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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING JAN. 20, 2007


Jillian Grace Ferry, infant daughter of Steven Ferry and Mississippi "Megan" Redwine, died Jan. 12. A funeral service will begin at

2 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Although she graced this earth only for a short time, having been born Nov. 20, 2006, Jillian brought much joy to those who loved her, and she will remain in their hearts forever.

Survivors include her parents and sister, Alyssa Marie Ferry, of La Grande; grandparents, Sandra Ferry of La Grande, Nelson Ferry of California and Sweeny Johnston of Portland; great-grandparents, Marcia and Thomas Hartley of La Grande; and several aunts and uncles, cousins and other relatives. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Mitch LeGore in 2005 and Margaret Redwine in 2006.


Earl Walden Winer, 84, of La Grande died Jan. 12 at a local care facility. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Island City. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Winer was born Dec. 1, 1922, to Willy and Mary Anne Jeter Winer in Pleasant Hill, Okla.

During World War II he served in the Army.

On Feb. 2, 1946, he married Georgia Crawford in Wright City, Okla. They lived in Oklahoma until 1952, when they moved to Lakeview. In 1988 they moved to La Grande.

Mr. Winer worked in the logging industry most of his life. He had a great love of the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting and mushroom picking. In his younger years he enjoyed playing baseball, and he had an extensive brass collection.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia of La Grande; children, Linda Miller of Ontario, Larry Winer of Mossy Rock, Wash., Virginia Wake of Locksberg, Ark., and Dewayne Winer, Annette Leckenby and Penny Zarate, all of La Grande; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; three brothers and one sister; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.


Thomas Wellman Sheehy, 96, of Missoula, Mont., and formerly of Wallowa, died Jan. 8 at a care facility in Missoula. A Rosary was read yesterday at the Bollman Funeral Home, and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated this morning at St. Katherine's Catholic Church, Enterprise, followed by interment at the Wallowa Cemetery.

Mr. Sheehy was born Jan. 14, 1910, to Hugh F. and Helen Holbrook Sheehy in Great Falls, Mont.

In 1917 he moved with his family to Durkee. In 1927 he graduated from McLoughlin High School in Milton-Freewater.

He served in the Navy from 1932 to 1936 and during World War II.

Tom and Mary Margaret Black were married Aug. 14, 1941, in Baker and had five children.

A lifelong rancher and stockman, he raised his family on ranches in the Baker City and Ontario area.

In 1974 he and Mary Margaret moved to Wallowa. Upon his wife's death in 2001 he moved to Missoula to reside with his son.

A man with a deep love for language, Tom published a book of poetry at the age of 89 featuring original verse, written after his retirement from ranching, and illustrations. His poems are infused with the humor that he brought to every aspect of his life.

His primary entertainment came from learning, whether through the discussion of his favorite poems or the explanation of a word's origin. He strove to acquire and impart a comprehensive command of his native language.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed yearly pack trips with his children. He was a strong supporter of his community and an active member of his Catholic parish and a member of the Grange.

Survivors include his children and spouses, Tom and Lanier Sheehy, Mary Jane and Barney Eidson, Dennis and Marcia Sheehy, Hugh and Barbara Sheehy and Margaret Ann and Steve Hoffman; a sister, Mary, and a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Darlene; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and siblings, Helen, Ruth, Hugh and Robert.

Memorial contributions may be made to Partners Hospice, 2687 Palmers St., Suite B, Missoula 59808 or to Wallowa Memorial Hospital, 401 NE First St., Wallowa 97885.


Harry "Junior" Smith, 76, of Island City died Jan. 14 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash., due to complications from cancer.

A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.


Alfred Leroy Fuller, 68, of Meacham died Jan. 11 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life is planned for

2 pm. Saturday at the office of his daughter, Colleen Harris, in Beaverton, Harris Worksystems, 9800 SW Nimbus, Suite 300. She can be reached at 503-643-3018. A local service will be conducted at a later date.

Mr. Fuller was born June 30, 1938, to Leroy Alfred and Effie Mae Remington Fuller in Toledo. He was raised in Portland and graduated from Grant High School.

He was married to Deloris Culver, who preceded him in death. For the past 30 years he was a resident and member of the Meacham community.

He worked as a truck parts salesman for Woodpecker Truck in Pendleton until retiring in 1989. During his working years he became friends with his many loyal customers, and they kept in touch even after he retired.

He was a very active member of the National Hot Rod Association and was involved with many rod runs. He was also a member of the Eagles Lodge in Pendleton.

Mr. Fuller was known for his great sense of humor and had many friends. He loved his Meacham family and enjoyed special times with them throughout the years.

Survivors include his mother, Effie Fuller of Lake Oswego; daughter, Colleen Harris of Tigard; daughter-in-law, Lori Fuller of Milwaukee, Wis.; siblings, Richard Fuller of Oregon City, Donna Burnside of Sherwood and Sharon Kukoricza, Vicki Skinner and Patti Matchett, all of Lake Oswego; three grandchildren; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father; son, Bryan Fuller; and two granddaughters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Lung Association 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 services are planned at this time. The family will gather June 9 to plant a rose arbor in her memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Springer and Son Funeral Home in Aloha.

Mrs. Moberry was born June 9, 1917, to Oscar and Anna Hultman in Ketchikan, Alaska. She was raised in Bainbridge Island, Wash.

In 1951 she married Ralph Moberry in Seattle, and the couple had two children. She lived in La Grande off and on from 1955 to 2002. Mrs. Moberry was a member of the Christian Science Church.

Survivors include her children, Carol Moore and Wendy Abel, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband.


Harry "Junior" Smith, 76, of Island City died Jan. 14 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Walla Walla, due to complications from cancer. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Junior, as he was known, was born Nov. 25, 1930, to Richard and Edna Minch Smith near Emerson, Mo., at his grandparents' farmhouse.

He was raised and educated in La Grande. While in school he took care of his mother who was ill while his brothers were in the military. He also worked for Perkins Motor Co. and Blue Mountain Creamery. After high school he worked for Durbin Brothers Construction, helping with the construction of Interstate 84 through La Grande, and was the bookkeeper for Union County Grange Supply.

Mr. Smith later started a painting contracting company and painted many local schools, Boise Cascade, the college, barns and several other large projects.

He subsequently purchased a rock crusher and some property on Shaw Mountain. He then built Island Mobile Park in Island City, which is still owned by his wife, Anita Tuck Smith, whom he married March 10, 1955.

Junior greatly enjoyed mechanics, hunting, fishing and camping. He had a great talent for music and could pick up any instrument and start playing. The absolute joy of his life was his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Anita of Island City; daughters and their spouses, Lisa and Jeff Moore and Carol and Joe Partney, all of La Grande; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Vern, Russ and Joe; and sons, Richard Aaron and Stanley Earl.


Thomas Ray Laird, 59, of La Grande, died of unexpected natural causes at Grande Ronde Hospital Jan. 2.

A celebration of life service begins at 10 a.m. Feb. 3 at the Victory Christian Center, 1020 Jefferson Ave., La Grande.

Mr. Laird was born on August 6, 1947, to Ray Boyd and Marjorie Grace (Conard) Laird in Kentfield, Calif. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 38 years as a yard worker.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel to help defray funeral expenses.

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