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Robert Joseph Huelshoff
HUELSHOFF, Robert Joseph - Age 81, of Roseburg, passed away on Sunday December 24, 2000 in a local nursing center. He was born on June 22, 1919 at Dubuque, Iowa to Alphonse Bernard and Olga (Haug) Huelshoff. The family moved to Oregon when Robert was still a youngster. Robert served in the U.S. Navy prior to WW II and became disabled while in the Navy. He has lived in Roseburg since 1943. He is survived by a sister, Celeste Triplett and her husband Joe and brother Richard Huelshoff all of Eugene, Oregon, numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Darlene Cade and Dorothy Middeke and a brother, Melvin Randall. Graveside services were held on Thursday, December 28, 2000 at 1:30 P.M. at Ocean View Memory Gardens, Coos Bay, Oregon. Father Terry J. O'Connell officiating. Services are in care of WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES.

Hazel May Ison
ISON, Hazel May - 92 of Roseburg passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2000 at a local foster home. She was born on May 30, 1908 at Diamond, Washington to Charles Newton and Susan Ella (Dunn) Nelson. Hazel graduated from high school and attended Cheney Normal School in Cheney, Washington, graduating in 1928. That fall she started teaching in Elkton, Oregon, grades one thru eight. Over the next nine years she also taught grades one thru eight in Scottsburg, Elgarose and Melrose in small country school houses, which no longer exist. On May 14, 1935 in Roseburg, Oregon she married Ambers Ison. Hazel was a member of the Westside Christian Church and a long time volunteer at the Roseburg Veterans Hospital. She is survived by her husband of over 65 years, Ambers Ison of Roseburg, a daughter Lila Denton and her husband Jack also of Roseburg, two grandsons: Rodney McKean of Hesperia, CA and David McKean of Granite Bay, CA and four great grandchildren. Private graveside services were held on Thursday, December 28, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. at Roseburg Memorial Gardens. WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES is in care of services.

Ellis "Sass" Sasson
SASSON, Ellis "Sass" - Age 62, of Myrtle Creek passed away Thursday, December 21, 2000, at a local hospital. He was born August 26, 1936 in Loon Lake, Oregon. He graduated high school at La Grande, Oregon. He was a professional musician, and spent 25 years on the road playing music and another 10 years playing locally with his surviving wife of 11 years, Diane Sasson. He is also survived by his two daughters, Adriene Wiles, and Koren Sasson, of Eugene, Oregon, son Aaron Sasson, also of Eugene, Oregon, sister Patricia Scott of Coos Bay, Oregon, sister Marie Burtzlaff of Three Oak's, Michigan. step-daughters Sharon Bartlett of Stanwood, Washington, and Shannon Basore of Orange Park, Florida, step-sons Dean Grandguist of San Lorenzo, California, Dan Grandquist of Coppell, Texas, Robert Ogilvie of Florida, father-in-law Robert Hatzold of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. His gentle soul will be interned at Scotsburg Cemetery. There will be no formal funeral or grave side services. Per wish of the deceased. A wake will be held sometime after the first of the year for all his friend's and family. A private get together will be held for his grandchildren at his grave as soon as arrangements can be made. The family has asked that you not send flowers. If you wish a donations may be made toward his headstone.

Shirley G. Skinner
SKINNER, Shirley G. - 76, of Roseburg, passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2000 in a local hospital. She was born June 29, 1924 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Abraham & Anna (Shepatin) Leavitt. Shirley grew up and attended school in Worcester. On September 26, 1942 in Springfield, MA she married Hubert Skinner. Hubert was still in the Air Force which took the couple to various areas and finally to Tucson, AZ where he was discharged. They returned to Massachusetts for a short time and in 1951, moved to California where they raised their family. Shirley was a devoted mother and was remembered for her fantastic chicken soup. She loved crossword puzzles, was an avid reader, kept up on tv soaps and loved to travel most often to visit family. She was the historian and heart of the entire family. Shirley is survived by her husband of 58 years- Hubert of Roseburg; daughters & sons-in-law- Nina & Michael Rodell of Bala Cynwyd, PA and Sandra Crocker-Fooshee and her husband John of Myrtle Creek, OR; a sister-Barbara Brown of Worcester, MA; grandchildren- Jordan, Benjamin & Victoria Lief, Evan Crocker, Lisa Scher and Andy Crocker. She was preceded in death by a daughter- Valerie Skinner and brothers- Milton Leavitt and Saul Jamron. Services will be held Sunday, December 31, 2000 at noon in Wilson's Chapel of the Roses. Officiating will be Rabbi Jackie Brodsky of Ashland, OR. Interment will follow in Valley View Cemetery, Sutherlin, OR.

