July 08, 2004 11:00 pm

Duane Botts Fleet

La Grande


Duane Botts Fleet, 89, of La Grande, died June 11 at his home. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Committal and interment will follow at the Island City Cemetery. Viewing will be Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Fleet was born on March 18, 1915, the son of James and Eva "Botts" Fleet in Flora.

On December 7, 1934 he married Delila Shelton in Enterprise. In 1941 they moved to the Grande Ronde Valley, where they farmed and ranched. He was one of the oldest Poll Hereford breeders in Eastern Oregon. After the death of his wife in 1980, he married Hazel Barton.

His work was his hobby and he looked forward to harvest each year, as well as elk hunting. He was a member of the Cove Masonic Lodge, the Union County Shrine Club and was a life member of Cherry Chapter Order of Eastern Star. He was a member of the Cattleman's Association, the Farm Bureau, the Wheat League, the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Poll Hereford Association.

His family was of great importance to him, and he rarely missed any family event.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel of La Grande; brother and sister-in-law, Loren and Becky Fleet of Cove; son-in-law, Kim Wilson of Cove; two grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

A daughter, Bethel Darlene Wilson, preceded him in death on March 20, 1961.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital, Cancer Research Fund or the charity of one's choice in care of Daniels Chapel of

the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.,

La Grande 97850.

Maxine A. Pattin



Maxine A. Pattin, 82, of Elgin died June 13 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Island City Cemetery. Pastor Ron Stricklin of Hill View Baptist Church in Kennewick will preside.

She was born March 17, 1922, in Mattoon, Ill., the daughter of Eddie Lee and Emma Steth Morrison. She attended school in Illinois. She married Donald William Whitley in 1939, and married Clifton Wayne Pattin on June 26, 1952.

Mrs. Pattin moved to the Elgin area in 1966. She was a Navy and Army recruiter in

La Grande and loved crocheting, painting, arts and crafts, fishing, camping and hunting, including mushroom hunting.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley Walker and her husband Jerry of Elgin and Jeannie Collins and her husband, Tom, of Elgin; son and daughter-in-law, Donald Whitley and his wife Judy of Kennewick; stepsons, Steve Pattin of Danville, Ill., and Marty Pattin of Lawrenceville, Kan.; sister-in-law Diane Story of La Grande; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, two brothers and a stepson, Jerry Pattin.

Arrangements are being handled by Mountain View Funeral Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Mary Regional Cancer Center in care of Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Morris Richardson

Formerly of La Grande


Morris "Spec" Richardson, 77, a native of La Grande, died June 9 at Watsonville Community Hospital in Watsonville, Calif.

Mr. Richardson was born Dec. 10, 1926, in La Grande. He attended school in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School.

He served in the Army in the Philippines during World War II. He returned to La Grande and earned a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Oregon College. After teaching in Prineville and Albany, he earned a master's degree in pharmacy at Oregon State University.

Mr. Richardson worked in Santa Rosa, Calif. and later spent 30 years in Watsonville.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elsie, of Watsonville; twin cousins, Lee and Leal Graham of Union County, and cousin Leona Richardson of Portland; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held today at United Presbyterian Church in Watsonville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity or to the United Presbyterian Church, 112 E. Beach St., Watsonville, CA 95076.

Ellis Scott

La Grande


Ellis Carlton Scott, 90, of La Grande died June 10 at his home.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley with Sally Wiens officiating.

Committal and interment will follow at the Hilgard Cemetery.

Mr. Scott was born March 18, 1914, in Hilgard, the son of John and Mabel Sara Burns Scott.

He was a lifelong resident of La Grande except for a short time when he joined the war effort during World War II as an airplane mechanic. He later became the foreman of mechanics at the bomber base at Casper, Wyo.

On March 31, 1937, Ellis married his childhood sweetheart, La Wanda Adlora Cantrell, and together they raised three daughters.

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for the Union County road crew for 35 years and was active in forming the union for Union County employees.

He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Pythias, a 32nd degree Mason and was a past worshipful master of the La Grande Masonic Lodge, and served in various positions with each. He enjoyed the mountains and spending time with his family. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday at his home of 54 years with nearby family and friends. He was the last of his family generation. La Wanda died in 1994.

Survivors include his daughters, Patricia Fager of Sitka, Alaska, Bonnie Wieden of Portland and Susan Strand of La Grande; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Six brothers and sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.

Vern Moore

La Grande

A memorial potluck in honor of Vern Moore will be held at noon June 27 at Riverside Park. For information call 963-3798.

Marion Lyman Huff

Formerly of La Grande


Marion Lyman Huff, 82, died Wednesday at his home in Woodburn.

The dedication of his grave will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande Tuesday. Celebration of life services will be June 25 at noon at the Toledo Elks Lodge

Mr. Huff was born Oct. 25, 1921, to Lyman Huff and Gladys (Neukirchner) Huff in La Grande.

He attended schools in La Grande, Eastern Oregon University and the University of Oregon, where he lettered in basketball. He always remained loyal to his Ducks. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the O, a brotherhood of University of Oregon lettermen.

He had a lifetime passion for sports, as a player, coach and official. He served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon School Activities Association.

He married Elizabeth Snider Dec. 25, 1943, in La Grande.

His career in education began at Crook County High School in Prineville, before he moved to Dayville as teacher and superintendent of schools. He spent three years as principal and superintendent of Siletz schools before moving to Toledo High School for 33 years.

In 1972 he married his present wife, Betty. Together they enjoyed Portland Trail Blazer basketball, traveling, good friends and family.

