Home News Obituaries OBITUARIES FOR FEBRUARY 16 - 28, 2003
OBITUARIES FOR FEBRUARY 16 - 28, 2003
Harriet S. Miller
Harriet S. Miller, 86, died Feb. 16 at her home in Elgin.
A celebration of life was scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Elgin Christian Church, with Pastor Terry Tollefson of the Christ Covenant Church in Enterprise officiating.
Mrs. Miller was born June 25, 1916, at Santa Ana, Calif., to Theodore Bryan and Lillian Rutherford. She was raised by Howard and Lillian Kornder.
She graduated from high school in Visalia, Calif. She was a homemaker who lived in California until 2000 when she moved to the Elgin area with her husband. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, dancing, reading, playing cards, camping, knitting, painting and spending time with her family.
Besides her husband Don of Elgin, she is survived by a daughter, Linda Sue Taylor of Elgin; three sons, Don David Miller of Aloha, James Wesley Miller of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Arthur Roy Miller of Bakersfield, Calif.; seven grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Union and Wallowa counties. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Tualatin and formerly
of La Grande
Maxine Fredricka Hall, 92, of Tualatin and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 12. A celebration of life will be held in La Grande at a later date.
Mrs. Hall was born Sept. 15, 1910, to Frederick and Lillian Soller in Portland. She married Frank DeVaney in 1932, and after his death in 1966, D.W. Hall in 1973. He died in 1983.
She lived in La Grande for over 50 years where she was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Oregon Women's Golf Association and the La Grande Country Club where she won numerous tournaments. She enjoyed sports, books, music, politics, bridge and being with her family.
Survivors include a daughter, Maureen Forsloff of Beaverton, step-children, Bill Hall of Lacey, Wash., Dave Hall of Edmonds, Wash., and Nancy Smith of Bend; sister-in-law Doris Soller of Lake Oswego; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives. Besides her husbands, her brothers Fred and Jack Soller died earlier.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Church or to Talking Books at the Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. N.E., Salem 97310.
Dorothy E. Jackson, 92, of Union died Feb. 15 at her home. The funeral will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., with the Rev. Donavon Kack of the Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 tonight and from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the chapel.
Mrs. Jackson was born Oct. 3, 1910, to John F. and Grace Fellows Nichols in Odessa, Neb. The family moved to Fruitland, Idaho, and on Feb. 6, 1929, she married Leon Jackson in Ontario. The couple lived in the New Plymouth, Idaho, area for many years before moving to Imbler in 1958. She worked on the family dairy farm, putting in long hours helping with horses and cows and washing milk bottles, and was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She enjoyed flowers, crafts, music and playing the piano. After much coaxing by her husband, she learned to play the saxophone.
Survivors include children Barbara Stephens of Clackamas, LaVera Michel of Union, Annettia Kay Jackson of Medford, Lauren Jackson of Milwaukie, and Donald Jackson of Colville, Wash.; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Her husband and a sister died earlier.
Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospice in care of Loveland Chapel.
Susie Hewitt Anderson Chappelle, 51, of La Grande, died Feb. 6 at her home. At her request there will be no funeral. Daniels Chapel of the Valley was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Chappelle was born Nov. 23, 1951, to Richard and Mary Bowen Hewitt in La Grande. She attended schools in Imbler and North Powder and worked as a bartender for many years in both the Pendleton and La Grande areas. She enjoyed plants and flowers, cooking, holidays, shopping, crossword puzzles, knitting and crocheting, traveling, seeing new places and doing new and different things.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Chappelle; her children, Nichole Horn, Autumn Wilson and James Wilson, all of La Grande; two grandchildren and her father.
