Dorothy May Lane, 90, of Lebanon, passed away November 25, 2019, at her home with loved ones at her side. She was born to James and Charlottie Bright on February 15, 1929, in Portland. She graduated from Marshfield High School in Coos Bay.
In 1948, she married Albert (Buster) Lane. They lived in North Bend 19 years before moving to Lebanon.
Dorothy spent 45 years of her life raising registered Welsh ponies. She always loved showing her ponies to others and sharing her love and knowledge of the breed.
Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Connie Rye of Sweet Home and Becky McDonnell of Soap Lake, Washington; five grandchildren: Candace Rye of Lebanon, Casey McDonnell (Sarah), Rachel Hufman (Todd), Jason McDonnell (Lindsey) and Nathan McDonnell (Janie), all of Ephrata, Washington; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Schuyler of Myrtle Creek, and brother, Raymond Bright of Damascas.
She was preceded in death by her son, Terry Lane, in 1985; husband, Albert Lane in 2005; parents and brother, Robert Bright.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Huston-Jost Funeral Home in Lebanon.
Stella Marie Reimers, 82, of Albany, passed away Monday at her home. Stella was born in Portland to Thomas and Beatrice (Yoeman) Bailey. She was raised by her mother and stepfather Loyd Tucker. Stella grew up in North Albany and attended Albany schools.
She met and married Richard Reimers in 1957 and she worked at the Linn County Assessor’s Office while Richard attended OSU.
She loved flowers, travel, and worked as a volunteer for many Albany organizations.
Stella is survived by her husband Richard; son Ron and his wife Ingrid; daughter-in-law Debra; twin sister Elizabeth Ray; grandchildren Hans Reimers, Marina Reimers, John Thomas Reimers, Alyssa Reimers, and Jenna Reimers; great grandchildren Spencer, Lily, and Cash; and several nieces.
Contributions are encouraged to the Albany Historic Carousel. Private entombment will be at Willamette Memorial Mausoleum. A private family remembrance will be held. Online condolences for the family may be posted at www.fisherfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Mae Robinson of Corvallis died Thursday, November 28, 2019. She was 98 years old. Dorothy was born May 12, 1921, in Corvallis to Gladys McMorris and Silas Kloepfel.
Dorothy lived mostly in the Corvallis and Philomath areas. She lived several years as a child with her grandmother, Laura McMorris, with whom she was very close. Dorothy attended Philomath High School beginning in her sophomore year and graduated in 1938, barely 17 years old.
She attended beauty school in August 1938. During this time she lived with Erma Robinson, her future sister-in-law. Dorothy graduated in June 1939 and got engaged to Irvin Robinson during that year of beauty school. She worked in several beauty salons until she married.
Dorothy married Irvin Cecil Robinson on October 30, 1939, in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Irvin's sister and mother were present as their witnesses. They set up their home in Philomath where they welcomed five children: Patty, Jeanie, Laura, Karen, and Rick. Dorothy and Irvin built their first home in 1952 on Tenth Street in Philomath. They owned and ran Robinson Meat Locker with Irvin's parents and brother, which they sold in 1955. The couple owned an alfalfa ranch with Irvin's brother, Cliff and wife Faye, in Silver Lake called Robinson Brother's Ranch.
Dorothy bought her first beauty shop in Philomath in 1948, "Dorothy's Beauty Salon.” She loved being a beautician and was friends with many of her customers, so much so that she had trouble ever raising her prices because they were so close. She closed her shop in 1998 when she was 78 years old.
She enjoyed having large family gatherings where she could cook and bake meals for everyone. When anyone came to visit she would always ask if "they were hungry and if she could get them anything to eat". She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.
Her hobbies included cake decorating. She made many wedding, anniversary and birthday cakes. She would make her children and grandchildren cakes for all their celebrations. She loved gardening and would plant a vegetable garden every year. She would always have many beautiful flowers around her yard. She enjoyed camping in her camper and motor home. She took many trips, including ones to Alaska, Expo 86 in Vancouver BC, Walt Disney World, and Southern California. One of her favorite spots to camp was at the Oregon Coast.
In March 2001, Dorothy and Irvin moved to a new home in Philomath on Pioneer St., right next door to their original home.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Irvin Robinson, daughter Patty Long, grandson Dan Long, and brother, Jack Hulery.
She is survived by son-in-law, Dick Long of Corvallis; Daughter Jeanie Kruse and husband, Gordon, of Redland; daughter Laura Childers of Tumwater, Washington; daughter Karen Humphrey of Philomath; and son Rick Robinson and wife, Jackie, of Philomath. She leaves a legacy of 19 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, along with eight nieces and nephews.
