September 13, 2011

Obituaries


Ray C. Bebb, of Terrebonne
Jan. 5, 1927 - Sept. 5, 2011
Arrangements: Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home
541-382-2471; www.niswonger-reynolds.com
Services: Graveside Inurnment was held at Sept. 9 at Greenwood Memorial Park in the Twilight Garden.
Contributions may be made to: Comfort Care c/o St. Charles Medical Center Foundation in memory of Ray.

Laura Denise Lonergan, of Redmond
July 8, 1958 - Sept. 1, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Graveside Service was held Sept. 6 at Redmond Memorial Cemetery,
3545 S. Canal Blvd., Redmond

La Dema Elizabeth La Plante, of Redmond
Nov. 29, 1932 - Sept. 8, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond 
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Private services will be held at a later date.

Dorothy Lou Pratt, of Terrebonne
Dec. 16, 1921 - Sept. 7, 2011
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals-Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No services are planned.

R.D. ‘Bob’ Whittier
Oct. 25, 1919Aug. 30, 2011
Robert Douglas Whittier was the first child born to E.L. and Altha (St. John) Whittier at Castle Rock, MN. Bob was in the Coast Guard from Dec. 1941 to 1946, when he was discharged as a carpenter’s mate first class. He married Medora (Meddie) Ellen Bell in 1943, and they settled in New Jersey after World War II to operate a mill with Bob’s father and his brother, Gordon. In 1951, the Whittiers moved to Redmond, based on a report from E.L. & Altha that Central Oregon would be a good place to raise their growing families and to operate a lumber business. Bob and Gordon opened Whittier Moulding in 1952 and ran the plant until they sold it to Brooks-Scanlon in 1969. The brothers managed the mill in a way that showed the value they placed on their employees, an approach that generated a sense of family and mutual respect that has lasted to this day. Bob is past president of the Western Wood Manufacturing Association, Kiwanis, and the Redmond School Board; he served as chairman of the Central Oregon Dist. Hospital Board, and as an elder in the Community Presbyterian Church. Bob remained active in the mill business as a consultant for the International Executive Service Corps, spending time in Malaysia, Peru, and Turkey.
Bob instilled in his family a love of the outdoors by taking them on horseback camping, fishing and hunting trips. He earned a private pilot’s license, making a number of long-distance trips with Meddie as his "co-pilot.” Upon full retirement, Bob and Meddie traveled extensively for the next 20 years. Their active retirement allowed them to enjoy winters at their vacation home in Mexico, and summers at their ranch near Brothers. The ranch, site of many fun gatherings with family and friends, is part of the Whittier family heritage. Bob leaves a legacy of love and kindness and will be best remembered as a loving family man who had a wonderful sense of humor and who always lived life to the fullest.
Bob was predeceased by the love of his life, Meddie, daughters, Diane and Patty, his parents, and brother, Gordon. Left to cherish his memory are his son, Rob, daughters, Mary Ann (Terry) Schliep and Peggy (Joel) Mitchell, seven grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, sister, Audrey Scannell, and a host of family and friends.
We thank everyone for their support and sharing of memories of Mom and Dad.

Everett ‘Bud’ Van Matre
April 10, 1919 - Sept. 9, 2011
Everett ‘Bud’ Van Matre passed away on Friday, September 9, 2011, at
Brookside Place
in Redmond at the age of 92.
Bud was born at the local hospital in Bend, Ore., to Willis and Caroline (Hunnell) Van Matre.  He was the youngest child of 10 and the only one born in a hospital. Bud attended school in Redmond and graduated in 1937.
Bud met Betty Millsap while stationed in Kansas City, MO, during World War II, they were married December 18, 1943. After the war was over, they moved back to Redmond to raise their family. They became members of the Community Presbyterian Church in 1952. He worked in the petroleum industry for over 40 years, the last 10 as owner/operator of Van Matre Oil Co.
Bud was an avid golfer, president of Juniper Golf Club, and a member of the building committee for the new clubhouse after the old one burned. He was a councilman for the City of Redmond for 10 years and a volunteer firefighter for almost 20 years. In his spare time, he coached Pee Wee, Little League and American Legion baseball. He also enjoyed officiating high school athletics and was a former member of the Redmond Booster Club.
Bud is survived by his wife, Betty; their two children, Dennis (Jan) Van Matre of Yuma, AZ, and Wayne (Geri) Van Matre of Redmond, OR; Eight grandchildren, Wendy (Scott) Bradshaw, Jackie Mensing, Cindy (Allan) Harding, Wade (LaJean) Van Matre, Toni (Jeff) Minick, Kelly Van Matre, Shane (Julie) Van Matre and Carrie (Ron) Elliott; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild. His parents and nine brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
A memorial will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, at , at Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond, OR.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Presbyterian Church Youth Group or the charity of your choice. Please sign our guest book at http://www.redmondmemorial.com/

Jan Marie Keesee Branham
March 2, 1958 - August 23, 2011
A vibrant, sweet, funny soul has moved on. She will never be forgotten.
Born in Lebanon, Ore., the fourth of Frank and Joyce Keesee's five children. She graduated from McNary High School.
Survived by husband, Ron; and sons, Zacory and Jake, and grandson, Tristan, all of Redmond; sisters, Susan of Tualatin, Mary of Salem, and Ruthie of Grants Pass; nine nieces and nephews; and 14 great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, and brother, Frank Jr. 
A Celebration of Life will be  Saturday, Sept. 24, at , at the Redmond Grange, 707 SW Kalama Ave., Redmond, OR 97756
Donations may be made to the Jake Branham College Fund, c/o Ron  Branham, 842 NE Maple Leaf Ct., Redmond, OR 97756


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