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    Edythe A. Dotson
    Edythe A. Dotson, 72, of Grants Pass, died July 11, 2003, at her son's home in Rogue River. A private service is planned.
    Memorial contributions for Food & Friends should be sent to: P.O. Box 3275, Central Point, OR 97502.
    Incorrect information was provided for Friday's obituary.
    Kenneth Ray Karpins
    The funeral for Kenneth Ray Karpins will be at — p.m. Monday at the Church of God in Medford. Pastor John Wiuff will officiate. The graveside service will follow at Memory Gardens Memorial Park.
    Mr. Karpins, 38, of Central Point, died Monday (July 14, 2003) at his home.
    He was born July 6, 1965, in Riverside, Calif., to Andrew and Betty Karpins. He moved to the Rogue Valley in 1998 from Watsonville, Calif. On Sept. 9, 2002, in Grants Pass, he married Stephanie McManus, who survives. Mr. Karpins was the restaurant manager at Burger King in Ashland.
    He enjoyed all sports, golf, and spending time with his family.
    Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Perry Ray, Medford; two daughters, Elizabeth Karpins, Medford and Jennifer Rene? Karpins, Central Point; his mother and stepfather, Betty and Al Grice, Central Point; two sisters, Karlena Mazza, Hanford, Calif., and Kathleen Hesse, Rio Linda, Calif. He was preceded in death by a sister, Christine Shideler.
    Friends may pay their respects from — to 5 p.m. Sunday at Conger-Morris Central Point Chapel.
    Calvin 'Cal' Gertsch
    The graveside service for Calvin Cal Gertsch will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hawthorne Cemetery in Grants Pass. Pastor Wes Winn of the First Christian Church will officiate. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Grants Pass.
    Mr. Gertsch, 84, of Grants Pass, died Wednesday (July 16, 2003) at his home.
    He was born Dec. 1, 1918, in Columbus, Neb. On Sept. 7, 1941, he married Doris Curry, who survives. They moved to Grants Pass in 1979 from California.
    Mr. Gertsch was a repairman for heavy road equipment prior to his retirement.
    He enjoyed gardening and fixing things.
    Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Marvin, Harbor; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert; and a daughter, Sharon Gertsch.
    Arrangements: Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home, Grants Pass.
    Nikola B. Vukcevic
    The funeral for Nikola B. Vukcevic will be held Monday at St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Church in Rogue River. The procession will leave Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives, 550 Business Park Drive, Medford, at 9 a.m. The Revs. David Lubliner and Seraphim Cardoza will officiate. The graveside service will follow at Antioch Cemetery in Central Point.
    Mr. Vukcevic, 62 of White City, died Thursday (July 17, 2003) at his home.
    He was born Jan. 25, 1941, in Beograd, Serbia-Montenegro, to Blazo Jakov and Danica (Djordjevic) Vukcevic. On Sept. 4, 1966, in St. Sava Monastery, Libertyville, Ill., he married Ljiljana Pantic, who survives. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1992 from Milwaukee.
    Mr. Vukcevic worked as an electronics technician in various industries, retiring in 1992.
    He enjoyed fishing, boating, farming and animals.
    Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Blazo, White City, and Peter, Eagle Point; a daughter, Darinka Williams, Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Zora Dimitrijevic and Zlatana Pavlovic, both Mladenovac, Serbia; and three grandchildren.
    Friends may pay their respects from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with a memorial prayer service at 7 p.m. at Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives, 550 Business Park Drive, Medford.
    Maurece Pearl Lininger
    A celebration of life and memorial service for long-time Ashland resident Maurece Pearl Lininger will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashland.
    Mrs. Lininger, 87, died Thursday (July 17, 2003) at her home.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashland Schools Foundation, 100 Walker Ave., Ashland, OR 97520.
    She was born Maurece Pearl Roberson on Dec. 18, 1915, in Mesa, Ariz., the second of 10 children born to Pearl McKenzie and Charles Edward Roberson. The family moved to Ashland in 1923 and lived on North Main Street, in the current Coolidge House Bed and Breakfast. They moved to Grants Pass when the Southern Pacific Railway closed its Ashland office, but returned to Ashland and settled into their family home on B Street in 1932. She graduated from Ashland High School in 1933 and attended classes at Southern Oregon Normal School (now Southern Oregon University) the following year.
