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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of September 13, 2011

Obituaries for the day of September 13, 2011

Kemp, Boothman, Bruce, Linde


Sept. 17 — Flora Russell, graveside service, 2 p.m., Union Cemetery

Sept. 24 — Hobert Nelson, service, 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, 1701 Sixth St., La Grande

Sept. 25 — Star Longley, celebration of life gathering, 4 p.m., pow wow grounds, Wallowa; potluck to follow

Sept. 25 — Allan Linde, potluck celebration, 2 p.m., 62851 Philynda Loop, Island City

Oct. 1 — Gladys Nobles, celebration of life, 3 p.m., Enterprise Elks Lodge; dinner to follow

Wiley B. Kemp

La Grande

Wiley B. Kemp, 90, a resident of La Grande, died Sept. 9 in a La Grande care center.

Arrangements are pending and a full obituary will be available later. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

Jeffrey R. Boothman

La Grande


Jeffrey Robert Boothman, 53, of La Grande, died Sept. 8 at his residence with his family at his side. His graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Elgin Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeff was born April 19, 1958, in La Grande, to Richard Anthony Boothman and Jean McCrae Rau. He attended schools in La Grande, Union and Othello, Wash. He loved playing football in high school. Jeff lived in many places throughout his life, most recently in Milton-Freewater and La Grande. He was a logger by trade and he operated heavy equipment in the mines throughout Nevada.

Jeff loved fishing, hunting and picking huckleberries with his dog, Ozzy. He spent every moment he could with his grandchildren. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

Jeff is survived by his long-time companion, Sheila and her children; his mother, Jean Rau of Monmouth; his stepmother, Linda Boothman of Othello, Wash.; his siblings, Tant Boothman Jr. of Othello, Wash., Debra Crisp of Merlin, Ray Rau of Monmouth, Chuck Rau of Elgin, Johnna Sheedy of Milton-Freewater and David Boothman of Othello; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Goar Rau.

At the request of the family, a memorial fund has been set up to assist Sheila Romine with her children’s future education. Checks may be made to Sheila Romine in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.


Charles ‘Ralph’ Bruce

Island City


Charles “Ralph” Bruce, 84, of Island City, died Sept. 2 at a local care center with family at his side. A service will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Canyon City Cemetery followed by a reception at the Outpost Restaurant. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph was born Aug. 12, 1927, to Arvalee and Golden Lucille (Thompson) Bruce in Aldridge, Mo. The family later moved to John Day where he played on the 1944 championship football team. He graduated from Grant Union High School in John Day with the Class of 1945.

He served with the U.S. Navy in both the Pacific Theatre and the Atlantic Theatre in the post-war clean-up.

On Jan. 12, 1947, he married Braddie May Laughlin in Canyon City. He worked as an engineer for the Forest Service in Ukiah and Glenwood Springs, Colo., and Avery, Idaho, before working in Fairbanks, Alaska, for the Army Corp of Engineers. After his retirement they returned to Canyon City where he was active with the Masonic Lodge, serving as Master twice. He was also active with the Shriners, Scottish Rite Masons, Eastern Star and the Elks Lodge.

He served as mayor of Dayville from 1992-1993. He was a member of the Episcopal Church.

In 1996, they moved to the Grande Ronde Valley. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, traveling to Yuma and Quartzite and visiting with his friends.

Braddie preceded him in death on Jan. 10, 2008.

On June 9, 2009, he married Constance “Connie” Ott Abell in Elgin.

Survivors include his wife, Connie of Island City; children and their spouses, Craig and Joan Bruce of Bend, Sandy and Gene Rysdam of Elgin and Shiela Bruce of Bend; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Shriner’s Hospital in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.

Allan W. Linde

La Grande


Allan Wayne Linde, 48, of La Grande, died Sept. 2 at his residence with his family by his side. A potluck celebration of life for Allan will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at 62851 Philynda Loop off of Buchanan Lane in Island City.

Allan was born Sept. 25, 1962, in Norwalk, Calif., to Gordon Stanley and Diane Mae (Olson) Linde. He was raised in Buena Park, Calif., with his family. He later moved to Baker City where he lived for several years and then he moved to La Grande.

He enjoyed bow-hunting, camping, fishing and watching his favorite football team, the Oakland Raiders. He especially loved NASCAR — his favorites were Dale Sr. and Jr.

Allan was an avid member of the Grande Ronde Hospital American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team. He walked in honor of cancer patients everywhere until he could no longer due to his own health issues. However, he remained supportive on the sidelines.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Linde of La Grande; his children, Cherish Drake-Linde of Baker City, Blake Nelson of Sacramento, Calif., and Heather, George, Chelsea, Faith and Jaxon Middleton, all of La Grande; baby daughter, Allie Mae Linde of La Grande; brother, Mike Linde of Ogden, Utah; sister, Vicki Rasmussen of Youngstown, Fla.; brothers, Kevin Linde of Baker City and Robert Linde of Baker City; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his aunt, Olivia Linde; his parents, Gordon and Diane Linde; his fraternal grandparents, Herman and Ann Linde; and his maternal grandparents, Elmer and Esther Olson.

Monetary donations may be made in memory of Allan W. Linde to the American Cancer Society in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.

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