February 17, 2003 11:00 pm

Arden Agnew

Formerly of La Grande

Arden Agnew, 69, of Grande Junction, Colo., and formerly of La Grande died Sunday after a long illness. At his request there will be no funeral.

A private celebration of life will be held later.

Darlene Graffi



Darlene L. Graffi, 72, of Enterprise and Casa Grande, Ariz., died Jan. 30. A funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. Burial will follow at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mrs. Graffi was born Feb. 13, 1930, in Wahoo, Neb. She graduated from high school in Los Angeles, and married Robert Graffi in 1949. She worked for Avon and in real estate in Los Angeles. The couple moved to Enterprise in 1981 but wintered in Casa Grande. She was a member of the Elks Emblem Club in Enterprise and La Grande, and had been treasurer for Mule Days. She was also a volunteer at the VFW Hall.

Survivors include her husband of Enterprise and Casa Grande; children, Toni and Greg Graffi; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

Arden A. Antles

Formerly of Union County


Arden Agnew Antles, 69, a former resident of Union County and most recently of Grand Junction, Colo., died Feb. 2 at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction after a long illness.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no service. A private celebration of life will be held later.

He was an oil-field worker.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Romero-Antles of Grand Junction; five sons, Louie Gonzalez of San Jose, Calif., Randy Antles of Price, Utah, and Rudy Gonzalez, George Gonzalez and David Gonzalez, all of Salt Lake City; three daughters, Liz Voegely, Bonnie Valdez and Santana Velarde, all of Grand Junction; his mother, Eleanor Antles of La Grande; 26 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Callahan Edfast Mortuary of Grand Junction was in charge of arrangements.

Sylvia Watne

La Grande

Sylvia Watne, 89, of La Grande died this morning at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Harold Beickel

La Grande


Harold Lloyd Beickel, 79, of La Grande died Feb. 2 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Beickel was born Dec. 28, 1923, to John H. and Vera Elizabeth Atkinson Beickel in Perry. He graduated from La Grande High School and served in the Navy during World War II on the USS President Adams, known as the luckiest ship in the service. His two brothers and his father served at the same time.

He married Inez A. Amble and worked as an engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement in 1983. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and working with his hands. He remodeled several homes in addition to building a log home.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Theresa and Jerry Collins of Umatilla, Deborah and Robert Cleveland of La Grande, and Gregory and Sherry Beickel of Clackamas; one grandson; a brother, Elmer Beickel, and a sister, Lucille Ogilvie, both of La Grande, and other relatives. His wife died in 1970, and a brother, Jack Beickel, also died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation in care

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

Marjorie Webb



Marjorie Anne Webb, 61, of Union died Feb. 3 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Union Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Peters officiating. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mrs. Webb was born Aug. 11, 1941, to Fred and Pearl Hearing Pembrook in Baker City. The family moved from their North Powder farm to Union in 1948, and she graduated from Union High School. On July 30, 1969, she married Kenneth Webb at the United Methodist Church in Union.

She was a member of the Union United Methodist Church and the Wolf Creek Grange in North Powder, and enjoyed crocheting and other crafts, reading, especially Stephen King novels, and collecting sheep of all kinds.

Survivors include her husband of Union; children, Stacie Campbell of Ely, Nev., Leslie Webb of Hermiston, Darin Webb of Madras and Randy Webb of Union; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandson; a brother, John Pembrook of Costa Mesa, Calif., and other relatives.

Will Pallis

Formerly of La Grande


Will Weems Pallis, 21, of Walla Walla and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 31 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m Saturday at Mountain View Cemetery in Goldendale, Wash. A celebration of life will follow at his mother's home. A memorial service will begin at noon Feb. 16 in Harris Park, Milton-Freewater.

