Obituaries for February 13, 2013

By Observer Upload February 13, 2013 10:20 am
Roulet, Condos, Courtright, Rose, Rose, McLaughlin, Locke, McCumber, Brown, Laughlin



Ruth ‘Pennie’ Roulet



Ruth “Pennie” Roulet, 85, of Elgin, died Monday at Country Rose Manor in La Grande. A celebration of life will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin Christian Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. A full obituary will be published later.



LaVonne Condos



LaVonne Condos, 89, of Wallowa died Sunday at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held next week, with a private burial at Wallowa Cemetery.



Dennis G. Courtright

La Grande


Funeral services for Dennis G. Courtright will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Courtright, 62, of La Grande, died Tuesday at his home. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is handling the arrangements.



Renate E. Rose



A memorial service for Renate “Renee” E. Rose will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Stella Mayfield Elementary School in Elgin. Rose, 64, Elgin, died Monday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of her arrangements.



Karen Louise Rose




Karen Louise Rose, 62, of Cove, died Feb. 9 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church in Cove. Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. 

Karen was born on Aug. 1, 1950, the daughter of John C. and Julia (Mueller) Koenig in Van Nuys, Calif. The family moved to Cove when she was 12. She went to school in Cove and then to La Grande High School. After graduating with the Class of 1968, she went on to Eastern Oregon College, where she earned her B.S. in anthropology/sociology. 

She met her future husband while at college, and in 1971 she married Lyndon Rose in Cove. She was involved with the home extension office for many years and was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church. She loved to listen to 88.1 Christian radio. 

She enjoyed the outdoors, walking and hiking, and loved to be in her garden and yard. She had vegetable and flower gardens and planted many trees, shrubs and flowers on their property. She also enjoyed beautifying and decorating her home. Her favorite times of the year were Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, of Cove; children, Robert Rose of Cove, Jennifer Rose of Cove and Michael Rose of Fort Drum, N.Y.; sister, Linda Koenig of Walla Walla, Wash.; brother-in-law, David Hanson; Charles Koenig and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Carol Hanson.



Christopher Harold McLaughlin




Christopher Harold McLaughlin, 64, of Cove, died Jan. 28 at his residence. No services are planned at this time.

Known as Chris, he was born Sept. 1, 1948, in The Dalles to Harold and Virginia (Remington) McLaughlin. He was raised in The Dalles, where he attended school and graduated from The Dalles High School. After high school, he attended Eastern Oregon University. Chris married Nanci McLaughlin on April 2, 1976. He was employed by Eastern Oregon University in the ground maintenance department, and recently retired.

Chris enjoyed horseback riding and horse training. He enjoyed being in the mountains, hunting, spending time camping and riding horses with his family. He was an active member of the Imbler Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold McLaughlin.

Survivors include his wife, Nanci of Cove; daughter, Sharra McLaughlin of Summerville; mother, Virginia McLaughlin of La Grande; siblings and their spouses, Gwen and Curt Baker of Soap Lake, Wash., Colleen and Lindsey Wyllie of Mount Vernon and Duane and Nancy McLaughlin of Hood River; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Imbler FFA, Cove Christian Camp or Union County 4-H in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850.

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Lela Virginia Locke

Enterprise, La Grande



Lela Virginia Locke, 97, died Feb. 8 in La Grande. 

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Nazarene in Enterprise. Private interment will follow at Bramlet Cemetery in Lower Valley at Wallowa. 

Lela was born in 1915 to May and Orland Hawkins in the home of her Grandma and Grandpa Schaeffer. When Lela was 6 years old, the family moved to a ranch on Bear Creek, after living at the Red House on Frontage Road and the Brooks House on Lower Diamond Lane. 

She graduated from Wallowa High School and attended the La Grande Business School, where she received a teaching degree. Lela taught in Rigby, Idaho, for three years. In 1939, she married Roy Echer, who later died in a tragic logging accident.

While teaching in Wallowa, Lela met Don Locke. They married on Feb. 8, 1947, and spent the next 59 years together in love. The couple lived on a ranch in Zumwalt, and later moved to Joseph, where Lela taught both third and fourth grades in Enterprise and Joseph. Don sold cars and trailers. They moved to Milton-Freewater for several years but eventually moved back to Enterprise. 

Lela was an accomplished pianist. Music gave her much joy. Religion was very important to her. She attended the Church of the Nazarene in Enterprise, where she participated in church activities and took part in the Bible study. Lela and Don both loved their animals, a dog named Lucky, and cats Gilly and Sammy, who gave both company and entertainment. 

After retiring, Lela and Don enjoyed traveling in their trailer, camping, visiting friends and family, and spending many winters in Arizona. They loved to spend time with each other and played a game of gin rummy every day. 

Lela was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Glen and Alvin; and a nephew, Wayne. 

Survivors include her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Irene and Kenneth Barklow; a nephew; two nieces; great-nieces and great-nephews; great-great nieces and great-great nephews; and one great-great-great niece. 



Hilda Dorothy Jones McCumber

La Grande



Hilda Dorothy (Jones) McCumber, 99, died Feb. 7 at Wildflower Lodge in La Grande.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City. A gathering to celebrate her remarkable life will be held this spring. 

