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Darwin Bjerke

Darwin — Bjerke died peacefully, with his wife, Sandy and sister, Kathy at his — side, in their home on March 29, 2004.

Darwin, — 62, was born August 18, 1941 in Ulen, Minnesota. He had a B.A in Psychology — and Anthropology from Moorehead University in Minnesota, and a Master&

39;s — degree in Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo — Alto, California. — Darwin began his professional career as a teacher and taught 20 years. —

In — 1970, he founded Poseidon School in Los Angeles, California; which was — an alternative Jr. High and High School.

In — 1982, he moved to the Rogue Valley, where he worked as a professional — counselor. He worked at Plowshare Treatment Center, Family Friends, Community — Works, and most recently, Southern Oregon Child Study and Treatment Center, — and was in private practice with Child and Family Psychiatric Center of — Southern Oregon. — Darwin&

39;s desire was to make a positive difference in the world and — because of that he profoundly served his community with a gentle spirit, — kindness, love and compassion.

Darwin — is survived by his adoring wife of 13 years, Sandy Bjerke of Medford; — daughter, Amira Bjerke of Ashland; parents, Lavern and Ihlor Bjerke of — Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; and sister, Kathy Bjerke of Richwood, Minnesota. —

Viewing — will be March 31, 2004. For information call 776-0821. — A celebration of Darwin&

39;s life will be — held in May at the Yeshe Nyingpo Buddhist Retreat Center near Ashland. — A notice of the celebration will appear in the obituary section prior — to date.

Because — of Darwin&

39;s love of nature and his desire for environmental preservation, — he requested instead of flowers, contributions to any of the following — charities: Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, and Ospirg; and Southern Poverty — Law Center (Teaching Tolerance), and Yeshe Nyingpo Buddhist Retreat Center — which Darwin helped to build.

Karen — Ann Jeffries Johnson — — Karen Ann Johnson, 46, of Lafayette, OR, died March 23, 2004 at Providence — St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, OR, after losing her 24 year battle — with Lupus.

She — was born November 19, 1957 in Spokane, WA to Jim and Ida (Smith) Jeffries. — Karen attended schools — in Ashland, graduating from Ashland High School in 1976. She had a career — in banking for 21 years, and worked in Ashland, Medford, and McMinnville, — OR. Karen married — Gary A. Johnson on June 6, 1987 in a garden wedding in Medford, where — they lived for 10 years. In 1997 they moved to Lafayette, OR.

She — enjoyed her animals, flower gardening, reading and the beach. She will — be remembered by all as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. — Survivors include — husband Gary and daughter Kayla, 12, of LaFayette, sister Ramona Holmes — of Bend, OR, and parents Jim and Ida Jeffries of Ashland. — Contributions can be made in memory of Karen — Johnson for the Yamhill County Humane Society, account

370131010990, — at any branch of Key Bank.

A — Celebration of Life will be held at the Elks Lodge, 255 E. Main St. in — Ashland from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, Saturday, April 24, 2004.

Welden — "Bill" M. Stauffer — — Full Military Services will be held at the Eagle Point National Cemetery — on Friday, April 2, 2004 at 10 a. m. Reverend Alan Jackson of Westminster — Presbyterian Church will officiate.

Welden — passed peacefully in his sleep on March 27, 2004 after having been cared — for at the VA SORCC for the past several weeks.

He — was born July 27, 1920 in Eagle Grove, Iowa to Emil & Eva Stauffer. — Welden enlisted in the military in 1939, his — first career, and served with distinction in the Army Air Corp and then — the Air Force, finally retiring in July of 1960. He survived the BATAAN — Death March and three and half years in Mukden, Manchuria prison camp — before being liberated. He was awarded numerous medals including the Prisoner — of War Medal and a Bronze Star. He rose to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant — and was awarded one of the first 600 E-9 rank designations approved by — the Department of Defense in 1959.

After — retirement from the military, Welden joined the Oregon Employment Division — rising quickly to an office management level. After managing the Tillamook — office, he returned to Medford where he managed that office for numerous — years until his second retirement in 1982.

In — the years after dual retirements, he enjoyed stamp collecting, woodworking, — billiards, fishing, hunting and collecting key chains and miniature toys. — He was a lifetime member of the Elks in Ashland, having been a member — for 59 years. Memorial — contributions may be made to the Elks Scholarship Fund at the Ashland — Elks Lodge.

He — was preceded in death in 1995 by his wife of 49 years, Grace Cleveland, — Stauffer his sister Donna De Rose in April — 2003 and parents Emil & Eva — Stauffer. His survivors — include two sons, Cary Stauffer of Central Point &; Terry Stauffer of — Medford; a sister, Rosalie La Fleur of Medford; three grandchildren, Ryan — Stauffer of Seattle, WA, Courtney Stauffer of Medford and Alsacea Stauffer — of Central Point; three great-grandchildren, Sidney Stauffer, Cole Welden — Stauffer and Ruby Dale Stauffer all of Seattle, WA.

Welden — was an honorable man who served his country and citizens with dedication — and pride Those he left behind will miss him very much. — "Thc faults of our brothers we write upon the — sand, their virtues upon the tablets of love and memory."

Arrangements: — Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives, Medford.

James — B. Altemus — James B. Altemus, 75, of Ashland, OR, died Saturday, (March 27, 2004) — at the Linda Vista Care Center, Ashland. Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen — Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ashland.