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Obituaries for the week of 4-17-13

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Bettie “Louise” Campbell

March 3, 1926 - April 7, 2013

Madras resident Bettie “Louise” Campbell, 87, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2013, at her son’s home in Terrebonne.

Louise was born in Bend to Verl and Everett Rice on March 3, 1926. Her family lived in Orland, Calif., and she attended Berkeley High School, graduating in 1944.

She moved back to Madras shortly after graduation and married Verne Campbell in 1946. The Campbell family ranched near Warm Springs and in the Grizzly area. They lived several places in Central Oregon, but Louise’s favorite was the ranch along the Nechako River in the Fort Fraser area of British Columbia, Canada. In 1973, the family returned to Madras.

Along with ranching and raising her sons, she worked as a secretary at Kah-Nee-Ta Hot Springs and at the Warm Springs Federal Fish Hatchery. In retirement, she and Verne enjoyed RV traveling, hiking and entertaining. She was an active member of her church, as well as being a member of the Jefferson County Cow Belles for many years.

Louise is survived by her three children, Donald V., Ray E. and Kim L. Campbell. She was very proud of her seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Verne Sherwood Campbell; her first child, Rusty; her three sisters; and both her parents, Verl and Everett Rice.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

Bobby Dean Jackson

August 20, 1931 - March 30, 2013

by: SUBMITTED - Bob JacksonBobby Dean Jackson passed away at home, surrounded by family, on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the age of 81.

Bob was born the youngest of 13, to Flossy Jackson and Bill Zane on Aug. 20, 1931, in Joplin, Mo. He graduated high school and entered the U.S. Air Force in 1950, where he served for four years.

He met and married the love of his life, Kholeen Lloyd, on April 17, 1954. They welcomed their first and second born, Roy and Pama in 1955 and 1956. He earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Pittsburg State Teacher’s College, Pittsburg, Kan., and later received his Master of Social Work from the University of Kansas in 1961. He and Kholeen welcomed their daughters Lana and Gina in 1964 and 1968.

Bob worked as the administrator for the adolescent unit at Osawatomie, Kansas State Hospital, and then as the director of the Crawford County, Kansas Mental Health Department.

In 1978, the family relocated to Madras, when he took a job working as the Health and Social Services branch manager for the Warm Springs Confederated Tribes, and then for the Bureau of Indian Affairs until he retired in 1992.

Several family businesses, group vacations and years of relaxation later, Bob went to work for BestCare Treatment Services in Madras, providing mental health treatment until he retired again in July 2012, at the age of 80.

A family man first, Bob could always be spotted in the bleachers at every wrestling match, softball, basketball, football or volleyball game, and at the head of the table for every birthday, get-together and holiday.

He came with tools in hand, ready to work when anyone had a project, and always had a minute for you when you needed one. Anyone who knew him, knew his true passion was people. He treated all with kindness, compassion and respect.

He was a public servant at heart and left a positive imprint on those he met. He was a giving man, whether you needed some advice, a hand up or a handout, he’d do anything to lend a hand.

Bob will be remembered for his dedication to those in need, his strong work ethic, integrity, loyalty and gentle nature. His legacy will live on in the generosity and humility paid forward by those whose lives are better for having him in it.

He is survived by his four children and their spouses, Roy and Tena Jackson, Lana and Derrick Mauritson, and Gina and Tony Hernandez, all of Madras, and Pam and Tom Widolff of Troutdale; grandchildren, Kelly (and Scott) Murray, Haley (Jeremiah) Thornton, Vanessa (Mike) Romero, Jake (Ashley) Urbach, Kyle Urbach, Brandon and Tyler Hernandez, Matthew and Eric Widolff and Andrea Walker; and six great-grandchildren, Maile and Koa Murray, Finn Thornton, William and Katherine Walker, Madeline and Michael Widolff, Brycen Urbach; and companion to Bob and our family, Georgia Gallegos of Madras.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Kholeen Jackson, his parents and 12 siblings.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life Saturday, 2 p.m., May 18, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Juniper Junction Relief Nursery, P.O. Box 940, Madras, OR 97741 or the Smile Train www.smiletrain.org.

Richard Adelbert Porter

June 5, 1936 - April 2, 2013

by: SUBMITTED - Dick Porter, man of the wildernessHeaven just got a little more exciting as Richard “Dick” Adelbert Porter entered the Pearly Gates on April 2, 2013, after getting the most out of his nearly 77 years of life.

Dick was born in Klamath Falls, on June 5, 1936, to Adelbert Richard and Ruby Porter, and was raised with sisters Bobbie and Bev in Glenwood, Ore.

