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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending Feb. 25, 2006

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Obituaries for the week ending Feb. 25, 2006

Clifford "Bruce" Culver, 55, of Cove died Feb. 16 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in La Grande.

Mr. Culver was born April 27, 1950, to Clifford and Jeannine Culver in La Grande. He graduated from Powder Valley High School and attended Eastern Oregon State College and Oregon State University.

He worked on his grandfather Powell's cattle ranch until 1987, and for Fleetwood Travel Trailers for 13 years as a materials handler. He spent two years in Elgin working at the Boise plywood mill, and the last two years for Intermountain R.V.

On Dec. 18, 1987, he married Paula Healy in La Grande. They lived in Imbler for 17 years before moving to Cove. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and served as head usher and boys director of the Awana Club.

Survivors include his wife of Cove; stepchildren, Melissa J. Peery of Yelm, Wash., and Crystal R. Healy of Cove; brothers, Keith and Reed Culver; and his parents, all of North Powder.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church for the sanctuary remodeling fund in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

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Catherine Ann Gibson, 54, of Sheridan and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 18 at Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. April 29 at Emigrant Springs State Park.

Mrs. Gibson was born March 30, 1951, to Charles Ernest and Grace Annetta Wilson Britain in Pendleton. The family moved to La Grande and she graduated from La Grande High School. She married and later divorced, and worked as an in-home caregiver. She moved to Keizer in 1996 and in 2004 to Sheridan.

She was a member of the Eagles and was president of the Eagles Auxiliary in Keizer. She enjoyed crochet, sewing, karaoke and playing bingo. She was known as Aunt Cacky.

Survivors include children, Butch Whitehead Jr. of Umatilla, Annetta Britain of Springfield, Anna Mainard of Albany; her mother of La Grande; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marty Quittschreiber of La Grande, Ruth and Rob Durbin of Roseburg, and Becky and Ron Conant of Hermiston; and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Keizer Eagles, the Keizer Fire Department or Camp Attitude in care of Macy and Son Funeral Directors, 135 N. Evans St., McMinnville 97128.

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Frank C. Edmunds, 96, of Kennewick and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 14. Columbia Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Edmunds was born Feb. 18, 1910, to Walter E. and Louise Edmunds in Los Angeles, Calif. On March 23, 1944, he married Maureen Bramhall, and owned a number of businesses including a dental lab and a pest control company, both in California, before moving to La Grande in 1973. He worked at Eastern Oregon State College and for the Presbyterian Church, and managed the Royal Motor Inn before moving to Kennewick in 2003.

He enjoyed watching football, hunting, square dancing, going for a drive and following the stock market.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Gary and Sandy Edmunds of Everett, Wash., Jeff and Peggy Edmunds of La Grande, and Dan and Julie Edmunds of Kennewick; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a sister, Florence Blevins of Kennewick. His wife, a brother Raymond "Mike" Edmunds, and a sister, Eugenia Martin, all died earlier.

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Maxine Lorenzen, 86, of Bend and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 15 at St. Charles Hospital. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 1 and again March 3 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. March 4 at the La Grande First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave.

Mrs. Lorenzen was born oct. 26, 1919, to Helene and John Bowen in Anselmo, Neb. She married George D. Lorenzen and lived in Montana, Wyoming and Texas before settling in La Grande, where she lived for more than 50 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church, the Blue Mountain Gem Club and the Tri-Mountain Good Sams Club, and enjoyed crochet, reading, working puzzles and being with her family.

Survivors include a son, Terry Lorenzen of Sunriver; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, a sister, a son and a daughter all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in care of Loveland Chapel.

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Garland "Cal" L. Messick, 61, of Union died Feb. 19 at his home of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ, 2107 Gekeler Lane.

Mr. Messick was born Oct. 30, 1944, to Allie and Mary Farnsworth Messick in Salinas, Calif. He served in the Air Force, and on Nov. 11, 1972, married Juanita Corn in Carson City, Nev.

He enjoyed golf, old cars, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Church of Christ, and enjoyed helping out at the church with food service.

Survivors include his wife of Union; a step-son, Ronald Austin of Federal Way, Wash.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Several brothers and sisters died earlier.

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Irene Alice Locken, 72, of Cove died Feb. 22 at her home. A potluck gathering at the Cove Sportsmen's Club will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 25.