Mr. Pallis was born Sept. 2, 1981, to Bill and Kimberly Jane Weems Pallis in Walla Walla. His early childhood was spent in Alaska. His grandparents, Tony and Zella Pallis, lived on Pumpkin Ridge and ran Hermans' Tavern for many years. The family moved to Weiser, Idaho, in 1991 and then to Milton-Freewater where he attended high school. He lived in La Grande with his mother, Kim Stinnett, from October 2001 to March 2002, when he moved to Milton-Freewater to live with his father. He was an expert mechanic and enjoyed the outdoors.

Survivors include his mother of Goldendale, his father of Milton-Freewater, a sister, Sarah Pallis of Walla Walla, three brothers, Ryland, Gage and Ransom Stevens, all of Goldendale, and other relatives.

Contributions may be made to the Will Pallis Memorial Fund through the Bank of America in Milton-Freewater, 97862.

Sylvia Watne

La Grande


Sylvia Edith Watne, 89, of La Grande died Feb. 4 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Island City Cemetery with Pastor Gary Hood of the Pioneer Park Church of God officiating. Viewing will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mrs. Watne was born Nov. 1, 1913, to Harley Marvin and Edith Pearl Shelts Courtney in Wallowa County. She graduated from Lostine High School, and on Nov. 3, 1933, she married Maynard Watne in Lostine. The couple moved to La Grande in 1951.

After his death in 1991, she moved to College Place, Wash., to be near her sister and returned to La Grande in November of 2002.

She had worked as a cook for the coffee shop in the Sacagawea Hotel and later for Eastern Oregon University until retiring in 1978. She was a devoted mother.

Survivors include her sons, Howard Maynard Watne of La Grande and Jack Marvin Watne of South China, Maine; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Lowell Courtney of Enterprise; a sister, Lavina Mae Snively of College Place; and other relatives.

A son, Wayne Watne and a daughter, Nancy Pearl Watne died earlier.

Lowell Westensknow



James "Lowell" Westenskow, 70, of Imbler died Feb. 3 at his home. A service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Summerville Cemetery with Bishop Richard Rasmussen of the Elgin Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiating. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mr. Westenskow was born Oct. 3, 1932, to Jacob Lamar and Julia Lucille McClune Westenskow in Imbler. He graduated from Imbler High School where he played basketball and football.He attended Brigham Young University and served in the Army at the Pentagon and as a guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He worked at a bank in Ontario before moving to Imbler, where he farmed and received the Young Farmer of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed working with his hands, was an excellent auctioneer, loved cars, people, BYU football and traveling to Hawaii.

Survivors include his son, Lowell "Scott" Westenskow of West Linn; brothers, Pete Westenskow of The Dalles, Dean Westenskow of Pocatello, Idaho, and Joe Westenskow of Elk, Wash.; sisters, Mary Ann Cox of Santa Clara, Utah, Carolyn Franks of Kennewick, Wash., Mertha Fields of John Day and Winona Darling of Tacoma, Wash.; and other relatives.

Arnold Wyant

Formerly of La Grande


Arnold Duane Wyant, 64, of Umatilla and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 6 at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston. A memorial service was held today in Umatilla.

Mr. Wyant was born June 2, 1938, to Lee Edward and Laura Belle Rouse Wyant in O'Neill, Neb. He attended high school at Malden, Wash., and served in the Army as an ambulance driver.

He worked for Boise Cascade at Cascade Lake, Idaho, in fruit orchards around Emmett, Idaho, and for the Union Pacific Railroad. He was a fireman and oiler in several places including Glenns Ferry, Idaho, North Platte, Neb., and La Grande before retiring from the railroad at Hinkle after 33 years. On June 11, 1987, he married Sheryl Poor at La Grande. He was a member of the Umatilla Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing and fixing things.

Survivors include his wife of Umatilla; children, Greg Poor of Union, Richard Wyant of North Platte, Dennis Wyant of Union, Michelle Keene of Sweet Home, Lori Smith of La Grande and Elonda Adams of Elgin; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Donald and Paul Wyant, both of Emmett, Idaho; and a sister, Jackie Chase of Chehalis, Wash. Five sisters and a brother died earlier.

