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OBITUARIES FOR JULY 7 - 12, 2003
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake center on Gekeler Lane for Isabelia "Isabella" Carmen Jose Weimer, 8, of La Grande.
She died unexpectedly from complications of cystic fibrosis on Sunday morning with her family around her at Wallowa Lake.
Viewing will be from noon until 1 p.m. in the primary room at the stake center.
Isabelia was born Aug. 3, 1994, in Chandler, Ariz. When she came into the lives of Bruce and Deanna Wilkinson Weimer and their family as an infant, they immediately fell in love with her. She was an angel who was trapped in a disabled body, her family said. She touched the lives of her family and friends in so many ways on a daily basis, they said.
Although she required full-time care, she gave back much to those around her through her spirit and her smiles. Her spirit especially touched children and babies that came to know her through her school and church.
Surviving are her parents, siblings Brandon and Alayna Weimer, Ryan Weimer, Tory and Andrea Weimer, Travis Weimer, Rebecca Weimer and Kyle Weimer, all of La Grande, and Corby Weimer, on a mission in Florida; grandparents Myron and Theresa Wilkinson and Mildred Faye Weimer of La Grande, and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher Hospital, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland 97201.
Nathan Ray "Punk" Coe, 63, of Elgin died July 6 after a long battle with diabetes and kidney failure. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Monday at the Elgin Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Flowers can be sent to the church.
Mr. Coe was born June 1, 1940, to Harsley and Lee Ellen Breshears Coe in La Grande. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1958 and attended Oregon Tech. He worked as a truck driver and has driven from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Miami Beach, Fla. He raised his family in North Pole, Alaska, returning to Elgin when he retired. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reloading and photography. He was a member of the LDS church, the Eagles Lodge, the Moose Lodge, the Good Sam Club and the Alaska Teamsters 959.
Survivors include his wife, Linda, of Elgin; children, Cynthia Henderson of San Antonio, Texas, Shellie Holden of Wallowa and Melissa Gentleman of La Grande; 16 grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth Coe of Elgin and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Elgin Ward of the LDS Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
Formerly of La Grande
Wendell Marling Sullivan, 81, of Portland and formerly a minister in La Grande died June 29 at his home.
Mr. Sullivan was born May 20, 1922, to Canadian immigrants in Spokane. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and from Columbia Bible College in Columbia, S.C. He served as pastor at the Central Baptist Church in Sacramento, and served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Lexington and the USS Oklahoma City. He was commissioned as an officer, serving in the Navy Chaplains' Corps with a final rank of commander.
He married Bettyfae Brady and served as minister of the First Baptist Church in
La Grande, where he led a building program to construct the new sanctuary. He served as pastor at the Powelhurst Baptist Church in Portland and was a member of the Coliseum Kiwanis in Portland. He was an honorary member and piano player at several other Portland clubs.
Survivors include his wife of Portland; children, Kathy Pappas and Jan Jolley, both of Columbia, S.C., Kris Truax of Nampa, Idaho, Joy Westervelt of Hamburg, N.J., David Sullivan of San Francisco and Paul Sullivan of Portland; 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the International Kiwanis Foundation, 800-549-2647.
Beverly Jean Rachau, 72, of La Grande died Saturday, July 5 at her home.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Summerville Cemetery with Warren Curry officiating. Viewing will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mrs. Rachau was born on Feb. 19, 1931, to Earl and Lucille (Giles) Powell in Baker City. In 1939 the family moved to Union and in 1949 she graduated from Union High School. On July 16, 1949, she married George Rachau in Union. He died on Sept. 29, 1995.
Mrs. Rachau worked as a cook and waitress for the Wheel Restaurant and the Woodshed. She loved doing crafts, spending time with her friends at Wal-Mart and was an avid fan of the Blazers and of the Winston Cup NASCAR races. She was a good-hearted person who would help anyone in need.
