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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR AUGUST 6 - 11, 2001



Tom Goodall

Tom Goodall of Summerville, an official with Boise Cascade Corporation in La Grande, died suddenly Friday in Hailey, Idaho. He was 49. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Lee Stark

Lee Stark, 91, died Sunday evening at his home in Summerville. Arrangements are being handled by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Hazel Marie Moore



Hazel Marie Moore, 83, died Aug. 3 at her home in Elgin.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Elgin Stampede Hall.

Mrs. Moore was born Dec. 28, 1917, to James Augustus and Audrey Marie Dodson Coleman in Baker City. She lived in Joseph for a short time, returned to Baker City, then lived in Spokane for a while before moving to La Grande in 1946.

She married Royce Moore in Elgin on June 15, 1947.

Mrs. Moore worked as a grocery clerk, and was a member of the Elgin Stampeders and the Good Sam Club for many years.

She enjoyed fishing, hunting and, most of all, the outdoors.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Jay Douglas Moore of Cottonwood, Calif., and Dennis Ray Moore of Elgin; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and other relatives.

A daughter, Myrna Winterton, a brother, James Coleman, and a sister, Marguerete Smith, died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

William Tippett



William S. Bill Tippett, 75, of Wallowa, died Aug. 3 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday with Jerry Raedeke officiating. Burial will follow at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mr. Tippett was born May 2, 1926, to Ted and Edna Kirkman Tippett in Enterprise. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and married Joyce Davis on Sept. 6, 1946, in Wallowa. He worked as a log truck driver and was a member of the VFW and the Elks, where he served as exalted ruler.

Survivors include his wife of Wallowa; daughters, Cathy Kiesecker of La Grande and Sheri Ominski of Portland, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a sister, JoAnn Tippett of Clackamas.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Ernest Brown

Island City

Ernest Owen Brown, 81 of Island City died Saturday at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.

A service will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande.

A full obituary will be published later.

Thomas Kenneth Goodall



Thomas Kenneth Goodall, 49, of Imbler, died Friday near Stanley, Idaho.

A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at Russell and Patty Bingamans park outside Imbler. Turn right on Hull Lane to Jonathan-Harris Homestead.

Tom Goodall was born June 24, 1952, in Pasadena, Calif. He married Suzanne Pearson on July 28, 1973.

Tom had a lifelong dream of being a forester and fulfilled his dream when he graduated from the University of Idaho School of Forestry. He worked for Boise Cascade Corp. from 1979 until the present. He worked in the Idaho Region as a unit forester, followed by four years at the corporate headquarters as a forest economist.

In 1991, he transferred to the Eastern Oregon region, where he worked as the region logging manager and finally as the chief region forester.

Mr. Goodall loved spending time with his family. His great love for the outdoors fueled a love for family outings, mountain biking, kayaking, snow skiing, boating and running. Making and listening to music was extremely important to him. He taught each of his children to play the guitar.

He enthusiastically supported community activities, and served as a member of the school board for the last six years. He also served on other local committees.

Mr. Goodall is survived by his parents, John and Peggy Goodall; his brother, Richard; his children, Nathan, Grady and Carson; his daughter-in-law, Laura; and his wife, Suzie.

Memorials may be made to the Tom Goodall Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Woody McDowell



Durwood Woody McDowell died Monday in Boise. He was 54.

His family owned and operated Eagle Cap Pack Station at Wallowa Lake.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Eagle Pack Station at Wallowa Lake, with interment at Prairie Creek Cemetery.

Mr. McDowell was born Nov. 6, 1946, to Vernon J. and Eloise Crapps McDowell.

He married Marlene Teeney in Vancouver, Wash., on July 10, 1967.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Matthew and his wife, Amber, of Enterprise: Marcus and his wife, Christie, of Joseph; three daughters, Monica Mitchell, Marcie and Misty; nine grandchildren; his mother; two sisters, Verna McDowell, Diane Sanchez and her husband, Dave; a brother, Richard McDowell, and his wife Louise; and Tom Cook and his wife, Marlos.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.

Ruth McKinnis

La Grande


Ruth E. Betty McKinnis, 81, died Aug. 3 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Summerville Cemetery with the Rev. Lance Kittleson of the Zion Lutheran Church officiating.

Mrs. McKinnis was born Oct. 31, 1919, the daughter of James and Eva (McLaughlin) Oliver in California. She graduated from high school and attended San Jose State University. She married William Keith McKinnis. He died earlier.

Mr. and Mrs. McKinnis moved to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1953. Prior to the move she was a member of the United Methodist Church in California. She later attended the Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande.

