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*Michael Hall*Lyle Eugene Pairan*Patricia A. Donat*Thelma Alice McKibben*Louise Ellen Alderson*Melvern Tilgner*Gilbert 'Pete' Elder*Ubie William Badillo*William 'Bill' Otis Kurtz*Nadean Prentice*Gertrude M. Fletcher-Burton

December 18, 2012

Michael Hall

April 21, 1952 - Dec. 7, 2012


Michael Hall, 60, of Dallas, formerly of Albany, died Dec. 7 in Portland.

He was born in Vancouver, Wash., to Ronald and Leona Hall.

He proudly served his country in the Air Force.

Private family service will be held at a later date in Albany. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

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

Lyle Eugene Pairan

March 3, 1927 - Dec. 12, 2012

Lyle Eugene Pairan, 85, of Independence died Dec. 12 in Salem.

He was born in Angola, Ind.

At his request no service will be held. Private inurnment will be at Fir Crest Cemetery.

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

Patricia A. Donat

Aug. 1, 1920 - Oct. 30, 2012

Patricia A. Donat

Patricia A. Donat

Patricia A. Donat, 92, of Dallas died Oct. 30 in Dallas.

She was born in Oceola, Neb., to Harry and Lela Ashton.

Her childhood was spent living in several small towns in south central Nebraska.

In 1929 the family moved to Los Angeles, where she graduated from John Marshall High School. Shortly after she met the love of her life, Werner Donat, through a friend of her brothers. They were married Oct. 26, 1939, in Glendale, Calif. They enjoyed 71 years of marriage before Werner's death in March 2011.

Pat and Werner settled in the San Fernando Valley of California. Pat, a stay-at-home mom, and Werner moved the family to Merced, Calif., where they owned and operated a feed and farm supply business. Pat did some bookkeeping tasks in the business.

In 1959 she and Werner moved the family to a ranch in Eagle Point, Ore. Two years later they moved to Shady Cove for a year and then to Carmel, Calif., where Werner had a successful business in Monterey. After several years they moved back to Oregon to a ranch in Sams Valley outside of Medford. Werner had a business in town and they raised cattle and horses on the ranch.

In 1972 she and Werner bought their first motor home. Through the years they had three of them and put more than 100,000 miles on each one. They traveled in practically every state and Canadian Province; Werner drove and Pat did the "navigating."

Pat and Werner retired to a house on a lake in Gold Hill for several years. They really retired in 1989 and built a home north of Brookings overlooking the ocean. She made this a comfortable home enjoyed by friends, family and grandkids that came to visit. In August 2010 she and Werner moved to Dallas Retirement Village to be closer to family.

Pat will be remembered for her kind and gentle ways. Her efforts at organizing the thousands of photographs Werner took will provide many happy memories for her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Werner, and her four brothers.

Survivors include her sons, John (Gail) Donat of Keizer and Gary (Louisa) Donat of Seaside, Calif.; daughter, Judy Donat of Mobile, Ala.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

At her request no service will be held. Private family gathering is planned for a later date.

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

Gilbert 'Pete' Elder

March 27, 1932 - Dec. 4, 2012


Gilbert 'Pete' Elder

Gilbert "Pete" Elder, 80, of Dallas died Dec. 4.

He was born in Portland to Gilbert Sr. and Agnes Elder.

Gilbert served in the Army from 1952 to 1954.

He married Betty Jane Jordan on Oct. 28, 1956, in Mapleton.

Gilbert's flower garden was his delight and his dream was getting his old Model-T on the road. He will be remembered for his love of life and family.


He was preceded in death by five grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Betty Elder of Dallas; daughters, Agnes (Robert) Beasley of Dallas and Laurel (David) Seals of Wasilla, Alaska; sons, Lyle (Missy) Elder of Salem and Noel (Stacy) Elder of Dallas; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial service was Sunday at Dallas Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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

Thelma Alice McKibben

Jan. 12, 1918 - Dec. 15, 2012

Thelma Alice McKibben, 94, of Dallas died Saturday in Dallas.

She was born in Sheridan.

Service is Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Salt Creek Baptist Church. Private family burial will be in Salt Creek Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the church or Camp Tapawengo.

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William 'Bill' Otis Kurtz

June 11, 1920 - Dec. 13, 2012


William 'Bill' Otis Kurtz

Bill Kurtz, 92, of Dallas died Thursday.

He was born in Parma, Idaho, to Marion and Edith Kurtz.

Bill grew up working on the family farm, harnessing and driving a team of horses during the Great Depression in and around Adrian. He graduated from Nyssa High School in 1938. He then attended what is now Eastern Oregon University for a couple of years before joining the Army Air Corps as a pilot with the advent of World War II.

His time in the military during World War II was a major part of his life. He spent a major portion of his time as a test pilot for a maintenance facility in Italy and North Africa flying many different planes, some of which had been redesigned and some of which had been crashed and repaired. He was one of the test pilots who would then fly those planes to make sure they were safe for the other pilots to take back into combat. After four years of active duty, he continued in the military reserves for another 20 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.


Shortly after returning from the war he married Idamary Prouty in 1945 and returned to college to pursue a career in education. Most of his education career was in Klamath County, with the majority of that time in Merrill, which was an important time for him and Idamary because they raised their family there.

