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Phyllis Hill – Detroit, OR

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June 14, 1912 – January 19, 2017

Detroit, Oregon

Phyllis (Rash) Hill, 104, of Detroit, Oregon passed away on January 19, 2017. She was born on June 14, 1912 in Smithfield, Utah to Henry and Elizabeth (Thompson) Rash – one of nine children. She married Gordon Hill on October 23, 1929. Together, they raised three children; Larry, Grady, and Jules. Phyllis was appointed Postmaster of Marion County in 1962, and held the position until her retirement in 1976. Phyllis was a proud member of the Detroit Women’s Club and enjoyed sewing and decorating cakes for her friends and family. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband, and sons; Grady and Jules. She is survived by her son; Larry (Susie) of Cave Junction, Oregon, daughter-in-law; Shirley of Dallas, Oregon, ten grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren.
Phyllis will be greatly missed. Per her request, there will be no services.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Gladys S. May – Beaverton, OR

Gladys S. May

Nov. 29, 1919 – Oct. 25, 2016

Gladys May was born on November 29, 1919 to Jack and Sophia Magel in Winnepeg, Canada.  She passed away on October 25, 2016 at the age of 96.  As a child, Gladys came to the United States with her parents.  She had worked as a meat wrapper for Safeway, albertsons and Big C Markets in Portland before retiring in 1980.  She has lived in Broadmead, Amity, Salem, Portland, Eugene, Medford, Belknap Hot Springs, Newberg and (Charbonneau) Wilsonville before moving to Beaverton in 2010.  She enjoyed traveling and gardening.  She is survived by her sons, Michael and Randy Sikorski; daughter, Stephanie Brown; brother, Jack Magel; sisters, Rhoda Hollway, Lou Temple and Sylvia Phillips; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Sat. Oct. 29th at 11:00 am at Lincoln Memorial Chapel 11801 SE Mt. Scott Blvd. Portland.

Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery.



Ronald “Ron” Bell – Gates, OR


June 5, 1947 – June 12, 2016

Gates, Oregon

Ronald V Bell, age 69, of Gates OR, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of June 12, 2016. He was born on June 5, 1947 in Ely, Nevada to WV and Norma Bell. He moved to the Salem area when he was only 2 where he continued to live for the remainder of his life. He graduated from North Salem High School in the class of 1965. He married his wife Jo (Whittaker) on July 13, 1992 in Reno, Nevada.

He is survived by his wife, Jo and 5 children: Richie (wife Cheryl) of Anchorage, AK, Randy (wife Krista) of Olympia, WA, Ronda Latta (husband Eden) of Anchorage, AK, Emily Comstock (husband Rod) of Keizer, OR, Breyonna Caldwell (husband Dustin) of Jefferson, OR, as well as 19 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and sister Vicki Steiner (husband Dave) of Salem, OR.

He worked for the Oregon State Legislature at the State Capitol for 33 years, where he was purchasing agent and property manager.

Ron loved Oregon and explored it extensively every moment he could. He had a special fondness for the beach and mountains, where he enjoyed camping and riding his ATV with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, WV and Norma Bell and granddaughter, Lucy Bell Latta.

An open house in memory of Ron will be held on July 31, from 1 – 4 pm at the Gates Fire Hall, 101 Sorbin Street, Gates.

Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Ron (and Lucy Bell Latta) to The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska, at or Willamette Valley Hospice @

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.

Carol Rosecrans – Aumsville, OR

Carol May Rosecrans

September 21, 1945 – March 18, 2016

Aumsville, Oregon

Private family services will be held.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

L. John “LJ” Van Lydegraf – Salem, OR

Laude John “LJ” Van Lydegraf

June 4, 1923 – March 15, 2016

Salem, Oregon


John Van Lydegraf, 92, died Tuesday morning March 15, at Lancaster Village in Salem.

A lifetime resident of Salem, OR, he leaves his wife of 72 years, Ina; his son Dale; 2 daughters Donna and Janelle; 7 Grandchildren; 9 Great-Grandchildren and a true, close friend Shirley DiShon-Richardson.

John served honorably with the army during WWII in both Europe & the South Pacific. Upon his return, he owned and operated several gas stations for 20 years, & also owned D & V Hardware in Keizer and later South 12 th St. for 12 years. He then commercial fished on the Donella J for 2 years, after which he became a home fuel delivery truck driver for Capital City Transfer. After retiring in 1985, John and Ina became “snowbirds” traveling to Arizona each year for nearly 30 years. After years of forming numerous, local friendships, their network of friends became widespread since everyone they met seemed to be from different states.

John Van Lydegraf ( LJ ) had many activities and was passionate about (hunting, fishing & camping) including pastimes (in gardening, home maintenance, wine making, hunting mushrooms, pressing apples for cider, & crabbing, just to name a few). He was always the first person to offer when anyone needed help with something. His tenacity, positive humor, personal strength, & wisdom will be greatly missed by many. He was often heard saying when asked how are ya John ( well I’m still on the right side of the grass)

Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, 3/19/16 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 198 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton, OR, at 3 PM. VanLydegraf, JohnSocial gathering immediate following.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Mildred L. Woodward – Turner, OR

Mildred Louise Woodward

December 23, 1932 – March 4, 2016

Turner, Oregon

Celebration of Life was held at Church of God of Prophecy in Aumsville, Oregon on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. Private interment in Jefferson Cemetery.

No obituary submitted.

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

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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.

Harold R. Hiebert – Sheridan, OR

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December 16, 1948 – August 27, 2015

Sheridan, Oregon

Harold walked on from this world in peace and comfort, while his wife Linda held his hand and kissed him. He was surrounded by family leading up to his passing. Harold was born at 5:00 p.m. at Bartell Hospital in Dallas, Oregon to Richard Martin and Vivian McCoy. He weighed just 5 lbs. 4 oz. and was 13 inches long. At birth, he was given the name Douglas McCoy. He was adopted by Henry Harold and Frieda Hiebert when he was just 10 days old, and they renamed him after his adoptive father.

Harold was raised in Idanha, Oregon where his dad had a logging business. Harold graduated from Detroit High School, where he enjoyed participating in sports. After school, he started his trucking career with his dad. He went on to serve in the Marines during the Viet Nam war. Harold married Sharon Johnson and together they raised three children; Glen, Angela, and Mary. They also lost a baby girl at 5 months.

Harold married Linda Lou Gibson and they celebrate their anniversary on August 18th. He gained three step-daughters and 9 grandchildren when he married Linda.

Harold made a career of trucking and worked many different trucking jobs; hauled logs, chips, glass, food, plants, and new trucks. He hauled mobile homes and modular buildings with his wife Linda as his pilot car. He worked many years with his brother Donald scrapping torch cutting down buildings no longer in use. Harold drove all the mainland states and Canada. His last job was hauling US mail from Salem to the coast.

Harold loved the Detroit Marina, eating (especially the free Monday night dinners at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde), traveling, and flying, helicopters being a big interest to him. Some of his families favorite memories are Harold’s laugh and “Harold humor”, diet Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew always in 2-liter bottles, the party barge and wave runners, the ocean, being spoiled when he could, Christmases, his help with two weddings and dressing the girls, playing rowdy, and riding in the truck. He was especially fond of eagles, and since his passing, Linda has had several encounters with the majestic birds, at times tipping their wings at her in a loving gesture from Harold in his place beyond this world.

Harold bought a motorhome, pickup, and boat as part of his bucket list. He took one short trip in the motorhome and never got the boat in the water, but having them was close enough. He went on a train ride and rode in a helicopter down into Mt. Rainier, all the way inside to the bottom where ash and steam were coming out.

Family was very important to Harold and they all got to tell him goodbye. Glen took him out in an electric wheel chair in the 26th and Harold went “fast”, driving it himself out in the sunshine.  His daughter Mary came from Missouri for six weeks to take care of him toward the end of his life.

The Celebration of Harold’s life will take place on Thursday, September 10 at 3:00 p.m. at Weddle Funeral Chapel in Stayton.

Harold was preceded in death by his birth parents, Richard Martin and Vivian McCoy Martin; adoptive parents Henry Harold and Frieda Jean Hiebert; sister Wanda; brothers David and Myron; a baby daughter; mother-in-law Shirley B. Bilbro; Sharon’s parents Louise and Bill Mohr; and brother-in-law, William Johnson.  He is survived by his wife Linda; son Glen (Michelle); daughters Angela and Mary (Brad); step-daughters Judy (Tom), Jenn (Rich), and Jackie; 15 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings Twyla, Scott, Tim, Jim, Gerald, and  Donald (Sandy); sister-in-law Penny Nash Hiebert; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.


