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Alberta H. Ausmus
AUSMUS, Alberta H. - Age 74, formerly of Myrtle Creek, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at a Eugene hospital. Alberta was born May 19, 1926 in Eugene, Oregon, the daughter of the late Adolph and Minnie (Hatfield) Trankle. As a young girl she moved with her family to Myrtle Creek where she resided for most of her adult life. On April 7, 1945, she was united in marriage to Jerry Ausmus in Grants Pass. The Ausmus' made their home in Myrtle Creek where they raised their family of six children. Alberta took an active role in her children's education in the South Umpqua School District, regularly volunteering her time. When her children were older she furthered her involvement by taking a job as the school custodian at the Tri City Elementary School. Both the students and their parents knew that her dedication to the children went far beyond sweeping floors and emptying wastebaskets. Alberta donated countless hours to projects and activities at the school. She retired from her position in 1982 after more than 13 years of service. That same year, Jerry passed away and since that time Alberta had lived variously with each of her children, taking an active role in the lives of her grandchildren. In 1996 she moved to her daughter, Neva's home in Cottage Grove, and had lived there ever since. Surviving are her six children Laura (James) McConnell, Vancouver, Washington; Avis Hamstra, Lake View, Oregon; Neva Story, Cottage Grove; Royal (Jani) Ausmus, Lake View; John Ausmus, Cottage Grove and Dave (Kellie) Ausmus, also of Vancouver; a brother, Levern Trankle, Lake View and a sister, Leola (Ronald) Agee, Roseburg. She is further survived by 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Graveside memorial services are planned at noon on Saturday, April 21, at the Myrtle Creek I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Pastor Eldon Rayborn will officiate. THE MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL CHAPEL & FUNERAL ALTERNATIVES CREMATORY Myrtle Creek is serving the family.

Michele Marie Casebeer (Hill)
CASEBEER, Michele Marie - Passed away at the age of 36. She was born in Caldwell, Idaho on November 18, 1964 and died on Henderson, NV on March 21, 2001. Michele was a former Glide and Roseburg resident, she had moved to Henderson in 1984. Michele was the daughter of Tonya Fisher and Rodger Hill. She is survived by her mother Tonya Fisher; her husband Allen F. Casebeer " the love of her life"; four great children, daughters Shea Hill, Cree Casebeer and sons Dylan and Kyle Casebeer all of Henderson; mother-in-law Patsy Casebeer of Roseburg; brother-in-law Tyler Casebeer of Central Point, Oregon; father Roger G. Hill and wife Lona, half brother Chad Hill, step brother Shawn Hill all of Roseburg; step brother Lance Stines of San Diego, CA,; step sister Sheri Miller of Colorado Springs, CO. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Michele will forever be greatly missed by those who knew her but especially by those of us who loved her. Services were held in Henderson on March 27, 2001.

William Fred Denson
DENSON, William Fred - Age 71 went peacefully to the big corral after a long battle with cancer at home April 12, 2001. A long time resident of Days Creek, OR and many years in the Willamette Valley. He was born August 30, 1929 in Little Rock, AR to Edgar and Lucille Denson who preceded him in death. Ernest Denson an older brother also preceded him in death. A rancher all his life, he enjoyed the rodeo and was a member of the 1992 Douglas County Team Penning championship team. Surviving are his wife of 53 years Gloria; sister, Mary Thompson of Jefferson, OR.; children, David Denson (and Patrice Coate) of Myrtle Creek, OR. Steve and Brenda Denson of Salem, OR. Jerry Denson (and Helen Crager) of Louisiana, Terry Denson of Days Creek; caregiver, Debbie Desroche (and Michael Conlan) of Days Creek; grandchildren David, Brian, Joseph, Jason, Michael, Holly, Heidi, Hillary, Stephen, Christopher, Jeremy, Kristopher, Nathan, Alicia, Danielle, Kimber and Kelsie; numerous great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. A remembrance and potluck will be held Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m. Location, 1777 Days Creek Road, Days Creek for all friends and relatives. MOUNTAIN View Memorial Chapel and Funeral Alternatives CREMATORY, Myrtle Creek are assisting the family.

