Obituaries for the day of May 4, 2012

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Chandler, Hulse, Miller, Allen, Like, Pridgen





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



Maxine Chandler

La Grande


Maxine Chandler, 78, of La Grande, died May 3 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.



Duane Hulse



Graveside services for Duane Hulse, who died May 3, will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bramlet Cemetery in Wallowa. A casual dress reception at the Wallowa Senior Center
will follow. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Duane was 81 and lived in Wallowa.



Barbara Miller

Formerly of La Grande


Barbara (Bean) Miller, 86, of Eureka, Calif., and formerly of La Grande, died May 3 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral
Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


Dora Mae Allen

Formerly of Wallowa County



Dora Mae Allen, 99, formerly of Wallowa County, died May 2 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston after a brief bout with pneumonia. Sign the condolence book at

At Dora’s request there will be no funeral. Private burial will be at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens.

Dora was born in the Swamp Creek area of Wallowa County, Dec. 18, 1912, to Sinda (Baker) Hetrick and Vern Hetrick.

Dora never tired of her father Vern’s stories about crossing the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon in the late 1800s. In her teens, Dora accompanied her father’s fiddle-playing on the piano for dances held in various homes throughout the Wallowa Valley and Imnaha. Her love of country music continued all her life.

Dora married who was to become her constant companion of 74 years and love of her life, Glenn “Cy” Allen, on May 21, 1938. They took over operations of the family ranch between Wallowa and Lostine located at the foot of Allen Canyon.

Dora loved her children, her dogs, her horses and the outdoors. For over 20 years, she and Cy led a 4-H group, The Liberty Buckaroos, teaching young people from Wallowa and Lostine to compete in and enjoy horsemanship. They were honored for their dedication to 4-H in the mid-1960s. Later they became longtime members of the Pioneer Posse.

In 1964 they moved to Umapine and two years later found their forever home on the Old Highway between Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater where they lived until December of 2011 when they moved in with their son, Greg, in Hermiston. 

Dora was preceded in death by her parents, Vern and Sinda Hetrick; her son, Jim; her daughter, Gracie Ann (Casteel); and her sister, Marjorie Retherford.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn B. Allen “Cy”; three children, Glenda (Todd), John and Greg; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; 

Cy would love to hear from all friends and former 4-Hers at P.O. Box 72, Hermiston, OR 97838.



Robert D. Like

La Grande



Robert Darrell Like, 76, of La Grande, died May 3 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the Elgin Cemetery. A potluck reception will follow at the home of Gina Matte in Elgin. Those who wish may sign the guestbook at

He was born Jan. 8, 1936, to Audie W. and Jewel (Brown) Like in Cleburne, Texas. In December 1959, he married Laquietta Joy Campo. He owned and operated service stations in Texas and Washington. He then went to work for Waste Management Inc. in Seattle for 15 years until he retired in 2001, when he moved to Elgin. 

He loved his family, Western movies, John Wayne, Elvis, his cowboy boots and hat, the Bible, wrestling, animals, road trips, Snickers bars, yard sales, jigsaw puzzles, old cars, peanut patties and country music.

Survivors include his children, Audy Darren Like, Roger Darrell (Lisanne) Like, Gina Renee Matte, Tracie Olean Miller and Richard Blain Like; sister, Nell (Denver) Bottoms; sister-in-law, Christeen Deal; brothers-in-law, Neil Campo and Corrigan Campo; 13 grandchildren; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife in 2004; his mother and father; sister, Sue Monroe; brother, Charles Like; and grandson, Spencer Matte.



Lavern R. ‘Vern’ Pridgen

La Grande



Lavern Robert “Vern” Pridgen, 87, of La Grande, died March 21. Graveside services for Vern will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday at Island City Cemetery, followed by a casual dress reception at the home of Pat and Cindy Pridgen. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

He was born Oct. 7, 1924, in Hartville, Mo., to Amanda Rose (Oliver) and Orville William Pridgen. As the second youngest of eight children, he proudly served with the United States Army in the 75th Infantry during World War II. He was medically discharged in 1944.

Vern married his “princess,” Edith Patricia Smith, on Oct. 4, 1945. They were married for 63 years. He worked for Lynch Motors for more than 30 years as a top salesman for most of his career. He was a member of the Cadillac, Pontiac and Buick Master Salesmen guilds. When he wasn’t selling a car or truck, he was golfing until arthritis made that impossible. When he wasn’t selling or golfing, he traded properties for the fun of it.

Vern was a life member of the La Grande Elks Lodge and was active in the American Legion Post No. 43 while he was able.

Vern was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia. He is survived by his son, Pat and wife, Cindy, and their children of La Grande; his sister, Leezetta Martin of Baker City; and numerous nieces and nephews.


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