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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Death notices August 29, 2012


Death notices August 29, 2012

Nicky Dehart

Margaret Edna Jones

Malcolm A. Storoe

Lena Bovard

Dorothy Mary Brown

Rocky Hardwick

Gary Wayne Peterman

Keith Shollenberger

Jerry Theron Roe

Lenora R. Wagner


Nicky Dehart

La Grande

Nicky Dehart, 80, of 

La Grande, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at her home.  A full obituary will be published later.  Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.


Margaret Edna Jones

La Grande

Margaret Edna Jones, 90, of La Grande, died Monday at her home. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp, Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Malcolm A. Storoe

La Grande

Malcolm A. Storoe, 68, La Grande, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Grande Ronde Hospital.  A full obituary will be published at a later time.  Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Lena Bovard


Lena Bovard, 85, of Union, died Sunday at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will be held on Friday, Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. at the Union Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Lena was born Lena Ewing in rural Mississippi. She migrated to San Antonio, Texas, where she met her husband James Bovard. She lived in Union a large part of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, James. She is survived by her four sons, Herb of Cove, David of Walla Walla, Wash., Gary of Mesa, Arizona and Jim of New Gerry Park, Calif. She had 11 grandsons and 13 great-grandkids. She was a wonderful lady and a great mother. She will be missed.

Those who wish may make contributions in her memory to the charity of one’s choice.

Dorothy Mary Brown

La Grande


Dorothy Mary Brown, of La Grande, died at her residence on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. She was 93 years old. A celebration of life will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany St. in La Grande.

Dottie was born Jan. 28, 1919, in Baker City to her parents, John and Rosina (Di Micco) Luciani. She attended school in Echo, where she played volleyball, soccer and tennis. She was also a member of the boy’s baseball team. She graduated from Echo High School. On Dec. 2, 1936, she married James Arvin “Jimmie” Brown.

 Dottie was a musician. She taught music lessons and also was employed as a nurse’s aide. She received numerous awards and recognition for her years of volunteering her time and music. Besides music, she enjoyed gardening and cooking. She loved playing the piano, caring for her puppies and spending time with family and friends.

 Dottie is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Jackie and Bill Davis and Connie and Ray Williams of La Grande; daughter-in-law Charlotte Brown of La Grande; brother George Luciani and his wife Beatrice of Echo; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grandchildren; one nephew, four nieces; special friend George Neer and family friend Willie Myers. She is also survived by her special friends in the Dottie Brown and Co. Band.

 She was preceded in death by her husband Jimmie; her parents, John and Rosina; son, J.J. Jiggs Brown; three grandsons; and two sisters Marion Hibbert and Carmel Borghese.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Dottie may be made to the La Grande Senior Center Community Connection Nutrition Department, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com. 

Rocky Hardwick

La Grande


Rocky Hardwick, 66, of 

La Grande, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. A celebration of Rocky’s life will be Thursday 10 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in
La Grande.

Rocky as born Dec. 16, 1945, in La Grande to his parents, James Wandell “Rocky” Hardwick and Edna May (Schultz) Hardwick. He grew up in Baker City and graduated from Baker High School in 1964. Rocky worked for Safeway grocery all through high school and transferred to Bend.

 He married Pamela Jean Osborne on May 29, 1965, in Baker City. They lived in Bend for the first year before Rocky was transferred to La Grande with Safeway. He worked at Safeway and Albertsons for the next few years. In the early 1970s he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement.

Rocky was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed picking huckleberries, mushrooming and gold mining. He loved to spend time with his friends and family. Rocky was well known for his fly tying and gig making. He never knew a stranger and he was always willing to give a helping hand to family and friends.

Rocky’s survivors include his wife of 47 years, Pamela of La Grande; son Todd Hardwick of La Grande; Loey Mattson and her husband Stacey of La Grande; son Justin Hardwick of Portland; brother Wandell Buck Hardwick of Island City; brother John Hardwick of Baker City; sister Sally Welter and brother in law Roger of Portland; sister in law Helen Hardwick of Burns; sister in law Gloria Sheehy  and brother in law Tim Sheehy of Union; sister in law Sandy Osborne of Baker City; seven grandchildren;  two great-grandchildren, Wyatt Hardwick and Aubrey Hardwick; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, and Adam, Luke and Megan Kleck for whom he was a special uncle and father figure.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Joe Hardwick and sister Johanna Paddock.

Please make memorial donations in honor of Rocky to the Shriner’s Hospital or the charity of your choice, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.,
La Grande OR 97850. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com..

Gary Wayne Peterman

La Grande


Gary Wayne Peterman, 53, of La Grande died at his residence on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. No services are planned at this time. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Gary was born June 25, 1959 in Tucson, Ariz., to Daniel D. Peterman and Maxine (Sartars) Peterman. Due to his father’s military career, Gary lived in many places throughout his youth, including Tucson, Santa Paula, California, Bend, and La Grande where he graduated from high school. 

He married Masharia Thomason. Gary worked at Safeway and other retail stores as well as appliance salvage and repair. He enjoyed archery and rifle hunting and fishing, especially for steelhead. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles. Favorite activities for Gary and his wife were camping and huckleberry picking.

 Gary is survived by his wife Masharia of La Grande; his father Daniel Peterman of La Grande and his mother Maxine Valentich of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother Kevin Peterman and his wife Jamie of Eagle River, Alaska; his uncle and aunt Gary and Deloris Falls and uncle Gary E. Peterman of La Grande. He was preceded in death by his brother Terry Peterman and his stepmother Frances Peterman.

Online condolences to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.

Keith Shollenberger

Baker City


Keith Shollenberger, who worked frequently in La Grande, died Aug. 24, 2012. A memorial gathering will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2012, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane, Baker City. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. A reception will be held in the Nazarene Church Fellowship Hall following graveside services.

Keith was born September 10, 1951, in Yakima, Wash., to Marvin and Marjorie (Ziegler) Shollenberger. His mother often told a story about a picture of a tree Keith drew for her when he was a small boy. On the tree were orange “balls.” When his mother complimented him on the beautiful “orange tree” he drew for her, Keith corrected her by saying, “No, it’s a pumpkin tree!” For those who knew Keith, that picture truly reflected the man he was and the life he lived.

In his youth, Keith developed an interest in music, especially the guitar. During his college days at Washington State University, he nurtured this musical ambition by playing in a “band” with friends. On Nov. 23, 1984, Keith married his eternal sweetheart, Marilyn Haynes, in Gardnerville, Nev. Marilyn, too, had a fervor for music. With this shared passion, their life together took root.

Keith and Marilyn spent many years raising their family on “the ranch” in Unity. During the summers, in addition to kids, hay and potatoes, Keith worked as a seasonal firefighter for the Oregon Department of Forestry. 

There were many summers the ranch was a fire camp, dispatch center and even a heliport. Year after year, Keith and Marilyn opened their hearts
and home to many a

In 1996, the ranch was sold and Keith was hired as an assistant unit forester for the Oregon State Department of Forestry, Baker Sub Unit. 

Throughout his career, Keith served as an incident commander, was certified in air attack, taught wild land firefighting courses at a college level, and attained multiple other fire suppression certifications. After 34 years of service for ODF, Keith retired in 2010.

Keith and Marilyn continued to cultivate their enthusiasm for music when they purchased the Rainbow Records music store in 1997 from the previous owner, Jimmy Lloyd Rea. For the past 15 years, Marilyn’s Music Plus has been a melodious presence on Main Street where Keith and Marilyn could be found jamming with local musicians and entertaining local listeners along with their band Salt Lick #39.

While family, friends and music were his priorities, Keith also loved to fish. He would often escape to the Snake or Columbia River, simply to relax with rod and reel in hand. When fishing wasn’t an option, he enjoyed woodworking, camping, hunting, gardening and traveling with Marilyn.

Keith was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, the NRA, and the Elks. He was a cherished husband, an adored son and brother, devoted father and grandfather, and a treasured friend who was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed him.

So, as you can see, Keith couldn’t settle for oranges on his tree of life.  He created an existence that was a little bigger and a little more harmonious, with a love that could grow like pumpkins.

Keith is survived by his wife Marilyn Shollenberger, of Baker City; parents, Marvin and Marjorie Shollenberger of Mesa, Wash.; daughter Amy (Scott) Johnson of Boise; son Bryan Shollenberger of Walla Walla; daughter Laura (John) Hoopes, Baker City; daughter Lauren (John) Hoopes, Baker City; son Tom (Tracy) Caylor of Shoshone, Idaho; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister Gayla (Chuck) Ernst of Walla Walla; brother Kenneth (Nancy) Shollenberger of Dale; and numerous nieces and nephews including Celinda Linscott and her son, Austin Peck, of Baker City, Jacob Westgaard, of Clackamas and Brandon Henner, of Haines. 

 Keith was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pete and Mary Haynes, and sister in-law Cindy Haynes.

The family suggests contributions be made to the Northeast Oregon Compassion Center through the Nazarene Church or Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel.

Jerry Theron Roe

Pilot Rock


Jerry Theron Roe, 66,of Pilot Rock died Aug. 26 at Pilot Rock.

A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Island City Cemetery. A potluck will follow at the Riverside Park pavilion.

Jerry was born May 12, 1946, in La Grande, the son of Jewell and Myrtle Roe.  He grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School. He lived in Pilot Rock and retired from EOCI after 22 years.

He was married to Rhonda Walker on July 28, 1989, in Walla Walla.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, reloading and family.

Survivors include his nine children and siblings Floyd and Genevieve, 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and several aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Violet and Juanita Roe.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org. 

Lenora R. Wagner

La Grande


Lenora R. Wagner, 92, of La Grande died Aug. 26 at her place of residence.  She previously lived in Asotin, Wash., and Kooskia, Idaho.  Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at the Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia with burial following at the 

Pine Grove Cemetery.

Lenora Roween Olson was born Nov. 22, 1919 in Almont, N.D., the daughter of Rudolph N. “Red” Olson and Olena (Oien) Olson. She grew up on the family farm near Almont and received her education at the nearby one room country school. 

She married Francis “Shorty” Wagner July 27, 1939. Before and after WWII they lived and worked in the mines in Northern Idaho. Later they moved to Kooskia, where they raised their family.  Frank working for Stegner Grain and Seed and Lenora as a homemaker and mother.

In 1977 they retired to Asotin, enjoying the fishing, rock hounding and gardening.  After Shorty’s death Lenora moved to Enterprise to be near family. 

Lenora enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. She loved gardening, especially roses, and being in the outdoors.

Survivors include her children Terry Wagner (Dorothy) of Reno, Nev., Donna McCadden (Floyd) of Enterprise and Dixie Hendricks (Mike) of Council Bluffs, Iowa, nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, a sister-in-law, nieces and nephews. Lenora was preceded in death by her husband Shorty, one son, a grandson and four siblings.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m., Friday at Trenary Funeral Home Chapel in Kooskia. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Rev. Luann Howard will officiate. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Kooskia. Fellowship will follow. Arrangements are by Trenary Funeral Home in Kooskia. 

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