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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING SEPT. 30, 2006



Clarence Edward Hays, 84, of Elgin died Sept. 22 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Elgin Cemetery. A dinner will follow at the Elgin Community Center.

Mr. Hays was born Oct. 7, 1921, to Luther and Ellen Bennett Hays in Baker City. The family lived in Missouri, Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

He served in the Navy during World War II, and on Sept. 2, 1951, he married Beverly Case in Elgin. He worked at the Boise Cascade mill in Elgin until retiring in 1984.

He was a member of the Carpenters and Joiners Union, the VFW, the Elgin Masonic Lodge, the Knights of Pythias and the Rockwall Grange. He was also an Elgin volunteer firefighter. He enjoyed gardening, camping, woodworking and attending his grandchildren's athletic events.

Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children and their

spouses, Jerry Hays, Dee Dee and Duke McClune, Gail and Eddie Toney, Denise and Don Ludwig and Jennifer and Rick Smith, all of Elgin; a sister, Bert Stephens of Kooskie, Idaho; brothers, Ben Hays and Charles Hays, both of Elgin; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and other relatives. A brother, Oliver Hays, and a sister, Bea Shaffer, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Elgin High School Athletic Fund in care of Daniels Chapel.


Florestine L. Bowman, 79, of La Grande died Sept. 21 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. Burial at Summerville Cemetery will be private.

Mrs. Bowman was born Oct. 24, 1926, to Ray and Ida Rich Taylor in Baker City. She attended school in Baker City, and on March 20, 1948, married Arnol "Tuffy" Bowman. They moved to Pondosa where he worked at the mill.

In 1958 they moved to La Grande. She was known for her beautiful yard and roses and for her sense of humor. She was an excellent seamstress and artist and enjoyed being with her family. She was a joy to be around.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Kim and Gloria Bowman of La Grande, Melody and Terry Haney of Arlington, and Shannon Griffin of La Grande; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Janet Taylor of Salem. Her husband, a brother and an infant daughter died earlier.

Memorials may be made to GRH Hospice or the American Cancer Society in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.


LuluMae Pfel, 85, of North Powder died Sept. 24 at a care center. Viewing will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the North Powder Cemetery.

Mrs. Pfel was born April 29, 1921, to Frank and Lola VanOrder Wiglesworth. The family lived in Ramo Flat. She graduated from Union High School, and on Aug. 26, 1938, she married Louis W. Pfel in

La Grande. She lived in North Powder from 1946 to 2005, when she moved to St. Elizabeth Care Center.

She enjoyed camping, fishing, taking long rides, sewing, reading and being with her family.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Frank and Margie Pfel, Linda Hall and Lois Rorden; 13 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren. Her husband and a daughter, Louise Sticka, died earlier.


Marty Ray Savely, 66, of Union died Sept. 20. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. Burial will be in Los Molinas, Calif.

Mr. Savely was born Nov. 25, 1939, to Raymond Edward and Ella Rose Savely. He lived in Red Bluff, Calif., and married Norma Lee Lyford on July 1, 1956. They lived in Susanville, Calif., and moved to Union in 1993.

He worked at ranching, farming, hauling hay and driving logging trucks. He loved horses, horse trading and buying and selling anything. He enjoyed riding in the mountains, camping, hunting, drinking coffee with his buddies and talking on the phone.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Shirley Savely and John and Deb Savely, all of Union, Marty Ray and Susan Savely of Kasilof, Alaska, and Shiela and Bob McGarva of Westwood, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives. His wife and a sister died earlier.

Flowers may be sent to Loveland Chapel.


Wesley Johnson, 64, of Enterprise died Sept. 20 in Richland, Wash. A family graveside service will be held at the Wallowa Cemetery on Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.

Survivors include his mother, Eva Mae Johnson of Lostine, and his father, Willard Johnson of Wallowa.


William Millord "Squeek" Marcum, 65, of Sand Hollow, Idaho, and formerly of

La Grande, died Sept. 26 at the VA Hospital in Boise. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Private interment will be at the Hillcrest East Cemetery.

Mr. Marcum was born April 16, 1941, the son of William H. and Evelyn (Sanderson) Marcum in Weiser, Idaho. He was educated in La Grande and in his later years was raised by his mother and step-father, Howard Ramsey.

After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Army and he served in Alaska working with heavy equipment and tanks. Following his honorable discharge he worked for the Los Angeles Police Department for seven years as a motorcycle patrolman.

He then worked as a pilot for various commercial and cargo airlines for 20 years. For the past 10 years he worked as a long haul driver for various companies, most recently England and Jim Palmer.

He enjoyed reading and recreation travel on his motorcycle. He held his family close to his heart but he really loved being on the road or in the air.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Michael Marcum of Portland and Maureen and Mark McLeod of Cooksville, Ill.; seven grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Virginia Marcum of Portland; an aunt, Wanda Pointer of Island City; an uncle, Billy Sanderson of Elgin; and numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Dean McLeod, aunt Dorothy Craig and uncles Donald and Kenneth Sanderson.

Those who wish may make contributions to any hospice organization or the VA Hospital of Idaho in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


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