Home News Obituaries OBITUARIES FOR FEBRUARY 18 - 23, 2002
OBITUARIES FOR FEBRUARY 18 - 23, 2002
Union and formerly
of La Grande
Juliane Danilovich, 82, of Union and formerly of La Grande died of cancer Feb. 9 at her daughters home.
A celebration of life service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, with the Rev. Doug Hale officiating. A potluck at the chapel will follow the service.
Mrs. Danilovich was born Oct. 10, 1919, to Joseph and Maria Krula Panek in Vienna, Austria. She married William Gschwandtner in Radstadt, Austria, where she worked in a bookstore. He was killed during World War II when his transport was destroyed returning to the Russian front.
They had one daughter, Gertraude Gschwandtner, which the family is now trying to locate.
Mrs. Gschwandtner worked for five years in Saltzburg as a medical transcriptionist in the hospital morgue. During this time, she married Dragoslav Danilovich, and they immigrated to the United States in 1950. They settled in the suburbs of Chicago, where both worked for the Postal Service.
She spoke German, French, Yugoslav and English. She was an accomplished skier and mountain climber.
After her husband died, she moved to La Grande in 1980 to be near her daughter. During her retirement, she enjoyed fishing, gardening, westerns, crossword puzzles, symphony music, books, family and good food.
Survivors include her daughter, Erika Danilovich of Union, daughter Brigitte Margiotta of La Grande and six grandchildren. She lived with her one great-granddaughter, Selena Giambitti.
Two brothers, Karl and Franzie, and a sister, Josephine, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Union Public Library in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.
Marjorie Helen Goodwin, 84, of La Grande and formerly of Imbler died Feb. 13 at a local care center.
A private celebration of life service will be held later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Goodwin was born Dec. 7, 1917, to Clarence and Mabel Emigh Gray in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School.
She married Herman R. Dutch Goodwin in 1935 in Walla Walla. He died in 1996.
Survivors include her son, Phillip M.Goodwin of Westerly, R.I.; son and daughter-in-law, Frederick and Marilee Goodwin of Canby; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Goodwin was a pink lady for Grande Ronde Hospital for 25 years and attended a private Ladies Club for more than 60 years.
She was an avid beachcomber. She was extremely devoted to her family, an amazing caregiver and a selfless person, family members said.
Formerly of La Grande
Franklin L. Bud Hiatt, 73, of Gresham and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 13.
A funeral service took place Feb. 16 in Gresham.
Mr. Hiatt was born June 29, 1928, in La Grande and married Lois Wallace in La Grande on Sept. 7, 1949. The couple moved to Gresham in 1954.
He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, and retired in 1962 when he started the Hiatt Remodeling Co., which he passed to his son in 1994. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, playing cards and bowling in his spare time. He was a devoted family man and coached a softball team which included his five sons, family members said.
Survivors include his wife; five sons, Frank of Gresham, Robert of Oregon City, Stanley of Clackamas, Terry and Jeffery of Portland and 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Faye Weimer of La Grande.
Beverly Ann McGinness, 72, of Elgin, died Feb. 2 at a local care center in La Grande.
A celebration of life service starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Elgin Community Center in Elgin. Pastor Ronny Smith, a long-time family friend, will officiate.
Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Ms. McGinness was born July 3, 1929, in New Meadows, Idaho. She was adopted by William Clyde and Ruth Glandon Hill and graduated from high school in Parma, Idaho.
She greatly enjoyed family gatherings and visiting with friends. She liked reading, cooking, watching television and singing.
Survivors include her brother, Kay Hill of Portland; her son and his wife, Scott and Candy Huffman of Elgin; her step-children, Melvin and Linda McGinness of Elgin and Keith and Patti McGinness of North Powder; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Three sons Larry, David and Kevin died earlier.
Memorials may be made to a favorite charity in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.
Esther Lampkins, 104, of Enterprise died Tuesday at Wallowa Valley Care Center. A funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at Bollman Funeral Home. A full obituary will be published later.
Ronald Mackey, 73, died Tuesday evening at his home in Union.
Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the
La Grande and Island City
James Fredrick Fred Beeman, 87, of La Grande and former mayor of Island City died Feb. 18 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery.
Mr. Beeman was born Dec. 26, 1914, to George W. and Pearl Eaton Beeman in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1933, and on May 29, 1937, he married Mary Jane Chadwick in Walla Walla. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and was a Seabee. He worked as service manager for Lynch Motors for over 30 years and as custodian for the La Grande School District and the Union-Baker Education Service District. He retired in 1996 at the age of 81.
He served on the City Council in Island City for 30 years and as mayor for 10 years. He was a member of the VFW, a charter member of the Island City Lions Club, where he won its Fellowship Award, coached Little League and was active in the 4-H automotive group. He loved to play Santa Claus during the holidays and was instrumental in the establishment of the Island City Park.
