Obituaries for January 23, 2012

By Observer Upload January 25, 2012 10:28 pm
Bowman, Clemens, Gilstrap, Chapman, Harvey, Lewis



Retha K. Bowman

La Grande


Retha K. Bowman, 93, of La Grande, died Jan. 21 at a local care center. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.



David W. Clemens

La Grande


David Wesley Clemens, 55, of La Grande, died Jan. 20 at his home. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.  




Jeanne S. Gilstrap



Jeanne S. Gilstrap, 83, of Cove, died Jan. 22 at a local care center. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.



David J. Chapman

La Grande



David John Chapman, 65, of La Grande, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Jan. 8 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Dave chose to be cremated, with no service. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements.

Dave was born Aug. 4, 1946, in Corvallis to Earl Laverne Chapman and Tennie Steele Chapman. He was raised and schooled in Corvallis, graduating from Corvallis High School in 1964.

Dave came to La Grande in 1966 to attend Eastern Oregon State College, majoring in biology. He rode bulls and bareback and was president of the EOSC rodeo club. He took up bullfighting and contracted as a clown in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Later he enjoyed team roping, and competing in American Quarter Horse Association cow cutting. 

He worked for Power Transmission Products, eventually buying that business and creating Logger Supply and Four Seasons Fly Shoppe. He was an outdoorsman and
loved fly fishing, rafting and hunting.

Dave was married and divorced twice. He married Nanci Goodwin in 1975. They had a son, Benjamin J. Chapman. Dave later married Suzann Schoenmoser in 1994. He became the father of two more sons, Justin and Tyson Schoenmoser.

Those who knew Dave say he was a strong Christian.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his sons, Benjamin John Chapman of Brisbane, Australia, Justin Schoenmoser of San Francisco and Tyson and his wife, Eileen Schoenmoser, of San Francisco; sister, Diana Joan Chapman Ballard of Harrisburg; and one granddaughter.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Retha Mae Shirley Nursing Scholarship Fund at



Ethel C. Harvey

La Grande



Ethel Caroline Harvey, 92, of La Grande, died Jan. 19 at Wildflower Lodge. Graveside services will be held later. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements.

Ethel was born Nov. 26, 1919, the daughter of Melvin and Elsie Martin in Creswell. She graduated from school in Creswell. 

On Nov. 1, 1943, she married Mark Milo Harvey. They lived in Oregon and California for many years. She owned and operated a dog kennel while in California. 

In 1972, they settled in Portland where she worked as chef at Lucky’s Restaurant for many years and babysat for the Methodist Church. She was active with the senior center in Portland where she did ballroom dancing three times a week.

Her husband preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 1971. In 1972, she moved to La Grande to be near family. She enjoyed her flowers, yard work, dancing and cooking. She loved spending time with her family and loved dogs.

Survivors include her children, Marsha and Al Proctor of Oklahoma, Annette Roberts of Imbler, Rebecca Harvey of Richland, Wash., Eunice and Rich Voegele of Medford and Gary and Marie Harvey of Portland; 18 grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Michael Harvey; one grandson, Bill McIntosh; and three sisters and three brothers.



Eddie R. Lewis

La Grande



Eddie Roy Lewis, 52, of La Grande, died Jan. 17 at his residence. Details about a memorial service will be announced later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Eddie was born April 23, 1959, to Ervin “Stub” Lewis and Shirley Widick Lewis in Enterprise. He attended La Grande High School. He served his country in the United States Army and the Navy. Eddie was employed as a painter with Brooks Painting.

Eddie enjoyed playing drums and attending rodeos. He was a member of the American Legion. One of his favorite sports was football.

He is survived by four children, Christopher Loyd Kirkland of Washington, Kory Becker of North Dakota, Kevin Garrett Thomason of Washington and Crystal Cheyenne Granger of Washington; his mother, Shirley Lewis of Kennewick, Wash.; his father, Stub Lewis and his wife, Chris, of Heppner; two siblings and their spouses, Shelly and Marlin Halma of Yakima, Wash., and Geno and Michelle Lewis of Hillsboro; three uncles, Rocky, Kenny and Tommy Widick; one grandchild; two nieces and two nephews; and one great-niece and three great-nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande American Legion in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel.


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