Obituaries for June 3, 2013

By Observer Upload June 03, 2013 10:23 am
Martin, Lowe, Self, Scott, Earle, Coe


Richard Perry Martin

La Grande

Richard Perry Martin, 60, of La Grande, died in La Grande on Sunday. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

 Bette M. Lowe

La Grande

Family and friends are invited to gather in memory of Bette M. Lowe from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 340 S. 10th Ave., Union. A buffet dinner will be served in her honor. Bette was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Cove, and lived in the Grande Ronde Valley nearly her entire life. She died in La Grande on March 28 at age 81.


 Ray Self

La Grande


Ray Self, 75, of La Grande, died May 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital. At the family’s request, there will be no services.

Ray was born July 10, 1937, in Sedro Woolley, Wash., to Otha Jennings and Cennie (Price) Self. He lived in Spokane, Wash., and attended school in Bend. He competed on the wrestling team for Bend High School and took third at the district tournament. Ray served his country in the United States Air Force. His assignment as weatherman was to report weather conditions and forecasts for aircraft stationed in Alaska.

Ray married Donelda Hartal. They were later divorced. He was employed at the Yacht Club in Washington. Ray enjoyed reading and hunting. He was a member of the NRA, the Air Force Club and the Oregon Hunters

Ray is survived by three children, Kelly Berlanga and her husband, Carlos, of Washington; Kathy Rodrigus of Virginia; Russell Self of Washington; sister, Bert Metcalf and her husband, Paul, of Summerville; two grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Otha, who died in 1997; mother, Cennie, who died in 1968; sister, Rosita Warchol, who died in 1982; sister, Dolores Self, who died in 1943; and nephew, Kevin Metcalf, who died in 2006.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 15080 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.

Online condolences to the family may be made at 

Louise Scott



Louise Scott, 87, of Wallowa, died May 29 at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise.

Visitation is at 6 p.m. tonight at Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. A service will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Katherine Catholic Church in Enterprise, with a mass of Christian burial to follow at Lostine Cemetery.

Louise was born Aug. 19, 1925, in White Plains, N.Y., to Dora (Lamarre) and Charles Larrow. After her father’s death when she was 8, she and her mother moved to Woodsville, N.H.. Louise graduated from Woodsville High School in 1943. 

She then attended the University of New Hampshire, graduating with a bachelor of science in business education in 1946.

She then taught one year in Plymouth, N.H., before working for a major bank in Boston.

After one year working in the banking industry, she decided that she would like to travel, so she applied to the Wallowa School District to teach business. She arrived in Wallowa by bus following a 3,000-mile trip from Boston.

During her first year teaching in Wallowa, she met Warren Scott. They were married on June 20, 1949, in Woodsville.

Louise taught business classes for two years in Lostine and for 25 years at Wallowa High School, retiring in 1987. She was faculty adviser for a number of student organizations including
Future Business Leaders of America and was yearbook adviser.

Louise was a member of the St. Katherine Catholic Church, a member of the Retired Teachers Association and volunteered for the Wallowa County Museum.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her children, Joanne and Tom Baird of Wallowa; Ed Scott of Lostine; Dottie and Garry Record of Yakima, Wash.; Alfred and Janice Scott of Echo; Patty Scott and Jeff Hash of Coos Bay; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wallowa Chapter of the Emergency Medical Technicians, Wallowa Memorial Hospital Foundation, Wallowa County Museum or Wallowa High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund in care of Bollman Funeral Home. 

Allen Edward Earle

North Powder


Allen Edward Earle, 87, of North Powder, died at his residence on May 30. No services are planned at this time. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Allen was born Sept. 26, 1925, in Tillamook, to Sollie Allen Earl and Faye Leone Akerley Earl. He lived most of his life in Florence and Reedsport. Allen attended school at Florence and Lane Community College. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II on the U.S. Oracle AM 103 minesweeper. He was honorably discharged as fireman first class, and his remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.

On March 8, 1946, he married Patricia Marie Spencer. Allen was a rancher, logger and truck driver. He loved his horses and horseback riding as well as hunting and fishing.

Allen is survived by his children, Alana (Ron) West of North Powder; Deanna Hass of North Powder; Steven (Ronda) Earle; Michael Earle of Reedsport; his siblings, Wesley Earle of Florence; sister-in-law, Margaret Earle of Reedsport; Melvin (Lexine) Earle of Florence; Louis (Peggy) Earle of Reedsport; Patsy (Harry) Schwartz of Elkton; Wanda Gastofson of Portland; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; parents, Sollie and Faye; and two brothers, Lyle and Jon Rocklin Earl.

Online condolences to the family may be made at

Kenneth Dale Coe


Kenneth Dale Coe, 70, of Elgin, died Friday at his home. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the LDS church in Elgin. A complete obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.