December 26, 2007

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Mr. W Short -- please e-mail us directly about your Redmond history information. Your e-mail account is blocking us as spam!


December 18, 2007

Dec. 19, 2007 issue

  • This week we looked at foreclosures in Deschutes County, which have increased steeply since last year. According to the Deschutes County Clerk's office, many homes seen listed in legal announcements are saved from actual foreclosure before the due date, either by last-minute funds or purchase.
  • The Redmond School District is not so sure it wants to rush into a spring school construction bond. No one disputes the need for more schools, especially a high school, but RSD board members and staff are concerned about taking the time to prepare a bond that meets both taxpayers and district needs.
  • There's plenty of time to buy a commemorative brick for Redmond's new Legion Park memorial plaza. Twenty-five dollars buys three lines of text on a brick for the park that should be open by mid-2008. Stop by the American Legion Post on Glacier Avenue or call 548-3923.
  • Redmond's Commission on Art in Public Places is hoping to raise enough funds to buy three statues: one small one for downtown and two larger pieces for the south and eastern 'gateways' into town.

Seeking expatriate Redmondites!

If you moved away from home some years ago you may be not remember that Redmond turns 100 in 2010 -- AND the Redmond Spokesman shares the city's birthday!

We are planning a big splash for the centennial celebrations and could use your help. We're looking for former (or current!) residents with photographs and memories they may want to share of years gone by in Redmond. We'd love to see your photos of the family farm in 1930, the homecoming dance in 1965, the boys at the CCC camp -- whatever you'd like to share. In addition we want to hear stories about notables from Redmond's history like Sam Johnson, JR Roberts, Mary Brown and Jessie Hill.

Help us make 2010 a killer birthday party for Redmond. You can call the paper, 541-548-2184, e-mail us at or send us a note at PO Box 788, Redmond OR 97756.


Betty Denton
Nov. 9, 1923-Nov. 30, 2007

Redmond resident Betty Leonora Denton, 84, died Nov. 30, 2007. A private service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Denton was born Nov. 9, 1923, in Atlanta, Ga., to Reginald and Lucia (Watson) Colley. She married Eric Denton in Camp Polk, La. in 1942 and was an insurance clerk at the Southern Humboldt Medical Center. She lived in Garberville, Calif. from 1958 to 1970, and Santa Rosa from 1970 to 1999, when she moved to the Bend and Redmond areas.

Mrs. Denton enjoyed painting, board games (especially Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble), travel, and was an avid square dancer. She was included in a Reebok commercial, and participated in crowd scenes in several movies during the 1970s. She was also a church organist for many years, as well as a choir member. She had a sense of humor and loved practical jokes and parties.

Mrs. Denton was preceded in death by her husband in 1983, and her parents.

She is survived by sons Michael Denton of Redmond, Ore., and Ken Denton of North Bend, Ore.; daughter Cynthia Denton of Santa Rosa, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Warford
June 12, 1935-Nov. 23, 2007

Dorothy C. (Urion) Warford, 72, died Nov. 23, 2007 of natural causes. Services will be held Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. at Christian Life Center in Bend.

Mrs. Warford was born June 12, 1935 in Plains, Mont. to Roy and Hazel (Durrin) Urion. She married Melvin R. Warford on Nov. 21, 1987 in Martinez, Calif. and was a children’s worker on staff at Christian Life Center and a teller at US Bank. She was a member of Open Bible Standard and Four Square Churches and enjoyed children’s work, photography and crafts.

Mrs. Warford was preceded in death by her first husband Leslie W. Earp, her parents, her sons Alan L. Earp and John W. Earp, and her grandsons Casey R. Warford and Nathan Warford.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin R. Warford; son Jim Warford of Walnut Creek, Calif.; daughters Cindy Neaderhiser of Bend, Ore., Caroly Folk of La Pine, Ore., Marcia Warford of Brentwood, Calif., and Teri Rapp of Huntington Beach, Calif.; sister Sandra Waggener of Prineville, Ore.; and 22 grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Life Center, 21720 Hwy. 20, Bend, OR 97701.

Autumn Funerals is in charge of the arrangements.

