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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending Feb. 4, 2006


Obituaries for the week ending Feb. 4, 2006

Myrtle Aleson, 96, of Enterprise died Jan. 27 at a care center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday Feb. 4 at Bollman Funeral Home with Tim Schmeck officiating. Burial will be at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mrs. Aleson was born Sept. 16, 1909, to James H. and Harriet Bloom Fisher at Leap in Wallowa County. On Dec. 30, 1926, she married Julius Aleson in Enterprise. They farmed on Hurricane Creek for many years. She was a member of the Hurricane Creek Grange for 82 years, a charter member of AARP, a member of the VFW women's auxiliary 4307 and a lady Elk.

She enjoyed hiking, camping, picking huckleberries, dancing, playing pinochle and being with her family.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Bonnie Jean and Dean Sasser of Portland, and Grant and Karen Aleson of Gresham; one grandchild; one step-grandchild; two step-great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


Robert Richard "Dick" Chandler, 77, of Enterprise died Jan. 29 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday Feb. 3 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. A private burial will be at the Joseph Cemetery.

Mr. Chandler was born June 29, 1928, to Oscar B. and Gladys G. Ballentyne Chandler in Denver, Colo. He grew up in Wallowa County and worked in logging, for ranchers and farmers and in scrap metal. He served in the Army at Fort Lawton as a cook from 1954 to 1956. In 1952 he married Betty Tenney, and after a divorce he married Hallie McCarty. They lived in Lostine until his death.

He enjoyed singing, fishing and being with his brother.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Tim and Vickie Chandler, Jacob Chandler, Barbara and Dylan Kang, Joe and Kathy Chandler, Tom and Andrea Chandler, Tom Chandler and Laurie Chandler; several grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Harley and Shirley Chandler of Milton-Freewater; three sisters and their husbands, Frances Wingfield of Enterprise, Myrtle and Arlen DeLyria of Wallowa, and Elizabeth and Stan McCune of Ellensburg, Wash.; and other relatives. Siblings, Lucinda and Harry, who died as infants, and Alice Key, Florence French and Mary Duvall, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home.


Conrad C. Huntsman, 88, of Boise and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 29. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 2 at the Relyea Funeral Chapel in Boise and from noon to 12:45 p.m. Friday before the service. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at the LDS Chapel, 3020 Cherry Lane in Boise. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande at noon Saturday Feb. 4.

Mr. Huntsman was born Dec. 29, 1917, to Emery and Elsie Caroline Shipp Huntsman in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Baker High School in 1936 and on April 3, 1942, he married Marell Waite in the Salt Lake City Temple. They lived in La Grande where he worked as a warehouse foreman for the La Grande Fruit Company for 25 years. They moved to Boise in 1984.

Mr. Huntsman was a Master Gardener and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, walking, telling stories, talking to people and watching his children and grandchildren play sports.

Survivor include his wife of Boise; children and their spouses, Joyce and Douglas Higley of Emmett, Idaho, John and JoAnn Huntsman of Athena, Kathleen and Wayne Jensen of Sutherlin, David and Betty of Baker City, Vaughn and Elaine Huntsman of Rock Springs, Wyo., Loren and Shelly Huntsman of Lyman, Wyo., and Jan Green, E. Christine and Gerry Rogalsky, and Donna Huntsman, all of Boise; 54 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; a brother, D. Felton of Seattle, Wash.; and a brother-in-law, Russell Waite of Pendleton. A son, Warren Frank Huntsman, a grandson and three great-grandchildren all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the LDS Family History Library in care of Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah, Boise 83706.


Taedra L. Byassee, 27, of La Grande died Jan. 30 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday Feb. 2 at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Miss Byassee was born May 19, 1978, to Gary and Nancy Tibbling Byassee in La Grande. She attended La Grande schools through grade school and earned a GED. She worked towards becoming a certified nursing assistant, and worked at various care centers.

Survivors include a daughter, Kaela Jo Griffin of La Grande; a sister, Tierra Byassee of Union, a brother Tanner, Boslau of Peoria, Ariz.; her mother and stepfather, Nancy and Doug Boslau of La Grande.

Memorials may be made to the drug and alcohol treatment program at the Center For Human Development in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.


Lucille H. Hanson, 93, of La Grande died Jan. 28 at a local care center. Burial will be private. A reception from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. today Feb. 2 will be held at 203 S. 12th St. in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hanson was born June 29, 1912, to Benjamin and Harriett Bishop Becker in Chicago, Ill. In 1941 she married Vendon Prophet of Rigby, Idaho. She moved to La Grande in the early 1970s.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Venda Sheppard of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Marilyn and Allen Stroud of Twin Falls, Idaho, Lavon and Paul Olsen of Carey, Idaho, and Marla Denson and Lamont Prophet, both of La Grande; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.


Jack Clifford Eckstein, 91, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin, died Jan. 25 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Eckstein was born Jan. 8, 1915, to William and Jennie Stowell Eckstein in La Grande. He attended the Palmer Valley School north of Elgin and worked in the lumber business at a very early age and later owned several sawmills. On Nov. 24, 1933, he married Margaret Cowan, and they lived for at time in Milton-Freewater. He was a member of the Hiram Lodge in Elgin and the Scottish Rite. He enjoyed gardening, picking mushroom, hunting, fishing and family poker games.

Survivors include his wife wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Phyllis Eckstein of Elgin, and Joyce and Andy Moore of Alburquere, N.M.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild and other relatives. Two brothers, Ernie and Clarence Eckstein, and two sisters, Clara Barlow and Bessie Eckstein, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. An online guestbook is available.


Alberta Norma Bloom, 85, of La Grande died Jan. 30 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Burial at the Olney Cemetery in Pendleton will be private.

