Mildred Monica Cox, 87, of Albany, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. A memorial service will take place at AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 1 p.m. AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling the arrangements (www.aasum-dufour.com)
Ramona Rose Mohnike, 91, of Corvallis, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at the Suburban Christian Church in Corvallis. AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. (www.aasum-dufour.com)
Vickie Lynn Walker, 65, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, in Lebanon. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 24, at Huston-Jost Funeral Home, a reception will follow at the Walker home. Please leave the condolences for the family at www.hustonjost.com.
It is with sadness that we share that John Marcus Weswig passed away on November 9th, 2019, at home in Edmonds, Washington. He had lost the control of his left side as a result of a massive stroke in July 2013 and his body finally decided that it was enough. He retained his personality, even though his body wasn’t able to respond. John was 73 and was born in Corvallis in 1946.
His memorial service was on Friday, December 13th in Lynwood, Washington. It’s the day of the annual Geminid meteor shower which will be a nice way to remember him every year. Many family memories were shared about schools, camping trips, scouts, band programs, Grace Lutheran Church, bike rides, strategy games, 6 cent bets and others. John was a 1964 Corvallis High School graduate. He received his BA degree in Business from Oregon State in 1968 and went on to complete his MBA. While at OSU, he was a member of the Sigma Pi fraternity. He was an Air Force veteran and served at McChord AFB. John was a CPA in both Corvallis and Edmonds. He was an early convert to Macintosh computers and computer use for tax preparation. While in Corvallis, he was a key supporter of OSU Women’s Gymnastics and wrote a computer program that was used for gymnastic scoring.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Dorothy Weswig of Corvallis and his nephew, Erik Weswig of Portland. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Lynetta Weswig, Portland, OR ; his niece Kristin Weswig, Enumclaw, WA; his cousin, Mary Lou Beemer, Palo Alto, CA; his wife , Janis Bradford, Edmonds, WA; and three stepsons, George, Andrew, Dan Abed and their families.
Dorothy Helen Cowgill Carlson died on January 8, 2020 at the age of 96. She was born on October 8, 1923 in Eugene, Oregon, living her entire life in Oregon. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Marvin Carlson, her younger sister Marie Louise Cowgill, and her parents Jack and Josephine Cowgill.
Dorothy and Marvin are survived by their children, Lon and June Carlson; Lon’s wife Nina; children Brett and Molly; Brett’s wife Jennifer; granddaughters Amy and Anna; June’s husband Andy Gordon; step-grandsons Angel True and wife Monica Day, and Luke Gordon and wife Kate and children Asher and Alia.
Dorothy’s father was a baker and moved the family to various communities in Oregon. One most notable was Tidewater where they lived through the depression. Marie and Dorothy spent years roaming the woods, developing a lifelong fascination of and passion for nature…and learning how to live sustainably on limited resources.
Dorothy was an enthusiastic participant in Camp Fire, both as a group leader for June’s group and then training other leaders. She pursued hobbies of sewing, knitting, cooking, baking, canning, gardening, hiking, and picnicking. She taught Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church in Albany.
She had such enthusiasm for doing things and going places…always appreciating nature. When Marvin and Dorothy moved to Bend, she learned how to cross-country ski at the age of 57. She truly enjoyed her favorite activity of going for car rides in the Oregon countryside! Lon and Nina took her somewhere—often the Oregon Coast—every Sunday for the last few years.
One of her favorite sayings was “Old age ain’t no place for sissies!” and she faced declining health bravely and with a positive attitude. For ten years she lived at Mennonite Village, dying peacefully in her sleep.
Private services for family will be held at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to Mennonite Village would be appreciated.
Connie Clark Schutze, 71, passed away on December 23rd, 2019 at the University of Washington Medical Center. She was born on January 25th, 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina to Clarence and Naomi Donham Clark. If asked where she grew up, Connie would say she was from Corvallis, Oregon.
