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January 22, 2013
July 27, 1923 - Jan. 11, 2013
Shirley Hopf Braden
Shirley Braden, 89, of Dallas died Jan. 11.
She was born in Independence, Iowa, to Albert and Helen Hopf.
Shirley was a graduate of Winthrop (Iowa) High School, Iowa State University at Ames and had a master's degree from the University of Maryland.
She married Lt. John Braden on Oct. 20, 1933; he also was a graduate of Winthrop High School and Iowa State University. They lived in California until he went overseas to serve in the military.
Shirley taught family and consumer science in Minnesota and Iowa. She was head of the six-teacher family and consumer science department for 23 years in Annapolis, Md. During World War II she was a research chemist with the Frigidaire Division of General Motors, making propellers for B-29 bombers. She had also been an assistant dietitian for the U.S. Army Air Corp at Wright-Patterson Air Base in Dayton, Ohio.
Shirley was a lifelong church worker and member. As a member of Dallas United Methodist Church she belonged to United Methodist Women, a circle, prayer group, book club and sewing group. In Maryland she had been a Sunday school teacher, president of the Women's Society, a circle leader and the local organizer for a Lay Witness Mission. When their son, Rick, was young she was a den mother and cheered him on in his many sports activities.
Camping was the Bradens' family hobby, as well as boating on Chesapeake Bay. They were charter members of Chesapeake Crab Pickers camping club, members of the National Campers and Hikers Association and the Maryland Campers and Hikers Association, of which Shirley was state treasurer for two years.
Shirley was a 68-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and had been a member of Naomi Chapter No. 22 in Dallas. She was a past member of Polk County Retired Educators (past president), Mistletoe Extension Study Group, Polk County Homemakers Extension Council Alumni, Dallas Seniors and a former member of Dallas Women's Club.
Shirley enjoyed being a mom and grandmother. She was also glad to have 68 years of marriage with John and for his support and help through her many years of health problems.
Survivors include her husband, John; son, Rick (Jan); sister, Alberta Gates; two grandsons; and extended family.
Memorial service is Monday at 1:30 p.m. at Dallas United Methodist Church.
Contributions are suggested to any charity or the children's program at Dallas United Methodist Church.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.
Jan. 11, 1919 - Jan. 10, 2013
Lester Jacob Voth
Lester Jacob Voth, 93, of Dallas died Jan. 10 in Dallas.
He was born in the Salt Creek area to Jacob and Mabel (Aebi) Voth. His grandparents, Henry and Aganetha Voth, had settled in the Salt Creek area around 1900.
Lester lived most of his life in Dallas. He started school at the one-room Orchards Grade School and graduated from Dallas High School in 1937. He worked at various farm jobs, including hauling hay and working in the prune dryer, until World War II began.
Lester was proud of his military service. He enlisted on Oct. 20, 1941, and was discharged as a sergeant in the Army Air Force on Sept. 13, 1945. He served in several locations abroad, including Casablanca, Morocco, and a final assignment at Molesworth Airfield, north of London, England. He was a mechanic and worked on the B-17 and C-54 bombers that flew over Europe.
He received a Good Conduct Medal, European Africa Middle Eastern Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal, and Distinguished Unit Badge GO 50 WD 44.
Upon returning home Lester began seriously courting Grace Beltz of Portland, with whom he had maintained a correspondence during the war. They were married on Nov. 2, 1945. Lester and Grace lived in Dallas following their marriage.
He continued to work at various farm jobs. In 1948 Lester found work with Alaska Airlines, and they moved to Everett, Wash. The family returned in 1957 to Oregon, where Lester joined his father in the insurance business. They settled into the farmhouse built by Lester's parents, next to Orchards School. In 1960 the family moved into a house built by Lester's uncle, Ben Lange, in Dallas.
Les Voth, Army Air Force
Lester continued to work as an agent for Farmers Insurance for more than 20 years, first in an office on Mill Street (present location of Bank of America) and later in his own building at Main and Walnut.
Lester loved flying and for years maintained a Cessna 182 at Joe Card's Airfield. In 1980 he suffered serious injuries when the engine of his small airplane failed at 8,200 feet over rugged country east of Roseburg. His experience and skill as a pilot enabled him to bring the airplane to the ground in a controlled manner. Though he was injured, one passenger suffered only a broken ankle and the other, cousin Loren Lange, walked away from the crash for help.
