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Andersen, Eldon Thor  
Eldon Thor Andersen, 92, passed away on June 17, 2015. Eldon was born in Eugene in 1923 to Clara and Thorvald Andersen. During his youth, his family moved often, and Eldon lived in Junction City, Eugene, Portland, and Yakima. Eldon graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma. He was in his second year at Oregon State University when his education was cut short by WWII. Eldon joined United States Coast Guard. As crew member of the destroyer escort Howard D. Crow, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean 24 times escorting military convoys. He spoke often about his experiences in the Coast Guard, the most important part of which was meeting his wife Janet (Ehler) Andersen while at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. They were married on February 23, 1946, and enjoyed over 69 years of marriage. After the war, Eldon returned to Oregon, where he farmed 140 acres east of Junction City, off Dane Lane. He initially grew various fruits and vegetables, and ultimately was recognized as a pioneer in growing specialty seed crops, now a big part of local farming. In his retirement, he and Janet enjoyed traveling in their RV and to annual Coast Guard reunions. Eldon was active in the Harrisburg Museum, collected cast iron tractor seats, and enjoyed being creative with a junk metal pile and welder. He was an advocate of a strong handshake and of good old-fashioned arm wrestling. Extremely affable and kind-hearted, many was the time Eldon would be caught chatting with someone he just met as though they were old friends. For the past 9 years, he and Janet lived with friends old and new at the Junction City Retirement Center. In addition to his wife Janet, Eldon is survived by their daughters, Susan Sims and Christine Andersen; granddaughter, Diane Kono, and her husband, Kevin Kono; and two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and William Kono, all of whom will miss him dearly. Per his request, there will be no service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisburg Area Museum at 490 Smith St., Harrisburg, OR 97446.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 1, 2015
Aten, Larry Jack  
Larry Jack Aten, 66, passed away on June 19, 2015 while paddle boarding on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. Larry was born in Roseburg, Oregon on November 28, 1948 to Clifford and Blanche Aten. Larry graduated from Roseburg High School in 1967. He received his bachelor's degree from Northwest Christian College in 1994. After working for many years as a salesman for Frito Lay, he returned to school and completed his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Oregon. He worked at the Serbu Detention Center and then Direction Service where he worked primarily with at risk youth and their families. Larry married Margie Moore in Coos Bay, OR in 1980. They settled in Eugene in 1981 and have resided there since. If Larry could be summed up in 3 little words it would be, "He Loved Life." He had a joyful, exuberant energy and an outlook that never failed to inspire - and he knew how to make people laugh. He was the uncommon person who made the world a better place. He loved the simple pleasures: the call of an osprey, a beautiful sunset, a walk on the beach, picking blackberries and a clear night with a full moon. He was a breath of fresh air. He loved Mt. Pisgah - he hiked it almost every day and he saw something different and beautiful every time. He loved the people he talked to and their dogs and anyone who hiked Pisgah regularly came to know Larry. In addition to his wife, Margie, Larry is survived by his brother James (Jim) and his wife Gayle. A Celebration of Life will be held on August 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum's White Oak Pavilion.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 5, 2015
Basaraba, Kay  
