June 23, 2003 11:00 pm

Terry Helman

La Grande


Terry Lynn Helman, 62, died May 30 at his home in La Grande. A celebration of life service will be held later. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Helman was born Sept. 19, 1940, to Virgil and Cleo Campbell Helman in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1958 and served in both the Oregon National Guard and the Army. On Aug. 21, 1961, he married Marilyn Scott in Boise. After a divorce he married Carolyn Roberts-Presley on May 7, 1982. He worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation for 34 years in La Grande, Ontario and Pendleton. He retired in 1994 as the district office manager in La Grande. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and had been a member of the Elks. He enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, of La Grande; children, Kari Brown of La Grande, Darin Helman of Milton-Freewater, Kristi Hagey of Pendleton, Mike Presley of La Grande, Debbie Graham of Umatilla, Don Presley of Oregon City and Julie Henderson of Imbler; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Marla Crabill of Baker City; brothers, Randy Helman of La Grande and Rickey Helman of Wilmington, Calif., and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society, 0330 S.W. Curry, Portland 97201.

‘Jean' Barlet

North Powder


Louise E. "Jean" Barlet, 68, of North Powder died May 30 at her home after a long illness. A private celebration of life will be held. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Barlet was born May 3, 1935, to Albert and Helen Provost Page in Willits, Calif. She marred James Barlet on Jan. 24, 1958, in Willits and worked as a rural letter carrier for the Postal Service for many years. She retired in 1998 and the couple moved to North Powder in 1999. She was a member of the Methodist Church, the Mother Lode Shrine and Order of Eastern Star in Sonora, Calif., and the Rural Letter Carriers' Association. She enjoyed gardening, watching hummingbirds and being with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, James, of North Powder, her mother of Petaluma, Calif., children and their spouses, Christina and Robert Brown of Georgetown, Calif., and David and Peggy Barlet of La Grande, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two brothers, Clifton Page of Wise River, Mont., and Ray Page of Ukiah, Calif., and other relatives. Her father and a sister, Ann Heppner, died earlier.

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

David Wolfe

Formerly of Wallowa


David Wolfe, 47, of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of Wallowa, died of an aneurism May 29.

A recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel in Vancouver. The funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

Mr. Wolfe was born Feb. 9, 1956, to Wayne and Edna June Wolfe in La Grande. In 1974 he graduated from Wallowa High School, where he was active in

4-H and FFA. He attended Eastern Oregon College and Mount Hood Community College before moving to Portland in 1980. He married Lucy Mao on May 25, 1991.

Survivors include his wife and children, Corey and Sydney, all of Vancouver; his parents, a brother, Gordon Wolfe, and other relatives, all of Wallowa.

Raymond Yankey

North Powder


No service will be held for Raymond Yankey, 85, who died at his home in North Powder on May 24.

Disposition was by cremation; a private inurement will be later at the Haines Cemetery.

Mr. Yankey was born June 16, 1917, in Haines to James S. and Ida May Looney Yankey. He served in the Army in World War II.

He was a diesel mechanic for more than 40 years. He enjoyed fishing. His favorite saying was, "This, that and the other."

He is survived by a son, Jim, and two grandsons.

Memorials contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans in care of Gray's West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City 97814.

David Higley

La Grande


David Ray Higley, 59, of

La Grande died June 2 at his home after a long illness. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley with Pastor Brent Clapp of the Church of the Nazarene officiating.

Mr. Higley was born June 5, 1943, to Everet and Louise Moore Higley in Hood River. He graduated from high school in Fruitland, Idaho, and moved to the Grande Ronde Valley in the mid-1960s. He worked as a supervisor for the Boise Cascade plywood plant in Elgin until his retirement.

