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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of August 10, 2011


Obituaries for the day of August 10, 2011

Inghels, Follett, Gavin, Woods


Aug. 10 — Richard ‘Dickie’ Shafer, casual dress celebration of life, 5 p.m., Elgin Stampede grounds; potluck to follow

Aug. 12 — Barbara Ann Murdoch, graveside service, 10 a.m., Haines Cemetery; memorial lunch follows, North Powder School cafeteria

Aug. 13 — Theodore Hooey, celebration of life, 3 p.m., American Legion Post 43, La Grande

Aug. 13 — John J. Gregory, graveside, 11 a.m., Wallowa Cemetery

Pierre L. Inghels

Formerly of La Grande

Pierre Louis Inghels, 91, former long-time resident of La Grande, died Aug. 8. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Autumn Funeral Home of Bend is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Partners in Care.

Ernest LaRoy Follett

Formerly of Elgin


Ernest LaRoy Follett, 70, formerly of Elgin, died Aug. 6 in Pendleton. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pendleton.

He was born in Elgin on March 20, 1941, to Lee and Hazel (McClune) Follett. LaRoy spent most of his younger life on the family ranch in Elgin. He rode his horse to school and went to a one-room schoolhouse at Pine Grove. He was a member of the Elgin Stampede Drill Team.

In 1957, he moved to Pendleton and married Dana Sue Sykes. The couple lived in Pendleton their entire married life, 54 years.

LaRoy was active with the Boy Scouts of America and the Spout Springs Ski Patrol, Nordic. He was very active in his church. He loved to be outside hiking, working, reading or teaching his grandchildren the mysteries of nature. LaRoy’s favorite place to hike was the High Wallowas where he took his boys many times. He loved long rides in the mountains and, if possible, he took the back roads.

LaRoy worked the ranch he grew up on, milked dairy cows and worked for the state game commission. He has also been a full-time instructor for Blue Mountain Community College, and owned his own landscape construction business. Those who knew LaRoy say he was not afraid of hard work and was always willing to help people in need. He also served as Stake Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla.

He is survived by his wife, Dana Follett; sons, Douglas Follett and his wife, Jamie, David Follett and his wife, Carrie, and Timothy Follett and his wife, Leisl; and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Linda (Follett) Lively; nieces and nephews; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Hazel; granddaughter, Meagan; nephew, Jeff Lively; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Henrietta H. Gavin

Formerly of Wallowa County


Henrietta Helen Coe Quinn Gavin, 83, of Pendleton and formerly of Joseph, Enterprise and Milton-Freewater, died Aug. 5 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater. A gathering for family and friends will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Joseph Masonic Lodge.

She was born Oct. 19, 1927, to Harold and Ora Coe in Milton-Freewater.

She was a cheerleader and graduate of McLaughlin Union High School in Milton-Freewater. In February of 1946, she and L. Gordon Quinn married in Walla Walla. After beginning their life together in Milton-Freewater, they lived a short time in Belton and El Paso, Texas, while Gordon was in the Army. Upon his discharge they returned to Milton and lived on the family ranch on Lincoln Mountain. They lived a short time in Pendleton while Gordon worked in the shop at Harris Pine Mills and then moved to Joseph where they were ranchers.

Their daughter, Karen, was born in Walla Walla, and daughter, Patricia, and son, Robert, were born in Enterprise.

She loved the Joseph area. Friends and family said they marveled at her talents as a cook, seamstress, painter, entertainer, golfer and public servant.

She had active memberships in American Legion Auxiliary, PTA, Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Mother Adviser Order of Rainbow for Girls, Alpine Meadows Golf Course and the Methodist church in Joseph. She worked many years to promote Chief Joseph Days as court chaperone and court luncheon chairperson. She sold rodeo programs, and helped with the Shriner’s breakfast on Main Street.

She helped prepare mincemeat for the Methodist Christmas bazaar and prepared dishes for the church tea-tasting. While Karen and Patti were members of 4-H, she  encouraged and supported their efforts and during their high school years was leader of the Joseph Empire Builders 4-H service club.

Friends called her Henri, and some called her Hank. Those who knew her say she knew how to have a good time, and could even make work seem like fun.

She was preceded in death by Gordon, and married Charles Gavin in Joseph on Aug. 17, 1984. He preceded her in death in 2000.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Robert, in 1957; her parents; sister, Dorothy; and brother, Donald.

She is survived by a brother, Leland, of Sacramento, Calif.; daughters and sons-in-laws, Karen and Gary Prout of Pendleton and Patricia and Doug Nielsen of Portland; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Albertina Kerr Homes or the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home.

Paul B. Woods



Paul Bryan Woods, 37, of Enterprise, died Aug. 4. A memorial service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at New Song Community Church, 3008 Cove Ave. in La Grande.

Paul was born Nov. 19, 1973, in Eugene. He attended grade school in Wallowa beginning in 1979. He graduated from Imbler High School in 1991. He married in 1999.

He graduated from Eastern Oregon University June 10, 2007 with a bachelor of science degree. Paul worked at Pizza Hut throughout college.

Paul was working in association with Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness in Enterprise. He held various classes and did peer counseling on a volunteer basis.

Bryan was preceded in death by his father, Burl H. Woods; two children, Paul Bryan Jr., 12, of Wallowa, and Lenorann, 11, of Alaska; fiancee, Misty Wilkinson of Hermiston; and his mother, Judith Woods of Imbler.


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