Home News Obituaries OBITUARIES FOR NOVEMBER 10 - 15, 2003
OBITUARIES FOR NOVEMBER 10 - 15, 2003
Florence Brennan, 78, of Joseph died Nov. 7 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. A recitation of the rosary will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Katherine's Catholic Church in Enterprise. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. and burial will follow at Prairie Creek Cemetery.
Mrs. Brennan was born Oct. 9, 1925, to Cyrus and Josephine Scott Whitman at the Wallowa hospital. She graduated from Joseph High School as the salutatorian in 1943, and married Mike Brennan. After the war, the couple settled at Lightning Creek Ranch. She played the church organ, sang in the choir, taught catechism for 20 years, and served her family, church, and community. She worked for 13 years at the Bank of Wallowa County. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, volunteered at senior meals and the Wallowa County Museum, and enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling to Yuma, Ariz., for the winter, and outings with the Little Swiss Rovers and Paradise Sams RV clubs.
Survivors include her husband of Joseph; children, Mike, Jim, Dennis, Will, Pat, Mary, Tammy and Caroline; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Vivian Guy and Ruth Sandefur. A brother, John Whitman, died earlier. Memorials may be made to Wallowa County Hospice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St, Enterprise.
David Lyndon Rose, 87, of La Grande died Nov. 8 at Grande Ronde Hos-pital. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Island City Ceme-tery with the Rev. Frank Cooke officiating.
Mr. Rose was born March 15, 1916, to James S. and Grace A. Del Rose in Pendleton. He attended the Mission Indian School. During World War II he served in the Army at Fort Sill, Okla., and on March 21, 1946, he married Evelyn Tameris in La Grande. He worked as an engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement.
He was a member of the La Grande Masonic Lodge, the Al Kader Shrine and the Mount. Emily Chapter of the Good Sam Club. He will be remembered as a generous man who helped many people who needed a lift.
Survivors include children, Lyndon Rose of Cove, Jerry Bradshaw and Marcene Gerlach, both of Island City; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and other relatives. His wife, three brothers and a sister died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Portland Shriners' Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
Jacqueline Lee Patten "Jackie" Coughlan, 73, of Joseph died Nov. 7. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Cemetery in Enterprise. A community dinner will follow in St. Katherine's parish hall. A candlelight mass will be offered in her name at 5 p.m. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Coughlan was born Dec. 2, 1929, to James and Beaulah Matthews Kelsey Patten in Joseph. She graduated from Enterprise High School in 1946 and attended Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. She married John Coughlan in 1950. The couple lived in Toronto, Ontario, and Banff, Alberta, in Canada, and in San Francisco, Calif., Portland, Spokane, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Medford before returning to Joseph. They lived in her family home on Main Street. She was a homemaker, but after her husband's death in 1981 she worked as a bookkeeper for Wallowa Memorial Hospital until she retired in 1993. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and the Catholic Church.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Michael and Lisa Coughlan of Imbler, Brian and Cheryl Coughlan of Joseph, Kathleen Coughlan of Joseph, Michele Coughlan of Corvallis and Susan Coughlan of Tillamook; six grandchildren; a brother, Bill Kelsay of Walla Walla; a sister, Carolyn Hurd of Emmett, Idaho, and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Joseph City Library.
Barbara Duncan, 61, of Elgin died Nov. 8 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.
Ms. Duncan was born Dec. 8, 1942, to Tom and Louise Thornton Duncan in San Bernardino, Calif. She married Joe Churchill, but after 35 years the couple were divorced. She moved to La Grande 1976 and opened Arts Plus. In 1993 she moved to the Olympia, Wash., area, and returned in 2000. She enjoyed art and flying an
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Jessie Chandler of Elgin; four siblings, Shirley Econome of Palmdale, Calif., Lester Puttie of Salem, Russell Duncan of Olympia, and Bonnie Follett of Elgin; and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Elgin Food Bank in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.
Formerly of Elgin
Lee Thomas Follett, 90, of Richland, Wash., and formerly of Elgin, died Nov. 6 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland. The funeral was held Monday at the LDS Church in Elgin. Vault interment followed at Elgin Cemetery.
Mr. Follett was born July 21, 1913, to Warren King and Hanna Annecora Batty Follett in Elgin. On Dec. 28, 1935, he married Hazel Grace McClune, and after a divorce he married Ethel Coles on Jan 21, 1956. She died earlier. He lived his entire life in the Grande Ronde Valley until the past year when he moved to Richland to be near family. He worked for over 31 years for the Oregon State Highway Division, and retired in 1975.