Mrs. Bloom was born Jan. 5, 1921, to Norman and Pearl Hartman Thompson in Santa Ana, Calif. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, C.C. Owen. She married Richard W. Bloom in Pasco, Wash., and lived in Pendleton until 1954 when they moved to La Grande. She was a homemaker and a talented seamstress. She was a member of the First Christian Church and enjoyed cooking for family and friends.

Survivors include a son, Don Bloom of Island City; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Dick Hohstadt, of Cove; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, a daughter in law, Judy Bloom, and a great-grandson all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel 1508 Fourth St.


Edith Lavon Rogers, 85, of La Grande died Jan. 30 at her home. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday Feb. 3 at the LDS Church in Island City. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Rogers was born May 5, 1920, to Theodore and Leona Ashmed Miller in Union. On Dec. 8, 1946, she married Harold Rogers in Reno, Nev. They had an antique store in La Grande for at time. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and enjoyed antiques, flowers, dancing, traveling and being with her family.

Survivors include children, Willard Swiger of Bremerton, Wash., Ronnie Swiger of Milton-Freewater, Bev Moore of Colorado, Pat Lovan of La Grande and Myrna Martinez of Fort Myers, Fla.; 21 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; a brother, Elmer Miller of La Grande; sisters, Lillie Waldrop of Mississippi, Eva Kephart of Pallock Pines, Calif., and Myrna Clayton of Reno; and other relatives. Her husband; two sons, Michael Rogers and Carl Swiger; three brothers, Earl, Dick and Roy Miller; two sisters, Amy Stewart and Mae Simonis, and two great-grandchildren all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to GRH Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel. An on-line guest book is available.


Clyde James Holliday, 68, of Enterprise died Jan. 29 at a care center. A celebration of life is planned for the summer.

Mr. Holliday was born Jan. 30, 1937, to Arthur and May Holliday in El Paso, Texas. He graduated from high school in Prineville nad served in the Army from 1955 to 1957.

On Oct. 9, 1959, he married Linda Christ in Portland. He graduated from Eastern Oregon College of Education with a master's degree and taught high school English for 23 years, the last 20 in Enterprise. He also coached football and wrestling and helped start the Enterprise academic banquet.

He was a member of the Catholic Church and the Elks. He enjoyed playing poker, fishing, hunting, camping, playing golf, boating, training bird dogs and telling tall tales. He wrote a book titled "The Life and Times of B.S. Largely."

Survivors include his wife of Enterpriese; children and their spouses, Mike and Kathryn Holliday of Chandler, Ariz., Jan Holliday and her partner Anne of Norfolk, Va., Kristen and Richard of Boise; two grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Holliday of Phoenix, Ariz., and Charles Holliday of Prineville; a sister, Becci, of Elgin and other relatives. A brother, Bill Holliday, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Clyde Holliday Tall Tale Writing Award account at Enterprise First Bank Northwest, 205 W. Main St., Enterprise, or in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


Nancy E. Kratochvil, 66, of La Grande died Jan. 29 at her home after a long illness. There will be no public services.

Mrs. Kratochvil was born April 20, 1939 to Dorothy and Stanley Bradshaw in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and married Donald Kratochvil in 1955. She enjoyed crafts and playing bingo.

Survivors include her companion, Lyle Kollenborn of La Grande; children, Petty Parsons, Romona O'Neil, Dorothy Leonard and Darold Kratochvil, all of La Grande; a sister, Laura Clinkenbeard of La Grande; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband and a son, Donald Kratochvil Jr., both died earlier.

Donations to assist with funeral arrangements will be accepted at the Union County Senior Center, 1504 Albany St., or in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.


Lewis Enoch Jones, 95, of Nampa, Idaho, and formerly of Union, died Jan. 26. Burial was at the Odd Fellows Cemetery Jan. 31 in The Dalles.

Mr. Jones was born March 5, 1910, to Charles Lewis and Ruth Etta Kenworthy Jones in Esbon, Kans. He attended school and starting working at age 10. He logged with horses, purchasing his first chainsaw in 1944.

On Sept. 24, 1930, he married Delfa Pearl Barzee in the Logan, Utah, Temple of the LDS Church. In Union, he worked for Alva Orton, Lorren Harris and later leased a 1,700-acre ranch from Othello Lay in Telocaset. He also worked at the North Powder sawmill, where he purchased a home while managing the Lay ranch. He also managed the Mike Asper place for a short time. He served a mission for the LDS church to the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

After the death of his wife, he married Glendella Jane McNee in The Dalles on Aug. 11, 1984.

He will be remembered as an honest, kind and hard-working man who loved animals.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Clark and Lucy Jones of Coos Bay, Neil and Shirley Jones of Saratoga Springs, Utah, Ellen and Don Kohler of La Grande, Cheryl and Jim Clausen of Nampa, and Freidle Jones of Warden, Wash.; two brothers, Lester H Jones of St. Anthony, Idaho, and William T. Jones of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and other relatives. His wife, a son, Melvin Lewis Jones, a brother, Wayne C. Jones, and two sisters, Verda Esther Jones Dobbins and Neva Jones, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the LDS Family History Center, 2504 N. Fir St., La Grande 97850.


Florence Follick, 82, of La Grande, died Jan. 30 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A service will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Follick was born April 20, 1923, to Raul Paul and Florence Vickers Igo in Long Beach, Calif. She worked for Aramark catering for North America Aviation, and lived at Evergreen nursing home for many years.

She attended the Summerville Baptist Church where she loved to sing. She enjoyed cooking, working puzzles, playing board games and cards, camping and fishing.

Survivors include her daughter, Binnie Kast of Summerville; five grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to a benefit fund at Wells Fargo Bank.


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