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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 19, 2006

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Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 19, 2006

Zella Virginia Long, 70, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 11 at her home. The funeral will begin t 11 a.m. Friday Aug. 18 at the LDS Church, 2625 Hughes Lane, Baker City. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Long was born April 15, 1936, to Percy Lavon and Zella Hemmert Wood in Baker City. She graduated from Baker City High School, Brigham Young University and Eastern Oregon State College.

On June 8, 1968, she married Keith Randall Long, of the Oregon Highway Patrol. She taught at South Baker Elementary School for the last 24 years of her career. Many of her students remember reading in her old-fashion bathtub filled with pillows. She remembered each of her first-grade students at the time of their high school graduation by sending them their first-grade class picture, a writing assignment she had saved and a $5 bill. She was named Oregon Teacher of the Year and received many other honors.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as Relief Society president and primary teacher. She was devoted to her family.

Survivors include her husband of Baker City; children and their spouses, Mark and Karen Long of Salt Lake City, and Malinda and Kendale Gates; six grandchildren; siblings and their spouses, Paul and Cheren Wood of Salt Lake City, Ruth Boyd of Baker city and Helen and Larry Berg of La Grande; and other relatives. Two brothers, Loren and Wayne Wood, and a sister, MaryLu Wood, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 94814.

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Glen Roderick McKenzie, 88, of Summerville, died Aug. 14 at a local care center. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 in McKenzie Theatre on the campus of Eastern Oregon University.

Mr. McKenzie was born Aug. 22, 1917, to Clyde and Myra Glenn McKenzie in Summerville. He attended Pleasant Grove School and Central School. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1934 and from Eastern Oregon Normal School in 1936. He was a member of the Theta Delta Phi Honor Society and farmed with his father.

He took civilian pilot training in La Grande and served in the Army Air Forces. On July 4, 1947, he married Jean Williams.

He was a charter member of the Union County Cattlemen's Association, life member of the Oregon Wheat Growers League, a member of the advisory group for the Eastern Oregon Experiment Station, chairman of the La Grande Farm Bureau, a member of the Imbler school board for 12 years, a charter member of Bustles and Beaux Square Dance Club and a charter member of the Union County Planning Commission where he served for 12 years.

During the time he served on the commission the county received recognition from the National Association of Counties for land use planning. Union County was the first fully zoned county in Oregon and was also the first to have first minimum acreage requirements for farm land.

He and his wife co-chaired the Union County Bicentennial Committee. He was a charter member of the Blue Mountain Chapter of the Oregon Pilots Association, and chairman for 20 years of the Union County Extension Advisory Council. He was chairman of the organization that successfully promoted the Extension Service District, a board member of the Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation and a trustee of the Eastern Oregon University Foundation. He was also a charter member of the EOU Presidents Club.

Over the years he and his wife earned the EOSC Distinguished Citizens Award and had a theater named after them, the Glen and Jean McKenzie Theater. He won various awards including OSU Extension Cooperator, OSU 75 Year Club, the OSU Agricultural Hall of Fame, Chamber of Commerce Service to Farm Community and Man of the Year in 1974. He was Cattleman of the year in 1989 and master of ceremonies for the Farmer-Merchant Banquet for 35 years.

Survivors include a nephew, Howard Hansen of Beaverton; a niece, Carol Boynton of Bend and other relatives. His wife died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the EOU Foundation or the Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

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Margaret Jill Redwine, 61, of La Grande died Aug. 10. Cornerstone Funeral Home of Estacada is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Redwine was born May 18, 1945, in Raymond, Wash. She married James Moss, and later she married Larry Davis. She was a homemaker and lived in Estacada her whole life except for the last six months.

Survivors include children, Tony Moss, Tom Davis, Teresa Lange and Megan Redwine; and seven grandchildren.

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Robert Thomas Biamont, 54, of Portland and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 11. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday Aug. 18 at Grace Christian Fellowship, 7325 N. Bank Road in Portland.

Mr. Biamont was born Dec. 17, 1951, in Tacoma, Wash. He lived in La Grande from 1974 to 1987, and married Carolyn June Livingston in 1991. He worked for Pizza Hut and Vinnie's and lived in Portland most of his life.

Survivors include his wife; his mother, Barbara Biamont; children, James P. Sarkis, Tracie Thompson and Kellie Hornych; a brother, Kenneth Biamont, four sisters, Nikki Mershon, Mary Long, Corinne Biamont and Eleanor Renoe; and 15 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Greyhound Pets of America in care of Hillside Chapel, 1306 Seventh St., Oregon City 97045.

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Sean Richard Sullivan, 27, of La Grande and formerly of The Dalles died Aug. 14 in Riggins, Idaho, following an automobile accident. A Mass of Christian Burial was held today at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church with burial at the Island City Cemetery.

Mr. Sullivan was born June 15, 1979, to Joseph Patrick and Toni Gaye Walker Sullivan in Portland. He graduated from The Dalles High School in 1998, and from Eastern Oregon University this year with a degree in Rangeland Management. He worked at various jobs, including at D&B Supply and the auction yard.

He was an Eagle Scout, and enjoyed racquetball, hiking in the Wallowas, four-wheeling, horses and dogs. He was a good swimmer and swam the Columbia River with his father. He enjoyed playing pool, fixing cars, rodeos and spending time at the family cabin at Wallowa Lake. He never knew a stranger and was a good friend to everyone and a loyal son and brother.

Survivors include his mother of The Dalles; his father of Portland; a sister, Kathleen Sullivan of The Dalles; a grandmother, Jean Walker of La Grande; uncles and aunts, Greg Walker of La Grande, Dan and Lorene Sullivan of Lewiston and Julia and Colin Brest of New South Wales, Australia; his girlfriend, Amy Love of La Grande; and other relatives.

Contributions may be made to a memorial fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

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Michel L. Shirley, 60, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Union died Aug. 13 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Shirley was born Nov. 5, 1945, to Ancle L. and Eva M. Fulp Shirley in Tranquility, Calif. He graduated from Union High School in 1963, and served in the Air Force specializing in computer systems. In 1966 he was assigned to NORAD Headquarters in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, Colo., where he received the Armed Forces Commendation Medal. He graduated from the USAAFSS NCO Academy, and finished his military career as the computer operations supervisor at Yakima Research Station.

On July 24, 1965, he married Kaylene Fletcher in Enterprise. The family spent several years in Wallowa County where he started a new career in facilities support. He was housekeeping supervisor and facilities manager at Wallowa Memorial Hospital, and from 1980 to 1986 he worked at St. Mary Medical Center as director of plant operations and maintenance. He worked in hospitality management and retired because of his health in 1989 from Walla Walla Community College as director of plant facilities.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening, artistic endeavors and church activities. He was a member of the New Life Assembly of God Church, EMT, the American Society for Hospital Engineering, and was formerly a member of BPOE Lodge 1829.

Survivors include his wife of Milton-Freewater; daughters Sharim Shirley of Lynnwood, Wash., Sandaleigh Shirley of Caldwell, Idaho, and Heather Shirley of Moss Beach, Calif.; two brothers Gaston Shirley and Atherd Shirley; seven sisters, Louvilla Sievers, Marline Hendrix, Jessie LaFontaine, Montaze Klippel, Marnell McNutt, Toromotha Shirley-Riach and Joyce Dodge; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Christian Aid Center in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater 97862.

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