A memorial service will be held Jan. 7 for Mel Thompson of Eugene, who died Jan. 2 of lymphoma. He was 86.
Thompson was born Feb. 19, 1918, in Blachly, to Anson and Ellis Rust Thompson. He married Evelyn Burgess on Nov. 10, 1945 in Eugene.
He graduated from Santa Clara High School in 1936 and later served in the Navy in World War II. He was a farmer of orchard and row crops, and enjoyed selling his produce at the Eugene Saturday Market. He had received the Farmers Market 20-year award.
He was a member and former regional director of the Oregon Farm Bureau. He belonged to Trinity United Methodist Church and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, David of Eugene and Glen of Kettle Falls, Wash.; a daughter, Marlene Van Noy of Depoe Bay; a brother, Gordon of Eugene; a sister, Florence Guthrie of Lynden, Wash.; seven grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.
Friday's service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Musgrove Family Mortuary of Eugene is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the church's memorial fund.
COTTAGE GROVE - The funeral will be held Jan. 8 for Beulah Ruth Smith of Cottage Grove, who died Jan. 2 of age-related causes. She was 98.
She was born Feb. 23, 1906, in Burlington, Kan., to Guy and Martha Emmerich Reed. She married Guy Smith on Nov. 29, 1933, in Mexico. He died May 2, 1961.
She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for the Port Authority in San Pedro, Calif., and at Terminal Island in Long Beach, Calif. She and her husband moved to Cottage Grove in 1946, and she worked at the First Baptist Church in Eugene.
She enjoyed gardening, reading, music, playing the piano and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Laura Murray of Corvallis; five grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Her son, Wayne Smith, died Aug. 23, 1966; two stepsons, Walter Smith and Leonard Smith, and a stepdaughter, Helen Williamson, also died previously.
Saturday's service will be at 11 a.m. at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. Burial will be in Silk Creek Cemetery in Cottage Grove.
The funeral will be held Jan. 7 for Joy Lynn Fields of Eugene, who died Dec. 31 of a stroke. She was 50.
She was born Sept. 13, 1954, in Joplin, Mo., to Charles and Joyce Stansberry Hopkins. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1971 and attended dental technicians' school. She married David Fields on May 24, 2003, in Eugene.
She worked as a dental technician for several years and was an office manager in the medical field. She had been employed as an accountant by Giustina Land & Timber Company for the last eight years. Her family remembers as "gracious, kind and thoughtful" and as "a rock of stability for those who needed it."
Survivors include her husband; her son, Geoffrey Hampton of Eugene; two stepdaughters, Christine Bonaduce of Sandy and Cynthia Ward of Eugene; a stepson, Kevin Fields of Eugene; and six step-grand- children.
Friday's service will be at 1 p.m. at the Willamette Christian Center in Eugene, with private burial at West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Willamette Christian Center's benevolence fund.
Karska Kahlil "Tom" Gibran of Eugene died Dec. 28 at age 61. The family chose not to list the cause of death.
He was born Aug. 23, 1943, in Corvallis, to Floyd and Rosalie Albin Cantrell. He married Paula Breeden in 1977 in Eugene.
He served in the U.S. Army and earned a degree from Lane Community College. He was the author of "Reflections of Time." He enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his son, Tommy of Eugene; and two grandchildren.
Services were held, and burial was at Monroe Cemetery. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 7 for Marilyn Estelle Days of Eugene, who died Jan. 1 of respiratory failure. She was 65.
She was born April 20, 1939, in Concrete, Wash., to Frank and Marguerite Bishop Carpenter. She graduated from Mapleton High School in 1957 and married Frank Days on June 1, 1958, in Mapleton.
She worked as a receptionist for KEZI for 19 years. She enjoyed cooking, camping at Triangle Lake, traveling in the motorhome, entertaining and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Kim Fexer, Taunja Anderson and Jami Geiger, all of Eugene; a brother, Bruce Carpenter of Bend; and four grandchildren.
Friday's service will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Eugene Faith Center. Chapel of Memories Funeral Home, Eugene, in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Scar/Jasper Mountain.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 7 for Mark Allen Cross of Eugene, who died Jan. 2 of unknown causes. He was 44.
Cross was born May 24, 1960, in Eugene, to Michael and Diane Rhegg Cross.
He graduated from South Eugene High School in 1978 and attended Eugene Bible College for a year. He worked for the Forest Service and in restaurant service. He enjoyed art, hiking and movies.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Michael and Marjorie Cross of Eugene; two brothers, Mathew and Charles, both of Eugene; and a sister, Michelle Cross of Eugene.
Friday's service will be held at 1 p.m. in South Hills Assembly of God Church in Eugene. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hawthorn Program, Shelter Care.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 8 for Ray Hlavinka of Eugene, who died Dec. 31 of leukemia. He was 65.
He was born Aug. 25, 1939, in McLaughlin, S.D., to Anthony and Ella Gamble Hlavinka. He married Darlene Adam on Oct. 17, 1962, Huron, S.D.
He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany from 1959 to 1960. He worked at American Can in Halsey from 1970 to 1988, when he transferred to Pope & Talbot. He retired from Pope & Talbot in January 2002.
He was an avid University of Oregon sports fan and enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Kalin of Junction City, Troy of Salem and Darin of Boise; five brothers, Donald of Hazel, S.D., Paul and Richard, both of Corvallis, Robert of Salem and Leonard of Dallas; and five grandchildren.
Saturday's service will be at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Junction City. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Lymphocytic Society.
Flora "Jeanne" Walker of Eugene died Dec. 28 of heart failure. She was 64.
Walker was born May 24, 1940, in Houston to John and Jessie Riley Ward. She married Jim Walker on Aug. 31, 1974, in San Diego. He died March 7, 2003. Walker lived in Eugene since 1975 after moving from San Diego.
Walker was a retired hairdresser, who previously worked at Ardees. She tended to a big duck pond and enjoyed spending time with family members.
Survivors include her mother; two daughters, Demi Bates of Springfield and Kathleen Koehl of Chugiak, Alaska; three brothers, Jay Ward of Nevada and Dimmie Edward Johnson and Phillip Johnson, both of Texas; and three grandchildren.
No service is planned. West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.
SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be held Jan. 8 for Roberta "Bobbie" Liberman of Springfield, who died Dec. 28 of heart failure. She was 56.
She was born March 7, 1948, in Los Angeles to Roy and Lois "Jeanne" Sorenson Good. She married Russell "Jungle Jim" Liberman in June of 1965 in Sunnyvale, Calif.; he died in 1984. She and Warren "Covey" Brown were domestic partners for 12 years before they separated. She married Richard Densmore in December of 1998.
A member of a military family, she lived in many places. She attended El Camino High School in Carmichael, Calif., and graduated from Sunnyvale High School in 1966. She attended Lane Community College earning an associates degree in medical office assisting.
She was the promoter and member of the pit crew for her first husband's "funny car." She was photographed and featured in drag race magazines, posing with his cars. She worked as an office assistant for Drs. John and Patricia Ahlen, as a bookkeeper for Dandelions Flowers and the Dexter Sanitary District. She most recently worked as a supervisor at Kezar Hearing Center in Eugene.
She enjoyed cooking ethnic and regional dishes, reading, shooting pool, gemstone jewelry making, crafts, collecting drag racing memorabilia and attending car shows. She was known for her period costume design and costume parties.
She was a member of the Valley National Eight Ball Association and competed annually in tournaments from 1989 to 1993. She was also a member of the Herpetology Society of Oregon.
Survivors include her mother, now of Dexter; two sons, James Liberman of Springfield and Wesley Brown of Eugene; her sister, Rene Good of Dexter; and one granddaughter.
Saturday's service will be at 2 p.m. at the Dexter Community Center on Barbre Road in Dexter. American Burial & Cremation Alternatives in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dexter Library.
Roberta R. Norman of Eugene died Dec. 29 of respiratory failure. She was 87.
She was born Aug. 14, 1917, in Modesto, Calif., to Clarence and Ida Warford Cook. She married Kenneth Norman on Dec. 22, 1941, in Hayfork, Calif. He died previously.
She attended the College of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and earned a bachelor's degree at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. She worked as an elementary school teacher. She enjoyed sewing, traveling, music, painting and spending time with her children. She was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church in Eugene.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeanne Briggs of Cooperstown, N.Y., and April Norman of Eugene; two sons, Daniel of Lewiston, Idaho, and Richard of Eugene; and five step-grandchildren. A son, Neal Norman, died previously.
No service is planned. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Arthritis Foundation.
Dwight 'Doc' Near
A memorial service will be held Jan. 6 for former Eugene and Cottage Grove resident Dwight H. "Doc" Near of San Jose, Calif., who died Dec. 6 of pneumonia. He was 86.
Near was born Jan. 7, 1918, to Dwight and Mary Robinson Near, Sr. He married Alice Ione Henderson on April 19, 1941 in Dundee, Ill.
He served in the Oregon National Guard in 1933. He graduated from Eugene High School in 1935 and from the University of Oregon in 1940. He was the Oregon Junior State Golf Champion in 1933 and was coach and captain of the University of Oregon golf team. He served in the Army in World War II from 1941 to 1946, and again served in the Army in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He retired at the rank of major.
He worked for Keith Roberts Ford in Cottage Grove and had owned Near Ford in Arlington, Wash. He served on the Cottage Grove School Board and was former president of the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce. He participated in the dedication of the World War II Memorial. He enjoyed golf, stamp collecting and civic volunteer activities. He was a docent at the San Jose Historical Museum. He formerly belonged to the Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Douglas of Mandeville, La.; a daughter, Laura Ericson of Los Gatos, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Thursday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Almaden Valley United Church of Christ in San Jose, Calif. Burial was in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Francisco.
A memorial service will be held Jan. 8 for Elizabeth Anne "Zan" Shaw of Eugene, who died Dec. 21 of breast cancer. She was 50.
Shaw was born Sept. 18, 1954, in North Bend, to Robert and Patricia Shaw. She was married to Reed Stewart from 1978 to 1995.
