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I encourage everyone, who has a special tribute or story to share, on our "Lost
But Not Forgotten"  classmates to post something in their honor and memory.
I have enjoyed so many of the wonderful stories classmates have shared from
40 or more years ago, and have been surprised by many. 

Dennis Koho's tribute to Gary Klawitter is a good example why we shouldn't put
things off.  It is the I wish I "would have, could have, should haves" that will never
be in this lifetime.  You never know when your time may come!

I also encourage anyone who has information of a lost bear; to send in the
info.  Perhaps we will be able to locate the information and share with the other
classmates. 
1/5/51 to 10/21/2017
1/5/51 to 10/21/2017
Jan. 5, 1952 - Oct. 21, 2017
Walter "Scott" Keele of Springfield, Oregon passed away October 21, 2017, at the age of 65. He was born January 5, 1952 in Mt. Shasta, California, to James and Jeanie Keele. Scott grew up in Bend, Oregon, where he met his wife, Ann Trumbly while they were working together at Elk Lake Lodge. Ann and Scott married on December 11, 1970, and had two children, Brandon Keele and Lindsay Keele Wostmann.
After graduating from Bend Senior High School in 1970, Scott worked for Oregon Equipment Company and then Beaver Coaches. After moving to Springfield, Scott went to work for Marathon Coach where he worked for 20 years until his retirement in 2014.
Scott was an enthusiastic Ducks fan and counted attending Ducks football games among his favorite activities, along with spending time with his two grandsons, Dominic and Vance.
In addition to his children and grandchildren, Scott is survived by his mother, Jeanie Keele; brother, Les Keele; sisters: Susan Mcintosh Toepfer and Shelbie Deuser.
 
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Betty Olson (Robertson)

May 21st, 1952 - September 11th, 2011


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Betty Lou Robertson
Betty Robertson, 59, of Medford Oregon passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, September 11th, with her husband Les at her side, after an extended illness.
She is survived by her husband, Leslie (Les), of Medford, Oregon.
Other survivors are her sister, Nancy Olson, and niece Jenny Olson of Phoenix Oregon and her brothers, Richard Olson, of Portland Oregon and Gary Olson and Sister-In-Law, Shelby Olson of Redding California.
She was preceded in death by her parents Irvin (Ole) Olson and Phyllis Olson.
Betty was born on May 21, 1952 in Waterloo, Iowa and grew up in Bend, Oregon where she graduated from High School in 1970.
Betty retired from the US Forest Service with 34 years of Federal Service in August 2008; she served as the Budget Analyst, on the Rogue River –Siskiyou National Forest. Her career also included time on other National Forests and working for the BLM and the National Park Service.
Betty’s true love, passion and talent showed in her quilting. She was an artist, as was her nature, she gave most of them to friends and family, and she was also a core member in a community sewing group producing clothing for less fortunate kids.
Betty enjoyed traveling, time in the Forest, watching the Ocean from her favorite spot at Bandon, trailer camping, word find and jig saw puzzles.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 8th at 1:30 at Siskiyou Memorial Park located at 2100 Siskiyou Blvd in Medford, Oregon 97504.    Phone 541-772-5488.
Donations in Betty’s name should be sent to American Cancer Society at 31 West 6th St in Medford, Oregon 97501.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Betsy Fitzgerald (Campbell)

May 30th, 1952 - June 13th, 2011


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Betsy Fitzgerald Campbell passed away 6/13/2011 in
Pacific City, Oregon of pancreatic cancer.  She was 8 years
old when she moved to Bend, Oregon and started 3rd grade
at St. Francis.   She was engaged to be married to Don
Leischner. 

Her parents owned Polly's and The Rustic Inn Restaurants.
She is survived by her two daughters; Jennifer and Lisa.
Her daughter Debbie passed away in 2007.

The funeral is scheduled for 6/26/2011 at 1:30 p.m. at
the Community Center in Pacific City. 

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Laurie Ellingson (Foley)

December 17th, 1951 - October 15th, 2010

There will be an Oregon Memorial Service on October 23, 2010 in Portland, Oregon at 11:00 a.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2201 SW Vermont St.
Portland, Oregon. 

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LAURIE J. ELLINGSON-FOLEY-ROCHESTER

10/5/2010 4:43 p.m.

Rochester-A memorial service for Laurie J. Ellingson-Foley will be held at 10:00 a.m. Oct. 15, 2010, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Rochester, officiated by
Rev. Nick Mezacapa.

Dr. Ellingson-Foley, 57, a retired resident at Mayo Clinic and a Mayo alumna, died
Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Saint Marys Hospital , of natural causes.

Born Laurie Jill Ellingson, Dec. 17, 1952, at Pendleton, Oregon, she was a
veteran of the U.S. Army.  In recent years, she graducated from the Univesity of
Arizona College of Medicine.  In 2009 she moved to Rochester to accept a
residency at Mayo Clinic.

On Sept. 28, 1996, she married Ridgway K. (Dick) Foley Jr. at Prescott, Ariz.
He survives.

Laurie was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church in Rochester.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her parents, Dolph and Geri
Ellingson of Green Valley, Ariz.; and her brother, Dennis Ellingson of Shady
Cove, Or.

A second memorial service, with mausoleum committal, will take place at a
later date at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and River View Cemetery, both
located in Portland, Oregon.

In lieu of flowes, memorials are suggested to Calvary Episcopal Church
or RAGOM (Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota), Suite 120, 5800 Baker Rd.,
Minnetonkka, MN 55345.

Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences
are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com

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From Cari Harper ( Millsap) on October 11th, 2010
Image Im very sorry for your loss,I didnt know Laurie well but what I did know she was always friendly and sweet Im sure she will be missed our prayer are with you.  Harpers
 
From Dennis Ellingson on October 10th, 2010
Dennis EllingsonOctober 10, 2010 at 4:56pm
Re: 2nd email
My sister was a remarkable person, the smartest person I ever knew. She was driven, passionate, over came obstacles that would have stopped others. She seemed to burn the candle at both end trying to get so much life in. Her accomplishments were incredible. She married the love of her life Dick Foley, 14 years ago. I was privledged to be one of the officiators for the wedding. She passed away on their 14th wedding anniversay. She never had children but no animal was a stranger. In her mid 50's she recieved her doctorate and until becoming too ill she worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MI. Her death was sudden and unexpected. But we know that Jesus was her Savior and so we believe that she is with the Lord in heaven.

Pastor Dennis Ellingson
 

Kevin Domby

November 22nd, 2051 - July 25th, 2009


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KEVIN VICTOR DOMBY
November 22, 1951-July, 25, 2009

Kevin Victor Domby died Saturday, July 25, 2009, i n Ontario, surrounded by his family, after a short battle with cancer.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2009, at Lienkaemper-Thomason Chapel in Vale with burial to follow at
Malheur City Cemetery.

Kevin was born Nov. 22, 1951, in Ontario to Victor and Barbara Leavitt Domby.  At the age of 5, his family moved to Bend.  He graduated from Bend High School in
1970, where he excelled at football and track.  His favorite childhood times were
spent on the Domby Homestead Ranch adjacent to Malheur Reservoir.

He attended Treasure Valley Community College for two years.  In 1979, he
married Mary Beth Ritter, and they had two children, Kyle and Kipp.  They later
divorced, and Kevin moved to Portland where he worked as a heavy equipment
operator until 2008, when he was diagnosed with cancer and moved to Brogan.

Kevin's best times were spent bird hunting with his family and friends on his
farm in Brogan.  He loved teaching the kids how to hunt birds.  In recent years,
be became interested in fireworks and helped put on several shows in the Treasure Valley.  He was especially proud of the annual "Bombs Over Brogan"
fireworks show he hosted each July.  He also loved spending time with his kids.
He was an avid sports fan and especially loved hockey, the New York Yankees
and the Oregon ducks.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  He is survived by his children Kylee Domby, of Boise, and Kipp Domby,
of Ontario; his parents, Victor and Barbara Domby, of Bend; his sister, Melanie
Skidgel, of Redmond; his nephew, Jason Skidgel, of Hood River; and numerous
aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was especially close to his cousin Gary Domby,
of Scappoose.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to Tony
Burris, Cindy Welch, Gary Domby and Jane Santarsiere for their extraordinary
efforts during his illness.   Condolences to the family may be made at
www.lienkaemper-thomason.com.  Memorials may be made to the Brogan
Community Society or Locks of Love.

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From Dusty Simpson on January 19th, 2012
Image Malheur City, Oregon. Rip Kevin
 
From Pam Stroud Nichols on August 16th, 2010
Kevin was the one that "got away"!!  Loved dancing with Kevin more than anyone in our class...he liked to cut a rug at the street dances and I loved coming home my freshman year and spending the holiday looking for a place to dance!  Missed by many!
 
From Judi Browning on June 20th, 2010
Kevin and I met in the winter of 1967.. at an Ironside dance.  We spent the entire evening together...We started writing to each other till he returned to Brogan for the summer.. we spent a lot of time together at Malheur Reservoir and just goofing off in the hills.. spending part of nearly every day just "hanging out".  He was truly a wonderful guy.. We continued to communicate after he returned to Bend that fall, but stupid me, thinking we were too young, broke up with him.  I have never regretted anything more in my life.  Our paths crossed a few times after that year, but only after he died, did I learn that he had been only a short distance from me for several months.. if only I had known, I could have at least told him good bye.
You were a dear friend and left such vivid and wonderful memories of our time together... You were my first love.. setting the bar too high for anyone else.
Love Judi
 
From Laurie Komar on June 7th, 2010
One of my first kisses was with Kevin at the Tower Theater.  I do remember he was a "Very good kisser and a GENTLEMAN"

After reading his obit, I know he would have "Hit it Off" with my DAD.  They would have been hunters together.

God  Bless You Kevin!! 
 

Teresa Alwinger (Cusic)

May 13th, 1951 - April 8th, 2009


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From Jeff Cusic on May 6th, 2010
I am going to miss my sweetheart Teresa but I know she is in a much better place.  she is in heaven with our grandbabies that we never got to meet so I know she is having a great time.

I am moving on now and I know that is what she would want me to do but I am going to miss her.

Jeff
 
From Veronica Story on May 2nd, 2010
When I think of Teresa Alwinger; the first thing that comes to mind
was her incredible smile.  Teresa was always a "ray of sunshine."
Even as a little girl romping the playground of Kenwood; she was
always beaming.  She married her high school sweetheart,
Jeff Cusic, and leaves behind a daughter and son.  Their son
has served tours in Iraq, and for that I thank him for serving our
country well.  I'm not sure, but I believe he may be there now for
yet another tour.  Our prayers and toughts are with him.  I know
how proud Teresa must have been of her son. 

Teresa, thanks for some fun memories growing up on the
playground of Kenwood.  Gone but not forgotton!
 

Larry Betker

September 17th, 1951 - March 2nd, 2009


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Larry Dean Betker, 57, affectionately known to his close friends as "Hoover", passed on 3/2/09.  He fought a corageously, honorably and spiritually in a battle lost to cancer.  Larry, along with his wife and best friend of 28 years enjoyed the outdoor life; hunting, camping and hiking were among his favorite hobbies.

Larry was a resident of Bend of most of his life.  He had a few occupations from his work at Brooks Scanlon to his most recent in law enforcement.  He worked for
the Deschutes County Sheriff's Dept. as a correctional deputy when he retired a
few years ago.

Larry was proceeded in death by his father, Louis Betker.  He is survived by his wife, Ellen Marie (Brooks) Betker of Salem; his son, Larry J. Betker, of Bend;
and daughter, Michele L. Betker of Texas.  He was blessed with 3 grandchildren
in Bend; Jayden, Aubrie and Alexis.

His friends and family will most feel his continued presence as they hike the
woods, hear the bugle of an elk and the laughter at the evening campfire.
Larry was an inspiration to all as he displayed a never-ending sense of hope,
courage and love.  We believe Larry has ventured on his spiritual journey to
greet us as we all will pass between the eternities.

His memorial service and celebration of life will take place Sunday, March 15,
1 p.m. at Aspen Hall in Shevlin Park.  Immediately following the service, there
will be a pizza party at Pappy's Pizza.

In lieu of flowers, the Betker family asks that Larry's memory is honored by
a donation to the "Make A Wish" Foundation of Oregon, 2000 SW 1st, #410
Portland, Or. 97210, or by performing a "random act of kindness" for someone
on his behalf.

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Jack E. Trealease

August 2nd, 1952 - February 6th, 2008


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Jack E. Trelease, of Sandy, died Feb.6 of natural causes.  He was 55.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring. 
Mr. Trelease was born 8/2/52 in Klamath Falls, the son of Jack and Catherine
(Powell) Trelease.  He graduated from Bend High in 1970 and from COCC and the University of Oregon.
Mr. Trelease was a radio announcer, retiring in 1997.  He was affiliated with the
Oregon Club of Portland.  He enjoyed sports, music and spending time with
family.
Survivors include his companion, Raechel Ersland.
He was preceded in death by a sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of
Oregon or Donate Life Northwest.
Aftercare Cremation & Burial in Milwaukie is in charge of arrangements.

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From Stephanie Goetsch on February 10th, 2013
Jack was my favorite person in the whole wide world.  I did not go to high school with him but met him in the late '80s and remained friends for several years.  I still consider him one of my closest friends.  Jack was so good, fun, smart and lovable.  He brought the best out in me and I hope I did the same.  I remember hearing of his passing.  He had been sick and we had lost contact - but it was just like it had happened on our closest days.  Then I was bored and browsing and found this website and once again - struck by how much I love and miss him.  I have a puppy I got just after Jack passed and I named him Jack in his honor...so all my love and affection for Jack Trelease is poured onto his namesake.  Miss you Jack and so happy you were surrounded by others who loved you just as much - Stephanie
 

Debbie Creighton

September 10th, 1952 - April 11th, 2006


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Deborah "Debbie" Jane Creighton of Eugene died Tuesday of complications from
diabetes.  She was 53.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Willamette Memorial
Park in Albany.

Ms.  Creighton was born 9/10/52, in Albany to Ted and Edith (Calavan) Creighton.
She graduated from Bend High in 1970 and earned a bachelor's degree in speech therapy from Oregon State University in 1975.

Ms. Creighton worked as a US Postal Service Clerk at Gateway Post Office.

She is survived by a sister, Cathye Tritten.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association,
1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.

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From Pam Stroud Nichols on August 16th, 2010
Debbie was my best friend from 9th grade until we graduated!  We got into all sorts of mischief when we were young.  Very rarley did we get  caught!  There has never been a friend since Debbie that could make me laugh so easily!  Our great escapes from St. Charles would make and escape from Alcatraz look boring!  I miss her and I was happy when they played one of her favorite songs at the reunion!  "Monie,Monie!
 

Marilyn Kerr

September 30th, 1952 - April 3rd, 2005


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Marilyn Kerr:  I spoke with Marilyn's sister Gloria. 
Marilyn passed away of an inoperable brain tumor.
She was living in Bend, Oregon at the time of her
diagnosis.  She was given approximately two months
two live, and she went to live with her sister Gloria
in Madras, Oregon. 

 

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From Karen Flick on June 26th, 2016
I had forgotten to mention that I have put a memorial for Marilyn on Find A Grave.  I also added pictures that I had taken of her to the memorial as well.
 
From Karen Flick on June 26th, 2016
I worked with Marilyn as a medical technologist at the blood bank (Community Blood Bank Center) in Rancho Mirage, California.  She was a hoot!  She was so funny and smart!  She was a real pleasure to work with--had a great sense of humor.  We had alot of fun and good times together in Rancho Mirage.  She was living in Desert Hot Springs at that time and I remember how much she loved her dog, Mony.  Mony had bone cancer and I remember how devastated she was when it was time to say goodbye. After she moved back to Oregon I lost contact with her but finally located her sister, Gloria, and she told me about Marilyn's passing.   I will never forget Marilyn.
 
From Carol Venz on June 6th, 2010
 This is from the obituary information that Marilyn's sister Gloria submitted to The Bulletin:

Longtime Bend resident and recent Madras resident Marilyn Jo Kerr died Sunday, April 3, 2005, at the age of 52 from complications of an inoperable brain tumor.  She was residing at Haven House in Terrebonne, Oregon. 

Miss Kerr was born September 30, 1952, in Tillamook to parents Richard Donald Kerr and Jane Louise (King) Kerr.  She moved to Bend in 1954 and grew up there, graduating from Bend High School in 1970.

In December 1972 she married Ken Olson who preceded her in death.  She married Warren G. Smith and they were later divorced.

She returned to school in 1984, attending OIT in Klamath Falls and obtained a BS degree becoming a Medical Technologist.  Marilyn did her internship in Rancho Mirage, CA, and continued to work there until 1996, during which time she became a specialist in Blood Banking.  She then moved to Sacramento, CA, and went back into training and became a Certified Quality Manager, while working at the Sacramento Blood Center.  Marilyn continued her education obtaining a Masters Degree in Quality Assurance in 2002.

Marilyn returned home to Bend in 2001 where she worked for High Lakes Health Care for a short time, setting up the Physician's office lab in Bend, before she move for a short time to Anchorage, Alaska.  She then moved back to Madras to be close to family and friends and started her own business providing consulting and grant writing services to small labs on the west coast.  She was also a traveling Medical Technologist when diagnosed with a brain tumor.

She loved family and friends, traveling, gardening, nature hikes and photography.
 

Ralph Cater

August 10th, 1952 - November 25th, 2001


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From Sheila Wilson on July 12th, 2010
In the 30 year reunion booklet Ralph had written about his life with his wife Carol and their childred.  He indicated they lived in Longview, Texas.  I checked the newpaper and could not find an obituary, but did find the following information listed on Ancestry.com

Ralph Cater of Longview, Texas died Sunday, November 25, 2001, of cancer at his home. He was 49. Ralph was born Aug. 10, 1952, in Coos Bay, Oregon, to Edwin and Anne Cater. He married Carol. Survivors include his wife of Longview; one daughter, Candice Gleason; mother and stepfather, J.W. Duff of Longview; and two brothers, Mike of Rhome, Texas and Jeff of La Pine.
 

Carol Gribble

October 2nd, 1952 - December 3rd, 2000


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From Sheila Wilson on July 11th, 2010

From Bend Bulletin Archives
Carol Jean (Gribble) Berg

Oct. 2, 1952 — Dec. 3, 2000

Carol Jean (Gribble) Berg of Bend died Sunday of natural causes. She was 48.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on 18th Street in Bend.

Mrs. Berg was born Oct. 2, 1952, in Moses Lake, Wash., to Richard and Marilyn Gribble.

She was a homemaker and professional dog groomer.

She married Gary Berg on June 27, 1989, in Bend.

Mrs. Berg was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness and she enjoyed doing ministry. She enjoyed bead work, gardening, walks, bicycles and outdoor activities.

Survivors inclue her husband, Gary of Bend; two daughters, Buffy Thomasson of Bend and Christina Lang of California; parents, Richard and Marilyn Gribble of Bend; two sisters, Deborah Gribble of Bend and Sandra Hendersen of Redmond; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Watchtower Society, c/o Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 63175 NE 18th, Bend.

Niswonger, Reynolds & Tabor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

Steven "Scott" Vandervort

September 16th, 1952 - August 9th, 1997


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I spoke with Helen S. Vandervort, Scott's mom, and she told me Scott passed
away 8/9/1997 in Anchorage, Alaska from a brain tumor.   It may have been
the result of an early childhood vaccination.  Scott was married at the time, and
father to his wife's three children.

On 1/25/10 this year, Scott's father Raymond Lee Vandervort, 82, also passed
away.  Many of you may remember that Scott's parents owned the A&W
Drive-In Restaurant from 1967-1970! 

Scott is also survived by a younger sister, Kimberly Bush, in Spokane, Wa.

