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Martin F. Haugen
Martin F. Haugen, 73, of Eagle Point, died Monday (Feb. 1, 1999) at Rogue Valley Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Abbey Funeral, Medford.

George S. Nelson
George Sigfred Nelson, 77, of Talent, died Tuesday (Feb. 2, 1999) in Ashland Community Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Memory Gardens Mortuary in Medford.

Carl A. Perdue
The memorial service for Carl A. Perdue will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Ashland Elks Lodge No. 944, 255 E. Main St., Ashland. Family and friends will officiate. Interment will be in the Medford I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 10 Crater Lake Ave., Suite 10, Medford, OR 97504.
Mr. Perdue, 77, of Central Point, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 1999) in Central Point.
He was born Feb. 18, 1921, in El Reno, Okla. He moved to the Rogue Valley from El Reno in 1939, and lived in Ashland for 30 years before moving to Central Point four years ago.
In February 1956, in Medford, he married Loretta L. Winter, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Perdue was a heavy equipment operator for Jackson County for 34 years.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Golden City.
Mr. Perdue was a member of Ashland Elks Lodge, and the Eagles Lodge in Medford, where he was a member of the drill team.
He enjoyed dancing and working in the garden.
Survivors include his companion, Edith Roach, Central Point; a son, Jimmy, Oklahoma City; three daughters, Carol Ann Eloge, Brookings, Eunice Byrom, Bakersfield, Calif., and Carla Jean Ahamadi, Oklahoma City; a brother, Herb, North Bend; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Freddie; a sister, Edna Hudson; and five brothers, John, Jim, Charlie, Mark and Fred.
Arrangements: Conger-Morris Funeral Directors, Medford.

Beulah D. Myers
The memorial service for Beulah D. Myers will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the First Assembly of God, 3396 Ave. A, White City. Pastor Skip Day and Pastor Shane Wallis will officiate. A reception will follow at the church.
Mrs. Myers, 83, of Medford, died Friday (Jan. 29, 1999) at her home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Community Health Foundation, Hospice, 1111 Crater Lake Ave., Medford, OR 97504 or Oregon SID Project Center, 1721 S.W. Broadway, Room 483, Portland, OR 97201.
She was born Beulah D. Traver on Jan. 14, 1916, in Mitchell.
On May 25, 1935, in Prineville, she married Ersal Myers, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Myers worked for the Eagle Point School District in the laundry room.
She enjoyed hunting, fishing, crocheting and traveling.
Survivors include two daughters, Patsy A. Guches, Medford, and Betty D. Nelsen, White City; two sons, Gene, Trail, and Donald Lee, Moses Lake, Wash.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Vernon Ray; and a great-grandchild, Jessica Lynn Hawley.
Arrangements: Abbey Funeral, Medford.

Charles E. Clark
The memorial service for Charles E. Clark will be at 3 p.m. today in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1360 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass.
Mr. Clark, 54, of Grants Pass, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 1999) at his home.
He was born March 26, 1944, in Hawthorne, Calif.
On March 27, 1965, in Las Vegas, he married Judith M. Fairburst, who survives. He moved to Grants Pass in 1995.
Mr. Clark was a truck driver for over 30 years, and took great pride in his work and his trucks.
He was an active member of A.A.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Kevin and Michael, both of Grants Pass; two daughters, Debra Doyle, Palmdale, Calif., and Robin Clark, Riverside, Calif.; a sister, Donna Pendley, Beaumont, Calif.; a brother, Gary Gross, Laguna Hills, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.
Arrangements: Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives.

Melvin Carl Boldenow
The memorial service for Melvin Carl Boldenow will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Corvallis. Pastor Pat Chuinard will officiate. A lunch will follow the service.
Mr. Boldenow, 84, of Corvallis, formerly of Medford, died Sunday (Jan. 31, 1999) in Albany, at the home of his granddaughter, Amber Johnson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Building Fund, c/o McHenry Funeral Home, 206 N.W. Fifth St., Corvallis, OR 97330.
He was born Feb. 21, 1914, in Bloomfield, Neb. After graduation from Bloomfield High in Nebraska, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Black Hills of South Dakota and in Coquille.
In 1937, in Yankton, S.D., he married Helen Gross, who survives. He moved to Omaha, Neb., where he attended the University of Nebraska and received a bachelor's degree in education in 1938, and was selected all-conference in basketball. He then attended the University of Oregon for a short time, before earning his master's degree in education from Oregon State College.
Mr. Boldenow was a teacher and a coach in Medford and St. Helens, as well as in Nebraska and Colorado. He taught 15 different subjects, and coached for 50 years. He spent 25 years teaching in Corvallis, and 20 years as a track coach. He was one of the few coaches in Oregon to receive an award from the Oregon Coaches Association for 50 years of service.
During the summers, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service at the Butte Falls Ranger District. Following his retirement, he spent another 10 years as an assistant coach in Eugene. 
He was a member of the Benton County Sheriff's Posse, the National Educators Association, the Oregon Education Association and the Oregon Coaches Association. He also became a foster father for two young men.
Mr. Boldenow enjoyed woodworking, fishing and camping.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three sons, Bruce, Silver Lake, David, Tacoma, Wash., Jonathan, Palmer, Alaska; a brother, Gerald, Scappoose; a sister, Edna Leach, Denver; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.
Arrangements: McHenry Funeral Home, Corvallis.

Thelma Frances Baker
The cryptside service for Thelma Frances Baker will be at 3 p.m. today in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford. The Rev. David Close of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Medford will officiate. Entombment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Mrs. Baker, 89, of Medford, died Friday (Jan. 29, 1999) in Medford.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 566, Medford, OR 97501.
She was born Thelma Frances King on Jan. 20, 1910, in Oklahoma City.
On July 1, 1950, in Medford, she married Ray F. Baker, who died in 1969.
Mrs. Baker was a homemaker.
She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, the Daughters of the Nile and the Girl Scouts of America.
Mrs. Baker enjoyed investing, gardening and animals.
Survivors include two nieces, Barbara Sands, Medford, and Christine Wanek, Smith River, Calif. She was preceded in death by a brother, a sister and several stepchildren.
Arrangements: Conger-Morris Funeral Directors, Medford.

Catherine M. Nelson
Catherine M. Nelson, 93, of Talent, died Monday (Feb. 1, 1999) at the Jackson House in Talent. A private service was held.
Memorial contributions may be made to Soroptimist International, P.O. Box 544, Ashland, OR 97520.
She was born Catherine M. Miller on Nov. 13, 1905, in Walla Walla, Wash.
In 1944, in Portland, she married Arthur Nelson, who preceded her in death. They moved to Ashland in 1946 from Portland.
The couple owned and operated several Texaco service stations, including one on Siskiyou Boulevard, at what is now the south end of the Southern Oregon University campus.
Mrs. Nelson was also a bookkeeper for Oregon Food Stores, now Buy Rite Market on Siskiyou Boulevard. She retired in the early 1980s.
She belonged to the Lady Elks and Soroptimist International. During her early years in Ashland she was also active with the Campfire Girls.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Jean Ballantyne, Pasadena, Calif.; a nephew, Robert Miller, Portland; and a niece, Dorothy Stangle, Portland. She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.

Lawrence A. Bacher
Lawrence A. Bacher, 71, of Medford, died Saturday (Jan. 30, 1999) at his home. No service is planned.
He was born March 4, 1927, in Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. Bacher was a maintenance engineer at Fleishmans National Yeast Company for 25 years. He moved to Medford from Newark, Calif., in 1989, following his retirement.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1948.
Mr. Bacher was a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, USA, Acalanes Fellowship No. 480, Stationary Engineers Local No. 39, and the Oakland Motorcycle Club.
He enjoyed motorcycle racing, waterskiing, fishing and golf.
Survivors include his daughter, Sheri Talburt, Medford; his brother, Warren, Glendora, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
Arrangements: Abbey Funeral, Medford.

May Mamie Mosley
The graveside service for May Mamie Mosley will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Eagle Point National Cemetery, 2763 Riley Road, Eagle Point. The Rev. Gary Harding of North Valley Christian Center will officiate.
Mrs. Mosley, 83, of Medford, died Sunday (Jan. 31, 1999) at Hearthstone.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 698, Medford, OR 97501.
She was born May Mamie McAlmond on Aug. 13, 1915, in Round Potrero, Calif. She moved to the Rogue Valley from Socorro, N.M., in 1950.
Mrs. Mosley was a riveter/cutter in a B-29 factory during World War II. Prior to her marriage, she owned and operated a cattle ranch in New Mexico.
Survivors include a daughter, Elsie Fay Mosley, Central Point; four sons, David, Central Point, Leon, Cleve and Gordon, all of Medford; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hardy Denmin Mosely, in 1978; two sisters; and one brother.
Arrangements: Perl Funeral Services-Siskiyou, Medford.

Dean C. Sickenger
Dean Charles Sickenger, 73, of White City, died Monday (Feb. 1, 1999) at the Veterans Affairs Domiciliary in White City. No local service is planned.
He was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Jewell, Iowa. He moved to the Rogue Valley over 40 years ago from Jewell.
Mr. Sickenger was a cook at the Strand Cafe, which was owned by his father, Charles.
He served with the U. S. Coast Guard from 1943 until 1946.
Survivors include his mother, Esther Sickenger, Jewell; and two sisters, Patricia Price, Costa Mesa, Calif., and Cynthia Havinga, Webster City, Iowa. He was preceded in death by a brother, Larry.
Arrangements: Ashland Funeral Care, Ashland.

Anna D. Salisbury
The cryptside service for Anna Dorothy Salisbury will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Memory Gardens Memorial Park. Pastor Rick Burns of the First Baptist Church will officiate.
Ms. Salisbury, 91, of Medford, died Monday (April 19, 1999) at her home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 649 Crater Lake Ave., Medford, OR 97504.
She was born on Aug. 22, 1907, in Chicago.
Ms. Salisbury was a secretary for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in Chicago. Following her retirement, and the deaths of her parents, she moved to the Rogue Valley in 1972.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Medford.
Ms. Salisbury enjoyed traveling, playing the piano and flowers.
Survivors include a niece and nephew, Elizabeth and Keith Spooner, both of McMinnville; and her foster family at Country Club Manor in Medford. She was preceded in death by a sister, Edith Potter.
Arrangements: Hillcrest Mortuary, Medford.

Clarence L. Wels
The graveside service for Clarence L. Wels will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Sterlingville Cemetery in Jacksonville. Pastor Stan Johnson of the West Main Church of Christ, Medford, will officiate.
Mr. Wels, 94, of Medford, died Sunday (April 18, 1999) at the Medford Rehabilitation & Health Center.
Friends may pay their respects from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at 550 Business Park Drive, Medford.
Arrangements: Abbey Funeral, Medford.

Steven D. Thomas
The graveside service for Steven Dale Thomas will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Woodville Cemetery in Rogue River. The Rev. Jack Ziezer will officiate.
Mr. Thomas, 46, of Gold Hill, died Saturday (April 17, 1999) at Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford.
He was born July 23, 1952, in Watsonville, Calif. He completed two years of high school there, before his family moved to Rogue River, where he graduated in 1971.
Mr. Thomas was a butcher for Ray's Sentry Market in Rogue River for more than eight years. Before and after that, he worked for Cascade Wood Products as a molder setup man.
He enjoyed fishing on the Rogue River, hunting, golf and repairing VCR and lawn and garden equipment.
Survivors include his companion, Nancy Smith, Gold Hill; two daughters, Brodie and Lacey Thomas-Mark, Rogue River; his parents, Harvey R. and Eileen C. Thomas, Rogue River; a brother, James L., Rogue River; and a sister, Susan Banks, Rogue River.
Friends may pay their respects from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home, 2065 Upper River Road, Grants Pass.

John Robert Reid
John Robert Reid, 80, of Medford, died Friday (April 16, 1999) at Providence Medford Medical Center. No service is planned.
He was born Dec. 19, 1918, in Albuquerque, N.M.
On March 11, 1939, in Lordsburg, N.M., he married Louella Perry, who survives. He moved to the Rogue Valley six years ago from Alamogordo, N.M.
Mr. Reid was a welder in the Long Beach shipyards, and a heavy equipment mechanic in the logging industry.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Reid was a Christian, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three sisters, Gertrude Casey, Majorie Hale and Adeline Miller, all of New Mexico.
Arrangements: Central Valley Cremation & Funeral Care.

Muriel J. McDuffee
Muriel June McDuffee, 92, of Medford, died April 13, 1999 at her home. No service is planned.
Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.
She was born Muriel Bell on June 30, 1906, in Hereford, Minn.
On Aug. 24, 1928, in Vernonia, she married Paul L. McDuffee, who died in 1993. She moved to the Rogue Valley from Vernonia in 1931.
Mrs. McDuffee graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland, and attended the University of Oregon in Eugene for three years.
She enjoyed playing bridge, fine needlework gardening and cooking.
Survivors include three daughters, Joan Simonson, Medford, Anne Hart, Corvallis, and Gail Shinn, Beaufort, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin Bell.
Arrangements: Perl Funeral Services, Medford.

Marion B. Wright
Marion Blakeslee Wright, 84, of Medford, died Thursday (April 15, 1999) at Rogue Valley Manor Health Care Center, Medford. No service is planned. Inurnment will be in Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rogue Valley Manor Foundation, Transportation Fund, 1200 Mira Mar, Medford, OR 97504.
She was born Marion Case on Oct. 25, 1914, in Winsted, Conn. She was a graduate of Skidmore College in New York and pursued studies at Vassar and Mills.
In Key West, Fla., she married Edward G. Wright, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Wright served with the U.S. Navy during World War II in the WAVES, attaining the rank of specialist second class.
Mrs. Wright was an administrative supervisor for the California educational system. She moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in 1989.
Survivors include two sisters, Marjorie Hartman, Bloomfield, Conn., and Pauline Chinlund, Hanover, N.H. She was preceded in death by a brother.
Arrangements: Perl Funeral Services, Medford.

