May 21, 2008

City official takes it for the team

Redmond City Manager Mike Patterson coaches youth baseball when
he's not
playing semi-pro football -- or running the city.
(Gary G. Newman/copyright Redmond Spokesman)

One of the mad dog cornerbacks playing for the High Desert Lightning, Central Oregon's semi-pro football team, wants people to know that playing ball isn't interfering with his day job.
"I love football," said Redmond City Manager Mike Patterson, who hasn't played the game since he was a varsity cornerback at Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., in the mid-1980s. "It's been fun. At the age of 40 you can still compete."
Patterson plays behind starting cornerbacks Pedro Joyner, 5-9, 190; and Ryan Hudson, 5-7, 180. At 5-9, 165, Patterson fits right in with that group.
He notes that the Lightning competes and practices on the weekends and has a Thursday walk through practice so it doesn't get in the way of his responsibilities to the city. Patterson has also been slowed by a nagging early season injury that has cut him out of playing time.
"I'm certainly not a superstar. I'm basically a bench player," he said. "I want to make sure this doesn't interfere with work."
The high point of the season so far for Patterson came early when he first went to practice.
"I just really enjoyed the first time I hit somebody hard," he said. That first time came when a tight end had got behind a linebacker and the linebacker hit the end from one side and Patterson from the other. The result of the collision and the linebacker's greater weight meant he (the linebacker) carried the momentum.
"They both landed on top of me, but that was a heck of a lot of fun," Patterson added.
Patterson was a track and football athlete in high school, running the 800 meters and mile in track and playing football to the consternation of his track coaches who wanted him to run cross country.
"Distance running was what I was good at," he said. "I loved football. Size doesn't matter."
He wanted to play college ball, he said, but chose to attend college at Gonzaga University, which doesn't have a football team.
Patterson says he stays in shape to relieve the stress of his job, running up to 10 miles a day. His football coaches have asked him to cut back on the distance to help his game speed.
"I have to give a pretty good cushion to keep from getting beat," he said.
Over the years, Patterson has taken more of a liking to distance running and plans to do more after playing football for one last time.
"Now I actually like distance running," he said. "The running comes easy to me now."
The High Desert Lightning's 46-man roster is full of people like Patterson who work a day job and play for the love of the sport. Their ages range from 18 and up.
The team is 4-3 on the season. They beat the Medford Rogue Warriors 16-13, May 17, and travel to Brookings Harbor May 31 for a game with the South Coast Storm.

Six to state track meet

RHS track athlete Paden Snell runs the 1,500-meters at the district championships
May 17 in Salem. (photo by Gary G. Newman/copyright Redmond Spokesman)

Redmond qualified six athletes to this week's OSAA/US Bank Oregon 6A Track and Field Championships in Eugene, including district champions in the boys pole vault and the girls 1,500-meter run.
"Three kids last year; six kids this year and the cupboard is definitely not bare," said Redmond coach Scott Brown, looking to the future. "They've tasted it. They know what they're capable of. The future is very bright."
The present is pretty bright as well with senior Kris Thomasberg qualifying in two events, pole vaulters Garrett Pruett and Tyrel Nordstrom going one-two in their event, Jimmy Thorson posting a state qualifying personal record in the high jump, Jenna Stewart taking second in the girls pole vault and Paden Snell posting a PR for second in the 1,500.
Thomasberg started May 14 with a 5-3 in the high jump for second place on misses behind Kyley Sexton of West Salem.
On the track she ran with the pack in a tactical 1,500-meter race for three laps before taking command for the win.
"It was a great gift they went out slow," said Thomasberg. "It was perfect."
Sprague's Forrest Jarvi took command of the boys 1,500 from the start. Snell stayed with the pack and took control of second place with 550 meters to go. Jarvi won the race 4:03.55 and Snell's 4:09.8 equaled Jarvi's best time of a year ago.
"My strategy was just stay with the top guys except for Jarvi," said Snell, a junior. "I couldn't see any shadows coming up on me. I was just running as hard as I could."
The pole vault was possibly Redmond's top event with both Pruitt and Nordstrom posting state-qualifying marks. Pruitt vaulted 14-4 for the win and Nordstrom topped 14 feet, a personal best in competition. It was a vault he needed to qualify for state. His previous height of 13-6 would have left him in third place and at home for the state meet.
Pruitt's season best 14-9 is fifth best in the state this season and he was looking forward to the competition at the state meet.
"I love vaulting against the best in the state," he said. "We did that at the Dean Nice meet and I really loved it."
Jenna Stewart cleared nine feet in the girls vault to qualify in second place behind Katie Sime of South Salem, who vaulted 10 feet.
Thorson jumped 6-6, beating the state-qualifying standard of 6-4 in the high jump. He placed third behind Lamont Moran of North Salem, who jumped 6-9 and Jordan Bishop of Wests Salem, who jumped 6-9.

