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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for July 24, 2013

Obituaries for July 24, 2013

Rowland, Leonard, Wanichek, Locke, 

Donna Rowland

La Grande

Donna Rowland, 85, of La Grande, died July 23 at a local care facility.  A full obituary will be published at a later time. 

Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

 Loree Leonard

La Grande

Loree Leonard, 90, of La Grande, died July 22 at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif. 

A full obituary will be available at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

 Judy G. (Van Dusen) Wanichek


A celebration of life for Judy G. Wanichek will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Cove Sportsman Club. 

Pastor Verlyn Savage will officiate. Refreshments will be served after the service. 

Judy was born Dec. 2, 1942, and died May 14 after a long fight with cancer at Hospice House in Bend. 


Gardner Lincoln Locke



Gardner Lincoln Locke, 94, died July 19 in Enterprise. A private burial was held July 23. A celebration of life is planned for Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. at the Ferguson Ridge Ski Area Lodge. Beer and meat will be provided. Please bring a side dish.

Gardner was born April 9, 1919, in Oakland, Calif., to Dr. Augustus and Helen Locke. He graduated from the College of San Mateo and Stanford University with a masters and engineering degree in mechanical engineering. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and served as the Company B commander 3rd Marine Div, 3rd Engineering Battalion on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima. He was discharged in 1945 as a Lt. Col. and married neighbor Tappan Kimball of Menlo Park, Calif., in 1947.

Gardner and Tappy moved to the Tri-Cities, Wash., and lived on a 40-acre farm while Gardner work at Hanford as a design engineer on the first fast-flux test nuclear reactor. They moved to the Prairie Creek area in 1959 after Tappy discovered Wallowa County while riding with the Benton County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse in 1954. They have lived on Tenderfoot Valley Road ever since, where they raised their children. 

Gardner continued as a consulting engineer for Bechtel, taught physics and trigonometry at Joseph High School and volunteered as a 4-H tractor club leader. He also served on the Joseph School Board. He was cofounder and instrumental in the development of both the Wallowa County Educational Day Camp and the Ferguson Ridge Ski Area, one of his proudest accomplishments.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Martin Tappan Locke and Samuel Garland Locke. 

Survivors include his wife, Tappan Kimball Locke; sons, Barney Lincoln Locke, William Kimball Locke, Steven Augustus Locke, David Locke and Timothy Locke; daughter, Teresa Carlson; and eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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