On June 25, 1977, he married Diane Olson in La Grande. He worked with community sports and 4-H horse programs with his family. He was a member of the NRA and had been a member of the Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, two- and four-wheeling and camping, even roughing it in snowstorms in sleeping bags.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Shawn and Robin Higley of Sheridan, Wyo., Janet and Jeff Combs of Portland, Michael and Angie Johnson and Mark Johnson, all of Summerville; four grandchildren; his parents of Union; his father- and mother-in-law, Vern and Betty Olson of Cove; brothers, Dean of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Wayne of Fruitland, Idaho, Delbert of Payette, Idaho, and Gene of Elgin; sisters and their husbands, Mary and Jeron Jackson of Union and Barbara and Duane Ireland of Bullhead City, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Verna Olsen of Union and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Imbler School District Athletic Fund or the Stablemates 4-H group in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Dora Wardell



Dora D. Wardell, 86, of Union died June 1 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Union Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mrs. Wardell was born June 12, 1916, to John W. and Hannah Holt Wilde in

La Grande. She graduated from Union High School in 1934 and worked at the Hot Lake Sanitarium and the Union Hotel before she married Vernal J. Nielson on Sept. 30, 1936, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. The couple settled on a farm in Union.

After her husband's death she married Bertrand "Bert" Wardell in February of 1979. He died in 1998.

She was a member of the LDS Church, where she served as organist for many years. She enjoyed dancing, decorating and watching the Portland Trail Blazers. She was an excellent cook.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Cavell and Keith Kikel of Salt Lake City, Jack and Benita Nielson of Union, Rhea and David Smith of Germany and Shelly and Robert Davidson of Heber City, Utah; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, a brother, Virgil Wilde of California, and other relatives. Besides her husbands, three brothers and two sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Union Carnegie Library, P.O. Box 928, Union 97883.

Idon Anderson

Formerly of La Grande


Idon Chadwick Anderson, 84, of Logan, Utah, and formerly of La Grande died June 2 at her home. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the LDS Stake Center, 1802 Gekeler Lane. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Anderson was born Sept. 23, 1918, to George Alon-zo and Erma Bean Chadwick in La Grande. She attended Brigham Young University and taught school for one year in Elsinore, Utah.

On Sept. 19, 1941, she married Ernest Clifford Anderson in the Salt Lake City Temple. The couple settled in La Grande. She was a homemaker and spent much of her life in the service of others. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Larry and Sally Anderson of Richland, Wash., Verl and Kathy Anderson of St. George, Utah, Arlene and Arnold Hill of Las Cruces, N. M., Vaughn and Kay Anderson of Orem, Utah, Erma and Mike Jones of Logan, Utah, and Dona Jean (Steve) Reeder of Logan; a brother, Duane G. Chadwick of Logan; 35 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, a sister, Cleo Sessions, a brother, David Chadwick, and two grandchildren died earlier.

Condolences to the family may be extended online at

John Brannen

Formerly of La Grande


John Robert Brannen, 79, of Boise and formerly of La Grande died June 3 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Terrace Lawn Cemetery with Chaplain Richard Cox officiating. Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel in Boise is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Brannen was born Dec. 26, 1923, in Buhl, Idaho, to Donovan C. and Glendoris Childs Brannen. He graduated from Buhl High School in 1942, and attended the NYA School at Weiser Institute. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. As a reservist he was recalled in 1950 to serve for a year during the Korean War. He graduated from Boise State University and the University of Idaho and worked for Burroughs Corporation as a field engineer for 30 years before retiring. He married Lillian Ellen Smalley in 1945. The couple lived in La Grande for 23 years before moving to Boise 21 years ago. He enjoyed camping, fishing, outdoor activities, woodworking, writing, traveling and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of Boise; daughters Delpha Bush of Boise, Deborah Chandler of La Grande, and Valerie Coomes of Corvallis; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and sisters, Donna Thaete of Twin Falls, Idaho, Grace Vicha of Bella Vista, Ark., and Inez Messley of Rupert, Idaho. A sister, Patricia, died earlier.