March 26, 1921 - June 25, 2015 Kay Basaraba, 94 of Springfield, Oregon passed away at home, on June 25, 2015. Kay was the daughter of Felix and Marie (Shabatura) Malkowski, immigrants from the Ukraine, she was born in a sod house built by her grandfather in Billings County, North Dakota. Kay grew up in North Dakota, when she was a young girl she met the love of her life, William R. Basaraba. Kay was only seventeen the first time Bill asked her to marry him but they decided to wait until he returned from serving in World War II. After serving four years in the United States Marines, Bill and Kay were married February 9, 1946. In 1966 their family moved permanently from North Dakota to Oregon. They were married for almost 40 years, when Bill passed away in November, 1985. Kay never married again, she dedicated her time to her family. Bill and Kay had seven children, four boys and three girls, and they were always proud of the fact that they had all seven children in seven and a half years. Bill and Kay were also proud of the fact that three of their sons served America, in the United States Army during the Vietnam war. 1946 - Jimmy Basaraba, (Kathy) 1948 - Curtis Basaraba (Judy) 1949 - Robert Basaraba 1951 - Marlene Lewis (Charles) 1953 - Darol Basaraba (Margie) 1953 - Carol Richmond 1954 - Paulette Jobanek (Colin) Kay had ten grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and nine step-great-grandchildren. Kay was known as Baba by all her grandchildren, Baba means grandmother in Ukrainian. Kay was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family and attending all their activities and events, but she also loved traveling, gardening, dancing, singing, making Ukrainian art, and food. Kay was an honorary member of the Cottage Grove Hidden Valley Women's Golf Club, and a member of the Cottage Grove DoDah Group. Kay will be dearly missed by all her family and friends. Memorial contributions can be made to: The Ukrainian Veselka Dancers, at: www.gofundme.com ~ or ~ % Kay Basaraba - Veselka Dancers, Nativity Ukrainian Catholic Church, 704 Aspen St., Springfield, OR 97477 A Celebration of Life/potluck will be held at 5:00 pm on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Calvary Chapel Cottage Grove, 1447 Hwy 99N., Cottage Grove, OR 97424. Arrangements by Springfield Memorial Funeral Home.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 3, 2015
Betterton, Tammy  
July 3, 1959 - August 15, 2014 Our beautiful wife, sister, friend, and extraordinary foster mother found peace at last. Tammy was born in Eugene to Glenn and Johnnie Hirschey. She was the flower lady at the Thurston Albertson's for many years. Survived by husband Larry, siblings: Sherry Volk, Springfield, Debi Jones, Eugene, Chuck Hirschey, Reedsport, best friend Glenda Williams, and foster daughters Celeste and Mikayla.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 3, 2015
Blaster, Michael G.  
Michael G. Blaser 1969 - 2015 Michael G. Blaser (Pete), age 46, of Eugene, OR, passed away Thursday, June 25th due to respiratory complications. Michael loved his family and the outdoors. He is survived by his parents, children and siblings. A service will be held Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 1:00pm at the River Road Annex 1055 River Rd. Eugene, OR 97404. Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.majorfamilyfuneralhome.com to share memories and sign the guest book.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 3, 2015
Bridgman, Mary  
Mary Bridgman Mary Martha Coury Bridgman, age 92, died June 22, 2015, in Eugene, OR, of age-related natural causes. Mary was born February 18, 1923, in Westernport, MD, to Mary George (Bunader) Coury and Mansour John Coury, the youngest of four siblings. As a girl, she was the first person to swim in her town's new pool, spent hours in the local movie theater while her Lebanese immigrant parents worked in their ice cream parlor, and loved singing (she sang for the troops at USO events). In 1940, she graduated from St. Peters High School and moved to Cumberland, MD, where she held jobs at Eastman Kodak and radio station WTBO. In the mid-1940?s, she moved to Washington, DC, where she worked for WARL and then NBC. In 1955, she married Robert Bridgman; shortly thereafter, they moved to Beirut, Lebanon, where he worked for McGraw-Hill, and she enjoyed living in the "Paris of the Middle East" and met relatives she had never known. In Beirut, she gave birth to daughter Anne. Back in the U.S., she and her family moved to New Jersey, where she stayed for 25 years except for a three-year stint in Amsterdam when her husband was assigned there with Time/Life. For many years, she was a loving stay-at-home mom before re-entering the workforce with Sharp Electronics. Throughout her life, she enjoyed cooking