Steven Scott Bechler
The memorial service for Steven Scott Bechler will be at — p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the auditorium at South Medford High School. Pastor Pete Slusher of Community Bible Church in Central Point will officiate.
Mr. Bechler, 23, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of the Rogue Valley, died Feb. 17, 2003, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
He was born Nov. 18, 1979, in Medford, to Ernest and Patricia Bechler. He graduated from South Medford High School in 1998. On Oct. 22, 2002, at Community Bible Church in Central Point, he married Kiley Mae Nixon, who survives. He was a lifelong Rogue Valley resident.
Mr. Bechler was a professional baseball player with the Baltimore Orioles.
He was a member of the Medford American Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball and American Legion Ball.
Mr. Bechler enjoyed golf, video games, animals and going out with his friends.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his parents, Ernest and Patricia Bechler, Medford; and two brothers, Mike Bechler, Medford, and Bowie Rosenbert, Eagle Point. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Bechler; and his grandmother, Grandma Pat.
Arrangements: Kalis Funeral Home, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Donald Dale McClain
Donald Dale McClain, 96, of Ashland, formerly of Topeka, Kan., died Feb. 17, 2003, in Ashland. A private service will be held in Ashland followed by a funeral in Topeka, Kan., where he will be buried next to his wife, Clara.
He was born July 25, 1906, in Cement, Okla., to Ulysses and Senah McClain. He was raised in St. Mary's, Kan. As a young man, he studied briefly at the Art Institute of Chicago. On Dec. 3, 1935, in Topeka, Kan., he married Clara Elizabeth Fitzgerald, who preceded him in death.
Mr. McClain was a longtime employee of Jordan Sunbeam Bakery in Topeka, Kan. He moved to the Rogue Valley in 2000 from Kansas.
He enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodcarving and puttering around the house.
Survivors include a daughter, C. Suzanne Bissey, Ashland; a son, Don Van Valen McClain, Kansas City, Mo.; an older sister, Edith Huntsman, Topeka, Kan.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements: Abbey Funeral, Medford.
Wanda Mae Caudle
The graveside service for Wanda Mae Caudle will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hawthorne Memorial Gardens in Grants Pass. Her nephew, Ron Ritsch, will officiate.
Mrs. Caudle, 88, of Grants Pass, died Thursday (Feb. 27, 2003) at Fair View Transitional Health Center in Grants Pass.
She was born June 4, 1914, in Coos Bay, to James and Flossie Knight. She married Jessie Caudle, who died in 1990. She moved to Grants Pass in 1956 from Coos Bay.
Mrs. Caudle was a member of the Rogue River First Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sisters, Pearl Clark and Gloria Ritsch, both Grants Pass. She was preceded in death by three sisters, LeVona Williams, Melba Simmons and Yulanda King; and a brother, William Schell.
Arrangements: Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home, Grants Pass.
Dorothea Mae Graham
The memorial service for Dorothea Mae Graham will be at — p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Ashland. Pastor Michael Powell will officiate.
Mrs. Graham, 82, of Talent, died Wednesday (Feb. 26, 2003) at Providence Medford Medical Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland, OR 97520.
She was born May 21, 1920, in Spur, Texas. On Sept. 2, 1941, in Texas, she married Edwin Graham, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Graham was a minister with the United Methodist Church in Glendale and North Hollywood, Calif. She lived most of her life in Southern California, moving to the Rogue Valley five years ago.
She was a member of the Ashland P.E.O.
Mrs. Graham was active in her church and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Survivors include a son, Denny, Ashland; a daughter, Barbara Harris, Tustin, Calif.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Arrangements: Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
Maleta M. Green-Lovelle
The funeral for Maleta Muriel Green-Lovelle will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Shasta Memorial Park in Mount Shasta, Calif.
Mrs. Green-Lovelle, 86, of Medford, formerly of the Redding/Dunsmuir area in California, died Tuesday (Feb. 25, 2003) in Medford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, c/o Burn Unit, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.
She was born July 12, 1916, in Ava, Mo., to George Washington and Lily Sexton Scrivner. In 1935, she married Kenneth E. Green, who died in 1977. In 1979, she married E.J. Jim Lovelle, who died in 1993. She lived in the Redding/Dunsmuir area from 1937 to 1998, and moved to the Rogue Valley five years ago from Redding, Calif.
Mrs. Green-Lovelle was a member of the Church of Christ in Redding and Dunsmuir, Calif., Medford American Legion Auxiliary No. 15, Roxy Ann Grange and the Auxiliary for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers.
She enjoyed flowers and reading.
Survivors include a son, Don Green, Medford; a sister, Lenora Burlingame, Cottonwood, Calif.; three grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother.
Arrangements: Conger-Morris Funeral Directors, Medford.
