september 5 obituaries

By Observer Upload September 05, 2012 02:03 pm

Nolan K. Swart

La Grande


Nolan Kim Swart, 57, of La Grande, died Sept. 3 at his home. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. A complete obituary will be published later.

Eva A. Dern




Eva Agnes Dern, 95, of Wallowa, died Sept. 1 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. Services are planned for 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Wallowa Christian Church with interment to follow at the Wallowa Cemetery.

Eva was born Jan. 26, 1917, to Phillip and Sarah Prince on Powwatka Ridge, where she was raised and attended school. The 12th of 14 children, she enjoyed telling humorous stories of growing up with seven brothers and six sisters.

In 1934 Eva married Earnest Gibson and they had two daughters, Verla and Janice. She married Kenneth Dern in 1955; he preceded her in death in 1973.

Eva was a member of Carnation Rebekah Lodge #157 for more than 50 years and volunteered at the senior meal site in Wallowa for more than 25 years. She loved her garden and preserving food to share with family and friends and also enjoyed fishing, picking huckleberries and finding mushrooms. Eva loved to bake and was lovingly referred to as the “pie lady.”

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth Dern, her parents, 13 brothers and sisters, son-in-law Don Martin and grandson Kelly Martin.

Survivors include her daughter Verla Martin of Enterprise, daughter and son-in-law Janice and Don Arnhart of Joseph, five grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, Box 547, Enterprise 97828.

Arthur Fredrick Kelly

La Grande



Arthur Fredrick Kelly, 86, of La Grande, died Aug. 31 at his home. A viewing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 4 until 6 p.m. at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.  

A graveside service will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 at the Island City Cemetery. Following the service there will be a meal at the Riverside Park Pavillion. 

Those who wish may leave a condolence or sign the on-line guest-book at  Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice.

Art was born on Dec. 17, 1925, the son of Percy and Cecelia (Evensen) Kelly in Portland. The family later moved to Seattle where he graduated from high school. When he was 18 the family purchased a farm in La Grande and he moved with them to work on it.

On Feb. 18, 1949 he married June Edna Courtney in La Grande. 

In 1951 he began work at Gettings-Lynch, which later became Lynch Motor Co. He worked there ending his career as a salesman, for 40 years, retiring in 1991. 

He also continued working his own farm as well as his parents. He was a member of the Assembly of God. He was a member of the Gettings-Lynch bowling team for many years. He enjoyed cutting wood and buying old pickups to fix up and resell. He loved spending time with his family.

 Survivors include his children and their spouses, Donald and Nita Kelly, Jimmy and Emi Kelly, Robert and Teresa Kelly, Carol and John Stockhoff and Cindy Kelly, all of La Grande; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and another on the way; sister, Lorain Kelly of La Grande and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, June, on Dec. 14, 2011, and also by a brother, Donald Kelly and a sister, Mary Raffensberger. 

Bernita F. Lippe

Formerly of La Grande



Bernita F. Lippe, 75, of Queen Creek, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande, died Aug. 28 in Gilbert, Ariz., of pancreatic cancer. 

A celebration of life will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at Collbert Vineyard Community Church in Colbert, Ariz.

Bernita was born Oct. 3, 1936, in Delphos, Kan., to Victor and Florence Colton.

She was married to Dwight Lippe on Aug. 15, 1954, in Miltonville, Kan., and moved to La Grande in 1963. Dwight was a math professor at what is now Eastern Oregon University. Bernie worked for the Union County assessor’s office until her retirement in 1992.

Dwight retired from EOU, and they moved to Queen Creek in 1994. 

Her interests were her faith and family, and she loved to travel. She belonged to the Colbert Vineyard Community Church.

The couple had two children, Tammy Kleck and Cyndi Morris-Crowe.

Siblings Margaret Louthan, Althea Pellant and Doris Turner all live in Kansas.

Survivors include five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Six brothers and one sister preceded Bernita in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Valley of the Sun mortuary in Chandler, Ariz., is handling arrangements.