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Eugene Franklin Schulz – Salem, OR

Eugene Franklin Schulz was born on August 28th 1938 to Paul and Sofie Schulz in Caldwell, Texas.  As a teenager, Eugene met Rubie Ondrasek. As Rubie liked to put it, she “ran off with a guy on a motorcycle”. They fell in love and on November 28th 1959 Eugene and Rubie married. At the time of his passing they celebrated 58 years of matrimony. With a passion to serve his country, Eugene enlisted into the United States Army on February 21, 1962.  This started a lifetime of service that continued throughout his lifetime.  In the Army he served as a crew chief aboard Huey’s.  His military service took him and his family to many locations around the United States. In addition to his stateside travels he also served three oversea tours in Vietnam where he received an Air Medal and Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.  During his service time, Eugene and Rubie welcomed their son, Eugene Schulz Jr.  Being a father was a true blessing in Eugene’s life. After 20 years of faithful service, Eugene retired from the military on October 31, 1981. He jointed the United States Postal Service and worked there until his retirement in the fall of 2009.  Eugene enjoyed retirement, he and Rubie would spend their leisure time traveling back to locations where they lived throughout their lives to visit and see the homes in which they lived.  In addition to the places they lived, Yellowstone was a favorite place as well to visit.

Before passing away peacefully at home on March 12, 2018, Eugene was recognized and honored by Willamette Valley Hospice for his many years of service to his Country.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Sofia, his brothers “Paul” and Edward and his infant brother and sister.

Eugene is survived by his loving wife, Rubie and his son, Eugene Schulz, Jr.

Eugene will be inurned at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon following the rendering of Honors on March 19, 2018 at 12:30pm.

Barbara Jo Dennis- Salem, OR

Barbara Jo Dennis was born on October 19, 1935 in Lake City, Iowa to Albert Walter Herman Lange and Nadine Frescoln Fowler. She had two other siblings, Frances Pike a sister and Robert Lange, her brother. She grew up during the depression which instilled her work ethic and get-it-done demeanor.

Barbara moved to the west coast and became a waitress. While working as a waitress in California she waited on many celebrities including Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and many of the MoTown musicians. She was incredibly hard working and enjoyed her work, socializing with many of her patrons.

Barbara loved to crochet, sew, spending time with family and loved the Lord. She loved celebrating the holidays and Christmas was her favorite.

She also enjoyed traveling all across the country with her longtime partner Robert Dennis.

If Barbara could be remembered for anything, it would be taking people off the streets, taking them in and getting them back on their feet.

She would volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission and helping with ministries at the Marion Street Bridge. Barbara had a giving heart and wanted to help anyone in need.

She was a mom to many people and would always take care of others before herself. In addition, she loved to surprise her family and friends with little gifts to show them how much she cared about them.

Barbara passed away on February 17, 2018 in Salem, Oregon after a long term illness.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Yates and a grandson, Anthony Stephens.

Barbara is survived by her sons, Tim Buchwalter and Tracy Buchwalter; daughter Diane Lucas; her siblings, Frances Pike and Robert Lange; 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Union Gospel Mission or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements Entrusted to Weddle Funeral Service


Betty Mask – Scio, OR

Betty Jean Mask

August 30, 1928 – February 13, 2018

Scio, Oregon

Betty Jean Arata Mask was born to Mildred Grace Gipson and William Paul Arata on August 30, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee. She is preceded in death by her husband James (Jimmy) Mask of 60 years who together created a large, loving family. Their children James and Sandi Mask of Salem, Bonnie and Butch Parazoo of Scio, Tom and Judy Mask of Scio, Geri and BJ Richmond of Scio, and Dennis and Tina Mask of Scio gave them their greatest treasures in this life, their 16 grandchildren (James Mask JR, Bobbi Jo Cronin, Kevin Parazoo, Douglas Parazoo, Matthew Parazoo, Ann Rimer, Jamie McDaniel, Thomas Adam Mask, Robert Porter, Mert Porter, Delana Carter, Joseph Chase, Julie Kingery, Shawn Mask, Misty Heil and Carrie Mask) and plethora of great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

After traveling for work in Tennessee and Oregon the couple finally settled in Scio in 1967. Affectionately known as Grandma Mask by many in the town, she worked in the school kitchen for many years. Betty lived for her family. As a dedicated matriarch to her large family, she supported her grandchildren in all of their endeavors. She was often found in the stands of any sporting event at Scio High School cheering for her grandkids and extended family she had adopted over the years. She was always the supportive grandma of the town, offering a warm embrace and listening ear.

