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Vera Banton

JUNCTION CITY - A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church for Vera Jean Banton of Junction City, who died July 24 of cardiac arrest. She was 77. A reception will follow the service at 30561 Hayes Lane, Junction City.

She was born July 21, 1931, in New Underwood, S.D., to Earl and Alice Osborn Hammerquist. She married Calvin Banton on Aug. 31, 1950, in Eugene. He died March 2, 2003.

She graduated from Eugene High School in 1949.

Survivors include three sons, Dale and Gary, both of Junction City, and Steve of Bend; a daughter, Linda Foster of Alpine, Texas; three brothers, Robert Hammerquist of Kaihei, Hawaii, Leland Hammerquist of Moorpark, Calif., and Floyd Hammerquist of Vancouver, Wash.; three sisters, Daisy Johnson of Springfield, Marie Holm of Eugene and Virginia Beaufait of Kauoi, Hawaii; 17 grand children and three great-grandchildren. A son, Mark Banton, died Jan. 13, 2003.

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

Remembrances to Junction City Volunteer Fire Department.

Donn Bertsch

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at Portland Foursquare Church for Donn Kirk Bertsch of Rancho Mirage, Calif., formerly of Eugene, who died July 7 of a heart attack. He was 76.

He was born Aug. 10, 1931, in Eugene to Robert Kirk and Ruth Bertsch.

Bertsch graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Oregon. He served in the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta; two sons, Todd Lundy of Portland, and Randall Bertsch of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Wendy Turcotte of Eugene; a brother, Mike Bertsch of Black Diamond, Wash.; six grand children and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Wiefel's Funeral Home in Palm Springs, Calif.

Linda Blair

JUNCTION CITY - A celebration of life will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 2, at Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield for Linda Ann Blair of Junction City, who died July 26 of cancer. She was 55. A potluck will follow at 96202 Noraton Road, Junction City.

She was born Nov. 28, 1952, in Erding, Germany, to Donald and Elisabeth Sondermayer Damewood. She married David Blair on Aug. 1, 1991, in Monroe.

She graduated from Lowell High School, and she worked as a certified medical assistant.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Brad Barley of Junction City and Brian Barley of Springfield; a daughter, Jill Lee of Junction City; a stepson, Steven Blair of Virginia Beach, Va.; three brothers, Bob Damewood of Junction City, Fred Sondermayer of Corvallis and Jim Damewood of Springfield; three sisters, Sonja Damewood of Junction City, Cindy Schauff of Springfield and Heidi Mc Alister of England; and six grandchildren.

Inurnment will be at Fir Grove Cemetery in Cottage Grove.

Remembrances to the Linda Blair Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.

Catherine Clements

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, at St. Alice Catholic Church in Springfield for Catherine C. Clements of Springfield, who died July 23 of age-related causes.

She was 85.

Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today at Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home.

She was born Oct. 13, 1922, in Richardson, N.D., to Leonard and Eugenia Loran Hecker. She married Walter Clements on Feb. 21, 1946, in Eugene.

She played in a family band in the 1930s, worked as a cook at St. Mary Catholic Church and, during World War II, worked at Spear and Jackson making bits for saw blades.

Survivors include her husband; a son, Marvin of Springfield; a daughter, Shirley Flores of Springfield; two sisters, Anamarie of Montana and Tillie of North Dakota; and four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A son, James, died Aug. 19, 1967.

Burial will be at Springfield Memorial Gardens.

Fern Farris

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Buell Funeral Chapel in Springfield for Fern Ida Farris of Eugene, who died July 25 of age-related causes. She was 85. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

She was born Dec. 21, 1922, in Council, Idaho, to Clarence and Opal Selby Hoffman.

She married Walter Farris on Oct. 14, 1940. He died Dec. 8, 1991.

She attended high school in Council and was self-employed.

She and her husband owned and operated the Highway Bargain House in Springfield, West End Auction, B&F Auction and Craft Upholstery in Eugene.

Survivors include a son, Larry of Eugene; a daughter, Sharon Mielke of Bend; a brother, Bert Hoffman of Council; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Clarence "Butch," a daughter, Charlotte Pfaff, and a granddaughter, Sherlin Mielke, died previously.

Remembrances to Sacred Heart Hospice.

Donald Graham

FLORENCE - Donald Earl Graham of Florence died July 24 of age-related causes. He was 90. A private service is planned.

He was born Jan. 3, 1918, in Oakland to Earl and Docia Ballard Graham.

He held a master's degree in engineering from the University of Washington. He was a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps, was part of the Normandy Invasion, flew 27 missions, was shot down once, was a Purple Heart recipient and has three Bronze Stars. He retired after 35 years working as a materials engineer for Bechtel Engineering.

