OBITUARIES FOR MAY 20 - 25, 2002

June 25, 2002 11:00 pm

Thomas Snyder



Thomas J. "Tom'' Snyder, 77, of Wallowa died Thursday May 16 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise.

A service will start at 11 a.m. Friday at Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston, Wash. Pastor Jim Barnes of the First Christian Church of Troy, Mont., will officiate. Burial will follow at Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston.

Mr. Snyder was born Jan. 30, 1925, at the mouth of Cottonwood Creek in Washington's Asotin County. He was born in the home of his grandmother, Jane Sturgill Snyder.

He was the son of Thomas J. "Jeff'' and Ruby Graham Snyder. He graduated from Anatone High School in 1941 at the age of 16. He then began ranching on Rye Ridge, which is located near Paradise.

He married Reta Mae Witherrite on May 27, 1948. They had two sons, Jack and Terry, and two daughters, Jean and Nancy. The children have fond memories of their early childhood growing up on Rye Ridge, according to family members.

After 20 years of ranching Mr. Snyder left the ranch in the spring of 1963 when Deer Creek School consolidated with the Enterprise School District. They moved because the family would have to be separated if the children attended school in Enterprise.

Mr. Snyder and his family moved to Kettle Falls, Wash., for a business venture. In 1964 they moved to Northport, Wash., where he worked for Van Stone mine near Northport.

He was then hired by American Smelting and Refining Co. in Northport as the firm's maintenance foreman. He worked 23 years for the company and later worked at Black Cloud in Leadville, Colo., from 1971 to 1981.

He then transferred to the company's mill in Troy, Mont., in April 1981. He lived in the town until his retirement in 1987. He moved back to Wallowa in October 1997.

Mr. Snyder enjoyed family, friends, fishing, hunting, home mechanics, horse back riding, leather tooling, reading and recording his favorite musicians. A good neighbor policy was one of his character traits. He liked plowing out neighbors' driveways in the winter.

Survivors include his wife Reta of Wallowa; son, Timothy "Jack'' Snyder and his wife Jody of Joseph; son, Terry of Elko, Nev.; a daughter, Norma "Jean'' Snyder Puls and her husband Jerry of Spokane; a daughter, Nancy "Snyder'' Rolfsrud and her husband John of Keene, N.D.; a brother William "Bud'' Snyder and his wife Rita of Corvallis; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A sister Lillian Beach and a brother Frank R. Snyder died earlier.

Doris Elaine Griffith

La Grande


Doris Elaine Griffith, 78, of La Grande and formerly of Long Creek, died May 18 at a La Grande care center.

No public service will be held. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Griffith was born Sept. 11, 1923, in Centralia, Wash., to Sherman S. and Rita Mae Johnson Shaffer.

She spent most of her adult life in Oklahoma and in various areas of the Northwest. In 1959, she joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Her church activities and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the main focal point of her life.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Anita Griffith of Long Creek; a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and L.D. Hayes of Tahlequah, Okla.; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two nephews and a niece and other relatives.

Sons Douglas, Eric and Loren and a sister, Lucille Vermillion, died earlier.

Margaret G. Klein

Island City


Margaret Gladys Klein, 87, of Island City and formerly of Detroit Lakes, Minn., died May 11 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A funeral service will be Wednesday at St. Marcus Catholic Church in St. Cloud, Minn. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Klein was born Feb. 6, 1915, to Joseph and Ada Thorn Feuker in Clear Lake, Minn. She married Earl Walter Klein on Oct. 1, 1932, in Clear Lake. He died in 1991.

She enjoyed people, fishing and Bingo, and she liked to go to the senior center in Minnesota.

She moved to Island City two years ago to be with her granddaughter.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Dea Hoffman of Island City, Erlynn Hoffman of Enterprise and Donald Hoffman of Hood River; a sister, Rose Nolan of Marlboro, N.Y.; four great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Her daughter, Dolores M. Hoffman, died earlier.

