OBITUARIES FOR AUGUST 12 - 17, 2002
Marcyne Johnson, 54, of La Grande died Monday at Grande Ronde Hospital.
Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Lori Marie Baxter
A funeral service for Lori Marie Baxter, 20, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the
La Grande Stake Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Gekeler Lane.
Bishop Grant Holman will officiate at the service. Dedication of the grave will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
She died Aug. 10 near Forest Grove as the result of an automobile accident.
Miss Baxter was born Sept. 1, 1981, in Coos Bay, the fourth of eight children of Duane D. and Christine Sue Larsen Baxter.
She graduated from La Grande High School in 1999 and was working and attending school in the Portland area at the time of accident.
She was pursuing a degree in accounting. She had attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and Portland Community College.
Miss Baxter was active in all sports, loved to hike, dance and play with her twin nieces.
She was active in the church. Because of her love of learning, the parents ask that any donations in her memory be made to the Perpetual Education Fund through the church.
Miss Baxter is survived by her parents; four sisters, Andrea and her husband Ty Draney of Tillamook, Jenny and her husband Matt Holman of Madison, Wis., Lindsy and her husband Ben Kevan of La Grande, and Kiley of La Grande; three brothers, Scott, Steven and Michael, all of La Grande; grandparents, Arlene Baxter of La Grande and Evan and Virginia Larsen of Milwaukie; great-grandfather, Glen Larsen of South Jordan, Utah; great-grandmother, Edith Baxter of Union; three nieces and other relatives.
Grandfather Bryce W. Baxter, great-grandfather William B. Baxter, and great-grandmother Roberta Larsen died earlier.
Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ruthie Nadine Bean, 78, died Aug. 11 at her home in Imbler.
A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Memorial Garden in Nampa, Idaho. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.
Mrs. Bean was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Enterprise to George H. and Blanche Thorp Smith. She attended school in Enterprise and Nampa, Idaho.
She married Charles Bean on May 16, 1941, in Nampa. She lived in Nampa until his death in 1989, when she moved to Imbler to be near her daughter and grandchildren.
She enjoyed gardening, camping and family activities.
She is survived by her son-in-law, Duane Berry of Imbler; sisters, Edith Lothrop of Vallejo, Calif., Wilma Pottenger of Roseburg, June Wilson of Meridian, Idaho, and Aloise Phillips of Caldwell, Idaho; a brother, Raymond Smith of Payette, Idaho; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Her daughter, Linda Rae Berry, died Dec. 12. A sister, Nova Jean Schmidt, also died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be made to Imbler Quick Response in care of the Imbler Fire Department, P.O. Box 269, Imbler 97841.
Patricia A. Grove
Formerly of Pondosa
Patricia Anne Grove, 71, died Aug. 8 at her Baker City home.
A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel in Baker City with Pastor Roger Scovil of the Baker City Christian Church officiating. Visitation will continue until 8 tonight at Gray's, 1500 Dewey Ave. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery. A reception following the funeral will take place at the Baker City Christian Church.
Mrs. Grove was born Feb. 23, 1931, to Lloyd W. and Ruth G. Hazen Davis in The Dalles. In 1936 her family moved to the upper Keating area, where she attended school in a one-room schoolhouse. They later moved to a ranch near Pondosa and she attended the Blue Mountain School.
Mrs. Grove graduated from Union High School in 1950. She then moved to Baker City and worked as a telephone switchboard operator.
After meeting on a blind date, she married Paul Grove 13 days later on Dec. 22, 1951. The couple celebrated 50 years together in December 2001.
The Groves moved several times, living in Boise, Richland, Wash., Prosser, Wash., Hermiston and Bend. They always seemed to return to Baker City, though, and have lived in Baker City since 1989.
Mrs. Grove was an avid member of the First Christian Church. She loved making crafts and gardening. She was very family oriented.
Survivors include her husband; three sons, Robert of Corvallis, Russell of Jacksonville, Fla., and Ronald of Baker City; a daughter, Katherine Love of Bend; three sisters, Donna Hack of North Powder, Hallie Spivey of Baker City and Helen Stanley of Irrigon; and a brother, Leon Davis of Bend.
