obituaries for September 21

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Jack A. Bowen



Jack A. Bowen, 87, Union, died Thursday, Sept. 20 at his home.  A full obituary will be published at a later time. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is handling the arrangements.

Albert R. Tucker



Albert Ray Tucker, 64, of Imbler, died Sept. 20 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A funeral service is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Summerville Baptist Church, with interment to follow at the Summerville Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory. An obituary will be published at a later time. For more information go to

Lyman Goucher



Lyman Goucher, 83, of Imnaha died Sept. 18. Service details and a complete obituary will be published later. Arrangements are under the care of Bollman Funeral Home of Enterprise.

Edna E. Flanery

La Grande



Edna Earle Flanery, 95, of La Grande died Sept. 18 at a local care facility. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at the Summerville Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. 

Edna was born July 23, 1917, to Clara Hehman and Lewis Fredrick Erickson in Kuna, Idaho. Her father died when she was a baby and the family moved to Elgin, where she was raised and educated. On Sept. 12, 1934, she married Ed Stowe and they ranched in Elgin. They had one child, Karrel; after they raised their daughter, the marriage ended in divorce.

Edna worked as a clerk for various places over the years, including Ann Johnson’s, the Sand & Sage Room in the Sacajawea Hotel and Montgomery Ward. She was the first woman to work on the assembly line at Terry Trailers.

On June 27, 1960, Edna married Robert C. Flanery in Reno, Nev. He worked at the La Grande Montgomery Ward, and when it closed he was transferred to a Portland store, where he worked until his retirement. While they were in Portland Edna managed a mini market. After Bob’s retirement they returned to their home in La Grande.

Edna was born for fun and loved going to their cabin at Starkey, gambling at Wild Horse and playing Keno. She enjoyed dancing, traveling in their motor home, fishing, hunting and picking mushrooms. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary for many years.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, on May 27, 2004; daughter, Karrel Johnson, in 2006; and all her siblings.

Survivors include her son-in-law, Wayne Johnson of Wallowa; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

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Earl R. Purcell




Earl Roy Purcell, 86, of Joseph died Sept. 13 at the Wallowa Valley Care Center in Enterprise, after a long battle with cancer. At his request there won’t be a service.

Earl was born Feb. 8, 1926, to Myrtle Pearl (Davis) and Edgar Hardy Purcell in Fort Bragg, Calif. He married Evelyn Adele Grist April 21, 1944, and they were together until her death from leukemia in 2005.

Earl and Adele had two children: a son, Michael Roy, who died at the age of 18 months; and a daughter, Kathleen Sue. Both children were born in Healdsburg, Calif.

Earl retired after 35 years fro PG&E in California, and he and Adele moved to Joseph in 1983.

He was a longtime member of the Joseph Lion’s Club and an avid hunter. He loved his horses and enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time outdoors.

Survivors include his daughter, Kathleen Sue (Purcell) Carroll, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wallowa Valley Care Center, Wallowa Memorial Hospital or the Wallowa County E.M.T. Department in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main, Enterprise.

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