September 15, 2002 11:00 pm

Gladys Vermillion


Gladys Meda Vermillion, 96, of La Grande, died Sept. 1 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A celebration of life service will start at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. Committal and interment will follow at the Summerville Cemetery.

Visitation will be today from 3 to 7 p.m.

Mrs. Vermillion was born Sept. 27, 1905, to George Philip and Rose Belle Suffield Heater in Lincoln, Neb. She and her family moved to the Boise Valley in 1919. She married Theodore Latham Vermillion on Jan. 4, 1942, at Gowen Field in Boise. He died in 1983.

She and her husband lived in various palces because of his military service.

She enjoyed traveling and one of the high points of her life was when they were in French Morocco in 1953.

She loved flowers and gardening. African violets were one of her favorites.

She also enjoyed handiwork like crocheting. She was a past member of the Daughters of the Nile. She moved to La Grande 12 years ago to be close to her daughter.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosabell L. Vermillion of La Grande; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Meada Starr of Boise, Loda Rutledge of Shelton, Wash., Goldie Kline of Quincy, Wash., and Helen Earl of Clinton, Wash.

A brother Curtis Heater and a son-in-law, Jesse Vermillion, died earlier.

Contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital or to the Family History Library in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, 97850.

Gary F. Marks

A memorial service for Gary F. Marks, 67, of Joseph will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Joseph Baptist Church in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

Clyde Meehan

A celebration of life for Clyde Meehan, 63, of Elgin, who died Aug. 18, will be from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Elgin Community Center. A potluck supper will follow. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

‘Slim' Bronson



Stewart Edward "Slim" Bronson, 92, died Aug. 11 at his home on Fence Creek in Lower Imnaha. A military graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph with a dinner to follow at the VFW Hall in Enterprise. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bronson was born July 4, 1910, to Russell Alfred and Mable Schirm Bronson in Spiritwood, N.D. He served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War and married Margaret "Peggy" Anderson on Dec. 27, 1944, in Rifle, Colo. He was the chief of police in Rifle and deputy sheriff in Garfield County, Colo. He moved to Joseph in 1952 where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service packing in the Snake River District for eight years. He was a city police officer for Enterprise and deputy sheriff for Wallowa County. He moved to Montana where he worked as a cowboy until 1992 when he moved back to Wallowa County. He was an accomplished saddle-maker, leather tooler and silversmith. He loved to tell stories.

Survivors include his daughter Barbara Bronson of Middleton, Idaho; sons, Don and Wayne Bronson, both of Joseph; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Dick Bronson of Mossyrock, Wash., and Jack Bronson of Glasgow, Mont.

His wife, an infant son, Tommy, three sisters, Ruth McCurdy, Virginia Elliot, and Dorothy McNiece, and two brothers, Lyman and Howard Bronson, all died earlier.

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

Faye Roethler

Faye Roethler, 64, of La Grande died Aug. 9. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Catherine Creek State Park with a potluck dinner. Participants should bring lawn chairs and a potluck dish. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Dolores Berg

La Grande


Dolores Kay Berg, 49, of La Grande died Sept. 1 at her home of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mrs. Berg was born Dec. 17, 1952, to Hubert and Eloise Quimby Williams in Farmington, Maine. She attended school in Monrovia, Calif., and on July 18, 1970, she married Daniel Berg there. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1971 and worked at the Oak Street Exxon station for 10 years and at Wal-Mart for seven years. The couple enjoyed square dancing and she enjoyed crafts, especially ceramics, gardening, playing bunko with her friends and shopping for her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children and their spouses, Daniel and Brandy Berg of North Powder and Brian and Amy Berg of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota; three grandchildren; her mother of Monrovia; and five brothers, Dale Williams of Walnut, Calif., Dennis Williams of Weber, Utah, Gary Williams of San Dimas, Calif., Thomas Williams of Monrovia and Craig Williams of Oakland, Maine, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St.

Patrick Manley

La Grande


Patrick John Manley Jr., 85, of La Grande died Sept. 3 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mr. Manley was born May 8, 1917, to Patrick and Martha Groll Manley in Baltimore, Md. He married Roberta Romig in 1943 in Del Rio, Texas. He served in the Army during World War II, later becoming a pilot in the Army Air Force. He flew with the Air National Guard for more than 20 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He flew with smoke jumpers in his younger years and worked as a machinist until he retired at age 62. The family lived in the Portland area and in Keno, Kingman, Ariz., and Sisters before moving to La Grande eight years ago.

