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Ramona Barkemeyer

HAMMOND - A celebration of eternal life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Cottage Grove Faith Center for Ramona L. Barkemeyer of Hammond, Ore., formerly of the Lane County area, who died April 29 of lung cancer. She was 45. A reception at Dorena Grange will follow.

She was born Oct. 13, 1961 in Cottage Grove. She married Steven Barkemeyer on August, 11, 1983. She worked in the housekeeping business.

She is survived by her husband; her father, Kenneth Mathis of Cottage Grove; a daughter, Savannah, and a son Eric, both of Hammond; and a sister Ronnie Nowak, of Cottage Grove.

Arrangements by Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary in Astoria. Remembrances to the Blaze 328 Youth Ministry, c/o S. Barkemeyer, 406 Pacific Dr., Hammond, Ore. 97121.

Josephine Beikman

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 7, at Lane Memorial Funeral Home in Eugene for Josephine "Jo" Beikman of Springfield, formerly of Eugene, who died April 30 of age-related causes. She was 85. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the funeral home

She was born April 16, 1922, in Rough & Ready, Calif., to William and Clara Hart Jeske. She married Wilbert F. Beikman in Eugene in 1946. She graduated from Sacred Heart Nursing School and worked as a nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital and at Cascade Manor.

She is survived by two sons, William of Eugene and Robert of Springfield, and one grandchild. Her husband died in 1996, and three brothers died previously.

Burial will be at Lane Memorial Gardens following the funeral. Remembrances to the Grace Lutheran Foundation.

William Cassara

William G. Cassara of Eugene died April 12 of heart failure. He was 66.

He was born July 8, 1940, in Sun Valley, Calif., to Frank and Anne Vernaci Cassara.

Cassara served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. He was the owner and operator of Have-Truck-Will-Haul.

Survivors include two children, Dana Cassara of Seattle and Deborah Cassara Vinson of Bend; four brothers, Vic, John and Joe, all of Sun Valley, Calif., and Mike of Arizona; and one grandchild.

A family memorial service was held April 14. Burial is at Eagle Point Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene.

Opal Chaffin

CORVALLIS - A celebration of life will be May 19 at 2601 N.E. Jack London St. in Corvallis for Opal Chaffin of Corvallis, formerly of Junction City, who died May 1 of age-related causes at age 93.

She was born April 11, 1914, in Lorane to Jackson and Nora Sutherland Henderson. She married George L. Chaffin on May 28, 1936, in Roseburg. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Sharon Carter of Eugene, and Kay Hunnemuller of Corvallis; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by McHenry Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Corvallis.

Neil Cheshire

CHESHIRE - A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Rest Lawn Memorial Park in Junction City for Neil Denning "Husky" or "Huck" Cheshire of Cheshire who died May 1 of age-related causes. He was 88.

Cheshire was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Cheshire to Lee and Eska Bailey Cheshire. He married Beatrice Williams on Nov. 29, 1939, in Monroe. She died Dec. 24, 2002. He married Patricia Colasont on July 30, 2005, in Junction City.

He graduated from Monroe High School in 1937. He worked at Larsen, Clark, and Powell Sawmill in Junction City, and as a logger and cat-skinner for his brothers' logging company. He also worked on several farms in the Cheshire area, drove trucks for various companies and worked for Mountain States Power Company. He was an orchardist, and he and his wife operated Bea's Berries in Cheshire.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Michael of Central Point; four daughters, Vicky Wade of Deadwood, Geraldine Troxel of Cheshire, Carol Hamel of Salem, and Diane Cheshire-Bray of Sisters; a stepson, Charles Colasont of North Carolina; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Long Tom Grange. Arrangements by Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene. Remembrances to the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church building fund or Long Tom Grange.

Margaret Cox

Margaret Cox of Eugene died April 29 of complications of Parkinson's disease at age 86. A graveside service was held May 1 in Masonic Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 16, 1920, in Tacoma to Claud and Louise Gambil. She married Elmer Cox in 1943 in Albany.

She graduated from Tacoma High School and attended Washington State University for a year. Cox was an executive secretary for 25 years for the Garrett Corporation, a research firm, in Southern California.

Survivors include a daughter, Marsha Brennan of Eugene and one grandchild. Her husband died previously and a daughter, Dorothy Cox, died in 1985.

Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

Lorraine Dickson

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. May 26 at Eugene Christian Fellowship for Lorraine Josephine Dickson of Eugene, who died April 30 of heart failure. She was 87.

