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*Laurel Eden Kessen*June Kathleen Wilson*Paul Leo Worthington*Kenneth George Dalgliesh*John Scott Townsend

May 07, 2013

Laurel Eden Kessen

Feb. 13, 1953 - April 6, 2013

Laurel Eden Kessen, 60, of Monmouth died April 6 in Salem.
Laurel Eden Kessen

Laurel Eden Kessen

She was born in Dallas to Anthony and Evelyn Somerville Kessen.

Laurel graduated from Dallas High School in 1971 and went to work for Willamette Industries as a secretary. She excelled in her business classes in high school and was honored because of her abilities. Laurel also worked for the state of Oregon for a short time.

She was outstanding as she helped care for her grandmother and mother in their later years. She was aware of the needs of others. She was an avid cook and everything she made was delicious.

Survivors include her brother, Jerry of Dallas; sisters, Janette (Gene) Butolph of Gresham and Becky (Jeff) Beyer of Independence; and extended family.

Memorial service is Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Monmouth Senior Center, 180 S. Warren St., Monmouth.

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

June Kathleen Wilson

April 14, 2013

June Kathleen Wilson

June Kathleen Wilson

June Kathleen Wilson, 85, of Independence died April 14 in Independence.

She was born in Devonshire, England, and immigrated to the United States in July 1931 with her brothers, Tommy and Joey, and her parents, Fred and Hanna Wood.

She grew up in the Washington Heights area of New York City. She lived in Hoboken, N.J., Arizona, Iowa and California, settling in Independence in 1975.

June loved flowers, roses and bulbs, gardening and her fruit trees. She had a soft spot for animals, especially cats, and her dog, Daisy, who was always with her. She loved the Oregon Coast; Lincoln City was her favorite place to vacation.

June loved old black and white movies and was a huge Bruce Willis fan. She loved Frank Sinatra and was a fan of the Big Band Era. She also liked country music and was a fan of Alan Jackson and Alabama.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George L. Wilson; son, Christopher R. Wilson; and grandson, Wayne Edward Simonson.

Survivors include her brother, Joey Wood of Monmouth; daughters, Charlene Sakariason of Independence and Michelle Harris of California; son, Edward (Bonnie) Simonson of California; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and extended families in England and Ireland.

June's life was celebrated privately.

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

Paul Leo Worthington

March 23, 1921 - May 1, 2013

Paul Leo Worthington

Paul Leo Worthington

Paul Leo Worthington, 92, of Portland died May 1.

He was born in the Zena area of Polk County to Mary Jane and Jesse Worthington.

He attended schools both there and in Salem, graduating in 1939. He then served five years in the Army.

Paul met Mildred Ann Pomeroy and they were married on April 23, 1944, in Independence.


He attended mortician college in San Francisco and worked as a mortician in Independence. He later went to work for Holt Equipment, which became Franklin Equipment Co., and was a supervisor. He retired in 1990.

Paul was a life member of Lyon Masonic Lodge No. 29 and Adah Chapter No. 34 Order of the Eastern Star, both in Independence. He was also a member of the Independence Elks Lodge No. 1950. He enjoyed golfing, gardening and his many good friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Paula (Ruben) Soto of Blythe, Calif.; sons, Robert (Dana) of Richland, Wash., and Richard (Sheila) of Fairview; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

At his request there will be no service.

Contributions are suggested to the Heritage Museum in Independence.

Kenneth George Dalgliesh

Nov. 5, 1946 - Jan. 20, 2013

Kenneth George Daigliesh

Kenneth George Dalgliesh

Kenneth George Dalgliesh, 66, of Dallas died Jan. 20.

He was born in Portland to George and Lita Dalgliesh.

Ken was raised in Boring and attended Sandy High School.

"Kenny" was known as the tease and the prankster. He always looked for adventures and rarely turned down a dare. Growing up on the family farm, Kenny had a natural connection to animals that stayed with him throughout his life. As a youngster he rescued and nursed a myriad of creatures, domestic and wild. In his teens his passion turned to cars, of which he owned many. He became a self-taught mechanic and that served him well later in life as the owner-operator of logging and dump trucks.


Kenny served in the Army from 1967-1969. He earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. And like so many, he returned home with darkness in his body and soul.

In 1970 Ken married Kathryn Hartney and they spent nearly 42 years together until her death in October 2011. They raised their two children in Bend and then Dallas, where Ken lived in the family home until his death.

Survivors include his children, Jane Dalgliesh and Clinton Dalgliesh; and sisters, Patsy Bergevin, Linda Kutnyak and Delores Ross.

Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warriors Foundation in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

To send an online condolence:

John Scott Townsend

June 3, 1967 - May 3, 2013

John Scott Townsend

John Scott Townsend

John Scott Townsend, 45, died Friday in Bend. John beat thyroid cancer in 2008 and suddenly died from an unknown rare brain tumor.

He was born in Escondido, Calif., to Rodney and Charlotte Townsend.

At age 10 he moved to Monmouth. He graduated from Central High School.

John most enjoyed the outdoors, including hunting and fishing, spending time with his 10-year-old son, Logan, and his involvement in coaching softball for Sisters Little League.

He was a commercial glazier by trade and worked on projects such as the Experience Music Project in Seattle and the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rodney, in 2010.

Survivors include his son, Logan Townsend; stepchildren, Megan and Michael; mother, Charlotte of John Day; brothers, Rick of San Diego and Brian of Sisters; and extended family.

Celebration of John's life is Saturday at noon at 15787 Trapper Point Road, Sisters.