A celebration of life will be held for Melvern “Mel” R. Tupper at noon Sept. 27 at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds, with a potluck luncheon to follow.

Mel was born Jan. 20, 1952, in Tillamook to Homes and Hope (Taylor) Tupper.

He passed away Sept. 11 surrounded by family and friends at the Hopewell House in Portland. He was 58.

Mel grew up in Tillamook and is a 1970 graduate of Tillamook High School. 

He drove trucks for Tillamook Transfer, Jenck Farms and then for the Tillamook County Creamery Association for the past 28 years until his retirement in 2005.

Mel was very active in our community and donated many hours of his time. He was a member of the Tillamook Elks Lodge, the Tillamook County Rodeo Board for 17 years, Tillamook County Fair Board for 15 years, the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association, and served on the South Prairie Water Board.

Mel enjoyed helping his wife, Debbie, run their small horse boarding facility, horseback riding, camping, hunting, and visiting with his friends. He also loved helping anyone that needed help.

Mel is survived by his wife of 38 years, Debbie Tupper, of Tillamook; children Melissa Woods and husband Greg of Beaver, and Christopher Tupper and wife Tara of Salem; sister Virginia Porter of Palm Springs, Calif.; brothers Homes “Sonny” Tupper and wife Peggy of Portland, Richard Tupper and wife Jan of Madras, and Robert Tupper and wife Laura of Salem; and grandchildren Blake, Justin and Carrie Woods, all of Beaver.

He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law, Virgel and Elizabeth Severns of Tillamook; uncles and aunts Peggy Tupper of Visailia, Calif., Jane Shilling of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Mary Brooks of Dallas, Texas, Rudy Wostel of The Dalles, June Wostel of Portland, and Dorothy and Paul Wostel of Tillamook; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tillamook County Rodeo Association, Tillamook County Fair, Hopewell House, and the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association.

Internment will be at Tillamook IOOF Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Waud’s Funeral Home.

George R. Edley

George R. Edley, 61, of Garibaldi died Sept. 14 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

Private interment services were held.

George Raymond Edley was born March 14, 1949, in Portland to the late Henry George Edley and Patricia J. (McConnell) Edley.

He was raised in the Hillsboro community and was a graduate of the Hillsboro High School class of 1967.

He had worked for the Schrapel Fruit Processing Company in Gaston for several years. George also worked as a mechanic for several years.

Among his special interests were field archery, bow hunting and fishing.

George was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother, Patricia J. “Pat” Edley of Nehalem; children George Edley, Jr. of Seaside, and James Edley and Michael Edley, both of Forest Grove; and his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Jeannette Edley of Nehalem.

Arrangements are by Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Hillsboro.

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