Elmer L. Saxon
SAXON, Elmer L. - Passed away Grady Memorial Hospital in Chickasha, OK April 9, 2001. Elmer is buried in Chickasha Cemetery, Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Born in Troy, OK, March 15, 1922. He entered the Army at Fort Sill, OK July 1940. He was honorably discharged January 1942. On June 19, 1943, he married Hazel R. Hughes of Ninnekah, OK. Father of Myrna J., daughter, Larry D., son. Elmer and his family moved to Roseburg November 1948, worked for Pre-Mix Concrete, Sam Crites Construction and in later years with Roy Garren and Jerry Zumalt Construction as a heavy equipment mechanic and welder. For six years, 1964-1970, Elmer and Hazel were Harley Davidson dealers in Roseburg, members of Rumble Bees M.C., and Douglas Co. Drill Team, appearing in many parade events and working emergency disasters in Douglas Co. Elmer is survived by one sister, Eula Mae Ball of Roseburg; former wife of 41 years, Hazel Saxon of Roseburg; daughter, Myrna Seymore of Sacramento, CA; son, Larry D. Saxon of Winnemucca, NV; one grandson, Eric W. of Winnemucca, NV; granddaughters, Rebecca and Sarah of Winnemucca, NV, and Stacie of Reno, NV, their families of Winnemucca and Reno; granddaughter, Janet Childers and daughters, Nicki and Jessica Wiese of Roseburg; granddaughter, Barbara Hill of Cedarville, CA and her adopted daughters, Kendra and Erin. Preceded in death by one great-grandson, infant, Nathan W. Saxon, of Winnemucca, NV, brothers, James E. Jr., Luther W. and Virgil, half-brothers, Henry and Albert Saxon, one sister, Iva Lee Saxon, mother and father, James E. Sr. and Henrietta of Chickasha, OK. Many nieces and nephews survive in OK, OR, and TX. Elmer was a member and was baptized in 1976, Assembly of God Church, Roseburg, OR.

Earnest E. Lane
LANE, Earnest E. - 76 of Roseburg, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 16, 2000. He was born April 28, 1923 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Willie A. & Rosa L. (Jackson) Lane. Ernie grew up and attended school in Redbird, OK and lived most of his life in Southern California. On September 28, 1974 in Los Angeles, CA he married Cora. The couple moved to Roseburg in 1992. He was a member of the Garden Valley Christian Assembly Church, Moose Lodge # 1037 of Roseburg and the Moose on the Loose R.V. Club. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #88E in Rialto, CA. Ernie loved being outdoors which often included fishing and camping. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Cora; his daughters and sons-in-law, Rena Jo and Keith Shepard of Roseburg; Phyllis and Ken Stroud of Atlanta, GA and Carol Waller of Roanoke Rapids, NC; his son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Kathy Lane of Colorado Springs, CO; stepsons, Walsh J. Young Jr. of Bell, CA and Glenn A. Young of Riverside, CA, brothers, Walter and Clarence Lane both of Oakland, CA and Booker T. Lane of Coos Bay, OR; sisters, Rosa Bynum of Vallejo, CA and Elizabeth Lane and Lucille Jackson both of Oakland, CA; 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Frank Lane. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 21, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. in Wilson's Chapel of the Roses. Pastor Dwayne Timmons will officiate. Interment will follow at Roseburg Memorial Gardens. A viewing period will be held on Thursday from 3 until 6 p.m. at Chapel of the Roses. Those who wish may make contributions to the Oregon Heart Assn., 1425 NE Irving #100, Portland, OR 97232-4201. WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES is in charge of arrangements.

Ivan W. Mackenzie
MACKENZIE, Ivan W. - Age 79, of Roseburg, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2001, in Beaverton, OR. He was born at Calais, Maine on June 15,1922. On October 22, 1955 he married Ada B. Moore, who preceded him in death on March 3, 1998. Ivan was a construction worker in the logging industry. He was a member of Garden Valley Church of Christ in Roseburg. He served in the Army in World War II. Ivan enjoyed camping, boating, hunting and fishing. He is survived by daughter, Teri Graham of Beaverton, Oregon; two step daughters, Vivian Nuzum of Tenmile, Oregon and Sandy Sandusky of Salem, Oregon; two step sons, Alvin Cassidy of Tenmile, Oregon and Richard Cassidy of Roseburg, Oregon; two grandchildren, Jeremy McKenzie of Milton, Washington, Sarah Graham of Beaverton, Oregon and two great-grandchildren, Rebecka and Austin Lavier both from Beaverton, Oregon. He was also preceded in death by a step daughter, Carlita Lewis. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 1 p.m. at Garden Valley Church of Christ, Roseburg, Oregon. Donations may be made in Ivan's memory to the American Cancer Society. CORNWELL COLONIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.

