4.21.2009

Obituaries

Stephanie E. Pedro
June 23, 1945 - April 12, 2009
Arrangements:Prineville Funeral Home, 541-447-6459
Services: Memorial Services will be held on Saturday; April 25, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Harwood Park in Prineville, under the covered area. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Opportunity Foundation in Redmond, P.O. Box 430 Redmond, Ore., 97756.

Virgil Ray Britain
Sept. 12, 1933 - April 6, 2009
Arrangements: Burns Mortuary, Pendleton, Ore., 541-276-2331
Services: Friday April 24th, 2009, 2 p.m., at Burns Mortuary followed by graveside service at Olney Cemetery, Pendleton, Ore. Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Toys for Tots.

Michael C. Schelberger
August 25, 1961 - April 19, 2009
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend, 541-382-0903
Services: Private services will be held at a later date. Contributions to Partners in Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, Ore., 97701.

Bonnie Clabaugh
Dec. 28, 1927 - April 12, 2009
Arrangements: Macy and Son Funeral Directors www.macyandson.com
Services: Held Saturday, April 18 at Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum, McMinnville, Oregon.

Ferlin James Beall
Sept. 25, 1955 - April 15, 2009
Arrangements: Prineville Funeral Home, 447-6459
Services: At his family's request there will be no public services.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Porfily
May 22, 1929 - April 12, 2009
Charles "Chuck" Porfily, 79, passed away on April 12, 2009, while surrounded by family at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon.
Chuck was born in Prineville, Oregon, May 22, 1929, to Ralph and Bertha (Maben) Porfily.
He married Margaret Anne Ballantyne, September 1951, in Prineville, Oregon.
Chuck worked in the logging industry until an accident forced him to make a career change. He became an Ag teacher in 1953 and worked for the Redmond Union School District until 1971 when he moved his family to Lebanon, Oregon, to take a position as Vocational Director with Lebanon Union School District. He retired from Lebanon Union School District in 1980. After retirement, he sold real estate and he and Marge managed three mobile home parks in Bend, Oregon and Kennewick, Washington. In 1996, Chuck retired for a second time and they moved to Bend, where he worked part-time for Pak-it Liquidators until 2007.
Chuck had a fantastic sense of humor and enjoyed being with family. He loved the outdoors, hunting, and watching sports. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, and five brothers. Chuck is survived by his wife, Marge; one brother (Ivan Porfily); his three daughters and their husbands, Diane (Dave) Putnam (Redmond); and grandchildren, Katie (Shad) Cole, Kevin (Allea Thomas) Putnam, Kimberly (Alex) Putnam-Spreier; Karen (Dean) Spady (Eagle, Idaho) and grandchildren, Nicholas (Amber Gaskey) Spady, Kristen Spady; Susan (Rich) Graves (Mt. Wolf, Penn.); and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Partners in Care (Hospice), 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, Ore. 97701.
Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Bend, Oregon. A memorial service will be held on June 6, 2009 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Redmond, Oregon.
For additional information or clarification, please contact porfilyfamily@gmail.com


C. Irene Perry
March 11, 1921 - April 7, 2009
Irene Perry was born in Topeka, Kansas, daughter of Clarence and Inez Gordon, and passed away in Redmond, Oregon.
Irene attended Washburn University in Topeka and was a proud member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. She worked for the Santa Fe Railroad as an auditor, which was quite the accomplishment for a woman of that time. In 1951, she married a career Air Force man, James R. Perry, Jr. She and Jim enjoyed the military lifestyle and were thrilled to share it with their two daughters, Jeannene and Michele.
In 1965, they retired from the Air Force and settled in Redmond, Ore., to pursue Jim’s dream of raising Arabian horses. Irene took to the ranch and enjoyed the country lifestyle. In later years she became an avid bridge player and relished in the lives of her grandchildren.
Jim preceded her in death in 1994. Irene is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannene and Michael Aid, Michele and Denny Tremblay; also her five grandchildren and their spouses, Jeff and Athena Harrison, James and Kelly Brown, Jasen and Denise Brown, Heather and Jeffrey Albright, and Kimberly and Chad Gorton; and seven great-grandchildren, Grady, Ali, Isabel, Corbin, Gabe, Taisey, and Nevaeh and was looking forward to the birth of identical twin boys.
Irene had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. She was an excellent mother and grandmother and a good friend to all that knew her. Our world will be changed forever with her passing, but we are so enriched to have had her in our lives.
Per Irene’s wishes, she was cremated. Redmond Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A private memorial will be held at a later date.

John August Schulke
August 6, 1924 - April 8, 2009

John A. Schulke was born August 6, 1924, in Cass Lake, Minnesota, son of Edmond and Helen (Kutzner) Schulke, and died April 8, 2009, in Redmond, Oregon. A private family service will be held at a later date.
John attended elementary schools in Bend before moving to Walla Walla, Wash. He later met and married Lila R. (Free) Schulke in Walla Walla on February 2, 1944. He served in the United States Navy during WWII and was discharged December 25, 1945 in Bremerton Washington. He moved back to the Bend-Redmond area where he was a fireman with the Bend Fire Department. He then became self-employed with John’s Heating Service of Bend & Redmond.
John was preceded in death by his mother and father. John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lila R. Schulke; two sons, John Timothy Schulke and Terry Reid Schulke; his daughter, Deborah Ione Higginson; one brother, Henry Schulke; and a sister, Helen Kingsley; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
John was a lifetime member of the Redmond VFW and he greatly enjoyed fishing locally and crabbing the Alsea River at the Oregon Coast.
Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to Redmond-Sisters Hospice in Redmond, Oregon.
Redmond Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the final arrangements.


