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Obituaries for week of 6-1-11


   Pearl Meier
   Pearl Frances Meier, longtime resident of Madras, passed away at her home with her family by her side on May 23, 2011, at the age of 92.
   Mrs. Meier was born on Nov. 30, 1918, in Madras, to parents Oren and Ethel (Duling) Monroe. She was raised and attended school in Madras.
   The family relocated to Lone Pine, where she met and married Chester Cox. The couple had three children.
   Later, she would marry Ralph "Sparky" Meier. Mrs. Meier was employed as a certified nurses assistant for the Moutain View Living Center.
   Mrs. Meier was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, where she was baptized on July 13, 1969. She loved her family and enjoyed every oppurtunity to be with them. She loved life and was a friend to all.
   Graveside services were held on Friday, May 27, at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the Madras Conservative Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her daugther, Nancy L. Raines of Madras; her son, William O. "Bill" Cox of Madras; brother, Arthur Monroe of The Dalles; eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and numerous great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter (Carolyn May), three brothers, and a sister.
   Bruce Roberts
   Bruce Roberts passed away at Mountain View Hospital on May 23, 2011, at the age of 63.
   Mr. Roberts was born on July 11, 1947, in Terrahaute, Ind., to parents Arnold and Ruby (Rogers) Roberts. He came to Madras in 1970 from Portland. He married Kathleen Roberts on Oct. 19, 1972, in Republic, Wash.
   Mr. Roberts worked at the Job Corps during the late 1960s and then was employed by Warm Springs Forest Products for 30 years prior to his retirement. He then worked for Safeway as a fuel attendant for five years.
   He and Kathleen were foster parents to 300 to 400 children throughout the years. He was a member of the Madras Conservative Baptist Church.
   Mr. Roberts enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, as well as art and woodworking. He also enjoyed gardening, but most of all he enjoyed his family.
   Survivors include his wife Kathleen of Madras; children, Anna Day of Tulsa, Okla., Bruce Roberts Jr. of Dallas, Texas, and Patricia Nichols of Madras; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers.
   Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras.
   Donald F. Brunner
   Donald F. Brunner, 79, passed away May 24, 2001, at Hospice House in Bend, as a result of complications from diabetes-related illness.
   Mr. Brunner was born Oct. 12, 1931, in Portland, to Fredrick and Evelyn Brunner. The son of a railroad engineer, he enjoyed trains his entire life.
   He was a man of many careers -- in charge of quality control at Field Emission in McMinnville, an Alaskan fishing boat captain, long-haul truck driver, and most recently, a tax consultant and owner of Brunner Tax Service in Madras, prior to his retirement in 1994.
   Mr. Brunner was active in the Elks Lodge and served in various capacities, including the scholarship committee. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed the outdoors, and always had a story to tell.
   He is survived by his five children, Greg Brunner of Dallas, Ore., Denise (Brunner) Trowbridge of Dallas, Jeff Brunner of Salem, Dianna (Brunner) Brauchler of Powell Butte, and Mike Brunner of Madras; eight grandsons, two great-grandsons, and two great-granddaughters.
   Services will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m., at the Madras Christian Church, followed by a brief reception at the church.
   Mr. Brunner had incredible care by Hospice House of Bend in his finals days. The family has requested donations to Hospice House, Partners in Care, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701, in lieu of flowers.
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   Gordon Nance
   Memorial services were held for Madras resident Gordon Nance on May 28, at Grandview Cemetery. Mr. Nance died Jan. 3, 2011, at the age of 55.