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Obituaries for week of 9-12-12


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   Melford E. Boggs, DVM
   August 2, 1929 - September 3, 2012
   Dr. Mel Boggs, 83, passed away Sept. 3, 2012, after fighting a gallant battle against pancreatic cancer.
   He was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Yampa, Colo., to Walter C. and Sylvia L. Boggs. He graduated from Salem High School, where he lettered in three sports. He attended Oregon State University before transferring to Washington State University after being accepted into the School of Veterinary medicine.
   He was married in 1953 to Betty Hughes of Pullman, Wash., and graduated as a doctor of veterinary medicine in 1955.
   After graduation, he worked for two veterinarians in the Portland and Gresham area before buying the practice of Dr. Jim Lewis of Madras, in 1961.
   Dr. Boggs really liked the area and the people that he worked for, and wanted to give back to the community. This opportunity came in 1975, when mandatory rabies vaccination for dogs was required by the state.
   This gave him the opportunity to donate all the proceeds from the vaccinations to worthy causes for many years, including: the United Fund, the high school sports program which lacked funding to operate one year, and to several other causes.
   One of the things he was gratified to do was develop an autogenous vaccine in cooperation with an animal health drug company. This vaccine prevented a large death loss of cattle in the local feedlots, saving many jobs in the community and the business itself.
   One summer, he was contacted by the Lassie Corp. to be the veterinarian on the set of a filming of Lassie saving some deer on the Wind River in Washington.
   Anytime he could get away from the practice, he would take his family skiing, hiking and hunting in the area. After he learned how to run a sled (jet boat) on the Deschutes River from Oscar Lange, he was always in search of steelhead.
   He thoroughly loved the practice of veterinary medicine and helping to heal all the animals that he saw. This would include turtles, birds, and snakes, plus the usual small and large variety of animals.
   After he retired in the mid-1980s, he put this same enthusiasm into traveling with Betty and learning about the world. One of their last trips was to Uganda, where he was able to fulfill his longtime dream of seeing gorillas in the wild.
   Mel is survived by his wife, Betty Boggs of Madras; sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Diane Boggs of Vancouver, Wash., and Michael and Tammy Boggs of Portland; daughters and sons-in-law, Melanie and Jon Turnbull of McMinnville, and Sally and Brian Bovero of Portland; nine grandchildren; brother, Arthur Boggs of Eugene; and sister, Sharon Buhr and her husband Don of Molalla; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and five siblings.
   By his request, there will only be private family gatherings. In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Dr. Boggs may be made to the Madras High School Scholarship Fund for a Jefferson County student accepted to a veterinary school, or to Mountain View Hospital Hospice.
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   Eugene Russell Harris
   June 24, 1939 - September 6, 2012
   Eugene Russell Harris, 73, passed away Sept. 6, 2012. He was born June 24, 1939, in Adrian, Ore., to Charles and Mildred (Leach) Harris.
   Gene graduated from Madras Union High School, with the class of 1957. He attended Willamette University where he played basketball. He served with the U.S. Army in Virginia and in the Reserves.
   On Feb. 25, 1967, he married Susan Brooks, who preceded him in death. Gene married Monica Mertz on Oct. 14, 1989. Gene was a logger, rancher, marathoner, "professional gambler" (farmer), and enjoyed playing poker with friends.
   Surviving Gene, in addition to his wife, Monica of Madras, are his son, Jason Harris and his wife, Angela, of Madras; daughter-in-law, Kristin Harris, of Madras; daughter, Megan Smith and her husband, James, of Eugene; grandson, Vance; two sisters, Charlene Lochrie and her husband, Mack, and Gay Ward and her husband, Monty; a brother, Kelly Harris; and many nieces and nephews.
   Gene was a family man who loved farming with his sons and sharing his interests of fishing, hunting and playing the guitar.
   A memorial service for Gene and his son, Mark Brooks Harris, will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at Madras High School. The family requests that any memorial gifts go to the ALS Association, www.alsa-or.org.
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   Mark Brooks Harris
   February 25, 1975 - September 6, 2012
   Mark Brooks Harris was born on Feb. 25, 1975, in Madras, to Eugene and Susan (Brooks) Harris. He passed away on Sept. 6, 2012.
   Mark graduated from Madras High School in 1993 and attended Oregon State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in General Agriculture in 1998. After graduation, he began farming with his father and brother in Madras and soon thereafter began farming independently. Mark married Kristin Aimone on Nov. 26, 2011.
   Surviving Mark are his beloved wife Kristin; brother, Jason Harris and his wife Angela Harris, and their son Vance, all of Madras. He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Harris.
   Mark loved to water ski, hunt, travel, cheer for the Beavers, and spend time with his dog, Max. He also enjoyed playing the guitar, writing music and singing. For a time, he performed in a country-western band known as Prairie South.
   A celebration of life service for Mark and his father, Eugene Russell Harris, will be held at Madras High School, Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m.
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   Patricia L. Hughbanks .
   August 3, 1929 - August 28, 2012
   Patricia L. Hughbanks, 83, died Aug. 28, 2012, with her loving daughter at her side in Loomis, Wash. At her request, no service will be held. Patricia was born Aug. 3, 1929, in Bend, to Bernard H. and Agnes L. Ramsey.
   Patricia, over her life, had many accomplishments, but what she was most proud of was the raising and caring for children and family.
   She devoted many years of her life raising and caring for developmentally disabled children and foster children, as well as raising children of her own.
   Patricia was never one to say there is no room at the inn; all were welcome. Patricia always provided a shoulder to lean on, an ear to talk to, and a calming voice of reason through the storms.
   For those of us fortunate enough to have known her, she was kind and caring, witty, intelligent, opinionated, and most of all loving. She will be missed.
   She was preceded in death by her brother William, and is survived by her sister, Janet; her three children, Linda, Jody, and Michael; and her grandchildren, Stacy, Dustin, Liset, and Miranda.
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   Diane M. Ramsden
   March 10, 1957 - September 3, 2012
   Former Madras resident Diane M. Ramsden, 55, of Prineville, died Sept. 3, 2012, in Prineville.
   She was born March 10, 1957, in San Jose, Calif., to parents Roy and Kathryn Barnes. She had lived in Madras since the 1990s, and worked as a certified nurse's aide at Mountain View Hospital, then moved to Prineville this year.
   Survivors include her son Ricky Westover and his wife Alicia of Wasilla, Alaska; daughter, Kathy Westover and her husband Jacob of Prineville; grandchildren, Kiteara, Ricky III, Hailey, Breahna, and Samantha; great-grandchild, Caidonce; sisters, Karen Weippert of Madras, and Mary Lopez of Ceres, Calif.; brother, Danny Barnes of Pendleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her mother and father, and brother Roy G. Barnes.
   Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 675 N.E. 10th St., Madras, officiated by Rev. Jeff Freshour. Arrangements are under the direction of Autumn Funeral Home of Redmond.
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   Janice Webb
   November 28, 1947 - August 29, 2012
   Madras resident Janice B. Webb queitly passed away at her daughter Shawna Dicintio's home on Aug. 29, 2012. A private family gathering will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Autumn Funeral Home of Redmond.