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Virginia Murray

DEXTER - Virginia R. Murray of Dexter died March 8 of age-related causes. She was 81.

Murray was born Dec. 25, 1921, in Alberta, Canada, to Jesse and Effie Newman Gibson. She married Ernest Murray in Vancouver, Wash., on Oct. 30, 1940. He died Nov. 15, 1979.

She moved to Eugene in 1924 and lived in Lowell before settling in Dexter. She graduated from Lowell High School in 1939. She worked at the Emporium's distribution center for 20 years. She also had a nursery license and sold rhododen- drons.

Survivors include five sons, Lee of Newport, Doug of Springfield, Ed of Arlington, Wash., Mike of Delta Junction, Alaska, and Jerry; a daughter, Kathleen Harrsch of Dexter; two sisters, Dorothy Young of Medford and Mary Davis of Springfield; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

No service is planned. Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Home in Junction City is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Kyle

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be held March 29 for Dorothy U. Kyle of Springfield, who died March 19 of age-related causes. She was 87.

Kyle was born July 29, 1915, in Crookston, Neb., to Frederick Bohman and Caroline Von Seggern. Her husband, Joseph Kyle, died in January of 1981.

She was a homemaker. She moved to Eugene in 1937 and settled in Springfield in 1967.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary McGraw of Oregon City, Evelyn Utterback of Springfield and Wilma Lewis of Tigard; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Saturday's service will be held at 11 a.m. at Rest-Haven Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene. Hillside Chapel Funeral Service in Oregon City is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Hilbur Pierce

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be held March 29 for Hilbur Leroy Pierce of Springfield, who died March 21 of a heart attack. He was 71.

Pierce was born March 2, 1932, in Gettysburg, S.D., to Hilbur and Violet Bevers Pierce. He married Dale Dilbeck in Springfield on Sept. 6, 1960. She died April 2, 1982.

He lived in South Dakota until the late 1940s when he moved to Springfield and attended Springfield High School. He worked as a lineman for a railroad for 37 years and retired in 1990. After retirement he managed his rental properties and cared for his mother.

He enjoyed wood working and making things with his hands. He also enjoyed gardening and traveling. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include his mother of Springfield; and two sisters, Violet Bowen and Dorothy Dailey, both of Springfield.

Saturday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Buell Funeral Chapel in Springfield.

Charles Sparks

A private family service was held for Charles Harold "Pat" Sparks of Bend, formerly of Eugene, who died March 20 of age-related causes. He was 93.

Sparks was born June 15, 1909, in Colville, Wash., to Charles and Altz Fuller Sparks.

He grew up and attended schools in Independence. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Jay F. Oldham in Eugene for many years. He moved to Bend from Eugene seven years ago.

He enjoyed dancing, fishing, golfing, hiking, camping and being outdoors. He was a member of the Moose and Elks Lodges in Eugene. He also belonged to International Union of Operating Engineers.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; a son, C. Harold of Cle Elum, Wash.; a daughter, Shirley Betts of Fallbrook, Calif.; a stepson, Frank Price of Bend; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great- grandchildren.

Inurnment was at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Autumn Funerals in Bend is in charge of arrangements.

Billy Moore

The funeral will be held March 29 for Billy Dee Moore of Eugene, who died March 23 of liver disease. He was 69.

Moore was born March 27, 1933, in Dardanelle, Ark., to Robert and Pearl Bray Moore. His wife, Betty, died Dec. 12, 1989. He married his wife, Aurelia "Rale," in Eugene on Aug. 24, 1991.

He served in the Army from 1956 until 1958. He moved to this area in 1958 and worked for Lane Transit District as a mechanic for 32 years before retiring.

He enjoyed crabbing, fishing, hunting, camping, puzzles and computer solitaire.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Bruce of Port Orchard, Wash., Billy of Cottage Grove, Benny of Eugene and Barny of Springfield; three daughters, Karen Osborn of Mitchell, Bonnie Moore of Drain and Beth Talbot of Eugene; three stepsons, Lyle, Larry and Lonnie Ofsthun, all of Eugene; five stepdaughters, Linda Daharsh and Lenora McCoy, both of Eugene, Luerinda Patton of Redding, Calif., Lisa Cockerill of Port Orchard and Laurie Blood of Fort Irwin, Calif.; two brothers, Lee of Woodburn and Vick of Arkansas; 42 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene. Saturday's service will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at West Lawn Memorial Park.

Emma Regehr

The funeral will be held March 27 for Emma Margorie Regehr of Eugene, who died March 24 of age-related causes. She was 91.

Regehr was born April 5, 1911, in Sheridan to Nels and Susie Swensen. She married Frank Regehr on June 28, 1931. He died Dec. 8, 1991.

