December 14, 2003 11:00 pm

Larry Evans

Formerly of La Grande


Larry Evans, 79, of Missoula, Mont., and formerly of La Grande died Nov. 13. A celebration of his life will be held in the future.

Mr. Evans was born June 29, 1924, to Lawrence Edward and Edna Perryman Evans in La Grande. He attended school in Missoula and Lewistown, Mont., and served in the Navy in both World War II and the Korean War. On Feb. 14, 1950, he married Marian Monaghan.

He worked his entire career in the copper industry, going to work for the Anaconda Company in 1948, and transferring to the Inspiration Copper Company in Miami, Ariz., in 1964, where he worked until retirement. He enjoyed playing golf, and spent every summer at Georgetown Lake, Mont., until moving to Missoula in 2002.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Vicki Evans of Missoula; three grandchildren and other relatives. His wife, a brother and a sister all died earlier.

James Wagoner



James Wagoner, 92, of Summerville died Nov. 14 at his home. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Summerville Cemetery with Pastor Frank Humber of the Summerville Baptist Church officiating.

Mr. Wagoner was born Oct. 6, 1911, to Henry C and Rebecca E. Wagoner in Unicoi, Tenn. He came to the Grande Ronde Valley as a young man and married Leva Lockie Street. After her death in 1945, he married Essie May White on Sept. 17, 1949, in Weiser, Idaho.

He worked for a time at a mill in Seneca and at the mill in La Grande through ownership changes, retiring from Boise Cascade as a night watchman in 1973. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, and the NRA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

Survivors include his wife Essie of Summerville; children and their spouses, Bill and Roma Wagoner of Fall River Mills, Calif., Paul and Barbara Wagoner and Rebecca and John Weygandt, all of Summerville, Lennie Wagoner of Bloomingdale, Calif., Trula and Wayne Wal-lace of Stanfield, Myron and Judy Wagoner of Cove, Raylene and Ted Wagner of Pullman, Wash., Leo and Virginia Wagoner of Union, John Wagoner of Oakland, Calif., and Jane and Buck Andrews of Independence, Mo.; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Laura Sample of Crescent City, Calif.; 22 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Five brothers and one sister died earlier.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity in care of Loveland Chapel.

Carol Ann Kaiser

Formerly of La Grande


Carol Ann Kaiser, 53, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 16 at her home after a battle with cancer.

A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Friday at Vert Auditorium in Pendleton with a reception afterwards in the cafeteria at McKay Elementary School. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Olmey Cemetery.

Mrs. Kaiser was born June 10, 1950, to Jacob W. and Ann I. Penner in Medford. She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1968, and married John Triplett in La Grande in 1969. The couple moved to British Columbia in Canada, and after a divorce she returned to La Grande where she graduated from Eastern Oregon State College.

She began teaching in Pendleton in 1985, and married Richard Kaiser on July 10, 1988. She first taught at Sherwood School and later moved to McKay Creek Elementary where she taught until this year. She was an accomplished pianist and played duets with her husband on the violin. She was a member of the Baha'i faith and served on the local Spiritual Assembly. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, decorating, watching classic movies and reading.

Survivors include her husband; her father and stepmother, Jacob and Virginia Penner, all of Pendleton; children and their spouses, Benjamin and Kimberly Triplett of Seattle and Sarah and Sami Salviander of Austin, Texas; a stepdaughter, Heidi Meier of Pendleton; brothers, Steven Penner of Pilot Rock and Gregory Penner of La Grande; a stepbrother, Brian Conlon of Pendleton; a sister, Jeanne Crowell of Cove; two grandchildren and other relatives.

Her mother and a stepson, Paul Kaiser, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the McKay Creek Elementary School playground fund in care of Burns Mortuary, 336 S.W. Dorion Ave. in Pendleton.

Archie Strom

Formerly of La Grande


Archie Arthur Strom, 77, of Tigard and formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 17. The funeral will begin at 4 p.m. MST Saturday at Alsip and Persons Funeral Home in Nampa, Idaho.

Mr. Strom was born March 31, 1926, in Randolph, Neb. He married Connie Gollihar in 1970, and lived in La Grande for 32 years.

He worked as a parts manager for John Deere and retired in 1996. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include children, Jerry Strom of California, Colby Strom of Cumming, Ga., Mark Strom of Seattle, Bobbie Gann of Toledo and Lisa Cohn of Lawrenceville, Ga.; stepchildren, Melvin Depuy of Shady Cove, Joel Depuy of Portland, Dwayne Depuy of Tigard and Renea Depuy of Hillsboro; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Gordon Strom of Canby and a sister, Eunice Brock of Woodburn. His wife died earlier this year.

