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    Robert W. Thompson
    The funeral service for Robert W. Thompson will be at 10 a.m.Tuesday at Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home in Grants Pass. Pastor James Downing of Jerome Prairie Churchwill officiate, with Deacon Jim McVeigh of St. Anne Catholic Church and the Fleet Reserve participating. Thegraveside service will be at — p.m. Tuesday at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Military honors will be providedby the American Legion Honor Guard.
    Mr. Thompson, 71, died Friday (April 12, 2002) at FairviewTransitional Health Center in Grants Pass.
    He was born April 27, 1930, in San Diego. On Feb. 15, 1958, inPhoenix, Ariz., he married Virginia L. Banks, who survives.
    Mr. Thompson served in the U.S. Navy with the Fleet Marines duringthe Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired as chief petty officer in 1968 after 22 years of service.
    Mr. Thompson was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.
    He was an avid train collector and enjoyed his model railroad,traveling and spending time with his family.
    Survivors include four sons, Robert J., and William J., bothAurora, Colo., Richard J., El Cajon, Calif., and Frederick, Portland; a daughter, Marjorie L. Hobbs, Amherst,N.H.; two sisters, O. Edythe Kosted, Granite Falls, Wash., and Nadine Tanner, Azalea; and eight grandchildren.
    Arrangements: Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home, Grants Pass.
    Norma Helen Scharpf
    The memorial service for Norma Helen Scharpf will be at — p.m.Thursday at Calvary Assembly of God in Jacksonville. Pastor Terry Luttrell will officiate. Inurnment will bein Jacksonville Cemetery.
    Mrs. Scharpf, 84, of Medford, died April 6, 2002, at Rogue ValleyMedical Center.
    She was born Norma Jones on Oct. 10, 1917, in Huntsville, Ark. OnDec. 16, 1939, in Augusta, Kan., she married Steven Peter Scharpf, who died in 1979. They moved to the RogueValley in 1972 from Norco, Calif.
    Mrs. Scharpf was a clerk at Newberry's and the Salvation Army inCalifornia. She then worked as an electronics technician for Rockwell International for 14 years. After movingto the Rogue Valley, she volunteered for Loaves and Fishes and ACCESS Food Share in Jacksonville for more than15 years.
    She was a member of Calvary Assembly of God, where she was thecoordinator for the women's ministry.
    Mrs. Scharpf enjoyed crocheting, handicrafts and reading.
    Survivors include a daughter, N. Nadine Rouse, Jacksonville; fourgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson.
    Arrangements: Memory Gardens Mortuary, Medford.
    Myrtle E. Fletcher
    Myrtle E. Fletcher, 82, of Medford, died Saturday (April 6, 2002)at her home. No service is planned.
    She was born Sept. 11, 1919, in Lemoore, Calif., to Delbert andAnna Nichols. On Nov. 13, 1938, in Paso Robles, Calif., she married Edward F. Fletcher, who survives. Theymoved to the Rogue Valley two years ago from Klamath Falls.
    Mrs. Fletcher worked in the poultry business for more than 35years.
    She enjoyed flowers, reading and playing the organ.
    Survivors, in addition to her husband, include three daughters,Juanita McCall, Medford, June Sager, Hemet, Calif., and Peggy Lopez, Nuevo, Calif.; two sons, Edward W.Fletcher, Hemet, Calif., and Robert M. Fletcher, Gresham; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and ninegreat-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, June Wallace.
    Arrangements: Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory,Medford.
    Dennis William Hyde
    Dennis William Hyde, 63, of Medford, formerly of Livermore,Calif., died April 7, 2002, at his son's home in Medford. A private service was held.
    He was born Jan. 31, 1939, in Ogden, Utah, to Orlo and Letha Hyde.
    Mr. Hyde was a writer and owned and operated a publishing company,Whitestone, in Livermore, Calif.
    He was interested in philosophy and the eternal search forenlightenment.
    Survivors include two former wives, Madaline Hyde, Livermore,Calif., and Eva Hyde, San Jose, Calif.; three daughters, Eva Marie Flores, Deni Anne Elizondo and Jody Howard;a son, Anthony William; a stepdaughter, Tracey Lynette Castle; a stepson, Jimmy Dale Castle; 10 grandchildren;and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother, Darwin.