Doris Rosa Belle Rose
ROSE, Doris Rosa Belle - age 79, a resident of Portland, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2001 at Gracelen Terrace in Portland after a long illness. She was born January 30, 1922 in Roseburg to parents Link and Mary (White) Rose who have preceded her in death. Survivors include four sisters, Lauraine Berlandi, Jean Monger, Joanne Lakey and Mary Rose all of Roseburg and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held Friday April 20, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Taylor's Family Mortuary in Winston. Private interment will be at Oak Creek Cemetery near Roseburg. A Memorial Service will also be held at the Gracelen Terrace in Portland on Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to TAYLOR'S FAMILY MORTUARY in Winston.

Carl H. Fuller
FULLER, Carl H. - Age 79 of Winston died Monday, April 17, 2000 at his home in Winston. Surviving are his wife, Ersel; two sons, Gordon Fuller of Pakistan,and Brice (Judy) Fuller of Gales Creek, Oregon; a sister, Esther (Douglas) Dirks, Roseburg; a brother Fred (Mary) Calkins, Yoncalla. He is further survived by two grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives. Private services were held. The MOUNTIAN VIEW MEMORIAL CHAPEL & CREMATORY, Myrtle Creek is serving the family.

LTC Warner Bond Forgie, USAF Ret.
FORGIE, USAF Ret., LTC Warner Bond - age 84, of Roseburg, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was born on Saturday, September 2, 1916 at Lore City, Ohio to Robert and Zula Mae (Bond) Forgie. Warner served in the U.S. Army Air Corps prior to and during World War II and then transferred to the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a pilot, with 30 years in the military, during which time he flew B-17s, B-26s, C-54s and C-47s. He was a member of the Oregon Warbirds, 25th Bomb Group 652nd BG Watton. In San Francisco, California he married Edna Beatty. They lived and raised their two sons on a ranch in Orangevale, CA where they lived for 50 years. They have lived in the Roseburg area off and on since 1964. Mr. Forgie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Edna and two sons, James Warner Forgie and wife Lois, Steven Robert Forgie and Ruth Ann; granddaughters Jessica and Monica; a grandson, Kenny and a great -grandson Kyle. Warner was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Jean. Private cremation will be held under the care of WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY.

Tinnie Margaret Muse
MUSE, Tinnie "Jackie" - age 87, of Winston, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at her home. She was born March 2, 1914 in Chanute, Oklahoma. She moved at the age of 16 to Arizona. On July 14, 1932, she was united in marriage to Samuel "Roy" Muse in Phoenix, Arizona. They made Arizona their home for many years where they farmed and ranched. Roy also worked in the construction industry. In 1971, they moved to Winston, which has been her home since. Tinnie loved the outdoors and was always looking for a reason to be in God creations. She very much enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially when she would catch the biggest fish. She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Summner and her husband Larry of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; three sons, Jim of New Caney, Texas, Tom and his wife Tammy of the Flournoy Valley area of Roseburg and Leslie and his wife Estelle of Lookingglass; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Roy who died in 1996, two daughters, Naomi Atkins and Alice McElhaney and a brother preceded her in death. Funeral services will be conducted at TAYLOR'S FAMILY CHAPEL on Monday, April 23, 2001 at 2 p.m. Private interment will be at the Civil Bend Cemetery in Winston.

Richard Delano Smith, Sr.
SMITH, Richard Delano Sr. - Age 66, of Roseburg, passed away April 18, 2001, at a local nursing home. He was born May 4, 1934, in Lynwood, California to Jerry and Sarah (Murphy) Smith. Eleven years ago, he moved to Roseburg from Stockton, California. He became a real estate agent after many years of truck driving. Richard was an avid rock hound, he and his Mona liked to go crystal digging with his grandchildren. He enjoyed bowling with his buddies, he got great enjoyment playing guitar and singing, especially at family Christmas gatherings. Richard loved talking on his C.B. during his trucking years using the handle "Diesel Jockey." He was also an electronic technician and was a life member of the Masonic Lodge No. 127. He had the ability to make a friend in a minute. In his later years he found peace of mind within the Seventh Day Adventist religion. Richard is survived by his children, Mary Ellen Zidich of Stockton, California, Susan and husband Karl Bartsch of Bradenton, Florida, Lohrie and husband Robert Pardue of Cloverdale, California and Richard Smith Jr. of Manteca, California; grandchildren Cynthia, Jon, Peter and Alison Zidich of Stockton, California, Leslie Stone of Franklin, Tennessee, Steven Stone and Christopher Bartsch of Bradenton, Florida, Kenneth Pardue of Cloverdale, California, and Timothy Smith of Stockton, California; brother Jerry L. Smith Jr. of Essex, California and sister Gloria Coffin of Lodi, California. Richard was preceded in death by his brother Douglas Smith and his parents. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Mercy House, 3035 Laurel Drive, Roseburg, Oregon 97470. For the day and time of the memorial service please call 209-239-7446. Cremation rites have been held. LONG AND SHUKLE MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.

