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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING JAN. 13, 2007



Gayle Lynn Fettig, 55, the daughter of William and Phyllis Pearson Fettig of North Powder, died Jan. 4 at the Portland Adventist Medical Center. Private family interment will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the North Powder Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel.

Survivors include her daughter, CarrieJo, and son-in-law, Josh; 3 grandchildren; her mother; sister, Cindy, and brother-in-law, Brian; a nephew and a niece and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her father, who died in 1994.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Portland Providence Medical Foundation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 4805 N.E. Glisan St., Portland 97213.


Clinton Gilbert James, 30, of La Grande died Jan. 5 at his home. Services are planned for

1 p.m. Saturday at the Assembly of God Christian Life Center, 14th and Alder, Elgin. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Mr. James, who was known as C.J., was born Apr. 6, 1976, in Yuba City, Calif., to Donald Scott and Carla Jean Pillow James. He was raised and educated in Olivehurst, Calif.

He enjoyed hunting, wildlife, ROTC, drawing, reading, music, movies and hanging out with friends. He also loved dogs, playing X-Box and working on cars.

Survivors include his father and step-mother, Donald and Bonnie James of Olivehurst; his fiance, Amy McGinness of La Grande; one son, Clinton Gilbert James II of Pratt, Kan.; siblings, Jason Gray of Sacramento, Calif., Adam James of La Grande and Chris Woods, Donald James Jr. and Sheila Hankins, all of Olivehurst; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.


James Elvis "Pete" Trump, 86, of Elgin died Jan. 5 in his home. A viewing for family and friends will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel. There will be a private family graveside service at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Summerville Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Stampede Hall in Elgin.

Mr. Trump was born in Promise on Sept. 14, 1920, to Fred and Lula Sannar Trump. In the early 1930s the family moved to Elgin, where he attended school, graduating from Elgin High School in 1939. In 1941 he married Betty Lane.

He spent most of his life working in the timber and wood industry and retired as a superviser from Boise Cascade. He was an active member of the Elgin Stampeders and the Indian Valley Good Sams.

He loved spending time with his family and friends, boating and fishing, horseback trips to the high mountains, hunting and spending time on the beach in Mexico.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Elgin; children, Linda Moore and companion Tony Weaver of Elgin, Judie and husband Bill Stark of Hermiston and Bill Trump of Portland; siblings, Orval Trump of La Grande and Irene Simms of Albany; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by siblings, Ermal Trump, Ray Trump and Lorene Riggle; and a great-grandson, Payton Steinbeck.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elgin Stampeders or Home Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.


Opal O. Fine, 84, of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of Enterprise, died Dec. 10. A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bowman Funeral Home in Enterprise.

Mrs. Fine was born in Enterprise Nov. 4, 1922, to Eugene and Doris Houck. She lived in the Enterprise area for the first 18 years of her life and then moved to Portland. On Apr. 18, 1942, she married Floyd O. Fine, and they had one son. The family moved to Vancouver in 1950.

She held a variety of jobs; her favorite was as a journeyman sheet metal worker building bomber flaps and submarines during World War II.

Later, she went to work for the Evergreen School District as a kitchen manager for the high school. She continued to work for the food service as a manager for the entire district until her retirement. It was her responsibility to see that 6,000 meals were prepared each day.

She loved the Oregon Coast and often spent vacations there with her grandson.

Survivors include her son, Fred L. Fine; one grandson and one great-grandson; siblings, Eugene Houck of Dallas, Margret Walter of Pasco, Wash., and Helen Alford of Amity; and many nieces and nephews. Her husband died in 1971.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society.


Carl Glen Doud, 64, of Baker City and formerly of Elgin, died Jan. 4 in Baker City. At his request there will be no public service at this time; a memorial service will be conducted later. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Doud was born Sept. 15, 1942, to Ira Lorenzo and Nellie Williams Doud in La Grande.

He was raised in Summerville and graduated from Imbler High School. He and his family later made their home in Elgin where he owned and operated Carl Doud Logging until illness forced his retirement. He recently moved to Baker City to be near family.

Mr. Doud enjoyed fishing, demolition derbies and watching the races at the Baker City racetrack. He was exceptional at mathematics and was an excellent grandfather.

