Obituaries for May 6, 2013

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Hess, Eoff


 Donna Kirsch Hess

Formerly of La Grande

Donna Kirsch Hess, 91, a resident of The Dalles, died April 24 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

She was born in Tygh Valley, the first of two children, to Eldridge and Alverta Ashley.  She grew up in Wamic, where Eldridge and Alverta farmed. She played guitar and sang with her sister Julia at many Wasco County events.

She graduated from Wamic Grade School, Maupin High School and Eastern Oregon College with a bachelor’s degree in education. 

She married Ernest J. Kirsch on May 9, 1942. They lived many years in Condon and La Grande. During the time of their marriage, Donna taught school in Wamic, Condon, Olex and La Grande. She also assisted Ernest, who was an OSU Extension agent, by volunteering at 4-H camps, leading 4-H clubs, organizing Extension and youth events, and judging at county fairs.

Ernest died in July 1978. After his death, Donna spent one year in the Ivory Coast as a missionary teacher. She then moved to The Dalles and was active in Calvary Baptist Church. 

Donna married W. John Hess on Jan. 3, 1982.  They lived in Walla Walla, Wash., Wamic and The Dalles. They were active in church, supported Young Life Malibu Camp and Camp Morrrow in Wamic. They also enjoyed traveling in their motor home and spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John died in July 2003. 

For the last 10 years, she spent summers in The Dalles and winters in Yuma, Ariz., with her daughters and their husbands. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in
The Dalles, and was a member of PEO in La Grande and Walla Walla.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane (Kirsch) and Les Bradbury, Wamic; daughter, Linda (Kirsch) and Jim Newton, The Dalles; stepson, Lee and Harvalee Hess, Portland; stepson, Dan and Kathie Hess, Walla Walla; stepson, Mark and Kathryn Southwick Hess, Walla Walla; numerous grandchildren;14 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands and her sister, Julia (Ashley) Clark.

Funeral services were held April 30 at Spencer Libby and Powell in The Dalles. Graveside services followed at the IOOF cemetery on Cherry Heights Road in The Dalles. 

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice in lieu of flowers.


Robert ‘Keith’ Eoff

Formerly of Elgin


Graveside services for Robert “Keith” Eoff will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Highland Cemetery in Elgin.

Eoff died May 1 in Nampa, Idaho.

Robert was born May 4, 1921, at Independence, the son of Henry and Margaret (Edge) Eoff. He was the oldest of three boys.  

He spent his younger years on a hop farm in Independence and attended grade school at the little red schoolhouse. When he was older, he would ride his bicycle from Independence to Portland and delivered papers before there were sidewalks. He attended and graduated from Benson High School in Portland. During that time, he was a troubleshooter for International Tractor. He could time an engine by ear.

After graduation from high school, he purchased a 450-acre dairy farm (Cedar Brook Dairy) in the Willamette Valley at Sherwood. In addition to farming, he worked as a logger for Johnson & Page Logging for several years and as a welder at the shipyards in Portland. 

In September 1944, he married Marjorie Krause of Sherwood. To this union came 14 kids among which were two sets of twins. Later, he married Jill Spofford of Minnesota to which three more children were born.

He enjoyed baseball, basketball, polka and Vienna waltzes and his little dogs.

In 1971, he moved to Elgin and settled on Cricket Flat. He enjoyed fishing trips to Alaska and hunting in the Wallowa Mountains. 

He is survived by his kids, Billy (Sue) Eoff of New Mexico, Margaret Powers of Elgin, Russell Keith (Karen) Eoff of La Grande, Jeanne (Jim) Hascall of Dayton, Jimmy (Michelle) Eoff of Missouri, Bobby Eoff of Elgin, Alice “May” (Neal) Williams of Nampa, Idaho, Hazel (Melvin) Falk of American Falls, Idaho, Henry Eoff of Pendleton, Rose (Donald) Eoff of Stayton, Carl Eoff of Minnesota, Nancy (Glenn) Taft of Minnesota and Richard (Shannon) Eoff of Minnesota. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Russell and George; three of his children; his wife, Marjorie; a grandson; and his special friend, Jill Spofford of Minnesota. 

Arrangements are being provided by Zeyer Funeral Chapel, Nampa, Idaho.