October 31, 2015

Oct. 31, 2015 Redmond in Photos

A haunting at the Cascade Swim Center

Take a look at a couple photos from the Haunted Pool Party, Oct. 24. The Cascade Swim Center holds an annual Haunted Pool Party around Halloween every year. The party is open to local middle schoolers. Activities include a free swim, palm reading, and games.

October 28, 2015

Oct. 28, 2015 Obituaries

Virginia Noffsinger, of Redmond
Oct. 29, 1922 - Oct. 22, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals of Redmond is honored to serve the family. 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A private service will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: Brightside Animal Center, P.O. Box 1404, Redmond, OR 97756, or The Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

Nita Mae Scharmann, of Redmond
Sept. 4, 1938 - Oct. 21, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Celebration of Life on Oct. 30, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., at the Desert Meadow Club House, 520 NE Shoshone Dr., Redmond, OR, Interment at Willamette National Cemetery at a later date.

Keith Anthony Casey, of Redmond
June 19, 1939 - Oct. 22, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: Memorial service will be held on Oct. 29, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Redmond, OR

Doris M. Norris
1927 -  2015
Doris M. Norris, 88, of Lake Oswego, surrounded by her loving family, went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 5, 2015. Our “GG’’ will be remembered for her deep faith, kind heart, friendly smile, quick wit, musical talent and fierce love of her family.
She is survived by her son, William A. "Bill" Norris; daughter-in-law, Kris Norris; grandchildren Olivia and Ryan Bass, Andrea Norris and Kevin Grant, Scott Norris, Jeff and Karen Norris and Ryan and Amy Norris; great-grandchildren, Chester and Arthur Bass and Sophie, Sadie, Ava, Michael and Mason Norris; two sisters; and many adoring nieces, nephews, friends and their families.
Doris was preceded in death by husband, Harold; son, Charles Phillip "Phil"; granddaughter, Stephanie Ann; great granddaughter, Annabelle Lynne; and three siblings.
A celebration of life was held at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Lake Oswego, OR 97035, on October 17, 2015. Memorial contributions may be made to the church’s Barnabas or Deacon’s Fund.

Oct. 21, 2015 Obituaries

David Wallace Childress, of Sisters
July 29, 1948 - Oct. 11, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family.  541-548-3219.  www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: A service will be held at Chapel in the Pines, Camp Sherman on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 at 1 PM.  Reception will follow at Camp Sherman Community Center (next door to Fire Dept. in Camp Sherman).
Contributions may be made to: Chapel in the Pines 300 W. Hood Avenue Sisters, Oregon  97759

Marilyn Sue Winter, of Redmond
Feb. 23, 1934 - Oct. 12, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family.  541-548-3219.  www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: Service will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 44 P.O. Box  754 Redmond, Oregon  97756 541-604-0928

Sylvia Ethel Capehart, of Redmond
Oct. 5, 1918 - Sept. 30, 2015
Arrangements: Juniper Ridge Funeral Home, 678 N Main Street Prineville, Oregon 541-362-5606.
Services: A graveside service was held Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville, Oregon.

Leatha Donelia Sparlin Meredith, of Redmond
Jan. 30, 1917 - Oct. 10, 2015
Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel (541) 382-5592. Please visit our online register book at deschutesmemorialchapel.com
Services: A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Willodean Ward Bingham, of Eagle Crest
July 13, 1927 - Oct. 11, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A family ceremony will be held in Florida at a later date.

Phillip W. McKee, of Redmond
Feb. 6, 1963 - Oct. 12, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family.  541-548-3219.  www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: Family gathering will take place at a later date.

Jerri Mae Fejeron, of Prineville
Oct. 31, 1973 - Oct. 7, 2015
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family.  541-382-0903 www.bairdfh.com
Services: No formal services are planned at this time.

