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1  Gone . . . But Not Forgotten / Class of 1959 / Funk, Barbara (Geer) on: July 31, 2018, 10:56:36 AM
Barbara (Geer) Funk died July 16, 2018. Her memorial will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1090 Berntzen Rd., in Eugene, OR on August 4. 2018 at 11:00 AM.  Barbara Ellen Geer was born November 4, 1941 at McFarland Maternity Home in Cottage Grove, Oregon, to Roy A. and Marie (Gilham) Geer. Ten days later, they took her home to the new house they had cleared the land for and built themselves, moving in Oct. 4, one month before she arrived.

Another month had barely passed when the country was drawn into WWII. Those years were hard on the grownups, but the little home on the hill overlooking Cottage Grove Lake was filled with much love and everything a little girl needed. All winter the wood stove snored along cozily as she sat in her little rocking chair many an evening listening to her mom play the violin and Dad his guitar. When good weather came, she played with her dog & cat, followed old deer trails, picked wildflowers or played with the sandbox & swing her dad had made her.

She loved learning, at home & then at Latham Grade School. She almost always got to put on coat-hanger wings & a tinsel-wrapped halo to be an angel in the Christmas program at school or at Hebron Grange.

Barbara was still at Latham when she and a girlfriend saw the “cute blonde boy from London,” though she didn’t see him again until Cottage Grove High School. They danced their way through contests and his Prom, and he asked her to marry him when he returned from Nat. Guard training. She kept busy with school work, the Sr. Class Play, and as “Lion Tracks” annual editor until he came home from CA. They were married May 2, 1959 at the Methodist Church in Cottage Grove, OR with her mom on her violin and his Grandma Blackmore at the organ, playing “With This Ring I Thee Wed.”

They moved to Eugene after Paul got a job as a roofer for his friend’s dad. By the time their third daughter was born, they moved from a duplex they were buying into a corner house on Chase Street where they were to live 55 years. A son joined the family there. They started a roofing/construction business, kept up with everything the children did, went camping, fishing & hunting, followed the Oregon Trail, traced family history and took photos of it all. Barbara went to work for Bethel School District, first as a cook, then in the Resource Room for 23 years before retiring.

They joined Asbury Methodist Church. Her “To-Do” lists seemed to get even longer as they planned vacations, family events with the grandkids & wrote the family newsletter every month. As her folks aged, she & Paul spent more & more time with them.

A loss of energy sent her to the Dr. and the discovery of cancer. She fought it as her Dad passed away and continued treatment as they moved her mom into assisted living. “Faith, Family & Friends” kept them going, along with Paul’s help. Just after the death of her mom, Barbara passed the mark as a 5-year cancer survivor. The whole family celebrated.  They celebrated again in 2016 for the 75th anniversaries of the day her folks moved into the Home Place, & Barbara’s 75th birthday. Family photos & memories of all the happy times were shared again.

After years of keeping her diabetes under tight control with diet, her blood sugar was suddenly too high. Doctors found she had spots of cancer in her pancreas and liver. She started chemo again in May 2017.

Her Faith, Family and Friends were so important to Barbara. Each generation was welcomed and precious to her and to Paul. She was an only child, but she and Paul made a family circle. It encompassed: Vickie (Earl) Long; Bonnie (Mike) Allen; Sandra Funk; & Greg (Carrie) Funk. Grandchildren included: Joe (Tiffany) Padilla; Linda Charette; Sarah (Chris) Carpenter; Jennie (James) Gardner; Steve Allen; Josh (Emily) Funk; Robert Funk; Sam Funk & Calvin Funk. Great grandchildren: Rio Cournoyer, Xander Charette, Ava & Lillie Gardner. Dear friends included Ken & Doris Adair, many from Asbury, and in-laws: Gary & Alice Funk and David Cooper.  

Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chappel in Cottage Grove was in charge of arrangements. Burial was at TaylorLane Cemetery south of Cottage Grove off London Rd. Donations in her memory would be welcomed at Asbury UMC or the Oregon Cancer Foundation.
2  Old Schoolmates / Upcoming Events / 2018 Old Schoolmates Reunion on: April 08, 2018, 06:06:35 PM
The Old Schoolmates Reunion is on Friday, August 3rd this year.  We'd love to see you there.  To get a copy of the invitation, click on 2018 Old Schoolmates Reunion Invitation.
3  Class of 1958 / Clifford Lee Cook / Obituary on: January 25, 2018, 12:51:53 PM
See "Gone . . . But Not Forgotten"
4  Gone . . . But Not Forgotten / Class of 1958 / Cook, Lee Clifford on: January 25, 2018, 12:51:13 PM
Clifford Lee Cook, The Gay Mayor of Central Oregon, passed away on September 21 at his home.

