Obituaries for July 8, 2013

By Observer Upload July 08, 2013 10:49 am
Bolen, Thompson


Leland Clark Bolen

La Grande


Leland Clark Bolen, 80, of La Grande, died July 4 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Lee was born on July 10, 1932, the son of Virgil and Opal (Clark) Bolen in Sciota, Ill. He was drafted into the United States Army and served in the Korean War and later earned his master’s degree at Eastern Oregon University. In 1959, he moved to Sweet Home, where he was a teacher, principal and then superintendent for that school district until his retirement in 1987. After his retirement, he returned to La Grande, where he was active with the Elks Lodge and was a Past Exalted Ruler. He was also a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his children, Paul Bolen of Turner, Kevin Bolen of La Grande and Kelee Gatliff of Sweet Home; brother, Leon Bolen of Salem; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; former wife, Milodene Bolen of Sweet Home; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Bolen, and brothers, Gene and Phil Bolen.

 Mikalah (Jane Rennells) Thompson

Formerly of La Grande


Mikalah (Jane Rennells) Thompson, 62, of Rossville, Ga., died July 2.

Services will be held at Lane Funeral Home, 833 Chickamauga Ave., Rossville, at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

She was born to Robert and Bertha Rennells, Dec. 30, 1949, in Salem. The family later moved to La Grande, where Mikalah graduated from La Grande High School in 1968. 

While in high school, she volunteered as a “Candy Striper” at the local hospital, earning her much cherished “nurses cap.”

In December 1968, Mikalah entered the Navy in pursuit of a nurses career at Norfolk, Va. Circumstances dictated that she take a photographer position that was open. There she met and later married Dennis Thompson, and raised a family while residing in Norfolk.

After the passing of Dennis’ parents, Mikalah and the children moved to the Thompson Sr. home in Rossville, and at last was able to pursue that coveted college degree. 

There she worked at Erlanger Medical Center.

Mikalah’s other love was knitting, crocheting and sewing for her family and especially for her grandchildren.

Mikalah is survived by her sister, Pam (Rennells) Shaw, of San Jose, Calif.; four children, Tascha Jackson of Rossville, Simeon Thompson of Carlsbad, N.M., Libby Crossen of  Rossville and Cheston Thompson of Rossville; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mikalah was preceded in death by her young daughter, Cassie Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mikalah’s honor, may be made to Cheston Thompson, 100 Ridgecrest Circle, Rossville, GA 30741.