Survivors include his wife of
La Grande; their children, George Beeman of Portland, Lowell Beeman and Bob Beeman, both of Island City, Tom Beeman of Tacoma, Wash., and Kathy Spears of La Grande; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and other relatives. A brother, George Beeman, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Fred Beeman Park in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Formerly of Union County
Robert Gulzow, 81, of Salem and formerly of Union County died Feb. 16. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Mark Schlessman officiating. Fraternal services will be under the auspices of the La Grande Lodge AF&AM. Burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery. Viewing will be from 5 to 7 tonight at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
Mr. Gulzow was born June 21, 1920, to Hans and Frieda Boltz Gulzow in Bushnell, Neb. He attended school in Grand Island, Neb., and on March 5, 1941, he married Betty J. Bunten in Weiser, Idaho. He served in the Navy during World War II, and in 1946 the couple moved to La Grande. They farmed in Imbler for three years before buying a farm between Island City and Cove. They retired from farming in 1978 and in 1995 moved to Depoe Bay. Six months ago they moved to Salem.
He was a member of the First Christian Church, the VFW in Union, the La Grande Masonic Lodge, the La Grande Elks, the Oregon Wheat League, the Farm Bureau, the South 40 Club and the Soil Conservation Service, and the Mount Emily Good Sam Club. He served as a 4-H leader and enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, camping and golfing. The Gulzows traveled every winter for 20 years to Desert Hot Springs, Calif.
Survivors include his wife of Salem; children and their spouses, Karval Kaye and Herman Watts of Vancouver Island, B.C., in Canada, Mike and Jackie Gulzow of
La Grande and Sandra Steele of Salem; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a brother, Lester Gulzow of Grand Island; and other relatives. A brother, Arthur Gulzow, a sister, Joanne Hundelt and a grandson, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Willamette Valley Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Formerly of Enterprise
M. David Rody Rodakowski, 51, of Eugene and formerly of Enterprise died Feb. 10 of a cerebral aneurysm. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Enterprise Elks Lodge. Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Rodakowski was born in Eugene March 26, 1950. He graduated from North Eugene High School in 1968 and in 1980 moved to Enterprise. He worked in building material sales for 32 years and was a locksmith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife Sue, his mother Betty Lou Miller, a brother Terry Rodakowski, all of Eugene; brother-in-law, Brian Erickson of Chaska, Minn.; sister-in-law Shelly Olson of Plymouth, Minn.; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation or the Wallowa County Humane Society in care of Bollman Funeral Home.
Robert David Asher
Robert David Asher of Grant County, who spent the last year of his life with his family in La Grande, died Saturday in Boise. A service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Driskills Memorial Chapel in John Day.
Harry Green, 87, died this morning at his home in Elgin.
Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Bobby Stone, 64, of La Grande died Wednesday at Grande Ronde Hospital.
Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Fern Wolfe of Wallowa died Monday in Boise.
A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Enterprise, with burial to follow at 2:30 p.m. in Wallowa Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, in care of Bollman Funeral Home of Enterprise.
A full obituary will be published later.
Esther Lampkins, 104, of Enterprise died Feb. 19 at Wallowa Valley Care Center. A funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. A private burial will be at the Flora Cemetery.
Mrs. Lampkins was born Jan. 24, 1898, to Andrew and Francis A. Matthew Forbes at Flora. She married Oscar V. Lampkins on March 1, 1920, in Enterprise. She was a homemaker and enjoyed her garden, sewing and children.
Survivors include her nieces and a nephew, Wanda Berner, AnnaBelle Wolfer, Evelyn Wilsey and Kenneth Wolff. Her husband and three sisters all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Wallowa Valley Care Center in care of Bollman Funeral Home.
Ronald Vernon Mackey died Tuesday at home in Union after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.
There will be no public service. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Harry Mac Bud Green, 62, of Elgin died Feb. 21 at his home. At his request there will be no public service.
Mr. Green was born Sept. 14, 1939, to Harry and Margaret Nichols Green in Springfield, Ill. He attended schools in Wisconsin and married Mary Wikowsky on Oct. 27, 1973, in Springfield. The couple came to Elgin in 1980, moved to Wisconsin in 1989 but returned to Elgin in 1999.
He was a member of the Lions Club and the local laborers union. He worked on the gas pipeline that ran over Cabbage Hill, and later he was the foreman of the crew that built the fish hatchery on the Minam River. He enjoyed racing cars, was a huge Jeff Gordon fan and followed NASCAR events. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was involved with the Elgin Chamber of Commerce, many other community events and for many years was the 7-foot-tall Easter bunny.
Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children Shelley Green of Wisconsin, Dannette Green, Kurt Green and Bart Green, all of Virginia; five grandchildren; a sister, Debra Beaudoin of Wisconsin; brothers, Richard and Melvin Green of Illinois; and other relatives. A son, Dwayne Green, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Elgin Lions Club in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
Robert David Asher, 80, of La Grande and longtime Grant County resident, died Feb. 16 in Boise. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. today at Driskills Memorial Chapel in John Day. A graveside service will follow. Grays West and Co. are in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Asher was born Oct. 4, 1921, to John and Blanche Asher in Prairie City. He grew up in Kimberly and left home at 14 to go to work. He herded sheep and was a ranch hand until he moved to Kinzua to work in the mill. He married Velma Elizabeth LeClair on Aug. 20, 1949, in Fossil, and took the position of government trapper in 1951 for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Grant County. He spent the last year in La Grande with his family.