She was also an active member of the TOPS club in Scio where she met many friends over the years. She attended Scio Baptist Church regularly as well as activities at the local senior center.

After the death of her husband Jimmy, she found companionship with Bob Newell of Scio. They found happiness together in the last nine years of her life, traveling the country and enjoying the thing she loved most, family. The Newell family welcomed her with open arms becoming like a second family to her. Bob gave her a renewed happiness and sense of adventure for which her family is very grateful.

She is survived by her children and significant other Bob Newell of Scio. She is preceded in death by her husband Jimmy as well as her seven siblings: William Arata, Mary Louise Arata, Joann Rappel, John Joseph (Pete) Rappel, Deloris (Pat) Rappel, Beverly (Snookie) Rappel and Ronnie Rappel.

There will be a viewing at Weddle Funeral Home in Stayton, Oregon Wednesday February 21 from 1-4. Betty’s memorial service will be held at Scio Baptist Church on February 22 at 1 PM. If unavailable to attend the service, there will be a live stream available through the church’s website at A private internment at Miller Cemetery in Scio will be held for family.



Melvin Derrick-Sublimity, OR

Melvin C. Derrick

September 10, 1922-February 13, 2018

A celebration of life will be held for Melvin C. Derrick on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11am at Weddle Funeral Service. Melvin passed away on February 13, 2018 at age 95. He was born on September 9, 1922 in Nampa, Idaho to Wallace and Viola Derrick. After high school, Melvin honorably served his country in the Army Airforce during World War II. He completed 35 missions as a B-24 Artilleryman and earned a Valor award. After being honorably discharged, Melvin married Pearl Simmons in 1947 and together they started a family.

Melvin loved hunting deer and elk, fishing and most of all spending time with his family. He enjoyed game shows like Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune, reading Louis L’amour novels and watching westerns, especially anything with John Wayne.

Melvin will always be remembered as being happy and a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his two sons Gary L. Derrick and George C. Derrick.

Melvin is survived by his wife Pearl, daughters Peggy A. Kimbro and Sharon L. Cota in addition to his 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.


Raymond Pietrok- Stayton, OR

Raymond Andrew Pietrok

November 30, 1935 –  January 21, 2018

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and brother Harry. He is survived by his wife Elsie, children Jodena (Darin) Knutson and Matthew (Alicia) Pietrok; siblings Rose Rush, Harold (Alyce) Pietrok, Molly (Leland) Hartmann, and Wilma (Elmer) Goodwin; grandchildren Luke, Madelynn, Violet, Cora, Alan, Mandy, Bryanna, Sean, Andrew, Kaelyn, Abbie, and 2 Great-Grandchildren.

SERVICES will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton, Oregon.

 Father Luan will be officiating the ROSARY at 10:00 a.m. and the MEMORIAL MASS at 10:30 a.m.

A reception will follow the service, and after the reception the RITE OF COMMITTAL is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery

Memorial Contributions to

Doernbecker Cleft Palate Research Fund

Make checks in Memory of Raymond to

DB Foundation

1121 SW Salmon St Suite 100

Portland 97205

Helen M. Jones – Idanha, OR

Helen Marie Jones

December 26, 1938 – February 4, 2018


Helen Marie Jones passed away on February 4, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born December 26, 1938 in Green Brier County, West Virginia to Elsie and Oakey Jones. Helen was the 3rd of 10 children. The family moved from West Virginia to Oregon in 1953. Helen worked the majority of her life at multiple jobs eventually working for Marion County Building Maintenance until she retired. After a few years she got bored with retirement and went to work at Norpac where she enjoyed working with and talking to all the friends she made there. After a number of years working there, she again retired. Helen had many interests including reading, spending time with friends and family and she loved her visits to the casinos and her scratch-offs. Helen leaves behind her husband of 40 years, Charles and her children Donald (Carol), Wayne and Charlene as well as 8 grandkids, 7 great grandkids and 1 great, great grandson. She is survived by sisters, Cara of Salem and Velma of Salem, brothers Donny of Indiana, Vernon of Washington and Harold of California and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother Elsie, Father Oakey, daughter Margaret and grandson Jason as well as sisters (Arbella, Judy) and brothers (Melvin, Kenna). Her family invites all who knew her to a Celebration of Life on February 17, 2018 at 1:00pm at ZCBJ Hall, 38704 N. Main St., Scio. Services are being provided by Weddle Funeral in Stayton, Oregon.

Terry Kump – Mill City, OR

Terry William Kump
February 15, 1951 – January 23, 2018
Mill City, Oregon

Obituary of Terry Kump

For those who loved me, my date of 34 years, Mary Ellen; my children, Stasia, Gabe, Jonathan and Calvin; my siblings Carolyn, Sharon, David & Dan and a dozen grandchildren. Born in California in 1951, moved to Washington and settled in Oregon 25 years ago.  Loved new adventures and the outdoors.  Aviation and landscaping hobbyist.  Avid humorist and lecturer.  The family wishes to thank the angels at Willamette Valley Hospice.


Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Tim Gladwill – Lyons, OR

Timothy Dale Gladwill

August 11, 1969 – December 24, 2017

Lyons, Oregon

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 12-4 p.m. at the Santiam Grange Hall in Lyons.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Maria Reyes

Maria Reyes
11-17-1931 – 9-15-2017
Maria (Mary) Reyes was born in Colorado City, Texas to Marcelino and Ernestina (Silva) Hernandez.  She was the eldest and longest living of 12 children.

She was preceded in death by one son, Tony Reyes in 1993.
She and husband, Felix Reyes of 56 years, raised nine children.

They have 22 grand children, 34 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.

Rosary will be Wednesday 6:00 PM at The Immaculate Conception church and  funeral service on Thursday at 11:00 AM. Internment will be at

St. Mary’s Catholic cemetery Stayton, Oregon.

Robert Rogers – Lebanon, OR

rogers-robertRobert “Bob” Warren Rogers

August 3, 1921 – January 1, 2017

Lebanon, Oregon

Robert “Bob” Warren Rogers, 95, died Sunday, January 1st, 2017 at the Oregon Veteran’s Home in Lebanon, Oregon. He is survived by his daughter Susan Williamson, son-in-law Stan Williamson, 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, extended family and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Carol Rogers; daughter, Christine Thornbrue; Father, Leon Rogers; mother, Millie Rogers; and sister, Eva Bretthauer.

Bob was born to Leon and Millie Rogers on August 3rd, 1921 in Duluth, Minnesota. He graduated from High School and had some college before joining the Army Air Force during World War II. He married Carol Terway in April 1951 and moved to Portland Oregon to work with his father at Portland Rug. Bob and Carol had two daughters, Christine and Susan. They moved to Lincoln City in 1969, where Bob started his own Servicemaster franchise. He worked hard and had a successful business until retiring in 1984. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, watching sports, and collecting rocks, coins and stamps. After his daughter, Chris, passed away in 1994, Bob gave his life to Jesus and ensured he would see her again someday. In that same year, Bob and Carol moved to a house on the river in Otis where Bob and many of his friends would fish and he and Carol loved feeding the ducks that came up to their back yard. They had wonderful neighbors who often visited each other during their morning coffee.   In 1996, Carol died in Bob’s loving arms. He continued to reside, have coffee with neighbors, fish and feed the ducks, in Otis for 5 more years until moving in with Susan’s family in Jefferson. During this time, he enjoyed working on his coin and stamp collections, spending time with his family, attending his grand children’s school and sporting events, fishing and watching sports. Until he was in his late 80’s he drove to Lincoln city weekly to visit his friends there. Bob faithfully attended Jefferson Baptist church until 2013 when he moved to an Assisted Living Home in Lebanon. There he made new friends and was loved by the residents and staff. In 2016, he relocated to the brand new Oregon Veteran’s Home, also in Lebanon, where he received outstanding care. Bob knew how to love well. He was incredibly sweet and kind; he made everyone feel special. Bob leaves behind many on this earth who love and miss him dearly. However, we look forward to the day when we will see him in glory, where he is experiencing joy beyond measure.

Memorial Service with Military Honors will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Jefferson Baptist Church followed by a potluck.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.

Joe Spenner – Stayton, OR

spennerJoseph “Joe” Francis Spenner

October 23, 1921 – December 25, 2016

Stayton, Oregon

Joseph “Joe” Francis Spenner passed away peacefully on Christmas Day in Salem at the age of 95. Joe was born on October 23, 1921 in Stayton to Francis and Mary Spenner. 

He was in the first graduating class at St. Boniface High School, Sublimity, OR in 1940.

He lived in the Sublimity area all his life, growing up on the family farm with three brothers William, Benjamin and Vincent.

Joe worked St. Boniface High/grade schools as the custodian/maintenance man for several years.  He then became the custodian/maintenance man when Regis High School opened in 1964.  Joe retired from Regis in 2008 with over 50 years of service to Catholic Schools.

Joe was not only skilled at maintenance, he would also become a mentor for hundreds of students, devising and helping them with various science projects.  Under his guidance, students constructed a wide variety of projects, such as electric cars, a telescope, parabolic reflector, hovercraft, model airplanes, air boat, an electrostatic generator and the list goes on. At his retirement from Regis, Joe said, “I’ll go on here forever. I’ll always be here in spirit, at least.”

In later years, Joe travelled to India several times to assist Catholic priests in building churches and a dispensary.

He was an active volunteer at St. Boniface and at yearly Right to Life rummage sales held at St. Joseph’s in Salem.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and niece Linda Spenner.

He is survived by his nieces Pauline (Alan) MacDougall of Beaverton, Carol Spenner of Sublimity and nephews Mark (Betsy) Spenner of Sammamish, WA and Clem (Doris) Spenner of Salem.

Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday January 12th at Regis High School.

A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, January 13th at 2:00 pm at St. Boniface Church in Sublimity with a reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:  Regis High School, St. Boniface Church or Oregon Right to Life.

Don Benslay – Salem, OR

Don Nolan Benslay

June 14, 1931 – December 24, 2016

Formerly of Stayton, OR

Don Nolan Benslay, 85, passed away early in the morning of December 24th in Salem. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Charles and Mary Benslay. Don was married to Mary Lea Mullins on Nov 11, 1952 in Coos Bay, OR. He served in the US Army as a Corporal during the Korean Conflict. Don attended Oregon State University and received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Pharmacology and was a member of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical fraternity. He worked as a Pharmacologist in Pharmaceutical Research for the Eli Lilly Company in Indianapolis for 31 years before retiring in 2002. Don and Mary Lea then moved to Stayton. Don had a deep faith in God and very much enjoyed getting to all the meetings he could, and helping in whatever way he could. He also enjoyed taking care of his family; enjoyed computers, and reading, especially about political issues. In addition to his beloved wife Mary Lea, Don is survived by his children, Marian and Roger Johnson of Maricopa, AZ, Charles and Liza Benslay of Bremerton, WA, David and Monthira Benslay of Indianapolis, IN, Garrett and Lisa Benslay of Kingford, CA. He’s also survived by grandchildren who were dear to him; Radley and Matthew, Glenn, Chelsea and Andrew, and Bree-elle; and also by 2 great-grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard, and his sisters Charlene, Marian, and Lois. Don will be buried in the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon State Pharmacy School.

Arrangements entrusted to Weddle Funeral Services.


Rita Mae Owen – Gresham, OR

owen-ritaRita Mae Owen

April 24, 1934 – November 16, 2016

Gresham, Oregon

Rita Mae Owen passed into the arms of her Savior on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  Born Rita Mae Verlanic in Anaconda, Montana, she moved with her sister Harriet Spitler and mother Lucille Verlanic to The Dalles, Oregon while in third grade.  It was in The Dalles that she attended the First Christian Church and met the Owen family.  Richard (Dick) Owen and Rita fell in love and were married at the Christian Church on July 15, 1951, prior to his deployment to Tokyo, Japan to serve in the army.

Rita lived with Pink and Ethel Owen, her new in-laws while Dick was in Japan.  After a year, she took a freighter to Japan to join him for what he thought was his last year in Japan.  They stayed for 47 years; initially while Dick worked for Pacific Stars and Stripes and for the last 19 years as missionaries with World Venture at the Christian Academy in Japan.  Six children, Sheryl Dawson (Gaynor), Geryl Owen (deceased, wife Michelle), Carol Dowsett (Phil), Theresa Robinson (Wade), Paul Owen (Jolette), and John Michael Owen (Yuka) were born and raised in Japan.  Rita loved the Japanese people and the people called to serve in Japan, both military personnel and missionaries. She loved all children, taking in foster children whenever she saw the need. She served in Girl and Boy Scouts, AWANA, and worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship through after school clubs.

Rita constantly served others in her home and outside.  She was active in Friends of the Library in Stayton, Oregon, and was a member of the mission board of Bethel Baptist Church in Aumsville, Oregon.  She and her husband kept missionaries on United States leave in their home.  Rita had a special heart for hospitality and entertained many people in her home.  She had a deep interest in her family and their friends, bringing them into her circle of love.  Even during her battles with lymphatic and liver cancer, she continued to encourage those around her.  She will be sorely missed by many.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Dick Owen as well as her sister, Harriet Spitler, and her five children, 20 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.  A memorial service was held on November 19, 2016, at Bethel Baptist Church in Aumsville.  In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged for World Venture Honduras and Deaf Ministries of Japan.  Additional gifts can be made locally to Union Gospel Mission of Salem, Habitat for Humanity, and Mt. Hood Hospice.


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.

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