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Bruce Kevin Maudlin

July 27th, 1952 - March 31st, 1996

 

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From Veronica Story on May 2nd, 2010
When I think of Bruce Maudlin, it brings a ton of memories to mind!
Because Bruce married Debbie Anderson, the first thing that pops
into my mind is the days when I would hang out at Carol Venz' home, and Debbie lived across the street.  Fun memories of
chatting with Deb and Carol.

Bruce was not only one of my most favorite buddies in junior high,
but in high school.  He was just a great guy to be around, and a
blast to dance with at the noon dances at Cascade Junior High.

He was not only a guy's guy, but a guy very comfortable hanging
out chatting with his gal buds, and a guy who always got the
ball rolling.  I guess that is why I wasn't surprise when the 10
year reunion rolled around, and Bruce was heading up the event
to reunit his old buddies. 

I spoke with Jay, his brother, last summer at their 69 reunion, and
was saying what a great guy Bruce was, and what a loss at such
a young age.  Jay said, "yes, his brother always had the gift never
to meet a stranger, and was the outgoing one!"

Anothr Bear Pal gone but not forgotten, and who gave us all so
many great memories for so many years!

I hope Deb will join us the the reunion, it would be so fun to
see her again!
 

Patricia Laura Ferguson

- - 1996


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From Pam Stroud Nichols on August 16th, 2010
Patty was shy but always had a smile when I said hello.  She was humble and a gentle soul back in high school!  Wish I could have talked with her after high school.  Another classmate that is missed
 

Barry Henson

August 20th, 1952 - February 14th, 1991


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Barry N. Henson, 39, worked at St. Maries Glass in St.
Maries.   At his request there will be no funeral services for
Barry N. Henson, 39, of St. Maries.  He died Feb. 14 at
Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene.

He was born April 20, 1952 in Grass Valley, Ca., to James
and Bernice Henson.  He lived in California for 13 years,
moving to Bend, Or. and then to St. Maries in 1977.

Mr. Henson has worked at St. Maries Glass for the past
5 years.

He is survived by his companion, Mary Wishnack, at the
family home.; two sons, James at the famil home and
Christopher of Bend, Or; his parents, James and Bea
Henson of Fernwood; a sister, Cathleen Jersey of Salem,
Or; two grandmothers in Californai; a niece and several
nephews.

Yates-Hodge Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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Gayle Dobson (Olson)

December 15th, 1951 - October 20th, 1986


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From Kina Clark on December 8th, 2010

My Mom.... Gayle Olson
I googled your name today & came across this beautiful tribute to you.  It stopped my heart for a beat just to read something about you!  Thank you Laurie for this wonderful tribute.  I don't know you, but you obviously have an inside connection with the family. 
I love you Mom, and still think about you ALL the time!  You are still missed every single day by many & your memory is kept alive by us all!  You left our lives too suddenly & too early!  I look forward to the day when we will be together again.  Until then, I will keep you close to my heart & never forget!
I love you Mom!
Your Daughter,
Kina

 
From Laurie Komar on June 7th, 2010

Gayle Dobson, "Gay Olson"  married "Danny Olson" Class of 1968, Bend High School in 1974.  She had 3 children, daughter Kina Clark from Montana, Charity Hardy from Prineville and Brian Olson, Redmond. She has 5 grandchildren, Chelsea-21, Austin-13 from Kina; Jacob-13, Thomas-11 from Charity; and Kalven-5 from Brian.

I remember Gay from my childhood years.  She was my neighbor immediately across the street from me, Newport Avenue in Bend.  Her Dad Dale and my Dad Don were always hunting, and her Mom Milly and my Mom Clara were always working.  At that time Gay was the oldest of 6 children, LeeAnn, Reva, Terry, Cash (Dale Jr.) & Sandy (Larry) so she was responsible for meals and bedtime.  She was a Wonderful, Sister/Mom to those children.  Jessie, the youngest, came later, but I'm sure she was there for him also.

After Graduation, I was told by her daughter Charity Hardy that she achieved her Degree in Medical Records from COCC, 1983-1984 school year.

October 20, 1986 Gay was on her way from work in Bend to her home in Redmond  when a car crossed over the center line and hit her head on.  She was killed instantly.  I believe Gay was born in December, 1951.  I believe Gay is with our Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven, and may God Bless Her.

 

Diane Lynn Hogue

- - 1986


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Tim Negus

- - February 8th, 1985


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Ron Severy

- - October 5th, 1982


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THE BULLETIN -MAY  24, 1985

Lawrence Severy Jr. testified today in Deschutes Circuit Court that his brother
Donald Milton Severy confessed to the murders of his father and brother.

The key prosecution witness, dressed in his Marine Corps uniform, told the jury
that he sat holding his brother's hand in the intensive care unit at St. Charles
Medial Center when he confessed to him.

"I asked him if he killed my father and he either said, yes, or nodded in the
affirmative."  Lawrence Severy testified. "I asked him why, and he didn't say
anything."

"Then I asked if it was because he wanted to bring his fiancee Sanee Ota
to Bend from Japan, and he indicated yes."  Lawrence said.

The prosecution contents that Donald  Severy murdered his father Delmer
Severy Sr. and his brother Ronald Lee Severy 31, because he wanted to
claim insurance money to bring his fiancee to Bend from Japan.

Severy is accused of striking both men in the head and then setting fire to
the home they shared at 23040 Alfalfa Mk. Rd.

Lawrence Severy, 33, said he came to Bend from his Marine base in Okinawa,
Japan, immediately after learning of the fire.  He said the first thing he learned
after arriving in Bend was that his brother was a suspect in the killing.

However, he needed more than police suspicion to convince him of his
brother's guilt.  So he started his own investigation.  He said he met with his
brother several times and asked him he he was involved with the killings.
Don Severy  continued to deny involvement until two critical hospital meetings
between the two brothers on 10/3.

"He told me the whole story."  Lawrence Severy said.  "He said that Sunday
before he had broke up with his girlfriend, he had wanted her to send her
ring back.  He told me he bought gasoline and brought it to the house."

Lawrence Severy said his brother told him  he came home at 10:00 p.m.
and that his father was asleep.  Don Severy also told him that he and
his brother, Ron, had a brief argument before Don Severy went to his room.

"Later he went out and secured the hammer from the back porch."
Lawrence testified.  "Ron Severy was on the couch, and he struck him
several times to the head, and killed him.  Then he went to  father's
room and struck him twice in the head."

Lawrence noted that his brother told him after killing the two, he took a shower
before lighting the house on fire with the gasoline.

On Oct. 4, 1983 Don Severy was indicted on two counts of aggravated murder.

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From janis carnes on June 27th, 2011
 Ron and i grew up in te same area . Iroad the same bus to school with him and his brothers. Ron and i were good friends and room mates for a while after highschool . I remember coming home after work and " the cars " would be blasting from the apt.  he loved that group . Ron loved photography and life . He always had a smile on his face and never had a bad thing to say about anyone . I bought the cars cd ; every time i listen to it i remember his happy face . you are missed Ron. I know you are walking beside the lord .
 

Steve Devereaux

August 20th, 1951 - January 23rd, 1980


Steve Devereaux was killed by a train when his truck crossed  the Culver
train tracks.   It is speculated that he was blinded by the sun.  He was survived
by his father and mother Leon and Marian Devereaux in Bend, Oregon and
two sisters.  Kathy Devereaux was in the class of 1969.    

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From Laurie Komar on June 7th, 2010

I will NEVER FORGET YOU.  You were my first boyfriend.  I remember you asked me to go roller skating with you church group.  You were a member of the church on Newport.  I apologize that I don't remember the name of the church.  I was living  in Montana when I heard of your death.   I'm sorry I wasn't there, but my prayers and thoughts are with you always.  Love, Laurie

 

Violet Musgrave

- - May 3rd, 1973


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From Teshie Redlift on December 18th, 2014
Wow! I knew violet when she lived in nyc approx 1970. She showed up in my neighborhood one day, and became a fixture there. True, she was protective to those she decided to take under her wing. Don't cross her though! She was independent and feisty; and could hold her own . Independent and smart. Her untimely death was a sadness to all who knew her here in Manhattan ny
i can't beleive I came across her picture and this site. So long ago.
 
From Jackie Sottosanti on May 7th, 2010
Violet always stood up for me. There were times when someone would say something to me or she would hear a "rumor" about me, and Violet would go right to that person and give them a piece of her mind, and when Violet spoke, people would shake!! At our reunion when I was given a balloon to release in memory of a classmate who had passed, twhen I looked at he name on my balloon, it was Violet Musgrave. I felt honored to know her and honored to be able to call her my friend. It just goes to show you can never judge a person by a "reputation". Violet had a hard life and a great big heart.
I pray that I will get to see her again and tell her that I still remember the times she was there for me.
 

Gary Klawitter

- - May 19th, 1972


Today, I think of Gary Klawitter, "Memorial Day", and what a tradegy for his mom
and dad.  For a parent to suffer the lost of a child; most of us can't even imagine
that pain of a lifetime, but Mr. and Mrs. Kkawitter not only suffered it once but
twice. 

Many of you may or may not know that Gary lost his older brother; Lance Corporal
William Richard Klawitter in Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam.  His brother's
tour of duty started 11/10/67 and ended in his death 3/1/68.  He was only 19 years
old.  His body was recovered, and it was noted that he died outright in hostile
ground casualty from gun or small arms fire. 

He was a rifleman for the United States Marine Corps.

It wasn't too many years later they lost their 2nd son Gary Klawitter in an
automobile accident. 

I remember growing up with Gary, and what I remember most was his
contagious smurky smile.  After, the loss of his brother; I use to wonder how
he was able able to bring such a bright smile to the world when inside it must
have been so hard. 

Although we have lost many classmates, this one was like a Greek tradgedy;
it is forever engraved in my heart and soul.  The pain of losing your only
two sons, is just unimaginable. 

I'm hoping someone will come forward with Gary's Obituary!

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THE BULLETIN, MAY 20, 1972
"YOUNG BEND MAN KILLED, TWO HURT IN AUTO MISHAP!"

A young man was killed and two others injured last night when their vehicle missed a curve and rolled over three times SE of the Bend Golf Course about
11:30 p.m.

Dead On Arrival at St. Charles Memorial Hospital was Gary Ray Klawitter, 20, who
resided at 1727 Hill St. Apt. #8 with his wife, Sandy.  He was the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Leon Klawitter, 547 Ogden Ave.  Bend.

Injuried were George N. Ceniga, 21, 471 E Clay Ave., Bend, driver of the vehicle
and Douglas Lee Wirges, 19, 3105 OB Riley Rd. Bend.

Ceniga was listed in fairly good condition at St. Charles this morning.  Wirges
was in fair condition.

The canvas-top 4 wheel drive vehicle was southbound on Sipchen Rd. when it hit
a shoulder on a curve near the intersection of Murphy Rd.  The vehicle careened
across the road and appeared to roll over three times, acording to State Police.
The accident was about one mile east of where the Burlington Northern Railroad
tracks cross Murphy Rd., which becomes Knotts Rd. at the intersection with
Sipchen Rd.

The vehicle was driven  from the scene to a point west of the Bend Golf Course
when State Police reached the accident scene.

Police were notified by the Bend Hospital when Klawitter and Wirges were
brought into the hospital by two other young Bend residents, Dale Rhinehart,
757 Ogden Ave; and Tim French, 403 Burnside Ave.   Police said Rhinehart
and French were behind the Ceniga vehicle when the accident occurred.
Ceniga was taken to the hospital later by an unknown private party.

State police were still investigating the accident this morning.  No citations
have been issued.

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From veronica story on October 7th, 2011
Sandy, thank you for taking the time to write a tribute to Gary.
I totally agree with your remarks.  Gary and his family fairly close
to our grocery store, and growing up, I agree he always had the
smirky smile.  I too have often wondered how his parents endured
the heart-ache, and had a long talk with someone that was in that
accident, and they were never able to meet with the parents as the
pain was too great.  I don't know if you read the article posted, but
after spending about 80 hours reading microfilm on the old
archives of he Bend Bulletin, that was all I could find.  The actual
article on the accident.  Like so many other classmates, it seems
someone would have a copy.  Again, thank you for honoring
one of our lost classmates.
 
From Sandy Walkup on October 7th, 2011
Gary will always be now and forever my one and only  true love.
 
From Jan Heinrick on June 28th, 2010

As some of you may know, Bill and Gary were my cousins. I would like to add that there were two more children. An older brother Robert (Bob) and an older sister, Patricia. Bob lives in Redmond and Patty lives in Idaho. The deaths of Bill and Gary were almost unbearable for the family, but time does have a way of easing the pain and leaving us with the kind of memories that always bring a smile to your face.....Gary's mom still lives in the "little pink house", although it has been painted a new color! She has many health issues and tells me all the time that she is ready to go home and be with her boys. So please say a prayer for her and keep her in your thoughts.                        

 
From Dennis Koho on June 12th, 2010
Gary:  You don't know how this news affects me.  We both had brothers named Bill, mine a year older than yours.  Both of them
joined the Marines, served in Vietnam and died there, mine a year before yours.  Over the years I've wanted to talk with you and see if
the experience affected and formed you in the ways it did me.  I
still look forward to that conversation, but it will have to wait a while
yet.  Say hello to our brothers for me.  DK
 

Kirk Dickerson

May 19th, 1952 - February 14th, 1971


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HIGHWAY MISHAP CLAIMS LIFE OF BEND YOUTH, 18!

An early morning crash claimed the life of an 18-year old Bend High student
yesterday on Hwy 20 east of Tumalo.

Kirk F. Dickerson, 640 Innes Ln., was killed at about 7a.m. yesterday when the
pick-up he was driving left the road about 4 miles west of Bend on the "Tumalo
Grade".  Dickerson was alone in the vehicle, and no other vehicles were involved.

According to State Police, the pick-up was west bound on the Hwy.  Marks on the
road indicated the vehicle traveled 240 ft. on the shoulder, left the road and
plummeted over 50 ft. embankment, then rolled end-over-end for another
180 ft.

Police were called to the scene at about 8:00 a.m. by A.B. Meyers, Rt. 3, Box 280 a
passing motorist.  The Ritz Ambulance was dispatched but Dickerson was dead
when police arrived at the accident.

Born 5/19/1952 the youth was the son of Mrs. Glenn "ED" Dickerson.  He was
a 1970 graduate of Bend High School and a student at COCC. 

He was preceded in death by his father in April 1969.  His mother, Ruth of Bend,
and a sister, Mrs. John Ferguson, Modesto, Ca. survive.

Funeral services will be tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at the Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home.  The Rev. Robert Parlour, Trinity Episcopal Church, officiating.
Buriel will follow in Deschutes Memorial Gardens.

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Rick Clark

- - December 11th, 1970


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Ray Pedersen

- - April 25th, 1970


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Tim Smiley

- - April 25th, 1970


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David Michaelis

- - April 25th, 1970


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THE BULLETIN 4/27/1970

THREE BEND BOYS SWEPT TO DEATHS BY HUGE WAVE.