Survivors include his daughters, Dorla Doud of Baker City and Annette Lane of Newport; six grandchildren and three step-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and five stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his sons, Dale Doud in 1964 and Carl Glen Doud Jr. in 2004.

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


Colleen Lyon Neustel, 71, of La Grande, died Jan. 7 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Island City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mrs. Neustel was born Sept. 12, 1935, in Promise to Gilbert and Sadie Carper Lyon. She was raised in Wallowa, graduating from Wallowa High School in 1953. She married Kendal Neustel and had four children.

Mrs. Neustel lived in Wallowa and Union Counties all her life and had resided at 2102 Cove Ave. since 1969. Until poor health forced her to stop, she enjoyed keeping her yard and flowers groomed. She was known by all as "Grammy."

Survivors include her husband, Kendal, of La Grande; children, Kevin Neustel of Kelso, Wash., and Kaylene Payne of La Grande; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Whaley of Walla Walla, Janice O'Malley of Aumsville and Cheryl Hafer of La Grande; and numerous other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents and sons, Kyle and Kurt.


Lee L. Rudd, 81, of La Grande, died Jan. 8 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, with committal and burial to follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Rudd was born Feb. 17, 1925, to Oscar Lewis and Marie Elizabeth Haggerty Rudd in Craig, Colo. After graduation, he started doing farm work. He worked his way to Oregon in 1941 where he was a farmhand for the Dick Hibberd Ranch.

In 1943 he enlisted in the Navy and served until his honorable discharge in May 1946. He was employed by the City of La Grande Water Department for several years, then in 1966 went to work for the particleboard plant, where he worked as a knife grinder until retiring in 1987.

On Jan. 31, 1948, Mr Rudd married Geraldine "Jerry" Pfel in La Grande, and the couple had three children. They enjoyed many years of country music dancing at the Eagles and fishing and camping together. Mr. Rudd enjoyed steelhead fishing, hunting, boating and spending time out of doors. He also enjoyed woodworking, making many rocking chairs and tables. He liked watching rodeos, especially bull riding, and enjoyed spending quality time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Jerry Rudd of La Grande; daughter, Kathleen Peters of La Grande; daughter-in-law, Kathy Nantz of La Grande; siblings, Orland Rudd and Wallace Rudd, both of Cove, Jack Rudd of La Grande, Raymond Rudd of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Marjorie Birchmier of Idaho and Virginia Cassingham of Redding, Calif.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by children, Christine Rudd in 1967 and Calvin Rudd in 1998.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bishop Foot House or the Mountain States Tumor Institute in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande 97850.


Alan Duane Rutherford, 57, of Ivins, Utah, and formerly of Elgin and Imbler died Dec. 28 while traveling to his home. A memorial service and celebration of life was conducted at Grace Episcopal Church in St. George, Utah, Jan. 3.

Mr. Rutherford was born to Donald and Fauntella Rutherford in Iowa Jan. 25, 1949, but spent most of his early years in Oregon. He lived in Elgin and Imbler and graduated from Elgin High School in 1967. He married Lisa Christine Abel on

Jan. 4, 1997.

He attended Blue Mountain Community College and Eastern Oregon University and served in the Army as a medic. His career included being an owner-operator of a logging truck in northeastern Oregon in the 1970s before moving to Alaska in search of work in the oil fields.

In 1983 he was hired by Atlantic Richfield Company, where he received many promotions, retiring in 2003 as maintenance planner. His skill level was well recognized, and he was called back to work even after retirement to assist with special projects.

His loves were traveling, working in his yard, building and fixing things, helping others whenever needed and, last but not least, the sunshine.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa; his mother, Fauntella, of Elgin; daughters, Jennifer Dawn Dauer and Kelly Michelle Deacon, both of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jennifer Elizabeth Abel of Portland; siblings, Sandra Rutherford of Phoenix and Mike Rutherford of Elgin; one granddaughter and a grandchild due in April; and a host of other family members in Oregon, Arizona, Iowa, New Mexico and various other states. He was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International, the National Parks Conservation Association, the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.


