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JULY 10, 2015, KEIZERTIMES, PAGE A5
Van Cleave settling into retirement
By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Duane Van Cleave isn’t
missing Keizer that much.
For decades, Van Cleave
serviced cars at his shops
in Keizer. Most notably, he
opened Keizer Automotive at
6558 Wheatland Road North
in 1986 and ran it until sell-
ing the shop to Doug and Sue
Revis this spring. The business
is now Revis Keizer Automo-
Daughters Shelly (Duncan)
and Shannon (Zielinski) put
on a retirement party for their
dad on June 27 at Keizer Elks.
“I didn’t want one, but I’m
glad I had it,” Van Cleave said
from his home in Sisters. “It
was fun to see a lot of people
I hadn’t seen for a while, a lot
of people I’ve done business
with. It was fun. I’m glad they
The Revis family offi cially
took over the shop on May 1.
Much to Van Cleave’s relief,
familiar faces stayed.
“They have kept on the old
employees,” he said. “I wanted
to make sure they had jobs. It’s
sometimes hard to get new
Having worked on cars
in Keizer since 1969, the
68-year-old Van Cleave knew
he needed to get out because
his body was saying so.
“I had both of my knees re-
placed in the last year,” he said.
“It’s been a long, slow recov-
ery. I had to get off that ce-
ment fl oor.”
Van Cleave has quickly ad-
justed to life in Sisters.
“I don’t miss the traffi c of
Keizer,” he said. “Sisters can
get congested, but only for big
events like the quilt show com-
ing this weekend. But I know
the back roads. We don’t have
interstates here. It’s a slower
paced life. People in Keizer are
in such a hurry these days. I’m
tired of that fast paced life. It’s
time to kick back.”
Van Cleave’s time fi x-
ing cars started with his fi rst
Texaco station at 4210 River
Road in 1969. He then moved
to 6160 River Road in the
mid 1970s until buying land
from Don Largent in the mid
1980s. He opened Keizer Au-
tomotive on Memorial Day
weekend 1986. He also owned
Keizer Towing until selling to
Affordable Towing fi ve years
A couple of years ago, Van
Cleave was looking to sell but
he was wary of a couple of
KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald
Duane Van Cleave (second from right) celebrates his retire-
ment with brothers (from left) Ken, Don and Sherman
offers he got, for fear of long-
time employees like lead tech
Bill Trussel suddenly being out
“It’s hard to fi nd decent
buyers,” he said.
Then Van Cleave talked
with Sue and Doug Revis.
“We’ve known them for
years,” he said. “We went to
dinner and talked about it.
Doug was coming to the end
of his type of career. He want-
ed to own his own business.
They’ve been thinking about
it and we decided to do it.”
Having extra time on his
hands means Van Cleave fi nal-
ly has time to work on some
projects. Not surprisingly,
some of those projects are cars.
“I’ve been busier than I’ve
ever been,” he said. “I have 5.5
acres in Sisters to take care of,
plus I have a couple of classic
cars. I plan to get a travel trail-
er and do three- or four-week
trips. I got my 1955 Chevy Bel
Air hardtop done and now I’m
working on a 1950 Ford pick-
up. The Bel Air was my high
school car. I made a street rod
out of it. It was the car I had
on my sign. I started the com-
plete restoration around 2003
and just fi nished it.”
African works on display at Keizer museum
African exhibits are on dis-
play until Aug. 1 at the Keizer
Heritage Museum and Keizer
Community Library, both on
the ground fl oor of the Keizer
Heritage Center, 980 Chema-
wa Road NE.
Dr. and Mrs. LeRoy Judd,
missionary teachers in various
African countries for 40 years,
focus the Heritage Museum
display on the country of Ke-
nya. A collection of musical in-
struments, sisal and baobab fi -
ber baskets, household objects,
Kitenge fabrics and paintings
are included in the display.
The Judds served with the
Africa Inland Mission in Tan-
zania, Kenya and Namibia. Dr.
Judd taught in theological col-
leges and seminaries and also
conducted a church orchestra,
working especially with the
brass section. Mrs. Judd taught
art in high school and the
women’s prison as well as pri-
vate music lessons.
