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*James 'Darrell' Elliott*Billy Joe Sisson*Santiago 'Jimmy' Duran*Tristan J. Hartford*Wayne Rodgers White*Norman LeRoy Prouty*Vernon D. Henderson*Dale E. Schrag

October 15, 2013

Billy Joe Sisson

May 3, 1933 - Oct. 5, 2013

Billy Joe Sisson, 80, of Medford, formerly of Willamina and Grand Ronde, died Oct. 5 in Medford.

He was born to Rufus and Georgia McGee Sisson in Colcord, Okla. He weighed 3 pounds at birth and was kept in a shoe box close to the warmth of the cooking stove as an incubator.

Billy moved with his family in 1942 to Oregon, where they settled in the Grand Ronde area. He considered Grand Ronde his "old stomping grounds." The family later moved back to Oklahoma.

Billy's dream was to return to Oregon and he made the move in 1951 and settled in Sweet Home. There, he met Elizabeth Burnsides and they were married in Washington in June 1956. They made their home in Willamina.

Billy spent most of his life working in the woods falling timber.

He enjoyed the outdoors and loved teaching his children to see the beauty of the woods and all it offered. Billy enjoyed hunting bear, deer and elk. He loved spending special time with each of his grandchildren.

Billy was a proud member of Independence Elks Lodge BPOE No. 1950 for 47 years.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Walt "Jack," Arkel, Ira, Tom, Russell, Kenneth, Velma and Ruby "Joanne."

Survivors include his daughter, Betty (Glenn) Goodson; son, Billy (Brenda) Sisson; siblings, Lucretia "Chris" Roberts, John Sisson and Nancy Cockroft, all of Colorado, and William "Pete" Sisson of New Mexico; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Celebration of life was Friday at Buck Hollow Cemetery in Sheridan.

Contributions are suggested toward the purchase of his headstone.

Tristan J. Hartford

Dec. 4, 1987 - Oct 8, 2013

Tristan J. Hartford, 25, of Monmouth, died Oct. 8 of natural causes.

Celebration of his life will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Partnerships in Community Living Inc., 480 Main St., Monmouth.

City View Funeral Home, Salem, handled arrangements.

Wayne Rodgers White

1936 - 2013

Wayne Rodgers White, 76, of Monmouth and Mineola, Texas, died Sept. 12 in Mineola.

He was born to Lowell Wayne and Lila Scarborough White.

Wayne married Levon Goolsby on April 5, 1958, in Quitman, Texas. They lived in Commerce, Lubbock and Austin in Texas, and Richmond, Ky., and settled in Monmouth in 1968.

A lifelong learner, Wayne earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics at East Texas State College, a master's in geography at University of Texas and a doctorate at the University of Oregon. Wayne loved teaching, especially geography, and was a professor at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and Western Oregon University in Monmouth from 1964 to 1997. He was professor and head of the Department of Geography at Western. He was also director of the Oregon Geographic Alliance National Geographic Society as well as several additional state and national organizations. Wayne had coauthored and edited numerous geography textbooks.

Wayne was a member of Central Baptist Church in Monmouth.

He lovingly doted on his children and grandchildren. As an educator, friend, family member, mentor and church member he influenced many lives.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Levon G. White; son, Wayne R. White Jr. of Monmouth; daughter, Shandra White Harris of Bend; and two grandsons.

Service was Sept. 21 in Mineola at First Baptist Church. Interment was at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Mineola.

Contributions are suggested to a favorite charity, Central Baptist in Monmouth or First Baptist in Mineola.

James 'Darrell' Elliott

Aug. 5, 1943 - Oct. 12, 2013


James 'Darrell' Elliott

James "Darrell" Elliott, 70, of Independence died Saturday in Salem.

He was born to Leroy and Catherine (Reed) Elliott in Newport.

Darrell graduated from Toledo High School in 1961. He married Jacquelyn Thompson on March 20, 1965, and together they raised three children.

He worked as a log scaler for the Columbia River Log Scaling Bureau for 43 years, retiring in 2008, and was a member of the National Guard.

Darrell was a member of First Baptist Church of Independence, participating as a deacon and as an AWANA leader. He made a difference in the lives of many kids



His interests included reading, woodworking, beads, hunting, and camping and traveling with his family.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Louis Guthrie.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jackie; children, Jill (Todd) Means of Monmouth, Jamee (Shannon) Meeker of Independence and Jeffrey (Shawnee) Elliott of Beaverton; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial service is Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Independence.

Contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church AWANA Program.

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

Santiago 'Jimmy' Duran

Jan. 31, 1963 - Oct. 9, 2013


Santiago 'Jimmy' Duran

Santiago "Jimmy" Duran, 50, of Independence died Oct. 9.

He was born in Silverton to Anastacio and Frances Duran.

After graduating from Central High School in Independence in 1981, Jimmy served seven years in the Army.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, family barbecues, dancing, sports and crabbing. He delighted in his children and granddaughter and loved watching them along with his nieces and nephews play softball. He also enjoyed taking them fishing. He made a difference in people's lives with his natural ability to make even people he didn't know smile with kind words, jokes and compliments.


Survivors include his parents, Anastacio and Frances Duran of Independence; daughters, Brianna (Jacob) Rogers of Troutdale, Carly of Monmouth and Nicole Duran of Silverton; siblings, Alicia (Rolando) Ramirez of Monmouth and Anastacio Duran Jr. and Bianca (Aaron) Wendt, all of Independence; one granddaughter; and extended family.

Memorial mass was Tuesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence.

Farnstrom Mortuary handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Norman LeRoy Prouty

Dec. 16, 1940 - Oct. 13, 2013

Norman LeRoy Prouty, 72, of Buena Vista died Sunday.

Viewing is Thursday at 1 p.m., followed by his service at 1:30 p.m., at Buena Vista Community Church, 11355 Church St. Interment will follow at Buena Vista Cemetery.

Farnstrom Mortuary handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Vernon D. Henderson

Sept. 18, 1945 - Oct. 6, 2013

Vernon D. Henderson, 68, longtime resident of the Monmouth and Independence community, died Oct. 6.

He was a custom auto painter and was well known for his work.

The family invites all who knew Vernon to come to his celebration of life on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Independence Elks Lodge, 289 S. Main St., Independence. His favorite, Mexican food, will be served.

Dale E. Schrag

April 9, 1945 - Oct. 12, 2013

Dale E. Schrag

Dale E. Schrag

DALLAS - Dale Edward Schrag was born on April 9, 1945, to Herman and Laurena Schrag, in Dallas, Oregon. After a year long struggle with pancreatic cancer, Jesus called him home to Heaven on October 12, 2013, surrounded by family.

Dale accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, as his mother prayed with him, at the young age of six. His life's focus was to serve the Lord with instrumental music and song and teaching; always having time to listen to others. He delighted in seeing young folks come to the Lord.

Dale married Beverly (Peters) on February 17, 1967 and graduated from Willamette University in May of that year. They moved to Bend, where Dale worked for the State of Oregon, Children's Services Division. In 1971 they had a son, Bradly Dale and shortly thereafter Dale transferred back to Dallas. Dale led Bradly to the Lord when he was four years old. All three faithfully served the Lord, while attending the Grace Mennonite Church and Dale and Bev continued to serve at the Evangelical Bible Church for the past 10 years.

The family spent many weekends with church activities and camping with friends and family. Dale and Bradly had fun running a model railroad, fishing, hiking, and playing trumpets together. Dale enjoyed coaching several of Bradly's sports teams. In 1985 Dale and Bev purchased Dallas City Cleaners from his parents. After Bradly went to Heaven, in 1991, Dale developed the hobbies of Bonsai art with plants and woodworking. In 1993 he returned to state service with Senior and Disabled Services, retiring in 2003.

Dale and Bev were blessed with opportunities to travel to Peru to visit missionary friends and to Israel to visit the homeland of their Lord. Dale's favorite place in Israel was the Galilee region, where Jesus spent so much of His time, while here on earth.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents and son and a great niece. He is survived by his wife, Bev; brother Don and Charlene; sister Lyn and Dan McDonald; and nephews Troy, Casey, and Rhianna McDonald; in-laws Jerry and Kathy Peters and Terry and Anita Peters along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday from 11:00AM - 7:00PM at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Graveside service will be Thursday at 1:30 at the Dallas Cemetery, followed by the Memorial Service at 2:30 at Evangelical Bible Church, in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Village Missions or Wycliffe Bible Translators, in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, who is caring for the family, or to Caring Bridge at Online condolences may be left for the family at

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