Jordyce Kay Page

Formerly of La Grande


A funeral will be at 3 p.m. Friday in the Conger-Morris Chapel in Medford for Jordyce Kay Page, 59, who died May 18 in Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford.

Burial will be in Eagle Point National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Conger-Morris, 715 W. Main St., Medford.

She was born March 9, 1943, in La Grande to Eldridge Mercedes and Alta Vashta Campbel Tameris. She married Jerry Smith Page on May 26, 1966, in La Grande.

She was a homemaker and worked for City Finance La Grande and Terry Trailers, doing bookkeeping and payroll.

Mrs. Page lived in Elgin and La Grande until 1972, in Ukiah, Calif., from 1972 to 1976, and then in the Rogue Valley.

She enjoyed fishing, hunting and the outdoors.

She is survived by her husband, of Medford; a son, Cory R. Page of Phoenix, Ore.; a daughter, Marisa Freeman of Medford; a brother, Gavin Tameris of Woodbridge, Va.; three grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Association.

Jeanette Holmes

La Grande


Jeanette Eleanor Holmes, 93, of La Grande died May 18 at a local care center. A family graveside service will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. A public memorial service will be held later. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 tonight at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mrs. Holmes was born April 4, 1909, to Harvey and Laura Marsden Jones in Red Oak, Iowa. She attended college and married Robert Humlicek on Nov. 3, 1933, in Prescott, Iowa. The couple moved to La Grande in 1943, and after living in Nevada for four years, returned to La Grande. After a divorce she married Earl Holmes on Jan. 11, 1951. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and was active in the Women's Circle. She was a former member of the Eagles Auxiliary and enjoyed needlework, reading, gardening, traveling, word puzzles and looking after her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters, Dolores Williams of La Grande and Karen Fletcher of Olalla, Wash., two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, a brother, Russell Jones of Red Oak, and other relatives.

Her husband, a sister, Esther Edlund and brothers, Kenneth, Ivan, LaVerne and Dale Jones, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the GRH Home Care Service or to the Damascus Road Ministries in care of Daniels Chapel.

Bernice McKinney

Formerly of La Grande


Bernice C. McKinney, 93, of Forest Grove and formerly of La Grande died May 14 at her home. The funeral took place Saturday. Burial was at the Canyon City Cemetery.

Mrs. McKinney was born April 19, 1909, to David and Louisa Weaver Conner in Wallowa County. She graduated from La Grande High School. On Aug. 28, 1925, she married Bud Shideler and lived in Union and John Day.

After her husband's death in 1954, she married Donald McKinney on May 7, 1960,

in Portland, who also died before her.

They lived in Mount Vernon and moved to Forest Grove in 1995.

She worked as a telephone operator at the John Day Telephone Co. for many years.

She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the John Day Sewing Circle and the Telephone Operators' Pioneers Association.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking, fishing, camping and looking after her family.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Marge Reuber of Forest Grove, eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Reta Talbott of La Grande, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and David, three sisters, Opal Braughton, Hannah White and Katheryn Anson, son, Kenneth Shideler, and daughter, Evelyn Tobin-Harper.

Memorials may be made to the Casey Eye Institute, 3375

S.W. Terwilliger Blvd., Portland 97201.

Alyce Rogers

Formerly of Union


Alyce Mabel Rogers, 93, of Hermiston and formerly of Union, died May 20 at a local care center. A private service will be held Thursday at the Echo Cemetery.

Mrs. Rogers was born Jan. 29, 1909, to Oscar and Annie Saling in Milton-Freewater. She graduated from Union High School, and on June 5, 1932, she married Emmett C. Rogers. The couple lived in Union, Boardman and Hermiston. She supervised the cafeteria at Hermiston Junior High School for many years.

Survivors include sons Emsley of Portland and Duane of Hermiston, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband, a son, Albert Rodney Rogers, and a sister, all died earlier.