gourmet meals (including the best grape leaves ever), traveling, sculpting, singing (songs from the 40?s were her favorites), eating vanilla ice cream, laughing with relatives and friends, playing Scrabble, and taking care of her cats. In 1989, she was hit by a car while crossing the street and spent six months in hospitals and rehab centers, emerging healthy due to incredible grit and strength. She went on to volunteer in local public schools and at a soup kitchen, win fitness enthusiast of the month at her local YWCA, and continue to travel the world. In 1998, she was overjoyed to become a grandmother and moved to Arlington, VA, to be closer to her family. She subsequently lived with her family when her son-in-law was assigned to embassies in Prague, the Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2010, she moved with her family to Eugene, settling into Sheldon Oaks, where she loved to play bingo and dress up at Halloween. Mary's kind, caring ways, her sweet disposition, and her warmth and humor will be greatly missed. Mary is predeceased by her parents, her ex-husband, her siblings (Lillian, Edna, and Joe), and two children (Robin and David). She is survived by her daughter Anne, son-in-law Keith, granddaughter Laurel, and nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the attentive and loving individuals who helped care for Mary in her later years; Anne, Peggy, and Edna; her medical practitioners; Pacific Hospice; and the staff of Sheldon Oaks. A memorial service for Mary will be held at Sheldon Oaks (in the library) on Sunday, July 12, at 4 p.m. A mass will be said for Mary at St. Paul's Catholic Church on Monday, July 13, at 8:30 a.m.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 5, 2015
Brown, Elva Irene  
Elva Irene Brown passed away on June 27, 2015 in her Springfield home, where she lived for nearly 50 years. Elva was 100 years of age. She was born on July 9, 1914 to Martin and Josephine Moyer in Salem, Oregon. An only child, Elva moved to Springfield with her parents in the eighth grade and graduated from Springfield High School in 1932. She worked for Southern Pacific Transportation Company in Eugene, which is where she met and married her husband, Carlton Brown. In 1952, Elva gave birth to twin boys, Martin and Myron Brown. Martin lives in Wilsonville, OR and Myron resides in Creswell, OR. Carlton died in 1970 and Elva continued working for the railroad until her retirement in 1975, following 33 years of injury-free service. Her father and grandfather had both worked for the railroad as well. Up until recent years, Elva attended Northwood Christian Church where she was a faithful member for over 50 years. She attended the Springfield First Christian Church for many years prior. In addition to her church attendance and activities, Elva provided caregiver services for family members and other elderly individuals. She also rented out a portion of her home to college students over the years. Elva's hobbies included gardening, reading romance novels, sewing, going to movies, activities at the Willamalane Senior Center, and spending time with her family and friends. Elva had three grandchildren, Kara Moore of Anchorage AK, Matthew Brown of Pryor OK, Carl Brown of Beaverton, OR and two step grandchildren, Kevin Kroeplin of Corbett, OR and Robert (Mackey) McClenathan of Nashville, TN. She had three great grandchildren, Augustus (Gus) Moore, Buddy Brown, and Rogue Brown, and four step great grandchildren, Maverick, Solomon, Lilia, and Rocky McClenathan. Elva's family members say she was "very independent, loving, caring, and always willing to laugh." The family shares many fond memories growing up around her and recall how at family gatherings she was "first in line for dessert." A private family burial will be held at West Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Eugene, Oregon.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 4, 2015
Crownover, Bobby  
Bobby J. Crownover B. 2-19-28 Shawnee, OK D. 6-21-15 Eugene, OR He is survived by his four children: Barbara Lebow, James Crownover, Sharon Mosteller, and Richard Crownover. He was the proud grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 5. His memorial will be held at Trinity Baptist Church in Springfield on July 18th at 11 am.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on June 30, 2015
DeSpain Jr., Leo C.  
