November 2, 2010


Jeannette L. Desmet, of Black Butte Ranch

April 14, 1918 - Oct. 23, 2010

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond


A memorial celebration was held at the lodge at Black Butte Ranch Oct. 30.

Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond-Sisters, 732 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756; or Black Butte Ranch RFPD, PMB 8190, POB 8000, Black Butte Ranch, OR 97759.

Jeffrey C. Meyer, of Terrebonne

Oct. 31, 1982 - Oct. 28, 2010

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel


Services: Nov. 4, 6 p.m.; rosary, Thursday November 4 at 11 a.m. Mass Friday, November 5, all at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1720 NW 19th, Redmond, OR

Contributions may be made to MBUYU Charities, PO Box 2244, Redmond, OR 97756

Lawrence "Lonnie" Harris, of Redmond

April 23, 1929 - October 27, 2010

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel


Services were held October 30 at Eagle Crest Convention Center in Redmond.

Contributions may be made to Partners In Care, 2075 Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701

Howard Allen Wilson, of Redmond

Mar. 25, 1926 - Oct. 19, 2010

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond


Services: Memorial 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 6 at the First Baptist Church in Prineville, 450 SE Fairview.

Nyla "Jean" Miller, of Redmond

June 29, 1926 - Oct. 26, 2010

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541.548.3219

Family will have a family memorial at a later date.

Imogene Smith

March 6, 1926 - Oct. 23, 2010

Much loved mother and long time resident of Culver, Imogene (Imo) Violet (Rowan) Smith died Oct. 23, 2010, in her home with her loved ones by her side. She was 84.

Imo was born March 6, 1926, in Lakeview, Oregon, to Ray and Mabel (Reil) Rowan. After moving to California, she graduated from Tulelake High school in Tulelake, California.

She married Eugene Vincent Smith Sr. on July 14, 1945. The couple moved to Culver, Oregon, in 1948, where they purchased a 200 acres homestead of undeveloped land. There they achieved success in the business of farming and raised their four children.

In 1972, she moved to Redmond, Oregon, and worked in the real estate business, and from there in the mid-1990s, became a snowbird and spent many wonderful years in Yuma, Arizona, before coming home to be cared for by her family because of Alzheimer's in 2006.

Imo was well known for being an avid reader. She loved novels, but also had a knowledge of information on almost any subject, due to her reading. When she wasn't reading, she enjoyed being in many clubs and activities. She was a member of The Garden Club, Culver PTA, VFW Hall, Women Auxiliary of the American legion, 60-year member of the Culver / Madras Rebekah's, C.O. Pool Shooting Club, and her family's favorite, a member of the "Turtle Club." She had a collection of turtles that was admired by many.

She is survived by her children, Trisha Libolt and husband, Richard of Dallas, Oregon; Eugene (E.V.) Smith and his wife, Kathy, Jess Smith; Carol Adams and her husband, Patrick, all of Culver, Oregon; ex-husband, Eugene V. Smith Sr. of Redmond, Oregon; nine grandchildren; and 15 great- grandchildren.

Her parents, Ray and Mabel Rowan; stepfather, John Allyn Lidell; sister, Phyllis Combs; and stepbrothers, Jack and Bob Lidell, preceded her in death.

The family would most like their mother to be remembered for her giving heart to all she met and knew and that she always had a realistically, practical, down to earth approach to life.

Please join her family for "a Celebration of Imo's Life" which will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Culver Christian Church.

If you wish to make a memorial contribution, the family wishes that it be to any Central Oregon Hospice.

Condolences to the family can be extended at our website

Michael Douglas McKinnon

Feb. 14, 1947 - October 30, 2010

Michael Douglas McKinnon passed away after a courageous battle with lymphoma.

