Obituaries for December 2, 2013

By Observer Upload December 02, 2013 09:32 am
Brown, Estes, Pope, Jones



Charlotte Ann Brown

La Grande

Charlotte Ann Brown, 75, La Grande, died Sunday at her home. 

A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



John Estes


A celebration of life with military auspices for John Estes will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at the VFW Hall in Union. Estes died Oct. 26 at his home and had 27 years of military service.



Terrance Anthony Pope

La Grande

Terrance Anthony Pope, 62, La Grande, died Saturday at his home. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



John ‘Bud’ Thomas Jones



John (Bud) Thomas Jones, 91 of Cove, died Nov. 12 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nazarene Church. Burial will be at Island City Cemetery. 

Bud was born to J.T. (Tommy) and Elsie (Rehder) Jones on Dec. 8, 1921, at his grandparents’ home in Shaniko. Bud attended elementary school in Dufur, spending his summers at his grandparents often exploring the rugged terrain with his dog, hunting rabbits and rattlesnakes. In high school, Bud competed in all sports and was Dufur’s first football player to make the all-state first team. That same year, he was recognized by the International Students Society for his achievements when he graduated in 1940. 

Bud continued his education and athletic prowess at what is now Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, competing in football and basketball. It is there that he met his future wife, the former Miss Edna Jasper.

In 1942, Bud entered the military service at St. Mary’s preflight school in California. After flight training at Corpus Christi, Texas, and New Orleans, he became a flight instructor at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Dallas, Texas.

In November 1943, he and Edna were married at the St. Charles Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. 

In 1945, Bud began aerial photo reconnaissance training with the Marine Air Corps in Kinston, N.C., when the war began to wind down. He was a first lieutenant, USMC, when he left the service to return to La Grande with his wife and infant

In 1946, while Bud was attending college, he and Edna were given the opportunity to work the Jasper Family Farm on Booth Lane, where they have been ever since. The farm has been designated a Century Farm in Union County. 

With the occasional assistance from neighbors and others, Bud quickly learned the trade. Farming became his vocation, his hobby and often his pastime. 

Over the years, Bud received numerous awards and recognition at the local, state as well as national level for his accomplishments in soil conservation. 

Bud was also passionate about being involved with the community, serving on many boards both as a member as well as chairman or president. 

He represented agriculture on at least six boards as well as serving as an education service district and La Grande School board member. He was also a member and deacon at the First Presbyterian Church. While chairman of the Union Soil and Water Conservation District, Bud was instrumental in establishing the Ag Service Center in Island City. 

While the farm provided a good life for Bud, Edna and their children, ill health would reduce his involvement on the farm and in his beloved community. He was a gentleman known for his sense of humor and love of life and will be missed by many.

Bud is survived by sons, Tom and his wife, Diane, of Tigard, Rod and his wife, Carolyn, of Spokane, Wash., Brian Jones of Cove, Doug and his wife, Renee, of Walla Walla, Wash.; daughter, Shirley and her husband, Emmitt Cornford, of
La Grande; 14 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; his sister, Theresa Hood of McMinnville, sister-in-law, Jean and Malcom Dawson of Joseph, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, parents, and sibling, Doris Bayer.

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