Obituaries for December 2014


Tilma 'Tim' King


Tilma ‘Tim’ King July 29, 1934 – Nov. 23, 2014 Tilma “Tim” King, 80, of Dallas died Nov. 23 in Dallas. He was born in Texas to Gilbert Raymond and Francis Pearl (Weatherred) King. Tilma lived a long, love-filled life. ...

Helen Ione Barton


Helen Ione Barton, 96, of Dallas died Nov. 20. She was born in Glen Park, N.Y., to Albrecht and Eva (Thomas) McVee. Helen grew up in New York and attended school there until she began working for Woolworth’s as a ...

Erman Mays


Erman Mays Oct. 20, 1925 – Nov. 12, 2014 Memorial service for Erman Mays, 89, of Dallas is Sunday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas. Contributions are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church, Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport ...

Jane Buswell

Dallas, formerly of Willamina

Jane Buswell, 90, of Dallas, formerly of Willamina, died Nov. 22 in Dallas. She was born in Crookston, Neb., to William and Winnie Schryvers Risseeuw. Her early childhood was spent mainly in South Dakota. Her father had been a farmer ...

Pauline Trom


Pauline Trom, 89, of Dallas died Nov. 23 in Newberg. She was born in Lawrence, Kan., to Andrew and Cleo Fay Schaplowsky. Pauline grew up in Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in home economics. ...

Milane Passmore


Milane Passmore, 92, of Dallas died Nov. 25 in Dallas. She was born to Ludvik and Martha (Jacot) Pochop in Verdel, Neb. She graduated from Lynch High School and taught school in Page, Neb., from 1940 to 1943. Milane married ...

Brian Andrew Sipe

Fort Stewart, Ga., formerly of Dallas

Brian Andrew Sipe May 26, 1988 – Nov. 19, 2014 Memorial service for U.S. Army Spc. Brian A. Sipe, 26, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the Army 226 Quartermaster Company, 87th Combined Sustainment Support Battalion, out of Fort Stewart, Ga., ...

Ursula Margaret Hayes


Ursula Margaret Hayes, 73, of Monmouth died Dec. 1 in Monmouth. She was born in Solingen, Germany, to Rudi Matthias and Hildegard Heuser Hilgers. Ursula emigrated from Germany to Portland, and has lived in Monmouth for the past 20 years. ...

Mary Agnes Hamilton

Sutherlin, former longtime Dallas resident

Mary Agnes Hamilton, 92, of Sutherlin, former longtime Dallas resident, died Thursday. She was born in Shedd to Standley and Georgie (St. John) Henry. Mary loved all animals and had several dogs and horses through the years. As a young ...

James L. Hendrickson


James L. Hendrickson, 92, of Monmouth died Dec. 2 in Monmouth. He was born in Kansas City, Mo. At 2 months of age, he was adopted by Henry and Eva Miller Hendrickson of Iowa. Jim moved to South Salem at ...

Ronald J. Arsenault

Ronald J. Arsenault, 69, of Salem died Nov. 25. He was born in Stockport, England, to Benedict and Alice Arsenault. Celebration of life is Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence. To send an online condolence:

Shawna Dyann Thomas


Shawna Dyann Thomas, 45, of Dallas died Nov. 30 in Salem after a year-long battle with cancer. She was born in Eugene to Robert and Lee Ann Jones. Shawna graduated from Toledo High School in 1987. She continued her education ...

Leroy Henry Kliever

Elkhart, Ind., formerly of Dallas

Leroy Henry Kliever, 83, of Elkhart, Ind., died Dec. 1 at Riverside Village in Elkhart. He was born to Henry and Martha (Toevs) Kliever in Dallas. He married Grace Ellen (Smith) Stutzman on July 29, 1978. A longtime Dallas resident, ...

Adeline Fast


Adeline Fast, 90, of Dallas died Dec. 10. She was born in Reedley, Calif., to Pete and Lillian Thiesen. She had a happy childhood, even though she lost her father at age 8. Her second dad, Ed Panter, loved and ...

Ronald J. Arsenault


Celebration of life for Ronald J. Arsenault of Salem is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence. To send an online condolence:

Robert (Bob) L. King

Adair Village

Robert (Bob) L. King left this earth and was taken to his home in Heaven suddenly and unexpectedly at 6:45 Thanksgiving morning, November 27, 2014. His place of departure was Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon. He was ...

Leornard George Chap (Chapweske)


Leonard was born Leonard George Chapweske to Robert Joseph and Pauline (Schmitt) Chapweske, on the family farm near Summit, North Dakota, the ninth of 12 children. He grew up working the family farm and enjoying outdoor activities with his brothers. ...

Vera Lea Schulze Harms Stalnaker


Vera Lea Schulze Harms Stalnaker, 84, a longtime Independence resident, died Dec. 7. She was born in Albany to Ralph and Edna Schulze. Vera graduated in 1948 from Albany High School. She married Richard Harms and began a family. They ...

Luella Ducey


Luella Ducey, 83, of Dallas died Dec. 8. She was born in Spokane, Wash. She married Russell E. Ducey and he preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 2010. She was active at the senior center, enjoyed camping, spending time ...

Thomas Michael Sell

Grand Ronde

Thomas Michael Sell, 58, of Grand Ronde died Dec. 8. He was born in McMinnville to Joseph and Emma (LaBonte) Sell. Thomas grew up in Turner and made the high school wrestling team. Later, he moved to Salem and the ...

