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*Melba Hamilton*Bill Cooley*Sue Fumie LeGeros*Roger W. Schuck*Elsie I. Hinds*N.C. 'Nels' Anderson Jr.*Eunice Katherine 'Kathy' Woods

July 17, 2013

N.C. 'Nels' Anderson Jr.

1918 - 2013

Memorial service for N.C. "Nels" Anderson Jr. will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Restlawn Funeral Home, 201 Oak Grove Road, Salem.

Nels Anderson died May 11 at a Portland hospital. He would have been 95 on July 17; his family had planned a birthday celebration gathering for Saturday.

Anderson was a Polk County Cooperative Extension agent and after his retirement a consultant to Polk County farmers.

Contributions are suggested to the Polk County Fair Foundation, P.O. Box 29, Rickreall, OR 97371; or the Oregon 4-H Center, 5390 Four H Road NW, Salem, OR 97304.

Melba Hamilton

Sept. 16, 1924 - July 11, 2013

Melba Hamilton, 88, of Dallas died Thursday in Dallas.

She was born in Nampa, Idaho, to Elmer and Freeda (Rogers) Nelson.

Melba moved to Lincoln County at the age of 6 and started school at the Camp 1 School near Yachats. In 1942 she graduated from Newport High School.

She married Chester Hamilton in Vancouver, Wash., on June 13, 1942.

For several years she worked at fish plants on the Newport bay front, then worked at Montgomery Ward and later at Little Creek Cove.

She was a past member of AARP, a hospice volunteer, served on the hospice board of directors, was a member of Toastmasters International, and volunteered at Newport Library and Sam Case Elementary in Newport.

Melba was a great umbrella twirling jazz fan, traveling all over Oregon with her sister and their friend, Dot. She enjoyed crocheting, latch hook and other crafts.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Chester, in 1987; great-granddaughter, Mary Hamilton, in 1989; and sister, Mable Mekemson, in 2012.

Survivors include her sons, Tom (Jean) of Toledo and John (Rosey) of Coos Bay; daughters, Anona Kay (David Ramos) Hamilton and Amy Hamilton, all of Dallas, Jan Hamilton of Logsden and Ellen Hamilton of Toledo; 13 grandchildren; and 38 great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life potluck picnic will be held July 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hamilton Family Campground, 11380 Logsden Road, Siletz.

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

Bill Cooley

May 10, 1956 - July 8, 2013

Bill Cooley

Bill Cooley

Bill Cooley, 57, of Dallas died July 8 in Portland after a lengthy battle with Myelodysplastic syndromes, a group of diseases that affect bone marrow and blood (MDS).

He was born in McMinnville to Don and Margery Cooley.

Bill grew up in Sheridan and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1974.

He married Terri Griffin on June 13, 1975.

Bill had worked for Biskey's Appliance in Sheridan selling appliances. Bill then worked for Boise Cascade in Willamina for a time and later at Smith's Home Furnishing in Salem.

Bill moved to Dallas in 1988.

He began his employment with the Sheridan Correctional Center when it opened in 1989. Bill worked as a supervisory correctional systems specialist. He retired in March after a 24-year career.

Bill had been a paramedic in both Sheridan and Dallas and received the Dallas Ambulance EMT of the Year award in 1994. He enjoyed tent camping and fishing with his family. Bill loved fishing in rivers and lakes, but especially the ocean. He also enjoyed snow skiing. He was well known as "Mr. Fix It."

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margery Cooley, in 2003.

Survivors include his wife, Terri; sons, Todd and Ryan Cooley of Dallas; father, Don Cooley of Sheridan; brothers, Harry Cooley of Sheridan and Kevin Cooley of McMinnville; and four grandchildren.

Celebration of Bill's life was Saturday at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute or the National Marrow Donor Program.

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

Sue Fumie LeGeros

Oct. 30, 1925 - June 27, 2013

Sue Fumie LeGeros

Sue Fumie LeGeros

Sue Fumie LeGeros, 87, of Monmouth died June 27.

She was born in Tokyo, Japan, to Kazuo and Su-e Jimbo.

Her marriage in Japan brought her to the United States after World War II, where she raised four children.

While raising her family Sue became a citizen of the United States and worked her way through college in Brookings, S.D. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts as an art major at age 52.

Sue went on to be a cartographer and later a soil technician for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in Lincoln, Neb. She retired at age 68.

Sue moved to Monmouth in 2003 to live out the rest of her life with her daughter and in surroundings that so much reminded her of her homeland.

Sue shared with her children and friends an appreciation of the beauty she always saw around her through her paintings and artistic creations. She honored that beauty with her pursuit of perfection in all she did. Sue shared with her children and friends the principals of determination, perseverance and endurance. She was an amazingly strong woman who met her life challenges with grace.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

Survivors include her children, Peter (Deliah) LeGeros, Geo (Nanc) LeGeros, Mary (Pat) O'Connor and Mark LeGeros; and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Private service will be held at the coast in her honor.

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

Roger W. Schuck

Dec. 8, 1931 - July 11, 2013

Roger W. Schuck

Roger W. Schuck

Roger Wayne Schuck, 81, of Dallas died Thursday.

He was born in Paxinos, Pa., to Wilfred and Elvera Schuck.

