Obituaries for January 2016


James 'Jim' Francis Feehan

Grand Ronde

James, “Jim” Francis Feehan, 82, of Grand Ronde, died Dec. 28 in McMinnville as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Dublin, Ireland. At the age of 20, Jim traveled by boat to America with dreams of eventually ...

Gary L. King


Gary L. King, 65, of Burns died Nov. 23 in Burns. He was born in Dallas to Ivan and Betty King. Gary graduated from Central High School in 1968 and was named to the Central Sports Hall of Fame. He ...

Mike Mattern


Mike Mattern, 64, of Dallas died Dec. 30. He was born in McMinnville to John and Helen Mattern. He grew up with his siblings in McMinnville in the same house his father still lives in. In high school, he played ...

Esther E. Olsen classen


Esther E. Olsen Classen, 92, of Dallas died Friday. She was born in Yankton, S.D. Esther married her childhood sweetheart, Verlyn Olsen, and they had three children, who married and blessed them with six beautiful grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and six ...

Wilma Louise Tolley Rogers

Neotsu, formerly of Dallas

Wilma Louise Tolley Rogers, 92, of Neotsu, formerly of Dallas, died Dec. 19 in Neotsu. She was born in Omaha, Ill., to Martin Tolley and Bessie Glover Tolley. She grew up in southern Illinois and entered college at Southern Illinois ...

Gary Lee Wilson


Gary Lee Wilson, 65, of Monmouth, died Dec. 15 in Monmouth. He was born in Eugene to Robert and Eunice Wilson. Gary loved coffee and the Discovery Channel, as well as anything outdoors. A gentle soul, he had a kind ...

Larry N. Godfrey

Larry N. Godfrey, 73, died Tuesday. Viewing is Friday at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Weddle Funeral Chapel in Stayton. Service is Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at Buena Vista Church, Independence.

Ron Lines


Ron Lines, 50, of Dallas died Friday in Salem. He was born in Sacramento, Calif., to Joseph and Jennie Lines. The family moved to Salem in 1972 and settled in Dallas in 1974. Ron graduated from Dallas High School in ...

James Harvey Bones


James Harvey Bones, 83, of Salem died Dec. 25 in Portland. He was born in Turner to Hollis Bones and Edna Elston Bones. Harvey was raised in Brownsville and graduated from Brownsville High School at the age of 15 as ...

Della Dolores Busbee (Frink)


Della Dolores Busbee (Frink), 88, of Salem died Dec. 24. She was born in McMinnville to William and Laura Busbee. Dolores grew up an only child in Yamhill. She enjoyed school, where academics came easily to her, and she graduated ...

James Stephen Murphy


James Stephen Murphy, 53, of Dallas died Jan. 4. He was born in Boston to Peter and Jeanne (Pierce) Murphy. He lived in Massachusetts until he graduated high school and joined the Air Force in 1980. He spent 20 years ...

Janice Gaye Bartell


Janice Gaye Bartell, 78, of Dallas, died Jan. 3 in Dallas. She was born in Dallas to Chet and Doris Dodson. She grew up on the family’s farming homestead as a fourth-generation Oregonian. She had fond memories of bottle feeding ...

Archie Issiac Vibbard


Archie Issiac Vibbard, 77, of Monmouth, died in Dallas on Thursday. He was born in Ada, Okla., and grew up in Silverton. Growing up, he was very close to his “Granny,” Mary Vibbard. He lived in many places, including California, ...

Benjamin F. Magill


Benjamin Fulton Magill, 88, of Independence died Jan. 6. He was born in Seattle to Fulton and Nilmah Magill. Viewing is Jan. 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence. Service is Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. ...

Nancy Lee Fowler Guggenmos Koski


Nancy Lee Fowler Guggenmos Koski, 58, of Albany, died Dec. 31 as a result of injuries received in an auto accident outside of Dallas. She was born in Bakersfield, Calif., to James D. Fowler and Shirley Ann Ross. Nancy had ...

Sharon Kay Smith


Sharon Kay Smith, 66, of Monmouth, died Dec. 28. She was born to Clarence and Dorothy Smith in McMinnville. Sharon gave the world her sweetness, laughter and love of living in the moment. She had a lovely smile and a ...

John D. Ratzlaff

West Salem

John D. Ratzlaff, 68, of West Salem, died Thursday in Salem. He was born in Omaha, Neb., to Alvin and Elvera Ratzlaff. John grew up on the family farm in Orienta, Okla. He attended Orienta Elementary School and later graduated ...

Carolyn Overstreet Heath


Carolyn Overstreet Heath, 71, died Dec. 16 in Salem. There will be a drop-in memorial gathering from 3 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Annette’s Restaurant, 1311 Edgewater St. NW, in West Salem.

Richard 'Dick' Clarence Kindwall


Richard Clarence Kindwall, 74, of Dallas died Jan. 13 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Richard, who most knew as “Dick,” was born to Clarence and Fern Kindwall. He and his older sister, LaVaughn, were raised in the rural farming town ...

Larry Newell Godfrey


Larry Newell Godfrey, 73, died on Jan. 5 in Salem. Larry was born in Emmett, Idaho, to Matilda Patrina (Christenson) and Victor Newell Godfrey. Larry graduated from Central High School in Independence. Proud to be a Teamster, Larry worked for ...

Terri Lynne Moschetti Adams


Terri Lynne Moschetti Adams, 53, of Independence died Jan. 11. She was born in Ukiah, Calif., to Alexander “Butch,” and Dawna Jodelle Marlett Moschetti. The family moved to The Dalles, and then to Independence in 1971. Terri graduated with the ...

Raymond H. Porter


Raymond H. Porter, 91, of Dallas died Jan. 13 in Dallas. Raymond was active in the VFW, Church of the Nazarene and the Ham Radio Club in Longview, Wash., before moving to Dallas in 2014. He loved God, family and ...

Benjamin 'Ben' Fulton Magill


Benjamin “Ben” Fulton Magill, 88, of Independence died Jan. 6 following a long illness. He was born in Seattle to Nilmah Miller Snyder Magill, and Fulton Young Magill. Ben’s father worked for the telephone company, so the family moved from ...

Delmar Theodore Wagoner

Edmonds, Wash.

Delmar Theodore Wagoner, 72, of Edmonds, Wash., died Jan. 10 in Edmonds following a lengthy illness. He was born in Artesia, N.M., to Alfred T. Wagoner and Nora F. Wagoner. Delmar grew up in Dallas and graduated from Dallas High ...

Kathleen Verna Ingwerson


Celebration of life for Kathleen Verna Ingwerson, 84, of Dallas is Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Assembly of God in Albany. AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home handled arrangements. To send an online tribute:

James 'Jim' Irving McFie


James “Jim” Irving McFie, 88, of Salem died Jan. 1 in Salem. He was born in Florence, Colo., to Stanley, and Mae McFie. Jim married Laura Lou Baker and in 2015 they celebrated 69 years of marriage. During World War ...

Calvin Richard McFarland


Calvin Richard McFarland, also known as “Rick” or “Cal,” 71, of Salem, died of cancer Jan. 19. He was born in McMinnville to Arlie and Juanita McFarland. Calvin graduated from Dallas High School. He worked as a logger until finding ...

William 'Bill' Simpson

Salem, formerly of Rickreall

William “Bill” Simpson, 77, of Salem died Jan. 17. He was born in Rapids City, S.D., to Chester and Kathrin (Fischer) Simpson. He lived in South Dakota until age 10. He moved to Burien, Wash., where he attended high school ...

Howard G. Hanson


Howard Gordon Hanson, 78, of Independence died Jan. 19 in Independence from a battle with cancer. He was born in Junction City, Kan., at Fort Riley Military Base, to Gordon K. Hanson and Frances E. Craft Hanson. Howard retired on ...

Gerald 'Gerry' Wayne Bernheisel


Gerald “Gerry” Wayne Bernheisel, 80, of Dallas, Oregon died January 3, 2016 in Dallas as a result of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Medford, Oregon to Elizabeth and Nye Bernheisel. Gerald graduated from Coquille High School in 1954. He ...

Clyde Bruce Pruett


Clyde Bruce Pruett, 85, of Dallas died Monday in Dallas. Viewing is Wednesday (today) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Graveside service is at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. A ...

Robert 'Bob' L. Comella


Robert "Bob" L. Comella, 87, of Dallas died Sunday. Service is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Restlawn Funeral Home, in Salem. Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice.

Kathryn 'Jackie' Louise Adams


Kathryn Louise Mitchell Adams, known to friends and family as Jackie, was born in Spencer, lndiana to Anna Elizabeth and Wayne W. Mitchell. She grew up on her grandparents' farm near Bloomington, surrounded by uncles, aunts and cousins. At 8 ...

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