Obituaries for the day of December 29, 2011

By Observer Upload December 29, 2011 08:50 pm
Kleng, Russell, Smith, Webb, Maguire, McWilliams






Dec. 31 — James Kennedy, memorial service with military honors, 2 p.m., Eastern Oregon Livestock Clubhouse, Union

Jan. 7 — Tim Maguire, memorial service, 2 p.m., Union County fairgrounds 4-H building, La Grande

Jan. 7 — Judith Smith, memorial service, 2 p.m., Summerville Cemetery Chapel

Jan. 14 — Dewy Kleng, celebration of life, 1 p.m., Daniels-Knopp


Dewy Kleng

La Grande

Dewy Kleng, age unavailable, of La Grande died Dec. 26 in Boise. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center.


Mary L. Russell


Mary Louise Russell, 88, of Joseph, died Dec. 27. A service will begin at 11 .m. Monday at St. Katherine Catholic Church in Enterprise. The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bollman Funeral Home.


Judith Anne Smith


A memorial service for Judith Anne Smith, who died Dec. 21, will begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel.

Judith was 64 and lived in Elgin. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


Barbara Webb

La Grande

Barbara Webb, 78, of La Grande, died Dec. 28 at a local care center. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


Timothy B. Maguire

La Grande


Timothy Brady Maguire, 37, of La Grande, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Dec. 22 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Union County fairgrounds 4-H building in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Tim was born Feb. 27, 1974, at Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Wash. His parents are Mike Maguire and Vivien (Moses) Maguire.

Tim was a time trial racer. He loved to ride in races not only for winning, but just for the fun of it. For more information about Tim go to La Grande Ride,

At the age of 16, Tim became employed at Albertson’s in La Grande. At the time of his death, he was serving as assistant manager. He put in 21 years of service with Albertson’s. He was well known and appreciated by both staff and customers.

Tim enjoyed photography, playing the drums in a band, traveling and cooking.

Surviving Tim are his parents, Mike and Vivien Maguire of La Grande; his brother, Jon Maguire; sister, Lee Maguire of La Grande; and one nephew.

Memorial contributions may be made to La Grande Ride Inc., in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.



Jerry L. McWilliams



Jerry Lee McWilliams, 67, of Summerville, died Dec. 25 at his home on Ruckle Road. A celebration of his life will be held in Teton County, Wyo., this summer. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry was born March 31, 1944, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Roy and Lucille McWilliams. He was raised on the family farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse through eighth grade. Jerry graduated from Oskaloosa High School in 1962. He received a scholarship to General Motors Training Center in Omaha, Neb., and later achieved National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certification.

Jerry served in the Army from June 1965 through June 1967 as a mechanic in the 301st Army Security Agency Battalion. He enjoyed his career as a mechanic and retired after 23 years as head mechanic for the Teton County School District in Jackson, Wyo. Some of his accomplishments include a U.S. Department of Agriculture Certificate of Appreciation for his help with the Yellowstone fires of 1988 and a Teton County Transportation Department Employee of the Year Award in 1992.

On May 18, 1968, Jerry married his best friend, Mary Jacobs, and later moved to Gillette, Wyo. Their daughter, Jodie, was born in March of 1973. In June of 1974 they moved to Jackson, Wyo., and their son, Brant, was born in November of 1976. He loved spending time in the outdoors, camping, hunting and just enjoying nature. In June of 2010, after 36 years in Jackson, Jerry and Mary moved to Summerville to be closer to their children.

His family said that everyone who knew him experienced his generosity, loyalty, wit, wisdom and storytelling.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Jodie, and her husband, Keith; two grandsons; son, Brant; sister, Dorothy and brother-in-law, Donald; and his brother, Keith and sister-in-law, Betty. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and other relatives.


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