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Ethelyn Vitus

Ethelyn Gertrude Vitus of Eugene died Jan. 1 of age-related causes. She was 92. No services are planned.

Vitus was born Dec. 20, 1912, in Coburg, to William and Gertrude Crawford Stark.

She married Elmer Kenneth Vitus on Sept. 24, 1934, in Eugene. He died Nov. 1, 1965.

She completed high school and was a longtime homemaker. She enjoyed reading, sewing, crossword puzzles and watching a television quiz show.

Vitus was an avid University of Oregon Ducks sports fan. She belonged to the Eugene Emblem Club 281.

Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Hunter and Muriel Ruud, both of Eugene; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sacred Heart or the Eugene Emblem Club 281 Education Fund.

Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys Rutledge

Gladys R. Rutledge of Eugene died Jan. 5 of complications of pneumonia. She was 85.

Rutledge was born Sept. 30, 1919, in Eugene, to Cline and Julia Haldorson Walkley. She married Ken Rutledge in 1944, and they later divorced.

She graduated from Walker Union High School in 1938.

She was a longtime employee of The Blade menswear stores in Eugene and North Bend.

She enjoyed flower gardening and bowling, and had bowled on a team that won a state championship.

She was active in the Lions Club for many years.

Survivors include a brother, Delbert Walkley of Redmond, and a sister, Leta Starr of Canton, Ohio.

At her request, no service is planned. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation in Portland.

Bobby Willis

Bobby G. Willis of Eugene died Jan. 2 of heart disease. He was 77.

He was born May 4, 1927, in Phillips, Texas, to John and Jessie Morris Willis. He married Shirley Green on July 23, 1950, in Eugene. The couple later divorced.

He was in the Merchant Marines during World War II and served in the Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1946. He was discharged in 1952 to the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

He worked as an electrician. He was an inventor and held several U.S. patents. He also enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include his former wife; two sons, Barry and Bradley, both of Eugene; two daughters, LaDarrah Farrell and Deborah Graff, both of Eugene; and six grandchildren.

Private services are planned. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.

Ruthe Grimes

The funeral will be held Jan. 8 for Ruthe Arlene Grimes of Eugene, who died Jan. 3 of emphysema. She was 83.

Grimes was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Grants Pass, to Howard and Alice Whipple Robbins.

She married Charles Grimes on May 29,1950, in Vancouver, Wash. He died in 1999.

Grimes graduated from Eugene High School in 1939.

A lifelong homemaker, she enjoyed reading, bowling, water skiing, dancing and gymnastics. She also enjoyed floral arranging, art and travel.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Juola of Boise and Steven Grimes of Westwood, Calif.; two daughters, Suzanne Marsh of Veneta and Peggy Forbes of Beaverton; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Saturday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene. Burial will follow in Lane Memorial Gardens.

Gene Sullivan

HARRISBURG - Gene Dennis Sullivan of Harrisburg died Jan. 1 of a heart attack. He was 68. A memorial service will be held later.

Sullivan was born June 28, 1936, in Watertown, S.D., to Dennie and Eva Gregg Sullivan. He married Patricia McIntire on Dec. 24, 1955, in Eugene.

Sullivan lived in Watertown until 1952, then moved to Eugene. He graduated from Crow High School in 1954. He then moved to Vaughn, where he worked for International Paper Co. as a millwright until 1968. He moved to Walton and later to Harrisburg, and worked for American Can and James River Pulp Mill.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, water skiing, hunting, camping and fishing.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Doug of Eugene and Tony of Albany; four sisters, Audrey Gilham of Springfield, Carol Wigham of Vaughn, Judith Ridge of Harrisburg and Kathleen Roberts of Bremerton, Wash.; a brother, Mark Sullivan of La Pine; and three grandchildren.

Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisburg Fire Department or the Diabetes Association.

Ronald Bond

SPRINGFIELD - Ronald Allen Bond of Springfield died Dec. 27 of diabetes. He was 56.

