Obituaries for July 27, 2012

By Observer Upload July 27, 2012 01:03 pm

Norma Storms




Norma F. Storms, 87, of Imbler, died at her residence on Tuesday, July 24. No services are being planned at this time. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Norma was born in Mansfield, Pa., to Henry W. Fralic and Elva E. O’Dell Fralic on September 23, 1924. She grew up and graduated from high school in Mansfield. In 1945 she married William B. Roberts. In 1965 she married James R. Storms. She lived in Hillsboro, Ore., before she moved to Lopez, Wash., where she lived for 30 years prior to moving to Imbler nine years ago.

Norma was a bookkeeper before her retirement. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, painting, and gardening as well as golfing, boating and collecting antiques. She was a member of the Lopez Country Club.

Surviving her are two children, Judy (Rodney) Payant of Elgin; Rip Roberts of Imbler; one sister in law Mrs. Bob (Joyce) Fralic of Lopez, Wash.; 3 grandchildren, Lori Cooney and Kara Meyers of Joseph; Frank Kee of La Grande and 7 great grandchildren. Norma was preceded in death by her husband James; two sons Brad and Mike Roberts; brother Bob Fralic and her parents, Henry and Elva.

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John W. Dulin




John W. Dulin, of Lostine, was born Aug. 3, 1915 in Springfield, Mo. to Christine May Youngblood and John Thomas Dulin. He died early in the morning of July 21, just 14 days shy of his 97th birthday.

Dulin was raised on the family farm in Springfield, Mo. where he gained his love for the outdoors and learned a strong work ethic. He was the youngest of four brothers and one sister. In his early twenties, he moved to California where he picked fruit during the depression and eventually went to work for Bethleham Steel in Vernon, Calif., where he worked for 40 years. He married his wife, Dorothy, on Nov. 16, 1941. They were married 66 years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in France.

Dulin and his wife made their home in Whittier, Calif., where they built a home in an orange grove in 1950. As Dulin and his wife were considering where to retire, they traveled through the Lostine area. They spent the night at Pat’s Cabins up the Lostine River. Before they left, they had purchased property along the Lostine River in 1972. Soon after his retirement several years later, he started building a log garage and then a house. He read books on building log homes, and with this knowledge and his native intelligence, he built a large log garage and a three bedroom, two story log house where he lived until his death.

Dulin loved his family and made sure they had family vacations each year, whether camping at the beach or a road trip to see relatives. Dulin enjoyed fishing, hunting and hiking in the Wallowas. He could out hike his kids and grandkids. He ran in the 10K Lostine River Run when he was 70 years old. He was a kind and generous man who loved people and enjoyed helping his neighbors in any manner needed. He loved telling stories of his early years on the farm and his life during the depression. 

Dulin is survived by his daughter Christina Dulin Geyer and her husband Chris of Lostine and his son John W. Dulin Jr. and his wife Linda of Whittier, Calif. John was blessed with 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

His family and friends will gather for a celebration of life on Monday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at the Lostine Cemetary. A buffett lunch will be served at the family home following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wallowa Valley Health Care.

James Justice



James George Justice, 94, of Joseph, died on July 23. Services will be held at Community Congregational Church in Enterprise on July 31 at 11 a.m. A full obituary will follow at a later date. Bollman Funeral Home of Enterprise is handling the arangements.

Helen E. Windsor



Services for 83 year old Helen E. Windsor of Enterprise, who died on Jan. 25, whill be held Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. at the Enterprise Cemetary. Memorials may be given a charity of choice.

Laurence Lewin

La Grande


Laurence D. Lewin, 93, La Grande, died July 26 at a local care facility.  A full obituary will be published at a later time.  Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Chad Mercer

Formerly of Sutherlin



Chad Mitchell Mercer died on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 in Albuquerque, N.M. Chad is survived by his wife, Shannon Burklin; his daughter Ayden Raine Mercer; parents, Brian and Dianna Mercer, his brothers, Richard and Russell Mercer; and his sister, Lanae Jackson. Chad was preceded in death by his grandfather, Alva G. Clark; grandmother, Esther Mercer; and nephew, Alexander Clark.  

Chad was born in Pendleton, Ore., on September 16, 1975 to Brian and Dianna Mercer. He was one of four children raised in Sutherlin, Ore., and graduated from Sutherlin High School.  

He joined the Army in 1997 and served as a multi-channel transmission system operator and a network switching specialist for four years overseas in Bosnia and Germany until 2001. He was presented with several military commendations including National Service and Overseas ribbons, a Good Conduct Medal, an Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, and NATO medal.  

After serving in the Army, Chad moved to Albuquerque where he lived until his passing. He will always be remembered for his quiet humor, sly smiles, and his muttered under his breath comical comments. He had an incredibly gentle spirit and will always be in our hearts. Services will be held on Sat. July 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Sutherlin New Hope Church. All are invited to come celebrate Chad’s life with us. 

George Thacker

Formerly of Elgin, Enterprise



George Raymond Thacker of Wilder, Idaho, died on July 23, 2012.

He was born in Prineville, Ore., on January 17, 1962 and has been living in Wilder working with his father the past few years.  He attended school in Wallowa County and then moved to Brookings, Ore., where he worked for many years on a rock crusher and paving crew.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He is survived by his companion Roberta Williams, his mother Dorothy Daggett of Prineville, Ore., and his father Leslie Ray Thacker of Wilder, Idaho; three brothers Jerry, Mike and Ivan; two sisters Sherry, Patty; he raised three children and has four grandchildren; three sister in laws and one brother in law; four nieces and six nephews, all who will miss him very much.

Arrangements are entrusted to Flahiff Funeral Chapel in Caldwell, Idaho.

Contributions can be made in his name to your favorite charity. 

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