She was born May 17, 1919, in Windsor, N.D. She married Floyd Dickson on June 12, 1940, in Toledo, Wash.

She was graduated from Eldridge High School in Eldridge, N.D. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Larry of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; a daughter, Nancy Draper of Eugene; a sister, Jeanne Taylor of Quincy, Wash.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Arrangements by Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene. Remembrances to Eugene Christian Fellowship.

Inez Dunlop

COTTAGE GROVE - Inez Dunlop of Cottage Grove died May 2 of age-related causes. She was 98.

She was born Feb. 26, 1909, in Montesano, Wash., to Pete and Inga Kindberg Peterson. She married Stirl Dunlop on June 11, 1927, in Olympia. He died April 10, 1980.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Her daughter, Patsy McCoy, died Dec. 19, 1997.

No service is planned. Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. Inurnment will be at Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove. Remembrances to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.

Iven Ezell

AUBURN, CALIF. - Iven Ezell of Auburn, Calif., formerly of Eugene, died April 21 of prostate cancer at age 88. A memorial service was held April 25 in Auburn.

He was born April 14, 1919, in Amarillo, Texas, to Albert and Mary Stump Ezell. He married Ida Bressman 28 years ago in California. He earned a masters degree in chemistry at Oregon State University and worked as a chemist and computer analyst for Tidewater Oil and for Lockheed in California.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Ingrid Jacobsen of Rainier, Bridgett Shycoff of Studio City, Calif., and Amanda Ezell of Longview, Wash.; a brother, Herbert Ezell of Eugene; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Hills in Auburn, Calif.

Enid Grossman

CRESWELL - Enid S. Grossman of Creswell died of cancer on May 2. She was 78.

She was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Chicago, to Morris and Anna Rissman Shanhouse. She married Richard Grossman on Aug. 18, 1951, in Chicago.

She graduated from high school in Tucson, Ariz., and graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of fine arts degree. She attended graduated school in Los Angeles through the UCLA extension.

She was a professional dog obedience trainer for more than 30 years. She and her husband owned and operated a dog boutique, the Doggery, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Mark of Palo Alto, Calif., and Joel of Los Angeles; and two grand- children.

No service is planned. Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.

Wiley Harker

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 7, at Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield for James "Wiley" Harker of Eugene, who died May 1 of age-related causes. He was 92.

He was born Jan. 27, 1915, to Harry and Laura Wiley Harker. He graduated from Horton High School in Horton, Kan., and attended Kansas City University.

Harker served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked in advertising and worked as a professional actor for more than 50 years.

His acting career included working in a Broadway production of "Hamlet" with Shakespearean actor Maurice Evans in the 1930s and appearing in David Lynch's 1999 film "The Straight Story." He also worked in television, on such shows as "Divorce Court" and "The A Team." Last year he had a role in Very Little Theatre's production of "The Visit."

Survivors include a sister, Janet Harker Johannes of Eugene.

Remembrances to the Alzheimer's Association.

Evelyn Hughes

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. today, May 5, in the Spring Lane Village recreation room in Springfield for Evelyn Nadine Hughes of Springfield, who died April 30 of congestive heart failure. She was 81.

She was born March 20, 1926, in Hastings, Neb., to Henry and Bessie Tryon Merkel.

She worked as a switchboard operator with the Los Angeles Probation Department and worked for Wells Fargo of California for 25 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Nadine Corral of Spanish Fork, Utah.

Arrangements by Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Remembrances to Firemed of Springfield/Eugene or Lane County Humane Society.

Art Irish

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 12 at Portland Memorial Mausoleum for Arthur E. "Art" Irish of Eugene, who died May 1 of age-related causes. He was 94.

He was born July 30, 1912, in Sedgewick, Alberta, Canada, to Earl and Aravesta Coughlin Irish. He married Elizabeth Pitblado in 1939. She died previously.

Irish served as a first lieutenant in the Army infantry during World War II. He held a bachelors degree in farm crops from Oregon State and operated a fruit orchard in Hood River Valley for more than 50 years.

Survivors include two sons, Richard "Dick" of Junction City and Arthur "Ed" Jr. of Seattle; a sister, Ethyl Heerdt of Milwaukee; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A son, David Irish, died previously.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances to Pacific Northwest Chapter Arthritis Foundation in Seattle.

Frank Jackson

BEAVERTON - Frank Arthur Jackson of Beaverton, formerly, of Florence, died May 1, 2007, of Parkinson's disease. A celebration of life will be held in the summer.

