Obituaries for March 3, 2014

By Observer Upload March 03, 2014 10:28 am
Soles, Madsen, Wallace, Kern, Croucher

Lois Luella Soles




Lois Luella Soles, 82, of Union, died Feb. 20 at her home. There will be no public services at this time, but those who wish may sign the on-line guestbook at Contributions may be make to the Salvation Army in her memory.

Lois was born on June 18, 1931, one of 11 children born to Buster Ernest and Mildred (Omstead) Crawford in Wheelie, Idaho. In 1948, she married Harold Soles in Garden Valley, Idaho. They moved to Union in 1960. She enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching television. She made dolls, crocheted and collected rocks.

Survivors include her children, William Soles of Weippe, Idaho, Luella “Susie” Michaels of North Powder and Jesse Soles of                 La Grande; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Genevieve Madsen

La Grande



Genevieve Madsen, 88, of La Grande, died of natural causes at Wildflower Lodge Feb. 21. At Genevieve’s request, a private celebration of life for family and friends will be held at a later date.

Genevieve was born April 24, 1925, to Orville A. and Ina (Dearing) Roberts in La Grande. Genevieve was raised in Union, spent some time living in Flagstaff, Ariz., and Emmett, Idaho, eventually moving back to Union in 2007. She married her husband, Claire Madsen, in 1983.

In Flagstaff, Genevieve started an answering service, which she owned and operated until she sold the business and retired. In addition, she was a homemaker and also spent some time working for the La Grande Elks Lodge.

Genevieve had many hobbies that included a love of reading mystery books, growing gardens and flowers and a deep love of animals (she loved feeding birds). She also enjoyed watching golf and being with family and friends.

She is survived by her sons, Ray Ingram (Bev) of Emmett, and Dee Morris (Vickie) of Union, along with five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Claire Madsen; her daughter, Wanda Ingram; her parents, Orville and Ina Roberts; and her brother Alva (Bo) Roberts.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Association in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850. 

Online condolences may be made to the family at

James R. Wallace

La Grande



James R. Wallace, 87, died Feb. 24 in La Grande.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

James was born to James and Charlotte (Beach) Wallace on Oct. 1, 1926, in Myrtle Point. The family moved to a homestead near Vale in 1938. He graduated from Vale High School in 1944. 

After graduation, James enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from July 1944 to December 1946 as a military policeman in the Philippines and Japan during the occupation. 

James married Joyce Cram on Sept. 3, 1955. They farmed near Vale for eight years before he went to work for the Oregon Department of Transportation, working in several locations along Interstate 84 and Central Oregon. He retired on Jan. 1, 1985, from Bend.

James spent his retirement years in Redmond and was active in the Redmond Elks Lodge. He also belonged to the American Legion and the Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers and enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and hiking.

James is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce Wallace; three sons, Richard (Kathi) Wallace of                Oregon City, Michael (Janice) Wallace of Milwaukie and Thomas (Peggy) Wallace of La Grande; and six grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sisters, Ruth Haley of Pinole, Calif., and Dorothy (George) Bogdan of Eagle, Idaho; brother, Bill (Lucille) Wallace of Nampa, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews.

One brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Betty Wallace, and brother-in-law Leo Haley preceded him in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Casey Eye Institute to support the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, 3375 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard, Portland OR 97239.

Arrangements were handled by Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

Josefa Kern



Josefa Kern, 70, of Cove, passed away on Saturday in Cove. A full obituary will be published at a later time. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements. 

Betty Jean Croucher

La Grande


Betty Jean Croucher, 92, of La Grande, passed away on Friday at a local care facility.  A full obituary will be published at a later time.  Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory handled the local arrangements.