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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending Jan. 7, 2006


Obituaries for the week ending Jan. 7, 2006

Ella Marie Bryant, 4 days old, of Elgin died Dec. 29 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Boise.

Baby Bryant was born Dec. 25 to James "Bo" and Janet Marostica Bryant at Grande Ronde Hospital. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Christian Life Center in Elgin. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Survivors include her parents and siblings, Kelcey Clark and Nathan Clarid James A. Bryant II, all of Elgin; grandparents Patsy Marostica of Ontario, Jerry Marostica of Wasilla, Alaska, Pam and Gordon Rhyne of Stanfield; great-grandparents Heidie Florence of Elgin; and other relatives.


Dorthy Nelson Peacock, 86, of Alicel, died Dec. 18 at her home. She was 86. She was buried next to her husband in the Summerville Cemetery.

Mrs. Peacock was born April 29, 1919, to Ole and Mabel Nelson in Minneapolis, Minn. In 1927 she traveled with her mother and stepfather, Charles Buckmaster, to Brooks in a Model T Ford.

She married William Peacock in Albany Nov. 9, 1935. The couple spent 12 years in Alaska trapping and working with the Civil Aviation Administration.

In 1947, the family moved to western Oregon and began logging and operating portable sawmills. They moved to Northeast Oregon in 1956 and set up a sawmill on the face of Mount Harris. Within a few years the sawmill was moved down to the valley floor, to Alicel, where it operated until 1995.

Following her husband's accidental death in 1978 , she became involved in the family sawmill. She was a member of the La Grande Soroptomist Club, the CETA Board, the Red Cross, Peoples Savings and Loan, PEO and the First Christian Church where she was a Sunday school teacher, a youth leader, a trustee, an elder and a member of Christian Women's Fellowship.

She enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, being at the deer camp on Mount Harris and keeping things in order, traveling finding, flower gardening, watching birds, reading, dancing and laughing at a good story. Nothing was more important to her than family and friends.

Survivors include her sons and their wives, Bill and Jane Peacock, Bob and Dorothy Peacock and Rick and Bobbi Peacock; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, the Salvation Army or to the PEO Educational Scholarship Fund.


Delcie Elma Hogeland Perdue, 86, of Unity and formerly of Elgin, died in Dec. 27 in Phoenix, Ariz. A celebration of life will be held later.

Mrs. Perdue was born May 26, 1919 in Heppner to Russell and Ida Crewdson Hogeland.She grew up in Mount Vernon and spent almost all of her life in Oregon. She held a variety of jobs. In 1961, she and her husband, Darrel Perdue, purchased the Waterhole in Unity. In 1984 they sold the business and retired to Elgin. After her husband's death in 1995 she moved back to Unity to be close to family.

Survivors include a daughter, Letha, four granddaughters; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Ethel, Peggy, Viola, and Nancy; brothers, Herman, Richard, and Lennis and other relatives.


Lela Richey, 92, of La Grande died Dec. 30 in Vancouver, Wash. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Sevent St. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Cemetery with a memorial service to follow at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in La Grande.

Mrs. Richey was born March 12, 1913, the daughter of Horace and Minnie Johnson Hamilton in Webb City, Mo. She married Forrest Richey in 1934 in Springfield, Mo. The couple also lived in Colorado and Huntington before moving to La Grande.

She was a talented seamstress and worked for years with Anne Johnson's clothing where she specialized in alterations. She would later become co-owner of the Top Shop and enjoyed running it for many years.

She was a member of the Hendrix Methodist Church where she served on the church board, taught Sunday school and was a member of the choir. She would later attend the Church of the Nazarene in La Grande where she continued to serve in the church.

She enjoyed gardening, golf and cooking. She won numerous ribbons for her flowers and quilts and will be remembered as someone who would open her home to anyone in need.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Duane Hamlin of Vancouver; foster daughter, Jo Ann Adkins of Williamsburg, Va.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Oleta Barton of Sacramento, Calif.; and other relatives and friends. Her husband, daughter Betty Calkins, and three siblings all died earlier.

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


Jeffery D. Schroeder, 22, of LaGrande died Dec. 30 in Walla Walla from an automobile accident. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel in Milton-Freewater with Pastor Duane Geyer of the First Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery.

Mr. Schroeder was born Oct. 28, 1983, to Rick and Anita Waggoner Schroeder in Walla Walla. He attended school in La Grande and played baseball and football. He worked as a manager at a restaurant, in landscaping, at the Best Western Motel and most recently at Burgerville in Portland. He returned to this area in late December.

He enjoyed motorcycles, remote control cars, video games, drawing and cats.

Survivors include his companion, Amanda Thompson and a daughter Jasmine Schroeder, both of Walla Walla; his mother and step-father Anita and Jesse Munoz of La Grande; his father and step-mother Rick and Cheryl Schroeder of Clayton, N.M., siblings and half-siblings, Michael Schroeder, Tristan Munoz of LaGrande, Angie Munoz of Bakersfield, Calif., and Jason Munoz of Hood River; grandparents Ray and Shirley Waggoner of Milton-Freewater, Gwyn and Tom Schroeder of Clayton, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice through the funeral home.