She lived in Dallas, Ore., for 28 years, where she and her husband owned and operated Orchard View Dairy. They moved to Eugene in 1961 and she worked in the real estate field. She and her husband later owned and operated Custom Chrome Plating for nine years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Duane of Eugene; a daughter, Kathleen Lowery of Eugene; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A grandchild died in 1994.

Thursday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Home in Dallas. Private burial will be at the Dallas Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Garnet Writer

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be held March 29 for Garnet F. Writer of Springfield, who died March 19 of age-related causes. She was 81.

Writer was born Jan. 22, 1922, in Belle Fourche, S.D., to David and Cora Shaw Baird.

She worked as a private housekeeper and in the housekeeping department at Eugene Hospital & Clinic for many years. She moved to this area in 1965.

She enjoyed watching golf and other sports on television, especially the Trail Blazers. She attended the Springfield Faith Center and was a member of the Jesco Club in Eugene.

Survivors include two daughters, Doneen Dehaven and Kela Miller, both of Eugene; two sons, David Jarvis of Texas and Jack Jarvis of Springfield; a sister, Betty Keuscher of South Dakota; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grand- children.

Saturday's service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Springfield Faith Center. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Christensen

SPRINGFIELD - Helen Adalene Christensen of Springfield died March 22 of age-related causes. She was 90.

Christensen was born Feb. 11, 1913, in Scott County, Ill., to Harvel and NinaLee Ellis Wallis. She married Harvey Christensen in Denver, on Aug. 19, 1931. He died in 1972.

She lived in Illinois and Denver before settling in Springfield in 1972. She worked as a florist in Denver since the 1960s and was employed at Kirkland Flowers in Springfield until she was 86 years old.

She enjoyed going for drives and seeing the countryside.

Survivors include two sons, Neil of Springfield and Kent of Oakridge; a brother, Buel Wallis of Columbia, Mo.; a sister, Virginia Wright of Post Falls, Idaho; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.

No service is planned. Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Jack DeBlock

A memorial service will be held today, March 26 for Jack DeBlock of Eugene, who died March 24 of cancer. He was 51.

DeBlock was born Aug. 12, 1951, in Passaic, N.J., to Jacob and Jane Nelson DeBlock. He married his wife, Linda, in Roseburg in 1977.

He graduated from Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey. He lived in Azalea until 1992, when he moved to Lane County.

He worked as a carpenter in commercial construction. He enjoyed music, playing poker and spending time with his friends.

Survivors include a son, Jacob of Eugene; a daughter, Rosalee DeBlock of Bend; and a sister, Ellen Aversano of Kerhonkson, N.Y.

Today's service will be held at 3 p.m. at Hendricks Park in Eugene. Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Phyllis Fisher

A celebration of life will be held April 6 for Phyllis Jean Fisher of Albany, formerly of Springfield, who died March 19 at the age of 67. Her family chose not to list the cause of death.

Fisher was born Aug. 2, 1935, in Lexington, Okla., to Fred and Bessie Wood Cavin. She married Ronald Fisher in Clayton, N.M., on July 24, 1953.

She attended grade schools in Texline, Texas, and high school in Clayton. She lived in Springfield from 1953 until 1956, when she moved to Lebanon. She settled in Albany in 1958.

She enjoyed cooking, cookbooks and flowers. She was a member of the Faith Bible Church in Albany.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Carolyn Major of Albany; a son, Jamison of Albany; two brothers, Jerry Cavin of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Roy Cavin of Las Vegas; two sisters, Sharon Curri of Cody, Wyo., and Mary Baker of Spearman, Texas; and five grandchildren.

The celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. April 6 at the Holiday Inn Express on Knox Butte Road in Albany.

Fisher Funeral Home in Albany is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Central American Mission Support in care of the funeral home at 306 SW Washington, Albany OR 97321.

Clarence Branson

Clarence E. "Gene" Branson of San Diego, formerly of Eugene, died March 22 of a cardiopulmonary arrest. He was 99.

Branson was born Oct. 3, 1903, in Montezuma, Ind., to William and Della Pearman Branson. He married Lenora Hane. She later died. He married Clare Brylewski. She also died.

He attended schools in Indiana. He worked for the Stutz Motor Co. and as a bookkeeper for Palmer House Hotel. He lived in Eugene from 1961 until 1967 and retired from Lane County, where he worked as a tax assessor. He moved to California in 1967.

His interests included birds, traveling, reading and gardening. He was an honorary member of the Stutz Automobile Club.

Survivors include four sons, Charles of Chicago, Jim of Lakewood, Calif., Conrad of Alameda, Calif., and Neil of Seaside; six daughters, Netty Branson of Tucson, Ariz., Helen Klinker of Chicago, Sister Mary Teresa of St. Louis, Camille Bledsoe of San Diego, Connie Branson of Alameda and Christine Myers of Eugene; two brothers; four sisters; 19 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. A daughter, Louise Branson, and twin daughters, Cecelia and Clare Branson, died previously.

No service is planned. Private burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Eugene. Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.
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