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*Ronald B. McLain*Geraldine J. Benedict*Devin L. Cavan*Veryl D. Fitch*Charles Ray Tarter*Jean Ann Wimer*Sharon Ellen Carter

October 01, 2013

Ronald B. McLain

Oct. 14, 1939 - June 16, 2013

Ronald B. McLain

Ronald B. McLain

Ronald B. McLain, 73, of Independence died June 16 after a long and brave battle from diabetes complications.

He was born at Fort Ringgold, Texas, to Barron and Marie McLain.

His first years he lived at a stagecoach way station that his great-grandmother had operated. The family moved to Pittsburg, Calif., and then to Pacifica, Calif., where he developed a love of the ocean.

As a high school senior he enlisted in the National Guard.


He loved telling stories of his life experiences, including his stint at the South San Francisco Nike site. His interests were many and varied, from astronomy, physics, bowling (he had thought about turning pro), fishing, camping and golfing. In his 40s he tried skiing and took up ice skating. When he retired he continued enjoying many of those activities.

He was a kind, caring, generous, devoted, gentle man who was always there to help, advise and support.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Jean; daughter, Dana; brothers, Rich and Greg; sister, Kate; and a large extended family.

Ronald's life will be celebrated privately.

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

Geraldine J. Benedict

June 12, 1921 - Sept. 24, 2013

Geraldine J. Benedict

Geraldine J. Benedict

Geraldine J. Doddridge Benedict, 92, of Salem died Sept. 24 in Salem.

She was born in Traskwood, Ark., to Harry and Della Doddridge.

Gerri left Arkansas as a young bride and resided most of her life in Washington and Oregon. She also lived in Phoenix, Ariz., and Washington, D.C.

While her husband served in World War II, she and her daughter followed and resided near him at several Army bases in the United States.

She spent most of her adult life caring for her family, but later worked a number of years for J.C. Penney Co.

She bestowed great love on her family, teaching them significant values to live by and also the importance of serving the Lord Jesus. She was a member of Capitol Baptist Church in Salem.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald G. Benedict, in 2001, and two brothers, Harry Jr. and Eugene Doddridge.

Survivors include her children, Marilyn (Marvin) Morey and Douglas (Vicki) Benedict, all of Dallas; Donald Benedict II of Salem; brothers, Norris and John, both of Arkansas; sisters, Mildred, Joan and Mary Lou, all of Arkansas; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday (today) and Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Service is Friday at 2 p.m. at the mortuary. Interment follows at Salt Creek Cemetery.

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

Devin L. Cavan

Dec. 19, 1991 - Sept. 22, 2013

Devin L. Cavan

Devin L. Cavan

Devin Lee Cavan, 21, of Sheridan died Sept. 22 as a result of a tragic accident.

He was born in Dallas to Bubby and Michelle Cavan.

He attended school at Sheridan and graduated from Willamina High School in 2010.

Devin was a happy, smiley, carefree and energetic person whose charisma was contagious. He was an avid athlete and excelled at every sport. He was competitive in everything he did. He loved to climb the highest tree or jump from the highest rock and was an absolute adrenaline junky. He was also an excellent big brother and bragged about his younger siblings and was proud of their accomplishments. His favorite teams were the Denver Broncos, Oregon Ducks and Atlanta Braves.

Survivors include his father, Bubby Cavan of Willamina; mother, Michelle (Michael) Skjei of Sheridan; siblings, Skyler Skjei, Taylor Cavan and Jacob Skjei; grandparents, Ron and Alfie Wilson of Woodburn, Bessie Flanagan of Willamina, and Gary Cavan, Pauline Cavan and Wanda Stuck, all of Sheridan; and a large extended family.

Celebration of life was Saturday in the Sheridan High School gymnasium.

Contributions are suggested to Sheridan Youth Organization in care of the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce at US Bank or Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence:

Veryl D. Fitch

Dec. 12, 1923 - Sept. 24, 2013

Veryl D. Fitch

Veryl D. Fitch

Veryl Doreen (Nashum) Fitch, 89, of Dallas, formerly of Albany, died Sept. 24 in Dallas.

