Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 12, 2005

November 13, 2005 11:00 pm

Grace Louise Zeigler, 87, of Elgin died Nov. 2 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will be held in the future. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Zeigler was born July 3, 1918, to George and Aurora Armstrong. She graduated from high school in Issaquah, Wash., and on Jan. 28, 1946, married Elroy Zeigler.

She was a member of a garden club in McKinley, and enjoyed flower bulbs, baking, reading her Bible and being with her family.

Survivors include her husband of Elgin; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Charles Washburn of Elgin; a brother, John A. Armstrong of Whidby Island, Wash., and other relatives.


Charles "Monte" Carnes, 69, of rural La Grande died Nov. 4 at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mr. Carnes was born June 16, 1936, to George Lester and Gladys Scott Carnes in La Grande. He lived in the same house since the age of 2, and graduated from La Grande High School in 1954.

On Dec. 13, 1979, he married Teri Wright in La Grande. He was a farmer all his life and raised hogs and grain. Over the past 30 years he had multiple sclerosis but never let it stop him from working.

He was a member of the Wheat League and the Northeast Oregon Pork Producers. In his younger years he enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, golf, snow skiing and flying airplanes. He was a John Deere fan and spent many hours visiting at S&G Machinery.

Survivors include his wife of rural La Grande; children, Michael and Shelly Carnes of Boise, and Marci and Robin Bartlett of La Grande; five grandchildren; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the MS Society of Oregon or any charity care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.


Frank M. Wright, 63, of La Grande, died Oct. 22 at a local care center. At his request there will be no public service. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wright was born May 10, 1942, to Willis Pershing and Hazel Ruth Arvidson Wright in Sedro-Woolley, Wash. He served in the Navy from 1959 to 1963, and worked as a mechanic. He also had a rental business. He moved to the Grande Ronde Valley in 2003 from Southern Oregon to be near his brother. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his brothers, Mike Wright of Union and Larry Wright of Carson City, Nev.; children, Nichole McDonald of Roy, Utah, Karen Wright of Modesto, Calif., Beverly Norris of Pine Grove, Penn., and Gene Wright of Auburn, Calif.; and other relatives. A sister, Ruth, died earlier.


Donel Steel "Jick" Courtney, 79, of Lostine died Oct. 10 at his home. The funeral will begin at noon Saturday Nov. 12 at the Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. A luncheon reception from 1 to 3 p.m. will follow at the VFW hall.

Mr. Courtney was born Oct. 21, 1925, to Donel Eugene and Margaret Sara Steel Courtney of Enterprise. He served in the Marines during World War II and kept a ranch on the Lostine River. Later he worked for the Post Office in Oregon City and the Portland area. After 30 years he retired, and with his longtime companion, Mary White, moved to Lostine.

He enjoyed the mountains, especially North Minam Meadows, visiting, helping others, fishing, hunting, hiking and camping.

Survivors include is companion of Lostine; a brother and sister-in-law, Mick and Sharon Courtney of Enterprise; children and their spouses, Donel "Roger" and Nelima Courtney of Milwaukee, Tyler and Kelly Courtney of Oregon City, and Diana and Bob Barney of Lostine; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A brother, Richard Courtney, and a daughter, Jill Courtney, died earlier.


Virginia Stuart, 68, of La Grande died Nov. 2 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Burial will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Gray's West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Stuart was born May 3, 1937, in Ogden, Utah. She attended school in Baker City, and in November 1955, married Harry "Bud" Frashier. After a divorce she married Walt Stuart in November 1981.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Donald Frashier of Eagle, Idaho, and Tina Kassel of Chandler, Ariz.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to any charity.


Kenneth Robert Botzau, 71, of Imbler died Nov. 6 at his home. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Summerville Baptist Church.

Mr. Botzau was born April 8, 1934, to Loran Harry and Myrtle Ruth Nicklaus Botzau in Marinette, Wis. He served in the Army from 1955 to 1957 and in the Oregon National Guard until 1996. He came to Oregon in 1962 and worked as a logger and in construction, and in 1974 began working for the Union County Public Works Department. He retired as an equipment operator in 1996.

He was a member of the Eagles and Elks in La Grande and the Odd Fellows in Summerville. He loved the Grande Ronde Valley and enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, wood-cutting, ranching, helping his family and friends with projects, rides through the valley with his his dog and his family, and reading local history. He often remarked that he had been born 100 years too late.