Three Bend High School seniors, Ray Pedersen, Benjamin "Tim"
Smiley & David Michaelis, all 17, lost their lives Saturday morning when
a hugh wave swept them from a reef while on a biology field trip in the
Coos Bay area.

The youths were a member of a party of 9 students and their teacher, Cal
Elshoff.

Elshoff recounted details of the am, and said the three boys had crossed
a narrow channel to the reef.  The rest of the party was only 20 ft. away on the
main part of the point where the wave hit.

He also noted the point where the boys were standing was 8 or 9 feet above
water.    Elshoff said the boys, dressed in boots & heavy clothes, were washed
off the reef and into the channel between the reef and the point on which
the main group was standing.

The wave was such a size it crashed into the rest of the party knocking all from
their feet.

Elshoff sent Doug Ford for help while he got the others off the point.

Other students on the trip were Doug Ford, Rob Fox, Craig Nichols, Cathy
Kriger, Bill Hodges & Teresa Andersen.

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Dan Oberg

October 26th, 1952 - December 5th, 1969


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DANIEL HARVEY OBERG

Funeral Services for Daniel Harvey Oberg 17, 1851 E. 8th St., will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the auditorium at Bend High School with the Rev. Donald M.
Beake, First Lutherine Church officiating.

Young Oberg died Friday in a one-car accident in Bend.

He was born 10/26/52 in LaGrande and had lived there until the last two years.
He was a member of the Inter-Act-Club and the Letterman's Club at Bend High.

He is survived by parents Mr. and Mrs. George Oberg, Bend; two brothers;
John, a student at Pacific Lutherin University in Tacoma and Randy in Bend.
He is also survived by two grandmothers; Elsie B. Cook and Ema Oberg both
of Portland, Oregon.

The family has suggested memorials, in the form of contributions, to the Oberg
Memorial Fund  at Bend Senior High School.  Contributions will go to lighting
for Bruin Field. 

Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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From Pam Stroud Nichols on August 16th, 2010
What a skier!  I enjoyed her freindship from 7th grade on!  Was always very nice to me!
 
From Nicki Barrett-Brainerd on August 13th, 2010
I will never forget you Tanya.  You were my best friend.  I will never forget running up and down third street a million times on Saturday nights in your little red bug for $1.00 worth of gas.  I will always miss you. 

Tanya was killed when the plane that she and her husband were testing out crashed in New Mexico.  She lost her baby and her husband and tried to walk down the mountain but froze to death begore she could make the city below. 
 

Cheri Jensen


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From Pam Stroud Nichols on August 16th, 2010
A great friend who loved to laugh at my jokes. Missed by this classmate
 

Ted Danison

Ralph Thomas just shared a sad story about our classmate
Ted Danison.  Ted had served his country in the Vietnam
War, and unfortunately came back from combat with the
loss of his two legs.  He later married, but was unable to
find his peace and place on this earth, and sadly took his
own life.

I remember growing up and always thinking  that Ted was a really sweet guy, and he was very active in 4-H.  I still remember reading articles on him winning ribbons at the Deschutes County Fair for a variety of things.  I specifically remember him winning a
Ribbon for the Dog Obedience Division. 

I didn't know of Ted's service or the tragic ending of his
life, but once again it shows so much of the heart-ache
in the world that we aren't even aware of.

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From Steve Fogg on February 24th, 2016
Image Ted and I were in the same gun jeep when we hit a landmine on September 20th 1970.  It was late afternoon and we were preparing to set up an ambush that evening.  There were four of us in the lead jeep , two other jeeps followed.  Ted and the other guy in the back both lost a leg below the knee.  The rear wheel set off the mine which exploded where their legs were.   I was riding shotgun in the front and was thrown out  crawling to Ted as soon as I could to give him first aid.  He was calm , probably in shock as I applied a tourniquet.  He was dusted off with the other Trooper shortly after the incedent.  The last time I saw Ted was at the hospital  in Cu Chi VN, he complained that his toes were itching on his missing foot.  I did receive a couple letters, almost a year later from him , recovery  was a long and hard process.  We lost track until I found his parents address a number of years ago and wrote.  His mother wrote back of the tragedy.  I only wish I was able to contact him earlier, perhaps things would have been different. Ted was a member of the "Rats" an ambush squad in HHT 3/4 Cav , 25th Infantry Division.  He was well liked by all of us.
 
From Ernest Corey on May 28th, 2012
I met Ted back in 1974 when I first came to Oregon. He was a good friend. Our bond came from our service in Vietnam both in 1970. I moved to Idaho for a short period during which time he died. I have thought of him often since then and missed him something awful.  God bless you Ted!
 

Mike Barnett


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From Pam Stroud Nichols on August 16th, 2010
I enjoyed Mike during our years of high school, he was a fun friend to dance with and I'm happy to think about him and wish he were still with us!
 

Linda Luff


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From Pam Nichols on August 16th, 2010
Theresa was my son Josh's teacher at Morning Star Christian school when we were home on furlough from Morocco.  She was a wonderful teacher and friend!  We are a blesse family to have known her!
 

Richard Udell


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