Bruce Allen Shackelford
SHACKELFORD, Bruce Allen - age 42, of Riddle, Oregon, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2001, at his home. Services will be held on Tuesday, (April 24th) at 1 p.m. at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Grants Pass, with Pastor Dan Jocoy of the Tri City Church of Christ officiating. CHAPEL OF THE VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, Grants Pass is in charge of arrangements. He was born April 20, 1958 in Grants Pass, Oregon to Lyle and Christina Shackelford. While living in Grants Pass he worked for Carl's 4x4 and also for Jerry's Clutch and Transmission Repair in Grants Pass While living in Riddle he was self-employed as a transmission mechanic. His hobby was restoring automobiles. He is survived by his mother, Christina Shackelford; a sister and brother-in-law Peggy and Kelvin Trone; a nephew, Jeremy Balliet all of Roseburg; several aunts, uncles, cousins and his second family, The Hacketts of Riddle, Oregon. His father Lyle Shackelford died in 1997.

Jill Rene Wade
WADE, Jill Rene - Age 46, of Roseburg, passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2001, in a Portland hospital. She was born on Saturday, July 19, 1954 at Ventura, California to Richard Thomas and Doris Marian (Morton) Betts. Jill grew up an attended school in Ventura. On September 19, 1981, in Carson City, Nevada, she married John K. Wade. They moved to Roseburg in 1989. Jill was known to family and friends as a gentle and compassionate person. She devoted herself to the care of her family, her home and animals. She is survived by her husband John Wade; son Chris Wade; her daughters Kelly and Lisa Wade; her mother Doris Betts, all of Roseburg; a brother Michael Betts of Rosa Mond, CA, mother-and-father-in-law Eva and Raymond Massey of North Augusta, SC; several brother and sister-in-laws; numerous nieces; nephews; aunts uncles and cousins. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 1 p.m. at WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY. Phil Evans of the Roseburg Christian Fellowship will officiate. Private cremation rites have been held. At the family's request, contributions may be made to Doernbecher Children's Hospital, 1121 SW Salmon, Suite 201, Portland, OR 97205. Services are under the care of Wilson's Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home and Crematory.

Carl H. Fuller
FULLER, Carl H. - Age 76 of Winston died Monday, April 17, 2000 at his home in Winston. Carl was a veteran of WWII. Surviving are his wife, Ersel; three sons, Gordon Fuller of Pakistan,and Brice (Judy) Fuller of Gales Creek, Oregon; Stephen (Elizabeth) Fuller of Portland, Oregon, a sister, Esther (Douglas) Dirks, Roseburg; a brother Fred (Mary) Calkins, Yoncalla. He is further survived by four grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives. Private services were held. The MOUNTIAN VIEW MEMORIAL CHAPEL & CREMATORY, Myrtle Creek is serving the family.

Cleo Ray McLaws
MCLAWS, Cleo Ray - Born April 12, 1928. Passed away on April 19, 2000. Survived by three sons and one daughter: Gary McLaws of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dick McLaws of Green, Oregon, Irene Cooper of Roseburg, Oregon, Jim McLaws of Sweet Home, Oregon, ten grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, three sisters and one brother, Ila Savage of Medford, Oregon, Luella Morley of Waterville, Washington, Donna Rash of Stanfield, Oregon, Floretta Loose of Eugene, Oregon and Kenny McLaws of Bermington, Washington. Private family services will be held.

