Obituaries

For the week of April 2 to April 9

Richard Franklin Best

Nov. 27, 1939 - March 26, 2003

Richard Franklin Best of Dallas died on March 26 in Dallas. He was 63.

He was born to Robert Wesley and Rosemary Best in Greenville, Miss.

The family had lived in Arkansas, California and Oregon. He had lived in Dallas for 40 years.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1963 and spent two years in Germany.

He married Linda K. Durham of Albany on Oct. 5, 1963 in Albany.

He had worked at the Albany frozen foods plant and worked at several different mills. He retired from Hillcrest School for Girls where he was a custodial engineer.

He was a member of the Harvest Time Pentecostal Church in Salem.

He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert W. Best Jr. and Jerry Best.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Best of Dallas; two daughters, Eyes of Peace and Carmen Wood, both of Dallas; sisters, Barbara Teal of Dallas, Donna Burke of Philomath and Margaret Bender of Albany; brothers, Bob Joe Best of Coquille and Steven Best of Dallas; and one granddaughter.

Services were March 29 at Harvest Time Pentecostal Church in Salem and interment will be at Hilltop Cemetery in Independence.

Crown Burial of Milwaukie handled the arrangements.

Gerry D. Lockwood

March 19,1950 - March 26, 2003

Gerry D. Lockwood of Dallas died on March 26 of adenocarcinoma, an incurable cancer he was diagnosed with on Jan. 10. He was 53.

His family had lived in Arizona and they moved to Oregon in 1957. They lived in Scio until 1968 and then moved to Falls City where he attended high school and played football.

He had worked at Fort Hill Lumber Company until 1993 when he had to retire following three strokes.

He married Tina Erickson on Aug. 5, 1989.

He loved woodworking, camping, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Colson.

Survivors include his wife, Tina of Dallas; stepsons, Nick Stephens of Salem and Nathan Stephens of Dallas; sisters, Nancy Schroeder and Sheila Hanson, both of Dallas and Vicki Seabourn of Monmouth; and brothers, Montie Lockwood of Dallas, Wade Lockwood of Independence and David Lockwood of Colorado.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at Dallas Cemetery.

Keizer Chapel handled the arrangements.

Dorcas Genevieve Valentine Norton

Oct. 24, 1917 - March 24, 2003

Dorcas Norton of Corvallis, formerly of Monmouth, died on March 24. She was 85.

She was born to Ward Douglas Valentine and Faye Foster in Ladoga (New Market), Taylor County, Iowa.

She was raised in Taylor County where she attended Gravity High School.

In 1940 she moved from Bedford, Iowa to Corvallis, where she owned and operated Campus Cleaners and then Co-Ed Cleaners.

She married Marshall Greg Norton in September 1948 in Vancouver, Wash. They moved to the Norton Homestead in the Pedee Valley in the early 1950s, she resided with her husband until his death in 1968. She continued to reside on the homestead where she raised more than 300 sheep and various other livestock.

In June 2002 she moved to Heron Pointe in Monmouth and moved to West Hills Assisted Living facility in Corvallis in October 2002 and later to Corvallis Manor.

She enjoyed raising her sheep, the outdoors, fishing, hunting, sewing and home preserving.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ann Mary Valentine and brothers, Ward D. Jr. and Orville Dean Valentine.

Survivors include her brother, Howard Valentine of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; and sisters, Hollis Slama of Corvallis, Charlotte Nason of Newport, Lucille Perry of Mt. Ayrs, Iowa and Dorothy Zook of Burbank, Calif.

Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 2 at the Pedee Memorial Evangelical Church.

Contributions may be made to Safehaven Humane Society, 33071 Hwy 34, Tangent, OR 97321 or Benton Hospice Service, 2350 NW Professional Dr., Corvallis, OR 97330.

Frances Helen Howland

Aug. 25, 1906 - March 27, 2003

Frances Helen Howland of Roseburg died on March 27. She was 96.

She was born to Lewis and Caroline Auers Truman in Iowa.

At the age of 46 she got her first job working as a custodian for the Roseburg School District. She later worked for Lane County Courthouse until her retirement in 1973.

In 1975 she married Lee Howland, a childhood friend from South Dakota. They enjoyed camping in their travel trailer. He died in 1996.

She enjoyed sewing, board games, reading and cooking. She was known for delicious bread and cinnamon rolls.

She was also preceded in death by her children, Gerald R. Moffitt, Lee Roy Moffitt and Maxine R. Wood.

Survivors include her children, Elwood Truman and Ellen Gilbertson, both of South Dakota, Frank Moffitt of Oakridge, Annette Chasteen, Neal Moffitt and Robert Moffitt, all of Roseburg; sister, Margot Patterson of Missouri; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Services were April 1 at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas and interment was at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem.

Albert F. "Red" Doran

March 12, 2003

Albert F. "Red" Doran of Cheyenne, Wyo., formerly of Dallas, died March 12 in Cheyenne. He was 87.

He worked as a logger in Valsetz and Blackrock and also in Alaska.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and shuffle board.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Doran and a son, Weston Doran.

