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Robert Combs – Willamina, OR

Robert Charles Combs

December 21, 1940 – April 18, 2018

Willamina, Oregon

Robert passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, after a valiant year-long battle with cancer. He was born  in Colville, Washington, to Robert and Winnifred Combs. After graduating from Colville High School, Robert joined the US Air Force and served for about three years in the early 1960s. When he returned home, he worked for Boeing for many years and  installed the landing gear on the first 747. He spent much of his life driving truck and absolutely loved his work. Robert also spent time working for Siletz trucking and Maben trucking, drove long haul for a while, and most recently worked at Hofenbredl Logging right up until his diagnosis last year.

After many years as just friends, Robert and Linda started dating a couple of years ago and were married at Crossroads Worship Center in Willamina on May 12, 2017. Although their time together was not nearly as long as they would have wished for, they made the most of the couple of years they had together. He loved his family and was a truly amazing grandpa and loved to spend time with his grandkids. His other love was his cute little dachshund, Vanitee Faere. Robert was a little bit of everything all rolled into one. He was ornery and you just had to give it back to him the same way. But he had a tender heart, not only for his family and loved ones, but also for those that struggled with homelessness; he just could not stand the thought of someone not having a roof over their head. Robert was also fun-loving and funny, with quite the sense of humor. He enjoyed giving his family a bad time, all in good fun and full of love. If necessary, he could also be serious if the situation called for it. He was deeply loved and will be missed so much by those who loved him.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Linda; children Robert and Theresa; step-daughters Toni and Tami; and stepchildren Cherise (William) Eaton, Patrick Briseno, Alyssa (Kevin) Dickerson, and Daniel (Elizabeth)Briseno; siblings Peggy (Terry) Jarvis and Richard ‘Dick’ (Enna) Combs; numerous grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two great-grandchildren on the way.

A Celebration of Life for Robert is pending at Crossroads Worship Center in Willamina.

Jose Jesus Lizaola-Guzman- Stayton, OR

Jose Jesus Lizaola-Guzman was born on July 10, 1931 in La Villita, Ameca Jalisco Mexico to Francisco Lizaola-Garcia and Maria Guadalupe- Guzman. Jose moved from Mexico to the United States when he was 16 years old. He married his wife Maria Sandoval in 1955 and they shared 64 years of marriage together until her passing in 2017. Jose worked on the railroad and later on got a job at Norpac where he worked for 23 years as a production worker. He retired from Norpac only 3 years ago because he enjoyed getting up early every morning and working hard. In addition to his work at Norpac, he also farmed in Burns raising cows and growing wheat. Besides working hard, Jose’s hobbies included playing the casino slots at Spirit Mountain, shopping and spending time with his family. He would often times tell his children stories of growing up and about his life. Family was incredibly important to Jose; he loved his children very much. Jose passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on April 16, 2018 surrounded by family. He is predeceased by his wife, Maria and son, Gilberto. Jose leaves behind a beautiful legacy of 11 children, Elena, Laura, Lupe, Ana, Rosalia, Elsa, Pilar, Adrian, Francisco, Miguel and Enrique; 51 grandchildren and 55 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way in addition to many other extended family members and friends. A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2018 from 11am until 9pm with a 7pm Rosary at Weddle Funeral Service, followed by a Christian Mass of Burial on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11am in Immaculate Conception Parish 1077 N. 6th Ave Stayton, OR with burial to follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Stayton, OR. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service.


Gerald R. Waterman- Jefferson, OR

Gerald R. Waterman

Dec. 2, 1933 – April 14, 2018

Gerald R. Waterman passed away peacefully April 14, 2018 surrounded by family at the age of 84 in Stayton, Ore. Gerald was born Dec. 2, 1933 in Longmont, Colo., to Don and Minnie (Brock) Waterman.

After graduating from Coquille High School, Gerald worked at Coquille Plywood until he joined the United States Army in 1956. He was honorably discharged in 1962. He married Elaine Robertson Oct. 1, 1954 and they were happily married for 63 ½ years. For 30 years of his life, Gerald worked for the Coos County Road Department, he and Elaine lived in Coquille until retirement where they moved to the Willamette Valley in 1996.

Gerald loved to go fishing on the Coquille River and even until he passed would ask, “Do you still have my fishing pole?” He was an avid wood worker, who made wooden chests, windmills and even wood tulips. Gerald also was active playing softball with family. Through his entire retirement he enjoyed staying active, spending time with his family and was always there for his family in whatever way he could be. Anyone who knew Gerald knew he was a great man.

He was preceded in death by his baby daughter, Diane. He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine; son, Donnie (Tracy) Waterman; daughter, Debi (Doug) Thorpe; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Waterman family home. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service.

