Margaret Mae Martell

March 8, 1927 – Feb. 6, 2014

Margaret Mae Martell, 86, of Falls City died Feb. 6.

She was born in Chico, Calif., to Carl and Juanita Maude Manning Jensen.

She lived in California on the Hopi Indian Reservation, Washington, and Astoria and Silverton before moving to Falls City in the 1950s. She picked cotton and hops, worked in Astoria at a tuna cannery and as a hotel elevator operator for her room and board. In Falls City she worked as a bartender and cook for the Falls City Tavern. She worked as a cook at the Fairview Training Center in Salem, and at the Tuberculosis Hospital caring for patients. She also worked at the Oregon Norbest turkey plant in West Salem before retirement.

In her early years, she was a member of the Mount Scott Motorcycle Club and rode her own Harley. She enjoyed baking special things for her children’s school lunches and events. Though she, herself, had very little, she was willing to share with others — sometimes to her own detriment.

Margaret enjoyed photography, animals, nature, reading, gardening and beekeeping, and also loved crafting. She was a poet and could write a poem at a moment’s notice. She was good about writing to members of her congregation to support and cheer them up during difficult times.

She was a member of the Dallas Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her focus in life was her faith and family.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Juanita; son, Matthew; grandson, Jeremy; and siblings.

Survivors include her sons, Larry (Sandy) Ward and Michael Ward, all of North Carolina, Paul Schlocker of Salem and Karl (Dani) Wagner of Falls City; daughters, Bev Martinez and Katherine (Rod Messal) Wagner, all of Falls City, and Karla (Todd) Baker of Salem; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

At her request, there will be no viewing or memorial service. Private family interment will be at the Falls City Upper Cemetery.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Bradley Ray Domaschofsky

Sept. 9, 1957 – Feb. 7, 2014

Bradley Ray Domaschofsky, 56, of Dallas, died unexpectedly on Feb. 7.

He was born in Dallas to Ray and Jo Domaschofsky.

Brad graduated from Dallas High School in 1975. He married Lori Brostrom in 1982; they had a daughter, Kelsey, and later divorced.

Brad grew up working at Muller Chevron, which later became Wally’s Chevron. He co-owned Julius Inc. in Dallas, and also worked for Dallas Planing Mill and Les Schwab. Brad also was in business with his dad, Ray, for several years, operating C & R Rock & Road Grading, until taking over the business after his dad’s death in 2010. Brad most recently owned and operated Brad’s Detail Shop, along with continuing C & R Rock & Road Grading.

Brad was an outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing, as well as golfing, sports, bowling and restoring old vehicles. Brad also enjoyed four-wheeling and belonged to the Off The Road Gang in the 1970s. He put his life into his work for others. Brad was active with his daughter’s activities: horses, rodeos and competitions.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Domaschofsky.

Survivors include his daughter, Kelsey (Jordan) Domaschofsky-Everhart; mother, Joanne Domaschofsky; and sisters, Becky (Wally) Koloen and Sue Domaschofsky.

Celebration of life service was Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

James Richard Becker

July 2, 1930 – Jan. 22, 2014

James “Jim” Becker, 83, of Dallas died Jan. 22 in Dallas.

He was born at home on the family farm near Arapaho, Clinton County, Okla., to Abraham Martin Becker and Elizabeth Ann Kliewer Becker. His great-grandfather Johann Becker and family settled in Dallas for a time as part of the Mennonite community that settled in the area in the late 1800s.

Jim attended grade school in a one-room class near Ava, Mo. He graduated from the then School of the Ozarks High School located in Point Lookout, Mo., in 1947. The family moved to Kansas City, Mo., where Jim attended Kansas City Junior College and also worked as an orderly at St. Luke's Hospital. It is there he met the love of his life, Nancy Hellman. He and Nancy married on Sept. 4, 1954.

Jim was drafted in 1951 into the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a ground control approach operator in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1953.

He finished his college education in 1956 at the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in Rolla, receiving a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. Jim and Nancy then moved to Houston, where he was a tool and die design engineer for Cameron Iron Works. He also became a professional engineer. In 1966, he was the principle speaker at a forging conference in Harrogate, England. Jim wrote several papers and co-authored a book related to his field. His career path took the family to Pennsylvania, Ohio and back to Texas.

Jim was a quiet man with a beautiful smile and a strong handshake. Most important to him was family, church and his career. He enjoyed woodworking crafts and family genealogy.

