Delwin Loucks1957-2023EUGENE- Delwin Micheal Loucks, 66, passed away December 9, 2023 with his wife and son by his side, after an almost 4 year battle with cancer. Delwin was born on August 11, 1957 in Eugene to Delbert and Patricia Loucks. Graduating from North Eugene HS in 1975, he went into the family business, Lane County Nursery, growing and selling nursery stock and landscape design and installation. When the business closed in the late 80’s, he ventured into the school bus industry, starting as a driver, then advancing to Training/ Safety manager, then location manager. For the last 5 years he was working his dream job at NW Navigator, as a tour bus driver following the paddle boat up and down the Columbia River. He said this job was like being on vacation every day, as all his passengers were always happy because they were on vacation! He loved classic cars, Duck football, camping, fishing and hunting and his final wish was to make it to both deer and elk camp this year, which he accomplished. Delwin is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carolyn, son Jason (Whitney), mother Patricia, sister Laura, and grandson Justin, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Delbert and brother Mike. Many thanks to the wonderful and caring staff at Pete Moore Hospice House. A Celebration of Life will be held at West Lawn Memorial Funeral Home, 225 S Danebo on Saturday, January 13th at 11:00 a.m.
Bonita Merten1945-2023Bonita (Bonnie)Joy Merten passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of November 27, 2023, at the age of 78. Bonnie was an active member of the Eugene community having served on the board of the Pearl Buck Center, Past President of Eugene Executives Association, and member and advisor for SCORE (Business mentorship). She was also an avid supporter and contributor to Camp Harlow, the Eugene Symphony and the Hult Center. Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Maurice (Maury) Merten. Bonnie and Maury met while attending the University of Oregon and were married on June 25, 1966. Shortly after her husband’s graduation with a degree in law and passing the Oregon State Bar, the couple moved to Washington DC where Maury worked for the USDOJ and Bonnie worked for Governor Tom McCall’s office. Later, the couple moved to San Francisco, CA where Maury worked for the USDOJ. While living in San Francisco, Bonnie and Maury enjoyed sailing their boat on San Francisco Bay. In 1973 the couple returned to Eugene where they remained thereafter. Bonnie’s career began as a bank teller in 1965, she was promoted to Bank Officer. Then in 1979 she became Project Manager for Commercial Equipment Lease. While working and devoting her energy to civic causes, Bonnie developed a huge number of friends. She loved people and was known to enjoy planning and throwing parties for family and friends. Her parties were usually themed and required a lot of thought and energy to plan and execute. She enjoyed good friends, good wine and good food. She nearly always had a smile on her face whenever she greeted old friends or new acquaintances. Bonnie’s other interests included tap dancing, sailing, flying sail planes, flying motorized aircraft, travel, and most of all, entertaining friends and family. Bonnie was born April 5, 1945, during WWII in Portland, OR, to parents Jack Breazeale and Donna (Hoffman) Breazeale, while father Jack was fighting overseas. As a child, Bonnie lived in Seattle WA while her father attended the University of Washington where he obtained his doctorate in Chemistry. Bonnie then moved with the family to Grand Island, NY while her father was employed in Niagara Falls in the chemical industry. When father Jack was recruited to work in the development of solid propellant rocket fuels in California the family settled in Palo Alto, CA. where Bonnie graduated from Cubberly Senior High School. Bonnie is survived by a Brother, Gerald Breazeale(Marsha) niece Chandra Caffery(Vince), nephew Adam(Andrea) Breazeale, niece Ashley Breazeale, and niece Keshia Norman(Max). Bonnie’s Celebration of Life will be held at Musgrove Family Mortuary Friday, January 26, 2023 at 2:00pm www.musgroves.com. Donations in Bonnie’s honor may be made to the Pearl Buck Center and Camp Harlow.
Carole Wells1941-2023Carole passed into the next life at home early in the morning on November 15, 2023, in Eugene, Oregon. She was 82. Carole was born March 3, 1941, in Eugene, Oregon to Walter Hans Nielsen and Andrea Marie (Jensen) Nielsen. She grew up in the Junction City area, and graduated from Junction City High School in 1959. As a young woman, Carole attended Oregon State University, where she studied Home Economics. She also attended Eugene Business College. On September 3, 1961, Carole married Wayne Edward Wells in Junction City, Oregon. They were married for 40 years before Wayne passed away on March 2, 2002. Carole managed the household and raised their 3 daughters. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and watching the birds in her garden. Anyone who knew her admired her abundant and beautiful flowers. She adored the many kitties she had over the years, and used the moniker "the cat lady". She was preceded in death during childhood by her brother, Alan George Nielsen (Sonny). She is survived by her 3 daughters: Laura Stewart, Debra Canter, and Karen Admire, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 1pm on Friday, November 24th at West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Green Hill Humane Society.