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Foster “Rob” Thayer- Stayton, OR

Foster Robin Thayer

January 21, 1947 – April 15-2018

Foster was born in Salem, OR to Ray and Leona Thayer.  He enlisted in the Army in 1965 after graduating from Cascade High School.  Foster’s four-year enlistment had him assigned to the 82nd Airborne then to the 101st Airborne.  Foster served one tour in Vietnam where he was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Bronze Star Medal.  Foster met Joanne Dahlen in 1966 while the two were each dating different people.  Through a series of events, they wound up together. The two would marry one year later in 1967, two weeks before Foster left for Vietnam.  After being honorably discharged, at the rank of Staff Sergeant, he worked in the paper industry at Boise Cascade for 27 years then became a contracted driver for the United States Post Office until retirement.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 51 years Joanne; a daughter, Leslie, and a son Philip.

Foster will be inurned at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon following the rendering of Honors on June 15th 2018 at 1:00 PM.

Darrell James – Turner, OR

Darrell Gene James

April 7, 1942 – April 13, 2018

Turner, Oregon


Darrell Gene James was born in Eugene, OR on April 7th, 1942. The family relocated to Bremerton, WA where he graduated from high school in 1960. He went on to attend Whitworth University majoring in music. It was there that he met his lifelong love and partner Anna Lee Hendrickson. Upon graduating they married in June of 1964. Darrell started his teaching career in Springdale, WA, then to Oahu, HI, and Ione, OR. In 1972 Darrell moved his family to Turner, OR to teach choir at Cascade High School, which proved to be his dream job. He loved the Cougar community and believed every student could sing. He was often found in the halls recruiting unlikely choir members. To his delight many joined and realized in fact, they could sing. It is also here that he and Anna lee settled and raised their two sons, Jeff and Joel.

Upon retiring from teaching at Cascade in 1984 Darrell went onto seminary school where became a Diaconal Minister of music in the Methodist Church. Throughout his teaching career in each city he resided he also was a Choir Director or organist for a local church. Locally he lead worship at Jason Lee, Trinity United & Albany First Methodist churches, Our Savior’s Lutheran, and Evergreen Presbyterian.

In 1985 he founded the Salem Boys Choir where he remained Director until its end in 2009. He influenced hundreds of boys aged 8-18 love of music and performing with performances staged locally, nationally and abroad, as far away as London, Austria and the Czech Republic. A favorite local production was the annual medley musical of Boys on Broadway.

In recent years he expanded his music ministry as a volunteer at Oregon State Penitentiary and Santiam Correctional Facility where he lead inmate choral groups. He found great joy influencing lives for the better through his love of music.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Anna Lee, sons Jeff (Cecilia), Joel (Brooke), grandchildren Sarah, Natalie, McKenna, Carter, Halle, Hilary, DJ, Bella & Cy James.

He is preceded in death by his parents Orville & Gilda, brothers Doug & Dan, and grandson Connor Joel.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday April 29th, at 3pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Salem. Due to Darrell’s heart for the homeless and mentally ill we ask that donations be made to Union Gospel Mission of Salem.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Apr. 17, 2018

Dwight Billman- Salem, OR

Dwight Pickett Billman, long-time Salem resident and attorney, passed away March 31, 2018 due to complications from cancer. A native of California, Dwight was born August 7, 1939 to Esther Luella Lisle and Howard Dwight Billman in Santa Rosa. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Everett and Howard. He graduated from Orosi High School in 1957, attended Princeton Theological Seminary, and was a Presbyterian missionary in Sitka, AK, where he taught at Sheldon Jackson College. He graduated from Willamette University in 1962 with a BA in History, then a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1969. He was a member of the Oregon State Bar, and practiced law in Salem until 2014.

Dwight had many talents and interests, was an accomplished 12-string guitar player and singer, built his own homestead, and liked to hunt and sail. His love of fly fishing found him tying flies for a lifetime of trips with his fishing buddies on the Deschutes River. He took many people on the great adventures and hobbies that defined his life. We will always wonder what the secret was to his famous smoked salmon dip.

He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth Mann, and Suzanne Billman, three grandsons, and two great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 5th at 2:00pm.

Robert Schmidgall – Silverton, OR

Robert John Schmidgall

December 31, 1913 to April 8, 2018

Robert John Schmidgall, age 104, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to many, passed away Sunday at home from congestive heart failure, with his loving wife and family members at his side.

Robert was born in Elgin, Illinois to Christian and Sophia (Burger) Schmidgall, the tenth of eleven children. He worked on his father’s dairy farm until age 23 when he came to Oregon, where he met Eleanor Kuenzi. They were married in February 1941 and recently celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary. He called her his sweetheart until the very end.

After living in Illinois for five years, Robert and Eleanor and two children moved to the Silverton area. Here, their remaining eight children were born. Robert worked as a farm hand and lumber mill worker before becoming a builder in the early 1950s. Over the next 55 or 60 years, he built houses, hog barns, hay sheds, machine sheds, an apartment building, office quarters and gazebos throughout the Willamette Valley.

Robert also remodeled countless homes and other buildings, with no job being too small or too big. He was known for his ingenuity and generosity in responding to plumbing, electrical and other home emergencies of all kinds, day or night. At age 97, he was the oldest registered contractor in Oregon. At the same time, he farmed his 40 acres and did custom combining for several area farmers, until retiring from farming in 1988. He continued his carpentry work until nearly 100 years old.

