In Memorium

24 AUG 2005

Phoebe Helen Ewaldsen

Phoebe Helen Ewaldsen, born Feb. 29, 1924 in Medford, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 in Edmonds, WA after a long illness with the somewhat rare disease referred to as the 'Lou Gehrig Disease' or ALS for short (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). It is a very frustrating disease in that little is known about how it starts or how to cure it when it does. It basically starts in the nerves that control the muscles and the patient looses control of the muscles as time goes on - sometimes very slowly and sometimes at a much faster rate. All ages seem vulnerable.

Phoebe was finally diagnosed with the disease in February of this year. After several falls, she entered a rehabilitation center the end of June and was transfered to a private care home on July 1, 2005 and remained there until she passed on. Along the way she heard about the "Willed Body Program" operated by the Washington University Medical School and decided she wanted to be part of it. She therefore willed her body to the school for scientific study. Later when the studies are completed she will be cremated and buried in the Eagle Point National Cemetery on the former WWII Camp White reservation, where her husband being a veteran will also be buried. Their oldest son Eric, a veteran from Viet Nam, has been there since 1984. Since she was born and raised in Jackson County, she will one day return.

She is survived by her husband, Otto A. Ewaldsen of Edmonds, WA; a son, Hans C. Ewaldsen of Edmonds, WA; daughter, Karen Helen Callahan of Central Point; daughter, Maria Amalia Ewaldsen of Bend; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son, Eric Otto Ewaldsen on Feb. 12, 1984 (buried in the Eagle Point National Cemetery on land formerly the WWII Camp White Army Base); brother, Jackie, age 5, killed in an auto accident in 1925; and sister, Nancy, died from Cancer. Feb. 7, 1992.

Phoebe was an accomplished accordion player and did much of that at the various USO locations and CCC camps throughout Jackson County before and during WWII. She was also an accomplished piano player and organist. She learned to play the organ in her teen years on the original Craterian Theater Organ in downtown Medford. On Jan. 30, 1943, Phoebe married Lieutenant Otto Ewaldsen, topographic engineer training at Camp White, at the Zion Lutheran Church on 4th and Oakdale St. in Medford, the church where at that time she also played the organ. How the two had originally met was a story in itself.

During the war years, when Ewaldsen was in the South Pacific making maps to show the way for General MacArthur and the allied forces in the South West Pacific to retake the Philippines and Japan, Phoebe worked in the family store, Swem's Book and Gift Shop, with her father, Jack Swem, and a dedicated staff of clerks. With 40,000 troops at Camp White, and the store at 217 East Main being in the heart of downtown, it stayed very busy.

In 1910, the Swem family migrated to Jackson County from St. Paul, MN and started a photo studio, first in Ashland, and then in Medford. This was the business that grew into the large book and gift shop that it later became. Phoebe had a lot to do with its growth over the years. The original members that came west were her grandfather and grandmother, her future father, Jack, and an uncle named Thomas. Her mother, Helen Dahl, came from North Dakota with the Stewart Family in 1906. Her parents, Jack and Helen were married on October 5, 1919. Phoebe was the last surviving member from that whole family group.

After WWII, Otto Ewaldsen formed a partnership with Jack Swem and the store continued to grow and expanded its many departments. In the 1950s a record shop and players was added. In the early 1970s a very large oriental rug gallery was added which included a preservation and repair section. Phoebe had learned rug conservation procedures in both London and Berlin and trained a staff of several ladies to work in the gallery. This part of the business grew rapidly since it was the only oriental rug gallery between Portland and San Francisco. The rug gallery was moved to 112 S. Riverside in 1977.

Phoebe was also a recognized authority on china and crystal having run those departments in the store for so many years and dealt with most of the major lines in each category including English, German, French, as well as the major domestic brands such as Lenox. Over the years she gave many talks to the various civic clubs around Medford. About ten years ago, she became interested in quilting and pursed that hobby with vigor. Her daughter-in-law, Cheryl Ewaldsen, also became very interested in the hobby and together they attended the popular quilting event that goes on for a week at Sister, OR each July and attracts people from around the world.

The Ewaldsens travelled widely throughout the USA having made several "grand loops" of over 10,000 miles each. As the children grew they were included in these "US Geography" trips. They also travelled in England, Scotland, Germany, and Austria mainly in their studies at museums of the various oriental rug collections.

25 DEC 2005

Martin V. Stewart

  Marty, my love and best friend and my husband of 62 1/2 years, left this earth this Christmas morning at 11:23. He died at our home with all 4 of our children and myself at his bedside. He has battled the dreadful cancer for 2 long years with courage and an optimistic attitude. Even when in pain and distress he continued to fly several times a month in his beloved Cessna with a safety pilot on board. Services and arrangements are not complete till after the Holidays.


