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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR OCTOBER 21 - 26, 2002

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OBITUARIES FOR OCTOBER 21 - 26, 2002

Bonnie Hickey

La Grande

1931-2002

Bonnie Joyce Hickey, 71, of La Grande, died Oct. 21 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A celebration of life will start at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Island City at "The Place,'' 62846 Philynda Loop. A private family service at the Cove Cemetery will follow.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hickey was born on Aug. 20, 1931, to Charles and Ella (Edmonds) Wetherell in Arlington.

On May 13, 1952, she married Jerolee Hickey in Goldendale, Wash. They moved to La Grande from Arlington in 1964. Mrs. Hickey was a member of Life Exchange Ministries.

Survivors include her husband, Jerolee of La Grande; sons, Dave Wetherell of Silverdale, Wash., Phillip Hickey of Cove, Jim Hickey of Corvallis, Tom Hickey of Post Falls, Idaho, and John Hickey of La Grande; daughters, Cindy Simonis of La Grande and Charleen Williams of Umatilla; sisters, Myrtle Fite and Mable Starkey; and brothers, Richard Wetherell, Chub Wetherell and Jim Sharpe; 33 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Brothers Larry and Ruben Wetherell and sisters Ruby Zestrow and Mildred Wetherell died earlier.

Lottie R. McKinney

1911-2002

Lottie R. McKinney, 91, of Cove died Oct. 19 at her daughter's home in Cove.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. today at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. McKinney was born on April 18, 1911, to George W. and Mary (Elliot) Slyter in Withrow, Wash. She enjoyed her family, sewing, quilting and crocheting. Her husband Harry died in 1978.

Survivors include her daughters, Donna Johnson of Cove and Carole Burchert of Vancouver, Wash.; son, Gene McKinney of La Grande; 13 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

One great-grandchild died earlier.

Ruth Janette Roe

1920-2002

Ruth Janette Roe, 81, of La Grande died Oct. 21 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne Pickens officiating. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Roe was born on Nov. 28, 1920, to Clayton and Pearl (Wilson) Lillie in Spokane. She married Nile Roe in Weiser, Idaho, on May 20, 1940.

She was an avid Bridge player and enjoyed needlework. She was a member of the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary and the La Grande Emblem Club.

Survivors include her husband in La Grande; sons, Terry of Boring and Bob of Tigard; daughter, Sue Bohlmann of Hood River; and six grandchildren.

Two sisters, Florence Dawson and Wilma Rabe, died earlier.

Memorial contributions can be made to a favorite charity.

Harold Hilary

La Grande

1915-2002

Harold Francis Hilary, 87, of La Grande died Oct. 22 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A reception will follow at Wild Flower Lodge, 508 16th St.

Mr. Hilary was born July 22, 1915, to John and Louise Abegg Hilary in Portland. He married Marian Sanderson on June 29, 1938, in Walla Walla. He worked as conductor on the Union Pacific Railroad for 38 years and was a member of the Union Pacific Oldtimers, the Eagles, the Blue Mountain Good Sam Club and St. Peter's Episcopal Church. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Sally and Dick Nusser of Salem, Susan and Dave McCall of Monarch, Mont., James and Naomi Hilary of La Grande, and, Jerold and Jean Hilary of Portland; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. An infant daughter, Kyra Lee, and two brothers, James and Lyle Hilary, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the St. Peter's Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Jim Lee Smith

Jim Lee Smith, 52, of La Grande died at Grande Ronde Hospital Thursday.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. An obituary will be published later.

Joe Dethloff Jr.

1945-2002

William Joseph "Joe" Dethloff Jr., 57, postmaster of North Powder since 1993, died Oct. 18 of cancer after a year-long illness.

Visitation started Thursday, and continued today from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home. A vigil service will be held at 7 tonight at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the cathedral. Revs. Thomas J. Connolly, Robert C. Irwin and James P. Logan will celebrate the Mass. Interment will follow at Rock Creek Cemetery.

Born April 5, 1945, in Vanport to William J. and Mary Steward Dethloff. Joe attended school in Portland, graduating from North Catholic High School in 1963. After three years at Portland State University, he was in the Navy for four years. He then served in the Navy Reserves for 26 years, retiring in 1997 as a senior chief.

Mr. Dethloff went to work for the Post Office as a letter carrier in 1970. He married Arlene Mary Haberman on Aug. 5, 1972, in Portland. They moved to Rock Creek in 1976, fulfilling a dream to begin farming, in addition to working for the Baker City Post Office.

He continued as a letter carrier until being promoted to postmaster in Sumpter. He was transferred to the North Powder Post Office as postmaster in 1993, where he worked until the time of his death.

Mr. Dethloff was an active volunteer in many organizations. He was a former president and treasurer of the Wolf Creek Grange. He belonged to the North Powder Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus where he was Knight of the Year in 1986, was a former vice chairman of the Baker County Planning Commission, served on the parish council for St. Francis de Sales Church.

He was given special recognition at St. Francis for his "Smokin' Joe's Chili Feed" a fund-raiser for local non-profit organizations.

He attended and participated in various activities at St. Anthony Church, North Powder, distributing food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas to people in need.

His faith was the center of his life. Mr. Dethloff is best known for his sense of humor and generous spirit.

