His life will be celebrated in a reception style event from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Boat house in Charleston Oregon. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the scholarship fund at NBHS being set up in his name. Contact the North Bend High School with donations and or questions.
Noah William Langmead, 19, of North Bend, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 26, 2020. Noah graduated from North Bend High School in 2018 and later joined the United States Air Force Reserve and planned on using his GI Bill to become a trauma nurse. He graduated boot camp in September 2019 and was honored with the MSgt John Chapman Award which recognizes exceptional character traits, specifically courage. He completed his technical training in Wichita Falls, Texas in January where he received the Knuckler Buster award for his strong work ethics and commitment to excellence.
Noah loved life and lived it at full speed, never looking back. He had a ferocious curiosity of everything in this world and beyond. He brought joy to all things he did, and all those lucky enough to know him. Noah did and accomplished many things in his all to short life. But most importantly Noah loved, and was loved.
Noah is survived by his parents, Sidney Bayne of North Bend and Garette and Teresa Langmead of Maricopa Ariz.; triplet siblings, Cole and Preston Langmead of North Bend; siblings, Jordyn, Cody, and Samantha of Maricopa; grandparents, Barbara and Andy Adams of Coos Bay, and Jeri and Jackson Raymo of Surprise, Ariz. Noah is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A celebration of the life of Port Orford resident Thomas S. Keeler Sr will be held at a later date.
Tom was born Aug. 28, 1949 in Lebanon Ore., the son of "Bob" and Betty Keeler.
He moved from Lebanon to Port Orford/Langlois area where he grew up and raised his family.
He was married to Carol M. Denn on March 29, 1969. They raised their family while he worked in local mills, the Port Orford dock, as a commercial fisherman, and many more. Tom also, along with his wife Carol provided foster care for many children for 18 years and was a volunteer driver for the state of Ore.
His love outside of his wife, his family and his dog ItBit, was the outdoors, hunting and camping.
He is survived by his children, Lyle B Keeler, Thomas S Keeler II, William R Keeler, Stacia J White, Samantha J Retallick, Daniel F Keeler and Cassandra M Keeler; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and his siblings. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Carol M Keeler; and his granddaughter, Ashley M White.
Friends may offer condolences online at westrumfuneralservice.com Arrangements are under the direction of Amling Schroeder Funeral Service, Bandon.
Robert “Bob” Wood -88, of North Bend, A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Road in Coos Bay with a reception to follow. All are welcome. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131 www.coosbayareafunerals.com.
At his request, no public services will be held for Robert Wayne Melton, 73, of North Bend.
Robert was born May 6, 1946 in Star City, Arkansas to Harvey and Myrtle (Blassengame) Melton. He passed away February 5, 2020 in North Bend.
Robert left school as a sophomore so he could start pursuing a career in the lumber industry. He and Aleen met and married quickly. They were together for 57 years and had two children, Rick Melton and Shelly Atkinson. He was fortunate to be able to move forward in his career and create stability for his family. In addition to spending quality time with them, Robert also enjoyed hunting and camping.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Valencia Aleen Melton of North Bend; son, Rick Melton of Grand Junction, Colorado; daughter, Shelly Atkinson of North Bend; grandchildren, Garrett Melton, Makenzie and Makiah Melton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Nicholas Atkinson.
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at www.coosbayareafunerals.com
A memorial service will be held for Melodi Elaine Douglas, 59, of Coos Bay, at Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, 405 Elrod Ave., Coos Bay, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at 2 p.m.
She was born Oct. 12, 1960 in Coos Bay, the daughter of Manuel and Martha Redwine. She passed away Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Gilbert, Ariz.
Melodi met her husband Robert when she was 16. Both having been born and raised in Coos County, after marrying, they started their lives together in North Bend where they raised three children before moving to their dream home on the West Fork of the Millicoma River in Allegany. They were happily married for 42 years.
Though she was retired, Melodi was an Instructional Assistant for the developmentally disabled and severely handicapped for nearly two decades. She loved each and every one of the kids she taught throughout her years as an I.A. and had truly found her calling in the classroom helping those facing physical and developmental challenges.
Family was everything to Melodi. In retirement she loved spending time with her daughter Chrystal and her grandkids Ashton and Shayden, who brought so much joy into her life. She enjoyed yearly trips to Arizona to see her two sons Travis and Brandon, as well as those to Arkansas and Georgia to visit her extended family. Melodi’s friends were her family as well. She forged many lifelong friendships with people she cherished dearly.
