Nickoline J. Dehart
Nickoline “Nicky” Jean Dehart, 80, of La Grande, died Aug. 28 at her residence surrounded by her family and dear friends. At her request, there will be no services.
Nicky was born March 30, 1932, in La Grande to Albert Thomas and Kathryn Blanche (Mutchler) Meranda. She grew up and raised her family in the Grande Ronde Valley. She married Sam Dehart who died in 1994. She was employed with Western States Equipment.
Nicky enjoyed all sports. She was a cheerleader in school. She loved dancing and long rides on Sundays. She enjoyed fishing and gardening, winning the most beautiful yard award. She was a fabulous cook, and did a lot of canning and preserving food to share with family and friends. Nicky was a volunteer at the Grande Ronde Hospital for many years. She would say her greatest achievements were her family and caring for her home and garden.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Tom Dehart of La Grande, Vickie and Dale Frizzell of La Grande and Kathryn and Dick Hook of Elgin; sisters, Mary Tolles of La Grande and Patty Ecklund of Port Orchard, Wash.; longtime companion and family member, Rod George of La Grande; eight grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
At her request, Nicky was cremated and her ashes will be placed in her favorite fishing hole at Looking Glass where she was the happiest, and in her flower garden where she could be seen every spring and summer. Plant a flower in memory of Nicky or send memorial contributions to the Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 4th Street, La Grande 97850.
Ronald Fischer, 52, of Elgin, died Sept. 10 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A complete obituary will be available at a later time. Graveside services are planned for 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the Indian Creek Cemetery in Elgin. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.
William H. Lovan, Sr.
William Henry Lovan, Sr., 85, of La Grande, died Sept. 7 at his home.
A complete obituary will be available at a later time. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.
Elizabeth ‘Betty’ King
Formerly of Wallowa
Elizabeth “Betty” King died Sept. 5 at her home in West Sacramento, Calif., surrounded by her loving family.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Wallowa Cemetery, followed by a memorial and celebration of life at the Wallowa Christian Church at 2 p.m. A viewing is planned from 11 a.m. to noon at the Wallowa Christian Church.
Known as Betty, she was born Elizabeth Carolyn Jackson July 18, 1930, on Diamond Prairie near Wallowa to Letty (McGraw) and William “Lester” Jackson.
Betty graduated from Wallowa High School in 1948. That same year she was a member of the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo court.
In 1950 she married Michael Holloran in Wallowa and they had three children: Ed, Patti and Peggy. They lived in Wallowa until1959 when they moved to Celestial Valley, Calif., with the Ed Holloran & Son Logging operation. The family returned to Wallowa in 1966, and Mike passed away in 1971, after 21 years of marriage.
Upon returning to Wallowa, Betty was instrumental in rejuvenating the Wallowa Alumni Association. She loved locating graduates and hearing from them. Her memory of people and events was astonishing. She worked several years at Shell’s Mercantile in Wallowa and was Treasurer of Wallowa County in 1973-74.
Betty married Merrill King in 1974 and moved to West Sacramento, Calif. They enjoyed 38 years together, spending summers in Wallowa and winters in California after Merrill’s retirement.
Betty was a genuine friend to everyone. She had a warm and contagious smile and a loving manner. She loved having guests, and no one ever left hungry or empty-handed.
Betty followed all kinds of sports and excelled at bowling. She enjoyed many bowling trips, including several state and national tournaments. She also loved to travel and visit relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Letty Jackson; first husband, Mike Holloran; and sister, Arleta Neumann.
Survivors include her husband, Merrill King; children and their spouses, Ed and Jackie Holloran of Warrenton, Patti and Rod Price of Adrian and Peggy and Guy Weishaar of La Grande; siblings and their spouses, Mary Dee (Harry) Kennison, Betty and Wes Conrad of Wallowa, Don and Janet King of Sacramento, Calif., and Barbara King of Orangevale, Calif.; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.
Luverne G. ‘Jerry’ Moore
Luverne Gerald “Jerry” Moore, 85, of Union, died at a local care facility Sept. 6. Services will be announced at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.
