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Gretchen Davis - 1917-2019

Gretchen Davis passed away at her home in McMinnville on September 18, 2019. Services are pending with Macy & Son Funeral Directors.

Michael B. Freeborn - 1947-2019

Mike passed away on September 16, 2019, after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was born March 15, 1947, in McMinnville to John and Barbara Freeborn. Mike attended schools in Dayton, where he graduated in 1965. After high school, he went to Lower Columbia JC where he participated in basketball and baseball. His sophomore year, both teams won the conference championship. Mike was then invited

Victoria Virginia Cirillo Riley - 1924-2019

Victoria passed away on Sept. 15, 2019 at the age of 95 in her home in McMinnville, Oregon. She was born on June 12, 1924 in Lancaster Pennsylvania to Pasquale and Lavinia (Cardillo) Cirillo originally from Vieste, Italy. She spent her early years as a stenographer. She loved to dance and competed in the jitterbug. She loved opera; her favorite singer was Mario Lanza. She loved being out in the su

Eugene Tunney Blane Sr. 1927 - 2019


Eugene Tunney Blane Sr. passed away Monday, September 9, 2019, at the age of 91 in McMinnville, Oregon. Gene was born October 1, 1927, in Clarinda, Iowa (or Ida County, Iowa). In 1937, Gene’s family moved to Dundee, Oregon. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, serving in WWII, attaining the rank of seaman 1st class. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946, Gene moved to Coos County, Oregon, where he eventually met his wife, Dora Davenport. Gene and Dora were married December 5, 1950. They had two children, Vicki and Eugene Jr. In 1959, following his dream, Gene moved his family to Anchorage, Alaska. Gene and family also lived in Seward and Fairbanks, where Gene became a successful small businessman. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing throughout his life. In 1977, upon retirement, Gene and Dora moved back to Oregon, where they resided in Whiteson and McMinnville until his death.
Gene is survived by his wife, Dora Lee; his two children, Vicki Lee Hollowell and Eugene Jr.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The family will hold a small memorial service from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, at Macy & Son Funeral Directors. Gene will be laid to rest at 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 20, at the Norway Cemetery in Coquille, Oregon. To leave condolences, please visit






Lewis Oliver Brown 1936 - 2019


Longtime Carlton, Oregon, resident, Lewis Oliver Brown, passed away August 12, 2019, in his home. He was 83 years old. Born the second son of four boys and two girls to Norman R. Brown and Muriel Stella (Caravan) Brown, Lewis, or “Lew," as he was called, spent his early years in Brisbane, California, before moving to San Francisco, where he graduated from Lincoln High School and attended San Francisco City College. Deeply patriotic, Lew joined the Naval Reserve before meeting his beloved first wife, Judith Hubbell. He requested active duty in 1957 and, three months later, he and Judith were married. They spent the next two years in Hawaii, where he was assigned as the personal driver for Rear Admiral Frank Brandley. In 1960, he began his 37-year career as a meat cutter for Safeway Stores, Inc. He moved his family to Carlton in 1968, where he continued working for Safeway until he retired in 1997 at age 62. Lew was an avid coin collector, a World War II buff and enjoyed going to casinos with his second wife, Linda Mealue. He was preceded in death by wife, Judith; his mother; father; half-brother, Charles; half-sister, Betty Guy; infant daughter, Kari; brothers, James and Norman; sister, Carol; and granddaughter, Alissa (Lissy) Hamrick. He is survived by his second wife, Linda; his sister, Joan Peceimmer; brother, Charles Brown; as well as his four children, Lori Thomas, Alan Brown, Richard Brown and Leah Jennings; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. The family will hold a small, private memorial on Saturday, September 14. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be sent to Tucker-Maxon Oral School in Portland, Oregon.

Luella May Henrickson 1932 - 2019


Luella May Henrickson passed away September 5, 2019, at home in McMinnville, Oregon, with family at her bedside.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Richard Henrickson; brothers, Paul Nothiger of Klamath Falls, and Kenneth Nothiger of Albany, Oregon; children, Glen and Elena Henrickson, Rex Henrickson, Linda and Gary Gibbons, all of McMinnville, and Dan and Rita Henrickson of Vernonia, Oregon; grandchildren, Glenn and Elyse, Gary and Charish, Brian and  Adria, Lisa and Craig, Kelly, Charles Benjamin, Abigail, Leif, Monica, Sam J., Michael, Mathew, Nick, Natia and Kevin, and Sam B; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 14, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a dedication service at 3:00 p.m. at Gilliland Cemetery, Sweet Home, Oregon.

Luella was always thinking of others and spent much of her time volunteering, care giving for her parents and doing activities with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
She was born in Woodland, Washington, the first child of Opal and Charlie Nothiger. Nineteen thirty-two was a challenging time in history; Charlie never lacked for work but his skills took him on the road for several years. He helped build the roads and bridges we drive today throughout Oregon and Washington. His family moved with him as the construction projects were finished. Luella often told of all the schools she attended in her younger years. She learned to be self-reliant and also helped her mom and younger brothers navigate their new “homes.” Luella felt most at home when they settled on acreage in Sweet Home, Oregon. She graduated from Sweet Home High School and her first job was night shift telephone operator in the days of party lines and wires she plugged in to connect the parties. She met Richard, the love of her life, in Sweet Home.
Luella raised her family, worked hard and she always made time for others in need. Her sense of humor came through often with family and friends. Her greatest joy were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family, Faith and Country defined her life.  She will be loved and fondly remembered by all who knew her. Till we meet again.

Louis Henry Nelson 1944 - 2019


Louis Henry Nelson, age 75, of McMinnville, Oregon, passed away peacefully at home August 29, 2019.
He was born March 6, 1944, to Joe and Geraldine Nelson in National City, California. His life was soon introduced to farming on a chicken ranch in the remote hills of Fort Bragg in Northern California, where he played in the forests of the great Redwoods. He exchanged his playground among the Redwoods for the pastoral lowlands of Escondido and the San Pasqual Valley at the age of 10. During high school he worked milking cows at a nearby dairy, the industry that eventually became his career path.
Following high school, a young and free-spirited Louie hit the road behind the wheel of his Mustang. - college, Hollywood, the beats of L.A. nightclubs - and then ... a dance with the gorgeous, tall, red-haired Rolling Stones fan in black Go-Go boots!  A Carson City chapel, a shared wooden ring, and the two rebellious newlyweds woke up to the music of "Strawberry Alarm Clock" and rode on the wings of "Jefferson Airplane" to the streets of San Francisco "with flowers in her hair." The young hippies reveled in the "Cheap Thrills" of Haight-Ashbury, concerts at Winterland and The Fillmore, and flipping through albums in record stores for their next three dollar vinyl.
From the Bay Area the couple moved north, Louie milking cows in California's dairy communities and enjoying rural living once again. The fertile farmlands of the Willamette Valley tempted him with opportunity, and he moved his family to Oregon in 1976. He continued milking cows, becoming a milk tester for DHIA in Salem in 1977. He established his own company, NW Milk Testing in 1994. He worked long hours, through nights and days, to the rhythms of milking parlors across the Northwest, collecting milk samples and processing data for dairy farmers. Well-respected for his work in the industry, Louie carried his career from paper and pencil work to the speed and ease of hand-held computers.
Louie lived a life nurtured by nature, his childhood discoveries and dreams flowing into his adventurous adulthood.
Rafting the Deschutes, hiking Pacific NW forest trails, hunting in the Strawberry Mountains, biking the Yamhill countryside. His travels included annual trips to the spring baseball training camps of Phoenix and this year's adventure to Alicante, Spain, where he strolled in the sunshine and the sweet smell of oranges with his three generations of beloved redheads... and none of them wearing Go-Go boots.
His life was deeply rooted in the soils of the earth he walked upon. Always first to arrive the morning of grape harvest, his smile filled the totes and hauled the bounty to the winery. He grew an abundance of tomatoes, corn and beans on his country hillside, filling the tables of friends and community.
A deep love of R&B moved Louie's spirit through life. A blanket, a cold beer, a group of friends and Louie could be found tuning his inner guitar with the pulses of Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival every July. He was known among friends for his humor and storytelling, drawn out like a long Paul Butterfield harmonica intro and ending three days later with the guitar chords of Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Louie is survived by his wife of 51 years, Terry Nelson; children, Sara Chaufty and Jorgen Nelson (Amy); grandchildren, Madisyn Chaufty, Delaney Chaufty and Max Nelson; and sister, Carol McIntire (Lee) of Beaumont, California.
For our friend Louie and the love he shared,... "Remember, tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, people, Time's tickin' away," (Vaughan Brothers). A celebration of Louie's life will be at harvest on a date that only the grapes will tell.
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Anita Ragsdale 1927 - 2019


