January 02, 2005 11:00 pm

Rick Noddin

Formerly of La Grande

Richard "Rick" Noddin, 57, of Halfway and formerly of La Grande died Sunday at the Veterans' Affairs Hospital in Walla Walla. Mountain View Funeral Chapel in Walla Walla is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.


Elmer Bates

La Grande


Elmer Thomas Bates, 84, of La Grande died Dec. 15 at a local care center. Viewing took place from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. today at the First Christian Church, 902 Penn Ave., with the Rev. Mark Schlessman officiating.

Mr. Bates was born Aug. 19, 1920, to Thomas William and Laura Emma Elmer Bates. He graduated from Union High School in 1940 and served in the Navy as a sonar man on the U.S.S. Tulagi during World War II. He worked as a truck driver for 33 years and drove over 2.5 million miles.

He was a member of the Rusty Wheels Car Club and the First Christian Church, and enjoyed woodworking, snowmobiling and Model T automobiles.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Ranee and John Haight of Twin Falls, Idaho, Chris Bates and Jay Webster of Portland, Leslie and Larry Foley of

La Grande, Kim Bates of Springfield, Denise and Jerry Rosensteil of Forest Grove, and Garret and Teri Bates of Vancouver, Wash.; brothers Edward of Condon and Ehrman of La Grande; sister Annabelle Brown of La Grande; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Research Alliance of Oregon, P.O. Box 10051, Portland 97296-0051.


Loren Raymond



Loren William Raymond, 76, of Enterprise died Dec. 14 at St. Joseph's Regional Hospital in Lewiston, Idaho. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Mr. Raymond was born March 20, 1928, to Elmer Ivan and Mildred Naomi Hall Raymond in Caldwell, Idaho. He served in the Navy at the end of World War II and married Wilma Faye Bates on March 21, 1947. He graduated with honors from the College of Idaho in 1964 and taught school until 1977 when the couple opened the Rimrock Inn. He enjoyed flying, cooking, photography and playing pranks.

Survivors include his wife of Enterprise; children and their spouses, Debra Holbrook, and Dennis and Cathy Raymond; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Don Raymond; and a sister, Gwen Maddon.

Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Willard Schilling

Formerly of La Grande


John Willard Schilling, 77, of Hood River and formerly of La Grande died Dec. 19 at his home. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, in Hood River. A private burial will be at Idlewild Cemetery.

Mr. Schilling grew up in La Grande and made the all-conference teams in basketball and football at La Grande High School. He also was named outstanding athlete in his 1946 graduating class. He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1953 and a master's degree in education in 1964 from Eastern Oregon College.

On Aug. 24, 1953, he married Leta Rae Lewis in Baker City. The couple moved to Hood River where he taught sixth, seventh and eighth grades at May Street School before becoming principal of Coe Park School in 1968. He also coached basketball teams and track as well as the Hood River County Junior Olympian Track Team. After two years as the Coe Park principal he returned to May Street School.

He was a member of the Oregon Retired Educators' Association, a retired member of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators, the Hood River Men's Golf Club, past officer in the Hood River Elks. He was named Elk of the Year in 1973, served on the Hood River Little League Board of Directors and was chairman of the Hood River Elks Handball Committee for 13 years.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Kristi Rae and Steve Wakamatsu of Castro Valley, Calif., Vicki Sieverkropp, and Gary and Karen Schilling, all of Hood River; and six grandchildren. His wife died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Hood River Elks in care of Anderson's Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont, Hood River 97031.


Beatrice Jordan

Formerly of La Grande


Beatrice Martha Jordan, 82, of Salem and formerly of La Grande, died Dec. 19 at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church with Father Hank Albrecht celebrating. Committal and burial will follow at Hillcrest East Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is handling arrangements.

Mrs. Jordan was born on Jan. 15, 1922, the daughter of Orville and Ella Ballmahn Collins in Glen, Mich.

She moved to La Grande in 1960 and operated the Rainbow Cafe and Truck Stop on Highway 30 from 1960 to 1975. She was known from coast to coast as having the best food and the best service around, family members said. Truckers went out of their way to come by for a slice of homemade pie and a cup of fresh-brewed coffee.

On Sept. 3, 1972, she married Robert E. "Smoky" Jordan in La Grande. He died in 2001.

She was a member of the Eagles Lodge from 1965 until 2004 and was Madam State President in 1985-86. She participated in the national bowling championship and enjoyed traveling in the motor home.

Survivors include her children, John Decker of Fennville, Mich., Linda Ellen Simmons of Hoschton, Ga., Loretta Kathleen Felty of Eugene, Margaret Ruth Martin of Salem and Michael Walter Shields of La Grande; brother, Jerry Collins of Umatilla; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Hazel Wallsinger

Formerly of La Grande and Joseph


Hazel Wallsinger, 89, of Lincoln City and formerly of La Grande and Joseph died Dec. 18.

A memorial service will begin at noon Jan. 8 at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Lincoln City with a luncheon afterwards.

Burial will be at Hillcrest East Cemetery in La Grande.

Mrs. Wallsinger was born Oct. 8, 1915, to John and Mary Madden Crawford in Minam. She was educated at Wallowa Lake, graduated from high school and married Thomas Howard Wallsinger on Dec. 7, 1934, in La Grande. He died in 1975.

She worked at St. Joseph's Hospital, Grande Ronde Hospital and North Lincoln Hospital.

She was a member of St. Augustine's Catholic Church of Lincoln City; the 50s Club, quilting club, swimming club and seniors club.

Survivors include children, Colleen Byers of Marysville, Wash., John Wallsinger of Auburn, Wash., Tom Wallsinger of Salem, and Kathy Humiston of Lincoln City; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, a son, Howard Wallsinger, died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to North Lincoln Hospice or the Lincoln City Senior Center in care of Pacific View Memorial Chapel, 560 S.W. Fleet Ave., Lincoln City 97367.


William ‘Junior' Silvey

Formerly of Union


William "Junior" Silvey, 76, of Southbeach and formerly of Union, died Dec. 17 at the Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport.

A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Committal and burial will follow at the Union Cemetery.

Mr. Silvey was born on Sept. 9, 1928, to William Otto and Avo Mae Nelson Silvey in Treece, Kan. He was a veteran of the Korean War, receiving a Purple Heart. He was severely wounded on "Pork Chop Hill."

He was baptized at the Prineville Church of Christ and attended the Toledo Church of Christ. He enjoyed family gatherings, fishing, gardening and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes "Arvilla" Silvey and their children, Rodney Dale Silvey of Sarasota, Fla., Joyce Elaine Silvey of La Grande and Glen Lee Silvey of Prineville; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Arrene Francis Powell and Dorothy Marie Brookshire.

You may contact the family at 255 S. 2nd Street in Union, and calls are welcomed at 541-562-5322.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.