Obituaries for May 27, 2013

By Observer Upload May 27, 2013 10:57 am
Burrow, Gordan, Lucas, Phifer, Rudd, Self, Stauffer, Shepherd


Irene Burrow


Irene Burrow, 72, of Union, died Sunday at a local care home. A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.


Debra Gordan

La Grande

Debra Gordan, 60, of La Grande, died Saturday at Vista Specialty Care. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements. 

Opal Rose Lucas

A memorial service for Opal Rose Lucas will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Summerville Baptist Church. Opal died Nov. 20, 2012, at the age of 99. A full obituary was published earlier.


Charles W. Phifer

La Grande

Charles W. Phifer, 66, La Grande, died Friday at Grande Ronde Hospital.  A full obituary will be published later.  Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.


Calvin Lee Rudd

A military honors service for Calvin Lee Rudd will be held at Grandview Cemetery at 4 p.m. Saturday.


Ray Self

La Grande

Ray Self, 75, La Grande, died Sunday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.


Lulu Belle Stauffer



Lulu Belle Epps Stauffer was born Feb. 1, 1925, in Hiawatha, Kan., to Della Bryant Epps and Leonard Epps and died May 14 at her son’s home in Enterprise with her family gathered. She was 88 years old.

Lu attended school in Kansas and Nebraska, graduating in 1940 at the age of 15 from Humboldt High School. In Lu’s youth, she worked at the dime store where her mother baked. Lu excelled at tap dancing, entertaining during intermission at the local movie theater in her red and white sailor’s costume.

Lu married Carl William Stauffer, “Bill,” in 1942. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. During WWII, Lu puddled bombs at a bomb factory in Nebraska. Later, when they lived in the Seattle area, Lu rode the ferry to work at the telephone company. Lu and Bill lived in Kansas for about 10 years. Bill went to Kansas State University, and his agriculture teaching job lead them to Oregon in 1959, first to Sandy, The Dalles and then Central Point. Lu earned her CNA at Rogue Valley Community College and worked as a private nurse and at a rest care home until her retirement in 1994.

Lu loved her family and friends more than anything. She loved dancing, good food, movies and games. She earned a bowling trophy, used the computer and was an accomplished seamstress and crafter. 

In Enterprise, Lu lived independently near her family for four years, until this March when she lived with her son and his wife.

Lu is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; her siblings, Knowlton, Kermit, Millie and Winifred; and her companion, Albert Ramsey.

Lu is survived by her children, Diane (and Dennis) Kauahi of Kapolei, Hawaii, Marc (and Teena) Stauffer of Enterprise, and Cindy (and Tom) Mahedy of Federal Way, Wash; sister, Barbara Lucas of Spokane; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a niece and four nephews.

A memorial service will take place Sept. 7 at Enterprise Christian Church.

Elizabeth Shepherd

Formerly of La Grande


Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Jennings Shepherd, 88, of West Richland, Wash., and formerly of La Grande, died May 24. 

Betty was born in La Grande on Feb. 25, 1925, to Ida Goeck Jennings and Vernon Jennings. She married John Shepherd on Oct. 10, 1942. They were married 59 years. 

Betty and John owned the La Grande Bowling Alley in the 1940s and 1950s, where they came to know many
of the families living in
La Grande. 

Betty loved gardening, which was reflected in her beautiful yard. She also liked camping and visiting state and national parks with John and her daughter, Ann. 

Betty lived the majority of her life in La Grande. In later years, she and John moved to Shady Cove to be close to their daughter. Recently, she lived with Ann in West Richland.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Shepherd, her sister Joan Jennings Worrell, and brother Max Jennings. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Elizabeth Shepherd; her niece, Lisa Worrell Nyreen, and her great-niece, Lindsey Nyreen. 

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest East Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels~Knopp Funeral Cremation & Life Celebration Center.