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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 10, 2005


Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 10, 2005

Ralph H. Long, 86, of Baker City and formerly of Elgin and Summerville, died Dec. 1 at his home. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Calvary Baptist Church in Baker City with Pastor Ed Niswender officiating. Burial was at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mr. Long was born Nov. 26, 1919, to Harlen and Lela Blanchard Long in Elgin. He attended school there and served in the Navy during World War II. He worked at a Standard Oil refinery in California and as a brick layer. He returned to the Grande Ronde Valley and farmed for 37 years in the Summerville area. He also worked as a faller, insurance agent and as a carpenter.

He was a charter member of the Summerville Baptist Church, and enjoyed people, hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, playing cards and attending pinochle parties. He liked to tease family and friends and enjoyed walks with his dog. He married his wife Norma in December, 1997.

Survivors include his wife of Baker City; sons and their wives, Wayne and Patricia Long La Grande; Ronald Long of Summerville, and Gerald and Shirley Long of Rock Springs, Wyo.; a brother, Dell Long of La Grande; step-sons and their wives; Maurice Barclay of La Grande; Gerald and Lorraine Crawford of Joseph, and Donald and Beverly Crawford of Pendleton; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Two sisters, Helen Long and Mildred Rollins, a brother, Lawrence Long, one grandchild, a great-grandchild and his first two wives, Edna and Silvia, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City 97814.


Maurice Walter "Tom" Fine, 90, of Enterprise died recently. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 6 at the Liberty Grange in Joseph. A private burial will be at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mr. fine was born May 31, 1915, to John Walter and Florence Edgeman Fine in Chesnimnus. He attended Enterprise High School and became a partner with his father in the HU Cattle Ranch. In 1942 he bought the Dorrance ranch on Crow Creek, and on June 3, 1948, he married his wife Ethel in Drain. The family moved to cottage Grove in 1956 where he worked for the Douglas County Forest Protective Association as a fire warden. He worked for the Forest Service and logging companies building and maintaining roads in five states and in Canada. In 1969 the family moved to Cove, and in 1979 to Enterprise when he retired.

He drove the senior center bus and was a member of the Odd Fellows and the Grange.

Survivors include his wife of Enterprise; children and their spouses, John and Peggy Lee Fine of Roseburg, David and Peggy Jo Fine of Jefferson City, Mont., Elvaree Fine of Enterprise, Guy and Debi Fine of Molalla, Daniel and Alma Fine of Portland; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


Alberta Wolfe, 93, of La Grande, died Nov. 30. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday Dec. 10 at the Summerville Baptist Church. A reception will follow.

Mrs. Wolfe was born May 19, 1912, to Albert and Edith Kirby in Adams. She was a teacher and married Harmon Wolfe 70 years ago. Her greatest joys were her family and friends, her church, and music.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Kay Warren of Superior, Mont., Susan Mercer of Kirkland, Wash., and Dr. Jeffry Wolfe of Boring; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Summerville Baptist Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Bertha "Bobbie" Hixson, 66, of Springfield and formerly of Union, died Dec, 3 at her home. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Daniels Chapel. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery.

Mrs. Hixson was born Aug. 1, 1939, to Clyde and Lillian Warner Burton in Riverside, Calif. She attended school in Cove, and on Dec. 27, 1955, she married Cecil "Bud" Hixson. They traveled all over the world while he was in the military. The moved to Union in 1978 and to Springfield in 2003.

She enjoyed, camping, fishing, crafts, traveling and being with her family.

Survivors include her husband of Springfield; children and their spouses, Steven Hixson of Riverton, Wyo., Sharon Hixson of Oregon City, Jeanne and Hank Nichols of John Day, Joanne and Terry Watne of Albany, and Larry and Juanita Hixson of Springfield; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Boyd Burton of La Grande and Don Collett of Pleasant Hill; two sisters, Jessie Paige of Terrebonne and Nina Hense of Pleasant Hill; and other relatives. A sister, Nellie Dubuque, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel.


Michael Robert Sax, 60, of Union died Dec. 2 at a local center. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Friday Dec. 9 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mr. Sax was born Nov. 14, 1945, in Portland. He was raised by Julius and Jeanette Sax, and served in the Coast Guard. He moved to Union five years ago from Portland.

He enjoyed softball, football and his dogs, Odie and Abby.

Survivors include his companion Joyce Blackwell of Union.


Everett August Koller, 78 of La Grande and formerly of Elgin, died Dec. 4 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mr. Koller was born April 6, 1927, to Frank and Rachel Morton Koller in Summersville, Mo. Everett served in the Navy during World War II and in the Army during the Korean War. He worked most of his life in the logging industry. On June 27, 1952, he married Dorla Richardson in Hardy, Ark. The couple moved to Pomeroy, Wash., and then to Elgin in 1955 before settling in La Grande in 2002.

He was a member of the American Legion and a life member of the VFW. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Michael and Valerie Koller of Elgin, and Elton and Debra Koller of La Grande; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Vernon Koller of St. Louis, Mo., and other relatives. Three brothers, Lawrence, Howard and Emmett Koller; and five sisters, Inez Haeffner, Alta Oldenburg, Delsie Randolph, Velma Carpenter and Hazel Koller, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Pacific N.W. Renal Service in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Anthony Daniel Swinney, 63, of Richland and formerly of La Grande died Dec. 2 in Kennewick. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland.

Mr. Swinney was born June 15, 1942, in La Grande. He grew up in La Grande and Arizona, and graduated from La Grande High School in 1960. He attended college and worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service.

He married Marian Ann Buren and they lived in the Tri-cities for 34 years where he worked as an electronics technician for Gordon's TV in Richland and at Sears. After retiring, he worked for At Home Electronics.

He was a member of the LDS church and was ordained as a teacher and deacon in 1959. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren, gardening, preserving food, camping, fishing, reading science fiction and looking after his pets. He could always be counted on to help in time of need.

Survivors include his wife of Kennewick; his mother, J.B. Wilson; children, Victoria A. Tatom and Marie F. Paine, and Daniel A. Swinney; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His father, Pascall O'Rouke Swinney, his step-father, Slim Wilson, and a granddaughter Michelle Zelich, all died earlier.


James David Watson Allen, 28, of Denver, Colo., and formerly of La Grande died December 3. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Allen was born Dec. 18, 1976, to Donna and Jim Allen in Pendleton. He had a love of the outdoors and of animals.

Survivors include his parents, Donna and Joe Valek of La Grande and Jim Allen of Fairbanks, Alaska; a sister, Brande Bracken of Hillsboro; a brother and sister-in-law, Josh and Annie Valek of Lewiston, Idaho; grandparents, Merle and Shirley Spears of La Grande and other relatives. Grandparents, Jim and Lois Allen, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Oris Manley Yeoman, 92, of Enterprise, died Dec. 7 at the Rayhickey Hospice Center in Vancouver, Wash. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston, Wash., with Jerry Raedeke officiating.

Mr. Yeoman was born March 22, 1913, to Bert and Viola Patterson Yeoman in Hansen Ferry, Wash. He married Mildred L. Watkins June 15, 1940, in Renton, Wash. She died in 2002.

He was a former member of the Elks.

Survivors include children, Glenda McFetridge of Joseph and Eddie Yeoman of Hermiston; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Community Connections Meals on Wheels program.


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