Obituaries for the day of April 24, 2012

By Observer Upload April 24, 2012 01:22 pm
Arnson, Dawson, Stein




April 27 — Dot Ann Ricker, celebration of life service,
2 p.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel; graveside service, Union; luncheon, First Baptist Church, La Grande



Fredrick K. Arnson




Fredrick Kenneth Arnson, 72, of Cove, died of natural causes on April 17 at his home. Memorial services, with military honors, will be held Sept. 15 at the Pine Butte Guest Ranch, 351 South Fork Road in Choteau, Mont. Services will begin at
2 p.m., followed by a potluck barbecue. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Fred was born March 6, 1940, in Muskegon, Mich., to Kenneth Harold and Clara Virginia (Dunkel) Arnson. He lived in Big Rapids, Mich., where he graduated from high school in June 1958. Fred grew up trapping and hunting, walking the woods and fishing and swimming in the many Michigan lakes. He played football in high school and was on the swim team. Fred also worked as a newspaper carrier and later for the Big Rapids Pioneer. 

He attended Ferris State College (now university) from 1967 to 1968 while he worked in the Ferris Plant Operations Department at the school.

Fred joined the National Guard and then the United States Navy after graduating in 1958. He served aboard the USS Ranger CVA61 in the Pacific Fleet until he left the Navy in 1962. Fred spent most of his career working in hospital engineering. He lived around the northwest states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana.

Fred married Elizabeth Bolton White on Aug. 3, 1963, and they were married for 48 years. He was employed by St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for 12 years and at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee for seven years. After retiring from the hospital business, Fred worked another 12 years as caretaker of the Pine Butte Guest Ranch outside of Choteau, which is owned by The Nature Conservancy.

Fred’s favorite activities were walking with his dogs, hiking and climbing mountains. He enjoyed rugby, skiing, square dancing, canoeing, scuba diving, whitewater rafting, skydiving and four-wheeling in his Land Cruiser.

His family said Fred’s greatest achievements were the strong friendships he made. He was always willing to help others in need and to offer a helping hand. Those who knew him say Fred was an excellent troubleshooter and problem solver. 

He loved animals and treated them as kindred spirits. He hated seeing them mistreated. Fred was a strong supporter of no-kill animal shelters.

Fred is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Arnson; two sons and their spouses, Erik Arnson and Ann Abbott of Genesee, Idaho, and Randy and Connie Arnson of Santee, Calif.; four siblings, David and Sherry Arnson of Stanwood, Mich., Yvonne and Rocky Symon of Stanwood, Gary Arnson of Big Rapids, Mich., and Barbara Tenbrink, formerly of Muskegon, Mich.

Fred also has an aunt, Beverly Arnson of Montague, Mich.; and two cousins; two granddaughters; and eight nieces and nephews. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Clara Arnson; and his sister, Carol Morgan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde hospice program in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850; Peace Hospice of Montana for Teton County Funds, 1101 26th St. South, Great Falls, MT 59405; and Bright Eyes Care and Rehabilitation Center in care of Terrie Nylund, P.O. Box 1498, Choteau, MT 59422.




Marvin W. Dawson

Formerly of Wallowa



Marvin W. Dawson, 95, formerly of Wallowa, died April 22 at Hermiston. A service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Burial will follow at Lostine Cemetery.

Marvin was born March 1, 1917, at the family ranch in Collburn, Colo., to Edith Pearl (Coine) and James Franklin Dawson. He got the nickname of Mutt when he was eight weeks old. He came down with the measles. Two nurses moved in to help take care of him and they called him Mutt.

When he was eight months old, his family sold the ranch in Collburn and got on the train to come to Oregon. The end of the train line was Shaniko. They bought a wagon and a team of horses and traveled to Plainview. He attended Plainview Grade School and graduated from Redmond High School in 1935. He worked for Duffy Nor, galloping horses and riding race horses. He also rode in the “roamin” races and drove in the chariot races for four years.  Then he went to work for the Keystone ranch in Prineville and the Howard Mayfield ranch in Lower Bridge.

When World War II broke out, he served in the United States Army as a lineman for communications. He served in Alaska, and at the Battle of the Bulge and the march through France to Germany.

After the war, he went back to work for Howard Mayfield. He was taking care of the cows at the little river ranch 12 miles south of La Pine for Mayfield.

He met Carmen Ferns when he stopped at the La Pine grocery store to see if Charlie Ferns had made it home from teh war. He married Carmen March 10, 1949, in Bend. They were married for 59 years. 

They retired to their home in Wallowa after ranching in Lostine for 23 years. Prior to living in Wallowa County, the Dawsons ranched in La Pine. In 1961, they were recognized as Deschutes County Cattlemen of the year. 

Mutt was a supporter of 4-H and FFA, which his children were actively involved in. He was also a member of the South Fork Grange.

He is survived by his daughter, Colleen Winters and her husband, Tim; sons, Mark Dawson and Lyle Dawson and his wife, Barbara; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchidlren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carmen; and his brothers, Perry Dawson and Ira Dawson; half-brother, Jamie Dawson; and sisters, Wilma Charmon and Thelma Reetz.



Richard M. Stein




Richard Myron Stein, 66, of Enterprise, died April 18 after a short illness. The graveside service was held April 23 at Enterprise Cemetery. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Richard was born Dec. 22, 1945, in Enterprise to Myron James Stein and Margaret Mae Quinn Stein. Rich graduated in 1963 from Enterprise High School. He attended Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls for two terms before being drafted into the U.S. Army in May 1966. After basic training, he served as a military policeman in Korea during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in February 1967 and earned the National Defense Service Medal. 

Rich married Connie Searles Oct. 17, 1964, in Enterprise. 

He enjoyed woodworking and carpentry. He built beautiful cabinetry and furniture in many local homes, including his own. He raised registered Paint horses and enjoyed hunting and camping in Wallowa County. 

He worked 20 years in law enforcement for Enterprise Police Department and Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office. He also worked for Bronson Lumber in Enterprise and for the U.S. Forest Service the last two years. He was a past member of the Elks Lodge No. 1829 and the American Legion. 

He is survived by his wife, Connie of Enterprise; sons, Jeff Stein of Joseph, Rick and his wife, Brenda Stein, of Corvallis; three granddaughters; one grandson; father, Myron Stein of Enterprise; sisters, Ernestine and her husband, Jim Kilgore, of Enterprise and Saonni and her husband, Fred Talbott of Union; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Bradley Vincent Stein; and mother, Margaret Mae Stein.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallowa County Health Care Foundation Outpatient Infusion Services in care of Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise.


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