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John Piper

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene for John O. Piper of Elmira, who died Oct. 6 of age-related causes. He was 82. Burial will be in the Walton Cem- etery.

He was born June 29, 1924, in Eugene to John and Callie Mabe Piper. He married Barbara Kilmer in July 1951, in Aitkin, Minn.

Piper attained the rank of petty officer in the Navy during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He worked as a pole and piling inspector for Williams Inspection until his retirement in 1986.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Lee and Kevin "Kelly" of Elmira; a brother, Fredrick of Eugene; and a grandchild.

Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances to the American Diabetes Association.

Vernon Kerr

CRESWELL - A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Brindiamo Catering and Event Center at Emerald Valley Golf Course in Creswell for Vernon Kerr of Creswell, who died Sept. 13 of age-related causes. He was 80.

He was born June 15, 1926, in Creswell to Travis and Verna Dersham Kerr. He married Norma Macomber on May 16, 1951, in St. Clair, Minn. She died in 1995.

Kerr served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a partner in Kerr Bros. Builders from the early 1960s through the early 1990s.

Survivors include two sons, Andy of Ashland and Barney of Chico, Calif.; a brother, Keith of Creswell; and one grand- daughter.

Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel, Cottage Grove.

Anne Haase

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Odd Fellows Temple in Eugene for Anne A. Haase of Eugene, who died Oct. 5 of age-related causes. She was 84.

Haase was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Columbus, Miss., to Edward and Addie Hamilton Bolton. She married Frederick Haase on Aug. 9, 1940, in Victor, Colo. He died on Feb. 5, 2006.

She worked for the Lane County elections board.

Survivors include four sons, David of Anchorage, Don and Dennis of Eugene, and Dale of Springfield; a brother, Art Bolton of Atlanta; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield. Remembrances to The Child Center in Springfield.

Eric Wicklund

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Eugene for Eric Douglas Wicklund of Springfield. He died Sept. 30 of age-related causes at 85.

He was born Aug. 24, 1921, in Onoway, Alberta, to Carl and Christina Walberg Wicklund. He and his wife, Dorcas, were married June 2, 1945, in Portland.

He served in the military in World War II. He worked as a supervisor at Georgia-Pacific from 1954 to 1983 and maintained the family farm from 1952 to 1984.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Gary of Chubbuck, Idaho, Earle of Beaverton and Larry of Springfield; a daughter, Karin Gililland of Red Oak, Texas; a sister, Barbara Dore of Sidney, Mont.; and six grandchildren.

Private burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary. Remembrances to the church.

Janice Sofge

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at Trinity Baptist Church in Springfield for Janice Normarie Sofge of Springfield, who died Oct. 7 of cancer. She was 72.

She was born April 3, 1934, in Janesville, Wis., to Sidney and Olga Doeringsfield Weber. She married Glenn Sofge on March 16, 1956. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, April Delavan of Springfield; a son, Tony of Seattle; a sister, Joanne Cox of Los Alamos, N.M.; a brother, Fred Weber of Janesville; and one grandchild.

Arrangements by Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Remembrances to the Alliance for the Mentally Ill or the Janice Sofge Memorial Fund at Washington Mutual Bank.

Joseph Romania

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Eugene for Joseph Romania of Eugene. He died Oct. 8 of age-related causes at age 86. A reception will follow the service at the church.

He was born March 3, 1920, in Roundup, Mont., to Joseph and Rose Baldini Romania. He married Cecelia Winchell on June 14, 1952, in Billings, Mont.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II until he was discharged in 1946.

Romania was a co-owner of Williams Chevrolet until 1969, when he became the owner of the business and renamed it Joe Romania Chevrolet. He added Romania R.V. Center in 1982, and from 1989 to 1992 added Romania Hyundai, and Romania Subaru and Toyota. He remained active as chief executive officer of the dealerships until his retirement in 1994.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Steve of Eugene; three daughters, Cindi Romania and Sheila Moore, both of Lake Oswego, and Jody Brockmann of Eugene; three sisters, Mildred Tooley and Joanne Gerry, both of Billings, and Carolyn Calkins of Arizona; and eight grandchildren.

Private burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Eugene. Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances to the Sacred Heart Foundation.