When she wasn’t spending time with her family or friends, Melodi loved traveling the coast and spending time at the beach with her husband Rob. They would spend hours agate hunting together in loving competition combing through the sea of rocks at Stonefield Beach.
Melodi was a person of incredible faith. She loved her savior Jesus Christ and knew that He walked with her throughout every step on her journey in this life. She was a wonderful, selfless, unbelievably caring, and amazing person who will be missed beyond words.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Martha Redwine; her Stepmother Bernardine Konlker-Redwine; her sister LaQuinta; and her brother Stephen.
She is survived by her husband, Robert; her daughter, Chrystal Cook; her sons, Travis and Brandon; her nephew, Todd; her grandchildren, Shayden and Ashton; her nephew, Stephen; her nephew, Nathan; and many people in her extended family including nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles whom she loved very much.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, 405 Elrod Ave., Coos Bay, Oregon, 541-267-4216. Messages for the family can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicolette L. Cortez - 53, of Coos Bay died February 6, 2020 in Coos Bay. Services will be announced and held in March. Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel 685 Anderson Ave. 541-267-3131. www.coosbayareafunerals.com
Linda "Lyn"Phillips-Maine - 69, of Coos Bay, A celebration of life potluck will be held starting at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at Madison Street Community Church, 417 Madison St. in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131 www.coosbayareafunerals.com.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Jim Seeley – 77, of Bandon, A celebration of Jim’s life will be held from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Alma Strain – 92, of Coos Bay, A celebration of life will be held for her from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at the power squadron building in Charleston, Ore.
Melodi Elaine Douglas – 59, of Coos Bay, A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, 405 Elrod Ave, Coos Bay. She passed away Jan. 16, 2020 in Gilbert, Arizona. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson's Bay Area Mortuary, 541-267-4216.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Randy Z. Rema – 62, of North Bend, A Celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Shoreline Community Church, 2151 Clark St. in North Bend. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.
Fred A. Larsen, 67, of North Bend, passed away on Feb. 5, 2020 in North Bend. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.
Walter Vincent Lawson - 77, of Coos Bay, passed away Feb. 5, 2020 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131 www.coosbayareafunerals.com.
Marlene F. Gorman - 86, formerly of Reedsport and Coos Bay, passed away in Eugene on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Services to be held at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Dunes Memorial Chapel.
Kirk D. Jones - 78, of North Bend, passed away on Feb. 6, 2020 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.
Robert Wayne Melton - 73, of North Bend, passed away Feb. 5, 2020 in North Bend. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131 www.coosbayareafunerals.com.
Jo Carol Gilbert - 74, of Coos Bay, passed away Feb. 6, 2020 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131 www.coosbayareafunerals.com.
Robert Dale “Bobby” Chism - 62, of Coos Bay and Cloverdale, passed away Feb. 5, 2020, at Coos Bay. Cremation rites are under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.
Royce Clayton Gowan - 73, of Coos Bay, passed away Jan. 28, 2020, at Coos Bay. Cremation rites are under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.
Elayne Yesney - 96, of Coos Bay passed away Feb. 5, 2020, at Coos Bay. Cremation rites are under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary, Coos Bay, 541-267-4216.
A celebration of life for Robert “Bob” LeRoy Wood, 88, of North Bend will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290 Thompson Road in Coos Bay with a reception to follow. All are welcome.
Bob was born Feb. 24, 1931 in Flint, Michigan. He left his earthly life Jan. 13, 2020 in Coos Bay.
Adopted at birth by Stanley Harrison Wood and Doris Elizabeth Bradley, he grew up in Flint, graduated from Beecher HS in 1948, and received a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1956. He met Maxine Lucille Vincent in primary school, became high school sweethearts, and married her on July 23, 1949 in Flint. In 1956, Bob packed up Maxine and their three children (Roseanne, Doug, and Larry) and left Michigan eventually settling in Camas, Wash., where Bob began work as a research chemist for Crown Zellerbach Paper Company. Two more children (Greg and Linda) joined the family there. In 1960, Bob changed to operations supervision and transferred to St. Francisville, La. Shortly after the birth of Bryan in 1961, he was transferred to West Linn, Ore., first in supervision in the Supercalender department and later as a troubleshooter for Crown Zellerbach’s paper mills across the country, a job which also took him to Chile as a consultant. In 1977, he returned to Camas as a consulting engineer traveling extensively across the country to Crown’s plants as needed to improve operations, efficiency, and productivity. In 1985 at age 54, Bob retired from Crown Zellerbach. He and Maxine then traveled around the country before settling in Sisters, Ore., in 1986 where they remained until 2012 when they moved to North Bend, Ore.
