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Kenneth Champeaux

Kenneth W. Champeaux of Eugene died Feb. 3 of age-related causes. He was 90. No service is planned.

Champeaux was born March 26, 1914, in Cloquet, Minn., to Peter and Elizabeth Durosha Champeaux. He married Bess Smith on Nov. 30, 1980, in Springfield.

He grew up in Minnesota. He moved to Eugene in the late 1940s and worked as a chef at the Delray/Eugene Hotel for many years. He later worked in maintenance for Weyerhaeuser Industries, retiring in 1976. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and ballroom dancing.

Champeaux was a former member of the Eagles, Elks and Moose lodges in Eugene and Springfield. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife; two stepsons, Richard Rombold of Springfield and James Rombold of Eugene; a stepdaughter, Carol Chapman of Eugene; six step-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild.

Lane Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Gordon Whittier

A memorial service will be held Feb. 7 for Gordon D. Whittier of Eugene, who died Feb. 3 of cancer. He was 80.

Whittier was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Farmington, Minn., to Edward and Altha St. John Whittier. He married Virginia "Ginger" Walsh on Sept. 1, 1945, in Cranford, N.J. She died Dec. 1, 2001. He married Marcie Castle on June 21, 2003, in Eugene.

He graduated from Cranford High School in New Jersey and attended Purdue University and Notre Dame University. He served in the Navy during World War II. He moved in 1952 to Redmond, where he started the Whittier Moulding Co. with his brother and his father.

He moved to Eugene in 1973 and, in 1975, established Whittier Wood Products furniture manufacturing company. He held several engineering patents. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed woodworking, building and flying radio-controlled model airplanes, downhill skiing and visiting the Oregon Coast. He belonged to the Redmond Kiwanis Club, the Western Moulding Association and other woodworking organizations.

Whittier was an active member of First Baptist Church in Eugene and belonged to a weekly prayer group. He contributed to many Christian outreach organizations. He previously served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Redmond.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Gail Schwieger and Lynn Marshall, both of Eugene, and Carol Harrang of Sammamish, Wash.; two sons, Scott and Royal, both of Eugene; a brother, Robert of Redmond; a sister, Audrey Scannell of Bend; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A daughter, Joyce Slijper, died Dec. 27, 1998.

Monday's service will be held at 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church. Private inurnment will be in Mulkey Cemetery in Eugene. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

Dale Burr

A memorial service will be held Feb. 12 for Dale Ervin Burr of Eugene, who died Jan. 25 of a pulmonary embolism. He was 66.

Burr was born May 24, 1938, in Moscow, Idaho, to Amos and Vera Levi Burr. He married Sandy Staler on June 12, 1960, in Brentwood, Calif.

After graduating from high school in Moscow he served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960 as an airplane captain on aircraft carriers. He was a jet mechanic for United Airlines for four years, then moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where he worked with a Mack truck operation for 20 years.

Burr moved to Eugene in 1988 and worked with Kenworth trucks. He retired from Robertson Motors in Eugene in April 2004. He previously lived in Santa Monica and San Jose, both in California. His family said he was a master carpenter who built custom furniture. He also built a dune buggy. He enjoyed nature, travel, reading, crossword puzzles and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Laura Powell and Rachel Burr, both of Eugene, and Stacy Burr of Salem; a son, Tod of Lewiston, Idaho; a brother, Dorsey Burr of Los Altos, Calif.; two sisters, Shirley Roybal of Lewiston and Eleanor Emerson of Boise; and four grandchildren.

Saturday's service will be held at 11 a.m. at Emerald Bible Fellowship. Rest-Haven Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements. Inurnment will be in Rest-Haven Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon chapter of the Nature Conservancy or Springfield-Eugene Habitat for Humanity.

Tryphena Whitney

A celebration of life will be held in early spring for Tryphena "Triffie" Whitney of Eugene, who died Feb. 3 of age-related causes. She was 90.

Whitney was born Nov. 9, 1914, in Shoe Cove, Newfoundland. She married Tom Whitney in 1936.

She graduated from high school and earned a teaching certificate. She taught elementary school in Newfoundland. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1942 and worked at the Brookings Institution. She lived in San Diego from 1975 to 1991, then moved to Phoenix, Ariz. She had lived in Eugene since 1998.

Whitney enjoyed animals, reading, watching the Washington Redskins and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Louise Christofferson of Eugene; a son, John of Great Falls, Va.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her domestic partner of 50 years, Gene Siess, died in 2003.

The celebration of life will be held in Great Falls. England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

David Meyer

SCOTTSBURG - David J. Meyer of Scottsburg died Feb. 4 of cancer. He was 64.

Meyer was born July 12, 1940, in Richfield, Utah, to Morris and Thelma Wanlass Meyer.

He was owner of a wholesale distributorship. Meyer enjoyed fishing, hiking, old cars, trains and camping.

Survivors include a son, Chris of Pahrump, Nev.; two daughters, Tami Rickard of Anchorage and Diana Hintergardt of Apple Valley, Calif.; three sisters, Beth Rappleye of Richfield, Pastey Averett of Springville, Utah, and Lois Gunnerson of Sandy, Utah; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Victorville, Calif.

Dunes Memorial Chapel in Reedsport is charge of arrangements.

Joseph Solomon

A private family service will be held for Joseph Harrell Solomon of Eugene, who died Feb. 2 of age-related causes. He was 83.

Solomon was born June 11, 1921, in Elgin, Texas, to Joe and Willie Jane Koenig Solomon. He married Margaret Nelson in 1942 in Salem. She died in 1967. He married Glenda Strobeck on April 14, 1969, in Reno, Nev.

He completed high school and served in the Army during World War II. He had worked as a lumber grader and tally man, as a custodian for the Eugene School District, and at Fairfield Lanes bowling alley. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Dallas Cowboys and gardening.

Survivors include his wife; five daughters, Margaret Sheldon, Sheryl Strobeck, Rene Wheeler and Heather Adams, all of Springfield, and Teri Lyons of Eugene; a son, Craig Strobeck of Eugene; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The private service will be in Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

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Date:Feb 6, 2005
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