June 19, 2007

Obituaries

Joseph Eugene Cunningham Sr.
Feb. 8, 1940-June 11, 2007

Crooked River Ranch resident Joseph Eugene Cunningham Sr., 67, died June 11, 2007. A memorial service was held June 15 in the Redmond Memorial Chapel. Mr. Cunningham was born Feb. 8, 1940, in Fairmont, W.Va., to Joseph and Virginia Cunningham. He graduated from Fairmont High School in 1957 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy for 21 years, including three tours in Vietnam. He retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 1978. He was a fleet sales manager for GMC Trucks and retired in 2002. He lived in Sandy, Utah, for 30 years before moving to Crooked River Ranch. He was active in the American Legion and served as post commander for two years. He was a lifetime member of the VFW. He loved gardening and grew delicious tomatoes, loved cooking and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis Cunningham of Crooked River Ranch; son Joseph Eugene Cunningham Jr.; daughters Tracey Van Meter and Nicole Cunningham; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Mae Crites. Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of one's choice. Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.
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Mary Ruth Fleming
Dec. 29, 1929-June 5, 2007
Former Redmond resident Mary Ruth Fleming, 77, died of cancer June 5, 2007. At her request, no services will be held.Mrs. Fleming was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Hoquiam, Wash., to Fred and Ida Warbington. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1948 and attended the University of Washington for a short time. She married Donald A. Fleming in Hoquiam, Wash., on Jan. 14, 1951. She moved to Portland in 1968 and operated a Taco Bell restaurant on southeast Portland. The business eventually expanded to include four Taco Bell restaurants in Multnomah County. She sold the business in 1985 and began traveling and became more active in public service. She taught English classes at night in Green Valley, Ariz., and worked as an elementary school teacher's aid in Clarksdale, Miss. She moved to Redmond in 2000 and lived here during the summer months. She volunteered for the food bank in Redmond and was an English tutor. She helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity in Coahoma, Miss. She was a founding member and served on the board of directors for a nonprofit organization in rural Mississippi that promotes literacy and learning through the creation of a lending library, the payment of tuition, and the repayment of college loans for poor students. Prior to her illness, she was planning a trip to Guatemala to participate in an intensive Spanish language course.

Survivors include her husband Donald Fleming; sons Steve Fleming of Corvallis, Mark Fleming of Seattle, Wash., and Dean Fleming of Altadena, Calif.; daughter Ann Myers of Milwaukie; siblings Lee Warbington of Tahuya, Wash., Carl Warbington of Hoquiam, Wash., and Helen Warbington of Portland; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL, 36104, or online at www.splcenter.org.
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Ruth Anne Chinnock
Oct. 18, 1913-June 15, 2007
Former Redmond resident Ruth Anne Chinnock, 93, died June 15, 2007. A memorial service and Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 23, 2-4 p.m., in the Terwilliger Plaza White Auditorium, 2545 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., in Portland. Private inurnment will be held at St. Francis of the Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville. Mrs. Chinnock was born Oct. 18, 1913, in Redmond. Her maiden name was Roberts. She married John T. Chinnock in 1944. He died in 2000. She lived in Redmond from 1913 to 1941, in Portland from 1940 to 1950, in Madras from 1991 to 2000 and in Portland from 2001 to the time of her death. She worked in general operations for U.S. Bank for 45 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Episcopal Church, Pi Beta Phi and a 75-year member of the PEO. She was a lay Episcopal minister. She enjoyed golf, playing bridge and traveling.

Survivors include her sons Alan Chinnock of West Linn, and Bruce Chinnock of Salem. Memorial contributions can be made to the Terwilliger Plaza Foundation, 2545 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR, 97201.Cornwell Colonial Chapel in Wilsonville handled the arrangements.
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Genevieve O'Donna Giskaas
March 14, 1913-June 15, 2007
Former Redmond resident Genevieve O'Donna Giskaas, 94, died June 15, 2007. No services will be held at this time.Mrs. Giskaas was born March 14, 1913, in Jackson County, Kan., to Harrison R. and Estella Ruth (Adams) Noe. 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, a daughter, three brothers and one sister.Deschutes Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

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