Category Archives: Good Grief

Maria Reyes

Maria Reyes
11-17-1931 – 9-15-2017
Maria (Mary) Reyes was born in Colorado City, Texas to Marcelino and Ernestina (Silva) Hernandez.  She was the eldest and longest living of 12 children.

She was preceded in death by one son, Tony Reyes in 1993.
She and husband, Felix Reyes of 56 years, raised nine children.

They have 22 grand children, 34 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.

Rosary will be Wednesday 6:00 PM at The Immaculate Conception church and  funeral service on Thursday at 11:00 AM. Internment will be at

St. Mary’s Catholic cemetery Stayton, Oregon.

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David Boatman – Salem, OR

Boatman, DavidDavid Sterling Boatman

June 5, 1951 – August 3, 2016

Salem, Oregon

David S. Boatman born June 5, 1951, in Grants Pass, OR to Eugene & Clarice Boatman.  He grew up in Salem and graduated from South Salem High in 1970.  He married his loving wife, Betty, in 1978.  They had 2 wonderful children, David and Jennifer, and 4 very loved grandchildren.  He cut meat for over 25 years, primarily for Frey’s Thriftway and Roths .  He retired from Roth’s in 2015.  He loved his adventures with his family very much including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping and telling stories by the campfire.  He will be missed very much.  Celebration of Life will be held at the Salem Heights Church (375 Madrona Ave SE) on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 2:00 pm.   In lieu of flowers please contribute to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ( Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Frances “Fran” Doltar – Stayton, OR

Frances “Fran” Doltar

April 11, 1929 – July 26, 2016

Stayton, Oregon

Frances was born in Mandan, North Dakota to the late Stanley and Katherine Schimpf Dvorak. She was the oldest of three children. Her family moved to Oregon in 1942 and built their lives in Salem. She attended Sacred Heart Academy, graduating in 1947. Fran then moved to Montana where she was married and had three children: Daniel, Robert, and Deborah. She moved back to Oregon in 1959 where she graduated from Phagan’s beauty school in 1961 and became a hair dresser. She managed and owned several salons in the area throughout her career while raising her children. Fran enjoyed spending time with family, big band music, catching up in current events, flower gardening, and bird watching. Those that loved her most would say she was sharp witted and had a heart of gold. She was loved and will be missed by all. Frances was preceded in death by her son Daniel Doltar, and her brother Ray Dvorak. She is survived by her daughter Deborah (Jay) McElwain of Aumsville, OR, and her son Robert (Kathleen) Doltar of Beaverton, OR; brother Stanley Dvorak of Concord, NC; grandchildren Katy McElwain, Jayna Klinkebiel, Amy Nimetz, Jenny Doltar, and Jon Doltar; and great-grandchildren Carter and Ella Frances Klinkebiel. A viewing will take place Friday, July 29, from 1-5pm at Weddle Funeral Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 30, at 10:30am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton. Interment at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem following the service.

  Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to the Humane Society in Salem.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Thomas Metz – Stayton, OR

Thomas Arthur Metz

November 15, 1944 – May 27, 2016

Stayton, Oregon

Tom was a happy man who lived a happy life. He and his beautiful wife Joan spent 35 wonderful years growing their love for one another and for God. Tom had many passions in his life. He was a state wrestling and football champion at the high school level as well as at the college level. Tom attended Southern Oregon University, but wasn’t afraid to let you know he was a Duck fan. Tom also had a deep passion for Ham Radio and would spend hours out in his Ham shack just meeting people from around the world and talking to them over the radio.  He would come running into the kitchen with a big smile on his face because he couldn’t wait to tell us who he just spoke to and what country they were from. Tom truly love his friends, but most of all, he loved his family. Being the devoted father and grandfather he was, when Tom and Joan had finished raising their own children, God gave them the blessing of adopting their grandson, now son, Cole Smith. They raised him and their granddaughter, Paige Smith and enjoyed every minute of it because as Tom said, “you kept us from getting old”. Family was so important to Tom. Nothing would make him happier than visits from his brother, his kids, grandkids, and even great grandkids. One of his favorite moments was talking with his brother, Ted Metz. They would talk of fond memories they shared about family, friends, and everything else that came to mind. Those two could talk for hours and never run out of things to say. Not only did Tom love when family would visit, he had an adventurous side of his own. He loved to road trip with his wife Joan and their dogs, Jessie and Tucker. Although it was never said, Jessie was his favorite. On their last adventure, they drove from Oregon to Colorado, visiting their son, Tim Smith, and daughter-in-law, Robyn Smith, and granddaughter, Tawny Gates. After visiting, they continued their journey to Kansas to visit Joan’s side of the family and proceeded to head back home.  Tom would practically fill up the memory card on his phone and camera with pictures of every new view they saw, every beautiful sunset, and every cool sign they passed. He lived his life with a smile and truly loved every moment.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Foothills Church in Stayton.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Joyce D. Linn – Sublimity, OR

