Miscellaneous Yamhill County, Oregon Obituaries


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Thomas Sisson

Thomas R. Sisson, 70, of Willamina, died March 25.
He was born Feb. 16, 1931 in Colcord, Okla., to Rufus and Georgia Sisson.
He was raised in Oklahoma and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He joined the Coast Guard in 1957, retiring in 1973 to live in Coos Bay. He received numerous military honors including five consecutive good conduct medals.
After retiring from the service he worked for Stalcup Trucking for 13 years. He was active in the Masonic Lodge in Port Orford.
He was married to Verna Mae Black for 31 years.
He moved to Willamina in 1985. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and exploring the woods.
Survivors include sons, James William of Oregon City and Thomas Ryan of Eugene; daughters, Carol Ann Johnson of Eugene and Linda Mae Sisson of Temecula, Calif.; brothers, Russell of Willow Creek, Calif., Arkel of Dallas, John of Aspen, Colo., Pete of New Mexico, and William "Tiny" of Willamina; sisters, Nancy Crockroft of Hotchkiss, Colo., Crissie of Delta, Colo., and Joan of Bethseda, Md.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Services were held Saturday at the Chapel of Macy & Son, McMinnville.
The Sheridan Sun - Mar. 28, 2001

Ivan A. Dent

Ivan A. Dent, 94, of Willamina, died March 30 at home.
He was born July 28, 1906 in Hopewell to Robert and Nellie Davis Dent.
He moved from Hopewell to Willamina in 1920 and attended Fendall School. He graduated from Willamina High School in 1926 and attended Pacific University and Oregon State University.
He started farming in 1933 and married Olevia Reeder in 1938 in Salem.
He helped form the Willamina Rural Fire District and was chairman of the board for 42 years. He also served on the board of the Willamina school district, the Yamhill County Soil Conservation Service, Farmers Co-op Creamery, Sheridan Grain Co., and Sheridan Rodeo. 
He rode in the Sheridan Canter Club and was on the drill team for the Yamhill County sheriffís posse. He also served as advisor for Willamina High Schoolís agriculture class and was named Honorary Farmer in 1983, 1985 and 1993 by the Willamina FFA.
He was named Soil Conservation Service "Man of the Year" in 1978 and was named "Outstanding Livestock Man" for the Yamhill County Livestock Association in 1979.
He received the Willamina "First Citizen Award" in 1986 for his long-time service to the community. He was also a member of the McMinnville Elks Lodge.
Survivors include daughters, Linda Hutchison of Amity and Carol Rush of Lincoln City; 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; brothers, Robert and Roy; sisters, Neva Allen, Edith Johnson and Erma Dent; and three grandchildren, Jackie Rush and Deven and Lisa Hutchison.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Macy & Son mortuary, McMinnville, with interment in Buck Hollow Cemetery, Willamina.
Contributions: Fendall School Fund or Health Dynamics Hospice, in care of the mortuary.
The Sheridan Sun - Apr. 4, 2001

Edith Merle Rogers

Edith Merle Rogers, 94, of Sheridan, died March 29 at a retirement center in Milwaukie.
She was born Feb. 1, 1907 in Rairbury, Neb.
She moved to Sheridan in 1943 and taught at Rock Creek Grade School until 1958. 
When the school districts consolidated she taught at Willamina Grade School until 1972 when she retired. After retirement she taught at Willamina Christian Church where she was a member.
Survivors include sons, Eugene of Milwaukie and Vincent of Twain Harte, Calif., a daughter, Marietta Smith of Tualatin; a sister, Lucille Raines; 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday at Willamina Christian Church with interment in the Sheridan Masonic Cemetery. 
Arrangements were made by Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home.
The Sheridan Sun - Apr. 4, 2001

Floyd K. Hamlin

Floyd Kenneth Hamlin, 75, of Sheridan, died March 30 in McMinnville.
He was born April 26, 1925 in Tillamook.
He lived in Tillamook from 1974-98 and then moved to Sheridan. In Tillamook he operated a sewing machine and vacuum cleaner repair shop.
He was a member of the Army and the Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Sheridan; daughters, Linda Willis of Eugene, Ginger Rice of Houston, Texas, and Debbie Storm of Salem; a sister, LaJean Naegeli of Tillamook; and five grandchildren.
Private family services will be held at the coast. 
Arrangements were made by Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home.
The Sheridan Sun - Apr. 4, 2001

