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2A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL APRIL 19, 2017
Sherri Dee Wynn-DuMong 1963-2017
Sherri Dee Wynn-DuMong, 53,
passed away of an accidental death
on April 4, 2017. She was born Oct.
She is survived by her son, Mat-
thew Wynn, mother, Judy Wynn
Toon, father, Archie Wynn, step-
father, Glenn Toon, two brothers,
Randy and Jim Wynn, a sister,
Terri Zancanella, and many nieces
and nephews. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Joseph N.
Dumong, in 2016.
A Celebration of Life will be held on April 22, 2017 at 3 p.m. at
the Waldport Seventh-Day Adventist Church, (next to the KOA),
1506 NW Pacifi c Coast Hwy., Waldport, Oregon 97394. If you have
any questions call 541-961-5253. Arrangements under the care of
Bateman Funeral Home, Newport.
Val Jean Wesley 1937-2017
Val Jean Wesley, 79, of Creswell
died April 9, 2017.
She was born Oct. 15, 1937 in
Kane, Penn. to Harvey Willard and
Wilda Wave (Caldwell) Birch.
She graduated from Springfi eld
High School in 1955. The family
moved from Pennsylvania to Ore-
gon in 1953.
On Dec. 23, 1955, Jean and Nel-
son Wesley were married. They
were married for 61 years.
She enjoyed her early retirement traveling the U.S. visiting fami-
ly, friends, camping, and fi shing.
Jean is survived by her husband, Nelson of Creswell, two sons,
Bryan and wife Cheryl of Creswell and Mark and his wife Chana
of Creswell, three grandchildren, three brothers, Bill Birch and wife
Phyllis of Yuma Arizona, John Birch and wife Jolene of Creswell
and Paul Birch and wife Patricia of Creswell, and numerous nieces
She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Wayne (Mitch)
Wesley, parents, Harvey and Wilda Birch, and two sisters, Barbara
Eubanks and Alice Vaughn.
A Celebration of Life will be held April 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. at
Andreason's/Buell Chapel in Springfi eld, Oregon.
Jeanne Louise Baker 1966, 2017
Russell Dean Harris 1946-2017
Russell Dean Harris, 71, of
Poulsbo, Wash. passed away March
He was born Jan. 16, 1946 in
Cottage Grove to Dale and Dorothy
He was a Boy Scout, going
through all the ranks, attended a Na-
tional Jamboree and earned the Ea-
gle Scout. He graduated from Cot-
tage Grove High School in 1964,
then attended Oregon State Univer-
sity and Southern Oregon College
achieving a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Russell served in the US Navy, which included time aboard the
USS King during Vietnam, as well as being stationed in Ireland. His
active duty was followed by 13 years in the National Guard, retiring
with 21 years of military service.
Russell spent 14 years working at Weyerhaeuser Timber Co., and
spent many years as a volunteer fi re fi ghter in Cottage Grove before
moving to Poulsbo, Wash. There, he worked for the Puget Sound
Naval Shipyard for 18 years.
Russell enjoyed talking to anyone and everyone, watching sports
and volunteering with Special Olympics, among other things.
He is survived by his wife, Dorla (Rose) Harris, of Poulsbo; son,
Brandon (Elizabeth) Harris of Cottage Grove; daughters, Tiffani
Harris and Suzanne (Rudy) Zinter of Poulsbo, Wash.; four grand-
children; brothers, Stanley Harris of California, Kenneth Harris of
Oregon, and George Harris of Oregon; sister Wanda Woody of Cot-
tage Grove; as well as many more family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Dorothy Har-
A Celebration of Life will be held April 30 at 2 p.m. at the Cot-
tage Grove Armory. 628 E, Washington Ave. In memory of Rus-
sell's baby blue eyes, please wear blue to the service.
Kathleen Marie Rasmussen
Kathleen Marie Rasmussen,
73 of Creswell, OR passed away on
Palm Sunday April 9, 2017. She was
born on November 4, 1943 in San
Diego, CA to Velta Helms and Betty
Jean (Roberts) Hopkins. Kathleen
had a longtime career as a school
bus driver, and in her spare time
she enjoyed crafts, gardening, and
sewing. She loved spending time
with her grandsons and enjoyed
watching them play sports. She was also a member of Our Lady
of Perpetual Help church. On February 26, 1967 she married Ron-
ald Lee Rasmussen in Portland, OR. They were married for 4 years.
Ronald preceded Kathleen in death. Kathleen is survived by her
son and daughter In-law Randy and Cindi Rasmussen of Creswell,
OR; her brother Michael Hopkins; and 2 grandchildren; (Ren and
Roman Rasmussen). A memorial service will be held on Saturday,
April 22, 2017 at 10:00AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church,
1025 N. 19th Street, Cottage Grove, OR 97424. Arrangements are
in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel.
Jeanne Louise Baker, 50, passed
away Friday, March. 24, 2017.
