Miscellaneous Polk County, Oregon Obituaries


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Esther Frieda Wiens
   Nov. 26, 1906 - March 24, 2001

Esther R. Wiens of Kennewick, Wash., formerly of Dallas, died on March 24 in Kennewick. She was 94.
   She was born in Dallas to Henry and Frieda Landtruck Fern.
   She lived most of her life in Polk County before moving to Kennewick in about 1995. She attended school in Bridgeport.
   She married Frank Wiens on Nov. 10, 1928 at the Salt Creek Baptist Church. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.
   She was a founding member of the Bridgeport Womens Club. Part of their activities included making quilts that helped to raise money for the community and its projects.
   She was a member of the First Christian Church in Dallas.
   She enjoyed square dancing, pinochle and traveling.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 1984; son, Duane; seven brothers; one sister; and one grandchild.
   Survivors include her son, Don of Kennewick; daughter, Diana Tormey of Dallas; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
   Services were March 30 at the First Christian Church in Dallas and interment was in Salt Creek Cemetery.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Dallas First Christian Church Stained Glass Window Memorial Fund in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel who handled the arrangements.

Mildred Louise Gibson
   Oct. 5, 1913 - March 28, 2001

Mildred Louise Gibson of Corvallis died on March 28 in Corvallis. She was 87.
   She was born in Alsea to Fredrick Fulton and Ada Louise Reigle Peek.
   At a young age her family moved to Portland and later moved back to Philomath where she graduated from high school. She married Ross "Hoot" Gibson on Feb. 6, 1935 in Vancouver, Wash.
   Her husband was a logger, and the family moved to the Valsetz area, where they lived 10 years before moving to Dallas. She lived in Dallas before moving back to Corvallis about 12 years ago.
   A homemaker, she had also cooked for various establishments around the area.
   She was member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and the women's organizations in the church.
   She enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, cooking and taking care of children, not only her own but others as well. During World War II she took care of 13 other children as well as her own.
   She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 16, 1984 also one brother, one sister and one grandson.
   Survivors include her daughters, Maree Olsen of LaCenter, Wash., Tami Youngkin and Sheri Thomas, both of Puyallup, Wash. and Kathy Hall of Prescott, Ariz.; son, Mike Gibson of Campbell, Calif; sister, Lee Weiden of Portland; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
   Private memorial services will be held.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of McHenry Funeral Home, 206 NW 5th St., Corvallis, OR 97330 who is in charge of arrangements.

Charles `John' Perry
   Nov. 28, 1919 - March 26, 2001

   Charles "John" Perry, a former Dallas resident, died on March 26 in Beaverton. He was 81.
   He was born in Monmouth to Count Polaski and Minnie Albreicht Perry.
   He served in the Army Corp of Engineers during World War II building roads in Alaska. He married Lurana Guyon on Oct. 20, 1951 in Kelso, Wash.
   They settled in Dallas in 1954, and he went to work for the Polk County Road Department that same year. He operated heavy equipment and was a mechanic for the road department until his retirement.
   His wife Lurana died on Sept. 30, 1982.
   He married Maxilee Williford on March 19, 1983 in Dallas. She died on Sept. 20, 1990. He moved to Portland in 1990 and to Beaverton in 1998.
   He was a member of the Salt Creek Baptist Church. While living in Portland he attended the South Minister Presbyterian Church.
   He enjoyed coin collecting and sightseeing. He was a tremendous auto mechanic.
   Survivors include his brothers, Carl of Lebanon and Howard of Oregon; and niece Maxine.
   Services were March 29 at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas and interment was at Restlawn Memory Gardens, Salem.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas who handled the arrangements.

Curt C. Cokeley
   Dec. 26, 1952 - March 27, 2001

   Curt C. Cokeley of Monmouth died on March 27 in Monmouth. He was 48. He was born in Dallas.
   Private services were March 30 at Restlawn Funeral Chapel.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice.

