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Death Notices & Obituaries for February 2, 2007

GILBERT, Ida " Age 78, of Winchester, Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2007. Arrangements pending. LONG AND SHUKLE MEMORIAL CHAPEL 541-672-2611.

STEELE, Richard D. "Rick" " Age 37, of Winston, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2007. Arrangements pending. Taylor's Family Chapel 541-679-6983.

BASTIAN, Ann " Age 84, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2007. Arrangements pending. WILSON'S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES 541-673-4455.

Richard Todd 'Dick' McKinnis

MCKINNIS, Richard T. " Passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2007. He was born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. Grew up in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon, graduating from High School in Molalla, Oregon, and immediately enlisted in the Navy during WWII. After his time in the Navy, he married Chloe Nadine Davidson in 1946, then moved to Myrtle Creek, Oregon, in 1954, where he worked at the Hanna Nickel mine for 30 years before retiring. Dick was a member of the Odd Fellow Lodge, Elks, VFW, and the American Legion. He enjoyed attending the Gold Star Ship reunions, which he was an officer for 22 years. He was also a member of the Tri City Fire Dept. Taught Hunter Safety for many years. A faithful member of the Myrtle Creek United Methodist Church and sang in the choir for over 30 years. Also sang in the Roseburg Concert Chorale, and the South Douglas Community Choir. He enjoyed doing woodworking, crafts in his shop, and always "fixing" things for friends and neighbors. He is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Chloe Nadine McKinnis; daughter, Nadine McKinnis Nicholson of Cresent City, California; Sandra McKinnis of Riddle, Oregon; grandchildren, Staci Skillett of Brookings, Oregon; Brian Belcher and his wife, Ruth of Myrtle Creek; Amy Jensen and TJ of Utah; Lettie McKinnis of Riddle, Oregon and eight great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a son, Lon Todd McKinnis; a grandson, Scott Allen Nicholson and his oldest brother, Robert Manford McKinnis. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the charity of personal choice. Services will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at the Myrtle Creek Methodist Church. Private Urn disposition. Moutain View Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Mildred Alice Brisco

BRISCO, Alice B."Passed in her sleep on January 30,2007 after a prolonged illness. She was born on November 23, 1930 in Nashville, Tennessee to Amanda and James Nichols. Later she moved to California where in 1952 she joined the Army until her discharge in 1954. She gave birth to two daughters in California before moving to Oregon in 1969 where she settled with her family in the Wolf Creek area. She later moved to Winston in 1973 where she and her husband bought a house to raise their children. Mildred worked for the County Parks Department and then the Courthouse Building Facilities from 1980-1989 when she retired. She did the grounds keeping for the courthouse and health center and supervised trustees from the jail in her assigned position. Mildred is proceeded in death by her husband, Marvin Brisco; and brother, Buddy Nichols; and is survived by her children, Michelle Wooldridge of Jerome, Idaho; Lorina Ladd of Winston, Oregon; Annette Brisco of Winston; Bruce Brisco of Reno, Nevada; and Mike Brisco of Squim, Washington; her sister, Louise Muller of Ruch, Oregon; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 3, 2007 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses located at 400 Safari Rd, Winston. The family request that no flowers be sent.

Melvin Potter

POTTER, Melvin " Age 57 of Riddle, Oregon quietly passed away after a four year bout with cancer January 29, 2007. He was born August 2, 1949 in Ashcamp, Kentucky to parents Ben and Dorbra Potter. Melvin lived a full and exciting life from 7 years in the Marine Corps, 4 of those years in Vietnam, to driving long haul trucks, to working as a Foreman for Freightliner Truck Corporation in Vancouver, Washington for the last 14 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his favorite companions, his parents. He is survived by his parents, Ben and Dorbra of Riddle; his brother, Lee Potter of LaPine, Oregon; sisters, Audrey Castillo of Myrtle Creek, Oregon and Jean Potter of Riddle; twins sons; William Keen Potter of Roseburg, Oregon, and Melvin Lee Potter of Salem, Oregon, and his daughter, Ashanti Ida Dorbrajean Potter of Myrtle Creek, Oregon. He was deeply loved and forever will be missed by everyone. A graveside service for friends and family will be held on Friday, February 2, 2007, at 2 p.m., at The Riddle Cemetery with Pastor John P. Gustafson of The Tri City Baptist Church officiating.Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Myrtle Creek Family Funeral Home.

