January 25, 2004 11:00 pm

‘Maggie' Buckley

La Grande

Magdalene "Maggie" Buckley, 91, of La Grande died Saturday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

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

Susan Dolge

La Grande

Susan P. Dolge, 89, of La Grande died today at a local care center.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.

‘Dutch' Braden

Formerly of La Grande


Claude Nolan "Dutch" Braden, 89, of Boise and formerly of La Grande, died Dec. 29 in Salem. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A private burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mr. Braden was born June 17, 1914, to Claude and Nettie Furgeson Braden in Perry. He served in the Army during World War II and in April of 1950 he married Verla Thompson in La Grande.

In 1963 the couple moved to Boise, where he owned Western Glove Distributing Company. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in La Grande and in Boise and was an excellent steelhead fisherman. He enjoyed making things with his hands.

Survivors include children, Kay Frances Braden and Alan Wolfe, both of Boise; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives. His wife died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or any charity in care of Daniels Chapel.

Jacquelyn Smith



Jacquelyn D. Smith, 66, of Enterprise died Jan. 1 at her home. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise.

Mrs. Smith was born April 14, 1937, to Harold and Maude VanBiber Aycock in Baker City. She attended school in Wallowa and in The Dalles.

She worked as a model and dance instructor in Portland and as an office manager for U-Haul in Seattle for many years. She was a deputy sheriff in Baker County for a time and on July 17, 1979, she married Larry Smith in Baker City. The couple ranched on the Burnt River where they were members of the Burnt River Community Church.

Survivors include her husband of Enterprise; children and their spouses, Kyanne, Mike and Anna Clark of Baker City, Lee and Melonie Clark of Livermore, Calif., Hal and Lynn of Manteca, Calif., and Miles and Becky Smith of McKinleyville, Calif.; many grandchildren; and a sister, Patty Simpson.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Arthritis Foundation in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

‘Pete' VonDerAhe

Formerly of Summerville


Leland E. "Pete" VonDerAhe, 85, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Summerville, died Jan. 1 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater with Pastor Don Leach and Pastor Brad Henderson officiating. Concluding services and interment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla.

A dinner for family and friends at the First Community Church of God, 13 S.W. Eighth, Milton-Freewater, will immediately follow the graveside


Mr. VonDerAhe was born Oct. 11, 1918, on the family farm at Freewater, the son of Charles Walter and Louella Bixby VonDerAhe. He grew up in Milton-Freewater. He graduated from McLoughlin Union High School in 1938.

After his schooling he began working on area farms. On April 27, 1940, he married Edna Ennis in Weiser, Idaho. In the early 1940s the couple moved to Summerville, where they owned and operated a wheat and alfalfa farm for 20 years. In 1961 they moved back to Milton-Freewater to help an elderly uncle with a family farm. Edna died in October 1983. On May 4, 1985, Mr. VonDerAhe married Margie Jo Bixby in Milton-Freewater.

Mr. VonDerAhe continued farming until age and illness made it impossible to do so. He enjoyed farming, hunting with friends and family, and attending farm machinery auction sales. He was very generous and helpful person, many times giving to people in need, family members said. He cut and deliver firewood to the needy and elderly for several years.

He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and the Gideons.

He is survived by his wife; a son, Gary VonDerAhe of Sutherlin; two daughters, Carol Manning of Lyle, Wash., and Janis Bledsoe of Milton-Freewater; three step-daughters, Linda Jimdar of Ketchikan, Alaska, Jannice Young of Milton-Freewater and Debbie Ausherman of Camas, Wash.; three stepsons, Bill Bixby of Windsor, Colo., Kevin Bixby of Milwaukie and David Bixby of Kennewick, Wash; a sister, Marie Schneider of Oracle, Ariz; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Marcus VonDerAhe, and a sister, Ruth Converse.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church, Sunshine Club or the charity of choice through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater 97862.

Bill Curtiss

La Grande


William W. "Bill'' Curtiss Sr., 71, of La Grande died Jan. 2 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

Private family services

were held. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Curtiss was born Oct. 15, 1932, in Tacoma, Wash., the son of Theodore and Edna Walker Curtiss. He was raised and educated in Washington. After high school he attended two years of college at Columbia Basin College.

He married Anna L. Rom on Oct. 17, 1955, in Downey, Calif. Mr. Curtiss moved to

La Grande from the Tri-Cities about seven years ago.

Mr. Curtiss worked in construction, building homes. He had lived in Rockaway Beach, where he was active in the Lions Club and had helped transport eyes for the Eye Bank from Rockaway to Portland.

