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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR MARCH 18-23, 2002

OBITUARIES FOR MARCH 18-23, 2002

Victor Cronin

La Grande

1916-2002

Victor Irvin Cronin, 85, of La Grande and formerly of Enterprise, died March 14 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A graveside service will start at 11 a.m. March 29 at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mr. Cronin touched the lives of many people. He will be remembered for his generosity, public service and dedication to his work, family and friends, family members said.

He was born on July 31, 1916, to Victor Irvin and Bertha McGary Cronin in Enterprise. He attended school in Enterprise and at 19 he started working in lumber mills.

On Sept. 5, 1942, he married Jane Sardam in Lewiston, Idaho. They lived in Enterprise for more than 30 years. He was an active community member and served on the Enterprise City Council for many years. He also was mayor.

He was active with both the Enterprise and Joseph chambers of commerce. He also was a volunteer for the Enterprise Fire Department.

Mr. Cronin was a member of the Enterprise Masonic Lodge, the Baker Valley Scottish Rite, Al Kader Shrine and was a Demolay Dad.

He was manager of the Boise Cascade mill in Joseph before being transferred to Elgin, where he was plant manager.

He later became superintendent of the La Grande mill until his retirement.

He and his wife spent their winters in Yuma, Ariz., after his retirement. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting and gardening. He particularly liked his tomatoes and roses.

Survivors include his wife, Jane of La Grande; daughter and son-in-law, Vici and Dave Lindberg of Hillsboro; grandchildren Eric of Hillsboro and Christine of Santa Clara, Calif.; and other relatives and friends.

A brother, Walter Cronin died earlier.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Shriners Hospital or a favorite charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Leo Walters

La Grande

1931-2002

Leo Eugene Walters, 70, of La Grande, died March 15, at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A graveside service will start at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Hillcrest Cemetery with Lanny Hildebrandt officiating. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Walters was born on July 6, 1931, the son of Hubert and Sara (Martin) Walters in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1950. He served with the Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Goss Motor Company and later for the Boise Cascade Particleboard Plant until his retirement.

Mr. Walters was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the VFW. He enjoyed working in his shop. His biggest hobby was fishing and he hunted and trapped for years. He will be remembered for his story-telling ability.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Ford) Walters of La Grande; children, Terri Swords of Lewiston, Idaho, Mickey Walkers of Corvallis, Vicki Davis and Jackie Blair, both of Annapolis, Md.; six grandchildren; a brother Gene Walters of La Grande; a sister, Verna Elder of La Grande; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

His first wife, Charlotte, died in 1982.

Contributions may be made to the Oregon Heart Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, 97850.

June McManus Brown

Joseph and formerly

of La Grande

1910-2002

June Brown, 91, of Joseph and formerly of La Grande died March 15. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Brown was born in 1910 in Medical Springs. Her grandfather, Selder, helped to found Cove in the 1860s.

She married Elmer McManus in 1931 in La Grande. The couple and their business partner, George E. Allen, owned Glass Drugs for 45 years. While working at the drug store she also served a a radio commentator on KLBM and interviewed dignitaries passing through town. After her husband's death she worked as a coordinator for the Eastern Oregon Poverty Program, was associated with D. Clark's Dress Shop in Baker City and worked as the women's editor for The Observer for three years. After retiring she married Elmer F. Brown of Baker City and moved to Hurricane Creek near Joseph. He died in 1996.

She was a member and past president of the Soroptimist Club of La Grande, for which she was also Northwest District director; past chair of the Union County United Fund Association; and past director of the La Grande Youth Association. She was a board member of the Civic Music Association, Eastern Oregon College Foundation, the La Grande Symphony Association, the Oregon Arts Council and the Oregon Youth Council.

Survivors include children and stepchildren, John McManus of Eugene, Patricia Brand of San Jose, Calif., and Richard McManus of Salem, Harold McManus of Bellevue, Wash., 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Betty Johnston

Former resident

Betty Johnston, 80, formerly of Union County, died Tuesday in Gresham.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Frankie Evans

La Grande

Frankie Lenora Evans, 94, of La Grande died Monday in Ely, Nev. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.

Charline Melton

Formerly of La Grande

1911-2001

Charline Melton, 90, of West Linn and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 14, 2001, at a care center.

A memorial service was held earlier in West Linn.

Mrs. Melton was born July 11, 1911, to Llewelyn and Olive Alice Rutherford Faus in La Grande. She attended local schools and graduated from La Grande High School in 1929. She attended Eastern Oregon Normal School for one term and earned a secretarial certificate from a business school.

She married John Shepherd in La Grande, and after a divorce she married Henry Melton. She worked as a secretary in Baker City and as a housekeeper at Dorion Hall at the college until she retired in the 1970s. After a stroke she spent the last three years at a care center in West Linn.

She was active in local politics and had an award, The Charline Melton Democratic Volunteer Award, established in her name. She was a co-founder of the Blue Mountain Humane Association and also a charter member of the local Gray Panthers, a seniors' rights group. She was past president of the EOU chapter of the Oregon State Employees Association and a member of the Mental Health Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the La Grande Neighborhood Club, the Great Decisions study group, the Amigos and the Daughters of the American Revolution. A devoted Portland Trail Blazer fan, she was an avid watcher of their televised games. She enjoyed people, the outdoors and animals.

Survivors include her children, Carolyn Andel of Welton, Calif., Lonnie Dunn of Warrenton, Marilyn Moore of Gold Beach, Edie Kepley of Bend, James Melton of Port Ludlow, Wash., and Patty Apple of Lake Oswego; 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Her second husband, a daughter, Donna Sadler, and two brothers all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association, 3212 Highway 30, La Grande 97850.

Mary Anne Swindley

Formerly of La Grande

1913-2002

Mary Anne Gietlhuber Swindley, 89, of Lakewood, Wash., and formerly of La Grande, died March 15 at the home of her daughter. A memorial service will be held in La Grande during the summer.

New Tacoma Cemeteries and Funeral Home in Tacoma is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Swindley was born Jan. 11, 1913, to John and Lena Gietlhuber in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada. The family moved to Portland and then La Grande. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon, and she returned to Eastern Oregon where she taught in a one-room schoolhouse at the age of 16. After completing her master's degree at Eastern Oregon State College, she taught at all grade levels and retired from the Portland public school system.

After retirement, she lived on the coast where she wrote "The Adventures of a Little Toad." Much of the proceeds from the book were donated to the Tillamook County Library. She had just completed editing her second book. She enjoyed golf, tennis, outdoor excursions, bridge, dinners with her sisters at the Elks Club, reading and investing.

Survivors include her children, John Swindley, formerly of La Grande, and Patricia Swindley Geringer of Lakewood; one grandchild; two sisters, Sophia Hunt of Baker City and Georgine Critchlow of Pendleton; and other relatives. Two sisters still reside in Eastern Oregon.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity, the American Cancer Society, the La Grande or Tillamook public libraries, or the Blue Mountain Humane Association.

Dale Brookshier

Dale Kenneth Brookshier, 88, of Baker City and formerly of Imbler died Thursday in Baker City.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

An obituary will be published later.

Debra Romine

Debra Diane Romine, 48, of La Grande died Thursday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

An obituary will be published later.

Manning Web

Manning Web, 88, of Union died at his home Thursday.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

An obituary will be published later.

Viola Calder

Formerly of Elgin

1911-2002

Viola M. Calder, 90, of Baker City and formerly of Elgin died March 17 of complications from breast cancer in Troutdale.

A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane in Baker City with Ernie Collard of the First Ward officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Mrs. Calder was born April 5, 1911, to Andrew and Libby Lucas in Sumpter. She was raised in the Sumpter Valley, spending summers at the family ranch and winters in Sumpter.

She graduated from Baker High School and married Clarence L. Calder on Sept. 6, 1933. The marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple.

In 1946 the couple moved to Elgin, where she was active in the PTA, helped in Girl Scouts and 4-H, and attended her children's sports events.

In 1959 the family moved to Burns, where she worked at the ranch supply and a ladies' dress shop where she did alterations. After retirement the couple returned to Baker City, maintained a cabin in Granite and wintered in Apache Junction, Ariz.

She loved cooking, especially desserts, and enjoyed crochet, making afghans, playing bridge and spending time with friends and family.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Doan of Corbet, a daughter-in-law, Judy Calder of Salt Lake City, seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Her husband, a son and two sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650-309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309, or the Clarence A. Calder Memorial Scholarship endowment in mechanical engineering in care of Coles Funeral Home.

Irene Caldwell

Formerly of La Grande

1922-2001

Irene Lillian Allen Caldwell, 79, of Santee, Calif., and formerly of La Grande died Dec. 15. Services were held in El Cajon, Calif., with her brother-in-law, Everett Rhoton, presiding. A private memorial service will be held April 13 in Kamela.

