Obituaries for the day of January 4, 2012

By Observer Upload January 04, 2012 08:40 pm
Faro, Jones, Strong






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. 7 — Margaret Faro, celebration of life, 1 p.m., Union County Senior Center

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


Margaret Faro

La Grande

A celebration of life for Margaret Faro, who died Jan. 1, will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Union County Senior Center in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret was 71 and lived in La Grande. A full obituary will be available later.



Clark E. Jones

Formerly of Union


Clark Eugene Jones, 78, formerly of Union, died Dec. 25 at his Allegany home. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles Lodge in Coos Bay. Cremation rites were held under the direction of Nelson’s Bay Area Mortuary.

Clark Eugene Jones was born Sept. 7, 1933, in Colorado Springs, Colo., the second son of Lewis Enoch Jones and Delfa Pearl Barzee Jones. He was named for his grandfather, Clark Barzee, and his mother’s favorite teacher, Eugene Olsen.

He graduated from Union High School in Union where he played football. He was chosen to be the first Union High School student to play for the Shrine East West football game, his family said.

He was an avid outdoorsman during his career as cattle rancher, logger, construction worker and commercial fisherman. He supported several volunteer organizations in the community including Boy Scouts and the STEP and AMVETS organizations.

Shortly after graduating from high school, he was drafted for the U.S. Army, serving in South Korea. On his birthday, he married Lucy Ruth Shaffer Sept. 7, 1955, in Walla Walla, Wash. He than enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served six years. He then settled in Allegany to build their dream home.

He worked for Weyerhaeuser before retiring.

He enjoyed photography, fishing at the bay, gardening, helping neighbors and volunteering in the community. He and Lucy enjoyed wood-working crafts.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Lucy; a brother, Melvin; and his parents.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Lonny and Mary Jones of North Bend; daughter, Kathy Marsh of Coos Bay; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Don and Ellen Kohler of La Grande; brother and sister-in-law, Neil and Shirley Jones of Saratoga Springs, Utah; sister and brother-in-law, Jim and Cheryl Clausen of Nampa, Idaho; sister-in-law, Fredrica Jones of Warden, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.



Merrill L. Strong

Formerly of La Grande


Merrill Lewis Strong, 69, of Boise and formerly of La Grande, died Dec. 21. A dedication of the grave will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Merrill was born Nov. 5, 1942, to Leonard and Mildred (Thompson) Strong in La Grande. He was the fourth of five children.

After high school, Merrill enlisted in the Navy and served for four years. After his release from the Navy, he attended Eastern Oregon College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. In 2000, he received his masters of science of instructional design from Boise State College.

In 1967, he married Janet Maureen Miller. They had three daughters, Sarah Ann, Rachel Maureen and Elizabeth Ann. Later, Merrill and Janet divorced.

After moving to Boise in 1973, Merrill started his pottery business. He traveled extensively, selling his pottery throughout the United States. Some of it was even shipped overseas.

Later Merrill met and married Cherie Cobbett in the Salt Lake Temple. Together, they raised her two children, Danielle and Joshua. After becoming empty nesters, Merrill and Cherie enjoyed being workers in the Boise, Idaho, Temple.

He was an artist, potter, photographer, designer, builder, educator and genealogist. He loved to read and loved Boise State football. He was interested in technology. He enjoyed simple things like going to the movies and going to Costco for a hot dog. Merrill’s greatest loves were his wife, his five children, his six grandchildren and his church, his family said.

Merrill is survived by his wife, Cherie Strong; his children, Sarah Bell of Salt Lake, Rachel Strong of Boise, Elizabeth Strong of San Francisco, Danielle Gillespie of Hawaii and Joshua Cobbett of Boise. He is also survived by six grandchildren; his siblings, Beverly Kirkwood, Carol Wilhelm, Myron Strong and Alan Strong; and his daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


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