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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending August 25, 2007


Obituaries for the week ending August 25, 2007

Lowell Marvin Courtney, 92, of Lostine, died Aug. 14 at the Alpine House in Joseph of natural causes. Memorial services will be announced later.

Lowell was born April 5, 1915, to Harley M. and Edith Pearl (Shelts) Courtney in Lostine. He attended Evens School. He married Gladys M. Bowen on March 30, 1935, in Baker City.

Lowell farmed and worked as a carpenter and mechanic. He and his family worked on their family farm and later bought part of it. He sold the farm, now 110 years old, in 2001 and moved to Enterprise.

Lowell was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Lostine and enjoyed fishing, hunting and picnics with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys, of Lostine; daughter, Ruby Williams, of Fairview; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Clyde Burdette Fleenor, 83, of Enterprise, died Aug. 10 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Service details will be announced later.

Clyde was born Sept. 20, 1923, to Louella (Foster) and Claude B. Fleenor in Halfway. He graduated high school in Enterprise around 1941. He served in the Army Air Corps and the Air Force during WWII. Clyde married Gladys Vigne in July 1946. He was a carpenter and a plumber and later a mail carrier in Enterprise.

He enjoyed whittling cars and figurines and liked music, hunting, fishing and camping. He was a member of the VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Fleenor, of Enterprise; son, Claude and his wife, Rhonda, of Enterprise; daughter, Meleece DeRoest and her husband, Jim, of Bothell, Wash., six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Ralls.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW or Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Lois Fay Martens, 89, of Portland and formerly of Enterprise and La Grande, died Aug. 15. Services will begin at 2 p.m. today at the Lincoln Memorial Park Funeral Home, 110801 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd. in Portland.

Lois was born on April 27, 1918, to Lulu Maude (Ackley) Burnett and Oliver Franklin Burnett in Enterprise, the eighth of nine children. At 6, the family moved to La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1936.

Lois married Wayne Gooderham and had sons Michael and Steven. She later married Alfred Martens and had Bill, Susan and Pamela. They moved around the state while Al worked on the construction of I-84 and settled in the Portland area for the next 50 years.

Lois was an accomplished seamstress — a skill she learned from her mother. She made outfits for her daughters, including bridesmaid's dresses and prom dresses. According to her family, Lois' decorating and homemaking talents compared with the best, making her home a haven for her friends, children and grandchildren. Lois' love of flowers was apparent by the many bouquets she made for herself, friends and family.

She spent the last year and a half of her life at the Alterra care center in Troutdale, close to her daughter, Pam. Her family says that she made many friends with the attendants and residents and entertained all with her graciousness and exceptional dancing talents.

She is survived by sons and their spouses, Mike and Patty Gooderham, Steve Gooderham, and Bill and Denise Martens; daughter and spouse, Pamela and Dan Maggs; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Martens; daughter, Susan Hart; and grandson, Ryan Hart.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Research, Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd. CR131, Portland 97202.


Frank De Rosso, 85, of Wallowa, died Aug. 15 in Walla Walla. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wallowa Assemblies of God Church. Burial will follow at the Bramlet Cemetery outside of Wallowa.

Frank was born Dec. 16, 1921, to Paul and Theresa Cillo De Rosso in Peekskill, N.Y. He graduated from Peekskill Senior High School and from North Central Bible College in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., with a bachelor of arts degree in theology. Frank was a Army Air Corps sergeant from Oct. 8, 1942, through Dec. 17, 1945. He married Loraine Schneider on July 9, 1951, in Portland. Frank worked as a minster and for Boise Cascade for 26 years. He also worked at Safeway in Enterprise for 12 years.

Frank was a member of the Assemblies of God Ministerial Association in Wallowa and was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Survivors include his wife, Loraine De Rosso of Wallowa; sons, Nathaniel of Seattle, Timothy of Mesa, Ariz., Philip of Seattle and David of Tigard; six grandchildren; sisters, Grace De Rosso of Clearwater, Fla., Jeanette Henderlong of Peekskill, Sarah Heffernan of Clearwater, Fla., Virginia De Rosso of Peekskill and Ruthie Barthelmes. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph De Rosso, and his sister, Rachael Hard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Herring House, a program that provides rooms for family members of patients undergoing treatment for cancer. Checks may be made to Herring House and sent to St. Mary's Medical Center, Development Office, P.O. Box 1477, Walla Walla 99362.


