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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOV. 18, 2006



Patricia M. Blang, 63, of La Grande died Nov. 4 of natural causes at a care center in La Grande. There will be a celebration of life service at the Union County Senior Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Burial will be at Asotin Cemetery in Asotin, Wash. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Mrs. Blang was born to William Murphy Watkins and Opal Marie Truitt on July 20, 1943, in Lewiston, Idaho. She married Richard J. Blang on June 28, 1980. She enjoyed teddy bears, stuffed animals and singing.

Survivors include her son, Cully Hix of Lewiston, Idaho; stepchildren, Pamela Dalling of Salt Lake City, Utah, Deborah Zentner of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Terry Blang of Twin Falls, Idaho; and her father, of La Grande. She was preceded in death by her husband and her mother.


Arnold E. Appleton, 65, of Heppner and formerly of La Grande died Nov. 14 at his home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Hope Community Church in Hermiston. A graveside memorial will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Appleton was born Sept. 9, 1941, to Howard and Ruth Arnold Appleton in Van Nuys, Calif. He was raised and attended school in Van Nuys, graduating from high school in 1959. In 1965 he married Pamela Passick. The couple later divorced.

He served with the Army during the Vietnam War and continued his military service with the Oregon Army National Guard until retiring as master sergeant. He served as mortar platoon sergeant and a 1st sergeant at Det 1, HHC, 3rd of the 116th, Pendleton.

Before moving to La Grande in 1973, he owned and operated Van Nuys Florist in Van Nuys. He operated a Christmas business, gathering greens and cones to make arrangements and wreaths for flower shops throughout Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington.

In 1975 he married Wendy Bouchard in La Grande. The couple lived in La Grande for 25 years before moving to Heppner in 2000.

He enjoyed hunting, mushrooming, hiking in the mountains, gardening and playing cards with friends. He loved creating from things he found in nature and was well known for his dried arrangements and wreaths. He was a member of the New Hope Community Church in Hermiston.

Survivors include his wife, Wendy of Heppner; children and their spouses, Michael and Brenda Appleton of Hermiston, Phillip and Kari Appleton of Vancouver, Wash., John Appleton and Kendra Appleton, both of

La Grande, and Penny Appleton of Denton, Texas; siblings, Thomas Appleton of Canoga Park, Calif., Doris Bond of Redding, Calif., and Elizabeth Brown of Tualatin; seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Memorial Home Health or Hospice, P.O. Box 9, Heppner 97836; New Hope Community Church Building Fund, 1350 S. Highway 395, Hermiston 97838; or Willow Creek Baptist Church, P.O. Box 661, Heppner 97836.


Beulah Lucretia Davis, 92, of The Dalles and formerly of Wallowa County died Nov. 12 at a care center. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Enterprise Christian Church, with burial at the Enterprise Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home of

The Dalles.

Mrs. Davis was born June 26, 1914, in Emmett, Idaho, to James L. and Hazel Park Wilson. The third of six children, she grew up in Emmett and graduated from Emmett High School in 1933. In June 1939 she graduated from St. Alphonsus Nurses Training School. Her first position was at Holy Rosary Hospital in Ontario-Kuna, Idaho.

In May 1939 she married Arlington A. Atkinson, and they had two children. They moved to Gooding, Idaho, in 1940. During the war years she was stationed at the Minidoka War Relocation Hospital for the Interned Japanese. At the end of World War Il she was relocated to the facility in Tule Lake, Calif. In 1945 she was health nurse for the Agricultural Worker Health Association of Twin Falls, Idaho. Mr. Atkinson passed away in March 1947.

In December 1947, she moved to Wallowa County where she was office nurse for Dr. Ham. While in Wallowa County she met Everett Davis, and they were married on July 22, 1949.

From 1950 to 1972 she was employed by Wallowa Memorial Hospital. She spent four years prior to retirement at Winding Waters Clinic before retiring in 1976. She was an active member of the Enterprise Christian Church and Liberty Grange. For 19 years she and her husband enjoyed traveling south to Yuma, Ariz., for the winter months.

Survivors include her husband, Everett, of The Dalles; sister, Margaret Miller of Boise; children and their spouses, David and SuMi Atkinson of Puyallup, Wash., and Toni and Jim Marks of The Dalles; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Morris Wilson, Frank Wilson, Kenny Wilson and Helen Tustin.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, 751 Myrtle St., The Dalles 97058.


Julia Martha Mueller Koenig, 96, of Cove died Nov. 11 at a care home in Cove. A celebration of life service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor Wiseman officiating. A graveside service at the Cove Cemetery will follow the church service.

Mrs. Koenig was born Oct. 13, 1910, in Reedley, Calif., to Gottlob and Anna Strohmaier Mueller. She was a member of the First Mennonite Church. She was educated in Reedley and attended secretarial training school in Los Angeles.

In 1934 she accepted a secretarial and bookkeeping position at the Ascot Avenue Elementary School in the Watts area of

Los Angeles. She was employed there for seven years.

She married John Koenig in Santa Monica, Calif., Dec. 7, 1940. The Koenigs lived in Los Angeles and Van Nuys until moving to a farm in Cove in 1962.

