Valerie Anne Hutchins, 60, of Rogue River went home to be with the Lord on May 11, 2005.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to her family at PO Box 1201, Rogue River, OR. Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives is in charge of arrangements.
She was born April 22, 1945 in Oakland, CA. Valerie was best known as the owner of the Hungry Hutch restaurant in Fortuna, CA.
In 1995 she and Bob semi-retired to Rogue River. They just recently were able to fully retire and were ready to begin a whole new journey. Valerie loved her family and always showed up with gifts for her grandchildren. She left this world happier than she had ever been. Although her family will miss her terribly, they are comforted in knowing that she is in a wonderful place waiting for them.
In addition to her husband and best friend of 32 years, Robert "Bob," she is survived by three sons, Phillip B. Hutchins of 27 Palms, CA, Michael and Malcolm Sessions of Lakeport, CA; daughters Michelle Hutchins Morena of Scotia, CA and Pamela Sessions of Laytonville, CA; eight grandchildren; and many foster children that she took into her home, as well as many other friends and family.
John Joseph Doherty, 95, of Rogue River, died May 27, 2005 at Royale Gardens Health and Rehabilitation in Grants Pass. A Memorial Mass was held June 7 at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church with Rev. Stephen Fister officiating. Private inurnment was at Woodville Cemetery.
He was born May 10, 1910 in Derry, Ireland. On February 24, 1938 in Derry, he married the former Rosina Cassiday. They moved to California in 1958.
He was a sheet metal worker prior to retirement. After retiring they traveled extensively. In 1988 they moved to Rogue River. Rosina died in 1996.
He was a member of Our Lady of the River Catholic Church in Rogue River. He is survived by a daughter, Helen Roam of Rogue River, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.
Melvin Roy Mead died on June 7, 2005 in his sleep.
Melvin was born in Jay Em Wyoming on July 30, 1929 and lived in the Evans Valley since 1963.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Melba Jean Mead, and his four children, Rick Mead, Linda Gilbert, Janice Hansen and Fawnda Shahalami all of Evans Valley. He has 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. His best friends included two dogs, a horse, two cats and any other stray that came along.
Memorial services have yet to be determined.
Shirley Ann Terrill, 68, of Rogue River, died June 11, 2005 at her home.
Arrangements are pending with Southern Oregon Cremation Services.
Marguerite Silva, 88, of Rogue River died June 17 at her home. A recitation of the rosary will be at 7:00 pm Wednesday, June 22 at Hull & Hull Funeral Directors.
A mass of Christian burial will be at 12 noon, Thursday, June 23, 2005 at St. Anne Catholic Church with Father Casmir Onyegwara officiating. Interment will follow at Woodville Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to Asante Hospice, 500 SW Ramsey Avenue, Grants Pass, OR 97527.
Marguerite was born June 6, 1917 in Santa Margarita, CA. She was an active member of the VFW in Rogue River and volunteered with the VFW at the White City Domiciliary and made clothing alterations and sewed pillows for the veterans. She enjoyed gardening and horseback riding.
Survivors include two sons, Lew Silva of Wilton, CA and Mike Silva of Rogue River; two grandsons, Steven Silva of Phoenix, AZ and Todd Silva of Puyallup, WA; a granddaughter, Cathy Silva of Lake Oswego; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Silva.
Joseph "Joe" P. Zash, 81, of Rogue River died Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at Providence Medford Medical Center. No services will be held. Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives is in charge of arrangements.
The family suggests that a blood donation be made to the American Red Cross blood bank in his memory.
He was born January 25, 1924 in Medford. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He married Lorraine Hurtado in 1969 in Yuma, Arizona.
He worked as a production manager for Anchor Hocking Corp. in Southgate, CA until his retirement in 1976. He moved back to the Rogue Valley in 1976 from Downey, CA. He was a rock hound and had a lapidary business.
In addition to his wife, Lorraine, he is survived by three sons, Daniel Zash of Medford, Greg Zash of Florence, and Terry Zash of North Carolina; two daughters, Cathy Culver of Boring and Debra Goeling of North Carolina; one step-daughter, Billie Jo Houseberg of Lakeside; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Helen Emerald (Maxwell) Rawlins passed away in Westminster, Colorado July 2, 2005. Helen had been residing in the home of her son, Mark, and his family, following her move from her beloved home in Rogue River in late May 2002.
