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OBITUARIES FOR MARCH 15-20, 2004
Elizabeth "Betty" Josephy, 83, of Greenwich, Conn., and Joseph, died March 4 after a long illness. A memorial service was held March 10 in Greenwich. A second service will be held at the family ranch in Joseph at 2 p.m. July 9.
Mrs. Josephy was born Sept. 17, 1920, to Carlyle and Elizabeth Tuttle Peet in Greenwich. She attended the Greenwich Academy and the International School in Geneva, Switzerland, the Knox School in St. James, Long Island, N. Y., and the Connecticut College for Women. During World War II, she worked for Pan American Airways in New York City. After the war she moved to California, where she met and married Alvin Josephy, who was working in Santa Monica as a journalist and screenwriter. The couple returned to the East Coast in 1951 and later began splitting their time between Greenwich and Joseph after becoming involved in Fishtrap, the summer literary education program.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years of Greenwich and Joseph; children, Alvin M. Josephy III of Olympia, Wash., Diane Peavey of Ketchum, Idaho, Allison Wolowitz of Old Greenwich, Conn., and Katherine Ann Josephy of Joseph; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Memorials may be made to the American Indian College Fund, P. O. Box 172449, Denver, Colo. 80217-9797.
Formerly of La Grande
Juanita Mary Evans, 88, of Boise and formerly of La Grande died March 3 at a care center. At her request there will be no services. Cloverdale Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Evans was born Jan. 29, 1916, to James and Verta Wilson at Kit Carson, Colo.
She attended school in La Grande, and on Aug. 8, 1935, she married Wilbur "Bill" Evans. She worked for the Oregon State Police until her retirement.
In 1957, the couple purchased the B & N Grocery Store, which they ran for 18 years. They moved to Ontario, where they enjoyed fishing and camping.
After Bill's death in 1988, she worked as a volunteer for 10 years with the Department of Human Resources and the community of Ontario.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Mike Bech; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, a son, Dean, and a granddaughter Heather Bech-Kovachevich, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 5331 S.W. Macadam, Suite 340, Portland 97239 or to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Formerly of La Grande
Linda E. Grove, 60, of Portland and formerly of La Grande died March 9 at a care center of natural causes. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Hillcrest Cemetery with the Rev. Susan Smith-Allen officiating.
Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Ms. Grove was born March 2, 1944, to Howard and Ruth Griffith Grove in Weiser, Idaho. She was disabled and worked for New Day Enterprises before moving to Portland.
She enjoyed riding the Max train, watching trains and going to the mall.
Survivors include two brothers, George Grove of Crooked River Ranch, and Robert
Grove of Mountain Home, Idaho; a companion, Steven Jeanmarie of Portland, and other relatives.
Formerly of La Grande
Floyd Robert Hayden, 82, of Brookings and formerly of La Grande died March 2 at a care center. Redwood Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Hayden was born April 22, 1921, to Orrel and Mary Louise Landercasper Hayden in Maysdorf, Wyo.
He served in the Navy during World War II aboard the USS Richmond, and married Dortheda Williamson on Sept. 6, 1946, in Scottsbluff, Neb.
He worked for Platte Valley Concrete and Tile and later for the state of Oregon as a weighmaster.
He lived in La Grande for years and had a music shop on Fir Street.
Survivors include a daughter, Shannon Hahn of Brookings; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother,
Buck Hayden of La Grande; a sister, Faye Meyer of Loveland, Ohio, and other relatives. His wife died earlier.
Formerly of North Powder
Delbert Arthur "Buz" McCanse Jr., 75, of Benton City, Wash., and formerly of North Powder died Feb. 12 at a care center. A future memorial service will be announced on the Web at www.einansfuneralhome.com .
Mr. McCanse was born Feb. 16, 1928, to Delbert and Bernice McCanse in Metropolis, Nev., and raised on a farm near North Powder. He attended college and served in the Marine Corps. In 1955 he married Colleen Dewitt, and worked at various times for the railroad and as a fruit farmer.
He retired from Fluor-Daniel at Hanford after 38 years as a power operator.
He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed fishing, rock hunting, camping, reading, taking a daily walk, gardening and visiting with his friends and family.
He was a man of few words but a practical joker, and passed on his sense of humor to his kids.
Survivors include his wife of Benton City; children, Terrie McCanse and Carol McCanse, both of Benton City, Reed McCanse of Olympia, Wash., and Buzzy McCanse of Richland, Wash.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and seven sisters, Sheila Ascherl of Snohomish, Wash., Maryalice McClure of Ukiah, Calif., Barbara Wesbey of Sherwood, Phyllis Crawley of Fruitland, Idaho, Betty Gray of Union, Judy Marr of Baker City and Denise Clarke of Crystal Brook, Australia. An eighth sister, Olive Stiff of Arizona, died earlier.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House or the American Parkinson's Disease Association in care of Einan's Funeral Home, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, Wash. 99352.
Robert Joseph Ottersberg, 54, of La Grande died March 5 at his home of natural causes. A memorial was held March 9.
Mr. Ottersberg was born May 5, 1949, to William and Margaret Ottersberg in Columbus, Neb. He graduated from high school in Pueblo, Colo., attended Southern Colorado State College and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in forestry and land management. He earned a master's degree in soil science from Montana State University, and ran a business, Cordilleran Services, in
He was past president of the Oregon Society of Soil Scientists, treasurer of the Native Plant Society and involved in the care of Gangloff Park. He enjoyed native plants, fly-fishing, gardening, backpacking with llamas, Irish and contra dancing and Tai Chi. His was a gentle spirit.
Survivors include his wife, Dorene of La Grande; his parents of Pueblo; children, Brock, Landon and Mac Ottersberg, all of Bozeman; brothers, Dan and Bill Jr., both of Colorado Springs, Colo., Martin and Jeff, both of Pueblo, John of San Francisco, and Steve of Durango, Colo.; sisters, Sue Haslinger of Colorado Springs, Mary Vermersch of Paris, France, and Janet Smith of Pueblo.
Memorials may be made to the Native Plant Society in care of Dick Kenton, 1805 U Ave., La Grande 97850.
Formerly of La Grande
Raymond James "Whitie" Pedersen, 85, of Helena, Mont., and formerly of La Grande died March 13 at his home. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Saint Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in East Helena. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Great Falls, Mont. Retz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Pedersen was born July 14, 1918, to Carl C. and Anna C. Pedersen in Howard County, Neb. He graduated from high school in Dannebrog, Neb., in 1935. He attended St. Paul Business College and married Kathryn Ellen O'Meara on Sept. 24, 1941, in Eddyville, Neb.
He served in the Navy during World War II and worked for the Social Security Administration, receiving their highest award, the Commissioner's Citation, in 1975. He retired in 1981 after 40 years. The couple lived in
La Grande for three years before moving first to Great Falls and then to Helena.
He enjoyed working with wood, yard work, music and baseball.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Marilyn and Tim Taylor of Bremerton, Wash., Roger Pedersen of Helena, Randy and Lisa Pedersen of Butte, Mont., Dr. Michael Pedersen of Cannon Falls, Minn., Ken and Barb Pedersen of Boise, Mark and Rose Pedersen of Great Falls, Larry and Louann Pedersen of Lewistown, Mont., Paul and Bernadette Pedersen of East Helena, Kathleen and Robert Dartnell of Cherry Hill, N.J.; 20 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Marguerite Pedersen of St. Paul, Neb., and other relatives. His wife and a brother, Stanley Pedersen, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Hospital Foundation, 2475 Broadway, Helena 59601.
Formerly of La Grande
Pete Thomas, 86, of Lynnwood, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died March 11 at his home. At his request there will be no service.
Mr. Thomas was born Jan. 7, 1918, in Tooele, Utah. He served in the Army during World War II, and on July 3, 1942, he married Charlotte Price of La Grande.
Survivors include his wife of Lynnwood; children and their spouses, Sandy and Ole Iverson, Barb Thomas and Mark Thomas; two grandchildren; two sisters, Kate Talbott and Babe Sanford, both of La Grande, special loving family friend, Fred Jayne, and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Group Health Foundation, 1730 Minor Ave., Suite 1500, Seattle, Wash. 98101.
CLEVELAND (AP) Â— Norb Hecker, the first head coach of the Atlanta Falcons and who won eight championship rings in the National Football League, died Sunday of cancer. He was 76.
Hecker died at the home of his son Jeffrey in Los Altos, Calif.
As coach of the Falcons from 1966-68, Hecker compiled a 4-26-1 record. He was an assistant with the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi in the 1960s. The Packers won three NFL titles before Hecker went to Atlanta.
He then was defensive coordinator of the New York Giants from 1969-71 before joining Bill Walsh at Stanford University as an assistant. Hecker accompanied Walsh to San Francisco.
Margaret Ann "Marge" Hayes, 76, of Joseph died March 14 in Enterprise. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday March 19 at Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph.
