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May 4, 2006
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Death Notices & Obituaries for May 04, 2006

LONG, Harold Lee " Age 66, of Carlan, Nevada, passed away on May 2, 2006. Arrangements pending. TAYLORS FAMILY CHAPEL (541)679-6983.

MATTHEWS, Betty Jean " Age 79, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, passed away May 3, 2006. Arrangements pending. MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL CHAPEL (541)863-3148.

PETERSON, James Clyde " Age 78, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on May 2, 2006. Arrangements pending. Chapel of the Roses (541)673-4455.

Alan W. Hubbard

HUBBARD, Alan W. " Age 81, passed away on April 27, 2006. He was born in Sydney, Australia, on February 23, 1925, to Reuben Walter Hubbard of London, England, and Grace Hipwell Hubbard of Canterbury, England. Alan's father, Reuben, went to sea at the age of 10, serving as a cabin boy. His official maritime log book shows that at the age of 15, he began serving as a cabin boy on the larger merchant vessels. During WWI, he was transferred to a hospital/troop ship where he served as an assistant steward. Later, in 1921, on a ship headed for Australia, he met Grace Hipwell and her young daughter. Upon reaching Australia he terminated his sea going career, with the stamped notation in his log book "voyage not completed." He and Grace later married and had two sons, Alan and his brother, Raymond, who preceded him in death. When Alan was ten years old his mother died. Prior to that, due to her terminal illness, the two boys were sent to live in a boys home. They hated the home and Alan wrote his mother begging that she get them out of there. The boys were then separated and lived in foster homes, which he said wasn't much better. His worst memory of the boys' home was Epson Salts Friday nights, when they were lined up to each drink a large glass of salts, "to get cleaned out." His father later remarried and Alan lived with his dad and new wife for a short period. On his 14th birthday, his father informed him that it was time for him to go out on his own. Alan took varying menial jobs to live such as helping deliver ice by horse and dray. At one point he roomed in a Sydney brothel. The girls mothered him and he remembers how kind they were to him and saw that he had food to eat. He recalls that when the ships came into port, he found he had to fend for himself. Alan joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1943 and was discharged in December of 1947. He always had a special place in his heart for the Americans, especially after the Battle of the Coral Sea, which he believed, as did most Australians, that the sacrifice of so many American lives prevented the Japanese invasion of Australia. After a ten year wait, Alan, his wife, Dorothy and young child, Leoni, came to the United States. They eventually put roots down in Stockton, California, where he worked as used truck manager for Interstate International. In 1993, he married Doris Winter. Looking for a more desirous place to retire, and Doris having spent her high school years in Sutherlin, they took a scouting trip up here and Alan decided this was the right place. They purchased a home and acreage outside of Sutherlin. Despite being a city boy raised in Sydney and then living in Stockton, he took to the rural life style, learning to operate a tractor and all the "toys" necessary for country living. At the age of 69, a logging friend complained that his choker setter had failed to show up so Alan volunteered his services; all he needed was to be shown what to do. Doris explained to him that there was no way he could handle that job, but it was another challenge he took on. He lasted two short days. On the second day, after trudging up hill for what seemed like 50 times in the sweltering stillness of the woods - minus appropriate boots - he found himself unable to even start the chain saw to cut snags on another log. Thus ended his logging career. He could not believe the generosity and caring that poured forth from his neighbors, friends and acquaintances. He loved it here and was called away far to soon. He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughter, Leoni Barnes of Santa Rosa, California; two step-sons, Ron Winter of Visalia, California; David Winter of Roseburg; granddaughter, Emily Winter of Wisconsin; sister-in-law, Lyn Hubbard; two nieces, Pat Webb and her family; and Sue Bromley, all of Australia. There will be a private internment.

