Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 20, 2005

August 21, 2005 11:00 pm

Donna Rae Wilson, 59, of Joseph died Aug. 12 after a long illness. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 17 at the First Baptist Church, 1420 W. North St., in Enterprise. Burial will be at Grangeville, Idaho.

Mrs. Wilson was born Feb. 23, 1946, to Donald and Edna Knudsen Fine in Kooski, Idaho. She attended schools at Clearwater Valley and Grangeville, both in Idaho, and in 1961 married Ray Wilson. They kept a sheep ranch in Hells Canyon until 1973 when they moved to a cattle ranch in Halfway. In 1980 the family moved to a ranch near Baker City where she worked for Bohn's Clothing Store. After two years the family moved to the Lewiston, Idaho, area, then in 1993 to a different cattle ranch in Imnaha where she was a county librarian and special education aid. In 2003 the family moved to Joseph and opened a saddlery.

She enjoyed landscaping and gardening, quilting and being with her family. She had a strong faith in the Lord.

Survivors include her husband of Joseph; children, Chris Wilson of Seattle, Greg Wilson of Mesa, Ariz., and Sherri Wilson of Philomath; her mother, Edna Hewson of Grangeville; sisters, Darlene of Grangeville and MaryEllen of Lewiston; and five grandchildren. Her father and a sister, Sandra, both died earlier.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the National Cancer society in care of Bolman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise 97828.


Elizabeth V. Hall, 87, of La Grande died Aug. 13 at a local care center. The funeral was this morning at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Hall was born Nov. 29, 1917, to Robert and Gertrude E. Bow Bunnett in Portland. She graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1936 and from North Pacific Dental School in 1938.

On Jan. 1, 1938, she married Harold Herbert Hall in Lake Oswego. He died in 1971. She worked in retail in the 1960s and '70s until she moved to Portland where she worked for First National Bank. She retired in 1979 and volunteered at Portland Adventist Hospital. She lived in La Grande for the past 15 years and volunteered at Grande Ronde Hospital. She was a member of the Altar Guild at St. Peter's, and served meals at the senior center.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Joanne Hall of Portland; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Hazel Katherine Wickens, 86, of Cove and formerly of Elgin died Aug. 12. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Elgin Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of


Mrs. Wickens was born Sept. 28, 1918, to Lacey Emmett and Lula Mae Lyon Trump in Promise.

On May 13, 1982, she married James Lloyd Wickens. She was a farm wife who spent much of her life on a small farm outside of Elgin, and raised a nephew and niece.

Survivors include two brothers, Jess Trump of Elgin and Harry Trump of Hermiston, and a sister, Willa Johnson of California; and numerous relatives who have fond memories of times spent with her on the farm. Her husband and three brothers, Lloyd, Everett and Jack Trump, all died earlier.


Ronald H. "Chick" McClellan, 86, of Arcadia, Calif., and formerly of Union died July 29 at his home.

Mr. McClellan was born March 5, 1919, to albert L. and Nora Taylor McClellan in Genola, Utah. He attended school in Union and on Sept. 9, 1948, married Maxine Kittleson. He began exercising race horses at the Eastern Oregon Stock Show, and became a jockey in California. He served in the Marines during World War II and worked as a horse trainer, a jockey agent and a parimutuel agent. The San Diego Union-Tribune called him a "man of character" and "a real racetrack character."

Survivors include his wife of Arcadia; children, Ronna, Ron and Scott; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Erlene Ellingson of Portland and Lucille Bingham of Union; and other relatives. Two brothers, Les and Albert McClellan, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund in care of Live Oak Memorial Park, 200 E. Duarte Road, Monrovia, Calif. 91016.


Myrl Ward Bush, 82, of Camas, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died March 14 at a Portland care center. Burial was at Fern Prairie Cemetery in Camas.

Mr. Bush was born Jan. 15, 1923, in Foster, Neb. He lived in La Grande in the 1950s. Survivors include sisters, Evelyn Cochenour of The Dalles, Arlis Rohan of La Grande and Barbara Reynolds of Sacramento, Calif., and other relatives. A sister, Roberta Huston, died in 2004.


Roberta L. "Bobbie" Huston, 84, of West Linn and formerly of La Grande died Nov. 4, 2004.

Mrs. Huston was born Roberta Bush Nov. 11, 1919, in Pigeon Creek, Neb. She moved to Oregon in 1936, and married Stanley Huston. She had a number of businesses in La Grande, including The Wheel, The Pink Poodle and Bobbie's Coffee Cup, and moved to the Portland area in 1962 where she worked as a hairdresser in Lake Oswego and Tualatin. Survivors include five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Cochenour of The Dalles, Arlis Rohan of La Grande, and Barbara Reynolds of Sacramento, Calif. Her husband and a son, Duane Huston, died earlier. A brother, Myrl Bush, and a son, Melvin Huston, died later.


Melvin William Huston, 62, of Lake Oswego and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 15 after a long illness.

Mr. Huston was born March 17, 1943, to Stanley and Roberta Huston in Vancouver, Wash., and raised in La Grande. He moved to Portland in 1965 where he was employed by Oregon Iron Works. He lived in Lake Oswego for 30 years, and in 1966 married Sharon Bring.

Survivors include his wife of Lake Oswego; daughters, Michele Levinger and Connie Latimore; three grandchildren and other relatives. A brother, Duane Huston, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation in care of Wilhelm Funeral Home, 19331 Marlin Ave., Lake Oswego 97035-8042.