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Beverly Stephens

WALTERVILLE - A memorial service will be held Feb. 4 for Beverly J. Stephens of Walterville, who died Jan. 26 of age-related causes. She was 88.

Stephens was born June 5, 1916, in Unity, to Walter and Virginia Bonney Jefferson. She married R. Chester Stephens in June 1943. He died in 1975.

She attended school in Walterville and Springfield, graduating from Springfield High School in 1934. She had lived in the Camp Creek area since 1943.

Stephens graduated from Eugene Business College in 1977. She enjoyed travel, gardening, bird watching, knitting and crocheting. She belonged to Westminster Presbyterian Church and was a former member of Walterville Grange 416.

Survivors include a daughter, Lori Stephens of Walterville; a son, L. Donald of Kentucky; four grandchildren and several great-grand- children.

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

Robert Hitson

A memorial service will be held Feb. 5 for Robert Earl Hitson of Eugene, who died Jan. 22 of cancer. He was 76.

He was born Sept. 8, 1928, in Wilmington, Calif., to S. C. and Grace Smith Hitson. He and his wife, Georgie, were married Oct. 21, 1952, in Redding, Calif.

He worked for 38 years as a fireman, an engineer and officer with the Southern Pacific Railroad. He was a member of the Elks and the Masonic lodges.

Survivors include his wife; his son, Michael of Klamath Falls; his daughter, Debra Hitson-Ositis of Beaverton; one grandchild and six step-grand- children.

Saturday's service will be at 3 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Eugene. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239.

Leonard Ackerman

A celebration of life will be held Feb. 5 for Leonard Harold Ackerman of Eugene, who died Jan. 30 of Alzheimer's Disease and pneumonia. He was 85.

Ackerman was born Dec. 12, 1919, in Portland, to Harold and Maude Rambo Ackerman. He married his wife Joan on Aug. 31, 1946, in Springfield.

He graduated from Elkton High School in 1938. He served in the Navy Air Corps during World War II.

He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1948 with a degree in business and worked for the J.C. Penney Co. for 38 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and hunting. He belonged to the Hillah Shrine, the Scottish Rite and the Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Carolyn Hogan of Myrtle Point, Lynnetta Lasher of Eagle River, Alaska; and Becky Cromwell of Enumclaw, Wash.; a son, Richard of Stayton; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Saturday's service will be held at 1 p.m. in Wesley United Methodist Church. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Shriners Hospitals for Children or Wesley United Methodist Church.

Madeline Harwell

A memorial service will be held Feb. 5 for Madeline Harwell of Tacoma, formerly of Springfield, who died Jan. 23 of age-related causes. She was 84.

She was born May 15, 1920, in Nashville, Ark., to James and Lila Haynes Campbell. She married David Doyle in 1939 in Nashville, Ark. They later divorced.

She was a resident of Springfield from 1943 to 2004.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Fry of Spanaway, Wash., and Deborah Harwell Pegram of Glendale, Ariz.; a son, David, of Renton, Wash.; three brothers, John "Jake" Campbell, Bill Campbell and Dean Campbell, all of Springfield; seven sisters, Sue Cabiness, Evelyn Sauer, Betty Petersen, Joann Busey, Patsy White and Ginny Smith, all of Springfield, and Elveda Amino of Sacramento; five children; and one great-grandchild.

Saturday's service will be at 2 p.m. at Fir Lane Memorial Park, 924 176th St. E., Spanaway, Wash.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association for research.

Doyne Hansford

JUNCTION CITY - Doyne E. Hansford of Junction City, died Jan. 30 of complications of a stroke. He was 75. No service is planned.

Hansford was born Aug. 15, 1929, in Neosho, Mo., to John and Sadie Triplett Hansford. He married Molly Lu Moats on Nov. 19, 1955, in Roseburg. They later divorced.

He lived in Sunnyside, Wash., from 1938 to 1951 and in Roseburg from 1955 to 1959. He then moved to Eugene, where he lived until 1998. He then moved to Junction City. He worked for Delta Sand and Gravel as a truck driver for many years until he retired.

Hansford enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He belonged to the Northern Cherokee Nation of Missouri and Arkansas.

Survivors include a daughter, Lissa Kerr of Junction City; a son, Matthew of Junction City; two brothers, Jim of Anchorage and Bob of Prosser, Wash.; three sisters, Hazel Snethen of Canyonville, Eileen Lang of Winston and June TenBroek of Naches, Wash.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Cherokee Nation of Missouri and Arkansas, 578 E. 7 Highway, Clinton, MO 64735.

