OBITUARIES FROM SEPTEMBER 13 - SEPTEMBER 18, 2004

September 28, 2004 11:00 pm

Abe Gordon

Abe Gordon, 51, of Cove died Sunday. Services are pending and will be announced later by Loveland Funeral Chapel.

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Bob French

Formerly of La Grande

1926-2004

Robert (Bob) Paul French, 78, formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 10 at home in Milton-Freewater.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Pioneer Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch, in Walla Walla, with Pastor Leon Alden officiating. Private family services will be held in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery.

Mr. French was born July 13, 1926, in Jamestown, N.Y., to Raymond and Grace (Allen) French. His boyhood years were spent on his beloved Lake Winola in northeast Pennsylvania. As a senior in high school, he joined the Army Air Force Cadets and was selected to participate in the pilot cadet program.

During World War II, he spent time in Fort Myers and Amarillo, Texas. His last year in the service was spent in occupied Italy working in a prisoner of war camp where he started a baseball team for POWs and U.S. Army Air Force officers.

On Aug. 21, 1955, he married the love of his life, Ann Lee Rhone, in Wyalusing, Penn. In 1962, the couple and their three children moved to Sutherlin, where Bob taught social studies at Oakland High School. In 1964, with a fourth child, the family moved to Grand Forks, N.D., and Bob obtained his second master's degree from the University of North Dakota.

Returning to Oregon in 1965, the family lived by the McKenzie River where Bob was the guidance counselor at McKenzie High School for two years. In 1967, the family moved to La Grande, where Bob worked for the Educational Service DIstrict as a counselor and career specialist for 14 years.

In 1981, he moved to Newberg where he served as head of the counseling department at Newberg High School until his retirement in 1990, when he and Ann moved to Milton-Freewater.

Bob loved being outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, golfing and gardening. He loved airplanes and flying. He coached many baseball and soccer teams, most recently helping his son coach his granddaughter's soccer team. He loved to travel, managing to visit 49 of the 50 United States, as well as Canada, Mexico and Europe.

He was a devoted Christian, a member of the Pioneer Methodist Church, a Life Member of the American Legion Post 24 and VFW 3456 of Milton-Freewater.

Bob took great pride in his family and loved them very much. He often said the smartest things he ever did were "to marry Ann Rhone, get an education, move to Oregon, and make a lot of friends."

Bob is survived by his wife, Ann; their children, Kim and Eldon Slippy, Summerville; Ted and Gwen French, Colo., Eric and Lynne Pierce-French, Huber Heights, Ohio, and Bruce and Laura French, Sparks, Nev.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grand children; brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Miriam French of Kirkland, Wash., and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both a brother, Ken, and a sister, Nancy.

The family suggests donations to the American Heart Association through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 Main Street, Milton-Freewater.

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Robert Worcester

Formerly of La Grande

1927-2004

Robert Marshall Worcester, 76, of The Dalles and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 12 at his home. Viewing will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at noon Thursday at St. Peter's Catholic Church with the Rev. Joe Kelbel officiating.

Mr. Worces-ter was born Oct. 13, 1927, to Nathaniel and Marye Anderson Worcester in Omaha, Neb. He attended school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and served in the Navy after World War II. He married JoeAnn Greene in 1946 in Cedar Rapids and moved to La Grande in 1973. After her death he married Kaethe Moll Gildersleeve on March 24, 1986, in La Grande.

He graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids and earned a master's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado. He worked as a therapist for Union County Mental Health and as a stress management counselor in private practice. He enjoyed helping people, fishing, hiking, traveling, reading and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of The Dalles; children and their spouses, Wendy and Harvey Dunlap of Oklahoma, Sally and David McCann, Robert D. Worcester, and Barbara Carper, all of La Grande; four step-children and their spouses, Christina and Jonathan Neumann and Alison Gildersleeve, all of Portland, Walter and Claudia Gildersleeve of Heimbach, Germany, and Jon Gildersleeve of Oakland, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marilynn Faber of Iowa, and Ellen Connett of Colorado. A son, Robert Worcester Jr., died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the St. Mary's Academy Scholarship Fund, 1112 Cherry Heights Road, The Dalles, 97058.

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Vernon Rogers

Formerly of La Grande

1920-2004

Vernon Irving Rogers, 84, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 9 in Boise. Burial was today at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Rogers was born Aug. 23, 1920, to Irving Holt and Vivian Lois Burroughs Rogers in Maquon, Ill. He learned to be an auto mechanic in his father's shop in Chilli-cothe, Ill., and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He worked as an auto dealer and mechanic in Salt Lake City, The Dalles, California, La Grande and Baker City. He also taught shop classes at Union High School.

In 1942 he married Olga Irene Grove and had three children; in 1954 he married Beatrice Grimmett and had a son, Frank Eugene. In 1958 he married Ethel Pointer.

