Obituaries for the day of December 30, 2011

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Austin, Kleng Sr., Munden, Russell, Smith, Spencer, Webb






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

Jan. 1 — Mary Russell, rosary, 7 p.m., Bollman Funeral Home, Enterprise

Jan. 2 — Mary Russell, mass of Christian burial, 11 a.m., St. Katherine’s Catholic Church, Enterprise

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

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

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


Cleo M. Austin

Formerly of Elgin


Cleo Maxine Austin, 86, of Sequim, Wash., and formerly of Elgin, died Dec. 18 in Port Angeles, Wash., after battling cancer. A memorial service begins at

1 p.m. Jan. 14 at Faith Baptist Church in Sequim. Pastor Lonnie Jacobson will officiate. A reception will follow.

She was born July 25, 1925, at Cricket Flat to Joseph Belle and Ella Mary (Hobbs) Scott.

Cleo married Robert Andrew Austin in 1948 in Pendleton. He preceded her in death on May 25, 2005.

Cleo worked as a cook with the Washington State Department of Corrections. She spent time living in Elgin, Horse Heaven, Wash., Port Townsend, Wash.; and Sequim.

She belonged to Faith Baptist Church in Sequim. In Port Townsend, she was a member of the Quimper Grange and the bonsai and rock clubs.

Cleo enjoyed ceramics, oil painting, bonsai, piano and jewelry-making.

Survivors include son, Drew Austin of Sequim; daughters, Cindy Nordberg (Mike) of Port Hadlock, Wash., and Elaine Gray (John) of Fullerton, Calif.; brothers, Lawrence Scott and Albert Scott (Maxine) of Wallowa and Johnny Scott of Aloha; sisters, Verna Miller of Metolius, Ione Hinze of Elgin, Alberta Eckstien (Loren) of Palmer Junction and Beverly Jacobs (Eldon) of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Richard Scott, Jack Scott and Pete Scott.


Dewy M. Kleng Sr.

La Grande


Dewy Mike Kleng Sr., 86, of La Grande, died Dec. 26 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho. A celebration of his life will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande.

Dewy was born Sept. 10, 1925, the son of Dewy M. and Flora Audrey (Shuey) in Enterprise. The family moved to Union County when he was 3. They lived in Lower Perry, Upper Perry and Hilgard. He graduated from La Grande High School with the Class of 1945.

On July 3, 1947, he married Shirley Carman in Weiser, Idaho. He served with the United States Army with the 3rd Infantry and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. After his honorable discharge, he worked at Paul Bunyan’s Car and Truck Repair for a year before going to work for Oregon Department of Transportation. He worked for them for 38 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the American Legion.

He loved spending time with his family and playing with his great-grandchildren. He also loved to hunt and ride his ATV.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Kleng of La Grande; sons, Dewy M. Kleng Jr. of La Grande and Stephen M. Kleng of Hermiston; brother, George Kleng; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by two infant children; his parents; brothers, Nick and Lewy; and sister, Martha.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association or Shelter from the Storm in care of Daniels-Knopp.


Nellie R. Munden

Formerly of Wallowa and La Grande


Nellie R. Munden, 82, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Wallowa, died Dec. 21 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla due to injuries sustained in an accident. The family is planning a private family memorial service in Richland later. They will place her cremains with her beloved husband, Lee J. Munden, and her parents.

Nellie was born May 7, 1929, in Richland, the youngest of 11 children to T.L. and Bertha O. Makinson Morris. She attended schools in Richland and Baker City.

She married Lee J. Munden on April 28, 1944. Nellie and her husband lived in Milton-Freewater from 1945-1967 when they sold the Horseshoe Club and relocated to Wallowa, living there until 1973. They owned homes in La Grande and Richland until 1997 when they began traveling for several years.

In 2000, they returned to the Milton-Freewater area. During those years, they were temporary parents for many children other than their own, whom they said they loved dearly.

She spent her time caring for her husband until he died in 2005, and then became the primary caregiver for her eldest son.