Memorials may be made to the Baker City First Christian Church Building Fund in care of Gray's West, P.O. Box 726, Baker City 97814.
Formerly of Union
Eloise Jennings, 74, of Baker City and formerly of Union, died Aug. 10 at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Cove Seventh-day Adventist Church. Pastor Tony Brandon of the Baker City Seventh-day Adventist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at the Cove Cemetery. Visitation is until 7 p.m. today at the Coles Funeral Home.
Mrs. Jennings was born May 6, 1928, in Colorado Springs, Colo., the daughter of A.C. and Lena M. Radcliffe Foster. She attended schools through the 11th grade in Cedaredge, Colo., and graduated from Companion Academy in Loveland, Colo. She attended Union College in Lincoln, Neb., and taught grades 1-8 in Montrose, Colo.
On Aug. 22, 1948, she married Glenn Jennings in Cedaredge. In 1965, they moved to Union, where she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Jennings was involved in her church and worked as a clerk at Cove Seventh-day Adventist. She was an outstanding cook, seamstress and loved to garden and tend to her flowers, family members said.
She is survived by her husband of almost 54 years, Glenn, of Baker City; her children, Sharon Jeanette Simmons and her husband, Kent, of Bakersfield, Calif., Karen Marlene Hopper and her husband, Richmond, of College Place, Wash., and Daren Lee Jennings and Steffanie of Caldwell, Idaho; a brother, Gene N. Foster of Brier, Wash; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, a brother and a grandson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City 97814.
Richard "Dick" Partney, 60, of La Grande died Aug. 9, at his home in La Grande.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the North Powder Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mr. Partney was born on July 5, 1942, to Russell and Thelma Huffman Partney in Milton-Freewater. He graduated from Mac-Hi in Milton-Freewater with the Class of 1960.
On Sept. 27, 1963, he married Merry Anne Luck in Pilot Rock. The marriage ended in divorce. He later married Iris Doherty, and she died earlier.
Mr. Partney was a self-employed contractor and served with the Oregon National Guard. He lived in Pilot Rock most of his adult life and had recently moved to La Grande to be near family.
He was a member of the Pendleton Elks Lodge. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid trap-shooter. His greatest joy came from being a dad and grandfather. He spent a lot of time with his children in their growing up years.
Survivors include his mother, Thelma Draper of La Grande; children, Mary Partney of Madras, Michael Partney of La Grande, Joseph Partney of La Grande and Curtis Partney of Milton-Freewater; nine grandchildren; brother, Fred Partney
of Orofino, Idaho; and other relatives.
Memorial contributions may to made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
Faye Roethler, 64, of La Grande died Aug. 9 at her home.
A public service will be announced later.
Daniels Chapel of the Valley is handling arrangements.
Mrs. Roethler was born Feb. 4, 1938, the daughter of William C. and Doris K. Walker Johnson in Charleston, Ill. She moved to La Grande in 1968 and worked at Terry Trailers until 1979.
On July 23, 1979, she married Ronald Roethler in Reno. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities. She also enjoyed cooking and flowers.
Survivors include her children, Teresa Priester of La Grande, Marty O'Dell of Imbler and Shannon O'Dell-Wettlaufer of Michigan; stepchildren, Ronetta Prince of Union, Trent Roethler of Phoenix, Ariz., and Tina Bush of Phoenix, Ariz.; six grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; sisters, Billie Garoutte of La Grande and Sherry Sheldon of Phoenix; and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.
Jaidan Lexia Bolander, premature infant daughter of Danielle Jones and Jesse Bolander of Meridian, Idaho, died Aug. 9 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. today at the North Powder Cemetery with her grandfather, Scott Houst, officiating. Gray's West and Co. is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, her grandparents, Casey Jones, and Scott and Sherry Houst, all of Meridian, and Ute Schmidt and Kelly Bolander, both of Utah, and her great-grandparents, Wayne and Brenda Schwabrow of Boardman, and formerly of North Powder, and Katherine Hones of California.
Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes in care of Gray's West, P.O. Box 726, Baker City 97814.
