Obituaries for the week ending April 22, 2006

April 25, 2006 11:00 pm

Charles Marion Foland, 90, of Salem and formerly of Alicel died April 13. The funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday April 19 at the Hood View Church of God in Woodburn. Burial will be at Belle Passi Mausoleum. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. at Capitol Baptist Church in Salem.

Mr. Foland was born July 12, 1915, in Belgrade, Neb. He graduated from Fullerton Business College in Fullerton, Calif., and married Vinita Marie Igo. They lived on a farm near Alicel where they lived until 1955 when they moved to Hubbard. He worked for the McLaren School for Boys for 21 years. His wife died after 55 years of marriage, and in October 1995 he married Marie "Pat" Louise Higdon. He was known as the Toy Man for making wooden toys which he gave away.

Survivors include his wife of Salem; a sister-in-law, Ruth Igo Weaver of La Grande; children and their spouses, Joy Heighes of Elgin, Charles Lynn and Janice Foland of Baker City, Gloria and Bill Higdon of Salem; 15 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Willamette Valley Hospice in care of City View Funeral Home, 390 Hoyt St. S., Salem 97302.


E.G. "Glen" Heryford, 89, of La Grande died April 15 in Weiser, Idaho. At his request there will be no funeral.

Mr. Heryford was born Sept. 29, 1916, to Clarence and Myrtle Conley Heryford in Union County. He was the great-grandson of early pioneers Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Conley and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Brown.

He grew up in Cove and served in the Army during World War II. On Aug. 27, 1945, he married Nellie Fisher Eyers in Cove. They farmed until he retired.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and spending as much time in the mountains as he could. He became the Oregon trapshooting champion in 1950, and was a life member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association, a life member of the La Grande Elks Lodge, and a member of the La Grande Gun Club, the American Legion, the VFW, the Eagles and other organizations.

Survivors include nephews, Don Stoddard of Salem, and Richard C. Stoddard of Weiser, and a niece, Sharon K. Stoddard. His wife, a brother, Bill Heryford, and sisters, Ruth Lyman, Thelma Kier and Alma Holmes, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the VFW in care of Thomason Funeral Home and Crematory, 221 E. Court St., Weiser, Idaho 83672.


Edwin Meek, 86 of Myrtle Point and formerly of La Grande died April 15 in Eugene. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Canyonville. Burial with military honors will be at 2 p.m. at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Amling Schroeder Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Meek was born Feb. 13, 1920, to Albert and Vira McMahon Meek in Rye, Ark. He served in the Army during WWII, and married Ruth Ross in 1950. He worked for Davy Tree Company for many years, and transferred to La Grande, where he worked for 30 years. In 1984 the family moved to Canyonville.

After his wife died he married Oletha "Lee" Johnston in September 2002. The couple moved to Myrtle Point in 2004. He enjoyed making stained-glass windows, wood working, making hooked rugs and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of Myrtle Point; step-children, Harold Smith of Santa Cruz, Calif., Mary Granacha of Martinez, Calif., Michael Johnston of Chehalis, Wash., Peggy Oberg of Big Lake, Alaska and Ann Johnston of Bakersfield, Calif.; a sister, Joan Rufner of Little Rock, Ark., 12 step-grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren. His brothers, Verner and Ben Meek, and a sister, Maxi Lee Overton, died earlier.


Tammy Renee Brock, 34, of La Grande died Monday at her home. A memorial service and a potluck gathering will begin at 11 a.m. Friday April 21 at the Presbyterian Friendship Center, 1204 Spring Ave.

Miss Brock was born April 26, 1971, to Steven and Mary Smith Brock in Bremerton, Wash. She attended Willow Elementary School and La Grande Middle School and graduated in 1988 from La Grande High School. She was married to Chris Fry and worked as a childcare provider.

She was a member of the Faith Center and worked with the Neighbor to Neighbor Ministries. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, drawing, knitting, crafts, flower arranging, wreath making, music, cooking reading and being with her children.

Survivors include her mother, Mary Brock of La Grande; children, Conner Fry, Caylyn Fry and Tyler Pierce all of La Grande; siblings and their spouses, J.T. James of Richland, and Tara and Dain Awmiller of La Grande; grandparents, Carol and Duane Wisdom of North Powder; aunts and uncles, Robert and Gale Smith of Emmett, Idaho, Greg and Joan Smith of Nampa, Idaho, David and Carol Smith of Eagle River, Alaska, Julie and Mike Chapman of Carson City, Nev., and Stephanie Jyl Smith of Granada Hills, Calif.; and other relatives. A grandfather, Robert Smith, died earlier.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to a memorial fund in her name in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Leonard Norman Campbell, 88, of La Grande died April 16, at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mr. Campbell was born July 17, 1917, to William and Susie Baum Campbell in Lisco, Neb. He graduated from La Grande High School, and served in the Army. He lived in Pilot Rock and worked at a mill and as a carpenter. When he returned to La Grande he worked on remodeling jobs. He was a former member of the Eagles and he enjoyed trips to Reno, hunting and dancing.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Billie and Ross Adler of Marysville, Wash., and Barbara Berry-MacDougall of Helena, Mont.; three grandaughters; one great granddaughter; a brother, Herb Campbell of Elgin and other relatives. A brother, Ed Campbell, and his companion of over 20 years, Mildred Baker, died earlier.


Thomas Chester Craig, 90, of Summerville died Wednesday at his home.

A service will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel.

Mr. Craig was born on April 2, 1916, the son of George Austin and Lulu Dot (Buchanan) Craig in Summerville. On Feb. 11, 1939, he married Dorothy Sanderson. He worked in the logging industry for a dozen years before farming and ranching in Summerville.

Dorothy preceded him in death in 2004.

Mr. Craig was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite, the Shriners, the Odd Fellows, the Order of Eastern Star and was Dad Adviser for Rainbow Girls.

He enjoyed horses, fishing, square dancing and his other farm animals. He loved his grandchildren and had a keen sense of humor throughout his life.

Survivors include his children, Dallas and Bonnie Craig of Pleasant Hill and Steve and Carol Craig of Summerville; brother, Roy Craig of Redmond, Wash.; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by a baby sister, Bessie Craig and other siblings, Oscar Craig, Irene Doud, Archie Craig and Ruia Johnson.

Memorials may be made to the Summerville Cemetery Chapel, Jody's Foster Care or Shriners Children's Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


Louis Edward Kolb, 56, of LaGrande died April 18 in Boardman.

A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane, Baker City. Pastor Kirk Sager will officiate. Following the service, friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Baker Elks Lodge.

Louie, Baker Valley's version of Sam Elliott, was born in Baker City on Dec. 8, 1949, to George W. Kolb, Sr. and Juanita A. Errend Kolb. He attended Baker Valley schools and never met a teacher smarter than him!

Louie never met a stranger. Louie's good nature and loving spirit were well known by everyone. He always loved to make people laugh, and he always made sure that everyone was treated fairly.

Louie was an avid sportsman, hunter and fisherman with a great love of life. His greatest joy was the beauty of the outdoors and camping trips with his family and friends. The more the merrier! Louie's work life ranged from mill work, ranching, logging, trucking, and owning his own business for many years. He put his heart and soul into everything he did, until hunting season. The only thing he loved more (yes, more than hunting) was the life he shared with Darla.

Louie is survived by his wife and soulmate Darla; five children and their spouses, Lisa Marie DelCurto Kolb, Mary P. Kolb, Crystal (Gabe) Hernandez, Luke A. Kolb, and Kody L. Kolb; brothers, Bill Kolb and David Kolb (Bei Jiang); sisters, Becky Corning and Debbie (Jim) Treutle , five grandchildren and a truckload of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandmother Beth Errend, and infant sister, Catherine L. Kolb.

Memorials may be made to The Powder River Sportsman Club Youth Hunter Education Challenge Program in care of Gray's West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City 97814.