Obituaries for week of 9-27-06
Former Madras resident Victor "Vic" W. Bacon died Sept. 19, 2006, in Gresham, at the age of 94.
Mr. Bacon was born May 12, 1912, to Wesley and Jessie (Gibons) Bacon on a homestead east of Madras. He attended the one-room Fields School on Hay Creek Road for two years before the family moved to the Bull-Run, Sandy area in 1921. He attended Bull-Run Grade School and was a 1930 graduate of Sandy High School, where he lettered in all school sports and was elected to school government.
He married his high school sweetheart, Martha Maulding, on June 12, 1930, in Hillsboro. He was employed for over 43 years by Portland General Electric Company, beginning in 1934 as a street car motorman and ending his career in 1977 after 20 years as a first project manager of the Pelton-Round Butte Hydroelectric Project.
He was very active in the Madras community and its school programs. The farms, ranches and scenic beauty of Central Oregon held a special place in his heart. He enjoyed fishing the Deschutes River and going deep sea fishing.
From 1948 to 1955, he owned the Gresham Fun Center Roller Skating Rink, while also supporting youth activities. He and his wife enjoyed bowling for many years at the fun center's bowling lanes.
He was a lifetime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Northwest Electrical and Power Association, a charter and lifetime member of the Gresham Elks No. 1805, lifetime member of the Madras Masonic Lodge A.F. and A.M. No. 169, with a 32nd degree in the York Rite and Scottish Rite Masonic bodies.
He was also active in the Al Kader Shrine Temple (elected to Al Kader Divan and elected high priest), Jesters, Knights of Mecca, Ambassadors, the Shriners Hospital for Children program, was an East-West Shrine Football Game committee member, and was a member of the Sandy Historical Society.
His wife passed away in 1994 after 63 years of marriage, and in 1995 he moved to the Gresham Manor Retirement Home.
Survivors include his daughters, Jean Rolli of Boring and her companion Farley Flynn, Gwen Macaulay of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Roberta Jackson and her husband Dale, Richard Rolli and his wife Laura, Rocky Gilmore and his wife Michelle, Karlyn Sellards and her husband Steve; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his twin sister, Lola; and brothers, Wilson, Ted, Stanley, Curtis and George.
Funeral services were held Sept. 25, at Gresham Funeral Chapel, followed by a family graveside service Sept. 26, at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Shriners Hospital for Children, or the charity of one's choice.
Bend resident and former Metolius teacher Wanda Dorothy Byrum died Sept. 16, 2006, at the age of 89.
Mrs. Byrum was born Sept. 9, 1917, in Bend, to parents Anthony and Flossie (Brenchley) Heinze. She was a graduate of Klamath Falls High School, and Southern Oregon Teachers College in Ashland.
On May 23, 1938, she married Clifford Smith. He preceded her in death. On Dec. 21, 1946, she married William L. Byrum. She taught school four years in Applegate Valley, Ore., and then 22 years in Metolius.
Mrs. Byrum was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Bend and her special interests included writing and reading.
Survivors include her son, L.A. "Buck" Smith of Roseburg; and daughters, Linda Smith Jones of Redmond, and Julie Byrum Wimmer of Salem; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both her husbands, a son and a sister.
Graveside services were held Sept. 30, at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home of Bend. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Habitat for Humanity, 1860 N.E. Fourth St., Bend, OR 97701, or the American Cancer Society, 2350 Oakmont Way, Suite 200, Eugene, OR 97401.
Vivian L. Goodson, 71, passed away Sept. 19, 2006 in Mesa, Arizona.
She was born to Fritz and Pearl Preas on Jan. 26, 1935, in Prairie City, Ore. At the age of 7, she moved to Prineville. and graduated from Crook County High School in 1953. She married her best friend, Jim Goodson, on Oct. 13, 1953, in Austin, Texas.
During the first 20 years of their marriage, she dedicated her life to caring for their six children while traveling the world in support of her husband's career in the United States Air Force.
In 1972, Jim retired from the Air Force and they relocated to Bend for six years before moving to Madras and starting a family construction company.
The Goodsons retired as the owners of their family business "Goodson Construction" in 1997, leaving the business to their oldest son, Marty. At that time, the two traveled in their motor home throughout the country spending time with their children and grandchildren. Mrs. Goodson loved the warm weather of Mesa, Ariz., while sharing company with longtime friends and family.
She enjoyed gardening, playing cards and traveling, especially trips to Reno and Las Vegas. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her six children and grandchildren. She found great pleasure in donating her time to the needs of others.
She is survived by her best friend and husband, Jim Goodson; her children Marty (and wife Letty) Goodson, Pam (Don) Harris, Andrea (Mark) Simpson, Ken (Laurie) Goodson, Scott (Dawn) Goodson, and Paula (Randy) King; brother George Preas; and 14 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fritz and Pearl Preas; and two grandchildren, Zachary and Taylor King.
A celebration of Mrs. Goodson's life will be held at a later date in Madras. The family is requesting that memorial donations be made to your local hospice.
Graveside services for Bart Kirk will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Redmond Cemetery. A gathering will follow at the Redmond Masonic Temple.
Former Madras resident Winton Livingston died Sept. 23, 2006, at the age of 89. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Sept. 29, at Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond. A full obituary will appear in next week's Pioneer.
Metolius resident Jerrel Dean Lewis died Sept. 19, 2006, at the age of 78.
Mr. Lewis was born Feb. 5, 1928, in Wasco, Calif., to parents Vernie and Chelsie (Love) Lewis. On July 22, 1942, at age 14, he lied about his age and was one of the youngest Americans ever to join the Navy. He was assigned to the Navy medical corps and worked at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego. He then joined the Fleet Marine Force at Camp Elliott and trained to become a combat medic with the Fifth Marine Battalion. But the military finally found out his real age and on May 5, 1943, at age 15, he was honorably discharged for being too young to serve.
His father had been a world champion fiddler, and Lewis became a successful musician and traveled around the country rubbing shoulders with people like Tennessee Ernie Ford and Ray Price. When he was 25, he fell off a bandstand while performing, which led to his developing lifelong agoraphobia (fear of public places). That phobia also ended his music career. A feature story on Lewis was published in The Pioneer on May 21, 2003.
In 1962, he married June Hunting in Alaska, and together they owned and operated Metolius Market, which he built in 1972.
He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 2107, and his special interests included restoring classic cars, fishing, hunting, and music.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, June Lewis of Metolius; sons, Doug Lewis of Phoenix, Ariz., John Lewis of Yuma, Ariz., Mark Lewis of Forest Grove, J. Dean Lewis, and Bart Lewis of St. Helens; daughters, JuDean Lewis of San Diego, Calif., and Dorothy Glovka of Estacada; sister, Pat Cole of Agura Hills, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Brett who died in a car accident in 1982 while attending West Point; a brother; and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Sept. 25, at Bel-Air Colonial Chapel. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Casey Eye Clinic in care of the Madras Elks Lodge, or Mountain View Hospice. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.