Evelyn E. Roberts
Feb. 12, 1921 - Oct. 14, 2015
Evelyn E. Roberts, 94, passed away October 14, 2015. She was a South Dakota ranching girl at heart, born in Conde, February 12, 1921. Her adoring parents were Charles and Gladys Rathbun. 
Evelyn was the eldest of their four children. Her love for her sisters was immense. She had treasured memories of spending winters in Pomona, California, with family. Evelyn graduated from high school in Groton, South Dakota, in 1939. 
She married Bob Roberts on April 24, 1944, in Portland, Oregon. Evelyn grew to be an Oregonian after living there for many decades. She worked for the State of Oregon, in the agriculture dept. of Brand Registration for many years.  
She loved her children with all her heart - Barbara Roberts, born in 1948, and Martin Roberts, born in 1952. Evelyn supported her children in their education, 4-H, their hobbies and sports. They were her pride and joy. Evelyn was also very proud to be a grandmother to Jessie and Layne Roberts. 
Later in life she became a loving mother-in-law to Betsy Robel, and grandmother to her young son, Brandon Gomez. Her grandchildren’s humor and antics delighted her. She equally loved to tease them and surprise them with funny Christmas gifts. 
Evelyn was generous with her spirit and her heart. She treasured her trip to Alaska with her daughter, Barbara. She loved to hunt and travel with her husband, Bob. 
She moved to Montana after her daughter, Barbara died in 2009. She lived independently just  one mile down the road from Marty and Betsy, until her death. Together, they would enjoy dinners on the deck, going for rides around western Montana, taking trips back to Oregon, and trying out new restaurants for breakfast and dinner.  
Evelyn was a gentle, loving, good natured, and independent little spirit. She really loved animals, especially miniature Pinschers.  She loved studying the weather, ranching life, and was a voracious reader. Evelyn was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Redmond Chapter. 
Evelyn was preceded in death by both parents, husband, Bob Roberts; sister, Unadell Stevenson; nephew, Roger Hauschildt; and daughter, Barbara Roberts.  She is survived by her sister, Connie Hauschildt; brother, Douglas Rathbun; son, Marty Roberts (Betsy Robel); grandchildren, Jessie, Layne, Brandon; and extended family. 
There will be a private family graveside service in Bend, Oregon, at Deschutes Memorial Gardens, on October 17, 2015.      Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home. 
Condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.missoula funeralhomes.com

Gary Newman
December 5, 1946–October 19, 2015
Born to Meribe & Walter Newman in San Paulo, CA, and raised in Washington State on the banks of the Columbia River, Gary attended Kelso High School and just recently celebrated his 50th class reunion.
He pursued his bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Oregon, which was interrupted on several occasions by voluntary service with Catholic charities, the Peace Corps–Paraguay 1969–1971, and the United States Army–Berlin. Gary had a boundless appetite for learning and discovery, which was evident in his pursuit of adventure in the outdoors and the diligent creation of poetry, photography, and prose.
His early career in Central Oregon included being a ski lift operator on Mt. Bachelor before continuing his journalism career at the Redmond Spokesman in the 1990s. He diligently recorded the news and times of Central Oregon happenings, first as a sports reporter and photographer, then later as the Spokesman editor. During his time with the Spokesman, he was synonymous with the sports community, building relationships on and off the field with the athletes and families of Redmond High School.
Gary is survived by his family, including his wife, Judy, and children Zen and Zoie, as well as his mother, Meribe, and sister Lora. He was much beloved by his coworkers and friends in the community. His memory endures as a strong and soft-spoken man with a gentle spirit. His time with all of us continues to becherished and remembered with love.

Oct. 28, 2015 Edition

Redmond news from the Spokesman

Get this week's Spokesman at a variety of places including Moe's Food Mart, Bi-Mart, U.S. Market, Country Nook, Grocery Outlet, and Pioneer Chevron.  

October 24, 2015

Oct. 21, 2015 Edition

Redmond News 

Get this week's Redmond Spokesman Newspaper at a variety of places including, Fred Meyer, Bi-Mart, Seven-Eleven, Westside One Stop, and Country Nook. 

October 16, 2015

Oct. 16, 2015 Column

Keep A Caring Eye On Your Neighbors

Published in the Spokesman: August 2014
ANIMALISMS by: Liza C. Little

It was the middle of a snowstorm several years ago in Wheeler County that several horses, dogs, cats and sheep struggled to survive freezing temperatures with no food, water or shelter. Their owner, an elderly woman, had passed away in her home unnoticed for several weeks until a neighbor realized something was awry and called for help.

The 16 horses had knocked down fences trying to reach nearby hay. Many of the dogs and cats had either perished or become too ill to recover. Thanks to several caring people, many of the animals were rescued. A happy ending to a tragic situation. This type of story begs the question, are we paying enough attention to our neighbors, friends, even strangers that may need help, or even to our own needs? People can suddenly find themselves in precarious situations, whether they fall ill, lose their job, or are going through a major change in their lives. Others like the elderly, especially living in rural areas, get too old to care for themselves or the animals they loved and cared for – until something changed life as they knew it. 

