Walking On -- Valarene Grout and Donna Johnson

10.31.2018 Dean Rhodes Walking On

March 20, 1935 – Oct. 13, 2018

Our beloved family matriarch Val Mae Grout walked on peacefully on Saturday evening, Oct. 13, in Grand Ronde surrounded by children and grandchildren.

Val was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Grout, and leaves behind her children, Sharon (Steve) Freund, Janell (Tim) Haller, Richard (Faith) Grout, Penny (Lloyd) DeLoe and Boone (Genifer) Grout.

Val was exceedingly proud of her large, close family that gave her 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, as well as many adopted family members. She is survived by her brother, Les Houck, and she will now join her siblings Arlene Beck and Arnold Houck in Heaven.


Val was born on the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation to DeWalt David and Arvella Cora (Hudson) Houck on March 20, 1935. Val married Peter Grout on May 21, 1955, in Grand Ronde. She was a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, where she was recognized as an Elder and a leader. Val served 15 years on Tribal Council and became one of the most beloved leaders in the history of the Tribe. Val will always be remembered for her tireless volunteer work, offering and preparing meals for families who had lost loved ones. Val worked in the kitchen preparing meals for all of the Tribe’s early powwows.

A funeral service was held in Grand Ronde at the Tribal gym on Thursday, Oct. 18. Interment followed at the Grand Ronde Tribal Cemetery.

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Donna Rae Johnson

Nov. 6, 1949 – Oct. 27, 2018

Tribal Elder Donna Rae Johnson passed away on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in McMinnville, Ore., at the age of 68.

She was born to Roy and Mary Johnson on Nov. 6, 1949. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Clarice Ohmacht, Roy Johnson Jr. and Regina Winder. She is survived by her siblings, Diane King and Dan Johnson, and her children, Donna Johnson and Nicole Remington. She also had five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Donna was loved dearly and will be greatly missed.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at the Grand Ronde Church of the Nazarene. A reception will follow at the Elders Activity Center, 48940 Blacktail Drive.

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