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Obituaries: Sept. 19, 2018

This week’s obituaries.

Published on September 18, 2018 4:54PM

Last changed on September 18, 2018 5:04PM

Janet Rude

Janet Rude

Janet Kay Rude


July 28, 1955 - Sept. 13, 2018

Janet Kay Rude, 63, of John Day passed away at her residence on Sept. 13. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Prairie City Cemetery.

Janet was born in Prairie City to Gordon and Dorothy Mitchell on July 28, 1955. She was raised in Prairie City where she attended all 12 years of school, and graduated from Prairie City High School. It was there that she met the love of her life, Robbie Rude, who kissed her on the first day of the first grade. They wed on Jan. 21, 1972, in Ontario. They had two boys, Travis and Tim. They lived primarily in Prairie City and John Day.

Janet worked as a school/Head Start cook, mill worker and Oregonian distributor. She enjoyed golfing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping, crafting, playing cards, razor rides and was a very competitive golfer. She was the Club Champion multiple times. Christmas and Halloween were her favorite holidays, and she often dressed up with her kids when they were young. Her true passion was being a grandma to Jozie, Kailey and Tyler. She loved spending time with them. Her grandkids were her world. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Janet loved to laugh and make others laugh. Most people who knew her would comment on how she had a great sense of humor.

She leaves behind her husband, Robbie Rude; her sons Travis Rude and Tim (Aimee) Rude; her grandchildren Jozie, Kailey and Tyler Rude; and her sisters Gloria (Bruce) Blume, Glinda (Bill) Cunningham and Debbie (John) Sanowski.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

To leave condolences, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.


Larry Lemons


May 7, 1945 - Aug. 12, 2018

Larry Lemons passed away peacefully at his home on Aug. 12. Larry was born on May 7, 1945, in Prairie City. He grew up in Mt. Vernon, where he graduated high school and, from there, joined the Army.

The Army took him to Anchorage, Alaska, where he became an aircraft mechanic, working primarily on turbine Otters. He also became a crew chief for the Otter and worked as a paratrooper.

While in Anchorage, Larry met and married Elayne Ingram, and the two of them had three daughters, Dana, Margaret and Laura.

After he was discharged from the Army, Larry had a long adventurous career as a heavy equipment operator in Arizona, Oregon and Alaska, finally settling on Prince of Wales Island in Craig, Alaska.

Larry was preceded in death by his grandparents Brice and Inez Lemons and his father, Dennis Lemons.

Larry is survived by mothers Margaret Lemons and Beda Siler; sisters Sue Lemons and Sandra Johnson; brother Kim Lemons; daughters Dana Bartman (Larry), Margaret Lemons and Laura Lemons-Young (Roger); grandchildren Jessica, Layne, Shannon, Kelli, Kasten, Marki-Lynn, Jaron, Troiane, Dakota and McKenna; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Larry’s sense of humor, love for critters, passion for storytelling, love of life and his infectious laugh will be missed by his family and many friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Mt. Vernon Grange.


Curtis Antone Pereira


Curtis Antone Pereira, 42, of John Day passed away at his residence on Sept. 15. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the St. Andrews Catholic Cemetery with Pastor Michael Harvey of Grace Chapel officiating the service. Following the service, friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception at the John Day Senior Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Hospice through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. To leave an online condolence, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.


Dennis Clayton Smith


Dennis Clayton Smith, 86, of Canyon City passed away at his residence Sept. 15. Arrangements have been entrusted to Driskill Memorial Chapel. To leave an online condolence, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.


Christopher Swanson


Christopher Swanson, 64, of John Day passed away at his residence on Sept.15. Arrangements have been entrusted to Driskill Memorial Chapel of John Day. To leave an online condolence, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.



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