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

Susie Chappelle

La Grande


Susie Anderson Hewitt Chappelle, 51, of La Grande died Feb. 6 at her home after an illness.

A memorial service is tentatively planned for Monday at the American Legion Post in La Grande.

Born on Dec. 23, 1951, in La Grande to Richard and Mary Bowen Hewitt, she attended Imbler and North Powder schools.

She was a bartender for many years in the Pendleton and La Grande areas. She spent most of her life in Eastern Oregon.

With a good outlook on life, friends said she loved her work and the friends she made. She enjoyed plants and flowers, cooking, holidays and shopping, crossword puzzles, knitting and crocheting, traveling to new places and doing new things.

Survivors include her father, husband Bob, two daughters, Nichole Horn and Autumn Wilson, one son, James Wilson and two grandchildren, all of the La Grande area.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society or to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Margaret Jean Chandler

La Grande


Margaret Jean Chandler, 79, died Feb. 9 at her home in La Grande

A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Interment will be at the Island City Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel.

Mrs. Chandler was born April 22, 1923, to Frank and Edith Furguson McClure in La Grande. She attended La Grande schools and married John Chandler on Sept. 20, 1939, in Boise. They lived in La Grande for a few years before moving to Tacoma, Wash.

During World War II she worked at McCord Air Force Base and later for Penney's. When they moved to Woodland, Wash., she worked at Lama Glass Fishing Rod Manufacturers. They returned to La Grande on July 4, 1978.

She enjoyed traveling, especially to Alaska, and watching baseball, football and basketball. She liked to fish, grow flowers and spend time with her grandchildren. She was a great cook and liked to bake, family members said.

She is survived by her husband, John of La Grande; a son, Mike Chandler of Gig Harbor, Wash.; a daughter, Janice Chandler Aschoff of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Gertrude Mason of Union; brother, F. "Bud" McClure of Forest Grove; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. A brother, Henry McClure, and sisters, Lulu Counsell, Leona Kruger and Nell Schmitke died earlier.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Chandler may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care Services, in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

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Susie Anderson Chappelle

La Grande


A celebration of life for Susie Anderson Chappelle will begin at 4 p.m. Monday at the American Legion, 301 Fir St. A potluck supper will be included. Mrs. Chappelle died Feb. 6.

Celeste Homan

La Grande


Celeste Homan, 40, of La Grande died Feb. 11 at her home of cancer. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, 705 Island Ave., with the Rev. Jesse Parker officiating.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Homan was born Feb. 7, 1963, to Darrell G. and Joanne DeClue Marler in Richland, Calif. She attended school in La Grande and on Aug. 24, 1991, married Doug Homan in La Grande. She had worked as a certified nurse's aid in the medical and surgical wing at Grande Ronde Hospital. She enjoyed quilting, baseball, fishing, riding horseback, gardening, camping, hunting, cross-country skiing, shopping and canning.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Sarah, Jamie, Jolene and Joshua Homan, all of La Grande, and Amanda and Crystal Homan, both of Pendleton; two grandchildren; her mother and stepfather, Joanne and Grant Pittser; her mother- and father-in-law, Janet and Art Homan; and two sisters, Belinda Butcher and Teresa Neustel, all of La Grande. Her father died earlier.

Wesley White

La Grande


Wesley O. White, 83, of La Grande died Feb. 13 at a local care center. A private service will be held at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. White was born Nov. 25, 1919, to Samuel A. and Gladys Delay White in Colby, Kan. He attended school in Kansas and moved to Oregon as a young man, living in several areas before settling in La Grande in the 1930s. He worked for many years as an auto mechanic and retired in the early 1970s. He enjoyed traveling and spending time outdoors.

Survivors include a son, Ronald L. White of La Grande, two grandchildren, a sister in California and other relatives. Two brothers died earlier.