Gilda "Gege" Ferrante Stone
STONE, Gilda "Gege" Ferrante - Age 81, of Roseburg, passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2000, in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born on November 17, 1919 at Portland, Oregon, to Joseph and Antonia (Panizzi) Ferrante. Gilda attended Benson Polytechnic School and Commerce High School in Portland, graduating in 1937. On April 19, 1944 in Vancouver, Washington, she married Cletus M. Stone. Gege enjoyed cooking, dancing, camping, hunting, traveling, and competitive shuffleboard. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge. She is survived by her husband of over 56 years, Cletus M. Stone, Sr. of Roseburg, her children: Carol Hellyer of Snohomish, WA, Cletus Stone, Jr. of Bend, OR, Laura Pigott of Lincoln City, OR, Don Stone and Kathy Duarte, both of Roseburg, four grandchildren: Whitney Hellyer, Philip Pigott, Kendra and Kelsey Stone, brothers and sisters: Rose Khunhansen, Clara Huff, Mary Bushek, all of Portland, OR, Donna Miller and Lilly Volpe, both of Milwaukie, OR, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Jo Purcella. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2000, at 1:00 p.m. at WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES, who is in care of the services. Pastor Dennis Pust will officiate. At the family's request, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in Mrs. Stone's memory.

Florence M. Williams
WILLIAMS, Florence M. - Long time resident of Roseburg, Oregon passed away on December 18, 2000 in Tucson, Arizona. Florence was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 6, 1922. She married Dr. Homer K. Williams and was the mother of three sons: Gregory K., Rodney H., and Bradley H. She is survived by her husband, sons, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Rosary and Mass were offered in Tucson by St. Francis deSales Catholic Church with burial at Our Lady of the Desert Cemetery on December 22, 2000.

William Edward "Bill" Linder
LINDER, William Edward "Bill" - 68 of Myrtle Creek, passed away December 27, 2000 at a local hospital. He was born May 17, 1933 in Ontario, Oregon the son of Murrel and Mary Jane Linder. He was raised and educated around Fruitland and New Plymouth, Idaho. He was a long haul truck driver for a number of years until he started hauling logs. He worked for Ireland Trucking, Vircar, and Graf Logging in recent years. He is survived by his mother Mary Jane Stith of Eagle, Idaho; brother Glen Linder of Meridian, Idaho; wife Muriel Linder of Myrtle Creek; two daughters Hazel Linder of Riddle and Debbie McGuire of Caldwell, Idaho; son Willie Linder of Sutherlin. His son Albert Linder was killed in a logging accident in 1993. He is also survived by his former wife Margaret of Riddle, four step-children, Betty Hall, Stephen Cofer, Barbara Marra and Marian Jenkins; 19 grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Lou. A celebration of Bill's life will be held at the First Christian Church, Second & Hall, Myrtle Creek, on Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements are entrusted to MYRTLE CREEK FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 863-3052.

Velda Mae Kemper
KEMPER, Velda Mae - age 86, of Coos Bay, passed away on Thursday December 28, 2000. Velda was born April 21, 1914 at Douglas, Nebraska to John & Anna (Holbrook) Jenkins. She took her nurses training at the veterans hospital in Denver, Colorado and was working as a nurse at Queens Hospital in Hawaii during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. She enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and served in England, France, Germany, Belgium, and Scotland. She married Manley D. Kemper at Oregon City, Oregon on December 21, 1946 and the couple made their home in Roseburg, Oregon until retiring to Coos Bay 12 years ago. Velda enjoyed fishing, gardening, sewing, and working crossword puzzles. She is survived by he husband of 54 years: Manley Kemper of Coos Bay; daughters: Carol Ann Worral of North Bend and Judith Susan Spitzer of Acton, CA; sons: Larry Dean Kemper of Medford, OR and William "Bill" Clyde Kemper of Twain Harte, CA; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 2, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. in North Bend Chapel. Officiating will be Reverend Walter Larsen. Interment will follow at Eagle Point National Cemetery, at Eagle Point, Oregon. Phone 1-541-756-0440.

