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Obituaries – Obituary Guide

Gerald R. Waterman- Jefferson, OR

Gerald R. Waterman

Dec. 2, 1933 – April 14, 2018

Gerald R. Waterman passed away peacefully April 14, 2018 surrounded by family at the age of 84 in Stayton, Ore. Gerald was born Dec. 2, 1933 in Longmont, Colo., to Don and Minnie (Brock) Waterman.

After graduating from Coquille High School, Gerald worked at Coquille Plywood until he joined the United States Army in 1956. He was honorably discharged in 1962. He married Elaine Robertson Oct. 1, 1954 and they were happily married for 63 ½ years. For 30 years of his life, Gerald worked for the Coos County Road Department, he and Elaine lived in Coquille until retirement where they moved to the Willamette Valley in 1996.

Gerald loved to go fishing on the Coquille River and even until he passed would ask, “Do you still have my fishing pole?” He was an avid wood worker, who made wooden chests, windmills and even wood tulips. Gerald also was active playing softball with family. Through his entire retirement he enjoyed staying active, spending time with his family and was always there for his family in whatever way he could be. Anyone who knew Gerald knew he was a great man.

He was preceded in death by his baby daughter, Diane. He is survived by his loving wife, Elaine; son, Donnie (Tracy) Waterman; daughter, Debi (Doug) Thorpe; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Waterman family home. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service.

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Darrell James – Turner, OR

Darrell Gene James

April 7, 1942 – April 13, 2018

Turner, Oregon


Darrell Gene James was born in Eugene, OR on April 7th, 1942. The family relocated to Bremerton, WA where he graduated from high school in 1960. He went on to attend Whitworth University majoring in music. It was there that he met his lifelong love and partner Anna Lee Hendrickson. Upon graduating they married in June of 1964. Darrell started his teaching career in Springdale, WA, then to Oahu, HI, and Ione, OR. In 1972 Darrell moved his family to Turner, OR to teach choir at Cascade High School, which proved to be his dream job. He loved the Cougar community and believed every student could sing. He was often found in the halls recruiting unlikely choir members. To his delight many joined and realized in fact, they could sing. It is also here that he and Anna lee settled and raised their two sons, Jeff and Joel.

Upon retiring from teaching at Cascade in 1984 Darrell went onto seminary school where became a Diaconal Minister of music in the Methodist Church. Throughout his teaching career in each city he resided he also was a Choir Director or organist for a local church. Locally he lead worship at Jason Lee, Trinity United & Albany First Methodist churches, Our Savior’s Lutheran, and Evergreen Presbyterian.

In 1985 he founded the Salem Boys Choir where he remained Director until its end in 2009. He influenced hundreds of boys aged 8-18 love of music and performing with performances staged locally, nationally and abroad, as far away as London, Austria and the Czech Republic. A favorite local production was the annual medley musical of Boys on Broadway.

In recent years he expanded his music ministry as a volunteer at Oregon State Penitentiary and Santiam Correctional Facility where he lead inmate choral groups. He found great joy influencing lives for the better through his love of music.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Anna Lee, sons Jeff (Cecilia), Joel (Brooke), grandchildren Sarah, Natalie, McKenna, Carter, Halle, Hilary, DJ, Bella & Cy James.

He is preceded in death by his parents Orville & Gilda, brothers Doug & Dan, and grandson Connor Joel.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday April 29th, at 3pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Salem. Due to Darrell’s heart for the homeless and mentally ill we ask that donations be made to Union Gospel Mission of Salem.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Apr. 17, 2018

Jacqueline “Jackie” Kerr- Salem, Oregon

Jacqueline Lee Kerr “Jackie” was born to her parents Joseph and Florence Hobson in Forest City Iowa, January 12, 1936. She later moved to Oregon where she met and married Paul Edward Kerr.

Jackie was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Salem, Oregon and was active in the church choir, assisted with the church newsletter, and was previously a deacon within her church community. She also spent her career working at the Department of Justice.

Jackie loved her family, her cats Annie and Josie, music, including playing the piano, singing, and listening to Frank Sinatra and other artists. Jackie also enjoyed tap dancing, crosswords, speaking French and Russian, and needle point; She was a member of a local chapter of the Willamette Needle Club and one year she won first place at the Oregon State Fair for her skills in needle point. She was also a previous member of Kiwanis club.

Jackie’s bling-bling style and enthusiastic personality was influenced largely on part by her Mother Flo and Aunt Reno. Jackie was a wonderful person, mother, grandmother and friend to many.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband Paul Kerr, her aunt Reno, and her beloved brother Steve Hobson.

Jackie is survived by her son Mark Kerr, daughter’s Julie Mavis and Carolyn Egan; six grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Jackie went to be with the Lord on March 15, 2018. She will be greatly missed on earth, but heaven received an angel.

A visitation will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 with a service to follow at 11:00 am in Belcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum. Weddle Funeral Service entrusted with arrangements.

Joe Michael Erwin- Salem, Oregon

Joe Michael Erwin was born on August 17, 1967 in Salem, Oregon to Brenda Erwin. He attended McKay High School, upon completion of his GED he began a long time career doing floor coverings in which he spent 30 years of his life excelling at everything from carpet to countertops. Joe was an incredibly gifted tradesman and really excelled at his craft. Eventually, Joe transitioned to a new field when he began a career with Landmark Pacific which he loved, Joe’s job took him to the top of steel building construction sites. He would travel all over to do this work and never minded being so high up.