Known as Jerry, he was born April 5, 1927, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Chester and Nola (Stevens) Moore. He grew up in Portland and graduated from Cleveland High School, where he participated on the track team in the hurdles event.
Jerry served his country in two wars. He was a signalman with the U.S. Navy on the USS Shangrila, and received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign medal as well as the American Area Campaign medal and World War II Victory medal. He also served in the Korean War.
In addition to his service and employment with the navy for several years, he was employed at the Oregon State Department of Corrections. He received the State of Oregon Honor Award and the Governor’s Award of Excellence. He was a postal clerk with the United States Postal Service and received the Service Merit Award.
Jerry served two terms as mayor of Union. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 40 years and was a Union Steward for the U.S. Postal Service.
Jerry enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and motorcycling.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Lillian Laurine (Kralicek) Moore of Union; sons and their spouses, Michael and Sandy Moore of Haines and Douglas and Kristi Moore of Veneta; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.
Terry Lee Mudd
Terry Lee Mudd, 59, of High Valley, died Sept. 9 at OHSU. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. A memorial service is planned for Friday afternoon, Sept. 14 at Valley Fellowship in La Grande.
Wayne L. Foster
Wayne Libby Foster, 92, a longtime Baker County rancher, died Aug. 21 at home with his family present. A memorial service was held Sept. 9 at the United Methodist Church in Baker City, followed by a dinner for family and friends.
Wayne was born Sept. 9, 1919, in Stockton, Calif., to Arthur Albert “Bert” and Mary Rebecca (Libby) Foster. He grew up on a small farm near Santa Rosa, Calif., attending school there through the first year of junior college. He graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1938.
Wayne had a short childhood, as his father suffered a debilitating illness when Wayne was six years old. Being “the man of the house” came with many responsibilities that required a strong work ethic, which he kept his entire life.
In spite of many chores before and after school, he excelled in several hobbies. Wayne raised and raced homing pigeons at a young age, a hobby that culminated in winning a race from Salt Lake City to home base in Santa Rosa in one day. His winning bird carried a message from the governor of Utah to the governor of California, which he personally delivered.
Throughout high school Wayne was very active in FFA. At first his focus was on hogs, which won him many awards, including top showmanship at the 1936 California State Fair. He then shifted his attention to sheep, which led to the beginning of many years in the sheep business. The last of the sheep were sold in 2006.
Wayne and his friend Dick Gray both received the FFA American Farmer Degree award in 1938. Wayne had the honor of addressing the FFA convention in Kansas City, Missouri, by NBC radio on a national feed. Dick was best man at Wayne’s wedding.
Maxine Myra Smith, three years his junior, caught his eye in high school. Four years later, on Oct. 4, 1942, they were married. Their first home was on a leased ranch northeast of Santa Rosa.
Wayne was drafted into service for World War II but while at the induction center in San Francisco, officials pulled him from the line and sent him home to serve the war effort raising lambs and contributing wool.
By the end of 1943 Wayne and Maxine moved their growing operation to the Demming Ranch southeast of Cloverdale, Calif. They remained there for 20 years, raising their family: Kathleen Diana (Kit), born in 1944; Calvin James (Cal), born in 1947; and Donovan Wayne (Don), born in 1954.
In 1962 Wayne acquired the lease for the historic McNab Ranch in Mendocino County, south of Ukiah, Calif. By this time he was leasing three ranches and raising more than 2,500 ewes and a few cows. In 1966 he purchased a ranch near Roseburg, and the family moved there that summer. This was a very productive ranch that conservatively ran 1,200 ewes and 250 cows.
This property allowed him to trade up in 1976 to the present ranch south of Baker City. After 33 years of ranching in Baker County, Wayne and Maxine retired and split the ranch between Don and Cal.
Wayne had a very full and active life. He passed away only 19 days short of his 93rd birthday, and he and Maxine would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Oct. 4.
Wayne was an avid hunter and fisherman, taking many pack trips into the Eagle Cap Wilderness for deer and elk. He had many hobbies, including running hounds on bobcat, bear and cougars, calf roping, reining (bridal) horse competition and stock dog training and competition. His prowess with dogs was well-know. He was cofounder of the Redwood Empire Sheep Dog Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; older sister, Edwina Elway, and her husband, John; and younger sister, Blanche Raglan.
