Obituaries for January 30, 2012

By Observer Upload January 31, 2012 06:33 pm
Cissna, Bechtel, Mayberry



Harley E. Cissna



Harley Eugene Cissna, 55, of Elgin, died Jan. 30 at his home.  A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.



Fay Bechtel

Formerly of Cove



Fay Bechtel, 88, formerly of Cove, died early in the morning Jan. 21. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and had recently broken hip and developed

A viewing will run from 2 to p.m. Wednesday at Sandy Funeral Home in Sandy. Services will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hollyview Baptist Church, 14095SE 257th Ave. (off Highway 212) in Damascus. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Gresham.

Fay was born May 16, 1923, in Roseberry, Idaho, to Edgar and Ruby Buchanan. She was the eldest of six children.

She was raised in Roseberry and attended high school in Donnelly, Idaho.

She worked in a packing plant sorting peas, which led to her later enjoyment of gardening and home canning. In 1940, she married Ross Muller of Council, Idaho. They made their home in New Meadows, Idaho, and had four children. After 17 years of marriage, they divorced. 

Fay worked as a waitress for several years. In 1962, Fay married Vern Bechtel. They lived in New Meadows before later moving to Boise.

Fay and Vern and their children moved to Gresham where Vern was a welder and Fay worked in a plant nursery. In 1976, they moved to Cove and planned to retire there. Their sons attended Cove High School.

Fay loved gardening and making quilts. She also did ceramics, tole painting and crocheting. She enjoyed reading until her eyesight failed. In her younger days, she played the guitar. 

She loved all animals, especially cats and dogs, which were always part of their household. If a stray needed a home, Fay would always help, her family said.

Fay thrived on visits from her family and friends. For several years, her Buchanan family held their annual family reunion at the Cove ascension building. Several of her grandchildren spent time every summer in Cove and learned to swim at the Cove pool. She did volunteer work at the Cove library.

In September 2010, Fay left her Cove home and moved to her daughter and son-in-law's home in Boring so they could take care of her. 

Fay is survived by her husband of 49 years, Vern Bechtel of Cove; her sons, Ron Muller (Mary) of Caldwell, Idaho, Monte Muller of Gresham, Mike Bechtel of Boring and Kelly Bechtel of Gresham; her only daughter, Carol Alexander (Larry) of Boring; her brothers, Eldon Buchanan (Elda) of Meridian, Idaho, Allen Buchanan (Louise) of Weiser Idaho; sisters, Lois Hunt of Gresham and Mildred Martin of Bakersfield, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews and extended family members. 

She was proceeded in death by her sister, Irene Draper of Idaho; and her eldest son, Bill Muller (Shirley) of Longview, Wash., who had just died in November 2011.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hollyview Church or to Mt. Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, OR 97055.

Carol Alexander's (Fay's daughter) address is Carol Alexander, P.O. Box 274, Boring, OR 97009.



Gene Mayberry

Formerly of Union County



Gene Mayberry, 77, formerly of Union County, died Jan. 17 of acute leukemia at home surrounded by loved ones. Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Milton-Freewater.

Gene was born Oct. 10, 1934, in Umapine and grew up in Milton-Freewater. As a child, he enjoyed hunting and fishing with siblings, cousins and close friends. 

He was baptized into Christ by his close friend, Joe Jewett, at the Milton-Freewater First Christian Church at age 10. 

Gene met his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Colleen Megy, at a church youth group meeting during his senior year. They married Aug. 7, 1955. Through the years, they added eight children to their family. In addition, the couple were foster parents and sponsored many children overseas.

Gene graduated from McLoughlin Union High School in 1952 and attended Northwest Christian College for four years. Gene spent most of his career in financial services working as a banker, mortgage broker and business owner. His business ventures included the startup, management and ownership of Eastern Oregon Title and Escrow in La Grande. He retired in 1994. 

His career kept Gene and his family on the move as they settled in and were actively involved in numerous communities across Oregon and Washington including Milton-Freewater, Seattle, Walla Walla, Pendleton, Myrtle Point, La Grande, Eugene, Tigard and College Place. Gene always loved hunting, fishing, boating and camping with family and friends. He also enjoyed remodeling houses, watching and reading Westerns, and traveling. Gene attended Cove Christian Camp as a child the first year it opened and continued to support the camp’s operations throughout his life.  He especially enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in Montana. Gene was very active in his church and served many years as an elder. He also served as a lifetime board member for Holt International Children’s Services.

Gene is survived by his wife, Colleen; three sons, Tucker and his wife, Jan Mayberry, Ken Mayberry, and Brian and his wife, Melissa Mayberry; Brian’s sister, Pam Kleng; five daughters, Heidi and her husband, Rob Johnson, Julie and her husband, Hugh Duvall, Minda and her husband, Josh Kelsey, Monica and her husband, Tony Marshall, and Kara Rasmussen; 21 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and his sisters, Carol Gunnels and Barbara Pentland. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nolan and Zelda Mayberry; brother, Norman Mayberry; and his father and mother-in-law, Buzz and Jeanne Megy. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Holt International or the Cove Christian Camp in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.


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