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2A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL MAY 23, 2018
(Williams) Jose, born
April 15, 1944, was
proceeded in death by
her parents, Odus and
Jessie Williams, and
Gerri passed away
May 7, 2018.
She is survived by
her son, Leroy Fenn,
of Dallas, Ore.; broth-
ers: John Williams of
Drain, Herb Williams
of Creswell and Doug
Williams of Cottage
Grove; and sisters:
Marie Jackson of LaP-
ine, Arlene Giﬀ en of
Springfi eld, and Lin-
da Helton of Cottage
Gerri worked in the
food service industry
until she retired.
Amanda and Mike Butts of
Cottage Grove welcomed a baby
boy on May 17 at PeaceHealth Sa-
cred Heart Medical Center - Riv-
Sara and John Palmer of Cot-
tage Grove welcomed a baby girl
on May 17 at PeaceHealth Sacred
Heart Medical Center RiverBend.
A gas station attendant on
Main St. reported that a driver
who was fi lling up had a fi ft h of
whiskey between his legs and
was consuming it while getting
A man on Davis Pl. reported
that his water hose and nozzle
from the side of his home had
A man on 7th St. reports that
a subject was trying to force en-
try into a church in an attempt
to get some water. Aft er words
between the two, the subject left
and began trying to fl ag down
A bar on Main St. reported
that a man who appeared to be
on meth came into the bar and
then abruptly left .
A report of “loud drumming”
came from an individual on 4th
St. stating that the noise was dis-
turbing to area residents and has
been an ongoing problem with
loud music. Th e offi cers came to
the scene and reported that the
“drumming is at a reasonable
plainant reported that buses of
people might be coming in for
A father reported that his
15-year-old son was armed with
a stolen handgun and was head-
ing to Bohemia Park.
Reckless driving was reported
aft er an individual on a bicycle
was nearly hit on Shoreview Dr.
Th e individual believed that a
drug transaction may have been
A man reported seeing an in-
dividual apply graffi ti to a util-
ity box near Main St. Offi cers
contacted the involved subjects
who agreed to clean the graffi ti
markings rather than be arrest-
ed for criminal mischief.
A group of male subjects ap-
peared to be camping under a
bridge near Hwy. 99. It has been
Aft er returning from vaca-
tion, a man on Harrison St. re-
ported that there were tracks on
his lawn and it appeared to have
been driven over by some sort of
A theft of a front license plate
was reported on Pennoyer St.
A man who refused to iden-
tify himself requested assistance
because he was stuck between
two locked doors at the library.
A couple of bags of garbage
were dumped behind a business
on Main St. and a complainant
was concerned that one ap-
peared to be full of used needles.
A suspicious condition was
reported at the police station
when an individual with second
hand information informed the
offi cers that some protesters
might be planning a riot or pro-
test on main street. Th e com-
NEWS FROM AROUND THE STATE
• Th e teenage boy who started
Yoncalla’s Eagle Point High
the fi re in the Columbia River
School were set to graduate
Gorge last summer has been
ordered to pay damages in • Th e CDC reported earlier this
the amount of $36 million.
week that Oregon is one of
Th e teen, unnamed due to
the three new states to report
his age, threw a fi recracker
a case of E. coli linked to the
from a hiking trail, igniting a
outbreak caused by lettuce
wildfi re that burned for more
around the nation.
than two months and torched • A 4.6-magnitude earthquake
more than 48,000 acres. Th e
struck 100 miles east of Ban-
boy pled guilty to eight counts
don on Sunday morning. It's
of reckless burning and two
the fourth earthquake to be
counts of depositing burning
recorded for Oregon since
material on forest land. He
also pled guilty to criminal
mischief and was ordered to
complete nearly 2,000 hours
of community service and
serve fi ve years of probation.
• 21-year-old Dylan Baker Pi-
etrs was found dead at Lake
Shasta last weekend. His
body was found in his tent
and offi cials said it was un-
clear if alcohol played a part
in his death. Th e University
of Oregon drew criticism for
a statement it released about
the incident in which it cited
students’ “history of demon-
strating poor life choices
during visits to Shasta Lake.”
• A wrong-way driver on In-
terstate-5 killed three teen-
agers on Sunday, May 20. Th e
girls, who were traveling near
an ongoing problem with trash
being left in the area.
A suspicious subject was re-
ported aft er an individual saw
a male subject in jeans and no
shoes seen crawling in the dirt
on Main St. at 4:21 a.m.
Aft er the door of a business
on Main St. was accidentally left
unlocked aft er closing, an indi-
vidual appeared to be going in
and out of the business.
A suspicious condition was
reported aft er a neighbor no-
ticed sleeping bags, food and
other items in the bushes of a
vacant house on Clark Ave.
Multiple golfers reported
complaints of drone activity
from a group of teenagers was
distracting them from their
game at Hidden Valley Golf
Ethelmae Atherton, 90, of Cot-
tage Grove, died May 16. A fu-
neral followed by a reception will
be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the
Cottage Grove Masonic Lodge
in Cottage Grove, OR. Arrange-
ments by Smith-Lund-Mills Fu-
neral Chapel in Cottage Grove.
