Obituaries for the day of December 13, 2011

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Rimbey, Van Leuven, Denison, Arbogast, Barker



Dec. 16 — Raymond Rimbey, graveside service with military honors, 1 p.m., Island City Cemetery

Dec. 15 — Terry Van Leuven, viewing, 5 to 7 p.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel

Dec. 17 — Terry Van Leuven, celebration of life, 10 a.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel; graveside service to follow, Island City Cemetery

Kimberly Ann Denison, 56, of La Grande, was found Dec. 12 just outside of La Grande. A complete obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


Ronald R. Arbogast, 72, of Vale and formerly of Union, died Dec. 3 in Vale. Memorial services will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Vale Christian Church. A potluck will follow the services at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lienkaemper-

Ronald graduated from Union High School with the Class of 1957. He was in the 82nd Airborne Division in the U.S. Army. He worked in the logging industry running heavy machinery in Forks, Wash. He moved back to Vale where he worked for the Ironside Road District until retirement.

Ronald is survived by three sons, Brett, Raymond and Craig; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Bruce Arbogast of Elgin; and a niece and nephew.

Thelma Batchelor Barker, 103, of Perry, died Dec. 6 at a private care center in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Thelma was born Oct. 16, 1908, in Cove to Burton and Elma (Delorge) Batchelor. She was raised in Cove and later lived in Longview and Seattle. She moved back to La Grande in 1980 to be near her sisters, Bessie Knapp and Bethel Ackley.

Thelma was married to Newt Brannon and then to Donald Barker. They both preceded her in death.

Thelma was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Burton Brannon; sisters, Bessie, Bethel, Cappy and Beulah; and brothers, Vernon and Woody. She is survived by her brother, Floyd Batchelor of Vancouver; sister, Geraldine Bromell of Pendleton; and several nieces and nephews.

Raymond Lee Rimbey, 91, of La Grande, died Dec. 10 at Grande Ronde Hospital. His graveside service with military honors will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at Island City Cemetery, followed by a reception at the United Methodist Church in

La Grande. A viewing for family and friends will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Raymond was born Aug. 7, 1920, in La Grande to William Lee Rimbey and Maude Bennett Rimbey. Raymond grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School.

He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the United States Army as a corporal. On March 31, 1945, he married Margaret McGinty in Wallasey, England. They made their home in La Grande where Raymond worked for Mount Emily Lumber and then Boise Cascade until his retirement.

Raymond enjoyed being with his family. His favorite activities were fishing, hiking, bowling, playing pool, horseshoes and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his children and their spouses, Peter Rimbey of Seattle, Patricia and Malcom Gordon of Eugene and Pamela and David Henderson of La Grande; two brothers and their spouses, Gerald and Bertie Rimbey of Reedsport and Adrian and Phyllis Rimbey of Hermiston; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Maude and William; two sisters, Helen Thornton and Opal Williams; and his brother, Albert Rimbey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.

Darrell Terry Van Leuven, 57, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande, died Dec. 9. A service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will follow at Island City Cemetery. A viewing will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

He was born Dec. 14, 1953, at John Day (Izee) to Darrell Clarke and Peggy Joyce (Ruberg) Van Leuven.

He formerly lived in Union, Great Falls, Mont., Boise and La Grande. He lived in Portland for a while and then moved back to La Grande and lived with Steve Kleng in Stanfield for a few years. After he moved back to La Grande, he moved to Baker City.

He was married to Debbie Hibbard. They later divorced. He spent 14 years with Patty Shirk. She died Dec. 8, 2006. His companion was Debra (Spence) Griffith.

Terry liked watching Nascar. He loved playing the guitar, and he liked to watch his brother and friend, Doug, play in pool tournaments. Those who knew him say his family was important to him.

Survivors include his companion, Debra (Spence) Griffith of Baker City; children, Travis Van Leuven and his wife, Amy, of La Grande and Melanie Seiders and her husband, Paul, of Arizona; brother, Dennis Van Leuven and his wife, Lori, of La Grande; five grandchildren; two nieces; and an aunt and her three sons and family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Darrell Van Leuven; mother, Peggy Van Leuven; and brother, Doug Van Leuven.

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