Obituaries for December 2015


Joann Pauline Jones

Albany, formerly of Dallas

Joann Pauline Jones, 82, of Albany, died Dec. 19 in Albany. She was born in Corvallis to Arthur Linke and Ruby Hartill. Joann moved to Albany in 1950, when she married Wayne Neiman. They were divorced in 1959. Joann married ...

LaVonne Delores Walker


LaVonne Delores Walker, 83, of Monmouth, died Dec. 19 in Monmouth. She was born to Cecil and Alma Barber, in Aberdeen, S.D., a twin to LaVerne L. Barber. She grew up in Aberdeen, and graduated from Central High School in ...

Florence Elizabeth 'Betty' Foster


Florence Elizabeth “Betty” Foster, 95, of Dallas, died Dec. 20 in Salem. She was born in Dallas to William and Henriette Drone Boydston. Betty attended Dallas Elementary School, except for her second-grade year. She went with her mother and brothers ...

Shirley Marie Kokotan


Shirley Marie Kokotan, 74, of Dallas, died Dec. 22 in Salem. She was born in Waterloo, Iowa, to Karl Clyde Kokotan and Audrey Ann Aagaard. For many years, she worked in the coin room of the Los Angeles Times as ...

Gerald 'Jerry' Lee Cetto


Gerald “Jerry” Lee Cetto, 81, of Dallas, died Saturday. He was born in Lead, S.D., to Florence and Ernest Cetto. Jerry graduated from Lead High School in 1952. He joined the Navy and served during and after the Korean War ...

Sarah Lucille Boyd Schneider

Sarah Lucille Boyd Schneider, 93, of Dallas, died Dec. 23. She was born to John H. and Lurenna J. Boyd on the family farm in Phillipsburg, Kan., and was known as Lucy, Babe or Lucille (as she was called by ...

Michael Jason Pellissier

Falls City

Michael Jason Pellissier, 33, of Falls City, died in Oregon City on Dec. 7. He was born in Salem to Frederick and Esmeralda Pellissier. Michael attended school in Gervais at Gervais Union High School. After high school, he worked locally ...

LaVerne Ellen Sanders


LaVerne Sanders, 83, of Dallas, died from cancer on Dec. 17 in Dallas. She was born to Theron and Louella Sharp in Yakima, Wash. The family moved to Dallas where she grew up and spent the rest of her life. ...

Walter G. Boss


Walter G. Boss, 96, of Dallas died Dec. 13. Walter was born in Stettin, Germany to Karl and Emilie Boss. He came to America with his family in 1928, and settled in Cleveland. Walter married Margaret Dressler, of Cleveland, in ...

Gary Lee Wilson


Gary Lee Wilson, 65, of Monmouth died Dec. 15 in Monmouth. Interment is Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Hilltop Cemetery. Celebration of life is Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. at Partnerships in Community Living in Monmouth. Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence ...

Justin Brett Hutchinson


Justin Brett Hutchinson, 42, of Monmouth passed away on December 14. Born September 15, 1973, he grew up in Monmouth and graduated from Central High School in 1991. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from University ...

Helen Irene Benson Dawson


Helen Dawson, 85, of Dallas died Dec. 18 in Dallas. She was born in Salem to Clarence Ray Benson and Edna Ogden Benson. Helen moved to Dallas in her younger years and went to school there. She also went to ...

LaVonne Delores Walker


LaVonne Delores Walker, 83, of Monmouth died Saturday. Visitation is Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by her service at 1 p.m., at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence. To send an online tribute:

Ronald Bruce Bice


Ronald Bruce Bice, 77, of Rickreall died on Sunday. Service is Monday at 11 a.m. at the Dallas Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1401 SW 13th St. Reception luncheon will follow the service.

Diane Dalton


Diane Dalton, 82, of Independence died Nov. 29. She was born to Clarence and Ida Priest in Wood River, Ill. Diane could be both humorous and serious, and lived an amazing and generous life. She enjoyed donating time to charitable ...

Tracie Rene' Davis

Falls City

Tracie Rene’ Davis, 45, of Falls City died Nov. 26. She had faced a lifelong struggle with ADD, diabetes, manic depression and other health-related complications. She was born in Salem and had lived her early years in the Falls City ...

Eleanor Carol (Overbye) Titus


Eleanor Carol (Overbye) Titus, 84, of Independence, died Dec. 3 in Independence. She was born in St. Paul, Minn., but grew up in Portland. She graduated from Commerce, now Washington High School, in 1948. She married John D. Titus in ...

Charlene Ann Plueard

West Salem, formerly of Dallas

Charlene Ann Plueard, 54, of West Salem, formerly of Dallas, died Nov. 21 of heart complications. She was born in Oakridge. She moved to Dallas in 1975 and went to Dallas High School. She later moved to West Salem. Charlene ...

Thomas 'Tom' Carssow


Tom Carssow, 58, of Salem died Dec. 4. He was born in Lewiston, Idaho, to Boyd and Melivina Carssow. Tom moved to Salem in 1973 with his family. He graduated from North Salem High School in 1976. He was a ...

Ruth M. Halstead


Ruth M. (Bales) Halstead, 97, of Dallas died Nov. 27. She was born in Smith Center, Kan. The Bales family moved to Oregon in 1920, and settled in Alpine. Ruth graduated from Monroe Union High School in 1936. She married ...