Obituaries for February 15, 2013

By Observer Upload February 15, 2013 10:21 am
Jones, Butler, Courtright, Rose, Roulet, Turner, Wagner, Shodin, Skovlin, Davis, Wagner, Poitras, Howell II

 


 

Farrell Jones

La Grande

 

Farrell Jones, 69, of La Grande, died at his home Thursday. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A complete obituary will be published later.

 


 

 

 

Millie Ilene Butler

Formerly of La Grande

1936-2013

 

Millie Ilene Butler, 76, of Baker City and formerly of La Grande, died Feb. 11 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center. 

Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Hope Cemetery with Wally Muzzy and Jerry Sheets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in John Day officiating. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at Coles Tribute Center following the services.

Millie was born to Frank Avery “Dick” and Hilda Dorothy (Jones) McCumber on May 4, 1936, in Baker City. She attended high school in Mount Vernon and married Floyd Lee Hickerson on Oct. 25, 1953, in Winnemucca, Nev. She then married Robert Lee Butler on July 1, 2004, in Hillsboro. She was a great homemaker and also worked for a time at Beaver State Dental and Terry Trailer, retiring on Sept. 1, 2004.

Millie lived in La Grande from 1963 to 1978 and her husband, Sgt. Lee Hickerson, was a city police officer in La Grande. She enjoyed horseback riding, riding her bicycle, going to the mountains mushrooming, huckleberry picking and loving on her dog, Jake. She loved her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and her husband. She was a member of the LDS Church and a breast cancer survivor.

Millie is survived by her husband, Bob Butler of Baker City; two sons, Fain Hickerson and wife, Darla, of Coos Bay, and Neil Hickerson and Kathy Keller of Gresham; one daughter, Theresa German and husband, Brent, of La Grande; three brothers, Roger McCumber and wife, Jan, of Hillsboro, Lyle McCumber and wife, Linda, of Mount Vernon, and Rob McCumber and wife, Char, of Mount Vernon; four step-daughters, one step-son and their spouses, seven grandchildren plus several step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Lee Hickerson, a brother, Neil McCumber, and a grandson, Sean Christopher.

Memorial contributions may be made to Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

 


 

Dennis Courtright

La Grande

1950-2013

 

Dennis Courtright, 62, died at home on Feb. 12 in La Grande. 

A time of gathering will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Home in La Grande. 

He was born May 9, 1950, to William and Hazel Courtright in Libby, Mont. On May 25, 1977, he married Cynthia (Syd) Sloan at Copalis Beach in Washington State. 

Dennis enjoyed anything outdoors, time with his family, and of course anything food or beer related: cooking it, growing it, and brewing it. Dennis was a natural teacher and loved to share his passion for cooking and brewing beer with anyone who expressed interest. Dennis was a certified executive chef and had recently retired from the State of Oregon; he enjoyed his work and had many friends there. Dennis was also a Vietnam veteran as a member of the Navy; additionally he was a sergeant in the Army Reserves.  

Dennis was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need, family members said. He was a selfless man who always worked to put others in the spotlight. Dennis was a great storyteller and had a fantastic sense of humor. His love to laugh and joke was contagious. He enjoyed sports and was a fan of his beloved Boise State Broncos and attended many games with his sons. Dennis also loved his time outdoors and was always willing to drop everything for a fishing or hunting trip. 

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Syd; his two sons and their spouses, Patrick and Mariah and Sean and Hannah, both of Boise, Idaho; one grandchild; and his brothers and their spouses, Jim and Patti Courtright and Jon and Chris Courtright of Washington State.

 


 

 

 

Renate (Renee) Elfriede Rose

Elgin

1948-2013

 

Renate (Renee) Elfriede Rose died Feb. 11 in Elgin. 

A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at the Stella Mayfield Auditorium. A reception immediately following the service will be at the Elgin Community Center. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be given to the Oregon Food Bank.

Renee was born on Dec. 19, 1948, in Zurich, Switzerland, to Heinrich Neeser and Elfriede Grossman. She grew up in Weiningen, Switzerland, until the age of 19 when she moved to Chicago with her sister. From Chicago, she travelled west to Seattle, where she met the love of her life, William (Bill) Rose. Bill and Renee were married on Aug. 23, 1969, and later settled in Marysville, Wash. Bill and Renee were proud parents to Richard (Rick) and Theresa. Renee was a homemaker and a florist, and worked for City Floral in Everett, Wash., for more than 20 years. 

