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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for February 17, 2014


Obituaries for February 17, 2014

Frank, Lively, Gribling, Journigan, Fulton



Sarah Frank


Sarah Frank, 19, of Elgin, died Feb. 5 at her residence. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Family Life Church, 502 S. St. Paul Highway, Newberg, with a reception following. 

Sarah will be interred at the Valley View Memorial Park Mausoleum in Newberg. 

Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Fern Helen Lively



Services for Fern Helen Lively of Springfield were held Jan. 25 at Wallowa Cemetery in Wallowa.



Melissa B. Gribling

La Grande

Melissa B. Gribling, 31, of La Grande, died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise on Wednesday. 

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at Faith Lutheran Church. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Beverly Journigan


Beverly Journigan, 78, Union, died Friday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Walter ‘Buzz’ Eugene Fulton

La Grande


Walter “Buzz” Eugene Fulton, 93, died at Grande Ronde Hospital Feb. 7.

A memorial service for Buzz will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the La Grande National Guard Armory/
Convention Center. Attire may be casual and winter wear.  

A viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. 

Buzz was born Jan. 17, 1921, in La Grande to Harry E. and Muriel (Moss) Fulton. Buzz, an Eastern Oregon native, received his primary education in The Dalles and La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1939 and went on to attend Oregon State University. He later joined the United States Navy in 1943 and served the country for four years. 

He then returned to
La Grande and spent eight years in private business, owning Fulton’s Texaco Service Station before going on to receive his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in education at Eastern Oregon College in 1958 and 1962, respectively. 

Buzz and his wife, Velva Beeson, married in 1949 and would have been celebrating 65 years March 7, 2014.

Buzz began teaching in the La Grande School District in 1958. He taught industrial arts and driver’s education for eight years and was the ski club adviser for many years. 

He was promoted to the administrative ranks of the school system and served as the vice principal of the high school and principal of the middle school, and later retired as director of plant operations after 25 years. 

He also spent 27 years in the Army National Guard 163rd Armored Cavalry Squadron, retiring as a command sergeant major, and served as commander of the American Legion Post in
La Grande. 

He was active with Spout Springs and Anthony Lakes ski schools as well as working many years with the Special Olympics and their ski program. 

He served as the vice president of the Professional Ski Instructors of America-Northwest Division, served on the board of directors for many years and received his 50-year membership pin from the National PSIA/ASSI Division. 

He was elected to the La Grande City Council in November 1982 and served eight years with four of those years as mayor of La Grande. 

He held the position of president to the La Grande Education Association and had 15 years involvement with the Union-Wallowa-Baker Federal Credit
Union as a credit commissioner and on the board of directors. 

Other involvements include Exalted Ruler of the La Grande Elks Club, 10 years with the La Grande Volunteer Fire Department, La Grande Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and representative on the Blue Mountain Intergovernmental Council.

Buzz is survived by his wife, Velva; daughters, Gail Nelson (Mal) of Chubbuck, Idaho, Kay Stoneberg (Knute) and Mary Gene Fulton (Burns Clark) of La Grande; grandchild, Tara J. Morrell (Peter); great-grandchild, Madeline J. Morrell of Union; brothers-in-law, Tom Beeson and Melvin Beeson (Kay); sisters-in-law, Christina Morgan, Junella Johnson and Loretta Beeson, and numerous other relatives.

Buzz was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Muriel Fulton; mother-in-law, May Beeson; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John Beeson, Marvin and Georgette Beeson, Linda Beeson, Richard Johnson, Duane Morgan, and only cousin, Phyllis Blackman.

Donations can be made to Special Olympics, Blue Mountain Humane Society or a charity of choice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.

Online condolences to the family may be made at lovelandfuneralchapel.com. 



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