Mike was born on Hospital Hill in Bend, Oregon, on February 14, 1947, to George and Mary Jane (Houk) McKinnon. He grew up in Redmond, attending Redmond schools, participating in 4-H and athletics. He graduated from Oregon State University with degrees in business and agriculture. Mike opened McKinnon Insurance Agency in Redmond, Oregon, in the 1970s and later, with partners, started Century Insurance Group in 1996 in Bend, Oregon. He stayed true to his lifelong passion of developing and maintaining ranches throughout the Central Oregon area. His grandfather, Mack Houk, along with two friends, started the Deschutes County Fair. Mike followed in his grandfather's and father's footsteps by serving as a board member and the president of the Deschutes County Fair Association and member of the Deschutes County Fair Board. He was later honored as Grand Marshall of the Deschutes County Fair.

Mike had three children with his first wife, Alison Hamlin. In 1985, he married Teri Coates Blodgett and together they raised their five children. Mike had a desire to experience all aspects of life. He enjoyed hunting, running, skiing, river rafting, traveling the world, ranching, barbecuing, and of course, entertaining his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Teri; sons Steve McKinnon and Mark (Casey) McKinnon; daughters Julia Cooper, Jessica (Chris) Intlekofer, and Megan Blodgett; 10 grandchildren; sister Jan (John) Hodgers, brothers Dick (Mollie) McKinnon and Jim (Nancy) McKinnon, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday, November 5, at 3:00 p.m., at New Hope Church in Bend, Oregon, at 20080 Pinebrook Blvd., 541-389-3436.

Contributions in his memory can be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Hospice Center of Bend.

Marcie Mae Chess Holcomb

Jan. 23, 1954 - October 21, 2010

Marcie M. Holcomb, went home to be with the Lord on October 21, of natural causes.

Born on January 23, 1954, in Bend, OR, to Harry and Donna (Hudson) Chess.

She married Gary L. Holcomb the love of her life on August 2, 1971, and they lived in Redmond until 2000, when they moved to Bookings, OR, for the last 10 years.

She loved her time with family, friends, pets, time on her computer and reading.

She is survived by her husband, Gary L. of Brookings, OR; son, Tory Holcomb and wife, Tessa, Powell Butte, OR; mother, Donna M. (Hudson) Chess, Bend, OR; brothers, Frank Chess, Bend, OR, and Ross and Ken Chess both of Christmas Valley, OR; grandchildren, Brittany Ferera and Tristan, Trinity and Tahera Holcomb.

Marcie was preceded in death by her father, Harry P. Chess; and daughter, Angel Marie Holcomb.

Funeral Services were held Friday, Oct. 29, 2009, at 1:00 PM, at the Summit Baptist Church, 63850 Old Bend Redmond Hwy. Interment will follow at Deschutes Memorial Gardens, 63875 N. Hwy 97. Following the interment, a potluck reception will follow back at the church.

Please make contributions to any local humane society in her memory. To leave online condolences visit

Mary Joan Murray

October 3, 1925 - Sept. 16, 2010

Mary Joan Murray lost her fight with cancer on September 16, 2010, in her Redmond home where she so wanted to spend the rest of her life.

Born to Ted and Ruth Woods on October 3, 1925, in Bastrop, LA, she had made Redmond her home for the past 27 years. She wasn’t blessed with her own children but shared her love for children with her sister and brother-in-law, Clara and Clarence Gilmore’s daughters, Carol Stebner of Yuma, AZ and Becky Turner of Redmond. She loved being with her great niece, Robin (Becky and Dave’s daughter) and her daughters, Taylor and Chloe. She loved her flowers and plants. In the summertime, she had beautiful pots on her patio and out on her rock wall. She must have had a very green thumb.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister and brother-in-law. Her sister passed away only four months ago.

She had a huge heart and if you were fortunate enough to be her friend, then you were blessed. She was a very loving person.

We so want to thank all of you that cared for her at Redmond Hospice, and Kathy and Judy for the wonderful care they gave to my sweet aunt; and her special friend, Tamara, for loving her so and for being a truly wonderful friend, and for those great milkshakes she loved so much. We miss her so much.

Dave and Becky Turner.

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