Obituaries for March 2015



Elsie Pearl Seals


Elsie Pearl Seals, 96, of Dallas died Feb. 9 in Dallas. She was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Peter and Lucetta Hawkins Graham. At the age of 2, she and her family moved to Salem. She attended grade school and ...

Margaret Mae McAbee

Grand Ronde

Margaret Mae McAbee, 87, of Grand Ronde died Thursday in Grand Ronde. She was born to Paul B. and Elizabeth Leno Lafferty in Grand Ronde. Margaret attended Chemawa Indian School in Salem and a vocational school in Eugene for home ...

Marge Lange


Marge Lange, 83, of Dallas died Thursday in Keizer following a three-year battle with the neurological disorder Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). She was born to Gustav and Elizabeth Lachenmeier in Bismarck, N.D. The family moved to Oregon in the late ...

Gloria Jean Kinney


Gloria Jean Kinney, 84, of Dallas died Feb. 23. Visitation is Wednesday (today) from 1 to 5 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center Service is Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Valley Life Center in Dallas. Interment is at Restlawn Memory ...

Gene E. Cantrell


Gene E. Cantrell, 81, of Dallas died Sunday in Dallas. He was born in Portland to Ray and Laura Smith Cantrell. He was proud to have served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Japan during the Korean ...

Kenneth Wayne Erickson


Kenneth Wayne Erickson, 87, of Salem died Feb. 27 in Salem. He was born in Portland. Service is April 4 at 2 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, 5090 Center St. NE. Arrangements were handled by Restlawn Funeral Home ...

Audrey Louise Newell

Hoskins, near Kings Valley

Audrey Louise Newell, 85, of Hoskins, near Kings Valley, died Feb. 24. She was born in Joliet, Ill., to Art and Lucille Markgraf, five days before the big “Crash of ’29.” As a young child, she along with her mother ...

Larry Darwin Hofenbredl

Larry Darwin Hofenbredl, 70, of Grand Ronde died Saturday in Portland. He was born in McMinnville to John and Eileen Hofenbredl. Larry attended Mountain Home School and later Willamina High School. He married Priscilla Holmes on Dec. 31, 1965, in ...

Vernon 'Vern' Otis Pope


Vernon Otis Pope, 95, of Aumsville died Feb. 13 in Salem. He was born to Rollin Otis and Florence Etta (Cundy) Pope in a farmhouse six miles north of Artesian, S.D. Following Vernon’s graduation from Fedora High School in 1938, ...

Ralph Wayne Scranton

Bakersfield, Calif.

Ralph Wayne Scranton, 75, of Bakersfield, Calif., died Feb. 20. He was born in Salem to Ralph and Blanche (Lewis) Scranton. He was raised in Independence and graduated from Central High School in 1957. Wayne married Cora Swanstrom on Jan. ...

Mabel A. Melcher


Mabel A. Melcher, 99, of Dallas died March 3. She was born in Peterson, Iowa, to Charles and Elizabeth Clark (Morgan). She was raised by her stepmother, Metta Williams. At 9 years of age, Mabel moved to Minnesota and attended ...

Curt McBeth


Curt McBeth Jan. 3, 1940 – March 3, 2015 Curt McBeth, 75, of Monmouth died March 3 in Dallas. He was born in Falls City to Ira and Rocelia (Burbank) McBeth. Curt attended Fir Grove and Pedee elementary schools and ...

Peggy Sue Freeman


Peggy Sue Freeman, 81, of Monmouth died Saturday. Memorial service is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. To send an online condolence:

Ann Najar


Ann Najar, 67, of Independence died March 2 in Albany. She was born in Lebanon, where she grew up. Ann retired from the Oregon Department of Revenue. Ann loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending garage sales. Survivors include ...

William George Baumgartner

Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Salem

William George Baumgartner, 65, of Phoenix, Ariz., died March 3 in Phoenix. He was born in Tillamook. Survivors include his wife, Diane Baumgartner, former longtime and recently retired administrator in the Dallas School District, and family. Service is Monday at ...

Gunner Jay Pedersen


Gunner Jay Pedersen died March 4 in Portland. He was born in Salem to Randy and Felicia (McCarl) Pedersen of Dallas. Memorial service is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Contributions are suggested to SIDS Foundation. To ...

Katherine Irene Jackson

Dallas, formerly of Falls City

Katherine Irene Jackson, 89, of Dallas, formerly of Falls City, died Sunday in Dallas. Viewing is Wednesday (today) from 2 to 6 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Dallas Cemetery. A memorial service ...

Jack Dawson Anderson

Keizer, formerly of Rickreall

Jack Dawson Anderson was born on November 28, 1947 in Salem, Oregon, one of 9 children born to John and Dorothy Anderson of Rickreall, Oregon. He died on February 8, 2015 from complications of diabetes that he had for several ...

Vernon (Vern) Otis Pope


Vernon (Vern) Pope left his temporary life behind and began eternal life with his Savior on February 13, 2015 at the age of 95. Born on February 4, 1920 outside of Artesian, South Dakota, Vernon was the first of Rollin ...

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 ...

Katherine Jackson

Services for Katherine Jackson, 89, will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Falls City Seventh-day Adventist Church. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nigel Walter Page

Service for Nigel Walter Page, 88, is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private interment will be at Yamhill County Cemetery. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements.

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Hazel Darlene Johnson


Hazel Darlene Johnson, 86, of Monmouth died March 10 in Salem. She was born to Hal and Marie Clary in Highland, Kan. She was known by her middle name of Darlene, which she thought was a prettier name than Hazel. ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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:

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...


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