Roger grew up in the country and graduated from Shamokin High School in Shamokin, Pa. He joined the Army in 1951 and was later a frontline medic during the Korean War.

In 1957 he began attending Philadelphia College of the Bible, where he met Rena Shell. They were married in 1958 and celebrated their 55th anniversary earlier this year.


They lived in Philadelphia while he worked and completed his degree. In 1966 they joined Village Missions and were sent to their first church in Unity. They also served at churches in Ray, Ind.; Butte Falls; Yale, Wash.; Hammett, Idaho; and Hillside. Roger retired in 1997 and he and Rena moved to Dallas.

He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed gardening, as long as it was something you could eat, and telling people about Jesus.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Schuck.

Survivors include his wife, Rena of Dallas; son, Jonathan (Tressa) Schuck; daughters, Christine (Carl) Schneider, Karen (Corey) Barnedt and Teresa (Eric) Gjonnes; sister, Karen (Bob) Schanklweiler of Harrisburg, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and extended family.

Memorial service was Monday at Dallas Evangelical Bible Church. Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Contributions are suggested to Village Missions in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence:

Elsie I. Hinds

March 26, 1925 - July 13, 2013

Elsie I. Hinds

Elsie I. Hinds

Elsie I. Hinds, 88, of Monmouth died Saturday.

She was born to Willard and Pauline Matthes on the family farm north of Salem and was the granddaughter of Oregon Trail pioneers.

Elsie attended Salem High School, now North Salem High, and graduated in 1941. She was athletic, lettering in sports and was the left-handed pitcher for her high school softball team.

She went on to earn her teaching certificate in 1945 from Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University, in Monmouth.

Elsie met Herbert Hinds at a church function when he was home on leave during World War II. They married in 1947 and moved to Pasadena, Calif., where Herbert completed his education.

They moved to Coos Bay and Elsie became a stay-at-home mom caring for their six children. In 1964 the family moved to a farm near Airlie, southwest of Monmouth. She sold the farm in 1991 and moved to Monmouth, where she lived independently until her death.

Elsie loved teaching and began her career in 1945 at Coos River near Coos Bay. She then taught third grade for 18 years at Oakdale Heights Elementary School in Dallas, retiring in 1992.

She was a member of the Monmouth Senior Center. She was also a member of the Oak Grove Grange and past member of the Rickreall Grange.

She enjoyed going to yard sales, playing bingo, taking photos and volunteering. She will be remembered for her generous heart.

Elsie loved cooking for family gatherings and having her children and grandchildren nearby. She won many special awards at the Polk County Fair for her canning and poetry. She loved to play the piano and played by ear.

Elsie loved the Lord and enjoyed attending Buena Vista Community Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert, in 1967 and son, Herb, in 2004.

Survivors include her children, Millee Johnson, Marie Gueths, Miriam (Tim) Booze, Marla (Dave) McLean and Tim (Mona) Hinds; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Service is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Monmouth Christian Church. Interment will be at Fir Crest Cemetery, south of Monmouth.

Contributions are suggested to the Gideons or a charity of your choice.

Eunice Katherine 'Kathy' Woods

Sept. 11, 1951 - July 9, 2013

Eunice Katherine

Eunice Katherine 'Kathy' Woods

Kathy Woods passed peacefully with her family at her side on Tuesday July 9, 2013 in Portland Oregon. She had fought a short but courageous battle with cancer. She was 61.

Kathy was born in Corvallis Oregon on September 11, 1951 to George and Wilda Birchell. They lived in Pedee where she attended grade school. One of her teachers asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up and her answer was "to take care of her grandmother and her family". The family moved to Dallas when she entered junior high and she graduated from Dallas High School in 1969 with honors.

During her sophomore year she started dating Ken Woods, a senior. They married in Dallas on June 26, 1971. Kathy and Ken lived in Medford, Portland, Beaverton, and Tualatin before moving back to Dallas in 1981. They produced two boys, Jonathan and Michael.

Kathy started in the banking business as a teller when they lived in Medford and continued in the banking business as they moved. In Dallas Kathy worked for Bank of Willamette Valley which is now Wells Fargo. In 2000 Kathy joined Ken in his insurance agency where she was a licensed insurance agent.

Mimi (Kathy) enjoyed her two grandchildren Ava and Bryson. They were the love of her life. Just before she left, she had the opportunity to touch and hold her third grandchild Morgan Katherine Woods who was born on July 6, 2013.

Kathy was the glue that held our family together. She was our hero. Kathy is survived by her husband of 42 years Ken Woods Jr., son Jon Woods (Misty), son Michael Woods (Melanie), parents George & Wilda Birchell, brother Olin Birchell (Vicki) and brother Brian Birchell (Sandy), grandchildren Ava Woods, Bryson Woods and Morgan Katherine Woods, mother in law, Evelyn Woods, sister in law, Kathie Woods, niece Kelli Birchell, nephews Blake Birchell and Tyler Birchell, and many aunts and cousins.

Services was Saturday July 13th, 12 noon, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas. Graveside services will be private. Donations can be made in Kathy's name to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute or Legacy Hopewell House Hospice c/o Bollman Funeral Home, 694 Main Street, Dallas Oregon 97338. Contact for more information.

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