Lester retired shortly after the crash.
He and Grace enjoyed traveling in trailers and RVs, and spent most winters in the Palm Springs, Calif., area. Grace died in May 1990.
Lester married Muriel (Doughty) McCay in September 1990. Both enjoyed traveling in their RV, especially to the coast, and in the winter to Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs. Muriel died in July 2012.
Lester was active at Salt Creek Baptist Church throughout his life. He served as deacon and trustee, sang in the choir, and was involved with other committees and duties in support of church activities.
Survivors include his daughters, Leslie Hauer (John) of Richland, Wash., and Susan Scherrer (Dave) of Westminster, Colo.; sister, Mildred Schneider of Portland; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Memorial service to celebrate his life and faith will be Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at Salt Creek Baptist Church. Social time will follow.
Aug. 28, 1920 - Jan. 4, 2013
Donald Bernard Hoffman
Donald Bernard Hoffman, 92, of Salem died Jan. 4.
He was born in Allentown, Pa., to Edward and Elizabeth Hoffman.
After graduating high school in 1938, he went to work for the Mack Truck Co. in Allentown. With the onset of World War II, he and his three brothers joined the military and served in combat roles. As a first Lieutenant in the 71st squadron of the 38th Bomb Group, he piloted a B-25 on 45 combat missions in and around New Guinea and the South Pacific, including a solo plane raid on a Formosan harbor for which he earned an air medal with an oak leaf cluster.
Flying remained a longtime hobby and he remained an instrument-rated pilot for many more years.
He married Marie Carolyn Moran on Aug. 18, 1945. He utilized the GI bill to attend Lehigh University, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. He became the first member of his family to graduate from college.
He worked as an aerospace engineer at companies across the country. As part of his aerospace career he was involved in numerous classified projects before settling into a long-term position as a civilian working for the Department of the Navy. Some of his proudest accomplishments were his involvement in the Minuteman, Gemini and Atlas missile programs at the height of the Cold War.
Following the death of his wife to cancer he left the aerospace industry and moved to Salem in 1972 to start his own engineering firm.
He was an avid outdoorsman and shared his love of hunting, fishing and camping with his children. He enjoyed taking a float trip down the McKenzie River with his sons, catching trout and telling stories. As a longtime electrical hobbyist he constructed a computer from parts. He had an insatiable intellectual curiosity and loved nothing more than a good argument.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; brothers, Edgar, Richard and Francis; and sister, Catherine.
Survivors include his children, Gregory Hoffman (Linda) of Salem, Steven Hoffman (Laurie) of Springfield, Suzanne Hoffman Belden (Brad) of Cobb, Calif., Gary Hoffman of Austin, Texas, and Peter Hoffman (Kelly) of Monmouth; five grandchildren: and seven great-grandchildren.
Aug. 6, 1948 - Jan. 14. 2013
Michael 'Mike' J. Larsen
Michael "Mike" J. Larsen, 64, of Willamina died Jan. 14 in McMinnville.
He was born in McMinnville to Edward and Verna Riggs Larsen.
Mike graduated from Willamina High School in 1966.
He married Karen Hargitt on Dec. 31, 1984, in McMinnville.
Mike was a beloved tribal elder and member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. He influenced many and played a pivotal role in the formation of the tribal community. Mike always offered and extended a hand to those in need. He helped countless tribal members seek and gain employment, mentored those who needed help and helped keep them on their paths. He was a proud Navy veteran. He had worked for the tribe in various positions for more than 20 years before retiring on June 29, 2012, as the facilities manager, where he oversaw all grounds and building maintenance and had been the interim general manager of Spirit Mountain Casino. He had also served on the board for 12 years and was board chairman for seven years.
Mike enjoyed playing softball. He enjoyed people and loved his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Jeannie.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; children, Jeff Larsen, Joey Larsen, Jennifer VanScoyk and Craig VanScoyk; brothers, Eddie Larsen and Kenny Larsen; sisters, Susie Gilliam and Carol Larsen; and 10 grandchildren.
Service was Friday at the Grand Ronde Tribal Gymnasium.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.
July 23, 1915 - Jan. 16, 2013
Martha Teichroew, 97, of Dallas died Jan. 16.
