Bill Moffitt

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Sunday, June 17, 2012 • B1

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‘Thank you for being the best daddy’

A summer memory
y dad, Bill Moffitt, was a tile setter in the Seattle area for over 40 years. In the summer of 1967, my grandfather died. When grandmother asked Dad for help, he did not hesitate. They packed us up for the summer and we lived in a ranch house on the North Umpqua River. Dad would pick up any work he could and would also help his mother. He was pretty tired at the end of the day and with no air conditioning, the house was a furnace. One hot, hot summer day, we came home from town to discover, with delight, that Dad had set up day beds for us under the big maple tree! We listened to crickets, watched the night skies and snuggled under quilts. It is a memory I still cherish. Dad always worked hard for his family. He taught us the meaning of a work ethic and giving to others. — Becky Sherlock, Roseburg


f I could talk I would tell you exactly what my daddy, Matt McCollum, means to me. He is my playmate, my caregiver, my hero and my whole world. I would tell him thank you for keeping me warm when I’m cold, for all the diapers he’s changed, the bottles he’s fed me, for every boo-boo he’s kissed away, for all that he’s already taught me and for every tear he’s wiped from my cheek. I would say thank you for being the best daddy your baby boy could ever ask for! Happy Father’s Day! I love you. — Donnie McCollum, 1 year old. Written with help from mother Brandi McCollum, Winston


Matt McCollum

Bill Jansen

Fathers have inspiring senses of humor, positive attitudes

News-Review readers pay tribute to their fathers
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’ve heard that things grow sweeter with age, and that’s how my dad, Bill Jansen, has become to me. Soon to be 89, Dad is so precious to me. As a World War II veteran, an Iwo Jima survivor and a career military officer, my Dad’s seen the good and bad in people, and experienced a lot of life. He is a man who knows the meaning of love and commitment. He’s been married to my mom for 62 years. I remember him as the tough parent who usually said “No.” However, as an adult, I realize that he really was trying to protect his girls. Today, I know that I can go to Dad for advice, and talk to him about anything. He’s always there to encourage me, guide me and support me. I am so blessed to have such a special Dad. Thank you, Dad, you’re the best! — Debbie Wheeler, Roseburg


‘He’s always there to encourage me...’


‘Dad made us his number one priority’
e were raised by a single father. Our dad, Larry Paul, made us his number one priority. He worked full time and spent the rest of his time making sure we got to skate competitions on the weekends. We both have always loved skateboarding. We had the largest half pipe in the neighborhood, which we built together. Dad put his life on hold for years so he could hang out with us. He used to say he wanted to enjoy us while we still wanted to hang out with him. We are now 22 and 17 and we still do. We love you.

V.K. Holcomb

Ken Lovegren

‘When he spoke, we listened’


his Father’s Day I am honoring not only my dad, Richard Holcomb, but also my grandpa, Eugene Holcomb, and my great-grandpa, V.K. Holcomb. Great-grandpa’s appreciation for the contented bleating of sheep, golden fields of hay and the feel of moist soil on weathered hands lives on today through the fourth generation. He also passed on a compassionate heart that cared deeply for family and community. As I watch my dad and grandpa daily taking time to serve others, I am proud to say I am their daughter and granddaughter. Their senses of humor and positive attitudes are inspiring. Their strong faith in the Lord has carried them through many trials, giving them hope and joy as they walk through life. I pray that someday I may pass on these same values to my children, and be blessed with a husband whose character traits include the ones that make my dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa my heroes today!

Larry Paul
Happy Father’s Day. Thanks for everything. — Sons Larry lll & Riley Paul, Glide

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 clear a horse trail. He said nothing the whole evening except, “Put the brush over there,” and “It is time to go.” Dad wasn’t interested in chitchat; he just wanted to know how hard this young man, who had the audacity to pursue his daughter, worked. When Kyle asked my father for permission to marry me, dad responded, “She is old enough to make her own mistakes.” Dad expected a lot from us. From age 12 on I was cleaning cabins, operating a marina and answering a business phone. With that background, it never occurred to me that there was anything I couldn’t do. Although dad was small in stature, he was a man of immense integrity. When he spoke, we listened. — Carol Lovegren Miller, Oakland


Five grandchildren have benefitted from having Dad as their “Papa.” They knew he was ready for a wrestle, a walk to the river, a ride on the mower or even taking Barbie for an afternoon drive around the living room in her pink Barbie Corvette while he was outfitted in a very stylish 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 you for instilling a sense of humor, a sarcastic wit, a strong work ethic and a love of cars in more than one of your kids and grandkids. But most of all, thank you for loving us in your own quiet way. — Kathy Frazer, Roseburg

— Michelle Holcomb, Elkton

Del Elliott

idney Poitier wrote that a man is measured by how he treats his children. If that is true, I would say that my dad, Del Elliott, reaches the highest point on that scale. An only son who grew up with four sisters in a household that was not so inspiring, he overcame the troubles of the day and chose to challenge the obstacles that come with the lack of a positive paternal role model and to make the choice to become what he had lacked. I remember that he was always there. His job at the Post Office forced him to go to bed early and get up early, but also allowed him to be the parent present when his four children tumbled out of the school bus each afternoon. Weekends


‘He was always there with his sarcastic manner and quick wit’
were spent on long Sunday drives after church, going to the coast, the Bohemia Mining District or any woodsy locale around Douglas County. Dad was always there for us with his sarcastic manner and quick wit. I recall a time when I was loudly typing at our manual typewriter one afternoon. I suspect he was trying to take a nap when he reminded me that there were teenage boys outside in our pool. I asked if he was trying to get me to stop typing and he answered that he was trying to get me “off the payroll.” I think I was all of 16! My sister Denise remembers the day she was preparing to take her first steps up the aisle. Arm in arm, he looked over at her and quietly exclaimed, “I may have to pick my nose.”

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stitute for approved life vests and provide a false sense of security. Your child should always wear a life jacket during swimming or boat rides. A life jacket fits properly if you can’t lift it off over your child’s head after he’s been fastened into it. For children 4 and younger, and especially for those who can’t swim, it also should have a flotation collar to keep the head upright and the face out of the water. HEAT EXHAUSTION/ DEHYDRATION How should parents check for heat exhaustion? WZ: Signs include profuse sweating, clammy skin, muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness, headache, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, fainting, rapid shallow breathing or a rapid, weak pulse. Most of these symptoms are caused by dehydration from sweating. What are some preventive measures? WZ: Avoid activity in the heat of the day. Have your child take water breaks every 15 minutes in the shade. Encourage her to drink some water even if she’s not thirsty. Have your child wear a single layer of lightweight clothing. Protect infants from heatstroke by not bundling them in blankets or excessive clothing. Children usually need the same number of layers of clothing as adults. BUG BITES What should parents look at in a bite before taking the

Roseburg, Oregon—Sunday, June 17, 2012

Keep children safe around water, heat and biting bugs
Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series.


ast month, my column contained tips on summer safety from Wendy Zyziewski, a family nurse practitioner at Evergreen Family Medicine in Roseburg and mother of two. Here are her answers to my questions about water safety, heat exhaustion and dehydration and bug bites. WATER SAFETY What are some ways to teach children about water safety? WZ: Swimming lessons are huge! The Central Douglas County Family YMCA offers swimming lessons for infants up to adults, and is a great way to introduce children to the

Brittany Arnold
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water. Even if they have had lessons, children should never be left alone in or near a pool, spa, river, or other body of water, not even for a moment. Drowning can happen in a matter of seconds in a few inches of water. What about life jackets and other equipment? WZ: Avoid inflatable swimming aids. These are not a sub-

child in to the doctor? WZ: It is normal to see a small, itchy red bump or even localized hives or welts. If a child develops shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing or confusion, call 911 immediately. Also call 911 if the child becomes hoarse, develops a cough or wheezing, has difficulty swallowing or has confused or slurred speech. What are basic recommendations on treating a bee sting? WZ: Remove the stinger if it is present (usually these are left by honeybees but not yellow jackets). Then use a meat tenderizer spice/water solution to make a paste. Using a cotton ball, apply the solution to the site of the sting for 20 minutes. Massage with ice in a

compress. You can use Tylenol or ibuprofen for pain. For itching, 1 percent hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion can be used up to three times a day. It is normal for the redness to last for about three days and the swelling for about a week, but it is abnormal for it to spread or get worse. Take the child to the doctor if the pain that does not resolve within a few hours of the bite or if you see more than an inch of redness streaking away from the bite. Brittany Arnold is a freelance writer from Roseburg. Send your comments, stories and questions to her at You can also view her blog at

‘He always treated people real nice’
Don Webberley


‘He has pulled through the impossible’

