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Elbert O. Finch as senior at PHHS in 1935

Elbert O. Finch about 2005

[October 14, 2005]

Elbert O. Finch

A memorial service was held Oct. 17 for Elbert O. Finch of Springfield, who died Oct. 11 of cancer. He was 88.

Finch was born April 30, 1917, in Rock Island, Ill., to Elbert and Edith Wills Finch. He married Eulenna Baxter on July 6, 1940, in Chehalis, Washington. She died July 6, 1997.

He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1935 and attended college in Monmouth. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II in the Middle East, North Africa and Italy.

Finch had served with the Eugene Fire Department and as secretary-treasurer of the Oregon Firefighters Association. He also had managed a medical equipment business. He was in "Who's Who" for the Pacific coast and Western states in1951.

His family said he loved the outdoors, hiking and traveling in Oregon. Survivors include a son, Lloyd of Springfield; and a sister, Ethel Niems of Santa Maria, Calif.

Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene handled the arrangements and a service was held at Northwood Christian Church in Springfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army or the Cancer Society.

[November 7, 2009]

Evelyn (Richardson) Bryant
A memorial open house is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at the home of Shari Hiatt in Springfield, for Evelyn ‘Evie’ Bryant, 92, of Salem and a long-time resident of Lane County, who died Oct. 22 of causes related to dementia.
She was born Oct. 28, 1916, in Haynes, N.D., to Burke and Victoria Hefron Richardson.
She graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1935. She married William “Bill” Bryant on March 25, 1944, in Vancouver, Wash.
She worked at Diamond A Cannery, Davidson Bakery and Leeds Shoe Store.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Ostby of Salem and Valerie Ross of Sherwood; two sisters, Marion Kramer of Springfield and Betty Rolfson of Reno; and two grand­children.
Her husband died previoiusly.
Autumn Cremations in Tigard is in charge of arrangements.

recent picture of Willie Wheeler

[March 25, 2009]

Willlie Wheeler

CRESWELL — The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, at West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home in Eugene for Willie Robert Wheeler of Creswell. He died March 23 of age-related causes at age 91. Visitation was from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

He was born July 3, 1917, in Oregon to Willie and Elizabeth Hayes Wheeler. He married Jessiea Lawson on Jan. 1, 1935, in Trent. She died June 11, 1996. He married Henrietta Hendrickson on Jan. 6, 1997, in Creswell.

Wheeler attended Pleasant Hill High School, but did not graduate. He worked as a millwright for Zippo Log. He owned the Mitchell Motel in Springfield.

Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Sharon Ray, Marlene Ross and Carolee Clark, all of Springfield, and Delaine Dennison of Stanfield; a stepdaughter, Geraldine Thayer of Creswell; two stepsons, Johnny Wheeler of Cottage Grove and Larry Wheeler of Bend; a brother, Alton of Eugene; 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

A stepgrandson, Greg Casper, died previously. Arrangements by Chapel of Memories Funeral Home in Eugene. Remembrances to Disabled American Veterans.

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