Memorial Service with Military Honors to be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 3 PM at Weddle Funeral Chapel. Reception to follow.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Duane M Downing – Walla Walla, WA

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Dec. 1, 1925 — May 4, 2015

Walla Walla, Washington

Duane Downing, 89, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2015, in Walla Walla. Duane was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Scio, Ore., to Orville and Mabel Downing. He grew up on a ranch in Lyons with his two younger sisters, Juanita and Modena. After serving in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, Duane graduated in 1949 from Oregon State University with a degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation, he went to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, where he met and married the love of his life, Elaine Johnson. Their daughter, Paula, was born in 1951 and daughter, Donna, in 1956. Duane and his family moved to Walla Walla in 1965 after he was selected to be Chief of Operations for the Corps’ Walla Walla District.

Duane was always very proud of the Corps of Engineers and the work he did. As Operations Chief, Duane supervised operations of all Corps facilities on the Snake and Columbia rivers from Jackson, Wyo., to John Day, Ore. Responsibilities varied widely, ranging from overseeing dedications of John Day and Dworshak dams to ensuring dam operations met the Corps’ multi-purpose goals, including navigation, power generation and recreation. During Duane’s tenure as Operations Chief, the Walla Walla District’s hydroelectric generation capacity grew from 17 to 41 units capable of generating 4,413,000 kilowatts — one-fourth of the Corps’ nationwide generation capacity. Duane also organized the federal response to the failure of the Teton Dam in Idaho and to the 1963 Alaska earthquake. Prior to retirement in 1983, Duane was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award by the Department of the Army.

Duane didn’t slow down much after retirement, occasionally saying “retirement just means there’s no quitting time.” He helped his parents with the family ranch, traveled with Elaine, enjoyed visiting family, grew huge tomatoes, went ballroom dancing and played a lot of poker. While Duane enjoyed Omaha and Texas Hold’Em and the fact he actually earned a net profit playing, he particularly appreciated all the friends he made at poker tournaments and casual games. After Elaine passed in 2007, Duane continued his activities, often visiting Paula in Arizona, and Donna and her husband David in Virginia. Duane loved telling stories, particularly about what “the kids” and other family members were doing and their latest accomplishments. He had a rare ability to make friends with almost anybody he met. Duane was much loved and will be missed.

Duane is survived by his daughter, Paula King of Mesa, AZ; daughter, Donna Downing and her husband David Reich of Arlington, VA; sister, Juanita Brown of Springfield, OR; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews scattered throughout the West.

Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 The Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Fox Valley Cemetery in Lyons, Oregon.

Donations in Duane’s honor can be made to the Walla Walla Senior Center through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 The Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Family and friends may leave comments and condolences below or share memories and sign an online guestbook at

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, Oregon


2489_1038286917046_6711526_n282065_1925080286326_5401783_nRichard Leo Posekany Jr.

May 2, 1953 – June 2, 2015

Detroit, Oregon

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pine

Richard Leo Posekany, Jr. (Rick) was born to Richard and Patricia Whalen Posekany in Coos Bay, OR on May 2, 1953. He attended Elkton and Mill City Elementary Schools, graduating from Santiam High School as Valedictorian in 1971. While at the University of Oregon, he joined Sigma Chi Fraternity. He later studied forestry at the Chemeketa Community College.

Rick was Forester for Frank Lumber Company, Freres Lumber Company, and the US Forest Service, also serving as a Wild Land Fire Fighter. He lived and worked at the Detroit Ranger Station, and was very active in the Santiam Canyon community. He served on the school board for over ten years while assisting and encouraging the athletic training of many students.

A lifetime Hoodoo downhill skier, Rick has been a part of the Santiam Pass Ski Patrol since 1975. In 1983, he received his National Ski Patrol appointment. He was an instructor with the SPSP, earning the Oregon Outstanding Mountaineering Instructor Award and the Pacific NW Outstanding Mountaineering Instructor Award.

“Posey” fell in love with mountain climbing at the age of 13 and joined the Mazamas in 1973. During the years 1980-2011 as a Mazama leader, he lead 59 climbs and received the Guardian Peak and the Seven Oregon Summits Awards. The peaks of the Cascades were Rick’s playgrounds. Always in search of greater challenges, Rick has summitted the peaks of Kilimanjaro, Denali, and Aconcagua. He returned several times as guide of his own enterprise, “Santiam Alpine Guides.”

Rick Posekany was preceded in death by his father, Richard Sr., earlier this year.

Rick is survived by his mother Patricia, step mother Phyllis, daughters Carri and Shauna, son Scott, grandchildren Ethan, Shaylee, Paige and Olivia, sisters Kim and Jean, brother Robert, step brothers Thom, Bob and Larry, nephews Graham, Daniel, Patrick and Joshua, nieces Amber and Cathryn, and his trusty dog, Sam.

Posey will be remembered for his integrity, his smile, his strength and energy, his enthusiasm, his great teaching and mentoring skills, his cheerful willingness to help others, his awesome beard, and his big loving heart. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Santiam Canyon Scholarship Fund (PO Box 197, Mill City, Oregon 97360).

In celebration of a life very well lived, a memorial service will be held June 19, at 2:00 p.m. at the Santiam High School in Mill City.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, Oregon

Best Funeral Home of Mid-Valley 2015


Readers’ Choice: Best Funeral Home


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1777 N 3rd Avenue


by Special to the Statesman Journal


Weddle Funeral Services is honored to have won Best Funeral Services two years in a row and has served the Stayton area since 1917. Even though the business changed hands in 2008, the new owners are folks rooted in Stayton, and Weddle’s continues to be family owned and operated. The friendly staff are experienced and kind, helping maintain a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment. They do their best to honor all requests of any family traditions or practices. Because it is important to serve the entire family, they also provide toys and activities to keep children occupied. Weddle’s offers affordable services and exceptional value with compassion and care.


Pisano, Angeline (Ciaravino)ANGELINE  PISANO

Nov. 11, 1920   †   Nov. 26, 2013



Angeline Pisano (Ciaravino), beloved daughter, wife and mother joined our Lord in Heaven on November 26, 2013.

 Angeline was born on November 11, 1920 in Detroit Michigan. She was one of 7 children of Ignazio Ciaravino and Anna Laudicina.

 She married Albert Pisano on February 23, 1946. They moved to California where they owned their business, Alberto’s Interiors for many years. They had one son, Gregory Pisano.

 They lived most of their married life in Southern California, moving to Mill City, Oregon in 2002.

 Angeline was preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband Albert, and all of her siblings.

 Angeline leaves behind her, her son Greg, daughter-in-law Lori, 4 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

 Angeline was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

 A huge thank you to Hospice Care of the Northwest for assisting in the care and comfort of Angeline.

 Services to be held in Mill City. Final resting place to be along side her husband Albert, at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.



December 15, 1922 – September 5, 2013

Betty Josephine Pittam, the daughter of W.L. and Verna Eckles, was born in Nelson, Nebraska on December 15, 1922.  She passed away September 5, 2013 at Orchard Heights Memory Care facility inPittam, Betty Salem, Oregon.  She was 90 years old.  Betty graduated high school in Wilbur, NE and soon after, at age 19, married her true love, Gerald Thomas Pittam of Nora, NE.  They lived in Clay Center NE and Jerry worked at the Ammo Dump during the early part of WWII.  They then migrated, by railroad, to Oregon, living in the tiny burg of Marion Forks. Betty built kitchen cabinets for their little shack while Jerry logged.  Later they moved to the Detroit/Idanha area and there their three children were born, Sherry Kay, Patricia Ann, and David Joe. Jerry stopped logging and went into the insurance business, Betty becoming his secretary. They moved operations to Mill City, but their friends from Idanha drove down many weekends to continue the card parties they were so fond of.  Betty’s children and grandchildren remember the great food and many weekend parties that Betty loved to give. In 1965 Jerry built Betty the home of her dreams on the North Santiam River, and later said he didn’t think she’d ever leave the house or come to work again she loved it so much. Betty and Jerry were married 50 years when Jerry died in 1992.  After Jerry’s death Betty continued to have big family Christmas parties and though her children had Christmas at their own homes also, thePittam, Betty 2grandchildren decided the real Christmas was at Grandma’s. On Betty’s 80th birthday, her children threw her a party and just about the whole town of Mill City showed up, plus relatives from all over Oregon, Washington and California. Several people remarked about the fact that Betty Pittam was a real lady. In her 80’s Betty sold her home and moved to Monmouth, OR to be nearer to her children. Betty’s oldest daughter, Sherry Kay, lived just a couple blocks away and took excellent care of her mother for many years.  All of Betty’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren adored her.  She wasn’t just a grandma, she was a grand lady all around. Betty is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her youngest brother.  She is survived by her three children and spouses, six grandchildren and spouses, and fourteen great grandchildren. Private family services.  Please in lieu of flowers, in memory of Betty Jo Pittam, donations can be given to Hospice Care of the Northwest, 2290 Commercial St. SE. Suite 108 Salem, OR  97302; or Christ’s Church, 412 Clay St. W, Monmouth; or The Christian Church, Mill City.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.