Daisy Cress Jones
   March 10, 1916 - April 1, 2001

   Daisy Cress Jones of Monmouth died in Corvallis on April 1. She was 85.
   She was one of four children born to Louis Herbert and Mattie May McIntire Cress in Squib, Pulaski County, Ky.
   She had been a longtime resident of Lebanon, Maineville and Mason, all in Ohio. She moved to Monmouth about a year ago to be near her daughter.
   She was married to Earl R. Jones who died in Mason, Ohio on Oct. 9, 1997.
   Survivors include her daughters, Susannah Challis of Rockville, Maryland and Sarah Johnson of Monmouth; son, David Lambert of Boston, Mass; sister, Lottie Whitaker of Texas; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 at the Oswald-Hoskins Funeral Home Chapel in Lebanon, Ohio with visitation at 1 p.m.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of McHenry Funeral Home, 206 NW 5th St., Corvallis, Or 97330 who handled the arrangements.

Gloria Z. Rodriguez
   April 27, 1923 - March 30, 2001

   Gloria Z. Rodriguez of Independence died on March 30 in Independence. She was 77.
   She was born to Casiano and Piedad Diaz Zarate in Laredo, Texas.
   She married Manuel Rodriguez in 1941 in Robston, Texas. He died on June 11, 1979.
   She moved to Independence from Texas in 1961.
   She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence.
   She enjoyed her birds and cats and at one time had 35 birds. She liked to cook and garden. She took great pleasure in taking care of her grandchildren.
   Survivors include her sons, Santos Rodriguez, Hector Rodriguez and Juan Rodriguez, all of Independence; daughters, Gloria Rodriguez, Maria Arismendez, Consuelo Leos and Sylvia Reyna, all of Independence, Elva Arroyo of Monmouth and Yolanda Losoya of Woodburn; 24 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
   Funeral Mass was April 3 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence and vault interment was at Fircrest Cemetery.
   Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence handled the arrangements.

Alice Darleen Thompson
   Dec. 19, 1921 - March 30, 2001

   Alice Darleen Thompson of Dallas died on March 30 in Dallas. She was 79.
   She was born to Susie Bane and Caleb Hadeen in Haxtun, Colo.
   She graduated from Haxtun High School in 1939. She lived in Denver, Colo. for many years before moving to Valsetz in 1966 and then to Dallas in 1971. In 1971 she graduated from Salem Business College. She retired from the Marion County Assessor's office in 1987.
   She enjoyed bowling, bingo, gardening, canning, cooking and crocheting.
   She was preceded in death by a set of twin sisters, Margie and Margaret and two other sets of twins.
   Survivors include her sons, Larry Turvey of Sheridan, Roger Turvey of Salem and David Thompson of Dallas; daughters, Joann Guth of Florence and Kimm Hester of Dixon, Mo.; brothers, Jim Hadeen of Laramie, Wyo., Richard Hadeen of Ava, Mo., Rex E. Hadeen of Haxtun, Colo., Kenneth D. Hadeen of Asheville, N.C. and Norman K. Hadeen of aurora, Colo. ; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
   Services will be Thursday, April 5 at 1 p.m. in Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas. Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 4, 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, April 5 from 9 a.m. until noon at Bollman Funeral Home.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas who is handling arrangements.

Melvin Rienhold Geske
   April 1, 1922 - March 25, 2001

   Mel Geske of Dallas died on March 25 in Dallas. He was 78.
   He was born to Henry and Elsie Geske in Wabasso, Minn.
   He lived in Wabasso until 1958 when he moved to Southern California where he worked as a mechanic for Bethlehem Steel. He moved to Dallas in 1988.
   He was of Lutheran faith.
   He enjoyed woodcarving, carpentry and playing horse shoes.
   Survivors include his wife, Helen whom he married in 1961; sons, Larry Sundberg of Dallas and David Sundberg of Torrance, Calif.; brother, Vern Geske of Green River, Wyo.; sister, Leona Brown of Redwood Falls, Minn.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   Private family services will be held.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas who handled the arrangements.

