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Brian Franck – Obituary

Obit-BrianFranck-ColorBrian Franck, age 54, died peacefully at home on December 14, 2016.

He is survived by his wife Ann Franck, her daughters Leigh Halverson and Dana DelBello, his mother Ilene Franck, brothers David and Lyle Franck, and sisters Lucy Warren and Carole Shaw. He is preceded by his father Charles Franck.

Brian was born on March 2, 1962 and raised in Forest Grove, Oregon. He graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1980 where he was on the track team, attended Lane Community College in Eugene, and worked at Wauna Federal Credit Union in Vernonia.

Brian was a devoted husband, son, brother, co-worker and friend. He enjoyed camping, kayaking and watching sports, especially his Blazers. His kindness, smile and joyous nature touched many lives. The Vernonia community has lost a very gentle, loving, and caring citizen.

He lived a good life and was a wonderful example of how people should treat one another. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and all who knew him.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kristian Enestvedt and Danielle Vermette at OHSU for their genuine loving care.

A Memorial service to celebrate Brian’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday January 22, 2017 at Cedar Ridge, 18062 Keasey Road, Vernonia, OR 97064 (Please note change of date)

Flowers and condolences can be sent to Cedar Ridge or donations can be made in his name to Community Home Health and Hospice in Longview, WA.

Pamela Lee Kofstad

Obit-Kofstad-webPamela Lee Kofstad, 61, of Vernonia passed away October 5th, 2016 in her home surrounded by family and friends. Celebration of Life Service will be held at Harvest Community Church in Beaverton, Oregon on October 16th, 2016 at 3:00 pm with Reverend Dr. Chuck Currie officiating. Reception with family and friends will follow the service.

Pam was born in Hillsboro to George and Georgia Griffin on April 16th, 1955. She graduated from Aloha High School in 1973. She became a valuable member of the staff at Pacific University as an Administrative Assistant for the School of Social Sciences. 

Pam is survived by her husband, Harvey Kofstad; two children, Kelly Kielian and Dustin Kofstad; three step-children, Angela Kofstad, Kevin Kofstad, Steven Kofstad; parents, George and Georgia; three siblings, Mike Griffin, Ed Griffin, Sandra Danchok; and thirteen grandchildren.

She will be deeply missed and remembered by her warm smile, loving touch, and her family strength.

Condolences may be left on the online guestbook available through Omega Funeral & Cremation Services at http://www.omegaservices.com/obituary/. Donations, in honor of Pam, may be made to the ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter http://webor.alsa.org/goto/PamelaKofstad

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all medical providers, friends, and family for the continued support, love, and tributes.

David B. McNair, Jr.-Obituary

Obit- David McNairDavid B. McNair, 38, a former resident of the Vernonia community, late of Portland, Oregon, died Monday morning, May 30, 2016 at the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Vernonia Scout Cabin, 901 Park Avenue in Vernonia, with Pastor Don Wantland, Northwest Independent Church Extension in Castle Rock, Washington, officiating. Family Graveside Services will be held at Vernonia Memorial Cemetery, 2080 Bridge St. Vernonia, Oregon.

DAVID BRUCE McNAIR, JR. was born February 13, 1978 in Seaside, Oregon, the son of David Bruce McNair, Sr. and Tammy Lynn (Norton) Libbey. He was raised in the Seaside community, until the age of five when he moved with his family to the Vernonia community, where he was raised and received his education.

He had worked for several years as a logger in the Vernonia area and later as a Stone Mason in the Construction industry for several years. Read More

Elmer Morford-Obituary

Elmer Morford passed away March 30, 2016 at home with his wife and daughters by his side. He was 82.

On October 24th, 1933 Elmer Dale Morford was born to Norma (Wigle) and Dale Morford in Junction City, Oregon. He joined an older brother Floyd. He spent most of his childhood in that area. Elmer married Juanita Allen in 1958. They had two children, Elita and Monty. They moved to Vernonia and bought the Cut and Curl Room Beauty Salon in 1965. Elmer started working for Holce Logging running cat and building roads. He loved the outdoors. He loved elk hunting with his brother and friends. He also enjoyed deer hunting in Eastern Oregon with Ed and Edith Roediger. He took his family camping, fishing and water skiing at Detroit Lake. He was divorced after 25 years.

He was introduced to LaVonne Bergstrom by mutual friends and they married in June of 1984. Lavonne brought two daughters and one son, all grown with children to the marriage.  They made their home in Corvallis where he hauled logs for Thompson Timber. When he retired, they moved to Mist, Oregon to be close to his daughter Elita, son-in-law, and grandson’s. Elmer then delivered parts for Peerless and General Trailer. He got to meet some of his old logging friends and made many new ones. He became an avid gardener. They spent many winters in Arizona with friends. They also loved camping and fishing, and spent a lot of time at Detroit Lake.

