Robert (Bob) G Talbott

November 15, 1941 - May 6, 2019

On Monday, May 6, 2019, Robert (Bob) G Talbott traded his spurs for a pair of wings. Bob was out working calves on Sunday, weed eating on Monday morning, woke up from a nap, visited with the love of his life and fiancé, Donna Wadley, told her that he loved her, and then began slurring his words. The doctors told us that he had a Massive Stroke that was unrecoverable. He wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. We all had strict orders that he would never be put in a nursing home.

He was born November 15, 1941, to Platt Talbott Jr and Alberta Karns Holbrook Talbott at Enterprise, Oregon. Bob was the youngest of 6.

He attended school at Joseph Oregon. He married his high school sweetheart, Carole Howerton from the neighboring town of Enterprise. They had three exceptional children. Their marriage ended in divorce but had always remained friends.

Later in life he met his soul mate Donna at the Senior Center in Grangeville. They were the cutest couple and brought each other many hours of love and companionship. We are blessed that Donna brought such joy to Bob the last years of his life.

Bob was a cowboy, no other way to describe him. He worked on cattle ranches and sales yards in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. He is known far and wide for the tough working border collies that he raised.

Bob is survived by his fiancé, Donna Wadley; daughter Lorelei (Don Klement) McNamee; son Bill Talbott; daughter Brenda (Case) Dewit; four grandchildren, Colton McNamee of Mackay, Idaho; Shantel McNamee of Clarkston, Washington, Kacee DeWit of Seattle, Washington; Jessica DeWit of Missoula, Montana; sisters Irene Dockett and Marjorie Tripp. He preceded in death by parents Platt and Alberta Talbott; and brothers Everett, Fred, and Don Talbott.

Bob never met a stranger and if you had the good or bad fortune of meeting Bob you will have a story to tell. From having rubber bands put in your pancakes or trading pocket knives.

Virginia A. (Van Winkle) Thompson

La Grande


Virginia Anne Thompson, 77, of La Grande, died May 6 at St. Mary’s Medical Center

in Walla Walla, Washington. At this time no public services are planned. Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.

Virginia was born May 24, 1941, to Harmon Eugene and Elanor Van Winkle in Cottage Grove. The family lived in Spry and later moved to Vale to farm, where Virginia graduated from high school. On Feb. 26, 1961, she married Victor Thompson in Elgin.

Virginia worked at Valley View Manor for a few years before going to work for the Elgin Plywood Plant for 31 years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. Virginia loved to drive cars and loved to be outdoors, chopping wood, fishing and mushrooming. She was a hardworking wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Victor Thompson of La Grande; children, Carla Bates and husband, Eugene, of Union and Larkin Thompson of Boise, Idaho; brother, Jim Cochran of Snoqualmie, Washington; sister, Janis Hart of Indianola, Iowa; and one grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oregon-SW Washington American Diabetes Association, 4380 SW Macadam Ave., Suite 270, Portland 97239; the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, Maryland 20852; or the Oregon Heart Association, 4380 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 480, Portland 97239.

Arthur L. Stockton


Arthur L. Stockton, 91, of Cove, died Feb. 4 at his residence. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. May 18 at the La Grande Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Robert P. Brummel Jr.



Robert P. Brummel Jr., 53, of Elgin, died Dec. 23, 2018. A service will be held at 2 p.m. May 18 at the Elgin Community Center.

Known as Bob, he was born Feb. 23, 1965, to Robert P. Sr. and Zorna (Root) Brummel. He was married two times and served in the National Guard for 16 years. Bob enjoyed camping, fishing and hiking. His favorite sports were football and soccer.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Jennifer Higgins of Elgin; children, Austin Murray of Oregon, Shane Brummel of Washington, Steven Brummel of Idaho, and Sam Brummel of Idaho; siblings, Ronda Bates and Wayne Brummel; and one grandchild.

Blake M. Hines

La Grande


Blake Matthew Hines, 21 months, of La Grande, died May 5 at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. May 18 at the La Grande Church of Christ.

Blake was born July 23, 2017, in La Grande, to Kaden and Krystle Hines. Though he didn’t live very long on this earth, he touched the hearts of all who knew him. Baby Blake loved everyone and was constantly smiling. He had an infectious smile and giggled all of the time.

Blake loved playing with cars, cuddling with his pet puppies, reading books, building with blocks, and giving hugs and kisses. He enjoyed playing in the water and loved bathtime. Blake especially loved snuggling with his mommy and daddy.

Blake was his family’s little ray of sunshine and he will continue to shine in their hearts every day until we see him again. He was the light of their lives and the star of their hearts.

Surviving relatives include his parents, Kaden and Krystle; grandparents, Tim and Misty Hines of La Grande; aunt, Corinne Hines of La Grande; grandfather, Dave Evans of Nampa, Idaho; and great-grandparents, Lorene Hines of La Grande and Del and Barbara Green of Umatilla.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande 97850, to help with funeral and medical expenses.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralcha

Marolyn Smith

La Grande

Marolyn Smith, 80, of La Grande, died May 12 at a local care facility. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. May 25 at the La Grande Valley Fellowship Church. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is handling the arrangements.

Lila C. (Finch) Douglas

Formerly of La grande


Lila Claire Douglas, 88, of Churchill, Montana, and formerly of La Grande, died April 29. Services were previously held. Arrangements were entrusted to Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service of Bozeman, Montana.

Lila was born Aug. 13, 1930, to Ozroe D. and Helen Beryl (George) Finch in Ismay, Montana. She grew up in a large, loving and hardworking family on their ranch in the Pine Hills, east of Miles City. Lila attended the country school in Knowlton then finished grade school, junior high and high school in Miles City.

In high school Lila met Albert Douglas, a young cowboy from Ekalaka, Montana. They were married in 1948 and together worked on ranches in Carter, Powder River, Prairie, Teton, Granite, and Powell counties.

In 1972, Lila and Albert moved to La Grande and worked for Rev. Robert and Nancy Opie, CB Septic Services, and Douglas Breeding Services. Reimer, Robert and Beverly moved with them. Reimer and Robert graduated from school in Imbler, and Beverly graduated from Cove Lila was active in her church, the New Life Christian Center, and in Women’s Aglow.

In 1992, Lila and Albert returned to their beloved Montana as caretakers on a beautiful ranch in the Bitterroot Valley. In 2013, when they were in their early 80s, they retired to their final earthly home in Churchill, Montana.

Lila was a strong, wise and very gentle wife and mother. She loved music and had a beautiful, harmonizing voice that she used often to praise her Lord. Her family provided a scripture in her honor: “Many women have done excellently but you surpass them all. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30). Lila had a kind and encouraging influence on many more people than she realized.

Surviving relatives include her sister, Bertie Clowers; brother, Miles Finch; children and their spouses, Larry and Sharon, David and Judy, Reimer and Kathleen, Robert and Karen, and Beverly and Bruce Donnell; and 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, with more on the way.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Albert; parents, Ozroe and Helen; sister, Olive Rogers; brothers, Dennis, Earl, Joe and Lloyd Finch; and an infant great-grandson.