A long time resident of Bend, he was 77 years old. He was a man who always had a positive attitude. He was born in Salem, OR on March 3, 1940 to Vye (Rickard) and Vance Cook. He taught in the Salem School District for 30 years at both South Salem High and Sprague High School. Cliff retired in 1993 to live in Central Oregon. He worked at Sunriver and Red Lion for a number of years in hotel administration. He worked hard and long for equal rights in the LGBT community, serving on the board in both PFLAG and the Human Dignity Coalition.

He founded Stars and Rainbows to provide social events for the LGBT community and their friends and families. He felt very strongly that hate, prejudice and discrimination had no place in this world. He was a much loved brother, nicknamed Butch, to Christy Sanders, Sally Eeds and Richard Schultz. He was Uncle Butch to Kristina Ferrero, Rick Schultz and Tracey Lorts. Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, Vye and Vance, step-father, Oscar Schultz and god parents, Ray and Maude Ruggles. A service was held at 4:30 on September 30 at Nativity in Bend Lutheran Church, 60850 Brosterhous Rd.

5  Old Schoolmates / Upcoming Events / Re: 2017 Old Schoolmates Reunion on: January 22, 2018, 11:19:36 PM
The general rule is we have the reunion on the first Friday of August, which this year is August 3.  See you there?

6  Gone . . . But Not Forgotten / Class of 1958 / Nousen, Terrance Elmer on: January 13, 2018, 11:10:49 AM
Terrance Elmer “Terry” Nousen of Marysville, WA passed away January 4, 2018 at the age of 77.

Terrance was the son of Claude and Irene (Atwood) Nousen born May 3, 1940 in Susanville, CA.

Terry moved to Cottage Grove as a child and attended school here, graduating from Cottage Grove High School in 1958. After high school he did construction work with his father in Alaska before joining the Navy, where he served as an electronics technician during the Vietnam era. He married Margaret Elizabeth Land in 1965 in Cottage Grove where they lived for several years before settling in Hillsboro, Oregon. Terry worked at Tektronix for many years as a manufacturing manager. After retiring, he and Margie moved to Yoncalla where he built their dream home which they enjoyed for many years before health concerns this year prompted a move to Washington to live with their daughter, Gretchen.

Terrance is survived by his wife Margaret (Land) Nousen, his son Andrew Nousen (Karen), Corvallis, OR, his daughters Gretchen Nousen, Marysville, WA, and Greta Palmer (Derick), Glennallen, AK, his brother Tim Nousen, Sausalito, CA, and his seven grandchildren Libby, Hannah, Liam, Lily, Lucy, Elkie, and Laurel.

In keeping with Terry’s wishes, there will be no service. The family will have a private memorial and scatter his ashes at a later date.
7  Class of 1958 / Terry Nousen / Obituary on: January 13, 2018, 11:05:49 AM
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8  Gone . . . But Not Forgotten / Class of 1958 / Johnson, Gary Dean on: January 13, 2018, 10:38:31 AM
Gary Dean Johnson, 77 of Cottage Grove, Oregon passed away November 24, 2017.

He was born May 6, 1940, in Portland, OR to Clarence and Hattie (Fisher) Johnson. Gary graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1958 and played both baseball and football. He loved to take his grandkids on his truck in the parades. Gary drove a log truck in both CA and OR as well as other trucks. He retired from Willamette Trucking in 2007. Gary enjoyed watching old movies, walking, baseball and football games, feeding birds, watching his grandkids playing sports and giving them great advise. He married Sandra Steen on March 16, 1958, in Cottage Grove, OR.

Gary is survived by daughter Barbara Johnson, Eugene, OR, son Tim (Denise) Johnson, Cottage Grove, OR, daughter Vicki Johnson and son Rod (Laura) Johnson both of Springfield, OR, sisters Joan and Candy both of Cottage Grove, OR, brother John Johnson, Salem, OR, brother Walter Johnson, San Antonio, TX, 7 grandchildren; Chris, Julian, Dani, Oliver, Dylan, Ryder and Bryon, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, a sister and step-dad. There will be a celebration of life after the first of the year. Inurnment at Myrtle Creek, OR. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burkitt Lymphoma Foundation.
9  Class of 1958 / Gary Johnson / Obituary on: January 13, 2018, 10:35:04 AM
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10  Gone . . . But Not Forgotten / Class of 1953 / Jean Coleman (Morris) on: September 28, 2017, 01:31:22 PM
Jean Morris passed away August 11, 2017 while residing at River Grove Memory Care in Eugene, Oregon.

She was born May 25, 1935 in Ellensburg, Washington to Virginia Alice Morrison and Robert Rye Chambers. She was adopted by her step-father, Frank Coleman, in 1942. Jean married Charles Ross Simmons in Creswell, OR on August 29, 1952, later divorced and married Robert Ray Morris in Eugene, OR on October 8, 1960.

