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Obituaries for the day of June 10, 2011
Shaffer, Red, Ware
LOCAL FUNERALS AND VISITATIONS
June 11 — Merton Wade, memorial services, 11 a.m., Lostine Cemetery
June 25 — Edward Wheaton, memorial service, 3 p.m., La Grande Country Club
July 9 — Alice Eft, celebration of life, 4 p.m., lower Catherine Creek State Park, Union
Formerly of La Grande
He was born in La Grande in 1930. Gene joined the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He met the love of his life, Evelyn, on Canal Street in New Oreleans in 1948. The two married in 1949 and were together for nearly 60 years.
After serving in the Navy, Gene settled with Evelyn in Belle Chasse, La., in 1955 and remained there in the home he built until 2005. At that time, the couple moved to Moundville to be near their children. Gene spent 40 years as an auto body repairman and retired in 1995. After retirement, he bought an airplane and pursued his pilot’s license. He took his solo flight in late 1997. Evelyn rode along on a flight around Plaquemines Parish.
Gene was preceded in death by his mother, Zelma; father, James; brothers, James and Eugene; sister, Donna; wife, Evelyn; and granddaugther, Crystal.
Survivors include his daughters, Karen Hunter and her husband, Herman, Robin Watkins and her husband, Barry, and Sheri Tillie and her husband, John; son, Terry Red and his wife, Tracy; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Formerly of Elgin
She was born March 14, 1920, to Nile Erastus and Ella Bell (Sears) Bennett at Hillsboro. She was raised in Hillsboro. In 1936, she married Harold Wallace there. They moved to Stanfield and then to Elgin in 1945. They lived in Elgin until 1965 when they moved back to Stanfield. Blanche and Harold divorced and she married Gerald Ware on Feb. 26, 1973, in Walla Walla, Wash.
They lived in Stanfield and in Hermiston until Gerald died in 2002. Blanche attended the Church of Christ in Hermiston. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, puzzles and visiting the coast.
She is survived by son, Wayne and his wife, Trula Wallace, of Summerville; a niece; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Wallace in 1975 and Gerald Ware in 2002; and sister, Lovell Carter in 2008.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 1050 W. Elm Ave., Suite 220, Hermiston 97838.