They moved to Clatskanie for a few years and then to Spring Meadows Assisted Living in St. Helens.  There he made many friends and had the best of care. Everyone there loved him. He was always teasing and making them laugh. They even voted him King on Valentines Day and LaVonne Queen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a step daughter, Denise Rands. He is survived by his wife LaVonne in St. Helens, his daughter Elita (Rick) Davis – 2 grandson’s and 5 great granddaughters, his son Monty Morford – one granddaughter, his stepdaughter Barbara (David) Anderson – 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and his stepson Jim (Carlita) Bloodsworth – 5 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, his brother Floyd (Artice) Morford – 3 nephews and 1 niece, and many cousins.

As per his request, there will be no service. A private celebration of life for the family will be this summer at Detroit Lake.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Spring Meadows Assisted Living for the wonderful care that they gave Elmer and his girls. They were compassionate and caring. They provide a great service to their residents.


Daryl S. Tuttle-Obituary

Obit-DarylTuttle-web2Daryl S. Tuttle, 49, a resident of the Vernonia community, died Sunday, February 7, 2016 doing what he loved.

A Potluck Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016, from 12 Noon – 4:00 P.M. at the Vernonia Scout Cabin, 901 Park Drive in Vernonia, with Pastor John Cahill, officiant.

DARYL SCOTT TUTTLE was born on November 22, 1967 in Boise, Idaho, the son of Kay Schrenk and Connie (Markam) Wegner.  He lived in Albion,  Idaho until the age of 4; the family then moved Hayburn, Idaho.  At the age of 2  his mother married Dale Tuttle and Daryl was adopted  by Dale at the age of 10.  His mother and he moved to La Grande, Oregon, where she met and married Dave Wegner.  In the fifth grade they moved to Alaska where he was raised and received his education. At the age of 16 he moved to Cambridge Idaho.  At the age of 18 he moved to Burley, Idaho until 1991and to La Grande where he resided until 1996 when he moved to the Vernonia community, where he has resided since.

He worked as a De-Limber operator for Nygaard Logging in Warrenton for 10 years.

Among his special interests he enjoyed hunting, quad riding, camping, BBQing, shooting and anything outdoors. Most of all he treasured spending time with his family.

Daryl is preceded in death by his stepfather, Dave Wegner. grandparents Robert and Galena Markham and a brother Randy Tuttle

Survivors include his life partner, Elana Brasure of the family home in Vernonia, Oregon; his mother, Connie Wegner of Meridian, Idaho; his adopted father, Dale Tuttle of Wasila, Alaska; his birth father, Kay (Portia) Schrenk of Declo, Idaho; his four children, Rusty Campo of St. Helens, Oregon; Robby (Byanca) Campo of Prineville, Oregon; Jessica Llanos (Adam Schmidt) of Vernonia, Oregon and Joseph (Mary Lynn) Brasure of Vernonia, Oregon; his five brothers, Jared (Becky) Schrenk of Declo, Idaho; Marc (Bri) Schrenk of Murtaugh, Idaho;  Brett Schrenk of Castle Fort, Idaho; Travis (Faith) Wegner of Meridian, Idaho and Dustin (Lindsey) Wegner of Bend, Oregon and his sister, Amy (Guy) Durfee of Rupert, Idaho;  step sister Jennifer Reinhart of Newport,Oregon; step brother Jeff Wegner of Vancouver,Washington.

Also surviving are his seven grandchildren, Zayden, Charlie, Kyla, Brody, Caylee, Gavin and Jay and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the family to assist in funeral costs and raising his two grandchildren, 61151 Stoney Point Road, Vernonia, Oregon 97064, in his memory.

To sign the online guestbook or to send the family condolences visit www.fuitenrosehoyt.com

Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Vernonia is in charge of the arrangements. 503-429-6611

James “Jim” Thomas Johns- Obituary

James Thomas Johns “Jim” was born on January 13, 1927 in a small logging town.  Vernonia was his birthplace and life-long home.  He was the first born of George “Scotty” and Katherine (Fulton) Johns.  Jim passed away quietly at the family home on August 18, 2015.

Jim was raised and received his education in the Vernonia community.  The first school he attended was Pleasant Hill, attending Washington Grade School in his 8th grade year, completing his education in the Vernonia High School Class of 1945.

Jim enlisted in the Navy in January of 1945 and proudly served is country in WWII.  He attended Pacific University and received a degree in business.  This was the only time he lived outside the Vernonia community.

He was drafted into being a “fill-in” teacher by the principal of Washington Grade School.  After a short time he realized he had found his calling and began taking classes and earned a teaching degree.  He met and married his sweetheart Ginger while both were teaching at Washington Grade School.  They both spent their entire career at WGS.

After 34 years of teaching Jim retired so he could spend more time doing what he loved….being in the outdoors.  He  thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing and  many pack trips spent with friends.  Jim’s most cherished moments were spending time with his son Tim.

After retiring he and Ginger enjoyed travelling around the country with friends.  They spent time in Mexico, Alaska and all over the Northwest.  He especially enjoyed spending time with Tim, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ask anyone who has gone to school in Vernonia and they will have a Mr. Johns story to tell.  He was loved and respected by all who knew him.  His legacy will live long in Vernonia and beyond.

To send the family condolences visit www.fuitenrosehoyt.com

Gregory Wright Olson-Obituary

Gregory “G Dub” Wright Olson

Greg passed away after a nine-month valiant fight against pancreatic cancer.

