March 05, 2002 11:00 pm

Juliane Danilovich


Juliane Danilovich, 83, died Saturday at her home in Union.

An obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Robert McChesney

La Grande

Robert McChesney, 75, died Saturday at his home in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Lena Benthin

La Grande


Lena Promise Carper Benthin, 89, died Feb. 8 at her home in La Grande.

A funeral was to be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton. Burial is to be in Pilot Rock Cemetery.

She was born Jan. 15, 1913, in Promise to Alfred and Promise Carper. She married Finley LeClair in Rochester, Wash., and they moved back to Promise. They later divorced, and she married Edwin Benthin. He died in 1995. They lived in the Promise area for a number of years and then in Umatilla and Boardman.

She moved to La Grande in 1998.

She enjoyed cooking, sewing reading and working puzzles and find-a-word puzzles.

Survivors include five daughters, Velma Asher of La Grande, Dorothy Burton of Pendleton, Betty Langford of Heppner, Bonita Davis of Emmett, Idaho, and Patricia Smith of Vancouver, Wash.; three sons, Edwin Benthin Jr. of Pendleton, Gary Le Clair of Pilot Rock and Kenneth Benthin of Pilot Rock; five sisters, Ila Beckwith of Salkum, Wash., Wilma Cooke of Shelton, Wash., Violette Johnson of Rochester, Wash., Lily Harper of Albany, Phyllis Larson of Sheridan, Wash., and Thelma Carper of Portland; two brothers, Fred Carper of Chehalis and Emery Carper of Spokane; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Three brothers Kenneth, Alfred and Derald died earlier.

Memorials may be made to favorite charity.

Milo Puderbaugh

Enterprise and formerly of Joseph


Milo Puderbaugh, 77, of Enterprise and formerly of Joseph died Feb. 8 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. At his request there will be no funeral. A celebration of life will be held later.

Mr. Puderbaugh was born Nov. 19, 1924, to W.T. and Ethel Conrad Puderbaugh in Enterprise. He lived at Hurricane Creek and graduated from Joseph High School. He worked at sawmills in Enterprise and Joseph. He was a member of the Joseph Lodge AF&AM, Joseph Chapter 50 OES, the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry and the Al Kader Shrine. He enjoyed working with wood building tables, novelty items and toys. He also liked to fish, camp, hunt, travel, walk daily with his dog Benjie, do things with and for his grandsons, and help others.

Survivors include his wife Jean of Enterprise; a son, William Puderbaugh of Coeur dAlene, Idaho; a daughter, Katherine Kelly and three grandsons, all of Milwaukie.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Childrens Hospital, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland 97201-3095 or Eastern Star Cancer Research in care of Barbara Roberts, 700 Walters #17, Enterprise 97828.

Dick Hibberd


Dick Hibberd, 92, of Imbler died this morning at a local care center.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie Goodwin

Marjorie H. Goodwin, 84, of La Grande and formerly of Imbler, died Wednesday at a local care center. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Gene Langley



George E. Gene Langley, 61 of Union died Feb. 1 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Disposition was by cremation. Portland Funeral Home Alternatives was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Langley was born Jan. 26, 1941, to George A. and Odell L. Langley in Vancouver, Wash. He served in the Navy from 1959 to 1962 and married Marla Dechand of Hermiston in 1966. The couple were later divorced. He worked in construction for his father from 1962 to 1977 and until 1993 with his brother, Louis Langley.

He enjoyed playing golf and pool, fishing, hunting, and playing his guitar.

Survivors include his mother of Union; his children, Kevin, Eddie and Tina, all of Spokane; nine grandchildren, two sisters, Anita of Spokane and Shirley of Gresham; and a brother, Louis Langley of Hermiston.

His father died earlier.