Carol Westenskow, 83, of Salt Lake City, Utah, and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 6. A funeral service is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Island City. Dedication of the grave will follow at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mrs. Westenskow was born Dec. 28, 1923, in Provo, Utah, to Newbern Isaac Butt and Ethel Cutler. She graduated from high school in Provo and went on to attend Brigham Young University.

On Mar. 10, 1944, she married Ronald Westenskow of Imbler.

Following World War II, they returned to Union County, where they raised five children, living first in Imbler and later in the Mount Glen area north of

La Grande.

She lived in Salt Lake City for the last several years.

Mrs. Westenskow was involved in many activities during her life. She was very active in the LDS Church, the county extension program and 4-H. She enjoyed travel and visited Europe, China and the Middle East.

She was a dedicated wife and mother and devoted much of her time to giving her family a happy and nurturing home. She was also the family historian and could usually be seen with her camera taking pictures of the big and the small moments in her family's life. These she used to create books of remembrance for each of her children.

Always cheerful, she was a friend to all and the enemy of none.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Dwayne and Nancy Westenskow of Salt Lake City, Glen Westenskow of Livermore, Calif., Arla Westenskow of North Salt Lake, Terri and Jeff Zurbrick of

La Grande and Kathy Westenskow of North Bend; seven grandchildren, one great-grandson; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her brother, Bill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Inter-Mountain Primary Medical Center in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.


Bradley Dean Wilson, 58, of Elgin died Jan. 4 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash., after a year-long battle with cancer. A funeral service is planned for noon Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Elgin. A viewing will be available from

8 to 10 a.m. that morning at the Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande. Burial will be at the Summerville Cemetery immediately following the services.

Mr. Wilson was born Sept. 8, 1948, in Albany to Marion W. and Berna Clara Wilson and was educated in Albany and Portland.

After high school he attended a heavy-equipment operators school in Weiser, Idaho, followed by millwright school at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. He retired in September after nearly 30 years as a millwright at the Elgin stud mill.

Mr. Wilson spent many years hunting, fishing and black-powder shooting in the Grande Ronde Valley and the Blue Mountains. Known as "Pathfinder," he was a reserved man who taught himself to tan hides, sew and bead his mountain-man clothes and create all of the regalia needed for a frontier woodsman. He read extensively on history and native wildlife.

He and his wife, Carol, a schoolteacher in Boardman, were married Nov. 7, 1998, at the LDS Church in Boardman. They enjoyed halibut fishing in Alaska, spending time with their grandchildren, camping, reading and especially riding Mr. Wilson's Harley, taking annual excursions to places such as Canada, Sturgis, S.D., Crater Lake and northern Idaho.

Survivors include his wife, father and a brother, Byron; children and their spouses, Dawn K. Cunningham of Imbler and Dean W. and Anna Wilson of Albany; two grandsons; many nieces and nephews; first wife, Kathy Wilson of Elgin; stepchildren and their spouses, Gary W. Oswald of Santa Fe, N.M., Samuel W. Oswald of Beaverton, Frederick M. and Kim Oswald of Tacoma, Wash., and Loura A.M. Oswald of Beaverton; and five step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother and a young grandson, Keagan Wilson.


Keith Mickey Lundgren, 89, of Boise and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 9 at his home.

Mr. Lundgren was born May 6, 1917, in Osceola, Neb. As a young man growing up on the Great Plains, Keith was drawn to the romance of the railroad and the possibilities of the West.

After graduating from Grand Island High School in Nebraska, he joined the U.S. Navy. He spent six years, just prior to World War II, aboard the U.S.S. Lexington traveling around the Pacific and through the Panama Canal, including several weeks searching for the lost aviator Amelia Earhart across the central Pacific Ocean in 1937.

Mr. Lundgren was discharged from the Navy in 1941 and went to work at the Naval Shipyards in Bremerton, Wash., as a coppersmith.

It was there that he met his future wife, Jacqueline, daughter of his coppersmith instructor.

In 1945 Keith was hired by the Union Pacific Railroad. He spent his career as a brakeman and conductor working around the Pacific Northwest for Union Pacific and Amtrak, primarily out of Portland and La Grande until retiring in 1982.

After retirement, Keith and Jacqueline moved to Tillamook County, where they enjoyed saltwater fishing, crabbing, clamming and entertaining family and friends.

In 2002 they moved to Boise to be closer to family.

Mr. Lundren was a long-time member of the Elks. He will be remembered by his family for his low-key and benevolent ways and for his ready enjoyment of the humor that life offers.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Jacqueline S. Lundgren of Boise; children, Stewart G. Lundgren of Boise and Barbara J. Burdon of suburban Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Life's Doors Hospice in Boise.


David S. Arnott III, 71, of La Grande, died Jan. 9 at his home. A celebration of life will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in La Grande.

Arrangements are being handled by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Arnott was born July 30, 1935, to David S. Arnott II and Sharoo (Peterson) Arnott in La Grande.

He was educated in La Mesa, Calif., and then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served two tours in Vietnam.

He served his country for 22 years, including being part of the recovery crew for Apollo 15.

He then worked for General Dynamics in San Diego for many years. He moved back to La Grande in 1990.

Mr. Arnott was chaplain and a very active participant of the American Legion. He was also a member of the VFW and the Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed collecting guns, fiddle music, model airplanes and model trains. He was an avid reader.

Survivors include his daughters, Dawn Smith of Sutherlin, and Dora Esmeraldo-Aguayo of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother and his wife, Jim and Lisa Arnott of Union; a companion, Antoinette Gilmer of La Grande; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Arnott.

Memorials may be made to the American Legion in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Jerome "Jerry" Hoskins, 78, of La Grande died Jan. 10 Services are planned 1 p.m. Monday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in

La Grande. Viewing will be on Sunday from 4 until

6 p.m. and again Monday from

9 until 11 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Hoskins was born Aug. 21, 1928, to Omar K. and Essie C. Hoskins at Havre, Mont.

Mr. Hoskins attended grade school at Havre; Mobridge, S.D.; Baker City and Lewiston, Idaho. He attended junior high in Clarkston, Wash., and senior high at Yakima. While in high school Mr. Hoskins earned the Eagle Scout award and was voted outstanding athlete in his senior year, 1946. He attended Washington State College for two years and was affiliated with the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Mr. Hoskins married the love of his life, Elizabeth June (Bette) Holmes Dec, 31, 1949, at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Yakima.

He worked for a railroad, entered into a family ranch operation, later was emloyed by a Kennewick phone company as a lineman and a foreman, and then moved to Libby, Mont., to rebuilt the phone facilities in preparation of the Libby Day. Mr. Hoskins was promoted to field engineer with GTE and moved to Moscow, Idaho in 1964. Jerry later transferred with GTE to La Grande as a senior outside plant engineer where he retired in 1987.

He joined the Episcopal Church in 1949. He was an active member in the Curculio movement and was a member of the site committee at Ascension School. He was also a founding member of the Ascension Barn Crew. He enjoyed telling campfire stories during the Ascension Camp summer seasons. The Hoskins were awarded the Ascension Cross in 2003 for their years of dedication and service. He was also a lay Eucharist minister and greeter. He was a helping hand for the Neighbor to Neighbor food bank.

Mr. Hoskins was a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and a troop leader to World Jamborees in Farragut State Park, Idaho, and Tokyo, Japan.

He was a member of the Elks Club and active in the Optimist International Club for 15 years.

He loved traveling with Bette after retirement, fishing with his sons and staying active in the community.

Survivors include by his wife of 57 years; son Steve and wife Dana, daughter Marla, son Scott and wife Mary, son Jim and companion Judith; brother-in-law Howard Holmes; seven grandchildren; along with four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother Omar Hoskins, Jr. and his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ascension School in Cove, GRH Hospice or St. Peter's Episcopal Church and Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


June Moberry, 89, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 9 in Beaverton. No service is planned. A family gathering will take place June 9 to plant a rose arbor.

Mrs. Moberry was born June 9, 1917, the daughter of Oscar and Anna Hultman, in Ketchikan, Alaska.

She was raised on Bainbridge Island in Washington, and married Ralph Moberry in 1951 in Seattle.

She lived off and on in La Grande from 1955 to 2002 and was assistant manager of Founta Court. She belonged to the Christian Science Church and had two children, Carol Moore and Wendy Abel, as well as five children and 10 great-grandchildren.

Her husband preceded her in death.

Springer and Son Funeral Home of Aloha is in charge of arrangements.


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