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Obituaries for the day of November 8, 2011
Bangs, Culver, Downing
LOCAL FUNERALS AND VISITATIONS
Nov. 8 — Carol Phillips, memorial service, 2 p.m., Wallowa Christian Church
Nov. 12 — Vera Culver, 10 a.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel
Nov. 12 — Ross Downing, noon, VFW Hall, Enterprise
Gary was 69 and lived in Union. Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home helped with arrangements.
Ross C. Downing
A memorial service will begin at noon Saturday at the VFW Hall in Enterprise. He will be buried at Enterprise Cemetery next to his son, Michael.
He was born Sept. 10, 1922, in the Leap area of Wallowa County. His parents were Bill Downing and Ethel Fisher Downing, both of Leap.
Ross was an honored and decorated veteran of WWII on the Navy ship LSM59, serving in both Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He said he was the man who carried the film for the famous Iwo Jima photograph, “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.”
He was a lifetime member of the Good Sam Club, the VFW and the American Legion. He worked for many years at the Enterprise school, and for Petrolane Oil Co. He was also a mill worker in both Enterprise and Wallowa. He worked for the Oregonian for 10 years.
Ross was a passionate hunter, fisher and camper, when his health allowed it.
Ross survived two triple bypass heart surgeries, in 1971 and 2000, but did not survive a blood clot surgery in early October.
Ross Downing and his wife, Murna Noregaard, were married 66 years. They married on July 26, 1945, while on survivors leave after his ship was struck and sank in Iwo Jima. They were married in the Noregaard home in Enterprise.
The couple spent many retirement years vacationing in Arizona during the winter months.
He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Lynn Downing.
He is survived by his wife, Murna; son, Clark and his wife, Suzannah Downing; two granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; sister, Edith and her husband, Bud; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to any charity.