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Edna Mae (Burress) Bernhardt

La Grande
1919-2019

Edna Mae Bernhardt, 100, of La Grande, died June 18 at a local care facility. A viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to noon June 29 at Daniels-Knopp Funeral Cremation & Life Celebration Center, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Private entombment will be at the Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum.

Edna Mae was born March 9, 1919, in Waynesville, North Carolina, to Bolling Hall and Effie (Bridges) Burress. She graduated from high school in Waynesville.

In 1936, Edna Mae came to Oregon to attend what is now Eastern Oregon University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education and began her 40-year teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Poverty Flats. After two years there, she taught at Island City Elementary for a few years before teaching at Central Elementary most of her career. Her final year was spent at Greenwood Elementary.

On June 26, 1955, Edna Mae married John Bernhardt in La Grande. They had two children: Brenda and Tom.

Edna Mae was a member of the La Grande First Christian Church, the Eagles Auxiliary, the Order of Eastern Star, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Retired Teachers Association. She loved to travel and enjoyed cruises, trips to Europe and a trip to Australia. She hosted a Rotary Exchange student from Japan for a school year.

Surviving relatives include her children and their spouses, Brenda and Kent Bomberger of La Grande and Tom and Shelly Bernhardt of St. Paul; sister, Frances Williams of Florida; eight grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, on March 17, 1988.

Memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande, First Christian Church, Beta Sigma Phi or Heart ‘n Home Hospice.

Robert E. Smith

Union
1935-2019

Robert “Bob” Earl Smith, 83, of Union, died June 19 at his residence. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. June 28 at the Hermiston Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Stanfield Community Center.

Known as Bob, he was born Nov. 9, 1935, in Hereford, Texas, to Claude and Alline Smith. He resided in Dimmitt, Texas; Weed, California; and Sutherlin, Twickenham, Stanfield and Union. He
attended schools in Weed and Sutherlin and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1955.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy. On Sept. 17, 1957, he married Janice “Jan” Bain in Pendleton.

Bob was employed with his family logging until November 1959, when he hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad as a carman helper. From 1972 to 1977, he was also a dereck operator and then became the car foreman in 1977. He was with the railroad for 38 years and retired in 1998. Bob and Jan were snowbirds, going to Winterhaven, California, for 21 years.

A volunteer for the Stanfield Volunteer Fire Department from 1964 to 1977, Bob served nine years at the fire chief. He was a life member of the Union County Museum, where he was an enthusiastic volunteer, many an idea was realized through his handyman abilities.

Survivors include his children, Valerie Stockhoff and husband, Hank, of Union, and Robbin Swales of Lodi, California; brothers, Raymond Smith and wife, Jo, of Pendleton and James Smith of Pendleton; sister, Nancy Jeanes of Spokane, Washington; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and 16 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice; daughter, Carrie Smith; parents, Claude and Alline; and stepmother, Opal Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Museum, 331 S. Main St., Union 97883.

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

Marjorie A. Lanman

La Grande

Marjorie A. Lanman, 88, of La Grande, died June 20 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A viewing will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 25 at Loveland Funeral Chapel. An obituary is forthcoming.

Bonnie Lindsey

Wallowa

Bonnie Lindsey, 78, of Wallowa, died June 22 at Wallowa Valley Senior Living. An obituary is forthcoming. Arrangements are entrusted to Bollman Funeral Home.

Alfred O. Frye Sr.

La Grande
1940-2019

Alfred “Al” Oriville Frye Sr., 78, of La Grande, died June 16 at his residence. A viewing will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 27 at Loveland Funeral Chapel. A viewing will again be held from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. June 28 at the La Grande First Presbyterian Church, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. A potluck reception will take place after the service at the Presbyterian Friendship Center. Main dish and drinks will be provided. Contact Janice Curtiss at 360-601-8656 for more information.

Known as Al, he was born Oct. 6, 1940, in Grand Coulee, Washington, to Alfred G. and Alice L. (Metz) Frye. He attended school in Outlook, Washington. Al married Deanna Durbin.

Al was employed by Weaver Construction and Mike Becker Construction before retiring. He enjoyed fishing at Drano Lake and golfing at both La Grande Country Club and Buffalo Peak Golf Course. He also enjoyed watching baseball and softball and was a member of the Elks Lodge.

Surviving relatives include his children and their spouses, Alfred O. Jr. and Laura Frye of La Grande, Aaron L. and Laurie Frye of La Grande, Teresa F. Michaels of Redding, California, Janice I. and James Curtiss of Vancouver, Washington, and Brad M. and Amy Frye of Powell, Wyoming; sisters, Sandra Butler and husband, Carl, of Grandview, Washington, and Linda Allington of Richland, Washington; brother, Randy McIntosh and wife, Dewanna, of Vancouver, Washington; aunts and uncles, Ethel Sharrock, Marie Geisiner, John Frye, Melvin Frye, Howard Adams, Leonard Adams, Wilson Frye and Dorothy Martin; 20 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; and 15 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred G. and Alice L. Frye; wife, Deanna D. (Durbin) Frye; brother, Melvin F. Frye; sons, Jeffery S. Frye and Brian G. Frye.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Humane Association, 3212 Highway 30, La Grande 97850.

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

Gordon ‘Ladd’ Osborn

Enterprise

Gordon “Ladd” Osborn, 84, of Enterprise, died June 22 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. At this time, no services are planned. An obituary is forthcoming. Arrangements are entrusted to Bollman Funeral Home.

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