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Leland Balsiger

COTTAGE GROVE - Leland Kendall "Lee" Balsiger of Cottage Grove died Sept. 27 of age-related causes. He was 80.

He was born Aug. 10, 1925, in White Salmon, Wash., to Alvin and Lois Balsiger. He married Betty Chaffee in 1948 in Cottage Grove. They later divorced.

Balsiger graduated from Oakridge High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. He was employed in the logging and sheet metal businesses.

He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, camping and gardening. He was a longtime member of the Cottage Grove Moose Lodge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Brainard of Eugene and Susan Cantrall of Albany; a sister, Joyce Owens of Cottage Grove; five grandchildren and one great- grandchild.

No service is planned. Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Willis

A memorial service will be held Oct. 14 for Shirley Lee "Granny" Willis of Eugene, who died Sept. 27 of age-related causes. She was 75.

Willis was born April 23, 1930, in Pe Ell, Wash., to Franklin and Artie Martin Green.

She had lived in the Eugene area for 60 years. She graduated from Elmira High School and worked in retail clothing. She enjoyed arts and crafts, sewing, knitting and gardening. Her family said she greatly enjoyed Christmas. She belonged to the First Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include four children, Barry, Brad, Deborah Graff and Ladarrah Farrell, all of Eugene; and six grandchildren.

The Oct. 14 service will be held at 3 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene in Eugene. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Marion Smart

COTTAGE GROVE - The funeral will be held Oct. 4 for Marion Bernice Smart of Cottage Grove, who died Sept. 29 of age-related causes. She was 85.

Smart was born May 31, 1920, in Pine Bluff, Ark., to Homer and Ozie Spurlock Petty. She married Arnold Smart on March 17, 1940, in Tillar, Ark. He died Nov. 19, 1988.

She graduated from high school in Arkansas. She had lived in Cottage Grove for 47 years, previously living in Tillar, Ark. She had worked in the meat and produce departments and as a cashier at an A & P grocery store, and ran the Jefferson Street store. She also had worked on farms most of her life.

With her husband, she owned and operated a truck stop in Curtin for 25 years. She enjoyed gardening, spending time in her flower garden, singing hymns and collecting "whatnots." She belonged to the Church of Christ-Pennoyer in Cottage Grove.

Survivors include two sons, Craig of Curtin and Pete of Brookings; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A son, Joe, died previously.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.

Tuesday's service will be held at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene.

Memorial contributions may be made to Avalon Foster Care Home in care of Rose, 33006 Lynx Hollow Road, Creswell, OR 97426.

James Walsh

James Walsh of Eugene died Sept. 29 of age-related causes. He was 88.

Walsh was born June 12, 1917, in Valparaiso, Ind., to Thomas and Elsie Deu Walsh. He and his wife, Mary, were married in 1942 in San Diego. She died Sept. 15, 2005.

He had lived in Eugene since 1957 and previously lived in Burbank, Calif., and San Diego. He worked as a machinist for U.S. Plywood, advancing from apprentice to journeyman machinist. He later was an electrician for Weyerhaeuser until he retired. He enjoyed farm work and rebuilding antique farm equipment.

Survivors include three sons, Mike and Pat of Salem and Gary of Eugene; a daughter, Karen Bianco of Mesa, Ariz.; three brothers, Bob, Bud and John "Jack", all of Valparaiso, Ind.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

No service is planned. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Ford

The funeral will be held Oct. 3 for Raymond Luther Ford of Eugene, who died Sept. 28 of bone cancer. He was 77.

Ford was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Charleston, W.Va., to Raymond and Essie Walker Ford. He married Billie Joanne McCoy on Oct. 29, 1952, in Cottage Grove.

He had lived in West Virginia, California and Roseburg before moving to Goshen in 1959. He served in the Army as a military policeman from 1946 to 1948 in New Orleans and Panama.

Ford had worked as logger, and as a mechanic and welder for Chuck's Truck Repair, Mack Truck and BRING Recycling. He enjoyed woodworking and metal work and volunteered with a scouting program at Goshen School. He belonged to the VW Goodtimes Club. His family said he loved talking to everyone he met, and was often called "Santa."

