SPRINGFIELD - A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Norkenzie Christian Church in Eugene for Carolyn K. Duras of Springfield, who died April 15 at age 54. The family chose not to list the cause of death.
She was born Dec. 5, 1953, in Eugene to Richard and Ellene Lilly Taylor. She married Mark Duras on July 22, 2005, in Eugene.
She attended Lane Community College for two years. She worked for 111/2 years at Home Depot.
Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Hilarrie Aguirre of Eugene and Lindsay Harmon and Erin Magers, both of Junction City; her parents, now of Grants Pass; and five grandchildren.
Arrangements by Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene.
David S. Grant of Redmond, formerly of the Lane County area, died April 13 of a stroke at age 68. No service is planned.
He was born Oct. 15, 1939, in Elmhurst, Ill., to Russell and Louise Brown Grant. He married Caroline Perry on Oct. 30, 1965, in Chicago. They later divorced.
Grant attended Grinnell College in Iowa and earned masters degrees in history and education from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He taught language arts and social studies in Monroe and Madison middle schools in Eugene for 17 years.
Survivors include his former wife; a daughter, Heather Smith of Springfield, a son, Gordon of Portland; a brother, Jon of Foster City, Calif., and two grandchildren. Arrangements by Autumn Funerals in Redmond.
Peder Jerome Heineman of Eugene died April 15 of a heart attack at age 68. A celebration of life will be held later.
He was born June 9, 1939, in Spokane to Arthur and Inez Heineman. He married Phyllis Watke in Spokane in 1959. They later divorced. He married Maryl Barker on Dec. 31, 1983, in Portland. They later divorced. He married Tina Duncan in 1996.
He served in the Army and Army Reserves between 1957 and 1964. He was an innovator in the emergency medical care field, starting Crown Ambulance in the early 1960s and later working for Buck Ambulance in Portland. He was co-founder of Medic First Aid International.
Survivors include two daughters, Heidi of Lake Oswego and Kelly of Eugene; three sons, Peder Jr. and Philip, both of Veneta, and Christopher of Portland; and 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A son, Douglas, died previously.
Arrangements by West Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Eugene. Remembrances to Oregon Humane Society or Sacred Heart Hospice.
VENETA - A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Fairfield Baptist Church in Eugene for Sally Lou Farnell Helmstead of Veneta, who died April 21 of respiratory failure. She was 73. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene. A reception will follow the service at the church.
She was born April 9, 1935, in Moscow, Idaho, to Arnold Lyon and Margaret Martin Deaveny. She married Vernon Farnell on June 13, 1954, in Moscow. He died July 24, 2000. She married Robert "Bob" Helmstead Jr. on Dec. 22, 2002, in Eugene.
She graduated from Clarkston High School, Wash., in 1953. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Ginny Eulrich of Tualatin and Julie McMorris of Portland; a stepson, Kris of Bend; a brother, Arnold Lyon of Clarkston; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Burial will be at Lewis & Clark Cemetery in Lewiston, Idaho. Remembrances to Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene.
The graveside funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 30 at West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene for Gertrude Sarah Keeling of Eugene, who died April 21 of age-related causes. She was 87.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene.
She was born July 3, 1920, in Watonga, Okla., to Lemuel and Ella May Chapman Neigh. She married Fait Keeling on Aug. 21, 1937, in Watonga. He died March 30, 1992.
She worked as a pastry chef in hospitals in Norwalk, Calif., and as a homemaker.
Survivors include a daughter, Patsy Buley of Eugene; two sons, Lemuel of LaPine and Ron of Silverdale, Wash.; 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. A son, Earl Dwayne Keeling, died previously.
A reception will follow the April 30 service at the Parkside Trailer Park recreation room at 3950 Coburg Road in Eugene.
A graveside service was held April 11 in Lindsay, Calif., for Frances H. "Fritz" Langford of Eugene, who died April 3 of age-related causes at age 92.
She was born Nov. 9, 1915, in Stratford, Calif., to A. Sigfrid and Kate Thurman Nelson. She married Marvin Langford in 1938. He died in 1963.