She moved to Eugene, where she graduated from Churchill High School in 1973. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 1978 with bachelor's degrees in biology and education. She taught math and science in Cove, Vale and La Grande. She moved back to Eugene in 1996 and taught science at Madison Middle School. As a teacher, she encouraged hands-on learning and brought live specimens of salmon to the classroom. She retired in 2004 for health reasons.
She enjoyed spending time with her children and attending their activities. She enjoyed nature, the outdoors, horseback ridding, backpacking, hiking and water skiing. She also enjoyed music, tennis, gardening and family history.
Survivors include two daughters, Laurel Stewart and Lana Stewart, both of La Grande; a son, Larz of Spain; her parents, of Portland; a sister, Stephanie Sachtler of Portland; two two brothers, Scott Shaw of Nampa, Idaho, and Dan Shaw of Seattle.
Saturday's service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Moreland Presbyterian Church at 1814 S.E. Bybee Boulevard in Portland. Oregon Cremation & Burial of Portland is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Audubon Society, 310 S.W. Fourth St., Suite 1000, Portland, OR 97204, or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.
COTTAGE GROVE - The funeral will be held Jan. 6 for Karl Heinz Hilsenbeck of Cottage Grove, who died Dec. 26 of a stroke. He was 64.
Hilsenbeck was born April 24, 1940, in Ulm, Germany, to Hans and Ruth Maier Hilsenbeck.
He attended school and trade school in Germany and worked in sheet metal fabrication. He moved to New York in 1959 and to Colorado in 1974. He had lived in Oregon since 1992, and in Cottage Grove for the past three years. He had worked as a supervisor at Marshall Sheet Metal Shop and was a master in his trade. He played competitive soccer in Germany and later coached a competitive youth soccer club. He enjoyed reading western novels and playing the accordion.
Survivors include his domestic partner of 18 years, Sharon Verdick; a daughter, Sonja Hilsenbeck of Sullivan, Mo.; two sons, Peter of Chandler, Ariz., and Anton of Sussex, Wis.; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Quigley of California; three brothers, Peter, Siegfried and Munford, all of Ulm, Germany; and seven grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Smith-Lund-Mills Chapel in Cottage Grove, followed by the funeral at 2:30 p.m..
SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be held Jan. 6 for Jaiden Raeanne Sahly-Greer of Springfield, who died Jan. 1 of heart failure. She was 5 months old.
She was born Aug. 10, 2004. in Portland, to Jeannette Sahly and Kellen Greer.
She will be remembered by her family as a "sweet, happy baby that loved people."
Survivors include her mother, of Springfield; her father, of Phoenix; and three grandparents, Joe and Jane Murray of Springfield and Wendy Greer of Las Vegas.
Thursday's service will be at 3 p.m. at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.
SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be held Jan. 6 for Virginia Stottlemire of Springfield, who died Jan. 3 of pneumonia. She was 87.
Stottlemire was born Sept. 15, 1917, in Salina, Kan., to Charles and Emma Brown Whelchel. She married Eldon Stottlemire on Dec. 14, 1939, in Rock Springs, Wyo. He died Nov. 5, 1996.
She enjoyed sewing, camping and playing Rook. She belonged to the Elmira Open Bible Church in Elmira and to Calvary Open Bible Church in Springfield. She previously lived in Coos Bay.
Survivors include a son, Marvin of Topeka, Kan.; two daughters, Joy Lapping of Springfield and JoAnn Huston of Gresham; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Thursday's service will be held at 1 p.m. in the Calvary Open Bible Church in Springfield. Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.
SPRINGFIELD - A celebration of life will be held Jan. 7 for Thomas R. "Tom" "T.R." Radabaugh of Springfield, who died Jan. 2 of emphysema and lung cancer. He was 67.
Radabaugh was born July 12, 1937, in Eugene, to Kenneth and Emma Lucille Bennett Radabaugh. He married Judith Anne Casuga on Dec. 28, 1997, in Springfield.
He graduated from Springfield High School in 1955 and attended the University of Oregon and Lane Community College. He later lived in Dallas, Ore., Boise, Denver, Seal Beach, Calif., and San Francisco. He had worked as a radio broadcaster and contract furniture salesman. He retired from Inter Royal Corp. as vice president of sales and marketing, then moved to Springfield. He enjoyed writing poetry, auto racing, boxing and was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers. His letters to the editor had been published in the Register-Guard's Mailbag section.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Anne Casuga; two daughters, Elizabeth Radabaugh of Reno, Nev., and Mary Ellen Murphy of Santa Cruz, Calif.; a son, Kenneth, also of Santa Cruz; two sisters, Judith Ann Rapp of Spokane and Donna Smith of Federal Way, Wash.; and five grandchildren. His wife, Barbara O'Neil, died in 1974.
Friday's celebration will be held at 5 p.m. at the Driftwood Restaurant in Springfield. Musgrove Family Mortuary of Eugene is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cascade Health Solutions Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Minnie "Doris" Kirtley, 83, of Eugene, died Jan. 1. She was born Nov. 6, 1921, to Ed and Minnie Sutherlin Main. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, Eugene. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home.
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|Date:||Jan 5, 2005|
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