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Elsie Warden

WALTON - The graveside funeral will be held Aug. 24 for Elsie O. Warden of Walton, who died Aug. 20 of leukemia. She was 97.

Warden was born Nov. 15, 1904, in Council, Idaho, to Warren and Lydia Adams Conway. She married Virgil Warden in Brownsville in Sep- tember 1927. He died previously.

She moved to Brownsville in 1910 and settled in Walton in 1927. She graduated from high school, was a homemaker, and worked at Coast to Coast in Veneta.

She enjoyed quilting, gardening and canning and was a member of the Elmira Grange and the Walton/Noti election board.

Survivors include a son, Lawrence of Junction City; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grand- children; and 10 great-great-grand- children.

Saturday's service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Alford Cemetery in Harrisburg. Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Jack Castle

SPRINGFIELD - The funeral will be Aug. 24 for Jack Gunnar Castle of Springfield, who died Aug. 20 of pneumonia. He was 75.

Castle was born June 24, 1927, in Grays Harbor, Wash., to John and Anne Johnson Castle. He married Opal Johnson in Lake Tahoe, Nev., on Nov. 28, 1981.

He lived in Washington before moving to the Springfield area in 1952. He worked worked in purchasing and sold sawmill supplies for Oregon Industrial for 30 years.

His interests included cars and he collected classic car models. He also collected guns and enjoyed shell loading and target shooting. He also enjoyed square dancing, round dancing and traveling. He was a member of the Restoration Fellowship.

Survivors include his wife; a son, William Jones of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; three daughters, Dianne Griffin of Eugene, Debbie Jones of Junction City and Tamera Jones of Seattle; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Saturday's service will be at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mount Vernon Cemetery in Springfield.

Thomas Taylor

A memorial service will be held Aug. 27 for Thomas G. Taylor of Eugene, who died Aug. 18 of age-related causes and complications from multiple myeloma cancer. He was 90.

Taylor was born June 5, 1912, in Gibson, N.C., to Duncan and Florence Quick Taylor. He married Janice Findtner in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 21, 1946. She died in 1983.

He graduated from Gibson High School in 1930 and joined the Marine Corps in 1933. He was a Marine for 29 years and retired in 1962 with the rank of chief warrant officer 4. He served in World War II and the Korean War. He moved to Lane County in 1962.

He was a member of the Eugene Elks, the Eugene Lions, the Retired Military Officers' Association and the Eugene First Methodist Church. He was a fan of the University of Oregon football and basketball teams.

Survivors include a daughter, Julie Brand of Longmont, Colo.; and two grandchildren.

Tuesday's service will be at 11 a.m. at Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. A reception will follow. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Robert Book

SPRINGFIELD - Services will be held later for Robert L. Book Sr. of Springfield, who died Aug. 15 of heart failure. He was 52.

Book was born Dec. 17, 1949, in Kansas City, Mo., to Veryl and Inez Raveill Book. He graduated from Junction City High School and married Kathryn Nelson in Eugene on Dec. 19, 1979. They divorced in 1987.

Book worked as a mechanic, a race car driver and a private care provider. His interests included gardening, crabbing, animals, nature, building car engines and racing cars. He won trophies and plaques at drag races in Woodburn.

He belonged to hunting, fishing and wildlife organizations and was a member of the National Hemi Owners Association.

Survivors include his mother of Eugene; a daughter, Rebecca Book of Eugene; a son, Charles of Veneta; two brothers, Steve and Jeffery, both of Eugene; a stepbrother, Michael Scott of Kansas City, Mo.; a sister, Susan Williams of Spokane; and a stepsister, Nancy Clark of Kansas City, Mo. An infant daughter, Sherene Book, died in 1982.

Telophase Cremation Services of Eugene is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to organizations for prevention of animal cruelty.

Tomiko Williams

COTTAGE GROVE - A private gathering of family and friends will be held for Tomiko Williams of Cottage Grove, who died Aug. 17 from complications of diabetes. She was 67.

Williams was born Dec. 25, 1934, in Saga-Ken, Japan, to Matsunosuke and Yukino Tominaga. She attended school for 12 years in Japan.

An area resident for 29 years, Williams operated the Little Red Store in Cottage Grove. Her interests included oil painting, gardening and Sumo wrestling.

Survivors include a son, Bob of Eugene; a brother, Katsuichi Tominaga of Osaka, Japan; and her former husband, Odus Williams of Yoncalla.

Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove is in charge of cremation. Memorial contributions can be made to the Oregon Donor Program, P.O. Box 532, Portland, OR 97207.

Oleta Goss

SPRINGFIELD - A celebration of life will be held Aug. 27 for Oleta Mae Goss of Springfield, who died Aug. 17 of age-related causes. She was 83.

Goss was born Feb. 12, 1919, in Marietta, Okla., to William and Cleo "Odie" Hinkle Gray. She was a homemaker and worked as a ward clerk in a hospital in California.

She enjoyed sewing and canning and giving her handiworks and canned goods to her family and those in need. She also enjoyed crocheting, cooking, singing in church and attending church potlucks. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She lived in the Springfield area for 18 years and was a member of the Springfield Church of God.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Lou Bryson of Springfield and Janet Goss of Alvadore; two sons, Billy of Texas and James of Springfield; a brother, Lloyd Gray of Solvang, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchil- dren; and nine great-great-grand- children. A son, Donald, died previously.

