Home News Obituaries OBITUARIES FROM DECEMBER 6 - DECEMBER 11, 2004
OBITUARIES FROM DECEMBER 6 - DECEMBER 11, 2004
cont... Rosa Sargent - Karlyn Sue Burgess - Stuart Markow - Robert Zaklan
Marion Eisner, 80, of La Grande died Saturday at a local care center. Arrangements will be announced by Daniels Chapel of the Valley. A full obituary will be published later.
Joseph C.Colozzi, 76, of La Grande died Saturday at his home. Arrangements will be announced by Loveland Funeral Chapel. A full obituary will be published later.
Formerly of Cove
Allen K. Nicholson, 52, of Seattle and formerly of Cove died Nov. 25. A full obituary will be published later by Loveland Funeral Chapel.
Eldon Roy Down
formerly of Wallowa
and Union counties
Eldon Roy Down, 82, of Eagle, Idaho, and formerly of Wallowa, Union and Baker counties, died Dec. 5 of natural causes in a Boise care center. Viewing will be Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the
Summerville Cemetery Chapel with Father Hank Albrecht of Our Lady of the Catholic Church officiating. Interment will be at the Summerville Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mr. Down was born to Ethel (Stanford) and Roy "Ted" Down on April 20, 1922 in Milton. He married Shirley Keener on Nov. 25, 1945.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in Italy. After the war Eldon and Shirley made their home in Wallowa County. He was a logger for a few years with his brother, Melvin, and later ran the Joseph Airport. In 1952 he moved his family to La Grande where he operated Blue Mountain Air Service.
During this time he did the crop dusting in Union County and flew passengers anywhere they wanted to go. He was instrumental in developing the belly dump for the B-25, which was used for fighting fires and is still being used today. He taught many people how to fly, including the first woman in Union County. Eldon logged over 1 million accident free miles during his flying career.
In 1961 he gave up the airport operations and went to work flying for the U.S. Forest Service. This took him and his family to Montana and Idaho where in 1982 he retired to the mountains of Idaho. After losing his wife, Shirley, in 1991 he moved to Eagle, Idaho. He was an outdoorsman and in his younger years enjoyed hunting but his real love was flying.
Survivors include his daughters, Sharon Middleton of Union, Kaye Jenkins of Eagle, Idaho and Barbara Woods of Boise, Idaho; two grandsons; a great grandson; a great granddaughter; and other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Eldon's name to the Boise Samaritan Village, 3115 Sycamore Drive, Boise, Idaho, 83703.
Roberta Glee Manley, 84, died Dec. 1 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. There will be a memorial service in the early spring at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mrs. Manley was born on Dec. 9, 1919, the daughter of Vernon and Ava (Shields) Romig in Pueblo, Colo. She married Patrick Manley in 1943 in Del Rio, Texas, and they raised eight children. He preceded her in death in Sept. 2002.
Mrs. Manley was nicknamed "Hap" for Happy because of her extremely positive attitude, her ever present smile and her laughter. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her greatest joy. She loved cooking, sewing, quilting, gardening, birds and animals, especially dogs and cows.
She loved visiting with family and friends and playing bingo. She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and the Red Hat Society.
Survivors include her children, Pam Brown of Redmond, Mike Manley of Cheshire, Susan Manley of La Grande, Stephen Manley of Shoteau, Mont., Philip Manley of Elgin, Mark Manley of Winston, Kathleen Grover of La Grande and Mary Manley of Lake Oswego; 18 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Two brothers, Dale and Boyd, preceded her in death.
Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Mrs. Manley to Birthright of La Grande, 1002 Spring Avenue, La Grande, Ore., 97850.
Edworth J. Stewart, 94, of La Grande died Monday. Arrangements will be announced by Loveland Funeral Chapel. A complete obituary will be published later.
Marcella Lucinda Skillings, 80, died Dec. 2 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.
Mrs. Skillings was born June 20, 1924, to John and Eva DeClue in St. Louis, Mo. She lived in Alaska and California before coming to La Grande. She married Raymond Benjamin Skillings on May 21, 1955. She earned a nursing degree in 1968 and worked at Hot Lake for a while before settling in Wallowa. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, quilting and being with her husband and family.
Survivors include her children, Joseph Skillings of Wallowa and Annette Hernandez of Pendleton; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Bulah Davis of Southerland, Jessie Saner of Idana, Lucille Hanson of Kennewick, Bonnie Hicks of Hermiston and JoAnn Pittser of La Grande; and a brother, Elmer DeClue of La Grande. Her husband, three sisters; Eva DeClue, Duella Valek and Barbara Brown, and two brothers, Bob and Junior DeClue, all died earlier.
