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OBITUARIES.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Michael Bonner

JUNCTION CITY - Michael "Mike" John Bonner of Junction City died Dec. 8 of cancer. He was 72. No service is planned.

He was born July 18, 1936, in Beaumont, Calif., to Kenneth and Eleanor Matthews Bonner. He married Virginia Faber in 1965 in Reno, Nev. They later divorced.

He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a master's degree in economics. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a pension fund manager and worked for assorted nonprofit agencies.

Survivors include his former wife; two sons, Mike of Junction City and Matthew of Leavenworth, Kan.; two daughters, Melinda Bonner of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Anne Bonner of Eugene; a brother, Patrick of Arkansas; and nine grandchildren.

Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield. Remembrances to the American Red Cross.

John Brass

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Jewell School in Jewel for Robert "John" Brass of Elsie, formerly of Oakridge, who died Dec. 5 at age 47. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

He was born Aug. 15, 1961, in Portland to Robert and Lois Swanson Brass. He married Karen McDonald on Jan. 29, 1986, in Tigard.

Brass was self-employed as a landscaper.

Survivors include his wife; three children, Jason Irvine-Brass of Springfield, Robert Jr. of Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Zacheria Brass of Elsie; his mother; three sisters, Christine Brass of Tacoma, Vickie Tennant of Mandeville, La., and Robbie Kazinski of Houston, Texas; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements by Autumn Funerals & Cremations in Portland.

Orren Champer

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene for Orren Sanderson Champer of Eugene, who died Dec. 8 of cancer. He was 90.

He was born June 24, 1918, in Louisiana to Orren and Janet DeLoach Champer. He married Vivian Johns on Nov. 3, 1945.

Champer attended the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the Marines from 1942 to 1947, including service in Guadalcanal, Normandy, North Africa and Italy, attaining the rank of chief pharmacist's mate. He owned a credit collection business in New York City and wrote books and papers about Shakespeare's plays.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Janet Champer of Mississippi; a son, Robert of Eugene; a sister, Nena of Mississippi; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

Sharon DeVico

JUNCTION CITY - The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Eugene for Sharon Jacobs DeVico of Junction City, who died Dec. 4 of lung cancer. She was 51. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the church.

She was born April 21, 1957, in Oakland, Calif., to Edmund and Mary Hill Jacobs. She married Anthony DeVico on April 27, 1985, in Alexandria, Va.

She graduated from William & Mary University in Williamsburg, Va., with bachelor of science degrees in biology and psychology. She was an airline flight attendant and customer service manager, an outdoor educational instructor and an animal clinic receptionist.

Survivors include her parents; a daughter, Caroline DeVico of Junction City; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Jacobs of Alexandria; and a brother, Edmund Perry Jacobs Jr. of Louisville, Colo.

Arrangements by Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Home in Junction City. Remembrances to Cascade Hospice Services in Eugene.

Russell Gates Jr.

SPRINGFIELD - Russell Leroy "Butch" Gates Jr. of Springfield died Nov. 27 of a massive coronary at age 62. A celebration of life will be held later.

He was born June 19, 1946, in Eugene. He married Phoebe Henderson on June 25, 2004, in Eugene.

He graduated from South Eugene High School in 1964. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked for various wood products companies, including Eagle Veneer.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, David, Terry, Patrick and Russell; four daughters, Sheila, Serena, Trisha and Laura; and many siblings.

Arrangements by Neptune Cremation Services in Portland.

Christina Howington

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Roseburg Christian Fellowship for Christina L. Howington of Roseburg, formerly of the Eugene area. She died Dec. 6 of brain thrombosis at age 35.

She was born March 7, 1973, in Roseburg to Cyril and Nancy Horton Heyniger. She married Heath Howington on June 26, 1993, in Roseburg.

She graduated from high school in Roseburg in 1991. She attended the University of Oregon, Lane Community College and Rogue Community College. She was a senior administrative assistant at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. She had worked for Farwest Steel in Eugene, ABCT in Roseburg and the Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic in Medford.

Survivors include her husband; her parents; grandparents June Horton and Vere and Mary Ellen Perry, all of Roseburg; a daughter, Alyssa Howington of Roseburg; a brother, Jon Heyniger of Spokane; and a sister, Sally Swancara of Roseburg.

Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. Remembrances to the Christina Howington Memorial Fund at any Umpqua Bank or Cascade Community Credit Union in Roseburg.

Geraldine Johnson

Geraldine Louise "Gerri" Johnson of Eugene died Dec. 4 of age-related causes at age 77. No service is planned.

She was born April 22, 1931, in Minatare, Neb., to Neil and Dorothy Evelyn Houck. She married Donald Richard Johnson on Feb. 6, 1949, in Santa Monica, Calif.

She graduated from high school. She was a homemaker and an AA counselor.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Marianne Mesritz of Ocean Ridge, Fla.; four sons, Michael of Boulder, Colo., John and Robert, both of Eugene, and Bob of Valley Center, Calif.; a sister, Cathy Houck of Anza, Calif.; a brother, Doug Houck of Eugene; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A grandson, Joshua, died previously.

Arrangements by Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene.

Deborah Lowry

A memorial service will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Eugene for Deborah Sue Lowry of Eugene, who died Dec. 5. She was 53. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

She was born Oct. 11, 1955, in Cottage Grove to David and Tolice Martin Amory. She was married to Deke Lowry for 22 years.

