Obituaries for the week of 12-12-12
Fredric "Fred" Lee Hall
December 4, 1933 - December 6, 2012
Former Madras resident Fredrick "Fred" Lee Hall, of Redmond, passed away in his sleep at home on Dec. 6, 2012, at the age of 79.
Fred was born on Dec. 4, 1933, in Meeker, Okla., to Andrew and Dora (Gilbreth) Hall. In 1935, Fred and his family moved to Oregon. Fred attended school in Central Oregon, finishing his school years in Prineville.
Fred played football and ran track in high school. He was selected as an All American football player, and was on the Shriners football team and was a state champion in track in the 100- and 400-meter races. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea until his discharge in 1955.
On Jan. 12, 1957, Fred married Sharlene Fae Nelson in Reno, Nev. They lived in Prineville until 1963, then Madras, until 1975, when they relocated to Redmond.
Fred owned and operated Hall Electric, working as an electrical contractor and working side by side with his sons until his passing.
He was a past member of the Elks Lodge and a current member of the Oregon Hunters Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on the farm, going to auctions and loved watching sports and spending time with his family.
Fred is survived by his wife, Sharlene Hall; two sons, Clayton and wife Heidi Hall, and Clinton and wife Patty Hall; three grandchildren, Cory, Raina and Ashley; two nieces, Melody Biggs and Mary Gustafson; and one nephew, Andy Martin. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Ruth Martin.
A private graveside service will be held Dec. 11, at Redmond Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Heart Association or Oregon Hunters Association, Redmond Chapter. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.redmondmemorial.com.
January 16, 1923 - December 1, 2012
Madras resident John Kollen passed away Dec. 1, 2012, in Redmond at the age of 89.
John was born Jan. 16, 1923, in Outlook, Wash., to Jacob Jan and Frederika Kollen. He grew up on farms in Washington and Oregon.
He enlisted in the military on Dec. 7, 1942, and served as a radio operator/navigator, flying some 70 missions, primarily over the Burma Hump between India and China, as well as various combat zones in the Pacific.
He met Sarah Frances Barnett of Denmark, Miss., during the war. They were married on Oct. 28, 1944. He was discharged from the military on Jan. 8, 1946, and received many medals for his service in the Pacific Theater, including three bronze service stars, one for flying in the New Guinea combat zone, an air medal with oak leaf cluster, a distinguished unit badge, and a World War II Victory medal.
John and Frances moved from Nyssa to the Agency Plains north of Madras on March 3, 1947, with John's parents and siblings, and bought farmland. They arrived about two years before irrigation came to the area.
Prior to the irrigation water arriving, John worked in construction and was involved in building many structures that are still standing in Madras. After the North Unit irrigation project was established, John and his brother Hank put in irrigation ditches on their plots of farmland. He farmed for 40 years, growing potatoes, alfalfa hay, and wheat.
During their years on the farm, John and Frances raised four children. They sold their farm to Don and Peggy Boyle and retired in 1987.
John is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sarah Frances Kollen; sons, Harold (and wife Kathy) of Bend, Allen (Terryl) of Powell Butte, Steve of Alajuela, Costa Rica; daughter, Karen Vigil (Robert) of Springfield; sister, Fanny Fuller of Madras, and brother, Norman Kollen of Coquille, Ore. He was also blessed with six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob Jan and Frederika Kollen, and five siblings, Connie Chard, Henry "Hank" Kollen, Mary Ramsey, Fred Kollen, and Jeanette Reed.
Kevin Scott Saxvold
June 8, 1955 - December 6, 2012
Madras resident Kevin Scott Saxvold, 57, passed away in Eugene on Dec. 6, 2012. Arrangemenets are pending.
June Caroline Sears
July 6, 1922 - December 8, 2012
Madras resident June Caroline Sears, 90, passed away on Dec. 8, 2012. A memorial will be held at a later date.