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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR MAY 26 - 31, 2003


OBITUARIES FOR MAY 26 - 31, 2003

Robert G. Whitmore

Robert G. Whitmore, 83, of La Grande, died Monday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Robert Bailey

Robert Bailey, 83, of La Grande died Tuesday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Doris Courtney

Formerly of La Grande


A memorial service for Doris E. Courtney, 78, of Boise and formerly of La Grande will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church, 1702 Sixth St.

Mrs. Courtney was born on Dec. 22, 1924, to Ellen and Floyd Reeder in Anderson, Iowa, and married Burl Courtney. The couple lived in La Grande from 1945 to 1968. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed bowling and considered La Grande her home.

She died Jan. 7 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Danni and Ron Smith of Boise, and Larry Courtney of Portland; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Duane Reeder of Whittier, Calif., and a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Vernon Stewart of Irrigon. Her husband and a brother, Lavern, died earlier.

John Ricker

La Grande


John H. Ricker, 84, of La Grande died May 25 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., with Pastor David Eddy of the Faith Center officiating. Viewing will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Mr. Ricker was born Nov. 29, 1918, to Frank E. and Della E. Groesbeck Ricker at Hot Lake. He attended school in Union and married Lucille Spence in 1940. After a divorce he married Audrey R. Byer, and they divorced in 2000.

He worked for 34 years as an engineer with the Oregon Department of Transportation. He worked on the location and construction of Interstate 84 between La Grande and Baker City, and also helped design both the marina at Wallowa Lake and the RV parking at Wallowa Lake Park. He retired in the mid-1970s.

He was a member of the Pendleton Presbyterian Church and a charter member of the Eastern Oregon Historical Auto Club of Pendleton. He helped organize the Eastern Oregon Racing Association in La Grande and served as president for several years and the square dance association. He enjoyed racing, building race cars, dancing, bowling and traveling.

Survivors include daughters and their spouses, Barbara and Art Steffen of La Grande, and F. Elaine and Michael Hartman of Kirkland, Wash.; his first

wife; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Pendleton Roundup Hall of Fame or any charity in care of Loveland Chapel.

David Wylde

La Grande


David G. Wylde, 83, of La Grande died May 24 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery with Pastor Frank Cooke of St. Peter's Episcopal Church officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangement.

Mr. Wylde was born Jan. 16, 1920, to Benjamin F. and Irma Aiken Wylde in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He married Patti Duncan on Feb. 18, 1942, in San Francisco. The couple returned to La Grande where he was a title officer for Abstract and Title Co., the family business, until his retirement in 1976.

He was a member of St. Peter's Church, the American Legion, the Elks Lodge and the Masonic Lodge. He had been a member of a traveling bugle corps, and he enjoyed building model airplanes that he donated to the La Grande airport.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Stephen and Jeuti Wylde of Louisville, Ken., and Judy and Neal Winters of Lake Oswego; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A son, David Wylde, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Debora Maffeo

La Grande


Debora L. Maffeo, 45, of La Grande died May 26 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mrs. Maffeo was born Sept. 4, 1957, to John and Liane Gantka Webb in Vancouver, Wash. She graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in Vancouver and married Hans Maffeo on Jan. 7, 1975, at Long Beach, Wash. She was a homemaker and lived in La Grande for 18 years.

She was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed gardening, camping and painting.

Survivors include her husband and a son, Joe Maffeo, both of La Grande; her mother, Liane Rushing of Vancouver; her father of Mexico; two brothers, Scott Webb and Casey Webb, both of Vancouver; a sister, Pam Sellers of Portland and other relatives.

Robert Whitmore

La Grande


Robert Glen Whitmore, 84, of La Grande died May 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will be held later at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mr. Whitmore was born May 13, 1919, to Glen and Della Hearing Whitmore in Enterprise. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1937, drove truck and then served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in Italy and North Africa as a member of a B-17 bomber crew. He earned numerous campaign ribbons and was awarded several decorations for distinguished service.

He married Patricia Bittle in Walla Walla. The couple moved to Enterprise, where he worked as a sawmill electrician in mills throughout Wallowa and Union counties. He was a member of the volunteer fire department in Enterprise for many years. The family moved in 1967 to

La Grande, where he worked at the Boise Cascade sawmill until his retirement in 1982.

He was a pioneer in radio broadcasting in Wallowa County, where he built and operated a radio station called BOB in 1935. He enjoyed driving in Wallowa and Union counties, reminiscing about the old times and helping others wherever he could.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Mike and Cindy Whitmore of La Grande, Jackie and J.R. Simmons of Oregon City, and Tim and Cammie Whitmore of Island City; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and other relatives. Three brothers, Virgil, Delbert and Terrence Whitmore, all died earlier. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel.


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