Miscellaneous Yamhill County, Oregon Obituaries

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Keith Neely

Keith William Neely, 51, a former Sheridan resident, died Jan. 28 at home of malignant melanoma. 
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the First Unitarian Church, 1101 SW 12th Ave., Portland.
He lived his first 18 years in Sheridan. He earned his bachelorís degree at Pacific University in 1968, his masterís in public administration from PSU in 1988 and his doctorate in public administration and policy from PSU in December. 
His professional career spanned the field of emergency medicine beginning as a college student in Forest Grove where he was a volunteer fireman and drove the departmentís ambulance. In 1979 he received advanced paramedic training and worked as an EMT for Denver General Hospital from 1980-84. 
In 1984 he began working at Oregon Health Sciences University as an instructor and as the emergency communications coordinator. 
At the time of his death he was an associate professor and director, EMS System Development. His teaching assignments included emergency medicine and advanced paramedic educational program. 
He was co-founder of the Oregon Critical Response Team and served on a variety of university committee assignments on patient transport and trauma operations. 
He was on the board of the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physician, as well a member of various committees. He served on editorial boards and as a reviewer of national emergency medicine publications. He also published numerous articles in emergency medicine journals.
Dr. Neely wrote two novels depicting the lives of paramedics: "The Street Dancer," 1990, and its sequel, "Memories of the Dance," 1999. 
He enjoyed whitewater rafting, vacations at the coast with his family, reading fiction and nonfiction. He was a long time member of the First Unitarian Church where he was a member of the choir. 
Survivors include his wife, Claire Cavanaugh; daughters, Elisabeth, Hannah and Rachel; father, Roscoe Neely and his wife, Velma Neely; sisters, Carol Beatty and Joan Robbins. His mother, Margaret J. Neely preceded him in death. 
Donations can be made to OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine Keith Neely EMS Research Sabbatical c/o Leslie Johnson OHSU Emergency Medicine UHN-52, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201 or to Providence Portland Medical Foundation, Melanoma Research, 4805 NE Glisan, Portland, OR 97213.
The Sheridan Sun - Jan. 31, 2001

Sylvester Barger

Sylvester Barger, 66, a former Sheridan resident, died Jan. 30 of cancer
He was born Oct. 31, 1934 in Salem, Mo., and moved to Sweet Home with his family as a child. 
He graduated from Sweet Home High School and served four years in the Army. He worked two years for Rose City Transit in Portland 
He and his family then moved to Sheridan in 1966 where he was employed by Boise Cascade until his retirement in 1997. 
He then made his retirement home in Yuma, Ariz., where he enjoyed traveling, golf and the outdoors.
Survivors include three children, Lisa Barger of Salem, Crystal Barger of Portland and April Johnson of Willamina; and a grandchild, Nathan Johnson of Willamina.
Services were limited to graveside. Donations: American Cancer Society.
The Sheridan Sun - Feb. 7, 2001

Charles Ashwell

Charles Herbert Ashwell, 76, a former Valley Junction resident, died Feb. 1 in Olympia, Wash.
He was born Feb. 18, 1924 and lived in Valley Junction and Lincoln City.
Survivors include a daughter, Stella Westman of Lincoln City; brothers, Wesley of Valley Junction and Russell of McMinnville; sisters, Lois Camus and Leila Mann, both of Olympia; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Mark.
Services are to be announced.
Contributions: the Salvation Army.
The Sheridan Sun - Feb. 7, 2001

Janice Gingerich

A funeral for Janice (Schlabach) Gingerich, 68, of Sheridan will be held at the Sheridan Mennonite Church at 1 p.m. Thursday. 
Interment will be in the Mennonite cemetery near Willamina. 
She lived the past year at the Rock of Ages Care Center near McMinnville and died as a result of Parkinsons disease. 
Born Nov. 28, 1932 at Hubbard, she attended the Hubbard Grade School and Western Mennonite High School. She married Edwin Gingerich on Sept. 7, 1952. 
She lived near Hopewell for 16 years, also Vanderhoof, B.C. Canada and Corvallis, Mont., until 1987, when she moved to Sheridan. 
She enjoyed being a homemaker, photography, raising flowers and teaching Sunday School and Bible School children. 
Survivors include her husband; sons, Dean of Missoula, Mont., Jerry of Corvallis, Mont.; and a daughter Marilyn Voth of Vanderhoof, B.C., nine grandchildren; sisters Priscilla Roth of Sheridan, Arvilla Lawson of Woodburn and Judy McMintyre, Ridgefield, Wash. 
Contributions: Gospel Echoes N.W. Prison Ministry or Mill Creek Christian School.
Arrangements are by Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home. 
Visiting will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Adamsonís.
The Sheridan Sun - Feb. 14, 2001

