September 18, 2012


Gail Franson
The world has lost one of its greatest mothers to grace this earth on Tuesday  September 11, 2012.
Gail B. Franson passed away suddenly in Redmond, OR. She was born in Coeur d’Alene, ID in 1940. Gail moved to Anchorage in 1971 with her husband Bill, raising her three children before purchasing a bowling center and moving to Redmond with her family. Gail was married for 46 years before losing her husband in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Gladding and father, Clarence Gladding.
Gail was a full time working mother, helping  to raise more than just her children, the entire neighborhood called her MOM. Gail enjoyed gardening, landscaping and  decorating her yard. She enjoy spending time with her many grandchildren.
She is survived by her three children, Denise  Shaver (Mike), sons, Ron (Dana) and Deric;  two sisters, Babe Crothers and Patty Bush;  seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Robert Whittier
Nov. 1, 1948-Aug. 17, 2012
Rob died at home in Ashburn, Virginia, on August 17, 2012, surrounded by his  family who had been caring for him  through an extended illness.
Rob was born on November 1, 1948, in  Plainfield, New Jersey, to Robert Douglas  and Medora Ellen (Bell) Whittier. He was  a fourth-generation woodworker, dating  back to his great-grandfather C.B. Whittier, grandfather E.L. Whittier, his father Bob, and uncle Gordon, who all spent their  lives involved in the lumber industry.
Rob began working at Whittier Moulding Company in Redmond,  Oregon, while still in his teens. He held nearly every position  in the mill, ranging from stacking green lumber, to sharpening  moulding knives to managing production. This hands-on  experience in all aspects of the business made him a valuable  asset to the woodworking industry. Rob’s 45-year career,  including positions in Oregon, California and Texas, came full circle as he spent the past 18 years working for Whittier Wood  Products in Eugene, Ore.
Rob did a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969-70 with the Army Signal  Corps. He served in the Army for three years, the last of which he  spent in Fort Benning, Georgia. After being honorably discharged,  Rob returned to Oregon State University, where he received a B.S. in business administration. He was a devout Christian and a  member of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.
Rob developed a love of horses early in life, cultivated by the many  camping trips his family made into the Three Sisters Wilderness  on horseback, and his participation as a bareback bronc rider  in local rodeos. Rob never lost his love of the outdoors, and his children have endless memories of hunting, fishing and roughing  it in remote areas of the Oregon mountains and deserts. A favorite  escape for him was the family-owned Indian Creek Ranch, where  he served family and friends his celebrated sourdough pancakes and his legendary stews, roasts, and chilies, which he cooked in a  Dutch oven underground.
Rob is survived by his two children, Nancy Whittier (Douglas)  Pabotoy and Robert Todd Whittier (Tracy Drynan), and their  mother, Bonnie Whittier; his two sisters, Mary Ann (Terry)  Schliep and Peggy (Joel) Mitchell; nine nieces and nephews, two  aunts, and eight cousins.

Louise Baker Wenrich, of Powell Butte
Oct. 7, 1931 - Sept. 15, 2012

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond
Services: A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 at Autumn Funerals, 485 NW Larch, Avenue, Redmond, OR.
Contributions may be made to Redmond-Sisters Hospice, 732 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR, 97756,; or American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718,

Stanley Joe Faulkner, of Redmond
Dec. 20, 1930 - Sept. 10, 2012

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
Services: Celebration of Life was held, September 16, 2012, 3:00 p.m., at Praise Assembly, 189 Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, OR 97361. Hymn-sing was at 2:30 p.m.

Mary C. Hawkins, of Redmond
May 12, 1929 - Sept. 8, 2012

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel
Services were held  Sept. 12, 2012, a Memorial Mass at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1720 NW 19th St., Redmond.
Contributions may be made to Redmond-Sisters Hospice, 732 SW 23rd St., Redmond 97756.

