Home Obituaries OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEB. 3, 2007
OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEB. 3, 2007
Donald James Hunt, 78, of La Grande died Jan. 25 at a local care home. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mr. Hunt was born Nov. 25, 1928, to Thomas Edward and Katherine Whalen Hunt in The Dalles. He spent his early school days in Boardman.
The family later moved to North Powder, where he graduated from North Powder High School.
In 1947 Mr. Hunt joined the Army and served during the Korean War. During his service to his country, he was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor and a Purple Heart.
Following an honorable discharge, he made his home in La Grande. He joined the Oregon National Guard and served with them until 1988. He married Kathleen K. Freels at the First Baptist Church in La Grande Nov. 26, 1966.
Mr. Hunt worked for West Coast GTE until retiring in 1988. He continued to work in the telephone industry, owning and operating DH Telcom for a few years.
He was very musical and played the piano, harmonica, drums and about any instrument available. He was best known for playing the piano as part of a band that performed at local dances. He was past organist and life member of the
La Grande Elks Lodge and past Post Commander for the VFW.
Mr. Hunt was a strong supporter of the Blue Mountain Humane Association and was a 55-year member of the IBEW Union. He enjoyed the outdoors, working in his yard, his motorcycles and his dogs. In his younger years he broke horses. He loved watching sports, especially football.
Survivors include his wife, Kay of La Grande; children, Ron Hunt of York, Pa., and Renee Ferguson of Gresham; stepson, Ryan Perin of Enterprise; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Hunt.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
Edward Andrew Kirkland, 73, of Rainier and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 27 at Community Home Health and Hospice in Longview, Wash. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Haakinson-Groulx Mortuary Chapel, 215 C St. E., in Rainier. Services are planned for 11 a.m. Monday at Haakinson-Groulx, with Mark Kirkland officiating. Burial will follow at Hudson II Cemetery in Rainier.
Mr. Kirkland, known as Ed, was born Nov. 8, 1933, to Cornelius Andrew and Edna Iva (Nibarger) Kirkland in La Grande. He attended school in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School. He was a veteran of the Army.
Ed and Gloria Rose Cutting were married June 9, 1956, in Hermiston. In 2006 they cele-brated their 50th wedding anniversary fishing on the bank of the Columbia River.
The Kirklands moved to Rainier in 1966. Ed worked as a heavy equipment operator for more than 50 years until retiring in 1994. Projects he worked on include Cabbage Hill and the dredging of the Cowlitz River after the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
An avid Dodge fan, Ed restored a 1968 Coronet R/T convertible and participated in local cars shows. He belonged to the Local 701 Operating Engineers Union and the Kalama Sportsman Club. His passions were his family, hunting and fishing. Using the handle "Blue Ghost," he enjoyed CB radio and ham radio.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria of Rainier; children, Bradley Edward Kirkland Sr. and Shawn Brian Kirkland, both of Rainier, Merle Anthony Kirkland of Clatskanie, Kelly Ann Kirkland of Prineville and Kristy Lynn Kirkland of Long Beach, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and a brother, Douglas Kirkland of Glendale.
Phyllis Anne Courtnay, 74, of Union and formerly of Wallowa County died Jan. 29 in Union. Services are planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wallowa Assembly of God Church followed by burial at the Wallowa Cemetery.
Mrs. Courtnay was born Sept. 10, 1932, to Ernest and Florence Eastman in Adrian. She was raised in the Adrian area and graduated from Adrian High School in 1950.
On April 12, 1953, she married Clinton Courtnay. They lived in California while Clinton was in the Navy then moved to Idaho and later to Wallowa, where they raised four children.
She was a dedicated wife and mother devoted to the care of her husband and children. She supported Clinton in his many dreams and ventures; together they ran a sheep ranch, traveled and worked on motels and bought a commercial fishing boat.
After her husband's death in 1989, Mrs. Courtnay moved back to Wallowa County and spent the remainder of her independent years cleaning houses, caring for the elderly and babysitting.
Mrs. Courtnay faced life with determination and courage. She served in the Assembly of God churches both in Wallowa and Enterprise and supported missionary work and children in other countries even when she had to sacrifice to do so.
The last few years of Mrs. Courtnay's life she lived with Jim and Melody Huitt and their family in Union, as they cared for her after a stroke.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Susan and Leo Gorbett of Cove, Bill and Janet Courtnay of Battleground, Wash., Julie and R.D. Hostetler of Billings, Mont., and Joe Courtnay of Milwaukie; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Ruth Paulus of Spokane, Wash., and Jim Eastman of Adrian. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton; siblings, Bob Eastman, Julia Parks and Alice Margaret Eastman.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Samaritan's Purse in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main, Enterprise 97828.
A memorial service for Thomas Ray Laird is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at Victory Christian Center, 1020 Jefferson Ave., with Pastor Charles Jones officiating.
Mr. Laird, 59, was a resident of La Grande and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for many years.
Those wishing to share memories of Mr. Laird may give them in writing to Pastor Jones, who will read them aloud during the service.
Bill G. Duncan,70, of La Grande died Jan. 25 after a long illness. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel.
Mr. Duncan was born Dec. 23, 1936, to Travis and Thelma Duncan in Guadalupe County, N.M., and was raised in Compton, Calif. His father worked as a welder in the shipyards at San Diego, and his mother was a homemaker. He attended Lynwood High School in Compton and continued his education after joining the Air Force in 1955. He served mainly at Elmendorf AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska.
After leaving the service, Bill settled in Boise, Idaho, where he joined the Operating Engineers Union as a heavy equipment operator specializing in natural gas line installation. He followed the work, returning to Lake Elsinore, Calif., working from Local #12, then trying his hand as an independent contractor. In 1992 he injured his knee and was no longer able to work.
In 1995 Bill and his family moved from Lake Elsinore to Summerville. Divorced in 1997, he met and married Marsha Engels in 1998. He and Marsha sold their small farm in Summerville and moved to La Grande in 2005. Marsha works for the Oregon Dept. of Transportation in La Grande.
Bill loved music and played several instruments, specializing in the alto saxophone. In high school, he formed an orchestra of 15 musicians with a singer that performed at many local and school functions.
Following his parents' example, Bill was active in politics from an early age. While growing up, he assisted his mother in her many supportive activities for the local Democratic Party.
In 1994 Bill was elected to the Riverside County, Calif., Water Council. He ran unsuccessfully for the Oregon Senate in 2000.
Survivors include his wife, Marsha of La Grande; daughters, Amber Robinson and Dawn Duncan, both of Madras; stepdaughter, Nasrean Levin of Astoria; sister and brother-in-law, Laquita and Louie Ungeheier of Capistrano Beach, Calif.; two nieces and numerous grandchildren, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents in 1995.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.