While in the Tri-Cities he had helped found the Tri-City Road Riders and the Hill and Gully Motorcycle clubs. He greatly enjoyed fishing, riding Harleys, family functions, woodcarving collecting knifes and John Wayne Movies.

He is survived by his wife; four children, Mary Dee Weber of Royal, Ark., Debra Kelsay of La Grande, William Curtiss Jr. of La Grande and Annette Curtiss of Spokane; a sister, Janice McMurtrey of Kennewick, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one step-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.

His parents, a daughter, Linda Bacon, and two stepbrothers died earlier.

Florence E. Smith


Florence E. Smith, 91, of Elgin died Wednesday morning at her home near Elgin. Funeral services are pending and a complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Glenn Long

Formerly of Elgin

and La Grande


Glenn B. Long, 77, of Salem and formerly of Elgin and La Grande died Jan. 3. 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 Elgin Cemetery.

Mr. Long was born June 16, 1926, to Carl Glenn and Rula Stowe Long at Long Ranch east of Elgin. He attended school in Elgin, and on Sept. 13, 1946, he married Thelma Louise Bowden.

The couple farmed on Cricket Flat before moving to

La Grande, where he worked as a bottler and delivery driver for the Pepsi Cola plant. The family moved to Pasco, Wash., where he worked for the Cenex Corp. as a truck driver. He received an award for a million miles of safe driving. He was an excellent marksman and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren. He had many mounted trophies including bear and cougar, and was involved in more than one search and rescue for lost hunters. He loved the Minam River country and knew every trail and road.

He was known as a kind, quiet and thoughtful man.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Rocky and Cheryl Long of Oregon City, and Linda and Kent Anderson of Oroville, Calif.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Genevieve Wells of Elgin, and other relatives. His wife died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's research or any charity in care of Daniels Chapel.

Myrtle Myers

Formerly of Elgin


Myrtle V. Myers, 99, of Klamath Falls and formerly of Elgin died Dec. 26 at her home. Burial was at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens in Klamath Falls.

Mrs. Myers was born March 28, 1904, to Lewis Levi and Martha Ann Riggs Cross at Indian Creek outside of Elgin. She graduated from Elgin High School and from Western Oregon College at Monmouth. She taught school at Pine Grove in Summerville and at Keno, where she met Lawrence Myers. The couple were married on June 16, 1926, in La Grande. The couple farmed in the Klamath Falls area for over 50 years. She was a member and Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star and was a Rainbow advisor for many years. She enjoyed traveling, visited almost all the states, and attended the Grand Eastern Star Temple in Washington, D.C. Since 1992 she volunteered more than 11,000 hours for the Merle West Medical Center Guild, where she crocheted a lap robe every week and stuffed puppets for children in the


Survivors include Billie Grimani of Washougal, Wash., Joy Ann Smith of Union, Kay Miller of Bend, Raymond Cross of Elgin, Beverly Horton of Mesa, Ariz., and other relatives.

Her husband died in 1992. Six brothers — Lee, Raymond, George, Charles, Dell and Walter Cross — and two sisters — Geneva McCullough Tarbell and Elsie Hathron — also died earlier.

Lorna Stahl

Formerly of Cove


Lorna D. Stahl, 75, of Pendleton and formerly of Cove died Jan. 4 at St. Anthony Hospital. At her request there will be no service. Burial will be at the Cove Cemetery.

Mrs. Stahl was born April 13, 1928, to Thomas and Winifred DeHass Hallmark in Cove. In the 1940s she married David Stahl in Cove. After World War II the couple returned to Cove, and she worked at Terry Travel Trailers for 21 years. She enjoyed reading, writing and the outdoors but her main passion in life was writing poetry. She had some of her poems published at .

Survivors include children, Don and Dean Stahl, both of Pendleton; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband, a son, David Jr.,

a sister and a brother all died earlier.

Jim Trimble

La Grande


James "Jim" Trimble, 93, of La Grande died Jan. 2 in a local care center. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., with Father Hank Albrecht of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church officiating. A private burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mr. Trimble was born July 10, 1910, to Viola Mae and John T. Trimble Sr. in Helena, Mont. He married Eleanor Greenan in June 1938. The couple moved to La Grande in 1939 and ran the Credit Bureau of La Grande until 1979. He was an avid golfer and was a life member of the La Grande Country Club. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and worked through all the chairs to become Exalted Ruler in 1958. He served as Oregon president in 1963. In 1994, he was named to the Oregon Elks Association's Hall of Fame.

He was a great storyteller.

Survivors include a nephew, John T. Trimble of Spokane. His wife and a brother, John Jr., both died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Adrian Carter


Adrian T. Carter, 3, of Union, died Jan. 6 at his home.

