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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for January 26, 2012


Obituaries for January 26, 2012

Holley, Reed, Clemens, Gilstrap, Lewis



Kathryn Holley

La Grande


A rosary will be said for Kathryn Holley, who died Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of the final arrangements.

Kathryn was 94 and lived in La Grande.


Glavis A. Reed

La Grande


Glavis Arthur Reed, 82, of La Grande, died Jan. 25 at his home. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


David W. Clemens

La Grande



David Wesley Clemens, 55, of La Grande, died Jan. 20 of Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the LDS Chapel on McAlister Lane in Island City. A public viewing prior to the service will begin at 9 a.m. A viewing for family and friends will also be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

He was born Aug. 1, 1956, in La Grande to Robert Peter and Virginia Ann (Westenskow) Clemens.  

David grew up in La Grande, except for some short absences — five years for work in Ohio and Indiana; four years attending Brigham Young University; and two years in the Georgia-Alabama area where he served a mission in 1975 for the LDS church.

Dave was a graduate of La Grande High School in 1974 where he was active in football, basketball and baseball. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and design at Brigham Young University.  He also did post-graduate work at Eastern Oregon University, receiving a certificate of secondary education. Before he could pursue a career in teaching, he was offered a job working for the RV business. Dave worked as a purchasing manager for both Fleetwood and Northwood Manufacturing.

Dave created artwork in many mediums — oil, watercolor, ceramics, pencil and wood.  He dabbled in taxidermy, photography and writing. He had several articles published and printed a book, “Life, Lessons and the Hunt.” With his carpenter skills, he built his family a home. Dave had a passion for the outdoors and loved to be out hunting or fishing. He rode and packed his own team of horses into the wilderness of Oregon, Idaho and Utah. His family said he knew the wilderness like the back of his hand and was an accomplished hunter. He was captain of his jet sled on the annual family fishing trip to Astoria.

Those who knew Dave said he was a great storyteller. Dave was a planner and was always preparing for his future adventures months or weeks ahead of time. He loved to invite friends and family on his adventures, but they said only a few had the endurance that was required to keep up with him.

His family said that his foundation was his love for his Lord, his wife, Sheri, and his children.

He could always be found at church on Sunday ready to serve where he could. Dave served in many capacities in his church, the last being bishop of his congregation.

Dave is survived by his wife, Sheri (Nelson); children, Desiree and Dale Dursteler of Riverdale, Utah, Lori and Travis Weimer of Provo, Utah, Douglas and Larissa Clemens of Provo, Utah, Jenny, a student at BYU Idaho, and Alina, a sophomore at La Grande high school; and three grandsons and a granddaughter on the way. Dave is also survived by his parents, Bob and Ann Clemens of La Grande; and siblings and their spouses, Lyle and Ronda Clemens of Oklahoma City, Okla., Dean and Shelli Clemens of Federal Way, Wash., and Shelley and Erich Sontag of Eden, Utah.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Alina S. Clemens College Trust Fund at any branch of Wells Fargo Bank or to Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.


Jeanne Gilstrap




Jeanne Gilstrap, 83, of Cove, died Jan. 22 at Grande Ronde Hospital. No services are planned at this time.

Jeanne was born Sept. 4, 1928, in La Grande to James Forrest Scroggin and Janie Minerva Andrews Scroggin. 

She married Roderic Warren Gilstrap on Aug. 28, 1949.

Jeanne is survived by her husband, Rod; and four children, Nancy Ream and her husband, Tom, of Cordova, Tenn., Susan Olliffe and her husband, Jake, of Anacortes, Wash., Ted Gilstrap of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Warren Gilstrap of Cove; her sister, Marilyn Brown; and brother-in-law, Dwight Gilstrap; seven grandchildren; and four nephews and one niece. She was preceded in death by her parents, Forrest and Janie Scroggin; and her brother, Charles Scroggin.

In lieu of flowers, the Gilstrap family requests that donations be made to the Grande Ronde Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 15080 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.


Albert ʻAlʼ Lewis

Formerly of Enterprise



Albert “Al” Wayne Lewis, 83, of Idaho Falls and formerly of Enterprise, died Jan. 17 at his home. A graveside service and burial of ashes is being planned for July 2012 at the Enterprise cemetery.

He was born Feb. 5, 1928, in Grand Valley, Colo., to Charles Irving and Alice May Lewis. Al was the second of six children that included Charles, Glen, Anna, Ella and Ethel. His siblings still live close to the place they were raised.

In June 1952, Al married Lillian Lenora Newman in Grand Valley. They were together for 60 years and raised four children.

Al was an automobile mechanic by trade, attending a number of schools specific to the vehicles he specialized on and ultimately focusing on fuel and transmission systems. He loved his work, spending 27 years working for Courtney Motors in Enterprise, after progressing through service positions in Salt Lake City, Woodland, Calif., and Burns. Those who knew him say he was a man with a high work ethic and integrity and his skills were sought out by people living several hundred miles away from Enterprise. He was the “go-to” person when others couldn’t fix it, his family said.

He was a life-long outdoors sportsman. His passions were hunting and fishing. Throughout his life, when he wasn’t fishing, he was planning for the next big hunt. He would talk for hours about his past outdoors adventures from his childhood and his adult life — it was where his heart took him, his family said.

Al was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in callings in the Enterprise Ward Bishopric and was the Ward Clerk for over 30 years. He and Lillian enjoyed doing temple work when they had the opportunity.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Lewis of Idaho Falls; his son, Al (Lani) Lewis Jr. of Idaho Falls; daughters, Donna (David) Robles of Everett, Wash., Ruth (Dana) Overholser Hunt of Cave Junction and Rose Coleman of Enterprise; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


Raymond A. Sanders

Formerly of Enterprise



Raymond A. Sanders, 87, of Cottage Grove and formerly of Enterprise, died Jan. 14 from melanoma and pneumonia. A celebration of life was held Jan. 21 at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel with inurnment at Fir Grove Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 1, 1924, in Enterprise to Clyde and Cynthia (Chambers) Sanders. Raymond lived on a farm and attended school in Enterprise.

On Dec. 20, 1946, in Enterprise, he married Vadna Dale. She died in 1998. On June 16, 2005, in Eugene, he married Ellen Thomas Hass Roner.

He worked in production for Boeing in Seattle from 1948-62. He attended Edison Technical School, and also did self-study in electronics, math and more. He worked as an electronics technician with engineers in research and development. He worked at Cape Canaveral for two years, then took a job with ITT at Vandenberg Air Force Base. While at Cape Canaveral, he had the opportunity to assist in the telemetry of the two underground launches of Minute Man missiles.

After retiring, Raymond kept busy with a home business restoring antique radios. He loved airplanes and flying. He was a former member of the Aircraft Electronics Association. 

He formerly had lived in Point Arguello, Calif., Lompoc, Calif., Seattle, Wash., and Cape Canaveral, Fla.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen, of Cottage Grove; two sons, David Sanders and wife, Karla, and Jerry Sanders and wife, Lynn, all of Arlington, Texas; a stepson, Larry Hass and wife, Colleen, of Vancouver, Wash.; a sister, Addie Marks of Enterprise; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana Wilson in 2006; and by a granddaughter, Brienne Sanders.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2350 Oakmont Way No. 200, Eugene, OR 97401.


The Observer publishes free obituaries as a community service. Obituaries are edited to fit news guidelines. Photos are encouraged. Paid space is available for families who would like to include more information. 

Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center posts unedited obituaries at www.danielsknopp.com, and Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory posts obituaries at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.


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