Miscellaneous Yamhill County, Oregon Obituaries

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Fredrick ‘Steve’ Wood

Fredrick Steven Howard "Steve" Wood, 55, died Nov. 17.
He was born Jan. 15, 1945 in Bagley, Minn, to Fred and Alice Wood of Willamina.
He graduated from Willamina High School in 1962 and served four years in the Air Force. After military duty, he graduated from Oregon State University and worked as a clerk and part owner of a pizza parlor.
He taught school in Milwaukee for three years and owned and operated Dick’s Saw Shop in Willamina.
He helped his father-in-law build a 58 ft. fishing boat and made many trips with him. He married Janet Barrett in Corvallis in 1969 and later married Carol Helvic. He was divorced at the time of his death.
He enjoyed stamp and coin collecting, skiing, hunting, fishing and square dancing.
Survivors include his parents; his son, Jeff Wood of Redmond, Wash.; daughters, Jill Wood of Seattle and Jennifer Wood of Willamina; brothers, Larry of Penn Valley, Calif., and John of Estacada; sisters, Marie Marshall of McMinnville, Melissa Mostad of Hillsboro, Joy Crabb of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Kelly Richards of Shingle Springs, Calif., Sue Kaalaas of Portland and Iva Norris of Oregon House, Calif.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Willamina. Private interment will be in Green Crest Memorial Park.
Adamson’s Sheridan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 22, 2000

Mike Fetch

Mike Fetch, 93, of Willamina, died Nov. 15.
He was born Aug. 12, 1907 in Wilton, N.D.
He married his wife, Verda, on Nov. 17, 1934 in Coquille.
He worked as a dairyman in Myrtle Point for several years and moved to the Oregon Coast in 1923 then to Newberg in 1948 and Willamina in 1952.
He worked for Willamina Lumber from 1961-72.
He enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
Survivors include a son, Ron, of Willamina; a sister, Mary Axe of Myrtle Point; 7 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday at Adamson’s Sheridan Funeral Home with burial in Green Crest Memorial Park, Sheridan.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 22, 2000

Bernard Baggenstos

Bernard Henery Baggenstos, 81, a former Willamina resident, died Oct. 30 in McMinnville.
He was born Oct. 6, 1919 in Sherwood and served in the Army during World War II. He worked as a builder and sheet rocker.
Survivors include his daughters, Cecilia Cullison of Canby, Janiene Bruce of Bandon, Joanie Kruse of Aurora, Theresa Baggenstos of Beaverton and Lisa Erb of Dayton; sons, Tom of Newberg, Toby of Woodburn and Peter of Portland; brothers, Martin and Ed of Tigard and Frank of Echo; sisters, Elizabeth Baggenstos of Portland, Anne McDonald and Margaret Sambucceto, both of Canby; and 10 grandchildren.
Services were held Nov. 3 with burial in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Tigard.
Contributions: Doernbecher Children’s Hospital or McMinnville Hospice in care of Young’s Funeral Home, 11831 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 22, 2000

James L. Kaiser

James Kaiser, 59, of Willamina, died Sunday. 
He was born July 11, 1941 in Greeley, Colo., and graduated from Hillsboro High School. He served in the Navy. In 1962, he moved to Forest Grove, in 1975 to Willamina where he was an electrician and supervisor for Willamina Lumber. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church and enjoyed the woods, trees, investment real estate and stocks. 
Survivors include his wife, Ginny, whom he married in 1995; daughter, Jennifer Kaiser of North Plains; sons, Kenneth of Hillsboro, Brandon of Milwaukie, and Jonathon of Willamina; sister, Linda Jones of Beaverton; brothers, Gene of Milwaukie, and Don of Hillsboro; stepdaughter, Dana Morfin of Willamina; stepsons, Niguel and Garrett Morfin, both of Willamina; and nine grandchildren. 
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Macy & Son Chapel, McMinnville. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park. Contributions: Health Dynamics Hospice. 
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 29, 2000