Joyce Diane Linn

October 3, 1944 – April 12, 2016

Sublimity, Oregon

Viewing and Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 at Weddle Funeral Chapel.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Thelma R. Lee – Salem, OR

Thelma Rue Lee

September 1, 1920 – March 25, 2016

Salem, Oregon


Private family services to be held at a later date.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Edith “Edie” Rowe – Jefferson, OR

Edith “Edie” Lorraine Rowe
March 5, 1942 – March 24, 2016
Jefferson, Oregon
A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, April 30 atFruitland Community Church in Salem.
No obituary submitted.
Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Vera Johnson-Dube – Salem, OR

Vera Mae Johnson-Dube

March 11, 1935 – March 5, 2016

Salem, OR

Memorial service was held Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Aumsville Community Center.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Delores “Dee” M. Barnts – Stayton, OR

Barnts, DeloresDelores “Dee” Mae Barnts

March 2, 1931 – February 28, 2016

Stayton, Oregon


Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Brookdale Stayton Senior Living Community in Stayton.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.


Lois Jean Andersen

January 19, 1922 – January 21, 2016

Sweet Home, Oregon


 Lois J. Andersen ,94, of Sweet Home, Oregon, passed away while sleeping. Lois was born in Saskatchewan, Canada. She lived in Washington, California and settled in Oregon. Lois lived in Lacomb and Detroit and then moved to Advermere Rehab in Sweet Home, Oregon. She was a waitress up until she was 72 at Marion Forks, Oregon, east of Detroit. Lois was preceded in death by her husband Howard Andersen and daughter Robina Rodriques of Colton, California. Lois is survived by her children: Curtis England of Albany, OR; Robin Munson of Lebanon, OR; Haven England of Taylorsville, UT; Jack England of Martinez, CA; Rea England of Longview, WA; Leslie Payne of Albany, OR; Jim Corban of Albany, OR; numerous grand children and great grand children; and also nieces and nephews.  

A private gathering and interment will be held at Williamette National Cemetery at a later date.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.


Lester David Wallace

February 20, 1930 – January 17, 2016

Show Low, Arizona


Viewing was on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Weddle Funeral Chapel. Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Weddle Funeral Chapel.

Interment at Lone Oak Cemetery in Stayton.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Geneva M. Handsaker – Aumsville, OR

Scan0002Geneva Mae Handsaker

December 20, 1921 – December 8, 2015

Aumsville, Oregon


Graveside Service to be held on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Lone Oak Cemetery. Full obituary to follow.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.


Blaylock, StevenSteven  L.  Blaylock

September 26, 1964 – December 7, 2015

Gates, Oregon

Steven was born in San Fernando, CA to Tommy Lee and Sharon Dee (Pierce) Blaylock. He graduated from Santiam High School in 1983 and served the next four years in the Air Force based in Texas, California, Alaska and Washington. Steve spent most of his life residing in Mill City and surrounding areas. He worked as a self-employed roofing contractor for Blaylock Roofing

Steve’s love for the outdoors was only surpassed by the love he had for his family. His door was always open to anyone, especially his kids and their friends. He was a friend to every person he ever met.  Steve enjoyed hunting, trap shooting, spending time with family and making people laugh.

Steven is survived by his children Wade Blaylock, Caitlin Taylor, Jared Blaylock, Ashlyn Blaylock, and Kelly Theurkoff; grandchildren Rowdy Taylor and Emery Taylor; siblings John Blaylock, Sherry Vogel, Susie Dent, and Terry Goertzen.

