Obituaries for the day of April 19, 2012

By Observer Upload April 19, 2012 01:14 pm
Simmons, Ricker, Wells




April 20 — Jerry Klinglesmith, viewing, 4 to 6 p.m., Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center

April 21 — Jerry Klinglesmith, funeral, 11 a.m., Daniels-Knopp; burial, Grandview Cemetery

April 22 — Genevie Wells, viewing, 2 to 3 p.m., Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center

April 23 — Genevie Wells, celebration of life, 11 a.m., Harvester’s Church of the Nazarene, Elgin

April 27 — Dot Ann Ricker, celebration of life service, 2 p.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel


Eugena D. Simmons

La Grande



Eugena Diane Simmons, 41, died April 16 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Family services will be held later. Sign the guest book and leave a message for the family at 

Eugena was born Jan. 15, 1971, to Ronald E. and Linda (Kuhn) Beck in Enterprise. The family later moved to Pendleton. 

She moved to La Grande, and she married Kelly Simmons on March 15, 2001. She was a member of N.A. 

She loved being with her children and family and enjoyed working with animals. She also enjoyed shopping, reading, writing and drawing.

Survivors include her husband, Kelly of La Grande; children, Phillip Delury of Pendleton, Tesla Delury of Enterprise and Jade Delury of Joseph; mother and her companion, Linda Hawley and Harvey Thompson of Pendleton; father and his wife, Ronald and Sarah Beck of Prosser, Wash.; sister, Cristi Hawley of Stanfield; three half-brothers; grandparents, Doris and Alvin Kuhn of Enterprise; uncle, Randy Kuhn of Spokane; one niece; one nephew; and other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association or N.A. in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.


Dot Ann Ricker

Formelry of La Grande



Dot Ann Ricker, 74, formerly of La Grande, died April 15. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. April 24 at First Presbyterian Church in Whitefish, Mont. A celebration of life service will begin at
2 p.m. April 27 at Loveland Funeral Chapel, followed by burial in Union. Austin Funeral
Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Dot Ann Anson to Claude and Dot Anson in La Grande in 1937. She graduated from La Grande High School and attended college at Eastern Oregon State College. She graduated from the University of Oregon with an education degree. Soon after, she met and married the love of her life, Michael Ricker, of Union. They had three children: Curtis, Shannon and Tod. 

Dot Ann taught high school physical education and health in Portland, Seattle and Whitefish. She was an active member of the Whitefish community and with First Presbyterian Church. She served on the boards for League of Women Voters, Montana State Medical Ladies Auxiliary and Rainbow Girls. She was the president of the Swim Team Parents group. She was a member of PEO, Eastern Star and Beta Sigma Phi. She was selected as First Lady of Whitefish in 1983 in recognition of her efforts for the

She worked to get a public pool in Whitefish and taught swim lessons for many years to preschool- through high school-age kids. Her winters were filled with skiing and sharing her passion for it with kids and adults, especially as a Big Mountain ski school instructor.

Although her life was filled with activities and enthusiasm for her community, her love for her family, friends and above all, Jesus, surpassed them all, her family said.

Those who knew her say she lived life with a dauntless spirit full of enthusiasm and optimism. They say they will miss her quick wit and endless charm.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Dot and Claude Anson. 

She is survived by her husband, Michael Ricker; her children and spouses, Curtis and Tatiana Ricker of La Grande, Tod and Debbie Ricker of Sisters and Shannon and David Mercer of Whitefish; her sister and husband, Sue and Michael McGuire of Golden, Colo.; and 11 grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Whitefish.

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Genevie B. Wells




Genevie B. (Long) Wells, 87, of Elgin, died April 17 at Post Acute Rehab in
La Grande. The family will greet those who wish to attend a viewing Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Harvester’s Church of the Nazarene in Elgin. Burial will follow at the Elgin Cemetery.

Gen was born on Oct. 27, 1924, in Elgin to Carl and Rula (Stowe) Long. She was raised on the family farm and attended a one-room school across the road from the farm on Cricket Flat. After the closure of rural schools, she went to school in Elgin and graduated from Elgin High School.

In 1946, Gen was the queen of the first Elgin Stampede. In 1947, she married Waide Wells. Gen played the guitar and sang. She enjoyed tole painting, sewing, gardening and most important, hunting and fishing. Those who knew her say she was an excellent markswoman and some people called her Annie Oakley.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Dick Becker; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Angi Wells; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Waide, on Dec. 17, 2011, along with many extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any charity in care of Daniels-Knopp, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande.


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