Robert loved the outdoors, and enjoyed traveling to the coast and mountains. At age 25, he climbed Mt Hood. He and Eleanor hiked many trail miles in the Cascades, with their last hike being to Todd Lake, a favorite destination, when Dad was 94. He also enjoyed singing hymns, wood crafting and telling stories. He delighted in planting a large garden and sharing his delicious tomatoes.

Robert was pre-deceased by his parents and ten siblings. He is survived by his beloved wife, Eleanor, and their ten children – Sharon (Fred) Klopfenstein, James (Pamela) Schmidgall, Wilma (Ernest) Westerlund, Lois Young, Thomas (Lucy) Schmidgall, Mary (Lando Friesen) Schmidgall, Christine Layman, Benjamin (Joan Sherbina) Schmidgall, Lorene (Philip) Kenney and Susanne (Tim) Bailey. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to his many devoted caregivers and the wonderful staff at Willamette Valley Hospice.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 11, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Weddle Funeral Service, 1777 N. 3rd Avenue, Stayton. Private services will be held at the German Apostolic Christian Cemetery.


David “Bear” Lambert-Stayton, OR







David, was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 13,1954 to Jordan W. Lambert and JoAn Lambert. The following year the family relocated to Spokane, Washington with their 3 children, Lynn, Corky, and David. David graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1972. He then attended Willamette University in Salem, OR and later graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1994 with a bachelor’s in liberal studies and Communications.

David’s love of work began early on in life with his childhood paper route. His tenacity for leadership would blossom into career pursuits which included produce purchaser and display manager, and an extensive career in banking; where he specialized in benefits, loans; and educating members of the community in mortgage endeavors. It was David’s passion for aiding others however, that caused him to circle back to a career he had successfully began during his time in Nevada; real estate. Helping individuals and families achieve their dreams, as a Broker for Homesmart Reality Group in the greater Stayton, and Salem areas here in Oregon was David’s final career; one that brought joy to his life and the lives of all he served.

Following the events of 9/11 David attended a church service and accepted the Lord as his Savior. In 2002 David married Cynthia Grant in Las Vegas Nevada and welcomed his 2 step children; Nathan and Natasha. David was a loving husband, father, and friend whose thoughtfulness and work ethic had no limits. As one of his final gestures, shortly after leaving the hospital in a wheelchair, he insisted on being taken to the store so that he could personally select gifts and flowers so that Cindy’s 60th birthday would be special.

An exuberant spirit, David truly believed in soaking up the joys of life, whether it be baking his seasonally renowned cheesecakes, cheering on the Mariners, his love of classic rock, (as evident by his extensive record collection); or serving as an ambassador at Peoples Church alongside his wife Cindy; he had a gift for curating and indulging in life’s simple pleasures.

David “Bear” Lambert passed away peacefully at Salem Hospital on Sunday, Apr. 8, 2018 in Salem, Oregon at the age of 63 after a valiant fight with esophageal cancer.

David was preceded in death by his father, Jordan Lambert; sister, Andrea Lambert; step father, Jerry White; and step son, Nathan Wardley. He is survived by his wife, Cindy Grant Lambert; step daughter, Natasha Wardley; mother, JoAn White; sister, Lynn Lambert; brother and sister-in-law, Corky and Debora Lambert; and many nephews and two nieces.


Please join us to celebrate David’s life in a service to be held in the Sanctuary at People’s Church in Salem at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. The church is located at 4500 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97305.  A reception will follow at the church.

For more information, call Weddle Funeral Service at (503) 769-2423.

If you want to send flowers in remembrance, send them to People’s Church in Salem at 4500 Lancaster Dr. NE or to Weddle Funeral Service at 1777 N. Third Ave., Stayton, OR 97383.

Jacqueline “Jackie” Kerr- Salem, Oregon

Jacqueline Lee Kerr “Jackie” was born to her parents Joseph and Florence Hobson in Forest City Iowa, January 12, 1936. She later moved to Oregon where she met and married Paul Edward Kerr.

Jackie was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Salem, Oregon and was active in the church choir, assisted with the church newsletter, and was previously a deacon within her church community. She also spent her career working at the Department of Justice.

Jackie loved her family, her cats Annie and Josie, music, including playing the piano, singing, and listening to Frank Sinatra and other artists. Jackie also enjoyed tap dancing, crosswords, speaking French and Russian, and needle point; She was a member of a local chapter of the Willamette Needle Club and one year she won first place at the Oregon State Fair for her skills in needle point. She was also a previous member of Kiwanis club.

Jackie’s bling-bling style and enthusiastic personality was influenced largely on part by her Mother Flo and Aunt Reno. Jackie was a wonderful person, mother, grandmother and friend to many.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband Paul Kerr, her aunt Reno, and her beloved brother Steve Hobson.

Jackie is survived by her son Mark Kerr, daughter’s Julie Mavis and Carolyn Egan; six grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Jackie went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2018. She will be greatly missed on earth, but heaven received an angel.

A visitation will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 with a service to follow at 11:00 am in Belcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum. Weddle Funeral Service entrusted with arrangements.

