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Obituaries for week of 3-12-03


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   Frederick Degner
   Madras resident Frederick "Fred" Ernest Degner died March 10, 2003, of pancreatic cancer. He was 71.
   Mr. Degner was born Aug. 10, 1931, in Bend, to parents Fred and Minnie (Schaarschidt) Degner. He attended school in Metolius and Madras, graduating from Madras Union High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1953 to 1955, and was honorably discharged as sergeant first class.
   A lifelong farmer in the Metolius area, he enjoyed farming, his family, helping others, and was an avid square dancer and round dancer with the Madras Sagehoppers and Bend Bachelor Beauts. He also loved to watch his grandson play sports. Since 1984, he had been the president of the First German M.E. Church Cemetery upkeep committee of Metolius.
   Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Degner of Madras; daughters, Kathleen Faber of Salem and Janet Scott of Madras; son-in-law, Robert Scott of Madras; grandson, Kerry Scott of Madras; and granddaughter, Katie Russell of Seattle, Wash.
   At his request, no services were held. Memorials have been suggested to Oregon Public Broadcasting, P.O. Box 4373, Portland, OR 97208, or Madras Kids Wrestling. Arrangements were under the direction of Autumn Funerals.
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   Ralph Durr
   Madras resident Ralph Elwood Durr died March 7, 2003, at the age of 83.
   Mr. Durr was born July 17, 1919, in Springfield, Ill., to parents Charles Raymond and Elizabeth (Peebles) Durr. He was a machinist in the shipyards in Long Beach, Calif., until his retirement. After retirement he moved to Oregon and delivered papers for the Bend Bulletin in the late 1970s, then helped run the Service Creek Trading Post from 1986 to 1999. He and his wife Virginia were married on July 10, 1990 in Reno, Nev., and they lived most recently in Madras.
   He attended Dayspring Christian Center in Terrebonne and was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards such as Pinochle, and was a very unselfish and kind-hearted individual.
   Survivors include his wife, Virginia Durr of Madras; daughter, Carol Jauregui of Crooked River Ranch; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Durr of Utah and Norman Durr of Oceanside, Calif.; and sister, Evelyn Constantine of Van Nuys, Calif.
   A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m, March 15, at Autumn Funerals in Redmond, which was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations have been suggested to Hospice of Redmond, Sisters, and Grant County, 732 SW 23rd, Redmond, OR 97756.
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   Valorie Friend
   Former Madras resident Valorie Gene Friend died March 10, 2003, at her Newberg home at the age of 47.
   Ms. Friend was born Nov. 11, 1955, in Eugene to parents Aaron and Oramay Burnette (Gore) Friend. When she was age 3, the family moved to Madras, where she attended elementary school and graduated from madras High School. She moved to Hermiston, then to Portland, and finally to Newberg in 1987.
   She made sweatshirts, T-shirts, and handbags with custom designs to sell to the many local residents at the Newberg Senior Center.
   An avid gardener and outdoors person, she loved flowers, boating, and being in the sun. She enjoyed children and taught them arts and crafts, math and reading. She was a member of the Chehalem Valley Baptist Church in Newberg. She was an independent spirit and a loving and giving person who was always willing to help.
   Survivors include her life partner, Casey Healey of Newberg; daughter, Debbie Healey of Newberg; son, Richard Friend of Springfield, Mo.; brothers, Mickey Friend of Fair Oaks, Calif., Roy Friend of Madras, Larry Friend of Drain, Ore., and Warren Friend of McMinnville; one grandchild, Scott Friend of Springfield, Mo., and numerous friends.
   A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., March 15, at the Chehalem Valley Baptist Church in Newberg, officiated by Pastor Bruce Sloan. A private committal will be at the Ashwood Cemetery, with arrangements under the direction of Attrell's Newberg Funeral Chapel.
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   Danton Rhoades
   Former Culver resident Danton E. "Dusty" Rhoades died Feb. 10, 2003, in Portland, at the age of 80.
   Mr. Rhoades was born Oct. 1, 1922, in Myrtle Point, to parents Roy and Almeda (Ecklof) Rhoades. He married Loy M. Lenneville on March 12, 1968.
   He lived in the Culver area and was employed as a truck driver for Pacific Motor Trucking. He also served as the recording secretary for the Teamsters Union Local 81.
   Survivors include his wife, Loy Rhoades; stepson, Renton Feller; and stepdaughter, Randy Merrell; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
   A private family service was held. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, or Hospice. Arrangements were under the direction of Omega Funeral and Cremation Service of Portland.
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   Herbert Sain Jr.
   Madras resident Herbert Leroy Sain Jr. died March 1, 2003, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 72.
   Mr. Sain was born June 4, 1930, in Rainier, Ore., to parents Herbert and Bessie Sain-Tew. He served 10 years in the U.S. Navy. On Aug. 11, 1956, he married Sylvia Mae VanWinkel in Portland, where they lived until moving to Madras in 1969.
   Mr. Sain enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and doing carpentry work.
   Survivors include his children, Harriett Krueger, Joyce Krueger, Pat Sain and Tom Sain, all of Madras; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Joe Sain.
   A memorial for family and friends was held March 9, at East Cascade Living Center.
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   Paul Zachary
   Culver resident Paul Hal Zachary died March 7, 2003, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 91.
   Mr. Zachary was born Nov. 14, 1911, in Coburg, Ore., to parents Elmer and Margaret Mae (Wigle) Zachary. On Nov. 30, 1945, he and his wife Virginia were married in Reno, Nev.
   The Zacharys moved to Central Oregon in 1975 from Eugene. He was employed as a real estate salesman for the Larry Duprey Corporation.
   Survivors include his wife, Virginia Zachary of Culver; children, the Rev. Bob Zachary of Madras, Roberta Lawson of Madras, and Sinola McCarthy of Grandberry, Texas; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one grandchild, two brothers, and a sister.
   A memorial service was held March 10, at Madras Conservative Baptist Church in Madras. A private family committal will be held at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras this week.
   Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Conservative Baptist Church Pulpit Fund, in care of the Conservative Baptist Church. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.