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Peggy Ford of Glenwood, Christy Ford of Goshen and Iletta Hopper of Winlock, Wash.; two sons, Raymond of Jasper and Douglas of Springfield; 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. A son, Jimmy, died previously.

Monday's service and burial will be held at noon at Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

Carl Thomas

The funeral will be held Oct. 3 for Carl Adolph Thomas of Eugene, who died Sept. 28 of age-related causes. He was 86.

Thomas was born Aug. 9, 1919, in DeSart-Kennedy, N.D., to Peter and Erma Muth Thomas. He married Leona Schwerbel on Jan. 1, 1943, in Scranton, N.D.

He served in the Army in World War II as a sergeant in the 95th Infantry Division in Europe. He had worked as a farm hand, truck driver and gas station attendant and as an installer of home insulation.

Thomas had lived in Eugene for 43 years and previously lived in DeSart and New England, N.D. He enjoyed playing cards, music, dancing, bowling and playing pool. He belonged to St. Mark Catholic Church and the Moose Lodge, and formerly belonged to the Eagles Lodge.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Lyle, K. Peter and Lynn, all of Eugene; two daughters, Bobbie Taylor-Rice of Eugene and MaryJane Thomas of Springfield; a sister, Rosella Belland of New England, N.D.; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene.

Monday's funeral will follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Lane Memorial Gardens.

Nancy Schlea

A memorial service will be held Oct. 3 for Nancy Lee Schlea of Eugene, who died Sept. 27. She was 53. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

Schlea was born March 22, 1952, in Chicago, to Elmo and Wilma Fowler. She married Jack Schlea on Sept. 9, 1972, in Plainfield, Ill.

She had lived in the Eugene area for 30 years, previously living in Blachly and Joliet, Ill. She had attended the University of Oregon.

Schlea belonged to the University of Oregon Alumni Association. She enjoyed music, reading, nature, cooking and travel. She belonged to the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Eugene.

Survivors include her husband; her parents, of Eugene; a son, John, and a daughter, Kate Schlea, both of Eugene; a brother, Steve Fowler of Pasadena, Md.; and two sisters, Judy Fowler-Langston of Eugene and Patricia Houchin of Salem.

Monday's service will be held at 7 p.m. at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenhill Humane Society.

Raudy Fischer

A memorial service will be held today, Oct. 1, for Raudy E. Fischer of Sandy, formerly of Eugene, who died Sept. 27. He was 51. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

Fischer was born Jan. 23, 1954, in Coos Bay, to Malcolm and LaRene Fischer. He and his wife, Laura, were married April 12, 1992, in Reno, Nev.

He had lived in Portland and Eugene before moving to Sandy. He graduated from Churchill High School in 1973 and worked as a cashier for Fred Meyer. He enjoyed comedy shows, collecting sailboats and spending time with his cats.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Kristen Fischer of Eugene, Tiffany Fischer of La Grande and Kalea Fischer of Sandy; a brother, Rocky Newcomb of Arizona; and a sister, Karen Sims of Milwaukie.

Today's service will be held at 1 p.m. at Estacada Baptist Church at 478 N.W. Wade St. in Estacada.

Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring is in charge of arrangements.

Stanley Turner

VENETA - Stanley Robert Turner of Veneta died Sept. 28 of cancer. He was 79.

Turner was born March 13, 1926, in Nashville, Tenn., to Guy and Lillie Scoville Turner. He married Velma Roberts on Nov. 6, 1948, in Hollywood, Calif.

He graduated from high school in Hollywood. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II as a tail gunner and participated in the occupation of Japan. He had lived in Eugene for the past five years and previously lived in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, all in California. He had worked for Chevrolet and Ford dealers and as general manager of Santa Barbara Cadillac. He also had worked for Turner Motors in Veneta.

He was a drummer and also enjoyed travel, restoring classic cars, fishing and home improvement. He belonged to the Lions Club.

Survivors include a son, Steven of Ojai, Calif.; two daughters, Mona Turner of Veneta and Anne Luftenberg, also of Ojai; a sister, Norma Hartman of Santa Rosa, Calif.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A great-grandson, Aaron Clement, died previously.

No service is planned. West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Clarification

Elmer G. Kincaid, 80, of Eugene, died Sept. 28. A son, Mike Kincaid, and a daughter, Carol Kincaid, died previously. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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