He was a member of the La Grande Eagles Lodge, and a charter member and past president of the Elgin Stampeders. His retirement years were spent in the mountains camping,
hunting, riding his horses and snowmobiling.
Survivors include his companion, Doris Myers-Hiberd; children and their spouses, La Roy and Dana Follett of Pendleton, Linda and Ira Lively of West Richland Wash.; stepsons and their spouses, Norvin and Eleanor Coles of Cove, and Willard and Ruth Coles of La Pine; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Seth Follett, of Bremerton Wash.
The family requests people who have stories of his life
Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
William A. "Bill" Young, 84,
of Enterprise died Nov. 8 at a care center.
The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., in Enterprise.
Burial will follow at the Enterprise Cemetery.
Mr. Young was born Aug. 17, 1919, to Charles and Catherine Springer Young. He attended school at Zumwalt and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1939. He served in the Army during World War II as a medical technician in the Army Medical Corps. He served in both the European and Pacific theaters. On Nov. 19, 1943, in Oakland, Calif., while both were on leave, he married Betty H. Clark, a 2nd Lt. also in the Army Medical Corps.
The couple returned to Zumwalt, where they raised cattle, sheep and hay. The family moved to Enterprise and purchased a farm on Hurricane Creek Road in 1950 and continued to run two farms, one in the valley and the family ranch at Zumwalt. He retired from ranching in 1984 but still helped with haying, branding and many other jobs around the farm.
Survivors include children and their spouses, David and Michele Young of Enterprise, Mark and Denise Young of Boise, and Steve and Gena Young of Lostine, seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. His wife died in 1997.
Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home.
Formerly of La Grande
Robert Harold Dow, 82, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died Nov. 5. At his request there was no service.
Mr. Dow was born June 12, 1921, to Harold and Anna Dow in La Grande. He played guard and tackle for the La Grande High School Tigers football team and earned the nickname "Rowdy Dow." He attended the University of Oregon and served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. He married Mary Gene Bohnenkamp and completed his degree at the University of Oregon. He later attended graduate school there and at Stanford. He played both the clarinet and the saxophone in his own band and with Art Holman's Dance Band.
He began teaching in Salem where he was later principal of Parrish and Waldo junior high schools and Liberty Elementary School before serving as president of both the Oregon Education Association Department of Classroom Teachers, and the Oregon Secondary Principals Association.
He enjoyed reading and playing golf Â— even in the snow.
Survivors include his wife of Salem; children, Barbara and Julie Dow, and two granddaughters, all of Portland.
Memorials may be made to the Salem Library Foundation or the Willamette Valley Hospice.
Sammie Greulich, 97, of La Grande died Nov. 10 at a local care center. A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday at Wildflower Lodge, 508 16th St. Anyone who knew her is invited to attend.
Mrs. Greulich was born April 10, 1906, to Robert and Della Iverson Bennett in Grand Forks, N.D. She attended grade school in La Grande and graduated from Pendleton High School. She attended the University of Oregon and then married Loye A. McGee of Pendleton in 1924. The couple lived in New York City where he attended graduate school and she worked at Columbia Teachers College. After World War II the family settled in Tacoma, Wash. After her husband's death in 1979 she married an old friend, Francis Greulich of La Grande, in 1987. He died in 1992.
She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and attended
St. Peter's Episcopal Church. She enjoyed playing bridge and being with her friends.
Survivors include daughters, Sally Horn of Hailey, Idaho,
and Loy Ann Carrington of Providence, R.I.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice, P.O. Box 3290, La Grande 97850, or in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St, La Grande.
Formerly of La Grande
Donald Keith Shelton, 82, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died Oct. 13. City View Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Shelton was born May 22, 1921, to Albert Lucien and Augusta Sue Shelton in Condon. He attended school in La Grande where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended the University of Oregon and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war he graduated from Eastern Oregon College, and earned both a master's degree and a doctorate in education from the University of Oregon.
He worked as a school principal in Eugene and in Newport, was superintendent of Hood River County Schools, and from the mid-1960s until he retired in 1979, was the director of the Oregon Community College Association .
Survivors include his wife June of Salem; children, Janis McNair of Pt. Richmond, Calif., Steven Shelton of Anchorage, Alaska, and Dana Fitzpatrick of McMinnville; six grandchildren; and a brother, Jim Shelton of Turner.
