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John W. Douglas Huskey

Feb. 17, 1970 - Aug. 10, 2005

John Huskey was born the eldest son of Wayne Douglas Huskey and Helen Joyce Yerges in Clarkston, Washington. He grew up among the majestic mountains and rivers of the Columbia River Gorge in Mosier, Oregon. Surrounded by a large extended family on Huskey Hill, John was the family intellectual, spending time reading books and playing role playing games as well as helping out on the family farm.

He attended and graduated from Wahtonka High School in 1988 in The Dalles, Oregon.

John was involved in many different activities, including his main love as catcher for the high school baseball team.

Upon graduation from high school, he joined the US Army and started his military career in Germany for two years, returning to the U.S. to be stationed at Fort Bliss in Texas. In 1990 he volunteered for and served in the first Iraq War - Desert Storm. John was part of the Honor Guard during his service, and was very proud of serving his country. He received an honorable discharge as a Specialist in 1992, settling in Texas for a few years. In 1994 he returned home to Mosier, beginning his college career at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles where he met the love of his life, Robyn Simpson. John and Robyn continued their college education at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, making a home together and gathering a large group of friends while raising Robyn's four children.

John loved to live life. He was a very charismatic and chivalrous gentleman, lighting up a room with his presence and smile. Gentle, gregarious, and very flirtatious, he had an amazing ability to know a person with a glance. Those people became life long friends and span the globe.

His interests and hobbies were diverse, and included broad sword and rapier fighting, scuba diving, role playing games, bow hunting, target shooting, golf, motorcycles, and dancing! He was also an aficionado of fine scotch and cigars.

John was an individual who inspired and opened hearts and minds. He was a rare gift to this world, a healing spirit. His passing is a reminder to all of us to live our lives with as much energy and vivaciousness as John did. It was this spirit of life that is just a part of what made him so special to everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, Helen and Wayne Huskey; his brothers Jason Huskey and James Orlando; sisters, Brenda Jallen and Sandy Shattuck; and their spouses and children. He will be greatly missed by the love his life and soul mate, Robyn Simpson, and children Kimberly Bemiss, Rebekah Simpson, Carey Simpson; and granddaughter Madison. He is preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, and Robyn's first son, SGT. Jacob M. Simpson, who died serving his country in Iraq this past May, 2005. He is going to be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many, many close friends.

Funeral and interment will be at 2:30 p.m. today, August 18, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Omega Funeral Home is handling the arrangements, please call for viewing times. There will be a memorial gathering in Mosier, Oregon at — p.m. Sunday August 28th at the Mosier Grange Hall.

"Rae" Raphael Campbell

"Rae" Raphael Campbell, age 90, died August 15, 2005 after a brief illness.

Rae was an adventurer all of her life. She started skiing in the 1930's in her native Colorado. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse, riding her horse to school and traveled the United States and Canada with her family.

She was a resident of Ashland since 1973 when she and her husband, Anthony "Tony" Campbell, moved their family here from Southern California. Both Rae and Tony became involved at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. After Tony's death in 1984, Rae continued working at the Shakespeare Festival in the box office and eventually added a variety of volunteer activities to a busy schedule. Most dear to her heart was her volunteer work at St. Rita's Retreat Center where she became close friends with the Augustinian priests. Later she added volunteer work at the St. Vincent de Paul kitchen in Medford, the SMART program at Walker Elementary School, Ashland and at the Oregon Visitors Center. In between all of this, Rae traveled internationally and delighted that she had visited all seven continents, including Antarctica, which she did in 2002.

Rae is survived by three children, Simone Campbell, SSS, of Washington, DC; Toni Potter (Steve) of Vienna, Virginia; and Jim Campbell (Wendy) of Ashland; and one grandson Ryan Alexander. Rae's daughter Katy died in 1968.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Ashland at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, internment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, P.O. Box 1663, Medford, 97501 or the Sisters of Social Service, 4316 Lanai Road, Encino, CA 95814.

Steven H. Schneider

Steven H. Schneider, 55, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2005, in Medford, OR, as the result of an automobile accident.

Steve "Doc" was born in Sacramento, CA, April 20, 1950 to Emil "Doc" and Hazel Schneider. In the early 1950s the family moved to Yreka, CA, where Steve grew up.

He enlisted in the Navy and served in Vietnam. After his enlistment, Steve moved to Ashland, OR, where he opened Doc&

39;s Lock & Key Shop, which he operated until his death.

Survivors include his immediate family, sister, Suzanne Liddick and spouse David; nephew, Matthew Liddick and his family; his fianc?e, Paula Raeder. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Steven was known by many as "Doc" and was a respected locksmith. He was a "jack of all trades" and helped out his friends whenever he could. He loved cars and in his youth was a part of Medford auto racing.

At his request he will be buried at the Eagle Point National Cemetery with military honors. A graveside service will be Friday, August 19th, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Oregon Humane Society, 2910 Table Rock Road, Medford, OR. 97501.