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  • Former Medford principal, coach 'Gabby' Williams dies

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  • Former Medford Senior High School principal and American Legion Mustang coach Robert Harry Gabby Williams died Saturday (Sept. 14, 2002) in Medford of age-related causes. He was 79.
    A private service is planned.
    He was born April 5, 1923, in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, to Robert Ernest and Frances Neumeyer Williams.
    When he and his siblings were orphaned, his Lewiston, Idaho, high school coach, Duncan Branom, mentored his future success as an athlete and teacher.
    Mr. Williams played professional baseball for West Coast minor league teams for nearly a decade after serving with the U.S. Navy in World War II. He retired from professional baseball as a player and manager of the Lewiston, Idaho Broncs. When he retired from baseball, the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce in Idaho hosted Gabby Williams Night and awarded the Distinguished Service Award, Man of the Year and the Nez Perce tribe named him an honorary chief for his work with youngsters.
    Mr. Williams' lifelong interest in sports led him to coaching, and his baseball and football teams in Idaho and Oregon posted impressive winning records. He taught and coached at Lapwai, Wallace and Lewiston high schools in Idaho.
    After moving to Oregon in 1959, Mr. Williams coached and became the administrator at Klamath Union High School in Klamath Falls. His son, Robert, was among the list of outstanding American Legion baseball athletes he coached to state titles.
    He moved to Medford in 1967. On Dec. 31, 1973, he married Barbara Gray, who survives.
    In Medford, Mr. Williams coached the Mustang American Legion team for a decade and was principal of Medford Senior High School from 1968 until his retirement in 1985.
    Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Robert, Elk Grove, Calif.; four daughters, Patricia Turley, Junction City, Ann Marie Navarrette, Beaverton, Brenda Schuhmacher, Kennewick, Wash., and Janet Ballantyne of Tualatin; two stepchildren, Stacy Gray and Steve Gray, both Portland; a sister, Berniece Garjo, Nashua, Mont.; two brothers, Frank, Elk, Wash., and Leonard, Spokane, Wash.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Homecare/Hospice, 1660 E. McAndrews St., Medford, OR 97504, or Community Works, 900 E. Main St., Medford, OR 97504.
    Arrangements were handled by Abbey Funeral, Medford.
    Dorothy E. Young
    The memorial service for Dorothy E. Young will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Camelot Village Recreation Hall, 3700 Babcock Lane, Eugene.
    Mrs. Young, 82, of Eugene, formerly of Medford, died Sunday (Sept. 15, 2002).
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendly Street Church of God Youth Groups, 2290 Friendly St., Eugene, OR 97405.
    She was born Aug. 9, 1920, in Klamath Falls, to Louis and Mayme (Johnson) Jenkins. She graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1938. On June 30, 1946, in Reno, Nev., she married Warren H. Young, who survives.
    Mrs. Young had been employed with Woolworth's and Shoppers Market. She lived in Tulsa, Seattle, Medford, Swisshome and Eugene.
    She was a member of the Daisy Ducks Iota Beta Sorority, was a Job's Daughters past honored queen and was a member of Friendly Street Church of God.
    Survivors, in addition to her husband, include two daughters, Sandra Wade and Linda Witt, both Eugene; a son, Ron, Salem; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    Arrangements: England's Eugene Memorial Chapel.
    Leo L. Taylor
    The memorial service for Leo L. Taylor will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rogue Valley Manor Auditorium.
    Mr. Taylor, 89, of Medford, died Saturday (Sept. 14, 2002) at his home.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Rogue Valley Manor Foundation, 1200 Mira Mar Ave., Medford, OR 97504, or the First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford, OR 97501.
    He was born June 4, 1913, in Auburn, Wash., to Leo and Laura Taylor. He graduated from high school in Winterset, Iowa, and attended Simpson College in Ames, Iowa. He lived on a farm near Lamar, Colo., for nine years. He moved to Phoenix in 1933 from Iowa, then lived in California for 18 years.
