September 02, 2004 11:00 pm

Buster Smith

La Grande


Robert "Buster" W. Smith, 85, of La Grande, died Aug. 22 at Grande Ronde Hospital. There will be no services.

Mr. Smith was born April 19, 1919, to General and Gladys Smith in Eagle Town, Okla. He attended school in Chicago, Los Angeles, Arkansas and Oklahoma. On June 29, 1946, he married Vickie Moore in Seattle. He worked as a truck driver in the Los Angeles area and as a section foreman for the Michi-gan-California Lumber Company Railroad in Pollock Pines, Calif. He retired in 1981. The family lived in La Grande, then Hermiston, before returning to La Grande in 2000.

He was a gun collector and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; a son, Robert "Jerry" Smith of La Grande and three grandchildren. Several siblings died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Grande Ronde Home Health & Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.


Arlene Correa

Formerly of Starkey


Arlene Evelyn Correa, 86, formerly of Starkey, died Aug. 19 at her home on Big Buttercreek near Echo. Burial will be at the Echo Cemetery.

Mrs. Correa was born Nov. 12, 1917, to Edward and Leone Southward Nunn in Medford. She attended school in Hermiston and Echo and on Sept. 16, 1936, she married John B. Correa in Echo. The couple ranched near Echo and at Starkey. She was a member of the Catholic Church and the Starkey Cattle and Horse Association. She enjoyed farming, ranching with her husband, canning, growing yellow roses and spending time with her family.

Survivors include children, John E. Correa of Buttercreek, Bob Correa and Bill Lozier, both of Pendleton, Peggy Hays of Echo, Betty Thompson of Union; 18 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Naomi Myers of Union. Her husband, a son, Bill Correa, and a sister, Ruth Hall, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church in Echo in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston at P.O. Box 289 Hermiston, OR 97838.


Ted Hightower

Formerly of La Grande


Ted Dale Hightower, 78, of Sweet Home and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 20 in Portland.

Mr. Hightower was born May 19, 1926, to Francis P. and Dollie E. Hightower in Kansas City, Mo. He served in the Navy and lived in the La Grande area for 30 years. The couple worked as rural carriers for The Observer for five years in Cove and five years in Union, and moved to Sweet Home in 2002. He was a man of few words with a heart of gold.

Survivors include his wife Helen of Sweet Home; children and their spouses, Gloria and John Eastland of Reno, Nev., Geneva Hall of Alta Loma, Calif., Twyla and Leroy Eastland of Fletcher, Okla., Dollie and Andy Moszer of Lebanon, and Paul and Robin Lane of San Bernardino, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. A son, Michael Pirot, a grandchild and three sisters all died earlier.


Alfred Makin


Alfred Makin, 89, of Joseph died Monday. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie Creek Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.


Vernon Surber



Vernon Woodrow Surber, 87, of Enterprise died Aug. 24 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of the Nazarene, 203 E. Grant St., Enterprise.

Mr. Surber was born May 17, 1917, to Richard John and Edith Rosalie Wilson Surber at the Halfway stage stop in Enterprise. He attended school at Day Ridge and Enterprise and served first in the Civilian Conservation Corps and then in the Army during World War II. On Dec. 14, 1941, he married Lavetta Kinsey in Wichita Falls, Texas. He worked at the Bates Lumber Mill in Wallowa, as a farm laborer for Greg Wick in Enterprise, and at the Boise Cascade sawmill in La Grande. He retired in 1979.

He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene and was given a distinguished service award in April 2003. He served on the Enterprise City Council and enjoyed hunting, mechanical chores, wood cutting, mushroom hunting, huckleberry picking, fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Vernon and Elaine Surber of Clarkston, Wash., Hannah and Paul Beaudoin of Enterprise, Charles and Anna Surber of Umatilla, Dan and Linda Surber of Hermiston, David and Shirley Surber of Madras and Lavetta Maye Surber of Missoula, Mont.; 37 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters. His wife, a daughter, Nancy Kaye Surber, two grandchildren, five brothers and two sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Nazarene building fund in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


‘Etty' Vowles

Formerly of Union


Esther Nancy Halsey "Etty" Vowles, 85, of Portland and formerly of Union died Aug. 25 at Portland Adventist Hospital. A family memorial will be held on the Oregon Coast. After Care Cremation is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Vowles was born April 27, 1919, to Gracen and Worth Halsey in Union. On Feb. 14, 1941, she married Keith Warren Vowles in Lewiston. The family lived in Ely, Reno and Carson City, Nev., before moving back to Oregon 24 years ago. She worked for Meadow Gold Dairies.

Survivors include daughters, Sandra Jo Vowles and Robyn Leigh Restel, both of Portland; a son-in-law, Daniel Syme of McGill, Nev.; sister, Elma Jean Westenskow of Canby; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Her husband, two daughters, Diana Pinkerton and Candace Syme, and nine brothers and sisters died earlier.