Elmer T. Etzel
November 29
, 1920 January 28, 2013

Stayton 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.

Elmer 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.

On 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.

Mass 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.


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