Obituaries for the day of March 5, 2012

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Hindman, Cannon, Miller


March 11 — Forrest Gray, celebration of life, 3 p.m., Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center



Donald Albert Hindman

La Grande


Donald Albert Hindman, 97, of La Grande, died March 2 at a care center in La Grande of pneumonia. At the request of Donald, there will be no services. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


Michael ‘Mike’ P. Cannon




Michael “Mike” Phillip Cannon, 63, of Union, died Feb. 26 of natural causes at his home. A memorial service was held on March 3 at the Union fire station. 

Michael was born on Oct. 6, 1948, to Edward and Dorothy (Cameron) Cannon in Rochester, Olmsted, Minn. 

Mike graduated from high school in Chicago and earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Following his honorable discharge, Mike traveled and held various jobs, including small engine repair. 

Mike eventually settled in Weiser, Idaho, where he served as the director of emergency services for the county health department in Vale. He then moved to Salem where he taught paramedicine at Chemeketa Community College while working as a paramedic. 

In 1995, he married Sandra Morse in Salem. They moved to La Grande in 1998 where he worked at Eastern Oregon University in the distance education program until his retirement in April of 2011.

Beside his deep passion for his wife and life partner, Sandy, Michael enjoyed forging (artistic welding and ironwork), woodworking, traveling on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, camping and restoring classic cars.

Mike was a musician and played drums both during and after his time in the Air Force with the band 31st Street Exit. Mike loved spending time with his family, which included his beloved boxer, Briar.

Mike is survived by his wife of 17 years, Sandra Cannon of Union; two step-daughters and their husbands, Sandra Jo and Daniel Johnson of Union and Coral and Josh Fine of Reno, Nev.; a sister, Lila and her husband, David Tresemer, of Australia and Boulder, Colo.; three grandchildren; two nieces; a nephew; and numerous other relatives. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Edward Elija; his sister, Kay Cannon; brother, Stephen Cannon; mother, Dorothy Harriet Bade; and step-father, John Bade; and his nephew, Xavier.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Doernbecker Hospital in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande.



Ean G. Miller



Ean Gustave Miller, 33, of Elgin, died Feb. 28 at his residence. Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday at Elgin Catholic Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory was in charge of the final arrangements.

Ean was born March 23, 1978, in Chicago to Ron and Linda (Garlitz) Miller. He attended St. Benedict School in Chicago and Elgin High School. Ean was employed with Boise Cascade.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Glenn and Dorothy Miller; grandfather, Walter Garlitz; and his uncle, Glenn Miller.

Survivors are his daughter and son, Ryleigh and Brody Miller of La Grande; his parents, Ron and Linda Miller of Burlington, Wis.; grandmother, Gladys Garlitz; four brothers and their spouses, Erich and Rosemary Miller of Ingleside, Ill., Eron and Jessica Miller of Burlington, Wis., Ethan and Kami Miller of Burlington, Wis., and Shawn Miller of Yuma, Colo.; his uncles and aunts, Bert and Jan Garlitz, Joe and Irene Garlitz, Kirby and Katie

Garlitz, Gaylene Garlitz, Jacqueline Kemp, Cheryl and Jon Kautz and Marilene Miller; and 10 nieces and nephews.



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