Obituaries for the day of February 15, 2012

By Observer Upload February 14, 2012 11:00 pm
Bluhm, Martin


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

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


Sherry Ann Bluhm



Sherry Ann Bluhm, 63, of Elgin, died Feb. 8 at her home. Services will be announced later in the spring. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Sherry was born Nov. 11, 1948, in Brunswick, Ga., to Donald M. and Patsy Udell (Oliphant) Foss. She graduated from Pine Valley High School in Halfway. 

On Nov. 13, 1968, she married her high school sweetheart, David Gordon Bluhm.

Sherry loved to go huckleberry-picking, hunting and fishing on the Snake River, getting wood and being in the Eagle Cap area where she and Dave enjoyed mushroom-hunting. 

Sherry collected cookbooks and restaurant menus. She read a lot and enjoyed traveling and sightseeing. She also collected cat figurines and was known as the woman who loved cats.

Sherry was a 4-H leader. She started the Long Ear Society.She stopped being a 4-H leader when she became ill in 1986.

She is survived by her husband, David, of Elgin; son, James M. Bluhm, of Elgin; siblings, Rose Caudle of Kennewick, Wash., Jim Caudle of Kennewick, Karen Foss of Benton City, Wash., Dennis Bluhm of Beaver and Pat Bluhm of Beaver; aunt and uncle, Dave and Skippy Romine of Halfway; two grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Sherry was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Patsy; her brother, Martin L. Foss; her stepfather, Paul Tate; and her father-in-law, Alfred R. Bluhm.



Don Martin

Wallowa County



Don Martin, 75, a longtime resident of Wallowa County, died Feb. 7 in Walla Walla, Wash. A service was held Feb. 13. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Don was born to Robert and Georgia (Farley) Martin in Baker City on Feb. 15, 1936. He grew up working on farms and ranches in the area. In his sophomore year of high school, he moved to Wallowa where he met his lifetime sweetheart, Verla Gibson, who became his wife on Feb. 28, 1954. They were married for almost 57 years.

Dan was an athlete and those who knew him say that “pound for pound, he was the toughest lineback/running back in the league.” He was part of a championship football team his senior year for Wallowa High School. His sons and grandchildren all have participated in sports at the state championship level in Wallowa and Grant counties.

In 2008, Don was proud to attend the state championship games in football where his grandson Tyler’s team from John Day took first in the 3A class and his grandson Trent’s team from Joseph took second in 1A.

Don graduated from Molar Barber College in Portland.

Don was known for the “regular haircut,” his chewing gum and the smell of the aftershave he used. In the ’90s, he was known for the buzz cut his grandson Josh and his Joseph High School basketball team liked. 

Don worked as a barber on Main Street in Enterprise, partnering first with Deb Fordyce until Deb died. He worked there as a barber for 50-plus years and worked nearly until the day he left for surgery. He later died of complications from that surgery.

Don loved the outdoors and loved riding horses, packing, camping and hunting the rugged canyons of the Snake and Imnaha. He enjoyed playing cards with his many friends, spending time with his wife and following his kids and grandkids in the many sports they participated in.

Don and Verla were staunch supporters of the Enterprise wrestling program — from their eldest son, Dan, in 1968, through the youngest son, Cory, in 1983. The couple was inducted into the first ever Enterprise Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1997.

Survivors include his wife, Verla, of Enterprise; his son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Peggy Martin and their three children; his late son, Kelly’s, two sons; son, Cory and his two sons; two great-grandchildren; and Verla’s mother, Eva Dern.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Georgia Martin; son, Kelly Martin; and brothers, Robert and Gary Martin. 


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