Tom Lavender





Tommy Lee Lavender died of cancer Jan. 21, 2017. He was born Jan. 16, 1943 to Lonnie & Hazel Lavender. He is survived by his wife Marilyn of 51 years. He has 2 children: Robert & Artie Lavender; 4 grandchildren, & 6 great-grandchildren. He has one surviving brother, Norman, & one sister, Edna Tompkins.

He graduated from Springfield High School in 61. He worked at Weyerhauser & retired from Sierra Pine. He drove school bus for WLCA for 9 years, retired from there in Oct. 2016.


Sharon Smith Pedersen


















Sharon was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia May 7, 2014. She decided not to have chemotherapy.
January 15, 2017 she passed away.

A further explantion is at .

In later life, Sharon had participated in the Peace  Corp in China as a teacher.  She sent us many wonderful letters
about her experiences.  I planned on reloading the letters, but I can not find them.  They must have been a casualty of my computer crash. 

Obituary                         Sharon L. Pedersen

Leslie Pedersen died January 15th 2017 of acute myeloid leukemia at age 73. She is survived by her husband Gary, four children: Evan (Mary), Liz (Koby Kampschroeder), Christian (Elizabeth), and Jonathan (Julie), ten grandchildren, a sister Sue Brown (Paul) and three brothers, Steven (Linda), David (Michel), and James (Lisa) Smith. She was preceded in death by her brother Dean, sister Riisa, and her parents Oscar and Delila Smith.

From the time she came to St. Louis in 1985, and for many years, she served on the board of the St. Louis Branch, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She worked as a high school English teacher and librarian, and a public librarian. She earned degrees in English, philosophy of education and history, library science and creative writing, and the Master Gardener certificate. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in China, 2005-2006, and as a Peace Corps recruiter on the Washington University in St. Louis campus, 2010-2011.

She often said her retirement years since 1998 were the happiest and most satisfying in an ordinary good life. Until the leukemia diagnosis, she danced Saturday nights with International Folk Dance Association of St. Louis. She learned about native MO gardening weeding the Roger Pryor Memorial Garden at the Green Center in University City, became a Master Gardener, 2004, in the Missouri Botanical Garden program, and volunteered Tuesdays at Litzsinger Road Ecology Center. She served as a sponsor in the international Women group of the Washington University Woman's Club, welcoming young women from all over the world to her home Fridays for holiday crafts, canning parties and potlucks. She was a member of the St. Louis Chapter, Wild Ones native Plant Society, and in 2007 established her One Hundred Species yard of MO native trees, bushes, vines, grasses and wildflowers at her home, and regularly welcomed garden tour visitors. Until her illness she was an active member of Ethical Society of St. Louis. Her life was enriched by relationships with family and many dear friends and she will be greatly missed.


Martin Lessard, Sherry


   I recall attending Lincoln School at 7th and "G" St. during the 4th, 5th and 6th grades 
(doing foot races with Fred) and the "big joke" in those days was that (paraphrasing the quote) 
humanity would accomplish "such and such" only when we landed a man on the moon...knowing, of 
course it would be "impossible" to land a man on the moon!  
   We truly HAVE come a long way, have we not? 


Cox, Bob


Thought it was about time I said something. I miss all my friends from way back.
I was very busy at our quartz Crystal mine this last Summer.
Will do my best to get together this Summer.


Darlene Kelly


Sally Sanborn Allen


12/17/16        A letter from Darlene Kelly about her friend Sally Sanborn to us her classmates..

Received a call from Sally this afternoon.   She's in St Charles hospital in Bend having had a stroke in her right temporal lobe that left her 50% blind/disoriented in both eyes & depressed but just as lively, sharp and rabble rousing as ever.  Apparently everything else is OK but she'll need 24/7 care for the blindness & super high blood pressure.  I think she will be choosing to take daughter Debbie's offer & stay with her when she is released (Christmas Eve?).