People have a hard time reaching out for help for so many reasons. Some don’t want to bother anyone with their troubles or needs; some may be too prideful to admit they need the help, and others just feel hopeless. Very often the animals suffer along during these times. Sometimes all they may need is a little help during feeding time, or maybe a bit of extra hay. They may need something more like advice on what to do with their animals they can no longer care for and others may just need to know someone is there if needed. It’s amazing how a simple gesture of caring can turn spirits around to feeling life is again worth living. A warm smile, offering a helping hand around the property or house, sharing a cup of coffee, or suggesting to help care for a precious animal friend could do wonders. Not only does it help the animals that may be struggling at their owner’s expense but it can give a glimpse of hope to a person, a breath of fresh air to carry on.

None of us are true strangers. Each person and animal strives for companionship, love and friendship. If we have the courage to knock on a door and offer help it may give someone the courage to reach out and ask you for help. Isn’t that one of the purposes of living, to help one another along this grand adventurous journey called life? Look out for each other; keep a caring eye on your neighbors and on our animal friends, we all need each other to survive.

October 14, 2015

Oct. 14, 2015 Edition

Hot off the press!

Don't forget to pick up this week's Redmond Spokesman Newspaper, available at a variety of places including Safeway, Terrebonne Post Office, Pioneer Chevron, Grocery Outlet, and Valero Gas. 

Oct. 14, 2015 Obituaries

Colonel (Ret.) Robert "Bob" F. Woollard, of Sisters
Feb. 5, 1945 - Oct. 4, 2015
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family.  Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to offer condolences and sign the online guestbook.
Services:  A Celebration of Bob’s Life with Military Honors, will take place at Sisters Community Church on Friday, October 16, 2015, at 11:00am, with viewing at 10:30am, and lunch immediately following the service.  Burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on Monday, October 19, 2015, at 2:00pm.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701, 541-382-5882, www.partnersbend.org

Andrew "Andy" Robert Velasquez' Jr., of Redmond
April 12, 1966 - Oct. 2, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family.  541-548-3219.  www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 2 PM at St. Thomas Catholic Church, located at 1720 NW 19th Street, Redmond, OR.  A Reception in the Parish Center immediately followed.
Contributions may be made to: The Bloom Project, 70 SW Century Drive, Suite 100-256, Bend, OR  97702 http://thebloomproject.org/donate/

Carol Lee Alexander, of Redmond
Feb. 28, 1938 - Oct. 3, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family.  541-548-3219 www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: Graveside service on October 15 at 10 AM at Powell Butte Cemetery.  Memorial service/ Celebration of Life at 7 PM at Powell Butte Christian Church, 13720 OR Hwy 126, Powell Butte, OR.

Norma Glenn Wiemer, of Redmond
June 11, 1924 - Oct. 8, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family.  541-548-3219.  www.redmondmemorial.com
Services: Funeral Mass was held at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 10:30 AM on Tuesday, October 13, luncheon followed.  Private family burial.
Contributions may be made to: St. Thomas Academy, 1720 NW 19th Street, Redmond, Oregon 97756, 541-548-3785.

James "Jim" Allan Mapes, of Sisters
Mar. 17, 1935 - Oct. 9, 2015
Arrangements: Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences in the online guestbook.
Services: The family will hold a private memorial in his memory.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care 2075 NE Wyatt Ct. Bend, OR 97701 541-382-5882

Robert "Bob" R. Parkinson, of Eagle Crest / Redmond
Sept. 23, 1928 - Oct. 2, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A family celebration of life will be held at a later date in California.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, 97701.

Carolyn Irene Palm, of Redmond
Nov. 27, 1938 - Oct. 5, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No services will be held at this time.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, 97701.

Charlene  Jeanette Russell, of Crooked River Ranch
Dec. 12, 1933 - Oct. 8, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals - Redmond, www.autumnfunerals.net, 541-504-9485
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Orra Rose Sides, of Redmond
July 22, 1938 - Oct. 3, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

James “Jim” R. Neal, of Sisters
Nov. 20, 1934 - Oct. 5, 2015
Services: Services will be held at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: BrightSide Animal Center or Bethlehem Inn. 

