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*Casper J. Bergerson*Jack B. Wymore*Thomas Burke*Kathryn 'Wanita' Murray*Sylvia Ruby Wood*Neil L. Buckmaster*David N. Pulis*Patricia M. Lyday*Alton Edward Williams Sr.*Winifred Ritchie Doerfler*Maeve Eileen Augustyn

June 18, 2013

Casper J. Bergerson

May 3, 1924 - June 3, 2013

Casper J. Bergerson

Casper J. Bergerson

Casper J. Bergerson, 89, longtime Dallas resident, died June 3 in Amity.

He was born in Capitol, Mont.

Casper was an Army veteran of World War II and was discharged as a sergeant. He then attended Oregon State University, where he received a master's degree.


He lived in Rialto, Calif., and taught ninth-grade science in Fontana until he retired in 1984. Following retirement he moved to Dallas.

Casper enjoyed gardening, golf and reading.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Keller Bergerson; sons, Greg Bergerson of Dallas and Russell Bergerson of Washougal, Wash.; daughters, JoAnne Plapp of Amity and Sharon King of Salem; 12 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Private memorial service will be held in his honor.

Bollman Funeral Home, Dallas, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Thomas Burke

Oct. 12, 1921 - June 2, 2013

Thomas Burke, 91, of Dallas died June 2 in Dallas.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.

Jack B. Wymore

Nov. 20, 1949 - May 31, 2013

Celebration of life for Jack Wymore of Willamina is Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m. at West Valley Community Center (formerly Willamina High School). A salad and pie buffet starts at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a celebration at 6 p.m.

Contributions are suggested to Willamina Museum of Local History and/or OHSU Foundation Anatomical Research, 1121 SW Salmon St., Suite 200, Portland, OR 97205-2021.

Kathryn 'Wanita' Murray

March 26, 1929 - June 14, 2013

Kathryn "Wanita" Murray, 84, of Dallas, died Friday in Dallas.

Kathryn was born to Marion Clair (Pete) and Mary Violet Harter Westbrook in Albany.

She grew up in Falls City, attending school there and for a short time in Dallas. Her childhood was spent surrounded by many cousins and school friends. She held them all dear to her heart until the end of her life.

Kathryn married Phillip Murray at the Murray family home in Falls City in 1946. During their marriage they lived in Falls City, Toledo, Newport, Salem, Waldport and, the last 50 years, in Dallas. Kathryn and Phillip were married for nearly 62 years, until Phillip died in 2008.

One of Kathryn's greatest specialties was entertaining family and friends at the Murray Hidden Valley Ranch, where everyone always gathered. She was a homemaker and loved to cook and bake. Her pies were always a special treat.

She enjoyed country music and listening to the grandkids play guitars and sing, something she used to do in earlier years with her sisters. She loved to stay connected to family and friends by telephone.

Kathryn was a very generous person and loved spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, and siblings, Raymond (Woody), Ron, Wanda, Mary Jean and Aiden.

She is survived by her children, Larry (Mary) Murray, Lora Lee (Dene) Edwards, Les Murray, Joni (Mark) Minahan and Jill (Jim) Przybyla; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and extended family.

Graveside service is scheduled Wednesday (today) at 2 p.m. at Upper Falls City Cemetery. A celebration of Kathryn's life will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Contributions are suggested to United Methodist Church in Falls City or your favorite charity in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which is handling arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Sylvia Ruby Wood

January 24, 1926 - June 8, 2013

Sylvia Ruby Wood, 87, of Dallas, formerly of Chico, Calif., died June 8 in Dallas.

She was born in Beulah, N.D.

Survivors include her son, Jack Wood of Dallas; two grandchildren; and five great-grandsons.

Private burial will take place in Chico.

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

Neil L. Buckmaster

October 14, 1929 - June 17, 2013


Neil Buckmaster, 83, of Sheridan died Monday at his home in Sheridan.

He was born in Eureka, Mont. Neil spent his life in the Willamina area.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for US Plywood for much of his career and retired from Conifer Mill. After retirement, Neil worked various night security jobs. He enjoyed running in several marathons.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Catherine Buckmaster; a half-brother, Melvin Bartell; and stepdad, Jake.

Graveside service is scheduled Thursday at 2 p.m. at Salt Creek Cemetery.

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

David N. Pulis

Dec. 7, 1943 - June 16, 2013

David N. Pulis, 69, of Independence, died Sunday.

Celebration of life is scheduled Saturday at 1 p.m. at Independence Assembly of God Church, 210 S. Fifth St., Independence.

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

Patricia M. Lyday

Nov. 24, 1928 - June 8, 2013

A memorial service for Patricia M. Lyday of Kings Valley is scheduled June 29 at 11 a.m. at Pedee Memorial Church.

Patricia died June 8 in Kings Valley.

A full obituary appeared in the June 12 issue of the Itemizer-Observer.

Maeve Eileen Augustyn

May 20, 1947 - June 4, 2013

Maeve Eileen Augustyn

Maeve Eileen Augustyn

On May 9th Maeve was injured in a fall suffered while working outside in her front yard in Dallas. After surgery she lapsed into a coma that she never recovered from. Following a stay in ICU, she passed away at the Salem Hospital while in hospice care.

Maeve was born in Berkeley, CA to Benjamin and Bett Taylor Samsom; their first child. She and her parents and three younger siblings moved to Dallas, Oregon in 1957 after having lived for a while in England and Wales where their mother grew up. Two of Maeve's crossings of the Atlantic were on ocean liners; something she remembered none too fondly because of being seasick.

