April 22, 2008

Redmond obituaries

Dianne Stewart Palmore
April 17, 1955-April 13, 2008

Former Terrebonne, Ore., resident Dianne "Lady Di" Stewart Palmore succumbed to as heart attack April 13, 2008, four days before her 53rd birthday.
The funeral was April 19 at Dayspring Christian Center in Terrebonne. Burial followed at Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery.
Mrs. Palmore was born April 17, 1955, in Redmond, Ore., to Jesie L. and Gay Stewart, and spent her childhood in Terrebonne, where she loved sports, cheerleading, fancy dress and dolled up hair, chasing boys and causing mischief. Her friends were important to her.
On Jan. 20, 1973, in Redmond, she married Dal 'Rocky' Palmore, and they moved to the Beaverton/Tigard, Ore., area. She lived most of her adult life in the Portland metro area. For the past 20 years, she lived in Hillsboro, Ore. She loved and enjoyed children of all ages and was a daycare provider. She also enjoyed playing poker with friends.
Mrs. Palmore is survived by her husband, Dal H. Palmore of Hillsboro, Ore.; her mother, Gay Stewart of Terrebonne, Ore.; two daughters, Crystal F. Podbielan of Sunriver, Ore.; and Misty G. Dimmitt of Hillsboro, Ore.; brothers, Larry J. Stewart of Redmond, Ore.; and Rex N. Stewart of Terrebonne, Ore.; sisters Cheryl L. Burrell and Stoney L. Stewart, both of Terrebonne, Ore.; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Autumn Funerals was in charge of arrangements.

Richard Wayne 'Rich' Snider
Dec. 18, 1946 - April 10, 2008
Richard Wayne "Rich" Snider of Crooked River Ranch, Ore., died April 10, 2008, following a heart attack. He was 61.
No service is scheduled.
Mr. Snider was born Dec. 18, 1946, in Dexter, Mo., to Loyd and Louise Snider. He graduated from Bloomfield High School, in Bloomfield, Mo., and from Southeast Missouri State College in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
On July 22, 1988, in McMinnville, Ore., he married his wife Sheryl, who survives at Crooked River Ranch.
An artist, Mr. Snider enjoyed woodworking, metalwork and his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Snider is survived by his father and stepmother, Loyd and Daisy Snider; sons, Joshua Snider, Lloyd Kerner and Skip Coiner; daughters, Jenna Snider, Rozanna Kerner and Deanna Roberts; sisters, Shirley Furness and Beverly Patterson; and 16 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Snider..
Memorial gifts may be made to Oregon Health and Sciences University and the family to help cover expenses. Donations can be sent to Autumn Funerals, Redmond, Ore., in care of Richard Snider.
Autumn Funerals-Redmond was in charge of arrangements.

April 16, 2008

April 16, 2008

Former Juniper Golf Course buildings fall to Redmond Fire & Rescue practice drills
(photo Scott Hammers/copyright Redmond Spokesman)

  • Redmond's longstanding municipal golf course, Juniper, relocated more than two years ago. The shuttered buildings were finally demolished last weekend in a practice exercise for the local fire department. A future business park/executive course in being planned for the location but no work as begun.
  • Redmond City Council awarded a landscape and architectural design contract to two regional firms during its meeting last week for a new city hall and 'Centennial Park' downtown. The city plans on a series of public meetings to gather input on the proposals brought forward by the design teams.
  • Community Partnership for Quality Education, the citizen team supporting the upcoming Redmond School District bond measure, is sponsoring a panel discussion at Redmond High School Monday, April 21, at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend and ask questions. The event will be filmed for the local television program "Talk of the Town."

