Obituaries for the week ending April 9, 2005

April 03, 2005 11:00 pm

Barbara Louise McInnis, 81, of La Grande died March 31 at a local care center. A private memorial service will be held later.

Mrs. McInnis was born April 23, 1923, to Arthur and Maude O'Conner Hill in Monmouth, Ill. The family moved to California during the Great Depression, and on Nov. 17, 1943, she married A.E. "Mac" McInnis. She worked as a telephone operator during World War II. She was a homemaker, and moved to La Grande in 2003. She will be remembered as a beautiful, intelligent and humor-filled woman of strength who loved puppies, children and jazz.

Survivors include her husband, of La Grande; children and their spouses, Riley McInnis and Irene Bishop of Atascadero, Calif., Michael and Jeanette McInnis of La Grande, and Kevin McInnis of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and one grandson. Two brothers, Bob and Jimmy, died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association or Trees East in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Johnny Gore, 70, of La Grande died March 31 at the Veterans' Hospital in Seattle, Wash. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday April 6 at Grandview Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Gore was born March 7, 1935, to Samuel and Sula Todd Gore in Conway, S. C. He served in the Air Force for 20 years during the Korean and Vietnam wars. On Nov. 17, 1961, he married Jeanette Clark in Reno, Nev. The couple moved to the Grande Ronde Valley where he was employed by Boise Cascade as a truck driver. He retired in 1984.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching westerns on television, and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children and their spouses, Raymond and Sandra Gore of La Grande and Les and Missy Gore of Union; five grandchildren; four brothers and sisters, Frank Gore of Chaparral, N. M., L.G. Gore of South Carolina, May Gore and Carolyn Gore, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and other relatives. A brother, Elwood Gore, died earlier.

Contributions may be made to a memorial fund in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, 97850.


Bobbi Lillian Shaw, 84, formerly of La Grande, died March 28 at at a care center in Mount Angel. At her request there will be no public services.

Mrs. Shaw was born July 11, 1920, to John and Lillian Hellis Winslow in Daisy, Wash. She later became the stepdaughter of Harry Wells, who taught her patience and the joy of a good horse. She attended school in Imbler and a business college for one year. She married Douglas Buchanan, and after his death she married Burr C. Shaw on Dec. 2, 1954, in Winnemucca, Nev. They lived in the Grand Ronde Valley where she was a past member of the La Grande Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling to the Yukon wilderness, the outdoors and her cats.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Tana and Fred Wood of Delta Junction, Alaska, Douglas and Debra Buchanan of Salem, Kristi and Robert Papen of Beaverton, and Burr Shaw and Lori Welch of Wilsonville; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the World Wildlife Fund or the Nature Conservancy in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande, 97850.


Warren David Evans Sr., 88, of La Grande died April 3 at his home. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday April 7 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., with Pastor Brent Clapp of the La Grande Church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. Evans was born Jan. 7, 1917, to Jesse and Virginia Lowther Evans in Grangeville, Idaho. He served in the Navy during World War II, and on Oct. 23, 1946, he married Helen Hamlin in La Grande. They lived in the Grande Ronde Valley and he worked for was Boise Cascade. He retired in 1979.

Survivors include his wife, of La Grande; children and their spouses, Warren Evans Jr. and Ellen Evans of La Grande, Joyce and Jim Valentine of Priest River, Idaho; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and other relatives. A brother and three sisters died earlier.


James Roy Slaght, 28, of North Platte, Neb., and formerly of La Grande died March 31 of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Klamath Falls.A graveside service will follow at Eternal Hills Cemetery with a reception at the home of Jim and Judy McClung in Klamath Falls.

Mr. Slaght was born April 28, 1976, to David and Pam Nicely Slaght in La Grande. The family moved to Medford when he was in the eighth grade. He graduated from North Medford High School in 1994, and from Oregon Institute of Technology in 2000 and again in 2002. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He married Jessica Rusth and worked in various places, most recently North Platte where he was the lead technical director for General Electric.

He was gentle and quiet by nature, but had an amazing sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye. He enjoyed hunting, working on his Jeep and caring for his family.

Survivors include his wife and children, Tyler James, Carly Shae and Allison Elizabeth Slaght, all of North Platte; his parents of Medford; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Trisha Slaght of Culver; a sister, Mary Slaght, of Klamath Falls; a grandmother, Rose Nicely of Pennsylvania and other relatives. Other grandparents died earlier.

Memorial contributions for his children can be made to the US Bank Slaght College Fund.


Kevin Ray Metcalf, 44, formerly of Summerville, died April 3 in an automobile accident near Robertson, Wyo. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Metcalf was born June 17, 1960, to Paul and Bertha Self Metcalf in Eugene. The family moved to Crescent and then settled in Summerville in 1968. He attended schools in La Grande and Imbler and graduated Imbler High School in 1978 with All-American honors in track and field.

He attended Eastern Oregon State College and Southwestern College in Coos Bay, and worked in construction with his father in the Grande Ronde Valley. Later he worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the Union Pacific Railroad as an engineer and for DB Jet Enterprises as a firefighter before moving to Wyoming in November of 2004 to work for a lumber company.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the mountains, rock hunting, looking for old bottles and collecting elk and deer horns.

Survivors include his parents of Summerville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kirt Metcalf of Grants Pass, and Kip and Marti Metcalf of Bend; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Union County Food Bank in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Joann V. Boyer, 96, of Rock Creek died April 3 at her home. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. with Sally Weins officiating. Burial will be at the Haines Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Haines United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Boyer was born Aug. 29, 1908, to Charles Wesley and Martha Herndon Bond at Missouri Flat. The family had arrived there by rail from Kentucky in March of that year. She grew up there and on a farm near Hot Lake, and graduated from La Grande High School. She attended Monmouth and Eastern Oregon normal schools, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1937 from the University of Oregon, and a master's degree in 1962 from Eastern Oregon College.

She taught for 28 years at Imbler, Vale, South Fork near Unity, Haines, Muddy Creek and in the English classrooms of Baker junior and senior high schools.

In May 1935 she married Kenneth Boyer. They lived in Eugene and on his family's ranch in Hereford, before moving in 1942 to Muddy Creek. She spent the rest of her life in the Muddy Creek and Rock Creek communities.

She taught herself to play the piano and violin, and she and her two younger brothers, Champ and Turner, formed a fiddle, guitar and banjo trio and played for local dances. While teaching high school she would calm restless students by threatening to play an old-fashioned fiddle tune.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Mutual Improvement Club, the Farm Bureau and education organizations including the Baker County Retired Educators.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Dale and Grace Boyer of Boise, and Duane Boyer of Haines; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Her husband, a daughter, Dianne, and six siblings, Lester, Elizabeth Badsky, Princess Ledridge, Charles Wesley Jr., Champ and Turner, all died earlier

Memorials may be made to Haines United Methodist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society in care of Gray's West & Co.


Bernice Elnora Lindley, 92, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande, died April 5. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Lindley was born July 4, 1912, to Theodore and Gephilia Tucker Conrad in Flora. On Sept. 11, 1933, she married Ralph Lindley in Enterprise. They ran the Flora Post Office and store until 1948 when they moved to La Grande.

She was a Girl Scout leader from 1960 to 1965, and worked for Montgomery Ward and the Salvation Army. She enjoyed crocheting, baking, canning, sewing and being with her family and friends.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Zana and Joe Shuman of Pendleton, and Lila and Thad Killingbeck of Boardman; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Her husband, a daughter, Nita Rogers, two sisters, Blanche Hall and Lorlene Beddow, and a grandson died earlier.

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


Wilbert L. "Will" Sullens, 79, of Medical Springs died April 4 at his home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, with Dale Bingham officiating. A potluck reception will follow at the VFW hall, 2005 Valley Ave.