Jim and Nancy moved to Dallas in October 2012. Both Jim and Nancy became involved in the Rickreall Christmas Pageant.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Roy.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy; children, Mary McCarron (Kevin) of Rickreall, Mark Becker of Johnston, R.I., Cathy Hooks (Dale) of San Ramon, Calif., and Scott Becker of Houston; brother, Bill Becker (Jeanne) of Belton, Mo.; four grandchildren; and extended family.

Celebration of life memorial service is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dallas.

Contributions are suggested to: Alzheimer's Disease Fund, P.O. Box 96673, Washington, D.C. 20090-6673; Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 7901 Westview, Houston, TX 77055; Trinity Lutheran Church, 320 SE Fir Villa Road, Dallas, OR 97338; or Dallas Retirement Village, 377 NW Jasper St., Dallas, OR 97338.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Kenneth Eugene Jones

Nov. 15, 1935 – Feb. 4, 2014

Kenneth Eugene Jones, 78, of Salem, formerly of Dallas, died Feb. 4.

He was born in Elgin, Neb., to Maurice and Hilda Samson Jones.

Ken served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He worked for many years at Willamette Industries plywood plant, retiring in 1997. He managed the Gail Hotel apartments for a time in Dallas and an apartment complex in Salem most recently.

He enjoyed playing pool and bingo. He enjoyed spending time at Tony’s and the Ponderosa.

Survivors include his daughter, Kelly (Mick) Clark of Gold Hill; brothers, Gordon (Mary) Jones and Ronny (Joan) Jones, all of Dallas; sisters, Betty (Dan) Scott and Patty Johnson, all of Dallas; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A gathering was held Feb. 8 at Tony’s Tavern in Dallas.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Carol M. Swensen Goodrich

Oct. 6, 1941 – Feb. 1, 2014

Carol M. Swensen Goodrich, 72, died Feb. 1.

She was born in Dallas to Orville and Hilda Neufeld Swensen.

Carol married Leroy E. Goodrich on April 11, 1962. They were married 25 years before Leroy’s death on April 24, 1987.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Swensen Derksen, in 2010.

Survivors include her daughters, Kim (Carl) Delano of Salem and Lisa (Pat) Johnson of Tillamook; brothers, Don Swenson of Dallas and Richard Hamm of Grand Ronde; sister, Diane Oliver of Stayton; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Private family service was held.

Janet Elizabeth Prater

Nov. 15, 1921 – Feb. 10, 2014

Janet Elizabeth Prater, 92, of Monmouth, former longtime Dallas resident, died Feb. 10.

She was born in Newberg to F.C. and Inez E. Broadwell Groth.

During World War II Janet served in the Women’s Army Corp (WAC) and was discharged as a second lieutenant. Janet was an administrative assistant for the Oregon State Department of Revenue, retiring in December of 1985.

Janet and Richard were married Feb. 22, 1942.

She enjoyed music of all kinds and took every opportunity to sing for others as well as for her own enjoyment. Gardening and reading were among her other hobbies.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard I. Prater Sr.

Survivors include her children, Kathy E. Miller of Salem, Dick (Sandy) I. Prater Jr. of Dallas, Linda A. Lesh of Salem and Sally D. Bayer of Portland; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Private family service will take place at Dallas Cemetery.

Contributions are suggested to an organization that assists needy children.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Frances H. Engblom

Dec. 15, 1918 – Feb. 3, 2014

Frances H. Engblom, 95, of Independence died Feb. 3 in Dallas. She had lived in Independence for more than 85 years.

She was born in Glendale to Dr. George Knott, who was the attending physician, and Martha Knott, who was a nurse.

The Knott family moved to Independence, where Frances graduated from Independence High School in 1936. She continued her education at Oregon State University and Oregon College of Education, graduating with a teaching degree in 1940. Fran also obtained a master’s degree in education from Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in Monmouth.

Frances married John W. Irving and they had two daughters, Nancy and Charlene. They divorced and Frannie stayed in Independence, where she taught school. She taught at Eola and Independence elementaries, Henry Hill Junior High, where she was the librarian, Madras Elementary and Salem Four Corners Elementary as the librarian/media specialist. She retired in 1979.

Frances married Harold (Hap) R. Engblom in 1961. Hap had two sons from a previous marriage, Dennis and Douglas. This blended family was the beginning of a very happy time in her life. Hap loved to camp and travel all over Oregon and now Frannie and her girls had a family to experience all of Oregon. Hap and Fran continued to camp following their retirement with Hap's sister, brother and their spouses.

