August 04, 2003 11:00 pm

Larry Kessler



Larry R. Kessler, 59, of Joseph died July 18 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital of natural causes. A military service will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Prairie Creek Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Kessler was born Aug. 8, 1943, to Julius and Rita Becker Kessler in Tigard. He served in the Army and married Sandra Pearish Feb. 7, 1997, in Newport. He worked in the fertilizer business. He was a member and past commander of the VFW Post 4307. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved Wallowa County.

Survivors include his wife of Joseph; children, Matthew Kessler of Newberg and Shane Kessler of Tigard; one granddaughter; two brothers, Wayne Kessler and George St. Clair, both of Tualatin; and two sisters, Linda Williams of Sutter Creek, Calif., and Karen Willingham of Tigard.

Wilda Shenfield

La Grande


Wilda R. Shenfield, 88, of La Grande, died July 18 at her home. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11206 S. McAlister Road in Island City, with Bishop Robert Bedard officiating. Viewing will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Shenfield was born June 22, 1915, to Alva A. and Minetta Hards O'Neil in Hiawatha, Utah. On Sept. 6, 1933, she married Richard Shenfield in La Grande. The family lived in Pilot Rock, Starkey and Perry before moving to La Grande in 1942. She began working in the laundry department of Grande Ronde Hospital in 1953 and retired there as supervisor in 1978. She was a member of the Fourth Ward of the LDS Church, and had been a member of the Eagles, the Elks and the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She enjoyed painting, crocheting, reading, traveling and being with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Lilly Vess of Island City, and Karen and Curt Van Blokland, of Island City, Verna and Joe Haynes and Richard and Sharon Shenfield, of La Grande, Floyd and Gail Shenfield of Omaha, Neb., and Ellen and Michael Somerville of West Richland, Wash.; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, four brothers, four sisters a daughter, Janice, and a granddaughter, Terry, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the LDS Genealogical Library or to the LDS Primary Children's Fund in care of Loveland Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Rodney Flintoff



Rodney "Rod" Allen Flintoff, 63, of Elgin died July 17 at the home of his brother in Scappoose. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Elgin Cemetery, with Sally Weins officiating. A celebration of life and a potluck dinner will begin at 2 p.m. at the Elgin Stampede Hall. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Flintoff was born Aug. 26, 1939, to Albert and Dorothy Winters Flintoff at Sand Lake, Mich. On. Aug. 13, 1995, he married Connie Marie Freitas at Lake Tahoe, Nev. He worked for Boise Cascade as a maintenance supervisor until his retirement in 2000. In January 2002, he purchased and operated the Brunswick Restaurant. He had served as the mayor of Elgin. He had been a member of the union local 2780 and enjoyed hunting, fishing, electrical work, building garages and working at his restaurant and bar.

Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children, Marvin Merritt of Arkansas City, Kan., Rick Flintoff of Aurora, Colo., Jim Flintoff, Tammy Hamilton and Toni Hamilton, all of La Grande, and Treasa McCauley of Baker City; step-children, Heather Barnes of Salem and Jericho Kasco of Elgin; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his father of Oregon City; brothers and sisters, Larry Flintoff of Scappoose, Steven Flintoff and Nancy Packard of Oregon City, Carl Flintoff of Vancouver, Wash., and Diane Schriever of Estacada and other relatives. A granddaughter, Keri Short, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Lung Cancer Association in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St.

Charlie Daggett



Charlie Harold Daggett, 88, of Joseph died July 19 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Prairie Creek Cemetery.

Mr. Daggett was born Aug. 23, 1914, in Joseph to Charles Walter and Lyda Blanche Daggett. On Feb. 7, 1940, he married Ella Irene Garrett and later Dorothy Thacker.

He worked for the Army Ordnance Depot near Stanfield for a short time and worked for two of the local creameries in the 1940s. He spent most of his working years in the timber industry. He lived in Elgin and La Grande, where he worked for Boise Cascade as a log-yard foreman. He retired in 1977 and traveled around the country and into Canada and Mexico. He was known for his sense of humor and enjoyed square dancing, round dancing, snowmobiles, motorcycles and tinkering with machines.

Survivors include his wife of Joseph, children and their spouses, Tom and Geri of La Grande, Dick and Pat of Tucson, Ariz., Harry and Ginger of Joseph and Ruby Lukens of Enterprise; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, a brother, Clinton Daggett of Joseph, and other relatives.

