Obituaries for July 5, 2013

By Observer Upload July 05, 2013 11:05 am
Bolen, McCarver Jr., Sorn

Leland Bolen

La Grande

Leland Bolen, 80, of La Grande, died July 4 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.


Harry Charles McCarver Jr.



Harry Charles McCarver Jr., 90, of Union died due to complications from dementia at the Wildewood Care Facility in La Grande June 12 surrounded by his wife of 49-plus years, Julia Zollman McCarver, and his son, David McCarver. 

Charles had enjoyed good health for 89 years. His memorial service will be held at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Enterprise at
3 p.m. July 13.

 Charles was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Asotin County, Wash., to Harry Charles McCarver Sr. and Kate Clarke Greene. Charles Jr. spent his young years at Grouse on the Washington side of the Grande Ronde River with his grandmother, Helen Greene, and first cousins, Kenneth, Joan and Jack Greene. When he was 5, a sister, Helen McCarver Haugerud, joined the family. Later, Charles moved and grew up on Day Ridge, where his mother had remarried to Luther Morris and was homesteading. Charles took his stepfather’s surname, Morris, and graduated from Enterprise High School as Charles Morris. 

He served his country in the United States Army during World War II and received an honorable discharge. 

After military service, he worked the ranch on Day Ridge, where he raised horses, hogs and cattle. He decided to further his education at Washington State University in Pullman and earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in agronomy. Charles spent his career as a soil scientist in Idaho with the Soil Conservation Service. He retired after 25 years.

 On Jan. 22, 1965, Charles married Julia A. Zollman. Julia grew up on her parents’ ranch in Enterprise, so Charles was well known to the family. At this time, Charles took back the McCarver surname. 

While living in Grangeville, Idaho, from 1965 to 1973, four children joined the family: Helen, Kenneth, David and Kimberlie. Charles and Julia also joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1966.

 In addition to Grangeville, Charles worked in Moscow and Mountain Home, Idaho, before retiring and moving the family to Twin Falls, Idaho. 

Charles enjoyed politics, often writing his representatives, investing, gardening, cars and reading. Charles was a letter writer, writing his sister Helen once a week, and often sending missives to his children and other relatives. 

Charles and Julia spent time in Nampa, Idaho, Enterprise (helping Julia’s family) and finally Union in their retirement. He belonged to the Toastmasters club.

He is survived by his wife of Union; three children and their spouses, Kenneth and Laura McCarver of Springfield, Tenn., David and Debra McCarver of Nampa and Kimberlie and Kevin Hinsdale of Caldwell, Idaho; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews. Charles was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Helen I. Crandall (2005). 

Charles was intelligent, tenacious, sweet natured and a loving husband, father and grandfather, his family said. He rarely forgot a detail and could do just about anything from cooking a meal to fixing a car. He was always a listening ear to talk to and would give good advice as needed. He could also drive a hard bargain whether it was something to be bought or sold. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850, to help the family with funeral expenses.

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Patricia ‘Pat’ Ann Sorn

La Grande


Patricia “Pat”Ann Sorn, 81, of La Grande, died at a local care facility on June 26. No services are planned at this time. 

Loveland Funeral
Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Patricia was born June 25, 1932, in Augusta, Maine, to Clarence and Ruth (Lashoe) Nichols. She is a graduate of Coney High School in Augusta. 

Pat married Richard Sorn and was employed at the State of Oregon Senior Services until she retired. She served the country while
in the United States Air Force.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Richard, of
La Grande; three sons, Richard Sorn Jr. of Umatilla, Jeffery and his spouse Robbie of Salem, and Andrew and his wife Jennifer of Richland, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her son, Brad Sorn, and her parents, Clarence and Ruth Nichols.

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