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*Ruby Buntjer*Donald Richert*Orrel Jean Walser*Leah Lorene Hill-Cornett*Dale L. Reckard*Charles 'Chuck' Boeder*Esther Viola Allison*Juanita 'Jonie' Ruth Skidmore*Sharon Kirkham*Jack L. Jacobsen*Hazel 'Nell' Gilliam-West*Cecelia R. Ferguson*June Armstrong Richardson

October 29, 2013

Ruby Buntjer

1940 - 2013

Ruby Buntjer

Ruby Buntjer

Ruby Buntjer of West Salem died Oct. 8.

She was born to Bill and Annie Waldie, joining her two sisters, Billie Ann and Gloria "Ginger."

She married Duane Buntjer in 1959.

Ruby loved animals, so the house was always filled with pets. At the time of her death, she lavished her attention on three beautiful, pampered cats.

Survivors include her daughters, Kelly (Eriks), Jana (Dave), Debi (Randy) and Denise (Carol); four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Celebration of life is Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at McNary Mobile Village Activities Center, 5355 River Road North, Keizer.

Contributions are suggested to Friends of Felines or the Oregon Humane Society.

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

Donald Richert

June 30, 1930 - Oct. 18, 2013


Donald Richert, 83, of Canby died Oct. 18.

He was born in Glendive, Mont., to Lillian and Toby Richert.

He attended elementary and high School in Glendive and Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis. He was in the Army from 1951-1953 as a medic and served in Germany.

He married Hazel Reynolds on June 8, 1955, in Minneapolis.

Donald worked in farming in Portland, Dallas and Wilsonville. He served more than 20 years as the church janitor for Calvary Mennonite Church in Aurora, where he was a member.

He loved camping, fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel of Canby; sons, Jeffrey (Kris) Richert of Cornelius and Steven Richert of Utah; daughter; Cynthia Atkins of Wilsonville; brothers, Dormer (Lois) Richert of Dallas, and Merwyn (Marie) Richert and James Richert, all of Salem; and one granddaughter.

Service was Saturday at Calvary Mennonite Church. Interment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Contributions are suggested to Calvary Mennonite MDS fund.

Orrel Jean Walser

Oct. 11, 1937 - Oct. 24, 2013

Orrel Jean Walser

Orrel Jean Walser

Orrel Jean Walser, 76, of Richland, Wash., died Thursday.

She was born in San Diego and moved to rural Roseburg.

She graduated from Roseburg High School in 1955. Orrel trained to be a cosmetologist and worked as a hairstylist in Dallas before moving to Richland in 1961 to raise her family.

After volunteering in the emergency room at Kadlec Hospital, Orrel took a position in the human resource department, where she worked for 23 years before retiring in 1998. One of her proudest accomplishments was the recruitment of numerous nurses, many of whom are still providing care.

Upon retirement Orrel and her husband, Ron, traveled the world, visiting dozens of countries on cruises and land tours together. She particularly loved Sidney, Australia.

Orrel was active in the community, lending her time and energy toward nonprofit organizations including Kiwanis, the Children's Hospital Guild, Grace Clinic and the Tri-Cities Wine Society. She also enjoyed golfing at Meadow Springs Country Club, social and duplicate bridge groups, and participating in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She enjoyed contributing to the Miss Tri-Cities organization as a chaperon for many years and later as an adviser.

Orrel and her family were members of Central United Protestant Church in Richland.

Survivors include her husband, Ron; children, Rhonda (Henry) Jarvis, Jill and Randy; sister Lucy (Joe) Mesplay; three grandchildren; and extended family.

Service was Sunday at Memories at Sunset Event Center in Richland.

Contributions are suggested to Tri-City Industrial Kiwanis, Children's Hospital Guild or Grace Clinic.

To send an online condolence:

Leah Lorene Hill-Cornett

Sept. 29, 1932 - Oct. 26, 2013

Leah Lorene Hill-Cornett

Leah Lorene Hill-Cornett

Leah Lorene Hill-Cornett, 81, of Dallas died Saturday in Salem.

She was born in Lewistown, Ill., to James Lawrence and Lena Mae Berry Miller.

Leah graduated in 1950 from Lewistown High School.

She married Phillip Charles Hill on Aug. 26, 1951. He preceded her in death while their children were young.

Leah worked as a proofreader for the Lewistown newspaper, as a gift wrapper for Montgomery Ward and as a nanny.

She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, trichem, music, crossword puzzles and picture puzzles.

She was preceded in death by her siblings: Arnold Miller, Janice Putman and Dennis Miller; and one nephew.

Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Bobby Cornett; daughters Sheila Adams, Paula (Corey) Becker, Cathy (Terry) Blair, Lisa (Jim) Gido, and Sandy and Robyn; son, Rodney (Brenda) Hill; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Service was Monday at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Concluding service and interment will be held in Knoxville, Ill.

To send an online condolence:

Dale L. Reckard

Jan. 6, 1935 - Oct. 25, 2013

Dale L. Reckard

Dale L. Reckard

Dale L. Reckard, 78, died Friday.

He was born in Page City, Kan., to Lee and Elsa Reckard.

In 1953 he graduated from Eatonville High School in Eatonville, Wash. He then joined the Air Force in 1957 and served for four years.

In 1961 he married Doris Reed, the love of his life. They moved to Valsetz, where he worked in the lumber mill until 1984. They later moved to Salem. He worked as a power plant operator for the University of Oregon. He retired in 1999.


Despite all of his medical conditions he had a happy and fulfilled life.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Doris, on Feb. 21, 2011, and daughter, Dana.

Survivors include his sons, Dean Reckard of Lincoln City and Darren Reckard of Salem; brother, Ronald (Jan) of Virginia; sisters, Roxanna (Steve) Wagstaff of Utah, and Rita (Larry) Chase of Dallas; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service is Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Dallas Masonic Lodge, 140 SW Clay St., Dallas, with a potluck reception to follow.

Contributions are suggested to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.

Charles 'Chuck' Boeder

June 20, 1937 - Oct. 25, 2013


Charles 'Chuck' Boeder

Charles W. Boeder, 76, of Millersburg died Friday.

He was born to Hans W. Boeder and Esther M. (Blakeslee) Boeder in Dallas.

He graduated from Perrydale High School in 1955 and went on to attend Oregon State University. While attending OSU he joined the Army Reserves, where he served the next six years as 1st Sergeant Drill Instructor.

On May 14, 1960, Charles married the love of his life, Mary J. Gift, at Dallas Evangelical Church. They settled in Millersburg, where they raised their family.


He worked at the Sunnybrook Dairy for a few years before becoming a small business owner. He owned and operated a vending machine business stocking Tom's Toasted Peanuts throughout the mid-valley and coastal regions. He and Mary later opened "Family Fun Rec Center" in Independence while also owning and operating Revival Carpet Cleaning. They retired after they sold Revival Carpet Cleaning and he and Mary worked part time for AC Neilson/Crossmark.

Charles served as the president for the Albany Fitwalkers Club. He also was an active member of the Millersburg community and served on the budget committee for many years.

He was a member of 1st Church of God in Albany.

He took great pride in his family and loved family gatherings, watching his grandchildren play sports, camping, and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Boeder; sister, Hilde Zahm of Mesa, Ariz.; sons, Paul and (Debbie) of McMinnville and John (Fran) and Tracy (Christy), all of Millersburg; daughter, Theresa of Miles City, Mont.; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at 1st Church of God in Albany.

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

Esther Viola Allison

Oct. 28, 1913 - Oct. 27, 2013

Esther Viola Allison, 99, died Sunday in Keizer.

She was born in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Canada.

Graveside service is Wednesday (today) at 1 p.m. at Salt Creek Cemetery in Dallas.

Keizer Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services handled arrangements.

Juanita 'Jonie' Ruth Skidmore

May 15, 1935 - Oct. 24, 2013

Juanita `Joni' Ruth Skidmore, 78, died Thursday in Salem.

She was born in Wichita, Kan.

She was a woman of strength and dignity. There will be a Celebration of Joni's life on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Kingwood West, below Capital Manor, 1947 Dallas Highway NW, Salem. Join Joni's children in this celebration. A Thanksgiving dinner, pictures, music and memories will be shared.

Sharon Kirkham

Sept. 27, 1951 - Oct 25, 2013

Sharon Kirkham, 62, of Sheridan died Friday in Portland.