He was born Feb. 24, 1948, in Roseburg, to James and Bernita Jones Bond. He and his wife, Dottie, were married July 4, 1967.

He worked as a crane operator in Local 70 for a car business. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, boating and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Michael of Salem, Dwayne of Veneta, Kevin of Portland and Desmond Smalley of Boise; two daughters, Bobbi Jo Bond of Veneta and Dawn Hurlburt of Woodburn; two brothers, Bill of Eugene and Kenny of Myrtle Creek; a sister, Carol Olmstead of Winston; and nine grandchildren.

No service is planned. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Adams

Helen Grace Gardner Murphy Adams of Eugene died Jan. 3 of age-related causes. She was 87. A memorial service will be held later.

Adams was born July 20, 1917, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Ernest Fredrick and Daisy Dean Parmenter Gardner. She married Earl Robert Adams on Dec. 10, 1965, in Reno, Nev. He died June 12, 1999.

Adams had lived in the Eugene area since 1959 and was a former postmistress of Coburg.

She was a longtime volunteer at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital and the Festival of Trees.

She enjoyed travel, fishing, reading and classical music. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. She belonged to the Church of Christ.

Survivors include three daughters, Janice Stockwell of Springfield, Joyce Lakey of Gresham and Judith Hall of Santa Rosa, Calif.; three sons, Jon Murphy of Prineville, James Murphy of Olympia, Wash., Jeffrey Murphy of Homer, Alaska; two sisters, Betty Klingensmith of Newton, Iowa, and Lorene Blanchard of Grand Junction, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Buell Funeral Chapel in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to McKenzie-Willamette Hospital Auxiliary or to the Church of Christ.

Dorothy Shepard

Former Eugene resident Dorothy "Joan" Shepard of Portage, Ind., died Dec. 19 of lung cancer. She was 67. A memorial service will be held later in Eugene.

Shepard was born Feb. 19, 1937, in Gary, Ind., to John and Mary Jane Schultz Shepard.

She moved to Eugene in the mid-1960s. She had worked for the Otis Co., Farwest Steel, Williams' Bakery, Nicoli and Sony, primarily as a computer programmer.

She retired from Sony and moved back to Portage, Ind., after 39 years in Eugene.

She enjoyed spending time with friends and family, the mountains, beautiful scenery and fishing.

Survivors include two brothers, Tommy Shepard , also of Portage and Harry Shepard of Hardingsburg, Ind.; three sisters, Donna Barnes of Alabama, Weslee Calvert of Hobart, Ind., and Kellie Sullivan, also of Portage.

The funeral was held at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel in Portage.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenhill Humane Society, 88530 Greenhill Road, Eugene, OR 97402.

Frances Hintz

Former Eugene resident Frances Julia Bryant Hintz of Oshkosh, Wis., died Dec. 30 of age-related causes. She was 94. The funeral was held in Oshkosh.

Hintz was born July 26, 1910, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Paul and Julia Richardson Bryant. She married Carl Hintz on June 5, 1939. He died June 15, 2004.

She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in 1932. She worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 1932 to 1937 and for the University of Maryland from 1937 to 1939.

She lived in College Park, Md., from 1937 to 1946, then lived in Homewood, Ill., until 1948.

She moved in 1948 to Eugene, where she received a master's degree in counseling from the University of Oregon in 1969.

She lived in Eugene until 1997, then moved to Oshkosh.

She belonged to First Presbyterian Church in Oshkosh and formerly belonged to Central Presbyterian Church in Eugene. She also belonged to the PEO and Delta Gamma sororities.

Survivors include two sons, Stephen of Oshkosh and Peter of Holland, Mich.; four grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.

Seefeld Funeral & Cremation Service, in Oshkosh, was in charge of arrangements.

Douglas Bean

Douglas Leroy Bean of Eugene died Jan. 3 of diabetes. He was 62.

