Anna Mae Lee
Anna Mae Lee, 91, of Rogue River, died Monday, August 1, 2005 at her home. Private graveside services were held at Woodville Cemetery, Hull & Hull Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.
She was born on March 6, 1914 in McCrory (Bemis), Arkansas and attended schools in Hillman, AR. She became cafeteria manager at the same school from 1950 to 1956. She married Robert E. Lee and raised five children working as sharecroppers. In 1956 she left Arkansas and moved to Indio, CA where she lived until 2003 when she moved to Rogue River to be with her daughter, Judy Prowse.
Anna Mae had many friends and relatives back in Arkansas. She cherished her family and enjoyed keeping in touch with her friends in Arkansas. She also enjoyed quilting and gardening.
Survivors include her three sons, Robert E. Lee, Jr. of Bullhead City, AZ; Minor R. Lee of Holtville, CA; and Floyd (Sandy) Lee of Gold Hill; two daughters, Madolyn J. Burgess of Gold Hill and Judy A. Prowse of Rogue River; 16 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Lee; three sisters, Minnie Pickett, Margaret Fowler, and Ilean Lindsay; one brother, Jerome Johnson; two grandchildren, Vickie Jo Lee, and David Wayne Lee; and her parents...[cut off].
Betty Mae Ball
Exactly two weeks after husband Keith passed into the presence of the Lord Jesus, Betty Mae Ball passed from this earth and joined him. She died of liver cancer on Friday, August 5 in the home of her grandson, Mark Anderson in Santa Maria, CA.
Born in Modesto, CA on September 18, 1923, Betty Mae Boone met Keith Ball at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. They were married in 1943. They are survived by their three children - Timothy, Christine and Jeanette, the girls being born in Northern Rhodesia, Africa (now Zambia) where Keith and Betty worked as missionaries for 11 years.
The Balls moved to Goleta, CA in 1958, where Keith and Betty worked at Devereaux School and finished raising their family. They were delighted to be able to retire to beautiful Rogue River in 1992 and were blessed to get to know a number of wonderful neighbors, especially Bernie and Donna Partridge next door. They also enjoyed either entertaining a constant flow of family and friends or taking regular trips in their motorhome. Their 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed visiting, playing with Grandpa Keith and Grandma Betty. The constant theme and focus of their lives from ages 10 to 82 was to honor God with their time and talents.
A joyful memorial service is being planned for both of them on August 13 at 4:00 pm at the Community Bible Chapel in Hayward, CA. Keith preached there on a number of occasions and they attended CBC whenever possible where they are well loved by many friends and family. The Ball family would be honored to have any Rogue River friends attend this memorial. Questions and requests for directions may be directed to Tim Ball at 510-481-2902 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donald A. Osborne, 81, of Rogue River died August 15 at Curry Manor in Roseburg.
A graveside service was held August 22 at Eagle Point National Cemetery, with the Rev. Paul West of the Rogue River Assembly of God officiating. Chapel of the Valley - L.B. Hall Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rogue River Assembly of God, 270 W. Evans Creek Rd., Rogue River, OR 97537.
Donald Osborne was born August 23, 1923 in Fort Wayne, IN. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a gunner and engine mechanic. After the war, he reentered the U.S. Air Force and served 20 years as a flight engineer, until his retirement in 1964. He then worked for Western Airlines for 15 years as a sheet metal mechanic.
On September 17, 1964, he married Barbara Lee Allen, who survives. They moved to Rogue River from Huntington Beach, CA in October 1979. Donald was a member of the Rogue River Assembly of God. He loved to fly and enjoyed working on cars, racing motorcycles, fishing, hunting and his church.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his son David Osborne of Shady Cove; two stepsons, Michael Allen of North Carolina and Mark Allen of Kansas; eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. His sister, Norma Moran, and brother Bill Osborne preceded him in death.
William Charles Zieser
William Charles Zieser, 97, of Grants Pass, died September 20 at Highland House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A memorial service was held at Savage Street Church of Christ with Don Michael officiating. Private Interment was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Remembrances may be made to the Church of Christ at PO Box 1018, Rogue River, OR 97537.
