Obituaries for the day of March 2, 2012

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Lewis, Rich, Scarbrough, Abel, DeBoie, Wagoner


Eddie Lewis

La Grande


A memorial service for Eddie Lewis, who died Jan. 17, will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Maridell Center on Washington Avenue in La Grande. The service was previously going to be held at the American Legion Hall. 

Eddie was 52 and lived in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel took care of the arrangements.



Charles ‘Chuck’ Rich



Charles “Chuck” Rich, 84, of Cove and formerly of Redmond and Crooked River Ranch, died Feb. 28 at his home. At his request, there will be no public services. 

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He was born in Portland to Robert and Kate (McClellan) Rich.

Survivors include his wife, Susann Rich of Cove; children, Tracy Alan Rich, Arlene Blumton and Nancy Blumton; one grandson; and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the GRH Hospice or the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Daniels-Knopp, Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.


Murvin R. Scarbrough

Formerly of Union



Murvin R. Scarbrough, 75, died Feb. 29 at Ashley Manor in Baker City. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Coles Tribute Center. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Baker Senior Center following the services.

He was born in Union Aug. 14, 1936, to Ralph O. and Gladys V (Anderson) Scarbrough. He graduated from Myrtle Creek High in 1954 and Moller Barber College in 1955. He then served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Hornet as the ship’s barber.

Murv married Jenna Lee Brown in Grants Pass on Aug. 2, 1960. They settled in Baker City and were married for 51 years.

Murv had many skills. He worked as a barber, truck driver, diesel mechanic, plumber and was a Baker City firefighter for 33 years before he retired in 1993. He was an athletic boy and later loved to coach his son at baseball. He never missed a game or meet if he could help it. He also enjoyed watching friends’ kids and grandkids play too. 

He loved hunting and fishing with his nephews. He played tournament cribbage and any other card game for fun. He golfed, read and went south with Jenna Lee for 18 years. He was the boiler master for Pam and Alan’s mint still on their farm in Haines.

Those who knew him say Murv never missed passing on a good joke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, R.O. and Gladys Scarbrough; brothers, Colin, Gordon and Buddy; infant son, Harry; infant daughter, Trisha; and infant grandson, Cory.

Survivors include his wife, Jenna Lee; children, Colin Scarbrough and his wife, Sadell, Pam Maxwell and husband, Alan; a sister Betty Strah; five grandchildren; along with cousins, nephews and nieces.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart n’ Home Hospice in care of Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.


Glenn E. Abel

La Grande



Glenn Emil Abel, 93, of La Grande, died Feb. 27 at his residence. At Glenn’s request, there will be no services. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Glenn was born March 9, 1918, in Dayton, Wash., to Amiel Mack Abel and Sarah Edith (Vasbinder) Abel. He attended Perry Grade School and Adams High School before his marriage to Lorraine Desire Whaples on April 26, 1943. Glenn was employed with the Union Pacific Railroad for 41 years. In 1939, he was on the section maintenance crew at Gibbon. In 1941, he became a telegrapher for two years in La Grande and 26 years in Pendleton. In 1969, he became an agent in Huntington until his retirement.

Glenn enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, camping, painting and playing the fiddle and guitar.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; his children, Diane Abel-Marshall and her husband, Larry Marshall, of Union, Donna Bunnell of Baker City, Myrna Abel-Stertz and her husband, Mike Stertz, of La Grande, Amiel (Michele) Abel of La Grande, Arden (Janet) Abel of La Grande and Valerie Abel of La Grande; his sister, Hester Godwin of Yakima, Wash.; sister-in-law, Margaret Abel of Hermiston; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, Amiel and Sarah; and three brothers, Burl Abel, Arden Abel and Bud Abel.


Bonnie DeBoie

La Grande



Bonnie DeBoie, 94, of La Grande, died Feb. 27 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A recitation of the holy 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.

Bonnie was born LaVonia Nellie Jan. 25, 1918, to John and Mary (Johnson) Miles at Baker City. She attended elementary school near Keating and attended Baker High School, graduating with the Class of 1936. 

After graduation, she went to Portland to attend beauty school. After becoming a licensed beautician, she returned to Eastern Oregon and worked in a shop in Union. 

On Sept. 24, 1939, she married Ralph DeBoie in St. Francis DeSalles Cathedral in Baker City. After their marriage, Bonnie worked as a
beautician in their home in La Grande for many years.

Bonnie was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and was very active in the Altar Society where she served as leader and in officer positions. She was active in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. She participated in a bowling league for many years and traveled all over the country, both in competition and also with the Ladies Bowling Association.

She enjoyed crossword puzzles and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bonnie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Nancy DeBoie of Albany; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; a son, Ross; and brothers, Myron, Cyril and Conard Miles.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Women at the church or in care of Daniels-Knopp 1502 Seventh St.,
La Grande, OR 97850.


Dorothy V. Wagoner




Dorothy Viola Wagoner, 96, of Summerville, died in February at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande. Private burial will be at the Summerville Cemetery.

Dorothy was born June 4, 1915, the daughter of Clyde and Lula (Winn) Broxson in La Grande. The family lived in Lostine, where she graduated from high school. She attended beauty college in Portland and then worked in a salon in Enterprise until her marriage to Edwin H. Wagoner on Sept. 16, 1936, in La Grande. 

They moved to Summerville in 1941. They were members of the Pleasant Grove Grange. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting and crafts and was known for the paper flowers she created. She liked to cook, but loved to bake and enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens.

Survivors include her daughter and her husband, Rebecca and John Weygandt of Summerville; daughter-in-law, Virginia Wagoner; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her son, Jimie Wagoner, in 1989; husband, Edwin, in 1993; and her brother, Dean Broxson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House or the Summerville Cemetery Chapel in care of Daniels-Knopp.


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