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Russell Benedict

Russell Reed "Russ" Benedict of Eugene died Aug. 27 of complications of prostate cancer at age 83. A memorial gathering will be held later.

He was born Feb. 5, 1924, in New York City to Frances Holmburg and Harry Benedict. He married Julie Meilute on Aug. 13, 1946, in Crown Point, Ind. They later divorced.

He held a bachelor's degree in marine engineering and did graduate work at the University of California Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1944 and served in the merchant marine aboard the Howard T. Ricketts in India. A writer and journalist, he was an administrator in the formation of the Peace Corps. He founded Waste Not in Washington, D.C., and later Waste Not of Oregon, delivering coffee and food to homeless people and food pantries.

Survivors include his former wife; a son, Melvin McClain of Rosedale, N.Y.; three daughters, Stephanie Benedict of San Diego, Barbara Benedict of Escondido, Calif., and Marianna Bacilla of Poway, Calif.; a son, Stephen, of Spencertown, N.Y.; two stepsisters, Anny Medve of Hawaii and Drusella Birney of Colorado; three stepbrothers, Jared Eaton of Hawaii, Michael Eaton of San Diego and Phillip Koelsch of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Three daughters, Francesca, Nikki and Tevina, died previously.

Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield.

Ruby Hayford

OAKRIDGE - The graveside funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Forestvale Memorial Park in Oakridge for Ruby Powell Hayford of Oakridge, who died Aug. 31 of cancer. She was 86. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Oakridge Chapel of the Woods.

She was born May 3, 1921, in Indianapolis to Homer and Rose Marie Jones Howell. She married Albert Powell on Oct. 21, 1940, in Eugene. He died Feb. 19, 1972. She married Francis Hayford on Oct. 23, 1983, in Reno, Nev. He died Feb. 28, 2003.

She was a homemaker and, in 1975, owned and operated a shoe repair business.

Survivors include eight sons, Jerry Powell, Larry Powell, Danny Powell, John Powell, Jim Powell, Ron Powell, Tom Powell and Charlie Powell, all of Oakridge; two half-sisters, Marilyn and Carolyn, both of Indiana; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Remembrances to Cascade Hospice Services in Eugene.

Lloyd Kreklau

COTTAGE GROVE - The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene for Lloyd J. Kreklau of Cottage Grove, formerly of Eugene. He died Sept. 2 of age-related causes at age 86. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove.

He was born Feb. 2, 1921, in Glendive, Mont., to Adolph and Freda Kreklau. He married Carol Sweeney on Jan. 30, 1982, in Irrigon.

Kreklau graduated from Glendive High School and worked on a family dairy. He owned and operated Kreklau Roller Rink in Springfield for many years.

Survivors include his wife; three stepsons, Frank Wiley of Caldwell, Idaho, Floyd Wiley of Toledo and Carl Wiley of Cottage Grove; three stepdaughters, Fran Muncey of Colorado Springs, Colo., Carol Wadholm of Garrison, N.D., and Cathy Fowler of Cottage Grove; and a brother, Jim of Eugene. A stepdaughter, Cara Sweeney, died Aug. 31, 2007.

Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel.

William Matthews

JUNCTION CITY - William Matthews of Junction City died Sept. 4 of liver failure at age 62. A private family service is planned.

He was born June 10, 1946, in Long Beach, Calif., to Rex and Mary O'Connor Matthews.

He was educated through the eighth grade and worked as a welder in a shipyard.

Survivors include two sons, Jason of Ontario and Simon of Portland; a daughter, Lorna Matthews of Temple, Minn.; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield.

Carol McGowen

COTTAGE GROVE - Carol L. McGowen of Cottage Grove died Aug. 30 at age 67. The family chose not to list the cause of death. No service is planned.

She was born Oct. 12, 1939, in Bloomington, Ill., to Charles and Mable Cresse McNeill. She married Vernon McGowen on Jan. 15, 1983, in Mountain Grove, Mo.

She worked as a restaurant manager for 30 years and for Homestead Furniture for 10 years.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Laurie Heldberg of Minnesota, Rendy Wilson of Cottage Grove and Lorna Reid of California; three sons, Keith Kaufman and Chas Kaufman, both of Illinois, and Edward Kaufman of Wisconsin; three sisters, Donna Gasperl and Patricia Melloy, both of Illinois, and Terri Iden of Ohio; two stepdaughters and two stepsons; 32 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. A daughter and a son died previously.

Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield.

Galen Moyer

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at Elks Lodge 2145 in Springfield for Galen Louis Moyer of Springfield. He died Aug. 24 of renal failure at age 82.

He was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Scribner, Neb., to Myles and Ella Spath Moyer. He and his wife, Mary, were married Nov. 7, 1990, in Las Vegas.

Moyer graduated from Scribner High School and attended Wayne State University in Nebraska. He served in the Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946 in the European and African theaters. He taught math and biology and coached football and baseball at Creswell High School and coached baseball at Sheldon High School for several years.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Lucinda Gillette of Omaha, Neb.; a stepdaughter, Susan Wood of Springfield; two stepsons, Steven Reiter and Scott Reiter, both of Eugene; four sisters, Faye Lou Haney of Fremont, Neb., Arlene Parr and Betty Ruether, both of Scribner, Neb., and Sharon Houts of Sioux City, Iowa; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A daughter, Jodi Moyer, died in 1990.

Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

Marie Schram

SPRINGFIELD - Marie Etta Schram of Springfield died Sept. 5 of heart failure at age 92. No service is planned.

She was born July 1, 1915, in Frankfort, Ky., to Park and Mattie Harris Winkler. She married Phil Schram in 1966 in Downey, Calif.

She completed the ninth grade and was a homemaker.

Survivors include four sons, Freeman Borchardt of Springfield, James Williams of Las Vegas, Mark Borchardt of Port Huron, Mich., and Chuck Williams of Dearborn, Mich.; and a daughter, Brenda Bardon of Perry, Mich. Three husbands, Phil Schram, Max Borchardt and Charles Williams, and a daughter, Beverly Williams, died previously.

Arrangements by Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Springfield.

Barbara Sotelo

Barbara Kuuipo Sotelo of Eugene died Aug. 31 of a brain tumor at age 35. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Eugene, with a luncheon to follow. Recitation of the rosary will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

She was born Dec. 15, 1971, in Lihue, Hawaii, to Henrique and Nena Santos Sotelo.

She received a 12th grade certificate from Waipahu High School in Hawaii.

Survivors include her mother, Nena Sato; and three siblings, Jade Sotelo-Kahawai and Sandra Sakamoto, both of Eugene, and Leilani Santos of Honolulu.

Arrangements by Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene. Remembrances to the church or to Hospice of Sacred Heart.

Patricia Tentinger

SPRINGFIELD - Patricia Tentinger of Springfield died Sept. 1 of cancer at age 65. Private burial will be in Pleasant Hill.

She was born May 28, 1942, in Prescott, Ark., to Peter and Erma Dala Ransom II. She married John Tentinger on Nov. 28, 1960, in Bellflower, Calif.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband; a son, John Jr.; and 22 brothers and sisters.

Arrangements by Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield.

Claudine Usher

Claudine G. Usher of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, formerly of Eugene, died Sept. 3 of lung cancer at age 62. No service is planned.

She was born Nov. 27, 1944, in Longview, Wash., to Bruce and Mary Pendleton Willis. She married Guy Usher on March 15, 1974.

She worked as a seamstress and in the textile industry.

Survivors include her husband; her mother, Mary Willis; two children, Sherrie Gibson of Americus, Ga., and Vincent Christian of Roseburg; two sisters, Mary Etta Stamos of Springfield and Alice Jacks of Carlsbad, N.M.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A grandson, William Thomas IV, died previously.

Burial will be in Macon, Ga. Arrangements by Newcomer Funeral Home in Columbus, Ohio.

Manley Wilson

SPRINGFIELD - Manley G. Wilson of Springfield died Aug. 30 of age-related causes at age 96. No service is planned.

He was born May 4, 1911, in Myrtle Point to George and Grace Wilson. He married Letha Hill.

Wilson owned and drove log trucks most of his working life.

Survivors include two daughters, Claudia Nicholson of Springfield and Carole Stephens of Eugene; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. His wife died April 15, 2003.

Inurnment will be in Springfield Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

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