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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of August 31, 2011

Obituaries for the day of August 31, 2011

Houston, Nelson



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. 2 — Leo Houston, service, 2 p.m., Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center

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

Sept. 24 — Hobert Nelson, service, 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, 1701 Sixth St., La Grande


Leo E. Houston

La Grande

A service for Leo Ernest Houston, who died Aug. 29, will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande.

Leo was 50 and lived in La Grande. A complete obituary will be available later.

Hobert F. Nelson

Formerly of La Grande


Hobert F. Nelson, 88, died Aug. 25 in Lacey, Wash. For the last six months he lived there with his family and loved ones. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at the First Baptist Church, 1702 Sixth St. in La Grande. Those who knew Hobert are invited to sign the guestbook at www.FuneralAlternatives.org.

Hobert was born Feb. 27, 1923, in Holcomb, W.Va., to William Howard and Pearl Maude (Johnson) Nelson. He had lived in La Grande for 65 years and five years in Monroe, Wash., before moving to Lacey.

He served in the U. S. Army during World War II, operating landing crafts in the South Pacific. Hobert enlisted on Jan. 11, 1941, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 7, 1946. He was honored for his service as a recipient of the Bronze Star, the American Defense Medal, the American Theater Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

On July 8, 1946, at the First Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis, Ind., he married Gloria Grace Grandy. Gloria died Sept. 19, 2005.

Hobert enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and poker. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Elks Lodge, the Lions Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Chamber of Commerce and the Gideon’s.

Those who knew Hobert say he was an active Christian and was charismatic and charming. They say he never met a stranger and gave everyone he met a hearty greeting and welcome. His nickname was “Ho,” an abbreviation of Hobert.

Survivors include one son, Dan A. Nelson of La Grande; two daughters, Nance A. Ghattas of Atlanta, and Virginia E (Perry) Sorenson of Lacey; one brother, Dewey Nelson of Appleton, Wis.; one sister, Lorena Grams of Chicago; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Leslie, Hilbert and Alden; and sisters, Elenora Jones and Juanita Dale.

Memorial contributions may be made to the senior center in La Grande or the First Baptist Church of La Grande.

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.

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