Oct. 12, 1915 – Dec. 13, 2012
Sublimity, Oregon


L. Howard  was  born to Oliver and Golda Farmen in Laurel, Montana.  He moved to Mill City/Gates area in 1923.  He attended Mill City and Gates schools 1-12, graduating from Gates High School in 1935. He attended U.S. Armament School in Salem after which he was employed at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Washington.  He also spent time in the logging industry in the Santiam Canyon.  He was drafted to serve in WWII in the U.S. Air Force in Sept. 1942, serving in the African & European areas,  after being injured in France he returned home in Sept. 1945. He received a Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Badge, Oak Leaf Cluster, European African Middle East Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.  Howard was married to Alice Talley in Mill City on Dec. 16, 1945.  He was employed in logging for a short time, worked on the M.C. Manufacturing Co. railroad before working on Detroit dam for its entire construction.  He then was employed by Mill City School District for 26 years where he retired as a Supt. of maintenance.  Many years were spent traveling, cruising becoming his favorite, and artifact hunting in the high desert areas of western states. He was a past member of Mill City Fire Dept, Mill City Council, and served as first Municipal Judge and Recorder when Mill City was incorporated in 2004.  In 1995, he and Alice moved to Stayton, living there for 9 years before moving to Marian Estates in Sublimity in 2004.  In 2004,he was inducted in Santiam Canyon School District Canyon Hall of Fame.  He is survived by his wife, Alice, son, Michael Farmen (Chermaine Hebert) grandsons, Scott and Aaron ( Maria) Farmen of Stayton; brothers, Fred of Albany, Darrell Farmen of Alaska, and many nieces and nephews.  Memorial graveside with military honors will be held on Sat. Dec. 22nd at 1:00 pm  at Fairview Cemetery  in Gates, OR.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


Bobbie Jean Budlong

September 12, 1932 – October 18, 2012
Mill City, Oregon

 Bobbie Budlong, 80, was born the second child to an Oklahoma farmer. The family relocated many times from Oklahoma to the west coast and it was on one of these trips she met and fell in love with James Budlong in Detroit, Oregon. The two were married in Paris,TX on March 19, 1951 then made their home in the Santiam Canyon where they raised three children. It was after Jim’s sudden death in November of 2010 that Bobbie’s health started to decline. After years of battling cancer Bobbie died at home Thursday evening. She is survived by her children, Dennis Budlong of Mill City, Russell Budlong of Salem, and Susan O’Leary of Portland; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and siblings Hazel Peeler, Elvin Blan, Mabel Boester and Harold Blan. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at Weddle Funeral Chapel in Stayton. A reception will follow at the Mill City Eagles Lodge. Instead of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to the North Santiam Historical Society or the Mill City Fire Department, two organizations close to Bobbie’s heart.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


Oct. 23, 1949 – June 5, 2012

MOLALLA – Larry L. Lyon,  age 62, passed away on Tuesday, June 5th in Salem.  He was born Oct. 23, 1949 in Tacoma, WA to Leon and Geraldine Lyon.  Larry grew up in the Idanha and Detroit area.  He was married to Debbie Hanson 26 years ago and they made their home in Idanha before moving to Molalla in 2000.  He had worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for Interfor Pacific in Molalla for 10 yrs before retiring due to a quad accident.   He had enjoyed riding quads, fishing and watching his favorite television show “Two and a Half Men”.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine, his brother, Michael and his twin brother, Terry.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie;  son, J.D. Lyon of Phoenix, Arizona; father, Leon Lyon of Sublimity; step-children, Desiree (Iban) Childress of Salem, Dustin (Shannon) Childress of Molalla, Demiree Childress and her fiance’ Angelo Jefferson of Stayton; brother, Patrick Lyon of Oak Harbor, WA; sister, Vonnie Carlson of Puyallup, WA; 11 grandchildren; and 1 great grandson.