Robert D. Wilhelm, 64, of Elgin died Nov. 9, while hunting near Catherine Creek of natural causes. Viewing will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.
A funeral will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Elgin Christian Church, 1335 Division St. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery.
Mr. Wilhelm was born Sept. 22, 1939, to Clarence H. and Bernice P. Marsden Wilhelm in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and married Elma Jean Hicks on Dec. 21, 1958, in Elgin. He served in the National Guard and was a contractor and rancher. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, raising cattle, cutting wood, square-dancing and calling dances. He had been a member of the Lutheran Church and was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Elgin Stampeders.
Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children and their spouses, Hoby and Cindy Wilhelm, Dianne and Phil Greif, and Clay and Sheri Wilhelm, all of Elgin; nine grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Ray and Carol Wilhelm of Elgin, and Roy and Evelyn Wilhelm of La Grande; sisters and a brother-in law, Betty Ferris of Elgin, and Shirley and Terry Flatebo of Redmond.
Memorials may be made to the Elgin FFA in care of Loveland Chapel.
Kelton Wayne Clifton, 42, of La Grande died Nov. 2 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes. A celebration of life was held Nov. 7 at Damascus Road Ministries, 905 C Ave., with Pastor Kemit Knight officiating.
Mr. Clifton was born June 19, 1961, to Kelton F. and LaRue Stanley Clifton in Center, Texas. He moved to La Grande about eight years ago. He was a truck driver and enjoyed eating out, going to movies and flea markets, and spending time with his daughter.
Survivors include his companion, Marta Harvill, and his daughter, Alissa Harvill, both of La Grande; two brothers, James Clifton of Center, and TaFari Spencer of La Grande; his mother, LaRue Spencer of La Grande; a grandmother, Susan Clifton of Center, and other relatives.
Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Charles Eldon "Hutch" Hutchinson, 87, of Baker County and formerly of North Powder died Nov. 8 at a care center. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, with Pastor Jack Bynum of the Baker United Methodist Church officiating. A reception will follow.
Mr. Hutchinson was born March 24, 1916, to Charles Edward and Maude Kelsey Hutchinson on the family ranch near North Powder. He graduated with a degree in agriculture in 1938 from Oregon State College, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and was enrolled in the ROTC program. He served in the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. On Nov. 1, 1941, he married Clara Hall near Portland. The couple returned to North Powder and purchased the family ranch. They retired in 1990 and moved to their present home outside of Baker City.
He served on various boards including the North Powder School Board, North Powder Methodist Church, and Eastern Oregon University. He worked tirelessly for the creation and construction of Wolf Creek and Pilcher Creek dams.
Survivors include his wife of Baker County; daughters, Sherry Greulich of Beaverton and Pamela Enstad of Edmonds, Wash.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Helen, Charlene and Ardath, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Care Center in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City 97814.
Myron J. "Jiggs" Hallgarth, 82, of Elgin died Nov. 13 at a La Grande care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the Elgin Christian Church, 1335 Division St.
Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Hallgarth was born June 29, 1921, to James and Ada Hazelwood Hallgarth in Elgin. He worked in farming and then served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Nova Jean Widell on May 16, 1942, in La Grande.
He worked at various mills in the Elgin area, and at the Boise Cascade mill in Elgin until he retired in l984. He was a member of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, and an EMT with the Elgin Ambulance. He was a member of the La Grande Eagles Lodge, the Odd Fellows Lodge 49, and a past Master of the Rockwall Grange. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, dancing and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children and their spouses, Donna and Jim Trump, Jim and Risa Hallgarth, and Wayne Hallgarth, all of Elgin; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a sister, Helen Smith of Port Orchard, Wash. A brother and two grandchildren died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Elgin Fire Department for the new building fund, or the Elgin Ambulance Fund in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.
Edna E. Long, 83, of La Grande died Nov. 11 at a local care center. A funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Church of the Nazarene, 109 18th St., with Pastor Brent Clapp officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
Mrs. Long was born Aug. 20, 1920, to Edward H. and Olive E. Mostiller Ayer in Crawford, Colo. She was raised in El Segundo, Calif., graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in journalism, and married Ralph Long on Nov. 14, 1945, in Santa Monica, Calif. The couple had a farm in the Summerville area for 36 years. They later divorced.
