October 9, 2012

Obituaries

Catherine E. Marshall, of Redmond
May 25, 1924 - Oct. 1, 2012

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond
541-504-9485; www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Rosary at 6p.m.  Oct. 7 and Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 1720 NW 19th St., Redmond. Interment was at Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery.

Glenda Marie Kessell, of Redmond
Nov. 4, 1937 - Oct. 2, 2012

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel
541-382-5592; www.deschutesmemorialchapel.com
Services: A memorial service may be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701, www.partnersbend.org

Eleanor Lila Barnes, of Idaho Falls, Idaho
Nov. 11, 1932 - Sept. 29, 2012

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
541-548-3219; www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: Graveside service will be held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Joann Marie Dacus, of Culver
Nov. 13, 1962 - Oct. 3, 2012

Arrangements: Bel-Air Funeral Home; 541-475-2241
Services: A celebration of life pot luck will be held Sunday Oct. 14 at The Round Butte Inn in Culver from 2-5pm.

 Gary L. Johnson
June 30, 1941 – Aug. 31, 2012

Gary L. Johnson 71, of Redmond died Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in  Redmond. Private services were in Redmond.
He was born June 30, 1941, in Kearney, Neb. to Vern and Josie  (Woodman) Johnson of Elm Creek, Neb.
On Aug. 27, 1963, he married Sandra Muncie of Oregon in Elm Creek. She died June 21, 2009.
Survivors include his son, Ken and his wife, Bennett, of Eagle Creek; daughter, Cindi Stauffer and her husband, Mark, of Loomis, Neb.; and grandchildren, Sara Stauffer of Lincoln, Neb., and Elise Stauffer and Gareth L. Johnson Stauffer, both of Loomis. Gary is  also survived and lovingly remembered by close friends and cousins in Oregon and Nebraska.
Gary was his parents’ only son. Gary attended country school in Williamsburg Township where his wickedly fun sense of humor started to shine. He attended Elm Creek High School and enjoyed sports, especially football. He was part of the 1959 graduating team that had only one loss in four years.
Gary was no stranger to hard work. He started farming and raising polled shorthorn cattle with his father at a very young age due to his dad’s poor health. At the time of Gary’s death, he had a postcard on his fridge from his dad that had been sent from the Mayo Clinic  in the 1950s. His dad wanted to know how things on the farm were progressing and how football practice was going.
Always the trickster, he convinced Sandra of the importance of a farmer knowing when it started raining, and she, as his loving partner, slept with her foot out the window at night. That did not last long.
Gary was an avid sportsman hunting deer and all forms of winged prey, and he enjoyed trap shooting, as well. He purchased and released wild turkeys in the Williamsburg area in the early 1980s when people said that they wouldn’t live. Those turkeys were proof that a cup-half-full outlook can produce miracles. He also enjoyed a good game of cards and bowling in the winter.
Gary’s hero was his father, Vern, a larger-than-life Swede who would buy cutting boars at the sale barn and grab them by a hind leg while they were eating and work them all by himself. One of Gary’s proudest achievements was selling a herd of cattle that brought the highest price paid to that date at the Huss Sale Barn.  Melvin Huss helped him celebrate following the auction.
Gary accepted Christ into his heart as a child and reaffirmed that love throughout his life. He was one of the best friends anyone could ask for. He was a truly kind as well as forgiving man. A beautiful soul.
He was a school board member for the R-3 school district, an Elk and an Eagle in Kearney. After moving to Oregon, Gary owned and operated O’Neil Junction Feed where he continued to be involved with the care and feeding of animals. He especially enjoyed working with the 4-H kids and their projects.
When Gary was diagnosed with lymphoma, he told Sandi that he had had a wonderful life and an awesome wife and family. That being said he also stated that he was going to “whip it,” and he did, to the amazement of many specialists in the cancer field. He enjoyed a few more years with Sandi until her sudden passing.
Gary’s grandchildren also provided him with much joy. Sara called Grampa first when she entered the pre-vet program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Elise proves to all that his athletic gift lives on, and Gareth, his namesake, is his “mini-me,” so very talented in so many ways. Gary watched videos of him playing Optimist and junior high football and basketball, and he was looking forward to following Gareth’s high school sports.
In addition to his loving wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.
After a private family service, Gary was buried with his beloved Sandi.
Gary’s wish was that any memorials be directed to the Lymphoma/Leukemia Society or that friends simply perform random kind random kind acts in his honor.

Michael (Mike) Carpenter
Nov. 19, 1954-Oct. 3, 2012
We lost a great man, but gained a bearded angel. Mike loved the outdoors, hunting, camping, fishing and wildlife.
He was born in Bend, raised in the Bend/Redmond area. He graduated from  Redmond High School.He was great with animals. He had a built-in compass and never got lost.  Mike had a sparkle in his eyes, a mischievous grin, a good sense of humor and a  heart of gold.
You will always be in our minds and forever in our hearts.
I will miss my best friend.
Mike is survived by wife, Bessie; his beloved dogs, Star & Duke of Redmond; mother, Kay Strickler of Prairie City; sisters, Debbie (Steve) Corwin , Canyon City and Tori (Mike) Walker, Crooked River Ranch; nephew Dusty (Beth) Corwin, Culver; “Uncle Jerry” Strickler, Burns; eight great- nieces and nephews and many friends.
At his request, no service will be held. A remembrance will be held in the spring.
In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the Hospice House in Bend, or any humane society.

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