A public viewing for Dorothy will be held at McHenry Funeral Home in Corvallis from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2019, with a funeral service for Dorothy at McHenry Funeral Home Chapel in Corvallis at 11 a.m. Friday, December 6, 2019. Interment will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Corvallis. The family invites those attending the funeral to join with them for a time of fellowship celebrating Dorothy’s life following the graveside service at Philomath Nazarene Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nazarene Church of Philomath and National Breast Cancer Foundation by contacting McHenry Funeral home. Please leave words of condolence for the family at www.mchenryfuneralhome.com.
Reverend Kenneth W. Weygandt passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany. He slipped into eternity and into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, eagerly anticipating embracing his son Viktor, grandson Jesse and great granddaughter, Aspen, and all his friends and loved ones who went before.
Ken was born February 1, 1936, in Portland, Oregon, to Henry Pierce and Maude Edith Weygandt. He was the youngest in his family, joining his brother, Glen and sisters, Edna and Thelma (“Red”). He spent his early years in Aloha and later, in Newport, where he resided until his junior year. The family relocated to White Salmon, Washington, where he graduated from Columbia High School in 1954.
He married the love of his life, Jean Lillian Blake, on June 4, 1955. They pledged their love in a double wedding ceremony with Jean’s twin sister, Carol, who married his brother, Glen. Ken and Jean were happily married for 64 years. With God as their guide, they exemplified what a healthy, loving, lifetime commitment should be. Ken loved Jean steadfastly and faithfully all the years of their life together. He was a loving and devoted father and his children never once doubted his love for them. He always said his greatest goals in life were to help ensure the spiritual salvation of his family and to give his wife a happy and comfortable life. He leaves a legacy of loyalty, service, faithfulness, generosity and love of God.
Ken was an avid sportsman throughout his life. He played football in high school as a defensive tackle and offensive guard. Later he played church league softball for several years and he always enjoyed watching baseball, basketball, and football in particular, rooting for both the Ducks and the Beavers. He loved to fish, especially with his sons, and made an art of smoking his catch. He enjoyed the game of golf and played it most of his life. His favorite pastimes included playing cards, board, and dice games with friends and family and as an ardent reader; he always relished a good book. He was very sociable, had a witty sense of humor, and enjoyed engaging in conversation and good-natured debate. In addition, he and Jean loved to travel and were blessed to be able to tour the Holy Land of Israel together. They realized a lifetime dream on their 50th anniversary with a trip to Europe.
Ken worked a variety of jobs in his lifetime. As a young man he worked as a “soda jerk," door-to-door salesman, lube mechanic, and in construction, helping to build the Dales Dam. Eventually he settled into the grocery business working for Safeway Stores Inc. for 23 years, finishing that career as the Albany store Produce Manager.
At the age of 46 God called him into full time ministry. He became a licensed, ordained minister in the Assemblies of God. He served as an Associate Pastor at New Life Center, Albany, Oregon, for 10 years. He was blessed to be a part of the team that helped to bring to fruition the dream of starting Teen Challenge of Oregon with the mission of assisting those seeking help to overcome life controlling addictions. Ken and Jean spent a year itinerating all over the state for Teen Challenge of Oregon. Their son, Viktor, joined the team becoming the Men’s Director of the Teen Challenge center in Lebanon until his death in 1984.
Eventually, Ken went back to his roots at New Life Center and served as the Senior Ministries Pastor there. He then became the Pastor at the Alsea Assembly of God for several years and then served for five years as the Pastor of the Brownsville, Oregon, Assembly of God church. After his retirement, he was called on to Pastor the historic Brownsville Presbyterian Church until it eventually closed. Following that, Ken and Jean hosted a small church gathering in their home. In addition, Ken served as a mentor, discipleship leader and counselor to many in his retirement years. He especially enjoyed working with the men at Teen Challenge.
He and Jean served side by side, tirelessly pursuing their love of Jesus Christ in whatever capacity they could, their lives always demonstrating the love of the Lord. Their home was always open to anyone who needed a place to stay and everyone was always welcome at their table. They were never rich, but what they had, they gave away with unmatched generosity. Ken’s greatest desire was to see people come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Savior and worked toward that goal until his death.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Weygandt of Brownsville; son, Larry (Charlene) Weygandt of Albany; daughter, Deanne Gray (Robert) of Salem; son, Steve (Dateria) Weygandt of Albany; and son, Ken (Christina) Weygandt of Lebanon. Also, his grandchildren: Melissa Stauble, Kelli (Jeff) Millikan, Anthony (Andrea) Gray, Becky (Eric) Nicolarsen, Jade (Andrew) Buckle, Jacob DeLoe, Colton Weygandt and Athena Miller. He was fortunate to see the birth of his great-grandchildren, Adrian and Kaitlyn Gray, Piper Fishell, Evelyn, Isaac and Elijah Gray, Jensina Buckle, and Alana Nicolarsen. He was preceded in death by son, Viktor Weygandt, grandson, Jesse Gray and great granddaughter, Aspen Buckle.
