Obituaries for week of 2-16-05
Louis "Lou" Benson
Former Madras resident Louis "Lou" Benson died Feb. 10, 2005, in Valparaiso, Ind., at the age of 87.
Mrs. Benson was born Sept. 27, 1917, in Luella, Texas, to Jesse Odum and Mollie (Fields) Brentlinger. The family moved to Oklahoma, and she attended school in Caddo.
She married James C. Hogan on June 2, 1932, and they had two children. They moved to California in 1942. That marriage ended in 1944, and she was working at Pacific Can Company when she met Cecil G. Benson. On May 9, 1948, they were married in Reno, Nev. They owned property in Madras and moved to that farm in 1948. Here she owned and operated Benson Cattle Ranch with her husband. They retired from the cattle business in 1992 and moved into Madras. Their winters were spent in Arizona and they enjoyed traveling together.
She belonged to the VFW Auxiliary, Rebekah Lodge, First Christian Church of Madras, and her special interests included her family, doing yardwork, and being with her friends.
Survivors include her son, Jack (Patricia) Benson of Tigard; daughters, Renee (Steve) Krstovich of Valparaiso, Ind., and Melonee Surman of Tigard; sister, Nina Sims of Durant, Okla.; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, and a son, Jim.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Bel-Air Chapel in Madras. A luncheon will follow the services at First Christian Church of Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Madras resident Burton O. Haverfield died Feb. 10, 2005, at Mountain View Living Center following 97 years of cowboying.
Mr. Haverfield was born Nov. 24, 1907, in Berg, N.D., to parents Alexander and Elizabeth Haverfield. He was the youngest in his family and grew up in the Badland Mountains of North Dakota, as well as Montana and Canada. He attended school through the third grade.
He started breaking horses and freighting supplies at a very young age. In his early 20s, he and other area cowboys rounded up 5,000 head of wild horses and sold them at the request of the authorities. He was a champion bronc rider in his younger years, and was inducted into the Canadian Cowboy Hall of Fame. In the 1930s, he married Edna Heck, but they later were divorced.
In 1945, he built and operated the Emmett Sale Yard in Idaho until selling it in 1947. During that time he also ranched and bred horses in various areas of Idaho. He was one of the earliest to breed and promote Appaloosa Racing in the Northwest. He was a partner in the Triple H Cattle Company, and in the early 1960s, developed Cougar Mountain Subdivision for cabin sites. In the late 1960s, he operated a cow outfit at Ironside, Ore.
In 1972, he earned the nickname "World's Greatest Bull Shipper" after expanded his ranching operations in Oregon. He married Mary Ann Christison during this time. Mr. Haverfield purchased the Big Muddy, Norton and Priday ranches, combining all of them together for approximately 136,000 acres, which sat in three different counties. At this time, he also was operating the Hackerman Ranchs, which he had purchased earlier. After a few years, he bought 360 acres at Haystack Reservoir and developed a smaller horse/cow operation. He and Mary Ann later divorced.
In Madras, he and Lucille Endres became best companions for each other. Lucille and her family welcomed him into their lives and homes. They shared a happy life together for the past 18 years.
"Burton O. from Idaho," as he called himself, was a true stockman and knowledgeable horseman. He was conservative, yet bold, and loved the outdoors in all of its seasons. He loved children and was loved by them. He taught countless people uncountable lessons, mentored more than he would ever admit to helping, and never complained when something went sour.
Mr. Haverfield loved to play cards with his wonderful friends at the Elks Lodge, where he was a member for many years. He also was a member of many organizations including the American Quarter Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, and the Cattleman's Association. He moved from Idaho into Oregon to create something huge. Along the way, he stumbled, tripped and fell, but never appeared to have a bad day. He wasn't one to speak badly of others, and business stress appeared to bounce off of him. He always got up and moved forward, a true "gentle man."
Survivors include his loving companion, Lucille Endres of the Madras and Culver areas; daughter, Lucille Sorenson of Chino Valley, Ariz.; stepsons, Doug, Dirk and his wife Rhonda, and Drew Christison, all of Idaho; stepdaughter, Lisa Lee of Washington; granddaughters, Diana Kipp of Arizona, Bobi McDonald of Idaho, Jenna Leaverton of Washington, Sarah and Christie Christison, both of Idaho; grandsons, Michael Rosenlund of Arizona, Jay Rosenlund of Wyo., and Kyle Christison of Idaho; six great-grandchildren; and special friends Ron and Marlene Alley of Culver. He was preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held Feb. 12, at the Madras Elks Lodge, with burial at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Madras Elks Lodge or Mountain View Hospice, in care of Mountain View Hospital. Arrangements were under the direction of Mr. Haverfield's longtime friend of many years Doug Kowaleski at Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Six-year-old Brendon Cody Moore of Culver died of cancer Feb. 6, 2005.
Brendon was born Oct. 1, 1998, in Oregon City to parents Stephen and Sandra (Boothel) Moore. He started kindergarten at Culver Elementary School, and after suffering a relapse of a rare childhood cancer, first diagnosed when he was age 4, Brendon was "adopted" by the Culver football team through the Sparrow Club.
Brendon enjoyed throwing a football, hanging out with the CHS team, watching movies, and playing video games and on the computer. Last year he and his family were able to visit Disneyland.
Survivors include his parents, Steve and Sandra Moore of Culver; and half-sisters, Samantha and Sasha Sterner, both of Portland.
A memorial service was held Feb. 14, at the Culver High School gym, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
A memorial fund has been set up in Brendon's name at Community First Bank in Madras to help the family with expenses related to his illness.
Robert Van Winkle
Metolius resident Robert Lavern Van Winkle died Feb. 2, 2005, at the age of 63.
Mr. Van Winkle was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Grand Island, Neb. He worked as a janitor for the Jefferson County School District, and also lived in Portland for a while. For a while, he operated his own business Bob's Floors in Metolius.
He enjoyed riding motorcycles in his younger days, and later enjoyed scuba diving, camping, fishing in Central Oregon lakes and doing handcrafts.
Survivors include his son; Robert L. Van Winkle of Metolius, brother, Harry Van Winkle of Madras; sisters, Judy Smith of Metolius and Sylvia Sain of Madras; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Beverly Lurine, and his parents Alice and Harry Van Winkle.
A celebration of his life will be held at a future date. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Mountain View Hospice in Madras. Arrangements were under the direction of Deschutes Memorial Chapel.