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Obituaries for 1-23-02

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   John Joseph
   John F. Joseph, who was raised in the Madras and Culver area, recently died of natural causes in Portland. He was 38.
   He was the son of Sandy Landolf of Bend and Bruce Joseph of Portland. A memorial service will be held at Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m.
   A full obituary will appear next week.
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   Arthur Statt
   Madras resident Arthur Gregory Statt died Jan. 19, 2002, at his home. He was 87.
   Mr. Statt was born July 3, 1914, in upstate New York to Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Statt. During his career, he worked in newspaper and radio media, served as a justice court judge, and was a candidate for New Mexico State Senator in 1966.
   He came to Madras in May 1969 to accept a position as the advertising manager at The Madras Pioneer newspaper. While at the Pioneer, he met Violet Nemechek and they were married on Aug. 30, 1975, in Reno, Nev. In April of 1974 became the publisher and worked in that position until his retirement in December 1979.
   His interests included being a pilot, boatsman, and amateur radio operator. He was a member of the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Posse, and Madras Elks Lodge No. 2017.
   Survivors include his wife, Violet Statt of Madras; stepchildren, Helen Swayze of Vancouver, Wash., Karen Dewey of Boulder, Colo., and Gary Nemechek of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and five step-grandchildren.
   At his request, no services were held. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Thelma Walport
   Madras resident Thelma S. Walport died Jan. 12, 2002, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 84.
   Mrs. Walport was born Feb. 9, 1917, in Lander, Wyo., to parents Edward and Mary (Huckstep) Strous. She was married to Anthony Walport.
   She moved to Madras from Terrebonne in 1962 and worked as a clerk for the Western Auto Store in her earlier years.
   Survivors include her nieces, Sandy Jensen of Madras, Vera Miller of Mulino; and nephew, John Barton. She was preceded in death by a daughter, three brothers, and two sisters.
   Funeral services were held Jan. 19, at Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.