Visitation will be from 9 am – Noon on Monday, June 11th and Funeral Service at 3:00 pm both at Weddle Funeral Chapel, private interment at Fairview Cemetery, Gates, OR.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


November 19, 1931 – February 28, 2012

Dorthy Williamson was born to Fred and Helen Taylor on November 19, 1931 in Houston, Texas.  The eldest of five children, she grew up in Wickes, Arkansas, where she met and married Lynn Williamson in 1950.

Her first two sons were born there in Arkansas in 1951 and 1952.  In 1953 she moved her family to Oregon where God blessed her with two daughters and one more son during the next three years.

Dorthy and Lynn lived and raised all their children in the small town on Idanha, Oregon, where she stayed until shortly after Lynn’s death in 1980. She purchased and operated a small restaurant with her brother in nearby Detroit, Oregon.  Then, purchased and operated a restaurant in Mill City, Oregon until retiring in 1990.

In 1992 she moved to Salem to be closer to her children and began attending Peoples Church.  She greatly enjoyed the preaching, teaching, worship, and fellowship of Peoples Church and began plugging in where she could serve.

Dorthy loved to cook, to garden, and especially to bless and serve the people around her.  She believed that faith in God was to be demonstrated by action in service to those He placed in her path.  One of her greatest joys was bringing together all her extended family for holiday meals, barbecues or just fun and fellowship.  She was really all about people.

Dorthy will be greatly missed by her four brothers and sisters, her five children and spouses, her twenty-one grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She is now rejoicing with those loved ones who went ahead of her- her husband, three grandchildren, mother and dad and many friends.  Most of all, she is praising the One she has served, face to face, and receiving the rewards He has prepared for her.

Dorthy loved flowers, but loved people more.  She would be pleased if, in lieu of flowers, friends gave a gift to Pathways Church in Fort Collins, Colorado, in her name.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at Peoples Church, 4500 Lancaster Dr. in Salem on Friday, March 2 at 11:30 a.m.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.



Detroit, Oregon

Truman Douglas Tibbits was born on June 2, 1931 in Sundance, Wyoming and passed away peacefully in Detroit, Oregon on July 22, 2011.
Most of Truman’s working life was spent trucking – logging, dump trucking or hauling “pigs” up & down I-5.  As an owner-operator, he ran dump trucks, spending 40 years as a trucker.
Truman retired at 65 years of age from Salem-Keizer School district -9 years as a mechanic working on school buses.
Truman spent most of his free time working in his shop tinkering on cars and fixing up things for friends or family.  He had a life-long love of old cars, trucks and steam-driven vehicles.  Truman enjoyed hunting on the top of McCully Mountain and fishing trips with family members. His family was most important to him and he drove long miles to spend the evening hours with them.  Survived by wife of 57 years, Pauline; brother, Jim; son, Dave (Karla); daughter, Cathy (Baird); six grandchildren, Jaime (Shawn); Paul; Joe (Staice); Rick;  Ben and Sam; three step-grand daughters (husbands) and six great-grand children, Saira Joe; Justice; Brody; Candra; Jacob and Liam, nine step-great-grand children and five step-great-great grand children.   Truman was pre-deceased by his parents Truman Jay and Frances Leah and his son, Michael Douglas.
Services are 9:30am Rosary, 10:00am Mass with a Reception following in Reedy Hall at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Salem on July 29.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


Marlene Louise Budlong

July 31, 1933 – July 26, 2010

Mill City, OR

Marlene Louise Budlong, a long-time resident of Mill City, passed away and went on to be with her Lord on Monday the 26th of July. She died of traumatic brain injury at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland after a fall.

Born in 1933 in McMinnville, Marlene was the only daughter of Otis and Opal White.  She grew up with five brothers, with whom she remained close. She earned Salutatorian status at Detroit High School where her father was the Principal. She then attended Northwest Christian College in Eugene.

Marlene married Robert Lee Budlong of Mill City, OR on December 26, 1953.  They resided in Salem, Reedsport, and Portland, before moving to their home in Mill City.  She is survived by her husband, four children, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and three of her brothers.

Marlene was active in the Detroit Community Church where she served as pianist, piano teacher, and a member of the church board.  A servant at heart, she shared her love through her cooking, sewing, and craftwork.  She also enjoyed publishing and worked several years as a typesetter.

Marlene was family oriented and had a passion for genealogy.  She researched and published several volumes of her families’ history, including the Budlong and Hudel family lines of her husband, as well as her parents’ lines; the White and Rayburn families.

Marlene’s greatest gift was her open and giving heart.  Many benefited by her unconditional love and she will be greatly missed by many.

