Obituaries for week of 4-18-07
Longtime area resident Ruth Winifred (Leach) Grant died March 24, 2007, at Aspen Court in Madras of natural causes. She was 92.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 28, at the Culver Christian Church.
On May 17, 1914, Ruth Leach was born in Willamina, Ore., the eighth child of Thomas and Jennie Leach. When she was only 1, her father passed away, and her mother took the children back to Culver to live. Her mother became the first and only telephone switchboard operator out of her home for the city of Culver.
She grew up spending most of her time with her beloved brother and close companion, Tom. She had a love of sports and became a serious competitor in tennis and basketball. The tennis courts were made of rocks and dirt and girls had to wear skirts, so a fall was rather painful. She attended school in Culver.
In 1928, she became a member of the Our Day Out (ODO) Club, which continued throughout her lifetime. At one of the town dances, she met Leonard Grant, a very handsome cowboy, who was determined to marry Ruth Leach.
After she graduated from Culver High School in 1932, he got his wish and they were married. The Grants survived the Great Depression, and moved to Portland during World War II. After the war, they moved to Grizzly for two years, then settled on a farm in Culver and built a home.
Mrs. Grant's love for sports never dwindled and she was active in fishing and hunting. She was an incredible shot, even from her bathroom window. She had been a Trail Blazer basketball fan since the 1970s. She and Leonard also loved attending their grandchildren's sporting events, taking them camping and fishing and teaching them how to ride horses.
In 1997, the Grants were honored as the Jefferson County Pioneer Man and Queen.
Survivors include her daughters, Phyllis Herringshaw, Darlene Dinkel and son-in-law Cap Dinkel, all of Culver; grandchildren, Melody, Shane, Shelley and Tammy; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001; son, Gayle; sisters, Wanda, Margie, Ursel, Doris, Jeanette, Miriam; brother Tom; son-in-law Dale Herringshaw and granddaughter Debbie.
Former Madras resident Charles "Chuck" E. Harriman died Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007, in Terrebonne at the age of 79.
Mr. Harriman was born on Jan. 28, 1928, to parents Mildred (Wilde) and Charles Nelson Harriman in The Dalles. He had one sister, Betty Donnell.
He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Jane Lemke, in the fall of 1948, and they were married for over 59 years. The Harrimans lived in The Dalles, Salem, Yakima, Wash., and Alaska. They moved from Alaska to Madras, where they lived for seven years. Later, they moved to Woodburn and lived there 35 years, raising their children there.
Mr. Harriman worked in the tire industry as a salesman and then as a manager. He eventually owned his own tire store. After retiring in Woodburn, he drove school bus for many years.
His interests included water skiing, racing, and he was an avid outdoorsman. In later years, he enjoyed Western books and "circle a word" puzzles. He was a member of the Living Hope Christian Center in Madras. He was very passionate about whatever he did.
Survivors include his wife, Liz Harriman of Terrebonne; daughter, Connie Thornton; sons, Bruce Harriman of Terrebonne and Fred Harriman of Woodland, Wash.; nine grandchildren, Jeanette and Jacob Harriman, Jeffrey Hulbert, Jason Thornton, Shontae Thomas, Scott Halter, Misty Sadier, Tyler and Heidi Harriman; and nine great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life was held April 13, at Living Hope Christian Center in Madras. Arrangements were under the direction of Autumn Funerals of Redmond.
Virginia June Morgan Landon, 84, passed away at East Cascade in Madras, on March 10, 2007, from an extended illness.
Mrs. Landon was born in Bellingham, Wash., on Feb. 2, 1923, to parents Virgil and Evelyn (Newell) Morgan and was raised at Birch Bay, Wash.
She married the love of her life, Edward H. Landon, on Dec. 24, 1941, in Aberdeen, Wash. She skipped two grades, graduating from Bellingham High School at 16, after which she attended Western Washington College for one year. She worked at the shipyard in Seattle during World War II, and later she worked as a top lead clerk at Boeing in Engineering Secret Files for 25 1/2 years. After retiring from Boeing she and her husband moved from Seattle to their beach house in Moclips, Wash. They purchased and ran a successful business, The Surf House, in Pacific Beach, Wash., for eight years.
