RAYMOND L. MARTIN
Raymond L. Martin, aged 86, passed away July 2, 2019, in Roseburg, Oregon from complications of dementia.
Ray was born to Lester and Anna (Ward) Martin on January 7, 1933 in Montclair, New Jersey, where he attended school before enlisting in the US Navy. He served from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War.
While stationed near San Diego, California, he met and married Diane Parrott on September 5, 1953 in National City, California.
Upon leaving the Navy, Ray joined the ranks of the LAPD. After serving as a police officer for three years, Ray entered his dream career as a fireman in Los Angeles.
Ray and Diane built a vacation cabin in Green Valley Lake, where they moved in 1970, and for 10 years they owned and operated a mom and pop hardware store called Fox Lumber while Ray continued to commute to LA.
Ray remained with the LAFD for 24 years, and retired with the rank of captain in 1982. The Martins then moved to Roseburg, Oregon, where they bought a 5-acre ranch seeking a more provincial lifestyle. In 1994, the Martins sold the farm and settled in a house in the Hucrest neighborhood of Roseburg.
Ray always enjoyed traveling with his family, hunting (though he mostly just enjoyed the camping part), skiing, boating, playing poker with old friends, and babysitting his many grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Anna; sisters, Anna Mae Zeller and Joan Alexander; his grandson Eric Porges; and son-in-law, Matt Stookey.
Ray is survived by his wife, Diane; daughter, Roberta Martin; adopted son, Glen; grandson, Brad Porges and wife Allison, their children Corbin, Keaton, Xander, and Oliver; granddaughter, Samantha Buier and husband Jason and their daughter Flora; granddaughter, Brittney Woods, her husband Sky, and their daughters Harper and Remi.
No services are planned.
ELIZABETH “PENNY” A. SMITH
In remembrance of Elizabeth Penny A. Smith
Penny passed away in her daughters home on June 28, 2019. She was born November 16, 1929, in Windley, OR. Her family moved to Roseburg, OR, after a fire in Windley. She had five brothers and one sister that preceded her in death.
Penny went to Roseburg schools. After school, she met and married Harold P. Potter and moved to Cottage Grove, OR. She was a stay at home mom to their seven children. Work moved them back to Roseburg, where she had one more child, giving her four girls and four boys.
Penny divorced Harold and went to work. Her last job was working for Roseburg School Dist. In her working years, she met and married Clark R. Smith and they were both baptized in Roseburg.
Her hobbies were flowers, fish ponds and Beading.
Penny leaves behind eight children; 17 grandchildren (with one in Heaven with her); 35 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-great-grandchildren.
Penny will be loved and missed by many people.
There will be a service July 20, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Newton Creek Ward, 1864 NW Calkins Ave, Roseburg, OR.
Harold was born in Clarks Summit, PA to G. Fay and Mildred Crossman. He married Lee Chase on December 15, 1956. They had three daughters, Laura (Daniel) Tracy, Ann (Tim) Abel and Carole (Terry) Thames.
He is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law; six grandkids; and 10 great-grandkids; and brother-in-Law, Charlie Chase. He was preceded in death by Lee, his parents and his five siblings.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Harold’s name to Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s research.
A memorial service will be held at the Sutherlin Family Church Event Center; 881 W. 6th, Sutherlin, OR, at 1 p.m. on July 13, 2019.
BONNIE LOU WELCH (VANCE)
Bonnie Lou Welch (Vance), age 70, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away June 26, 2019, at Rosehaven nursing home after complications resulting from a 2016 stroke. Her funeral service will be held at Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses, 965 W. Harvard Blvd., Monday, July 15, 2:00 p.m.
Bonnie was born on August 31, 1948 in Roseburg, Oregon, to Vallie and Harold Vance. She grew up in Tenmile, OR and graduated from Douglas High School in 1966. She married Lawrence Welch in 1978. Bonnie worked for many years at Champion International, Ingram Books and Project Literacy Plus. She loved animals and in her spare time enjoyed playing cards and reading novels.
She is preceded in death by her husband Lawrence, and her sister Maxine Mason. She is survived by her daughter, Jody Vance Cabrera (Francisco) and grandchildren, Valerie and John of Florida, and Anthony Welch of Winston (Chelsey and daughter Zoe).
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations go to Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center online savinggrace.info or mail PO BOX 803, Winchester, OR 97495.