Kenneth L. Witty
Kenneth Lee Witty, 79, of Enterprise, died May 27 at his home. A celebration of his life will be held at the Witty residence over Labor Day weekend.
Known as Ken, he was born June 5, 1939, in Elgin, to Laurel Edgar and Mildred LaVoyle (Payne) Witty. He was raised in Elgin and graduated from Elgin High School in 1957. Ken attended Oregon State University, where he met his future wife, Carolyn Ann Wise.
Ken graduated from Oregon State University in fisheries management. He and Carolyn moved to Wallowa County, where he worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as the local and regional fish biologist. Ken and Carolyn lived in Enterprise, where they raised their daughters, Cynthia and Tina. Ken retired after 30 years with ODFW and then worked for S.P. Cramer as a fisheries consultant.
Ken was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed decades of hunting, fishing, camping, river running and horse pack trips. He was instrumental in efforts to preserve the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 57 years, Carolyn; daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Scott Risan and Tina and J.A. Grieve; one grandson and one granddaughter; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Laurel; mother, Mildred; and sister, Linda Laurell (Witty) Hiatt.
Jean (Smith) Enderlin
Jean Enderlin, 85, of Union, died May 25 at her home. A potluck-style celebration of her life will be held from noon to 4 p.m. June 15 at her home, 277 W. Bryan in Union. Friends are invited to come share a favorite story of Jean (or, if you can’t make it, enjoy nature and send Jean your wishes). Arrangements are entrusted to Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center.
Jean was born Aug. 8, 1933, in Gladstone, to Roy Clifford and Ruby Viola (Whitehead) Smith. She was raised in the Colton/Beaver Creek area and attended Logan Elementary School and later Oregon City High School. Jean married Ernest Lehman, and they moved to California. In the early 1960s, she returned to Colton, and in 1965 she married Charles “Pinky” Raymond Enderlin.
Jean and Pinky owned and operated the Colton Cafe, home of their famous square donuts, in the 1970s where they met lifelong friends. She enjoyed many crafts in her life, especially toll painting, cake decorating and knitting. Jean also loved nature, including fishing, bird watching, flowers and long walks in the woods. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Union.
Surviving relatives include her children, Steven Lehman, Bonnie Beal, Anita Boyer Davis, Barbara “Bobbi” Schmidt, Cynthia Therrien and David Enderlin; sister, Barbara Veelle; and 11 grandchildren and numerous great-
She was preceded in death by husband, Pinky Enderlin; children, Clifford Lehman and Holly Lehman; and siblings, Shirley Bolkan and Larry Smith.
Ruby F. Stanger
Ruby Frances Stanger, 79, of La Grande, died May 23 at a local care facility. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. June 8 at the Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Irrigon. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
Lawrence ‘Gene’ Bowman
Lawrence “Gene” Bowman, 96, of Enterprise, died May 9 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. June 15 at the Enterprise Seventh-day Adventist Church. An obituary is forthcoming. Arrangements are entrusted to Bollman Funeral Home.
Frances ‘Fran’ Perren
A Mass of Christian Burial for Frances “Fran” Perren, of Enterprise, will be held at 10 a.m. June 15 at St. Katherine Catholic Church, followed by vault interment at the Enterprise Cemetery. An obituary is forthcoming. Arrangements are entrusted to Bollman Funeral Home.
Molly Murrill, 88, of Enterprise, died May 17 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. June 15 at Bollman Funeral Home. Interment of cremains will be at the Enterprise Cemetery. An obituary is forthcoming. Arrangements are entrusted to Bollman Funeral Home.
Christina M. Dowdy
Christina M. Dowdy, 92, of La Grande, died May 30 at a local care facility. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.
Betty (Pierce) Workman
Formerly of North Powder and La Grande
Betty Workman, 89, formerly of North Powder and La Grande, died May 17 in Tillamook. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. June 8 at the Tillamook Church of the Nazarene. She will be buried next to her husband in the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Arrangements are under the direction of Waud’s Funeral Home of Tillamook.
Betty was born May 8, 1930, in North Powder, to Royal and Dorothy (Betcher) Pierce. She grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School. On Feb. 7, 1948, she married Paul Workman, and they moved to Tillamook in 1950.
Betty worked as a caregiver before taking time off to raise her family. She later worked at the Tillamook Hospital for more than 18 years and then ran an adult foster home in her house for many years. Betty enjoyed her flowers, especially tending to her roses. She also enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Tillamook Nazarene Church.
Surviving relatives include her children and their spouses, Phil Workman, Filine and Roger Chinn and Denise and John Cook, all of Tillamook; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 65 years, Paul Sr.; children, Howard, John and Paul Jr.; and her brothers and sisters.