Arno Lange

La Grande


Arno E. Lange, 84, of La Grande died Nov.16 at his home. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Hansen Funeral Home, 710 Sixth St. in Rupert, Idaho. The Rev. Mike Donnan of the Zion Lutheran Church in Burley, Idaho, will officiate. Burial will be at the Mar Cemetery outside of Rupert.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Lange was born Oct. 29, 1919, to August C. and Ida W. Carolina Lange in Ellsworth, Kan. He attended school in Elliston, Kan., and helped on the farm after the family moved to Rupert. He worked for Kraft Foods for about 20 years, and married Virginia S. Felton on July 26, 1977, in Elko, Nev.

The couple moved to La Grande in 1995. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and enjoyed gardening, picking up cans to support his wife's doll collection, reading westerns and being with his family. He had a quick wit.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Norma and Bruce Arbogast of Elgin, Barbara and Ted Knight of Wallowa, Don and Linda Frank of Boise, Doug and Audry Frank of Billings, Mont., Ron Frank of Butte, Mont., and Ralph Sievers of Columbia Falls, Mont.; a sister, Elvera Dockter of Rupert, several grandchildren and other relatives.

His wife died in 2000. A stepson, Dale Frank, and his brothers also died earlier.

Beverly Rademacher

La Grande


Beverly Jean Rademacher, 68, of La Grande died Nov. 16 at her home. The funeral was held today at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Don Voeks officiating. Burial will be at Island City Cemetery.

Mrs. Rademacher was born Oct. 15, 1935, to Harry Arthur and Lena Lisa Kruse Guenther in Beatrice, Neb. On June 20, 1954, she married Jack L. Rademacher in Johnson, Neb. The couple moved to La Grande in 1959. He died in 1982.

She worked for Pioneer Bank for 21 years and retired as a loan officer four years ago. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and served in various positions on the Church Council and the Women's Board, and also taught Sunday school. She was a member of BPW, Beta Sigma Phi and the Hospital Auxiliary, and had been a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Chamber of Commerce. She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, collecting spoons and spending time with her grandchildren, her dog and her nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Steven and Denise Rademacher of Boring, and Kimberly Fong and Jesus Saldana of Aloha; five grandchildren; a sister, Pat Wilson of Cove; a brother, Marshall Ray Guenther of Umatilla and other relatives. A sister, Linda Kay Guenther, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association, Doernbecher's Hospital or the Zion Lutheran Church memorial fund in care of Daniels Chapel

of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.

Margaret Swope

La Grande


Margaret Marie Swope, 85, of La Grande died Nov. 18 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A private burial will be at the Pilot Butte Cemetery in Bend.

Mrs. Swope was born April 4, 1918, to Francis "Frank" and Margaret M. Andrews Delsmann in Manitowoc, Wis. She helped her brothers on the family farm and worked in a textile mill in Wisconsin before making a trip to Oregon. She married Robert "Smoky" Swope in Salem, and the couple lived in Washington and California and in Bend. After her husband died in 1981 she moved to La Grande to be with her daughter. She worked for a time at La Grande Bible and Supply.

She was a member of the New Life Center, and enjoyed crocheting and embroidering items to sell, reading and being around animals, especially dogs and goats.

Survivors include children, Barbara Abbott of Summerville and Marshall "Ted" Swope of Yucca, Ariz.; stepchildren, Ester Liebemow of Forest Grove and Robert Swope of Salem; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Contributions may be made to the Margaret Swope Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Chapel.

Murray Durham

La Grande and formerly

of Elgin


Murray M. Durham, 94, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin died Nov. 19 at a local care center. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin Christian Church. Private burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mr. Durham was born Dec. 7, 1908 to Jerry and Flora Mackenzie Durham in Elgin. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1926. He began working in radio in 1941 and worked for KLBM in La Grande and at other stations in Oregon, Washington and Ketchikan, Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska. He later worked as a TV lineman for cable TV in La Grande, Baker City and Elgin and worked on local farms.

On Feb. 5, 1974, he married Anna Mayfield in Springfield, and the couple lived in Milton-Freewater, where he worked for KTEL until his retirement in 1997. He moved to La Grande five years ago to be near friends.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and doing mechanical work and was a member of the Elgin Christian Church.

Survivors include his friends, Bill and Thelma Wolford of Elgin. His wife died in 1998.

Memorials may be made to the Elgin Christian Church n care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater 97862.

Leslie Rochon

Formerly of Elgin


Leslie R. Rochon, 36, of Eugene and formerly of Elgin died Nov. 17 after a long battle with cancer. Burial will be at Dunes Memorial Mausoleum in Reedsport.

Poole-Larsen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rochon was born March 26, 1967, to Lester and Patricia McGirr Still in Canyon City. She graduated from Grant Union High School in John Day in 1981, attended Western Oregon State College and graduated from Oregon State University in 1989. On May 4, 1991, she married David L. Rochon in Reedsport. She was the queen of the Grant County Fair in 1984 and lived in Elgin for a number of years. She was a CPA for Isler and Co. in Eugene, and a member of the Catholic Church. She enjoyed being with her family, dancing and rodeos.

Survivors include her husband and children, Jacob, Bradley, Anna and Michael, all of Eugene; her father of Kalispell, Mont., her mother of Vale; a sister, Michelle George of Pilot Rock and a grandmother, Helen Wright of Woodland, Wash.

Contributions may be made to the Rochon Family Trust at any Washington Mutual Bank.

Paul Spence

La Grande


Paul William Spence, 87, of La Grande died Nov. 17 at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Wash. Viewing is from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the North Powder Cemetery.

Mr. Spence was born Feb. 8, 1916, to Harry and Grace Truscott Spence in Mabton, Wash. He attended grade school in Keating and high school in Baker City, and married Peggy Ann Pearson on Oct. 3, 1937, in Milton-Freewater. The couple lived in Baker City and then moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., where Mr. Spence worked as a crew foreman at Mare Island Naval Base before and during World War II. They returned to Baker City and in 1955 moved to La Grande. He worked as an auto mechanic for M.J. Goss Motor Co. until his retirement.

He was a member of the La Grande Eagles Lodge. He had a passion for pheasant hunting and enjoyed fishing, antique automobiles, walking, riding his old-fashioned Schwinn bicycle, watching a TV soap opera and sports, especially Blazer basketball. He was a devoted family man and totally dedicated to his wife, family members said, and was proud of his grand and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with "his girls'' and his son.

Survivors include a son and his fiancee, Bill Spence and Penny Buss; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Williams of Baker City; and many other relatives. His wife preceded him in death on Dec. 9, 1994. Two brothers also died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Association or the Lung Association in care of Daniels Chapel.

Vada Wood

Formerly of Union

Vada Bell Wood, 93, of Portland and formerly of Union died Thursday. Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.

Julia Decker

Formerly of Union County


Julia Hiatt Decker, 98, of Salt Lake City and formerly of La Grande died Nov. 20. The funeral will be on Tuesday in Salt Lake City.

Larkin's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Decker was born April 19, 1905, to Sidney Walter and Aurura Hancock Hiatt in Salt Lake City. On Jan. 6, 1925, she married Harold A. Decker. The couple lived in Union County where they had a tree farm and raised cattle at the foot of Mount Emily. She taught home economics at La Grande High School during World War II, was the city representative to Eastern Oregon College of Education, assisting in the development of Dorion Hall and housing for married students, and worked many years for the accounting firm of Eveson and Snyder.

She was a member of the Union County Fair Auxiliary, served on the Oregon Governor's Committee for the dedication of McNary Dam and for the placement of Oregon Trail markers, was president of the Oregon PTA, and was appointed a national advisory delegate to the Department of Education.

She was a member of the American Red Cross, USO, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, the Union County Farm Bureau and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she was president of the Stake Relief Society and the Mutual Improvement Association. She played the piano and was president and national secretary of the Civic Music Association, which brought national celebrities to little cities.

She had limited eyesight and worked for tax deductions and subsidized education for the blind. She won blue ribbons at the Oregon State Fair for her braided rugs and devised systems for teaching rug-making and bread-baking to the visually impaired.

Survivors include children, Dale H. Decker of La Grande, Beverly Adams of Salt Lake City and Denece Bowden of Livermore, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Her husband died earlier.

‘Chuck' Sorweide

La Grande


Charles R. "Chuck" Sorweide Jr., 42, of La Grande died Nov. 19 at his home after a battle with cancer. Viewing will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, at the Church of the Nazarene, 109 18th St. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Sorweide was born Nov. 14, 1961, to Rollie and Sandy LaBrie Sorweide in Kirkland, Wash. He graduated from Camas High School and attended Central Washington University. In 1990 he formally adopted his daughter, Kalean Sorweide. He married Carla Carinci of La Grande on Aug. 21, 1999.

He worked for Kiewit Pacific Co., as a labor foreman and heavy equipment operator, then was a truck driver before finding what he called his true calling as a firefighter and EMT for the La Grande Fire Department. In November 2002, he and his wife established Carinci's Coils, a local shoe store.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; his parents of Woodland, Wash.; children, Kalean Sorweide, Tara and Heath Horn, all of La Grande, and Stephanie and her husband Ty Volle of North Dakota; one grandson; a sister and brother-in-law, Shelby and Chris Zepernick of Puyallup, Wash.; a grandfather, Euclid LaBrie, and an aunt, Bessie Sorweide, both of Redmond, Wash., and other relatives. A brother, Troy; his grandmothers, Loretta LaBrie and Mae Sorweide; an uncle, Art; and a grandfather, Charles "Pappy" Sorweide, all died earlier.

He will be remembered as a gracious, kind and caring man. He had a passion for music.

Contributions may be made to a music scholarship fund at Community Bank, at Klamath First or in care of Daniels Chapel.