For the last 16 years Connie has resided in Snohomish, preceded by 32 years in Kirkland, Washington. She started her working career in 1968 as a Flight Attendant for United Airlines and finished with Rockwell Collins, retiring in 2013 after 19 years.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Wade, son Paul Schutze (Sandy) of Bluffton, South Carolina, and was preceded in death by her daughter, Anna Schutze Collins in October, 2018. Connie is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Allie and Keifer Collins and Masiya and Priscilla Schutze.
Connie loved her husband, children, grandchildren, friends, pets, and home, but above all she loved Jesus. Even as we miss Connie, we can celebrate knowing that her race is finished and she is in His Presence.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at noon, at the Bauer Funeral Chapel in Snohomish.
Please join us as we share our memories of Connie and her life.
Rick Lulow, 51, died unexpectedly January 10, 2020, in Vancouver, Washington. He was born August 14, 1968, in Portland, the son of Bruce & Cheryl Lulow.
Rick graduated from Corvallis High School in 1986. Following graduation Rick moved around the country working in the construction and sales industries, settling back in the Pacific Northwest where his family resides.
Rick’s father, Bruce Lulow predeceased him in 2012 and he is survived by his Mother, Cheryl Lulow; sisters Kim Trask and Kris Taylor; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Bodie.
The family is having a private celebration of Rick’s life. Those who wish to remember Rick in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Humane Society.
Don was born at home to Forrest and Doris Hostetler on July 9, 1930, in Lebanon, where he graduated from high school in 1948.
After graduation, Don joined the Navy and became a third-class radar radio operator serving in the Atlantic fleet.
On leave in Philadelphia, he met Dorothy Taylor, whom he married December 1, 1951. Don retired from the Navy in 1952.
After the Navy, they moved back to Oregon, where he took advantage of the GI Bill to get vocational training in Eugene for the communications industry. It was in Eugene that they started a family: Gary in 1954, Jeff in 1956 and Tim in 1957.
In 1958, he took a job as a lineman with Southern Pacific Railroad for a short time but soon moved back to Eugene to work for Teleprompter Cable, which later became Liberty Cable. In 1960 Dot gave birth to their last child, Terri.
In his career with cable TV, Don worked in Eugene, Corvallis, Newport, Lebanon and Sweet Home.
They made their home in Eugene, and then Corvallis, where they enjoyed family, friends, and shared a love of the outdoors. They enjoyed dancing and traveling with their RV.
Don was a member of both the Elks and the Lions clubs, receiving the Helen Keller for Humanitarian Services award. He was “Lion of the Year” in 1976 – 1977, and also held the role of President.
Don was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 68 years; four children: Gary, Jeff, Tim and Terry; and six grandchildren: Eric, Carl, Matthew, Genna, Brooke and Devon.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, at Huston-Jost Funeral Home, burial will follow at the Lebanon IOOF Cemetery. To leave an online condolence for the family go to www.hustonjost.com.
Linda Gjelsteen Richmond of Corvallis passed away on January 11, 2020, due to complications of influenza. She was surrounded by loved ones in her final moments, including her husband, Bob; her daughter, Kristen Clausen Sestric, Bob’s daughters, Jennifer and Beth; and Linda’s sister, Karen.
Linda was an artist who transformed most everything she touched into art, including her home. She relished time in her studio with her grandson Zachary Sestric, a partner in playful creativity and the light of her life.
Linda was a calm and gracious force. She was beloved for her open and generous spirit. Never speaking unkindly of anyone, she tended and treasured her friendships and family.
In addition to the loved ones mentioned above, she is survived by three more grandchildren and three nieces.
Donations may be made in Linda’s name to The Art Center, Corvallis.
Seth Andrew Raleigh, 36, completed his journey peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 2, 2020. Seth was born in Seaside, Oregon, on January 17, 1983. In 1989 he moved with his family to Corvallis. He attended Corvallis High School and graduated from Oregon State University in 2006.
In 2005 Seth found his soulmate, Stephanie Kirkeby, and they were married in Corvallis in 2008. Seth worked at Block 15 for four years, and was a Commercial Lender at Umpqua Bank since 2011.
