Obituaries for the week ending March 4, 2006

March 05, 2006 11:00 pm

Marjorie Sue Gardner Moeller Brown, 81, died Feb. 23 in Las Vegas, Nev. Graveside services will begin at 11 a.m. March 4 at the Union Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Brown was born July 26, 1924, to Elmer and Claretta Blankenship in Baker City. She was married at various times to William Gardner, Edward Moeller and Darrell Brown.

She lived in Baker City where she ran the 10th Street Market. After selling the store she lived in Pendleton and Astoria where she and her husband, Darrell, owned Miles Grocery. They retired to Union and later to La Grande where they lived until they moved to Las Vegas.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Darrell and Pat Perry of The Dalles; children and their spouses, Frank C. Gardner of Burns, Michael and Joleen Moeller of La Grande, and Teresa and David Schalk of Las Vegas; step-children, Ramona and Jeff Aamold of Phoenix, Ariz., Harry and Solidad Brown of Radium Springs, N.M.; six grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Louise Hixson and Norma Davis; two brothers, Harold and Frank Blankenship, and her husband all died earlier.


Melva Lee Fisk, 72, of La Grande died Feb. 25 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Island City Cemetery.

Mrs. Fisk was born Aug. 31, 1933, to Noland R. and Thelma Hauth Smith in Jetmore, Kan. She married Arlie Fisk.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children, Bruce Eaton of Hillsboro, Crystal Purdy of Susanville, Calif., and Cindy Fisk of La Grande; and seven grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church in La Grande in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.


Dale L. Edwards, 69, of Condon and formerly of Starkey died Feb. 25 at his home. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday March 2 at the Condon Elks Lodge. Burial will be private. A potluck reception will follow the service. Sweeney Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Edwards was born Oct. 2, 1936, to Delbert and Cleo Rickles Edwards in Condon. He graduated from Condon High School in 1954 and married GaryAnn Gross. After a divorce he married Betty Gentry in Winnemucca, Nev. He worked on ranches in Starkey for Cunha Brothers and for Dick Snow from about 1978 to 1992 when he moved to Ukiah.

Survivors include his wife of Condon; his mother of Heppner; children and their spouses, Nolan and Charmaign Edwards of Fields, Dai Lene Ramsey of Hermiston,Cyd and David Bothum of Hermiston and K. Dean Mosgrove of Moses Lake, Wash.; step-children and their spouses, Bobby and Jodie Gentry of Arlington, and Delores and Robert Jenson of Pendleton; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His father, a sister, Claudette Harrison, and two grandchildren, Mathew and Sammi Jo Edwards, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Sammi Jo Edwards Memorial Benefit Fund, 960 N.E, Dry Creek Road, Prineville 97754.


Genevieve A. McGhee, 84, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 27 at St. Mary Medical Center. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St, Milton-Freewater with Pastor J. J. Dygert of Christ The King Lutheran Church officiating. Burial at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery will be private.

Mrs. McGhee was born Nov. 5, 1921, to Harry M. and Hazel M. Cook Weis in Enterprise. The family lived at a logging camp called Maxville before moving to La Grande where she attended grade school and the first two years of high school. She graduated from Grant Union High School as valedictorian. The University of Portland College of Nursing accepted her for admission as a freshman at the age of 15.

On Jan. 5, 1942, she married Kenneth E. McGhee in Boise. She worked as an industrial nurse for the Edward Hines Lumber Company, and retired in 1979. Her husband died in 1990.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church and a life member of the Integrity Rebekah Lodge and the Loyalty Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Michael McGhee of Cloverdale, Calif., Patrick McGhee of Corvallis, and John and Beate McGhee of Reno, Nev.

Memorials may be made to Christ The King Lutheran Church or to the National Arthritis Foundation in care of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home.


Thomas John Leslie Parr, 82, of Wallowa died Feb. 28 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.

Mr. Parr was born March 28, 1923, to Hugh Joseph and Sadie Anna Beck Parr in Drumbar Beglievi, County Cavan, Ireland.

On Nov. 30, 1963, he married married Edith Marie Dennis in Davie, Fla. He was a member of the Bricklayers Union and retired as a construction superintendent.

Survivors include daughters, Leslie Bass of Hanahan, S.C., and Jackie McClure of Wallowa; a sister, Vivienne Smith of Ireland; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

His wife and three brothers, Harris Alexander Parr, James Edwin William Parr and Albert Earnest Maxwell Parr, all died earlier.


Peggy Jean Johnston, 75, died Feb. 28 at her home in Union. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the LDS Church in Union with Bishop Jerrold W. Baxter conducting. Viewing at Loveland Funeral Chapel will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Mrs. Johnston was born April 7, 1930, to Ernest Arthur and Murtle June Scott Hulsey in Valtze. She attended schools in in Salem and completed nurses training and received her LPN. She then worked at Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

She married Henry Johnston June 7, 1958, in Boring. They were sealed in the Seattle Temple May 21, 1988. In 1995 the couple moved to Union, where they worked as camp hosts for the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State Parks.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in several capacities including temple worker, stake missionary and visiting teacher.

Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren, and serving others. She never met a stranger.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Valerie, of Portland; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Arthur Hulsey, of Roseburg. Her parents, a daughter Teresa, and a grandson David died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Missionary Fund of the LDS Church in care of Loveland.


