Obituaries for week of 1-5-05
Robert "Bob" M. Harmon of Topeka, Kan., died Jan. 1, of cancer. He was 75 years old. His service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Harmon was born Oct. 8, 1929 to Chester A. Harmon and Esther T. (Greene) Harmon at Coquille, Ore. He attended school in Culver, and graduated from Redmond Union High School in 1947, and later graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., in 1960.
He met and married Doris Brunkow in 1952 in Topeka, Kan., while he was stationed at Forbes Air Force Base. Doris died in 1975. In 1985 he married Margaret Balyard. Bob worked in insurance most of his life and after retirement in several business ventures. Bob lived in Topeka, Kan., the major portion of his adult life.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Harmon; three daughters, Pam Gardner, and Paula Harmon of Colorado and Janet Ramirez of Topeka; his 102-year-old mother, Esther Harmon and his sister Theo Schonneker, both of Culver; two brothers, Chester Harmon and Chuck Harmon of Tumalo; numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two step-daughters, Anne and Jane and their children.
Memorials may be made to the hospice of one's choice.
Madras resident David B. Mammem died Dec. 24, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 83.
Mr. Mammen was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Rockford, Ill., to parents Anton and Mabel (Bristol) Mammen. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was honorably discharged in September 1945. On June 21, 1947, he married Alpha Mammen in Carson City, Nev.
He was employed as the office manager for Tracy Auto Parts in Tracy, Calif., until his retirement. He moved from Tracy to Madras five years ago to be near his nephew.
While in California, he was a lifetime member of VFW Post No. 1537, American Legion Post. No. 0172, and the Mt. Oso Masonic Lodge in Tracy, Calif. His special interests included traveling, especially to Reno, Nev.
Survivors include his wife, Alpha Mammen of Madras; nephew, Robert "Bob" Mammen of Madras; niece, Christine Holck of Bandon, Ore.; and brother, Harry Mammen of Bandon. He was preceded in death by two sisters.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 7, at Bel-Air Colonial Chapel in Madras. A private family burial will be held at the Tracy Cemetery in Tracy, Calif. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Mary Katherine Puckett, a longtime resident of Prineville, died Christmas Day, 2004. She was 91 years old.
Mary was born in Klamath Falls, June 24, 1913, to Bert and Emma Stiles. She married Etsell Woodrow (Bud) Puckett on June 9, 1934. Bud preceded her in death in 1960.
Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Neil and Mickey Puckett, David and Bonnie Puckett, Dan and Penny Puckett, Sam and Cleta Puckett, Nathan and Peggy Puckett, John and Louise Puckett, Steve and Dee Puckett, Ed Puckett, and Woody and Carolyn Puckett.
Also surviving are daughters and sons-in-law: Carolyn and John Chandler, Sarah and Bob Miller, Mary and Leroy Hanes, Esther and Ben Niemela, and Diane and Don Marvin. Mary is also survived by one sister, Addy Chamberlin, and brothers, Bob Stiles, Bill Stiles and Don Stiles. She also leaves 40 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Mary worked for a number of years for Pacific Fruit. She also was a cook at the Nazarene Daycare Center until her retirement at 78 years of age. She enjoyed gardening, reading, crochet, and cooking. Mary was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Her love for her large family was only exceeded by her love for her Lord. She served as church financial secretary until her passing. She played the piano and organ at church for over 60 years. According to family and friends, she will always be remembered for playing "The Star of the East" at Christmastime. There was no one who knew Mary who didn't know they were loved.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, four brothers, two grandsons, one infant son and infant twin daughters.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 31, at 12 p.m., at the Church of the Nazarene followed by a graveside service at Juniper Haven Cemetery at 2 p.m. There will be a dinner served at the Church of the Nazarene following the graveside service and all are welcomed. Visitation will be held at Prineville Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 30.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Church of the Nazarene in Prineville. Prineville Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Culver resident William Cletus Smith died Dec. 18, 2004, at the age of 85.
Mr. Smith was born Aug. 28, 1919, in Ketchum, Okla., to parents Arthur and Callie (Baker) Smith.
Mr. Smith moved to California in the early 1940s. On June 6, 1946, he married Luliah Pool in California and worked as a fireman in Port Chicago, Calif., for 14 years. They moved to Culver in 1959, where he worked in home construction, ran a dairy, and later was a building inspector.
He founded the Opal City Dance Hall and the Smith Family Band, and his special interests included team roping, hunting, pitching horseshoes, and raising and training horses.
Survivors include his sons, Garry Smith of Madras and Sheldon Smith of Culver; daughter, Sharon Gibson of Culver; brothers, Jack Smith of Wasilla, Alaska, and Harvey Smith of Antioch, Calif.; sisters, Zetta Pool of Redmond, Maxine Saska of Veneta, Okla., and Betty Embry of Palmer, Alaska; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, daughter Brenda, and two brothers.
Funeral services were held Dec. 27, at the Redmond Chapel of the Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home.
Ruth Nadine Worlein, a resident of Fossil, died Dec. 26, at Rosetta Assisted Living Center at the age of 82.
Mrs. Worlein was born March 28, 1922, in Mack Creek, Mo., to parents Ervin and Flora (Edison) Bonner. She married Joseph Worlein in Twin Falls, Idaho, and they moved to Spoos Mill, Ore., in 1940.
In 1941, they relocated Kinzua, Ore., then in 1961 to Portland, and finally in 1976 to Spray, Ore. During World War II, Mrs. Worlein, who went by her middle name, Nadine, worked as a finish welder in the shipyards. In Kinzua and in Portland, she worked for the U.S. Postal Service. She also worked in the Kinzua Mercantile for several years.
She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star, loved flowers and crafts of all kinds, and loved spending time with her family.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Wayland Hyatt of Fossil, Janet Christensen of Portland, and Dorothy Buell of Milton-Freewater; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, son George, her parents, four sisters, four brothers, and a granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Fossil Methodist Church. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Haven House in Fossil. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.