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Helen Pruitt

A memorial service will be held Dec. 5 for Helen Marie Pruitt of Eugene, who died Nov. 29 of unknown causes, pending test results. She was 90.

Pruitt was born Oct. 26, 1914, in North Dakota, to Christian and Mary Andersen Johnson. She married Edward William Pruitt Jr. on June 24, 1939, in Eugene. He died Dec. 22, 1983.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed baking and various crafts, including drawing, painting, ceramics and sewing. She also enjoyed collecting thimbles and dolls. She formerly belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star and the Ninth Avenue Birthday Club. She had lived in Eugene most of her life.

Survivors include two sons, Mike of Elmira and Steve of Turner; a brother, Paul Johnson of Eugene; a sister, Ruth Tidball of Veneta; nine grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.

Sunday's service will be held at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene, followed by a graveside benediction. Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Order of the Eastern Star.

Jess Trunnell

A memorial service will be held Dec. 6 for Jess R. Trunnell of Eugene, who died Dec. 2 of Alzheimer's Disease. He was 83.

Trunnell was born June 19, 1921, in Eugene, to Roy and Frances Casteel Trunnell. He married Vivian Tuynman on April 15, 1951, in Eugene. She died in 2001.

A lifelong Eugene resident, he graduated from University High School and attended Oregon Normal College in Monmouth. He worked as a lineman for Eugene Water & Electric Board for 35 years, retiring in 1982.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, attending University of Oregon football games, gardening, fishing, hunting and bird watching.

Survivors include two sons, Jay of Eugene and Ron of Phoenix; a daughter, Fran Trunnell of Eugene; a sister, Kathleen Parks of Coburg; four grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.

Monday's service will be held at 11 a.m. at Rest-Haven Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene. Inurnment will be in Rest-Haven Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Cascade Coast Chapter or the American Cancer Society.

Betty Cole

YONCALLA - A gathering will be held later for Betty V. Watkins Cole of Yoncalla, who died Nov. 28 of Crohn's Disease. She was 76.

She was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Blue Eye, Ark., to Lonnie and Mary Lewallen Watkins. She grew up in California, and had lived in Oregon since 1943.

She operated a foster care home in Roseburg. She enjoyed baking pies and recreational vehicle travel.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Mattes Cole of Eugene; a brother, Walter Watkins of Sutherlin; three sisters, Ladena Wise of Yoncalla and Barbara Booher and Sherlane Knapp, both of Roseburg; two grandchildren and one great- grandchild.

The family plans a gathering for a later date. Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel & Crematorium of Cottage Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Drain Assembly of God Church, 975 Drain Section Road, Drain.

Clifford Payton

The funeral will be held Dec. 6 for Clifford Payton of Eugene, who died Dec. 2 of brain cancer. He was 80.

Payton was born Aug. 24, 1924, in Bend, to Otto and Etta Payton. He married Lois Neuharth on May 21, 1955, in Eugene.

He graduated from high school and served in the Navy during World War II. He had worked as a logger and driver. Payton had lived in Eugene for 45 years and previously lived in Remote. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and Oregon Ducks sports. He was a past master and member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Shriners and received the Hiram Award for lifetime devotion.

Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Theresa Payton and Joy Allen, both of Eugene, Sandra Nettles of Portland and Brenda Holcomb of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Dorothy Robertson of Eugene and Mary Lou Rickett of North Bend; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A great-grand- child died previously.

Monday's service will be held at 10 a.m. in the Scottish Rite Temple in Eugene, with a reception following at the same location. A graveside service in Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene will also follow the funeral service.

Gilbert Jahn

A memorial service will be Dec. 6 and the burial service will be Dec. 7 for former Eugene resident Gilbert W. Jahn of Vancouver, Wash. Jahn died Nov. 30 of complications of pneumonia. He was 85.

He was born June 21, 1919, in Sundown Township, Minn., to Walter and Frieda Mueller Jahn. He married Marie Thompson in 1938 in Springfield, Minn. She died April 13, 1998.

Jahn served in the Army during World War II. He lived in Eugene until 1968, then moved to Vancouver. He was a long haul truck driver for Burch's Moving & Storage in Eugene and later for two companies in Vancouver. He enjoyed refurbishing leather horse collars and harnesses, golf, walking and feeding squirrels. He belonged to the American Legion, Smith-Reynolds Post 14 and Memorial Lutheran Church, both in Vancouver, Wash.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith Zimmerman of Springfield and Sandra Burgstahler of Brush Prairie, Wash.; a son, Gerald of Springfield; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Monday's memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. in Memorial Lutheran Church in Vancouver.

Tuesday's burial with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. in Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home in Vancouver, Wash., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Doris Allen

Doris R. Allen of Eugene died Nov. 28 of Alzheimer's Disease. She was 76. No service is planned.

Allen was born April 6, 1928, in East McKeesport, Pa., to William Blair and Margaret Croushore Renshaw. She married Theo Allen in 1951 in East McKeesport.

She received a bachelor of arts in piano performance from Westminster College in Pennsylvania in 1950. She received a master of arts in piano pedagogy from Goddard College in Vermont in 1970. She lived in Princeton, N.J., from 1965 to 1977.