Mrs. Caldwell was born March 4, 1922, to Henry J. and Ethelyn Noble Allen in Kamela. She grew up in La Grande. She was a member of the VFW auxiliary of Post 2990 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 259.

Survivors include her children, Ethelyn Baker, Rosetta Medlock, Coleen Pope, Kay Hayes, George Johnson and Loran Caldwell, nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, her sisters, Thelma Rhoton and Helen Stein, and her brothers, Harry and Roy Allen.

Two brothers, Melvin Allen and Sidney "Gene" Allen, and two sisters, Marian Nelson and Marie Michaels, died earlier.

Send memorials to the Sharp Hospice Care Foundation, P.O. Box 158, La Mesa, Calif. 91944-9942.

Frankie Evans

La Grande

1907-2002

Frankie Lenora Evans, 94 of La Grande died March 18 in Ely, Nev. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave., with the Rev. Mark Schlessman officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Evans was born May 24, 1907, to William Johnston and Georgia Margaret Luce Hunter in Munday, Texas. She attended a business college for one year but quit at the beginning of World War I. She worked in the fields picking cotton and as a housekeeper, waitress, cook, hostess, at dude ranches and at the veterans hospital in Prescott, Ariz. On Aug. 1, 1940, she married William Clayton Evans, who was in the military. After this she went to work for Roaha Aircraft plant in California.

The couple lived in Japan until the beginning of the Korean War, when her husband was wounded and sent home. She assisted the doctors and nurses on the plane with 21 wounded veterans.

The couple later moved to Bend and La Grande, where she ran a ceramics shop out of her home for three years. In 1955 they went to France, where they remained for five years and she organized a bowling league and wives club that organized many tours.

After returning to the United States in 1959, her husband retired in 1960 and they returned to La Grande. She enjoyed volunteer work and was president of the American Legion Auxiliary 43, the American Legion Department of Oregon District 6, the Eagles Auxiliary 259, and the Emblem Club 518.

Survivors include her brothers, Willie and Joe Hunter, both of Glendale Ariz., and John Hunter of Roseburg, and other relatives. Her husband, a brother, Carl Hunter, and sisters, Selma Sprauge and Moline Hunter, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

Donna Bolen

Donna Bolen, 70, of La Grande died Friday at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

General Pound

La Grande

General James Pound, 84, of La Grande died Thursday at a local care center. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.

Dale Brookshier

Formerly of Imbler

1914-2002

Dale Kenneth Brookshier, 88, of Baker City and formerly of Imbler died March 21. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Summerville Cemetery with Pastor Frank Humber of the Summerville Baptist Church officiating. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Brookshier was born Feb. 14, 1914, to James A. and Blanch Moffett Brookshier in Crescent, Okla. In 1940 he moved to Imbler, where he worked as a farmer and mill worker, and as a custodian and bus driver for the Imbler School District until his retirement. He married Ethel Fields, and after her death he married Lucretia Ruckman in May of 1970 in Vale. He moved to Baker City in 1998 to be near family.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking.

Survivors include his children, Robert Brookshier of Palouse, Wash., Leonard Brookshier of Baker City and Wayne Brookshier of Langlois; his step-children, Leon Paroz of Imbler, Merideth Patterson of Wenatchee, Wash., Annette Brokow of La Grande, David Paroz of North Port, Fla., Joann Parks of Irving, Texas, and Duane Paroz of Pendleton; numerous grandchildren; a half-sister, Arlene Johnson of Guthrie, Okla.; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Summerville Baptist Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

‘Dutch' Webb

Union

1913-2002

Manning "Dutch" Webb, 88, of Union died March 21 at his home. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with the Rev. Doug Hale officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr. Webb was born Dec. 19, 1913, to Burt and Zoe Jaycott Webb in Detroit, Mich. He attended school in California and served in the Navy during World War II. He moved to Union in 1963 and worked as a master upholsterer for many years. He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting mushrooms, and working with his hands. He built bear chairs for kids.

Survivors include his children, Manning Webb of Union, LaRhea Bowden of Clear Lake, Calif., Theron Webb of Mukielio, Wash., Jim Ritchie of Tacoma, Wash., Art Ritchie of La Grande, Hazel Hagen of Vancouver, Wash., and Jeannie Peacock of Baker City; 24 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ola May Long of Clear Lake; and other relatives.

His companion of 42 years, Helen Romig, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to GRH Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel.

 
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