August 01, 2002 11:00 pm

Maxine Nurmi

La Grande


Maxine Bertine Nurmi, 80, of La Grande, died June 20 at a local care center. A funeral will begin at 2 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley with Pastor Rob Collins of Calvary Chapel officiating. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Nurmi was born Dec. 16, 1921, to Jesse and Sylvia Bell Holmes Turnbow in La Grande. She attended Central Elementary School and graduated from La Grande High School. In 1938 she graduated from Drapers School of Commerce and on Oct. 1, 1942, she married William Raymond Nurmi in La Grande. She was active at the Calvary Chapel in La Grande and enjoyed drawing, painting in oils and watercolors, knitting, crocheting, ceramics and other crafts. In her youth she liked to hunt and fish.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Elton Ray and Isabel Nurmi of Newport News, Va.; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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

Faye A. Carlson


A celebration of life service for Faye Arlene Carlson, 67, of Elgin will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Elgin Stampede Hall, with burial to follow at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mrs. Carlson died June 23 at her home.

She was born Dec. 3, 1934, to George F. and Maxine Ruby Erwin Kirkland in Baker City. She graduated from Union High School in 1952.

She married Jim Evans in 1955. She lived most of her life in Elgin and was a member of the Elgin Stampeders. She married Frederick G. Carlson in 1975.

Mrs. Carlson enjoyed horseback riding, listening to country music, spending time with her children and grandchildren, playing slots and betting on pro football games.

She is survived by her children, Sherri McDonald and her husband, Glen, of Elgin; Russ Evans and his wife, Tonya, of Elgin; Kyle Evans and his wife, Sheree, of Elgin; Julie Bouchard and her husband, David, of Cove; sisters, Marilyn Weatherbie of Fruit Heights, Utah, and Iola Irvin of Union; brothers Roger Kirkland of North Powder and David Kirkland of Summerville; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Her husbands and a sister, Dee Harn, died earlier.

Contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of choice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

Retha Shirley

The funeral for Retha Mae Shirley, 19, of La Grande will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Joseph High School gym. Burial will follow at Prairie Creek Cemetery.

Shirley was killed Friday in a van rollover in Colorado.

Contributions in her memory can be made to a fund in her name at any branch of Pioneer Bank.

Bollman Funeral Home, Enterprise, is in charge of local arrangements.

June McManus Brown



A celebration of life for June McManus Brown will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Inn, Enterprise. Mrs. Brown died March 15 at the age of 91.

Lela Rogers

La Grande


Lela Hazel Lochelt Rogers, 94, of La Grande died June 22 at her home. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the LDS Church in Island City with Bishop Grant Holman officiating. Burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rogers was born Nov. 15, 1907, to Fredric William and Hazel Nathalia Hodson Lochelt in Vernal, Utah. The family moved to northern California when she was 12. On Oct. 19, 1941, she married Richard E. Rogers. The couple lived in Cove, John Day and Prineville before settling in La Grande in 1964. She worked at various jobs including a dry-cleaning business during World War II at which they cleaned soldiers' uniforms. She was a member of the LDS Church and attended the La Grande Third Ward. Her favorite service was the Relief Society. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, quilting and both watching and listening to the birds.

Survivors include a daughters, Barbara Bloom of Cove, a stepdaughter, Carol Nichols and a sister, Betty Hershey, both of Sacramento, six grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, a son-in-law, Ed Bloom, two sisters, two brothers and a granddaughter all died earlier.

James Eveson

La Grande


James Grove Eveson, 86, of La Grande died June 24 at his home. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the LDS Stake Center at 1802 Gekeler Lane. Viewing will be from 1 to 1:45 p.m. before the funeral. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Eveson was born April 10, 1916, to Charles Harry and Sarah Eveson in Raymond, Alberta, in Canada. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1936 and after graduating from Draper School of Commerce, he served in the Army during World War II. He became a U.S. citizen while serving in the Army. He served in the Pacific as a warrant officer and received a Bronze Star.

On June 1, 1951, he formed a CPA firm with Charles Snyder. Together they built the firm into one of the largest accounting firms in Eastern Oregon. He was twice voted Boss of the Year. On June 15, 1962, he married Colleen Martin at Salt Lake City. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Oregon Society of CPAs, the Knife and Fork Club, the Elks, the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He was an honorary member of the Mavericks Riding Club and enjoyed riding horses in parades and performing in drills with the club. He served on many city, county and state committees, school committees and with the Boy Scouts.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife to many parts of the world.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande, children and their spouses, Ross and Tammy Eveson of Salt Lake City, Ray and Ginger Eveson of Beaverton, and David and Karma Eveson of Aloha, eight grandchildren and other relatives.

Cheryl Starmer



Cheryl Starmer, 57, of Wallowa died June 15 of cancer. A private service is planned. Andreason's Cremation and Burial Service in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Starmer was born July 24, 1944, to Clifford and Dorothy Glasgow Haugen in Tacoma, Wash. She graduated from Springfield High School and on June 28, 1963, married Jack Starmer in Springfield. She worked as a bookkeeper, florist and certified nurse's aide, and the couple lived in Springfield and Fairbanks, Alaska, before settling in Wallowa. She enjoyed camping, crafts, playing pool and being with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband and sons, Jerry and Craig Starmer, all of Wallowa; four grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Haugen; and a sister, Barbara Burke, both of Springfield.

Memorials may be made to any hospice program.

Max McKenzie

Formerly of La Grande


Max Allison McKenzie, 51, of Hermiston and formerly of La Grande died June 15 at his home of a heart attack. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at Spillway Park below McNary Dam. Inurnment will be at the Summerville Cemetery at a later date. Burns Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McKenzie was born Jan. 31, 1951, to Max Davie and Mary Elizabeth Plaster McKenzie in La Grande. He graduated from Umatilla High School in 1969 and later from Western Oregon University. He taught in Monument and worked as a substitute teacher. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting knives and guns.

Survivors include a daughter, Julie Rudd of La Grande, two grandchildren and a brother, Evert McKenzie of Hermiston. A second brother, Bob Curry, died earlier.

Contributions may be made to the McKenzie family in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston 97838.

‘Bill' Weir

Formerly of La Grande


Virgil "Bill" Weir, 89, of La Grande died June 27 at a care center in Haines. A celebration of life service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Steve Sholds officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday.

Mr. Weir was born Dec. 2, 1912, to Virgil and Edith Colburn Weir in Sparta. He married Rudy Dean there, and after a divorce he married Betty Graham on Aug. 14, 1944, in Huntington. He worked as a brakeman for the Union Pacific Railroad, and the couple moved to La Grande in the 1950s. After his wife's death, he married Marjorie Dial on Oct. 23, 1972. She died in 1997.

He was a member of the New Life Center, the Gideons and the Men's Fellowship. He was a 4-H leader for many years and was an advocate for anyone who had lost a limb. He enjoyed helping others, repairing appliances, fishing, hunting, camping riding horses and snowmobiles, being in the mountains, family gatherings and going to new places.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Tom and Joni Weir of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Susie Thompson of La Grande and Rosalie and Charles Gibson of Mead, Wash.; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; brothers and sisters, Marjorie Miller of Madras, Winnie Hoover of Beaverton, Cecil Weir of Citrus Heights, Calif., Lela Shold and John Weir, both of Richland, Mary Zaglow of Warren, Velma Stewart of Oregon City and Fern Marriot of Vancouver, Wash., and other relatives. Three sons, Leland, Duane and Sidney, and three siblings, Mildred, Alma and Orville, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons or the New Life Center in care of Daniels Chapel.