August 26, 2002 11:00 pm

Sharon Clark

Formerly of La Grande


Sharon Lee Clark, 58, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 1 at her home of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Pendleton with a reception afterward. Everyone who knew her is invited to attend. Burns Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Clark was born April 30, 1944, to Gordon and Maiva Legler Spray in La Grande. She attended Riveria School and La Grande Junior High School, graduating from La Grande High School in 1962. She attended Blue Mountain Community College, receiving her degree in secretarial science, and married Dean Clark of Ukiah on Jan. 10, 1967, in Pendleton.

She worked as a secretary for the city manager of Pendleton and the Production Credit Association, starting as a clerk. After PCA merged with the Federal Land Bank and became Farm Credit Services, she became operations assistant, then loan processing specialist and, in 1991, a credit specialist. Many of her customers became close friends. She retired in November 2000 after 33 years.

She was known for her love of animals, particularly horses and dogs, and frequently took in homeless animals as pets or took injured animals and birds to a veterinarian. She enjoyed traveling in Eastern Oregon and to the Oregon coast, and assigning nicknames to friends and family.

Survivors include her husband of Pendleton and a brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Patty Spray of La Grande.

Memorials may be made to the Pendleton Veterinary Clinic in care of Burns Mortuary, 336 S.W. Dorion Ave., Pendleton 97801.

John Williamson

La Grande


John Carl Williamson, 65, of La Grande died Aug. 2 at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the La Grande Elks Lodge with Sally Wiens officiating. A private burial will be at Grandview Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Williamson was born June 6, 1937, to Robert and Lorine Johnson Williamson in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1955 and attended Eastern Oregon College before serving in the Army in Germany. He worked as a mail carrier before joining his father in the Williamson Insurance Agency and bought the business when his father retired in 1966. He married Sara Jane Hamm on May 9, 1970, in Pendleton. The marriage ended in divorce.

He was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Oregon, the Professional Insurance Agents, the La Grande Elks Lodge, where he was past exalted ruler, the Masonic Lodge, Al Kader Shrine, the Eagles Lodge, the National Rifle Association and the Oregon Renters Association. He volunteered with the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show for over 30 years and was involved with the Blue Mountain Boys, the Oregon Hunters Association, the National Corvette Owners Association, the American Bowling Congress and the La Grande Gun Club.

He enjoyed hunting, his dogs, water skiing, snow skiing and spending time with his family on Mount Emily and at the family cabin at Wallowa Lake. He was known as a handyman, always had a project, was devoted to his community and very patriotic, family members said.

Survivors include his children and their partners, Robert Williamson and Becky Driskell, Steven Williamson and Tara Horn, and Julie Williamson, all of La Grande, one grandchild, Chelsea, a brother, Neil Williamson, M.D., of Grants Pass, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Casey Eye Institute in care of Daniels Chapel., 1502 Seventh St.

Carol D'Agostino



Carol Stella D'Agostino, 66, of La Grande died July 25 at Grande Ronde Hospital after a long illness. A service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be at St. Raymond Cemetery in the Bronx, N.Y. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. D'Agostino was born Dec. 25, 1935, to Michael and Anna Desposito Cicerone in New York City. She attended Hunter College in New York, and was a computer researcher. She recently moved to Oregon to live with her close friends, Ray and Barbra Doern of Cove. She was a member of the Ethical Society of New York and the Jehovah's Witnesses. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and crocheting.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Freedman of Fort Thomas, Ky., and a brother, Arthur Cicerone of Newberg.

Richard O. Quinn

Formerly of La Grande


Richard O. "Dick" Quinn, 70, of Portland and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 6. The funeral is today at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Portland. Youngs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Quinn was born Dec. 12, 1931, in Aberdeen, S.D. He graduated from

La Grande High School and from the University of Oregon in 1953. He served in the Army for two years and moved to Portland in 1957. He was a sales representative for Yellow Freight Systems and was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, and children, James Quinn, Tracy Gordon and Kadi Hinz, all of Portland, and five grandchildren. His first wife, Patricia, died in 1985.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke's, 6835 S.W. 46th Ave., Portland.

Helena German

Formerly of La Grande

104 years old

Helena German, 104, of Salem and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 7, 2002, at a Salem care center.

Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at the Summerville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mrs. German was born in February 1898 to Henry and Frieda Fries in La Grande. On June 5, 1921, she married Ray German in Summerville. The couple had four children. He died in September 1967. She lived in La Grande until 1995 when she moved to Salem. Mrs. German enjoyed crocheting and reading.

Survivors include her children, Lloyd German of Hood River and Frances Zander of Salem; eight grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Two children, June Livermore and Claire German, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Doernbecker's Children's Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande 97850.

Ernie ‘Kas' Miller



Ernie L. "Kas'' Miller, 81, of Elgin, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, in his home.

A graveside service will start at noon Wednesday at Highland Cemetery at Cricket Flat outside of Elgin with Dale Johnston officiating.

Everyone is invited to participate in the horseback and automobile procession, which will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the crossroads of Good Road and Matten. There will be a branding of the casket at the funeral; people are invited to bring their branding irons.

Public visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, and from 11 to 11:45 a.m Wednesday at the cemetery.

Mr. Miller was born May 23, 1921, to Alva J. and Lula Lovell Miller in North English, Iowa. Mr. Miller was an avid collector of bear traps, axes, Winchester guns, coins, carpentry antiques and wood tools. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and a charter member of the Turtle Association, a forerunner of the National Finals Rodeo Association.

Mr. Miller served in the United States Army during World War II.

He married Elizabeth "Betty'' Boag in 1956 in Douglas, Wyo. She died on July 2, 2000. He moved to Elgin from Battle Mountain, Nev., on May 15, 1969. He married Peggy Jean Beckett Ruple on Aug. 19, 1989, in Cricket Flat. She died on Jan. 29, 2000.

Survivors include his children, Peggy Blumhagen of Fredrick, Md., Mathew and and Deborah Miller of Parkman, Wyo., David and Teresa Miller of Elgin, Kathy and Ken Andrews of Sheridan, Wyo., Dan and Peggy Heckenlaible of Belgrade, Mont.; 11 grandchildren; four sisters, Frances Scheiblein of Hemet, Calif., Bertha Milota of Lowden, Iowa, Glena Massler of St. Louis and Rosemary Cook of Temple, Texas, and nieces and nephews.

Two sisters died earlier.