November 29, 1936 - June 27, 2015 Leo Cleart DeSpain Jr, of Eugene, passed away on June 27, 2015, age 78, of a pulmonary embolism. He was born November 29, 1936 in Portland, Oregon to Leo Cleart DeSpain Sr and Christine Elizabeth Steele. As a child he lived in Empire, Oregon where he met Nancy Rae Hutchinson. They were married on October 6, 1962. They were married 52 years. Leo was a Corporal in the US Marine Corp. and a Staff Sergeant in the Oregon National Guard. He retired from Georgia Pacific. Following retirement he enjoyed reading anything related to history and spending time with his family and friends. Leo is survived by his wife, Nancy; his 5 children, daughter Doreen Wilson of Eugene; son Rod of Harrisburg; twin daughters Lori Ross of Harrisburg; Lorena Austin of Farmington, MN and son Aaron of Eugene. Leo had 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a nephew Lynn DeSpain of Salem and niece Kim Brandt of Eugene. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and 2 sisters. There will be a celebration of life for Leo at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 12th at Royal Oaks Mobile Home Park, 4900 Royal Ave Rec Hall, Eugene. You are invited to please visit and sign his guestbook at www.musgroves.com.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 5, 2015
Dewey, Ann Solvig  
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, July 11, at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Eugene for Ann S. Dewey who passed away June 23 of natural causes. Our precious Ann just turned 94. She was born June 7, 1921 in Brush Prairie, Washington to Lona (Rivenes) and Rudolph Reinertson, the second of seven children. Being 100% Norwegian, she was named Solvig Angeline Reinertson. Solvig was the name of a Norwegian Princess and Angeline was short for "angelic" according to her father. She went by Angeline, shortened to Ann. The family moved to Burns, Oregon in 1930 and Ann graduated from Burns Union High School. She helped out in her father's truck line between Bend & Burns, in the family's shoe store, and later at J.C. Penney's. Ann met and fell in love with a handsome young man from the mid-West who was a lumber buyer intern for Edward Hines Lumber Company by the name of Jay J. Dewey. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Oak Park, Illinois on February 2, 1943, while he was on leave from the Army Air Corps. during WWII. They lived in Florida until Jay was deployed to Europe and Ann returned to Eastern Oregon. After the war was over, their one and only child, Janice Ann, was born October 29, 1946 in Burns. The family of three moved to Lake Oswego in 1954, when Jay was transferred to the Portland office of Edward Hines Lumber Company. Three years later there was another transfer to the home office in the Chicago area - living first in Oak Park, and then settling in Wheaton, where Ann worked as a surgery scheduler for a medical group. With Janice married and on her own, in 1967 Ann & Jay followed their dream and returned to Oregon, residing in Eugene, Westfir, & then Creswell. Following Jay's death in 1990, Ann moved to Edgewood Townhomes in Eugene. She was a member of Central Lutheran Church and later Emmaus Lutheran Church. In 2006 Ann moved to Willamette Oaks where her sister, Lorna, lived and she developed many friendships. Ann made a final move in November, 2014 to Waterford Grand, where she had a view of the beautiful Willamette River and her beloved hummingbirds while being cared for by the wonderful staff and hospice up to the time of her passing. Ann's first love was her family and her friends. She took pride in the accomplishments and successes of her family; they were a testament to her. Throughout her life, Ann, was a supporter and encourager of her daughter's and grandsons' journeys and challenges. Ann loved gardening and she also was a very accomplished seamstress making many of her daughter's clothes (including the faux suede "hot" pants for Janice in the 60's). Ann will be remembered for her fastidious appearance and elegance. Each day she would dress as if she was going to work, with jewelry & purses to match her jackets and having her hair perfectly groomed. Sweet Solvig Angeline (Ann) will be missed by family, friends and all who knew her. She is survived by her daughter, Janice Wardan of Eugene; her sister, Corrine Bunyard (Don) of Coos Bay; two grandsons: Charles Robert "Rob" Wardan (Susan) and Scott Randall Wardan (Tonia); 3 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay. Memorial contributions can be made to CASA-Lane County, 174 Deadmond Ferry Road, Springfield, OR 97477. Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove's at West Lawn Memorial Park. You are invited to sign the guestbook at musgroves.com and access their obituary.
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Published in Eugene Register-Guard on July 5, 2015
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