Donna R. (McIntosh) Fuhrman
Formerly of La Grande
Donna Ruth Fuhrman, 82, of Monmouth and formerly of La Grande, died March 7 at her residence. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 10 at La Grande’s Presbyterian Friendship Center.
Donna was born Sept. 21, 1936, in San Diego, California, to Douglas and Ruth McIntosh. She was raised in Ramona, California, and graduated from Ramona High School in 1955. While living in Ramona, Donna met her future husband, Lowell Fuhrman. They married on March 7, 1954. Donna passed away on what would have been her and Lowell’s 65th wedding anniversary.
Donna loved and raised five children who were the light of her life. She was also a manager with the Time Advocate Circulation in Escondido, California, and later worked as a receptionist at the First Presbyterian Church in La Grande.
Donna enjoyed sewing, scrapbooking, genealogy, ham radio and volunteering at the food bank as well as with Neighbor to Neighbor. She was the recipient of the La Grande Woman of the Year Award in 2000 as well as several other awards for civic duty.
Surviving relatives include her children and their spouses, Ruth Andrews of La Grande, David and Teri Fuhrman of Elgin, Walter Fuhrman and Lorrie Bakke of Monmouth, Susan and Steve Armon of Maple Valley, Washington, and Joanne Fuhrman and Zellee Allen of Monmouth; daughters-in-law, Denise Fuhrman and Sandy Blake, both of Salem; 19 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; 13 nieces and nephews; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Joan McIntosh; and sisters-in-law, Trisha Little and Linda Newton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell; brother, Hubie McIntosh; parents, Ruth and Douglas McIntosh; grandson, Michael Andrews; and great-granddaughter, Audrey Layman.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Partnerships in Community Living, Inc., 480 Main Street E, Monmouth 97361.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com .
Jerry Whitbeck, 83, of La Grande, died May 4 at the Wildflower Lodge Retirement Community. An obituary is forthcoming. Arrangements are under the direction of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Online condolences can be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com.
Russell J. Hiller
Russell John Hiller, 60, of La Grande, died April 24 in Richland, Washington. A celebration of his life will be held at a later time.
Russell, aka “Bosshog,” was born May 25, 1958, in Portland, to John Donald and Patricia Ann (Baldwin) Hiller. He attended McMinnville High School and Walla Walla Community College. He married Dana Lynn Gunter and the marriage ended in divorce. His marriage to Brenda Roberts also ended in divorce.
Russell was an auto body mechanic and lived in Milton-Freewater and La Grande. He loved riding his motorcycle and playing darts. He was a nomad with the Tribe Motorcycle Club.
Surviving relatives include his daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Ryan Baxter and Leanna and Josh Hadden, all of La Grande; mother, Patricia Hiller of Beaverton; sisters, Anita Peckron of McMinnville and Mona Lattanzi of Milwaukie; seven grandchildren; and 10 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Hiller; siblings, Jerry Gene Hiller and Sandra Annjell White; and granddaughter, Mya Nicole Marie Baxter.