October 25, 2011

Obituaries

Thomas Linton Smith Jr., of Powell Butte
April 23, 1935 - Oct.11, 2011
Arrangements: Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements
541-571-1388
Services: A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at at Juniper Haven Cemetery, Prineville, Oregon.
Please sign the condolence book at http://www.burnsmortuaryhermiston.com/

James E. Findley, of Redmond
Dec. 13, 1950 - Oct. 21, 2011
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
541-548-3219; www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: A memorial is being planned by the family at a later date.
Contributions may be made to Redmond Fire and Rescue

Dolores Jean Steinbruck Waters
May 27, 1930 - Oct. 15, 2011
Dee, as she was known, was born in Newton, Kansas. Both parents were born and lived in Kansas, but moved to Detroit, Mich. after they married in 1925, where her dad was a mechanic. They returned to Kansas in 1929, but mother, Freda, miscarried and nearly died. Recovering, she was delighted to have a second daughter, Dee, who was born exactly three years after the first daughter ... mom telling the doctor to wait a minute or two for the birth so Dee and Wanda would be born the same day. Both parents were Kansas residents and later moved to granddad’s property near Milford, Kan. where brother, Bob was born in 1933. In 1937, when the farm crops were destroyed in a major flood, they bought a 15-foot homemade trailer house and started west ... 3 kids, $40 and a 1935 Ford. After stopping in Idaho to see an aunt, and getting a job in Spokane, Wash. (where the union fight was on), they moved to Oregon and settled in West Salem, where they lived in the trailer three years before moving into a house.
Dee met a fellow student in high school whom she married without graduating, and had two boys. Her husband was Russian and decided to move to Lincoln, Neb. The marriage was never amenable and Dee finally decided the abuse was over and got a divorce. Unfortunately without education and a job, since the husband would never allow her to work -- he threatened Dee -- she finally got a job and moved out.  Later, Dee met and married a Marine and they moved to his base in North Carolina. Before long, he was transferred to an island in the Pacific and wrote Dee, he had met a gal there and wanted a divorce. She talked to the Marine officer who told her that was common and to hold out, act like nothing had happened and her husband would get over it. He didn’t, so they divorced.
Another husband? No! The last thing she wanted. But while bowling one night, this fellow let her know he wanted to know her better. She told him she wasn’t interested but he persisted and she finally gave in and married him and his daughter and son.
Dave was a very experienced carpenter with a successful construction company and was sent to do a temporary building in Redmond. The customer in Redmond told him and his co-worker, Dee’s brother, Bob Steinbruck, that they needed a construction company in the Bend- Redmond area, and the boys decided to move over and start their own company, Mt. View Const., which they operated successfully until retirement. Dave continues to create and repair small projects, and Bob retired.
Dee became a very successful volunteer with the Humane Society Thrift Shop until the store was closed in 2004. She especially enjoyed supervising the library section, as she was a very avid reader. Not finding another project, she focused her time on helping friends, collecting older books, and staying within close touch with relatives and old friends.
She is survived by husband, Dave; sister, Wanda; brother, Bob in Oregon, two sons in California; and a stepson and stepdaughter in Washington and Portland. There will be a potluck and Celebration of Life for Dee at the VFW Hall in Redmond, Oct. 26 at


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