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Home arrow Obituaries arrow Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 9, 2006


Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 9, 2006

Wilma May Morris, 86, a lifetime resident of Union County, died Sept. 1 at a local care facility. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in La Grande. Private interment was held at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mrs. Morris was born May 21, 1920, the daughter of Spencer D. and Nellie B. (Poole) Burch in Elgin. On Aug. 31, 1941 she married Manford Morris in La Grande. They farmed together on an 1896 Century Farm in Cove for many years.

She was a member of the La Grande First Baptist Church where she was involved with the Church Circle Group, served as a deaconess, taught Sunday school and served with her husband as a greeter. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, sewing and gardening.

Survivors include her husband, Manford Morris of La Grande; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon Miller and Daryl Wakefield of Portland, Carolyn and Jeff Jeffers of Centralia, Wash., Mina Ouellette of Vancouver, Wash. and Joyce and Steve Shea of Fredon, New Jersey; sister and brother-in-law, Jean Taylor and Fred Tebo of Portland; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Mrs. Morris to the Youth for Christ in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. La Grande 97850.


Eula Blake, 86, of La Grande, died Sept. 2 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 6 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City with Pastor Jonathan Privett of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating.

Mrs. Blake was born Aug. 19. 1920, to Roy and Ada Gabert Lostutter in Santa Monica, Calif. She attended school in California, and on July 20, 1946, she married Frank M. Blake. She enjoyed cross-stitch and making latch-work rugs.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Frank and Helen Blake of La Grande, Richard Blake of North Powder and Betty and Allen Hack of Haines; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband; two brothers, Roy and Dick Lostutter; and two grandchildren, Tracy Hack and Franklin Blake, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the University Hospital Neonatal Center in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814.


Francis E. Phillips, 81, of North Powder died Aug. 31 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life was held at the grange hall in North Powder. His cremated remains will be scattered at Keating Bluff at 4 p.m. today Sept. 5.

Mr. Phillips was born April 14, 1925, to Bahleum Alanzo and Ruth Fern Black Phillips in Stroud, Okla. The family moved to a farm outside of Baker City in 1934. He served in the Navy during World War II, and on March 7, 1948, married Dorothy M. Calloway in Baker City. He worked on ranches for 17 years and as a meat cutter. He drove a delivery truck for Eastern Oregon Meat and Sweets Valley Sausage. He worked at livestock sale yards in La Grande, Baker City and Walla Walla.

He served on the North Powder City Council and helped with car shows by setting up the poker run. He was an avid supporter of school athletics, assisted at the food bank and volunteered on city clean-up days. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and being outdoors. He was an excellent dancer, and it is said anyone could follow his lead. His family enjoyed hearing his stories about his childhood, his military adventures and shenanigans.

Survivors include his wife of North Powder; daughters, Marjorie Miller, Gloria Bailey, Shirley Rogers and Patty Phillips; two sons-in-law; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Floyd and Claude Phillips, died earlier. One sister and two brothers died in infancy.


Rose Marie Schaeffer, 80, of Wallowa died Aug. 31 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. Burial was at Bramlet Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Schaeffer was born Oct. 2, 1925, to Silas Oliver and Minnie Belle Weaver Barnes in Paradise. She married Don Schaeffer in 1946, and was a homemaker and a bookkeeper, and will be remembered for her devotion to her family and her love of animals.

Survivors include her husband of Wallowa; a son, Donnie Schaeffer of Wallowa; a daughter, LaVonne Lessar of Pendleton; a sister, Charlotte Doud of Wallowa; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and other relatives. Two brothers, Willard and Raymond Barnes; a sister, Kathleen Barnes; and two grandchildren, Terrel Prince and Tandy Ludviksen; died earlier.


Patricia Hein, 59, of Union died Sept. 1 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday Sept. 7 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. at the Union Cemetery.

Mrs. Hein was born Oct. 29, 1946, to Earl Patrick and Mary Ellen Jenkins Martin in Lusk, Wyo.

She married David Hein on Oct. 24, 1992, in Winnemucca, Nev., and moved to Union in 1994. She was the owner of a beauty salon in Union. She enjoyed horses, animals, people and community service.

Survivors include her husband of Union; a son, Rick Halley, of Crescent City, Nev.; a stepchildren, Candance Paradis, of Brush Prairie, Wash, and Eric Hein, of Cascais, Portugal; two sisters, Judy Belt of Salem and Lori Fagan of Crescent City; two brothers, Jack Martin of Crescent City and Billie Fagan of Concord, Calif.; and six grandchildren.