Ruth Carolyn Raines
   Nov. 14, 1912 - March 22, 2001

   Ruth Carolyn Raines of Monmouth died on March 22 in Salem. She was 88.
   She was born in Clinton, Okla. and raised in Pasco, Wash.
   In 1946 she moved to Salem from Washington and moved to Monmouth in 1999. She married Vernon Raines on Oct. 11, 1929. He died in 1977.
   She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, flower gardening, reading and loved her grandchildren very much.
   Survivors include her daughters, Evelyn Cary and Sharon Burt, both of Independence and Vera Morris of Salem; brother, James Carter of Chehalis, Wash; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
   Services were March 28 at Restlawn Funeral Home, Salem and interment was in Restlawn Memory Gardens, Salem.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.

Lester Dieckmann Jr.
   Dec. 13, 1922 - March 21, 2001

   Lester Dieckmann Jr. of Dallas died on March 21 in Dallas. He was 78.
   He was born in Indianapolis, Ind. to Lester and Lida Showers Dieckmann.
   He married Lora Dieckmann in 1941. He moved to Dallas 38 years ago.
   He served in the Naval Reserve/Merchant Marine during World War II. He was awarded a Commendation for Heroism for saving a seaman's life while at sea.
   He was an outdoors man and amateur artist.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald Dieckmann.
   Survivors include his son, Dan Dieckmann of Salem; sister, Donna De Veau of Somers, Conn.; and one granddaughter.
   Private family services were held and arrangements were handled by Autumn Funerals and Cremations of Tigard.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Association.

William `Bill' A. Standridge Jr.
   July 3, 1923 - March 25, 2001

William "Bill" A. Standridge Jr., formerly of the Roseburg area, died on March 25 in Dallas. He was 77.
   He was born to William and Marie Brown Standridge in Delhi, Calif.
   He married Ruby Farrell on Oct. 11, 1942 in Mina, Nev. He entered the U.S. Army in March of 1943 and he served in Alaska and the South Pacific with the 104th Engineer Combat Battalion. He received two purple hearts for injuries sustained. He was very proud of his military service.
   After his military service they lived in Hawthorne, Nev. from 1946 until 1949 when they moved to Southern Oregon where he worked as a cat skinner for a time. In 1957 he worked as a real estate agent for his father in Medford for two years and in 1963 they moved to Crescent City, Calif.
   They moved to Merrill in 1975, working in real estate from 1978 to 1981. In 1984 they moved to the Roseburg area and came to Dallas in November of 2000.
   He was a volunteer deputy sheriff and in a jeep club in Del Norte, Calif. that assisted in search and rescue. He like to help those in need. He earned his pilot's license and owned his own plane for a time until a heart attack in 1973 forced him to give up flying.
   He was a life member of the D.A.V., past secretary of the Moose Lodge in Merrill and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Myrtle Creek.
   He served as a volunteer at the Roseburg Veterans Medical Center.
   He will be remembered as being a very strong person with a great sense of humor.
   He enjoyed fishing, hunting and had a great desire to fix things. In his later life he enjoyed needlework on plastic canvas to keep active.
   Survivors include his wife, Ruby of Dallas; daughters, Carole Tiefenbach of Crescent City, Calif. and Judy Jones of Dallas; son, William Standridge III of North Carolina; brothers, Leroy of Eureka, Calif., Arthur of Merrill and Alfred of Eugene; sisters, Margaret Sexton of Cameron, Okla., Ellen Rosner of Abbotsford, B.C. and Nancy Hermans of McKinleyville, Calif.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
   Graveside services with Full Military Honors were held on March 30 in Roseburg National Cemetery.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the D.A.V. in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel who handled the arrangements.

James Otis Boswell
   Dec. 13, 1937 - June 4, 2001

James O. Boswell of Monmouth died on June 4 in Salem. He was 63.
   He was one of five children born to Floyd and Mildred Loving Boswell in Lyons, Ill.
   He attended school in LaGrange, Ill. where he met and married Karen Fischer on Aug. 30, 1958. He served in the Army National Guard and received an honorable discharge.
   They made their home in Lyons, where he ran the family business known as B-line Delivery Service in LaGrange.
   In his spare time he built and raced stock cars and was known as "Gentlemen Jim in car number 69." In 1973 he was in a head-on collision and stopped racing cars but he continued to fill the mechanic's role.
   In 1972 they moved to West Frankfort, Ill. He and his wife, Karen opened Boswell's Texaco. They divorced in 1974.
   He met Robin Heroy in 1974 and moved to Hodgkin, Ill. where they made their home with their four children. The family was devastated by the loss of their son Jeremy in 1975.
   James and Robin were married on April 1, 1983. In 1987 they moved to Oregon where he was employed at the Chevron station until going to work in Monmouth for Western Oregon University in 1991.
   He loved to tinker with things and created his own homemade inventions. He found great joy and pleasure in his family and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
   He was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Bradley in 1999.
   Survivors include his wife, Robin of Monmouth; sons, Tony Boswell of Hulett, Wyo. and Jessy Boswell of Monmouth; daughters, Tina Tuning, Terry McDaniel and Tammy Black, all of Hulett, Wyo., Kathy Walker of Mulkeytown, Ill., Sheena and Shyanne Boswell, both of Monmouth; brother, Hank Boswell; sisters, Joann Owen and Pat Bradley; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
   Services were June 7 in the Falls City Seventh-day Adventist Church.
   Dallas Mortuary Chapel handled the arrangements.

Laurel Chester VanLieu
   Nov. 26, 1923 - June 4, 2001

Laurel Chester VanLieu of Dallas died on June 4 in Dallas. He was 77.
   He was born in Rolston, Okla. to Joe Cooper and Isabelle VanLieu.
   He lived in Yakima, Wash. from 1938 to 1948. He married Ada Jones on June 4, 1946 in Yakima. They moved to Sweet Home and lived there until 1958, when they settled in Dallas.
   He was a veteran of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1947.
   Survivors include his wife, Ada of Dallas; son, David VanLieu of Dallas; daughter, Sherry Mabry of Dallas; and brother, Bill Huffman of Yakima.
   Family services were held under the direction of Dallas Mortuary Chapel.

Juanita Ophelia Richard
   Jan. 27, 1922 - June 3, 2001

Juanita Ophelia Richard of Independence died on June 3 in Independence. She was 79.
   She was born to George and Nancy Blevins in Oklahoma.
   After her marriage to Edwin Richard the couple moved to Independence in 1959.
   She was a member of the Church of God.
   She enjoyed gardening, canning food and sewing.
   She was preceded in death by four brothers.
   Survivors include her husband, Edwin Richard of Independence; sisters, Cora Borden of McMinnville, Myrtle Youngberg of Amity, Gladys Vaughn of Camp Verde, Ariz., Velma White of Sheridan and Jean Friend of DeMoine, Wash.
   Graveside services were June 9 at Amity Cemetery in Amity.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Mid-Willamette Chapter, P.O. Box 12768, Salem, OR 97309.
   Farnstrom Mortuary of Independence handled the arrangements.

Katherine M. Larsen
   May 11, 1911 - June 2, 2001

Katherine M. "Kay" Larsen of Corvallis died on June 2 in Corvallis. She was 90.
   She was born in Birney, Mont. on the Cheyenne Indian Reservation to missionary parents, the Rev. Peter and Katherine Kliewer.
   She graduated from high school in Bluffton, Ohio and from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, majoring in music.
   She married the Rev. Rudy Larsen in 1934. They spent seven years in rural Kentucky as missionaries. They came to Corvallis in 1942, where she worked for 11 years at the Children's Farm Home as music director. The Larsens then pastored the Westwood Community Church near Philomath for many years.
   In 1955 she began work as the first secretary in Dist. 17J in Philomath. She worked in the elementary, middle and high schools as secretary, librarian and accompanist for the high school chorus until her retirement in 1976.
   She loved her family, flowers and music. She was devoted to helping and ministering to people and was known as a friend to all.
   She was a longtime member and Sunday school teacher of the Evangelical Church. She also was a member of the Philomath educational secretary's group and was grand marshal of the Philomath Frolic in 1976.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy in 1986; sisters, Esther Templin and Elizabeth Kielsmeier; and brothers, Waldo and Paul Kliewer.
   Survivors include her children; Audrey Patching of Pendleton, Peter Larsen of Tucson, Ariz. and Katherine Powell of Ocean Park, Wash; brother, Dr. David Kliewer of Corvallis; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
   Services were June 8 at the Evangelical Church in Corvallis and interment was at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical Church, Child Evangelism Fellowship or Wycliffe Bible Translators in care of the Evangelical Church, 1525 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR.
   McHenry Funeral Home in Corvallis handled the arrangements.

Mary Deborah DeGraff
   May 23, 1951 - June 3, 2001

Mary Deborah DeGraff of Veneta died of ovarian cancer on June 3 in Veneta. She was 50.
   She was born in Dallas to George and Barbara DeGraff.
   She grew up in Dallas and graduated from Dallas High School in 1969. She attended Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University in Monmouth, college in Ellensburg, Wash. and the University of Oregon in Eugene.
   Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Dunham of Yakima, Wash. and son, Kit Bourn of Yakima.
   A memorial service will be held at a later date.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting, 7140 SW Macadam Ave., Portland, OR 97219-3099.

Lydia K. Rudy
   July 14, 1901 - June 7, 2001

Lydia K. Rudy of Dallas died on June 7 in Dallas. She was 99.
   She was born to Peter and Katherine Rexine Kunz in Heaton, N.D.
   She lived in Heaton until the age of 7 and was raised in Dusty, Wash. She married Conrad Rudy on Aug. 30, 1918 in Colfax, Wash. living there until 1929 when they moved to Oregon City. They settled in Dallas in 1933.
   She was best known for her beautiful flower gardens.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad in 1967 and son, Gilbert in 1999.
   Survivors include her grandson, Glen Rudy of Cerritos, Calif.; great-grandson, Brian Rudy of Cerritos, Calif.; adopted granddaughter, Lana Rudy of Olympia, Wash.; and daughter-in-law, Donna Rudy of Olympia, Wash.
   Services will be Wednesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas and interment will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Salem.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas who handled the arrangements.

Durwood Thomas Brady
   March 8, 1922 - Feb. 5, 2002

Durwood Thomas Brady of Otis died Feb. 5 in Otis. He was 79.
   He was born to Harry and Lela Curtis Brady in Nampa, Idaho.
   He moved to California as a teenager and joined the Merchant Seaman when he was 20 years old. He was a seaman for 27 years before retiring in 1974. He moved to Otis in 1989.
   He married Alberta Fern Sargent in April 1957.
   He was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses for 28 years and a member of the Lincoln City Jehovah's Witnesses.
   He was a member of Seamans Union (SUI) and Boilermaker Union.
   He enjoyed gardening, loved to work on cars and fix everything he could.
   Survivors include his wife, Alberta Brady of Otis; daughter, Teresa Rockefeller of Otis; son, Wesley Brady of Sabastapol, Calif.; stepson, Arthur Pheland of White City; and nine grandchildren.
   Memorial services will be Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at Jehovah's Witnesses in Lincoln City.
   Farnstrom Mortuary of Independence handled the arrangements.

Troy "Skinny" Fears
   Aug. 30, 1927 - Feb. 9, 2002

Troy "Skinny" Fears of Independence died on Feb. 9 in Salem. He was 74.
   He was born to William and Maggie Fears in Clover Bend, Ark.
   He married Maxine Davis in 1948.
   He was a member of the Church of Christ.
   He enjoyed fishing.
   He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Fears and three brothers.
   Survivors include his wife, Maxine Fears of Independence; sons, Tim Fears of Independence and Dennis and David Fears, both of Arizona; daughter, Tina Perkins of Independence; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
   Graveside services will be Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.
   Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence handled the arrangements.