Kelly Spencer1959-20231959-2023 Kelly Spencer, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother died October 27, 2023, of cancer at the age of 64 in Springfield, Oregon. Her husband and children were with her when she passed. Kelly was born in Chicago, Illinois to Patrick and Lillian Shanahan. When Kelly was 8 years old her family moved to La Farge, Wisconsin where they established a family farm. Kelly grew up and attended all her school years in La Farge. In High School she was on the school’s forensics team, she acted in school plays, and she excelled in academics. Kelly moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1979 and secured a position with the State Judicial Department and worked in the custody referee’s office as a pre-trial release officer. Eventually Kelly became the Director of Pretrial Services in Lane County and enhanced that office size and standing as one of the model pretrial programs in the country. She was sought after by other counties in different states to analyze their programs with the goal of enhancing their pre-trial services. Kelly established professional relationships with judges, attorneys and law enforcement agencies in lane county and elsewhere and was considered the consummate professional and authority in her field. In 2000 Kelly retired from the Judicial Department and moved to Riverside, California with her husband where she attended Citrus College and obtained her certifications in wholistic Massage Therapy and as an Esthetician. She opened her own day spa and along with her daughter Shannon and additional employees established an award-winning business. Kelly had always had a goal to complete her higher education and in March of 2019 she achieved her bachelor’s degree and became an ordained minister. In 2021 Kelly moved with her husband back to Oregon and on October 14th of that year was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Kelly loved to travel with her husband and family and visited Ireland, home of her ancestry, many places in the Caribbean and many beautiful places in the United States. Kelly was also the consummate artist and decorator. She and her husband enjoyed remodeling and decorating their homes in Riverside and Oregon and her children and grandchildren always viewed the Riverside home as their home base. Kelly was the most giving, loving and kind person you would ever want to know. Her life passion was to be a philanthropist and care for and give to those who were in need. She loved her family and friends and she loved and cared about all animals. Her little dogs were the light of her life, and they shadowed her everywhere she went. Kelly and her husband Bud were partners and married for 27 years and their marriage was magical. Kelly was preceded in death by her father and mother and is survived by her husband Bud Spencer, her children Jeremy Phinney, Shannon (Manuel) Cordoza, Tyler (Alli) Spencer and Megan Spencer, her siblings Dawn (Mike) Melvin, Patty (Jamie) Vanourney, Jimmy Shanahan, Bob Shanahan and Ken Shanahan, her grandchildren Alex (Ashley) Dory, Madisun, Jacob, Dakota and Lowik and her great grandchild Amber. Funeral services are to be held at Musgroves Mortuary 225 South Danebo Avenue Eugene 97402 on Friday November 3rd at 3:00. A catered gathering will be held at the family home in Springfield, Oregon directly after the memorial. Directions to the family home will be available at the memorial or contact her husband.
Ruby Zeigler1928-2023Ruby Ramona Zeigler was born on June 24, 1928 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Grady and Ada Coldwell. The family lived on a farm near Underwood Iowa and Ramona attended Underwood Consolidated School for 12 years, graduating in 1945. She moved with her parents to Ashland, Oregon in 1946. She married Hilton Zeigler in 1951 and they moved to Eugene in 1952. She worked in insurance offices in Ashland, Eugene, and Albany. Hilton was employed by the First National Bank and was transferred from Eugene to Albany to Portland and returned to the Eugene area in 1968. He retired from 1st Interstate in 1969. Ramona was employed with the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Oregon in 1969 and later was a Management Assistant in College of Education and Office of International Services. After retirement in 1986 she worked part time in the Language Department. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, and a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Her interests were music, gardening, entertaining and traveling. She sang in church choirs for many years and played the piano. Ramona is survived by 2 grandchildren, Ryan Zeigler & Kellie McDonald, Daughter in Law, Nancy Zeigler, and 5 Great Grandsons. Proceeded in her death is her husband, Hilton Zeigler, Her 2 sons, Randall & Kevin Zeigler, her sister Iris Bondo and her brother Blaine Coldwell. Service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St, Eugene, OR 97401 on November 6th, 2023 at 1:00pm. Ramona will be laid to rest prior to the service. In lieu of sending flowers or other gifts, please consider donating to the First Methodist Church Music Department.
Irwin Noparstak1939-2023Born to Jacob and Sarah (Soble) Noparstak, July 2, 1939 in Chicago, IL. Died October 18, 2023 from complications of stroke. Irwin attended the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan for his undergraduate studies and received his MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. After serving as a psychiatrist with the United States Army in Vietnam, Irwin spent a year traveling throughout Mexico, then moved to Eugene, OR, in 1971. In Eugene, Irwin developed innovative psychotherapy work, initially as a director of the Whitebird Clinic, where he came up with the concept that later became the mobile crisis intervention van CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets). Later, he was a founding member of Eugene Psychological Services, which later became the Center for Psychological Services. His career as a therapist was devoted to serving people who often lacked access to care, including veterans, people with HIV, and survivors of sexual abuse and other forms of trauma. Irwin served on numerous boards, among them serving as board president for the Religious Response Network and the Center for Family Development. He is remembered as a beloved and revered mentor in the mental health field and a respected elder in the Jewish community. He was a constant and cherished friend to many people, blending a cantankerous wit and unflinchingly insightful directness with remarkable empathy and compassion. Irwin was known as an effective and principled community organizer in a wide range of social justice advocacy efforts, including campaigning for alternatives to militarism, bringing a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Eugene, standing up to hate with the Community Alliance of Lane County, and working with the interfaith Religious Response Network to defend and expand the rights of LGBTQIA+ people. He enjoyed travel, photography, and music, for many years attending and supporting the Eugene Bach Festival and University of Oregon Chamber Music Series. He was well known for the greeting cards that he crafted from his photographs and sent with messages of love and encouragement or gave to people blank as gifts. Irwin is survived by wife Joan Bayliss; daughter Jacqueline Noparstak, daughter-in-law Andrea, and granddaughter Sophie; and son Dagan Bayliss, daughter-in-law Holly, and grandson Toren. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, OR. A private burial will follow. Memorial donations can be made to the Temple Fund of Temple Beth Israel or to the Community Alliance of Lane County.
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