Allen had lived in Eugene since 1978. She enjoyed spending time with her pet dogs, teaching children, hiking, bicycling, skiing, gardening and music. She belonged to the Oregon Music Teachers Association, the Dalcroze Society of America and the Unitarian Church. She authored the publications "Creative Keyboard for Adult Beginners," 1982 and "Blue Book: Kids at the Keyboard," 1990.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Scott of Springfield and Blair of Oakland, Calif.; three daughters, Linda Burgher of Springfield, Lenore Allen of Fryeburg, Maine and Maryann Karonis of Oakland, Calif.; a brother, William "Ren" Renshaw of Santa Monica, Calif.; and three great- grandchildren.

Raymond Frosland

The funeral will be held today, Dec. 4, for Raymond L. Frosland of Eugene, who died Nov. 29 of a stroke. He was 98.

Frosland was born Jan. 18, 1906, in Berlin, N.D., to Matthew and Martha Frosland. He married Linnea Lundeen in 1927 in Racine, Wis. She died in 1946. He married Emily Wise in 1947 in Beaver Dam, Wis. She died in 1996. He married Grace Anderson in 1997 in Eugene. She died in 2002.

Educated through the eighth grade, Frosland served in the Navy from 1922 to 1926 as a gunner's mate. He lived in Racine, Wis., and St. Ignace, Mich., before moving to Eugene in 1997. He had worked in machine repair for J.I. Case Manufacturing and Racine Hydraulic and was a foreman for 30 years.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, archery, photography and wood carving. He belonged to the First Church of the Nazarene and several camera clubs and gun clubs.

Survivors include a son, Don Frosland of Eugene, six grandchildren, 13 great-grand-children and three great-great-grandchildren. A daughter, Delores Busta, and a grandson, Dan Fox, died previously.

Today's service will be held at 3 p.m. at West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene. Entombment will be in West Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eugene First Church of the Nazarene.

Rhea Hooton

CRESWELL - Rhea Hooton of Creswell died Dec. 2 of age-related causes. She was 87. No services are planned.

Hooton was born Jan. 16, 1917, in Vernal, Utah, to William and Minnie Gilman McKee. She married Eugene Hooton on Dec. 27, 1948, in Grants Pass.

She graduated from high school in South Jordan, Utah. She was a cook and restaurant owner in Grants Pass and Cottage Grove. She enjoyed knitting, crossword puzzles and painting, and she belonged to a bridge club.

Survivors include her husband; three brothers, Jack McKee, Glade McKee and Bob McKee, all of South Jordan; three sisters, Coy Yunker and Faye Gaykowski, both of South Jordan, and Mary Alice Baker of Salt Lake City.

Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of the arrangements.

Larry Blanchard

The funeral will be held Dec. 6 for Larry Lee Blanchard of Eugene, who died Dec. 1 of cancer. He was 40.

Blanchard was born Feb. 7, 1964, in San Diego, to Harley and Cynthia Wallace Blanchard. He married Susan Crump on May 20, 2004, in Eugene.

Educated in California, he received a bachelor's degree from a California State University. He moved from Crescent City, Calif., to Eugene in 1992, and worked as a computer technician for Symantec. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and building model planes.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Meghan Cox of Eugene; a son, Alex of Eugene; and two sisters, Lisa Cossolotto of Eureka, Calif., and Lela Blanchard of Reno, Nev.

Monday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Odie Smith

The graveside funeral will be held today, Dec. 4, for longtime Myrtle Creek resident Odie B. Smith of Eugene, who died Dec. 2 of age-related causes. She was 94.

Smith was born March 1, 1910, in Maple Springs, Ark., to Jessie and Ella McLaughlin Waters. She married Amos Smith on April 16, 1928, in Maple Springs. He died March 23, 1976.

A homemaker, she lived in Myrtle Creek for more than 50 years and in Eugene for about three years. She enjoyed babies and children, spending time with her family, reading, gardening and church activities. She belonged to the Myrtle Creek First Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Jerell Smith of Roseburg, eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. A daughter, Jean Stephens, died July 30, 2003, and a granddaughter, Ruth Ann Smith, also died previously.

Today's service will be held at 1 p.m. at Myrtle Creek Cemetery in Myrtle Creek. Major Family Funeral Home of Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

George Roadman

George Edward "Shorty" Roadman of Brea, Calif., died Nov. 12 of age-related causes. He was 82.

Roadman was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Corvallis, to George and Josephine Wright Roadman. He married Norma Jean Lowery in San Diego in May 1945.

He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945. He later worked in farming and logging, and owned a heavy construction business. He enjoyed doing church work, including driving the church's buses. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling and visiting his children and grandchildren. He previously lived in Springfield and Grants Pass.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Sharon Balwochus of La Habra, Calif., and Sandra Henderson of Greensboro, N.C.; a son, Stan of Antioch, Calif.; two sisters, Irene Skirvin of Springfield and Vivian Zimmerlee of Prineville; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A son, Steven, died previously.

A memorial service was held Nov. 15 in California. Memory Garden Memorial Park & Mortuary of Brea, Calif., was in charge of arrangements.

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