She had a high school education and worked as a telemarketer.

Survivors include a son, Michael of Redmond; a daughter, Amy Owens of Redmond; a brother, Tony Amory of Eugene; and five grandchildren. A grandchild, Michael Lowry, died previously.

Arrangements by Alpha Immediate Cremation Services in Springfield. Remembrances to Sexual Assault Support Services or Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene.

Kristi Robertson

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Jefferson Baptist Church in Jefferson for Kristi L. Amacher Robertson of Albany, formerly of Eugene, who died Dec. 5 of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 53.

She was born March 28, 1955, in Portland to Donald and Lola Kistner Amacher. She married Lyn Robertson on Sept. 20, 1986, in Portland.

She graduated from South Eugene High School in 1973 and earned a degree in geography at Oregon State University in 1978. She worked as a tutor at North Albany Middle School.

Survivors include her husband; her father of Eugene; a daughter Danielle of Albany; two sons, Adam and Grant, both of Albany; a sister, Susan Nicholson of Albany; and a brother, Todd of Lake Oswego.

Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Home in Albany. Remembrances to Greenhill Humane Society.

Casey Roth

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral was held Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene for Casey Hope Roth of Springfield, who died Nov. 23 at three days old. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

She was born Nov. 20, 2008, in Springfield to Jon and Brandy Fortson Roth.

Survivors include her parents; grandparents, Jim and Norena Slater-Roth and Ronald and Letxy Fortson; and a sister, Juniper Roth of Springfield.

Remembrances to the Children's Miracle Network.

Joanne Shepherd-Gilham

COTTAGE GROVE - A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the Church of the Nazarene in Cottage Grove for Joanne Beverly Shepherd-Gilham of Cottage Grove, who died Dec. 6 of heart disease. She was 72.

She was born Sept. 3, 1936, in Rochester, Minn., to Leo and Lottie May Strickland Campbell.

She married Dallas "Ole" Shepherd in 1953 in Cottage Grove. They later divorced.

She married Clyde Gilham in 1978 in Saginaw. They later divorced.

She graduated from Cottage Grove schools. She was a caregiver and worked at the Rocking Chair Nursing Home in Cottage Grove.

Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Shepherd-Ferren and Deborah Farris, both of Cottage Grove; two sons, Duane Shepherd and Sonny Shepherd, both of Cottage Grove; a brother, Dennis "Butch" Campbell of Cottage Grove; her former husband, Dallas Shepherd of Cottage Grove; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A son, Melvin Shepherd, died previously.

Private inurnment will be at Taylor Lane Cemetery in Cottage Grove.

Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.

Edgar Torrence

Edgar C. "Ed" Torrence of Eugene died Dec. 3 of cancer at age 98. A memorial service will be later in Asheville, N.C.

He was born Nov. 30, 1910, in North Carolina. He married Mary Deming on June 6, 1942.

He held a bachelor's degree in business, a master's degree in physical education, and two master's degrees from Yale Divinity School. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. He was an executive with YMCA International.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Trish Hazelton and Nancy Atkins, both of Eugene; Cliff Torrence of Blantyre, Malawi; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield. Remembrances to International YMCA.

Larry Towne

Larry Alan Towne of Los Osos, Calif., formerly of Eugene, died Dec. 7 of renal failure at age 58. A memorial service will be held later.

He was born Aug. 30, 1950, in Eugene to Courtney and Sybil Cornutt Towne. He marrried Loretta Downey on April 29, 1979, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

He graduated from Churchill High School in 1968. He was an auto body painter.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sheila Fisher of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; three sons, Matthew of Eugene and Michael and Christopher, both of Los Osos; a brother, Roger Towne of Eugene; and one grandchild.

Arrangements by Los Osos Valley Mortuary. Remembrances to the American Kidney Foundation.

Evelyn Walker

SPRINGFIELD - A visitation and service will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield for Evelyn Margaret Walker of Springfield, who died Dec. 9 of age-related causes. She was 86.

She was born Aug. 6, 1922, to Harvey and Jesse Wise Schmidt. She married George Walker on Oct. 12, 1941, in Goldendale, Wash. He died in 1981.

She graduated from high school.

She was a custom drapery maker.

Her son, Warren Walker, died in 1947.

Inurnment will be at Springfield Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield.

Mary Williams

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 11, at United Lutheran Church in Eugene for Mary Walker Williams of Eugene, who died Dec. 8 of age-related causes. She was 91.

She was born July 22, 1917, in Asheville, N.C., to Hubert and Mary Williams James.

She was married to Edward Walker from 1939 to 1951. He died previously. She married Richard C. Williams on July 6, 1968, in Eugene. He died May 4, 2006.

She graduated from business college in Washington, D.C. She worked for the Office of Health Education and Welfare agency in Washington, D.C., until 1961, when she became administrative assistant to the president of the University of Oregon. She retired in 1968.

Survivors include five daughters, Maribeth Walker-Schneider of Troutdale, JoAnne Bruce of Ocala, Fla., Jeanne Walker of Vancouver, Wash., Amy Williams-Sly of Newport and Teresa Goertzen of Eugene; six sons, Edward of Erie, Colo., Kenneth of Seattle, Thomas of Los Angeles, Robert of Beaverton, Richard Jr. of Eugene, John of The Woodlands, Texas, and Peter of Rocklin, Calif.; a brother, Hubert James Jr. of Spokane; and 25 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Private burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Eugene. Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.
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