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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending August 18, 2007


Obituaries for the week ending August 18, 2007

Wayland L. "Buck" Buoy, 92, formerly of Imbler, died Aug. 10 at his home in Hermiston. Recitation of the rosary will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, Hermiston.

Buck was born on Jan. 22, 1915, to Roy and Violet Linklater Buoy in Prescott, Wash. He was raised in Imbler and went to school there.

He joined the Navy, serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He returned to Oregon and moved to Coos Bay where he worked as a body and fender man and a mechanic until 1957. Buck moved to Marin County, Calif., and later to Indio, Calif., in 1964. He was a member of the California Air Patrol where he was an accomplished sharp shooter.

Buck married Jean Swartz on Sept. 5, 1969, in Novato, Calif. They moved to Hermiston. Buck worked at Hanford as a member of the Operating Engineers Union No. 370 until his retirement in 1982. The couple enjoyed wintering in California and later in Tucson, Ariz., until 1999.

Buck was a member of the Eagles Lodge No. 2909, Elks Lodge No. 1845 and Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, pilot and rock hound. He loved trips to the mountains to gather mushrooms, huckleberries or just spend some time. Buck's family says he was a good big brother and he spoiled his sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, of Hermiston; daughter, Carol Buoy Guthrie and her husband, Steven, of Baker City; sisters, Gloria Otis of Walla Walla and Myrna Butler of Wilsonville; two grandsons; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Buck was preceded in death by a brother, Delbert Buoy; and a granddaughter, Amy Gutherie.

Burns Mortuary in Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.


Phyllis Jane Saunders, 80, of Cove, died Aug. 12 at her home of natural causes. A funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.

Phyllis was born Sept. 9, 1926, to Clyde and Virgie (Bell) Robinson in Tacoma, Wash., one of eight children. She was raised and educated all over the Northwest. Her father worked for Pacific Fruit and traveled throughout the Northwest, so she attended several schools. She eloped with Grant Saunders on Oct. 23, 1944, to Weiser, Idaho. After Grant returned from the Air Force and got his teaching degree at EOU, the couple moved to Salem for five years, then back to Cove in 1956. Phyllis and Grant owned their own real estate firm, and Phyllis was voted retailer of the year.

Phyllis' family says she was an accomplished piano player, an outstanding hostess and excellent cook, always making sure her kids had their favorite meals on their birthdays. She and her husband enjoyed rodeos, and made 10 trips to the national finals in Las Vegas. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, the

La Grande Country Club, Rotary and Union County Ambassadors. Her family says she was a loving and generous person.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Jack C. and Cathie Saunders of Weiser, Grant Timothy and Debbie Saunders of Middleton,

Idaho, Shelley J. and Randy Simmons of La Grande; four grandchildren and four


Memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Home Health Hospice, P.O. Box 3290, La Grande 97850.


Benjamin "Ben" Taylor Bare, 76, of Union, died Aug. 12 at the Elks Hospital in Boise. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Union Cemetery in Union. An earlier notice incorrectly reported a service time of 2 p.m. Viewing will run from 3 to

7 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.

Ben was born on March 10, 1931, to Joseph and Evelyn (Bostler) Bare in Los Angeles. He attended school in Pasadena, Calif.

He joined the Air Force in 1950, and was a crew chief fixing fighter planes in Korea from 1952 through 1953. Ben met and married Ruby Knudsen on May 8, 1955, in Hill City, S.D. He was honorably discharged in July 1955 after serving 1 1/2 years at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D.

He then worked for Bell Telephone in Pasadena until 1961 when he and his family moved to Newberg and worked for West Coast Telephone.

In 1975, he transferred to La Grande. He moved his family to Union later that year and continued to work for West Coast Telephone/General Telephone until he retired in 1991.

Ben enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and camping until his health began to fail. He was a member of the La Grande Bush Pilots for many years.

Ben is survived by his wife, Ruby; son, Larry Bare of Pendleton; daughters, Denise and her husband, Dennis Parker, of Spokane, and Lynda Bare of Oregon City; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild, one niece and one great-niece. He was preceded in death by his son, Lenny Bare, and sister, Patricia Bare.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any charity or the Blue Mountain Humane Association, 3212 Highway 30, La Grande 97850.


William "Bill" Francis Weber Jr., 62, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 11 at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a 10-year battle with cancer. Viewing will run from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and funeral services begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Gray's West and Co. Pioneer Chapel in Baker City. A reception will follow at the Eagles Lodge.

Bill was born Sept. 26, 1944, to William F. Weber Sr. and Norma R. (Olp) Weber in Baker City. He graduated in 1962 from Baker High School. He had a 22-year career with the Union Pacific Railroad and lived in many cities during the time, including La Grande from 1964 to 1970. He raised his three children with the help of his family. He later met his life partner, Dorothy F. Smith, bringing three more children to the family.

Bill and Dorothy spent many years traveling to motorcycle rallies. They traveled through every state in the United States including Alaska. They also cycled in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Austria and the Bahamas. Bill enjoyed get-togethers, fishing, boating, camping, hunting and sharing his travel stories.

He is survived by his life partner, Dorothy F. Smith; his mother, Norma R. Weber; his children, Lenny Weber of Cove, Joanne Smith and her husband, Troy, of Pendleton, Dr. Kimberly Guthrie and her husband, Jay, of West Linn, Joe Gonzales and his wife, Jeannie, of Union, Amber Laite and her husband, Edward, of Prineville, Missy McNeal and her husband, Joseph, of Gresham; sisters, Shirley Boggs and her husband, Virgil, of Gresham and Janet Leopard and her husband, Duane, of Vancouver, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father, William F. Weber Sr.; infant sister, Martha Anne Weber; and brother, Allen J. Weber.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Gray's West and Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City 97814.


Myrtle Geneva Christopher, 88, of La Grande, died Aug. 14 at a local care center. At her request there will be no public services. Daniels Chapel of

the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle was born on Nov. 15, 1918, to Jasper and America Selby in Comanche, Okla. She began school in Oklahoma and finished in Los Angeles. She worked for Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, Calif., as an inspector until her retirement.

On July 21, 1956, she married Gordon Woodrow Christopher. After her retirement, the couple spent much of their time in Kingman, Ariz. She cared for her husband before and after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and the outdoors. She loved to take rides in the car to enjoy the countryside.

Survivors include her son, Gordon W. Christopher Jr. of Kingman; daughter, Pam D. Alton of Union; brothers, Henry Selby of Wasilla, Alaska, and Orbie Selby of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband and four sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Summerville Baptist Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


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