From age 10 on Maeve lived in Oregon, growing up in Dallas where she graduated from high school in 1965. Then she attended OCE before transferring to and graduating from OSU in 1969. Career-wise, Maeve used to say that she had a one line resum‚. That's because she spent her entire 40 year career at Salem Hospital working as a Medical Technician crossmatching blood types.

Maeve was devoted to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Dallas (where her father was the vicar from 1957 to 1965) and was a member of its altar guild, choir, and ECW women's group. In retirement she had morphed from being an avid birdwatcher into an avid and excellent quilter. In addition, she always had a book going (mysteries mostly), and she never met a cat she didn't like. She was never able to fully reconcile this feline-ius urge with her backyard birdbaiting, oops birdfeeding.

She is survived by her husband, Tom, her daughter, Rebecca Lofton and her daughter in law Bethany Numbers, both of Dallas; her aunt Anne Taylor Furno of Las Vegas, NW, and her stepson Anthony Augustyn of San Rafael, CA. Other survivors include siblings, Richard Samsom of Rickreall; Kathleen Chamberlain of Vancouver, WA; Janne Rosecrans of Culver; David Luehr of Nashville, TN and Antony Luehr of Dallas; also many much-loved nieces and nephews and four spoiled rotten "puddytats."

A memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1486 SW Levens St., Dallas, OR 97338. Maeve believed in comfort so casual attire is suggested. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Felines, 980 Commercial St. SE, Salem, OR 97301 or the humane society of your choice.

Winifred Ritchie Doerfler

July 22, 1920 - May 25, 2013

Winifred Ritchie Doerfler, 92, of Monmouth died May 25 in Dallas.

She was born in Brewster, N.Y., to Leslie and Mary Elizabeth Churchill.

She graduated from Brewster High School and Oneonta State Normal School. Winifred taught school before her marriage to Warren A. Doerfler on Aug. 23, 1942, in Brewster.

Blessed with 70 years of marriage, she and Warren met as teenagers when their families camped and canoed in the Adirondack's of upstate New York. They lived in Connecticut, California and were innkeepers in New Hampshire before moving to Monmouth in 1979 to be near their daughter and grandchildren.

When in Connecticut in the early 1950s she saved 3-year-old Jimmy Daley from the snowmelt flood waters of the Connecticut River with her swimming and lifesaving skills.

Winifred loved theater, acting in local plays, and poetry, both reading and writing her own poems.

When her interest in peace and social justice issues led her to more than 70 years of membership in the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. She visited prisons, taught adults to read, took people to medical appointments and served on the board of the local Victim Offender Reconciliation Program. She and Warren spent their whole marriage camping and hiking all over the U.S.

She was a member of the Monmouth Senior Center and St. Hilda's Episcopal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2012.

Survivors include her daughter, Leslie Sherrill; brother, Leslie; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her family will celebrate her life privately.

Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements.

Alton Edward Williams Sr.

April 18, 1926 - June 9, 2013

Alton Edward Williams Sr.

Alton Edward Williams Sr.

DALLAS - Alton Williams went to be with the Lord on Sunday June 9, 2013 at the Salem Hospital at age 87, after suffering a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Alton was born on April 18, 1926 in Elkhorn Wisconsin, the third of three sons, to Asa and Maude (Welch) Williams. He attended grade school in East Delavan, Wisconsin, the same school his father and grandfather attended. He was raised on the family farm and at an early age was taught almost every chore on the farm and also learned to be accountable for doing a good job. After the death of his father in 1938, when Alton was 12, he started helping his brother with the farm work. When he turned 17, and while still a student at Williams Bay High School, he took over the operation of the farm from his brother. It was at this time that he prayed to receive Jesus Christ as Savior. Later he also attended the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Agriculture.

In July of 1947, he met and fell in love with Jacquelyn (Jackie) Theiss of Chicago, Illinois. They were married on February 28, 1948, at the Como Union Church, in Como, Wisconsin, where they had met. They continued to work the farm and expanded the operation. Three sons were born to them during their years on the farm.

Early in 1956, Alton was sure of the Lord's calling him to the ministry in rural America. In September of 1956, Alton enrolled as a student at Moody Bible Institute and they sold the farm and the family moved to Chicago. Upon graduation from Moody in 1959, he was ordained as a minister of the gospel. He was accepted as a missionary pastor by Village Missions. During their years at Moody and shortly after, two daughters were added to the family.

While with Village Missions, Alton served three churches: Hauser Community Church, Hauser, Oregon, from 1959 - 1963; Burley Bible Church, Burley, Washington, from 1963 - 1970; Applegate Bible Church. Applegate, California, from 1970-1977. During the later years of his ministry at Applegate, he also began serving as District Representative for Village Missions and continued this ministry until his retirement in 1991. By this time he was responsible for helping the pastors and congregations of 42 churches. After his retirement from full time ministry, he was asked to serve on the National Board of Village Missions.

Through Alton's ministry and personal life, many people were influenced for the Lord. He truly cared for people and was concerned about their relationship with God. His ministry was used to not only build church buildings, but to build up the spiritual lives of the people God entrusted to his care.

Some of Alton's interest were researching and recording the history of the Williams family, gardening, and spending time with his family.

Alton will be missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Jackie, and their sons, Alton Jr. (Skip), Gerald, and wife Mary, Keith and wife Valerie, and their daughters, Robyn Edwards and husband Greg, Kathy Stewart and husband Steve. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and their wives.

Visitation was June 13 at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. The memorial service was June 14 at the Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Village Missions, in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, who is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at

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