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Day: May 16, 2014

Kenneth Clinton Howard

Kenneth Clinton Howard passed away surrounded by his loved ones at Salem Hospital on May 5, 2014. He was 52 years old.

He was the son of Wayne and Shirley Howard. Ken was the oldest brother to Mark, Bobby and Karen Howard. He is survived by his mother and sister. He had eight nieces and nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews.

Ken was a kind and caring person who would give you the shirt off his back. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Anyone who knew him would tell you that he had a big heart and was always joking around. His family and friends will miss him dearly.

A memorial was held at the Keizer Civic Center Thursday, May 8. Arrangements entrusted to Keizer Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services.

Betty Lou (Combs) Vogt


Betty Lou (Combs) Vogt of Keizer, 90, was born April 8, 1924 in Springfield, Ill. to Charlie and Katie Combs.

As an infant, her family moved to Neosho, Mo. and then moved again, when she was 12, to New Plymouth, Idaho. They moved next door to the Vogt family and became good friends with them. She married the youngest Vogt boy, Howard, in 1941. They lived in Payette, Idaho, first when Betty began her lifelong career as a wife and homemaker.

After Howard began working for the federal government, they moved to Missoula, Mont., where their first daughter Betty June was born. They moved next to Ogden, Utah where their second daughter, Carol Lynn was born and then to Salt Lake City, Utah, where their third daughter, Barbara Ann, was born.

They returned to Ogden until 1963 and then moved to Falls City, Ore. after Howard was granted disability from the federal government. The next move they made was to Salem and then to Keizer.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Carol Lundin (Richard), Barbara Vogt, son-in-law Russel Mendenhall; granddaughter, Cheri Mendenhall and grandson Roger Mendenhall (Robin); three great granddaughters, Candice Nikerson (Mikey), Shelby Phillips (Nick), Brandy Lundin; great grandson Derek
Mendenhall (Victoria), two great great-granddaughters Payton Nail and Ellie Nickerson; and one great great-grandson Tucker Phillips; many nieces and nephews and their families.

Betty was preceded in death by husband Howard; oldest daughter Betty June Mendenhall; youngest granddaughter Noelle Marie Lundin; sisters Sylvia Davis, Frances McCance, Ruby Corn; brothers John Combs, Manford “Mack” Combs, Dennis Combs, Arthur Combs and Ralph Combs.

Memorial services were held, Monday, May 12 at Weddle Funeral Services in Stayton.

Eunice H. Hegle

Eunice Iola Hurt Hegle passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014.

She was born at home in rural Kentucky on January 13, 1932. At only four pounds, she was wrapped in a dish towel, laid in a shoe box and put on the oven door for warmth. Despite her uncertain beginnings, she enjoyed good health for most of her life, winning a perfect attendance award for all 12 years of school. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, which took its sad toll on her and her family.

Eunice hoped one day to be a medical missionary, but the prohibitive cost of medical school caused her to change to teaching. She graduated from Olivet Nazarene College near Chicago with a degree in education. She would later receive a Masters degree in Science Education. She met her husband, Ed, during that time and after they were married, they came to Portland to attend Western Evangelical Seminary. After seminary, they pastored several churches in Washington and Oregon before settling in Salem with their two children.

Eunice wore many hats in her life: pastor’s wife, daughter, sister, teacher, librarian, volunteer, gardener, seamstress, food-preserver, cat-lover, bird watcher, puzzle worker, knitter, and one summer, she and Ed lived at a fire look-out near Mt. Hood. She relished her role as an adult Sunday school teacher for decades – especially studying the Old Testament. Even though she had left Kentucky decades ago, she remained a true “Southern lady” and collected Cardinal bird figurines that reminded her of home. But the hat she most loved to wear was that of mother and grandmother. She was a “can-do” type of lady and she was always asking what she could do to make our lives easier. She doted on her two grandchildren and was so pleased to find out that she would be a great-grandmother in the fall. She loved books and reading and passed that on to the kids and grandkids by reading to them and keeping them well supplied with books.

She taught school for more than 40 years in different locations, including 25 years at Salem Academy and several years as a tutor for the Salem Keizer School District. Chemistry, physics, and Bible were her main subjects. She especially loved teaching college-bound seniors who were serious about school.

Eunice had some difficult times in her life, but she always testified to the saving grace of God and His care for her no matter the situation. She trusted that her life was in His hands.

She was an active member of the Salem Free Methodist Church since 1969 and she will be missed by her family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by husband, Ed, in 2008. She is survived by her children: Terry Hegle (Ruth) of Keizer, and Yvonne Dahl Alameda (Stan) of Bend. Also by her grandchildren: Lisa Hegle Sinks of Keizer, and David Hegle (Ashley) of Portland, and her brother Howard Hurt of Kentucky.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Hawthorne House of Salem and Willamette Valley Hospice for their tender care of her during her last days.

A memorial service will be held at Salem Free Methodist Church, 4455 Silverton Rd. NE on Wednesday, May 21, at 1 p.m. Reception to follow. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Ministry at the church.