Dick Hibberd



Dick Hibberd, 92, of Imbler died Feb. 14 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Elgin Stampede Hall with the Rev. Norman Shrumm of the First Presbyterian Church and Sally Wiens officiating. Fraternal services will be under the auspices of the Elgin Masonic Lodge No. 67. Burial will be at the Elgin Cemetery. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mr. Hibberd was born Aug. 5, 1909, to Charles R. and Carrie Wade Hibberd in Imbler and was a grandson of Phares Wade, who was on the Wade wagon train, the first wagon train to arrive in Summerville, in 1862. He attended schools in La Grande, Elgin and Anaheim, Calif., and graduated form La Grande High School in 1928. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, and in 1930 he returned to Imbler to ranch on his grandfathers land, a Century Farm where five generations have lived and farmed.

On Aug. 19, 1935, he married Laurose Harris in Elgin.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church; the Elgin Masonic Lodge where he was also past master; the Blue Mountain Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star where he was also past patron; the Al Kader Shrine; charter member and past president of the Elgin Stampeders; and a 4-H leader for the Indian Valley Horse Club in Elgin. For 20 years he was drill master for the Elgin Stampeders Drill Team that performed at various rodeos, and in 1954 he was named Union County Cattleman of the Year.

He was a director of the National Polled Hereford Association for eight years and director of the National Western Polled Hereford Association. In 1975 he was elected to the National Polled Hereford Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting, and for many years helped pack the Elgin Stampeders into the high lakes, camping at North Minam Meadows. He could cook pancakes and mountain trout over an open flame to perfection, and huckleberry dumplings were always served on his birthday.

Survivors include his wife, children and their spouses, Carrie Jo and Ross Bingaman and Mary and Russ West, all of Imbler, seven grandchildren and other relatives. A brother, Reid Hibberd, died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Eastern Star scholarship for religious leadership, the Shriners Childrens Hospital or the Elgin Stampede building fund in care of Daniels Chapel.

Thaymon Johnson



Thaymon Johnson, 88, of Union died Feb. 2 in La Grande. The funeral took place in Clarmore, Okla.

Mr. Johnson was born Oct. 25, 1913, to Sam and Ollie Sizemore Johnson in Springdale, Ark. He married Ethel Denton on Nov. 27, 1932, in Talala, Okla. He was a farmer and dairyman and managed Woodruffs dairy in Union. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and having his family around him.

Family and friends said they will miss his sense of humor, hearty laugh, leadership and love.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Sam and Shirley Johnson of Union, Louise and Gene Peters of Kent, Wash., Mearlene and Wayne Elliott of Island City, Linda and Jerry Reed of Claremore and DeeAnna Johnson of Coalinga, Calif., 11 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and five siblings, Burnis Johnson of Union, Thurman Johnson, Lena Johnson, Ora Mae Vaughn and Theda Keeney, all of Springdale, and other relatives. His wife, two sons, Robert and J.D. Johnson, and two grandchildren all died earlier.

Kay Ringer

Formerly of La Grande


Marilyn Kay Ringer, 58, of The Dalles and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 15 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. Viewing will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at The Dalles Zion Lutheran Church, 10th and Union streets.

Private cremation will follow.

Mrs. Ringer was born Aug. 3, 1943, to Sherman Duane Bud and Ellen Josephine Olsen Town in Moscow, Idaho. She graduated from Baker High School in 1961 and attended the University of Oregon for a year before transferring to Eastern Oregon State College. She married Robert Allen Ringer on June 23, 1962, and the couple moved to The Dalles in 1975.

In 1977 she and Bob started Ringers Texaco, with Kay as a partner and bookkeeper.

In 1987 she returned to EOSC and graduated in 1989. She began teaching in 1990 at Colonel Wright Grade School and was teaching second grade at the time of her death.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ Congregational, the Oregon Teachers Association and was involved in the New Baldridge Education Reform Program. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, teaching and being with her family.

Survivors include her husband, children and their spouses, Jeffrey and Roxanne Ringer and Jai and Kristen Ringer, all of The Dalles; five grandchildren; her father and his wife, Sherman Bud and Ellen Town, of Vale; siblings, Sandy Lytle of Moscow, Idaho, Doug Town of Beaverton, Kathy Blackburn of Boise, Duane Town of Eagle, Idaho, and Betty Duncan of Unity; and other relatives. Her mother died


Memorials may be made to R.I.F. (a book for every child) in care of Colonel Wright School, 610 W. 14th St., The Dalles