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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending October 13, 2007


Obituaries for the week ending October 13, 2007

Dillie Marie Miller, 94, of La Grande, died Oct. 7 at her home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery.

Dillie was born on Nov. 12, 1912, to Bird and Amanda (Rollins) Bennett in La Grande. She was educated in La Grande. On Oct. 16, 1929, she married Elmer T. Miller. They would have celebrated 78 years of marriage this month. During the early years of their marriage they lived in Burns before returning to La Grande in 1947.

Those who knew Dillie say she loved being a homemaker and cooking for her grandchildren, especially apple cobblers. She also enjoyed fishing. She was a member of the First Christian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Miller of La Grande; daughter, Gerry Montgomery of La Grande; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Sue Miller of Graham, Wash.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Dallas, Albert and Talbert Bennett; and son, Marvin Miller.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church.


Steven Anthony Miller, 60, of Walla Walla and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 18 after suffering from a cardiac problem while driving on U.S. Highway 12. A funeral service was held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Walla Walla last month.

Steven was born Sept. 2, 1947, to Reuben and Lois Ruth Taylor Teske in Baker City. He lived for a while in La Grande and graduated from a local church school. He graduated from Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Wash., in 1965 and attended Walla Walla College. He served in the U.S. Army and received an honorable discharge in 1967.

He married Dolly Ogren in 1966. They had two children, Steven H. and Dolly Jo. The couple later divorced.

On March 1, 1997, he married Patricia "Pat" Bunn Schafer in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Steven was the owner of Teske & Associates Mechanical Services for 12 years. He enjoyed boating and restoring cars.

He was a member of Washington Odd Fellows Enterprise Lodge No. 2.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; a daughter and son-in-law, Dolly Jo and Rick Spangler of Grand Junction, Colo.; two stepdaughters, Teresa Schafer of Castle Wood, S.D., and Jackie Schafer of Stockholm, S.D.; a son and daughter-in-law, Steven H. and Erin Teske of Frederick, Md.; two stepsons, James Schafer of Milbank, S.D., and Tony Schafer of Stockholm; father and stepmother, Jean Teske of Rice, Wash.; two brothers, David Teske of Port Townsend, Wash., and Terrance Wesley Teske of Walla Walla; six grandchildren and a stepgrandchild. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.


Albert Glenn Uhrig, 81, of Elgin, died Oct. 6, at his home on Stubblefield Mountain of natural causes. Services were held Oct. 10.

Glenn was born May 12, 1926, to Albert and Ethel Seay Uhrig in Weiser, Idaho. He was the eldest of four brothers.

Glenn was a veteran of the United States Army, serving his country during the later years of WWII in Korea.

Glenn married Ruth Elmer on April 7, 1973, in La Grande. They made their home on the Uhrig Family Ranch on Crane Creek, east of Weiser, Idaho.

Glenn was a vital part of a successful cattle operation with his brother, Kenneth, until the ranch sold in 1996. At that time Glenn and Ruth purchased the Oberteuffer place on Stubblefield Mountain and moved there with some of their cows in January 1996. Those who knew Glenn say he loved serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom Glenn had given his heart to many years earlier.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Uhrig; sister-in-law, Linda Nutter and her husband, Mike; brother-in-law, Howard Elmer and his wife, Cherie; several nieces and nephews; brothers, Robert Uhrig and his wife, Micheline, of Pelican Rapids, Minn., and Kenneth Uhrig and wife, Judy, of Weiser, Idaho. He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Uhrig in 1965.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shining Light Ministries, Tanzania, Africa, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.


James "Yogi" Frades, 62, of Clarksburg, Calif., and formerly of Union, died Sept. 15 at the Sacramento V.A. Medical Center. Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at Union Cemetery. River Cities Mortuary was in charge of initial services.

James was born Nov. 19, 1944, to Ray and Edith (Wigglesworth) Frades in La Grande. He graduated from Union High in 1963 and went into the Army in October 1963. He spent 12 years there until he was injured.

He worked at a pallet yard in Livermore, Calif., until illness forced him to leave his job. Those who knew him say he loved life and never complained. He also loved fishing.

James is survived by his sisters, June and her husband, Melverne Bauck, of North Powder, Janice and her husband, Jerry Brust, of Scappoose, Sheila Russell of Phoenix, Ariz., and Marilyn Harvey of Enterprise; and long-time friend, Norma Rolley of Brookings. He was preceded in death by his father, Ray; his mother and stepfather, Edith and Joe McCain; brother, Mike; and grandparents, Frank and Lola Wigglesworth.


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