Obituaries for the week inding Jan. 14, 2006

January 15, 2006 11:00 pm

Charles Everett "Chuck" Harmon, 82, of The Dalles and formerly of Enterprise, died Jan. 6. Burial was at the Odd Fellows Three Mile Cemetery. Spencer, Libby, and Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Harmon was born April 3, 1923, to Asa Curtis and Mattie Elizabeth Fisher Harmon in Enterprise. He graduated from Enterprise High School, attended NYA Tech School and served in the Army during World War II. He married Louise Helen Campbell in June of 1944 in La Grande. They lived in Pendleton and Madras before settling in The Dalles in 1953.

He worked in the retail business and was a member of the Jaycees and Boy Scouts of America before he began working at Harvey Aluminum, which later became Commonwealth Aluminum. He retired after 26 years.

He was a member and deacon of the First United Methodist Church, and a member of an archery club and a bowling league. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, motorcycling, flying model airplanes and wood working.

Survivors include his wife of The Dalles; children and their spouses, Christy and James Turner, Nancy and Earl Ayres and Randy and Cheryl Harmon, all of The Dalles; Ace and Noo Harmon of Concord, Calif., Byron and Tania Harmon of Vancouver, Wash, and Craig Harmon of Enterprise; 13 grandchildren ; six great-grandchildren; half-siblings and their spouses, Phyllis and Richard Taylor of La Grande, Jack and Una Mae Harmon of The Dalles, Dixie and Skip Miller of Cloverdale, Calif.; and David and Paulette Harmon of Clarksville, Tenn. A daughter, Sharon Harmon, his step-mother, Lena Hix, and step-father, Charley Hix, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1311 N.W. 21st Ave, Portland, 97209, and to First United Methodist Church, 305 East 11th Street, The Dalles 97058.


Mary Lee Farnsworth, 80, of Enterprise died Jan. 7 at a care center. Burial will be at the Enterprise Cemetery. A memorial service will be held in the summer.

Mrs. Farnsworth was born Dec. 20, 1925, to Everett and Esther Surber Roberts in Enterprise. She married Kenneth Farnsworth who died earlier. She was a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Russell Rimel of Lewiston, a sister, Helen Windsor and a brother, Chuck Roberts, both of Enterprise, and other relatives. Two sons died earlier.

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


Helen Joan Chandler, 91 of Elgin, died Jan. 9 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday Jan. 14 at the Elgin Community Center.

Mrs. Chandler was born Sept. 8, 1914, to Bill and Hulda Ohms in Elgin. Her mother died and she was raised by her father and her sisters. On Sept. 23, 1931, she married Russell Chandler. They spent winters in Arizona prior to his death in 1989. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary, and enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting, gardening and traveling.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Virgil and Virginia Chandler of Salem, and Derrill and Audrie Chandler of Elgin; caregiver and grandchild, Linda Chandler of Elgin; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; her companion Zoom Glasson and other relatives. Four sisters, Verda Gray, Nellie Sullivan, Margaret Wiles and Gladys Chadwick, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. An online guest book is available on their Web site.


Marilyn E. Tibbetts, 69, of La Grande, died Jan. 8 at Grande Ronde Hospital after a long illness. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday Jan. 12 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery.

Mrs. Tibbetts was born Feb. 13, 1936, to Sanford and Jeannette Leichty Foster in Hamilton, Mont. The family lived in Newberg and Baker City before settling in La Grande. She attended Fruitdale School and graduated from La Grande High School in 1955. On Dec. 17, 1955, she married Denzil Wade Tibbetts.

She worked for Bert and Belva Shelton at their restaurant in La Grande in the 1950s, answered phones for the taxicab company that she and her husband owned in the mid 1960s, and from the late 1960s to the mid-70s she worked for Genevieve's children's clothing store. In the mid 1980s she started her own childcare business which she ran until she retired in 1991.

She enjoyed gardening, latch-hook, cooking, singing, playing the guitar, the outdoors and fishing with her husband. Her positive attitude while dealing with life's struggles were an inspiration to all.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Robert and Heather Tibbetts, and Beckey and Ben Bartmess, all of La Grande, and Brenda Tibbetts-Voyles and Doug Voyles of Pendleton; siblings and their spouses, Marvin Foster of Caldwell, Idaho, Carl Foster of Weiser, Idaho, Vera and Dale Courtney of Fruitland, Idaho, Joyce and Dick Craig of Silverdale, Wash., and Naomi and Dave Robbins of Boise; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the GRH Home Health Hospice or the Oregon Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel.


Robert G. Swalberg, 82, of Seattle and formerly of La Grande died Dec. 16 at his home.

Mr. Swalberg was born april 1, 1924 to Grant and Sally Carter Swalberg in La Grande. He attended school in La Grande and in 1942 went to Hawaii to work for a defense contractor. He served in the Army during World War II in the 1950s married Beverly Chandler. After a divorce he married Reanie Koenig.

Survivors include his wife of Seattle; children, Dennis Swalberg, and Linda and Leo Smith, all of Lebanon, and Bob Swalberg Jr. of Elgin; a sister and brother-in-law, Jerolee and Galen Searles of Alaska; grandchildren and other relatives.


Michael Kimmelshue, 53, of Lufkin, Texas, and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 8 at a hospital. Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

Mr. Kimmelshue was born Oct. 4, 1952, to John and Eva Abell Kimmelshue in La Grande. He attended school in La Grande, Island City, Springfield and Saratoga, Wyo., and attended Northwest College in Kirkland, Wash. In 1979 he joined his family in Lufkin.

He was a member of the First Assembly of God Family Church. He loved his church family, music, his children and God.

Survivors include his fiance, Dori Hope of San Marcos, Texas; children and their spouses, Christopher and Diana Kimmelshue of Lufkin and Christie and Nathan Freeman of Orlando, Fla; two grandchildren; his parents of Hood River; a brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Kay Kimmelshue of Jacksonville; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Family Church Building Fund, 2021 S. John Redditt Drive, Lufkin 75904.


Lois Patricia "Pat" Rogers, 91, of La Grande died Dec. 30, 2005. At her request there will be no service. Loveland funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Rogers was born May 4, 1914, to Joe and Estealla McKown Rogers in Haxtun, Colo. She was raised on farm outside of Armel, Colo., and moved to Portland in 1934 where she married Bernard LeBold. She enjoyed community activities, oil painting, music, dance and her family.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Roger and Jeannie LeBold of Mill Creek, Wash., and Chuck and Cora LeBold of Union; a brother and sister-in-law, George and Alice Rogers of Littleton, Colo.; and a sister, Shirley Cornish of Sterling, Colo. Five siblings died earlier.