October 12, 2010

Obituaries

Evelyn Helen Barker, of Eugene, Ore. (formerly Crooked River Ranch)
Dec. 17, 1917 - Oct. 4, 2010

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel
541-382-5592, www.deschutesmemorialchapel.com
Family Celebration of Life at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: Puppets & Praise Ministries, P.O. Box 970, Redmond, OR 97756.

Florence Evelyn Redding, of Madras
Nov. 13, 1931 - Oct. 8, 2010
Arrangements:Autumn Funerals - Redmond
541-504-9485, www.autumnfunerals.net
No services are scheduled at this time

Duaine J. “Bud” Birkhofer
August 12, 1924 - October 4, 2010
On August 12, 1924, Hans and Doris (Mathys) Birkhofer welcomed their son “Bud” into the world in Dow City, Iowa. In 1936 the Birkhofer
family traveled to Ajlune, WA. Life in rural western Washington was hard recovering from the Great Depression, but the work ethic that was
instilled by his father and mother lasted Bud’s entire life. Bud was a 3-year letterman in baseball at Mossyrock High School. Bud was an avid
baseball fan his entire life and was thrilled to have attended a professional baseball game in Seattle at the Kingdome.
In 1942 Bud and two friends from Mossyrock, Wash., enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Bud was selected to be a part of the slowspeed
radio communication battalion. He proudly served with the 3rd Radio Intelligence Platoon in the Marshall Islands intercepting Japanese
code. This elite unit broke the code where Japanese Admiral Hirohito was travelling and, subsequently, Hirohito was shot down by
American pilots. This has been reported to have been the beginning of the end of Japanese involvement in WWII. Bud and his wife, Gayle,
attended many reunions of the 3rd Radio Intelligence Platoon.
Bud and Gayle were the proud parents of three children. John (Penny) of Boring, OR; Keith (Sheila) of Winlock, WA; and Launi (Bruce)
Cross of Redmond. Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave Bud and Gayle a lot of joy in their lives.
Bud is survived by two wonderful sisters and brothers-in-law, Marilyn and Bob Swanson, Alexandria, VA; and Bernice and Warren Quinn, of Kenmore, WA.
Bud followed his father’s love of animals and was a partner with Hans in several farms and dairies. Bud was an avid reader his entire
life. He worked for Stocklin Supply Company as a salesman of animal health products for many years. In 1976 Bud was one of the original
owners of Central Oregon Ranch Supply. After selling his ownership of CORS, he was a frequent visitor and advisor to the store’s owners.
Bud’s love of the livestock industry was evident as he attended most ranch auctions in Central Oregon and was a sought-after advisor to many ranchers. Bud’s quick wit and jokes will be missed by all who knew him. Bud always enjoyed being in attendance at the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale and especially the sale at Thomas Angus Ranch. Bud and Bob Thomas attended grade school in Iowa together and were life-long friends.
A memorial service will be held at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th Street, Redmond on Saturday, October 9th at 1 PM.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Marine Corps League or The Oregon Humane Society.
Sign our guest book at
www.redmondmemorial.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I worked with Bud at Stocklin Supply in the early 70's. He was a wonderfully kind person I enjoyed talking with as he always had an interesting perspective on what was going on in the world. I lost track of Bud when I left Seattle, but he will always be kindly remembered.

Lark Schwartz