Obituaries for the week ending May 13, 2006

May 15, 2006 11:00 pm

Kevin Lee Haefer Sr., 51, of Stanfield and formerly of La Grande died Dec. 1, 2005 at Good Sherpherd Medical Center in Hermiston. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday May 13 at the First Baptist Church of La Grande, 1702 Sixth St., with Pastor Wayne Pickens officiating. Burial was at the Cove Cemetery. A potluck reception will follow in the basement recreation room at the La Grande Retirement Center, 1612 Seventh St. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Haefer was born June 18, 1954 to Royal and Verna Smith Haefer in La Grande. He graduated from Union High School in 1973. He worked for B&K Auto, and in 1981 married Darlene Steele. After a divorce he moved to Hermiston, working first at C&B and later for PGG as a gas attendant from 1992 until 2002. On July 31, 1996, he married Charlene Rhoades in Stanfield. He was baptized in the First Baptist Church, and enjoyed fly fishing, hunting and being with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of Stanfield; a son, Kevin Haefer Jr. of Bay Shore, N.Y.; his mother and stepfather, Verna and Fred Hill of La Grande; siblings and their spouses, Cheryl Wagoner of La Grande and Ferrin and Jean Haefer of Enterprise; stepchildren, Paula Webb of Stanfield, Joe Rhoades of Troutdale, John Rhoades of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Courtland Rhoades of Ontario, and Tammy Pike of Hermiston; and other relatives. His father died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.


Barbara "Carol" Anderson,73, of Joseph and formerly of La Grande died May 4 at her home. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. at the Island City Cemetery. A family dinner will follow at City Hall in Island City.

Mrs. Anderson was born May 31, 1932, to Chester Duane and Blossom Lenore Waterer Hoskin in Agatha, Idaho. She moved to La Grande in 1949, and to Wallowa County five years ago to be closer to family. She worked in various restaurants and at Hot Lake for a time.

She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, fishing, picking huckleberries, hunting for mushrooms and collecting driftwood. In her earlier years she enjoyed bowling and was part of the Busy Bees Quilters. She enjoyed a good joke.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Eoff of Wallowa; a brother, Richard Hoskin of Island City; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Alpine House of Joseph in care of Daniels Chapel.


Kenton Earl "Kenny" Goss, 78, of La Grande died May 6 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Summerville Cemetery followed by a memorial service at noon at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mr. Goss was born August 9, 1927, to Milo Jasper and Ada Frances Colt Goss in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1946, and in 1948 he married Barbara Garrison. In 1974 he married Joanne Orcutt McDaniel. She died in 1994. He and his brother Bill, along with Ed Brogg, owned Goss Motor Company. He retired in 1982.

He was an avid sports fan and memorized sports statistics. He enjoyed painting houses for family and friends.

Survivors include his children, Karen and Toney Hamilton of La Grande, Patrick and Valerie Goss of Island City and Steven and Kelly Goss of Canby; step-children, Terri McDaniel of California, Todd and Sandy McDaniel of Beaverton and Darcy and Carl Luer of Kirkland, Wash.; siblings and their spouses, Milodene and John Groupe of Tigard, and M.J. "Bill" Goss Jr. and Robert and Delores Goss, all of La Grande; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the La Grande Tiger Boosters in care of Daniels Chapel.


Max Ferguson, 90, of La Grande died May 5 at his home. A memorial service will be held at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Saturday with Father Hank Albrecht officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Mr. Ferguson was born Feb. 29, 1916, to Bob and Nora Ogelvie Ferguson in Marysville, Utah. He married Irene Anderson 70 years ago.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande; two sons, Douglas Ferguson of Mount Vernon and Dennis Ferguson of La Grande; a brother, L.B. Ferguson of Nyssa; and sisters, Arr O'Connell and Marcelle O'Connell, both of Baker City, and Wilrose Drake of Salem; six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Una and Gala, and a brother, Doy, all died earlier.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any charity in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.


James Joseph McNamee, 84, of Fairbanks, Alaska, and formerly of La Grande died March 31. At his request there will be no service. Northern Lights Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. McNamee was born in La Grande and graduated from high school in Seattle and from the University of Washington. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He returned to La Grande and lived near his mother, Leona Newlin Leffel and his stepfather, Homer Leffel. He moved to Fairbanks in 1953 where he worked for his uncle, C.J. Newlin who owned the Co-Op Drug Store. He later worked for the John Butrovich Insurance Co., which became Corroon & Black Dawson Insurance. He was appointed director of insurance for the state of Alaska and also served on the state liquor board.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Fairbanks and retained his membership in the Elks Lodge 433 in La Grande.

