Tribute: Shawna Marie Kast

Shawna Marie Kast Dec. 20,1969 – Sept. 20, 2023  Shawna Marie Kast was born in Cottage Grove, Ore. on Dec. 20,1969.  Shawna is survived by her mother, Deborah Cuddeback; her loving partner, Patrick Leonard; her daughter, Haylee Sanders; and her granddaughter, Charlee Sanders.  Shawna graduated from the University of Oregon[Read More…]

Death Notices: Week of Sept. 21

SAFELY – Brian William Safley, 64, of Cottage Grove, Ore., died Sept. 1, 2023. Arrangements: Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel and Crematorium. SOLESBEE – Kathleen Marie Solesbee, 47, of Cottage Grove, Ore., died Sept. 3, 2023. Arrangements: Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel and Crematorium. LILLY – Bryan Lee Lilly, 62, of Eugene, Ore., died[Read More…]

Obituaries and Death Notices: Sept. 7

Patricia ‘Patty’ Ann (Harris) Phillips Aug. 16, 1954 – Aug. 23, 2023 Patricia “Patty” Ann (Harris) Phillips of Springfield passed away Aug. 23, 2023. She was 69 years old. Patricia was born Aug. 16, 1954, in Grants Pass, Ore. to Jack and Helen (Throgmorton) Harris. She grew up on the[Read More…]

Tribute: Nancy Ann Taylor

Nancy Ann Taylor Sept. 18, 1937 – Aug. 2, 2023 Nancy Ann Taylor passed away on Aug. 2, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones. Nancy was born on Sept. 18, 1937 in Los Angeles, Calif. She graduated from Creswell High School in 1956 and married Dean Taylor on July 26,[Read More…]

Tribute: William ‘Bill’ Welch

William ‘Bill’ Welch Sept. 8, 1938 – Aug. 9, 2023 William “Bill” Welch passed away Aug. 9, 2023. Bill was born Sept. 8, 1938 in Rapid City, S.D. Bill was one of nine children born to Esther Sharp and Bert Welch. His younger years were spent in Rapid City, S.D.[Read More…]

Tribute: David ‘Tj’ Hugh Tjomsland

David ‘Tj’ Hugh Tjomsland Dec. 15, 1946 – July 14, 2023 David “Tj” Hugh Tjomsland — a forestry teacher to hundreds, a mentor to many, and a friend to all — died July 14, 2023 in Olympia, Wash. surrounded by his loving wife and devoted son. He was 76 and[Read More…]

Milestone: Irwin celebrates 100 years

COTTAGE GROVE — Edna Irwin of Cottage Grove celebrated her 100th birthday on Aug. 7 with family. Edna and Lyle (deceased) moved from North Dakota in 1947 and settled into the Dorena community before Dorena Reservoir was completed. Pictured with her are Randy Irwin, Debbie Harthill, and their dog Bodie.

John ‘Jack’ Hardaway Connolly: Aug. 1, 1928 – July 10, 2023

John ‘Jack’ Hardaway Connolly was born in Olympia, Wash. He graduated high school from St. Martin’s. He also attended St. Martin’s University and Washington State University.  Jack was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the 562nd Medical Ambulance Company.    Among his many endeavors, he co-owned Shelton Meatpacking[Read More…]

Death Notices: Week of August 10

Van Loon: John “Weston” Van Loon, 45, of Yoncalla, Ore. passed away July 30, 2023. Arrangements: Sunset Hills Funeral Home and Crematorium. 



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