Velma V. Ralls
RALLS, Velma V. - Age 86, a resident of Roseburg, passed away on December 29, 2000. She was born November 21, 1914, in Coweta, Oklahoma, to parents George and Flora (McLean) Slape. She was united in marriage to Burton G. Ralls in Oklahoma in 1933. Velma, her husband, Burton, and two sons moved to Sutherlin, Oregon in 1948. She worked as a grocery clerk for many years and retired in November 1981 from Byrd's Market in Roseburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burton, in 1993, her three sisters, LaMoin Milligan, Nova Ravan, Stella Mae Slape, and brother Rouse Slape. Survivors include her son Randall and wife Audrey of Roseburg; son, Donald and wife Lynne of Sutherlin and her brother Reverend E.G. Slape and wife Ruth of Mosier, Oregon. She was blessed with three grandchildren: Randall, Jr. of Abilene, Kansas, Christine Steiner of Roseburg and D'Ann Henry of Umpqua, Oregon; seven great-grandchildren: Aura of Portland, Oregon, Danny, Julie, Randall III, and Morgan Lee, of Kansas, W.D. and Jimmy of Umpqua, Oregon and great-great-grandchild MacKenzie of Rantoul, Illinois. Velma also leaves a circle of many dear friends who were touched by her life and loved her very much. She was a caring and giving person willing to help when and wherever she could. There's no doubt that she has found her new home in Heaven. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and many kinds of crafts and was devoted to church activities and her family. Velma was a member of the Assembly of God Faith Tabernacle in Roseburg since 1960. Memorial services and a celebration of her life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at Assembly of God Faith Tabernacle, with Pastor Charles Snyder and her brother, Rev. E.G. Slape, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Douglas Home Care (Hospice), 500 S.E. Cass St., Suite 260, Roseburg, Oregon in Velma's name. Services are in care of WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. Private iterment will be held at Roseburg Memorial Gardens.

Joyce Effie Kinney
KINNEY, Joyce Effie - Of Northridge, California formerly Joyce Effie Weber of Roseburg, Oregon passed away at her residence at 76 years of age on November 27, 2000. Joyce loved life, all of her family and friends. Her family and friends loved her also. Memorial service will be on Saturday, December 2, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. at Pioneer Cemetery in Salem, Oregon.

Michael Dale Monteleone
MONTELEONE, Michael Dale - 40 of Roseburg, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2000 as a result of a shooting. He was born June 3, 1960 in Roseburg to Dale & Maureen (Ponsonby) Monteleone. Michael grew up and attended school in Glendale, graduating from Glendale High School in 1978. He attended Umpqua Community College, Oregon State University, Southern Oregon College and Western Oregon College attaining his BA Degree. Throughout school, Michael was outstanding in cross country running & track. He had a special love for the outdoors. Michael enjoyed fishing & hunting especially with his boys. He loved working in the woods, all the way to cruising timber. He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing. Above all, Michael enjoyed spending time with his children. He looked forward to each & every visit with them. They were the "highlight" of his life. We share many memories of Michael. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He will remain forever in our hearts...."Michael , we love you"! He is survived by his parents- Dale & Maureen Monteleone of Azalea; brother & sister-in-law- Dale & Cathy Monteleone of Eugene; sisters & brothers-in-law-Daleen & Dennis Thomas of Roseburg and Maria & Coy Kilborn of Grants Pass; his children- Tina Nicholson of Vancouver, WA, and Michael, Danielle & Christopher Monteleone all of Tri City; his grandmother- Velma Miller of Grants Pass; nieces & nephews- Janell, Rachell, Chandell & Gabrielle Monteleone and Tera, Eric & Erika Thompson; spouse- Dana Silvera; numerous aunts & uncles as well as a host of special friends including- Zae Ladd who loved Michael so unconditionally, Rich Sciuto, Bob Adams, Art Adams, J.R. Adams, Tim Snyder, Rick Wright, Ron Bly and Todd Saville. He was preceded in death by a sister- Deborah Ann Monteleone, grandparents- Willard& Patricia Ponsonby, a grandfather- Tony Monteleone and an aunt- Donna J. Montgomery. A visitation time for family & friends will be held Monday, December 4, 2000 from 4 until 7 PM at Wilson's Chapel of the Roses. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 5, 2000 at 1:00 PM in the Holy Family Catholic Church, 243 Marshall St., Glendale, OR. Interment will follow in the Glendale Masonic Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the fund established for his children at any branch of South Umpqua State Bank- Acct. #47437191.