He was an outstanding baseball player and the student body president at Springfield High School, where he was also valedictorian of his class. In addition, Dick was devoted to service at a young age, earning the honor of Eagle Scout for his efforts.

After spending his first two years of college at a school in Eugene, he was accepted to the School of Pharmacy at Oregon State University, where he graduated with honors.

While in school he met the lovely Nancy K. Ziolkowski, whom he married. In 1959, shortly after he graduated, they moved to Madras, where they celebrated the birth of their first son John, in September 1959. John was soon joined by siblings Chuck, Julie, Peter and Helen.

While in Madras, Dick owned several pharmacies with the last being Porter Pharmacy in a clinic by the new Madras hospital. In 1973, he married Sunny Grant and welcomed children Linda, Sunya, Cindy and Lane into this 1970s “Brady Bunch” family.

Most of the family worked at some time or another at the Porterhouse Bar and Lounge that he and Sunny owned and operated. One of the many great things about Dick was that he never met a stranger. He welcomed everyone into his life, and if a person was down on their luck, Dick would make sure they had a place to live (often his home), would provide them a job in the restaurant or bar, and make sure their physical and medical needs were taken care of.

Dick was also a devoted community leader and church member. He was on the board of directors for Jefferson County Little League for years, back when the Jefferson County All-Stars went to or won state championships on a regular basis. Dick was also a devoted servant of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

He was involved in numerous other community activities. Whether it was coaching the Porter Pounder baseball team, or sponsoring the top-tier Porterhouse pool teams, good times were had by all as Dick was a master of the good time.

Dick loved to hunt and fish. For years, his state record lake trout hung proudly at Oscar’s Sporting Goods.

In the early 80s Dick and Sunny moved to the woods near Chiloquin on the Klamath Indian Reservation. Dick was proud to be a tribal member of the Klamath Nation, and worked for tribal housing.

He and Sunny opened a specialized group home for severely disabled adults on their five acres of garden and pasture. They devoted more than a decade to providing dignified and loving care to folks that could not care for themselves.

Dick spent a great deal of his time with family and friends traveling in the woods of the Klamath Reservation in harmony with the eagles, deer, and other wildlife.

In 1994, Sunny passed away after a medical complication took her life at the young age of 57. Dick was devastated and fortunately made it through this period of life with the support of his family.

In 1996, he met and married Helen Morris, and they moved to Arizona to be closer to John and Chuck. Dick loved tailgating at Cardinal football games and attending Diamondbacks games as he and John had season tickets to both. He was fond of the desert and enjoyed the spectacular views the desert has to offer.

After eight years, the summers proved to be too grueling and he moved back to Klamath Falls, planning to live the rest of his life with sister Bobbie after separating from Helen.

After Bobbie passed away, Dick welcomed Helen back into his life as she too had medical difficulties and ultimately passed on five years ago.

Dick moved to where his roots were in the Willamette Valley, where he could spend happy times with Chuck, Julie, Helen and their families. The good times continued to roll with grandchildren graduating, celebrating holidays and birthdays and enjoying those he loved.

Chuck, Julie and Helen took turns taking care of Dick and his developing medical complications. Finally, the 19 surgeries he experienced over his life took their toll. He never complained about his numerous broken bones, surgeries, scars, etc., preferring to focus on what is good in life.

Dick is survived by his sister, Bev; children John, Chuck, Julie, Peter and Helen, and their spouses, Johanna Porter, Valerie Tolbert Porter and Steve Stout; grandsons, Justin, Sam, Jackson and Conner; nieces, Debbie, Kim, and Kelli; nephews Mike and Steve; and numerous cousins and other relatives throughout the West and friends all through the country.

The family will announce summer plans for a formal Celebration of Life near Chiloquin and it is hoped that everyone who knew Dick Porter can look back and smile about a man who brought great joy to everyone he knew.

Sara Marie Yager

October 18, 1953 - April 3, 2013

Madras resident Sara Marie Yager, 59, passed into eternal rest on April 4, 2013.

She was the second child of James and Elouise McDermott, who preceded her in death.

Sara is survived by six siblings, Connie Frum, Raymond Gregg, Doris Yager, Rose Yager, Tina Good and Robert Gregg; and many nephews, nieces, and a host of loving friends.

Until health forced her to retire, Sara worked as a certified nurses assistant, specializing in caring for the elderly. She had the special gifts of kindness, caring and understanding that made her so good in her chosen field.

Those who looked beyond the surface, were rewarded with a true and loving relationship with a remarkable woman. Sara was generous, loving, loyal and kind to a fault.

She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date, with arrangements under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.



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