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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 12, 2006

Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 12, 2006

Ruby Hepburn, 82, of Beaverton and formerly of La Grande, died July 22. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at Christ United Methodist Church in Portland. Autumn Funerals and Cremations was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hepburn was born Ruby Garnet Wallander July 1, 1924, in Stockville, Neb. The family moved to the greater Portland area and she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1941. In 1946 she married Donald B. Hepburn and worked for the Beaverton School District as a cook for 15 years. The couple lived in La Grande from 1955 to 1967 when they moved to Beaverton.

Survivors include her husband of Beaverton; children, Bruce Hepburn and Mary Prescott; and three grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to a memorial fund in her name at Christ United Methodist Church, 12755 N.W. Dogwood St., Portland 97229.

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Helen Aletha Myers, 90, of La Grande died Friday Aug. 4 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 12 at the Fossil Baptist Church. A graveside service and interment will follow at the Fossil Masonic Cemetery. Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Myers was born Jan. 8, 1916, to William and Belle Younce Crawford in Franklin, N.C. The family moved to Service Creek, and she graduated from high school in Wheeler County 1934.

On June 28, 1938, she married Edgar Mason Myers in Yakima, Wash. They lived in Klamath Falls, then Kinzua where he worked in logging. They later moved to Fossil where they had a ranch.

She was honored as Grand Marshall of the Wheeler County Fair Parade in 1990. She enjoyed gardening, embroidery, the outdoors and especially fishing for steelhead.

Survivors include three sons and their wives, John and Willie Myers, and Jim and Deannie Myers all of La Grande, and Bob and Linda Myers of Cove; a brother, Bill Crawford of Portland; grandchildren great grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, two brothers and a sister all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Fossil Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 467, Fossil 97830.

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James N. Dawson, 55, of Joseph died Aug. 3 at his home. A community celebration of life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday Aug. 10 at the Dawson Ranch, 65196 Dobbin Road, Joseph. Participants should bring a dish and beverages to share along with a lawn chair.

Mr. Dawson was born Oct. 18, 1950, to Malcolm and Jean Dawson in Enterprise. He graduated from Joseph High School and attended Treasure Valley Community College, Eastern Oregon State College and Oregon State University. He was a member and board member of many organizations. He served on the board of directors of the Soil and Water Conservation District, the Consolidated Ditch Companies, Dobbin Ditch, Wallowa County Grain Growers, the Wallowa County Health Care District and the Wallowa County Health Care Foundation. He enjoyed farming, skeet shooting, hunting, fishing and flying, and was a constant supporter of children in their school and athletic activities.

Survivors include his wife, Denny; his parents; children, Dustie, Kazzie and Joe; one grandchild; three sisters, Mary Garcia, Elizabeth Perry and Lisa Dawson; and a brother, John Dawson.

Memorials may be made to the Wallowa County Health Care Foundation in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.

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Harold W. Laurence, 86, of La Grande died Aug. 5 at his home. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 10 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 also at Daniels Chapel. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Laurence was born in Dec. 9, 1919, to Joe and Daisy Hayward Laurence in Mount Vernon. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School, and married Raema Helen Davis.

He worked as a meat cutter and apprenticed to become a watchmaker. He was certified in 1946 and became a Master Watchmaker in 1948.

The couple opened jewelry stores in Wallowa, Enterprise and La Grande. Their first store in La Grande was a very small shop between the Granada Theatre and the J.C. Penny Store where the movie billboard is now.

After their sons, Jack and Eric, became watchmakers and began running the jewelry store with their mother, Harold became an insurance representative for Farmers Insurance. He retired from Farmers but continued to participate in the family store.

He was a life member of the Freemasons, a 50-year member of the La Grande Elks Lodge and past Exalted Ruler. He enjoyed fly tying, fly fishing and tinkering with various contraptions. His family turned to him for advice on every subject and never went away empty handed. He was a master of everything he put his mind to, and considered by his family a brilliant, loving human being.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; a sister, Cecille Coleman of West Covina, Calif.; four grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

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Milo J. "Bill" Goss, 82, of La Grande died Aug. 5 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday Aug. 10 at the Summerville Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at 5 p.m. at the home of Mark Goss, 62769 Booth Lane.