Pamela Grace Taylor Valdez
VALDEZ, Pamela Grace Taylor - age 42 of Medford, Oregon passed away on December 1, 2000 at a hospital in Medford. She was born November 26, 1958 to Doldon and Betty Taylor. She lived in Roseburg until 1985 then moved to Medford. She attended Roseburg High School and graduated in 1977. Pamela worked in the nursing profession and operated her own senior foster care home in Medford. She was married to Mel Valdez in Medford in 1987. Pam was a caring and giving person and treated everyone so nice. She loved animals, she took care of her mother during her long illness and spent time with her dad when she could; she was with him when he died. She loved her children and showed great compassion for the senior citizens she took care of. She was a beautiful person, we are going to miss her. She is survived by her husband Mel Valdez, her children; Shannelle, Joey, and Capriana, brothers Ron Taylor of Roseburg, Duane Taylor of Roseburg. She was preceded in death by her parents Doldon and Betty Taylor. Memorial Services are being held Wednesday, December 6, 2000 at 7 P.M. CONGER-MORRIS FUNERAL HOME 715 W. Main in Medford, Oregon is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle D. Winslow
WINSLOW, Myrtle D. - Born April 6, 1921 and passed away on November 26, 2000 in Ritter, Oregon. Graveside services were held on November 30, 2000 in Pendleton, Oregon.

Raymond Oliver Ballou
BALLOU, Raymond Oliver - Age 96 of Glide, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2000 at a local hospital. He was born July 20, 1904 in Fitchburg, Mass. to Fred and Nellie (Coleman) Ballou. February 14, 1930 in Reno, Nevada he married Gertrude Jeffs. They had been married almost 68 years when she preceded him in death in 1998. Ray had worked as a cooper (barrel maker) during his younger years and his primary occupation throughout his lifetime was a faller in the timber industry. Ray was always proud of his large vegetable garden that he shared with many neighbors. He also loved to TALK, mainly about making barrels and falling trees. Survivors include his 100 year old sister, Lou Stevens of Townsend, Mass., his two daughters, Dolores Smalley of Glide and Dorothy Austin and husband , Bill of Roseburg, plus six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Reynolds and a brother, Guy. A private memorial service is planned. He will be buried at Roseburg Memorial Gardens.

Helen Frances Kuebler
KUEBLER, Helen Frances - 92 of Roseburg, passed away Friday, December 1, 2000. She was born on December 14, 1908 in Matheson, Colorado to Ora and Susie Carter. Helen traveled extensively as a child since her father was a telegrapher & stationmaster for the railroad. After graduating high school at the age of 16, Helen got a teaching certificate from Colorado Teachers College in Greely, Colorado and had her own classroom by age 18. She later returned to college, earning her R.N. degree and began her nursing career at Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Helen continued in the field to become a nursing instructor and Director of Nursing in several hospitals in Colorado, Arizona & Montana. Helen is survived by her husband of 57 years, Fred of Roseburg; a daughter, Joan Suden-Graham, of Washington' daughter and son-in-law Jan and Richard Bleek of Federal Way, Washington; grandchildren, Brandon, Shelly and Kim Bleek as well as her sisters, Evelyn Johnston of Aurora, CO and Ruth Carter of Long Beach, CA. A memorial service to celebrate Helen's love of life is scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2000 at 3:00 p.m. in the Garden Valley Retirement Residence. Contributions in Helen's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. Services are under the care of WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY.

R. L. "Goody" Swinford
SWINFORD, R.L. "Goody" - Age 68 of Canyonville, died Monday, December 4, 2000 at a Roseburg area hospice center. Goody was born October 20, 1932 in Alcorn County, Mississippi the son of the late Grady and Ella (Wilbanks) Swinford. On May 17, 1969 he was united in marriage to Deleane Teel in Carson City, Nevada. He lived and worked in South Douglas County for nearly all of his adult life. Surviving are his wife, Deleane; a son, Marvin (Shelly) Swinford, Yelm, Washington; two daughters, Dana O'Neill, Canyonville; Hope (Jeff) Galante, Medford; three granddaughters, Shannon (Chase) Whaley, Lacy, Washington; Misty Swinford, Yelm, Washington; and Cary O'Neill of Canyonville. He is further survived by a brother, C.B. Ash, Winston; a sister, Irene (Floyd) Hanks, Mt. Shasta, California, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In accordance with Goody's wishes, there will be no services. The MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL CHAPEL and FUNERAL ALTERNATIVES CREMATORY, Myrtle Creek is serving the family.