Hilda was born on Oct. 31, 1913, in Baker City to Robert and Mary (Gilkison) Jones. She attended school in one-room schoolhouses in Eastern Oregon towns including Sparta, New Bridge and Keating. She attended Baker High School for two years before being forced to quit due to her father’s death. 

Hilda was married to the love of her life, Frank Avery “Dick” McCumber, on June 19, 1933, in Baker. During their early years, they lived on a ranch at Sparta and also lived in Milton-Freewater, Baker and Union before moving to Mount Vernon in 1950. Hilda was a devoted wife and mother, and was very active in her community. She was involved in the Mount Vernon Grange, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Grant County Women’s Bowling League, Mount Vernon PTA and the Degree of Honor Protective Association. Her hobbies included bowling, gardening, camping and reading.

Throughout her career, she was employed by various facilities as a cook, including J Bar L Guest Ranch, Blue Mountain Hospital and U.S. Forest Service summer camps. A large portion of her career was spent working for the Forest Service in Grant County, where she retired multiple times before actually leaving her job.

Hilda is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Avery “Dick” McCumber; her oldest son, Neil A. McCumber; and two great-grandchildren lost in infancy.

She is survived by her daughter, Millie I. McCumber Hickerson Butler (Bob); sons, Roger A. McCumber (Janet), Lyle A. McCumber (Linda) and Robert B. McCumber (Charlotte); 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in Hilda’s memory to Wildflower Lodge through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814. 




Holly Ray ‘Buss’ Brown




Holly Ray “Buss” Brown, 60, of Union, died Feb. 9 at a local care facility. A funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, at the Union LDS Church. Interment will follow at the Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society in care of Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.

Buss was born on July 24, 1952, the son of Hollis Carl and Charline Eleanor (Crofts) Brown in Torrington, Wyo. He attended school there until the third grade when the family moved to Union. He was a good student, and he and his brother, Butch, participated in rodeo events until he was 16 and was involved in a life-changing auto accident. After months in the hospital, he overcame many obstacles and learned how to walk and talk again. He was paralyzed on one side, but his determination amazed all who knew him. 

He finished high school and went on to business college and became an accountant. He worked for the M&W Market until it closed, and then he went to work for the Baker City office of the Forest Service, which he drove to each day and back from the family ranch at Medical Springs. He worked for them for 20 years when he retired to take care of his ill father. 

In spite of his disabilities, he continued to ride horses and took care of himself and drove 15 minutes one way to church every Sunday from Medical Springs. When he moved into town in 2011, he lived in an apartment with his two dogs. He had many wonderful caregivers and friends who were there for him when he couldn’t manage completely on his own.

 Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Butch and Karen Brown of Union; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Tom Brown of La Grande; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Shari Lee Orton.



Barbara (Chadwick) Laughlin

Formerly of La Grande



Barbara Jeanne (Chadwick) Laughlin, 73, of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 20 at her home after a battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Jack Laughlin. A celebration of life for both will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Heathman Hotel in Vancouver. A second service is scheduled in La Grande May 4.

Barbara was born April 14, 1939, in La Grande to Donald and Cleo Chadwick. As the oldest of six, she doted on her younger siblings and would often spend her money on treats for them. In 1957, she graduated from
La Grande High School, where she enjoyed playing the French horn and taking geometry and business classes. While still in high school, she worked for both the Granada and Liberty theaters. There she developed a lifelong passion for movies. She especially enjoyed musicals. Her experiences at the theater included painting by numbers in the box office and asking the actor Lee Marvin to keep his feet off the seats, a tale she liked to tell. Following graduation, she moved to Spokane, Wash., to attend Kinman Business College.

Before she left La Grande, she met Jack Lee Laughlin, who was attending Eastern Oregon College. In 1959, two months before she would have completed her program at Kinman Business College, Jack and Barbara eloped to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The couple moved to Seattle, where they began their family having a baby daughter, Kelly. Jack’s work took the family to San Diego and Santa Monica, Calif., where they added two sons, Chad and Bryan; and Colorado Springs, Colo., where they completed their family with a daughter, Tammy; and Vancouver.

Barbara’s family was the core of her life. Although she preferred staying home with her family playing cards, watching old films, and playing piano and accordion, she also enjoyed league bowling, movies, an occasional live production and the Lunch Bunch. Her family benefitted from her many talents and has fond memories of the costumes, pajamas and quilts she made for them. Her blackberry and huckleberry jam were also favorites.

Barbara worked for the JC Penney Co. in both La Grande and Vancouver. When she retired, she spent her time with Jack, her children and her grandchildren. She also spent time canning jams, peaches and green beans, working crossword puzzles, quilting and watching “Jeopardy.”

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Kelly and Paul Anderes of La Grande, Chad and Karen Laughlin of Vancouver, Bryan Laughlin of Vancouver and Tammy and Nick Greenwell of Tumwater, Wash.; seven grandchildren; her sisters and their spouses, Patty and Jack Rudd, Donna and Bill Tsiatsos, and Linda and Bill Whittemore, all of La Grande, and Kathy and Andy Gilbert of Eugene, one brother and his wife, Jim and Wayla Chadwick, also of La Grande; and numerous nieces and nephews.