In lieu of gifts, donations for a memorial plaque will be accepted at his celebration of life, which will be held at Stayton Community Center on Saturday, December 19th from 1-4pm.

Gary H. Schott – Lyons, OR

Gary H. Schott

August 1, 1948 – March 27, 2015

Lyons, Oregon

Gary Schott, 66, of Lyons, Oregon passed away March 27, 2015 at his home. Gary was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all. Gary was born August 1 1948 to Harold and Adeline(Ellis) Schott in Salem, Oregon. He was raised in Sublimity, Oregon and remained in the valley his entire life. He met his beloved wife and best friend Pat Schott (Blythe) and they were married on October 6, 1967 in Vancouver, Washington. Gary worked in the timber industry for over 40 years until his retirement finalin 2013. Gary enjoyed hunting, (often looking forward to taking the grandkids) fishing, and his family. Gary’s family was the light of his life.

Gary is survived by his wife, Pat of Lyons; daughter Angela (Larry) Kennison of Scio; son, Gary (Tami) Schott of Lyons; grandchildren, Terry Edwards, Michael and Nicholas Kennison, Amber, Brianna, and Caylee Schott; Great Grandchildren, Nalah and Owen Edwards; Cayden and Broden Kennison. Brothers, Larry and Jerry Schott; sisters Elaine Blythe, Karen Myrick, Thelma Mitchell, Janet East, and Ruthann Rousseau. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, & sisters Kay Becker and Delores Schott.

Services will be held on Saturday April 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Weddle’s Funeral Chapel in Stayton, OR.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton Oregon




LARRY D. KNEE – Salem, OR.

Larry D. Knee
November 4, 1948 – January 1, 2015
Salem, Oregon

Knee, Larry DeanLarry D. Knee, age 66, passed away on January 1, 2015, with his wife and family members around him.

Larry is survived by his wife Dianna G. Darst, his children, Carey Palmer, Leslie Fisher, Tim Knee, and Christie Darst, his siblings, Steve and Kay Knee and Debbie and David Martin, and his grandchildren, Caitlin and Chloe Fisher, and Zoey and Jayce Davis.

Larry was born November 4, 1948 in Portland, Oregon to Carl and Gladys Knee. Larry’s father worked for the state highway department, so the family made their home in several cities around Oregon (Cottage Grove, Sutherlin, Gold Beach, Brookings, Coquille, and several more) before settling in Milwaukie. He graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1966. Larry attended Portland State after graduation, and was drafted into the United States Army in 1968.

Larry served in the Military Police Corp, attaining the rank of Specialist 4, and completed his service two years later. He received the National Defense Service Medal with two Overseas Service bars, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. All the soldiers of the Vietnam War held a special place in his heart.

After his honorable discharge, Larry worked for Mel Mar Campers and soon moved with his young family to McMinnville, where he worked for Neonex and later for Cabana Motor Homes in Forest Grove. He began working for Fleetwood Homes of Woodburn in 1985 where he met and later married his best friend Dianna Darst, and raised a daughter Christie at home in Salem, Oregon. He retired as a Purchasing Supervisor from Fleetwood Homes in 2013 after 29 years.

Larry found joy in raising his children, salmon fishing on the Nehalem River with his wife Dianna, woodworking (particularly with his son Tim), go-kart racing with his brother Steve, collecting items he and Dianna found while estate and garage sale shopping (particularly anything he could find related to photography and cameras), summer BBQs and pool time with family, love for photography and capturing the everyday events of family and travel, grandchildren activities (births, birthdays, soccer games, music and dance events, etc.), and watching Civil War games while rooting for his Ducks.

One of his disappointments might be that he didn’t catch enough fish.

A viewing service will be held 1 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Weddle Funeral Chapel, 1777 N. Third Avenue in Stayton, Oregon. A closed casket funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Weddle Funeral Chapel followed by burial at Lone Oak Cemetery, Stayton, Oregon. Relatives and friends are welcome at a reception immediately following burial back at Weddle Funeral Chapel.

A special thank you to Kaiser Permanente Skyline Medical Office and Oncology staff for their caring and compassionate help and support.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


November 6, 1977 – October 12, 2014
Mill City, Oregon

Memorial Service will be held on Monday, October 20, 2014 2:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 3215 Fisher Road NE, Salem, OR 97302

Full obituary will be coming soon.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


Virgil Dean Payne Sr.