Dr. Donald W. Butts
A celebration of life open house for Dr. Donald Willis Butts will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the family home in Medford. Inurnment will be in Fayette, Iowa.
Dr. Butts, 74, of Medford, died Sunday (April 18, 1999) at his home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rogue Valley Medical Center Foundation, Hospice, 691 Murphy Road, Suite 236, Medford, OR 97504.
He was born Dec. 13, 1924, in Fayette, Iowa. He moved to the Rogue Valley in 1971 from Littleton, Colo.
On Sept. 18, 1982, in Portland, he married Jean Benson, who survives.
Dr. Butts had a private dental practice in Nora Springs, Iowa, from 1950 to 1961. He joined the Veteran's Administration as a staff dentist in St. Cloud, Minn. He transferred to Colorado, then to Medford in 1971, to work as chief of dental services at the Veterans Administration Domiciliary in White City, retiring in 1985.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Dr. Butts was a member of the Rogue Valley Country Club.
He enjoyed golf, playing bridge, and traveling.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Dennis Burts, McCall, Idaho; a daughter, Diana Parsons, Canby; a stepson, Craig Shepherd, Buffalo, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Susan Romano, Quincy, Wash., and Nancy Smythe, Aurora, Ore.; a brother, D.A. Butts, Clearlake, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Blanche Butts, in 1981; and a brother, Merrill Butts, in 1996.
Arrangements: Memory Gardens Mortuary, Medford.

Donald D. Farnsworth
Inurnment for Donald Daryl Farnsworth will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Eagle Point National Cemetery. The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Medford Southwest Church of the Nazarene. His son, the Rev. Don C. Farnsworth, will officiate.
Mr. Farnsworth, 79, of Medford, died Thursday (April 15, 1999) at his home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Medford Southwest Church of the Nazarene, 1481 S. Columbus, Medford, OR 97501.
He was born on Jan. 17, 1920 in Kennet, Calif., and raised in the Northern California area.
On Dec. 17, 1939, in Clyde, Calif., he married Dollie Katherine Fairhurst, who survives.
Mr. Farnsworth graduated from Washington State College in Pullman, Wash., in 1943.
Before World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. During World War II he served in the Navy. As a seaman first class, he was a pilot of a PBM Patrol Bomber.
Mr. Farnsworth worked briefly for Boeing in Seattle, and then began a 17-year career as a commercial crop-dusting pilot. During this time he designed a special dust applicator and a high-lift wing for Stearman Crop Dusters. He flew more than 30,000 hours during his career as a pilot.
He moved to the Rogue Valley in 1968, where he worked as an aircraft and engine mechanic for a local helicopter firefighting firm. He then worked as a turret lathe operator for Vicker Inc., retiring in 1985.
Mr. Farnsworth was past president of the Little Butte Mountain Men Muzzle-loading Club. He also volunteered at the Southern Oregon Historical Society, and at local elementary schools, telling stories about mountain men. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed mall-walking at the Rogue Valley Mall. He was recognized for walking more than 5,000 miles.
Mr. Farnsworth attended the Medford Southwest Church of the Nazarene where his eldest son is the pastor.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include six sons, Don C., Medford, Duane, Medford, Daniel, Medford, Daryl, Visalia, Calif., Dallas, O'Fallon, Mo., and Dale, Eureka, Calif; six daughters, Estelle Mitchell, Eagle Point, Patricia Pratt, Grants Pass, Nancy Farnsworth, Anchorage, Alaska, Margaret and Susan Farnsworth, both Tualatin, and Carol Providenti, Carson City, Nev.; a brother, Thurlow, Lodi, Calif.; 21 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters.
Arrangements: Abbey Funeral, Medford.

Esther M. Segner
Esther M. Segner, 87, of Ashland, died Sunday (April 18, 1999) at Linda Vista Care Center. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives, Medford.
 
Naomi Alvereta Guss
Naomi Alvereta Guss, 84, of Medford, died Sunday (April 18, 1999) in Medford. Arrangements will be announced by Hillcrest Mortuary, Medford.

Gail Ellen Manteufel
Gail Ellen Manteufel, 62, of Ashland, died Saturday (April 17, 1999) at Linda Vista Care Center in Ashland. Arrangements will be announced by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.


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