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12/12 OBITUARIES

*Bonnie L. Garrison*Victorine 'Vickie' C. Slyh*Dr. David F. Miller*John Martell 'Sonny' Dillard*James H. McCormick

December 11, 2012


Bonnie L. Garrison

April 17, 1960 - Nov. 25, 2012

Bonnie L. Garrison

Bonnie L. Garrison

Bonnie L. Garrison, 52, of Dallas died Nov. 25 in Dallas.

She was born in Portland to William and Margaret Miller.

Bonnie met Larry D. Garrison in Reno, Nev.; they married on March 6, 1977.

She was the guardian and caretaker to everyone she came in contact with. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and lived for her grand babies' happiness. She especially enjoyed "The Price is Right."

Known as "Aunt Lou" or "Lou Lou," she had lived in Dallas her whole life.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Jeremy Dean, and sister, Kathy Cook.

Survivors include her husband, Larry D. Garrison; children, Misty A. (Jason L. Chester), Larry D. (Mary H.) Garrison Jr., Stacey M. (Richard A.) Guardiola and Ricky D. Miller Jr.; brothers, Martin, William, Daryl, Frank and Rick Miller; seven grandchildren; and extended family.

Celebration of life service was Saturday at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Dallas.

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

Victorine 'Vickie' C. Slyh

April 6, 1913 - Dec. 5, 2012

Victorine "Vickie" C. Slyh, 99, of Dallas died Dec. 5 in Dallas.

She was born in Falls City to John A. and Laura J. Stephensen Bowman.

She married John Welfley in 1932 and they later divorced. She married Otto Kuusio in 1940. Otto preceded her in death in 1947. In 1949 she married Michael C. Slyh in Reno, Nev.

Victorine and Mike lived in many areas as he was a logger and followed the camps. In 1954 Dallas became their permanent home.

Victorine was a homemaker with a strong Christian faith. She was a member of Falls City Free Methodist Church and Dallas Nazarene Church.

She loved to garden and take care of her yard. She was a member of the Falls City Garden Club. Going to Central and Eastern Oregon to rockhound and look for fossils was a favorite pastime.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike, in 2007; son, Paul; and siblings, George, Ellis, Edith, Irene, Doreatha, Edna and Billie.

Survivors include her son, Roy (Sharon) Welfley of Dallas; daughter, Cindy (Gene) Curtis of Kalispell, Mont.; sister, Jennie Semon of Florence; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Service is Wednesday (today) at 1 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private interment will be at Lower Falls City Cemetery.

To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Dr. David F. Miller

Nov. 2, 1940 - Dec. 7, 2012

Dr. David F. Miller

Dr. David F. Miller

Dr. David F. Miller, 72, of Albany died Friday.

He was born in Cleveland to Thomas and Mildred Miller.

With his parents and sister, Leela, they moved to Wenatchee, Wash., where he went to school and graduated from Eastmont High in 1959. In high school he met his sweetheart, Koyce Morgan, whom he later married.

They both attended Western Baptist Bible College, where David would later spend more than 30 years teaching. He then became president of the college. David also pastored Valley Baptist Church in Perrydale for more than 15 years. The family moved to Dallas in 1975.

David coached his sons' Little League teams for seven years. The family traveled together worldwide as David had the opportunity to teach in various countries including India, the Philippines, South Korea and Africa. David and Koyce moved in 2000 to California, where he pastored First Baptist of Walnut Creek for 11 years. They had the opportunity to be parents again, having exchange students Jun and Jack Kim live with them for five years.

Whether it was as a Bible teacher at the college, pastoring or at home with his family, David spent his life teaching the word of God. His desire was to see people know God's word and know why they believed what they believed. He leaves a legacy of dedicated service to God for his family and friends to carry on.

Survivors include his wife, Koyce; sons, Scott and Mike; five grandchildren; and sister, Leela Einer.

Service is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Willamette Community Church in Albany.

Contributions are suggested to Albany Christian School.

To send an online condolence: www.fisherfuneralhome.com.

John Martell 'Sonny' Dillard

Feb. 16, 1936 - Nov. 15, 2012

John Martell

John Martell 'Sonny' Dillard

John was born February 16, 1936 in Oakland, California. He lived the first twenty years of his life in the Bay Area. After marriage to his first wife Barbara, he moved his family to Corvallis, Summit, Blodgett, and then Falls City. Sonny was a friend to all and loved his family. He worked in the logging industry and manufacturing. In 1976 he moved the family to Carson City Nevada. He passed away November 15, 2012 in Winnemucca at home.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Opal Lorene Lawler Dillard, Wm Berkeley Dillard, and daughter Teddie Ann Dillard.

John is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Wenda (Wendy) Lee Walker Dillard, half-sister Catherine Lanell Dillard Cathey, sister Patricia Jo An Dillard Sanders (David), brothers Thomas David Dillard (Renee), William Berkeley Dillard (Belinda), Robert James Dillard (Johanna), son John Martell Dillard Jr., daughter Ginger Lorene Dillard Babcock, son William Jefferson Dillard (Renee), daughter Cindy Lynn Dillard Baum (Andy), daughter Hester Marie Dillard, son Robert James Dillard Jr. (SaRy).

James H. McCormick

May 8, 1947 - Dec. 6, 2012

James H. McCormick

James H. McCormick

James H. McCormick, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz and a resident of Independence, Oregon died on Thursday, December 6th in Salem Hospital with his family at his side. James was born to Edythe Logan on May 8, 1947 in Otis, Oregon. He grew up in Otis on the Logan family farm. He graduated from Taft High School in 1966. James proudly served in the Marine Corp during the Vietnam, where he was awarded a Purple Heart. James lived in California prior to coming to Monmouth and Independence in the early 1970's. James worked at the Kings Valley Mill prior to working at Willamette Industries in Dallas, Oregon. James retired as Lead Millwright Electrician in 2004. James was a longtime member of B.P.O.E. #1950 Independence Elks Lodge. James enjoyed many outdoor activities including water skiing, whitewater rafting, softball, family road trips, camping, hunting, crabbing, clamming, and fishing. He was an avid cribbage, pinochle, and domino's player. James loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed teaching them how to do the things he loved and passing down his ways to them, and they all enjoyed learning. He enjoyed watching them play sports and dearly enjoyed their company. He was very proud of them all. James was known by many, and is greatly missed by all those that knew him. He is a beloved Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and Friend.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa of Independence, sons, Ryan (Liz) McCormick of Independence, Chad ( Michelle) McCormick of Lincoln City , Matt Franklin of Independence, daughter, Cassie Franklin (Shane Stull) of Jefferson, Nephew, Shawn (Brittney) Thomas of Dallas, sisters, Elaine Thomas of Dallas, Patricia (Jim) Fredrickson of Neuotsu, Sylvia Butler of Siletz, brother, Charlie (Sally) Butler of Siletz, along with grandchildren Terran, Sydney, Joey, Malachi, Josh, Lily, great nephews Kyler & Brayden and tons of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, and brother, Buck Butler.

Funeral Services will be on Thursday, December 13th at 10:00 a.m. in Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 12th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private interment will be in the Logan Family Cemetery in Otis. To leave an online condolence for the family go to www.dallastribute.com. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family.