Tuesday's celebration will be at 11 a.m. at the Springfield Church of God. Inurnment will be at the family plot in California. Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.

Charley Cox Jr.

COTTAGE GROVE - The graveside funeral will be Aug. 23 for Charley Nelson Cox Jr., of Cottage Grove, who died Aug. 19 of age-related causes. He was 85.

Cox was born April 22, 1917, in Monroe to Charley and Alice Lock Cox. He married Frances Lowrance in Arizona on May 15, 1936. She died Jan. 9, 2001.

He worked as a dragline operator, had a pilot's license and enjoyed hunting, card games, dancing and spending time with his family. He moved to Cottage Grove 12 years ago.

Survivors include five sons, Robert of Mississippi, Harold of Oklahoma, George "Mick" and Chuck of Oregon, and Steve of South Carolina; two daughters, Darlene Ladd of Minnesota and Wanda Bessey of Oregon; 25 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

Friday's service will be at 11 a.m. at Bemis Cemetery in Cottage Grove. Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to South Lane Wheels in Cottage Grove.

Donald Doolittle Jr.

ROSEBURG - The funeral will be Aug. 23 for Donald Clayton Doolittle Jr. of Roseburg, who died Aug. 17 of cancer. He was 60.

Doolittle was born March 9, 1942, in Oak Park, Ill., to Donald and Mildred Sechover Doolittle. He married Sharon Heater in Springfield on June 20, 1964.

He served in the National Guard, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon in 1965 and a teaching certificate from Portland State University in 1967. He taught at Renne Jr. High in Newberg from 1967 to 1969 and at Douglas High School in Winston from 1970 to 1999.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and holidays, especially Christmas, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Roseburg and the Oregon Business and Management Educators.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Daren of Medford; two daughters, Melissa Doolittle of Vancouver, Wash., and Mona Doolittle of Lawrenceville, Ga.; and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Wilson's Chapel of the Roses in Roseburg. Friday's service will be at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Roseburg. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Roseburg Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions can be made to the March of Dimes, the American Diabetes Association or to the American Cancer Society.

Richard Bennick

JUNCTION CITY - The funeral will be Aug. 23 for Richard W. "Pete" Bennick of Junction City, who died Aug. 20 of age-related causes. He was 81.

Bennick was born Feb. 27, 1921, in Concord, N.C., to Walter and Myrtle Dry Bennick. He married Alice Cooper on Sept. 30, 1975.

He lived most of his life in Concord, where he worked in the coal mines and as a police officer, firefighter and medical associate. He played baseball on the mill teams and once tried out for a semi-pro team.

He worked as a cross-country truck driver for Ryder and had a million-mile safe driving record. He enjoyed children and was employed as Santa Claus, sometimes arriving at the malls in a helicopter.

He was also employed at a pipe shop and enjoyed a good cigar and sharing his knowledge of tobacco with his customers. He and his wife moved to Junction City in 1995.

Survivors include his wife; three sons, Barry Bennick of Concord, Johnny Bennick of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Dewey Lowman III of Fredericksburg, Va.; a daughter, Debbie Adams of Junction City; two brothers, Boyce of Concord and Paul of North Carolina; and 15 grandchildren.

Friday's service will be at 2 p.m. at Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Home in Junction City. Burial will follow the service at Alford Cemetery in Harrisburg. Memorial contributions can be made to the Junction City United Methodist Church.

David Baker

A celebration of life will be held Sept. 7 for David L. Baker of Riggins, Idaho, formerly of Eugene, who died Aug. 18 of cancer. He was 53.

Baker was born Nov. 1, 1948, in Dallas, Ore., to Richard and Dorothy Stull Baker. He married Victory LaPardo in Elko, Nev., in 1976.

He graduated from North Eugene High School and lived in Juneau, Alaska, from 1985 to 1991, when he settled in Riggins. He enjoyed driving his Jeep on back roads, hunting and country music.

Survivors include three brothers, Francis of Dallas, Dick of Redding, Iowa, and Raymond of Harrisburg; and a sister, Linda Rugg of Eugene.

The celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. at Orchard Point Marina at Fern Ridge Reservoir west of Eugene. Flahiff Mortuary, Homedale, Idaho, is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas White Sr.

JUNCTION CITY - A celebration of life potluck will be held Aug. 31 for Thomas H. White Sr. of Junction City, who died Aug. 17 of liver disease. He was 50.

White was born Sept. 15, 1951, in Kansas City, Kan., to Rex and Nettie Klaus White. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his domestic partner of 18 years, Tina McPhie; three sons, Thomas White Jr. and Andrew McPhie, both of Junction City, and Robert White of Portland; five daughters, Bertie White and Angela Dietrich, both of Springfield, Nettie White of Portland and Tracy and Melissa McPhie, both of Junction City; a brother, William McCoy of Eugene; and seven grandchildren.

The potluck will be held at noon Aug. 31 in the recreation room at Daneland Mobile Home Park in Eugene. Andreason's Cremation & Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

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