Helen was born March 18, 1916, in Jerome, Idaho and was married on Sept. 11, 1937, to George Raymond "Ray" Rawlins in Laramie, Wyoming. After Ray's death, Helen completed her education - earning a degree in Social Work from Long Beach State College in California. Helen then worked in the field of social services or 11 years in Los Angeles, California. One of her most challenging professional experiences was in providing services to the community of Watts leading up to and during the Watts Riots in 1966. Helen loved her work, but eventually left it in 1979 when she retired to Rogue River, Oregon, where she enjoyed the challenges and the joys involved in the development of her mini farm on her property near Foots Creek.
Helen cherished her little farm and her community and longed to return to her home, her friends, and her Oregon family. Those who knew Helen knew her as a woman of deep spirituality and curiosity about nearly everything. Helen held a love of the natural world, animals and especially of the endless variety of people who touched her life. She provided an undercurrent of strength and unwavering love for her family and provided love, inspiration, and encouragement to her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Helen is survived by three children, Helen Cherie, Mark Raymond (Loretta) and Grant Clement (Debbie). Grandchildren are Caryn Williamson (Rick Roy), John Burt, Aaron Burt, Robert Rawlins, Danielle Hilverding, Marie Marley, Adam Marley, Questa Novac and Greg Grow. Great-grandchildren are Amanda Thorpe (Brian); Daniel Rogers; Nickiesha Rawlins; James, Jason, Brandon and Krista Hilverding; Hope Marley; and Justice Marley.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; parents, Paul and Emerald Maxwell; two brothers, Stuart and Robert Maxwell; sister-in-law, Barbara Maxwell; and niece, Susan (Devers) Case.
Services, interment, and a celebration of Helen's life were held on Thursday July 7 in Fort Collins, Colorado with intermenty at Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins. A private memorial gathering is yet to be arranged for Helen's West Coast family.
Memorial contributions may be made in Helen's memory to the SPCA of Josephine County, Post Office Box 5045, Grants Pass, Oregon 97527 or Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center, P.O. Box 36, Merlin, OR 97532 (541) 476-0222, or the Rogue River Community Center, 132 Broadway , Post Office Box 295, Rogue River, Oregon 97537.
Harvel W. "Sonny" Tracer, 70, of Rogue River died Friday July 15, 2005 at Rogue Valley Medical Center.
A family dinner has been held in his memory. Chapel of the Valley-L.B. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Evans Valley School Scholarship Fund, c/o Chapel of the Valley-L.B. Hall Funeral Home, 2065 Upper River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526.
One of eight children, he was born October 1, 1934 at the family home in Wimer to William and Effernetta Tracer. He attended local schools in Wimer, Rogue River and Prospect. In Prospect he met Deloris Yorton, whom he married September 24, 1953.
He worked three years for Skeeters Logging in Prospect, before moving to Smith River, CA, where he worked for Pelican Bay Paving. He and Deloris returned to the Evans Valley in 1958. He worked for 17 years as a powder monkey (explosives technician) for Bristol Silica. Afterwards, he was yard foreman for the lumber mill in Rogue River, until his retirement in 1987.
Sonny was a life member of the NRA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife of nearly 52 years, survivors include his daughter, Vickie Roberts of Rogue River; his son, Michael Tracer of Rogue River; four sisters, Lucille Koger of Rogue River, LueEze Jacobs of Crescent City, LaDonna Phillips of Costa Mesa, CA, and Lorraine Baker of Central Point; two brothers, Harold Tracer of Silverdale, WA and Harylyn Tracer of Iredell, TX; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. His son, Harvel "Earl" Tracer died in 1996. A sister, Luella DeRoboam, also died before him.
Theos Mansford Harmon, 81, of Rogue River, died Thursday, July 14, 2005 at Providence Medford Medical Center.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 am on July 30, 2005 at Woodville Cemetery, with Pastor Dick Kelso officiating. Southern Oregon Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.
He was born on July 27, 1923 at the family home in Kanorado, Kansas to Jesse and Kate (Chadwick) Harmon. He graduated from Kanorado Public School on May 14, 1941 and then attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for one year. From June 1942 to November 1943 he drove truck in the western United States on government defense assignments. On October 21, 1943 in Littleton, CO, he married the former Aimee R. Pierson, who preceded him in death on April 21, 2003. He was inducted into the United States Navy Construction Battalion on November 6, 1943. Theos served his country 25 months as a stevedor and officer's club musician, primarily in the South Pacific and was honorably discharged on December 6, 1945.
Theos re-entered the University of Colorado in January 1946 and received a Bachelor of Music Education on June 10, 1950. Other education included: Oregon State System of Higher Education (1957-1964); University of Oregon (1963); and Southern Oregon College (1971), during which time Theos was issued his permanent Oregon Standard Music Education Teaching Certificate.