Gary Taylor

A memorial service will be held Feb. 5 for Gary Lloyd Taylor of Canby and formerly of Eugene, who died Jan. 23 of cancer. He was 60.

Taylor was born Dec. 23, 1944, in Eugene, to Lloyd and Gertrude Biers Taylor. He married Janice Cochran in 1964.

He grew up in Eugene, where he graduated from Willamette High School. He was a manager for the Eugene and Portland divisions of Industrial Finishes and Systems for 32 years. He moved from Eugene to Canby, his home for the past 27 years. He most recently was a salesman for Quality Rainbow Paint Products.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and camping. He belonged to New Life Foursquare Church in Canby.

Survivors include his wife; his mother, of Veneta; a son, Tobey of Canby; a daughter, Melissa Brant of Molalla; a brother, Dennis Taylor of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Janet Haley of Veneta and Donna Fussell of Springfield; and eight grand- children.

Saturday's service will be held at 1 p.m. in New Life Foursquare Church at 2350 S.E. Territorial Road in Canby. Canby Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church building fund.

Vertie Wilkinson

The funeral will be held Feb. 5 for Vertie Lorene Wilkinson of Eugene and formerly of Springfield, who died Jan. 27 of cardiac arrest. She was 76.

Wilkinson was born Sept. 24, 1928, in Copeland, Ark., to William Lester and Dorthy Oneta McCutcheon Goats. She married Thomas Wilkinson Jr. on Feb. 20, 1951, in Glendale, Ariz. He died April 27, 1966.

She moved from Arkansas to Springfield in 1937. In the late 1940s she moved to Phoenix, Ariz., and also lived in Mesa, Ariz., for seven years before moving back to Springfield in 1990. She previously lived in Polson, Mont., Glendale, Ariz., Japan, St. Louis and Goldsboro, N.C.

She worked for Motorola in Mesa, and made beehives for Western Beehive in Polson, Mont. She worked in a munitions factory in Scottsdale, Ariz., and was a bus driver for public schools in Tempe, Ariz. After moving back to Springfield, she was a caregiver for elderly people.

Wilkinson enjoyed music, and sang and played acoustic guitar, performing in a musical group with two of her sisters. She enjoyed dancing and had taught dance lessons in an Arthur Murray Dance Studio. She served in her church's relief society.

Survivors include two daughters, Tracy Wilkinson of Eugene and Tamara Munger of Lebanon; six sons, Thomas III of Mesa, Dennis of Irvine, Calif., Kevin of Phoenix, Ariz., Scott of Graham, Wash., Kent of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Barry of Springville, Utah; four sisters, Violet Firestone of Foster, Virginia Frisby of Gold Beach, Velma Spores of Kalispell, Mont., and Linda Irvin of Roswell, N.M.; three brothers, Larry Goats of Springfield, Doyle Goats of Phoenix, Ariz., Wayne Goats of Scottsdale; 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Two grandchildren, Jeremy Wilkinson and Chrystal Patten, died previously.

Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Eugene Third Ward at 3500 W. 18th St.

Saturday's funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the church. Buell Funeral Chapel in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Mahaney

The funeral will be held Feb. 5 for Dorothy M. Mahaney of Eugene, who died Jan. 17 of Alzheimer's disease and complications of a fractured hip. She was 85.

Mahaney was born April 5, 1919, in Duluth, Minn., to Michael and Alice Cashion Whalen. She married Gene Mahaney on May 23, 1940, in Duluth. He died Sept. 30, 1999.

She lived in Minnesota from 1940 to 1947. She then moved to Oakridge, living there until 1962. She lived in Spokane from 1962 to 1999, when she moved to Eugene. She also had lived in California.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed her children's and grandchildren's activities and church activities. She also enjoyed reading, gardening, playing the piano and her Irish heritage. She had belonged to Catholic parishes in each of the places she had lived and was active in their altar societies. She also belonged to the Eagles Auxiliary.

Survivors include four daughters, Kathleen Jaspers of Eugene, MaryLou Hilliker of Portland, Carole Kurahara of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Sharon Williams of Denver; two sons, Michael of White Swan, Wash., and Brian of Boise; a brother, Leonard Whalen of Duluth; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. A daughter, Patricia Young and a granddaughter, Shannon Young, both died previously.

Saturday's Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. in St. Paul's Catholic Church in Eugene. Private inurnment will be in Spring Canyon Cemetery in Coulee Dam, Wash. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Cascade Coast Chapter, 1238 Lincoln St., Eugene, OR 97401.

Eva Guthrie

A memorial service will be held Feb. 4 for Eva Grace Bowman Guthrie of Eugene, who died Jan. 31 of age-related causes. She was 96.

Guthrie was born Sept. 25, 1908, in Springdale, Pa., to Frank and Marthabell Neighley Bowman. She married Leroy Guthrie on April 13, 1929, in Portland. He died June 16, 1966.

She grew up in Springdale and later lived in Portland, Longview, Wash., and Tacoma before moving to Eugene in 1992. She was a homemaker who enjoyed reading, writing letters and travel. She belonged to the Order of Eastern Star in Tacoma and Longview. She also was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Willard "Wink" of Eugene and Frank of Sisters; six grandchildren and 12 great-grand-children. Two great-grandchildren died previously.

Friday's service will be held at 1 p.m. at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Private inurnment will be in Tacoma.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hope and Gabriel Guthrie Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Christ Presbyterian Academy, 2323A Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN 37214.

Arlyn Emerson

FLORENCE - The funeral will be held Feb. 7 for Arlyn Loyd Emerson of Florence, who died Jan. 31 of age-related causes. He was 95.

Emerson was born July 29, 1909, in Morley, Mo., to Ura and Dora LeVan Emerson. He married Lucille Jones on July 11, 1936, in St. Louis. She died May 26, 1999.

He was a high school graduate and worked for more than 19 years as a machinist for Alcan Aluminum. He moved to Ontario in 1980. He lived in Swisshome from 1990 to 1993, then moved to Florence. He enjoyed fishing, camping and working and belonged to Community Baptist Church in Florence.

Survivors include a son, Robert of Florence; a daughter, Joeann Alms of Hurst, Ill.; two brothers, Alpha of Wenatchee, Wash., and Hershal of Casa Grande, Ariz.; a sister, Leona Richardson of Merit Island, Fla.; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. A son, Marshal, died previously.

Monday's graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. in Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Lane Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Evald Lundeen

The funeral will be held Feb. 4 for Evald Lundeen of Ontario and formerly of Eugene, who died Jan. 28 of age-related causes. He was 80.

Lundeen was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Spencer Brook, Minn., to Albert and Elsa Jacobson Lundeen.

He lived in Minnesota and California before moving to Eugene in 1940. He graduated from high school in Eugene and lived in Eugene until 1954, when he moved to Santa Clara, Calif. He had lived in Ontario since 1994. He served in the Navy in World War II.

Survivors include his domestic partner of more than 45 years, Laura Carlson; four daughters, Gloria Alloway and Patricia DeHart, both of Eugene, Lynna Johnson of Union and Karen Klein of Seattle; two sons, Eric of Eugene and Ron of Salt Lake City; two sisters, Doris Allen of Eugene and Vi Babaro of Lincoln City; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Friday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at West Lawn Funeral Home in Eugene. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park.

Robert Bendtzen

Robert A. "Bob" Bendtzen of Eugene died Jan. 29 of complications of pneumonia. He was 60.

Bendtzen was born Dec. 18, 1944, in Norwalk, Conn., to Robert and Margaret Shepherd Bendtzen. He married Sharon Bendtzen on Oct. 5, 1968, in Rome, N.Y.

He served in the Air Force for four years and attended Utica College for three years. He was the owner and operator of Bob's Ornamental Iron Works.

He lived in Rome from 1965 to 1976 and again in 2003-04.

He lived in El Toro, Calif., from 1976 to 1993 and in Tuscany Hills, Calif., from 1994 to 2003. He had lived in Eugene for the past 2 1/2 months.

Bendtzen enjoyed basketball, golf, home improvement and repairs, long drives and his wife's strawberry cheesecake. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

He belonged to Rancho Community Church in Temecula, Calif.

He had served as vice-president of the California Association for Parents of Visually Impaired. He was former chief of the Choctaw Tribe-Saddleback Valley Indian Princesses, a father-daughter organization.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Megan Bendtzen of Eugene and Marnie Bendtzen-Davis of Redondo Beach, Calif; a son, Rob of Eugene; and a brother, Dick of Gold Beach.

A memorial service and burial will be in Rome, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blind Children's Learning Center, 18542 B. Vanderlip Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705.

News obituaries are a free service of The Register-Guard and are printed as space allows. The News Department will accept information on its standard obituary forms submitted through funeral homes or by the deceased's immediate family. Obituary information is available at (phone) 485-1234, Ext. 5534, or (fax) 683-7631.
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