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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of November 3, 2011


Obituaries for the day of November 3, 2011

Doles, Hancock, Hulse, Rahn




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, memorrial 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



Ina G. Doles

La Grande


Ina Glee Doles, 73, of La Grande, died Oct. 26 at a local care center in La Grande. At the request of the family, there will be no services. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Ina was born June 22, 1938, in La Grande, the only child of Eugene Dale Wilmoth and Doris Loraine Harris Wilmoth. She graduated from Cove High School. On Feb. 22, 1959, she married Malin Marcellus Doles in Cove, and they became the parents of four children. The family moved to Washington before returning to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1963.

Her family says Ina was the homemaker, peacekeeper and bruise kisser of her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking and raising her kids. She loved to go on long hikes with her children and take them for swims in the local creek.

Surviving are her two sons, Craig Doles of Hermiston and Don Doles and his wife, Linda, of Foster; and her two grandchildren.

Ina was preceded in death by her husband, Malin, who died in 2009; her parents, Gene and Loraine; and her two daughters, DeeDee Doles and Dara Doles.


Peggy Ann Hancock



Peggy Ann Hancock, 50, of Elgin, died Oct. 30 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. A reception for family and friends will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin Community Center. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy was born April 27, 1961, in The Dalles to Duane and Geraldine (Berg) Reineccius. She graduated from The Dalles High School. Peggy was a resident of Elgin and was employed at the Elgin Foodtown grocery store. Peggy loved to ride her horse and care for her dogs. She was a member of the support team for the Elgin Fire Department.

Peggy is survived by her life partner, Ramiro Martinez; two children and their spouses, Jennifer and Bobby Goings of South Carolina and Clifford and Cassandra Hancock of South Carolina; her father, Duane Reineccius of Elgin; and her siblings and their spouses, Rod Reineccius of Salt Lake City, Paul Reineccius of The Dalles, Nancy Hjelm of Elgin, Pat and Stephanie Reineccius Cambridge, Ohio, Jim and Leona Reineccius of Oregon and Jeff Reineccius of Key West, Fla.; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Geraldine; her half brother, Alan Otto; and her nephew, Deland Hjelm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to assist the family with funeral expenses in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.


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 be held at the Elgin Cemetery at 9 a.m. Saturday. A memorial service will follow at the Elgin Christian Church at 10 a.m.

Gifford was born Sept. 9, 1922, the son of Hugh Clifton and Edna (Scott) Hulse in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and attended Eastern Oregon University before enlisting in the U.S. Army where he trained as a sniper and worked as a radar repairman. 

He married Betty Jane Hug on Oct. 5, 1942, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. After his honorable discharge, they made their home in Elgin.

Gifford farmed, owned and operated his own charter flying service and worked for Boise Cascade loading and unloading log trucks until his retirement. Betty preceded him in death in August 2003.

On Oct. 24, 2004, he married Mae (Hulburd) Wart in Elgin. He was a member of the Elgin Christian Church. He played virtually all stringed instruments including fiddle, violin, guitar and also harmonica and accordion. He dubbed his style of music “Humpty Didley!” He was a member of the Grange and the Blue Mountain Old-time Fiddlers and was a life member of the NRA. He enjoyed guns, flying, drawing and woodworking.

Survivors include his wife, Mae Hulse of Elgin; children, and their spouses, Ellen Green of Elgin, Rita and John Morrison of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Julia and Art Aylsworth of Yakima, Wash., Carolee and Paul Ratzlaff of Orland, Calif., and Jesse and Vanda Hulse of Simi Valley, Calif.; son-in-law Russ Green; stepdaughter and her husband, Aleta and Skip Melville of Enterprise; sister, Ruth Corriell of La Grande; brother, Lloyd Kermit Hulse of Portland; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Kenneth D. Rahn

Formerly of La Grande


Kenneth Darrel Rahn, 78, formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 29 after a six-year battle with cancer. Arrangements are by Dahl-McVicker Funeral Home.

A celebration of Ken’s life is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethany Lutheran Church, 2900 Parkview Drive in Longview, Wash. Burial will take place in La Grande.

He was born July 7, 1933, in his Grandma Chadwick’s small home in La Grande. Ken grew up in La Grande, graduated from La Grande High School and attended Eastern Oregon College.

Ken spent a number of his elementary school years attending a combined grade school at Mount Emily Logging Camp. Living at the logging camp was primitive and rustic with no electricity, running water or sewer available. The children hauled water in five-gallon metal milk cans for their daily use.

After high school, Ken worked for a short time with his dad building trails and doing other construction projects for the U.S. Forest Service. Ken later worked as a mechanic for Union Pacific Railroad in Portland and then as a mechanic for Harvey Aluminum in The Dalles. Ken was a self-taught engineer, studying math and engineering during layoffs from employment. He later landed a job as a chainman for the survey crew of the state of Oregon and was promoted to engineer. Ken later took a job with the city of Longview’s engineering department where he stayed until retiring in March 1995.

Ken’s favorite pasttimes included growing fruits and vegetables, fishing, coaching Little League baseball, following Oregon State University athletics, attending his grandchildren’s athletic events, telling stories to his children and grandchildren and spending time with his family.

Ken was preceded in death by his Grandma Chadwick; his parents, Raymond and Noni Rahn; a brother, Raymond Rahn; and a nephew, Ray Rahn.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart, Jacque “Marlene” Rahn, whom he married Nov. 21, 1951; three children and their spouses, Debra and Gene Zandi, Kevin and Diana Rahn and Kyle and Rebecca Rahn; a sister-in-law, Doris Rahn; a brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Colleen Rahn; a sister, Janice Davis; his grandchildren and their spouses; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Ken requested that memorial contributions be made to the St. John Foundation, P.O. Box 3002, Longview, WA 98632 to support the Lower Columbia Cancer Center.


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