Helen M. Jewett, 93, of La Grande, died Aug. 17 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cove Christian Camp.

Helen was born June 22, 1914, to Harold and Thena Mae Moak Fry in Montesano, Wash. Helen spent most of her childhood on a ranch on the Wynooche River near Montesano, with a brief time spent in Alberta, Canada. She attended a one-room school, and graduated high school in Montesano. She attended Eugene Bible College (now called Northwest Christian College) in Eugene.

She and her husband, Joe, ministered during college at the Christian Church in Florence. They traveled to Enid, Okla., for Joe's graduate studies where their daughter, Joanne, was born. Two years later, their twins, Doris and Robert, were born. Back in Oregon, they began a five-year ministry at Milton-Freewater Christian Church on Pearl Harbor Day.

In 1946, they moved to Heppner and ministered for two years at the Christian church. In 1948, the family moved to Baker, where they ministered for 21 years at the Baker First Christian Church. Their final years of ministry before retirement were at the Enterprise Christian Church.

Helen was active in the church, teaching Bible classes, working as church secretary, and teaching and directing youth camps. She was the main cook at Cove Christian Camp for many years. Helen and Joe were considered one of the driving forces for Cove Christian Camp.

During retirement, Helen managed Red's Horse Ranch for a summer with her husband, then spent two summers at Minam Lodge. Helen loved being in the mountains, and was able to spend some of that time with her grandsons. Helen and Joe spent winters in Yuma, Ariz., where they became ministers to the senior citizens in the Yuma Christian Church.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Joanne and Richard Sweet of La Grande, Robert and Joyce Jewett of Chehalis, Wash., and Doris and Jerry Lundmark of Enterprise; many grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; siblings, Violet Dusbabek of Aberdeen, Wash., Dorothy Bolton of Mountain View, Calif., Arthur Fry of Morton, Wash., and Grant Fry of Aberdeen, Wash.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband of almost 70 years in 2005; grandsons, Robby Jewett and Andrew Howard; a granddaughter, Bethel Gomez; and brothers, Arnold Fry and Oliver Fry.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cove Christian Camp in care of Loveland Chapel 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.


Ronald Lee Long, 67, of Louisville, Ky., and formerly of Union County, died Aug. 2 at Hospice of Louisville. A memorial service was held Aug. 5 at Evangel Christian Life Center in Okolona, Ky.

Ron was born July 8, 1940, to Ralph and Eva Long in Imbler. He grew up in the Grande Ronde Valley. He worked on several farms during his teenage years and graduated from La Grande High School where he played football and other sports.

Ron was in the Air Force, serving as a radar operator in the Pacific Islands. In 1964 he married Fay Quebbeman in Louisville. They raised their children there. Ron was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He enjoyed fishing on the Snake River and hunting in Oregon.

Survivors include sons, Tony and his wife, Lisa, and Terry and his wife, Angela, all of Louisville; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Fay (Quebbeman) Long on May 28, 2007; his parents; and two brothers.


Elizabeth Jane Jarrard Bray, 98, formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 21 at a care center in Hermiston. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth was born on Oct. 3, 1908, to Frederick and Magnella (Synhorst) Reynolds in La Grande. After graduating from high school, she married Eugene Jarrard in November 1925. In the early years of their marriage they traveled with Eugene's logging jobs. Later, Elizabeth worked in various cafeterias in La Grande. Eugene preceded her in death in April 1953. She later married Lewis Bray, who also preceded her in death.

Her family was one of the first to settle in the Grande Ronde Valley. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and the Women's Benefit Association. She enjoyed crocheting and gardening, and in her later years she liked to fish with her husband.

