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“All the times spent together when we were kids. Our Dad's in business together. All our fun times camping with Sizemores, Neumans and Jarvis...Read More »
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“I know two of his children, Mary and Dan. They are a tribute to the person their father is and his influence on their lives. ”
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Merlin L. (Bud) Sizemore, passed away peacefully at home in Redmond, Oregon surrounded by his family on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Bud was born in Columbus, Kansas to Ona and Blanche Sizemore on October 24, 1924. After graduating from high school in Quapaw, Oklahoma in 1942, he went to work for Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas, as a machinist, building B-29 Bombers for the war effort. He moved to Venice, California in 1943, and worked for Coca Cola, where he met the love of his life, and wife of 73 years, Alice May Heyl. They were married six months later, on Armistice Day, November 11, 1944. They moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon in 1947 where Bud went to work as an accountant for Pioneer Hardware Co. They moved to Eugene in 1956, where he became a Certified Public Accountant, and returned to Cottage Grove in 1963, when he acquired his CPA firm, Merlin L. Sizemore CPA. He served the people of Cottage Grove as President of the Chamber of Commerce, and in 1971, during his tenure, the City won the “All American City”award. He also served as city Treasurer and Chairman of the Budget Committee. He was a founding brother and fourth degree member of Cottage Grove’s chapter of the Knights of Columbus. He belonged to the Lion’s club and Elks Lodge. He loved hunting, camping with his family and golfing. After retiring, he and Alice moved to Crooked River Ranch near Redmond, Oregon, in 1977. After Alice retired in 1991, they enjoyed many years of snow-birding in Why, Arizona. Bud and Alice had eleven children, ten of whom survive him. Patrick Sizemore (Nancy) and Mark Sizemore (Carla) of Seattle, Washington, James Sizemore (Susie), of Newberg, Oregon, Kathryn Sizemore and Martha Meyer (Chuck) of Redmond, Oregon, Mary Fipps (Larry), Dan Sizemore (Audrey), Anne Heath (Alan), and Theresa Jones (Eric) of the Eugene area, and Christopher J. Sizemore of Bend, Oregon. A daughter, Cecelia Marie died in infancy. He is also survived by 35 grandchildren, 38 great- grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren, his sister, Laura Williams, and his favorite cousin, Ella Lou Rennolds. Preceding him in death were his mother and father, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and three grandsons. Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7 pm, Sunday, September 17, and the Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, September 18, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Redmond, OR. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Redmond Hospice or the St. Thomas Catholic Church Building Fund.

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