Memorials may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society or GRH Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
Formerly of La Grande
John Robert Halladay Sr., 91, of Hermiston and formerly of La Grande, died Feb. 16 at a care center in Richland, Wash. At his request there will be no service. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Halladay was born Feb. 5, 1912, to James and Ida Crowell Halladay in Bemidji, Minn. He moved to Oregon when he was 12 years old and worked in logging before moving to La Grande to work for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1943. He married Josie Luton on July 29, 1953, in La Grande. In 1955 the couple moved to Hermiston, where he continued to work as a brakeman until he retired in 1975. He continued to work on his farm raising beef cattle until recently. He enjoyed hunting, farming and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of Hermiston; sons, John Halladay Jr. of Hermiston and James Halladay of Meacham; a step-son, Gene Osburn of New Mexico; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Larry and Franklin Halladay, both of Kelso, Wash.
Three brothers and three sisters died earlier.
Alice Leora Payne Hollingsworth, 81, of Elgin died Feb. 17 at her home. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Elgin Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints with Bishop Richard Rasmussen officiating. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., and from noon until service time Friday at the church.
Mrs. Hollingsworth was born Dec. 26, 1921, to James Leander and Olive Velate Manning Payne in Trenton, Utah. On June 3, 1939, she married Raymond Hollingsworth in Trenton. She lived in the La Grande and Elgin area for the rest of her life.
She was a member of the VFW Auxili-ary and the Pythian Sisters and served as president and twice as most excellent chief. She worked for many years in the grass fields, at Eldrige's Meat Co., as a cook at Fancy Dan's Restaurant, and as a waitress at Odie's Steak House. She enjoyed embroidery, being in the mountains, being at the ocean, reading scriptures and being with her family.
Survivors include children, Lee Ray Hollingsworth and Deanna Hylton, both of Elgin, Joyce Challis of Umatilla, Danise Wheeler of Molalla and Viki Davidson of Mulino; 16 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, a brother, Jack Payne, and her sisters, Mildred Witty, Helen Trump, and Vada, Sybil and Beverly Payne, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Family History Center in care of Daniels Chapel.
Formerly of La Grande
Charles Bradford "Brad" Jones, 49, of Tigard and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 11 at his home. Young's Funeral Home of Tigard was in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held March 29 in Medford.
Mr. Jones was born Feb. 28, 1953, to Chuck and Mary Jones in Medford. He graduated from Medford Senior High School and played on two state championship football teams before attending Lane Community College. He worked on the Alaska pipeline until 1975, when he moved to La Grande where he worked for Goss Motors as an RV specialist. He later moved to the Portland area, where he became a leading salesman for Curtis Trailers. On Dec. 19, 1981, he married Susan Goss in Lake Oswego. The couple later divorced. He was a member of the La Grande Elks and the United Methodist Church. He was an avid golfer, a sports enthusiast and a great fan of the Oregon Ducks. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include children, Sara Jones of Boise and Chris Jones of La Grande, his parents and siblings, Jeff and Eric Jones, all of Medford, Nick Jones of Hamilton, Mont., and Andy Jones of Corvallis. A step-daughter, Kailee Bolen, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Medford High School athletic department.
George W. McClure, 85, of La Grande died Feb. 17 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington Ave. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.
Mr. McClure was born Nov. 23, 1917, to Robert F. and Ida B. Thomason McClure in Hellier, Ky. The family moved first to California and then in 1920 to Ladd Canyon. He graduated from
La Grande High School in 1936, and on Oct. 17, 1937, he married Bethel Baker in La Grande. He worked in Portland as a tree surgeon and served in the Navy during World War II.
He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in La Grande from 1951 to 1967, when he became landscape foreman and tree surgeon for Eastern Oregon State College. He retired in the early 1980s and worked as an advisor on various landscape projects for the city's parks and recreation department and for Grande Ronde Hospital. He was a member of the VFW, the Elks and the Eagles. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.
He enjoyed carpentry and built his own home in Owsley Canyon.
Survivors include his daughters and their husbands, Mary Wiggins, and Carol and Ray Westenskow, all of La Grande, and Jan and Mac Hindman of Durkee; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jay McClure of Walla Walla; a sister, Thelma Henderson of Sun City West, Ariz.; and other relatives. His wife died in 1992, and two brothers and four sisters also died earlier.