The Judds retired from work
in Africa in 2014. Mrs. Judd
now teaches private strings and
piano lessons and plays cello
for the Salem Pops Orchestra.
Dr. Judd serves as a volunteer
at Keizer Community Church
and the Keizer Community Li-
brary, where his display features
Namibia. He also plays horn
for the Salem Pops and Salem
Keizer Heritage Foundation board president Lyndon Zaitz con-
gratulates Ana Alfaro at the foundation’s annual member meeting
on winning one of three scholarships presented each year by the
foundation. Alfaro will major in pre-medicine at Linfi eld College. Her
scholarship was $500. Her parents are Boris and Teresa Alfaro.
Nizhoni Garcia, winner of the $1,000 Pearl Langeland Scholarship,
and Charlotte Braittain who also won a $500 Keizer Heritage Foun-
dation, were unable to attend the meeting June 23.
Sing out, act up at
McNary Area camps
Keizer students interested in singing and acting can sign up
for the annual McNary Area Choir and Drama Camps on the
fi rst day of camp Monday, July 13.
For students who will be attending Claggett Creek Middle
School this fall, the camp will also be an opportunity to meet
the school’s new choir director, Sandra Krause.
Camps are open to students entering fourth through ninth
grades and run July 13 through 17. The choir portion runs from
9 a.m. to noon and the drama camp runs from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. for choir camp and 12:15 for
drama camp. Cost is $65 per camp which includes a camp T-
shirt and all materials. Final performances are slated Friday, July
17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
“We are in our sixth season of running the camps and each
year the attendance just keeps growing,” said Andy Thomas,
Whiteaker choir director and one of the staff at the camps.
Camp participants and the community are also invited to a
free concert by Male Ensemble North West, a professional sing-
ing group comprised of top educators. The concert is planned
for Tuesday, July 14, from 11:30 a.m. to noon, but may change
to 11:45 a.m.
Last year, the camps reached 150 participants and had 13 in-
structors and assistants between the two camps, the most yet.
Kids are welcome to participate in one camp or both, but
one feeds into the other.
Participants will get to work with Jim Taylor, choir director
at McNary High school, Thomas, three McNary choir gradu-
ates, Krause, and Angy Thomas, a middle school drama specialist
Drama camp exposes participants to teamwork, imagina-
tion, voice, pantomime and many other aspects of the theatre.
SKSB leases lit,
By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
A lease of property on Commercial Street for community
transition and literacy center programs was approved June 25 at
a special Salem-Keizer School Board meeting.
The district has been seeking to fi nd new space for the pro-
grams, which have been housed near McKay High School.
McKay has been seeking more room now used by the literacy
Although the board expected to give fi nal authorization at
the special meeting for a lease for the Career Technical Educa-
tion Center, the lease was found not to be ready, and a fi nal vote
is expected at the board’s July 14 meeting.
Purchase of buses, already in the 2015-16 budget, was ap-
proved at the special meeting.
We’ll transform your kitchen
or bath into what you’ve
always dreamed of
These Salem-Keizer houses of worship invite you to visit.
Call to list your church in our Worship Directory: (503) 390-1051
John Knox Presbyterian Church
JOIN US FOR
8:30 am • 10 am • 11:30 am • 6 pm
4500 LANCASTER DR NE | SALEM
503.304.4000 • www.peopleschurch.com
Children’s Programs, Student and Adult Ministries
1755 Lockhaven Dr. NE Keizer
452 Cummings Lane North • 393-0404
Father Gary L. Zerr, Pastor
Saturday Vigil Liturgy: 5:30 p.m.
Sundays: 8:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
La Misa en Español: 12:30 p.m.
Rev. Dr. John Neal, Pastor
Worship - 10:30 a.m.
Education Hour - 10:00 a.m.
Nursery Care Available
Jason Lee UMC
820 Jeﬀ erson St. NE
Salem OR 97301
Dr. Jon F. Langenwalter, Pastor
The church with the purple doors
Worship at 9:30 am • Child Care Available
Faith Lutheran Church
4505 River Rd N • 393-4507
9:00 a.m. Children’s Church
9:15 a.m. Adult Bible Study
9:30 a.m. Children’s Activities
Virginia Eggert 10:30 a.m. Worship with Communion