem and Bob Anderson (Diane) of Crescent City, Calif.; sisters, Grace Marshall of Port Townsend, Wash., and Ione Jones and Joyce Sprecher, both of McMinnville; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

Memorial service is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

To send an online condolence:

Dorothy Evelyn King

July 6, 1923 - Nov.14, 2012

Dorothy Evelyn King, 89, of Springfield and former longtime resident of Independence, died Nov. 14.

She was born to LeRoy and Bonnie Baker in Cleveland, N.D.

Dorothy graduated from Hood River High School in 1941. She married Rudolph H. King in 1941 in Hood River. They had two children.

Dorothy worked for the Eugene School District for 30 years.

She was a member of the Elks and Eagles and enjoyed dancing, boating and fishing. She was an accomplished oil painter of nature and a talented roller-skating exhibitionist in her early years. She was active and loved to travel. She smiled often and touched everybody she knew with kindness.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph H. King.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol King (Dave) Hopkins of Redmond, Wash.; son, Douglas (Peanny Non) King of Salem; and five grandchildren.

Her life will be celebrated privately at a later date.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Bonnie L. Garrison

April 17, 1960 - Nov. 25, 2012

Celebration of life service for Bonnie L. Garrison, 52, of Dallas is Saturday at noon at Faith Evangelical Free Church, Dallas. Join the family and share your memories with them.

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