Frances was an avid reader. She read thousands of books and had quite a library in the basement of the C Street family home. She donated time to the old Independence Library. She joined the Independence Library Board as a member in 1979 and was president in 1980. She served on the board until 1987. She helped form and run the Friends of the Independence Library. The Friends of the Library received its 501c3 status in 1990 largely due to her initiative and work.

She also was a member of the Delphian Book Club. She was a founding member of the Heritage Museum in Independence and a member of the Independence Historic Preservation Committee. A room in the museum — the Doctor’s Room — has some of the tools that were used by her father during his Independence practice.

Frances loved the water and used to swim in the Willamette River when she was a girl. When she retired she took a deep water aerobics class at WOU. As a youngster she picked hops in Independence. Also during her earlier years she played the piano. Frannie kept the rose garden her mother started at the Independence family home on C Street in excellent shape.

She was a member of Christ’s Church in Monmouth.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hap; son, Doug; and sister, Helen.

Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Sullivan of Falls City and Charlene (Steve) Dunn of Independence; son, Dennis Engblom of Mehama; and two grandsons.

Celebration of life is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Christ's Church, 412 Clay St. W., Monmouth.

Contributions are suggested to: Christ’s Church, Monmouth; Heritage Museum, Independence; Willamette Humane Society, Salem; or Willamette Valley Hospice, Salem.

Farnstrom Mortuary handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

Inabell Cox Blair Cook

Aug. 8, 1918 – Feb. 12, 2014

Inabell Cox Blair Cook, 95, of Independence died Feb. 12 in Salem from complications of a stroke.

She was born in Independence to Fred Cox and Laura Johnston Cox and was a descendant of pioneers.

Inabell was educated at Oregon Normal School in Monmouth, now Western Oregon University. She later earned her master’s degree. She taught in several local one-room schoolhouses.

She enjoyed flowers and often entered them in the Polk County Fair. She also enjoyed horses and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Ray Blair and Arnold Cook.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda Hoover and Jackie Cook; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was Saturday at Heart to Heart Church in Monmouth. Interment was at Fir Crest Cemetery in Monmouth.

Mark Edward Butters

July 8, 1944 – Feb. 14, 2014

Mark Edward Butters, 69, of Dallas died Friday in Independence.

He was born in Ogden, Utah, to Darrel E. Butters and Mary Ellen Hart Butters.

He and his siblings enjoyed the great outdoors with their parents, especially the Chalk Creek area of Utah.

Mark entered the military in 1961, serving in the Navy while stationed on the USS Regulus. He was honorably discharged in 1966 and awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Vietnam.

In 1967, Mark moved to Salem, where he was employed as a truck driver with Riverbend Sand & Gravel until his retirement in 1999.

Mark met Imelda Peirce on a blind date set up by mutual friends in 1996. Together, they enjoyed dancing, going to the movies, and their beloved Yorkie “Sammy.” Mark was an avid hunter and fisherman, as well as a classic truck, hot rod and jet boat enthusiast.

Survivors include his devoted companion of 18 years, Imelda Peirce of Dallas; siblings, Gloria (Jim) Kroske of Dallas, Brian Butters of Salem and Diane (Kent) Myers of Montana; stepdaughter, Cindy (Mike) Quakenbusch of Salem; Imelda’s children, Ron (Sheila) Peirce and Randy Peirce (Kristin Thomas), all of Dallas; and two grandchildren.

Memorial service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland and some of his ashes will be spread at Chalk Creek.

Contributions are suggested to the help with funeral expenses in care of the mortuary.

To send an online condolence:

Christie Jane Blount

Aug. 4, 1953 – Feb. 5, 2014

Christie Jan Blount, 60, of Dallas died Feb. 5.

She was born in California to Roland Long and Hazel Johnston Long.

Christie married Greg Blount on April 12, 1985, in St. Helens.

She loved dancing, music, painting, drawing, going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roland Long, and mother, Hazel Wood.

Survivors include her daughters, Justie Gardner (Grams) of Dallas and Mindy Ruef (Grams) of Sherwood; sister, Paula Brissett of Clatskanie; brothers, Ralph Long of Dallas and John Long of Alaska; stepmother, Pat Long of Alaska; and six grandchildren.

Private celebration of her life will be held by her family.

Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

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