June 27, 1924 - Aug. 23, 2006
Datha Long, 82, died Aug. 23 in Portland.
She was born in Texas to Robert Ernest Runge and Lona Idella Palmer Runge.
Datha was a nurse and served in the military during World War II. During her military service she met her husband, Frank Jacob Long and they married June 8, 1945 at Hamilton Field in San Francisco.
They lived in Dallas during the 1950s and 1960s. She had worked as a nurse at Dallas Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank in 1996 and three children.
Survivors include two children, Carolyn and Terry.
Private graveside service was held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.
Stanley Robert Smith
July 1, 1927 - Aug. 27,2006
Stanley Robert Smith, 79, of Detroit died Aug. 27 in Salem.
Stan was born to Harold and Elsie Rath Smith at his grandparents, San Smith's Ranch in Shell, Wyo.
He moved with his family in 1942 to Rockaway. Stan joined the Navy in 1944 and retired after 22 years of service with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce of Detroit; son, Gary Smith of Arizona; daughter, Wanda Flores of California; sisters, Fern Gurwell of La Pine, and Vera Kirk of Kingman, Ariz.; brothers, Al Smith of Dallas, and Joe Smith of Claskanie; five grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.
Stanley's wishes were to be buried at sea and no public service will be held.
Arrangements were handled by Farnstrom Mortuary in Independence. .
Shawn Wayne Gorst
Nov. 5, 1964 - Aug. 13, 2006
Shawn Wayne Gorst, 41, died of cancer Aug. 13 in Ontario.
He was born in Portland to Wayne Gorst and Carrol Smith.
Shawn spent his childhood in Portland. He was involved in construction and lived in several communities including Coos Bay, Carlton and Newberg.
He enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with family.
Survivors include his son, Nathaniel of Astoria; sister, Nancy Gorst of Yamhill; brother, Roy Waymire of Monmouth; nieces Jessica and Shawna of Yamhill; and nephew, Joseph of Yamhill.
Private family service was held Saturday, Sept. 2.
Robert C. Livingston
July 21, 1921 - Jan. 8, 2008
Robert C. Livingston, 86, of Salem died Jan. 8 following a long illness.
He was born in Potosi, Mo., and graduated from Potosi High School. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in Education from the University of Missouri. He received a doctorate in Education from Columbia University in New York City. While attending Columbia, he worked with underprivileged children in the Bronx District of New York City as a counselor for the New York City Police Athletic League.
During World War II he was an officer in the Army Air Corps, serving as a B17 Bombardier.
He was a professor at Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University, from 1951 to 1983. He served as athletic director, basketball coach (1951-1959) and baseball coach (1951-1967).
Robert was a leader in making athletics an integral part of an overall college education. He was an early proponent for women's athletics at OCE. He served as president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He also served as a member of the International Olympic Committee. He received numerous professional awards, including being elected to the Western Oregon University Athletic Hall of Fame and NAIA National Hall of Fame.
He was an active and longtime member of Christ's Church in Monmouth.
Upon his retirement, he continued to support physical education as a member of the Monmouth Parks and Recreation board. He and Helen traveled extensively, including every March to baseball spring training in Arizona.
He was admired by students, colleagues, community members and anyone who faced him on the handball court.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen Livingston of Salem; daughters, Sally (Tom) Payree of Independence and Jane (Mike) Myatt of Beaverton; sons, Jim (Ging) of Monmouth and Don of Portland; and five grandchildren.
Memorial service was Jan. 12 at Christ's Church in Monmouth.
Contributions are suggested to Western Oregon University Athletic Department or the Capitol Manor, in care of Farnstrom Mortuary, Independence, which handled arrangements.
Charles N. Bair
May 24, 1921 - Dec. 21, 2007
Charlie Bair, 86, longtime Dallas resident, died peacefully in his sleep Dec. 21 at his home in Wasilla, Alaska. He and his wife, Billie, had moved to Wasilla in October 2007 so that Mat-Su Regional Hospice and their son, Joe, could be Charlie's caregivers. Charlie died from Mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer from asbestosis.
He was born in Long Beach, Calif., to Clyde and Thelma Bair. The family moved to Phoenix, Ariz., when he was 4 years old and his schooling was in that state. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was trained as a bombardier-navigator in the B-26 Martin Marauder.