The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to the staff at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany for their compassion and kindness during the last days of Ken’s life.
All are welcome to a memorial service, celebrating the life of this remarkable man at Teen Challenge of Oregon, 31700 Fayetteville Drive, Shedd, Oregon, at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 14. The family requests any contributions in Ken’s name be to Teen Challenge or The Gideons International.
Arbutice Deloris DiPaolo, 94, of Lebanon, died Sunday in Lebanon. Arbutice was born October 7, 1925, in Oakwood, Oklahoma, the daughter of Joe and Frances (Stratton) Hartman. She moved to Carlton, Oregon, in 1929 where she was raised.
Arbutice married Joseph J. DiPaolo on January 27, 1945, in Yamhill, Oregon. They resided there and operated a turkey farm until moving to Cascadia in 1955. They settled on their farm on Fairview Road in Lebanon in 1957 and have resided there since that time. Joseph preceded her in death in 2002.
Arbutice had been a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, canning, sewing, spoiling her dogs and Sunday dinners with family.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Noble and Juanita Luther; seven grandchildren including Steve Noble, Angel Noble, Larry DiPaolo and Damond Drake; numerous great-grandchildren including Lindsay Eilers.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 6, at Huston-Jost Funeral Home. Private entombment will be at Twin Oaks Memorial Garden.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Lebanon Avamere Activity Department.
Geneva Roberta (Steckley) Gentry was born to Albert Christian Steckley and Lydia Barbara (Birky) Steckley in Albany. She was one of six children. Geneva attended Albany schools as well as Hesston College in Kansas.
Geneva married her husband Howard William Gentry on September 11, 1948, and was soon blessed with two daughters, Jan in 1950 and Sharon in 1954. She worked at Albany Frozen Foods for many years until her retirement in 1988. Many lifelong friends were gained and enjoyed by Geneva during these years. After Howard’s death in 1982, grandchildren blessed her life in 1983, 1992 and 1994. The absolute delight, love, and joy of her life were then her three grandchildren who returned her love in great abundance. The pride and love she held in her heart for her family radiated from her soul and warmed her family’s hearts. This love cherished and remembered by all will continue to be a great source of comfort and peace.
She is survived by her daughters, Jan (John) Kailey of Bend, and Sharon (Harry) Stathos of Tualatin; two brothers, Norman Steckley and Leonard (Arlene) Steckley, both of Albany; three sisters-in-law, Marie Plagmann of Bend, Betty Gentry of Lebanon and Della Steckley of Albany. Lastly, but most lovingly, Geneva is survived by her grandchildren, Patrick (Katie-Ann) Kailey of Bend, Ryan Stathos of Los Angeles and Roxanne Stathos of Portland.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Howard, both of her parents, her two sisters Joyce Steckley and Lola Smith, and her brother Wilmer Steckley.
Memorial donations may be made in Geneva’s memory to SafeHaven Humane Society in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington Street SW, Albany, OR 97321. Geneva so loved all her grand-doggies and kitties, both past and present.
A funeral service took place on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. A private entombment was held at Willamette Memorial Park. Fisher Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Please visit www.fisherfuneralhome.com to leave any condolences.
Wanda June (Garriott) Leach, 91, of Philomath, died peacefully in her sleep at home in October 2019.
Wanda was born the first of eight children to Melvin and Dorothy (Newcomb) Garriott in March 1928 in Toledo, Oregon. Before she started 8th grade her family moved to Philomath where she graduated from Philomath High School, married Kenneth Cherny “Curley” Leach and raised their two children, Don and Carol.
Wanda worked in the OSU Registrars and Admissions offices for 35 years. She loved meeting the new students and kept track of many after they graduated. She also enjoyed the coach's after-game summaries that inevitably happened within earshot. She flew her Beavers flag for every game and enjoyed listening to Beaver Sports on the radio.
Wanda is remembered as a walking Philomath history book. After retirement she put her knowledge to work by volunteering in the Benton County Museum, Philomath Building, for almost 12 years.
Wanda is known and loved for her long letters; especially to kids, grand kids, nieces and nephews in the military. She was instrumental in continuing the annual Garriott Gatherings on Christmas day and many summer camp outs after her parents passed away. She loved working in her yard and kept it manicured along with her home neat and tidy with a place for everything and everything in its place.
