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Loran Stewart

A memorial service will be held Jan. 10 for Loran LaSells "Stub" Stewart of Eugene, who died Jan. 2 of congestive heart failure. He was 93.

Stewart was born Jan. 10, 1911, in Cottage Grove, to LaSells and Jessie Hills Chapman. He married Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald in 1936. She died in 1999.

He grew up in Cottage Grove, graduating from Cottage Grove High School in 1928. He graduated in 1932 from Oregon Agricultural College, now known as Oregon State University, with a degree in logging engineering. He started work for the Forest Service in 1933, eventually working in Lane County, John Day, Baker and Lakeview. He served in the Army in World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.

With other family members, he assumed ownership of Bohemia Lumber Co. in 1946. He retired as company president in 1976 and served as chairman of the board until 1986. The company was sold in 1991.

Stewart served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 1951 to 1955. He was chairman of the State Parks and Recreation Advisory committee for almost 20 years, and belonged to its successor, the Oregon State Parks Commission, for 10 years. He helped establish the basis for the 1967 Oregon beach bill.

He served on the State Board of Higher Education for seven years. He had received First Citizen awards for Eugene and Cottage Grove, the Oregon State University Distinguished Service Award and the University of Oregon Pioneer Award. He also received awards from Lewis and Clark College, Linfield College and Lane Community College.

Stewart was named Oregon's Outstanding Philanthropist in 1987 by the state chapter of the National Society of Fundraising Executives. He had held chairmanships or presidencies of numerous regional and national timber industry organizations and economic development groups. He had served in leadership positions with the Eugene Performing Arts Center campaign, the World Forestry Center, the Newport Aquarium and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. He served as board chairman of the San Francisco Bank of the Federal Reserve for six years.

Survivors include two sons, LaSells "Bud" of Cottage Grove and Steven of Eugene; a sister, Dorothy Stewart of Cottage Grove; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Monday's service will be held at 11 a.m. at Eugene Faith Center at 1410 W. 13th Ave. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sister Monica Heeran Endowment Fund for Volunteers in Medicine, care of Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 10905, Eugene, OR 97440.

Zona "Johnnie" Pinson

DRAIN - The funeral will be held Jan. 12 for Zona Vee "Johnnie" Pinson of Drain, who died Jan. 6 of complications of kidney failure. She was 68.

Pinson was born Oct. 10, 1936, in South Gate, Calif., to Curtis "Casey" and Helen Wehmeier Gordon. She married Donald Pinson on Oct. 31, 1952, in Yoncalla.

She moved to Yoncalla in 1948 and later graduated from Yoncalla High School. She was the Yoncalla Rodeo Princess in 1951.

She was a homemaker, but also had worked in many restaurants in the area.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, hunting and fishing.

She belonged to the Drain Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Tim of Drain; two daughters, Cindy Holt of Springfield and Laurie Woods of Drain; a brother, John Gordon of Cottage Grove; and six grandchildren.

Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel of Cottage Grove will be open for visitation from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Drain Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Drain Cemetery.

William Hendrickson

MAPLETON - Private services are planned for William M. "Bill" Hendrickson of Mapleton, who died Dec. 27 of pneumonia. He was 87.

Hendrickson was born June 5, 1917, in Duval, Wash., to William and Julie Fowler Hendrickson. He married Mildred Stevens on Jan. 18, 1947, in Skykomish, Wash. She died Sept. 30, 1999.

He graduated from high school and served in the Army Air Forces. He had worked as a log truck driver and lived in Sweet Home before moving to Mapleton.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and woodworking, and he belonged to the Elks Club.

Survivors include two sons, Jay Hendricksen and Jeff Hendrickson, both of Mapleton; a daughter, Jerine Timpe of Eugene; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Private burial will be in Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mapleton Community Foundation.

Doris Eastburn

CRESWELL - A celebration of life will be held Jan. 10 for Doris M. Eastburn of Creswell, who died Jan. 5 of age-related causes. She was 78.

