October 19, 2003 11:00 pm

Robert Wilson

La Grande

Robert Wilson, 80, of La Grande died Sunday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mike Rynearson

La Grande


Michael William Rynearson, 53, of La Grande died Sept. 17 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes.

A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Rynearson was born Aug. 17, 1950, to George W. "Bill" and Martha Bush Rynearson in Baker City. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1968 and attended Eastern Oregon State College. He served in the Army with Troop A of the 1st Batalion, 17th Cavalry, and served two tours in Vietnam. He enjoyed helping the disabled, being active in the community, fishing, hunting, farming, gardening and being with his friends and family.

Survivors include his father of La Grande; a daughter, Kerri Leigh Rynearson of High Point, N.C.; a brother and sister, David Rynearson and Debbie Rynearson, both of La Grande; and other relatives. His mother died earlier.

Hazel Bankovich



Hazel Bankovich, 76, of Wallowa died Sept. 20 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Wallowa Cemetery with Pastor John Jefferies


Mrs. Bankovich was born Dec. 5, 1926, to Robert L. and Nellie Ethel Hayter Dixon in Baker City. On Dec. 4, 1966, she married Frank Bankovich in San Diego.

Survivors include her husband of Wallowa; children, Robert Linfot of San Diego, Lorraine Johnston of Wallowa, Gail Bell of Bellevue, Neb., Francis Knight and Coleen Malconado, both of Tumwa, Iowa; and a step-daughter, Michelle Labrum, also of Tumwa; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the animal welfare group of Wallowa County in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.

George Johnson



George Arnold Johnson, 64, of Meacham, died Sept. 19 at his home.

A gathering for family and friends will be held at his brother's home at the Old Kamela Inn in Kamela. Private family burial will be at the Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson was born on Jan. 2, 1939, to Frank and Irene Lillian Allen Johnson in La Grande. He attended La Grande schools and began his long military career in 1956 when he enlisted in the Navy. When he was honorably discharged from the Navy he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his honorable discharge from the Army he joined the Navy CBs. He retired as a petty officer first class in 1984. He was extremely proud of his military career.

After his retirement he moved to Meacham and was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, the Eagles and was a former member of the Grange.

Mr. Johnson enjoyed leatherwork, ceramics, hunting and fishing and loved football.

Survivors include his sons, Edward Arnold Johnson, Billie Frank Johnson and Brian Robbins; several grandchildren; siblings, Loran Caldwell of Meacham, Ethelyn Baker of Hermiston, Rosetta Medlock of Meacham, Coleen Pope of San Diego and Kay Hays of Madison, Wis.; many nieces and nephews; former wife, Edith Marie Johnson of Pendleton; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the American Legion or the VFW in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Jannett Turner

Formerly of La Grande


Jannett Lee Turner, 70, of the Portland area and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 17.

A funeral was held at 11 a.m. today at Willamette National Cemetery.

Mrs. Turner was born Jannett Lee Keagle Sept. 27, 1932, in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and married Elbert "Al" Turner.

Survivors include her husband of the Portland area; children, Alan Roundy, Cherie Long, Bruce Nasseth, Laura Lee Howell and Jeffrey Clay Nasseth; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two sisters, Lila Mae Smith and Judy Tallan.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Lung Association in care of Sunnyside Chapel, 11667 S.E. Stevens Road Portland 97266.

Jim Stoop

Island City


James Howard "Jim" Stoop, 89, of Island City died Sept. 18 at a local care center.At his request there will be no public services.Arrangements are with Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Stoop was born on Nov. 2, 1913, to Charles and Josephine Wies Stoop in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and then earned his bachelor's degree in forestry.He was a timber cruiser for the CCCs and worked for Justine Brothers in Eugene for a time.

He then went to work for the Bureau of Land Management.During his time with the BLM he managed the Fort Vanoy Job Corps Center in Grants Pass from 1964 until 1967 when President Nixon closed it down. He later moved to the Gold Beach area and retired from the BLM after 20 years of service.

Mr. Stoop was an avid fisherman and was a member and twice president of the Curry Anadromous Fisherman, who worked to re-establish salmon on the Rogue River and continue to do so.He was a life member of the Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his children, John Nicholson Stoop of Heidelberg, Germany, James Kendrick Stoop of Spokane, Chuck Stephen Stoop of Cave Junction, Mary Jo Stoop of Portland and Sue Albers of La Grande; seven grandchildren; companion, Nadine Stoop of Island City; and other relatives.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the CAF (Curry Anadromous Fisherman) in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, 97850.

