Obituaries for August 5, 2013

By Observer Upload August 05, 2013 10:11 am
Isley, Thiel

Stephen Andrew Isley



A memorial service for Stephen Andrew Isley, who died July 28 at Wallowa Valley Senior Living Center just short of what would have been his 60th birthday, was held Saturday at the Joseph Baptist Church with fellowship following. Bollman Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Steve was born Sept. 25, 1953, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise with occipital hydrocephalus, and the local doctor did not have much hope for his survival.

But survive he did. Steve attended Joseph Elementary School and had several years of perfect attendance. He attended Joseph High School and graduated, receiving a diploma through special education. Steve participated in the wrestling program and received a plaque.

Steve was married to Wanda Christine Hatch. They later divorced.

Steve was a member of the Joseph Baptist Church, which he attended faithfully until he moved into the care center.

Steve never knew a stranger and loved to visit, tell stories, laugh and most of all talk.

Steve was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

He is survived by his parents, Manford and Vera; his two daughters, Sarah (Jacob) Grubenhaugh and Amy Parker and companion Stuart Swearingen; his two sisters, Nancy (Dean) Parker and Sandra Bauermeister; his brother, Brian Isley; six uncles and one aunt; and two grandchildren. 

 Eugene Francis Thiel



Rosary for Eugene Francis Thiel, 77, who died July 30 at his home in Joseph, will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at St. Katherine Catholic Church in Enterprise. A Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Katherine. 

Disposition is by cremation. Bollman Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gene was born April 26, 1936, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, the son of Allen John and Sarah Alice Thiel. Gene attended Holy Rosary Elementary, Idaho Falls High School
and the University of
Portland. He had been married to Eileen Thiel since June 14, 1958.

He farmed in Idaho Falls, Troutdale and Joseph. He was an organic farmer and an advocate for organic food and was a Portland delegate for the 2004 Slow Food World Conference in Torina, Italy.

Gene was involved in numerous farm organizations, including Oregon Tilth, the Slow Food Movement, Portland State University Farmers Market and TEO Talks.

He initiated the first Oregon state laws regarding organic food labeling. 

He continued teaching his philosophy to consumers, students and other farmers.

His produce was featured in Portland’s finest restaurants, including Paley’s Place and Higgins.

Gene was an avid fly fisherman and enjoyed foraging for mushrooms and writing poetry.

Gene is survived by his wife in Joseph; children, Julia Anne (Matt) Soots of Eagle Creek, Amy Wechter of Newport, Martin (Jackie) Thiel of Richmond, Va., and Patrick Thiel of Joseph; 12 siblings, Allen, Kathleen, Bill, Jerry, Cecilia, Sarah, Mary Jo, Cheryl, Tony, Michelle, Susie and Laura; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.