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*Gene T. Van Dolah*Elaine Randolph*Marvin Strausheim*Ethel M. Heckenlaible*David Michael Harra*Lynne Ann Parsons

December 23, 2013

Gene T. Van Dolah

Sept. 13, 1951 - Dec. 13, 2013


Gene Van Dolah, 62, of Hastings, Neb., formerly of Dallas, died Dec. 13 in Hastings.

He was born to Jack and Willie Van Dolah.

Gene graduated from Dallas High School in 1969. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1970 to 1974 during the Vietnam era.

Gene loved fishing, camping, playing drums and singing. He was quite the joke teller and always had people laughing.

Survivors include his children, Erik and Ashtyn Van Dolah; siblings, Frank (Donna) Van Dolah, Zola (Thomas) Dixon, and twin brother, Jack (Tracy) Van Dolah.

Private service will be held in Hastings.

Elaine Randolph

May 30, 1934 - Dec. 15, 2013

Elaine Randolph

Elaine Randolph

Elaine Randolph, 79, of Dallas died Dec. 15 in Dallas.

She was born in Shawnee, Okla., to John Mameah and Myrtle Stevens. She was a member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma.

She worked as a nurse's aide at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis until her retirement. She then continued to work until her retirement with Goodwill Industries in Dallas.

She was married to Fredrick Randolph. He preceded her in death in 1977. During their years together, they had resided in Oklahoma, California and Florida before settling in Oregon in 1973. They loved activities such as traveling, sightseeing, camping and flea marketing. Her generosity extended beyond her family as she always searched for unique gifts for people she had in mind.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Walter Cuppawhe, Peter Mameah and Clayton Mameah.

Survivors include her son, Roland Randolph; sister, Delphine Cuppawhe Richmond; and three grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at Dallas Cemetery.

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

Marvin Strausheim

Oct. 12, 1930 - Dec. 16, 2013


Marvin Strausheim, 83, of Dallas died Dec. 16 in Salem.

He was born in Longmont, Colo., and spent his youth on a Colorado farm. Marvin then joined the Air Force in 1950 and was stationed in Las Vegas, Nevada at Nellis Air Force Base, where he spent four years. After he was discharged, he made his career as a long haul truck driver until he retired in 1998.

When he moved to Dallas he bought a vineyard, which he sold and then moved to town in 2000. He spent the last few years driving, and also drove a truck during the Christmas tree harvest.

He was preceded in death by daughters, Karen and Mona Strausheim.

Survivors include his brother, Jerry Strausheim; daughters, Marcia Jansen and Janice Strausheim; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and extended family.

Private interment was held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

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

David Michael Harra

Sept. 17, 1957 - Dec. 9, 2013



David Michael Harra, 56, of Independence died Dec. 9 after a battle with cancer.

David was born in Salem and joined the U.S. Army after graduating with a degree in mechanics. He had lived in Hawaii, Texas, Oregon, and Washington and served all over the world.

David is survived by many and loved by more.

Burial with full military honors was Friday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Ethel M. Heckenlaible

Aug. 11, 1925 - Dec. 15, 2013

Ethel M. Heckenlaible, 88, of Independence died Dec. 15 in Sublimity.

She was born and raised in Naturita, Colo. She moved to Portland in 1965 and then moved to Independence in 1972.

Ethel worked as a real estate broker for 40 years, owning and operating Tri County Properties.

She married Kenneth Crick in July of 1990, he preceded her in death in 2005.

Ethel loved her children, was dedicated to her cows and farm, and enjoyed raising geraniums and caring for the elderly. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Survivors include her children, Floyd Zufelt of Vancouver, Wash., JoAnn Boeve and Sandra Olson, both of Scio, Wayne Heckenlaible of Lyons, and Cheryl Shones of Wasilla, Alaska; brother, Hugh Hamilton of Independence; sister, Wilma Zufelt of Texas; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 10:30 a.m. at 10:30 a.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton handled the arrangements.

Lynne Ann Parsons

Jan. 1, 1939 - Dec. 16, 2013

Lynne Ann Parsons

Lynne Ann Parsons

Lynne Ann Parsons passed away peacefully at home with her husband Richard "Terry" Parsons at her side on December 16, 2013 after a seven year battle with Frontal Lobe Dementia. Lynne was born in Imperial, Nebraska on January 1, 1939 to Charles and Vivian Enyeart. She moved with her family to Salem, Oregon when she was 5 years old. She attended Bush Elementary School, Leslie Jr. High School and graduated from South Salem High in 1956. She then attended Oregon State College (now OSU) and graduated in 1960 with a degree in elementary education. While going to Oregon State, she married her High School sweet heart Terry Parsons on September 6, 1958.

She taught 1st grade at McKinley grade school and then at Queen of Peace School. In 1987 she obtained her real estate license and worked as a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker for many years before retiring.

Lynne loved to travel especially on her many trips to Hawaii with the "Hussies" where she kept the party going with her great sense of humor. Another favorite destination was Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where she enjoyed many, many wonderful trips with her friends and family over the years. A long time Beaver Fan, she and her husband held season tickets for many years at OSU and enjoyed tailgating and traveling to away games.

She is survived by her Husband, Richard Terry Parsons, her brother Gordon Enyeart, her Sons, Scott and Jeff Parsons and her Daughter Michelle Hasbrook, along with her grandchildren Andrew, Caroline and AnneMarie Hasbrook together with her extended family. She was preceded in death by her Parents and her dear Sister Joanne New.

Her family would like to extend a very special thank you for the wonderful care from her dear friend Patty Howard and the Willamette Valley Hospice.

Service was held December 19, 2013 at Howell Edwards Doerkson Funeral Home in Salem. A Celebration of her life will be held at Creekside Golf Club for friends and family to reminisce in her honor.

Suggested Memorial donations can be made to the Willamette Valley Hospice in her honor. To leave online condolences please visit

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