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Lawrence Kauffman
Lawrence Rubin Kauffman, 95, of Waldport, died at Mountain View Rehabilitation Center in Oregon City on Jan. 20, 1998.
He was born in Hubbard on Aug. 17, 1902 to Amos and Delila Miller Kauffman. He was a life-long resident of Oregon.
Mr. Kauffman started his career in the rock business in the 1930s, and worked a steam donkey drag line scooping gravel from the Molalla River in the Barlow area. He moved for several years from tent camp to tent camp, and crushed rock for building roads throughout Oregon. 
He first came to the coast in 1940 to the Oceanlake area, now part of Lincoln City, and operated the first commercial rock source at Roadís End. In November 1948. he opened a rock crushing business in Waldport, Eckman Creek Quarries. He continued to work until the late 1970s, when he slowed down but never retired.
He was a past member of the Port of Alsea Commission, the Yaquina Bay Task Force, and the State Board of Forestry, and was one of the founders of the Alsea Chapter of the Izaak Walton League. He served four years as director of the state port authorities, and 18 years as chairman of the Coastal Streams, Ocean and Estuary Committee for the Izaak Walton League. He also spend 10 years on the executive committee of the Oregon Conservation and Development Commission.
In June 1986, he was honored as Grand Marshal for the Waldport Beachcomber Days parade.
He loved to dabble with his boat and go ocean fishing. He loved gardening, and always grew a huge garden. He was concerned with local government, especially the port.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marge, and six brothers.
He is survived by his son, Harold Kauffman of Waldport; a step-daughter, Joanne Leatherwood of Seattle, Wash.; a brother Morris Kauffman of Lincoln City; a sister, Lucille Gahler of Molalla; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today (Friday) at Bateman Funeral Home in Newport. A celebration of life will take place at the Waldport Chapel of Bateman Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in Aldergrove Cemetery in Waldport. Bateman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Charles Little
Charles Dale Little died Jan. 17, 1998 in Newport. 
Mr. Little was born in Oklahoma on Jan. 11, 1939. He dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to join the Navy. After four years of distinguished service, he entered Central Oklahoma University, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and philosophy. He then went on to a small seminary in Sioux Falls, S.D. for his masterís degree in psychology.
Mr. Little had many occupations, including serving as chief executive of Pepsico, therapist, sales manager for Gateway 2000, and teacher of literature and writing.
He loved the ocean and writing. He moved to Oregon in early 1997 to be near the ocean, where he lived and wrote until his death. He found the Pacific shore of the Oregon coast an inspiration for his writing and life.
He is survived by two sons, Charles D. Little Jr., of Chula Vista, Calif. and Michael Little of Chicago, Ill., and three daughters, Carrie Little of Chicago, and Elizabeth Little and Brandy Little, both of Sioux Falls.
A private memorial service will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of DeMoss-Durdan Chapel in Corvallis. 

Harvey Pfenning
Harvey Pfenning, 48, died on Jan. 22, 1998 at his home in Newport. 
He was born Dec. 26, 1949 in Portland to Henry and Esther Pfenning. He graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland in 1967. After serving in Vietnam from July 1969 to February 1971, Mr. Pfenning attended Oregon State University for two years. 
He worked for the Portland Water Bureau, and shortly afterward, embarked on a fishing career, which led him to Newport. He fished all facets of the commercial fishing industry, including Alaska. 
He met and married Patricia Baver in Alaska on March 19, 1994.
He is survived by his wife and step-daughter, Caroline; sisters Barbara Simpson of Gresham, Carol Macielewicz of Kalama, Wash., and Donna Tetrault of Richfield, Wash.; and a sister-in-law, Debbie Bulcao. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
A memorial service and potluck reception will be held in honor of Mr. Pfenning's life at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th St., Newport. The service will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, with the reception to follow in Geneva Hall at the church. 

Naomi Logan
Naomi Lee Logan, 17, of Otis, died in Independence on Jan., 26, 1998.
She was born in Hillsboro on Aug. 12, 1980 to Deveere Eastman and Nanette Logan. She had attended school in Lincoln City, and loved swimming.
She is survived by her parents, Nanette Logan and Charles Teddlie of Otis; sisters Rosa Chavez of Springfield, Josephine Logan of Sheridan, Elaine Logan and Frede Aguilar, both of Otis; grandparents Leonard Logan of Willamina and Carol Logan of Springfield; aunts Lisa Logan and Melinda Logan, both of Willamina; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and her family in the Lakota Nation.
Service will be held at the Dance House/Long House in Siletz at 3 p.m. today (Friday). Bateman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Ethel Loomer
Ethel G. Loomer, 89, a resident of Centralia for the past 61 years, died Jan. 26, 1998 at her home.
She was born July 13, 1908, in Sellwood to Arthur and Sophia (Donner) Abbott. She was reared and attended schools in Sellwood and Forest Grove. 
She was married to Robert McNutt, who preceded her in death in 1970. She moved to Centralia in 1973. She and Max C. Loomer were married on July 18, 1992.
Mrs. Loomer was an avid gardener and enjoyed growing flowers. She loved crocheting and taking rides in the country. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church for many years. 
She is survived by her husband, Max C. Loomer of Centralia; sons Edward Losli of Hillsboro, Raymond Losli of Cottonwood, Ariz., Robert McNutt Jr. of Belton, Texas, and Ronald McNutt of Orland, Calif.; daughters Margie Mulkay of Eugene, Florence Moody of Garberville, Calif., Virginia Modin and Sharron Madden, both of Fernley, Nev.; a brother, Jim Abbott of Eugene; a sister, Helen Wagy of Eugene; 30 grandchildren, 71 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Gilbert Abbott, and two sisters, Ruth Parks and Marla Evens.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Bateman Funeral Home in Newport. Pastor Rick Hanneman will officiate. Interment will follow at Eureka Cemetery in Newport.
Sticklin Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 

Eleanore Cely 
Eleanore R. Cely, 84, of Vancouver, Wash., formerly of Newport, died April 18, 1999 at a Vancouver care center.
She was born on Sept. 7, 1914 at San Francisco, Calif. to Joseph and Grace Onorato Corrao. She married Frederick William Cely in 1943 at Fort Scott, San Francisco, Calif. Mr. Cely died on May 12, 1991.
She had been a homemaker all her life and lived in the Newport area many years prior to moving to Vancouver to be near her son.
Survivors include her son, Dr. William F. Cely of Vancouver; and three grandchildren, Carlin, Ian and Sean. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Frank, Joseph and Vincent; and sisters Grace and Rose.
At the family's request, no services are planned. Entombment will be in Chelan-Abbey Mausoleum, Newport. Local arrangements are under the direction of Bateman Funeral Home.

Daniel Wilkes 
Daniel Russell "Pork Chop" Wilkes, 65, of Oakridge died at his home on April 18, 1999.
He was born in San Diego, Calif. on Feb. 4, 1934. He worked for many years as a commercial fisherman. He lived in Newport for many years before moving to Oakridge. He enjoyed telling entertaining stories.
Survivors include his mother, Jean Orton; a sister, Jerry Lou Menard, both of San Diego, Calif.; and numerous step-children.
A potluck gathering will be held at 5 p.m. today (Friday) at the Bay Haven Pub in Newport. Donations for a memorial bench on the boardwalk of Newport's Bayfront are being accepted at the Bay Haven or at Cuppatunes.

