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  • You can see pictures of some of the class of 1940 by looking at the pictures of Trent School students on the Class of 1933 page.

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    Dolores (Giustina) Fruiht was born in Portland Oregon on March 9, 1923 to Erminio and Irene Onorato Giustina. At the age of 89, she passed away in Santa Rosa, CA on April 3, 2012.

    Dolores lived her early years in a logging camp at Lost Creek, outside of Eugene, with her parents and three brothers; Nat, Ehrman and Gregory as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. The family moved into Pleasant Hill, Oregon in 1931. She attended Pleasant Hill Elementary and High School where she was a star basketball player. After graduating from University of Portland as a nurse in 1944, she joined the army and served as a field nurse in the Philippines.

    Dolores married Thomas H. Fruiht in 1947. She continued working as a nurse in Eugene until the family moved to Santa Rosa in 1952.

    Dolores lived a full and adventure-filled life. She was a world traveler, as comfortable in a tent as a nice hotel. Dolores was a multi-talented and gifted artist. Photography, pottery, poetry and writing were her avocations. Later in life she also took up painting.

    Dolores spent many summers with her family up the McKenzie River. Raising her family in California, those summers on the River, gathering all of the cousins together, were very important to her. It established a tradition that continues today.

    Dolores was loved for her willingness to try new and different things. She was a mentor and teacher to her friends and family. She instilled strong Catholic values in her children. She taught them to question authority while the Catholic schools taught them to respect it. She would fight tirelessly on their behalf if she felt that her children were being treated unfairly.

    Dolores is survived by her brothers: Ehrman and Gregory (Verda); sister-in-law Jackie; her five children: Justina Fruiht Bacon, Bryce Fruiht (Pat), Brad Fruiht (Briane), Renee Fruiht Paul (David), and Erica Fruiht. Her 14 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews as well as hundreds of friends will miss her wisdom and her zest for life.

    A memorial service will be held at the McKenzie River in early August, 2012.Please sign the guest book at www.registerguard.com/legacy

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    Iris (Harvey) Bailey

    A memorial service was held July 18, 2003, for Iris Mae Bailey of Creswell, who died July 1, 2003, of age-related causes. She was 80.

    Bailey was born February 28, 1923, in Grantsdale, Montana to John and Edna "Pearl" Higgins Harvey. She married Robert Bailey Sr., in Vancouver, Washington, on April 24, 1942. He died April 25, 2001.

    She moved to this area 72 years ago and lived in Jasper, Pleasant Hill, and Eugene before settling in Creswell.

    She attended schools in Pleasant Hill and graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1940.

    She worked as a bookkeeper for Eugene Hospital and Clinic for 19 years and retired from Eugene Sand and Gravel in 1976.

    Her interests included needlework, crossword puzzles, drawing and sketching. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends and camping. She especially enjoyed her family.

    Survivors include two sons, Robert Jr. of Riddle and John of La Pine; two daughters, Alice Smith of Springfield, and Pearl Petredis of Portland; a sister, Edna Kostad of Eugene; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

    The memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. July 18, 2003, at the Creswell Presbyterian Church. England's Creswell memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

    Memorial contributions could be made to the American Lung Association.

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    Lowell Franks in 2003

    Lowell Franks
    Drain, Oregon

    [February 12, 2011]

    Kenneth Graham
    A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Poole-Larsen Funeral Home in Eugene for Kenneth Graham of Eugene, who died Feb. 9 of kidney failure. He was 89.
    He was born May 19, 1921, in Pendleton to Emmett and Edith Bittner Graham. He married Mary Reed on Sept. 23, 1949, in Renton, Wash.
    He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School. He served as a staff sergeant in the Army during World War II, from May 1945 to December 1946. He worked at Boeing Aircraft until 1950, then worked as a cabinetry craftsman at the Eugene Planing Mill. He retired in 1982.
    Survivors include his wife; two sons, Gary of Eugene and Gale of Glide; three daughters, Christy Tengan of Bountiful, Utah, Julie Toftdahl of Springfield and Kay Graham of Eugene; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grand­children.
    Inurnment was at Rest-Haven Memorial Park in Eugene.

    [December 13, 2010]

    Shirlee Rae (Higgins) Boyd
    Shirlee Rae (Higgins Boyd of Eugene died Dec. 4 of age-related causes. She was 88. No service was planned.
    She was born Nov. 16, 1922, in Coronation, Alberta, to Naglee and Lana Stocking Higgins.
    Shirlee graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1940. While there, she was very active, being the the Dramatics Club, appearing in two plays and an Operetta, was active in music, and athletics, being a G.A.A. officer and participating in Basketball, Baseball, and Volleyball all four years. She was also class historian, and on the Annual staff.
    She earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Oregon. She served in the Navy during World War II and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. She worked as a full cycle bookkeeper.
    Survivors include a daughter, Lana Rosenthal of Eugene; and three grandchildren.
    Arrangements were by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene.

    Marcele Mathews' senior picture

    Marcele Mathews in 2003

    Marcele Mathews
    Klamath Falls, Oregon

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    James Murphey in World War II

    [10/30/05]
    James E. Murphey
    James E. Murphey of Eugene died April 4, 2003, of heart failure. He was 79

    Murphey was born April 17, 1923, in Portland to Fred and Agnes Wagener Murphey. He married Geraldine Vost in Reno, NV on July 23, 1960.

    He completed high school in Pleasant Hill. He served in the Navy as a chief storekeeper from 1941 until 1945. He was stationed aboard the USS Medusa in Pearl Harbor at the time of the Japanese attack. He received a Philippine Liberation Ribbon, an American Defense Ribbon, and an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon.

    He owned a business in Springfield, rebuilding starters and generators before retiring in 1979. He lived in Portland, Yuma Arizona, and Ocean Park Washington before returning to this area in November of 2002.

    His interests included reading and watching old Western movies. He enjoyed creating and playing music on his computer and he played the keyboard at Moose Lodge dances and at the Willamalane Senior Adult Activity Center. He was a past member of the Eagles and Moose Lodges.

    Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Lynn Dancer of Springfield; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Klopp of Kelso, Washington; a stepson, Richard White of Springfield; a brother, Donald of Springfield,; a sister, Patricia Jones of Portland; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A son, Wayne, died in October of 1973.

    No service was held. Springfield Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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    Marion Parker about 2002

    Marion Parker

    A celebration of life was held August 22, 2002, for marion Curtis Parker of Eugene, who died July 14, 2002, of cancer. He was 80.

    Parker was born March 26, 1922, in Springfield to Curtis and Bernice Lamb Parker. His family, fourth-generation Oregonians, descended from the "Lost Wagon Train." He married Dorothy Dunlap in Eugene on October 10, 1942. She died May 1, 2000.

    He was a lifetime resident of Lane County, graducated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1940, and attended vocational college in Eugene. He served as a seaman first class in the Coast Guard and worked as a miner and firefighter, and for the Forest Service. He was also a machinist for Weyerhaeuser Co. for 30 years.

    He was a member of the Four Oaks Grange and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He made 80 donations, 10 gallons of blood, to the Lane Memorial Blood Bank.

    His interests included traveling around Oregon researching his family's history, rock collecting, lapidary work, muzzle-loading and fishing. He enjoyed his 1965 Ford pickup truck and playing the fiddle at old-time dances. He espeically enjoyed visiting his granddaughter in Los Angeles.

    Survivors include a daughter, Loretta Downs of Eugene; a brother, W. Vernon of Springfield; two sisters, Rose Smith of Pleasant Hill and Leita Hoskins of Dexter; and one grandchild. A son, Ronald, died in 1994.

    Thursday's celebration was at 5:30 p.m. at the Eugene Friends Church. Inurnment was at Mulkey Cemetery in Eugene. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene was in charge of the inurnment.

    Bill Wiebke's senior picture

    Bill Wiebke in 2003

    [July 26, 2005]
    Bill Wiebke
    Leaburg, Oregon

    William R. Wiebke died on May 6th, 2016 from age-related causes. Bill was born April 30, 1923 to Vada Tripp-Wiebke and Frank Wiebke near Trent, Oregon. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1940. Bill was part of the 15th Army Air Corps--459th Bomb Group in Italy during WWII. During that time Bill was awarded 5 battle stars.
        After the war He drove lumber and log truck for 14 years. Bill married Norma, his wife of 57 years in Oct. of 1958. Bill helped build the Deerhorn Golf Course where he was the Grounds Supervisor for 35 years. He also served part-time as an operator for the Deerhorn Community Water Association for 45 years.
        Bill loved the outdoors. He spent much time hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed casual rock hounding and gold mining.
        Bill and Norma lived in Leaburg from 1966 to 2010. Bill is survived by his wife Norma of Eugene and his son Raymond of Walterville.
        A memorial will be held at Springfield Faith Center on Friday, May 20th at 1:00 pm. Please bring a finger food or dessert item for a buffet potluck following the service. Please, no flowers - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/registerguard/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=180002710#sthash.tUtIPBp6.dpuf


    The picture below is of Lowell Franks, Marcele Mathews, and Bill Wiebke at the July 2003 "All Years" reunion in Pleasant Hill. The reunions are held every odd year.

    Note from Richard Adams, the alumni historian: Bill has been a great source of pictures of classes from the 1900's onward, which are now on the CD-ROM that is available. Thanks, Bill.

    Group picture in 2003 of Lowell Franks, Marcele Mathews, and Bill Wiebke

    Some of the Class of 1940 at Trent School in 1936

    Some of the Class of 1940 at Trent School in 1936


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