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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCT. 28, 2006



Eugene Richard Power, 78, of Summerville, died Sunday at a foster care home. A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Summerville Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Power was born March 25, 1928, to Mason E. and Lennett E. Moorlock Power in California.

He had a brain disorder from the age of 7, but loved collecting various belt buckles, playing baseball with his brothers, eating candy and bowling, and he was bat boy for his brother's team. He attended the Summerville Baptist Church.

Survivors include his brother, Thomas Power of Fallon, Nev., numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Robert Power, Cecil Power and Emmitt Power; and sisters, Sara E. Alexander, Lucille Abbott and Nora Ann Dusi.

Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Summerville Baptist Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande 97850.


Rosetta Eckstein, 76, of Elgin, died Oct. 22 at the Evergreen Rehabilitation and Retirement Center in Milton-Freewater. A graveside service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Elgin Cemetery with Pastor Steve Gilmore officiating.

Mrs. Eckstein was born July 20, 1930, in La Grande to Ernest and Lillian Knight. She moved with her family to Wallowa, where she grew up and attended school.

After her schooling she moved to California for a time where she worked as a waitress and bartender.

She returned to Wallowa to raise her family, where she also provided in-home caregiving.

In 1979 she married Leland "Sonny" Eckstein in Nevada. She continued working until 1996 when ill health forced her to retire.

She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, mushroom hunting, fishing and collecting glasses and cups. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Survivors include her husband; daughters, Nadine Onstot of Milton-Freewater, Christine Wold of Albany and Carolyn Anderson of Wallowa; a son, Dennis M. Callopy of Wisconsin; stepsons, Brad and Richard Eckstein, both of La Grande; stepdaughters, Shirley Hensley of La Grande and Shannon Toy of Elgin; a brother, Raymond Knight of The Dalles; 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Callopy; a stepson, Mark Eckstein; and a brother, Joe Knight.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater 97862.


Jason Basil Terry, 27, of

La Grande, died Monday due to an automobile accident. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Terry was born March 9, 1979, in La Grande to Paul and Jeanne Eckley Terry.

He graduated from high school and attended Blue Mountain Community College, then went to work as an operator mechanic.

Survivors include his parents, Paul and Jeanne Terry of Hermiston; girlfriend, Brittany Blakeney of La Grande; brother, Clifton Terry, and stepbrother, Chandler Carroll, both of Cheyenne, Wyo.; stepsister, Alicia Cork of Arizona; grandmothers, Patricia Eckley of Pendleton and Pauline Terry of Elgin; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Reba L. Briggs Hamon, 78, of Prineville and formerly of Union and La Grande, died Oct. 16 at her home. A celebration of life took place Oct. 19 at the Prineville Funeral Home with Pastor Dusty Flegel officiating.

Mrs. Hamon was born in Shidler, Okla., April 22, 1928, to William Ernest and Bernie Hohstadt Briggs. The family moved to Oregon in 1937, settling in Union in 1938 when she was in the third grade. She lived and worked in Union and La Grande until moving to Prineville in 1948.

In 1953 she married Noah Hamon in Stevenson, Wash. In Prineville, she worked in the potato fields, at the mills and as a waitress for many restaurants for several years. She was a dispatcher for the Prineville Police Department from 1963 to 1973. She worked at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Prineville, then was a manager of the Madras DMV, retiring in 1989.

She loved to play golf and was a member of the Redmond Country Club. She enjoyed traveling, including to Europe, and had been a member of the Prineville Eagles Lodge.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Hartley of Auburn Wash.; sons and their spouses, Randy and Sue Hamon and Ron and Sheri Hamon, all of Prineville, and Don and Samantha Hamon of Redmond; siblings, Lonnie Briggs of Roseburg, Dale Briggs of Bend, Marie Neville of Ojai, Calif., and Laverne Scott of Kalispell, Mont.; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Cindy, a brother and a sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Clarence H. Crawford, 78, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin, died Tuesday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, followed by a graveside service at Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Crawford was born July 4, 1928, near Gotham, Ark, where he grew up.

Later in life he worked with handicapped children for the State of California.

After retirement, he moved to Oregon and ranched near Lebanon and Prineville, then moved to Eastern Oregon.

Clarence loved the outdoors. He felt he was a caretaker, a protector of the land and forests. He and his wife spent summers camping, four-wheeling and enjoying nature. He has always been active in church, most recently attending the Christian Church in Elgin.

Survivors include his wife, June, of La Grande; stepchildren, Susan Gerry of Pocatello, Idaho, and Rick Gerry and family of Cove and surrounding areas; and a favorite niece, Lela Duvall of Yelma, Wash.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society Research, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.


