|Lawrence A. Johnson
Lawrence A. Johnson, 70, died Feb. 21, 2000, of natural
causes at his Klamath Falls home.
A memorial service was held this morning in Dorris Church
of the Nazarene with The Rev. Rick Harrison officiating. Ward's Klamath
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Johnson was born Sept. 5, 1929, in Nebraska to Freeman
and Magdalene (Schwartz) Johnson.
He left school after the eighth grade to help his family
during the Great Depression years. He held various jobs in the Stockton
and San Francisco areas in California before joining the Army.
He served during the Korean War and received the Purple
Heart and Bronze Star, among other medals.
After his military service, he moved to Butte Valley,
where he met and married Lou Sunkdivist. They had four children: Carol,
James, Elaine and Janet.
Mr. Johnson worked for 30 years for Dorris Lumber and
He later lived in Merrill with his second wife, Lois,
before relocating to Klamath Falls, where he lived the rest of his life.
His hobbies included fishing and doing puzzles and models.
He also enjoyed designing and making wood furniture, toys and decorative
items. He donated many handcrafted items for auctions to benefit children's
Among his survivors are his second wife, Lois Johnson
of Merrill; son, James Johnson of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; daughter, Elaine
Brown of Rancho Cordova; daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Alejandro Moreno
of Dorris; stepdaughters, Roxanne Baltozor and her husband, Ken, of Meridian,
Idaho, and Jody Fisher and her husband, Ray, of Merrill; stepson, Barry
Aschoff and his wife, Joy, of Kalispell, Mont.; four grandchildren, including
Robert Johnson and Nicholas Hernandez of Dorris; six stepgrandchildren;
step-granddaughter, Angela Gelbrich and her husband, Travis, of Central
He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners' Children's
Hospital, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201.
Lorene Anderson, 75, died Feb. 25, 2000, of cancer in
a Klamath Falls foster care home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Eternal Hills
Funeral Home with Pastor Silas Jones officiating. Private interment will
be in Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday in Eternal Hills Funeral Home.
Mrs. Anderson was born Feb. 12, 1925, in Dierks, Ark.,
to Nealy and Lola (Cox) Watson.
She lived in Arkansas and California before moving to
She was a Klamath Falls resident since 1947.
Mrs. Anderson was self employed as a foster care home
owner before her retirement.
She enjoyed horses and quilting in her younger years and
especially enjoyed family activities.
She was a member of Registered Care Providers Association
and the Victory Temple.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and
Dee Dee Anderson of Klamath Falls; brothers, Dale Watson of Medford, Doyle
Watson of Salem and Jim Watson of Coos Bay; sisters, Letha Wright of Redding
and Shirley Tucker of Klamath Falls; grandchildren, Rick Anderson and Shannon
McDaniel, Jeff and Shelli Anderson and Katie Smith of Klamath Falls; great-grandchildren,
Kelsey, Darrian and Jarred Anderson of Klamath Falls; and many nieces and
She also leaves a special friend, Harold Myran, and extended
family members Ellen Hogan of Eugene and Peggy and Jim Iler of Baker City.
She was preceded in death by a son, Rick Anderson, in
Vennie Lucille Oshiro
Vennie Lucille Oshiro, 77, Bly, died Feb. 26, 2000, of
natural causes in Klamath Falls.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Eternal Hills Funeral
Home with Pastor Kevin Drake officiating. Interment will be in Eternal
Hills Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held before the services.
Mrs. Oshiro was born July 21, 1922, in Sallisaw, Okla.,
to John and Cassie (Wilburn) King.
She completed eight grades of her education.
She married Mitsuo Oshiro in Las Vegas in 1967.
Mrs. Oshiro loved cooking, reading, sewing and being with
Survivors include her husband, Mitsuo Oshiro of Bly; daughters,
Sharlet Docherty of Ocean Shores, Wash., and Deborah Gibbs of Oxnard, Calif.;
sisters, Pauline Rios of Fallbrook, Calif., Jean Churder of Riverside,
Calif., and Eve Hartenbach of Laguna Hills, Calif.; brother, James King
of Kalispell, Mont.; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Troy King.
Orville ‘Ram’ Benjamin Lawver
Orville “Ram” Benjamin Lawver, 63, died May 29, 2000,
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Ward’s Kla-math
Funeral Home in Kla-math Falls. Interment will follow at Schon-chin Cemetery
and a feast of Mr. Lawver’s favorite food will follow that at the Irwin
Wieser Community Center in Beatty.
Mr. Lawver was born June 27, 1936, at Klamath Agency and
raised in Sprague River.
He was a graduate of Kla-math Union High School.
While in high school, he was an accomplished athlete,
especially in football and wrestling, and won several state championships
He was also an honor roll student.
He attended Bacone Junior College in Muskogee, Okla.,
and was a member of the school’s football team when it won the Junior Rose
Mr. Lawver then received an academic scholarship to Lewis
& Clark College in Portland, where he was a member of the football,
wrestling and baseball teams. As a wrestler there, he went all the way
to the national level.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree from the college,
he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers professional football team.
Following a brief career as a member of the Packers, he
returned to Lewis & Clark College to obtain his master’s degree in
Then, realizing a dream of his, Mr. Lawver coached football
and wrestling at Chemawa Indian School in Salem and Stuart Indian School
in Carson City, Nev.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne Lawver of Salem; daughters,
Denise Lawver of Lake Oswego and Tracy Lawver of Portland; son, Todd Lawver
of Portland; brothers, Albert Lawvor of Beatty and Alvin Lawver of Klamath
Falls; aunt, Mary Lawver of Klamath Falls; grandchildren, Benjamin, Lee,
Samuel, and Yvette Fricke of Lake Oswego; and numerous nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by a son and a brother.
Carlyle Hutchinson, 77, died May 29, 2000, in Klamath
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Eternal Hills Funeral
Home with Bob Marsalli officiating. Interment will be at Eternal Hills
Mr. Hutchinson was born Nov. 11, 1922, in Roosevelt, Okla.,
to Benjamin and Pearl (Crocker) Waterson.
After completing his high school education, he served
in the Navy.
He was a member of Labor Union 170 of San Jose, Calif.,
for 30 years before moving to Klamath Falls and working for Swenson Construction.
He married his wife, Sarah, on June 8, 1961, in Carson
Mr. Hutchinson was a master gardener and enjoyed hunting,
fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and other family members.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Hutchinson of Klamath
Falls; son and daughter-in-law, Lindsey and Cathy Hutchinson of Klamath
Falls; step-daughter, Opal Hurt of Klamath Falls; sisters, Eva Mae McDaniels
of Sun City, Ariz., and Emma Harris of Hobart, Okla.; sister-in-law, Mary
Row; brother-in-law and his wife, Leon and Naome Wall; grandchildren, Tara
Kuester, Loni, Ryan, Violet and Sherri Hutchinson, Debby Olson, Sherry
Grever, Cindy Neeser, Michelle Micheals, Mark McCandles, and Danny, Bruce
and Shelly Hill; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Klamath Hospice, 437
Main St., Klamath Falls, OR 97601.
Palli Jean Mitchell
Palli Jean Mitchell, 68, died May 29, 2000, of cancer
at her home in Paisley.
Services were held Wednesday in Desert Rose Funeral Chapel
in Lakeview with The Rev. Dan St. Clair officiating. Interment will be
Tuesday at Crest Lawn Memorial Park in Riverside, Calif.
Mrs. Mitchell was born Sept. 28, 1931, in Beaver, Okla.,
to Roy and Mildred (Bogue) Broadfoot.
She lived in Beaver until moving with her family when
she was 13 years old to Southern California.
She graduated from Franklin High School in Highland, Calif.,
She married Joseph Mitchell on May 25, 1963, in Las Vegas.
They moved from Southern California to Paisley in 1993.
In addition to raising her family, Mrs. Mitchell worked
for Xerox and General Dynamics for a number of years in Pomona, Calif.
She was an accomplished artist, musician, poet, and gardener.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph Mitchell of Paisley;
sons, Joe Mitchell of Upland, Calif., and Ed Mitchell of Pomona; daughters,
Jody Baxter of Ellensburg, Wash., and Sherry Lynn Moore of Mira Loma, Calif.;
brother, Dwayne “Foot” Broadfoot of Paisley; sister, Mildred Venable of
Woodward, Okla.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Michael Allen 'Mike' Borges
Michael Allen "Mike" Borges, 16, died from injuries sustained
in a vehicle accident Aug. 15, 2000, near Bonanza.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Davenport's
Chapel of the Good Shepherd with Deacon Jim Roy officiating. Concluding
prayers and interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation will be today until 7 p.m. and beginning at
9 a.m. Saturday at Davenport's.
Michael was born July 6, 1984, in Klamath Falls, and was
preparing to begin his junior year of high school. He was involved in FFA
at Bonanza High School, where he demonstrated a talent for soil judging.
He also won several metals in welding competitions. He held many trophies
and ribbons from showing swine at the Klamath County Fair. Michael was
motivated by a love for football and weightlifting. His dream was to play
football for the University of Nebraska, and to someday make the pros.
He enjoyed rising before dawn to go hunting. Although he never got his
deer, he loved the hunt and spending time with his father.
Family members described Michael as a special and talented
boy who was blessed by God, and who overcame every obstacle. He learned
to read by kindergarten, and seemed to remember everything he learned.
Michael is survived by his parents, Mark and Rhonda Borges
of Bonanza; brothers, James Robert Borges and Matthew Byrtle Borges of
Bonanza; grandparents, Helen Borges of Lakeview, Jim and Shirley Tucker
of Klamath Falls; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
He also leaves many, many friends.
Mary Bernadine Britton
Mary Bernadine Britton, 75, died of pneumonia Aug. 16,
2000, in Klamath Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Ward's
Klam-ath Funeral Home with Allen Craig-miles officiating. Interment will
follow at Klamath Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday and beginning at 9 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Britton was born Nov. 13, 1924, in Granite City,
Ill., to Otto and Hazel (Brown) Sellemeyer. She was married in Reno on
March 27, 1946, to James Murray "Red" Britton. The couple celebrated their
51st wedding anniversary in 1997. He preceded her in death later in 1997.
Mrs. Britton enjoyed spending time with her children, extended family and
many friends. She was active in the community and was especially busy in
local politics during her husband's 27-year career as Klamath County sheriff.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, William
Murray Britton of Klamath Falls, John Marshall and Annette Britton of Longview,
Wash., Michael Joseph and Cecilia Britton of Klamath Falls; daughters Mary
Jane Duggan of Seattle, Janice Hughes of Tigard; grandchildren Christine
Lyons of Enumclaw, Wash., John Duggan of Pendleton, Ryan Johnson and Brittney
Johnson of Longview, Lisa Gregory of San Diego, Jennifer Combs of Boise,
Jason Britton, Megan Britton, Rose Solomon all of Klamath Falls, Daniel
Solomon of Florence, Ore.; great-grandchildren Austin Lyons and Paige Lyons
of Enumclaw, Madison Gregory and Zachary Gregory of San Diego; sister-in-law
Netta Britton of Klamath Falls; and five nephews and three nieces.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's
Jon Henry Slaughter Sr.
Jon Henry Slaughter Sr., 57, died Oct. 2, 2000, in Klamath
Falls. Cause of death was not given.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Eternal
Hills Funeral Home. Cremation will be by Eternal Hills Crematory.
Mr. Slaughter was born March 24, 1943, in Klamath Falls
to Harold and Blanche (Short) Slaughter.
He married Laura Kannegaard on March 12, 1970.
He was employed by Collins Products at the time of his
Mr. Slaughter was a member of the Eagles Lodge since 1972,
serving as its president in 1988 and 1989, and the Good Sam Pelicans since
1991, currently serving as its vice president.
