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Jeannette Parrish

Nov. 30, 1944 – April 18, 2017

Stayton, Oregon

Jeannette Parrish was born in Corvallis, Oregon.  She passed away on Tuesday the 18th in Stayton.  She was 72.  Jeannette was married to Richard “Rick” Parrish on December 10, 1976 at Deer Park on the Little North Fork of the Santiam River.  Together they made their home in Stayton.  She was a homemaker and was very involved with the Stayton Manta Ray Swim Team.  She also worked at the Stayton Cannery for a number of years. She baked wedding cakes and had worked as a manager and bartender at the Riverview Inn and Fish Hatchery Tavern, both in Mehama. She enjoyed riding horses, gardening, camping, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and drives to the mountains and beaches.

In addition to her beloved husband, Richard Parrish, she is survived by her siblings, Phil Mason, Diane Foster, Alice Irene Meirose, George Turner, Walt Turner, Pat Kitzhaber and Sandy Boedigheimer; children, Rick (Karen) Boedigheimer, Rex (Margaret) Boedigheimer, Tony (Tammy) Parrish, Tina Westling, Laura (Dan) Houston, Jody (Rob Sills) Boedigheimer; grandchildren Tommy and Dawn Murphy, Marlys Thomas, Joshua and Gloria Sills, Joel and Danika Boedigheimer, Kevin Boedigheimer, Matt and Jordan Shaw, Chris and Aubrey Sills, Megan and Samuel Sills-Schroeder, Jolene Boedigheimer, Andrea Westling, Paige Westling, Samantha Houston, Emily Parrish-Vickery, and Zachery Houston; Great Grandchildren, Camden Reyes, Sethan Boedigheimer, Jasmine Sills, Michael Shaw, Anneliese Thomas, Leland Thomas, Samuel Schroeder, Xander Boedigheimer, Declan Murphy, Owen Shaw, Madison Schroeder and Wesley Sills.

Viewing is scheduled for Friday, April 21 from 1-4 p.m. at Weddle Funeral Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held at Weddle Funeral Chapel on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Lone Oak Cemetery in Stayton. A potluck reception will be held following the service at St. Patrick’s Hall, 362 Seventh Street in Lyons.

Arrangements are pending at Weddle Funeral Services, Stayton, OR

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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.



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.


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.

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.


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.

DAVID H. STERE – Stayton, OR

Stere, David compressedDavid  H.  Stere

May 23, 1940 – August 25, 2015

Stayton, Oregon

Dave Stere was born in New Kensington, PA, son of Henry Stere and Sarah Throne Stere. He had one sister, Nancy. He graduated from high school in Illinois and received his Bachelor degree with honors in Forest Management at The University of Idaho in 1962. There he was in the Navy ROTC before entering active duty upon graduation. He served on the Vesuvius, the Kitty Hawk and, as Engineering Officer, on the Finch during the Viet Nam war. In 1966 he was hired by the State of Oregon, Department of Forestry, where he served for 34 years and was much appreciated as a valuable resource. Dave and Bonnie were married on June 24, 1978 in Sag Harbor, NY and made their home in Stayton, raising two children, Jeanne Marie and Matthew. Besides traveling, they also enjoyed raising cows, sheep, a few horses, assorted fowl, dogs and cats, and much feed for all. Dave was a bit of an animal magnet as he was a very gentle, dependable, and consistently caring person. He was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church, the Festival Chorale Oregon, International Wood Collectors (IWCS), Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, the Antique Truck club (ATHS), his Navy ROTC alumni, and Finch Reunion Alumni. Dave had a rich and full life in his service to his community, his family, his church, and the Lord. He enjoyed years of retirement creating woodworking projects and developing his business ‘Good Fir Yew’ using as many local resources as possible. He is survived by his wife Bonnie; children Jeanne and Matt; beloved granddaughter, Toriann Jane Bohenek; sister Nancy Ribble of Knoxville, TN; two nephews, Scott and Matthew Ribble; and godson, Kyle David Griswold. A service was held on August 30 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Stayton.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.


Charlotta  A.  Thacker

May 11, 1927 – May 7, 2015

Mehama, Oregon

Celebration of life pending.  Private interment at Seaside, Oregon.

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.


GilsonWilla Rose Gilson

August 5, 1926 – April 13, 2015

Sublimity, Oregon

Willa Rose Gilson, 88, a long-time resident of the Mehama and Stayton areas, has moved on to share her beautiful singing voice with choruses of angels.  She passed quietly on Monday, April 13th, 2015 at Marian Estates in Sublimity to join The Lord, her husband, Eldon, son John and other loved ones preceding her in death, surrounded as she had been in life, by family and friends.

