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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING JULY 7, 2007



Ella Emma Adaila (Berner) Lauman, 92, of Marion died July 2 in La Grande of natural causes. Services will begin 10 a.m. Saturday at Marion Friends Church. Weddle Funeral Home in Stayton is in charge of arrangements.

She was born in Cummings County, Neb., on Sept. 7, 1914. She met and married her husband, Clifford W. Lauman, in Nebraska. They married on Feb. 12, 1929, and were married for 70 years. The couple's first child, Jeanne Ellen, was born in 1933. In 1940, they moved to California, where Ella had Jimmie Eugene. In 1950 the family moved to Marion where Anita Louise was born in 1951.

Ella enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, flowers, birds and crocheting. She always had a pet dog or cat. She worked for 10 years as the school cook at Marion Elementary School.

Ella made Marion her home for 56 years. She had many friendships in that small community, where she attended the Marion Friends Church. She moved to Powell Butte in 2005 to live with her daughter, Anita Dewey, and moved again in 2006 to live with her son, Jim Lauman.

She is survived by her children Jeanne McCauley of Springfield, Anita Dewey of Powell Butte and Jimmie Lauman of Summerville; eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff.


Ona E. Harwood, 79, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Elgin, died July 1 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.

Funeral services start at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Christian Church in Milton-Freewater.

Concluding services and burial will be in the Summerville Cemetery at 4 p.m. Monday. Friends may pay their respects at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Ona was born Aug. 1, 1927, to Harold L. Curly and Millie D. McLune Hug in Elgin. She grew up there and graduated from Elgin High School in 1945. She was involved in many school activities. She loved going to Elgin High's annual alumni banquet to reconnect with classmates and old friends. She was able to attend this year's banquet on June 16, and she only missed one out of the 62 banquets since graduation. She also attended Eastern Oregon College.

On Nov. 21, 1953, she married Reed Harwood in La Grande. Ona worked at the Western Stud Mill as a bookkeeper, and she and her husband owned and operated a restaurant and bar in Elgin. In 1960 she moved with her family to Milton-Freewater, where she and her husband owned and operated Kaser Fuel, a coal business. When inexpensive electric rates made coal stoves obsolete, she began working at Saager's Shoe Shop, where she was the office manager for more than 40 years until her retirement in 2004.

Ona loved people and made friends wherever she went, family members said. She loved crafts — especially rubber stamping and crocheting. She made personalized cards for her family and friends for every occasion. She loved to cook and try new recipes. She enjoyed reading and avidly followed college and professional baseball, football and basketball.

She remained young at heart throughout her life, always interested to learn something new or try a new adventure, family members said. Ona went snorkeling for the first time at age 75 and parasailing at age 78.

It was unusual if she wasn't caring for one grandchild or more for at least part of the day, or helping to make sure they got to piano lessons, pre-school or practice for whatever sport was in season. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Pythian Sisters.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Reed and Sharon Harwood, Cort Harwood, Chuck Bertleson and Millie and Bob Dombrosky, all of Milton-Freewater, and Holly Harwood and Michael Hill of Vancouver, Wash.; a brother, Davy Hug of El Paso, Texas; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in November 2004, her parents, twin grandsons and a great-granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center or the Elgin Alumni Association.


Terri Lynne (Gerlach) Searles, 48, of La Grande, died July 2 at St. Alphonsos Medical Center in Boise. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Island City Cemetery.

Terri was born July 16, 1958, to Harlin and La Velle Gerlach in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1976.

Terri was a member of the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church in Island City. She was formerly a member of the La Grande Emblem Club. She enjoyed arts and crafts, working in the yard and flower gardening.

Survivors include her children, Josh and his wife, Amber Searles, of Boise, Cody Searles of Florida and Jessica Searles of Boise; two grandsons; parents, Harlin and La Velle Gerlach of Island City; sister, Tammy Gerlach of Boring; aunt, Donna Booth; uncle, Ron Gerlach; nephews and a niece; great-aunts Freida Johnson, Beulah Taal and Aileen Taal; great-uncle Wes Taal; and best friend, Mick Alam.

Memorial contributions may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Edna Jordan, 101, formerly of Imbler, died Nov. 16, 2006, in Grants Pass. Memorial services begin 2 p.m. July 15 at the Summerville Cemetery.

Edna was born Sept. 18, 1905, in Haines. She married Ben Jordan. They moved to Imbler in 1936 and lived there for many years.

Survivors include her son, Kim Jordan, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.


Ella M. Zumwalt, 88, formerly of La Grande, died July 5 in Clarkston, Wash. A graveside service will begin 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grandview Cemetery in La Grande. Viewing will run from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home.

Ella was born on Aug. 16, 1918, to Walter and Maude Baker at a government-owned hospital on the Chase Indian reservation in Chase, British Columbia, Canada. When she was 5, her family moved to Chehalis, Wash. She later lived in Eureka, Mont., where she married William Wayne Workman on May 21, 1935. The couple had three children.

Ella later moved to La Grande where she married Howard O. Zumwalt on Dec. 7, 1954. She was a proofreader for The Observer before finally settling in Milton-Freewater in 1977.

Ella was a charter member of Salon No. 707-8&40, a past state president of the Oregon Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary, a president of the American Legion Auxiliary No. 43, 50-year member of the V.F.W., member of the Milton-Freewater Golf Course and member of Latah County Idaho Genealogical Society.

Survivors include her children, Alma Lee Merrill of Touchet, Wash., Rod Workman of Milton-Freewater and Patricia Romine of Clarkston, Wash.; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her two husbands, William Workman and Howard Zumwalt, both preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to any charity in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater 97862.


Rex Lee Clinkenbeard, 55, of La Grande lost a three-year battle with cancer at his home July 2.

Rex was born Jan. 19, 1952, at Russell, Kan., to Fern Ilene (Harbaugh) and Kenneth Lowell Clinkenbeard.

He graduated from Elgin High School in 1971. On Aug. 8, 1971, Rex married Laura Kay Ramsey of La Grande.

Rex was an avid fisherman. He was a talented builder who owned his own business, Clinkenbeard Contracting, for the last 15 years, family members said.

Survivors include his wife, Laura, mother, Fern, and sons, Lee and Andrew Clinkenbeard, all of La Grande; brothers, Alan Dale of Joseph, Douglas Clinkenbeard of Hermiston and Terry Clinkenbeard of Imbler, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Lowell.

Memorial contributions may be made to help cover final expenses. Please mail donations to Rex Clinkenbeard at 602 Crook Ave., La Grande 97850.


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