He enjoyed four wheeling, hunting, camping and driving
on back roads. He also loved to play pool.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Slaughter of Klamath
Falls; son, John Slaughter Jr. of Klamath Falls; son and daughter-in-law,
Jim and Starla Yahne of Klamath Falls; daughters and sons-in-law, Patty
and Steve Federlin of Oregon City, Dona and Fred Zahler and Tina and Mike
Hardman of Klamath Falls, and Laurie and Fred Hudgeons of Cedar Park, Texas;
twin brother and sister-in-law, Don and JoAnn Slaughter of Klamath Falls;
sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Dr. Lyle Haley of Tigard; sisters,
Bonnie Cobb and Grace Stratton of Klamath Falls; grandchildren, TaLeah,
LaToya, Jerold "J.J.," Shayla, Megan, Gunner, Daniel, Megan Hudgeons, Jesse,
Jason, Marla, Hiliary, Michelle "Kizzy Mae," and Tom; great-grandson, Christopher;
and numerous aunts, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers Ben and Robert Murphy
and sister Flora Brown.
Memorial donations may be made to Eagles Lodge No. 2090,
834 Walnut Ave., Klamath Falls, OR 97601, or the charity of the donor's
Sue Ann 'Suzie' Reeder
Sue Ann "Suzie" Reeder, 47, Klamath Falls, died Oct. 3,
2000, in Bend after a lengthy battle against cancer.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday in
Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rev. Brian McKenna and The Rev. Ron Maag
will be the celebrants. Concluding services and interment will be at Klamath
Memorial Park at 2 p.m. Monday. Ward's Klamath Funeral Home is in charge
Mrs. Reeder was born Feb. 28, 1953, in Berkeley, Calif.,
to Warren and Sybil (Gilbert) Neumann.
She moved 30 years ago to Klamath Falls from the San Francisco
She married Dr. David Reeder on July 28, 1978, in Klamath
In 1983, she purchased Travel Unlimited and operated the
business until her death.
Mrs. Reeder was affiliated with St. Francis of Assisi
Catholic Church in Bend, was a member of Klamath County Rotary Club and
the Citizens Review Board, was past president of the Klamath County Chamber
of Commerce, and was involved in numerous other community and volunteer
She loved spending time with her husband and her dog and
liked to walk in the woods and play in the snow.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. David Reeder of Klamath
Falls; mother, Sybil Neumann of Bend; sister, Sharon Tucker of Bend; father
and stepmother, Warren and Debbie Neumann of Klamath Falls; brother, Warren
Neumann of Klamath Falls; half brother and half sister, Carlos and Carlitos
Neumann of Klamath Falls; stepsons, Jim Reeder and Mike Reeder and his
wife, Ann, of Eugene; stepdaughter and her husband, Andrea and Mike Vigo
of North Hills, Calif.; step-grandson, Calvin Reeder of Eugene; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Klamath/Lake CARES c/o
Merle West Medical Center, 2865 Daggett Ave., Klamath Falls, OR 97601.
Imogene Briley Skelton
Imogene Briley Skelton, 87, died Sept. 28, 2000, in Lakeview.
A graveside family observance was held Thursday at Eternal
Hills Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Skelton was born Nov. 24, 1912, in Bryans Mills,
Texas, to Steven and Rouie (Stringer) Brock.
She lived most of her life in Lakeview, Bly and Klamath
She and her first husband, James Briley, operated the
Bly Chevron for many years. She also sold Stanley Home Products throughout
the Klamath Basin to her many friends and acquaintances.
Mrs. Skelton was preceded in death by both of her husbands,
James Briley and Lee Skelton, and a daughter, Jackie DeArmond.
Survivors include her son, Ray Briley of Bandon; daughter,
Shannon Lilly of Portland; brothers, Steve Brock of Lakeview and Bobby
Brock of Naples, Texas; sisters, Patricia Cobb of Naples and Maxine Robison
of Stockton, Calif.; three granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.