Joe Michael Erwin- Salem, Oregon

Joe Michael Erwin was born on August 17, 1967 in Salem, Oregon to Brenda Erwin. He attended McKay High School, upon completion of his GED he began a long time career doing floor coverings in which he spent 30 years of his life excelling at everything from carpet to countertops. Joe was an incredibly gifted tradesman and really excelled at his craft. Eventually, Joe transitioned to a new field when he began a career with Landmark Pacific which he loved, Joe’s job took him to the top of steel building construction sites. He would travel all over to do this work and never minded being so high up.

Joe was also an adrenaline junkie who loved to sky dive, river fish and could literally work on anything whether it was cars or home repair items.

On his birthday in 1991 he married Annette Jones. Joe was incredibly close with his family, he was a true animal whisperer as there was never a dog he could not get along with and children were attracted to his kind and loving nature.

Joe passed away peacefully on April 1, 2018 in Sublimity, Oregon. He is preceded in death by his mother, Brenda Erwin and he is survived by his loving wife, Annette; his siblings, John Hayward, Jeff Hayward Jessie Vasquez and Nonnie Gore.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in Joe’s name to Willamette Valley Hospice for loving care they gave him. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service.

Donna Smith – Salem, OR

Donna Jean Smith

August 16, 1944 – April 3, 2018

Salem, Oregon

Donna Jean Smith, 73, of Salem, died early morning, Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Tierra Rose Community in Salem, Oregon. She was born August 16th, 1944 in Salem, Oregon, to Jack and Esther Helton. She married Gilbert ‘Steve’ Smith on May 27, 1966, and he preceded her in death Dec 31, 2008.


Surviving her are two sons, Scott (Diane) Smith of Salem, Corey (Michelle) Smith of Stayton; brother, James Helton; grandchildren, Aran, Michael, Cody, Camryn, Bethany and Elijah; and countless nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents Jack and Esther Helton


Donna was born in Salem and graduated from South Salem High School in 1962. After high school Donna worked a couple of different jobs. The first being Sears department store (where she was at when the Columbus Day storm hit), and then as a teller at a bank before marrying Steve. Donna eventually moving on to her most difficult job, raising two boys and keeping order in the Smith household, which she excelled at!


She loved to cook and enjoyed reading and writing poetry (some of her poetry quite humorous, but unsuitable for print). She was quite the doodler too! She enjoyed visiting garage sales on the weekends, spending time as the ‘homeroom mom’ when her sons were in grade school and driving her boys to a multitude of different events and places. Donna was always on the go.


In the early 1970’s, Donna started having issues with balance, mobility and vision. It wasn’t until the advent of the CT scan in the 1980’s, that Doctors were able to diagnose her with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). While the MS may have taking away her ability to ambulate and caused her pain on a daily basis, it DID NOT rob her of her positive attitude, quick wit or her infectious laugh. When asking people what they remember most about Donna, a common theme emerged, with people stating, “She never complained”, or, “She would always ask you how you were doing rather than complain about what she was going through”. This attitude continued until the end of her life, even though she was bedridden and considered quadriplegic secondary to the MS. Donna spent countless days and nights in the ED and ICU at Salem hospital over the past 25 years, with family being told to expect the worst more times than we can count, yet she endured and bounced back while her positive attitude remained intact. The second thing people remember most about Donna is her infectious laugh and big smile. You could hear Donna laughing almost to the other side of the community.


More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5;3-5)


She may not have always ‘rejoiced’ in her suffering, though she was at a minimum accepting of the suffering she had to endure. And although limited by mobility she touched hundreds of peoples’ lives with her angelic spirit and kind heart. Her endurance, character, and hope was, and remains, and inspiration to us all.


Thank you to the staff at Tierra Rose for loving Donna as we did and taking care of our precious gift.


Donna’s memorial service will be held Saturday, April 14th, starting 1:00pm with a brief service and continuing open house style until 3, at Tierra Rose Senior Living Center

4254 Weathers Street NE

Salem, Oregon 97301


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to the National MS Society;

Robert “Bob” Dale Kilby- Lyons, Oregon

Bob was born on March 12, 1943 in Duluth, Minnesota to Rayburn and Margaret (Fogel) Kilby. At age 11 he moved to California and then moved to Oregon in 1975.
At the age of 18, Bob joined the Air Force and became a flight line firefighter. On September 27, 1975 he married Terri Lou Altman in Silverton, Oregon.
For the last 25 years he settled in Lyons, Oregon. Bob became a journeyman welder and eventually became a welding inspector for nuclear power plants. He would travel all over to inspect the work on new construction as well as maintenance on running plants to ensure they were safe. In addition to traveling for his work he did spend time at Trojan as an employee. Later on, Bob became a specialty mushroom farmer, raising shiitakes.
Bob enjoyed many hobbies and activities; he was a Charter Member for Stayton’s Loyal Order of the Moose. He loved NASCAR, Karaoke and played Wii golf just about every day. He would spend time working on his property building a fish hatchery as well.
Bob passed away on March 29, 2018 in Salem, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his oldest brother Richard Kilby and leaves behind his wife, Terri Lou Kilby; 2 adult daughters; his siblings, his brother Warren Kilby and his faithful companion Maxwell. A private family service is planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in Bob’s name to Stayton Moose Lodge PO Box 28 Stayton, OR 97383. Weddle Funeral Service entrusted with arrangements.

