Obituaries for January 29, 2014

By Observer Upload January 29, 2014 10:32 am
Albrecht, Musick, Stephenson, Rynearson



Koby M. Albrecht

La Grande


A private service for Koby M. Albrecht, of La Grande, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall.



Caleb Keith Musick



Caleb Keith Musick, 31, of Cove, died Friday at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Cynthia Diane Stephenson

La Grande


Cynthia Diane Stephenson, 59, of La Grande, died Monday. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.


David Neil Rynearson

La Grande



David Neil Rynearson, 62, a lifetime resident of La Grande, died Saturday. He had struggled with complications from cancer for the past eight years. While he managed to beat the cancer that almost claimed him nearly a decade ago, a major stroke during recovery from cancer surgery set in motion a long battle. He went in peace, at his residence. 

A family committal service was held at the Hillcrest Cemetery, and a future celebration of life service will be announced later.

David was born on Sept. 7, 1951, the son of George William “Bill” and Martha Jean (Bush) Rynearson in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School with the class of 1969. He served a term with the National Guard and worked as a sawyer at the Boise Cascade sawmill in Elgin for 33 years.

In 1971, he married Nan (Fordice) Hyde. The marriage later ended in divorce, but they remained friends. Nan had been an invaluable help to Dave and his family in the late years of his life. In the fall of 1976, he married Diana Niswender, with whom he fathered his two children.

All those who met him knew he was someone special. If he were present in a room, you knew it. Everyone knew it. He was boisterous, he was loud, he was hilarious. He loved life and just wanted to laugh and have a good time, and perhaps more importantly, wanted to make sure that others were laughing and having a good time.

His family and friends were the biggest part of his life. He enjoyed carpentry and built the home his family was raised in, and spent much of his time keeping up the property that he was so proud of. Dave also enjoyed the Old West, history, art, drawing and classic vehicles.

Survivors include his wife, Diana of Portland; daughter, Megan Anne Rynearson of La Grande; son, Joseph David Rynearson of Portland; grandson, Hunter Rynearson of La Grande; sister, Debbie Rynearson of La Grande; niece, Kerri Rynearson, and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Michael Rynearson. The family would also like to thank Dave’s caretaker, Joel Devore, for his priceless service and friendship, as well as those others Dave relied on in his later years.

Memorial contributions can be made at the following web address: This is an existing fund set up for Genevieve Berry, the 4-year-old daughter of family friends, who is currently having her own battle with cancer. The link for this charity, as well as the full obituary and online guest book, can be found at