6A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • April 1, 2015 Polk County News OBITUARIES Wanda Marie Reed Nov. 1924 – March 22, 2015 Wanda Marie Reed, 90, of Lebanon, formerly of Dallas, died March 22. She was born to Phillip and Margie Mae Hollick in Minot, N.D. After graduating high school, she followed her older sis- ter, Phyllis, t o Fa l l s C i t y, a booming logging camp in 1943. She worked as a cook, where she later met and married Everett Reed. They had five children together. In 1953, the family moved to Klamath Falls and that sum- mer Everett died in a drown- ing accident. Following Everett’s death, Wanda and the children moved to Dallas, where they lived for many years. Wanda later moved to Richland, Wash., and worked many years for Lamb-Weston, a potato processing plant. She retired in 1989 and moved back to Oregon, settling in Lebanon to be closer to her children. She enjoyed her coffee, working in her flowers, play- ing cards and spending time with her family. She was a very loving, caring person. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett, and daughter, Susan Reed. Survivors include her sons, Everett T. (Terry J.), James W. and Michael J. Reed; daughter, Sandra Rust; brother, Pete Hollick; sister, Betty Valentine; 11 grand- children; and 21 great- grandchildren. Private graveside service will be held at Dallas Ceme- tery. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrange- ments. To send an online condolence: www.dallastrib- ute.com. Gunner Jay Pedersen Oct. 29, 2014 – March 4, 2015 Gunner Jay Pedersen of Dallas died March 4. He was born in Salem and always had the biggest smile to welcome you into the room. Survivors include his mom and dad, Feli- cia and Randy; sis- ter, Ariana; grandpar- ents, Karl and Fairy Teal and Billie Jack- son; great-grandparents, Wilma, Melvin, Bev Ray and Karl Teal; and a large extend- ed family. Service was March 14 at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Contributions are suggest- ed to SIDS Foundation. To send an online condo- lence: www.dallastribute.com. Mary Antoinette Perkins Aug. 31, 1938 – March 5, 2015 Mary Perkins, 76, of Perry- dale died March 5 in Salem. She was born in LaSera, Texas, to Ervin and Leona Smith. She grew up in Forest Grove. Mary married the love of her life, Perry Perkins, on Sept. 10, 1959, and had 55 wonderful years together. Her husband and children were her life. However, the day she became a “nana” KEITH GILBERT RIEGER February 6, 1939 - March 23, 2015 Keith Gilbert Rieger, 75, of Falls City died March 23 in Independ- ence. He was born in Newberg, Oregon to Louella Ferris and Benjamin Rieger. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 - 1960, most of it aboard the carrier USS Essex. Keith is survived by his sons, Jeff and Robert Rieger; grandsons, Joshua and Matthew Rieger; great-grandson, Henley Rieger; sisters, Gayle Alexander and Michelle Mercier; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his brother, Kenneth Rieger. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. was the best day of her life, as she loved her grandchil- dren with everything in her. She was a simple person who never needed much. Al- though she never had much, she was always the first one to give to those in need. She had a heart of gold, always looking out for everyone else over herself. She was preceded in death by her son, Peter Perkins, and father, Ervin Smith. Survivors include her hus- band, Perry; children, Robert Perkins of Long Beach, Calif., Ken (Ginger) Perkins of Per- rydale and Vicki (Mark) Sex- ton of Silverton; mother, Leona Smith; sisters, Jackie Peters, Trinny Beutell and Linda Vanderzanden; broth- er, Terry Smith; and five grandchildren. Private family memorial service will be held. Restlawn Funeral Home, Salem, handled arrangements. Amanda Lynn Garbutt Baines Jan. 10, 2015 Amanda Lynn Garbutt Baines, 30, of Dallas died Jan. 10 in Laramie, Wyo. She was born in McMin- nville to Melody Phillips and Glen Garbutt. Amanda grew up in Grand Ronde and later moved to Amity. Amanda at- tended high school in Amity and was a May Day princess. After high school, Amanda wanted to be a truck driver and attended truck driving school at England Trucking Co. Amanda then transferred to McKnight Transportation and finally drove for Sunrise Trucking doing short haul. She was proud of her new truck and was able to paint and detail it the way she wanted. She was also doing local runs, enabling her to move back home with her mom. During this time, she met Jay Baines of England. They were able to visit each other several times and they became engaged to be mar- ried. This was some of the happiest and best times Amanda had, being home for Christmas with her fami- ly and getting ready to be married. Survivors include her mother and father; stepdad, Rodney Reed; sister, Shannon Garbutt (Moy); stepbrother, Robert; fiancé, Jay Baines; and grandparents, Harold and Shirley Phillips and Bob and Patricia Garbutt. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrange- ments. To send an online condolence: www.dallastrib- ute.com. Elvin Lewis Dutton March 15, 1917 – March 25, 2015 Elvin Lewis Dutton, 98, of Dallas died March 25. He was born in Rivera, now Pico Rivera, Calif., to Ethel (Enyart) and Elvin C. Dutton. His child- hood was spent in California and Ark- ansas. Elvin served as a staff ser- geant dur- ing World War II, seeing duty in the Panama Canal Zone and in Europe, where he helped lib- erate areas that were still oc- cupied. One of his favorite activities was corresponding with schoolchildren in one of the towns in Austria that he had helped to free. He loved to share his memories of that time and learning what had become of those families. After his return from mili- tary service, he worked for Standard Oil in Southern California as a boilermaker blacksmith, usually working the graveyard shift. This al- lowed him to work a second job as a self-employed car- penter. This was truly one of his passions and he excelled at creating beautiful pieces of furniture. In 1964, Elvin moved his family to Independence, where he had purchased a 100-acre farm. This was a lifestyle that he had experi- enced as a child so he felt right at home. On the farm, Elvin raised beef cattle, hay, grain and at one point had almost 1,000 chickens, so egg production was a major operation. Elvin discovered that the farm didn’t provide enough to support his fami- ly. He took on full-time em- Salem 412 Lancaster Drive NE Salem, OR 97301 (503) 581-6265 Low Cost Cremation & Burial Funerals & Memorials Simple Direct Cremation $495 Simple Direct Burial $550 Traditional Funeral $1,975 Discount priced Caskets, Urns and other Memorial items. 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Elvin is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Eileen (Norton); children, Scott (Ellen), Theresa (Cassius) Downs and Bryan (Emma); his sister, Anita; and five grandchildren. Memorial reception and celebration of Elvin’s life is Friday at 2 p.m. at the Dallas Retirement Village Chapel, 377 Jasper St. Donations are suggested to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road, P.O. Box 901, Wilton, NH 03086-0901. Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center handled arrange- ments. To send an online condolence: www.dallastrib- ute.com. Claude ‘Bud’ Edward Smith April 3, 1935 – March 24, 2015 Claude “Bud” Edward Smith, 79, of Monmouth died March 24. He was born in Eugene and grew up in Cottage Grove. Bud graduated from high school in Cottage Grove in 1953 and moved to M o n - mouth to attend Oregon College of Education (OCE), now West- ern Oregon University. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he received the first graduate assistantship offered to a stu- dent in OCE history. He fin- ished college with a master’s of education in 1961. While in college, he met the love of his life, Glenva McKinney. They had recently celebrated 59 years of mar- riage. Bud was employed by OCE directly after gradua- tion and served as the direc- tor of educational media until he retired in 1991. Throughout Bud’s 61 years in Monmouth, he spent countless hours as a volun- teer and was involved in the community. In the 1960s, Bud joined the Jaycees and served as national director. He was a volunteer firefighter and was the fire training officer for several years; his highest rank was captain. In later years, he was involved with the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association and the Northwest Leadership Seminar in Portland. Boating was one of his many passions. He started with a 14-foot boat and ended with a 36-foot cabin cruiser. He was involved in the Willamette River Power Squadron group and reached the rank of commander. Another interest was in amateur ham radio. That en- joyment led him to be in- volved in Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) and The Oregon Emergency Net- work. For a time, he was the emergency coordinator for Polk County. Bud spent sev- eral years involved with the S.A.L.T. program with the Polk County Sheriff’s De- partment, serving as presi- dent for two years. Bud was involved in many Masonic organizations and was a member and past mas- ter of Lyon Lodge No. 29 AF&AM. He belonged to Al Kader Shrine, Polk County Shrine Club and was a past member of Salem Patrol. He was a member of Scottish Rite, receiving his 32nd de- gree, KCCH, and 33rd degree. He was secretary of Salem Valley Scottish Rite for many years. He was a member of Adah Chapter No. 34 Order of Eastern Star in Independence and was worthy patron sever- al times. He served as worthy grand patron of Oregon in 1983-84 and also held the po- sition of grand treasurer for four years. Bud had served as associate bethel guardian for Job’s Daughters Bethel No. 34 in Independence. Although he had many in- terests and hobbies, the most cherished part of his life was his family and home. Survivors include his wife, Glenva; son, Tom (Dorothea) Smith of Corvallis; daugh- ters, Anna (Don) Broxson of Salem and Sue (Monte) Holz of Monmouth; one grand- daughter; one step-grand- daughter; and three great- grandchildren. Celebration of life was Monday at the Scottish Rite Center, 4090 Commercial St. SE, Salem. Contributions are suggest- ed to the Shriners Children’s Hospital or the American Cancer Society. Farnstrom Mortuary, Inde- pendence, handled arrange- ments. To send an online condolence: www.Farn- stromMortuary.com. Frank J. Wells July 30, 1921 – March 18, 2015 Fellowship reception for Frank J. Wells of Monmouth, who died March 18, will be held Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the home of Vern and Nancy Wells. Family graveside service was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland with full military honors. Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Wells; sons, Gary Wells, Vernon (Nancy) Wells and Barry Wells; sister, Bertha Fleis; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Contributions are suggest- ed to the Monmouth-Inde- pendence Community Scholarship Fund in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, which handled arrangements. To send an online condo- lence: www.dallastribute.com. Obituary Information Obituary information must be submitted by 4 p.m. on the Monday before publication to be included in the newspaper. Most funeral homes handle obituary information and pro- vide it to the newspaper. How- ever, information can also be submitted directly from family members. Color and black-and-white photos can be submitted, but photos will only be published in black and white. The Itemiz- er-Observer uses a flag logo in the obituaries of people who served in the armed forces. 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