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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of October 18, 2011

Obituaries for the day of October 18, 2011

Bangs, Hansell, Tippett, King

LOCAL FUNERALS AND VISITATIONS

Oct. 21 — Mike Hansell, service, 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, La Grande

Oct. 22 — Jim Rhyne, memorial service, 11 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gekeler

 


Gary Bangs

Union

1941-2011


Gary Bangs, 69, of Union, died Oct. 11 in La Grande after a long battle against colon cancer. A graveside service will be held later.

Gary was born Nov. 13, 1941, in Portland to Carl F. Bangs and Ora Belle Bangs. He lived in Myrtle Point as a young child, but spent most of his childhood up through high school in Redmond. He became a meat cutter by trade, first at Safeway Stores. He was later an independent meat cutter and owner of Quality Meats in Klamath Falls and Bonanza Meats in Bonanza.

In 1981, Gary married his present wife, Rita. He worked at various stores in Oregon and Northern California. For 13 years, he worked as a meat manager for Fred Meyer Stores in the Portland area.

In 2002, he moved to Eastern Oregon and worked for Shop N Kart in La Grande until that business closed. In addition to cutting meat and processing wild game, he made sausages, smoked hams and could butcher in the field.

Gary was a member of the Baptist Church in Union. He was a past member of Klamath County Sheriff’s Posse and Search and Rescue.

He participated in endurance races in Southern Oregon, and for the last 30 years had been involved in showing and raising quarter horses. He loved fishing, and watching television shows that involved mystery and police work. He loved John Grisham novels and Dick Francis’ books.

Gary is survived by his wife, Rita; their daughter, Brandi; two older daughters by a previous marriage, Kris Gelbart and Mya Carter, both of San Diego; a stepdaughter, Brenda Clayton of Portland; five grandchildren; and one niece and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry; and granddaughter, Hannah.

Memorial contributions may be made to help defray medical expenses at Sterling Saving Bank or Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.

 

 


 

Mike Hansell

La Grande

1949-2011


Mike Hansell, 62, of La Grande, died Oct. 12. A service in his honor will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of La Grande, 1702 Sixth St. A lunch will follow.

Mike was born May 28, 1949, in Baker City to Del and Teen Hansell. He was the first of seven children. He attended school in La Grande with the Class of 1967. He began his career as a radio personality in 1969, and was most known for his humorous antics, earning him the name “Mad Mike” on KCMB.

Mike was the founder of the La Grande chapter of Oregon Green Free. He was “el presidente pro tem.” Mike’s passion for music and entertaining was vast but those who knew him say his true love was for his girls and his favorite grandson, Chevy Michael.

His family says his caring nature was admirable and obvious at a young age beginning with his siblings and continuing with the care of his disabled daughter, Nikkole.

He is survived by his mother, Teen Hansell of La Grande; brother, Scott Hansell of Albany; sisters, Pattie Nagy of La Grande, Betty Trotter of Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho, and Ginny Lambert of Las Vegas; daughters, Wendy Hansell, Mykel “Trykel” Hansell, Dany “Sunshine Kid” Hansell and Nikkole “Dudaloo” Hansell; two grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Del Hansell; his two brothers, Wally and David Hansell; and his nephew, Kris Owen.

 


 
Beverly Mae Tippett

Enterprise

1926-2011


Beverly Mae (Wagner) Tippett, 85, of Enterprise, died Oct. 12 at home. A service was held Oct. 17 at Enterprise Christian Church with the Rev. Craig Holmes officiating. Private burial will be held later at Enterprise Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 22, 1926, to Virgil and Helen Wagner in Enterprise. She lived her entire life in Wallowa County.

She loved gardening, cooking and caring for others.

Beverly graduated from Enterprise High School in 1944. She married Wilfred Daggett in 1945 and began cooking for 37 men in logging camps. In 1952, Bev moved to Enterprise to become a homemaker and assist in the family business. In 1954, she had a son, David, followed by a daughter, Joyce, in 1956.

Beverly Mae was active in several community organizations including Girl Scouts, Elks, VFW Auxiliary, Eastern Star, Soroptimist Club and the Enterprise Christian Church.

She loved to cook. Her specialities were canning, baking cakes and pickling. She did Swedish embroidery and was a seamstress.

After her divorce in 1974, Bev worked as a real estate agent and bank teller. In 1991, she married Fred Tippett. The next 20 years, they enjoyed traveling and recreational activities, spending winter months in Arizona as her health permitted.

Bev is survived by her husband, Fred; sister, Dorothy and her husband, Dick Hammack, of Enterprise; son, David Daggett and his wife, Mia, and their daughter; daughter, Joyce Raymond of San Diego and her children; step-children, Karen Rinehart and her husband, Joe, of Joseph, Fred Tippett and his wife, Zinta, of Snohomish, Wash., Wanda and her husband, Joe Torres, of Seattle, and Deana and her husband, Tim Albers of Sultan, Wash.; 12 step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepson, Paul Tippett; and four step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

 



Thelma L. King

La Grande


Thelma Louise King, 69, of La Grande and formerly of Payette, Idaho, died Oct. 17 at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. Services and arrangements are pending with Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette, Idaho.

 



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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