Mary Doris Wyatt, 77, of La Grande died Dec. 5 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the LDS Stake Center, 12th Street and Gekeler Lane. Viewing will begin one hour before the service. Dedication of the grave will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
Mrs. Wyatt was born July 23, 1927, to John Joseph and Emily Etta Halverson Millard in Oakley, Idaho. On Nov. 18, 1949, she married Irvin "Dale" Wyatt in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The couple moved to La Grande in 1951. She was a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions. She had a kind and loving heart and had a powerful influence over her family. She enjoyed knitting, crochet, sewing, baking and cooking.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Millard Wyatt of Salt Lake City, Marilyn and Gerald Griffin of Rexburg, Idaho; Kathryn and Robert McOmber of Farmington, Utah; Kristine and Ray Baum of Salem, and Ellen Wyatt of La Grande; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a brother, Robert Millard of Los Angeles, Calif. Her husband and five siblings, Hal, Allen, Ernie and Richard Millard and Dorothy Henderson, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Perpetual Education Fund of the LDS Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
Joseph C. Colozzi, 76, of La Grande died Dec. 4 at the home of his son. Loveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Colozzi was born Dec. 2, 1928, to Raymond and Maria Aguaula Colozzi in Boston, Mass. He went to work at the age of 14 to help support his family and served in the Marine Corps. He lived in Great Falls, Mont., and Reno, Nev., and moved to Haines in 1984 where he had a ranch. He later moved to Tucson, Ariz., and La Grande.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Tracie Colozzi of La Grande, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Jennie Gale Crawford, 94, of Wallowa died Dec. 7 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.
Mrs. Crawford was born Feb. 13, 1910, to James and Lucy Rutledge in Princeton, Mo. She grew up in Mercer, Mo., and on June 11, 1930, married Theodore Crawford in Corydon, Iowa. The couple lived in Powersville, Mo., Pleasant Valley, Telocaset and North Powder where they stayed for 24 years. They moved to Pilot Rock until retirement in 1972 and then to Wallowa.
She was a member of the Lostine Presbyterian Church and enjoyed gardening, gathering mushrooms and being with her grandchildren.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Richard and Beverly Crawford of La Grande, Patricia and Royce Horton of Wallowa; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, James Rutledge of Kansas and other relatives. Her husband, a son, a great-granddaughter, five brothers and five sisters all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home.
Formerly of La Grande
Oakley B. Miller, 82, of Portland and formerly of La Grande died Nov. 8 at a care center. Skyline Memorial Garden Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Miller was born Sept. 3, 1922, to Daniel and Katie Forsyth Miller in Colfax, Wash. He attended schools in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School in 1940. He served in the Navy during World War II and married Veryl Keefer on July 11, 1947, in Spokane. The couple moved to Portland where he earned both a bachelor's degree and a degree in theology from Pacific Bible College, now known as Warner Pacific College. In 1952 the family moved to Trinidad in the British West Indies where he served at the West Indies Bible School until 1967. He spent the next 15 years as a caseworker for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services in Vancouver, Wash.
Survivors include his wife; children, Rona Mark and Randy Miller; and four grandchildren, all of Portland; and a sister, Leola Miller of La Grande. A brother, Dannis Miller, and a sister, Marcia Braun, both died earlier.
Memorials may be made to Warner Pacific College in care of Skyline Funeral Home, 4101 N.W. Skyline Boulevard, Portland 97229.
Formerly of Imbler
Darlene Amanda Ploss, 74, of Omaha, Neb., and formerly of Imbler died Dec. 5 at a care center. Heafey, Heafey, Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Her ashes will be scattered in the ocean.
Mrs. Ploss was born March 5, 1930, to Henry and Mildred Norby Ploss. She married Gilbert Charles Smith and lived in Imbler for a number of years, moving away around 1965. She went to work for a time as a social worker. She enjoyed painting, keeping pets and being at the ocean.
Survivors include her children, Craig Smith of Tinley Park, Ill., Chris Smith and James Smith, both of Milton-Freewater, Leo Smith of Lebanon, and Christine Sams of La Grande; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Her husband and a son, Gilbert Smith, died earlier.
Edward M. Stites, 84, of La Grande died Dec. 6. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. today at Grandview Cemetery. Loveland Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Stites was born July 23, 1920, to Lawrence J. and Carrie E. Lane Stites in La Grande. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1938 and married high school sweetheart Olive Pots McClenahen on July 25, 1940, in Weiser, Idaho. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad as a brakeman in 1941 and retired in 1980. He enjoyed watching birds, looking after animals, growing flowers, camping, back-packing, and taking his grandchildren fishing without using a baited hook.
Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Chyril and Ron McIntyre of Caldwell, Idaho, Edward and Elissa Stites of Walla Walla, and Vicki McClenahen of Prairie City; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucille Woods of Aloha and other relatives. A brother and a sister died earlier.
Shirley Brown, 83, La Grande, died at a local care facility Thursday. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. A full obitiuary will be published later.
Richard Lee "Dick" Overton, 82, of Cove died Dec. 6 at his home. Viewing will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, at Daniels Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery.
Mr. Overton was born Nov. 29, 1922, to Charles and Veda Ballew Overton in Princeton, Mo. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II in which he flew 35 missions in enemy territory over Europe as a B-17 ball turret gunner. He won numerous honors for his service.
On Nov. 20, 1946, he married Bronna Mae Johnson in Olathe, Kan. The couple moved to Cove in 1949 where he worked for the Electric Service Company and B Electric before opening his own business, Overton Electric, in 1971. He sold that business in 1983 to his son and continued to work for him until 2002.
