Keith G. Hescock



Keith Glenn Hescock, 80, of Summerville, died March 27 of natural causes. A celebration of his life will be held at 5 p.m. April 19 at the Elgin Stampede Hall. A potluck dinner will follow. Meat will be provided, and those who attend are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.

Keith was born Jan. 3, 1939, to Glenn Ward Hescock and Velma Leoda Trump. He was raised in Wallowa and had three siblings: Glenda Bennett, Dennis Hescock and Judy Hafer. His life was filled with fishing the rivers, picking huckleberries and mushrooms, photographing deformed trees, enjoying long drives and hunting big game.

Keith survived two marriages, one to Marian Hunter and the second to Gail Hackler, and raised seven children: Teena
Rodriguez, Julie Sanders, Kim Scott, Shawn Hescock, Tammy Dalton, Randy Hescock and the late Keith Hescock Jr. He loved sharing memories with his 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Lennise A. Thomas


Lennise A. Thomas, 70, of Union, died March 31 at home. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Julie R. Gregory

La Grande

Julie Rae Gregory, 49, of La Grande, died March 31 at her home. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

Dorothy N. Keltz

Formerly of La Grande

A celebration of life service for Dorothy N. Keltz will be held at 2 p.m. April 6 at the La Grande American Legion Hall, 301 Fir St. All friends and family are welcome. Formerly of La Grande, Dorothy died Jan. 1 in Warren at the age of 92.

Korinne J. (Okland) Madsen

Formerly of La Grande


Korinne Joanne Madsen, 81, formerly of La Grande, died March 22 at a care home in Vancouver, Washington. A celebration of her life will begin at 5:30 p.m. April 6 at Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande. A private interment will be held April 7 at Grandview Cemetery.

Korinne was born Jan. 20, 1938, in Meiganga, Cameroon, Africa, to Andrew and Margaret (Coltvet) Okland, who were Lutheran missionaries. She spent her childhood in Africa, visiting extended family in Norway and Iowa when on furlough. She moved to Iowa when she was 16.

Korrine received an associate’s degree from Waldorf College and a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, and she attended Lutheran Bible Institute. After college, Korrine worked as a teacher in Papua New Guinea and Australia before returning to the U.S. She later received a master’s degree in early childhood education from Western Oregon University.

Korinne moved to La Grande and worked as a special education teacher, traveling between schools for the Union County Education Service District. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday school, directing youth choir, attending lay person retreats, serving as church secretary and singing in the choir.

On May 30, 1976, Korinne married fellow parishioner Alvin D. Madsen and became the mother of his five teenage children. Korinne loved music. She had a beautiful soprano voice and played several instruments. She also loved reading and writing letters to friends and family. She supported missions and relief organizations around the world. During her life Korrine was fluent in five languages. Along with a generous heart, she will be remembered for the love she had for her family, friends and animals — especially her cats — her unique and fun sense of humor, and her strong and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Mitch and Nancy Madsen of Ridgefield, Washington, Jeff and Cindy Madsen of La Grande, Kristi and Kenny Cason of Shavano Park, Texas, Teresa and David Hall of Gresham, and Eric and Jeannie Madsen of Elgin; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and a multitude of cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sustainable Income Africa Missionaries project at or Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, Florida 32862.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Tod M. Berg

Formerly of La Grande


Tod Michael Berg, 55, of Boise, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande, died March 11. A celebration of his life was held March 17 in Boise, Idaho.

Tod was born Dec. 27, 1963, in La Grande, to Cecil A. and Helen R. Berg. He joined three sisters. Tod attended Riveria Elementary School and graduated from La Grande High School in 1982. He then attended what is now Eastern Oregon University before adventuring to Hawaii for four years.

Tod returned to the mainland and lived in Boise, where he continued to work in the grocery industry and later started his own wine and beer retail store. Most recently he worked in the restaurant business.

In April 1997, Tod welcomed into the world his pride and joy, Parker Berg. From that day forward, his time was spent on the sidelines or coaching Parker’s football, baseball and basketball teams. He shared his love for the outdoors with his son, recounting similar adventures in his childhood. Tod and Parker spent their summers camping at their favorite locations, Cuprum and Wallowa Lake.

Tod was an excellent cook, and Parker and his friends were always welcome for good food and fun times. Tod loved 80s rock music, kids and dogs. He will be remembered for his quick wit and easy-
going personality.

Survivors include his son, Parker Berg; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Monte King of Roseburg and Jakki and Paul Boehne of Cove; niece, Natalie Chong of Roseburg; nephew and wife, Troy and Jamie King of Roseburg; and three great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Cecile Danice.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Forest Foundation at