Bob was a loving husband and father, treasuring the time spent with his family. He and Maxine were partners in life and in a marriage that lasted 70 years. He thoroughly enjoyed their ever-growing family cherishing each addition to that family regardless of how new members became a part of their lives. He was most proud of all six of his children saying often that they were all accomplished leaders in their own way and in their own niches in life. He and Maxine were also foster parents to over a dozen teens each of whom needed a stable family and good parents. At times, it seemed to his children and to others that he could and did do just about anything. Bob was a kind, loving, brilliant, very talented man with a seemingly unlimited desire to do and try. He built 2 houses, remodeled others to meet his family’s needs, and helped build West Linn Lutheran Church. He built 3 wooden boats (a 19’ Bartender, a 16’ sailing Kayak, and a 14’ row boat), He rebuilt cars to fit his family needs helping all his children to understand the mechanics and/or maintenance of cars. He also taught all of them handyman skills. He took a DeVry Institute electronics course exposing his children to electronics while building a color TV from a kit. Spare time and weekends were spent playing board games, cards, ball games, outdoor games, skiing, hiking, fishing, camping, sailing, hunting, and traveling. Every few years, the entire family piled into a car and traveled back to Michigan to stay with and enjoy parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, as well numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Traveling was never boring as the entire family sang church and camp songs and played road games. In later life, Bob immensely enjoyed being with his large family and enjoyed visits from his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Bob and his beloved Maxine were partners and spent their entire marriage volunteering and working together. He became involved in Cub and Boy Scouting as his sons came of scouting age. As part of his scouting experiences, he taught scouts winter survival and led ascents to Mt. Hood’s summit. When one of his sons needed it, Bob created a special needs Boy Scout Troop, working with the state and national organizations to help create a scouting experience standard for mentally challenged young men nationwide. He was involved at some level of scouting for 50 plus years ending by volunteering at the district and state level in Oregon. He was awarded the Silver Beaver, the highest honor given to scouting volunteers. He volunteered with Special Olympics and was a proud spectator as his own son flourished under that program. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and helped to start a chapter in Sisters, Oregon as well as advising other communities when those places wished to launch a Habitat for Humanity program. He was also a part of Kiwanis in Sisters. When he retired from Crown Zellerbach, he often said that he wasn’t finished with working, just with working for pay, and, as a very active volunteer, Bob continued filling his time with the above activities and even found time to read to children at the local school.
Bob walked faithfully with God with a faith that was absolute. If it was Sunday, Bob and his family were in church as he was the last Sunday in December. He was a longtime Lutheran and served in many roles over the years – Sunday school teacher, Luther League advisor/chaperone, council member, church president, and Bethel Bible teacher. Church was not only a Sunday activity to him, but rather a daily activity that he spent serving his God and others. He was always ready to join the Heavenly Choir but was eager to serve his God faithfully in the meantime.
Bob, in his later years, developed an Alzheimer-type dementia. He faced this disorder in the same manner as he faced any other facet of his life. He was open and honest with others and proceeded with his life and activities in whatever manner that he could. He continued to have the physically strong body with which he was blessed throughout his entire adult life and was well known for his penchant for walking and hiking. He continued to be a content, pleasant, delightful man who regularly surprised others with what he was able to do despite the on-going damage that was occurring. His winning smile, laughter, and humor were well-known. And he loved seeing and visiting with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine; and his six children, Roseanne (Steven) Doane of Sylva, NC, Douglas (Kathleen) Wood of Oregon City, Ore., Lawrence Wood of North Bend, Ore., Gregory (Elizabeth) Wood of Silverlake, Wash., Linda (Dean) Talboy of North Bend, Ore., and Bryan (Peggy Cahill) Wood of Birkenfeld, Ore.; numerous grandchildren, Nathaniel (Eileen) Doane, Charity Brenneman, Michael (Deborah) Wood, Heather (Mike Hastings) Wood, Kristine (Brian) Johnson, Audrey (James) Farmer, Garry (Michelle) Buell, Curtis (Honora) Buell, Jennifer (Creighton) Holt, David Talboy, Daniel (Amber) Wood, Brittanni Wood, James (Catie) Graham, and Carly (Rustin) McCollum; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret (Jack) Johnson of Linden, Mich.; and Cathryn Hibbard of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Dennis (Noreen) Wood of Linden, Mich.; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
Bob was preceded in death by his father; mother; and two brothers, Stanley and David.
