Lester Dieckmann Jr.
Dec. 13, 1922 - March 21, 2001
Lester Dieckmann Jr. of Dallas died on March 21 in Dallas. He was 78.
He was born in Indianapolis, Ind. to Lester and Lida Showers Dieckmann.
He married Lora Dieckmann in 1941. He moved to Dallas 38 years ago.
He served in the Naval Reserve/Merchant Marine during World War II. He was awarded a Commendation for Heroism for saving a seaman's life while at sea.
He was an outdoors man and amateur artist.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald Dieckmann.
Survivors include his son, Dan Dieckmann of Salem; sister, Donna De Veau of Somers, Conn.; and one granddaughter.
Private family services were held and arrangements were handled by Autumn Funerals and Cremations of Tigard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Association.
William `Bill' A. Standridge Jr.
July 3, 1923 - March 25, 2001
William "Bill" A. Standridge Jr., formerly of the Roseburg area, died on March 25 in Dallas. He was 77.
He was born to William and Marie Brown Standridge in Delhi, Calif.
He married Ruby Farrell on Oct. 11, 1942 in Mina, Nev. He entered the U.S. Army in March of 1943 and he served in Alaska and the South Pacific with the 104th Engineer Combat Battalion. He received two purple hearts for injuries sustained. He was very proud of his military service.
After his military service they lived in Hawthorne, Nev. from 1946 until 1949 when they moved to Southern Oregon where he worked as a cat skinner for a time. In 1957 he worked as a real estate agent for his father in Medford for two years and in 1963 they moved to Crescent City, Calif.
They moved to Merrill in 1975, working in real estate from 1978 to 1981. In 1984 they moved to the Roseburg area and came to Dallas in November of 2000.
He was a volunteer deputy sheriff and in a jeep club in Del Norte, Calif. that assisted in search and rescue. He like to help those in need. He earned his pilot's license and owned his own plane for a time until a heart attack in 1973 forced him to give up flying.
He was a life member of the D.A.V., past secretary of the Moose Lodge in Merrill and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Myrtle Creek.
He served as a volunteer at the Roseburg Veterans Medical Center.
He will be remembered as being a very strong person with a great sense of humor.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and had a great desire to fix things. In his later life he enjoyed needlework on plastic canvas to keep active.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby of Dallas; daughters, Carole Tiefenbach of Crescent City, Calif. and Judy Jones of Dallas; son, William Standridge III of North Carolina; brothers, Leroy of Eureka, Calif., Arthur of Merrill and Alfred of Eugene; sisters, Margaret Sexton of Cameron, Okla., Ellen Rosner of Abbotsford, B.C. and Nancy Hermans of McKinleyville, Calif.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services with Full Military Honors were held on March 30 in Roseburg National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the D.A.V. in care of Dallas Mortuary Chapel who handled the arrangements.
James Otis Boswell
Dec. 13, 1937 - June 4, 2001
James O. Boswell of Monmouth died on June 4 in Salem. He was 63.
He was one of five children born to Floyd and Mildred Loving Boswell in Lyons, Ill.
He attended school in LaGrange, Ill. where he met and married Karen Fischer on Aug. 30, 1958. He served in the Army National Guard and received an honorable discharge.
They made their home in Lyons, where he ran the family business known as B-line Delivery Service in LaGrange.
In his spare time he built and raced stock cars and was known as "Gentlemen Jim in car number 69." In 1973 he was in a head-on collision and stopped racing cars but he continued to fill the mechanic's role.
In 1972 they moved to West Frankfort, Ill. He and his wife, Karen opened Boswell's Texaco. They divorced in 1974.
He met Robin Heroy in 1974 and moved to Hodgkin, Ill. where they made their home with their four children. The family was devastated by the loss of their son Jeremy in 1975.
James and Robin were married on April 1, 1983. In 1987 they moved to Oregon where he was employed at the Chevron station until going to work in Monmouth for Western Oregon University in 1991.
He loved to tinker with things and created his own homemade inventions. He found great joy and pleasure in his family and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Bradley in 1999.