Zelda Lane

Zelda Tilmer Lane, a former Grand Ronde resident, died Nov. 25 in Valley Community Hospital, Dallas.
She was born Dec. 12, 1917 in Grand Ronde to James and Myrtle Leno McKnight. She grew up in the Grand Ronde area and graduated from Hebo High School. 
She married Emil Schmid in 1937. He died in 1944.
She ran the Old Rockaway Hotel in the early 1940s. She was also a nurse’s aide in the Tillamook and Rockaway area for about eight years. 
She married Pete Lockwood in 1947 and they were later divorced. She worked for the Oregon State Highway Departments in the 1950s as a counter in the Dallas area. She married Fletcher Kessell; he preceded her in death. She married Silas Lane in Forest Grove; he died in 1997.
She traveled during the summer months, acting as a fire watch in the Eugene, Oakridge, and Deadwood areas. In 1979 they moved to Monmouth where they lived until settling back in Dallas in September 1996.
She was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and served on the tribal cemetery committee and was active in pow wows. She enjoyed playing bingo and was a member of the Mavericks Senior Group in Monmouth. She was a Master Gardener and had a flower and vegetable garden. She enjoyed canning, cooking and crocheting slippers. 
Survivors include her children: Bill, Chuck, and Bob Lane all of Bay City, Joe Lane of Portland, Lailonie O’Hare of Colinga, Calif., Mary Brailey of Astoria, Cindy Hutchinson and Becky Lane both of Corvallis, Ava Leibbarnt of Arkansas, Robert Lee Schmid, Kenneth Schmid and Richard Schmid all of Grand Ronde, Betty Felix of Puyallup, Wash., along with numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Ruth Simmons in 1998. 
Services were held Tuesday in Bollman Funeral Home, Dallas. Interment was in Dallas Cemetery. Contributions: Mavericks Senior Club or Independence Senior Center in care of Bollman’s.
The Sheridan Sun - Nov. 29, 2000

LoCeil Lamson

LoCeil Lamson, 94, a former Willamina resident, died Nov. 28 in Newberg.
She was born Jan. 19, 1906 in Glenville, Minn., to Jack B. and Caroline E. Alford Kirkpatrick.
She was raised in Cottage Grove and Newport.
She married Edward DelGrado Lamson in 1924 in Newport. They moved to Sheridan in 1930 and to Willamina in 1943 to live on a Century Ranch that is still in the family. She was involved in the Phil Sheridan Days rodeo for many years.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in McMinnville. She enjoyed writing poetry and the outdoors.
Survivors include a daughter, LoDell McKern of Tigard; son-in-laws Ellery McKern of Tigard and Kenneth Graham of McMinnville; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, three brothers, six sisters and a daughter, Helen Graham.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Macy & Son in McMinnville with interment in Eurkea Cemetery, Newport. Contributions: First Christian Church.
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 6, 2000

Edith Gonshorowski

Edith "Lenz" Gonshorowski, 87, a Ballston resident, died Nov. 27 in Independence.
She was born June 29,1913 in Ballston to Richard and Lueala Hendrix Lenz.
She was a lifelong resident of the Ballston area, living her life within 20 miles of her place of birth
She graduated from Ballston High School in 1930 and married Anton "Tony" Gonshorowski in 1937. 
She worked at the Fairview Training Center as a physical Aide. She was a member of the Perrydale Goodwill Club and also enjoyed embroidery. 
She was preceded in death by her husband Tony in 1984 and son Glenn in 1994. 
She is survived by sons, Ron of Dallas and Richard of Concord, Calif.; five grandchildren and one great- grandchild. 
Funeral services were held on Saturday in the Dallas Mortuary Chapel in Dallas. Interment followed at the Salt Creek Cemetery. 
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 6, 2000

Dolores Schoenbein

Dolores (Dee) Jane Querrey Schoenbein died Nov. 17 at home with her family in McMinnville. She was 78. 
She was born Feb. 6, 1922 in Decatur, Ill., the daughter of Florence McAnallan Querrey and Merle Querry. She attended elementary and secondary school in Decatur and St. Louis, Mo. 
During World War II, she worked as a secretary on the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago. She retired from the Reuben H. Donnelley Co. in 1979 and moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where she worked as an office manager for Cox Cable Television.
She loved the desert and the mountains and enjoyed sewing and traveling. 
She was married to Mark Grant Schoenbein. He preceded her in death in 1982. 
Survivors include her sons. Mark Schoenbein of McMinnville and Dan Schoenbein of Littleton, Colo., and seven grandchildren. 
Contributions: Legacy Health Dynamics Hospice of McMinnville in care of Adamson’s Sheridan Funeral Home, P. O. Box 10, Sheridan, OR.
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 6, 2000

