Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 16, 2006

September 18, 2006 11:00 pm

Georgia LaVelle Butler, 95, of La Grande died Sept. 11 at Jody's Country Care in La Grande.

A celebration of life will be held on at 2 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in La Grande. A graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

She was born in La Grande on Sept. 27, 1910, to Herman and Florence Richey. She grew up in La Grande except for five years when her family lived on a ranch in Cove.

She graduated from La Grande High School in 1930. She went to nurses training in 1932 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, and graduated in 1935.

On July 23, 1941, she married Chester W. Butler at Mizpah Presbyterian Church in Portland. During the time he served in WWII she lived in Portland, where she worked in nursing.

Chester and LaVelle lived in West Linn after the war until he retired. They moved to Alicel in 1973.

Chester preceded her in death in 1997. LaVelle lived in Aurora for two years, then Vancouver, Wash., while recovering from a broken hip. She returned to La Grande in June 2000.

Wherever she lived, she met the needs of others through meals either in her home or at her church. She was an active member of the La Grande United Methodist Church at the time of her death.

She is survived by two cousins in Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews as well as her many dear friends.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Ellen.

Contributions can be made to the La Grande United Methodist Church, the Salvation Army or CASA of Union County.


Willma Bates Taylor, 87, of Baker City and formerly of North Powder, died Sept. 10 at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Viewing is today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel in Baker City. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the North Powder Cemetery.

Wilma was born in the Dalton family home in North Powder on Aug. 2, 1919, to Robert and Harriet Dalton Jacobsen. She grew up and attended North Powder schools where she graduated with the class of 1937.

In 1941 she married Eugene R. Bates in Weiser, Idaho. The couple had a daughter, Sharon. The marriage later ended in divorce.

Wilma was chief operator of the North Powder telephone office between 1950 and 1955. She transferred to Baker when the telephone system went to dial. She lived in Baker, and married Ralph E. Taylor in 1960. The couple had two daughters, Robin and Susan.

Wilma and Ralph lived on the family farm until 1975 when they moved to North Powder. They built a home on the Dalton property where Wilma was born.

Due to ill health, in 1997 they moved back to Baker. Since May she has lived at St. Elizabeth Care Center.

She is survived by her three daughters and their husbands, Sharon and Jim Jeffries, Robin and Tim Green, and Susan and Deven Sackett; nine grandchildren; nine-greatgrandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph.


Kimberly Dawn Fischer, 47, of Marysville, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 9 at her home of natural causes. A service will be begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Marysville Senior Community Center, 514 Delta St. A memorial in Oregon will be conducted at a later date.

Mrs. Fischer was born April 22, 1959, to Donna and Jerry Martin in Pendleton. She attended school in La Grande, and married Randy McKinnis. On April 28, 2002, she married Craig Fischer. She worked in food and beverage management for many years.

She enjoyed rock and gem hunting, crafting jewelry, dancing and listening to jazz and the blues. She was an excellent cook and host, and enjoyed growing her own herbs, trying new recipes, writing poetry, reading and beging with her family.

She and her brother, Ray, spent their childhood summers with grandparents in Long Creek.

Survivors include her husband and stepson, Ethan, of Marysville; her children, Forrest Dean McKinnis of the Tri-Cities, Cody Lee McKinnis of Albany and Jerae Dawn McKinnis of Pendleton; her mother, Donna Amos of La Grande; three brothers and their wives, Ray and Paula Martin of Long Creek, Randy Amos of La Grande and Scott and Kathy Martin of Baker City; a stepbrother, Richard Amos; and other relatives. Her father died earlier.


Candy Lynn Read, 37, of Libby, Mont., and formerly of

La Grande, died Sept. 9 in Libby from complications related to an extended illness. A small service will be conducted at a later date.

Miss Read was born June 29, 1969, in California to Gary and Jackie Read. She attended schools in La Grande, graduating in 1987.

She worked at Valley View care center before moving to Libby in 2003. She was a member of First Baptist Church while in La Grande.

She married Vincent Brewer in North Powder in July 1993 .

