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  • Kolby McMahon

    Updated Jul 9, 2024

    With heavy hearts, we announce Kolby McMahon passed on June 19. It is certain that her vibrant spirit and kind heart will remain in our hearts forever. Kolby Genevieve McMahon was born in Redmond on August 9, 2009, at 7:01 p.m. Right from the start, she had a spark that could light up a room. Just barely a year old, Kolby made the move to Texas, and even though it was hot and humid, she played for hours outside with nothing but pink cowgirl boots and a diaper. Her love for... Full story

  • Atigun John Dethlefs

    Updated Jul 9, 2024

    It is with profound sadness that the family of Atigun John Dethlefs, age 14, announce his tragic passing on June 19. Andy and Mary Dethlefs welcomed their first born Atigun John on June 25, 2009. He came into this world in a time of darkness, two weeks after the passing of his uncle, Ian Ferguson. Over time that darkness became filled with his light. His smiles, giggles, and just raw energy brought comfort to all of us. Atigun was intensely curious from day one. He was constan... Full story

  • Kenny Miller

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    December 31, 2023, was the day I lost my best friend, my wonderful husband, the love of my life, Kenny Miller. For four years Kenny had many threatening illnesses. In the last five months, tongue cancer was discovered. There was no hope of beating the cruel and painful disease. He was 93 and he has said he was "grateful to have lived this long." Kenny wanted to live his last years in the wonderful home he built for the two of us that he loved so much, overlooking a beautiful... Full story

  • Robert "Rand" Houk

    Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Robert "Rand" Houk was born February 5, 1948, in Seattle, Washington, to Robert and Bette Houk. After his birth, the family moved to Milwaukie, Oregon, where he attended school. Many lifelong friends were made and continued throughout his lifetime. Rand spent every summer at McKee's Beach on Puget Sound, a special place to be with his grandparents. He and his older brother had many adventures there. In his early years, he began his rodeo career as a bull rider in the Pacific... Full story

  • 'Oxintheriver' Rade Michael Oxman

    Updated Jun 3, 2024

    Mike was a devoted fly fisher, finding solace, joy, and spiritual connection in the flowing waters that freed his soul from the trials of everyday life. The Metolius River was his sanctuary and playground, where the ultimate challenge lay in hooking a fish, landing it gently, and releasing it back to its watery domain unharmed. This ritual defined much of his life, a journey of perpetual learning and observation as he navigated the river's ever-changing currents. He cherished... Full story

  • John Schibel¬†

    Updated May 7, 2024

    John Schibel of Sisters passed away on March 2, from Alzheimer's disease. This dreadful disease took his memory, but in the end could not destroy his essence of kindness, goodness, and generosity. He was one of a kind and he lived life with a moral compass that allowed him to see the good in almost everyone. He worked at making sure things were done correctly. He visualized, planned, and brought ideas to fruition. His travels through life compelled him to wait many years for... Full story

  • Jon Rev-Dude

    Updated Apr 30, 2024

    It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our beloved husband and father Jon Rev-Dude. Jon Rev-Dude, was born in Seattle, Washington, on January 8, 1971, and passed away on April 15, 2024, in Bend. After graduating from Mt. Baker Senior High School, Jon proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army from September 14, 1989, to December 16, 1992. During his service, he demonstrated exceptional dedication and received several awards and... Full story

  • Evonne C. Lockman

    Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Evonne C. Lockman passed peacefully in Sisters on April 11, 2024. She was born January 17, 1940 in a ranch house in Kintyre, North Dakota to Jacob and Freida Moch and was the oldest of 15 children. She attended Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, majoring in secretarial science. In 1965, she moved with her family to Oregon where she met Kenneth Lockman of Pleasant Hill. They married on July 3, 1965. Evonne enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and volunteered in church... Full story

  • Thomas "Tom" Cornwall III

    Updated Apr 9, 2024

    Thomas "Tom" Cornwall III, beloved son, brother, friend, and husband, passed away on March 22, 2024, at the age of 43, after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on April 11, 1980, and attended K-12 in Sisters, graduating in 1998. His departure has left a profound void in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him. Tom was a remarkable individual whose selflessness knew no bounds. Throughout his life, he exemplified the essence of compassion,... Full story