Joe was also an adrenaline junkie who loved to sky dive, river fish and could literally work on anything whether it was cars or home repair items.

On his birthday in 1991 he married Annette Jones. Joe was incredibly close with his family, he was a true animal whisperer as there was never a dog he could not get along with and children were attracted to his kind and loving nature.

Joe passed away peacefully on April 1, 2018 in Sublimity, Oregon. He is preceded in death by his mother, Brenda Erwin and he is survived by his loving wife, Annette; his siblings, John Hayward, Jeff Hayward Jessie Vasquez and Nonnie Gore.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in Joe’s name to Willamette Valley Hospice for loving care they gave him. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service.

Donna Smith – Salem, OR

Donna Jean Smith

August 16, 1944 – April 3, 2018

Salem, Oregon

Donna Jean Smith, 73, of Salem, died early morning, Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Tierra Rose Community in Salem, Oregon. She was born August 16th, 1944 in Salem, Oregon, to Jack and Esther Helton. She married Gilbert ‘Steve’ Smith on May 27, 1966, and he preceded her in death Dec 31, 2008.


Surviving her are two sons, Scott (Diane) Smith of Salem, Corey (Michelle) Smith of Stayton; brother, James Helton; grandchildren, Aran, Michael, Cody, Camryn, Bethany and Elijah; and countless nieces and nephews. She is also preceded in death by her parents Jack and Esther Helton


Donna was born in Salem and graduated from South Salem High School in 1962. After high school Donna worked a couple of different jobs. The first being Sears department store (where she was at when the Columbus Day storm hit), and then as a teller at a bank before marrying Steve. Donna eventually moving on to her most difficult job, raising two boys and keeping order in the Smith household, which she excelled at!


She loved to cook and enjoyed reading and writing poetry (some of her poetry quite humorous, but unsuitable for print). She was quite the doodler too! She enjoyed visiting garage sales on the weekends, spending time as the ‘homeroom mom’ when her sons were in grade school and driving her boys to a multitude of different events and places. Donna was always on the go.


In the early 1970’s, Donna started having issues with balance, mobility and vision. It wasn’t until the advent of the CT scan in the 1980’s, that Doctors were able to diagnose her with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). While the MS may have taking away her ability to ambulate and caused her pain on a daily basis, it DID NOT rob her of her positive attitude, quick wit or her infectious laugh. When asking people what they remember most about Donna, a common theme emerged, with people stating, “She never complained”, or, “She would always ask you how you were doing rather than complain about what she was going through”. This attitude continued until the end of her life, even though she was bedridden and considered quadriplegic secondary to the MS. Donna spent countless days and nights in the ED and ICU at Salem hospital over the past 25 years, with family being told to expect the worst more times than we can count, yet she endured and bounced back while her positive attitude remained intact. The second thing people remember most about Donna is her infectious laugh and big smile. You could hear Donna laughing almost to the other side of the community.


More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5;3-5)


She may not have always ‘rejoiced’ in her suffering, though she was at a minimum accepting of the suffering she had to endure. And although limited by mobility she touched hundreds of peoples’ lives with her angelic spirit and kind heart. Her endurance, character, and hope was, and remains, and inspiration to us all.


Thank you to the staff at Tierra Rose for loving Donna as we did and taking care of our precious gift.


Donna’s memorial service will be held Saturday, April 14th, starting 1:00pm with a brief service and continuing open house style until 3, at Tierra Rose Senior Living Center

4254 Weathers Street NE

Salem, Oregon 97301


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to the National MS Society;

Robert “Bob” Dale Kilby- Lyons, Oregon

Bob was born on March 12, 1943 in Duluth, Minnesota to Rayburn and Margaret (Fogel) Kilby. At age 11 he moved to California and then moved to Oregon in 1975.
At the age of 18, Bob joined the Air Force and became a flight line firefighter. On September 27, 1975 he married Terri Lou Altman in Silverton, Oregon.
For the last 25 years he settled in Lyons, Oregon. Bob became a journeyman welder and eventually became a welding inspector for nuclear power plants. He would travel all over to inspect the work on new construction as well as maintenance on running plants to ensure they were safe. In addition to traveling for his work he did spend time at Trojan as an employee. Later on, Bob became a specialty mushroom farmer, raising shiitakes.
Bob enjoyed many hobbies and activities; he was a Charter Member for Stayton’s Loyal Order of the Moose. He loved NASCAR, Karaoke and played Wii golf just about every day. He would spend time working on his property building a fish hatchery as well.
Bob passed away on March 29, 2018 in Salem, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his oldest brother Richard Kilby and leaves behind his wife, Terri Lou Kilby; 2 adult daughters; his siblings, his brother Warren Kilby and his faithful companion Maxwell. A private family service is planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in Bob’s name to Stayton Moose Lodge PO Box 28 Stayton, OR 97383. Weddle Funeral Service entrusted with arrangements.

Frances Weyers – Corvallis, OR

Frances Jean Gates Weyers

February 1, 1925 – March 28, 2018

Frances Jean Gates Weyers, age 93, passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 28, 2018 at home at Regency Park Place of Corvallis, Oregon. Frances was born February 1, 1925 in Rodman, New York, the daughter of Herbert Gates and Hazel Overton Gates.

Frances, nicknamed Frankie by her father, enjoyed golfing, camping, going to the beach, singing, and was fun-loving with a wonderful sense of humor. Her grandparents were dairy farmers in her hometown, and she enjoyed helping with the chores and riding her pony, Daisy. She was quite the tomboy in her youth.

Frances attended college at University of Michigan, earning her degree in Physical Education in 1947. It was here that she met and married the love of her life, John William Weyers.

Frances and John were married on August 25, 1946, and started their family. Over the course of the next few years they moved from Michigan to New York to California, where they raised their five children. Frances also worked in the two family businesses that they owned along the way, and was a volunteer for a suicide and crisis hotline, as well as actively participating in her church. Frances and John moved to Corvallis, Oregon in 2010. Her beloved husband John passed away in January of 2016. They were faithfully married for nearly 70 years and had many great adventures, traveling to quite a few countries.

Frances is survived by sisters-in-law Mary Anthony and Alvira Weyers, sons David, Stephen, J. Michael, and Richard Weyers, daughter Heidi Weyers Gottfried, 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Regency Park Place, 2595 NE Jack London Street, Corvallis, Oregon.

Robert “Bob” Dale Wright- Stayton, Oregon

Robert (Bob) Dale Wright was born May 30, 1937 in French Camp, near Stockton, California. He grew up in the Lebanon and Sodaville area in Oregon. Bob worked as a logger, truck driver and heavy equipment operator and was a hard worker in whatever he did. In his younger years, he enjoyed riding motorcycles and hunting and fishing. He really liked getting out on the water to fish with his friends. In his later years he spent a lot of time with his friend, Neldon Marker, fishing, visiting and sharing life together. Bob often said that Neldon was the son he never had. Bob will be remembered for his outgoing and fun-loving personality, always having a smile on his face. Once people met him, they always became his friend.


In the late 1990’s, Bob received Christ into his life, and began participating in weekly Bible studies with his pastor, Roger Pedersen, and friend Ron Kendall. Bob shared the bond of Christian brotherhood with people from various congregations where he learned to love God’s people and be loved in return. He grew in the grace and knowledge of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bob enjoyed the fellowship in Christ in his last years with the brothers and sisters at the Stayton Seventh Day Adventist Church.


Bob was a friend with a servant’s heart, having ministered on behalf of many of you.  He also was on the receiving end of your love, and never forgot your kindness openly displayed toward him. May the Lord be praised, and may we each one prepare our hearts to finish strong in our walk with the Lord and each other.  His grace is sufficient for you!!


Bob was pre-deceased by his mother, Ilene Crane; step-father, Chuck Crane; his brother, Henry Lukinbeal and niece, Robin Banks. Bob passed away with his sister, Maggie, and friends gathered about him. He is survived by his sisters, Maggie Hamlin of Lincoln City, Oregon; Dotty Lawry, of Clarkson, Washington; brother Ed Crane of Fairview, Oregon; and friend Neldon Marker, of Lyons, Oregon; plus nieces and nephews.


A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date at the Stayton Seventh Day Adventist Church, 610 Fern Ridge Road, Stayton, Oregon.

Willard G. Scott- Sublimity, Oregon

Willard Gibson Scott was born on April 7, 1924 in Los Angeles, California to Winfield and Ola (Gibson) Scott. He graduated from Susan Miller Dorsey High School. After high school, Willard joined the United States Navy and served from 1942-1946 in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After getting out of the military he did some commercial fishing for work. Later, he began a career as a heavy equipment diesel mechanic or as he would say, “anything in the dirt”. He married Lillie may Brinkman on February 3, 1950. They began a family and two boys, Allen and Wayne. Willard enjoyed riding in his dune buggies, building cars with his boys. In 1974 he moved to Harrisburg, Oregon and had a mobile repair business service truck. In 2006 Willard moved to Salem, Oregon and later on lived at Marian Estates where he passed away on March 26, 2018 in Sublimity, Oregon. Willard was a member of the Masonic organization for 62 years and enjoyed the fellowship from his Masonic brothers. He raised many Master Masons and attended their Sunday morning breakfast faithfully. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3pm at the Turner Masonic Lodge with a reception to follow. Please visit the online memorial to leave condolences for the family at

Bill O’Connor – Stayton, OR

Life Story for William “Bill” E. O’Connor

December 7, 1946 – March 23, 2018

William E. O’Connor was born on December 7, 1946 in Salem, Oregon to Richard F. and Lela Mae (Bell) O’Connor. He joined the Marine Corps at 19 years of age in 1966 and served in Vietnam and retired in 1991.

He worked at Norpac, Judson’s Plumbing and for a brief time worked for the county. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the city of Stayton.

On August 29, 1992 he married Edolina Ruiz at Immaculate Conception Parish in Stayton, Oregon.

Bill enjoyed collecting and shopping for antiques, collecting miscellaneous items and enjoyed tinkering with electronics.

Bill passed away on March 23, 2018 in Salem, Oregon.

Bill is survived by his wife Edolina; his children Cory (Adrianne), Billy (Walker) and Tamera; siblings, Jim O’Connor, Gary (Denise) Mattson and Mary-Kay (Ken) Wisner; grandchildren, Abbigail, Hudson and Oliver; nephews Chris and Andy O’Connor;  nieces, Dr. Kelsie Hendrickson and Faith Mattson; and numerous cousins around the U.S.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Weddle Funeral Service.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 2: pm at Immaculate Conception Parish in Stayton, Oregon.

Burial with full military honors will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Stayton, Oregon.

The family would like to thank the Doctors, Nurses, CNA’s and Staff at Salem Health in addition to John Paul and Timothy Sheldon who provided wood to keep Bill warm. The family would also like to thank St. Joseph Parish for providing communion while he was at the hospital in addition to Mike Jaeger and John Hodsdon who visited Bill and brought him communion.

Weddle Funeral Service entrusted with arrangements.

Dorine Jackson – Stayton, Oregon

Dorine Elizabeth Jackson

October 1, 1928 – March 26, 2018

Stayton, Oregon

Dorine was born to Josephine (Edler) and Edward Spitz in Foss, Oklahoma. Dorine’s siblings are Adella (Albert) Adams, Lavern (Peggy) Spitz, Geraldine (Bill) Adams, Edward Jr. (Marion) Spitz, John Spitz, who died at birth, and Donald (Shirley) Spitz. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Adams, Geraldine & Bill Adams, EH & Marion Spitz, John Spitz, Virgil Jr., and husband Virgil Jackson.

She married Virgil C. Jackson, February 25, 1946. They had 6 children, the oldest who was Virgil Jr., that died at birth while the couple was living in Oklahoma. They moved to Oregon and had Kenneth (Jan) Jackson, Virginia (Douglas) Nelson, Irvin (Irene) Jackson, R. Dale (Diane) Jackson, and Robert (fiance’e Suzie) Jackson. Dorine has 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Dorine worked for Santiam Memorial Hospital in the records department and was a Cub Scout leader while her boys were young. Later in the 60’s they lived on a farm outside of Aumsville, where she was an Avon lady. They moved back to Stayton where she worked as a mail carrier for the Stayton Post Office.

Dorine and Virgil bought a rustic coast house in Newport for her family to enjoy vacations, fishing, clamming, and crabbing. Dorine enjoyed long walks on the beach with Virgil. They collected agates and floats that drifted ashore. For their retirement they traveled to Quartzite, Arizona to be official snow birds. Once there, they escaped the cold winter months of Oregon by camping and hiking through the warm deserts of Arizona. Dorine bought some property in Quartzsite and continued to return with the assistance of her children for a decade after Virgil died in 1999. Dorine loved reading, crocheting, and was a great seamstress. She sewed many outfits for her kids and grandkids. She also loved quilting and made many beautiful quilts over the years.

The family would like to give many thanks to the wonderful staff at McKillop Residence of Marian Estates in Sublimity, who took great care for her comfort while she lived there up until the very end. The viewing will be held Saturday, March 31 from 1-5 p.m. at Weddle Funeral Service. Church services will be held at The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton on Monday, April 2; Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. followed by Rite of committal at St. Mary Cemetery, and the reception will be back at The Immaculate Conception’s Parish Hall. Donations may be made in her honor to the American Heart Association.


Reducindo “Red” Chavez- Sublimity, Oregon

Born to Gertrude and Maximo in Chaperito, New Mexico on March 3, 1923. Red Chavez grew up on his family’s farm where he helped raise livestock, plant and harvest corn and beans. He went into the Army Air Corps in 1944 where he was an infantryman and worked on airplanes. Red was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Good Conduct Medal as well as the Purple Heart Medal. After his time in the service Red met Marystella at a dance club, Red was an amazing dancer and enjoyed it very much. They married on April 18, 1949 in Las Vegas, New Mexico and started their family. Red and Marystella were married for 63 years until her passing in 2011. Red worked as a printer and was a member of the loyal order of Moose for 28 years and the American Legion for 63 years. He was also an active member at his church in California Our Lady of the Sierra and served on the church board. Red moved to Oregon 11 years ago to be closer to family. He was a diehard 49’s and Giants fan, loved to RV travel but most of all time with family was most important. When his kids were younger he was their little league coach and Cub Scout leader for 10 years. Family was the most important thing in his life, Red will be remembered for his kind heart, as anyone who knew him loved him. Red passed away at the Lebanon Veteran’s Home on March 23, 2018 in Lebanon, Oregon. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Weddle Funeral Service in Stayton, Oregon. Red is preceded in death by his wife Marystella and a son Richard Chavez. He is survived by his children Hazel (Ken) Eckhardt, Jacob (Elpida) Chavez, Edwin Chavez and Sharon King, Thomas Chavez and Stephanie Worthington; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made in Red’s name to or Moose Charities. Weddle Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements.


Tammy Lynn Green- Jefferson, Oregon

Tammy Lynn Green was born on May 16, 1975 in Welland, Canada. As a toddler, her family moved back to the states and she lived in California. Tammy graduated from Glendora High School in Glendora, California.

Seven years ago she moved from California to Jefferson, Oregon where she could be close to her family. Tammy loved to go karaoke with her brother, Danny. Her go to songs to sing were “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Purple Rain”. She had a beautiful voice and loved music. She would watch the television show The Voice with her mom as they enjoyed spending time together.

Tammy was an exceptional cook, she could make homemade Spanish rice, tacos, enchiladas and just about anything else.

She also enjoyed sports and was a true Raiders fan, she and her brother Danny had a good rivalry going because he was a devout Broncos fan.

Tammy and her spouse, Dan Wolf recently had celebrated their 6th anniversary together.

Tammy will be remembered for her kindness and thoughtfulness, even in the days she was very sick, she always thought of others and wanted to make sure they were okay. The quality time she had with her parents and family meant the world to her.

Tammy passed away at her home surrounded by the love of her family on March 17, 2018.

She is survived by her spouse, Dan Wolf; her daughters Savanna Rose Green and Marissa Rivas; her parents Clyde and Ellie Green; and her brother Danny Green.

Weddle Funeral Service entrusted with arrangements.


Rick Freeman – Stayton, OR

Ricky Lee Freeman

June 14, 1960 –  March 19, 2018

Stayton, Oregon

Rick L. Freeman passed away on March 19, 2018 in Stayton, Oregon at the age of 57. Rick was born on June 14, 1960 in Brawley, California to Walter and Evelyn (Strickland) Freeman. During high school Rick enjoyed playing football, participating on the track team and riding motorcycles. Football was always a huge part of his life, and he was a long time Chargers fan. He graduated from Brawley Union High School and attended some college.

In the early 90’s Rick moved from California to Oregon so he could be closer to family. He worked at Doerfler Farm’s, and most recently worked at D & W Automotive in Sublimity, Oregon where he made many friends from the last 25 years of working the counter helping folks. His hard work and dedication was seen by many and every customer became a friend due to Rick’s friendly and welcoming demeanor.

He met Kathi while working together in the late 90’s. In 2007, their families combined and he welcomed her children as his own. They were married in 2015. They enjoyed spending time together whether it was camping, movies or visiting with their friends. Ricks mother-in-law Pat would say, “He was the perfect son-in-law”. Family was most important to Rick; he would host family game or movie nights and most of all he loved time with grandbabies. He was their ‘Papa’ and he was always available to change a diaper or babysit.

Rick enjoyed chess and he was quite competitive at it, playing Wii golf and discussing politics- he was a true Trump fan. He also loved to read; HIs favorite authors being Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

Rick will be remembered for his infectious laugh, welcoming spirit and generous nature. People would always remark at what a loveable guy Rick was.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Evelyn, and his brothers Charles and Jeff. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathi; children, Nikki, Amanda, John, Emilie, Jenn and Chad; sisters, Judy and Maudi; mother-in-law Pat Stasek, father- and mother-in-law John and Mae Hampton, as well as his grandbabies Hailee, Harper, Addison and Torrin. He will forever be missed.


Edward “Ed” Earl Elmer- Mill City, Oregon

Edward Earl Elmer was born on December 17, 1952 in Lakeview, Oregon. He was adopted by Clyde and Grace (King) Elmer when he was two years old. He attended high school in Laguna Beach, California. After high school he became a journeyman and did sheet rock repair, painting and construction work. He eventually moved to Oregon and lived in Beavercreek, Molalla, Colton and moved to Mill City in 2002. Ed was an excellent cook and found himself working at the Mountain Edge. He remembered what his regular customers liked to order and would often have the food in the window before the waitress would even have an order in the window. He met his wife Roxie Ann Adams while at work, when she was playing pool with her girlfriends. They married on July 17, 2004 in Gates, Oregon. Ed was a member of the Eagles and at one time held the position of Sergeant at arms. He also was a member of the Moose Lodge and would volunteer with both associations to cook at their dinners. Besides being a member of his fraternal organizations, Ed enjoyed the outdoors whether it was fishing, hiking, camping, hunting deer or spending time in the mountains. Ed passed away on March 9, 2018 at his home in Mill City after a long term illness. He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Roxie Ann Elmer; a brother, Raymond “Twister” Heller of Congress, AZ and a sister, Tonina Lamore of Provo, Utah. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the Staff of Weddle Funeral Service.

Thomas Cole Jr – Mill City, OR

Tom is the beloved first born of Thomas Francis Cole Sr. and Joyce Marie Sullivan Cole. Tom was born on October 29, 1954 in Boise, Idaho. His Cole lineage goes all the way back to early settler James Cole (1633) of Plymouth Mass.

Tom was a loving husband, father and friend. He passed away at age 63 on March 9, 2018 at his home in Mill City, Oregon.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Ann Sobanski Cole, his mother Joyce, his brothers Randall and Mark, and his three sons Thomas Francis Cole III, Christoffer Wood Cole and William Sullivan Cole.

Tom gravitated towards music early in life and his love for it affected everyone around him. For over 40 years he performed with his best friend, Joe, in the successful duo “Stoddard and Cole”. He was an esteemed member of The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia for over 20 years and sang in many choirs. On top of his love for performance, he was a gifted music teacher adored by his students.

Tom met his beloved wife Nancy in July of 1994 country line dancing at the KP Corral. They married on June 29,1996 in Radnor, PA, and over the years made several places their home including Phoenixville, Valley Forge and Dauphin, PA. For the past 7 years, they have found their paradise in Mill City, OR.

Beyond the music, Tom will be known for his incredible heart, which he openly wore on his sleeve, his sky blue eyes that could brighten a rainy day and a smile that held dimples he would consistently brag about.

To all who knew and loved him; he will be missed, but always around. You may find him in the least suspected or most obvious of places, because that’s Tom. Arrangements entrusted to the Staff of Weddle Funeral Service.

