Obituaries for July 2014


Melinda Marleen Richardson


Melinda Marleen (Goddard) Richardson, 47, of Dallas died suddenly on July 29. Melinda was born in Casper, Wyo., to Pennie (Wisser) and Jim Renfro. She had been an Oregon resident since 1985. Melinda was most proud of the fact that ...

Nancy Johnson


Nancy Jean (Hurd) Johnson, 80, of Dallas died Thursday in Salem from complications related to dementia. She was born at home in Seaside to Douglas Lawrence Hurd and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Brallier Hurd (Compton). Nancy grew up in Seaside, where ...

Rene Tornow


Celebration of life for Rene Tornow of Independence is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Independence Elks Lodge No. 1950, 289 S. Main St.

Harold 'Hoot' G. Helgerson Jr.


Harold “Hoot” G. Helgerson Jr., 82, of Dallas died July 15 in Salem. He was born in Dallas to Harold “Hoot” G. and Dolly May Tate Helgerson. He attended grade school in Grand Ronde and Dallas, and graduated from Willamina ...

Jacqueline Jo Cook


Jacqueline Cook, 59, of Independence died July 22 in Salem. Jacqueline’s life will be celebrated privately at a later date. Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Sharon Proctor


Sharon Proctor, 73, of Dallas died July 22. Celebration of Sharon’s life is Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church on Fir Villa Road in Dallas. Contributions are suggested to the Dallas Volunteer Fire Department or Trinity Lutheran ...

Jerry Wayne Amundson

Falls City

Jerry Wayne Amundson, 79, of Falls City died July 21 in Salem. He was born in Willmar, Minn., to Paul and Grace Turcotte Amundson. Jerry entered the Air Force following high school and served from February 1953 to July 1956. ...

Corey Hall


Corey Hall was born in Portland, Oregon on April 29, 1985. He passed away on Friday, July 18th in Salem. He was 29 yrs. of age. Corey lived in Salem most of his life and graduated from McKay High School ...

Lucille Katharine Ford


Lucille Katharine Ford, 93, a resident of Dallas died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the home of her daughter, Charlotte. She was born in York, Arizona on July 27, 1920 the daughter of William Lower and Lillie May Hale. At ...

Renee Louise Wallace Peck


Renee Louise Wallace Peck, 50, of Independence died July 6. She was born in Astoria to Dennis and Janet Wallace. Her family lived in Knappa, then relocated to Lakeview for four years. They settled in Madras, where Renee graduated from ...

Luella Virginia Arnold


Luella Virginia Arnold, 90, of Dallas died July 16. She was born in Dallas and had lived her entire life in Dallas. Right out of high school, Luella went to work at Willamette Lumber Co. She worked there for more ...

Lois Marie May


Lois Marie May, 88, of Dallas died July 14 in Dallas. She was born to Carl and Gladys Strickland Gregory. She graduated from Sweet Home High School and had lived in Sweet Home for many years. She was preceded in ...

Arletha Belle Willis Baumann


Arletha Belle Willis Baumann, 102, of Wren died July 15. She was born to William Henry and Alice Mae Valentine Willis in Yaquina. She lived her entire life in Oregon, less than 100 miles from her birthplace. Arletha lived in ...

Scott Douglas Smith

Scott Douglas Smith, 47, of Dallas died July 10 in Dallas. He was born in Dallas to Donald and Laura Jean Layton Smith. He graduated from Scio High School in 1985. He lived in Scio until returning to Dallas in ...

Wayne M. Flaming

Vancouver, Wash.

Wayne M. Flaming, 85, of Vancouver, Wash., died July 12. He was born to Jack and Myrtle Flaming in North Platte, Neb. He spent most of his childhood in Fresno, Calif., before moving to Monmouth for his senior year of ...

Helen Slyh


Helen Slyh, 91, of Dallas died July 16 in Salem. She was born in Chester, Okla., to Robert and Minneola Coulter. Helen married Jimmy Slyh on June 4, 1942, in Seattle. They settled in Dallas in 1945. She worked for ...

Ferne K. Rhoads


Ferne K. Rhoads, 93, of Independence died June 28 following an extended battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Ferne and her husband, Bus, raised their two children in a home filled with laughter, joy and Christian values. Ferne had many wonderful talents, ...

Adoree 'Rene' Tornow


Rene' Tornow of Independence died Jan. 20 while on a visit to Santa Rosa, Calif. She and her husband, Fred Carl Tornow, moved to Independence 10 years ago. Fred died in 2010. Rene,' while devastated by his death, truly blossomed ...

Vesta E. Bettelyoun


Vesta E. Bettelyoun, 99, of Dallas died July 14 in Dallas. She was born in Tehamah, Neb., to Homer Winchester and Daisy Houser. Vesta loved bingo and playing cards. She volunteered at the Next to New thrift store in Dallas ...

Brittany M. Harris


Brittany M. Harris, 17, of Silverton died July 13 in Salem. She was born in Dallas and grew up in Silverton. Brittany was active at Silverton High School playing volleyball and basketball. She enjoyed going to Get Air, drinking Slurpees, ...