  • Cecil Carl Hector

    Updated Apr 9, 2024

    Born in Burbank, CA to Carl and Twyla Hector. He joined the Navy in 1943 at age 16. When asked if he was underage, he humorously replied, "I had my mother's permission." After World War II ended, he left the service in 1947. When Korea happened, he patriotically re-upped in 1951. The military sent him home to take care of his young and growing family. He served on 18 battleships and 11 carriers. He had a great memory: he could recite many facts, including the name of every shi... Full story

  • Warren Pearson Seaward

    Updated Apr 2, 2024

    Warren P. Seaward, age 91, passed away March 17. He left to rejoin Nancy, his wife of 62 years, and celebrate St. Patrick's Day together once again. Warren's life was defined by his love for his family, his sense of duty, his great love of the outdoors, a heart for community service, and his mischievous sense of humor. Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, to Reverend Carl and Rachel Seaward, Warren spent his childhood summers working at the family's summer camp in New Hampshire.... Full story

  • Josefina "Jo" Malaga Hanks

    Updated Apr 2, 2024

    Our mother, Josefina "Jo" Malaga Hanks, of Camp Sherman, 102 years, born on September 19, 1921, has joined her late husband, J. Wayne Hanks, and the rest of the Atizado Rodriguez family members who have gone before her in heaven: E. Kay and Gwendolyn L. Hanks; Jose and Primitive M. Atizado and their children Victor, Ralph, Alex, Dominica, and niece Evelyn A. Rodriguez. She passed away in her sleep on March 14, 2024. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and aunt, and lived... Full story

  • Susan Ann De Voe

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Susan Ann De Voe, 86, of Black Butte Ranch, passed away peacefully at home on March 21, 2024.She was born in Salt Lake City on July 7, 1937, to parents EJ and Mildred De Voe. She is survived by her lifetime best friend of over 50 yeas, Phyllis Lees, cousins, Mary (Mal) Wolfson, Dick (Jan) Mitchell, Chris (Don) Mochel, and numerous friends and former students. Sue began playing golf at a very young age, displaying a passion and superior talent for the game, winning her first... Full story

  • Scott Armond Brooksby

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Scott Armond Brooksby was born August 13, 1962, in Eugene, Oregon to Linda and Gerald Brooksby. He was the eldest of seven children and spent his early years in Minnesota until moving to Portland in 1972 where he spent the remainder of his childhood, graduating from Beaverton High School in 1981. Scott graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA and went on to earn his law degree at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1994. While working at law... Full story

  • Donald Eugene Hancock

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Donald Eugene Hancock passed away from age related causes on March 21, 2024. at his apartment in The Lodge at Sisters, where he and his wife had made their home since 2021. Don was born in 1927, to Willis and Ethel (Lingbloom) Hancock in Yakima, Washington. Don was raised in Selah, Washington. While young, Don was active in the Selah Swingsters, playing both the coronet and trombone and with the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Life Scout prior to leaving for WWII. Don enlisted... Full story

  • Ietje van Dobbenburgh Orr

    Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Ietje van Dobbenburgh Orr, 93, a former long-time resident of Sisters, passed away March 10, in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Ietje is survived by her daughters Chapin Zakrzewski of Portland, Oregon, and Missy Orr (Dave Bullamore) of Holly Springs, North Carolina, granddaughter Alyssa Kuwik (Jordan) of Edgewood, Washington, grandson Garrett Zakrzewski (Leanna) of New Orleans, Louisiana, great-grandson Lincoln Zakrzewski and several second and third cousins in her native... Full story

  • John T. Turner

    Updated Mar 22, 2024

    John T. Turner of Sisters left this life on March 9, 2024. He was 99 years old. Born in Sayre, Arkansas, on January 5, 1925, to Albert and Effie (Machen) Turner. He attended public schools in Casa Grande, Arizona, graduating high school in 1943. He graduated from Park University in Parkville, Missouri. He joined the military at 17, serving in Europe with the Eighth Air Force, flying combat missions in a B-17 during World WarII. He served with the 378th Bombardment Group in... Full story

