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Seth Logan Blakeslee
Seth Logan Blakeslee

Seth Logan Blakeslee, 19, of Monument passed away on Saturday, June 18, in Monument. A memorial service was held Saturday, June 25 at the Monument school gymnasium.

Blakeslee was born on July 13, 1996, in John Day to Larry Blakeslee and Sandy...

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Robert ‘Bob’ Skiens

Robert “Bob” Skiens, 75, died June 4 at his John Day home. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Prairie City Senior Center, 204 N. McHaley Ave., followed by a potluck at noon.

Skiens was born Dec.

Benjamin ‘Benny’ Dodds
Benjamin ‘Benny’ Dodds

Benjamin “Benny” Dodds, 87, died June 12 at Mothers Creek Ranch Adult Foster Home in Bear Valley. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Mothers Creek Ranch.

Dodds was born May 29, 1929, in Scottsbluff, Neb.

Thomas James Decker
Thomas James Decker

Thomas James Decker, 82, a longtime Mt. Vernon resident, died June 10 at Valley View Assisted Living in John Day.

Decker was born Aug. 24, 1933, in Phelps, Wisc., to Thomas M. Decker and Hazel (Kranke) Decker. He was raised by his mother and...

Paul Dean ‘Pete’ Fortenberry

A memorial service for Paul Dean “Pete” Fortenberry will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Mt. Vernon Grange Hall, about one mile east of Mt. Vernon on Highway 26.

A potluck lunch, with meat provided, will follow the...

Ben Dodds

Benjamin Dodds, 87, formerly of Mt. Vernon, died June 12 at the Mothers Creek Ranch. Services are pending.

Arrangements are under the care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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Robert Skiens

Robert “Bob” Skiens, 75, died June 14 at his John Day home. No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements are under the care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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Rose Kathryn Berchtold
Rose Kathryn Berchtold

Rose Kathryn Berchtold, 95, died June 9 at her John Day home. No services are planned at this time.

Berchtold was born Feb. 28, 1921, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Ralph and Rose Mosholder. She graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1939.

Rose Kathryn Berchtold

Rose Kathryn Berchtold, 95, died June 9 at her John Day home. No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements are under the care of Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

For condolences, visit

John Clyde Forrest
John Clyde Forrest

John Clyde Forrest, 74, died June 3 at his Prairie City home. A memorial service was held June 10 at Prairie City Cemetery.

Forrest was born Oct. 15, 1941, in Prairie City, to Orrin and Mary Christina (Cant) Forrest. He graduated from Prairie...

Larry Bruce Blasing
Larry Bruce Blasing

Larry Bruce Blasing, 77, died May 26 at his Prairie City home. A funeral service was held June 3 at Prairie Baptist Church in Prairie City. Interment followed at Prairie City Cemetery.

Blasing was born Nov. 5, 1938, in Baker City, to Mel and...

John Clyde Forrest

John Clyde Forrest, 74, died June 3 at his Prairie City home. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, at Prairie City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Hospice through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S.

Austin and June Drewett

A small memorial service for Austin and June Drewett will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at Prairie City Cemetery, with Pastor Al Altnow officiating.

June died Jan. 14, 2014, and Austin died July 7, 2015. The couple lived in Mt. Vernon.

Patricia L. Russell
Patricia L. Russell

BEND — Patricia L. “Patti” Russell, 73, a longtime Mt. Vernon resident, died of natural causes May 3 in Bend.

A small celebration of life was held May 20.

Gary Wilson Sawin

Gary Sawin, 69, of Seneca, died May 26 in Seneca. A memorial service was held June 3 at Clyde Holliday State Park.

Sawin was born Aug. 29, 1946, in Willmar, Minnesota, to George Wilson and Ruby Madeline (Thomas) Sawin. After graduating from high...

Jane Kay Swartzentruver Webb
Jane Kay Swartzentruver Webb

Jane Kay Swartzentruver Webb, 82, of Mt Vernon, died May 15 at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day. Funeral services were May 20 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in John Day. Interment was at Canyon City Cemetery.

Webb was born...

Mark Reasoner
Mark Reasoner

PENDLETON — Mark Reasoner, 88, formerly of Dayville, died May 21, surrounded by family. At his request, there are no services.

Reasoner was born March 13, 1928, in an old robber’s roost in western Colorado that his father Horace...

Gary Sawin

Gary Sawin, 69, of Seneca, died May 26 in Seneca. A public viewing will be from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Clyde Holliday State Park near Mt. Vernon. A...

Wayne Fredrick Hanson
Wayne Fredrick Hanson

MILWAUKIE — Wayne Fredrick Hanson, 65, formerly of Prineville, died May 19 at his home in Milwaukie. A funeral service was held May 31 at the Eastside Church in Prineville. Hanson was born Aug. 8, 1950, in John Day, to Fred and June (Best)...

Larry Bruce Blasing

Larry Bruce Blasing, 77, died May 26 at his Prairie City home. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, at Prairie Baptist Church in Prairie City. Interment will follow at Prairie City Cemetery, and then a reception at the Teen Center on...

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