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From: Robyn Greenlund <>
Subject: Re: [OREGON] Obituary request
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 10:14:08 -0800 (PST)
Weldon Thomas Heard
The Lord took Weldon Thomas Heard, 86, to his heavenly home on Saturday, July 26, 2008, with his family at his side. Weldon was born in Lake City, California, on January 14, 1922, and grew up in Ashland, Oregon. Weldon, known to his friends as 'Doc', was a veteran of the U.S. Army during WWII. 'Doc' received his Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado A & M in 1950, and practiced at his own clinic in Colorado for 23 years. The family moved to Lookingglass, Oregon in 1973, where 'Doc' practiced part-time for seven years at Bailey Veterinary Clinic in Roseburg, Oregon. He was an animal breeder and fancier, being well known for the breeding of Australian Shepherd dogs and Suffolk sheep. His motto, “A few fine ones,” will live on through all the bloodlines he worked to improve. He wrote several books on family history and some of the humorous exploits from his years as a veterinarian. He was a member of the Lookingglass Community Church for many years.
In all these endeavors, he had a passion for finding ways to introduce people to the Lord. He and Sue used this God given talent in church youth groups, bible study groups, and in many one-on-one relationships where they taught, by example, the way to walk with the Lord. They mentored many young people, even taking some into their home and family for extended periods. 'Doc's' sense of humor was legendary, and no one was exempt from his pranks. Weldon is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty Sue of Roseburg; daughters, Janelle Ward and her husband, Dave and Brooks Temple and her husband, Jim, all of Colorado; son, Rex Heard and his wife, Kelly, of Roseburg; son-in-law, Ron Hanson of Salem, Oregon; nine grandchildren and six (nearly seven) great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter, Lynn, and brother Wayne. Friends may pay their respects on Friday Morning, August 1, 2008, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Taylor’s Family Chapel.
Private graveside services will be held Friday August 1, 2008, at Lookingglass Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Friday, August 1, 2008, at 6 p.m. in the sheep pasture at the home of Rex and Kelly Heard, 2116 Dairy Loop Road in Lookingglass. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Mercy Hospital Hospice 2700 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR. 97471.
Friday, August 1, 2008, Roseburg News Review
I also located this obituary for his daughter:
Lynn Ellen Hanson (Heard)
HANSON, Lynn Ellen (Heard) - Age 40, of Salem, Oregon, went home to be with her Lord, Monday, May 7, 2001 in a Salem hospital. She had fought a long, hard battle with cancer. Lynn was born January 27, 1961 in Denver, Colorado to her mother and father, Sue and Weldon Heard. Lynn and her family moved to Lookingglass, Oregon in the summer of 1973. She graduated from Douglas High School in 1979 and also completed a year of college before meeting her loving husband-to-be Ronald Hanson of Salem. They were married June 25, 1983. Lynn worked as a dental assistant for a few years before having her two children, Katelyn, 11 and Lee, 8. Lynn was a loving wife and was deeply devoted to the nurturing of her children. She enjoyed watching Katelyn and Lee play sports and loved to see them grow in their musical skills. She was a mom that always prayed with her kids. She always had a special way with animals and appreciated the companionship she developed with her dogs
and horses. Lynn loved her garden and chickens and many of the simple things in life. She will be greatly missed and remembered most for the way she touched our lives and many others while shouldering with grace, courage and dignity the ultimate hardship she had to bear. Lynn is survived by her daughter Katelyn; son, Lee and husband, Ron Hanson all of Salem; her mother and father, Sue and Weldon Heard of Lookingglass; her sister, Janelle Ward and husband Dave of Lakewood, Colorado; her sister, Brooks Temple and husband Jim of Arvada, Colorado and her brother Rex Heard and wife Kelly of Lookingglass; numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends who loved her deeply and will miss her presence in their lives. Services will be held in Salem, Oregon on Thursday, May 10, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 4197 State Street.
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