Mickel ‘Mike’ D. Voss


Mickel Dean Voss, 62, of Summerville, died June 3 at his residence. A service will be announced at a later date.

Also known as Mike, he was born June 16, 1956, in Los Angeles, California, to Carl and Dorothy (McCarthy) Voss. He was a graduate of Imbler High School and Eastern Oregon University.

Mickel owned Ruff n Rustic Mercantile in Island City and was an active supporter and organizer of the La Grande and Pendleton gun shows. He was also the owner of Eastern Oregon Adjusters and worked as a process server, and his work history included an outdoor store and photography shop.

Mickel loved the outdoors, shooting, spending time with his grandchildren, building rustic furniture, photography and befriending wildlife. He was a member of the Island City Lions Club.

Surviving relatives include his wife of 12 years, Lindi; six children and their spouses; sisters, Debbie and Phylis; and nine grandchildren.

Casey W. Kuiper


Casey William Kuiper, 29, of Summerville, died June 4. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. June 15 at Faith Center in Island City.

Casey was born April 13, 1990, in Hillsboro, to Jody Kuiper and Darcy (Hatcher) Pedro. He resided in Summerville and attended Imbler High School, where he was on the basketball and football teams. He graduated in 2007.

Casey was mechanically inclined and could build or fix just about anything. He was happily employed at B & K Auto Salvage. He enjoyed his volunteer time with the Island City Lions Cleanup Day through B & K Auto.

Casey enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding dirt bikes, snowmobiling, jet skiing, camping, “Toyota-ing” and aviation. He loved spending time with his family. A Bible verse that is meaningful to Casey’s family is Psalm 55:6: “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.”

Everything Casey did he did well and big. He was all or none. He had a heart of gold and an infectious laugh. He lit up the room whenever he was present.

Surviving relatives include his father and stepmother, Jody and Jessica Kuiper; mother and stepfather, Darcy and Mike Pedro; sisters, LeeAnn Kuiper and Hailey, Katelynn and Madison Pedro; brothers, Austin and Caleb Kuiper; grandparents, Gary and Jackie Kuiper; grandmother, Alna Hatcher; aunts and uncles, Gary and Heidi Kuiper, Natalie Leigh, Dan Hatcher, Dave and Laura Hatcher and Dana Hatcher; nephew, Reace Harmon; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Howard Hatcher; aunt, Cinda Hatcher; and cousin, Emma Hatcher.

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

Erlene (McClellan) Ellingson

Formerly of Union

Erlene Ellingson, 98, formerly of Union, died June 6 in Portland. A service will be held June 13 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Portland. Burial will be at Willamette Cemetery.

Erlene was born March 3, 1920, in Payson, Utah, the youngest of five children born to Albert Leslie and Nora Jane (Taylor) McClellan. When Erlene was 9 years old, the family moved to Union, where she lived for 11 years, graduating from Union High School in 1939.

Erlene met Everett Hamilton in Nyssa. They were married in Union on Aug. 7, 1941, by Bishop Leo Anderson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Anderson’s daughter, Virginia Anderson Johnson, and Erlene were good friends. They remained in contact for more than 78 years.

Erlene and Everett were blessed with three children: Howard, Dennis and Brenda, born in 1942, 1950, 1951. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last. Erlene married LaVerne “Vern” Eugene Ellingson on June 24, 1958, and welcomed into the family with love his teenage daughters, Joann and Carol, who were born in 1943 and 1946.

Erlene and Vern merged their families together while living in Portland. The five children soon grew up and they became empty nesters. Vern passed away on May 13, 1979, and Erlene found herself a widow at age 58.
She would outlive Vern by 40 years.

Erlene was a master gardener, seamstress, upholsterer, chef and crafter. She made countless baby quilts and donated them to shelters and humanitarian projects. She was an avid reader and an active member of the church. She served two missions and worked in the Portland Temple. Erlene had a thirst for knowledge, an adventurous spirit and traveled extensively throughout the world.

Erlene’s greatest joy was her family, currently numbered at 110. From her five children came 17 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren and 24 in-laws who married into her family. She had an unconditional love for her family and a deep religious faith.

E. Gerda (Cornell) Brownton

La Grande

Eleanor “Gerda” Brownton, 100, of La Grande, died June 8 at her home. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. June 16 at the La Grande United Methodist Church, followed by a cookie and coffee reception in the fellowship hall. Committal of ashes will take place at a later date.

Known as Gerda, she was born Jan. 27, 1919, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Linwood Brownell and Eleanor (Menefee) Cornell. She was raised in Portland, where she graduated from Washington High School in 1936. Gerda attended Stevens College in Missouri for one year and then attended the University of Washington, where she competed in the javelin.

On Sept. 15, 1940, Gerda married Wesley F. Brownton at the First Presbyterian Church in Portland. Wes and Gerda had four children: Carol, Sally, Mark and Cindy. After being stationed at Payne Field, Washington, and at the JAG department in Chicago, the family moved to La Grande, where Wes had been raised.

Gerda was a long-standing member of the La Grande United Methodist Church and a member of the PEO Sisterhood for 79 years. She was active for many years in Wesleyan Circle of the Methodist Church, the Great Decisions Discussion group, Art Research, and the Music and Drama Guild. She also participated in AAUW and was very involved with the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary for years. She and longtime friend Mary Helen Garoutte were instrumental in getting a recycling program started in Union County.

When she was in her mid-40s, Gerda went back to school and in 1967 graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a degree in education. She led 4-H clubs and Girl Scouts through the years and supported her children and grandchildren in all of their activities.

Gerda was an excellent horsewoman and enjoyed horse packing in the high mountains. She became an expert on the Oregon Trail and led many hikes in the nearby hills and mountains with Berniece Brown and Lanetta Paul. In retirement, she and Wes traveled and continued to love their home and pasture, their dogs and horses in La Grande.

Surviving relatives include her brother, Joe Cornell of Portland; children and their spouses, Carol Lindsay of White Salmon, Washington, Sally and Michael Wiens of La Grande, and Mark and Laura Lee Brownton of Devore, California; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley in 2001; daughter, Cindy Schultz in 2009; and siblings, Cynthia and Lin.

Memorial donations may be made to the La Grande United Methodist Church, Chapter CO of PEO, or the Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice.

Raymond W. Milligan


Raymond W. Milligan, 100, of Enterprise, died June 9 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. An obituary is forthcoming. Bollman Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Gilah M. (Ferguson) Dickenson

La Grande

Gilah M. Dickenson, 90, of La Grande, died June 8 at Country Rose Manor. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. June 15 at the Cove Cemetery.

Gilah was born Nov. 30, 1928, in Hilgard, to Emery and Marie (Sanford) Ferguson. She married Harold Dickenson on Sept. 28, 1947, in Pendleton.

Gilah and Harold made their home in Cove for more than 55 years. After Harold passed away, she lived at Grande Ronde Retirement. The past six years, she lived at Country Rose Manor.

Surviving relatives include her daughters and sons-in-law, Tannis Dickenson of Hermiston, Teresia and Lenard Porfily of Summerville, and Trudy and Ken Elliott of Emmett, Idaho; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Mary Jane Daggett of Hermiston.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emery and Marie Ferguson; husband of 61 years, Harold Dickenson; brothers, Samuel Ferguson and Duane Ferguson; sister, Naomi Dickenson; and great-grandson, Kyle Andersen.

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

Paul W. Metcalf


Paul W. Metcalf, 80, of Summerville, died June 11 at his residence. An obituary is forthcoming. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.