He was born May 2, 1908 in Warner, Alberta, Canada. On December 25, 1927, in Phoenix, Arizona he married Florine Towler, who preceded him in death. In 1946 he moved from California to Grants Pass. From 1946 to 1967 he owned and operated a plastering company and was involved in the building of many local businesses including Sambos, Denny's, Grants Pass Shopping Center, JJ Norths, and Travel Lodge. He also was in charge of jobs in Midland, Texas and Sacramento, California.
He was a member of the Savage Street Church of Christ and Rogue River Church of Christ since 1947.
He especially enjoyed reading.
Survivors include two sons, Jack Zieser of Rogue River and Wallace Zieser of Grants Pass; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Zieser in 1975.
Thomas Hatcher, 74, of Rogue River died September 6, 2005 at his home.
A memorial service will be at 11:00 am October 7 at Rogue River Assembly of God Church with The Reverend Bill McConnell officiating. A memorial graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Larry Johnson officiating and military honors at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Southern Oregon Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.
He as born August 5, 1931 in Lafe, Arkansas. From 1951 to 1954 he served in the U.S. Army. He was a carpenter by trade. In 1962 he moved from California to Rogue River. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hardy, Arkansas. He attended Grace Baptist Church of Rogue River for the past year.
He especially loved to witness to people about the Lord. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and woodworking.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Shirley Gregory Hatcher of Rogue River; a son, Dewey Hatcher of Rogue River; a daughter, Nancy Rumble of Medford; two sisters, Sarah White of Marmaduke, Arkansas; and Wynona Clements of Paragould, Arkansas; two step-sisters, Joann Johnson of Toledo, Oregon; and Louise Frye of Paragould, Arkansas; a step-brother, O'Neil Thomas of Paragould, Arkansas; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ines and Dewey Hatcher; a sister, Marie Hubble and a brother, Clifton Hatcher.
Mary "Georgie" Franko, 71, of Grants Pass, died September 26, 2005 at her home.
A graveside service was held at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Lovejoy Hospice, 939 SE 8th Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526.
Georgie was born May 10, 1934 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. On December 16, 1960 in Santa Maria, California, she married James R. Franko, In 1971 she moved from Lancaster, California to Grants Pass. She was a homemaker and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
She especially loved spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed playing cards.
In addition to her husband, James R. Franko; she is survived by four children, Dalinda Franko; Wally Franko and his wife, Debby; Roger Franko and his wife, Cindy; and Carol Franko all of Grants Pass; a brother, Jimmy Baker of Yuba City, California; a sister, Dorothy Cecil of Woodland, California; seven grandchildren, Alicia Esplin, Amanda Franko, Ashley Franko, Megan Franko, Amber Franko, Ryan Franko and Brandon Franko.
Walter Dennis of Eugene died September 2 of age-related causes. He was 101.
Dennis was born June 17, 1904 in Albany to William and Ivie Williams Dennis. He married Nellie Rust in Blachly on October 27, 1929. She died August 3, 1996.
He served as superintendent of schools in Rogue River, Roseburg and Clatskanie before moving to Eugene in 1944. Before his retirement in 1976, he was president of Best Western for three years.
He received his master's of business administration from the University of Oregon during summers off from teaching and was a member of the UO alumni association.
During World War II, he and his family spent two summers tending lookouts near Reedsport and Haceta Head.
An ardent hunter, he also enjoyed fishing, travel and lapidary. He won awards for his lapidary displays, one of which he donated to the UO crystal and mineral collection, where it remains.
Survivors include a son, Donald of Eugene, two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
No service is planned.
James Winfield Brooks, 86, of Rogue River, died Thursday, September 29 at Highland House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A memorial service was held October 4 at Valley Rogue Christian Center with Pastor Bill Donaldson officiating. A graveside service was held October 4 at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to Valley Rogue Christian Center, Building Fund, PO Box 1712, Rogue River, OR 97537.
Jim was born June 11, 1919 in Ballston, OR and was raised by his grandmother in Newport. During high school, he met and later married Marceal Place on December 19, 1941 in Vancouver, WA. On February 12, 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theaters during World War II. On September 27, 1945 he was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant. After the war, he mainly worked as a lumberjack and in sawmills in Portland, Hoskins, and Lebanon. In 1949 he moved to Arcata, CA where he worked as a lumberjack until his retirement in 1981. After retirement he returned to Oregon and settled in Rogue River where he has lived for the past 24 years.
He was a member of Valley Rogue Christian Center. He volunteered his time as an instructor of 50 Alive mature driving course.