James 'Jim' Ray Martin


James Ray “Jim” Martin, 67, of Dallas died Monday in Dallas. He was born in Walla Walla, Wash., to Thomas and Vernita Parr Martin. Jim graduated from Touchet (Wash.) High School and attended one year of junior college. He married ...

Kenneth Howard Shreeve


Kenneth Howard Shreeve, 81, of Independence died Dec. 10 following a battle with cancer. He was born to Barney and Adah Shreeve in Dallas, and the family lived there through his high school years. After graduating from Oregon State University, ...

Geneva Peyree


Geneva Peyree, 94, of Independence died Thursday in her Independence home where she had lived for 74 years. She was born in Monmouth and was raised on a working farm south of Monmouth. She met and married Hersel Peyree; together ...

Jane Esther Harvey


Jane Esther Harvey, 89, of Monmouth died Dec. 9 in Monmouth. She was born in Neilville, Wis. Jane’s life will be celebrated at a private family gathering. Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Raymond 'Ray' W. Agee


Raymond “Ray” W. Agee, 84, of Dallas died Dec. 8. Memorial service will be Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at Dallas Alliance Church. Contributions are suggested to Gideons International.

Raymon 'Ray' W. Agee


Raymond “Ray” W. Agee, 84, of Dallas died Dec. 8. He was born to David W. and Opal Agee in Otto, Wyo. Ray was educated in the Worland, Wyo., school system and graduated from Washakie County High School in 1948. ...

Raymond Lee Charles Erkson


Raymond Lee Charles Erkson, 77, of Dallas died Dec. 13 in Dallas. He was born in San Jose, Calif., to Raymond Charles and Lenore Quieto Erkson. Ray attended San Jose State College for a year before enlisting in the Navy. ...

Danalee Persons


Danalee Persons, 40, of Dallas died Dec. 17 in Falls City. She was born in Plainfield, N.J., to Patrick and Grace Lewis. The family moved to Dallas when she was young. Dana attended and graduated from Falls City High School. ...

Virginia Gentle Gillis


Virginia Gentle Gillis, 89, of Dallas died Saturday. Service is pending with Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence. To send an online condolence:

George Alvin Brown


George Alvin Brown. 87, passed away December 1, 2014 of natural causes. He was born October 28, 1927 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, the fourth and youngest child of Armon Zola and Ann Kliever Brown. In 1930 the family returned to ...

Charles Eugene Hamilton


Charles Eugene Hamilton of McMinnville, Oregon passed away December 11, 2014 of complications from heart surgery. Pop was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 2nd, 1930, hence his lifelong nickname of “Shadow.” Dad joined the Marine Corps in 1948 and ...

Shirley Ann Evers Rice


Shirley Ann Evers Rice, 77, of Dallas died Dec. 21 in Salem. She was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Frank and Jean Redmond. The family moved to Arcadia, Calif., in 1949. She lived there through 1957, and was part of ...

Leon L. Hays


Leon L. Hays of Sheridan died on Dec. 18 after battling a short illness. He was born in Camas, Wash., and spent most of his younger years being raised in St. Cloud, Minn. Leon moved to California at age 14, ...

Frank A. Ingels


Frank A. Ingels, 78, of Dallas died Dec. 23 in Dallas. He was born in Berkeley, Calif., to Andrew H. and Mary Elizabeth Oiler Ingels. Frank came to Oregon while a freshman in high school. On April 9, 1955, he ...

Donald Eugene Kordesh

Donald Eugene Kordesh, 84, of Monmouth died Dec. 20. He was born in Sheboygan, Wis., to Method and Mary Kordesh. At his request no service will be held. Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Elijah Malachi Walker


Elijah Malachi Walker, 1, of Dallas died Dec. 22. Celebration honoring Elijah’s brief life will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem.

Robert 'Bob' James VanElverdinghe


Robert “Bob” VanElverdinghe, 80, of Dallas, died Saturday. He was born in Beloit, Wis., to Charles and Ruth VanElverdinghe. He married Gloria Stluka on Sept. 11, 1954, in Beloit. Bob completed a machinist apprenticeship at Fairbanks Morse and Co. in ...

Helen Hiebert


Helen Hiebert, 91, a longtime Dallas resident, died in Gresham on Saturday. She was born on a farm in Independence to Peter and Maria Quiring, and moved to Dallas at the age of 12. After graduating from Dallas High School, ...

Gary Wayne Taylor

Tacoma, Washington

Gary Wayne Taylor, 66, of Tacoma, Wash., died Thursday. He was born to Wayne and Joyce Taylor of Dallas. Gary graduated from Dallas High School in 1967. Blind since birth, he lettered in wrestling and was an inspiration to his ...

Sarah Elizabeth 'Betty' McClain Scott


Sarah Elizabeth “Betty” McClain Scott, 97, of Dallas, died Saturday in Dallas. She was born in Albany and grew up in the small community of Tallman. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1935 and attended Linfield College and Coalinga ...

Heather Nicole Wallace


Heather Nicole Wallace, 37, of Monmouth died Dec. 17. She was born in Simi, Calif., and had lived in Denver, Monmouth and Portland. Heather moved from Denver to Oregon in 2013 with many goals and dreams — which she accomplished. ...

Virginia Gentle Gillis

longtime Monmouth resident, Dallas

Virginia Gentle Gillis was born June 27, 1925 to Ermine (E.K.) Gentle and Frances Douglas Gentle in Salt Lake City, Utah. Paternal grandparents, Thomas and Carrie Gentle owned Gentle Acres Farm north of Monmouth, Oregon. Professor Gentle was the Dean ...


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