Obituaries for May 20, 2013

By Observer Upload May 20, 2013 01:57 pm
Basel, Fordice, Marie, Arnold, Skillings


Robert Lawrence Basel



Robert Lawrence Basel, 49, of Elgin, died at his residence May 14. No services are planned at this time. Loveland Funeral

Chapel is in charge of
the arrangements.

Bob was born April 4, 1964, in Seattle to Robert D. and Judith H. (Tintera) Basel. Bob graduated from high school and enrolled in peace officer’s school. After graduation, he served as a police officer for more than 15 years in Republic, Wash., where he received many awards and commendations. He also served as an emergency dispatch operator for law enforcement for many years. Robert enjoyed camping and fishing.

He is survived by his four daughters, Tristen, Mandie, Mikella and Alyssa; one grandchild; a twin sister, Renee and siblings, Cynthia, Dave and Jodie; and
companion Sherry J.



Online condolences to the family may be made at


Stephen A. Fordice


A memorial and taco feed honoring Stephen A. Fordice will run from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the VFW Hall in Enterprise. Fordice, 63, died Jan. 11. A full obituary appeared earlier. 

 Denise Marie 

‘Didi’ Arnold

Formerly of La Grande

Denise Marie “Didi” Arnold, 61, of Kennewick, Wash., and formerly of 

La Grande, peacefully lost her battle with breast cancer May 17 at her home with her loving family surrounding her.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. A full obituary will be published later.

Virginia F. Skillings


Services for Virginia F. Skillings of Wallowa will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wallowa Cemetery in Wallowa. Skillings, 82, died Dec. 15, 2012. A 

full obituary appeared earlier.