Bean was born Oct. 31, 1942, in Inglewood, Calif., to Arthur and Hilda Metzger Bean.

He graduated from Fullerton Junior College in Fullerton, Calif., in 1963 and moved to Eugene in 1976.

He worked as a contractor and enjoyed art, photography, astronomy and abstract painting.

Survivors include three daughters, Marva Davis of Longmont, Colo., Lenetta Blissett of Greenville, Texas, and Wendy Ratzat of Eugene; a son, Travis of Grants Pass; a brother, David, of Anaheim, Calif.; a sister, Betty Blackford of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.

No service is planned. Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Harlan Woodruff

A memorial service will be held Jan. 12 for Harlan Lillburn Woodruff of Eugene, who died Jan. 4 of liver cancer. He was 90.

Woodruff was born March 18, 1914, in Lyons, Neb., to Bert and Elsie Larson Woodruff.

He married Emeline Royse on July 2, 1940, in Tacoma, Wash. She died March 8, 2004.

He graduated from high school in Julesburg, Colo. In 1942, he received a bachelor's degree in theology from Northwest Christian College in Eugene.

He served as an Army chaplain in World War II in Japan. He later was a missionary for 38 years in Okinawa and also worked as a minister in the Christian church.

Woodruff received an honorary doctorate in music from Northwest Christian College in 1971. He belonged to the Garden Way Church. He previously lived in Willamina and had belonged to churches in Noti, Newberg and Willamina. He enjoyed yard work.

Survivors include a son, Dan of Eugene; two daughters, Annie Kruse of Coos Bay and Nancy Toliver of Austin, Texas; a brother, Leo Woodruff of Wilsonville; two sisters, Eunice Phelps of Pueblo, Colo., and Rose Shelley of Florence; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Wednesday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Garden Way Church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church's memorial fund.

West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Louise Drugge

Services have been held for Louise Haller Drugge of Yuma, Ariz., formerly of Eugene, who died Dec. 26 of age-related causes. She was 102.

She was born Nov. 14, 1902, in Grandin, Mo., to John and Anna Schunter Haller. She married Walter Wessel in 1924 in Idaho. He died in 1938. She married Oscar Holm in 1939 in Idaho. He died in 1960. She married Bill Drugge in 1967 in Eugene. He died in 1987.

She was a caregiver and enjoyed gardening, baking, canning and Bible study. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Yuma and of United Lutheran Brethren Church and Messiah Lutheran Church, both in Eugene.

Survivors include her daughter, Wilma Hanger of Reedsport; her son Marvin Wessel of Yuma; eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grand-children. A granddaughter, Elaine Markum, and great-granddaughter, Emily Eberlein, died previously.

Memorial services were held Dec. 30 at Copper Hills House in Yuma and Jan. 4 at Christ Lutheran Church in Yuma. A memorial service is planned in Eugene at a later date. Inurnment will be at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Sunset Vista Funeral Home in Yuma is in charge of arrangements.

James Norwood

James R. Norwood of Salem, formerly of Eugene, died Jan. 1 of age-related causes. He was 77.

Norwood was born July 5, 1927, in Salem to Erwin and Mattie Johnson Norwood. He married Betty Francis in Eugene in September of 1968.

He was a graduate of Corvallis High School and lived in Eugene for 25 years. He served in the U.S. Army and Navy. He was the owner of KORE radio in Eugene from 1970-73, and of two printing businesses in Eugene. His interests included Democratic party politics.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Ron of Salem and Michael of Eugene; three daughters, Wendy Howell of Tualatin, Sandy O'Neill of Tacoma, Wash., and Julie Laughlin of Ventura, Calif.; nine grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.

No service is planned. Keizer Funeral Chapel in Salem is in charge of arrangements.

Dama Damewood

Dama Alfreda Damewood of Eugene died Dec. 20 of age-related causes. She was 93.

