OBITUARIES FOR MAY 19 - 24, 2003

June 03, 2003 11:00 pm

James B.

‘Red' James



James B. "Red" James, 79, of Union, died May 18 at his home after an extended illness.

A celebration of Mr. James' life will be held at the Union Hotel at 3 p.m. Thursday. Private burial will be held at the Union Cemetery.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of the arrangements.

He was born to Claude and Ora Davis James in Springdale, Ark., on April 19, 1924. He attended schools in Arkansas and served with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He married Barbara Jean Owen – the love of his life — on Aug. 2, 1946, in Springdale, Ark. In 1947 they moved to Kansas, and he became father to Roger, Cindie and Chuck, who were all born in Garden City, Kan. The family moved to Union on May 21, 1954.

Mr. James was a businessman in Union for 30 years, owning a service station and repair shop and later, J & J Irrigation. He served his community in many ways and was a member of the VFW and the Commercial Club. In his younger years he enjoyed Range Riders and Jaycees. He served on the city council during the 1960s and was a cornerstone for the city Christmas Lighting program. As a Union Livestock Show director for many years, he contributed a great deal of labor to the keeping of the grounds. Many people benefited from the helping hand Red offered to anyone, anywhere during his years in Union, family members said.

In his younger years, he enjoyed horses and restoring horse-drawn buggies. He loved to garden, especially strawberries and onions and enjoyed his flowers. He loved playing games and cards.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie, of Union; daughter and her family, Cindi and Bob Stacy of Boise; son, Chuck of Union; daughter-in-law and her family, Carol and Bruce Mulvany of Union; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Edna Sterling and Helen Sullivan, both of Hesperia, Calif.; brothers, Lee James of Welch, Okla., and Jack James of Springdale, Ark.; and other relatives.

His son Roger, two brothers and one sister died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Union County Museum, P.O. Box 190, Union 97883.

Lonnie Doud



A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lostine Presbyterian Church for Lonnie L. Doud of Lostine, who died May 17 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital.

He was 80.

Vault interment will follow at the Lostine Cemetery.

He was born at Alva, Okla., on Aug 26, 1922, to W.W. and Belinda Maxwell Doud. He had been married to Shirley Carper for 56 years.

Mr. Doud served in the Army in World War II as a rifleman and machine gunner, serving in Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge, North France, Ardennes and Rhineland.

He earned the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Clusters, the American Service Medal and other service medals.

Mr. Doud loved hunting and fishing with friends and grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening and loved

get-togethers and storytelling with his children, grandchildren and great-


He is survived by his wife; daughters, Brenda, Marcie and Sherry; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A son, Randy, a grandson, Scotty Thompson, four brothers and a sister died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the giver's choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.

Verlee Jones

La Grande


Verlee B. Jones, 68, of La Grande died May 18 at her home.

A celebration of life will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Valley Fellowship, 507 Palmer St., with Pastors Bill Miller and Steve Kirkeby officiating. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery.

Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mrs. Jones was born Nov. 6, 1934, to Ivan and Elsie Obert Churchill in Milton-Freewater. She married Stewart Lovell and later married Kenneth Paul Jones. Mr. Jones died in 1983. She was one of the first members of Valley Fellowship, where her son-in-law is a pastor. She loved attending church and being with her church family.

She loved to travel. She and her husband were truck drivers and traveled to every state in the country with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii.

She was a kid at heart. Her smile would light up a room. She enjoyed puzzles, bingo, following the Trailblazers and spending time with her grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Verla and Steve Kirkeby of La Grande; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; her mother of La Grande; brothers and sisters, Larose Scott, Wesley Churchill, Annette Howell, Cecil Churchill, Ardith Noyes, Chet Churchill and Harley Churchill, all of Elgin, and other relatives. Her father and a son, Mel Lovell, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Valley Fellowship in care of Daniels Chapel.

Alice Arnson

La Grande


Alice Lillian Arnson, 89, of La Grande died Friday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. May 31 at Grandview Cemetery with Pastor Tim Barton of the New Life Center officiating.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Arnson was born Sept. 20, 1913, to Oscar and Caroline Wennerberg Nord in a log cabin in Connersville, Wis., and later moved with her family to Red Wing, Minn.

She married Warren Arnson on Nov. 28, 1936, and the couple moved to Oregon in 1939. She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital until it closed and at Grande Ronde Hospital until she retired in 1978. She was a member of New Life Center and enjoyed writing poetry, taking a daily ride to the hills with her husband and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of her poems was published, and she was known for her ginger-snap cookies.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Wayne and Pat Arnson of La Grande, Carol and Jim Lauman of Summerville, Sharon Holes of Spray, Gerry and Nancy Arnson of Moses Lake, Wash., and Kathy Marshall of Pendleton; 14 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, a son-in-law, Don Holes, one grandchild, two sisters and three brothers died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society, 0330 SW Curry, Portland 97201.

Melvin Layng

La Grande


Melvin D. Layng, 66, of La Grande died May 20 at his home of natural causes. A private family service will be held later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Layng was born July 29, 1936, to Louis P. and Dorotha Miller Layng in Disston. He attended school at Cottage Grove and served in the National Guard. He married Janet Aldous in 1957, and after a divorce, he married Judith Blaylock on Nov. 5, 1966, in Winnemucca, Nev. The couple lived in various locations while he worked in logging, carpentry and ranching. In 1968 the family moved to La Grande, where he worked for Dick Clark Logging. He retired in 1999. He had served in the National Guard, was a member of the Eagles Lodge, and enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, and collecting guns and knives.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande, children and their spouses, Suzette and Buck Schaffer of La Grande, Bruce and Sherrie Layng of Tonasket, Wash., Kevin and Sarah Layng of Bremerton, Wash., Ted and Debbie Blaylock of Island City, Loralee and Greg Brugato of Boise, and Rick and Cheryl Blaylock of Palmer, Alaska; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leonard of Creswell and Leo of Cottage Grove; two sisters, Darlene Lewis of Bend and Charlotte Harig of Echo, and other relatives.

A sister died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Home Health and Hospice in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.