In 2005, Bill and Renee retired to Elgin, where they flourished for the last seven years. Renee was president of the Dirt Diggers Garden Club, and an active member of Extension, the Women’s Service Club and the Blue Mountain Quilters. Renee was passionate about many things, but especially enjoyed gardening, flower arranging, baking, sewing, quilting, regular phone
calls with her children and sister, and spoiling her grandchildren. 

Family members said Renee was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She gave selflessly and lovingly to each single person who knew her and will always be remembered. 

Renee’s love and presence will be felt every day by her friends and family. Her gardening talents are displayed throughout Elgin, her quilts have been shared with family and those in need, and her grandchildren will sleep in their pajamas made with love by Grandma Rose. 

Renee is survived by her husband of 43 years, Bill, of Elgin; her son, Rick Rose (Susie) of Salt Lake City and two grandchildren; her daughter, Theresa Starr (David) of Seattle; her sister, Lilo Kerschbaumer of Switzerland; and her uncle, Marcel Grossman of Phoenix, Arizona.

Her parents died earlier.

 


 

 

 

Ruth ‘Pennie’ Roulet

Elgin

1927-2013

 

Ruth “Pennie” Roulet, 85, of Elgin, died Feb. 11 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.

Mrs. Roulet was born on Aug. 29, 1927, the daughter of Wesley and Katie (Wilson) Pennington in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School. On May 25, 1945, she married Bill Roulet in Elgin. 

She worked in retail sales for more than 40 years, starting at the Rosanna Shop, then Falk’s ID and Keith O’Brien and ending her career with J.C. Penney in 1999. She was a member of the Elgin Christian Church. 

She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, ceramics, crafts and gardening. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed baking.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, R.W. “Bill” and Jan Roulet of Elgin; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; sister, Mildred Hayes of Enterprise; sisters-in-law, Jane Pennington and Wanda Pennington, both of La Grande; and other relatives. 

She was preceded in death by her husband; granddaughter, Traci Roulet; brothers, Walter “Glen,” Lawrence and Roy Pennington and sister-in-law, June Pennington.

 


 

 

 

Margaret Turner

Formerly of La Grande

1914-2013

 

Margaret Turner, 98, of Pendleton, and formerly of La Grande and Richland, died at the Elizabethan Manor in Pendleton Jan. 26. 

Her memorial service will be announced later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is taking care of the arrangements.

Margaret was born April 2, 1914, in Chatham, Va., to Rufus and Lottie (Clark) Smyre. She married Zeke Turner, who died in 2002. She moved here from Portland in 1987.

Margaret enjoyed entertaining and going to parties. She was an excellent cook. Some of her fondest memories are fishing on the Snake River. She also enjoyed traveling and gardening.

Margaret is survived by one sister, Delia Gentry of Jersey City, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus and Lottie; her sisters, Alma and Levenia, and her brothers, Raymond, John, James, Joe, Duke and Billie. 

 

 


 

 

Thorma K. (Quigley) Wagner

Enterprise

1917-2013

 

Thorma K. (Quigley) Wagner died Feb. 12 in the home of her daughter and husband in Enterprise, where she lived for the last four years.

Thorma Wagner was born on Oct. 30, 1917, to John and Hettie Quigley in Pottstown, Pa.

A celebration of her life will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Enterprise Seventh-day Adventist church.

She was the second of five children. 

Thorma married Lewis Wagner, also of Pottstown, in 1937. 

Thorma became a licensed practical nurse in 1955 and worked in the pediatric unit of the hospital in Norristown, Pa. She also served as girls dean for five years in a boarding high school operated by the Seventh-day Adventist church.

Her hobbies included Bible study, sewing, knitting, art, rug hooking, refinishing furniture and hospital volunteer work. She was very hospitable, family members said, and frequently played host to overnight guests traveling through their area. She often provided a bed and recovery care for friends after being discharged from the hospital.

She is survived by siblings Ardell Q. Conrad of Gilbertsville, Pa., Willis Quigley of Orlando Fla., and Shirley Q. Brandt of Tempe, Ariz.; three children, Neil (Jan) Wagner of Stockton, Calif.; John (Lilya)Wagner of Lincoln, Neb.; and Linda Wagner (LaVern) Rice of Enterprise; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Lewis Wagner, died in 1991, and a brother, Carl Quigley, also died earlier.

 


 

Dorothy Shodin

Formerly of Elgin

 

Dorothy Shodin, 81 of Tidewater and formerly of Elgin, died at a hospital in Portland Thursday. A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

 


 

Jon Skovlin

La Grande

 

Jon Skovlin, 82 of La Grande, died at his residence Thursday. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. A complete obituary will be published later.