Survivors include two daughters, Bette Jo Brumback of Eugene and Gayle Kavanaugh of Florence; and five grandchildren. His wife, Naomi Bowen Graham, and a daughter, Patricia McDonald, died previously.

Burial will be at Coquille Masonic Cemetery. Arrangements by Amling-Schroeder Funeral Service in Coquille.

Brenda Graves

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 30, at Norkenzie Christian Church for Brenda Kay Graves of Eugene, who died July 27 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She was 56.

She was born Oct. 4, 1951, in Stillwater, Okla., to Leonard and Mary Barnes Wing. She married Donnie E. Graves on May 4, 2001, in Eugene.

She was a human resources manager for States Industries for 23 years. Survivors include her spouse, Donnie of Eugene; her parents, Mary Edith Barnes Wing and Leonard D. Wing; a son, Ryan Michael Elder of Portland; two brothers, Larry L. Hopkins of Eugene and L. David Wing of Springfield; and a sister, Sherrie Dexter of Eugene.

Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances to the Walk to Defeat ALS; "Brenda's Wings" at

Joshua Haworth

SPRINGFIELD - Joshua McGrady Haworth of Springfield died July 23 of complications from surgery. He was 35.

He was born Dec. 7, 1972, in Springfield. He married Erin McGrady on July 27, 2002, in Eugene.

He worked as a graphic artist.

Survivors include his wife; his parents, Charlotte Hatter Murillo, Jerry Zybach and Danny Haworth;two daughters, Oceana Mooney of Harrisburg and Magdalen McGrady of Springfield; his grandmother, Lyla Zybach; two sisters, Quanah Bennett in Elmira and Kassia Zybach of Portland; and a brother, Joe Zybach of Portland.

A celebration of life was held July 27 at Island Park in Springfield. Arrangements by Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene.

Ricardo Marquez

A memorial service will be held Aug. 10 in San Jose, Calif., for Ricardo "Ricky" Marquez, also known as Robert McClain, of Eugene, who died July 14 at age 55. The family chose not to list the cause of death.

He was born April 19, 1953, in San Diego to Jesus and Delfina Marquez.

He worked as a painter and a tree trimmer.

Survivors include two children, Banyan Marquez of San Diego and KoKo Marquez of Hilo, Hawaii; his mother; two sisters, Carol Marr of Las Vegas and Teresa Marquez Tiscareno of San Jose; and a brother, Jesse of San Diego.

Arrangements by Alpha Cremation Services in Eugene.

Reuben Mast III

REEDSPORT - Reuben H. "Jack" Mast III of Reedsport died July 24 of age-related causes at age 92. No service is planned.

He was born May 10, 1916, in Coquille to R.H. Mast II and Verna Phillips Mast. He married Elizabeth J. Varney on Sept. 18, 1937, in Corvallis. She died Nov. 6, 2003.

He graduated from Coquille High School and attended the University of Oregon for three years. Mast worked as a road builder and a logger in Oregon and worked his ranches on the Smith River.

Survivors include six daughters, Pat Carlson of Portland, Diane Kaufmann of Coos Bay, Cheryl Fortuna and Sandi Thornbrugh, both of Eugene, Debi Lee of Bandon, and Judy Karcher of Vancouver, Wash.; four sons, James of Yoncalla, Harold and Mike, both of Reedsport, and David of Raleigh, N.C.; and numerous grand children, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A son, Kenneth, and a daughter Linda Allen, died previously.

Inurnment will be at Coquille Masonic Cemetery. Arrangements by Amling/Schroeder Funeral Service in Coquille.

Della McDonald

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in the chapel at Marian Estate in Sublimity for Della Ruby McDonald of Sublimity,formerly of Eugene, who died July 24 of age-related causes. She was 94.

She was born March 29, 1914, in Dallas, Ore., to Walter and Ruby Peck Marsh. She married Owen McDonald on June 23, 1934. He died Feb. 11, 1997.

She attended schools in Dallas.

She was a homemaker and briefly worked for J.C. Penney in Toledo and Astoria.

Survivors include her daughter, Margaret McDonald Payne of Sublimity.

Arrangements by Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. Remembrances to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon in Portland.

Raymond Mullins

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 31, at Buell Funeral Chapel for Raymond "Rick" Douglas Mullins of Springfield, who died July 25 of cancer. He was 48. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

He was born June 18, 1960, in Eugene to John and Beverly Long Mullins.

He was a dump truck owner and operator.He previously worked as a low boy operator for Star Rental.

Survivors include a life partner, Crystal Lussy of Springfield; two brothers, Rob of Canby and Steve of Lowell; and two sisters, Rhonda Mullins of Springfield, and Jenna Titus of Eugene.

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

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