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Obituaries October 4, 2016


October 4, 2016

Billy Bryant

Billy Bryant

May 7, 1931 – Sept. 28, 2016

Billy Eugene Bryant, 85, of Foster died Sept. 28, 2016.

He was born May 7, 1931 in Seymour, Mo. to James Alvin and Rena (Cardwell) Bryant.

His family moved to Sultan, Wash., where he graduated from Sultan High School and later moved to Lebam, Wash.

He served in the United States Army from February 1952 until February 1954 and was stationed in Germany.

Mr. Bryant met his wife, Louise, in November 1954 and they married in March of 1955. They had three children: James; Janice, who died at birth; and Diana. The family moved to Oregon in 1956.

Mr. Bryant worked for Georgia Pacific Paper Mill in Toledo for 33 years. He was a life member of the Newport Masonic Lodge #85, Knights Templar of Oregon, Cryptic Masons of Oregon Royal Arch Masons of Oregon, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks No. 2105 and a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Yaquina Bay Chapter #142.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening with his grandchildren.

In the winters after retiring, the Bryants traveled to Indio, Calif. where they enjoyed playing shuffleboard in the District 5 League as well as other activities in the park until Mr. Bryant became ill with dementia and entered a private adult assisted care home from May of 2014. The care home owners, Loren and Alma Hilton, were the Bryant family’s neighbors for many years; his caregiver was Gretchen Sanders.

Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife Carolyn; children James and daughter-in-law Juanita Bryant, and Diana and son-in-law Rich Edwards; his mother, Rena Bryant, who is 102; brothers Jimmy, Doyle, Jerry, Lyle, Tom and David; sisters Wilma and Joyce; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Bryant; brother Danny; and baby daughter Janice.

Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

A funeral service is planned for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond, Wash. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo, Wash.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Stanley Gambetty

Nov. 12, 1917 – Sept. 27, 2016

Stanley George Gambetty, 98, of Sweet Home died Sept. 27, 2016.

He was born Nov. 12, 1917 in Chicago, the son of George and Victoria (Todish) Gambetty.

He grew up in Potlatch, ID. After graduating high school Mr. Gambetty moved to Bend. It was there he met and later married Norma Suttle, in 1941. They moved to Sweet Home in 1946 and have lived here since.

Mr. Gambetty worked in lumber mills most of his life. He was an avid hunter and fisher; he enjoyed the outdoors.

He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Gambetty; son Frank Gambetty; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma in 1991; and a daughter, Barbara Gambetty, in 2016.

A Celebration of Life will be at a future date. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Edwin Norgord

Dec. 25, 1929 – Sept. 20, 2016

Edwin Norgord, 87, of Keizer, formerly of Sweet Home, died Sept. 20, 2016.

He was born and raised in Pasadena, Calif. He attended Marshall High School and John Muir Junior College during World War II before joining the Air Force in 1948 and serving in Japan during the Korean War.

Mr. Norgord lived most of his life in the Pasadena, Calif. area, where he worked as a photojournalist for 35 years. He took many photos of U.S. presidents and celebrities over the years – sports heroes, movies stars including Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Gene Autry, and had opportunities to visit stars’ homes in Pasadena. Upon his retirement, he moved to Sweet Home, where he lived from 1993 to 2015. He and his wife Sherry moved to Keizer in January 2016.

Edwin Norgord

He loved his horse, Brandy, westerns and, most of all, his family.

Mr. Norgord is survived by his wife, Sherry; son Steve and daughter-in-law Diana Norgord; a daughter, Donna; stepson Mike; stepdaughter Laura and her husband Mitch; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Audrey, Joyce, and Shirley and brother-in-law Jim.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Edwin and Bessie Norgord; brothers Ron and Ken; and sister Phyllis.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Sweet Home Evangelical Church.


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