OBITUARIES FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 16, 2007

June 15, 2007 11:00 pm

Preston Frank Burnett, 85, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande died June 7 at St. Anthony Hospital. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 241 S.E. Second St. in Pendleton.

Preston was born July 7, 1921, to Lawrence and Mabel Brown Burnett in Island City. He graduated from

La Grande High School in 1938 and served in the Navy prior to World War II. Preston married Madaline E. Rhoads in Portland.

He worked for the Oregon Highway Division for 42 years and was a resident engineer on many highway projects. The family lived in Hood River, Roseburg, North Bend, John Day and Baker before settling in Ontario in 1962. They lived there for 39 years and then moved to Pendleton in 2001.

Preston enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting and camping. He spent a lot of time with his grandchildren, family and friends. After retirement, Preston and Madaline enjoyed traveling and spending time at their cabin on the Owyhee Reservoir. He was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Survivors include sons and their spouses, Gary and Tammy Burnett of Pendleton and Ronald and Nancy Burnett of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Shriners Hospital for Children in care of Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton 97801

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George Roland Gill, 76, of Baker City and formerly of Wallowa County, died at his home on June 6. Memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St. in Baker City. Another memorial will be held on the Minam River at a later date.

George was born in Oregon City to Manuel and Mary Gill in 1931. He attended several schools in Oregon as a child, moving with his family as his father worked in the construction business. When George was 12 years old his father bought a ranch on the Minam in Wallowa County. George graduated from the eighth grade in Minam.

He logged for Myron Fleser until he joined the Navy in July 1950. He was a boatswain's mate aboard the USS Kearsarge and served in the Korean War. He later worked for Shell Oil in Anchorage, Alaska.

In 1959, George returned to Wallowa County where he worked in the logging business for many years. He trapped animals as a hobby and in 1976 went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife in animal damage control. He worked in Jackson and Baker counties, retiring in 1991.

George enjoyed sitting around the campfire and hunting deer, elk, turkey and goose. He also enjoyed fishing, barbeques and fish-fries with his friends and family.

George was a lifetime member of the VFW and belonged to the American Legion, Eagles, Elks and Oregon Hunters. George's wry grin and dry sense of humor will be missed by many.

George is survived by his wife of 38 years, Dana; daughter, Donna, and her husband, Daryl Fuchs; daughter, Lisa Gill; step-children and spouses, Jon and Diana Rigsbee and Cindy and Paul LeVeque; sister, Donna Clevenger; brother-in-law, Steve Ward, and wife, Diane; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Mary Gill, and a sister, Mary Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, Pathway Hospice or Oregon Hunters in care of Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home P.O. Box 543, Halfway 97834.

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Wilma C. Easley, 95, of La Grande, died June 9 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in

La Grande. Private burial will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Wilma was born Feb. 29, 1912, in Courtland, Kan., to Kenneth C. and Zelma Young Thomas. She was the oldest of nine children and grew up on a wheat farm in western Kansas. She attended school in Menlo, Kan., and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1933. Wilma was a teacher in Menlo, Kan., and Cortez, Colo., until she married Carlos E. Easely on July 6, 1940. In 1943, they settled in La Grande.

She was secretary at La Grande High School in the early 1950s and taught Latin and math there until retiring in 1966.

She was a member of the La Grande First Christian Church, where she was a deaconess, a Sunday school teacher and the financial secretary. She was a lifetime member of the P.T.A. and a scout leader. She served on the elections board and was involved with proposing special budgets for schools and the city.

Wilma was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma teacher's sorority, the Retired Educators, Chapter 1 of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the EOU Faculty Wives organization, a special friendship group of "42" players, as well as being a hospice volunteer and past member of

the library board.

Wilma won La Grande-Union County Chamber of Commerce woman of the year.

Wilma and her husband, Carlos, helped many college students and families get a start in life over the years. Her interests included gardening, knitting, baking, reading, volunteering and dominoes, but most of all being a wife and a mother.

Survivors include her husband, Carlos of La Grande; children and their spouses, Elizabeth and Elburn Cooper and Carol and Richard Haddock, all of La Grande, and Tom and Mona Easley of Corvallis; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Elvera Curless of Concord, Calif., Kenneth and Juanita Thomas of Clinton, Okla., June Claar of Wichita, Kan. and Beulah and Dalton Mimms of Hereford, Texas; sisters-in-law, Marge Bennett of Reno and Ruby Heflin of 29 Palms, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Galen Thomas, Marvin Thomas, Doris Harman and Ruth Davis.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, Oregon State P.E.O. Sisterhood Charitable Trust, La Grande Public Library, or GRH Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. Please visit a shut-in in her memory.

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Esther Juanita Tauscher, 89, of La Grande, died May 27 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Esther was born July 15, 1917, the daughter of O. Dee and Ozie (Joplan) Collie in Wardvilla, Okla.

She lived in La Grande from 1945 until 1962 when she moved to Portland where she worked as a meat wrapper for Safeway and later for Albertsons. She retired after 35 years.