Charles and Billie were married Jan. 22, 1944, shortly before Charlie was stationed in England. While overseas, he completed 33 combat missions over France and Germany and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After being discharged, he served an apprenticeship from 1946 to 1951 in the Long Beach Naval Shipyard to become a steam pipe fitter. After the Naval yard closed Charles was employed by the U.S. Customs Service from 1951 to 1956. He then worked in private enterprise and for the Proctor & Gamble Co. from 1956 to 1985 as a quality control laboratory analyst.
The Bairs moved to Dallas in 1988, looking for clean air, good water and less traffic. Charlie became involved with the American Legion and its community outreaches, and with the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Charlie was always active in his church.
Charlie worked at the Dallas Care Center for a period of time. His positive attitude and caring was greatly appreciated by staff and residents. When Wal-Mart came to Dallas, Charlie applied for the position of greeter and served for 10 years.
Charlie had great love and pride for his family.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Billie of Wasilla; daughter, Cindy (Jerry) Calhoon; son, Joseph (Betty) Bair; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Celebration of his life begins at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, in the fellowship hall of the Dallas Alliance Church. As Charlie loved eating, remembrances of Charlie will be shared as friends and family gather and sit at tables with coffee and cookies.
Contributions are suggested to Oregon Home Trust Fund, in care of Department of Veterans Affairs, 700 Summer St. NE, Salem, OR 97301-1285.
Gladys "Glad" Blackwood
Jan. 11, 2008
Gladys "Glad" Blackwood, 73, of Dallas and loving wife of Charles Blackwood, died Jan. 11 after suffering from Parkinson's for 11 years.
Glad was born in Oakland, Calif., and was a long term resident of Sacramento, Calif., retiring from federal service there in 1989. Upon her husband's retirement in 2001 they moved to Dallas.
Survivors include her husband; daughter, Diana Glover of Dallas; sons, John and Michael Burns, both of Sacramento; a sister; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial service was held at Jefferson Manor in Dallas for immediate family, close friends and residents.
Elton "Ed" Salisbury
May 20, 1919 - Jan. 7, 2008
Elton (Ed) Salisbury, 88, of Salem died Jan. 7.
Ed was born on a farm near Corning, Kan., to Loam Salisbury and Grace Moyer.
Ed grew up in Kansas and moved to Oregon in 1938 to work his way through Oregon State University in the lumber mills. He married Lucile, whom he met in the first grade, following her college graduation.
Ed tried to enlist in the Navy when war was first declared but was too color blind to qualify. He eventually served in the Army Infantry in Europe during World War II, where his color blindness turned to an advantage in spotting through enemy camouflage.
The family returned to Oregon after the war and Ed completed his degree in education at OSU. He became a high school teacher of P.E., health and biology, coached football, basketball and track and athletics in Dallas, and later was a counselor for the Salem School District. He spent four summers at the University of Oregon to obtain his master's degree.
Ed was an excellent games player and sport strategist, but believed that while winning was great, it wasn't everything and we could learn more from our mistakes and losses. He was an avid, if not always successful, fisherman and outdoorsman. The purpose of fishing was not in the catch but more in understanding and peace of the river or sea. The family cherished summers of camping and traveling throughout the west.
Ed and Lucile contributed two summers as high-school level work camp leaders with the American Friends Service Committee in Kentucky and Baltimore, as well as an abbreviated stint in the Peace Corps in 1965.
Ed and Lucile traveled extensively and he was able to see Europe restored after walking through the devastation of World War II. They delighted in Asia and the warm places of Arizona and the Caribbean.
He had a natural gift, perhaps from his carpenter father, in creating through wood. He always carried a small knife and began whittling on his driftwood finds at the beach. This evolved into proficiency as a wood carver, a skill he taught to others in his retirement years. The carving culminated with his participation in creating the Salem Carousel.
He instilled his love of the wild places of the world to his family. His understanding of the mystery and magic of nature underlaid his deep and abiding spirituality. He was a quiet but devoted Christian.
Survivors include his wife, Lucile; daughters, Lee Ann Johnson and Kathleen Gomez; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.