January 18, 2005 11:00 pm

Bryn Lunde



Bryn Owen Lunde, 19, of Joseph took his own life Dec. 29 on Chief Joseph Mountain after a battle with severe depression.

Bryn was born July 12, 1985, to Nick and Angie Lunde in Lincoln City. The family moved to Wallowa County when he was 4 years old. He graduated from Joseph High School in 2003, spent a year as an exchange student in Bern, Switzerland, and attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

He was a quiet, sensitive, free-thinking person who showed his creativity through art, writing and music. He had an adventurous spirit and constantly pushed his athletic abilities on his snowboard, and in hiking, mountain climbing and catching air in the Enterprise skate park. He was concerned with injustices in the world and struggled to find ways to make a difference. He loved nature,

animals and was happiest in his beloved Wallowa Mountains.

He touched the lives of those who knew him through his gentleness and acceptance of all people.

His family said that although his death was a tragic ending to his life, which was so full of potential, the pain he bravely carried alone has been dispersed among all who knew him. His gifts, too, have been shared with those who loved him and live on.

Survivors include his parents of Joseph; siblings, Peter Lunde of Portland, and Erin Lunde of Cambridge, Mass; a grandmother, Dene Bish of Talent; a grandfather, Myron Cropscy of Corvallis; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made in Bryn's name to the Fishtrap Young Writer's Fund, The Nature Conservancy or Foundation Human Nature, USA, which works to improve conditions in Ecuador and Ghana, in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


Eleanor Clark

Formerly of La Grande


A celebration of life service for Eleanor Viano Clark, 88, will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 at Loveland Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Sarah Stanton of St. Peter's Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will follow at Island City Cemetery.

Mrs. Clark died Jan. 2 in San Bernardino, Calif.

The former La Grande resident was born Feb. 28, 1916, in Cumberland, Wyo., to John and Hilda Hendrickson. She married Sherman Clark in Kemmerer, Wyo., on July 2, 1938.

She was a homemaker, a lifetime Episcopalian and a past worthy matron of Eastern Star in Kemmerer.

Survivors include her son, Robert, and his wife, Carol, of La Grande; daughter Loree and son-in-law Peter Boyd of San Bernardino; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a niece.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Jiacoletti and Elna Jiacoletti.


Roberta Leen



Roberta Lois Leen, 68, of Weston died Jan. 8 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Leen was born Sept. 12, 1936, to Theodore and Eleanor Jacobson in Abercrombie, N.D. She grew up in Hoquiam, Wash., and attended the Auburn Adventist Academy. On Oct. 17, 1953, she married Larry LaVon Leen in Auburn, and moved to Pendleton. In 1969 she graduated from Phagen's Beauty College and owned New Image Hair Design and, from 1989 to 2002, the Pendleton College of Hair Design. The couple started the Cookie Tree Bakery and Cafe in 1985.

She was a member of the Elgin Seventh-day Adventist Church, serving as youth leader, social leader, deaconess and most recently as elder. She enjoyed snowmobiling, four-wheeling, camping, gardening, entertaining and being with her family and church family.

Survivors include her husband of Weston; children, Lenny Leen of College Place, Wash., David Leen of Walla Walla, and Terrie Leen of Pendleton; six grandchildren; siblings, Paul Jacobson of St. Cloud, Minn., Roger Sunby of Washugal, Wash., Harold Jacobson of Macomb, Mich., Lorene DeSpain of Costa Mesa, Calif., Elaine Scheller of Battle Lake, Minn., and Karen Glenn of Roseburg. Her twin brother, Robert Jacobson, and siblings, Clyde, Roy, Wayne and Marcella Jacobson, and Joan Rurup, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Burns Mortuary, 336 S.W. Dorian Ave., Pendleton 97801-0489.


Eirlys Wetherill

La Grande

Eirlys Wetherill, 92, of La Grande died Wednesday at a local care center. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Rick Noddin

Formerly of La Grande


Richard "Rick" Noddin, 57, of Oxbow and formerly of La Grande died Dec. 19 at the V.A. hospital in Walla Walla after a short illness. A celebration of life will begin at 4 p.m. Jan. 15 at the American Legion Hall, 301 Fir St.

Mr. Noddin was born Jan. 27, 1947, to Richard MacDonald and Marjorie Pearl Vincent Noddin in Oakland, Calif. From 1996 to 2003 he lived in La Grande where he worked at Lynch Motors and played in a pool league. On March 18, 2000, he married Nancy Herrmann. The couple lived in Burns and managed a motel until his retirement when they moved to Oxbow. He enjoyed fishing, family barbecues and visiting with friends.