Sibyl Wyland

La Grande


Sibyl A. Wyland, 86, of La Grande died May 21 at a local care center. A funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel. A private burial will follow. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mrs. Wyland was born Feb. 22, 1916, to D.L. Louie and Ruby Post Behrens in American Falls, Idaho. She graduated from Baker High School and attended Western Oregon University in Monmouth. She later graduated from Eastern Oregon College. On June 6, 1937, she married Norman Leo Wyland in Baker. They lived in Summerville and she taught at the Keating School and later at Elgin.

She was a member of the Elgin chapter of the Order of Easter Star, where she was Past Matron and part of an old-time band that performed all over the state. She was a member of the Jewel Rebekah Lodge in Summerville and the Pleasant Grove Grange. She enjoyed bowling, bridge, sewing, quilting, crossword games and Scrabble. She was known for her sense of humor.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Dave and Deleen Wyland of Summerville, Bonnie and Dave Townsend of Elgin, Molly Johnson of La Grande, 13 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, a brother, Fred Behrens of Dayton, Ohio, and other relatives. Her husband, a son, Raymond Wyland, and two sisters, Margaret Cline and Marjorie Steinmetz, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel.

Mark Eckstein


Mark L. Eckstein, 42, of Elgin died May 21 while picking mushrooms in Wallowa County. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

A full obituary will be published later.

June McManus Brown

A celebration of life for June McManus Brown will begin at 3 p.m. June 29 at the Best Western Inn, Enterprise.

Mrs. Brown died March 15 at the age of 91.

Lynn S. Urie

A funeral service for Lynn S. Urie, 86, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande, will be held at 1 p.m. MDT Friday at Reynolds Funeral Chapel in Twin Falls.

Mr. Urie was born on Jan. 31, 1916, in Twin Falls, to Tom and Elsie Mae Baum Urie. He attended grade school in La Grande.

A complete obituary will be published later.

Faye R. Stone

Faye R. Stone, 84, died Tuesday evening at her home in La Grande.

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

Ivy Isaacson

Formerly of Wallowa

1921 -2002

Ivy Janet Isaacson, 80, died May 21 at a care center in Clarkston, Wash.

A covered-dish memorial dinner will begin at noon Saturday at the Pomeroy (Wash.) Senior Center.

Mrs. Isaacson was born Oct. 14, 1921, to Roy and Lucy Doward Scheaffer in Wallowa. She lived in the Wallowa Valley until 1948 and worked as a guide at her parents' pack station. At 16 she was the youngest licensed guide in the state. On March 28, 1941, she married Ross "Dick" Isaacson in Walla Walla. From 1951 to 1958 the couple lived in Lostine, where she worked as a guide at a dude ranch and at the Wallowa County Hospital. The couple later lived in Idaho and California. She attended Lewis and Clark State College, and from 1978 to 1988 she worked as a press operator in the publication department at Washington State University in Pullman.

Survivors include two daughters, Jean Isaacson of Pomeroy and Sharon Harris of Enterprise, a son, Bob Isaacson of Elgin, and three foster children, Albert, Geraldine and Rebel, all of Weippe, Idaho, 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Dorthea Stephen of Walla Walla, and a brother, Arnold Scheaffer of Wallowa.

Her husband, a son, Gary, and a great-grandson all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Pomeroy Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 338, Pomeroy, Wash. 99347 or to the American Diabetes Association, 1528 Vista Ave., Boise, Idaho 83705.

Faye Stone

La Grande


Faye Rebecca Stone, 83, of La Grande died May 21 at her home. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Bill Moses of the Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery. Viewing will be from 5 to 8 tonight.

