OBITUARIES FOR SEPT. 16 - 21, 2002

October 09, 2002 11:00 pm

Leonard Case


Leonard Leroy Case, 85, of Aloha and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 16 at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland.

A graveside service will start at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grandview Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Case was born Dec. 14, 1916, the son of Roy and Murriel Case in Mitchell, S.D. The family moved to La Grande in 1929. Mr. Case graduated with the

La Grande High School Class of 1934. In 1936 he married Frances Evans in Walla Walla. They moved to Portland after thier marriage.

He served with the United States Army during World War II and was an instructor at San Luis Obispo, Calif. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Portland and worked for ARCO for 36 years before retiring.

Mr. Case was a member of the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Frances Case of Aloha; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Sandra Case of Culver, Ore., and Sun City Grand, Ariz.; son, Larry Case of Solana Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Royce Case of Beaverton; and other relatives.

A grandson, Scott Case, and a sister, Eileen Granby, died earlier.

Contributions may be made to the Mount Emily Safe Center in care

of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

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Shannon Gilmore

Billings, Mont., and

formerly of La Grande


Shannon Carl Gilmore, 31, of Billings, Mont., and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 10 in Billings.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., with the Rev. Mark Schlessman of the First Christian Church officiating.

Mr. Gilmore was born March 19, 1971, in La Grande to Daniel Martin and Barbara Ann Willis Gilmore. He received his education and GED in La Grande. He received a certificate for underwater welding after moving to Billings in 1997. He learned to cook and had worked in various restaurants in Billings. He loved to hunt, fish, camp, write poetry and watch football and hockey.

Survivors include his parents of La Grande; special friend, Nichole Fettig, of Billings; brothers, Robbie and Danny Gilmore, both of La Grande; children, Justin, Haley and Hanna, all of La Grande; and other relatives.

Robert Proffitt

La Grande


Robert Lee Proffitt, 72, of La Grande, died Sept. 16 at a local care center.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Private interment will be held later.

Mr. Proffitt was born on April 5, 1930, the son of Aaron and Lily Ogle Proffitt in Baker City. He was educated in La Grande and served with the Army during the Korean conflict. His marriage to June Cook ended in divorce, and he later married Marie Reiber Speer. She preceded him in death in 1998.

Mr. Proffitt worked for Van Patton Lumber Co. for many years before starting his

own roofing business in the 1970s.

He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed hunting and fishing. In his younger years he enjoyed cutting wood.

Survivors include his son, Robert Proffitt of Perry; stepdaughters, Wilma Smith of Arkansas and Lois Kowalski of Alaska; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Several brothers and sisters died earlier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Services in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Carl Tracy Jr.


Carl E. "Buster" Tracy Jr., 79, formerly of Elgin, died Sept. 9 in Missouri.

At Mr. Tracy's request, no service will be held.

Mr. Tracy was born Feb. 10, 1923, in Elgin to Carl E. and Susan Tracy. He attended schools in Elgin and served with the Army engineers during World War II. After the war, he returned to Elgin for a short time before moving to the Roseburg area. There, he married the former Wanda Cady. They later moved to Sparks, Nev. After his wife's death, Mr. Tracy moved to Missouri to be near his son. He was a lifetime member of the VFW.

Survivors include his sons, "Butch" of Sparks, Nev., Mike of Springfield, Mo., and Danny of Sutherlin; and sisters, Gladys Culp of Hermiston and Marjorie Breshears of Elgin. His wife, son Larry and sisters Mary Lou Owens, Betty Jane Volle and Helen Sue Miller died earlier.

Dan Bickmore


Wallace "Dan" Danford Bickmore, 76, of La Grande died Sept. 18 at his home.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. Committal and interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.

Mr. Bickmore was born Jan. 19, 1926, to Earl Goldsberry and Dorothea Sundquist Bickmore in Walla Walla. He grew up and lived in many towns in central and Eastern Oregon. He graduated in 1944 from Baker High School.

He served in the South Pacific in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 and was in the invasion of Okinawa. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Oregon in 1950. He served one year during the Korean Conflict, entering May 17, 1951, in Seattle.

Mr. Bickmore married Patricia Sheehy on Aug. 19, 1950, in Roseburg. He was very interested in and knowledgeable about cars, especially those from the 1930s and '40s. He was a member of the Santa Cruz Valley Car Nuts in Green Valley, Ariz., where he spent his winters. He owned and operated Unocal Distributor since 1962. He was a member of the Masonic Order La Grande Lodge AF&AM, life member of the York Rite and a member of the Scottish Rite.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; daughter, Valerie Whittemore and husband, Noel, of Island City; son, Danford Earl Bickmore and wife, Jaqluin Lloyd of Southlake, Texas; and three granddaughters.

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

‘Buck' Buchanan


Willard E. "Buck" Buchanan, 77, of Bremerton, Wash., and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 8 in Bremerton from complications of cancer and emphysema.

A service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Tualatin Hills Christian Church in Tualatin, with Loren Doty officiating. Inurnment will be at Memory Gardens in Medford.

Mr. Buchanan was born June 18, 1925, in Crane to Joseph and Edith Gibson Buchanan. He was raised in Crane and Medford and graduated from Medford High School in 1946. He was a past manager of U.S. Bank in

La Grande and retired from the company in 1981. At the time of his death, he worked at Strand, Atkinson and York in Portland.

He married Margaret Strahan on Aug. 31, 1946, in Reno, Nev.

He was a corporal in the U.S. Army and as a paratrooper won the American Theater Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was active in the Lions Club for more than 50 years, was a member of the Elks, and enjoyed travel, photography and music.

He was a member of the Central Kitsap Christian Church in Bremerton.

Survivors include his wife; daughter, Claudia Peetz; son, Earl Buchanan; sisters, Delta Jensen of Alaska and Deana Hukill of Oregon; brother, Donald Buchanan of Washington; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Son Gregory died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Tualatin Hills Christian Church Building Fund.

Miranda Evans


Miranda Danae Evans, infant, of La Grande died Sept. 18 at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

Viewing is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande with Pastor Brent Clapp of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Miranda was born May 30, 2002, to Janice Evans and Jeremy Van Vleet of La Grande.

Survivors include her parents; brothers, Tyler Riggs Griffiths and Jeremy Michael Evans of La Grande; sister, Alexander Star Griffiths of La Grande; grandparents, Michael and Raelene Evans of La Grande; great-grandparents, Peggy and George Evans of La Grande; aunt and uncle, Lindsey and Eryk Ruth of Milaca, Minn; and other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to assist with expenses in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

Hazel Porter


Hazel Marie Neiman Porter, 72, formerly of Summerville and recently of Plummer, Idaho, died Aug. 22 at Kootenai Hospital in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, from complications of diabetes and other health problems.

A graveside service was held Aug. 26 at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mrs. Porter was born Feb. 17, 1930, in Joseph to Albert and Nelly Turnbow Neiman. She lived there for 16 years. The family moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where she met Lewis Porter. They married Sept. 17, 1947.

Survivors include her husband of Plummer; daughters, Twila Speer of Pilot Rock, Hazel Dewey of Emmett, Idaho, Loma and Larry Wagoner of Summerville and Lanaia and Gene Simon of Tekoa, Wash.; brothers, Melvin and Mervel Neiman; and sister, Carol Westfall; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.