Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 17, 2005

September 12, 2005 11:00 pm

William Peter Beaudoin Jr., 79, of Enterprise died Sept. 8 at the VA Cancer Center in Seattle. A recitation of the Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 13 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise. A Requiem Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 14 at St. Katherine's Catholic Church, 301 E. Garfield St. in Enterprise. A military burial will follow at the Enterprise Cemetery.

Mr. Beaudoin was born Aug. 27, 1926, to William Peter and Alma Hattie Desler Beaudoin. He graduate from Enterprise High School in 1944, and in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

On June 3, 1950 he married Betty Burns of Wilmington, Delaware. He worked on the family ranch and in construction for 30 years. He was a member of the VFW, becoming All-American District Commander, and All-American Department Commander for Oregon. He spent his life in Enterprise, and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of Enterprise; children, Richard Beaudoin of Portland, Pete Beaudoin and Renee Evarts, both of Enterprise, Michelle Rhodes of Aberdeen, Wash.; two brothers, Paul and Pierre Beaudoin, both of Enterprise; 15 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the cancer fund of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post No. 4307, or to St. Katherine's Church in care of Bollman Funeral Home.


Gilbert Dean Eskridge, 83, of Cove, died Sept. 6 at his home. There will be no public services.

Mr. Eskridge was born Dec. 2, 1921, to Lowell Maxwell and Grace Dean Eskridge in Hailey, Idaho. At the age of 11, he started a band along with his brothers and played for community events.

He graduated from high school and on June 1, 1941, married Geneva Packham in Carey, Idaho. He worked in the Portland ship yards, and served in the Army during World War II. He worked for the state of Idaho as a heavy equipment operator, plowing snow and building roads, and later worked as the for Camas County (Idaho) Assessor. He ran his own laboratory for 15 years testing for different kinds of metals until his retirement. The couple moved to Cove in 2002.

He was a past member of the American Legion and the Odd Fellows, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, prospecting in the mountains and flying. He helped to fly food to people in areas that were not accessible during the winter.

Survivors include his wife of Cove; children and their spouses, Kenneth Wayne and Rosemary Eskridge of Boise, Joan and Mannie Carter of Salem, Thomas Dean and Linda Eskridge of Molalla, and Debra and Michael Otterstein of Cove; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Blanche Ruby of Gooding, Idaho; and other relatives. Siblings, Clyde, Robert, Harry, Clay, Roy and Wesley Eskridge, Pearl Noel and Bonnie Undie, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to a cancer research fund or the American Red Cross in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Debra Jean Volavchek, 47, of Hermiston and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 8 at the Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday Sept. 15 at the Burns Mortuary Chapel, 685 W. Hermiston Ave., in Hermiston.

Mrs. Volavchek was born Dec. 4, 1957, to Robert and Donna Frash in La Grande. She married Rick Volavchek in La Grande and lived in Hermiston for 26 years. She worked at 7-Eleven and at the Wal-Mart distribution center as a reports clerk, and enjoyed the Oregon Coast and her cats.

Survivors include her husband of Hermiston; her parents of La Grande; a grandmother, Sylvia Wilson of La Grande; a daughter, Alaina Gray of Hermiston; a brother, Randy Frash of La Grande; a sister, Rose Caudle of Kennewick, Wash., and one grandson.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Burns Mortuary.


Lance William Strickland, 18, of Joseph died accidentally Sept. 3. The funeral was held Sept. 8 with burial at the Enterprise Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Strickland was born Jan. 29, 1987, to William Strickland and Diana Kay Wortman. He attended Joseph schools and graduated in May from Joseph High School. He competed in football, wrestling and baseball and earned all-league second team honors in football as a linebacker and kicker in 2003. He placed sixth at the state wrestling meet this year, and as a junior earned a state FFA degree. He worked for Darren Chitwood of Flashback Fire. He enjoyed squirrel hunting, fishing, wake-boarding, tubing, hiking to the tops of mountains, being in the woods and laughing, and will be remembered for his friendly smile and his ability to make people laugh.

Survivors include his parents; a brother, Jake Strickland; two sisters, Liza nd Emma Strickland; grandparents, Vivian Strickland, and Keith and Janis Wortman; aunts and uncles, Bob and Kathy Athanas, Charlie and Becky Maddock, Tom and Nellie Wortman, and Jerry and Mary Hope, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to a scholarship fund at any branch of Community Bank.


