Obituaries for Aug. 10, 2012

By Observer Upload August 10, 2012 10:47 am

Velva Blanche Hofmann

La Grande


Velva Blanche Hofmann, 97, of La Grande, died Aug. 5 at the Grande Ronde Hospital after a brief illness. At her request, there will be no funeral. A gathering in her honor will be held at Riverside Park, in La Grande, beginning at 11 a.m. on Sept. 9.

Edgar S. Bloom Jr.




Edgar S. Bloom Jr, 81, of Meacham, died in La Grande on Monday, July 30. No services are planned at this time. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

 Edgar was born on March 12, 1931, in Pendleton. His parents are Edgar S. Bloom Sr. and Bertha (Roberts) Bloom. He attended school in Hermiston, Echo and Heppner. He married Karen Cunningham Hall. Edgar was employed at the Kinzua Mill at Pilot Rock.

After retirement, he spent his time traveling the country in his fifth-wheel trailer. He enjoyed camping hunting, fishing as well as traveling. 

He served his country in the United States Marine Corps and received a purple heart from his service in Korea as well as a “good conduct” medal. Edgar was a member of the V.F.W.

 Edgar is survived by his siblings, Don Bloom of St. Helens; Sam and Elmer Bloom of Ely, Nev.; Bill Bloom of Hermiston; Harry Bloom of Ely, Nev., Alan Bloom of Round Mountain, Nev.; Barbara Workman of Tonapah, Nev.; Kathryne Haas of Gresham; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Karen and parents Edgar and Bertha; sister Ida Martin, brother Tommy Bloom, and stepson Tom Hall.

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Victor Moore




Victor Moore, 85, died Monday at his home in Joseph.

He was born in Detroit, Mich., October 1926 to William and Doris Moore. He lived his childhood in Toronto, Canada with four siblings, Audry, Olive, Russell and Donna. He served in the U.S.Army while living in Canada.

In the mid-to-late 1940s, Victor moved back to Detroit to maintain his U.S. citizenship and went to work for the Hudson Motor Company.

Victor married Rosanna Ruffino in 1949. In 1959 they moved to California with their two boys, Micheal and Bill with one on the way, Kevin. A few years later their daughter Mary was born in California where all four children were raised.

Victor worked for the White Front Store, delivering groceries to celebrities in Hollywood and later retired from Safeway. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Joseph where he worked for Jerry’s Market for many years.

Victor volunteered annually with the cowboy breakfast and making rosaries for St. Katherine’s church.

He was a fencing coach when his children were younger and a member of the pheasant hunt club. In his free time enjoyed his children and grandchildren fishing, hunting, roller skating, shooting, and for drives. Victor also enjoyed fishing at Wallowa Lake.

He is survived by his significant other Jo Nash, son Michael and daughter-in-law Tarry Moore, son Bill and daughter-in-law Kim Moore, son Kevin Moore, and daughter Mary Moore, brother Russell Moore, sister Donna Chard. Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.

Victor was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Rosanna, parents William and Doris Moore, his sister Audrey and his brother Sam.

A rosary will be held at Bollman Funeral Home at 7 p.m. Monday, and a mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Katherine’s Church in Enterprise.

Dorothy Ruth (Proctor) Rudolph

Baker City



Dorothy Ruth (Proctor) Rudolph, 89, passed away on Aug. 4 at St. Alphonsus Care Center in Baker City. At her request, no memorial services will be held.

Dorothy was born on Sept. 16, 1922 in Salida, Colo., to Charles and Ellen (Rout) Proctor. She married Kermit Lee Rudolph and eventually moved to Baker City, where she raised her family and worked. In her younger days, she was involved in Cub Scouts, Brownies and the PTA. Dorothy enjoyed sewing, traveling and reading books.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Daniel Rudolph and his wife Carol of La Grande, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and her daughter, Susan Rudolph Ward.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City St. Alphonsus Care Center Activities Department through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Baker City, OR. 97814. 

Glenna Hug



Glenna Lee Hug, 65, of Elgin, died on Aug. 9, 2012 in her home. A full obituary will be posted at a later time. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory will be handling the arangements.

Roy H. Milbert, Ruthe M. Milbert

both formerly of Union County

Roy 1920-2012

Ruthe 1929-2012


Roy Harold Milbert, formerly of Union County, died May 14 in his Montesano, Wash., home, with his family at his side, less than two months after the death of his wife, Ruthe. He was 91.

Ruthe Minnette June Milbert, formerly of Union County, died March 23 in Montesano, Wash., following a brief illness. Roy’s beloved wife of nearly 65 years, she was 83.

Roy was born Sept. 18, 1920, in Aberdeen, Wash., the son of Ernest Leon Milbert, and Marta (Myrtle) Wienecke-Milbert.

Ruthe was born Jan. 30, 1929, also in Aberdeen, Wash., the daughter of Fred Bryant Edinger, and Eva Shaw-Edinger.

Roy grew up in Gray’s Harbor County, Wash., primarily in Montesano. He was active in Scouting, achieving Life rank. He graduated from Montesano High School, where he was awarded the Outstanding Athlete trophy, among many other honors.

Ruthe also grew up in Gray’s Harbor County, Wash., in Aberdeen, until her parents moved to Walla Walla, where she graduated from high school. She was active in Job’s Daughters, and later, Rainbow Girls.

Although they lived only 10 miles apart most of their early years, and their fathers worked together as police officers, and were friends for many years, Roy and Ruthe didn’t meet until after his father asked her to write to Roy in Europe during World War II, where he served as an Army Tech Sergeant, ordnance specialist, and German translator.

They continued to correspond until he returned after the war ended, when they began a long-distance courtship, since she lived in Walla Walla, attending business schools and he was now in La Grande, attending college on the GI Bill.

They married July 5, 1947, in Walla Walla, and returned to La Grande after a honeymoon on the Washington coast.

They lived in La Grande, Pondosa, and Cove for the next nine years, during which time their three children were born, and Roy finished college and began teaching in Pondosa, and later, Cove. Roy was a Mason, and Ruthe was in Eastern Star.

Roy was a dedicated lifelong hunter and angler, who managed to keep a hungry young family well-fed on fish and game. Ruthe frequently joined him in those pursuits, and was amazed at the way he taught her to see the world around her, a gift they passed on to their children. Both were exceptionally gifted with widely diverse talents and skills.

They moved to Coos County in 1956, where Roy continued what would become a renowned teaching career. Parents requested that their children be placed in his classes years in advance, because they knew their children would leave his classroom equipped to meet any academic challenge. He not only taught them the subject matter, he also taught them to think critically, to actively look at the world around them, to question assumptions; and to strive for excellence. A physically imposing man, he was also known for his integrity, refusal to accept mediocrity, and quiet, gentle humor. Only a carefully reasoned, logical argument could overturn one of his decisions.

Ruthe worked for many years as operations manager at US Bank, where she was known to co-workers and customers as the person who could solve problems, simplify transactions, and ease tension, all with cheerful courtesy. Many customers insisted that only she could handle their transactions. Family and friends remember her as a genuinely caring and giving person. Ruthe was an exceptionally skilled seamstress, who sewed most of her family’s clothes. She enjoyed using her talents in knitting, ceramics, painting, and playing piano and organ as well. She is also remembered for her spectacular coloratura soprano singing voice. Although she’d been invited to attend several prestigious eastern conservatories, she abandoned a singing career to marry Roy, and raise a family. Those privileged to hear her church solos vividly remember them as an exalting emotional experience.

During these years, they continued to raise their family in a home where family was first, rules were understood, standards were substantially higher than the norm, and love was a constant. Each supported the other in all decisions; and work, meal preparation, and child rearing were shared responsibilities.

After retiring, they moved back to Montesano, Wash., in 1990, where they continued to live quietly, as testaments to love and commitment. Regardless of challenges, they always presented a united front to the world. Throughout nearly 65 years, they were beacons of love, integrity, loyalty, compassion, generosity, courage, strength, and trust. The two truly were one. Their lives made the world a little better, and their deaths have left it much poorer.

Roy was preceded in death by his child-sister, Irene Milbert, father, Ernest (Big Ernie) Milbert, stepfather, John Condit, mother, Marta (Myrtle) Condit, and stepmother, Edna J. Milbert.

Ruthe was preceded in death by her father, Fred Bryant Edinger, mother, Eva Elmira Edinger, stepmother, Anna Edinger, and brothers, Jim, Tony, Joe, and Warren (Red) Edinger.

Roy and Ruthe are survived by their three children: John Milbert, of La Grande, Vicki Anderson, of Coos Bay, and Michael Milbert, of Hoquiam, Wash. They are also survived by seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces spanning three generations. Roy is also survived by his stepsister, Bette Hardin, of Portland, and stepbrother, Richard Hamilton, of Salem.

According to their wishes, no public services are planned.