Obituaries for the day of May 7, 2012

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Aldrich, Ansell, Fager, Gilstrap, Hulse, Miller



Kenneth Aldrich



Kenneth Aldrich, 80, of Union, died May 6 in Utah. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements.



Clayton Ansell

La Grande


Clayton Ansell, 88, of La Grande, died May 6 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements.



Marvin Fager

La Grande


Marvin Fager, 90, of La Grande died May 5 at a local care center. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements.



Roderick Gilstrap



Roderick Gilstrap, 82, of Cove, died May 4 at a local care center. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


Duane Hulse




Duane Hulse, 81, of Wallowa, died May 3 at his residence on May 3. Graveside services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bramlet Cemetery in Wallowa, followed by a casual dress reception at Wallowa Senior Center. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Duane was born May 26, 1930, in La Grande to Roy and Lyda (Boyd) Hulse. He was raised in Wallowa where he attended school. On April 30, 1955, he married Lynda Robins in La Grande. They became the parents of four children.

Duane was employed at the Bates Mill in Wallowa, and worked as bus driver and custodian for the La Grande School District for many years. He enjoyed four-wheeling, camping, hunting and horses. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Wallowa and a member of the Eagles, Mavericks and the snowmobile club.

Surviving are his children, David Hulse of Summerville, Juanita Rolan of Wallowa, Cindy Hamblin and her husband, Steve, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Dennis Hulse of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska; two brothers and a sister, Harold Hulse and his wife, Dodie, of Wallowa, Elaine Durrer and her husband, Bob, of Tillamook, and Gary Hulse and his wife, Marilyn, of Wallowa; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Lynda; parents, Roy and Lyda Hulse; sister, Vera Mitchell; brother, Dale Hulse; and two sisters, Sharon Wart and Marline Sarrett.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wallowa Senior Center in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Barbara Miller

La Grande



Barbara Storey Bean Miller, 86, died May 3 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka, Calif., surrounded by her family. A memorial service was held May 5 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Eureka. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara Storey Bean was born April 7, 1926, in La Grande. She is the daughter of George Ariel and Ellen (Nellie) Storey Bean. 

Barbara attended elementary schools in Union, La Grande and Island City. After graduation from La Grande High School, she attended Eastern Oregon College of Education (later Eastern Oregon University) and graduated from Brigham Young University.

As a child, she picked strawberries and also helped harvest the cherry crops in her family’s orchard. While attending high school and college and during summer breaks, Barbara was employed by an attorney, the West Coast Telephone Co., Berry and Thomas Real Estate and Insurance and a jewelry store. 

At BYU, she was the supervisor of secretarial services in charge of typing term papers and master’s theses.

Following graduation from BYU, Barbara moved to Salt Lake City where she again worked for an insurance company, and later with an interstate trucking firm engaged in the petroleum industry.

Barbara Storey Bean and Richard Guy Miller were married in the Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They became the parents of two sons, David Ian and Ariel Richard, and one daughter, Ellen Jeanine.

She enjoyed playing the piano, reading and writing, gardening, especially flowers, and compiling history. Barbara designed and sewed clothes for her daughter. Barbara was supportive of her family, and she loved attending events related to activities they were involved with.

Barbara was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many different assignments. While in high school, during World War II, she was asked to be editor of a twice-monthly newsletter to all servicemen from the area.

She taught in the Young Women’s Organization and in Women’s Relief Society groups from New England to Walnut Creek and Eureka, Calif. She also served as nursery leader, primary pianist, junior Sunday school teacher, as well as the Eureka Ward and Eureka California Stake Relief Society president for several years. She also worked as the Family Records Extraction Program director for 15 years (1991-2006); Redwood/Eureka California stake historian for 39 years (1961-2000); and Eureka/Eureka First Ward historian for 46 years (1961-2007). 

From 1957 to 1975 while her children attended school, Barbara was an active contributor in Eureka School District PTAs, including serving as an officer in the PTA.

For several years, Barbara and Richard lived in La Grande during the summer and Eureka during the winter. 

She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Richard Guy Miller; their sons, David Ian Miller (Marla) of San Jose and Ariel Richard Miller (Lori) of Honolulu; daughter, Ellen Jeanine Miller Messerly (Ernest) of Springville, Utah; 11 grandchildren; and three step-grandsons; her brothers, Ariel Storey Bean and David Storey Bean (Audrey), all of La Grande; and sister, Ruth Bean Veal of La Grande; three great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1954; her mother in 1994; 3-month-old sister, Rae, in 1941; twin grandsons, Benson and Boyd Messerly in 1989; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Roundy Bean in 1980 and Jean Ferdinandsen Bean in 2003; and brother-in-law, Larry Veal 2006. 


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