Eastburn was born Aug. 10, 1926, in Plankinton, S.D., to Thomas and Jensena Nelson Gunson. She married Earl Eastburn on July 18, 1948, in Junction City. He died Aug. 19, 1963.

She was a school secretary at Creswell Elementary School for 24 years.

She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crafts, needlework and gardening. She belonged to the Lutheran church.

Survivors include a son, Steve of Eugene; three daughters, Patricia Trento of Creswell, Krista Craig of Cottage Grove and Nylie Chance of Olympia; a brother, John Gunson of Junction City; two sisters, Mary Good of Eugene and Betty Le Clere of Sweet Home; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundayat Andreason's Springfield Cremation Center.

Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Creswell Cemetery. Monday's service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Creswell Presbyterian Church.

Berdell Norris

Former Eugene resident Berdell C. Norris of Yuma, Ariz., died Dec. 9 of age-related causes. He was 84. No service is planned.

Norris was born Jan. 15, 1920, in Morocco, Ind., to George and Lillian Unziker Norris. He married Ruth Cothrell on Sept. 24, 1940, in Eugene.

He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. During his wartime service, he did stunt swimming for the film "Guadalcanal Diary," which was released in 1943. He was a truck driver for Medo-Land Creamery Co. from the 1950s to 1970s. After living in Eugene for more than 40 years, he lived in Bend until 1978, then moved to Gold Beach and retired. He belonged to Central Presbyterian Church in Eugene. He enjoyed gardening and home repair.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Clay of Sherwood; a daughter, Marilyn Schmidt of Coos Bay; a sister, Laura Bowe of Denver; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Two sons, Richard and Michael, died previously.

Kammann Mortuary in Yuma, Ariz., was in charge of arrangements.

Scott Sundberg

A memorial service will be held Jan. 16 for former Eugene resident Scott Donald Sundberg of Corvallis, who died Dec. 30 of cancer. He was 50.

Sundberg was born Feb. 10, 1954, in Eugene, to Norman and Donna Varner Sundberg. He married Linda Hardison in 1986 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

He grew up in Eugene and graduated from South Eugene High School and the University of Oregon. As an undergraduate at the university, he studied botany, especially ferns and lichens. He received a doctorate in botany at the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation on asters, which became one of his specialties. He worked at Ohio State University and the University of Washington, and in 1994 began work at Oregon State University.

Sundberg was the creator and director of the Oregon Flora Project, a statewide effort to produce a new plant identification manual on the plants of Oregon. He also assisted in integrating the University of Oregon's herbarium with Oregon State University's plant collections.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Matthew of Corvallis; his parents, of Eugene; and three brothers, Charlie of Seattle, Greg of New York and Mark of Washington, D.C.

The Jan. 16 service will be held at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church in Corvallis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Native Plant Society of Oregon's Oregon Flora Project, care of Friends of the Flora Project, P.O. Box 402, Corvallis, OR 97339.

John Codding

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Jan. 15 for John Frederick Codding of Madison, Ala., and formerly of Eugene, who died Dec. 2 of liver cancer. He was 51.

Codding was born July 21, 1953, in Eugene, to C. Cliff and Eula Eddy Codding. He married Penny Arnold in Alabama.

He graduated from South Eugene High School in 1971 and lived in Eugene until 1974. He served in the Navy from 1974 to 1982. He worked for Intergraph Corp. for 22 years as senior technical analyst. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and Oregon Ducks sports.

Survivors include his wife; his mother, of Eugene; a son, John of Madison, Ala.; three daughters, Jody Poffenroth of Vancouver, Wash., and Sunny Codding and Summer Troglen, both of Madison; two brothers, Craig of Eugene and David of Veneta; and two grandchildren.

The Jan. 15 service will be held at 11 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Veneta. Spry Funeral Home in Huntsville, Ala., was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cure Autism Now, 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 715, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4234.