He especially enjoyed crossword puzzles and leading Bible studies.
Survivors include his wife, Marceal Brooks of Rogue River; a daughter, Michelle L. Brooks of Santa Rosa, CA; a son, Robert W. Brooks of Lawrence, KS; a sister, Erma Reeves of The Dalles; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael D. Brooks.
Clinton Albert "Clint" Hayden died October 5, 2005 at his home in Rogue River. Graveside memorial services were held at the Veteran's Cemetery in Eagle Point October 11, 2005 at 11:00 am.
Clint was born July 25, 1918, to Morris and Marcella Hayden in Fancy Farm, KY. He was one of 14 brothers and sisters and he grew up on the family farm and attended local schools. He had a hard childhood working on the farm and/or working for others to help his parents support the family.
In 1945 Clint married Helen Mae Rose. They had four daughters, Judy Cestara of Mayfield, KY, Diane Beightol of Ruch, OR and Colleen Johnson and Shirley Hodgkins both of Medford, all whom survive.
Clint was in the Army Rangers for three years during World War II and received a medical discharge in 1945. He moved to the Los Angeles area where he learned and then owned and operated an upholstery business. Later Clint entered into and learned the construction trade. Clint built and supervised the building of residential dwellings. In addition to building homes, he had a knack for constructing whatever was necessary to provide a solution to the problem at hand. He also constructed furniture including desks, benches, tables and picture frames. In 1970 he moved to Grants Pass where he constructed a number of homes before retiring.
In 1972 he married Ernestine (Toni) Vaughn (Kincaid) of Medford, who survives. Toni grew up in Williams. Toni and Clint enjoyed fishing and hunting, sometimes spending weeks in their camp trailer in the forest or fishing in the ocean near Gold Beach. Clint was a gardener and always tended to his organically grown vegetables with pride.
Clint was very independent, self reliant, self sufficient and self motivated. He was always busy with a building project or his garden if he and Toni were not engaged in other activities. If it involved construction, Clint had a solution before others knew there was a problem.
In addition to his daughters and wife Toni, Clint is survived by his two step-daughters, Linda Bennett of Medford and Ruby Vaughn of Shady Cove, as well as five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Dan Crawford, 55 of Rogue River, died Friday, October 14, 2005 at Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass.
A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. on October 19 at the family home. Hull and Hull Funderal Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Genevieve "Gen" Wiggins, 93, of Rogue River, died October 30, 2005 at Rogue Valley Medical Center.
Memorial services were held November 1 at Rogue Valley Community Church with Pastor Daniel O'Donnell officiating. Southern Oregon Cremation Services were in charge of arrangements.
The family requests donations in her memory be made to Rogue Valley Community Church, 623 Pine Street, Rogue River, OR 97537.
Genevieve was born October 1, 1912 in Kingston, MI to George and Mary English. On March 5, 1938 she married Robert Warner who died later in Boise, ID on October 9, 1969. She worked as a nurse from 1935 to 1963. She moved to Kentucky to cook at Kentucky Christian University so her son Robert could attend the college. On March 25, 1978 she married Clarence Wiggins. They lived in Swartz Creek, MI for several years until his death on December 24, 1984. She then moved to Boise, ID until finally settling in Rogue River in 1990. She lived alone until her oldest daughter, Lynn Wason moved to Rogue River in 1995.
She was an active member of Rogue Valley Community Church in Rogue River. She loved gardening and flowers and enjoyed reading and writing letters to family and friends.
Survivors include her two daughters, Lynnette Wason and Mary Rosas both of Rogue River; her son, Robert Warner of Sand Springs, OK; her sister Ruth Woytovich of Alpena, MI; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Arthur Jerome Worth, 75, of Rogue River went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 21, 2005, while at home at his rural residence.
Art was born on January 13, 1930 in Queens Village, NY to George and Loretta Worth. He was active in Boy Scouting and also worked as an Assistant Scoutmaster and camp counselor. Art graduated from Andrew Jackson High School of Queens Village, NY in 1948. On April 10, 1951, Art enlisted for two years in the U.S. Army where he spent 18 months overseas in Korea during the spring and winter offenses of 1951 as a Field Maintenance Manager, receiving two Bronze Service Stars.