Marian K. Moffitt
MOFFITT, Marian K. - Age 71, of Oakridge, Oregon passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2000. She was born in Los Angeles, California on January 25, 1929 to Aubrey & Katherine Mathiesen Merchant. She was married to Frank W. Moffitt in Reseda, California in 1946. She was a former resident of Roseburg, Oregon from 1975 to 1990. Then she moved to Oakridge in 1990 to present. Marian was a homemaker and loved to camp, but most of all she cherished her family. She was a member of Victory Christian Center in Oakridge, past President of Womens Aglow, and Aglow Board out of Roseburg, Oregon. She is survived by her husband Frank W. Moffitt; her children, Phillip G. and Marcia Moffitt of Oakridge, Oregon, David D. Moffitt of McMinnville, Oregon, Carrol F. and Melvin Cass of Junction City, Oregon; her sister, Nancy Magill of Chico, California; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son James A. Moffitt. Funeral services will be held on December 7, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of the Nazarene at Oakridge, Oregon. Following will be the burial service held at Westlawn Memorial Park at Eugene, Oregon. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Marian K. Moffitt to the Aglow c/o Lorie Newberry, 76451 Cherry Street, Oakridge, Oregon, 97463.

Nelda T. Sand
SAND, Nelda T. - Age 78, a resident of Roseburg, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2000 at a local hospital. She was born October 15, 1922 in Pretty Rock, North Dakota to parents Oren & Frances (Zubrod) Polk. She moved with her family to Oregon in 1936 settling in the Elgarose area outside of Roseburg. Nelda was married to David Sand who preceded her in death on May 1, 1982. Nelda was very talented in handicrafts and was known for her exceptional cooking. Survivors include her children Lee & JoAnne Sand of Roseburg, Joan & Ray Chipman of Vancouver, WA, Debbie Renfro of Winston; daughter-in-law Linda Sand of Roseburg, brother Kenneth Polk of Roseburg; her sisters, Ardith Filliger of Astoria, OR, Shirley Lange and Anita Dock of Sutherlin; and eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son Gary Sand who died on March 1, 2000 and three brothers. Graveside services will be Friday December 8, 2000 at 1:00 P.M. at the Eden Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Steve Smart. Family and friends may pay their respects Thursday December 7, 2000 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Taylor's Family Chapel in Winston. Memorials may be made in memory of Nelda T. Sand to the American Heart Association or the Diabetes.

David Eldon Coke
COKE, David Eldon - 48, lost his brave battle with cancer on December 5, 2000. He is now in heaven with the Angels watching over his family. Dave was born November 5, 1952 in Canyonville, OR. He was married July 23, 1976 to Lil, the love of his life. Together they have six children David, Tiffany, Jeremiah, Krystal, Zachariah, and LaTeasha. David was a devoted family man. His wife and children meant everything to him. He coached baseball, softball, basketball and soccer. He was part of the first crew of men to start building Gaddis Park "so his kids would have a place to play ball." He loved the month of October because of hunting and the start of basketball. Dave is also survived by daughter-in-law Rebekah Coke and grandson David; mother Jean Cook and her husband Dave Cook; brother Jerry Goodrich; sister Suezanna Robinson and her husband Glenn, numerous nieces and nephews; and dear family friends Frank Tunno, Ryan Meadows and Aaron Wright. He is preceded in death by his father Charles Eugene Coke. A Memorial Service is being held at First Conservative Baptist Church Friday December 8, 2000 at 7:00 P.M. In his own word's Dave is requesting "no damn ties" for the service. Taylor's Family Chapel is handling the arrangements. The family is requesting in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the American Cancer Society for Tobacco Education and Awareness.