Mrs. Stone was born Oct. 25, 1918, to John Harley and Octavia Harris Churchwell in Adamsville, Tenn. On May 21, 1936, she married Nolan Stone in Corinth, Miss. The couple traveled all over the country picking fruit and cotton, settling first in Kingsburg, Calif., and in 1947, in La Grande. She worked for the H.L. Wagoner and Son warehouse in Imbler and later for Falks I.D. Store in La Grande. In the mid-'50s the family moved to California but returned in 1976. She was a member of the La Grande Church of Christ and was active with the Senior Center, helping to serve meals with her church group. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, canning, working in the yard and reading the works of Louis Lamour.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Dave Lester, and a son, Gary Stone, all of La Grande, four grandchildren, three brothers, four sisters and other relatives. Her husband and a brother died earlier.

Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to a memorial fund in her name in care of Daniels Chapel.

Lynn Urie

Formerly of La Grande


Lynn S. Urie, 86, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande died May 21 at a care center. A celebration of life service will begin at 1 p.m. today at Reynolds Funeral Chapel with Pastor Jim Sommer officiating. Inurnment is at Sunset Memorial Park in Twin Falls. Military rites will be conducted by area veterans and auxiliary.

Mr. Urie was born Jan. 31, 1916, to Tom and Elsie Mae Baum Urie in Twin Falls. He attended grade school in La Grande and served in the Navy for over 21 years. He received a Purple Heart for injuries suffered in the battle of Midway and served on the ships Hornet, New Orleans, Prince William, Delta and others before retiring in 1962.

On June 15, 1946, he married Marie LaMonica in Elkton, Md. After leaving the service, he worked as a janitor for an elementary school in Twin Falls, retiring in 1980 after 12 years.

He enjoyed visiting with children and teachers, fishing, going out to breakfast on Sunday morning, crossword puzzles, long walks and especially his 16-year-old cat, who died the same day.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Arlene and John Sommer of Twin Falls, Sherry Grabowski of Boise, and Juanita Franklin of Idaho Falls, Idaho, eight grandchildren and a sister and her spouse, Ailene and Richard Wagner of Twin Falls. His wife, a brother, Elmer and a sister, Gertrude Hankle, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in care of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1142, Twin Falls 83303.

Lawrence J. Maloney

Lawrence J. "Larry" Maloney, 68, of La Grande died Friday at a local care center. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.

Mark Eckstein



Mark Leland Eckstein, 42, of Elgin died May 21 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 4 p.m Thursday at the Elgin Stampede Hall with the Rev. Susan Verner Smith-Allen of St. John's Evangelist Episcopal Church in Hermiston officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Eckstein was born Nov. 5, 1959, to Leland and Christine Butler Eckstein in La Grande. He graduated from Elgin High School and served in the Navy. He married Hope Toy in 1989 in Las Vegas, Nev., and after a divorce he married Colleen Robinson. They also divorced. He worked as a logger for Richard Clark for 20 years and enjoyed hunting, fishing and mushrooming.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Rosetta Eckstein of Elgin, his mother of Pendleton, a daughter, Meggan Lynn of Elgin, a stepson, Ryan Porter of Athena, sisters, Shannon Toy of Elgin, Shirley Hensley of La Grande, and brothers, Richard Eckstein of Billings, Mont., and Brad Eckstein of San Diego.

Contributions to assist with funeral expenses may be made to Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Ted Metteer

La Grande


Ted G. Metteer, 77, of La Grande and formerly of Hermiston died May 23 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Island City Cemetery. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mr. Metteer was born June 1, 1924, to Herbert V. and Ruby Jeannette Smith Metteer in Fossil. When he was 13, the family moved to Hermiston, where he lived until the past month. He moved to La Grande to be near family.

On Nov. 10, 1946, he married Betty Wood in Pendleton. He ranched, broke horses and worked at the Umatilla Army Depot and the Pendleton Grain Growers. After retiring he ran cattle for neighbors and friends. He had been a 4-H leader and enjoyed hunting, fishing, horses and children.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Cecil DeLong of La Grande, one grandchild, three great-grandchildren, sisters, Shirley Cairns of Hermiston and Peggy Mumpower of Bridgeport, Wash., and other relatives. His wife, two brothers and a sister all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society or the GRH Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel.