July 15, 2004 11:00 pm

Patricia Wheeler

La Grande

Patricia Wheeler, 84,of La Grande passed away at a local hospital on July 2. A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Roy E. Howell

Formerly of Elgin


Graveside services will be held for Roy E. Howell at 1 p.m. Friday at the Elgin Cemetery .

Mr. Howell, 85, was born June 18, 1919 in Tecumseh, Okla. to Earl and Edna (Slater) Howell and passed away July 4 in Sandy at the age of 85.

Mr. Howell served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Mr. Howell was a longtime self-employed logger. He also owned and operated the Boomer Mill in Blaine for several years. After an injury he became a bookkeeper for several businesses in Elgin.

He retired to Sandy and then moved to Tillamook. Mr. Howell enjoyed fishing, taking his boats out on the bay and hunting with family and friends.

He is survived by his children, Roy E. Howell II of Elgin, Sandra L. Boyd of Salem, Linda L. Smith of Sandy, Sharon Cottrell of Vancouver, Wash., Debra A. Lietke of Washington, D.C., and Joann Buckleman of Lake Oswego; two sisters, Juanima Smith of Albany and Wanda Challenger of Monte Vista, Calif.; and many grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements in care of Waud's Funeral Home, Tillamook.

Mildred Baker



Mildred Ruth Baker, 87, of Summerville died July 3 at her home. Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday with Pastor Mark Schless-man of the First Christ-ian Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mrs. Baker was born June 8, 1917, to Fritz and Anna M. Junker Hofmann in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1936 and married Maurice David Baker on April 16, 1938. She worked at St. Joseph Hospital in the laundry department, as a cook at the Sacajawea Coffee Shop and as a cook at Grande Ronde Hospital until she retired.

She went every year to Wallowa Lake for the Alpen Fest and to Mount Angel for the Oktoberfest. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, picnics, going hunting with her family, Swiss music and dancing. She will be remembered for her kind heart.

Survivors include a companion, Leonard Campbell; children and their spouses, David and Arlene Baker of Imbler, Ronnie and Carol Baker of Summerville, Christine and Mike Brinkman of Molalla; daughter-in-law Betty Baker of Summerville; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Her husband; a son, Dan; an infant daughter, Cheryl; four sisters and three brothers all died earlier.

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

Velva Oswald

La Grande


Velva Viola Oswald, 92, of La Grande died July 2 after a long and happy life. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2802 N. First St., with Merle Burling officiating. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Oswald was born May 2, 1912, to John Cantrel and Iola Carder Cantrel in Summerville. She attended the Dry Creek school outside of Summerville, and graduated from La Grande High School in 1929 where she was an outstanding student. She married Donald Oswald on Jan. 5, 1935, in Stevenson, Wash. She was an accomplished homemaker, an avid reader, Bible student, gardener and exceptional grandmother.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Carolyn Oswald of La Grande; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband and two sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Evert Higley



Evert Teeples Higley, 91, of Union died July 3 at his home. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the LDS Chapel in Fruitland, Idaho. Haren-Wood Chapel of the Roses in Payette, Idaho, is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Higley was born Nov 12, 1912, to Elihu Cheney and Mary Joanna Teeples Higley at Upper Presto, Idaho. He graduated from high school at the Intermountain Institute at Weiser, Idaho. He enjoyed football, basketball, baseball and track.

He graduated from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, and married Emma Louise Moore on March 11, 1937, at Payette. The family lived and farmed in various places in Idaho, and in Hood River, then lived on a farm between New Plymouth and Fruitland for 50 years. He worked for Marshal Fixtures in Payette, Ontario Millworks and Boise Cascade, where he worked for 27 years until his retirement in 1977. He served as president of Local 2816 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America at least twice, and was president of the Payette County Democratic Party.

The family joined the LDS church in 1951, and in June 1952 they were sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple. He taught a primary class for 10 years, was secretary to the Young Men's organization and a home teacher.

Survivors include his wife of Union; children and their spouses, Mary and Jeron Jackson of Union, Barbara and Duane Ireland of Bullhead City, Ariz., Dean and Priscilla Higley of Hayden, Idaho, Wayne Higley of Fruitland, Delbert and Sandy Higley of Payette, and Gene and Teresa Higley of Elgin; 17 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

A son, David, a grandson, Michael Higley, a great-granddaughter and a sister died


Memorials be made to the Intermountain Institute in care of Chapel of the Roses, 840 Sixth Ave. S., Payette, Idaho 83661.

Thomas Spikes

Formerly of Elgin and La Grande


Thomas Jeffrey Spikes, 52, of Shelton, Wash., and formerly of Elgin and La Grande died July 5 after a long illness. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Shelton. McComb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Spikes was born May 28, 1952, to Tom and Deva Clark Spikes in Walla Walla. He graduated from Elgin High School as valedictorian and from Eastern Oregon University in 1975. He attended Oregon State University and married Margaret Taylor on Dec. 21, 1974, in Union. He served in the National Guard for six years and began a 30-year career in banking.

He was a member of the Shelton Rotary Club and was awarded the International Paul Harris Fellowship, and was named Shelton Rotarian of the year in 2003. He served as president and treasurer of the Economic Development Council and was named the Mason County Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed hunting, cooking, telling jokes, fishing and golfing. He was a devoted family man who always put his children first.

Survivors include his wife of Shelton; children, Mindy Spikes of Olympia, Wash., and Chris Spikes of Shelton; a sister, Denise Morris of Kenai, Alaska, a brother, Rod Spikes of Elgin; his mother of Elgin and other relatives. His father died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Tom Spikes Youth Education Scholarship in care of the Shelton Rotary, P.O. Box 633, Shelton, Wash. 98584.

Margaret Racicot

La Grande


Margaret Rachel Racicot, 87, of La Grande died June 30. A memorial service will take place July 31 at the Presbyterian Church in Bovill, Idaho. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Racicot was born Oct. 6, 1916, to Edgar and Elsie Taylor in Juliaetta, Idaho. She graduated from high school in Boise in 1934 with high honors. During World War II she worked as a substitute teacher in Genesee, Idaho, teaching all grades. She married Dennis Racicot on Dec. 28, 1947, in Sandpoint, Idaho, and graduated from North Idaho College of Education in 1948. She worked as a substitute teacher for the next 22 years.

The family lived in Sandpoint, Juliaetta and Deary, Idaho, and Pilot Rock. Three years ago she moved to La Grande to be near her daughter.

She was a devoted Christian and sang in many church choirs. She enjoyed reading and cooking. Each year that her husband was the principal of Deary High School, from 1975 to 1986, she cooked the senior breakfast for the graduating class.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Victor and Elizabeth Racicot of Lewiston, Idaho, Tim and Vicki Racicot of Federal Way, Wash., and Beccy and Ken Kramer of Imbler; and three grandchildren. Her husband, a daughter, Jane Day, two brothers and a sister all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Bovill Presbyterian Church, 405 Fourth St., Bovill, Idaho, 83806.