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Leonard Layng Sr.

COTTAGE GROVE - A memorial service will be held Feb. 9 for Leonard Layng Sr. of Cottage Grove, who died Feb. 2 of age-related causes. He was 76.

Layng was born Jan. 18, 1929, in Cottage Grove, to Louis and Dorotha Miller Layng. He married Barbara Parks on Jan. 22, 1949, in Cottage Grove.

A lifelong resident of Cottage Grove, he was a millworker and ran equipment that made T1-11 siding. He retired in 1989 after 30 years of work for Bohemia Lumber Co. at Culp Creek. He earlier worked in logging, using a team of horses. He also had been a firefighter for the Forest Service.

Layng enjoyed all aspects of working with horses, including training, riding, roping and trail riding. He was a founding and lifelong member of the Cottage Grove Riding Club.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Leonard Jr. of Cottage Grove; two daughters, Cindy Harris of Creswell and Melody Schueller of Cottage Grove; a brother, Leo of Cottage Grove; a sister, Charlotte Harig of Hermiston; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A daughter, Gloria Anglund, died Feb. 3, 1995.

Wednesday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. Private inurnment will be at Brumbaugh Cemetery in Cottage Grove.

Hattie Kadrmas

The funeral will be held Feb. 5 for Hattie Helen Kadrmas of Eugene, who died Feb. 1 of congestive heart failure and cancer. She was 91.

She was born Dec. 25, 1913, in Dickinson, N.D., to Emil and Anna Nadvornick Privratsky. She married Edward Kadrmas on June 6, 1933, in Dickinson. They were later divorced.

She worked as a waitress at Del Rey and Seymour's restaurants in Eugene and later managed a Salvation Army store in Eugene.

She enjoyed polka music and dancing, knitting, watching the kids play ball and going fishing. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Evelyn Ficek, Shirley Hammitt and Linda Larion, all of Eugene; a son, Larry of Eugene; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Saturday's service will be at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene, with burial at West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or St. Mary Catholic Church.

Gladys Wells

JUNCTION CITY - The funeral will be held Feb. 8 for Gladys P. Wells of Junction City, who died Feb. 3 of complications of a stroke. She was 85.

Wells was born Jan. 28,1920, in Fresno, Calif., to E.M. and Martha C. Christensen. She married Orin Wells on Nov. 27, 1970, in Vancouver, Wash.

She grew up in California, then lived in Harrisburg. She had lived in Junction City since 1965. A homemaker, Wells enjoyed roses, fishing and golf. She collected miniature cups and saucers and glass figurines.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Patricia Goodwin of Tangent and Peggy Decoto of Westwood, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Dianne Patterson of Spokane; a son, Russ Wells of Laramie, Wyo.; nine grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.

Tuesday's service will be held at 1 p.m. at Lane Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in Eugene. Burial will be at Lane Memorial Gardens. Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Junction City Fire Department or the Harrisburg Fire Department.

Rubie Wheeler

Rubie Louene Wheeler of Eugene died Jan. 28 of age-related causes. She was 89. At her request, no service is planned.

Wheeler was born Feb. 20, 1915, in Sargent, Neb., to Frank and Lola Williams Garris. She married Maurice Sharp in Taylor, Neb., in 1935. She married Earl Wheeler on Sept. 8, 1968, in Reno. He died in 1997.

She graduated from Blue Mound School in Custer County, Nebraska, and worked as a nanny for many families in Nebraska. She lived in Taylor, Neb., from 1935 to 1939, and in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., until 1946. She then lived in Springfield, moved to Junction City after marrying in 1968 and had lived in Eugene since 2003. She owned a private plant and tree nursery in Junction City from the 1970s to the 1990s and also had been a homemaker and a grocery clerk.

Wheeler enjoyed ballroom and square dancing, raising dogs, fishing, gardening, ceramics and other arts and crafts. She also enjoyed spending time with her family, travel, games, hunting and rockhounding.