Sue Stevenson Compton Long, 70, formerly of Rock Creek, died Jan. 3 in La Grande. A celebration of life will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday at 14101 Launchpad Lane in Haines. A private graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Rock Creek Cemetery.

Mrs. Long was born May 31, 1935, to Amos and Zelna Weaver in Yreka, Calif. She attended 28 different schools in California and Oregon while growing up. She earned a GED at the age of 41 at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.

Sue married Phil Stevenson in 1950, and worked at various jobs in the Pendleton and Hermiston area, eventually purchasing a clothing store. She also worked as a freelance journalist.

She enjoyed animals, knitting, photography, writing, story-telling and being with her family and a multitude of friends.

Survivors include children, Philip Stevenson of Haines, Joseph Stevenson of Baker City and Debby Sue Stevenson-Hamby of Pendleton; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and other relatives. A brother, Jack, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the local Humane Society in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City 97814.


Arlyn Duane Beck, 89, of Baker City died Dec. 28 at St. Elizabeth Health Services. A recitation of the rosary took place Jan. 1 at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. A memorial Mass was celebrated Jan. 2 at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

Mr. Beck was born Aug. 14, 1916, to Walter A. and Agnes M. Robbins Beck in Molalla. He graduated from La Grande High School and attended Eastern Oregon Normal School.

He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936 and worked for the Forest Service for 34 years, always in the shadow of the Eagle Mountains.

On Nov. 27, 1939, he married Jeanette Delepierre. He was a member of the Catholic Church, the Elks Lodge, the Forest Service 30-Year Club and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Survivors include his wife; his children and their spouses, Walter and Kay Beck, Arlyne and Jack Sater and Barbara "Bobbi" and John Higgins; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A grandson, James Edwin Beck, and three brothers, Maurice, Howard and Ralph, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814.


Norman Lee McKenzie, 83, of La Grande, died Jan. 4 at the VA Medical Center in Walla Walla. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Military honors and burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel.

Mr. McKenzie was born March 28, 1922, to Irvin and Millie Malinda Burchfield McKenzie in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School 1940. He served in the Army during World War II with the 305th GP American Allied Forces in Europe.

On Dec. 5, 1957, he married Irene Hyde in Lewiston. They lived in Enterprise until moving to La Grande in 1959. He owned Norm's Cigar Store on Washington Street until his retirement. He was a former member of the American Legion, the VFW, the Elks and the Eagles.

He loved the outdoors, traveling and scenic drives throughout Eastern Oregon. Since his retirement he has enjoyed spending summers at Wildhorse in Nevada to camp and fish.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; Nan Fordice of La Grande and Valerie Hyde of Portland; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives. His brother, Irvin Harry McKenzie, died earlier.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the VFW or to the VA hospital in Walla Walla.


Lem Edward Wilson, 87, formerly of Hells Canyon, died Jan. 3 in Ontario. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 13 at the Bethany Presbyterian Church, 1712 W. Idaho Ave., Ontario. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville, Idaho.

Mr. Wilson was born Sept. 22, 1918, to Lemen Elijah and Nancy Isabelle Wilson at the family home near Nyssa. His parents were children of pioneers who had moved west in covered wagons.

He graduated from high school in Nyssa and worked as a sheep herder. On Sept. 5, 1939, he married Doris Hite. In the 1940s he farmed and had a potato harvesting business. In those days he was known as the Potato King.

In 1951 he bought a sheep ranch on the Snake River in Hells Canyon at Pittsburg Landing. By the 1970s he was running 6,000 head of sheep. He was an accomplished bush pilot. The ranch now makes up a large part of the Hells Canyon Recreation Area.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners and had a passion for helping handicapped children. He was a very compassionate and generous man held in high esteem by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Ray and Mick; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Lance Armstrong Cancer Fund in care of Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 N. Mill St., Grangeville, Idaho, 83530.


Ella D. Morrison, 84, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Enterprise, died Jan. 4 at the St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ingle Chapel Congregational Church in Milton-Freewater. Burial will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery.

Mrs. Morrison was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Farmington, Ark., to William C. and Mattie Durman Brooks. She moved to Springfield as a child when her family was uprooted by the dustbowl and The Depression.

On Dec. 20, 1945, she married Edward J. Morrison in Springfield. After Mr. Morrison graduated from the seminary, the Morrisons moved to Milton-Freewater and served churches in Salem, Montana and Enterprise.

They ministered as a couple until retiring in 1990. She served as a Sunday school teacher and Bible school teacher.

She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles and crafts. She was a member of the Ingle Chapel Congregational Church, the Ladies Auxiliary and Church Women United.

Survivors include her husband of Milton-Freewater; three sons and their wives, Michael E. and Teresa Morrison, James Brent and Christine Morrison, all of Milton-Freewater, and Glenn C. and Sandra Cannon of Walla Walla; a brother, Floyd Brooks of Willow, Alaska; four sisters, Wilma Brooks, Lois Brooks, Patty Disbrow, all of Yamhill, and Mary Wall of Winlock, Wash.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


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