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1/2 OBITUARIES

*Floyd W. Hubbard*Wilma Jene Combs*Fred C. Hibbeler*John Conley Radmore*Francis O. Harvey*James S. Wood*Theodore W. Jones*Christopher Scott Murphy*Mary Kathryn Paul*Charles William Kuust

December 31, 2012


Floyd W. Hubbard

March 19, 1925 - Dec. 18, 2012

Floyd W. Hubbard

Floyd W. Hubbard

Floyd Hubbard, 87, of Dallas died Dec. 18 in Dallas.

He was born in Glendale, Ariz., to Charles and Cordilia Hubbard.

He married Helen Marie Todd in March 1948.

Floyd proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific and was a proud patriot his entire life. He was involved in the American Legion and instrumental in founding the Memorial Day Avenue of Flags at Dallas Cemetery.

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Floyd was a master mechanic at Willamette Industries, as well as a contractor, carpenter, brick mason and an all-around craftsman.

He and his wife were proud owners of a small farm where they raised dairy and beef cattle, chickens, pigs and various other items to provide for their family.

Floyd enjoyed hunting, fishing and working with wood. He spent many years creating handcrafted wooden toys that he donated to various organizations and taught many others the art of woodworking. He also created many other handcrafted furniture items for his family.

In 1993 he cared for his ailing wife until her death. He enjoyed the rest of his years with his companion, a Pomeranian puppy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and brother, James "Billy."

Survivors include his children, Charles "Chuck" (Leanne) Hubbard and Patty Hubbard, all of Dallas, and Kenneth "Ken" (Carolyn) Hubbard of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Mary Jane "Sissie" Hubbard of Dallas; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Service was Saturday at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Interment with military honors was at Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the American Legion, Humane Society or the American Kidney Association.

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

Wilma Jene Combs

June 14, 1927 - Dec. 20, 2012

Wilma Jene Combs, 85, of Dallas died Dec. 20 in Salem.

She was born in Hollywood, Calif., to Willard and Helen Ford Brownbridge.

She married Robert Turner Combs on Aug. 10, 1945, in South Pasadena, Calif. Wilma was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.

Wilma and Robert loved RV camping and traveled throughout the United States. She loved life, nature and living in Oregon. She made friends easily and enjoyed their companionship. She was an animal lover as well and had two dogs and a cat.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.

Survivors include her husband, Robert of Dallas; sons, Daryll (Phyllis) Combs of Dallas and Les (Sharon) Combs of California; one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.

Private family arrangements were handled by Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Contributions are suggested to Dogs for the Deaf in care of the mortuary.

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

John Conley Radmore

Aug. 13, 1924 - Dec. 15, 2012

John Conley Radmore

John Conley Radmore

John Conley Radmore, 88, of Dallas died Dec. 15.

He was born in Provo, Utah, to John Radmore and Mary Davis Radmore.

The following year, John and his family moved to Eugene. They then moved to Springfield in 1935. During high school he was student body president, captain of the football team and a member of the drama club.

After graduating from Springfield High School in 1942, he enlisted in the Navy, studying engineering and mathematics at Oregon State University until he was sent to officers' training in Boulder, Colo. He served as quartermaster, boson's mate, signalman and gunner aboard LSM 266, where he participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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As a World War II veteran John returned to Oregon and resumed college. In 1949 he graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in education.

On June 26, 1949, he married Helen Grace Puderbaugh at Ebbert Methodist Church in Springfield. They later divorced.

In 1952 he graduated from Boston University with a master's degree in sacred theology. From 1953 to 1967 he was a Methodist minister at churches in Oakridge and Myrtle Creek, as well as Tacoma, Orting, Seattle and Bellingham, Wash.

On July 4, 1968, he married Eleanor Anne Joy in Salem and they made their home in Dallas. John worked for the state of Oregon as a vocational rehabilitation counselor from 1967 until retirement.

John's enjoyment of travel took him to five continents and all 50 states. He made several trips to Namibia, Africa, and loved to visit family and friends. An extremely caring and generous man, he volunteered in the third-grade class at Perrydale School for 14 years. He appreciated classical music and was instrumental in the procurement of the chimes and the grand piano at the United Methodist Church in Dallas where he was a member.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, on Feb. 15, 1980.

Survivors include his daughters, Mary Radmore of Eugene, Joanne Ratkai (Andy) of Centennial, Colo., and Carol Radmore (Ron Exeter) of Salem; stepson, Bill Joy of Sherwood; brother, David Radmore (Audrey) of Stockton, Calif.; sister, Barbara Kimball (Reid) of Eugene; two grandsons; and extended family.

Memorial service is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Dallas United Methodist Church. Private inurnment will be held.

Contributions are suggested to the Dallas United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, Perrydale School or Heifer International.

Bollman Funeral Home handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.

Fred C. Hibbeler

Aug. 27, 1921 - Dec. 25, 2012

Fred C. Hibbeler, 91, of Dallas died Dec. 25 in Dallas.

Viewing is Wednesday (today) from 3 to 8 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Dallas. Interment will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens.

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

Francis O. Harvey

July 17, 1921 - Dec. 25, 2012

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Francis O. Harvey, 91, of Dallas died Dec. 25 in Salem.

