Obituaries for week of 1-23-08
Audrey Lou Ditmore died peacefully at home in Madras on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at the age of 70.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Culver Christian Church.
Mrs. Ditmore was born on May 27, 1937, in Oregon City to Don and Marian Lehman. The Lehman family moved to Central Oregon from their Beaverhomes Dairy Farm near Gobel when Audrey was 9.
During her school years, she enjoyed cheerleading, volleyball, student government and was a Jefferson County Fair Court princess. A 1955 graduate of Culver High School, she married her high school sweetheart, Dean Ditmore, in 1957. They lived in Seattle and Astoria during her husband's Navy years while she worked as a secretary before giving birth to their first child, Marc, in 1958.
The Ditmores returned to Central Oregon in 1960 where they farmed and later sold the farm and purchased a steam roller to roll grain before going into the feedlot business. Skip, Cinda and Scott where born between 1960 and 1964.
The Ditmore family bought a ranch in Willowdale in 1976 from Roy and Marian Lieuellen. They farmed and ranched at Willowdale and ran cattle in Troutdale until 1996 when they sold the ranch and moved into Madras.
In their semi-retirement, they developed the Willow Creek Driving Range off McTaggart Road and began managing the new Desert Peaks golf course, a job that Mrs. Ditmore immensely enjoyed and where she was able to keep actively working until very recently.
She was also active as a 4-H leader, Central Oregon Cow Cutting Association secretary, at the Madras Auction Yard, as Jefferson County Fairboard chairman and secretary, in the Madras Bridge Club, and Central Oregon Senior Women's Golf Association.
The Ditmores enjoyed years of competing in cow cuttings and team pennings. During their children's high school years, they put thousands of miles on their rigs hauling kids and horses to local, state and national high school rodeos.
Mrs. Ditmore was a fabulous cook and loved golfing, gardening, irrigating, family card parties and get-togethers. She always had a bunch of grandchildren around and thoroughly enjoyed them.
During her year-and-a-half battle with cancer, her cheerful, positive, "that's just the way it is" attitude was an inspiration and comfort to other.
Survivors include her husband, Dean Ditmore of Madras; four children, Marc of Palm Springs, Skip and his wife Jeannie of Prineville, Cinda Arney and her husband Jim of Coquille, Scott and his wife Vicki of Warm Springs; sister, Phyllis Finley of Portland; niece Kara Hill and her husband Kenny of Portland; seven grandchildren, Angie, Shasta, Cheyenne, Cassie, Brandy, Savannah, and Levi; four great-grandchildren, Mckenzie, Tannon, Soren and Ilana, and one great niece, Zoe.
A memorial golf tournament at Desert Peaks Golf Course is planned for July, 2008. Memorial contributions may be made to the local chapter of Hospice or the American Cancer Society.
Madras resident Mildred "Millie" Gladwill died Jan. 11, 2008, at Aspen Court Retirement Apartments. She was 94.
Mrs. Gladwill was born July 4, 1913, at Ten Mile, Ore., to parents Walter and Louisa (Appleton) Coats. She married George Gladwill in 1936, and they moved to Culver in 1952.
She taught first grade for many years in the Jefferson County 509-J School District, retiring in 1975.
Mrs. Gladwill was very active all her life in many organizations, including the Rebekah Lodge, Eastern Star, Culver Grange and the United Methodist Church. She was a volunteer with the Mountain View Hospital Auxiliary and crocheted and knitted bootees and hats for the babies.
She did league bowling for many years, enjoyed reading, genealogy, doing crossword puzzles, traveling and playing the piano and organ. She was also an accomplished gardener and grew fabulous roses.
In 2006, she was honored at the Jefferson County Pioneer Queen.
Survivors include her grandchildren: Kathy and Mark Wolff of Crooked River Ranch, Linda Eckland of Troutdale, Dean Kenfield of Gresham; great-grandchildren, Misty Nicholas of Bend, Ashley Rivera of Columbus, Ohio, Dillan Wolff of Crooked River Ranch, and Bryan and Tonya Dalrymple of Portland.