Austin Haddock

Formerly of La Grande


Austin E. Haddock, 86, of Carson City, Nev., and a former principal of the Ackerman School in La Grande, died May 28 in Carson City.

Burial was Monday at Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City.

Walton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Haddock was born July 16, 1916, to James Luther and Ollie Wallen Haddock in Cassville, Mo. He graduated from Southern Oregon College, earned a master's degree at Oregon State University and a doctorate in education at the University of Oregon. He taught in Oregon, California and Nevada and was the principal of Ackerman Elementary School on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande from 1961 to 1966. He married Eleanor Barth on June 18, 1939, in Salem and served in the Army during World War II. He was the president of the Oregon Elementary Principals' Association in 1956.

Survivors include children, Carol Davison of Berkeley, Calif., Richard Haddock of La Grande and Kevin Haddock of Reno, Nev.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife died in 1999.

Terry Helman

La Grande


A celebration of life for Terry Lynn Helman who died May 30 will begin at 2 p.m. June 28 at the Eagles Lodge, 1212 Jefferson Ave.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Bessie Knapp

La Grande


Bessie M. Knapp, 99, of La Grande died June 5 at an Elgin care center. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Private burial will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Knapp was born May 24, 1904, to Burton and Elma DeLorge Batchelor in Cove. She attended Riveria School, and in 1919 she married Lowell W. Knapp. He died in 1973. She was a member of the 12 Aces Club and AARP. She enjoyed children, and was known as "Nanny" by many families in La Grande. She enjoyed gardening, writing letters, traveling, crochet and being with family. She won a blue ribbon at the Union County Fair for a silk quilt.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Loyde and Betty Knapp of Elgin, Elmer "Pat" and Alice Knapp of Paradise, Calif., and Marion Knapp of La Grande; 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thelma Barker of La Grande and Gerrie Bromell of Pendleton; a brother, Floyd Batchelor of Camas, Wash., and a daughter-in-law, Wilma Knapp, of South Bend, Wash. Her husband, a son, Charles Knapp, two brothers and three sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Community Connections, in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St..

‘Wally' Kinnick

Formerly of Imbler


William Walter "Wally" Kinnick, 43, of Hermiston and formerly of Imbler died June 4 at his home after battle with cancer. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the McNary branch of the Umatilla Fire Department with a potluck gathering afterwards. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kinnick was born May 12, 1960, to Fred and Jackie Kinnick in Long Beach, Calif. He attended school at Imbler and worked for the city of Umatilla.

He especially enjoyed working with his father pouring concrete and making anything his family and friends needed or wanted.

He was a member of the Echo Hills Golf Course and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed taking long drives in the country with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Shelly, of Hermiston; children, Dante Kinnick-Sowell and Zackary Kinnick; his parents of Hermiston; a brother, John Kinnick; a sister, Kate Ledbetter, and other relatives.

Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to a memorial fund at Banner Bank.

Myren Severin



Myren A. Severin, 88, of Cove died June 5 at the home of his son. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. June 14 at his home with Pastor Donavon Kack of the Seventh-day Adventist Church officiating.

Loveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Severin was born Nov. 20, 1914, in Blackfoot, Idaho. He attended school in Hallam, Neb., where he was known as "Mike the miler" for his running ability. He married Linnea Fagerberg in 1946 in Lincoln, Neb., and the couple moved to southern California where they remained until 1966 when they came to Cove.

He was an avid gardener and orchardist and was known as the flower man of Cove. He had 60 different peonies, 60 rose bushes, 40 apple trees and close to 100 cherry trees.

He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and for many years was the only person on the flower committee.

Survivors include his wife of Cove, children, Myren Severin of Waipahu, Hawaii, Ron Severin of College Place, Wash., and Don Severin of Cove; three grandchildren; a sister, Merlin of North Platte, Neb., and a brother, Keith of Lucerne, Calif. A brother, Charles, died earlier.

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