Formerly of Elgin and La Grande
Terry S. Tuttle, 82, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and formerly of Elgin and La Grande died May 3. Messinger Indian School Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Tuttle was born July 4, 1919, to Lee and Mary Fay Shirley Tuttle in Elgin. He married Evelyn Bunten and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He worked for Empire Machinery for more than 25 years.
Survivors include his wife of Scottsdale, a daughter, Carol Jenkins, four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and other relatives. A son, Paul Tuttle, and a sister, Joan Mason, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to any charity.
Edward Arthur Kruse, 53, of La Grande died Aug. 13 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
A private burial will be held later.
Mr. Kruse was born Aug. 4, 1949, to Arthur and Nellie Willoughby Kruse in Rock Springs, Wyo. The family moved to La Grande in 1958, and he later served in the Army.
On July 26, 1969, he married Diana Harrel in La Grande. He worked as street superintendent for the City of La Grande.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Oregon Hunters Association and the North American Hunting Club.
He enjoyed hunting, camping and tinkering with his vehicles. He just recently discovered a new hobby of cabinet making.
Survivors include his wife, and a son, Michael Kruse, both of La Grande, daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Larry Roberts of Elgin, two grandchildren, his mother, a brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Linda Kruse, all of La Grande, a sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Brian Spoelstra of Wallowa and other relatives.
Debra Jones, 42, died Thursday at her home in Cove.
A full obituary will be published later.
Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Formerly of Elgin
Kenneth MacKenzie Craig, 75, of Woodburn and formerly of Enterprise, died Aug. 9. A funeral service took place Thursday in Woodburn. A private graveside service will be held Aug. 23 at the Enterprise Cemetery. Simon-Woodburn Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Craig was born May 30, 1927, to Asa Paul and Frances Craig in Enterprise on a third-generation cattle ranch which he ran for 30 years. He married Betty Jane Hermann in 1957 in Portland. He graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla and in 1969 moved to Woodburn where he taught history in the Oregon State Correctional System for 21 years. He retired in 1990. He was a member of the Eagles, the Elks Lodge and the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Survivors include his companion, Louise Zielaskowski of Woodburn, his children, Sallie Nigg of Canby, Susan Craig of Philomath, Cheryl Craig of Houston and Robert Craig of Omaha, Neb., three grandchildren and a sister, Joyce McFetridge of Joseph. His wife died in 1990.
Deborah "Dee" Jones, 42, of Cove died Aug. 15 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Cove with Pastor Phil Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery. Viewing will be from 9 am. to 8 p.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.
Ms. Jones was born March 16, 1960, to Daton and Esther Sanderson Jones in Chula Vista, Calif. She graduated from high school at Imperial Beach, Calif., moved to Cove from San Diego 12 years ago and worked for Boise Cascade lumber mill. She enjoyed interior decorating, crafts, cooking and exercising and was known for being organized.
Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Esther and Willie Wallace of Cove, a son and daughter-in-law, Nathan and Andrea Bolton of La More, Calif., two grandchildren, sisters and their husbands, Venice and Richard Loose of Cove and Josie and Rainer Bolduc of Elgin, a brother, Alvin Ruston of Cove, a grandmother, Mabelle Sanderson of Cove and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church, 707 Main St., Cove 97824.
Linda M. Waldo, 48, of La Grande died Aug. 11 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla of undetermined natural causes. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the Union Cemetery with Mouse McKinney officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Waldo was born Oct. 15, 1953, to Charlie and Frances Merritt Trueax in Dallas. She graduated from Imbler High School in 1971 and received a scholarship to attend Central Oregon Community College in Bend. She married William Hayter of
La Grande in 1973, and married Mickey Waldo of Weiser, Idaho, in 1977. He died in 1984.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Shawn Waldo of Portland, Chris Waldo of McMinnville, Linda and James Hickerson of La Grande, Randi Waldo of Elk, Wash., and a stepson, Mickey Joe Waldo of Weiser, two grandchildren, two brothers, Wayne Trueax of Portland and Jerry Trueax of La Grande, and two sisters, Barbara Rankin and Donna Trueax, both of Portland. Her parents, a daughter, Roseanna Randolph and a sister, Carolyn Sue Rusk, all died
Memorials may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.