James Smith

The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery for James Dee "Jim" Smith of Dexter, who died Oct. 7 of unknown natural causes at age 49.

He was born March 25, 1957, in Sacramento. He married Debbie Leckenby on Sept. 11, 1976, in Olympia.

He worked as a construction superintendent for Gale Roberts Construction Co.

Survivors include his wife; his mother, Mary Jo Smith; a grandmother, Norma Craighton; two sons, Ronald of Eugene and Aaron of Dexter; two daughters, JoAnna Northrup and Cynthia Wilson, both of Creswell; three sisters, Debbie McCracken of El Dorado Hills, Calif., Tina McCracken of Dexter and Nina McCracken of Olathe, Colo.; three brothers, Dan of Lowell, Dave of Cottage Grove and Richard of Prosser, Wash.; and three grandchildren. A granddaughter, Jamie Northrup, died previously.

Charlene Thayer

JUNCTION CITY - A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Junction City for Charlene Bair Parker Thayer of Junction City, who died Oct. 1 of pneumonia. She was 74.

Thayer was born on Dec. 29, 1931, in Wellsville, Utah, to Leonard and Ione Parker. She married Wesley Thayer on July 26, 1958, in Sacramento.

She had worked as a police radio dispatcher, police matron and employment specialist.

Survivors include her husband, a son, Steven of Sacramento; a daughter, Teresa Thayer of Logan, Utah; a sister, Dawn Williams of Bremerton, Wash.; a brother, Leonard Parker of Concord, Calif.; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Burial was in Wellsville on Oct. 6. Arrangements by McDougal Funeral Home in Taylorsville, Utah. Remembrances to the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association.

J.R. Abendschein

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home for J.R. Abendschein of Eugene, who died Oct. 5 of complications of pneumonia at age 72.

She was born Jan. 15, 1934, in Waynesville, N.C. She married George Abendschein on May 15, 1963, in Spokane. He died June 14, 2001.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include three stepsons, Kevin Abendschein of Madras, Richard Abendschein of Portland and James Abendschein of McMinnville; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Rebecca Truesdale, died Dec. 23, 2003.

Burial will be at Springfield Memorial Gardens.

Phyllis Tate

Phyllis Rae Tate of Redmond, formerly of Eugene, died Sept. 27 of age-related causes at 77. A memorial service will be held later.

She was born Feb. 20, 1929, in Guthrie Center, Iowa, to Ned and Lula Cahail. She married James Tate on Jan. 1, 1947, in Grants Pass.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Clement's Lumber Co. in Eugene.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Margaret Powell of Eugene; two sons, Bob of Alfalfa and Bud of Polson, Mont.; a sister, Lu Andrews of Pleasanton, Calif.; four grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.

Arrangements by Autumn Funerals in Redmond.

James Gilligan

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Longview, Wash., for James Thomas "Jim" Gilligan, who died Oct. 6 of heart-related causes at age 61.

He was born Jan. 30, 1945, in Longview, Wash., to Edward and Mary Leaman Gilligan.

He worked for Monaco Coach Corp. in Harrisburg.

Survivors include a daughter, Kirsten Menningen of Madison, Wis.; a son, Barry of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Charlie of Spokane; a sister, Eileen McKeag of Puyallup, Wash.; and four grandchildren.

Arrangements by Dahl-Vicker Funeral Home in Kelso, Wash.

"Clair" Dick Jr.

The graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Pacific Sunset Cemetery in Florence for Norman "Clair" Dick Jr. of Eugene, who died Oct. 4 of age-related causes. He was 78.

He was born Oct. 9, 1927, in Mapleton to Norman Dick Sr. and Blanche VanSant Dick. He married Jacie P. Huhnke on Jan. 9, 1949, in Springfield.

Dick served in the Army and the Air Force. He had worked as a meat cutter and clerk at Dexter Market, a warehouseman for Blake Moffitt & Towne and for Western Paper, both in Eugene; and was owner of the N Street Market in Springfield and co-owner of Lava Supply Co. in Bend.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Valerie Lawrence-Zaklan of Coburg; a son, Larry of Veneta; a sister, Emilie McMurren of Springfield; a half brother, Glen Dinsmore of Portland; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lynette Oliver.

Arrangements by Alpha Cremation Services in Eugene. Remembrances to Hospice of Sacred Heart.

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