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Robert Shaw Ervin
Madras resident Robert Shaw Ervin died Jan. 1, 2002, while in the line of duty as a paramedic, following an accident on Highway 97. He was 43.
Mr. Ervin was born Sept. 14, 1958 in San Diego, Calif., to parents Robert Ervin and Patricia (Grimson) Clark. He graduated from Sunset High School in Beaverton, then attended Portland Community College and Chemeketa Community College to study paramedics. He was certified in advanced trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, and pre-hospital advanced life support.
He began his paramedic career in Portland, then worked in Saudi Arabia from 1992 to 1994 as personal medic to a prince. In 1995 he and his wife Marian moved to Madras from Beaverton. He was currently the paramedic and chief training officer for Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services. He developed trauma protocols for Jefferson County EMS, was an instructor for basic life support and emergency medical technician basic (EMT) programs.
In 1989 he had received the Friendly Heart Award for saving a young boy from a near-drowning incident. He was a member of the Oregon State EMS, Area Seven Trauma Advisory Board, served as treasurer of the East Cascade Emergency Systems, and was a Master Counselor Demoley for the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Marian Ervin of Madras; father and stepmother, Robert and Judith Ervin; mother and stepfather, Patricia and Don Clark; children, Brynn Ervin of Spokane, Wash., Robert Ervin Jr. of Raymond, Wash., and Nicholas Ervin of Madras; stepchildren, Sinead Kirwan, Deidre Kirwan, Connor Kirwan and Emmet Kirwan, all of Tipperary, Ireland; brothers, Bradley Ervin of Beaverton, and Brent Ervin of Banks, Ore.; stepbrothers, Kevin Ervin of Portland, Donald Clark of Dunn, N.C.; stepsister, Donna Miller of Modesto, Calif.; grandmothers, Doris Grimson of Madras and Rena Lowry of Portland; uncle, Larry Ervin of Portland; and granddaughter, Laura Kirwan-Mannion of Tipperary, Ireland.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at Jefferson County Middle School in Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested by the family to the Bob Ervin Family Fund at Columbia River Bank or the Jefferson County Volunteer EMS Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
James Jackson Jr.
Culver resident James Robert Jackson Jr. died Dec. 22, 2001, at his home. He was 46.
Mr. Jackson was born Sept. 11, 1955, in Eureka, Calif., to parents James Robert Sr. and Della (Hux) Jackson.
He is survived by his children, James Jackson III, and Jamie Conley, both of Colorado; sister, April Stream of Culver; and mother, Della Jackson of Culver.
A memorial service was held Jan. 5, at the Gateway Inn in Culver. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Former Madras resident Rachel Ellen Jones died Dec. 30, 2001, in West Linn, at the age of 88.
Mrs. Jones was born July 13, 1913 in New Albany, Ind., to Minnie I. and Ralph C. Brokenheim. She grew up and attended school in New Albany, graduating from high school in 1931.
During those years, she met Marvin Russell (Pete) Jones and they were married on Dec. 24, 1931. In 1940, World War II was erupting in Europe and the family moved to Philadelphia where Pete was sent to work on ships in Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. When he was transferred to the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, the family moved to San Francisco.
There Mrs. Jones was employed as a secretary in the office of Guy F. Atkinson Company, a heavy construction company. She also was the organist at the church they attended.
They subsequently moved to Sunnyvale, Calif., where they lived until 1963. After both retired, they managed a campground in the Sierra Mountains in California. Seven years later, they moved to Madras and worked for PGE as supervisors at Pelton Park during the camping season until 1975, when they both permanently retired.
Mrs. Jones was a member of the Madras Conservative Baptist Church and served as the assistant organist. After her husband's death on Nov. 30, 1981, she organized a daytime Bible study for widows and older church woman. In 1997, she moved to West Linn, Ore., to live with her daughter, Martha.