    Arrangements: Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory,Medford.
    Pearl Daisy Bixel
    The graveside service for Pearl Daisy Bixel will be at 11 a.m.Monday at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. The Rev. Brian Eberly of First Baptist Church of Tigard willofficiate.
    Mrs. Bixel, 89, of Medford, died Friday (April 12, 2002) atNorthridge Center in Medford.
    She was born Pearl Daisy Avery Aug. 17, 1912, in Portland, thedaughter of Talleyrand and Daisy (Carothers) Avery.
    On Jan. 16, 1937, at Hillsboro, she married Orville Bixel, whodied in 1999. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1992 from Merced, Calif.
    She was a registered nurse and a member of First Christian Churchin Merced.
    Survivors include a son, Dale Bixel, Medford. She was preceded indeath by her sister, Glenna Connell.
    Arrangements: Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory,Medford.
    Friends may pay their respects Monday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at 550Business Park Drive, Medford.
    Lois Caroline Suppes
    The memorial service for Lois Caroline Suppes will be Monday at10:30 a.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford. The Rev. Craig Rench and KevinGowland of First Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Interment will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
    Mrs. Suppes, 91, of Medford, died Friday (April 12, 2002) in herhome.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of theNazarene building fund, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford, Oregon 97504.
    She was born Lois Caroline Steiner March 18, 1911, inMarshallville, Ohio, the daughter of Earl and Clara Steiner.
    On June 25, 1949, at Jamestown, N.Y., she married Paul R. Suppes,who survives. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1989 from Ohio.
    Mrs. Suppes worked as a cook in restaurants and sororities. Sheattended First Church of the Nazarene in Medford. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading and crosswordpuzzles.
    Survivors, in addition to her husband, include a daughter, AnneNicholson, Medford; four brothers, Lowell Steiner, of Ohio, Merritt Steiner, Dalton, Ohio, Bliss Steiner,Vermillion, Ohio, and Dan Steiner of Columbia City, Ind.; and a sister, Pauline Nevius, Vermillion, Ohio. Shewas preceded in death by four brothers.
    Arrangements: Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory,Medford.
    Tomasa Gidney
    The funeral mass for Tomasa Gidney will be Tuesday at noon atSacred Heart Catholic Church in Medford. The Rev. Liam Cary will officiate.
    Mrs. Gidney, 76, of Medford, died Thursday (April 11, 2002) in herhome.
    Memorial contributions may be made to RVMC Hospice, 691 MurphyRoad Suite 236, Medford, OR 97504.
    She was born Tomasa Longarte on Oct. 25, 1925, in Bilbao, Spain,the daughter of Vecenta and Justo Longarte.
    In 1972 at Reno, Nev., she married William A. Gidney, who precededher in death. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1948.
    She worked at Rogue Valley Medical Center, Ashland CommunityHospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Reno, Nev.
    She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Warsfor 30 years. She enjoyed bowling, gardening and family gatherings, and she loved her dog Meeko.
    Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Eck, Medford, and MaryMurray, Missoula, Mont.; a son, Thomas Urien, Reno, Nev., a companion, Earle Hummel, five grandchildren and 11great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, seven sisters and eight brothers.
    Friends may pay their respects at a vigil service Monday from 5 to7 p.m. at Perl Funeral Home Chapel, Medford.
    Charles 'Cleo' Babb
    The funeral for Charles Cleo Babb will be Wednesday at1 p.m. at Perl Funeral Park at Siskiyou Memorial Park in Medford.
    Mr. Babb, 86, of Medford, died Thursday (April 11, 2002) atCardiac Care Consultants.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Food and Friends, 483 FourthAve., Gold Hill, OR, 97525 or First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 405 E. California St., Jacksonville,OR, 97530.
    He was born Jan. 26, 1916, in Cambridge, Idaho.
    In 1954, at Reno, Nev., he married Jewel Wade, who died in 1984.
    He was a truck driver for Franklin Mayflower until he retired in1978. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
    Mr. Babb was a member of Medford Elks Club and the AmericanLegion. He volunteered at the Veterans Affairs Domiciliary. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening andwatching planes.
    Survivors include two stepsons, David and Larry Wade of Medford;and one grandchild. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters and astep-grandchild.
    Arrangements: Perl Funeral Home, Medford.
