Daryl A. Thompson
Formerly of Wallowa County and La Grande
Daryl Albert Thompson, 83, of Milton-Freewater and formerly of Wallowa County and La Grande, died May 16. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. May 31 at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery with Pastor Owen Frost of the Stateline Community Church officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home of Milton-Freewater.
Daryl was born Oct. 12, 1935, in Enterprise, to Raymond E. and Vera Ellen (Davis) Thompson. He grew up in the Reavis district on Alder Slope and attended Reavis Grade School and Enterprise High School.
In 1955, Daryl married Laverne Holland, and they had four children. They divorced in 1967. He married Sharon Finnell Bozarth in 1968, and they divorced in 1999. He married Roberta Cullen Ison in 2000, and she passed away in November of 2002. In 2004, he married Peggy C. Searles.
Daryl worked as a farm laborer, for Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads in track maintenance, and in the woods as a faller and as a choker setter on high lead logging. When work in the woods slowed down, he became the head custodian of the Warm Springs Grade School on the Warm Springs Reservation.
After taking a home study course in heavy equipment, Daryl was hired by the Case Dealership in Madras. He later moved with his family to Walla Walla, Washington, where he worked for the John Deere Dealership. Later Daryl took a job with the Oregon Highway Department, working in Bend in the summer and at Government Camp on Mt. Hood in the winter. In 1976 he was transferred to the La Grande shop. In 1988 he was promoted to field mechanic in Roseburg, where he retired in 1995. In 2000 Daryl moved to Milton-Freewater.
In his retirement, Daryl enjoyed gardening and woodworking.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Peggy Thompson; daughters, Katherine Moore and Margaret Taylor and her husband, Michael; sons, Joseph Thompson, Gordon Bozarth, Daniel Bozarth and Nolan Bozarth; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; 15 nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Royleda Moss and husband, Randy, of San Marcos, California.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dallas Thompson; sisters, Nelda Isakson, Oveta Falk and Judith Bade; and close friend Sharon Thompson.
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Marjorie ‘Marge’ J. (Larsen) Ettinger
Marjorie Jean Ettinger, 94, of La Grande and former long-time resident of Bend, died May 23 at Wildflower Lodge in La Grande. The family is planning a private memorial service in July. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels-Knopp Funeral Chapel.
Known as Marge, she was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Auburn, Illinois, to Albin and Anna Larsen. She met her future husband, Richard “Dick” Ettinger in the third grade. Marge and Dick were married June 9, 1945. They moved to Bend from Chicago in 1954.
Marge took pride in her role as a wife and mother. She held down the fort while Dick worked for long hours and on many weekends, shepherding five children off in different directions to school and various activities. As a family, they enjoyed skiing, backpacking, trail riding and sailing.
Marge took botany courses at Central Oregon Commnity College and became a botanist specializing in the wildflowers of Eastern Oregon. Her botanical studies inspired her to finish her education. She graduated from Oregon State University in 1987 at age 68. She was the oldest graduate in that year’s class.
Dick and Marge took many botany trips together. Marge collected the plants after Dick photographed them. She collected more than 2,600 specimens that are saved in the Harvey M. Waldron Jr. Herbarium at COCC, and she and Dick funded an endowment for the Herbarium. With permission from the Warm Springs Reservation Tribal Council, they studied the reservation’s wildflowers from 1979 to 1996. They donated an additional 400 specimens to the Museum at Warm Springs.
Marge introduced her entire extended family to lifetime passions for bird watching, wildflowers, environmental conservation, and wildlife issues, involving them in expeditions throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
In addition to her botanical achievements, Marge studied the fine art of French cooking inspired by Julia Child’s TV series and books. Always supportive of education and intellectual pursuits, she was a life member of PEO-AI.
Surviving relatives include her daughters, Susan Schneider of Bend and Janice Laxson of Anchorage, Alaska; sons, Dr. Chip Ettinger of Summerville, Dr. Tom Ettinger of Cashmere, Washington, and Dr. Bill Ettinger of Spokane, Washington; and 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Ettinger; parents, Albin and Anna Larsen of Ferndale, Washington; and siblings, Maxine Fletcher of Aurora, Illinois, and Donn Larsen of Bellevue, Washington.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ettinger Endowment for the Waldron Herbarium at Central Oregon Community College Foundation in care of Zak Boone, 2600 NW College Way, Bend 97703.