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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 31, 2005


Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 31, 2005

Charles "Dewie" Lovelace, 77, died Dec. 13. A celebration of life will be held later.

Mr. Lovelace was born April 1, 1928, to Jesse and Ada Bonita Jones Lovelace in Union. He attended schools in Union and LaGrande and high school in Wallowa. He worked on Roy and Ruth Baker's ranch in Cove, and married his lifelong Carolyn Rees. He worked for many years for the Owyhee Irrigation District as the pumping station manager at Dead Ox Pumps on the Oregon Slope in Ontario. He enjoyed raising and riding horses.

Survivors include his wife; children, William Lovelace of Kent, Wash., Curt and Donna Lovelace of Ontario, Peggy and Tony Contreras, Philomath, and Rilla Hanger of Monroe, Wash.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, Donna Arlene and Earl Crow of Hermiston, a sister-in-law and her husband, Don and Donna Sands of La Grande; a brother-in-law and his wife, Lewis and Caren Rees of Vancouver, Wash.; three half-sisters and their husbands, Beverly and Stan Canham of Seattle, Wash., Barbara and Don Canham and Jan Scribner of Yakima, Wash.; a half-brother, Bob Garret of Yakima and other relatives. A son, Bryan M. Lovelace, died earlier.


Kirk D. Hayes, 88, of Enterprise died Dec. 22. At his request, no services will be held.

Mr. Hayes was born June 5, 1917, to Homer and Grace Hayes in his grandfather's house, the house in which he and his wife, Mary lived for 66 years.

Mr. Hayes was a rancher-farmer and worked for Boise Cascade and other companies.

He married Mary Louise Hall Nov. 17, 1939, in Lewiston.

He spent his early years at Christmas Creek in the Snake River Canyon, where he was home-schooled by his mother. He moved to Joseph about 1924 to attend school, and graduated in 1935 from Joseph High School as valedictorian. He attended Kinman Business University in Spokane, and was a member of Masonic Lodge 81, AF&AM, Elks Lodge, Wallowa County search and rescue team, and a charter member of the Eagle Cap Ski Club.

In 1998 the couple were grand marshals for Chief Joseph Days.

He was a dedicated outdoor sportsman and enjoyed skiing, ice skating, hunting, fishing and going on mountain hiking trips.

Survivors include his wife and other relatives. A brother, Max Hayes, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Wallowa Memorial Hospital, St. Katherine's Catholic Church, or any charity in care of Bollman's Funeral Home.


Charles Dean "Chuck" Kilpatrick, 72, of La Grande, died Dec. 23. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise.

Mr. Kilpatrick was born Feb. 19, 1933, to Albert W. and Lois L. Kilpatrick in Woodlake, Neb. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1951 and was a member of the Oregon National Guard for nine years.

On May 30, 1954, he married Joan Alford of Joseph. After a divorce, he married Patricia Wicklander Warnock on Nov. 10, 1967.

He worked in construction and carpentry, including construction of Interstate-84 overpasses and bridges and the sets for the movie "Paint Your Wagon."

In retirement he enjoyed making furniture and helping family and friends with projects, hunting, fishing, yard sales, auctions, his dog Tisha, and having morning coffee with his friends at a local restuarant.

Survivors include his sister, Retha of Joseph; a son, Robert, of Pullman, Wash.; a daughter and her husband, Nancy and Rod Patten of Wasco; six stepchildren and their spouses, Debbie O'Rourke and Dan and Debbie Warnock, all of La Grande, Steve Warnock of Spokane, Jackie Heller and her husband, Mike, of Hermiston, Ron Warnock and his wife, Diane, of Cove, and Barbara Dillow and her husband, Sam, of Glenwood City, Wis.; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. His wife died earlier.


James Richard "Dick" Cates, 63, of Caldwell, Idaho, and formerly of Union county died Dec. 19 at his home. The funeral was held Dec. 22 at Connor Family Funeral Chapel in Nampa, Idaho.

Mr. Cates was born May 30, 1942, in Nyssa to Homer and Annabelle Cates. He enjoyed entertaining, and his band, Dick Cates and the Chessmen, became one of the leading bands in the area. He worked in the trucking business the last 20 years of his life. He and his wife Barbara lived for move than a decade in Union County.

He was a jokester, and his grandchildren never knew what kind of story he was going to tell next. He enjoyed hunting and weekend outings with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife; daughters and their husbands, Kim and Rod Heighes of Lewiston, Shelly and Kyle Hallgarth of Elgin, and Terri and Dustin Patten of Caldwell; six grandchildren; a sister, LaWanda Barrutia; brothers, Don, Bill and Larry Cates, and other relatives.


Leland Crawford Hayes, 78, of Joseph died Dec. 24 at his home. Burial will be at the Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hayes was born Oct. 19, 1927, to Everett O. Hayes and Margaret Crawford Hayes.

He was raised on a farm outside of Joseph and attended school and graduated from Joseph High School. While in high school, he played the trombone in the band.

After high school, Mr. Hayes worked as a tail sawyer for Mount Emily Lumber Company in Enterprise. Later, he worked for Boise Cascade in Joseph, retiring after more than 30 years of service.

He married Margaret Layton May 1, 1930, and they lived in Joseph. They took pride in the appearance of their house and yard. The couple shared interests in hunting, fishing and gardening. Together they would often fish for kokanee, trout and sturgeon. They fished Wallowa Lake, Lake Pend Oreille, the Columbia River and even the ocean several times.

He was also a hunter of deer and elk. Mr. Hayes also made many trips on horseback into the high lakes of the Wallowa Mountains.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include a stepson, Ronnie and Rene Layton; four grandchildren; a sister, Mildred and Lloyd Benson of Spokane Valley, Wash.; and nieces and nephews. Dying earlier was his wife, Margaret Ann.