Veryl was born in Madison, S.D., where she grew up and in 1944 married Robert G. Bratager.

While Robert served in the Navy during World War II, Veryl taught high school in Hayti, S.D., and also taught office skills at General Beadle State Teachers College. She later worked in office at Madison Community Hospital in South Dakota.

The family moved to Minneapolis and later to Nebraska, North Dakota, Washington and Oregon. After her husband's death in Albany in 1975, she worked as the crop science departmental secretary at Oregon State University.

She married Charles "Chuck" H. Fitch in 1980 and they lived in Dallas.

Veryl took pleasure in her family, golfing, traveling the world and playing contract bridge, at which she was a life master.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ina Schrader.

Survivors include her husband, Chuck; sons, Robert Bratager of Seattle and Brian (Stacy) Bratager of Everett, Wash; daughter, Alison (Mark) Warmann of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; grandchildren, Emily and Paul Warmann and Alexander, Hailey and Erika Bratager; three nieces; and Chuck's sons, Dave, Mike, and Rich Fitch.

Private burial was at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem.

Celebration of Veryl's life will be held at a later date.

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

Charles Ray Tarter

Aug. 3, 1927 - Sept. 20, 2013

Charles Ray Tarter

Charles Ray Tarter

Charles Ray Tarter, 86, of the Airlie area southwest of Monmouth, died Sept. 20.

Ray served in the Merchant Marines from Aug. 24, 1945, to March 14, 1946.

He was a logger most of his life, working from Oregon up to Alaska. He was known for both his skill and courage at tree topping.

He loved attending rodeos and was a bull rider in his younger years. He was known for his garden skills and at times would care for two gardens along with a garlic garden.


Charles will be remembered as a loving and caring man.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Matteson.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Alys Tarter of Airlie; sons, Gerald (Kathy) Tarter of Airlie and Kevin (Leeann) Tarter of Keizer; daughter, Karen (Michael) Lockabey of Alaska; brother, Henry (Sandy) Tarter of Keizer; sisters, Mary Lou Johnson and Charlene (Melvin) Lytle, all of Dallas; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A gathering to celebrate his life was held at his home.

Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice.

Jean Ann Wimer

Aug. 7, 1948 - Sept. 26, 2013

Jean Ann Wimer

Jean Ann Wimer

Jean Ann Wimer, 65, of Dallas died Thursday in Portland from a brain aneurysm.

She was born to Robert "Bud" and Betty Randolph in Sweet Home.

She graduated from Siuslaw High School in 1966. Later that year Jean met the love of her life, Donald Wimer, at Lane Community College in Eugene. They were married in December 1967 and enjoyed 45 happy years of marriage.

Jean dedicated her life to making a happy home for her husband and daughters, as well as caring for several extended family members. She joyfully gave of herself to friends and family and cooked amazing meals and desserts.

She was preceded in death by her father, Randolph.

Survivors include her husband, Don Wimer of Dallas; daughters, Rebecca (Dave) Friesen of Beaverton and Beth (Vince) Jones of Monmouth; mother, Betty Randolph of Independence; brother, Jim Randolph of Independence; four grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Viewing is Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Service follows at 2 p.m. Private burial will be at Gilliland Cemetery in Sweet Home.

To send an online condolence:

Sharon Ellen Carter

July 19, 1955 - Sept. 20, 2013

Sharon Ellen Carter

Sharon Ellen Carter

Sharon Ellen Carter, 58, of Portland died Sept. 20 in Portland.

She was born in McMinnville to Jack and Margaret June Kimsey Provost.

She graduated from Lebanon High School. She had worked at several companies, including Walker Sil Tronix making silicon wafers and also with the U.S. Census Bureau.

Survivors include her son, Chris Provost; mother, Margaret Provost; sisters, Kathy Provost and Jacqulin Manyhydes; brother, Daniel Provost; and two grandchildren.

Celebration of life is Wednesday (today) at 2 p.m. at the Grand Ronde Tribal Gym. Private interment will be at the Grand Ronde Tribal Cemetery.

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

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