Carl E. Yoder

Carl E. Yoder, 85, a long-time Sheridan resident, died April 5 in McMinnville.
He was born Feb. 18, 1916 in Harper, Kan., to Delos and Sadie Plank Yoder.
He lived in Sheridan most of his life and worked as a fork lift driver at a sawmill.
He moved to Oregon in 1938 and married Lucille Mishler on Nov. 23, 1939. He was a member of the Sheridan Mennonite Church.
Survivors include his wife; sons, Don of Vanderhoof, British Columbia, and Larry of McMinnville; daughters, Carla Schrock of McMinnville and Marlys Yoder of Sheridan; sisters, Dorothy Schantz and Flossie Fosnight, both of Witchita, Kan.; brothers, Chet of Chula Vista, Calif., and OJ of Witchita; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at Sheridan Mennonite Church with interment in Sheridan Mennonite Cemetery.
Contributions: Gospel Echos Northwest in care of Macy and Son.
The Sheridan Sun - Apr. 11, 2001

Michelle Zelich 

Michelle Louise Zelich, 16, died April 3 in an auto accident on Highway 18 in Sheridan.
She was born Dec. 6, 1984.
She was attending Sheridanís Opportunity House.
She was expecting a baby girl in the next few weeks. The baby, whom she planned to name Ivy May Clark, also died in the crash, and her fiance, Thomas J. Clark, was seriously injured.
She enjoyed the outdoors and swimming.
Survivors include her mother, Victoria Burnside of Sheridan; brother, Anthoney Zelich of Sheridan; and step-father, Jeff Tatom of Sheridan.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Blackwell Park in Willamina.
Arrangements are by Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home.
The Sheridan Sun - Apr. 11, 2001

Louise ĎBonnieí Ryan

Louise "Bonnie" Lenore Ryan, 93, of Sheridan, died April 10.
Born in Ingelston, Mich., on Sept. 22, 1907, she moved to Milwaukee when she was a young child. 
She married Owen Ryan in 1927 and they moved to El Cajon, Calif., then San Diego in 1950. 
She was an electrician at North Island Naval Air Station, retiring when she was 74. 
In 1994 she moved to Dallas and in 1999 to Sheridan. Her husband died in 1986. 
Survivors include her nieces, Sherry Fitch and Candia McCurry, both of Dallas, Debora McCurry of Forest Grove, Eileen McCurry-Hays of Salem and Maureen Kilgore of Sheridan; and nephews, John McCurry of Lake Tahoe, Calif., Red Fitch of Dallas, Patrick McCurry of Salem, Michael McCurry of Cool, Calif., Edward Martin of Williamsburg, Va., and Lewis Martin of Appleton, Wis. 
Services were held Friday at Dallas Mortuary. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, San Diego. 
Contributions: Alzheimerís Foundation or Doernbecher Childrenís Hospital in care of the mortuary. 
The Sheridan Sun - Apr. 18, 2001

Patricia Welter

Patricia Rae Hughey Welter, 62, a former Sheridan resident and a sister of former Governor Barbara Roberts, died Feb. 28 in Salem.
Born in Corvallis on Dec. 20, 1938, she lived in Los Angeles in the early 1940s. She graduated from Sheridan High School in 1957. The same year she was named Miss Yamhill County as part of the Miss Oregon competition. 
She lived in Happy Camp, Calif., Portland and Stayton, before moving to Salem in 1969. She later taught painting and arts and crafts for many years until being diagnosed with cancer. 
She owned the Henís Nest from 1972 to 1984 and served on Governor Robertsí staff from 1991 to 1993. 
She was preceded in death by a daughter.
Survivors include her husband, Don; sons, Craig Turley of Redmond, Scott Turley of Jefferson, Robert Turley of Lebanon and Christopher Turley of Salem; sister, Barbara Roberts of Portland; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life was held at Mission Mill Museum. Arrangements were by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors. 
Contributions: Willamette Valley Hospice, 2700 Market St. NE, Salem, OR 97301 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland.
The Sheridan Sun - Apr. 18, 2001

Grover E. Dawson

Grover E. Dawson, 81, of Willamina, died April 18 in McMinnville.
He was born June 19, 1919, in Menlo, Wash.
He married Climmie L. Flowers March 12, 1983, in Woods, Ore.
From 1940-43, he had served as a shipís cook for the US Coast Guard. He worked at Champion Plywood Mill in Willamina and lived in the Tillamook area until 1985, when the couple moved to Willamina.
He liked to hunt and fish.
Survivors include his wife, Climmie Dawson of Willamina; daughter, Karen Neal of San Francisco; brothers, Roy King and Darrell King of Raymond, Wash.; sisters, Lillie Runyon of Raymond and Gracie Willingham of Pasadena, Calif.
Services were Saturday at the Free Methodist Church in Willamina. Burial followed at the Bay City IOOF Cemetery in Bay City, Ore.
Arrangements were by Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home.
The Sheridan Sun - Apr. 25, 2001

