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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR OCTOBER 28 - 31, 2002



Jim Smith

La Grande


Jim Smith, 52, of La Grande died Oct. 24 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes. Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Island City Cemetery. A potluck at the La Grande Mavericks Club will follow the service.

Mr. Smith was born May 19, 1950, to Russell and Geraldine Lewis Smith in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1968 and married Karen Twidwell on Aug. 16, 1969, in La Grande. He worked at Terry Trailers, as a Union County sheriff's deputy, as a route salesman for Cloverclub Snackfoods and as a conductor and engineer on the Union Pacific Railroad. He was a member of the United Transportation Union and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He enjoyed hunting deer and elk, fishing for steelhead, camping in Ladd Canyon, deep-sea fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Kristi and Rod Ritchie and Jennifer and Les Brasure; a brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Deana Smith; his mother and three grandchildren, all of La Grande. His father died earlier.

Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Jim Smith Memorial in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Judy Beeson

La Grande


Judith Diane Beeson, 51, of La Grande died Oct. 25 at a hospital in Boise after a trucking accident. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1507 Seventh St.

Ms. Beeson was born Jan. 29, 1951, to Gene and Wanda Brasky Beeson in Weiser, Idaho. She graduated from Union High School and worked as a truck driver for R.D. Mac for 26 years. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and horseback riding.

Survivors include her companion, Connie Goff of La Grande; her mother of Union; her brothers and their spouses, Gene Beeson Jr. of Sumpter, Tom Beeson of Salem and Chris and Debra Beeson of Union and other relatives.

Alice MacPherson



Alice Marie MacPherson, 82, of Union died Oct. 15 at a local care center. A memorial service will be held in the spring and burial will be in the Union Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. MacPherson was born Feb. 7, 1920, to Herschell R. and Harriett M. Ford Ensminger in Baker City. The family lived in Granite and Pondosa where she graduated from Union High School in 1938. In 1939, she married Donald F. MacPherson. The couple lived in Palouse, Wash., Gig Harbor, Wash., and Waitsburg, Wash., before returning to Union in 1944 where her husband owned The Union Republic newspaper for many years.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Marcia and David Hudson Depatie of Sisters, and Scott and Jan MacPherson of Las Vegas, Nev., four grandchildren, a brother, Robert Ensminger and a half-sister Sally Gerbing Hardin, both of Klamath Falls, a half-brother Dustin Gerbing of California, and other relatives. Her husband died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Louis Corley



Louis William Corley, 64, of Ukiah, died Oct. 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ukiah Cemetery.

Mr. Corley was born Oct. 6, 1938, to Elvin Louis "Mike" and Mabel Louise Cox Corley in Hamilton. He attended schools in Long Creek and graduated from Monument High School. He married Mary Vinson on Aug. 22, 1957, in Prairie City. He was a logger in Dale before moving to Ukiah 18 years ago.

Mr. Corley was a member of the Presbyterian church and a former member of the John Day Elks Lodge.

He was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and the mountains.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Corley of Ukiah; children, Sarah West of McMinnville, Mike Corley of Long Creek, Bill Corley of Pendleton, Sandy Corley of Monument and Pat Corley of Ukiah; sister, Verna Weissenflu of Pendleton; brother, Bob Corley of Monument; 12 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and other relatives.

His parents, brother, Stanley Corley and sister, Joanne Tipton died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande 97850.

Raymond Faller

La Grande


Raymond Joseph Faller, 69, of La Grande died Oct. 3 at Grande Ronde Hospital. At his request there will be no public service. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Faller was born April 28, 1933, to Henry and Eleanor Carrey Faller in Queens, N.Y. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and worked as a sales manager of medical equipment for many years before owning and operating a sign brokerage.

He married Norma Bollotin Machlovitz on Dec. 30, 1973, in Tarzana, Calif. The couple moved to La Grande in 2001 to be near family. He enjoyed classic cars, antique planes and loved children. He was a World War II buff and loved to travel.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande, children, Barbara Faller of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Lawrence Faller of Temecula, Calif., Brian Faller, Tom Faller of South Carolina, Michael Faller of Boise, Debra Votaw of La Grande, Wendy Machlovitz of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Stacy Rodriguez of Thousand Oaks; brother, George Faller of Florida; six grandchildren; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Jim Smith

La Grande

The obituary published Monday for Jim Smith, 52, of La Grande, reported a potluck would be held Wednesday at the La Grande Mavericks Club.

The potluck will be held at the Ron Harsin home on Booth Lane immediately following the 2 p.m. graveside service at the Island City Cemetery.

Viewing is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mr. Smith died Oct. 24 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Les Brasure

La Grande


Les Brasure, 49, of La Grande died Oct. 26 at his home of natural causes. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Viewing will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Mr. Brasure was born Aug. 17, 1953, to Bill and Beverly McKlin Brasure in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and served in the military during the Vietnam War. He married Jennifer Smith on April 15, 1994, in La Grande and worked for Texaco, was a gas technician for Petrolane, a fuel truck driver for Cenex propane and a journeyman for Safeway.

He enjoyed hunting for deer, elk and birds, camping, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Ashlee Brasure and Amanda Brasure, both of

La Grande, and Sharee Irwin of Albuquerque, N.M.; his father of La Grande; brothers, Mike Brasure and Steve Brasure of Portland; one granddaughter; and other relatives. His mother died earlier.

Contributions may be made to the Les Brasure Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel.

To view the obituary, sign the guest book or leave a condolence, visit www.danielschapel.com on the Web.

Edith Bailey

Edith M. Bailey, 88, of La Grande died Monday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bob Anderson

Formerly of Joseph


Robert E. "Bob" Anderson, 77, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Joseph, died Oct. 27 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph with John Anderson officiating. Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St. in Milton-Freewater.

Mr. Anderson was born Oct. 3, 1925, to Harold G. and Christine Bicknell Anderson in Greencastle, Ind., and finished his schooling in Toston, Mont. He served in the Army during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater in an anti-aircraft artillery battalion. Mr. Anderson was awarded the American Theater of Operations Service Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal.

He married Mary Lou Jarrad on Nov. 30, 1946, in Newcastle, Colo. He worked on ranches and in a hard-rock mine in Gillman, Colo., where he worked one mile underground, before moving to Oregon, where he manned the Hat Point lookout tower overlooking Hells Canyon, worked at the Joseph Mill scaling logs and at the Bank of Wallowa County in Joseph as a loan officer. After he retired, he continued to work for logging companies as a sawyer. The couple moved to Heron, Mont., in 1972, and in the late 1980s to Milton-Freewater. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the American Legion Post 24 and the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include his wife and a son, John J. Anderson, both of Milton-Freewater; two daughters, Bobbie Lou Kayne of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Jane Schied of Halfway; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frank Anderson of Detroit, Mich., and Joe Anderson of Clarkston, Wash.; and other relatives.


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