Frances Weyers – Corvallis, OR

Frances Jean Gates Weyers

February 1, 1925 – March 28, 2018

Frances Jean Gates Weyers, age 93, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 28, 2018 at home at Regency Park Place of Corvallis, Oregon. Frances was born February 1, 1925 in Rodman, New York, the daughter of Herbert Gates and Hazel Overton Gates.

Frances, nicknamed Frankie by her father, enjoyed golfing, camping, going to the beach, singing, and was fun-loving with a wonderful sense of humor. Her grandparents were dairy farmers in her hometown, and she enjoyed helping with the chores and riding her pony, Daisy. She was quite the tomboy in her youth.

Frances attended college at University of Michigan, earning her degree in Physical Education in 1947. It was here that she met and married the love of her life, John William Weyers.

Frances and John were married on August 25, 1946, and started their family. Over the course of the next few years they moved from Michigan to New York to California, where they raised their five children. Frances also worked in the two family businesses that they owned along the way, and was a volunteer for a suicide and crisis hotline, as well as actively participating in her church. Frances and John moved to Corvallis, Oregon in 2010. Her beloved husband John passed away in January of 2016. They were faithfully married for nearly 70 years and had many great adventures, traveling to quite a few countries.

Frances is survived by sisters-in-law Mary Anthony and Alvira Weyers, sons David, Stephen, J. Michael, and Richard Weyers, daughter Heidi Weyers Gottfried, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Regency Park Place, 2595 NE Jack London Street, Corvallis, Oregon.

Robert “Bob” Dale Wright- Stayton, Oregon

Robert (Bob) Dale Wright was born May 30, 1937 in French Camp, near Stockton, California. He grew up in the Lebanon and Sodaville area in Oregon. Bob worked as a logger, truck driver and heavy equipment operator and was a hard worker in whatever he did. In his younger years, he enjoyed riding motorcycles and hunting and fishing. He really liked getting out on the water to fish with his friends. In his later years he spent a lot of time with his friend, Neldon Marker, fishing, visiting and sharing life together. Bob often said that Neldon was the son he never had. Bob will be remembered for his outgoing and fun-loving personality, always having a smile on his face. Once people met him, they always became his friend.


In the late 1990’s, Bob received Christ into his life, and began participating in weekly Bible studies with his pastor, Roger Pedersen, and friend Ron Kendall. Bob shared the bond of Christian brotherhood with people from various congregations where he learned to love God’s people and be loved in return. He grew in the grace and knowledge of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bob enjoyed the fellowship in Christ in his last years with the brothers and sisters at the Stayton Seventh Day Adventist Church.


Bob was a friend with a servant’s heart, having ministered on behalf of many of you.  He also was on the receiving end of your love, and never forgot your kindness openly displayed toward him. May the Lord be praised, and may we each one prepare our hearts to finish strong in our walk with the Lord and each other.  His grace is sufficient for you!!


Bob was pre-deceased by his mother, Ilene Crane; step-father, Chuck Crane; his brother, Henry Lukinbeal and niece, Robin Banks. Bob passed away with his sister, Maggie, and friends gathered about him. He is survived by his sisters, Maggie Hamlin of Lincoln City, Oregon; Dotty Lawry, of Clarkson, Washington; brother Ed Crane of Fairview, Oregon; and friend Neldon Marker, of Lyons, Oregon; plus nieces and nephews.


A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date at the Stayton Seventh Day Adventist Church, 610 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton, Oregon.

Willard G. Scott- Sublimity, Oregon

Willard Gibson Scott was born on April 7, 1924 in Los Angeles, California to Winfield and Ola (Gibson) Scott. He graduated from Susan Miller Dorsey High School. After high school, Willard joined the United States Navy and served from 1942-1946 in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After getting out of the military he did some commercial fishing for work. Later, he began a career as a heavy equipment diesel mechanic or as he would say, “anything in the dirt”. He married Lillie may Brinkman on February 3, 1950. They began a family and two boys, Allen and Wayne. Willard enjoyed riding in his dune buggies, building cars with his boys. In 1974 he moved to Harrisburg, Oregon and had a mobile repair business service truck. In 2006 Willard moved to Salem, Oregon and later on lived at Marian Estates where he passed away on March 26, 2018 in Sublimity, Oregon. Willard was a member of the Masonic organization for 62 years and enjoyed the fellowship from his Masonic brothers. He raised many Master Masons and attended their Sunday morning breakfast faithfully. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3pm at the Turner Masonic Lodge with a reception to follow. Please visit the online memorial to leave condolences for the family at

Bill O’Connor – Stayton, OR

Life Story for William “Bill” E. O’Connor

December 7, 1946 – March 23, 2018

William E. O’Connor was born on December 7, 1946 in Salem, Oregon to Richard F. and Lela Mae (Bell) O’Connor. He joined the Marine Corps at 19 years of age in 1966 and served in Vietnam and retired in 1991.

