October 27, 2004 11:00 pm

Emogene Henry

Formerly of Elgin

Emogene M. Henry, 82, formerly of Elgin, died Saturday in Lafayette, Oregon.

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


Arlen Jones



Arlen Jones, 58, of Wallowa died Oct. 10 at the Veterans' NSCU Hospice Center in Vancouver, Wash. Aftercare Cremation and Burial Service was in charge of arrangements. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Jones was born in 1946 to Claude and Mildred Jones in La Grande. He attended grade school in Drain and at the age of 13 moved to Lostine to live with his sister Ellen. He attended high school in Lostine and Enterprise, and served in the Marines from 1966 to 1973, with two tours in Vietnam. He earned a Purple Heart twice.

He married Ruth Larson in California. They were later divorced. He worked for Oregon Potato in Irrigon until he was disabled, and moved to Wallowa to live with his sister again when he became ill with cancer.

He enjoyed fishing on the Snake River for catfish, and spending time outdoors.

Survivors include sisters and brothers and their spouses, Ellen and Bill Crow of Wallowa, Edythe Kube of Pendleton, Sharon Blaylock of Vale, Janet Kauwe, Susan Bouse and Claude Jones, all of Albany, Charlotte Linquest of Sweet Home, Jackie LaMar and Kathy Rand, both of Roseburg, Linda Barnett of Oakland, Robert Nash of Curtin, and Jerry Nash of Springfield; an aunt and other relatives.


Dean Johnston

La Grande

Dean H. Johnston, 80, of La Grande died Sunday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Loveland Funeral Chapel.


Melody Bleck

Formerly of La Grande


Melody Lenore Friendly Bleck, 74, of Coos Bay and formerly of La Grande died Oct 12. A private family graveside service will be conducted at a later date at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Coos Bay. Coos Bay Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bleck was born Feb 10, 1930, in La Grande to Friendly Ray and Grace Virginia Chelf Barnes. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1948, and on June 8, 1952, she married George James Bleck. She and her husband both worked for West Coast Telephone and lived in various towns in Oregon and Washington. They returned to La Grande around 1961. In 1965 they moved for the last time to Coos Bay. She visited La Grande in 1998 for her 50th high school reunion.

Survivors include children, Beverly Przybylski of Battle Ground, Wash., Becky Bleck and Jeff Bleck, both of Coos Bay; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a sister, Penny Hollinger of Texas. Her husband died in 1985.


Alvin Obrist

Formerly of La Grande


Alvin Eugene Obrist, 56, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande died Oct. 16. Viewing will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, 336 S.W. Dorion St., and from 8 to 9 a.m. Oct. 19 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. at the Olney Cemetery.

Mr. Obrist was born Jan. 21, 1948, to Edwin and Ruth Thompson Obrist in Baker City. He graduated from high school in Hermiston in 1955 and later from Eastern Oregon State College. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and worked as a cook and a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the state of Oregon in La Grande, The Dalles and Pendleton. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of Pendleton; siblings and their spouses, Gloria and Don Holbert of La Grande, Don Obrist of Hermiston and Mitch Obrist of Pendleton; and other relatives. A brother, Larry Obrist, died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Heart Association, to Pendleton 9-1-1 or to the Diabetes Association in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489 Pendleton.


Donald Mathena



Donald Eugene Mathena, 66, of Elgin died Sept. 18 in Ontario. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist Church with a potluck meal following in the church hall. Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Mathena was born June 27, 1938, to Ralph and Clara Mathena in Walla Walla. The family lived in Black Diamond and Aurora. He served in the Army and married Beverly Bristol in 1985. The couple lived in Battle Ground, Wash., Imbler and Elgin. He worked in landscaping, operating heavy equipment and for Beck's Construction. He was disabled in an accident on the job.

He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting firewood for other people, deep-sea fishing and helping


Survivors include his wife of Elgin; step-children, Lloyd Bristol and Michael Bristol, both of Elgin, and Leo Bristol of La Grande; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Dean Johnston



Dean H. Johnston, 80, of Union and formerly of Summerville died Oct. 18 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Viewing will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A celebration of life will begin at

2 p.m. Saturday, also at Loveland Chapel.

Mr. Johnston was born Jan. 4, 1924, in Summerville to Victor H. and Martha Fries John-ston, a pioneer family. He graduated from Imbler High School in 1941 and worked for the U.S. Forest Service. He served in the Navy during World War II and returned to work on the family farm. He became a skilled cabinet maker. On July 20, 1985, he married Judy Brown in Hood River. He was a lifetime member of the Pleasant Grove Grange and the National Rifle Association. He always had a smile and never hesitated to lend a helping hand. He was known for his sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife of Union; a son-in-law, Gilbert Gutierrez of Mission; a daughter-in-law, Fran Ellis of

La Grande; step-children, Tracy Wyllie of Union and Shane Huntsman of Antone, Wash.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and other relatives. Two children, Audean Gutierrez and Lynn Johnston, a sister, Bernice Munhall, and a brother, Leighton Johnston, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Grange or the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Oregon Youth Angling Enhancement Program in care of Loveland Chapel.