Oteka Harris
Oteka S. Harris of Depoe Bay, 62, died at Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport on Sept. 19, 2000. 
She was born July 27, 1938 in Rocky Point, Okla., to Houston A. Ward Jr. and Marie Mary (Bearden) Ward. 
She graduated from Toledo High School in 1956 and was a homemaker. 
She was a member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed fishing, dancing, hunting, and traveling. 
Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her father, Houston A. Ward Jr., and her brother, Daryl Ward. 
She is survived by her companion, Doug Chance, of Depoe Bay; brothers and sisters-in-law Bill and Mona Ward of Kingston, Okla., and Harold and Brenda Ward of Toledo; sisters Betty Ellis of Salem and Frances Baker; her mother, Marie Ward, of Grants Pass; a son, Jeff Harris of Yreka, Calif.; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Bateman Funeral Home is serving the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Daisy Winter
Daisy E. Winter, 93, of Hillsboro, died May 9, 2000. 
She was born in Ione on Sept. 8, 1906 to John and Ruth Lois (Hague) Calkins. 
She married Clifford P. Winter in Stevenson, Wash., in 1935. They made their home in several communities, including Granger and Walla Walla, Wash., until 1953, when they moved to Newport. After her husband's death, she lived in McMinnville for seven years before moving to Hillsboro. 
While living in Newport, she owned and operated The Heights Guest Home, an adult foster care home, for 15 years. She retired in 1986. 
She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, reading and listening to gospel music. 
Survivors include her son, Ron Winter of Granger, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law Laurie and Raul "Omar" Ogsaen of Hillsboro; a foster son, Don Long of Corvallis; grandchildren and their spouses Jerry and Ruth Winter and Eddie Winter, all of Toledo; Chuck and Tina Winter of Lebanon; Trena Winter Woodard of Newport; Shelly and Ed Babinski of Siletz; Deanne VanDooser of Canby; Brandon, Chrissi and Cassi Ogsaen, all of Hillsboro; Mike Winter of Vancouver, Wash.; Jeff Winter of McMinnville; and Teresa Winter of Siletz; 22 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers Earl, Carl, Clair and Joseph Calkins; sisters Rita Gilliland, Bessie Soule, Leatha Pearson, Eva Calkins and Violet Calkins; and a son, Elwyn Winter. 
A funeral service will be held today (Friday) at 10 a.m. at Forest Grove Memorial Chapel, 1920 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, with Pastor Dave Giles officiating. Private interment will be held at the Eureka Cemetery in Newport. The family suggests to the television ministries program "It Is Written." Forest Grove Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Charyl Failor
Charyl Patrice Failor, 54, of South Beach died of breast cancer May 28, 2000. 
She was born in Colville, Wash., on March 17, 1946. 
She lived most of her life in the Walla Walla, Wash., area. Her career as a registered nurse included many years in labor and delivery, psychiatric and geriatric nursing. At the end of her professional life, she was a nurse case manager for Senior Services in Newport. 
She was a collector of antique and heirloom roses, and enjoyed sharing her garden. 
Survivors include her husband, Dean; a son, Michael Adkins of Walla Walla; daughters Kerri Brink and Cynthia Failor, both of Walla Walla, Kristin Subryan of South Beach, and Amanda Everse of Shelburne, Vt.; and eight grandchildren. 
Disposition was by cremation. Remembrances are suggested to a charity of choice.

Richard Robertson
Richard L. Robertson of Salem, 61, died in Salem on Nov. 27, 2000 from complications of lifelong pulmonary disease. 
He was born in Albany on Aug. 28, 1939. 
He attended Albany schools, and also lived in Roseburg. He moved to Salem in 1978. 
He worked as a route deliveryman for dairy products and beverage companies. He also managed entertainment services in the Portland and Salem areas. 
He was a volunteer for Mid-Willamette Senior Services, the American Red Cross, and A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village. He was a member of the North Santiam Historical Society, Yaquina Lights, Inc., and Friends of Oregon State Parks. He was a campground host for the Waldport Ranger District of the Siuslaw National Forest. He enjoyed micro-gardening, Oregon history, and genealogy. 
Mr. Robertson is survived by his daughters, Jo DeAnn Fief of Bend, Orva Janette Hubbard of LaPine, and Jean Marie Adams of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Dian Sprinkle of Arizona; brothers James G. Robertson of Jefferson, Robert I. Robertson of Lebanon, Douglas D. Robertson of Lebanon, and Oran Swanson of Salem; and eight grandchildren. 
Memorial services are at 3 p.m. Monday at the Salvation Army Church on Winter Street in Salem. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, PO Box 7047, Salem, Ore. 97303; or to the American Lung Association of Oregon, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 140, Portland, Ore. 97219.

Lois Anderson
Lois M. Anderson, 63, of Lincoln City, died Feb. 13, 2001 in Portland. 
She was born Feb. 16, 1937 in Portland to Donald A. and Verna (Smith) Burch. 
She married Larry A. Anderson on Feb. 24, 1954 in Portland. They moved to the Lincoln City area in 1996 from Newport. 
Lois enjoyed raising indoor plants, reading, and watching soap operas. 
She is survived by her husband, Larry Anderson of Lincoln City; daughters Cindy H. Cheatham of Vancouver, Wash. and Theresa A. Chambers of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; a son, Michael A. Anderson of Toledo; a brother, Larry B. Burch of Sheridan; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Friday) at Pacific View Memorial Gardens in Lincoln City.

Margaret Lee
Margaret Vietta Lee, 88, of Lebanon died June 15, 2001. 
She was born in Eugene on Dec. 24, 1912 to Charles and Beatrice Willcutt Chappelle. 
She married Anton Hoel. They owned a fish buying business in Reedsport. He preceded her in death. 
She married Melvin George Lee in Newport on Jan. 22, 1971. They lived in Newport until 1979, when the moved to the Lebanon and Waterloo area. 
She owned and managed properties in Reedsport, Newport and Portland. She also owned Margaret's Marine Way and fishing boat repair shop. 
She was a member of the Lebanon Assembly of God and the Reedsport Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening and cooking, canning and baking. 
Survivors include her husband, Melvin, of Waterloo; a sister, Irene Rosier of Coos Bay; grandchildren Shirley Dickensen and David Walker; great-grandchildren Rochelle, David and Angie; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, David Walker; sisters Katherine Gutlefsen and Beatrice Halladay; and brothers Gerald Chappelle, Maurice Chappelle and Saul Chappelle. 
Funeral services were held Thursday in the Lebanon Assembly of God Church. Interment followed in the Liberty Cemetery in Sweet Home. Memorials are suggested to a charity of choice. The Workman and Steckly Funeral Chapel handled the arrangements.

Darrell "Bones" Wilkins
Darrell Lee Roy "Bones" Wilkins, 66, died at his home in Newport on Dec. 21, 2001. 
He was born in Corvallis on April 22, 1935, to Stanley Wilkins and Muriel Hagen. 
He served in the Navy from 1952 to 1958, and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. 
He was an albacore fisherman out of Santa Barbara, Calif., and was also a Newport fisherman. He also worked at Jack's Seafood in Newport for 20 years. 
Survivors include his son, Diel Wilkins, his daughter-in-law, Alura, and his granddaughter Kiona, all of Newport; two brothers, Wayne Wilkins and Bud Wilkins of Florence; a sister and brother-in-law, Eldora and Jack Gesik of Newport; and many nieces and nephews. 
No service is planned. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 4, 2002 at the Barge Inn on the Newport Bayfront.

Janenne Abbas
Janenne Elizabeth Abbas, 61, of Siletz died May 29, 2002 in Newport. 
She was born Jan. 7, 1941 in Waldport. 
She was a homemaker for most of her life. 
She was a member of the Siletz Gospel Tabernacle Assembly of God Church, and the National Rifle Association. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Abbas, in November 1967, and her son, Abbey, in August 1993. 
Survivors include three sons, Wade Abbas of Siletz, Lyle Abbas of Redmond, and Ron Vaughn of Bremerton, Wash.; a sister, Janette Gray of Siletz; and seven grandchildren. 
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Friday) at Eureka Cemetery in Newport. Interment will also be at Eureka Cemetery.

Alfred "Gene" Bavart
Alfred "Gene" Bavart, 74, of Gleneden Beach died July 21, 2002 at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City. 
He was born Aug. 1, 1927 in Shulter, Okla. 
He attended high school in Vancouver, Wash., and later attended Linn-Benton Community College in Albany for two years. 
He served in the United States Army and the Merchant Marines for two years. 
He married Corrine Gardner on Nov. 21, 1945. 
He was employed as a lumber grader from 1959 to 1969, and as a wastewater engineer for Salishan Lease Holders for 20 years. He retired in 1992. 
Survivors include his wife, Corrine; two sons, Lewis Bavart of Molalla and Leslie Bavart of Gleneden Beach; a daughter, Connie Schroeder of Estacada; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Pacific View Memorial Chapel in Lincoln City is handling the arrangements.

John Wilson
John A. Wilson, 101, of Dublin, Ohio, died of age-related causes on May 12, 2000. 
He was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on March 13, 1899 to Robert Foster and Laura Hoaglund Wilson. 
After graduating from high school in 1917, he worked in the lumber industry in Idaho and Washington, then moved to Toledo in the mid-1920s to take a position with the former C.D. Johnson Lumber Company, where he became head sawyer in the mill. 
He and his wife, Lila, were married in 1930. 
He became a Mason in 1931, was a life-long member, and obtained his Oregon 50-year pin. He was also a member of the Masquers, an amateur theatrical group, and an officer on the former Toledo Water Board for many years. 
In 1949, the family moved to Springfield, where he became head sawyer at the newly opened Weyerhaeuser Timber Company sawmill. He worked at that mill until his retirement in 1965. 
After retirement, he and his wife were active in the Eugene Chapter of Amaranth. They moved to Dublin, Ohio in 1985. 
Survivors include his daughter, Dr. Johanna DeStefano of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Elva Ojalla of Siletz; and a niece, Charlene Ojalla Reetz of Anchorage, Alaska. 
A private graveside service will be held for the family.

Dolores G. Rilatos
Dolores G. Rilatos of Palmer, Alaska, 73, died Sept. 22, 2000 in Anchorage, Alaska. 
She was born in Anaconda, Mont., on Oct. 3, 1927. She married Edward Rilatos on Dec. 29, 1943, and was a homemaker. They lived in Siletz until 1960. 
She is survived by her husband, Edward Rilatos Sr., of Palmer, Alaska; daughters Gloria Ingle of Napaskiak, Alaska and Elaine Smith of Wasilla, Alaska; sons Edward Rilatos Jr. and Donald Rilatos, both of Wrangell, Alaska; sisters Clara Lane of National City, Calif., and Kathleen Overton of Lakeview; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. 
Visitation will be today (Friday) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bateman Funeral Home in Newport. Services will be held at the Siletz Tribal Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Paul Washington Cemetery in Siletz.

Rick Hanson
Rick Hanson, 52, of Denver, Colo., died Feb. 2, 2001. 
He was born on Jan. 18, 1949 in Toledo. 
He served as a U.S. Marine in the Vietnam War and received the Purple Heart. 
He worked for Merrick Company for more than 20 years. He began his career as an aerial photographer and advanced to project manager. He was also a certified photogrammetrist. 
Mr. Hanson was an award-winning mystery novelist. In 1994, he published "Spare Parts,' the first in a five-part mystery series. 
His lifelong interests included sailing, guitar-playing, drawing, photography, and taking road trips. 
He is survived by his mother, Emma Kay Hanson of Toledo; two sisters, Sandra Todd and Janice Leveton; a daughter, Sara Hanson; two granddaughters, Jenna and Kirsten Hanson; his life partner, Kay Bergstrom; and Bergstrom's two daughters, Kersten and Signe Bergstrom. 
A memorial service was held Feb. 8 at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colo.

Roze McGlashan
Roze E. McGlashan, 57, of Gleneden Beach, died May 12, 2001, at her home in Gleneden Beach. 
She was born June 5, 1943 in Riga, Latvia, to Rolands and Alma Erenpreiss. 
She and her family immigrated to the United States in June of 1950, and settled in Springfield, Ohio and then Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from West High School, she attended Ohio State University. 
She married Jim McGlashan on Aug. 24, 1980 in South Weymouth, Mass. As the wife of a hotelier, she lived in Jacksonville, Fla.; Tucson, Ariz.; San Diego, Calif.; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Seattle, Wash., prior to moving to Gleneden Beach in April, 2000. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and travel. 
Survivors include her husband, Jim McGlashan of Gleneden Beach; a brother, Gatis Erenpreiss, and a sister, Ieva Redies, both of Columbus, Ohio. 
At her request, a celebration of life will be held in June on the waters adjacent to Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society. Bateman Funeral Home is serving the family.

Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis, 83, of Depoe Bay died at his home on June 17, 2001. 
He was born in Portland on May 15, 1918 to Melvin and Blanche (Keele) Leach. 
His childhood was spent on his grandfather's farm where, by the age of 3, he had begun drawing animals. At age 10, he was whittling animals from wood. 
After graduating from Oregon City High School in 1936, he modeled for Jantzen ads, then did advertising layouts for the first Fred Meyer store in Portland. He served in the Army during World War II, then enrolled in the Chicago Art Institute under the GI Bill. He won honors for excellence. 
He spent the next 20 years as a designer of restaurants, nightclubs, churches, offices and homes. He won international acclaim for his originality and style in the early 1960s. He designed furniture, and his accounts included Thomas Organs, Rembrandt Lamps, and the Venenman Collection of Tropitone. 
By the late 1970s, he freelanced his animal wall carvings and mobiles of silver and bronze with spheres of semi-precious stones. In the 1980s, he created an award-winning line of carved chairs with animal motifs called the Fauna Collection and cast in metal. They are featured in galleries and museums throughout the country. 
He was a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. 
Survivors include his adopted son, William Luce of Depoe Bay; a sister, Dorothy Linscott of Cloverdale, Calif.; and a brother, Virgil Leach of Lancaster, Calif. 
Private family services will be held. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Dove Lewis Emergency Rescue/Shelter Hospital, in care of DeMoss-Durdan Garden Chapel, 815 NW Buchanan Ave., Corvallis 97330.

Frank "Gino" Freson
Frank "Gino" Freson, 75, of Newport died Dec. 15, 2002 at his home of natural causes. 
He was born May 26, 1927 in Eureka, Calif., to Mary and John Fresoni, immigrants from Venice, Italy. 
He sailed with the Merchant Marines during World War II, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. 
He married Maxine Anderson in 1969 in Eureka, Calif. 
He spent 60 years in different aspects of the fishing industry. 
For the past 20 years, he owned and operated Gino's Seafood and Deli on the Bayfront in Newport. 
He enjoyed skeet and trap shooting. 
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Freson; daughters and sons-in-law Michel and Brian Fritz of Lake Oswego, Dani Kay of Newport, Nicole and Bryon Hurless of Tigard, and Peri and Furl Kamaka'ala of Forest Grove; a sister, Eda Yost; a brother, Atillio Freson; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and a brother. 
A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Friday at Bateman Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held a 1 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newport. Interment will be at Chelan Abbey Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to the Newport Booster Club.

James Brooks
James Patrick Brooks, 78, of Albany died Feb. 10, 2003 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. 
He was born Oct. 24, 1924 in Mesilla Park, N.M. to Katherine (McElroy) and Jerome Brooks. 
He was raised in Arizona, and moved to Junction City at the age of 15 to live with his sister. 
He joined the U.S. Navy in March 1942 and served in the South Pacific on the USS Suwanee and the USS Bismarck Sea as a turret gunner on a torpedo bomber. He was a prisoner of war for a few months late in the war, prior to his discharge in November 1945. He received the Purple Heart. 
After the war, he returned to Junction City, where he began a career in construction, truck driving, and heavy equipment operation. He was a longtime member of the Teamsters Union. 
He lived in a number of places throughout Oregon, including Newport. He moved to Albany in July 2001. 
He traveled to Hawaii, and enjoyed panning for gold, writing poetry, and reading western novels. 
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Carolyn Edwards of Logsden; three sons, Randy Brooks of Oak Grove, Mo., Alan Brooks of Salem, and Ricky Ceruti; two sisters, Agnes of San Diego, Calif. and Rosalie of Arizona; a brother, Paul, of Arizona; a stepson, Arne Christensen III of Newport; two stepdaughters, Barbara Hockema and Gail Ann Bacon, both of Newport; four grandchildren, Suzy, Sally, Jennifer, and Kevin; and three great-grandchildren, Ashelly, Briar, and Kierra. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Leo, Donald, and Earl; four sisters, Elizabeth, Marian, Catherine, and Frances; and a grandson, Yuri Brooks in December 1997. 
No public memorial service will take place. AAsum Funeral Home of Albany is handling the arrangements.


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