Obituaries for the day of May 9, 2012

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May 10 — Duane Hulse, graveside service, 11 a.m., Bramlet Cemetery, Wallowa; reception to follow, Wallowa Senior Center

May 11 — Maxine Chandler, memorial service, 2 p.m., Union Baptist Church; graveside service to follow, Island City Cemetery

May 11 — Barbara Miller, graveside service, 2 p.m., Hillcrest Cemetery

May 12 — Barbara Bare, celebration of life, 6 p.m., Island City City Hall; potluck follows




Clayton K. Ansell

La Grande



Clayton Keith 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.

Clayton was born Nov. 29, 1923, in La Grande to Leonard and Vana (Wheat) Ansell. He was raised in La Grande and graduated with the La Grande High School Class of 1942. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Honolulu. He was selected to become an engineer and was sent to V12 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He later attended Eastern where he graduated with an associate degree and then he attended Oregon State where he earned a bachelor of science degree. 

On June 18, 1949, he married Mary Madison in Echo. In 1950, Clayton went to work for the Oregon Department of Transportation and the couple lived in La Grande, Joseph, Vale, La Grande again, Dayville, Baker, Milton-Freewater, Eugene and Ontario before returning to La Grande.

He was a registered civil engineer and land surveyor, retiring in 1985. Clayton was a member of the Oregon Professional Engineers Association, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Jaycees in Enterprise. 

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tying flies, hiking and camping. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and taught gun safety to all of them.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of La Grande; children, Collin K. and Lisa of Albany, Wade B. and Heeyoung of Goodyear, Ariz., and Wynne G. and Jeffrey Mack of Oak Harbor, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Inez Pendlebury of Enumclaw, Wash., and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lewis; and a sister, Gladys Keeney.

Memorial contributions may be made to Clayton Ansell in care of Daniels-Knopp, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, OR 97850.

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