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SIUSLAW NEWS ❚ SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
Walker, 80, of Florence, died of
born in Minn-
M a t h e w
Sept. 8, 1934.
N a n c y
grew up in
Minneapolis and graduated from
Edison High School in 1952.
She earned a bachelor’s degree
in sociology from the University
of Minnesota in 1956, as well as a
B.S. in elementary education.
In 1961, she moved to Ventura,
Calif., and taught fourth grade.
There she met and married
Richard (Dick) Walker, a widow-
er with two young sons whom she
legally adopted and raised.
While in Ventura, Nancy was
active in the Ventura County
League of Women Voters, the
Missile Mrs., and was den mother
for the Cub Scouts. Later, Nancy
studied and worked at H & R
Block, eventually working in
their executive tax service.
Upon retirement, Nancy and
Dick traveled the United States,
looking for a retirement spot,
which they found in beautiful
Florence in 1994.
She was on the Florentine
Estates HOA Board and was
active in the Siuslaw Genealogy
Club, the Florence Van Fans and
the Florence City Club. She was
also a member of the Garden
Club, the Florentine Book Club
and the Florentine Bridge Club.
Nancy was preceded in death
by her husband, Dick; her sister,
Maxine Mulvehill; and her broth-
ers: Robert and his wife, Dorothy;
James and his wife, Lillian; and
She is survived by her sons:
Rob and his wife, Debra, of
Florence; and Ron and his wife,
Erin, of Orangevale, Calif.; her
brother, Donald Sandvik and his
wife, Sharon, of the Minneapolis
area; grandchildren: Ryley and
Colin Walker; and many nieces
and nephews, step-grandchildren,
A private family service will be
held at a later date.
Remembrances may be made
to the Friends of Florence Van
Fans or Home Health Hospice of
(Larry) M. Phillips, born on
Day 1937 in
A k r o n ,
O h i o ,
2015, at his
Gail, by his side.
After graduating high school,
Larry served in the Korean
Conflict from 1955 to 1956, and
attended Bakersfield College.
Beginning in 1957, Larry
began working for the U.S.
Navy’s Department of Defense
(DOD) until his retirement in
An accomplished diver, during
those 37 years working for the
DOD, Larry worked on various
projects around the world, includ-
ing the Polaris Missile and
Sidewinder programs. He also
participated in stateside and
world-wide water security pro-
grams interacting with Pentagon
He also worked in waterside
security programs and marine
mammal programs in San Diego
and Hawaii. Those programs took
Larry to many destinations
including Bahrain, Vietnam,
Scotland, Guam and The
Philippines. He was a SAIC con-
sultant from 1995-2000.
Following the attacks on 9/11,
he also worked on a blimp project
as a consultant for a California-
Larry and his wife of 23 years,
Diana, resided in the San Diego
and Hawaii before retiring and
relocating to Florence in 2003.
Larry was an avid fisherman
and volunteered for several com-
munity programs. He was active
in the Salmon Trout Enhancement
Program (STEP) and as an
Oregon State Police volunteer.
He was also a member of the
Florence Elks Lodge and was
active in the Coast Village HOA.
Larry is survived by his wife,
Diana; his children: Lorri
Campbell, Debra Young and
Rhonda Phillips; nine grandchil-
dren and 11 great-grandchildren;
stepchildren Karen Mayo, Craig
Foster and Michael McGhee; four
step-grandchildren and two step-
Larry loved life, family, friends
and country; he was a true patriot.
A celebration of his life will be
held Saturday, Oct. 3.
passed away Aug. 17, 2015, at the
age of 93.
B a r d u ,
The fami- Ole Fosback
ly came to
America in 1927, making their
home on the Siuslaw River near
Rain or shine, Ole was an out-
doorsman, working in the lumber
industry most of his life. He
helped build logging roads, drove
lumber carrier and loaded
bardges. He loved the river and
helped move the logs, around get-
ting them ready to go into the
sawmill. He also ran tug-boat on
He was a commercial fisher-
man in his younger years.
He bought and sold a tire shop,
finding out after a few years he
wanted to be outside again.
He was drafted into the U.S.
Army during World War II, land-
ed on Omaha Beach, fought in
The Battle of the Bulge and ended
up in the Czech Republic near the
end of the war.
After the war, he met and mar-
ried a hometown girl named
Marie Norquist. They were
together for 68 years.
He is survived by his wife,
many nieces and nephews and a
sister, Hanna Panschow. He was
preceded in death by five siblings:
Karen, Corky, Chris, Borghild
He was truly loved by his fam-
ily and had many friends. A fami-
ly graveside service will be held
at a later date.
Here is a loving thought from
his great niece:
My Uncle Ole may have grown
up on a farm and he may have
been a boxer, but I don’t think he
was ever a bull fighter so don’t
call him “Olay.”
I love that man; he’s the best
male role model I’ve ever had in
my life, and the kindest, funniest,
strongest and bravest, most loving
man I ever knew. (If you ever
hugged him you’d know what I
mean.) In reality he was more like
a grandpa to my mom and me.
I say that because he helped
raise my mom and, when I felt
like I didn’t have anyone else, he
was there through my whole life.
When I think of him I think of
a man with a warm, loving heart
that just wouldn’t quit.
I think of a little boy who
crossed the sea from Norway to
North America with his family, a
WWII veteran, a wonderful hus-
band, a good wood worker and a
fantastic ice cream maker.
I’ll never forget that joke he
kept saying: “My wife makes two
types of good cake: Pumpkin Pie
We were there to see his final
days. I was there through most of
it, and although it pains us to see
him go, nothing held him closer to
this world then Auntie Marie.
Even with advanced Al-
zheimer’s, he held on to her hand
with everything he had, and every
other phrase that came out of his
mouth was “I love you.”
This world has never seen a
more true and powerful love as
the love between Marie and Ole.
I’m at peace knowing that he
was ready to go and he can be
free. If anyone on this planet
deserves to become an angel, it’s
And I know he’ll always be
watching over Aunt Marie.
So, in honor of Uncle Ole,
don’t take any of those wooden
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JACK FROST FINANCIAL
Seacoast Entertainment Association is extremely proud to recognize
SANDY KUHLMAN for her eff orts and contributions to our nonprofi t
organization. She has generated fi nancial support for SEA, as well as op-
erational support for the development of our concert series presented to
Sandy has been a director on the SEA board for two years, and in that
time she has been active on the Production Committee for selection of per-
formers, expanded the Outreach/Community Enrichment eff ort of SEA,
and has successfully applied for numerous grants to support the funding
of the SEA.
As a member of the Production Committee, Sandy attends annual
booking conferences to identify potential performers to bring to Florence.
She oversees and negotiates at least 3–4 contracts each season, schedul-
ing for the performances at the Florence Events Center, and assembling
production notebook that assists various board members to produce indi-
vidual concerts throughout the season.
With an eye towards expanding SEA’s outreach programs with the
school district, Sandy identifi ed and assisted in recruiting Rachel Pearson
as a board member specifi cally targeted to Outreach. Together they are
taking SEA’s Community Enrichment eff orts to Siuslaw schools, Spruce
Point Assisted Living and Siuslaw Library during the 2015–16 season.
During the past year, Sandy has successfully applied for and was
awarded several grants on behalf of SEA’s outreach mission – Western Lane
Community Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, as well as Lane
County Cultural Coalition. In addition, two grants have been awarded
from the National Endowment of the Arts to help bring two touring per-
formances to Florence as well.
Sandy and her husband Bob retired to Florence in November of 2012.
Aft er taking only six months to settle in, she jumped right into the com-
munity and are we lucky. In addition to her volunteer work at SEA, Sandy
is a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the FEC, a member
of Friends of the FEC and is working on the committee for the Winter Folk