Obituaries for the day of February 17, 2012

By Observer Upload February 17, 2012 01:11 pm
Ekrich, Morris, Baska, Hocker, Withycombe



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

Feb. 25 — Betty Hocker, funeral service, 1 p.m., Wallowa Christian Church; burial, Wallowa Cemetery


Claire Eckrich

La Grande


A celebration of life for Claire Elizabeth Eckrich, who died Feb. 7, will begin at noon Saturday at Blue Mountain Conference Center. A reception and luncheon will follow. Casual dress is requested. Burial will be at the Elgin Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Claire was 53 and lived in La Grande.



Judy E. Morris

La Grande


Judy E. Morris, 60, La Grande, died Feb. 16 at her residence. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the



Delbert M. Baska


Delbert M. Baska Jr., 83, of Enterprise, died Feb. 15 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Services are not planned at this time. A full obituary will be available later. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Betty M. Hocker



Betty Marie Hocker, 84, died Feb. 14 at her home in Wallowa. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at Wallowa Christian Church. Burial will follow at the Wallowa Cemetery. 

Betty was born July 28, 1927, to Charles and Ruth Gordineer in Cottage Grove. She married Garland D. Hocker Nov. 10, 1945, in Cottage Grove. They lived there and had four sons before moving to Wallowa in 1965. 

Betty enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening, playing the piano, fishing and spending time with her church friends and family. 

She taught Sunday school for 23 years. 

She is survived by her sons and their wives, Gayle and Terry of La Grande, Ray and Connie of Soldatna, Alaska, Steve and Vickie of Hermiston and Randy and Sheila of Richland; Janice Bennett of Wallowa, who Betty thought of as a daughter; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Jeanne Gibson and her husband, Malcome of Eugene, and Carol DeSpain of Cottage Grove. 

She was proceeded in death by her parents; beloved husband of 61 years, Garland.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wallowa Christian Church in care of Bollman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 547, Enterprise, OR 97828.



Elwanda B. Withycombe

Island City

Elwanda B. Withycombe, 90, of Island City, died Feb. 16 at her residence. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


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