Obituaries for the day of May 1, 2012

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Buck, Hale, Stine




May 4 — Dan Hale, viewing, 5 to 8 p.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel

May 5 — Dan Hale, funeral services, 10 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Island City



LuElla R. Buck

La Grande, Union



LuElla Rose Buck, 93, of La Grande and Union, died April 29 at her home at Wildflower Lodge. A funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. Burial will follow at the Union Cemetery. 

LuElla was born June 15, 1918, the daughter of Jess and Clara (Weihn) Mooney in Elgin, Neb. On May 7, 1938, she married Ivan Buck in Elgin, Neb. They moved to La Grande from Nebraska in 1947 and later moved to Union. Ivan preceded her in death in 1989.

Those who knew LuElla say she loved caring for people and became very fond of the girls at Wildflower. She enjoyed embroidery and her family.

Survivors include her daughters and spouses, Betty and Thomas Scott of Yuma, Ariz., Shirley Alexander of Union and Judy and Donald Kenison of Heppner; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by all of her siblings, Leona Mooney, Alfrieda Johnson, Milford Mooney, Iola Adkins, Melvin Mooney and Donald Mooney.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the GRH Hospice.



Dan D. Hale

La Grande



Dan DeLoy Hale, 59, of La Grande, died April 26 at his residence. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Island City. A viewing for family and friends will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel.

Dan was born Oct. 11, 1952, in Pocatello, Idaho, to DeLoy Clayton and Ramona (Anderson) Hale. After he graduated from high school, he attended Ricks College. He also furthered his education at Clackamas Community College, Clark College and Blue Mountain Community College.

Dan served his country in the United States Army as a communications officer. He served as a paramedic for the Oregon City Ambulance Company. He was also a transit driver in Vancouver, Wash., and a school bus driver for Portland.

Dan was married twice. His wife is Jessee Hale. 

He enjoyed scuba diving, camping, mountain hiking and spending time with his family. He was an active ham radio operator. He belonged to the MARS, the Military Affiliate Radio System; ARRL, the American Radio Relay League; and the local amateur radio clubs in La Grande, Vancouver and Idaho.

Dan is survived by his wife, Jessee and their son, Hyrom Anthony Hale of La Grande; 10 children from his previous marriage, Nathan, Ramona, Rebecca, Adrianne, Caleb, Leland, Micah, Garrett, Jared and Jonathan; father and stepmother, DeLoy and Celeste Hale of Elgin; his siblings and their spouses, Tim and Penny Hale of Great Falls, Mont., Christine and Kevin Rasmussen of Winthrop, Wash., Loren and Genessa Hale of Milwaukie and Terry and Stephanie Hale of Elgin; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ramona Anderson; and two uncles, Ray Keith Anderson and Donald Anderson.

Memorial donations to assist with expenses may be sent to Loveland Funeral Chapel at 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.


Kermit A. Stine

Formerly of La Grande



Kermit Allen Stine, 78, died April 25 due to complications from a reoccurrence of pancreatic cancer. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary, 6801 SW Sunset Hwy., Portland.

He was born March 31, 1934, to Virgil Allen Stine and Katherine Elizabeth Owsley in La Grande.

Kermit earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Eastern Oregon State College where he also played football and baseball. He went on to earn a master’s degree in special education from the University of Oregon. He began his teaching and coaching career in Pilot Rock and then moved to Portland to teach in the Multnomah County ESD and the Lake Oswego School District. Kermit retired in 1994 after 36 years of teaching. He went on to be the first special education teacher at St. Mary of the Valley Grade School from 1994-96. Kermit also served in the Oregon National Guard from 1959 through 1963.

In 1966, Kermit married Linda Olson after meeting on a blind date in Portland. Kermit spent endless hours volunteering with Hillsboro Kiwanis, traveling, practicing tai chi, reading, attending sporting events and drinking chocolate milkshakes. He especially enjoyed meeting “the guys” for coffee at the Hillsboro Pharmacy and spending time with family. 

Those who knew him say Kermit was a true gentleman with a kind, gentle soul. 

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda; his two children — son, Erik Stine (LeAnn Owens) and daughter, Dagny Abel (Neil); two grandsons; brother, Charles J. Stine of Hermiston; and numerous nieces and a nephew. Kermit was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Dorothy Botting of La Grande.

Donations in Kermit’s memory may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Portland, OR 97239.


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