He was the first chief of the Cove Fire Department, a charter member of the Cove Sportsmen's Club, served on the Cove School Board for eight years and served one term on the Cove City Council. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, trips to Winnemucca and Jackpot and being with his grandchildren. He hunted on the Minam for 52 years and got his deer this hunting season.
Survivors include his children and their spouses, Louise Foster of Marysville, Wash., and Regina and Gordon Hearing and Ron and Brenda Overton, all of Cove; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn McCulley of De Moines, Iowa, and Phyetta Smith of Unionville, Mo.; and other relatives. His wife died in September of 2000; a son-in-law, Frank Foster, and six siblings all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Cove Fire Department or the Oregon Lung Association in care of Daniels Chapel.
Rosa Marie Sargent, 85, of La Grande died Dec. 7 at a local care center. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Chapel. A memorial service in Pine Haven Cemetery in Pine Valley is planned for Memorial Day 2005.
Mrs. Sargent was born Oct. 3, 1919, to Lorenzo and Margherita Falcinella Del Curto in North Pine. She graduated from Pine Valley High School and attended both Eastern Oregon Normal School and the University of Oregon. She taught school in Adrian, Cornucopia and Portland before returning to Halfway 10 years later. She taught at Pine Town, a one room school, and at Halfway Elementary School until 1960 when she moved to Oregon City. She held a lifetime teaching license and was a life member of the Oregon Education Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7847 Auxiliary in Halfway, and the Catholic Church. In 1997 she moved to La Grande to be closer to family. For the last two and a half years she lived at Country Rose Manor.
Survivors include her daughter, Carol Wilhelm of La Grande; a sister, Catherine Wilson of Eugene; a sister-in-law, Courtney Del Curtis; one grand-daughter and other relatives in Italy.
Six siblings, John, Reno, Lawrence and Jerry Del Curto, Rita Motley and Lena Wyatt all died earlier.
Karlyn Sue Burgess
Karlyn Sue Burgess, 43, of Enterprise, died Friday. A service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the LDS church in Elgin. Bollman Funeral Home will provide a full obituary later.
J. Stuart Markow, 53, of La Grande and Laramie, Wyo., died Nov. 28. An open house and celebration of life will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Rocky Mountain Herbarium, Aven Nelson Building, the University of Wyoming. Rocky Mountain Funeral Home in Laramie is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Markow was born Sept. 28, 1951, to Elliott W. and Marie Markow in Silver Spring, Md. He graduated from the University of Idaho and the University of Wyoming, where he received the Ellbogen Teaching Award while pursuing graduate studies in botany.
He worked for the Rocky Mountain Herbarium, the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, the National Park Service at Capitol Reef National Monument in Utah and for the Forest Service in the Targhee, Kootenai, Lewis & Clark and Umatilla national forests, and the Pacific Northwest Research Station. He taught at the Teton Science School in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and the Green River Community College in Green River, Wyo. He was given an award for outstanding contributions to the range program of the Umatilla, Malheur and Wallowa-Whitman national forests. He maintained an apartment in
La Grande for most of the last year, and was known for his kindness, wit, humility and wealth of knowledge.
Survivors include his parents of Burlington, Mass.; siblings, Robert Markow of Montreal, Canada, Elliott Markow of Allenstown, N.H., and RoseAnn Lester of Frederick, Mass. A brother, William Markow, died earlier.
Formerly of La Grande
Robert Stanely Zaklan, 79, of Pendleton and formerly of
La Grande died Dec. 8 at his home. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the VFW Hall, 1221 S.E. Court Place in Pendleton with Pastor Clinton Powell officiating. Burial will follow at Skyview Memorial Park. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Zaklan was born Sept. 9, 1925, to George and Pelagia Kasper Zaklan in Four Corners, Wyo. He graduated from
La Grande High School in 1943 and served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. On Dec. 27, 1957, he married Shirley Evelyn Long, and worked for McCormack Construction Co. as a carpenter and construction superintendent for 46 years.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge 288 and VFW Post 922 and a longtime member of the Grace Baptist Church. He served as Oregon VFW Quartermaster in 1993 and was named Mr. VFW in 2004. He was on the board of the Rangers Drum and Bugle Corp., served as a scout master for Boy Scout Troop 741 and 750 for 12 years, and received an award for 50 years of scouting. He also volunteered at the Walla Walla Veterans Hospital.
Survivors include children, Jackie Mason of Portland, Colleen Roach, Nikki Mikesell, Janette Divish and Gary Nash, all of Pendleton, Becky Griffin of Eugene and Robert Zaklan Jr. of Payette, Idaho; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Midge Mink, Janie Carter and Charlotte Hillner.
His wife; brothers, Arthur Zaklan, Steve Zaklan and Chuck Anderson; sisters, Mary Dominick and Josephine Whaley; and two sons, John and LeRoy Nash, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to VFW Post 922 for veterans' relief at P.O. Box 787 Pendleton 97801.