December 7, 1941 – September 30, 2014
Resided In Aumsville, Oregon

It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the death of Virgil Dean Payne, Sr., Virgil was born in Konawa, Oklahoma to Clyde and Gladys Payne. He met Lucille Fleming in Stayton, Oregon when she was only 13 years old, and they eventually married on March 11, 1962 in Konawa, Oklahoma. They had three children, Denise, Quonna, and Virgil, Jr.  

Virgil and Lucille moved to Oregon 1965. Virgil worked for William Wallace in farming operations for 12 years. He later worked for Young and Morgan Trucking as a diesel mechanic for 25 years. Virgil enjoyed his family, camping and cars. His favorite car was a 1951 Mercury. He loved to travel with his wife; together they saw much of the United States as well as going on many cruises.

Virgil is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lucille, children; Denise and Roy Pallett, Quonna and Alan Bender; Virgil Payne, Jr. and Janel Page, grandchildren; Caitlin (Joshua) Coyle, Luke Pallett, Paul ( Alicia) Bender, Emilee (Matthew) Kadell, Kellee (Cody) Coonrod, Julee Bender, Aaron Bender, MacKayla Payne, great grandchildren; Hailey; Rowan, Clora, William, Olivia.

Virgil was a devoted and loving family man with a wonderful sense of humor and a kind heart when it came to babies and animals.   His family, extended family and friends feel very blessed to have had him in their lives. He will truly be missed.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


March 18, 1923 – August 30, 2014

Bessie L. Niehoff, 91, died Saturday.  She was born in Wellsville, Missouri and lived Wisconsin and California before moving to Oregon in 1991.  She worked in the aircraft industry during World War II and later as a coil winder in Santa Monica, California.  She enjoyed many different crafts and excelled in sewing and crochet.  Bessie was an avid gardener and often could be found among the flowers in her yard.  She married Charles A. Niehoff on September 28, 1946.  He preceded her in death in 1997.  Bessie is survived by her son, Larry of Stayton; daughter Aleta (Gary) Opp of Perris, California, sisters; Lena Taylor of Torrance, California, Evelyn Coates of Riverside, California, Ruth Olsen of Torrance, California, brother; Carl Porter of Wellsville, Missouri, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  No services will be held.  Arrangements by Weddle Funeral Services.  Contributions to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, Oregon.

GLENDA L. SMITH – Aumsville OR.

April 23, 1939 – August 20, 2014
Aumsville, Oregon Resident

Glenda was born in El Centro, California to Champ and Lucy Rosanbalm and spent her childhood in Hemet, California. She moved to Independence, Oregon in 1952 and graduated from Central High School in 1957. She married Alvin J. Smith on June 28, 1958. They later moved from Independence to Monmouth in 1964 and eventually moved to Aumsville, Oregon in 1982. She worked as a Video Production Assistant for ‘Fishing the West’ and as a Program Syndicator for “American Fisherman”.   She was active with her children as a Troop leader for Blue Birds, Campfire Girls, Boy Scouts and Job’s Daughters. She enhanced life through her gift of Art, winning an award from the Artist Guild. She enjoyed doing genealogy, writing, ornithology, gardening and reading. Glenda devoted herself to her family and friends and will be remembered as the Best Cobbler Maker ever.   She loved to catch fish but hated fishing! She will be greatly missed by her husband, Alvin, children; Susan Smith Schooling, Steven Smith, siblings; Tim, Jim, Phyllis and Michael, grandchildren; Alyssa, Bryce, Madison, Christian, Hannah.   Memorial Service:  Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:00 p.m. at Weddle Funeral Chapel.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, Oregon.


July 20, 1953 – July 28, 2014
Salem, Oregon

Perry, Randal

Randy Gene Perry passed away on July 28, 2014. Randy was born in Albany, Oregon on July 20, 1953 to Margaret and Vernon Perry. He attended Chemeketa Community College for a degree in Graphic Design.

Randy married Linda Wallace on September 8, 1974 and they celebrated nearly forty years of marriage. Randy was the owner of a photo design company and an official photographer for the Oregon Women’s Bowling Association for many years. He was most currently employed by Ames Research and Development. Randy was a proud member of the American Motorcyclist Association. His hobbies and interests included fly fishing, motorcycle riding, target shooting, traveling in his motor home and baking pies. He also loved spending time at the coast/outdoors and being with family.