Steve Vaughan, of Prineville
Oct. 11, 1957 - Aug. 5, 2015
Services: Graveside service will be held at Redmond, OR Memorial Cemetery, October 16, 2015 at 1:00pm.

Milbert ‘Bert’ J. Bertsch
Aug. 23, 1920 - Sept. 25, 2015 
Bert Bertsch passed away in his sleep at the age of 95, on September 25th.
Bert was the fifth child of nine born to J.J. and Katherine (Dewald) Bertsch in McIntosh, SD, moving with his family in the late 1930s to Paul, ID where he worked on farms.
In Oct. 1942, he went into the Army and was shipped overseas Nov. 1943, to several of the South Pacific islands. He served with the 15th anti-aircraft artillery. He returned to the U.S., December 1945. 
He moved to Central Oregon in 1948 and married Geraldine Merchant Feb. 1952. They had three children together plus the two Geraldine brought to the marriage. 
He worked for Deschutes Valley Potatoes before going to work for Babler Brothers Const. for many years until his retirement in 1982. Bert and Geraldine spent many years traveling, camping and fishing on the very roads he helped establish while working at Babler Brothers. He loved his family very much and enjoyed telling his stories from his life to us all. He belonged to the V.F.W. Post #4108, Redmond, Operating Engineers #701 for 30 years.
He is survived by  his wife, Geraldine; Michael (Joelyn), Merlin (Cristy), Susan, and Kathy (Mike); eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; eight step grand- children and seven step great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, three sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.  
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters, one step daughter, one great-grandson, and two sons-in-law. 

October 10, 2015

Oct. 10, 2015 Redmond in Photos

High Desert Stampede

The High Desert Stampede is a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned rodeo in it's inaugural year and was held at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center Sept. 25 and 26. Multiple events led up to the rodeo, including a concert and barbecue contest. The High Desert Stampede was held in the last qualifying week for the 2015 season for both the Columbia River Circuit and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.  

October 8, 2015

Oct. 8, 2015 Redmond in Photos

2015 Festival Of Cultures 

Take a look at some photos from this year's Festival of Cultures at Centennial Park, Sept. 26. The Latino Community Association hosts the event every year. This year, 19 people took an oath of citizenship. The event is a celebration of the diversity in Redmond and surrounding communities. 

October 7, 2015

Oct. 7, 2015 Edition

Local Redmond News

Get this week's Redmond Spokesman Newspaper at a variety of places including Christie's Kitchen, Safeway, The Buggy Stop, Texaco Mini Mart, and La Burrito. 

Oct. 7, 2015 Obituaries

Robert "Bob" Daniel Miranda, of Redmond
July 21, 1928 - Sept. 27, 2015
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend, is honored to serve the family.  Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences in the online guestbook.
Services: A private memorial gathering will take place at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care 2075 NE Wyatt Ct. Bend, Oregon 97701 541-382-5882

Thomas Henry Burrell, of Terrebonne
Oct. 20, 1956 - Oct. 1, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals of Redmond is honored to care for the family, (541) 504-9485. www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A Graveside Service will take place Friday, October 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetery, located on Smith Rock Way in Terrebonne, OR.
Contributions may be made to: Name and phone # or address of charity only.

Steven Edward Roth, of Redmond
Feb. 24, 1970 - Sept. 18, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. www.redmondmemorial.com  541-548-3219.  
Services: Family gathering and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date
Contributions may be made to: Brightside Animal Center 1355 NE Hemlock Avenue, Redmond, Oregon 97756 541-923-0882

Daryl Lee Buerger, of Redmond
Dec. 5, 1946 - Sept. 20, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 
Contributions may be made to: National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, PO Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.

Cynthia Jo Lienkaemper, of Redmond
June 21, 1955 - Oct. 2, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Redmond 541-318-0842 www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A celebration of her life will take place in Arkansas, at a later date.
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care  2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701.

Lugarda " LaLa" Jimenez, of Redmond
Dec. 27, 1921 - Oct. 2, 2015
Arrangements: Prineville Funeral Home, 541-447-6459
Services: Family will be doing a private gathering at a later date.

Lila Evelyn Hill, of Madras
Feb. 5, 1920 - Oct. 2, 2015
Arrangements: Please visit our website, www.bairdfh.com, to share condolences in the online guestbook.

