Obituaries for week of 10-10-12
Joann Marie Dacus
November 13, 1962 - October 3, 2012
Culver resident Joann Marie Dacus passed away Oct. 3, 2012 at the age of 49.
Joann was born, the seventh of nine children, to Bob and Colleen Wende on Nov. 13, 1962 in St. Louis, Mo. When she was an infant, she moved with the family moved to California and then settled in Central Oregon when she was 13 years old. She completed her education at Redmond High School.
She was married to Jimmy Dacus, raising three children, and later divorced. She moved to Culver and worked as a waitress and bartender at the Gateway Inn and The Round Butte Inn. The last eight years, she was employed at T-Mobile in Redmond.
Joann was a devoted mother, sister and friend to all she met. She lived her life for her family and in her own way. Her loss will be hard and felt by many who loved her, but it's only sad for us, because she is now whole and home.
She is survived by her three children, Denise, Natalie and Scott Dacus of Culver; grandchildren, Jodi, Elena, Emma and Paytin; sisters, Mary and Dave Edwards of Corvallis, Colleen Perrine and Jeannette and Brad Dacus of Redmond, Cathy and Pedro Davila of Bend, Berdi and Bill Wachter and Patty and Max Platiro of Culver; brother, David and Julie Wende of Milwaukee; and 18 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Adolph.
A celebration potluck will be held Sunday, Oct. 14 from 2-5 p.m., at the Round Butte Inn in Culver. As she didn't want a sad funeral, we will be celebrating the free spirit she was.
Margaret Gregg Thompson Jahns
February 28, 1917 to September 27, 2012
Madras resident Margaret Jahns passed away Sept. 27, at the age of 95.
She was born Marguerite May Gregg on Feb. 28, 1917, in Sunnyside, Wash., to parents George and Mayme (Hodges) Gregg. Her parents had recently moved from Culver, where George had worked as the manager of the Cove plant, and Mayme had worked in William Boegli's peach orchard.
When she was age 3, her father was killed in a hunting accident and she and her mother moved back to her grandparent Hodges' farm in Culver. They moved to The Dalles when Mayme married Henry Bertrand.
Margaret graduated as salutatorian from The Dalles High School, and from Eastern Oregon College in 1937 with a degree in teaching. Her first year of teaching was in Culver. She taught in the school that her grandfather Hodges had helped build and attended the First Christian Church that her grandfather Gregg had started.
Margaret taught her second year in Prairie City, Ore, and it was there that she met Earl Thompson. They were married in The Dalles on June 20, 1939. They spent their honeymoon and first summer on a lookout in Logan Valley. Earl worked as a ranch hand and cowboy in Twickenham and Margaret graduated two eighth grade girls in April 1943, just before their daughter Judy Lee Thompson was born on April 28.
The family later moved from Mount Vernon, Ore., to Alfalfa, Ore. There, they raised strawberry plants for the Gresham Berry Co. Margaret rode the school bus to Redmond, where she taught second grade at Edwin Brown Elementary. She taught there until her retirement after 39 years of teaching. In her retirement years, she helped establish The Little Red Preschool in Madras. She was the school's "Grammie" and the children's favorite storyteller.
While living in Alfalfa, the family attended the Powell Butte Christian Church where D.L. Penhollow was the pastor. Earl and Margaret helped start the Lord's Acre event, and donated a Holstein steer for the first Lord's Acre barbecue.
From Alfalfa, they moved to Terrebonne, where they farmed. Earl was killed in a car wreck in 1954, and Margaret and Judy moved to Redmond. Margaret married Vern Jahns on Aug. 26, 1962. They enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling and being with friends and family. Vern passed away on Nov. 30, 2006, after almost 45 years of marriage. Margaret then moved to Aspen Court.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Bill and Judy Simmons; grandsons and their wives, Earl and Brooke Simmons, and Mark and Cherie Simmons; seven great-grandchildren, Rachel, Cole, Lauren, Karlee, Coty, Amber and Bryce Simmons, all of Madras. Stepchildren and their families, Ron Jahns, Lorena Jahns, Sharon Ritchey, Sandra Jahns and Frank Jahns.
Margaret was promoted to heaven on Sept. 27, 2012, and was buried by Earl at the Redmond Memorial Garden Cemetery. A memorial service was held Oct. 1, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church, where she attended. Pastor Jeff Freshour, Bill Cox, Harold Moore and Clyde Penhollow officiated. Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Garet "Gary" Soules
June 20, 1948 - October 3, 2012
Garet "Gary" A. Soules of Prineville, passed away at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, on Oct. 3, 2012, at the age of 64.
He was born June 30, 1948, in Grand Forks, N.D., to Garet J. Soules and Dacotah Swett Soules. Gary grew up in Billings, Mont., and Warm Springs. He graduated from Madras High School in 1966 and attended Dickinson State College.
In 1969, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Gary served as a squad leader for a six-man long-range reconnaissance platoon with the 101st Airborne Infantry in Vietnam, and as a door gunner and crew chief on assault helicopters.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, he returned to Dickinson State and graduated with a degree in biology in 1976. He married Carol J. Martin of Valley City, N.D., in 1972.
Gary began his career as a field biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1978. He worked throughout Eastern Oregon during his 32 years with the department. In 1986 he settled in Prineville where he worked extensively on habitat projects on private and public lands, building partnerships and making friends with landowners and agency personnel.
Gary was an avid outdoorsmen who passed on that love and respect to future generations through his mentoring of youth in the Boy Scouts of America and Venture Scouts, hunter education, Mount Jefferson Rifle Archery and Pistol Association, Central Oregon Schools, Rim Rock Trails, and local conservation organizations.
He was also an advocate for veterans, active in the VFW, Band of Brothers, the Vietnam Veterans Association, and Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association. He enjoyed Dutch oven cooking, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and once rode a bear.
His special passion was working with Saving Grace in Central Oregon, providing support and safe haven for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. He believed that everyone has the right to live life free from violence. Gary served as a board member for eight years and as a volunteer for many more.
He is remembered for his service to his country, his community, and his giving heart.
Gary is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carol Soules; daughters, Karen Soules, Diana Johnson, Laura and her husband J.T. Cray; and son John Soules and his fianc‚ Amy Abbott. He is also survived by his twin brother Greg Soules, his brothers Jim Soules, Dick Soules, and sister Becky Curnutt.
Funeral services were held Oct. 9, at the Carey Foster Hall, Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville, followed by a procession to Juniper Haven Cemetery for a graveside service with military honors. There was also a potluck reception following the internment back at Carey Foster Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saving Grace or to the youth organization of one's choice.