Essie B. Ediger
July 18, 1914 - Jan. 21, 2005
Essie B. Ediger of Dallas, formerly of Salem, Jan. 21 in Dallas. She was 90.
She was born to Frank and Corda Ottinger Byerley in Ballston.
She married Pete Ediger in 1937, they moved to Dallas that same year. In 1940 they moved to Portland. While in Portland she worked in the shipyards as an inspector.
In 1946 they moved to Dayton where they made a 150 acre farm their home. They raised strawberries, beans and grain.
She worked for the State of Oregon at the Hillcrest School for Girls doing social work for 16 years.
In 1976 they moved to Salemtowne and she moved to the Dallas Retirement Village in 2004.
She loved tending her flowers in and around her home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete.
Survivors include her sister, Annie E. Brown of Centralia, Wash.; six nieces and nephews, William Byerley of Monmouth, Barbara Wells and Eillen Plate, both of Juneau, Alaska, Beverley Gestrine of Chehalis, Wash., Les Brown of Eugene, and Arnold Brown of Henderson, Nev.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 in Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas with interment in the Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem.
Jacob "Jake" T. Neufeld
Nov. 11, 1919 - Jan. 17, 2005
Jacob "Jake" T. Neufeld of Dallas died Jan. 17 in Dallas. He was 85.
He was born to Isaac Jake and Katherine "Katie" Janzen Neufeld in Gouldtown, Saskatchewan, Canada.
As a child he moved to North Dakota and to Dallas.
He married Thelma Ruth Burchfield on April 7, 1950 in Valsetz.
He moved to Valsetz in the late 1930s, where he worked for Boise Cascade. He entered the Navy in 1942. After being in the service for three years he returned to Valsetz and his work with the mill. He retired after 34 years in Valsetz and moved to Dallas in 1984.
Ruth died on January 21, 1986.
He married Geraldine "Jerry" on Nov. 8, 1986 in Anaheim, Calif.
He was a member of the AFL-CIO Union and enjoyed reading the newspaper and taking his daily walk around Dallas.
Survivors include his daughters, Susan Lance of Portland and Kathy Neufeld of Juneau, Alaska; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters, Ruth Lermusiaux and Mary Buren, both of Salem, Dorothy Dudley of Chewelah, Wash., Sarah "Babe" Judd of Bremerton, Wash., Elizabeth Lamb of Grants Pass, and Martha Coonrod of Lincoln City; and his stepdaughter, Joanne Zippel of Escondido, Calif.
Gerald Frances Neufeld
March 1, 1914 - Jan. 17, 2005
Geraldine "Jerry" Frances Neufeld of Dallas died Jan. 17 in Dallas. She was 90.
She was born to Frank and Minnie Rhoades Goodpastor in Bay Center, Wash.
She lived in Bay Center for many years. She moved to Valsetz in the 1940s, where she worked in the Boise Cascade Mill for 25 plus years. She lived in Anaheim, Calif., for seven years before she married Jake Neufeld on Nov. 8, 1986 in Anaheim.
She enjoyed keeping beautiful flowers in and around her home.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jack Wesley Hopson.
Survivors include her daughter, Joan Marie Zippel of Escondido; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services were Jan. 24 in the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center and interment was in Dallas Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to SHAPES at the West Valley Hospital in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center which handled the arrangements.
Allan Lee Brakensiek, M.D.
May 31, 1936 - Jan. 14, 2005
Al "Brak" Brakensiek of Dallas died Jan. 14 after courageously dealing with bulbar onset ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) for more than two years.
He was born to Leland Brakensiek and Marguerite Hardy Brakensiek in Keokuk, Iowa.
The family moved to Long Beach, Calif., where he grew up and graduated from Jordan High School.
During summers he was a camp counselor in California and later at a ranch kids camp near Springerville, Ariz. Throughout this he continued his education, graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Redlands and then from UCLA Medical School in the class of 1962.
He married Marilyn Bittaker in 1960. She followed from Redlands, where they became engaged, to UCLA Nursing School.
