November 30, 2003 11:00 pm

Roby Pipes

La Grande

A celebration of life service for Roby Pipes, 87, will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in La Grande. A gathering of family and friends will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Grande Ronde Retirement Center.

Mr. Pipes died Sept. 20.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Anderson

Formerly of La Grande


Charles Otto Anderson, 87, of Salt Lake City and formerly of La Grande died Oct. 18. The first memorial service was held Tuesday in Sandy, Utah, at the Willow Creek LDS Stake Center. A second service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Island City LDS Chapel, 11206 S. McAlister Road. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Anderson was born May 16, 1916, to Charles Weaver and Clara Belle Day Anderson in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. He served in the 821st Aviation Engineer Battalion in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and on Jan. 1, 1946, he married Betty Jo Sillivan, in Weiser, Idaho. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad as a brakeman and conductor in Eastern Oregon from 1936 to 1980.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served with his wife as a temple worker in both the Seattle and Boise Temples from 1983 to 1986. He was known for his gentle demeanor, his sense of humor and his willingness to pick up a "quick nine."

Survivors include children and their spouses, David and Beverly Anderson of Sandy, Utah, Becky and Mike Solano of Selah, Wash., and Cynthia and Craig Wellesley of Pleasant Grove, Utah; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Douglas Flatt



Douglas Howard Flatt, 52, of Pendleton and the head of a company that operated school buses in La Grande, died Oct. 20 in an airplane crash. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vert Auditorium in Pendleton with a graveside service at 5 p.m. at the Condon Cemetery. Burns Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Flatt was born July 7, 1951, to Bill and Peggie Cloe Flatt in The Dalles. He graduating from high school in Condon in 1969 and later from Blue Mountain Community College with an associate degree in air-traffic control. On June 16, 1973, he married Cindy. He worked as a fence-building contractor known as FF&B Fencing in Heppner and later became co-owner of Flatt's Lumber Transport. He ran Flatt's Truck Service in Condon, which became Mid Columbia Bus Company. The couple moved to Pendleton in 1982 to manage school bus operations there and in

La Grande.

At the time of his death he was CEO of the company with operations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, running 600 buses and five welcome centers for the Oregon Department of Tourism.

He was on the board of Associated Oregon Industries, St. Anthony's Hospital, the Round-Up City Development Corp., Pendleton Rotary, the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, and was a member of the Oregon Pupil Transportation Association and the National School Transportation Association. He was Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge in Pendleton and was recently named to the American Leadership Forum. He also served as campaign chairman for numerous Republican party


He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working around the house, flying, cooking in his outdoor kitchen and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of Pendleton; a son, Lloyd Flatt, serving in the Navy; his father; three brothers, Kevin, Bruce and Jeff Flatt; a sister, Laurie Roberge, and other relatives. His mother, a daughter, Steffanie, his grandmother, "Sarge" Sweeney, and his brother in-law, "Geno" Roberge, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Steffanie Flatt Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Pendleton Foundation Trust in care of Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton 97801.

‘Jean' Harsin

La Grande


Berna "Jean" Harson, 81, of La Grande died Oct. 21 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mrs. Harsin was born Jan. 7, 1922, to William and Ida Mae Irvin Haefer in Union. She grew up in High Valley, and attended school in Cove. On Oct. 17, 1942, she married Ivan Harold Harsin in Weiser, Idaho. The couple lived in Pondosa until it closed and then Huntington before moving to

La Grande. He died in 1988. She washed railroad engines at the old roundhouse during World War II, worked at Red's Horse Ranch, and was a cook at Central School for 14 years. She was the first to sell Tupperware in the valley.

She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, the Union Pacific Old-Timers Club, the Good Sam Club and Beta Sigma Phi. She enjoyed camping, cooking, sewing and making crafts.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Darwin and Sue Harsin, and Ron and Judi Harsin, all of La Grande, Harold and Sharon Harsin of Moses Lake, and Naomi and Marvin Shiflett of Union; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A grandson, Steve Harsin, eight brothers and two sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Hospice or Home Health in care of Daniels Chapel.

Albert Schacher

La Grande


Albert August Schacher, 93, of La Grande died Oct. 21 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Gekeler Lane. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Schacher was born May 26, 1910, to Christof and Rosina Schmidt Schacher in Washburn, N.D. He graduated from Benson School in Portland, and married Clara Short on Nov. 25, 1947, in Vancouver, Wash. He worked as an electrician for the

Union Pacific Railroad for 27 years.

He was also a professional musician and enjoyed playing the violin, drums, fiddle, mandolin, piano and many other instruments. He played violin and drums in a band in Portland for many years, in La Grande was a member of the group May and the Boys, and also taught his sons to play the piano. He was a past president of AARP.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; sons and their wives, Larry Allen Schacher of Belleview, Wash., Jerry Dale and Sharry Schacher of La Grande, and Freddie Lee and Dee Schacher of Gold Beach; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Louis Schacher of Oregon City, Herbert Schacher of Sweet Home and Edwin Schacher of San Marcos, Calif.

Five brothers and two sisters died earlier.

Ralph Frizzell


Ralph Frizzell, 87, of Summerville died Thursday at his home. An obituary will be published later. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Jean L. Bean

La Grande

Jean L. Bean, 80, died Thursday at her home in La Grande.

Funeral services are pending, and a full obituary will be published later.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Geneva Edwards



Geneva L. Edwards, 83, of Wallowa died Oct. 20 at her home. Burial was at Bramlet Cemetery.

Mrs. Edwards was born March 25, 1920, to Earl and Mary Schaeffer in Wallowa. Her grandparents were Henry and Viola Powers Schaeffer, the first pioneer couple married in Wallowa County. She graduated from Wallowa High School in 1938, and worked for Cecil Chrisman's law office, then as a secretary for the Bates Lumber Company. On March 12, 1940, she married Ivan M. Johnson in Clarkston, Wash. The couple kept a cattle ranch in the lower valley until they retired and moved into town in the late 1970s. After his death she married John E. Edwards on Feb. 11, 1993, in Hood River. He died later that year.

She was a member of the Wallowa Methodist Church where she was the organist, Sunday school teacher and secretary-treasurer. She served on the Wallowa City Library Board and was a librarian for a number of years. She taught piano, and instilled a love of music in her students. She enjoyed traveling, entertaining, cooking and being with her friends and family. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and youthful enthusiasm.

Survivors include twin brothers, Ron Schaeffer of Portland and Don Schaeffer of Wallowa, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Wallowa County Hospice or any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.