Obituaries for week of 9-22-04
Redmond resident Hasseltine "Hass" Lee Belshe died Sept. 14, 2004, at Rosetta Assisted Living Center at the age of 93.
Mrs. Belshe was born Aug. 30, 1911, in Major, Ky., to parents Lazarus and Helen (Baker) Roberts. When she was 4 years old, her family moved from Kentucky to Colorado by train. At age 12, her family moved to Arizona. She got her first job as a babysitter at age 13, and also joined the Christian Church. In high school she enjoyed playing softball and basketball.
On April 28, 1934, she married Eulus "Duck" Colby Bleshe in Glendale, Ariz. She was a homemaker and also invested in real estate. While in Scottsdale, Ariz., she operated a barber/beauty shop and a mobile home park. She later managed apartments and built and ran the Scorpion Gulch tavern at the entrance to the South Mountain Park.
The Bleshes spent most of their life in Peoria, Ariz., where they raised grapefruit. As a matter of fact, the first "Squirt" soda pop was made from grapefruit that was grown by the Belshes.
Her special interests included traveling, visiting with friends and family, and taking fishing trips.
Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Wright of Redmond, Taya Darrow of Napa, Calif., and Winnie Poston of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren, former Madras resident Tom Wright, Neil Poston, Jan Wright, Chuck Poston, Polly Morin, Casey Keller, Konny Knecht; and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death.
A graveside service was held Sept. 17, at the Redmond Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the American Heart Association.
Madras resident Wilma E. Piercy died Sept. 17, at the age of 90.
Mrs. Piercy was born Sept. 11, 1914, in Prineville, to an early Oregon pioneer family, Claud C. and Edith E. (McCord) Barney. Her mother was also born in Prineville in 1886. Her grandmother, Ellen Gulliford, was born in Mohawk, Ore., in 1865, after her family's arrival by wagon train to the Willamette Valley in 1852. In 1869, her family moved to Prineville and were some of the earliest settlers there.
She married Denzel M. Piercy on June 26, 1935, in Prineville. He was in partnership with his brother Kenneth in running the Lyric and Pine theaters in Prineville. Mrs. Piercy became a partner when they bought the Chief Theater and built the K & D Drive-In Theater in Madras.
They enjoyed their role of providing movies for the community for many years until they retired in 1972. After their retirement, they sailed to the San Juan Islands in a trimaran Mr. Piercy had built in his backyard. Later, they wintered in Indio, Calif., where Mrs. Piercy took oil painting classes and produced over 100 beautiful landscapes and florals.
Survivors include her son, Gene Piercy of Sherwood, Ore.; daughters, Carmen Green of Madras, and Sharon Benson of Beaverton; sister, Pauline Harvey of Monrovia, Calif.; aunt, Edna Osborne of Yucaipa, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Craig Piercy of San Diego, Calif., Michelle Piercy of Sherwood, Sherry Joseph of Madras, Diane Thorsen of Hazel Dell, Wash., Cary Benson of Metolius, and Susan Franich of Beaverton; and seven great-grandchildren, Kara Piercy of Sherwood, Joshua and Justin Joseph of Madras, Christopher and Nicholas Thorson of Hazel Dell, Wash., and Tyler and Kelsey Franich of Beaverton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Denzel Piercy, and her grandson, Terry Benson.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Jefferson County Senior Center in Madras, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Memorial contributions have been suggested to the American Cancer Society, the Jefferson County Historical Society, the Jefferson County Library, or the Juniper Branch of Family Finders.
Warm Springs resident Joyce Charley Quinn died Sept. 13, 2004, at Mountain View Hospital at the age of 80.
Mrs. Quinn was born July 11, 1924, in Warm Springs to parents Robert and Carrie (John) Charley. On Dec. 21, 1951, she married Elmer Quinn in Warm Springs.
She was a lifetime resident of Warm Springs, and was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Her special interests included doing traditional beadwork, going to powwows, and berry picking.
A dressing ceremony was held Sept. 15, at the Simnasho Longhouse. Burial was Sept. 16, at Agency Cemetery in Warm Springs. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Leslie Ramsey Jr.
Madras resident Leslie Dane Ramsey Jr. died Sept. 16, 2004, at Jericho Adult Foster Care Center at the age of 77.
Mr. Ramsey was born Nov. 29, 1926, in The Dalles, to parents Leslie D. and Lela (Gard) Ramsey Sr. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946.
On Dec. 30, 1952, he married his wife Mary in Madras. He was a lifetime resident of Madras, and farmed and raised livestock most of his life.
He was a former member of the VFW Post in Madras, and was a member of the First Christian Church. His special interests included hunting, fishing, and being with his friends and family.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ramsey of Madras; daughters, Diane Ewing of Salem, and Gwen and her husband Charlie Leutwiler of Madras; sister, Donna Hunter of Bend; eight grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside committal service will be held at 11 a.m., Sept. 25, at Milo-Gard Cemetery in Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Mountain View Hospice in care of Mountain View Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Madras resident Clay F. Sanders died Sept. 11, 2004, at the age of 62.
Mr. Sanders was born Sept. 26, 1942, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to parents Frank and Maye Sanders.
He died doing what he loved to do, cutting wood on Three Creeks in Sisters.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Darlen Sanders of Madras; his mother, Maye Sanders of Metolius; six children; 18 grand-children; and one great-grandson.
At his request, no funeral service was held.
Madras resident Earl Edward Townsend died Sept. 15, 2004, at East Cascade Assisted Living Center at the age of 84.
Mr. Townsend was born Dec. 11, 1919, in Tiene, Mont., to parents Edward and Lillian (Tipton) Townsend, and was raised in the Yakima Valley in Washington. After high school he picked apples, harvested potatoes, worked in construction for two years, including working on the Alaskan Highway, and later was a meat cutter.
In 1943 he went into the U.S. Army during World War II. On June 25, 1945, he married Elva Boothe.
Wanting a farm of their own, the Townsends moved to Madras in 1949 from Ellensburg, Wash., and purchased a farm on Dogwood Lane with a two-story homestead house that had been built in 1902, which Earl remodeled. They farmed for many years, and also built up a beef cattle herd with 100 cow-calf pairs. After "easing out" of farming they leased out their farm land, but continued to live on the farm.
Besides enjoying the years he spent farming, Mr. Townsend also enjoyed doing woodworking, especially making wagon wheels, and wood projects for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a longtime member of the Madras United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Madras Lions Club (through which he handed out flags to school children for many years), Toastmasters Club, a 25-year member of the Sagehoppers Square Dance Club, a past president of the Farm Bureau, and was an avid Madras High sports fan,
Survivors include his wife, Elva Townsend of Madras; daughter, Rita Burr of Willamina; son, Robert Townsend of Portland; brothers, John Townsend of Powell Butte, and Dave Townsend of O'Mack, Wash; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
A graveside committal service was held Sept. 20, at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park in Madras, followed by a memorial service at the United Methodist Church. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the United Methodist Church.