She enjoyed sports and music, and loved spending time with her children.

She is survived by her husband, Vincent, whom she is separated from; her children, Cassie and James; her father, Gary Read of New Mexico; a sister, Michelle Willson of La Grande; and two nieces and two nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by Nelson Vial of Libby.


C.W. "Tiny" Jones, 82, a long-time Baker City resident and Baker and Union County businessman, died Sept. 7 at his home. A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Baker Elks Lodge, with a graveside service at 10 a.m. Thursday at Eagle Valley Cemetery with Pastor Gordon Bond of the Richland Christian Church.

Mr. Jones was born Dec. 27, 1923, in Richland to C.E. "Curly" Jones and Pearl Ritter Jones. He was raised in Richland and graduated from high school in 1942.

He served in the Army during World War II, and married Phillis Bennehoff in 1946. He started trucking in 1947 and owned Jones Truck Line for 30 years until he sold the business.

The family also owned a ranch between Balier and Haines for many year. He also worked part-time for Blarchford Farm and bough and sold cows for Armour & Co. He retired in 2003.

Survivors include a daughter, Kris Jones of Baker City, a son, Everett of Baker City, and a brother, Ralph Jones of Moses Lake, Wash. Dying earlier were two brothers, Herschel and Everett.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or to support multiple sclerosis research, in care of Coles funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814.


Vivian Lee Lovell Hook of Baker City died Sept. 12 at her brother's home in Milton-Freewater. A Rosary will be conducted at 7 p.m. tonight at Bollman Funeral Home, with a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Katherine Catholic Church in Enterprise. Burial will follow at the Enterprse Cemetery.

Mrs. Hook was born Feb. 27, 1929 to Garrett Samuel and Evelyn Billerbeck Lovell. She attended Hurricane Creek School on Alder Slope, as well as schools in Enterprise and Joseph.

She marred the late Carl Eugene Hook Aug. 3, 1946 inn Baker. She was a homemaker and ranch wife for many years, help her husband on two dairy farms. In their later years, she and Gene owned and operated a family-type lounge and bar.

Mrs. Hook cared deeply for her family, her faith and friends. She enjoyed all handcrafts, especially quilting and gardening. She was very active in politics, sports and loved a good cup of coffee. She was a former 4-H leader, a senior meals volunteer, a volunteer for the March of Dimes and worked with various alter society's through her church.

She was a member of the Baker City Quilters, the Gamma Theta Sorority and the Catholic Church of Baker City.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Sharon and Donnie Glasson of Elgin, Trena and Terry Jones of Lostine, Jerry and Nancy Hook of Joseph; sisters Lois and Slyvester Malabag and Edna Sue Perrin; brothers Marvin and Evelyn Lovell of Milton-Freewater, Kyle and Donna Lovell of Union and Skip Lovell; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Shrine Children's Hospital or St. Margaret Alter Society of Wallowa and in of Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise.


Warren William Jederberg, 85, of La Grande died Thursday at Grande Ronde Hospital after a short illness.

He will be buried next to his wife at Hillcrest Cemetery following funeral services at the Stake Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 11 a.m. Monday, .

He was born Aug. 26, 1921, in Selby, South Dakota,

Mr. Jederberg came to La Grande in 1943 as an aviation cadet, and met his wife during his shifts at the switchboard in the Sacajawea Hotel, and her work at West Coast Telephone Co. He served in the Army during World War II, spending most of his time in the European theatre.

He was generally known as an excellent mechanic, and worked for Blue Mountain Lanes where he bowled and maintained the lanes and equipment for many years. His last occupation was as Stake Custodian for the LDS in La Grande. He and his wife, Mary Ellen "Kelly," served as temple workers in the Boise Temple for two years. He was active in the church and served in many other callings.

Mr. Jederberg enjoyed watching basketball and golf, and was an airplane enthusiast all of his life. He was an avid swimmer, and bore the nickname "Jitterbug" for his prowess on the dance floor during and after the war years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years on Aug. 1 of this year and his older brother, Arthur.

He is survived by his six children and their spouses, 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.