September 11, 2007

Sept. 12, 2007 Obituaries

Neva Irene Ferguson
Sept. 5, 1916-Sept. 4, 2007

Redmond resident Neva Irene Ferguson, 90, died Sept. 4, 2007.

A memorial service was held Sept. 6 in the Redmond Community Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Ferguson was born Sept. 5, 1916, Reeder, N.D., to Verne and Florence (Lucas) Hungerford. She was a homemaker and a former employee of the Deschutes County Health Department and the Deschutes County Fair Association. She married Glen Haviland Ferguson in Aberdeen, S.D., on Dec. 8, 1936. He died in 1982. She married Bert G. Ferguson on Aug. 29, 1987.

She was an elder and deacon at the Redmond Community Presbyterian Church and a member of the Redmond Garden Club, the Community Concert Association and the Central Oregon District Hospital Foundation.

Survivors include her husband Bert G. Ferguson; sons Eugene Ferguson, Deryl Ferguson and Roger Ferguson, all of Redmond; daughter Judy Gilberton of Redmond; brother Vernon Hungerford of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Clayton Julius Kotila
Feb. 27, 1929-Sept. 4, 2007

Terrebonne resident Clayton Julius “Pappy” Kotila, 78, died Sept. 4, 2007.

No services will be held at this time.

Mr. Kotila was born Feb. 27, 1929, in Frederick, S.D., to Oscar and Helen Kotila. He attended school in South Dakota and was given the nickname “Pappy.” He loved flying and bought his first plane at the age of 15. He served in the U.S. Army and later worked in many different trades. He worked for PGE on the line between Washington and California. He was married to his wife Helen for more than 31 years. They divorced but remained friends.

Survivors include his son Daniel Kotila of Prineville; daughter Sheila Kotila of Terrebonne; brother Merlin Kotila of Aberdeen, S.D.; sister Luella Lemmatta of Washington; and one grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Carla and a brother.

Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Dollie Etta Lee
Sept. 23, 1907–Sept. 5, 2007

Redmond resident Dollie Etta Lee, 99, died Sept. 5, 2007.

A funeral service was held in Happy Camp, Calif., Sept. 12. Burial followed in the Happy Camp Cemetery.

Mrs. Lee was born Sept. 23, 1907, in San Saba County, Texas, to James Murdock and Jessie Harriet (White) Daggs. She worked in the fields in Texas as a youth and married Artemas D. “Jim” Harrison in 1924. She married Herman Lee in 1946. She moved from Texas to Happy Camp, Calif., where she lived for more than 40 years. She moved to Oregon just over two years ago to be near her daughter.

She had a good sense of humor and often said a diet of Mountain Dew and junk food helped her live longer. She enjoyed raising flowers and vegetable gardens and loved sharing memories of her life such as covered wagons, rock hounding and panning for gold. She read the Bible often and crocheted many baby blankets for newborns at local hospitals. She said she looked forward to heaven and being with Jesus.

Survivors include her daughter Jessie Christensen of Redmond; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Herman, and sons Jim, Chuck, Blackie, and Dock Harrison.

Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.


Derick Lloyd Papen
April 8, 1980-Aug. 31, 2007

Redmond resident Derick Lloyd Papen, 27, died in a car accident in Aloha Aug. 31, 2007.

A Celebration of Life service was held Sept. 7 in the Calvin Presbyterian Church in Tigard.

Mr. Papen was born April 8, 1980, in Portland to Danny and Julie Papen. He graduated from Aloha High School in 1998 and moved to Redmond four years ago. He married Jamie Watne in Tigard on May 8, 2004. He worked in customer service.

He loved all outdoor activities and was an OSU Beavers fan.

Survivors include his wife Jamie Papen of Redmond; daughter Jasmine Papen of Redmond; son Joshua Papen of Redmond; mother Julie Papen of Aloha; stepmother Cindy Papen of Tigard; sister Kenna Papen of Tigard; brother Bryan Papen of Tigard; and grandfather John Papen of Sheridan. He was preceded in death by his father in 2004, and three grandparents.

Memorial contributions can be made to his children’s college fund at any Washington Mutual Bank.

Springer and Son Funeral Home in Aloha handled the arrangements.

Ruby P. Lewis
Oct. 16, 1929-Sept. 8, 2007

Redmond resident Ruby Lewis, 77, died Sept. 8, 2007.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Highland Baptist Church in Redmond.

Mrs. Lewis was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Leola, Ark., to Thomas and Mabel (Dial) Butler. When she was in 10th grade the family moved to California and in 1948 she married Pete Lewis in Oakland, Calif. While in California she worked in banking and accounting for 20 years. In 1981 she moved to Redmond, where she opened and operated The Fabric Shop until 1985. She moved to Missouri, then Arkansas in 1987. This summer she moved back to Redmond to be near family.

Mrs. Lewis enjoyed ballroom dancing, bowling, sewing, and most especially quilting. Her quilts have gone around the world to needy families. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Melvern, Ark., where she taught Sunday school. In Redmond she belonged to the Highland Baptist Church and was active in the home extension program.

She was preceded in death by her husband and four brothers.

Survivors include son Rick Lewis of Redmond, stepdaughter Beverly Carrara of Boulder Creek, Calif.; brothers Jack Butler of Arkansas., Al Butler of California, Dean Butler of Roseville, Calif., and Don Butler of Liberty Lake, Wash.; sisters Matrid Kelly and Linda Luman of Sacramento, Calif., and Lenore Bain of Arkansas, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to the Highland Baptist Church Benevolence Fund. Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


Gerald Dalls Yates
Dec. 4, 1932-Sept. 4, 2007

Crooked River Ranch resident Gerald “Gary” Dallas Yates, 74, died Sept. 4, 2007.

No services will be held at this time.

Mr. Yates was born in Atlanta, N.Y., Dec. 4, 1932, to Frank and Thelma Yates. He served in the U.S. Marines in the 1st Air Wing Division from 1952-1955. He Married Karla Keeney in Henry’s Fork, Idaho, on July 21, 1979.

Mr. Yates worked in National Park Services at Glacier National Park and Pecos National Monument in Santa Fe, N.M., then retired in 1995. He also worked as a cowboy on ranches in the west, authoring two books: “Summits and Trails” and “Jess.”

Gary and Karla climbed and hiked in Glacier National Park, the Cascades, Rocky Mountains, Canadian Rockies, New England, Scotland, volcanoes in Mexico, Himalayas in Nepal, and other places.

He was an avid runner and bicyclist, a true Renaissance man. He also played guitar and violin and was actively involved with Osher Life-long Learning and the Sierra Club.

Survivors include his wife Karla Yates of Crooked River Ranch, stepdaughter Julie Brown of Pocatello, Idaho; and bothers Robert, Victor, and David Yates, all from New York.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Glacier National Park Fund PO Box 5600 Whitefish, MT 59937. Please annotate “Gary Yates Memorial” with donations.

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