She was born Sept. 22, 1966, in
Eugene, Oregon and was a lifelong
area resident. She graduated from
Cottage Grove High School, and
earned a degree in Early Childhood
Development from Lane Communi-
After college, Jeanne was em-
ployed as a Nanny in Philadelphia,
Penn., and later worked as an aid
at a senior care facility. She also
worked as a freelance web de-
Roy Edward Smith
signer, then later as a sales and
support representative for Dell
Former Arkansas resident, Roy
Computers. Jeanne enjoyed
Edward Smith, 90, passed away Tues-
horseback riding, and, in her
day April 11, 2017, at his youngest son’s
youth, competed in show horse
home in Eugene, Oregon. A visitation will
competitions. She also spent sev- be held Friday April 21, 2017 at 5PM at
eral years competing, along with Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel. A Fu-
her brothers, with the Bohemia neral Service and Reception will be held
Swimming Association and the at Smith Lund Mills funeral home in Cot-
Cottage Grove High School swim tage Grove, Oregon on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM.
team. Later, she enjoyed working
Roy was born May 15, 1926, in Wickes, Arkansas to Owen Ed-
with her mother in her Pomerani- ward and Cora Bell Smith. Roy was known as “Junior” to most of his
an breeding business.
friends and family growing up. Roy served in the US Navy during
She took most pride in being a World War II.
Roy was married to Syble Irene Smith (Marcum) on January
loving and attentive mom to her
in Tulsa, OK; they were married for 52 years.
worked for and retired from Weyerhaeuser at the age of
She had a knack for connecting
his early retirement by fi shing, hunting and most
kindly with children, and was a
Roy loved to dance and spend time with his
gifted baker – the family prized
her snickerdoodles and wealth of
Roy is survived by his three children, Roy W. Smith and his
baked goods and candies she pro-
wife Ludy, Danny R. Smith, Michael E. Smith and his wife Margie;
duced every Christmas. She was
his 9 grandchildren Wayne, Anya, Tina, Tommie, Dirk, Mike, Mela-
an excellent horsewoman and a
nie, Shawn and Mandy; his 9 great grandchildren and the rest of his
natural at caring for animals of all
relatives and friends. Roy is preceded in death by his parents and his
wife; as well as his 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
She is survived by her mother,
Th e family wishes to thank all of those who cared for Roy over
Sandra Baker of Cottage Grove; the last 2 years.
her son Caleb Adair of Seattle,
Wash.; daughter Courtney Adair
of Cottage Grove; two brothers,
Kenneth Baker of McMinnville
and Richard Baker of Clayton,
N.C.; two nieces and two neph-
Private services were held
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1 p.m.
with close family and friends.
Arrangements under the direc-
tion of Smith Lund Mills Funer-
al Chapel, Cottage Grove.
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Charles Ralph “Chuck” Conklin
Charles Ralph “Chuck” Conklin of Cottage
Grove died on April 15, 2017 at the age of 82.
He was born on December 28, 1934 in Ava,
Missouri, to parents Ralph and Eva (Stewart)
Conklin. He graduated from high school and
college. He served in the U.S. Navy. He mar-
ried Frances Green on August 18, 1957 in Creswell, OR. Chuck
worked for 15 years for Weyerhaeuser, and owned Chuck’s
Downtown Barbershop for 57 years.
He enjoyed poker, cards, and especially his grandkids. He is
survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances Pauline Conklin of
Cottage Grove; son, Ralph (wife Lori) Conklin of Cottage
Grove; son, Richard (wife Brenda) Conklin of Cottage Grove;
grandkids, Mike, Jeff, Heather, April, Matt and Kori; and 6
great-grandkids. No service is planned. Arrangements are in
the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.
RUSSELL CARY THOMS
Aft er a courageous fi ght against
cancer, Russell Th oms, 58, passed
away surrounded by his family on
Sunday morning, April 2, 2017. He
was born on November 10, 1958 in
Eugene, Oregon, as the son of Emil
(Bud) and Delores Th oms, growing up
in the Cottage Grove area.
Russ graduated from Cottage Grove High School and also
attended Blue Mountain Community College on a golf schol-
arship. Russ fi rst worked in the lumber industry along with
his father and brother. Aft er a number of years, he decided to
make a career change that eventually proved to be his passion.
Working as a construction contractor was the right move, as he
loved his work from the foundation to the roof and everything
in between, starting his own business, Investor’s Choice Con-
struction. He later decided that fi nish carpentry was his true
passion and sunk his heart into it. Th e quality of his craft sman-
ship, work ethic and leadership skills were recognized by all who
Although his real pride and joy came from being a father
and husband of 37 years to Carrie Strebe, Russ also loved the
game of golf. He was an accomplished golfer, earning Club
Champion at Emerald Valley Golf Club and won many two-
man tournaments with his brother, known as the Th oms Boys.
Being competitive in nature, Russ always enjoyed playing pok-
er, pinochle,Yahtzee and croquet with family and sharing good
food and fi ne wine with both family and friends.
We will always remember Russ as being quick witted, funny,
talented and creative. He was a loving member of our family,
always willing to help and share his knowledge with others. He
was an avid Duck fan and hosted many “Duck Parties” to watch
his favorite team. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Carrie, their sons Vincent, Kyle
(wife Hannah), and Cameron, two grandchildren, his mother
Delores Th oms, brother Randy Th oms (wife Lisa) and sisters
Ronda Cranmer (husband Fred) and Rochelle Miller. He is pre-
ceded in death by his father Bud Th oms.
A summer memorial will be planned for family and friends.
In lieu of fl owers, contributions can be made in his name to Cas-
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