Obituaries for the week ending April 2, 2005

March 31, 2005 11:00 pm

Rulen Frank Collier, 86, of Union died March 24 at his home. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., and at the church the hour before the service.

The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Union with Don Baxter officiating. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery with a potluck reception following at The Hut in Union.

Mr. Collier was born Dec. 2, 1918, to Frank and Ethel Thompson Collier in St. Anthony, Idaho. He graduated from high school in 1937 in Star, Idaho. He worked for the Morrison Knutson Co. overseas during World War II and was a prisoner of war for 44 months. Upon his release he was recognized as a veteran of a foreign war.

In 1949 he married Ruth Fisher. After her death he married Denny Allred in Union on Jan. 1, 1976.

He owned and ran the Stockman's Restaurant and the Nugget in Halfway, the Smoke Shop in Baker City, the Disco Bar in Mountain Home, Idaho, the Tropidara in La Grande and The Hut in Union. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and barbeques with his family and friends.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Jeff and Patty Collier of Union, Bethel and Bruce Moore of Chimacum, Wash.; step-children and their spouses, Paul and Brenda Carman, and Sandy and Ron Droke, all of Union, Elvin and Carolyn Carman of Columbia Falls, Mont., and Rodney Carman of La Grande; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and other relatives. His wife and two brothers, Bob and Bernie Collier, and a sister, Lola Neilson, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to GRH Home Care Services in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Jerry Dwain Bailey, 58, of Baker City and formerly of Enterprise and La Grande died March 23 at St. Luke's Medical Hospital in Boise of natural causes.

Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Gray's West and Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. A reception will follow at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery

Mr. Bailey was born Oct. 5, 1946, to Willis and Barbara Nelson Bailey in Enterprise. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1964 and attended Eastern Oregon College on a football scholarship. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in teaching.

He received a letter of interest from the Dallas Cowboys before an injury ended his football career. He served in the Army as a medic in the Vietnam War and worked for US West, now known as Qwest, for 28 years. He enjoyed horses, rodeos, motorcycle road trips, hunting, fishing, sports, woodworking, carpentry and spending time with his family. He was known for his quiet and gentle spirit, and for his unique sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife Nancy of Baker City; children and their spouses, Joe and Dina Bailey of New Jersey, and Brandy Bailey of Portland; a stepson, Tyler Frakes of Eugene; his parents of Joseph; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Bob Johnson of Eugene; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and cindy Bailey of Joseph, and Jeff and Chris Bailey of Heppner; one granddaughter; and other relatives. A son, Bart Bailey, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Hope Fund at the Baker City Churchof the Nazarene or to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in care of Gray's West and Co.


Edith M. English Speaker, 94, of Prineville and formerly of Wallowa died March 22 at a care center. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday March 30 at the Wallowa Cemetery with Pastor Del Towel officiating. Prineville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Speaker was born April 13, 1919, to George and Ida Mae Caldwell Horton in Whitefish, Mont. The family lived in Idaho and Oregon, and she married Forrest English in Enterprise in 1929. They lived in Wallowa where she worked in lumber mills during World War II. After his death in a logging accident in 1948, she she married Ernest Speaker in Sept. 1951. The couple later divorced. She moved to Pilot Rock in 1956, then the coast and Portland. She moved to Prineville in 1999.

She was a member of the Wallowa Christian Church and the Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed traveling, fishing, collecting rocks and being with her family.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Faye and Jack Groves, Jim and Ruby English, and Larry and Margaret English, all of Prineville, and Frank and I'Leta English of Cooley Dam, Wash.; 18 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Harriet Scott of Wallowa and a half-sister, Norma Flemming of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Three brothers, two sisters, a half-sister and two grandchildren all died earlier.


Quentin Louis Lathrop, 94, of Wallowa died March 27 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday March 30 at the Lostine Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at the Lostine Cemetery and a reception will be held after the burial at the Lostine grange hall.

