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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending April 5, 2008


Obituaries for the week ending April 5, 2008

Eoff, Frison, Makin, Plass, Duggan, Lindstrom, Asemissen, Cook, Stickney, Moore




Russell T. Eoff, 85, of Elgin, died at his home March 27. A life tribute and celebration will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Assembly of God Church at 14th and Alder streets in Elgin. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Russ was born Nov. 15, 1922, to Henry and Margaret Edge Eoff in Independence. He graduated from Benson Technical High School in Portland in 1940. He worked as a welder in the Portland shipyards during the war, and also farmed the Cederbrook Dairy with his brothers and his parents in Sherwood.

He moved to the Elgin area in 1971 and remained there the rest of his life. He married Grace Clark on June 4, 1950, and they had five children.

Russell is survived by four children: Russell of Wallowa, Judy Cunningham of Lynwood, Wash., Pam Fery of Hillsboro and Mary Thompson of Tigard; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; a daughter, Nancy; and a son, Howard.

Memorial contributions may be made to to the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge of Sherwood in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory 1508 Fourth Street, La Grande 97850.

Published March 31, 2008

Donald L. “Don” Frison, 62, of Island City, died March 30 at his home. Private services will be held at a later date.

Don was born Dec. 10, 1945, to Joseph and Alma I. Kluth Frison in Mobridge, S.D. He grew up and attended school in Weston. After his schooling he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1962 to 1966.

After his discharge from the service he worked in Portland for the Teamsters Union for 10 years and later for the Operating Engineers Union for 22 years, doing various jobs. He retired from the unions and moved to the Milton-Freewater area where he worked for Koncrete Industries for two to three years.

On July 18, 1999, he married Dana VanWagoner in Reno. Don retired in 1999 and moved to the La Grande area. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, his family and many friends. He was known to his nieces and nephews as Uncle Tickle.

He is survived by his wife, Dana Frison at the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Michael Mathews of Rochester, Wash.; a step-daughter and her fiancé, LeAnne Hughes and Joseph Ricci of Bayville, N.J.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Dori Frison of Weston and Dick and Sara Frison of Portland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Christie and Jeff Thornton of Rainier, Wash., Linda and Bob Marsh of Pateros, Wash., and Bonnie Morrison of Weston; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Frison, on March 5.

Memorial contributions may be made to any charity in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater 97862.

Published April 1, 2008

Ruth Ellen Makin, 88, of Enterprise, died March 28 at the Wallowa Valley Care Center. A service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Enterprise. Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth was born Sept. 14, 1919, to John C. and Alta Fisher Stein in Wallowa. She was the oldest of 12 children: Ruby, Myron, Fern, Harry, Keith and Kenneth, John Jr., Warner, Don, Dale and Gale.

She married Elzie M. Makin in May 1939. The couple had three children: Melvin Paul, Raymond Elzie and Diane Marie. Ruth had 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Elzie and Ruth farmed in Middle Valley for 45 years and Ruth worked 30 years at the 4-H office in Enterprise.

After retirement, the couple was active in Good Sam clubs and traveled south during the winter months. Ruth was

active with the Enterprise Soroptimists.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Elzie; brother, Harry; sisters, Fern and Ruby; and one grandson, Coby Makin.

Published April 1, 2008

Jo Ann Plass, 75, formerly of Wallowa, died March 17. Crown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born May 25, 1932, in Wallowa. She moved to Tigard in 1978 and later lived in Vancouver and Portland before moving to Gladstone in 2004. She was a technician for Tektronix for 25 years.

Survivors include her daughter, Teresa Gorton; sons, Eric Hollingsworth, Kurt Hollingsworth and Gary Hollingsworth; sister, Betty Lou Hughes of La Grande; brother, Ed Plass of Great Falls, Mont.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Published April 1, 2008

Jack R. Duggan, 81, of Flora, died March 28 at his home. At his request, there will be no services. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jack was born March 19, 1927, in McMinnville. After he returned from serving in the Army during World War II, he married Nadine. The couple had three children: Sandra, Kathleen and Chris.

In 1990, he married Karen. Jack was a lifetime member of the Elks and was honored to be Elk of the Year in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; three children, Sandra and her husband, Irvin Tucker, Kathleen and her husband, Jim Bush, and Chris Duggan and his wife, Koni Murrill; two stepchildren, Tom Miller and Kelly Kinney; sister, Ruth Giroux; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Published April 2, 2008

Rosalynn “Rose” M. Lindstrom, 58, formerly of Elgin, died March 22 of lung cancer. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception at the Halfway Lions Hall.

Rose was born the eighth of 11 children July 6, 1949, to Albert and Beulah Crow in Halfway. She was raised and educated in Halfway, graduating from Pine Eagle High School. Rose also attended a year at Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande.

Rose married Malcolm A. “Mick” Lindstrom on Sept. 10, 1970, and settled in Elgin where she raised three children. She served the community as an emergency medical technician for the City of Elgin and the Grande Ronde Hospital Emergency Department.

After the death of her husband in 1987, Rose returned to Halfway, where she continued to serve the community through the local food bank, and as a proud member of the Halfway Lions Club. Those who knew her say she was best known for her amazing generosity and willingness to help anyone in need.

