September 26 obituaries

By Observer Upload September 26, 2012 10:19 am

Scott B. Crane



Scott Brandon Crane, 56, of Lostine, died Sept. 20 at home after a long illness. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Lostine Cemetery. A celebration of life and potluck is planned for 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Lostine Presbyterian Church.

Lela M. Limbaugh

Alder Slope


Lela M. Limbaugh, 86, of Alder Slope died Sept. 25 at Wallowa Valley Care Center in Enterprise. A graveside service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Alder Slope Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Bollman Funeral Home of Enterprise.

Jack A. Bowen




Jack Arthur Bowen, 87, of Union, died Sept. 20 at his home. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Union LDS Chapel. Arrangements are under the care of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory. 

Jack was born Nov. 22, 1924, to Thomas and Genevieve Bowen in Gilbert, Ariz. He graduated from Gilbert High School in 1941.

Following a semester of college at the University of Arizona, he voluntarily joined the U.S. Navy about a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The battleship Tennessee, which would be his home for the next three years, was key in the battles of the Aleutian Islands, Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

After the war, Jack served a three-year LDS church mission to Brazil. Following his missionary service, he went to Brigham Young University, where he met his wife-to-be, Diane Baxter. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple Oct. 11, 1954. Jack went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in finance and banking from BYU then earned teacher’s credentials from EOU and a master’s and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Utah.

During his years obtaining his education, Jack worked hard to support a rapidly growing family. Several summers were spent working for the U.S. Forest Service, based out of Union, on Point Prominence and Fraser Rock lookout towers. The family wouldn’t relocate to Eastern Oregon for another 25 years, but early in their marriage, Jack fell in love with Union, the hometown so dear to his wife.

Always a hard worker, Jack held a job into his late seventies. A majority of his professional life was spent as a teacher, first in high school and later as a professor at the Church College of Hawaii (BYU-Hawaii) and the University of Northern Colorado in the rehab/psych department, with an emphasis directed toward helping parents and families with special needs children.

Jack was an active and faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Regardless of the calling, from scoutmaster to bishop, he was always willing to serve. He also spent many hours doing marriage and family counseling.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Tom, Robbie, Richard, Velma and Rheta; and a grandson, Michael.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Diane; children and their spouses, Robert and Debbie, Anne Fairchild, David, Sarah and Bobby Helco, Jonathan and Jeannette and Thomas, all of Utah, and William, Paul and Karla and Rebecca, all of Union, and Elizabeth and Jeff of California; and 24 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors or any other veteran program, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850. Online condolences to the family may be made at

Elsie M. Butler

Baker City



Elsie Margaret Butler, 85, of Baker City, died Sept. 19 at home after a long battle with cancer. Services are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Baker City, 975 S. Bridge St. 

Elsie was born Sept. 3, 1927, to Patrick and Dorothy Wicks in Baker City. She lived on the family ranch for most of her life and in grade school rode a horse to the Pocahontas School.

Elsie married Dennis Bennett and the marriage ended in divorce. Later she met Norman Butler in New Plymouth, Idaho, and they were married in April 1950. Soon afterward they moved to the family ranch, where they ranched for 42 years until Norman died in 1992. The Butlers had many dealings with other ranchers in Union and Wallowa counties over the years.

Well-known for her cooking, Elsie loved to cook big meals for the hired men. They never had to bring a sack lunch. She made delicious pies and many a hired hand said he worked at the ranch because of Elsie’s food. She also canned hundreds of jars of food from her garden every year.

Elsie enjoyed many outdoor activities, including gardening, ocean fishing for salmon and going into the mountains. She loved the ranch, and it provided the perfect place for her to raise her cats and dogs.

In 1993 Elsie became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She loved reading the Bible and attending religious assemblies in different cities. She liked going to breakfast with her close friends Don Germond and Isabelle Dunn.

She was preceded in death by her father, Patrick Wicks; mother, Dorothy Harned; stepfather, Robert Harned; brother, Warren Jordan; and her husband, Norman Butler.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Linda and Ronald Newton of La Grande and James and Rebecca Butler of Baker City; stepson, Larry Butler of Idaho; and six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Lyman Goucher




Lyman Goucher, 83, of Imnaha, died Sept. 18 at his ranch. A celebration of life and memorial dinner is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Goucher Ranch on the Upper Imnaha. The meat will be provided by Apple Flat Catering and friends are asked to bring side dishes. Arrangements are under the care of Bollman Funeral Home of Enterprise.