A Celebration of Life-Reception in Memory of Anita Ragsdale.
Please join us in celebrating the life of Anita Ragsdale the way she loved best: with coffee and cookies and family and friends. The reception will be held from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 28, at Brookdale Town Center, 775 N.E. 27th, second floor, in McMinnville.
Anita passed away April 30, 2019, and her obituary can be viewed at You may also RSVP for the reception and leave a remembrance at that site.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Yamhill Community Action Partnership Food Bank at


Gerald Ray Van Hyning 1953 - 2019


Gerald Ray Van Hyning, 66, of Lebanon, Oregon, died of cancer Friday, August 23, 2019.
Gerry was born March 2, 1953, in McMinnville, Oregon, to John Henry and Marilyn Ruth (Mulkey) Van Hyning. He attended and graduated high school in Sheridan, Oregon, and lived the majority of his life in the Willamette Valley. After graduating  from Sheridan High School, Gerry started working with his dad in the family logging business. Most recently, Gerry retired from Knife River, after working there for 20 years.
On September 23, 2017, Gerry married Carol Rathkey in Salem, Oregon. He met Carol while at church, sitting together and striking up a conversation. Both very strong in their faith, Gerry and his wife Carol enjoyed many camping trips to Eastern Oregon, where they could be surrounded by the beauty of God's creation.
Gerry was a gifted artist and dabbled in many forms of art. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and gardening. He also enjoyed get-togethers of all types, as well as trips to the Oregon coast with his siblings.
Surviving are his wife, Carol Van Hyning of Lebanon; two daughters, Leslie Shay of Salem and Jennifer (Chris) Collins of Granbury, Texas; a son, Jeremy (Callie) Vany Hyning of Las Vegas, Nevada; three sisters, Diane Keebler of Keizer, Oregon, Jeanette Riler of Sun City, Arizona, and Janine McDonald of La Center, Washington; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A sister, Arleen Wright, preceded her brother in death in 1994.
A memorial service is planned for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 12, at the Salem Alliance Church, 555 Gaines St. N.E., Salem, Oregon.
His ashes will be scattered in the mountains where he loved to hunt and camp.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of your choice.



Michael Dennis Donaly 1940 - 2019

  Michael Dennis Donaly, 79, of McMinnville, Oregon, passed away September 7, 2019, after more than five years of metastatic melanoma cancer. He fought long and hard to live because he loved ...

Luella Henrickson 1932 - 2019


Luella Henrickson passed away September 5, 2019, at her home in McMinnville. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 14, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, McMinnville, with viewing one hour prior to the service at the church. Macy & Son Funeral Directors are handling arrangements.

