Obituaries for December 21, 2012

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Dr. Mark R. Greene

Formerly of Imbler



Dr. Mark Richard Greene, 89, of Bogart, Ga., and formerly of Imbler, died Dec. 16. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the St. Mary’s Highland Hills Retirement Center in Georgia. Arrangements are under the direction of Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Dr. Green was born Oct. 28, 1923, to Homer C. and Adah (Hicks) Greene in Imbler. After graduating from Yakima High School, Wash., in 1941, Dr. Greene served in the U.S. Army Intelligence during World War II, including a year in Iceland, where he met his future wife, Fanne Runolfsdottir. They were married in Vancouver, Wash., in 1946 and had three sons.

Dr. Greene earned a BA from the University of Oregon, an MBA from Stanford University and a PhD from Ohio State University. In 1970 he joined the College of Business at the University of Georgia and served as a Distinguished Professor of risk management and insurance for 18 years.

Dr. Greene was the author of seven college textbooks, 10 monographs on economics and business subjects and more than 50 articles published in respected journals. He was a member of the American Risk and Insurance Association, serving as president in 1968-69. He was a member of the Board of Electors, Insurance Hall of Fame, International Insurance Seminars, Risk and Insurance Management Society and Southern Risk and Insurance Association.

Dr. Greene was listed in the Who’s Who in America, American Men and Women of Science and Outstanding Educators of America. He served as a consultant for the American Chemical Society and many business organizations. He also served the Griffiths Foundation for Insurance Education, Geneva Association for Insurance Economics and Gamma Iota Sigma.

Among the honors and awards presented to Dr. Greene during his career was a one-year fellowship to Harvard University and a Fulbright Commission travel award to Colombia, South America. He was a seminar leader for management in Venezuela, Trinidad, Mexico, Chile and the Netherlands. In 1986 he received the Distinguished Research Award from the University of Georgia, recognizing his outstanding contributions to research.

Dr. Greene retired from the University of Georgia in 1988 and moved to Bradenton, Fla., where he continued to write and consult for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Fanne.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Erik and Jenifer Greene of Athens, Ga., Robert and Nadia Greene of Greenville, S.C., and Irving and Gisela Greene of Asheville, N.C.; and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.

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Virginia Freda Skillings




Virginia Freda (Remington) Skillings, 82, of Wallowa, died Dec. 15 in Enterprise. A celebration of life will be held in the spring. Arrangements are under the direction of Bollman Funeral Home.

Virginia was born May 20, 1930, to Freda (Smith) and Claude Arthur Remington in Union. On Aug. 3, 1966, she married Vern Skillings in Enterprise.

Virginia was an accomplished seamstress, grew a bountiful garden and had a special place in her heart for dogs and horses. For more than 20 years she cooked oysters at the American Legion fundraiser, earning the reputation of being one of the best cooks in the county. She also cooked for the senior meals program and in many restaurants during her working career.

Virginia enjoyed riding her horse, Stormy, into the high mountains of the Eagle Cap Wilderness, where she fried the fish they caught and prepared hearty meals by the campfire. She had a wry sense of humor and enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle, with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sherry Lynn, on April 14, 1980; parents; and siblings, Jack and Dorothy.

Survivors include her husband, Vern; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Sharon Fine of Wallowa and Dan and Cherie Skillings of Bend; and eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallowa Senior Center Memorial Fund or to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research.



Larry Wayne Kittle




Larry Wayne Kittle, 69, of Elgin, died Dec, 18 at a care facility in Elgin. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory.

Larry was born Nov. 29, 1943, in Indiana and moved to Elgin in 1985. On April 11, 2012, he married Laura Straight.

Larry enjoyed his cars and watching television. He worked at the Elgin dump on Wednesdays and Saturdays until his health prevented him from working. He was a member of the Christian Life Center Church.

Larry is survived by his wife, Laura; a daughter; and a brother, Jerry Kittle, from Ohio.

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