Obituaries for April 15, 2013

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Repplinger, Beedle, Titus, McDaniel


Vernon Ray Repplinger


A service for Vernon Ray Repplinger, 84, of Enterprise will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Repplinger died Jan. 9. Memorials may be given to a charity of choice.



Dorothy Beedle

La Grande


Dorothy Valerie LaBerge Beedle, 84, of La Grande and Desert Hot Springs, Calif., died March 10 at her daughter’s home in Portland. Per her request there will be no service.

Dorothy was born June 30, 1928, to Conrad and Marie Stella (Porter) LaBerge in Cleveland, Ohio. When she was 10 years old, the family moved to Los Angeles, Calif. Dorothy spent her youth chasing after her older brothers and dreaming about a career as a registered nurse.

Following graduation from Hamilton High School in 1946, she enrolled at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan Nursing School in Los Angeles. A true nurse, Dorothy was a selfless and compassionate person.

After graduating from nursing school, Dorothy met her future husband, Dick Beedle, in 1950. They were married Feb. 24, 1951, in Los Angeles and then moved to Mill Valley, Calif., where they had three children, Rick, Joyce and Marilyn. Motherhood was a role Dorothy cherished, and she took a break from nursing to raise her children. No matter what any member of her family was striving to achieve, Dorothy was the loudest cheerleader, strongest advocate and fiercest defender. 

In 1975 Dick and Dorothy moved to La Grande, where she became the first charge nurse in the newly opened Intensive Care Unit at Grande Ronde Hospital. Dorothy also worked for several local doctors and was the first administrator for the home health department.

Dorothy rarely encountered a puzzle she couldn’t solve and delighted in learning new things. A kid at heart, she was always full of energy and loved to tell tales of her mischievous behavior. Her ability to befriend anyone got her into curious situations that somehow always ended well. She constantly surprised her family with her playful antic, and her joyful perspective on life was contagious.

Upon retirement in 1988, Dick and Dorothy covered thousands of miles in their motor home. During this time they discovered Caliente Springs in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., where they settled during the winter months. An avid gardener, Dorothy started the “Dig in the Dirt Gang” with her dear friend Ruthie, and recruited volunteers to help her beautify the park by planting hundreds of flowers each year. Each of her children inherited her love of gardening, and her sense of adventure.

She was preceded in death by her father, Conrad LaBerge; mother and stepfather, Marie and Dr. Fred H. Nelson; brother, Les LaBerge; and six uncles and two aunts.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Dick Beedle; brother, John LaBerge of southern California; children and their spouses, Rick Beedle and Stephanie of La Grande, Joyce Beedle and Wes of Portland and Marilyn Knight and David of La Grande; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

A full obituary is available at 

Helen Johanna Titus

La Grande


Helen Johanna Titus, 88, of La Grande, died at a local care facility April 3. Services will be planned at a later date in Wyoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen was born Sept. 16, 1924, in Parco (now known as Sinclair), Wyo. Helen was the first female child born in the newly organized town of Parco. Her parents are Sam and Jorid Sannes. She graduated from Rawlins High School in Rawlins, Wyo., and attended the University of Wyoming. 

On May 16, 1946, she married Wilbert F. Titus in Jackson Hole, Wyo. They were later divorced. She was employed as a bookkeeper most of her working life. She enjoyed needlepoint and was an avid bridge player.

Helen is survived by her children, Terry Titus and his wife Tulip, of Casper, Wyo.; Nancy Eggert of La Grande; Tom Titus and his wife, Starla, of Young, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert; parents, Sam and Jorid; and three sisters, Mary Sannes, Ruth Brayman and Bettie McDermott.

Memorial donations may be made to Sinclair Parco Museum, PO Box 247, Sinclair, Wyoming 82334.

Online condolences to the family may be made at 


Keith Charles McDaniel



Keith Charles McDaniel, 79, “Ole Snort,” of Lostine died April 6 in La Grande.

A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wallowa School’s Beth Johnson Room. A potluck will follow at the Wallowa Senior Center (Meat will be provided and potluck dishes are welcome). Contact Wendy McDaniel at 541-263-1284 for more information.  

Keith was born to Lawton and Florence McDaniel on March 10, 1934.  

He attended Wallowa Public Schools, graduating in 1952. Keith was a member of the WHS ’52 State B Football Championship team. Keith started logging early in his life first bumping knots for Ed Holleran. He began driving log truck at the age of 17. 

Throughout the 52 years he drove truck, he became fondly known as “Ole Snort.” It is estimated he hauled more than 90 million board feet of lumber and drove more than 800,000 miles in his career. 

In 1953, Keith married Ruby Lowden and together they had five children. They later divorced. In 1992, Keith met Noma Lewis and on June 20, 1992, he married the love of his life. Keith was an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing on the Snake River. He was an avid fan of watching his children and grandchildren play sports. Keith was also a member of the Elks Lodge in

Keith is survived by his wife of 20 years, Noma McDaniel; children and their spouses, Charles and Patti McDaniel, Tim and Denise McDaniel (Wallowa), Kevin and Michelle McDaniel (LaPine), Heidi McDaniel (Enterprise), Wendy McDaniel and James Hayes (Joseph); step-children, Cytel Snyder (Antelope, Calif.), Brandy Gubler (Belgrade, Mont.), Blaise and Tracy Gubler (Livingston, Mont.); siblings and their spouses, Richard and Nan McDaniel (La Grande), Donna Lee Skovlin (Cove), Doug McDaniel and Gail Hammack (Lostine). He had 16 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawton and Florence, stepmother Claire McDaniel and brother-in-law Jon Skovlin. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the “Lawton & Florence McDaniel Scholarship Fund” at Wallowa High School.

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