Obituaries for the week ending April 29, 2006

April 30, 2006 11:00 pm

Delda Gray Smith, 90, of La Grande died Friday at a local care center. At her request there will be no public service. Burial at the Summerville Cemetery will be private.

Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 30, 1915, to Nathan and Ada Houx Gray in Lower Cove. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1933, and attended a business college. On Aug. 10, 1936, she married Robert Smith in Pendleton. He died in 1971.

She spent most of her life in the Grande Ronde Valley, and worked for both Perkins Motor companies for many years as a bookkeeper, and at Gateway Auto for five years as bookkeeper and office manager. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and enjoyed the mountains, hunting, fishing and gathered huckleberries.

Survivors include siblings and their spouses, Aldon and Dixie Gray of Union, and Lillian Gray of Eugene, and other relatives.


Jess M. Ereno, 92 of La Grande died April 10 at a local care center. The funeral was April 19 in Burns.

Mr. Ereno was born April 25, 1913, to John and Agueda Ereno Lequetio in Spain. His father was a fisherman who immigrated to the United States where he worked as a sheepherder. He grew up in Nampa, Idaho, and helped his parents learn English. When he graduated from high school he worked with his father.

On April 12, 1939, he married Loretta Schallenkamp in Camarillo, Calif. He worked for Joe Albertson for several years, and began a partnership with his brother Charles in business ventures that include the Mens Store, a department store and ranching.

He was a storyteller and family historian, and enjoyed begin with his family and speaking Basque.

Survivors include a brother, Charles Ereno La Grande; a son, Gary Ereno of Oregon; a daughter, Marianne Kaplan La Grande; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His wife died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boise Basque Museum in care of LaFollettes Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns 97720.


Glenn Kirkeby, 78, of Wallowa died April 22 at his home. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday April 27 at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mr. Kirkeby was born Sept. 3, 1927, to George and Margaret Orr Kirkeby in Bellingham, Minn. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1945, and the family moved to Elgin. He served in the Army at Hanford in Washington and graduated from Eastern Oregon Normal School. In 1949 he married Iris Vogel. They moved to Forest Grove where he worked for the Forest Grove National Bank. In 1959 he began working for the First State Bank of Elgin with his parents and later became president of the bank.

He was a member of the Oregon State Bankers Association and president of the Western Independent Bankers Association. He served on the board of Grande Ronde Hospital and was president from 1977 to 1981. He was a member of the La Grande Country Club, the Elgin Chamber of Commerce, the Elgin Masonic Lodge and helped establish the Elgin Community Center. He retired to Wallowa and served on the board of the Wallowa Library and was a member of the AARP chapter and the Alpine Meadows Golf Course. He enjoyed playing golf, gardening and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife of Wallowa; children and their spouses, Steve and Verla Kirkeby and Becky and John Keller, all of La Grande; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A brother, Orrin, a son, Kim, and two granddaughters all died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


Ethel Cordelia Josephine Fine, 86, of Enterprise died April 23. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday April 28 at the Liberty Grange in Joseph.

Mrs. Fine was born May 13, 1919, to Arthur and May Woolley at Drain. The family moved to a homestead east of Smith Mountain. She attended Cold Spring School and graduated from Drain High School in 1938. She attended Willamette University and graduated from Oregon State College in 1945. She taught in several places in Oregon.

On June 3, 1948, she married Maurice Walter "Tom" Fine in Drain. They moved to a ranch on Crow Creek near Enterprise, then to Cottage Grove in 1956. They moved to Cove in 1969 and back to Enterprise in 1979.

She was active in the grange at the local, county and state level. She enjoyed sewing and made quilts for all of her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include children and their spouses, John M. and Peggy Lee of Roseburg, David Lee and Peggy Jo of Jefferson City, Mont., Elvaree Anne of Enterprise, C. Guy and Debi of Molalla, and Daniel Ray and Alma of Portland; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Cove Grange in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.


Mildred Elizabeth Kennedy, 90, of Elgin died April 14 at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Elgin Community Center. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery.

Mrs. Kennedy was born Sept. 8, 1915, to Earl and Emma Cruikshank Phillips on Cricket Flat near Elgin. She graduated from Elgin High School, and on Feb. 23, 1935, she married William Howard Kennedy in Elgin. He died in 1981. She worked at Valley View Care Center for over 20 years, and enjoyed cross-stitch, gardening, reading and being with her family. She was a devoted homemaker and an excellent baker.

Survivors include her children, Barbara Prince of Kamiah, Idaho, Richard Kennedy of Pendleton, Joyce Beck of Kennewick, David Kennedy and Rex Kennedy, both of Elgin; a sister, Mina Burnett of Springfield; 21 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and other relatives. Two sons, Kenneth and Bruce; a sister, Evangeline Buschke, and four brothers, Lewis, Paul, Edwin and Doug Phillips, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation or the Oregon Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


Carolyn Dorothy White, 53, of Joseph died April 22 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla of natural causes. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. at Olney Cemetery.

Mrs. White was born Sept. 23, 1952, to James and Leola Barnes in Pendleton. She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1970, and from Eastern Oregon State College in 1974. On June 23, 1973, she married Michael White in Pendleton. They lived in Roseburg, where she taught school, and in Eugene before moving to Joseph. She volunteered for the Boy Scouts who named her a volunteer of the year. The family owned the Mountain View Motel and RV Park. She was an optimistic person who gave everyone the benefit of the doubt, and enjoyed sewing, arts, crafts and quilting.

Survivors include her husband of Joseph; children, Zachary White of Richland, Wash., and Aaron White of Joseph; her mother and her grandmother, Violet Troxel, both of Pendleton; four brothers, Donald Tonning of Umatilla, David Barnes of Redmond, and Raymond and James Barnes, both of Pendleton. Her father died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Oregon Trail Council or the Blue Mountain Council; or the Willamette Valley Cancer Center in care of Bishop Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 325, Pendleton 97801.