Obituaries for the week ending July 23, 2005

July 21, 2005 11:00 pm

J.X. Wilson, 74, of Roseburg and formerly of Cove died June 8 at his home.

Mr. Wilson was born in 1931 in Hurricane, Utah. He served in the Army during the Korean War and graduated from Oregon State University in 1954 with a degree in civil engineering. He worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation for 35 years and retired as regional engineer in La Grande in 1993.

He served as a docent for the Wildlife Safari and enjoyed fishing, hunting, working in the yard and being with his family and his favorite dog.

Survivors include his wife Pat of Roseburg; children, Ross, Kerry, Lauri and Ray; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Wildlife Safari, P.O. Box 1600, Winston 97496.


Blanche Ashton, 96, of Elgin died July 17 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday July 22 at the McCall Cemetery in McCall, Idaho.

Mrs. Ashton was born May 28, 1909,to George and Jessie Mann Parkin in West Bountiful, Utah. She attended school through the eighth grade then stayed home to help her mother with the housework and cooking for their large family. She married at the age of 16 and later divorced. On Sept. 3, 1930, she married Joe Ashton. The family lived in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. After her husband died in 1961 she worked as maid for 10 years. She retired then and moved to Utah to be near family. In 1990 she moved to Elgin.

She was a good cook, making wonderful meals with little money. She was known for her bread and rolls, her sense of humor, and her generous and loving nature. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, making pine needle baskets, reading and dog-sitting her son's dog, Goldie.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Loraine and Steve Smith of Morgan, Utah, Barbara and Jim Stephens of McCalister, Okla., George Ashton of Elgin, Mona and Jerry Park of Centerville, Utah, and Idella and Herb Allen of Joseph; 24 grandchildren; 83 great-grandchildren; 53 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jessie Boulton of Woods Cross, Utah, and Elisa "Peggy" Dickson of Green River, Wyo.; and other relatives. Six brothers and a sister died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Elgin Library or AirLife of Oregon in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Zell O. Stahl, 82, of La Grande died July 9 at a local care center. A graveside service was held at Washington Memorial Park in Seattle. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Stahl was born Sept. 1, 1922, to Will and Elizabeth Cox Wiley in Bokchito, Okla. On April 1, 1946, she married Keith Stahl, in Durante, Okla. After his death in 1987 she moved to the Grande Ronde Valley to be closer to her family.

She enjoyed gardening, quilting and being with her family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter and son in law Bobbie and Vernon Housden of La Grande; four sisters, Juanita Jones, Bonnie Hodge and Gladys Floyd, all of Durant, and Sylvia Powell of Selma, Calif.; four grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Maxine Stahl, died earlier.


C. Dennis Schroer, 64, of Tucson, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande died July 9 of natural causes.

Mr. Schroer was born Sept. 7, 1940, to Wilfred and Juanita Schroer in Bonne Terre, Mo. He married Sally Stites on Feb. 8, 1964 and was the principal at the Akerman Laboratory School on the campus of Eastern Oregon State College. He enjoyed playing tennis, fiddling and cheering on the Arizona Wildcats.

Survivors include his wife of Tucson; children, Stephanie and Brett; three granddaughters and two brothers, James and William Schroer.


Erin Patricia Newcomb, 78, of Boise and formerly of La Grande and Union died July 18. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday July 22 at the Nazarene Church, 109 18th St., with private burial at Grandview Cemetery.

Mrs. Newcomb was born Jan.16, 1927, to John Timothy and Pearl Nevada Duncan Kenney in East St Louis, Ill. In 1945 she married Charles F. Feathergill. The family lived in Riverside, Calif., and in 1973 she moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she taught pre-school.

In 1979, she moved to La Grande, where at age of 54 she earned a degree in early childhood education at Eastern Oregon State College. On March 19, 1982, she married Merle "Bud" Newcomb in Pendleton. The couple lived in Union where she ran Country Garden Pre-School until 1989. Her students called her Mrs. Pat. In 1993 they retired to Apache Junction, Ariz., and in 2004 moved to Boise.

She enjoyed music, singing, whistling, dancing, tolle painting, Pinochle, camping, traveling and being with her family. She will be remembered as a loving Christian woman with a strong Irish wit.

