Obituaries for week of 7-2-03
R. Craig Duke
Madras resident R. Crain Duke died June 27, 2003, at Mountain View Hospital from a heart attack due to complications from diabetes. He was 53.
Mr. Duke was born June 17, 1950, in Delta, Colo., to parents Barbara (Garrett) and Bob Duke. He attended Madras schools, graduating in 1969 from Madras High School. In school he was the junior class president, on the varsity golf team, and was involved in other sports and school activities.
He was an active member of the Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol and served as its vice president after moving to Bend. There, he met his wife Pat and they were married at Shevlin Park in 1975. Mr. Duke worked as a saw filer for Bend Mills and then as a sheet metal worker for Rod Rist in Redmond. For the last decade, he worked in the fabrication shop of Bright Wood Corporation in Madras. On May 12, 2001, he married Kandice McLean.
His interests included skiing, hunting, his dogs, being a hard worker and supportive friend.
Survivors include his parents, Barbara and Bob Duke of Madras; brother, Gary Duke of Portland; former wife Pat and daughter Brookley, both of Eugene; daughter, Chelsea of San Diego; and second wife, Kandice.
A celebration of his life will be held at the home of his parents at 479 SW Madison St., Madras, from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 13. Remembrances may be sent to the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home, which was in charge of arrangements.
Madras resident Dorothy Janet Fromong died June 25, 2003, at Mountain View Living Center. She was 57.
Mrs. Fromong was born June 9, 1946, in Redmond, to parents Myrthena and William Harold Grater. She began school in Ashwood, but also attended in Wasco and graduated from Madras High School. She took further schooling to become a certified nurse assistant, and subsequently worked at Falls View Nursing Home in Oregon City.
There she met Gilbert Fromong and they were married Sept. 7, 1974. They lived for a time in Oregon City, then moved back to the family farm in Ashwood. After the farm was sold, they relocated to Madras.
Mrs. Fromong loved animals and always had a cat. She enjoyed helping her dad while milking cows, riding horses, and taking care of lambs. She had a faith in Christ, but never joined a church. She had dreams of many adventures, but in her early teens developed a form of muscular dystrophy which made her incapable of accomplishing many of her dreams. She was very appreciative of her husband, who always cared and helped her do the things she wanted. She was so proud of her husband when he planted a rose garden just for her.
Survivors include her husband, Gilbert Fromong of Madras; mother, Myrthena Grater of Madras; uncle, John Martin of Mt. Angel; aunt, Marie Martin of Mt. Angel; and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, and brother, Arnold Grater.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 2, at Bel-Air Chapel. Burial will be at Wood Cemetery in Ashwood. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Antelope resident Philip Jean Hill died June 22, 2003, at the age of 86.
Mr. Hill was born Nov. 22, 1916, in Portland to parents Walter and Margaret (Brogan) Hill. He grew up on the family ranch near Antelope and attended the local schools, graduating from Antelope High School in 1934. During World War II, he served as seaman first class aboard the USS Bottineau in the South Pacific. On Aug. 29, 1969, he married Margaret Workman in Antelope and they enjoyed almost 34 years together.
Mr. Hill worked at a many types of jobs, including ranching, mining and construction. In early 1960 he took a "temporary" job with the Wasco County Road Department and retired as foreman of the Antelope Division in 1982.
Active in the Antelope community, he spend eight years as mayor, and also held every other city office including recorder and watermaster. Antelope's first well was drilled when he was mayor, providing the small town's first dependable water supply.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Antelope and the American Legion.
After his retirement, he and Margaret enjoyed going south each winter, and traveling to other areas. His special interests included gardening, working with machinery, the outdoors, and playing his guitar.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Hill of Antelope; sons, Scott Workman and wife Suzanne of Hood River, and Roger Workman of Bangkok, Thailand; daughter, Mollie Boyce and husband Richard of Lynnwood, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Beth Hill of Culver; sisters, Dorothy Hill and Winifred Thomsen, both of Walla Walla, Wash.; two great-grandsons, Nicholas and Patrick Boyce; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held June 30 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Madras, and graveside services were that afternoon at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in The Dalles. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the American Heart Association. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Long-time Madras resident Ethel E. Hofstetter died May 14, 2003, in San Diego, at the age of 92.
Mrs. Hofstetter was born Dec. 20, 1910, in Estacada. She married Truman E. Hofstetter.
While in Madras, she was employed as a bank teller, typist at the title and abstract company, and secretary to the Jefferson County school superintendent.
Mr. and Mrs. Hofstetter were founding members of the Metolius Friends Church.
Survivors include her son, Richard Hofstetter of San Diego, Calif.; four grandchildren, Philip Hofstetter of Houston, Texas, Andrew Hofstetter of Warm Springs, Robert Wijbrandus of Littleton, Colo., and Sean Wijbrandus of Dayton, Ohio; and six grandchildren. Their daughter, Carmel Hofstetter Wijbrandus, died in 1999.
Funeral services were held in San Diego, Calif. The family has suggested memorial donations in her name be made to the Truman and Ethel Hofstetter Scholarship Fund at Central Oregon Community College.
Former Madras resident Glenn E. Jones died June 27, 2003, at his home in Prineville at the age of 80.
Mr. Jones was born April 8, 1923, in Havelock, N.D., to parents Murrill T. and Minnie (Kunze) Jones. He moved to Prineville in 1955, and later lived in Caldwell, Idaho, Madras, and Prineville again in 1996.
On Feb. 16, 1945, he married Janet Dubisar in Mott, N.D. She preceded him in death on March 17, 2003, in Prineville.
He was a farmer and raised hay, wheat and cattle. He also worked for the Jefferson Road Department from 1970 to 1984, when he retired.
His interests included tinkering with his tools, traveling, and sports, especially golf and watching the Trailblazers.
Survivors include his sons, Darrell Jones and wife Lynn of Prineville, Gary Jones and his girlfriend Marty of Terrebonne; brother, Don Jones of Dickinson, N.D.; sisters, Lucille Jacobs of Regent, N.D., Doris Erickson of New England, N.D., and Lois Rustad of Clarkston, Wash.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 3, at the Heritage Chapel of the Prineville Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Juniper Haven Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, at Prineville Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Metolius resident Sherrie Annette Wilson died of cancer June 24, 2003, at the age of 66.
Mrs. Wilson was born Oct. 1, 1936, in East Lansing, Mich., to parents Ernest and Mary Root. She graduated from Crook County High School in 1954, and later married Forrest R. "Red" Wilson.
She was employed as the deputy clerk for the Jefferson County 509-J School District for 20 years. Her special interests included bowling, hunting and camping.
Survivors include her husband, Red Wilson of Metolius; daughter, Donna Cressman of Port Orchard, Wash.; aunt, Virginia Bartholomew of Custer, S.D.; brother, Ernest Root Jr. of Silver Spring, Md.; uncle, Tom Champion of Custer, S.D.; grandchildren, Ashley and Sara Cressman; and two great-grandchildren.
At her request, no funeral services were held. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Jefferson County Humane Society. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home.