Obituaries for week of 4-30-08
Madras resident Dorothy Florence Boyle died April 22, 2008, at her home at the age of 82.
Mrs. Boyle was born June 16, 1925, in Aberdeen, Wash., to parents Charles and Florence (Warner) Dalton. She married Chester A. Boyle in Salem. She relocated to Madras in 2002 from Klamath Falls.
Mrs. Boyle spent the majority of her life in Oregon, where she enjoyed time on the family ranch, after her husband retired, raising and racing thoroughbred and quarter horses. She was not only a fan of horse racing, but loved to watch Nascar racing as well.
Her special interests included quilting, doll making, oil painting, and being with her family. She was very involved with horses and enjoyed going to the races. She was a member of the Oregon Quarter Horse Association.
Survivors include her children, Jane McClure of Malin, Ore., James Boyle of Klamath Falls, Donald and Dean Boyle, both of Madras, David Boyle of DeBary, Fla.; a brother, Charles Dalton of Portland; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Chester Boyle.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 3, at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Madras resident Thomas Jefferson Crow died April 24, 2008, at his home, at the age of 83. He served in Guam during World War II, and taught school in Madras for 32 years. (See related ad and photo on this page).
Dave A. Gridley
Dave A. Gridley, a Redmond, resident for the last 36 years, passed away April 25, 2008, at his home after a two year battle with cancer. He was 72.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Redmond Grange on May 2 at noon, with a reception to follow. A graveside committal service is to be held at the Redmond Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Mr. Gridley was born in Redmond, OR on Nov. 4, 1935 to Roland and Thelma (Goodrich) Gridley. He grew up in Sisters, and graduated from Sisters High School in 1954. He was a star athlete for Sisters High, participating in baseball, basketball, football, and track. He won second in state in the high jump, and was the first Sisters athlete to play in the Shriner's East/West allstar football game, when it was six man football. He played quarterback. He held many athletic records at Sisters High.
He married Leona Pepperling in Sisters on Dec. 18, 1954. He served in the Army, joining in 1955. He was stationed in Germany for 14 months, where he played basketball on the Army team. He and Leona lived in California for a few years after the Army, and then moved to Madras, where they lived for 14 yrs. They lived in Redmond the last 36 years.
Mr. Gridley worked as a line foreman for Central Electric Co-op for over 30 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of the Elks and the VFW. He participated in many rodeos, including the Sisters Rodeo, and took second place, in bulldogging, at the Sisters Rodeo one year.
He was an avid bowler, and liked to hunt and fish. He used to drag race at the Madras Speedway, and liked to attend the National Rodeo finals in Las Vegas. He loved his animals, especially his cats Louie and Nip.
Survivors include his wife, Leona Gridley, of Redmond; a daughter, Victoria Grensky of Jacksonville, Ore.; sons, Steve of Tasmania, Australia, Mickey, of Seattle, Wash., and Bob of The Dalles; sisters, Sharon Gibson of Joseph, Ore., and Sherry Van Leuben of Elgin, Ore.; and eight grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters High School Athletic Department, 1700 W. McKinney Butte Rd., Sisters 97759, or the Redmond High School Athletic Department, 675 S.W. Rimrock Dr., Redmond 97756 for their athletic participation scholarships. Autumn Funerals of Redmond is in charge of arrangements.
Madras resident Hal Pruitt died April 18, 2008, in his home at East Cascade Retirement Community. He was 92.
Mr. Pruitt was born Dec. 5, 1915, in Pinetop, Mo., to parents Ben and Gladys (Andrews) Pruitt. He came to Oregon in 1920, and graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1935.
He worked on the family farm in Springfield until he began working for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in California. During World War II, Mr. Pruitt was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force, serving as an airplane mechanic.
When he returned home, he farmed in the Thurston, Ore., area. In 1951, he purchased land in Culver. Later, he rented his farm and helped care for his parents until they passed away. Mr. Pruitt moved back to Central Oregon on May 13, 1995.
His special interests included hunting, bird watching, mushroom identification, archaeology, and genealogy. He was a member of the American Legion, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Archaeology Society and the Christian Church.
Survivors include his sister, Marie Cunningham of Redmond; and 11 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters and a nephew.
A private family service was held. Interment will be at Springfield Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Madras resident Mary Louise Wiles (formerly of Iowa) died April 21, 2008, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 91.
Mrs. Wiles was born Feb. 21, 1917, in Des Moines, Iowa, to parents Henry and Emma (Anderson) Williams. She married Earl B. Wiles.
Her last and most beloved job was that of crossing guard at the corner of Eighth and Grand streets in West Des Moines, Iowa, which she held for 32 years. She was honored as the longest-serving crossing guard with a limousine ride to a luncheon in downtown Des Moines.
Her life centered around the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, where she served in many capacities, including wedding hostess, floral arranger, and all manners of kitchen responsibilities. She was a member of the church's chancel choir for 65 years.
She was a member of King's Daughters, WSCS, and the Urbandale Garden Club. She won awards for flower arrangements at the Iowa State Fair. Cake decorating was another gift she shared with family and friends.
In 2003, she moved to Madras to be near her children. Here, she regularly attended the Madras United Methodist Church and made many friends.
Survivors include her son and his wife, Dave and Kay Wiles of Madras; daughter, Cyndie and the late David Ashwill of Madras; grandchildren, Brad Wiles of Salt Lake City, Utah, Janel Woodcock of Salem, Heather and Reid Ashwill of Ashland; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held in West Des Moines United Methodist Church in Iowa, and burial was at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines, Iowa. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.