Obituaries for the week of 6-28-06
- Madras Pioneer - Sports
Former Madras resident Arthur Ray Bierly died June 16, 2006, at St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., at the age of 58.
Mr. Bierly was born Feb. 18, 1948, in Klamath Falls to parents Amos and Loree (Buckingham) Bierly. He grew up and attended school in Madras. Following high school, he obtained a degree in marketing from Oregon State University.
On Nov. 29, 1975, he married Rae Wilson in Longview, Wash. They moved to Woodland, Wash. in 1976, and lived there 25 years before moving to Sparks, Nev. They had recently moved to Vancouver, Wash.
Mr. Bierly was employed as a heavy equipment part salesman at Evergreen Parts and Equipment at the time of his death.
He was a high priest of the Woodland Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and at his church was a Scout Master and worked with youth in the DARE program. He was also a member of Bishop Rick at the church and served in many other capacities. His other interests included collegiate wrestling and running sports.
Survivors include his wife, Rae Bierly of Vancouver, Wash.; mother and stepfather, Loree and Clayton Fox; sons, Chris, Aaron, and Mathew, all of Vancouver; daughters, Janet Eyres of Tall Timbers, Md., Debra Williams of San Jose, Calif., Angela Bierly of Los Angeles, Calif.; brothers, Kenneth Bierly of Salem, Rufus Bierly of Portland; sisters, Carol Bond of Long Beach, Wash., and Anita Lee of Salem; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held June 22, at the Woodland Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Arrangements were under the direction of Woodland Funeral Home.
Mary Linda Dent
Mary Linda Dent, 81, died peacefully of natural causes in San Jose, Calif., on June 21, 2006 surrounded by her five sons.
She was born in Rockford, Ill., to Guilio and Argia Campoli and most recently resided in Cupertino, Calif.
She spent the majority of her life in Central Oregon (Redmond and Madras) as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her five sons, Robert Dent of Bend, Gary Dent of Beaverton, Jack Dent of Brooks, Doug Dent of Prineville, and Skip Dent of Hope, Alaska; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Dent will be remembered for her acts of kindness, gentle disposition, sense of humor, and unconditional love for her family. Whenever asked about her life, she proudly stated she had five sons and her first and foremost thoughts were always for her boys.
Graveside services were held at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Morgan Hill, Calif., June 24. Arrangements were by Habing Family Funeral Home, Gavilan Hills Memorial Park, 129 Fourth St., Gilroy, Calif.
Former Madras resident Orval Francis (Mac) McManman died June 22, at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, which he entered two weeks before his death. He was 84.
He was born in Bend on March 17, 1922, to Frank and Ethel McManman and was raised in Aumsville, Ore., with older brother Frank LaVern. He served in the Navy during World War II. On June 15, 1947, he married Leona Haynes.
He spent most of his adult life in Central Oregon, living in Bend, Prineville, Madras and The Dalles. He worked as a farmer, a choker-setter in the woods, a brakeman for the Prineville Railroad and as a concrete inspector for Ebasco during the construction of Pelton Dam. He later worked in maintenance for Portland General Electric Company at the Pelton and Round Butte hydroelectric projects.
Mr. McManman worked as an executive housekeeper for Mountain View Hospital in Madras, as an executive housekeeper at Columbia Park Hospital in The Dalles, as a maintenance worker for the Army Corps of Engineers at The Dalles and John Day hydroelectric projects, and as a maintenance worker for Fort Dalles Museum.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of The Dalles. He liked being with his family and the various dogs that found their way into his life.
Survivors include his wife, Leona Haynes of The Dalles; son, Don McManman of Shoreline, Wash., and daughters, Marie Torrillo, of Portland, and Judy McManman of Vancouver; and two grandchildren, Michael and Senie. He was preceded in death by his son Dan in 1995.
At his request, there will be no service. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Gorge, the First Christian Church or the American Lung Association.
Private first class Thomas Lowell Tucker died June 16, 2006, while on duty in Iraq. He was 25.
Thomas was born May 5, 1981 in Prineville to parents Wes and Meg Tucker. In 1983, the Tuckers moved to Madras, where Thomas attended all 12 years of school.
In grade school and junior high, he enjoyed playing baseball and basketball until an injury sidelined his sports activities.
Musically talented, he was an accomplished piano player and played trombone in the Madras High School pep band. In high school he took metals classes from teacher Jerome Mannenbach and was a member of the school's VICA vocational club, which built electric cars. He worked at Cliff's Auto Repair through the school-to-work program, and continued to work there and at Bright Wood Corporation after graduating from MHS in 1999.
Later, Thomas worked as a landscaper and framer throughout Central Oregon. In July 2005, he joined the U.S. Army and graduated from boot camp on Nov. 18. He was deployed to Iraq on Feb. 21, 2006.
Survivors include his parents, Wes and Meg Tucker of Madras; sister, Tayva Tucker of Prineville; nephews, Tanner Ebersole and Tyson Ebersole; grandparents, Esther Tucker of Arizona, Tom and Vivian Tucker of Mount Vernon, Ore., and John and Carolyn Chandler of Prineville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lowell and Pearl Hansen, and two aunts.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 1, at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond. His father said that service will be for the nation and Central Oregon. A graveside service for family members and the Madras community will follow at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery. A reception will be held afterwards at Madras High School.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.