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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOV. 11, 2006



Robert (Bob) Lee Fallow Sr., 84, of La Grande died Nov. 2 in Tualatin. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life Thursday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Private interment will be at the Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Fallow was born Apr. 2, 1922, to Miles Owen and Vada Gertrude Squire Fallow in Imbler. He graduated from La Grande High School and attended Eastern Oregon College.

On July 7, 1944, he married Catherine (Cay) M. Mead in Pendleton.

During World War II he served in the Air Force as a B-17 pilot, successfully completing 25 missions in Europe.

He returned to La Grande after his military service and worked for Eddy's Bread before purchasing Bob's Corner Market on Fourth and C streets. He later sold the business and became the distributor of Nalley Foods. He then purchased and operated La Grande Amusement Company and later also opened the Contemporary Shop with his wife.

In addition, he developed the La Grande Coin Operated Cleaners and the Stonewood Mobile Home Park. He owned the Phoenix Building and was a partner in ownership of the Foley Building.

He was a very active proponent of his community and Northeast Oregon. He was the co-chairman of the fund drive for the Grande Ronde Hospital and lobbied for the rebuilding of the Second Street overpass.

He was a partner in the redesign of the Joseph building and, together with Steve Anderson, renovated the Foley Building downtown. They earned the Renovation of the Year Award from the State Economic Development for the renovation of the building.

He was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, serving as president, and was given the Man of the Year award. He belonged to the Optimist Club, the La Grande Elks Lodge, the La Grande Eagles Lodge, American Legion Post 433 and the La Grande Country Club, of which he was president. He also served on the budget committee for the La Grande School District.

He was one of the founding members of the La Grande Industrial Development Board, which was responsible for bringing Fleetwood Travel Trailers to La Grande. He was involved in the formation of the Airport Light Industrial Park and the formation and funding to purchase the land for the Baum Industrial Park. He was active within the Union County Economic Development Corporation. In the 1960s he was active with the Northeast Oregon Vacation Lands and developed the Show Me Tours, which brought media to Northeast Oregon to develop tourism in Union, Wallowa and Baker counties.

He was a charter member of his trade industry, the Oregon Amusement and Music Operators Association. He was awarded the Coin Operator of the Year for the state of Oregon. When he was on the Citizens Coordinating Committee of the Oregon State Highway Division, he received a special Appreciation Award from then Gov. Tom McCall.

He was often heard to say, "I don't want anybody coming to a party of mine and going away without getting something good to eat." He also loved fishing with friends. His pink rowboat was somewhat of an icon at Morgan Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine, of La Grande; sons and their wives, Robert L. and Cam Fallow Jr. of West Linn, Greg and Anne Fallow of Orlando, Fla., and Peter and Marilyn Fallow of La Grande; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Dale Fallow of Grants Pass and Marvel West of Centralia, Wash.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Harold Reed Harris, 82, of Sacramento, Calif., and formerly of La Grande died Oct. 26 from complications of pneumonia. There will be a reception for friends to visit with his family Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A private family memorial service will follow on Saturday.

Mr. Harris was born Nov. 9, 1923, in Fort Duchesne, Utah, to Leonard Reed Harris and Martha Kitchen Harris, the seventh of eight sons. He spent his entire childhood in the Uintah Basin region and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1940. He served in the Navy in the Pacific region during World War II.

After the war, he attended Brigham Young University, where he met and married Velma June Schmidt on June 10, 1946, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He and his wife were the parents of five children.

He graduated from the University of Utah in 1952. The family then moved to Portland, where he taught school for several years, then returned to Provo, Utah, where he obtained a master's degree in counseling from BYU.

He spent more than 30 years in education, as a teacher and then as a counselor, particularly in the Parkrose School District.

He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in every organization of the church. He and his wife also served four missions for the church.

In 1997, he and his wife moved to La Grande to be near family. A two-time stroke survivor, Harold never quit striving to keep going and stay active.

When he was forced to give up driving and use a walker, he purchased a motorized scooter, which he rode throughout his La Grande neighborhood, visiting with friends and neighbors.

Following the death of his wife, he moved to Sacramento to live with his daughter, Julie, and her family.

He loved helping people. He also enjoyed gardening and grew vegetables, raspberries and roses.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Lynn and Jan Harris and Mark and Linda Harris, all of La Grande, Paul and Lori Harris of Vancouver, Wash., and Julie and Dan Elliott of Sacramento; brothers, Glen Harris of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Ken Harris of Bountiful, Utah; half siblings, Vaughn Harris of Loa, Utah, and Janine Petross of Fairview, Utah; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma, a daughter, Dianne Payne, and five brothers.

