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*Marius Robinson 'Brock' Brockway*Ronald LeRoy McDowell*Ralph Edward Geisler*Dorothy P. Marlow*James Edward Hosley*JoAnn Denise Powers*Charles Donald 'Don' Ross*Delore 'Bud' Orville Anderson*Sarah Lou Muller*Lois Wright*Marilynn Mae Murray Austin

December 03, 2013

Marius Robinson 'Brock' Brockway

Nov. 28, 1938 - Nov. 23, 2013

Marius Robinson

Marius Robinson 'Brock' Brockway

Marius Robinson `Brock' Brockway, 74, of Dallas died Nov. 23 after a courageous eight-year battle with multiple cancers.

He was born in Salem to Marius R. Brockway, Sr. and Lorena Grace Burnette.

Brock attended and graduated from Waldport High School. He then graduated from Oregon State University in 1964 with a bachelor of science in physical education and a master's of education in 1965. He spent 23 years of his teaching career at Beaverton High School, teaching English and coaching football and golf. He also refereed basketball for 28 years.

He enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing, gardening, and traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, whom he married in 1981 in Aloha; sons, David Brockway (Shelly) and Michael Brockway (Kristin); stepson, David Lichtenberger; and two granddaughters.

Celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2014.

Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society for bladder or prostate cancer research in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center which handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence:

Ronald LeRoy McDowell

March 31, 1943 - Nov. 25, 2013

Ronald LeRoy McDowell, 70, of Dallas died Nov. 25.

He was born in Jefferson, Iowa to Robert and Vera Lyons McDowell.

He married Carla Faylor on Aug. 1, 1998 in Gilbert, Ariz. Together they worked as self-employed insurance sales people.

Ron was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dallas. He loved talking to people about the Bible's hope for mankind and spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert in 1991.

Survivors include his wife, Carla McDowell; children, Robert McDowell, Nancy McDowell, Randal McDowell, Shyralyn Barnes, Andrea Anderson, Beau Faylor and Max Faylor; mother, Vera McDowell; sister, Naomi Nigh; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial service is Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall in Dallas.

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

Ralph Edward Geisler

Sept. 27, 1923 - Nov. 25, 2013


Ralph Edward Geisler, 90, of Dallas died Nov. 25 in Dallas.

He was born in Adams, Mass.

Private inurnment with military honors will be at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

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

Dorothy P. Marlow

Feb. 11, 1925 - Nov. 22, 2013

Dorothy P. Marlow, 88, of Pendleton, recently of Monmouth, died Nov. 22 in Salem.

She was born in Michigan City, Ind., to Ben and Ellen Pearce. She spent her childhood growing up in Bloomfield, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Roberta Marlow.

Survivors include her daughter, Margie Paulson (Donna Kennedy) of Monmouth; brother, Bob Pearce; two granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; and extended family.

Private family service will be held at a later date. Internment was at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.

Contributions are suggested to Salem Hospital Foundation, 698 12th St SE #130, Salem, OR 97301 or Shangri-La of Salem, 4080 Reed Rd SE, Ste. 150, Salem, OR 97302.

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

James Edward Hosley

Nov. 14, 1930 - Hov. 26, 2013

James Edward Hosley

James Edward Hosley

James Edward Hosley, 83, of Grand Ronde died Thursday.

Jim was born in Missouri to Chalmer and Gladys Hosley, the second of six children.

Jim graduated from North Marion High School and then served in the U.S. Army.

He married his beloved wife, Lillian Mary Kolar on Sept. 14, 1953. Together they had seven children. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September.


Early on, Jim worked at his father's wrecking yard business in Hubbard. In 1958, James and Lillian moved to Grand Ronde where they built their own business. He was the founder and owner of Jim's Trading Post (bookstore, hardware store, and wrecking yard), which has been in operation for almost 55 years. Jim was an entrepreneur with many businesses going at once. In addition to the Grand Ronde store, he also had owned shops in Stayton, West Salem, Independence, and Sheridan, which allowed him to make many friends within the community and beyond.

Jim loved fishing in his younger years and always enjoyed going to auctions.Jim was a hard worker and worked up until the day he passed away.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Hosley of Grand Ronde; sons, Russell Hosley of Grand Ronde, Charles Hosley of Willamina, and Robert Hosley of Sheridan; daughters, Catherine Herber of Grand Ronde, Karen Winchell of Bend, and Rhonda Langley of McMinnville; brothers, Donald Hosley of Grand Ronde and David Hosley of Lincoln City; 23 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service is Sunday at noon at the Grand Ronde Tribal gymnasium.

