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Obituaries for the week of 10-31-12


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   Richard "Dick" Antone
   July 25, 1919 - October 19, 2012
   Former Madras resident Richard G. "Dick" Antone passed away Oct. 19, 2012, in Orland, Calif., at the age of 93.
   He was born July 25, 1919, in Stewart's Point, Calif., to parents David and Stella (Pinola) Antone. During World War II, he was in the U.S. Army and served in the European Theater of operations in France, Luxembourg, Germany and England.
   On April 18, 1946, he and Germaine George, a Karuk tribal member, were married in California. There were married 58 years.
   He worked as a farm hand and retired from the lumber industry.
   Survivors include his sons, John Antone of Orland, Calif., and Russell Antone of Gilroy, Calif.; daughters, Myrtle Markgraf of Eugene, Emilene Patrick and Starlite Antone, both of Madras, Ardith Sanchez and Gloria Antone, both of Orland, Calif.; 27 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Germaine on June 6, 2004; one brother and five sisters.
   Graveside services were held Oct. 25, at Ocean View Cemetery in Eureka, Calif, under the direction of Majors Family Funeral Home in Springfield, Ore.
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   Loren "Peewee" Leslie Corwin
   May 13, 1932 - October 26, 2012
   Madras resident Loren "Peewee" Corwin, 80, passed away Oct. 26, 2012, at Kierra Place in Madras.
   He was born May 13, 1932, at the Priday Ranch on lower Trout Creek. His family members were early pioneers of Jefferson County. Loren's mother's family did cattle ranching at Willowdale and Ashwood, and his father's family homesteaded southeast of Madras.
   Loren graduated from Madras High School in 1950 and was an outstanding athlete in three sports during high school. He served in the Army from 1953-1955. He was stationed in Germany, where he played basketball and football and received many awards for his participation representing his unit in competition.
   He was a lifetime cattleman, working on ranches near Antelope for Farrell Priday and Earl Smith, as well as the Muddy Co. Loren was a cattle buyer for both Redmond Livestock sales and Central Oregon Livestock Auction in Madras. He was cattle manager for Stafford Cattle Co. of Culver and Prineville.
   Loren was a skilled horseman, excelling as a rodeo pickup man throughout Oregon for many years.
   Survivors include his children, Teri Burke and Dale Corwin; siblings, Lynn Corwin of Eagle Point, Kay Markgraf of Baker city, Dianne Traughber of Milwaukie, Gale Corwin of Prairie City, and Larry Corwin of Portland; three grandchildren, and three-great-granddaughters. His mother and father preceded him in death.
   A memorial will be held from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Inn at Cross Keys Station in Madras for friends and family to visit and reminisce. In lieu of flowers, it has been suggested memorial donations be made to Mountain View Hospice in Madras. He requested that his ashes be scattered on Blizzard Ridge by those of his lifetime best friend, Loyd Vincent. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
   The family would like to thank his caregivers Carrie and Jorie of Kierra Place where he loved. A thank you also to the VA nurse Amy and hospice in Madras that took care of him.
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   Marc Dean Ditmore
   December 15, 1958 - October 22, 2012
   Marc Ditmore, 53, passed away peacefully Oct. 22, 2012, with family by his side at his father's home in Madras after a brief battle with cancer.
   Marc was born on Dec. 15, 1958, in Astoria, Ore., the firstborn of Dean and Audrey Ditmore. He grew up and attended school in Metolius and Madras, graduating in 1977. During his school years, Marc was active in 4-H and FFA, and competed in high school rodeo in bull riding and team roping.
   After graduating from high school, he attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton for two years, where he enjoyed competing on the BMCC rodeo team.
   From a young age, Marc helped at his parent's feedlot in Madras and later as a farm/ranch hand on their ranches in Willowdale and Troutdale. After college, he got involved with powerline and wind farm construction in California, finally settling in Palm Springs.
   In 1995, Marc started Marc Ditmore Pool Service in Palm Springs and over the years expanded it into a very successful business, running it until recently, when his illness prevented him from continuing.
   Marc's maternal grandparents, Don and Marian Lehman, built Nine Peaks Golf Course in Madras when Marc was an infant, so Marc learned to enjoy golf early. He was an avid golfer and thoroughly appreciated the weather and beautiful courses in Palm Springs. He loved sharing the beauty of his surroundings and particularly enjoyed his parents' visits.
   Marc was a champion of sobriety in Palm Springs and served as a friend and mentor to countless people through the local Alcoholics Anonymous program. He had a big heart and was generous and empathetic to people in need.
   Survivors include his father, Dean Ditmore; brothers, Skip Ditmore and Scott Ditmore and his wife Vicki Moore; sister, Cinda Arney and her husband Jim Arney; six nieces and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his mother, Audrey Ditmore, in 2008.
   A gathering of family and friends was held Oct. 27, to celebrate the life of Marc Ditmore at the home of Dean Ditmore in Madras.
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   Ellen Newburn
   July 30, 1927 - October 18, 2012
   Prineville resident Ellen Newburn passed away Oct. 18, 2012, at the age of 85. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m., Nov. 17, at the Prineville Elks Lodge. memorial contributions may be made to: Prineville Hospice, OHSU's Knight Institute for Cancer Research, St. Vincent-Prividence Heart Research, or the Al-Kader Shrine Travel Fund.
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   Elsie Peeler
   Bend resident Elsie A. Peeler, 93, passed away on Oct. 13, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Whispering Pines Funeral Home in Prineville.
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   Lauretta (Crews) Schmitt
   February 28, 1918 - October 8, 2012
   Former Madras resident Lauretta Schmitt, 94, passed away Oct. 8, 2012, with members of her family at her side.
   She was born Feb. 28, 1918, to William H. and Lena V. Crews, on a homestead 10 miles northeast of Madras. She began her education at the Mud Springs School, where longtime Madras residents Helen Van Noy Herring, and Ada Brownhill were teachers. Later, she moved to the Hay Creek area, where Blanche Henderson was the teacher.
   In 1928, the family moved to Madras and she attended elementary and high school, graduating in 1936.
   She married Lloyd E. Schmitt in 1937, and continued to live in the area until the 1960s, working at the local telephone office until it closed in 1959, when dial came in. At that time, the family moved to Beaverton, where she spent the rest of her working years at Tektronix.
   Lauretta was known by the nickname "Lotti" and was quite a writer. For her children, she wrote a book of adventures about growing up as part of a family of nine children in the Central Oregon area. She often wrote a short story or poem to include with birthday cards she sent.
   Survivors include her children, Edna and husband Arland Tangeman of Madras, Janice and James Spatz of Vancouver, Wash., Linda Schmitt of Aloha, Ore., and David and Sandra Schmitt of Hinesville, Ga.; sister, Ann Jerald of Tucson, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren, who called her "Gram"; and 16 great-grandchildren, who called her "GG."
   Private family services will be held in Madras next summer when her ashes will be interred at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery.