Obituaries for the day of March 14, 2012

By Observer Upload March 14, 2012 01:45 pm
Scott, Hoffman, Payne, Clegg


Gail Scott

La Grande


A celebration of life for Gail Scott, who died March 11, will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Damascus Road Ministries Church, 905 C Ave. in La Grande. 

Gail was 49 and lived in La Grande. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


Earl Hoffman



Earl Hoffman, 85, of Halfway, died March 13 at a care center in La Grande. Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Odies E. Payne




Odies Eugene Payne, 81, of Elgin, died the evening of March 9 at a local care center in La Grande from complications of leukemia and pneumonia. A celebration of Odie’s life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin Stampeders Hall, 71112 Highway 82 in Elgin. Dress code is casual and food will be provided. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. 

He was born Nov. 16, 1930, in Brookhaven, Miss., to Charles and Bertie Payne, who moved to Louisiana for a short time, and later moved to Palmer Valley in about 1936.

The family moved to High Valley where Odie went to school and later graduated from high school in Union in 1948.

After high school, Odie met and married Shirley Clemmons. Their daughter, Gayle, was born in August of 1953.

In November 1950, his brother, Charles, recruited him into the Army National Guard. Odie went to the Army Cooks and Bakers School at the Presidio in San Francisco, Calif. He graduated in May 1953. He returned to serve in the La Grande unit for 40 years. When he retired, he held the rank of E7 Sgt First Class. Through the years, he served thousands of people and trained hundreds of cooks.

Odie met Nelda in 1959 while working as a milk man. They married and bought a restaurant and bar, known as Odie’s Steakhouse and Bronco Room. Odie’s family says the restaurant was one of the most popular destinations in the county for over two decades.

During this time, Odie was known for being passionately active at many rodeos and participating in stage coach and chariot races and more throughout Eastern Oregon. Odie was a fixture at the Pendleton Round-Up each year, competing in the stagecoach races and driving the stagecoach and immigrant wagon in the Happy Canyon pageant.

Odie and Nelda celebrated the birth of their first son, Scotty, in July of 1960, and in November of 1972 they announced the birth of their second son, Corey.

After selling the restaurant, he went into the food sales and delivery business and he retired in 1992. After he retired, Odie catered hundreds of events such as the La Grande Hospital Picnic, many church picnics, the Elgin High School alumni banquet, the Elgin Chamber of Commerce banquet and the Elgin Stampeders Steak and Crab Feeds.

His family says that through the years, one of the things people most remember about Odie is that he never met a stranger. They say Odie was the type of person everyone knew they could call “friend” within moments of meting him.

Odie was inducted into the Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame in 1997 and became a charter member of the Elgin Stampede Legends in the first induction ceremony in 2008.

Odie’s surviving relatives are his wife, Nelda; sister, Norma Mulligan of Vancouver, Wash.,; aunt, Vivian Burford of La Grande; daughter, Gayle Payne Agelink and her husband, Aaron, of Vancouver, Wash.; son, Scotty and daughter-in-law, Melody, of Elgin; son, Corey and partner, Scot, of Portland; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Elgin Stampeders Building Fund, P.O. Box 397, Elgin, OR 97827. 


Robert ‘Bob’ E. Clegg




Robert E. Clegg, 88, of Enterprise, died March 10 in Boise, Idaho, due to complications of heart surgery. Services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Enterprise High School gym. Refreshments will follow the service. Burial will be at Enterprise Cemetery. Bollman Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born June 19, 1923, in La Grande to Elmo and Aurelia Nibley Clegg.

He attended Willow Grade School in La Grande through the fifth grade. He then moved to Baker and eventually graduated from Baker High School in 1941. He excelled in three sports: football, basketball and track. While in high school during the summer, he delivered bread and pastries to grocery stores and cafes along with prescriptions from a drug store on his bicycle.

In the fall of 1941, he started college at Eastern Oregon Normal School (now Eastern Oregon University). After a short time, he returned to Baker to work at Eastern Oregon Lumber Company. He joined the Baker City Band where he met Oretta M. Hearing, a fellow trumpet player. She would become his wife. 

He was drafted into the Army in 1943 where he was sent to Camp Callon, Calif., for basic training. Later at Camp Livingston, La., he signed up for Bugler School. As part of the 555th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion, he was part of the 104th Infantry Division. After extensive training in Texas, Louisana and Florida, he was sent to New York to board the Queen Elizabeth headed for Glasgow, Scotland. He fought in France and Germany and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge.

After World War II, Bob returned to work at the mill in Baker. In 1946, he married his trumpet-playing sweetheart on Thanksgiving Day in Walla Walla. He worked at the mill for 10 years. His four children were born during that time.

He was offered a job teaching music at Enterprise High School in 1955 and moved to Enterprise. He received his bachelor of science degree in education in 1973 from Eastern Oregon State College. After directing bands and choirs at EHS from 1955-77, he retired. After that he taught music in Joseph and Wallowa schools for short periods of time. He then worked as the greens superintendent at Alpine Meadows Golf Course for 17 years.

One of his greatest joys was forming and directing the Wallowa County Band in the early 1980s for over 20 years. Bob enjoyed sharing music with others, hunting, fishing and gardening. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He loved family get-togethers and playing his trumpet. Some called him The Music Man.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Oretta; his parents; and brother, William.

Survivors include sons, Jim Clegg and his wife, Rose, Ron Clegg and David Clegg, all of Enterprise; daughter, Debbie Kellermann and her husband, Ron, of Joseph; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one nephew.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Enterprise Education Foundation for the Enterprise School Music Program in care of Bollman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 547, Enterprise, OR 97828.


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