-- Gary Newman

Redmond obituaries

Rollin Heater
Nov. 14, 1928 - May 9, 2008

Rollin Heater of Terrebonne, Ore., died May 9, 2008, of an apparent heart attack. He was 79.
The funeral was May 16 at Highland Baptist Church in Redmond, Ore. A graveside service followed at Deschutes Memorial Gardens in Bend, Ore.
Mr. Heater was born Nov. 14, 2928, in Silverton, Ore., to Dolph and Sheila (Neal) Heater. He graduated from Silverton High School in 1946.
On Oct. 7, 1945, in Sublimity, Ore., he married Joyce LeRud, who survives in Terrebonne.
During his working career, Mr. Heater was a farmer in Sublimity, owned and operated a trucking company in Terrebonne and co-owned A and H Pump Service in Terrebonne. A member of the Christian Church in Stayton, Ore., he enjoyed golfing, fishing, snowbirding, flying his airplane and working on stained glass.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Heater is survived by a son, Dave Heater of Terrebonne; three daughters, Sue Kraske and Lorene Richardson, both of Redmond, and Sharon Spackman of Aloha, Ore.; two sisters, Ann Louise Peters of Sublimity, and Patricia McElhaney of Portland, Ore.; 13 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Autumn Funerals of Redmond was in charge of arrangements.

Edward William Kruger
Dec. 9, 1923 - May 12, 2008

Edward William Kruger, 84, of Bend died May 12, 2008.
A service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Kruger was born Dec. 9, 1923, in Fargo, N.D., to Albert and Bertha (Freudenberg) Krueger. He graduated form high school in Parkers Prairie, Minn., before joined the Marine Corps.
On July 19, 1947, in Williston, N.D., he married Lois Geithman, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Kruger was a carpet installer in Grants Pass, Ore., a park ranger in Newport, Ore., and a school district maintenance man in Prineville, Ore. He attended Westside Church in Bend, Ore. He was and an all-around handy man who liked to tinker and fix things. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Kruger was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers. He is survived by sons Danny R. Kruger of Federal Way, Wash.; and Richard T. Kruger of Bend; a daughter Bonnie C. Kruger of Bend; brothers Gail Klein of Parkers Prairie, Minn.; and Elroy Kruger of California; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made to Westside Church.
Autumn Funerals of Redmond was in charge of arrangements.

Paul Lowell Blackman
June 6, 1919 - May 14, 2008

Paul Lowell Blackman of Redmond died May 14, 2008, of natural causes. A funeral service was held May 17 at the Molalla Funeral Chapel with a graveside service at Clark's Pioneer Cemetery.
Mr. Blackman was born in Meadowbrook, Ore., to Sylvia and Fred Blackman. He married Elsie Fordham on Feb. 15, 1939, in Vancouver, Wash. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion for 20 years. He also was a member of the Oregon city Elks for 41 years,and the Molalla Moose for 30 years. He had multiple careers. In early years he was a logger, then he and Elsie built homes as he was trained as a carpenter as a very young man. They owned and operated a grocery store in Needy, Ore., and also owned the Elbow Room Tavern in Molalla, Ore., in the '50s. The couple were in real estate throughout the years. In 1971 they moved to
Christmas Valley, Ore., and purchased and developed a ranch until they retired in 1980. They lived in the Molalla area again until 1992 when they relocated to Central Oregon in order to be close to their two sons.
Mr. Blackman loved fishing, hunting, playing cards with family, going south for the winter and just being with friends. He was a great storyteller and loved to tinker.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Elsie, a son, Lester and seven siblings.
He is survived by his two sons Jerry of Sisters, Ore.; and Claude of Christmas Valley; a sister Addie Wilbroad of Woodburn, Ore.; and Blanche Blackman of Molalla; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

