Emerl Yvonne Metzger, 81, of Rogue River, died January 14, 2005 at her home. Funeral services were held at Chapel of the Valley L.B. Hall Funeral Home with Major Marv Samuelson of the Grants Pass Salvation Army conducting. Burial was at the Eagle Point National Cemetery.
She was born December 2, 1923 in Peabody, KS to Jesse and Mary Elliott. On February 10, 1943 in Pasadena, CA she married George Metzger. They moved to Oregon in 1975 from Pleasanton, CA. George died in 1990.
She was a special education instructional assistant with the Jackson County Service District for 15 years until her retirement. She was a volunteer with the Josephine Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for 12 years (now called Three Rivers Community Hospital.) Her interests included reading, gardening, embroidering, and movies.
She is survived by one son, Elliott (Eric) Metzger of Copper Canyon, TX; a daughter, Anne Louise Wyckhuyse of Sweet Home, OR; a sister, Helen Waire of Stanton, CA; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Grants Pass Salvation Army, 115 NE Evelyn St., Grants Pass, OR 97526.
Clifford "Pete" Martin, 94, of Rogue River, died Monday, January 17, 2005 at Royale Gardens Health & Rehabilitation Center.
No services are planned at this time. Southern Oregon Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.
He was born December 2, 1910 in Des Moines, IA to Edward and Margaret Martin. On December 10, 1939 in Detroit, MI he married Donna Jean Fowler. He worked for the Detroit Edison Company in Detroit and later for PP & L for 21 years, retiring in December 1970. In 1944 he moved to Days Creek, OR and later lived in Williams, Gold Hill, and Rogue River.
He was a member of the Myrtle Creek Grange and the Electrical Worker's Union. He also attended Redwood Country Church.
He especially enjoyed nature and loved to travel. He was an antique collector and had a museum in a former home.
In addition to his wife, Donna Martin of Rogue River, he is survived by two sons, Daniel C. Martin of Grants Pass; and Lauren E. Martin of Memphis, TN; a brother, Ralph Martin of Hillsboro; two sisters, Gloria Martin of Anaheim; and Fern Detloff of Grants Pass; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Dorothy Margaret "Peggy" Hewlett, 86, of Rogue River, died Monday, January 10 at Three Rivers Community Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm, February 5, 2005 at Rogue River Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4300 N. River Road in Rogue River, with Pastor Kevin Miller officiating. Southern Oregon Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances may be made to ADRA-International Relief Agency, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Springs, MD 20904, or International Children's Care, PO Box 820610, Vancouver, WA 98682, or Amazing Facts, PO Box 1058, Roseville, CA 95678.
Peggy was born December 14, 1918 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She attended Oshawa Missionary College in Ontario, Canada and Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts. On May 21, 1941 in South Lancaster, MA, she married Gordon Hewlett. She worked as an LPN at Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, IL. She lived in many places including New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia, England, Wisconsin, Illinois and Colorado. In 1982 she moved to Rogue River from Louisville, CO.
She was a member of the Rogue River Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Her hobbies included writing, sewing, and spending time with people. She had a wonderful sense of humor and especially enjoyed children.
In addition to her husband, Gordon Hewlett of Rogue River, she is survived by four children, Darlene Nash of Fletcher, NC; Ted Hewlett of Goodlettsville, TN; Carol-Jean Gasser of Keizer, OR; Paul Hewlett of Berthoud, CO; two sister, Doreen Barron of Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Shirley Miller of Redwood City, CA; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Tim Hewlett.
Mildred Mae Frenzel, 89, of Gold Hill, died Saturday, January 8, 2005 at Elk Grove, CA.
No services are planned. Interment will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point. Southern Oregon Cremation Services are in charge of local arrangements.
Mildred was born February 19, 1915 in Morrill, KS. She was a registered nurse for 25 years in Southern California. On April 3, 1976 in Northridge, CA, she married William C. Frenzel who preceded her in death. The couple moved to Gold Hill shortly after their marriage, where she has lived since.
She was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Grants Pass.
Mildred's hobbies included sewing and quilting. She also enjoyed volunteering in the community and feeding the deer and hummingbirds.
Survivors include daughters Margaret Fields of Elk Grove, CA; Jacque Meldrum of Rogue River; a son Michael Meldrum; two step-daughters; two sisters Thelma Hulbert of Grants Pass and Helen Allen of Southern California; eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Daniel Lee Buntin, 53, of Grants Pass passed away Sunday, January 9, 2005 at Highland House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center from complications of Multiple Sclerosis.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm January 22 at Hope Presbyterian Church, 515 Broadway, Rogue River. Interment will be at 2:00 pm January 24 at Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Road, Eagle Point, OR. Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives are in charge of arrangements.
Dan was born October 4, 1951 in Grants Pass and attended school at Rogue River, graduating in 1969.
After graduation he attended Barber School in Medford where he tended to most of the local news personality's hair needs until joining the Navy in1970. Dan's Naval experience lead him to Pearl Harbor, HI, where he served his time aboard the U.S.S. Haddock, a Nuclear Attack Submarine as a chef. One of the many tours of duty spent aboard the Haddock was the Vietnam Conflict. It was while in Hawaii he met and fell in love with Julie Bender from Waipahu, HI. Dan and Julie were married in Hawaii and moved to the Rogue Valley after Dan's tour of duty was complete. Dan and Julie have a daughter, Robin Nicole and a granddaughter Sunshine. Dan held both close to his heart.