Connie Welch
   April 2, 1926 - Feb. 9, 2002

Connie Welch of Dallas died on Feb. 9 in Dallas. She was 75.
   She was born in Greenwood, Texas.
   In 1947 she married Jack Welch, he preceded her in death.
   In 1974 she moved to Oregon and lived in Independence most of those years.
   She was a member of the Baptist church.
   She enjoyed crocheting, doll making and sewing but most of all she loved her kids and grandkids.
   She was preceded in death by Billy Ray Welch and Danny Ray Welch.
   Survivors include her daughters, Beverly Dodele of Independence, Jackie Baker of Dallas and Joe Reagen of Turner; sons, Jerry Welch of Washington; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
   Services will be Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence and vault interment will follow at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.

Maria Magdalena Gonzalez-Rubio
   Feb. 1, 1935 - Feb. 8, 2002

Maria Magdalena Gonzalez-Rubio of Independence died on Feb. 8. She was 67.
   She was born to Lucus and Clara Gonzalez-Rubio in Barranca de sta clara Jalizco, Mexico.
   She was married to Marino Arenas.
   She was a homemaker in her own home.
   She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence.
   Funeral Mass was Feb. 12 at St. Patrick Catholic Church and interment was at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.

Grace Olivia Griffin
   Dec. 11, 1906 - Jan. 25, 2002

Grace Olivia Griffin of Portland died Jan. 25. She was 95.
   A fifth generation Oregonian, she was born in Dallas to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stockwell.
   She graduated from Dallas High School in 1925.
   She married Joseph Andrew Griffin on Feb. 7, 1926. He died on July 1, 1994.
   Prior to moving to Portland in 1993 she had lived in Dallas, Salem, Bend and Lincoln City.
   She was from a Polk County pioneer family that included the names of Burnett, Shultz and Lovelady. Her father, Tom Stockwell and grandfather, Johnny Schultz, both owned longtime established businesses in Dallas. Her great-grandfather was Horace Burnett and her great-great-grandfathers were Glen O. Burnett and Thomas J. Lovelady.
   She married her childhood sweetheart Joseph Andrew Griffin, who also had a long established Polk County pioneer family that included the names of Hubbard, Collins and Berry.
   She was a member of the First Christian Church in Bend and Salem.
   Survivors include her daughter, Janet Noakes of Portland; one grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.
   Private services were held. As a memorial the family encourages people to visit an elderly shut-in.
   Services were handled by Portland Funeral Alternatives.

Gloria Elaine Shumate
   Jan. 17, 1934 - Feb. 6, 2002

   Gloria Elaine Shumate, a resident of Pottstown, Pa. and of Willamina died on Feb. 6 in Willamina. She was 68.
   She was born in Pottstown to John and Helen Whisler Oister.
   She lived most of her life in and around Pottstown. She attended and graduated from Warwick High in Knauertown, Pa.
   On Dec. 14, 1951 she married Carson Shumate in Elkton, Maryland.
   She worked for the State of Pennsylvania as a nurses aide at Penhurst Training Center, retiring after 30 years.
   She was a member of the Twin Valley Bible church in Morgantown, Pa. and taught Good News Club. She was also a member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary in Pennsylvania.
   She and her husband Carson also owned a home in Willamina and attended the Liberty Gardens Bible Church in Salem.
   She enjoyed traveling, time with family, crocheting and ceramics.
   Survivors include her husband, Carson; son, Douglas of Lake Charles, La.; daughters, Vickie Goff of Willamina and Patricia Mitchell of Keizer; brothers, Clarence Oister of Montgomery, Ala. and Robert Oister of Hereford, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
   Graveside services were Feb. 11 at Dallas Cemetery followed by a memorial service at Liberty Gardens Bible Church in Salem.
   Bollman Funeral of Dallas handled the arrangements.