She was preceded in death by her husband George Gladwill in 1981; daughters, Donna Hess and Charlene Kenfield; granddaughter, Terri Nicholas; and one sister.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at the United Methodist Church in Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Madras resident Willa Mae Hammett died Jan. 13, 2008, at the age of 64.
Mrs. Hammett was born Dec. 29, 1943, in Troy, Mo., to parents Beverly "Bud" and Lucille (Mitchell) Hammett. She was married, but later divorced.
She was a homemaker and a mother, and also worked for quite a while as a waitress at the Porter House and The Stag restaurants.
She enjoyed sewing and doing all types of crafts, sewed doll clothes for the Kiwanis Club toy drive every Christmas, and enjoyed watching murder mysteries on television.
Survivors include her sons, Robert, Richard and Jeff Irey, all of Madras; brother, Eugene Talley of California; and sister, Louise Middleton of Wasco. Her parents preceded her in death.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Bel-Air Colonial Chapel, followed by burial at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home.
Culver resident Virginia "Ginger" Huntley died Jan. 12, 2008, at the age of 90.
Mrs. Huntley was born Jan. 4, 1918, in Delta, Colo., to parents Harold and Aleatha Meeker. She was born near the end of the 1918 influenza epidemic, and her uncle found a supply of green onions which was mashed and added to her bottle to prevent her getting sick.
When she was 6 months old, the family moved to Oregon by train. She was fussy and some of the troops returning from World War I helped her parents by walking up and down the aisle with her.
She graduated from Redmond High School in 1938 and married Joe Huntley on Feb. 19, 1939. The eldest of eight children, she learned to work hard at an early age. When her parents died, early in her married life, she and her sister LaVon became the guardians of their younger siblings, a job she took very seriously and a roll she continued all of her life.
She worked as a cook for various ranches around Jefferson County, including Hay Creek and the Norton Ranch. The Huntleys lived in the Antelope and Ashwood areas until 1953, when they moved to Culver. There, she worked for the Culver School District for many years, retiring in 1980.
Her special interests included camping and fishing, and many days were spent at Crane Prairie even if the fish weren't biting.
After retiring, Mrs. Huntley discovered the Death Valley area and spent many winter months there, returning home when the daffodils started to bloom. She loved the Central Oregon area and the wildlife that inhabits it. Hours were spent listening to the birds, watching deer wander by, or watching a coyote on the prowl in Grandview or on the marginal land near Gray Butte.
She canned all summer long, and shared this bounty with everyone. Visitors stopping at her house always left with a gift from the pantry or garden. She also enjoyed her family and friends.
In 1997, failing health required that they move to Eugene to be near their family. To do so she had to leave her beloved Central Oregon, something that she never quite got over.
Survivors include her daughters, Donna and son-in-law Eddie Roe, Konnie Bloesinger; two grandchildren and their spouses, Ron and Kim Roe, Carol and Dave Meltebeke; five great-grandchildren, Adam, Matt and Drew Meltebeke, Jennika Roe, all of Eugene, and Josh Chababi of Valencia, Calif.; three sisters, LaVon Ridgeway of North Plains, Ore., Deane Thornton Klamath of Falls, and MaryEllen Cuddeback of Tacoma, Wash.; two brothers, Jack Meeker of Culver and Bill Meeker of Visalia, Calif., and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Huntley in 2002, a daughter Judith, son-in-law Ray Bloesinger, brother Bob Meeker and sister Peg Michaelis.
No funeral service is planned. Interment will be at Gray Butte Cemetery.
Former Metolius teacher Loren David Reid of Corvallis died Nov. 16, of natural causes, on a hunting trip in Grant County. He was 73.
Mr. Reid was born Oct. 30, 1934, in Salem. His grandparents, T.M. and Laura Belle Smith homesteaded at Lamonta. His mother, Mabel L. (Smith) Reid taught in schools of early Crook County and at Shaniko.
He was a 1956 graduate of the Oregon College of Education in Monmouth, where he earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in education.
He was an elementary teacher for over 30 years, specializing in science and sixth grade. During his career, he taught in the Metolius, Scappoose, Carlton and Parkrose school districts.
An avid outdoorsman, he pursued his lifelong passions of backroad travels in Oregon, hunting, fishing, horses and photography. He passed on his knowledge of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren during the many family camping trips, instilling in them their own love for the Oregon countryside.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Beverlee Jean Reid of Corvallis; daughter, Sherri (Chip) Richardson of Portland; son, Bruce D. and wife Megan Reid of Pasco, Wash.; stepdaughter, Valerie Davidson of Corvallis; five grandsons, Mychal, Paul, Dean, Darin and Joseph; and brothers, Ron Reid of Bend and Gary Reid of Madras.
No memorial service is planned. Those who knew and loved Mr. Reid are asked to remember him and his wonderful stories the next time they are out in the woods.
Former area resident Arthur B. Sanders died at his daughter's home in Tulelake, Calif., on Jan. 8, 2008, at the age of 74.
A celebration of his life was held Jan. 19, at Eternal Hills Chapel, officiated by Pastor Harold Sanders. Cremation has been held and a private inurnment will be at a later date at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Mr. Sanders was born July 15, 1933, in Klamath Falls, to Arthur Lowell and Aletha (Hatfield) Sanders. He spent his younger years in Klamath Falls and Northern California, then spent a year in Alaska before entering the U.S. Air Force in 1953. He served until being honorably discharged at the rank of Airman 1st Class in 1957.
Returning to Tulelake, he worked for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and later moved to Grants Pass where he worked for 10 years with his dad in the lumber business.
On March 23, 1958, he married Donna Asher at the Church of Christ in Tulelake. In 1968, Mr. Sanders began what would be a 28-year career with the Siskiyou Road Department. Following his retirement in 1993, the Sanderses moved to Madras where he found part-time work as a heavy equipment operator on the Warm Springs Reservation.
In 2002, they moved to Medford, where he and Donna volunteered their time with the Gleaners, an organization that collects and distributes food to the needy. He also served as a Cub Scout and Scout Master while living in Northern California and was involved in 4-H and later, FFA.
He was a volunteer firefighter with the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fire District and received the Fireman of the Year award in 1985.
His other interests included hunting, fishing, spending time in the outdoors, going to the ocean, and being with his grandchildren. He and Donna were able to go on a wagon train trip in 1993.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Sanders of Medford; sons, James Sanders and his fianc‚, Sandra Alzado of Ashland, Bradley Sanders and his wife, Melissa of Malin, John Sanders and his wife, Jodie of Tulelake, Calif., Daniel Sanders and his wife, Keri of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughters, Ruth Steademan and her husband, Terry of Culver, Beth Sanders and her companion, Brent Meisner of Tulelake, Sandra Gearheart and her husband, Micah of Othello, Wash.;, grandchildren, Eric, Jennifer, Christopher, Lisa, Amanda, Cassandra, Rebecca, Anthony, Krista, Tabitha, Crystal, Dudley, Aleatha, Skylar, Cody, Carlie, Cassandra, great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Jada, Janessa, Beau, Madison, Christian, and one on the way; brothers, Wesley Sanders and his wife, Alice of Coos Bay, Harold Sanders and his wife, Barbara of Eugene. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Levi Sanders in 1986.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fire Protection District, Tulelake, CA 96134 or to the Gleaners in Central Point. Eternal Hills Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Allysn Betty-Jean Tittle of Culver, was born Oct. 23, 2007, and died on Jan. 16, 2008.
Allysn's favorite spots were her changing table, her bouncer chair and most of all she loved being held in her mommy's and daddy's arms.
"Ally Kitten" loved her big sister Jessica very much and always smiled when "Jessicat" was spending time with her.
Survivors include her parents Daniel and JoDee (Johnson) Tittle; sister, Jessica Tittle; grandparents, Bill and Kim Tittle, John and Loa Seay, Stan Miller and Doug Johnson; great-grandparents, Daniel and Betty Johnson, Betty and Virgil Brunson, Gary and Janis Reil, Bill and Sylvia Miller, Gary and Peggy Seay, Billie Lacey, Rodger and Rose Snellstorm.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Redmond Free Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Redmond Memorial Chapel.