Obituaries for the day of June 13, 2012

By Observer Upload June 13, 2012 02:50 pm
Anderson, Ochiabuto, Davis, Peters



Local funerals and visitations

June 14 — Father Daniel Ochiabuto, memorial Mass, 7 p.m., Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, La Grande

June 16 — Jimmy Stone, memorial service, 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, La Grande

June 30 — Rod and Jeanne Gilstrap, celebration of life ceremony, 1 to 4 p.m.; family presentation, 2 p.m., 69789 Antles Lane, Cove




Riki Anderson

North Powder


Riki Anderson, 42, of North Powder, died June 12 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements.





Father Daniel Ochiabuto

Formerly of La Grande



Father Daniel Ochiabuto, 38, of Nyssa and formerly of La Grande, died June 1 in Nigeria in a motor vehicle accident. 

A memorial Mass for Father Ochiabuto will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. 

Father Ochiabuto was born June 25, 1973, in Umuahia, Nigeria.

He attended Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, Nigeria, from 1998 to 2002 and the Seat of Wisdom Seminary in Owerri, Nigeria, from 2003 to 2007. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 28, 2007, and arrived in the Diocese of Baker, which is comprised of Eastern and Central Oregon, in 2009. 

Ochiabuto became associate pastor of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in November of 2009. In January of 2011, he became pastor at St. Bridget of Kildare Church in Nyssa.

Father Ochiabuto became ill in March and went home to Nigeria in April. He was struck by a passing vehicle while in Nigeria and killed. 

Father Ochiabuto was a member of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy congregation.




Clayton A. Davis

Formerly of North Powder


Clayton Alvin Davis, 93, of Seattle and formerly of North Powder, died April 21 in Seattle.

He was the second child of five born to Edward Alvin and Henrietta Clementine “Hattie” Myers Davis on Feb. 4, 1919, at the family ranch west of North Powder. He is the descendant of his grandparents, John S. and Susan Dealy Davis, who homesteaded the family ranch in North Powder in 1872, and Sam and Anna Haynes Meyers of Union County. Clayton grew up in North Powder and attended school in North Powder until the ninth grade when he quit school and went to work to help support the family. 

Clayton met Marie Miller of Eastern Idaho in North Powder, where her father worked for the Union Pacific Rail Road. Clayton worked for the Rail Road for about a year. Clayton and Marie were married in 1939 in Weiser, Idaho. Clayton and Marie moved to Walla Walla, where he followed the wheat harvest in the Palouse area.

In 1942, while working at Boeing, Clayton was drafted into the U. S. Army Air Corp, and was stationed in Honolulu and served during World War II. He was discharged in 1945.

Clayton owned and operated Richfield Gas Station in Seattle and his brother, Kenneth, worked for him. Clayton worked as a mechanic and in later years worked as a heavy equipment operator in the construction field until his retirement. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie in 1985; his father, Edward in 1964; his mother, Hattie Pearson in 1983; his sisters, Susie Cecilia and her husband, Owen Gorham, Ida Joyce and her husband, William Tippett, and Jacqueline and her husband, Louis April; brother, Kenneth Davis; and son-in-law, Larry Hegenderfer.

Clayton is survived by children, Karen Hegenderfer of Spokane, Wash., Gary Davis of Salmon, Idaho, and Judith Davis of Seattle; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mary Davis of Montesano, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.


Vivian I. Peters

Baker City



Vivian Idella Peters, 95, died June 11 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. Ministers Michael Summers, Twila Krigbaum and Becky Welch will officiate. A private burial for family will follow at Island City Cemetery.

Vivian, the daughter of Carl and Esther (Miliander) Wahlin, was born Aug. 18, 1916, on a homestead five miles east of Goodridge, Minn. She moved with her family in 1929 to a small farm 13 miles south of Fosston, Minn.

She married Ebright Peters on Sept. 12, 1938. They lived in North Dakota and Minnesota before moving to Oregon in 1955. They moved to the Grande Ronde Valley of Oregon in 1960. Vivian lived there until moving to Baker City in 1991.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ebright; her son, Vilus Peters; her daughter and son-in-law, Joy and John Boettcher; and her granddaughter, Beth Synan. She is survived by her son, Virgil (Pete) Peters; son, Elvin (Joan) Peters; son, Jerry (Arden Bardol) Peters; daughter, Priscilla (Ron) Synan; daughter-in-law, Jackie Peters; daughter-in-law, Jan (Pat) Callaghan; daughter-in-law, Deb (Ron) Hoy; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Quick and Fern Boettcher; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baker County Meals on Wheels in lieu of flowers in care of Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.


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