e were raisedby a singlefather.Our dad,Larry Paul, made us hisnumber one priority. Heworked full time andspent the rest of his timemaking sure we got toskate competitions on theweekends. We both havealways loved skateboard-ing.We had the largest half pipe in the neighborhood,which we built together.Dad put his life on holdfor years so he couldhang out with us. Heused to say he wanted toenjoy us while we still wantedto hang out with him.We are now 22 and 17 andwe still do. We love you.Happy Father’s Day. Thanksfor everything.
— Sons Larry lll & RileyPaul, Glide
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his Father’s Day I am honoring not only mydad, Richard Holcomb, but also my grand-pa, Eugene Holcomb, and my great-grand-pa, V.K. Holcomb.Great-grandpa’s appreciation for the contentedbleating of sheep, golden fields of hay and the feelof moist soil on weathered hands lives on todaythrough the fourth generation. He also passed on acompassionate heart that cared deeply for familyand community.As I watch my dad and grandpa daily taking timeto serve others, I am proud to say I am their daugh-ter and granddaughter. Their senses of humor andpositive attitudes are inspiring. Their strong faith inthe Lord has carried them through many trials, giv-ing them hope and joy as they walk through life.I pray that someday I may pass on these same val-ues to my children, and be blessed with a husbandwhose character traits include the ones that makemy dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa my heroestoday!
— Michelle Holcomb, Elkton
f I could talk I wouldtell you exactly whatmy daddy,Matt McCollum,means to me.He is my playmate, mycaregiver, my hero and my whole world. I would tellhim thank you for keeping me warm when I’m cold,forall the diapers he’s changed, the bottles he’s fed me, forevery boo-boo he’s kissed away,for all that he’s alreadytaught me and for every tear he’s wiped from my cheek.I would say thank you for being the best daddy yourbaby boy could ever ask for! Happy Father’s Day!I loveyou.
— Donnie McCollum, 1 year old
Written with help frommother Brandi McCollum, Winston
Fathers have inspiringsenses of humor, positive attitudes
V.K.HolcombLarryPaulDel ElliottMatt McCollumBill JansenBill MoffittKen Lovegren
‘Thank you for beingthe best daddy’‘Dad made us hisnumber one priority’
y father, Ken Lovegren, was a man of few words.When he met my future husband, Kyle,dad took him out into the woods to cleara horse trail. He said nothing the wholeevening except, “Put the brush over there,” and “Itis time to go.”Dad wasn’t interested in chitchat; he just wantedto know how hard this young man, who had theaudacity to pursue his daughter, worked.When Kyle asked my father for permission tomarry me, dad responded, “She is old enough tomake her own mistakes.”Dad expected a lot from us. From age 12 on I wascleaning cabins, operating a marina and answeringa business phone. With that background, it neveroccurred to me that there was anything I couldn’tdo.Although dad was small in stature, he was a manof immense integrity. When he spoke, we listened.
— Carol Lovegren Miller, Oakland
‘When he spoke, we listened’
idney Poitier wrote that a man is meas-ured by how he treats his children.If that is true, I would say that mydad, Del Elliott, reaches the highestpoint on that scale. An only son who grew upwith four sisters in a household that was not soinspiring, he overcame the troubles of the dayand chose to challenge the obstacles that comewith the lack of a positive paternal role modeland to make the choice to become what he hadlacked.I remember that he was always there. His jobat the Post Office forced him to go to bed earlyand get up early, but also allowed him to be theparent present when his four children tumbledout of the school bus each afternoon. Weekendswere spent on long Sunday drives after church,going to the coast, the Bohemia Mining Districtor any woodsy locale around Douglas County.Dad was always there for us with his sarcasticmanner and quick wit. I recall a time when I wasloudly typing at our manual typewriter one after-noon. I suspect he was trying to take a nap whenhe reminded me that there were teenage boysoutside in our pool. I asked if he was trying toget me to stop typing and he answered that hewas trying to get me “off the payroll.” I think Iwas all of 16! My sister Denise remembers theday she was preparing to take her first steps upthe aisle. Arm in arm, he looked over at her andquietly exclaimed, “I may have to pick mynose.”Five grandchildren have benefitted from hav-ing Dad as their “Papa.” They knew he wasready for a wrestle, a walk to the river, a ride onthe mower or even taking Barbie for an after-noon drive around the living room in her pink Barbie Corvette while he was outfitted in a verystylish ladies hat from the dress-up collection.As Dad approaches his 80th birthday this year,my “dress up” hat is off to him. Dad, I thank youfor instilling a sense of humor, a sarcastic wit, astrong work ethic and a love of cars in more thanone of your kids and grandkids.But most of all, thank you for loving us inyour own quiet way.
— Kathy Frazer, Roseburg
‘He was always there with his sarcastic manner and quick wit’
y dad, Bill Moffitt, was a tile setter in the Seat-tle area for over 40 years.In the summer of 1967, my grandfather died.When grandmother asked Dad for help, he didnot hesitate. They packed us up for the summer and welived in a ranch house on the North Umpqua River.Dad would pick up any work he could and would alsohelp his mother. He was pretty tired at the end of the dayand with no air conditioning, the house was a furnace.One hot, hot summer day, we came home from town todiscover, with delight, that Dad had set up day beds for usunder the big maple tree! We listened to crickets, watchedthe night skies and snuggled under quilts.It is a memory I still cherish. Dad always worked hardfor his family. He taught us the meaning of a work ethicand giving to others.
— Becky Sherlock, Roseburg
A summer memory
’ve heard that things grow sweeter with age, andthat’s how my dad, Bill Jansen, has become tome.Soon to be 89, Dad is so precious to me.As a World War II veteran, an Iwo Jima survivorand a career military officer, my Dad’s seen the goodand bad in people, and experienced a lot of life. He isa man who knows the meaning of love and commit-ment. He’s been married to my mom for 62 years.I remember him as the tough parent who usuallysaid “No.” However, as an adult, I realize that hereally was trying to protect his girls.Today, I know that I can go to Dad for advice, andtalk to him about anything. He’s always there toencourage me, guide me and support me. I am soblessed to have such a special Dad.Thank you, Dad, you’re the best!
— Debbie Wheeler, Roseburg
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