Mrs. Locken was born May 22, 1933, to H.L. Luster and Ida O. Hunter Miller in Cove. She attended schools in Cove and raised 5 children. She was preceded in death by two husbands.

She enjoyed canning, embroidery, knitting, crochet, making doll clothes, crafts of all kinds, quilting, being with her children and grandchildren and watching their sporting events.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Daniel and Cheryl Locken of Cove, William Locken of Enterprise, John and Carlotta Locken of Pendleton, Alice and Gary Needham of Cove and Anita LaGoy of Vancouver, Wash.; twin brothers, Dale and Dallas Miller of Union; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and other relatives. A daughter-in-law, Tina Locken, a grandson, Jeremy, and great grandson, Jonathan, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to GRH Hospice, Evergreen Health and Rehabilitation Center or any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

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Donald F. McCusker, 78, of Goldendale, Wash., and formerly of Cove, died Feb. 19 at his home. The funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. Friday Feb. 24 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Goldendale with Father William Byron officiating. Erdman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McCusker was born Oct. 16, 1927, to George and Eva McCusker in Dickinson, N.D. He graduated from Olympia High School in 1945, and later from Tri-State College of Indiana. He served in the Army in Japan after World War II, and on June 11, 1966, married Linda Michelsen in Olympia, Wash. He worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation for 30 years as an engineer, and lived in Cove from 1996 to 2001. He was a member of the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife of Goldendale; children, Christopher McCusker of Denison, Texas, Patrick McCusker of Juarez, Mexico, Shirleen Long of Centralia, Wash., Lori McCusker of Chelais, Wash., and Corinne Bannister of Blackfoot, Idaho; a brother, Bill McCusker of Nampa, Idaho; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to any charity.

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Dorothy Virginia "Ginger" Gibbons, 84, of Boise and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 22. Viewing will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church, 901 Penn Ave. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Mrs. Gibbons was born July 13, 1921, to Albert and Grace Jordan Shankland in Yacolt, Wash. She graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland in 1939. In Dec. 1941 she married Millard Gibbons in Portland.

She was a homemaker and worked part-time briefly when her children were in high school. The family moved to a ranch north of Cove in 1966. In 1970, finding the constant labors of a they moved to Cove and later to La Grande. Her husband died in 1996, and in 2001 she moved?

She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Decker Group ladies Bible study and the Good Sam club. She enjoyed camping and being with her grandchildren.

Her favorite saying was, "Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out of it alive anyway."

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Judy Gibbons of Toledo and a daughter, Laurie Gibbons of Boise; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Disease Foundation 1501 N.W. Ninth Ave., Miami, Fla. 33136-1494 or the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633.

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John Carey Kirkpatrick, 58, of Elgin, died Thursday, Feb. 16 at his home. No services will be held at this time. Burial will be held in Oakland, Minn. Arrangements are with Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Kirkpatrick was born on April 28, 1947, the son of Homer and Irene (Hayes) Kirkpatrick in Austin, Minn. John and his family moved to La Grande where he attended school and later graduated from La Grande High School.

He was employed with Boise Cascade and worked in Elgin. Mr. Kirkpatrick enjoyed riding his motorcycle and hunting.

Survivors include his sisters, Carol Veach of Los Angeles, Ruth Alma of Pendleton and other relatives. His parents died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. To view the obituary, leave a condolence or sign the guest book on-line visit, www.danielschapel.com .

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Dean Lester Morehead, 81, of La Grande, died Feb. 22 in San Diego, Calif. Burial will be in the Sweet Home Cemetery.

Mr. Morehead was born Feb. 12, 1925, to Lester and Mildred Morehead in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1943, and served in the Navy during World War II. He earned a degree in aerospace engineering from M.I.T.

He worked for Boeing at Cape Canaveral, in Seattle and in California. He was also their executive pilot. He moved to La Grande in 2000.

He was married to Yolanda Allen of La Grande for several years.

He was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church, the American Legion and a founding member of the Old Bold Pilots Association. He owned a historic V-tail Bonanza for several years.

Survivors include a son, Mark Morehead of Beaverton. A brother, Lyle, a sister, Mildred, and a son, Alan, all died earlier.

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

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