OBITUARIES FOR JULY 1 - 6, 2002
Elva "Patti" Fitzsimmons, 75, of La Grande and formerly of Longview, Wash., died Monday at a local care center. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Glen Pug' Alexander
Glen "Pug" Alexander, 95, of Cove, died June 28 at Grande Ronde Hospital.
At his request there will be no public services. Private interment will be held at the Cove Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mr. Alexander was born on May 26, 1907, to George and Hattie Sweet Alexander in Cove. He attended Cove Public Schools and farmed and ranched on High Valley Road in Cove.
Mr. Alexander was a great outdoorsman, family members said, and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also had a great love of animals.
Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Eight brothers and sisters died earlier.
Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Mr. Alexander to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel
of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
Formerly of La Grande
Carmen Elane Johnson, 53, of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died June 7 of cancer. A memorial service was held in Brush Prairie, Wash. Layne's Funeral Home of Battle Ground, Wash., was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Johnson was born Carmen Ritchey on Dec. 14, 1948, in Doniphan, Mo. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1967 and from Pendleton Beauty College in 1969. She was a beautician, belonged to the VFW Auxiliary and was past president of Oregon District 6. She loved animals, especially enjoyed riding horses, and also had a passion for gardening and canning.
Survivors include her mother, Henrietta Ritchey of La Grande; daughter and her spouse, Bridget and Tracy Patterson of La Grande, and two sons, Benjamin Beickel and James Johnson, both of Vancouver; five grandchildren, two sisters and their spounses, Marie and Gary Pratt of Kelso, Wash., and Evelyn and James Wonner of Tacoma, Wash.; a brother and his spouse, James Ritchey and Waynette of La Grande; and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the VFW cancer fund or the American Cancer Society in care of Layne's Funeral Home, P.O. Box 7, Battle Ground, Wash. 98604.
Ernest L. Klein
Ernest Leslie Klein, 84, of Union and formerly of La Grande, died July 1 at a care home in Union.
A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. MDT Friday at Valley View Cemetery in Vale. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande.
Mr. Klein was born Oct. 18, 1917, to John Nicholas Jr. and Carrie Leonia Chandler Klein in Stafford, Okla. His grandfather had emigrated from Germany and settled in Minnesota before moving to Oklahoma during the land rush.
During the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma in the 1930s, Mr. Klein left with his brother, Daniel, and arrived in Oregon the day after his 19th birthday.
He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation and farmed in the Vale area. He married Elva Wadleigh on May 17, 1940, in Payette, Idaho. They lived in Vale until moving to Gresham in January 1945. He worked for Gresham Seed and Feed.
They lived in the Portland area from 1951 to 1968. He worked on road construction in the summers and delivered oil to homes in the winter.
After a divorce in 1968, he moved to Southeast Oregon and then to the Cascade, Idaho, area, where he worked for his brother-in-law as a ranch hand until he retired.
Mr. Klein enjoyed playing cards, bingo and visiting with friends and family. He moved in with his daughter in Union when his health failed.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Myreen and Bob Salzer of Union, a daughter, Ernestine Waddell of Salem, and a son and daughter-in-law, Norvyn and Donna Klein of Gresham; sisters, Martha Romans of Vale, Dorothy Klein of Moses Lake, Wash., Jemima Davis and brother-in-law, Tom, of Cascade and Mabel Amos of Tualatin; a brother Lewis Klein and sister-in-law Esther of Vale; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
A brother and sister, Daniel Klein and Grace Pennington, both of Vale, died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland 97201.
La Grande and formerly
Isabel Musum, 88, of La Grande died July 1 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Bramlet Cemetery in Wallowa. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Musum was born Feb. 5, 1914, to Jack and Dollie Dougherty Johnson in Wallowa. She graduated with honors from Wallowa High School and as valedictorian from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in Spokane in 1937. She worked as a nurse for Shriners' Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital and for local doctors.
On Sept. 11, 1946, she married Arnold B. Musum in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The couple lived in Roswell, N.M., where he was stationed with the Army Air Corps, then in Spokane. They moved to La Grande in 1984 to be near family. She was a member of the Christian Church and was an avid reader. She enjoyed gardening and sewing.
Survivors include nieces and nephews and other relatives. Her husband died in 1988. Nine brothers and sisters also died earlier.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St.
Robert E. Powers, 82, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande, died July 3 at his home. A vigil will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the cathedral with the Rev. Robert Irwin officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery Monday afternoon in La Grande. Coles Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Powers was born Sept. 25, 1919, to Laurence and Gertrude Powers who emigrated from Ireland. He married Sarah "Sally" Patten on Sept. 27, 1943, in La Grande. As a young man he worked with the Nordstrom brothers in Seattle selling shoes and later owned Powers' Family Shoes in Baker City for about 25 years. After retirement the couple traveled through Canada, the Northwest and the California coast. He enjoyed selling shoes, which he did for at least 50 years, and claimed he would have enjoyed the opportunity to sell shoes for another 50 years.
Survivors include his wife of Baker City, a daughter Colleen Powers and three grandchildren, all of Santa Barbara, Calif., a sister, Erna Lassegard of Eugene and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to Pathway Hospice or St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814.