Mr. Lathrop was born Jan. 6, 1911, to Louis and Hazel Lathrop in Wallowa. He attended Leap School and Wallowa High School, and on Feb. 7, 1931, he married Irene Crossler. They had a ranch in the Chapman area before moving to Leap where he lived for the rest of his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Kenneth and Bernice Lathrop, Muriel and Larry Jones, Patricia and Tim Snodderly, and Louis "Buck" and Vicki Lathrop; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Lathrop; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives, Emra "Duke" and Melvin Lathrop of Lostine, and Wayne Lathrop of Enterprise; and four sisters, Marion Bowen of La Grande, Marcel Walker of Union, Mary Lou Huffman of Hermiston and Sally Akin of Lostine. His wife, two grandsons, Dennis Snodderly and Kirk Jones; two sisters, Muriel Lathrop and Gladys Yost; and three brothers, Ollis "Jiggs" Lathrop, Leo "Tuff" Lathrop and Herald "Shorty" Lathrop, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


Winifred Braden, 87, of Sun City, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande died March 19. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday March 31 at the Sun City First Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Braden was born April 15, 1917, to Robert M. and Helen Fischer Scott in La Junta, Colo. She graduated from La Grande High School and from Eastern Oregon Normal School. She taught at Red Pepper School and boarded with the family of Albert and Lucille Hamann. She taught for more than 30 years before retiring.

She married Don DeMont Braden and lived in Pendleton before moving to Arizona in 1962. She was a member of the Pendleton Association of Teachers, serving as president; the NEA; the Women's Association of the Presbyterian Church; Eastern Star, where she was past matron; Delta Kappa Gamma; PEO and Daughters of the Nile.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Donna and Bill Moffett of Sun City, Gary and Margaret Braden of Yakima, Wash., Michael and Kathleen Braden of Phoenix, Ariz., and Robert Braden of Idyllwild, Calif.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Evelyn Fuller of Cove, and Shirley Davis of Glenrock, Wyo. Her husband died earlier.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Research Center, 10515 W. Santa Fe Drive, Sun City 85351.


Ethel Kathleen Patterson, 87, of Hermiston and formerly of Union died March 26 at her home. Burial will be in Salmon, Idaho. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Patterson was born April 28, 1917, in Union. she graduated from Union High School in 1934, and married Harry C. "Pat" Patterson in 1951 in Walla Walla. The couple lived in Baker City and the Sumpter Valley before moving to Hermiston in 1966. They were licensed horse-trainers who raced horses from 1955 to 1960, and ran K-Pat Saddle Shop in Hermiston from 1970 to 2002. She made western shirts, saddles and other leather work.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Broyles of Fairplay, Mo., and other relatives. Her husband, a son, Don, a daughter, Leona, and two sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 645 W. Hermiston Ave., Hermiston 97838.


Mary Wanda Lyon, 86, of Pendleton and formerly of Elgin died March 26. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday April 2 at the Island City Cemetery.

Mrs. Lyon was born June 18, 1918, to Nels and Abigail Mackey Roselund in Oakley, Idaho. On Sept. 23, 1939, she married James. F. Lyon in Payette, Idaho. The couple lived in Sweet Home, and Elgin from 1959 to 1974, before moving to Pendleton. She enjoyed camping, hunting, traveling and square-dancing. She was a member of the Indian Valley Paraders.

Survivors include two daughters, Janice McQueary and Lana Bird; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband, a daughter, Judith Lyon, and a son, James Terry Lyon, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Elgin Huskies Booster Club, P.O. Box 519, Elgin 97827.


Edward Arlen Holland, 71, of New Bridge in Eagle Valley died March 25 at St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City. At his request there will be no funeral.

Mr. Holland was born Feb. 18, 1934, to William W. and may Holland of Harper. He graduated from Eagle Valley High School in 1953 and worked for the U.S. Forest Service until his retirement in 1984. He worked in fire control, timber and engineering for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and held a division boss card for 20 years. He told wonderful stories of his Forest Service years, and knew every inch of the Wallowa-Whitman. For a time he ran a white-water boat for Hells Canyon Navigation. There was not much he couldn't build or repair.