He competed in saddle bronc events in area rodeos and was a self-taught musician. He played fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and accordion by ear, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He bagged the first California desert bighorn sheep taken out of the Strawberry Wilderness Area.
He enjoyed reading the Bible and the fellowship he shared with friends of the faith.
Survivors include his children, Dee Toland, Nola Asher and Clell Asher, all of La Grande; one grandchild; a brother, Lee Asher of Horseshoe Bend, Idaho; two sisters, Johnnie May Edwards of Silverton and Jewel Webb of Clipper Mills, Calif.; and other relatives.
Ronald Vernon Mackey, 73, of Union died Feb. 19 at his home after an extended battle with cancer. At his request there will be no public service.
Mr. Mackey was born March 10, 1928, to Kenneth and Virginia Mende Mackey in Caldwell, Idaho. He graduated from Franklin High School in Boise and served in the Army during the Korean War. He married Lolita Lewis on Jan. 2, 1951 at Fort Ord in Monterey, Calif. The couple moved to Boise and in 1954 to Union, where they owned and ran the Union Hotel and Letas Ceramic Shop until their retirement. He served on the Union School Board for many years and in the volunteer fire and ambulance services. He was a member of the Commercial Club and the VFW, and called square dances for the Whirlaway Square Dance Club. He enjoyed woodworking and having coffee with his buddies.
Survivors include his wife of Union; children and their spouses, Ronda and Arnold Emery of Union, Carol and John Neely of Bandon, Kenneth Mackey of Pendleton, and Jodi and Dennis Falk of Union; four grandchildren; his sisters, Connie Stafford of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Roberta Potter of Nampa, Idaho; and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Union Volunteer Ambulance and Fire Service in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
Bobby Alton Stone
Bobby Alton Stone, 64, of La Grande and formerly of Oregon City, died Feb. 20 at the Grande Ronde Hospital.
A celebration of his life will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Pastor Wayne Pickens of the La Grande First Baptist Church officiating.
Mr. Stone was born July 4, 1937, in Glendale, Ariz., to Wilson J. and Esther J. Collie Stone. While he was a child, the family moved to
La Grande. After graduating from La Grande High School in 1955, he entered the U.S. Air Force. After his honorable discharge, he settled in Oregon City. There, he and his brothers owned and operated the Ramuda Stone Stables. They also started the Northwest Buckskin Horse Association together.
Mr. Stone was a reserve deputy sheriff for Clackamas County. He worked as a roast master for Boyds Coffee Co. in Portland for 12 years. After retiring from Boyds, he worked in sales for Beaver Coach in Bend. He returned to La Grande in 1996 and worked for Roberts Ford until July 1999.
Mr. Stone was a deacon in the First Baptist Church in Gladstone. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. In his younger years he appeared in the movie Pillars of the Sky, which was filmed near Starkey. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and took great joy in time spent with his family.
Survivors include his children, Danita Hunter of Gresham, Brenda Peterson of Portland, Bobby Stone and Doug Stone of La Grande; seven grandchildren; brothers, Dean Stone of La Grande and Jim Stone of Portland; sisters, Betty Davis of Clarkston, Wash., and Donna Satran of Anderson, Calif.; father and stepmother, Wilson and Lola Stone of Clarkston; mother, Esther Tauscher of Portland; and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Bobby Stone Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
Fern Wolfe, 77, of Wallowa died Feb. 18 in Boise following a two-year battle with cancer. The funeral was today at the Enterprise First Baptist Church with Pastor Neil Evans officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Wallowa Cemetery.
Mrs. Wolfe was born Oct. 21, 1924, to John and Alta Stein in Enterprise. She grew up in the Leap area where her father farmed until their home burned down, forcing them to move into Enterprise. She graduated from Enterprise High School. She worked as a waitress in the hotel in Enterprise and as a sales clerk at the Five and Dime Store.
She married Bill Wolfe on Aug. 2, 1942, in Emmett, Idaho. The couple bought the Wolfe Ranch from his father and raised purebred Polled Hereford cattle. They built one of the largest and most respected purebred Polled Hereford cattle ranches in the world and sold cattle from England to Japan, Canada to South America and Australia.
Mrs. Wolfe was president of the state Cattle Women in 1974, past matron of the Jessica Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, participated in AARP, and was a member of Soroptimists and the Enterprise Baptist Church.
She enjoyed needlepoint, gardening, especially gladiolas, her favorite flower, and spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include their children and spouses, Bryan and Lou Ann Wolfe of Hermiston, Stephen and Laldee Ann Wolfe of Wallowa, Kathy and Earnie Lewis of Caldwell, Idaho, Dwight and Debbie Wolfe of Albany, and Mary and Randy Burns of Lostine; 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Makin and Ruby Pratt of Enterprise; brothers, Myron, John Jr., and Don of Enterprise, Kenneth of Imnaha, Keith of Jerome, Idaho, Dale of Hamilton, Mont., Warner of Union and Gail of Chile, South America. Her husband died in 1992, and a brother, Harry, also died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Enterprise in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise.