Home News Obituaries OBITUARIES FOR OCTOBER 7 - 12, 2002
OBITUARIES FOR OCTOBER 7 - 12, 2002
Raymond Faller, 69, of La Grande died Thursday at Grande Ronde Hospital.
Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Clinton Paul Alexander, 82, of La Grande died Oct. 5 at his home.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Island City Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mr. Alexander was born on April 25, 1920, in High Valley to Manford and Belle (Ross) Alexander. His father died when he was young, and his mother later married Albert Hutchison.
Mr. Alexander attended Frosty Grade School in Cove and graduated from grade school in Island City. In 1938 he graduated from high school in La Grande.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942 until 1945 in the South Pacific and The Philippine Islands. In 1946 he moved to Chester, Calif., where he worked for Collins Pine Lumber Company. In 1951 he moved to Loyalton, Calif., and worked for the Feather River Lumber Co. until retiring in 1980. Later in 1980 he moved back to La Grande to care for his mother after the death of his stepfather.
While living in Loyalton he coached Little League baseball for 20 years. He enjoyed watching sports on TV and was an avid pool player. He also liked to play Keno. He was a member of the La Grande American Legion and the La Grande Eagles Lodge.
Survivors include his cousins, Leora Simmons of Cove and Kenneth and Harry Alexander, both of Oxbow; and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Oregon Heart Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
Formerly of La Grande
Leslie Harry Baum, 82, of San Jose, Calif., and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 18. Memorial services were held in San Jose and Eugene with burial at Rest Haven Memorial Park. Music for the service was written by his daughter. Rest Haven Mortuary and Memorial Park of Eugene was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Baum was born Aug. 29, 1920, to Harry W. and Roselva Wilson Baum in The Dalles. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1939, where he was among students who visited other schools to teach the dances of the era including "The Big Apple."
He served in the Navy during World War II in the Aleutians and South Pacific and married Doris Irene Holcomb on Nov. 22, 1943. He worked as a manager in the shoe department for JC Penney Co. for 24 years and then worked in the circulation department of the Mercury News. He was a member of the Los Gatos Christian Church and the Elsyness Sylvester and Mary Eva White Baum Family Association.
Survivors include his wife of San Jose, a daughter and her husband, Karen and Sal Tricomo, and other relatives.
A sister, Evelyn Harris died earlier.
Debra Faye Goss, 47, of La Grande died Oct. 5 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church with Father Hank Albrecht officiating. Committal and interment will follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mrs. Goss was born June 18, 1955, the daughter of Harvey C. "Bud" and Ruthella "Ruthie" (Phelps) Crim in Baker. She attended schools in Baker until the family moved to La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School with the Class of 1973.
On Aug. 2, 1975, she married Milo Goss at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. Together they owned and operated B&K Auto Salvage.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and dearly loved their cabin. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed gardening and hunting. She was a member of the La Grande Country Club, where she served on the Ladies Board for several years. She was in charge of the Junior Golf Program for several years and was instrumental in bringing the high school golf program to its current level of operation. She was also a member of The Nature Conservancy.
Survivors include her husband, Milo Goss of La Grande; son and daughter-in-law, M.J. and Becky Goss of Boise; parents, Bud and Ruthie Crim of Baker City; sister and brother-in-law, LouAnn and Phil Charbonnier of Taylorsville, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, Clay and Theresa Crim of Neenah, Wis.; and other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Donna Goss Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
Frank N. Lang, 38, of La Grande died Oct. 3 at Grande Ronde Hospital after a long battle with cancer. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.
Mr. Lang was born Jan. 18, 1964, to Roger and Mary Alice Lang in Klamath Falls. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1982, from Eastern Oregon State College in 1986 and in 1988 from Washington State University, where he earned a master's degree in theater arts. He attended the University of Oregon as a doctoral student in 1988-89.
He married Monica Cogburn in 1987 in La Grande. From 1990 to 1998, the couple lived in Spokane, where he was an EMT, a professional stage-hand, working on many concerts and Broadway productions, and a volunteer firefighter in La Grande, Whitman County and Spokane, where he served as captain for the Morgan Acres Fire Department.
In 1998, the family returned to La Grande, where he worked for the DMV, Union County Corrections, and later as a theater instructor at Eastern Oregon University. Mr. Lang spent most of his life in theater, and his theater credits in professional, educational and community theater number well over 100.
He was a member of the National Weather Service Bureau and was a ham radio operator. He enjoyed listening to the police scanner, reading science fiction, spending time outdoors and traveling in the Northwest.
Survivors include his wife, daughters Makenna and Sophia, and a sister, Karen Kleng, all of La Grande, his father and step-mother, Roger and Lois Lang of Ontario, a brother Garret "Gary" Lang of Sandy and other relatives. A brother, Ralph Lang, died earlier.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the EOU Foundation for the theater department in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.
Gladys Mae Smith Lynch, 91, of La Grande died Oct. 8 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Brunning Funeral Chapel in Colfax, Wash. Burial will follow at Colfax Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Lynch was born Nov. 19, 1910, to Roy P. and Lena Leota McGuire Smith on her grandparents' farm east of Steptoe, Wash. She graduated from Colfax High School in 1928 and attended Cheney Normal School. She taught at Green Hollow School and married Leo Lynch of Colfax on June 3, 1931, in Spokane. The couple farmed in the Green Hollow area before moving to Colfax in 1978. She moved to La Grande in August. She was a member of the Methodist Church, the Green Hollow Club and the Rebekahs.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, John and Jeanne Bennett of Union, three grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband of 63 years and a sister, Winfred Bell Hubbard died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Whitman Hospital Foundation, 1200 W. Fairview St., Colfax, Wash. 99111; or Morning Star Boys Ranch, P.O. Box 8087, Spokane, Wash. 99203-0087.
Formerly of Baker City
Elvera I. McQuain, 73, of Hermiston and formerly of Baker City and Condon died Oct. 7 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston.
Mrs. McQuain was born Dec. 18, 1928, to Archie and Myrtle Achenbach Sawyer in Cody, Wyo. She graduated from Baker High School and attended the University of Wyoming. On Jan. 8, 1956, she married Martie McQuain II in Laramie, Wyo. The couple lived in California before moving to Olex and Condon. After a divorce, she returned to Wyoming for several years before moving to Hermiston in 1989.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Kim and Jack Carnine of Boardman, Georgia and Rod McKee of La Grande, Sheila and Ken Norris of Gillette, Wyo., Sherrie and Matt Loomis of Caldwell, Idaho, and Martie and Staci McQuain of Echo, 13 grandchildren, and her sisters, Beverly Reese of Laramie, Charlotte West of Glendale, Ariz., Annette Rice of Hillsboro and Vickie Shepherd of Sheridan, Wyo.
Two brothers, George and Thomas Sawyer, died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.
Formerly of Cove and La Grande
Gladys L. McAlister, 93, of Portland and formerly of Cove and La Grande, died Oct. 8. There will be no public service.
Mrs. McAlister was born Gladys L. Miller on March 25, 1909, in Cove. She married Elmer McAlister in 1929 and worked for many years as a cook at the hospital in La Grande.
Survivors include a son, Frank McAlister, 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two brothers, Franklin and Hudson Miller.
Formerly of La Grande
Roger Albert Lawrence, 59, of South Pasadena, Calif., and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 7. Forest Lawn Mortuary in Glendale, Calif., is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held in Oregon in the spring.
Mr. Lawrence was born April 29, 1943, to Helen and Wayne Lawrence in Walla Walla. He graduated from Weston High School in 1961 and attended Eastern Oregon College. He lived in La Grande from 1963 to 1982. He married Neda Grljevich on May 17, 1993, and was employed by Shepherd Machinery in California until he was forced by ill health to retire. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding a snowmobile.
Survivors include his wife of South Pasadena, a daughter, Rachelle of Beaverton, one grandchild, his mother of Elgin, two brothers, Greg Lawrence of Beaverton and Tom Lawrence of Weston, a sister, Jeanette Campbell of Gresham, and other relatives.
Forrest Erle Arthur Weber, 84, of Union and formerly of Grover City, Calif., died Oct. 10 at his home.
A private family service will be conducted later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.
Mr. Weber was born Sept. 26, 1918, in Liberty, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Fred B. and Pearl Flossie Harway Weber. In 1958 he married Dorothy Jean Adams. She died in 1994.
He moved from Grover City, Calif., to Union, in 2000.
Mr. Weber was a member of the Eagles. He enjoyed bowling, playing shuffleboard, playing Yahtzee with his family, fishing, traveling and hanging out and telling stories. He performed roller-skate exhibitions.
Mr. Weber had lived in Bakersfield, Calif., and Chicago.
Survivors include his children, Forrest "Woody" Erle Weber Jr. and his wife, Dale; Wayne Weber and his wife, Denise; Ward D. Weber and his wife, Sandra, of Longview, Wash.; and Darlene P. Weber and her significant other, Bob Sears of Union; sisters, Cora Weber and Hazel Leonteos; brother, Marvin Weber; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, a brother, Lloyd Weber, and a sister, Ilene Lundgreen, died earlier.