Isabelle Shaffer

Isabelle Marie Shaffer, 75, of Sheridan, died Dec. 3.
She was born April 4, 1925 in Coloma, Mo. She moved to California in 1957 and after retiring in 1981 moved to Sheridan.
She was past president of the VFW Post 4211 Ladies Auxiliary in Willamina. She enjoyed bowling.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph, whom she married in St. Joseph, Mo.; a son, Joseph Jr. of Gaston; daughters, Dorinda Gustafson of West Linn, Debra Costa of Newberg, Marie Lovingler of Peoria, Ariz.; sisters, Joyce Rzeszut and Mary Cottier, both of Coloma, Mo.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today in Adamson’s Sheridan Funeral Home. Contributions: Oregon Kidney Foundation in care of Adamson’s.
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 6, 2000

Richard Fenwick

Richard "Dick" Fenwick, 78, of Grand Ronde died Monday in Salem.
He was born Dec. 13, 1921, in Roseburg to Archie and Myrtle (Scypher) Russe.
He served in the U.S. Navy and Seabees during WWII. 
He moved to Dorris, Calif., where he was a restaurant manager/owner until his retirement. He was also a longtime city council member and served on the school board.
In 1996, he moved back to Grand Ronde. He was a member of St. Michael’s Church in Grand Ronde and a lifetime member of the Lions Club. He was an active supporter of the Babe Ruth Baseball program. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma of Grand Ronde, whom he married June 29, 1948 in Dorris, Calif; sons, Richard of Grand Ronde and Michael of Portland; daughter, Sarah Fenwick of Lake Oswego, and two grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael’s Church in Grand Ronde.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Military Veterans Memorial of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in care of Adamson’s Funeral Home, P.O. Box 10, Sheridan.
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 6, 2000

Billie ‘Cathy’ Cain
Billie Catherine "Cathy" Cain, 54, of Sheridan, died Dec. 6.
She was born Dec. 1, 1946 in Phoenix, Ariz.
She moved from Boron, Calif., to Sheridan in 1960. She worked for H.R. Jones Veneer in Grand Ronde.
She enjoyed baking, gardening, art work and ceramics.
Survivors include her husband, Rusty of Sheridan; sons, Bryan of Sheridan and Allen of Woodburn; daughters, Karie of Delano, Calif., and Terry of Sheridan; brothers, Donald Harris of Arizona, Albert Burns of Texas and Ralph Harris of Sheridan; and four grandchildren.
Services were held Monday at Adamson’s Sheridan Funeral Home with burial in Buck Hollow Cemetery, Willamina.
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 13, 2000

Vernon Mercier

Vernon Mercier, 87, a native of Grand Ronde, died Dec. 9 in Salem.
He was born July 27, 1913 in Grand Ronde. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II.
He worked in education most of his life and was principal of Delake Elementary School in Lincoln City.
He married his wife, Berylle, in 1944. She died in 1991.
Survivors include a sister, Opal Davidson of Sheridan.
Visiting will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Chapel in Salem. Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Green Crest Memorial Park, Sheridan.
Contributions: Lions Club Sight and Hearing Foundation, 1410 SW Morrison St., Suite 760, Portland, OR 97205.
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 13, 2000

