OBITUARIES FOR FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 2, 2002

March 22, 2002 12:00 am

Bernard Gruis

Island City

Bernard Herman Gruis, 81, of Island City died Saturday at a local care center.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel.

A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Earl Griffin

Earl Griffin, 78, of La Grande died this morning at Grande Ronde Hospital. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

A full obituary will be published later.

Bernard H. Gruis

Island City

1920-2002

Bernard Herman Gruis, 81, of Island City died Feb. 23 at a local care center.

The service was scheduled for 3 p.m. today at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Schlessman officiating. Private inurnment will be at the cemetery.

Mr. Gruis was born May 8, 1920, to Edward and Sophia Dorenkamp Gruis in Belmont, Iowa.

He was a track driver for four years in World War II.

He married Bethel Vandermulen on April 15, 1945, in La Grande, where he was an inspector for El Paso Natural Gas, now called Northwest Pipeline, until retiring in 1974.

Mr. Gruis was a member of the Eagles Lodge in La Grande. He enjoyed carpentry, camping, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter and son-in-law, Cassandra and Steve Waibel of

La Grande; two brothers, Robert H. and his wife, Pat, and Art

and his wife, Shirley, of La Grande; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Three sisters and two brothers died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or to a favorite charity in lieu of flowers in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

Rody Rodakowski

Enterprise

1950-2002

M. David Rody Rodakowski, 51, of Enterprise died Feb. 10 of a cerebral aneurysm. A memorial service was held Feb. 25 at the Enterprise Elks Lodge. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rodakowski was born in Eugene March 26, 1950. He graduated from North Eugene High School in 1968 and in 1980 moved to Enterprise. He worked in building material sales for 32 years and was a locksmith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife Sue, his mother Betty Lou Miller, a brother Terry Rodakowski, all of Eugene; brother-in-law, Brian Erickson of Chaska, Minn.; mother-in-law Marion Erickson of Minnetonka, Minn; sister-in-law Shelly Olson of Plymouth, Minn.; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation or the Wallowa County Humane Society in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

Emily Savage

High Valley

Emily Savage, 89, died Tuesday at her home in High Valley.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Russell Hug

Elgin

Russell Hug, 81, of Elgin died Wednesday at a local care center.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Earl Griffin

La Grande

1924-2002

Earl Leroy Griffin, 78, of La Grande died Feb. 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery with Vernon Slippy officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Griffin was born Jan. 8, 1924, to Arthur and Verinda Coshill Griffin in Columbus, Kan. He graduated from high school in Nespelem, Wash., in 1941. On April 21, 1943, he married Mary Helen Ryason in Vancouver, Wash., and he served in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946 and served in the Pacific Theater.

After the service he worked as an electrician in Hermiston until his retirement. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, fishing, and building and restoring antique firearms.

Survivors include his wife of Union; children and their spouses, Tanna and Edward Williams of Union, and Vickie and Mike Montgomery of Caldwell, Idaho; and four grandchildren. Two brothers, Troy and Walter Griffin, died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Emily Savage

High Valley

1912-2002

Emily Leona Granny Savage, 89, of High Valley, died Feb. 26 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Cove Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor Donovan Kack officiating.

Mrs. Savage was born Aug. 31, 1912, to Elverado and Rosa Doyle Draper in High Valley. She graduated from Union High School, and in 1930 she married Harold Savage. The couple farmed for many years and opened their home to many young people over the years. They were supporters of the athletic programs in Cove. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and a former member of the Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed fancy work, cooking, poetry and working on the family farm.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Virginia and Bob Anderson of High Valley, Ranny Savage of Union, and Frances and Harold Anderson of Union, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, two grandchildren and two brothers, Oscar and Dick Draper, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the GRH Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

James Stubblefield

Enterprise

1930-2002

James A. Stubblefield, 71, of Enterprise died Feb. 22 at Wallowa County Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Enterprise Christian Church.

Mr. Stubblefield was born Aug. 10, 1930, to Russell and Florence McNall Stubblefield in Enterprise. He attended school at Zumwalt and Wallowa before graduating from Enterprise High School in 1949. He married Jean McCarty of Ontario on Oct. 25, 1953, and in 1954 entered the Air Force.

After four years in the service, the couple ranched in the Imnaha, Zumwalt and valley areas. He was a lifetime member of the Wallowa County Stockgrowers, was Grassman of the Year in 1972, and received the Agriculture Achievement Award in 1973. He was a state brand inspector for several years, delivered the Imnaha mail for four years and was a member of the Alpine Twirlers Square Dance group for over 20 years. He loved the hills and canyons of Wallowa County and was known for his sense of humor and big smile.

Survivors include his wife of Enterprise, children and their spouses, Ed and Tami Stubblefield of Imnaha, Gary and Kelly Stubblefield of Pendleton, and Angie and Ron Neil of Enterprise, 10 grandchildren, five sisters, Joan Rott of Winchester, Va., Margaret Hollenbeck of Portland, Myrna Witherrite of Imnaha, Nancy Fausone of Milwaukie and Linda Bright of Joseph, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Memorial Scholarship or the Imnaha Community Memorial Scholarship in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St.

Bernice Bumgardner

La Grande

1919-2002

Bernice Elizabeth Bumgardner, 82, of La Grande died Feb. 28. There will be no public service, but a private memorial service will be held.

Mrs. Bumgardner was born

Dec. 10, 1919, to Clarence and Alma Dorsey Southard in Laurence, Colo. She attended schools in Colorado and moved to Oregon in 1938. On Oct. 4, 1941, she married Arnold Waelty. After a divorce she married Albert Bumgardner in 1974. She was a homemaker and enjoyed her family, birds, animals, all kinds of hobbies and crafts and taking rides in the hills.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Ken Waelty of Hermiston, Pat Gutierrez of Heppner, Judith Ely of Oregon City, Laura Van Dusen of Elgin and Larry Waelty of La Grande; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Laura Hampton of Lamar, Ark., and Josephine Parrish of Hermiston; a brother, Clarence Southard of Elgin; and other relatives. A son, David Waelty, three brothers, James, Frank and Wally Southard, and a sister, Isabelle Walton, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital transitional care unit in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

George Alford

Joseph

1921-2002

George Wayne G.W. Alford, 80, of Joseph died Feb. 27 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bollman Funeral Home with military committal at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mr. Alford was born Dec. 22, 1921, to George L. and Ruth Alford in Floyd, N.M. The family came to Wallowa County in 1925 and bought their family farm in 1936. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1939 and attended Eastern Oregon Normal School in La Grande.

He served in the Navy during World War II, attending boot camp in Farragut, Idaho, and radio school in San Pedro, Calif. He then served as a radio operator aboard the USS Competent in the South Pacific. His ship was one of the first to sail in to Nagasaki, Japan, after the atomic bomb was dropped.

He later served with the Oregon State Police in Ontario. He farmed with his brother, Merle, for over 50 years and was a member of the VFW Post 4307.

Survivors include his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Clebert Alford of Portland, Glen and Helen Alford of Amity, Joan Tippett of Asotin, Wash., Aleene Alford of Joseph and other relatives.

His oldest brother, Merle, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity.

Russell Hug

Elgin

1920-2002

Russell Hug, 81, of Elgin died Feb. 27 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Summerville Cemetery chapel with Elmer Yoder, pastor of the Elgin Methodist Church officiating. Private interment will be at Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. Hug was born Dec. 18, 1920, to Vern V. and Frances McCoy Hug in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High School and took a degree in industrial engineering from Oregon State University. He served in the Navy during World War II and in 1947 married Laura Josephine Jo Schaffer in Corvallis. He worked for Bell Telephone in Corvallis and Portland before moving to the family farm on Pumpkin Ridge when his father retired in 1951. In 1972 the couple bought Wayts Dry Goods Store in Elgin and ran it until they retired in 1988.

He served on the Imbler School Board, as president and secretary-

treasurer of the Pumpkin Ridge Cherry Growers, and was active in the Elgin Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Elgin City Council and was mayor of Elgin for two terms. In 1991 he was honored by the chamber as Citizen of the Decade. He was a member of the Good Sam Club and was a former member of the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of Elgin, children, David Hug of Summerville, Michael Hug of Hermiston and Karen Hug of Bend, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a sister, Shirley Gunston of Portland and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Elgin-Imbler Philly Trip fund or GRH Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.