Miscellaneous Yamhill County, Oregon Obituaries


Janice C. Grout

Funeral services were held for Janice C. Grout, a former Grand Ronde resident, on Sept. 23 at Waudís Funeral Home, Tillamook. 
She was born Aug. 14, 1938 in Aumsville to John and Eilene (Branch) Hofenbredl and died Sept. 20 in Tillamook. 
She moved to Tillamook in 1964 from Grand Ronde where she had lived for 28 years. On July 23, 1966 she married Marvin Grout in Tillamook. She worked for the Tillamook Cheese Factory for 15 years and for the Tillamook school district for the last 17 years. 
She is survived by her husband, Marvin of Tillamook; children, Sandy Rolston, Debbie Phillips and Ron Mercier, all of Tillamook; brothers, Larry and John Hofenbredl, both of Grand Ronde; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Hofenbredl, and stepfather, Charles Swenson. 
Private vault interment was held at Sunset Heights Memorial Gardens. Contributions: Ronald McDonald House in care of Waudís Funeral Home, Tillamook. 
The Sheridan Sun - Sept. 27, 2000

Wayne Roy Carroll

Wayne Roy Carroll, 54, formerly of Dayton, Ore., died Sept. 21 in Dayton, Nev.
He was born June 25, 1946 in Tillamook. He lived in Dayton from 1953 to 1963 and graduated from Dayton High School in 1963.
He served on U.S. Navy submarines from 1963 to 1975. He worked as a grade foreman and a foreman in heavy road construction.
Survivors include his wife, Lee of Dayton, Nev.; mother, Freda Carroll of Sheridan; brother, Butch Smith of Junction City; sisters, Patricia Harney of Astoria and Darlene Isabell of Napa, Idaho.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at Ballston Community Center. Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Sheridan Sun - Sept. 27, 2000

Dallas Spencer 

Dallas Claude Spencer, 79, of Sheridan died Sept. 28 in McMinnville.
He was born Dec. 6, 1920 in Otis, Colo. He graduated from Sheridan High School and served in the Navy during World War II. He was a rural mail carrier for 30 years, retiring in 1976. 
He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks. 
Survivors include his wife, Ardelle (Thompson) Spencer of Sheridan whom he married May 30, 1943 in Orchards, Wash.; sons, Gail of Oregon City and Dave of Sheridan; brother, Donald of McMinnville; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday at United Methodist Church in Sheridan. Interment was in Green Crest Memorial Park, Sheridan.
Arrangements were by Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home. Contributions: American Cancer Society in care of the mortuary.
The Sheridan Sun - Oct. 4, 2000

Nancy S. Nelson

Nancy S. Nelson of McMinnville died Oct. 8 in her home.
She was 45.
She was born March 2, 1955, in McMinnville, the daughter of Robert L. and Marlys Russell Johnson.
She was raised in Amity, graduating from Amity High School in 1973, where she had been a member of the National Honor Society. She married Brian J. Nelson Sept. 15, 1973, in McMinnville.
She had lived in McMinnville since 1981. She worked for 15 years for Dr. Harry McCulley. For the past six years she was owner with her husband of T.J.ís Superette, in Sheridan.
She was past board member of the McMinnville Athletic Club, cofounder of the McMinnville Area Girls Softball Association, an active member of the Amity Booster Club, and a member of Michelbook Country Club.
Survivors include her husband, father and mother; son, Scott Nelson of McMinnville; daughters Jennifer Wagner of Washington, D.C., and Lisa Nelson of McMinnville; sister, Kathy Batz of Salem; and two brothers, Brad Johnson of Sacramento, Cal., and Michael Johnson of Amity.
Memorial Services are at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Bethel Baptist Church, McMinnville.
Contributions in Mrs. Nelsonís memory may be made to the Amity Booster Club, in care of Macy & Son Funeral Directors, McMinnville.
The Sheridan Sun - Oct. 11, 2000

Vernon E. Brandt

Vernon E. Brandt of Sheridan died at home on Oct. 15 at the age of 66.
He was born April 29, 1934 in McMinnville to Edward and Alice Grauer Brandt.
He was raised and schooled in Sheridan where he was student body president at Sheridan High School. 
He served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He attended Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls before going to work on the third generation Brandt family farm which is now operated by his son David, the fourth generation.
He married Myrna Jean Hundtoft Sept. 2, 1961 in Portland.
He was a lifelong member and past council president and Elder of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheridan. 
He served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Sheridan Grain Company. 
He received great joy from his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Myrna, of Sheridan; daughter, Rachel Berg of Seattle, Wash.; son, David Brandt of Sheridan; brother, Edgar of Dallas; sisters, Evelyn DeJong of Sheridan, Nancy Lingenfelter of Munson, Pa., Charlotte Nordling of Eugene, Sharon Willweber of Seattle, Wash., Sarah Wilson of Milwaukie; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Nathan, who died in 1983.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheridan with Pastor Fred Storteboom officiating. Private family interment will be at Greencrest Cemetery in Sheridan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sheridan Trinity Lutheran Church or Health Dynamics Hospice in care of Macy & Son Funeral Directors.
The Sheridan Sun - Oct. 18, 2000

