Obituaries for week of 4-23-03
Madras resident Ronald V. Bergen died April 13, 1920, in Phoenix, Ariz., after an extended illness at the age of 83.
Mr. Bergen was born April 8, 1920, in Corn, Okla., to parents Isaac and Rosa (Friesen) Bergen. In 1935, his family moved to Washington and worked a year to save enough money for a down payment on a farm in Boulder, Wyo. They moved to Wyoming in 1936.
Mr. Bergen was in the Army Infantry during World War II, serving in New Guinea and the Philippines and Occupied Japan. He returned home to Wyoming in the fall of 1945. In March 1946, he and his family moved to Culver, where he farmed with his father and brother and brother-in-law. He also managed Round Butte Seed Growers in Culver for a period of time and was involved in building the fertilizer plant there.
In November 1952, he married Ertith Franklin in Dallas, Texas. She preceded him in death.
In 1972 he obtained his Real Estate license and later his broker's license and started his own firm, Ron Bergen Realty. He eventually bought the building that was State Center Realty and was a partner with Jim Waldorf.
He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Madras for over 50 years, and helped in many missions of the church.
In 1991, he married Jeanne Dodson of Madras and they enjoyed going to Yuma, Ariz., for the winter months.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Bergen of Madras; sister, Isabelle Breach of Culver; daughter, Norma Harada of Portland; sons, Jim Bergen of Bend, Dick Dodson of Madras; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two uncles, and numerous nieces, nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ertith, his parents, and a brother.
A funeral service was held April 18, at the First Baptist Church in Madras.
Longtime Central Oregon resident Benjamin Koops died April 20 at the age of 97. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., April 25, at Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery. A full obituary will appear in next week's Pioneer. Autumn Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
Redmond resident Virginia Marie May died April 4, 2003, at Redmond Care Center at the age of 85.
Mrs. May was born July 8, 1917, in Carterville, Mo., to parents Carl and Edna (Crystal) Davis. She moved to Oregon at age 2, and lived in Willamette (now West Linn), graduating from West Linn High School in 1935.
On Aug. 15, 1936, she married Ralph "Hap" May in Oregon City. The Mays lived in Oregon City until 1950, moved to Klamath and Arcata, Calif., until 1952, resided in Oregon City until 1988, when Mrs. Mays moved to Madras, then in 2001 she moved to Redmond.
She worked for the Enterprise Courier Newspaper as a bookkeeper in Oregon City, Cochran's Department Store in Oregon City, U.S. National Bank as a secretary and in accounting.
She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Oregon City, and was past president of Zion Lutheran Women. Her special interests included reading, walking, and family activities.
Survivors include her son, Carl E. May of San Diego, Calif.; daughter, Meredith and son-in-law Dick Junge of Madras; granddaughter, Pam Lubinsky of San Diego; grandsons, Greg and Randy May of San Diego, Matt Junge of Corvallis, Dan Junge of Madras; four great-grandchildren; sister, Audrey Vietz of Molalla; brother, and Ralph Davis of Bellvue, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and her husband.
A funeral service was held April 11, at Zion Lutheran Church in Oregon City, officiated by Lou Schneider. Burial was at Mountain View Cemetery in Oregon City. Arrangements were under the direction of Holman, Hankins, Bowler and Waud Funeral Home in Oregon City.
Former Madras resident Gary Robert Moe died April 6, in Corpus Christi, Texas of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 60.
Mr. Moe was born March 23, 1943, in Heppner, Ore. to parents Leah and Melvin Moe. He grew up in Madras and graduated from Madras Union High School, where he was captain of the varsity football and basketball teams. As an outstanding athlete, he was selected to play on the Central Oregon All Star football team and the Shriner East West All Star team his senior year. Following high school, he attended Eastern Oregon State College.
On Nov. 23, 1963, he married Jill McClelland in Madras. He worked in the men's clothing industry at Hatfield's Department Store, where he was a partner in the business. He also had his own clothing store called Our Place for several years in Madras. Since 1982, he had worked in the transmission power line industry throughout the Western United States as the manager of equipment and materials. At the time of his death, he was working as a general foreman for Great Southwestern Construction in Corpus Christi, Texas.
His special interests included hunting and trap shooting. He always enjoyed a game of cards with his many friends. He was a member of the Madras Elks for 38 years.
Survivors include his sons, Jeff Moe of Redmond, Chris Moe of Seattle; daughter, Chelsea Harper of Portland; brothers, Don and Wayne Moe of Madras, and Gene Moe of Crooked River Ranch; two granddaughters, Haley and Lindsey Moe of Littleton, Colo., and a grandson due to arrive at the end of June. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and stepfather.
A memorial service will be held at noon, April 26, at the Free Methodist Church in Madras. A celebration of his life will follow at the Madras Elks Lodge. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Madras Elks Lodge in his name. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Madras resident Hudson "Kim" White died April 16, 2003, at the age of 66.
Mr. White was born Oct. 11, 1936, at Hay Creek Ranch to parents James and Thelma (Kemp) White. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict as a staff sergeant.
On March 4, 1957, he and Katherine Osborne were married in Madras. Mr. White was employed as a truck driver until his retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine White of Madras; sons, William White of Terrebonne, George White of Portland, Duke White of Madras; and daughters, Cody Partin of Madras, Tammy Cartner of Seneca, Ore., and Diane White of Madras; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Dale.
A memorial get together for family and friends will be held at Mud Springs Grange at 2 p.m., April 25. Arrangements are under the direction of Deschutes Memorial Chapel.
Metolius resident Evelyn Young died April 10, 2003, at the age of 92.
Mrs. Young was born Aug. 21, 1910, in Metolius to parents Anderson and Marie Williams. She graduated from Metolius High School in 1927 and attended Normal School in Central Washington. She later returned to school to earn a bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 1959.
On May 21, 1933, she married Delmar Young in Washington. During World War II, she worked in the Portland Ship Yards, she taught school in Bend in 1944 and 1945, then taught for Nehalem Public Schools, retiring in 1977.
Her special interests included playing tennis, gardening, hiking and skiing. She hiked the South Sister at age 87, and just quit skiing six years ago. She also greatly enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a former member of the Rebekah Lodge.
She is survived by her daughter, Shari Mazzarro of Metolius; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, son Gary, six brothers, and four sisters.
Funeral services were held April 22, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Metolius Grade School for playground equipment. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.