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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING DEC. 2, 2006



Alvin Wilbur Campbell, 87, of La Grande died Nov. 18 at his home. A celebration of life was observed Nov. 24 at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Campbell was born Nov. 10, 1919, to Luther and Hattie Gaertner Campbell in

La Grande. In 1944 he joined the Army and was deployed in the Asiatic Pacific theater as a combat infantryman in the 172nd Infantry, 43rd division in Luzon, Philippines. He received numerous medals, including the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for Heroism. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Early in his working life he was employed by Union Pacific Railroad, Mount Emily Lumber and Inland Machinery in La Grande. He retired in 1984 as Union County Roadmaster after 32 years of service.

Mr. Campbell enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and gardening. He was an artist and received many awards for his oil paintings.

A believer in the Second Amendment, he was an avid supporter of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Campbell of La Grande; children and their spouses, Dale and Ellen Campbell of Juneau, Alaska, Larry and Karen Campbell of Cove, Judy and Greg Nordang of Twisp, Wash., and Ron and Rita Campbell of Pendleton; sisters, Wilma Page of La Grande and Louise Harmon of The Dalles; former spouse and mother of his children, Joan Bright; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Lena Hix, George Campbell and Dennis Campbell.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice or to the National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, Va. 22030.


Lelia M. Stoop, 95, of La Grande died Nov. 24 at Evergreen Vista Health Center in La Grande. At her request, there will be no service; she will be buried beside her husband at the La Grande Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.

Mrs. Stoop was born Oct. 25, 1911, to Bill and Alta Winburn in La Grande. The second of four girls, she grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School.

In 1933 she married Carl R. Stoop. Lelia had a long career as an accountant with Pacific Fruit and Produce in La Grande and then in Pendleton. She and Carl moved to North Bend, where she worked at St. Catherine's Nursing Home until she retired.

In 2003, Lelia returned to La Grande to live at Wildflower Lodge. She moved to Evergreen Vista in 2005.

Lelia loved her family. She didn't have children of her own and was especially close to her nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, LaVerta Kelley of Sammamish, Wash., Jeanne Hale of Everett, Wash., Barbara Frisbie of Dunsmuir, Calif., Orville Miller of La Grande and Vern Miller of Tulsa, Okla.; and numerous cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and her three sisters, Lawanna Miller of La Grande, Florence King of Redding, Calif., and Velma Benham of Redmond, Wash.


George Eugene Brookshier, 71, of Union died Nov. 27 at his home. A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. There will be viewings before the service, beginning at 9 a.m., and after the service.

Mr. Brookshier was born Dec. 8, 1934, to George Earl and Blanche Brookshier in Ottawa, Iowa. He was raised and educated in Iowa. After graduating from high school, he became a tool fabricator in the manufacturing business.

He married Ethel Kassebaum in Bell, Calif., on Jan. 10, 1958, and the couple had four children.

He was a member of the Union Masonic Lodge #56 and enjoyed fixing things, hunting and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel; children and their spouses, Ricky and Debbie Brookshier of El Cajon, Barbara Brookshier of Upland, Anthony Brookshier of San Bernadino, and Edward and Doris Brookshier of Norwalk, all in California; sisters, Imo Jene Walter Robertson of Norwalk, and Sue Stanley Dawson of Corona, Calif.; and five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande Masonic Lodge #41 in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.


Phyllis V. McClary, 76, of Elgin died Nov. 27 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mrs. McClary was born April 16, 1930, to Donald and Bessie Garlough Lester in Watford City, N.D. On April 23, 1950, she married Denny B. McClary in Garden City, Nev., and they lived at the Stockton Naval Base in Stockton, Calif., until 1952. From 1952 to 1984 they resided at various fish hatchery locations throughout Oregon. After Denny's retirement they made their home in Elgin.

Mrs. McClary was very active in the Blue Mountain Chapter of the Order Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile and did volunteer work with Community Connections. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards and games, cooking, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Denny of Elgin; children, Deborah Cummins of McMinnville, Corinne Reiman of Chehalis, Wash., and Susan Watson of Elgin; siblings, Faye Paige of Boise, Eunice Yost of Colorado and Glenn Lester of Garden Valley, Idaho; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and six sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley,


George Hendrickson, 81, of La Grande died Nov. 27 at his home. A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Island City Ward. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Hendrickson was born Dec. 30, 1924, to Elmo and Jehzell Merrill Hendrickson in Cardston, Alberta, Canada.

He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army from July 1943 to January 1946.

A 73-year resident of La Grande, Mr. Hendrickson was a retired rangeland fence builder. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.

Survivors include his children, Leon Hendrickson of La Grande, Christina Hammer of West Richland, Sandra Nelson of Kennewick, Phillip Hendrickson of Yakima and David Hendrickson of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters, Mary Lou Victor of Enterprise and Edith Roedel of Boise; 22 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters, one brother and his parents.


Robert E. Mills, known as Bob, 26, of Weston and formerly of Summerville, died Nov. 26 at the St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.

Funeral services are planned for Dec. 2 at the Weston-McEwen High School gym in Athena with Pastor Quinton Kimbrow of the Wesley and Weston United Methodist Church officiating. Concluding services and interment will be at the Weston Cemetery. There will be a gathering of family and friends at the Weston Memorial Hall immediately following the graveside service. Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Mills was born Aug. 29, 1980, in Reno, Nev., to Donald and Carol Lee McDaniel Mills. At the age of 3, his family left Fallon, Nev., and moved to Summerville. He attended Imbler Elementary School through the sixth grade. In 1991 the family moved to Weston. He graduated from Weston-McEwen High School in Athena in 1998.

Mr. Mills attended Blue Mountain Community College and Walla Walla Community College, earning an associate degree in auto body repair, and worked at the Pendleton Body Shop.

He was active in 4-H and FFA, showing sheep and hogs. He enjoyed soccer, baseball and football. He also enjoyed photography, drawing, hunting, fishing, working on vehicles,

4-wheeling with his flat-fender Jeep "Bouncing Betty" and camping with friends. He will be remembered most for his playful sense of humor.

Survivors include his parents, Don and Carol Lee Mills of Weston; sisters, Kim Glover of Weston, Debbie Sanders of Winnemucca, Nev., and Suzi Countryman of Fallon, Nev.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Stacey Mills, and his grandparents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Weston-McEwen High School Scholarship Fund in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater 97862.


Vivian Dorene Arnoldus, 91, of Imbler died Nov. 28 at her home. A funeral service is planned for 1 p.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Viewings will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and before the service, from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday..

Mrs. Arnoldus was born Feb. 11, 1915, to Sterling Price and Maude Abel Literal in Dayton, Wash., where she attended school. She married Armond James Arnoldus on March 26, 1942, in Portland. Her husband worked at Commercial Iron Works as an electrician. The couple lived in Hermiston before settling on a farm in Imbler.

She enjoyed the outdoors, flower gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. She attended New Testament Fellowship most of her life.

Survivors include a brother, Vern Literal of Nampa, Calif.; sister-in-law, LauraLee Literal of Dayton, Wash.; children and their spouses, Sheryln Arnoldus-Harter of La Grande and Armond V. and Cheryl Arnoldus of Imbler; and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in October; son-in-law, Ken Harter; and brothers, Lester, Virgil, Noel and Bob Literal.

Memorials may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.


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