November 27, 2007

Nov. 28, 2007

  • Redmond's humane society is feeling a financial pinch, after two large expansion projects were completed but an expected estate donation has been slow in coming through. Services may have to be curtailed in the near future, according to director Jamie Kanski, unless donations rise or the real estate donation is sold.
  • The city is hoping to fully adopt newly crafted standards for downtown design and development by early 2008 but a few hurdles remain. The two advisory groups assisting the Urban Renewal Board are still debating the merits of two key issues -- the percentage of windows in ground floor buildings, and the maximum height allowed in the downtown zone.

Holiday happenings

photo by Anthony Dimaano/copyright Redmond Spokesman

Ongoing; Starfest, Eagle Crest Resort's annual holiday light display runs through Jan. 2, 2008, 5:30-9:30 p.m. daily. In addition to the mile-long display of lights the event features the Teddy Bear Suite gift shop, carolers, hot cocoa and coffee, cookie decorating, weekend wagon rides, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-8 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides are offered at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. through Dec. 22.

Thursday, Nov. 29
First- and second-graders at John Tuck Elementary will present their music program, "Carnival of the Animals," 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the school, Northwest 10th Street and Birch Avenue.

Friday, Nov. 30
Shop for holiday crafts and partake of food for sale at Redmond's Holiday Village Market 3-6 p.m. at the downtown plaza.

Cascades Theatrical Company presents "The Christmas Express," a comedy about an old radio coming to life and getting into the Christmas Spirit, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Dec. 5-8, Dec. 12-15; and 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16, at the theater, 148 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Box Office: 389-0803 or

"Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge," opens at the 2nd Street Theater, 220 NE Lafayette Ave., Bend. Christopher Durang's version of "A Christmas Carol" contains some adult humor. Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, Dec. 4-8, 12-15 and 19-22; and 3 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. 312-9626.

Saturday, Dec. 1
"Coming Home for Christmas" is the theme for the 24th annual Festival of Trees presented by Hospice of Redmond-Sisters and Fred Meyer, More than 40 individually-decorated Christmas trees, holiday wreaths and entertainment. Free admission, family activities from 10-3 p.m. at Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. The gala buyers' auction begins at 5:30 p.m. with champagne and hors d'oeuvres social hour. Cost is $40 a person and are available by calling 548-7483 or at

Shop for holiday crafts and partake of food for sale at Redmond's Holiday Village Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the downtown plaza.

The Crooked River Ranch - Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce invites families to participate in the Ole Timey Family Christmas Parade Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. Dress up the whole family (including pets) and walk, ride, drive, push, pull, dance, march or sing your way down the parade route. Refreshments and Santa Claus will be at the end of the parade along with the Lighting of the Christmas Tree. For your place in the parade contact Cathy Nemitz at 923-1462

Get your photo taken with Santa and a live reindeer, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Operation Santa Claus, corner of Southwest Helmholtz Way and West Highway 126. Cost is $10. Proceeds benefit the Redmond Reign, a 16-and-under fastpitch softball team.

Central Oregon School of Ballet presents "The Nutcracker," 3 and 7 p.m. at the Bend High School Auditorium, 230 NE Sixth St., Bend. Tickets prices range from $5-$17. 383-2202.

Dec. 2
Get your photo taken with Santa and a live reindeer, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Operation Santa Claus, corner of Southwest Helmholtz Way and West Highway 126. Cost is $10. Proceeds benefit the Redmond Reign, a 16-and-under fastpitch softball team.

Central Oregon School of Ballet presents "The Nutcracker", 3 p.m. at the Bend High School Auditorium, 230 NE Sixth St., Bend. Tickets prices range from $5-$17. 383-2202.

Friday, Dec. 7
Shop for holiday crafts and partake of food for sale at Redmond's Holiday Village Market 3-6 p.m. at the downtown plaza.

Central Oregon Community College's Cascade Chorale will present Holiday Magic at the Tower Theatre at 3 p.m. Dec. 7-9. Reserved tickets are $22 and $18 and are available at the Tower Theatre box office or This is a fundraising event for Central Oregon Resources for Independent Living.

Saturday, Dec. 8
Zion Lutheran Church's holiday bazaar, will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, 1113 SW Black Butte Blvd. Featured items include baked goods, gifts, ethnic food items, a quilt raffle and more. Information: 548-7178 or 923-2318.

Fifth annual Teddy Bear Tea, seatings at 10 a.m. and noon at Juniper Golf Club, 1938 SW Elkhorn Ave. Children can enjoy holiday goodies and visit with Santa. Each child receives a teddy bear to take home. The tea is a benefit for Camp Sunrise, a grief camp for children. Information or to obtain tickets, call Barbara Grogan at Hospice of Redmond-Sisters, 548-7483.

Shop for holiday crafts and partake of food for sale at Redmond's Holiday Village Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the downtown plaza.

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Elton Gregory Middle School band students will present their winter concert, 7-9 p.m. in the Redmond High School Auditorium, 675 SW Rimrock Way.

Thursday, Dec. 13
Teens, ages 12 to 17, are invited to make gifts for family and friends then decorate gift bags, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Redmond Public Library, 827 SW Deschutes Ave. Information: 312-1063.

Terrebonne Community School third-graders will present their holiday program 6:30-7:30 at the school, 1199 B. Ave., Terrebonne.

The Redmond High School Drama Department presents its winter play, "Tuna Christmas," 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 675 SW Rimrock Way. Additional performances are Dec. 14, 15 and 16.

Friday, Dec. 14
Shop for holiday crafts and partake of food for sale at Redmond's Holiday Village Market 3-6 p.m. at the downtown plaza.

Saturday, Dec. 15
Shop for holiday crafts and partake of food for sale at Redmond's Holiday Village Market 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the downtown plaza.

Remember a loved one by lighting a candle and placing a bow in their memory on the memorial tree at 2:30 p.m. at Hospice of Redmond-Sisters, 732 SW 23rd St. Light UP a Life includes music and refreshments.

