Dwaine Sichley

September 3, 1931December 13, 2010

Damascus resident Dwaine “Whitey” E. Sichley passed away on December 13, 2010. He was 79. A private family gathering will be held. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.

Dwaine was born September 3, 1931 in Beatrice, Nebraska to Russell and Lulu (Neese) Sichley. He joined the military when he was 17. He entered active duty in 1949 and fought in the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he went on to work as a lineman for the power company in Kansas and later in Nebraska. Dwaine married Bonnie Schuerman on January 5, 1952 in Kansas. They eventually settled in Oregon over fifty years ago.

Dwaine was a member of the Lutheran Church and attended Ascension Lutheran Church for many years. He enjoyed camping and fishing. Dwaine also loved his John Deere tractor and would take his grandchildren for rides, pulling them around in a trailer hooked to the back. More than anything, Dwaine loved his family and spending time with them. He adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a devoted and faithful husband, number one dad and the greatest papa ever.

Dwaine is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Damascus, Oregon; son, Chris Sichley of Damascus, Oregon; daughters, Cheryl Fidler of Gresham, Oregon; Cathy Hughes of Portland, Oregon; Colleen Sichley of Gresham, Oregon; Corinna Jobe of Gresham, Oregon; brother, Russell Sichley of Gresham, Oregon; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to My Father’s House Children’s Program (P.O. Box 1147, Gresham OR 97030).

Please visit to sign his guestbook.

Arrangements under the direction of Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, Gresham, Oregon.


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January 14, 2011


Michelle Thomas

January 12, 2011

I am healed, I am whole!
I am happy, I am free!

Praying that Dwaine Sichley's family & friends will remember the good times & SMILE!!!

Love to All, Michelle

January 8, 2011

I love you Dad, and miss you so much! I want to call you and tell you I am coming to see you. It's so amazing to read all these memories about you. Our family has been truly blessed with so many wonderful times together and memories that we will hold dear in our hearts forever. You were our strong and faithful Dad that we could always count on to be there for each one of us. Now you are at peace in Heaven and we look forward to the day when Jesus calls us home to be together again.

Love you forever,

January 6, 2011

January 5th, 2011

My Dearest would have been your 59th anniversary...I know you wanted to be here to celebrate with mom. Thank you daddy for showing all of us how important marriage and family are! You lived your life for your wife, children, and grandchildren being the perfect example of faithfulness. I pray that all your grandchildren and great grandchildren will walk in the pathway of their Papa...being a faithful spouse and parent! I was always so proud that my parents were true to each other, something that is so rare these days.

I wish you were still heart is still breaking Daddy....I still need you and so does the rest of the family. You were our earthly rock to stand on, our earthly shelter to hide in. Now we must all live by the faith of Jesus that you and mom taught us early on. I promise you that I will continue to walk with Jesus each day and I will rejoice with you when I get to heaven!

Loving You Forever,
Corinna (Daughter #4)

Karen Sivesind

January 5, 2011

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Dwaine and Bonnie who would have been married 59 years on Jan. 5th. He was a wonderful man as was Bonnie who he left behind to adjust to a new life without the man in her life for 59 years.

Had lunch with Bonnie on Jan. 4th and she is coping pretty good. Bonnie is a good friend who did everything possible to make her husband's life easier all those years and especially in the last few years(many could not handle what she has done.) Dwaine could not have had a better wife. She should have a chance now to enjoy her life after devoting so much time to his care. Hopefully she can to this with peace and harmony.
They will meet again.

Friends forever, Karen

Madelyne Penkava

January 5, 2011

Thank you for all the great memories. I still have the rings you made from the dollar rings you made me. Thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers. My moms saysshe always thinks of you when someone calls her "kid".

We love and miss you.

-Madelyne, Anna, and family

Diane Pogorelc Pierson

December 29, 2010

God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be
so he put his arms around you
and whispered, "Come to Me."

With grateful eyes they watched you;
they watched you pass away.
Although they loved you dearly,
they could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating;
hard working hands at rest.
God broke their hearts to prove to them
he only takes the best.

My heart goes out to all of you. It is one of the hardest things you will go through. He was a wonderful husband, Dad and Grandpa and you have lots of wonderful memories. Hang on to those, they will get you through the rough times. His family was everything to him, please carry on his legacy. We all grieve in different ways, embrace each other through these hard times and gather strength from each other.
I loved coming to pick Cathy up for school every morning to be greeted with a "How ya doing Shorty?" always with a big smile on his face, a face I will never forget.

Having lost both my parents, I know how hard it is to let them go. He was a wonderful person and has now gone to a wonderful place. May he rest in peace.

Kerry Jobe

December 28, 2010

Dear Papa

Up until this point, I haven't written anything because I can't seem to find any words to do justice to how great of a MAN you were. You were the best Papa/father/husband I have ever known in my life. You were THE greatest human that has ever walked on this planet(along with Grandma and Jesus Christ of course). It has truly been an honor to spend time with you all of these 18 years and I will always cherish the great times that we spent together. As I lie here awake at 2:00am, two weeks after you passed on, I am still in shock and this whole situation doesn't even seem real. I have never cried this much in my whole life. I miss you so much. I will always remember the time when I visited you in the hospital with Grandma, and when we arrived, you were crying like a baby because in your hallucinogenic state you believed that all of your family had been killed. After Grandma and I had convinced you that we were all fine, you told me that that is what it looks like when a grown man cries, and that there is nothing wrong with it and there is nothing to be ashamed of. You then proceeded to tell me that the most important thing in life is to love deeply, and if you haven't loved, then you haven't lived. That is the reason why I look up to you so much. Growing up, I never really had a father figure in my life to look up to, and you were the father that I have always wished I had. It is the greatest honor and responsibility to have my middle name be DWAINE. I will not let you down! You are my inspiration for everything that I do in life and I believe that subconsciously you are the reason why I decided to join the military. I want to follow in your footsteps and be just like you. You were the toughest man that I have ever met. Because I'm not the biggest person in the world, (5'8" 150) you have taught me that it is not about how big you are on the outside, but rather the size of your heart. From this moment on, I promise to take care of my mother, sister, grandmother and future wife/kids just like you did, and if anyone ever tries to hurt them, then I will chase after them with a shotgun... just like you. All I want to do is make you proud. I can't wait until the day when your whole family and I will reunite in heaven and I will get to see you standing there with your beautiful heavenly body, breathing effortlessly and free of pain, with that cheesy grin on your face and that glow in your eyes that nobody else in this world has. Until then, I will live my whole life trying to be like you. I really wish that you were still here and healthy now and in these last few years, in order to give me advice on life and share your wisdom. I miss you and I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER.

LOVE "kerry" DWAINE jobe

Cam Sivesind

December 25, 2010

To my good friend Whitey.

I will miss you, my family friend. I have fond memories of you and the entire Sichley family. Of course, the most vivid memory is when I was about 4 or 5 at our house in Damascus and you said you were going to "shoot me." You meant you were going to videotape me, but I thought you were going to "shoot me." Laugh out loud now. You were a good man, a good friend, and a great dad. You were honorable, and you are a hero to me. Thank you. I am sorry I was absent from your life for so many years. I regret that. Life is too short. I will think of you, as I have often. Love you. You are in a better place.

December 22, 2010

Uncle Dwaine,
I'm sadden to hear about your passing. I have lots of great childhood memories of you. You were always kidding and joking with us kids. We had lots of good times with you Aunt Bonnie and my cousins. Time has gone by quickly but I will always remember you.
My thoughts are with you Aunt Bonnie,Chris,Cheryl,Cathy,Colleen,Corrina.
Love you Patsy