Recent Stayton Obituaries





Marcel “Van” VanDriesche
September 26, 1913 – February 8, 2012

Stayton – Van, 98, died February 8 in Stayton. He was born in Baker and grew up there. After graduating from Mt Angel College in 1939, he moved to St. Paul, where he taught, was the principal and coached basketball. Van moved to Stayton in 1943 and taught at Stayton High School and coached basketball and football for 3 years.

In 1946 Van bought the Star Theatre in Stayton. He built a new theatre building in 1948 and owned and operated it until 1976. Van was very active in the community, as a member of the Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, Stayton Fire Department, Boy Scouts and Knights of Columbus serving as district deputy. He served as President of both Regis High School and St. Mary Elementary School. Van served on the sewer and water planning commission and six different terms as Mayor of Stayton, in that capacity, he appointed the committee for the hospital board and brought the railroad to Stayton. Van held the first railroad spike, while Senator Mark Hatfield hammered it in. He enjoyed fishing, which he did for 90 years and golfing.

Van married Ruth Lathrop on June 5, 1939 in Mt. Angel, she preceded him in death in 2005. He is survived by children: Ken (Dee) VanDriesche of Salem, Carla (Gary) Rosenbalm of Stayton, Karen (Richard) Bettencourt of Groton, MA., John (Diana) VanDriesche of Talbot and Roy (Sheila) VanDriesche of West Hampton, MA.; 11 – grandchildren and 18 – great-grandchildren. 2 brothers and 1 sister preceded him in death.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he was a member. Interment in St. Mary Cemetery in Stayton. Contributions may be made to the church or the Stayton Public Library. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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