Obituaries for the week ending March 24, 2006

March 26, 2006 11:00 pm

Ray William Trump, 88, of Elgin, died March 17 in Boise. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Elgin Seventh Day Adventist Church. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mr. Trump was born Feb. 24, 1918, to Fred Arthur and Lula Alice Sannar Trump in Promise. The family moved to Elgin when he was in his early teens. He attended Elgin schools through the 11th grade and then went to work for the box factory in Elgin.

On Sept. 12, 1938, he married Pearl Fisher in College Place, Wash. He worked as a logger using a cross-cut saw at Pondosa and Elgin, and later managed the grain elevator for Union County Grain Growers. In 1966 he earned a GED. After his retirement he worked as non-licensed help at a funeral home.

He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and enjoyed telling stories, leather craft, fishing, gardening, hunting and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children and their spouses, Dennis Trump of Tuscon, Ariz., Robert and Mary Trump of Elgin, Terral and Jack Schut of Island City and Tamara Robinson-O'Leary of Astoria; eight grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, Pete Trump of Elgin and Orval Trump of La Grande; a sister, Irene Sims of Albany; and other relatives. A brother, Ermal Trump, and a sister, Lorine Riggle, both died earlier.


William Johnson, 59, of Elgin died March 16 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Elgin Christian Church.

Mr. Johnson was born Nov. 12, 1946, to David and Edith Leach Johnson in Lewiston . He spent his early years in Milton-Freewater and later moved to Elgin. He worked at the Boise Cascade plywood plant for several years.

He was a member of the Indian Valley Good Sams Club and enjoyed car racing at the dirt track, the outdoors, hunting and being around people.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley of Elgin; a son, Michael Johnson of Milton-Freewater; step-children, Colleen Robinson of Elgin, and Greg Sowell of Keizer; siblings, Jerry Reed of Tacoma, Wash., John Johnson of Kingman, Ariz., Sally Means and Pat Wagoner of West Virginia; and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Organ Donation Program or to the Salvation Army in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.


Miriam M. Holman, 90, of La Grande died March 15 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday March 25 at the United Methodist Church, 1612 Fourth St. A reception will follow.

Mrs. Hollman was born Feb. 11, 1916, to Hector and Margaret Macpherson in Corvallis. She grew up on a dairy farm in Oakville, and graduated from Oregon State College with a degree in Home Economics. She taught in Silverton and earned a master's degree at Columbia University in New York City. She taught there, in Delhi, N.Y., and at Oregon State College.

On Dec. 21, 1949, she married Lenn Holman in Oakville. The couple owned two restaurants, Holman's Sunnybrook and the Kaffe Haus in Corvallis. They retired from the restaurant business in 1968 and moved to La Grande where she devoted herself full-time to her three adopted daughters.

She was a member of the Soroptomists, the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary, the La Grande School Board and the GRH board of trustees. She helped form the first Toastmaster and Lioness clubs in La Grande.

She was named woman of the year by the La Grande and Union County Chamber of Commerce in 1979, Lioness of the Year in 1989, received the Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellow award for humanitarian services in 1991, and was district Toastmaster of the Year in 1992.

She enjoyed gardening, playing bridge and traveling. She always thought the best of everyone, and set an example for everyone who knew her.

Survivors include her husband of La Grande; daughters Marilyn Hoopes of Tacoma, Linda Engle of La Grande and Maggi Holman of Cove; six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, La Grande Hospice or the Alliance for the Mentally Ill in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St.


Celia Ruth Wilson, 87, of Sequim, Wash., and formerly of Elgin died Feb. 27. At her request there was no funeral.

Mrs. Wilson was born May 18, 1918, to Almond F. and Norva Burr in Ontario. She graduated from Ontario High School in 1936, and ran a beauty shop in Elgin until 1947. She married Leroy Stegner and together they ran the Rex Theater in Elgin. After a divorce she married James Howard Wilson on April 5, 1947 in Newport News, Va., They lived in the Philippines in the early 1950s while he served in the Navy. They lived in Bainbridge, Md. and Concord, Calif., before moving to Sequim in 1972. She was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association ladies auxiliary and served as treasurer, secretary nd president. At Christmas she baked cookies for the Coast Guard station.