Mr. Goss was born Dec. 31, 1923, to M.J. Goss III and Ada Frances Colt Goss in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1941 and then from the University of Oregon. He served in the Army during World War II, and on Sept. 7, 1948, he married Donna Knight in La Grande.

He owned and ran the family business, M.J. Goss Motor Co., and worked until the day he died. He loved his work. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting chuker and pheasant. He enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in Richland, traveling, especially to Baja California, Mexico, and the Oregon Coast, and being with his family. He collected model cars, and was well known for his one-liners. He was a life member of the La Grande Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his children, Garnet Luciano of Boston, Mass., Milo Goss of Enterprise, Mark Goss of La Grande and Susie Hughes of La Grande; a brother, Robert Goss of La Grande; a sister, Milodene Groupe of Tigard; nine grandchildren; and other relatives. His wife; a daughter-in-law, Debra Goss, a granddaughter, Kailee Bolen, and a brother, Kenton Goss, all died earlier.

Contributions may be made to the Donna J. Goss Memorial Medical Assistance Fund for members of the community in need of assistance in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

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Georgeanna Marie Bruch, 89, of Hillsboro and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 4. A memorial service was held today in Hillsboro. Burial at Fir Lawn Cemetery in Hillsboro will be private. Fir Lawn Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bruch was born Nov. 19, 1916, to George E. and Marie Keller Lockwood in Riverside. She attended school in La Grande and graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing in Spokane in 1940.

On Jan. 24, 1943, she married Robert H. Bruch. The lived in Yreka, Calif., and Hillsboro before moving to Woodburn, and more recently to a care center in Hillsboro.

She worked as a nurse at hospitals in Spokane, Grand Coulee, Wash., Yreka and Hillsboro. She retired as assistant supervisor of surgery. She later worked for Dr. Imbrie at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Portland.

She was a member of a Methodist women's group and DAR. She volunteered with Cub Scouts, Blue Birds and Camp Fire, and was known as an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed traveling, quilting, knitting, genealogy and being with her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of Hillsboro; children and their spouses, Leland and Ginny Bruch of Seattle, and Claudia and Bill Stockton of Hillsboro; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Lockwood of Virginia; and other relatives. A brother, Robert Lockwood, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the OHSU School of Nursing scholarships, 1121 S.W. Salmon St., Suite 200, Portland 97205.

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Myrna Karleen Sasser, 70, formerly of Wallowa County, died Aug. 6 at her home in Idaho. Burial will be at the Enterprise Cemetery. Summers Funeral Homes of Boise is in charge of arrangements.

Miss Sasser was born Jan. 28, 1936, to Foy A. and Edna Byrle Sturm Sasser near Enterprise. She graduated from high school in New Plymouth, Idaho, and attended Nampa Business College. She worked as a legal secretary for attorneys in Boise and Eugene, and for U.S. Sen. Frank Church in Washington, D.C. She returned to Boise in 1980. She published the decisions of the Idaho Industrial Commission and the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, and worked as executive secretary for the Idaho State Democratic Party. From 1991 to 94, she was as the chief caseworker in Larry LaRocco's Congressional office, where she taught and trained a new generation of congressional staffers.

Survivors include her brother, Norman Duane Sasser of Winston, Idaho, and a niece, Karleen Sasser Aichele of Portland.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2676 S. Vista, Boise 83705.

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Larie Lola Patterson Silva, 67, of Aloha and formerly of Summerville, died Aug. 9 at the Hillsboro Rehab and Specialty Care Center. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Summerville Cemetery. Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives of Forest Grove is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Silva was born May 4, 1939, in Sisters to Willis and Lorraine Patterson. They moved to Imbler, where she grew up, attended school and graduated in 1957. She enjoyed sports and was very athletic.