Wanda is preceded in death by her husband Curley; great-grandson Karson; sisters Shirley and Dona; brother-in-law Cliff and sister-in-law Donna.
She is survived by two brothers Rod and Jerry; three sisters Jo, Luree, and Lois; brother-in-law John; sisters-in-law Mary Ann and Judy. She leaves behind her daughter Carol Leach and granddaughter Nicole (Naasaw) Nayts of Corvallis, (their son: Matthew) and son Don (Jo) Leach with his children Celeste (Scott) Tracy of Roy, Utah (their children: Leah, Braeden, Karson), Eric (Mandy) of Clearfield, Utah (their children: Eileigh, Kayla, Gavin) and Lucas (Robbi) of El Segundo, California (their children: Catalina, Damien, Skylar). Wanda also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews who she always kept track of and loved. She was looking forward to reuniting with each of her family who went before her.
Wanda never liked being the center of attention so she asked not to have a funeral. Celebrate Wanda's life by writing a long letter to someone who could use your support. If you wish to remember her with a donation please consider Benton County Historical Society, (note for use on Philomath building maintenance), PO Box 35, Philomath, OR 97370; or Lumina Hospice, 720 SW 4th St., Corvallis, OR 97333. Please leave condolence messages for the family at www.mchenryfuneralhome.com.
Doris Marian Smith, age 89, a lifelong resident of Lebanon, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by her family and by all who knew and loved her.
Doris, one of identical twin daughters, was born at home in Lebanon to Martin and Cora Belle Neustel on June 1, 1930.
Doris, along with her twin sister, Dorothy, graduated from Lebanon Union High School in 1948, where the two were majorettes for the Lebanon Warriors. Throughout high school, Doris was active in many clubs: Pep Club, Girls’ League, and Chorus, to name only a few. Her senior year she was Student Body Secretary and Class Secretary, Girl of the Month, and Prom Princess. After graduation Doris attended OCE (Oregon College of Education) in Monmouth, Oregon with the goal of becoming a teacher.
Doris served as First Lady of Lebanon from January 1981 to December 1986, and again from January 1989 to December 1998 when her husband, Bob, was reelected to the honorable position of Mayor. She loved traveling with Bob to all the mayor conventions and was very active in community events. She was a member of Pineway Ladies Club and enjoyed playing in many tournaments with her twin, Dorothy, and their friends. She was also very active with her high school reunion committee.
She was a member of Christ Community Lutheran Church in Lebanon.
In 2010, for part of their 80th birthday celebration, Doris and Dorothy rode in the Strawberry Festival Parade as “Honored Citizens”.
More than anything, Doris loved spending time with family and friends. She was truly the “hostess with the mostess” and a wonderful cook. She never failed to have something delicious to eat at a moment’s notice, and always had goodies to send home with you.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Smith; son, Jeff Goold; twin sister, Dorothy Lemons; siblings, baby Alice Neustel, Vernon Neustel, June Browne, and Leona Thoma; and step-sons, Paul and Mark Smith.
Doris is survived by her brother, Ed (Sandy) Neustel of Lebanon OR; her children, Zoe Ann Goold-Smith (Larry Smith) of Bend OR; Jay (Marcia) Goold of Anchorage AK; Dwane Schwindt of Lebanon OR; Geoff (Rosi) Smith of Lebanon OR; daughter-in-law, Terry Lavender of Woodinville WA; and daughter-in-law, Maddy Smith of Lebanon OR. Doris is also survived by grandchildren, Robert Perry of Johnson City TN; Michelle Lonkert of Las Vegas NV; Jami (Sean) Tate of Lebanon OR; Angie (Mike) Peterson of Bend OR; Nick Campbell of North Richland Hills TX; Cyanna (Ryan) DiRaimo of Seattle WA; Tanya (Rick) Thompson of Seattle WA; Rachelle (Blake) Roemer of Pocatello ID; Nathan Goold of Anchorage AK; Kerri (Jamie) Tagen of Lebanon OR; Joe (Tanya) Smith of Lebanon OR; Zach (Julie) Smith of Lake Oswego OR; Jake Smith of Camp Sherman OR; 23 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Doris’ life will be held in the spring of 2020.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Jack W. Stevens, 92, passed away with family at his side in Albany.
The son of Thorberg and Lois (Tuttle) Stevens, he was born in Yakima, Washington. Jack married Marilyn Gorbutt on July 26, 1953 in Coos Bay, Oregon.