Ellen Williams
June 20, 1908-Dec. 4, 2007

Ellen Williams, 99, died Dec. 4, 2007 in Redmond. A public graveside service will be held Dec. 7, 2007 at 1 p.m. at Redmond Memorial Cemetery with Mac McIntosh officiating.

Mrs. Williams was born June 20, 1908 in Prineville, Ore. to Alfred and Ruby (Campbell) Parkey. She married Ransome Williams on May 23, 1933 in Bend and lived in Central Oregon her entire life. She was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her family. They were the most important thing in her life.

Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, six sons, two brothers, and her parents.

Survivors include sons Glenn Williams, Ham Williams and Ray Williams, all of Terrebonne, Ore.; daughters Doris Drew of Springfield, Ore., and Wilma Todd of Prineville, Ore.; sisters Ethel McFadden of Mitchell, Ore., Fernette McDowell of Silver Lake, Ore., Mary Johnson of Redmond, Ore., and Frances Mogus of Boise, Idaho; and 31 grandchildren.

Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Krell
April 7, 1945-Nov. 29, 2007

Robert E. Krell, 72, died Nov. 29, 2007 of natural causes. A service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Krell was born April 7, 1945 in San Diego, Calif. to Lawrence and Barbara (Walker) Krell. He married Debra Hope on June 24, 1996 in Vancouver, Wash. and served in the US Army. Mr. Krell was employed as a maintenance worker at Fox Hollow Assisted Living in Bend and taught school in Portland Public Schools for 16 years. He moved from Hillsboro, Ore. five years ago.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife; sisters Sandra Steed of Oceanside, Calif., and Larinda Piekerton of La Mesa, Calif.; sons Gary of American Falls, Idaho, and John of Germany; daughters Natalie Canland of Arizona, Tamara Justice of Washington, Melanie Stone of Terrebonne, Ore., Melissa Smith of Portland, Ore., and Diana Gunther; and 13 grandchildren.

Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Melvin Tingle
May 18, 1917-Dec. 4, 2007

Longtime Madras resident Melvin Earl Tingle, 90, died Dec. 4, 2007 at East Cascade Assisted Living Center. A funeral service was held Dec. 10 at United Methodist Church.

Mr. Tingle was born May 18, 1917, in Miller, S.D. to Willis and Mae (Scroggins) Tingle. He married Aleatha Summers on Feb. 4, 1939 in Nampa, Idaho and moved to Madras in 1946 where he was self employed as a crop/livestock farmer for many years.

Mr. Tingle was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Central Oregon Shrine Club and the United Methodist Church. He was a former member of the Oregon Cattleman Association and the Jefferson County Fair Board. Mr. Tingle loved visiting people and enjoyed playing cards, golf, and riding four wheelers.

He was preceded in death by a son and a brother.

Survivors include his wife, Aleatha Tingle of Madras, Ore.; son Dennis Tingle of Madras, Ore.; brother Omar Tingle of Springville, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Robert Cantrell
April 30, 1927-Dec. 4, 2007

Robert Cantrell, 80, died Dec. 4, 2007. A family graveside service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Cantrell was born April 30, 1927, in Pelk, Ark. to George and Camie Cantrell. He spent most of his life in Bangs, Texas, where he had a small engine repair shop, and later moved to Central Oregon to be closer to family. Mr. Cantrell loved music, sitting on the porch in the evening playing his fiddle for anyone that would listen, fishing and visiting with loved ones. He was a very loving and caring Christian and will be greatly missed by his family and those who came to know this gentle man.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, four sisters, his wife Lavada and his daughter.

Survivors include his sister Dixie Haack of Dallas, Ore., and four grandchildren.

Autumn Funerals is in charge of the arrangements.

William Workman
June 18, 1937-Dec. 5, 2007

William A. Workman, 70, died Dec. 5, 2007. Graveside services will be held Dec. 13 at 2:00 p.m. at Deschutes Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Workman was born June 18, 1937, in Sandstone, Minn. to William A. and Alice Workman. He owned and operated Workman’s Transport and had worked for R.L. Coates Redi-mix and Hap Taylor and Sons in Bend. He most recently managed Paradise RV Park in Quartsite, Ariz.