Lyman was born May 15, 1929, to Floyd and Gladys Goucher in Lyle, S.D. The family lived in rural Nebraska until moving to Vale when Lyman was a young boy. As a child Lyman learned many ranch skills. He trapped gophers and saved the money earned to buy his first heifers. He also shot ducks and got paid $10 per duck, which added considerably to his endeavor to get started in the cattle business.

While Lyman was logging on the Oregon Coast, he met his future wife Doris, and they were married in 1949. Their first son, Craig, was born in 1954, followed by a daughter, Judy, in 1952. In 1956 daughter Vicky was born while they lived in northern California, where Lyman was involved for a short time in commercial crab and salmon fishing, in addition to his logging business.

In 1975 the family moved to Wallowa County, where Lyman and Doris purchased a cattle ranch. They worked hard and together designed and built a log home on their Upper Imnaha ranch. Shortly after they moved in, Doris became ill. She died in 1995. Lyman married Wilma Raymond Feb. 12, 2007, and they lived on the ranch until his death.

Lyman was known for being a hard worker and took excellent care of his cows, especially during calving time. 

The Goucher cattle were summered near Harral Butte and wintered on the Imnaha. Lyman raised hay on the high benches and bottom land of his steep canyon ranch. He basically ran the ranch himself, with help from neighbors, and was changing sprinkler pipes into his eighties.

Extremely kind-hearted, Lyman often helped those less fortunate, sometimes people he didn’t know, such as those he’d read about in the newspaper who had high medical bills, incurable illnesses or had experienced a house fire.

He loved to tell jokes and pull pranks. Even though he worked hard, Lyman liked to have a good time and often invited neighbors over for impromptu dinners. He enjoyed hunting elk and deer with his family and friends. 

In 2011 Lyman was the recipient of the Honorary Cattleman’s Award presented by the Wallowa County Stockgrowers.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris, and long-time friend and companion, Mary Marks.

Survivors include his second wife, Wilma; children, Craig, Judy and Vicky; and nine grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Doris Goucher Memorial Scholarship Fund or to the Wallowa County Stockgrowers.

Ted W. Willoughby

La Grande



Ted Wilson Willoughby, 80, of La Grande, died Sept. 22 surrounded by his family. A celebration of life is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the First Presbyterian Church of La Grande. Viewing for family and friends will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. A private burial will be held at the Island City Cemetery. 

Ted was born April 4, 1932, to Lewie R. and Waneta Reich Willoughby in Medford. He started his schooling in Medford and later moved to Ashland, where he graduated from high school in 1951. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War on the USS Tawasa. After his honorable discharge, he attended Oregon State University.

In 1954 he married his high school sweetheart, Joan Day-Anderson, and they made their home and started their family
in Corvallis, where Ted worked as the beef cattle herdsman for Oregon State University.

They later moved to Keating and ranched for many years before relocating to Prineville, at which time Ted went to work in the banking industry as an agricultural field representative covering Central Oregon and Eastern Oregon. He later transferred to La Grande, where he worked until his retirement in 1994.

A lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ted served as an elder and trustee. He was a member of the Oregon Cattleman’s Association and Crooked River Roundup Board and delivered Meals on Wheels for several years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, traveling, horses, ranching, hunting, hiking, backpacking into the Wallowas and Eagle Cap Wilderness and family reunions.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Bob Willoughby and Mary Lou Horton; and sister-in-law, Sybil Jurey. 

Survivors include his wife, Joan Willoughby of La Grande; children and their spouses, Debbie Schappert of Hillsboro, Laura and Brian Barney of Prineville, Sharon and Pete Nelson of La Grande and Carol and Russ George of La Grande; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Howard Bledsoe; sister-in-law, Connie Willoughby; brother-in-law, Gaylord Horton, and his wife, Marlene; brothers-in-law, Ron Day-
Anderson and Oryln Jurey; and 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. 

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