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Obituaries for week of 12-22-04


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   Edward Henry Jr.
   Warm Springs resident Edward Charles Henry Jr. died Dec. 16, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. He was 47.
   Mr. Henry was born April 28, 1957, in The Dalles, to parents Edward Henry and Priscille Pinkham. He was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and a lifetime resident of Warm Springs. He was employed for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs as a janitor.
   Survivors include his children, Bruce Howtopat, Danica Greene, Derek Greene, Joe Greene, Edwardene Henry, Lillitz Henry, and DeShawn Smith, all of Warm Springs; brothers, Joel Henry of Maupin, Jay Henry of Warm Springs, Michael Henry of Lapwai, Idaho; sisters, Jana Jena Henry Lapwai, Idaho, and Sarah Harrison of Tri Cities, Wash.
   A dressing ceremony was held Dec. 18, at Agency Longhouse in Warm Springs. Burial was at Red Bear Cemetery in Lapwai, Idaho. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home in Madras.
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   Mary Huff
   Terrebonne resident Mary Lois Huff died Dec. 15, 2004, at the age of 86.
   Mrs. Huff was born Sept. 21, 1918, in Bend, to parents Vernon O. and Grace (Pidgeon) Clevenger. On Oct. 14, 1935, she and Joseph A. Huff were married in Vancouver, Wash.
   She taught in public schools in Sutherlin, Madras and Gilcrest, retiring in 1980 in Terrebonne.
   She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, Terrebonne Grange, Retired Teachers' Association, and was a lifelong member of the Christian Church. She loved traveling and Central Oregon history.
   Survivors include her special friend Cliff Bostetter of Crescent Lake; sons, Richard Huff of Redmond and Wayne Huff of Longview, Wash.; sister, Jean Sohn of Ellensburg, Wash., eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1987, her parents, and three brothers.
   Funeral services were held Dec. 21, at the Redmond Christian Church, with arrangements under the direction of Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home, Redmond Chapel. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Hospice of Redmond, Sisters and Grant County, 732 S.W. 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756.
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   Glenn Kessler
   Madras resident Glenn Ellis Kessler died Dec. 11, 2004, at the age of 94.
   Mr. Kissler was born Jan. 21, 1910, in Ocheyedan, Iowa, to parents George and Bertha (Ellis) Kissler. On Jan. 6, 1931, he and Leota Audrain were married in Redmond.
   He worked as a farmer in the Powell Butte area for most of his life. He enjoyed traveling, taking long drives, visiting with old friends and being with his family.
   Survivors include sons, Leroy Kissler and Charles Kissler of Madras, and Jerry Kissler of Portland; sister, Maude Ferringer of Springfield; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leota in 1994, a son Larry, and daughter Beverly Rees.
   A graveside service was held Dec. 17, at the Redmond Memorial Cemetery, under the direction of Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home of Redmond.
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   Jane Loy
   Madras resident Jane Loy died Dec. 18, at the age of 86.
   Mrs. Loy was born Oct. 4, 1918, at Harvard, Neb., to parents Frank and Nettie (Criley) Bates. She was married to John E. Loy, who preceded her in death.
   She was employed for 25 years as a sales clerk for J.C. Penney in Covina, Calif. She moved to Madras in 1993 from Covina, Calif., to be near her daughter.
   Survivors include her daughters, Mildred McClelland of Madras, Connie Norton of Woodbridge, Calif.; six grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
   Private services will be held in California, and a private family burial service at Oakdale Cemetery in Covina, Calif. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home in Madras.
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   Ila Relling
   Madras resident Ila Belle Relling died Dec. 14, 2004, at the age of 91.
   Mrs. Relling was born Nov. 6, 1913, in Flora, Ore., to parents Anna Jane and John Harris. She lived most of her life in Oregon, but spent several years in Idaho and California. She attended high school in Sandy and college at Treasure Valley College in Ontario.
   In 1932, she and Arthur Nelson were married and had two children, Elizabeth and Robert. After her husband was killed in a logging accident, she and the children moved to Nampa, Idaho, where the children finished school.
   She married Charles Croghan in 1969 and they moved to Madras in 1970. Here, they both taught COCC adult classes, with Ila teaching crafts, and Charles teaching welding.
   Mr. Croghan passed away in 1971, and in 1974 she married Ernest Relling. They owned a vacuum sales and repair shop. He passed away in 1989.
   She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Mountain View Hospital Auxiliary, where she was a past president, Ladies of the Elks No. 2017, where she was past president, Mud Springs Grange, Seniors of Jefferson County, AARP No. 2956, and Eastern Star Concordia chapter 133.
   Her special interests included cooking, sewing, doing crafts, and she enjoyed making people laugh.
   Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Hohndorf and her husband Ernie of Minden, Nev.; son, Robert Nelson and his wife Elizabeth of Madras; four granddaughters, Debbie Gabel of Beaverton, Mary Souers of Lake Oswego, Lisa Abel of Madras, and Kerry Brainerd of Sebastapol, Calif.; one grandson, Michael Hohndorf of Antioch, Calif.; several stepchildren and step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by three husbands, her parents John and Anna Harris, brothers L.D., Gorman and Joe Harris, and four sisters, Edna, Vinita, Leone and Aleene.
   A memorial services will be held Dec. 28, at 11 a.m., at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Madras. Memorial donations have been suggested to Gideons International, or Mountain View Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Roma Schneiter
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   Roma Genevieve Schneiter died Dec. 7, 2004, at the age of 82.
   Mrs. Schneiter was born May 13, 1922, in Kansas to parents John and Mattie Betts, the youngest of 12 children.
   On April 6, 1940, she married Frederick Schneiter. For almost 52 years they were together. They worked as partners in farming, construction, logging and in the 1980s were gate-tenders at the Three Rivers Gate.
   Her special interests included being with family and friends, fishing, playing pinochle, and RVing with her husband.
   Survivors include her children, Barbara Frazier and Fred Schneiter, both of Culver, Wayne Schneiter of Lebanon, and LaVada MacDonald of Arizona; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Minnie of Union Gap, Wash.; and many friends.
   Her remains were cremated, and a gathering of family and friends will be held at 1 p.m., Jan. 22, 2005, at the City View Cemetery, 390 Hoyt St., Salem. Memorial donations have been suggested to the hospice of your choice.