Jack Elwyn Hinds 
June 9, 1933 -  Sept. 29, 2015 
Jack Hinds died peacefully on September 29, 2015 surrounded by family after a lengthy struggle with Parkinsons disease. Jack was born on June 9, 1933 to Calvin and Florence Hinds in Dallas, Oregon. Jack grew up in Dallas, Oregon and was president of his senior class. He married his high school sweetheart, Verna Hampton on December 15, 1951. The same year he began a career in the lumber industry. He worked for Willamette Industries in Dallas, Oregon until accepting a supervisor position in Redmond, Oregon in 1965. He finished his career as General Manager of Crown Pacific and retired in 1992. 
Jack was a member of Central Oregon Shrine Club and Scottish Rite. He enjoyed driving the go carts for the Shrine Club throughout the states. He was president twice for the Shrine Club during his life membership. 
Jack always put his family first and enjoyed spending time with them. He loved golf, hunting, fishing, and camping. He enjoyed watching his grandson, Landon, at golf tournaments throughout the state.
Jack is survived by his wife, Verna; two brothers, David Hinds and his wife (Fern) and Wesley Hinds; two sons and a daughter, Mike Hinds (Carroll), Doug Hinds (Kelly), Cydney Moore (Randy); nine grandchildren, Travis, Jesse, Chad, Nicole, Nathan, Landon, Tayler, Rachael, and Johanna; and ten great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Florence Hinds, and a brother, John Hinds. 
A Celebration of Life was held October 5th, 2015, at the Masonic Temple, 1036 NE 8th St., Bend, OR.  The family suggests donations to the Central Oregon Shrine Club for the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

October 6, 2015

Oct. 6, 2015 Column

It’s Just A Little Rain

Pre-published in the Spokesman: September 2014
ANIMALISMS: by Liza C. Little

As summer begins to gently transition into fall some go into the change of season facing a loss of some degree and the loss of summer can be symbolic. This can make everything from the upcoming events of the new season to daily activities seem suddenly more challenging. It’s amazing how those rose-tinted glasses we wear can fade with the first hint of change coming. Our animal friends face their own losses too. Are they better at adapting than we humans are?

As I sit outside this evening there is a certain kind of magic in the air as the sun sets on the high desert and the cooler breezes tease our emotions as they push and pull to feel at peace again. I look to the animals and nature for answers. The squirrels scurry to collect more nuts, the bunnies nibble on the season’s last sprout of clover, the deer’s winter coats begin to come in and the fawn’s spots begin to fade. They take time to sit in the sun and lift their noses to the cool breeze and instinctively know it’s time to prepare for cooler days and colder nights. Gardens begin to produce their final harvest as if knowing their work is finished for the season. Even the trees sway majestically, anxious to present their bright colorful gifts to us.

Have you ever noticed how animals deal with loss? Many seem to have a mourning period but then amazingly, marvelously they just stop -- as if making a decision that their mourning period is finished. They begin to run in the grass again, chase a ball across the house, splash around in a pond, wag their tails as they are given love, stick their noses out the window and feel the exhilarating feeling of being in the wind. They seem to waste no time enjoying life again after a short mourning period. If we could somehow just lasso this magic!

They don’t make life harder than it has to be, they don’t clutter their minds with the why and should or hold on to anger and grief. They don’t maliciously hurt one another. They live in peace together and in the present moment. As fall then winter comes upon us, the message they silently speak to us is to be calm, slow down a little, prepare your nest and reflect. Let the act of summer letting go into fall be a symbol for you to let go. Allow the shorter days to encourage you to write a new page in your book of life, get to know yourself, give to others unconditionally, forgive yourself and others, take warm baths, make comforting soup, spend time with your loves ones.

The storms will come and they will rock your world but they will also pass and while they are here, do as the animals do: be alive, lift your face to the invigorating breeze, soak up the sunshine and remember the animals mourn too, but only for a brief moment. Somehow they know it’s just a little rain falling into their world that will soon pass….that’s all.  

October 3, 2015

Oct. 3, 2015 Redmond in Photos

32nd High Desert Swap Meet & Car Show

Take a look at this year's Central Oregon Old Cars Club Swap meet and Car show at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center Sept. 12. It's Central Oregon's largest one day automotive event!