October 26, 2003 11:00 pm

Alfred W. Stanley


Formerly of La Grande


Alfred "Al" W. Stanley, 86, formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 26, at his home in Athena.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Athena City Cemetery with Pastor John Nichols officiating. Visitation hours will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St. Milton-Freewater.

Mr. Stanley was born May 13, 1917, in Midland, Tex., to Alfred W. and Bessie I. Roberts Stanley. He graduated from Midland High School and for a time worked in the area oilfields. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He served in the Philippines and received the Purple Heart after being wounded in Leyte.

He married Leona Brewer on Nov. 11, 1945, in Winlock, Wash. He graduated from Washington State University in 1948.

He and his wife moved to Texas where he worked for Federal Land Bank. He was recalled back to active duty during the Korean War and spent one year in Monterey, Calif., at the Army language school. He then was sent to Germany for two years where he worked in intelligence.

After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to the United States and once more went to work for the Federal Land Bank. He worked in Oregon City for four years and then in La Grande until he retired.

He and his wife lived in La Grande for 40 years before moving to Athena to be near their daughter and son-in-law.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Elks Lodge, and a former member of the La Grande Country Club. He also belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the United Methodist of Church, all of La Grande. He was an avid golfer and loved to attend local sporting events.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law Sheri and Steve Pyle of Athena; son and daughter-in-law John and Margaret Stanley of Palmdale, Calif.; sister, Dorothy Wallace of Odessa, Tex., four granddaughters, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Contributions can be made to the East Umatilla County Health District or a charity of choice through the funeral home.

James Allen

Formerly of Wallowa


James Burn Allen, 74, formerly of Wallowa, died Sept. 25 in Western Oregon.

A graveside gathering will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Lostine Cemetery.

Allen was born April 26, 1929, in Wallowa. He spent much of his younger years hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. He worked as a mechanic for 18 years for Herberd Bates in Wallowa, He then worked for Boise Cascade on the road crew.

Allen was married to Sally Lathrop from 1949 to 1969 and they had five children.

He is survived by his children, Jim Allen, Lostine; Randy Allen, Issaquah, Wash.; Jeff Allen, Lostine; Donna Cochrane, Middleton, Idaho; and Chris Allen, Pendleton; his mother and stepfather, Dora and Cy Allen, Milton-Freewater; two brothers, John Allen, Myrtle Creek, and Greg Allen, Hermiston; a sister, Glenda Allen of Walla-Walla, 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

His father James C. Allen and a sister, Gracie, died earlier.

Ivy Herchenhein

Formerly of La Grande


Ivy Charlton Herchehein, 93, of Manzanita died at Providence Seaside Hospital in Seaside on Sept. 24.

A service is being held today at the Nehalem Bay United Methodist Church in Nehalem, with Pastor Scott Allen officiating. Burial will follow at the American Legion Cemetery in Nehalem.

Mrs. Herchenhein was born Aug. 16, 1910, in La Grande to James Kyle and Maude Cochrane Charlton.

After high school she attended Oregon State University where she majored in home economics, graduating in 1931. That fall she was hired to teach at Nehalem High School. In 1932 she met and married Hans Herchenhein of Manzanita.

After Neah-Kah-Nie High School was built, she taught business subjects there until her retirement in 1972. She taught in the same school district for 41 years.

She was active for many years in the DuBois Chapter of Eastern Star, and the Pythian Sisters. She served as grand chief.

Survivors include nieces Karen DuPuis of Nehalem and Shirley Potter of Manzanita, a nephew Kyle Boylen of Elgin and other nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Hans, died in 1961; her son, John, died in 1967; and sisters, Velma Boylen of Nehalem and Inez Smith of La Grande also died earlier.

Contributions may be made to the John Herchenhein Memorial Scholarship Fund at Neah-Kah-Nie High School.

Waud's Funeral Home of Tillamook is in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara A. Mallon


Barbara A. Mallon, 59, of Joseph died Sunday at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Bollman Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to a favorite charity in care of Bollman's.

A full obituary will follow.

Talbert Bennett

La Grande


Talbert Marvin Bennett, 84, of La Grande, died Sept. 28 at a local care center.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel followed by full military honors and burial in the Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. Bennett was born on Feb. 10, 1919, in La Grande, to Bird A. and Amanda J. Rollins Bennett. On Aug. 14, 1940, he married Maurine Westenskow in Weiser, Idaho. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Aug. 14, 1942, and served three years attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He flew 40 missions as a ball-turret gunner in a B-24 bomber in the Pacific Theater in the Seventh Air Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Six Oak Leaf Clusters and the Soldiers Medal for Valor.

After his service, he and his wife and son moved to Wallowa, where he drove logging truck for several years. In 1955 he and Everet Dixon formed the logging company of Dixon and Bennett and logged for the mills in Wallowa and Union for 17 years. Outside of six years in Union, he lived in Wallowa for 35 years. He worked 11 years as a timber buyer for Rogge Mills and helped them with operations when the mill started in 1975. The Bennetts moved to La Grande in 1987.

Mr. Bennett loved going to his place at Promise to work and hunt. He managed his trees and raised fish for the enjoyment of others. He also raised sngus and sppaloosas.

He was a charter and life member of the Enterprise Elks Lodge 1829 and served as a trustee for several years.

He was a life member of the VFW 2990, a member of the Eagles Lodge and the American Legion Post 72. He was an avid trapshooter and belonged to the Amateur Trapshooting Associ-ation as well as the Pacific International Trapshooting Association. He traveled to most of the Northwest shoots, as well as going to Arizona for the winter chain of shoots for 14 years in his motor home. He won many events and made many friends.

He was inducted into the Oregon State Amateur Trapshooting Hall of Fame on April 19, 1997.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Maurine Bennett of La Grande; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Wendy Bennett of La Grande; son, Terry Bennett of Omaha, Neb.; twin grandchildren, Chad and Dana Bennett; sister, Dillie Miller of La Grande; many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Heart Association or a favorite charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Ola Cochran

Former resident


Ola Cochran, 92, of Portland and formerly of Union County, died in Portland on Sept. 27.

She was born on May 8, 1911, in Cove to Willis and Myrtle Logan. She was raised in Cove and Union and worked for many years as chief private board exchange operator for the Union Pacific Railroad in La Grande. She also worked for the railroad in Hinkle and in Portland.

Two sisters, Edna Williams and Edith Wilson, a stepsister, Ethyl Herron, and a brother, Earl McMaugh, died earlier. A nephew, Myrle "Bud" Rambo, lives in La Grande. She is survived by seven grandchildren.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Portland Memorial Indoor Cemetery, 6105 S.E. 14th St., Portland.

Emma E. Neil


A memorial service for Emma E. Neil, 95, who died July 30 at an Enterprise care center, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph.

An obituary was published earlier. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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 conducted Sept. 23 at Willamette National Cemetery.

Mrs. Turner was born Sept. 27, 1932, in La Grande to Cecil and Irene Taylor Keagle. She graduated from La Grande High School and married Elbert "Al" Turner.

Survivors include her husband in Portland; children, Alan Roundy, Cherie Long, Bruce Nasseth, Laura Lee Howell and Jeffrey Clay Nasseth; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild; two sisters, Lila Mae Smith and Judy Tallen; and two brothers, LeRoy Keagle and Duane Keagle. A sister, Norma Roper, died earlier.

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

‘Ted' Phinny

La Grande

William "Ted" Phinny, 89, of La Grande, died Friday at a local care center.Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Donna Cater

La Grande

Donna Cater, age 93, of La Grande, died Friday at the Grande Ronde Hospital.Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Walter Pennington

La Grande

Walter Pennington, of La Grande, died today at a local care center.Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Bonnie Hepting

Formerly of La Grande


Bonnie Ellouise Hepting, 73, of Brookings and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 27 at a private care home following a long illness.

A funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Brookings-Harbor Christian Church, with Rev. Lance Knauss officiating. Graveside services will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Pioneer Cemetery, Phoenix.

She was born Jan. 30, 1930, in Los Angeles to Elmer and Winifred Morton Kunkle.

She was raised in the Los Angeles/Glendale area, graduating from Glendale Union Academy and from Los Angeles City College. She also attended Cypress City College in Cypress, Calif., Western State University College of Law in Anaheim, Calif., and the Lumbleau Real Estate School in Costa Mesa, Calif.

She was a radiology technician for 19 years, working at hospitals in California and in Boise.

Mrs. Hepting lived in several areas of the Northwest, including La Grande, for 10 years. She had most recently lived in the Medford area before moving to Brookings in 2001.

She enjoyed writing poetry, traveling, and was an avid walker. Knitting and crochet were a labor of love for her.

Over the years, Mrs. Hepting had many interests and vocations. She was a deaconess and active member of the Brookings Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Survivors include daughter, Cherie Sorenson and son-in-law Bob, of Hartwell, Ga.; son, Martin "Joe" Harding and daughter-in-law Karen, of Medford; son, Bob Friend and daughter-in-law Laura, of Brookings; daughter Teresa Owens of Rogue River; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Her husband, John Henry Hepting, and by a son, John Wayne Friend, died earlier.

Marguarite Steele

Formerly of La Grande


Marguarite Steele, 89, formerly of La Grande, died July 21 in Crestview, Fla.Burial was conducted Oct. 3 at the Summerville Cemetery.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley handled arrangements.

Mrs. Steele was born on Aug. 21, 1913, in Ellensburg, Wash., one of four children.

In 1931 she married Harry Steele Sr.; he died in 1987.In 1999 she moved from La Grande to Connecticut to be with her daughter and later moved to Florida to be with her son.

Mrs. Steele was a long-time member of the Eagles and lacked just a month of being a 40-year secretary of the Eagles Lodge.

She was an avid seamstress and accomplished many embroidery projects.She loved making handmade gifts to give at Christmas time.

Survivors include her children, Harry and Linda Steele of Nevada, Gordon and Alfa Steele of Florida and Margie and Lee Bishop of Massachusetts; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and other relatives.