Survivors include two daughters, Doris and Carol, both of Oregon; a son, Robert, of Oregon; two stepsons, Lynn and Mark, both of Oregon; two brothers, Lee of Colorado and Ed of Wyoming; a sister, Arlene, also of Wyoming; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren.

American Burial & Cremation Alternatives in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Virgil Edwards

Virgil Eugene Edwards of Eugene died Jan. 30 of age-related causes. He was 92. No service is planned.

Edwards was born Sept. 26, 1912, in Stanley, Wis., to Jesse and Mary Purcell Edwards. He married Bernice Dorothy Loren in 1934 in Vancouver, Wash. She died Dec. 12, 1994.

He moved from Wisconsin to Ryderwood, Wash., in 1927 and graduated from Ryderwood High School in 1930. He later attended the University of Oregon. He worked part-time for Long Bell Lumber Co. until 1930, then worked for the company full-time.

He served in the Army Signal Corps from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of technical sergeant. He was stationed in the European theater for 18 months.

He was named office manager of Long Bell Lumber's Ryderwood operations in 1948 and, in 1952, began work at the company's facilities in Vaughn. He later was a senior accountant and office manager, then became the Gardiner-Vaughn area controller of International Paper Co., which purchased Long Bell Lumber Co. in 1956. He retired in 1977 after 50 years.

He was an Oregon Ducks fan and a lifetime member of the University of Oregon President's Founder Societies, the University of Oregon Foundation Arnold Bennet Society, the Oregon Club, the Oregon Track Club and the Oregon Alumni Association. He also was a life member of the Eugene Elks Club and formerly belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

He enjoyed jogging, swimming, dancing and gardening and collected Bing Crosby and jazz recordings.

Edwards is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Private burial was at Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene, with Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Oregon Duck Athletic Fund.

Norine Hawthorne

Norine Evelyn Hawthorne of Eugene died Jan. 29 of age-related causes. She was 89.

Hawthorne was born July 29, 1915, in Nebraska City, Neb., to Clyde and Maggie Mae Gump. She married Zeldie Hawthorne on Oct. 29, 1933, in Nebraska City. He died in 1999.

A high school graduate, she owned and operated three small grocery stores in Eugene. After retiring, she enjoyed traveling with her husband to Arizona, where they spent their winters. She had lived in Eugene for 55 years.

Survivors include a daughter, ValRae Jones of Eugene; a brother, Dale Gump of Eugene; two sisters, Janice Jennings of Eugene and Murial Rhoden of Glenwood, Iowa; and one grandchild.

No service is planned. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Oaktree Residential Living in Eugene.

Donald Parker

The funeral will be held today, Feb. 4, for Donald Ray Parker, a lifelong resident of Eugene, who died Feb. 2 at the age of 49. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

He was born April 1, 1955, in Eugene, to Charles and Edna McIntosh Parker.

Survivors include his mother; two brothers, Gary of Oklahoma and James Quirk of Mississippi; and two sisters, Char Wines of Eugene and Linda Ayres of Stockton, Calif.

Today's service will be at 10 a.m. at West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene, with burial at West Lawn Memorial Park.

Jeanne Fleek

SPRINGFIELD - An Irish wake will be held Feb. 9 for Jeanne Fleek of Springfield, who died Feb. 2 of pancreatic cancer. She was 62.

Fleek was born Sept. 28, 1942, in Seattle, to Don and Nadene Nevitt. She married Wayne "Skip" Fleek on Sept. 5, 1964, in Las Vegas.

She graduated from Skagit Valley College. She then worked at Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, Calif., where she started as a clerk stenographer and became secretary to a vice president of the company before moving to Oregon in 1972.

In 1976, she and her husband started a certified public accounting firm, which became Fleek, McElhaney, Merwin and Shotola CPAs of Springfield. The couple retired in 1999.

She hosted five Rotary Exchange students and was awarded the Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship by the Springfield Rotary Club.

Survivors include her husband; her mother, Nadene Boggs of Anacortes, Wash.; two daughters, Terry Mortensen of Eugene and Donna Fecchio of Denver; a sister, Donna Radtke of Anacortes, Wash.; a brother, Bill Nevitt, also of Anacortes; and three grandchildren. A daughter, Kelly Fleek, died in 1975.

