Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 3, 2005

September 01, 2005 11:00 pm

Evelyn J. Johnson, 84, of Wallowa died Aug. 28 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday Sept. 1 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. Burial will be at the Wallowa Cemetery.

Mrs. Johnson was born April 6, 1921, to Clarence and Esther Loveland in Big Bend, descendants of early Harney and Baker county pioneers. She graduated from Eastern Oregon Normal School and taught in Wallowa until her retirement in 1981. She was named an Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America in 1974.

In 1942 she married Arthur O. Johnson in Caldwell, Idaho. He died in 1991. She enjoyed reminiscing about her students, traveling with family, gardening, cooking and reading.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Judy and Larry Sale, Robert and Judy Johnson and Patty and Ray Cameron; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Two sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the scholarship fund of the Wallowa County Retired Teachers Association or the Wallowa History Center or any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home.


William H. "Bill" Taylor, 84, of La Grande died Aug. 27 at his home. At his request there will be no public services.

Mr. Taylor was born Oct. 31, 1920, to William H. and Ruby Poulson Taylor in Jerome, Idaho. He attended Northwest University and the University of California at Berkeley, and served in the Navy during World War II. On June 18, 1947, he married Beverly Rajewich in Los Angeles, Calif. He was employed by Northrop Corp. as an aeronautical engineer and analog computer analyst, and was involved in the development of the Stealth flying wing aircraft. After 25 years he retired in 1975. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting, fishing, motorcycles and baseball. He had played on the Northrop baseball team.

Survivors include his wife, of La Grande; children and their spouses, Thomas and Christine Taylor of Laguna Hills, Calif., Kristine and James Kermott of Moscow, Idaho, Kit Ahrens of La Grande, Kim Taylor of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Katy and Steve Taylor of Snowflake, Ariz., Timothy and Terresa Taylor of Preston, Idaho, and Anthony and Jamey Taylor of Hillsboro; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Thad Taylor of West Hollywood, Calif.; and other relatives. Two sisters, Jacqueline Day and Beverly Hatt, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Home Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Harold L. "Snookie" Botts, 63, of Hermiston and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 28 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hermiston Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Botts was born March 26, 1942, to Robert and Helen Botts at Stanfield. He served in the Army in the 82nd Airborne, and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 23 years. He lived in La Grande for 10 years in the 1980s before returning to Hermiston. He enjoyed history, sports, and watching car racing and the Portland Trail Blazers on TV.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian L. Botts of Hermiston; children, Anita Meinke of Hermiston, Terry Botts and Michael Botts, both of Hermiston; two brothers, Monty Botts and Steven Botts both of Reno, Nev.; and seven grandchildren. His parents and three brothers, Clarence, Robert S. and Norman L. Botts, all died earlier.


Helen Laveda Haynes, 88, of Pendleton and formerly of Union, died Aug. 24 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Friday Sept. 2 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mrs. Haynes was born Jan. 11, 1917, to Joseph B. and Jennie E. Cummins Cooley in Redfield, Iowa. She married John H. Haynes, and spent many years in Alaska working for the Coast Guard. She enjoyed painting, sewing, gardening, hunting and collecting books, and won several awards for canning, baking and poultry at county and state fairs. She had a great love for the mountains and for hummingbirds.

Survivors include a daughter, Barb J. Bertels of Pendleton; two grandchildren; a brother, Joseph R. Cooley of Junction City; two great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband and a brother, Carroll C.W. Cooley, both died earlier.


Virginia Brock Duckworth, 87, of Kennewick and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 28. A graveside service will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 at Riverview Heights Cemetery in Kennewick.

Mrs. Duckworth was born May 7, 1918, to Wilbur F. and Cora Brock in Portland. She graduated from La Grande High School, and then from Emanuel School of Nursing and Hastings Business College, both in Portland. She worked as a nurse and a medical claims investigator for Blue Cross. She served in the Army Nurse Corps in World War II in the Philippines, and later as a medical secretary and stenographer at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Pasco.

She married Richard Scheideman, who was killed in Africa during World War II. A brief marriage and divorce from Earl Clement preceeded her 38-year marriage to John Duckworth, who died in 1992.

She enjoyed her family, friends, and working with animals, especially farm anmals. She was an avid horsewoman with a Dr. Doolittle-like ability to talk to the animals.

Survivors include nieces and nephews and other relatives. A sister, Roberta Brock Smith, died earlier.


Robert Ray Mink, 73, of La Grande died Aug. 24 at Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. A wake and celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at 901 H Ave.

