Obituaries for week of 7-24-03
Madras resident William "Bill" Lindley died July 14, 2003, at the age of 87.
A fourth-generation Oregonian, Mr. Lindley was born March 19, 1916, in Scio, the second son of Archie and Ethel Lindley, pioneers who homesteaded on the South Santiam River in Scio in 1844.
Mr. Lindley had a 30-year career as a Marine Corps pilot, serving from 1937 to 1967. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Lindley (Retired) fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
He earned a Presidential Citation from president Eisenhower after serving as chief pilot to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) negotiating team, which visited numerous European countries during the three-month mission.
Lindley was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was one of the first Marines taught to fly the Corsair fighter plane. He later instructed other Marine pilots in operating the aircraft. During the Korean Conflict, Lindley flew large cargo and tanker aircraft. During the Vietnam War, he flew F4 and F111 fighter bombers, and at one time flew one of two spy planes over North Vietnam.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with four oak leaf clusters, two Purple Heart medals, one Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and numerous other medals and ribbons.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Pete Belcastro of Ashland, and their son, Cpl. Mark Belcastro, a U.S. Marine, who recently returned from action in Baghdad, Iraq. He is also survived by son-in-law Richard Pickett; granddaughters, Carmen Pickett of Metolius and Sara Scott of Redmond, and their children Jaymie, Trent, Kaelin and James. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Geri Lindley, second wife Gladyce Lindley, and his daughter Sharon Pickett.
Funeral services were held July 18, at the Madras Free Methodist Church.
Madras resident Mary Alice White died July 15, 2003, at the age of 79.
Mrs. White was born May 15, 1924, in Centerville, Mo., to parents Canova and Elberta Downing.
She worked as the hotel manager for the Madras Hotel-Motel. She was a member of Haystack Grange No. 495 and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Her special interests included crocheting, knitting baby afghans, and ladies robes for the hospital. She enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include her nephews, Donnie Downing of Madras, Daniel Downing of Illinois, and Darrell Downing of Missouri. She was preceded in death by two brothers.
A memorial service was held July 21, at Bel-Air Chapel in Madras.