Ruby Josephine Russell Ford
FORD, Ruby Josephine Russell - Passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2000 at her home. She was born March 15, 1920, to Arthur Ethan and Ida Florence (Ferguson) Russell in Denair, California. On December 8, 1939 she married Walter Raleigh Ford in Carson City, Nevada. Ruby has spent her life in a manner which would give praise and glory to God. She was a devout Christian, attending the I-5 Church of Christ. She left this world at peace with her God and her family knowing that she had raised "good spiritual children." She is survived by husband Walter Ford of Roseburg, and her daughters Charlotte and her husband Doyle Miller of Amarillo, Texas, Myrna and her husband Raymond White of Weatherford, Texas, Janice Ford of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Linnea and her husband Darrell Thompson of Tulare, California, Vicki and her husband Richard Purcella of Grants Pass, Oregon, Danette and her husband Tim Heinlein of Julian, California, Sheila and her husband Brian Kessler of Rincon, Georgia, and her sons Larry and his wife Arlene Ford of Medford, Oregon, and Evert and Sharon Ford of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her sister Marian Freeze of Modesto, California, 26 Grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Mother loved music, flowers and animals and always made them part of her life. She enjoyed visiting her children, traveling and looking at the beauty of the countryside. As her children we always knew that she would be there for us in all of our sorrows as well as in all of our joys. It only took a telephone call to hear her voice assuring us of her love and caring. The grandchildren know this as well. Mother's love for our father only increased through the 61 years of their marriage. We were especially moved to witness their devotion to each other during the last months of her life. They have been a living example to all of us of what a Christian marriage can be and should be like. A memorial service will be Saturday, December 9, 2000, at 1:30 P.M. at I-5 Church of Christ, 175 Heritage Way, Roseburg. Ministers Wayne Lemley and Raymond White officiating. Private cremation rites will be held. LONG & SHUKLE MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth Melbourne Gore Jr.
GORE, Kenneth Melbourne Jr. - At the age of 71, Kenneth Melbourne Gore Jr. passed away Monday, December 4, 2000. Ken was born November 4, 1929 in Port Angeles, Washington to Kenneth Sr. and Mildred (Haley) Gore. Ken grew up in Forest Grove, Oregon and graduated from Forest Grove Union High School in 1948. He entered the Army in 1952 and was honorably discharged in 1955. After spending a brief time fishing for winter steelhead, he went to work for Hansen Brother's Logging Company. In 1959, Ken went to work for Champion International, where he made many friends and retired after 32 years at the age of 62. Ken was a generous man, who enjoyed helping others whenever, wherever he could. Ken enjoyed all kinds of fishing, especially Spring Chinook fishing. He spent thousands of hours perfecting his spinner tying techniques. Also, he enjoyed scouting for animals with his friends and family. Ken especially enjoyed the summer trips to Eastern Oregon, fishing, shooting, and camping. They were the highlight of his life. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Ken is survived by his sons: Randall and his wife Janet of Roseburg, and Ronald and his wife Dee of Anchorage, AK; 3 grandchildren: Aaron, Nicholas, and Sean; close friends: Mary Moore, Dale McFerrin, Ron Beamer, and Jim Rabe. The funeral service will be held on Monday, December 11, 2000 at 11 a.m. at Long & Shukle Memorial Chapel.

Lillian Margaret Orr
ORR, Lillian Margaret - Age 79 of Central Point, Oregon passed away on December 5, 2000 in a local hospital. She was born February 10, 1921 in Winston, Oregon to Israel and Meta Thompson. She was married on August 25, 1953 to Ike V. Orr in Roseburg, Oregon who survives. Lillian moved to Medford in the 1950's from Roseburg, then to the Bay Area and San Mateo, CA and then back to Medford in 1988. She was a bookkeeper for her husband's businesses: Bay Area Horse Transportation and Ike Orr Racing Stables in the Bay Area. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing, and betting on horses. She is survived by her husband Ike Orr, Central Point, Oregon, sons; Tom Laurance of Las Vegas, Nevada, Craig Laurance of San Ramon, California; Joanie Orr of Central Point; two step sons David Orr of Central Point, Oregon and Dick Orr of Grants Pass, Oregon, brother; Irv Thompson of Tuscon, Arizona, sister, Mabel Katzmarek of Roseburg, Oregon, eleven great grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Funeral services will held on Friday, December 8, 2000 at 1:00 PM. at Hillcrest Chapel. Graveside to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. CENTRAL VALLEY CREMATION & FUNERAL CARE, 800 S. Front, Central Point, Oregon, is in charge of arrangements.

