Obituaries for March 2015


Frank J. Wells


Frank J. Wells, 93, of Monmouth died March 18. He was born in Concord, Mich., to Moses and Edith Wells. Frank went to high school in Concord, where he met Winifred “Irene” Cochran. Frank joined the Navy in 1940 and ...

Robert Dale Flugum


Robert Dale Flugum, 76, of Dallas died March 16. He was born in Albert Lea, Minn., to Oscar and Emma (Davidson) Flugum. After high school, Robert joined the Navy with his best friend on the “buddy system,” Charlie Scrabeck. He ...

Michael Baird Benson

Portland, formerly of Dallas

Michael Baird Benson, 57, of Portland and formerly of Dallas died March 13, 2015 in Portland. Michael was born May 22, 1957 in Salem to Bernard and Darlene Benson of Dallas. Michael graduated from Dallas High School in 1975 and ...

Howard Wallace DeGlow


Howard Wallace DeGlow, 90, of Dallas died March 20. Contributions are suggested to Benton Hospice of Corvallis. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Nigel Walter Page


Nigel Walter Page, 88, of Dallas died March 15. He was born in Watford, England, to William and Leah (Barrett) Page. He married Mary Spang on Dec. 23, 1965; they spent the next 49 years together. Nigel was enlisted with ...

Melody Dalene Ciotti


Melody Dalene Cobine Ciotti, 59, of Eugene died March 3. She was born in Salem to Don and Dalene Cobine. She married Mario Ciotti on Feb. 14, 1981, and had been married for 34 years. Melody worked as a day ...

Dwayne Hutcheson


Dwayne Hutcheson, 53, of Independence died March 18 following a long illness. He was born to Earl and Margaret Hutcheson. Dwayne grew up on the Oregon Coast. He married his teenage sweetheart, Janice, and together they had three children: Keith ...

Clarence "Ronald" Wilson

Ron was the first born to George Cyril “Cy” Wilson and Lila Hamar Wilson on December 17, 1938, in McMinnville, Oregon. The family moved to Monmouth, Oregon in 1945. Ron attended Monmouth Elementary, now called Campus Elementary. After elementary he ...

Vera P. Fusano

formerly of Coos Bay

Vera P. Fusano, 97, formerly of Coos Bay, died March 17 in Salem. She was born to William and Ellen Hunt. Vera worked for Smith Wood Products in Coquille, Evan’s Lumber Mill in Coos Bay pulling green chain, at the ...

Florine Lillian Gibson-Kent


Florine Lillian Gibson-Kent, 86, of Dallas died March 8 in Dallas. She was born in Oakhurst, Okla., to Earl Victor and Delia Helena Gibson. Florine graduated from Daniel Webster High in 1946, and earned an HRT degree at Chemeketa Community ...

Elbert 'Al' Gerald Durfee


Elbert “Al” Gerald Durfee, 82, of Milton-Freewater, died Feb. 10 in Walla Walla, Wash., from injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was born to Justus Bennett Durfee and Wilva Lenore Finch Durfee at home in Pedee. Elbert spent most ...

Carolyn B. Lindbeck

Memorial service for Carolyn B. Lindbeck, 91, is Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salem. Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem handled arrangements.

Michael B. Benson

Michael B. Benson, 57, died Friday. Service will be held at a later date. Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem handled arrangements.

Peggy Sue Stoner Freeman


Peggy Sue Stoner Freeman, 81, of Monmouth died March 7 of heart failure. She was born to Clarence and Opal Polk Stoner in Keene, Texas. Peggy met Bruce Keeler Freeman while living in Alameda, Calif., and they were married on ...

Amy Diane Stalnaker


Amy Diane Stalnaker, 52, passed away tragically on February 26th in Dallas. Amy was the much-loved daughter of Beverlee and Harry Stalnaker. She was born in Salem on January 28, 1963. She attended elementary and middle school in Salem. One ...

Galen Lee Henry


Galen Lee Henry, 69, of Lebanon died March 6 in Lebanon. He was born in Waldport. He moved to Dallas as a child and graduated from Dallas High School. In 1962, he joined the National Guard. He received his associate ...

Sherrie R. Reeves


Sherrie R. Reeves, 65, of Dallas died Thursday in Salem due to complications from chemotherapy. She was born in Corvallis to Doris and Darrel White. She grew up in Corvallis and married Jerry Reeves on March 30, 1968. They had ...

Esther H. (Kroecker) Eckert

Esther H. (Kroeker) Eckert, 84, of Dallas Thursday in Dallas. She was born in Goessel, Kan., in Marion County, to Klass E. Kroeker and Aganthena E. Harder. Esther attended school in Inman, Kan., Salem, Aumsville and West Salem and graduated ...

Betty Harne-Pugh


Betty Harne-Pugh, 79, of Dallas died Friday. She was born in Nimrod, Minn., to Paul and Hilda Westra. Betty married her high school sweetheart, Roger Harne (deceased) in June of 1953 in Wolf Point, Mont. Together they raised three children ...

Ronald Lee Blessing


Ronald Lee Blessing, 72, of Dallas died Friday in Salem. He was born in Joliet, Ill., to Lewis James Blessing and Matilda Franke-Blessing. Ron grew up in Joliet and graduated from Joliet High. He continued his education at the Caterpillar ...