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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 23, 2007



Dale Lester Miller, 66, died June 13 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at noon Saturday at the Union Sportsmen's Club. A potluck lunch will be served afterward. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Dale was born Dec. 19, 1940, to Lester and Ida Miller in

La Grande. He was one of three children. He graduated from high school in Cove and then entered the Navy in 1963. He was attached to the 115 Attack Squadron, where he earned the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He completed his tour of duty in 1966.

Dale was a volunteer fireman for 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, mushrooming and gardening.

He is survived by his children, Russell Miller of Portland, Jeff Miller of La Grande, Jody Hillyard of Vancouver, Wash., and Rick Miller of Bakersfield, Calif., and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Irene Locken and his twin brother, Dallas Miller, who died in April.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cove School, 803 Main, Cove 97824 in care of the football program.


Wilson Jack Stone, 93, of La Grande, died Feb. 1. A service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.

Wilson was born Nov. 24, 1913, to Benjamin and Byrdie Stone in Paris, Texas. He was one of 10 children and had a twin brother, Nolan, who preceded him in death. He spent his childhood traveling with his family picking crops throughout the states.

Wilson married Esther Collie, and they had three sons before divorcing. In the early 1940s, he moved to La Grande where he worked at the Mount Emily Lumber Co., now Boise Cascade.

On Jan. 19, 1949, Wilson married Lola Williamson. Between them, they had six children.

He and Lola lived in the Anderson/Redding area of California from 1951 to 2001. He was a millworker for Ralph L. Smith Lumber Co., which was later taken over by Kimberly Clark Corp.

Wilson loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and four-wheeling. He was still fishing and four-wheeling into his 90s. He loved gardening and produced a vegetable garden every year until he was 91. He always had a story or a joke to tell.

Survivors include his wife, Lola of Clarkston; children, Dean Stone and Jim Stone, both of La Grande, Donna Satran of Redding, Calif., and Betty Davis of Clarkston; siblings, Vince Stone and Jack Stone, both of California, Mary Loveland of Washington, Iva Reynan of Medford and Wayne Stone of Jacksonville; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Bobby Alton Stone and Robert Medrud.


Frank Ronald Day, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employee who worked often in Union County, died April 23 in Baker City. A casual remembrance gathering will be held Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.with a prayer at 1:30 at the Community Connections Center, 2810 Cedar St. in Baker City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice in care of Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834.


Margie Cordova, 56, of Portland and formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 5, 2006, after an extended illness. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. June 30 at the First Christian Church in La Grande.

Margie was born March 13, 1950, in Enterprise to Eugene and Donna Jewell. At a young age, she and her family moved to La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School.

In her senior year, Margie married Jim Trump. The couple had one son. After her divorce, she married Benny Cordova and they had one son together before they divorced.

Margie drove a Tri-Met bus in Portland for elderly and disabled people until health problems forced her to quit. She was proud of her good driving record.

She was a firm believer in the Oregon donor program and donated her body to be studied for her illness, hoping that the research could help someone else.

In the last few years of her life, she lived with her friend and caregiver, Judy Rice.

Survivors include her mother, Donna Campbell of La Grande; son, Justin Cordova of Portland; sister, Shirley Harris of Albany; half-sister, Debbie Taylor and half-brother Milke Jewell, and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, her grandparents and her son, Todd Trump.


Edmund "Boomer" Charles Lyons, 38, died at his home in Enumclaw, Wash., June 8.

A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. June 30 at the Hermiston Eagles Lodge, 160 N.W. Second St., Hermiston.

Boomer was born in Othello, Wash., on Sept. 4, 1968, to Evelyn Lyons and Ed C. Lyons I. In 1993, Boomer met his future wife, Chrissy, at Crabby's bar and it was love at first sight. They were married Oct. 15, 1993, and made their home in Enumclaw.

Boomer worked at FedEx National LTL. He enjoyed coaching his daughter's fast pitch softball team and was his son's biggest fan at all Special Olympic athletic events. Boomer's passion was his family. His second passion was football; he played all through high school and one year in college at Eastern Oregon State College.

Boomer had many friends, and if he considered you his friend, he was fiercely loyal. He had a wonderful sense of humor and anyone who ever met Boomer never forgot him, his family said.

He is survived by his wife, Christine (Duggan) Lyons; son Austin, and daughter, Paige, of Enumclaw; father, Ed C. and stepmother, Pat Lyons of Federal Way, Wash.; grandmother, Elsa Ferguson of Pendleton; brother, Brett Lyons of Arizona, sister, Roberta Lyons of Federal Way; step-siblings, Cheryl Bothwell of Umatilla, Linda and Paul Hendricks of Federal Way, Gary and Tami and Rick and Terry Calvert of Pendleton; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics, 1133 19th St. NW, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20036-360.


Donald Virgil Stitt, 92, of Woodburn and formerly of La Grande, died June 18 at the Cascade Park Retirement Home in Woodburn. A funeral service will be begin 11 a.m. Wednesday at the LDS Church, 1000 Country Club Road in Woodburn. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Skyline Memorial Park in Portland.

Donald was born June 9, 1915, the third of six children, to Charles and Annie Stitt in La Grande. He grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School where he was an outstanding athlete in basketball, football and track.

In 1937, he moved to Portland with his family. He played professional basketball for Signal Oil Co. and in 1939 and 1940 attended Oregon State University, where he was a star guard on the basketball team.

He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in England during World War II. While in England, he was a member of the basketball team that won the United Kingdom Basketball Championships. After the war, he played professional basketball in the Northwest Professional Basketball League for the Salem Trailblazers and the Portland Indians.

At 40, Donald began playing tennis. During his tennis career, he won many Northwest titles and was a top-ranked player for many years.

He was also an accomplished bowler and won many team bowling titles.

In his 70s and 80s, he competed in the masters track and field championships, winning many titles. In one competition, he barely missed the world record in the high jump for his age.

He was self-employed for many years in the health and exercise equipment field in Portland.

He moved to Cascade Park Retirement Center in Woodburn in 2004.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Laretta and Marie, and his brothers, Wilford and Daniel. He is survived by his brother Alvin Stitt of Portland. He was a beloved uncle to his many nieces and nephews, family members said.

To leave an on-line condolence, go to www.bollmanfuneralhome.com. The Bollman Funeral Home of Dallas is in charge of arrangements.


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