Survivors include his wife Lorna; children and their spouses, Michael and Marie McNamee, Terry McNamee, Jeanne and Michael Bates; five grandchildren; sister, Mary Domenichini, Lorna Waltz and Janet Tippett; and a brother, John Leffel.


Marion June Crippin, 74, of Montrose, Colo., and formerly of La Grande died May 9 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday May 13 at the Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main St., in Montrose with the Rev. Ronnie Hanna officiating. Burial will be at the Grand View Cemetery west of Montrose.

Mrs. Crippin was born Oct. 25, 1931, to Franklin Clay and Virginia Hanna Horn in Oceanside, Calif. She graduated from high school in Arco, Idaho, and on Dec. 27, 1950, married Harry Vern Crippin in Oceanside. The couple worked as funeral directors in Idaho, Arizona and Oregon, and owned funeral homes in Idaho, Oregon and Montana. They lived in La Grande from about 1965 to 1985 where they owned the Crippin-Daniels Funeral Home.

She volunteered with the Girl Scouts in California, and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the American Legion Auxiliary, the National Federation of Republican Women, the Jaycetts and the Oregon Lady Elks. She held country club memberships in Idaho, Arizona and Oregon.

She enjoyed knitting, fine stitchery, crochet, mosaics and being with her family. She had a good sense of humor and always came up with witty and clever sayings. She will be remembered as a caring and gentle lady.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Greg and Julia Crippin, Kelly and Carla Crippin and Kirk Crippin, all of Montrose, Colo.; four grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband died in 2001.

Memorials may be made to Valley Manor Care Center, 1401 S. Cascade Ave., Montrose, Colo. 81401.


Evert W. McKenzie, 52, of Umatilla and formerly of La Grande died May 9 at his home. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 15 at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in the Summerville Cemetery.

Mr. McKenzie was born Sept. 3, 1953, to Max Davy and Mary Elizabeth Plaster McKenzie in LaGrande. He served in the Army from 1973 to 1976, and worked as a salesman and mechanic for automotive parts stores.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, taking part in walleye tournaments and being with his family. He was a backyard mechanic and loved life to the fullest.

Survivors include his companion, Shanon McBride of Umatilla; children and their spouses, Christine Wizner of Heppner and Jennifer and Chris Iverson of Cathay, N.D.; step-children, Forrest and Courtney McBride; and six grandchildren. Two brothers, Bob and Max McKenzie, both died earlier.


Celia Ruth Wilson, 87, of Sequim, Wash., and formerly of Elgin died Feb. 27. At her request no services were held. Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel of Sequim is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Wilson was born May 18, 1918, to Almond F. and Nova Burr in Ontario. She graduated from Ontario High School in 1936 and became a beautician. She had a beauty shop in Elgin until 1947, and owned and helped run the Rex Theatre in Elgin during her brief marriage to Leroy Stegner. The divorced in 1946.

On April 5, 1947, she married James Howard Wilson in Newport News, Va. She lived in the Phillipines with her husband while he was stationed there with the Navy for a brief period in the early 1950s.

They lived in Bainbridge, Md., and Concord, Calif., where she volunteered as a junior bowling coach. In 1972, after her husband retired they moved to Sequime. She was a member of the Port Angeles Branch of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fleet Reserve Association and served as treasurer, secretary and president. During the holidays she baked Christmas cookies and delivered them to the Coast Guard station .

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

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Haught of Sequim; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband and two brothers, Lawrence and Percy, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to hospice of Clallam County or any an Alzheimer's organization.


Lenn C. Holman, 89, of La Grande, died May 8 at his home. A family graveside service will be conducted in the Oakville Cemetery.

Mr. Holman was born to Charles and Iva Holman on a homestead outside Volburg, Mont. He finished high school in Falls City, Mont. He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Heppner from 1937 to 1939 and served inthe Navy during World War II. He graduated from Oregon State College where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau.

On Dec. 21, 1949, he married Miriam Macpherson in in Oakville. The couple owned two restaurants in Corvallis, Holman's Sunnybrook and the Kaffe Haus. After 21 years in the restaurant and catering business they moved with their three daughters in 1968 to La Grande, where he took a job as office manager for Courtright Irrigation.

He was a member of the Lions Club and was a founding member of the La Grande Toastmasters. He served as Past District Governor for the Lions in 1985-86 and was named Lion of the Year in 1985-86 and 1988-89. He was also recognized for 50 years of service to the Lions Club. He enjoyed collecting antiques, traveling, gardening, reading and spending time with his family.

Survivors include daughters Marilyn Hoopes of Tacoma, Wash., Linda Engle of La Grande, and Maggi Holman of Cove; sisters May Bernard and Carol Thompson; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and other relatives. His wife and two brothers, Richard and Charles Jr., died earlier.

Memorials can be made to the La Grande Noon Lions Club or the Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice.