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Obituaries for October 15, 2012
Bolin, Lee, Pound, Rees, Taylor, Wray, Gafford
Formerly of La Grande
Mark Bolin, 57, of Touchet, Wash., and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 12 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory of La Grande.
Gordon Lee, 79, died Oct. 10 at the home of his son in Union. A service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Union High School gym. A private family committal will be held later at the Union Cemetery.
A complete obituary will be published at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center of
Dorothy J. Pound
Dorothy Jean Pound, 89, of La Grande, died Oct. 11 at her residence. A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Loveland Funeral Chapel.
Carl A. Rees
Carl A. Rees, 92, of Union, died Oct. 10 at his residence. There will be a graveside service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Summerville Cemetery. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory of La Grande.
Wesley ‘Dale’ Taylor
Wesley “Dale” Taylor, 76, of La Grande, died Oct. 11 at a local care facility. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Church of the Nazarene in La Grande. Prior to the service, a viewing will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory.
Raleigh A. Wray
Raleigh A. Wray, of La Grande, died Oct. 12 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory.
Wendi D. Gafford
Formerly of Elgin
Wendi Dawn (Bonney) Gafford, 48, formerly of Elgin, died Oct. 8 at OHSU in Portland after a battle with cancer. Services will be announced at a later date.
Wendi was born May 18, 1964, in Denver, Colo. She moved with her family to Portland in 1966 and then to Elgin in 1975. After graduating from Elgin High School in 1982 Wendi wanted to travel and see the world. She got a job with an oil rig company working in the Gulf of Mexico. There Wendi met and married her first husband, John Gafford. They had twin sons in 1990, Garrett and Mathew. Wendi enjoyed living in Texas, raising her boys and perfecting her cooking skills.
Later Wendi returned to Oregon with her boys and settled in the Gresham area, where she met her second husband, Keith Dunn. Her family grew with the addition of Keith’s two sons and three daughters. Wendi loved being a parent to this big family. She was a wonderful hostess and spent many hours devoted to catering family gatherings.
Wendi’s greatest joys were loving her family and the Lord. She never gave into the idea that she wasn’t going to win her battle with cancer, and that attitude has inspired her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, Matthew Topchi.
Survivors include her parents, Robert Bonney of Elgin and Judy Larkin of La Pine; sons, Garrett Gafford, Mathew Gafford and John Speer; daughters Alicia Dunn, Shyanne Dunn and Jenn Martin; 14 grandchildren; brothers, Earl, Jeff, Bob, Ron, Brian and Todd Bonney; sisters, Sandra Gore and Charlene Moore; and a multitude of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
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