Survivors include her daughter and spouse, Yvonne and Charlie Daly of Heppner; 10 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her son, Fred Jarrard; daughter-in-law, Patricia Chess Jarrard; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LHS Basketball Program or any other charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


William "Bill" Irvin Taylor, 88, of Summerville died Aug. 21 in La Grande. At his request there will be no public services. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Bill was born on Sept. 23, 1918, to William Forrester and Verna (Gelnett) Taylor in Du Bois, Pa. He graduated from high school in Du Bois and then attended the Pittsburg Institute of Aeronautics. He taught Aircraft Mechanics at the Naval Training School in Chicago and later worked as an inspector for the FAA and as a flight instructor.

On Aug. 12, 1944, he married Corrinne M. Malone in Cle Elum, Wash. They moved to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1950. Bill worked in the maintenance department of Eastern Oregon University until his retirement in 1983. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was formerly a member of the Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, elk and deer hunting, hiking and camping. He was an avid reader, and his family says he had a great sense of humor. He loved animals and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Corrinne Taylor of Summerville; children, Linda and Dennis Lovely of Hermiston and Dan and Julie Taylor of Summerville; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Norman Taylor; sister, Ruth Kagy; and a grandson, Michael Taylor.

Memorial contributions may be made to GRH Hospice or the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Ryan Lee Snapp, 17, of McKenzie Bridge and formerly of Elgin, died Aug. 10. A memorial service was held Aug. 18 at McKenzie High School.

Ryan was born on Feb. 6, 1990, in Pendleton. The family lived in Elgin before moving to McKenzie Bridge.

Ryan loved the outdoors, logging, hunting, football, motorcycles and mechanics. He had recently completely rebuilt a car with his father. His friends and family say he had a willing smile, and was a gentle, caring person who loved people, especially his brothers.

Survivors include his parents, Harvey and Shauna Snapp; brothers, Wyatt and Zepham; grandparents, Pat and Denise Stoltz and Gloria Turley; aunts and uncles, Sheila French, Tina Ramburg, Richard and Kara French, Dever and Ken Mitts and Lyle and Heidi Follett; cousins, Alex, Zack, Seth, Jada, Garrett, Tori, Misty, Tausha and Kyle.

Memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship in Ryan's memory through the McKenzie School District. For more information, call the school district at 541-822-3338.


Jerrold I. "Pat" Pattee, 78, of Lower Perry, died Thursday, Aug. 23 in Portland after an extended battle with cancer. There will be no funeral service, but a memorial get-together will be held at a later date for family and friends. Arrangements are with Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Jerrold was born in Beaver, Okla., to Eber and Erma (Mann) Pattee Oct. 29, 1928. He owned Pat Pattee Carpet Service in

La Grande and Portland. He belonged to the Eagles and Elks Lodges. He loved to hunt, fish, garden and canning. Pat and his wife just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on July 21, 2007.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis of Perry; stepchildren, Raymond and Amber Myer of West Linn and Susan and Denny Arnason of Portland; four grandchildren and one great grandchild. By a previous marriage he has three children, Jill and Steve Robertson, Jerry Pattee and Jan and Frecks Shellonberger; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.


Ron Schaeffer died at home Aug. 19 in Portland.

He was born in Wallowa on May 27, 1924. He graduated from Wallowa High School in the Class of 1942.

He told many tales of working for the Forest Service before he entered the Army on April 20, 1943, where he first served in the 10th Mountain Division in Colorado, and last in the Motor Pool of the Quartermaster Corp in the European Theater of Operations. He was honorably discharged March 18, 1946.

Ron worked for the Schaeffer Garage after leaving the military, then Bates Mill in Wallowa until it shut down. He moved to Portland to work for R.G. Letourneau as an equipment mechanic and then service manager before retiring in March of 1988.

Ron enjoyed many years hunting in Wallowa County, trips to the high lakes with horses, traveling and spending time with his many friends and relatives, especially his great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, brother Don Schaeffer of Wallowa, children Marjorie Hudson and Sharon Piotroski, stepdaughters Carolee Engleston, Maryruth Pierson, Linda Tubbin, Janet Lyness, Arlene McClain, 14 grandchildren and almost three dozen great-grandchildren. His stepson, Gerald Nokleby, preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be held at Bramlet Cemetery in Wallowa on Sept. 1 at 2 p.m.


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