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Roy W. Staehely
Roy William Staehely, 80, a leading dairy farmer of Oregon, died while resting in a rocker at his farm home Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997. He was a third-generation resident of the Central Point area, the oldest son of William and Clara Ortlieb Staehely and grandson of August and Martha Staehely.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 4, at Oregon City First Baptist Church. Burial was in Zion Memorial Park in Canby.
Memorials are suggested to the church which he had served as moderator and in many official capacities.
Staehely was born at his parents' home Oct. 6, 1916, and attended Twilight School on South End Road. In 1918, after the family moved to the former Samuel Brown farm on Beaver Creek, he attended the Brown School at Central Point. He was a 1933 graduate of Canby Union High School.
His life as a dairy farmer began early. He and his brother, Arthur, became partners in the Guernsey dairy in 1955. He had been active in the Oregon Dairy Association and in Guernsey cattle clubs. The dairy farm is now operated by Arthur Staehely and son, Paul.
Three sons and their wives survive: Richard and Carol of Milwaukie, Donald and Shirleen of Canby, and Dennis and Cheri of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Evelyn Davis of Bellevue, Wash., his brother, Arthur, on the home farm; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Martha, whom he married in 1940, died Jan. 14, 1986.
Holman-Hankins-Waud, Oregon City, was in care of arrangements. 

Martha M. Krupicka
Martha Mary Krupicka, of Aurora, died Oct. 2, 1997, at Benedictine Care Center in Mount Angel of natural causes. Before moving to the care center she had lived on the family's Butteville farm for 65 years.
She was born Dec. 29, 1911, at Lidgerwood, N.D., and came to Oregon with her parents in 1924, living in the Silverton and Woodburn areas. After her marriage in 1929, she moved to the Butteville area.
She was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in Woodburn where she sang in the choir for many years. She was a Marion County Home Extension leader, 4-H cooking club leader, a member of the Butteville PTA, Butteville Election Board and volunteered with the Civil Air Defense.
Besides singing, she enjoyed reading, oil painting, gardening and her family.
She is survived by her son, Edward, of Aurora; daughters, Angela Krupicka of Salem and Rose Nielsen of Rickreall; brothers, Julius Pokorny of Culver, Robert Pokorny of Woodburn, Clifton Pokorny, Leo Pokorny, Dan Pokorny and Edwin Pokorny, all of Salem; sisters, Elvina Brown of Hubbard and Viola McKay of St. Paul; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband, Peter, died Feb. 22, 1982.
Funeral Mass was held Oct. 4, at St. Luke's Catholic Church with burial in St. Luke's Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Benedictine Nursing Center at Mount Angel.
Cornwell Colonial Chapel in Woodburn was in care of arrangements. 

Robert Kidwell
Robert Hugh Kidwell died at his Canby home Oct. 1, 1997. He was 79.
Kidwell was born June 29, 1918, in Weatherford, Texas. He moved to Granite, Okla., as a young boy. In 1939, he married Maribel McLeod and moved to Oregon. They resided in Klamath Falls for 23 years and Cottage Grove for 11 years and have lived in Canby since 1974.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as an electrician's mate 1st class aboard the U.S.S. Bache in the South Pacific. He fought in the battles at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, where his ship was hit by an enemy suicide plane.
After the war, he worked as an electrician in the lumber industry. In 1965, he became a union representative for the International Woodworkers of America. He was the IWA's 1st vice president for the Western States Regional Council III in Gladstone when he suffered a stroke in 1980 forcing him to retire.
Since his stroke, he enjoyed the company of fellow senior citizens at the Canby Adult Center. He frequently was seen riding around town on his red electric cart.
He is survived by his wife, Maribel; daughter, Kaye Kidwell Graziano of San Francisco; granddaughter, Kelly Kidwell Collazo, and great grandson, Roman Alexander Collazo of Whittier, Calif.; sisters, Leona Spruce of McAlester, Okla., Elsie Hamer and Dorothy Garner of Salt Lake City, Utah; and brothers, Frank of Memphis, Tenn., and Glandon of Oakland, Calif. 
Mercedes Ramirez-Flores
Mercedes Florinda Ramirez-Flores died Sept. 29 in an automobile accident near Canby. She was 15.
Mercedes was born Aug. 16, 1982 to Reveriano and Carmen Ramirez-Flores in San Mateo, Mexico. She moved with her family to Canby in 1991. Mercedes attended Trost Elementary School, Ackerman Middle School and Canby High School, and was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
Funeral services for Mercedes were held Sunday afternoon at the Canby Funeral Chapel. Her casket was sent Monday to her hometown for burial.
She is survived by her parents; two brothers, Isaias of Canby, and Gerardo of San Mateo; a sister, Anaberta, of Canby; grandmothers, Amalia Zurita of California, and Beatriz Enriquez of San Mateo.
Contributions to help the family pay for medical and funeral expenses can be made at any U.S. Bank care of the Mercedes Ramirez Donation Fund. 

Howard W. Moehnke 
Howard Weslyn Moehnke, 84, of Canby, died June 7, 1998, at his home of cancer-related complications.
Memorial services were held June 10, at Canby Funeral Chapel. Private burial was at Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City.
Mr. Moehnke was born Oct. 23, 1913, in West Linn. He was a cable rigger specialist for logging and shipping operations for Albert Bernett Towing and Alaska Steel before his 1976 retirement.
He was a member of Willamette Methodist Church in West Linn. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy; sons, Weslyn of Vancouver, Wash., Alan of Dundee and Michael of Oregon City; daughters, Dorothy Tomlin of Sandy, Sharon Schmidt of Hubbard and Melissa Ainsworth-Damewood of Canby; 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Brim. 

Dude Robert Rice 
A memorial service will be held for Dude Robert Rice at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 1998, at the Colton High School gymnasium, with a potluck immediately following in the adjoining multipurpose room. Rice, 74, died June 6, following open heart surgery.
He was born in Wellington, Colo., on Oct. 8, 1923, to Arthur and Ollie Rice. He grew up and attended schools in Ault, Colo.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II action, he served as a gunners mate on the aircraft carrier USS Kasaan Bay. He also became a U.S. Navy Golden Gloves boxing champion.
He married Beverly Cornay on Nov. 27, 1948, and in 1956 they moved to Colton where they operated the Lutheran Pioneer Homes for 31 years until it was sold in 1987.
He was an active member of the community, served on numerous boards and committees and was a strong advocate for school and athletic programs. He was an instructor in karate, weight training and conditioning, and coached many teams.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of Colton; two children and their families, Rex, Merry, Sarah and Jacob Rice of Colton and Gail, Pete, Rebecca and Mitchell Wille of Oregon City; a sister, Ruth Allison of Ault, Colo.; a brother, Cotton of Plainsfield, Conn.; and numerous relatives. 

Hildred D. Mitchell 
Former Canby resident Hildred D. Mitchell, 91, died June 9, 1998, in Dallas. Funeral services were held June 13, in Riverview Abbey Mausoleum Chapel in Portland.
Mrs. Mitchell was born May 1, 1907, in Cimarron County, Okla., the daughter of William and Martha Osborne Clampitt. She grew up and graduated from Elkhart High School in Elkhart, Kan.
She married Ellis J. Mitchell in 1931, and they moved to Canby in 1940. She worked with the family business, Mitchell Farm Equipment Co., and retired from Evans Accounting Service as an accounting assistant in 1968. She moved to the Dallas Retirement Village in 1991.
She was a member of the Canby Christian Church and belonged to Laurel Chapter 113, Order of the Eastern Star in Canby. 
She is survived by her son, Robert, of Dallas; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband preceded her in death in 1973.
Memorials may be made to the Dallas Ambulance Memorial Fund or the Canby Ambulance Fund, in care of the Dallas Mortuary Chapel, 287 S.W. Washington St., Dallas 97338. 

Dorothy Williams 
Funeral services for Canby resident Dorothy Ruth Williams were held June 16, 1998, at the Canby Alliance Church. Burial followed at Lookingglass Cemetery in Roseburg.
Mrs. Williams died June 12, at her Canby home at the age of 85.
She was born July 8, 1912, in Clarion, Iowa, the sixth child of Edward and Maude Hutchinson. She graduated from high school there and on March 27, 1932, married James C. Williams Sr. at Des Moines. She had a special love for children, and for many years taught Sunday school and 4-H, and also Home Extension sewing.
Survivors include her son, James C. Jr. of Canby; three grandsons, Russell, Drew and Kenneth; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1973, and a daughter, Winifred, in 1989. 

Astrid Johnson 
Born Aug. 27, 1915, near Saco, Mont., Astrid E. Johnson died June 9, 1998, at her Wilsonville home. She was 82.
Funeral services were held June 13, at Canby Funeral Chapel with burial following at Aurora Community Cemetery.
Prior to World War II, Mrs. Johnson moved to Sweden for a time, then returned to the U.S. and lived in Portland before returning to Montana. She moved to California in 1959, where she lived for 18 years. She had lived in Wilsonville since 1985.
Survivors include three grandchildren; a sister, Edna Fahlgren of Wilsonville; and a brother, Clarence Hjort of Orland, Calif. Her husband, Hans, and a son, Ron, preceded her in death.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Community of Hope Lutheran Church or the Tuality Valley Open Bible Church, both in Wilsonville. 

Vera S. Drell
Vera S. Drell, a longtime Aurora resident, died Sept. 17, 1999, at the age of 85. 
A graveside service was held Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Aurora Community Cemetery. 
Mrs. Drell was born July 1, 1914, in North Dakota and raised in Robbinsdale, Minn. She moved with her family to Aurora in 1948, and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. 
Survivors are her husband, John, of Aurora; daughters, Virginia Kribs of Bend and Kathleen Burgess of Aurora; son, John of Portland; granddaughter Paula Snider of LaPine and grandson Erik of Portland. 

Elva G. Morrison 
Graveside services were held Sept. 26, 1999, at Fairview Cemetery in Gates for Aurora homemaker Elva Morrison. 
Born May 20, 1918, in Lowell, Ark., she died Sept. 23, 1999, in Aurora. She was 81. 
She had lived in Mill City and Roseburg before moving to Aurora 31 years ago. 
Politically active, Mrs. Morrison also enjoyed handicrafts, gardening and her family. She was a member of the Shady Dell Steamers, a steam train club. 
She is survived by her husband, John, of Aurora; daughter, Carol Elizabeth, of Estacada; and a sister, Ruby Hutchinson of Salem. A granddaughter, Jacqueline Anderson preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 1998. 

Medora `Dot' Hutchins 
Medora “Dot” E. Hutchins, 81, who died Sept. 27, 1999, at Rose Linn Care Center in West Linn, will be interred next to her husband, Jack, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. 
She was born Aug. 28, 1918, in Faye, Okla., the daughter of Jack and Alice Long. She married Jack Hutchins in October 1952, in Vancouver, Wash. She had lived in Beavercreek, Aurora, Marquam and Canby. 
Mrs. Hutchins enjoyed crocheting, gardening and fishing. 
She is survived by a stepdaughter, Susan Nyberg of Gresham; sisters-in-law Rita Schmeiser of Canby and Patricia Kulyk of Lone Butte, B.C.; and brothers-in-law James L. of Portland and Bill of Gladstone. Her husband died Dec. 30, 1990. 
Contributions may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital. 

Karsten M. Martinson 
Norweigan-born Karsten Medal Martison of Sequim, Wash., died in Crestwood Convalescent Center in Port Angeles on Sept. 17, 1999. He was 101. 
He was born Sept. 13, 1898, in Bergen, Norway, to Andrew and Carrie (Sather) Martinson. When he was 5, he came with his family to America where he made his home in Nebraska and Kansas until 1936. 
About 1923, he married Ebba Sorenson in Nebraska; she died April 24, 1991. 
After moving his family to Yoder, Mr. Martinson continued farming until he retired to Canby. 
As a young man, he was a horse trader and a farmer. As a retiree, he made horse and wagon yard ornaments and gardened. 
In 1987, the Martinsons moved to California to live with their daughter. In March 1999, the family relocated to Sequim. 
He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 
Survivors include his daughter, Violet Ryan of Sequim; brother, Herman of Vancouver, Wash.; granddaughters, Dianna Husbands of Canby, Sheilla Shrock of Joyce, Wash., and Theresa Tishman of La Grande; and grandsons, Verle and Gary Martinson, both of Elgin. 
Private memorial services were held with burial in Canyon Country, Calif.

Robert F. Lewis
Robert F. Lewis, a longtime resident of Clackamas County, died Oct. 26, 1999, in Tualatin. His death, as a result of heart disease, came at age 74.
At his request, no services will be held.
Mr. Lewis was born Feb. 24, 1925. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
He retired as corporate director of employee relations for Publishers Paper Co. in 1981, after 16 years of service.
The family suggests remembrances to the Christy School of Marylhurst in his memory. Mr. Lewis was an honorary board member of Christy School, and also was named as the 1989 recipient of the Christy Medallion Award. He served as president of the board of directors from July 1971 through April 1974. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have continued to provide support to the school and the special children it serves.

Richard "Dick" Hammack
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Trinity Lutheran Church east of Mount Angel for Richard “Dick” Milton Hammack, a 26-year-resident of Woodburn. He died Oct. 26, 1999, at his cabin near Hardman, Ore., at the age of 60.
He was born June 25, 1939, in Coquille and had graduated from Redmond High School in 1957, then attended Concordia College.
He had worked for 24 years at Les Schwab Tire Centers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Following his retirement in 1989, he owned and operated C.H. Belle Nursery in Gresham.
He also served various community and religious organizations through the years, most recently as a lay minister at Trinity Lutheran. He had served as a lay minister at Hope Lutheran Church in Woodburn, and since 1994 served on the Hispanic Ministries Board of the Lutheran Church.
He had served in the Army Reserves and Oregon National Guard.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, music, his cabin and his dog, Belle.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Kathleen; sons, Terry R. of Aloha, Tim M. of Portland and Tom W. of Mount Angel; daughter, Tamara J. Hammack-Ryan of Woodburn; his mother, Dona Hammack of Heppner; brothers, Jim of Redmond, John of Prineville and Jack of Sisters; sisters, Patricia Hall and Denise Hammack, both of Redmond; five grandchildren and several aunts and uncles.
Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Church cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the church preschool program or the American Diabetes Association.

Cheryl A. Cruikshank
Cheryl Ann Cruikshank, 32, of Portland was found dead in her Portland home on April 4, 2000. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Born Nov. 17, 1967, in South Laguna Beach, Calif., she had attended Canby schools. She had been employed at the T-N-T Market for two years before moving to Portland. She had most recently worked for Timberline Dodge, and before that for AAA Appliance.
She loved animals and flowers, especially her roses. Survivors include her parents, Richard and Betty Cruikshank of Canby; sisters, Kristi Wilson of Canby and Carrie J. Edmonds of Cougar, Wash.; grandmother Alma Haines of Canby; four nieces and two nephews. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Oregon Humane Society. Canby Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.

Kenneth F. Hostetler
Kenneth F. Hostetler died April 10, 2000, at age 79. A private graveside service was held in Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City.
Mr. Hostetler was born Aug. 9, 1920, in Needy, and was raised in Oregon City. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Oregon City High School and was a carpenter for Kruegers Lumber for about 20 years.
He was a deckhand for Western Transportation for 12 years before his retirement in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Marian, whom he married in 1941; a son, Albert; daughter, Janet Davidson; sister, Marilyn Howard; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests remembrances to the Salvation Army. Arrangements are by Canby Funeral Chapel.

Willma Elkins
A Canby resident since 1972, Willma D. Elkins, 89, died April 17, 2000, at a local care center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Canby Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Elkins was born June 11, 1910, in Molalla, the daughter of Victor and Ida Dunton. She attended Molalla schools. She married Pphaen F. Sayre Sr. in 1936, and he died in 1971. She then married Robert Elkins in 1973. He also preceded her in death in 1981.
She was a member of the American Legion, the Rebekah Lodge, a past member of the Aurora Presbyterian Church and was active in Canby Adult Center activities. 
Survivors are a son, Pphaen Jr. of Portland; a sister, Mildred Millsap of Eugene; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Lowell Sayre, in 1998.
Canby Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.

Julia S. Rand
Julia Susanna Rand, of Molalla, died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at Willamette Falls Hospital. She was 92.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at Molalla Funeral Chapel.
Mrs. Rand was born May 22, 1908, in Durand, Wis., the daughter of Lawrence and Mary Goss. She married John S. Rand on Feb. 7, 1931, in Rochester, Minn., and he preceded her in death in June 1976.
A schoolteacher, she taught in a one-room school in Wisconsin. She also had worked for a telephone company and as a postal worker in Canby, Calif. She moved to the Molalla area in 1968.
An active volunteer in the Molalla community, she volunteered at the library, senior center and various other places. She had been named Molalla's Volunteer of the Year in the past.
She enjoyed fishing, gardening, and growing roses, as well as traveling. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Molalla.
Survivors include a son, Douglas of Oregon City; a brother, James Goss of Peptone, Wis.; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family requests contributions to her church in lieu of flowers.
Molalla Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.

Warren Cox
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at Riverview Cemetery in Portland for Warren D. Cox, 72.
He died Sunday, June 4, 2000, at his Canby home.
He was born Dec. 12, 1927, at Falls City, Neb. He served as a gunner's mate in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1947.
He worked as a millwright and later a maintenance supervisor at Publishers mill for 33 years, retiring in 1989.
He was a member of the Oregon City Elks Club and Canby American Legion Post 122.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Sue of Canby; sons, Terry and Richard, both of Portland, Douglas of Chandler, Ariz., and Clay of Canby; a brother, E.L. "Monte" of Bellevue, Neb.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association or a favorite charity.

Ruth Roley-Fenton
Funeral services have been held in Portland for Ruth Roley-Fenton of Molson, Wash. Born April 19, 1914, in Aberdeen, Wash., she died May 28, 2000, in Molson, Wash.
She had been a homemaker and employee of Meier & Frank Co. until her retirement in 1974. 
She was a member of Canby United Methodist Church and the Grange. 
She leaves daughters, Sharlene Sheahon of Aberdeen, Wash., and Elaine Kloppel of Seattle; sons, Wallace F. Fenton, of Maupin and Dale Roley of Twin Falls, Idaho; two brothers and two sisters; and 15 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren.


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