Category Archives: Mill City Oregon Funeral Home, Cremation, Burial & Funeral Planning

Mill City Oregon Funeral Home, Cremation, Burial & Funeral Planning

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.

Christine Ellen Pahl – Mill City, OR

Christine Ellen Tonroy Pahl

June 9, 1947 – June 10, 2017

Mill City, Oregon

Chris was born in Portland, Oregon to her parents Martin and Reva Reed. She left us to be with her Lord and Savior just one day past her 70th birthday. Chris grew up in Portland with her two siblings, David and Linda. After David’s death the family moved to the Aurora, Oregon area. She attended Concordia College, then went on to graduate from Valporasio University in 1970. She married Bernie Tonroy the day after graduation. They lived in Minnesota, then on to Kansas. 

In 1996 Chris moved back to Oregon to be near family. She married Jon Pahl and moved to Mill City, Oregon. Chris worked as a licensed professional counselor for Marion county. Chris dedicated her life to helping others. She was an accomplished pianist and played for churches in both Kansas and Oregon. She loved to hike, cross country ski, and play Rumicube with family and friends. 

Chris is survived by her sister, Lina (Bob) Netter of Gates, son Jeremy Tonroy of Salem, son Nathan Tonroy of Mill City, daughter Kate (Jeremy) Jones of Lubbock, Texas, son Barry Tonroy of Kansas and five grandchildren. 

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the First Christian Church, 233 SW 3rd Avenue, Mill City, Oregon. 

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Come to Weddle Funeral 100 Year Celebration

Come to Weddle Funeral 100 year Celebration: click to see flyer. 

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS Serving the Community

SKM_C25817030812520 (1)

Lorraine Babbitt – Mill City, Oregon

Lorraine Babbitt

June 15, 1930 – January 30, 2017

Mill City, Oregon

Private memorial service to be held by family at a later date.

Services entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Avis M. Nelson – Mill City, OR

Nelson, AvisAvis Marie Arnold Drushella Nelson

March 4, 1931 – January 8, 2017

Mill City, Oregon

“We know neither the day or the hour.” Avis passed away suddenly on January 8, 2017 at the age of 85.

She was born March 4, 1931 to Clifford Walter Arnold Sr. and Sarah Standley Arnold near Lucas, Kansas, the eldest of 5 children; Betty (Grubb), Eugene, Walter, Mary (Clemons) and Larry.

Avis graduated from Albany High School in 1949 and married Duane Albert Drushella on November 19, 1950. They spent many years in Scio where they raised their 4 children. Avis began her career as a bank teller at Scio State Bank where she worked her way up to Operations Manager. She retired from the Scio branch of Wells Fargo Bank in 1989 after 30 years.

Avis married Donald Lee Nelson on January 16, 1987 in Reno, Nevada. They moved to South Beach, Oregon in 1996 where they built their dream home. Their home was always open to their friends and family, it was a place where many special memories were created.

Avis was a member of Crabtree Christian Church where she served as treasurer and organist.

She was a member of the Institute of Banking, the Cedar Chapter of Oregon Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, and was an avid genealogist. But her greatest success was the love of her children, they were the joy and light of her life.

Avis is survived by husband Donald Nelson; her two sisters and brother Larry; her children Nancy Iannarone, Cynthia Budlong (Dennis), Donna Lieberman (Rob), Leslie Whitson (Mark), Michael Drushella (Sheryl), Scott Nelson, Eric Drushella (Sheryl), Christie Wilburn (Forrest); 24 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Services will be held on January 16, 2017 at Weddle Funeral Home in Stayton, Oregon. The celebration of Avis’s life will begin with a reception at 9:30 followed by a service at 10:30. Afterwards there will be a gravesite service at Providence Cemetery, near Scio, Oregon.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.



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.

Sandra Ann Cree – Mill City, OR

Sandra Ann Cree

June 13, 1945 – December 11, 2016

Mill City, Oregon

Memorial service to be held; date and time pending.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Josephine Reid – Mill City, OR

reid-josephineJosephine Lockhart Reid

March 21, 1925 – November 15, 2016

Mill City, Oregon


Josephine was born on March 21, 1925 in Galveston, Texas to John W. and Frances Harris Lockhart. She began school at the age of four and graduated from Ball High School in Galveston at age sixteen. She attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia and graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in microbiology at age nineteen.

Josephine met Dr. John Warren “Jack” Reid in a laboratory at Brachenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas where he was a surgical resident and she was taking a course in laboratory technology. Following his residency, Jack joined the United States Army Medical Corp while she remained in Austin to complete her studies. They married in 1945 in the Episcopal Church of Heavenly Rest in New York City.

After WWII Jack’s father, a physician in Mill City, Oregon, asked them to relocate and help him care for the people of the North Santiam Canyon. Eventually Jack took over his father’s practice while Josephine took responsibility for the laboratory. Her commitments gradually expanded to include the duties of secretary, x-ray technician, and surgical assistant. They served the people of the canyon for forty years.

Josephine and Jack traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She was an avid reader of history and promoter of historic preservation. She delighted in helping to preserve the history of Mill City and enthusiastically supported the Galveston Historical Foundation in their efforts to preserve “The Bishop’s Palace”, the home of her great grandparents. She was an active member of the North Santiam Historical Society and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Oregon. She loved genealogy and was the family historian.

Josephine is survived by her daughter, Frances Reid Thomas of Mill City and son, Dr. John Warren “Warren” Reid, Jr. (Dr. Martha Sharman) of Vancouver, Washington. She had three granddaughters: Crystal Thomas of Eugene; Dr. Catherine Reid (Dr. Markus Huth) of Bern, Switzerland; and Elizabeth Reid Kuzma (David) of Vancouver, Washington. She had two great grandsons: Jack Gardiner and Reid Kuzma.

There will be an open house and celebration of her life in Mill City at the home of her daughter on January 7, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: The North Santiam Historical Society, P.O. Box 574, Gates, Oregon 97346; The NSCDA in Oregon, 1308 S.W. Wyndham Lane, Portland, Oregon 97221; The Town Club Preservation Fund, 2115 S.W. Salmon Street, Portland, Oregon 97205; OHSU Foundation, Mail Stop 45, P.O. Box 4000, Portland, Oregon 97208-9852; or the charity of your choice.

Phyllis L. Muise – Mill City, OR

Phyllis LaVerne Muise

February 1, 1932 – October 11, 2016

Mill City, Oregon


Phyllis LaVerne Muise passed away the evening of Tuesday, October 11, 2016, surrounded by family, following her six-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

Phyllis was born to Florence Timm (Slater) and William Timm in Mill City, Oregon, on February 1, 1932, living in Mill City her entire life with the exception of the last six years where she resided in a Salem memory care facility. She graduated from Mill City High School in 1950 and married her high school sweetheart, Ollie Muise, on August 25, 1950.

Phyllis and Ollie raised four children. She was a mother, wife and homemaker first, but maintained the books for O.M. Contracting for many years. She later worked as a bookkeeper for Al Ward Logging, retiring in 1997 after 20 years. Phyllis enjoyed camping, playing Bunco and Yahtzee, crocheting, knitting and reading.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her mother and father, the love of her life and husband of 50 years, and her younger sister Beverly Weathers. She is survived by son Alan (Jeannette) Muise of Redmond and daughters Sharon Beard of LaPine, Oregon; Denise (Steven) Hall of Mill City; and Janice (Chris) Williams of Naples, Florida; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

The family would like to acknowledge the loving care Mom received during the past five years at the Harmony House of Salem memory care facility and thank the staff for making her stay as homey and caring as possible.

Contributions can be made to Mill City Fire Department, Fairview Cemetery, or the Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon.

Viewing to be held on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Weddle Funeral Chapel from 2pm-5pm. funeral Service to be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Mill City Christian Church in Mill City, Oregon at 1pm. Interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Gates, Oregon.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Michael Favor – Mill City, OR

Michael Earl Favor

July 17, 1956 ~ Sept. 30, 2016

Mill City, Oregon

Mike passed way at his home in Mill City, Oregon. He was born in Pleasanton, Texas to William Earl Favor and Rosemary (Lucas) Favor.

Mike married Marilyn Elder in 1984 in Carrizo Springs, Texas. They have resided in Mill City for the past 22 years.

Mike loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed gardening and cooking, especially BBQ for his family and friends.

Michael was preceded in death by his sisters, Nancy Waterman and Patricia Favor. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons John, Cody and Christopher all of Oregon; 3 grandchildren, Karlee, Jaxson and Kenadee all of Oregon; brother, Gary Favor; and sisters Linda Boyle, Karen Gross, Elsie Kay McKay.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services, Stayton, Oregon

Russel G. Reid – Mill City, OR


Scan0006 - Copy


Russel G. Reid

June 28, 1929 – July 2, 2016

Mill City, Oregon

Russel Gale Reid was born in Heppner, Oregon to Clarence and Viola Reid. He grew up in Monument, Oregon. Russel served as Seabee in the Navy in the Philippines and Korea at the end of the Korean War. He moved back to Oregon after the service, and settled in the Santiam Canyon. Russel and Ruby Faye were married for 50 years until her passing in 1998. They were blessed with four children. Russel and Merryle Baker shared 16 years of marriage until his death. At the time they were married, he had an 8 foot greenhouse, and somehow it grew to 40 feet, and eventually connected to another greenhouse that was 30 feet. He had a green thumb and then some. Hundreds of flowers, hundreds of starts, vegetables, and always tomatoes. Plus raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. He was like an ever-ready battery, always watering, planting, starting, and pulling weeds. BUT HE HAD ANOTHER LOVE. Neither sleet nor hail nor any other thing could keep him away from his Friday Pinochle game. He enjoyed the group that shared that love of the game. We are all so thankful to have been a part of his life.

Russel was a proud member of the American Legion for over 50 years and was Commander of Post 159 for a time. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Eagles of Mill City.

Russel is survived by his wife Merryle; his children Teri Kay Price of Vernonia, Cynthia Ann Westby of Albany, Loretta Lee Zavola of Keizer, and Dale Eugene Reid of Keizer; 8 Grandchildren; 8 Great-Grandchildren; and a brother Robert Clarence Reid (91) of Irrigon, Oregon.

Celebration of life to be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2pm at the Santiam Chapel in Lyons, Oregon. Interment to take place in Willamette National Cemetery on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 3:00pm.

Scan0008 - Copy

Scan0007 - CopyScan0009 - Copy

Daniel Dunlap – Sublimity, OR

Daniel Dunlap

December 7, 1942 – June 8, 2016

Sublimity, Oregon

No services planned.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Michael L. Amstutz – Salem, OR

Michael “Mike” L. Amstutz

May 14, 1955 – June 7, 2016

Salem, Oregon

Memorial Service was held on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Salem Elks Lodge.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Scott Cree – Mill City, OR

Scott James Cree

November 29, 1966 – May 29, 2016

Mill City, Oregon

Private family service will be held at a later date.

No obituary submitted.

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.

Donaldson C. Drake – Mill City, OR

Donaldson “Donald” C. Drake

May 8, 1930 – April 29, 2016

Mill City, Oregon

Per his request, no services will be held.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Robert Pratt – Mill City, OR

Robert William Pratt

August 3, 1929 – March 21, 2016

Mill City, Oregon

A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the First Christian Church in Mill City.

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Sarah Curtis – Mill City, OR

Sarah Jane Curtis

June 26, 1931 – March 20, 2016

Mill City, Oregon

Per Sarah’s request, no services will be held.

No obituary submitted.

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.



KEN E. SMITH JR. – Salem, Oregon

Smith, KennethKen E. Smith Jr.

July 14, 1932 – February 13, 2016

Salem, Oregon

Devoted husband, loving father, care-free grandfather, fun great-grandfather! Ken was born to Kenneth E. and Helen Smith in Mill City, Oregon. Both parents precede him in death. Surviving siblings include Stanford Smith of Keizer, OR, Berdine (Dee) James of Phoenix, AZ and Richard Smith of Crooked River Ranch, OR. After graduating from Stayton High School, Ken joined the United States Air Force and was a radio operator. Many of his missions were “classified” but we can say he spent a lot of time somewhere over the Lucian Islands. After his tour in the service, he moved to Bend where he ventured into the banking profession. There, he met and married the love of his life, Vivian M. LaDieu, who preceded him in death in 2011. They had three daughters; Starla (Dave) Henslee of Salem, OR; Vicki (Jim) Hays of Lakeport, CA; and Kollette Tonelli (who also preceded him in death in 1998). He had five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren at the time of his passing. Ken never let the grass grow much under his feet. He was an adventurer and throughout his life lived in Bend, The Dalles, Pendleton, Scotia, Santa Rosa, and Alturas. It was in Alturas where he and his lovely wife Vivian and family settled for about seventeen years. During those years, he was Vice President/Branch Manager for the Wells Fargo Bank. He loved being involved with the Modoc community. He was a member of the local Rotary as well as a regular participant of the local Tribe Ride for many years. After retiring from the bank, he and his wife, bought and operated The Bottle Shop. Before trying their hands at full-time RVing, they spent a few years in Kelseyville, where they bought and operated The Frosty. After ending their RVing adventures, they settled in Salem where they spent their remaining years together. A Memorial Service for Ken will be held on March 25th, 2016 at 11:00am at Weddle Funeral Chapel in Stayton, Oregon; interment with Military Honors will immediately follow at Lone Oak Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Wilbur Edward Grossman – Stayton, OR

GrossmanWilbur Edward Grossman

June 22, 1930 – February 4, 2016

Stayton, Oregon

Wilbur Grossman will finally get the rest he’s earned. Over the last 85 years, Wilbur (Jim to most) slowed but never stopped. He was born in Canute, Oklahoma, the youngest of 4 children to Lawrence and Ida Grossman. When one of your earliest memories is riding a horse to school as Wilbur did, you learn right then and there to take life by the reins. And so he did. At 16, all alone and with cotton seed bags to cover holes in the floorboard of his truck, Wilbur drove from Oklahoma to Oregon. There he met up with his father and older brother in Stayton.

Wilbur raised cattle, farmed and felled trees at a Tillamook timber camp. He then received notice that the US Army needed him. Wilbur Grossman was shipped off to Korea as a member of the 430th Engineer Construction Battalion. His unit was originally sent as part of the UN contingent to construct bridges, and that they did. Before heading home, Wilbur’s unit tackled a new assignment to build prison compounds and guard POWs on Koji-do Island. Along with others medals, Sergeant Grossman was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for the unit’s contribution to ending POW riots on the island.

Upon his return from war, with both body and brawn intact, Wilbur built a house from the ground up. He worked hard and played hard. At a dance hall in Aumsville, he met Marilyn. They soon married and had a son, James; followed by a daughter, Karen. In 1956 Wilbur was hired at Frank Lumber Company where years later an unfortunate accident left his right leg crushed. For the next six months, he lay in a body cast waiting to heal, so he taught himself to knit. Yes, it is true. Wilbur Grossman could knit. He would give you the shirt off his back or if you preferred, he could knit you one. He returned to work at Frank’s then finally retired in 1994.

As happens to the best of us in our 80s, Wilbur’s pace slowed, but not his wit nor desire to help others. Until his final days in his earthly body, Wilbur helped his family and neighbors, mowed his lawn, cleaned the gutters, and brought in firewood to help warm the home he built 62 years prior. Wilbur Grossman knew what mattered — God, family, friends, a funny (usually clean) joke, and treating folks well. Every Sunday morning, you could find him sitting in a back pew at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he’d been a member for over 60 years.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Grossman. He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Marilyn; his son, James; 2 grandsons, Andrew and Jake; and his brother Jerome (Ike) Grossman, also from Stayton. On Thursday, February 4, 2016, God called down to Wilbur and said “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Come home. It’s time to get some rest.” And so he did.

Prayer Vigil – Rosary will be held Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 pm. Funeral will be Friday, February 12th at 1 pm. Both will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton, Oregon.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.


Verna Louise Blomberg

December 2, 1920 – February 4, 2016

Salem, Oregon

A memorial service was held on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the West Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. 

No obituary submitted.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Weddle Funeral believes we achieve "Best" Funeral Home awards 4 years in a row for Salem (OR.) by providing outstanding Burial Services along with Cremation, Cremation and Funeral Planning and of course the Funeral Services.