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*Shirley Louise Miles*Nora F. Wagoner*Polly T. Lenon*Colan R. Cook*Valentine 'Val' Theadore Mueller Jr.*Lester Anthony Reikowski*Edmee Adele Fewx Pankratz*Arlene (Gilbert) Cummins Roland*Alfred 'Al' Seely

February 27, 2013

Nora F. Wagoner

June 24, 1920 - Feb. 18, 2013

Nora F. Wagoner

Nora F. Wagoner

Nora Fannie Quinton Wagoner, 92, of Dallas died Feb. 18.

She was born to Bertha Eugene and Claude Quinton in Charleston, Ark.

In 1938 she married Alfred Wagoner. They moved to Dallas from Artesia, N.M., in 1953.

Nora worked hard her entire life in and outside her home. She retired as a manager of the HiHo Restaurant.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred; son, Larry; sisters, Ada and Georgia; and brothers, William, Bobbie, Irvin, Edgar, Gene and Junior.

Survivors include her daughter, Reba (Harold); sons, Harold (Josephine), Marlin (Georgia), Edmond (LaNora), Delmer, Lonnie and Robert; sisters, Gladys Burchett and June McChesney; 17 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at Dallas Cemetery.

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

Polly T. Lenon

May 6, 1971 - Feb. 16, 2013

Polly T. Lenon

Polly T. Lenon

Polly Thorpe Lenon, 41, of Dallas died Feb. 16.

She was born in Evanston, Ill., to Larry and Nancy Lenon. The family moved to Dallas in 1974. She graduated from Dallas High School in 1989 and from Willamette University in 1993 with double majors in psychology and sociology.

Polly will be remembered by her friends as compassionate, lively and adventurous. She loved training and showing her quarter horse, whitewater rafting, scuba diving and riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Polly's huge heart rescued dogs, opossums and friends in need.

Her working career included Hillcrest Youth Authority Group life coordinator; legal secretary and data specialist for the Marion County District Attorney; resort manager in Fiji; management at Salem Scuba and Travel, Hear No Evil, American Motorcycle Classics and Fifty Pub and Grub; construction worker; sales representative for supplemental health insurance; dive boat chef; and web designer.

She is survived by her parents, Larry and Nancy Lenon of Dallas. She was their pride and joy and only child.

Celebration of life service is March 23 at 11 a.m. at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Dallas.

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

To send an online condolence:

Colan R. Cook

Aug. 12, 1920 - Feb. 18, 2013


Colan Russell Cook, 92, of Prineville died Feb. 18 in Prineville.

He was born in Parsons, Kan., to Newton and Alta Cook.

Colan's family relocated to the Independence area in his teens. Colan served in the Air Force during World War II.

He married Leta Joy Mode of Independence in Vancouver, Wash., on Nov. 17, 1944.

Following the war Colan attended a VA agriculture school, and then worked as a truck driver for the state of Oregon for 17 years until his retirement in 1967.

Colan loved camping, hunting and fishing. His passion was his family and his grandchildren were his delight. He held strong moral convictions, but was noted for his special sense of humor. His legacy will live on in the lives of his family and those he touched.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Leta Joy, six brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his sons, Dennis (Kobyann) Cook of Woodburn, Kent (Connie) Cook of Valley, Wash., and Lane Cook of Prineville; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Service is Wednesday (today) at 11:30 a.m. at Monmouth Christian Church. Interment with military honors will be at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.

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

Shirley Louise Miles

April 3, 1935 - Feb. 22, 2013

Shirley Louise Miles, 77, of Dallas died Friday.

Celebration of life is Sunday at 2 p.m. at Life Church, 255 College Drive NW, Suite A, Salem.

Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem, handled arrangements.

Lester Anthony Reikowski

Sept. 19, 1921 - Feb. 20, 2013

Lester Anthony Reikowski

Lester Anthony Reikowski

Lester Anthony Reikowski, 91, of Dallas died Feb. 20 after a 10-year battle with cancer.

He was born to Edward and Zelma Reikowski in Canton, Ohio, where he lived until moving to Dallas in November 2008 to live with his daughter.

Les graduated from Jackson High School, where he played football. He then joined the Army Air Corps and served for four years. He was honorably discharged Dec. 8, 1945, as a sergeant in the 51st Fighter Squadron. Les retired from the city of Canton in 1986.

He especially liked watching the floats being built for the Pro Football Hall of Fame parade each year in Canton. He shared his love of sports with his daughter these last four years. His kind and gentle soul will be dearly missed.


He was preceded in death by his son, Rick; daughter, Cathy Jo; grandson, Brandon J. Godbey; sisters, Lena Reikowski, Thelma and Margaret Dahler, Edna Fornes, Helen Miller and Ruth Boyd; and brother, Earl (Harley) Reikowski.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Virginia D. Reikowski; daughter, Dianna Godbey; sisters, Rita Dahler and Alma McPeek; and extended family.

Celebration of life will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

To send an online condolence:

Valentine 'Val' Theadore Mueller Jr.

Jan. 5, 1941 - Feb. 17, 2013


Valentine "Val" Theadore Mueller Jr., 72, of Monmouth died Feb. 17.

He was born to Valentine Sr. and Thelma Mueller. The Mueller family has lived in the Kings Valley-Monmouth area since 1914.

Val graduated from Dallas High School in 1959 and enlisted in the Navy, where he was stationed in the Hawaiian Islands.

When he returned home he worked for many years at Caterpillar in Dallas until his retirement.