    On Oct. 10, 1934, she married Ashland native Earl Lininger. He died in 1993, after 58 years of marriage.
    Mrs. Lininger, along with her husband and members of the Lininger family, built several local businesses including Independent Truck Lines, Beagle Lumber Company, and M.C. Lininger and Sons, Inc. (now LTM). In the early years of the company's development, she traveled with her husband and children to remote rock-crusher sites throughout Oregon, setting up camps and cooking for crews.
    Mrs. Lininger and her husband were dedicated supporters of Ashland children and schools. They established the Earl E. and Maurece Lininger Family Scholarship that is awarded annually to an Ashland High School graduate. In 1991 they led the Grizzly Homecoming parade as Mr. and Mrs. Ashland High School.
    Survivors include two sons, Gregg and Earl W. Bud, both Ashland, a daughter, Nancy Milhoan, of Medford; a brother, Winfield Roberson; and two sisters, Mary Mayberry, Eugene, and Venita Frey, Portland; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Three brothers, Maxwell Roberson, McKenzie Buzz Roberson, and Duane Roberson, and three sisters, Clara Ann Burdic, Laverne Berry and Charlene Burdic .
    Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.
    Maybelle F. Keller
    A memorial luncheon in honor of Maybelle F. Keller will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 9, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Interment will be on Aug. 8, at Riverside Memorial Cemetery in Aberdeen, S.D.
    Mrs. Keller, 96, formerly of the Rogue Valley, died May 31, 2003, in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she had lived for the past six years.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of the Tri-lakes United Methodist Church, 183 N. Washington, Monument, CO 80132 or to St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D.
    She was born May 16, 1907, in Mound City, S.D. to Theodotus (Theo) and Lyda Reed Wosnuk. On July 7, 1937, in Mitchell, S.D., she married Dr. Emil Theodore Ted Keller, who preceded her in death. After 30 years of practice, he retired from the Johnson Clinic in Rugby, N.D., and they moved to Oregon and bought a home on the Rogue River.
    Survivors include a son, Col. (Ret.) Kenneth F. Keller, Monument, Colo.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Reed Theodore Keller; and two sisters, Alice Nichols and Vivian Bailey.
    Arrangements: Dove-Witt Family Mortuary, Fountain, Colo.
    Barney William Martin
    Barney William Martin, 95, of Grants Pass, died Tuesday (July 15, 2003) at his home. No service is planned.
    He was born Nov. 30, 1907, in Ashton, Neb. On Dec. 13, 1947, in Nevada, he married Darlene Carlson, who preceded him in death. He moved to the Rogue Valley 50 years ago from Klamath Falls.
    Mr. Martin was a logger before becoming a construction worker. He worked with Ausland Construction until his retirement.
    He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
    Mr. Martin was a member of the Fruitdale Grange.
    He enjoyed reading, fishing and working on his cars.
    Survivors include a daughter, Linda Martin, Grants Pass.
    Arrangements: Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
    Wallace Jacob Barnes
    Wallace Jacob Barnes, 79, of Rogue River, died Friday (July 18, 2003) at Three Rivers Community Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home, Grants Pass.
    Chester Howard Bauleke
    Chester Howard Bauleke, 91, of Medford, died Thursday (July 17, 2003) at his foster home in Medford. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.
    Wanda Prettyman
    Wanda Prettyman, 62, of Talent, died Friday (July 18, 2003) at Ashland Community Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ashland.
    Bill Toney
    Bill Toney, 80, of Phoenix, died Thursday (July 17, 2003) at his home. Arrangements will be announced by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ashland.
    Clister Martha Celmer
    Clister Martha Celmer, 85, of Medford, died Friday (July 18, 2003) at a Medford foster home. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
    Robert Lovern
    Robert Lovern, 67, of Medford, died Thursday (July 17, 2003) at Providence Medford Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives and Crematory.
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