Visitation- Friday, March 16, 2018, 6-9 PM                                         Weddle Funeral Service 1777 N. Third Ave. Stayton, OR 97383

Services- Saturday, March 17, 2018, 11AM                                                     St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church 3295 Ladd Ave. NE Salem, OR 97301

Burial- Saturday, March 17, 2018, 1:45PM, Fairview Cemetery, Gates, OR (For Immediate Family Only)

Reception- Saturday, March 17, 2018, 3:00PM, The Cole Residence (All are welcome to join)

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: Santiam Hearts to Arts (H2A), Save Our Bridge or Fairview Cemetery

Terry R. Holley – Stayton, OR

Terry Reed Holley

June 24, 1955 – March 12, 2018

A Celebration of life will be held for Terry Reed Holley who passed away on March 12, 2018 at the age of 62. Terry was born on June 24, 1955 in Vernal, Utah to Russ and Lola (Harris) Holley. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Utah, he completed a second Bachelor of Science degree in Wilderness Science. Ultimately, Terry earned his Master’s Degree in Health Science at the University of Indianapolis.

He began a life-long career as a skilled physical therapist helping those who needed his guidance and expertise to overcome their injuries. For the last 11 years, Terry was the Director of Physical Therapy at Marion Estates in Sublimity where he garnered much respect from the residents and his coworkers. In order to help his memory challenged patients, he enthusiastically introduced himself as “Terry Terrific”, which became synonymous with his remarkable reputation. He was also known to be a practical jokester and precocious prankster much to the amusement and occasional consternation of his coworkers. It was not uncommon for Terry to go above and beyond treating his patients if he knew it would improve their life or recovery. Terry was a gifted and compassionate physical therapist, truly caring for his patients and their families, developing long lasting relationships with so many.

Besides work, Terry’s best days were those spent outdoors exploring nature. He especially loved river rafting and kayaking, becoming a well-respected river guide during summer breaks in college. Terry traveled all over in search of extreme white water challenges. Treading the Snake River left him with the most vivid stories of survival. Terry’s spirit thrived whenever he was navigating a new waterway, paddle in hand, Zen in soggy sneakers.

In 1988, Terry married Vickianne Rogers (Vlossak) and they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Makenzie Faye Holley on St. Patrick’s Day 1995. Terry was an attentive and doting father to his daughter Makenzie, the light of his life. Makenzie’s love of horses brought her and her Dad close as they traveled together for Makenzie’s many equestrian events and competitions. Terry supported his daughter through rain or shine, mucking stalls, loading the horse trailer and driving long distance to many events. His proudest moments were watching Makenzie’s many accomplishments and to succeed at what she was most passionate about.

Terry was also a devoted partner to Deb Scott. They shared the wonder of hiking and exploring the outdoors; traveling along the coast and mountain ranges of Oregon. In addition, they also shared their love of music and dancing in the moonlight. They treasured spending time together with their grown children celebrating every aspect of their amazing young lives. Deb embraced Terry’s magnanimous personality, quick wit and hilarious sense of humor. Terry shared his genuine adoring love with Deb as their love story was unfolding and they were in the process of building their dreams together.

Terry is survived by his daughter, Makenzie Holley; fiancée Debra Scott and her family; sister, Cheryl (Sherman) Smith; brothers, Glenn (Mary) Holley and Brent Holley. Terry also leaves behind many nieces and nephews in addition to many extended family members and friends.

We have all been blessed by Terry’s brilliant mind and beautiful soul. In his loving memory, the family suggests contributions be made to Brain and Behavior Research Foundation at (

Terry will be greatly missed by the many people he touched over his lifetime. In his honor, please consider wearing purple to his Celebration of Life, which will be held on Sunday, April 15th 2018 at 2:00pm in Maurice’s Bistro located on the Marion Estates Campus: 390 SE Church St. Sublimity, OR 97385. Please leave condolences and messages to the family at who is entrusted with arrangements.

Iven “Smitty” Smith- Mill City, Oregon

“Smitty” Iven Smith was born on April 20, 1932 in Portland, Oregon to Ben and Florence (Sorrels) Smith. He passed away surrounded by family on February 22, 2018 at his home in Mill City, Oregon after a long illness at the age of 85. Smitty honorably served his country during the Korean War. Upon getting out of the service, Smitty worked many jobs that included building or working on engines. He even built the very home he lived in. Smitty enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and even took an 18,000 mile trip on it through North America. After he met his wife, Nannette they would go riding together. Smitty also enjoyed camping, fishing and going for rides in the country or cruising the gut in his 1969 Dotson Roadster convertible. For many years during spring vacation, He, Nannette and their children would go camping in the mountains. Smitty was predeceased by his son Bart and is survived by his wife Nannette; children, Greg Smith, Rusty Smith and Penny Terry; step children, Wendy Schroeder and Scott Sitsler in addition to 14 grandchildren. The family plans for private services at Wilderville Cemetery in Grants Pass, Oregon at a later date.


Gladys C. Porter- Sublimity, Oregon

Gladys Chrisman Porter was born Gladys Chrisman on February 17, 1915 to George and Pearl Chrisman on the family farm near Stayton, Oregon. Gladys passed away February 20, 2018 having attained the age of 103 years. Gladys graduated second in her class from Stayton High School in 1933. She married Wilbur Porter in 1937 and had two sons, Stephen in 1942 and Miles in 1949. She was predeceased by Wilbur and is survived by her two sons.

Gladys was well known in the downtown Stayton business community having helped her husband run his business before and during World War Two. She continued in this roll after the war in the Porter and Lau partnership and did not retire until her 80th birthday in 1995. She was well known to Stayton teenagers as Mrs. Porter “the record lady” as she ran the shop’s music department. Perhaps three generations of teenagers stopped by after school to listen to the latest popular phonograph records (later cassettes and CDs), and sometimes to buy them. Gladys often served as advisor and confidant to Stayton’s young people. Many commented on her knowledge of music.

Gladys was an avid gardener and was still active until she was about 85. She continued to grow roses and tomatoes in pots until she was in her 90’s. Many family members and friends mourn her. A private memorial service will be held at Wisner Cemetery on Wednesday March 7th at 2 pm.

“Jinny” Virginia C. Bange- Aumsville, OR

A service will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 4pm at Stayton Seventh-day Adventist Church for Virginia C. Bange who passed away on February 24, 2018 at the age of 95. Jinny was born on December 22, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Clyde and Maude (Young) Le Fevre. She was the eldest of 6 other siblings. Growing up the family had a large vegetable garden and sold their extra produce at a roadside stand. This was most likely the beginning where Jinny grew to love plants and gardening. While a senior in high school, Jinny met her future husband William “Bill” Bange. They married on June 1, 1941. This was a special day for two reasons, in the morning she became a baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and in the evening was married. Jinny and Bill were incredibly faithful, and volunteered as Pathfinder Leaders for 30 years. Ginny worked as a treasurer for her church for over 30 years as well. Jinny helped Bill with his logging/sawmill business, but her main focus was being at home with her children. Throughout her life she continued to garden, and was an avid reader. Eleven years ago she made a decision to move from the East Coast to Aumsville, Oregon to live with her daughter. Jinny loved the Pacific Northwest and made this her home. Most recently Jinny was a part of the Red Hat Association. She will be remembered by all who knew her for a bright smile. She was pre-deceased by her husband, William and son James. She is survived by her children, Rosalie Liljeros, Wanda (Cliff) Carpenter, Timothy (Sidra) Bange, Joseph (Leona) Bange; 3 sisters, Mary Bensel, Julie Bare and Lillian Moul. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made in Jinny’s name to Adventist World Radio or Willamette Valley Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service.

Glenna Ward – Salem, OR

Glenna Jeanne Ward

April 28, 1940 – February 23, 2018

Salem, Oregon

A service for Glenna J. Ward was held on March 3, 2018 at Weddle Funeral Service. Glenna passed away at age 77 on February 23, 2018 in Salem, Oregon after a long illness. She was born on April 28, 1940 in Grangeville, Idaho to Cecill and Viola (Cline) Randall. When Glenna was a baby the family moved from Idaho to Sisters, Oregon and later on moved to Mill City, Oregon where she graduated from Santiam High School. While attending a dance, she met Al Ward Jr. and they fell in love, marrying on December 7, 1962 in Reno, Nevada. Al and Glenna enjoyed going to dances together and she was exceptional at it. Together, they worked incredibly hard to finance and open their own logging company, Al Ward Logging. Glenna did the book keeping for the business while Al managed the labor side. Besides work, Glenna enjoyed many activities such as bowling and golfing. She really enjoyed hunting elk and deer, Glenna was a great shot. She loved to fish, even taking a trip to Alaska with Al to do so. Glenna was also an exceptional canner. She would can anything and everything- pickles, beans, corn, tomatoes, and fruit. Kim, her daughter had many memories in the kitchen with her mom canning into the morning hours. As Glenna got older, she enjoyed taking trips to the beach with her grandson Alexander. Glenna will be dearly missed by her friends, family and all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, Al Ward; daughter, Kim Ward; a grandson, Alexander Ward; and two sisters, Novalee Johnson and Lana Fisher.


Alva Brown- Lyons, OR

Mr. Brown passed away peacefully February 10, 2018, in his home, with his family by his side. He was born on August 20, 1932, in Snyder, Nebraska to Alva Ellis and Emma Pauline (Klintworth) Brown. He lived in Nebraska until 1937 when his family moved to Scappoose, Oregon. He graduated from Scappoose High School in 1950. In 1951, he attended Willamette University until he joined the United States Army in 1952, serving in Korea with the 101st Signal Battalion. He was honorably discharged in 1954, earning the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, National Defense Medal and a Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. Alva then returned to Willamette University. He studied Physical Education and Sociology receiving his B.A. Degree in Sociology from Willamette in 1958. While attending the university, Alva married Eleanor M. (White). They had four children together and were married for 28 years. Alva was then married to Bernice(Baurer) (Moll) of Silverton, Oregon from 1985 until his death (33 years). As a young man Alva excelled at sports; playing high school football, baseball, and in State Basketball Championship games. He played college baseball for Willamette University, and the U.S. Army. He tried out for the Salem Senators Minor League team(hoping to be drafted to play for the Major League), however an injury ended his baseb all career, so he began his journey as a teacher and coach. Later as a coach he led Serra Catholic High School to the State Championship for both baseball and football in 1965-66. Additionally, he coached the East-West Shrine Game in 1966. Alva lived in Scappoose, Salem, Gresham, Turner and Sublimity with his last residence being in Lyons, Oregon. He was a teacher of geography, history, and driver’s ed., coached football, basketball and baseball, was an athletic director, vice principal and principal. He taught at MacLaren Boy’s School, Serra Catholic School (Blanchet), Reynolds High School, Cascade Junior High School, Cascade Union High School, Kennedy High School, and retired from Henley H.S. in 1994. He was a member of the American Legion. Alva loved his sports, following the weather forecast,and working on his farm raising cattle and chickens. He was a loving father to his children and grandchildren and their families. He cared passionately for other people too. Until late in life he would recall stories about his students and friends, remembering them all by name. He and Bernice spent many years enjoying their farm and their lives surrounded by their combined families. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Dorothy and Gladys; his daughter, Kimberlee Brown and his step son, Jeff Moll. Alva is survived by his wife Bernice; children, Kevin (Lisa-Anne) Brown, Korrine (Bob) Slyh, Julie (Curtis) Farrell; step-children, Greg Moll, Kevin Moll, Stacey Moll, Cheryl (Jim) Ebner, Jonathan (Stephanie)Moll; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; sister, Pauline Ball; and nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. In lieu of fl owers, donations can be made to either Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation or St. Boniface Catholic Church. Services were held at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sublimity. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service.


Ruth “Betty” Smith – Stayton, OR

Ruth Elizabeth “Betty” Kruse Smith

September 16, 1923 – February 13, 2018


Betty Kruse Smith of Stayton, the last surviving member of the Yoncalla High School Class of 1941, passed peacefully from this life on February 13, 2018, at the age of 94. She was born in Yoncalla on September 16, 1923, the only child of Homer and Bernice McKaig Kruse. She was literally “born free,” delivered by her grandfather, Dr. Richard McKaig, in his own home! She was a direct descendent of Charles and Melinda Applegate who came to Oregon by wagon train and settled in the Yoncalla valley, and she was the granddaughter of Annie Applegate Kruse, a well-known local writer and historian. Known by her childhood name, Betty Ruth, she grew up surrounded by extended family, friends, and an assortment of much-loved animals. Her constant companion was her Boston terrier, Lady, who went on scooter rides with her and enjoyed various parties given in her honor complete with cake, party hats, and decorations. She began playing accordion at a young age and played for church, community and school events, and Saturday night dances. She was an excellent volleyball player in high school and kept her purple and gold “Eagles” letterman’s sweater for the rest of her life. School was the center of her young world, and, conveniently, was located directly across the street from her home! She would go on to write extensively about her school, the “Eagle’s Nest,” in later years.


After high school, Betty worked and lived for a time in Alameda, California with her aunt and uncle. When Pearl Harbor was bombed, she witnessed firsthand the effect that event had on the entire Bay Area. She remembered widespread panic and people running and crying in the streets, certain that the bombers were headed to the West Coast. After returning to Oregon, she lived in Portland with family friends and worked at the Vancouver shipyards during World War II. Following the end of the war, she married a young, handsome returning veteran, Bob Smith, and they made their home back in Yoncalla. There they raised their son, Gordon, and daughter, Madalyn. Betty was active in the Methodist church, where she taught Sunday school and continued to play her accordion. She also volunteered at the schools and served as a precinct committee chairperson for her political party.


In 1965 while Gordon was serving in the Navy, Bob, Betty, and Madalyn moved to Idanha, Oregon where Bob took a position with a lumber company and Betty worked in the company office. In 1970, they lost Gordon in an automobile accident. Later that year, Bob and Betty moved to Cottage Grove where she worked as the attendance secretary at Cottage Grove High School and continued her activity in the Methodist church. She made many friends in the Cottage Grove school, church, and community. Bob learned to fly, and they bought a small airplane which they greatly enjoyed. After they retired, they moved to the Washington coast for several years before returning to Oregon. They settled in the Stayton area to be closer to Madalyn and her family.


Betty was an active member of the Stayton United Methodist church, writing the church newsletter and playing her accordion. She formed a small musical group, “The Grateful Grandies,” with several other musicians. They performed at churches, local events, and retirement centers and nursing homes. During this time, she also began her extensive writing pursuits, focusing on family and community history of Yoncalla. Along with several childhood friends, Betty began writing a history of Yoncalla which resulted in the formation of the Yoncalla Historical Society and the publication of their book, Yoncalla Yesterday. A few years later, they wrote and published another book, Yoncalla Yesterday Revisited. These two books were her proudest accomplishments, and she remained a member of the group for the rest of her life.


Bob and Betty enjoyed traveling in their motor home for many years, and they remained a devoted couple until Bob’s death in 2004. Betty was a loving mother and grandmother and was thrilled when she became a great-grandmother in 2008. She also cherished her extended family and many friends, most of whom predeceased her, as did her parents and son, Gordon.


She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Madalyn and Ken Tower of Stayton, her granddaughters Joanna Tower and husband Steve Melvin of Portland, Susan Tower and fiancé Peter Park of Missoula, Montana, and her precious great-granddaughter, Leah Tower Melvin of Portland. Also surviving are two of her special childhood friends, Doris Means of Yoncalla and Shirley Roberts of Pleasant Hill.


Betty’s family is deeply grateful to Paola Salinas and her family for the four and a half years of loving care she received at Woodside Care Home in Stayton.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 12:00 noon at Yoncalla Christian Assembly (formerly United Methodist Church) at 195 Birch Street in Yoncalla. A potluck reception will follow at Yoncalla Community center. Private interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Albany. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service in Stayton.


Contributions in Betty’s memory can be made to the Yoncalla Historical Society, PO Box 125, Yoncalla, OR, 97499; or to Yoncalla Alumni Association, PO Box 925, Yoncalla, OR, 97499; or to Applegate Pioneer cemetery, PO Box 504, Yoncalla, OR 97499.


Rest in peace, beloved Gamoo. “The Eagle has landed!”

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