Val enjoyed his retirement years on his farm outside of Monmouth.

Survivors include his wife, Marsha Mueller of Monmouth; daughters, Trythena Pryor (Mike) of Dallas, M'liss Spangler (Korey) of Salem, Karen Suriano (Darrell) of Mount Vernon, Wash., and Stephanie Weir (Jeff) of Portland; and four grandchildren.

At his request no service will be held.

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

Edmee Adele Fewx Pankratz

Feb. 22, 2013

Edmee Adele Fewx Pankratz, 90, of Dallas died Friday.

Memorial service is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas.

Contributions are suggest to Weekday School of the Bible.

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

Alfred 'Al' Seely

Feb. 18, 2013


Alfred 'Al' Seely

Alfred "Al" Seely, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, neighbor, golfer, hunter, fisherman and avid RV-er, passed away February 18, 2013, after a hard-fought battle with mesothelioma.

Al was born in Hamptonburg, NY, eldest of 5 children. Raised in Cherry Hill, Hackensack, and Fairlawn, NJ, he started work while in high school as an electrician's helper and joined the National Guard. After graduation he joined the U.S. Army and spent 4 years in Missile Defense. Al met and married his wife, Janice, while stationed in El Paso, TX. After discharge, he began working for Lockheed Missile and Space Co in Sunnyvale, CA. as an electronics technician and over a 30-year career completed college courses and progressed to Quality Control Field Supervisor, overseeing government supplier contracts for the Western U.S.

Along the way, he and Janice and their 3 children lived in many different states (7 states in all and 12 state-to-state) from CA to NJ to FLA to NV and many states between, making many life-long friends around the country.

In `91, Al contracted lung cancer but successful surgery not only overcame it but helped him decide to take early retirement so in `93 he and Janice embarked on a new adventure as retirees. They first moved to OK and TX to be with her parents but after their passings, Al and Jan continued their "wandering" lives with moves to Cortez, CO, Twin Falls, ID, then Grants Pass, McMinnville, Salem and Albany, OR until they reached their "real destination" - Dallas, OR where they've lived for 7 years (the longest of any one place).

During his life, Al, his wife and their 3 children experienced camping adventures from tents to motorhomes and marvelled at the beauty and history all over the U.S., becoming a family of outdoor-lovers who cherish lifetimes of memories travelling with Al.

Al leaves behind his wife of 51 years and daughters DeLana (Douglas), Sue (Boone), and son Jim, plus their spouses Bob, Ernie, and Diania, 7 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren. In addition, brothers William and Frank with wives Annie and Rita and sisters Barbara (Jim Spear) and Pat (Meewes), numerous nieces and nephews and uncounted friends spread all across this great nation. His passing will truly be felt in untold places as he sharpens his golfing, hunting, and fishing skills while waiting for all of us in the arms of his Lord and Savior.

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations in Al's name may be made to the Dallas Senior Center or M.C. Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston, TX.

Arlene (Gilbert) Cummins Roland

June 27, 1928 - Feb. 11, 2013

Arlene (Gilbert) Cummins Roland

Arlene (Gilbert) Cummins Roland

Auburn, CA. - Lola Arlene Roland, 84 of Auburn, Ca., died on February 11 at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital after a long battle with C.O.P.D.

She was born in Cottage Grove, Or. to John and Orphie Gilbert (Jones). Her parents moved to Falls City, Or. to follow the logging industry when she was three years old.

Arlene attended Falls City schools. In high school, she enjoyed playing both tennis and volleyball and was very competitive. Her senior year she was the editor of both The Mountaineer school paper and the annual yearbook. She was valedictorian and graduated with honors from Falls City High School in 1946.

She married Donald K. Cummins on April 5, 1947 and had four children by him. Years later, they divorced. Arlene then married Kenneth L. Roland on Dec. 23, 1968 in Reno, Nv. They lived and raised their family in Thorn and Applegate, Ca.

Arlene (Gilbert) Cummins Roland (c)

Arlene (Gilbert) Cummins Roland

Arlene was an outstanding homemaker devoting her life to her family. She was an excellent cook and truly enjoyed entertaining family and friends whether at home or on the road in their RV. At one time, she taught cake decorating and sold cakes for special occasion - mostly weddings. She was an avid fisherman, enjoyed playing cards especially Pinochle, working in her flower garden, reading and playing pool, winning many tournaments.

In later years, one of Arlene's greatest joys was traveling and fishing with her husband, Ken. Sometimes they would caravan with a group of people in their RV. They traveled extensively throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States, only missing a few.

Arlene was preceded in death by her grandparents, Floyd and Jessie Jones (Kneebone), parents, John and Orphie Gilbert (Jones), son, Rodney Kenneth Cummins (03/12/50 - 05/30/53), and her first husband, Donald K. Cummins.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Roland, Auburn, Ca., sons, Rob (Laraine) Cummins, Windsor, Ca., Rod (Linda) Cummins, Auburn, Ca., daughter, Debra Fiut, Sacramento, Ca., and brother, Bill (Darlene), Gilbert, Dallas, Or., four grandchildren: Tomina, Trevor, Shawn, and Daniel all of California, and numerous great-grandchildren. Nephew, John Gilbert (Laura), Falls City, Or., Niece, Janeen Gilbert-Baker (Eric), Salem, Or., and many other extended family and friends.

At her request, no service was held. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Valley at Roseville, Ca.

A life well-lived leaves behind a beautiful bouquet of memories for family and friends who knew and loved her.

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