Albert Isaac Bumgardner, 91, of La Grande died Sept. 3 at a local care center. A celebration of life will be from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at the home of his granddaughter, Sheri Benitez, 2706 E. L Ave.

Mr. Bumgardner was born April 28, 1915, to Isaac and Emma Davisson Bumgardner in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1934, and during World War II worked at an airplane factory at San Diego, Calif. After returning to Union County he worked as a mechanic and carpenter, and in furnace and sheet-metal work.

On April 16, 1974, he married Bernice Waelty. The couple lived in La Grande. He was a past president of the La Grande Eagles Lodge, and was known as a jack of all trades. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and flying airplanes. It was said that he could build anything.

Survivors include his sister, Bernice Page of La Grande; step-children, Ken Waelty of Summerville, Pat Gutierrez of Heppner, Judy Ely of Oregon City, Laura VanDusen of Elgin and Larry Waelty of Nampa, Idaho; numerous grandchildren; and other relatives. His wife and a sister, Helen Manning, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Holly Jean Lehman, 51, of La Grande died Sept. 1 at St. Luke's Medical Center in Boise. A celebration of life and potluck reception will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday Sept. 9 at the home of her mother, Jean Enderlin, 277 W. Bryan St. in Union.

Ms. Lehman was born April 18, 1955, to Ernest and Jean Smith Lehman in San Francisco, Calif.She graduated from high school in Colton, and lived in Berkley, Calif., until 2002 when she moved to La Grande. She enjoyed gardening, crafts, astrology and cats.

Survivors include her companion, Dan Nelson of La Grande; her mother, Jean Enderlin of Union; siblings, Steven Lehman of California, David Enderlin and Barbara Schmidt, both of Union, Bonnie Beal, Cynthia Therrien and Anita Davis, all of Aumsville; and other relatives.Her father; her stepfather, Charles R. Enderlin; and a brother, Clifford Lehman, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Richard Eric Hunt, 37, of Lovelock, Nev., and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 4. A memorial Mass will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 9 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church with Father Hank Albrecht and the Rev. Irwin Smutz officiating.

Mr. Hunt was born Nov. 18, 1968, to Richard and Iris Hunt in Spokane, Wash. He graduated from Yamhill-Carlton Union High School where he was class valedictorian and state representative to the Oregon School Board. He was a member of the National Honor Society and given early admission to the University of Notre Dame and a four-year Navy ROTC scholarship. He graduated from Notre Dame and served in the Navy before working as a teacher for the Union Baker ESD alternative education program in Eugene and in the Pershing County School District in Lovelock. He was highly regarded for his generosity, intelligence, integrity and work ethic.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Iris and Lyle Mann of Summerville; a grandmother, Karene Mann; aunts and uncles, angela Cole, Georga Remm, John Mann, Jim Mann, Tim Mann and Mike Thill. His father and grandparents, Richard and Mary Hunt, Jack Mann, and Agnes and Gunnar Finstad, all died earlier.


Michelle Joeline Lee, 36, of Ontario and formerly of Union died Sept. 4 in her sleep. Haren-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A memorial gathering is being planned.

Survivors include her husband, Troy Duane Lee and three children, Michael Duane Lee, Natasha Lee and Dustin Duane Lee, all of Ontario; two sisters, Penny Weaver and Pam Weaver; a brother, Danny Day; her mother and step-father, Minnie and Chuck Shuman of Hillsboro; and her father-in-law, Gordon Lee of Union.


Mary Ellen Fisher, 73, of Union died Sept. 2 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday Sept. 14 at Hinson Memorial Baptist Church in Portland. Burial at Willamette National Cemetery will be private. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Fisher was born Jan. 11, 1933, to and Frank Newman and Sarah Virginia Woodruff in Upland, Calif. She attended Chaffey High School in Ontario, Calif., and in 1950, she married Buck Hammons. The couple lived in several places in Oregon. After a divorce in 1971 she graduated with honors from Portland State University in 1973 with a masters in social work. She worked for several years in The Dalles.

She married James Fisher. The couple moved to Portland where she worked for Metropolitan Family Services and later moved to Eugene where she retired as the executive director of Family Resources of Lane County in 1995.

She served on the board of the Wilani Campfire Boys and Girls, and received the United Way Professional Leadership Award in 1995. She enjoyed backpacking, camping, travel, reading, gardening and needlepoint; she had a curiosity about the world and all its wonders, from rocks and bugs to government and societies.

