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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for February 26, 2014


Obituaries for February 26, 2014

Wallace, Gorham, Elsberry, Neal, Journigan



James R. Wallace

La Grande

James R. Wallace, 87, of La Grande, died Monday at his residence. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Robert (Bob) Owen Gorham

Formerly of North Powder

Robert (Bob) Owen Gorham, 63, of Forest Grove, died Feb. 18 at the veterans hospital in Portland.  

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the VFW in Pendleton. A potluck and sharing time will follow the service.



Marvin Curtiss Elsberry

La Grande


Marvin Curtiss Elsberry, 89, of La Grande, died Feb. 23 at a local care facility. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the La Grande First Christian Church.

A private interment will be later at Grandview Cemetery.

Marvin was born July 5, 1924, in Rock Lake, N.D., to William Bland and Marie Cathrine (Hronesh) Elsberry. He resided in Rock Lake, Eugene and La Grande. He graduated from Rock Lake High School in 1944. He met and married the love of his life, Beverly Joan Sheets, on April 2, 1950, and they raised four children together. 

Marvin served in the Army Air Corps in 1943. He flew 27 missions with the Eighth Air Force over Germany. He received a World War II Victory Medal, an Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters.

After settling in La Grande, Marvin opened his business called La Grande Electric Motor Service.

Marvin enjoyed hunting, bird dogs, skeet/trap shooting and going to the cabin. In high school, basketball was his favorite sport and he loved the Lakers. Marvin was a member of the La Grande First Christian Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, VFW and American Legion. He was the Eagles state president at one time.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Joan of La Grande; daughters, Barb Malone and her husband, Steve, of La Grande, Lori Southard and her husband, Jim, of Medical Springs, and Jan Musgrove and her husband, Greg, of La Grande; son, Alan and his wife, Alita, of Baker City; seven grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Bland and Marie Elsberry; brother, Lyle Elsberry, and sister, Ninona Neal.

Memorial donations may be made to the VFW or American Legion in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.

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



Kristine Neal

La Grande 


Kristine Neal, 61, of La Grande died Feb. 15 at Grande Ronde Hospital. 

A celebration of life will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Longbranch, 208 Depot St., La Grande.

Kristine was born Jan. 31, 1953, in Santa Barbara, Calif., the daughter of Ira Eugene Treat and Karma Marie Treat. She lived in Santa Barbara, Costa Mesa and Riverside, Calif., Hawaii, Boise, and finally La Grande, where she was retired from her job as a restaurant kitchen manager.

Kristine was a U.S. Marine Corps daughter and Army wife and mother and was involved in civilian contracting at Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Riley, Kan.

She was a member of the American Legion Post 43 Ladies Auxiliary, and enjoyed collecting and perfecting “All American” and traditional Danish recipes. 

She was also a devoted grandma and a chess player.

She is survived by her children, Clayton and Scott Neal, siblings Wayne Treat of Imbler and John Treat of San Jacinto, Calif., as well as one grandchild, three nephews, three grand-nephews and three grand-nieces.

Memorials may be made to Community Bank in care of Scott Neal and Wayne Treat.



Beverly Evelyn Journigan



Beverly Evelyn Journigan, 78, of Union, died at her home on Feb. 14. Services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1511 26th St., La Grande, at 3 p.m. Friday. A reception will follow at the La Grande Country Club, 10605 S. McAlister, Island City.

Beverly was born June 9, 1935, to Otho and Fay Sanders (now deceased) in Ellingson, Mo. Married and widowed young, Beverly had three children (Steven, Alanna and Julie), when she met and married Ronald C. Journigan in 1965 in Baker City, where they raised their family before eventually settling in Union. Together, Ron and Beverly had one son, Jeffery.

Beverly beat cancer four times before succumbing to diabetes complications. Beverly died suddenly at home (as she would have preferred) after a perfect cup of coffee, made by her loving husband, Ron, and a good visit with her dear friend and neighbor, Lavon.

Beverly loved life. She was feisty enough to be interesting and had many hobbies. Painting, sewing, gardening, and reading were just a few.

She had a beautiful singing voice, and it was said that she could have been another Patsy Cline, but being shy, she contented herself to singing at home with her family and friends. She never met a stranger, always knew her neighbors and easily made lifelong friends. Her door was always open and her heart wider still.

Beverly loved God, family and friends — in that order. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she shared her Bible-based hope with all who would listen.

Beverly is survived by her husband, Ron; children, Steven Beck of Dry Creek, Alanna Spellman (husband Rick) of Union, Julie Horine (husband Larry) of Beaver, Jeffery Journigan (wife Jori) of Wallowa; brothers and sisters, Delores (Dick) Carrera of Fort Worth, Texas, Bud (Judy) Sanders of Joseph, Bid (Polly) Sanders of Mountain Home, Idaho, Marcella (Mike) Wagoner, of Union; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Beverly was preceded in death by her two nieces, Shannon Sanders and Sherry Stein.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you kiss your spouse square on the mouth, get to know your neighbors and read your Bible daily. And kids, call your mother — she loves you more than you know.

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



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