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OBITUARIES.

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Myrna Harrsch

DEXTER - Myrna Harrsch of Dexter died April 7 of emphysema. She was 59.

Harrsch was born July 8, 1943, in Denver to Leo and Mary Jones DuVall. She married Donald Harrsch in Reno, Nev., on July 13, 1985. He died Dec. 6, 1998.

She moved to this area in 1957. She was a homemaker, and she enjoyed reading, camping and knitting dolls.

Survivors include three daughters, Dawn Harrsch of Eugene, Trina Harrsch of Sisters and Loucinda Collier of Alaska; two sons, Don Harrsch of Portland and Brad Bergman of Harrisburg; two sisters, Carolyn Hale of Georgia; and Mary Rathbun of Florida; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grand- children.

No service is planned. Inurnment will be in Florida. Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrange- ments.

Phyllis Shackelford

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial open house will be held June 1 for Phyllis E. Shackelford of Springfield, who died April 11 of age-related causes. She was 81.

Shackelford was born Sept. 2, 1921, in North Bend, Neb., to William and Jeannette Wade Tolman. She married Walter Shackelford in Eugene on June 14, 1947. They later divorced and he died in August 1983.

She graduated from Sloan High School in Iowa. She attended college in Storm Lake, Iowa, and received a teaching certificate. She taught elementary school in Storm Lake before moving to Eugene in 1944, where she taught at Glenwood Elementary School. She lived in Florence, Cottage Grove and Springfield before moving to Hutchinson, Kan., in 1966. She returned to Springfield in 1969.

She began attending Lane Community College in 1972 and received an associate's degree in early childhood education. She taught preschool at Willamalane and at Helen's Day Care Center. She also taught piano lessons while attending college.

She enjoyed helping others, and she served as a senior companion from 1984 until 2000. She was a resident of Ya-Po-Ah Terrace, Marquis Care and Good Neighbor Care. She was voted Marquis Care's first Rose Queen in 2001.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas of Springfield and Michael of Hutchinson; and three grandchildren.

The memorial open house will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 1 at 260 Hayes Street in Cottage Grove. Buell Funeral Chapel in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to to the Oregon Commission for the Blind, 541 Willamette St., Room 408, Eugene, OR 97401.

Kenneth Erickson

A celebration of life will be held May 17 for Kenneth Erickson of Eugene, who died April 4 of age-related causes. He was 85.

Erickson was born Oct. 27, 1917, in Portland to Erick and Agnes Charlston Erickson. He married Lois Nordling in Portland on April 12, 1942.

He served in the Navy from 1943 until 1946. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Washington State University. He worked as a high school principal in Portland and as superintendent of the Corvallis School District. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators. He worked as a professor and director of field training and the service bureau at the UO's College of Education from 1967 until 1982.

He enjoyed gardening and backpacking. He served as vice president of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America from 1991 until 1995.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Sharon Hellstedt of Westford, Mass., and Carol Spany of Wauzeka, Wis.; a son, Rolf of Eugene; seven grandchildren; and six great-grand- children.

The celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. May 17 at the United Lutheran Church in Eugene. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Oregon Foundation.

Lydia Opheim

A memorial service will be held April 21 for Lydia A. Opheim of Eugene, who died April 15 of age-related causes. She was 95.

Opheim was born Nov. 19, 1907, in Dickey, N.D., to Lyman and Lena Emmon Davison. She married Oley Opheim in Thunder Hawk, S.D., on April 4, 1929. He died Jan. 23, 1969. She married Marian Enlow in Reno, Nev., on May 5, 1971. He died July 16, 1986.

She lived in Drain, Tenmile and Cottage Grove before settling in Eugene.

She was a homemaker, and she worked as a shepherd and apple farmer.

She enjoyed music and played the accordion. She enjoyed flowers and animals, especially her dog, Dollie. She was a member of the Yoncalla Assembly of God and the Old Time Fiddlers Association.

Survivors include a son, Clarence of Yoncalla; a daughter, Wanda Koch of Harrisburg; a sister, Iola Hankins of Bonanza; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Monday's service will be held at 4 p.m. at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Eugene Faith Center.

Donald Bayless

CULP CREEK - The funeral will be held April 21 for Donald Glenn Bayless of Culp Creek, who died April 15 at age 54. His family chose not to list the cause of death.

Bayless was born May 2, 1948, in Medford, to Doyce and Jean Kaufman Bayless. He married Claudia Percy in Lincoln City in 1985.

He served in the Navy aboard the USS Bennington and received a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.

He lived in Key West, Fla., the Nevada cities of Sun Valley and Reno and in Lincoln City before settling in Culp Creek seven years ago.

He worked as a double-deck bus driver and at Copeland Lumber and Waters Septic Service in Reno.

Bayless enjoyed watching baseball and wrestling on television, collecting Navy memorabilia, camping and gardening.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Vickie Bayless of Hawthorne, Nev., Tonie Sprague and Tina Percy, both of Eugene; a son, Richard of Eugene; a brother, Michael of Sun Valley; a sister, Debbie Vance of Sun Valley; and six grand- children.

Monday's service will be held at 1 p.m. at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.

Private burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Northwest-Affiliate-Oregon Office, 1425 N.E. Irving St., Portland, OR 97232.

George Seifert

A memorial service will be held April 26 for George Robert Seifert of Eugene, who died April 11 of age-related causes. He was 90.

Seifert was born Aug. 26, 1912, in Harrisburg to George and Mary Danniel Seifert.

He lived in Harrisburg from his birth until 2000, when he moved to Eugene. He worked as a farmer and grew vegetables for the Eugene Fruit Growers.

His interests included panning for gold and collecting rocks and pocket watches. He attended the Eugene Bible Center.

Survivors include two brothers, Gerald of Springfield and Donald of Eugene.

The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Eugene Bible Center at 687 River Ave. Burial will be at Rest Lawn Memorial Park in Junction City. Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sacred Heart.

Clair Harrington

A memorial service will be held April 21 for Clair O. Harrington of Eugene, who died April 13 of leukemia. He was 78.

Harrington was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Blachly to Clark and Virrel Rust Harrington. He married Lois Williams in San Diego on Jan. 17, 1944.

He served in the Navy during World War II.

He was a lifetime resident of this area, and he co-owned and operated Harrington Plumbing.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, horses and traveling.

He served as a member of the Lane County Sheriff's Mounted Posse and he belonged to an Eagles lodge.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Lennie of Eugene; a daughter, Laurie Jones of Dexter; a brother, Spencer of Grants Pass; two sisters, Ethel Remington of Freeland, Wash., and Beulah Hammond of Spokane; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Monday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association or to the American Lung Association.

William Shoop

William O. Shoop of Eugene died April 15 of age-related causes. He was 93.

Shoop was born March 1, 1910, in Canton, Ohio, to Ralph and Grace Ringle Shoop. He married Jeanne DeVaux in Canton on Dec. 11, 1927.

He lived in Canton and in Los Angeles County. He lived in this area on and off since 1942. He lived in Creswell before settling in Eugene.

He worked at the Portland shipyards and at Lockheed Aviation during World War II. He retired as an air pollution control officer in Los Angeles.

He enjoyed camping, traveling in his motor home and fixing things around his home. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jim and David, both of Creswell; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A granddaughter, Penney Towne, died in 2002.

No service is planned. Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrange- ments.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of McKenzie-Willamette Hospital.

Ruby Aherin

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be held April 19 for Ruby May Aherin of Springfield, who died April 17 of age-related causes. She was 95.

Aherin was born Sept. 20, 1907, in Macomb, Ill., to John and Minnie Hinman Roach. She married Clarence Aherin in Genesee, Idaho, on Jan. 9, 1929. He died April 4, 1995.

She lived in Idaho before moving to this area in 1962. She worked at Eugene Hardware for many years.

Her interests included flowers and gardening, especially roses. She enjoyed cooking, and she will be remembered as a grandmother whose cookie jar was always full. She also enjoyed baking and decorating wedding cakes. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Springfield.

Survivors include six daughters, Alice Mitchell of Everett, Wash., Rae Nell of Roseburg, Patty Kries of Kamiah, Idaho, Vera Baumgartner of Seattle, Leitha Menaget of Eugene and Sharon May of North Adams, Mass.; a sister, Mildred Cameron of Seattle; 21 grandchildren; and 31 great-grand- children. Two daughters, Lillie Hermann and Margaret Fickel, died previously.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Saturday's service will be held at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Springfield. Burial will be in Genesee.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church in Springfield.

Clarification

Ernest Ross of Yoncalla died April 10. Brooke Burnett was erroneously listed as his daughter on an obituary form.

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