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Obituaries for the week of 7-26-06


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   Gerald McClain
   Madras resident Gerald L. McClain died June 28, 2006, at the age of 65.
   Mr. McClain was born May 21, 1941, in Tillamook. His mother was Viola May Moore of Portland and his father was Erton Roosevelt McClain of Arkansas.
   They lived in Nehalam, Ore., and later moved to Sandy, where he grew up and went to school and graduated from Sandy High School. He then joined the Coast Guard.
   Later, he worked for Pape Cat and lived in Prineville. He also worked as a school bus driver at Powell Butte, a carpenter and an auto mechanic.
   He was married and was baptized as a Methodist and attended church at the Powell Butte Christian Church. He lived at Madras Estates in Madras before going to the Mountain View Living Center 1 1/2 years ago.
   His special interests included hunting, fishing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, sewing, cooking, camping, boating, and teasing people.
   Survivors include his three children, Lisa, Doug and Sue; and brother, William "Bill" McClain. He was preceded in death by his brother Irvin.
   A service of remembrance was held July 13, at Mountain View Living Center, officiated by Pastor Richard Burson.
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   Vern Tunison Jr.
   Madras resident Vern Clair Tunison Jr. died July 17, 2006, at home of natural causes. He was 78.
   Mr. Tunison was born Oct. 9, 1927, in Tygh Valley, Ore., to parents Vera I. (Goetien) and Vern C. Tunison Sr. He served as an airplane and engine mechanic and welder in the U.S. Air Force as a corporal for the 1701st Maintenance Squad from Dec. 30, 1946, to Dec. 30, 1949.
   On June 10, 1956, he married Larena Fox in Oregon City, and this June, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
   Following the service, he worked in construction on the Route F Tunnel in Mapleton, Ore., near the coast, and suffered two broken legs in an on-the-job accident. Upon recovery, he drove log trucks until they moved to Maupin.
   He drove trucks for Joe Hall of Madras Freight, Mid Oregon Oil Company, and Gourmet Foods for the next few years. He worked for the Jefferson County Road Department as an operator for 13 years, then retired.
   After retirement, Evergreen Bentonite hired him to drive to its mill near Post and back to Madras for 14 years.
   His special interests included hunting, fishing and raising registered paint and quarter horses. He was a member of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Posse.
   Survivors include his wife, Larena Tunison of Madras; daughter, Mitzi Hryciw of Madras; son, Travis Tunison of Prineville; granddaughter Casey Tunison; and sisters, Lora May Hackler of Maupin and Joan Tunison of The Dalles. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and two brothers.
   A memorial service was held July 23, at the Metolius Friends Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   John Werner
   Madras resident John J. Werner died July 18, 2006, at the age of 76.
   Mr. Werner was born July 24, 1929, in Bend, to parents John and Dorothy (Jonas) Werner. On May 24, 1947, he married his wife Joyce.
   He worked as a salesman for Guy Davis Chevrolet, Miller Ford, Robberson Ford, Juniper Auto, and Dave Hamilton Chevrolet.
   He was a charter member of Elks Lodge No. 2017, and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the volunteer fire department and volunteer ambulance crew.
   Survivors include his daughters, Terry Werner and Sherry Livesay, both of Madras; sisters, Josephine Conover of Lake Oswego, and Bobbi Thomas of California; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and a sister.
   A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., July 27, at the Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.