Survivors include children, Linda Bond of Union, Michael Hammons of Oregon City and Paul Hammons of Angleton, Texas; four grandchildren and two brothers, Wayne Woodruff of Livermore, Calif., and her twin, Al Woodruff of Mesa, Ariz. Her husband died earlier.


Lilian "Mitzi" Abel, 71, of Prescott, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 31. A private celebration of life will be held.

Mrs. Abel was born Oct. 18, 1924, to William H. "Hal" and Lilian Baker Bohnenkamp in La Grande. She graduated as a registered nurse from the University of Oregon in 1946, and worked as a nurse for more than 35 years. She helped evacuated the Salem Memorial Hospital during the 1964 flood. She was a dedicated professional nurse of the "old school" who championed quality wherever she worked.

In 1953 she married Art Abel, and played first violin in the All-Northwest Regional Orchestra. She was a trail guide and horsewoman in the Wallowa Mountains and loved music and animals. Her door was always open and her cookie jar was never empty.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Carol Sutton, David and Vickie Abel, Sharon and Fred Trosko, and Larry Abel; foster-daughter, Linda Johnson Evans; seven grandchildren and two foster grandchildren. Her siblings were Bill, Jim and George Bohnenkamp and Mary Dow.


Carl A. Cameron, 71, McMinnville, died Sept. 5 at Emmanual Hosptial in Portland. Funeral servies will be Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Barnabas Epsicopal Church in McMinnville.

Mr. Cameron was born Spril 24, 1935 in Pendleton . His father was a civil engineer who worked on the highway system, moving the family to many pl.aces throughout the West. Mr. Cameron attended La Grande Junior High and Senior High school, but graduated from Enterprise High School in 1954.

At his 30th La Grande High School reunion, he reunited with Suzanne French Kofford. The couple married in 1985.

Mr. Cameron received his bachelor's degree from Art Centre School in pasadena, Calif., and then went to work at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. He then went to Chrysler Corporation where he worked for 31 years. He was nown as one of Chrysler's top 10 designers. He designed the original 1966 Daart, 1968 Doge Charger and the 1970 Dodge Challenger, among others. He held 35 patents and led one of Chrysler's design teams.

After retiring, he constinued motor design work by starting Cam Design. His last project was the design of his summer home at the beach in Manzanita.

His passions included enjooying life with spontinaity, traveling and meeting new people and spending time with his family.

Mr. Cameron is survived by his wife; his children, Erin and Cameron Stillman, Jeff and Evon Kern, Evet Schmidt, Elen Cameron, Carl and Laura Cameron, Edward Cameron, Kari and Peter Penkoff, Marc Kofford and Michael and Debra Kofford; seven grandchildren; a sister, Sally Foley; and a niece and nephew.

Memorial in Mr. Cameron's memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity or the Heifer Foundation in care of Macy and Son, 135 NE Evans St., McMinnville 97128.


Royal Walfred Borkgren, 95, a native of Cove, died Sept. 6.

A memorial service to celebrate Royal's life will be held on Tuesday at Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud, 715 Seventh St., in Oregon City. A graveside service is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday Sept. 14.

He was born April 15, 1911, in Cove Martin and Charlotte Borkgren, who immigrated to the United States from Sweden in the late 1800s.

Royal graduated from Cove High School in 1931. He then went through diesel engineering school in Seattle and later worked in the boiler making business in Wenatchee, Wash. In 1933 he returned to Cove where he owned and operated the Cove Swimming Pool for the next 33 years.

On Dec. 24, 1934, Royal married Esther Anderson and they became an integral part of the Cove Swimming Pool and community at large until they retired and moved to Portland in 1966.

Within a year Royal started a new occupation as a boiler and maintenance engineer with Shriners Hospital in Portland. He continued to work in that capacity until his second retirement at age 75. His beloved Esther passed away Aug. 8, 1987.

Royal served an active roll in the Army during WWII. While stationed in the Pacific Theater, one of his harrowing encounters involved the torpedoing and sinking of his transport ship. Being one the few survivors, he assisted those who hadn't gone down with the ship. Decorations included Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with Two Bronze Service Stars, a Good Conduct Medal and a Victory Medal.

Royal had a love for people and was a devoted husband, father and friend.

He is survived by daughter Beverly Noble; son Dennis Borkgren; three grandsons; and close companion Faye Collins.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Royal's honor may be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children in Portland Oregon.


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