Obituaries for February 4, 2013

By Observer Upload February 04, 2013 09:56 am
Bell, Crouser, McIntosh, Fincher, Marshall, Morris



Jadin Bell

La Grande


Jadin Bell, 15, La Grande, died Sunday at Doernbecher’s Children Hospital in Portland. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of his care and arrangements.



Donna Fay Crouser




Donna Fay Crouser, 70, of Elgin died Feb. 1 at her residence. A casual dress graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Elgin Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Donna was born on May 19, 1942, to Lawrence and Margarette (McClune) Follett in La Grande. She lived in Elgin and attended Elgin High School. She married Gerald “Jerry” Crouser and was employed by Coleman & Chrisman Insurance for 20 years.

Donna enjoyed watching her grandchildren at their various events and activities. She also enjoyed crafting, quilting and scrapbooking.

Donna is survived by her children, Tonya and Russ Evans of Imbler and LeeAnn and Jim Case of Cheney, Wash.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, and her parents, Larry and Margarette Follett.



Genevieve A. McIntosh




Genevieve A. McIntosh, 80, of Union, died Jan. 30 from complications due to COPD. As she requested, there will be no services.

Genevieve was born March 15, 1932, in Toppenish, Wash., to Joe and Gladys Bowles. She graduated from Mabton High School. She married Bill McIntosh July 16, 1955, and they made their home in Sunnyside, Wash., for more than 50 years. She and Bill had five children and farmed together.

Genevieve loved horses and her Chihuahua, Tuffy. She enjoyed being outdoors, especially in the mountains, and big bonfires. In her younger years, she enjoyed fishing, long drives in the country and playing pinochle with family and friends. She was also very active in her church. For the last three and a half years, Genevieve made her home with her son, Ron, in Union, where she made many friends and was well cared for by her two full-time caregivers, Erika Danilovich and Lori St. Peter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband,
Bill; daughters, Kathy McIntosh and Connie McIntosh Hauver; grandsons, Travis McIntosh and Alan Hauver; and sister, Beverly Davie.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Larry D. and Jenn McIntosh of Prosser, Wash., Ronald McIntosh of Union and Lori and Kevin Dreyer of La Grande; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sister, Carol Smaage of Elgin.



John Alfred Fincher

Formerly of La Grande



John Alfred Fincher, 85, of Vancouver, Wash., former longtime resident of La Grande, died Jan. 28 at his residence. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Graveside services with military honors will follow at 1 p.m. at the Island City Cemetery. A celebration of his life will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Elgin.

John was born July 31, 1927, in Kerrshun, Utah, to his parents, Alfred E. and Josie Mae (Marker) Fincher. He attended elementary school in Vale and continued his schooling in Baker. John enlisted with the United States Navy during World War II. He took his basic training in San Diego before transferring to the Seabees of the 28th Naval Reserves Construction Battalion Regiment. He was deployed to Guam from 1943 to 1946 and afterward received an honorable discharge.

John married Doris Irene Baker on May 8, 1949, and was married 51 years. She preceded him in death on April 8, 2000. 

John was a logger for many years, until the fatal day when his best friend, Jim Whitney of La Grande, was killed. John then went to work for the Union County Road Department. After working there for several years, he went to work at Boise Cascade driving chip truck out of Elgin. During this time, John and Doris also owned the Durkee Cafe. John bought his own semi truck and started driving to the East Coast for a few years, then sold his truck, and started a flagging company for road construction for a few years, and then they opened up Grandma & Grandpa’s Family Restaurant in Elgin.  

When Doris got sick with cancer, they moved to Echo, where John drove for Cunningham Sheep Co., until he retired at the age of 72 in 1999.

John was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Elgin.

He is survived by three children, Pamela Mae Addington of Elgin, Timothy Lee Fincher of Hermiston and Trudy Arlene Myrland of Vancouver, Wash.; three siblings, Mellissa Wood of Elgin, Lola Colley of Salem and Donald Fincher of Summerville; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Josie; three siblings, Fern Egbert, Faye Nelson and Wanda Crisp; and a grandchild, Tineka Rae Fincher.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of choice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850

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Jean Florence Marshall

La Grande



Jean Florence Marshall, 85, of La Grande, died Feb. 1 at a local care facility. 

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Grandview Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan B. Komen Foundation. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Jean was born on May 8, 1927, along with her twin sister, June, in La Grande, to Hubert and Rhoda (McCosh) Courtney. Her grandfather owned and operated the Livery Stables on the east end of La Grande, and her father worked for Union Pacific Railroad. She graduated from La Grande High School with the Class of 1946.  

On Dec. 30, 1946, she married Alfred Edward Marshall, and they lived in various places during his career in the U.S. Navy. After his honorable discharge, they lived in Astoria and Ontario before returning to La Grande. She worked at the phone office and Woolworth’s before going to work as a cook at Eastern Oregon State College in 1969. She worked for them until her retirement in 1989. She was a member of the Assembly of God church. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing and loved spending time with family and camping with them.

Survivors include her children, Alfred and Eileen Marshall V of Marshalltown, Iowa; Delores and Gary Fincher of La Grande and Melissa Burright of La Grande; brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Vera Courtney of Fruitland, Idaho; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and other relatives.  

She was preceded in death by a brother, Clyde Courtney (when he was just 18 months old), son, Dale R. Marshall, two grandchildren, Jeannie Lynn and Theresa Sue Fincher; and twin-sister, June Kelly and her husband.



Robert Stanley Morris




Robert Stanley Morris, 85, of Joseph, died Jan. 12 at a local care center. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. No services are scheduled at this time, and his ashes will be scattered at sea.

Robert was born March 29, 1927, in Gary, Ind., to Stanley and Helen (Van Horn) Morris. He married Leola Morris, and they had three children.

Robert served his country during World War II and was in the U.S. Navy for three years and the U.S. Coast Guard for 22 years. Later he worked as a manager of a halfway house in Fort Bragg, Calif. He also volunteered at the Veterans Administration for four years. Robert enjoyed raising flowers.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Sandra and Thomas Knowles of Imnaha, Robert and Peggy Morris of Westfield, Pa., and Barbara and Robert Stayton of Portland; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

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