Mr. Huff was a life member of the Toledo Elks Lodge No. 1664, where he was Exalted Ruler in 1966. He served as district deputy in 1987-88 and was a member of the National Foundation.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; children Cathy and Roy Gray of Walterville, David Huff of Toledo, and Susie and Chuck Roeser of Toledo; a stepson Allyn and Onia Toering of Portland; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; an aunt, Marie Stephens of Bremerton, Wash.; and sister-in-law, Ella Huff of Gooding, Idaho.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the charity of the giver's choice.

H. Eddy Roe

La Grande


H. Eddy Roe, 87, of La Grande, died Wednesday at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A memorial service will be conducted July 5 at 11 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Roe was born April 21, 1917, to Raymond and Luella (Tanner) Roe in Perkins County, S.D. He came to the Grande Ronde Valley by train in 1937.

He drove log trucks for J.I. Morgan and Boise Cascade. He worked at Eastern Oregon University in the custodial department from 1971 to 1984.

Mr. Roe enjoyed gardening, fishing and tinkering around. Best of all, he liked to play his guitar for his family and friends.

In 1938 he married Marva Done, and they later divorced. In 1964 he married Eva Breashears.

Survivors include his wife, Eva, of La Grande; children and their spouses, Delores and Dan Hawkey and Ronald Roe of Celina, Ohio, Sharon Vera of Gilroy, Calif., James and Joann Roe of Glide, and Carol and Ronnie Baker of Summerville; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

A brother, Kelly, and a grandson, Michael, died earlier.

Memorials may be made in his name to your favorite charity.

Sarah Bess Geibel

Formerly of La Grande


Sarah Bess Geibel, 97, of Salem and originally of La Grande, died Wednesday


Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon at Belcrest Cemetery in Salem.

Miss Geibel was born Jan. 22, 1907, to Fred Geibel and Bessie Worstell in

La Grande, where her father owned the Geibel Department Store and her mother taught school for 30 years.

After graduating from La Grande High School, Miss Geibel attended Oregon Normal School, graduating in 1928. She taught school in Albany for several years, then earned a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Oregon.

Miss Geibel later moved to Chicago and studied at the Moody Bible Institute. She stayed in the East, doing mission work, radio broadcasting, managing a Christian book store, and working as a medical secretary.

She again returned to teaching, this time in Pennsylvania, then after retiring she served as an editorial assistant for a Christian paper, Pulpit Helps.

She moved to Salem in 1984 to be close to family.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews. Dying earlier were her three brothers and two sisters, Fred, Grace, Ruth, Ralph and William.

Jesse Stansell Berry



Jesse Stansell Berry, 79, of Imbler, died June 17 at a local care center.

A funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Monday at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel with Pastor Irwin Smutz officiating. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. Berry was born Jan. 19, l925, on the family farm near Imbler. He lived 74 years of his life on that farm. He was the son of Jesse William and Ivy May Williams Berry and the first baby born in Union County in 1925.

He attended Imbler School before leaving high school in 1943 to serve in the Marine Corps during World War II.

He served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater as a scout, and attributed his survival during the war to a guardian angel. He received a medal for expert rifleman, ribbons for American Theater of War, three stars for Asiatic Pacific and one star for the Presidential Unit. He completed high school after an honorable discharge from the military in 1945.

On Sept. 1, 1946, he married Lottie Jean Hill in La Grande. He farmed their small farm and worked as a logger for 38 years. He is remembered for his dimpled smile and fun sense of humor.

He loved to hunt and took pride in teaching his children and grandchildren marksman and hunter skills. He was one of the first hunter's safety instructors in Imbler.

Jesse had strong convictions on the importance of being a good neighbor and lending a helping hand in time of need. He was proud of his service to his country and felt a strong camaraderie with other veterans.

He was a charter member of the Imbler Christian Church and held life memberships in the Disabled American Veterans, National Rifle Association and

La Grande Gun Club. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association I.L.A. and Mount Harris Sportsman's Club.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years; his son Bryce and wife Kerma Berry, Imbler; daughter Susie and husband Doug Romer, La Grande; and daughter Trisha and husband Bruce Babcock, Kalispell, Mont.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A brother, John Berry, died earlier.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Imbler Christian Church or to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Health Hospice.

Alvin Ray Willits

North Powder


Alvin Ray Willits, 65, died June 15 at his home in North Powder.

A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lane Memorial Gardens, 5300 W. 11th Ave., Eugene. Visitation will be prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Lane Memorial Gardens Chapel.

Mr. Willits was born Feb. 4, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Raymond Dewey and Stella Marie Monroe Willits.

As a small child, he and the family moved to Eugene, where he attended school.

In August 1968, Mr. Willits married Kara-Jo Dean-Mather.

He worked as a driver and a mechanic for Swift Logging Co. in Springfield. In 1980, the couple moved to North Powder where they owned and operated Evans Corner Grocery Store. He also drove farm trucks for Kerns Ranch and Browne's Haying and drove school bus for the North Powder School District.

Mr. Willits enjoyed fishing, deer and elk hunting, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Kara-Jo Willits; four daughters Lisa Fouts and her husband Jason of Union, Tami Myers, Janie Sweeney and her husband John, and LaVona Mathers and her husband Ed Wallace, all of Eugene; two sons, Clifford Mather and his wife Rhana of Mount Hood, and John Daffern of Eugene; one brother Albert and his wife Carmen of Eugene; five sisters, Blanche Patrick and her husband Bill of Springfield, Alice Willits of Myrtle Creek, Marylou Jenkin of Myrtle Creek, Janna Walton and her husband Wayne of Eugene, and Nancy Johnson and her husband Jim of San Diego; 21 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Eva Wyatt, Lucille and her husband Addy, and Clovalee, brother Leland Willits and nephew LeRoy Wyatt.

Memorials can be made to Pathway Hospice in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, 97814.