She returned to La Grande five years ago.

She loved dancing, reading and sewing. She enjoyed spending time and doing things for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her sons, Jimmy Stone and Dean Stone, both of La Grande; sisters, Ann McGuire of California and June Wada of Portland; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her son, Bobby Stone; sisters, Louise Kirkpatrick, Grace Anderson, Lois Barrows and Iva Slate; brothers, Jack Collie and Pete Collie and great-grandchild, Zacary Leavitt.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

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Margaret "Micky" E. Douhan, 95, died June 3 in Port Townsend, Wash. Memorial services were held at Quimper Unitarian Church in Port Townsend.

Micky was born Oct. 13, 1911, in Greeley, Colo., to Carl and Vesta (Parker) Douhan in Greeley. The family moved to La Grande where Micky grew up and graduated from high school. She enrolled at Oregon State University in 1936 and received a bachelor of science degree in marine biology in 1940. Micky returned to school in 1968 and earned a master's in liberal arts degree from Reed College in Portland.

Micky met Wendell Stout at Oregon State, and they were married in Seattle on Aug. 21, 1941. They raised three children: Eric, Craig and Mark Stout.

While Micky raised her family, she lived in Cordova, Alaska, Dixie, Idaho, and many places in Oregon including Bandon, Bend, Portland and Klamath Falls. In 1977, Micky retired to Marrowstone Island, Wash., but later moved to Port Townsend in 1997.

She home-schooled her own children, and taught in public schools in Portland, and at Oregon Technical Institute.

During her retirement, Micky traveled to Europe, Africa, Mexico, the western U.S. and Alaska. She enjoyed painting and fiber arts.

Her love of literature led her to volunteer much of her time to the Jefferson County Library. She also volunteered at the Port Townsend Baking Co. and was a member of the Nordland Garden Club.

Margaret is survived by her son, Mark Allen Stout, daughter-in-law Pat Moreth, and her beloved cat.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Eric and Craig Stout.

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Blanche L. Hornig, 85, of Salem and formerly of Union died June 1. A memorial service will begin 1 p.m. June 20 at Morningside United Methodist Church in Salem.

Blanche was born in Ithaca Township, Wis., to Leslie and Libby Holeton on Sept. 28, 1921. She lived in Minnesota and Kennewick. She married Thomas Hornig in 1949, and they lived in Union, Eugene and Salem.

In the '70s, Blanche was executive secretary for the Salem League of Women Voters. She was proud to be a part of the Friday clan, and an honorary Cherry.

Survivors include her husband, Tom; daughters and their spouses, Susan and Steve Hruza of McMinnville and Mary Hornig and Chris Mini of Eugene; son, Pat of San Jose, Calif.; grandson, Andrew of McMinnville; son-in-law, Craig Cherry of Eugene; sister, Marie Duncan of Kennewick; brothers, Leroy Friday of Kennewick and Clifford Friday of Moses Lake, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.

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Marion Merl Stitzel, 84, of Union died June 8 of pulmonary fibrosis at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show and Rodeo grounds. Graveside services took place today at the Union Cemetery beginning at 1 p.m.

Marion was born to Amos and Hazel Stitzel, April 11, 1923, in Jordan Valley. He lived in Arock until about 1939 and then moved to Union where he graduated from high school. He joined the Army in 1942 and was discharged in December 1945.

Marion married Alice Lorena Morrison on Oct. 19, 1946. They would have been married 61 years this October. They had three children: Michael, Patrick and Tina.

Marion was self-employed throughout his life as a logger and farmer. He was a lifelong horseman, putting on rodeos, training, working and shoeing horses. Right up until his death, Marion purchased from the BLM wild horses, which he broke, trained, sold and often donated to young children. Marion received his greatest thrill from horse racing, which was his passion. He was a leading race horse trainer at many of the tracks. His biggest delight was his grandchildren who loved coming to Grandpa's house to play and work with him.

Survivors include his wife, Alice; children, Michael and Tina and their families; sisters, Edna Hewitt and Mary Dodds; five grandsons; four great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter to be born in July. He was preceded in death by his son, Patrick, last month, his parents, three sisters and three brothers.

Donations to help the family can be sent to Loveland Funeral Chapel.

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Wilma C. Easley, 95, of La Grande, died June 9 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in

La Grande. Private burial will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Wilma was born Feb. 29, 1912, in Courtland, Kan., to Kenneth C. and Zelma Young Thomas. She was the oldest of nine children and grew up on a wheat farm in western Kansas.

She attended school in Menlo, Kan., and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1933. Wilma was a teacher in Menlo, Kan., and Cortez, Colo., until she married Carlos E. Easley on July 6, 1940. In 1943, they settled in La Grande.

She was secretary at La Grande High School in the early 1950s and taught Latin and math there until retiring in 1966.

