Obituaries for the day of February 14, 2012

By Observer Upload February 14, 2012 10:44 pm
Duncan, Fuerstenberg


Feb. 16 — Dan Duncan, memorial service, 2 p.m., Baptist Church

Feb. 17 — Larry Fuerstenberg, mass of Christian burial, 10 a.m., Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, La Grande

Feb. 18 — Claire Eckrich, celebration of life, noon, Blue Mountain Conference Center

March 3 — Lenore Bigler, celebration of life, 1 to 4 p.m., Powder grange


Dan Duncan

Wallowa County



Dan Duncan, 64, of Wallowa County, died Feb. 8 at home with his family present. A memorial service will begin at
2 p.m. Thursday at the Baptist Church.

He was born Sept. 9, 1947, to Bob and Ada Duncan in Enterprise. He spent most of his life working and playing in Wallowa County. On June 15, 1969, he married Susan Kliewer. The couple started a family and raised crops and cows in Leap.

He hunted elk with gun and bow; stayed up late playing games and winning bets; jumped off cliffs at the Blue Hole; wrestled and teased children; and worked on puzzles and brain teasers. Those who knew him say he was always willing to help those in need and loved his family and Jesus. He loved wearing his old cowboy hat with a turkey feather in the side.

He is survived by his mother, Ada; sisters, Kathy, Jan and Margaret; his wife, Sue Duncan; sons, Dave and Rob; daughter-in-law, Tamarah; and many grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Point of Connections, 83346 Joseph Highway, Joseph, OR 97846.


Larry Fuerstenberg

La Grande



Lawrence Eugene “Larry” Fuerstenberg, 68, of La Grande, died unexpectedly Feb. 6 at his home.

A mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 17 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church on Fourth Street in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Larry was born June 30, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, the first of eight children of Eugene L. and Viola F. (Seck) Fuerstenberg. The family then moved to Canoga Park, Calif., where Larry graduated from Cleveland High School. He joined the Navy in 1960 and served until 1964, mostly aboard the USS Forrestal.

When Larry finished his military service, he moved to the Rogue Valley in 1966, and married his wife, Penny. That marriage later ended in divorce. 

He served as a United States Postal worker until the mid-1980s when he was injured and went on medical retirement.

He later moved to Salem where he worked as a distribution manager for a telephone book company.

When that company ceased business, he then went to work for Telfax, Inc. in La Grande. He moved to La Grande in 1994, and worked for Telfax until it was sold to another company in 2005. He also worked for Blue Book until the company got sold. He then retired.

Larry was involved in many community activities, including Lions Club, VFW Post No. 43 and the Legion Post Riders. He participated in activities at the senior center and played cards with clubs at least three times a week.

He enjoyed motorcycle rides, traveling and recently became interested in his family’s genealogy. He recently made trips to see family members he had not seen in several years.

Larry is survived by his brothers, Michael of La Grande, Dennis of Big Bear Lake, Calif., Richard of Eagle Point and James of Eagle Point and Mark Fuerstenberg of Ashland; and sisters, Margo of Granada Hills, Calif., and Tina of Northridge, Calif. He was preceded in death by both of his parents.


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