Robert D. Middlekauff
Feb. 17, 1932 – April 16, 2009
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals, Bend. 541-318-0842
Services:Memorial Service was held Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

Tharel Gilbert Johnston
June 2, 1923- April 4, 2009
Goodbye to our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend, Tharel, who was born on June 2, 1923, in El Cajon, California, and died on April 4, 2009, in Redmond, Oregon.
A beautiful young woman, she met a compassionate and loving man, our handsome father, Glenn. Children of the Great Depression, Mom and Dad married on Nov. 6, 1943, in Coquille, Oregon.
She served as Dad’s partner, giving birth to five children, Terry (‘45), Duane (‘49), Lonnie (‘52), Elaine (‘57) and Dale (‘63). Mom and Dad were a team, adept with their hands and their minds. Both were artists in their own way, Dad at his upholstery shop where Mom assisted and Mom at her Coquille fabric shop and Redmond sewing and monogramming shop, Our Personal Touch, begun with her daughter and partner, Elaine.
Dad’s death in 1991 saddened the entire family and left Mom grieving and lonely. In 1999, she married Johnny Johnston with the blessing of her children, and continued running her shop.
Mom was always an excellent cook who could make a tasty meal from almost nothing and could seemingly create a banquet of delicious food in the time it would take most cooks just to get organized. She was always an attractive woman who kept herself fashionable and fit to her final days.
Never one to be idle, in her retirement years, Mom continued her business work as a part-time venture from her home while her family grew to include 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Johnny was of considerable help to her in her retirement business. She always enjoyed a lively discussion of political, religious and social issues, and was never hesitant to voice her personal opinions. She enjoyed gardening and took pride in her flower beds, watching the birds at her many feeders, and the deer who peered into her windows. She liked to travel and was an avid reader. She always had a very soft place in her heart for animals, especially dogs, cats and horses.
What did we learn from you, Mom? Work hard, persevere in the good times and bad, convey a sense of humor, and provide love and commitment to one’s partner and family. Thank you, Mom, for your life and the lessons you taught us. May you find eternal happiness.

Joseph Ferguson
July 12, 1924- Jan 15, 2009
Joseph "Wayne" Ferguson of Crooked River Ranch passed away January 15, 2009, after a long, courageous battle with MDS-Myelodysplatic Syndrome.
There will be a celebration of life for friends and family at Ranch Chapel (Crooked River Ranch, 5060 Clubhouse Rd), 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2, 2009.
Wayne Ferguson was born in Sacramento, Calif., on July 21, 1924, to Fred and Irma Ferguson. He was the third of four children. His family were the last farmers that farmed with draft horses in the Sacramento Valley. Wayne graduated from San Juan High School in 1942. He was drafted into the Army in December of 1942 where he served in the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion in Europe. He was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge in Malmady, Belgium and battles in the Ardennes. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
In 1942, before entering the service, Wayne went to work for Southern Pacific Railroad as a rodman in the engineering department. In 1983 he retired as Regional Engineer with headquarters at Union Station in Portland, Oregon. Wayne loved the railroad and the people.
In 1983, Wayne and his wife, Ruth, built their own log home at Crooked River Ranch where they had purchased 5 acres in 1978. Wayne was very community minded, serving 5 years as a fireman in the Crooked River Ranch Volunteer Fire Dept. and then in the auxiliary. He also served 7 years on the CRR water board.
Wayne was active in the CRR Lions Club until his death. He served as President for two years and Vice- President for one year. He was awarded both the Helen Keller and the Melvin Jones Fellow awards.
On May 6th, 1978, Wayne married his wife, Ruth (Frances Ruth Coleman), who survives. Wayne had four children, Joseph Wayne, Jr (Merrillyn), Lincoln, Calif.; Linda Lianne Bailey (Rex), Lincoln, Calif.; Daniel Patrick (Terrie), Aloha, Ore.; and David Michael, who passed away in 1960. Also surviving are stepsons Cory Bryson McKelvey (Laura), Portland, Ore.; and Kevin Gene McKelvey (Nanette), Omaha, Neb. Wayne has 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Wayne was a man well loved and respected by all who knew him. He will be so missed but Wayne was definitely prepared for this next step in his life.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ranch Chapel, 5060 Clubhouse Rd., Crooked River Ranch, OR 97760; Hospice of Redmond/Sisters, 732 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756; Crooked River Ranch Volunteer Fire Department, 6971 SW Shad Rd., Crooked River Ranch, OR 97760; or CRR Lions Club, PO Box 1163, Crooked River Ranch, OR 97760.

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