His life was enriched with travel to New Zealand to visit a high school friend, backpacking trips with Stephanie and friends, camping at Waldo Lake, golfing outings, and time in Maui with Project KORU. Music was always important to Seth and his eclectic tastes covered all options. He and Stephanie attended special musical events for their shared birthdays. He was a voracious reader. Seth enjoyed a variety of sports: soccer, golf, basketball and sand volleyball. He helped manage the Seaside Sand Volleyball Tournament for many years. He enjoyed participating in Leadership Corvallis.
Friends were an indispensable part of Seth: he collected them throughout his life. Once you were a friend, you were a friend for life. In the weeks preceding his death, when words were hard, he would reach out and touch the visitor’s face, re-establishing the connections that he treasured with each.
As outgoing as Seth appeared, he considered himself more of an introvert, and worked hard to be open, to share his journey with cancer over the last few years, and to embrace the hand he was dealt. He reminded all to reach out and hug people. He was known for goofy jokes, infectious positivity, his contagious smile, and hugs.
Seth is survived by his wife, Stephanie (Kirkeby) Raleigh, sons Sawyer and Finn, parents David and Claudia (Crim) Raleigh, brothers Bobby Raleigh and Nathan (and Claire) Raleigh, and many relatives in the Crim, Raleigh and Kirkeby families.
Heartfelt thanks and gratitude are given for the many kindnesses and help provided by so many to Seth and his family through the past few years. His life touched many, and he was surrounded by caring friends from all parts of his life. Seth and his family drew strength from the love, and support of the wonderful community that helped with Rally for Raleigh, fundraisers, lunch buddies who took Seth out, friends who spent time driving him around, meals, work parties on the house and yard, friendship and myriad other gifts of time and support. Seth, you are forever in our hearts.
Please join us in celebrating Seth’s life, February 1, at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center at Oregon State University, 725 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, OR, 97331. Doors open at 1:30 p.m, with a memorial service from 2 to 3 p.m. A Celebration Party will follow from 2 to 6 p.m. Seth would have wanted to include families, so children’s activities will be provided. Food and drinks provided by Block 15 will be available after the service, and in true Seth fashion we hope everyone will come dressed colorfully and comfortably (board shorts optional!).
Please feel free to bring memories, letters and pictures to share with his family.
If you would like to make donations in Seth’s name, the family suggests the OHSU Brain Institute: https://www.ohsu.edu/brain-institute/make-gift-brain--and-cns-tumors-clinic , or a college fund for his boys at Umpqua Bank, 415 NW 3rd Street, Corvallis, OR 97330. Make checks out to Stephanie Raleigh, noting it is for the College Fund for Sawyer and Finn. If you are sending a check from out of town, please include the account number, 9153.
Edward Eugene Bennett, 75, passed away in John Day, Oregon, on January 9, 2020. He was born in Astoria on August 12, 1944, to John E. Bennett and Rosemary (Schlag) Bennett. Ed was the first of three children. He had a brother, Jerry, and sister, Carolyn.
Ed grew up in Philomath. He graduated in 1963 from Philomath High School. He loved sports; he played football, basketball and baseball all four years. Ed started working for the U.S.F.S. in Alsea right out of high school. He started working the fire crew then went to cruising timber. Ed was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965, where he spent most of two years in South Korea, where he became Sgt. E5. He transferred from the Siuslaw National Forest to the Fremont-Winema National Forest and then retired from the Malheur National Forest as a Timber Sale Officer.
Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing and crabbing. He loved people and enjoyed chatting with everyone he came in contact with. He never met a stranger.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents and sister. He is survived by his wife, Judith Bennett of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Sara and husband Travis Blowers of Philomath, and Kristi and husband Michael Stailing of Terrebonne; son, Travis and wife Riccola Bennett of Prairie City; three grandchildren, Garrett Blowers, Quentin Blowers and Berlyn Bennett; and nephew Matt Bennett of Alsea.
There is a funeral service planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at McHenry Funeral Home Chapel. Interment with military honors will follow the service at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens in Albany.
Santford Earl Ramsey was the first baby that came into this world in Denton County Texas on January 1, 1934 which, in his mind, was why everyone celebrated New Years.
