Death Notices: Sydney Burkhart; Eugene Torres

Sydney Burkhart

Sydney Burkhart, 86, passed away Sept. 13, 2012. Sydney was born Nov. 19, 1925. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center; 541-386-1000. Visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave condolences.

Eugene Torres

Eugene “Geno” Torres, 69, died Sept. 10, 2012. He was born Nov. 6, 1942, in Red Cliff, Colo. A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. at Thurston Christian Church, 6680 Thurston Road, Springfield, Ore.

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