She was a member of the La Grande First Christian Church, where she was a deaconess, a Sunday school teacher and the financial secretary. She was a lifetime member of the P.T.A. and a scout leader.

She served on the elections board and was involved with proposing special budgets for schools and the city.

Wilma was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma teachers' sorority, the Retired Educators, Chapter 1 of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the EOU Faculty Wives organization, a special friendship group of "42" players, as well as being a hospice volunteer and past member of the library board.

Wilma and her husband, Carlos, helped many college students and families get a start in life over the years. Her personal interests included gardening, knitting, baking, reading, volunteering and dominoes, but most of all being a wife and a mother.

Survivors include her husband, Carlos of La Grande; children and their spouses, Elizabeth and Elburn Cooper and Carol and Richard Haddock, all of La Grande and Tom and Mona Easley of Corvallis; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Elvera Curless of Concord, Calif., Kenneth and Juanita Thomas of Clinton, Okla., June Claar of Wichita, Kan., and Beulah and Dalton Mimms of Hereford, Texas; sisters-in-law, Marge Bennett of Reno, Nevada, and

Ruby Heflin of 29 Palms, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Galen Thomas, Marvin Thomas, Doris Harman and Ruth Davis.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, Oregon State P.E.O. Sisterhood Charitable Trust, La Grande Public Library or Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Please visit a shut-in in her memory.

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Ariss Jeanette Jones Englund Crow Wold, 90, of Joseph died Jan. 31 at her home in Joseph. A memorial celebration will be held at 3:30 p.m. June 23 at Joseph City Park, followed by a barbecue potluck dinner.

Ariss was born at Deaconess Hospital in Great Falls, Mont., to Grace Jane Elliot Cowan Jones and William Wallace Jones. She lived in Box Elder, Mont., until the family moved to Havre, Mont., when she was 3.

She graduated from Havre High School in 1934, Montana State Northern University in 1936 and Willamette University in 1938 with a bachelor of science in music education. She was a founding member of Mu Phi Epsilon, National Music Honorary, at Willamette.

She taught school in Hood River from 1938 to 1940.

In 1940 she married Roy Alexander Englund, moved to Portland and taught at Lincoln High School. Her daughter, Elodie Jane, was born in 1953. Roy died in 1963. She married Victor Michael Crow in 1971. Victor died in 1975. She married Roland Hansen Wold in 1977. Roland died in 1990. Her sister Helen also preceded her in death.

Her life pursuit was music, and she was an excellent pianist. She was a member of Centenary Wilber and Sunnyside United Methodist churches while in Portland and both Joseph Conservative Baptist Church and

Joseph United Methodist Church during her time in Joseph.

She belonged to many service and charitable organizations while in Portland and later in Joseph. Most were focused on women and education. P.E.O. Chapter R of Joseph and previously Chapter AH of Portland were important to her.

Ariss is survived by her daughter, Elodie Jane Cadonau of Joseph; her grandson, Robert Wayne Coulson and her late husband Roland's five sons and three daughters.

Extra tables, side dishes, and desserts would be appreciated at the potluck.

Any flowers — she liked purple ones best — can be delivered to Joseph City Park or the Joseph United Methodist Church prior to the

service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Joseph United Methodist Church or P.E.O. Chapter R.

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Grace Eileen Flett-Gray, 87, of Elgin, died June 13 at her home. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Grace was born April 20, 1920, to William Dewey and Harriet Innes Foust in East Brady, Pa. They later moved to Oakmont, Pa.

After graduating from high school, Grace enlisted in the Women's Army Corps and served in the Philippines and New Guinea from 1942 to 1945. She received a WAC service medal, a Good Conduct medal, a Phillippine Liberation Ribbon and an Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon.

While in the Philippines, Grace met and married Lowell Guy Flett. After their discharge in 1945, they lived in Salem, Mo., where they raised their children Mary Margaret, Lola Jean and Harold Edward.

She worked on the Flett farm in Salem and later at the post office. In 1965 the family moved to Tulsa, Okla., where she was the manager of housekeeping for the Westin Corp. until her retirement and the death of her husband.

After Grace moved to Okmulgee, Okla., to be closer to her oldest daughter and granddaughters, she met and married John Gray.

In 1996, Grace moved to La Grande to be closer to her youngest daughter and grandchildren.

Grace enjoyed dancing and sports — especially football and baseball. Grace told great stories about her childhood and her WAC years and liked to listen to her grandchildren's stories too. She was a member of the VFW, the Ruptured Ducks and the American Legion. Grace had a keen sense of humor, which she believed helped her through difficult times in her life.

Grace is survived by her daughter, Lola Dutton of

La Grande; four grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Ann Gatty and Harriet Kessler of Pennsylvania; many nieces; nephews and their children; and two great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Grace's caregiver, Kay, who became a part of Grace's family.

Grace was preceded in death by husbands Lowell Guy Flett and John Gray; children, Lowell Guy Flett Jr., Harold Edward Flett and Mary Margaret Dutton and a brother, William Dewey Foust Jr.