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Frank, Lively, Gribling, Journigan, Jeffers, Fulton
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
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, 78, Union, died Friday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.
Richard M. ‘Rick’ Jeffers
Richard M. “Rick” Jeffers, 68, died Feb. 15 at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
Rick was born Oct. 29, 1945, at Onamia, Minn., the youngest of four children. When he was 1, the family moved to Union County and later settled in Wallowa, where his mother’s parents had a shoe-cobbling shop on Main Street. The family lived in several homes in town, but finally built a home near downtown Wallowa. His parents operated several businesses, including a restaurant and a coal delivery business.
In 1963, Rick graduated from Wallowa High, where he was a star basketball player and hurdler, lettering three times in each. He also sang in the chorus and wrote for the school newspaper.
After graduating, he courted and married Sandee Collins in 1965. After their first child was born, they bought his parents’ home, where Rick and Sandee raised both of their children. Rick worked nearly all his working life in the timber industry, mostly at the Boise Cascade plywood plant in Elgin, but with stints as a railroad laborer, logger and at another mill in Northern Idaho.
Rick enjoyed reading and watching Westerns, fishing, hunting, camping, spending time with family, having a good party and working on his home. In the mid-1970s, he built a large addition to the original house. He also played “town-team” basketball, coached Little League and was a member of the Elks Club. He was known for his dry sense of humor and biting wit. He was also quick to pitch in when a neighbor needed help.
In 1978, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which, over 34 years, slowly took his ability to work, then walk. He finally began to lose his ability to speak and eat. Throughout his battle with MS, he kept a strong, positive outlook and great sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife, Sandee; his daughter, Kari Schrock, and her husband, Todd; his son, Kevin, and his wife, Thanh; his brother, William, and his wife, Molly; his aunt, LaVerne (Keiser) Werst, as well as his five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Layton and Dorothy (Keiser) Jeffers; his sister, Carol Sherman; and his brother, Loring.
Sandee and the family would like to thank everyone who have cared for him, supported and visited him over the years so he could stay in his own home.
A celebration of life will be held sometime in the coming summer. In lieu of gifts, the family asks that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter.
Walton ‘Buzz’ Eugene Fulton
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
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.