Ruth "Jean" Ketscher, 84, of Burns and formerly of Enterprise, died Monday at her home. A memorial service at St. Katherine's Catholic Church in Enterprise begins at 10 a.m. Monday. The service will be followed by burial at the Enterprise Cemetery and a celebration of life in the church hall. Arrangements are under the direction of Bollman Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ketscher was born Oct. 9, 1922, in Detroit, Mich., to Catherine Gelineau and Ross Wadsworth Waffle, the second of sixth children. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in home economics and history, then became a high school teacher in Shafter, Calif.

She married George M. Ketscher Aug. 6, 1950, and they raised five children. They made their home in California, where she taught high school and at a community college.

In 1972 they moved to Enterprise to continue the family ranch. They later expanded the ranch to Burns. She loved ranch life and being a mom, and she was famous for her pies. She did volunteer work for church, school and 4-H.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Susan and Michael Hildreth, William and Meredith Ketscher, Ross and Angela Ketscher, Thomas Ketscher, and Phillip and Charity Ketscher; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, George, died in 1985.


William Healey Oberteuffer, 86, known as "Bill Obie," died in his home in Island City Sept. 24.

A memorial service in Portland will take place at

2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Tryon Farm, followed by refreshments. A memorial service in the La Grande area will take place at noon Nov. 4 at the Summerville Pine Grove Grange, followed by a potluck. Remembrances can be sent to the Union County Extension Service for the Oberteuffer research and education forest. Donations can be sent to the Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.

Mr. Oberteuffer was born Nov. 4, 1919, in Spokane to George Herman and Mildred Oberteuffer. His family moved to Portland where he graduated in 1937.

After working that summer at Camp Meriwether, a Boy Scout camp run by his father, he and two other Eagle Scouts rode horses along the Pacific Crest Trail from Mount Hood to the Mexican border. He then attended Reed College for a year before transferring to Oregon State University to complete a degree in agriculture.

In 1941, he married Margaret Sengstake Young, his childhood sweetheart.

During World War II, he worked in a shipyard and as a substitute teacher. What began as a temporary job turned into a lifelong career and an all-encompassing identity: teacher.

He received a master's degree in science teaching from OSU and worked in the Portland Public School system for more than 30 years as a science and horticulture teacher.

All of his life, he had a commitment to preserve and sustain the earth. He taught this to his students in the classroom and beyond. He and his wife took a one-year sabbatical from teaching and backpacked around the world comparing education systems and natural history in 27 countries.

A lifelong dream of being a rancher was actualized in 1974 when he and Margaret purchased 160 acres of what became known as the Smilin' O Ranch at the base of Stubblefield Mountain outside of Elgin. In the summers the Oberteuffers ran an informal summer camp where previous students and other young people came to work and learn in exchange for room and board, a weekend adventure of rafting, horseback riding or hiking, and an education in country living.

In addition to striving for sustenance at the Smilin' O, he and Margaret managed more than 100 acres of forest that supplied some income as well as lumber for fences, buildings and firewood.

He graduated as a Master Woodland Manager from the OSU Extension Service and was twice the chairman of the Union County Small Woodlands Association. He became a strong proponent of sustainable forestry and was recognized as an expert in this field. In 1994, when they sold the ranch and moved to Island City, they donated 113 acres of managed forest to OSU for education and research purposes.

Margaret died in 2000. He married Jacque Lee in 2001.

Some of his memberships and involvements included: the National Education Association; 25 years with the Boy Scouts of America, including leading troops to two International Jamborees; Mountain Rescue of Oregon Association; state and national Small Woodlands Association; Blue Mountain Natural Resource Institute; originator and coordinator of Rebarrow Community Reforestation Project; Oregon Watershed Improvement Coalition; Ecoforestry Institute, square dance caller; and Mazamas Mountaineering Club. He was known to many through his prolific letters to the editor.

Awards and recognitions include: Oregon Biology Teacher of the year; Portland Outstanding Secondary Teacher; Outstanding Woodland Manager; national award from the U.S. Forest Service for volunteerism and two-time Union County tree farmer of the year. He was appointed to the State Board of Forestry by Gov. Barbara Roberts, but the appointment was not approved by the Oregon Senate. He was awarded the Mazama Cup for being of great benefit to the mountaineering group and the 16-peak award for climbing all the major peaks in the Cascades, and in 1996 he was added to the Mazamas Honorary Members list.

Survivors include his wife, Jacque Lee Oberteuffer, and his sister, Georgie Packwood.


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