December 19, 2012


 Eugene Anthony Neketin, of Crooked River Ranch
Oct. 21, 1932 - Dec. 5, 2012

Arrangements:Autumn Funerals, of Redmond, 541-504-9485,
Services: A private ceremony will take place at a later time.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond and Sisters, 732 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR.

Margaret Risteen Peterson, of Redmond
Aug. 18, 1933 - Dec. 13, 2012

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, 541-504-9485;
Services: A private interment will be followed by a public service Friday, Dec. 21,  at 2:00 p.m., at the Community Presbyterian Church, 529 NW 19th St., Redmond.

Neal B. Harvey, of Redmond
Jan. 18, 1928 - Dec. 9, 2012

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals of Redmond, 541-504-9485,
Services: Memorial service was held at City Center Four Square Church, 549 SW 8th St., Redmond on Sat., 12/15/12 at 12:00 PM.

Doris Virginia Ray
Dec. 31, 1925 - Dec. 12, 2012

Doris V. Ray of Redmond, Oregon, formerly of Beaverton, Oregon, died December 12, 2012, of age-related causes.  A Celebration of Life will be held in Portland, at a future date.
Doris Virginia Featherston was born in Ontario, Oregon, on December 31, 1925, the youngest of the eleven children of Frank L. and Pearl E. Willoughby Featherston.  She graduated from Vale Union High School.
In July of 1946, she married John A. Ray Jr; they later divorced.
During her marriage, Doris was a homemaker.  In her forties, she began a second career as a medical receptionist.  She volunteered for several organization, and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi for over 50 years.  She enjoyed snow skiing, gardening and traveling, especially to Europe.  She moved to Redmond in 1999.
She was predeceased by all her siblings and their spouses.  She is survived by daughter Rhonda McLain and husband, Mac; son Rodney Ray; grandson Rian Burke; granddaughter Michelle Shelenski, and husband, Greg; step-grandchildren, Chris McLain and wife, Kim Matulef, and Alison Heath and husband, Michael; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Interment Evergreen Cemetery, Ontario, OR.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society or to Hospice of Redmond. 
Many thanks to the staff of The Heights Assisted Living and Hospice of Redmond for their loving care. 
Arrangements by Redmond Memorial Chapel.

Margaret R. Peterson
Aug. 18, 1933 - Dec. 13, 2012

Margaret Risteen Peterson, of Redmond, passed away at her home December 13, 2012, surrounded by her family.
Margaret (Eseke) Peterson was born August 18, 1933, in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Moving to Spokane, Washington, at the age of 8, she attended schools in Spokane graduating from North Central High School and Eastern Washington College with an associate's degree.
Margaret married Marvin L. Peterson in 1955, they enjoyed a beautiful marriage of 57 years. Marvin preceded her in death September 17, 2012.
She worked as a bookkeeper for Erikson's Stationery for many years before retiring.
Her interests included bowling, travel, fishing, camping, trips to Reno and Kah-Nee-Ta and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her two brothers, Sterling Moreside of Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada, and David Eseke of Arizona; sons, Mark of Corvallis, Oregon, Greg, Jeff and Tim all of Redmond, Oregon; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death was her brother, David Moreside.
A private family graveside service at Redmond Memorial Cemetery will be followed by a public service at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at the Community Presbyterian Church, 529 NW 19th St., Redmond, with refreshments to follow.

December 12, 2012


Amber June Mason, of Redmond
June 17, 1927 - Dec. 5, 2012
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond
Services: Memorial service will be held at 2 pm , Dec. 16, 2012 at Redmond Christian Church, 536 SW 10th St., Redmond, OR.
Contributions may be made to Redmond Christian Church Projector Fund, 536 SW 10th St., Redmond, OR 97756.

Wallace "Wally" J. Hunter, of Black Butte Ranch
July 11, 1922 - Dec. 9, 2012
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home
Services: Per Wally's request, no services will be held.
Contributions may be made to Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, Oregon 97701,

Julia "Pat" Wainright, of Redmond
Aug. 23, 1918 - Dec. 5, 2012
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home
Services: No services will be held.
Contributions may be made to Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, Oregon 97701,

Iowa Adell Roberts, of Redmond
July 13, 1916 - Dec. 4, 2012
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
Services: Memorial service was held December 8 at Redmond Memorial Chapel.

Janet Irene Brott, of Crooked River Ranch
Dec. 22, 1933 - Nov. 20, 2012
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond,
Services: A family gathering will be held at a later date.

Fredric ‘Fred’ Lee Hall
Dec. 4, 1933 - Dec. 6, 2012
Fredric (Fred) Lee Hall of Redmond, Oregon, passed away in his sleep at home on December 6, 2012, at the age of 79. Fred was born on December 4, 1933, in Meeker, Oklahoma, to Andrew and Dora (Gilbreth) Hall.
In 1935, Fred and his family moved to Oregon. Fred attended school in Central Oregon; finishing his school years in Prineville. Fred played football and ran track in high school. He was selected as All American football player, he was on the Shriners Football Team and was state champion in track in the 100 and 400. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea until his discharge in 1955.
On January 12, 1957, Fred married Sharlene Fae Nelson, in Reno, Nevada. They lived in Prineville, Oregon, until 1963, then Madras, Oregon, until 1975, when they relocated to Redmond.
Fred owned and operated Hall Electric, working as an electrical contractor and working side by side his sons until his passing.
He was a past member of the Elks Lodge and a current member of the Oregon Hunters Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on the farm, going to auctions and loved watching sports and spending time with his family.
Fred is survived by his wife, Sharlene Hall; two sons, Clayton (Heidi) Hall and Clinton (Patty) Hall; three grandchildren, Cory, Raina and Ashley; two nieces, Melody Biggs, Mary Gustafson; and one nephew, Andy Martin. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ruth Martin.
A private graveside was held December 11, 2012, at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association or Oregon Hunters Association, Redmond Chapter.
Please sign our online guestbook at

