April 24, 2007

Eugene Van Arsdale, Clara Tassey

Eugene Albert Van Arsdale
Oct. 10, 1910-April 17, 2007
Former Redmond resident Eugene Albert Van Arsdale, 96, died April 17, 2007, in a residential care facility in John Day.A funeral was held April 20 in the Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day. Private burial was held April 23 in the Canyon City Cemetery in Canyon City.

Mr. Van Arsdale was born Oct. 10, 1910, in Iowa. He married Arvilla Mizner in Broken Bow, Neb., in June 1932. He worked on cattle ranches in Nebraska through the late 1940s and lived a short time in Idaho and Washington before settling in John Day. He was a builder and built many homes in John Day and Canyon City. He moved to Redmond in 1960 and continued to work as a builder for more than 30 years. He returned to John Day in 1996.

He was a devoted family man and loved horses and competed in team roping into his 80s. He enjoyed visiting with people and always had a cup of coffee ready for visitors.

Survivors include daughters Iris Mosley of Canyon City, and Joyce Parker of Hillsboro; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife in January 2004, five sisters and three brothers.

Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one's choice, care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR, 97845.Driskill Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Clara Mae Tassey
April 1, 1920-April 21, 2007
Redmond resident Clara "Skippy" Mae Tassey, 87, died April 21, 2007.

A graveside service will be held April 28, 11 a.m., in the Redmond Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Tassey was born April 1, 1920, in Spartanburg, S.C., to Vera Lee and Lillian Cole. She married Fred Tassey in Southern California on Aug. 23, 1952. She enjoyed shopping and spending time with her family. She volunteered for the SMART reading program and worked with the Home League of the Salvation Army.

Survivors include her husband Fred Tassey of Redmond; daughter Donna Black of Redmond; sister Jean McCallister of Kansas; and four grandchildren.Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

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