She was member of the Order of Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge and was a secretary for the Imbler Fire Department. She enjoyed flowers, reading and crossword puzzles. She was a seamstress and a big fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Survivors include her son, Larry McKinnis of Joseph; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Shirley Thompson, and her sister, Jean Newtown.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

David Schmidt

Formerly of La Grande


David Lee Schmidt, 66, of Stockton, Calif., and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 2 at St. Josephs Hospital in Stockton after a long illness. A private service is planned.

Mr. Schmidt was born March 2, 1935, to Walter Henry and Madeline Ruth McGauhey Schmidt in Garden City, Kan. He served as an officer in the Navy and married Edith Fairweather in 1991.

He was the executive director of the Union County Economic Development Corporation in 1992-93, and for six years he was the economic development coordinator for the city of Stockton, where he was a member of the Rotary Club.

Survivors include his wife of Stockton; his children, Mark Schmidt of Chico, Calif., Scott Schmidt of Sacramento, Calif., and Craig Schmidt of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; stepchildren, Elizabeth Ridgeway of Capitola, Calif., Cindy Sousa and Virginia Ridgeway, both of Stockton; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a brother, Donald Schmidt of Red Bluff, Calif.

Earnest Brown

Island City


Earnest Owen Brown, 81, of Island City, died Aug. 4 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mr. Brown was born July 6, 1920, to Earnest J. and Icy North Harvey Brown in Ainsworth, Neb., and served in the Army during World War II, receiving a Purple Heart, a Good Conduct Medal and the American Defense Medal.

He married Edna Bowman on April 30, 1958, in Caldwell, Idaho. The couple moved to North Powder in 1962 for a short time before moving to Elgin, where he worked as an equipment operator for Boise Cascade. He retired in 1984 and the couple moved to Island City.

He was a member of the American Legion and was active in the labor union. He enjoyed fishing, camping, helping other people and contributing to non-profit organizations.

Survivors include his wife of Island City; a daughter, Wendy Brown, and stepchildren, Ida Alexander and Robert Freeman, all of La Grande; Sheri Bailey of Hemmet, Calif., Richard Christensen of Elgin and Larry Christensen of Beaverton; 22 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; his sisters, Lelia Davis of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Eunice Ferno of Spanaway, Wash.; and other relatives. A brother, Calvert Brown, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Heart Association, 1425 N.E. Irving, Suite 100, Portland 97232-4201.

Shane Russell Baum Orr

Las Vegas


Shane Russell Baum Orr, 8, died unexpectedly Monday in Las Vegas of an enlarged heart.

A service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday in the Las Vegas chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which Shane was a member. Interment will be in the LDS Memorial Cemetery in Las Vegas.

He was born Dec. 29, 1992, in Payson, Utah, to Kenneth Russell Orr and Lisa Baum Orr.

Shane was a fifth-generation member of the E.S. and Mary Eva White Baum Association.

Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, John, 10; grandmother, Joan Sutherby Baum; four uncles, Scott Howard, Jeffrey Carl, Brent and Joel John Baum; four aunts, Dana and Tricia Baum, Shawna Mae Bader, Jessica Delgardo; a great-uncle, Percy Hiatt Baum of Walla Walla and two great-aunts, Laura Mae Baum Marshall of La Grande and Ann Sutherby of British Columbia.

Shanes grandfather, Dr. John Edger Baum of La Grande, and grandparents, Howard and Alice Sutherby of British Columbia, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main, Las Vegas, NV 89101 or to the LDS Family History Center at P.O. Box 31, La Grande 97850.

Lee Stark



Lee McClellan Stark, 91, of Summerville, died Aug. 5 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the cemetery in Richmond, Utah. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Stark was born Aug. 30, 1909, to Lee and Ivy McClellan Stark in Union. He married Wilmerth Weimer on March 25, 1934, in La Grande. The couple moved to Battle Ground, Wash., in 1942 and to Portland after the war. He worked in the shipyards.

He returned to the Grande Ronde Valley after his wifes death in 1981.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and for many years a member of the Boilermakers union. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his children, Ivy Jean Read of Summerville, Lois Connor and William Stark, both of Battle Ground, John Daniel Stark of Dutton, Ala., Roger Weimer Stark of Brush Prairie, Wash., James Douglas Stark of Vancouver, Wash., Beth Ann Spitzer of South Jordan, Utah, and Juanita May Smith of Richmond, Utah; 32 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Besides his wife, two brothers and two sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the LDS Family History Center in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Shane Russell Baum Orr

In the Shane Russell Baum Orr obituary in Thursdays Observer, the names of grandparents, Carl E. and Augusta Hiatt Baum of La Grande, were omitted. They are both deceased.


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