Feb. 9, 1944 - May 14, 2006
Bob Grenier, 62, of Falls City died May 14 in Bullhead City, Ariz., while working out of town.
He was born in Springfield, Mass., to Art and Viola Grenier.
Bob was a charter member of the Falls City Quick Response Team and a former member of the the Falls City Volunteer Fire Dept.
He was preceded in death by his father, Art Grenier and a sister, Jeanne West.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sandy; daughter, Lisa Johnstone and grandchildren, Amanda and Brandon Johnstone, all of Falls City; mother, Viola Grenier of California; sister, Clare McConnell of California; and brother, Roland Caplette of Massachusetts.
Celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Ephraim J. Schrenk
Oct. 2, 1914 - June 5, 2006
Ephraim J. Schrenk, 91, of Salem, formerly of Dallas, died June 5.
He was born Oct. 2, 1914 to Jacob and Christine Bender Schrenk.
He graduated from Ashley High School in Ashley, N.D., in 1934 and attended Ellendale Normal College.
Ephraim married Millie L. Wiedmann on June 29, 1941.
He taught school for three years before working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1945 Ephraim and Millie purchased a general merchandise store in Venturia, N.D., which they owned until 1955. In Venturia he served as town clerk and town treasurer.
The family moved to Ashley, N.D., in 1955 where he worked as deputy county treasurer. In 1960 they family moved to Dallas where Ephraim worked for Safeway until his retirement in 1976.
A lifetime member of the Baptist Church of North America, he served in various capacities including Sunday school superintendent, teacher, choir director, deacon, and treasurer. He became a member of Salt Creek Baptist Church in Dallas in 1960.
Music held a very special place in his heart, and he added the hobby of woodworking, membership in The Gideons International, and support of his grandchildren's activities during his retirement years.
He was preceded in death by his son, Maurice, and brother, Milton.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Millie; son, John of Salem; sister, Frieda Kusler of Aberdeen, S.D.; and grandchildren, Aaron and Katie.
Memorial service was June 8 at Salt Creek Baptist Church and burial was in the Belcrest Memorial Park, Salem.
Contributions may be made to Salt Creek Baptist Church or The Gideons International in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas which handled arrangements.
Zale A. Bancroft
Dec. 2, 1921 - June 4, 2006
Zale A. Bancroft, 84, of Salem died June 4.
Zale was born to Wyrick and Ruth Bancroft in Mist. They moved to the Falls City and Valsetz area when he was a small boy.
He entered the Army July 14, 1942, and was deployed to Normandy in July of 1944. He was wounded Aug. 7, 1944 by an artillery shell that exploded under him. He was presumed dead for three days before being picked up by medics. His Army decorations included the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two service stars, World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Zale loved photography. One never saw him without his camera. He loved taking scenery pictures of the coast, mountains, desert, sky, parks or the backyard. During the 1970s through the early 1990s, he was often on his C.B. radio, with the handle "Wildfire."
Survivors include his daughters, Jessie (David) Howard of Dallas and Ila (Jack) Shunter of Willamina; brother, Donald Bancroft of Salem; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and special friends, Edna Eiler and Larry and Barbara Kyle.
Memorial service was June 9 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. To send an online condolence go to www.dallastribute.com
March 15, 1955 - June 5, 2006
Norman Kroenig, 51, of Perrydale died June 5.
He was born in Salem to Walter and Anna Hobson Kroenig.
He attended grade school in Amity and graduated from Dayton High School in 1972.
He worked as a truck driver for Lumberman's, and most recently was a meter reader for the Perrydale Water District.
He enjoyed working on cars and trucks and attending car swap meets. He enjoyed music and hanging out with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter in 1982.
Survivors include his daughter, Leandra Kroenig of Perrydale; mother, Anna Davidson of Dallas; and sisters, Donna Friedrichs of Perrydale, Darlene Hobson of Dallas, and Rita Kroenig of Salem.
Graveside service was June 9 in Salt Creek Cemetery and a memorial service followed at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.
Charles L. Haines
Oct. 27, 1935 - March 4, 2006
Charles "Chuck" L. Haines, 70, longtime Oregon resident, died March 4, 2006.
He was born in St. Paul, Minn., and relocated with his family to Dallas where he graduated from high school. He settled in the Portland area.
Chuck's life in construction left many monuments to his trade scattered throughout the Portland area.
He enjoyed spending time with friends, family, fishing, and taking care of his business.
After retiring he moved to Yuma, Ariz.
Survivors include his wife, Gail; children, Kim Farmer and Jeff Haines; stepchildren, Mark Haines and Maryann Kappel; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial service was June 10 at Dallas Cemetery.
Amelia C. Medrano
Oct. 1, 1940 - June 1, 2006
Amelia C. Medrano, 65, of Independence died June 1.
Amelia was born in Matchuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
She married Hipolito Ledesma Medrano Jan. 13, 1961.
She had been member of the Jehovah's Witness for 45 years.
Survivors include her husband, Hipolito C. Medrano of Independence; daughter, Ruth Medrano Martinez of Independence; son, Hipolito C. Medrano Jr., of Independence; sister, Celia Nunez of Sherwood; and brothers, Wilfrido Cuellar of Houston, Texas and Santos Cuellar of Matchuala, S.L.P., Mexico.
Memorial service was June 10 at Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall in Monmouth.
Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence handled arrangements. To send an online condolence go to at www.farnstroms.com.
Maxine O. Mersch
Nov. 29, 1923 - June 7, 2006
Maxine O. Mersch, 82, a longtime resident of Independence, died June 7 in Independence.
Maxine and her twin brother, Maxzon were born in Kansas to Mary and Everett Case.
Her parents owned a farm in Kansas until 1928 when they moved the family to Independence. She attended Independence schools.
She married Roy Thomas Mersch July 3, 1940. They were married for 46 years; he died in 1986.
In her earlier years she was a childcare provider for various neighbors and friends.
Maxine enjoyed novels, westerns and movies. She admired Indian art and culture. She enjoyed working in the garden with her husband. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Ronald E. Mersch, in 1981, and her twin brother, Maxzon.
Survivors include her children, Leroy of Independence, Robert, Barbara and Patricia, all of Dallas, Marie of Mesa, Ariz., and Deborah, Mary and Kathleen, all of Independence; sisters, Clara Cunningham of Independence and Viola Dunn of Monmouth; 32 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was June 12 at Hilltop Cemetery Independence.
Farnstrom Mortuary of Independence handled arrangements.