Mr. Mink was born Jan. 8, 1932, to Fredrick Harold and Nona Sharlene McCurry Mink in North Powder. He attended La Grande High School, and on Nov. 13, 1948, married Chere Merle Bailey, eloping on a 1948 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

He worked in the timber industry for 46 years running heavy equipment loading and unloading logs. He went by the name of Highdecker. He retired in 1994 from Boise Cascade, and spent many hours working for the La Grande Mavericks Club building the rodeo grounds and club house. He loved the outdoors, the mountains, his horses, motorcycles, dogs and his family. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was known to be very good at both. The couple traveled all over the western U.S. and Canada on motorcycles.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; his sons, Rocky Mink of La Grande and Rusty Mink of Elgin; three granddaughters; and two sisters, Jennifer G. Jones of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and Joanne Holcombe of Joseph.


Enno Ernest Klammer, 79, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 24. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday Sept. 3 at St. John Lutheran Church, 1350 Court St., N.E. in Salem.

Mr. Klammer was born April 19, 1926, in Good Thunder, Minn. He attended Lutheran schools in the Midwest nd earned advanced degrees in English and theology. He served as a Lutheran pastor and as a teacher in Nebraska, California, Minnesota and Oregon. He married Dorothea Theiss in 1952. She died in 1996. He retired from Eastern Oregon College in 1990 and moved to Salem.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet of Salem; children, Gretchen Hack of Denver, Colo., Heidi Klammer of Renton, Wash., Lisa Hergert of Vancouver, Wash., Martin Klammer of Decorah, Iowa and Peter Klammer of Corvallis; his siblings, Werner Klammer of Seward, Neb., Martin Klammer and Monica King, both of Houston, Texas, and Ruth Knoll of Frankenmuth, Mich; and seven grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Salem Lutheran School Association or to St. John Lutheran Church in care of City View Funeral Home, 390 Hoyt St. S., Salem 97302.


Charles William Lewis, 92, of Baker City and formerly of Summerville, died Aug. 28 at his home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, with Pastor Jack Bynum of the United Methodist Church officiating. The rites of the Blue Mountain Lodge 34 A.F. & A.M. will be included. Burial was at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Lewis was born May 7, 1913, to James and Mertie Robbs Lewis on the family farm near Summerville.

He graduated from Imbler High School and worked for Safeway. In the late 1930s he was transferred to Baker City. He married Grace Mineff, and served in the Marine Corps during World War II, receiving a medical discharge. He bought Guyer Grocery in South Baker in the 1940s and later changed the name to Lewis Grocery. After selling the grocery, he worked for Pifer Brothers as a carpenter. In the 1970s, he worked for Bob Clemens building Boise Cascade Homes.

He was a life member of the Baker Masonic Lodge and Baker Elks Lodge.

Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn, of Baker City; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two great-great-granddaughters. His wife, a son, Robert, a daughter, Joan, and a sister, Lila, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Baker Shrine Club, Pathway Hospice or the Baker United Methodist Church in care of Coles Funeral Home 97814.


Harry Dean "Buss" Kruckman, 76, of Lostine died Aug. 29 at his home. A memorials service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise. A reception will follow at the South Fork Grange hall in Lostine.

Mr. Kruckman was born April 27, 1929, to Harry T. and Clara Kruckman in Latoruel. On Nov. 7, 1948, he married Ila May Dempsey, and beginning in 1951, served in the Air Force.

He was a member of the South Fork Grange for almost 50 years, and served as treasurer for almost 20. He enjoyed hunting and going to the woods with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of Lostine; a daughter and son-in-law, Jeanette and Mike Dixson; four grandchildren; and two siblings, Wayne Kruckman and Betty McCleary.

Memorials may be made to the Wallowa County Humane Society or to Wallowa County Home Health Hospice in care of Bollman's Funeral Home.


Charles Arthur Reynolds, 83, of Seattle and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 31. A recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Monday Sept. 5 at the Telford Funeral Chapel in East Wenatchee, Wash. The funeral Mass will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 6 at Holy Apostles Catholic church in East Wenatchee. A dinner will follow.

Mr. Reynolds was born May 21, 1922, to Charles H. and Hazel Reynolds in La Grande. He attended Notre Dame University and graduated from the University of Oregon. He worked with his father and brother at Reynolds Insurance Co. in La Grande, and married Jane Ellingboe.

He began teaching at the age of 49 at Davis High School in Yakima, and earned his teaching credentials through Central Washington University, and earned a master's degree at Gonzaga University. He worked with the Spokane Juvenile System and the Educational Service District in Wenatchee. He was a teacher and counselor up until his retirement four years ago.

He was a three-time champion at the La Grande Country Club, and enjoyed golf almost as much as hunting and fishing. He was known for his sense of humor. La Grande was always home.

Survivors include his wife of Seattle; children, Sally Theisen of Seattle, James Reynolds of East Wenatchee, and Charles Jr. "Kip" Reynolds of Paris, France; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two brothers, Everett "Shrimp" Reynolds, and Marion "Bud" Reynolds, died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a scholarship fund in care of Telford's Chapel, 711 Grant Road, East Wenatchee, Wash. 98802.