Obituaries for Sept. 12, 2012

By The Observer September 13, 2012 09:52 am

Nickoline J. Dehart

La Grande


Nickoline “Nicky” Jean Dehart, 80, of La Grande, died Aug. 28 at her residence surrounded by her family and dear friends. At her request, there will be no services.

Nicky was born March 30, 1932, in La Grande to Albert Thomas and Kathryn Blanche (Mutchler) Meranda. She grew up and raised her family in the Grande Ronde Valley. She married Sam Dehart who died in 1994. She was employed with Western States Equipment.

Nicky enjoyed all sports. She was a cheerleader in school. She loved dancing and long rides on Sundays. She enjoyed fishing and gardening, winning the most beautiful yard award. She was a fabulous cook, and did a lot of canning and preserving food to share with family and friends. Nicky was a volunteer at the Grande Ronde Hospital for many years. She would say her greatest achievements were her family and caring for her home and garden.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Tom Dehart of La Grande, Vickie and Dale Frizzell of La Grande and Kathryn and Dick Hook of Elgin; sisters, Mary Tolles of La Grande and Patty Ecklund of Port Orchard, Wash.; longtime companion and family member, Rod George of La Grande; eight grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

At her request, Nicky was cremated and her ashes will be placed in her favorite fishing hole at Looking Glass where she was the happiest, and in her flower garden where she could be seen every spring and summer. Plant a flower in memory of Nicky or send memorial contributions to the Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 4th Street, La Grande 97850.

Ronald Fischer


Ronald Fischer, 52, of Elgin, died Sept. 10 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A complete obituary will be available at a later time. Graveside services are planned for 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at the Indian Creek Cemetery in Elgin. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

William H. Lovan, Sr.

La Grande

William Henry Lovan, Sr., 85, of La Grande, died Sept. 7 at his home. 

A complete obituary will be available at a later time. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ King

Formerly of Wallowa


Elizabeth “Betty” King died Sept. 5 at her home in West Sacramento, Calif., surrounded by her loving family.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Wallowa Cemetery, followed by a memorial and celebration of life at the Wallowa Christian Church at 2 p.m. A viewing is planned from 11 a.m. to noon at the Wallowa Christian Church.

Known as Betty, she was born Elizabeth Carolyn Jackson July 18, 1930, on Diamond Prairie near Wallowa to Letty (McGraw) and William “Lester” Jackson.

Betty graduated from Wallowa High School in 1948. That same year she was a member of the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo court. 

In 1950 she married Michael Holloran in Wallowa and they had three children: Ed, Patti and Peggy. They lived in Wallowa until1959 when they moved to Celestial Valley, Calif., with the Ed Holloran & Son Logging operation. The family returned to Wallowa in 1966, and Mike passed away in 1971, after 21 years of marriage.

Upon returning to Wallowa, Betty was instrumental in rejuvenating the Wallowa Alumni Association. She loved locating graduates and hearing from them. Her memory of people and events was astonishing. She worked several years at Shell’s Mercantile in Wallowa and was Treasurer of Wallowa County in 1973-74.

Betty married Merrill King in 1974 and moved to West Sacramento, Calif. They enjoyed 38 years together, spending summers in Wallowa and winters in California after Merrill’s retirement. 

Betty was a genuine friend to everyone. She had a warm and contagious smile and a loving manner. She loved having guests, and no one ever left hungry or empty-handed.

Betty followed all kinds of sports and excelled at bowling. She enjoyed many bowling trips, including several state and national tournaments. She also loved to travel and visit relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Letty Jackson; first husband, Mike Holloran; and sister, Arleta Neumann.

Survivors include her husband, Merrill King; children and their spouses, Ed and Jackie Holloran of Warrenton, Patti and Rod Price of Adrian and Peggy and Guy Weishaar of La Grande; siblings and their spouses, Mary Dee (Harry) Kennison, Betty and Wes Conrad of Wallowa, Don and Janet King of Sacramento, Calif., and Barbara King of Orangevale, Calif.; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Online condolences to the family may be made at

Luverne G. ‘Jerry’ Moore



Luverne Gerald “Jerry” Moore, 85, of Union, died at a local care facility Sept. 6. Services will be announced at a later date. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Known as Jerry, he was born April 5, 1927, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Chester and Nola (Stevens) Moore. He grew up in Portland and graduated from Cleveland High School, where he participated on the track team in the hurdles event.

Jerry served his country in two wars. He was a signalman with the U.S. Navy on the USS Shangrila, and received the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign medal as well as the American Area Campaign medal and World War II Victory medal. He also served in the Korean War.

In addition to his service and employment with the navy for several years, he was employed at the Oregon State Department of Corrections. He received the State of Oregon Honor Award and the Governor’s Award of Excellence. He was a postal clerk with the United States Postal Service and received the Service Merit Award. 

Jerry served two terms as mayor of Union. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 40 years and was a Union Steward for the U.S. Postal Service.

Jerry enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and motorcycling.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Lillian Laurine (Kralicek) Moore of Union; sons and their spouses, Michael and Sandy Moore of Haines and Douglas and Kristi Moore of Veneta; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Online condolences to the family may be made at

Terry Lee Mudd


Terry Lee Mudd, 59, of High Valley, died Sept. 9 at OHSU. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. A memorial service is planned for Friday afternoon, Sept. 14 at Valley Fellowship in La Grande.