Sunday, Dec. 16
The Cabaret Connection presents Wonder & Joy, Celebrating Christmas in Music featuring the Bells of Sunriver, at 6 p.m. at the Redmond Community Church auditorium, 237 NW Ninth St. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 day of show. Information: 923-2025.

Tuesday, Dec. 18
The Tom McCall Elementary third graders present "Christmas at the OK Corral," at X p.m. at the school, 1200 NW Upas Ave.

Obsidian Middle School will present its holiday concert 7-8:30 p.m. at Redmond High School, 675 SW Rimrock Way.

Wednesday, Dec. 19
Redmond High School's winter choir concert will be 7-9 p.m. at the school, 675 SW Rimrock Way.


John C. Jones
June 18, 1933-Nov. 16, 2007
Redmond resident John C. "Pete" Jones, 74, died Nov. 16, 2007 of complications from diabetes. No services will be held.
Mr. Jones was born June 18, 1933, in Moore, Idaho, to William A. and Zena Jones. He enjoyed playing basketball in high school in Arco, Idaho and graduated in 1951. After high school Mr. Jones served in the Army in Germany, and later came home to earn a bachelor's degree from Idaho State University in Pocatello, majoring in business. He married Nancy J. Nickerson Oct. 14, 1956 in Mackay, Idaho. Mr. Jones was employed as an accountant for Westinghouse Atomic Energy Corporation for over 40 years and retired in 1993. He lived in Pocatello for 48 years and moved to Redmond in 2001.
Mr. Jones was a member of the Masons and the Elks in Pocatello and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife Nancy Jones; daughters Patti Leibbrandt-Tipton of Idaho; Trudy Hoffman of Iowa City, Iowa; and Jennifer C. Boyce of Bend, Ore.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made toward diabetes research.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Buster Simpson
Sept. 2, 1914-Nov. 17, 2007
Buster Simpson, 93, died Nov. 17, 2007. No services will be held.
Mr. Simpson was born on Sept. 20, 1914.
Survivors include son Vonrae Simpson of Redmond, Ore.; daughter Rebecca Cartwright of Redmond, Ore.; and five grandchildren.
Autumn Funerals is handling the arrangements.

Jeanette Baumann
Sept. 12, 1915-Nov. 19, 2007
Redmond resident Jeanette Olive Baumann, 92, died Nov. 19, 2007. Services were held Nov. 26 at Pilot Butte Cemetery.
Mrs. Baumann was born Sept. 12, 1915, in Portland, Ore. to Martin and Olive (Youngren) Olson. She was a graduate of Jefferson High School in Portland and attended a business college there. She married Edward Baumann on May 2, 1942 in Portland. Mrs. Baumann worked at the main branch of the US Bank in Portland and after retiring in 1973, moved to eastern Oregon. She moved to Bend in 1990 and to Redmond in 1998.
Mrs. Baumann was a member of Eastmont Church while living in Bend and enjoyed crocheting, needlepoint, cross stitching and knitting.
She was preceded in death by her husband, four brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by her son David of Gresham, Ore.; her daughter Deborah Jones of Redmond, Ore.; and five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Oregon Home Health and Hospice, 2698 NE Courtney Dr., Bend, OR 97701.
Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

William (BJ) Fisher
Jan. 9, 1963-Nov. 21, 2007
Redmond resident William Joseph (BJ), Fisher Jr., 44, died Nov. 21, 2007. Services were held Nov. 24 at City Center Church in Redmond.
Mr. Fisher was born Jan. 9, 1963, in Glendora, Calif. to William Joseph Fisher and Elizabeth Gibney. He attended Weston-McEwen High School and received an associate's degree at Clackamas Community College. He married Lori Schuchardt on June 3, 1989 in Portland, Ore. Mr. Fisher was a building contractor (B.J. Fisher Construction) and a retired volunteer fireman for Redmond Fire Department. He was chairman of the board for Redmond Area Park and Recreation District and a member of City Center Church.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and time with family and was involved in missions and men's ministry.
Survivors include his wife Lori Fisher of Redmond, Ore.; parents Bill and Sue Fisher and Liz and Gary Gibney; son William Joseph Fisher III; daughter Heidi Marie Fisher; brother Michael Fisher; and sisters Crista Scronce, Joanie Rogers, Heather Greene, and Kristin Anderson.
Memorial contributions may be made to City Center Missions Ministry or BJ Fisher Children Educational Account at Bank of the Cascades.
Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

November 21, 2007

Nov. 21, 2007

  • As the city is preparing its parks master plan, preparing for Redmond's next 25 years or so of recreation needs, it has been hearing from various residents and groups. Most recently the city parks commission heard from skateboard and freestyle bike enthusiasts encouraging the city to plan for more space. Currently freestyle BMX riders have no facility and the current skate park is the most heavily frequently park in town.
  • Redmond city councilors opted to grant St. Thomas Church its Measure 37 claim but it may not help the church with its end goal of creating a more desirable property if the city won't also agree to grant a zone change on the property. The church has been trying to sell its former site in residential southwest Redmond for three years. Councilors agreed to consider the zone request Nov. 27 but several have already expressed reservations.

November 20, 2007

RHS football season ends

Photo by Gary G. Newman/copyright Redmond Spokesman

Redmond made its second-round playoff game Nov. 16 with the PIL-Champion Generals a defensive battle for three quarters, holding Grant to one touchdown, but the Generals scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to ice the 28-0 win.
“It was a tremendous effort by our players and the score’s not any indication of how close the game was,” said Redmond Coach Craig Ruecker. “To be down 7-0 going into the fourth quarter, our team played with a lot of character and a lot of pride.”
Redmond corralled Grant quarterback Andre Broadous early in the game but the dangerous Grant athlete showed the ability to escape later on. On the Generals’ second possession in the first quarter Redmond forced a punt after three downs and Butch Whitaker intercepted a Broadous pass at the Grant 45-yard line on the next possession.
On their first possession of the second quarter the Generals marched 60 yards – from the 20 to the 20 where they were stopped on a missed field goal attempt.
Grant held Redmond to three downs and a punt, but Whitaker knocked the ball loose from the Grant punt receiver and Logan Morris recovered the fumble at the General’s 38-yard line.
Unfortunately, it was the same story all night. Redmond couldn’t generate any offense and they were done in four downs. In all the Panthers chalked up 119 yards on offense.
“We had trouble maintaining our blocks and Grant plays very good defense,” said Ruecker. “We did a lot of good things tonight, just a little bit short.”
Broadous found room to run on their last and only scoring possession of the first half. He completed two passes for 32 yards and ran for another 43, including one scramble for 34 yards on the 80-yard drive. Broadous scored the touchdown on a three-yard run with 57 second remaining in the half.
Redmond showed its wiles to start the second half, kicking a squib kick and then pinning the Grant receiver at the five-yard line.
Broadous escaped for 55 yards on a broken pass play on second down, but Redmond held the Generals on fourth down at their own 33 yard line.
On its next drive Broadous stung the Panthers with a 47-yard pass completion to Bryan Butcher to take the 14-0 lead with 11:23 remaining in the game. Karl Acker added a touchdown strike on a half back pass with 3:41 remaining in the game and scored on a 50-yard run with 1:01 remaining in the game.
Redmond ended the season with an 8-4 record, including 3-1 and second place in the Central Valley Conference.
“We have a very good football team and they had a great season,” added Ruecker. “To get to the sweet 16, nothing wrong with that. We were fortunate to have a very good team this year.”

-- story by Greg G. Newman


Matthew Clark
Aug. 9, 1957-Nov. 3, 2007
Redmond resident Matthew Christopher Clark, 50, died Nov. 3, 2007 of natural causes. A memorial service will be announced for the coming spring.
Mr. Clark was born Aug. 9, 1957, in Redmond, Ore. to parents Donna M. Clark and Roland Keith Clark. He grew up in Redmond and graduated from Redmond High School. He studied music in Nevada and became an accomplished drummer.
Mr. Clark was a professional musician and toured with several local bands over the years, most recently with The Substitutes.
He enjoyed tutoring music students, hunting, fishing, and telling humorous stories.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Day Clark, of Redmond, Ore.; his mother, Donna Clark of Redmond, Ore.; his sisters Marcia McKitrick of Aurora, Ore., Teresa Jahn of Sumpter, Ore., and Valerie Henry of Redmond, Ore.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Patricia Fultz
May 7, 1934-Nov. 11, 2007
Longtime Redmond resident Mrs. Patricia A. "Pat" Fultz, 73, died Nov. 11, 2007. An internment took place at Redmond Memorial Cemetery on Nov. 16.
Mrs. Fultz was born May 7, 1934, in Chicago, Ill. to Waldo and Alice (Courval) Ball. She graduated from Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Ill. and married Hoy Fultz in Redmond on March 16, 1963. She was employed for 24 years with the Redmond School District as a tutor and retired in 1996.
Mrs. Fultz enjoyed playing bunco and traveling.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one grandson.
Survivors include her husband, Hoy Fultz of Redmond, Ore.; son David Fultz of Redmond, Ore.; and daughters Kelly Baerwaldt of Woodinville, Wash., Kimberly Bower of Oak Harbor, Wash., and Mollie Bigelow of Redmond, Ore.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Center, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701.
Arrangements were handled by Redmond Memorial Chapel.

Josephine LeBlanc
June 9, 1931-Nov. 10, 2007
Redmond resident Josephine "Mama Jo" LeBlanc, 76, died Nov. 10, 2007 of ALS. A Celebration of Life service was held Nov. 16 at Zion Lutheran Church in Redmond.
Mrs. LeBlanc was born June 9, 1931 in Detroit, Mich. to Harry and Edna Cain. She grew up in Cottage Grove, Ore., but attended Franklin High School in Portland, Ore. during her final years of education. She lived in Tigard, Ore. about 40 years, and married Jerry LeBlanc on Aug. 6, 1983 in Sherwood, Ore. She was a meat wrapper for 20 years and worked as Assistant Greens Manager for The Greens Golf Course in Redmond for 11 years.
Mrs. LeBlanc was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church and enjoyed skiing, golfing, and traveling.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a stepson.
Survivors include her spouse Jerry LeBlanc of Redmond; sons John L. Sutton, James A. Sutton, and Jeff M. Sutton, all of Portland, Ore.; daughters Jill Marie Walsworth of Lake Oswego, Ore. and Lori Schnoor of Puyallup, Wash.; sister Janet Locke of Claskenine, Ore.; and 13 grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, Hospice of Redmond and Sisters, and the Zion Lutheran Church Building fund.
Autumn Funerals of Redmond handled the arrangements.

James C. Bell
Jan. 30, 1915-Nov.10, 2007
Longtime Redmond resident James C. Bell, 92, died Nov. 10, 2007. Private family services were held.
Mr. Bell was born Jan. 30, 1915 in Homer City, Pa.
He was raised and schooled in Johnstown, Pa. and as a young man lived in Tule Lake, Calif. He was in the Army during WWII (European Theater). Mr. Bell married Della O'Dell Gibson in 1956 in Reno, Nev. and they later moved to Redmond.
He loved to fish.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Della, in 1991.
Survivors include stepson Harold Gibson of Redmond, Ore.
Macy & Son, Funeral Directors handled the arrangements.

Leona Poulton
Feb. 7, 1940-Nov. 7, 2007
Redmond resident Leona Mae Poulton, 67, died Nov. 7, 2007. No services will be held.
Mrs. Poulton was born Feb. 7, 1940 in Prineville, Ore. to Clarence and Lida (Houghton) Derr. She was self-employed in janitorial work and was affiliated with the High Desert Treasure Club of Bend. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, gold prospecting and watching jewelry channels.
Survivors include her husband James Poulton of Terrebonne, Ore.; daughters Flora Penrod of Arizona, Rosanna Morera of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Minda Zoloth of Salt Lake City; and several grandchildren.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Joel Ribich
Aug. 9, 1975-Nov. 8, 2007
Former Redmond resident Joel Michael Ribich, 32, died Nov. 8, 2007. A Celebration of Life service was held Nov. 14 in Eugene, Ore.
Mr. Ribich was born Aug. 9, 1975 in Salem Ore. to Frank and Norma J. (Pollock) Ribich. His education included a double major and he received a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Oregon in Environmental Studies and Psychology. Mr. Ribich was employed as a real estate developer.
Survivors include his parents Frank and Norma J. Ribich of Redmond, Ore.; and sister Maegen Ribich.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Joel Michael Ribich Memorial Fund for Scholarships, PO Box 764, Redmond, OR 97756.
Crown Memorial Center handled the arrangements.

Zella Morton
Jan. 24, 1924-Nov. 13, 2007
Longtime Redmond resident Zella (Scharick) Morton, 83, died Nov. 13, 2007, after a long illness. Graveside services were held Nov. 19 at the Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Morton was born Jan. 24, 1924 in Plum Creek Township, N.D., to Anton and Rosa Scharick. She spent her childhood and attended high school in Plum Creek Township and in 1941 came to Redmond where she met her future husband, a cadet pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corp. She married Victor L. Morton on Jan.2, 1941, in Eagle Pass, Texas. They lived in Redmond after WWII until her husband was recalled in 1953 to serve as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. They lived all over the U.S. and in Japan during her husband's military career. They returned to Redmond in 1968 after military retirement and joined the Butler Aircraft "family", where her husband flew air retardant tankers until his death.
Mrs. Morton was a homemaker who enjoyed oil painting, gardening, reading, dancing, and a variety of crafts. She made a loving home for her family no matter where in the world they lived.
She was preceded in death by her husband Victor L. Morton in 1979, her son, Victor G. Morton in 2005, and six brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her daughter Paula Morton of Redmond, Ore.; her brother Louis Scharick of Tumwater, Wash.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or any other veteran's organization.
Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

November 13, 2007

Nov. 14, 2007

  • A consortium of churches in Redmond is beginning a weekly meal program for the needy. Jericho Table will begin serving Thursday dinners at Redmond Senior Center Nov. 29.
  • Deschutes County and the city of Redmond are continuing their conversations regarding the future of 1,800 acres of county land east of the city. A consultant, with city help, is developing a master plan for the area and talks with the county and ODOT are hoped to result in ways to mitigate transportation impacts of development.
  • Redmond is losing one of its nonprofit thrift shops. St. Vincent de Paul is closing its doors on retail sales, but continuing its efforts to help the needy with rental and utility costs. St.Vincent hopes to reopen when a cost-efficient location can be found.

RHS moves up in playoffs

photo by Rob Kerr/copyright Redmond Spokesman

Redmond survived a late game charge by Oregon City Friday, Nov. 9, and held on for a 28-25 first round win over the visiting Pioneers in the state football playoffs.
The Panthers led 28-12 with eight minutes remaining in the game, but the Pioneers found new life after recovering a Redmond fumble at their own 35-yard line and driving for a score. They recovered an onside kick, twice, after an official blew the whistle early on the first attempt, and then scored in four plays.
But Redmond recovered their next onside kick attempt and then held them on a final defensive stand.
The win sets up a second round playoff showdown with fifth ranked Grant High School in Portland, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
The game was one of strange momentum swings, according to Redmond coach Craig Ruecker.
"We played extremely well in the first and third quarters," he said. "It wasn't a squeeker until the last two minutes."
Tyrel Nordstrom set up the Panthers first touchdown with a 71-yard run. He was shoved out of bounds at the eight-yard line and Clayton York finished the drive with an eight-yard touchdown run with 6:29 showing on the clock.
Redmond held on the Pioneers' next possession, and then Cody Johnson connected with Christian Arsenault on an 89-yard pass play for a touchdown. Taylor Johnson connected on both kicks and Redmond led 14-0.
Oregon City didn't answer until late in the second quarter when Ryan Versoza connected with Justin Gates with a 60-yard pass play. They missed the extra point and Redmond led 14-6 at the half.
Oregon City narrowed the score to 14-12 with another score late in the third quarter, but Redmond drove the length of the field and capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run by York for the 21-12 lead.
Redmond stuck the Pioneers inside their five-yard line on the kickoff, and when they tried a reverse pass Arsenault intercepted the throw to set up Redmond's last touchdown, a two-yard run by Nordstrom.
Redmond had a total offense of 346 yards to Oregon City's 326. York led Redmond with 129 yards on 16 carries and Nordstrom carried the ball 14 times for 85 yards. Johnson completed four of 12 passes for 124 yards.
Redmond's second round opponent will present them with lots of problems to solve. The two teams have one common opponent. Grant beat Beaverton 27-20 in the season opener. Redmond lost to the Beavers 28-14.
Grant quarterback Andre Broadous leads the Portland Interscholastic League with 1,468 yards passing. He has completed 100 of 152 passes this season, and rushed for 523 yards.
"They have very good team speed and some very big players that move very well," said Ruecker. "They're a complete team and we'll have to play a very good game."

-- story by Gary G. Newman


Matthew Clark
Aug. 9, 1957-Nov. 11, 2007
Redmond resident Matthew Christopher Clark, 50, died Nov. 11, 2007 of natural causes. A memorial service will be announced for the coming spring.
Mr. Clark was born Aug. 9, 1957, in Redmond, Ore. to parents Donna M. Clark and Roland Keith Clark. He grew up in Redmond and graduated from Redmond High School. He studied music in Nevada and became an accomplished drummer.
Mr. Clark was a professional musician and toured with several local bands over the years, most recently with The Substitutes.
He enjoyed tutoring music students, hunting fishing, and telling humorous stories.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Day Clark, of Redmond, Ore.; his mother, Donna Clark of Redmond, Ore.; his sisters Marcia McKitrick of Aurora, Ore., Teresa Jahn of Sumpter, Ore., and Valerie Henry of Redmond, Ore.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Maria Kazala
Aug. 28, 1922-Nov. 2, 2007
Redmond resident Maria Kazala, 85, died peacefully Nov. 2, 2007.
Kazala was born Aug. 28, 1922 in Kopysno Przemysl, a small town near Lvov, in the Ukraine (at that time part of Poland), the fourth of seven children, to parents Michael and Justine Paslawska. In April 1942, the German army took Maria and the other young people in her town away to work as forced laborers. Maria was sent to Vienna, Austria, and from there to a work farm in Moderburg, in the Austrian countryside, where she was kept for three years, often enduring great physical hardship. After Austria was liberated by the Allies, Maria went to Italy with Stanley Kazala, another Polish national who had worked on a nearby farm. Maria and Stanley were married in Magliano, Italy on June 23, 1945. Instead of returning to Poland after the end of World War II, they stayed in Italy. From there, they went to England, where they lived for seven years and raised two children. In 1955 they emigrated to the United States, settling in Brooklyn, New York, where they had a third child. Maria, in addition to being a homemaker, managed the apartment building where they lived and where Stanley worked as the superintendent. In 1984 Maria and Stanley followed their children west and Maria moved to Pleasant Hill, Calif. In 2002 she moved again, to Redmond, Ore., to be near her daughter, Sophia.
Maria possessed a keen intellect and an excellent sense of humor, and was fluent in Polish, Russian and German in her youth, and later learned Italian and English.
Maria is survived by her daughter, Sophia Kingston, of Redmond, Ore.; sons, Richard Kazala of San Francisco, Calif.; and Edward Kazala of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
Autumn Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

Mary E. Law
Nov. 29, 1921-Nov. 2, 2007
Longtime Estacada resident Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Law died at a Gresham care center on Nov. 2, 2007. She was 85.
A memorial service was held Nov.10 at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Clackamas, Ore.
Mrs. Law was born Nov. 29, 1921 in Adrian, Ore. to James and Dolly (Ashcraft) Nelson. She was raised in Nampa, Idaho and attended high school and college in Idaho and became a teacher. She taught for two years and in 1942 married David H. Law, Jr. They moved to Culver, Ore. in 1945 and lived on a farm with her family for 41 years. She was a homemaker and involved in many activities including golfing, belonging to the Eastern Star, a bridge club and a garden club. She did office work at the auction yard for 14 years in Madras.
She was preceded in death by her husband David H. Law Jr. in 1996, son, David James Law in 2002 and three sisters.
Survivors include her daughter, Beryl Ann Frenzel of Estacada, Ore.; son Dennis "Roger" Law of McMinnville, Ore.; 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Estacada Funeral Chapel handled the arrangements.

Frances Halter
April 3, 1926-Nov. 5, 2007
Former Redmond resident Frances Helen Halter, 81, died Nov 5, 2007. Private services will be held.
Mrs. Halter was born April 3, 1926 in Redmond, Ore. to Clyde and Emma Davidson Dahl. She graduated from Redmond High School, became a homemaker and also worked in the clerical and bookkeeping fields. She married twice, first to William "Slim" Roats, then to Paul Halter.
She was an Auxiliary member of the Elks Lodge, the American Legion and the Veteran's of Foreign Wars and the Moose Lodge. She enjoyed reading, needlework and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by both of her husbands.
She is survived by her son, William (Bill) Roats of Bend, Ore.
Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Olan Webb
July 13, 1925-Nov. 4, 2007
Redmond resident Olan "Tex" Webb, 82, died Nov. 4, 2007 of cancer. There will be a Celebration of Life service Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at Hollinshead Barn, 1237 NE Jones Rd. in Bend.
Mr. Webb was born July 13, 1925 in Trinidad, Colo., to Bobby Blant and Lola Webb. He grew up in New London, Texas, and graduated from high school there.He served in the Navy during WWII, in Norfolk, Virg. as a radio operator. He lived in Prineville from 1949-1959, Eugene from 1959-1968, Canada for six years, then Clipper Mills, Calif. from 1976-1991 and Lewiston, Idaho off and on over the last 20 years.He married Georgia Muck in 1945 and Rajean Looney on Sept. 27, 1968 in Detroit, Mich.
Webb was a logger and rancher for Hudspeth in Prineville from 1949-1959 and worked as a mechanic for Pappe Caterpillar from 1959-1968 in Eugene, Ore. During the six years he worked for a major heavy equipment manufacturer, he was a training project manager and traveled to 42 different countries. He also managed the rodeo grounds in Lewiston, Idaho for a year before moving to Redmond.
Mr. Webb was involved with the VFW, the Elks, and Professional Rodeo Association. He enjoyed golf and fishing and liked to compete in rodeo, calf roping, team roping, and especially cutting. He loved his cutting horse, Peacock.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his first wife, Georgia; his wife of 39 years, Rajean Webb of Redmond, Ore.; son Ward Webb of Eugene, Ore.; daughters Cynthia Ryall of Eugene, Ore., Debby Nickell of Powell Butte, Ore., and Stephanie Weber of Clarkston, Wash; brothers Bob Webb of Thayne, Wyo., Carl Webb of McMinnville, Ore., and Dick Morse of Salt Lake City, Utah; sisters Alice Jean and Margy, both of Ore.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial contributions to Hospice of Redmond and Sisters is requested in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements handled by Autumn Funerals.

Robert Wiggins
July 7, 1935-Nov. 7, 2007
Powell Butte resident Robert Carlton Wiggins, 72, died Nov. 7, 2007 of natural causes.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Wiggins was born July 7, 1935 in Santa Maria, Calif. to Leonard and Jenny (McClane) Wiggins. He served in the United States Air National Guard and was employed by United Airlines, retiring after 27 years working in the purchasing and supply department. He married Jeannie Amsberry on Jan. 19, 1979 in Beaverton, Ore.
He was a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and Alien's Comedy Quartet for 35 years. He enjoyed singing.
He is preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Survivors include his wife Jeannie Wiggins; son Jason Thurber of Gresham, Ore.; daughters Sandy Melz of Franklin, Tenn., Tamara Pierce of Gresham, Ore., and Tracy Zimmermann of Albany, Ore.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Center, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, Ore. 97701.
Arrangements handled by Redmond Memorial Chapel.

James Anglin
Mar. 9, 1952-Nov. 4, 2007
James Edward Anglin, 55, died Nov. 4, 2007. No services will be held.
Mr. Anglin was born Mar. 9, 1952, in Dallas, Ore., to Lynn and Mary (Miller) Anglin. He received an associate's degree in fire science and also served in the Army during Vietnam. Anglin was Fire Captain for 28 years in the Lebanon Fire District and retired in 2002. He married Cheryll Adams on Sept. 11, 1976 in Lebanon, Ore.
Mr. Anglin was a member of the Cascade Climbers and enjoyed rock climbing, wind surfing, skiing, biking, running, hiking and white water kayaking.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife Cheryll Anglin of White Salmon, Wash.; son John Anglin of Gilbert, Ariz.; daughter Melanie Waterbury of Lake Oswego, Ore.; sister Joy Burnett of Gold beach, Ore.; and four grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Deschutes Fire and Rescue.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Marie Dixon
Jan. 28, 2007-Nov. 2, 2007
Marie V. Dixon, 90, died Nov. 2, 2007 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law in Crooked River Ranch, Ore. A memorial service will be held in the Oregon mountains at a later date.
Marie was born Jan. 28, 1917, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to William and Ollie Mae Cookson. The seventh of eight children, she grew up on a farm in the Missouri Ozarks. Marie, her sisters Ione, Flora, Helen, Esther, Faith, Evelyn and brother William helped their parents work the farm, picking cotton and caring for livestock. Marie shared a love of drama and storytelling with her sisters. The hardships and adventures of life on the farm and during the Great Depression provided her with the many wonderful stories she told to her children and grandchildren.
During the Depression, Marie traveled with her parents and siblings from Missouri to Klamath Falls, Ore., where her older sisters Ione, Flora and Helen lived. At the age of 17, she went to work on the Henley ranch of James and Mary Dixon, where she met Paul Dixon. She and Paul were married June 22, 1935, in Klamath Falls, Ore. They had three children: Robert, Dixie and Pamela.
Marie enjoyed being a mother and homemaker while Paul farmed and drove a log truck and diesel tanker before he became an independent dump truck contractor. During World War II, Marie worked at Weyerhaeuser, but she was most happy making a comfortable home for her family. She was an avid reader, enjoying both fact and fiction. She especially enjoyed good movies and collected many of the classics.
Paul preceded Marie in death in 1995. She is survived by son Robert Dixon; daughters Dixie Beltramo and Pamela Lyon; and grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Marie's name in lieu of flowers.
Autumn Funerals is handling the arrangements.

Thomas Stearns
Dec. 13, 1914-Nov. 7, 2007
Longtime Redmond resident Thomas "Tom" James Stearns, 92, died Nov. 7 , 2007. No services will be held.
Mr. Stearns was born Dec. 31, 1914 in Huntley, Ill. to Fredrick Levi Stearns and Olice Elizabeth (Camp) Stearns. He was a Bend High School graduate and was called into service during World War II while in his senior year at Oregon State University and working in Prineville, Ore. for the forest service. He became a technical sergeant for the Army and attended the Army University in England in the summer of 1945. Mr. Stearns was in the 29th division infantry, a platoon leader and in the European Theater of Operations. He saw combat in northern France, Germany and central Europe and received a Purple Heart for wounds.
In 1950, after the war, he returned to the area and bought the old Redmond Redi-Mix business, selling it in 1973. He moved from Bend to Redmond in 1953 and remained in Redmond ever since. Mr. Stearns was an avid supported of the Redmond Historical Society and a lifetime member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Stearns enjoyed fishing, raising the neighborhood kids and was famously known as the man with the neighborhood swimming pool for years. He always had a home for the kids that needed a home.
He was preceded in death by a son, Harvey Jay Stearns.
Survivors include son Richard Dean Stearns of Gresham, Ore.; daughters Delores Marie Stearns of Redmond, Ore. and Doris Kay Rice of Boise, Idaho; and 11 grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Bend/LaPine.
Autumn Funerals is handling the arrangements.

Patricia Fultz
Patricia Fultz, wife of Hoy Fultz of Redmond, died at her home Nov. 11, 2007 at the age of 73. Graveside services will be held at Redmond Memorial Cemetery Friday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. A full obituary will run next week. Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

November 7, 2007

Nov. 7, 2007

  • Developers of the water park proposed for the area west of the Deschutes County Fairgrounds are considering the idea of moving the project a tad east, thereby working around the rail lines and newly elevated power lines near property.
  • Redmond High School's girls soccer team has advanced to the second round of the state playoffs and Allison Coughlin was crowned 2007 Homecoming Queen.
  • A public meeting to discuss Redmond's upcoming transportation master plan will be held Nov. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Redmond Fire and Rescue building.

November 6, 2007

It's only temporary

At the Bell Air Motel south of Redmond on Highway 97, nearly every guest said the same thing upon their arrival.

"I'll be here for about a week. Maybe two."

Many meant it. The construction workers in town for a single job, the truckers with a long layover between shipments, they stayed their week or two and moved on. But for others, two weeks became two months, then a year, and often more. For those who stayed, the Bell Air became home and owner Carol Williams became a mother of sorts.

Last month, Williams died following a year-long struggle against colon cancer. She was 62 years old. The fate of the motel is uncertain: Tinya Profitt, Williams' daughter, said her mother's longtime companion, Jack Wright, will continue running the place until the family comes to a decision. For some residents of the motel, Williams death means not only the potential loss of their home, but the loss of a close and trusted friend.

Jerry Howard is in his mid-60s, a slender man permanently attached to the end of an oxygen hose and living off Social Security. A three-and-a-half year resident of the motel, his road to the Bell Air began in New Mexico in 2001, when the business he owned collapsed. He came to Oregon to try to get back on his feet, moving in with his older sister and becoming her primary caregiver as her health declined. When his sister died, he had nowhere to go, and, he assumed, only a few months to live himself.

When Howard arrived at the Bell Air, he was essentially destitute. He explained his situation to Williams, and she agreed to put him up for free as they worked through the process of getting him signed up for Social Security.

"She was a godsend for me," Howard said. "Without her help, I'd have been out on the street, I'd have been dead. I wouldn't have survived."

According to her daughter, generosity was a common thread during the 20-plus years Williams' ran the motel. A college student when her mother bought the place, Profitt often spent her holiday breaks doting after the motel's residents, delivering plates of food to those her mother felt could use a homecooked meal. On Labor Day or the Fourth of July, she'd stage barbecues around the fish pond behind the motel; she also ran a van shuttle of sorts for residents needing to buy groceries or visit a doctor.

The close relationship between Williams and the tenants was sometimes a sore point for Profitt's younger sister, Kathleen, who was still very young when the family bought the motel.

"There was never a Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas dinner when there wasn't Mr. Will, and the guy from number so-and-so, and some other guy," Profitt said. "She'd get pissed off because she just wanted family for a change. She wanted a normal family dinner, and it just wasn't going to happen."

Mr. Will was Jack Will, the most senior of all motel residents with more than 18 years at the Bell Air. Now living in an adult foster home in Redmond, Will moved out just a few days before Williams died. Told how Kathleen resented him, Will laughed.

"Well, Kathleen has matured since then," he said. "When I first came there, Kathleen was about 15 years old, and 15 year old girls don't always get along with their mom that well."

Will said he first came to the motel thinking he'd only be there a week or two. After looking at several apartments, he came to the conclusion that the motel was the best fit for him - no furniture to buy, only one bill to pay, and plenty of people around to visit with and help out in a pinch. After a time, Will was more or less part of the family, eating dinner with the proprietors and looking after the motel for them when they'd go out of town.

Profitt said sometimes her mother had to resort to trickery to be charitable with her tenants.

"She was always going to the thrift stores," she said. "She'd go to the thrift stores and if she thought one of the guys around here was looking a little shabby, she'd get a few things and take it up to him and say, 'Oh, this guy who lived here before left these behind, they're all washed up now, probably about your size'."

Wright said Williams' thrift store shopping sprees went into overdrive when a family with children would stay at the motel - even now, there are boxes full of small toys and children's clothes she bought up years ago to give away to her youngest tenants.

"These families, they'd move in with everything they owned in two bags and by the time they left, they needed a U-Haul," Wright said. "She went nuts over kids."

Will and Howard said the residents didn't see much of Williams in her last year, but when they did they went out of their way to pay her back for the generosity she exhibited over the years, taking her out to lunch when she was feeling well or ferrying her into Redmond for chemotherapy sessions.

Howard had borrowed the motel van to go buy groceries one day in late summer when he found himself standing in front of a large display of avocados. Williams loved avocados, and like his sister some years earlier, she still craved her favorite foods even though she could hardly eat. Howard decided to stock up.

"I knew she couldn't eat it, but she could just get a bit of the taste in her mouth," he said. "I got her an avocado and a cake with blueberries on it. I dropped them off with her, Jack was sitting there, and she had this big, bright look on her face. At least she got to taste it, even if she couldn't eat it."

According to Howard, he never would have imagined he'd be living in a motel, and admits it's a little unorthodox. His nephew has invited him to live with him, but Rinn turned him down - the people at the Bell Air, he said, have made it home for him.

"The kind of people that come in are great people," Howard said. "Mostly people who are down on their luck, but it's a temporary thing for them. You meet people from all walks of life out here. I can't say I've loved everybody that was here, but I've enjoyed most of the people I've met. Especially Jack and Carol. She really took a lot of pride in this place."

-- story by Scott Hammers


Blaine Edward Schneider
Aug. 30, 1929 - Oct. 31, 2007

Longtime Redmond businessman Blaine Schneider, 78, died Oct. 31, 2007 at his home with his wife and grandson at his side.
Schneider was born Aug. 30, 1929, in Hemingford, S.D., to parents Nicholos and Victoria Schneider. He served in the Korean War. After meeting June while in the service, they married three months later on Oct. 13, 1951, in Las Vegas.
Schneider opened a gas station and service business in Redmond in 1971 and later bought out Mallick and Sons Auto Wrecking, which became Schneider's Motor Clinic and Auto Wrecking, Inc., in 1987. He retired in 1987 after a successful business career.
Schneider loved to fish and spend time with his family, even if was just sitting on the couch talking about anything. After a heart attack earlier in 2007, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and struggled with it everyday.
His family was his life and he was happiest with them.
Schneider is survived by June C., his wife of 56 years; four children, Mike, Jeff, Brett and Mieshelle; a sister, Vicki Dahl; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Dianne Marjorie Sherman
Dec. 18, 1945 - Oct. 3, 2007

Former Prineville resident Dianne Marjorie Sherman, 61, died October 3, 2007 of pneumonia. A memorial service was held Nov. 3 in the Cedar Hills Baptist Church in Beaverton.
Ms. Sherman was born Dec. 18, 1945, in Prineville, Ore. to Eugene Roger and Marjorie Viola (Hager) Sherman. She lived in Prineville until 1955 when the family moved to Madras. She graduated from Madras Union High in 1964, then attended Judson Baptist College in Portland from 1964-1966. She worked as an accountant for the insurance industry in Portland for many years.
Ms. Sherman was active in the Cedar Hills Baptist Church for many years and her strong faith sustained her through her life after developing multiple sclerosis. Although she could not walk, Dianne loved shopping and driving her scooter to the store. Her joy in music started in her younger years with playing the piano and singing in school and church choirs. She loved home making, gardening, sewing and crafts. She adored young children, but never married. Dianne loved the neighborhood cats that came to visit her, as well as feeding the squirrels in her yard.
She was preceded in death by her father in 2004.
Survivors include her mother Marjorie Sherman of Redmond, Ore.; brother John Sherman of Portland, Ore.; sisters Elaine Keeley of Bend, Ore. and Mary Jane McNeil of LaPine, Ore.; 13 nieces and nephews; 19 great nieces and nephews.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to the Radio Bible Class-RBC Ministries, PO Box 270, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0270; the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter, 104 SW Clay St., Portland, Ore. 97201; or Cedar Hills Baptist Church, 2470 SW Roxbury Ave., Portland, Ore. 97225.
Prineville Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Charles A. Perkins
Dec. 23, 1927-Oct. 21, 2007

Redmond resident Charles A. Perkins, 79, died Oct. 21, 2007. Services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Perkins was born Dec. 23, 1927 in York County, Neb. to parents Wesley and Elsie (Gould) Perkins. He married Marion Wahl on January 26, 1949 in Moro, Ore. He was in the Air Force for four years and worked as a construction surveyor for 30 years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling and being with family.
Survivors include his wife Marion Perkins of Redmond; son John C. Perkins of Lacey, Wash.; daughters Theresa S. Norconk of Redmond, Ore. and Laura A. Ketsdever of Eaglepoint, Ore.; 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Bend/LaPine.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Bonnie Elliot
Nov. 30, 1944-Oct. 30-2007

Redmond resident Bonnie Elliot, 62, died Oct. 30, 2007 after a long battle with cancer.
Memorial services will be held Nov.18 at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall on Veterans Way in Redmond.
Mrs. Elliot was born Nov. 30, 1944, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to parents Gerhard and Lilly (Dittmer) Nordman. She moved to Redmond at age 11 and participated in junior rodeo when in high school, winning several buckles and a saddle. She graduated from Redmond High School in 1962, was an undergraduate at the University of Oregon in 1966 and graduated with a master's degree in foreign language from the University of Wisconsin in 1968. Bonnie taught Spanish for 32 years (in Culver, Medford and Sprague and then in Bend from 1987-2000) and in 1990 was named Oregon's Teacher of the Year.
She married Raymond Elliott on June 11, 1971 in Redmond. They raised and raced quarter horses together. Bonnie enjoyed reading, traveling, crossword puzzles and camping.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and a brother, Dennis Nordman.
Survivors include her brother Gerald Nordman of Redmond, Ore.; sisters Barbara Rosebrook of Terrebonne, Ore., and Corrina Simpson of Redmond, Ore.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation (for breast cancer research), 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250, Dallas, Texas.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

William Hibberd
July 26, 1943-Oct. 26-2007

Redmond resident William "Bill" Eugene Hibberd, 64, died Oct. 26, 2007 of cancer. A Mass was held Nov. 5 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond.
Mr. Hibberd was born July 26, 1943 in Alexandria, Va. to John and Dolores (Thelen) Hibberd. He was raised and educated in Vancouver, Wash. and graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1961. He worked for Boeing in Seattle for several years, then joined the Air Force during Vietnam, serving as an instructor at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. He married Gamin Kelso Nov. 27, 1965 in Vancouver, Wash.and moved to Longview, Wash. in 1970 and then to Redmond in 2003.
Mr. Hibberd worked for Weyerhauser for 32 years as an electronics technician and a supervisor for the pulp paper mill. He also taught electronics and instrumentation at Lower Columbia Community College in Longview. Mr. Hibberd worked for Bend Heating and Sheet Metal for one and a half years after moving to Redmond.
He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond and enjoyed spending time with his family, reading golfing, biking and working in the yard.
Survivors include his wife Gamin Hibberd of Redmond, Ore.; parents John and Dolores Hibberd of Vancouver, WA.; sons William Hibberd of Kelso, Wash.; and Justin Hibberd of Redmond, Ore.; daughters Becki Hibberd-of Kelso, Wash.; Melissa Parker of Redmond, Ore.; Stephanie Rutt of Longview, Wash.; and Amanda Hibberd of Portland, Ore.; brother Robert Hibberd of Oregon City, Ore.; sisters Frances Anderson of Vancouver, Wash., Nancy Ipox of Vancouver, Wash., and Diana Grove of Vancouver, Wash.; 15 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Gordon Hudson
Jan. 5, 1940-Oct. 30, 2007

Gordon Walter Hudson, 67, died Oct. 30, 2007 at his home in Portland from cancer.
A memorial was held Nov. 5 in Portland.
He was born on Jan. 5, 1940, in Sandpoint, Idaho to Alva G. and Alta Fern (Donner) Hudson. He graduated from Coquille High School in 1958 and was a veteran of the US Army from 1958-1961. He worked at Georgia Pacific in Coos Bay, Ore. from 1961 to 1975 before moving to Redmond, where he lived until 1982. He married Colleen Marie Jones on Dec. 12, 1975. He lived in Alaska from 1982 to 1990 and moved to Portland in 1990 and worked at Warner Pacific in maintenance for 11 years. He began working with his dad as a contractor and has continued in construction for his lifetime. His father was a minister for the Church of God and Gordon was an active member at Lynchwood Church of God where he was Chairman of the Board and served as the caretaker for White Branch Youth Camp from 2002 to 2004. Gordon loved hunting and fishing and enjoyed bowling, singing, photography and computers.
Survivors include his wife Colleen of Portland, Ore.; sons Philip Hudson of San Jose, Calif.; Bruce Hudson of Neu-Anspach, Germany; and Cary Hudson of Coos Bay, Ore.; daughters Stephanie Foster of Southampton, NY; and Candra Stovall of Portland; stepson David Riggins of Portland; stepdaughters Debra Strickland of Clackamas, Ore. and Sherrie Nicholson of Tacoma, Wash.; sisters Verna Mae VanCalcar of McMinnville, Ore.; and Alva Jean Robirts of Redmond; 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Alva & Alta Hudson in September 2007, 11 days apart after 69 years of marriage.
Contributions may be made to the to kidney cancer research.