Obituaries for April 24, 2013

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Curry, Eggert, Wilford, Johnson



Gene A. Curry

La Grande

Gene A. Curry, 87, La Grande, died Wednesday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will be published later.  Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of his care and arrangements.



Nancy Eggert

La Grande

Nancy N. Eggert, 63, of La Grande, died Tuesday at a local care facility. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is handling the arrangements.



Amy P. Wilford

Formerly of La Grande


Amy P. “Supergram” Wilford, 93 of Nampa, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande, died April 20 at her home.

A viewing for Amy will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. S., Nampa. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lane Memorial Gardens, 5300 W. 11th Ave., Eugene. 

Amy was born March 15, 1920, the daughter of Oscar and Violet Anderson in Ignacio, Colo., where she was raised and educated. Her family moved to Oregon, where she finished high school in the Eugene area. 

She met and married Joseph H. Wilford on April 29, 1941. She had three children: Kenneth, Dorothy and Shirley. They lived in Oregon until 1957 when the family moved to Alaska, where Amy worked for the U.S. Army as a manpower specialist until they returned to Oregon in 1976. They lived in La Grande, where she worked for the U.S. Forest Service until her retirement in 1984. 

Amy was the president of the American Legion Auxiliary in La Grande. She enjoyed bowling, water aerobics, playing cards and traveling.

She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth M. Wilford of Perth, West Australia, and a daughter; Dorothy J. Gudgel of Nampa; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Berta, Shirley and Rita, all of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her daughter. Shirley D., one sister, Dora, and one brother, Jim.

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Willard Johnson



Willard Johnson, 91, of Wallowa died April 19 at the Wallowa Valley Care Center in Enterprise, where he had been a resident for the past seven years.

A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Bramlet Cemetery in Wallowa.

Willard was born Feb. 25, 1922, to John Johnson and Wilma (Hamilton) Johnson of Wallowa. He lived his entire life in Wallowa, except for about a year at Oakridge. He attended Wallowa schools through his junior year.

Willard worked for many years at the J. Herbert Bates Lumber Mill in Wallowa as a pipefitter/sprinkler operator. When the mill closed in 1962, he moved to Oakridge to work for Pope and Talbot mill for about one year.

He returned to Wallowa to assist with the liquidation of the Bates Mill equipment. He worked for several years as a janitor at Wallowa High School. He also spent several months clearing the right-of-way for a natural gas pipeline through Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties. Much of his life he cut, split, stacked and sold firewood for $25 a cord.

Willard loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. He kept a trap line well into his retirement years. He collected firearms (rifles and shotguns) and reloaded his own ammunition. He enjoyed trapshooting at the Wallowa Gun Club. He was a hobby taxidermist specializing in game birds and raptors. For many years, he served as a volunteer fireman for the Wallowa Fire Department.

He built his own home from Bill Simpson’s auto garage in lower valley, where he and Evamae lived many years until he had to sell and move to Leisure Way apartment in Wallowa, where he was especially fond of his caregiver, Nancy Samples. After suffering a stroke, he was admitted to the Wallowa Valley Care Center, which he enjoyed and where he received excellent care, family members said.

He is survived by his wife, Evamae (Maxwell) Johnson of Hurricane Creek Road, Enterprise. They were married for more than 64 years. He is also survived by son, Wallace Jack Johnson and his wife, Phyllis (Hafer) Johnson of Joseph, and by son, Walter Roy Johnson of Coos Bay. He had six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by infant daughter, Carolyn, oldest son, Wesley William Johnson, and sister, Norma (Johnson) Hanson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wallowa Valley Care Center, 207 E. Park St., Enterprise 97828.