June 13, 2002 11:00 pm

Delbert Houston

La Grande


Delbert Houston, 73, of La Grande died May 3 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Bob Harrod officiating. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Houston was born March 28, 1929, to Ernest and Lilly Johnson Houston in Weiser, Idaho. On June 28, 1958, he married Marie Potts in Boardman. He worked for Boise Cascade for 38 years and was an officer for the BCC Credit Union for 25 years. He retired in March 1991. He enjoyed camping, fishing, the mountains, going for rides and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife; children and their spouses, Leo and Lynn Houston, Don and Karen Houston, Arlene Houston and Sharon McCollum, all of La Grande; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, sisters, Nina Reed of Eugene and Dorothy Brown of Coos Bay, and other relatives.

Three brothers, four sisters and an infant son died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society or the Oregon Diabetes Association in care of Daniels Chapel.

Eric J. Ottem



Eric Joseph Ottem, 59, of Elgin, died April 29 in Boise from complications of diabetes.

A funeral service was May 4 at Love Funeral Home in Limon, Colo., with the Rev. Frank Hoover officiating. Burial was in Pershing Memorial Cemetery of Limon.

He was born July 23, 1942, in Limon and married Jerilyn Weissenfluh in 1962 in Paris, Idaho.

He taught music for about 31 years in Greeley, Colo. and Maywood and Ogallala, Neb., before moving to a farm in the Palmer Junction area near Elgin, where he raised a few cattle.

Besides his wife of Elgin, he is survived by two sons, Eric Jr. of Holyoke, Colo., and Sidney Phillip and his wife Kim of Yakima, Wash.; brothers John and wife Nancy of Thorton, Colo., Steven and wife Patti of Atwood, Kan., David and wife Julie of Greeley, and sister Ruth Ann and husband Jim Anderson of Fort Collins, Colo., and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetic Association.

‘Bud' Zollman



Marlin Floyd "Bud" Zollman, 70, of Joseph died May 7 at his home. The funeral will begin at 11 am. Friday at the Joseph United Methodist Church. A potluck will follow at the Joseph Civic Center. Burial will be at 4 p.m. at the Enterprise Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Zollman was born May 29, 1931, to Floyd D. and Ethyl Eggleson Zollman in Enterprise. He married Ruby J. Bidgmon on May 25, 1951, in Lewiston. He began work as a meat cutter and bought first the Country Market in 1955 and then Bill's Hardware, which became Bud's Hardware. He retired in 1993 and then the store became Joseph Hardware. He drove the Imnaha mail route since 1990.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Wallowa County Search and Rescue, the Joseph Fire Department, Ferguson Ridge Ski Patrol and the Methodist Church. He served on the Joseph City Council and was Grand Marshall, along with his wife, at Chief Joseph Days in 1994.

He enjoyed family reunions, being with his grandchildren, horseback riding and helping with the spring branding of calves.

Survivors include his wife of Joseph; sons, Steve Zollman of Joseph, Garry Zollman of Pendleton and Ron Zollman of San Jose, Calif.; four grandchildren; his brothers, Meryle Zollman of Joseph, Orville Zollman of Medford and Kenneth Zollman of Peoria, Ariz.; and his sisters, Florence Montgomery of Sun City, Ariz., and Jean Ramtes of Gold Hill.

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

Nancy Bergstrom


A funeral for Nancy Ann Bergstrom, 62, of Elgin will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Imbler Christian Church with Pastor Irwin Smutz officiating.

Mrs. Bergstrom died Feb. 4 at a La Grande care facility.

Arrangements are being handled by Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Charles Brown

La Grande


Charles LeRoy Brown, 69, of La Grande died May 8 at his home. The funeral will begin at 11 am. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Pastor Raymond Bates officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 6801 S.W. Sunset Highway, Portland. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Daniels.

Mr. Brown was born July 20, 1932, to Everett L. and Gladys Irene Gifford Brown in North Platte, Neb. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in Cheyenne, Wyo., La Grande, Hinkle and Portland. He retired in Portland in 1994 after 43 years. He also owned Charlie Brown's Rentals in Pendleton and Hermiston for 18 years. He married Anna Muilenburg on May 31, 1986, in Pendleton. Since 1995 the couple have spent their winters in Yuma, Ariz. He was a member of the

La Grande Eagles, the Tri-Mountain Good Sams Club and the Family Motor Coach Association. He enjoyed fishing, traveling across the United States, hunting, spending time with his grandchildren, chopping wood and working hard.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande, children, Donna Weatherman and Royce Brown, both of Cornelius, Linda Rowely of Spokane, Bill Muilenburg and Glenna Spears, both of Union, and Boyd Brookshier of Pendleton, 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, brothers, Robert Brown of Westminster, Colo., Everett Brown of Torrington, Wyo., William Brown of Seattle, and Thomas Brown of Fort Collins, Colo., and other relatives. Daughters Dianna Lynn and Delores Muilenburg, sons Dennis DeWayne Brown and Brian Muilenburg, and a granddaughter Channa Weatherman, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Doernbecher Hospital in memory of his granddaughter, Channa, in care of Daniels Chapel.

Robert Lively



Robert Lee Lively, 71, of Union, died May 7 at his home. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Wallowa Christian Church with Pastor Mel Byers officiating. Burial will follow at the Wallowa Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mr. Lively was born Aug. 16, 1930, to Elias W. and Etta Pearl Sanner Lively in Wallowa. He graduated in 1948 from Wallowa High School and worked for Gene Fuller's Union Oil station until 1950, when he enlisted in the Army to serve during the Korean War. He served in Korea and Japan and won Bronze Battle Stars.

He became the manager of the Dairy Gold Creamery in Wallowa and later the sales manager for Eugene Farmers' Creamery. He retired in 1982 and moved from Eugene to Union.

On April 23, 1988, he married Nancy Pflueger Nuce in Milton-Freewater. He was a member of the Wallowa Christian Church and the High Valley Post of the VFW. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and being outdoors.

Survivors include his wife of Union, children, Alan Lively of Salem, Eric Stover of State College, Pa., Lisa Lommen of Corvallis and Clifford Nuce of Fort Thomas, Ky., seven grandchildren, his sisters, Agnes Fuller of Union and Opal Pruitt of Portland, a brother, Gene Lively of Eugene and other relatives. A son, Robert D. Lively, three brothers and a sister all died earlier.