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Wayne Tracy

A graveside service will be held today, March 11, for Wayne Leroy Tracy of Eugene, who died March 7 of age-related causes. He was 86.

Tracy was born Dec. 18, 1917, in Canyon City to Earl and Bessie Finlayson Tracy. He married Helen Bealy in Vancouver, Wash., on Feb. 28, 1948.

He graduated from Bend High School in 1935. He served as a staff sergeant in the Army and was stationed in the Philippines. He was awarded several medals and commendations for his service.

He settled in this area in 1943. He worked as a railroad conductor and was employed with Southern Pacific Railroad, Oregon Electric Railway and Burlington Northern Railroad.

He was a member of the Old Time Fiddlers Association and he enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Larry of Eugene; and two grandchildren.

Today's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene. Rest-Haven Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Owen Augdon

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be held March 12 for Owen E. Augdon of Springfield, who died March 8 of cancer. He was 67.

Augdon was born Nov. 30, 1936, in Fort Collins, Colo., to Owen and Hazel Schnacker Augdon. He married Gail Marble in Boise on Dec. 11, 1959.

He moved to Oregon from Amboy, Wash., until 1981. He lived in Reedsport until 1987, when he settled in Springfield.

He worked as a dry kiln operator for Rosboro Lumber. His interests included computers and he enjoyed fishing and traveling.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Robin Smith of Springfield; a son, Danial of Springfield; two brothers, Larry Augdon of Boise and Dick Williams of Walla Walla, Wash.; a sister, Ida Morals of Walla Walla; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be held at 1 p.m., followed by Friday's service at 2 p.m., at Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

Cecile Colwell

ALVADORE - The funeral will be held March 12 for Cecile Kathryn Colwell of Alvadore, who died March 9 of age-related causes. She was 91.

Colwell was born Aug. 5, 1912, in Pomeroy, Wash., to Louis and Rose Kassel Waldher. She married Ernest Colwell in Pomeroy in 1932. He later died.

She moved to Albany in 1942 and settled in Alvadore in 1978.

She was a homemaker and she worked in a drugstore and a cannery. She also worked in the real estate field and at Decker Nursery.

She was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Eugene, the Catholic Daughters and the Legion of Mary. She enjoyed knitting and gardening. She especially enjoyed baby-sitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include a son, Jerry of Albany; a daughter, Mary Decker of Alvadore; a brother, Eugene Waldher of Tucson, Ariz.; and a sister, Ruth Stalsberg of Ephrata, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great- grandchildren.

Friday's service will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church in Eugene. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Corvallis. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church in Eugene.

William Hamilton

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be held March 13 for William "Bill" Hamilton of Springfield, who died March 9. He was 74. His family chose not to list the cause of death.

Hamilton was born June 6, 1929, in Blairstown, Mo., to Harold and Elva Rogers Hamilton. He married Faye Britton on Jan. 29, 1949.

He settled in this area in 1961 and worked as a foreman for Willamette Poultry and Foster Farms. He was a member of St. Alice Catholic Church and Take Off Pounds Sensibly. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time outdoors.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, William of La Pine and Cecil of Kennewick, Wash.; a daughter, Belinda Smith of Springfield; three brothers, Cecil of La Pine, David of Dexter and Tom of Albany; three sisters, Betty Hatton of Springfield, Mildred Hamilton of Creswell and Jean Barber of Salem; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. A grandson, Chase Jackson, and a granddaughter, Julie Hamilton, died previously.

Saturday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at St. Alice Catholic Church in Springfield, where inurnment also will be held. Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Alice Catholic Church in Springfield.

Mildred Betterton

JUNCTION CITY - Mildred M. Betterton of Junction City died March 9 of age-related causes. She was 90.

Betterton was born Sept. 22, 1913, in Pickering, Mo., to Bert and Maude Chambers Pfeiffer. She married Leslie Betterton in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 5, 1930. He died in December of 1988.

She lived in Avondale, Ariz., until 1967, when she settled in Junction City.

She attended Litchfield High School.

She was a homemaker, and she worked with the U.S. Postal Service in Avondale. She also managed small stores in Phoenix.

Her interests included word search puzzles and reading. She enjoyed crafts, needlepoint, knitting and crocheting.

She especially enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, particularly her grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Peterson of Junction City; a son, Robert of Springfield; seven grandchildren; several step-grand-children; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Home in Junction City.

