Day: July 9, 2010

Lloyd Medric White

Mr. White, of Salem and formerly of Keizer, died Wednesday, July 7, 2010. He was 93 years old. Born June 2, 1917, in Collinston, La. to William Spencer and Commie Juanita Thompson White, he grew up in Bastrop, La. as the fourth of five children. He attended Ouchita Parrish High school before joining the U.S. Navy in 1936. Before World War II Mr. White served aboard the USS Astoria, at one point escorting the remains of the Japanese ambassador to the United States for burial in his homeland, and was one of 400 crew members participating in the funeral march and 13-course meal on the Imperial Palace grounds. During World War II he served aboard a destroyer in the north Atlantic and in 1942 was transferred to the Pacific theater, serving as chief boatswain mate on the USS Halligan, participating in all major battles and landings in the Pacific. He participated in the Battle of Okinawa in a fire suppression unit. On March 26, 1945 his ship struck a mine, and Mr. White was blinded and suffered burns over most of his body. He was the only surviving chief petty officer. Mr. White wed Ruth Vernon on Oct. 13, 1941, and the family lived in Guam, Japan and San Diego. After his navy retirement he managed Tools and Metals in El Jajon, Calif. until his retirement in 1979. He...

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Quartet wrestles well in Pocatello

The McNary mat club sent four wrestlers to a western regional tournament in Pocatello, Idaho. Making the trip were Andy Downer, Anthony Flores, Brayden Ebbs and Wyatt Kesler. Only those wrestlers who finished in the top eight of their division at their state tournament qualified for Pocatello. Downer, who competed at 128 pounds in the Schoolboy division, placed sixth in Folk style in Idaho. Flores wrestled at 215 pounds in the Cadet division and placed fourth in Folk, fourth in Greco and third in Freestyle. Ebbs competed at 75 pounds in the Intermediate division. He placed fifth in Folk, third in Greco and third in Freestyle. Kesler also qualified in three divisions, but did not place at the regional meet. Eleven states comprise the western regional: Oregon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. “This was our first trip to this tournament,” said Coach Jason Ebbs, “and the talk there was that the caliber of wrestling this year was higher than it was last year. Oregon was very well-represented at the podium. Oregon had a lot of wrestlers that placed, and a lot of wrestlers that placed high.” In other news: • The McNary wrestling program is sending 21 wrestlers to the K & K Wrestling Camp in Leavenworth, Washington. The annual event draws some 200 campers each year. • Three siblings – Stevin, Sam...

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Presented by Copper Creek Mercantile

Brayden Ebbs returned home with two third place medals from a national youth wrestling tournament held in Orem, Utah. The 10-year-old competed in the Greco and Freestyle divisions. “I don’t know,” Brayden said when asked the secret of his success. “I’ve been wrestling for a long time.” Bradyen entered the tournament a little hesitant about his chances, as he is more familiar with the collegiate style of wrestling than he is with either Greco or Freestyle. So his performance surprised him. Brayden is the son of Trisha and Jason Ebbs, head coach of the McNary wrestling program. He plays baseball and football when not wrestling. “When it comes to wrestling, it’s kind of the family business,” Brayden said, who added he’s already one-upped his father. Brayden said his father was no stranger to national tournaments in his younger days. “My dad had seven chances but never became an all-American,” said Brayden. “I became an all-American on my first chance.” See Page 9 for more on the McNary mat...

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Joyce P. Hailey

Ms. Hailey, of Salem, died July 4, 2010. She was 77. She was born Nov. 18, 1932, in Gervais. She was a Keizer resident for many years, who had recently moved to The Springs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kent; and youngest son, Scott. Survivors include: two sons, Greg (Louise) and Kevin Hailey; three grandsons, Luke, Daniel and Stephen Hailey; and two great-granddaughters, Zephaniah and Mercy Hailey. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral...

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Dorothy J. Gandee

Ms. Gandee, of Keizer, died Sunday, June 27, 2010. She was 72. Born Dec. 15, 1936, in Boone County, Neb., she married Merle Houk on June 30, 1956, and together they had seven children. She was preceded in death by her husband. Survivors include: her children, Edwina (Gary), Caye (Carol), Douglas, Raliegh, Heidi (D’Lee), Elaine (Brad) and Stephen; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at the VFW Hall at 630 Hood Street NE. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral...

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