She was born in Grants Pass to Ellsworth and Marilyn Robison.

Sharon attended Central Point Elementary School and graduated from Crater High School. She continued her education at Southern Oregon College and Portland State University.

She married Robert "Bob" Kirkham on Jan. 8, 1972, in Central Point.

Sharon worked in Salem for the Department of Motor Vehicles in transportation services.

She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Willamina.

Her greatest love and enjoyment was spending time with her family. She also enjoyed camping and reading.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ellsworth Robison.

Survivors include her husband, Robert of Sheridan; daughters, Carrie Phillips of Dallas and Rhonda Whalen of Portland; mother, Marilyn Robison of Sheridan; brother, Norm Robison of Germany; and four grandchildren.

Memorial service is Sunday at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Willamina.

Contributions are suggested to the church or Legacy Hopewell House.

Jack L. Jacobsen

Feb. 11, 1937 - Oct. 26, 2013

Jack L. Jacobsen, 76, of Dallas died Saturday.

Private family service will be held.

Contributions are suggested to Shriners Hospital.

June Armstrong Richardson

Jan. 23, 1919 - Oct. 25, 2013

June Armstrong Richardson

June Armstrong Richardson

June Armstrong Richardson was born to Charles Claude Armstrong and Iola Porter Armstrong in Walla Walla, Washington on January 23, 1919. She was the first born of four children. She grew up in Salem, graduated from Salem High School and attended Willamette University, entering at age 16. She was later to edit its law review with Professor Carlton Snow.

She married Chester A. Richardson in 1940. He became a career soldier serving first in the Marine Corps and then in the Airborne European Theater of WWII. He fought in Korea later, and then served in Vietnam for USAID.

During their lives together the couple lived in Japan in the Occupation, in Germany, Vietnam, and the Philippines. During the Tet Offensive, the town in which they lived was overrun by Vietcong and June served chicken soup to the U.S. troops under fire. While living in Japan June had worked as the executive secretary for Pan American Airlines. After her husband's death, she worked as a legal secretary for

several Salem attorneys.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Les and Donald Armstrong.

June is survived by her beloved sister Shirley Armstrong Smith, her son, Chet Richardson, two daughters, Christine Richardson-Barlow and Jane Richardson Emmons, her nine grandchildren, Isaac Maiden, Ellen Maiden, Chet Emmons, Anne Takher, Scott Richardson, Kristen Richardson, Lewis Barlow, Clare Barlow and Bret Reis; and two great-grandchildren.

A family memorial service was held Sunday at Crown Memorial, Salem.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations to Westminster Presbyterian Church, Salem.

Cecelia R. Ferguson

Feb. 9, 1943 - Oct. 22, 2013

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Cecelia moved to Oregon with her family and graduated from Valsetz High School in 1961.

Cecelia R. Ferguson

Cecelia R. Ferguson

She married Darrel Dean Ferguson in 1966. They raised their family in Scio, but later divorced.

Cecelia worked at Norpac in Stayton from 1983 to the present. She was a member of the Teamsters Local 670 and was an honored recipient of Employee of the Month many times.

Her greatest joys were spending time with her grandchildren, Eleanor, Aaron, Logan, Olivia, Andrew and Gracie. She also enjoyed her time with "the gals" from work. She will be greatly missed by her children; Mark, Joey and Mychal Ferguson, her brother, Joseph and her six grandchildren. Visitation: was Monday, October 28, at Weddle Funeral Chapel from 3 to 5 p.m. A celebration of her life was Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Weddle Funeral Chapel, Stayton.

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Hazel 'Nell' Gillgiam-West

Nov. 10, 1936 - Oct. 20, 2013

Beloved mother and grandmother joined her Lord and savior on Sunday, October 20. Born a Texan in Brownfield, her life was defined by countless others, including children, grandchildren, friends and strays.

She is survived by four sisters, Lavell Lloyd, Venita Kincheloe, Glenda Treadaway, and Marla Thomas; her four children, Julie Harding, Jesse Gilliam, Mary Gilliam, and Malinda Gilliam; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A retired med aide and caregiver, she was a relentless card player, a lover of God and others, a shining example to those around her. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Monmouth, OR.

She touched and influenced so many lives - she will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Pregnancy Resource Center or Teen Challenge.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services, online condolences at

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