Veytha Irene Ruckman Berry, 87, of Woodland, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 12. The funeral will be held Friday Sept. 16 at the Vineland Cemetery in Clarkston, Wash. Woodland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Berry was born Veytha Irene Coombes on July 11, 1918, in Republic, Wash. She attended school in Baker City and lived in La Grande from 1962 to 1992 when she moved to Woodland. She married Tom Ruckman, and after his death she married James Berry. She worked as a medical assistant and was a member of the La Grande chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed fishing, duck hunting and traveling in her motorhome.

Survivors include her husband of Woodland; children, Jerry McCall of Vernonia, Bob McCall of The Dalles, Trudie Westfield of Salt Lake City, Kathy Andrews of Lafayette, Ga., and Cherie Coleman of Troy, Idaho; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Union County Historical Society for the Methodist Community Church, P.O. Box 30, Imbler 97841.


Viola Barritt, 86, of La Grande died Sept. 13 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday and and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mrs. Barritt was born Dec. 26, 1918, to Joseph Wiley and Annie Helen Lindsay Nebeker in La Grande. On Dec. 23, 1946, she married Vernon Samuel Barritt in Las Vegas, Nev. They lived in California where she worked for the Carnation Milk Company for 30 years. Her husband died in 1970. She moved to La Grande in 1995 for a time then to Arizona and Utah. Several years ago she returned to La Grande to be near family. She enjoyed traveling, the outdoors, visiting with people and going to church. Her family was important to her

Survivors include two stepchildren, Darold Barritt and Verna Lefler; siblings, Ida Lyman of Utah, Gertie Hibbert of La Grande and Verda Westenskow of La Grande; and other relatives. A sister, Helen Zaugg, and three brothers, Wiley, Alexander and Vern Nebeker all died earlier.


David Calvin Hansell, 48, of Seattle and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 11 at his home from a lifelong struggle with diabetes.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the New Life Center, 10700 Walton Road, with Pastor Gary Hood of the Crossroads Community Church officiating.

Mr. Hansell was born March 6, 1957, to Del and Teen Hansell in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1975, and worked at a number of jobs before moving to Seattle.

He and his life partner, Mike Coffman, raised Great Danes and pug show dogs. He was a member and past president of the Great Dane Club of Western Washington, and the Gig Harbor Kennel Club. His family thought of him as a philosopher and analyzer.

Survivors include his partner, Mike Coffman of Seattle; his mother of La Grande; siblings, Mike Hansell and Patti Nagy, both of La Grande, Scott and Cheryl Hansell of Albany, Betty Owen of Sonora, Calif., and Ginny Lambert of Las Vegas. His father, brother Wally and nephew Kristofer Owen died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, Va. 22038-1131.


Cynthia Faye Nice, 54, died Sept. 14 at St. Mary Hospital in Walla Walla after a long illness. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday September 17 at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., with Pastor Lennie Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating. A reception will follow at Gray's West & Co.

Mrs. Nice was born Sept. 24, 1950, to Laura and Clifford Badeaux in Franklin, La. She attended school there, and in 1978 she married Donald Nice of North Powder. The couple lived for many years on Wolf Creek. She was a homemaker and enjoyed making decorations that she generously shared with friends and family.

Survivors include her husband of Baker City; children and their spouses, Shantel Pellerin, and Jason and Nancy Pellerin; one granddaughter; a sister and her husband Sandra and Graylen Davis; a brother, Clifford Badeaux Jr., all of Louisiana; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Herring House in Walla Walla, family housing for cancer patients, in care of Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City 97814.


Frank Kenton Sanders, 72, of Elgin died Sept. 14 at his home. Viewing will from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. at the LDS Church in Elgin with Bishop Richard Rasmussen officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Desert Lawn Cemetery in Kennewick, Wash.

Mr. Sanders was born July 23, 1933, to Francis and Mabel May Smith Sanders in Pasco, Wash. He graduated from high school in the Tri-Cities area, and married Lillian Bateman. After her death he married Vivian Mays on July 9, 1985, in Seattle. He worked on the Patterson Ferry and for the Chevron Chemical Company where we worked his way up to plant manager. He retired in 1986 after 25 years. The couple moved to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1987, and built a house in Elgin. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and several baseball leagues in the Tri-Cities, including a city league and a church league. He enjoyed hunting, watching John Wayne war movies, riding horses, building houses and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children and their spouses, Frank and Billie Sanders of Texas, Kenton and Loretta Sanders, and Cathy and Reed Craigo, all of Kennewick, and Cindy and Carl Medlock of Seattle; step-children and their spouses, I. Scott and Darci Neuhart of Arizona, Mine't Neuhart of Boise, and Nick and Elizabeth Neuhart of Twin Falls, Idaho; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Elgin Ward of the LDS Church in care of Daniels Chapel.