He worked at Norpac, Judson’s Plumbing and for a brief time worked for the county. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the city of Stayton.

On August 29, 1992 he married Edolina Ruiz at Immaculate Conception Parish in Stayton, Oregon.

Bill enjoyed collecting and shopping for antiques, collecting miscellaneous items and enjoyed tinkering with electronics.

Bill passed away on March 23, 2018 in Salem, Oregon.

Bill is survived by his wife Edolina; his children Cory (Adrianne), Billy (Walker) and Tamera; siblings, Jim O’Connor, Gary (Denise) Mattson and Mary-Kay (Ken) Wisner; grandchildren, Abbigail, Hudson and Oliver; nephews Chris and Andy O’Connor;  nieces, Dr. Kelsie Hendrickson and Faith Mattson; and numerous cousins around the U.S.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Weddle Funeral Service.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 2: pm at Immaculate Conception Parish in Stayton, Oregon.

Burial with full military honors will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Stayton, Oregon.

The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses, CNA’s and Staff at Salem Health in addition to John Paul and Timothy Sheldon who provided wood to keep Bill warm. The family would also like to thank St. Joseph Parish for providing communion while he was at the hospital in addition to Mike Jaeger and John Hodsdon who visited Bill and brought him communion.

Weddle Funeral Service entrusted with arrangements.

Kevin A. Taylor- Turner, OR


Date of Birth:  1/28/1955

Date of Passing:  3/23/2018


Kevin A. Taylor was a great guy who at age 63, passed away suddenly on Friday March 23, 2018.  Kevin was born on January 28, 1955 to David and H. Susan Taylor in Highland Park, Michigan.  His family lived in rural Michigan between Ann Arbor and Detroit – so he had many adventures with his 2 older brothers (Dave and Bruce) both in the woods and in the cities.  He graduated from South Lyon High School in 1973 and then attended University of Iowa.  He worked in the Core Cardiovascular/OBGyn Laboratory while attending college and ultimately became the director which involved working on NIH grants and research projects.

Over test tubes is where he met the love of his life- Susan Johnson, who he pursued with witty conversation, dates to IHOP and his charismatic smile.  They married on July 22, 1978.  They remained at University of Iowa while he published several papers before he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry in 1981. He had computerized his lab to make calculating data easier so then obtained a second degree in computer science in 1983 and Susan finished medical school the same year.

The next chapter of his life took him back to Michigan where he started a computer consulting firm named Diversified Computer Associates in Grand Rapids. All 3 DCA principles were IBM partners.  DCA was wildly successful through the “Y2K” episode.  While in Grand Rapids, he and Susan had 2 children – Katelin born in 1985 and Andrew born in 1987.  He was very involved with all the kids activities and was the President of the RAYS – Rapid Area Y Swimmers – which both kids swam in from age 5.  Andrew also participated in AAU basketball while Kate focused more on horse activities.  The family traveled a 5-state area due to the success of the kids in their athletic events — he was there for them all the way.

In 2001, the family opted to move to Polson, Montana to experience the outdoors and western life “up close and personal”.  There were great family times on Flathead Lake, skiing Big Mountain in Whitefish, fishing the lakes and streams, hunting antelope and again following the kids to their sporting events.  He was the college recruiter for Kate as she traveled from the Midwest to the Pacific NW while checking out schools.  Along the way he made some steadfast friends.   2004 brought a move back to Michigan – this time to Grand Haven so Andrew would have a better chance at playing football in college.  Kevin became his “agent” and managed the 30 schools around the nation who were pursuing Andrew to play for them.  There were many trips and phone calls over the next few years.  In the end, Andrew opted for Michigan State and Kate transferred from Luther College to be there also — Andrew playing football and Kate on the women’s Rowing team.  Again, he and Susan traveled across many states to follow the kid’s activities.  What fun it was!  While in Michigan, he planted acres of raspberries – and returned to his biochemistry roots and began making wine.  It was GOOD and he found himself bitten by the fermentation bug.  “I think I can take this to the next level”, he said of his love for making wine.  He wanted to use his green thumb and make his dream come true.

Next stop, the Willamette Valley.  Here, he and Susan bought 60 acres and spent the next 7 years transforming this rough property into 16 acres of planted vines.  He and daughter Kate went “back to school” through the Chemeketa Viticulture Program to study vineyard management and wine making.  In the last 7 years, he accomplished so much – groomed rough land, put up game fence, hunted elk in the back yard, logged out some areas, planted 16 acres of grapes with trellis and irrigation lines, made wine from purchased grapes at first, now making wine with our own estate grapes.  He made world class wine and started our One Heart Vineyard and then placed the One Love Cellars label in many local venues.  Quite an accomplishment in such a short time.  All this with a wide smile, his trademark “I can do this” attitude, a twinkle in his eye and a hearty laugh.

We miss you dearly – husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.

Please, watch over us and guide us from above.

Until we see you again in heaven….. Good bye and we love you!!!!


