June 26, 2007

June 27, 2007 Obituaries

Genevieve O’Donna Giskaas
March 14, 1913-June 15, 2007
Former Redmond resident Genevieve O’Donna Giskaas, 94, died June 15, 2007.
A Celebration of Life service was held June 24 at the Morning Star Majestic Care Home in Bend.
Mrs. Giskaas was born March 14, 1913, in Jackson County, Kan., to Harrison R. and Estella Ruth (Adams) Noe. She moved with her family to Bend in 1937. She married Claud L. Ward in 1932. The marriage ended in divorce. She married Palmer E. Giskaas in 1961. She and her husband Palmer owned Palmer’s Motel in Bend until moving to Redmond in 1982. Her husband died in 1990 and she moved from Redmond to Bend in 1997.
She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Bend, sang in the church choir and played piano. She was a talented artist and cartoonist and enjoyed telling stories to children. She and two of her sisters painted under the name of “The Three Sisters.” She loved deer hunting, camping and traveling to Arizona.
Survivors include her son Gary Ward of Bend; brother Wallace Noe of Idaho; sisters Virginia Wise of Idaho and Catherine Woodward of Redmond; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Palmer in 1990, her daughter O’Donna Ward Hanna, four brothers and one sister.
Memorial contributions can be made to Central Oregon Home Health and Hospice, 2698 N.E. Courtney Dr., Bend, OR, 97701, or Hospice of Redmond & Sisters, 732 S.W. 23rd Ave., Redmond, 97756.
Deschutes Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Frank Howard Ellis
March 21, 1938-June 18, 2007
Redmond resident Frank Howard Ellis, 74, died June 18, 2007.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Ellis was born March 21, 1938, in Bay City, Texas, to Wiley and Mamie Oma (Plant) Ellis. He married Mary Anne La Mirande in Bend on Dec. 11, 1953. He was an arborist in the tree service and worked for Lundgrens Mill and Brooks Scanlon.
He loved riding snowmobiles and grooming trails. He was a member of the Mount Bachelor Lions Club, and past president of the Oregon State Snowmobile Association and Moon Country Snowmobilers of Bend.
Survivors include his wife Mary Ann Ellis of Redmond; sons Lennie Ellis of Williams, and Frank J. Ellis of Bend; daughter Gerette Fox of Redmond; brothers Archie Ellis of Redmond, and Wiley Ellis Jr. of San Diego, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one granddaughter.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lions Eye Bank of Oregon, 1010 N.W. 22nd Ave., Portland, OR, 97210.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Pamela J. Spear
Sept. 2, 1946-June 16, 2007
Terrebonne resident Pamela J. Spear, 60, died of cancer June 16, 2007.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Spear was born Sept. 2, 1946, in Miami Beach, Fla., to James and Louise (Allen) Claspill. Her father was in the Navy and she lived in many different places as a child. She lived in the San Francisco Bay area as a teen and young adult. She married James T. Spear Jr. She held various jobs but was primarily a homemaker. She moved to Grants Pass in 1994 and lived there until 2005. She lived in Terrebonne for the past 18 months.
She loved animals and was a skilled gardener. She enjoyed creating art projects with her grandchildren and reading.
Survivors include her daughters Kimberly Harisay of Palo Alto, Calif., and Holly Werner of Redmond; mother Louise Claspill of Palo Alto, Calif.; sister Nancy Claspill-Navarro of Watsonville, Calif.; brothers Rick Claspill of San Jose, and Tim Claspill of Freemont, Calif.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and a nephew.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Richard Douglas Johnson
June 18, 1934-June 11, 2007
Crooked River Ranch resident Richard Douglas Johnson, 72, died June 18, 1934.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in the Ranch Chapel at Crooked River Ranch.
Mr. Johnson was born June 18, 1934, in San Jose, Calif., to Arthur W. and Louise (Pullan) Johnson. He married Gladys Wright Johnson in San Jose, Calif., on Feb. 10, 1956. He worked for Pacific Telephone for 30 years and retired in 1985.
He enjoyed working on classic cars and hot rods.
Survivors include his wife Gladys Johnson of Crooked River Ranch; sons Jeff Johnson of Redmond, and Bruce Johnson of Aptos, Calif.; brother Bob Johnson of San Jose, Calif.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Center Bend La Pine, 2075 N.E. Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR, 97701.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Jack O’Lee Mitchell
Aug. 28, 1924-June 24, 2007
Redmond resident Jack O’Lee Mitchell, 82, died June 24, 2007.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 29, at 1 p.m. at Powell Butte Christian Church.
Mr. Mitchell was born Aug. 28, 1924 to John and Ollie Mae (Beall) Mitchell in Roundup, Mont. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy. After 18 months of active duty he joined the reserves for 12 years. He came to Redmond in 1945 and married Naomi Brown Nov. 9, 1946. In 1976 the couple opened Canyon House of Carpet, which Mr. Mitchell ran for many years until selling to his son, still remaining active in the business until illness prevented it.
He was a lifetime Mason, a member of Powell Butte Christian Church, Acacia Low 12 Club, and The Greens Golf course. He always enjoyed playing golf.
Survivors include his wife, Naomi Mitchell Redmond, son Phil Mitchell of Bend, daughter Franki Keefe of Portland, sister Lila St. John of Spokane, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements

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