Obituaries for the week of 11-14-12
Kody Ryan Dixon
March 4, 1991 - October 30, 2012
Former Madras resident Kody Ryan Dixon, 21, fought a long, hard battle against cancer, but lost that battle Oct. 30, 2012, in Prineville.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m., at the Crook County High School auditorium in Prineville. A reception will follow at the country club in Prineville.
Judith E. Thomas
August 3, 1940 - November 3, 2012
Madras resident Judith E. Thomas passed away at her home on Nov. 3, 2012, at the age of 72.
Judith Watts was born on Aug. 3, 1940 in Ashland, Ohio. She married Pete Thomas, and worked as a warehouse supervisor for Lamb Weston/Con Agra.
She enjoyed traveling, work, and spending time with family.
Survivors include her husband, Pete Thomas of Madras; daughters, Mardi Jorgensen of Madras, Kelli Lonning of Vancouver, Wash., and Traci Thomas Monihan of West Linn; son, Jason Thomas of Madras; sister, Star Ransom of Beaverton; brothers, David Watts of Twin Falls, Idaho, Mike Watts of Bellingham, Wash., and Tom Watts of Walla Walla, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her mother Imogene.
A private family memorial will be held.
William "Bill" Wysham
January 21, 1946 - October 30, 2012
Former Madras resident William "Bill" Wysham of Monroe, Ore., passed away after a valiant 6 1/2 year battle with multiple myeloma on Oct. 30, 2012.
He was an avid fisherman and educator, who inspired thousands throughout a wonderful, but all too short life.
Bill was born on Jan. 21, 1946, in Oakland, Calif., to Jim and Helen Wysham. He graduated from El Cerrito High School in Kensington, Calif., in 1964 and continued on, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and Geography from Humbolt State University.
On Oct. 17, 1970, he married Lark Francis. After flying P-3s for the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, he moved to a career in education. Bill taught forestry and coached volleyball at Madras High School for 20-plus years, retiring in 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Lark Wysham of Monroe; son Rafe of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter, Kim of Beaverton; brothers, Tom and Richard; his mother, Helen; and three grandchildren. His father preceded him in death.
A memorial will be held from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, at Paradise Springs in Monroe, Ore. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer online donations be made in memory of Bill Wysham to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at www.themmrf.org, or the Nature Conservancy at www.nature.org.
Alice Tokola Harvey
July 3, 1922 - November 5, 2012
Alice Harvey died on Nov. 5, 2012, at age 90, from a cardiovascular cause.
She was born Alice Gustava Tokola to Hannah and George Tokola, in the Finnish village of Rautio in 1922. Alice's parents emigrated to the United States in the 1920s; Alice and her two sisters followed in 1930.
During the 1930s, Alice's family lived in Hanna, Wyo., where her father worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. It was there that everyone in the family learned to speak English, and where Alice also learned to sew and to play the piano. In the late 1930s, Alice and her family moved to Vancouver, Wash., and her father began building houses.
In 1940, Alice attended Washington State College and met Wayne Harvey, whom she married in May 1943. While Wayne saw service in the Pacific war, Alice worked at the Kaiser shipyard in Vancouver, where Navy landing craft were manufactured. Wayne didn't see their first daughter until she was 1 1/2 years old.
After the war, Alice worked in a feed store in Hazel Dell, Wash., that Wayne and her father built. Alice and Wayne had three more daughters. In the early 1950s, Alice's family moved to Twickenham, Ore., where they grew rye and alfalfa and their oldest daughters attended a one-room school.
In the late 1950s, the Harvey family moved to an old hop farm and filbert orchard on River Road in Salem, where they grew pole beans. Along with many others in the area, their farm and orchard were flooded during Christmas week of 1964.
The family then moved to Madras, where Wayne continued to farm for several years. In the early 1970s, Alice and Wayne bought a small bowling alley in Dayton, Wash., and operated it (Alice did the bookkeeping) until the mid-1970s, when they bought a larger bowling alley in Omak, Wash.
In the early 1980s, Alice and Wayne lived for a time on Discovery Bay, west of Port Townsend, Wash.; they moved back to Omak in the mid-1980s. They and a daughter and son-in-law operated Omak Lanes into the 1990s.
In 1996, Wayne died, and in 2003, Alice moved to Madras to be near her daughters. In Madras, she lived at East Cascade Retirement Community.
Alice's remaining family members include her two sisters Mary and Ina and her four daughters Anne, Sandy, Carolyn and Joy.
Alice's family has great appreciation for the care staff at East Cascade, and the physicians and nursing staff who cared for Alice at Mountain View Hospital. A memorial to celebrate Alice's life will be scheduled later.