Mr. Workman enjoyed karaoke as he loved to sing. He also loved to hunt, fish, camp, and cut wood, but most of all he loved being with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Patricia Workman of Quartsite, Ariz.; his mother Alice Workman of Hinckley, Minn.; son Alan Workman of Minn.; brothers Maynard of Hinckley, Minn., Byron of Fortine, Mont., and Kevin of Redmond, Ore.; sisters Linda Klejeski of Goldendale, Wash., and Lorene Bork of Hinckley, Minn.; and four grandchildren.

Deschutes Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Drew
March 16, 1952-Dec. 14, 2007

Michael Clyde Drew, 55, died Dec. 14, 2007, of cancer. A memorial service was held Dec. 18 at Dayspring Fellowship Church in Keizer.

Mr. Drew was born March 16, 1952, in Redmond, to Clyde and Doris (Fox) Drew. He was employed as a field man and manager in the agricultural industry. On March 17, 1972, in Reno, NV, he married Kitty Allman , who survives.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Drew is survived by his parents; daughters Bobbi Jo Hart of Las Vegas, NV; Jennifer Jordan of Hubbard, Ore.; and Megan Drew of McMinnville, Ore.; sisters Linda McCright of Redmond, Ore.; Shellie Drew of Springfield, Ore.; and AnnMarie Ruiz of Gervais, Ore.; brothers Dale Drew of Yucaipa, Calif., and Corey Drew of Independence, Ore.; and four grandchildren.

Major Family Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Eleanor Johnson
July 21, 1922-Dec. 12, 2007

Eleanor Lois Johnson, 85, died Dec. 12, 2007. A Celebration of Life will be held July 8, 2008 at the Redmond Senior Activity Center.

Ms. Johnson was born July 21, 1922, in Graham, Kan., to Clair and Grace McCain. She worked various kinds of jobs, although she loved the 21 years she worked at the Redmond Veterinary Clinic as a receptionist, bookkeeper and surgical assistant to Dr.’s Buck Lewis, Bob Huckfeld and Jim Lock. Ms. Johnson moved to Cottage Grove, then to Seattle, and in 1952 moved to Redmond.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her daughter Vicki Eide of West Linn, Ore.; three sisters; and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers make contributions to a favorite charity in memorial of Eleanor L. Johnson.

Deschutes Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Janet Peterson
June 30, 1927-Dec. 17, 2007

Redmond resident Janet M. Peterson died at her home Dec. 17, 2007.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at Highland Baptist Church.

Mrs. Peterson was born June 30, 1927, in Salem, Ore., to Floyd W. and Letha (Weiss) Gibson. She lived and worked in Medford for several years then worked in the payroll department at Willamette University before retiring and moving from Silverton, Ore., to Central Oregon in 1984.

She married Melvin Peterson April 16, 1977. He preceded her in death in 2005.

Survivors include daughters Kathy Butts of Redmond and Leanne Simpson of Terrebonne, son David Hunt of Menifee, California; sisters Pearl Gorton of Redmond, 16 grandchildren and 11great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, 19344 Innes Market Rd, Bend, Ore., 97701. Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Wendell Wolles
Jan. 22, 1926-Dec. 13, 2007

Crooked River Ranch resident Wendell Eugene Wolles died of cancer Dec. 13 2007.

A memorial will be held Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Autumn Funerals in Redmond.

Mr. Wolles was born Jan. 22, 1926, in Fullerton, Neb., to John and Vera (Jennings) Wolles. He grew up on a farm and graduated from high school there. Mr. Wolles served in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theater. He worked in a flour mill in Nebraska for several years then was schooled in the printing trade by the GI Bill, working as a typesetter in a print shop for 10 years. Later he and his wife Norma -- who he married in Grand Island, Neb., August 1, 1947 -- owned a dog grooming business. The couple moved to Crooked River Ranch in 1999.

He was a member of the Redmond VFW and Grand Island Kennel Club. He enjoyed traveling around the U.S. and Canada in his RV and making things out of wood such as picture frames, bird houses and whirley gigs. He loved dogs.

He was preceded in death by his daughter and a brother.

Survivors include his wife Norma Wolles of Crooked River Ranch, Ore.; son Jerry Wolles of Ocean Shores, Wash.; brother Raymond Wolles of Roseburg, Ore.; and three grandchildren.