Wednesday's wake will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Springfield Country Club, 90333 Sunderman Road. Springfield Memorial Garden & Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Niphonh Thavonekham

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be held Feb. 5 for Niphonh Thavonekham of Springfield, who died Feb. 2 of cancer. He was 62.

Thavonekham was born April 30, 1942, in Pakse, Laos, to Bou and Kong Khoune Thavonekham. He married Karina Sananikane on Dec. 10, 1962, in Vientiane, Laos.

He was a high school graduate and received military training. He served as a colonel in the Royal Laotian Army military police.

Thavonekham was imprisoned in a concentration camp from 1975 to 1988. He was later granted political asylum in the United States and had lived in Springfield since 1989. He enjoyed still and video photography. He belonged to the Laos Senior Association of Oregon.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Chandeng Choedtham of Anaheim, Calif.; a son, Phouthasone, also of Anaheim; and two grandchildren. A son, Phatoon, died in 1972 and an infant son also died previously.

Saturday's service will be held at 2 p.m. at Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene.

Allan Hall

Allan Martin Hall of Del Mar, Calif., formerly of Eugene, died Jan. 29 of heart-related causes. He was 75. Services will be private.

Hall was born March 29, 1929, in Bell, Calif., to Arthur and Madeline Cook Hall. He married Jacquelyn Meisel.

He lived in Eugene for 18 years and also had lived in Coronado and Hanford, both in California.

He worked as an electronics engineer for the Northrop Corp.

He had served in the Navy and received several medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross for service in Korea.

He enjoyed golf and walking on the beach.

Hall belonged to the Military Officers Association of America, Toastmasters International and the Lions Club of Del Mar.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, of San Diego; two sons, Robert of Mountain View, Calif., and Mike of Carlsbad, Calif.; three daughters, Judy Tassey of Atwater, Calif., Cathy Murphy of San Diego, and Cheryl Sunderland of Zurich, Switzerland; two brothers, Harry of Eugene and James of Port Orchard, Wash.; and six grandchildren. A daughter, Lyn Hall, died previously.

El Camino Mortuary in San Diego is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3640 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103.

Douglas Woolley

Douglas Riley Woolley of Eugene died Jan. 25 of congestive heart failure. He was 83. At his request, no service is planned.

Woolley was born April 1, 1921, in San Diego, to Ernest and Agnes Jacobson Woolley. He married Evelyn Vernon.

He grew up on the Smith River and graduated from Drain High School. He attended college for a year.

Woolley served in the Army from 1943 to 1945 and was a radio repairman during World War II. He later worked as an electrician.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue Garris of Red Hill; two stepdaughters, Susan Vernon of Friday Harbor, Wash., and Jan Cass of Philadelphia; three grandchildren; and three great-grand- children. His second wife, Evelyn, died previously.

Myrtle Grove Funeral Service in Coquille is in charge of arrangements.

Michael Dooley

A graveside memorial service will be held Feb. 6 for Michael William Dooley of Lincoln City, formerly of Springfield, who died Jan. 29 of cancer. He was 62.

He was born Jan. 16, 1943, in Oakland, Calif., to Carl and Olive Major Dooley.

He served nine years in the U.S. Navy.

He was an electrician, carpenter and handyman/laborer in construction.

He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and fixing things with his hands.

Survivors include three children, Michael Jr. and Paula Dooley, both of Myrtle Creek, and Kelly Skidmore of Simi Valley, Calif.; four brothers, David and Terry, both of Eugene, Doug of Lincoln City and Craig of La Grande; four sisters, Barbara of Lonoke, Ark., Dixie and Jo, both of Springfield, and Carla of La Grande; and six grandchildren.

Sunday's service will be at 1 p.m. at the Franklin Cemetery.

Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.


Ruth Christian of Eugene died Jan. 27 at age 79. A celebration of life and potluck will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Daneland Mobile Home Park clubhouse, Eugene. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethesda Lutheran Church or Greenhill Animal Shelter. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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