Dorothy L. Tikka, of Astoria
Nov. 26, 1927 - Sept. 3, 2012

Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home
Services: Please contact the family for information regarding services.
Contributions may be made to: St. Vincent De Paul of Crook County (Prineville Conference) P.O. Box 545, Prineville, OR 97754.

Charlotte Joan Cooley, of Redmond
Jan. 13, 1924 - Sept. 12, 2012

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond
Services: No services to be held per Charlotte's request.
Contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association; PO Box 96011; Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

Shelburn “Dale” Ayres, of Redmond
Mar. 3, 1924 - Sept. 15, 2012

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
Services: Graveside services at Redmond Memorial Cemetery, Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 11 a.m.

Lawrence N. Besel, of Redmond
Dec. 13, 1925 - Sept. 12, 2012

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond
Services: No services to be held.
Contributions may be made to Redmond-Sisters Hospice, 732 SW 23rd, Redmond, OR 97756.

Robert E. Reinke, of Crooked River Ranch
June 25, 1939 - Sept. 12, 2012
Services: September 29, 2012, at 11 a.m., New Life Lutheran Church, Florence, OR.
Contributions may be made to: Oregon Coast Military Heritage Museum in Florence, OR.

Bidwell W. ‘Bud’ Alexander
Feb. 3, 1943 - Sept. 13, 2012

Bidwell W. ‘Bud’ Alexander, age 69, of Redmond, passed away September 13, 2012, at home. He was born February 3, 1943, in Portland, Ore., to Ernest & Edith (Mulanax) Alexander. Bud moved with the family as a child from Sherwood, Ore., to Central Oregon in the late 1940s. He grew up and attended school at Redmond.
He married Diana Johnson on April 2, 1966, in Corvallis, Ore.
With the family background in ranching, in 1967 he took a job running a feed lot in Hermiston, Ore. The next year, his father had an accident and broke his leg necessitating Bud to return and run the family ranch. Over the next few years, he worked with Boston Ranch Co. in Prineville, Hershey Cattle Co., and then the Redmond Co-op. The family operated B&D Concrete and later began Central Oregon Monument Works.
Through the years, he was an avid and successful team roper with many wins and championships. He taught many cowboys and cowgirls how to rope and be successful.
His door and arena were always open to those in need.
In the later years, he was chute boss at many NW rodeos. He was a mentor to rodeo judges and served as a director in several rodeo associations. Bud was a member of the Northwest Pro Rodeo Assn. and the Pro Rodeo Cowboy's Assn., to name just a couple.
When it came to family, many hunting trips and general outdoor excursions were enjoyed by all. The family includes his beloved wife of 46 years, Diana and their son, Bob, as well as a host of friends.
A remembrance of his life will be held in conjunction with the NW Pro Rodeo Finals at the Crook County Fair Grounds. It will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at 10 a.m., in the Carey Foster Hall.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701.
Please visit the online registry for the family at www.redmond

James Stewart Hegwood
May 27, 1951 - Sept. 13, 2012

James Stewart Hegwood, aka "Hogweed" of Crooked River Ranch, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at age 61. He was born in San Angelo, Texas, son of Johnnie and Eva Hegwood, and was the oldest of three boys. Jim honorably served in the U.S. Army for two years as a key punch operator and one year as a standby reservist. He was decorated with the National Defense Service Medal as a sharpshooter. Jim's passionate propensity for guns and shooting led him to attend gunsmithing school in Denver, Colorado.
As a metering and electronics inspector for Cascade Natural Gas Corporation, with 32 years in various capacities, Jim was respected by his co-workers and supervisors for being dependable, thorough, meticulous, and accurate in his work.
Jim is survived by his wife, Maureen of Crooked River Ranch, Ore.; his mother, Eva; and
brother, David of San Angelo, TX; and daughter, Jessica Baker of Blue Springs, MO. He was predeceased by his father, Johnnie; and brother, Perry.
Arrangements are made with Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 29, 11:00 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 450 SW Rimrock Dr., Redmond, Ore.
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