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Obituaries for week of 3-14-07


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   Sheila Gowan
   Madras resident Sheila Gowan died March 6, 2007, as the result of a car accident in Southern California. She was 60.
   Mrs. Gowan was born May 12, 1946, in Corning, Calif., to parents Virgil and Ida Mae Barney.
   She married Gerald Gowan in Ukiah, Calif. He preceded her in death last year from cancer. Places she had lived included Ukiah, Calif., Aberdeen, Md., Maryville, Tenn., and for the past four years in Madras.
   She was employed as a secretary for Mendocino County, Calif., for 20 years before retiring. After moving to this area, she worked for a while at Earth 2-O in Culver, and had been a foster parent for two years. Her special interests included crafting and traveling.
   Survivors include her daughter, Simone Gowan of Madras; sons, Troy Gowan of Lenior City, Tenn., Lin Gowan, of Surprise, Ariz.; grandchildren, Joshua Gowan and Shane Gowan, both of Surprise, Ariz., and Steven Gowan of Lenior City, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Braiden, Camrin and Serenity Gowan, all of Surprise, Ariz.; and her newest and great-granddaughter, Jade Gowan, who she was traveling to see at the time of the accident.
   She will be cremated and a local memorial service is being planned, along with a service in Ukiah, Calif., in late April. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Sheila Gowan Memorial Fund at any branch of U.S. Bank, to help the family with expenses.
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   Albert Rempel
   Madras resident Albert Rempel died March 4, 2007, at East Cascade Assisted Living at the age of 94.
   Mr. Rempel was born May 3, 1912, in Meade, Kan., to parents Jacob and Eva Rempel. He attended school through the eighth grade. He was raised in Kansas and Nebraska.
   On Dec. 4, 1938, he married Lola Fern Simmons in Nebraska. In 1943, they moved to Portland, where he worked in the Portland Shipyards and for Western Cooperage, then 25 years for Pacific Power and Light. He retired from PP&L in 1977 at age 65. In 2000, he moved with his daughter and son-in-law to Madras.
   He was a member of the Mennonite Church in Nebraska, Bethel Baptist and University Park Baptist in Portland, and Tigard First Baptist in Tigard.
   His interests included yard and flower and vegetable gardening, doing latch hook, making "scrubbies" and giving them away, church participation including building, singing in the choir and serving as a deacon and usher. He also liked traveling, eating out, and being with his family.
   Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Lucille and Bob Harris of Metolius, Patricia and Gary Thompson of Portland, Alberta and Jerry Hedin of Portland; granddaughters, Karen Harris, Linda Bell, Betty Thompson, Michelle Hedin, Denise Vincent, all of Portland; great-granddaughters, Stephanie Bell, Ashley Bell of Portland; brothers, Henry and Harry Rempel of Mountain Lake, Minn.; sisters, Frieda of Mountain Lake Minn., Helen of Hillsboro, Kan., Viola of Roca, Neb., and Marcella of Bella Vista, Ark.
   He was preceded in death by his wife Lola, his parents, Jacob and Eva Rempel; brothers, Andrew, Abe and Frank; and sisters, Margaret and Alma.
   Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., March 15, at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland. Burial will be at Skyline Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Mountain View Hospital Hospice in Madras. Arrangements were under the direction of Skyline Memorial Gardens.
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   Vern Thompson Jr.
   La Pine resident Vern Thompson Jr., 67, died March 4, 2007, as the result of a motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 26 near Warm Springs.
   Mr. Thompson was born May 4, 1940, in Long Beach, Calif., to parents Vern and Nancy Thompson. He served in the Air Force and later worked in construction as a carpenter. He married Judith Rickman.
   He was an excellent craftsman and loved working with wood and building muzzle loaders. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.
   Survivors include his wife, Judy Thompson of La Pine; sons, Lyle Thompson of La Pine, Dean Smith of Coquille, Ore., and Joseph Smith of La Pine; daughters, Jean Carlson of Coquille, Amanda Smith of Madras, and Clystie Gustafson of La Pine; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a granddaughter, and a great-grandson.
   Private family services were held with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.