Obituaries for January 2015


Mary Cecilia Bily

Parkville, Md.

Mary Cecilia “Ceil” Bily, 58, of Parkville, Md., died Dec. 28. Ceil loved camping, crafting, photography, the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles, and her family. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret P. Stromer. Survivors include her husband, ...

Sharon Rae Norwest

Grand Ronde

Sharon Rae Norwest, 72, of Grand Ronde died Dec. 26. She was born in Forest Grove to Roscoe and Eleanor (McLeod) Lilly. In the 1970s, she married the love of her life, Marcellus J. Norwest, in Nevada. He died in ...

Maryan Elizabeth Taylor


Maryan Elizabeth Taylor, 97, of Monmouth died Dec. 22 in Dallas. She was born in Tuscarora, Nev. She attended school in Calistoga, Calif., and spent her summers in Tuscarora. Maryan married Richard Avnel Taylor on Feb. 20, 1938, in Calistoga. ...

Bernard L. Berger

Cottage Grove, formerly of Dallas

Bernard L. Berger, 87, of Cottage Grove, formerly of Dallas, died Thursday in Cottage Grove. He was born in Covington, Ky., to Rudolph W. and Mary Smith Berger. Bernie spent his young life in Kentucky and graduated in 1946 from ...

Ronald W. Agee


Memorial service for Ronald W. Agee, 84, of Dallas is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dallas Alliance Church.

Delpha Jane O'Harra Daniel

Falls City

Delpha Jane O’Harra Daniel, 64, of Falls City died Dec. 29 in Falls City. She was born to Marion Edward and Muriel Isabell Schumacher O’Harra. Delpha graduated from high school in Santa Clara, Calif. She was briefly married to John ...

Jackwelyn L. Nastari


Jackwelyn L. Nastari, 83, of Dallas died Jan. 7 in Dallas. She was born in Norfolk, Neb., to Jack and Dixie Atkins Yenter. Her family moved from Nebraska to California, where she met her future husband after his violin concert. ...

Cherri Ann Smith


Cherri Ann Smith, 73, of Independence died Jan. 4. She was born in Pendleton to Paul and Jean Smith. Celebration of her life is Wednesday (today) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at her home, 510 S. 12th St., Independence. ...

Kelly M. Wheeler


Kelly M. Wheeler, 57, of Independence died Jan. 5 in Independence. Kelly was born in Boise, Idaho, to Ira Dee Wheeler and Virginia Arlene Wheeler (Peckham). He lived most of his life in Idaho and Oregon. He loved to go ...

Robert Leroy Rogers


Robert Leroy Rogers, 72, of Dallas died Dec. 10. Private family service was held. Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

William 'Buck' Martin Tharp Sr.


William “Buck” Martin Tharp Sr., 79, of Dallas died Jan. 6 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in McMinn-ville to Hazel and Tommy Tharp. Bill spent his younger days in the North Bend area working in ...

Cornelia 'Corkie' Colen

Bend, former longtime Monmouth and Independence resident

Cornelia ‘Corkie’ Colen Nov. 3, 1932 – Jan. 3, 2015 Cornelia “Corkie” Colen, 82, of Bend, former longtime Monmouth and Independence resident, died Jan. 3 in Bend of complications from Alzheimer’s. She was born in Marshfield and graduated from the ...

Margo Read


Margo Read, 60, of Dallas died Nov. 21 in Dallas from the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born and raised in Salem. Margo attended Willamette University in Salem as a music major. Playing the flute for her children ...

LaVern Howard Siewert


LaVern Howard Siewert Jan. 9, 2015 LaVern Howard Siewert, 83, of Monmouth died Thursday in Monmouth. He was born in a small farmhouse in Neotsu to William Howard Siewert and Norma May Branch Siewert. LaVern graduated from Taft High School ...

Joanne Carol (Ross) Melius


Joanne Carol (Ross) Melius, 67, died in Portland on Jan. 7. She was born in Dallas to Eugene A. Ross and Elizabeth J. (Kathriner) Ross. Survivors include her husband, Roger L. Melius; son, Anthony S. Melius (Delie Payne); daughter, Barbara ...