Redmond rallies to 2nd in league

Kyle Wattenburger steals third
(photo Gary Newman/copyright Redmond Spokesman)

It took Redmond four inning to show up during its April 11 game, but when they did, trailing 7-0, they gave the visiting McNary Celtics a lesson in base running.
The Panthers sped around the bases to a 14-7 turnaround win in the final three innings.
"Our speed creates errors," said Redmond coach Marc Horner. "I was happy with our base running."
The win lifted Redmond to 5-2 in the Central Valley Conference at the start of the second round of play. They are one game behind South Salem (6-1) as of April 14, a team they will face at home April 18 at 4:30 p.m.
The turnaround started with singles by Bo Guthrie and Jared Young to lead off the fourth inning.
McNary had scored four runs on three Redmond errors in the top of the fourth inning, but Guthrie scored on a single by Stephen Bigelow and Young on a single by Kyle Wattenburger to get Redmond on the board.
McNary put some runners on base, but the Panthers put the Celts away in the top of the fifth on a key double play when Bigelow caught a line drive at third and made the throw to first for the out on a runner who hadn't tagged up.
Justin Barrett led-off Redmond's half of the inning with a double to right field; he moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Rucinsky and scored on a single by Guthrie.
Next Young dove into first to beat the throw on a bunt, Cody Johnson was walked to load the bases, then Bigelow was walked to score Guthrie.
With Redmond trailing 7-4, Tanner Hase stepped up and cleaned the bases with a double to deep right field to tie the score at 7-7 with one out.
And Redmond wasn't through.
Hase scored on a throw to second when Wattenburger stole that base, and then Wattenburger scored on a bunt. Redmond led 10-7 after Barrett scored on a double by Rucinsky. Rucinsky then scored on a single by Guthrie.
Redmond added three more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
"We all knew we could score any amount of runs in an inning," said Hase. "We have our confidence back and we know what we can do. Pretty much everybody is going to be gunning for us now."
Wattenburger and Barrett each stole three bases, and Redmond's base running created six McNary errors.
Redmond scored its 14 runs on 12 hits and Redmond pitchers gave up eight hits to McNary.
Nate Aeschlimann took the win with three innings of pitching and Johnson got the save. Redmond committed one error in the game.
Earlier in the week stepped up to the plate to the tune of six runs in the first inning and never looked back for an 11-2 win over Sprague, April 9.
Redmond played errorless baseball to back six innings of shutout pitching by Rucinsky who gave up two runs in the seventh inning. Sprague had seven hits on the day.
Cody Johnson delivered Redmond's only multi-base hit, a double.

-- Gary G. Newman

Redmond Obituaries

Doyle Rogers
July 7, 1937 - March 31, 2008

Doyle Rogers, 70, died quietly in his sleep at his Terrebonne, Ore., home March 31, 2008.
No services are planned at this time.
Mr. Rogers was born July 7, 1937, in Oklahoma and grew up in Oakley, Calif. In 1955, he graduated from Antioch High School, where he met his wife, Betty. They were married for 52 years.
Mr. Rogers proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959 followed by a long and accomplished career with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. He coached youth soccer tams, as well as participating in adult leagues.
Mr. Rogers retired in 1990 and moved to Oregon where he enjoyed the past 16 years of fishing, reading and being with his family.
Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa Rogers Falkenrath.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Rogers and son Barry Rogers of Terrebonne; son Richard Rogers of Manteca, Calif.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his brothers Don and Arnold Rogers, and sister Mary Wofford, all of Antioch, Calif.; and his brother Louis Rogers of Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to a charity of choice. Autumn Funerals of Redmond was in charge of arrangements.

Eugene Chamberlain
Oct. 13, 1925 - March 17, 2008
Redmond resident Eugene Chamberlain died March 17, 2008, at the age of 82.
A graveside service was held March 21, 2008, at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Chamberlain was born Oct. 13, 1925, in Crofton, Neb., to Fred and Jesse (Steele) Chamberlain. After high school, he entered the U.S. Army and served in World War II. He earned a Silver Star.
He married June Segard in Yankton, S.D.
Mr. Chamberlain was an airline maintenance worker in Los Angeles until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a sister and his parents.
He is survived by a son, Gary Chamberlain of Bend, Ore.; three daughters, Gail Griffith of El Segundo, Calif.; Becky Lafon of Segus, Calif.; and Cheryl Thistle of Torrance, Calif.; and many grandchildren.
Autumn Funerals of Redmond was in charge of arrangements.