She is survived by her three children: Vance Lindstrom of Siletz, Kathy (Lindstrom) Dillon of Roseburg and Craig Lindstrom of Marysville, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Marion Crow, Dick Crow and John Crow of Halfway, Dave Crow of Stanfield; and sisters, Louise Tyler, Melba Harrington and Lorraine Gunter of Halfway, Marlene VanCourt of Richland, Betty Wells of Portland and Elaine Woolfe of Vancouver, Wash. Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Beulah Crow; and her husband, Mick Lindstrom.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Halfway Lions Club or to help defray funeral-related expenses incurred in Roseburg in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543 Halfway 97834.

Published April 2, 2008

Maurice D. “Ozzie” Asemissen, 82, died March 21 at a local adult foster care home from the effects of a stroke he suffered on Oct. 20. The Island City Lion’s Club will host an informal celebration of life at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Island City City Hall. Pizza will be served.

Ozzie was born July 1, 1925, in Moneta, Iowa, and attended school in South Dakota. On his 18th birthday he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the submarine service. He observed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay from the deck of his submarine.

After the war, Ozzie returned to school and later graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in elementary education. He taught for four years, then left the education field to work in the emerging electronics industry in Mountain View, Calif. His first job was with Nobel Prize winner, Dr. William Shockley. He worked with the development of semi-conductors and lasers with various companies until moving to La Grande in 1970 where he worked at home building and contracting until starting the Island City Trading Post in 1975, a business he operated until retiring in 1996.

Ozzie was always active in the Island City community. He was one of the co-founders of the annual Hog Wild Day celebration. He was an active member of the Island City Lions Club and helped with their many community projects. He received a number of awards for his Lions Club service. In recent years he was probably best known for operating the Lions Club “Pig Train” at parades and other area events. Ozzie was honored for his many years of community service by the City of Island City in 2004 by being named an honorary citizen of Island City, and “Citizen of the Year.”

His family says he was a kind grandpa for instilling the value of family adventures as well as his love and respect for the environment and the outdoors.

Ozzie is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Jeff Russell; former wife, Virgene Peshel; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Margaret McFarlane, Ruth Browne and Jean Johnston.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Island City Cemetery Veteran’s Memorial in care of Loveland’s Funeral Chapel in La Grande.

Published April 3, 2008

James E. Cook, 46, died March 28 at his home in Union. A family memorial service will be held at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born Jan. 1, 1962, to Nelson A. Cook Sr. and Lee L. (McWilliams) Cook of Sacramento, Calif.

Jim was a professional landscaper and an accomplished photographer. He was a member of the International Society of Photographers.

Jim is survived by his parents Lee Adams-Allamand and step-father, Nick Allamand, of Union and Nelson Cook Sr. and step-mother, Sally Cook, of Klamath Falls; children, Sam Cook and Crystal Cook of Hubbard and Shawntae Lonergan of St. Helens; siblings, Colleen Huston of Lakeview, Nelson Cook of Union, Jack Huston of Pasco, Wash., Scott Huston of Milwaukie, Sherry Sorenson of Crooked River Ranch, Mark Cook of McMinnville, Tracy Cook and Rhonda Collier; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to his children’s education in care of Lee Adams at Community Bank in Union.

Published April 3, 2008

Genevieve Blanche “Jean” Stickney, 90, of La Grande, died April 1 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Island City Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Daniels-Knopp, Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Jean was born on Aug. 26, 1917, to Charles “Bob” and Anna Gertrude Reasland Heisner in Hazard, Neb. On Dec. 3, 1935, she married Wayne Rufus Stickney and they moved to Imbler in 1936. After a year they moved to La Grande.

Jean enjoyed fishing, gardening, quilting and cooking. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Betty Stickney of Hermiston; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Lee Snyder of La Grande; and daughter and her companion, Velva Richardson and Rich Good, of La Grande; siblings and their spouses, Charles and Betty Heisner of Kamloops, B.C., Canada, and Donna and Don Anderson of Salt Lake City; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 44 years, Wayne; and a great-granddaughter, Genevieve Louise Powell.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Shriners Hospital, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland 97239-3009.

Published April 3, 2008

Royce Earl Moore, 85, of Elgin, died April 2 in the comfort of his home with family at his side.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the Elgin Stampede Hall.

Royce was born Feb. 9, 1923, to Earl and Verna (Darr) Moore in Elgin. He attended Thorny Grove School until eighth grade and then graduated from Elgin High School.

After school, Royce joined the United States Navy and served during World War II. Royce then started a career with the Oregon Department of Transportation in 1962 and retired 22 years later in 1984.

On June 15, 1947, Royce married Hazel Marie Coleman. The couple raised three children: Myrna Christian (Winterton), Doug Moore and Dennis Moore. Royce spent his life raising children and enjoying the outdoors. He and his family and friends spent countless days hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, snowmobiling, mushrooming and huckleberry picking.

Royce was a lifetime member of the Elgin Stampeders, serving as president of the organization in 1957. He and his wife, Hazel, were also honored by the Stampeders by serving as grand marshals in 1998. Royce was active in the Good Sam’s Club and Rockwall Grange.

Royce is survived by his sons and their wives, Dennis and Karen Moore of Elgin and Doug and Gayle Moore of Cottonwood, Calif.; companion, Genevieve Taylor of Portland; sisters, Arlene Bennett of Mesa, Ariz., and LaNeva Davis of Elgin; numerous grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Myrna Christian, and his wife, Hazel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elgin Stampeders in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Published April 4, 2008


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