Myrtle Mae Kowing

Myrtle Mae Kowing, 75, died Oct. 20 in McMinnville.
She was born in Sheridan May 26, 1925, the daughter of Stephen and Cecil Russell Porter Sr. She attended schools in Sheridan, Willamina and Grand Ronde.
She married Frank Kowing June 15, 1943. They moved to Ballston in 1951 and to McMinnville in 1958.
She was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
She was a foster mother, a homemaker and a part-time matron for the sheriffís office.
She was also a member of the Society of Native Oregon Born, Rebekah Lodge No. 12 and McMinnville Senior Citizens.
Preceding her in death were husband Frank Kowing, who died in 1984, three sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include her sons, Brad Kowing of Dallas, Frank Jr. of Silver Springs, Md., and Terry Kowing of Renton, Wash.; daughters Judith Nesbit of Kelso, Wash., and Nancy Kowing of Pico Riveria, Calif.; sisters Etta Hansen of Willamina and Margie Knowlton of Dora; brother, Birl Porter of Portland; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services were Oct. 23 at the chapel of Macy & Son Funeral Directors in McMinnville. Interment was at Greencrest Memorial Cemetery, Sheridan. 
Contributions can be made to hospice in care of Macy & Son.
The Sheridan Sun - Oct. 25, 2000

Clara Yoder

Clara Yoder, 79, of Sheridan died Oct. 20 at Willamette Valley Medical Center.
She was born Feb. 9, 1921, in McMinnville. She had worked at the Carlton glove factory and she enjoyed playing the harmonica and traveling. She was a member of the Sheridan Mennonite Church.
She moved to the Sheridan Care Center in 1993.
Two brothers ó Elmer and Ammon Yoder ó preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sister, Ada Swartzendruber of Sheridan, a brother, Henry Yoder of McMinnville and a nephew, Stanley Swartzendruber of Estacada.
Services were Oct. 23 at the Sheridan Mennonite Church and interment was at the Mennonite Cemetery in Willamina. Arrangements were by Adamsonís Funeral Home.
Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the church.
The Sheridan Sun - Oct. 25, 2000

Grace M. Davis

Grace M. Davis, formerly of Willamina, died Oct. 16 in Dallas. She was 94.
She was born April 11, 1906, in Burwell, Neb., the daughter of William and Jennie (Freedie) DeHart. She attended school in Burwell and in 1930, married John Davis there. They operated a farm in Nebraska until 1955, when they moved to Bay City, Oregon.
The family moved to Willamina in 1965. Mrs. Davis moved in 1997 to Glendale to be near her son.
She is survived by a daughter, Luellen Pratt of Willamina and a son, John Davis of Glendale, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Anna May Merritt, eight brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services at Waudís Funeral Home in Tillamook were Oct. 19. Interment was at Bay City IOOF Cemetery.
The Sheridan Sun - Oct. 25, 2000

James Henry Jones

James Henry Jones, 79, of Forest Grove, died Oct. 21 in Hillsboro.
He was born May 15, 1921, in Sheridan, the son of Cyrus and Olive Dorton Jones. He lived all of his life in Sheridan, operating the family farm until poor health forced his retirement in 1991. In his early years he had logged and worked in sawmills during the off season. He farmed full-time from the late 1960s until retirement.
He served on the Ballston School Board and as a volunteer firefighter for the Sheridan Rural Fire Protection District.
Survivors include daughters Jeanette Fonnesbeck of Forest Grove and Judy Choate of Rupert, Idaho, and Alaska, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Green Crest Memorial Park, in Sheridan.
The Sheridan Sun - Oct. 25, 2000

Roy M. Robertson

Roy McClennan Robertson, 74, of Hillsboro, died Oct. 16 in St. Vincentís Hospital in Portland due to heart-related problems.
He was born July 9, 1926, to Roy and Goldie Glass Robertson. He attended schools in Willamina.
He served in the U.S. Navy and the Air Force, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant at discharge. He married Jeanne Surgeon Glass and was a truck driver.
Survivors include his wife; stepson, Mike Stegle and stepdaughter, Marcie Christiansen, both of Portland; sister, Betty Surgeon and brother, Robert Johnson, both of Brookings, and several grandchildren.
Services were Oct. 21 in Tigard.
The Sheridan Sun - Oct. 25, 2000