Dean Sherman

FLORENCE - A memorial service was held Jan. 5 for Dean Owen Sherman of Florence, who died Dec. 30 at age 42. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

Sherman was born July 16, 1962, in Portland. He married Cindy Sherman on June 17, 2001, in Florence. He attended Madison High School and later graduated from boilermaker welding school. He had worked at Darling's Resort and Lane Community College. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife; his father, Harold Sherman of Portland; a son, Nathan, of Florence; two stepsons, Justin Carnahan and Chad Carnahan, both of Florence; three brothers, Steve, Gary and Mark, all of Portland; and a sister, Ann Hadford of Portland.

Poole-Larsen Funeral Home of Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Van Meer

JUNCTION CITY - A memorial service will be held Jan. 12 for Robert Lawrence Van Meer of Junction City, who died Jan. 4 of cancer. He was 62.

He was born Nov. 9, 1942, in Terre Haute, Ind., to Lawrence and Ada Jean Goodrich Van Meer.

He served in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed making people happy and his family remembers him as "smiling all the time." His hobbies included woodworking.

Survivors include his son, Robert of Clearfield, Utah; two brothers, Michael of Creswell and Larry Jr.; three sisters, Marietta Steckline of Mechanicsburg, Penn., Beverly McNeil of Seminole, Okla., and Connie Thomas of Clinton, Utah; and three grandchildren.

Wednesday's service will be at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Eugene.

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

Charles Asa

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be held Jan. 11 for Charles Thomas Asa of Springfield, who died Jan. 5 of age-related causes. He was 82.

Asa was born Dec. 15, 1922, in Mount Erie, Ill., to James Parish and Lulu Doty Asa. He married Margaret Donovan on Dec. 14, 1946, in Vancouver, Wash.

He was educated through the eighth grade. He served in the Army during World War II and moved to Portland in 1945. He worked as a millwright and machinist for Clear Fir and Nicolai Door.

He had lived in Springfield since 1987. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and riding motorcycles. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Thomas of Springfield and Richard of Eugene; a daughter, Loretta Asa of Salem; a sister, Edna Dickerson of Moweaqua, Ill.; three grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren.

Tuesday's service will be held at 1 p.m. at Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Visitation will follow the service from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to veterans organizations or the Oregon Veterans Home.

Roy Miller

Roy Russell Miller of Eugene died Dec. 31 of age-related causes. He was 83.

He was born Sept. 14, 1921, in St. Paul, Minn., to Fred and Rose Drake Miller. He married Vivian Bostwick on Oct. 10, 1945. She died in 2002.

He graduated from Malin High School in 1939 and had lived in Klamath County for 30 years and in Florence for 13 years before moving to Eugene.

He served in the Army during World War II with the 83rd artillery battalion in France, Belgium and Germany. He worked for Jeddeloh Brothers' Sweed Mill in Gold Hill, designing, building and installing plywood mill machinery. He enjoyed creative woodworking, gardening, helping neighbors and friends. He also enjoyed taking care of his property in Gold Hill and will be remembered by his family as "a devoted husband, father and grandfather."

Survivors include his daughter, Sue Saubert of Florence; his son, Roy Jr. of Eugene; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

No service is planned. Burns's Riverside Chapel in Florence is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peace Harbor Hospital Foundation Endowment Fund.

Leon "Lee" Eiting

Leon Robert "Lee" Eiting of Eugene died Jan. 3 of cancer and congestive heart failure. He was 49. No service is planned.

Eiting was born Dec. 1, 1955, in Redding, Calif., to Clarence Robert "Bob" Eiting and Trilby Lane Childs Norman.

He attended Anderson Union High School and Shasta College. He lived in Redding until 1994, then moved to Eugene. He had worked as a truck driver and baker. He enjoyed working on auto body and paint projects and vehicle restoration. He also enjoyed motorcycles, fiberglass fabrication and cooking.

Survivors include his mother, Trilby Norman of Springfield; his father, of Paynes Creek, Calif.; and a sister, Colleen McDevitt of Springfield.

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


Bobby G. Willis, 77, of Eugene, died Jan. 2. He enjoyed flying. Private services are planned. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Date:Jan 8, 2005
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