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Ralph E. Black
July 19, 2013 03:54 pm

 

 

Ralph E. Black

July 15, 1939 – July 14, 2013

Ralph E. Black, 73, of Brookings, passed away July 14, 2013, in Medford, following a brief illness.

 Ralph was born July 15, 1939, in Hamtramck, Mich. to R.S. and Lillian Glowczewski Black. 

Following high school, Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he would serve as a hull technician during two wars, retiring after 20 years of service in 1978. 

On July 12, 1958, Ralph married Patricia Beatty in Elizabeth City, N.C. They lived in various locations, including Virginia, Hawaii, South Carolina, Washington and Las Vegas, before moving to Brookings in 2008. 

Ralph and Pat enjoyed traveling and cruises, bowling and spending time with family — especially their annual family camping trips with their grandchildren.

 Survivors include Patricia, his wife of 55 years, of Brookings; children Karen Severin and her husband Joe of Henderson, Nev., Ralph Black and his wife Chantal of Bowser, British Columbia, Susen Bryant of Poulsbo, Wash., Brenda Grau and her husband Mike of Spokane, Wash., Jeffrey Black of Spokane. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother Donald Black and his wife Aurie of Arvada, Colo.; sisters Lucille Curran of Anaheim, Calif. and Edith Deavan of San Antonio, Texas. 

Ralph was preceded in death by his brother Robert and granddaughters Stephanie Grau and Elyzabeth Berg.

He was a loving husband, Dad, Granpa, Great-Granpa and brother. And will be missed by all.

At his request, there will be no public service. 

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.

 

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel. 

 
Norman Louis “Norm” Wood
July 19, 2013 03:52 pm

 

Norman Louis “Norm” Wood 

Aug. 31, 1925 - July 6, 2013

After a long battle with cancer, Norman Louis Wood died July 6, 2013, at his apartment in Harbor. He was 87. 

Norm was born in Portland and grew up in the The Dalles. His childhood was filled with hunting, fishing and trapping. With permission from the local Nez Perce he and his father dip netted salmon at Celilo Falls.

He met his future bride Constance Hoffman in high school but military service intervened. 

During World War II Norm piloted a landing craft in the Pacific Ocean, transferring Marines from Navy ships to beaches on Guam, Iwo Jima, the New Hebrides and the Philippines. Often he would return with the dead and wounded. During the second wave at Iwo Jima his vessel was disabled by enemy artillery and Norm joined the Marines on the beach until he could catch a ride back to his ship. After the war he returned to The Dalles and married Connie.

Norm’s early work life included working as a firefighter, cutting and selling Christmas trees, stringing telephone lines for farmers living in remote areas, and running trap lines. 

His longtime career was with the telephone company. In 1966 Norm, Connie and their two children moved to Portland where he was a supervisor with responsibilities including at the Portland airport. He was with the phone company until his retirement in 1982, but his favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing. 

After retirement Norm turned his experience as a sportsman and part-time Deschutes river guide into a full-time career. From 1967 to 1995 he and his jet boat, the “Stormin’ Norman,” were well known on the lower Deschutes River. His hand-tied fishing fly, the “Norm Wood Special” has generated numerous imitators. His nephew Scott now ties his flys.

Norman and his wife Connie enjoyed years of traveling, including trips to California, Arizona, Key West, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Caymans, and Cook Island. Fishing was often part of the trip. Norm’s fishing trips to Alaska and their trip to the Florida Keys were favorites.

In 1967 Norman pulled a man from the Deschutes River and later was awarded the bronze Vail Award. 

In 2012 Norm and Connie moved to Harbor to be close to their daughter.

Survivors include Constance, his wife of 66 years; their children Diana Rayner of Brookings, Mark Wood of Lake Oswego and their spouses. Also surviving is his brother Jack Wood of The Dalles and his wife and their two sons Jeff and Scott Wood, and their families. 

Norm will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery. A memorial service is planned there at noon Monday, July 29. Arrival time of 11:30 is suggested. 

For directions to the covered shelter, inquire at the cemetery office. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norman’s memory to the Portland Providence Medical Foundation for Cancer Research, 4805 N.E. Glisan St., Portland OR 97213. 

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.

 

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.


 
Frank E. Congdon
July 19, 2013 03:49 pm

 

Frank E. Congdon

Dec. 26, 1930 – July 16, 2013

Frank E. Congdon, 82, of Brookings, passed away July 16, 2013, in Crescent City. 

Frank was born Dec. 26, 1930, in Leonard, Mich., the only child of Ralph and Elizabeth Yax Congdon. 

He grew up Leonard until enlisting in the U.S. Navy where he served during the Korean War. While stationed in California, Frank met Alene. The two began what would be a nearly 60-year marriage when they married on Sept. 4, 1953, in Santa Barbara, Calif. 

They subsequently moved back to Michigan where Frank started working with the phone company. He transferred to Pacific Bell in San Jose, Calif., in 1978, where he spent the rest of his career as a fiber-optic technician. 

Following Frank’s retirement in 1989, he and Alene moved to Brookings. Frank loved to play golf and was a member of the men’s club at Salmon Run golf course. He also enjoyed tinkering with electronics and made sure that all the family photographs were transferred to each new technology as it became available. Frank was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Brookings Elks Lodge 1934.

 Survivors include Alene, his wife of 60 years, of Brookings; sons Daniel M. Congdon and his life partner Linda Walling of Bothel, Wash., David B. Congdon and his wife Cathy of Westland, Mich.; daughter Laurie M. Bullard and her husband Dave of Eugene; grandchildren Janis Congdon, James Congdon, Kathryn Bullard and Karalyn Bullard.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Eugene, where Frank will be laid to rest.

 Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.

 

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel. 


 
William "Bill" J. Clapson
July 19, 2013 03:47 pm

 

William “Bill” J. Clapson

Nov. 1, 1948 – July 17, 2013

William “Bill” J. Clapson passed away at his home on July 17, 2013, following a brief but courageous fight with brain cancer. He was 64.

Bill was born Nov. 1, 1948, in Raymond, Wash. He graduated high school in Happy Camp, Calif., in 1968, and then immediately enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

Bill served during the Vietnam War as a bodyguard for officers and USO troops. He was honorably discharged in December of 1973 having been awarded numerous service awards including the Sharpshooter Badge. 

He then returned to Happy Camp where he married Pam Bart. In 1978, they moved to Brookings. Bill worked at the mill briefly and then began what would be more than a 30-year career with Del Cur Supply as a water specialist. Bill loved his work helping local residents design and build water systems for the vast array of irrigation needs in Brookings and Harbor. 

He married Glenda Fisher Nov. 1, 1998, in Brookings. Bill enjoyed being in the outdoors including camping and hunting trips to Happy Camp. He also helped to build the Brookings Nazarene Church and was an active member at St. Timothy Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his wife Glenda of Brookings; sons Scott Clapson of Brookings, Jason Clapson and his wife Shandell of Placerville, Calif; grandchildren Kylie, Wade, James and Eleanor; sisters Donna Lootens of Redding, Calif., Colleen Takush; and his mother Hattie Brizendine of Redding, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be made to an account established, to assist the family, at any branch of Rogue Federal Credit Union.

A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, July 27, at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 401 Fir Street in Brookings. The Rev. Bernie Lindley will officiate. A reception will follow the service there.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.

 

 Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel. 

 
Death Notices July 17, 2013
July 17, 2013 09:32 am

Ralph E. Black

Ralph E. Black, 73, of Brookings, passed away July 14, 2013, in Medford.

 Ralph was born on July 15, 1939, in Hamtramck, Mich.  

A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Pilot. 

 Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.

Frank E. Congdon

Frank E. Congdon, 82, of Brookings, passed away July 16, 2013, in Crescent City.  

Frank was born Dec. 26, 1930, in Leonard, Mich.  

A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Pilot. 

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.

 
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July 12, 2013 09:23 pm

 

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