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Obituaries for week of 1-9-08


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   Merda Charley
   Warm Springs resident Merda Ione Charley died Dec. 31, 2007, at the age of 52.
   Ms. Charley was born Dec. 25, 1955, in Redmond to parents Wesley and Jane (Whitefoot) Charley. She was a lifetime resident of Warm Springs and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
   She graduated from Madras High School in 1975, and was a homemaker.
   Survivors include her children, Dinato Pittman, Jane Stwyer, Pearl Stwyer, Julia Stwyer and Nathan Stywer, all of Warm Springs; brother, Keith Charley Sr. and Robert Charley, both of Warm Springs, and Dewayne Charley of Portland; sisters, Bonnie Charley, Lillie Charley, and Leslie Squiemphen, all of Warm Springs; and one grandchild.
   She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
   Dressing ceremonies were held Jan. 2, at the Agency Longhouse, followed by overnight services. Burial was Jan. 3, at the Mount of the Warm Springs River Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Marion Dix
   Marion Leroy "M.L." Dix of Redmond died of natural causes at the age of 88 on Jan. 6, 2008.
   Mr. Dix was born June 1, 1919, in Longmont, Colo., to Roy L. Dix and Florence L. (Helms) Dix. He grew up in Longmont and went to college at Colorado State University.
   A jack-of-all trades, he went into management training for J.C. Penney's and later worked as a machinist in San Francisco. He then moved to Northern California to manage movie theatres. In 1953, he was transferred to Reno, Nev., where he met and married Doris C. Wholey.
   He then started Reno's first armored transport service, was responsible for designing and placing bus benches throughout Reno, and also opened a uniform shop. Later, he sold these businesses and started a horse boarding facility in south Reno.
   Wanting to fulfill a lifelong dream, he moved his family to Indian Valley, Idaho, and bought a cattle ranch, but due to poor cattle prices was forced to sell it. He moved his family back to Nevada and purchased a liquor and sporting goods store in Fallon.
   Mr. Dix later opened a car dealership in Fallon called Trader Dix Motors. Finally he worked as a retail distributor for Supermarket Sales and a checker for Safeway. He retired in 1981 and moved to Redmond with his wife to be close to their son and his family.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Randy Dix.
   Mr. Dix is survived by his wife of 54 years, Doris Dix of Redmond; his sons, Jon L. Dix of Reno and Curtis L. Dix of Culver; his grandsons, Ryan and Christopher; his granddaughter Christine; his stepbrother Bob Baker of Indian Valley, Idaho; and two great-grandchildren.
   Contributions can be made in his memory to Hospice of Bend, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701 or Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 1430, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Arrangements are being made by Autumn Funerals of Redmond.
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   Tamara Dixon
   Culver resident Tamara Lynn Dixon died Dec. 29, 2007, at the age of 43.
   Ms. Dixon was born Sept. 16, 1964, in Springfield to parents Claude Kermit Simms and Anita (Cook). Her mother later was remarried to George Esgate, who adopted Tamara.
   She moved to Bend 20 years ago from Florence, Ore., moved to Culver for 13 years, relocated to Florence, and recently had moved back to Madras. She was employed at the Black Bear Diner, where she really enjoyed her job and the people she worked with.
   She enjoyed camping, fishing, cooking, drawing, decorating, working in her garden, and spending time with her family.
   Survivors include her daughter, Maranda Dixon of Culver; father, George Esgate of Florence; biological father Claude Kermit Simms of Veneta, Ore.; brother, Claude Kermit Esgate of Eugene; sisters, Debbie Haring of Florence, Karen Kimber of Hauser, Ore., Brenda LaDuke of Medford, and Teresa Martell of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her mother.
   Memorial services were held Jan. 5, at Bel-Air Colonial Chapel. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Suzanne Hague
   Madras resident Suzanne "Cerise" Hague died Jan. 1, 2008, at her home. She was 81.
   Graveside services will be held in Gold Beach, Ore., at a later date.
   Mrs. Hague was born Jan. 22, 1921, in Portland to parents Jesse and Ethel (Mercer) Edington. She was raised and educated in Hood River. She married Kenneth Goss on June 16, 1938. They later divorced and she married Wallace Hague on March 31, 1956.
   She worked at the Portland Shipyards during World War II. After the war, she worked at McClullen Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif., as a civil service purchasing agent. She retired in 1966, when her husband retired from the Air Force.
   After retirement, they made their home in Gold Beach. She was active in the local VFW and American Legion. She moved to Madras in April 2000. Her special interests included beach combing, crafts, needlework, crossword puzzles, reading, flowers and TV.
   Survivors include her daughters, Judy Pendergraft of Madras, Patricia Mesmer of Stayton, Ore.; sister, Bonnie Calmettes of Hood River; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
   Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Madene Meanus
   Warm Springs resident Madene Lily Meanus died Jan. 5, 2008, at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort. She was 45.
   Mrs. Meanus was born Dec. 1, 1962, in Redmond, to parents Marvin Meanus Sr. and Doris Squiemphen. She was a lifetime resident of Warm Springs and an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. She attended Madras High School. She was employed as a caretaker for the state of Oregon.
   Dressing ceremonies were held Jan. 7, at Simnasho Longhouse, followed by overnight services. Burial was Jan. 8, at sunrise at Simnasho Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Yvonne Nathan
   Warm Springs resident Yvonne Ethel Nathan died Dec. 24, 2007, at the age of 69.
   Mrs. Nathan was born Sept. 30, 1938, in Kelowna, B.C., Canada to parents Laura Bailey and Joe Steele.
   Dressing ceremonies were held Dec. 27, at Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home, with a funeral service Dec. 28, at the Agency Longhouse in Warm Springs, followed by burial at the Agency Cemetery in Warm Springs.
   She was employed at Nathan's Business Services and Tax Preparations, and enjoyed being a part of the Warm Springs Red Hatters.
   Survivors include her husband, Charles Nathan; sons, Reuben Johnson Jr. and Randall Nathan; daughters, Natalie Johnson, Heather Schut and Karla Houchins; brother, Joe Steele Jr.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Delphine Terbasket; brother, George Abraham; and sons, Leonard, Ronald and Mark Shawn.
   Pallbearers included Shawn Schut, Richard Houchins, Jeremiah Johnson, Jason Johnson, Brandon Schut, James Johnson, and Tanan-Aswan Cameron Nathan.
   Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
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   Lucile Thomas
   Former Madras resident Lucile (Bruner) Thomas died Jan. 3, 2008, at the age of 94.
   Mrs. Thomas was born March 12, 1913, in Macon, Ga., to parents Louis and Lucile (Adams) Bruner. On July 18, 1937, she married Roderick M. Thomas in Portland. They lived in Madras from 1949 to 2001, when she moved to Bend.
   She was a homemaker and avid reader and bridge player.
   Survivors include her sons, Roderick M. Thomas Jr. of Sparks, Nev., and Dudley B. Thomas of Portland; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
   No funeral services were held. Arrangements were under the direction of Autumn Funerals of Bend.
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   Michael Troxel
   Madras resident Michael David Troxel died Jan. 3, 2008, as the result of a car accident. He was 43.
   Mr. Troxel was born Jan. 13, 1964, in Long Beach, Calif., to parents Zack Troxel Jr. and Linda Rejczyk. On May 20, 2000, he married Rexanna Russo in Portland.
   In 2004, they moved from Salem to Madras, where he was apprenticing to become an electrician and had been working for Garner Electric for the past year.
   Mr. Troxel loved people and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was known to many as "Big Mike." He also was a handyman, enjoyed doing carpentry, and being outdoors rafting and tubing down the river.
   Survivors include his wife, Rexanna Troxel of Madras; mother and stepfather, Linda and David Smith of Los Angeles, Calif.; grandmother, Lila Rejczyk of Los Angeles, Calif.; stepchildren, Sean Saula of Madras and Joy Sifferle of Beaverton; brother, Steve Weiland of Hawaii; and five grandchildren.
   Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11, at Bel-Air Colonial Chapel in Madras. Donations may be made at any U.S. Bank to the Michael D. Troxel Memorial Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home.