Archive for the ‘Oregon’ Category

Bonnie B. Hinkle (’58)

Bonnie R. Hinkle, 84, passed away on August 1, 2020 at Serenity Home, Oregon. She was born September 9, 1935 in Elmhurst, the daughter of Frank and Ruth (Obrecht) Bolwahnn. After living most of her childhood in Glen Ellyn, IL, Bonnie’s family moved to Oregon, IL, where she graduated high school. She then attended Northern Illinois University for 2 years and, after moving to Houston, TX, graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in elementary education. While in Houston, Bonnie met Andrew (Andy) Hinkle and they were married in Oregon, IL on June 14, 1959. After living in Houston for 4 years, they moved to Illinois, living at times in Oregon, Mt. Morris, Polo, and Forreston. After receiving her teaching certificate, Bonnie taught elementary and special education in Oregon, Byron, Mt. Morris, and Polo. She then worked for the State of Illinois at Highland Community College and for the Department of Human Services. Bonnie and Andy were long-time members of Disciples United Methodist Church in Mt. Morris. Bonnie enjoyed sewing and knitting, skills that she passed down to her children and grandchildren. She and Andy traveled throughout much of the country, visiting 46 states. Toward the end of their travel days, they planned their trips around visiting lighthouses. Around home, they enjoyed watching the geese and pelicans on the Rock River. One of Bonnie’s favorite annual events was singing Handel’s Messiah with the Rockford Lutheran Choral Union. She also performed The Messiah with other choirs in Houston, Polo, Freeport, Mt. Morris, and Chicago. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Andy; daughters Cindy (Tim) Webster, Forreston; Denise (Allan) DeGuzman, Hoffman Estates; grandchildren Laura Webster, Leaf River; Carla (Chris) Pope, Forreston; Adam DeGuzman, Evan DeGuzman, Nick Lucas, all of Hoffman Estates; Steve Webster and family, Milledgeville; loving niece, Julie Tracy, Murfreesboro, TN; and other nieces and nephews. Due to covid restrictions, a private invitation-only funeral will be held. A walk through visitation will be held 1:00 1:45 pm Sunday August 16, 2020 at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. Social distancing and face coverings will be required. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home in memory of Bonnie.

Lewis E. Bailey (’57)

Obituary of Lewis Earl Bailey

Lewis Earl Bailey, 93, passed away Tuesday morning, July 21, peacefully in his sleep with his wife of 70 years, Gloria, by his side. After overcoming numerous health challenges over the previous 30 years, Lew reached the end of life ready to depart, and it was a blessing to move on from this world to the next. Three of his siblings preceded him in death, and he is survived by a brother, James, of Hot Springs Arkansas, and a sister, Annette, of Yuma, Arizona. Other family member survivors include his wife Gloria; children Jim, Cara, and Bill, their spouses Sue, Gary and Mary; four grandchildren, Eric, Lora, Alan, and Lianne; and two great-grandchildren, Graycen and James. Lew was born at home in the community of Benton, Arkansas on the eve of the great depression, the second of six children in his family. His dad worked on a railroad construction crew that took him away from home much of the time while the family was young, while his mom cared for the growing family. Lew graduated from Benton High School, in 1945, during WWII. He enlisted in the Navy in the spring of that year at the age of 17, and left school early to be inducted before his senior year was completed. In the Navy he was a radar operator on an aircraft carrier. His military service left a lasting impression on him and he developed an enduring sense of patriotism throughout his life. After his discharge from the military, Lew attended college at Arkansas Tech. He met the love of his life, Gloria, while working on a summer job in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she was attending nursing school. It was an interesting courtship between a mid-western girl and a southern baptist guy. Lew and Gloria were married in May of 1950, and moved to Houston, Texas. Lew worked full-time as a welder for an industrial pipe manufacturer, and attended the University of Houston part-time. They started a family that eventually included three children. Lew graduated from college with a degree in Industrial Engineering and took a job with a specialty pipe and valve manufacturer in Houston. After the birth of their youngest child, the family decided to move to Wisconsin in 1960 to be near Gloria’s family, and for a change of scenery. Lew got a job as an engineer for a paper company, which led to frequent promotions involving new assignments in facilities in Wisconsin, upper Michigan, Alabama, Oregon, and later in Connecticut, and Maine. While in Oregon the children completed their educations, and elected to stay in the Northwest, while Lew and Gloria continued their careers, moving to Northeastern locations. Lew retired in 1989, and the couple returned to Eugene to be near their children and grand-kids. They enjoyed an active retirement with lots of family events, travels, and fellowship in their church. He was a long-time active member of the Eugene First United Methodist Church. The Christian faith and the church community has been a big part of his life. Lew had numerous health challenges during his retirement years, and overcame a lot of adversity. The family is especially thankful for the care of the healthcare professionals and caregivers who provided excellent care for him. Most recently the services of the Peace Health Hospice Team have been especially helpful as his health declined the last few months. Their skills were truly amazing, easing the anxiety and pain related to his passing. The family held a private burial ceremony on Wednesday, July 29th at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, with military honors. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later date, when a larger gathering is possible. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to have donations in his honor to be made to the Eugene First United Methodist Church. Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove Family Mortuary. Please access the you are invited to at musgroves.com. To to the family or plant a tree in memory of Lewis Bailey, please visit Tribute Store

Shawn Bird (’98, M. Ed. ’00)

Shawn Bird was recently named Chief of Schools for Portland Public Schools in Portland, Oregon.