Memorials may be made to the Cosumnes River College Adaptive P.E. Program, the LDS Church Humanitarian Aid Fund or the Perpetual Education Fund in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., 7850.


Oregon State Police Sergeant Scott "Scotty" Moore, 47, of Cove died Nov. 2 at OHSU in Portland from complications of pancreatic cancer. There will be a celebration of life with Oregon State Police Honors at noon Nov. 20 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in

La Grande. A reception and meal will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Moore was born Apr. 2, 1959, in Gardenia, Calif., to Robert A Moore and Kathleen Q. O'Neal. He lived in Fallbrook, Calif., for 10 years before moving with his family to Salem and then to Klamath Falls, where he graduated in 1977 from Henley High School.

He began his 27-year career with the Oregon State Police in 1979, serving as a cadet in Wallowa and Deschutes counties. In 1984 he became a full-time OSP trooper in Lakeview as a patrol officer and then as a game officer. While in this area he worked the entire Lake County and also parts of Klamath and Deschutes counties. He transferred to Bend in 1991 and worked as a game officer in the Fish and Wildlife Division in Deschutes and Jefferson counties.

In 1997 he became a sergeant and was transferred to the La Grande office as patrol sergeant, later moving to the Fish and Wildlife Division. Most recently he was working as the patrol sergeant. During this time, Mr. Moore developed relationships with many of the interrelated agencies in all the counties, working also as deputy coroner and fire investigator.

He married Meg Hutchins Chandler in 1985 at Camp Sherman. While living in Lakeview, they had two daughters, Madeline (Maddee) and Lacey (Katie). He was supportive of his daughters' activities, from showing and raising animals to participating in sports. He chaperoned class trips, including the Philadelphia trip, and was a 4-H livestock judge.

He was a man of few words but had a great sense of humor and was sensitive to the needs of people around him. He was very much a team player, and you were never to say "never." To him, it did not matter what other people thought as long as it was right for you.

His co-workers felt he was one of the best game officers in the state. He competed in gun shoots throughout the Northwest and was known as a top marksman.

He was a very active hunter and greatly enjoyed chukar hunting. At wildlife fundraising events he could always be found perusing the silent auction table trying to spot one of his friends' bids, joking that he was going to bid them up if they went home early.

He is survived by his wife and daughters; his father, Robert A Moore of Prineville; siblings and their spouses, Kandi and Bruce Dunn of Prineville, Rod and Shirley Moore of Woodville, Wash., and Jeff and Faythe Moore of Vancouver, Wash.; in-laws, Pete Hutchins of Portland, Rex and Roxie Hutchins of Menlo, Wash., and Becky and Richard Skupa of Camp Sherman; and 13 nieces and nephews.

The family requests no flowers or gifts. Contributions can be made to the Scott Moore Scholarship Fund in care of any U.S. Bank. Funds will be used for his daughters' college expenses and a scholarship at Cove High School.


Margie Cordova, 56, of Portland and formerly of Enterprise, died Nov. 5 in Portland after an extended illness. A private family burial will be conducted later.

Mrs. Cordova was born March 13, 1950, in Enterprise to Eugene and Donna Campbell Jewell.

She drove a TriMet bus for the elderly and disabled in Portland until her health forced her to quit.

Survivors include her mother, Donna Campbell of La Grande; son, Justin Cordova of Portland; sister, Shirley Harris of Albany; half siblings, Debbie Taylor and Mike Jewell; four grandchildren; and her caregiver and friend, Judy Rice of Portland. She

was preceded in death by her father and a son, Todd Trump.


William (Bill) Harold Noland, 83, of Enterprise, died Nov. 2 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. A 2 p.m. memorial service will be conducted Saturday at the VFW Post 4307 Hall in Enterprise, with private burial in the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mr. Noland was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Boise. At 16 he left school to join the Civilian Conservation Corps for a year. He returned to high school in Idaho but left again during his senior year to join the Air Force in December 1941.

He received his high school diploma while in the military. As a B-29 flight engineer, he flew 23 missions over Japan and was once forced to land on Iwo Jima returning from a mission. He was discharged in November 1945.

On April 6, 1946, he married Pat Gratton. That fall he enrolled in Idaho State College, graduating with a degree in pharmacy. He practiced in Emmett, Coeur d'Alene and Spokane and traveled as a service representative for Pfizer Laboratories for eight years.

He was the co-owner of Moon Drug in La Grande until 1968 when he bought Bill's Economy Drug in Enterprise. He took pride in his profession, serving his community until retiring in 1986.

He enjoyed water sports, photography and golf. He was a member of VFW Post 4307 and BPOE 1829 Elks.

He is survived by his wife, Pat, of Enterprise; sons, Scott of Enterprise and Mike and Joe, both of Spokane; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.


Richard Gene Limbaugh, 52, of Union died Nov. 4 at home. A funeral service will begin at

1 p.m. today at the Union Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Loveland Funeral

Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Limbaugh was born Jan. 17, 1954, and raised in Huntington. He graduated from Huntington High School. He was No. 51 on the Huntington Locomotives' the famous eight-man football team, taking the state title many times. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer from 1974 to 2002, when he took an early retirement.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, gardening, taking relaxing drives, visiting with his many friends and watching football with his dog, Beau.

Survivors include his father, Gene "Buck" Limbaugh of Kuna, Idaho; daughters and their spouses, Heather Limbaugh of Union and Tonya and Andy Dodge of Troy, Idaho; sisters and their spouses, Connie June and Darwin Gorrell of Filmona, Utah, Vicki Lynn and Rick Jones of Orofino, Idaho, and Denise Marie Roberts and Mark Evans of Kuna, Idaho; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris.


Douglas Dean Johnson, 68, of La Grande died Oct. 28 at a care center in Union. There will be a 10 a.m. celebration of life at Loveland Funeral Chapel Saturday.

Mr. Johnson was born May 28, 1938, in Enterprise to Merle and Clara "Jean" McFetridge Johnson. He attended and graduated from school in Enterprise, was active in sports and was an excellent athlete. He married Glora Mae Tobin, and they had three children, Janie Jo, Greg and Lisa. They were later divorced.

In his younger years, he loved hunting, fishing and refurbishing fishing poles and equipment. His most recent passion was going to garage and yard sales. He lost the love of his life, Janice, in 2001.

He is survived by his children, including son and daughter-in-law, Clarence and Larianne Stephens of La Grande; his mother, Jean Johnson of Enterprise; an uncle, Mike McFetridge of Joseph; and several grandchildren.


Barbara June Nielsen Murry, 75, of La Grande and formerly of Pilot Rock, died Nov. 9 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Daniels Chapel.

Ms. Murry was born June 16, 1931, at Pilot Rock to Hans C. and Mable E. Galbreath Nielsen. Ms. Murry grew up on a ranch up East Birch Creek and attended schools in Pilot Rock to half her sophomore year until her parents moved to Portland where she completed her schooling at Franklin High School.

On Jan. 28, 1950, she married Stanley Fitzpatrick from Lansing, Mich. Ms. Murry worked for the General Telephone Co. in Grand Lodge, Mich., for four years and then worked for Oldsmobile-building Oldsmobiles until the Korean War and they quit making cars and made parts for airplanes.

Ms. Murry divorced in 1955 and in 1957 moved back to Oregon where she worked for Esco (Electric Steel Foundry) in Portland. On Dec. 13, 1957, she married Howard Hansen and moved to White City and worked for 3M. She and her husband built a log home themselves. They had one daughter, Theresa.

In 1969 she married Earl L. Murry, a logger and PRCA cowboy, traveling all over rodeoing. They moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, in 1975, working on road construction and logging. They lived on a log float camp that was the largest camp of its kind in the world. It consisted of large logs held together by wire rope, floating off shore on the ocean. The camp had 40 trailer houses a school, playground and two large homes. The only way into camp or out was by boat or bush plane. She loved to fish out her back door.

After returning to Oregon in 1985 she and her husband bought trucks and long hauled the lower 48, then moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, and hauled on the pipeline to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

At 56, Ms. Murry went back to school to work in the travel industry.

Ms. Murry moved to La Grande in 1991 where she has lived since.

Ms. Murry enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and taking the back roads.

Her parents, brother Dr. Lawrence E. Nielsen, a niece Virginia Price and her daughter Nicole Price, nephew Clayton Nielsen and all three husbands preceded her in death.

She is survived by daughter Theresa Marie Hansen of La Grande, brother Frank Nielsen of Union, sister Beverly de Young of Grants Pass, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.


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