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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING JULY 14, 2007



John Thomas Bryant, 83, of Joseph, died July 7 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. A Mass will begin at 10 a.m. July 19 at St. Katherine Church in Enterprise.

John was born Oct. 7, 1923, to John T. Bryant Sr. and Fay Lorraine Anderson in Dallas, Texas. When he was 5, the family moved to Los Angeles, where he graduated from high school. He married his high school sweetheart, Janice Hathaway Haslip. They were together until his death.

John was in the Army from 1942 through 1945 and was there for the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Bronze Star and numerous other medals.

Upon his return from WWII, John worked at Pacific Tel as a lineman installer and analyzer. He attended Pierce Junior College in San Fernando, Calif., while working at Pacific Tel.

After 30 years at Pacific Tel, John owned and operated Family Arrow Resort with his wife. They retired to their small ranch on Ski Run Road in Joseph where they raised hay and boarded cattle.

John is survived by his wife, Janice Bryant; sons, Dale Lee Bryant and John Robert Bryant; daughters, Carol Lee Bryant Fritsch and Feye Lorraine Bryant Feldman; and several grand and great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude's Hospital in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.


Robert "Bob" M. Harper, 63, of La Grande, died July 5 at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Wallowa Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born July 29, 1943, to Timothy Joseph and Nadene Annabelle Martin in Phoenix, Ariz. At age 2, he moved with his family to Wallowa. In 1960 he joined the Navy, and after his discharge moved back to Wallowa and worked in the logging industry for several years.

In Arizona he worked in the copper mines with his younger brother. In 1976, they moved to Alaska, where Bob worked on the pipeline at Prudhoe Bay until the pipeline was completed.

He moved back to Oregon and worked for Timberline Erectors as a millwright and crane operator in Washington, Oregon and California until he retired in 2005. Bob moved to La Grande in 2006.

Bob is survived by two sons, James M. Harper of Juneau, Alaska, and A. Stephen Harper of Vancouver, Wash.; brother, David L. Harper of Anchorage, Alaska; sister, Marlene L. Westendahl of Asotin, Wash; three nephews and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, William Kenneth Harper, and his mother, Nadene C. Harper; brother William John Harper and a nephew, also named William John Harper.


Larry Keith Roberts, 76, of Imbler, died July 5 at his home. A funeral service will begin at

2 p.m. Sunday at the La Grande Seventh-day Adventist Church. Private burial will be held at the Summerville Cemetery.

Larry was born Dec. 2, 1930, to Vern and Blanche Filis Roberts in Hammond, Ind. He was raised in Eastern Oregon and was educated in Vale. He worked with local farmers and ranchers and participated in rodeo events. He served his country in the Air Force and later with the Oregon National Guard. He also worked in the logging industry.

Larry married Annette Harbey on March 8, 1968, in Tacoma, Wash. They moved to Imbler in 1976.

Larry was a member of the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist Church. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed Raider


Survivors include his wife, Annette of Imbler; children, Beverly Sanders of La Grande, Nancy and Cole Fields of

La Grande, Laura and Al Fry of La Grande, Yolanda and Russ Conrad of Island City, John "Brian" and Arless Roberts of Wisconsin and Larry and Tanya Roberts of Elgin; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; four brothers, five sisters and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Lee Wahlstrom, 72, of Eugene and formerly of La Grande, died July 7 of cancer. Memorial services begin at 11 a.m. July 14 at the First Christian Church in Eugene. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 2 at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery.

Lee was born March 18, 1935, to Theresa and Herbert Wahlstrom in Superior, Wis. He married Carol Hodgen June 20, 1959, in Milton-Freewater.

Lee graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Northwest Christian College and received a master's of theology from Lexington Theological Seminary. He was an ordained minister for the Disciples of Christ, a paramedic and a lifetime volunteer fireman and chaplain in La Grande from 1976 to 1997.

Lee was a member of the La Grande Lions, the Emerald Empire Kiwanis Club in Eugene and the First Christian Church in

La Grande and Eugene. He was a singer with the Eugene Gleemen.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Wahlstrom; children, Larry Walhstrom and Eric Wahlstrom of Eugene and Jane Grodem of San Carlos, Calif.; siblings, Jerry Wahlstrom of Buckley, Wash., Sandie Smith of Auburn, Wash., and Francine Rouse of Puyallup, Wash.; and two grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church.


Robert Charles "Mac" McFarland, 89, of La Grande, died July 10 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Private burial will be at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mac was born Sept. 24, 1917, to Robert Bruce and Marguerite McFarland in Spokane. During World War II he served with the Army. After his honorable discharge he worked in Portland before moving to La Grande in 1948. He worked as a meat cutter and in 1960 he and a partner, Art Koma, purchased Hub City Foods and Lockers.

He was married to Margaret Nordlund Sperling until her death in 1998.

Mac was a member of the American Legion and was secretary for the 3rd Division Western Region. An avid flyer, he was a member of the

La Grande Flying Club. He owned and operated a gold mine in Durkee for many years.

Survivors include his step-children, Marilyn and Ken Holt of Enterprise and Ted and Sandy Sperling of Newport, Wash.; five step-grandchildren; sisters, Marguerite Rogers of Vancouver, Wash., and Edith Turner of Beaverton; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of choice.


Derek Ralph Nelson, 44, died at home surrounded by family and friends July 9. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on South 12th and Pearl in Tacoma. Following services and a reception, burial will be at Haven of Rest Cemetery in Gig Harbor.

Derek was born Dec. 17, 1962, to Ralph and Sharon Nelson in Provo, Utah. He grew up in La Grande and graduated from

La Grande High School in 1981. After serving a mission for his church in Buenos Aires, Derek met Heidi Hamilton while attending Brigham Young University and they married on Aug. 17, 1985.

Derek earned a master's degree in accounting in 1987 and served as a CPA in the Seattle area for several years before becoming a senior vice-president at Key Bank. He was active in his church and community and was a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts. Derek was an Eagle Scout.

Survivors include Derek's wife, Heidi; their children, Ryan, Stephanie, Lara, Hannah, Nathan and Spencer; father, Ralph, and three sisters, Kathleen Hutchinson, Phyllis Anderson and Barbara Spencer.


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