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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of January 9, 2012


Obituaries for the day of January 9, 2012

Willoughby, Chapman, Crossen, Draper





Waneta M. Willoughby

La Grande


Waneta May Willoughby, 100, of La Grande, died Jan. 5 at her home at Grande Ronde Retirement Residence. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m.   Saturday at Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond.

Waneta was born on July 4, 1911, the daughter of Fred and Winifred Davis (Lorton) Reich in Alluwe, Nowata County, Okla. The family eventually moved west and settled in Medford where she graduated from high school in 1929.

She attended Medford Business College for a time before marrying Lewie Robert Willoughby on Oct. 18, 1930, in Medford. Together they had four children and farmed in Medford, Ashland and Vale.

Waneta taught Sunday school and was actively involved in 4-H programs with her children. She volunteered for the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. Upon retirement, Waneta and Lewie moved to Redmond where they volunteered for many years for the Meals on Wheels program. They enjoyed hunting and fishing with their family. The couple celebrated almost 65 years of marriage before his death in 1995.

Her family says Waneta was instrumental in preserving family history. She enjoyed yearly family reunions. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and loved her Bible study.

She enjoyed collecting recipes, quilting and watching the Portland Trail Blazers. She moved to La Grande in 1996 to be near her eldest son and his family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewie; daughter, Mary Lou Horton; son, Bob Willoughby; and siblings, Woodrow Reich, LaVern Reich, Bettie Lue Young, Carl Reich and Jack Reich.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Joan Willoughby of La Grande; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Howard Bledsoe of Kingsland, Texas; daughter-in-law, Connie Willoughby of Redding, Calif.; son-in-law, Gaylord Horton of Rogue River; brother, Cecil Reich of Midland, Mich.; sister, Marjory Chubb of Graeagle, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any charity in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.



David ‘Dave’ Chapman

La Grande

David “Dave” Chapman, 65, of La Grande, died Jan. 8 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements.


Helen Crossen

La Grande

Helen Crossen, 90, of La Grande, died Jan. 8 at a local care center. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


LeVern ‘Vern’ Draper


LeVern “Vern” Draper, 96, of Union, died Jan. 7 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A viewing will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Union cemetery. A full obituary will be available later.


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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