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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES: Monday, April 2


OBITUARIES: Monday, April 2

Horstman, Carlsen, Wing, Wilhelm, Chase, Grant, Cate



Donald J. Horstman

Island City


Donald J. Horstman, 68, of Island City, died Wednesday at his residence. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory will be in charge of his care and



Annabel Carlsen

La Grande

Annabel Carlsen, 93, of La Grande, died Tuesday at her home. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.



Hazel Maude Bennett Reed Wing

Formerly of Wallowa County

Hazel Maude Bennett Reed Wing, 92, died March 25 in Redmond.  A full obituary will be published later. At this time, no services are planned.



Roy Lewis Wilhelm


Roy Lewis Wilhelm, 82, of Elgin, died Tuesday at his residence. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Raymond W. Chase

Formerly of Baker City and Union


Raymond W. Chase, 44, of Cuba, Mo., and formerly of Baker City and Union, died March 20 in Childress, Texas. 

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church on Highway 7, with Jesse Whitford officiating.

Known as Ray, he was born Sept. 22, 1969, to Mary Ellen and Raymond Sondenaa in La Grande. His parents divorced when he was 3 years old. He grew up in Baker City, where as a child he loved spending time in the mountains, camping and hunting with his family and friends. 

In 1987, he graduated from Baker High School, where he played football and wrestled.

As a senior, Ray worked for the Harrel Ranch. He always looked forward to Miners Jubilee, where he could “compete with the big boys.”

A jack of all trades, Ray was known for always being willing to lend a helping hand. His favorite job was long-haul trucking.

In 2000 while driving through Cuba, Mo., Ray met his wife, Shannon Wheeler. 

They were married in 2004 and lived in Missouri until 2008, when they moved to Union to be closer to Ray’s mother and family. While living in Union, Ray worked at the windmills and for ranchers. 

They moved back to Cuba in 2012.

Family and God were Ray’s passions in life. In addition to driving long haul, he was an EMT and was studying to be an ordained minister.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, two aunts and two uncles and his stepfather, Bud Jackson.

Survivors include his wife, Shannon, and their sons, Timmy, Matt, Tyler, Aaron and Logan, all of Cuba, Mo.; children, Kayla, Chris and Zach, all of Sioux Falls, S.D.; mother, Mary Ellen Jackson of Union; father and stepmother, Ray and Lynn Sondenaa of Fiji Islands; stepfather, Chuck Chase of Baker City; sisters and brothers-in-law, Colinda and Travis Knight of Childress, Texas, Cami and Josh Siel of La Grande, Tawnia Rivera of Hawaii, Kelly and Mike Karnowski of Baker City and Karen and Fred Overland of Caldwell, Idaho; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Norma and Tim Gray, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Crystal and Mike Garrisoon, Aaron and Samantha Wheeler and Daniel and Tina Wheeler, all of Cuba, Mo.; many extended family members; and special childhood friends Russ and Jenny Johnson of Baker City.



Jacqueline C. Grant

La Grande


Jacqueline C. Grant, 60, of La Grande, died Tuesday at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland. A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory will be handling her care and arrangements.


John Kenneth Cate


Died April 1 of liver cancer in Burns, OR. Formerly a resident of Union, OR for 8 years. (Full obituary to be printed later.)






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