  • Evan Lee Vujnovich

    Updated Mar 19, 2024

    Evan Lee Vujnovich, born April 17, 1989, passed away on September 27, 2023, at the age of 34. He was born in Templeton, California, to Steven and Sherri Vujnovich. He loved to fish, surf, and bowl. Evan graduated from Honoka'a High School in 2007 in Hawaii, where he lived with his dad and Hanai Mother Renee'. He then joined the U.S. Navy in 2007, serving honorably for four years. He rose to the rank of E3, earning many medals. He leaves behind his mother, Sherri; his father,... Full story

  • Warren "Dale" Coats

    Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Warren "Dale" Coats went home to be with the Lord February 4, while at the Partners in Care Hospice House in Bend after battling Lewy body dementia. Dale was born January 22, 1939, in Rock Springs, Wyoming, to James and Vera Coats. His childhood years were spent in Long Beach, California. His wonderful high school years were attended at Jordan High School in Long Beach. His 1956 Chevy was his prize possession, and he especially enjoyed being president of a very active car... Full story

  • Kenneth "Bruce" Shaull

    Updated Mar 12, 2024

    Kenneth "Bruce" Shaull, 78, of Woodland, CA, passed away on February 16, 2024, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Bruce was born on November 5, 1945, to Verl and Georgia Shaull in Cushing, Oklahoma. In 1950, the Shaull family relocated to Oregon. Bruce graduated from Gresham High School in 1963, he then went on to study business administration and technology at Oregon State University, graduating in 1967. In 1958, while attending 4-H summer camp, he met Susan Davis,... Full story

  • Kim Tyner (House)

    Updated Mar 5, 2024

    On February 17, Kim Tyner (House) passed away unexpectedly. Her absence leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of the countless people she touched. Born July 25, 1951, in Wrangell, Alaska to Donald and Margaret House, she was a restless spirit right from the get-go. To the horror of her father, she bought a Honda 90 motorcycle as soon as she was old enough. Later, sold it and acquired a 150 model. After taking her dad for a nerve-wracking ride, he remarked, "She gets it from her... Full story

  • Gary Dean Grittman

    Updated Mar 5, 2024

    On February 17, at the age of 89, Gary Dean Grittman peacefully left us to be with his forever love and wife, Lucy. Gary was born in Esbon, Kansas on October 31, 1934, in a one-room cabin on his grandmother Kincheloe's property where his parents, John and Enid Grittman, were living. Gary was the oldest of three children, Larry the second child and Bonnie the third born. They moved from Kansas to Grants Pass, Oregon, in 1941 looking for a better life. There were four adults... Full story

  • Barbara "Barb" Thorne

    Updated Feb 27, 2024

    Our beloved mother, Barbara "Barb" Thorne, passed away on December 24, 2023, at the age of 74, in her hometown of Sisters. She was surrounded by the love of her close-knit family. Her battle with cancer over the last 8 years showed her courage in facing life's challenges, and her unwavering faith in God. She left a legacy of faith and love to her family and friends. Barbara was born on October 30, 1949, in Everett, Washington, to parents Bill and Mildred Dady, and was raised w... Full story

  • Peter Corbett Morgan

    Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Peter Corbett Morgan, age 80, passed away January 14, at home in Sisters. Peter was born to Rosina and Howard Morgan in Washington DC in 1943. He was the oldest of four. His childhood was spent in Oregon with memorable years on their sheep farm in Monmouth and later at the Black Butte Ranch. He graduated from Portland State University with a degree in English. In 1966 Peter married Virginia Morley and they had three daughters. After serving in the Peace Corps, Peter was a... Full story

  • Mary Ellin Handelin Goodwin

    Updated Feb 20, 2024

    Humble and loving super mom. Mary was born in Oakland, California, but was raised in Coos Bay, Oregon (then known as Marshfield). Mary was one of four children. She attended the University of Oregon, and married Alfred (Ted) Goodwin shortly after graduating. Mary was a stay-at-home mother, raising four kids while Ted pursued his legal career. Many happy times were spent as a family visiting Coos Bay, Central Oregon, and Death Valley, California. Mary dedicated a lot of her... Full story

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