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Linda L. Claassen
September 28, 1945 August 22, 2016

Stayton Linda, 70, died August 22 in Stayton. She was born in Long Beach, CA moving to Oregon in 1971, living in Stayton, Scio and Lyons. Linda married Walter Claassen on November 21, 1964 in Fair Oaks, CA. She was a member of Scio Baptist Church and Canyon Bible Fellowship in Lyons. She had a special place in her heart for teaching young people in Sunday School and Awana.  She spent countless hours studying her Bible, praying and serving others. She was a bold witness for Christ and shared the plan of salvation with many people over the years.  She helped many people find her friend Jesus as their Savior.

Linda was an accomplished pianist and organist.  She shared her talents at church and accompanied a ladies trio in college.  She had a beautiful singing voice and was a member of choirs and ladies singing groups. She enjoyed all crafts and was talented as a seamstress, quilter and doing bead work.  Linda loved reading and trying new authors and genres.  She loved trying new things and was up for many adventures with her family throughout the years. She loved camping as a young woman and had many stories to tell of her childhood.

She became a HAM radio operator at a young age and regaled her children with stories of communicating with people around the world.  A year ago, she tackled the technology age with a tablet computer and learned to communicate with people around the world again.   She even made friends with a gospel church in Mexico.  Her love of people even went beyond language barriers.  We will all miss her very much.

Linda is survived by her husband: Walt of Stayton; children: Ernie (Jane) Claassen of Stayton and Boni Claassen of Scio; brothers: Leonard Gluck of Spring Hill, TN and Carl Gluck of Burke, VA; sister: Lois Ann Hart of Sacramento, CA; and 4 grandchildren: Briana, Byron, Logan and Rose Claassen.

A memorial service will be Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Scio Baptist Church. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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