June 02, 2002 11:00 pm

Donald Gray

Formerly of La Grande


A memorial service was scheduled for today at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Eugene for Donald Nathan Gray, 83, of Eugene and formerly of La Grande. He died April 25 of congestive heart failure.

Mr. Gray was born Oct. 14, 1918, to Nathan and Ada Houx Gray in La Grande. He married Lillian Cook in Pendleton and worked as a rancher in Pendleton and La Grande before moving to Eugene.

Survivors include children, Greg Gray of Eugene, Judy Gray and Nancy Gray, both of California; eight grandchildren; a brother, Aldon, and a sister, Delda Smith of La Grande.

Memorials may be made to the Grace Baptist Church in Pendleton. Andreason's Cremation and Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Edwin Thomas Lovely

La Grande


A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley for Edwin Thomas Lovely, who died April 28 at the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland.

Sally Wiens will officiate at the service. Private interment will be at the Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Lovely was born Aug. 5 1921, to Thomas Jacob and Amma Ellen Lester Lovely in La Grande.

He attended La Grande schools and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Panama and Germany.

He married Eddia Lee White in Sparta, Wis., July 30, 1944. They moved to La Grande after his discharge and he worked for Bronson's in Union and for Zimmerman's in La Grande until 1950. He then worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a brakeman until retiring.

He belonged to the American Legion and the Eagles Lodge.

He was a devoted family man, family members said. He enjoyed working with wood and made hardwood inlaid cribbage boards that were sent all over the country. He enjoyed fishing and music and could play any instrument by ear.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Dennis E. and Linda Lovely of Hermiston; a daughter, Elva Lee Lovely of La Grande; sisters, Doris Boyer of Yerrington, Nev., Cecilia Lovely of La Grande, Dorothy Anderson of Lewiston, Idaho, and Betty Gibbs of Lewiston; step-mother, Elva Lovely of La Grande; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and other relatives

A brother, Ronald Lovely, and a sister, Ellen Underwood, died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.

Leonard J. Riggle

Leonard J. Riggle, 85, of La Grande died Monday, April 29, at a La Grande care center. Cryptside services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum. A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in La Grande.

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

Arnon Hopkins


1908 -2002

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Enterprise for Arnon Hopkins, 93, who died April 27 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. Burial will be at Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph.

A Wallowa County resident since 1960, Mr. Hopkins worked as a cowboy on ranches and open ranges throughout the West, primarily in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon. He had lived in Enterprise since 1975.

He worked on the Double Key Ranch in the Wallowa Valley, in the Upper Wallowa Valley and on the Divide Ranch until he retired from ranching in 1970 and began a career as a forestry contractor. He retired from working in the woods in 1991 when he was 83.

He remained active, enjoying traveling and visiting with family and friends. Family members said he was devoted to family, church, clean living and hard work. He loved the outdoors and had a way with animals. He was known for his gentle sense of humor and his love of poetry and good stories.

Mr. Hopkins was born in Cleveland, Bannock County, Idaho, on June 7, 1908, to Charles Monroe and Louise Elmina Wilde Hopkins. The fourth of 10 children, he grew up on Bear River at Mink Creek in Southern Idaho. He graduated from Preston High School.

He married Laura Madge Cuff of Marysvale, Utah, on July 26, 1951, in Manti, Utah. They served missions in Boise and Seattle. He was the branch president of the Enterprise LDS Church for 11 years.

He is survived by two daughters, Elmina Hopkins of Branchville, N.J., and Evelyn Haupt of Enterprise; a son, Bryson of Enterprise; two sisters, Vinnie Hobb of Boise and Shirley Larsen of Marsing, Idaho; a brother, Rolland of Lakeview; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

His wife and six siblings died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Enterprise History Center or Wallowa Memorial Hospital in care of Bollman Funeral Home, Enterprise.

Leonard J. Riggle

La Grande


Leonard J. Riggle, 84, of La Grande, died April 29 at a local care home.

A cryptside service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church of La Grande.

Mr. Riggle was born Nov. 11, 1917, to John and Abbie Crowl Riggle in Wallowa. He graduated from Wallowa High School and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He married Lorine Trump on Sept. 25, 1945, and moved to La Grande. She died later.

He was a mechanic at Lynch Motors until he retired in 1980. After that, he was a maintenance worker for Georges Apartments, the First Christian Church and others.

Mr. Riggle was an elder in the Christian Church, a member of the VFW and the Blue Mountain Gem Club. As a child, he was a Boy Scout. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, helping others and church work.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Debby Riggle of La Grande; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Three brothers and a sister died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the special projects at First Christian Church, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Earl Clark



Earl Warren Clark, 60, of Wallowa died April 27 at a care center in La Grande of natural causes. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday with Jerry Raedeke officiating at the Wallowa Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Clark was born Oct. 14, 1941, in Wallowa to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Warren Clark. He served in the Air Force and for the last 10 years was employed as a nursing home attendant. Survivors include a daughter, Carlene NaVerren of Kennewick, Wash., two grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.

Ruth Able

Formerly of Starkey


Ruth E. Able, 81, of Hermiston and formerly of Starkey died April 29 at Good Shepherd Medical Center. At her request there will be no service. Burns Mortuary

of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Able was born March 27, 1921, to Arzie and Ethel Williams Kenworthy in Dayton, Wash. She married Joseph R. Able on Nov. 2, 1945, in Walla Walla. She was a homemaker, farmer and rancher, and in her early years drove the school bus for the Starkey School. The couple moved to Hermiston four and a half years ago. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Baker City.

