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Marion Oregon Funeral Home, Cremation, Burial & Funeral Planning


Maria  Reyes

November 17, 1931 – September 15, 2017

Turner, Oregon


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.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

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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DEBRA DEMYAN – Jefferson Or.

Debra Demyan

April 25, 1958 – Jan. 20, 2017

Jefferson, Oregon

Debra’s family will hold a private ceremony.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.


IMG_1281_2Glenda  Jolene Herring-Crivella
September 30, 1937 – January 13, 2017
Glenda Jolene Herring- Crivella, born September 30, 1937 in Hollis,  Oklahoma. She passed away on Jan. 13th at the age of 79.
The daughter of Tommy and Velma Arnold.
To  Family and friends, Glenda was the rock in this family.  Speaking as her son, she is the reason I am the man I am today, she taught me discipline, respect, honesty, and everyone who knows me I am all that.
 Glenda had three children;  2 daughters, Joy Miller and Sheri, and one son, Stan Harrison.
Glenda was such a strong person,  she really was , she used to be a manager at the Silver Inn, and she wasn’t afraid of anyone,
she stood 4’11” but could back anyone down. She was a great pool player ,
she played for Magoo’s Tavern and they always went to play in Las Vegas to just about every year.
She was the kindest and sweetest person you could ever meet until you made her mad, then run…. lol .
Really, there just aren’t enough words to describe her she was just that awesome.
Her husband Joseph Crivella will miss her deeply, as well as her whole family.
  A Celebration of Life is pending.

Alice Marie Williams – Independence, Or.

Alice M. Williams

June 25, 1944 – October 28, 2016

Independence, Oregon

Alice M. Williams was born June 25, 1944 in Coquille, Oregon.  The daughter of Albert and Nadine Cook.  Alice is survived by her husband, Randy; siblings, Nancy, Jenny, Eric and Al.  Alice leaves behind her daughters, Dolores (Dee) and Penny; 13 grandchildren, Nic, Adam, Trey, Joshua, Cade, Jacob, Joseph, Chris, McKenna, Rachel, Jonathan, Elizabeth and Rebekah;  and her great-granddaughter, Adeline.  Her son, Sean, preceded her in death.  Alice was a victim of Alzheimers.  She was a loving mother and she loved pretty little things and Jesus!  Her son, Sean, preceded her in death.  Private family service will be held.

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.



LEONARD H. GRECO – Salem, Oregon

Leonard H. Greco

December 17, 1955 – September 3, 2016

Keizer, Oregon

Private family service will be held.

No obituary submitted.

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.

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.



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.

David Lee Norris – Jefferson, OR

David Lee Norris

April 14, 1948 – January 18, 2016

Jefferson, Oregon

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

ALBERT R. COLE – Salem Or.

Albert R. Cole

November 4, 1925 – January 17, 2016

Salem, Oregon

Private Celebration of Life will be held.

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.

PEGGY S. COLE – Lebanon, OR

Peggy Sue Cole

June 24, 1936 – January 8, 2016

Lebanon, Oregon


Private Family services to be held 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.


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DonnaRae Myers

December 26, 1924 –  October 2, 2015

Sublimity, Oregon

DonnaRae Myers was born in Minot, North Dakota on Dec. 26, 1924. She passed away on Friday, October 2, 2015. She was 90. The daughter of Edwin and Lillian Nelson. DonnaRae grew up and graduated from high school in Minot, ND.   She was married to Rolland Myers on Dec. 14, 1943 in Estavan, Canada and they made their home in Minot before moving to Medford, OR in 1954. They then moved to Aumsville, OR in 1995. Rolland preceded her in death on June 4, 1999. DonnaRae was a homemaker and  a member of the Mountain View Wesleyan Church in Aumsville, OR. She was a great prayer warrior and enjoyed reading the Bible. She also enjoyed baking and spending time with her grand and great- grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Lily Carol (Del) Phillips of Victoria, BC, Darlene (Karl) Hering of Tigard, OR, Wesley Myers of Woodinville, WA, Becky (Bill)  Johnson of Aumsville; brother, John Nelson of Central Point, OR; 8 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren. Private vault interment will be held at Lone Oak Cemetery, Stayton, OR. Celebration of Life will be held on Sat. Oct. 10th at 1:00 pm at Mountain View Wesleyan Church, Aumsville, OR.

