Obituaries for October 17, 2012

By Observer Upload October 17, 2012 01:49 pm
Bolin, Hale, Lee, Lindgren, Rees



Local funerals and visitations

Oct. 18 — Wesley “Dale” Taylor, viewing, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel; followed by celebration of life, 2 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, La Grande

Oct. 19 — Mark E. Bolin, celebration of life, 1 p.m., Loveland Funeral Chapel; interment at Cove Cemetery and reception at the Cove Sportsman Club follows


Mark E. Bolin

Formerly of La Grande



Mark Eugene Bolin, 57, of Touchet, Wash., and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 12 of cancer at a hospital in Walla Walla, Wash. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande. Interment will be at Cove Cemetery and a reception will follow at the Cove Sportsman Club.

Mark was born Nov. 29, 1954, to Gene and Shirley Bolin. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1973 and attended the University of Oregon and Eastern Oregon College. He married Cheryl “Charlie” Davis.

Mark was a facility operator with Conoco Phillips on the North Slope, Alaska. He gave 25 years of dedicated service and received numerous awards for his work. He was also a member of several organizations including the American Motorcycle Association, HOG Motorcycle Group, National Rifle Association and the Eagles.

Mark loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, golfing and traveling and was a big fan of supercross and motorcross.

Survivors include his wife, Charlie of Touchet, Wash.; sons, Dallas Bolin and Tyler Bolin of Touchet and Harley Bolin and Jacob Bolin of Portland; daughter and son-in-law, Emma and Cade Bowen of Meridian, Idaho; parents, Gene and Shirley Bolin of La Grande; sister and brother-in-law, Vel Donna and Chris Blanton of Canby; two grandchildren; 14 nieces and nephews and numerous aunts and uncles. 





DeLoy C. Hale




DeLoy Clayton Hale, 84, of Elgin, died Oct. 16 at his residence. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Elgin Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dedication of the grave will follow at the Elgin Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory. 

DeLoy was born Sept. 17, 1928, in Pocatello, Idaho, to Clayton and Clara (Quinn) Hale. He grew up in Pocatello and graduated from Pocatello High School. Later he moved to Lake Oswego and Oregon City, where he spent 20 years as owner and CEO of Industrial Electric Supply in Portland. He spent his last six years in Elgin.

DeLoy was married to Romona Anderson and then to Celeste Winkelman. He and Celeste were married for 44 years. DeLoy enjoyed reading, gardening and building. DeLoy served in the U.S. Army and took part in the occupation of Japan during World War II. 

DeLoy was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Elgin Ward for the past five years. He was a scout leader, Gospel Doctrine teacher, High Councilman and Counselor to two Bishops. He also completed a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he and Celeste participated in an 18-month Oklahoma Tulsa Mission.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Clara Hale; son, Dan Hale; siblings, Evan Hale and Glenis Mattson; and first wife, Romona Anderson.

Survivors include his wife, Celeste of Elgin; children and their spouses, Tim and Penny of Great Falls, Mont., Christine and Kevin of Winthrop, Wash., Loren and Janette of Gladstone and Terry and Stephanie of Elgin; sisters and their spouses, Joann and Dallas of Grace, Idaho, and Linda and Willis of Cubbic, Idaho; brother-in-law, Gary Mattson of Pocatello, Idaho; 25 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.



Gordon D. Lee




Gordon Duane Lee, 79, of Union, died Oct. 10 at the home of his son in Union. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Union High School gym. Committal and interment will follow at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Union Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center of La Grande.

Gordon was born Oct. 3, 1933, to Gilbert “Gib” and Dorothy (Ritter) Lee in Baker and was raised in Halfway. After graduating from high school he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Ogden, Utah, where he met his wife, Irene Laura Taylor. They were married for 55 years at the time of her death in 2005.

The couple lived in various places before moving to Union in 1967. Gordon worked for the Boise Cascade sawmill in La Grande until an accident forced his retirement. An active volunteer, he was a huge supporter of children, especially of Little League and softball. He was a member of the Bobcat Booster Club and the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a daughter-in-law, Michelle Lee.

Survivors include his sons, Troy Lee of Union and Rod Pierce of Kalispell, Mont.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; siblings, Cheryl Burke of Union, Bonnie King of Ogden, Utah, Donna Rueter and Mike Rueter of La Grande and Pat Rueter of Portland; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bobcat Booster Club.




Michael R. Lindgren

Formerly of La Grande



Michael R. Lindgren, 63, died Oct. 13. A celebration of life is planned for 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Mueller’s Greenlee Funeral Home in Pasco, Wash.

Mike was born Nov. 23, 1948, to Ethel and Joe Lindgren in Bellingham, Wash. He graduated from Pasco High School in 1967 and continued on to college in La Grande. In 1982 he married Wendy Loar-Quigley.

Mike was passionate about fishing and did so whenever he could. He was the proud owner of M.L. Cabinet Sales and enjoyed helping his customers and builders with their designs.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Casey. 

Survivors include his wife, Wendy; son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Gabriela; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Vicki; and two nephews and many cousins. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Foundation.



Carl A. Rees




Carl Amos Rees, 92, of Summerville, died Oct. 10. A graveside service with military honors was held Oct. 16 at the Summerville Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory.

Carl was born Feb. 26, 1920, in Rich Hill, Mo., to Howard and Cora (Sivils) Rees. In 1944 he married Della Mae Phipps, and they had two sons. In 1952 Carl and his family moved to La Grande, where he was employed by the State of Oregon Highway Department for 20 years. Later they moved to Summerville.

Carl was in the Army Corp of Engineers and was involved in the Battle of the Aleutian Islands. One of only three survivors from his unit, he was stabbed 27 times and spent almost a year in military hospitals. He then earned a Purple Heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a son, Kayle Dean Rees.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Marceen Rees of Orofino, Idaho; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchild.


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