Survivors include her son, Jeff Rachau of La Grande; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Marilyn Rachau of La Grande, Margaret Moss of La Grande and Bonnie Lambert of Meridian, Idaho; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Those who wish may make contributions to the Beverly Rachau Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Formerly of Union County
Allerton Herbert Willis Jr., 77, of Palmer, Alaska, and formerly of Union County died June 24 at his home near Finger Lake in Palmer after battling leukemia. No service was held.
Mr. Willis was born Oct. 18, 1925, in Torrington, Conn. He served in the Navy during World War II and moved to Alaska in 1946 where he worked as a hunting guide, trapper and in construction. In 1956 he married Helen K. Rooney in Connecticut. The couple retired in 1978 and moved to a ranch on Highway 203 between Union and Medical Springs. He was a member of the Carpenters' Union 1243 in Fairbanks, Alaska.
He obtained his private pilot's license in 1946 and his float plane certification in 1950. During his lifetime he logged thousands of hours flying over Alaska and, except for a few intense situations, loved every minute of it.
Survivors include children, Mark Willis of Fairbanks and Lynn Willis of Cove; and one grandchild. His wife died earlier.
Dorothy Fowler, 91, of La Grande died Thursday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Formerly of Elgin
E. Evangeline Buschke, 95, of Forest Grove and formerly of Elgin died July 9. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Elgin United Methodist Church Community Hall. Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home, Forest Grove, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Buschke was born May 4, 1908, to Earl and Emma Cruikshank Phillips in Elgin. She graduated from Elgin High School, the Oregon Normal School in Monmouth and Eastern Oregon College. She married Fred A. Buschke on Jan. 4, 1933, in Dayton, Wash. The couple lived in Elgin until 1967 when they moved to Troutdale. Her husband died in January 1985. She moved to Forest Grove in 1997. She taught in elementary schools for 34 years in Elgin, Heppner and Sandy. She retired from teaching in 1974.
She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Oregon Education Association, the National Education Association, the Order of Eastern Star Blue Mountain Chapter, the Rebekah Lodge and the Gresham Garden Club. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, sewing, crafts, following the Blazers and playing cards, especially pinochle.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Patricia and John Williford of Kirkland, Wash., and Phyllis and Don Anson of Forest Grove; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Douglas Phillips of Oregon City; two sisters, Mildred Kennedy of Elgin and Mina Burnett of Springfield, and other relatives.
Three brothers, Edwin, Louis and Paul Phillips died earlier.
Norma E. Waid
A funeral service for Norma E. Waid, 85, of La Grande and formerly of Ukiah will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton. Vault interment will be at Stanfield Cemetery.
She died July 10 at the Orchard Care Center in Cove.
She was born Oct. 3, 1917, to Charles Wesley and Harriett Harris in Cut Bank, Mont. She attended Great Falls High School and received her teaching degree from York (Neb.) College.
She taught in Alcalde, N.M., teaching Spanish-speaking students in grades 1-4, and Great Falls, Mont., and then worked for the Umatilla Army Depot and the Atomic Energy Commission in Richland, Wash.
She married Lloyd Waid in Spokane on Nov. 18, 1950. They moved to Ukiah and she worked for the Post Office and for the U.S. Forest Service, where she was
an administrative assistant until retiring.
She belonged to Presbyterian churches in Ukiah, Pendleton and Hermiston. She was the clerk for the Ukiah church for 40 years and an elder in the Pendleton church for three years.
She enjoyed painting pictures and painting on china, ceramics, crocheting, knitting, playing cards, copper tooling and cooking.
She taught Campfire girls and was a member of the Elks Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, a stepdaughter, Karla M. Lewis, of La Grande; a sister, Helen Bahnmeller of Puyallup, Wash.; and a granddaughter. A sister, Marie Rothweeler, and a brother, Alden Harris, died earlier.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Pendleton directly or through Bishop Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 325, Pendleton 97801.