Obituaries for week of 12-15-04
- Madras Pioneer - News
Former Madras resident William K. "Bill" Farrell died Nov. 13, 2004, in Beaverton, at the age of 86.
Mr. Farrell was born Jan. 16, 1918, in The Dalles, grew up in Gateway, and graduated from Madras Union High School. On March 23, 1940, he married Jean Monroe of Mulino, Ore., who was also an OSC student, in a ceremony at her parent's home.
He attended Oregon State College, graduating in 1942 and moving to Canyon City to begin work as an OSU Extension Agent in Grant County the following Monday. He continued in that career until his retirement in 1982. He and Jean moved to Beaverton in 1989, where he became involved in the OSU Master Gardener Program and enjoyed being of service to people.
He is remembered by many in Grant County as "Mr. 4-H," for helping many young people realize their potential through his efforts to improve their lives through the 4-H program. He enjoyed helping to educate and motivate young people.
He is also remembered as a hard-working member of the Episcopal church in Canyon City.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Farrell of Hillsboro; sons, Terry, Hugh and Mike, all of John Day, and Tim of Sisters; daughters, Nancy Prewitt of Beaverton, and Marianne McKenzie of Corpus Christie, Texas; brothers, Art Farrell of Pasco, Wash., Keith Farrell of Washington state, and the late Phil Farrell of Madras; first cousin, Verna May (Priday) Corwin of Madras; sister-in-law, Alyls Belle Farrell of Madras; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Nov. 26, at St. Gabriel Episcopal Church in Portland, and a memorial service was held in Canyon City. Memorial contributions in his name have been suggested to the Grant County 4-H Program.
Former Madras resident Renford C. Gallier died Dec. 8, 2004, at Tualatin Hospital at the age of 86.
Mr. Gallier was born on Monday, April 15, 1918, in Fannett, Texas, to parents Jacob S. and Roxie (Mitchel) Gallier. He grew up and attended school in Fannett, Texas.
On Dec. 14, 1943, he and Lillian F. Tepera were married at St. Monica Church in Cameron, Texas, and made their home in Maysfield. In 1956, they relocated to Madras, where Mr. Gallier worked as a mechanic at the Main Street Chevrolet Garage for 30 years until his retirement in 1985.
After his retirement, the couple moved to Sherwood. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 14, 2003.
Mr. Gallier was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Sherwood. His special interests included doing woodworking, and he built feeders for the squirrels he loved to feed. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Gallier of Sherwood; her daughter, Loretta Hoehna of Tigard; sons, Renford Gallier of Tacoma, Wash., and Lawrence Gallier of Des Moines, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Angelia, Carissa, Toby, Randy, Adam, Preston, and Theresa; five step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two nephews, Tom and Mike; and those who have come to know a appreciate him where he has lived and worked.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence, and his sister, Selia.
Funeral services were held Dec. 11, in Attrell's Sherwood Funeral Chapel, officiated by Father Tom McCarthy. A private committal will be at St. Luke's Cemetery in Woodburn.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to St. Francis School or Shriners, in care of Attrell's Sherwood Funeral Chapel, 280 N.W. First St., Sherwood, OR 97140.
Madras resident Glenn Ellis Kissler died Dec. 11, 2004, at the age of 94. A visitation and viewing will be held Dec. 17, at Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home in Redmond, and graveside services are at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 17, at Redmond Memorial Cemetery. A full obituary will appear in next week's Pioneer.