Survivors include his wife, Carmelita of Eagle Valley; two sons, Gary Holland and Brian Holland; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Doneita Holland; and other relatives. A brother, Dale Holland, and a sister, Wilma Gullett, both died earlier.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute or any charity in care of Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway 97834.


Joseph Frederick Weitlauf, 22, of Union died March 28 after a long illness. Viewing will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday April 1 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., will a recitation of the rosary at 7. A celebration of life will begin at noon Saturday April 2 in the Union High School gym. A graveside service will follow at the Union Cemetery, along with a dinner hosted by Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 340 S. 10th St.

Mr. Weitlauf was born July 12, 1982, to John and Patti Weitlauf in Union. He loved life and the outdoors, and was an inspiration to many. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and other hobbies. He will be remembered for his determination and courage.

Survivors include his parents and sisters, Jessica and Lena Weitlauf, all of Union; a grandfather, Fred Weitlauf of Gilbert, Ariz.; a grandmother, Shirley Stoddard of Union; and other relatives. A grandmother, Joyce Weitlauf, and a grandfather, Vernon Stoddard Sr., both died earlier.


Ned Foye Jr., 68, of Yakima, Wash., and formerly of Medical Springs died suddenly March 22 in Salt Lake City, Utah. There will be no funeral, but a family gathering will be held at a later date.

Mr. Foye was born May 16, 1936, to Ned and Vivian Foye in Baker City. He attended Pondosa School and graduated from Union High School in 1954. He served in the Army and on April 29, 1960, he married Judith Lee Lott. The family moved to Yakima in 1973. He worked for the railroad, as a smoke jumper, a logger and on Oregon dams. He worked for the Teamsters for 20 years before he retired. He believed in always doing the right thing.

He enjoyed sea kayaking in Alaska, being in the mountains and visiting with his friends.

Survivors include his wife of Yakima, Wash.; children and their spouses, Brad foye and Scott Foye, both of Yakima, Kip and Theresa Foye, and Kyle and Delinda Foye, all of Salt Lake City; two grandchildren; his mother of La Grande; a sister and brother-in-law, Janice "Donnie" and Jerry Baxter of Medical Springs. His father died earlier.


Dale Ford Spikes, 88, of Elgin and Arizona died March 5.

Mr. Spikes was born Aug. 10, 1916, in Elgin. In 1977 he married Ada Duncan and the couple moved to Sun Lakes, Ariz., where they lived half the year. The other half of every year was spent in Elgin.

Survivors include his wife of Elgin and Arizona; a son, Bob Spikes; stepchildren, Dan Duncan, Kathy Brown, Janice Daniels and Margaret Nelson; and one grandson.


June E. Hamblet, 74, of Service Creek and formerly of Lostine died March 24 at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. April 9 at the Isabel Edwards Hall in Fossil. Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hamblet was born June 10, 1930, to Roy and Theo Tatro Cook in Lostine. She attended school in Wallowa County and married Harold Hamblet. The couple lived in a number of places in Oregon, Idaho and Nevada before settling at Service Creek 13 years ago.

She enjoyed music, rodeos, crossword puzzles, fishing, cattle, horses and family gatherings.

Survivors include her husband of Service Creek; children and their spouses, Judy and Jim Volquardsen of Metaline Falls, Wash., Linda and John Bristow of Ione, Judy and Warren Horton of Wallowa, and Dwight Ambrose of La Grande; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Cook of Portland.

Memorials may be made to any charity.


David Nolan Sixberry, 43, of Union died suddenly March 27 at a hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. Davis Funeral Home of Las Vegas is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Sixberry was born Aug. 5, 1961, to Ronald Nolan and Esther Marion Powers Sixberry in Flint, Mich. The family moved to Imbler in 1980 and then to Union.

Survivors include his parents of Union; a brother and sister-in-law, Timothy and Lorraine Sixberry of Santa Clara, Calif.; his grandmother, Marie Sixberry of Reese, Mich., a nephew, Ryan David Sixberry of Santa Clara, and other relatives.

Contributions may be made to a memorial fund at Community Bank, 539 S. Main St., Union 97883, or at .