Survivors include his wife, Edwina of Imbler; children and their spouses, Kent and Deana Coppinger of Summerville, John and Linda Mola of Crescent City, Calif., and Kate Botzau of Hawaii; a brother and sister-in-law, Loren and Monica Botzau of Peshtigo, Wis.; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to GRH Hospice, to Imbler 4-H, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or to Mountain States Tumor Institute in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Carolyn Rae Vandenberg, 40, of Imbler, died Nov. 8 at her home of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mrs. Vandenberg was born Jan. 13, 1965, to Frank and Geraldine Eckel in John Day. She graduated from Wallowa High School in 1983, and on May 29, 1990, she married Ross Vandenberg in La Grande. She worked as a CNA at Valley View Care Center and at Grande Ronde Retirement Residence until 1996 when she began helping her husband with their concrete business.

She enjoyed the outdoors, camping at Jubilee Lake, riding motorcycles and snowmobiles, playing bingo, going to yard sales and being her family.

Survivors include her husband of Imbler; children, Nehemiah of Imbler and Natasha of La Grande; her mother of Wallowa; a brother, Scott of Woodland, Wash.; sisters, Donna Armon of Lostine, Phyllis Doss of Fort Bragg, Calif., Lydia Lorimor of Spokane, and Kay Suedell of Seattle. Her father, two brothers, Melvin and Frank, and a sister, Joanne, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Wishing Star Foundation in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.


Ruby Anna Pratt, 84, of Enterprise died Nov. 3 at Spokane.

Funeral services took place today at the First Baptist Church with vault interment following at Enterprise Cemetery.

She was born June 6, 1921, the daughter of John and Alta Stein in Wallowa County. While attending high school in Enterprise, she met and fell in love with Morris Pratt. Morris and Ruby were married May 29, 1939, at Walla Walla.

Ruby helped Morris farm and ranch on Swamp Creek for several years. Later they moved into town.

While Morris was a Realtor, Ruby opened and ran the Fashion Center Clothing Store for more than 15 years.

Ruby loved her friends in town and loved doting on her children and grandchildren. She brought much joy to her grandchildren through her generosity and loving comfort food.

She was admired by her friends and family for being a gracious lady who always made people comfortable and accepted.

She and Morris took in and supported family and friends through the years.

Ruby was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by son Norman and daughter Judy Trullinger, brothers Myron, John, Warner, Keith, Ken, Don, Dale, Gayle and sister Ruth; 14 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, brother Harry and sister Fern died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in care of Bollman Funeral Home.


Arnold C. Cleveland, 56, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 7 at Christmas Valley after a long illness. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Burial will follow at Echo Cemetery.

Mr. Cleveland was born Feb. 27, 1949, in Pendleton to Alfred Monroe and Sara Jane Powell Cleveland. He grew up in Pendleton and served in the Army. In 1970 he married Patricia Ann Thomas. After a divorce he married Christine Michael in 1981. They divorced in 1988, and in 1992 he married Johanna Pinkerton. They divorced in 2000.

He worked for Puget Sound Trucking and from 1971 to 1981 he worked for Union Pacific.

He was a member of the Eagles, and enjoyed gold mining, cutting wood, hunting, fishing, mushrooming, being in the mountains and spending time with his family.

Survivors include daughters Jennifer Dumont of Hermiston, Jane Vick of Canby, Belinda Bradford of Pilot Rock, Elizabeth Cleveland of Elgin and Tonya Cleveland of Athena; brothers, Hewitt Cleveland of Medford, Bill Cleveland of Coos Bay, John Cleveland of Nyssa and Bob Cleveland of La Grande; sisters, Sandra Allen of Elgin and Robin Smith of Forestberg, Texas, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A daughter, Tracie Swartout, a brother, George, and sisters, Helen Morrison and Alfreda White, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Heppner Fire Department Memorial Fund in care of Belinda Bradford, P.O. Box 848, Pilot Rock 97868.


Theodore R. Ingersoll, 76,of La Grande died Nov. 8 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Ingersoll was born May 27, 1929, to Robert and Marion Reed Ingersoll in Orono, Maine.He graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in forestry.

On June 10, 1951, he married Maxine Seely in St. Maries, Idaho. He worked for the Forest Service in Flagstaff, Precott and Springville, Ariz.; Espanola, and Mimbres, N.M.; and Townsend and Darby, Mont., where he retired in the mid-1980s, when he moved to La Grande.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, woodworking, reading and stamp collecting.

Survivors include his children, Theodore Ingersoll Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif., Fred Ingersoll of La Grande, Dan and Linda Ingersoll of Sultan, Wash., and Jeff and Nanci Ingersoll of Cave Creek, Ariz.

His wife, Maxine, and a brother, Dick, died earlier.