Linda B. Williams
WILLIAMS, Linda B. - 51 of Port Orchard, WA died of cancer November 28, 2000 at her home. She was born December 29, 1948 in Los Angeles, CA to George and Barbara Stamm. She worked in sales at Rentals Aluminum for ten years. Ms. Williams enjoyed crafts and critiquing movies. Survivors include, three sons, Jerry Wasserman of Hesperia, CA, Mark Wasserman and Robert Shepherd both of Port Orchard, WA, two daughters, Sherry Jennings of Seabeck, WA, and Sandy Wasserman of Port Orchard, WA, a brother George Stamm of Stockton, CA, three sisters, Gail Rice of Silverdale, WA, Don Erskine of Grand Terrace, CA, and Catherine Grant of Sutherlin, OR and twelve grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 Street, Jude Pl., Memphis, TN, 38105-1005.

Arthur V. Faulkner
FAULKNER, Arthur - age 77, passed away November 29, 2000. He was born July 13, 1923 to parents William and Beulah (Hogan) Faulkner in Wicks, Arkansas but was raised in Acron, Arkansas. Art served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1946 in the North Atlantic on destroyers and in the South Pacific on oilers. Mr. Faulkner worked for the Bureau of Public Roads where he was Assistant Engineer in building the North Umpqua Highway project. He was the first President of the Umpqua Basin Water Association. He also had owned and operated the Lindy's Trading Post. Survivors include her children, Linda Anderson of Roseburg, OR, Betty Hinrichs of White City, OR, Rickey Faulkner of Roseburg, OR, Kenney Faulkner of Lakeside, OR; mother of his children Dorothy Roberts of Sutherlin; half brothers Kenneth and Kester Hogan of Arkansas; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at the Roseburg National Cemetery, Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at 1:00 P.M. with Chaplain Wayne Knox officiating and Military Rites given by the V.F.W. District #12 Honor Guard. Arrangements have been entrusted to Taylor's Family Mortuary in Winston.

Stephen Atley Tidwell
TIDWELL, Stephen Atley - 52, of Aumsville, OR, died Saturday, December 2, 2000, of congestive heart failure. He was born on October 9, 1948 in Roseburg, OR, he moved to California in 1964, where he joined the Navy as a Hospitalman, and completed two round-the-world tours of duty, including Viet Nam. He worked as a machinist and welder in the shipbuilding industry in Seattle and Alaska. He was an enthusiast and inventor of cannons, rockets, photographic equipment and tools. He enjoyed photography, metal sculpture, fishing and camping. In 1986, he worked on the Star Wars Defense System at Stanford University. He built the holographic camera that was used for the holographic photo on the cover of National Geographic. Survivors include, his mother Betty Tidwell of Aumsville, his sisters Susan Tidwell of San Diego, CA and Carole Tidwell of Gilroy, CA. He is preceded in death by his father James Tidwell and sister Janice Tidwell. Stephen will be missed by extended family and friends who appreciated and admired his talents and wonderful sense of humor. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 1425 NE Irving, Ste. 100, Portland, OR 97232.

Sharron K. Baird
BAIRD, Sharron K. - Passed away January 22, 2001 in her home in Oakland, Oregon. She was born March 30, 1945 in Saratoga, Wyoming. Sharron is survived by her husband of 31 years, Neil Baird Jr., children: Neil Baird III and his wife Christy (Stutz) Baird and her daughter Katy Baird who all reside in Springfield, Oregon. Sharron is survived by her brothers, Lawerence Oviatt and his wife Vicki who live in Medford, Oregon, Kim Oviatt of Talent, Oregon, and Dan Oviatt of North Dakota. Her sisters are Carole Clemence of Brookings, Oregon, Karen Oviatt of Portland, Oregon, Margaret and Walt Renskers of Minnesota, and Roberta and Roy Lyda of Wyoming. In addition Sharron is the aunt to many nieces, nephews, great and grand great nieces and nephews. Neil is a native of Oakland. He met Sharron in 1968 when she moved to Oakland. They were married on August 30, 1969. Sharron was very privileged to preform as a teacher in Oakland for 28 years. She was proud to work with all the wonderful children, staff, friends, and the community she loved. Sharron wishes to express her thanks to many friends for their caring and prayers throughout her long illness with cancer. She asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your favorite cancer charity. No services will be scheduled. Words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

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