August 19, 2015

Aug. 19, 2015 Obituaries

​Robert C. (Bob) Brown
June 12, 1925 - Aug. 3, 2015
Bob Brown was a good man! He was born June 12, 1925 in Michigan.  His family moved to Redmond in 1936 and Bob knew that he had found home.  For the rest of his life he would emphatically tell everyone that he lived in the best city in the best state in the best country in the world.
Bob graduated from Redmond High School on May 20, 1943 and proudly joined the US Navy on June 10th.  After serving three years as a radar man on the USS Cleveland in the South Pacific,  he returned home and married his beloved wife, Laurel (Ovens) on March 3, 1946.  Together they raised two children, Marc and Terri, and later took great joy in becoming grandparents to Cody and Kaci.  
Bob became a barber and remained such for 45 years. Bob was an excellent carpenter and built three homes, the first entirely by himself.  Bob and Laurel had a wonderful life together for 59 years until she passed from cancer in February, 2005.  Later, he married Helen Johns and they enjoyed another ten years together.
Upon his retirement Bob stayed very busy including assisting his daughter, Terri as the delivery person for her two floral shops, being very involved with church activities, serving on the Deschutes County RFPD #1 Board of Directors, and delivering Meals on Wheels with Helen.  During his quieter moments, he loved to feed the birds and write poetry.
During the last few years, congenital heart disease slowly robbed Bob of his physical strength but he struggled as best he could for as long as he could.  He finally succumbed quietly in his sleep on the evening of August 3rd.  He was 90 years old.
We will remember his kindness, generosity, wonderful smile, unstoppable sense of humor and outgoing personality.  He had a wide circle of friends and was a gracious host.  He had an unending belief in hard work and he believed strongly in the Golden Rule.  Bob Brown was a good, good man!!
He is survived by his sister, Olive Stillson in North Dakota; children, Marc Brown and Terri Burwell, grandchildren, Cody Burwell and Kaci Aslamov, Daniel Gonzalez and Vladimir Aslamov.
The family suggests memorial gifts be sent to the Community Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1689, Redmond, OR 97756.

Clyde Edward Penhollow
Sep. 12, 1935 - Aug. 9, 2015
Clyde was born in Redmond to D.L. “Penny” and Marie Penhollow, the oldest of six boys.  He graduated from Redmond Union High School in 1954.  On May 30th of that same year, he married the love of his life, Carolann Sawyer, and they wasted no time starting their family.  Clyde and Carolann had seven children between 1955 and 1962.  Over the next 60 years, their family grew to include 16 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.  Clyde was very proud of everyone in his fine family.  
Clyde was a pick-up and delivery truck driver in the Central Oregon area for many years, and even after retirement continued as a truck dispatcher during forest fire season.  Clyde served in the Oregon Army National Guard from 1954 to 1957.  Over the years, Clyde volunteered for many local organizations including Kiwanis, 4H, Deschutes County Sheriff Posse, and was once the Beef Superintendent at the Deschutes County Fair.  Clyde was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years and served as the Redmond Fire Marshall from 1974 to 1977.
He is preceded in death by his parents, D.L. “Penny” and Marie; as well as his son, Donny.
Survivors include his wife, Carolann; and his children, Sally (Buck) Smith, Jill (Steve) Fairbank (both of Montana), Jan (Jerry) Zimmerman, Bill Penhollow, Ann (Phil) Platt, and Jim (Lisa) Penhollow (all of Redmond); as well as 16 grand children and 24 great grand children.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM at the Powell Butte Christian Church on Saturday, August 22nd.  Contributions can be made in Clyde’s memory to the D.L. and Marie Penhollow Foundation.  Please contact Powell Butte Christian Church at 541-548-3066 for more details on donating to the scholarship foundation. Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the Penhollow family. Please sign our on line guestbook at

Mavis Lorraine (Knorr) Jones
Sept. 8, 1927 - Aug. 8, 2015
Mavis Lorraine Jones of Eugene, passed away peacefully with all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren at her side on August 8, at age 87, from kidney failure.  
She was born September 8, 1927, in Bend, OR, to Robert and Gertrude (Butler) Knorr. She graduated from Redmond High School in 1945, and from the University of Oregon with a BA in English in 1949. 
She married Raymond ‘Buzz’ Jones in Redmond, OR, on September 4, 1949.  They were married for over 60 years before his death in 2010.
After her marriage and before her children were born, Mavis was a social worker for the State of Oregon. After her children were born, she was a working mother, raising three children while employed by the State of Oregon Employment Division in the Eugene- Springfield area as an employment specialist.  She retired in 1985, with over 25 years of service. During their retirement years, she and Buzz enjoyed water skiing, hiking, bird watching, and traveling throughout Oregon, all 50 States, Canada, and Mexico.   
They also enjoyed doting on their granddaughters, and Mavis more recently thrilled at being able to see her great grandsons, who called her GeeGee.
She is survived by daughter, Elaine Jones (Pat Ventura) of Tempe, AZ; and sons, Greg (Rita) of McMinnville, OR, and Bret (Mickey) of Eugene, OR; granddaughter, Sara Ventura Blass (Drew); and great-grandsons, Jonah and Isaac Blass of Des Moines, IA; granddaughter, Emily Ventura Pentecost (Trevor) of Tempe, AZ; brother, Robert ‘Bobby’ Knorr of Redmond, OR; niece, Robin and nephew Rob.
There will be a graveside service on Saturday, August 22, at 11:30 a.m., at Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond, OR.

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