Mr. Sullens was born Nov. 3, 1925, to Russell and Madeleine Barlow Sullens in Prairie City. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He taught flying, ran the John Day Airport and worked as a millwright. He married Margaret Howell of Prairie City. They were later divorced. He then worked for United Airlines in Los Angeles, Calif., for a short time, and as a pilot for Cotting Enterprises in San Francisco, Calif. In 1955, he went to work for PanAm World Airways as a navigator. He married Janice Wirth of John Day. He was stationed in many places, Los Angeles and San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Frankfurt, Germany, where he flew the Berlin corridor.

In 1971 the family moved to Medical Springs. After his wife's death in 1980, he married Holly Wright Menard on March 16, 1986, in Irvine, Calif. He retired in 1985 after 29 1/2 years with PanAm.

He and his brother, Elwin, designed, built and flew the first 4-engine B-17 Aerial Retardant Fire Fighter Aircraft in Chino, Calif. This plane and its design was adopted for use by the U.S. Forest Service. He designed and helped rebuild the flume for the Big Creek Ditch Co.

He enjoyed welding, working with wood, metal and cars. He could fix anything, building the parts needed if necessary. He enjoyed hunting, shooting, reading history, music, flying, politics, barbecues and writing letters to the editor.

Survivors include his wife of Medical Springs; children and their spouses, Jim and Lynette Sullens of Prairie City; Karla Sullens of Pendleton, and Eric Menard of Pacific Grove, Calif.; three grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Elwin and Dorothy Sullens of Los Alamitos, Calif., and other relatives.

A brother, a sister and a daughter, Gloria, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Powder River Sportsman's Club, Oregonians in Action or Soroptimist of Baker County Gift Memorial Fund in care of Coles Funeral Home.


Mildred C. Cunningham, 93, of La Grande and formerly of Lower Perry, died April 7 at a local care center.

The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley with Pastor Bill Miller of Valley Fellowship officiating. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery.

Mrs. Cunningham was born June 24, 1911, to Peter and Amanda Lindquist in Lehigh, Iowa. On April 20, 1930, she married Alva Cunningham in Lehigh.

In September 1936 they moved to Union. In the fall of 1944 they moved to Huntington. In 1946 they returned to La Grande and then lived in Lower Perry from 1946 to 1994.

After her husband's death in 1994 she moved to La Grande to be near family.

Mrs. Cunningham was a wonderful cook and loved to make meals for her family. She enjoyed camping, especially on the Snake River. She loved animals, especially cats, and fed the strays that visited her. After the death of her husband she traveled with her daughter and son-in-law to Arizona.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Harriet and Martin Girrard of La Grande; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Seven siblings, a daughter and son-in-law, Thelma and Albert "Bud" Coffin, and a grandson, Gary Girrard, died earlier.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Raedene Elizabeth Gibbs Tetterton, 48, of Rice, Va., and formerly of La Grande, died April 6 after a long illness.

The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Island City. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, and at the church in the Relief Society room at 9 a.m. Monday.

Mrs. Tetterton was born Dec. 4, 1956, in La Grande to James L. and Marian Gibbs. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On Dec. 16, 1978, she married David Tetterton in the temple in Manti, Utah.

She was active in 4-H clubs when she was growing up. She attended Riveria Elementary School and graduated from La Grande High School in 1975. She worked as volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital and a nurse's aide at Grande Ronde Hospital. She enjoyed singing, playing the piano and needlework. She loved music. She was a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

Survivors include her husband of Rice; son Jonathan, who is serving in the Army in South Korea, and his wife, Kamilla; her mother, Marian Nice, and step- father, Dale Nice, of La Grande; siblings and their spouses, James and Cathy Gibbs, and Mary and Glenn Trump, all of Boring; a grandmother, Dorothy Fay Wester, of La Grande and other relatives. Her father and a brother, Lynn Gibbs, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the LDS Missionary Fund, 400 Sixth St, Burkeville, Va. 23922.