Nancy Marlene (Jenkins) Lethlean

LETHLEAN, Nancy Marlene (Jenkins) " Age 52, of White City, Oregon, went to be with Jesus on May 1, 2006. She was born on November 3, 1952, in Roseburg, Oregon to Bud 'Carl' and Ila Jenkins. Nancy married Daniel Lethlean. She is survived by her husband, Daniel Lethlean of White City; daughter, Judy Cannon of Santa Maria, California; son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Hope Lethlean and grandson, Heath; father-in-law, Earl Lethlean; brothers-in-law, Brad; Chris; Bobby; and Steve; sisters-in-law, Julie Clarno and Becky Lethlean; mother, Ila Jenkins of Roseburg; sister, Regina Guse of Eugene, Oregon; friend, Cliff Guse of Eugene; nephew and nieces, Allen Guse and family; Brenda Lankford and family; Sheila Guse; Michelle Haislip and family; and Kala Jenkins. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at 11 a.m., at Green Community Church. Pastor Jim Woods will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Eugene Merlin Maddox

MADDOX, Eugene Merlin " Early on the morning of May 2, 2006, Eugene M. Maddox, age 83, left the family he loved so much. He was surrounded by his wife and two sons. Eugene was born on April 23, 1925, to John and Sylvia Maddox near Oakland, Oregon, on the ranch owned by his grandparent's John and Mary Gross. He spent his younger years in the Cleveland Hills and Lookingglass areas of Roseburg. He served in the Army and fought in the Po Valley in Italy. He was a sergeant in the military police while stationed at Fort Douglas in Utah. In 1966, he married Lois Swift who survives him. He worked for the Douglas County Road Department for a number of years, but his real love was farming and ranching. In 1970, he moved to his grandparent's ranch on Gross Lane where he raised cattle, sheep and hay. He turned the ranch over to his son, Corvin in 1988, but he still loved to help with the work. Never a sports fan, he enjoyed driving around viewing the work of other farmers. He is also survived by his sons and their wives, Corvin and Debbie of Oakland; Glenn and Melissa of Lookingglass; four much loved grandchildren, Dakota and Kendra of Lookingglass; and Wyatt and Katy of Oakland. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at 2 p.m., at the Chapel of the Firs, 881 6th St. Sutherlin. Services will be conducted by James Simmons of the Oakland Church of Christ. Private interment will follow at Cedar Hills Cemetery near Oakland.


Melvin Van Orman

VAN ORMAN, Kenneth Melvin " Passed away on April 27, 2006, at a local hospital, after a valiant battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and kidney disease. Ken was born on March 9, 1931, in Elma, Washington, to Josephine Nickels Van Orman and Melvin Eugene Van Orman. His father had two brothers, Harold and Marion. Kenneth had five brothers and sisters, Leona, who married Carl Keel and lives on the family homestead in Elma; Doris McCallister; Earnest Van Orman, both of Elma; Marvin, recently deceased and Marvel a sister who died as a child. Ken served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He married Bonita Tabor Murray Knott on October 31, 1956. He became father to her two children from a previous marriage, Florence Knott Van Orman of Winston, Oregon; Raymond Knott Van Orman, deceased; Clyde Eugene Van Orman, also of Winston, was later born to this union. Ken leaves his wife of 49 years, Bonnie Van Orman; son Clyde Van Orman and his wife, Darla; daughter, Florence Shively and her husband, Jack Shively of Winston; three living grandchildren, David Eugene Van Orman of Winston; Sarah Louise Van Orman of Portland, Oregon; Greg Shively of Roseburg; a fourth grandchild, Angela Woodward, died in 1986; and two great-grandchildren, Arin Antoinette Williams of Lebanon, Oregon; Julian Angela Shively of Roseburg; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including Bill McSperitt; Carl; Jane and Anna Van Orman; Sherman of Winston; and nephew, Donnie Van Orman of Elma. Ken was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor who will be missed greatly by everyone he knew. He was always eager to lend a helping hand. One of many times Ken volunteered, he helped evacuate residents living in low lying areas of Winston during the flood of 1964. For over 20 years he was a member and president of the South Douglas 10-9er CB Club. Ken was also an avid hunter, fisherman, gold panner and loved to use his computer to draw plans. Visiting with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave him great joy. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2006, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the VFW Hall, 570 SW Douglas Blvd., Winston. Please bring a potluck dish. In lieu of flowers, please volunteer for your favorite charity.

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