Survivors include her daughters, R. Joyce Brewer of Bend, and Martha Wickliff of West Linn; sons, Marvin Jones of Covina, Calif., and Thomas Jones of Seminole, Fla.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Martha Hollmann of Tanner, Ala., and Mary Cowgill of Bremerton, Wash.; brother, Alfred Borkenheim of Mountain View, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Jan. 7, at the Madras Conservative Baptist Church, followed by graveside service and burial at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Cemetery in Madras. Memorial donations have been suggested in her name to Oregon Public Broadcasting, 7140 SW Macadam, Portland, OR 97219. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Simnasho resident Earl Miller died Dec. 28, 2001 at his home at the age of 87.
Mr. Miller was born Sept. 13, 1914, in Redding, Calif., to parents George and Martha Miller. He was a member of the Wintun Indian Tribe of Northern California. He was married to Dora Miller, who preceded him in death.
In 1933 he moved to the Warm Springs and Simnasho area from California. he was employed by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in the Fish and Game Department. He also worked for the Civil Conservation Corps, which was based out of the Madras Airbase.
Survivors include his children, Serena Robinson, Satch Miller, Everette Miller, Mary Smith, Fritz Miller, Merci Miller, all of Warm Springs, and Jerri Calica of Arizona, and Whitney Miller of Pendleton; brother, Harry Miller of Warm Springs; sisters, Mary Jane Stevenson and Frances Slaughter, both of Anderson, Calif.; 27 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dora Miller, one child, one brother, and one sister.
The dressing ceremony was held Jan. 2, at the Simnasho Longhouse, followed by overnight services. Burial was Jan. 3 at Simnasho Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Gerald Dale Walker
Culver resident Gerald Dale Walker died Dec. 21, 2001, at his home at the age of 69.
Mr. Walker was born March 20, 1932 in Brainard, Minn., to parents Earl and Alma (Carlson) Walker.
He is survived by his sister, Joann Berg of Seaside. At his request, no services were held. No other personal information was given. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Richard Walsey Sr.
Warm Springs resident Richard Walsey Sr. (Pash-Tx-It) died Dec. 26, 2001 in Wapato, Wash.
Mr. Walsey was born Sept. 18, 1933 in Madras to parents James Hoody Walsey and Gladys Polk Walsey. He was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs, and a descendent of the Paiute and Shoshone Bannock tribes. He grew up in Warm Springs and attended school there and at Chemawa school in the Salem area. On June 21, 1959 he married Anita Totus.
He was employed as a laborer, working with cattle, horses, in the orchards, fishing, hunting, and wood cutting. He was a well-known Native American dancer in the Fancy Dance and Chicken Dance categories, a very accomplished Hoop Dancer, and was a champion in all three categories.
He traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada demonstrating his Hoop Dance which used wooden willow hoops. He was also part of a family dance group that performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, and had started the Eagle Spirit Drum, a family group from Satus, Wash.
Survivors include his children, Ronnie Walsey, Reggie Walsey, both of Toppenish, Wash., Teddy Walsey and Richard "Jay" Walsey Jr. of Satus, Wash., Lillian Walsey of Warm Springs, Cece Walsey-Begay of The Dalles; adopted mother, Alice Weaselchild of Gleichen, Alberta, Canada; adopted daughters, Leah and Donna Wesley of White Swan, Wash.; companion Betty Gould of Wapato, Wash., and her children, Chris Arquette and Michelle Brooks of Wapato, Wash.; sisters, Caroline Walsey Torres, Venus Walsey Strong, Geri Walsey Jim and Tyll Walsey, all of Warm Springs; and also by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Totus Walsey, children, Franklin, Levi and Virgilena Walsey, brother, Virgil Switzler, and his parents.
Dressing services were held Dec. 27, at the Wapato Longhouse, overnight services were Dec. 28, at Agency Longhouse in Warm Springs, and burial was Dec. 29 at Seekseequa Cemetery.