Survivors include her husband and a daughter, JoAnne Able, both of Hermiston, and an adopted son, Mike A. Howland, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, brothers, Meryle and Leonard Kenworthy and a sister, Edna Pearson, all of Baker City, and other relatives. One sister, Vera Hall, died earlier.

George Skorupan

La Grande


George Skorupan, 83, of La Grande died April 25 at a local care center. A private service will be held. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Skorupan was born May 7, 1918, to Dushan and Millie Grba Skorupan in Kansas City, Kan. He spent three years in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Walla Walla and married Mary Faye Derters. He was in the building trade and real estate business in Tacoma, Wash., until he retired at Soap Lake, Wash. From 1991 to 1993 he lived in Elgin, where he helped build a barn and worked on a ranch, and then returned to Soap Lake. In 2000 he moved back to Elgin and La Grande.

Survivors include a son, Danny Skorupan of Elgin, a daughter, Georgia Ell of Tacoma, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a brother, Steven Skorupan of Missouri and a sister, Anny Kaylan of Kansas.

F. Marshall Boker

Formerly of La Grande


F. Marshall Boker, 75, of Klamath Falls and formerly of La Grande died April 26 in Spain. A memorial service was held today in Klamath Falls.

Mr. Boker was born Feb. 9, 1927, to George and Catherine Marshall Boker in Arlington, Neb. He served in the Navy as a pilot during World War II and played drums with the Tex Beneke Band. In 1950 he married Dorothea Koop in Omaha. The marriage ended in divorce.

He earned a degree in architecture from the University of Nebraska and studied with Frank Lloyd Wright. He designed the Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs. From 1981 to 1986, he sailed from Taiwan via the Panama Canal to Florida. He married Tyana Payne in 1983 while on the trip.

The couple lived for nine years in La Grande, where he was a member of the Rotary Club and the Republican Party and enjoyed flying his airplane. In 1996, he moved to Klamath Falls. He enjoyed painting, hiking, horseback riding, golfing, rockhounding, skiing, archery hunting and writing.

Survivors include his wife of Klamath Falls, son and daughter-in-law Steven Boker and Valerie Larsen of Mishawaka, Ind., daughter and son-in-law Nina and Ted Wright of Manitou Springs, Colo., two grandchildren and a sister, Susie Asleson of Wayzata, Minn. Two brothers, Victor and Harold Boker, died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Klamath Basin Sunrise Rotary Club, P.O. Box 635, Klamath Falls 97601, or The Salvation Army, 1803 Main St., Klamath Falls 97601.

William Haines

Formerly of La Grande


William Walter Haines, 80, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande died April 27 at St. Anthony Hospital.

His funeral will begin at 2 p.m. today at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton

A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Mr. Haines was born Nov. 16, 1921, to Walter and Bessie Anna Zakanzke Haines in Milwaukee, Wis.

He married Floraine Norcutt on Dec. 20, 1940, and served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War.

He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 42 years and lived part-time in La Grande.

He retired in 1981 as bridge and building supervisor and married Emma M. Schuening in June 1984.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Eagles Lodge, the Bridge and Building Association of Union Pacific Railroad, the 70th Infantry Division Association, the Union Pacific Old Timers' Club, the Oregon Trail Snowmobile

Club and the AAA Advisory Council.

He enjoyed visiting the Pendleton Senior Center, gardening, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and dancing.

Survivors include his wife of Pendleton, children, William R. Haines of Selah, Wash., Charlene Pan and Kathy Cully, both of Portland, stepchildren, Ivan Schuening of Aurora, Eddy Schuening of Hermiston and Marthella Adams of Olney, Mont., 15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mary Viani of Sacramento, Calif., and Alice Crawford of Olympia, Wash.

Memorials may be made to the Pendleton Senior Center trust fund.

Alfred Isley



Alfred L. Isley, 92, of Enterprise died May 1 at a care center.

A funeral will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise with Jerry Raedeke officiating.

Burial will follow at Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph.

Mr. Isley was born Nov. 21, 1909, to Madison P. and Belle V. Kutch Isley in Divide in Wallowa County. He was a rancher. Survivors include a brother, Madison Lee Isley and a sister, Violet Rynearson of Newberg.

Memorials may be made to Wallowa Valley Care Center in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

Delbert Houston

La Grande

Delbert Houston, 73, of La Grande died Friday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. An obituary will be published later.

Iola ‘Ole' Pearson

Formerly of Union


Iola "Ole" Pearson, 94, of Burns and formerly of Union, died April 26.

Memorial services took place Thursday at LaFollette's Chapel in Burns.

Ms. Pearson was born July 26, 1907, in Winchester, Idaho, to M. Edward and Fannie Morrow Jobe. She spent her early years in Marrow Town, Idaho.

In 1926 she married John Jess. The couple had two children. The Jesses moved to Bales, Idaho, with only three cents and six geese. Ms. Pearson operated the post office in Bales for a time. In 1936, the couple divorced.

In 1937, she married Robert Gill. They had two children. They had a ranch on Divide Creek until 1942, when they moved to Riggins, Idaho, and then to Spokane.

The Gills divorced in 1957, and Ms. Pearson worked for a time in Juntura at the cafe there. She married Ben Pearson in 1958, and they moved to Haines and bought the Circle H Cafe and Tavern.

They later moved to Union, where Ms. Pearson worked as a cook at The Hut. The couple divorced in the early 1970s. In 1973, Ms. Pearson moved to Oregon End Ranch and later moved to Denio, Nev. The last few years of her life, she lived in Burns.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Marvin and Dovie Jess of Diamond; Iris Penton of La Grande, and Tykie and Ronald McLean of Burns; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to home health care services or to a charity of choice, in care of LaFollette's Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns 97720.