Her outrageous  "rage against the dying of the light" commentary includes:  
She's in room 711 so why can't she get Nachos & a corn dog?  
For her birthday (Dec 10th) she demanded ice cream, cake and a Chippendale dancer.  
Can't see the heavy snow outside (she's in the "dungeon"/basement) but wants to have everybody get naked & have a snowball fight. - or at least have a food fight indoors..  

I love the way she attacks setbacks with crazy humor - sometimes that's all you have left! 

The impossibility of ever driving again, the prospect of being permanently isolated in Crane on the ranch, while her friends are in other far flung parts is getting her down.  I think she would appreciate cards, notes, calls, or texts (she'll have readers to help) from anyone who would like to keep in touch.
Sally Sanborn Allen 541-589-0963 (cell); 
261 N. Birch Ave,  Burns OR 97720
She doesn't have her daughter's ranch address,and hopes to eventually find housing in Bend or Burns.  I'm guessing she'll pick up mail in Burns now & then.
Hoping all is well with you this holiday season and throughout the new year,   Darlene 


1942 - 2016

  Obituary has now been posted.

Shirley Batey VanHouten went peacefully home to be with the Lord on July 16, 2016. She had a beautiful spirit, and was truly our angel, here on Earth. She loved the Lord Jesus, her Savior.

Shirley was born in Springfield, Oregon, and attended Maple Elementary, and Springfield Junior High and High Schools.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her siblings: Jessie, Leroy, Doy Lee (Dee), and Patricia (Trish).

Shirley was a loving, kind, and generous lady, who loved her family with her whole heart. Spending time with her family brought her the greatest joy, and we were all her most precious treasures.

Shirley retired after 20+ years of working at BiMart, where she was adored by many for her excellent customer service, and always had a warm, friendly smile, and kind words to share. She was a dedicated, hard worker, always working earnestly and exhaustively to provide for her family.

Shirley is survived by her children: Chris, and son-in-law Brad; Teresa, and son-in-law Mark; Jeff, and daughter-in-law Shannon; as well as by her grandchildren: Kyle, Krystle, Karissa, Shawnii, and Colton; great-grandsons: Brayden and Sora; sister-in-law Sandy; aunts: Norma Dean, and Ruby Jean; as well as by cousins, and many dear friends.

At her request, no memorial service will be held. She will remain in the hearts of all whose lives she touched, and she will always be remembered, loved, and deeply missed.

"A miraculously healed body lasts for a lifetime. A miraculously healed soul lasts for eternity." Janette Oke.

There is a love that transcends time and space. It echoes sweetly in our memories. It shines softly in our lives. It lives tenderly in our hearts? forever.




Bette Weed King



  Larry King (February 25, 1942 - December 3, 2016) .  Bette and Larry were married shortly after Bette graduated.  Larry was a member of the Class of '60.  He had been ill with cancer for some time and just recently passed.  A funeral will be held during the summer.


Palanuk Ferrill




Annie C. Palanuk (1925 - 2016)

Annie C. Palanuk (Uchytil), 91, of Springfield, passed away peacefully and went to be with her heavenly Father on September 28th 2016.

Annie was born on August 22nd 1925 in Belfield, ND to Ben and Dora Uchytil. Annie was the oldest of 6 siblings. She married the love of her life, John Palanuk, on February 14th, 1941 in Eugene, Oregon. They had four children; Michael, Doris, David and Larry. Annie worked at the Eugene Cannery until her retirement. She loved to garden and cook, she was always feeding somebody. She was a member of St. Alice Catholic Church and was very devoted to her faith.



Hazelton, LeRoy

August 19, 2016



                         When an obituary is printed, it will be posted here.


10 - 13 - 2016                



Gary Lee Reed passed away June 24, 2016 at the age of 72. He was born May 28, 1944 in Eugene, Oregon only child to Alvin C. Reed and Dorothy I. (Tibbles) Reed.Gary grew up in Springfield, Oregon. He graduated from Springfield High School in May 1962. He went on to college at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon where he played football and made many lasting friendships. He and his fellow 1962 football teammates were inducted into SOU's Hall of Fame in 2012.

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