A homemaker, she wrote a weekly column for The Observer and the Elgin Recorder, and moved to La Grande in 1983. She was a founding member of the Summerville Baptist Church where she had taught Sunday school, and was a leader in the missionary circle and the Good News Club. She became a member of the Church of the Nazarene and participated in weekly services at the Twin Firs Retirement Center.
She was member of the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered as a Pink Lady. She worked for the American Greeting Card Co., arranging cards at Safeway. She was a KOPS at TOPS, and her carrot cake won a best of class at the Union County Fair. She enjoyed reading and gardening.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Wayne and Patricia Long, and Ronald Long, all of La Grande, and Gerald and Shirley Long of Rock Springs; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Lee Ayer of Temecula, Calif., and a sister, Mary Bell Goree of Moreno Valley, Calif. A brother, Harold Ayer, a sister, Evelyn Borra, and two grandchildren died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Nazarene Church Ministries Fund in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.
Formerly of Summerville
Lewis R. Porter, 83, of Plummer, Idaho, and formerly of Summerville, died Oct. 28 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Burial was at the Summerville Cemetery Nov. 1 with Pastor Rob Collins officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Porter was born Aug. 17, 1920, to Fred and Bertha Rose Porter in Athens, Ohio. He married Hazel Neiman on Sept. 6, 1948, in Lewiston, Idaho. She died in 2002.
Mr. Porter served in the Army in the 3rd Tank Battalion. He received the European Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Star. During the war, he found papers during a search of a barn in a safe that showed all the gun placements in the Siegfried line. He enjoyed camping and hiking and was an avid rock collector.
Survivors include children, Twila Speer of Pilot Rock, Hazel Dewey of Emmett, Idaho, Loma Wagoner of Summerville, Lanaia Simon of Spokane, and Ron Pfiefer of Craigmont, Idaho; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Fred Porter of Bellevue, Ohio. His wife, five sisters and two brothers died earlier.
James Wagoner, 92, of Summerville, died Friday at his home.
A graveside funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Summerville Cemetery.
A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Jeanette Berger, 87, of La Grande and formerly of Bend, died Nov. 9 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life was held Nov. 14 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mrs. Berger was born on Jan. 18, 1916, to Milo and Joy Stringham Blanchard in Union. As a child, she and her family moved to La Grande, and in 1933 she graduated from La Grande High School.
On Nov. 28, 1935, she married Walter Berger in Grand Coulee, Wash. She worked for an attorney in Grand Coulee until they moved to Yakima, where she also worked for an attorney for a short time. They later moved to the Seattle area and then purchased a hotel/resort in Hoodsport, Wash., which she ran while her husband was serving in the military during World War II. They later sold the resort and purchased the Bell Hotel in Bellingham, Wash.
They later moved to Portland and retired to Bend. After residing in Bend for 40 years they returned to La Grande five years ago.
Mrs. Berger was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was also a member of PEO Chapter DK and a member of the La Grande Country Club where she was active with the bridge club. For 20 years they summered on their boat in Canada and Alaska.
They enjoyed world traveling and skiing in Europe and the United States. She loved playing cards and was part of several card clubs. She also enjoyed knitting, reading, cooking and attending social events.
Survivors include her husband in La Grande; sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Sharon Berger of Portland and Dick and Jody Berger of Caldwell, Idaho; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and other relatives. Two brothers died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the La Grande Public Library or the PEO Chapter DK Scholarship Fund in care of Daniels Chapel
of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
Goldie P. Perren, 92, of Enterprise died Nov. 13 at a care center.
The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Katherine's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Enterprise Cemetery.
Mrs. Perren was born Nov. 22, 1910, to William "Bert" and Edith Whitman Day in Enterprise. She spent her early years on Cow Creek and Prairie Creek, and in 1927 she married Henry Perren while both worked for a local sheep rancher, Louis Audet. They bought and lived on an adjacent farm until they moved to Enterprise in 1939.
She held a number of jobs including stints at Dutli's Bakery and Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Besides her own children she provided a home away from home for numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was active in the community and her church, and helped found Fish, a precursor to the current senior programs. She taught Catechism for more than 25 years and even into her 80s drove the elderly to appointments and shopping.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Fran Perren; son-in-law, Norman Beach; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, a daughter, Dolores Beach, two brothers, two sisters and a great-grandson, Jonathan Bauck, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to Wallowa County Hospice or the American Red Cross in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St.