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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of July 21, 2011


Obituaries for the day of July 21, 2011

Brog, Gooder, Shaver


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 — Marian ‘Billy’ Brog, funeral service, 2 p.m., LDS Stake Center, Gekeler Lane

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 25 — James ‘Larry’ Shaver, celebration of life, 1 p.m., Joseph Methodist Church

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

Marian ‘Billy’ Brog

La Grande


Marian “Billy” Christensen Brog, 91, of La Grande, died July 14 in Rexburg, Idaho. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the LDS Stake Center on Gekeler Lane. Daniels-Knopp is in charge of arrangements.

She was born Jan. 23, 1920, in Arco, Idaho. She was the daughter of Marion Martin “Chris” and Wilda Stone Christensen. She lived the first six years of her life in several places in Idaho and in Bend. When Billy was 6, her parents moved to La Grande, where Chris opened a grocery store, Chris’s Foods.

Billy graduated from La Grande High School in 1938 and attended the University of Oregon. While she was there, she was inducted into Mortarboard (an academic honorary) and was Phi Beta Kappa. She was a member of Alphi Chi Omega sorority. She graduated with an education degree in 1942.

Billy worked at the State Department of Education in Salem and at Whitman College in Walla Walla, and then returned home to La Grande to work as assistant registrar at Eastern Oregon College for several years.

She married Edward Wayne Brog, son of Albert and Ella Steeby Brog, of La Grande, on Sept. 10, 1949. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on June 14, 1968. They were married for 60 years.

Ed and Billy are the parents of two daughters, Molly Jane Brog of La Grande and Ann Christen Brog Hartvigsen of Rexburg, Idaho. Their son-in-law is M. Kip Hartvigsen and they have several grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Billy was a full-time stay-at-home mother and homemaker, and she said she was very happy in that role. She said nothing made her happier than her family and they were her priority. And if being a mother was a happy experience for her, being a grandmother and great-grandmother made her life complete, she said.

She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout her life and served in the Jr. Sunday School, Sunday School, MIA and Relief Society. She was La Grande Second Ward Relief Society president and on the LDS Stake Relief Society Board.

Contributions may be made to the LDS Family History Center in La Grande.

Perry D. Gooder

Formerly of La Grande


Perry D. Gooder, 53, formerly of La Grande, died July 14. Buell Chapel in Eugene is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born in 1953 in Seattle to George and Anna Gooder of La Grande.

Perry spent two years in the Navy then came to La Grande to attend Eastern Oregon State College where he earned a degree in biology. He worked for Fish and Wildlife in Union County and eventually took a job with a commercial fishing company out of Seattle as an observer and quality control officer on fishing boats out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

He later studied and received a certificate from Microsoft in computers and in 2004 was employed by Symentec in Springfield until his death.

In 2004, he married Loretta Haggerty and they had a son, Liam. Perry is also survived by his parents, George and Anna Gooder of La Grande; brothers, Paul and his wife, Sue, of Columbia, Md., and Jeff Gooder of Missoula, Mont.; half-brother, Glenn Courchaine and his wife, Mamie, of Gardner, Mass.; one nephew; several cousins; and one aunt.

James ‘Larry’ Shaver



James Larkin “Larry” Shaver, 70, of Enterprise, died July 12 at his home with his wife at his side after a long illness. A celebration of life will begin at

1 p.m. Monday at Joseph Methodist Church. A Masonic service will be included.

He was born March 31, 1941, to Clarence and Irene (Staggs) Shaver. He went to barber school in Spokane in 1965.

He married Glennis (Ensminger) Hughey in 1963. They divorced in 1974. They had two sons, Brian and Jim Shaver.

On July 11, 1981, he married Robin Vincent. They were married for 30 years. They adopted two children in 1991: siblings Tasha and Peter Shaver.

He lived in Enterprise most of his life but also lived in Auburn, Wash., and worked at Boeing on airplanes.

He worked at Wallowa Lake State Park and worked on the ranch for Malcolm and Jim Dawson. He also drove truck for Leonard Knight. He moved to Lancaster, Pa., in 1986 and worked construction. He returned to Wallowa County in 1987 and worked in Hermiston for a local union until he quit because of health issues.

He was a member of the Joseph Masonic Lodge 81 and the Methodist Church in Joseph.

He liked to fish, hunt, camp and read a lot.

He is survived by his wife, Robin of Enterprise; daughter, Tasha of Enterprise; and son, Peter of Portland; sister, Beverly Jean and her husband, Mike Hambelton of Kennewick; sons, Brian and his wife, Michelle Shaver, of Vancouver, Wash., and Jim and his wife, Amber Shaver, of Vancouver; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Alena JoAnne Shaver, who died in 1983.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an account that has been set up at Community Bank to help the family pay for funeral expenses. Or, send contributions to Bollman Funeral Home.



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