Obituaries for the day of May 22, 2012

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Peters, Aldrich



Alfred ‘Al’ Peters

Formerly of Union



Alfred “Al” William Peters, 87, formerly of Union, died May 15. Memorial services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton.

He was born Sept. 26, 1924, to John W. and Goldie M. Peters in Walla Walla, Wash. He and his parents, along with his older brother, Harold, spent the next 18 years working the family farm 14 miles north of Pendleton. During this time, he had his primary school days at a small rural school at Kings Corner. Later, he attended school in Helix and stayed there until the end of the eighth grade. Al graduated from Pendleton High School with the Class of 1942.

After high school, Al went on to Oregon State University to obtain a degree in business administration. For the next four years, he alternated between OSU and working the family farm. In 1946, Al joined the Army and was sent to post-war Germany. Here, because of his German background and familiarity of their language, he was stationed with counter-intelligence. He spent a year overseas and was discharged in 1947.

After returning from the military, Al focused all his time, with two exceptions, on his studies at Oregon State. One of these exceptions was his managerial position with the OSU basketball team. It was then coached by legendary Slats Gill and Al was the team’s manager. The second exception was his future bride. He met Eldrid “Eldie” Irene Stousland, a young nurse from North Dakota. They were married in 1948. Al graduated in 1949.

Al and Eldie moved back to Pendleton. He took a job with Empire Machinery and she worked at St. Anthony Hospital. The couple became parents to Deborah in 1949 and Dale in 1952.

In the late 1950s, Al went to work for First National Bank. The new job lent to new locations. The family made home to the Eastern Oregon towns of Condon, Prineville, Ontario and finally Union in 1966. In Union, Al and Eldie became ingrained in the community and said they spent many wonderful years there.

Civic involvement was always important to Al. He was adamant in his belief of paying back to a community. He was a Happy Canyon worker and an active member of Sigma Nu. He was congregational president of Pendleton’s Peace Lutheran Church and a member of the worship committee of La Grande’s Zion Lutheran Church. He was involved with Union County Economic Development and served on the OTECC board of directors. Al was also involved with 4-H leadership and was a Lions Club officer. He was treasurer and president of Eastern Oregon Livestock Show and was a two-term mayor of Union.

Al was preceded in death by his father, John in 1967; his mother, Goldie in 1981; his brother, Harold in 1986; and his wife, Eldrid in 1989. He is survived by daughter, Deborah Vojtech of Garden Grove, Calif.; and son, Dale of Pendleton; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Union High School Scholarship Fund, Bobcat Foundation, P.O. Box 91, Union, OR 97883.

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Kenneth E. Aldrich



Following the Union United Methodist celebration of life service for Ken Aldrich at 2 p.m. Friday, his family invites friends to a potluck dinner at the clubhouse on the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show grounds.

Kenneth, 80, died May 6. He was a long-time resident of Union and a graduate of Union High School. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Livestock Show activities.



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