Jack grew up in Coquille where his father was the owner of Steve’s Market. He attended Kindergarten through High School in the Coquille school district. As he was preparing for graduation in 1945, he enlisted in the Marines. While Jack was able to complete all of his graduation requirements, he was unable to walk with his class in the graduation ceremony because the Marines called him up and told him to report to Portland and get on a troop train that day so he could serve in World War II. Jack and one of his best friends, Joe Stone, left Coquille to begin their service at the Marine Corp Recruit Depot in San Diego. After training, he shipped out for the invasion of Japan, but his orders were changed when the Japanese surrendered. He arrived in China, where his mission was to accept the surrender of the Japanese Army and to return all Japanese military personnel and civilians to Japan. After completing his mission, he shipped out on the Shangri-La, the ship that carried the atomic bomb. He returned to the Marine Corp Recruit Depot in San Diego where he was discharged from duty. Jack returned to civilian life working with his father in the grocery store business in the Coquille and Coos Bay area. Jack was able to “graduate” with the High School class of 2019 in Coquille where he received his diploma dated June 1945.
Jack attended both Linfield College and the University of Oregon. He was a lifelong Duck fan and attended both basketball and football games as time allowed.
He was the owner of Glasgow Grocery for 40 years, and is listed in Wikipedia under Glasgow, Oregon as the “self-proclaimed” Mayor. He served as a member of the North Bay Fire Department. His sense of humor and love of jokes were well known by his friends and family. Jack retired at the age of 85, and he and Marilyn moved to Albany to be closer to their three daughters.
Jack was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Coos Bay, and when moving to Albany, found a new church family at St. Albans Episcopal Church. He served on the vestry and Bishop’s advisory committee while at both churches.
Jack was involved in many service organizations throughout his life. He was a member of the Marine Corps League. He was a Rotarian in both Coos Bay and Albany. He was also a member of the American Legion and a member of the Elks Club.
He valued his membership in the Masonic Lodges and received his 70-year pin from the Grand Lodge of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Oregon in June of 2019. He was also a member of the Hillah Shriners. He served as president of many of these organizations multiple times over the years.
Jack was a member of the North Bend School Board for 22 years and also spent two years on the budget committee.
Jack is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters Karen and husband Bob Stai, Cheryl and husband Mike Scott, Jacque and husband Tracy Roe; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded by his parents and brother, Dale.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 7 at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Coos Bay.
Fisher Funeral Home in Albany is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends you send donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Memory of Jack W. Stevens, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607 or call 844-739-0849. You may also send a donation to the charity of your choice.
Dorothy June (Sylvester) Opel was born June 3, 1928 in Lebanon to Ed and Mabel Sylvester of Lacomb. Her dad was a logger and they lived in a mill camp when she was young and growing up. She told many tales about living there as a kid: swinging on the viny maples, riding a bike on the cord wood road, cracks in the walls big enough to “throw a cat through”, but mostly about a loving and close family, older brother, Stanley Sylvester of Lebanon; an older sister, Betty Ann Force of Salem; and younger sister, Marjorie “Marge” Cox of Hillsboro.
Later they built and moved to a house on Beaver Creek in the Lacomb area, where the stories became ones of walking to school, picking raspberries, black caps and pole beans in the summer, riding horses, and farm chores. She loved being outside the most, so was usually the one working in the garden, flowerbeds, and helping around the ranch. She also enjoyed helping with the canning and preserving of the garden produce, as they always had a big garden that grew down by the creek.
When she was old enough to attend high school, she moved to town and lived with her grandmother across from the skating rink. She also worked as a waitress at the bowling alley downtown and would tell stories of how at 14 she served the many servicemen from World War II that were training at Adair. She also worked at the Ben Franklin store in town, where she met the love of her life, Oren Opel, freshly back from the war, having served in the Aleutian Islands.
Their attraction was immediate and they were married a week later. They built a home on a two-acre piece of property just south of town in the country on Vaughan Lane in the Lebanon area and raised their two girls: Linda Hayes Helget, and Nancy Dennis Giboney of Lebanon.
Dorothy, a stay at home mom, was a member of the KYN (Know Your Neighbor) formed of the ladies living on Vaughan Lane; went through life guard training and worked at Sweet Home pool; enjoyed attending her church –First Baptist of Lebanon—and working within her missionary circle and Sunday School teacher duties; along with her work as a volunteer at the Lebanon Hospital. She was particularly proud of her involvement of the Healing Garden that she enjoyed while doing chemo at the infusion center.
