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Home arrow Obituaries arrow OBITUARIES THROUGH MARCH 12, 2005



Margaret E. McDowell, 83, of La Grande died March 3 at her home. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Saturday March 12 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A celebration of life will follow at 1 p.m., at the La Grande Eagles' Lodge. A Graveside service will be held in Sherwood at a later date.

Mrs. McDowell was born Feb. 27, 1922, to William and Stella Houston Jones in Salt Lake City, Utah. She grew up in Emmett, Idaho, and on August 6, 1939, she married Charles McDowell in Emmett. The family lived in the Portland and Salem. After her husband's death in 1992, she moved to La Grande. She was a member of the La Grande Eagles Auxiliary 259, and enjoyed playing bingo, traveling, camping, fishing, crocheting, knitting and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her children, June Creson and Mary Callaham both of La Grande, William McDowell of Shelton, Wash., Arthur McDowell, Bonnie Carper of Hillsboro, and James McDowell of Sherwood; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two sisters-in-law. Her husband and a brother died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, The American Cancer Society or Grande Ronde Hospital Home Health Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.


Katherine M. "Kay" Wells Trueax, 89, of La Grande died Feb. 28 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday March 12 at the Evangelical Church in Monmouth with Pastor Ben Elliott officiating. Burial was at Mt. Crest Abbey in Salem.

Mrs. Trueax was born Oct. 4, 1915, to Roy O. and Kate F. Habighorst Powers in Portland. She attended Oregon Normal School in Monmouth and on June 1, 1935, she married Jack R. Wells. After his death in 1953, she married Rolland H. Trueax. The couple lived in Monmouth, Arlie, Hoskins and Pedee. In August 2004 she moved to La Grande to be near family. She taught piano, organ and accordion, and had been the organist for the Monmouth Evangelical Church. She was a member of the Agate Rebekah Lodge and the Richreal Grange, and a life member or the Ada Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed crochet, art and working crossword puzzles

Survivors include children, Russell Dean Wells of Tacoma, Wash., and Kay Frances Anicker of Elgin; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband died earlier.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Willamette Valley Humane Society or the World Gospel Mission in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Lurley Alveda Sutton, 78, of Gresham and formerly of La Grande died March 2 at a care center. Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Sutton was born Nov. 22, 1926, to Claus and Alveda Morrison Sass in Richland. She graduated from Richland High School and moved to Portland where she worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. On June 30, 1946, she married Clyde Sutton in Richland. The couple lived in Vernonia for many years and lived in La Grande from 1999 to 2001. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary just two days before his death in 2001.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, crochet and being with people. She was known for making her "cotton-filled biscuits."

Survivors include children and their spouses, Sandra and Jerry Bruce of Gresham, and Sherry and Jerry Hays of La Grande; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Orin Sass of Baker City, and Norman Sass of Yuba City, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Madge Heman and Wally Sutton; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to Mount Hood Hospice, P.O. Box 1269, Sandy 97055.


William Ernest Schulze, 96, of La Grande died March 5. A private graveside service will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday March 11 at the Galt Cemetery in Galt, Calif., with Pastor Ken Raphael officiating and Robert W. Schulze assisting. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Schulze was born Nov. 13, 1908, to William A. and Anna M. Lake Schulze in Sacramento, Calif. He married Christene Alwilda Patterson on July 26, 1936, in Sacramento, Calif.

He worked for over 40 years for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and lived in Galt for 51 years. He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church of Lodi, Calif., and volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed photography and gardening.

Survivors include children and their spouses, William A. and Bonnie Schulze of Modesto, Calif., Pauline and Tharan Cook of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Barbara Trick of La Grande; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. His wife, a sister, Anita S. Hill, and a son-in-law, Richard Trick, all died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Alzheimer's Association or to any charity.


Hazel Jane Fleet, 90, of La Grande and formerly of Wallowa County died March 6. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday March 12 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. Burial will follow at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mrs. Fleet was born Oct. 26, 1914, to Ralph and Lenora Barton in Joseph. The family lived in Hells Canyon, on Johnson Bar, at Grouse Creek on the Imnaha River and at Summit Creek. She attended Park School and Enterprise High School, and graduated from high school in Eugene. She was an accomplished horsewoman, running and winning races on the Imnaha and at the Wallowa County Fair. She was a princess at the Pendleton Round-Up in 1933. After the death of her father and grandfather in 1934 the family traded ranches with the McGaffee brothers in Hells Canyon. In 1936 she married Allen Wilson. The couple ranched in a number of places, running cattle and sheep, and were known as cougar hunters in Hells Canyon. They worked part-time as packers for the Nez Perce National Forest, and fire lookouts at Dry Diggings, Horse Heaven, Heaven's Gate, Cold Springs and Hat Point for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

The couple divorced in 1950 and she looked after her mother in Riggins, Idaho, until the two moved to La Grande.

She married Duane Fleet and the couple farmed in the Grande Ronde Valley for 24 years. she was noted for raising quarter horses. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, horses and being with her family.

Survivors include a son, Kim Wilson of La Grande; a brother, Ace Barton of Riggins; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Her husband died earlier.


Francis J. "Zoom" Glasson, 87, of Elgin died March 8 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Friday March 11 at the Highland Cemetery at Cricket Flats. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Glasson was born May 8, 1918, to James and Matilda Nelson Glasson in Elgin. He attended school in Elgin, adn on May 10, 1941, married Barbara J. Huffman in Weiser, Idaho.

He was longtime volunteer for the Elgin Rural Fire Department and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Donnie and Sharon Glasson, and Sharon and Lance Wilson, all of Elgin, and Sandra and Butch Tanzey of Wallowa. His wife, a brother, Ralph Glasson, and a sister, Isabela Morgan, died earlier.


