Obituaries for June 12, 2013

By Observer Upload June 12, 2013 10:18 am
Osterling, Clemens, DeBow, Gulzow, Baker, Ainsworth


Winnifred Osterling

La Grande

Winnifred Osterling, 95, longtime resident of  Baker City and La Grande, died at her home on Tuesday.  Arrangements are under the direction of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home.

 Vanessa Louise Clemens

La Grande

Funeral services for Vanessa Louise Clemens will be at the Island City LDS Church at 2 p.m. Thursday. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

 Robert W. DeBow


Robert W. DeBow, 82, of Joseph, died Tuesday. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Prairie Creek Cemetery in Joseph. A full obituary will be published later. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ella Violet Gulzow

La Grande


Ella Violet Gulzow, 92, of La Grande, died of heart failure at her residence on June 7. Funeral services will be at the First Christian Church in 

La Grande at 10 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow at Island City Cemetery There will be a viewing for family and friends at Loveland Funeral Chapel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Ella was born Feb. 21, 1921, to Emil P. and Mamie (Hoffman) Gaertner in La Grande. She attended Island City School and La Grande High School, but left before graduation to help her dad with the Greenwood Dairy business. She worked as a cook at the In-Kay Dairy, where she met Arthur Gulzow, a hired hand from Grand Island, Neb. They were married in a double wedding ceremony with best friends Jean and Wally Coffey, on May 3, 1939, in Walla Walla, Wash.

Ella and Arthur settled in Klamath Falls, where Art worked for the Union Pacific Railroad, but near the end of World War II, they returned to La Grande to help her father on the dairy farm. In 1950, they moved to a farm on Peach Lane, and in 1955 to
La Grande, where Arthur went to work for the railroad.

Ella was an active member of the Royal Neighbors of America for many years. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. In 1976, she and Arthur joined the Mount Emily Good Sams. They were active in the Good Sams and traveled all over Oregon. For several years she was president. Ella was also a member of NILE, Elks and was a 4-H instructor for many years. Ella has been a member of the First Christian Church since 1953.

Her hobbies include sewing, crocheting, flowers and playing cards. She played in the same pinochle club for 65 years. Ella has made afghans for all her children and also for each grandchild as they graduated from high school and as wedding gifts too. She enjoyed camping and fishing with her family.

Survivors include four children, Lana M. Barton of La Grande, Ardyce J. Boorse of Oregon City, Wenda (Jeff) Maestretti of Walla Walla and David E. (Cindy) Gulzow of
La Grande; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and 17 nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ella was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; parents, Emil and Mamie Gaertner; sister, Mary Gaertner; brothers, William and Wayne Gaertner; and son-in-law, Bucko Barton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children’s Fund and/or Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.

Online condolences to the family may be made at 


Buck Baker



Buck Baker, 81, of Elgin, died at his home on June 7. A celebration of his life will be held at the Elgin Christian Church at 2 p.m. Friday. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery.

Buck was born Aug. 14, 1931, in Touchet, Wash., to Emert and Ruby (Montgomery) Baker. He was raised in Touchet, where he attended Gardena School and Palmer Valley School. On Dec. 22, 1951, he married Glenna Kirk Baker. They had been married for 61 years.

Buck raised rabbits, ducks, hogs and chickens for market as an adolescent along with ranching and farming. His older brother put him in a truck at age 14, and he drove for him until 1951. Buck then went to work logging in the woods. He continued to ranch and log for 10 years. He then spent the next five years long-haul driving out of Walla Walla, Wash. In 1966, he moved his family back to Elgin and bought his first log truck. He continued to drive until he retired in 1993.

Buck was a member of the Eagles. He loved his family and spent his time with his boys and grandchildren, hunting, hauling wood, fishing and attending games.

He is survived by his wife, Glenna, of Elgin; three sons and their spouses, Ernie and Kathy of Elgin, Robert and Tammy of Walla Walla and David and Kelly of Elgin; one brother and his spouse, Eldon and Beverly Jacobs of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and one nephew.

Buck was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lindon and Dale Jacobs.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grande Ronde Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.

Online condolences to the family may be made at


Phil Randle Ainsworth

La Grande


Phil Randle Ainsworth, 91, a lifelong resident of La Grande, died June 8 at his home after an extended illness.  

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery. 

Phil was born on March 29, 1922, the son of James and Hattie (Cooper) Ainsworth in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School with the Class of 1940. He went to work as a machinist for the Union Pacific Railroad until February 1943, when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, where he served as an aircraft engine tech on the B-17s. He was honorably discharged in February 1946.  

He returned to work at UPRR until 1949, when he went to work for the state highway department. He began as a machinist and ended his career with them as a shop foreman, retiring in 1983.

On Dec. 30, 1944, he married his high school sweetheart, Belva L. Amos in Pendleton. They raised two children and he loved family get-togethers. He loved to fly fish, hunt pheasants and go camping.  He loved old steam locomotives and vintage aircraft, military as well as others, and liked classic cars.

Survivors include his wife, Belva Ainsworth of La Grande; daughter, Beccy Wren of Redmond; son, Gary L. Ainsworth of La Grande; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Ainsworth, and sister, Marie Ainsworth.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the GRH Hospice in care of Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande.