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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of July 20, 2011


Obituaries for the day of July 20, 2011

Hinze, Thornton, Blanchard, Cupper, Hooey


July 22 — James Putnam, memorial service, 6 p.m., Riverside Memorial Park

July 22 — Florence Thornton, funeral service, 2 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, La Grande

July 23 — Harlan Johnson, memorial service with military honors, 2 p.m., Union Cemetery

July 24 — Reta Cupper, celebration of life, 1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Friendship Center, La Grande

July 28 — Eileen Sage, memorial service, 11 a.m., Union United Methodist Church

July 30 — Gerald Hinze, memorial service and dinner, 2 to 6 p.m., Tom McDowell Park, Elgin

Aug. 13 — Theodore Hooey, celebration of life, 3 p.m., American Legion Post 43, La Grande

Gerald L. Hinze


A memorial service for Gerald Leon Hinze, who died May 3, will run from 2 to 6 p.m. July 30 at Tom McDowell Park in Elgin. Dinner will follow. Family and friends are invited.

Gerald was 83 and lived in Elgin. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Florence Thornton

La Grande

A funeral service for Florence Thornton, who died July 19, will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Nazarene in La Grande.

Florence was 88 and lived in La Grande. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Marie Blanchard

Formerly of Elgin


Marie Blanchard, 92, formerly of Elgin, died peacefully July 16 in Portland. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln Memorial Park, 11801 SE Mt. Scott Blvd. in Portland.

She was born Nov. 19, 1918, to Ira and Henrietta Smith in Elgin. She graduated from high school there.

She married Robert Blanchard in 1936, and during WWII, they moved to Portland, where she lived until her death.

She loved to play golf and belonged to bridge clubs all her life. She was also an active member of P.E.O. She was a member of Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church where she was a long-time volunteer at its library.

Survivors include her son, Dr. Donald Blanchard, and daughter-in-law, Gladys; a brother, George Smith and his wife, Sharon; sister-in-law, Ruth Blanchard; brother-in-law, Walter Berger; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; sisters, Beulah and Florence; and brothers, Tom and Harry.

Memorial contributions may be made to Casey Eye Institute Oregon Health & Science University, 3375 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland 97239-4197.


Reta Mae Cupper

La Grande


Reta Mae Cupper, 91, of La Grande, died July 13 at a local care center. Her memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church Friendship Center in La Grande. Burial is planned for Aug. 28 at Monument Cemetery in Monument. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Reta was born Jan. 12, 1920, in Lexington to James Murdock Stubblefield and Mattie Martha Williams Stubblefield. She was raised in Monument and graduated from high school there.

On Jan. 13, 1938, she married Henry Adams Cupper and they lived on Cupper Canyon Ranch in Kimberly. They sold the ranch in 1964 and moved to La Grande where they purchased the Moon Motel. In 1976, they sold the motel and retired to their home on North Birch Street.

Reta was active in the Grange, home Extension and church. She served on an election board. She enjoyed bowling, sewing, stitchery, gardening, flowers, canning and playing piano in the family dance band. She received many prize ribbons at the county fair.

Surviving are her children, Sharon Batty of Vernonia, Hank Cupper of Portland and Jerry Cupper and his wife, Lana, of Kona, Hawaii; her sister-in-law, Cora Stubblefield; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Henry; her parents; one brother, George Stubblefield; her brother-in-law, Wayne Leathers; sister-in-law, Ethel Leathers; and her cousin, Norris Stubblefield.

Theodore W. Hooey


Theodore Walter Hooey, 77, of Starkey, died July 16 at St. Alphonsus in Boise, surrounded by family. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Aug. 13 at American Legion Post 43 in La Grande.

Theodore was the former post commander of American Legion Post 43 and was the current American Legion District 6 commander.

Survivors include his children, Kelli Hooey and Kevin Hooey; brothers, Steve Hooey and his wife, Myrna, and Norm Hooey and his wife, Renee; one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; and his girlfriend, Audrey Teixeira.

In lieu of flowers, Theodore would want memorial contributions to go to the local American Legion.

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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