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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the day of September 9, 2011


Obituaries for the day of September 9, 2011

Alexander, Boothman, Chenoweth, O'Mohundro, Stewart, Bruce, Hibberd, Roberts


Sept. 10 — Bette Mae ‘Scotty’ Stewart, Mass of Christian burial, 1 p.m., Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church

Sept. 11 — Laurose Hibberd, viewing, 4 to 6 p.m., Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center

Sept. 12 — Laurose Hibberd, celerbation of life, 3:30 p.m., Elgin Stampede Hall; burial, Elgin Cemetery

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


Gerita Alexander

La Grande

Gerita Alexander, 93, of La Grande, died today at a local care center. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeffrey R. Boothman

La Grande

Jeffrey R. Boothman, 53, of La Grande, died Sept. 8 at home. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Arnold A. Chenoweth


A viewing for family and friends of Arnold Aaron Chenoweth, who died Sept. 6, will run from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Arnold was 82 and lived in Elgin.

Dorothy O’Mohundro

La Grande

Dorothy O’Mohundro, 84, of La Grande, died Sept. 8 in Corvallis. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements.

Bette Mae Stewart

La Grande

A funeral service for Bette Mae Stewart, who died Sept. 6, will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. Graveside services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest East Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bette was 90 and lived in La Grande.

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 10, 2008, 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.

Laurose Mae Hibberd

La Grande


Laurose Mae Hibberd, 96, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin and Imbler, died Sept. 6 at her home. A celebration of life service will begin at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Elgin Stampede Hall. Committal and burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery. Viewing will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande.

Laurose was born June 3, 1915, to Scott Edwin and Josephine (McConnell) Harris in Elgin. Her father was the first pharmacist in Elgin. She attended Elgin schools and was valedictorian of her graduating Class of 1933. On Aug. 19, 1934, she married Dick Hibberd in Elgin. They were the founding owners of the longest continuously-bred purebred Polled Herefords in the Northwest that is still in the family name of Hibberd’s Hornless Herefords.

She was a devoted farm wife and mother who was very active in the community. She attended both the Presbyterian Church in La Grande and the First Christian Church in Elgin.  She was a 78-year member of the Blue Mountain Chapter Order of Eastern Star. She served on many committees and held many offices. During 1957-1958, she served as Oregon Worthy Grand Matron O.E.S. She also served as Rainbow District Deputy.

Laurose was a member of the Oregon Pollettes, Columbia Empire Polled Hereford Association, Oregon and Union County Cattle Women. She was named Union County Agriculture Woman of the Year; was state advisor for the Oregon Jr. Hereford Association; was 4-H Livestock leader of the Imbler Pitchfork Gang (one of the oldest continuous running 4-H clubs in Union County); and also led groups in cooking and sewing for over 20 years.

She was the last living active charter member of the Elgin Stampede and was honored to be a “Legend of the Elgin Stampede.” She rode in the Elgin Stampede Drill Team for 25 years. She was also involved with the Elgin Opera House, the Elgin Museum, the Dirt Diggers Garden Club, the Oregon State Fair Commission and the Union County Fair Board.

For several years, she wrote for Bits & Pieces for the Elgin Recorder, writing historical pieces and about her memories of Elgin in her early years. Laurose loved all of her clubs and meetings. She always said, “Old people need something to look forward to doing. It keeps them young.”

Her husband, Dick, preceded her in death on Feb. 14, 2002. On April 30, 2005, she married Ernest Adams and he preceded her in death on June 8, 2006. She lived in Elgin and Imbler before moving to La Grande in 2007.

Survivors include her daughters and their husbands, Carrie and Ross Bingaman of Imbler and Mary and Russ West of Imbler; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Wheeler.

Memorial contributions may be made to ESTARL of O.E.S., Imbler Education Foundation or the Elgin Stampede Building Fund in care of Daniels-Knopp.

Daniel B. ‘Fireball’ Roberts

Wallowa County


Daniel Brent Roberts, 60, a native of Wallowa County, died Aug. 30 at Saint Charles Hospital in Bend with family members by his side. Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Lostine cemetery. A potluck will follow at the pow wow grounds in Wallowa.

He was born June 20, 1951, in Enterprise to Helen Emily (Allen) and Lyle Sylvester Roberts. He was raised on a small ranch off Allen Canyon Loop Road and attended schools in Wallowa. Dan played baseball and was a pole vaulter on the track team. He received the nickname “Fireball” from his coach for being “fleet of foot.” He graduated from Wallowa High School in 1969.

Following a stint in the U.S. Army, most of which was spent in Germany, Dan came home to Wallowa County and took his sure-footedness to the woods. He began cutting logs for Kellerman’s Logging. He was proud of being a logger and many say he was one of the best fallers they knew.

Those who knew him say Fireball knew people wherever he went. They say he was a good storyteller, listener and friend.

He loved the out-of-doors. He camped in the summer, hunted in the fall and skied and snowboarded in the winter. Dan put in many volunteer hours at Ferguson Ridge Ski Area cutting out runs, piling brush and grooming.

Dan had two children, Seth and Heather. He took them with him on many of his adventures, teaching them the ways of the slopes and the beauty in the woods.

He is survived by his son, Seth Roberts and his daughter, Heather Stafford Miller, of Bend; sister, Kathy Baremore; and a neice. He was preceded in death by both his parents; and brother, Syd.

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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