Karen L. Homan


Karen Lynne Homan, 54, of Union, died June 4 at her residence. At her request, there will not be a service.

Karen was born March 3, 1965, in Baker City, to Richard and Fern (Searles) Homan. She resided in Baker City and Union.

Karen loved cross-stitching, reading, collecting barbie dolls, and watching “The Real Housewives,” “Big Brother” and cooking shows. She was a published writer and poet.

Surviving relatives include her mother, Fern Homan of Baker City; brothers and sisters-in-law, John B. Hunter of Oregon, Larry E. and Mary Hunter of Idaho, and Allen D. and Mary Hunter of Oregon; sisters, Julie A. Homan of Oregon and Linda D. Weldon and husband, Steve, of Washington; numerous nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard; stepfather, Jack Hunter; and brother, Jimmy F. Hunter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made via Facebook Pay/Messenger to John Hunter.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.

Walter R. Olp

La Grande

Walter Ralph Olp, 91, of La Grande, died June 6 at his residence. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. June 21 at the La Grande Church of Christ. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is handling the arrangements.

Maxine ‘Lucile’ (Thomas) Howell

La Grande

Maxine “Lucile” Howell, 91, of La Grande, died Feb. 4. A celebration of her life will be held June 21 in Canby.

Known as Lucile, she was born May 14, 1927, in Los Angeles, California, to Bernice and Albert Thomas. She met her future husband, Bruce Howell, when she and her best friend, Beverly Nordstrom, were given a high school graduation trip to Yosemite National Park. The girls (and their parents) were surprised to discover that Yosemite was being used as a rehabilitation center for World War II veterans.

Lucile and Bruce were married Aug. 4, 1945, on Long Island, New York. Their daughter, Carol Anne, was born May 7, 1946. Their son, James Eugene, was born Dec. 14, 1948. In 1951, Bruce and Lucile moved their family west, eventually settling near Salem. Bruce worked for Pacific Northwest Bell until his retirement.

When their children were still young, Lucile was active in the community and served as a 4-H leader. In 1961, she went to work for the State of Oregon and later became administrative assistant for the Federal Bureau of Reclamation in Salem, where she worked until her retirement in 1981.

Bruce and Lucile moved to Apache Junction, Arizona, in 1986. They were married for almost 60 years at the time of Bruce’s death in 2010. They loved traveling, dancing, being outdoors and spending time with their children, grandchildren and, later, great-grandchildren. In 2017, Lucile moved to La Grande to be near her son, Jim Howell.

Surviving relatives include her children, Carol Howell and Jim Howell; six grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

Douglas E. Dick

Island City

Douglas Elvin Dick, 77, of Island City, died June 6 at his residence. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. June 12 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Island City.

Known as Doug, he was born Sept. 21, 1941, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Ivan and Lorna (Gardner) Dick. He attended Idaho Falls High School and was married to Julia “Kay” Dick.

Doug worked for Boise Cascade in Elgin for nearly 40 years. He encountered many hardships in life but took great pride in becoming financially successful while working for a company he loved.

Doug enjoyed spending time with his family as well as volunteering for the Union County Backpack Program. His hobbies included working in his yard and gardening.

Surviving relatives include his daughters and sons-in-law, Joan K. and Tom Duncan of La Grande and Connie J. and Rick Hoskin of Summerville; son, John D. Dick of Kennewick, Washington; brother-in-law, Jim Simpkins; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Kay (Krupp) Dick; parents, Ivan and Lorna Dick; and sisters, Diane Simpkins, Sheila Eiman and Joelen Garrison.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union County Backpack Program.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com.

Gilah M. Dickenson

La Grande

Gilah M. Dickenson, 90, of La Grande, died June 8 at a local care facility. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.