Survivors include her husband of Boise; children, Steve Feathergill of Girdwood, Alaska, Dan Feathergill of Elgin, Gary Feathergill of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tim Feathergill of Champaign, Ill., Jeannie Prowse of Pendleton, Kathy Calvin of Indian, Alaska, Suzy Mayes of La Grande, Annette Chylewski of Boise, and Christine Blinkinsop of Temecula, Calif.; three step-children, Donna DeRousie of Portland, Janet Porter of Vancouver, Wash., and Lois Newcomb of Pendleton; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lucille Broussard of Colton, Calif., and Hazel Bartel of Newport News, Va.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Bowman Funeral Parlor, 5525 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, Idaho 83714.


Cora Mayme Perrigo, 86, of Lacey, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died July 12, 2005. Burial was at Hillcrest East Cemetery.

Mrs. Perrigo was born Sept. 7, 1918, to Frank and Mayme Vintin Bayer in Grass Valley. On July 4, 1942, she married Charles Perrigo in White Salmon, Wash. They lived in The Dalles and Pendleton before moving to La Grande in 1982. She worked as a secretary and librarian at the Pendleton Library in the mid-1960s and ‘70s.

She was a long-time member of the Rebeccahs, and enjoyed sewing, knitting, painting and reading.

Survivors include children, Linda Riggs of Vancouver, Wash., Leslie Schricker of Baker City, and Lori Deike of Olympia, Wash.; four grandchildren; a brother, David Bayer of El Macero, Calif., and other relatives. Her husband and three brothers died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Reserch Institute in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Bonnie Jean McCall, 81, of Enterprise died July 16 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mrs. McCall was born to Volley and Louisa Hammack Ward in Enterprise. In Aug. 1942 she married Elmo Shuman and lived at Flora. She carried the mail and cream to Enterprise. In Feb. 1949 she married Delbert McCall at Lewiston, Idaho. They had a ranch at Flora where she was a member of the North End Community Club. They moved to Stockton Road in 1976, and after her husband's death in 1986 she moved into town. She enjoyed gardening and being a homemaker.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie McElroy of Enterprise and Sharon Matlock of Hermiston; two grandchidren and other relatives. A sister, Ella Mae Wilks, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Wallowa Valley Care Center in cae of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St.


Felix Henry Cavallo, 87, of La Grande died July 20 at his home. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday July 25 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., followed by a recitation of the Holy Rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday July 26 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church with Father Hank Albrecht officiating. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Cavallo was born Nov. 19, 1917, to Louis A. and Anna Pederson Cavallo in Cle Elum, Wash. He graduated from Pendleton High School in 1936 and lived in Union and Baker City before serving in the Army during World War II.

On June 23, 1946, he married Kathleen Gunn in Baker City. He worked as chief dispatcher for the Union Pacific Railroad until retiring in 1978 after 39 years. He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, the La Grande Elks Lodge and the La Grande Country Club. He enjoyed playing golf.

Survivors include his son, Louis Cavallo of Hermiston; four grandchildren; sisters, Marie Turner of Racine, Wis., Lois Cavallo of Baker City and Elizabeth Hill of Reno, Nev.; and other relatives. His wife, a brother, Henry, and a sister, Joanne Loennig, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Elks Children's Eye Clinic in care of Daniels Chapel.


Carla Jensen Shirley, 72, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died July 20. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday July 24 at Restlawn Funeral Home, 201 Oak Grove Road, N.W., Salem. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday July 25 at the Brush Hills Ward of the LDS Church, 1830 Brush College Road, N.W., Salem. Burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Mrs. Shirley was born Carla Jensen on Nov. 15, 1932, in California. She grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School. In 1951 she married Howard E. Shirley. The couple moved many times and lived all over the Northwest. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include children, Kathi Leon of Eugene, Barbara Villa of Creswell, Sharon White, Norman Shirley and Mike Shirley, all of Salem, and Ronald Shirley and Debbie Neilson, both of Springfield; siblings, Jack Jensen of La Grande, Paul Jensen and Jeana Spiers, both of West Valley City, Utah, and Betty Anson of Boulder, Colo.; 25 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.