Mrs. Hayes was born June 8, 1927, to James and Gertryde Penny Donley in Willow Lake, S.D. She married Leland C. Hayes on May 1, 1970, in Lewiston, and they made their home in Joseph. She worked in the shipyards during World War II as a welder and moved back to Wallowa County in 1962, where she worked for potato farmers.
She enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, watching professional basketball and baseball and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her husband of Joseph; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Rene Layton; four grandchildren; and three brothers, Francis, Larry and Vince Donley. Three infant daughters, three sisters, Jean Smith, Inez Dixon and Mary Fox, and a brother, James Donley, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.
Bill Searles Sr.
William C. Searles Sr., 79, of Union died March 17 at his home.
Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. Vault interment will follow the services.
Mr. Searles was born Oct. 25, 1924, to Archie and Augusta Massengale Searles in Fort Collins, Colo. He attended school in La Grande and served in the Army during World War II, being discharged in 1945. He worked for the city of La Grande in public works and married Vernitta Harmon on April 8, 1952, in Pendleton.
The family lived in Baker City, where he worked for the City of Baker Public Works for about 10 years. He then owned and operated several businesses, including the Spudnut Doughnut Shop, Dad's Cafe and the Fix-it Shop. He had a special talent in being able to fix almost anything. He was a skilled carpenter and enjoyed remodeling houses with the help of his wife and children.
In his early years he had been a musician and had his own band. He was offered the chance to play for Riley Shepard at the Grande Ole Opry, but turned it down to stay with his family. He was a member of AARP and the Baker City Elks. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing music.
Survivors include his wife of Union; children and their spouses, Janet and Lloyd Coffman, and Kenneth and Kristi Searles, all of McMinnville, Kathleen Searles-Brown and Charlie Brown of Seal Rock, Lorraine Andregg of Pendleton, Margie and Gary Rick of Baker City, and William Jr. and Dawn Searles of Union; his sisters, Fern Homan, Thelma Hull and Joan Petry, all of Baker City, Darlene Martin of Port Orchard, Wash., and an adopted sister, Ileen Holman of Beaverton; 15 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
An infant daughter, Gloria Jean, and two baby sisters all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Loveland Chapel.
Lois J. Kirby
Lois J. Kirby, 82, died early this morning in Cove.
Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Phyllis Jean Prince, 70, of La Grande died Friday at a local care center. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A complete obituary will be published later.
Formerly of La Grande
Corinne Ansell, 83, of Klamath Falls and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 23.
A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery, with the Rev. Norman Shrumm of the First Presbyterian Church officiating.
Mrs. Ansell was born Feb. 25, 1920, to Wilber and Joyce Castile Brines in Starbuck, Wash. She graduated from high school in Wallowa County, and married Lewis Ansell in La Grande on Oct. 3, 1943. She attended Eastern Oregon University and studied music while working for the National Youth Administration. From 1942 to 1946, she taught fifth grade and worked as a fire lookout for the Forest Service during the summers while her husband served in World War II. She received her bachelor's degree from EOU in 1957, and moved to Klamath Falls in 1960. She taught physics at Sacred Heart Academy, and English and special education at Pelican Elementary until 1980.
She was a member of the NAACP, Eastern Star and the Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school and helped with the developmentally disabled. She was an accomplished classical pianist, poet and photographer, and enjoyed gardening and camping.
Survivors include her husband of Klamath Falls; children and their spouses, Marnie Ansell of Klamath Falls, and John and Laurie Ansell of Estacada; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Muriel Falkner of Elmira, and Joanne Hill of Grangeville, Idaho. A son, Jim Ansell, and a sister, Jeanne Kilburn, died earlier.
Formerly of Enterprise
Charles W. White, 77, of Ahsahka, Idaho, and formerly of Enterprise died March 17 at a care center. A graveside service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Enterprise Cemetery with Walt Klages officiating.
Mr. White was born Feb. 14, 1927, to William and DeMoise Carter White in Weleetka, Okla. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1945, and served in the Coast Guard during World War II. He married Dorothy Klages in September 1946. After a divorce he married Cheryl Stamper in September 1976 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
He worked as a mechanic and welder in Salem and in Umatilla, where he served on the city council, with the police department and as an EMT. He worked at McNary Dam for the Corps of Engineers in the early 1970s, and later at the Dworshak Dam as a member of the first mechanic crew. He retired in 1982.
He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, playing his fiddle and guitar, and being with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of Ahsahka; children and their spouses, LaDonna and Dar King, and Karen Hill, all of Hermiston; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Grace and Dick Bain of Yuma, Ariz., and other relatives. A son, Ronald White, and two brothers, Glen and Donald White, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.