Dying earlier were sisters Fern, Violet and Ethel Irene and brothers Earl Fremont, Lester Vernon and Forest Frances, as well as daughter Edna Mae Bornstedt McKinnis.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Wallowa Valey Care Center in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.

Gladys Geigley

Montrose, Colo.


Gladys Thelma Martin Geigley, 83, of Montrose, Colo., died July 22 at the home of her daughter in Cove. Visitation was Wednesday at Grande Ronde Mennonite Church in Cove. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sunny View Mennonite Church in Montrose, with Brother Richard Burkey officiating. Burial will be in Olathe, Colo. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Geigley was born Oct. 18, 1919, to Clarence D. and Esther H. (Martin) Martin near Leitersburg, Md. She married Roy M. Geigley on Dec. 25, 1938, in a triple ceremony with his two sisters and their husbands. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sunny View Mennonite Church where her husband was bishop. She was known for her hospitality and enjoyed flowers and children.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Ray and Dorothy Geigley of Chambersburg, Pa., Donald and Esther Geigley of Beavertown, Pa., Anna Lois and J. Glenn Miller of Farmington, N.M., Arlene Geigley of Phoenix, Ariz., Esther Mae and Harley Kauffman of Cove, Glen and Mary Ellen Geigley of Centreville, Mich., Arlin and Rebecca Geigley of Montrose, Alvin and Carolyn Geigley of Kalona, Iowa, and Leon and Barbara Geigley of Shipshewana, Ind.; 36 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Eldon Martin of Columbia, Pa., and Harold Martin of Phoenix; and a sister, Leola Bange of Lititz, Pa. Her husband, a son, Melvin, three grandchildren and an infant sister died earlier.

Willard Schlegel

Formerly of Elgin


Willard "Willie" Schlegel, 82, formerly of Elgin, died June 26 at a care center in Emmett, Idaho.

A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Stampede Hall in Elgin. The Cremation Society of Idaho is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Schlegel was born March 12, 1921, to Velma and William Schlegel in Whitefish, Mont. He attended school there and excelled in sports. In high school he was a member of the all-star teams in both football and basketball.

He moved to Astoria where he worked as a commercial fisherman using draft horses to pull large nets at low tide to harvest fish. He worked for Schrader Construction in Portland, and in 1960 he married Maxine Nicely from Baker City. In 1961 the couple adopted their only child. The family moved all over the Northwest and eventually settled in Elgin.

He served on the Elgin City Council and as president of the Stampeders. He ran a fish market, Willie's Fresh Fish, in Island City. He founded the Eastern Oregon Timber Carnival in Elgin in 1975 and was the president of that organization for three years. The couple later moved to St. Helens, where he fished every day that he could. He also enjoyed digging clams and harvesting crabs and was active in the senior center.

Due to poor health, in 1999 the couple moved to Boise to live with their daughter and son-in-law.

Survivors include his wife of Nampa, Idaho; daughter and son-in-law, Cass and Jay Vaughn of Boise, and three granddaughters.

A brother, Buck, died earlier.

Myrtle Schaad

La Grande


Myrtle Irene Schaad, 93, of La Grande died July 24 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Mrs. Schaad was born March 18, 1910, to Adolf "Henry" and Elizabeth Diane Tucker Wolf at Dilley. She attended Forest Grove High School and graduated from Pacific University in 1931. While teaching in Halfway, she met and on Aug. 19, 1934, married Roland Schaad. She taught not only in Halfway but also in Myrtle Point, Perry, La Grande and Elgin, where she retired in 1975. She was the last teacher in the Perry School.

Mrs. Schaad was a member of the La Grande First Baptist Church, played in the Grande Ronde Symphony, participated in the community concert, the Art Guild, the Indian Festival of Arts, the Blue Mountain Rock Club, 4-H clubs and the Scouting program. At various times she taught piano and was a church organist. She enjoyed music, art and gardening.

Survivors include children and their spouses, David and Harriet Schaad of Bakersfield, Calif., Roger and Sandy Schaad of Beaverton, Gordon and Gayle Schaad of La Grande, Beverly Schaad of Cheney, Wash.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her husband died in 1997, and eight brothers and a sister also died earlier. She was the last survivor of 10 siblings.

Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Academy in care of Daniels Chapel.