October 12, 2003 11:00 pm

Arlene Galloway


Arlene Galloway, 78, of Elgin died Sunday at her home. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Wendell Gross

La Grande

Wendell Gross, 86, of La Grande died Sunday at his home. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Jean Johnson

La Grande


Jean Ann Johnson, 59, of La Grande died Sept. 10 at her home of natural causes. At her request there will be no public service.

Ms. Johnson was born Oct. 28, 1943, to George and Irene Botting Neese in Ontario. She was a member of Victory Christian Center and she enjoyed crochet and embroidery.

Survivors include her sister, June Gregory; a nephew, Terry William Rhea; and three uncles, Bud Botting, Marvin Fager and Don Hasse, all of La Grande. Two sons, Michael and Steven Hickson died earlier.

Contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to help with funeral expenses in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Doris Williams



Doris June Williams, 76, of Elgin died Sept. 11 at her home after a long illness. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2802 N. First St.

Mrs. Williams was born Aug. 10, 1927, to Ivan and Helen McHenry in Hollywood, Calif. She moved to Oregon in 1944 and married Robert D. Wilson of Eugene. In 1957 she married Theodore W. Williams, and the couple lived in Beaverton. In 1997 she moved to Elgin. She enjoyed performing and directing musical productions, collecting rocks and caring for her family and friends.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Cassandra and Lanny Erickson of Elgin, Christian and Gail Wilson of Eugene, and Roby Williams of Portland; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister Betty Lesh of Oceanside, Calif. A son, Tad, died earlier.

Wendell Gross

La Grande


Wendell Albert Gross, 86, of La Grande died Sept. 14 at his home. At his request there will be no public service. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Gross was born on Feb. 28, 1917, to Orville and Annabelle Leep Gross in Halfway. He earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture and education from Oregon State University, and on June 3, 1939, he married Eileen May Kinney in Eugene. During World War II he taught high school agriculture and metal shop. He worked with his father-in-law in real estate development in the Eugene area, and later the family owned the largest dairy farm in Eastern Oregon at Powell Butte. In 1973 they moved to Hermiston, and in 2002 they came to La Grande. The couple often spent winters in Yuma, Ariz.

He was a member of the First Christian Church and served on the Crook County School Board and the Board of Realtors. He loved learning and being with his family. He loved animals and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed art, painting, singing, rock hunting and lapidary work.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Ronald and Betty Gross of La Grande, Jan and Dewey Mills of

El Centro, Calif., Douglas Gross of Cheshire, Frank "Sandy" and Lee Gross of Hermiston; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Opal Allen of Hermiston; sisters-in-law, Marge Gross of Halfway and Agnes Gross of Bellevue, Wash.; and other relatives. Four brothers died earlier.

Michael Rynearson

La Grande

Michael Rynearson, 53, of La Grande died Wednesday at Grande Ronde Hospital following a respiratory arrest.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Michael Rynearson

La Grande

A celebration of life for Michael Rynearson, 53, of La Grande, who died Sept. 17, will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Viewing will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday. A complete obituary will be published later.

‘Geri' Warnstaff

Formerly of Cove

and La Grande


Geraldine "Geri" Richards Warnstaff of Sacramento, Calif., and formerly of Cove and La Grande, died Sept. 15. At her request there will be no service. Sierra View Crematory in Carmichael, Calif., is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Warnstaff was born Nov. 4, 1928, to Clarence David and Connie Blanche Houx Richards in Cove. She lived in Cove and La Grande until 1958, and married Dale Warnstaff who served in the Air Force in Oregon, Texas, New Mexico, New Hampshire and California. The couple were later divorced.

She worked as a manager for the Pacific Telephone Co., and served as president of Sabin Chapter 29 of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She enjoyed traveling, visiting casinos, supporting her favorite sports teams, gardening, needlecraft, puzzles, acquiring collectibles and playing golf.

Survivors include children, Tess Gordon, Lynn Warnstaff and Heidi Dyson, and Ty Warnstaff, all of Carmichael, and Juana Compton of Sacramento, Calif.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings, Cecil Richards of Gautier, Miss., and Deleva Richards of La Grande.

A sister, Gladys Puckett , and a brother, J.C. Richards, both of Cove, died earlier.