Obituaries for July 6, 2012

By Observer Upload July 06, 2012 12:35 pm

Duane E. Schwebke

La Grande



Duane E. Schwebke, 85, of La Grande, died Wednesday, July 4 at Grande Ronde Hospital. 

A graveside service with military honors will be held Saturday, 11 a.m. at Grandview Cemetery in La Grande with Pastor Keith Hudson of the La Grande First Presbyterian Church officiating.

Schwebke was born on July 3, 1927, in Albion, Neb. His parents were Edward and Flossie (Cook) Schwebke. The family later moved from Nebraska to the Imbler area where Schwebke received his education before entering the Army where he served in Germany during World War II. After being honorably discharged from the service, he returned to Imbler. On May 25, 1947, he married Theone Berry in La Grande.

Schwebke worked briefly as a butcher before going to work for Boise Cascade in La Grande. He also worked part time at a local gas station for many years. Schwebke retired in 1989 after working 41 years for Boise Cascade.

Schwebke enjoyed many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping and driving horses. He also enjoyed dancing.

Survivors include his wife, Theone Schwebke; son and daughter-in-law, Evan and Cathy Schwebke, and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel 1508 Fourth Street, La Grande OR 97850. Online condolences to the family may be made at

Clark R. Peterson

Formerly of La Grande



Clark R. “Pete” Peterson, 72, of New Meadows, Idaho, died June 12, 2012, from pulmonary fibrosis.

Peterson was born April 2, 1940, in Klamath Falls to George and Mildred (Clark) Peterson.

Peterson’s family moved to Cottage Grove in 1949, where he attended school, graduating high school in 1959.

Peterson earned baseball and football scholarships to Southern Oregon College, which he attended for
two years before joining
the Air Force.

On April 14, 1962, he married Judy Panter in Cottage Grove. Their honeymoon was between Peterson’s basic training and a 15-month-long deployment to Goose Bay, Labrador. 

After deployment, Peterson served at Lowry Air Force Base for a time until finishing his service at Lockbourne Air Force Base. He then joined his wife in Springfield, where she was a teacher. After working in a variety of occupations, the couple moved to Hermiston in 1969, and Peterson began work at the Umatilla Army Depot. 

He attended Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in public administration. After graduation in 1974, the couple moved to La Grande where he became the Union County court director, a position he held for 20 years. 

Peterson enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and serving as a Boy Scout volunteer dad while his boys were growing up. He was a member of the La Grande Rotary and hosted three foreign exchange students. 

Peterson enjoyed golfing, alpine skiing and backpacking. He and his wife built a home in the mountains of Idaho in order to be closer to the sports they loved. 

He is survived by his wife, Judy, sons Troy (Le Ann) and Bill (Katie), his sister, Marlene Hoyer (Lowry), four grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Because Peterson loved sports, both as a participant and fan, his family requests donations go to La Grande High School athletic scholarship fund. 

Peterson’s wish was that no youngster who wanted to play should be denied the opportunity. 

Arrangements are under the care of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, Idaho. 

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