Alan L. Pedigo
   Dec. 20, 1932 - Feb. 3, 2002

   Alan L. Pedigo of Salem died on Feb. 3. He was 69.
   He was born to Orville and Ollie Pedigo in Craigmont, Idaho.
   He came to Eastern Oregon at an early age and attended schools in Hermiston. Following graduation from high school in 1951 he married Betty Williams.
   Not long afterward they moved to Monmouth where he attended Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University, for a short time on a football scholarship.
   He then spent the next 28 1/2 years in the lumber industry retiring from Boise Cascade in 1981.
   In 1974 he and Betty divorced.
   He married Patricia "Patty" Dent in 1975.
   he began his own business in 1988, "Al's Arctic," a restaurant equipment and supply business.
   His passion was square dance calling which he did for over 30 years, calling for square dances all over the state of Oregon, as well as, California, Washington, Idaho and Montana. He and Betty started Independence Wagon Wheelers square dance club in 1960. Independence Wagon Wheelers continue to dance at the Polk County Fairgrounds. He also was the caller for several other clubs in the Willamette Valley and Portland.
   He was a member of the BPOE No. 1950 in Independence.
   He was preceded in death by a brother, Martin Pedigo.
   Survivors include his wife, Patty Pedigo of Salem; daughters, Shirley Davis of Dallas, Lori Coffman of Gresham, Melinda DeRochier of Salem and Leslie Wilson of Keizer; son, Steven Pedigo of Salem; former wife, Betty Sharp of Monmouth; brother, Bob Pedigo of Leesburg, Ga.; sister, Corlena Reed of The Dalles; and eight grandchildren.
   A celebration of life was held Feb. 6 at Court Street Christian Church and interment was at Restlawn Memory Gardens in Salem.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Willamette Valley Hospice, 2700 Market St. NE, Salem, OR 97301 or the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 4800 SW Macadam, Portland, OR 97201.
   Restlawn Funeral Home in Salem handled the arrangements.

Jean Becklund
   Jan. 14, 1923 - Feb. 9, 2002

Jean Becklund of Falls City died on Feb. 9. She was 79.
   She was born to Myron and Florence Woodworth Gilman in Little Falls, Minn.
   She married Bill Becklund on Jan. 1, 1945 in Minneapolis, Minn.
   He was in the U.S. Air Force for many years and the family moved many times throughout the United States and abroad.
   She had been a registered nurse for a number of years earlier in her life.
   They settled in Falls City in 1972.
   She had been a volunteer with the Boy Scouts.
   She enjoyed reading, gardening, canning and national politics.
   Survivors include her husband, Bill of Falls City; sons, Eric of Falls City and Bruce of Mountain Home, Idaho; daughter, Kristin Blanchard of Los Angeles; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
   Private family services were held at Restlawn Memory Gardens.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel which handled the arrangements.

Laura M. Crosiar
   April 3, 1915 - Feb. 9, 2002

Laura M. Crosiar of Sublimity died on Feb. 9. She was 86.
   Memorial services are pending with Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence. For service information call 503-838-1414.
   Complete obituary in next week's edition.
 
Daniel Timothy Bain
   June 16, 1981 - Feb. 10, 2002
   Daniel Timothy Bain died on Feb. 10. He was 20.
   He was born in Corvallis to John and Lynn Bain.
   He and his family spent the next six years in Entiat, Wash. before returning to Oregon in 1987.
   He attended school in the Philomath School District from first grade to graduation. While in school he enjoyed sports, science, writing, reading, social studies and chess.
   He highly respected and appreciated his many teachers and coaches who had touched his life over the years.
   He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hiking, hunting, target shooting, photography, star gazing, surfing and white-water rafting. Mostly he enjoyed his time with his brothers, sister and parents.
   He loved America and was proud and honored to serve his country in the U.S. Army Infantry National Guard. He completed basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. in the summer of 2001. He was looking forward to attending Officer Candidate School and receive a commission in the Army as a combat infantry officer.
   He was enrolled at Western Oregon University as a political science and philosophy major.
   Survivors include his parents, John and Lynn of Philomath; sister, Esther of Africa; brothers, Johnny of Eugene, Denny of McMinnville and Tommy of Philomath; grandmother, Patricia Hayes of Los Angeles; and grandfather, John Bain of Boise, Idaho.
   Services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Marys River Grange Hall in Philomath. A potluck gathering will be at the Bain's following the service.


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