Melissa M. 'Lissa' Simeral
July 22, 1909 - April 4, 2008
Melissa M. "Lissa" Simeral, a Redmond, Oregon resident for 11 years, died April 4, 2008, at the age of 98.
There was no service.
Mrs. Simeral was born July 22, 1909, in Council, Idaho, to Harry and Lillie (Wolverton) Hawley. She married Cecil D. Curnutt in Milwaukie, Ore., in 1976.
Mrs. Simeral spent her life as a homemaker. She enjoyed genealogy, tatting and spending time with family.
She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Haight of Redmond, Ore.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two husbands, a son and her parents.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Redmond-Sisters.
Autumn Funerals of Redmond was in charge of arrangements.

Harley John Bowman
March 10, 1915 - April 5, 2008
Harley John Bowman, a Redmond resident for 47 years, died April 5, 2008, at the age of 93.
There was no service.
Mr. Bowman was born March 10, 1915, in Los Angeles, Calif., to John Harley and Tryphenia (Jennings) Bowman.
He graduated from Baldwin Park Schools in San Diego, Calif., in 1932, then moved with his family to Yoncalla, Ore.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1939 as a sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1945. During his service he was awarded four Bronze Stars.
On June 29, 1945, in Yoncalla, he married Mildred Clark. A self-appointed carpenter, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading vegetable gardening, television, making models and collecting stamps.
He was preceded in death by his wife and two sons. He is survived by sons Michael of Bend, and Paul of Redmond; a daughter, Carolyn Bynum of Redmond; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Humane Society of Redmond.
Autumn Funerals of Redmond was in charge of arrangements

Elizabeth 'Betty' O'Neal Bunting
April 9, 1920 - April 4, 2008
Betty Bunting died April 4, 2008, in Prineville, Ore., five days before her 88th birthday from complications of Alzheimers.
Mrs. Bunting was born April 9, 1920, in Lovell, Wyo. She attended Ascension School in Portland, Ore., and St. Mary's Academy in Winlock, Wash. She graduated from Providence School of Nursing in Vancouver, Wash.
Mr.s Bunting was preceded in death by two daughters, Anne and Mary Jane. She is survive by her husband of 60 years, Roy Bunting of Bend; and sons David Bunting of Welches, Ore., and Thomas Bunting of San Mateo, Calif.; and four grandsons.
No service was held.
Remembrances may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association in Redmond, Ore.

Helen J. Dale
March 26, 1926 - April 10, 2008
Helen J. Dale of Redmond, Ore., died April 10, 2880, at the age of 82.
A graveside service was held April 15 at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Dale was born March 26, 1926, in Prineville, Ore., to Oren and Hilda (Breeding) Jones. She was raised in Redmond and graduated from Redmond Union High School. After graduation she moved to Portland, Ore., where she attended beauty school. She owned and operated Leones Beauty Salon in the Westmoreland area of Portland in the early 1950s. She returned to Redmond in 1998. She was a lifetime member of Eastern Star and enjoyed fishing.
She married Robert Dale on Jan. 1, 1947, in the old Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond.
Mrs. Jones is survived by two sons, Steve Dale of Redmond and Tom Dale of Mulino, Ore.; a sister, Shirley Jansson of Lakeside, Ore.; a brother, Ray Jones of Prineville; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Redmond and Sisters.
Redmond Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

