SPRINGFIELD - A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Springfield Church of God for Virginia M. Augustson of Springfield, who died Nov. 15 of age-related causes. She was 79.
She was born Feb. 17, 1929, in Sapulpa, Okla., to Miles and Clara Duncan Sims. She married Albert Augustson on Aug. 7, 1948, in Anderson, Ind.
She was a high school graduate and worked as a secretary at Meadowbrook Church of God in Bethalto, Ill.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Brenda Smith of New Albany, Ohio and Beth Brown of Springfield; a son, Brent of East Alton, Ill.; two brothers, Edgar Sims of East Peoria, Ill., and James Sims of Hemphill, Texas; a sister, Mary Jane Tindle of Longview, Texas; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A granddaughter, Jane Belle Johnson, died in 2001.
The funeral was held Nov. 20 in Meadowbrook, Ill., with burial in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bethalto, Ill. Arrangements by Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Remembrances to Springfield Church of God scholarship fund.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Mohawk General Store at 91130 Donna Road in Springfield for Randal Kirk Bertsch of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of the Eugene area. He died Oct. 26 of cancer at age 39.
He was born March 6, 1969, in Eugene to Donn Kirk and Luella Cerkoney Bertsch.
Bertsch graduated from Sheldon High School in 1987. He was a musician.
Survivors include his mother; a son, Robert Lowen-Bertsch of Eugene; and a sister, Wendy Turcotte of Eugene.
Arrangements by Bring's Broadway Chapel in Tucson.
DRAIN - A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at 332 Snell Road in Drain for Frank "Bill" Ford of Drain, who died Nov. 22 of a heart attack. He was 74.
He was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Norman, Okla., to Franklin and Ethel Dean Ford. He married LaNell Randolph on Dec. 27, 2005, in Drain.
Ford served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Douglas County road maintenance from 1971 to 1994, and previously worked for Drain Plywood and owned a construction business.
Survivors include his wife and a daughter, Frankie Ford of Drain. His first wife, Vera, and a son, Scott, died previously.
Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Evergreen Memorial Park in McMinnville for Lucy M. Fuller of Eugene, who died Nov. 23 of age-related causes. She was 94.
She was born Nov. 9, 1914, in Dayton to Harvey and Lulu Romig Turner. She married Joseph Fuller in March, 1954 in McMinnville.
She graduated from Dayton High School in 1932 and was a homemaker.
She is survived by a daughter, Terri Ann Fuller of Fresno, Calif. Her husband died in 1989.
Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park. Arrangements by Macy & Son Funeral Directors in McMinnville.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today, Nov. 26, at First United Methodist Church in Fruitland, Idaho, for Laura J. Ripka Hale of Parma, Idaho, formerly of the Lane County area. She died Nov. 19 at age 26. The family chose not to list the cause of death.
She was born Jan. 17, 1982, in Olney, Ill., to Dennis and Pam Golliher Ripka. She married Chris Hale.
She attended schools in Yoncalla and Creswell, graduating from high school in Ontario, Ore., in 2000. She worked for DS Factors in Fruitland, Idaho, and worked for Washington Mutual Bank in Ontario and Springfield and Forest Valley Veterinary in Cottage Grove.
Survivors include her husband; her parents; a grandmother, Janell Mitchell; a great-grandmother, Alice Green; a daughter, Aubrey Hale of Parma; a sister, Tracey Williams; and a brother, Christopher Ripka.
Arrangements by Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel in Fruitland.
Remembrances to the Aubrey Hale College Fund at Intermountain Community Bank in Ontario.
SPRINGFIELD - A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Buell Funeral Chapel in Springfield for Betty Loraine Hein of Springfield, who died Nov. 21 of age-related causes. She was 79. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
She was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Mitchell, Neb., to Perry and Pearl Frailey Whitworth. She married Harry Hein in June, 1947, in Springfield.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Lorraine Meller of Sydney, Australia; a son, Ron of Springfield; a sister, Bunny Larson of Springfield; a brother, Wyatt Whitworth of Eugene; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pauline Johnson of Eugene died Nov. 21 of age-related causes. She was 85. Inurnment will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 26 at Roseburg National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 22 at Fairfield Baptist Church in Eugene.
She was born Nov. 13, 1923, in Flowell, Utah, to Joseph and Emma Carpenter Naillon. She married Francis Johnson on Dec. 27, 1944, in Salt Lake City.
She graduated from Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah, and attended business college. She worked as a bookkeeper for many businesses.
Survivors include four daughters, JoAnn Kellis of Springfield, Shery Johnson and Peggy Peters, both of Eugene, and Nancy Johnson of Lake Shasta, Calif.; three sons, Paul of Creswell, David of Soldotna, Alaska and Craig of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters, Freida Jacobsen of St. George, Utah, and Faunda Danielson of Sandy Utah; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Her husband died May 23, 2006, and a daughter, Donna Kurczodyna, died in 1988.
Arrangements by Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene.
A celebration of life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at the Hilton Eugene for Travis William Lae of Eugene. He died Nov. 23 of unknown causes, pending test results. He was 36.
He was born Aug. 25, 1972, in Portland to Mark and Gayle Henry Lae. He married Emily Russo on Aug. 14, 2004, in Leaburg.
Lae studied graphic art design and worked as a logger, blown glass artist and night club owner.
Survivors include his wife; his mother and stepfather, Gayle and Pat Macy; his father; a daughter, Madeline Tidrick of Eugene; a son, Simon Tidrick of Eugene; and two brothers, Cort of La Pine and Nick of Eugene.
Inurnment will be later. Arrangements by Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene for Myrle Lorene Pappel of Eugene, who died Nov. 21 of age-related causes. She was 95.
She was born Feb. 8, 1913, in Johnson County, Tennessee. She married Henry Pappel on June 25, 1936, in Coos Bay.
She graduated from high school in Farmington, Wash. She worked for The Music Box in Coos Bay and later at Sears and J.C. Penney in Eugene. She retired in 1972.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Gilliland of Eugene; two sons, James of Eugene and Dennis of Newport; a brother, Joe James of Eugene; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Her husband died Sept. 6, 1989.
Entombment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances to the Alzheimer's Association Cascade Coast Chapter in Eugene.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Buell Funeral Chapel in Springfield for Leslie "Les" Southwick of Eugene, who died Nov. 24 of age-related causes. He was 86. A reception will follow the service. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
He was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Roseburg to Charley and Laura Miller Southwick. He married Dolores Dolly Sylvester on March 6, 1946, in Springfield.
Southwick served in the Army in World War II from 1942 to 1944. He was a molder in foundries, working for Solar Aircraft from 1941 to 1942 and for Standard Oil from 1947 to 1971.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry of Springfield and Marcus of Eugene; two daughters, Judy Sirotek of Colorado and Jackie Carlson of Springfield; 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. His wife died Aug. 30, 2003.
Burial will be in Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield. Remembrances to Disabled American Veterans.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Northwood Christian Church in Springfield for Ray Virgil Walter of Corvallis, formerly of Springfield. He died Nov. 23 of a stroke at age 78.
He was born June 3, 1930, in Burns to Raymond and Naomi Moon Walter. He married Virginia Beach on Oct. 28, 1956, in Burns.
Walter graduated from Burns High School and Oregon State University and served in the Army from 1954 to 1956. He was a civil engineer and the owner of Ray Walter Engineering.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Linda Johnson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Leigh Ann Holm of Puyallup, Wash.; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements by Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. Remembrances to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund.
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