OBITUARIES FROM SEPTEMBER 27 - OCTOBER 2, 2004
David Shiress Arnott II, 90, of Cove died Sept. 19 at a local care center. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
Mr. Arnott was born Sept. 14, 1914, to David and Louise Baird Arnott in East St. Louis, Ill. He graduated from Oregon State College with a master's degree in electrical engineering. In 1938, he became superintendent of the Tangent School District, and in 1939 he married Doris M. Beight in Missoula, Mont. He worked for General Dynamics/ Convair for nearly 50 years in the quality assurance department.
He built his own home in San Diego, and served as a contractor building shopping centers and housing developments around southern California. He learned how to fly with Charles Lindbergh, and met Howard Hughes, Winston Churchill and Chang Kai-shek.
He was a member of the National Management Association, the American Society for Quality Control, the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Elks. He was honest, direct and generous and did not understand the meaning of "I can't." He always had an opinion and was willing to share it. He enjoyed writing, traveling, camping, construction work, trains and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his partner, Carol Ault of Cove; children and their spouses, David and Antoinette Arnott of La Grande, and Jim and Lisa Arnott of Union; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and other relatives. His wife and a sister, Margaret Arnott of Philadelphia, died earlier.
Arlie Abraham Gordon, 51, died Sept. 12 in Cove. A celebration of life will begin at 4:30 p.m. today at the Cove Cemetery with Pastor Richard Thew officiating. A potluck reception will follow at the Cove Sports-mans Club.
Mr. Gordon was born Feb. 10, 1953, to Arlie and Dorene Gardner Gordon in Crescent City, Calif. He attended Lassen High School in Susanville, Calif., and married Elizabeth Deese on May 6, 1972 at his parents' home. The family moved to Eastern Oregon in 1989. He was employed as director of Cove Public Works, and his wife became the principal of Cove School. In 2003, he opened a welding shop, Arrowhead Ironworks in La Grande.
He was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors, helping others and being with his family.
Survivors include sons John and Scott Gordon of Bend; his father and stepmother, Arlie and Karen Gordon of Union; his mother, Dorene Gardner of La Grande; a sister, Candy Fizer of Janesville, Calif., and other relatives. His wife and step-father, Dan Gardner, both died earlier.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Liz Gordon Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.
Formerly of La Grande
Joyce Merrill Lawson, 83, of Bozeman, Mont., and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 23. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Bozeman. Burial will be at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Mrs. Law-son was born Sept. 12, 1921, to Elmo and Anne Jehzell Hendrickson in Hillsprings, Alberta, Canada. She attended school at Fort Shaw, Mont., and graduated from La Grande High School in 1939. She attended Eastern Oregon College for two years with a music scholarship. She worked at the Ordnance Depot in Hermiston during World War II, and lived in San Francisco, before moving to Billings, Mont.,where she married John P. Lawson on Oct. 2, 1948. The family settled in Bozeman in 1953, where she worked for the Soil Conservation Service, and later the U.S. Forest Service. She retired in 1984, and later worked part-time for the potato lab at Montana State University.
She enjoyed music, playing the piano, attending or hosting Hendrickson family reunions, reading, playing bridge, cross-word puzzles, traveling and being with her family.
Survivors include her husband; children and their spouses, Jay and Belva Lawson, Jill and Dave Stevens, and Jan Lawson; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A brother, Jack Hendrickson, and three sisters, Jean Jenson, Anne Isaacson and Betty Waite of La Grande, all died earlier.
Formerly of La Grande
Leona B. Stanley, 91, of Walla Walla and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 29 at a care center. Viewing will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., in Milton-Freewater. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Athena Cemetery with Pastor John Nichols of the Athena Baptist Church officiating.
Mrs. Stanley was born Aug. 23, 1913, to James Leroy and Susanna Leona Dowdy Brewer in Winlock, Wash. She graduated from Camas High School in 1932, and worked as a secretary in Winlock, in Tacoma, Wash., and at Fort Lewis. On Nov. 11, 1945, she married Alfred W. Stanley in Winlock. The family lived in many places through her husband's military career. After his retirement they moved to Oregon City and in 1959 to La Grande where she worked at the library until she retired in the late 1970s. In 1999 they moved to Athena to be near family.