Jean lived south of Cottage Grove, OR and attended Latham and Cottage Grove Union High Schools. She lived most of her years in Eugene, and Springfield, OR. Jean and her husband Bob enjoyed family, their pool, trips to the coast and their dogs and cats.

Jean is survived by her sons Michael Simmons and Patrick Simmons, her grandson Chad Simmons, granddaughter Katie Ann Coghill (Adrian), great-grandchildren Madysin and Wyatt Coghill. She is also survived by her brother Ray Coleman (Sharon) of Gold Bar, WA. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband Robert "Bob" Morris.

Jean was always there to lend a helping hand, she was loved dearly by her family and friends.

There will be a celebration of life in October 2017.

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Aug. 20, 2017
11  Class of 1954 / Ray Coleman / Bob & Jerri - Larry & Ellen on: September 28, 2017, 11:04:53 AM
Following is some information on Bob and Jerri Lou Wickwire and Larry and Ellen Stanley that Old Schoolmate from CGUHS Class of 54 and others might find interesting.  In particular those of you who are or have been outdoors and/or fisher persons.
First is an introduction from Frank Amato Publications accompanied by a link:

With nothing more than a long-time dream and strong work ethic, Bob Wickwire, and his partners, Larry and Ellen Stanley began a mad journey to pioneer a fishing lodge, somewhere in the wilds of British Columbia. With all five species of Pacific salmon and world-class steelhead fishing, they settled on an untamed, uninhabited part of Canada—Babine Lake where the rule of “survival of the fittest” rings true. Their first lodge, The Last Resort, was a very rustic camp with virtually no amenities; the Silver Hilton Steelhead Lodge was the opposite, as they turned it into one of the most exclusive steelhead lodges in the world.

The never-ending struggles, dangers, and successes they experienced along the way makes for a fascinating pioneering adventure. Although some of the events may seem totally unbelievable, they are all true. Devastating storms and floods, marauding wildlife, plane crashes, no road access which meant that everything needed to build, maintain and run the lodges had to be brought in by boat, fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter—there were many harrowing experiences. However, at its heart Babine Bob’s Pioneering Fishing Adventures is a wonderful story about life, family, lifelong friendships and the love of wilderness, and of hard work under almost impossible circumstances. Whether you get the opportunity to fish there or not, you will enjoy the adventures of Babine Bob’s 37 years of pioneering fishing lodges in north-central British Columbia.

Second is a biography of Bob and Jerri Lou by Tom Derry - also accompanied by a link:


Bob and Jerri Lou Wickwire are true pioneers. In the seventies they pulled up stakes in Portland Oregon and moved the whole family north to British Columbia. Seeking adventure and new opportunities that only the True North could offer.
Bob and Jerri Lou built, owned and operated two of the most famous steelhead lodges in the world, the Silver Hilton and Babine Steelhead Lodge. The Wickwires retired briefly, but at the age of 79 Bob decided to get in one more year of guiding at his beloved Babine Steelhead Lodge and of course Jerri Lou came along to do the cooking and cultivate the grandmother vibes.

Bob and Jerri Lou's return to Babine Steelhead Lodge for the 2015 season was a huge success. A real treat to see him navigate the waters again some forty years after first falling in love with this wonderful wild that is the Babine. He has amazing stories about specific rocks all along the river, truly a one of a kind perspective and history with one of the worlds great Steelhead rivers. The guests loved them and cherished the opportunity to fish with Babine Bob!
Tom Derry
12  Old Schoolmates / Upcoming Events / 2017 Old Schoolmates Reunion on: July 08, 2017, 09:30:01 AM
The Old Schoolmates Reunion is on Friday, August 4th this year.  We'd love to see you there.  To get a copy of the invitation, click on 2017 Old Schoolmates Reunion Invitation.
13  Gone . . . But Not Forgotten / Class of 1958 / Williams, Donald Harold on: May 09, 2017, 04:26:00 PM
The funeral was at noon Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove, for Donald Harold Williams of Cottage Grove, who died Sept. 18, 2009 of leukemia. He was 68.  Burial was on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Brumbaugh Cemetery in Cottage Grove.

He was born Oct. 6, 1940, in London Springs to Odus and Jesse Wright Williams. He married Patricia Basham on July 2, 1960, in Cottage Grove.

He graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1958. He retired as a machinist from Weyerhaeuser Co. in 2002.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Steven Williams of Gresham and Jeffery Williams of Cottage Grove; three brothers, John, Herb and Doug Williams, all of Oregon; five sisters, Lois Huddleston, Marie Jackson, Kay Jose, Arlene Giffen and Linda Miller, all of Oregon; and four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
14  Class of 1958 / Don Williams / Obituary on: May 09, 2017, 04:24:42 PM
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15  Class of 1957 / 60th CLASS REUNION NEWS / Your Latest Class of '57 Reunion News on: April 20, 2017, 02:43:46 PM
Click on Class of '57 Reunion News.pdf
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