October 14, 2015

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. 

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