Vernonia Area Obituaries

Wilma Bernice Frey-Obituary

Obit-BerniceFrey-webWilma Bernice Frey passed away on November 9, 2014.  A memorial service will be held on November 22, at 3:00 PM, at the Nehalem Valley Bible Church, 500 North St., Vernonia.

Bernice was born on May 11, 1922, in Hayfork, California.  She spent her younger years in Northern California, and married Russell Gerald Frey in Chico, California in 1939.  She had 5 children, and lived in San Jose, California until 1960, when the family moved to Elmira Oregon, due to changes in Russ’ health and work situation.  Bernice provided for the family during Russ’ extended hospital stay, working as a janitor.  She moved to Portland in 1964.

Bernice had always provided homes and shelter for whomever was in need, and after her original family left home, she cared for scores of foster children and young mothers in need of care.  She worked with critical and impaired children in a care facility, and then took in 4 permanent placement foster children from the facility where she worked.  They moved to Vernonia in 1977, seeking a safe, accepting and encouraging community for her new charges, in a country atmosphere.  Russ died in 1988, but Bernice continued raising her new family, and even took in a couple of her grandchildren when the need arose.  Starting about 2011, she suffered multiple strokes, and was moved to her daughter Dorothy’s home in Eugene.  Subsequently she was moved to a nursing home, where she died in her sleep at the age of 93.

She is survived by daughters Geri Carter of Bakersfield, CA; Dorothy Sofge of Eugene; Sandra Grady of Vancouver;  sons William Russell “Red” Frey of Vernonia; Floyde Frey of Scappoose; Steve Acock of Portland, and Donny Coghill of Tacoma; as well as 11 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Donations in her memory may be sent to Albertina Kerr, or The Gideons International.

Randy Shaw-Obituary

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Randy Shaw, 55 of Vernonia, OR died on October 2, 2014.

Randy was born on July 6, 1959 in Portland, OR to Ralph and Marlene Shaw. He grew up on a farm in Sherwood, OR with his three sisters and graduated from Sherwood High School in 1978.

Randy moved to Vernonia, OR in 1984 where he raised his four children. He worked as a logger for many years in the family business, Shaw Brother’s Logging,  and in 1997 opened Triple S Service, a saw repair shop. He was well known as a talented mechanic by the local loggers.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and beloved dogs. He spent many hours hiking and mountain biking in the woods, always keeping an eye out for Big Foot.

He will forever be remembered for his generous, loving heart and kindness to all who crossed his path.

He is survived by his parents, Ralph and Marlene Shaw; his sisters, Lorie Hall, Lynn Shaw-Hayes and Lisa Shaw; his children, Shane Pavlovsky, Jesse Shaw, Carrie Shaw, and Zach Shaw; his two grandsons, Skyler Pavlovsky and Jayden Zimmerman. He was looking forward to the arrival of a third grandson in November.

Donations in his memory may be sent to Camp 18 Loggers’ Memorial 42362 Highway 26, Elsie, OR 97138

Richard F. Compton-Obituary

Obit-Compton-webRichard F. Compton (Dick) passed away on November 5, 2014.  A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday November 15 from 1:30 – 5:00 pm at Cedar Ridge in Vernonia, OR.

Dick Compton was born August 3, 1935 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He served in the U.S. Navy. After moving to Beaverton, OR he became a locomotive engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Barbara, his sister Margaret, seven children, 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents Lucy and Cecil, his previous wife Elizabeth, his sister Phyllis and his brothers Donald and Cecil.

Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Idris Inez Welch-Obituary

Idris Inez Welch

Idris Inez Welch, 95 of Forest Grove, OR passed away on September 30, 2014 in Forest Grove. A memorial celebration will be held at a later time.

Idris was born in Lincoln County, Nebraska on February 6, 1919 to Abner and Minnie (Smith) Dillon. After receiving her education, Idris started teaching in a one room school house in Nebraska. Idris married Wayne L. Welch in McCook, Nebraska on March 8, 1941. Wayne passed away in June 2010.

Idris enjoyed camping, fishing, snowmobiling, playing cards, reading, painting, sewing and was a excellent cook. She also loved to do gold mining and she helped build their own log cabin. She was a devoted spouse, a wonderful mother, a dedicated teacher, a Girl Scout Leader, quick-witted, and a good friend and listener.

Survivors include her sons, Larry Welch and his wife Lorna of Zeballos, British Columbia, Canada, Ron Welch and his wife Sandy of Vernonia, Oregon, Darwin Welch and his wife Linda of Vernonia, Oregon, Leon “Shorty” Welch of Richland, Oregon; and daughters, Darlene McLeod and her husband Bryon of Vernonia, Oregon and Gayle Yokley and her husband Cliff of Atwater, California. She also had sixteen grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Betty Zufall of Londenville, OH, Toni Welch of Fresno, CA and many nieces and nephews.

