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Robert Morris

A private family service will be held for Robert R. "Bob" Morris of Eugene, who died Feb. 2 of age-related causes. He was 77.

Morris was born March 21, 1927, in Eugene, to Arch and Vivian Gore Morris. He married Jean Simmons on Oct. 8, 1960, in Eugene.

He was a high school graduate and served in the Army for four years as a military policeman. He worked as a purchasing agent for industrial mill supplies.

He was a commercial artist, painting lettering on trucks and making a variety of signs. He also was a cartoonist and made Christmas decorations. He enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, yard work and Oregon Ducks sports.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Michael Simmons of Junction City and Patrick Simmons of Eugene; and four grandchildren.

Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie Purkey

A memorial service will be held Feb. 12 for Bonita Joyce "Bonnie" Purkey of Eugene, who died Jan. 28 of stroke-related complications. She was 69.

Purkey was born May 8, 1935, in San Francisco, to John Cooley and Dorothy Scott Richard- son.

She graduated from Springfield High School in 1953 and worked in banking at Pacific First Federal. Before she moved back to Springfield, she lived in San Francisco; Alaska; Malin; Kennewick, Wash.; Portland; Vallejo and Pacheco, both in California; and Salt Lake City.

Purkey belonged to Northwood Christian Church in Springfield. She enjoyed travel and reading, and participating in a birthday club with her friends.

Survivors include a daughter, Kim Hendrickson of Eugene; a son, Kerry Bunnard of Seattle; a brother, Don Richardson of Bend; two sisters, Bette Phillips and Deena Richardson, both of Boise; three grandchildren; and her domestic partner of 18 years, Mel Petersen.

The Feb. 12 service will be held at 1 p.m. in Andreason's Springfield Chapel, 3305 Main St., followed by a private graveside service in Mount Vernon Cemetery in Springfield. Andreason's Cremation and Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Alma Nunnally

OAKRIDGE - Alma Ann Nunnally of Oakridge died Jan. 10 of age-related causes. She was 95.

Nunnally was born Dec. 17, 1909, in Glasgow, Ky., to George and Mary Wade Wells. She married Robert Nunnally, who died in 1959.

She had worked as a cook for the Oakridge School District. She enjoyed flowers, sewing, reading, cooking and walking.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Russell and Jimmi Martines, both of Oakridge, and Linda Hickman of Forest Grove; two sons, Bob of Creswell and Bill of Penn Valley, Calif.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A son, Jim, died previously.

A memorial service will be held later.

Oakridge Chapel of the Woods Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Humane Society.

Rodney Wheeler

MAPLETON - Rodney C. Wheeler of Mapleton died Jan. 9 of age-related causes. He was 93.

Wheeler was born May 8, 1912, at Bernhardt Creek to Frank and Maude Heath Wheeler. He married Norma Simpkins on Dec. 5, 1948.

He served in the Army for four years as a staff sergeant. He was a logger and a lifelong resident of Lane County.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Craig of Mapleton; a brother, Stanley of Waldport; two sisters, Helen Stetson of Eugene and Gale Miller of Mapleton; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A daughter, Darlene Mullen, and a son, Steven, died previously.

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

Eileen Moran

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Feb. 7 for Eileen M. Moran of Eugene, who died Feb. 4 of age-related causes. She was 77.

Moran was born March 28, 1927, in Tilden, Neb., to Patrick and Mary Morris Kielty. She married Jack Moran on May 28, 1960, in Eugene.

She lived in Omaha and Elgin, Neb., and attended Nebraska public schools. She graduated from St. Boniface Catholic School in 1944. She had lived in Eugene since 1949.

Moran worked in real estate and rental management with her husband. She enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing, travel and gardening.

She belonged to St. Mary Catholic Church and the church altar society and was a volunteer at the church's adoration chapel. She was a St. Vincent de Paul Vincentian.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Laurie Wilde of McHenry, Ill., Teresa Cordova of Phoenix, Ariz., and Lisa Moran of Albuquerque, N.M.; a son, Mark of Eugene; a brother, Morris Kielty of Eugene; and six grandchildren.

Monday's service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene. Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church for its stained glass restoration project.

Earl Pomeroy

A memorial service will be held Feb. 26 for Earl Pomeroy of Eugene, who died Jan. 18 of age-related causes. He was 89.

He was born Dec. 27, 1915, in Capitola, Calif., to Earl and Hazel Keesling Pomeroy. He married Mary Rentz on July 7, 1940, in Berkeley, Calif. She died Aug. 6, 1977.

Pomeroy was a University of Oregon professor emeritus of U.S. history. He grew up in San Jose, Calif., and received a bachelor's degree from San Jose State College in 1936. He received a master's degree in U.S. history in 1937 and a doctorate in the same field in 1940, both from the University of California at Berkeley.

He taught at the University of Wisconsin, the University of North Carolina and Ohio State University and, in 1949, became an associate professor at the University of Oregon. He served as chair of the university's history department from 1958 to 1961 and was the Beekman Professor of Pacific and Northwest History from 1961 to 1976. He retired from the university in 1976, then taught at the University of California at San Diego until 1984.

Pomeroy received Guggenheim Fellowships in 1956-57 and 1972, and a senior fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1968. He belonged to the Western History Association, serving as its president in 1993-94 and on its council from 1991 to 1996. He received the Charles Erskine Scott Wood Award for lifetime achievement.

He was the author of five books, including "The Territories and the United States, 1861-1890"; "Pacific Outpost: Guam and Micronesia in American Strategy"; "In Search of the Golden West: the Tourist in Western America"; "The Pacific Slope: A History of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Nevada"; and recently completed the manuscript for his fifth book. He also had contributed chapters to books by other authors and published numerous scholarly articles.

Pomeroy did volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, the former Whiteaker School and St. Mary's Episcopal Church. He also enjoyed gardening, conservation and politics.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Guilford of Orange, Calif., and Carrie Pomeroy of Fort Bragg, Calif.; two sons, Peter of Arlington, Va., and James of Seattle; and two grandchildren.

The Feb. 26 service will be held at 2 p.m. at Whiteaker School, 21 N. Grand St., Eugene. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Eugene Public Library/Mary Pomeroy Fund or Eugene School District Health Services.

Susan Kurtz

SPRINGFIELD - Susan Marie Kurtz of Springfield died Feb. 1 of heart-related causes. She was 61. No service is planned.

Kurtz was born Jan. 26, 1944, in Eugene, to Denton and Evelyn Miller Sheeks. She married Gus Kurtz II on Oct. 26, 1973, in Reno. He died April 24, 1983.

A high school graduate, Kurtz worked as a caretaker for disabled children. She lived most of her life in the Eugene-Springfield area and previously lived in Phoenix, Ariz. She enjoyed reading and needlework and belonged to the Eugene Faith Center.

Survivors include two sons, Gus III and Dan, both of Eugene; a brother, Dale Sheeks of Springfield; and a sister, Joanne Dragmire of Dunsmuir, Calif.

Burial will be in Sunset Hills Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Dan Wenzel

Daniel P. Wenzel of Las Vegas, and formerly of Junction City, Eugene and Creswell, died Jan. 17 at age 51. The family chose not the list the cause of death.

He was born May 18, 1953, in Burns.

He graduated from high school in Klamath Falls in 1971, served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1974 and graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in 1979.

He worked for the University of Oregon until moving to Las Vegas in 1999, where he worked as a real estate agent for Rossum Realty Unlimited.

Survivors include his mother, Jean Wenzel of Springfield; his brother, Norman of Portland; three sisters, Carol Dickenson of Springfield, Marjorie Hughes of Tampa, Fla., and Kathy Teeter of Salem.

A celebration of life will be held later. Valley Funeral Home in Las Vegas is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Kent

A memorial service was held Jan. 28 for Patricia Ann Kent of Palmer, Alaska, formerly of Eugene, who died Jan. 25 of complications from multiple myeloma. She was 68.

She was born Sept. 18, 1936, in Eugene, to Laurence and Laure Whiting Kent. She married Greg Baehr in May 1977 in Burns.

She earned a bachelors degree in music from Linfield College and a bachelor's degree in social work from the College of Idaho.

She taught vocal music in Toledo and LaGrande. She was a senior caseworker for Children's Services Division in Oregon and Alaska.

She was a vocal soloist in both Oregon and Alaska and a choir director in Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. She was a published and award-winning poet.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Keith Imel of Juneau, Alaska, and Brian Imel of Veneta; a daughter, Sally Payton of Anchorage, Alaska; three brothers, Mike Kent of Silverton and John Kent and Miles Clark, both of Warrensburg, Mo.; a sister, Jill Kent of Minnesota; eight grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.

The Jan. 28 service was held at the Log Cabin Presbyterian Church in Palmer. Kehl's Palmer Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brother Francis Shelter.

Faye English

A celebration of life will be held later for Faye L. English of Boulder Creek, Calif., formerly of Eugene, who died Jan. 23 at age 82. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

English was born Nov. 6, 1922, in Kelso, Wash., to Darrell and Lettie Miner Goodell.

She previously lived in Eugene for 10 years and in Redmond. A bookkeeper, she owned Your Accounting Service in Redmond for 20 years. She enjoyed pets and was a former member of the Unitarian Church in Eugene.

Survivors include a daughter, Alysa English of Boulder Creek, Calif.; two brothers, William Goodell of Springfield and Ed Goodell of Brookings; and a sister, Iris Chapman of Lowell.

A celebration of life will be held later in the Eugene area. Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz, Calif., is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741, or at

Karen Marie

A memorial service was held Jan. 22 for Karen Marie of Wasilla, Alaska, formerly of Oakridge, who died Jan. 17 of breast cancer. She was 55.

She was born Oct. 25, 1949, in Oregon City. She married John Stein in March 1980 in Eugene.

A 1968 graduate of Oakridge High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Portland State University in 1974.

She was co-executive director of the Betty Eliasen Child Care Center in Sitka, Alaska, from 1978 to 1985. She spent 16 years teaching kindergarten through fourth grade at Tanaina Elementary School in Wasilla. Her family remembers her as "a master teacher of reading" and "an insightful counselor and emotional coach" who "loved life, lived life to the fullest and found beauty in her community of friends."

She enjoyed reading children's books and mystery novels, skiing, international travel and teaching. She was First Lady of Wasilla from 1987 to 1996. She was a member of the program design committee for a youth transitional living center in Wasilla and was group facilitator for Kids Are People, a student support group in Wasilla.

Survivors include her husband; her mother, Genevieve Sims Brewer, now of Oakridge; four sons, Jackson Stein of Wasilla, Reber Stein of Sitka, Peter Stein of Juneau, Alaska, and Morgan Stein of Olympia, Wash.; three brothers, Robert Brewer Jr. and Rodney Brewer, both of Oakridge, and Allen Henry of Anchorage, Alaska; a sister, Carolyn Stuber of Portland; and three grandchildren. Her step-father, Robert Brewer, died previously.

Valley Funeral Home in Wasilla is in charge of arrangements.

Amie Blackwell

A memorial service will be held Feb. 7 for Amelia "Amie" Blackwell of Eugene, who died Feb. 3 of heart failure. She was 39.

Blackwell was born Aug. 31, 1965, in Cebu City, Philippines, to Pastor and Teresa Tampus Bensi. She married Scott Blackwell on July 27, 1991, in Eugene.

She attended business college in Cebu City for a year. She moved in 1991 from the Philippines to San Leandro, Calif., and later San Diego, Calif. She had lived in Eugene since 1996.

Blackwell worked for Monaco Coach and previously worked for HMT and Agripac. She enjoyed entertaining in her home, spending time with her family and making new friends.

Survivors include her husband; her daughter, Maria Cheryl Blackwell; her parents, of Cebu City; a brother, John Bensi of Cebu City; and three sisters, Heidi Go and Tita Falden of Cebu City and Pablita Elhers of Homestead, Fla.

Monday's service will be held at 3 p.m. at England's Eugene Memorial Chapel.

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Date:Feb 5, 2005
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