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

JoAnn Denise Powers

April 25, 1967 - Nov. 10, 2013

JoAnn Denise Powers

JoAnn Denise Powers

JoAnn Denise Powers, 46, of Lakewood, Wash., died Nov. 10.

She was born in Dallas to Bob and Jerry Thiessen.

Jo came into this world with a focus and enthusiasm for life that expressed itself through smiles and aninfectious laughter. Jo went to school in the Dallas school district and a couple of years at Salem Academy.

Jo loved life and lived it big. From the very beginning Jo was fearless. JoAnn made friends wherever she went. After high school Jo worked at Salem Hospital in a clerical position and eventually spent time employed in central Oregon breaking horses and leading trail rides. She moved to Washington in 1989 where she was married and had two children, Jessica and Ronald Smith.

In 1995, JoAnn married the love of her life and best friend, Paul Powers. Paul and Jo enjoyed a blended family of Paul's three children, along with her two children. They spent many happy days as a family, going on road trips, church activities, boating, fishing, camping, rescuing horses, and playing with their family pets. One of their favorite destinations was always a trip to Disneyland.

As the children grew up and started lives of their own, Paul and JoAnn decided to embrace their hobby of motorcycle riding. They were part of two motorcycle groups, one motorcycle group was a ministry through First Baptist Church of Lakewood and the other was a group affiliated with Southbound Honda. They enjoyed many scenic miles with Jo in the lead! She never followed -- always led the group rides -- and it was never at "half throttle."

Jo worked as an insurance salesman for State Farm and was wonderful at her job. Jo was diagnosed with incurable liver and pancreatic cancer in June of 2011. With a possible diagnosis of living only 3 to 6 months Jo was determined to make every day count and made it a point to live for quality instead of quantity. Her health decisions were entirely made with this goal in mind and God gave her two and a half years to enjoy, not only quality but a quantity, that she originally did not expect. Treatments were not always pleasant, but Jo always had a smile and her hands were busy either knitting hats, scarves or making scrapbooks for her family. Many patients at the cancer center were blessed with warm knitted caps she had made.

Jo courageously developed a "Bucket List" and systematically went about accomplishing all but skydiving in Oahu, and that was only because of an airplane mechanical issue. A couple of highlights in the past two years was a trip to New York to see the Statue of Liberty and a cruise with her parents through the Hawaiian Islands.

As a child Jo accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and she always knew she would spend eternity with Him. Jo became more and more focused on this reality that she would soon begin living her eternal future in heaven as her time on this earth came to an end. She had many talks with the people she loved most and even some strangers about their need to make a decision to have Christ save them and to have the hope of spending eternity with Jesus in Heaven.

Her favorite verse was John 3:16, "For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." Jo moved to her eternal home in heaven on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. surrounded by her family.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Powers; children, Jessica and Ronald Smith, Chris, Jennifer and Michael Powers; parents, Bob and Jerry Thiessen; sister, Sue (Rod) Dunham; and a large extended family.

Celebration of life was Nov. 15 at First Baptist Church of Lakewood, Lakewood, Wash.

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Charles Donald 'Don' Ross

Aug. 8, 1918 - Nov. 29, 2013

Charles Donald

Charles Donald 'Don' Ross

Charles Donald Ross, 95, of Salem, formerly of Dallas died Friday.

He was born in Rickreall to Charles S. and Joycie Stevenson Ross.

Don graduated from Dallas High School. He attended Oregon Agricultural College, now Oregon State University, earning a degree in mechanical engineering.

Charles Donald Ross and Dorothy Flynn were married April 6, 1942 in Wisconsin. Don was employed at Allis Chalmers. They were transferred to Seattle during World War II and then to Portland in June of 1945. The family joined the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in 1950, and they enjoyed working with school activities.

In 1960, the family moved to the Dallas area where Don and Dorothy took over the family farm. Don and Dorothy moved to Capital Manor in 1996.

Don was past chairman of the board for Rickreall Farm Supply and served until age 90. Don had a great love of music and singing. He had been active in the Rickreall Christmas Pageant for many years. He sang in the Willamette Masters Chorus and the choral group at Capital Manor. Don also enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. The family vacations often were camping trips.

Don was a longtime member of the Dallas First Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and sang in the choir. He was a past master of the Rickreall Lodge #110 A.F. & A.M.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy on Aug. 3, 2010 and son, Steven D. Ross on May 6, 2004.