James Allen Burge Sr.
BURGE Sr., James Allen - 63, of Winston, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at home. He was born Saturday, January 9, 1938 in Chico, CA. Jim grew up and attended school in Chico. On April 9, 1960 in Reno, NV he married Shirley Wise. He began his law enforcement career with Butte County, CA Sheriff's Department and from 1964 until 1967 with the Corning, CA Police Department. Jim and Shirley moved to Winston in 1967 and Jim was with the Winston Police Department until 1975. It was then that he began with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. Jim enjoyed being with friends often traveling & camping. First and foremost in his life was his family and in recent years, watching his grandchildren play sports. Jim was known for working in his yard and often, everybody else's yard. He is survived by his wife of 41 years - Shirley; his mother- Dorothy Burge of Chico; his sons- Jim Burge Jr. and his fiancee' Frances Roberts of Roseburg and Dennis Burge of Grants Pass; his daughter and son-in-law- Diana and John Pitcher of Florence; grandsons - Justin, Joel, Michael and Aaron as well as a host of friends whose support has been appreciated through the years. Jim was preceded in death by a son - Deputy Gary Burge and a brother Clifford Burge. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Law enforcement honors will be provided by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. Private cremation was held under the care of WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY. The family suggests memorial contributions to Mercy Hospice, 2700 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.

Thomas Howard Hatfield
HATFIELD, Thomas Howard - age 87, died April 17, 2001, at a hospital in Eugene, Oregon. He suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. Howard was a prominent life long Douglas County Rancher who was born April 22, 1913 in Roseburg, Oregon. He was the son of Roy Virgil and Ruth Edith (Gilliam) Hatfield. Howard graduated from Roseburg High School in 1932. On December 28, 1934, Howard married Mary Aline Pinkerton. They were married 62 years. Howard is survived by three daughters, Ruth Carolyn Henninger, and her husband Wayne Henninger, of Eugene, Oregon; Marilyn Joyce Owens of Eugene, Oregon; and Madolyn Jean Halpin, and her husband, William Halpin of Yakima, Washington; seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two brothers Walden Hatfield of Roseburg, Oregon; and Roy Virgil Hatfield Jr. of Portland, Oregon. Along with a love for family, ranching, gardening, hunting and attending athletic events. Howard was very active in civic service. He served for twenty years on the Deer Creek and Glide School Board of Directors. In 1967, he received the Education Lay Citizen Award for and Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Education. Howard also served on the Douglas County Fair Board (1961-1967). The Agriculture Stabilization Committee (ten years), Volunteer for Roseburg Ram Sale (1969-1988), and the Predatory Control Board. At Dad's request, no memorial service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association - Douglas County, 1311 N.W. 21st St., Portland, Oregon 97209.

John Junior Rinkle
RINKLE, John J. - age 74, of Sutherlin, passed away April 17, 2001 at his home. He was born January 11, 1927 in Michigan City, Indiana to John N. and Jane (Tolton) Rinkle. He was married on May 18, 1946 in Michigan City, Indiana to Carol Pollard who preceded him in death in May of 2000. He lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado for 17 years before moving to Sutherlin in 1980. John was a very special loving and caring husband and father, always putting the needs of his family first. He loved gadgets, fishing and hunting, a great outdoorsman. John was a veteran serving in the U.S. Navy and the Army during World War II until he was honorably discharged in July of 1953. Survivors include his sister Janette Szymkowski of Michigan City, Indiana and her husband George; her children and son and daughter-in-laws, Lois and Gerald Lowry of Beloit, Wisconsin, Clinton T. and Berna Rinkle of Auburn, New York, Cathi and Everett Acra of Radcliff, Kentucky, Debbie Rinkle of Sutherlin, Oregon, Shirley and Roy Blanton of Colorado Springs, Colorado, James and Many Rinkle of Oakland, Oregon, Laurie and John Elrod of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Scott Rinkle of St. Louis, Missouri and Patrick and Patti Rinkle of Sutherlin, Oregon; 26 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; three sons, Michael, Terry, Johnnie, a daughter and three brothers preceded him in death. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 28, 2001 at 12:00 p.m. noon at his home in Sutherlin, 602 Arvilla Way. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the family to help with expenses. These donations may be left at the services or at ROSEBURG FUNERAL ALTERNATIVES who is serving the family.

