Thursday, April 17, 2014

Covering Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, Falls City and surrounding areas since 1868


*Betsey Ann Branigar*David Rodriguez Loera*Harlan C. Harris*William 'Bill' Edward Davis*George R. Doll*Juan 'Johnny' Manuel Reyna*Karlene Ruth Halstead

August 27, 2013

Betsey Ann Branigar

Aug. 24, 1925 - Aug. 17, 2013

Betsey Branigar, 87, of West Salem died Aug. 17 in West Salem.

She was born in Trout Creek, Mich., to Elmer and Betsey (Barrows) Dreier.

The family moved to St. Helens in 1936. Betsey graduated from St. Helens High School in 1942 and Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in 1948.

She married Harley W. Branigar of Woodburn on July 25, 1948, in St. Helens.

Betsey taught school in Philomath from 1948 to 1952. In 1960 the family moved to Monmouth, where Betsey was a special education teacher in the Central School District from 1963 to 1976. She then moved to Alaska, where she taught school in Shishmaref and Nome from 1976 to 1984.

Upon her retirement she and Harley returned to Oregon and settled in Tualatin. Harley died on July 12, 2011, after which time she moved to Capital Manor in West Salem.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert O. Dreier, in 1984.

Survivors include her sons, Thomas of Salem and Jonathan of Klamath Falls; sister, Pauline Salmon of Milwaukie; and brother, John Dreier of Sparks, Nev.

Contributions are suggested to the Polk County Historical Society, P.O. Box 67, Monmouth, OR 97361.

David Rodriguez Loera

May 30, 1941 - Aug. 9, 2013

David Rodriguez Loera

David Rodriguez Loera

David Loera, 72, of Portland died Aug. 9 in Portland.

He was born in Real De Catorce, Mexico, to Manuel Loera and Porfiria Rodriguez.

He was raised in Texas and Oregon.

David attended school in Nyssa and graduated from Nyssa High School in 1962. He attended Treasure Valley Community College, Portland State University and Mt. Angel College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in behavioral science. He also attended Oregon State University and received his masters in education, guidance and counseling.

He received numerous certificates of training in bilingual education; Chicano studies; social, cultural and multicultural training; drug and alcohol counseling; literacy; and vocational and academic guidance and counseling.

As a child and youth he worked as a migrant farm worker and dedicated his early years (1966-1991) to the United Farm Workers. He was one of the original founders of Pineros Y Campecinos and CAUSA. He also organized one of the first Chicano Plays, "Bernabe," and promoted the arts through acting and music.

In the last 50 years David dedicated his life to serving, guiding, advocating, organizing and teaching at numerous agencies, organizations and institutions. He had worked as a mental health counselor for Polk County Mental Health in Independence and Dallas from 1976 to 1989.

David received numerous recognitions, awards and scholarships for his commitment and dedication to the migrant, farm worker, multilingual and multicultural populations. He was a true friend of the less fortunate, the powerless and the voiceless.

An active member of the Democratic Party, David had served on several committees and represented the party locally and nationally. He ran for U.S. Senator in 2008 for the Oregon Democratic Party in Oregon.

He was preceded in death by siblings, Enriqueta Allen, Francisco Loera, Carmen Whitaker and Joe Loera.

Survivors include his longtime companera, Luz Villarroel; siblings, Isabel Loera, Manuel Loera, Martha Guider, Mary Dillon and Estella Loera; and extended family.

William 'Bill' Edward Davis

Sept. 9, 1934 - Aug. 21, 2013


William 'Bill' Edward Davis

William "Bill" Edward Davis, 78, of Dallas died Aug. 21 in Dallas.

He was born in Richfield, Idaho, to Clarence and Wanda Sanderson Davis.

As a very young child, the family moved to Dallas, where he was raised. From 1953 to 1957 Bill served in the Navy and was honorably discharged as a gunner's mate.

He moved from the Oregon Coast in 1965 to Salem, then settled in Dallas in 1970.


On Nov. 25, 1976, he married his soulmate, Dolores Hammons.

Bill worked for Willamette Industries for 29 years as a timber cutter. In 1995 he retired as a bull buck, supervisor of a felling and bucking crew.

He enjoyed gardening, home canning, building burl wood tables, trips to Reno, Nev., and making wine.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Richard.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores of Dallas; sons, Rich (Barbara) Davis of Lafayette, Randy (Dorothy) Rhoads of Kelso, Wash., and Donny Davis of Stayton; daughters, Wanda (Michael Rose) Davis and Brenda (Steve) Faxon, all of Dallas, and Tammy Jo Davis of Stayton; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A private family gathering will be held.

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

Harlan C. Harris

April 7, 1921 - Aug. 23, 2013

Harlan C. Harris, 92, of Dallas died Friday.

Memorial service will be Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. at Dallas Alliance Church.

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

George R. Doll

June 5, 1921 - Aug. 24, 2013

George R. Doll

George R. Doll

George R. Doll, 92, of Dallas died Saturday.

He was born to William and Clara Doll in Waterloo, N.Y.

George graduated from Waterloo High School at the top of his class at 16 years of age. He entered the Army in 1939. While stationed in Puerto Rico he met his wife, Candida Torres. They were married in May of 1941.


He served in the 770th Bombardment Squadron in the air offensives on Japan, China and India/Burma during World War II. He then served in the Korean War. He worked at Eastman Kodak until his retirement in 1979.

He lived in Rochester, N.Y., until he moved to Dallas four years ago to be with family.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Geraldine, and brothers, William, John and Frank.

Survivors include his wife, Candida Doll; son, Robert (Nancy); daughters, Annabel Rakoczy (Paul) and Sonia Brule (Tom); 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and extended family.

Viewing is Wednesday (today) from 2 to 6 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Service is Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. at White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsford, N.Y.

Contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Juan 'Johnny' Manuel Reyna

May 14, 1953 - Aug. 25, 2013


Juan 'Johnny' Manuel Reyna

Juan "Johnny" Manuel Reyna, 60, of Independence died Sunday.

He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Leoncio and Manuela Reyna.

Juan graduated from Central High School.

He was a kind, loving man who delighted in giving to others. He gave his family kindness, love and attention without any expectation of receiving anything in return. Family gatherings delighted him and he would surprise members of his family with calls, just to let them know that he was thinking of them.

His interests included fishing, reading and listening to Christian gospel or rock music. He loved to walk his dog, "Ella."

He was preceded in death by his father, Leoncio Reyna, and brother, Daniel Reyna.

Survivors include his mother, Manuela; and siblings, Delfina Oliveros, Leoncio Reyna Jr., Luis Reyna, Yolanda Ojeda and Margie Hernandez.

Visitation is Wednesday (today) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence. Memorial mass is being arranged at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

For service date and time and to send an online condolence:

Karlene Ruth Halstead

Dec. 31, 1942 - Aug. 25, 2013

Karlene Ruth Halstead, 70, longtime Dallas resident, died Sunday following an illness that had hospitalized her in recent weeks.

Visitation is Wednesday (today) and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.

Graveside service is Friday at 1 p.m. at Alpine Cemetery near Monroe.

Memorial service is planned for Sept. 7, time and location to be announced.

Contributions are suggested to the Union Gospel Mission in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence: