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Obituaries for week of April 16, 2008


   Harley Bowman
   Redmond resident Harley John Bowman died April 5, 2008, at the age of 93.
   Mr. Bowman was born March 10, 1915, in Los Angeles, Calif., to parents John Harley and Tryphenia (Jennings) Bowman. He graduated from Baldwin Park Schools in San Diego, Calif., in 1932. He moved with his family to Yoncalla, Ore., and enlisted in the Army in June 1939. As a sergeant, he was honorably discharged in 1945 and was awarded with four Bronze Stars.
   On June 29, 1945, he married Mildred Clark in Yoncalla, Ore.
   He was a self-employed carpenter and had lived in the Madras, Redmond and Bend areas for 47 years.
   His special interests included fishing, hunting, reading, vegetable gardening, watching TV, making models and collecting stamps.
   Survivors include his sons, Michael Bowman of Bend and Paul Bowman of Redmond; daughter, Carolyn Bynum of Redmond; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred and two sons.
   No services were held. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Humane Society of Redmond. Arrangements were under the direction of Autumn Funerals of Redmond.
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   C. Dean Hillman
   Charles "Dean" Hillman passed away Sunday, April 6, 2008, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, at the age of 80, two weeks after suffering a stroke.
   Mr. Hillman was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Gallatin, Mo., to parents George and Stella Hillman. The family moved out to Twin Falls, Idaho when he was a young child. He graduated from Twin Falls High School and married his high school sweetheart Jean E. Blevins. They were married for 62 years and 21 days.
   After moving his young family to Madras in 1956 to be close to his wife's parents, Mr. Hillman worked at the plywood mill for years as the lathe operator. He also served on the North Unit Irrigation District Board for several years before becoming plant manager at Central Oregon Seeds Inc.
   His friends knew him as a hard worker with a sweet and gentle spirit. He always wore a smile and had a story to tell, which usually included the exact make, model and year of car he was driving at the time the story happened. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were especially fond of his ability to talk Donald Duck talk.
   Some of his greatest joys included camping and putting jigsaw puzzles together. But his greatest love of all was for God and for his family.
   Survivors include his wife, Jean Hilllman of Redmond; daughters, Linda Vibbert of Gateway, and Bonnie McDonald of Madras; his sons, Roger David Hillman from Creststone, Colo. and Kelly Dean Hillman of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Chet Hillman of Twin Falls, Idaho; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother J.B. Hillman.
   A memorial service was held Friday, April 11, at the Crooked River Ranch Chapel. Arrangements were under the direction of Autumn Funerals of Redmond.