First, when you post an inquiry, provide the full date of birth if you have it, if not a year of birth really helps.Also the place of birth.It makes it easier for a researcher to find a person.
First, I'll answer your question as to the date of death: --The Oregon Death Certificate Index shows: John "Flenor" (as spelled on the database, could be spelled that way on the original document or mistranscribed), died 9 January 1933 in Washington County, spouse name Rosetta.
Background research: --In the 1920 Census for Teton County, Montana, I find John W. Fleenor, age 28 (born 1891/1892), born in Indiana, both parents born in Ireland.Rosetta is 23 (circa 1896/1897), IN; Raymond 5, IN; and Eugene 3 6?/12.The census was enumerated 4th day of February.So, if Eugene was 6/12, he would have been born about August 1916. --The 1930 Census for North Plains, Washington Co, OR J.W., 38, now shown born in Kentucky, Rosetta 36 (aged 13 years?), Raymond 15 "Jean" 14 (census enumerated 8-9-10 April, so he was probably born sometime between Feb 4, and April 10, 1916.So, the 6/12 in the 1920 probably wasn't accurate) Dale 10 born in Montana Helen 5, born in S. Dakota JW, 3, born in S. Dakota
The reason for the above.It appears they had only been in Oregon up to about 3 years by the 1930 Census (If J.W. Jr. "Was" born in S.D.), then up to 6 by the death of John Sr. --For an obituary:There may not be one.Since you indicated he was in Forest Grove OR North Plains when he died, they may not have had one published if they had again recently moved.Sometimes people don't post because of funds to pay for it.Sometimes they don't know enough people in the new area; or, believe anyone that knew them would know about the death.Another reason is the location of the nearest newspaper that would publish one.They may not have wanted to have an obit published in the Portland Newspaper.AND, back in 1938, they weren't as popular as today.But, I would still have someone look (Use the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness info at the bottom).
To obtain a Death Certificate:
First, let's clear up some mistakes made by the other "poster".
They said: > "He isn't listed in the Oregon State Archives on-line which >you can check out at http://genealogy.state.or.us/http://genealogy.state.or.us/ > however that seems to only include earlier entries."
The Link doesn't work.Here is the correct link: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/county/cpwashington/death.htmlhttp://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/county/cpwashington/death.html BUT, the records are not online.You have to contact the Oregon State Archives for records older than 50 years (State Law.. "Privacy [BULL !] laws").
Here is how to order... http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/chs/order/faqs.shtml#orderhowhttp://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/chs/order/faqs.shtml#orderhow BUT... It also includes this information: "Non certified copies of death records more than 50 years old are available from the Oregon State Archives, 800 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310 (503-373-0701) for a small fee. SO: --You should write or call the Archives and ask how much to send a copy of the death record.You would probably have better luck with this/and cheaper than the above Vital Records Request.
For the obit and cemetery search: ALSO... the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness has volunteers in Washington County.READ THE GUIDELINES FIRST... You can't ask more than one person at a time to do the research, you may have to pay for copying, etc.: http://www.raogk.org/oregon4.htmhttp://www.raogk.org/oregon4.htm
Genealogy research takes some effort in finding records, but also common sense to look.It isn't all about the person, it's where the person was/had been, and the history during the time.