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Obituaries for 12-26-01

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   Carl Benedikt Burch
   Madras resident Carl Benedikt Burch died Dec. 20, 2001, at Mountain View Hospital.
   Mr. Burch was born Jan. 5, 1903, in Sarnen, Switzerland, to parents Franz and Franziska (Britschgi) Burch. He was married to Margaret Emma Burch, who preceded him in death.
   The Burches lived in Oregon City for 20 years, then moved to Gresham for 65 years. Mr. Burch owned the Empire Furniture Store and also drove 20 years for the Oregonian Newspaper. He was a member of the Gresham Elks Lodge, and moved to Madras in 1988.
   Survivors include his daughters, Julie Thomas of Madras, and Jeannine Rondma of Tualatin; sons, Jim Burch of Portland, and Carl Burch Jr. of Twin Falls, Idaho; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
   The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 26, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Madras. A private committal will be held at Douglass Cemetery in Troutdale. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Huntington's Disease Society of America. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home in Madras.
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   Floyd Carbon
   Madras resident Floyd Richard Carbon died Dec. 14, 2001, at the age of 60.
   Mr. Carbon was born April 6, 1941 in Coria, Wis., to parents Bartholomew and Edith Carbon. He was one of 11 children, with four brothers and seven sisters.
   He was in the Merchant Marines and later, in Central Oregon, worked as a farm hand for Norm Weigand.
   He was a longtime resident of the Madras area and had resided at the Jefferson Court Apartments since 1997.
   Survivors include his daughter, Jody Compton and son-in-law Tim Compton of Washburn, Wis.; son, Richard Carbon of Ashland, Wis.; three granddaughters, Chanel, Courtney and Caroline Compton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   There were no local services and his ashes are being sent to Wisconsin. Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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   Madras resident Sharon Lee Densley died Dec. 17, 2001, at Mountain View Living Center at the age of 64.
   Mrs. Densley was born Jan. 6, 1937, in Redmond to parents Isel Brist and Jennie (Kampfer) Monroe. She was raised in Gateway and graduated from Madras High School in 1955. She then joined the U.S. Army, serving as a dental assistant between the years of 1959 to 1962.
   After the service she lived in Portland and Oregon City area for 30 years. She was employed as a baker and belonged to the Bakery and Confectionery Workers Union. She retired in 1986 and moved to Madras in August of 1994.
   Survivors include her daughter, Paula Regalado of Portland; sisters, Jeannie Ward of Madras, Judy Ward of Craig, Alaska, Jane Simpkins of Parkdale, and Linda Lester of Sherwood; brothers, Terry Hatch of Oregon City, and Charles Hatch of Mexico; and six grandchildren.
   A funeral service was held Dec. 21, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Madras. Burial was at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Huntington's Disease Society of America. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Madras resident Helen Loewen went home to be with her Lord on Dec. 17, 2001 at her home with her family by her side. She was 80.
   Mrs. Loewen was born Jan. 29, 1921, in Paxton, Neb., to parents Nick and Mary Thiessen. On May 15, 1942, she married Oscar Loewen in Dallas, Ore.
   She was a homemaker all her life, who treasured the Lord and her family, and took great pleasure in caring for her family. She taught Sunday school for many years. She was a member of the Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas, but attended the Madras Conservative Baptist Church. She enjoyed baking and working with her flowers.
   After their retirement, she and her husband spent several years traveling in their fifth-wheel trailer. She will be remembered as a wonderful role model for her children and grandchildren.
   Survivors include her husband, Oscar Loewen of Madras; children, Phyllis Burke of Grandview, Wash., Linda Loewen of Vancouver, Wash., Willard Loewen of Dallas, Ore., and Janet Walker of Madras; sister, Sue Riemer of Dallas, Ore.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and three sisters.
   Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at Bel-Air Colonial Chapel in Madras. Burial will be at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home.