Oma Elizabeth (Hollinsead) Howard
HOWARD, Oma Elizabeth - 74 of Roseburg went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 20, 2001 in a local care center. She was born August 4, 1926 in Louisville, Kentucky to James T. and Lucille (DeVore) Howard. Elizabeth worked for many years as a telephone operator for Pacific Northwest Bell. She moved from Crescent City, California to Roseburg in 1965. Elizabeth moved to Springfield, Oregon in 1980. She retired from the telephone company in 1990 and moved back to Roseburg. Elizabeth enjoyed crocheting, needlepoint and crossword puzzles. While she lived in Springfield she was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and while she lived in Roseburg she was a member of Vine Street Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughter Vicki Lyons and her husband Mike of Roseburg and Becky Anderson and her husband Jack of Lakewood, Washington; son Tim Hollinsead and wife Alma of Fairfield, California; grandchildren Erlina Hollin sead, Trisha Anderson, Matt Anderson, David Lyons and Erin Lyons; special friends Susie Stewart and Armenia Hill. Elizabeth was preceded in death by a daughter Linda Sue Hollinsead and brothers Ken Howard and Cliff Howard. Memorial services were held on Tuesday April 24, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Vine Street Baptist Church. Pastors Rick Hahn and Mike Holleman officiated. Graveside services will follow within the grounds of Roseburg Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Vine St. Baptist Church Benevolence Fund. WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES is in charge of arrangements.

Leon A. Lemon
LEMON, Leon A. - 73, a resident of Roseburg, passed away at a hospital there on Friday, April 20, 2001. He was born on October 21, 1927 at Cottage Grove, Oregon to the late Jack E. and Stella Harbit Lemon. He went in the US Army on November 7, 1945 and was discharged on March 22, 1947. On December 18, 1949 at Culp Creek, Oregon he was married to Patricia Carter and she survives. Leon was a very active member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses for many years. He worked for the Forest Service as a graderman building roads working there from 1947 to 1963 when he retired. He then went to work in the logging business from 1963 to 1991. Leon loved hunting and fishing. Surviving are his wife, Patricia of Roseburg; two daughters Ronni and her husband Lance Pickle of Riddle, Oregon and Lisa and her husband Frank Comacho of Burns, Oregon; two sons Steve and his wife Janet Lemon of LaPine, Oregon and Tom Lemon of Canyonville, Oregon; three sisters Sally and her husband Mike Griswald of Redmond, Oregon, Janice and her husband Del Caldwell of Bend, Oregon and Joyce and her husband Robert Taylor of Springfield, Oregon; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorial contributions to Alzheimer's Research Alliance of Oregon, P.O. Box 10051, Portland, OR 97296-0051. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1173 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg, Oregon 97470. MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL CHAPEL and FUNERAL ALTERNATIVES CREMATORY at Myrtle Creek, Oregon is assisting the family

Shirley Ann Spurgeon
SPURGEON, Shirley Ann - November 2, 1924 - March 20, 2001. Shirley Ann Spurgeon of Beaverton, (formerly of Glide), died March 20 at the age of 76. Cause of death was Alzheimer's Disease. Born November 2, 1924, in Ione, Washington, she had lived in Oregon for 48 years. In 1941, she married Lester Arland Spurgeon, who preceded her in death December of 1997. After 25 years of service she retired from the U. S. Forest Service where she served as supervisor in records management. She is survived by daughters Leslie Ann King of San Antonio, Texas, Judy Spurgeon of Portland and Jeannette Sumpter of Corvallis, as well as seven grandchildren. At Mrs. Spurgeon's request, her body was donated to the OHSU Medical School. A celebration of her life is being planned for November. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc., Oregon Trail Chapter, 1311 NW 21st Avenue, Portland, OR 97209.

