Obituaries for the week ending June 11, 2005

June 05, 2005 11:00 pm

Kenneth Roy Alexander, 84, of Union died June 3 at Grande Ronde Hospital. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery.

Mr. Alexander was born April 25, 1921, to Roy and Delia Ross Alexander in High Valley. He spent his early years building trails in the Wallowa Mountains. He served in the Army during World War II, and married Betty Caldwell. He worked for the Fir Pine Lumber Co. as well as GI Hess Lumber for many years before farming wheat and raising cattle in High Valley. In 1971 he moved to Oxbow, where he ran the Hells Canyon Inn until 1995.

He was an honorary member of the Cove Sportsman's Club and a past member the La Grande Elks Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, baseball, snowshoeing on the Minam River and working with pack horses.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Lanita and Jay Rasmussen of La Grande; brothers and sisters and their spouses, Harry and Mia Alexander of Oxbow, Leora Simmons of Cove, Shirley and Dave Fields of Cove, and Betty and Lavern Brant of Bend; three grandchildren; a special niece, Delia Bowman of La Grande; a special nephew, Jim Murchison of Cove; and other relatives. His wife, two brothers, Ray and Virgil Alexander, and a special friend, Donna Green, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Cove Sportsman Club in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Leona Ernestine Davis, 74, of Union died June 2 at her home. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements

Family members said she was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, an excellent cook, and enjoyed plants, flowers and being with her family.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Kenneth Davis; daughters, Kathy Carper, Colleen Pebley and Kimberly Fuglee, all of Union, and Valerie Luttrell of John Day; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


William John Wergen, 65, of Enterprise, died June 4 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday June 10 at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mr. Wergen was born Aug. 29, 1939, to William H. and Dorothy Strickler Wergen in Carmel, Calif. The family moved to Enterprise in 1941 where he attended school. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1957 and from Eastern Oregon College in 1965. He took over management of the family business in Enterprise and became a partner with his brother.

He raised registered Texas longhorn cattle for many years and later added a haying operation. He was a member of the Enterprise Elks Lodge and enjoyed being outside.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, David and Karen Wergen; two aunts, Fern Strickler of Joseph and Joan Shaw of McMinnville; and other relatives.


Eileen Lucille Miller, 82, of Milwaukie and formerly of La Grande died June 3. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. July 23 at the Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Miller was born Oct. 31, 1922, to Charles and Fern Conrad Keenan in LaGrande. She graduated from Imbler High School in 1940, and worked for 30 years as a clerk at the Umatilla Army Depot. In 1952 she married Loren Miller. He died in 1979. In 1985 she moved to Milwaukie. She enjoyed sewing, crafts and traveling.

Survivors include a brother, Darwin Keenan, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to The Casey Eye Institute Macular Degeneration Center, 3375 Terwilliger Blvd., Portland 97201, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, Ga. 30368


Kathleen Violet Alford, 82, of La Grande, died June 3 at a local care center. A memorial Mass will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church with Father Hank Albrecht officiating. A private burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Alford was born Sept. 6, 1922, to John and Hazel Waldo Mullikin in Roseburg. She married Robert Alford in 1939 in Weiser, Idaho. They lived in Huntington until the 1940s when they moved to La Grande. She worked as a nurse for St. Joseph Hospital and Grande Ronde Hospital. After the death of her daughter in 1973 she raised her daughter's children, Susan Ruth and Robert Ingram, as her own.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, the Lady Firemen of the Union Pacific Railroad, the VFW Auxiliary, the Order of Eastern Star and an investment club. She was an artist and musician and played both the violin and the piano. She enjoyed crocheting and being with her family and friends.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, John and Shirley Alford of Pendleton; seven grandchildren including Susan Ruth of Pendleton and Robert Ingram of La Grande; nine great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Her husband, her daughter, Sherry Ingram, and a great-granddaughter all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Rose Quarter Cancer Center in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Irma "Irene" Nash, 82, of La Grande died June 5 at a local care center. Viewing will be for the hour before the funeral, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday June 10 in the Relief Society Room at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 12th and Gillian streets in Pendleton. Dedication of the grave will follow at the Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Loveland Funeral chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Peggy Irene Slaughter, 80, of Walla Walla and formerly of La Grande died June 5 at St. Mary's Medical Center. The funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday June 10 at the Herring Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., in Walla Walla, with the Rev. Steve Edwards of the Dayton (Wash.) Congregational Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery. The rites of the Alkai Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star will be conducted.

Mrs. Slaughter was born Nov. 15, 1924, to Pearl and William McEwen in La Grande. She attended school in La Grande, and on Jan. 25, 1941, she married Wesley Moore Slaughter in Weiser, Idaho. They lived in Sumpter and the Dale Ranger Station on the John Day River until 1950 when they moved to Walla Walla where he worked for the Umatilla National Forest. She worked for the Corps of Engineers for 25 years and retired as executive secretary from the personnel office.

She was a member and past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star, a member of the Daughters of the Nile Elkarnak Temple and the Pioneer United Methodist Church. She was a former member of the Sunshine Club and the board of the Walla Walla Community Concert. She enjoyed antiques, dishes, flowers, gardening, entertaining, music and building and maintaining the family's mountain cabin.

Survivors include her husband of Walla Walla; children and their spouses, Margaret and George Sampson of Walla Walla and Charles and Mary Slaughter of Boise; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives. A son-in-law, Randy Akemann, a sister, Betty Walden, and four brothers, Kermit, Trulock, Ray and Antone McEwen, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners' Children's Hospital or any charity in care of Herring Funeral Home.


Hilda Mae Harrell, 79, of Las Vegas and formerly of La Grande died June 8.

Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday June 15 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m Thursday at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Harrell was born Oct. 10, 1925, to Ernest Leroy and Verna Viola Knowlton Bennett in Sweet, Idaho. She graduated from Emmett High School and attended the University of Denver. She married Fred James Harrell and worked as a secretary for the Umatilla Army Depot. She later worked for attorneys Brewer and Smallmon in Hermiston, and Helm and Wasley in La Grande.

Survivors include children and their spouses, F. Jay and Tresa Wood Harrell, Ernest "Ben" and Rena Houser Harrell, and David James Harrell; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, Don Bennett. Her husband and a sister, Vivian Bauguess, died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, Va. 22038-1131.