In October of 1954, Art moved to Southern California where he worked for the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, initially serving a Rigging apprenticeship with Rigging Shop 72, in conjunction with receiving his AA degree from Long Beach City College. In 1960 he was elected Commander of the Shipyard Post of the V.F.W. No. 1392. In 1967, Art advanced to the position of Planner and Estimator and continued his employment at the shipyard until his retirement.
On September 3, 1962 Art married Ruth Megill in Las Vegas, NV. They made their home in North Long Beach, CA where they raised two daughters. Upon retirement in 1985, Art and Ruth moved to Wimer where Art meticulously designed and built their retirement home.
Some of Art's hobbies included reading, particularly about nutrition/supplements, fishing, camping and organic gardening. He loved the out-of-doors and animals, especially his many faithful dogs over the years. Art will probably be most remembered for his vast and incredible stories of reminiscing from days gone by.
Art is survived by his wife, Ruth, and their children, Loretta Grove of Bremerton, WA, and Cheryl Hayman of Phoenix, OR; his brothers Theodore Worth of Sun City, CA and Raymond Worth of New Port Richey, FL; and four grandchildren.
Services were held on Friday, November 25 at the Eagle Point National Cemetery with Pastor Dick Kelso of Rogue Valley Community Church officiating. Remembrances may be made to a V.F.W. Post of your choice.
Jodi Helene Thomas, 44, of Grants Pass, died Sunday, November 20, 2005 at her mother's home.
No services are planned. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements. Jodi was born July 4, 1961 in St. Louis Park, MN and grew up in California. She moved to Idaho where she had her two daughters, Lindsey and Amanda. To be close to her parents, she then moved to Oregon where she returned to school to receive her GED. She spent the rest of her years being a homemaker and raising her girls. She moved from Rogue River to Grants Pass seven years ago.
She especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends and reading a good book while cuddling her cats.
Survivors include two daughters, Lindsey Bromley-Thomas and Amanda Bromley, both of Grants Pass; her parents, William and Babette Thomas both of Rogue River; two sisters, Lori Thomas of Rohnert Park, CA and Kathrine Winans of LaMirada, CA; and one grandchild.
Barbara A. Voorhees, 90, of Rogue River, died Sunday, November 27 at her home.
Family services will be held. Southern Oregon Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.
Barbara was born April 10, 1915 in Springport, MI. On May 18, 1940 in Albin, MI she married Dixon Voorhees. She lived in California where among other things she and her husband cared for an avocado ranch in Santa Paula, CA. On December 5, 1984 they moved from San Bernardino, CA to Oregon. She lived in Rogue River for 20 years.
Before she was married, she trapped mink and muskrat and with the funds bought her sister, Peggy, a bike. She had a true pioneer spirit and could do almost anything.
She especially loved being outdoors, including fishing, camping and gardening. She loved the mountains and woodworking.
Survivors include her husband, Dixon Voorhees and a sister, Peggy Stevens, both of Rogue River.
Mary C. Fisher, 62, of Gold Hill, died Monday, November 28, 2005 at her home.
Private family services will be held. Hull and Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
She was born on September 18, 1943 in Vallejo, CA. She grew up in Rogue River and attended Rogue River schools. On November 3, 1972 in Rogue River, she married her husband Dick, who survives.
She enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting and gardening and was an avid dog enthusiast.
In addition to her husband Richard E. Fisher of Gold Hill; survivors include a daughter, Jill Esson of Reno, NV; four step-children, Steve Fisher of Ashland, Wynnetta Wanner of Portland, Pam Harris of Medford and Mitch Fisher of Eugene; her mother, Agness Powell of Rogue River; two brothers, Ray Powell of Gresham and Bill Powell of Austin, TX; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Powell of Rogue River.
Lynore Ann Bartlett, 69, of Rogue River, died Wednesday, December 7. No services are planned. Chapel of the Valley - L.B. Hall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Lynore Ann Murray on February 16, 1936 in Milwaukee, WI. In 1950 she moved to Whittier, CA and in January 1953, in La Habra, CA she married Robert Howard Bartlett, who survives. When her husband retired in 1984, they moved to Sequim, WA and then moved to Rogue River three years ago.
She was a dedicated volunteer at the Rogue River Community Center, providing many services, including working at the thrift store.
In addition to her husband, survivors include one daughter, Sharon Barnes and her husband Neil of Rogue River; two sisters, Nancy Tafoya of Chehalis, WA and Barbara Bushey of Arizona.