    On Dec. 19, 1940, in Berkeley, Calif., he married Helen L. Power, who survives.
    In California, Mr. Taylor worked as a power plant operator and dispatcher. The office was transferred to Medford in 1954 and he worked as a dispatcher at Lone Pine Sub Station for 22 years. He retired as chief dispatcher in 1976.
    He was a past president of the Electrical Workers Union. He was active in Boy Scouts as an assistant scout master, then as head of the Explorer Scouts for the Methodist Church. He was a member of PacifiCorp Quarter Century Club and participated in Project Misdemeanant. He was also a member and past president of Roxy Ann Gem and Mineral Inc., and started the lapidary shop at Rogue Valley Manor.
    Mr. Taylor enjoyed hiking and gardening.
    Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a daughter, Marilyn Taylor, San Antonio; two sons, Melvin, Eugene, and Wayne, Fullerton, Calif.; a brother, Oliver P., Medford; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde; and a sister, Margaret Montgomery.
    Arrangements: Perl Funeral Home, Medford.
    Elmer Oscar Lee
    The graveside service for Elmer Oscar Lee will be at 9 a.m. Friday at Eagle Point National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Honor Guard.
    Mr. Lee, 78, of Rogue River, died Saturday (Sept. 14, 2002) at Royale Gardens Health Care Facility.
    He was born March 11, 1924, in Willow Springs, Mo., On Feb. 20, 1952, in Seguin, Texas, he married Rebecca Alvarez. They later divorced. She died in 1990. On Jan. 25, 1968, in Fort Stockton, Texas, he married Theresia Hornung, who died in 2000.
    Mr. Lee worked for Allied Van Lines in Texas, and owned and operated Four Season Pool Service in California. He retired in 1990 and moved to Rogue River from Palm Desert, Calif.
    He enjoyed gardening and playing cards.
    Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Lee Guerra, San Antonio; five brothers, Robert, Vinton, Iowa, Everett, Independence, Mo., Harry, Temple, Texas, Dale, Benton, Kan., and George, Lawndale, Okla.; three sisters, Nellie Richards and Louisa Wheeler, both Houston, Mo., and Irene Rainey, Fulton, Mo.; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Frank, Henry, Isaac and Irvwin Lee; and three sisters, Mary Grogan, Thelma Wheeler and Betsy Grogan.
    Arrangements: Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives.
    Kathy Hauck
    The memorial service for Lucy Kathleen Kathy Weeks Hauck will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland. Interment of ashes will be at Trail Creek Cemetery, Trail.
    Mrs. Hauck, 84, of Ashland, died Monday (Sept. 16, 2002) at her home.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Community Works, 900 E. Main St., Medford, OR 97504.
    She was born March 5, 1918, in Trail, to Eva and George Weeks. She traveled extensively before settling in Ashland in 1959.
    Mrs. Hauck was the head of housekeeping for the Mark Antony Hotel in Ashland for five years in the early 1960s.
    She was very active in community affairs. She initiated the Johnson Administration war on poverty program in Ashland and was a founding board member of the Community Health Center. She founded the Women's Confidence Clinic in Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties. She was also an active volunteer at Bellview School and at the Donald Lewis Retirement Center, where she lived. In addition, she was a foster grandmother at Lithia Springs School, in the boys and girls homes.
    Mrs. Hauck enjoyed gardening, quilting, sewing and painting.
    Survivors include three sons, Gerald and Steve, both Ashland, and David, Hugo; a daughter, Sheri Burrell, Ashland; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son; three brothers and four sisters.
    Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Crematory, Ashland.
    Leah Irene Custer
    The memorial service for Leah Irene Custer will be at — p.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church in White City. Mr. Cary Dye will officiate.
    Mrs. Custer, 67, of Central Point, died Sunday (Sept. 15, 2002) at the home of her daughter.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Providence Community Health Foundation, 940 Royal Ave., Suite 410, Medford, OR 97504.
    She was born April 2, 1935, in Medford, to James W. and Alma (Conner) Dye. On April 10, 1953, in Klamath Falls, she married William J. Custer, who preceded her in death.
