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Dana Franklin Walburn

October 28, 1933 - March 28, 2018

Dana F. Walburn, 84 years old, of Salem, Oregon, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, March.28, 2018. Born in Mason, West Virginia on October 28, 1933. Dana was the second of eight children. His parents, Raymond Walburn and Mary E. Harrison Walburn raised Dana, six brothers and one sister in Middleport, Ohio.

After graduating from Middleport High School, Dana enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he spent time in Korea. Upon returning, he met and married his wife, Beverly A. Peterson Walburn. They had two boys and one girl. Dana was a Medical Lab Technologist and spent the majority of his career working for the State of Oregon. He retired at the age of 55 years old. His retirement was spent enjoying his family, riding motorcycles and fishing. He was a lifelong member of S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.. He sang with and was a former director of “The Salem SenateAires”  barbershop chorus, and was the tenor for “The Represenatives” barbershop quartet for many, many wonderful years.

Dana is survived by his wife of 62 years, Beverly A. Peterson Walburn, his son Brian D. Walburn, (Sheryl Richards), daughter, Cathy S. Russell, (Nick Neuhaus), son, Kevin D. Walburn, grandsons, Shad R. Russell, and Louis W. Russell. At his request, no
services are planned. 


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A beautiful tribute Shad wrote up for dad.... "R.I.P. grandpa The world didn't stop this morning. The birds kept chirping, the water is still flowing. But the world isn't the same. The world didn't stop. The trees are standing tall. The spring flowers are breaking ground.. but the world isn't the same. In a world short on people of integrity.. his was never questioned. In a world where people accept lies, he wouldn't lie to save his life. In a selfish world, he was a man who never thought of himself. A man who lived by his own rules and defied the averages in nearly every way. He went to war at 17.. smoked for six decades.. rode half a million miles on a motorcycle and never crashed.. he beat a heart attack, diabetes.. he was a fighter, yet as gentle as a dove. He was a role model, a father, a friend, and he will be missed. The world didn't stop this morning. The creeks are still trickling, eagles are hunting. The squirrels are foraging. But the world is missing a great man today. He's home. He's with his mom and dad and brothers. He's riding his motorcycle to the fishing hole. He's no longer trapped in this mortal coil. I'll see you again someday, grandpa. Thank you for everything. I love you." Until we see each other again, we will all be just fine... I know you will watch over us all, I love you Dad

I never had the pleasure, but his daughter is one of the sweetest loving caring human beings I've ever met. He clearly knew how to raise a daughter that makes sense difference in this world. God speed.

I am so sorry for your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.  Love and hugs.

Blaine and I are sharing your grief ! Always enjoyed Dana staying with us when he came back to visit ! Have many memories of those visits and reunions ! He was a Special Person!  Our Grandson (Brad) loved Uncle Dana —- Blaine and Brad always managed to take a motorcycle trip while he was here ! Cherish those memories !

Your parents aged beautifuly . Sena and I feel privileged knowing and loving the Walburn family.May peace be with you.

Your parents aged beautifuly . Sena and I feel privileged knowing and loving the Walburn family.May peace be with you.

I am truly grateful I had the opportunity to have known such a wonderful gentleman.My heartfelt condolences to the extended Walburn family.


Just reading dad's guest book today for the first time since writing in it back on March.31st and am grateful to see the kind words written by all... I sure do miss my dad...