She spent much of her time tending to her yard and garden as well as crafting and sewing. She often shared stories about how much she enjoyed her conversations with early morning walkers and took much pride in the appearance of her yard. Hosting visits from her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren gave her much joy.

Nellie is survived by five sons, Thomas, Dale and his wife, Carol, and Gale and his wife, Carolyn, who all live in the Walla Walla/Milton-Freewater area, Danuel and his wife, Moni, of Boise, and Norman North and his wife, Linda, of Redmond, Wash.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and three great-nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.


Mary L. Russell



Mary Louise Russell, 88, of Joseph, died Dec. 27 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bollman Funeral Home. A mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Katherine’s Catholic Church in Enterprise. Burial will follow at Joseph Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary was born Aug. 11, 1923, to Ab and Mildred Daisley. She had a twin brother who died at birth.

Mary was raised in Wallowa County. She married Verne Russell Aug. 12, 1941, the day after her 18th birthday. Her dad had made her promise to wait until she was 18 years old to get married. Verne preceded her in death in 2002. Together, they raised two children, Jim and Judy.

Mary was a housewife, mother and grandmother. She worked for a time at the Wallowa County nursing home after her children were raised. She seemed to always be at her best when she was caring for others, her family said. When she was a young girl she would bake goodies for the American Indian children she used to play with when they visited in the summer for Chief Joseph Days.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her infant brother. She is survived by daughter, Judy, and her husband, Bill Ross, of Joseph; son, Jim and his wife, Theresa, of Joseph; sister, Rita Hall of Arizona; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Judith Anne ‘Bobbie’ Smith



Judith Anne “Bobbie” Smith, 64, of Elgin, died Dec. 21 in Bend. Her memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel in Summerville. Burial will be at Summerville Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobbie was born April 1, 1947, in La Grande, to Max Winfield and Orma (Schooler) LeGore. She grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School.

Bobbie is survived by one daughter, Tish AnDyke and her husband, Mick, of Bend; two sons, Greg Prosch and his wife, Sharon, of Boise and Michael Gibson of La Grande; her aunt and uncle, Mert and Darlene Le Gore; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Max and Orma; and her brother, Michael LeGore.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Cancer Institute in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.


Eleanor C. Spencer

Formerly of La Grande


Eleanor Catherine Spencer, 98, of Newport and formerly of La Grande, died Dec. 19 at Newport Rehab & Speciality Care of natural causes. A service will be held later. Affordable Burial and Cremation Co. is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Oct. 13, 1913, in Sheffield, Iowa, to Paden and Alma Smith. She graduated from Sheffield High School.

Eleanor lived in La Grande from 1962 to about 1985. Her son, Wayne Spencer, graduated from high school and college in La Grande and worked as a sports editor for The Observer.

She was an avid reader and she loved to garden. She loved to play cards with her sister, Eileen.

She is survived by sons, Charles (Gay) Peters of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Wayne (Vickie) Spencer of Newport; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Eileen Karki, 101 years old, of Chehalis, Wash. She was preceded in death by her husband, John (Swede) Spencer, who died in May 1998.

Memorial contributions may be made to Newport Softball Team.


Barbara E. Webb

La Grande


Barbara Elaine Webb, 78, of La Grande, died Dec. 28 at a local care center. No services will be held. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara was born July 17, 1933, in Dundee to Allen George Tindall and Ollie Mae Brandt-Foster Tindall. She graduated from Bend High School in 1951 and enrolled in the Museum Art School in Portland as an art major.

She became owner of Hillside Studio and taught art classes, as well as privately, for 20 years. On May 30, 1954, she married Donald Wayne Webb at First Christian Church in Portland. They became the parents of one son, Matthew Wayne Webb.

Barbara and her family moved to the Grande Ronde Valley in 1979. She was employed for several years at the Grande Ronde Hospital as a dietary worker in the cafeteria.

Barbara is survived by her son, Matthew Webb of Port Orford; as well as many cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, who died Jan. 2, 2000.


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