    Mrs. Custer was a homemaker. She moved to the Rogue Valley in 1959 from Bonanza.
    Survivors include three daughters, Gail D. Bailey and Cindy K. Custer, both Central Point, and Leslie L. Hanrahan, Medford; four brothers, Warren and Blayne Dye, both Central Point, Neil Dye, Prospect, and Elwood Dye, North Bend; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Ronold Dye.
    Arrangements: Central Valley Cremation and Funeral Care, Central Point.
    Peter John Anderson
    The funeral Mass for Peter John Anderson will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Hillsboro. A reception will follow. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, later that afternoon.
    Mr. Anderson, 52, of Hillsboro, formerly of Medford, died Saturday (Sept. 14, 2002) as the result of an automobile accident.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the I Have a Hammer children's program, c/o Bronleewe-Bass Funeral Home, 1070 W. Main St., Hillsboro, OR 97123.
    He was born June 11, 1950, in Longview, Wash., to Arthur G. Jr. and Vera A. (Waine) Anderson. His early years were spent in Clatskanie. The family moved to Eugene in 1957, where he attended Sheldon High School.
    He joined the Marine Corps in 1967, serving in Vietnam. Following his discharge in 1970, he lived in San Diego for a brief time before returning to Eugene, where he lived off and on for a number of years. In 1973, he married Cynthia Stewart. They later divorced. In 1981, in Brookings, he married Cathy Smith. They later divorced.
    Mr. Anderson worked in construction in Medford, Colorado, New Mexico, Virginia, and Tennessee. In 1999, he moved to Hillsboro and had been teaching contracting skills at Portland Community College and Clackamas Community College. He also taught the Construction Academy for high school students in Vancouver, Wash. At the time of his death, he was a student at Eastern Oregon University.
    He was past president of the Southern Oregon Homebuilders Association, and continued his involvement with other construction companies.
    Mr. Anderson especially enjoyed teaching the I Have A Hammer classes to fifth-grade students in his area. He was a volunteer for area veterans and collected clothing for the Veterans Affairs Domiciliary in Vancouver, Wash.
    He was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed flying, water and snow skiing, camping and hang gliding.
    Survivors include two daughters, Molly Anderson, Keizer, and Sara Anderson, Eugene; his mother and stepfather, Vera and John Zuercher, Hillsboro; four sisters, Therese Wavrin, Medford, Fran Anderson, Hillsboro, Valerie Anderson, Atlanta, and Marianne Anderson, Seattle. He was preceded in death by his father, and two brothers, Arthur G. III and Stephen K.
    Arrangements: Bronleewe-Bass Funeral Home, Hillsboro.
    L. Allen Gregory
    L. Allen Gregory, 76, of Medford, died Sunday (Sept. 15, 2002) at Medford Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
    Jack K. Massie
    Jack K. Massie, 82, of Medford, died Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2002) at Three Fountains Nursing Center. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
    John A. Long
    John A. Long, 89, of Grants Pass, died Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2002) at Three Rivers Community Hospital in Grants Pass. Arrangements will be announced by Lundberg's L.B. Hall Funeral Home, Grants Pass.
    Elizabeth Durbin
    Elizabeth Durbin, 89, of Medford, died Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2002) at Rogue Valley Manor. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
    Roseann T. Stone
    Roseann T. Stone, 81, of Medford, died Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2002) at her home. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
    F. Maxine Salade
    F. Maxine Salade, 67, of Medford, died Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2002) at her home. Arrangements will be announced by Memory Gardens Mortuary, Medford.
    James Roberto
    James Roberto, 59, of Medford, died Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2002, at Rogue Valley Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
    Jessie A. MacDermot
    Jessie A. MacDermot, 83, of Medford, died Monday (Sept. 16, 2002) at her home. Arrangements will be announced by Memory Gardens Mortuary in Medford.
    George A. Hall
    George A. Hall, 80, of Central Point, died Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2002) at Hearthstone in Medford. Arrangements will be announced by Perl Funeral Home, Medford.
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