Robert “Bob” Verner Albright March 20, 1946 — May 8, 2013

Robert “Bob” Verner Albright passed away May 8, at his home in Corvallis, after an extended illness.

He was born March 20, 1946, in Bend to Robert and Maxine Lyons. In 1958, his mother married Warren Albright, who legally adopted Bob and his two brothers, Rusty and Pat. He attended elementary school in Bend and graduated from Madras High School in 1964.

He graduated from Oregon State University in 1972 after a stint playing trumpet in the U.S. Army band. He was a proud member of the OSU Pep Band while attending college. Bob worked for U.S. Bank for more than 30 years at branches in Madras, Lebanon, Amity, Salem, Corvallis and Albany. He later worked for other financial institutions in Corvallis and Albany before retiring from OSU Federal Credit Union in 2011.

Bob volunteered in the Lions Club and for United Way, and was a member of the Corvallis Rotary Club and the Corvallis Elks Lodge for several years. He was a longtime season-ticket holder and fan of the Oregon State football, basketball and baseball teams. An avid golfer, he maintained a thorough collection of souvenir balls from all of the courses he had played over the years.

He enjoyed vacations in Central Oregon and at Lake Tahoe, and was known to be a competitive thumb-wrestler. Upon retirement, he preferred the nickname “Vern” as a tribute to his maternal grandfather, but was known as “Banker Bob” to his friends at Golf City.

Bob was married to Eunice Huckins in 1970 and had two sons. In 1983, he married Diana Nuxoll Howard.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Albright; sons, Jeff (and wife Tracey) of Tigard, and Tim of Milwaukie; daughters, Dona Howard, Marci Howard (Greg Obrist) and Stephanie Howard (Kelly O’Donnell), all of Corvallis; brothers, Pat (Gin) of Eugene, Evan (Lori) of Bourne, Mass., and Stuart (Margaret) of Portland; sister Sarah of Portland; and mother-in-law, Alice Nuxoll of Clarkston, Wash. He also leaves four grandsons, Wyatt and Seth Lile of Corvallis, and Grant and Malcolm Albright of Tigard. Two additional grandchildren are expected in October.

He was preceded in death by his brother Rusty in 2003; and his parents, Warren in 2007, and Maxine in 2010.

It is suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Oregon State Marching Band or to the Lions Club Foundation.

WESLEY RUSSELL FERGUSON  January 13, 1938  -  May 11, 2013 Madras resident Wesley Ferguson passed away peacefully on May 11, at East Cascade Skilled Nursing Facility at the age of 75.

Wesley was born on Jan. 13, 1938, in Portland, to Russell and Marie Margareth Dombrowe Ferguson. During birth, his mother passed away. Later, Wesley’s father married Emma Spa, who was the only mother Wesley knew, and settled in the Metolius area.

Wesley attended Metolius Grade School and graduated from Madras Union High School in 1957. While residing in Metolius, he farmed for a number of years, maintained the landscape at Madras Dairy Queen, and mowed lawns for various individuals and businesses.

Wesley was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Madras, where he attended regularly. He loved his church family and worshipping there was a vital part of his life. A favorite pastime of Wesley’s was to listen to the Bible on tape.

In later years, he passed the time by driving his car all over and visiting friends at Best Club. He was well known by everyone in the community. He knew no stranger.

Survivors include his sister, Elaine Henderson; half-sister, Alma LaVere Gibson; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Fay Igo.

Memorial services were held May 18, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Madras. A private burial was held at the Old German Methodist Cemetery in Metolius with Bel-Air Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions in his name have been suggested to the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 675 N.E. 10th St., Madras, OR 97741, or the Jefferson County Historical Society, P.O. Box 647, Madras, OR 97741.

Steven Mark Voos

December 25, 1951 – May 4, 2013

A memorial service for Steven Mark Voos will be held at 11a.m., Saturday, May 25, at the Redmond VFW Hall, 1836 Veterans Way, Redmond, with reception to follow. Autumn Funerals-Redmond is assisting the family.


Thelma Krueger

In last week’s obituary for Thelma Krueger, the names of three siblings were not listed. She is survived by two brothers, Homer Haberstitch of Metolius and Fred Haberstitch of Boardman; and was preceded in death by her sister Marjorie Taylor.

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