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Memorial grove planted in honor of local deputy


March 28, 2017

Noah Berry, grandson of Denis Zuhlke, and Steve Pace of Cascade Timber Consulting plant a tree at the site of the new Denis Zuhlke Memorial Grove. The grove marker is visible between them in the background.

Family, friends and co-workers of the late Denis Zuhlke planted a grove of trees in his memory Thursday morning on land managed by Cascade Timber Consulting.

Zuhlke, who was born and reared in Albany, retired from Linn County Sheriff’s Office in 2011. He later spent about three years on forest patrol for CTC. He died of a heart attack on Aug. 3 at age 65 while on a call to check on a gate near Sheep Creek.

“He loved being outside,” said daughter Melissa Byres of Salem. “They kept trying to promote him, but he kept turning them down.”

“This grove symbolizes life after death,...

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