He worked for Southern Oregon Plywood for many years as Boiler Tender until his MS led him to early retirement. Dan's struggle with MS led him to help others who were handicapped. He was a driving force in obtaining many handicap ramps within Grants Pass, working with HASL's, Handicapped Awareness League, and Caveman Kiwanis Club. His efforts showed up in the Daily Courier on April 30, 1987, with pictures and a story of Dan's efforts to bring handicap awareness to all.
Dan is survived by his wife Julie (Rogue River), daughter Robin (Rogue River), granddaughter Sunshine (Rogue River), mother and father Bernice and Tom (Grants Pass), brother Les (Seaside), and brother Terry (Medford).
Dan and Julie have requested donations be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1650 NW Natio Parkway, Suite 190, Portland, OR 97209.
Robert Thomas Pells (Sarg), 62, died January 18, 2005 at Providence Medford Medical Center. Private memorial services were held at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
He proudly served in the United States Army for 24 years, including 2 1/2 tours in the Vietnam War. He was awarded numerous medals including the Purple Heart. He retired from the US Army in 1985, with the Non-commissioned rank of 1st Sergeant.
He is survived by his loving wife Karen, step-daughters Leigh Anna Peden and Sonja Marino, step son-in-law Bob Marino and 4 step grandchildren, all of Rogue River.
He was an amazing soldier who fought tirelessly to defend our country's ideals and way of life. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend. He will be missed more than words can express.
John Patrick Hall, 80, of Wimer, died Sunday, January 16 at Three Rivers Community Hospital.
Private services were held. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.
John was born September 21, 1924 in Santiago, Chile. On December 17, 1950 in Santiago he married Kitty Schanzer. In 1994 he moved to the Rogue Valley from California.
He was a member of the Josephine County Sportsmen's Association; the Merlin Marauders; the National Rifle Association; and was a founding member of the Jefferson State Regulators.
He gave horse lessons at the Farwood Farm CEM Facility since 1994.
His hobbies included horses and guns.
In addition to his wife, Kitty Hall of Wimer; he is survived by a daughter, Jean Hall of Medford; a son, Alexander Hall of Los Angeles; two sisters; two grandchildren, Ali Brooks and John Hall and a great-granddaughter, Paige Brooks.
Norbert Kenneth Fox, 84, of Rogue River, died peacefully Saturday, January 15, 2005 at Royale Gardens Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Private family services will be held. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
He was born July 23, 1920 in Stickney, South Dakota to the late Nicholas and Monica Fox. He graduated from Central High School in Sioux City, IA in 1938. He graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, IA with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1942. Following his graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served honorably in World War II. After the war he returned to Ames where he received his second degree in Electrical Engineering.
Throughout his lifetime, Norbert achieved success as a businessman and engineer. He established and operated Fox TV, one of the first television and appliance stores in central Iowa. After operating the store for ten years, he took a job as a Communications Engineer with Iowa Department of Transportation. He became well known for his many inventions which he patented including a sensor device to help detect ice on bridges so that drivers can be warned of dangerous conditions. Norbert retired in 1984 and he and his wife Darlene settled in Rogue River.
Norbert was a man of many interests. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed collecting and repairing electronic equipment. He and Darlene also shared a passion for dancing and they spent many evenings dancing and socializing at the Elks and Eagles clubs and anywhere else in the area that featured the kind of music they loved.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Anna Darlene Fox of Rogue River; three sons, Nick and his wife Beverly of Lincoln, CA; Paul and his wife Beth of Eugene, OR; Dan and his wife Angie of Lincoln, NE; five grandchildren, Matt, Brenna, Emily (Fox) Michelsen; Monica and Olivia; and four great-grandchildren, Hunter and Katelyn Fox, Zane Fox-Pope and Mia Michelsen.
He was preceded in death in 1990 by a daughter, Marilyn; and a sister, Peggy Levine in 2003.
Bobbie June Bellamy
Bobbie June Bellamy died Saturday, January 29, 2005. She was born August 5, 1925 in Point Pleasant, WV. She lived and attended school in Ironton, OH until her marriage. On December 21, 1945 in Ironton, OH she married C. V. (Skeets) Bellamy. They were married for 48 years before his passing in 1992. They moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1946 and then to Rogue River in 1959, where they stayed to the very end, fulfilling their life's dream.
Bobbie was a full-time employee at the Grants Pass Daily Courier from 1963 through 1990. She was active in Scouting, Elks Emblem Club, and many other organizations, but first and foremost being a mother to three sons, supporting their every endeavor and participating and guiding them through life with advice and unconditional love.
She loved to travel and socialize with friends and helping when she could. She was also very thankful to have those same friends, which came to her aid when needed. She enjoyed every minute spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bobbie is survived by her sister, Mary Pat; three sons, Dan Bellamy and wife Robin, David and Mike Bellamy; 6 grandchildren, Bob, Danielle, Brett, Michelle, David Jr., and Brook; two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews who truly loved her.
This was truly a love story, as those who knew Bobbie and Skeets can attest. The 12 long years since his passing were arduous, but she went on never truly thinking of herself and relishing the moment when they would be together again.
Services will be held at Hull & Hull Chapel in Grants Pass on February 4, with Pastor Wes Winn officiating. Instead of sending flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association.