Autumn Funerals of Redmond handled the arrangements.

December 5, 2007

Dec. 5, 2007

  • According to recent estimates Redmond is now Oregon's 19th largest city. The green signs are already up on the edges of town, proclaiming Redmond as the home of 24,805 people.
  • The vote was not unanimous but the old St. Thomas Catholic church can now entice potential developers with its new status as a limited commercial use basis. Redmond's City Council voted 4-2 to give the church site -- nearly a whole city block -- a newly crafted zone that would potentially make it both marketable to buyers and compatible with its surrounding residential neighbors.
  • Redmond High School is offering a $500 reward for information regarding a burglary of technology equipment from one of its portable classrooms. Digital projectors, laptops, and a document scanner were stolen in late November. All should be clearly marked as property of the school.

The room at the back

photo by Leslie Pugmire Hole/copyright Redmond Spokesman

Redmond Library patrons, if they wander to the back corners of the building, are likely to come upon a sign on the wall -- “Jessie Hill School.” The more aware know that the library building was originally built as an elementary school but why is the sign hanging over the door of this mysterious back room?

Welcome to Redmond’s “history room,” depository of a small amount of Redmond Historical Commission’s bounty. Without a proper museum the commission must use this conference room/display area – and a few other places in town -- to educate the public about Redmond history.

Space is now at such a premium that the commission is forced to decline some donations for lack of a place to put it.

“We change out the displays when we can but we’re limited mostly to what can be fit in our cases,” said Kathy Clark, commission chair. Thievery of historical artifacts has been a problem in the past. “We’d like to do more interpretive displays but there is no supervision in the room and that makes it hard.”

The historical commission has used the back room since the library opened in 19??, but as the city grew -- and library patronage with it -- use of the room as a meeting space has increased, making it difficult for commission members to work in the adjacent office. Earlier this year the commission moved its offices to the Historic Redmond Hotel, along with some of its archival materials such as photos and documents.

The bulk of the historical pieces donated to the commission rely on the good will of folks around town, who donate storage space.

“Do you have any room in your garage? Do you want to be a volunteer?” joked Clark. “We’ve got stuff scattered all over town.” Whenever possible the commission displays materials where the public can see them, she said.

Photos are hung in city hall, the Housing Works building (Lynch & Roberts), Red Dog Depot and Applebee’s restaurant. A reed organ, once used at Redmond’s historic Presbyterian church, is currently housed at the former St. Thomas Church – a home that will likely be temporary because the church is for sale.

The commission has been lobbying for a museum for years with no luck but Clark refuses to give up hope. The city and commissioners continue to scout buildings in town and pursue funding possibilities.

“We getting there but it is slow,” she said. “Every one of us wishes it would have happened yesterday but my magic wand batteries died and I can’t find a replacement.”

The history room at the library is open to the public Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sundays noon-4 p.m. Historical commission offices are open 11 a.m.-1 p.m. every Tuesday, with materials available for viewing and research. Call 526-0554 to set up an appointment.

--story by Leslie Pugmire Hole


Robert Evett
June 24, 1935-Nov. 25, 2007

Robert E. “Bud” Evett, 72, died Nov. 25, 2007, from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. A private service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Evett was born June 24, 1935, in Wheeler, Texas, to Robert and Mable (Daniels) Evett. He grew up in McFarland, Calif. and served in the Army during the Korean War. He lived in San Jose, Calif. for about five years, lived in Santa Cruz, Calif. for 15 years, and moved to Redmond, Ore. in 1973. Mr. Evett married Terry Murphy in Saratoga, Calif. on Dec. 12, 1958 and was a carpet and flooring installer for 40 years in the Redmond area for Al Baily Flooring, Sears, and the Carpet Store. He also owned Appliance Savers in Redmond from about 1986 to 1992.

Mr. Evett loved fishing, was an avid reader and history buff, and enjoyed woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include his wife Terry Evett of Crooked River Ranch, Ore.; daughters Brandy Rhodes of Crooked River Ranch, Ore., Shelly Evett-Stuart of Sandy, Ore., and Vicki Rogers of Sandy, Ore.; brother Richard Evett of Portland, Ore.; sister Loreen Best of Oklahoma; and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Redmond and Sisters.

Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.