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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of February 4, 2011


Obituaries for the day of February 4, 2011

Brott, Keeling, Wood


Feb. 5 — Beula Sager,

service, 1 p.m., Bollman Funeral Home

Feb. 5 — Becky Keeling, memorial service, 2 p.m., Lighthouse Church, Island City

Feb. 7 — Dale Wood, memorial serive, 11 a.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel

Bonnie Brott


Bonnie Brott, 62, of Elgin, died Feb. 3 at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Becky L. Keeling

La Grande


Becky Lee Keeling, 52, of La Grande, died Feb. 2 at her home after a long battle with cancer. Her memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lighthouse Church in Island City. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Becky was born April 12, 1958, to Thomas (Ben) and Virginia L. (Bartholomew) Vernon at Lakeview. She grew up in Lakeview and graduated from Lakeview High School. After attending Oregon State University, Becky moved to  La Grande to live and work in various positions.

She married local businessman Don Keeling in 1988. They became Realtors and opened the ReMax Real Estate agency with partners Shawna and Randy McKinnis. Becky continued to be active in the business after Don died in 2005.

For many years, Becky was involved with the Union County Chamber Board. She was a member of the Union County Planning Commission and served on the Blue Mountain Humane Association board. Those who knew Becky say she was instrumental in planning and organizing the Ag-Timber parade.

Becky started skiing at Warner Canyon ski area outside of Lakeview as a young child. After moving to La Grande she joined the ski patrol at Anthony Lakes and was an active member for more than 20 years.

She became an outdoor emergency care technician and instructor and an instructor trainer in the National Ski Patrol System. She held the Southern Idaho Region position of outdoor emergency care adviser and was patrol director for one term at Anthony Lakes. She assisted many new candidates in learning the skills of treating trauma on the mountain. The ski patrol became Becky’s passion and her social family.

Raised on a cattle ranch in Southern Oregon, Becky loved the outdoors and was an avid skier, snowmobiler and horse woman.

Becky is survived by her parents, Ben and Virginia Vernon of Lakeview; and two brothers and their spouses, Jack and Debra Vernon of Lakeview and Tom and Brandy Vernon of Portland; one niece and one nephew; two stepdaughters, Jackie and Stacy; and one stepson, Sean.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Keeling.

Memorial contributions may be made to Anthony Lakes Ski Patrol, Blue Mountain Humane Association or any other charity in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Dale W. Wood

Formerly of Union


Dale W. Wood, 56, of Kellogg, Idaho, and formerly of Union, died Jan. 28 at Kellogg. His memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Dale was born Dec. 20, 1954, to Darrell and Nellie Mae (Robertson) Wood in La Grande. He was raised in Union, and graduated from Union High School.

In 1974, he married Carol McCrae. They were later divorced. Dale married Debbie Jones in 1991.

Dale was a logger and a mechanic and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his family. His family says he was widely known for his laughter.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie, of Kellogg; children and their spouses, Brandy and Sid Newman of Melstone, Mont., and Casey and Shawna Wood of Noxon, Mont.; parents, Darrell and Nellie Mae Wood of Union; siblings and their spouses, Tony and Pat Wood of Union and Dawna and Lennie Murrill of Pasco; five grandchildren; numerous aunts and uncles; and one niece and three nephews.

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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