Memorials may be made to: Prison Fellowship; PO Box 1550 Merrifield, VA 22116, World Challenge; PO Box 260 Lindale, TX 75771, Focus on the Family; PO Box 219382 Kansas City, MO 64121, Samaritan’s Purse: PO Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607, Medford Gospel Mission 125 W. Jackson St. Medford, OR 97501, Union Gospel Mission PO Box 431 Salem, OR 97308, The Navigator; Jim Young Senior Vice President PO Box 6079 Albert Lea, MN 56007, Assemblies of God Missions; 1445 N. Boonville Ave. Springfield, MO 65802.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

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Perry John Coyle

July 2, 1961 – September 28, 2015

Corvallis, Oregon

Perry was born in Milwaukie, Oregon on July 2, 1961.  He passed away in Corvallis on September 28th.  He was 54.  The son of Curtis and Elodee Coyle.  John had his own landscaping business, P. Coyle Care Service in Corvallis.  He enjoyed hunting, horseback riding and spending time in the outdoors.  He is survived by his companion of many years, Shelly Keating; sons, Perry “P.J.” Bradford and James Bradford; daughter, Tiffany Bradford; and numerous grandchildren.  Services will be in Corvallis at a later date.  Interment will be private.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

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

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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.

ROSE E. SMITH – Turner, OR

Smith, RoseRose Edna Smith

July 25, 1931 – April 19, 2015

Turner, Oregon


Born in England on July 25, 1931, she lived 83 wonderful years, most of it in Marion County. Rose loved all of her family and many dear friends. Her pleasures were church, visiting, bingo, and knitting. Rose passed peacefully at home, surrounded by many loved ones on April 19, 2015. Rose was preceded in death by her husband Lonnie Smith, son Nick Smith, and daughter Cathy Smith. Rose is survived by her two sons; David Smith of Marion and Mike Smith of Bend, 5 grandchildren; Mick Smith Jr. of Albany, Denise Peterson of Albany, Evan Smith of Salem, Lonny Smith of Portland, and Danny Smith of Marion, 12 Great-Grandchildren, and 1 Great-Great Grandchild. A Memorial Service will be held at Weddle Funeral Chapel in Stayton in Friday, April 24, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. Private family interment at Lone Oak Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton Oregon

GARY E. JONES – Stayton, OR

GaryEdwardJonesGary E. Jones

December 24, 1946 – March 25, 2015

Stayton, Oregon

Gary was born December 24, 1946 in Oregon City, Oregon. He was the eldest of five children born to Edward A. Jones and Corrinne M. Jones (Engelman). His sister Carla (Gary) Rogers, sister Janice Brooten, brother Pat and sister Kim (Dennis) Kelley.

Gary graduated from North Marion high school in 1965. Soon after graduation, he joined the United States Coast Guard where he proudly served in Vietnam aboard the Coast Guard Cutter ‘The Barataria’ as a Radioman 3rd Class. He was honorably discharged in 1969 and came back to dry land with lifelong friends and many stories that he loved to tell.

Gary retired as a Sergeant from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after 26 years serving his community.

For nearly 25 years, Gary was also a proud member of the Silverton Elk’s Lodge 2210. He held almost every office in the lodge and serving as Exalted Ruler twice. He was a District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler for two terms. He was very proud of the work done through the lodge. Gary held several OSEA positions over the years.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother Pat.

Gary is survived by wife Andrea, son Jason (Jennifer) 3 grandsons Seth, Brandon and Zachary. Their daughter Tricia (Warren) blessed him with 4 grandchildren, Austin, Ryan, Joshua and Briana Corrinne. Gary loved to spend time with his family. The love and pride he had for his children and grandchildren is unmatched.


Website for Silverton Elk’s lodge 2210


Services for Gary will be held April 4, 2015 4:00pm at the Silverton Elks Lodge.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton Oregon


October 5, 1930 – October 6, 2014

Resided in Salem, Oregon

Meyer, Violet 1It was an early day in October 1930, when John G. Kennedy and Judith Elnora Forsling Kennedy of Sioux City, Iowa gave birth to a daughter as beautiful as all God’s flowers. They named her “Violet”. As the years unfolded, Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy realized that Violet was as mischievous as she was beautiful. Her father John would often joke, “I walk Violet to school at West Jr. High, watch the front door close behind her and the back door open in front of her, and away she would go.” In her late teenage years Violet met the man of her dreams, Ronald John Meyer. In 1948 Ronald moved to Silverton, Oregon and shortly after requested Violet join him and become his wife. Violet worked for Bell Telephone in Salem as a telephone operator for 20 years. Together on a large farm in Turner, Oregon they built their dreams and raised six children; Dennis Meyer of Salem, Rhonda Harsted of Salem, Raymond “Scott” Meyer (deceased), Angela “Angel” Becktold of Salem, Sherry Martin (deceased), and Gary Meyer of Marion. Violet also had 15 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many great-great-grandchildren. Violet was immensely loved and will be missed by her family, friends, and all that knew her. Viewing is Thursday, October 9 from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and funeral service is Friday, October 10 at 2:00 P.M., both at Weddle Funeral Chapel in Stayton. Tall tales and a memory potluck to follow at the Meyer Residence. 

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.

AUSTIN H. LOCKE – Stayton, OR.

July 6, 1923 – September 17, 2014
Resided in Stayton, Oregon

Locke, Austin (2)Stayton – Austin “Hugh” Locke was born in Marion, Oregon to Austin Calvin and Nona Locke. His ancestors were some of the earliest settlers to the Willamette Valley via wagon train on the Oregon Trail. He grew up in Buena Vista and Silverton, graduating from Silverton High School in 1942. Austin married Asella “Sally” on April 25, 1945 in Salem and together they raised 5 children. They moved to Grand Ronde in 1954, but resided most of their life in Salem. Austin served in the Pacific Theater of WWII as a staff Sergeant with the Marine Air Corps on Midway Island. He worked many years for the Oregon State Highway Department. He also worked as a heavy equipment operator, including his own logging and other wood products businesses. He also helped with design and did most of the land clearing for Elkhorn Valley Golf Course. Austin spent the last few years as caretaker of his grand-niece and nephew’s farm, “Doerfler Farms”. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working outdoors. Austin greeted everyone with a great smile which will be Locke, Austinmissed by all. He kept Ducks and Beaver shirts in his closet to keep his “House Divided” children happy when they visited. Austin was preceded in death by his wife, Asella ”Sally” and sons Don and Monte. he will be greatly missed by his children, Gene (Cathi) Locke of Salem, Nancy (Claude “JR”) Cobb of Scio, and Keith (Kathy) Locke of St. Helens; “adopted daughter” Amy Doerfler Phelan; daughter-in-law Michelle Locke; grandchildren Troy, Tracy, Dawn, Sean, Kyle, Dustin, Meagan, Sterling, and Kristin; step granddaughters Amanda and Sara; 13 grandchildren; and siblings James Sr., George, Winona Steckley, and Harold. Contributions can be made to Willamette Valley Hospice or charity of choice. Memorial service Saturday, September 27 at 2:00 P.M. at St. Boniface Catholic Church and Cemetery in Sublimity, Oregon. Remembrance lunch following in rectory basement.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


Meyer, Ronald 1

October 24, 1923 –June 17, 2014
Salem, OregonMeyer, Ronald 2

Ronald was born in Le Mars, Iowa to Edward and Anna Meyer. The family settled in the Willamette Valley. Ron served his country with the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne seeing combat in the European Theater. Ron met and married Violet Kennedy in Silverton on May 7, 1949. They lived and worked on the family farm in Central Howell until 1952 when they moved to Salem. In 1958 they bought a large farm in Turner where Ron pursued his love of raising cattle by day and worked in Lumber Mills by night. In retirement the farm was sold and Ron and Violet moved to Salem. He was a member of the Catholic Church. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, a brother, son Scott Meyer, and daughter Sherry Martin. He will be missed by his wife, Violet, children; Dennis Meyer, Rhonda Harstad, both of Salem Angela Becktold of Stayton, Gary Meyer of Marion, 15 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday, June 22 from 9 – 5 and the Funeral Service will be Monday, June 23 at 1:30 p.m. both at Weddle Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at City View Cemetery with Military Honors.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, Oregon.

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