Stanley Mendenhall

Stanley G. Mendenhall, 59, a former Willamina resident, died Feb. 8 in a Roseburg hospital. 
He was born Dec. 27, 1941 in Sheridan to Fred and Helen (Tatom) Mendenhall. 
He grew up and attended school in Willamina. On July 9, 1960 in Willamina, he married Eileen Mae Reeser. She preceded him in death in July 1998. 
In the early 1970s, he moved to the Roseburg area. His career driving truck spanned 42 years, mostly with Gene Whitaker Trucking. 
He loved spending time with his family, which often included throwing horseshoes, hunting, camping and baseball.
On May 22, 1999 in Wilbur, he married Sandy Berkey-Reeser. He was active in his industry with the Trucking Association and was a National Rifle Association member. 
He is survived by his wife, Sandy Mendenhall of Wilbur; his sons, Randy of Camas Valley and Gary of Roseburg; his daughters, Sherrie Rhodes of Sherwood, Lorrie Mendenhall and Bonnie Wilcox both of Sutherlin, Lisa Ketchum of Sutherlin and Elizabeth Sirven of Wilsonville; stepchildren, David Berkey of Lebanon, James Berkey of Amity, Deborah and Kevin McAhren of Ontario, Karen Berkey of Dayton and RaDonna and Howard Berkey-Price of Kennewick, Wash.; brothers and sisters, Dick Mendenhall of Independence, Alice Satterlee of Madras, Jerry Mendenhall of Roseburg, David Mendenhall of Sutherlin, Gayle Croy of Davenport, Wash., Roy Mendenhall of Ranier, Dennis Mendenhall of Sutherlin, Kathy Miles of Lakeview, Carmen Finlay of Portland and Pam Vance of Roseburg; and 24 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin Mendenhall; sisters, Shirley Robuck-Mendenhall and Carol Ann Mendenhall; and a stepson, Leroy Berkey. 
Funeral services were held Sunday in Wilsonís Chapel of the Roses, Roseburg. Interment was in Roseburg Memorial Gardens.
The Sheridan Sun - Feb. 14, 2001

Roberta ĎBertí Alley

Roberta "Bert" Alley, 68, of Sheridan, died Feb. 6 in a motor vehicle accident.
She was born July 15, 1932 in Salem. She was self-employed.
Survivors include her husband, Dude Alley, whom she married in 1970.
Services were held Monday. 
Arrangements were by Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home.
The Sheridan Sun - Feb. 14, 2001

Herman ĎDellí Koski

Herman Delmer "Dell" Koski, 61, who was raised in the Grand Ronde-Willamina area, died Jan. 31.
He was born March 5, 1939 in McMinnville.
He worked in grocery stores in the area for 20 years and then worked for Western Beverage Co., retiring in 1997.
He was a member of the Keizer Elks and Eagles and served in the Army.
Survivors include his wife, Judi Hayward whom he married in 1974; daughters, Amy Tepper of Las Vegas and Sara Koski of Corvallis; brothers, Craig Haymowicz of Salem and Clark Haymowicz of Sheridan.
Services were held at the Keizer Elks. 
Contributions: the Arthritis Fund or Diabetes Fund care of Keizer Funeral Chapel.
The Sheridan Sun - Feb. 14, 2001

Viona Jeane Lacy

Viona Jeane Lacy, 70, a former Sheridan resident, died of cancer Feb. 7 in Portland. 
She was born March 6, 1930, in Portland to Andrew John and Olive Anetta (Mark) Haugen. She was raised and schooled in Sheridan, where she graduated from high school in 1948. As a young woman, she was a member of Rainbow Girls.
She attended a year at Oregon State College before she married Don Lacy, in Oakland, Calif., on October 8, 1950. She lived in the San Diego and then Corvallis. She lived in Central Point from 1953 until moving to Hillsboro in 1969.
She was an avid reader and often mentored her husbandís students. She was a founder of the original Friends of the Library and was a member of the Hillsboro Kiwanis where she headed the S.M.A.R.T. program, which encouraged reading skills. 
She was a member of the Sheridan Womenís Study Club and was a third generation member (her mother was the founder). She was a member of a Washington County Extension, a volunteer for both the American Red Cross Blood Bank and Meals-on- Wheels. 
She was a member of the League of Women Voters where she worked on the Metro Transportation Study committee and helped edit the Oregon Voter, the publication distributed by the League of Women Voters. 
A member of Pythian Sisters, Phoenicia Temple #10, she was the Supreme Representative, as well as the Past Grand Royal Advisor for the Pythian Sunshine Girls (ages 10-19). She was involved and supported Special Olympics. She was also the Mrs. Claus for Share-The-Spirit, along with her husband, bringing joy to hundreds of hospitalized and sheltered children and elders each year. 
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Kathlene Dawn Lacy of Portland, Maureen Viona Murphy of Forest Grove, Shelley Karin Corby of Aloha, Brenda Ann Branson of Abington, Penn.; a son, John Douglas Lacy of Hillsboro; a brother, Gordon Haugen of Beaverton; twin sister, Annetta "Ann" Scott of McMinnville; and eight grandchildren 
Contributions: Doernbecherís Childís Life Department, 1121 SW Salmon, Portland, OR 97205. SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), c/o Kiwanis Club of Hillsboro, PO Box 311, Hillsboro, OR 97123-0311. Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for Handicapped Children & Adults, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR 97219. American Cancer Society, 0330 SW Curry, Portland, OR 97201. Oregon Pythian Continuing Education Fund, c/o Steve Callaway, Secretary, 649 NE Goldie, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124.
The family will host a memorial party in her memory from 2 to 4 p.m. March 4 at the Pythian Hall, 151 SE Second Street, 2nd Floor, Hillsboro. Arrangements were by Bronleewe-Bass Funeral Home.
The Sheridan Sun - Feb. 21, 2001

