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*Marsha Barnhart*Ronald D. Sheldon*Eldon Charles Yates*Donna R. Pellissier*Brian Gerald Spreadbury*Elizabeth Emily Hoyser*Marlin Ray Lowery

November 05, 2013

Marsha Barnhart

March 11, 1953 - Oct. 26, 2013

Marsha Barnhart, 60, of Falls City died Oct. 26.

Marsha Barnhart

Marsha Barnhart

She was born in Lebanon to Oscar A. and Cora E. Baley Siemiller.

Marsha worked for many years as a custodian in the Dallas School District and enjoyed getting to know the students. She retired in June of 2011.

She married Mark Daniel Barnhart on Aug. 22, 1977, in Reno, Nev.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary E. Newton.

Survivors include her husband, Dan of Falls City; sons, Darren J. Frazier and M. Daniel (Roxi) Barnhart Jr., all of Falls City; sisters, Judy (Gary) Smith, Rose A. (Claude) Vincent, Betty J. (Lenny) Dato and Debbie L. Zeitner, all of Falls City; brothers; Rocky T. Siemiller and Bud P. Siemiller, both of Dallas, and Dennis R. Siemiller of Salem.

Service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Gentiva Hospice in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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Ronald D. Sheldon

Feb. 4, 1952 - Oct. 28, 2013

Ronald Dean Sheldon, 61, of Independence died Oct. 28.

He was born in Salem to Emery and Thelma Sheldon.

Ronald attended Salem schools and graduated from Valsetz High School, where his older brother, Del, coached him in all of the sports.

Ronald loved sports, especially the Denver Broncos. He enjoyed reading and puzzles, and loved pizza.

He had a strong Christian faith and also appreciated his native spiritual beliefs as well.

Survivors include his children, Jennifer Martin, Ryan Sheldon, Ricky Sheldon and Randy Sheldon; siblings, Doug, Del, Don and Jolene; nine grandchildren; and extended family.

Celebration of life was Sunday in Jefferson.

Contributions are suggested to the Ron Sheldon Memorial Fund that has been established through Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements.

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Eldon Charles Yates

Aug. 13, 1934 - Oct. 29, 2013

Eldon "Sonny" Yates, 79, of Monmouth died Oct. 29 in Salem.

He was born in Yamhill to George and Zola Kutch Yates.

Eldon Charles Yates

Eldon Charles Yates

Sonny graduated from Yamhill High School in 1952. He attended Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls, where he earned his associate degree in farm mechanics.

Eldon and Annita Gibson were married in Canby in 1955. After their marriage, Eldon worked with his father, George, in the timber business. In 1957 he was drafted into the Army, where he served for two years at Fort Lewis, Wash. Upon completion of his tour he returned to work with his father in the timber business. Six months later he started work at Crown Zellerbach in Tillamook. He worked for other timber companies for a few years. In 1964 he went to work for the Oregon State Forestry Department.


In 1970 he went back to school part time for three years at Chemeketa Community College. During his career he worked out of Dallas, Valsetz, Grand Ronde, Philomath, and back to the Oregon State Forestry office in Dallas. He retired in 1996 after more than 32 years of service.

Annita and Eldon lived first in Grand Ronde and Eddyville before moving to Monmouth in 1977.

Eldon maintained a strong faith throughout his life. Eldon and Annita have been lifelong members of Monmouth Evangelical Church, now called Heart To Heart Church. He served as lay leader, as well as trustee.

He enjoyed everything to do with the outdoors, especially hunting, camping and fishing. He enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with his family.

He was preceded in death by three children: Bonnie, Michael and Dennis.

Survivors include his wife, Annita; daughter, Mary Lynn Nonamaker of College Place, Wash.; sister, Farrell Fuerst of Yamhill; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Viewing is Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center; the family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m. Celebration of life is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Heart To Heart Church in Monmouth, 191 N. Monmouth Ave., with a potluck to follow.

Contributions are suggested to the Tillamook Forest Center or to Heart To Heart Church in care of the mortuary.

To send an online condolence:

Donna R. Pellissier

Oct. 7, 1943 - Oct. 25, 2013

Donna R. Pellissier, 70, of Falls City, died Oct. 25.

She was born in Sandusky, Ohio, to Edward and Edith Rose.

