Obituaries for December 24, 2013

By Observer Upload December 24, 2013 09:39 am
Criss, Frank, Pratt



Pat Criss

La Grande

Pat Criss, 59, of La Grande, died Tuesday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will be published later. 

Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Michael Ray Frank

La Grande


Michael Ray Frank, 62 of La Grande, died Dec. 12 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A gathering to honor Michael’s life will be held in the spring of 2014.

He was born Feb. 25, 1951, in Lewiston, Idaho, to Oliver W. and Edna M. (Sink) Frank. He was one of 10 children. Michael graduated from high school in Inkster, Mich., while living with his sister, Charlene, in Dearborn Heights, Mich.

At the age of 1 year, he was voted “Most Beautiful Baby in Lewiston.” In his teen years, he was an avid baseball player, usually being voted MVP. He also won the Idaho State Pool Championship in his late 20s.

Michael was a “proud retiree” all his life. He enjoyed playing pool, following the Oakland Raiders and riding his motorcycle. He was very knowledgeable about national politics. 

Michael enjoyed the outdoors, as long as it was “warm or daylight.” 

During his lifetime, he resided in Lewiston and Dearborn Heights as well as Clearlake, Calif., Cove and La Grande. 

He lived in La Grande with his partner of 13 years, Elizabeth Kurtz.

Michael is survived by Kurtz, and his sisters, Valerie Dunn of Lewiston; Teresa Jump of Hopedale, Mass.; and Charlene Frank (Brad Picard, Sr.) of Union. His chosen brother, Mac McEwen of La Grande, also survives him.

Dying earlier were his parents; brothers, Maynard, Samuel and Chug, and his sisters, Priscilla, Marilyn and Arlene. Woody, his 13-year-old dog, died the same day as Michael.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande OR 97850.

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Robert Bruce Pratt

La Grande and Cove


Robert Bruce Pratt, 74, of La Grande and Cove, died Dec. 14. 

There will be several private memorials for friends and family.  

He was born on Nov. 4, 1939, to Donald and Mary Pratt in Spokane, Wash., one of three sons. 

He served the country while in the Navy. He taught in East Africa for several years. He also received his master’s degree and his doctorate and taught as a professor for many years.

Upon retiring, he had several business ventures, which included the Cove Pool.

He has been a beloved father and friend, family members said, and leaves behind two daughters, seven grandchildren and two brothers. 

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