He was born in Portland, OR, but grew up in Vernonia, OR on the family dairy.

Greg loved the outdoors – hunting, clamming, crabbing, mushrooming, but fishing was always #1; from trout to sturgeon, he enjoyed it all.  Greg loved fishing for salmon and steelhead on Dibblee Beach and would go sturgeon fishing any time he could.

He will be greatly missed by his mom Sally, second mom Frankie, sisters Debbie, Kim, Tracy (Mike) and Linell, nieces, nephews, Aunt Mary, uncles, cousins and ‘chosen brothers.’

A celebration of Greg’s life will be held at Dibblee Beach, Rainier, OR on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 3:00 PM.  Please visit fishonforevergreg.com or email Tracy Anderson at fishonforevergreg@gmail.com for details.  Rock-n-Roll!

Ralph H. Craft-Obituary

       Ralph H. Craft, 78, a former resident of the Banks community, late of Carlton, died Thursday evening, March 26, 2015 at the Vineyard Heights Assisted Living Facility in McMinnville.

Private Family Service will be held.

RALPH HARRY CRAFT was born on June 14, 1936 in Central City, New Mexico, the son of the late           Harry C. Craft and Annabelle (Gibbs) Craft. He was raised and received his education in the Banks community, having been a graduate with the Banks High School Class of 1955.

He was a Veteran of the United States Army, having enlisted on May 15, 1957 in the United States Army in Europe until April 22, 1959. He served active duty for 2 years, and was in the Army Reserve until receiving Honorable Discharge on May 31st, 1963 at the rank of Specialist Fourth Class.

Ralph was united in marriage to Sue Ann Medearis on July 29, 1964 in Portland, Oregon. Following their marriage they made their home in the Portland community until 1966 when they moved back to the Banks community.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Ann on September 11, 2011 after celebrating over 47 years of marriage together. Following Sue’s passing Ralph moved to the Carlton community to reside with his John and family. In December he became a guest resident at the Vineyard Heights Assisted Living Facility in McMinnville, where he has resided since.

Ralph worked for Nottingham Moving and Storage in Portland for several years and was a member of Teamsters Union Local 162. He later worked as a Real Estate Broker for Pro Group Realty for many years until his retirement in June 2006.

He was a member of the Forest Grove Elks Lodge B.P.O.E #2440; the Loyal Order of the Moose; the Banks Lions Club; The American Legion; The Sunset Park in Banks and was involved in coaching and umpiring Little League Baseball, having been instrumental in bringing the program to Banks.

Among his special interests, Ralph enjoyed fishing, hunting, clamming, gardening and caring for his flowers and wood working, especially making birdhouses.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Annabelle Craft; and his infant son Tommy.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, John and Cheryl Craft, of Carlton, Oregon; and Carrie Craft of Banks, Oregon;  Sue Ann’s children Debra and Raymond Mott, of Banks, Oregon; Byron Prickett of Tigard, Oregon; Susie Dunthorn, of Banks, Oregon; his sisters and brothers-in-law, and his brothers and sisters-in-law,

Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Banks Fire Department,

300 S. Main Street, Banks, Oregon 97106, in his memory.

To sign the online guestbook or to send the family condolences visit www.fuitenrosehoyt.com

Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove is in charge of the arrangements. 503-357-2161

Jesse E. DePue-Obituary

Obit-DePue-webJesse E. DePue, 31, a resident of the Vernonia community, died Thursday evening, March 26, 2015 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

Private Family Services will be held. A Public Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

JESSE EARL DEPUE was born May 20, 1983 in Bend, Oregon, the son of Steven J. DePue and Marjorie (Williamson) Depue. He was raised and received his education in the community of Gilchrist, Oregon.

He had resided in the community of Gilchrist until he moved to the Vernonia community, where he had resided since.
Jesse had worked as a carpenter in the construction industry and later as a logger in the timber industry for Big Guns Logging in Vernonia.

Among his special interests he enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching his boys play sports, spending time with his family and helping others. Read More

Zackri Charles “Zack” Owen-Obituary

Obit--Owen-FrontZackri Charles Owen, 50, a former resident of the Vernonia community, late of New Orleans, Louisiana, died February 27, 2015 at his home in New Orleans.
A Celebration of Life Service was held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the Grace Family Fellowship, 967 State Avenue in Vernonia, Oregon; with the Pastor John Cahill, of the Pioneer Baptist Fellowship Church, conducting. Private Family Burial Rites  followed at 3:00 PM at the Owen Family Ranch Cemetery in Timber, Oregon.
Family and friends were invited to attend a reception immediately following the church ceremony in the fellowship room of the church.
ZACKRI CHARLES “ZACK” OWEN was born December 14, 1964 in Portland, Oregon, the son of William D. Owen and Lois L. Brown (Owen). He was raised and received his education in the Vernonia Community.
He moved to New Orleans in 2006 where he has resided since. Zack had previously worked in the granite and tile industry and went on to obtain his contractor’s license working for himself in home remodels. Among his special interests he enjoyed time with his family, his friends and especially enjoyed his English Bulldogs, “Nutmeg” “Lulu” “Oreo” and Kujo”. Read More