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Marion Erma Dorothy – Mill City

Marion Erma Schwartz Dorothy, 97, Sublimity, died Tue. Nov. 7, 2017 at Marian Estates.

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held Sat. Dec. 2, 2017 @ 2 pm at the Mill City Presbyterian Church, 236 SW Broadway St. in Mill City, with Pastor Carol Swanson officiating.

Private Cremation Rites have been held and Inurnment will be held at the Fairview Cemetery at a later date.

Marion Erma Schwartz Dorothy was born Feb. 8, 1920 in Wolsey, SD. to Henry Louis and Clara Klinger Schwartz. She was raised and educated in South Dakota with her older sister, Ella. She then attended the General Beadle College at Madison, SD and began teaching at Wolsey. She moved to Vernonia, OR in 1945 with one of her college friends and taught school there for 4 years. In 1949 she moved to Mill City, OR and continued her teaching career there.

Marion was united in marriage to Raymond Gale Dorothy on June 23, 1951 in Vancouver, Wa. In 1954 they moved to The Dalles, Or. where their daughter, Susan was born and two years later they moved to Pierre, SD where she taught school. In 1965 they made their home in Mill City where she worked in Gates and Mill City as a teacher until she retired in 1983.

Among her personal interests she enjoyed sewing, and collecting coins and antiques. Marion loved spending time with her granddaughter and her great grandchildren. Marion was an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Mill City. She was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Historical Assoc.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2015 and her sister, Ella.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan Ryan of Salem, Or., her granddaughter and husband, Heather and Randy Thomas, great-grandchildren; Jordan, Gabriel, and Keira Lanham, and Kendall Thomas.

The family suggests remembrances may be contributions made to the charity of ones choice in Marion’s memory.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Leola Irene Delker – Gates, Oregon

Leola Irene Delker

April 1, 1923 – June 19, 2017

Leola Irene Delker, 94, of Gates, passed away on Monday June 19, 2017 in Salem, Oregon. Leola was born on April 1, 1923 to Christina Rathgen and Daniel Adolf in Hazen, North Dakota. In the late 30s she moved to Oregon. On October 14, 1940, she married the love of her life Edwin Delker in Vancouver, Washington. During the war Leola stayed at home and kept the home fire burning. Afterwards the couple moved to Idanha and eventually settled in Gates. During the 66 years of their marriage Leola and Edwin welcomed two children into their home. Leola will be remembered as a kind mother and grandmother who loved her family deeply.

Leola spent her life working as a homemaker and was very proud of her accomplishments. She was a hard-working woman who loved quilting, gardening, and burning up firewood! She was an active charter member of the Santiam Quilters. Leola was also a 50-year dedicated member of the Eastern Stars.

Leola is survived by her son Ron (Carolyn) Delker, and grandchildren David Adams and Dr. Dianne Henson. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Edwin Delker; daughter Darlene Adams-Hunker; parents Daniel and Christina Adolf; and brothers Harold and Ed Adolf.

A graveside service is scheduled at 11:30am on Friday June 30, 2017 at Fairview Cemetery in Gates, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Fairview Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

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Feb. 1, 1934 – Dec. 27, 2016

Lorene Gulliford passed away Tues. Dec. 27th. She was 82. The daughter, of Onie and Ersa Johnson. Lorene was raised in Kentucky. She was married to Elton Cooley and they made their home in Germany, then Arizona and Texas before moving to Salem in 1992 and then to North Santiam area. They later divorced.  She had worked as a real estate agent having retired in 2000. She was married to Jim Gulliford on March 15, 2002 and they made their home in Mill City – Gates. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and spending time with her children. She is survived by her husband, Jim of Mill City; daughter, Roxanna Taylor of El Paso, Texas, sons, Elton Cooley of Texas and Onie Cooley of Mill City; daughter, Alice Barghini of Scio; sister, Linda O’Bryan of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; brothers; Bobby Johnson of Horsebranch, Kentucky and Charles Johnson of Florida; 11 grandchildren and     one     great grandchild.   Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Assoc.

Private family service will be held.

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.