After his internship at Orange County Hospital, they moved to Fort Defiance, Ariz., on the Navajo Reservation and spent four years with the Public Health Service. He worked as a general practitioner in the hospital and Indian field clinics and became interested in anesthesiology. This led to a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Utah in 1967.
The family bought a run down rural farm in Draper, Utah and built it into a horse raising and boarding facility over the years. While in Utah he was involved in breeding, training and showing Arabian horses with his favorite bay stallion, FF Sahhar, who won many championships in trailhorse, stockhorse, western pleasure and working cow horse. Besides his successful anesthesia practice at Holy Cross Hospital for 25 some years.
He had a multitude of talents and interests: building barns, house remodeling projects, nature, gardening, welding, he built a horse trailer and a large utility trailer, working on tractors and cars, art work, music, Willie Nelson and Dixieland Jazz especially, metaphysics, vintage airplanes, swimming in the farm pond and life. He had an amazing energy, great stories, sunny disposition and love for his patients, many friends and his family.
In 1994 he relocated to Dallas for a challenging new job at Valley Community Hospital. He continued with his building projects, horses and added a passion for pottery wheel throwing, kiln firing and bonsai trees. He retired in 2001 as his health began to fail. He was a caring teacher and mentor to many.
He was preceded in death by his only sister, Sandy.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Sabrina and her partner, Jim Feiten; son, Kyle Brakensiek; nieces, Denise Hill and Shirelle McFadden; and nephew, Michael Hill.
At his request no services were held and a celebration of his life is to be planned for later.
Contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice.
Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas handed the arrangements.
July 27, 1923 - Jan. 16, 2005
Robert Swartout of Dallas died Jan. 16 in Salem. He was 81.
He was born to Ray and Amanda Swartout in Sanborn, N.D.
He was raised in North Dakota and graduated from Valley City High School. During high school he excelled in playing basketball. He also attended the Valley City College.
He moved to Oregon during World War II.
He married Adeline Hammell in February 1945 in Battle Ground, Wash. She preceded him in death Nov. 19, 1987.
He worked in various capacities associated with the automotive industries.
He married Magdalene Strickwerda on Feb. 8, 1989 in Las Vegas.
He moved to Dallas 14 years ago.
He was an avid and very good bowler and enjoyed following and watching many sports. He enjoyed traveling and was a member of the Good Sam Club.
Survivors include his wife, Magdalene of Dallas; sons, Michael of Bellevue, Wash., Robert Jr., of Helena, Mont., and David of Beaverton; brother, Leonard of Clackamas; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Private family services were held.
Contributions may be made to the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas handled the arrangements.
Ruth Elaine Foster
March 8, 1920 - Jan. 23, 2005
Ruth Elaine Foster of McMinnville died on Jan. 23. She was 84.
She was born to George D. and Corynne Card Agard in Binghamton, N.Y. She was raised and schooled in Binghamton.
She married Richard A. Foster on Dec. 14, 1945 in Binghamton.
After their marriage they lived in Johnson City, N.Y., until 1955 when they moved to San Bernardino, Calif. They also lived in Riverside, Calif., before moving to Dallas in 1967. They settled in McMinnville in 1990.
She was a member of the McMinnville First Christian Church.
She loved to sew, knit, play the piano, bake and cook.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard in 1988; son, Roger Foster in 1994; and two brothers, Richard and George Agard.
Survivors include sons, Lynn Foster of Salem and Mark Foster of McMinnville; daughter, Carole Meyers of Salem; sister, Jill Agard of Utah; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at McMinnville First Christian Church and interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.
Chapel of Macy & Son in McMinnville handled the arrangements.
Neva "Nicki" McCombs
Nov. 19, 1954 - Jan. 18, 2005
Neva "Nicki" McCombs of Dallas died Jan. 18. She was 50.
Services are pending with Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas, 503-623-3286.
Michael G. Laatz
Aug. 17, 1942 - Jan. 23, 2005
Michael G. Laatz of Dallas died Jan. 23. He was 62.
Arrangements are pending with Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, 623-2325.