 


 

Harry H. Davis

La Grande

 

Harry H. Davis, 89, La Grande, died Thursday at Wildflower Lodge. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

 


 

Thorma K. (Quigley) Wagner

Enterprise

1917-2013

Thorma K. (Quigley) Wagner died Feb. 12 in the home of her daughter and husband in Enterprise, where she lived for the last four years.

Thorma Wagner was born on Oct. 30, 1917, to John and Hettie Quigley in Pottstown, Pa.

A celebration of her life will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Enterprise Seventh-day Adventist church.

She was the second of five children. 

Thorma married Lewis Wagner, also of Pottstown, in 1937. 

Thorma became a licensed practical nurse in 1955 and worked in the pediatric unit of the hospital in Norristown, Pa. 

She also served as girls dean for five years in a boarding high school operated by the Seventh-day Adventist church.

Her hobbies included Bible study, sewing, knitting, art, rug hooking, refinishing furniture and hospital volunteer work. 

She was very hospitable, family members said, and frequently played host to overnight guests traveling through their area. 

She often provided a bed and recovery care for friends after being discharged from the hospital.

She is survived by siblings Ardell Q. Conrad of Gilbertsville, Pa., Willis Quigley of Orlando Fla., and Shirley Q. Brandt of Tempe, Ariz.; three children, Neil (Jan) Wagner of Stockton, Calif.; John (Lilya) Wagner of Lincoln, Neb.; and Linda Wagner (LaVern) Rice of Enterprise; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Lewis Wagner, died in 1991, and a brother, Carl Quigley, also died earlier.

 


 

Floyd Harry (Wright) Poitras

La Grande

1953-2013

 

Floyd Harry (Wright) Poitras, 59, of La Grande, formerly of Enterprise, died Jan. 18 at a local care facility in La Grande. Services will be scheduled later this spring at Chiloquin. 

Burial will be in the Wilson Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Floyd was born Nov. 3, 1953, in Klamath Falls to J. Edward and June Wright Poitras. He grew up in the Portland/Tigard area and has lived in various places throughout Oregon. 

He spent many years in Enterprise. Floyd was an enrolled member of the Klamath Tribes.

Survivors include three sisters, Diane Walker and her husband, John, of Chiloquin; Wanda Wise of Ontario; and Suzan Oglesby of Chiloquin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and June; one sister, Geraldine Minthorn; and two brothers, Warren and Richard Poitras.

Online condolences to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.

 


 

Roy Eugene ‘Boomer’ Howell II

Elgin

1944-2013

Roy Eugene Howell, 68, of Elgin died Jan. 31 at Grande Ronde Hospital surrounded by family. 

A celebration of life will be held at his home during the Memorial Day weekend.

He was born Sept. 23, 1944, to Roy and Doris Stamas Howell in Roswell, N.M. The family moved to Eastern Oregon shortly thereafter. 

Roy was an extremely intelligent man, the family’s human calculator. It was faster to ask him a math problem than use the calculator. 

He was a jack of all trades and a master of many, family members said. 

He was a mechanic and had his own shop, Perfection Automotive, for several years.  He also was a plumber, carpenter and electrician, skills he used to build the original Taco Shack and The Timbers, which he ran with his wife for several years.

He was a lifelong resident of Oregon, enjoying the outdoors and spending several decades of timber falling as his main
occupation. 

He loved hunting and fishing while still holding a deep respect for all animals, especially cats and dogs. 

At the Taco Shack he also had a pet squirrel that he trained to eat peanuts out of his hand. He spent many years on the slopes of Alaska enjoying the wildlife and has video of a polar bear that spent quite a few days in his camp.

Some of his passions included building hot rods over the years. Along with his son, Mark, he built a race truck that circled The Outlaw Raceway for several years. 

One of his pride and joys was building a sand drag jeep with his best friend, Dick Cates. That sand drag jeep, “Porky,” won a national finals in California. He enjoyed playing pool and won many tournaments with his talent. He also took the middleweight championship at an arm-wrestling competition in the early ’80s. 

Of all his passions, however, gold mining had to be at the top of the list. He loved to study Forest Service maps and books in search of the “big nugget.”

Roy was a man’s man but always put family first. He loved being home and spending time with his family. He enjoyed cooking, using that talent at countless family dinners and always loving the colorful poker games that sometimes followed. 

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Julia; his son, Mark Howell and his wife, Michelle; his step-daughter, Tracy Weatherspoon and fiancé Jacob Stevens; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson; his sisters, Sandra and Bill Boyd, Linda and Dick Smith, Sharon and Ed Cottrill, Joann and Rick Beukelman, and Debra Litke, and many, many nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.

His parents and sister, Theresa, died earlier.

Online condolences to the family may be made at wwwlovelandfuneralchapel.com.