Willa was born August 5, 1926 in Gresham, Oregon, the third child of Dewey and Rena Marie Carpenter of Corbett.  She was later joined by five younger sisters and lived in Corbett until she married Eldon W. Gilson in 1943 and moved to San Francisco to be close to his home naval base for the duration of WWII.  Following the war, she and Eldon returned to the Portland area, settling in St. Johns where they started their family.

In 1954, they moved with their three older sons to the Lyons area, eventually settling on a property with frontage on the Little North Fork River where they lived for over 30 years, adding another son and daughter to their family and opening their arms to welcome an endless string of family members, neighbors, and other friends, and assist victims of numerous accidents along the Little North Fork Rd.

While Willa’s many roles later in life never included a job outside of raising a family and seasonal field work, she never ceased working and serving her family, church, and all others needing her assistance.  Her cooking and baking skills were legendary.  No gathering was complete without one of her delicious pies or other deserts.  She was also known for her strength and capacity for hard, physical work.  Even into her 70’s her wood splitting skills could put young men to shame.

She passed on her homemaking skills to her children and neighbor kids as a 4-H and Home Extension leader, and also served as a room mother at Mari-Linn Elementary School and as a Sunday school teacher.  When Eldon retired, he and Willa worked for 7 years as caretakers at the Four Corner Rod and Gun Club before settling in Stayton in 1991 for the remainder of their life together.   For over 15 years their home continued to be a gathering site for their children and grand children, extended family members and their many friends, who were all greeted with open arms, pleasant conversation, laughter and, generally, something delicious from Willa’s kitchen.

Willa was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon W. Gilson;  her oldest son, John M. Gilson of Salem; her parents, Dewey and Rena M. Carpenter of Corbett; and siblings, Bethel Paul of Franktown, Co., Leo Carpenter of Mill City, and Margaret Shlavin and Gertrude Cross of Portland.  She is survived by sisters Carol Daiber of Portland, Nolia Pickering of Lincoln City, and Rita Smith of Corbett;  daughter-in-law Judy Gilson of Salem;  sons Bob Gilson of Sublimity, Bill (Patti) Gilson of Stayton, Larry Gilson of Eugene;  daughter Elizabeth (Steven) Baldwin of Lyons;  13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Donations may be sent in Willa’s memory to the Stayton Church of Christ, P.O. Box 189, Stayton, Oregon, 97383 to be distributed as Willa requested.

Her internment services will be held for family members at 12:00 p.m., Thurs., April 23rd at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.  A memorial service with reception following will be held at 11:00 a.m, Sat., May 2nd, 2015 at the Stayton Church of Christ at 189 E. Washington St., Stayton.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton Oregon


June 14, 1937 – September 22, 2014

Resided in Salem, Oregon

Del was born in Mill City, Oregon, the fifth of six children of Blanche Bevier Syverson and Arnold Syverson. He grew up near where Fisherman’s Bend Park is and spent his boyhood playing along the river. He graduated from Mill City High School in 1955. He went to work logging and building roads for a few years, then went to work at Champion International in Idanha for 17 years. He then worked at several other mills until retiring from Frank Lumber in 2004. After retirement, he enjoyed working on lawn mowers and other small equipment, and watching the Boston Red Sox. He met his future wife, Kay Carr at the Gingerbread House in Mehama where she worked and they were married in 1960. They were married until 2009 when Kay passed away. Del is survived by his children; Donna (Victor) Baumann of Scio, Terrie Bigness of Stayton, Randy (Kristi) Syverson of Salem, and Ryan (Morgan) Syverson of Vancouver, Washington. Six grandchildren; Cody (Sarah) Cade, Tyler (Maria) Baumann, Devon (Tony) Mode, Katie Bigness, Weston Syverson, and Rylie Syverson. Four great-grandchildren; Zenya Mode, Gideon Mode, Piper Baumann and Arnold Baumann. His great sense of humor and teasing personality will be missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


Hall, CoreyApril 29, 1985 – July 18, 2014
Salem, Oregon


Corey Hall was born in Portland, Oregon on April 29, 1985. He passed away on Friday, July 18th in Salem. He was 29 yrs. of age. Corey lived in Salem most of his life and graduated from McKay High School Class of 2003. Corey was a Personal Trainer for health and fitness centers in Washington and Oregon, and recently for International Fitness in Eugene. He had coached wrestling for the North Salem Mat Club. He enjoyed Disc golf, wrestling, coaching sports and working out. He is survived by his parents, Terri Hall of Salem and Bud (Lauri) Jackson of Mehama; mother of his child; Jenna Parker; son, Kobe Hall; siblings, Shannon Lettenmaier, Neil Jackson, Kiera Gabaldon; nieces, Isabella Jackson and October Lettenmaier. Memorial service will be held on Monday, July 28th at 2:00 pm at the Pringle Hall Community Center, 606 Church Street SE, Salem.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.





May 14, 1938   †    Oct. 7, 2013



Christian “Scott” Brown went to be with the Lord on Monday October 7th..  He was born May 14, 1938 in Jefferson, NC. , and was the son of Robert and Mary Brown.  He was 75.  He was married to Judith Monroe and they lived in the Mehama area before he built their home in Lyons.  They moved to Molalla 9 yrs ago.  Judith preceded him in death on Oct. 8, 2012.  Scott had served in the National Guard and had worked in the Timber industry as a logger and millworker until his retirement.    He was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Molalla and enjoyed lapidary, bike riding, motorcycles, photography, camping, fishing, beach trips with his family and friends. Having fished with his two nephews recently brought him a lot of fish and joy.  He will be loved and missed  until we meet in Heaven. He is survived by his daughter, Vicki Weissenbuehler of Molalla; sisters, Ella Sue and Ennice both of North Carolina; granddaughters; Annalise Weissenbuehler of Molalla,  Rebeca Rymer of Salem, Brittney Rymer of Sherwood, and  6 great grandchildren, Elijah, Marianna ,Valamir, Enrique, Malachi, Antonio.  A  memorial service will be held Friday,  November 15th at Noon at the Grace Church in Molalla.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


Lee, Norman OtisBirth: April 17, 1923

Died:  June 01, 2013

 Norman Lee, was born on a hilltop above Mehama, Oregon to Aurelia & Rolland Lee.  Norman spent his early years with his folks and younger sister, Ellen nearby grandparents August & Susan Zoellner.  Norm’s mother passed away 1933 and the children moved to Astoria with a maternal aunt, Ellen (Zoellner) Cole and Roy Cole.  Norm graduated from Astoria High School 1943.  He was inducted into US Army and served with honor in the Americal Division in South Pacific.  He spent duty time in the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Tokyo.  He met his wife, our loving Mother, Ida Belle Lee, near Astoria, Oregon.  They married on November 21, 1948. Dad remained a faithful husband and father for 62 years until Mom’s passing in 2010.  Norman & Ida Belle married 1948 in the Astoria Christian Church and raised 5 children.  In Astoria he worked at various jobs; dairy plant, flour mill, seining with draft horses and nets in the middle of the Columbia River, on a river dredge near Reedsport on the Southern Oregon coast.  He was a delivery man for Wonder Bread about 3 months in Denver, Colorado.  Norman worked hard to support his family. Following a sojourn to Denver, Colorado in the summer 1957 Norm returned home to Oregon and the family permanently settled in Salem.  Norman worked at Oregon State Penitentiary as a furniture warehouse supervisor 25 years retiring 1983.  He enjoyed his family greatly, taking them on 5 road trips to Oklahoma, home to Ida’s family of origin.  These trips were remembered with great good humor.  He savored Oregon’s natural beauty, creating and passing along memories, stories and family history to his children.  During retirement he traveled with Ida on various short trips in Oregon.  Regular stops were made at Spirit Mountain to offer the fruits of his labor and homage to Native Peoples.  Norm & Ida often drove to the Central Coast to enjoy clam chowder at Mo’s in Lincoln City.

He is survived by daughters Linda Sly (Richard), Norma Buckno (Raymond) Mary Free, sons Rolland Lee (Nina) and Matthew Lee (Connie) – Grandchildren: Jeremy Free, Heather Sly-Haley, Tabitha Timothy, Casey Lee-Curtis, Niki Buckno, Carissa Mitchell-Lee, MacKenzie Lee, Matthew James Lee, Natalie Lee and Brennen Lee.  Great grandchildren: Lily, Madison, Haley, Bridgette, Zachery, & Jamison.  Norman was predeceased by his parents, Aurelia & Rolland Lee, sister, Ellen (Lee) Knowland, granddaughter Brina (Free) Eng and his wife of 62 years, Ida Belle (Dunnigan) Lee.  A funeral service will be held at Weddle’s Funeral Home, Stayton, Saturday, June 8 at 11:30 am.  Interment following at Fox Valley Cemetery, Lyons.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.







Aug. 10, 1924   †   May 13, 2013



James R. Prine was born in Corsicana, Texas on Aug. 10, 1924, the son of Lawrence and Stella Prine.  James passed away on Monday, May 14, 2013, he was 88.

James was married to Marjory Teeters on Aug. 6, 1946 in Coricana, Texas.  He graduated from Texas A & M with a degree in Veterinary medicine.  He served in the US Navy during WWII, then served in the US AirForce during Korea having retired as a Lt. Colonel. He worked for the US Air Force Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico in the Pathology Research Dept. until he retired in October 1993.   He then moved to Mehama.  He was a member of the Retired Officers Assoc and was a Ham Radio amateur  operator, his call name W5NUI.   Marjory preceded him in death on July 1, 2004.

He is survived by his sons, Michael of Albuquerque, NM, David of Mehama;        Daughters, Lisa Hayes of Nevada and Christine Ferron of Mehama and     Lisa Hayes of; of Nevada;  sister, Harriet Albertson of Texas; and 6 grandchildren.



A private memorial will be held with military honors  at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.

Memorials may be made to AWRL (American Radio Relay Lead) or Texas A & M.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


March 3, 1930 – January 13, 2013

Sublimity, Oregon

Vera was born in Whiting, Kansas and she married Harold Oliver in 1947 sharing 56 years together.  Vera is preceded in death by her husband, Harold Oliver and two grandchildren.  She is survived by her children; Gerald Oliver of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Karen Cox of Mehama, Oregon and Marlou McCauley of Stayton, Oregon, 12 Grandchildren and 23 Great Grandchildren.  A Memorial will be Thursday, January 17, 2013  at 2:00 P.M. at the Salem First Church of the Nazarene.  Burial will be at Aumsville Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.

JO ANN S. SEARS – Stayton, OR

JoAnn Sears, 72, of Stayton, passed away on Dec. 31, 2012. She was born in Talihina, OK on Dec. 21, 1940.  She was the daughter of Simon and Ethel Watson.  JoAnn grew up in Oklahoma and moved to Oregon where she met and was married to Roger Sears on April 29, 1963 in Vancouver, WA.  They made their home in Stayton.  She had worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for Fairview in Salem for 13 yrs. before retiring.  She enjoyed crocheting, ceramics and baking.  Roger preceded her in death in 2005.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, Norman and sister, Donna Roebke.  JoAnn is survived by her sons, Terry ( Kathy) Sears of Lyons, Jeffery (Kris) Sears of Mehama; daughter in law, Mary Sears of Stayton; brothers, Truman Watson of Stayton, Johnnie Watson of Aumsville; sister, Sharon King of Stayton; grandchildren, Kevin, Kelsie and Cody.

Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 4th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, with Funeral Service following at 2:00 pm both at Weddle Funeral Chapel, Stayton.  Vault interment following at Lone Oak Cemetery, Stayton.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.


July 18, 1917 – November 9, 2012
Mehama, Oregon

Victor Emil Christensen, 95, of Mehama passed away November 9, 2012 in Stayton at Lakeside Assisted Living Center with his wife Joyce at his side. Victor was born to Soren Christensen and Sena (Anderson) Christensen on July 18, 1917 in Askov, MN the second of four children. An Army veteran of WWII, Victor’s talents for baking breads, pastries and cakes were discovered. He was assigned the head baker in the kitchens of several Army bases including Camp Pendleton, where he was proud to have the responsibility of cooking and baking tens of thousands of soldiers a delicious meal and dessert before shipping out for the fighting in Europe. Between 1956 to 1976, Victor was baker and owner of four seperate bakeries in Rochester, MN, Atascadero, CA and Cottage Grove, OR. October 1964 Victor bought a large farm outside Lebanon, OR where he raised cattle, and pigs; grew and harvested wheat, oats, barley, and hay. In 1973, Victor planted his first Christmas trees that began his next career. He was a member of the Oregon Christmas Tree Growers Assoc. In 1976, Victor dedicated his time to growing Christmas trees and selling them on his lot in Fremont, CA until he retired in 1998. On June 25, 1983 Victor married his beloved Joyce (Wilcox) Christensen. She worked by his side trimming, harvesting and selling the Christmas trees. They retired to their dream home on the Little North Fork River in Mehama, OR. Victor and Joyce lived their life together enjoying dancing, camping, traveling abroad. Victor is survived by: Beloved wife, Joyce Christensen; sister, Edna (Christensen) Edwards; daughters, Bonnie Ficken (Mike), Grand Marais, MN, Elaine Woodruff, Blue Earth, MN, Ava Jan Grauer (Dennis), Sheridan, Roxann Donaldson, Almont, MI, Gail McDaniel (Edmond) and Tammy Christensen both of Lebanon; nephew, Ford Edwards; niece, Valerie (Edwards) Wildman (Daryl) of CA; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren. Daughter, Vicky; parents, Soren and Sena; sister, Alma; son-in-law, Mickey Donaldson; and brother, Herman, preceded Victor in death. Services are Friday, November 16, 2012 at Stayton United Methodist Church at 2:00 pm.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services Stayton, OR.

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