Obituaries for week of 8-7-13


Alys Belle Feike Farrell

April 2, 1917 – July 3, 2013

A memorial service for Madras resident Alys Belle Feike Farrell, 96, who passed away July 3, 2013, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, at the United Methodist Church in Madras. Memorial contributions may be made to an organization or charity of one’s choice.

Mary GalyenMary Kay Galyen

March 27, 1946 – August 3, 2013

Longtime Madras resident Mary Kay Galyen, 67, finished her fight on Aug. 3, 2013, after a long battle against diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, and kidney failure, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

She was born on March 27, 1946, to Cliff and Veva (Polleii) Voss in Mankato, Minn. After graduating from Klamath Union High School in 1964, Mary continued her education in Radiology at Oregon Institute of Technology. It was there she met Gary Dean Galyen.

She and her college sweetheart were married on June 15, 1968.

Growing up, Mary had an undying desire to help and motivate others. She participated in many social and community activities. She was a “Pep Pepper” at Klamath Union High School, Girl Scout leader, Ontario Heights 4-H Leader, and most recently, resident liaison at East Cascade Assisted Living.

Upon Gary’s graduation, they moved back to the family farm in Ontario to start their family. They were blessed with the births of four children, Steven Michael (1969), Dina Nicole (1971-passed at birth), Robert Brian (1973), and Krista Dawn (1975).

During the early years, Mary filled in wherever she was needed. Whether it was a relief tractor operator or filling in for a sick 4-H leader, many times it resulted in her becoming a fulltime regular due to her love of serving others. She was a member and Sunday school teacher at St. Paul Lutheran Church prior to her family relocating to Madras, in 1988.

After successfully raising her kids, Mary returned to the workforce in hospice/home health, where she impacted many people’s lives and touched their hearts.

When not working, Mary enjoyed anything social, and especially if it involved her family. She enjoyed watching her kids in Little League, 4-H, choir, dance, cheerleading and football. No matter the size of the crowd, she could always be heard above the others, cheering on her child.

The “influence footprint” that she leaves behind definitely runs wide and deep with those who were blessed to have her be a part of their lives. On Feb. 12, 2012, Mary reaffirmed her faith in Christ, in front of friends and family, by getting baptized at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

Mary is survived by sons, Steve (and daughter-in-law Darlene) of Salem, and Rob (and daughter-in-law Jodi) of Madras; daughter, Krista (and son-in-law Jeff) of Columbia, Mo.; brother, Steve Voss of Olympia, Wash.; eight nieces and six nephews; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter, Dina Nicole Galyen, father, Clifford Voss and mother, Veva Voss.

A Celebration of Life Service, open to the public, will be held on Aug. 17, at 11 a.m., at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Madras. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mary’s Giving Tree, at any U.S. Bank.

Donald Roe Sutherland

July 8, 1929 – July 19, 2013

Donald Roe Sutherland, 84, passed July 19, 2013, following a short battle with cancer.

He was born July 8, 1929, in Lewistown, Mont., to Joe and Reatha Sutherland-Groff.

He proudly served in the military during the Korean Conflict. Don attended college at Boise Junior College and received his master’s degree at the College of Idaho.

His teaching career, from 1960-1989, was at Ontario, Ore. He taught seventh graders English and social studies, and is remembered by his students for teaching them to diagram sentences!

He was instrumental in organizing the Malheur Teachers Credit Union and served on that board for 30 years. He was a member of the Ontario Methodist Church and was active in the Methodist Men’s group.

In 1993, he married Jo Anne Holcomb and moved to Madras, where he was also very active in the Madras United Methodist Church and men’s organization. They moved to Redmond in 2000, where he became an active supporter of the Boys' and Girls' Club.

Don enjoyed golf, reading World War II history, traveling, attending his grandchildren’s school activities, and being with his family. He will be missed by friends and family and for his hugs, smile, and root beer floats.

He is survived by his wife Jo Anne Sutherland; daughter Carol (and husband Robert) Glenn; grandchildren, Garret, and Devyn Glenn; stepsons, Kirk (Lottie) Holcomb, and Kent (Lori) Holcomb; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his brother, Dean; daughter, Sheri, and stepdaughter Connie.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Aug. 16, at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras, and a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Aug. 16, at the Presbyterian Church, 529 N.W. 19th St., in Redmond. Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras is in charge of arrangements.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Boys' and Girls' Clubs of Central Oregon, for the Jo Anne and Donald Sutherland Redmond Teen Center, and mailed to 500 N.W. Wall St. Bend, Or 97701.

Roger TathwellAllen Roger Tathwell

November 26, 1937 – July 31, 2013

Allen Roger Tathwell, 75, passed away peacefully in his home in Madras, Oregon on July 31, 2013.

Roger was born in Portland, on Nov. 26, 1937, the only son of Theodore and Martha Tathwell. A graduate of Grant High School in Portland, Roger attended Portland State University then transferred to Oregon State University graduating from the Pharmacy School in 1960.

Margo and Roger met at Portland State University in 1957, and were married on July 9, 1960, in Portland, at the Kenton United Presbyterian Church.

Following graduation, Roger interned at Gresham Drug in Gresham, then, after a year, landed a fulltime position at Brandis Pharmacy in Bend.

He then moved his family to Madras, to manage the newly opened Brandis Drug. Eventually, he bought out the Brandis family and proudly placed his own name on the business and building, creating the Roger's Drug so many folk knew him for. He was a registered pharmacist in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho until he finally counted his last pill and retired in 2011.

Never one to let dust gather, Roger immersed himself into the community, becoming a volunteer fireman, ambulance driver, and a member of many local organizations: Lions Club, Elks, Kiwanis, Deschutes Valley Water District, Madras City Council, and many others. Through the pharmacy he sponsored and supported numerous 4-H animals, little league teams, high school clubs and any Girl Scout who wished to sell cookies.

Fulfilling a need to serve his country, Roger was an active member of the Oregon National Guard beginning in 1955, serving as a medical technician until being honorably discharged 10 years later in 1965.

When not supporting the community, Roger loved the outdoor activities Central Oregon had to offer: as being an avid rafter, hunter, hiker, skier and fisherman.

Rafting before rafting became "cool," he had stories of floating the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River in a little yellow four man rubber ducky with a homemade plywood frame, venturing down the South Fork of the Owhyee River before most people knew it existed, all the while had a reputation as the best gravy stirrer this side of the Mississippi. Armed with a quick wit and a book of dirty jokes, Roger could always be counted on for laughs during the most arduous of adventures.

Although quite busy from the business and community involvement, he always found time to take the family on Sunday "adventures," packing a cooler of food and beer in the station wagon and following some old dirt road just to see where it went.

The family always found treasures of old homesteads, mines, windmills, and the togetherness of everyone along the way. Finding sanctuary in his shop, Roger loved to make deck furniture, bird houses, and bird feeders which he gave to friends, family, and whoever he thought could use them. Nothing excited him more than finding a good piece of cedar from an old deck, or other salvaged wood which he could run through his planer and make something useful.

From and early age, Roger loved music and especially singing. He enjoyed participating in church and community choirs wherever he lived, but most fondly enjoyed the United Methodist Church Choir where he found a home. Many nights by the campfire, whether on the river or in hunting camp, he could be heard singing “Ghost Riders in the Sky” or any of his other favorites.

Roger will be forever remembered by his family as a dedicated husband and a loving, compassionate father, and by his numerous friends as a selfless, giving and humble man who was always there with a helping hand, a quick smile and his own unique sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margo Tathwell; sons, Jeff and partner Don of Hillsboro, Ore., and Doug and wife Cynthia, and their son and Roger's only grandchild, Trace of Happy Valley, Ore.; and daughter, Renee and husband Dave of Ketchum, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his youngest daughter Nicole, both parents, and two sisters.

Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Madras Aug. 10, followed by a reception at the church

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations have been suggested to the United Methodist Food Bank at the Madras United Methodist Church. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.

Roger will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Laura Tsarnas

March 11, 1956 – August 2, 2013

Madras resident Laura Tsaras passed away Aug. 2, 2013, at the age of 57. Private family services will be held at a later date.

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