Damewood was born Nov. 25, 1911, in Merlin, to Arthur and Lillian Pence Hussey. She married Clair Damewood on Jan. 28, 1939, in Vancouver, Wash. He died in 1980.

She lived in the Crow area for several years, then moved to Grants Pass. She had lived in Eugene since 1991. She enjoyed quilting and gardening.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Winn of Eugene; a sister, Marion Brittson of Eugene; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral was held in Grants Pass. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors in Grants Pass was in charge of arrangements.

Dennis Ryan

Dennis G. "Denny" Ryan of Freeland, Wash., and formerly of Eugene, died Dec. 25 of heart failure. He was 57.

Ryan was born March 28, 1947, in Everett, Wash., to Lester and Aloha Ryan. He moved to Eugene and graduated from South Eugene High School. He served in the Marines in Vietnam. He worked as a welder and also worked in research and development for Travist Industries. He lived in Eugene for 20 years and also had lived in Spokane and Renton, Wash. He enjoyed spending time with his family and riding his motorcycle. He belonged to the Eagles Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Survivors include a daughter, Kerrina DeBois of Oak Harbor, Wash.; three brothers, Ken of Cottage Grove, Terry of Freeland, Wash., and Richard of Spokane; two stepbrothers, George Larson and Ken Larson, both of Eugene; three stepsisters, Bonnie Wilkinson of Eugene, Myrna Stanley of Elmira and Betty Ricke of Alaska; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in Langley, Wash. Visser's Funeral Home in Langley, Wash., was in charge of arrangements.

Margaret "Bette" Stablein

Margaret E. "Bette" Stablein of Eugene died Dec. 31 of age-related causes. She was 88. No service is planned.

Stablein was born March 3, 1916, in Lemmon, S.D., to Fred and Margaret Nesbitt Penor. She married Don Stablein.

She graduated from Central High School in Aberdeen, S.D., and from Aberdeen Business College. She worked as a desk clerk at the Brown Palace Hotel and owned Bridge City Florist, both in Mobridge, S.D. She had lived in Eugene since 1987.

Stablein enjoyed fishing, knitting, gardening and painting. She belonged to the Eagles Lodge in Eugene and Women of the Moose in South Dakota, and served as chairman of the Mobridge bicentennial celebration.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheri Lynn Penor of Eugene; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A daughter, Sandra Evans, died in 1999.

Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Home Health Services.

Peter Westfall

A memorial service will be held Jan. 8 for Peter Michael Westfall of Eugene, who died Jan. 4 of viral pneumonia. He was 48.

Westfall was born Feb. 21, 1956, in Burbank, Calif., to Ralph and Alice Heitman Westfall.

He worked as a clerk at Small World Auto Parts. He enjoyed rock climbing, rafting, biking, music, painting with watercolors, playing the guitar and writing songs and poetry. He had lived in Eugene since 1992.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Ralph and Vonna Westfall of Thousand Palms, Calif.; a brother, Wayne Westfall of Eugene; two sisters, Cindy Back of Brush Prairie, Wash., and Nora Petersen of Santa Clarita, Calif.; two stepbrothers, Larry O'Brien, also of Thousand Palms, and Pat O'Brien of Running Springs, Calif.; and a stepsister, Margaret Tokarski of Monrovia, Calif.

Saturday's service will be held at 1 p.m. at Grace Community Fellowship Church. Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church's building fund.

James Beard

A celebration of life will be held Jan. 22 for James E. "Jim" Beard of Eugene, who died Dec. 24 of gastric cancer. He was 42.

He was born June 5, 1962, in Denver, to James and Molly Wilson Severson. He married Bonnie Souza on May 9, 1992, in Seattle.

He earned an engineering degree from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He worked as an environmental advocate for eight years, as a judicial law clerk for the Oregon Supreme Court for 2 years and as a private attorney with the firm Johnson, Clifton, Larson and Schaller.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, walking, fly fishing, University of Oregon Ducks football, golf, bicycling and swimming. He was a member of the Oregon Bar Association and the Lane County Bar Association.

