Obituaries for November 9, 2012

By Observer Upload November 09, 2012 02:56 pm
Patten, Andrews, Berry, Butler, Moore



Local funerals and visitations

Nov. 10 — Fern Davis, memorial service, 11 a.m., Elgin Methodist Church

Nov. 10 — William Aschenbrenner, memorial dinner, 1 p.m., VFW Hall, Enterprise

Nov. 10 — Charles R. Butler, funeral service, 1 p.m., La Grande First Baptist Church

Nov. 10 — Robert K. Sorweide, memorial service, 1 p.m., Joseph Baptist Church

Nov. 10 — Lois M. Moore, graveside service, 1 p.m., Hillcrest Cemetery

Nov. 11 — Crystal A. Strobl, celebration of life, noon, Terminal Gravity Brewing, Enterprise

Nov. 12 — Harlin Gerlach, graveside service, 1 p.m., Island City Cemetery

Nov 13 — Ethyl Patten, funeral service, 1 p.m., Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center; committal and interment follows at Hillcrest Cemetery

Nov. 16 — Elvamae Lewis, celebration of life, 11 a.m., Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center

Nov. 17 — Duke Lathrop, funeral service, 11 a.m., Lostine Presbyterian Church


Ethyl Patten

La Grande


Ethyl Patten, 88, of La Grande, died Nov. 7 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 13 at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. Committal and interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. A complete obituary will be available at a later date.


Zela Jay Andrews




Zela Jay Andrews, 80, of Union and formerly of Riddle, died Nov. 5. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at the First Baptist Church in Riddle. Interment will be at the Riddle Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory.

Known as Jay, he was born Sept. 16, 1932, in a farmhouse in rural Comanche County, Okla., to Myrtle and Asa Andrews. Jay attended school until the sixth grade when he left to work as a farmhand and later as an oilfield worker. He often spoke of working in the hayfields as a child alongside family and friends.

April 7, 1951, Jay married Earlena Joy Norman, known as Joy. The couple moved to Arizona where they began a family with the birth of Robert (Bob). Later came Dale and Kelley. Jay worked for Dr. Pepper and Romney Produce as a short-haul truck driver. He also worked secondary jobs at car lots to make ends meet.

In 1970 the family moved to Oregon for good with Bob leading the way. Jay began work for Roseburg Lumber at Plant 4 in Riddle, where he stayed until his retirement in 1997 at age 65.

After Joy’s death in 1987, Jay worked long hours at Roseburg Forest Products to fund his frequent trips back to Oklahoma to visit family.

In 2003 Jay moved to Union. He loved the Union area and enjoyed driving the obscure back roads through sunshine and snow. Jay made a point of making the rounds of the local rodeo circuit, and meeting at the local coffee shop with friends to talk was also an enjoyment in his day.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joy; brother and sister-law, Oral and Opal; and sister, Marie.

Survivors include his sons and their spouses, Bob and Toni of Coos Bay, Dale and Donna of Union and Kelley and Deborah of Coos Bay; siblings, Laura Thacker of Hughson, Calif., Clarence Andrews of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Wayne Andrews of Angleton, Texas; seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Online condolences to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapelcom.





Ruby M. Berry

Formerly of Wallowa



Ruby Mae Berry, 85, of Hillsboro and formerly of Wallowa, died Nov. 3 at her daughter’s home. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Duyck & VanDeHey Funeral Home of Forest Grove.

Ruby was born Oct. 2, 1927, in Wallowa, one of five children born to Ralph and Bernice (Scott) Knight. She was raised and received her education in Wallowa and graduated from Wallowa High School class of 1945.

Ruby married her high school sweetheart, Lyle Berry, Aug. 25, 1945, in Wallowa. They made their home in Wallowa until 1957, when they moved to Baker City. In 1961 they moved to Pendleton before retiring in the Wallowa community again in 1973. Lyle died in 1995. Ruby then moved to Walla Walla, Wash. This past month Ruby moved to the Hillsboro area.

Ruby was a devoted wife and a loving mother to her three children. She worked as a librarian for the cities of Wallowa and Pendleton. For 10 years, Ruby also owned and operated Pittsburgh Paint Supply in Wallowa.

Ruby enjoyed gardening, horses, square dancing and water-color painting. She was active in the First Christian Church in every community she lived in. Together, she and Lyle enjoyed building and fixing homes to sale.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two siblings.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Douglas and Coleen Berry of Pendleton, Debra Kelas of Hillsboro and Jim and Marilyn Berry of John Day; siblings, Leonard Knight and Ted Knight; and seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Online condolences to the family may be made at





Charles ‘Bob’ Butler

La Grande



Charles Robert Butler, 85, of La Grande, died Nov. 6 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A funeral service with military honors will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at the First Baptist Church in La Grande. Interment will be at the Island City Cemetery.

Known as Bob, he was born Dec. 21, 1926, in Sacramento, Calif., to Charles and Frances (Bidwell) Butler. His family moved to Northport, Wash., where Bob attended grammar school. The family then moved to La Grande, where Bob graduated from La Grande High School. Bob served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was deployed to Guam for 18 months during World War II and received an honorable discharge on May 6, 1946.

Bob married Virginia Grace Neer on May 23, 1948, in La Grande, and they became the parents of three children, April, Linda and Bob.

In his early career, Bob worked for Dr. Gregory with show horses. He was employed at various service stations in La Grande, and he owned Bob’s Texaco. He also worked in the Union County Road Department and substituted as custodian in the La Grande School District.

Bob enjoyed woodcrafting and babysitting his grandkids and great-grandkids. He was also a ham radio operator. Bob was a fan of the Mariners and Seahawks as well as the Atlanta Braves. He was a member of the Oddfellows and the Union County Historical Society. His family would say his greatest achievements were being a great husband, dad and “PoPo” to his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Frances; son-in-law, Larry McIntosh; great-grandson, Joey Carson; and sisters, Corrinne Svetich and Lorainne Butler.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Grace of Island City; children and their spouses, April Kay McIntosh of La Grande, Linda Sue and John Baker of Umatilla and Robert Lee and Karen Butler of La Grande; sister, Winnifred Heaps of Tri-Cities, Wash.; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Vista Specialty Care and the Island City Fire Department in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

Online condolences to the family may be made at 




Lois M. Moore

La Grande



Lois Marie Moore, 90, of La Grande, died Nov. 7 at her home. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Hillcrest Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Lois was born Aug. 11, 1922, to Asa and Anna Pearl (Hansen) Bradley in Tribune, Kan. She was raised and educated in Kansas and lived in various places before settling in La Grande in the early 1940s. Lois married Lloyd Moore Aug. 7, 1954, in La Grande.

Lois worked as a receptionist for Dr. Kubler and Dr. Lumsden until Dr. Lumsden retired in the late 1980s. She was a member of the First Christian Church and a member and past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star. She loved to cook and crochet and to entertain her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by a sister and brother during childhood, Anita and Merle, and later by siblings, Erma Hammons and Don Bradley.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Larry and Sherlee Ball of Walla Walla, Wash., Linda Ray of Spokane, Wash., Jeff and Lisa Moore of La Grande and Jan and Nick Kovach of Bellevue, Wash.; stepchildren, Darlene, Don and Dale; siblings, Arthur Bradley of Otter Rock and Dorothy Evans of La Grande; and 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.



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