Willis Linden Modrell
Aug. 17, 1944 - May 12, 2008
Former Redmond resident Willis Linden Modrell died May 12, 2008, of cancer. He was 63 years old.
Mr. Modrell was born in Redmond, Ore., on Aug. 17, 1944, to Rusty and Violet Modrell. Everyone knew him as Bill.
He was a longtime resident of Tillamook, Ore., and worked as a log truck driver for many years.
Mr. Modrell enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and boating. He lived in Nehalem for the last four years of his life.
Mr. Modrell is survived by his ex-wife and friend Anna Modrell, daughter Carla Modrell of Palmer, Alaska; and son Dan Modrell of Nehalem, Ore.; and five grandchildren He is also survived by two sisters, Carol Krugl and Sharon Sweeney.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday May 21, 2008, at 3:30 p.m. at the Nehalem Bay House in Nehalem. Arrangements are in care of Waud’s Funeral Home.

Cary Lynn Young
July 18, 1969 - May 11, 2008
Cary Lynn Young, 38, of Mount Vernon, Wash., died suddenly on Sunday, May 11, 2008.
Mr. Young was born July 18, 1969, in Roseburg, Ore., to Marlon and Patricia (Hong) Young. He graduated from Redmond High School in 1987 and married the love of his life, Tamera F. Endicott (whom he met in high school) in 1987. He went on to learn the boat building and repair business and became a skilled craftsman, most recently working for Sunchaser Yachts. He loved the water, fast boats, fast cars, country music, jelly donuts and jerky. He was a member of the La Conner Yacht Club.
Cary is survived by his wife of 21 years, Tamera of Mount Vernon; son Damyan C. Young and daughter Dezirae F. Young, both of Mount Vernon; brother, Lonnie J. Young of Redmond, Ore.; sister, Tricia A. (Lenny) Kutz of Albany, La.; mother, Patricia Young and many uncles, aunts and cousins in Sutherlin, Ore. His father Marlon preceded him in death.
A Celebration of Life was held at the Hillcrest Park in Mount Vernon, Wash. Memorial contributions may be sent to Washington Mutual, 620 E College Way, Mount Vernon, Wash., in the name of his young daughter and widow. Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home of Mount Vernon. You may share your memories of Cary and offer your condolences to his family online by signing his online guest register at

Verl Hammack
Dec. 4, 1930-May 16, 2008
Longtime Redmond resident Verl Gordon Hammack, 77, died May 16, 2008, in a farming accident. A celebration of life will be held Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at the Redmond Grange, with reception to follow. His ashes will be taking to the family cemetery in the Hampton Buttes.
Mr. Hammack was born Dec. 4, 1930, in Myrtle Point, Ore., to George Ernest and Mabel Lilas (Barklow) Hammack. His first 10 years of life were spent living in logging camps and on dairy farms, changing schools 17 times by time he entered sixth grade. In 1942 his family purchased a 40-acre farm in Cloverdale, Ore., where he and his sister often rode a horse to their one-room schoolhouse. Mr. Hammack attended Redmond Union High School where he was on the first basketball team from RUHS to qualify for the state finals. When he was 14 he participated in his first rodeo and decided he loved the challenge of riding bulls, barebronc horses and steer wrestling. He graduated in 1949, continuing to rodeo and play 'town team' basketball and baseball.
He married Alice Van Landuyt in Reno, Nev., Feb. 24, 1951. Other than a short stay in Spray, Ore., and a stint living in a trailer park in Redmond, the couple lived for more than 40 years in their home with 12 acres on Antler Avenue in Redmond, where friends and family often came to visit their "bed and breakfast." The fields were a site for many Little League and Pee-Wee baseball games, Verl coaching, and practices were always followed by a watermelon feed. In the winter, besides the basketball team he coached, there was ice hockey, pony rides, roping lessons, marble games, and jig saw puzzles.
Mr. Hammack helped pour the concrete for many of the sidewalks in Redmond, gathered wild horses, worked in feedlots and potato warehouses and managed a ranch. Most of his life he drove a truck, hauling logs, cattle, wood chips and glue. He retired from Willamette Industries in 1990 and expanded his cattle herd, fulfilling his dream of having a cattle ranch. in 1992 they sold their 12 acres and home, moving to the ranch they had purchased in 1978 that was homesteaded by Alice's grandparents 50 years before.
Mr. Hammack cherished his kids and grandkids and loved to attend their sporting events. His hobbies were roping, attending rodeos, welding and other mechanic and fabrication work, auctions and making things from wood he cut in his sawmill, and visiting family and friends. He could laugh or cry at the drop of a hat and was never judgemental or held a grudge. He dearly loved his 1942 Farm All tractor that happened to be thesame one he had driven for a neighbor when he was just 13 years old.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Milt and Dewey and his nephew Dick, who was like a brother to him.
Survivors include his wife Alice, of Brothers; sons Gib and Doug, daughter Nan Garnick, sister Dacey Clary, and 10 grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Oregon High School Rodeo Association.
Redmond Memorial Chapel made the arrangements.