Survivors include his wife Maxine of Baker City; brother-in-law, Charles Raglan of Penryn, Calif.; sister-in-law, Jeanie Smith of Santa Rosa, Calif.; children and their spouses, Kit and Glen of Spokane Valley, Wash., Cal and Vickie Lou and Don and Vickie Gayle, all of Baker City; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Oregon FFA Foundation or the Baker Livestock Association Ranching Heritage Fund in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543, Halfway 97834.
Wayne L. Foster
Wayne Libby Foster, a longtime Baker County rancher, died Aug. 21 at home with his family present. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at the United Methodist Church, 1919 Second Street, in Baker City. Friends are invited to join the family for a dinner being served immediately following the service at the church.
Betty C. King
Formerly of Wallowa County
Betty C. (Holloran) King, formerly of Wallowa County, died Sept. 5 in Sacramento, Calif. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Wallowa Christian Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Luverne G. Moore
Luverne G. Moore, 85, of Union, died Sept. 6 at a local care facility. An obituary will be published at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Nolan Kim Swart
Nolan Kim Swart, 57, of La Grande, died Sept. 3 at his mother’s home. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
Kim was born Jan. 29, 1954, in La Grande to Bernard LeRoy and June Eleanor (Flanagan) Swart. He grew up in La Grande and attended Central Elementary and La Grande Middle and High Schools. He played football for La Grande High School. Kim married Kathy Lynn Skoubo and they had two children, Charlotte and Amanda.
Kim was employed with the Union Pacific Railroad as a brakeman, as his father was before him. In 1995, he suffered injuries from a train wreck that required him to retire.
A buyer and seller of antiques, Kim enjoyed woodworking and refinishing. He loved the outdoors and going on hikes in the mountains when his health allowed. He loved all animals and always took great care of his dogs, who loved him back equally as much. He will be greatly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Swart.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy of La Grande; children, Charlotte Thompson and Amanda Gobel of Vancouver, Wash.; mother, June E. Wood of La Grande; siblings and their spouses, Gayle and Jim Wheeler of La Grande and Kirk and Jackie Swart of Vancouver; two grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and one aunt.
Memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 4th Street, La Grande 97850. Online condolence to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.
Robert W. Wiggins
Formerly of Joseph
Robert W. Wiggins, 88, formerly of Joseph, died Aug. 18 in Star, Idaho, with his children by his side. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph.
Bob was born Oct. 29, 1923, to Irene Babcock and Lee Roy Wiggins in the Palouse on the family wheat ranch near Johnson, Wash. He graduated from Pullman High School, attended Washington State University and was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. In 1951 he married Jean E. Wiegand of Corvallis, and they had three children.
During his high school and college years, Bob vacationed with his family at Wallowa Lake. In 1945 his mother, Irene, bought Wallowa Lake Lodge and the Wiggins family operated the lodge for 43 years.
Bob kept everything running as a part owner-operator and mentored many high school and college kids who worked there during the summer. He loved to tell visitors about the area and had many stories he shared with them.
Bob loved to boat, write, read, travel and was fascinated by science and science fiction. In 1988 the Wiggins family sold the lodge and Bob retired.
He enjoying traveling during his retirement with his partner of many years, Vera Talbott. In 1990 he bought a place in Clarkston, Wash., and lived half his year there and the other half at Wallowa Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Lee Wiggins; and partner, Vera Talbott.
Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Jane Wiggins of Joseph; ex-wife, Jean Wiggins of Joseph; children and their siblings, Chris and Barbara Wiggins of Whitefish, Mont., Cathy and Brad Graybeal of Eagle, Idaho, and Eric and Erin Wiggins of Lebanon; and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Legacy Hospice Foundation, 680 S. Progress Ave., Suite 2A, Meridian, Idaho 83642.
Arthur Kelly, of La Grande, died Aug. 31 at his home. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.
Virgil W. Lewis
Virgil William Lewis, 81, of La Grande, died Aug. 24. Graveside services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Island City Cemetery.
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