In lieu of flowers, consider donating to Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Alzheimer’s research, and/or your church. This is what Bob loved.
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at www.coosbayareafunerals.com.
Elbridge Gerry Pond, Jr. (Gerry) of Sequim, Wash., passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2020 after a short illness. Gerry was born in 1935 in Seattle. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and served four years in the Navy before following his dream to graduate with a degree in forestry from Washington State University. Gerry enjoyed his years of working in the woods and he especially loved steelhead fishing and river rafting. He spent most of his career in Oregon, working for the Bureau of Land Management as well as Bonneville Power.
He was a loving husband and father and a loyal friend to many. Gerry is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Bryant Pond; daughter, Julie McAferty (Blayne); daughter, Kristen Okabayashi (Scott); son, William Pond; sister, Janet Pond Wright; and six grandsons.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Randy Z. Rema, 62, of North Bend, will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at Shoreline Community Church, 2151 Clark St. in North Bend with Pastor Michael Barnard presiding.
Randy was born on Sept. 10, 1957, in North Bend, Ore., at the Old Keizer Hospital to Raymond Rema and Colleen (Sullivan) Rema. He was comfortable at his home when he passed away suddenly on Dec. 30, 2019.
Randy graduated from Myrtle Point High School, class of 1975 and went on to attend Southern Oregon State College in Ashland. He joined the US Navy in 1980 and was stationed in San Diego, where he met the love of his life, Becky Huster. They were married on July 10, 1981 and he continued his duties in the service with his “Brothers” both in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor and back in San Diego.
Randy and Becky moved back to Becky’s hometown in Indiana. It was there that Randy joined Northside Electrical Contractors and his love for the electrical trade developed. In 1992, Randy and Becky’s only child was born, a daughter, Rachel Ann. He was the best father any child could ask for.
Randy and Becky moved back to Oregon in 1995 and he started his electrical career in Local IBEW #932 at Reese Electric. In 2004 Randy and Becky purchased the business from George and Sharon Reese. Over the years Randy worked hard to build the business and continue the customer service that had come to be expected from Reese Electric.
Randy served on numerous boards such as NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association), NJATC (National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee), SWOCC Foundation and many more. He was passionate about our community, the electrical trade, his family, his friends, tennis and his Oregon Ducks. He was a bright light to so many and he will be missed more than words can ever say.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions in Randy’s name be made to Bryan’s Home, a renovated historical home that will be a home for homeless veterans. This is a project that was important to Randy. This may be sent c/o Becky Rema to North Bend Chapel, 2014 McPherson Avenue, North Bend, Oregon 97459. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at www.coosbayareafunerals.com and www.theworldlink.com.
Patricia Boltman passed peacefully on Jan. 31, 2020 at the age of 78.
Patricia was born May 20, 1941 in Centralia, Wash. and moved to North Bend, Ore. in her youth. She also lived in Salem, Ore. where she worked as a florist and raised her four kids before retiring and returning to Coos Bay. From her four kids; Thank you Mom. You raised us to be independent from an early age. You bookmarked our memories with music. Your amazing cooking talents taught us how to create without recipes. Most importantly though, you instilled in us a boundless sense of humor which sustains our bonds even after your passing. We love you and will miss you forever and always.
Predeceased in death by husband, Ronald Boltman; and her first husband, Dennis Smith, Father of Michael Smith, Lori Miller, Jeffry Smith, and Wade Smith.
Furthermore, she is survived by six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one niece; one nephew; and other family members and friends.
As per her wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial beyond her immediate family gathering to honor her through some tears, but more so through love and laughter.