May 6, 2008

Reroute open! Sort of.

photo by Scott Hammers/copyright Redmond Spokesman

The northbound lanes of the reroute of Highway 97 around downtown Redmond opened at 5 a.m. Monday May 5.
The opening was a success, according to Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Peter Murphy, perhaps a little too successful.
Murphy cautioned drivers that the posted speed limit in the construction zone is 35 miles per hour.
“Lots of motorists (are) traveling much faster through the zone,” he said.
“They’re moving – 51, 52, 44,” confirmed Sgt. Eric Brown as he sat in his Oregon State Patrol car running radar on the new Highway 97 mid-afternoon Monday.
The fastest vehicle he’d stopped was traveling at 68 miles per hour, Brown said. "Sixty-eight is ridiculous."
He hadn’t bothered stopping anyone going under 55 – there were too many.
Most drivers told Brown they didn’t see the three 35-mile-per-hour signs.
“You’d think three signs would do it,” he said.
Troopers weren’t issuing tickets on Monday; their mission was to be seen and to warn drivers who were greatly exceeding the speed limit. But, Brown said, tickets will come soon.
“People have to understand that it’s still an active construction work zone,” he said, and the fines for tickets written in construction zones double.
Drivers may not see construction activity once they get north of Evergreen Avenue and think it's safe to accelerate, he said, but the north end interchange area is where a lot of work is continuing and it comes up quickly.
And once construction is done drivers will need to be aware that vehicles are entering the road from side streets and that pedestrians and bicyclists are crossing, he added.
The speed limit won’t increase much when the entire reroute is complete. The speed limit from approximately Veterans Way to Southwest Evergreen Avenue will remain at 35, while the speed limit on the roadway north of Evergreen will increase to 45 miles per hour, Murphy said.
The southbound lanes should open to traffic near the end of May, depending on weather, he said, while general construction along the length of the project will continue until July, when the connection between Southwest Fifth and Sixth streets and Canal Boulevard is expected to be completed.

Last game for RHS softball May 12

photo by Gary G. Newman/copyright Redmond Spokesman
Kayla Pesek slides safely into third base during Redmond's game May 2 against North Salem.

Redmond ended the week with a win over league-leading West Salem and losses to North and South Salem.
The Lady Panthers are now 4-11 and in sixth place, with two games remaining in the Central Valley Conference
Redmond played North Salem May 2, but gave the visiting Vikings a 4-0 lead on two runs in the first and sixth innings, but mounted a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to close the score to 4-3.
Kayla Pesek was two for three at the plate for Redmond.
The Lady Panthers scrapped through two games against the top of the Central Valley Conference May 1 and came away with a 2-0 win over league-leading West Salem.
It was Redmond's fourth win of the season against Central Valley Conference opponents.
Redmond scored two runs in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by Brandy Knowles, and Jessica Fedoris pitched a two-hit shutout the rest of the way to give Redmond the win.
It was West Salem's second loss of the year in the CVC and fourth loss over all.
In the first game of the day, Redmond gave up seven hits, but allowed only one run in a 1-0 loss to South Salem, which is ranked second in the CVC.
Pitcher Dara Kosanke had a double in the game.
Redmond lost 7-2 to McNary April 28.
Redmond plays its last game of the season Monday, May 12, at home against South Salem.

Redmond obituaries

Mel Courter
A celebration of life for Mel Courter will be held on his birthday, May 10, at the family home, 1650 Sw 17th. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m.; come dressed for a picnic.