    James Edgar Robinson
    The memorial service for James Edgar Robinson will be Monday at 11a.m. at Rogue Valley Christian Church. Tim Shields of Rogue Valley Christian Church will officiate.
    Mr. Robinson, 75, of Medford, died Friday (April 12, 2002) inMedford.
    He was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Bell, Calif., to Ren and RuthRobinson.
    On Oct. 25, 1946, at South Gate, Calif., he married KathrynLouise, who survives. He has lived in Southern Oregon and Northern California since 1948.
    He retired as chief engineer from Steiner American Linen Corp. in1984.
    He enjoyed reading, woodworking, horses and traveling to the coastfor surf fishing.
    Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a daughter, LindaHoover, Medford; four sons, Kenneth Charles, White City, Michael Wayne, Lostine, Mark Robert, Wilsonville, andLarry James, Leland, Ill.; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by hisbrother Ren Dale and sister Patricia Lorraine Jenkins.
    Arrangements: Memory Gardens Mortuary, Medford.
    Edgar Michael Nava
    The funeral for Edgar Michael Nava will be Wednesday at — p.m. atSacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rev. Liam Cary will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest MemorialPark's Garden of Angels II.
    The son of Edgar Nava and Stacey Garcia Nava of Medford, he wasborn and died on April 9, 2002, in Rogue Valley Medical Center.
    Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his brother, IsmaelChristopher Garcia, Medford; grandparents, Sandra Schmaltz, Medford, Dale Bartholomew, Medford, and ElodiaNava Navarro, Colima, Mexico; and great-grandparents, Helen Black, Medford, and Luisa Navarro, Colima, Mexico.
    Friends may pay their respects Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m., atHillcrest Mortuary, Medford.
    Wilmirth 'Willie' Burnett
    The funeral for Wilmirth Willie Higgins Burnett willbe held in Safford, Ariz.
    Mrs. Burnett, 85, of Medford, died Thursday (April 11, 2002) at aMedford foster home.
    She was born Wilmirth Higgins Feb. 3, 1917, in Pima, Ariz., thedaughter of Lillian and Nathaniel Higgins.
    In 1951, she married Cecil Burnett, who preceded her in death. In1996, she moved to the Rogue Valley to be near her daughter.
    Mrs. Burnett was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints.
    Survivors include a daughter, Jane Bateman, Medford; astepdaughter, Mary Ann Sledge, San Manuel, Ariz.; a daughter-in-law, Carmaleta Stockton Clouse, Safford,Ariz.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death byher husband, one son, one brother and two sisters.
    Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Crematory,Ashland.
    Austin Dwain London
    The memorial service for Austin Dwain London will be Sunday at 5p.m. at 1298 Sunset Road, Medford. Call 776-9195 for more information.
    Mr. London, 53, of Medford, died Thursday (April 11, 2002) atRogue Valley Medical Center.
    He was born Dec. 23, 1948, in Medford, the son of William andRachel London. He lived in the Rogue Valley his entire life.
    He worked in the timber industry as a skidder and as a landscaper.He enjoyed camping, hunting, the outdoors and socializing,
    Survivors include a daughter, Helen Denise Carney,Medford; and a sister, Della Jenace Tilford, Medford. He was preceded in death by his parents anda brother,William.
    Arrangements: Hillcrest Mortuary, Medford.
    Vera A. Stubblefield
    Vera A. Stubblefield, 87, of Central Point, formerly of Ashland,died Friday (April 12, 2002) at the Alderwood Assisted Living Center in Central Point. Arrangements will beannounced by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Crematory, Ashland.
    Ray E. Silvey
    Ray E. Silvey, 78, of Medford, died Friday (April 12, 2002) at hishome. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory, Medford.
    Michelle A. Brunkhorst
    Michelle A. Brunkhorst, 36, of Ashland, died Friday (April 12,2002) at Providence Medford Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley FuneralAlternatives and Crematory, Medford.
    Bettey R. Pfeifer
    Bettey R Pfeifer, 80, of Medford, died Friday (April 12, 2002) ather home. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
    Hilton C. Shearer
    Hilton C. Shearer, 88, of Medford, died Thursday (April 11, 2002)at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Roseburg. Arrangements will be announced by Abbey Funeral, Medford. Obituary Guidelines
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