Lillian Jepsen Rogers

Formerly of La Grande


Lillian M. Jepsen Rogers, 87, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died Oct. 14 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Church, 902 Fourth St. Howell-Edwards-Doerksen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rogers was born April 8, 1917, to Charles Theodore and Emma Matilda Olson in Omaha, Neb. She attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and on June 12, 1938, she married Richard Lewis Jepsen who worked for Union Pacific Railroad. The family lived in Omaha until 1951 when they moved to Portland, and in 1955 to La Grande. After her husband's death she married Benjamin Lee Rogers in 1973. She moved to Salem in 2003 to be near family.

She was devoted to her church and enjoyed cooking, baking cookies and Swedish coffee cakes, and playing bridge.

Survivors include children, Dr. Constance Hellge of Salem and Lynnette Jepsen of Portland; stepchildren, Ron Rogers of Burbank, Wash., Bill Rogers of Culp Creek and Ken Rogers of Lebanon; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband, three brothers, Oscar, Carl and Arthur Olson, and a son, Richard Jepsen II, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society in care of Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom, 1350 Commercial St. S.E., Salem 97302.


Lucille Reed



Lucille Anna Reed, 66, of Union died Oct. 16 at her home. At her request there will be no funeral. Gray's West and Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Reed was born March 3, 1938, to Thomas and Thelma Simpson Blom in Estherville, Iowa. On July 30, 1956, she married Ervin "John" Reed in Sioux Falls, S.D. They settled in Union in 1958.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed, gardening, painting dolls, traveling, fishing, boating, camping, helping her husband and being with her family

Survivors include her husband of Union; children, Gail Hinshaw of Summerville, Wanda Lee of Umatilla, and Lori Pecinovsky of Mabel, Minn.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Holy Rosary Hospital infusion suite in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City 97814.


Emogene Henry

Formerly of Elgin


Emogene M. Henry, 82, formerly of Elgin, died Oct. 16 at the home of her daughter in Lafayette. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Elgin with Bishop Richard Rasmussen officiating. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mrs. Henry was born Jan. 9, 1922, to Roy and Opal Follett Meade in Elgin. She attended Pine Grove School and graduated from Arlington High School. On June 1, 1940, she married Kenneth K. Henry of Elgin. They lived in Sherwood for several years before moving back to Elgin to take over of the family business. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and helped out at the store whenever needed. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, camping, fishing and being with her family.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Kenneth and Patricia Henry of John Day, Dana and Michael Brinton of Modesto, Calif., and Michele and Jack Huff of Lafayette; a nephew, Gary E. Henry of Tacoma, Wash.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.


LaVeta Mohr

Formerly of La Grande


LaVeta M. Mohr, 91 formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 8 at Kindred Hospital in Hender-son, Nev. At her request there were no public services. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mohr was born June 18, 1913, to Mason and Ida Steele Caldwell in Dragon, Utah. She attended school in La Grande and Baker City and in 1940 she married William A. Mohr. They lived in

La Grande until the 1950s when they moved to Santa Rosa, Calif., and thereafter visited La Grande frequently. She worked as a nurse for Sonoma County, Calif., until she retired. In 2001 she moved to Henderson to live with her niece, La Grande native Sharon Ferguson Burke.

Survivors include a sister, Margaret Holloway of Ohio and formerly of La Grande; a sister-in-law Barbara Caldwell of La Grande; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, son Richard Mohr of Santa Rosa, two sisters, Lois Ferguson and Norma Lester, and brother Donald Caldwell, all of La Grande, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


John Opp

La Grande


John Opp, 101, of La Grande died Oct. 19 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Chapel, 902 S. Main St. in Milton-Freewater.

Mr. Opp was born July 4, 1903, to John and Rosina Klipfel Opp in Gluckstahl, Russia. The family homesteaded in a sod house in North Dakota. On June 12, 1930, he married Alice Aichele in Fessenden, N.D., and they moved to Milton-Freewater. He worked for farmers and fruit growers and the couple both worked for Mojonnier and Sons and the Hamada Brothers greenhouses. They moved to La Grande in 1999 to be near family.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; a daughter and son-in-law, Bernice and Orville Miller of La Grande; a sister, Ernestine Krantz of Garrison, N.D.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild and other relatives.