ur Dad is up in heaven and we want to wish him a real nice Father’s Day. Our dad was Don Webberley. He meant everything to my sister, brother and me. Dad was a policeman in Roseburg for many years. He loved police work. He always treated people real nice when they got into some kind of trouble. He was well liked. He was working during the 1959 Roseburg blast. We initially were told dad had died in the blast because he was working that night. But he didn’t. A few hours later he called us to tell us he was OK. But after a tragic accident, he decided to quit police work. That accident involved our mom who was driving home from work when a drunk teenage driver went over into her lane of traffic and hit her car head on. My mom was only 35 years old. I was only 16. My mom had no chance at all. When Dad quit police work he went to driving a logging truck. Then on Nov. 15, 1966, he was driving a loaded logging truck on a mountain road on a rainy winter day when the brakes failed on the truck. Officials told us they weren’t sure what happened, but just before the truck crashed, dad either jumped out of the cab or was thrown out. But whatever happened, the logs fell on him. He died. He had no chance at all. Dad was only 40 years old and I was almost 19. I will never forget that day when my cousin Kathy and her husband came to our door to let us know about my dad. It was very tragic. Only three years earlier I had lost my mom. I just hope everyone will love their loved ones while they are still here. Love your father and your mother as you never know when you could lose someone. I know that real well. We miss our dad real bad. He was a great dad. Here’s wishing Dad a very nice Happy Father’s Day up in heaven. — Linda (Webberley) Sammons and family, Winston

Dan Jocoy
y dad, Dan Jocoy, is a man that most people know in Douglas County. He is a pastor, a mayor and a father. My dad takes the time to make me a healthy green drink in the morning and he feeds my cat even though it’s my job. He encourages me to work hard and does everything he can to help me with school and my job. He constantly reminds me that I am beautiful and loved, and always tells me that he cherishes me as his daughter. But the thing that I love most about my father is that he is the spiritual leader of my family. He trusts God with his whole heart, always prays before he does anything and always asks for forgiveness even if he didn’t do anything wrong. He is a real, hardworking, courageous, and wild-atheart father. I do not deserve a dad as great as he is but I am so blessed to be his daughter. Happy Father’s Day dad! I love you so much! Love Ruff. — Jessica Jocoy, Myrtle Creek


‘He is the spiritual leader of my family’
Mike Sharp


y dad, Mike Sharp, is an insane rebel. He used to ride huge distances on his bike for fun. But in 1992, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects the central nervous system, use of the legs and puts holes in the brain. In 2009, he got one blood clot in each lung, each the size of an orange. The doctors said those clots should have killed him. He has been bedridden for over three years and has fought numerous infections including two simultaneous infections in the blood and pneumonia. That also should have killed him. But he is a fighter and even though he cannot walk he still helps us. He is a math wiz! He and my little brother even have their special “Buddy Time.” He has pulled through the impossible. We look at him as a true hero and a positive dad! — Janessa Sharp, Sutherlin

‘My dad was my editor for 50 years’

Glenn Butler

Bill Duncan
y dad, Bill Duncan, was a journalist, although he claimed that was a fancy word for reporter. He was on deadline the day that he died at age 82 in November 2011. His coffee cup was still there on his desk, as I met his deadline so he would rest easy. My dad was my editor for 50 years. He was ecstatic when I sold a piece as if it confirmed his faith in my ability. His Underwood #5 typewriter sits proudly on the library shelf in my office. My Dad taught me well. Now I have to trust that I learned well. — Eularee Smith, Eugene

s all fathers are to their sons, I consider my father, Glenn Butler, a hero in a lot of aspects. Although working 12 hours a day in their business while I grew up as a child, my dad and mom always found time for school and family. As I grew older, he was there for consultation in all of the problems I came across. Most of them I caused. Now, he is 87 and I am 65, but he is still there to talk to me and answer my question, “What do I do now?” Recently, my father was recognized for serving in World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. He is a very proud man and truly loves God and his country. Roseburg is his home and he wouldn’t leave it for anything. Thanks for taking care of him. Happy Father’s Day, Dad.


‘He was there for consultation...’

— Roy Butler, Alabama

‘He was a strong silent force that kept me grounded’

Lee McCarter

ow does one choose only one favorite memory of their dad? From my earliest childhood memories, my dad, Lee McCarter, was my hero. He was born on a mountain top in Tennessee and grew to be a tall man at 6-foot-2. When the movie and song came out about Davy Crockett back in the 1950s, I thought it was about him. He hunted bear, cougar and raccoon with his faithful hounds. I sometimes got to tag along, however, it was difficult keeping up with his long strides.

He was also a proud WWII veteran serving in the U.S. Navy on a destroyer in the South Pacific. He had fond memories he would share about his shipmates and experiences. In my mind, he was as much a hero as John Wayne characters. Dad contributed to my education by helping me study for tests and shared helpful hints to memorize facts. He attended my track meets and encouraged all endeavors I entered. He assured me I could accomplish anything I attempted to do. He was a strong silent force that kept me grounded. He taught me how to tap into my

sense of humor to overcome life’s trials and tribulations. With his slow Southern drawl and wisdom, he helped mold me into the person I became. He had the ability to make any child feel special and important. Not bad for a man who only completed schooling to the eighth grade. Dad passed away a couple of years ago at the ripe age of 89. There is not a day that passes that I do not think of him with a smile in my heart. — Linda McCarter, Roseburg



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