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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of July 14, 2011


Obituaries for the day of July 14, 2011

Bryant, Cupper, Jennings, Patterson, Shaver, Putnam, Bergman, Mason Sr.


July 15 — Richard R. Mason, graveside service, 11 a.m., Grandview Cemetery

July 16 — Jim Patterson, celebration of life, 11 a.m., Enterprise Elks Lodge, lunch provided

Janice H. Bryant


Janice H. Bryant, 87, of Joseph, died July 12. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Katherine Catholic Church in Enterprise.

The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday at Bollman Funeral Home. A full obituary will be available later.


Reta M. Cupper

La Grande

Reta M. Cupper, 91, of La Grande, died July 13 at her residence. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Dayle L. Jennings

La Grande

A celebration of life for Dayle Leona Jennings, who died June 23, will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fred Beeman Memorial Park in Island City.

Dayle was 64 and lived in La Grande. A full obituary was printed in the paper earlier.

Jim Patterson

Formerly of La Grande

A celebration of life for Jim Patterson, who died April 16, will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Enterprise Elks Lodge. Lunch will be provided.

Jim was 70 and was a former resident of La Grande.

Larry Shaver


Larry Shaver, 70, of Enterprise, died July 12. Memorial services will be held later.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made, in lieu of flowers, to the funeral home to offset medical and funeral expenses.

Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


James Putnam

La Grande

James Putnam, 49, of La Grande, died July 13 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Gail Bergman

Baker City


Gail Bergman, 71, died July 5 in Baker City. A private family memorial service will be held later this fall.

Gail Robert was born March 23, 1940, to Gustaf and Dollie (Lisle) Bergman in Turlock, Calif. He was raised and educated in Turlock and graduated from Turlock High School in 1958.

Gail and Fay met on a blind date arranged by their best friends in March 1959. They were married later that year in July. After honeymooning in Santa Cruz, Calif., they settled into their first home in Hilmar, Calif.

While in Hilmar, Gail worked as a dairyman and for AI Tech and the Department of Fish and Game at a wildlife preserve. He also drove trucks.

Gail became a father in October 1960 when Fay delivered their first child, Lori. Their family continued to grow when Lisa was born in July 1961. Then their only son, Jim, was born in October 1963, followed by Sheila in April 1968 and their youngest, Sonja, in 1969.

The family moved to Halfway in September 1972. Gail signed up as a Halfway volunteer firefighter almost immediately, a career that he loved until he retired as chief in 2009.

When not fighting fires, he worked as a carpenter, a dairyman, a custodian, farmer and rancher.

Gail enjoyed helping others and was frequently called upon by friends and neighbors to lend a hand in times of need.

Over the years, Gail and Fay opened their home to many children who needed a safe, loving place to stay.

Gail enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He also loved wood-working and built many beautiful custom furniture pieces for those he loved.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gus; brother, Art; and granddaughter, Kayla.

Gail is survived by his wife, Fay; children, Lori and Gene Landers of Skagway, Alaska, Lisa and Dan Breshears of Elgin, Sheila and Mike Phelps of Elgin, Jim Bergman of Springfield and Sonja Bergman of Halfway and Skagway; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his mother, Dollie; brothers, Bert and Ken; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice or the Pine Valley Rural Fire Department in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway 97834.

Richard R. Mason Sr.

Formerly of La Grande


Richard Randolph Mason Sr., 80, a former La Grande resident, died peacefully while surrounded by his family Sunday morning of pancreatic cancer at his home in Corvallis.

A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday in La Grande at Grandview Cemetery.

Dick was born Oct. 3, 1930, to Max and Lucy Mason in Ferguson, Mo., where he was raised and graduated from Saint Louis Country Day School.

After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1952, he was stationed in Okinawa while serving in the U.S. Army for two years. Following his discharge, he resumed his education at the University of Michigan, receiving a master’s degree in the mid-1950s before marrying Lois Jean Oberdorfer in Iron River, Mich., on July 25, 1956.

The couple then moved to Cleveland, Tenn., where Dick worked as a forester for Bowaters Paper Co. and they had their four children. While working at Bowaters, Dick completed his requirements for his Ph.D. in forest entomology from the University of Michigan before moving his family to Corvallis in 1965. There he began work as a research forest entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service.

Dick was transferred to the Forest Service’s Forestry and Range Sciences Lab in La Grande in 1982, where he continued to do research for the remainder of his career.

Dick retired from the Forest Service in 1998. He and Lois moved back to Corvallis, but often returned to La Grande. Dick considered Northeast Oregon to be his second home. He had a great passion for nature, whether it be camping at Waldo Lake or working in his large backyard at home. Dick’s love for the Northwest began in the 1940s while spending his summers fighting fires in Northern California.

Dick loved baseball. He often attended games at the old Sportman’s Park in St. Louis while growing up. He became a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

He is survived by Lois, his beloved wife of 55 years; his three sons, Richard Jr. of La Grande, John and his wife, Sally, of Memphis, Tenn., and Phil and his wife, Kathryn, of Corvallis; his daughter, Anne Salazar and her husband, Steven, of Portland; and five grandchildren.

Dick’s family says he was a wonderful husband and father and will be missed by all.

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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