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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of November 2, 2011


Obituaries for the day of November 2, 2011

Hulse, Clapper, Follett, Presley



Nov. 4 — George Follett, viewing, 4 to 6 p.m., Daniels-Knopp

Nov. 5 — George Follett, graveside service, 3 p.m., Pine Grove Cemetery, Elgin,

Nov. 4 — Gifford Hulse, viewing, 4 to 6 p.m., Daniels-Knopp

Nov. 5 — Gifford Hulse, graveside service, 9 a.m., Elgin Cemetery; memorial service, 10 a.m., Elgin Christian Church

Nov. 5 — Rebecca Draper, memorial service, 1 p.m., Christian Life Center, 1391 Alder St., Elgin

Nov. 5 — Dean Leroy Clapper, celebration of life, noon, Eagles Lodge, 1212 Jefferson Ave., La Grande,

Nov. 5 — Marilyn Cox, celebration of life, 2 p.m., North Powder elementary multi-purpose room; reception to follow, North Powder grange

Nov. 5 — Don Presley, memorial service with military honors, 2 p.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel

Nov. 5 — Hope Morman, services, 11 a.m., Grande Ronde Community Church, North Fir St., La Grande; burial, Island City Cemetery


Gifford S. Hulse


Gifford Scott Hulse, 89, of Elgin, died Oct. 31 at his home. Viewing will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. A graveside service will begin at

9 a.m. Saturday at the Elgin Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at the Elgin Christian Church at 10 a.m. A full obituary will be published later.



Dean Leroy Clapper

Formerly of La Grande


Dean Leroy Clapper, 79, formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 26 at home in Kuna, Idaho. A celebration of life is planned for noon Saturday in La Grande at the Eagles Lodge, 1212 Jefferson Ave.

Dean was born July 2, 1932, to Charles and Neva Clapper in Ainsworth, Neb. He was the youngest of nine children.

He served in the U.S. Navy; four years of that time was spent in Japan. For his service, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

He returned from the service and married Glenna Higley in 1961. He adopted two sons, Dale and Matt Clapper. After 11 years, the marriage ended in divorce.

Dean worked as a lineman in La Grande, and family says he was very influential on grandson Rory Anderson who recently completed lineman college.

In 1977, he married Maxine Shelton of La Grande and became father to three children, Dale, Shelley and Shane. He took up an interest in team roping and helped to build the existing Mavericks Team Roping Club. Dean spent endless hours in the arena assisting with team roping and roping with his son.

The family lived in La Grande until 1987 when he and Maxine moved to Nampa to manage the Hi-horse arena. From there they moved to Arizona and managed a trailer park, enjoying the winter weather. In 1992, they moved back to Idaho. After grandchildren arrived, he spent countless hours watching them compete in the rodeo arena and on the baseball field.

Those who knew him say he always had a story that would make anyone smile. Many of his stories stemmed from hunting and fishing trips with family and friends. He was a favorite at the local poker table. He had a zest for making new friends and talking them into playing cards or meeting his grandchildren, their choice.

Dancing was a favorite past-time. Up to a year ago, he could occasionally be found at Cowgirls in Kuna showing them “how it used to be done.”

As an American war history buff, he could recite facts about a variety of topics, from fighter planes to ships to subs on the war front.

Dean is survived by his wife, Maxine of Kuna; sons, Dale of Pilot Rock and Matt of Couer d’Alene, Idaho; stepsons, Dale Parker of Payton, Colo., and Shane Bartlome (Dianna) of Kuna; stepdaughter, Shelley of Ashland; brothers, Don (Bonnie) of Ellensburg, Wash., and Dale of Pasco; 11 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Youth rodeo played a large part in Dean’s life. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Idaho High School Rodeo District 2, 15274 Lake Ave., Nampa, ID 83651.



George O. Follett

Formerly of Elgin


George O. Follett, 82, of Walla Walla and formerly of Elgin, died Oct. 29 in Walla Walla. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Elgin. Viewing will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. A full obituary will be published later.

George was born Jan. 1, 1929, in La Grande. His parents were Jay Follett and Florence Follett (Hug). George attended the Pine Grove school in the Elgin area and later the Elgin school where he graduated from the eighth grade.

George served in the U.S. Army with Company C, 224th Regiment of the 40th Infantry Division. He was wounded in action in what is now North Korea on Feb. 10, 1952, and received the Purple Heart. He was also awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Japan Occupational Medal and Korean Service Medal with Bronze Service Star. This was mostly referred to as the Korean conflict, but according to George, it wasn’t a conflict, but a war.

George met Norma Follett (Tribett) while recuperating in a military hospital in Portland in which she served as a nurse. They later married. They had four sons, Boyd, Lyle, Mark and Bret. George and Norma divorced in 1974.

George worked in different sawmills until the early 1960s. He bought the family ranch from his father and operated it until he retired in 1991 when he sold the ranch to his son, Boyd. The ranch in

2006 was recorded and recognized as a Century Ranch operation.

George was involved with the family ranch and farming operation his entire life in Elgin out on Cricket Flat in the Pine Grove district on the breaks of the Minam River. George married Gerry Parsons in 1977.

When he retired in 1991, he and Gerry moved to Elgin and enjoyed their retirement years by traveling with their RVs to numerous places in the United States and Canada. In 2007, when he became ill and needed health care on a frequent basis, he and Gerry moved to the Walla Walla area.

George was a member of the Elgin Stampeders as well as past president and honorary grand marshal for the Elgin Stampede in 2005. George was a member of the BPOE Enterprise chapter and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

George is survived by his wife, Gerry Follett of Walla Walla; sons and their spouses, Boyd and Sheree Follett of Elgin, Lyle and Heidi Follett of Elgin and Bret and Shannon Follett of Mead, Wash.; stepsons, Lennie and Shaun Parsons of Everett, Wash., and Ron and Janice Parsons of Elgin; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins; brother, Roger Follett of Elgin; and sister, Betty and her husband, Larry Thompson, of Elgin.

Preceding George in death were his son, Mark Follett; great-granddaughter Emma Shaffer; parents, Jay and Florence Follett; brothers, Warren and Claude Follett; and sister, Rita Hindman.



Donovan ‘Don’ Presley

Island City


Donovan “Don” Dwayne Presley, 78, of Island City, died Oct. 31 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. His memorial service with military honors will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Don was born Oct. 5, 1933, in Jamieson to Clifford “Pete” Presley and B. Maxine (Lawrence) Presley.

He graduated from Huntington High School and married Joanne Johnston. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on Oct. 4.

Don served his country in the U.S. Army Airborne in the Korean War. He was a long-time employee of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Don enjoyed hunting fishing, golf and traveling. His greatest enjoyment was doing all those things with his family. He was a member of the Elks Club and the La Grande Country Club.

Surviving are his wife, Joanne; his children and their spouses, Albin and Christy Presley of La Grande, Raymond and Lori Presley of Portland and Jayme Presley and her spouse, William Schappert, of Pendleton; two brothers, John Presley of Richland and Garald “Sonny” Presley of La Grande; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 14 nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Maxine; and his sister, Cherly Charas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande Country Club Junior Golf Program, the La Grande Veterans Clinic or the Grande Ronde Community Church Love Fund in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.


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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