Louise Stroud


Louise Stroud, 73, of Cove died Sunday at the home of her daughter.

Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be published later.

Michael Mason

Formerly of North Powder

Michael V. "Mickey" Mason, 81, of Baker City and formerly a North Powder area rancher, died today at St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City.

Coles Funeral Home of Baker City is in charge of arrangements.

Charlie Trueax



Charlie Herbert Trueax, 71, of Union, died May 10 at a care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Union Cemetery, with the Rev. Mark Schlessman officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Trueax was born May 20, 1930, to Charlie Miller and Susie Sullivan Trueax. He attended school in Fall City and married Frances Merritt on April 14, 1952, in Salem. She died in January 2000.

The couple lived in Sisters for a number of years before moving to Summerville. They lived in Union for 13 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and the outdoors. They traveled extensively after he retired from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1990.

Survivors include his sons, Wayne W. of Portland and Jerry H. of La Grande; daughters, Linda M. Waldo of La Grande and Barbara J. Rankin and Donna J. Trueax, both of Portland; a sister, Joyce Imogene Thiel of Fall City; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and other relatives. A daughter, Carol Rusk, and a sister, Anna W. Burr, died earlier. Other brothers and sisters also died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society, 0330 S.W. Curry, Portland 97201.

Margaret Klein

Island City

Margaret Gladys Klein, 87, of Island City and formerly of Detroit Lakes, Minn., died Saturday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Edwin Moline

La Grande

Edwin Moline, 78, died this morning at a local care center.

Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Donald Stockham

Island City

Donald Stockham, 77, of Island City and formerly of Portland, died Monday at his home. Arrangements will be announced later by Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Gerald Stoddard

Formerly of La Grande


Former La Grande resident Gerald Lee Stoddard, 68, died May 9 in Roseville, Calif., from cancer. A funeral was held at Lambert's Funeral Home in Roseville.

Mr. Stoddard was born Jan. 1, 1934, in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1952.

He served 10 years in the Air Force in the crypto security field as a staff sergeant. His assignments took him to Formosa, Japan, Scotland and Texas.

He and his wife Abagail were married in the Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1956.

Mr. Stoddard loved jazz and played the alto saxophone and piano. He had a band both in high school and in the Air Force, where his combo won the "Tops in Blues" competition in Washington, D.C.

After leaving the service, he and his family moved to Alaska. He returned to Oregon in 1970 and attended Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, earning an associate degree in accounting.

Mr. Stoddard worked for many years in the food-processing industry at U & I Inc. in Boardman, Lamb Weston in Hermiston and Garrett Packaging in Milton-Freewater.

He loved flying and playing chess, was an avid reader and closely followed national news programs, family members said. He loved to play pinochle. He belonged to the Eagles Lodge in Pendleton.

He is survived by his wife of Grass Valley, Calif.; two sons, Daniel Stoddard of Grass Valley and Samuel Stoddard of Portland; a daughter, Cheryl Humphrey of Pendleton; four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter; a sister, Jeannie Prohanska of Pocatello, Idaho, and a sister-in-law, Judy Allen of Rocklin, Calif.

A sister, Mary Bowen, and a brother, Robert Stoddard, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Foundation for research.

Leila Aas

Formerly of La Grande


Leila L. Aas, 81, of Reno and formerly of La Grande died May 12 at her home. At her request there was no funeral.

Mrs. Aas was born to Verne and Ruby Berry and grew up in La Grande, where she lived for 43 years. She married Oscar T. Aas, who died in 1988.

In Reno she worked as a director of social services in the nursing home industry.

Survivors include her mother; daughters, Tanja (David) Jasper and Paula (Ron) Haak, all of Reno and Dana (Jeff) McNamara of Seattle; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a cousin, James Sailing of Reno, whom she thought of as her brother. Northern Nevada Memorial, Reno, was in charge of arrangements.

'Bud' Balcom

Formerly of La Grande


Glen O. "Bud" Balcom, 79, of Twisp, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died May 4. Burial was at Grandview Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Balcom was born Nov. 15, 1922, to Glen P. and Bessie Shopshire Balcom in Colony, Kan. He served in the Army during World War II and married Elva Mary "Sally" Fincher in 1950. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 35 years, living in La Grande from 1947 to 1976, and retired in 1983. He worked in the signal department and became the assistant signal engineer at Hinkle. He enjoyed computers and genealogy.

Survivors include his companion of 21 years, Edna Clark of Twisp; daughters, Judi Kistner of Scappoose and Debra Barnum of San Ramon, Calif.; nine grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lois English of Patterson, Calif., and Nancy Clary of Texas.

His wife and a daughter, Janice Lutts, died earlier.

Michael V. Mason

Formerly of North Powder


Michael "Mickey" V. Mason, 81, a Baker City resident and former longtime North Powder-area rancher, died May 13 at St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Coles Funeral Home, Baker City. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the cathedral. Bishop Emeritus Thomas J. Connolly, pastor and friend of the Masons for more than 30 years, will preside at the service, with assistance from Pastor Robert C. Irwin of the Baker City cathedral and other priests of the Baker Diocese. Honor guard will be by the Knights of Columbus. Private family vault interment will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.