He was born in Volga, Iowa, to Reuben Ostrander and Marie Pearl Walters Harvey.

At the age of 13 he started working with his father in Iowa cutting wood to support the family. When he was 17 the family moved to Oregon to live in the Bridgeport area of Dallas. Frank worked for Boeing in Seattle before going into the Army/Air Force during World War II. He worked as a mechanic on planes in Italy.

For eight years he lived and worked in the Valsetz woods for the Valsetz Lumber Co. On April 23, 1948, in Falls City he married Alice Rose Vieira. They were married for 64 years.

They moved to Dallas in 1955 and for a few years he owned the Union 76 gas station but sold it because of health reasons. For 30 years Frank worked for Willamette Industries, retiring in 1984.

He enjoyed working with wood, hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a two-time Polk County Fair ribbon winner for his afghan crocheting. For many years Frank and Alice enjoyed square dancing and round dancing. They were great RV'ers and drove in caravans throughout the United States and even to Alaska. He was a member of the Polk About Sam's. He was a past member of the Crazy Creek Rockers, Wagon Wheelers, Rounds R Us and the Polk County Sportsman Club.

Until recently he cared for his two-acre homesite. He was an excellent pool player and enjoyed spending time with his family playing cards and games.

He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Fern Seaman, and sister, Jeannette Madson.

Survivors include his wife, Alice of Dallas; daughters, Grace M. (Allen) Hibbs of Dallas and Pamela J. (Wally) Kundert of Sisters; son, Vernon B. (Dawn) Harvey of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Service is Friday at 1 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private interment follows at Restlawn Memory Gardens. A reception will follow.

Contributions are suggested to Relay For Life at www.relayforlife.org/polkcounty.or.

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

James S. Wood

Nov. 30, 1935 - Dec. 22, 2012

James S. Wood

James S. Wood

James 'Jim' Stafford Wood, 77, of Dallas died Dec. 22.

He was born in Salem to Donald and Goldie Wood.

Jim graduated in 1954 from Salem High School. From May 1954 to May 1957 he was a member of the Army National Guard. While in the National Guard Jim attended Oregon State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1958 in business administration. He was drafted into the Army in 1958 and proudly served his country for two years. Jim served as a radio Teletype operator in Europe during his first tour of duty.

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He married his wife, Patricia Ottaway, on May 27, 1968, and resided in Dallas with their children.

Jim worked for the state of Oregon in various capacities throughout his life. He retired in December 1997.

Through his relationship with Christ, Jim demonstrated unconditional love at home, church and in the community. Everyone he met was embraced with a smile, story and grace. He had been a member of Valley Life Center for 35 years.

After retirement he took pleasure in helping with the reading program at Lyle Elementary School, the computer lab at Faith Christian School and many other programs to help children in the community.

He enjoyed family vacations, the outdoors, reading, music, family, friends and traveling. He was blessed to travel to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Mexico and much of the United States.

He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Stafford Wood, and grandson, James R.C. Wood,

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Pat Wood of Dallas; daughters, Susan Wood and Erica Archer, both of Dallas, and Tami (Troy) Brooks of Lincoln City; sister, Elaine Yager of Salem; three grandchildren; one step grandson; and extended family.

Celebration of life service is Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at Valley Life Center in Dallas. Private burial was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Contributions are suggested to the Weekday School of the Bible in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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

Theodore W. Jones

July 19, 1918 - Dec. 20, 2012

Theodore W. Jones, 94, a longtime resident of Pedee, died Dec. 20.

Memorial service was Saturday at Pedee Evangelical Church. Private interment with military honors was at Womer Cemetery in Pedee.

Contributions are suggested to Albany Helping Hands or the Union Gospel Mission in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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

Christopher Scott Murphy

Feb. 12, 1958 - Dec. 25, 2012

Chris Murphy, 54, of Keizer, formerly of Dallas, died Dec. 25.

Memorial service was Saturday at First Baptist Church in Independence.

Farnstrom Mortuary handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.FarnstromMortuary.com.

Mary Kathryn Paul

Oct. 4, 1950 - Dec. 21, 2012

Mary Kathryn Paul, 62, of Independence died Dec. 21 in Independence.

Mary's family will be celebrating her life privately.

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

Charles William Kuust

July 5, 1940 - Dec. 23, 2012

Charles William Kuust

Charles William Kuust


Charles William Kuust, 72, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at his home in Dallas, OR. Charles was born on July 5, 1940 in San Francisco, CA., the oldest of two children of William and Sylvia (Koski) Kuust. Charles graduated from Jefferson High School and received his Bachelors degree in Education from University of Portland. He taught at Skyline, Vestal, and Binnsmead grade schools. Charles retired after 30 years of teaching from Portland Public Schools.

Charles played the violin and was part of the youth symphony in high school. Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and all sports. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in youth sports.

Charles is survived by his wife Diane of 49 years; his son, Jeffrey (Colleen) Kuust of Dallas, OR; his daughter, Janna (Brent) Blake of Oregon City, OR; and his four grandchildren Kendra, Kara, Kyle Kuust and Ellie Blake.

Private family burial will be held at Rose City Cemetery and Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to: Dallas Baseball; Oregon City Youth Sports - Softball.

Online condolences can be made to the family at: www.rosecityfuneralhome.com.

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