A. Joyce Wynans

Formerly of Lostine


A. Joyce Wynans, a former Lostine resident, died Sept. 20 at Pender Adult Foster Home in La Grande.

Mrs. Wynans was born on March 12, 1924 in Vancouver, Wash., to H.C. and Violet Winsor Ogle. On Nov. 9, 1956, she married C.F. "Bud" Wynans in Baker.He died in 1991.

Joyce and Bud spent many years operating Wynans Trout Hatchery.After Bud's death Joyce continued the operation of the hatchery with her son, John, until 1999.

Survivors include her two daughters, Jan and her husband, Joe Ewell of Spokane and Donna and her husband, Raymond Goebel of Lostine; son John and his wife Teri Wynans of Lostine; daughter-in-law, Beulah Wynans of Lostine; 12 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two sons, Jim and Dave.

At her request there will be no public service.

‘Roby' Pipes

La Grande


Taylor "Roby" Pipes, 87, of La Grande died Sept. 20 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 24 at the First Christian Church in La Grande. At 3:30 p.m. that day at the Grande Ronde Retirement Center in La Grande, there will be a gathering for friends who wish to visit with the family or who were not able to attend the memorial service. Arrangements are with Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Pipes was born Sept. 9, 1916, near Fayette, Mo., at the Pipes' family home. As a young man in Arvada, Colo., he enjoyed going with his dad who was buying and shipping dairy cattle to California. In his spare time he enjoyed playing baseball, ice and roller skating, fishing and swimming. He quit high school near the end of the depression, working many days for a place to sleep and eat. Fifty-cent-per-day wages was considered a gift.

After his parents divorced when he was 19, he made his own life, spending much time in Filer, Idaho. On July 4, 1940, he married Anita Hermann in Weiser, Idaho. He always said he "gave up his independence on Independence Day on Leap Year."

On Dec. 18, 1943 he enlisted in the Army and served with the 743rd Railroad Operating Battalion, Company C-European Theater. He served mostly in Belgium keeping supplies going through for the ground troops. A perfectionist, he was very mechanical and skilled with his hands. After he was honorably discharged as a captain, he joined the Army Reserves and was discharged from the reserves in 1963.

In 1946 he returned to La Grande and went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. When the yard office closed in La Grande, Yardmaster Pipes went on the road as a brakeman on the Wallowa Branch line and later worked on the main line between Hinkle, La Grande and Nampa. He retired in 1977 as a Union Pacific conductor. He loved to fish, pheasant hunt, camp and to putter around in his shop and visiting people.

In 1984 he had a lemon-size brain tumor removed and was fully recovered after three months. He and Anita then went on a European trip to visit their daughter's family in England, and then on to Belgium to revisit WWII sites and to renew foreign friendships made during the war.

In 1997 he suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke following the removal of a second brain tumor. Intensive therapy and tenacity helped him to regain his ability to walk, read, write and speak small sentences. After living in their own home on Washington Avenue for 50 years, the Pipes moved to the Grande Ronde Retirement Center in 2001. In 2002, he had a third brain tumor removed. Even after suffering further setbacks, he was committed to regain and retain his health. He could be seen walking around various parts of town, carrying his cane like a "country gentleman," only using it for safety purposes when going up or down curbs or crossing rough spots.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Pipes of La Grande; daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Tim Kerns and Jean and David Conklin; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Burt of Arlington, Wash.; and other relatives and friends. A brother, David Pipes, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the GRH Hospice or a charity of one's choice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Orville McKenzie



Orville Ted McKenzie, 72, died Sept. 22 at his Lower Diamond Prairie ranch outside Wallowa. An informal potluck and celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at 76030 Lower Diamond Lane.

Mr. McKenzie was born Feb. 24, 1931, to Orville Wade "Shorty" and Aura Coats McKenzie in Wallowa. He graduated from Wallowa High School in 1949 and served in the Army.

He married Margeret Belle Bacon in 1952 and purchased the Lower Diamond ranch in 1956.

He later bought land four miles west of Promise known as Sickfoot. He worked at the Bates Mill in Wallowa, and later for Wallowa County Grain Growers. He raised beef, cows, horses, hogs and children. He enjoyed the simpler things in life — flowers, heavy snow, feeding birds and attending his grandchildren's sports events. He donated much to the Wallowa Valley Little League.

Survivors include his wife of Wallowa; children, Tom and Dan McKenzie, both of Wallowa, and Dana Shelton of Lostine; sister, Katherine Mae Carper of Hermiston, 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Wallowa Public Library in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise; or write a letter to congressmen asking them to support the Veterans Hospital in Walla Walla.