Richard Bainter, 67, of Enterprise died Feb. 18 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital of natural causes. A rosary will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Katherine's Church followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with Father Peter Fernando officiating. Bollman's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Bainter was born July 4, 1935, to Herman and Margaret Craig Bainter in Omaha, Neb. He married Gloria in Bellflower, Calif., Nov. 20, 1954. He worked as a landscaper and was a member of St. Katherine's Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria of Enterprise; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and George Fuller of Vancouver, Wash.; one grandchild; and two sisters, Jackie Litterell of Vancouver and Elizabeth Wakefield of Iowa.
Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.
Jean R. Morello, a resident of La Grande since 1993, died Feb. 23 at home. She was 74.
A private funeral will be held by the family.
She was born May 28, 1928, at Kearney Neb., to Harold and Katheryn Martin Rondthaler. While she was a youngster, the family moved to Halfway, where she attended Pine Town schools.
She married Louis J. Morello on Sept. 11, 1950, in Spokane. He died in 1980.
The couple lived for a short time in Portland, then moved to Milton-Freewater. A homemaker, she moved to La Grande in 1993. Mrs. Morello enjoyed organic gardening and hiking. Her family said she was "an original Bohemian who loved life."
She is survived by three children, Katheryn "Kit" Morello of La Grande, Laura Mallory of La Grande, and Hal Morrello of Enterprise, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three nephews and a niece. A sister and brother died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.
M. Cecile Shaw
M. Cecile Shaw, 94, a long-time resident of La Grande, died Feb. 22 at Grande Ronde Hospital.
A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Janet Farrell officiating. Burial will be private. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Shaw was born June 29, 1908, near St. John, Wash., to Robert L. and Sadie M. Morrell Broyles. She was raised and educated in Whitman County, Wash., and married Fred W. Shaw on Sept. 16, 1934, at Davenport, Wash. He died in 1958.
The couple moved to La Grande in 1937 and she was a homemaker until 1950, when she went to work for Montgomery Ward and J.C. Penney for a short time. She became a teller for U.S. Bank in 1952 and first retired in 1965, but she continued working until 1985.
The family lived in Owsley Canyon, and she enjoyed working cattle and calving. She enjoyed walking along the creek checking for calves and looking for the season's first buttercup, family members said. She also liked to bake and garden. She was a member of the Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for a time, and a member of Hope Chapter 13 of Eastern Star.
She is survived by two sons, Donald F. and Franklin Shaw, both of La Grande; three sisters, Vera Green and Lucille Van Damm, both of Spokane, and Jessie Dyche of Klamath Falls; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Two stepdaughters, Jane Robertson and Betty MacDowell; four brothers, Chester, Carl, Earl and Claude Broyles, and two sisters, Ina Shaw and Maude Hardisty, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in care of Loveland.
Formerly of La Grande
A celebration of life for Maxine Fredricka Hall, 92, of Tualatin and formerly of
La Grande will begin at 11 a.m. March 9 at the La Grande Country Club. Mrs. Hall died Feb. 12.
Formerly of La Grande
Hardy Jones, 88, of Portland and formerly of La Grande died Tuesday at a care center. Burial will be in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will be published later.
Ronald "Ron" Thomas, 70, of Medical Springs died Feb. 24 at his home. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel in Baker City.
Mr. Thomas was born May 17, 1932, to Clinton M. and Lillie Houseman Thomas in Hebron, Neb.
He graduated from high school in Watsonville, Calif., and on May 17, 1953, he married Norma Kaufman.
He served in the Army, homesteaded in Alaska and fulfilled his dream of having a
He also learned to make guitars and dobroes from his friend Pete Haynes. He loved playing music and singing, especially with his family.
He was a member of the Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers, the Oregon Cattleman's Association, Stewards of the Range and the National Rifle Association.
Survivors include his wife of Medical Springs; children and their spouses, Pamela and Bruce Walker, Linda and Michael Mann, and Jim and Jodi Thomas; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Community Connection of Baker County or to the Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers in care of Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City 97814.
Kem Wilde, 53, of Island City died Feb. 23 at his home following an extended illness. At his request there will be no public service. Daniels Chapel of
the Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Wilde was born Jan. 6, 1950, to Royal and Norine Kofford Wilde in La Grande. The family lived Union, and he graduated from high school in 1968. On Sept. 8, 1972, he married Margie Sarman in Winnemucca, Nev. The couple lived in Union where he farmed hay, grain and Angus cows. He enjoyed his cows, being in the outdoors, camping, spending time with his family and his grandson, and watching professional bull riding.
Survivors include his wife of Island City; a son, Royal K. Wilde of Parma, Idaho; one grandchild; a sister and brother-in-law, Trudy and Phil Yeargain of Union; his mother-in-law, Rita Sarman of Union; siblings and their spouses, Les and Jonni Sarman of Nampa, Idaho, Peg and Charlie Short of Cove, Kathy and Keith Montgomery of Union, Ron and Brenda Sarman of Arkansas and Janeen and Olen Nave of Wyoming; and other relatives. His parents and his father-in-law, John Sarman, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Oregon Kidney Association or the Oregon Heart Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Norma L. Gibson, 82, of La Grande died Feb. 25 at Grande Ronde Hospital.
A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., with the Rev. Janet Farrell of the United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
Mrs. Gibson was born Oct. 18, 1920, to George and LZora Huffman Area in West Moreland, Kan. She graduated from Polytechnic High School in Santa Ana, Calif., in 1937, and from Santa Ana Junior College in 1939. She married Alfred Gibson there on Aug. 7, 1943, and the couple moved to La Grande. She graduated from Eastern Oregon College in 1968 and taught at Powder Valley High School until 1980.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Hope Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, the Union County Retired Educators, the Xi Eta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, and the Knife and Fork Club. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, reading and spending time with her family.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Zee and David Koza of La Grande, two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her husband and a brother died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.
James M. Schoenwald, 60, of Elgin died Feb. 25 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. Twin Creek Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. At his request there were no services.
Mr. Schoenwald was born April 5, 1942, to Melvin H. and Dorothy Harshberger Schoenwald in Minot, N.D. He grew up in Burlington, N.D., and in Walla Walla, and had lived in Elgin for over 35 years. He served in Germany and Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne Division.
He married Sherry Marier on Oct. 20, 1979, in Walla Walla.
He worked for Boise Cascade for more than 35 years and owned Valley Lock and Key in Elgin.
He was a member of the VFW and enjoyed fishing, camping, sailing and hunting.
Survivors include his wife of Elgin; two stepsons, Scott Johnson of Roseburg and Stanley Johnson of La Grande; two sisters, Kay Shariff of Casper, Wyo., and Susan Smith of Hermiston; a brother, Richard Schoenwald of Clarkston, Wash.; two half-sisters, Beverly Conn and Barbara Civen, both of Colorado; and other relatives.
Sandra Lee Crowl, 61, of La Grande died Feb. 22 in Mesa, Ariz. A private family service will be held later.
Mesa Heritage Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Del Crowl of La Grande; daughters, Terri Sullivan of Pendleton and Nicole Mahoney of Heppner; three grandchildren; her mother, Viola Brown of Mesa; two brothers and three sisters.
Aralee Scripter, 87, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Union, died Wednesday in a Milton-Freewater care center. Funeral services are pending. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Leo Evans, 92, of La Grande died Feb. 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery.
Mr. Evans was born Oct. 10, 1910, to Thomas and Hannah Evans in Erickson, Neb. The family moved to La Grande when he was 9 years old. In 1935 he married Anna Murchison in Walla Walla. She died in 1987.
He worked for Boise Cascade for 35 years and was the oldest member of the Carpenter's Union. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and taking drives. He loved the Grande Ronde Valley and never wanted to leave.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Howard and Barbara Evans of Bellingham, Wash., Del and Christina Evans of San Diego, Marlene Brown of Ontario, and Lela and Ed McLaughlin of Twin Falls, Idaho; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and other relatives. His wife and 12 brothers and sisters died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or the National Wildlife Federation in care of Daniels Chapel.