Survivors include his son, Leslie Ross; daughter, Barbara Thorstad; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial service is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Dallas First Presbyterian Church. Private interment will be at Dallas Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Dallas First Presbyterian Church in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center which handled arrangements.

To send an online condolence:

Lois Wright

April 15, 1919 - Nov. 30, 2013

Lois Wright, 94, of Dallas died Saturday.

Service is Friday at 11 a.m. at the Dallas United Methodist Church and interment will be at Dallas Cemetery.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute handled arrangements. To leave an online condolence:

Sarah Lou Muller

Dec. 16, 1938 - Nov. 26, 2013

Sarah Lou Muller, 74, of Independence died Nov. 26 in Salem.

She was born in Salem and was a lifelong resident of the Willamette Valley, spending her early years in Gervais. Her family moved to Salem, and Sarah graduated from North Salem High School in 1957. She then went on to graduate from Merritt Davis School of Business.

Sarah married Leo C. Muller on Sept. 9, 1961 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Salem. They spent their 48 years together in the Independence area where they raised two children, Suzanne and Thomas.

Sarah had the reputation as an accomplished baker. Many looked forward to her cakes and peanut brittle during the holidays. Her recipes were published frequently so they could be enjoyed by all.

When Suzy and Tom were older Sarah went to work for Citizen Savings. She worked in banking for 18 years. Sarah had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout her life. Hawaii was a favorite destination.

Sarah was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, and brother, Dean Booster.

Survivors include her children, Suzanne (Mike Yates) Roppe of Independence and Thomas (Teresa) Muller of Independence; five grandsons; and extended family.

Celebration of life will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Church of God, 4375 Independence Hwy, Independence.

Contributions are suggested to Polk County Fire District #1 in gratitude to the fire district for all the years of service.

Marilynn Mae Murray Austin

May 21, 1922 - Nov. 28, 2013

Marilynn Mae Murray Austin

Marilynn Mae Murray Austin

Marilynn Mae Murray Austin was born May 21, 1922 in Corvallis, Oregon to Cora Newman Murray and Cecil Paul Murray. She was the first of four children. She grew up in Oregon and California.

While attending Pasadena Nazarene College she met and married US Army soldier, James Austin on April 21, 1943. After Jim completed his military service, they settled in Oregon. They had six children together. She was a dedicated mother.

While five of her children were still at home, she completed her degree at Oregon State University. Marilynn later received her master's degree from Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University). She loved being a school teacher. She taught in the Dallas School District at Lyle Elementary, Academy Junior High and Rickreall School.

Marilynn had a strong and abiding faith in God. Service was part of who she was. She spent countless hours in service at the Nazarene churches she attended. Specifically at Salem First Church of the Nazarene for the past 35+ years. One of Marilynn's passions was mission work. She served on many mission fields. Marilynn took an 18 month leave from the Dallas School District to teach at a Christian Junior College in Japan. She spent several of her summers returning to the college to teach. After she retired from the Dallas School District in 1989, she traveled the world on mission trips. Some of the countries included: Australia, China, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Ukraine and Venezuela. Her heart was captured by many of those lives she touched, causing her to return to many of these countries.

Marilynn was an avid writer, a number of her short stories were published, as well as a copyrighted play entitled, "The Women at the Well."

Marilynn peacefully slipped out of this earthly world into her heavenly destination, a few minutes after midnight, November 28, 2013.

Marilynn leaves six children: Patty Kelly (Lynn) of Chiloquin, Oregon. Marsha Maston of Wichita, Kansas. Carol Mintz (Mark) of Bend, Oregon. Sherry Austin of Salem, Oregon. Merry Parks (Larry) of Dallas, Oregon and Bud Austin (Robin) of Salem, Oregon. She also leaves 13 grandchildren. Terri Applegate, Michael Berry, Heidi Maston, Matt Mintz, Tim Mintz, Wendee Schmitke, Casey Brateng, Brandon Kahler, Nic Kahler, Cassie Fadenrecht, James Austin, Kim Austin, Mark Austin. Her legacy also includes 17 great-grandchildren.

Contributions in her memory may be made to either Salem First Church of the Nazarene or Union Gospel Mission.

Delore 'Bud' Orville Anderson

July 31, 1923 - Dec. 2, 2013

Delore "Bud" Orville Anderson, 90, of Dallas died Monday in Dallas.

Viewing is Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Service is Friday at 11 a.m. at the mortuary with military honors. Private family interment will be at Dallas Cemetery.Cemetery.

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

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