After teaching in Colorado for seven years, Theos moved his family to Drain, Oregon, where he taught another seven years. In 1964, Theos moved the family to Rogue River and took his last teaching position, which was in the Rogue River Public Schools.
Theos worked additionally as a musician in dance bands; gave private music lessons; drove heavy equipment for a rock quarry; and worked for several years at Valley of the Rogue Park as a summer park employee.
His activities include memberships in the Masons, Lodge #443; Live Oak Grange, Rogue River; and B.P.O.E., Grants Pass. He and his students performed at many sporting and holiday events, including marching band performances in the Rogue River Rooster Crow Parade and the Anna Classick Park dedication.
Reading westerns and his Bible and playing pinochle and cribbage were his later life hobbies.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, David and Cheryl Harmon of Eugene; his daughter and son-in-law, Theda and Howel Wallis of Rogue River; his sister, Nola Jensen of Denver; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Larry Craig; and his sister Merle Clapper.
Keith Ball went to be with the Lord July 22, 2005. He passed away at his home.
He was born June 9, 1923 in Nebraska. On November 26, 1943 he married Betty Boone.
Keith and Betty moved to Rogue River in 1992 from the Santa Barbara, CA area. He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Tim; and daughters Christine and Jeanette; 19 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time.
Michael Clay Templin
Mike Templin died on July 29, 2005 at China Falls, Cle Elum River while attempting to rescue his daughter Taylor Elizabeth Templin. Mike was a devoted father and proved this by attempting to save his daughter. He and Bob Mack, who also perished in the attempt to save Taylor will be remembered as hero's for their bravery.
On September 8, 1967 Michael Clay Templin was born in Tacoma, Washington to Catherine & Wesley Gene Templin. In 1972, when Mike was five and is brother Scott was 2, their family moved to Rogue River, Oregon where they lived on the family farm located on Wards Creek. In 1984 Cathie, Mike's mom married Neil Moore, who was a positive influence in Mike's life. The same year, the family relocated to Cle Elum, Washington. In 1985 Mike graduated from Cle Elum Roslyn High School, which was the same year has younger brother Zack was born.
In 1987, Mike began dating Janie McDougal, and in 1991 they were married, and started their family together. Mike and Janie were blessed with two children, Taylor and Gus. An avid outdoorsman, Mike loved spending time with his kids, going fishing, hunting, and boating. Mike enjoyed working with horses and doing ranch work. Mike also enjoyed collecting guns.
Over the years, Mike worked as a logger for P & D Timber Cutting, Jack Faust, Wayne Brown, and Dave McDougal. Mike enjoyed making custom furniture and doing remodeling work including remodeling the old Mexican restaurant in the South Cle Elum. Most recently he had started an HVAC business.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wesley Gene Templin, and his stepfather Neil Moore. He is survived by his son, Gus Templin, his mother, Cathie Moore, brothers, Scott Templin, and Zack Moore, his grandmother, Ethyl Adams and his six step sisters.
Funeral services for Mike and Taylor were held on August 3, 2005, followed by a Celebration of Life at Walter Storm Middle School, Cle Elum, Washington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations for Mike's son, Gus Templin Fund to help with future educational expenses for Mike's son, Gus. Donations may be mailed to Wells Fargo Bank, 303 E. Railroad St. Cle Elum, WA 98922 or Bank of American, PO Box 370, Cle Elum, WA 98922-0370
Billie Jean (Pope) Stilley
Billie Jean (Pope) Stilley age 69 of Central Point, died Sunday July 31 at her residence.
Those who wish to pay their respects may visit on Thursday August 4, 2005 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at Funeral Alternatives, 550 Business Park Dr.; Medford. Arrangements by Abbey Funeral.
She is survived by her husband Robert Stilley of Central Point, sons Guy, Roark and John Pope, sister Elizabeth Sprague, brother Richard, and six grandchildren.
Doris Jean Semple
Doris Jean Semple, 71, of Rogue River, passed away peacefully Friday, July 29 at her home with her family.
A memorial service will be at 4:00 pm August 6, 2005 at Rogue River Kingdom Hall. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
She was born October 1, 1933 in Livingston, CA. Doris was the youngest of eight children born to Oscar and Emma Thompson. In 1957 she met and married John Semple and they moved to Los Gatos, CA and had three sons. After their divorce in 1968, Doris decided to move north and find a new place to raise her sons. After traveling to Canada and looking at practically every town in between, she and her sons settled on the Scott River near Fort Jones, CA in 1974. After two of her sons married, Doris moved to Rogue River where she lived with her youngest son and his family.