Memorials may be made to the local cancer chapter of Wallowa County.


Barbara J. Walker, 77, of Seaside and formerly of Union died Dec. 23 in Long Beach, Wash. At her request, there will be no services. Hughes-Ransom Cremation and Mortuaries of Astoria is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Walker was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Renton, Wash., to Robert and Alice Samson Walker. She grew up and attended schools in Renton. She married Jack Walker in Seattle on Sept. 2, 1949. He died in 1995.

In 1960, the couple moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where they homesteaded 160 acres. Mrs. Walker worked at the phone company as a switchboard operator. In 1970, the Walkers moved to Hammond, where she worked at the cannery and at Harold's Corner.

In 1975, they moved to Union. From 1980 to 1987, she owned and operated Barb's Cafe in Island City. Then in 1987 the family moved back to the west side, where Mrs. Walker worked at the Warrenton Mini-Mart.

She enjoyed sewing, bingo, feeding the squirrels and seagulls, music and dancing. She was a member of the Moose and Elks Lodges in Astoria and La Grande.

Mrs. Walker is survived by sons and their wives, Bruce and Pam Walker of Emmett, Idaho, and Brian and Susan Walker of Warrenton; two grandsons; a sister, Lois Holmes of Tucson, Ariz.; brothers, George Walker of Kennewick, and Ken Walker of Anchorage; and numerous other family members. Her husband and a son, Craig, died ealier.


Visa "Vi" Gray, 97, of Enterprise died Dec. 19 at a La Grande care center. A memorial celebrating Mrs. Gray's life will be scheduled in the spring of 2006. No other services are planned.

Lee Bollman of Enterprise and Mel Byers of Wallowa are handling arrangements.

Mrs. Gray was born Feb. 14, 1908 to Steve and Barbara Hammack Hodge in Enterprise. She was raised on the Alder Slope. She also lived in Joseph, Upper Prairie Creek and on the homeplace, a farm near Lostine. During World War II, she lived in Bend.

On Dec. 4, 1926, she married Thorvel "Mike" Gray in La Grande.

Mrs. Gray enjoyed quilting, picking huckleberries and growing a huge garden. She was a member of the Wallowa County Cowbelles.

She was a member of the Wallowa Christian Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Oma Gray Miller of Island City ; a granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews, including Bob Dressler and Aleta Neal.


Margaret Mollie Paullus, 81, of La Grande and formerly of Coquille, died Dec. 27 at her home. A celebration of life will be conducted at a later date in Myrtle Point.

Mrs. Paullus was born Oct. 14, 1924, to John and Amelia "Molly" Schulties Wersh in Tennant, Calif. As a teenager, her father died and she helped her motherl raise her sisters.

In the early 1940s, she married E.R. "Smoke" Wylie. The marriage ended in divorce.

She had her own bookkeeping and tax business, Wylie Bookkeeping Service and Acheson Rental for many years and work was her life during that time.

In December 1985 she married Norman J. Paullus Sr. in Bridge. The couple moved to La Grande a year ago to be near family.

Mrs. Paullus was a member of the Myrtle Point Community Church and the Coquille Emblem Club. She was involved with the Food Bank of Myrtle Point and was named Citizen of the Year of Myrtle Point in 1997. She enjoyed hosting family get-togethers, cooking and canning.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Terry "Shawn" and Aileen Wylie of Newport, Jule and Norman J. Paullus Jr. of La Grande, and William Anthony Grove of Keizer; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice O'Shea of Tacoma, Wash., Dorothy Babb of Coquille, and Molly Clark of Sun City, Ariz; and other relatives and friends. A daughter, Linda Rae Grove, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Myrtle Point Food Bank or the Myrtle Point Community Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.


Charles Britain, 75, of La Grande died Dec. 27 at his home after a long illness. There will be a private family memorial service at a later date.

Mr. Britain was born Dec. 5, 1930, to Frank and Anna Basher Britain in Pendleton. He served in the Army and on June 19, 1950, married Grace Wilson in Pendleton.

He worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 37 years, and was a member of the Eagles and the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Cathy Gibson of Sheridan, Ruth and Rob Durlin of Roseburg, Becky and Ron Conant of Hermiston, and Marty Quittschreiber of Meacham; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Patty Massy of Hermiston and Edna Peterson of Pendleton, and a brother, Virgil Britain of Aberdeen, Wash.

His brothers, Frank, Gene, and Jack Britain; sisters, Ruth Hoover and Marie Blakely, and a granddaughter, Jennifer Grace Quittscheiber, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Research fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502, 7th St.


Vida "Vi" Marie Fields, 95, of Union, died Dec. 25 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Cove Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cove. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mrs. Fields was born April 5, 1910, to John and Ora (Scott) Freeman in Crystal Valley, Mich. She was one of 11 children.

On July 9, 1927, she married Millard John Buffum in Pentwater, Mich. Together the couple raised six children. Mr. Buffum died July 6, 1963.

On April 23, 1965, she married William Edward Fields and shortly after their marriage the couple moved to Oregon, where she worked at the St. Joseph Hospital and later became the first woman ranger for the U.S. Forest Service at Anthony Lakes. Mr. Fields died July 2, 1987.

Mrs. Fields was a member of the Cove Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She loved the mountains, fishing, hiking, her roses, but most of all she loved her family and friends.

Survivors include her daughters and their spouses, Lois Magnuson of Scottville, Mich., Bev and Don Riggs of Shelby, Mich., and Jan and Bob Hull of Union; step-son, Kenneth Fields of Bend; a sister, Nerine Blount of Orlando, Fla; 13 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Dying earlier were her spouses and her sons, Duane, Larry, Kenneth and Robert; son-in-law Nels; grandson John and granddaughter Tammy.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande.


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