June Stewart

Submitted By Tim Smith

13 NOV 2005

Otto H. Kampe

Submitted By Dale Kingsbury

6 NOV 2005

James C. Forrest

Submitted By Roy Cormier via Dale Kingsbury

1 NOV 2005

Michael W. Onushco

Michael W. Onushco, 82, of Punta Gorda, FL, died at his home on Tuesday, November 1, 2005.

He was born on September 20, 1923 in Jonestown, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Onushco served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. His career was spent as an electronics engineer in the Air Force Civil Service.

He moved to Punta Gorda in 1978 after retiring from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. In September 1975, Mr. Onushco became part owner of the Port Charlotte Bowlerama, located on Harbor Boulevard in Port Charlotte. He spent his years in Punta Gorda as an avid runner, golfer and bowler.

He is survived by his son Michael E. (Debbie) Onushco of Punta Gorda, and sister, Ann Purcell of Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania.

I can say he lead a full life. With what he had to deal with at the end, he died peacefully.

Submitted By Mike Onushco(Son)

27 OCT 2005

Barbara Sullivan, wife of John L. (Sully) Sullivan, Jr.of Hominy, OK

Barbara beat ovarian cancer and was enjoying the good blood tests when her past smoking caught up with her. She went into the hospital on Oct 13 and died the 27th of respiratory failure.

14 days in intensive care.

I'm still raising a 9 year old grandson. That will keep you busy.

Had just purchased a 1987 Holiday Motor home and thought we might be able to do some traveling when the above happened. Grandson and I might still be able to travel in it this summer.

Was looking through the PM site and thinking back, doesn't seem like that was almost half a century ago.


This was forwarded to me by Bear King. who was on Sully's crew in 1954 when I was temporarily on the same crew for a short time, long enough to get in a crew photo with them.

Dale Kingsbury

19 OCT 2005

22 OCT 2005

Ethel C. Forrest

Submitted By Roy Cormier via Dale Kingsbury

28 SEP 2005

William L. Jones

My father died 28 September 2005, in Abilene, TX. Survived by: wife, Dorothy L. Jones of 53 years of marriage; oldest son,William L. Jones Jr. ; second son, David Jones; daughter, Linda Jones; daughter, Sandra Ferris . Preceded in death by youngest son, Russell Jones. He was born in 1929 in Amite County, MS. Joined USAF in DEC 1950. MATS, 1953-1965, 1370th PMG and 1370th PMW. AFSC 42173, Aircraft Ground Equipment Repair Technician. Retired OCT 1973.

Submitted By William L. Jones Jr.

10 SEP 2005

Margaret K. "Peggy" Holladay

I got word today from Marge Cronin that Margaret K. "Peggy" Holladay passed away on 10 September 2005.

Submitted By Dale Kingsbury

13 SEP 2005

Wesley G. Blain

Wesley G. Blain of Dayton, OH passed away on 13 September 2005. Survivors include his wife, Billie Blain.

Submitted By Dale Kingsbury

25 AUG 2005

Lee C. Carrington

14 AUG 2005


June 24th 1934-August 14th 2005

  Derrall Keith Larsen departed this life August 14th of 2004 from the complications related to the rapid on-set of an especially virulent form of cancer. Derrall was an Aerial Photographer with the 1370th Photomapping Group at PBAFB FL and subsequently moved to the 1370th Photomapping Wing at Turner AFB GA.

  Derrall leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife Eleanor (Ellie), an older sister residing in Phoenix AZ, and many, many friends from his days with the Photomappers of APCS. Derrall's many friends from the AFPMA will certainly miss his happy-go-lucky approach to living life to the fullest.

God Speed dear friend, you will be missed.

Submitted By Barry King

22 JUL 2005

Leon F. Papazian

17 JUL 2005

Roger Meek

4 JUL 2005

Lilla "Merle" Frederick

Lilla "Merle" Frederick, wife of Russell R. "Russ" Frederick of Slidell, LA, passed away on July 4th, 2005

19 JUN 2005

Frank Hotter

16 JUN 2005

CMSGT John J. McLaughlin

John J.(Mac) McLaughlin passed away on June 16, 2005, due to inoperable liver cancer. His son Danny and all of his local family members were present during his last 3 days in the hospital.

  The Funeral Mass was held on June 20, 2005. The church was filled nearly to capacity with friends and family. He was laid to rest at 2:20 PM on Friday, July 1, 2005, at the Florida National Cemetary, Bushnell, FL.

  Submitted By his brother Charles, via Tom Seaford

07 JUN 2005

Louis Gamache

19 APR 2005

Charles L. Morton

Charles L. Morton of Catonsville, MD passed away on April 19th, 2005

Reported to Dale By Charles Morton II

14 FEB 2005

Paul Jordan

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