Obituaries for February 12, 2014

By Observer Upload February 12, 2014 11:26 am
Frank, Thompson, Hammack, Musick, Denmark



Sarah Frank


Sarah Frank, 19, of Elgin, died Feb. 5 at her residence. A full obituary will be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Judy E. Thompson

La Grande

Judy E. Thompson, 71, of La Grande, died Monday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A full obituary will  be published later. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.



Vernon ‘Dick’ Carol Hammack



Vernon “Dick” Carol Hammack, 84, died unexpectedly at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise Jan. 31.

Dick was born Sept. 9, 1929, in an apartment above what is now the Cloud Nine Bakery in Enterprise. His parents, Oscar and “Carrie” (Ward) Hammack, raised dairy cattle, hogs, sheep, hay and grains on Sunrise Road. Dick was raised there on the Alder Slope farm.

Dick attended Gwyn Country School and then Enterprise High School. The FFA president for 1947-1948, Dick could still recite the FFA creed to his final days. In school, Dick met and dated the love of his life, Dorothy Jean Wagner. On Oct. 24, 1948, they were married in La Grande. This past year they celebrated 65 years of marriage. Dick and Dorothy had two children, William “Bill” Allen and Audry Jean.

In their early years, they farmed and ranched on Sunrise Road, raising registered Herefords. Eventually phasing out of Herefords, he continued with a commercial cattle herd, hogs and sheep. Between 1960 and 1970, they partnered with Harold Wade in a cow/calf and yearling operation.

In July 1968, Dick bought Joseph Sales, the local International, GMC and Sumitomo dealership to form Hammack’s Inc. Later, the business expanded to sell mobile homes and RVs. In 1980, Hammack’s Inc. was sold to son, Bill. 

Dick was a member of the local Elks BPOE, Lions Club, Wrangler family horse club and Enterprise Christian Church. 

Through the various franchises, Dick and Dorothy were able to travel extensively. Trips included Greece, Turkey, Japan, South America and a favorite Mississippi River boat tour on the “Delta Queen.” Upon retirement in 1979, Dick and Dorothy began to winter in Yuma, Ariz., with many Wallowa County friends. He became an avid and accomplished wood carver, winning numerous ribbons for his carvings.

Dick was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed the Snake River.

Dick was preceded in death by his older brother, Harold in 1981.

Dick is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his two children, Bill Hammack and Audry Melville and husband, Tim; grandsons and their wives, Kevin and Kerrie Melville and Kurt and Heather Melville; seven great-grandchildren, Kacie, Kaylie, Aubrina, Maclane, Alisha, Katelynn and Case Melville, all of Enterprise; and sister, Vernice Juker of Yuma. Dick enjoyed treating Brandon Tanzey of Wallowa and Karmen Tanzey of Clarkston, Wash., as his own step-grandchildren. 

Dick’s family hosted a reception in his memory Feb. 9 in Enterprise.

Memorials can be made to the Enterprise High School FFA Alumni Association.



Caleb Keith ‘Nick-a-Bee’ Musick 



Caleb Keith “Nick-a-Bee” Musick, 31 of Cove, died due to an extended illness on Jan. 24 at Oregon Health Science University, Portland. No services are planned at this time.

Caleb was born April 13, 1982, in La Grande to Richard and Kathy (Bates) Musick. He was raised in Cove and graduated from Cove High School. Caleb loved his best friends, Robert, Kenny Lorelie, Eva and Paris. 

He enjoyed fishing, camping, mushrooming, computers and electronics.

Caleb is survived by his parents, Richard and Kathy; sister, Amanda Schuldt and her husband, Levi, of Cove; brother, Robert “Allen” Musick of Cove; Matthew McMillen and family (nieces Keelye-Shae and Nevaeh); Arron McMillen (nephews Jason and Ty); aunt Sylvia; uncle Gene; grandmother Wilmerth; great-aunt Imie and many cousins. 

He was preceded in death by grandfather, Floyd Bates; grandfather, Robert Musick; grandmother, Marjorie Musick and grandmother, Georgia Musick.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Cystic Fibrosis of Oregon or to Amanda Schuldt, 1010 Hill St., Cove, OR 97824, to be applied to a fundraiser in May in Hermiston for cystic fibrosis.

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Eula Alice Denmark

La Grande


Eula Alice Denmark, 86, of La Grande, died Feb. 7 at her residence with family by her side. No services are planned at this time.

Eula was born Jan. 6, 1928, in Brownwood, Texas, to George Hudy and Laura Margaret (Richmond) Harvey. Although Eula never graduated from any university, she was always auditing classes and receiving an eclectic education. 

Eula was employed as a bookkeeper for most of her life, winning several awards from General Motors for her accounting prowess.

Eula took pleasure in playing bridge (avidly), bowling and reading. Eula also enjoyed following NFL football; in particular, she enjoyed placing bets with her son-in-law and taking great pride when she won.

Eula was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Ellen Ewalt. 

Eula is survived by her son, Jim Howard, and his wife, Sharon, of Sumpter; daughters, Sharron Price and her husband, Doug, of La Grande, Shannon Ficken and her husband, Bill, of La Grande, and Laurie Young of Elgin; sister, Myrna Hermann, also of La Grande; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.

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