May 24, 2004 11:00 pm

Veryl Smith

La Grande

Veryl Smith, 89, of La Grande died Sunday at his home. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.

Cherrie Cupinski



Cherrie F. Cupinski, 89, of Cove died April 23 at her home. A private family service will be held at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Cupinski was born Feb. 4, 1915, in Coos Bay to William and Lilian Theriault Ede. She attended school in Myrtle Point, and on Oct. 7, 1931, she married Albert Cupinski in Coquille.

She was a homemaker and came to Cove in 2000 to be closer to family. In Myrtle Point she had been a member of the Friendly Neighbors and the Saddle Club, and volunteered at the museum. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, embroidery and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Verona "Bonnie" Lindgren-Milton of Newport, and Claudia Tietsort of Fruitland, Idaho; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. An in infant sister died earlier.

Von Williamson

Formerly of La Grande


Von B. Williamson, 46, of Wellsville, Utah, and formerly of La Grande died April 26 of natural causes while hiking in Arches National Park. Burial was at the Wellsville City Cemetery. Allen-Hall Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Williamson was born Jan. 6, 1958, to Robert Keith and Donna Bingham Williamson in La Grande. He married Diane Williams on June 6, 1980, at the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated from high school in Cabot, Ark., and served a mission in Frankfurt, Germany. He was a lieutenant and a 24-year veteran of the Cache County Sheriff's Office and was named Utah Jail Commander of the Year in 2001 by the Utah Sheriff's Association. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and earned an honors bachelor of arts degree in human resource management from Utah State University. He was pursuing a master's degree in public administration from USU.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in many capacities, including serving as first counselor in the bishopric of the USU 47th student ward.

He enjoyed vacations with his family, wrestling and playing Trivial Pursuit and card games. He was proud of his children and was talking about them when he died. He was loved and respected by many.

Survivors include his wife of Wellsville; children and their spouses, Amanda and Jared Erickson of Logan, Utah, Jeremy, Megan, Sarah and Jessica Williamson, all of Wellsville; his parents; siblings and their spouses, Robert and Linda Williamson, and Ronald and Debbie Williamson, all of Texas, LeAnn and David Buell of Leawood, Kan., and Becky and Donald Waddle of Texas; a grandmother, Lucille Bingham; an aunt, LaVon Hall of Union and other relatives.

A brother, Michael Williamson, died earlier.

Carrie Bennett


Carrie E. Bennett, 87, of Wallowa died Tuesday. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Wallowa Church of Christ. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.

Gregory Groshens

La Grande


Gregory Allan Groshens, 42, of La Grande died recently at his home of natural causes. A memorial service will be held in Heppner at a later date.

Mr. Groshens was born Dec. 23, 1961, to Victor L. and Judy Darnielle Groshens in Heppner.

He graduated in 1981 from Heppner High School, and began a 17-year career in the Navy as a Seabee. He received several meritorious commendations, and was stationed in Adak, Alaska; McMurdo, Antarctica; San Jose, Calif., and Corpus Christi, Texas. He returned to Oregon in 1998 where he drove a truck for Swift Transportation and Hale Trucking in Hermiston, Gary Smith Trucking in Baker City and Eastern Oregon Fast Freight of La Grande.

He enjoyed spending time in the mountains, fishing, watching old movies and spending time with his extended family.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, Vic and Wanda Groshens of Baker City; a brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Laura Groshens of Pendleton; stepbrothers and spouses, Steve and Lynne Hawkins and Scott Hawkins, all of Baker City; a grandmother, Virginia Groshens of Hermiston; a stepgrandmother, Mary Boyd of Baker City and an aunt, Jo Irvin of Irrigon. His mother, a brother, Scott, a grandfather, Vic Groshens and grandparents, Burt and Eunice Darnielle, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Doernbecker Children's Hospital in Portland in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Quince Kimes



Quince G. Kimes, 78, of Elgin died May 2 at a local care center. A private family service will be held.

Mr. Kimes was born March 25, 1926, to Joseph L. and Edith L. Boyd Kimes in Van Buren, Ark. He attended school in Porterville, Calif., and served in the Army during World War II, and married Patricia A. Miller on May 19, 1950, in Vancouver, Wash. He worked as a metal fabricator, and the couple moved to Elgin in 2000. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities, including agate hunting at the Oregon Coast.

Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children, and their spouses, Michael and Patricia Ann Kimes of Redlands, Calif., Kenneth and Lucinda Kimes of Oregon City, and Cynthia and Larry Rea of Elgin; a brother, and his wife, Lucas and Virginia Kimes of Seattle, and a sister, Virginia Pierce of Salem; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and other relatives. A brother, Neuman Kimes and a sister, Bernice Graham, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

‘Dick' Marshall



Richard A. "Dick" Marshall, 79, of Joseph died April 29 at a care center in Enterprise. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Katherine's Catholic Church in Enterprise.

Mr. Marshall was born Jan. 25, 1925, to Adam and Mary Morse Marshall in Duluth, Minn. He graduated from Chaney High School in Upland, Calif., and attended Lassen College in Susanville, Calif. He served in the Navy during World War II and married Nancy Alexander in 1947. He worked for 40 years as an electrician and retired from Boise Cascade. He was an Eagle Scout and served as a scout master for the Boy Scouts. He was also a member of the VFW and the Elks, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife of Joseph; children, Melinda Marshall and Tim Marshall; and three grandchildren.

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

Charles VanHousen

Formerly of Union


Charles Neal VanHousen, 83, of Ukiah, Calif., and formerly of Union died April 17. Burial was at the Ukiah Cemetery. Eversole Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. VanHousen was born March 8, 1921, to Giles and Edlie VanHousen in Union. He graduated from Union High School in 1939 where he was a star football player and a member of the FFA. He served in the Army during World War II and in 1941 he married Fairy Lucille Wilson. He served as the chief of police in Union, and in 1947 the family moved to Ukiah. He worked for various logging companies in Mendocino County, for a welding company, as a cattle rancher, operating heavy equipment for a gravel company, and at his own welding shop. He received a silver buckle from the county fair for improvements to the fairgrounds. He retired in 1990.

He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union, the Ukiah Senior Horseman's Association and the Mendocino County Sheriff's Posse.

Survivors include his wife of Ukiah; children and their spouses, Jim and Janet VanHousen of Covelo, Calif., and Marc and Jeanie VanHousen of Napa, Calif.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; siblings and their spouses, Bob and Cloe VanHousen of Las Vegas, and Donna and Dwight Brooks of Union; and other relatives. His parents; a brother, Bud, and a sister, Verle, all died earlier.

‘Bud' Willett

La Grande


Maurice Gordon "Bud" Willett, 95, of La Grande and formerly of Imbler died May 1 at his home. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday with burial to follow at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. Willett was born Aug. 31, 1908, to Claude Archer and Margaret Grace MacKenzie Willett in Enterprise. He spent his early years in Lostine, and on Oct. 14, 1931, he married Catherine McKinnis in Walla Walla. The couple moved to California where he worked in the shipyards during World War II. They settled in Tracy, Calif., and after his retirement in 1971 they moved to Imbler and in 1988 to La Grande.

He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; son and daughter-in-law Gary and Linda Willett of Boise; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives. A sister, Carrie Anita Read, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 49 in care of Daniels Chapel.

Orlena Smith

Formerly of La Grande


Orlena Belle Smith, 82, of Ontario and formerly of La Grande died April 30 at a care center. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Hall, 140 S.W. 2nd St. in Ontario.

Mrs. Smith was born Jan. 2, 1922, to James and Bertha Roberts in Elgin. She graduated from high school in Castle Rock, Wash., and worked as a bookkeeper in La Grande during World War II. She married Thomas Smith on March 17, 1945, in La Grande. The couple lived in San Diego, Pendleton and Halfway, before moving to Ontario in 1960. She was the bookkeeper for her husband's electrical business until they both retired in 1985.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Order of Eastern Star, the Daughters Of The Nile, the Nidya Club, a home Extension group, the American Business Women's Association, and volunteered at the Presbyterian Community Care Center and worked on literacy projects.

She enjoyed traveling and being the navigator for her husband. Among her many interests were reading, craft projects and making doll clothes for her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband of Ontario; children and their spouses, Ira and Fran Smith of McMinnville, Robert Smith of Eugene, George and Jackie Smith of Seneca, S.C., and Ellen and Brian Fletcher of North Bend, Wash.; a sister, Itol Downing of Prospect, and six grandchildren. Her parents, a brother and a sister died earlier.

Gerald Roberts

La Grande

Gerald L. Roberts, 62, of La Grande, died Thursday while camping near Hereford.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley

Geraldine Haydock

La Grande

Geraldine Haydock, 82, of La Grande, died Friday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

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

Richard Cabe

Formerly of La Grande


Richard J. Cabe, 68, of Portland and formerly of La Grande, died May 5 at Hopewell House.

Mr. Cabe was born March 27, 1936, to B.E and Katherine Cabe in McMinnville. He graduated from high school and served in the Army. In 1960 he married Twila Rustad; the couple had four daughters.

In 1982 he moved to La Grande where he met and married Dottie Tetrick. The couple owned the Eastside Tavern until his retirement in 2003. He had a wonderful smile and kind heart, and always put his children first, family members said. He enjoyed gardening and his cats.

Survivors include his wife of Portland; daughters and their spouses, Jan Sumner, Jean Devenport and Ken Devenport, Jodi Gaiser and Jennifer Cabe; stepchildren, Jennie Tetrick and Jeff Tetrick; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings and their spouses, Neva Ward Weissenfluh, and Calvin and Donna Cabe; and other relatives. A sister, Ernestine, died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to Hopewell House Hospice Center, 6171 S.W. Capitol Highway, Portland 97201.