He was born April 9, 1934, in Florence to Shirl and Averyl Jackson. He and his wife, Patricia, were married in 1957 in Milwaukee, Wis. He served in the U.S. Army and was the all-Army heavyweight boxing champion in 1955. He was a farmer for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Kathy of Midlothian, Texas, and Carol of Port Tobacco, Md.; four sons, Bill of Shandon, Calif., Steve of Holley, Ore., Paul of Beaverton, and Mike of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister Betty Larsen of Eugene; and 12 grandchildren.

Arrangements by Finley's Sunset Hills Mortuary in Portland. Remembrances to the Parkinson's Foundation.

Dean Kaminski

VENETA - A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. May 19 at Fern Ridge Shores in Veneta for Dean Ray Kaminski of Veneta who died April 21 of age-related causes. He was 81.

Kaminski was born Feb. 10, 1926, in Salem to Ben and Irene Meggers Kaminski. He married Kathleen Thomas on Feb. 1, 1979, in Eugene. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked as a painter and retired from the University of Oregon.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Dyanne Post of Eugene; two stepsons, Roger Thomas and Sean Thomas, both of Veneta; a brother, Orton Kaminski of Newport; five grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

Arrangements by Wilson's Chapel of the Roses in Roseburg.

Alvie Ivy

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at Molalla Christian Church for Alvie L. Ivy of Springfield, who died May 2 of age-related causes. He was 82.

He was born June 24, 1924, in Ada, Okla., to Roy and Verdie Hill Ivy. He married Madeleine Stone on March 25, 1945, in Eugene. She died in June 1999.

Ivy graduated from Springfield High School in 1941. He attended Southern Oregon Community College before transferring to the Oregon College of Education, where he earned a bachelors degree in education. In 1972 he received a master of arts degree in teaching from Portland State University.

Ivy served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Saratoga during World War II, from 1942 to 1945. He taught in Wilsonville, Canada, and as many small schools in Eastern Oregon, retiring from Pine Creek after 33 years of teaching.

Survivors include three daughters, Karen Brist of Springfield, Robin Watts of Rockaway Beach and Sheri Ivy of Auburn, Wash.; two sons, Logan of Denver and Andrew of Dubai; a brother, Robert Hill of Springfield; a sister, Nina Davis of Springfield; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. Remembrances to Hospice of Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Arlen Nichols

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at the New Life Church in Springfield for Arlen Thad "R" Nichols of Springfield who died April 27 at age 45. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

Nichols was born May 11, 1961, in Redwood City, Calif.

He graduated from Lowell Grade School and Thurston High School in Springfield and worked as a laborer.

He is survived by his mother, Virginia Cook Esenwein; his father and stepmother, Arthur Nichols and Susan Slaughter Nichols; a son, Peter of Springfield; two brothers, John of Lowell, and Matthew of Springfield; and two sisters, Denice Kindig of Bend, and Elaine LaMere of Veneta.

Arrangements by Rest Haven Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Eugene.

Carl Phillips

SWEET HOME - A memorial service will be held at noon Monday, May 7, at Wayside Chapel in Springfield for Carl Alvin Phillips of Sweet Home, who died May 2 of age-related causes. He was 80.

He was born July 21, 1926, in Fair Play, Mo., to James and Mable Martin Phillips. He married Janet Yocum in 1952.

Phillips served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1944 to 1946. He was a mill worker.

Survivors include three daughters, Joanne Sanders of Marysville, Calif., Sharon Caldwell and Debora Ward, both of Springfield; two sons, Craig and Larry, both of Springfield; a brother, Connie of Oakridge; 18 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Linda Wells, died previously.

Inurnment will follow the memorial service at 1:30 p.m. at Springfield Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Alpha Cremations in Springfield.

Mary Valentine

LINCOLN, NEB. - A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. May 12 at Sunset Hills Memorial Gardens in Eugene for Mary Boicourt Valentine of Lincoln, Neb., formerly of Eugene, who died April 17 of age-related causes at age 101.

She was born March 26, 1906, in Minden, Neb., to Andrew and Elizabeth Wheeler Boicourt. She married Dr. Lyn "Val" Valentine in the fall of 1929 in Hastings, Neb. She graduated from Omaha School of Nursing in 1928 and worked as a registered nurse in surgical, pediatric and general practice specialties.

She is survived by two daughters, Zoe Holland of Eagle, Neb., and Betty Valentine of Eugene; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, a son, Dan, and a grandson, Peter Ackerman, died previously.

Arrangements by Aspen Mortuary in Lincoln, Neb. Remembrances to the Green House Project at Tabitha Health Care Services in Lincoln.

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