A celebration potluck for Linda “Lyn” Phillips-Maine, 69, of Coos Bay will be held starting at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8 at Madison Street Community Church, 417 Madison Street in Coos Bay.
Lyn was born June 12, 1950 in Kelso, Wash., to Dale Phillips and Margaret Mable Maynard. She passed away Jan. 26, 2020 in Coos Bay.
The family later moved to the Coos Bay area, where Lyn graduated from Marshfield High School in 1968. She went in to the nursing program at SWOCC at the urging of her grandmother, Garnet Phillips and obtained her nursing license where she served for 48 years. She wanted to continue to make it 50 years, but her life was cut short. Lyn loved her job and was great at it; she was respected by coworkers, doctors and patients. She was kind, patient and had been known to sneak a hello kitty tattoo on a friend before they woke from anesthesia.
Lyn married Steve Maine Sept. 12, 1978 on a trip to Fallon, Nev., (on a motorcycle). “On the way home, with no reservations and ice cycles on my mustache, we slept in the lobby of a motel in Susanville. It was early in the morning”- Steve. That was the beginning of 42 years of marriage. Soon after, Steve was stationed in Guam, where the couple lived for two years. Lyn ran the hobby complex at the naval communication station. When they returned, they had two children, Ashley and Sean and three grandchildren, Rozalyn, Addyson and Nicklas.
Lyn had a very busy life and loved it that way. She enjoyed stamping, calligraphy, bunko, being up at her yurt, and spending time with her family. She supported her kids in any dream or interest they may have had, which led to her becoming a Camp Fire leader, taking piano lessons, Job’s Daughters, being at every soccer game, track meet, cheer event and many other adventures. She was well respected and known to go out of her way to make your day a bit brighter, whether that be taking a friend to lunch, a handmade “Thinking of You” note or a quick shoulder massage. She will be forever loved and missed in our lives.
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131. Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at www.coosbayareafunerals.com.
A private family graveside service was held at Myrtle Crest Memorial Gardens. A public celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Pioneer United Methodist Church in Coquille. Bring your stories to share about Bud so we can share a laugh or two. Refreshments will be provided.
Hiram John "Bud" Grant of Coquille, Ore., passed away Jan. 30, 2020 at the age of 79, surrounded by his family.
Bud was born Feb. 9, 1940 in Fort Smith, Ark., the son of John and Jayne (Loss) Grant. After graduating from Coquille High School in 1958, he worked at Roseburg Forest Products until he went to Linfield College to play basketball. Bud left Linfield College to join the US Air Force, serving as a Senior Airman. He was stationed in Omaha, Neb., and Washington D.C. Airman Grant marched in Lyndon B. Johnson’s inaugural parade. After moving back to Coquille, Bud went back to work for Roseburg Forest Products. In Nov. 1966, he married Barbara Sue Keeney. Bud worked for Roseburg Forest Products for over 45 years first as a Chip Tester, then as a Lead Chip Tester, and later as a foreman at the North Bend chip site.
Bud is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Kim Grant of Coquille, Ore.; son, Jason Grant and Maria Cripe of Roseburg, Ore.; sister, Jan Berg of Lodi, Calif.; aunt, Mary Loss of Coquille, Ore.; nieces, Melissa and Nancy Berg of Calif.; granddaughters, Jordan, Jillian, Keri, Ashley, and Madison; grandson Jakob; several great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Keeney) Grant; dad, John Grant; mother, Jayne Grant; grandmother, Isabella; aunts Esther Davis and Nora Owen; and uncle, Joe Loss.
Some of the highlights of Bud’s life consisted of coaching a variety of sports, bowling, and spending time with his sons and grandchildren. For over 45 years, Bud coached various levels of baseball, all the way from T-Ball to Community College Baseball. At the time of his death, Bud was an Area Commissioner for American Legion Baseball. Bud helped build up the Coos Bay American Legion baseball program, devoting over 30 years of his life to it. Bud coached Coquille youth sports in Flag Football, Middle School Basketball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Coquille High School Baseball, Legion Baseball, and Southwestern Oregon Community College Baseball. Bud was an avid bowler, bowling at least a couple times a week. Bud had several 300 games and a high series of 813.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bud Grant's name to the Coquille High School Baseball team. Donations can be dropped off at the high school or mailed to 499 W Central, Coquille, OR 97423.
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