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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES: Monday, June 9


OBITUARIES: Monday, June 9

Russell L. Freels


Russell L. Freels, 85, of Union, died Saturday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Mattie R. Glymph

La Grande

Mattie R. Glymph, 86, of La Grande, died Sunday at a local care facility. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Dr. Kenrick ‘Kemps’ Jones

La Grande

Dr. Kenrick “Kemps” Jones, 81, of La Grande died Saturday at a local care facility. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Helen Maxine McLean



Helen Maxine McLean, 86, of Elgin, died June 3 at her home. At her request, there will be no public services. 

Helen was born Dec. 29, 1927, the daughter of Edwin and Eva (Harris) Crook in Monument. She married Ralph McLean in May 1945. They moved to Summerville from Juneau, Alaska, in 1967 and then to Elgin in 1990. He preceded her in death in 1997. The family would like to thank the devoted friends and neighbors who helped take care of her over the years.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Gloria and Roger Brinkley of Beaver Creek, Diana and Nelson Perry of Nampa, Idaho, and Tom and Roseann McLean of Elgin; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ern, Harold, Rob and Wade. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

The on-line guest book is available at www.danielsknopp.com.

Cathryn Joimae Zimmerman

La Grande


Cathryn Joimae Zimmerman, 98, of La Grande and formerly of Baker City, died, May 27 at home where she lived with four other senior ladies. At Cathryn’s request, there will be no public services.

Cathryn was born on Nov. 18, 1915, the daughter of James R. and Mayme A. (Sanders) Pollock in Blackleaf, Mont. The family moved to Oklahoma and returned to the Montana ranch in 1924. Cathryn attended school in Blackleaf, Bynum and Choteau, Mont., and graduated from high school in 1933. She moved to Missoula, where she lived with her aunt Stella and worked at a local department store while attending the University of Montana. Cathryn was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Montana Masquers, a university honorary dramatics club, and Mortar Board, a national college honor society. She received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1937.  

Following college graduation, she moved to southern California, where she lived with her uncle Lloyd, a movie stuntman, and his wife, silent movie actress Helen Holmes.  

While working at Lockheed Aircraft Corp. in Burbank, Calif., she met Walter Zimmerman. He was an avid pilot, and Cathryn, too, completed private pilot training and her first solo flight. After that, she preferred the co-pilot role and was an excellent navigator. 

Flying to both Mexico and Las Vegas to be married in May 1946, Cathryn and Walt later secured the first Lockheed Credit Union loan given for a private plane. 

Getting a ride to Wichita, Kan., they picked up their first plane at the Cessna factory and flew it back to California.

Cathryn and Walt hiked several peaks in California and throughout the Sierra Nevadas including Mount Whitney. She and Walt hiked through Death Valley and the Grand Canyon and explored areas of Arizona, Utah, California, Montana, Alaska and Canada. Often landing in remote areas, Cathryn and her family flew to Point Barrow, Alaska, and throughout the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Cathryn returned to school in the 1960s to receive certificates in both teaching and to work as a library assistant. She worked for the Santa Clara Public Library until 1971, when she and Walt retired and moved to Baker City. Cathryn worked as bookkeeper for the Baker County Council on Alcohol and Drug Problems (now New Directions NW) and with Peggi Timm at Help, Inc., the forerunner to Community Connections. Cathryn was an active member of the Baker Food Co-Op, was involved with the Crossroads Arts Center and appreciated the Community Concert series. 

Cathryn, along with friends Betty Kuhl, Leona Fleetwood, Maryalys Urey, Shannon Sullivan and others, were active in book study groups started through the Crossroads and AAUW. Hers was called the Literary Lunch Bunch, which first met at the Crossroads. One of Cathryn’s favorite books studied at that time was the “Aquarian Conspiracy,” exploring personal and social transformation of the 1980s and the human potential of social change.

Throughout her life, Cathryn had many varied interests. She was a tremendous reader, thinker and writer. She had great insight and a quick wit. Cathryn was a 4-H leader and an excellent gardener. She studied health and wellness, yoga and once captured a gigantic rattlesnake.  

She was interested in archeology and actively contributed to many rock collections.

She attended the Haines United Methodist Church and organized its library. Cathryn was a lifelong learner who appreciated Native American wisdom, music and the universe. Cathryn was a generous helper, giving her time and energy to many. Her children and grandchildren have great memories of growing up with her. Two of Cathryn’s favorite words were “reverence” and “grace.” She felt connected to the Earth and she advocated for peace, diversity and tolerance.  

In January 2012, Cathryn moved to La Grande to be with family.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Kathryn and Mick Lehnen of Prineville, George Zimmerman and Sue Blair of Union and Nancy and Bruce Macke of La Grande; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a niece and nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walt, in October of 2003 and siblings, Duard Pollock, Gladys Piper and Lloyd “Bud” Pollock.


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