IN MEMORY OF...
It's been almost 40 years
since KQ4 signed on the air. With so much "water over the
bridge" it is inevitable that some KQ4 staffers will have passed
We will post information
here as we receive it.
(posted 19 NOV 07)
Ed Hepp, 2nd from left in back row with goggles on forehead.
(complete photo description here)
Ed Hepp was Ed Mitchell on KFRC
in San Francisco in the 60s.
|Thoughts from KQ4 staffers about Ed Hepp:
“I’m so sad to hear about Ed’s passing. He was a wonderful human
- Dick Jenkins
“Ed was a sweet soul, and I will remember him.”
- Mike Sakellarides
“I used to listen to Ed when I was a kid in the Bay Area. Time
- Faith Wellman
“I hired Ed into the Portland market when I was program director
at KPAM-FM. I remember listening to his air check from KFRC and
wondering what in the world he was doing applying for a job in
Portland. May he rest in peace.”
- Steve “Shannon” Spellerberg
“I used to listen to Ed when I lived in the Bay Area. He was a
hotshot Top 40 jock, and he was good!”
- Larry Scott
Following is the obituary from the Oregonian, Sunday,
November 18, 2007.
A funeral will be at noon Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, in Skyline Funeral
Home for Edward Hepp, who died Nov. 15 at age 66.
Edward Hepp was born Nov. 16, 1940, in Portland. He was a disc
jockey who lived and worked in several locations until returning to
Portland 30 years ago. In 1974, he married Dora-Jeanne Cook; she
died in 1986.
Survivors include his daughter, Julie Ann Mechling; son, Scott;
stepdaughter, Melody Dublin; sister, Joane Linker; and three
Remembrances to the American Diabetes Association.
- The Oregonian, 18 November 2007
(posted 04 JUL 06)
Ben Marsh in KQIV studios
(click photo to enlarge)
|Obituary of Ben Marsh
Santa Creek Resident
Ben Marsh, (62), died April 5, 2006 at Kootenai Medical Center in
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho . Born August 10, 1943 to Cecil and Polly
Marsh at Scobey, Montana, he grew up in Scobey. He graduated from
Scobey High School in 1961. He attended college at Lewis and Clark
College in Portland, Oregon and the University of Montana before
beginning his career in radio broadcasting. For two consecutive
years in the early 1960's, he was chosen Montana Broadcaster of the
Year. Broadcasting took him to Missoula, MT, Coeur d' Alene, ID, and
In 1974, Ben married Judy Gydesen (Van Winkle) of Scottsbluff, NE at
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Leaving the broadcasting business in the mid
1970's, he moved his family to the woods of Idaho and they made
their home in the Santa Creek community. There they raised their two
sons, Wintersun and Matthias. Both remain current residents of the
Santa Creek community. Judy continues to live in the log home Ben
Ben spent time in Scobey with his mother after the death of his
father. It was there he took his first job in the noxious weed
business as the Daniels County(MT) Noxious Weed Supervisor. Before
beginning his own private weed spraying business in Idaho, he worked
as the Benewah County(ID) Weed Superintendent. He was a member of
the Hawkweed Action Committee, Inc. and was an avid Hawkweed
Current events were a fascination to Ben. He loved a good discussion
and his interest and ability to study many subjects made him a
library of information. He enjoyed singing bass and sang in the
Idaho Gold Barbershop Quartet and performed in the annual Dirty
Shame Show at Pioneer Town in Scobey, MT for several years. An
important part of his legacy, and a highlight of his year, was his
annual hunting trip to Scobey where he hunted with his sons and
other valued friends.
Ben is survived by his wife, Judy Marsh, his sons Wintersun Marsh
and Matthias Marsh, his daughter-in-law Anna Marsh, his uncle AJ
Marsh of Gilroy CA, his aunt Elaine Marsh of Plentywood MT, and many
caring relatives and friends. His first grandson is expected to be
born next week. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial Open House was held April 8th at the family home,
attended by close neighbors and family friends. Memorial gatherings
to honor Ben will be held in the Santa Creek community later in the
year, and also at the site of his maternal grandfather's homestead,
(BF Seip), near the Poplar River in Montana.
|KQ4 Blog posts in memory of Ben Marsh
BEN MARSH, 1943-2006
With much sadness came recent news of the
passing of Bruce Benjamin Marsh on April 5, 2006, in Coeur d'Alene,
Idaho. After over 30 years, I still can recall his deep, unique
Ben Marsh was born and raised in Scobey, Montana, and graduated from
Scobey High School in 1961. He began his radio journey as "Benny
Most" in the early 1960's while attending college in Portland,
Oregon. Ben went on to KYLT in Missoula, Montana, serving as Program
Director and afternoon announcer. He moved to KVNI in Coeur d'Alene
in 1964, and in 1966 to KGVO in Missoula as Program Director. Ben
was twice named "Montana Broadcaster of the Year." In 1970, "Benny
Marsh" landed at KYXI AM-1520 in Oregon City, Oregon, as a news
anchor and reporter.
Early in 1972, I was excited to learn that Ben would be bringing his
wonderful voice to Lake Oswego, joining us in putting the new KQIV
FM-106.7 on the air. Ben served as News Director, and later as
Program Director and disk jockey. Unfortunately for us, Ben returned
to KYXI in 1973.
In 1974, Ben got married and soon left the radio business forever.
He moved to the woods of northern Idaho where he and his wife, Judy,
raised their two sons. Judy continues to live in the log house Ben
Before starting his own weed spraying business, Ben was the weed
superintendent of Benewah County and an avid Hawkweed fighter.
Current events were a fascination for Ben and he loved a lively
discussion. His knowledge of many subjects made him a library of
information. He also enjoyed singing bass in a barbershop quartet.
Many thanks to Judy Marsh and Ernie Hopseker for sharing their
remembrances of Ben. He surely will be missed.
June 13, 2006
Nice of you to take the time to write about Ben. Though he left the
business behind, Ben's love of broadcasting always remained with
He turned on the news channel as soon as he got up and it stayed
there all day if he had his say, which he did most of the time! He
always was watching the technical side of things and bemoaned the
pitiful use of language and the "editorializing" they sometimes call
news reporting these days.
Ben would have enjoyed being back in touch with friends from those
days. Some of his fondest memories came from those times and those
Things are going well for us and we thank you for your kind
memoriam. Carry on!
June 14, 2006
Sometimes it seems like the brief appearance of KQIV embedded itself
like James Dean, Janis and Jimmy. Such a momentary flash that
lingers on because of the depth of its impact on our lives.
Ben Marsh is one more reason this little station, which never really
made it out of infancy, caused such a lasting impression. I believe
it will stand out as a benchmark that raised the bar because the
concept, and the people who carried it forth, were one in the same.
This indistinguishable union defines the magic that shone so
brightly for a moment, and will be remembered by those who were
there --- forever.
(posted 22 DEC 04)
Walter J. M. Kraus, KQ4 Owner
|Obituary as it appeared in the Palm Springs, CA
Walter Joseph Kraus, 87, of Palm Springs died Jan. 20, 2004, in Palm
He was born Feb. 1, 1916, to Joseph and Margaret Steiken Kraus in
He married Elizabeth Rossiter on April 21, 1941, in Vancouver.
He was the owner of shopping centers for 20 years and served in the
Army from 1942 to 1945 and then in the Army Reserves.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of Palm Springs; his daughter,
Carol Krankel of Palm Springs; his son, Josef of Palm Springs; and
Private arrangements are under the direction of Rose Mortuary of
Desert Hot Springs. The family suggests that donations be made to a
I N M E M O R I A M
J. M. KRAUS, Owner of KQIV Quadraphonic FM 107
February 1, 1916; Died January 20, 2004)
hired me when I needed a job,
Even though you had no job to fill,
And you quickly taught me how radio ownership
Can be a bitter pill.
You enabled me to meet my wife
At the restaurant up the hill,
And you showered us with wedding gifts,
All of which we treasure still.
Now that you're gone my memories flow
Like water in a rill,
With good ones flooding over bad,
As good ones usually will.
Please grant to me this one last request
inasmuch as I know you're a real doer:
For heaven's sake don't convert Holy God
To a cigar-smoking entrepreneur.
JACK MALONE, General Manager of KQIV Quadraphonic FM 107
(Written December 22, 2004)