Survivors include his wife of Baker City; sons, Don Rogers of Winnemucca, Nev., John Rogers of Flagstaff, Ariz., and William Rogers of San Mateo, Calif.; a stepson, Tim Taylor of Union; a sister Mary Detwiler of Berrien Springs, Mich.; brothers, Patrick Rogers of Marathon Key, Fla., Daniel Rogers of Peoria, Ill., Henry Rogers of Chillicothe, Ill., and Harry Rogers of Berrien Springs; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to United Way in care of Gray's West & Company, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, 97814

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Valerie Camilli

La Grande

1945-2004

Valerie Mae Lundquist Camilli, 59, of La Grande died Aug. 31 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City after a long illness. A memorial service and celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Eastern Oregon University, in Room 309-310 in the Hoke Center. Lawrence Funeral Home in Darien, Conn., is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Camilli was born Aug. 7, 1945, in Florence, S.C., spent part of her childhood in the American sector of West Berlin, Germany, and returned to the U.S. at the age of 11. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1967 from Ohio State University, and studied at the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City. She earned a master's degree in education from Eastern Michigan University in 1971, and in her first year as a teacher was given the Favorite Teacher Award. She later received a Teacher of The Year Award in San Antonio, Texas. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and held office in many professional and educational organizations.

She helped to found ANSER, a kindergarten through sixth-grade demonstration school that became Idaho's first public charter school. In 1999 she earned a doctorate from Boise State University. She was an assistant professor at EOU and served as Teacher Licensure and Professional Development Coordinator, Social Studies Coordinator, and Eastern Oregon Regional Talented and Gifted Director. She was a steadfast advocate for underprivileged children and innovation in education.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Valerie Camilli Memorial Fund at ANSER Charter School, 1187 W. River St., Boise 83702.

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Julie Butner

Formerly of Enterprise

1947-2004

Julie Kay Butner, 57, of Spokane and formerly of Enterprise died Sept. 12 at her home after a long illness. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene, 15515 East 20th Ave. Burial will be in Enterprise at a date to be determined later.

Mrs. Butner was born Aug. 31, 1947, to Jack and Evelyn Wagner. She grew up in Enterprise and spent much of her time at her parents' business, Wagner's Men's Store. She married John Butner and lived in Klamath Falls, Everett, Wash., and Seattle before settling in Spokane 31 years ago.

Survivors include her husband of Spokane; children, Mark, Angela and Ryan, all of Spokane, and Jennifer of Moscow, Idaho; six grandchildren; her mother of Enterprise; and a brother, Ron Wagner of Chehalis, Wash. Her father died earlier.

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Lester Ray Doud

Wallowa

1920-2004

Lester Ray Doud, 83, of Wallowa died Sept. 7 at a care center. Burial was at Enterprise Cemetery. Graveside services were held Monday.

Mr. Doud was born Dec. 13, 1920, to William Washington and Q.Z. Maxwell Doud in Alva, Okla. He served in the Army during World War II and worked as a farmer and logger. He first married Sharlet Barnes, then on Oct. 18, 1977, Lois Polson in Alva. He was a member of the VFW for more than 30 years.

Survivors include children, Willard Doud of La Grande, Stanley Doud of Portland, Dean Doud of Pendleton, Twyla Carper of Milton-Freewater and Janice Bennett and Jolayna Lewis, both of Wallowa; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and a brother, Carl Doud. Five brothers, Asa, Vernie, Lonnie, Leslie and Marvin Doud, and a sister, Norma Clark, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the VFW Post 4307 in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise.

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Louise Lazenby

Island City

1922-2004

Louise Lazenby, 82, of Island City died Sept. 14 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Sally Wiens officiating. Burial will follow at the Island City Ceme-tery.

Mrs. Lazen-by was born June 5, 1922, to George and Edna Bradford Fisher in Kansas City, Mo. She attended school in San Francisco and graduated from high school in the Bay Area. She worked as a grocery clerk in Southern California and on April 11, 1953, married Lamar Lazenby in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple lived in Northern California and Reno, Nev., before settling in La Grande in 1992 to be close to family.

She was a talented artist and enjoyed crafts, oil painting, cooking, gardening, working in her yard, ceramics, fishing and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband of Island City; children and their spouses, Michael and Debby Calvin of Kenya, Africa, Steve and Joyce Lazenby of Chico, Calif., and Valarie and Dave Whelan of Summerville; two grandchildren and other relatives. Two brothers and a sister died earlier.

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Joe Jarvis

La Grande

Joseph W. Jarvis, 95, of La Grande died Wednesday at a local care center. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

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William Bohnenkamp

Formerly of La Grande

1917-2004

William Henry Bohnenkamp, 87, of Mohave Valley, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 10. At his request there will be no service. Desert Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bohnenkamp was born May 23, 1917, to William and Lillian Baker Bohnenkamp in La Grande. He married Ella Maude Applegate on Dec. 31, 1939. During World War II he worked in the shipyards in Vancouver, Wash., as a welder, and later worked in La Grande in the family hardware store. He Opened Bohnenkamp Plumbing and Heating, and in 1963, moved to Beaverton where he sold real estate. He retired in 1978 and moved to Mohave Valley.

Survivors include his wife of Mohave Valley; children, William Bohnenkamp of Bend, John Bohnenkamp of Aloha, and Robert Bohnenkamp of La Grande; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim Bohnenkamp of Island City, and George Bohnenkamp of Joseph; and two sisters, Mitzi Able and Mary Dow, both of Salem. A grandson died earlier.

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Randy Clift

Cove

Randy Wayne Clift, 53, of Cove died Wednesday at his home after a long illness.

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