Obituaries for June 7, 2013

By Observer Upload June 07, 2013 10:31 am
Gulzow, Guthrie, Elliott Jr., Fleet, Pfel, Baker


Ella V. Gulzow

La Grande

Ella V. Gulzow, 92, of La Grande, died today at her residence. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

 Tristan Guthrie


Tristan Guthrie, 16, of Cove, died at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Wash., June 1. 

A celebration of life will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the home of Gordon and Leann Oloendorf, 69615 Antles Lane, Cove. 

A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.



Ernest H. ‘Jack’ Elliott, Jr.



Ernest H. “Jack” Elliott, 

Jr., 88, died May 31 in

Jack was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Olympia, Wash., to Ernest Harry and Marie Wells Elliott. He lived in Olympia and Shelton, Wash., and in Enterprise.

He was a U.S. Navy aviation radioman first class and served in the Aleutian Islands during World War II.

On May 26, 1945, he was married to Norma V. Botts of Flora.

He sold cars for several years before becoming general manager, and was a real estate developer at the Goldcrest housing development in Olympia.

He won the USO World Board of Governors Order of Meritorious Service.

He liked to hunt, fish, camp, boat and listen to music, especially western and classical. He played the violin in his early years. 

He also enjoyed motorhoming south for many winters, but most importantly he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Norma, of Enterprise; daughters, Sandy Kinsella of Enterprise and Susie Wilkinson (Mike) of Moses Lake, Wash.; sisters, Helen Jones of Tacoma, Wash., and Ann Peters-Batstone (Bill) of Shelton; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Dying earlier were his parents and a daughter, Cynthia Lee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wallowa Memorial Hospital or VFW Post 4307. 

James Loren Fleet



James “Loren” Fleet’s 89th birthday was May 19. The next day he entered Legacy Mt. Hood hospital. After five days, he returned to Wynwood Assisted Living Home in Gresham, where he died from cancer in the early hours of June 4. 

Loren will receive military honors from his fellow members of the High Valley VFW Post No. 4060 at the Island City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday. 

Loren was born May 19, 1924, in Flora to Eva Botts and James Fleet. His brother, Duane (nine years older), was the greatest inspiration in Loren’s life. Loren was a longtime Grande Ronde Valley farmer and rancher. His favorite activities were farming, fishing, hunting and reading. He collected large equipment and books on health. He loved camping with the Good Sam Club and Cascades GMC Club. Loren was always ready for a good game of pinochle. His favorite place was home. 

Loren’s favorite memories were the day he got out of the Army and the night he was awarded the 2000 Natural Resource Co-operator at the annual Farmer-Merchant Banquet. His favorite song was “You Are My Sunshine,” favorite flower was the red rose and his favorite color was green. His pets were Cream Puff, the cat, and Heidi, his miniature

Loren served in the U.S. Army from April 26, 1945, to Nov. 14, 1946. His rank was technician fifth grade, serving in Okinawa.

On April 15, 1943, Loren and Mary Candice Murphy were united in marriage. She died on Nov. 11, 1986. Two children were born to this union: Carole Rae and Jimmie Dee. Loren and Mary have three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

On Feb. 24, 1989, Loren and Rebecca Carlock were married. He inherited three stepdaughters, five more grandchildren, with two great-grandchildren arriving in the past year. He and Rebecca later divorced, but remained together.

Loren entered Wynwood in October 2011. He enjoyed exercise classes, pinochle, walking on the grounds and the fellowship of other residents. He was always cheerful and enjoyed whatever came his way. Loren should be remembered for his fair play.

He was preceded in death by first wife, Mary; brother, Duane; and his parents.

In Loren’s honor, donations may be given to the Blue Mountain Humane Society, NRA, American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

 Helen Marie Pfel

La Grande


Helen Marie Pfel, 84, of 

La Grande, died June 4 at a local care facility. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center. Private interment will be held at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Heart Association
or the Oregon Cancer

Helen was born on Sept. 7, 1928, the daughter of John William and Crystal Louise (Kleck) Wells in Baker City. The family lived in the Rock Creek area. 

She graduated from Haines High School and later moved to La Grande. On June 17, 1951, she married Lavel Pfel in La Grande. 

She worked as a secretary for the Oregon state highway department for many years and then the Oregon State Parks before going to work for Eastern Oregon University, where she worked until her retirement.

Helen loved to gamble and enjoyed many trips to Wildhorse in Pendleton and Jackpot and Laughlin in Nevada over the years. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidery. 

She belonged to the Eagles Auxiliary, the Oregon State Employees Association
and was a trustee of the Eastern Oregon University Foundation.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Patricia “Pat” and Richard “Dick” O’Dell of La Grande, Peggy and Gary Powers of Umatilla and Steven and Tammy Pfel of Florence; sister, Millie Weisenback of Newberg; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives. 

 Earnest ‘Buck’ Baker


Earnest “Buck” Baker, 81, Elgin, died Friday at his residence. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the