Survivors include his wife, Robin of Monmouth; sons, Tony Boswell of Hulett, Wyo. and Jessy Boswell of Monmouth; daughters, Tina Tuning, Terry McDaniel and Tammy Black, all of Hulett, Wyo., Kathy Walker of Mulkeytown, Ill., Sheena and Shyanne Boswell, both of Monmouth; brother, Hank Boswell; sisters, Joann Owen and Pat Bradley; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were June 7 in the Falls City Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Dallas Mortuary Chapel handled the arrangements.
Laurel Chester VanLieu
Nov. 26, 1923 - June 4, 2001
Laurel Chester VanLieu of Dallas died on June 4 in Dallas. He was 77.
He was born in Rolston, Okla. to Joe Cooper and Isabelle VanLieu.
He lived in Yakima, Wash. from 1938 to 1948. He married Ada Jones on June 4, 1946 in Yakima. They moved to Sweet Home and lived there until 1958, when they settled in Dallas.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1947.
Survivors include his wife, Ada of Dallas; son, David VanLieu of Dallas; daughter, Sherry Mabry of Dallas; and brother, Bill Huffman of Yakima.
Family services were held under the direction of Dallas Mortuary Chapel.
Juanita Ophelia Richard
Jan. 27, 1922 - June 3, 2001
Juanita Ophelia Richard of Independence died on June 3 in Independence. She was 79.
She was born to George and Nancy Blevins in Oklahoma.
After her marriage to Edwin Richard the couple moved to Independence in 1959.
She was a member of the Church of God.
She enjoyed gardening, canning food and sewing.
She was preceded in death by four brothers.
Survivors include her husband, Edwin Richard of Independence; sisters, Cora Borden of McMinnville, Myrtle Youngberg of Amity, Gladys Vaughn of Camp Verde, Ariz., Velma White of Sheridan and Jean Friend of DeMoine, Wash.
Graveside services were June 9 at Amity Cemetery in Amity.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Mid-Willamette Chapter, P.O. Box 12768, Salem, OR 97309.
Farnstrom Mortuary of Independence handled the arrangements.
Katherine M. Larsen
May 11, 1911 - June 2, 2001
Katherine M. "Kay" Larsen of Corvallis died on June 2 in Corvallis. She was 90.
She was born in Birney, Mont. on the Cheyenne Indian Reservation to missionary parents, the Rev. Peter and Katherine Kliewer.
She graduated from high school in Bluffton, Ohio and from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, majoring in music.
She married the Rev. Rudy Larsen in 1934. They spent seven years in rural Kentucky as missionaries. They came to Corvallis in 1942, where she worked for 11 years at the Children's Farm Home as music director. The Larsens then pastored the Westwood Community Church near Philomath for many years.
In 1955 she began work as the first secretary in Dist. 17J in Philomath. She worked in the elementary, middle and high schools as secretary, librarian and accompanist for the high school chorus until her retirement in 1976.
She loved her family, flowers and music. She was devoted to helping and ministering to people and was known as a friend to all.
She was a longtime member and Sunday school teacher of the Evangelical Church. She also was a member of the Philomath educational secretary's group and was grand marshal of the Philomath Frolic in 1976.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy in 1986; sisters, Esther Templin and Elizabeth Kielsmeier; and brothers, Waldo and Paul Kliewer.
Survivors include her children; Audrey Patching of Pendleton, Peter Larsen of Tucson, Ariz. and Katherine Powell of Ocean Park, Wash; brother, Dr. David Kliewer of Corvallis; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Services were June 8 at the Evangelical Church in Corvallis and interment was at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical Church, Child Evangelism Fellowship or Wycliffe Bible Translators in care of the Evangelical Church, 1525 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR.
McHenry Funeral Home in Corvallis handled the arrangements.
Mary Deborah DeGraff
May 23, 1951 - June 3, 2001
Mary Deborah DeGraff of Veneta died of ovarian cancer on June 3 in Veneta. She was 50.
She was born in Dallas to George and Barbara DeGraff.
She grew up in Dallas and graduated from Dallas High School in 1969. She attended Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University in Monmouth, college in Ellensburg, Wash. and the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Dunham of Yakima, Wash. and son, Kit Bourn of Yakima.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting, 7140 SW Macadam Ave., Portland, OR 97219-3099.