ĎBudí Souply

Alexander J. ĎBudí Souply of Sheridan died April 22 at the Sheridan Care Center. He was 77.
He was born June 28, 1923, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Alexander and Agnes Vester Souply.
He moved with his family to Oregon when he was an infant. 
He worked as a mail room supervisor in Portland.
He lived in Lincoln City from 1971 to 1993. In 1980, he wrote a humorous column called "Canned Soup" in the Lincoln Log.
He married Janice Reynolds July 7, 1986, in Lincoln City. The couple moved to Sheridan in 1993.
His hobbies included computers, playing the organ and classical music. He loved to write and had written a novel.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Souply of Sheridan; daughter, Kim Isham of Mesa, Ariz.; sons, Kelly Loomer of Phoenix, Ariz., Kevin Loomer of Walla Walla, Wash., and Kevin Souply of Lincoln City; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
At his request, there are no funeral services. Contributions can be made to Northwest Medical Teams, in care of Macy & Son Funeral Directors.
The Sheridan Sun - Apr. 25, 2001

Margaret Robertson

Margaret Barbara Robertson, 88, of Salem, died April 22.
She was born June 10, 1913, in Johnstown, Neb.
She married David Robertson in 1939. He preceded her in death in 1999.
She moved to Sheridan in 1948 and then to the Mill Creek area. She had owned for a time the Hebo Sports Shop with her husband.
She enjoyed flowers, knitting and visiting with her family and friends.
Survivors include: son, David Robertson of McMinnville; daughter, Avis Reddaway of Salem; sisters Betty Bennett of Dallas, S.D., Marty Lamoureaux of Valentine, Neb., and Leila Johnson of Anselmo, Neb.; brother, Melvin Micheel of Martin, S.D., and two grandchildren.
A brother, David, preceded her in death.
At her request there are no services. Contributions may be made to the Silverton Hospital in care of City View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Salem.
The Sheridan Sun - Apr. 25, 2001

Lois L. Wilder

Lois L. Wilder, 84, of Sheridan, died April 27 in Pendleton.
She was born July 21, 1916 in Carter. S.D., to Florence Amelia Robinson and John Franklin Corner Sr.
She was raised in South Dakota and attended St. Anthony College in Spearfish, S.D.
She moved to Valley Junction in 1939 and then to Sheridan in 1940.
She was the past president of the Eagles Lodge in Sheridan and was active in 4-H for many years. 
She served on the Sheridan school board and was active in the PTA.
For many years she was Gopher Valley correspondent for The Sun.
Survivors include sons, Ray of Toledo and Wayne of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughters, Flora Eisler of Toledo, Jean Robuck of Sheridan and Ella May of Portland; brother, Dale Corner of Klamath, Calif.; 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry R. Wilder; brothers, John Franklin Jr. and Orien; and sister, Gladys Hansen.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Macy & Son Chapel in McMinnville with interment in South Yamhill Cemetery, McMinnville.
The Sheridan Sun - May 5, 2001

Robert Paul Coleman

Robert Paul Coleman, 61, of Dallas, died April 28 in Dallas.
He was born Feb. 21, 1940 in Concord, N.H.
He worked in retail sales and repair in the tire business. He served eight years in the Army in Panama.
Survivors include his wife, Joan, whom he married Dec. 14, 1984 in Reno, Nev.; daughters, Carolyn Randall of Onalaska, Wash., Phyllis Adams of Dallas and Reta Ann Coleman of Canby; sons, Robert Paul Jr. and John Paul, both of New Hampshire; brothers, Carl Coleman of Canby and Stuart Mitchell of Molalla; and six grandchildren.
Services will be 6 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Dallas.
Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Sheridan Sun - May 5, 2001

Frederick Nolan Sr.

Frederick Albert Nolan Sr., 93, of Sheridan, died April 28.
He was born July 21, 1907 in Lynn, Mass.
He moved to Sheridan in 1986 after living in Dallas and other communities in the Northwest.
He loved cats and Louis Lamour novels.
Survivors include sons, Paul of Redmond and Frederick A. Jr. of Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Alice Ettesvold of West Richland, Wash., and Flossie Nolan of Granger, Wash.; and three grandchildren.
Private services were held at Green Crest Memorial Park in Sheridan.
Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Sheridan Sun - May 5, 2001

