Obituaries for the week ending March 18, 2006

March 19, 2006 11:00 pm

Abram Lee Stice, 27, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died March 8 at his home. Burial will be at the Hermiston Cemetery. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Assembly of God Church, 730 E. Hurlburt Ave. in Hermiston. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements

Mr. Stice was born Jan. 11, 1979, to Barry Wayne and Nancy Jeanne Mifflin Stice in Oakland, Calif. He was blind from birth. He graduated from Umatilla High School in 1998 and from Eastern Oregon University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in music education. He was currently a post-graduate student at Corban University. He played piano, trumpet and other instruments, and composed music on his computer. He sang in numerous choirs and had a memorable trip to Equador.

Survivors include his parents of Umatilla; a grandmother, Bobbie Mifflin of Balboa, Calif.; grandparents, Bob and Marnie Mifflin of Oceanside, Calif.; siblings and their spouses, Benjamin Stice of Woodland, Calif., Nathanael Stice of Salem, Jerry Stice of Joseph, Amy Stice of Warm Springs, Mont., Tess Baker of Rhododendron, Peter and Kaden Stice and Dannelle, Sarina, and Crystal Stice all of Umatilla.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Commission for the Blind Foundation, 521 S.W. Clay, Portland 97201.


Wayne Arlo Williamson, 84, of Portland and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 28. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Williamson was born Nov. 5, 1921, to Lowell and Hallie Williamson in La Grande, where the family had settled in 1862. He attended Eastern Oregon Normal School and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1943. He served in the Navy during World War II and in 1945 married Lois Hart in Peekskill, N.Y. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1948 and moved to Portland where he joined the law firm Wilbur, Beckett, Oppenheimer, Mautz and Souther. He was made a senior partner in 1962. The firm became Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt in 1987.

He was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was named by his peers to several editions of The Best Lawyers in America. In 1992 he was designated a distinguished trial lawyer by the American Board of Trial Advocates. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed sports, the outdoors, camping, fly-fishing, bird hunting, playing golf and telling stories.

Survivors include his wife; children and their spouses, Ann Williamson and Eric Cain, Sam and Janet Williamson, and John and Marguerite Feuersanger Williamson, all of Portland; and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the University of Oregon Law School through the University of Oregon Foundation, P.O. Box 3346 Eugene 97403.


Harold A. Ott Sr., 90, of La Grande died March 11. The funeral will begin at noon Sunday March 19 at the Union United Methodist Church.

Mr. Ott was born Dec. 8, 1915, to Christ and Anna Kirschbaum in Granite Falls, Minn. On March 17, 1940, he married Carolyn Beissel. They lived in Oregon, Montana and Washington and retired to Union in 1975. He worked as a dairyman, logger, small-business owner in Newport, Wash., Pomeroy, Wash., Joseph and Elgin. He served 14 years on the school board in Newport.

He enjoyed the outdoors, the mountains and fishing with his son and grandchildren. He looked after his wife at the end of her life.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Jean Garred of Clarkston, Wash., Harold and Kathy Ott of Troy, Idaho, and John and Jane Ott of Cove; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His wife died in 1997.

Memorials may be made to the Union United Methodist Church in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.


David T. Pattee Jr., 54, of Roseburg and formerly of La Grande died March 13.

Mr. Pattee attended school in the Portland area and graduated from Centennial High School. He lived in La Grande in about 1997 and 1998 before moving to Bend, Baker City and finally Roseburg. He enjoyed fishing and playing golf.

Survivors include sisters, Kathleen Pattee of Portland and Polly Pattee of Gresham; a daughter, Ashely Bessey; two grandchildren; his mother, Donna Pattee, and a special friend, Roger Kirkendall of Roseburg.

Memorials may be made to any charity.


Wayne "Gail" Williams, 75, of Union died March 13. Viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 17 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18 at the Island City Cemetery.

Mr. Williams was born Feb. 5, 1931, to Thomas and Izora Zumwalt Williams on the family homestead near Promise. He served in the Army, and on Nov. 16, 1954, married Leopoldine "Poldi" Rudolfer in Stuttgart, Germany. He worked in the log-trucking business in Wallowa, and in 1968 moved to Union. He bought his own logging truck in 1969 and built Gail Williams Trucking into a successfull business. He retired in 1987, and turned over the business, which is now Williams Brothers Trucking, to his sons.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his shop and on his ranch, being with his family and traveling.

Survivors include his wife of Union; children and their spouses, Randy and Tommie Williams and Greg Williams, all of Union, and Debbie and Rick Ewing, of La Grande; seven grandchildren; a brother, Merle Williams of Hermiston and other relatives. Two sisters, Nelly and Jessie, and six brothers, Earl, Leonard, Lyle, Chet, Halley and Fred, all died earlier.


Albert Ollie Renfroe, 86, of Wallowa died March 12 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. A memorial service was held today at Eagle Cap Christian Fellowship with John Walthers officiating.

Mr. Renfroe was born Oct. 26, 1919 to Edward L. and Kizzie E. Powell Renfroe in Potter, Ark. He served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War, and on June 15, 1943, he married Onia Pearl Avants in Quarzsite, Ariz.

He worked as a faller and as a farm worker, mill worker and mushroom picker. As a young man he worked in a circus and for a railroad. He was a member of the Assembly of God church and enjoyed hunting, fishing, climbing mountains, being in the woods and gardening. He grew much of the food for his family.

Survivors include his wife of Wallowa; children and their spouses, Ronnie and Linda Renfroe, Johnnie and Christine Renfroe, Edward and Sandy Renfroe, Larry Renfroe, Dovie and Dan Lathrop, Joy and Steve Rogers and Linda Comstock; a sister, Marie Sherouse; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other relatives. Two sons, Rodney and Donnie Renfroe, a grandson, a great-granddaughter, three brothers and three sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Eagle Cap Christian Fellowship in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


Glen Leroy Nantz, 72, of Mountain Grove, Mo., and formerly of North Powder, died March 17 in Mountain Grove. Services will be held Monday in Mountain Grove with Buzz Brown of Elk Creek Church officiating.

Mr. Nantz was born March 23, 1933 to Charles and Percy Pearl Nantz. On Dec. 19, 1963, he married Rosanne Montgomery.

He worked as a logger and for the Union County Road Department in La Grande. He had an auction service in North Powder and a store in Stanfield before moving to Missouri.

He served in Korea, where he received the Purple Heart and other commendations. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and restoring and refinishing antiques.

Survivors include his wife; children and their spouses, Kurt, and Marvalie Nantz of Hollister, Mo., and Candi Linkenauger of Ava, Mo.; a brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Claudeen Nantz of North Powder; five grandchildren and other relatives. A brother, Jasper, and two sisters, Bessie and Daisey, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Community Hospices of America Foundation Inc., 807 N. Main Suite 1, Mountain Grove, Mo. 65711.