Survivors include his wife of Oxbow; children, Heidi Ruth of Sartell, Minn., Kady Murray and Heather Gaston, both of Pendleton, and Jeff Olsen of Saint Cloud, Minn.; seven grandchildren; siblings, Liz Lewis of La Grande, Margie Petredis of Cove, and Judith, Jan Marie, Robert and Charlie Noddin, all of California, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Blind Veterans' Association or the Diabetes Foundation in care of Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Wash. 99362-8972.


Anna Cosner

La Grande

Anna L. Cosner, 88, of La Grande died Thursday at a care center. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.


Michael Hedman



Michael G. Hedman, 53, of Union died Jan. 10 at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland as the result of a motor vehicle accident. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Heppner United Methodist Church. Sweeney Mortuary of Heppner is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hedman was born Dec. 28, 1951, to Arnie and Rita Belmore Hedman in Marquette, Mich. The family lived in Athena and Ione before settling in Heppner in 1963. He graduated from Heppner High School in 1970 and attended Eastern Oregon College before graduating from Oregon State University in 1975.

In 1976 he married Cheri Whittaker in Pendleton. They were later divorced. He raised cattle near Pilot Rock for 17 years before moving to Union where he worked as a fence contractor and for Bechtold Construction.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and being in the mountains.

Survivors include two daughters, Mellisa Hedman of Portland and Joni Hedman of Lake Oswego; his mother and stepfather, Leo DeZeote and Rita Hedman-DeZeote of Heppner; siblings, Steve Hedman of Santa Rosa, Calif, and Jon Hedman of Danville, Va., Dale Hedman of Mattawa, Wash., Tim Hedman of Heppner, and Dee Miller of Hillsboro. His father died earlier.

Contributions may be made to the Mike Hedman Memorial Fund at any Community Bank.


Ruby Kuhn

La Grande


Ruby N. Kuhn, 93, of La Grande died Jan. 13 at a local care center. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. before the funeral, which will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the LDS Stake Center. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mrs. Kuhn was born Dec. 30, 1911, to Leonard R. and Elsie Aldred Parsons in Elgin. She graduated from Elgin High School and Eastern Oregon Normal School, and in 1964 earned a bachelor's degree at Eastern Oregon College. On June 1, 1944, she married Howard E. Kuhn in Elgin. The marriage was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in 1957.

She began teaching in Elgin at the age of 20 and ended her 37-year career at Greenwood Elementary in 1974.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in the relief society, primary and young women's organizations. She also was a member of the PTA. She enjoyed sewing, reading, gardening, serving others and being with her families.

Her and her late husband planted such large gardens that they had to find people to give away the produce.

Survivors her daughter and son-in-law, Janelle and Ronald Marx; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren, all of La Grande; sisters, June Gray of North Powder and Alta Hunt of Elgin; brothers, Dick Parsons and Dell Parsons, both of Elgin; a niece, Phyllis Bechtel, who was raised as a sister, and other relatives. Her husband and sisters, Chloe Phippen and LaRue Parsons, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Family History Center in care of Loveland Chapel.


‘Hippie' Blake



Dale Stewart "Hippie" Blake, 77, of Elgin died Jan. 12 at his home after a long illness. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. An open house at the home of Dan and Vickie Reynolds in Elgin will follow.

Mr. Blake was born July 18, 1927, to Earl and Madge Rhoades Blake in Hayward, Calif. He served in the military, and on May 21, 1949, he married Viola Rasmussen.

He was a man of many talents and opinions and could argue with the best of them. He enjoyed life, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, mechanics, arguing and taking his family and friends up in the hills hunting for mushrooms.

Survivors include his wife of Elgin; three daughters and their husbands, Madge and David Flower of Homer, Alaska; Vickie and Dan Reynolds of Elgin; and Shirley Blake and Gary Dyste, also of Elgin; six grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. A granddaughter, Dale Ann, a great-grandson, Michael, two brothers, Earl and Nelson, and a sister, Norma, all died earlier.


Wilbur Osterloh

La Grande

Wilbur Osterloh, 86, of La Grande died Friday at his home.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Mark Schlessman officiating.

A celebration of life will follow in the church fellowship hall. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.


Nile Roe

La Grande


H. Nile Roe, 85, of La Grande died Jan. 12 at his home. At his request there will be no public service. Entombment will be at the Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Roe was born Aug. 5, 1919, to Oscar and Anna Catherine Breuer Roe in Trenton, Utah. The family moved to La Grande when he was 2 years old, and he graduated from La Grande High School in 1939. On March 20, 1940, he married Ruth Janette Lillie in Weiser, Idaho. She died in 2002.

He worked for 43 years for Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Eagles Lodge. He enjoyed bird hunting, fishing, feeding birds in his yard and reading books on Northwest and Native American history.

Survivors include children, Susan Bohlman of Hood River, Terry Roe of Boring, and Bob Roe of Aloha; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and other relatives. Besides his wife, two brothers and three sisters died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St.