Merle Olsen 
 
Merle Herbert Olsen, 80, of Willamina, died May 4 at home.
He was born June 17, 1920 in Glenrock, Wyo. He moved to Longview, Wash., in 1935 and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1937-39.
He moved to Sheridan in 1939 to work at the new plywood mill in Willamina.
In 1942 he joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific. He won the 1945 Flyweight Boxing Championship in the Navy.
He returned to his job at the plywood mill in 1946 and worked there until it closed in 1980.
He was a life member of the Willamina Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4211 where he served as commander in 1986-87. He was also a member of AmVets.
He participated in local Memorial Day VFW services and marched in both the Phil Sheridan Days parade and July 4th parade. He also was a caller at the Saturday night bingo at the VFW Hall for many years.
He started the Willamina VFW Boxing Club in 1970. 
Olsen was a charter member of the West Valley Lions Club and served as president. He ran the clubís candy sales program for many years and was in charge of picking up eyeglasses donated locally. He collected nearly 15,000 pairs of glasses.
He helped the club put on the July 4th chicken barbecue from 1985-91 and performed in the clubís talent show as a standup comic.
In 1984 he helped to start the Tina Miller Teen Center in Willamina "so the kids would have a place to go."
He also was a member of the Willamina Boosters Club and ran the chains for home football games.
For his service to the community, he was named grand marshal of the Willamina July 4th parade.
Survivors include his wife, Pat, whom he married in 1940 in Vancouver, Wash.; daughter, Susan Warnicke of Grand Ronde; brother, Arvid Holm of Las Vegas; sister, Margaret Nagel of Portland; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Merle, who died in 1990, two brothers and two sisters.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at VFW Post 4211, Willamina, with interment in Buck Hollow Cemtery. Arrangements are by Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home. Contributions: Health Dynamics or VFW Post 4211, Willamina, in care of Adamsonís.
The Sheridan Sun - May 5, 2001

Lorraine L. Ashwell

Lorraine Ashwell, 77, of Willamina, died April 29 in McMinnville. 
Born July 26, 1923 in Faye, Okla., she lived in Carlton as a child and graduated from high school in Olympia, Wash. 
She worked for U.S. Plywood and Boise Cascade. She belonged to Willamina Christian Church and enjoyed traveling, fishing, gardening and flowers. 
Survivors include her husband, Wesley, whom she married in 1945; son, Greg Ashwell of Keizer; daughter, Jean Wooten of McMinnville; sister, Lois Goins; brother, Dewey Taylor, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
Services were held Sunday at Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home. Private vault interment was at Green Crest Memorial Park, Sheridan. 
The Sheridan Sun - May 9, 2001

Ruth Lola Lord

Ruth Lola Lord, 79, of Willamina, died May 7 in Salem.
She was born Aug. 14, 1921 in Sheldon, Mo.
She moved to Oregon in 1928 and graduated from Willamina High School in 1940. She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge for 51 years and a member of the Willamina VFW for 10 years.
Survivors include her husband, Clinton of Willamina whom she married July 3, 1940 in Vancouver, Wash.; daughters, Sharon Jiricek of Dallas and Karen Hamilton of Willamina; brother, George Norris of Wrangell, Ark.; sisters, Thelma Freeman of Salem and Louise Blackwell of Willamina; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Frank Lord, and a brother, Rudy Barker.
Viewing will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the VFW Post 4211 in Willamina with burial in Buck Hollow Cemetery.
Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Sheridan Sun - May 9, 2001

Dale Wade Pruett

Dale Wade Pruett, 78, of Sheridan, died May 4 in McMinnville.
He was born April 10, 1923 in Woodline, Texas. He served in the Army.
Survivors include a son, E. Dean Pruett of Portland; daughters, Roberta Wallace of Sheridan, Margaret Smith of Gladstone and Freda Easley of Snohomish, Wash., and Glenda Irwin of Portland; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Private family services were held at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland. Adamsonís Sheridan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Sheridan Sun - May 9, 2001

Scott R. Banke

Scott R. Banke, 12, of McMinnville, died May 6 of cancer.
He was born March 18, 1989 in Newberg.
He attended Adams School then Grandhaven Elementary School and Patton Middle School in McMinnville.
He enjoyed magic, soccer, basketball, fishing and four-wheeling.
Survivors include his parents, Robert and Carmen Banke of McMinnville; a sister, Leslie of McMinnville; grandparents, Ed and Donna Banke of Lafayette and Russell and Peggy Bony of McMinnville; and a great-grandmother, Ruth Bony of McMinnville.
Visiting will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today in the chapel of Macy & Son mortuary, McMinnville. Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in the McMinnville Nazarene Church with interment in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Contributions: Scott Banke Memorial Fund at the Nazarene Church in care of the mortuary.
The Sheridan Sun - May 9, 2001


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