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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of November 23, 2011


Obituaries for the day of November 23, 2011

Roudebush, Hempel, Kearns, Myer, Turley



Nov. 25 — Frederick Stockhoff, viewing, 4 to 6 p.m., Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center

Nov. 26 — Frederick Stockhoff, celebration of life, 11 a.m., Presbyterian Friendship Center Dec. 31 — Lenore Bigler, celebration of life, 1 to 4 p.m., North Powder Grange hall


Harold G. Roudebush

La Grande

Harold Gene Roudebush, 79, of La Grande, died Nov. 22 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. His memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.


Elbert E. Hempel

Formerly of La Grande


Elbert Emery Hempel, 71, of Hermiston and formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 16 from complications of lung cancer at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash. Currently, no services have been planned. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Elbert was born July 14, 1940, in Woodburn to Frank Dwight Hempel and Eleanor Sinclair Burton Hempel. He was raised in Banks and attended Banks High School where he was the star quarterback for the football team. He was active in FFA and received many awards.

After graduation, he attended Eastern Oregon State College. Elbert served four years in the United States Navy. He was a boiler man on the USS Princeton and the USS Cabildo. He served in the Vietnam War and participated in the nuclear bomb testing in the Pacific.

On April 13, 1963, he married Judith Ann Gustafson, and they became the parents of six children. Judy and Elbert divorced in 1986.

Elbert was employed with the Union Pacific Railroad. He lived in several places throughout the West, including Long Beach, Calif., Portland, Cornelius and Enterprise. He was a master builder and constructed his own H.O. model railroad system. He was a member of the Model Railroad Association.

He enjoyed skiing, hiking and camping with his family. In 1966, with his daughter Monica on his back, he and his wife, Judy, climbed to the summit of Mount St. Helens, years before the volcano erupted.

Elbert is survived by his children and their spouses, Monica and Bret Bird of Meridian, Idaho, Mark and Linda Hempel of Otis, Eric and Amy Hempel of Klamath Falls, Brian Hempel of La Grande, Krista and Joe Secl of La Grande and Kari and Dustin Countryman of La Grande; siblings, Eva Harris of Meridian, Eugene Hempel of Rufus, Erma Hereford of Palm Springs, Calif., Bob White of Ilwaco, Wash., Dale Montgomery of Forks, Wash., and Jim Genzer and his wife, Laurie, of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; 17 grandchildren; 16 nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Judy Patrick.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Eleanor; and his brother, David Page.


William R. ‘Bill’ Kearns

Formerly of La Grande


William R. “Bill” Kearns, 60, of Clackamas and formerly of La Grande and Lane County, died Oct. 23 of complications from multiple sclerosis. A memorial service was held Nov. 21 in La Grande. Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes in Happy Valley was in charge of the arrangements.

He was born Jan. 19, 1951, in Dickenson, N.D., to James and Bonnie Rutherford Kearns. He graduated from La Grande High School. He worked as a welder for Itel Rail.

Survivors include his mother; two daughters, Jill Shaw of Clackamas and Tina Kearns of La Grande; a sister, Karolyn McMillan of Pendleton; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland.


Dee Ann Myer

La Grande


Dee Ann Woodward Smutz Myer, 80, of La Grande, died Nov. 21 at home with her family by her side. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Gekeler Lane. A viewing for family and friends will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the church prior to service. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Dee Ann was born Jan. 1, 1931, to Ernest B. and Sara M. (Haslam) Woodward in Baker. She was raised in Baker until her family moved to La Grande in 1944. Dee Ann graduated from La Grande High School in 1949.

She married Walter Smutz on Nov. 12, 1949. Walter died May 10, 1996. Dee Ann married Robert Myer on July 22, 2002.

Dee Ann started a business in 1965 with Linda Strand called the Bridal Aisle that made custom wedding dresses. She was a seamstress.

In the fall of 1967, Dee Ann began her college education at Eastern Oregon State College. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in education in 1971, and began her 20-year teaching career at the Ackerman Lab School. She was awarded the “Super Teacher” award in the 1988-89 school year. Dee Ann also graduated with her master’s degree from Central Washington University at Ellensburg in 1974.

Her favorite activities were genealogy, sewing, traveling, quilting and playing games with her family. She was a member of the Relief Society, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, the La Grande Historical Society and the Beta Theta Sorority and Zeta Sorority.

Dee Ann is survived by her husband, Robert; three children, Charles George Smutz of Fairbanks, Alaska, Walter Paul Smutz of Atlanta and Alan Joseph Smutz and his wife, Katherine, of Pendleton; brother, Ernest Ray Woodward and his wife, Nancy, of Maple Valley, Wash.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter I. Smutz; and her parents, Ernest and Sara.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the La Grande Historical Society in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.


Richard ‘Dick’ Turley

Formerly of La Grande


Richard “Dick” Hamilton Turley, 70, of Nampa, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande, Portland and Vancouver, died Nov. 20. A celebration of life service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Dick was born July 1, 1941, in La Grande. He graduated from Eastern Oregon State College where he was a star athlete in basketball and track.

In 1968, Dick married the love of his life, Maralee, and they went on to raise five children together. Dick worked as a real estate agent and broker before retiring and settling in Nampa.

He loved spending time with his family while camping, hunting, fishing and golfing. Dick was an active member of Christian Faith Center. Those who knew him say he had a great sense of humor.

His is survived by his wife, Maralee (Croissant); children, Greg, Anna (Chris), Richard (Amy), Fred (Viki) and John (Shelley); grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.


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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