She attended college in La Grande, then moved with her parents to Portland, where she attended secretarial school.

She married Lee Silva in August 1960. They had two children, Sheri and Kirk. They divorced in 1995.

Mrs. Silva worked hard all her life, always taking good care of her children and their home. She spent most of her married life on a ranch and farm surrounded by a lot of pets. She loved dogs, cats, horses, goats and cows.

She was a loving wife and mother and also took care of grandparents in her home until their deaths in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her most joyous moments were spent taking care of her grandchildren, which were the highlight of her life.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sheri and Jeff Meyerholz of Canyon City; a son, Kirk Silva of Bend; brothers and their wives, Jim and Neggie Patterson of Gresham, and Doug and Tammy Patterson of Oregon City; and seven grandchildren.

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Donald Wayne Huffman, 73, of Union died Aug. 10 at Saint Luke's Hospital in Boise. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14 at the Union United Methodist Church. Burial at the Union Cemetery will be followed by a reception at the United Methodist Church.

Mr. Huffman was born March 25, 1933, in Pyles Canyon. He attended school in Telecaset until the eight grade. Don later graduated with the Union High School class of 1951. After high school, Don enlisted in the United States Army and after his honorable discharge he returned to the family ranch. On July 10, 1957 he married Lois Carlson in La Grande. The couple raised three children and Don later moved to Hermiston due to its warmer climate where he worked as an excavator and property developer He later returned to Union to be with his family. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Elks Lodge, Union Range Riders and was on the board of directors for the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show. He enjoyed going to auctions, building things, socializing, and most of all loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his great sense of humor and was always willing to help someone in need.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Donna and Mark Beverage of Cove, Oregon, Rodger and Jodi Huffman of Union, Oregon and Jill Billman of Union, Oregon; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother and sister; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. His parents preceded him in death.

Memorials may be made the Diabetes Association in care of Daniels Chapel.

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Peter Joseph Tucori II, 59, of Portland and formerly of La Grande, died July 24 at the Veterans Hospital in Portland after a long battle with cancer. At his request there was no service.

Mr. Tucori was born June 4, 1947, to Peter Sr. and Frances Tucori in Baker. His first home was a log cabin in Medical Springs, where his father worked at the Pondosa mill.

He graduated from La Grande High School in 1964. He then served in the Navy for four years during the Vietnam War.

He moved to Portland where he went to barber school. He and his brother, Frank, opened a couple of barber shops in Lake Oswego. They worked together styling hair for many years.

Mr. Tucori met the love of his life, Eileen Seabold, who was also in the hair business. They spent the last 15 years together sharing life's good times and bad.

He is survived by Eileen; his brother, Frank Tucori of La Grande; and a nephew, Travis Tucori.

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John Francis Shepherd, 67, of The Dalles and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 8, at his home of cancer.

Mr. Shepherd was born July 28, 1939, to John and Francis May Furgason Shepherd in La Grande. He graduated high school in Portland, and served in the Army from 1958 until 1962. He moved to Baker, and settled in The Dalles in 1971.

He was a journeyman lineman, and married Marie Fay Mattison on April 13, 1963, in La Grande. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Electricians Union Local 125 IBEW. He enjoyed elk hunting in Eastern Oregon, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of The Dalles; children and their spouses, Timothy and Shelly Shepherd of Gladstone, Susanne L. Frantz of Boyd, and Tonya M. Shepherd of The Dalles; a sister, Anne Shepherd; five grandchildren; an aunt and uncle, Jack and Lois Furgason, and other relatives. An uncle, Dempsey Furgason, and a son-in-law, Ed Frantz, died earlier.

Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 1220 W. 10th St. in The Dalles, with graveside services following at the IOOF 3 Mile Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Relay for Life of The Dalles, in care of The American Cancer Society, 0330 S.W. Curry St, Portland 97239.

 
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