VENETA - A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Eugene for Joseph Richard "Joe" Baelz of Veneta, who died Dec. 9 of heart failure. He was 62.
He was born Nov. 2, 1949, in Eugene to George and Glorane Hoyt Baelz. He married Hedwig Stoltz on April 9, 1994, in Nevada.
He graduated from Willamette High School and attended one year of college. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years. He worked as a union roofer for more than 40 years.
Survivors include his wife; three brothers, Grover of Springfield and Ed and Will, both of Eugene; and two sisters, Sue Strand and Kris Barker, both of Eugene.
Arrangements by Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene. Remembrances to Bethesda Lutheran Church.
CURTIN - Elsie Joyce Rice Dimmick of Curtin and Cottage Grove died Nov. 10 of age-related causes. She was 77. No service is planned.
She was born March 12, 1934, in Arvin, Calif., to Elmer and Beatrice Crotts Reid.
She held a certified nursing assistant certificate and worked as a caregiver and restaurant owner and worker.
Survivors include five daughters, Joyce Copeland of Harrison, Ark., Katherine Ramsey of Hanford, Calif., Carolyn Hengel of Eagle Point, Dovie Osburn of Cottage Grove and Elizabeth Smart of Curtin; three sons, Danny Lawson of Curtin, Michael Lawson of Wellton, Ariz., and Kenneth Lawson of Tennessee; and 30 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Six husbands died previously: Henry Lawson, Bill Reaves, John Theil, James Rice, Jack Apple and Clint Dimmick.
Arrangements by Alpha Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene.
Winnie May Hrachovec of Eugene died Dec. 5 of age-related causes. She was 87. No service is planned.
She was born Nov. 7, 1924, in Jessieville, Ark., to O.J. and Inez Donlap Blackman. She married John Hrachovec in June 1973. He died in 2002.
She graduated from Jessieville High School. She worked as a chief technician and instructor for the Sacred Heart radiology department.
Survivors include three children, Marge Batson of Eugene, Gloria Hunt of Tacoma and Clark Lynch of Pleasant Hill; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Rest-Haven Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene. Remembrances to Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation.
Glen Morrison Jr.
A wake will be held from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 27 at the family home in Jefferson for Glen Garfield Morrison Jr. of Jefferson, formerly of Eugene, who died Nov. 19 at age 56. The family chose not to list the cause of death.
He was born March 11, 1955, in Eugene to Glen and Ruby Davis Morrison. He married Dorothea "Jeannie" Williams on Dec. 27, 1981, in Eugene.
He graduated from North Eugene High School and served in the U.S. Army. For the past four years, he worked at Wah Chang in Albany.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jody Morrison of Jefferson and D. James McCollum of Dunlap, Tenn.; two sisters, Jean Morrison and Louise Sorenson, both of Eugene; and one grandchild.
Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Home in Albany. Remembrances to SafeHaven Humane Society.
Mary Lee Ruppel
Mary Lee Ruppel of Pendleton, formerly of Lane County, died Dec. 3 of age-related causes. She was 82. No service is planned.
She was born July 26, 1929, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Leland and LaVicy "Ann" Umphress Ingram. She was married to George Simpson; they later divorced. She married Lawrence Ruppel on July 8, 1961. He died in 1991.
She held an associate degree in nursing. She worked as a registered nurse at several nursing homes in the Eugene area.
Survivors include two daughters, Kricket Nicholson of Pendleton and Debby Hanson of Eugene; a son, David of Christmas Valley; two brothers, Gene Ingram and Fritz Ingram; two sisters, Bette Smith and Maxine Heaney; and five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop.
Patricia "Patty" Rushford of Eugene died Dec. 5 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema. She was 68. A celebration of life is planned for later.
She was born Feb. 11, 1943, in Detroit, Mich. Her parents were Janet Kirkpatrick Leto and Barney and Louise Madonia Leto. She married Richard Rushford on Dec. 8, 1979.
She provided home health care for the elderly before working at Zany Zoo Pets for 16 years and Scamps for 10 years.
Survivors include her husband; her mother, Janet Leto; two sons, Richard Tomp of Eugene and Alfonso Tomp Jr. of Cottage Grove; a daughter, Karen Rust of Eugene; two brothers, Joe Kirkpatrick of Meridian, Miss., and Robert Leto of California; a sister, Jan Offet of Springfield; and four grandchildren.
Burial was held Dec. 8 at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield. Remembrances to the Eugene Mission or the ASPCA.
SPRINGFIELD - A celebration of life will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Northwood Christian Church in Springfield for Bonita June "Bunny" Travess of Springfield, who died Dec. 11 at age 42. The family chose not to list the cause of death.
She was born Sept. 24, 1969, in Canoga Park, Calif.
She was a student at Pioneer Pacific.
Survivors include her mother, Bonita Hume; two sons, Terence II and Taylor; and a sister, Tammy Freeman of Roseburg.
Arrangements by Wilson's Chapel of the Roses in Roseburg.
A remembrance gathering will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at Cascade Manor in Eugene for Ila Putman Venator of Eugene, who died Dec. 12 of age-related causes. She was 91.
She was born April 25, 1920, in Brownsville to Lee and Clarine Barker Putman. She married John Venator on Sept. 18, 1942, in Springfield. He died Oct. 28, 1983.
She graduated from Springfield High School, attended the University of Oregon for two years and graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Oregon State University. She worked as a home economics teacher at Monroe High School, Morrow High School and Eugene Vocational School. She also managed her husband's business.
Survivors include four daughters, Judy Goude of Coos Bay, Gail Cannady of Vancouver, Wash., Margaret Venator of Clatskanie and Kathy Venator of Portland; and one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Private burial will be at Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene. Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances to Western River Girl Scout Council.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene for Bernadine Waters of Eugene, who died Dec. 11 of age-related causes. She was 86.
She was born Oct. 24, 1925, in Cordell, Okla., to Herschel and Ruthie Cronk Stubblefield. She married Loyd Waters on Nov. 1, 1945, in Roswell, N.M.
She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Judy McCollum of Aromas, Calif., and Karen Bailin of Eugene; a sister, Eugenia Meyers of Eugene; and two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A son, James Waters, died previously.
Burial will be at Roseburg Memorial Gardens. Remembrances to the Humane Society.
James Wyant of Eugene died Dec. 3 at age 53. The family chose not to list the cause of death. A memorial service is planned in January.
He was born Jan. 23, 1958, in Eugene to Dan and June Filmer Wyant.
He graduated from South Eugene High School and attended Lane Community College and the University of Oregon. He worked as a musician and, some years ago, played at the Treehouse. He worked for many years at Flicks and Pics video store and, later, at the Bijou Theatre.
Survivors include a brother, David of Ogden, Utah; and a sister, Theresa Bearss of Ocean Shores, Wash.
Arrangements by Alpha Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene. Remembrances to Greenhill Humane Society.
Cottage Grove resident Richard Leo Rickabaugh's survivors include two daughters, Suzanne Huebner-Sannes of Cottage Grove and Terry Barker of Everett, Wash. An obituary appearing Thursday incorrectly identified Barker as a sister.
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