Perry, Randal Pic 1Randy is survived by wife; Linda Perry, daughter; Tara (Chris) Tupper, parents; Vernon and Margaret Perry, sister; Verna Miller, and brother; Mark Perry. He was preceded in death by his grandparents as well as a baby sister. Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society. We cherished our time with you and you will forever live in our hearts.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1PM at Weddle Funeral Chapel. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, Oregon.


Loretz, KennethKenneth Arlyn Loretz, son of Kenneth Preston Loretz and Hilda (Larson) Loretz, left us on Sunday July 27, 2014 to go fly fishing on a coastal stream teeming with steelhead and native cutthroat trout. His passing was peaceful with his three children caring for and supporting him. Ken, aka Kenny, aka Curly was born in Salem on May 13, 1933 while his young parents and older sister Beverly lived in Cloverdale, Oregon.   The family lived in Cloverdale for several years while Ken’s father worked building military homes and facilities on Mount Hebo. The family moved to Tillamook where Ken attended grade school, and then moved to Eugene where he attended middle school and a year at South Eugene High School before finding his way back to the coast. His mother Hilda had passed away and Ken left home to live with his uncle and aunt, Teak and Dorothy Larson in Cloverdale, attending Nestucca High School where he met his wife to be, Lee Kellow. Marrying Lee included Ken in the large Kellow Family which he enjoyed. He was close to his many brother and sister-in-laws and was “Uncle Ken” to 21 nieces and nephews.

Our dad was most happy in the woods, on a stream, in the mountains or on the ocean. The outdoors was his church and hunting and fishing were his passion. Dad was artistic, creative and an amazing craftsman. He loved figuring out ways to do a job more efficiently and could build, paint or fix almost anything, always with an attention to detail and quality. A self-proclaimed “Jack of All Trades” Dad worked in many fields during his life, but his real gift was being a commercial painter with a brush in his hand and he ran successful painting contracting businesses on the coast, in Bend and in Salem. He retired as a painting supervisor for the Eugene School District, where he was excited to select the colors and repaint South Eugene High School where he attended.

Ken was a proud father, grandfather and great grandfather.   He is survived by his three children, Mike (Kathy) Loretz, Bev (Frank) Yesmant, and Cindy Ashley, his six grandchildren; Dan (Candace), Melissa (Jason), Alexis (Claire), Taylor, Ian, and Calvin (Katrina), and two great grandson’s Jack and Sam. Through the miracle of ultrasound Ken was excited to know that two great granddaughters would be arriving this fall. He was preceded in death by his beloved sister Beverly Pritchett.

The last years of our father’s life were challenging with numerous health issues related to COPD. Like a boxer in a ring he was knocked down too many times to count and we often thought his number was up, but he always found the strength and courage to stand up and carry on. He was both strong and brave in our eyes. He was known as a “kind and nice man” and was always looking to help out others, many times complete strangers. We are all hopeful that his self-reliant and confident strength so admired by his family, friends and co-workers has returned and that his only challenge now is deciding which pair of binoculars to take into the fern filled timber looking for deer and elk, or which fly pattern will get a rise in the tail-out of the riffle in the stream he stands in.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Ken on Saturday, August 16th beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Mike and Kathy Loretz’s home and property at 7849 Timothy Lane in Keizer.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


Goyins, PatriciaMay 21, 1930 – July 25, 2014

Patty was born to Evelyn and Floyd Brown in Belt Montana. She attended Montana State University where she met her future husband, Gale P. Goyins. The two were married on May 13, 1953 and enjoyed 61 years of marriage. Mom loved us and will be most remembered for her legacy of countless hours in prayer (mostly for us), and her scripture study. Patty is survived by husband, Gale, children; Gerry (Josette), Greg (Paula), Katie (Mike), Jeff (Cheryl), Denise (Craig), sister, Donna, 17 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son, David. While we will miss her, we are confident we will see her again and take comfort knowing she heard these words as she came into her Heavenly Father’s arms, “Well done, good and faithful servant. …. Come into your rest.” Matthew 25:23   Services are pending. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services

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