Community Announcements



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

Daniel ‘Ward” Lowrance-Obituary

Daniel ‘Ward” Lowrance, 81 , a resident of the Vernonia community passed away Monday morning, June 30, 2014 at the Harmony Guest Home.

Memorial services will be held at a future date.

Dan was born on May 10, 1933, in Denver, Colorado.  He was one of four children born to Hershall and Blanche Johnson) Lowrance.   He was raised and received his education in Westchester, CA.

He enlisted into the US Navy and served his country during the Korean War.  He was honorably discharge in 1955

He met his future wife Marjorie Dorr through mutual friends and they were married in 1959, in Las Vegas, NV.  They made their home in Redondo Beach, CA until 1971, when they moved to Sacramento, Ca.  in 2005 they moved to Vernonia, Or, to be closer to their daughter, grandkids and great-grandkids Read More

Patricia E. Benedict-Obituary


Patricia E. Benedict, 58, a resident of the Vernonia community, died Friday morning, May 23, 2014 at her home in Vernonia.

A Graveside Service for family members only will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bethany Bible Church Cemetery, 18245 N.W. Germantown Road in Portland, with Pastor Greg Allen, officiating.

PATRICIA ELAINE BENEDICT was born April 7, 1956 in Spokane, Washington and was the daughter of Elsie and the late Arnold Van Dyk. She was raised in Spokane Washington with her two sisters where she graduated Shadle Park High School Class of 1974.

She was united in marriage to Michael L. Benedict on December 15, 1982 in Portland, Oregon. Patricia gave birth to three sons and three daughters. The family made their home is the communities’ of Portland, Elsie, Manning and Hillsboro.  Patricia dedicated her life to serving God and being a homemaker for her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking for her family, being in her garden, playing piano, educating, raising, and supporting her children. She was passionate about ministering and praying for the elderly and sick. She and Michael moved to the Vernonia community late 2013 where they have lived since.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arnold Van Dyk, her daughter, Michelle Yend and her son, Christopher Patrick Benedict.

Survivors include her husband, Michael L. Benedict, of the family home in Vernonia, Oregon; her mother, Elsie Van Dyke, of Spokane, Washington; her five children, Matthew Benedict, of Hillsboro, Oregon; Michaela Wood, of Seaside, Oregon; Katelin Benedict, of Seaside, Oregon; Nicholas Benedict, of Hillsboro, Oregon and Casey Benedict, of Hillsboro, Oregon; and her two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marilyn and Darrell Rupnow of Spokane, Washington and Barbara and Mike Cournia, of Aloha, Oregon and four nieces and one nephew

Also surviving are her five grandchildren, Zane Benedict, Quinten Benedict, Natalie Hansen, Waylon Brown and Tristan Lamb.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd, # 140, Portland, Oregon 97219, in her memory.

To sign the online guest book or to send a condolence to the family go to

Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Vernonia is in charge of the arrangements.

Ileata Lawona Uerling-Obituary


Ileata L. Uerling, 44, a resident of the Vernonia community, died Saturday morning, May 17, 2014, at her residence.

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

ILEATA LAWONA UERLING was born on July 30, 1969, in Portland, Oregon, daughter of Ileata (Martindale) and Lloyd Winningham. She attended grade school in the Banks community and high school in Washington.

She served as a caregiver, at first caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and who were disabled, and then later at the Veterans Hospital and CICU at Providence as a CNA. She retired in 2005 after getting divorced to spend more time with her children. After retiring she helped many troubled teens in the community, she served as a mother figure for many, and helped them to get back on their feet until she no longer could due to a severe decline in health. She spent her last years being cared for by a combination of caregivers and family, primarily her son and parents.

Among her special interests she enjoyed horses, motorcycles, hot rods, and camping. She was also very family and church oriented. She attended the Vernonia Foursquare Church for many years under Pastor Paul Pastor, whom she was very close with.

Survivors include her parents, Lloyd Eugene and Ileata (Martindale) Winningham, of Vernonia, Oregon; her four children and their spouses, Corey Lee Kennedy, of Vernonia, Oregon, Cody Stevens and Brandy Winningham, of Vernonia, Oregon, Nichole and Wes Stalling, of Rainier, Oregon and Heather Uerling, of Rainier, Oregon.

 Also surviving is her one grandson, James Christopher Gabriel Winningham.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Ileata Winningham Sr. in her memory. Any contributions may be sent to 888 Jefferson Ave. Vernonia, OR 97064.

Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives of Hillsboro is in charge of the arrangements.  503-693-7965.

Norma E. Wolf-Obituary

Obit-Wolf-webNorma E. Wolf, a long time Vernonia resident, died Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Hillsboro, Oregon.

She was born December 5, 1927 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As a young girl, of 16, and on her own, she enjoyed going to the movies about every night and went skating and to dances a lot.

Norma married Francis L. Wolf on May 6, 1946, they built their home together in Vernonia.

They enjoyed hobby work & camping together. Norma also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking, and flower gardening. She also enjoyed having hobby day with her friends.

Besides loving her own hobbies and hobby days with her friends, she and Frank did just about everything together for 58 years.  They built their own home together and later in life they liked to build things together from wood, including bird feeders on poles, small standing reindeer, birds and more.   Norma would draw it and Frank would go to the shop and cut it out.  Norma would then either wood burn etch in the eyes and features or paint them.  No matter what the project was, they did it together. Read More

Kelly J. Ryan, Obituary

Obit-RyanKelly J. Ryan, 54, a resident of the Banks community, died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at his residence in Buxton, Oregon.

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

KELLY JOHN RYAN was born on December 12, 1959 in Vallejo, California, the son of the late Robert S. and Francille (Abbott) Ryan.

In 1963 Kelly and his family came to Banks, Oregon due to their father’s Military Service in the Air Force and Army.

Kelly worked at the Banks Lumber Mill in his early years and eventually made his living in construction as a Plumber and also a Brick Mason. Kelly retired and worked as a ranch hand in Buxton where he lived.

Kelly is preceded in death by his parents, Robert S. and Francille Ryan. Survivors include his son Derrick Walker, of Portland, Oregon; his brothers Steven T. Ryan, of Portland, Oregon; his twin brother Chuck Ryan, of Vancouver, Washington, Danny Ryan, of Vancouver, Washington; and his sister Jessie Ann Lenz, of Forest Grove, Oregon. Kelly also had many nieces and nephews and was expecting his first grandson in April.

Among his special interests he loved being in the outdoors and enjoyed being around people. In his early years he competed in wrist wrestling, boxing, and enjoyed working out. Most of all Kelly enjoyed being with family and friends and talking about the good old days.

Please contact Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home to be made aware of future celebration of life service arrangements. 503-357-2161. To send the family condolences visit

Lorrina Maxine Heidloff-Obituary

Obit-LorinnaHeidloff-webLorrina Maxine Heidloff, 84, of the Vernonia community, has passed away.

At her home, on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Lorrina Maxine Cannaday Heidloff passed from her family’s loving arms to the arms of her heavenly Father. Maxine was blessed with a gentle, peaceful passing from Pancreatic Cancer surrounded by loved ones.

Maxine was born October 13, 1929 in Grand Island, Nebraska and moved with her family to Oregon in the late 1930s. She met the love of her life, Allen, in Hillsboro, Oregon in 1946 and later that year they were married in Vancouver, Washington.

Maxine had a creative spirit and after graduating from Hillsboro Union High, and having her three daughters, she continued her education and graduated from Phagans School of Beauty, in Portland, Oregon. She was employed as a cosmetician in the Hillsboro area for several years and remembered her clients fondly throughout the years. Read More