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George Curtiss "Curt" Dornhecker

April 2, 1920 - May 30, 2013

SALEM - Curt Dornhecker died on May 30, 2013 in Salem. He was born to George Clarence and Georgia Vae (Curtiss) Dornhecker on April 2, 1920 at the family farm on Pioneer Road in Dallas, Oregon.

After graduation from high school, Curt attended Willamette University for one year before beginning his career with Southern Pacific Railroad. Following 3 years as an S.P Brakeman, he enlisted in the US Navy; serving his country for two years until the end of World War II. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Curt returned to the Southern Pacific Railroad as a Brakeman, and then a conductor until his retirement.

Curt was an active participant in the Christian Church throughout his life; serving as Deacon, high school instructor, youth group leader, and in many other capacities. He also lived his faith every day. When Curt had time away from his job he spent it on the family's 37 acre cherry and prune orchard and his 10 acre home place. He dearly loved fishing throughout his life and in the middle to later years, the annual hunting trip with family and friends. Curt's favorite "tool" was his chainsaw; he truly enjoyed cutting, splitting, and chopping wood for the family furnace and/or fireplace.

Curt was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Shirley (on September 11, 2012); son Neil Curtiss Dornhecker; grandson, Jared Curtiss Dornhecker, sisters Mary, Marsha, and brother in law, Ray Heckendorn, and sisters in law Mary Jean and Mary Dornhecker; and Shirley's siblings, Bob, Pat and Dorothy.

Survivors include daughter, Barbara (Ron) Kreitinger; son , Brad (Kennie) Dornhecker; daughter in law Janet Dornhecker; grandchildren, Gina (Jose) Cepeda, Jacob Kreitinger, and Jamie Olson; and great grandchildren, Alexa and Anthony Cepeda, Rylie Dornhecker, Mayson Olson, and Kenna Coleman. Also surviving are several special nieces, nephews, and cousins, and beloved friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 11:00AM at the First Christian Church in Dallas (1079 SE Jefferson St., Dallas, OR), with a reception to follow at the church. Memorial Contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice or First Christian Church of Dallas, in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, who is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at

Published in StatesmanJournal on June 16, 2013
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