David S. Grant
October 15, 1939-March 13, 2008
Redmond resident David Grant, 68, died from a stroke March 13, 2008
A memorial will be held at a later date.
He was born to Russell and Louise (Brown) Grant in Elmhurst, Ill. Oct. 15, 1939, Mr. Grant grew up in the Chicago area, attended Grinnel University and earned a master's degree in history and education. He moved to Eugene from Chicago in 1967; he moved to Redmond in 1989.
Mr. Grant taught social studies at Monroe Junior High School, then drove long haul and a propane truck for Northwest Energy for 16 years. He was a proud Eagle Scout who was well known for his newspaper editorials. His dogs Dolly and Munchkin were a big part of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his son Gordon Grant of Portland, Ore.; daughter Heather Smith of Springfield, Ore.; brother Jon Grant of Foster City, Calif.; ex-wife Caroline Grant of Springfield, Ore.; and two grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Redmond.
Autumn Funerals of Redmond made the arrangements.

April 1, 2008

April 2, 2008

The northbound lanes of Redmond's Highway 97 reroute, due to be opened for traffic by mid-April. (photo by Leslie Pugmire Hole/copyright Redmond Spokesman)

  • Looking for an usual way to spend your Saturday? Turn up April 12 to Evergreen Avenue in Redmond, near the unopened Highway 97 bypass, and take a walk. Or a bike ride. Or a roller blading jaunt, or even a run. All four lanes of the three-mile long bypass will be open for the community to explore and enjoy -- before the cars arrive the following week. If the weather cooperates all four lanes will by open by May but some of the interchanges will take a bit longer.
  • The city of Redmond, and likely other public agencies, is seeing an increased number of bids for city building/infrastructure projects. City staff cite the housing slowdown as the reason so many contractors turn out looking for public project work.
  • The last few blocks remaining to make 27th Street in Redmond a continuous north/south connecting road is expected to be finished by late 2008. The city voted to purchase the last remaining parcel, off Highland Avenue, last week.
  • Redmond's History Detectives are looking for photos and stories of the Planville area of town (now near Albertson's in southwest Redmond). Do you remember when it was a distinct community?
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Mike Williams was quite literally hanging out at Smith Rock State Park one chilly day in late March, working a conundrum on White Wedding.

The climb is a 5.13D/14A rated route on the Agro Wall, the second gully up after Shipwreck Rock. The rating means the route is among the most difficult in the park.

He climbed a section of the wall, backed off, hung on the rope to examine the holds and thought things through.

The question he was mulling: What sequence of movements would unlock the route to the top?
White Wedding is a more direct variation of another route called Lucky Pigeon that Williams had already climbed. But the 25 or 30 feet of White Wedding was a few degrees more difficult and Williams was working his way up and down the section of wall with the aid of climbing partner and belayer Elissa Colley.

A climbing guide with New River Mountain Guides in West Virginia, Williams was figuring out what combination of foot placements and handholds work best on the crucial section with the goal of someday red pointing the route – climbing it from bottom to top in one try without falling or resting on the rope. But first he has to solve the puzzle.

"That's what makes climbing fun," he said. "I could do it this week or never."

Spring is climbing season at Smith Rock. The weather is warming up, but the sun hasn't yet turned the routes into a bake oven. Climbers from all over the country and a few from outside converge on the Central Oregon climbing Mecca.

Williams and Colley are in the midst of a months-long climbing journey that will take them to Utah next and then eventually back to West Virginia for the summer climbing season. It's an annual trip for the couple, who camp in their car and hit such climbing destinations as Joshua Tree National Park in California and City of Rocks in Idaho as well as other destinations. It was their third trip to Smith Rock.

On the next route over at Agro Wall, Andrew Lowery from Vancouver, British Columbia was working on an overhanging route. He and a number of other climbers had come south to enjoy the warmer early spring weather over Easter weekend.

"I pretty much tried it a couple of times and just fell in love with it," said Elaine Forsman, also from Vancouver. "I like testing myself mentally and physically."

Forsman and climbing partner Ali Ibrahim, who were watching Anderson climb, said they most enjoyed just being outside in nature.