She was born in Mountain Lake, Minn., to Jacob and Agnes Wall and was raised in Luster, Mont.
She married Peter Teichroew on Sept. 18, 1935. They moved to Dallas in 1938.
Martha was an avid quilter and volunteered her time and talents to the ministry of giving quilts to Union Gospel Mission and other charitable causes. For more than 40 years she was a child evangelism teacher and impacted her children and the lives of those who were touched by her caring and loving ministry.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter, in 1991 and their infant son, Alvin Jay, in 1947.
Survivors include her sons, Verne (Rose) and Jim (Tammy), all of Salem; and a large extended and blended family including 15 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Service is Wednesday (today) at 11 a.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.
Contributions are suggested to Child Evangelism Fellowship, in care of the mortuary.
To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.
Oct. 12, 1929 - Jan. 17, 2013
Lois Joan Balzer
Lois Joan Balzer, 83, of Dallas, formerly of Gresham, died Thursday in Dallas, her home for the last seven years.
She was born in Goessel, Kan., to Frank and Bertha Unrau Schmidt. The family came to Dallas in 1947.
Lois married Earl Balzer on Aug. 11, 1950, in Dallas. They spent their first five married years in Burton, Kan. They returned to Oregon in 1955 and lived in the Portland and Gresham area. Lois was employed as a school bus driver for Centennial School District for 20 years.
Lois had attended Alberta Community and Peace Mennonite churches. She was active in many church activities, including church treasurer and committee work. She volunteered at SnowCap Community Charities, an organization that provided food for those in need. She also volunteered with hospice. She was a seamstress and enjoyed spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Balzer; sister, Eunice Franz; and brother, Gladwyn Schmidt.
Survivors include her son, Thayne (Mary Anne) Balzer of Gresham; daughters, Ronna (Dennis) Unger of Dallas and Jenelle (Steve) Ediger of West Linn; siblings, Erna Jeffries of Wichita, Kan., twin brother Lyle (Eldora) Schmidt of Dallas, Archie (Shirley) Schmidt of Dallas, and John Paul (Marilyn) Schmidt of Rickreall; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial service is Sunday at 3 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.
Contributions are suggested to SnowCap in care of the mortuary. To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.
Nov. 10, 1932 - Jan. 18, 2013
Clifford E. Chastain
Clifford E. Chastain, 80, of Dallas died Friday in Dallas.
He was born in Silverton to Thomas Earl and Gladys Lucille Moores Chastain.
He married Betty Jean Willis and she preceded him in death in 1984.
Cliff went to work at a very young age in the woods. He worked for Boise Cascade in Valsetz until the mill closed. He then went to work for 10 years at Fairview Training Center in Salem, where he retired from.
He was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed taking his children and grandchildren out camping and fishing. He loved to take drives looking for deer and elk. He was a gentle giant who never got mad and loved a good practical joke.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James.
Survivors include his daughters, Pam Reddig of Aumsville, Becky Drake VanWinkle of Rickreall and Janet Williams of Dallas; brother, Duane Chastain of Hercules, Calif.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Viewing is Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Service is Friday at 10 a.m. at the mortuary. Private interment will be at Dallas Cemetery.
To send an online condolence: www.dallastribute.com.
Sandra Jean Rice
May 1, 1938 - Jan. 11, 2013
Sandra Jean Rice, 74, of Independence died Jan. 11 in Independence.
She was born in Iowa City, Iowa.
Sandra's family will celebrate her life privately.
Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence: www.FarnstromMortuary.com.
Nov. 30, 1919 - Dec. 22, 2012
Russell Dean Johnson, 93, of Monmouth died Dec. 22, 2012.
He was born in Sugar Grove, N.C., to George W. and Julia Isaac Johnson.
He was raised in Virginia, migrating to Medford with his family in 1939.
Russ met and married Renamae Taylor in Medford on Aug. 4, 1940. They were married 72 years.
He was employed in the orchard business for a few years, then worked on Shasta Dam and Camp White Domiciliary. He enlisted in the Naval Armed Guard for three years, serving on the U.S.S. Pulpit Rock and Seven Pines. Following his discharge he worked at Pacific Fruit and Produce (Snoboy) for 30 years and retired in November 1981. Medford had been their home for 30 years.
Upon retirement they became travelers. They visited 49 states and all of Canada. He belonged to Thousand Trails Camping Association and National Horseshoe Pitchers Association, playing in tournaments in all states and Canada. They sold their Medford home and property and bought a home in Independence in 1993. Russ continued to pitch horseshoes until his health forced him to retire from the sport in 2000. In 2012 they moved to Monmouth.
While living in Medford Russ was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1833 and was active on both the state and national levels, worked with the scouts, church and school affairs.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, four sisters and two grandsons.
Survivors include his wife; children, Roger (Marsha) Johnson of West Linn, Rita (Bill) O'Neil of Winchester and Royal (Glee) Johnson of Monmouth; Judy Johnson Bowman, a niece they raised; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and extended family.
March 23, 1935 - Jan. 21, 2013
Sonna Helen Alt, 77, of Dallas died Monday.
Service is Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem.
July 6, 1955 - Jan. 8, 2013
Peter W. Kohfield
Salem - Peter W. Kohfield age 57 died January 8, 2013 at Salem Hospital. He is survived by his wife Abigail Rollins, DMD; sister Linda Stewart; step-sister Angela Makenson; brothers Gary, Corky and Bob; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Ruth Dutton; father Robert Kohfield; and step-father Lew Dutton.
Pete was born in Bend and was proud of being a "native Oregonian". While attending Bend High School, Pete played the tuba in the band. He also enjoyed acting and singing and used these talents performing in Bend High's production of "Guys and Dolls".
After graduation, Pete went to school at Southern Oregon State College on a music scholarship. He transferred to Oregon College of Education and while going to school he volunteered on the Monmouth Fire Department. In 1978, he was the last man standing on the bleachers of OCE's stadium as it burnt down.
He met his future wife Abby in a ballroom dance class in 1979. While attending OCE he studied photography, painting and then biology. His love of nature took him on trips to Malheur Field Station and to Death Valley.
Pete always loved to fly. He flew a hang glider in the late 1970s. In 1981, he earned is private pilot's license at Independence airport. In 1985 Pete went to work as a fisheries biologist for NOAA. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with the brain tumor that would profoundly change the rest of his life.
After treatment Pete explored his great love for animals by volunteering at the Portland Zoo. He was a member of the Birds of Prey program and really enjoyed working with the birds and sharing them with the other great love of his life, children.
While living in Dallas in 1991, Pete was selected by Dallas High School to be the videographer for their wind ensemble's trip to Vienna. He also worked with students in the photography department at Dallas High.
In 1995, Pete and Abby bought a u-cut Christmas tree farm. He took care of it for many years. He was a member of Monmouth-Independence Rotary Club and served as "Sheriff" and President. He had the opportunity to visit friends he made through Rotary at their homes in Russia and in Japan. In 2004, while visiting Osaka, he returned a World War II Japanese flag to its owner's daughter.
He was the "go-to guy" for orphaned animals and he had the opportunity (and the talent and nerve) to raise three orphaned raccoons, several litters of kittens, and a squirrel he named Rhonda. Having been "mom" to them all was one of the high points of his life.
Rick's Place was where Pete went to drink tea, eat lunch and socialize after picking up the mail at the post office. Since this was one of his favorite spots, it is fitting that we will meet there. Pete's life was celebrated on Saturday, January 19 from 2-4 pm at Rick's Place, 123 Main St. E, Monmouth, Oregon (503) 838-4912. Farnstrom Mortuary is handling final arrangements. For memories, photos and condolences, please visit www.FarnstromMortuary.com.
May 4, 1951 - Jan. 17, 2013
Beverly Ann Wiedenmann
DALLAS - Our beautiful Beverly Ann Wiedenmann passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at her home in Dallas, Oregon, after a short but hard fought battle with cancer. She was born on May 4, 1951 in Portland, Oregon. Bev was an incredible mom, grandma, and friend. She is now an Angel above, watching down on us and blowing kisses.
Bev is survived by her husband, Bill, and her 5 children, Torre, Trevor (Rose), Nathan (Stacy), Natasha (Phil), and Will (Tara). She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren, her sister Carolyn Gustafson, and her beloved pug, Halo.
A private family celebration of life will be held at the family's residence. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for that family. To send condolences to the family please mail to Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center (287 SW Washington St., Dallas, OR 97338) or go to www.dallastribute.com