Life was good for them…..fishing trips, camping, gardening, enjoying family, and later, after retirement a lot of travel. They particularly enjoyed loading up the motor home and heading South for the winter, especially to the Death Valley area. They both looked forward to going until Oren could no longer get around enough.
At that point, they settled for staying home on the home place, the “Double O Rancho”. The garden was smaller, but the place always looked like a park, with the beautiful green grass and the well-groomed flowerbeds.
After Oren passed away in 2016, the home place was too much to take care of and Dorothy moved into a cottage in what is now Meadowlark Senior Living. She enjoyed the life there, meeting new people, making new friends and even went on some of the outings.
In the fall of 2018, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and decided to do chemo treatments, which she sailed right through and were successful. This fall, a mutated form of the cancer came back and she decided not do the chemo again, rather choosing that time to enjoy her family and friends for whatever time she had. There were many whom came to visit with her these last weeks of her life and she always enjoyed seeing those whom came to visit, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dorothy is survived by her two daughters, Linda (Ted) Helget, and Nancy (Clark) Giboney; brother, Stanley Sylvester, Lebanon; and sister Marge Cox of Hillsboro. Grandchildren are: Layne Hayes, Anna Dennis-Kelly, Dan Dennis, (wife Sarah) all of Lebanon; and Shane Hayes (wife Lori) of Lacey, Washington. Great-grandchildren are: Damon Hayes, Ellensburg, Washington; Talon and Draven Dennis, Sophia and Athena Kelly, and Jayden Hayes all of Lebanon; Collin and Taylor Ann Hayes, Lacey, Washington. Step grandchildren: Matthew (Jolene) Helget, and Nick (Trena) Helget of Lebanon, Travis (Stephanie) Giboney of Crawfordsville; and Kevin (Karin) Giboney of Brier, Washington; and step great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews.
She was proceeded in death by husband, Oren Opel; and sister, Betty Ann Force of Salem.
A viewing will be Friday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to Noon at Huston-Jost Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. at the IOOF Cemetery in Lebanon. A reception will be held afterwards at Nancy Giboney’s home at 700 E Sherman St., Lebanon.
In lieu of flowers, donations to either First Baptist Church or the Grant Street Church of Christ in Lebanon.
Norma Jean Bennett, 91, of Albany passed away peacefully at Albany General Hospital. Norma was born at home to Joseph and Irene Hammer in New Castle, Wyoming.
The family later moved to the Black Hills, residing in Custer, South Dakota where Norma graduated high school in 1945. Norma married Alvin Dale Bennett on November 1, 1946. The couple moved to Denver, Colorado where he enlisted in the USAF. They traveled the next 20 years to such places as Newfoundland, Japan and numerous States within the U.S.
Norma graduated from Mississippi State College for Women in 1967 with a Teaching degree. She taught in Oregon for over 22 years.
Alvin and Norma had three sons, Roy, Terry and Randy. They were longtime members of First Assembly of God Church Albany (Hope Church) strongly committed to Missions.
Norma is survived by sons, Terry (Pamela), Randy (Judy), their children and grandchildren; brothers, Marvin (Donna) Hammer, Chuck (Kathy) Hammer, Jimmy (Deb) Hammer; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin; son Roy; sister Leona; brothers Joe, Gene and Ernie Hammer.
A memorial celebrating Norma's life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 4 at Hope Church, with a reception following at Brookdale "Grand Prairie."
Arene Kirk, 97, of Lebanon passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, November 27, 2019.
A viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, December 9 at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 10 at Sweet Home New Life in Christ Fellowship, 1266 44th Ave., Sweet Home, Oregon. Burial will follow at Gilliland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are welcomed in Arene’s memory to: Lebanon Veterans’ Home - Lebanon (Alpha 2), 600 N. 5th Street, Lebanon, OR 97355, or Evergreen Hospice, 1046 SW 6th St., Albany, OR 97321
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. (www.sweethomefuneral.com)
Lonnie Crewse of Lebanon passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at Evergreen Hospice House in Albany. He was born October 22, 1941 in Mountain Grove, Missouri to Walter Samual Crewse and Grace Rosemary (Hanna) Crewse. Lonnie moved to Dayton, Washington in 1952 as a young child with his family. Times were tough so Lonnie entered the work force at a young age to help support the family. He worked at numerous lumber mills from Hines mill in Bates/Baker City to John Day and Junction City. In 1975, he started working for Georgia Pacific Pulp and Paper Mill in Toledo until he retired in 2004. He eventually settled in the Willamette Valley.
Lonnie married Patricia Darline (Winnett) Crewse on October 27, 1961 in Lewiston, Idaho. They were married for 56 ½ years before Patricia passed away on May 10, 2018. In his younger years Lonnie enjoyed anything that involved the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, boating, camping, motorcycles, and raising horses, He even coached little league baseball for a few years. He loved spending time with his family and co-workers. Going to CB jamborees (Missouri Male), cook outs, picnics, and races.
Lonnie is survived by his younger brother Ronnie Ray Crewse (Margie) of Yoncalla. Daughters Lesa Dawn Cathcart Crewse and Lonna Crewse Page both of Lebanon. Son Kurtis Ray Crewse (Kathy) of Logsden. Grandchildren Casey Crewse (Jessica), Kyle Crewse (Shayla), Amanda Partridge (Chris), Angela Cathcart (Brad), Leah Crewse (Shae), Nicole (Crewse) Rojo, Aaron Page (Karlee), Kayla Crewse and Kason Crewse. And 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Darline (Winnett) Crewse. Sisters Willa (Sammy) Vanderpool and Violet (Wilma) Crewse. Brother Henry Walter Crewse and a granddaughter Jamie Dawn Bearden.
A private family memorial service is being planned for a later date in eastern Oregon for both Lonnie and Patricia Crewse, per their request.
George Frasier passed away due to complications from liver cancer on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in Albany. George was a beloved father, husband and friend to many, and he will be missed greatly by those who knew him and those who knew of him.
George was born in Roswell, New Mexico, to Kenneth and Coreen Frasier. He grew up the child of an Air Force airplane mechanic and moved around Idaho, Oregon and Washington during his childhood, graduating from Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington, in 1974. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering Technology. He met his wife Sue during his days at OSU and they were married in 1976. George and Sue had two children, Graeme and Andara. George was the operator of an orchard, Easy Pickin Fruits, in Tangent for many years before devoting his life to working for children in the Central Linn Community. George spent much of his time supporting his own children, Graeme and Andara, by attending sporting events and concerts during their childhood, all the way through Andara’s college years. He was the Treasurer and President of the Central Linn Rec. Center for many years and was a member of the Central Linn School Board for 8½ years before his death.
George enjoyed reading and learning about new topics. Arguing about the law with his attorney daughter was one of his most recent favorite pastimes.
George is preceded in death by his son, Graeme.
George is survived by his wife, Sue, and his daughter, Andara.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Graeme Frasier Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks should be written to the Central Linn Education Foundation and mailed to Central Linn Education Foundation in care of Saddle Butte Ag, 31144 Wirth Road, Tangent, OR 97389.
AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. (www.aasum-dufour.com)
Barbara June Slocum Clough passed away on November 23, 2019. She was 89.
Barbara was born in The Dalles, Oregon, on July 13, 1930, to Lawrence and Freida Slocum. She grew up in Heppner, Oregon, where she met her husband, Bob Clough, from Arlington, Oregon.
After they married they lived in Reedsport, Heppner and Albany, where Bob was a teacher, basketball coach and athletic director. They lived in Albany for 45-plus years and had many wonderful caring neighbors.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her two daughters, Ginny Fike (Bob) and Linda Ryder (Scott), four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. As well as her brother Pete Slocum and sisters, Frances Dion, Nancy Nelson, Mary Neher and Carolyn Cutsforth.
Ielean Cox-Rouse was born May 6, 1945, in Lebanon. She passed away November 11 at her home in Pacific City after a year-long battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Rouse, two sons and five grandchildren. Brad Cox and wife Buckley, daughters Ashely and Maddie and son Seth all reside in Eagle Point. Wade Cox and wife Danelle, daughter Katelyn and son Kyle reside in the Albany area. Larry’s son Greg Rouse and his wife Stephanie reside in Corvallis. Her sister Sharon Wilson and her husband Roger of Jefferson and her brother Duane Miller and wife Ruth of Prineville.
Ielean spent her childhood with her parents Lloyd and Agnes Miller in Crabtree. She attended school there through the eighth grade then attended Albany Union High School from which she graduated in 1963. Ielean worked for the Oregon Department of Justice for several years before retiring to her home in Pacific City with Larry. She was an avid fisher woman, outdoors person and conservationist as well as being very involved in local and county politics and activities.
A celebration of life is planned to be held in Pacific City later in the spring. Donations to your favorite charity in Ielean’s name would be welcomed by the family.
Carl H. Gustafson, dedicated family man, decorated World War II hero and passionate OSU Beavers fan, passed away peacefully at his Corvallis home on November 19, at the age of 94.
Humble and kind, he will be forever remembered for his compassionate, giving spirit. He truly had a heart of gold.
He lived a long, stellar life, always putting his family and faith first. He created an enduring legacy while serving as husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His quiet leadership was a testimony to his values.
Carl set a great example for his children and extended family. They always knew they could count on him for love, humor and trusted advice. Countless times he delivered in the clutch to help solve problems.
Though soft-spoken, Carl had a plus-sized personality. At family gatherings, he was a lively joker and gentle teaser. He loved to laugh until he cried. He filled a room with joy.
While watching Beaver games, the competitive, prickly part of his personality popped out. He was known for blasting referees for their bad calls.
A standout Oregon State baseball player in the 1940s following his military service, Carl remained a fervent Beaver believer for the rest of his life. He was an annual season-ticket holder for football, basketball and baseball, reveling in the three recent College World Series titles racked up by the baseball team.
His military service marked another highlight. In October 1943, Carl, then a recent graduate of Woodburn High School, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. As a nose gunner and bombardier in a B-24 bomber, he was part of a 10-man crew that flew 27 missions as part of the Eighth Air Force’s campaign to liberate Europe during World War II. The crew remained intact through all 27 harrowing missions.
In 2015, the French government awarded Carl inclusion in its Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. On November 6, 2015, the medal was awarded to him in a public ceremony at the Majestic Theatre.
Carl took great pride in the medal, which he kept pinned to his shirt. He wore his B-24 hat everywhere.
Carl was born in Woodburn on July 29, 1925, to Carl and Anna Elizabeth (Bomhoff) Gustafson. He had two brothers, Harold and Lyle, both deceased.
At Woodburn High, Carl was a three-sport athlete and student body president. When World War II started, Carl was 17 but anxious to take part in it. He served from October 1943 until October 1945, forging tight, lasting bonds with his crewmates. In recent years, he visited with several of the remaining members of the 10-man crew. He was the last one to pass away.
In 1945, Carl returned to Oregon after the war and graduated from Oregon State College, where he majored in physical education and health, joined the Delta Tau Chapter of Sigma Nu and played center field for the Beavers’ baseball team. He received offers to sign with pro teams. While proud of those invitations, he turned them down to focus on beginning a family-centered life.
Carl and Betty Jean Neuman met while both attended Oregon State. They married on Aug. 20, 1949, and soon moved to Klamath Falls, where Carl worked as a coach and teacher. Later, they returned to Corvallis, where they raised a family and attended First Baptist Church. Carl worked in the painting and contracting business of his father-in-law, Marvin Neuman. He learned the business from “Marv” and eventually ran it himself.
Carl maintained his ties to the Delta Tau Chapter of Sigma Nu, Oregon State, serving as its alumni treasurer for 40 years. Carl also owned and managed rental property and worked with the non-profit Collings Foundation for 25 years on their tours of vintage aircraft such as the B-24s that he flew during World War II.
Carl’s wife, Betty, died in 1988. Their strong, happy marriage lasted 39 years.
On March 5, 1990, Carl married Roberta Fisher Beck. For almost 30 years, they were traveling companions and enjoyed attending Beaver games, family functions, church, school reunions and other activities.
During latter years, Carl was the oldest living former Beaver baseball player. He treasured his baseball seats, perched behind home plate and bearing his name.
Another special tribute occurred at half-time of the Beaver football game on Oct. 29, 2016, where Carl took to the field at Reser Stadium and was honored for his four years as a baseball player from 1945-49, and for his service to our country during World War II from 1943-45.
At home, sitting in the comfort of his favorite chair, Carl watched games on TV, told stories to visitors, sorted through his papers, stoked his wood stove and petted his beloved black-and-white cat, Kit-Kat.
Carl kept a sharp eye on the news and was never shy when it came to voicing his opinions about politics and current events. He was an awesome story teller, sharing tales about picking cherries and berries while growing up in Woodburn, surviving flak-riddled bombing missions and crash landings in Europe, chasing down fly balls at Coleman Field, singing in the car while driving to Death Valley during family vacations, towing kids on water skis while he piloted a boat called “Gussy” around Triangle Lake, and so much more.
Those stories live on, even as we miss him dearly.
Carl is survived by his wife, Roberta; his four children and their spouses: Barry Gustafson (Jan), Corvallis; Rhonda Gustafson McJunkin Kirkpatrick (Steve Kirkpatrick), Eugene; Alan Gustafson (Nancy), Salem; and Greg Gustafson, Falls City; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
A private family graveside service will be held. A public memorial service is planned for a future date.
Memorial contributions in Carl’s honor may be made to the Collings Foundation, a Massachusetts-based non-profit educational foundation, which operates one of the world’s greatest collections of historic aircraft and provides tours of vintage planes such as the B-24s that he flew in World War II.