Donna made porcelain dolls and had a room with more than 60 dolls. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and would frame them when finished. Donna also liked to crochet.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Pellissier, and stepson, Harold.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Rae; son, Robert Tilldan Simcoe III; stepchildren, Beverly, Frances, Frederick, Robert, Paula and Anthony; 20 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

No service will be held at her request.

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

Brian Gerald Spreadbury

Sept. 20, 1937 - Oct. 30, 2013

Brian Spreadbury, 76, of Corvallis died Oct. 30 in Corvallis after an extended illness.

He was born in Aldershot, England, to Winifred Margaret and Leslie Robert Spreadbury. Brian's father was in the Royal Engineers and the family was stationed in Singapore during the start of World War II. During the fall of Singapore, Brian, his mother and three brothers were evacuated back to the United Kingdom for the duration of the war.

Brian Gerald Spreadbury

Brian Gerald Spreadbury

The family settled in New Milton, England, where Brian finished his primary school education. In 1962 Brian graduated from Bournemouth Technical College with a Higher National degree in mechanical engineering. Brian went to work at Flight Refuelling, an innovator in in-flight refueling systems in aircraft, as a development engineer.

During this time he met his future wife, Barbara, and they married in 1963.

Brian always had a thirst for adventure. When an opportunity arose to come to the United States and work for Boeing, he seized the chance. He was recruited to work on Boeing's supersonic transport. When the project was cancelled Brian went to work for Sunstrand Data Control in Redmond, Wash.

Hewlett-Packard Co. advertised in Seattle for mechanical engineers and recruited Brian to work at its Corvallis campus. Brian thrived at HP and retired as a research and development engineer in 2000.

Brian's retirement years were spent traveling the world with Barbara or exploring the western U.S. in their Volkswagen camper, working on his beautiful English garden and tending to his Schnauzer's happiness.

Brian was a man of deep Christian faith and was a member of the Life Center Church of Independence.

Celebration of life is Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Adair (the former Officer's Club) in Adair Village.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Barbara; sons, Michael (Keri) of Corvallis and Keith (Michelle) of Monmouth; and four grandchildren.

Contributions are suggested to Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Survivorship Fund, 3600 NW Samaritan Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330; or Senior Dog Rescue of Oregon, P.O. Box 1051, Philomath, OR 97370.

Elizabeth Emily Hoyser

May 30, 1929 - Nov. 3, 2013

Elizabeth (Liz, Betty, Pet) Hoyser, 84, of Redmond died Sunday.

She was born in Salem to Milton Ferdinand and Agnes Lee Clark Hoyser.

Liz grew up on the family farm on the Willamette River in South Salem across from the Independence Bridge, where, upon retirement, she returned to the homestead and built her home.

Liz graduated from North Salem High School. She received her bachelor's degree from Oregon College of Education in 1953, her master's degree from San Francisco State University in education guidance counseling, and her doctorate from Oregon State University in 1971.

She taught in the School of Education at Western Oregon University (formerly Western Oregon State College and Oregon College of Education) from 1965-1988 and retired as a full professor from WOU. Liz taught school in England, Germany and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She loved to travel abroad, visiting such places as Europe, Egypt and Jerusalem.

Liz was a member of the Daughters of the Nile and Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Oregon Coast and her beach house there was one of her favorite places for her and her family of nieces and grandnieces, cracking crab, creating art projects and just enjoying each other.

Liz was preceded in death by her brother.

She is survived by a loving extended family.

Closed casket visitation is Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Restlawn Funeral Home, 201 Oak Grove Road, Salem. Service is Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Marlin Ray Lowery

Aug. 21, 1942 - Sept. 21, 2013

Marlin Ray Lowery, 71, of Eugene died Sept. 21 in Eugene.

He was born at home on the family farm located between the towns of Falls City and Dallas.

Marlin was a logger, truck driver, diesel mechanic, service station owner and a greens keeper.

In his younger years Marlin played the banjo in a band until a logging injury forced him to quit. In his later years Marlin loved to watch western movies.

He was preceded in death by his son, Clay.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Rae Staggs Baker Lowery; children, Fred, Cheryl and Shannan; mother, Opal Van De Mark; sisters, Marlene Nehl, Debbie Monnier and Barbara Robinett; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four stepsons and their families; and extended family.

Memorial service is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lebanon Mennonite Church. Dessert will be served following the service.

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