Obituaries for the day of September 14, 2011
Gray, Vanderpool, Bonner, Boothman
LOCAL FUNERALS AND VISITATIONS
Sept. 17 — Flora Russell, graveside service, 2 p.m., Union Cemetery
Sept. 17 — Jeffrey Boothman, graveside service, 1 p.m., Elgin 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
June H. Gray
A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.
William ‘Bill’ Bonner
William “Bill” Osborn Bonner was born July 28, 1955, in Bakersfield, Calif., to David and Essie (Adamson) Bonner. Bill was raised in Bakersfield and went to high school there until the death of his father. At that time, he had a choice to live with relatives or join the Navy. At 16 1/2, his uncle took him to the recruiters and he enlisted in the Navy.
Bill was proud to serve his country for four years. When he was honorably discharged, Bill began working as a carpet installer and did so until he moved to Baker City in 2001.
Bill enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time on the computer. He enjoyed taking his bulldog, Sugar, for her daily walks around town.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Bonner; brother, Ricky in 1983; brother, Troy Lee (who was 2 years old at time of death); and sister, Mancie Faye in 1956.
Bill is survived by his wife, Maria; mother, Essie; son, William Jr.; three grandchildren; brothers, David and his wife, Dawn Kennedy, of Baker City, James Franklin Bonner of Jacksonville, Fla., and Kenneth Swint of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Regina Bonner of Kansas City, Mo.; and two nieces and several nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to help defray funeral services through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543 Halfway, OR 97834.
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; Jeff’s six children; his mother, Jean Rau of Monmouth; father and step-mother, Tant and 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, donations to help with expenses would be appreciated. Checks may be made to Sheila Romine and sent to Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.