Mary Anna Gunness 1928 - 2019


Mary Anna Gunness, “Annie,” of McMinnville, Oregon, passed away September 3, 2019. She was 90.
She was a devoted wife to her husband of 50 years, Tom Gunness, and a proud mother and grandmother to three children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Annie was born in 1928 in Cherryvale, Kansas, and moved to McMinnville when she was 6 years old.
She worked as a teller at First National Bank of McMinnville, now Key Bank, where she met Tom. She grew beautiful roses and spent wonderful summers at the family cabin in Pacific City.
She had many friends and was a mother figure to many others. Her sense of humor, wonderful personality and her common sense will be greatly missed. Need a hand-knit stocking cap? She’d make one. Wonder how to fix something? She always had a solution. Craving the best apple pie in the world? She would bake it from the apples off her tree in the backyard.
She is survived by her children, Jeff (Teri), Stuart (Sue), and Paula (Kraig); brother, John Asmussen (Margaret); grandchildren, Tom (Brooke), Emily (Noah), Anna Scattarella, Alex Scattarella, Keenan Mitchell (Amy Mae), and Hanna Brandt; great-grandson, Peter Bradley Gunness; and “extra” daughter, Mary Jane Beeler Orme. Also surviving are nieces Aimee Tift, JoLyn Gunness, Karen Mosiman, Mollie Dunckel, Ronda Huber and Tracy Enbysk; and nephews, Frank Gunness, Gary Gunness and Mike Asmussen.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; her older brother, Allen Asmussen; and her parents, Homer and Della Asmussen.
Her motto in life is one we all will remember: DSTSS: Don’t sweat the small stuff.
The family would like to thank Legacy Hospice and Serenity Home Care for the warm and wonderful care you gave to Annie.
A celebration of life for Annie Gunness will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, September 29, at Golden Valley Brewery and Restaurant, 980 N.E. Fourth Street, McMinnville, OR. Donations may be given to A Family Place, McMinnville, c/o Macy & Son Funeral Directors.To leave online condolences, please visit

Margaret Ann (Teachout) Meyer 1928 - 2019


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Margaret Ann (Teachout) Meyer. She passed peacefully with her children by her side on September 6, 2019, at the age of 91.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William B. Meyer. She is survived by her brother, William Teachout; sister, Nancy Gardner; her four children, James (Ann), Jennifer, Susan, and Amy (Michael), 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Mom graduated in 1950 from Middlebury College in Vermont and went on to Simmons College for her master’s in social work. She served others selflessly as a social worker for many years.
A private memorial will be held at a future date. No flowers, please. Donations to a charity of your choice in her honor are appreciated.
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Andrew P. Pelos 1932 - 2019


Andrew (Andy) P. Pelos passed away peacefully September 6, 2019, at his home in McMinnville, Oregon. He was 86 years old. Andy was born on November 26, 1932, in Meropi, Greece, to parents Petros and Sophia Petropoulos.
Andy immigrated to the United States as a teenager, serving his newfound country in the Korean conflict after attending Oliver High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his time there, he maintained an almost daily correspondence with his sweetheart back in Greece, Dimitra Dimopoulos. After the war, Andy and Dimitra married and started their life together in Pennsylvania.
Andy attended Penn State University on a G.I. Bill grant. He studied civil engineering and eventually found his way to his engineering profession, working at companies Swindell, Dressler and Richardson, Gordon and Assoc., among others in Pittsburgh. As his career progressed, Andy and Toula (Dimitra) started a family, eventually buying a small home in Castle Shannon, Pennsylvania, just outside Pittsburgh.
The arrival of children became the center of his existence with the birth of Sophie in 1958, followed by Dean in 1960, Perry in 1963, and Johanna in 1969. While raising their children, Andy and Toula emphasized both their Greek heritage and commitment to close family ties. A typical Sunday would involve a service at Holy Trinity or Holy Cross church followed by a stop at the family diner, The Superior Lunch, owned by Andy’s parents. While in high school, he’d waited tables at the restaurant, where his father cooked and his mother hosted.
In the early '70s, Andy and Toula moved their family back to Greece, which allowed the children to meet relatives and understand their heritage more deeply. They wound up back in Chicago in the late '70s, where Andy began his career in residential real estate. His focus there involved helping newly arrived Greek immigrants obtain the dream of home ownership, or to start a small family business.
While in Chicago, Andy and Toula enjoyed entertaining friends at their home, which was always remembered as a welcoming venue for all. As the children moved away, Andy and Toula would take frequent trips to Greece to visit family. There, Andy took a special interest in updating his childhood home in Meropi, doing much of the work himself. He and Toula became residents of McMinnville in late 2016, moving into the Hillside community to be closer to family.
Andy will be remembered for his love of the outdoors and gardening, a passion he shared with Toula. Few people who met him will ever forget him. His warm personality, welcoming smile and zest for life will be fondly remembered.
He is survived by his wife, Dimitra; daughters, Sophie and Johanna; sons, Dean and Perry; and 10 grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11a.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Macy & Son in McMinnville, followed by interment at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. A viewing at Macy & Son will take place prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred in the form of donations to an association that deals with Alzheimer's or dementia. To leave condolences, visit



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