Obituaries for June 26, 2013

By Observer Upload June 26, 2013 10:32 am
Duckett, Riley, Steen, Clausen, Patterson

Doris H. Duckett


Graveside services for Doris H. Duckett, 87, of Elgin, will be held at the Canyon City Cemetery at 2 p.m. July 6. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

 John M. Riley

Hillsboro and Cove

John M. Riley, 84, of Hillsboro and Cove, died Tuesday at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital in Clackamas.  A full obituary will be published later.


Gloria Colleen Steen

Formerly of La Grande


Gloria Colleen Steen died with her family surrounding her June 22 due to complications from a fall.  

Her funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the LDS Stake Center, McMinnville. Viewing will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the Relief Society Room at the church. Private family burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.

Gloria was born Jan. 21, 1929, in La Grande to Adren and Leona See. She was the third oldest of seven children. She was from a musical family. She played the piano, the organ and had a beautiful alto singing voice. Her talents were enjoyed by all on many occasions. She grew up across the street from her grandparents and enjoyed riding on their horses and French-braiding her grandmother’s hair.

She met her husband, Rodney Steen, at a dance. They both came with other people, and ended up talking to each other. They were married July 14, 1949, in the Idaho Falls, Idaho, LDS Temple. 

They were blessed with six children, four sons and two daughters. Gloria was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

She served in many positions, her favorites being playing the organ and teaching Relief Society. 

She was a homemaker, a wonderful cook and baker, family members said. She had a fun personality and was always up for a good laugh. She was a warm and generous person, kind and loving to all she came in contact with. 

She is survived by brother, Wendell See; sisters, Margaret See Skaggs and Nancy See Stradling; children, David Steen of Roseburg, Douglas Steen of Phoenix, Ariz., Mark Steen of Roseburg; Jeffrey Steen of Riddle, Rebecca Steen Parker of McMinnville and Michelle Steen Ullom of McMinnville; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her sister, Norma See Wilson; brother, Norman See; sister, Adrienne See Alexander; and her husband, Rod. 

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Linda Lee Clausen

Formerly of North Powder


Linda Lee Clausen, 73, of Bullhead City, Ariz., and formerly of North Powder, died Feb. 12 at her home with her loving husband. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. June 22 at the North Powder Cemetery.  

Linda was born Oct. 26, 1939, in Baker to Gerald Lester Petersen and Lula Adeline Davis. She grew up on their ranch near North Powder and attended elementary school at Powder Valley School and moved to Umatilla with her mom.  

She was a descendent of John S. Davis and Susan Dealy Davis, who homesteaded the family ranch in North Powder in 1872, and Chris and Rosella Petersen, who were pioneers in Baker County.

Linda married Bruce Clausen on Nov. 26, 1987, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald Petersen, Lula and William Cantrell; son, Stanley Yale Culp; sisters, Patricia Ann “Patsy” Patterson, Dorothy Christine O’Mohundro; brother, Johnny Chris Petersen; niece, Leslee Ann O’Mohundro; nephew, Lee Roy O’Mohundro; and brother-in-law, Ronald Patterson.  

Survivors include her husband, Bruce Clausen of Bullhead City; daughters, Tara and Dallas Aschoff, and Tracy and Ronald Buckholz; stepchildren, Michael H. and Bonnie Clausen and Michael and Debra Perry; two grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Lewis O’Mohundro of La Grande, and sister-in-law, Jan Petersen of La Grande.


Ronald Patterson

Formerly of North Powder


Ronald Patterson, formerly of North Powder, died March 24, a few months short of his 90th birthday. 

He had been married to Patsy for 62 years.

Ron was born on Aug. 26, 1923, in Clinton, Utah, to Andrew Dode and Erma Abigail Patterson. 

Ron came to North Powder with his family as a young man, where he met Patsy Petersen. Ronald and Patricia Anne “Patsy” Petersen were married on April 19, 1947, at the Episcopal Church in Baker. Ron and Patsy resided on the second floor of the Petersen Grocery and Meat Market in North Powder, which
was owned and operated
by Patsy’s father, Gerald Petersen.  

In 1964, they took their two daughters to Canada and started a whole new adventure at Springfield Ranch, Williams Lake. They retired in Oliver and had 23 wonderful, happy years there. 

Ron moved to Kamloops for the last few months to be closer to his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Lamar Andrew Patterson and Norman Lyle Patterson. 

He is survived by his two daughters, Jeannie (Randy) Durante and Paula (Steve) Almond; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are his two brothers, Ralph (Donna) and Dennis (Kay), and nine sisters, Erma Maxine Ellen, Velma Alice, Etta Bernice, Barbara Roaslie, Julia Verlene, Marilyn Joyce, MarDean, Shanna and Sharon (Jack).

There will be no service by request.