Survivors include his daughters, JoAnn Potter of Cheyenne and Devota Armstrong of Independence; sister, Irene Craig of Tacoma, Wash.; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He and his wife, Ruby will be interred at Dallas Cemetery in April.

Harold Deville Pellissier

June 9, 1934 - March 26, 2003

Harold Deville Pellissier of Falls City died on March 26. He was 68.

He was born to William and Martha Pellissier in Salinas, Calif.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; sister, Geraldine; seven children; two stepchildren; 20 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

At his request there will be no services.

Arrangements were handled by Dallas Mortuary Chapel.

Charles Thomas "Dusty" Rhodes

Dec. 22, 1925 - March 23, 2003

Charles Thomas "Dusty" Rhodes of Dallas died on March 23 in Salem. He was 77.

He was born in Las Cruces, N.M. and was raised in San Bernardino, Calif.

He became a horseman early in life, breaking and training horses for a horse broker just so he could ride. He was a jockey in Mexico while still in high school, where he was a student leader. He competed successfully in rodeo, riding broncs and bulls. He worked in ranching, western movies, operated riding stables and taught riding skills.

He served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corp during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

He married Alma Louise Panko on May 5, 1950. They lived in Medford until moving to Portland in 1960 where he worked in the bar and restaurant business. Alma died in April 1973.

He married Mary Irene Baker of Portland on May 25, 1977. They lived in Ketchikan, Alaska where he worked for the Alaskan Marine Highway system. After retiring in 1988 they moved to Dallas to be closer to friends and family. Mary died in September 2000.

He had a great sense of humor and was a wonderful storyteller. He was well read and could entertain at length with western and Alaskan history, cowboy poetry and funny stories.

He was also preceded in death by stepdaughters, Ruth Ruttila in January 1986 and Barbara Keller in June of 1994.

Survivors include his two sons, Clayton and Kermit; stepsons and stepdaughters, Don Baker, Mary Beth Neuharth, Janet Ricketts, Clayton Baker, Mark Baker and Sue Baker; 16 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were March 28 at Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas.

Orland Upton

April 10, 1925 - March 26, 2003

Orland Upton of Portland, formerly of Independence, died on March 26 in Portland. He was 77.

He was born in Winnipeg, Manintoba, Canada.

He had lived in Independence for 23 years before moving to Portland two years ago. He had been an engineer with Hewlett-Packard for 26 years.

He married Joan on July 4, 1958 in Reno, Nev.

Survivors include his wife, Joan of Portland; daughter, Diana Upton of Salinas, Calif., Cynthia Patterson of Estacada and Pauline Beeson of Beaverton; son, David Upton of Independence; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchildren.

No services will be held.

Mary Theresa Adelman Haener

Sept. 3, 1916 - March 24, 2003

Mary Theresa Adelman Haener of Independence died on March 24. She was 86.

She was born in Gervais to Frank and Lena Adelman, the youngest of six children.

She graduated from beauty school in Portland.

She married Victor Hassing in 1941. He was killed in action during World War II. They had two daughters.

She owned and operated a beauty shop in Mt. Angel.

She married Al Haener in 1950 in Independence where they farmed together for 40 years. They had three children together.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and belonged to the Altar Society and the Catholic Daughters.

She enjoyed basket making, quilting and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Al in 1989.

Survivors include her sons, Larry Haener of Independence; daughters, Karen Thwaite of McMinnville, Susan Steiner of Oak Grove, Jeannie Breitenstein of Independence and Sandy Loewen of Dallas; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial mass was March 27 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Independence.

Contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice or St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence handled the arrangements.

Kenneth Nelson

June 4, 1921 - March 21, 2003

Kenneth B. Nelson of Bremerton, Wash., died March 21, 2003, at Harrison Hospital. He was 81.

He was born June 4, 1921, in Bremerton to Elmer and Ruth Nelson. He attended Silverdale schools, graduating from Central Kitsap High School in 1939.

He began working at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in 1940 as an apprentice boilermaker. After serving in the Navy from 1944 to 1945, he completed his PSNS apprenticeship.

Shortly after his discharge from the Navy, he married Miriam Ediger in McMinnville.

He went on to work at PSNS for many years as an instructor, an allowance specialist, a planner and estimator, superintendent boilermaker and supervisory production controller. He retired from that position in 1976 after many years of federal service.

Following his retirement, he and his wife moved to their new home near Belfair State Park. They returned to the Silverdale area in 1998.

He was a member of Crossroads Neighborhood Church in Bremerton, the Superintendent's Association, the Naval Civilian Managers Association and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

An avid motorcycle enthusiast, he also participated in the Harley Owners Group, the Christian Motorcycle Association and the Brothers of the Third Wheel, a motorcycle/tricycle organization.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Douglas of Silverdale and Darrel of Gig Harbor; a daughter, Diane Nelson of Silverdale; a brother, Carl Wendell Nelson of Kennewick; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Alvin Nelson.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday April 15 at Crossroads Neighborhood Church.

Memorial gifts may be made to Simpson College (Scholarship Fund), 211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003 or to Crossroads Neighborhood Church, 7555 Old Military Road NE, Bremerton, WA 98311.

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