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Obituaries for week of 5-21-03


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   Priscilla Arthur
   Warm Springs resident Priscilla Mae Arthur died May 11, 2003, at the age of 52.
   Mrs. Arthur was born May 9, 1951, in Warm Springs to parents Earl Tufti and Letha Govenor. She was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and graduated from Madras High School in 1969.
   She married Larry Arthur, and was employed as a janitor for the Confederated Tribes.
   Survivors include her father, Earl Tufti of Warm Springs; sons, Kendrick and Matthew Arthur of Warm Springs; daughter, Alvidta Arthur of Warm Springs; brothers Ferman Tufti of Portland and Tyree Stormbringer of Mill City; sisters, Melinda Burgess of Salem, Rebecca Cruz of Canby, Natalie Burgess of Madras, Jolene, Jessica, Arlene and LeeAnn Tufti, all of Warm Springs.
   She was preceded in death by her mother and husband.
   Funeral services were held May 14, at the Warm Springs Full Gospel Church, followed by burial at the Agency Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Connie Beeson
   Madras resident Connie Ray Beeson died May 11, 2003, at the age of 63.
   Mr. Beeson was born Feb. 3, 1940, in Condon to parents Bruce and Esther Beeson. He lived in Oregon most of his life and had a special love for the Ochoco Mountains.
   In Madras, he was the owner of Sign Crafters. He was an outstanding artist and expressed his talent not only in paintings, but also through his commercial signs which can be seen at Kah-Nee-Ta and other businesses all around Central Oregon.
   Mr. Beeson loved the outdoors, especially the Ochoco Mountains, and enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing.
   Survivors include his son, Greg Beeson of Ventura, Calif.; daughter, Tamara Hansen of Ventura, Calif.; brothers, Michael Beeson of Klamath Falls, and Danny Beeson of Madras; sisters, Bethel Slater of Prineville, Shirley Falloon of Redmond, and Judy Lucas of Bend; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Hazel.
   No public funeral services were held, and arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   James Landles
   Former Madras resident James Forty Landles died March 7, 2003, in Woodburn. He was 92.
   Mr. Landles was born June 1, 1910 in Coos Bay. He was a plumber by trade.
   During World War II, he was a member of the Flying Tigers ground crew in the India, Burma, China Theatre. He was a member of American Legion Post 125 for 48 years, and a former district commander of the VFW.
   He previously owned the Rialto Tavern in Madras.
   A memorial service was held March 14, at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, with military honors by the U.S. Army Air Corps. Arrangements were under the direction of Cornwell Colonial Chapel in Woodburn.
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   Melvin Lewis
   Madras resident Melvin W. Lewis, 89, died May 18, at Mountain View Hospital in Madras. Funeral arrangements have tentatively been set for Friday, May 23, call Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home for time. A full obituary will appear in next week's Pioneer.
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   Arthur McGreer
   Clarno resident Arthur L. McGreer died May 16 at the family home. He was 89. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 24, at the Antelope Community Church, with burial to follow at the Antelope Cemetery. A full obituary will appear in next week's Pioneer. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Thurman Squiemphen
   Parkdale resident Thurman Allan Squiemphen died May 11, 2003, in Parkdale as the result of a car accident. He was 31.
   Mr. Squiemphen was born April 17, 1972, in Toppenish, Wash., to parents Terry Squiemphen and Gladys Meninick. He married his wife Donnetta on July 4, 2000, at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort.
   He was employed as an assistant manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Fish Hatchery in Parkdale. He attended two years of college, and was an enrolled member of the Yakima Tribe.
   Survivors include his wife, Donnetta Squiemphen of Parkdale; children, Alisa Ewalk of Canada, Trevdon Ewalk, Kimiko Ewalk and Marjorie Smith, all of Parkdale; his mother, Gladys Meninick of Parkdale; and brothers Vernon and Phillip Squiemphen, both of Warm Springs.
   A private family dressing ceremony was held May 13, at Simnasho Longhouse, followed by overnight services. Burial was held at sunrise at the Simnasho Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Roderick M. Thomas
   Former Madras resident Roderick "Rod" Morgan Thomas, most recently of Bend, died May 17 in Bend at the age of 87.
   Mr. Thomas was born July 25, 1915, in Portland to parents Evan and Jennet (Evans) Thomas. He married Lucile A. Bruner in Portland on July 18, 1937.
   He lived in Madras for 52 years, owning and operating several businesses here, including being the OLCC Liquor Agent for 38 years. He served in the Army, was a member of Madras Elks Lodge No. 2017, and the Madras Kiwanis.
   Survivors include his wife, Lucile Thomas of Bend; sons, Roderick Thomas Jr. of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Dudley Thomas of Portland; brothers, Dr. Evan Thomas of Madras, Lloyd Thomas of Portland; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Mitchell.
   No public funeral services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Autumn Funerals in Bend.
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   Ramon M. Whann
   Former Madras resident Ramon M. Whann died Feb. 7, 2003, in Sacramento, Calif., at the age of 93.
   Mr. Whann was born Dec. 19, 1910, in Denver, Colo. He graduated from engineering school at the University of California at Berkeley in 1935. During World War II he worked in the Vancouver Shipyards.
   He married Katherine Young in 1940 and they lived and farmed in Madras from 1950 to 1959. He spent the remainder of his career working for Kaiser Steel in Fontana, Calif.
   His special interests included camping, fishing, walking and visiting with family.
   Survivors include several nieces and nephews; his sister-in-law, Jean Young and brother-in-law Louis Young; and special friends Bernice Steiner and Lynn Mallein.
   Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., May 27, at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras. A Sacramento funeral home handled arrangements.