Marie Miller

Marie Miller, 75, or Amity, died Oct. 26 in her home in Amity.
She was born Dec. 3, 1924, in Hutchinson, Kansas. She moved with her family to Oregon in 1936, moving to Whiteson and Amity in 1941.
She worked in her early 20s as a volunteer at the Portland Mission.
She married Tobias Miller Sept. 10. 1950, at the Sheridan Mennonite Church. He died in 1993.
She operated a home janitorial service for 40 years and was an active member of the Sheridan Mennonite Church. She loved singing and playing the harmonica, guitar and organ. She often played her harmonica in care homes. She also loved gardening, canning and flowers. She had a caring heart for others and their needs and tried to be a blessing to them.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Savilla Gough, in 1994.
Survivors include four sons and three daughters; Duane Miller of McMinnville, Steve Miller of Amity, James Miller of Dundee, Gary Miller of Amity, Linda Willms of Dayton, Nadine Nelson of McMinnville, Katie Hahn of McMinnville; four brothers, Enos Nisly of Sheridan, Ivan Nisly of Independence, Aden Nisly of Salem and Albert Nisly of Goshen, Ind.; a sister, Ida McJunkin, of Bazine, Kan. and seven grandchildren.
Services were Monday at Sheridan Mennonite Church, the Rev. Gary Nice officiating. Interment is at Sheridan Mennonite Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Sheridan Mennonite Church and Macy & Son Funeral Directors, McMinnville.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 1, 2000

Howard M. Guyton

Howard Mills Guyton, 89, of Sheridan, died Oct. 26 in Sheridan.
He was born Nov. 12, 1910, in San Francisco.
He married Wanda Guyton Aug. 4, 1952, in Spokane, Wash. She preceded him in death.
He was an aircraft engine tester during World War II and was a carpenter who helped construct the base foundation for the Grand Coulee Dam. He moved to Alaska and worked for the railroad there until he retired in 1971.
He moved to Sheridan in 1971.
He was a lifetime member of the Odd Fellows and the Elks. He was a member of the Rebekah Lodge. Hobbies included working in his wood shop and reading.
Survivors include four daughters; Donna Moretto of Sheridan, Deanna Testone of Phoenix, Ariz., Delma Moore of Anchorage, Ak., and Dorla Ebbighausen of Elmer City, Wash.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services, officiated by pastor Joel Boyce, were Monday at Adamsonís Funeral Home in Sheridan.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 1, 2000

Henry Frank Morgan

Henry Frank Morgan, 57, of Willamina died Nov. 1 at his home as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
He was born Sept. 26, 1943 in Hood River. He moved to Kodiak, Alaska, in 1965 to teach high school math.
He enjoyed cooking, woodworking and working with fruit trees.
Survivors include his parents, George and Edna Morgan of Hood River and a sister, Nancy Kellogg of Aloha.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today in Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home. Contributions: Willamina public library in care of Adamsonís.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 8, 2000

Augusta Clements

Former Sheridan resident Augusta (Kosack) Clements of Elfin Cove, Alaska, died Oct. 13 at a nursing home in Juneau, Alaska.
She is survived by her husband, Roy Clements of Elfin Cove, Alaska, and five sisters.
Cremation was performed and her wishes were for no memorial services.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 8, 2000

Floyd Reed Ullrich

Floyd Reed Ullrich, 80, a former Sheridan resident and mail carrier, died Oct. 30 at home in McMinnville.
He was born Jan. 28, 1920 in Oconto, Neb., to Fred V. and Minnie Gertrude Oliver Ullrich.
He graduated from Broken Bow (Neb.) High School and worked as a truck driver. 
He served as a staff sergeant in The Philippines during World War II and won several medals, including the Bronze Star. 
He moved to Sheridan after the war and married Florence Meda Blanchard on Oct. 5, 1949 in Sheridan. He worked for Bayless Creamery and later at Taylor Lumber and the plywood mill in Willamina. He also worked as a city mail carrier in Sheridan and later as a rural carrier in Amity, retiring from the Post Office in 1980.
He enjoyed dancing, hiking and camping.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Jeffrey of Valley Center and Mark of Tiburon, Calif.; daughter, Sherry Toliver of McMinnville; sister, Freda Clay of Salem; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday at the First Christian Church with private entombment in Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Arrangements were made by Macy & Son mortuary, McMinnville. Contributions: Hospice or First Christian Church in care of Macyís.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 8, 2000

Morris L. Branson

Morris Branson, 81, a former Willamina resident, died Nov. 1 at home in McMinnville.
He was born in Willamina and served in the Army during World War II. He returned to Willamina and worked for Champion Plywood for 35 years, retiring in the early 1980s. He moved to McMinnville in 1999.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and enjoyed working with clocks. 
He married Darlene Harrison in 1960. She died in 1984.
Survivors include a son, Gary Shields of California; daughters, Darlene Taylor and Laurie Branson, both of McMinnville, Debra Hilario of Dallas and Margo McMurrin of Salem; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Monday at Macy & Son Mortuary, McMinnville, with interment in Buck Hollow Cemetery, Willamina.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 8, 2000

Edith Littlejohn 
 
Edith Littlejohn, 86, of Willamina died Nov. 13. 
She was born Nov. 30, 1913 in Kalama, Wash., to Donald and Edith (Pavey) Bate.
She married Elwin W. Littlejohn on July 6, 1935 in Yakama, Wash. He died in 1998.
She was a member of the Willamina First Christian Church and a past Noble Grand of the Rebeccaís Primrose Lodge in Willamina.
She taught Sunday school at vacation Bible school and was a member of the Phil Sheridan Rodeo advisory committee. She also was a 4-H and Campfire Girls leader.
In 1990, she was named Grand Ronde "Citizen of the Year" by the local Kiwanis Club and in 1998 was Grand Marshal of the Willamina July 4th parade. She was named "Mother of the Year" this year by the Willamina First Christian Church.
She enjoyed horseback riding, crocheting, gardening and caring for livestock.
Survivors include sons, Lewis of Salem, Doug of Valley Junction, Gary of Rowell Creek; daughter, Eileen Holsclaw of Willamina; brothers, Arthur Bate of Kalama, Wash., and Alex Bate of Redmond, Okla.; sisters, Robena Reed of Scholls and Mickey Merz of Willamina; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visiting will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Willamina Middle School with private family interment following in Green Crest Memorial Park.
Contributions: Willamina First Christian Church.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 15, 2000

Faye Clarkson

Faye Clarkson, 71, of Sheridan died Nov. 12.
She was born Aug. 18, 1929 in Ft. Smith, Ark., to Davie and Essie T. (Fouts) Lasiter.
She worked as a bookkeeper and apartment manager.
She lived in Fort Smith, Ark., Roland, Okla., Eureka, Calif., and Prospect, Ore., before moving to Sheridan in 1997. She was a member of the Grand Ronde Church of the Nazarene.
Survivors include daughters, Gail Scott of Grand Ronde and Glenda Palmer of Sallisaw, Okla.; brothers, Ewell Lasiter of Muldrow, Okla., and Jerry Lasiter of Roland, Okla.; sister, Bernice Smith of Lewiston, Idaho; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grand Ronde Church of the Nazarene.
Arrangements were made by Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 15, 2000

Don R. Beck

Don R. Beck, 62, of Willamina, died Nov. 7 in a Portland hospital.
He was born Jan. 23, 1938 in Milton Freewater to Marion and Pauline Elsie Beck.
He worked for a dairy in Milton Freewater and Walla Walla, Wash. He moved to Arizona in 1971 and worked for Paradise Valley school district. He moved to Hermiston in 1979 and worked as a fork lift driver for Lamb-Weston. He also worked for Marlette Mobile Homes in Hermiston. 
He moved to Willamina in 1992 and worked at the veneer plant until retiring in May. He enjoyed woodworking.
Survivors include his wife, Arlene, whom he married on May 27, 1989 in Hermiston; sons, Allan of Phoenix, Dana of Salem and Donald of Grand Ronde; daughters, Pam Cherry and Sherry Beck, both of Fresno, Calif.; a brother, Dale of Milton Freewater; sister, Pat Phillips of Hermiston; stepsons, Michael Giffen of Portland and Jack Giffen Jr. of Eugene; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
At his request, no services were held.
Contributions: the American Heart Association in care of Macy & Son mortuary, McMinnville.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 15, 2000

Richard P. Pearce

Richard P. Pearce, 80, a former Sheridan resident, died Nov. 6 in McMinnville.
He was born Jan. 6, 1920 in Portland to Percy R. and Marie K. Pearce. At age six he moved to a farm near Whiteson.
He joined the Naval Reserve in 1941 and served in the South Pacific during World War II.
After working at a steel mill in California, he learned the body and fender trade and opened an auto repair shop in Sheridan until 1970.
He moved to a farm in Whiteson in 1965 and then to Carlton in 1994.
He enjoyed playing pinochle at the McMinnville Senior Center.
Survivors include his wife, Gayle, whom he married on Dec. 11, 1950 in Camas, Wash.; sons, Dan of Newberg and David of Albany; daughters, Laura Doran of Carlton and Linda Freeborn of McMinnville; sister, Betty Davis of McMinnville; step-brothers, James Powell and Kenneth Privatsky, both of McMinnville; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Sunday at the McMinnville Senior Center.
Contributions: a favorite charity in care of Macy & Son mortuary, McMinnville.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 15, 2000


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