Obituaries for week of 12-5-12
Virgil Robert "Bob" Brown
December 21, 1927 - November 19, 2012
Former Warm Springs and Madras resident Virgil "Bob" Robert Brown passed away Nov. 19, 2012, in Post Falls, Idaho.
He was born Dec. 21, 1927, in Wanblee, S.D. When Bob was 7, his parents piled nine members of the family into a 1929 Buick and moved to Kootenai, Idaho, where his dad was employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Bob attended school in Kootenai and Sandpoint, Idaho, until he joined the U.S. Army in March 1946. After his honorable discharge in April 1947, he traveled to Warm Springs to spend the winter and work for Warm Springs Lumber Co.
It was in Warm Springs where Bob met the love of his life, Yvonne Parr, and this love affair lasted the rest of his life. Yvonne and Bob were married July 7, 1949, in Lewiston, Idaho, and made their home in Warm Springs.
They were blessed with three children, Terry Lynn, Steven Dale, and Karen Ann. The flood of 1963 forced them to move to higher ground, so Madras became their home.
For over 20 years, Bob worked as the head sawyer, and later became the operations manager for Warm Springs Forest Products. Bob worked for the company for 45 years.
While in Madras, Bob had many hobbies including woodworking, hunting, fishing, and gardening, but his passion was golf. Bob won many golf tournaments, and loved sharing his knowledge and passion for the game.
After he retired, Yvonne and Bob decided to move to Post Falls, Idaho, which allowed them to be closer to family. Soon after arriving in Post Falls, Bob became the neighborhood handyman.
Yvonne and Bob spent many weekends camping, fishing, and playing cards with family and friends. Family was always important to Bob and he was quick to brag about the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne Brown of Post Falls, Idaho; daughter, Terry Reed, and husband Ashley of Anchorage, Alaska; son, Steve Brown, and wife Tia of Juneau, Alaska; brothers, Lyle Brown of Lewiston, Idaho, and Darrell Brown and his wife, Ellena of Sandpoint, Idaho; sister-in-law, Dorothy Brown of Thompson Falls, Mont.; grandchildren, Zachary Brown of Marysville, Wash., Darby Brown of Juneau, Alaska, Truman Reed of Anchorage, Alaska; and great-grandchildren Miles and Tatum Brown of Marysville, Wash.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Karen Ann; his parents Virgil and Rosetta Brown; brothers, Dale, Elmer, Dewayne, William, and Levi; and sisters Lillian, Irene, Margaret, Marion, and Gladys.
At Bob's request, no memorial services will be conducted.
Gary Dean Dubisar
September 22, 1953 - November 27, 2012
Madras resident Gary Dean Dubisar, 59, passed away Nov. 27, 2012, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
He was born Sept. 22, 1953, in Dickinson, N.D., to parents Richard and Audrey Dubisar. He grew up on the family farm in New England, N.D., helping tend to cattle, and making dune buggies in his spare time. He graduated from Reeder High School.
In 1974, he moved to Oregon and worked at Bright Wood Corp. for a few years before taking a job at Keith Manufacturing, where he worked for 28 years. Work was extremely important to him and he gave 100 percent to his job.
"Gary will be missed very much by all of us at KEITH Mfg. Co. We greatly valued his depth of knowledge and attention to customer service. We are grateful for his 28 years of dedication and companionship," noted his boss Mark Foster, owner of Keith Manufacturing.
Gary always made sure members of his family were taken care of, from cutting wood for grandma, to doing maintenance on his daughters' cars. He was very proud of the family home on First Street, which he built completely by himself from the ground up.
He enjoyed playing practical jokes and making people smile. He loved playing the guitar and singing, and his favorite artist was Elvis Presley. He also enjoyed John Wayne movies.
He liked working outside with his hands doing house remodeling, cutting wood, or doing mechanical work. He wasn't afraid to try anything, but was a perfectionist when he tackled a project. Gary loved working on cars and, at one time, owned two GTOs and one engine. He could change out an engine in 45 minutes and would move the engine from one GTO to the other, depending on which car he wanted to drive that day, according to his daughters.
Survivors include his daughters, Alisha Dubisar and LisaLael Dubisar, both of Madras, Desiree Dubisar of Culver; son, Bret Stone of Katy, Texas; sisters, Peggy Prosje of Crookston, Minn., and Dianne Amunrud of Madras; brothers, Doug Dubisar, Dave Dubisar and Robert Dubisar, all of Redmond, Rick Dubisar of Terrebonne, Bernie Dubisar of Prineville, and Kevin Dubisar of Payson, Utah; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Audrey Dubisar; and brothers, Clifford and Lester Dubisar.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at the shop at Keith Manufacturing in Madras. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Services for Madras resident John Kollen will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 7, at Bel-Air Chapel in Madras.