Services to be Wednesday April 4th at 11 :00 AM at Weddle Funeral Service in Stayton, OR

Dorine Jackson – Stayton, Oregon

Dorine Elizabeth Jackson

October 1, 1928 – March 26, 2018

Stayton, Oregon

Dorine was born to Josephine (Edler) and Edward Spitz in Foss, Oklahoma. Dorine’s siblings are Adella (Albert) Adams, Lavern (Peggy) Spitz, Geraldine (Bill) Adams, Edward Jr. (Marion) Spitz, John Spitz, who died at birth, and Donald (Shirley) Spitz. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Adams, Geraldine & Bill Adams, EH & Marion Spitz, John Spitz, Virgil Jr., and husband Virgil Jackson.

She married Virgil C. Jackson, February 25, 1946. They had 6 children, the oldest who was Virgil Jr., that died at birth while the couple was living in Oklahoma. They moved to Oregon and had Kenneth (Jan) Jackson, Virginia (Douglas) Nelson, Irvin (Irene) Jackson, R. Dale (Diane) Jackson, and Robert (fiance’e Suzie) Jackson. Dorine has 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Dorine worked for Santiam Memorial Hospital in the records department and was a Cub Scout leader while her boys were young. Later in the 60’s they lived on a farm outside of Aumsville, where she was an Avon lady. They moved back to Stayton where she worked as a mail carrier for the Stayton Post Office.

Dorine and Virgil bought a rustic coast house in Newport for her family to enjoy vacations, fishing, clamming, and crabbing. Dorine enjoyed long walks on the beach with Virgil. They collected agates and floats that drifted ashore. For their retirement they traveled to Quartzite, Arizona to be official snow birds. Once there, they escaped the cold winter months of Oregon by camping and hiking through the warm deserts of Arizona. Dorine bought some property in Quartzsite and continued to return with the assistance of her children for a decade after Virgil died in 1999. Dorine loved reading, crocheting, and was a great seamstress. She sewed many outfits for her kids and grandkids. She also loved quilting and made many beautiful quilts over the years.

The family would like to give many thanks to the wonderful staff at McKillop Residence of Marian Estates in Sublimity, who took great care for her comfort while she lived there up until the very end. The viewing will be held Saturday, March 31 from 1-5 p.m. at Weddle Funeral Service. Church services will be held at The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton on Monday, April 2; Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. followed by Rite of committal at St. Mary Cemetery, and the reception will be back at The Immaculate Conception’s Parish Hall. Donations may be made in her honor to the American Heart Association.


Reducindo “Red” Chavez- Sublimity, Oregon

Born to Gertrude and Maximo in Chaperito, New Mexico on March 3, 1923. Red Chavez grew up on his family’s farm where he helped raise livestock, plant and harvest corn and beans. He went into the Army Air Corps in 1944 where he was an infantryman and worked on airplanes. Red was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Good Conduct Medal as well as the Purple Heart Medal. After his time in the service Red met Marystella at a dance club, Red was an amazing dancer and enjoyed it very much. They married on April 18, 1949 in Las Vegas, New Mexico and started their family. Red and Marystella were married for 63 years until her passing in 2011. Red worked as a printer and was a member of the loyal order of Moose for 28 years and the American Legion for 63 years. He was also an active member at his church in California Our Lady of the Sierra and served on the church board. Red moved to Oregon 11 years ago to be closer to family. He was a diehard 49’s and Giants fan, loved to RV travel but most of all time with family was most important. When his kids were younger he was their little league coach and Cub Scout leader for 10 years. Family was the most important thing in his life, Red will be remembered for his kind heart, as anyone who knew him loved him. Red passed away at the Lebanon Veteran’s Home on March 23, 2018 in Lebanon, Oregon. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Weddle Funeral Service in Stayton, Oregon. Red is preceded in death by his wife Marystella and a son Richard Chavez. He is survived by his children Hazel (Ken) Eckhardt, Jacob (Elpida) Chavez, Edwin Chavez and Sharon King, Thomas Chavez and Stephanie Worthington; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in Red’s name to or Moose Charities. Weddle Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements.


Tammy Lynn Green- Jefferson, Oregon

Tammy Lynn Green was born on May 16, 1975 in Welland, Canada. As a toddler, her family moved back to the states and she lived in California. Tammy graduated from Glendora High School in Glendora, California.

Seven years ago she moved from California to Jefferson, Oregon where she could be close to her family. Tammy loved to go karaoke with her brother, Danny. Her go to songs to sing were “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Purple Rain”. She had a beautiful voice and loved music. She would watch the television show The Voice with her mom as they enjoyed spending time together.

Tammy was an exceptional cook, she could make homemade Spanish rice, tacos, enchiladas and just about anything else.

She also enjoyed sports and was a true Raiders fan, she and her brother Danny had a good rivalry going because he was a devout Broncos fan.

Tammy and her spouse, Dan Wolf recently had celebrated their 6th anniversary together.

Tammy will be remembered for her kindness and thoughtfulness, even in the days she was very sick, she always thought of others and wanted to make sure they were okay. The quality time she had with her parents and family meant the world to her.

Tammy passed away at her home surrounded by the love of her family on March 17, 2018.