Richard Dale Showalter
Sept. 30, 1931-April 26, 2008
Redmond resident Richard Showalter, 76, died April 26, 2008.
A graveside service was held May 5 at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Showalter was born Sept. 30, 1931, in Huntington Park, Calif., to Dale Gibson and Dorothy Lucille (Robinson) Showalter.
He worked in retail for JC Penney, as buyer and in the stores. Later he worked for the Pendleton Woolen Mills for more than 30 years. He enjoyed travelling the west coast and his sales stops in Hawaii. As a young man he also enjoyed fast cars,which he owned and raced with friends.
Mr. Showalter played golf and was a big sports fan, enjoying following different teams. His grandson played football at an Oregon college this year, something he was very proud of. He was a quiet man who enjoyed morning walks with his dog Pixie, He liked cooking and barbecues and he did most of the cooking at home.
He cared for his wife, Glenda, cooking, cleaning and caring for her with little fuss. He spent holidays and special occasions with at his stepson's house in Redmond. He liked to garden and keep everything neat and tidy. He looked at investing as a hobby and had a long relationship with his stockbrocker, Walt. He was well-respected in his business and put loyalty at the top of his list.
He was a member of the Elks club.
Survivors include his wife Glenda of Redmond, Ore.; sons Richard Dennis of Portland and Douglas James of Balboa Island, Calif.;brother Gary Showalter of Arizona, and six grandchildren. Arrangements were made by Redmond Memorial Chapel.

Mary Louise Schas
May 13, 1963-May 1, 2008
Mary Louise Schas, 44, of Powell Butte, died May 1, 2008.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 8, 10 a.m., at the Powell Butte Christian Church. A graveside service will follow at 11 a.m., in the Powell Butte Cemetery.
Mrs. Schas was born May 13, 1963, in Lafayette, Ind., to Frank and Phyllis Farrester. She married Jim Schas on Sept. 18, 1986. She attended the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls and was a certified medication aide. She moved to Powell Butte in 1992.
She was a member of the Pentecostal Faith and alumni of OIT. She loved being a mother and enjoyed playing bingo with her friends.
Survivors include her husband Jim Schas of Powell Butte; father Frank Farrester of Salem; sons David and Ryan Schas of Powell Butte; brothers Alan and Chuck Farrester, both of Lafayette, Ind.; and sisters Helen Krummrich and Carolyn Farrester, both of Lafayette, Ind. She was preceded in death by her mother, a son and a daughter.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Dave A. Gridley
Nov. 4, 1931-April 25-2008

Longtime Redmond resident Dave A. Gridley, 72, died of cancer April 25, 2008.
A celebration of life service was held at the Redmond Grange Hall May 2. A graveside service was held in the Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Gridley was born Nov. 4, 1935, in Redmond to Roland and Thelma (Goodrich) Gridley. He grew up in Sisters and graduated from Sisters High School in 1954. He was a star athlete at Sisters High School, participating in baseball, basketball, football and track. He won second in state in the high jump and was the first Sisters athlete to play in the Shriner’s East-West Allstar football game when it was six-man football. He played quarterback and held many athletic records at Sisters High School. He married Leona Pepperling in Sisters on Dec. 18, 1954. He joined the Army in 1955 and was stationed in Germany for 14 months. He played basketball on the Army team. He lived in California for a few years and lived in Madras for 14 years. He lived in Redmond for the past 36 years. He worked as a line foreman for Central Electric Co-op for more than 30 years and retired in 1997.
He was a member of the Elks and the VFW. He participated in many rodeos and won second place in bulldogging at the Sisters Rodeo. He would drag race at the Madras Speedway and enjoyed attending national rodeo finals in Las Vegas. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his animals, especially his cats Louie and Nip.
Survivors include his wife Leona of Redmond; daughter Victoria Grensky of Jacksonville; sons Steve of Tasmania, Australia, Mickey of Seattle, Wash., and Bob of The Dalles; sisters Sharon Gibson of Joseph, and Sherry Van Leuben of Elgin; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters High School Athletic Department, 1700 W. McKinney Butte Rd., Sisters, 97759, or the Redmond High School Athletic Department, 675 S.W. Rimrock Dr., Redmond, 97756.
Autumn Funerals of Redmond handled the arrangements.