From childhood his dream was to fly and when 17 he joined the U. S. Air Force where he was able to fulfill that dream for the next 20 years, first flying with the Strategic Air Command, SAC, then receiving the highest commendations for his abilities as an outstanding Air Traffic Controller in various states and countries. Stories of his life and shenanigans are endless and colorful. He loved golf and was a favorite on the AF Golf Team. (His mother never thought his flying around in the AF was a job. She would say “Earl, you need to get yourself a real job”.) Bowling was another of his many talents as he set a new house record at the Albrook AFB in Panama bowling the first 700 series there totaling a 726 score.
In 1956, he married Patricia Buck and divorced in 1991. Upon retiring from the service he moved his family to Corvallis, where he was a member of the Rotary Club and Corvallis Country Club, he was an avid golfer. Santford was his own man and did various work including flying charters, teaching flying, real estate, private investigating, managed a small airport and brokered Christmas trees.
This larger than life man loved life, his family, people and traveling… he never met a stranger. He married Kathryn in 1994 and in 1998 they moved to Sun City West Arizona after stating he no longer wanted to golf in the mud. Nine years later they took to the RV life finally settling in Ingram Texas.
He wrestled with Parkinson’s disease for the last 15 years of his life. Never getting discouraged he would enter each phase with a positive attitude and sense of humor never fully admitting his limitations. He is remembered and loved for his big heart, smile and sense of humor until the last by everyone who ever met him.
Preceding him in death are his father Barney Ramsey; mother Carrie Riley (Taylor); brother Kenneth Ramsey; two sisters, Ginny Brittian (Frank) and Della Williams (Jim).
Missing him is his wife Kathryn Ramsey of Ingram Texas; brother Jim Ramsey (Barb) of San Antonio, Texas; sister Janie Caywood of Mt. Vernon, Washington; sons Brad Ramsey of El Campo, Texas, Scott Ramsey (Kristen) of Corvallis, Oregon; daughter Shari Stein (Jeff) of San Diego, California; sister-in-law Delores Dishong of Ingram, Texas; stepchildren Monty Brown, Jr. (Kassandra) of White City, Oregon and Monica Bolinger (Rich) of Kerrville, Texas; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many loved nieces and nephews.
Service and internment will be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio Texas with full military honors.
Arrangements are being entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapel, Kerrville, Texas. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to make a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Helen Marie Hoffman Mangnell was born on November 28, 1925, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, to Oscar and Jennie Hoffman. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Helen attended school in Thief River Falls, graduating from Lincoln High School on June 4, 1943. After graduation, Helen worked as a cashier at the local Woolworth’s store. Helen soon met the man she wanted to spend her life with. Helen and Walter Mangnell were married on November 2, 1943, at her Aunt Tillie’s home.
In 1949, Helen and Walter, along with extended family members, decided to journey west to California. They settled in Corning, where they farmed and raised cattle. Walter worked for a contractor and Helen worked in the orchards. In 1957, they decided to relocate to Albany, Oregon, and made the Dever-Connor area their home for the next 50 years. Together they established Mangnell Construction. Walter was the builder and Helen was the bookkeeper/painter/cleaner/and whatever-else-needed-to-be-done woman behind the man.
Helen and Walter enjoyed traveling, camping and fishing. They especially treasured the 30 years that they camped and fished on the Oregon Coast. They built lifelong friendships that have continued long after fishing was over. They visited many sites in Oregon, Washington, California and into Canada. Helen loved to cook, bake, and can fruit, salmon, pickles — anything that was edible and fit into a jar. She crocheted beautiful Afghans and doilies, sewed quilts and some of her own clothes. She was an enthusiastic gardener, maintaining beds of roses and gladiolas and much more, including a vegetable garden, strawberry patch, and grape arbor and fruit trees.
Helen passed away peacefully with family beside her on January 2, 2020, at Albany General Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Walter. Also preceding her were brothers George, Rueben, Melvin and Arnold, and her sister, June. Helen is survived by several nephews, nieces and cousins.
A private interment was held at Willamette Memorial Park in Millersburg. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Fisher Funeral Home in Albany. Condolences for the family can be left at www.fisherfuneralhome.com, which is handling the arrangements.