She enjoyed decorating cakes, oil painting, sewing, knitting, quilting, gardening, watching baseball, playing the piano, canning, playing crossword puzzles and being with her family.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Haught of Sequim; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Elsie Burr of Connecticut. Her husband and two brothers, Lawrence and Percy, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Clallam County or to any Alzheimer's organization in care of Sequim Valley Chapel, P.O. Box 297, Sequim, Wash. 98382.


Eleanor I. "Go-Go" Hansen Campbell, 79, of La Grande died March 21 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A recitation of the rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday March 24 at Our Lady of the Valley Church. Burial will follow at the Island City Cemetery.

Mrs. Campbell was born Aug. 11, 1926, to Charles E. and Urania E. "Billie" Hunter Wilson in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1944, and attended Eastern Oregon Normal School and beauty school in Walla Walla.

On May 10, 1948, she married Loren J. Hansen in Decatur, Ill. They lived in Texas, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. On May 5, 1977, she married Glen Campbell in Weiser, Idaho. He died in 1983.

She worked at local theaters, at Woolworth's, as a telephone operator, and in her later years as a caregiver. She was a member of the Catholic Church, the Eagles Auxiliary and was a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a bowling league. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, raising chickens, playing bingo and cards, and being with her family.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Judy Lynne and James L. Witherspoon, and Allan E. and Charlotte Hansen, all of Elgin, and James M. Hansen of Madras; siblings and their spouses, Evelyn J. and Jerry Horn of Yakima, Wash., and Betty Ann, Clifford "Ike" Snell of Dale, and Edwyn J. "Buddy" and Eleanor M. Wilson of La Grande; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A brother, Earl E. Wilson, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Our Lady of the Valley Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.


Eva Mae Stewart Baum, 96, of Tacoma, Wash., and formerly of Baker City died March 21 at her home. The funeral will begin at at 1 p.m. Friday March 24 at the LDS church on Hughes Lane in Baker City. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Baum was born July 29, 1909, to Charles and Edna Scott near Pullman, Wash. She lived in Spokane, and in 1926 moved with her mother to La Grande. In 1930, she married Jack Stewart in La Grande. They lived in Pondosa until 1943 when her husband died and she moved to Baker City. She lived there for the next 52 years.

In 1946, she married Orville N. Baum in Baker City. He died in 1995, and she moved to Tacoma to live with one of her daughters. She was a homemaker and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed reading, needlework and traveling.

Survivors include children, Esther Stewart of Tacoma, Diona Fortner and Marla Fox, both Kennewick, LaMar Baum, Nancy Denton and Mary Green, all of Spokane, Joyce LaRose of Salt Lake City and Dennis Baum of Hillsboro; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Three children, "Bud" Stewart, Loren Baum and Phillip Baum, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the LDS Education Fund in care of Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place Street, Baker City 97814.


Alva Merle Underwood, 93, of La Grande died March 20 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25 at Grandview Cemetery.

Mr. Underwood was born April 29, 1912, in Norton, Kansas. He served in the Army during World War II in the 165th Anti-aircraft Battalion. On March 16, 1944, he married Ellen Jane Lovely in Joseph. They lived in Wallowa County and Pendleton before settling in La Grande in 1949.

He worked in the maintenance department of the La Grande School District until when he retired in 1977. He enjoyed being outside, repairing bicycles and taking care of his family and being with his dog, Buddy. His wife died in 2000.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Boylen of La Grande; one grandchild; one great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild, all of Portland; sisters-in-law, Doris Boyer of Nevada, Eddia Lovely of Idaho and Cecilia Lovely of La Grande; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 7th St.


Kenneth Earl Williams, 70, of La Grande died March 21 after a long illness. A private family service will be held. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Williams was born June 25, 1935, to Earl Ray and Opal Rimbey Williams in La Grande. He attended school near Klamath Falls and attended Wallowa High School where he played on the championship football team in 1951, winning 34-0.

On Aug. 22, 1952, he married Joett Lucille Oldham in Medford. He worked in the logging industry for 40 years with his father and later with his three brothers, most recently as Earl Williams Trucking Inc.

He was widely respected, and much loved by his family. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and picking huckleberries and mushrooms.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Donald Williams and Earl Robert Williams, both of La Grande, and David Glen and Charleen Williams of Umatilla; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas Williams, Ray and Connie Williams, and Jerry and Donna Williams, all of La Grande; and other relatives.