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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES FROM OCTOBER 25 - OCTOBER 30, 2004


Eldridge Rice

La Grande

Eldridge Rice, 91, of La Grande died Oct. 24 at a local care facility. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


Gus Slaughter

Formerly of Enterprise


Gustave Benjamin Slaughter, 96, formerly of Enterprise died Oct. 23 at a care center in Joseph. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise. Burial will be at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mr. Slaughter was born Feb. 25, 1908, in Hardisty, Alberta, Canada. He attended school in Mansfield, Wash., and married Mabel Whitmore on Feb. 25, 1932, in Wallowa.

He served in the Army during World War II and worked for Standard Oil in Irrigon and Portland. The couple moved to Enterprise upon his retirement in 1970. He was a member of the Good Sam's Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He spent his last 2 1/2 years at Alpine House in Joseph, which he enjoyed greatly and made many friends.

Survivors include a sister, Irene Jackson of Nampa, Idaho; sisters-in-law, Edna Sheets of Enterprise and Lila Emmons of Milton-Freewater; nieces and nephews, Gary Cornwell of Joseph, Steve Whitmore of La Grande, Pat Koch of Milton-Freewater, Betty Wright of Amboy, Wash., and Glenda Carmony of Portland, and other relatives.

His wife died in 1994, and a brother and two sisters also died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity


Adam Benitez

La Grande


Adam Vincent Benitez, 13, of La Grande died Oct. 24 on Mount Emily. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at La Grande High School in the auditorium.

Adam was born Feb. 25, 1991, to Tracy Benitez and Denise Cronin in Burns. The family lived in Prineville and other places in Central Oregon, and moved to La Grande eight years ago. He attended Greenwood Elementary School and La Grande Middle School. He enjoyed snowboarding, fishing, motorcycles and cars. Adam especially loved eating doughnuts and eating at Taco Bell.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Tracy and Amber Benitez of La Grande; his mother, Denise Cronin of Weiser, Idaho; siblings, Tandilynn Benitez of La Grande, Erica Cronin, James Bailey and Samuel Bailey, all of Weiser; his grandparents, Tom and Mary Benitez of La Grande, Sid and Deb Rowles of Spokane, Dean and Nora Edgerly of Prineville, and Paul Cronin of Fields; aunts and uncles, Tammy, Tommy and Sheri Benitez, all of La Grande, and Jack and Dottie Apperson of Bend; several great aunts and uncles, many first, second and third cousins and many friends.

Contributions may be made to Community Bank, 904 Adams Ave., or the Union Wallowa-Baker Credit Union, 3 Depot St.


Clinton Rysdam

La Grande


Clinton Alroy Rysdam, 79, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin died Oct. 24 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Sally Wiens officiating.

Mr. Rysdam was born April 24, 1925, to Garrett and Ethel Baker Rysdam in La Grande. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1942, and served in the Army during World War II. After his honorable discharge, On Nov. 5, 1946, he married Edith Warnstaff in Elgin. They were later divorced. He worked as a mechanic for M.J.Goss Motor Company for many years. He was a member of the American Legion and the Good Sams Club, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing poker, gardening, spending time in the mountains, old cars and being with his children. He took great pride in teaching his children to hunt, fish and drive.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Robert and Linda Rysdam of La Grande, Cheryl and Roger Mack of Milwaukie, Judy and Terry Hudgens of Clearfield, Iowa, Garrett Rysdam of The Dalles, and Jean Ann Wertman of Virginia; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Neva Trump of Elgin, Rosie Garroutte of Alaska and Joann Andrews; and other relatives. Two brothers, George and Marvin Rysdam, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to cancer research in care of Daniels Chapel.


Wanda Young


Wanda Young, 76, of Union died Tuesday at a local care center. A celebration of life will be at Loveland Funeral Chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday.

A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral is handling the arrangements.


Mabel Knutson


Mabel May Knutson, 95, of Elgin died Wednesday at her home.

A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


Ivan Carper


Ivan Carper, 87, of Wallowa, died Tuesday. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wallowa Christian Church. A full obituary will be published later. Bollman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


Helen Brown

La Grande


Helen Louise Brown, 86, of La Grande died Oct. 29 at a local care center. Graveside services will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Island City Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Brown was born Feb. 11, 1918, to descendants of Wallowa County pioneers, Jack W. and Mabel C. Vest Emerson, in Wallowa. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1936. She went to Alaska, Las Vegas and Milton-Freewater before returning to La Grande. She married Harold Brown and worked in the lab at St. Joseph Hospital and at the La Grande Clinic from 1960 to 1977 when she retired. She enjoyed crocheting afghans.

Survivors include a son, Robert Brown of Echo; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, two sisters, Margaret Bolton and Edith Martin, and a brother-in-law, Carrol Bolton, all died earlier.


Bradley Pittser

La Grande


Bradley Dale Pittser, 42, of La Grande died suddenly at his home of natural causes.

A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Pastor Kemit Knight of Damascus Road Ministry officiating. The family requests casual dress. Private burial will be at the Island City Cemetery.

Mr. Pittser was born Aug. 16, 1962, to Darlene and Larry "Red" Pittser in Gold Beach. He attended school in La Grande and worked for Thunder RV. He enjoyed motorcycle trail-riding, wood-burning art, cooking, auto racing, hunting, fishing and being with his family and friends. He was a happy person.

Survivors include children, Bradley J. Pittser of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Ambrosia Russell of Grants Pass; his parents of La Grande; siblings, Gary Pittser and Shanon Easterday of Meacham, Steve Pittser of Wasilla, Alaska, Tammy and Steve Robertson of Union, and Richard and Anita Botts of La Grande; his grandmother, Jenny Pittser of Wenatchee, Wash.; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to Shelter from the Storm or the Salvation Army in care of Daniels Chapel.

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