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Gregory, Helen Elizabeth – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Helen Elizabeth Gregory, 78, of La Grande died Dec. 7 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla. A celebration of life is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mrs. Gregory was born March 17, 1928, to Henry Walter and Florence Hazel Wellington McDonald in Ketchikan, Alaska. At the age of 8 she moved with her family to Washington and later to Union and Elgin. She graduated from Elgin High School. On April 27, 1951, she married Robert Gregory in La Grande. She was employed as an educational secretary for many years and worked at all the La Grande schools except Greenwood. She retired in June 1988. She was a member of the La Grande Educational Secretaries Association and was a former member of Beta Sigma Phi. Helen’s life was devoted to her family and her work. She loved to read and cook and enjoyed classic musicals and movies. Survivors include her husband, Bob Gregory; children and their spouses, Michael and Sally Gregory and Cheryl and Ron Miles, all of La Grande; four grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by one brother. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande, 97850. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 16, 2006, Published: December 16,...

Straight, David Duane – Obituary

Union, Oregon David Duane Straight, 63, of Jacksonville, Fla., and formerly of Union and La Grande, died Nov. 3 in Jacksonville. Following cremation, his ashes will be returned to Alaska in the spring. Mr. Straight was born April 21, 1943, to H. David and Dorothy Anne Straight. He was raised in Union and lived in La Grande while attending college. He graduated from Southwestern Oregon Community College with two degrees in 1969 and married Joyce Marie Emmons in Kodiak, Alaska, on April 8, 1972. He lived and worked in Alaska for 35 years before retiring to Portland. He later moved to Jacksonville for care at the Mayo Cancer Center and to be near his daughter. He served in the Navy as a submarine sonarman and received a bronze medal for service as a civilian during Desert Storm. Survivors include his wife, formerly of Alaska and now residing in Florida, and daughter, Dawn Marie Straight of Rockledge, Fla.; his mother and sister, Deannie Myers, both of La Grande; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a son, Dean Albert Straight. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 18, 2006, Published: November 18,...

Murry, Barbara June Nielsen – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Barbara June Nielsen Murry, 75, of La Grande and formerly of Pilot Rock, died Nov. 9 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Daniels Chapel. Ms. Murry was born June 16, 1931, at Pilot Rock to Hans C. and Mable E. Galbreath Nielsen. Ms. Murry grew up on a ranch up East Birch Creek and attended schools in Pilot Rock to half her sophomore year until her parents moved to Portland where she completed her schooling at Franklin High School. On Jan. 28, 1950, she married Stanley Fitzpatrick from Lansing, Mich. Ms. Murry worked for the General Telephone Co. in Grand Lodge, Mich., for four years and then worked for Oldsmobile-building Oldsmobiles until the Korean War and they quit making cars and made parts for airplanes. Ms. Murry divorced in 1955 and in 1957 moved back to Oregon where she worked for Esco (Electric Steel Foundry) in Portland. On Dec. 13, 1957, she married Howard Hansen and moved to White City and worked for 3M. She and her husband built a log home themselves. They had one daughter, Theresa. In 1969 she married Earl L. Murry, a logger and PRCA cowboy, traveling all over rodeoing. They moved to Ketchikan, Alaska, in 1975, working on road construction and logging. They lived on a log float camp that was the largest camp of its kind in the world. It consisted of large logs held together by wire rope, floating...

Moberry, June – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon June Moberry, 89, of Salem and formerly of La Grande died Jan. 9 in Beaverton. No service is planned. A family gathering will take place June 9 to plant a rose arbor. Mrs. Moberry was born June 9, 1917, the daughter of Oscar and Anna Hultman, in Ketchikan, Alaska. She was raised on Bainbridge Island in Washington, and married Ralph Moberry in 1951 in Seattle. She lived off and on in La Grande from 1955 to 2002 and was assistant manager of Founta Court. She belonged to the Christian Science Church and had two children, Carol Moore and Wendy Abel, as well as five children and 10 great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death. Springer and Son Funeral Home of Aloha is in charge of arrangements. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Jan. 13, 2006, Published: January 13,...

