Alice Takeyo Sugano died on March 14, 2013. She was born April 26, 1931, in Kaneohe, Hawaii, to Makita and Kiya Takebayashi and went to grade school with the famous Hawaiian singer Don Ho...married her pen pal Albert Toshiro Sugano on May 27, 1954...raised three children in Southern California until 1973, when they moved their family to Redmond, Oregon.
Alice was best known in Central Oregon for her work in the fabrics department at Payless Drugstore, and even when the store changed hands to Rite Aid, she was kept on staff despite getting rid of her department. She eventually retired at around 73 years old.
Her favorite things in life were chickens, sewing, hot air balloons, her dog Sachi, Don Ho, and Ichiro Suzuki before he changed from the Seattle Mariners to New York Yankees.
She is survived by her brothers, Fred and Joe Takebayashi; and her sister, Grace Lee; children, Sharon Sugano Cratty and her husband, Rick, sons Dale Mitchell Sugano and his wife, Cheryl, and Gene Allen Sugano and his wife, Silver. She has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at the Redmond Memorial Chapel, on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A memorial service will follow at Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond at 11:00 a.m.
Donna Arlone (Lonie) Bibler, 78, of Redmond. Oregon, died after a brief illness on March 8, 2013.
Lonie was born in Hebron, North Dakota, on March 20, 1934, to Elaine and Lee Kuhlman. She graduated from Mill City High School in 1952 and attended Oregon State University. She was married to Marvin Frank Bibler on August 23, 1953.
Lonie is survived by her husband of sixty years, Marvin Bibler of Redmond, Oregon; her three children, James Bibler, Jon Bibler, Jodi Bibler Muckelbauer; and four grandchildren, Jeredan Bibler, Jameson Bibler, Cal Muckelbauer and Kelsey Muckelbauer.
She loved to golf and was a member of the Ladies of the Greens golf club. She was also a lifetime member of the Bend Soroptimist Club.
A celebration of her life is planned for early spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Charles Foundation, Advance Illness Management, 2500 N.E. Neff Rd., Bend, OR 97701
Gerald ‘Gary’ Anthony Edwards
Nov. 24, 1961 - Mar. 12, 2013
Gerald "Gary" Edwards of Redmond, OR died at his home Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the age of 51. Gary was born November 24, 1961, in Montrose, Colorado. He graduated from Bend High, and worked in the automotive industry most of his life. In the last few years, he worked at Jake's Diner.
He was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church. He enjoyed cars and Elvis Presley.
Gary leaves behind his daughters, Viktorya and Joanne of Redmond and Meggan and Christal of Bend; 11 grandchildren; his wife, Georgette; parents, Don and Carol Tyrrell; sisters, Ronda and Christine; brothers, Donnie and Steven; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Gerald's residence, 1122 NW Canyon Dr., Redmond, at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Services: A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pine Forest Grange, 63214 Boyd Acres Road, (1/4 mile north of the Boyd Acres Rd./Empire intersection)
Donald Keith Owen
August 20, 1931 - March 3, 2013
Donald Keith Owen of Redmond, Oregon, died March 3, 2013 at the age of 81. He was born August 20, 1931 in Myrtle Point, OR to John and Ollie (Ray) Owen. On May 1, 1955, Don married Vonnie Van Tassel in Redmond. Don worked for the Seventh Day Adventist Church as a Christian Book Salesman until his retirement.
Don is survived by his wife, Vonnie Owen; sons, Keith of Salem, OR, Kim of Redmond, OR and Keryl of Kent, WA; 7 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in his name may be made to Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus c/o East Salem Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5575 Fruitland Rd. NE, Salem OR 97317-3334.
"Tucked into the stack of books in the children’s section of the Redmond Library, nestled between “Good Night Moon” and “Peter Cottontail,” are 11 very special books, books that can’t be found anywhere else. For about eight years Redmond-area fourth-graders have been creating their own storybooks and the best of the bunch are chosen to grace the shelves of the library for as long as their rigid cardboard covers last, to be checked out and read by countless children."
Read all about Redmond's own literary contest in this week's Spokesman, on newsstands Wednesday!
"A High Buzzing Adventure" from author Shelby McCauley