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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of August 30, 2011


Obituaries for the day of August 30, 2011

Houston, Hafer, Horton, Kelley


Aug. 31 — Joanne Fitzgerald, burial, 4 p.m., Enterprise Cemetery

Sept. 1 — Harve Hafer, graveside service, 1 p.m., Enterprise Cemetery

Sept. 2 — Grace Horton, graveside service, 1 p.m., Wallowa Cemetery

Sept. 6 — Jack Scott, memorial service, 11:30 a.m., Elgin Community Center


Leo E. Houston

La Grande

Leo E. Houston, 50, of La Grande, died Aug. 29 at his home. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.

Harve K. Hafer



Harve K. Hafer, 86, of Enterprise, died Aug. 25 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at Enterprise Cemetery. A potluck will follow. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Harve was born July 24, 1925, to Harry and Eliza Jane (Ellard) Hafer in Troy.

He enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Lewis Hancock from 1943 to 1946. On April 3, 1947, Harve married Berneice L. Loomis in Lewiston. Harve and Berneice raised three children: Kenneth Harve, Steven B. and Nicola Rae on Eden Bench near Troy.

Harve was a rancher as well as a logger. He worked at the Grande Ronde fishway and then for the Wallowa County Road Department at Troy until he retired in 1988. The couple then moved to Wallowa and in 2000 to Enterprise.

Harve was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Chester and Raymond; sister, Harriet Harlow; and granddaughter, Amy Hafer.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Berneice; son, Ken and his wife, Sharon, of Anatone, Wash.; son, Steve and his wife, Deb, of Kendrick, Idaho; daughter, Nickie Norman and her husband, Tim, of Enterprise; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Connection for senior meals in care of Bollman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 547, Enterprise 97828.

Grace L. Horton



Grace Louise (Henderson) Horton, 91, of Wallowa, died in her sleep Aug. 25 with her two daughters, Donna Pendarvis and Karen Baremore, at her side. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Wallowa Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Grace was born March 4, 1920, at Promise. She was the ninth of 12 children. She was raised in Promise. She attended grade school in Promise and high school in Lostine.

At the age of 12, she was baptized in the Gorbett pond.

On Jan. 30, 1937, Grace married George Joseph “Joe” Horton in Pendleton. They soon moved to Promise. They had five children.

Joe died June 25, 1956, leaving Grace to raise the children by herself. She spent most of her life in Promise except for three years when Joe moved the family to Walla Walla where he worked for the railroad and had a milk route.

After moving back to Promise, Grace carried mail from Wallowa to Promise three days a week in addition to being a rancher, raising cattle.

In later life, she semi-retired and moved to Wallowa to be closer to family. She kept herself busy by driving the senior meal bus and delivering meals. She also helped at the senior center.

She was a lifetime member of Wallowa Rebekahs. Those who knew her say she kept active.

Grace is survived by two sons, Royce Horton and his wife, Pat, of Wallowa, and Stewart Horton and his wife, Connie, of Springfield, Mo.; two daughters, Donna Pendarvis of Wallowa and Karen Baremore of Union; son-in-law, Jon Stracener of Maricopa, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; parents; one daughter, Lynetta; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wallowa Senior Meals.

Ed Kelley

Formerly of La Grande


Ed Kelley, 91, of Eugene and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 13. A private service is planned. Inurnment was at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born July 30, 1920, in McCook, Neb., to Edgar and Nellie Wilson Kelley. He married Esther Hansen Sept. 17, 1949, in Eugene.

He graduated from La Grande High School and attended college for two years in La Grande. He served in the Navy during World War II. He owned a machine shop for several years in Eugene and then worked in the plumbing industry until his retirement in 1976.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Gerry Woodruff of Ferndale, Wash.; son, Terry of Chevy Chase, Md.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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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