Lucille Earll Krueger
The memorial service for Lucille Earll Krueger will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel at the First United Methodist Church in Medford. The Rev. Bill McDonald will officiate.
Mrs. Krueger, 94, of Medford, died Monday (Feb. 24, 2003) at Tender Touch foster home in Medford.
Memorial contributions may be made to Medford First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford, OR 97501, or ACCESS, P.O. Box 4666, Medford, OR 97501.
She was born April 26, 1908, in Noble County, Ind., to John and Sophronia Earll. She graduated from high school in La Porte, Ind., and attended business college there. On Aug. 14, 1933, in La Porte, Ind., she married Carl A. Krueger, who died in 1988.
Mrs. Krueger worked for Rumley Tractor Company until her marriage, when she became a full-time homemaker. She was a longtime resident of Findlay, Ohio, moving to Fountain Plaza in Medford in 1994 and to Tender Touch in 2001.
She was a Camp Fire Girl leader for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women (in Ohio), and belonged to bridge, pinochle, and golf organizations in Ohio.
The Kruegers spent winters in Melbourne, Fla., and McAllen, Texas. They enjoyed traveling in their travel trailer, meeting new people, playing golf and cards. Mrs. Krueger was a pianist who enjoyed music and could play all the old tunes by ear or with music. Her husband was her biggest fan.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy McGarvey, Medford, Kay Steils, Corpus Christi, Texas; a son, Phil, Jacksonville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.
Arrangements: Conger-Morris Funeral Home, Medford.
Kenneth Neil Durkee
Kenneth Neil Durkee, 60, of Medford, died Tuesday (Feb. 25, 2003) after a battle with pneumonia. A gathering of family, friends and former teammates is planned for this summer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fred Spiegelberg Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 552, Medford, Or 97501, or the Bartels Library Fund, Rogue Valley Medical Center, 2825 E. Barnett Road, Medford, OR 97504.
He was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Prineville. He kept his Medford High School letter framed on his wall, recalling the time when he was a star athlete in 1959 and 1960. He was a starting defensive back on the Black Tornado's 1959 state championship football team and a starting guard on the 1959 state championship basketball squad. An accident in early spring of 1960 left him a quadriplegic. He went on to graduate from the University of Oregon in three years, with a grade-point average of 3.78.
Mr. Durkee worked for the State of Oregon as director of volunteers for a period of time. He coined the name for the annual football game between North Medford High and South Medford High ' The Black and Blue Bowl.
At 60, Mr. Durkee was one of the oldest surviving quadriplegics. He was known for his keen sense of humor, love of sports and intelligent observations.
Survivors include his wife Sally; her son and daughter, Todd and Jennifer; three daughters, Debbie, Darcy, and Dena; a son, Greg Collier; his parents Del and Dixie Durkee; a sister, Linda Forrette; a brother, Dale Durkee; and four grandchildren.
Arrangements: Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
David Arthur Petrey
David Arthur Petrey, 50, of Westwood, Calif., formerly of Medford, died Jan. 20, 2003, at his home. The memorial service was held Jan. 25 at Anderson Community Church. Steve Ratcliff of Coffee Creek Church officiated.
He was born April 23, 1952, in Fresno, Calif., to Kennithand Mary Petrey. He attended Happy Camp High School in California, where he was a quarterback on the football team. He lived in the Rogue Valley in 1996.
Mr. Petrey worked as a large machine mechanic, a logger and a truck driver. Locally, he worked as a helicopter mechanic for Erickson Air Crane.
He was a member of the Hells Angels.
Mr. Petrey enjoyed trapping, riding Harley Davidsons, the outdoors and hunting.
Survivors include a son, David KennithArthur, Medford; a daughter, Michelle Lee Anne (Petrey) Allen, Central Point; a brother, Gary; a sister, Marizona Petrey; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher.
Arrangements: Walton's Colonial Mortuary, Susanville.
Clifford Coleman Griffitts
Clifford Coleman Griffitts, 89, of Medford, died Wednesday (Feb. 26, 2003) at Three Fountains Nursing Center. Arrangements will be announced by Memory Gardens Mortuary, Medford.
Kathleen Beatrice Strader
Kathleen Beatrice Strader, 54, of Sunny Valley, died Wednesday (Feb. 26, 2003) at her home. Arrangements will be announced by Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
Louise B. Snyder
Louise B. Snyder, 76, of Grants Pass, died Wednesday (Feb. 26, 2003) at Highland House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Grants Pass. Arrangements will be announced by Lundberg's L.B. Hall Funeral Home, Grants Pass.
David Albert Lopez, 62, of Medford, died Thursday (Feb. 27, 2003) at Rogue Valley Medical Center, Medford. Arrangements will be announced by Conger-Morris Funeral Directors, Medford.
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