She enjoyed being a homemaker, gardening, traveling, music and reading. She was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in La Grande, the Oregon Farm Bureau, Cove Women's Improvement Club, Home Extension and the Knife and Fork Club.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Charles and Donna Koenig and Karen and Lyndon Rose, all of Cove, Carol and Dave Hanson of Los Alamos, N.M., and Linda Koenig of College Place, Wash.; sister, Miriam Von Seggern of Grass Valley, Calif.; and six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 114 S. 12th St.,

La Grande 97850 or to the charity of choice.


Annamarie Elisabeth Goshorn, 82, of La Grande died Nov. 12 at her home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Mrs. Goshorn, known as Anne, was born June 10, 1924, in Portland to German immigrant parents, Gottfried and Emilie Peters Brockmann. German was her first language; she learned English from the neighborhood children. She spent one year in Germany as a child.

She graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland and entered the Nursing Program at Emanuel Hospital, attaining R.N. status in January 1945.

She met Frank McClure Goshorn on a blind date while he was on leave in Portland during World War II. He proposed to her by letter while he was stationed in England in 1944, and they were married in Portland Oct. 21, 1945. After the war, they moved to Hayward, Calif., where she worked as an R.N. until they moved to La Grande in 1950.

In 1957 the family moved to a small farm in the Mount Glen area, and in 1959 to a farm in Summerville. She took endless delight in the beauty of the natural world and the wildlife around her there. The Goshorns were proud to provide meals composed solely of their own farm produce. In 1998 the couple moved to

La Grande.

She worked most of her adult life. She retired from her job as evening-shift supervisor at the Grande Ronde Hospital in 1986, and one month later went to work at the Fourth Street Clinic. She retired from there at age 72.

She was not content to settle down, however. After her final retirement, she joined the Hospital Auxiliary, the Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation Board and Quilt Questers. She was also a hospice volunteer and a member of the Citizens Review Board. She didn't relinquish her part in the latter two organizations until July of this year.

She enjoyed gardening, quilting, playing the piano, singing, reading, growing orchids and doing crossword puzzles.

Survivors include daughters and their spouses, Patricia and Ed Stineff of Sweet Home, Pamela Goshorn and J. William Kidd of Duncan, B.C., and Pauline and Mark Chartier of Summerville; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her stepbrother, Norman Puls.

Memorial contributions may be made to Home Health Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.


Mary Rhodig Cash, 97, of La Grande died Nov. 16 in La Grande. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Committal and burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery.

Mrs. Cash was born June 29, 1909, to James Edward and Elizabeth Campbell Taylor in Alamena, Kan. She married Russel L. Rhodig in April 1932, and the couple had four children, Twilla, Russel, Charles and Netha. Mr. Rhodig preceded her in death.

In 1982 she married James D. Cash of La Grande. Mr. Cash died in 1986. Mary enjoyed the love and affection of her stepchildren, Bob, Richard and Phyllis.

She was a member of the Church of God for many years. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors and Eastern Star and worked in the bakery at Albertson's for 12 years. She loved her home and family, living in the same house for 51 years. She enjoyed crocheting afghans and reading and studying the Bible.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Twilla and Bill Carson of Perry, Russ and Phyllis Rhodig of New Plymouth, Idaho, Chuck and Dolores Rhodig of Oregon City and Netha and Don Lester of Canby; stepchildren, Bob Cash of La Grande, Richard Cash of Walla Walla and Phyllis and Bill Wells of Newport; sisters, Irene Williams of La Grande, Della McClure and Dorothy Lewis; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her first and second husbands; siblings, Edward Taylor, Leo Taylor, Bernice White, Winifred Preston, Inez Phillipe and Betty Taylor; and a grandson, Rick Carson.

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


Jimmie E. Engle, 88, of Eugene and formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 13. The family will have a private memorial service in Eugene.

Mr. Engle was born Jan. 24, 1918, in Krupp, Wash., and grew up in eastern Washington. In 1941 he married Sheila Thompson in Portland. He served in the Army overseas during World War II, then attended pharmacy school at Oregon State University.

He was a pharmacist for 30 years and was the manager of the La Grande PayLess from 1969 to 1984. After retiring in 1985, he and his wife moved to Eugene.

He enjoyed gardening, fishing, golf and woodworking. He was an avid OSU Beavers fan and raised his children to be the same.

Survivors include his wife; children, Tom Engle and Barb Engle, both of Portland, Dennis Engle of Salem and Joanna Engle of Corvallis; and six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


David Duane Straight, 63, of Jacksonville, Fla., and formerly of Union and La Grande, died Nov. 3 in Jacksonville. Following cremation, his ashes will be returned to Alaska in the spring.

Mr. Straight was born April 21, 1943, to H. David and Dorothy Anne Straight. He was raised in Union and lived in La Grande while attending college. He graduated from Southwestern Oregon Community College with two degrees in 1969 and married Joyce Marie Emmons in Kodiak, Alaska, on April 8, 1972.

He lived and worked in Alaska for 35 years before retiring to Portland. He later moved to Jacksonville for care at the Mayo Cancer Center and to be near his daughter.

He served in the Navy as a submarine sonarman and received a bronze medal for service as a civilian during Desert Storm.

Survivors include his wife, formerly of Alaska and now residing in Florida, and daughter, Dawn Marie Straight of Rockledge, Fla.; his mother and sister, Deannie Myers, both of La Grande; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a son, Dean Albert Straight.


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