Freeda Adams

Freeda Adams, 99, a former resident of Willamina and Sheridan, died Dec. 8 in Dallas.
She was born Nov. 23, 1901 in Willamina to William and Kate Chrisman Mendenhall.
She married Dr. Harold Dewey Peterson in 1919 and they lived in Sheridan until moving to Dallas a year later.
Her first husband died in 1964 and she married Dr. Kinley Adams in 1969 and moved to West Salem. In 1975 she moved to Keizer. Her second husband died in 1976 and she moved to Drain in 1989 where she lived until 1995 when she moved back to Dallas.
She was active in many organizations, including serving as chair of the Polk County Republican Central Committee and was honored in 1969 as "Outstanding First Citizen" by the Dallas Chamber of Commerce. She also enjoyed gardening and grew prize roses.
Survivors include a son, Harold Peterson of Portland; stepsons, Ronald Adams of California, George Adams of Portland and Kernard Adams of Salem; a sister, Nona Ballard of McMinnville; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Dallas Mortuary Chapel with entombment in Restlawn Mausoleum, Salem. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in Dallas Mortuary Chapel.
Contributions: American Red Cross in care of the mortuary.
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 13, 2000

Karl R. Kihlstadius
Karl R. "Beaver" Kihlstadius, a former area resident, died Dec. 4 of a brain tumor.
He was born Nov. 2, 1943 in McMinnville to Melvin and Violet Kihlstadius. He was raised and worked in the Sheridan and Willamina area and last lived in Albany.
He worked as a mechanic and log truck driver and was a self-employed long haul truck driver.
He was a member of the Eagles, American Legion and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Willamina. 
He enjoyed drag racing, camping, boating, old cars and golf.
Survivors include a son, Daniel of Keizer; brother, Dan of Albany; sister, Melva Galligher of Keizer.
Services were held Saturday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Arrangements were made by Autumn Funerals and Cremation in Tigard.
Contributions: Emmanuel Lutheran Church or the American Brain Tumors Association, 2720 River Rd., Des Plains, Ill. 60018.
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 20, 2000

Elma Cowger

Elma Edith Cowger, 95, of Sheridan, died Dec. 12.
She was born July 21, 1905 in Ft. Klamath. She married William M. Cowger in 1948.
She worked as a minister most of her life.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Ruth Cox of Portland; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Saturday at Adamson’s Sheridan Funeral Home with burial in Green Crest Memorial Park, Sheridan.
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 20, 2000

Myrtle Barker

Myrtle Mathis Barker, 82, of Willamina, died Dec. 18 in McMinnville.
She was born Aug. 15, 1918 in Tusquitte, N.C. to Melvin Homer and Lena R. Cruse Killian.
She lived in Washington state before moving to Oregon. She lived in the Willamina-Sheridan area for the past 50 years.
She enjoyed needlework, crafts, sewing, quilting and bingo.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hubert R. Mathis, in 1976 and her second husband, Jay R. Barker, in 1997 and a brother, Ray Killian.
Survivors include sons, Glen Mathis of Mist, Robert Mathis of Willamina, Roy Lee Mathis of Sheridan; daughters, Donna Peters of Willamina, Rachel Rhine of Sweet Home, Iva Walker of Sheridan, Dollie Budlong of Salem; sisters, Ruby Allison of Kalama, Jessie Godwin of Kelso, Wash., Jewel Godwin of McKinleyville, Calif.; brothers, Bobbie Killian of Winlock, Wash., Buddy Killian of Lacey, Wash., Cranston Killian and Ralph Killian, both of Vader, Wash., Ferman Killian of Yacolt, Wash.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Dec. 22 at the Chapel of Macy & Son in McMinnville with burial in Green Crest Memorial Park, Sheridan. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association in care of Macy & Son.
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 27, 2000

Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Lynn Miller, 57, a former Sheridan resident, died Dec. 18 at home in McMinnville.
She was born May 4, 1943 in Detroit, Mich., to Ulysses and Juanita Miller Cable.
She lived in Tennessee, Detroit, Portland and Salem before moving to Airle where the family owned and operated a mobile slaughter business and where she worked as a meat wrapper. In 1990 she moved to the Sheridan area.
She enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry, whom she married Sept. 10, 1970 in Detroit; daughters, Wanda Walls of Mahnomen, Minn., and Anna Mickels of Vancouver, Wash.; sons, Donald Peach of Portland, David Peach of Kansas City, Kan., and Doug Peach of McMinnville; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A gathering of family and friends was held at the family’s home on Dec. 23. Arrangements were made by Dallas Mortuary Chapel.
The Sheridan Sun - Dec. 27, 2000

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