Obituaries for the day of March 1, 2012

By Observer Upload March 01, 2012 01:16 pm
DeBoie, Lewis, Miller, Wagoner, Hughes, Rysdam


Bonnie DeBoie

La Grande


Bonnie DeBoie, 94, of La Grande, died Feb. 27 at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A recitation of the rosary will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church.

A complete obituary will be available later.


Eddie Lewis

La Grande


A memorial service for Eddie Lewis, who died Jan. 17, will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Eddie was 52 and lived in La Grande.


Ean G. Miller



Ean G. Miller, 33, of Elgin, died Feb. 28 at his residence. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Elgin Catholic Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

A full obituary will be available later.



Dorothy V. Wagoner



Dorothy Viola Wagoner, 96, of Summerville, died at a local care facility in February. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House or the Summerville Cemetery Chapel in care of Daniels-Knopp. A full obituary will be available later.


Jack Hughes

Formerly of La Grande



Jack Hughes, 81, formerly of La Grande, died Feb. 2. A service was held Feb. 25. Friends may send notes to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

He was born Oct. 16, 1930. He spent his early childhood in La Grande and Eastern Oregon where his father, John C. Hughes, worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and his mother, Velma, was a homemaker. Jack had three half-sisters, Inez, Iris and Dollie.

After 12 years, the family moved to Pendleton where Jack graduated with the Class of 1950. He had a lot of friends and even through this last Christmas, he was in correspondence with several of his high school friends.

When in his twenties, he and his mother moved to Portland where he worked as a salesman for Hosiery Mills and R.S. Apparel. He also worked for the Goodwill for 17 years.

Jack loved to travel and had a keen memory for places visited with his mother and aunt such as Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Yellowstone, Hawaii and Seattle. His trip to Washington, D.C., and tour of the White House under the presidency of Ronald Reagan was a highlight of his life. Another highlight was his claim to fame with royal blood stemming back to King Henry II. A coat of arms of his family was on display in his apartment.

He loved to eat and enjoyed occasional outings to local restaurants in the Beaverton area. He also loved his pastries and frappuccinos.

Jack moved to Hearthstone of Beaverton Assisted Living Community in March of 1998 with his mother, Velma. Staff members say Jack lived at Hearthstone of Beaverton Assisted Living longer than any other resident.

They say he never missed a chance to heckle or tease, and he rarely forgot anything. Because of that, staff said he added a lot of color to Hearthstone. A portrait of Jack will be installed in the hallway at the center.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and three half-sisters.


John E. Rysdam




John Eegedeious Rysdam, 60, of Elgin, died Feb. 28 at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. A celebration of his life will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Summerville Baptist Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

John was born June 18, 1951, in La Grande to John E Rysdam II and Peggy Jeanne Nedrow. The second oldest of five children, John loved spending time with his siblings, Toni Rysdam-Shorre, Gene Rysdam, Jesse Rysdam and Ge Rysdam.

Growing up on Cricket Flat, John loved farming, ranching and running the sawmill with his father. John graduated from Elgin High School in 1970, where he excelled in sports. He was the state wrestling champion at 168 pounds in 1970. John married his high school sweetheart, Volney Dawn Farris, in 1970 as well.

John and Volney raised three daughters, Dena Rysdam-Ledbetter of Elgin, Keela Rysdam of Vale and Kasey Rysdam-Nash of John Day.

John’s wife and girls were his whole world. John’s motto was “a family that works together stays together.” The original five grew up getting wood, hauling hay and tending to John’s beef cows. Summers were spent camping down at the Minam, riding horses and enjoying time with family.

John bought property on Clark’s Creek Road in 2005. He had finally found a place where he was truly content and referred to it as “his little slice of heaven.” Living on the creek brought John great joy.

He loved becoming a grandpa. He was called “Papa” by his grandchildren, Maggie, Bo, Tee and Jesse Ledbetter and Cutter and Nevada Nash. Family said the grandchildren looked up to him and loved spending afternoons with him playing. He had said his two sons-in-law also made John’s life complete. Bill Ledbetter and Rowdy Nash were considered best friends of John’s.

Those who knew John say he loved Jesus and raised his family in church. He was a member at Summerville Baptist Church.