Marvin Bork, 92, of Enterprise died Feb. 27 at a care center. Burial was at the Enterprise Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bork was born July 22, 1912, to Rudolph and Rena Bork at Flora. He attended the Flora School and worked in the hayfields during the Depression. He injured his hip in a fall off a loaded wagon which crippled him for the rest of his life. He had a talent for mechanical work and started on Model T Ford cars.

On April 3, 1938, he married Katherine Lermeny in Enterprise where he worked as a mechanic and welder. The family moved to Nine Mile Falls, Wash., for several years and spent winters in Arizona, then lived in Wallowa for a number of years. After his wife's death he moved to care centers first in Joseph and then Enterprise.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Blanche Maxwell of Lostine; a brother, Roy Bork of Wallowa; and other relatives.


LaVeda Ruth Watson, 73, of Joseph died March 8 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday March 15 at the Enterprise Nazarene Church.

Mrs. Watson was born Sept. 15, 1931, to Henry and Ruby Carper in Wallowa. She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Wallowa Memorial Hospital and retired in 1981 when she married Ralph Watson. She was active in her church and participated in the senior meals. She enjoyed playing cards, picking mushrooms, picture puzzles and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Butterfield; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Towell Carper; a sister, Rose Marie Reynolds; and other relatives. Her husband died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the church in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


Kurt W. Neustel, 45, of La Grande died March 9 at his home of natural causes. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday March 13 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday March 14 at Daniels Chapel.

Mr. Neustel was born May 17, 1959, to Ken and Colleen Lyon Neustel in Enterprise. Most of his life was spent in La Grande. In December of 1973 he suffered a broken neck while sledding on Morgan Lake Road which left him a quadriplegic. In September 1980 he married Sherry Schwabel in La Grande. They moved to Boise but returned to La Grande in 1988.

He earned a GED and graduated from Eastern Oregon State College with an associate degree in community services. He attended Boise State University and worked at Grande Ronde Hospital as a counselor, discharge coordinator and social worker.

He was an advocate for the disabled, traveling to Salem quite often while his son was young. Kurt also spoke at schools about the handicapped and what could be accomplished even with a disability.

He enjoyed family get-togethers, the outdoors, trolling for trout in Wallowa Lake, fishing on the Snake River, camping and hunting. He even went skydiving. He participated in many sports, including football and karate, but wrestling was his first love. He enjoyed attending wrestling matches watching his son and others grapple.

Survivors include his wife and a son, Kenrik, both of La Grande; his parents of La Grande; a brother, Kevin Neustel of Kennewick, Wash.; a sister, Kaylene Payne of La Grande; and other relatives. A twin brother, Kyle, died earlier.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a memorial fund in care of Daniels Chapel.


Alva Ray Blaylock Jr., 82, of Walla Walla and formerly of La Grande died March 8 at St. Mary's Medical Center. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday March 12 at the Baptist Church in Athena. Burial will follow at the Athena Cemetery.

Mr. Blaylock was born Sept. 19, 1922, in Pasadena, Calif. to Alva Ray and Lois Gray Blaylock. He graduated from Baker High School in 1940, and on May 20, 1945, married Harriett Jean Thomas in Athena. They ran a soda fountain in Athena and he worked as head custodian at McEwen High School from 1949 until 1962 when the family moved to La Grande. He graduated from Eastern Oregon College in 1965 and taught music in Elgin and Umatilla. He retired in 1984 and the family moved to Walla Walla.

He volunteered for the Boy Scouts and was one of the organizers and directors of the Athena Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a member of the Masons, a square dance club and church choirs at several churches. In 1960 and ‘61, he was named the Umatilla County Cowbelles Father of the Year. In 1961 he was also named Oregon State Cowbelles Father of the Year.

He enjoyed camping, picking huckleberries, singing and being with his family.

Survivors include children, Ellen and Randy Blackman of La Grande and Thomas and Marolyn Blaylock of Beaverton; a sister, Shirlee Gaston of Pendleton; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and other relatives. His wife and two grandchildren, Leah and Zachary Chilson, died earlier

Memorials may be made to the Qualicenters in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Allen G. Brittell, 80, of Cove died at his home March 8.

Mr. Brittell was born Jan. 11, 1925, to Delbert and Maude Allen Brittell in Cheyenne, Wyo. He married Donita E. Helton on Feb. 1, 1947, in Seattle. He moved to Union County in 2000 from Burns. He enjoyed his relationship with the Mennonites.

Mr. Brittell enjoyed gold panning, hunting, fishing and working. He holds several patents for inventions including the three-horse trailer and the first welded aluminum boat.

Survivors include his wife; daughters and their husbands, Denise and Bob Sheasly of Cove and Jennifer and Tony Lasich of Baker City; and a sister, Jean Woolridge, of Salem. Twelve brothers and sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the GRH Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., 97850


Doris Gross, 81, of Island City died March 6 at a local care center. Burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Mrs. Gross was born May 7, 1923, to James L. and Mary E. Sledge Maeson in Richardson, Texas. She graduated from high school she went to work for a bank in Dallas, Texas. In 1947 the family moved to Battleground, Wash., and on Jan. 4, 1948, she married William G. Gross in Vancouver, Wash. They lived in various places, moving in 1960 to Telecaset, and in 1986 to Island City. She enjoyed church, softball and reading.

Survivors include her husband; children, James Gross of Island City, David Gross of College Place, Wash., and Teresa Mastrude of La Grande; a sister Elizabeth Walley, of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Two sisters and a brother died earlier.


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