Category Archives: Obituaries – Obituary Guide

Obituaries – Obituary Guide

Renate Hill – Aumsville, OR

Renate Barbara Hill

August 1, 1948 – December 14, 2017

Aumsville, Oregon

Renate was born in Hardheim, Germany to Wilhelm and Maria Leiblein. She married Richard Hill and together they raised three children. Renate worked as a retail clerk for 30 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Renate is survived by her sons Mark and Matt, daughter Stephanie, six grandchildren, and her sisters Brigitte and Ursula.

A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shaw.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Dorothy G. Peters – Sublimity, OR

Dorothy Grace Peters

February 4, 1924 – December 18, 2017

Sublimity, Oregon

Dorothy Grace Peters, 93, of Sublimity, Oregon passed away December 18, 2017. She was born February 4, 1924 in Silverton, Oregon to the late William and Emma Gatchet. She is the widow of Daniel F. Peters. Also widow of George D. Grant. She is a graduate of Silverton High School. She lived in La Mirada, CA where she worked in her family business. In 1964, she returned to Oregon and lived in the Gates and Mill City area where she owned Grants Café. She was an active member of the Santiam Canyon Assembly of God Church in Lyons, OR. She was a life member and enjoyed activities at Canyon Senior Center in Mill City, OR. She was preceded in death by seven siblings. Surviving her is daughter; Colleen Fitterling and son-in-law, Robin. Grandchildren; Ian Fitterling, Shawn Fitterling, and Allison Sahin. Great-grandchildren; Aydin and Emra Sahin. Private interment to take place at Bethany Cemetery in Silverton.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Shannon A. Orr – Stayton, OR

Shannon Arthur Orr

November 5, 1964 –

December 8, 2017

Stayton, Oregon

Shannon was born on November 5th, 1964 in Salem Oregon to Arley and Delores Orr.
He resided in Stayton Oregon where he raised 4 children. Shannon was known for his genuine personality and love for his children and grandchildren. He will forever be loved and missed by all who knew him.
Shannon left this earth on December 8th, 2017. He is survived by his Father: Arley Orr. Brother: David Orr. Wife: Debbie Orr. Children: Brandi Etzel, Brandon Orr, Brittney Keys, Courtney Barringer, Bryce Orr and several adoring Grandchildren: Macy, Justin, Lilianna, Collin, Lindsay, Haven, Emma and Easton.
A celebration of life will be held on January 6, 2018 at 2PM at his youngest daughter Brittney’s home: 314 SW Kingwood Ave Mill City, Oregon.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.


Donna K. Unger-Hayton – Keizer, OR

Donna Kay Unger-Hayton

December 22, 1949 – December 5, 2017

Keizer, Oregon

Donna K. Unger-Hayton, 67, passed away on December 5, 2017. Donna was born on December 22, 1949 in Centralia, Illinois to John Bryson Sr. and Dorothy Louise Bryson, Née Smith. She was one of six children. Donna was born in Illinois but raised in Oregon. She graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1968, home of the Eagles. While living in Harrisburg, Donna’s foster parents (Ray and Sue Wasson) owned and operated a pizza parlor where she worked as a part-time manager. In April of 2002, Donna married the love of her life, Scottie Hayton. Donna had a true love for all animals throughout her life. She always had an animal by her side. Donna will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Donna is survived by her Brothers; John S. Bryson Jr. of Washington, twin brother Don Bryson of Salem, Oregon, and Bill J. Bryson of California, Sisters; Marie (Etta) Brown and Bonnie Sheridan, both of Keizer, and Barbara Bryson. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Scottie Hayton.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 12pm at Weddle Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will follow at City View Cemetery in Salem. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Ruby M. Boswell – Salem, OR


Ruby Merlene Boswell

July 9, 1920 – November 28, 2017

Salem, Oregon

Ruby was 97 years young when she left this world on Nov 28, and was greeted at heaven’s gate by the Lord and husband. She was born in Liberal Kansas to Glenn and Hattie Pennington and she was 4th of 5 siblings. The family moved to Oregon when she was a teenager settling in the Victor Point area, where she graduated from Silverton High School. In 1941 she met Kenneth Boswell and they were married in September prior to him leaving for war. She joined him in Panama where they lived until the end of the war. They returned to Oregon and lived in logging camps in Central Oregon, as Kenneth as a logger. They settled in Sisters, and then moved to Aumsville. In 1956 Dorothy was born, 1958 Patricia came along. In 1959 they all moved to Sublimity and in 1961 Roger was born. Ruby was a hard worker her entire life. She had seen the struggles growing up and worked hard to make life better for her family. She was a great homemaker, cook, baker, canning, flower gardens which she loved, large vegetable gardens, raising all their own meat and processing it. She was a gifted seamstress making clothes for the family and later in life made may quilts. She loved to hunt, fish, camp, and spending time with family and friends. She was active in the community being the President of the PTA at Sublimity Grade School for many years and the Den Leader to her daughters Girl Scouts Troop. Ruby lived a full and wonderful life and lived and remained in her home until the last 6 weeks of her life when she had to leave. She is preceded in death by her parents Glenn and Hattie Pennington, husband Kenneth of 53 years, 1 sister, 2 brothers, 1 Granddaughter. She is survived by brother; Gene Pennington of Lebanon, Children; Dorothy (Jary) Johnson Salem, Patricia (Dan) Bartosz of Turner, Roger (Cecilia) Boswell of Salem, 9 Grandchildren, and 13 Great Grandchildren. The family would personally like to thank Serenity Hospice and Four Seasons Memory Care for all the wonderful love and care that was provided to Mom during her last few weeks.

Their devotion was exceptional. In lieu of flowers please donate to Serenity Hospice or the Salem Friends of Felines.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11am at Weddle Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

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.

Dave Gene Hov – Stayton, Oregon

David “Dave” Gene Hov

September 23, 1949 – November 4, 2017

Stayton, Oregon

David Gene Hov passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on November 4, 2017 after a 9 month battle with lymphoma. David was born September 23, 1949, and spent his younger years exploring Rainier, Oregon with his brothers. As a teenager, he and his family moved to Gladstone, where he attended West Linn High School. He met Pam, his first wife, shortly before he joined the Navy and served in the Vietnam War. Dave and Pam were married September 4, 1970. They welcomed their first daughter, Angie, in October 1975, followed by their second daughter, Melinda in October 1978. Dave spent his career as a truck driver, hauling gasoline and oil for Unocal for over 30 years. He met his second wife, Becky, and they were married on April 11, 1992. In 1996, they moved to Phoenix where Dave worked for KAG Gas until he retired in April 2012. In 2015, they moved to the Salem area. In his spare time, Dave enjoyed completing projects around the house. At their home in Stayton, he built an awesome shed. He was very proud of this accomplishment! He also enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. He was always talking about taking them to the lake to go fishing. Dave is survived by his wife Becky; brothers Steve (Deb) and Doyle (Laurie); daughters Angie and Melinda (Gregg) and grandchildren Corbin (12) and Hadley (10); step sons, Mark (Tracy) and Randy (Missy) and grandchildren Makenzie (16), Mason (14), Kayden (10). A memorial service will be held Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:30pm at Weddle’s Chapel.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Linda A. Davis – Bend, OR

Linda Ann Davis 

January 30, 1947 – November 2, 2017

Bend, Oregon

Linda was born in Los Angeles, raised in Chatsworth, California. Linda moved to the Willamette Valley in 1973. She was a wonderful and caring mother to 7 children. A dedicated and devoted grandmother to 19 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Linda went home to be with the Lord on all Souls day due to a car accident. Linda dedicated her life to caring for others and was a second mother to all that knew her. She will be missed until we meet again. A Funeral service will be held at on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Stayton Christian Church at 11:00am (189 Washington ST. Stayton, OR 97383). Reception to follow. Graveside service will take place at 1:45pm at Lone Oak Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

David M. Ware – Corvallis, OR

David Middleton Ware

August 9, 1941 – October 27, 2017

Corvallis, Oregon

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11:00am at Grace Bible Fellowship in Tangent, Oregon. 

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

William “Bill” Phillip Huber – Salem, Oregon

William “Bill” Phillip Huber

July 21, 1937-October 18, 2017

Salem, Oregon

No services planned at this time.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services..

Mardell L. Barnett – Salem, OR

Mardell L. Barnett

June 11, 1924 – October 18, 2017

Salem, Oregon

Mardell (Johnston) Barnett, aged 93, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2017 in Salem surrounded by family. Mom was born on June 11, 1924 in Portland to Charles and Leah Johnston. She grew up in St. Helens, spending her summers in the woods around Vernonia. In 1943 she attended a USO dance in Seaside where she met her future husband, Edward Barnett. They hit it off and were married on February 11, 1944 in San Francisco before dad shipped out to the war in the Pacific Theater. After Dad’s return in 1945, they moved to Houston where Don and Sandie were born. In 1948 they moved back to St. Helens where they welcomed Artie, Judy, and Vickie. Moving again in 1955 to Redmond, they were blessed with three more children; Cheryl, Kevin, and Greg. Living in Redmond for the next 20 years, Mom spent her time between family, her garden, and enjoying the many outdoor opportunities. In 1975 the family moved to Stayton where she spent many happy years with her family and her flower garden. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and son, Artie. She is survived by her children; Don and wife Cindy, Sandie, Judy, Vickie and husband John, Cheryl and husband Dominic, Kevin, Greg. Twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Lone Oak Cemetery at 2:00PM.

Donald “Don” Keith Peters – Sublimity, Oregon

Donald “Don” Keith Peters

April 8, 1927 – October 17. 2017

Sublimity, Oregon

Don passed away peacefully at his home with his wife and son by his side. He was born in 1927 on the family farm at Union Hill, Oregon. Don worked on the family farm with his father from the time he was five years old until his retirement in 1983. He was recognized as Marion County Tree Farmer of the Year in 1979. He continued to farm with his son Marshall both in timber and grass seed.
Don married his childhood sweetheart, Ann Louise, and they have been happily married for 68 years. He will be missed by his family and friends for his great sense of humor, amusing storytelling and generosity of spirit. He excelled in trapshooting and was an avid hunter.
Don is survived by his wife Ann Louise, his son Marshall (Jessie), daughters Debbie (Bob), Michele (Dennis) and Tami (Mike) as well as 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday October 21st at 1:00 PM at Weddle Funeral Services, Stayton, Oregon.
Charitable gifts in Don’s name can be given to the Shriner’s Hospital Portland or Union Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Ima “Remedy” Leona Duerksen – Salem, Oregon

Ima “Remedy” Leona Duerksen

October 19, 1935 – October 12, 2017

Salem, Oregon


Family to hold a private celebration of life.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Cherylene A. Breitenstein – Stayton, OR

Cherylene A. Breitenstein

January 28, 1946 – October 12, 2017

Stayton, Oregon

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00AM at St. Boniface Catholic Church. A reception will follow. 

Kathleen R. Peerenboom – Gresham, OR

Kathleen Ramona Peerenboom

September 20, 1931 – October 6, 2017

Gresham, Oregon


Kathleen (O’Mara) Peerenboom, 86, died peacefully at home on October 6, 2017. Kathleen grew up in Tigard, Oregon, and moved to Salem upon graduating from Tigard High School, to work for the State of Oregon. Soon thereafter she met Raymond Peerenboom and the two were married September 1, 1951. She eventually left working for the state to work as a recording secretary for such groups as Oregon State Employees Association and Oregon Employees Federal Credit Union so that she could work from home and spend more time with her family.

Kathy was a lover of the arts, particularly music, and a devoted mother and grandmother. She was a frequent volunteer at St. Joseph School and Sacred Heart Academy while her children attended the schools and was active in her sorority as well as alumni functions for both her and her husband. She loved to bake and frequently did so for anyone with whom she came in contact. Later in life Kathy sang in her church choir as well as Festival Chorale of Oregon, having the opportunity to tour such places as Carnegie Hall and Western Europe with FCO.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond. Among her survivors are her sister Teresa; her children Sharon, Karen, Mike and Jim; and her grandsons Ryan, Terry, Trent and Cameron. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Salem, October 14 at 10:30 am. Interment to take place at St. Barbara Cemetery, Salem. Donations can be made to Salem Friends of Felines in her honor.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.



Gerrit Hendrik van Loon – Salem Or.

Gerrit Hendrik van Loon

April 5, 1928 – October 5, 2017

Salem, Oregon

Gerrit van Loon, 89, peacefully passed away on October 5, 2017 and is now with the Lord. He was born in the Holland on April 5, 1928.

Gerrit graduated from Agriculture School and worked on the family farm in Holland until 1957. He then immigrated to Alberta, Canada to earn money so he could buy his own farm. One year later, his bride to be, Ann, immigrated so they could get married. They moved to Modesto, California in 1963 where he milked for several years before becoming a partner in a Cash & Carry store in Redding, California. In 1970, they moved to Jefferson, Oregon where they bought their own dairy farm. He was a hard working man and always wanted the best for his wife and children. In 1996 he retired and moved to Salem, Oregon, and continued to be involved with the dairy by running errands. His son Kryn, and grandsons, Ben and Jeremy, now manage the dairy. It meant a lot to Gerrit to keep the farm in the family.

Gerrit was blessed with 59 years of marriage to Ann and good health allowed him to spend time with family in Holland and enjoy many trips and activities with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Gerrit was a member of Immanuel’s Reformed Church. He loved the title of ‘Opa’ which many people called him.

He is survived by his wife Ann; his son Kryn (Irene) van Loon of Jefferson, OR; his daughter Alice (Rick) Steffen of Silverton, OR; his daughter Lisa (Don) Switzer of Salem, OR; his brother Han (Aat) van Loon and sister Krientje van Loon of the Netherlands; 5 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Lydi van Loon of the Netherlands.

A service will be held October 14, 2017 at 11:00, at Immanuel’s Reformed Church, 4653 Sunnyview Road NE, Salem, Oregon 97305. Memorial donations may be made to the Salem Union Gospel Mission at

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.