Kristi Jean Coomler (Sherrill)
Kristi Jean Coomler (Sherrill) was born
to Hazel Jeanette McCullouch Coomler
and Henry Howard Coomler on
September 18, 1962 in Cottage Grove
Oregon. She grew up on Kennady
Lane, Cottage Grove Oregon. She
herself described her childhood as: “ I
was born lucky; the world was mine I
lived on 92 acres on a mountain...life was perfect. I ate the best
food in the world from the garden and ate the best meat in the
world...” She enjoyed playing with her horses, playing with the
farm animals and pets, and climbing trees in the orchard with her
nieces. Kristi enjoyed her primary education at a small country
school, Latham School. She graduated from Cottage Grove High
School September 1980. She married Timothy Sherrill December
20, 1980. She is survived by her 3 children; Brandon Sherrill,
Justin Sherrill, Tafi Sherrill. and two grandchildren. She is
also survived by her 2 brothers and one sister and her brother
in law:,Richard Coomler , David Coomler, Diane Coomler/Bill
Berg. She is also survived by her to beloved cats: Wishpuff and
Mr. Mouse. Kristi enjoyed gardening, and crafts. Kris was well
known for her wit and humor which seemed come out at any
unexpected moment! Everyone enjoyed that which some say was
handed down to her from her mother! Kristi will be missed, by
all of us that love her. Arrangements in the care of Smith-Lund-
Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Marjory Coiner Wolf • 1930-2018
Marjory Coiner Wolf, age 88, passed away on April 6, 2018
in Tacoma, Washington. She was the daughter of Lester
and Mildred Coiner and grew up in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Marge was predeceased by her parents, her 3 siblings and her
husband, Bob. She relocated to Olympia, Washington in 1996
and enjoyed spending time at the Olympia Senior Center and
enjoyed the center’s walking club and choir. She relocated to
Gig Harbor, Washington, in 2016.
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Marge is survived by her 2 children and their families:
Daughter, Jana Heyd, and husband Don Whitfi eld; grandson
Adam Heyd and his wife Diana and children, Lucas and Emi,
and step-grandson Matt Whitfi eld, his wife Sara, and their 3
children, Carter, Kate and Myla and: Son, Bob Wolf, and his
wife, Marla and their daughter, Rose, who reside in Boise,
Marge enjoyed her church community, her exercise programs,
spending time with her family and friends, drawing, playing the
piano, and studying languages.
Gerald Matthew Pitcher • 1949-2018
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Gerald Matthew Pitcher “Pitch” beloved husband, dad, grandpa, uncle and
brother passed away at his home on April 4, 2018. He was born July 1, 1949
in Eugene, OR, the second child of John W. Pitcher and Vita Matthews Pitcher
He spent his young life playing on the banks of rivers and in the woods of Fall
Creek, Detroit, Idanha and Cottage Grove, Oregon. He attended school in Cot-
tage Grove OR and graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1967.
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He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970.
After the Army he moved to Thorne Bay, Alaska and found his piece of heaven.
He married Dayle M. Berger and they had three daughters, Cheri Dee, Kimery
Marlys and Kristy Mae. He built a home on the shores of Thorne Bay and in
his spare time he fi shed in his beloved Boston Whaler, hunted and trapped. He
probably would have stayed there forever but his employer Louisiana Pacifi c/
Ketchikan Pulp closed operations in Thorne Bay. He had worked for them for
28 years. He was known by all who knew him to be “one hell of a logger and
shovel operator”-the shovel was his second home.
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He later met Kathryn and they married and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. He worked for Kinross Gold/
Fairbanks Gold Mining Inc. for 13 years retiring in 2014. Gerald “Pitch” also had several mining claims in
“Central” and he loved going there with family and friends. He even found gold but probably would have
been just as happy to just dig with his excavator.
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He always wanted to hunt again in Oregon so he and Kathryn moved to Sumpter in 2014. Unfortunately,
his health began to fail and recently they had moved to the Roseburg area to be close to the VA Hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years Kathryn “Kat” Cooke Pitcher, his three daughters Cheri Dee Kell,
Kimery Healey and Kristy Pitcher; fi ve grandchildren; Ellissa, Nathaniel, Mikaela, Kassidee and Daylenn;
one great grandchild Madelynn and another due August 2018 Trenton Matthew. He is also survived by his
stepsons Blair Hansen and Sean Hansen and their children, Curtis Budetti, Max, Camilla, Selena, Gabriel
and David Hansen; and his four sisters, Sheran Johnsrud (Richard), Pam Dodge (Charles), Judy Gersten-
berger (Mike) and Kit Pitcher. His nieces Tinessa, Alisha, Hollie and Emmalee and nephew Brandon. He
was very loved by his family.
Gerald was preceded in death by his mom Vita Mae Matthews Pitcher Black, stepfather Jim Black, his dad
John W. Pitcher and his nephew Bryan Charles Dodge.
Gerald, Pitch, Dad, Papa will live in our hearts forever and will be missed. It would make Gerald so happy
if in his memory you spend time with your kids and grandkids, take a walk in the woods enjoying nature,
breathing in the fresh air or throw a line in the water, as you remember him.
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