Survivors include his wife; his daughter, Kamille Souza Beard of Eugene; his mother, Molly Douglas of West Palm Beach, Fla.; three brothers, Brett of Vero Beach, Fla., Chris of Seattle and Daniel Severson of Craig, Colo.; three sisters, Lee Ann Beard of Cramerton, N.C., and Terri Jourgensen and Julie Severson, both of Craig.

The Jan. 22 celebration and potluck will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the fireside room at Laurelwood Golf Course. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Open Adoption & Family Services in Portland or a fund for a Jim Beard commemorative bench, city of Eugene Parks and Open Spaces. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Frare

REEDSPORT - Michael A. Frare of Reedsport died Jan. 2 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He was 56.

Frare was born Sept. 24, 1948, in Olympia to Angelo and Coletta O'Conner Frare. He married Cheri Frare on Sept. 16, 1976, in Covington, Tenn.

He served in the Navy for about 30 years before retiring. He enjoyed handyman projects, including woodworking and cars. He belonged to the Foursquare Church.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Jeff of Fair Oaks, Calif.; three daughters, Jennifer Frare of Sacramento, Stephanie Myers of Myrtle Creek and Rachel Frare, of the USS Washington; three brothers, Leo of Coos Bay, Tom and Jim; a sister, Annetta Powell of Tenino, Wash.; and seven grandchildren.

A family service will be held today, Jan. 7, in Tenino, Wash.

Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association or the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Frieda Nevin

Frieda Mae Nevin of Kalispell, Mont., and formerly of Eugene, died Dec. 30 of cancer. She was 58. No service is planned.

Nevin was born Sept. 7, 1946, in Woodlake, Calif., to Herman and Claudine Conner Dennis.

She grew up in Eugene and graduated from Willamette High School.

Survivors include her mother, of Eugene; two daughters, Cathy Gibson and Rhonda Watts, both of Whitefish, Mont.; a son, Carey Nevin of Springfield, Mo.; two brothers, Junior Dennis and Raymond Dennis, both of Eugene; and two grandchildren.

Johnson Mortuary in Kalispell, Mont., is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth M. Edwards of Eugene died Dec. 27 of causes related to age. She was 83.

Edwards was born June 24, 1921, in Passaic, N.J., to Owen and Elizabeth Washington Hoar. She married Edwin Edwards on April 2, 1950. He died June 19, 1996.

She grew up in Clifton, N.J., and moved to San Francisco as a young woman. She later returned to Clifton, living there from 1962 to 1994. She was assistant vice president of a bank, after working her way up from a secretarial position, and took college courses in connection with her banking career. She enjoyed walking, reading, sewing and dancing.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne Edwards of Eugene; a son, Ed Edwards of Cotuit, Mass.; a sister, Evelyn Zardetto of New Jersey; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held later. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Lacey Folenius

COTTAGE GROVE - A private service was held for Lacey Jean Folenius of Cottage Grove, who died Dec. 23 of an internal hemorrhage. She was 5.

Folenius was born Nov. 6, 1999, in Eugene, to Aaron Folenius and Cindy Bedinger. She was in her second year of Head Start classes. She enjoyed ballet, riding a bicycle and collecting stickers. She also enjoyed having tea parties on Wednesdays.

Survivors include her mother; her father and stepmother, Aaron Folenius and Nicole Rafael, both of Cottage Grove; three brothers, Alec Folenius, Orion Folenius and Jordan Folenius, all of Cottage Grove; two sisters, Victoria Rafael and Aiden Rafael, also of Cottage Grove; six grandparents, Tamara and Al Gusaido of Eugene, Larry and Barbee Folenius of Bellingham, Wash., and Janet and Carl Rafael of Aurora; and two great-grandparents, Barbara and Howard Rickard of Eugene.

Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel of Cottage Grove was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to a fund in her name at US Bank.
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