December 14, 2003 11:00 pm

Vada Wood

Formerly of Union


Vada Bell Wood, 93, of Portland and formerly of Union died Nov. 20 in Sandy. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Union Cemetery. Bishop Funeral Chapel of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Wood was born June 28, 1910, to Stephen and Lora Godsey in Union. She attended Catherine Creek School and graduated from Union High School in 1928. On June 14, 1928, she married Marvin Wood.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Darrel and Nellie Wood of Union, Ina Lea Wood of Elgin, Carol and Mike Hawthorne of Welches, and Duane and Ardythe Wood of Pendleton, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her husband and two sons, Melvin and Darwin Wood, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice, 900 Sunset Drive, La Grande 97850.

‘Bill' Hendrick

Formerly of La Grande


William G. "Bill" Hendrick, 75, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 18 at a care center in Baker City. A celebration of life will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 26 at the Nazarene Church in New Bridge.

A potluck luncheon at the New Bridge Grange will follow the service.

Mr. Hendrick was born Feb. 27, 1928, to Harv and Arvesta Hendrick in Hood River. He graduated from Richland High School in 1947 and married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Simonis, on Sept. 16 the same year. He lived and worked in Eagle Valley, La Grande and in Lakeview.

He enjoyed archery, collecting rocks, camping, fishing, silversmithing and telling stories.

Survivors include his wife; children and their spouses, Sherie and Gary Dills, Larry and Jan Hendrick and Michael Hendrick; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; a brother, Albert Hendrick; a sister, Alberta Darlington, and other relatives. A sister, Gaynell Flynn, died earlier.

Donation may be made to the New Bridge Nazarene Church Memorial Fund or the Rachael Center in care of Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway 97834.

James Goin



James Ira Goin, 60, of Elgin, died Nov. 21 at his home of natural causes.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Elgin Methodist Church. Family burial will be at the Elgin Cemetery. Viewing will be today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Goin was born on Oct. 11, 1943, in Portland to Hugh and Beulah Smith Goin. He attended schools in Elgin and Portland. He joined the Army in the Vietnam era. He was sent to Korea, where he served his country well and advanced in rank, family members said.

After a honorable discharge he returned to Elgin and started working for the Boise Cascade Plywood Plant. After working for Boise for 32 years he was forced to retire due to poor health.

He purchased a home and married Barbara Thompson in 1980. They were later divorced. Mr. Goin was known as a kind and generous person, family members said.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Wayne Peterson of Vancouver, Wash.; two nephews, Kevin and Steven Peterson; niece, Susan Peterson, all of Vancouver, Wash.; aunts, Florence Smith of Elgin and Marie Blanchard of Portland; uncles and their wives, Tom and Arlena Smith of Ontario and George and Sharon Smith of Elgin; and numerous other relatives.

His parents died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

John Bynum

La Grande

John Bynum, 45, of La Grande died Wednesday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

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

Bruce Burgess

Formerly of La Grande and Imbler


Bruce J. Burgess, 44, of Palouse, Wash., and formerly of La Grande and Imbler died Nov. 23 at his home of an apparent heart attack.

A funeral service was held Wednesday at Kramer Funeral Home, Palouse, with Pastor Kathy L. Kramer officiating. Cremation followed the service.

Mr. Burgess was born March 29, 1959, to Joel C. and Beatrice Hutchings Burgess in Hillsboro. He graduated from high school in Estacada in 1977 and on July 12, 1980, married Teri D. Glenn in La Grande. In 1983 the couple moved to Coos Bay, where he worked in construction and on a horse ranch. He was a member of the Oregon Army National Guard and a volunteer firefighter in Imbler and at Coos Bay. In 1997 the family moved to Palouse, where he worked for Mike Arland Farms. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, model railroads (N-scale), photography and


Survivors include his wife and children, Nick and Brenda Burgess, all of Palouse; his parents of La Grande; a sister, Peggy Loftin of Klamath Falls; a half-brother, Bill Burgess of Port Orchard, Wash.; two half-sisters, Beverly Simmons of Myrtle Creek and Sharon of Anchorage, Alaska. A sister, Nancy Ruth Lintz, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the emergency medical service in Palouse in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 203 N. Bridge St., Palouse, Wash., 99161-8782.

Daniel Schweigert



Daniel Schweigert, 78, of Wallowa died Tuesday evening at the Wallowa Valley Care Center in Enterprise.

A memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the IOOF Hall in Wallowa. Private burial will be at the Enterprise Cemetery, with Bollman Funeral Home handing arrangements.

Mr. Schweigert was born Sept. 6, 1925, to Theodore and Amelia Bonnett Schweigert in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. He married Mary Barlow of Elgin in 1947.

The couple later divorced, and in 1954 Mr. Schweigert married Violet Collins.

A millworker and a veteran of the Army, Mr. Schweigert is survived by his wife, Violet, and son, Danny Lee Schweigert of Jordan Valley. Two sisters, Rose McDowell of Tacoma and Lilia Rossbo of Dayton, Wash., also survive as do two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Three brothers and four sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.

Madeline Hess

La Grande


Madeline Mae Hess, 92, of La Grande, died Nov. 26 at her home. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Riverview Abbey in Portland.

Mrs. Hess was born Sept. 15, 1911, to Bart and Edna Mitchell Owsley in Owsley Canyon. She attended Fruitdale School, and on Dec. 23, 1927, she married Thomas Vernon Sherwood. They were later divorced.

She worked for the telephone company in La Grande before moving to Portland, where she was the chief telephone operator at the Heathman Hotel. In March of 1963 she married Henry L. Hess Sr., an attorney in Portland. He also tried many cases in Eastern Oregon and was known as a great litigator and a friend to many.

Mrs. Hess enjoyed visiting her hometown, spending time with her family, working in her yard in her Northwest Hills Portland home, which was admired for its rhododendrons and hydrangeas, and watching the ocean. She was known for her wonderful cooking, especially her rolls and pies.

Survivors include her daughter, Phyllis Mae Holderness of La Grande; a stepson, Henry L. Hess Jr. of Portland; three grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Lanita Owsley of Orville, Calif., and other relatives. Two brothers, Clifford and William Owsley, a sister, Katharine Stine, and a stepson, Raymond Hess, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice or any charity in care of Daniels Chapel.