A celebration of life will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Union Baptist Church, 340 S. Main St., Union. The family suggests that children join with their parents and be included in the services. Vault interment will follow in the Union Cemetery. A full obituary will be published later.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Clinton Lowe



Clinton D. Lowe, 77, died Jan. 8 at his home in Union. At his request there will be no services.

Mr. Lowe was born Nov. 15, 1926, in Tulsa, Okla. He was raised in Cove and served in the Marine Corp.

Survivors include his wife, Bette, of Union; son, Michael Lowe and family

of La Grande; a daughter, Eolyn Paulson and family of Brookings; five grandchildren, two sisters, a brother and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Union Little League in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Neomi Awmiller

La Grande

Neomi Awmiller, 85, died Thursday at her home in La Grande.

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

Virginia Campbell


Virginia D. Campbell, 92, of Cove died Friday. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Ronald Beach

Formerly of Enterprise


Ronald Oscar Beach, 52, of Clarkston, Wash., and formerly of Enterprise died Jan. 5 of natural causes. At his request there will be no services. Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Beach was born March 9, 1951, to Joe O. and Lillian K. Snyder Beach in Enterprise. He grew up in Paradise and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1969. He was active in 4-H clubs, FFA, the football and wrestling teams, the marching band and a number of clubs.

He helped on the family ranch, worked for the Wallowa Whitman National Forest on a survey crew, and worked as a millwright at the Boise Cascade mill in Joseph. A knee injury forced his retirement and he later faced multiple sclerosis.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, river rafting and camping out.

Survivors include children, Edward Beach and April Williams, both of La Grande, and Robert Beach, who is serving in the Navy; one grandchild; two brothers, Gary Beach of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Thomas Beach of Paradise; and two sisters, Donna Dunning of Paradise and Susan Radford of Enterprise. His parents died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Joe and Lillian Beach 4-H Memorial Fund through the Leaders Association, 668 N.W. First St., Enterprise 97828.

Frank Foster

Formerly of Cove


Frank Foster, 57, of Marysville, Wash., and formerly of Cove, died Dec. 26 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle of natural causes.

Services took place Jan. 2 in Kent, Wash. Burial was in Kent.

Mr. Foster was born May 31, 1946, to Ken and Lois Foster in the Peace River district in Alberta, Canada. He graduated from Cove High School, and on Dec. 6, 1964, he married Marilyn Louise Overton. The couple lived in various places in Oregon, then in 1976 moved to Bethel, Alaska, and in 1983 to Seattle.

He was a student of life and enjoyed every opportunity and challenge that presented itself. He was at various times a corporate manager, entrepreneur, business developer and owner of a retail operation and a marina. He was a founding member of the company NetVersant Solutions and served on the board of directors with a title of vice president of business development. He had been the president and co-owner of Macro Com Inc. in Kirkland, Wash., from 1992 to 2000.

He enjoyed gardening, fishing, thoroughbred race horses and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of Marysville, Wash.; children and their spouses, Hank and Gwyn Foster of Wasilla, Alaska, and Gina and Larry Estey of Auburn, Wash.; five grandchildren; five brothers and two sisters. One brother and one sister died earlier.

Carol Roe



Carol Joanne Roe, 64, of Union died Jan. 8 at Grande Ronde Hospital after a long illness. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Union.

Mrs. Roe was born May 14, 1939, to Bertram and Ruby Adams Thompson in Carson N.D. She attended nursing school, and on Jan. 10, 1959, she married Warren Roe in Lewiston. The couple moved to Union in 1960.

She was a member of the Junior Women's Club, the Union VFW Auxiliary which she served as treasurer for many years, the Order of Eastern Star and the Union United Methodist Church, where she helped with bake sales and other church functions. She was a volunteer EMT with the Union Ambulance Service and managed senior meals in Union for over 20 years.

She recently received an award from Senior Services for her long and faithful service to the community. She was a homemaker and enjoyed square dancing.

Survivors include her husband of Union; children and their spouses, Linda Roe of Boise, Gregory and Karla Roe of Union, and Christopher Roe of Fairview; five grandchildren; four brothers, Clifford Thompson of Lewiston, George "Bill" Pfliiger of Clarkston, Wash., Roger Pfliiger of Antioch, Calif., and Robert Pfliiger of Boise; three sisters, Kathleen Thompson of Lewiston, Wilma Curtis of Ashton, Idaho, and Sharon Galindo of Shoshone, Idaho, and other relatives.

Three brothers, Warren and Virgil Thompson and Keith Pfliiger, and a sister, Margaret Satterfield, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Union County Senior Center in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.