Oran Clair (Short) Standley
STANDLEY, Oran Clair - 89 years of age, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2001, at a local care home. Oran was born June 15, 1911, in Oalla, Oregon, to John and Edna (Bushnell) Standley. He lived in Douglas County his entire life. On June 26, 1929, at the Tenmile Community Church, Oran married Narcissus Golgert. They were married 71 years. Oran enjoyed being outdoors, he loved hunting, fishing and working. He owned and operated Standley Logging Co. He is fondly remembered as a hard worker, a good family man who loved his wife, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Oran is survived by his loving wife Narcissus of Camas Valley; daughter Maybell and husband Robert Cummings of Camas Valley; son Donald and wife Darlene Standley of Camas Valley, seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren;seven great-great-grandchildren; his brothers Lowell and wife June Standley of Temecula, California and Victor and wife Geraldine Standley of Camas Valley. Oran was preceded in death by his great-grandchildren Byron Cummings and Jody Standley, his parents and his brothers Harold, Miles and Ormand Standley. The family would like to thank Mercy Hospice and Mercy House for all the loving care given to Oran during his final illness. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 25, 2001 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Long and Shukle Memorial Chapel. Graveside Services will be Thursday, April 26, 2001, 2 p.m. at Roseburg Memorial Gardens. Pastor Sonny Wafer from the Missionary Church of Camas Valley will officiate. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Mercy Hospice, 2700 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg. LONG AND SHUKLE MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Arthur Wilcoxson
WILCOXSON, Ronald Arthur - Age 71, a resident of Myrtle Creek, went to be with God in the early morning of April 19, 2001. He can now watch over the family as our own guardian angel. He was born February 4, 1930 in Santa Monica, California to Willie Morse and Lillian (Bixby) Wilcoxson. He moved to Sharney, Colorado as a young child to live with an aunt and uncle. He met Corinne Koury in 1946 and they married in 1947 in Yuma, Arizona. They moved to the Los Angeles area where John Richard was born in 1947, Scott in 1948, Debbie in 1949 and Rebecca in 1955. Ron and Corinne divorced in 1956. In 1957 he met and married Barbara Wickersham. Together they had Jennifer Ann in 1958 and divorced in 1960. Ron moved with his first four children to Myrtle Creek in 1965. He owned the Union Oil gas station on the corner of Hwy 99 and Hwy 42 in Winston. Ron sold the station and moved to the Seattle area in 1967 and worked as a building contractor until 1972 when he built a shake mill on his property. Around 1986, he started operating the pro shop inside the Cedar Bowl in Roseburg. He retired in October of 2000 when he was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, fixing up his house, bowling and watching football. He was always ready for a good card game. He loved to tell jokes. He was always helping friends and strangers, "open arms, open house". Ron truly touched every life he came across. We are all better people for knowing him. Survivors include sisters Betty Cologna (Marvin) of Arizona, Larene Carlson (Marvin) of Bellingham, WA,; children John Richard "Rick" (Shirley) of Springfield, OR, Scott (Suzi Cavaner) of Myrtle Creek, OR, Debbie Wallace (Robert) of Roseburg, OR, Rebecca Whalen (Jim) of Redmond, WA, Jennifer Weaver (George) of Lodi, CA,; grandchildren John Wilcoxson of CA, Vincent Wilcoxson of CA, Scottie and Jamie Wilcoxson of Myrtle Creek, OR, Jennifer Taylor (Brian) of Myrtle Creek, OR, Mandie Nebeker of WA, Rhonda Maynard of WA, Nichole Weaver of CA, Christopher Weaver of CA, ; great-grandchildren Ashley, Valerie, Kyle, Peter, Patrick, Robin and one on the way. Great friends of the family Connie Neale and Tina Hamilton also survive him. He was the best father and grandfather to ever live. His family meant more to him than anything. Even in his last days, he was more concerned about his family than himself. We love you and well miss you terribly. Have fun up there, relax and don't cheat at cards-"boards the play". Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 28, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church on 2nd Street in Myrtle Creek, OR with Chaplain Jim Osborne officiating. Private family burial will follow. Memorials may be made in memory of Ron Wilcoxson to the Mercy Hospice, 2400 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97470.

Walter M. Balliew
BALLIEW, Walter M. - Age 87, a resident of Myrtle Creek, died at a foster care facility at Myrtle Creek late Monday afternoon April 23, 2001. He was born at Orchards, Washington on January 22, 1914 to Jesse and Myrtle Litchfield Balliew. Walter was raised by his step father. He came to Douglas County in 1930 when he joined the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps). At the age of 17 Walter entered the military service. He served his country in both the Army and the Marine Corps for a total of 12 years. Walter saw combat in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. After the War in 1946 he returned to Douglas County and he worked in the lumber industry and in construction until his retirement. He lived in Milo, Canyonville, Myrtle Creek, Coos Bay and presently resided at the Miller Manor. He was married to Evelyn May Nichols on October 21, 1940. Together they had five children, twins Gary and Larry, Diana Gail, Daniel Nelson and Steve Douglas. Gary died at birth and Larry died after one month. He also was preceded in death by a brother; Roy Balliew and special friend, Lillian Weaver. Surviving are a daughter: Diana Balliew of Riddle; two sons, Steve Balliew of Myrtle Creek and Daniel and his wife Mary Balliew of Myrtle Creek; four grandchildren, Theresa, Jennifer, Daniel and Curtis and nine great- grandchildren. He also is survived by his good friend and caregiver Alice Miller of the Miller Manor at Myrtle Creek. The family suggests memorial contributions to Mercy Hospice or to Wildlife Safari. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2001 at Mountain View Memorial Chapel with Pastor John Gustafson of the Tri City Baptist Church officiating. Disposition was by cremation.

Hilda Beulah Walters
WALTERS, Hilda Beulah - Age 90 of Roseburg, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2001 in a local care center. She was born on Saturday, October 8, 1910 at Washington, Indiana to Charles Melvin and Louise Marie Catherine (Schlotter) Walker. On September 6, 1930 at Montebella, California she married Emmett Stoner Walters, who preceded her in death on May 3, 1991. In 1933 they homesteaded at Gunter, Oregon (near Drain). They lived on the homestead until 1941 when they moved back to California. In 1948 they moved back to this area to stay. Hilda was a great cook and excellent gardener. She sewed, knitted and was great at arranging flowers. Mrs. Walters was a member of Riversdale Grange #731 and Douglas County Pamona Grange. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Molly M. Walters of Roseburg; a grandson James Walters and his wife Patricia of Portland, Oregon; a granddaughter Carol Sch weiger and her husband Irving of Parkridge, Illinois; a great-grandson Nicolas Schweiger also of Parkridge. Mrs. Walters was also preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and a son Jack Melvin Walters who died on August 29, 1988. At her request no funeral services will be held. Private cremation rites have been held under the care of WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY

James Ricky Allen
ALLEN, James Ricky - Age 44, of Roseburg, passed away at his home April 23, 2001. He was born to James Thomas and Peggy Sue (Latham) Allen, July 26, 1956, in Los Angeles, California. James moved to Roseburg five years ago from Grants Pass, Oregon. He was a big "forty-niners" fan, and had a large collection of baseball cards, he enjoyed hunting and liked to play darts and billiards. James was very proud to be a United States Marine, serving time overseas and in the United States. His family and friends remember him as a big hearted, caring person with a great sense of humor and a fun spirit. James is survived by his children, daughter Jamie Spencer of California and son James Allen of California; two grandchildren; his mother Peggy and step dad O.C. Hickman, of Grants Pass; sisters Patricia Allen of Washington, Mashelle Fathiafshar of Washington and Lena Ulschmid of Washington and two nieces. James was preceded in death by his father James Thomas Allen, who passed away in 1972. Memorial Services will be Saturday, April 28, 2001, 1 p.m. at Long and Shukle Chapel, Roseburg, Oregon. Pastor Ken Hershberger will officiate. Burial will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Arrangements are in care of LONG AND SHUKLE MEMORIAL CHAPEL.

Gaylord Douglas Longton
LONGTON, Gaylord Douglas - Age 80, of Winchester, OR, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2001 at his home. He was born August 23, 1920 in Forest, Wisconsin, son of Thomas and Mabel (Buck) Longton. Gaylord served his country twice in the Navy. His first discharge was taken from Honolulu just weeks prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His final discharge came in September 1945. He loved the great outdoors, whether it was on the ocean, rivers or mountains. His fishing and hunting exploits were well known and he was an expert boatsman, running Idaho's Salmon River rapids untold times over the years, beginning in 1960. Until his retirement, he was a highly respected local building contractor, known throughout the county as the perfectionist he was. Gaylord was our rock and will be sorely missed. He was married to Mary Stacey on December 10, 1939 in Yuma, AZ, who preceded him in death on November 18, 1980. To this marriage was born one daughter, Sharon. On January 14, 1983 in Reno, NV, he married Donna Tabor and with this marriage, Gaylord gained two stepsons, Perry and Mark, of whom he was most proud. Gaylord is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter Sharon Pollard of Mt. Shasta, CA; his dearly loved grandchildren Robert (Kathi) Hall of Grants Pass, Ronald (Min) Hall of Stuttgart, Germany, Kelly Hall (Steve) McDaniel of Mt. Shasta, and Debra Pollard (Michael) Huff of Ohio: stepsons Perry (Allison) Tabor of Walnut Creek, CA and Mark Tabor of Bothell, WA: two brothers Henry (Ramona) Longton of Roseburg and Cyril (Helen) Longton of New Haven, CT: and one sister Delores (Ed) Haber of Walnut Creek, CA. He is further survived by eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A recent addition to his family was step granddaughter, Samantha Tabor, of Walnut Creek. Gaylord was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Mabel, two brothers, Roy and Kenneth Longton and one sister, Gladys Longton Rudd. Memorial services were conducted at Taylor's Family Chapel on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 11 a.m. Officiating was Chaplain Ray MacBeth. Private interment was at the Roseburg Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Lung Association or the Cancer Society.


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