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Joseph F. Xavier, Jr

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Feb. 1, 2020 — Joseph F. Xavier, Jr., born June 26, 1931, in Puâ unÄ nÄ, Maui, Hawaii, passed away in the early morning hours on Jan. 13, 2020, in Portland, Ore.

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John G. Machi

Nov. 13, 2019 — John G. Machi, 78, of Florence, passed away on Oct. 22, 2019. 
He was born Sept. 20, 1941, in San Francisco, Calif., to Gaetana and Andrew J. Machi. The Machi Family moved to Santa Cruz, Calif., in 1964, and John attended Holy Cross School. 
In 1959, John moved to San Jose, Calif., to attend San Jose State University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He worked in several electronics firms for 27 years.
In 1975, John married Margaret Pearson Machi and they lived in San Jose. 
In 1987, they moved to Santa Cruz and, shortly thereafter, John opened his own small business, Rocky Mountain Windowtint, which he ran until 2003. 
When both John and Margaret retired in 2006, they moved to Florence, Ore.
John was an avid classic car enthusiast and enjoyed driving several special interest vehicles. He was an active member of the Rhody Cruisers Car Club, the Florence Elks Lodge #1858, the Siuslaw Gun Club and the Florence Lions Club.
He was also an Instructor of the AARP Safe Driver Program. He loved to play pool and fish with his cronies.  John was also an avid reader and loved to travel.
A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Florence Elks Lodge. 
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Edmund (Ed) Clavel


On Tuesday Oct. 8, 2019, Edmund (Ed) Clavel, 91, loving husband of Diane, passed away.
Ed was born in New York city on April 28, 1928, to Ramon and Mary Clavel, who immigrated from Spain and Puerto Rico. He served in the merchant marines and two branches of the military, the Marines and the Air Force. He worked for Pan Am and United airlines as a mechanic and later as an engineer for Lockheed Aerospace, from which he retired.
Ed was passionate about life. He loved flying his Aercoupe over the skies of Florence, riding his motorcycle with his buddies to buy a hamburger or just walking briskly though his neighborhood. He was not afraid to try anything new whether it be a new exotic food or a crazy sport like hang gliding. He was an inspiration to friends and family.

Ed is survived by his wife of 68 years, Diane Clavel; his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Dan Schlenger; and his son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Diana Clavel.
He is also survived by his six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He leaves a legacy of a loving and caring family who will miss him greatly.
A memorial service will be held at the Elks Lodge in Florence, Ore., on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m.
Arrangements made by Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home


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Robert "Mac" McGuire passed away quietly on Monday, August 7, 2017, surrounded by family. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy McGuire, father to their three daughters Cheryl, Geri and Theresa, grandfather to six and great-grandfather to four. He is also survived by his two younger brothers, Kenneth and Pat McGuire and a sister, Mary. He was born on January 26, 1935, in Belvue, Kansas. His early days were spent 'on the farm'. At the age of 18, Mac joined the Navy, serving on seven different ships in 17 years at sea. He was homeported in Sasebo and Yokosuka, Japan during the Korean and Viet Nam wars. He served two years of recruiting duty in Wichita, Kansas and was a senior instructor of the Steam Generating (Boiler) Inspector School at San Diego, CA. Mac's dedication to his Naval career was recognized by the award of the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Citation, five Good Conduct medals, China Service Medal, two National Defense medals, two Armed Forces Expeditionary medals, seven Vietnam Service medals, RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Korea Defense Medal. After retiring from the Navy he went to a career as a contractor for SUPSHIP, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair. Mac and Dorothy retired to their seaside home in beautiful Florence, OR, 15 years ago. During his retirement there, Mac was an avid bowler and golfer. He was active with the VFW and served as Commander. During his term he was responsible for overseeing the completion of the Veteran's Wall on Bay Street. He was a Mason, an Elk and a Cootie. As an appropriate salute, Mac will be buried at sea. A memorial service may be planned locally at a future time. We wish you fair winds and following seas, sailor. You are loved and will be missed. Burns's Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Ann Whitehead

 Passed away at her home on April 10, 2017

Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Elks Community Christmas Dinner



John Marshall Kern


February 11, 1946 - February 11, 2017


At rest with his angel Michele

Merritt C. Mosby,

Merritt C. Mosby, of Florence Oregon, passed away April 25, 2016 in Modesto, California, Merritt was born April 27, 1933, in San Francisco, California. Merritt was a Marine who served with Honor in the Korean War, and a proud American Patriot (he bled red, white and blue). 


Merritt retired from Trucking in 1988 and is the founder of 2 successful businesses; Ms. Carita, Inc., in Livermore CA and Safetruck, Inc., in Verdi, Nevada.

In  Florence, Merritt and Carita attended the Florence Nazarene Church and the Patterson Covenant Church while visiting family in Patterson, Ca. Merritt was very active in his community as a member of the Elks, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Lifetime member of the Korean War Veterans Association, and a member of the Kilroy Corps (Oregon Coast Military Heritage Museum), former National President of the American Coach Chapter of Family Motor Coach Association, Past President of both NorCal and Northwest Chapters of the American Coach Association.


Husband and Best friend to Carita Mosby for 61 years, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather and Family Patriarch. Merritt is survived by his wife Carita Mosby, 3 children, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 1 Brother, 1 Sister and a host of good friends and coworkers.


Merritt touched so many, he will surely be missed. Memorial Service and Celebration of Life to be held in Patterson, CA, Friday May 20th 2016, 1:00 pm at the Patterson Covenant Church and an additional service in Florence, OR will be announced. Merritt will be interned with Honors at the San Joaquin National Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to:

Carita Mosby

P.O. Box 1552

Patterson, CA 95363

You may also memorialize a Donation in Merritt’s Name to:

St. Judes Children’s Hospital

501 St Jude Place,

Memphis, TN 38105