Leland Veitch Bloxham

BLOXHAM, Leland Veitch " Beloved husband, loving father, good friend and neighbor, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 28, 2007, at the age of 81. Born on July 8, 1925, in San Mateo, California. Lee is survived by his wife of 58 years, June and children, Linda Bloxham of Sacramento, California; Susan Lavagnino of Twain Harte; Betty Bloxham of San Mateo and Dirk Bloxham of Bangkok, Thailand; and seven grandchildren. A grandson, Ryan Lee Lavagnino, preceded him in death. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Granite Springs Church, 1170 E. Lincoln Parkway, Lincoln, California, 95648.

Kalia Arlene Durham Amos

AMOS, Kalia Arlene Durham " Looking back on the lives of friends or family who have passed, the question we typically ask is "How will they be remembered?" With our beloved Kalia Arlene Durham Amos, who left us far too soon on Sunday, January 28, the better question is, "How in the world will she not be remembered?" No one who ever met Kalia forgot her. It's almost guaranteed no one ever heard Kalia politely reintroducing herself to someone. What would she say? "Oh, we met before, but of course you wouldn't recall. I was the 6' 3" woman playing the bongos with the middle-aged guitarists butchering Hotel California." Or, "I can see how you wouldn't recognize me now without the vintage football helmet hiding my dreadlocks." No, a person remembered Kalia, no matter how brief the introduction. Fans throughout the Autzen Stadium parking lot awaited Kalia's return as eagerly as the next Ducks game. The disabled kids at Kalia's church couldn't wait for another bear hug. Customers of Kalia's Koffee remember the smile that was like a natural jolt of caffeine. It was the same effect that launched Kalia's future husband, Layne out of his truck and onto his flagger with instructions to not let her drive by again without letting him meet the woman behind the prettiest smile he'd ever seen. Most people got to know only a wisp of Kalia's spirit, but there was so much more depth there. If you knew Kalia as the FM DJ or coffee stand owner or personal concierge or laundromat patron, for that matter, you felt you really knew her, and were happier for it. But that doesn't mean you were aware she was a charcoal artist, had written for newspapers, fought fires, worked in accounting, flagged for Layne's construction business, loved drumming, was a fan of 70's jazz-fusion, was a great cook and so much more. So at home was Kalia in the smaller Southern Oregon communities she called home later in her life, it might have been hard to guess she had spent most of her life feeling equally comfortable in her native New York City and later Denver, Colorado, and San Francisco, California. Everyone who knew Kalia knew her differently; only a fortunate few knew her well. But it was enough just to know her. People who sat beside her at a single Ducks football game share the grief of her passing with those who loved her intimately... as an adoring husband, as a strong family who has lost the one they called their heart and soul, and as good friends. It is the memories we all cherish of Kalia, each different, all our own, that will carry us through, keep us smiling and, in time, heal us. Kalia's father, Edward Durham, Sr., has passed, but she is survived by her loving husband, Layne Amos, Roseburg; mother, Ruth of Grants Pass; brothers, Bruce Walker of Brooklyn, New York; Charles Durham of Vedene, France; and Edward T. Durham, Jr. of Grants Pass; sisters-in-law, Mya Walker, Renee Durham and Pam Richards; daughter, Rashida Bowens, Cohoes, New York; step-daughter, Amber Amos, Chino, California; mother-in-law, Elsie Stevens of Glide, Oregon; grandchildren, Nevaeh Grier and Isyss Myers; and 11 nieces and nephews. A celebrations of Kalia's life will be held in Grants Pass at 1 p.m., on Saturday, February 3, 2007, at Calvary Chapel, 235 S.E. 7th St., and in Roseburg at 6 p.m., on Saturday, February 10, 2007, at the bbg Marketing building, 950 SE Oak Ave., on the second floor. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a trust fund for Kalia's grandchildren, c/o Wienberg and Associates, Client Trust Account, 1632 NW Hughwood, #4, Roseburg, Oregon, 97470.


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