RICHARD (DICK) WHEELER
Richard (Dick) Wheeler, age 72, went home to be with the Lord on October 31, 2018.
Dick was born in Eugene, Oregon, to his parents Rex and Gladys Wheeler. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, David and Danny; and his son, David.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Debbie; four brothers, Steve, Rod (Debbie), Craig (Chandra), and Bill (Debbie); one sister, Bonnie (Bob); one daughter, Lynn Phillips (Floyd); two sons, Tod and Rick (Sherry); six grandchildren, Sarah Rice, Rex, Lindsey and Jacob Wheeler, Johnathon and Jason Droivold; and three great-grandchildren, Ryker Droivold, and SkyeAnn and Tori Rice. Also, he is survived by his “unofficially adopted” sister, Anne (Jim).
Dick and his wife, Debbie, met and fell in love in Anchorage, Alaska, and married on July 12, 1985. The family always laughed about gaining another “Debbie” in the family.
Dick served during Vietnam in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a contractor. When he and his wife moved to Roseburg, Oregon, he started his own construction business. He retired in 2015.
Friends and family will remember Dick’s love for Jesus, along with his love for his family and friends. We will remember his smile, his laughter, and his warmth and compassion for others. Also, we will remember his enjoyment of the outdoors, including hunting and fishing … but, especially gold mining. Dick truly had a spirit of adventure which took him on several missionary trips to Haiti, South Africa, Chili and Costa Rica. We will miss hearing his stories and his zeal for life.
A Celebration of Life will be held on December 8, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Green Community Church. In lieu of flowers, Dick’s family asked that a donation be made in his honor to the Roseburg Dream Center (813 Southeast Lane, Roseburg, Oregon 97470).
April was able to cope optimistically with cancer for 15 years. She was a devoted mother to her son Matthew and he was her reason for living. She never let cancer hold her back from accomplishing anything she set her mind to. She was an organizer of fun activities for her friends of all ages, including her beloved dogs. She loved the outdoors and took advantage of the sunshine at every opportunity she had by going for walks, swimming and hiking, etc. But most of all, she loved Jehovah God and her family. She shared the marvelous hope contained in God’s Word the Bible with as many as she could. She knew that the promises Jehovah has made for the future will come true and we will soon live in a paradise on earth where there will be no more pain and death (Rev 21:4).
She is survived by her husband, Michael; her son, Matthew; her parents, Jim and Lorraine Jordan; brother, Randy Jordan; her brother, Scott Jordan and his wife Tammy; many nieces and nephews and hundreds of “spiritual” brothers and sisters. We will all miss her.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2 p.m. at the Roseburg Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 1173 Lookingglass Rd., Roseburg, OR 97471. ROBERT (BOB) D. ERICKSON
Robert (Bob) D. Erickson (73) passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, at Mercy hospital.
Bob was born March 7, 1945, in Grand Rapids, MN, where he lived until he joined the Air Force.
During his time in the Air Force, he did a tour in Vietnam. Upon returning from Vietnam in 1966, he was stationed in Colorado, where he met Linda, his wife of over 50 years. They lived in Denver, where they had three children, Michelle, Mark and Lisa.
In 1978, Bob and family moved to Roseburg where he worked for Roseburg Forest Products for many years until becoming a real estate broker. Bob spent the last few years enjoying his retirement. He loved golfing with his friends at Roseburg Country Club, traveling especially to the coast, puttering around the house, grilling and cooking.
Bob is survived by his wife Linda Erickson; children, Michelle (Christ) Jensen, Mark (Sherri) Erickson, Lisa (Sam) Robertson; grandchildren, Taylor (Jeremy) Friton, Madison Bean, Dustin, Kevin and Sara Erickson; plus, other extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Walter F. and Dorothy A. (Kessler) Erickson, and brother, Arthur E. Erickson.
The family will hold a private ceremony prior to his interment at the Roseburg National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
LARRY L. WATSON
Larry L. Watson, age 74, passed away in Salem, Oregon, on November 20, 2018, of Alzheimer’s Disease. Larry was born on December 24, 1943, in Ogallala, Nebraska, the second of what was to be eight children.
Larry graduated from Roseburg High School in Roseburg, Oregon in 1962. He was on the football team that won the State Championship that year. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.
Later he worked for the State of Oregon, Oregon Youth Authority in Woodburn for over 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; they enjoyed 23 years together. He is survived by four brothers; two sisters; his four children, Michael (Halea), Melissa (Jack), Brad (Suzanna) and Janel (Elliott); and his stepsons, Eric and Scott. Larry loved and will be missed by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
In keeping with Larry’s wishes, no services will be held. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
On Sunday, November 11, 2018, Lavonne (Sowa) Morris passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. She was born March 28, 1928, in Scotts Mills, Oregon, to Vincent and Lora Sowa.
She will be remembered forever by her children Tom Page (Cheri), Dave Page (Nancy), Bill Page (Jackie), and Sue Page (Kirby Atwood), as well as seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Lavonne will also be remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family, as well as her sister, Edith Newell. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, John Morris, and sisters, Eunice Poppe and Evelyn Nicholson.
Lavonnes family would like to thank the staff at Callahan Village and Amedisys Hospice Care, Roseburg, OR, for their kind and loving care.
A celebration of Lavonnes life will be held in the spring.
Memorial donations in memory of Lavonne may be made to Oregon State Library Talking Book and Braille Services, 250 Winter Street, Salem, OR 97301, https://apps.oregon.gov/ecommerce/tbabs.
No funeral services planned.
SHARON LEE BRYANT
Sharon Lee Bryant born August 8, 1950, in Fresno, CA, passed November 28, 2018, in Roseburg, OR.
She was preceded in death by son, Oscar Allen. She leaves behind sons John Tchida and Travis Lively; grandson, Brycen Allen and his wife Ashly Allen; daughter-in-law, Dawn D’Harrnony; niece, Cindi Puckett; and cousins, Susan and JR Robinson.
Sharon enjoyed 28 years of recovery in a 12-step program where she was loved, wanted and needed by Carol and Bud, Barb and Duke, Georgia and Bill, Ray and Marlene, Turk, Carl S., Butch, Allison and Pam, Carol J., Lori, Angie, Jerry, Beth, Dwayne, Earl, Sandy, Christina, Nelda, her caregivers, Amie and Caroline and many more. She was always of service to those in and out of the program and was everyone’s “go-to” person for just about everything.
Thanks to the Amedisys hospice personnel, who helped to make her wish come true; to be comfortable in the process of moving from this life to the next.