Former Union County Judge Earle C. Misener, 85, of La Grande died Feb. 28 at his home. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, March 6 at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Island City. Burial with military honors will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Misener was born May 15, 1920, to Earle and Elda Smith Misener in San Diego, Calif. He grew up in Oakland and Sacramento and worked at his grandparent's peach orchard in Marysville, Calif. He entered the Army during World War II and after 21 years retired as a lieutenant colonel, serving in Korea, Japan and as an advisor to the National Guard in La Grande. In November of 1943 he married Joyce Hudson at Camp Barkley in Abilene, Texas. She died in 1984.

He worked for the M.J. Goss Motor Company and served as Union County Civil Defense director during the flood of 1964-65. In November 1966 he was appointed county judge, an administrative post now known as county commissioner. He was re-elected to three consecutive terms. He was also president of the Association of Oregon Counties, director of the La Grande-Union County Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Blue Mountain Intergovernmental Council, chairman of the Oregon Counties District 2 and chairman of the Union County Board of Equalization. He served on other county, regional and state committees and boards. He retired in 1986, and in 1987 he was named Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.

In 1993 he married Rose Mary Bohne in La Grande. He spent the remainder of his life doting on his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children, Robert Misener of Connell, Wash., Richard Misener of Hermiston, Terri Lynn McEvers of Coeur ‘d Alene, Idaho, Jerry Thomas Bohne of Corinth, Miss., and Mary Ann Walter of La Grande; eight grandchildren and other relatives. A brother, Jack Misener, died earlier.


Nellie Ethel Burchett Needles, 87, formerly of La Grande, died Feb. 28 at her home in Baker City. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City. A reception will follow at Community Connections, 2810 Cedar Ave., in Baker City.

Mrs. Needles was born Nov. 14, 1918, to Henry and Nellie Rogers Hooker in Hermiston. Her mother died of influenza and she was raised by her grandmother in La Grande and Hermiston.

Just before her 18th birthday she married Enos Burchett of Hermiston. After a divorce she moved to Baker City, where she married Elver Dennis Needles on Dec. 5, 1948.

She enjoyed cooking, dancing, and traveling.

Survivors include a niece and her husband, Sandra and Dick Miller of Elgin; cousins, Doris Lilly of Summerville and Marian Hilary of Salem; three brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law and other relatives. Her husband, four brothers and a sister all died earlier.

Memorials can be made to Pathway Hospice Baker City or Community Connections Senior Center through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway 97834.


Ted Arnoldus, 84, of Union, died March 2 at his home. Burial will be at the Island City Cemetery.

Mr. Arnoldus was born Dec. 12, 1921, to James Andrew and Edna Pearl Woods Arnoldus in Wallowa. The family moved to Summerville, and he graduated from Imbler High School. On July 3, 1942, he married Mayme Miller in Weiser, Idaho. He served in the Army during World War II, and had a ranch near Anthony Lakes for 25 years. He was postmaster at North Powder for 10 years, worked in real estate and worked as a loan consultant for Farm Credit Services for 23 years. After his retirement the couple moved to Union.

He was a member of the Grande Ronde Valley Masonic Lodge, the Baker Scottish Rite and was Past Master of the North Powder Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the American Legion and served 16 years on the North Powder School Board.

Survivors include his wife, of Union; children and their spouses, Karen Gitzen of Ontario, Gloria and Conley Didier of Fallon, Nev., and Eric and Kathy Arnoldus of La Grande; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers and their wives, Alfred and Bonnie Arnoldus of Summerville, Armond and Vivian Arnoldus of Imbler and Jerry and Jan Arnoldus of La Grande; and other relatives. A son-in-law, Bill Gitzen, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital or any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Ila Dwayne McDaniel Force of North Bend, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 25. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Snoqualmie Valley Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will follow at Mount Si Cemetery in North Bend, Wash.

Mrs. Force was born Oct. 29, 1923, to Anderson and Mary Elzina Tourney in Lebanon, Neb. She graduated from high school in Ovid, Colo., in 1941 and in 1943 married Claude McDaniel. The couple worked together in the timber industry. He died in 1962. In 1963 she married James Force in 1963. They lived in Fall City, Wash., for 20 years and retired to La Grande where they lived for 12 years. After his death she moved to Seattle to be near family.

She enjoyed hunting, fishing bowling and playing bingo. She was a fixture at her grandchildren's softball games.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Tracy Force; a daughter, Mary Force; and three grandchildren.

A brother, Ivan, and three sisters, Luralla "Hap," Opal May and Cleo Belle, all died earlier.


Connie Raye Touve, 76, of Lostine died March 1 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. A celebration of life will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Lostine Presbyterian Church. Burial at the Lostine Cemetery will be private. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Touve was born Aug. 27, 1929, to Preston and Tressie Magee Singletary in Sonora, Calif. She graduated from Lassen Union High School in Bieber, Calif., and in 1949, married Bill Touve. She worked at canneries in Pendleton and at the Hanford Plant near Richland, Wash.

She enjoyed gardening, crochet and reading.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Linda and Chuck Anderson of Enterprise, Larry and Bonnie Touve of La Grande, Wayne and Norma Touve of Wallowa and Jeff Touve of Lostine; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials can be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home 315 W. Main Street, Enterprise 97828.