Obituaries for the day of September 16, 2011
Jensen, Kemp, Gray, O'Mohundro, Vanderpool
LOCAL FUNERALS AND VISITATIONS
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
A memorial Mass will be held at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton at 11 a.m. Sept. 23, followed by a reception dinner at the church. Those who knew him may sign the online register book or send condolences to www.burnsmortuuary.com.
Wiley was born Oct. 23, 1920, in Ashe County, N.C. He was the fifth child of nine born to Joseph A. and Candace V. (Richardson) Kemp. In the 1930s, he came west with his brothers, John and Ellis. He herded sheep in Wallowa County and at one time built fence for Walter Brennan.
He worked at the shipyards in Portland during WWII. He was a welder and machinist at the Umatilla Army Depot. He was a barber at the O.K. Barber Shop in La Grande for 25 years.
He always had time to go hunting, fishing and enjoy the outdoors. His family says they will always remember his stories about hunting and fishing and more.
He married Blanche Elaine Pound on Dec. 19, 1942.
Wiley is survived by his wife, Blanche Elaine Kemp of La Grande; sons, John Thomas Kemp of Lewiston, Idaho, James Allen Kemp of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Michael Mark Kemp of La Grande; as well as four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to any charity in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.
June H. Gray
June was born June 25, 1923, in Elgin to Elsie and Leonard Parsons. She attended school and graduated from Elgin High School in 1938. In March of 1942, she married John Holowitz. Their daughter, Jana, was born while John was serving his country in Italy during World War II. He was killed in action in 1944.
June and Jana continued to live in Elgin where June met and later married Gerald Gray. They married Aug. 3, 1957, and spent their honeymoon at Wallowa Lake. That remained a favorite vacation spot year after year, where they were often joined by family.
June and Gerald moved to North Powder in 1963, with their two young children, Sheri and Jerry, while Jana was at college. June worked side by side with her husband, ranching, farming, building the Gray Ranch, keeping the books and raising their family. She was later employed at Wells Fargo Bank in Baker City for a number of years.
Their family has grown to 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, many of whom have spent their summers working and playing on the ranch with June and Gerald at the center of the family. Family members continue to be drawn to the ranch, enjoying the country lifestyle and fun in the hill pasture. June will be remembered for many things, including her kindness, generous heart, beautiful flowers and endless garden.
June is survived by her loving husband, Gerald; her children, Jana Troester of Portland, Sheri Brandenburg of Kennewick, Wash., and Jerry Gray of North Powder; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Dorothy C. O’Mohundro
Services will be held at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center on Monday at 2 p.m. Entombment will follow at the Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum.
Dorothy was born Aug. 16, 1927, at home in North Powder to Gerald Leslie Petersen and Lula Adeline Davis Petersen. Dorothy married Lewis Roy O’Mohundro on Jan. 1, 1949, by Reverend Clarence Kopp at the Episcopal Church in La Grande.
Dorothy graduated from North Powder High School. She went on to receive her junior college degree of education at Eastern Oregon College of Education in 1947, a bachelor’s of science in education at Eastern Oregon College of Education in 1953 and a master’s of science in education from Eastern Oregon in August 1964. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gama, OEA and NEA.
Dorothy taught in Ordinance for three years, Union for 12 years and La Grande at Greenwood for two years and Riveria for 20 years. Dorothy is a life member of the Hope Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star as well as a past member of the Lady Shrine Nydia Temple No. 4.
Dorothy is survived by her spouse, Lewis R. O’Mohundro; her children, Lee Roy O’Mohundro, Richard Lewis and Debbie O’Mohundro, and David and Susan O’Mohundro-Bailey; grandchildren; and her sister, Linda Clausen of Bullhead City, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Leslee Ann O’Mohundro, and her siblings, John Petersen and Patricia “Patsy” Patterson,
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any charity in care of Daniels-Knopp, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande.
Kenneth A. Vanderpool
Kenneth A. Vanderpool was born in Reed Springs, Mo., to Ernest and Christina (Clevenger) Vanderpool. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1956 at just 16 years of age. While in the U.S. Navy he served on the USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) until 1959.
He held the record, at one time, of the largest black bear killed up on Tollgate. He enjoyed being in the outdoors, fishing and hunting. Those who knew him say he was a highly skilled craftsman who enjoyed working with wood and creating furniture and wall shelves. Over his life span, he resided in both Missouri and in Oregon.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Donna Vanderpool of Oregon; his children, Ken and his wife, Kim Vanderpool, of Florida, Mike Vanderpool of Illinois, Angie and her husband, Tim Hanley, of Minnesota, Paula Vanderpool-Parod of Illinois, Christy Vanderpool of Florida, and Jason and his wife, Lisa Vanderpool, of Alaska; his siblings, Theata Lavasser and Vi Vanderpool; and 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Vanderpool; and his mother, Christina Vanderpool. At the request of the family, donations to help with expenses would be appreciated. Checks may be made to Donna Vanderpool in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.