Obituaries for July 2014


Gertrude 'Trudy' Hawley

Lebanon, formerly of Dallas

Gertrude “Trudy” Hawley, 79, of Lebanon, formerly of Dallas, died Thursday in Lebanon. She was born in Brownsville to Arthur Price Hawley and Mildred Elizabeth Smith Hawley. Trudy grew up in the Clatskanie area, Sweet Home and Crawfordsville. She graduated ...

William 'Bill' Franklin Hoffman


William ‘Bill’ Franklin Hoffman Dec. 1, 1937 – July 1, 2014 William “Bill” Franklin Hoffman, 76, of Monmouth died July 1 in Monmouth. He was born in Eugene to Mitchell Marion Hoffman and Vera May Watson Hoffman. Bill was raised ...

Vivian B. Courtney Rose

Monmouth/Independence area

Vivian Courtney Rose, 88, longtime resident of the Monmouth and Independence area, died June 30 in Salem. She was born to Martin (Pete) and Alice Courtney and was raised on a farm in El Reno, Okla. She graduated from El ...

Rosella M. Tooker

Salem, formerly of Dallas

Rosella M. Tooker, 85, of Salem, former longtime Dallas resident, died Monday in Salem. Memorial service is Monday at 11 a.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. To leave an online condolence:

Leonard Charles Fouts

Sublimity, formerly of Dallas

Leonard Charles Fouts, 67, of Sublimity, formerly of Dallas, died July 1. Len was born in Corvallis to Russell Fouts and Lydia Bowen Fouts. In his early years he lived in multiple places in Oregon and California, where his father ...

James Richard Edwards


James Richard Edwards, 79, of Dallas died June 21 in Salem. He was born in Walla Walla, Wash., to Paul Eldon Edwards Sr. and Irene Dora Beeson. Early in his childhood, he and his sister, Sharon, moved to a ranch ...

Norman Robert Brandt

Falls City

Norman Robert Brandt, 73, of Falls City died June 27 in Salem. He was born in Newberg to Albert and Alma Adolf Brandt. Norman grew up and lived in Willamina, Sheridan, McMinnville and Dallas. He was an Army veteran, serving ...

Minerva 'Novi' Smith


Minerva “Novi” Smith, 97, of Dallas died June 26. She was born in Crosby, N.D., to William and Jessie Taggart. Novi married Wally Smith on Dec. 20, 1941. Novi worked for New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. during World War II. ...

Alan G. Horton


Alan G. Horton, 92, of Monmouth died June 30 in Monmouth. He was born on Easter Sunday in San Francisco to George and Harriet Horton. The family moved around until settling in Chiloquin. He graduated from Chiloquin High School and ...

Leola Rosenvold

Falls City

Leola Rosenvold, 94, of Falls City died Friday. She was born to Marion Earl and Lucinda Woodruff in Tremonton, Utah. Leola married Lloyd Rosenvold on June 24, 1968, in Utah. They moved to their longtime home of 35 years in ...

Janice Margaret Van Cleave


Janice Margaret (Buhmann) Van Cleave, 74, of Dallas died Saturday. She, along with her twin sister, Jeanette, were born in Pendleton to Clarence J. and Catherine A. McMullen Buhmann of Hermiston. Janice attended grade school and high school in Hermiston ...

Renee Louise Wallace Peck


Renee Louise Wallace Peck, 50, of Independence died July 6. Renee’s life will be celebrated at a later date. Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Lawrence T. Bush

Lawrence T. Bush, 58, of Salem died July 3. He was born in Harvey, Ill. Larry was raised primarily in Sheridan and graduated from Sheridan High School. The recent high school reunion was a joy for him. He also got ...

Thomas Wallace Gibbons


Tom Gibbons, 103, of Independence died July 6 in Independence. He was born in Burwell, Garfield County, Neb., and moved with his family as a young (about age 3) child to Blackfalds, Alberta, Canada. He attended school there, graduating from ...

Rosella Mary Verbeck Tooker

Salem, formerly of Dallas

Rosella Mary Verbeck Tooker, 85, of Salem died July 7. She was born in Silverton to Earl Eugene and Pauline Theobell Myers-Nelson Verbeck. Rosella worked as a waitress in her mother’s restaurant and as a clerk at Brixius Jewelers in ...

Scott Douglas Smith

Scott Douglas Smith, 47, of Dallas died Thursday in Dallas. Graveside service is July 25 at 11 a.m. at Dallas Cemetery. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is handling arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Ragnhild 'Ronnie' Peterson

Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Dallas

Ragnhild “Ronnie” Peterson, 92, of Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Dallas, died on Thursday in Tacoma. She was born in Marysville, Wash., to John and Dyveke Swalling. Ronnie graduated from Western Washington College of Education and was a teacher for 50 ...

Shirley A. Montgomery


Shirley A. Montgomery, 76, of Independence died July 9 in Dallas She was born in Albany to Vernon and Mary Peacock Morss. Shirley worked many years as a cook for the Central School District and West Valley Hospital. She was ...

Marie (Vaandering) Lebeck


Marie (Vaandering) Lebeck of Independence, Oregon died July 2 after a long struggle with heart disease. She was born in Sioux Center, Iowa on April 5, 1923 to Henry and Johanna Vaandering and was the second of 9 children. Marie ...

Ann Fleming Gidlund

In loving memory of Ann Fleming Gidlund. A mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friends who passed on July 9, 2014. Her parents, Howard and Edna Fleming, raised her and her brother, Wayne on the family farm near Rickreall. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Randy Whittaker


Randy Whittaker, 48, of Dallas died Friday as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born in Stockton, Calif., to Kenneth and Carol Whittaker. Randy graduated from Falls City High School in 1984. He then served in the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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:

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...


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