Mary “Lorraine” Borst-Obituary

obit-Borst-color-webMary “Lorraine” Borst passed peacefully the morning of September 14th, 2014 at her home in Vernonia, just one week after celebrating her 80th Birthday amongst family and friends.

Lorraine was born on September 11th, 1934 in Akra, North Dakota to Edith and John Crowston. She was the only girl of 7 children and helped raise her brothers after her Daddy’s death when she was 12 years old. Being the only girl, she and her brothers were very close – the pride and love she had for them and their Crowston name was well known.

Lorraine was active in school sports including, track, twirling, cheer leading, basketball and was once a May Day Queen. Lorraine’s education was temporarily postponed at 17, when she married Jack Odam, Soon followed the birth of 3 baby girls Mary Anne, Jackie and Kathy – she resumed and completed her education when the oldest started school. After the girls were raised, Jack and Lorraine went their separate ways continuing their friendship throughout their years.

After being single for several years, Lorraine signed up for golf lessons and caught the attention of an instructor, Larry Borst – they were married on December 16, 1977, blending families and adding 3 children, Linda, Mick and Michelle Borst. The couple lived mostly in Vernonia, retiring and building their home in a local golf community. Read More

Robert Thomas “Bob” Brady, Jr.-Obituary

obit- Brady-Color-webRobert T. “Bob” Brady, Jr., a former resident of the Vernonia community, late of Portland, died Saturday morning, August 30, 2013 at the Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center in Tualatin.

A Graveside Service was  held on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Vernonia Memorial Cemetery, 2080 Bridge Street in Vernonia.

Family and friends were invited to attend a reception immediately following the cemetery rites to be held at Anderson Park, 450 Jefferson Avenue in Vernonia.

ROBERT THOMAS “BOB” BRADY, JR. was born on December 14, 1953 in Lebanon, Oregon, the son of Robert T. Brady, Sr. and Dorothy Elliott. He was raised and received his education in the Vernonia community, having been a graduate with the Vernonia High School Class of 1972. Following his graduation he attended Portland State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

He was united in marriage to Sherrie Hinkle on August 28, 1984 in Vancouver, Washington. They celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary two days before Bob’s passing. Following their marriage they made their home in the Portland community, where he had resided since. Read More



Donald “Ernie” W. McLimans, 62, of Birkenfeld, Oregon, Died Friday morning, August 22, 2014 in his friend’s home.

Private Cremation Rites will be held at Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove, Oregon.

DONALD “ERNIE” WAYNE McLIMANS was born February 8, 1952 in Ainsworth, Nebraska, son of the late Joseph and Pearl (Clark) McLimans.

After completing high school he went into the Army and served during the Vietnam Era for 2 years before receiving his honorable discharge in 1972.
Donald was united in marriage to Colleen (Collopy) on November 5, 1980 in Vancouver Washington. They celebrated their 34th Wedding Anniversary this past November. Following their marriage they made their home in Vernonia until 2006 when they relocated to Birkenfeld, where they have resided since.

While in Vernonia he made a living by becoming a logger. He retired after 23 years. He was known as a veteran logger of the community. When they relocated to Birkenfeld he opened up a bar\restaurant by the name of Ernie’s Filling Station. He was also a commercial fisherman for a period of time.

Among his special interests he loved bottledigging with his wife Colleen.

Everybody knew him as grumpy, but he had a heart of gold and the people that knew and loved him knew this.
Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral home of Vernonia is in charge of handling arrangements. 503-429-6611