She enjoyed raising a variety of dogs, mostly bulldogs that she had a particular fondness for. Doris deeply loved her God Jehovah and always spoke about him to friends or strangers. She loved watching hot air balloons with her family and loved to shop for clothes and toys for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Doris was always quick to laugh and smile and was constantly helping her sons and their families as well as all her friends. Everyone she met admired her thoughtfulness and giving spirit. She is greatly missed.
Survivors include three sons, Mike Semple of Ashland; John Semple of Hornbrook, CA; and James Semple of Rogue River; two sisters, Evelyn Currey of Fair Oaks, CA; and Alice Epstein of San Francisco; a brother, Pete Thompson of Auburn, CA; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Kellie Jo Briggs Jasoni
Kellie Jo Briggs Jasoni, 44, of Grants Pass, died Thursday, July 28, 2005 at her home.
Memorial services have been held. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.
Remembrances may be made to Josephine County Mental Health Program, 714 NW A Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526.
She was born December 17, 1960 in San Bernardino, CA. She attended Rogue River High School. In 1973 she moved to Grants Pass from Downey, CA. She worked as a Home Health Certified Nursing Assistant.
She was a wonderful and very caring mother.
Survivors include her husband, Mark Jasoni of Grants Pass; two daughters, Gina Foy and Rayne Jasoni; her mother, Edna Briggs; a brother, Harold Briggs; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Victor Briggs in 1985.
Dale Carman Shamblin, 62, of Rogue River, died Thursday, August 4, 2005 at his home.
A celebration of life will be at the family residence at 11:00 am on August 11. Graveside service will follow at 3:00 pm at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Southern Oregon Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.
He was born July 2, 1943 in San Francisco and was raised in Planada, CA. He served in the U.S. Navy, "1st Seal Team" during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1967. He lived in Merced, CA for over 50 years before moving to Rogue River in 1993. On March 15, 1994 in Merced, CA he married his wife Yvonne, who survives.
Fishing was his love.
In addition to his wife, Yvonne Shamblin of Rogue River, survivors include his children, Dale Shamblin and Frank Shamblin, both of Turlock, CA; Tamara Shamblin of Winton, CA; Jessica Horn of Medford, OR; and Josh Horn, U.S. Air Force, Albuquerque, NM; his seven sisters, Dorothy Embrey of Rogue River; Cleo Starr of Merced, CA; Irene Tate of Chowchilla, CA; Mary Silva of Yreka, CA; Barbara Silva of Madera, CA; Arnadene Silva of Chowchilla, CA; and Deana Silver of Coulterville, CA; two brothers, Earl Shamblin of Rogue River and Larry Shamblin of Grants Pass; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jeanene Shamblin; and his parents Carman and Lodene Shamblin.
Larry Gene Shamblin, Sr., 64, of Grants Pass, died Thursday, November 10  at Three Rivers Community Hospital.
A graveside service will be held at Woodville Cemetery in Rogue River at 12:00 pm on November 19 with Chaplain Wayne Bell officiating. A celebration of life will follow at the Rogue River Community Center Annex. Contributions may be made to the V.A. SORCC (692/135), 8495 Crater Lake Hwy., White City OR 97503.
Larry was born on February 14, 1941 in Merced, CA to Carman and Lodene. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962, serving on board the USS Carter Hall (LSD-3) in the Western Pacific.
On November 4, 1961 he married Michele Virginia Ann Martin in San Jose, CA, who preceded him in death in February 2000.
Larry and Michele moved their family to Rogue River from Gilroy, CA in 1972, and operated Larry's Triangle Service, Larry's Trailers and Rogue River Towing out of the old gas station at Main and Depot in Rogue River for over 30 years. He retired in 2004 and moved to Grants Pass in 2005.
He treasured spending time enjoying his grandchildren with "Sam," his cockatiel, perched on his shoulder.
Larry is survived by his children, Larry Shamblin, Jr. of Grants Pass and Jill Stickler of Rogue River; his brother Earl Shamblin of Rogue River; sisters Dorothy Embrey of Rogue River, Cleo Starr of Merced, CA, Mary Silva of Yreka, CA, Irene Tate and Arnadene Silva, both of Chowchilla, CA, Deana Guglielmetti of Coulterville, CA, and Barbara Silva of Madera, CA; six granddaughters; and one great-grandson expected to be arriving within the next month.
In addition to his wife, Larry was preceded in death by his brother Dale Shamblin, and sisters Ruthann Fitzgerald, Kathy Bowdish and Micki Shamblin.