Mr. Mason was born on Nov. 12, 1920, in Cambridge, Idaho, to John and Anna Phillips Mason. His parents had emigrated from County Down, Ireland, in 1905.

Mr. Mason began his long working life at age 12 to help support his family, and left formal schooling at age 14 to work as a farmhand in the Cambridge Valley. He became a skilled heavy equipment operator at a very early age, and later formed Hopkins

and Mason Logging Contractors with his brother-in-law, Orin Hopkins.

Hopkins & Mason later purchased the Farewell Bend Ranch near Huntington, and continued logging and ranching operations for several years in Baker and Malheur counties.

Mr. Mason and his wife, Betty Jo Howland Mason, purchased ranching properties on Antone Creek in the North Powder area in 1962, and later the Elkhorn Ranch on Powder River Road, retiring to Baker City in 1994. They received the Elkhorn Wildlife Area Appreciation Award from the State of Oregon upon retirement.

Mr. Mason was a lifelong Catholic and in 1971 received the Papal Medal, the second-highest award to laity in the church. He was a fourth-degree member of

the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal and service organization.

Mr. Mason is survived by his wife of 62 years; children, Joseph and wife Katherine, Carl and wife Donna, and Deborah Johnson and husband Ronald; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Four brothers and three sisters died earlier.

Donations in Mr. Mason's memory may be made to the St. Elizabeth Health Care Foundation, or to a church or favorite charity. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City 97814.

Edwin Moline

La Grande


Edwin Norman Moline, 79, of La Grande died May 14 at a local care center.

A graveside service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the North Powder Cemetery with Pastor Raymond Bates officiating. Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St.

Mr. Moline was born Nov. 3, 1922, to Albert and Rose Heringer Moline in Barlow, N.D. He attended Brantford and Carrington schools there and took over the family farm when his father died. He raised his five brothers and sisters and retired after an injury.

He moved to Oregon in 1999 to be near family. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church and enjoyed farming and collecting both antique gas engines and John Deere tractors.

Survivors include his brother, Gust Moline of Bend, sisters, Efrida Free of North Powder and Lillian Mahlhoff of Twin Bridges, Mont., and other relatives. Two other sisters, Dorothy Moline and Esther Loberg, died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Sonrise Free Methodist Church in care of Daniels Chapel.

Clyde Nobles

Formerly of Wallowa County


Clyde James Nobles, 87, of Hermiston and formerly of Wallowa County died May 15 at Good Shepherd Medical Center. A funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at Burns Mortuary Chapel, 685 W. Hermiston Ave. Burial will follow at Hermiston Cemetery.

Mr. Nobles was born Jan. 10, 1915, to Samuel F. and Mary Howard West Nobles in Asotin, Wash. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1932 and farmed with his father using a 20-horse-team combine in Lostine. He married Genevra Amanda Lovell on Feb. 28, 1933, in Enterprise and farmed in Wallowa.

The couple moved to a farm in the Hermiston area in 1943. He raised cattle. After the death of his first wife he married Ruth Perry Craig in January 1955 in Kennewick.

He was a master of the Lostine Grange, a lifetime member and past president of the Umatilla Sage Riders, a member of the polo team and captain of the drill


He rode and carried the flag in the Pendleton Round-Up parade, the Umatilla County Fair parade and many others. He served on the board of the Farm Bureau, the dairy co-op and the Umatilla Soil Conservation District. He was the Umatilla County Fair president, and was a member of the Railroad Old Timers, the Moose Lodge,

the Hermiston Elks, the Hermiston Eagles and the Columbia Grange.

Mr. Nobles was involved in a turkey cannery and owned and operated one one of the first Grade B dairy co-ops in Umatilla County.

He was a 4-H leader and loved young people and animals.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Clyde and Betty Nobles and Sam and Nancy Nobles, all of Umatilla, and James and Sandy Nobles and Neva and Bob Gilcher, all of Hermiston, 17 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Both wives, two sisters, Ida Slaughter and Opal Cleaver, a grandson, Clinton Nobles and a stepson, Fred Robinson, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to any charity.

Donald Stockam

Island City


Donald Stockam, 77, of Island City died May 13 at his home. At his request there will be no public service.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Stockam was born April 14, 1925, to George and Laura Sharpe Stockam in Mounds, Okla. He attended schools in Oklahoma and Arizona and served in the Marines during World War II. In 1949 he married LaVon Galland in Vancouver, Wash. He worked as a dam operator for the city of Portland until his retirement in 1984. The couple wintered in Quartzite, Ariz., for many years. They moved to Island City five years ago to be near family.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and searching for treasures with his metal detector.

Survivors include his wife and sons, Randy and Alan, all of Island City, and sons, Lewis of Largo, Fla., and Paul of Culver City, eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a sister, Wanda Jones of Van Buren, Ark., a brother, Homer of Quartzite, and other relatives.

Louise Stroud



Louise Ruth Stroud, 73, of Cove died May 12 at the home of her daughter. A funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., with a luncheon immediately following. Viewing will be until 5 p.m. today.