Ruth Turner Berger


Ruth Turner Berger, 89, of Salem, died Jan. 7 at Capital Manor. She was born in Port of Spain, British West Indies, to Donald D. and Faith Hollingsworth Turner. Ruth met William Robert Berger in Santa Cruz, Calif., and they ...

Patricia Mae Tilgner


Patricia Mae Tilgner, 83, of Dallas died Jan. 4. She was born to Donald and Bessie Rickard in Watertown, S.D., and moved to Oregon at age 11. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Contributions ...

Rosalie P. Rannings

Portland, formerly of Dallas

Rosalie P. Rannings, 96, of Portland, formerly of Dallas, died Jan. 12 in Portland. She was born in Auburn, N.Y., to Alfonso and Carmilla Romano Caruana. She married David L. Rannings Jr. on Dec. 25, 1940, in Auburn. They lived ...

Patricia Mae Tilgner


Patricia Mae Tilgner, 83, of Dallas died Jan. 4. She was born in Watertown, S.D., to Donald and Bessie Rickard and moved to Oregon at age 11. Pat graduated from Dallas High School in 1949 and married Delmond O. Tilgner ...

Terry Moschetti


Terry Moschetti, 69, of Aloha died Jan. 7 in Aloha. He was born to Zander and Ilene Moschetti in Oakland, Calif. Terry grew up in Ukiah, Calif., where he met his high school sweetheart, Jan McAllister. They married in 1965. ...

Joanne Carol (Ross) Melius


Joanne Carol (Ross) Melius, 67, of Portland died Jan. 7 in Portland. She was born in Dallas to Eugene and Elizabeth J. (Kathriner) Ross. Joanne grew up and went to school in Falls City. Through her school years she participated ...

Betty Jean Pleasant Miles


Betty Jean Pleasant Miles, 86, of Dallas died Saturday in Dallas. She was born in Kings Valley to Hubert and Eva Tate Pleasant. The family moved to Philomath, where she attended school and graduated from Philomath High School. Betty married ...

Amanda Lynn Garbutt


Amanda Lynn Garbutt, 30, of Dallas died Jan. 10 in Wyoming. Visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Celebration of life service will follow at The Majestic, 976 Main St., Dallas. To send an ...

Dick Allen Unruh


Memorial service for Dick Allen Unruh, 75, of Monmouth will be Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple, 4090 Commercial St. SE in Salem followed by a reception. Contributions are suggested to a charity of choice.

Ruth Louise Hoekstre


Ruth Louise Hoekstre, 79, of Dallas died Monday in Salem. She was born in Newberg to Case and Louise Schick Barendrecht. Memorial service is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Chapel in Dallas. Private family graveside service will be at ...

Mary Louise Ridgeway

Salem, formerly of Sheridan

Mary Louise Ridgeway, 93, of Salem, formerly of Sheridan, died Sunday in Salem. Adamson’s Mortuary, Sheridan, is handling arrangements.

Dick Allen Unruh


Dick Allen Unruh, 75, of Monmouth died Jan. 7 after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. He was born in Clatskanie to Alex and Katherine Unruh. He attended his first two years of elementary school in the Clatskanie area prior ...

Christopher James Clothier


Christopher James Clothier, 24, of Dallas died Jan. 19. He was born in Salem and lived most of his life in Dallas. Chris graduated from Dallas High School with the Class of 2008. He participated in cross-country and was on ...

Krystal Lenar McPherson Ferdig

Falls City

Krystal Lenar McPherson Ferdig, 34, of Falls City died Jan. 8 in Portland. She was born to Kenneth McPherson and Shanna Calvo in Salem. Survivors include her brothers, Kenneth McPherson and Keinan McPherson; sisters, Lacey McPherson and Angel McPherson; grandmother, ...

Miriam Edwards Gilbert

Boise Idaho, formerly of Dallas

Miriam Edwards Gilbert, 87, of Boise, Idaho, formerly of Dallas, died Friday in Boise. She was born in north Idaho to Jack and Dora Edwards. The family moved in 1941 to southern Idaho, where Miriam attended schools. She was a ...

Sam Guida


Sam Guida, 77, of Pedee died Thursday in Pedee. He was born in Tampa, Fla., to Delores and Sam Guida. Sam graduated from Jefferson High School and in 1955 went into the Air Force, where he spent time stationed in ...


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