Forrest C. Norman – Gates, OR

Forrest Clayton Norman

August 10, 1967 – September 30, 2016

Gates, Oregon

On the morning of September 30, 2016, Forrest passed away at his home in Gates, Oregon as a result of injuries received in a tragic quad accident that morning. Forrest was 49. Forrest was born on August 10, 1967 in Yakima, Washington to Charles Edwin and Vivian Maureen Norman. Forrest spent his life in the paving and seal coating industry. He was the owner and operator of a seal coating company for the last seven years. Forrest had a great sense of humor and could make anyone laugh. He loved to play tricks on people and was always saying “wanna bet?” and in my experience, don’t do it! – because you were gonna lose any bet with him! Forrest lived his life the way he wanted (fast and hard) and made no apologies for it and was the most generous man I’ve ever known. He was always willing to help people out and it didn’t matter how, whether he knew you or not. It could be pulling someone out of a ditch or bailing them out any way he could, without question. I could go on and on with examples of his generosity but everyone who knew Forrest – I’m sure will have their own memories to tell. Most of all, he loved to drive anything with wheels and he was always pushing the limits. He was happiest when he was riding his motorcycle or quads in the mountains with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Wendy Norman of Gates; his step-mother, Jeannie Norman of Moreno Vally, CA; 11 brothers and sisters, Edwin Norman, Deborah Norman, Cole Norman, Flint Norman, Blake Norman, Carol Acevedo, Geraldine Scoggins, Mary Lou Crabtree, Jeannine Hamilton, “Wayne” Norman and Susan Scoggins. Forrest had seven children; Deanna Kennedy, Cody Norman, Isabella Norman, Trissa Hisel, Harley Hisel, Nathan Naegeli, and Nicole Naegeli. And was grandfather to nine grandchildren. A viewing will begin at 10am on October 14, 2016, followed by funeral services at 1pm at Weddle Funeral Services.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

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.

INEZ M. ANDERSON – Sublimity, OR

Anderson, InezInez  M.  Anderson

June 18, 1931 – March 20, 2016

Sublimity, Oregon

Inez Mae Anderson was born in Minnesota in 1931 to John and Ethel Reese. She was the eldest of thirteen children. She moved to Salem, OR with her husband Ed and son Steve in 1952.

They lived in Salem where they bought their first home and had sons Scott and Shawn. She and Ed divorced in 1984.

She was the grandmother to seven grandchildren: Jessica, Derek, Caleb, Sarah, Kayla, Chelsea and Jedidiah and a growing number of great grandchildren.

Inez managed the State Fair concessions for several years, worked at Ashton Photo in Salem and was always a homemaker.

She enjoyed her retirement, sharing her time between Cibola,AZ and the North Fork canyon area. Her mountain friends were the finest on earth and they were her second family. The outdoor life and comradery they created made her happy.

Inez spent her last three years in Sublimity due to health problems. She was ‘out and about’ with every opportunity and never gave up trying to be independent.

The Calvary Lutheran Church in Stayton provided spiritual enrichment that she held close to her heart.

She was preceded in death by her youngest son Shawn and his son, Jed in 2014. In addition, she lost a great granddaughter in 2001.

Services will be at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Stayton on Wednesday, March 30th at 11 a.m. Burial will follow that afternoon at Fox Valley Cemetery in Lyons, OR.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Jessmun C.A. “Toni” Thomas – Gates, OR

Jessmun Callie Antonia Thomas 


October 20, 1916 – February 23, 2016
Gates, Oregon

Private family services to be held at a later date.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.



Ronald T. Broughton “Ron” – Lyons, OR

Ronald “Ron” Thomas Broughton

June 7, 1969 – February 11, 2016

Lyons, Oregon

A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Gates Fire Hall in Gates, Oregon.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.


Bette A. Baldwin

September 26, 1922 – February 5, 2016

Pine River, Minnesota

Bette A. Baldwin of Pine River, Minnesota, formerly of Mehama, Oregon, and Manassas, VA., passed away peacefully of natural causes early Friday morning, February 5th at the age of 93. She had been a resident at the Good Samaritan Society Care Center following the gift of several days of love and support from her family, the Good Samaritan staff, and the hospice care team.

Bette Arlone Darter was born on September 26, 1922, in Cabool, Missouri, the daughter of David Franklin and Bessie Mae (Green) Darter. She was the fourth of five daughters and one son, all previously deceased. Eventually, the family settled in Miami, Oklahoma , where Bette graduated from Miami High School in 1941, a time when World War II was in its third year and escalating. Bette worked at a bakery giving her mother one half of her earnings every week. One day her mother handed back to her an envelope containing all the money she had received from Bette and told her it was time to follow her older sister and go to California to support the war effort.

Bette worked in the ship yards for Matson Shipbuilding Company where she met her future husband, Bill Baldwin. While on leave, Bill and Bette went to Reno, Nevada and on November 16, 1943, they became husband and wife. Bill was shipped out to a Naval base in Hawaii following the attack on Pearl Harbor while Bette lived with her new in-laws in California until Bill was discharged October 21, 1945, from the Navy.

Following the War, they settled in Redwood City, CA, where all four of their children were born. They are: Jill, Becky, Dennis and Grant. Bette and Bill lived in several states during the next 25 years until 1969 when they settled in Half Moon Bay, CA . Besides the ship yards, Bette’s employment settings included positions in retail and manufacturing. (Parker Hannifin Corporation).

As they approached retirement age, Bette and Bill purchased a convenience store/bait shop in Gates Oregon. This change was followed by many active years involved with the church, quilting, becoming Master Gardeners, traveling to see grandchildren, and enjoying the Oregon parks and scenery.

Bill died in 1991, and in 1997 Bette moved to Manassas, VA, to live near her oldest daughter Jill Freeman. In 2012 Bette moved to Pine River where she has resided at the Good Samaritan Society, in order to be close to son, Bill, and daughter, Becky.

Bette is survived by her daughter Jill, (Bob) Freeman of Manassas, VA; Rebecca Baldwin ( Rev. Paul N. Svingen), of Backus, MN; son William Dennis Baldwin (Penny) of Pillager, MN; and son Grant Baldwin (Kathy) of Athens, OH.

Also surviving Bette are eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren: granddaughter, Sherry Freeman (Michael Davis) parents of great-grandsons, Jared and Joshua; grandson Mark Freeman (Jennifer), parents of great-grandchildren Korin, Jody, and Gilli ; grandson Randy Koppenhaver (Melissa) Koppenhaver, parents of great-grand-children Peyton, Brenna and Kenzie; granddaughter Kristy Pizzuto (Lee); grandsons Kurt and Jeremy Baldwin, and granddaughters, Kelsey and Alana Baldwin. Bette is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Society, Box 29, Pine River, MN (Residents Activity Fund) or to Gates Community Church, 40070 Gates School Road, Gates, Oregon 97346.

A memorial service for Bette was held on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Good Samaritan Society of Pine River, MN. A funeral service will be held for Bette at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Gates Community Church in Gates, Oregon. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Gates, Oregon.

Arrangements are by Dennis Funeral Home, Walker, MN & Weddle Funeral Services, Stayton, OR

Thomas L. White – Mill City, OR

Thomas Leroy White

November 4, 1943 – January 19, 2016

Mill City, Oregon

Private interment at Willamette National Cemetery. Memorial service to be held at a later date.

No obituary submitted.


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.


Paul S. Juhola

April 1, 1970 – December 31, 2015

Gates, Oregon

Celebration of Life service pending at a later date.

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.

Duane M Downing – Walla Walla, WA

542909_Duane_Downing_t180Duane Downing

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


Hutchinson, RubyRuby Wishon Hutchinson

December 3, 1921 – June 26, 2015

Salem, Oregon

Salem – Ruby Wishon Hutchinson, 93, passed away on Friday. After a long and loving life, she was allowed to go Home to her Lord and Savior.

Ruby was born in Rogers, Arkansas. She moved with her family at age 14 to Oregon. She married A.K. Hutchinson October 21, 1945 in Salem. They were married 57 years. She lived most of her adult life in Mill City. She and Kenny moved to Salem in 1992. Ruby was a busy homemaker and mother. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, gardening, and canning. She was a good cook and made many meals for her family. She was also active in her church and a member of the Church of God in Jefferson, She wanted to do all she could for the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2002. Also preceding her are her parents and all of her siblings. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Deborah Hutchinson of Gates; daughter and son-in-law Anita and Terry Tillett of Salem, 4 grandsons, Kevin (Cassandra) Hutchinson. Aaron D. (Kimberly) Hutchinson, Eric Tillett, Aaron R. (Addyson) Tillett and 1 great grandson Gabriel Tillett.

Services are Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Weddle Funeral Chapel in Stayton at 11AM. Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, Oregon

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