Many people come to the sport instinctively. They are drawn by the walls and the peaks.
"I've wanted to do it since I was a kid," said Heather Hartman, an Obsidian Middle School teacher who was belaying climbing partner Chris Murray in another area of the park. "You know those inspirational posters 'Courage.' I saw that and said I want to do that."

Hartman said she moved to Central Oregon to take advantage of the outdoor recreation.
Climbing is also something of a spectator sport, although it doesn't have the artificial excitement of Bud Light commercials that elevate other sports to public spectacles. A good climber moves over the rock like a ballet dancer on a vertical floor, noted Hartman.

Matt and Julie Anderson of Corvallis plan to meet up at Smith Rock a lot this spring. Matt is a wildlife biologist doing field work in Burns and getting together for weekend climbing forays is a good way for the couple to reconnect.

Neither are hardcore climbers, Matt said. They consider it a life-long sport.
"It's actually not all about being extreme for us," he said. "It's our romantic getaway for the spring."

-- story and photo by Gary G. Newman/Copyright Redmond Spokesman

Redmond obituaries

Juen Johnson
March 29, 1919-March 22, 2008
Juen Johnson died March 22 in Eugene, Ore. She was 88.
She was born March 29, 1919, in Portland. She was a resident of Redmond for 62 years, but lived in Eugene for the past four years.
A graveside memorial is planned at a later date.
She married Dr. Malcolm Johnson in 1942. They were married for 49 years.
She received her bachelor's degree from Oregon State University and was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by two sons, Philip Johnson of Eugene and Earle Johnson of Dallas, Oregon; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Musgrove Funeral Home in Eugene handled the arrangements.

Earl Mantifel
April 12, 1927-March 8, 2008
Terrebonne resident Early Mantifel, 80, died of complications from surgery March 8, 2008.
A celebration of life will be held April 12, 2-5:30 p.m., at the Redmond Senior Center.
Mr. Mantifel was born April 12, 1927, in Battle Creek, Iowa, to Emil and Adela Mantifel. He joined the Navy at age 17, serving during WWII, and graduated in 1952 from Oregon Institute of Technology with an associate's degree. He lived in Klamath Falls, worked and lived with Pendleton and Burns while with the Oregon Department of Transportation, and lived in Portland from 1963-1995 while working as an inspector and engineer for the city of Portland.
Mr. Mantifel married Joreen Benjamin in Portland, Ore. Sept. 16, 1949. He was a lifetime member of the Masons and Elks, a member of the National Watch and Clock Association, and RV8ers Square Dancers in Portland. He was an OSU master gardener and enjoyed woodworking.
He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include wife Joreen of Terrebonne, Ore.; sons Michael Mantifel of Troutdale, Ore.; and Patrick Mantifel of Vancouver, Wash.; brother Ray Manifel of Arizona and Minnesota, and one grandchild.
Donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Autumn Funerals handled the arrangements.

Marlys Miller
Aug. 26, 1936-March 24, 2008

Redmond resident Marlys Ann Miller, 71, died from a sudden illness March 24, 2008.A memorial service was held March 28.Born August 26, 1936, to Oral and Elspet (Levin) Miller in Minneapolis, Minn., she had lived in Redmond for the last six years. Previously, she had lived in San Francisco, Salem, Ore.; and Lexington, Ky. She worked as a caregiver for the elderly.She enjoyed playing cards, dice, and bunco, as well as shopping, movies, windmills and anything Dutch. She married Gerald Kane in Minneapolis and had five children, David Kane of Chicago; Douglas Kane of Redmond, Ore.; Timothy Kane of Gold Beach, Ore.; Leslie Wilson of Sisters, Ore.; and Karin Morris of Nicholasville, Ky. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, and survived by her children, sister Celene “Betty” Baric of Morrow Bay, Calif., and many children and grandchildren.Memorial contributions can be made to the Shepherd’s House or Bethlehem Inn in Bend. Funeral arrangements were handled by Autumn Funerals of Redmond.