Obituaries for the day of April 6, 2012

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Cummings, Potts





April 14 — Juanita Fitzpatrick, celebration of life, 2 p.m., Elgin Stampede Hall; reception follows



Ustious G. Cummings Jr.

La Grande



Ustious G. Cummings Jr., 69, of La Grande, died March 28 at his home.

His memorial service was held April 5 at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel in Baker City. Pastor Bruce Smith of New Beginnings Fellowship Church in Baker City was the officiant. Burial was in the veterans section of Mount Hope Cemetery. A reception was held at the New Beginnings Fellowship Church.

Ustious was born Sept. 22, 1942, in Lamesa, Texas, to Ustious Sr. and Lola Pearl Cummings. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1961, and was stationed in Fallon, Nev., at the U.S. Naval Base. At the end of his enlistment in 1966, he received an honorable discharge.

Ustious worked at Crown Zellerback in Antioch, Calif., for 15 years and then retired from General Chemical Corporation of West Pittsburg, Calif., in 2003. Upon retirement, he relocated to Oregon to be closer to family in Baker City. 

Ustious enjoyed gardening, refurbishing old furniture and watching science fiction movies.

Survivors include his mother, Lola Pearl Cummings; brother, Johnny and his wife, Donna, of Baker City; two sisters, Geraldine, and her husband, Tom Krigbaum, of Pioneer, Calif., and Shirlene and her husband, Ken Taylor, of Caldwell, Idaho; five daughters, Julie Feliciano of Antioch, Vickie and her husband, Tony Thomas, of Milpitas, Calif., Jennifer Shaver of Occidental, Calif., Kristie Feack of La Grande and Kathy and her husband, Rob Moss, of Missoula, Mont.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his son and his father.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heart N’ Home Hospice or New Beginnings Fellowship Church in care of Gray’s West & Company Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. 


Henry E. Potts

La Grande



Henry Earl Potts, 89, of La Grande, died April 5 at a local care center. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. April 11 at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. Fraternal services and military honors will be included. 

Henry was born July 19, 1922, to Earl Franklin and Marina Christine (Nelson) Potts in Greenville, Calif. He was raised between California and Granite, where the family prospected. After graduation from high school, he served in the United States Navy during World War II. 

On March 3, 1952, he married Myrna Collings in Baker. He worked as an electrician for CP National for 30 years, retiring in 1984. 

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Rusty Wheels Vintage Car Club. He enjoyed restoring old cars and was a talented mechanic on anything that needed repair. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved spending time with his grandchildren and visiting Granite as much as he could.

Survivors include his wife, Myrna of La Grande; children and their spouses, Jeri and Keith VanVickle of Cove, Leo and Suzanne Potts of Seattle and Earlene Gillette of Seattle; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande School District Angel Fund.


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