She is survived by her spouse, Dan Wolf; her daughters Savanna Rose Green and Marissa Rivas; her parents Clyde and Ellie Green; and her brother Danny Green.

Weddle Funeral Service entrusted with arrangements.


Rick Freeman – Stayton, OR

Ricky Lee Freeman

June 14, 1960 –  March 19, 2018

Stayton, Oregon

Rick L. Freeman passed away on March 19, 2018 in Stayton, Oregon at the age of 57. Rick was born on June 14, 1960 in Brawley, California to Walter and Evelyn (Strickland) Freeman. During high school Rick enjoyed playing football, participating on the track team and riding motorcycles. Football was always a huge part of his life, and he was a long time Chargers fan. He graduated from Brawley Union High School and attended some college.

In the early 90’s Rick moved from California to Oregon so he could be closer to family. He worked at Doerfler Farm’s, and most recently worked at D & W Automotive in Sublimity, Oregon where he made many friends from the last 25 years of working the counter helping folks. His hard work and dedication was seen by many and every customer became a friend due to Rick’s friendly and welcoming demeanor.

He met Kathi while working together in the late 90’s. In 2007, their families combined and he welcomed her children as his own. They were married in 2015. They enjoyed spending time together whether it was camping, movies or visiting with their friends. Ricks mother-in-law Pat would say, “He was the perfect son-in-law”. Family was most important to Rick; he would host family game or movie nights and most of all he loved time with grandbabies. He was their ‘Papa’ and he was always available to change a diaper or babysit.

Rick enjoyed chess and he was quite competitive at it, playing Wii golf and discussing politics- he was a true Trump fan. He also loved to read; HIs favorite authors being Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

Rick will be remembered for his infectious laugh, welcoming spirit and generous nature. People would always remark at what a loveable guy Rick was.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Evelyn, and his brothers Charles and Jeff. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathi; children, Nikki, Amanda, John, Emilie, Jenn and Chad; sisters, Judy and Maudi; mother-in-law Pat Stasek, father- and mother-in-law John and Mae Hampton, as well as his grandbabies Hailee, Harper, Addison and Torrin. He will forever be missed.


Eugene Franklin Schulz – Salem, OR

Eugene Franklin Schulz was born on August 28th 1938 to Paul and Sofie Schulz in Caldwell, Texas.  As a teenager, Eugene met Rubie Ondrasek. As Rubie liked to put it, she “ran off with a guy on a motorcycle”. They fell in love and on November 28th 1959 Eugene and Rubie married. At the time of his passing they celebrated 58 years of matrimony. With a passion to serve his country, Eugene enlisted into the United States Army on February 21, 1962.  This started a lifetime of service that continued throughout his lifetime.  In the Army he served as a crew chief aboard Huey’s.  His military service took him and his family to many locations around the United States. In addition to his stateside travels he also served three oversea tours in Vietnam where he received an Air Medal and Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.  During his service time, Eugene and Rubie welcomed their son, Eugene Schulz Jr.  Being a father was a true blessing in Eugene’s life. After 20 years of faithful service, Eugene retired from the military on October 31, 1981. He jointed the United States Postal Service and worked there until his retirement in the fall of 2009.  Eugene enjoyed retirement, he and Rubie would spend their leisure time traveling back to locations where they lived throughout their lives to visit and see the homes in which they lived.  In addition to the places they lived, Yellowstone was a favorite place as well to visit.

Before passing away peacefully at home on March 12, 2018, Eugene was recognized and honored by Willamette Valley Hospice for his many years of service to his Country.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Sofia, his brothers “Paul” and Edward and his infant brother and sister.

Eugene is survived by his loving wife, Rubie and his son, Eugene Schulz, Jr.

Eugene will be inurned at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon following the rendering of Honors on March 19, 2018 at 12:30pm.

Edward “Ed” Earl Elmer- Mill City, Oregon

Edward Earl Elmer was born on December 17, 1952 in Lakeview, Oregon. He was adopted by Clyde and Grace (King) Elmer when he was two years old. He attended high school in Laguna Beach, California. After high school he became a journeyman and did sheet rock repair, painting and construction work. He eventually moved to Oregon and lived in Beavercreek, Molalla, Colton and moved to Mill City in 2002. Ed was an excellent cook and found himself working at the Mountain Edge. He remembered what his regular customers liked to order and would often have the food in the window before the waitress would even have an order in the window. He met his wife Roxie Ann Adams while at work, when she was playing pool with her girlfriends. They married on July 17, 2004 in Gates, Oregon. Ed was a member of the Eagles and at one time held the position of Sergeant at arms. He also was a member of the Moose Lodge and would volunteer with both associations to cook at their dinners. Besides being a member of his fraternal organizations, Ed enjoyed the outdoors whether it was fishing, hiking, camping, hunting deer or spending time in the mountains. Ed passed away on March 9, 2018 at his home in Mill City after a long term illness. He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Roxie Ann Elmer; a brother, Raymond “Twister” Heller of Congress, AZ and a sister, Tonina Lamore of Provo, Utah. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Staff of Weddle Funeral Service.

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