He was a flight instructor and scuba diver. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, spear-fishing, taking pictures and hunting for treasure.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children, Pamela Brown of Redmond, Michael Manley of Cheshire, Susan Manley and Kathy Grover, both of La Grande, Stephen Manley of Fort Campbell, Ky., Philip Manley of Elgin, Mark Manley of Portland and Mary Manley of Lake Grove; 20 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and other relatives. A brother, Bob Manley died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

John Hammel

La Grande


John B. Hammel, 99, of La Grande died Sept. 3 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Island City Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hammel was born Sept. 27, 1902, to John and Mattie Wagner Hammel in Morehead, Ky. He served in the Marine Corps in the 1920s and in the Navy during World War II He owned H&H Supply in La Grande.

Survivors include his step-grandson, John Barrington and a nephew, Gene Evans, both of La Grande, and other relatives. His wife, Clare, and a step-daughter, LaVaughn Barrington, both died earlier.

Emily Shumway

Formerly of Elgin


Emily K. Shumway, 50, of Pilot Rock and formerly of Elgin died Sept. 2 at her home. A graveside service was held today at the Elgin Cemetery. A dinner at Emigrant State Park followed. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Shumway was born Jan. 6, 1952, to George and May Charleton Zacharias in Pendleton. She attended school in Pilot Rock and graduated from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

She married Thomas P. Shumway on Sept. 10, 1968, and he died on Sept. 10, 1979. She lived in Elgin for 18 years before returning to Pilot Rock two years ago.

She was a member of the Pilot Rock Assembly of God Church and worked at the Eastern Oregon Training Center in Pendleton.

Survivors include her fiance, Rodney Fikes of Jacksboro, Texas; her children, Jeff Shumway of La Grande and Katherine Shumway of Pilot Rock; three sisters, Bertha Zacharias of Portland, Stella Randolph of Mount Vernon and Olevia Carstens of Pilot Rock; and four brothers, George Zacharias of Mount Vernon, Albert Zacharias of Florida, Henry Zacharias of Prineville and Terry Zacharias of Prairie City. A fifth brother, Loyd Zacharias, died in 1999.

‘Newt' Ashby

Union and Wallowa counties


Henry Newton "Newt" Ashby, 80, of Union and Wallowa counties, died Sept. 4 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery with Deacon Frank Cooke of St. Peter's Episcopal Church officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Ashby was born Oct. 23, 1921, to Henry Newton and Jeannie Gail Mann Ashby in Kansas City, Kan. The family moved to La Grande and he spent summers with his father at Bowman and Hicks Lumber Company logging camps in Maxville and Promise where he acquired his lifelong interest in railroads.

He graduated from the Hill Military Academy in Portland and served in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific as a radio operator. After the war he rode a train from San Francisco all the way to Water Canyon, where his family lived in Wallowa County. He worked for the J.R. Davidson Logging Company, the Bennett and Dixon Logging Company and Rogge Lumber Company. He had lived in La Grande for the past 10 years.

Survivors include a niece, Gail M. Fineberg of Washington, D.C., a sister-in-law, Florence Otten Davidson of La Grande and a grand-niece and grand-nephew.

Vernona Rundall



Vernona Rundall, 89, of Cove died Aug. 29 at a local care center. A private celebration of life service will be held Sept. 14. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rundall was born March 30, 1913, to George and Julia Moe Goodell in Springfield. She graduated from Cove High School in 1931 and worked in the cherry picking sheds. She married Fred Hagey in 1931. After a divorce, she married Melvin Rundall in 1937. She was a secretary at the Cove School for many years and a scrub nurse at the old St. Joseph Hospital in La Grande. She enjoyed crochet, gardening and watching television.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Donald and Adrienne Hagey of Cove and LeRay Rundall and Andrea Ellingson of Lyle, Wash., eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Her husband Melvin, an infant son, a grandson, Storey Rundall, a great-grandson, John Hagey Hulse, an infant sister, Shirley, and three brothers, Sherman and Vernon Goodell and LeRay Wilson, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners' Hospital, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland 97201.

Carl Giltner

Formerly of La Grande and Elgin

A graveside service for Carl Fred Giltner, 77, of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., and formerly of La Grande and Elgin, will begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elgin Cemetery with Pastor Norm Shrumm of the Presbyterian Church officiating.