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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of August 17, 2011


Obituaries for the day of August 17, 2011

Clum, Taylor, Wilson, Zacharias


Aug. 19 — Megan Wilson, celebration of life, 11 a.m., Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center; inurnment, Grandview Cemetery

Aug. 20 — Robert J. Casey, celebration of life, 4 p.m., Buhler Ranch (Mount Joseph ranch), 61968 Ski Run Road

Juanita J. Clum

Formerly of Elgin


Juanita J. Clum, 88, of Pendleton and formerly a longtime resident of Elgin, died Aug. 14 at a local care center.

Memorial services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Elgin Cemetery. Sign the guestbook or send condolences online to www.burnsmmortuary.com.

Juanita was born April 20, 1923, in Letcher, S.D. She was one of seven children born to Thomas and Viola (Reed) Showers. She was raised in Denver and moved to Elgin in 1946. She married R.G. Clum on Aug. 30, 1947.

She had worked as a bookkeeper for Terry Logging Co. and for the Elgin TV Association before her retirement. She moved to Pendleton in 2008 to be closer to her family.

She had been a member of the Pythian Sisters and of the VFW Auxiliary, holding both local and statewide offices.

She is survived by three daughters, Marie Trottier of Long Beach, Calif., Carol Brown of Las Vegas and Risa Riggen of Pilot Rock; two sons, Jim Clum of Pasco and Tom Clum of Rio Rancho, N.M.; two sisters, Eva Rosen and Arlene DeSantis, both of Denver; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her brothers and sisters.

Melva Taylor

Formerly of La Grande


Melva Taylor, 94, formerly of Summerville and La Grande, died Aug. 12. A family graveside service will be held at the Summerville Cemetery.

Melva was born Aug. 28, 1916, the only child of Hiram Edwin and Hedvig Christine Bull. She was a native Oregonian, born and raised on the family farmstead (started in 1888) in Summerville. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1933 and from Oregon State College (now OSU) in 1938.

She worked stenographic jobs to pay for college. After graduation, she taught high school, university and adult classes. She married Robert C. Ingle of Corvallis in 1942. He served as a B-24 pilot in WWII and died in 1946. She was married to Walter K. Taylor from 1950 until his death this year.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Chapter CB of P.E.O.

Survivors include three children, Rebecca Ingle Preston and her husband, John, of Summerville, Marc Edwin Taylor of Eugene and John K. Taylor and his wife, Alison, of Salem; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice.

Megan A. Wilson

La Grande


Megan Anne Wilson, 29, of La Grande, died Aug. 14 at Robin’s Nest Foster Care Home surrounded by family and caregivers. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery.

Megan was born Sept. 4, 1981, to Steve and Melinda (Sims) Wilson in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and worked for a time for the Training & Employment Consortium.

She enjoyed music, movies, writing poetry, reading and spending time with her friends.

Survivors include her parents, Melinda and Vance McGowan of La Grande and Steve and Danelle Wilson of La Grande; grandmother, Mary Lou Wilson of La Grande; two uncles and an aunt; numerous cousins; and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Leukodystrophy or Crohns and Colitis Foundation in care of Daniels-Knopp, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande.

Henry J. Zacharias

La Grande


Henry James Zacharias, 63, of La Grande, died Aug 14 at a nursing home in Milton-Freewater.

A get-together will begin at 2 p.m. Aug 27 in Pendleton at the community park on the westside at 1200 SW 44th St.

Henry was born July 28, 1948, in Pendleton to George and May Olive Charlton Zacharias.

Henry was raised in Pilot Rock. When he was old enough, he joined the U.S. Navy in January of 1969. He served until his honorable discharge on June 5, 1974.

Henry enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping, and he really liked going to the woods, playing cribbage and solitaire and putting models together.

He drove a log truck all his life.

Henry is survived by his daughters and their spouses, Carol and Dwane Voetberg, May Tucker and Miranda Warren Zacharias and Gerry and Austin Plueard; and four grandchildren.

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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