She was a member of the La Grande United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, playing the piano and spending time with her family.
Survivors include children and their spouses, Sheri and Steve Pyle of Athena, and John and Margaret Stanley of Palmdale, Calif.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Brewer of Winlock, and other relatives. Her husband died earlier.
Memorials may be made to the Weston-McEwen Pipes and Drums in care of Munselle-Rhodes.
Formerly of La Grande
Ardyce Loretta Coleman, 64, of Lexington, Ky., and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 9 at her home after a long illness. Clark-Sunset Funeral Home in Frankfort, Ky., was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Coleman was born Oct. 28, 1939, to Art and Laura Garrett in Baker City. She graduated from Eastern Oregon College in 1961 and married Larry Coleman in 1962. She taught school in Napa, Calif., from 1963 to 1993 before moving to Oregon and then to Kentucky.
Survivors include her husband of Lexington; children, Jennifer, Justin and Josie Coleman.
Contributions to a memorial fund for closed caption Christian educational materials for the deaf and hearing-impaired may be made in care of Freedom in Christ Ministry, 9051 Executive Park Drive, Suite 503, Knoxville, Tenn 37923.
Edwin Crawford, 71, of Cove died Sept. 28 at St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla. A memorial service is planned for Oct. 16. A full obituary will be published later. Herring Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Formerly of La Grande
Mila Dodson, 92, of Corvallis and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 28. A memorial service was held today in Corvallis. Her ashes will be scattered on Table Mountain according to her wishes.
Mrs. Dodson was born March 16, 1912 in Czechoslovakia and came to America when she was 18. She married J.B. Dodson and performed in the opening ceremonies of the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles with a dance and gymnastics group.
She enjoyed sunsets, nature, dogs, growing roses, fishing and backpacking in the Wallowa Mountains. She always had a smile, a helpful hand and a word of cheer for others. She quickly captured the hearts of all those who knew her.
Survivors include children, Tim Dodson of Albany, and Laury Bartlett of Corvallis; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband and a son, David, died earlier.
Randall Clift, 53, of Cove died Sept. 15 at his home. A private memorial service will be held.
Mr. Clift was born March 7, 1951, to Adrian and Patricia Ann Clift in Kansas City, Mo. He was educated in Missouri and later built furniture and lived on his mining claim in Arizona. He worked as a truck driver for 28 years and moved to Oregon three years ago from Montana.
He lived with his wife, Anna Marie, and their daughter, Lily, in Cove. His daughter, Christine Wilson, lives in Montana.
He was a devoted Christian, and wrote a book titled "The Radical Remnant."
He enjoyed collecting fossils, studying archeology and history, reading, writing, fishing and camping.
In addition to his wife and daughters, he is survived by siblings Linda Gresham and Rick Clift, both of Arizona, Russell Clift of Arkansas and Laura Ayers of Hawaii.
Contributions may be made to a memorial fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.
David H. Oswald
David Henry Oswald, 60, of La Grande died Thursday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
A memorial service will be held on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in La Grande.
A full obituary will be published later. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.
Formerly of La Grande
Phyllis Moulton, 89, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 10 at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Coles Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A memorial service was held at the Elkhorn Baptist Church.
Mrs. Moulton was born June 28, 1915, to Philip and Ella Hauser Winters in Portland. She attended school in Walla Walla, graduated from La Grande High School in 1933 and attended Eastern Oregon Normal School. She worked at the family bakery until 1946, at Ware's Market, at U.S. National Bank, Radio Music and Supply, and at the Pacific Fruit Company, all in La Grande.
On Aug. 9, 1950, she married Elmer Moulton. The couple settled in Baker City where she worked at Gwilliams' Bakery and the Salvation Army before retiring.
Survivors include her husband of Baker City; a son, Philip Moulton of Baker city; stepchildren and their spouses, Rosemarie and Ron Bissonnett of Baker City and Darla Jean Peterson of Kennewick; siblings, Eugene Winters of Eugene, Marguerite Winters and Robert Leonard, both of Yakima, Wash.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and other relatives. A brother, Lowell, died earlier.