A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, August 2, at 2:00 p.m. in Stayton, OR at the Weddle Funeral Chapel.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Salvation Army at


Jamilla Fatima Bryant (Abraham/Lewis)

Jamilla Bryant was born to Kalid Abraham and Badia Joseph on the 21st day of August 1925. Her Father was born in Arabia in the town of Dardebwan which is now Jordan Israel. Her father was 30 and her mother 16. Jamilla was born in Seattle, Washington, Providence Hospital. The first few years of her life she traveled all over the United States. Her father died while they were in New York when she was 5 years old. According to Arabian Customs and traditions the Uncle then marries the mother so her Uncle Yameen became her father. Then she welcomed her sister Rhoda and brother Joseph (Joey) and they moved to the Hawaiian Islands. On Dec. 7th, 1941 mother experienced the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese attack on America. It was a day she has never forgotten she read comics to her siblings to quiet them and her family came home with groceris and filled all the sinks, tub, and bottles, jars, bowls, and containers with water because they were told the water might be poisoned in the next few days. Jamilla married Robert H. Lewis in 1943 then they moved to the United States from Hawaii to San Francisco, California.  Her first child was Evelyn Jean Lewis born Nov. 24, 1943, then Elaine Jane Lewis was born July 31, 1945, Robert H. Lewis was born Sept. 7, 1947 all born in San Francisco. Her fourth child Martin Joseph was born in Detroit Michigan Jan 28, 1951.

Jamilla divorced Robert Lewis in 1956 for many unpleasant abusive reasons. She married Albert S. Bryant Jan 2, 1958 he had 3 children and two of them lived with her. The children were Priscilla, Alice and Sidney. Jamilla became a mother of 6. She moved back to Portland Oregon for 3 years and moved back and forth to the Bay Area because of working opportunities. Jamilla always made her children her number one priority. Home influence and hospitality was her gifting, there was never coldness in her arms. Living with Albert for many years she divorced him for abusive behavior. Jamilla grew up as a Muslim and Loved God with every being. She allowed her children to go to church in America because she thought it was the American Thing to do. Jamilla started reading the bible on her own. She considered the truth between the Koran and Holy Bible. She believed that Jesus was Lord, died and raised from the dead. She became so knitted with Jesus her life changed; she joined Bethel Baptist Church in Aumsville Oregon. For seventeen years she went to bible studies, church services, conferences, and at home read her bible and meditated on the word day and night. She was a prayer warrior, intercessor and prayed constantly for her family and friends. Her biggest goal was to see all of her children and grandchildren saved. When Jamilla went shopping, to appointments or any outside activity she always approached people with this question. “Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior”. She witnessed and handed out little tracts for souls, her goal was to see everyone worshipping and praising the Lord and joining her someday in heaven. In her later years she had many medical problems with her fee, eyes and heart. She had strokes but she kept exercising and walking sometimes as much as two miles a day.

Jamilla was given an apartment to live in by her son-in-law Darhald and daughter Evelyn. They built this apartment attached to their house they had remodeled for their son Roy and Wendy. Living on this property Jamilla was always around her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Jamilla then moved to Salem and started going to New Harvest Church which she attended up to her home going, She always said to her children “SUNDAY IS MY FAVORITE DAY”. She could fellowship, hear the word of God, sing, praise, and rejoice in the Lord. She then would go home to take a nap and get up read the word and pray for prayer request and her family and friends. There is no exemption spared from death male or female. On July 13th Jamilla had a massive heart attack and she was shicked off to be with her Lord Jesus. This whole past year she shared with her family I feel confident that I must read everything on heaven. I want to know where I am going and what I will be doing. So she purchased books from bookstores and off of the internet with Amazon, on HEAVEN.

For Jamilla old age was not dreary she kept her life active and her heart always had room for those she prayed for. Her grandchildren kept her from growing old. Her outward appearance may resemble old age but the inside resided the strength of her Lord.

Love her but let her go………………………………………

Learning to Let Go

The Serenity Prayer

God Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference

Living one day at a  time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world

As it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that he will make all things right

If I surrender to His will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with Him

Forever in the next

TRUST IN THE LORD with all your heart,

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge Him,

and He will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3, 5-6

Viewing will be held Saturday July 17, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Weddle Funeral chapel in Stayton, Oregon. Memorial Service will be held Sunday  July 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at New Harvest Church in Salem, Oregon

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services

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