Obituaries for the week ending April 15, 2006

April 16, 2006 11:00 pm

David R. Larson, 89, of La Grande died April 6. At his request there will be no public service.

Mr. Larson was born Nov. 20, 1916, to John D. and Ruth C. Hawes Larson in Meacham. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1935, and attended the American Academy of Accountancy, the Alexander Hamilton Institute and San Mateo Junior College. In 1937 he married Lois McCluskey in La Grande. She died in Seattle in 1963.

He worked at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp. in St Johns as a steamfitter during World War II, and worked for the Western Union Telegraph Co. for 33 years. He held several positions including manager of the bookkeeping bureau and operations manager in Seattle.

He married LaVerne Pinson in Fort Collins, Colo., while on assignment in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1973. She died in La Grande in 1989.

He retired in 1975 and worked for The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission in Olympia, Wash., for eight years before returning to La Grande in 1983. He enjoyed sports and ocean salmon fishing.

Survivors include his dearest friend, Helen Knouse, of La Grande; children and their spouses, Molly Cook, of Langley, Wash., and Mary and Gary Elliott, of Vancouver, Wash.; a step-son and his wife, Eddie and Leniece Pinson, of Peyton, Colo.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Two brothers, Clyde and John "Bud" Larson, and three sisters, Greta, Bette and Marian, all died earlier.


Robert Gene Flowers, 77, of La Grande died April 11 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday April 15 at the Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. Flowers was born Aug. 4, 1928, to Jake and Alene Flowers near Chandler, Okla. The family moved to California during the Depression. He served in the Coast Guard at the end of World War II and the beginning of the Korean War. He worked as a plumber and pipe-fitter all over the western U.S., and retired from Hanford in 1992 and moved to La Grande.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Robert F. and Lorrie Flowers of Summerville, and Terri Brown of Hermiston; five grandchildren; brothers, Howard Vincent of Houghson, Calif., and John Vincent of Sacramento, Calif.; and other relatives. A brother, Jimmy Flowers, and a sister, Alta Caulkins, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Doernbechers Children's Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Lawrence Lyman Veal, 74, of La Grande died April 12 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the LDS Stake Center on Gekeler Lane. Viewing will be from 12 to 12:45 p.m. at the church.

Mr. Veal was born Feb. 16, 1932, to Otis Branson and Winona Lyman Veal in La Grande.

He attended Ackerman and Central schools, and La Grande High School. In 1948, he graduated from Moler Barber College in Portland and returned to La Grande to graduate from high school in 1950. He graduated from Eastern Oregon Normal School in 1955, and Eastern Oregon College in 1965. He earned a second master's degree in guidance and counseling from Oregon State University and later he completed a doctorate in the same subjects at OSU.

He taught fifth and sixth grades, eighth grade English and was a counselor at three high schools. He taught graduate students one summer at OSU.

In 1977 he began selling plumbing and electrical supplies in La Grande. He retired due to Parkinson's Disease. A grandson, Ryan Hildebrandt, now owns Dome Plumbing and Electrical.

He enjoyed serving in the LDS church in different capacities, being with his family and helping others.

Survivors include his wife Ruth; children and their spouses, Stephen and Connie Veal of Olathe, Kan., and Ava and Lanny Hildebrandt of La Grande; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and other relatives. Two brothers, Ted and Jim, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the La Grande Family History Center in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.