Jan A. Nelson-Obituary


ObitJan-NELSON-web    Jan A. Nelson, 71, a resident of the Mist community succumbed to COPD and lung cancer.
JAN PATRICK ALLEN NELSON was born on July 28, 1943, in Ottawa, Kansas, son of the late Allen Graffham and Jeannette (Flannery) Denis. He was raised all over the midwest and received his diploma from Van Nuys High School in California.
He was a veteran of the Cuban Missile Crisis, having joined the Coast Guard at the age of 17 in 1960. He served four years until he received his honorable discharge in 1964.
Jan was united in marriage to Cindy (Parks) in October, 1971, in California. They made their home in the San Fernando Valley before moving to Mist, Oregon in March of 1980 where they have resided since.
Following his military career Jan worked at Charm Lamps, Northridge and DelMar Country Clubs, Norskog Industries, Olympic Forest Products and lastly he worked maintenance for TriMet buses. He retired from TriMet in 2005.
Among his special interests he enjoyed gardening, fishing, remote-control cars and airplanes, ping pong, photography, working around the house and politics.
Jan is preceded in death by his parents, Allen Graffham, Jeannette Denis and step-father James Nelson.
Survivors include his wife Cindy, four children and their spouses; LeJanne and Kefty Eaton, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Kyle and Stephanie Nelson, of Vernonia, Oregon, Kory and Tim Littleton, of Clatskanie, Oregon, and Kendell Nelson, of Mist, Oregon; a sister Joan Lester, of California.
Also surviving are his nine grandchildren, Kenny, Corbin, Levi, and Leiah Nelson, Dalton, Haley and Elianna Littleton, Arizona and Montana Eaton.
A potluck in celebration of life will be held August 30th at the Mist-Birkenfeld Fire Department at 2:00 PM. The  family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Mist-Birkenfeld Fire Association, 12525 Highway 202, Mist, Oregon 97016.
Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives of Hillsboro is in charge of the arrangements. 503-693-7965

Private Cremation Rites will be held at Hoyt Crematory in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Joyce Margaret Fabre Williams James-Obituary

Obit-JoyceJames-BW-webJoyce Margaret Fabre Williams James of Vernonia passed away in her sleep Monday, July  28,  2014.  She is survived by one son Robert Dewey Williams Jr., his wife Sheryl, one grandson Robert Ray Williams and his wife Jenny, one great-granddaughter Sky Elizabeth Williams and one great-grandson Lucas Stone Williams all of Vernonia, two  sisters, Kitty Zagaryuka of Oklahoma City, OK and Imie McGinnis of Mobile, AL.  She was proceeded in death by her son Bruce Marvin Williams in October of last year.

Joyce was born in Mobile, AL September 30, 1929 the 9th daughter of Frank Sylvester Fabre and Pearl  Margaret  (Carrio)  Fabre. She was married in Mobile to Robert Dewey Williams  Sr,  on September 4, 1949 and they had two sons Dewey and Bruce.

Bob passed away in 1987 and Joyce remarried in St. Elmo, AL to Hubert James, Sr. on October 13, 1990.  They made their home in Star, MS and when Hubert passed away in 1995 she returned to Alabama and the home she had helped build with Bob.

After having lived 76 years in the deep south she moved along with her son Bruce to Vernonia in 2005.   Joyce really enjoyed the changing of the seasons here.

Joyce became an LPN in 1960 and worked most of her nursing career as a private duty nurse. She not only nursed for a living but continued to help wherever there was a need both with family and friends up until her death.

Joyce was an avid student of the bible; knew the bible well and loved to share God’s love with everyone she met.  Joyce was a long time member of the  Seventh Day Adventist Church and over the years she had served as teacher (children and adult), pathfinder leader, community services, head deaconess and at the time of her death was serving as an Elder in the Vernonia Seventh Day Adventist Church.  She was a passionate Christian who loved God and loved to give Bible studies and visit and help  the sick.

She was an accomplished seamstress and a fabulous cook.  She loved gardening, not only  vegetables but flowers  as well and she loved feeding the birds.

Joyce was always involved in whatever community she lived in and when she moved to Vernonia she soon began volunteering at Vernonia Cares Food Bank and was so happy to have the time to do so.  She was serving on their Board of Directors at the time of her passing.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM in  the Commons area of  Vernonia School.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Building Fund.  Send to:  SDA Church Building Fund, PO Box 68, Vernonia, OR 97064.

Glenn Franklin Hawkins-Obituary

Obit-Hawkins-Glenn-webGlenn Franklin Hawkins

Glenn “Shorty” Franklin Hawkins of Redmond, OR, entered the gates of heaven at 2:55 PM on Monday, July 14, 2014. He was 71.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Eagle Crest Conference Center, located at 1522 Cline Falls Road in Redmond, OR.

Glenn was born February 2, 1943 in St. Helens, OR, to Glen and Marie (Serafin) Hawkins. He was raised in Vernonia, OR, and graduated from Vernonia High School in 1961. On February 3, 1973, Glenn married his sweetheart, Leslie Robbins.

From 1961 to 1986, Glenn worked as a heavy machinery mechanic at Crown Zellerbach in Tillamook, OR. Also, during this time, Glenn worked as a reserve officer with the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Department. After Crown Zellerbach closed its doors in 1986, Glenn began logging Douglas fir pole and saw timber on his family’s tree farm in Vernonia. In April 1992, Glenn and his brother Bill took over DMI, a specialized machine shop for the electronics industry. He worked there until he retired in 2006. Read More