Mrs. Stroud was born July 6, 1928, to Gustavo H. and Jessie Oma Lappin in Boulder, Colo., the youngest of 18 children. On May 10, 1952, she married James Edward Stroud in La Puente, Calif. She ran the Blue Mountain motel in La Grande.

Survivors include children, Donna Coleman and Judy Samuels, both of Washington, Diana Lynn of Bell Place, Iowa, Patricia Scott of Cove,

Ricky Harris of Seattle, and Michael Stroud of Lake Oswego, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband, a son, Kenneth Eugene Massas, and 17 brothers and sisters all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Louise Stroud Memorial Fund to assist with funeral expenses in care of Loveland Chapel.

Theodore Bailey

Formerly of La Grande


Theodore Robert Bailey, 75, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande died May 15 at St. Anthony Hospital. A private family service will be held. Bishop Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bailey was born April 3, 1927, to Theodore Ruben and Eunice Mildred Ringier-Bailey. He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II, and on Sept. 1, 1950, he married Mollie Frances McPeak in Hillsboro. The couple lived in La Grande, where they owned Quality Appliance Services for 24 years before moving to Pendleton in 2001.

Survivors include his wife and son, Timothy Bailey, both of Pendleton, daughters, Dianna Nickelson of Salem and Brenda Bailey of Gresham, three

grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Walter 'Pete' Berry

Formerly of La Grande


Walter "Pete" Berry, 77, of Bingen, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died May 1. The funeral was at White Salmon Cemetery.

Mr. Berry was born May 12, 1924, to Arthur and Della Wall Berry in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1942 and served in the Navy during World War II. He married Betty Clough, and the couple moved to Bingen in 1948 to work with his brother, Leon Berry, at the Mount Adams Sun. After the newspaper was sold, the print shop became Berry Printing, which the couple bought in 1972. They retired in 1990.

He was a member of the Bingen Fire Department and served as fire chief. He became an emergency medical technician and served as a volunteer for the Skyline Hospital ambulance and medical response service. He served on the Bingen School Board and the City Council, and was a longtime member of the Lions Club. The couple were HOSTS (Helping One Student to Succeed) mentors at Henkle Middle School and were regular blood donors.

He enjoyed history and natural science, hiking, camping and traveling not only the U.S. but also the world.

Survivors include his wife of Bingen, children and their spouses, Kathleen and Alan Zeitlin and Michael Berry, all of Salt Lake City, Kimberly Berry of Seattle, two grandchldren, and his sisters, Ella Stenke of Portland, and Noreen Sana and Orpha Pieper, both of La Grande.

Five brothers and two sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Gorge in care of Gardner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 390, White Salmon, Wash. 98672

Estel Posey

Formerly of Cove


Estel Wayne Posey, 82, of La Grande and formerly of Cove died May 16 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at

2 p.m. Monday at the Island City Cemetery.

Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Posey was born Sept. 4, 1919, to Frederick and Leonora McClellan Posey in Creswell. He graduated from Union High School and served in the Army during World War II. He worked in the stockyards in Baker City and La Grande. On April 19, 1984, he married Norma Moler in Caldwell, Idaho. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Cove. He enjoyed fishing and working with livestock.

Survivors include his wife of La Grande, a stepson, Gilbert Emry of Roseburg, his sisters, Verna Fowler of Corvallis and Freda Chandler of Eugene and other relatives. A brother and three sisters died earlier.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the Calvary Baptist Church in care of Daniels Chapel, 1502 Seventh St.

Ferrin Woll

La Grande


Ferrin Miles Woll, 87, of La Grande died May 16 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Island City. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Woll was born Oct. 7, 1914, to Pete E. and Casinell Lamb Woll in Union. He married Edythe Edna Ransom on April 4, 1935, and served in the Navy during World War II. He worked in fish and game enforcement for the Oregon State Police; in 1951 became a livestock theft investigator for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and in 1957 began working for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. He was named employee of the year by the Oregon State Employee Association in 1972. He first retired in 1974 and began Ferrin's Sharpening Service, which he continued for 13 years before retiring for good. He received a plaque for 10 years of service to the La Grande Snowdrifters for grooming their snowmobile and ski trails.

He was a member of the Island City ward of the LDS Church and served two stake missionary assignments, taught primary class, was a group leader and counselor.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening and watching wildlife.

Survivors include his nephews, Ronald Woll and Jeff Woll, both of Hollister, Idaho, and Scott Woll of Tacoma, Wash., and a niece, Loreen Carter of Nampa, Idaho. His wife and his brothers and sisters and a nephew, Brent Woll, all died earlier.

Memorials may be made to the Family History Center, P.O. Box 31, La Grande 97850.

Eileen Wilson



Eileen M. Wilson, 78, of Wallowa died May 17 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St. in Enterprise.

Mrs. Wilson was born June 17, 1923, to Jacob and Melba Lull Mittby in Salem. She married Don Wilson on June 4, 1945, in McMinnville. She was a teacher.

Survivors include her husband, a son, Rocky Wilson, and daughter-in-law, Karola Wilson, all of Wallowa, a daughter, Chris King of Vancouver, Wash., four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Wallowa High School athletic programs in care of Bollman Funeral Home.

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