John Gordon Ramsey
Nov. 2, 1951 - Nov. 29, 2012
John G. Ramsey of Redmond, Oregon, died November 29, 2012, at the age of 61. John was born November 2, 1951, in Oregon City, Ore., to Buddy L. and Lillian F. (Fisher) Ramsey. John graduated from Clackamas High School. After graduating, he moved to Tacoma, WA, and worked as a laborer in the shipyards. He is survived by a son, Brent Q. Ramsey and his wife, Amber Ramsey of Forks, WA; 4 grandchildren; son, James Wilbur of Neah Bay, WA; 3 brothers, Ronald L. Ramsey, Michael R. Ramsey and James L. Ramsey all of Redmond, OR; and a dear friend, Ann Roelle of Redmond, OR.
A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2013. Please sign our guestbook at

Light the night

Ron Wouda is on a mission.

He makes the rounds of the variety stores, the home improvement chains and the thrift stores, sometimes every day. He prowls the aisles looking for close-out Santas, recycled snowmen and colorful lights on clearance.

The former pharmacy technician is retired; he has the time.

As transplanted Alaskan, it's no great surprise he would hate long, dark winter nights. But it's a bit unusual that a man raised as an orthordox Jew, a man who did little more during his 26 years up north than hang some miniature lights in trees in the yard, would choose to combat the dark with a holiday light display that puts the Vegas Strip to shame...

Read more about Ron Wouda and his goal to light up the night in Redmond in this week's Spokesman, now on newstands!

December 5, 2012

Ice Rink Angel

Her expertise began at nine years old, as a San Francisco Bay Area kid who found her love for figure skating.
Now, 43 years later, Karen Walz, who helped train elite skaters as a physical therapist for the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Portland, is back for a second straight winter at the Redmond Ice Skate Rink, ready to pass on her knowledge to those looking to pick up or improve in the sport...

-- see the rest of the story about Redmond's ice rink angel in this week's Spokesman, Dec. 5!

December 4, 2012


Eldon "Sparky" Loyd Kellas, of Redmond
Jan. 24, 1920 - Nov. 27, 2012

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel
Memorial services were held Dec. 4 at Redmond Memorial Chapel, and Dec. 6 at The Church at Rockwood, Portland Ore., with committal following at Willamette National Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701.

Kenneth Lee Raines, of Redmond
Nov. 5, 1958 - Nov. 14, 2012

Arrangements to be determined by Jaimie Raines, 503-999-7975
Contributions may be made to:

Maureen "Renie" Mulford Rehard, of Redmond
Aug. 11, 1939 - Nov. 23, 2012

Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home 541-382-0903;
Services: No services are planned at this time.
Contributions may be made to: American Diabetes Association,, "Make a Memorial Gift"

Doris L. Walker, of Redmond
June 26, 1927 - Nov. 24, 2012

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel
Services: Mrs. Walker has requested no services.
Contributions may be made to Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct. Bend, OR 97701.

Irene Mercado Ponte
Sept. 1, 1942 - Nov. 17, 2012

Irene Mercado Ponte, of Redmond, succumbed Nov. 17, 2012, after a long illness. She was 70. Irene was the youngest daughter of parents, Alfonso Mercado and Esther Rivera of Brooklyn, NY.
Irene married the love of her life, Frank Ponte Jr. in 1959. Irene and Frank moved to Redmond in 2006, where she devoted time as a volunteer at a local assisted living facility, where Frank passed away in 2011.
Irene is survived by her three children, Debrah Shearer and Mike Ponte, both of Klamath Falls, and daughter, Annette Witzel of Redmond; grandchildren, Stephanie Potter & Jerry Shearer Jr and their spouses; great-grandchildren, Melanie and John Jr., all of Klamath Falls; special nieces, Magdalene Mercado & Lisa Marie Weyh; and numerous nieces and nephews in Idaho and Southern California.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Desert Meadows Manor in Redmond, Ore., on
Dec. 22, at 2:00 p.m.
Donations may be made in her honor to St. Vincent DePaul of Redmond.

Debra Joan Wayne
1959 - 2012

Debra Joan Wayne passed away on November 20, 2012.
Debra is survived by her parents, Carlos and Ruth; husband, Donald; daughter, Julia; grandson, Eli; sister, Deann; and brothers, Donald and David.
Debra celebrated life as a childbirth assistant and doula, helping bring over 40 newborns into the world.
She was an avid quilter, hand sewing beautiful quilts for family, friends and as donations to non-profit organizations. She loved her family, her friends, and her animals. Contributions in memory of Debra may be made to the Humane Society of Redmond (, helping the animals she loved so much.