She attended high school in Lemoore, Calif., and worked for Lindsay Ripe Olive Co. for 18 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Kennedy of Eugene, and Diane McFadden of Visalia, Calif; two sisters, Nell Tarr of Victorville, Calif., and Edith Vroylk of Porterville, Calif.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances to the Alzheimer's Association or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
YONCALLA - The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. today, April 24, at Wilson's Chapel of the Roses in Roseburg for Bruce Eldon Turpin of Yoncalla, who died April 20 of age-related causes. He was 87. Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.
He was born Dec. 9, 1920, in Yoncalla to Ray and Esther Turpin. He and his wife, Betty, were married in July 1978 in Reno, Nev.
He served in the U.S. Army, and worked as a road grader operator.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Joyce, Irilla and Sue; four sons, Clifford, Cary, Scott and Richard; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Remembrances to Yoncalla Summer Athletic Program.
OAKLAND - A potluck celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. May 3 at 12759 Elkhead Road in Oakland for Tammy "Tam" Robinson, 49, of Oakland, who died April 18 of cancer. She was 49.
She was born Nov. 10, 1958, in Montebello, Calif., to Harry and Frances Beck Harms. She married Ron Robinson on June 29, 1991, in Lane County.
She graduated with an associate's degree in computer programming from Umpqua Community College. She was the owner/operator of Balance Restoration Nursery in Lorane for 17 years and a farmer's market vendor from 2005 to 2006.
Survivors include her husband; her mother; two daughters, Autumn Walberg of Sweet Home, and Elizabeth Hall of Lakeside; a brother, Randy Harms of Ontario, Canada; a sister, Cynthia Lafferty of Eugene; and two grand-children.
Arrangements by Wilson's Chapel of the Roses in Roseburg. Remembrances to a memorial fund set up in Robinson's name at Umpqua Bank.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today, April 24, at Fairfield Baptist Church in Eugene for Faith Mickele Railey of Eugene, who died April 21 of severe anemia and brain injury at birth. She was 75 days old.
She was born Feb. 6, 2008, in Eugene to Brock and Cami Carpenter Railey.
Survivors include her parents; one sister, Brenna Railey of Eugene; and grandparents Doug and Terri Carpenter, Mick and Rayne Railey and Judy Sagen, all of Eugene.
Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances to Fairfield Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Day Spring Fellowship in Eugene for David G. Slaughter of Eugene, who died April 19 of Alzheimer's disease. He was 82.
He was born June 25, 1925, in Turlock, Calif., to Chester and Winnie Hadlock Slaughter. He married Norma Bechtel on Dec. 1, 1944, in Stillwater, Okla.
He began his career in the timber business driving logging truck out of Sweet Home. He worked at Western Veneer in Griggs, and later worked for Harold Jones at Valley Plywood in Junction City. He became superintendent and then manager of all Jones Veneer and Plywood. After the company was purchased by Georgia-Pacific, he oversaw their plywood production on the west coast. He later became part owner and general manager of States Veneer in Eugene. After retiring at age 52, he worked as production manager for Trus Joist in Eugene for nine years.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Larry of St. Paul; a daughter, Judy Morris of West Linn; two brothers, Ralph of Eugene and Sam of Sweet Home; three sisters, Frances Ottem of Winsor, Calif., Tressie Slaughter of Santa Rosa, Calif., Lois McKaughan of Stillwater, Okla., and Helen Smith of Walla Walla, Wash.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Burial will be at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances to Alzheimer's Association, Hospice of Oregon or Day Spring Fellowship.
SPRINGFIELD - The graveside funeral will be held at noon Monday, April 28, at the Coburg IOOF Cemetery for Susan Yvonne Thornton of Springfield, who died April 22 of acute respiratory distress syndrome. She was 57. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday at Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at the Springfield Moose Lodge.
She was born May 17, 1950, in Salem to Morris and Esther Tamke McKibben. She married Scott Thornton on Feb. 12, 1967, in Reno, Nev.
She worked as a bookkeeper for Springfield Moose Lodge.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Brandi Lillingston and Molli Thornton, both of Springfield; her mother, now of Springfield; a sister, Sharon Kessler of Bend; and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Marcola Community Church for Ruth Helen Carson of Eugene, who died April 22 of heart failure. She was 93.
Burial will be at West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene. Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield. Remembrances to Marcola Mother's Club Scholarship Fund.
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