At school it wasn't unusual for visitors to come to school and see someone on the floor repairing or working on something and asking where the principal was -- and it would be Bill doing what he did best: working and helping.

Bill's life revolved around service to others. He worked with the migrant program in the Klamath Basin, coached summer baseball programs, served as an elder with the Presbyterian Church and held positions in the Oregon Presbytery. He took an early retirement from education in Klamath County to serve as headmaster of a school for children of nomadic tribes in rural Kenya for three years starting in 1976.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Idamary.

Survivors include his children: Dale (Esther) Kurtz of Riddle, Larry (Diane) Kurtz of McMinnville and Janet (Tim) Davis of Dallas; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren: and one great-great-granddaughter.

Memorial service is Wednesday (today) at 11 a.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private burial was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

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Louise Ellen Alderson

July 13, 1927 - Dec. 15, 2012

Louise Ellen Alderson

Louise Ellen Alderson

Louise Ellen Alderson, 85, of Independence died Saturday in Corvallis following a short illness.

She was born to Alex and Gladys (Musgrave) Kuiken in Albany.

She was raised in the communities of Scio and Lyons. She graduated from Mill City High School in 1945 and attended Merritt Davis Business College.

She worked at International Harvester in Salem until marrying William Alderson in 1948. They lived on the family farm in Independence, where she resided until her death. Louise worked as an educational secretary for Central School District and then the Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University, business office for 22 years until her retirement in 1989.

Louise enjoyed gardening, sewing and canning the fruits and vegetables from their farm. She was a member of Monmouth Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 2007.

Survivors include her daughter, Diane Ostrom of Monmouth; sons, Dennis (Kathryn) and Ron, both of Independence; sister, Irene Roy of Sherwood; and two grandchildren.

Service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Monmouth Christian Church. Interment will be at Hilltop Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Helping Hands Food Bank in care of Monmouth Christian Church.

Ubie William Badillo

Nov. 20, 1948 - Dec. 11, 2012

Ubie William Badillo

Ubie William Badillo

Ubie William Badillo, 64, of Monmouth died Dec. 11 in Monmouth.

He was born in Glendale, Calif., to Ubaldo and Alma Badillo.

Ubie served in the Army for 13 years and 4 months, earning a National Defense Service Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal.

He was an active volunteer for AWANA for more than 17 years and attended Monmouth Christian Church.


A faithful and humble man, Ubie had a servant's heart. He enjoyed reading and history, and was a sports statistician enthusiast.

Survivors include his mother, Alma Murphy of Monmouth; sisters, Almita Hartman of Dallas, Lydia Stingley of Reedsport, Cynthia Roth of Maui, Hawaii, Donna Walden of Minden, Nev., and Diane Bailey of Switzerland; brothers, David Badillo and John Murphy, both of Dallas, and Mike Murphy of Oregon; and his life partner, Liz Stone of Monmouth.

Memorial service was Tuesday at Monmouth Christian Church.

Contributions are suggested to help with final expenses and may be made to Alma Murphy, 373 Catron St. N, Apt. 24, Monmouth, OR 97361.

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

Melvern Tilgner

Feb. 13, 1927 - Dec. 7, 2012


Melvern Tilgner, 85, of Dallas died Dec. 7 in Salem.

He was born in Dallas to William and Claire Gilliam Tilgner.

Melvern graduated from Dallas High School and attended one year at Oregon State College, studying liberal arts and physics. Melvern served in the Army during World War II.

He had worked at Rickreall Farm Supply as a mechanic and service station attendant until his retirement.

Melvern enjoyed living and working on the family farm. He was a man of faith and was a dedicated member of his church in Dallas.

Survivors include his brothers, Delmond (Pat) Tilgner of Dallas, Lamar (Merlia) Tilgner of Gresham and Tharrell (Dorothy) Tilgner of Richland; sister, Ruth (Rip) Wright of Mount Vernon, Ohio; and extended family.

Family graveside service was held at Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence:

Nadean Prentice

Sept. 15, 1942 - Dec. 14, 2012

Nadean Prentice

Nadean Prentice

Nadean Prentice, 70, of Dallas died Friday.

She was born in Mountain Lake, Minn., to Paul and Johanna Lepp.

Nadean completed high school and worked as a Certified Nurse's Aide.

She enjoyed knitting, crafts, taking care of others, watching TV and being with her grandchildren. She absolutely loved cats. Nadean was a member of Valley Life Center.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Leroy Lepp.

Survivors include her children, Wayne Prentice, Brian Van Buskirk, Scott Van Buskirk and Tina Hunter; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A potluck celebration of life service is Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Hong Kong Restaurant in Dallas.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence:

Gertrude M. Fletcher-Burton

July 13, 1920 - Dec. 11, 2012

Gertrude M. Fletcher-Burton

Gertrude M. Fletcher-Burton

Gertrude Burton, 92, of Vancouver, Wash., died Dec. 11.

She was born in Jacksonville. Gertrude graduated from Falls City High School in 1937.

She was a certified medical transcriptionist and had worked most of her life at hospitals in the Willamette Valley. She retired at age 76 and went on to volunteer for the Meals on Wheels Program in Salem.

Survivors include her children, Jerry Mayes of McMinnville, Loni Runkle of Vancouver and Merle Harvey of Keizer; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Viewing is Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. and service is Saturday at noon; both will be at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas. Interment will at Falls City Cemetery.

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