Mr. Dethloff is survived by his wife; son and daughter-in-law, Marty and Destini Dethloff; daughter and son-in-law, Josie and Chuck Graven; son, David Dethloff; and five grandchildren; his mother; sister, Mary G.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Theresa and David Schierman, Carolyn and Mike Cain, Connie and Tim Gassner; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom and Shary Dethloff and Ron and Chris Dethloff; and 24 nieces and nephews.

His father died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Providence Hospice or St. Francis Food Bank through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814.

Pete Droke

Union

1916-2002

Pete Erwin Droke, 86, of Union died Oct. 21 at his home. Burial was at the Cove Cemetery. Military honors were provided by the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry of the Oregon Army National Guard.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Droke was born Jan. 21, 1916, to Samuel and Sara Droke on the family farm near Telocaset. He married Marceile G. Alexander and worked on ranches, at the sawmill, the Union Meat Market and for the Union County Road Department until his retirement. He enlisted in the National Guard and served in New Guinea during World War II as a master sergeant chief cook.

He was an avid gardener and was famous for his cinnamon rolls and for sourdough hotcakes that he made at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Cowboy Breakfasts.

Survivors include his wife of Union; children and their spouses, Bob and Becky Droke of Cove, Ron and Sandy Droke of Union, and Vicki and Mike Becker of Union; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to Union County Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St.

Pauline Schroth

1924-2002

Fay Pauline Schroth was born Jan. 28, 1924. She died Oct. 18, 2002, in Scottsdale, Ariz., as the result of an automobile accident. She was 78.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 485 W. Locust Ave., Hermiston, followed by a Celebration of Life at Cottage Flowers, 850 S. Highway 395.

She was born in Perry to George and Agnes Hansen Andrews. She attended and graduated from La Grande schools. She attended Eastern Oregon University for two years prior to serving in the Navy from 1943 to 1945.

She married Norm Schroth on May 24, 1947, in Lewiston, Idaho. They lived in La Grande until they moved to Hermiston in 1952.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hermiston and Scottsdale Bible Church. She was a member of P.E.O.

She is survived by her husband; a son, Ron Schroth; a daughter, Linda Brink; grandsons Michael Brink and Dominic Brink, all of Hermiston; a brother, Horton Andrews of La Grande. A sister, Kay Dittrich, died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Association for Retarded Citizens of Hermiston or the Vange John Memorial Hospice.

Wayne Helfer

Hermiston

1928-2002

Wayne Otis Helfer, 74, of Hermiston died Oct. 13 at Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston. A private celebration of life service was held at the Summerville Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Helfer was born Aug. 26, 1928, to William Crawford and Ruth Moore Helfer in Denison, Wash. He married Marlene Welch on Dec. 29, 1977. He was a contractor for the Union Pacific Railroad in the construction of bridges and buildings. He retired in 1973. He lived in Walla Walla for 50 years before moving to La Grande. He was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Helfer was a good cook and had an amazing ability to stretch a dollar. He enjoyed working in his garden and could grow anything.

Survivors include six children, two brothers, two sisters, 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

His wife died earlier.

Bonnie Hickey

La Grande

1931-2002

Bonnie Joyce Hickey, 71, of La Grande, died Oct. 21 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Services were held Wednesday with burial at Cove Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Hickey was born on Aug. 20, 1931, to Charles and Ella Edmonds Wetherell in Arlington.

On May 13, 1952, she married Jerolee Hickey in Goldendale, Wash. The couple moved to La Grande in 1964. She was a member of Life Exchange Ministries.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande, children, Phillip Hickey of Cove, Jim Hickey Corvallis, Tom Hickey of Post Falls, Idaho, John Hickey and Cindy Simonis, both of La Grande, and Charleen Williams of Umatilla, 33 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, two sisters, Myrtle Fite and Mable Starkey, and brothers, Richard, Chub, Dave, Delbert and Ben Wetherell, and Jim Sharpe.

Two brothers, Larry and Ruben Wetherell, and two sisters, Ruby Zestrow and Mildred Wetherell, died earlier.

Harold Hilary

La Grande

1915-2002

Harold Francis Hilary, 87, of La Grande died Oct. 22 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A service will begin at 2 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A reception will follow at Wild Flower Lodge, 508 16th St.

Mr. Hilary was born July 22, 1915, to Alonzo and Lena Osborn Cummins in Portland. After his parents' death he was adopted by John and Louise Abegg Hilary.

Mr. Hilary was a 1933 graduate of La Grande High School. He married Marian Sanderson on June 29, 1938, in Walla Walla. He worked as conductor on the Union Pacific Railroad for 38 years and was a member of the Union Pacific Oldtimers, the Eagles, the Blue Mountain Good Sam Club and St. Peter's Episcopal Church. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Sally and Dick Nusser of Salem, Susan and Dave McCall of Monarch, Mont., James and Naomi Hilary of La Grande, and, Jerold and Jean Hilary of Portland; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

An infant daughter, Kyra Lee, and two brothers, James and Lyle Cummins, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the St. Peter's Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Judy Beeson

Judy Beeson, 51, of La Grande died Friday afternoon at St. Alphonse Hospital in Boise. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

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