Evelyn Elvira Stombaugh

March 30, 1930February 25, 2019

Evelyn Elvira Stombaugh, age 88, of Keizer passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019. Evelyn was born March 3, 1930 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, during her parents’ mission to the area. She was the second daughter of three children to Paul and Sigrid (Anderson) Gunther. During the war in Thailand, Evelyn’s father was a prisoner of war while Mrs. Gunther and the children were sent back to the states in Minneapolis MN. She was 11 years old and many times as an adult recalled that period of waiting for the release of her father as very traumatic. The family joyfully reunited with their father almost a year later. After high school Evelyn attended St. Paul Bible College where she met and married Melvin Stombaugh on June 3, 1950 in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Harriet and officiated by their father. Melvin and Evelyn began their life of service to the Lord building and pastoring churches as called upon by the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. She adored her role as a pastor’s wife and their dedication to missions.

One of Evelyn’s greatest joys was playing the piano from age 10 to within days before she passed. She had a great love of music and was an accomplished pianist who used her gift serving the Lord as the church pianist and youth choir director for many years. Scores of students in the Salem Keizer area benefited from her piano lessons. Evelyn loved spending time with family and friends and was the queen of hospitality. In their later years, she and Mel enjoyed snowbirding to Yuma AZ, building close friendships within the senior community and traveling.

Evelyn was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and is survived by her husband Melvin of 68 years, children Dave, Rich (Deborah), Ray, Judy (Ray) Williams and Debbie (Tim) Aman, brother Paul (Diane), and brother-in-law, Dan McLaughlin, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral service: 10 a.m., Saturday March 9, 2019 at Salem Alliance Church. Visitation at the church prior to the service from 9:00-9:45 a.m. Memorials preferred to the Mission Fund at Salem Alliance Church. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at Arrangements with Howell, Edwards, Doerksen Funeral Home.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 9, 2019

Evelyn Elvira Stombaugh

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Lorraine Reinhardt

March 4, 2019

Evelyn was a wonderful lady who not only was our preacher’s wife, she was my piano teacher and became a family friend. One of my most vivid memories of Evelyn as my piano teacher was her rolling a pencil over her hands and hearing the little noise every time it went over her wedding ring. Evelyn was fun with laughter shared over Glendive experiences. I loved her piano playing! We’ll miss you but will be reunited in heaven. Lorraine (Pust) Reinhardt

Gwen Olson. Anderson

March 3, 2019

So sorry to hear of Evelyn’s passing I have wonderful memories of your time with us in Wadena Evelyn was the reason I started playing the organ and am still playing at the Wadena Alliance Church . Jerry and I were married by Mrlvin but Jerry went to be with the Lord in 2013. Evelyn will be missed by so many but is at rest in Jesus’ arms !

Dave and wanda Reisig

March 2, 2019

We are so sorry to hear this Mel. We have such great memories of you and Evelyn helping us here in Hardin. Her smile and laugh was so contagious. I know everyone will miss her. Our love and prayers are with you all.

Steve & Karen Such

February 27, 2019

Mel, and family so sorry for your loss. She was a very sweet lady and we loved her so much! May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you! We are south so will miss her service. We will remember you in our prayers.