Michael Bomberger

Michael E. Bomberger, 47, a former Sheridan resident, died Jan. 29 of cancer at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
He was born Dec. 28, 1953 in Los Angeles. He moved to Sheridan in 1967 and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1971.
He served in the Air Force as a security policeman and attained the rank of captain.
Survivors include his wife, Judy; sons, Jason, Jared, James and Daniel of Phoenix; brother, David of Crooked River Ranch; sister, Karen Normandin and mother, Lois Bomberger, both of Forest Grove. He was preceded in death by his father, former Sheridan police chief Albert "Al" Bomberger.
Memorial services were held Feb. 4 in Phoenix. Contributions: RTA Hospice, 1102 McDowell Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85006-2611 or the American Institute for Cancer Research, 1759 R. Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.
The Sheridan Sun - Feb. 21, 2001

Margaret Kaufman

Margaret M. Kaufman, 81, a former Sheridan resident, died Feb. 12 in McMinnville.
She was born April 12, 1919 in Coquille to Roy and Almeda Eckloff Rhoades. She attended school in Newport and married John Z. Kaufman on Oct. 9, 1937 in Kelso, Wash.
She lived in Sweet Home from 1946 to 1961 when she moved to Sheridan where she lived until moving to McMinnville in 1993. She was a member of the Sheridan Nazarene Church.
She enjoyed crosswords, crocheting and reading. She volunteered at the senior meal site.
Survivors include her husband; a son, John Jr. of McMinnville; daughters, Nancy Lochner of Albany, Helen McLaughlin of Clackamas, Joanne Miller of Independence and Mazine Morelock of McMinnville; a sister, Helen Lee of Redding, Calif.; brothers, Danton Rhoades of Culver and Roy Rhoades of Lacey, Wash.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Feb. 16 at the Sheridan Nazarene Church with interment in Green Crest Memorial Park, Sheridan.
Arrangements were by Macy & Son mortuary, McMinnville.
The Sheridan Sun - Feb. 21, 2001

Edward Munson 
Edward James Munson, 75, a native of Sheridan, died Feb. 14 in Salem.
He was born April 18,1925 and lived in Sheridan most of his life. He operated a restaurant in town in 1946. He was in the Merchant Marines from 1947-48 and worked as a lineman for California Power Company. He worked in Alaska for several years before returning to Sheridan where he lived until 1990 when he moved to Salem.
He worked as a logger most of his life, owning his own company at one time. He also sold sporting goods and worked as a commercial fisherman out of Depoe Bay. He enjoyed collecting stamps and coins.
Survivors include sons, Ed of Salem and Richard of Bay City; sister, Sharon Norgaard of Milwaukee; and two grandchildren.
Services were held Tuesday in Salem with burial in the Masonic Cemetery in Sheridan. Contributions: Willamette Valley Hospice. Arrangements were by Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home.
The Sheridan Sun - Feb. 21, 2001

Frank Johnson 
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. March 3 at the Willamina VFW Hall for longtime county resident,Charles "Frank"Johnson. He died Feb. 25, 2001, in McMinnville Hospital. He was 71. 
Frank was born Jan. 25, 1930 in Slater, Missouri, the son of Frances Singleton and Albert Johnson. He moved to Oregon in 1943. 
He joined the Air Force in 1948 and served as a Staff Sergeant until 1952. After completing his military service, he returned to Yamhill County. On Dec. 4, 1954 he married Shirley Baker in Stevenson, Wash. 
Frank worked ten years for Zimbrick Logging then drove truck for Peavey Oil in the 1960ís. He was the truck boss at DeHut Logging for over a decade and currently employed by Taylor Lumber. 
Frank loved baseball, football, and golf. He played AAU fast pitch softball for the Sheridan Darigold traveling team from 1956 to 1966 and received three Hole in One Awards from the Devilís Lake Golf Course. He coached Little League for several years and in 1973 founded the West Valley Softball league. A familiar figure at local sporting events, he was well liked by people of all ages. 
An active supporter of his community, Frank served on the Willamina City Council for six years and the Sheridan City Council for four years. He was currently serving on the Public Works Committee. 
Frankís ready smile, quick wit, and natural intelligence will be missed by his wife, Shirley; son, Kelly Johnson of Silver Lake, Wash; two daughters, Michele Gullette of Sheridan and Kim Greenlaw of Willamina; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Other survivors include a brother, John Johnson of McMinnville and two sisters, Ethyl Heckendorf of Salem and Jeanette Mosser of Willamina. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Tri Cities Little League in care of Adamsons Sheridan Funeral Home.
The Sheridan Sun - Feb. 28, 2001

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