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John A Plute of Kerby, Ore. died Nov. 13, 2023 at the age of 74. He struggled with congestive heart failure and for months kidney failure. John was an Airforce Veteran of 10 years who loved his country. He was a promoter and chairman for the Kerby Water District for 20 years.
John was born in Denver, Colo. May 7, 1949 to Albert and Sylvia Plute of Pueblo, Colo. and is survived by his sister Elisabeth Flahive, who resides in Iowa, his son Jon Plute, Las Vegas, Nevada and his wife Terry Plute of Kerby Oregon. John always said he had won the lottery when he moved to Kerby. He was passionate about his community and the Kerby Water District; he relished opportunities to debate politics – he teased about getting a “WOKE” tattoo and he loved his dark beer. He will be forever missed.
Thank you all for supporting not only our dear friend and husband John Plute, but also his life partner, Terry as she learns to navigate a new world. In lieu of flowers or other memorabilia, please consider a monetary donation which will be used toward all related memorial costs and help to lift a large weight off of John’s family during this difficult time.
Services for John will be held Monday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Illinois Valley Funeral Home in Cave Junction followed by a Celebration of Life at Lost Camp in Kerby.

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Marilyn Joyce Ross, Grandma GG, 86 of Cave Junction entered God’s kingdom on Nov. 16, 2023. She was born to Jessie Maye and James F. Smith in Waterloo, Iowa.
Marilyn, the most loving beautiful soul, was survived by daughter, Karene; sons, Kirk and Kerry; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and her faithful dog sweet pea.
Preceded in death by: spouse, Fred Ross; son, Kevin Scott; parents, Jessie Maye and James F. Smith; granddaughter, Tabitha; siblings, Aunt Elma, Pat Maloney, Gene Smith, Richard Smith, Jack Smith, and Shelby Smith. They are now reunited for eternity.
Marilyn married at a young age and had four children whom she loved dearly. She worked at a restaurant called Sambos to make ends meet, she also was an Avon lady and sold Avon for years. Marilyn was a business owner and a property manager during her years. She enjoyed being around people and had a pure contagious laugh. Her smile was soft and gentle, full of kindness and empathy. Marilyn lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, attending church, chatting with friends and family and spending time with her animals. She loved to cook for the family and teach the grandchildren her ways. Marilyn was a great cook, from scratch recipes. Marilyn was a woman of strong faith and loved the lord. She had many close friends from the church who were near and dear to her heart. She was blessed to have so many wonderful friends whom she loved dearly. Her true love was for the lord, her family, and friends. A special place in her heart was for her near friends Arlene and Martha. We are so glad she had your company and comfort, this brought her so much joy.
Words cannot express the love we will always hold in our hearts for Grandma GG.
JOHN 3:16
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Until we meet again, forever in our hearts.
Memorial & potluck
December 2, 2023, 11AM
Illinois Valley Baptist Church
329 Caves Hwy
Cave Junction, OR 97523
Graveside service to follow.
We would like to thank the nurses and team at Bristol Hospice for their loving care. Thank you for your support and kindness. A special thanks to Christie and Amber.
Marilyn was strong in her faith and would like donations to be sent to Illinois Valley Baptist Church in her name.
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

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