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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for October 14, 2013

Obituaries for October 14, 2013

Phillips, McKaig, Mentgen, Nadeau, Olson, Sparks, Terry, Sadler

Eleanor Watson Phillips

Formerly of La Grande


Eleanor Watson Phillips, 80, of Lincoln City and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 25 of natural causes. 

A service was held Sept. 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lincoln City.

Eleanor was born Aug. 4, 1933, in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Alexander and Mary Watson. She was raised in Edinburgh and moved to the United States in 1957. She was married to Wayne Phillips on June 4, 1957, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Her special interests were the LDS church, theater and writing for newspapers. She was a radio personality.

She became a U.S. citizen and lived in Idaho until 1965. She moved to Ontario, then to Lincoln City in 1981 and to La Grande in 2002.

Survivors include her children, Chris (Carol) Phillips, Mary-Ione (Shawn) Smith, Heather Phillips and
Robert Tibbetts, and five grandchildren.

Her husband and a son, Alex Phillips, died earlier.

 Harry ‘Poppe’ McKaig

Island City

Harry “Poppe” McKaig, 61, of Island City, died Oct. 9. A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. A full obituary will be published later.

 Traci L. Mentgen


Traci L. Mentgen, 52, died Sunday in Joseph. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

 Mandy Nadeau

La Grande

Mandy Nadeau, 37, of La Grande, died Thursday. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

 Vernal Olson


Vernal Olson, 89, of Alicel, died Sunday at his home. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

 Louis Sparks


Louis Sparks, 85, of Summerville, died Friday at a local care center. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will handling the arrangements.

 Pauline Terry

Elgin and La Grande Pauline Terry, 92, of Elgin and La Grande, died this morning at a local care facility. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

 Bill Sadler

Formerly of Cove


Bill Sadler, 89 of Clatskanie and formerly of Cove, died Oct. 7 at the Community Home Health & Hospice facility in Longview, Wash.

He was born Nov. 20, 1923, in Portland.

Bill attended Toppenish High School in Toppenish, Wash., and enlisted into the Navy during his senior year.

Bill served four years in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Chicago, earning himself the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, American Area Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

While living in Toppenish, Bill met Marian Day of Wapato, Wash. They were married Dec. 22, 1947.

In 1955, Bill moved his family to Cove, and he worked in wood mills in Elgin and La Grande. 

In 1966, the family moved to Centralia, Wash., where Bill worked as a construction worker on the Mossy Rock Dam. He was hired on at Crown Zellerbach in 1967. Since then Bill and his family have made their home in Clatskanie. Bill worked for Crown Zellerbach until his retirement in May of 1985. Bill raised tomatoes and loved sharing the plants with Beth and Lori at the library. He enjoyed feeding the birds and tending to his walnut trees.

He is survived by his wife, Marian; by his daughter and son in-law, Karen and Terry Watkins; sons and daughter in-law, Mark and Debi Sadler, and Matt Sadler all of Clatskanie; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

An urnside service will be held at the Willamette National Cemetery at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, send donations to Community Home and Hospice Care, Longview, WA, P.O. Box 2067, Longview, WA 98632.

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