Home News Obituaries OBITUARIES FROM SEPTEMBER 20 - SEPTEMBER 25, 2004
OBITUARIES FROM SEPTEMBER 20 - SEPTEMBER 25, 2004
David Arnott II
David Arnott II, 90, died Sunday at a local care center. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Donald Eugene Mathena
Donald Eugene Mathena, 66, of Elgin, died Saturday in Ontario. Arrangements are being handled by Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel in Ontario.
Russell H. Ross
Russell H. Ross, 39, of Cove died Sept. 12 at his home. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Maries Catholic Church in St. Maries, Idaho, at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by a luncheon at the home of Marvin and Barbara Ross.
Mr. Ross was born Oct. 11, 1964, the son of Marvin and Carlcia Larson Ross in Grangeville, Idaho. He moved to Cove in 1988 and worked in construction building bridges. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He loved music and was always helping others.
Survivors include his mother, Carlcia Smith of Cove; father, of Fernwood, Idaho; son, Logan Ross of Cove; siblings and their spouses, Cindi and Dave Frank of Colton, Wash., Ray and Mindi Ross of Cove, Miranda Feist of Weston, Matthew Feist of Cove and Melissa Smith of Cove, Dale Ross of Vermont, Bryan Ross of North Carolina, Carrie Cruse of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Jessie Ross of Portland; step-sisters, Vanessa Schmidt of St. Maries, Idaho, Valerie Spohwen of Albany, Victoria Smith of Albany and Lisa Mechels, serving in the Army; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Ronald McDonald House in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
Joe W. Jarvis
Joseph Wear Jarvis, 95, of La Grande, died Sept. 15 at a local care center. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel with Pastor Bill Miller officiating.
Viewing will be Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mr. Jarvis was born Nov. 25, 1908, the son of Samuel M. and Helen F. Beattie Jarvis in Semmes, Ala. When he was 6 months old, the family moved to central Idaho, where his parents owned a farm. The family later moved to Ontario, and in 1928 he graduated from Ontario High School. In 1932 he earned his B.S. degree from Oregon State College.
He taught vocational agriculture in Amity, Imbler and Union from 1933 to 1937.
He then went to work as the agriculture agent for the Union Pacific Railroad in Boise, covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Utah. In 1941 he was made supervisor of agricultural development, and in 1957 he became supervisor of livestock and agriculture, based in Omaha. On Jan. 1, 1972, he retired.
On June 11, 1938, he married Marjorie Woodell in Portland. They purchased a farm in Summerville, which was his joy in life. After retiring, he and his wife moved to their farm. He was one of the pioneers in grass-seed production in the Grande Ronde Valley. He also enjoyed fly fishing.
Mr. Jarvis was a 67-year member of Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 67 in Elgin and a member of the Scottish Rite, Royal Arch Masons, Al Kader Shrine, Union County Shrine Club and Blue Mountain Chapter Order of Eastern Star.
He was also a member of Alpha Gamma Rho and served on the OSU Alumni Board.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie of La Grande; son, Joe Jarvis of Cove; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and John Hatton of Imbler; sister, Elnora Reed of Sacramento, Calif.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His sister, Mary Jarvis, died in 1985.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, the Oregon Scottish Rite Clinics or the GRH Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St.
Gloria Grace Grandy Nelson, 84, died Sept. 19 at her daughter's home after an extended illness.
A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in La Grande with Pastor Wayne Pickens officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
Mrs. Nelson was born Dec. 1, 1919 in La Grande to William Dill Grandy and Ethel Rhodes Grandy. The family moved to Seattle, where Gloria graduated from Seattle Pacific College and began her teaching career during World War II. In Seattle, she met Army Staff Sgt. Hobert Floyd Nelson, who became her best friend and husband for 58 years. They met at the Presbyterian Church on Easter Sunday in 1942 and continued their relationship via letters while Hobert served overseas. They married in 1946 at the First Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.
After the war they returned to La Grande. Hobert, Gloria, and Gloria's brother, Ben Grandy and his wife, Anita, opened the 2GI's Supply store in 1947, which is still in business today.
Mrs. Nelson taught school in Alicel and La Grande and was the bookkeeper for the family business. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, AAUW, Beta Sigma Phi, VFW Auxiliary and AARP. She had many hobbies including swimming, square-
dancing, bowling, riding snowmobiles, camping, cooking, boating and traveling.
Gloria is survived by her husband, daughter Nance Ghattas of Bothell, Wash., son Dan Nelson of La Grande, daughter and son-in-law Virginia and Perry Sorenson of La Grande; sisters-in-law, Anita Grandy and Shirley Grandy of California; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Her brother, sister Ethel May Knight, and stepbrother Roy Grandy died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Union County Senior Center or the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
Lois O. Hurst
Lois O. Hurst, 86, of La Grande, died Friday at a care home.
Arrangements are pending, and a full obituary will follow. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangement.
David H. Oswald
David H. Oswald, 60 of La Grande, died Thursday, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Lois J. Siens, 77, of La Grande died Sept. 21 at Grande Ronde Hospital. At her request there will be no services.
Mrs. Siens was born Feb. 25, 1927, to Grover and Mathilda Brookhiser Willson in Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from high school in Des Moines and married Glenard Siens on July 31, 1949, in Morning Sun, Iowa. She lived for a time in the Mojave Desert, where she ran a gas station, and later moved to Eugene, where she ran another station. She moved to the Union area in the late 1980s, and then to La Grande about 10 years ago. She enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls, fishing and going on rides with friends.
Survivors include two brothers, James Willson of Burlington, Iowa, and William Willson of West Burlington, Iowa; sisters, Lucille Horn of Mediapolis, Iowa, and Anna Comstock of Mount Pleasant, Iowa; and close friends and caregivers Johanna and Jerry Carr of Elgin. Her husband died in April 2000.
Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.