– Elmer Etzel, 92, died January
28 in Stayton, Oregon. He was born in Stayton and lived
there all his life except for his time in the United States
Navy, when he served as a radioman during the Second World War.
After he completed his service, Elmer used the GI bill to
earn his degree in music from Portland School of Music. While
in music school, he also played clarinet in the Portland Symphony.
worked as the superintendent of Paris Woolen Mill in Stayton for
twenty two years. He also was a rancher raising registered polled
Herefords and Appaloosa horses. Elmer was a lifetime member and
past president for the Polled Hereford Association.
In addition to his family, Elmer's faith was central to his
life. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church and was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He also
loved music and played the clarinet, accordion and piano. Elmer
played in many bands during his teenage years and led a band that
played in local grange halls and on the Salem radio station.
Later in life he played in the Salem Concert Band.
June 21, 1947,
Elmer married the love of his life, Shirley Anne Cowell. She
preceded him in death in 1996. Elmer is survived by
children: Greg (Cindy) Etzel of Stayton and Roslyn (Rich) Owen of
Portland; sisters: Rose Lucas and Bernice Etzel both of Stayton
and Betty Champange of Sweet Home; grandsons: Grant (Brandi) Etzel
of Stayton, Shane Lady of Portland and Ashley Lady of Stayton; and
great-grandson: Ashton Lady of Stayton.
of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, February
6, 2013 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church in Stayton. A celebration of life will be held after
the services at Anthony Hall in Sublimity. Private interment
will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Stayton. Contributions may
be made to St. Mary or Regis Schools. Serving the family North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.