August 30, 2011

Obituaries

Ronald Edwards Thinnes, of Redmond
March 29, 1937 - Aug. 20, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funeral, Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Graveside service was held on Aug. 26 at Springfield Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, Springfield.

Michael Lewis Campbell, of Redmond
Jan. 5, 1954 - Aug. 19, 2011
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend
Services: Per Mike’s request, no services will be held.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care Hospice
2075 NW Wyatt Ct.
, Bend, OR 97701

Velma Betty Kemph,  of Terrebonne
May 24, 1921 - Aug. 25, 2011
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
541-548-3219
Services: Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at , at Redmond Christian Church, Redmond, OR.

Robert Lewis Dunham, of Redmond
March 20, 1942 - Aug. 18, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Ruth Elaine Fox, of Redmond
Nov. 12, 1914 - Aug. 25, 2011
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel,
541-548-3219; www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: No services will be held.

Eugene ‘Gene’  Vincent Smith
July 13, 1925 - August 18, 2011
Much loved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and long time resident of Central Oregon, Eugene (Gene) V. Smith Sr., died peacefully with his wife and daughters at his side on August 18, 2011, at the age of 86.
Gene was born July 13, 1925, in St. Louis, MO, to Paul Eugene and Maryann Isabel (Smith) Smith. 
Gene served his country as a paratrooper in the US Army stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. from Nov. 1943 to May 1946.  He was very proud to have served his country.
Gene married Imogene Violet Rowen in July 1945.  The couple moved to Culver, OR, in 1948, where they homesteaded 200 acres on undeveloped land. There they achieved success in the business of farming and raised their four children.  After retiring from farming, Gene was a self-employed businessman involved in real estate and land development, until the time of his death.
Gene made his home in Culver with his first wife until 1972.  Then in 1983, he married his present wife, Ruth Birtwhistle.  They lived in Redmond, OR, snowbirding to Yuma, AZ, in the winter.
He was active in several community organizations as a Babe Ruth and Little League board member, a member of The Elks Lodge, National Farmers Organization and the Culver School Budget Committee.
Gene had many hobbies. He was an avid gardener as can be attested to by the many he shared his bounty with, he was truly passionate about tending to his garden.  He enjoyed oil painting by numbers and loved watching baseball. His favorite and most accomplished hobby was shuffle board. 
Gene originated the Villa Alameda RV Resort Shuffle Board League and after many years of play and service was awarded by the league a clock stating their appreciation for his leadership of the shuffle board teams.  He won many awards, as did his team.
Gene was very proud of his involvement in the building of two local sports fields, Dave Jacqua Field and Todd Bowlby Memorial Park, where his vast experience in farming and excavation was called upon for the leveling and rock removal.
Gene is survived by his wife, Ruth (Birtwhistle) Smith; children, Carol (Patrick) Adams, Jess Smith, Eugene "E.V." (Kathy) Smith, Trisha (Richard) Libolt of Dallas, OR.; Sharion (Ronald) Rayfield of Bloomsdale, MO; his sister, Mary Lee Bryant of LaGrange, GA; a brother, Bill Mathews of Aibelene, TX; three stepchildren, Joy (Frank) Matthews, Mike (Sandi) Birtwhistle and Gayle (Bill) Mitten; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren. 
Gene was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Imogene (Rowen) Smith; brothers, Bus and John Smith; and his parents.
A graveside service was held for family and friends  Aug. 23  at Redmond Memorial Cemetery. 
Contributions can be made to Partners In Care Hospice House of Bend, OR.  Please sign our guestbook http://www.redmondmemorial.com/

Gloria C. Polly
August 4, 1926 - August 24, 2011
Gloria was born in St. Louis, MO, on August 4, 1926, to Gus and Glades Eckwortzel.
She lived in Central Oregon for more than 40 years after marrying Robert “Bob” Polly in 1945.  She worked at many different jobs here in Central Oregon, such as packing ice cream at Kilgore’s Dairy, Hub Restaurant, and The Rainbow Tavern before getting her GED and getting her AA in accounting in only one year. After getting her AA, she started work for U.S. Bank in Bend, where she retired.
After her heart surgery, she moved to Willow Gardens Assisted Living in Puyallup, WA, to be closer to her son, Rande and his family, and her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. After a fall where she broke her hip, she moved from Puyallup to Highline Care Center in East Wenatchee, WA. At Highline she had her 85th birthday with family. On August 24, 2011, she passed away at Highline Care Center.
Survivors include two brothers, Jim Eckwortzel of Star, ID and Tom Eckwortzel of El Cajon, CA; four sisters, Yvonne Cofer of Great Falls, MO, Joyce Bjerk of Fresno, CA, Karole Scott of Troutdale, OR and Lorelei Boyle of Tacoma, WA; two sons, Ron of East Wenatchee, WA and Rande of Orting WA; six grandchildren and 11 great- grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Friday Sept. 2, 2011 at at Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond.
In place of flowers, the family request that you donate to VFW Post 4108 in Redmond in her name.

Noreen (Noland/ Sheets) Sherwin
Feb. 2, 1950August 24, 2011
Noreen lost her three-year battle with ovarian cancer at home with several members of her family present.
She was born and raised in Tillamook, with her three brothers, Tim, Dennis and Kevin and sister, Jeanne. Her son, Patrick Cody and daughter, Kristin, were born in LaGrande to Noreen and her husband, Mike Sheets. They raised their family in Newport, where she was a legal secretary and he an Oregon State trooper. They retired in 1996 and moved to La Pine and then Redmond. Mike died in 2006.
Noreen was an active St. Thomas Catholic Church parishioner and worked and volunteered at Redmond’s Cascade Swim Center where she took particular delight in teaching the young to swim and supporting the teen life- guards.
Noreen is survived by her sister, brothers, children, three grandchildren and her husband, Robert Sherwin.
A memorial service was held at St. Thomas Catholic Church, on  Saturday, August 27 at In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Hospice of Redmond/ Sisters,
732 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756
Please visit www. deschutesmemorialchapel.com to leave an online condolence for the family.

Vilma 'Betty'   Elizabeth Kemph
May 24, 1921 - August 25, 2011
A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at , at Christian Church of Redmond, OR, 536 South Tenth St. 
Vilma ‘Betty’ Kemph was known lovingly as ‘Bunny’ to her family.  She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Charles ‘Chuck’ Kemph ; daughter and son-in-law, Marilee and Dennis Stites; sons, Paul and Dale Richardson; and daughter-in-law, Lori Richardson; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; along with Chuck's six children and their families.
She is preceded in the Lords arms by her parents and son, George Richardson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Partners In Care, 2075 NW Wyatt, Bend OR  541-382-5882.
Please sign our guestbook http://www.redmondmemorial.com/




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