Private entombment will be at Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Junction City Fire Department.

Leslie Stevens

COTTAGE GROVE - A memorial service will be held March 12 for Leslie C. "Les" Stevens of Cottage Grove, who died March 8 of heart failure. He was 53.

Stevens was born Dec. 10, 1950, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Almond and Pearl Glassnip Stevens.

He graduated from La Quinta High School in Westminster, Calif., in 1969.

He resided in California before moving to Oregon 26 years ago and he lived in Eugene before settling in Cottage Grove.

He worked as a superintendent for West Lawn Memorial Park and Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene since 1979. He also worked part time for Eugene Monument.

He received many work-related awards including Superintendent of the Year in 2002.

His interests included ceramics and gardening. He enjoyed playing cribbage and computer games.

He will be remembered as a handyman who was always helping others.

Survivors include his life partner of eight years, Jim Ritcher; his parents of Eugene; a brother, Mark of Corona, Calif.; three sisters, Kathy Stevens of Corona, Charlotte Roberts of Eugene and Sharon Billieu of Marysville, Wash.

Friday's service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene.

Richard Taylor Sr.

SPRINGFIELD - Richard L. Taylor Sr., of Springfield died March 8 of complications from emphysema. He was 73.

Taylor was born Aug. 26, 1930, in Omaha, Neb., to Clarence and Mary Burkamp Taylor. He married Minnie Keiser in Papillion, Neb., on June 24, 1949.

He worked as a truck driver delivering medical supplies to hospitals.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and playing bingo.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Jr. of Omaha and Dennis of Springfield; three daughters, Sherry Taylor of Phoenix, Ariz., Doris Taylor of Creswell and Donna Taylor of Omaha; and eight grandchildren. Two children died previously.

No service is planned. Niswonger, Reynolds Funeral Home in Redmond is in charge of arrangements.

Nola Spears

A graveside service will be held March 13 for Nola Rannie Spears of Portland, formerly of Springfield, who died March 6 following a stroke. She was 81.

Spears was born Sept. 27, 1922, in Carlow, Mo., to Caleb and Martha Niday Stephens. She married Donald LeRoy Spears in Cameron, Mo., on Dec. 25, 1949. He died June 6, 1990.

She lived in Trenton, Mo., and in Springfield before moving to Portland.

She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She enjoyed gardening, flowers and birds.

She also enjoyed describing how Charles Lindburgh flew over the family farm when she was a child.

Survivors include two sons, Michael and Larry, both of Trenton; a daughter, Sheryl Ferguson of Marcola; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her second husband, Jerrald Ward, died previously.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield.

Saturday's service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Bonnie Schmit

A graveside service will be held March 12 for Bonnie Sumpter Schmit of Aberdeen, Wash., formerly of Cottage Grove, who died March 8 of cancer-related causes. She was 59.

Schmit was born Oct. 7, 1944, in Kansas City, Mo., to Claude and Eurple Johnson Sumpter. She married Dick Schmit in Reno, Nev., on Oct. 14, 1971.

She grew up and attended school in Dos Palos, Calif..

She moved to Cottage Grove in the late 1960s.

She worked in the fields as she grew up.

She also worked at Pam's Sunnyside Nursery and was a manager at the Senior Living Center in Cottage Grove.

She was a member of the United Pentecostal Church in Cottage Grove and the Old Time Religion Tabernacle in Lebanon.

She will be remembered for having lived for her church and God.

She was a published writer and she enjoyed reading and writing short stories.

She especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband; three sons, John Dahl of Springfield, Rowdey Schmit of Cottage Grove and Tristan Schmit of Creswell; a daughter, Connie Dahl of Eugene; two brothers, Chuck Sumpter of Bakersfield, Calif., and Leon Sumpter of Lake Isabella, Calif.; five sisters, Claudette Bremer of Gentry, Mo., Donna Gibson and Sue Bucklin, both of Emmett, Idaho, and Barbara Guthrie and Arlene Rothacher, both of Parker, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.

Friday's service will be held at 11 a.m. at Walker Cemetery in Saginaw.

Clarification

Virginia M. Hough of Eugene died March 8. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, 4412 S.W. Barbur Blvd., Suite 220, Portland, OR 97201. Rest-Haven Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

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