January 07, 2003 11:00 pm

Nadine Olive Cusick

Dallas, Ore.


Nadine Olive Cusick, 78, formerly of La Grande, died Dec. 25 at her home in Dallas from complications of Alzheimer's.

At her request, a private service will take place.

Mrs. Cusick was born Dec. 11, 1924, in Beatrice, Neb., to Fred and Olive Kulper. She graduated from high school in 1943 in Kearney, Neb.

The family moved to La Grande, where she met and married Kenneth T. "Ted" Cusick in 1943. After living in Salem, Eugene, Fresno, Calif., and Seattle, the Cusicks returned to La Grande until they retired, when they moved to Florence. Her husband died in 1993.

She was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Florence and she enjoyed

her dogs, gardening and needlepoint.

She is survived by her daughter and husband, Janet and Lynn Schoessler of Salem, and one grandson.

Donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Jason Jae Reagan

Formerly of Union


Jason Jae Reagan of Breckenridge, Colo., and formerly of Union, died Dec. 18 at his home of a congenital heart condition. He was 27.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Union.

He was born Jan. 11, 1975, in Seoul, South Korea, and came to live with the Reagan family the day before Thanksgiv-ing 1975.

In 1993 he graduated from Union High School, where he ran cross country for six years.

He worked at Alpine Rock and Ready and at the North Powder sawmill until it closed.

He then left Eastern Oregon to work as a ski instructor at the Children's Ski-and-Ride School in Breckenridge. His main duties were to instill in the children a love for the mountain and the confidence to conquer it, family members said.

He was an avid sports fan, skier, mountain bike rider and rock climber.

He is survived by his parents, Lloyd and Linda Reagan of Union; a sister and brother-in-law, Traci and David Black of Union; a brother and sister-in-law, Kelly and Christine Reagan of Ithaca, N.Y.; grandfathers William Reagan and Ray Bennett and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jason Reagan Memorial Fund for support of the Union cross country team or the ski program in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

Della M. Ross

A memorial service for Della M. Ross of Wallowa, who died Dec. 24, will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Enterprise Christian Church. Memorials may be made to the charity of the giver's choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home. A full obituary will be published later.

Elizabeth Peck

La Grande


Elizabeth May "Betty" Peck, 85, of La Grande, died Dec. 27 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church with the Rev. M. Chotard Doll officiating. Private interment will be held later at Hillcrest Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mrs. Peck was born May 8, 1917, in Fairfield, Idaho, to John Roy and Eva Neill Martin. The family moved to La Grande when she was 14. She graduated from

La Grande High School in 1934, and in 1936 she earned a degree in humanities from Eastern Oregon Normal School.

She worked at Eastern Oregon University as a secretary to every president from 1932 until her retirement in 1978. During those years she also was the faculty secretary. The university was a large and important part of her life, family members said. She was a member of the EOU Alumni Organization and at one time traveled throughout the state as secretary of that organization. She was also a member of the EOU Foundation Board of Trustees.

She married Elmer Milton Peck on Aug. 20, 1938, at St. Peter's. They lived in La Grande. He died on May 7, 2001.

The Pecks were members of the Grande Ronde Wheelers Good Sam Club and the local AARP. They were camp hosts for the Oregon State Parks for many years and enjoyed camping with family and friends. They delivered senior meals and worked at the Union County Senior Center.

Mrs. Peck was a member of St. Peter's. She was active with the Alter Guild and St. Anne's Guild. For many years she served as the Clerk for the Vestry. She was a founding member of the Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and was recognized last year for being a member for 66 years.

Survivors include her children, Ronald and Tina Peck, Mary Jo and Terry Lemon and Kathy and Ron Nantz, all of La Grande, and Elizabeth and Charles Markworth of Foot Hill Ranch, Calif.; a brother, John Martin of Oakridge, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or the EOU Foundation in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande 97850.

Wilfred Eugene Pickens Sr.

La Grande


Wilfred Eugene Pickens Sr., 67, of La Grande, died Dec. 16 at the Veterans Medical Center in Portland.

A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday

at Daniels Chapel of the Valley with Sally Wiens officiating.

Mr. Pickens was born in Doniphan, Mo., to Herman and Beulah McRath Pickens July 28, 1935. He was raised in Doniphan and Poplar Bluff, Mo., and had seven brothers and four sisters.

He served with the U.S. Marines and then married Brenda J. Smith on July 20, 1958. They divorced in 1980.

Mr. Pickens lived for a time in Albuquerque, N.M., where he owned his own amusement company. In 1963 he moved to Oregon and worked as a carpenter until 1965 when he became a heavy equipment operator. He continued in that line of work until his retirement.

Mr. Pickens collected and restored antique cars and enjoyed collecting old pocket watches. He was very musical and played various stringed instruments, his favorite being the mandolin. His favorite pastime was playing guitar and mandolin and singing with family and friends.

Survivors include his children, Wilfred Pickens Jr. of Aloha, Shirley Spray and Kirk Pickens, both of La Grande; brothers and sisters, Bill Pickens and LeRoy Pickens of Doniphan, Herman Pickens of Poplar Bluff, Billy Pickens of Douglas, Kan., Mary Lou Morris of Derby, Kan., Martha Piemeyer of Wichita, Kan., Larry Pickens of Andover, Kan., Charles Pickens of St. Helens, Janice Thacker of Eldorado, Kan., James Pickens of Andover and Shirley Mae of Flint, Mich.; 15 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Ethel Kunz

Ethel Margaret Kunz, 91, formerly of Utah, died Saturday at her home in Elgin.

Arrangements are being handled by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

William Hooker



William "Bill'' Guy Hooker, 92, died Dec. 24 at his home in Union. A graveside service will start at 2 p.m. Friday at the Union Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Peters of the Union United Methodist Church officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hooker was born Jan. 15, 1910, in Cleveland, Wash., to Joseph J. Hooker and Emma Selinda Fletcher Hooker. At the age of 2 he moved to Asotin, Wash., where he grew up and attended public schools.

He married Frances Harriet Wilsey on March 23, 1932, in Goldendale, Wash. The couple lived in Lewiston, Idaho, for a year before moving to Pondosa where Mr. Hooker worked for the mill for 21 years. In 1945 they moved to Union where he went to work for the Forest Service.

He loved hunting and fishing. Mr. Hooker had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and joke around. He was very close to his family.

Survivors include his wife of Union; daughter, Norma J. Ringer of La Grande; son and daughter-in-law William C. and Carol Hooker of Union; a sister-in-law, Donna Jean Scriver and her husband, George, of Graham, Wash.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Those who died earlier include brothers John J. Hooker and Eugene Lyman Hooker; a sister, Pearl Moore; a half-sister, Blanche Clark; and half-brothers Frank Johnson and Charlie Johnson.

Contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande.

Evelyn Ramsey

Evelyn Ramsey, 80, of La Grande died Monday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. An obituary will be published later.

Robert Paul Jones

North Powder


Robert Paul Jones, 60, of North Powder died Saturday at his home. A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home in Baker City.

A funeral mass will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in North Powder. Vault interment will follow at the Haines Cemetery. Donations may be made to the North Powder Quick Response Team through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814.