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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of November 16, 2011


Obituaries for the day of November 16, 2011

Collins, Droschkey, Hoyt, Critchlow, Greenough



Nov. 18 — Shirley Droschkey, graveside service, 2 p.m., Cove Cemetery

Nov. 19 — Frank Hoyt, memorial service, 11 a.m., Union Baptist Church

Nov. 19 — Glenn Greenough, celebration of life, 11 a.m., Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center


Myrna Collins


Myrna Collins, 83, of Elgin, died Nov. 14 at a local care center. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.


Shirley Droschkey



Shirley Droschkey, 87, of Cove, died Nov. 3 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Cove Cemetery. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley was born Feb. 11, 1924, to Albert and Ruth (Fult) Brazelle in La Grande. After graduating from high school, she went on to Oregon State University where she graduated with a degree in business administration in 1946. On Nov. 18, 1948, she married William Russell Droschkey in Cove. She taught business courses at Cove School from September 1957 until June 1971.

Shirley was treasurer for the Cove Public Library for more than 20 years and was treasurer for the Cove Cemetery for 40 years. She and her husband raised horses and mules. Their favorite dog breed was Airedales.

Her husband preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 2006.

She is survived by various family members.


Franklin R. Hoyt



Franklin Richard Hoyt, 99, of Union, died Nov. 14 at a local care center. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Union Baptist Church. Private burial will be at the Union cemetery.

Franklin was born Sept. 25, 1912, to Silas and Eunice (Flanders) Hoyt in Norton County, Kan. In 1934, during the Depression, he headed West looking for work and ended up in Oregon near La Grande.

On July 17, 1937, he married Emma Mary Payne in Payette, Idaho. Their first home was near Hilgard, where they lived from 1937 through 1941 and where Jim and Dan were born. They moved to High Valley near Union in 1941 and lived there until 1945. Then they moved down on Catherine Creek seven miles east of Union.

Frank worked for many years at Pondosa as a fireman on their railroad and then in the mill. After the Pondosa mill closed, Frank worked various other jobs until his retirement in 1974. He was a Master Gardener and gave away food to family, friends, strangers and the senior center.

He was an active member of the First Baptist Church at Union where he served several terms as a deacon. He was also involved with Awanas and New Tribes Missions.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Jim and Sandra Hoyt of The Dalles, Dan and Linda Hoyt of Union, Shaun Hoyt of Veneta, Hilda Marquez of Tri-Cities and Lora and Willis McClammy of Pendleton; brother, Kenneth Hoyt of Union; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma; three brothers; and three sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Baptist Church in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.


Georgene Critchlow

Formerly of La Grande


Georgene Gietlhuber Critchlow, 89, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 9 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Pendleton after suffering complications from an earlier heart attack.

Georgene was born in 1922 in Portland and was raised in La Grande. She was the youngest of five girls born to John and Lina Gietlhuber of La Grande.

Georgene lived in Pendleton for most of her life. She taught third grade at Lincoln School in Pendleton for 45 years and said she loved every minute of it.

Georgene was married to Glenn Critchlow for more than 50 years. He was a retiree of the Pendleton Postal Service and served in the military in World War II. They met soon after.

Georgene is survived by her four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her daughter, Mari Ann Critchlow Cook.


Glenn H. Greenough



Glenn Howard Greenough, 81, a lifetime resident of Perry, died Nov. 14 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande.

Glenn was born Nov. 10, 1930, to Louis Ellsworth and Erna Karen (Neilsen) Greenough in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Lorene Taylor on June 3, 1951. They made their home in Perry, and he worked for Boise Cascade for 44 years.

Glenn was a member of the La Grande Country Club and the Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed snowmobiling, golfing, hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, gardening and woodworking. He enjoyed spending the winters with his “Arizona friends” for the past 14 years. He loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his son, Bruce Greenough of La Grande; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Carla Greenough of La Grande; granddaughters; nine great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Stan and Lavina Greenough; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene in 2001; an infant sister, Juanita; and brother, Jack Greenough.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Impact 100 of Union County in care of Daniels-Knopp.


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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