Survivors include her husband, Edward Landon of Madras; daughters and sons-in-law, Judie and Mike Hensel from Kamiah, Idaho; Marlys and Russ Alger and Barbara and Ray Doern, all of Madras; and son Ric Landon from Kent, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.
Virginia was the last survivor from her generation in her family. She was preceded in death by her father, Virgil Morgan; her mother Evelyn Newell Morgan; her stepfather, Charles Anderson; and sisters Joann Oppelt and Dorthea Bixler, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Nothing pleased her more than spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends, and traveling with her husband. After retiring, they traveled for 22 years all over the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska; they also traveled to Canada and Mexico. They spent several winters in Mazatlan, Mexico and El Centro, Calif., prior to her illness.
Mrs. Landon enjoyed knitting and was well-known for the afghans she knit for family and friends. She loved caring for others, living on the beach, clam digging and taking pictures of family, friends and sunsets.
A celebration of her life was held April 1, at 1 p.m., at the Pacific Beach Naval Station in Pacific Beach, Wash.
Edwin "Mike" Leno III
Madras resident Edwin Michael "Mike" Dean Leno III died April 13, 2007, at his residence at the age of 69.
Mr. Leno was born Sept. 7, 1937, in Salem, to parents Edwin B. and Ruby (Dean) Leno. On Aug. 25, 1959, he married Yvonne Leno at the Warm Springs Presbyterian Church.
He was a lifetime resident of Madras and Warm Springs and an enrolled member of the Puyallup Indian Tribe. Prior to his retirement, he worked in the woods.
He enjoyed being with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching all of them play in sports activities. In his younger years, he liked hunting and going to the coast. He also liked going to casinos, and more recently playing the game "Pogo" on the Internet on his computer.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne Leno of Madras; son and daughter-in-law, Michael Jr. and Teresa Leno of Madras; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Kay and Spud Smith, and Lonita and Rodney Smith, all of Madras; and grandchildren, Meghan Smith, Cassandra Smith, Spud Smith, Rodney Smith and Emma Leno, all of Madras. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.
A private family committal will be held, but the family invites all of his friends to a reception in his honor at the Jefferson County Senior Center in Madras, from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 18. Burial will be at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Metolius resident Gladys Ellen Rains died April 12, 2007, at her home at the age of 83.
Mrs. Raines was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Gracemont, Okla., to parents Arthur and Lottie (Benjamin) Howe. She grew up and attended school in Gracemont, and on Dec. 23, 1943, she married Walter Raines there.
They moved to the Powell Butte area in the early 1950s and worked for local ranchers. Moving to Metolius in 1954, they both worked for area farmers. In the winter, she was employed at the Jefferson Potato Company sorting and packaging potatoes, and in the spring she worked preparing seed potatoes.
In the 1960s, she became a full-time homemaker, looking after her family and their friends. She was well-known by local youths for her homemade bread and cinnamon rolls, and often shared her baking with the staff and patients at the Quality Center in Bend and Redmond.
Over the years, she enjoyed a wealth of friends, attended the Live and Learn Club, and actively supported Special Olympic athletes of Jefferson County.
Survivors include her children, Irvin and Mary Raines of Madras, Kathleen and Win Murders of Madras, George and Tina Raines of Metolius, Ellen and Don Courtney of Madras, and Janet Raines of Metolius; siblings, Ann Haskell, Faye King and Louise Rider and brother, Alfred Howe, all of Binger, Okla., Arthur Howe of Chickasaw, Okla., and Bill Howe of Culver; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Walter Raines, her parents, brother Frank Howe, and sisters Maxine Shepard and Thelma James.
Funeral services were held April 17, at the Metolius Friends Church, with final interment at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Terrebonne resident Marjorie Marie (Siler) Rollins died April 22, 2007, at the age of 61.
Mrs. Rollins was born Nov. 16, 1945, in Modesto, Calif., to parents Al and Freda Siler. On Feb. 5, 1964, she married Richard Rollins in Weiser, Idaho. She was a homemaker and and artist. She enjoyed painting pictures.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Rollins of Terrebonne; mother, Freda Siler of Terrebonne; son, Albert Rollins of Terrebonne; daughters, Anna Brossard of Springdale, Wash., Bonnie Bowlin, Connie Neel and Debbie Thayer, all of Redmond; brother, Ron Siler of Culver; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father.