Rutherford, Alan Duane – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Alan Duane Rutherford, 57, of Ivins, Utah, and formerly of Elgin and Imbler died Dec. 28 while traveling to his home. A memorial service and celebration of life was conducted at Grace Episcopal Church in St. George, Utah, Jan. 3. Mr. Rutherford was born to Donald and Fauntella Rutherford in Iowa Jan. 25, 1949, but spent most of his early years in Oregon. He lived in Elgin and Imbler and graduated from Elgin High School in 1967. He married Lisa Christine Abel on Jan. 4, 1997. He attended Blue Mountain Community College and Eastern Oregon University and served in the Army as a medic. His career included being an owner-operator of a logging truck in northeastern Oregon in the 1970s before moving to Alaska in search of work in the oil fields. In 1983 he was hired by Atlantic Richfield Company, where he received many promotions, retiring in 2003 as maintenance planner. His skill level was well recognized, and he was called back to work even after retirement to assist with special projects. His loves were traveling, working in his yard, building and fixing things, helping others whenever needed and, last but not least, the sunshine. Survivors include his wife, Lisa; his mother, Fauntella, of Elgin; daughters, Jennifer Dawn Dauer and Kelly Michelle Deacon, both of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jennifer Elizabeth Abel of Portland; siblings, Sandra Rutherford of Phoenix and Mike Rutherford of Elgin; one granddaughter and a grandchild due in April; and a host of other family members in Oregon, Arizona, Iowa, New Mexico and various other states. He was preceded in death by his father....

Horn, Terri – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Terri Horn, 51, formerly of La Grande, died May 19 at her home in Palm Springs, Calif., after an extended illness. Terri was born Dec. 15, 1955, in Las Vegas. Due to her father’s military service, the family lived in several locations before settling in Fairbanks, Alaska, where Terri lived most of her life. She worked as a grocery clerk for many years. She was employed by Carr’s Foodland in Fairbanks, and after moving to La Grande in 1995 she worked at Albertson’s for several years. Terri was known for her incredible friendliness and outgoing personality. She loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be gardening, camping or barbecuing. She was known as her family’s best barbecuer. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Todd Horn of Anchorage, Alaska, and Merry and Keith Montgomery of Union; two granddaughters; mother, June Henson of Las Vegas; and siblings, Kathy Henson of Las Vegas, Fran Jenkins of Alaska, George Jenkins of Seattle and Vickie Winslow of Palm Springs, Calif. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Henson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association’ 42-600 Cook St., Suite 202, Palm Desert, Calif. 92211. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending June 9, 2007 Published: June 9, 2007 Transcribed by Dixie...

Douhan, Margaret E. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Margaret “Micky” E. Douhan, 95, died June 3 in Port Townsend, Wash. Memorial services were held at Quimper Unitarian Church in Port Townsend. Micky was born Oct. 13, 1911, in Greeley, Colo., to Carl and Vesta (Parker) Douhan in Greeley. The family moved to La Grande where Micky grew up and graduated from high school. She enrolled at Oregon State University in 1936 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology in 1940. Micky returned to school in 1968 and earned a master’s in liberal arts degree from Reed College in Portland. Micky met Wendell Stout at Oregon State, and they were married in Seattle on Aug. 21, 1941. They raised three children: Eric, Craig and Mark Stout. While Micky raised her family, she lived in Cordova, Alaska, Dixie, Idaho, and many places in Oregon including Bandon, Bend, Portland and Klamath Falls. In 1977, Micky retired to Marrowstone Island, Wash., but later moved to Port Townsend in 1997. She home-schooled her own children, and taught in public schools in Portland, and at Oregon Technical Institute. During her retirement, Micky traveled to Europe, Africa, Mexico, and the western U.S. and Alaska. She enjoyed painting and fiber arts. Her love of literature led her to volunteer much of her time to the Jefferson County Library. She also volunteered at the Port Townsend Baking Co. and was a member of the Nordland Garden Club. Margaret is survived by her son, Mark Allen Stout, daughter-in-law Pat Moreth, and her beloved cat. She was preceded in death by her sons, Eric and Craig Stout. La Grande Observer – Obituaries...

Baxter, Phaedra Dune – Obituary

Phaedra Dune Baxter, 62, of La Grande died on Oct. 26. A celebration of Phaedra’s life is planned and the details will be announced later by Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center. She was born Pamela Bernice Bishop on Oct. 13, 1945, to Edward Fletcher Bishop and Bernice May Bedford in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was raised in Sumas, Wash., then moved to Wenatchee, Wash., where she attended grade school. The family moved to Los Angeles where she graduated from Lynwood High School in 1963. There, Phaedra became active in school and community theatre, nurturing a lifelong love of drama and costume. In 1964, she married Lloyd Woolery and they had two children, David and Douglas. During that time, she worked as a draftsman and was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, a disease she battled throughout her life and that ultimately led to her death. After a divorce, she married Kenneth Hoke, a chemical engineer. She convinced him to apply for jobs overseas and they moved to Tripoli, Libya, in 1973. Her ability to attract adventure moved front and center, capped by requesting a meeting with Moammar al-Qaddafi after her villa had been appropriated by one of his generals. The upshot was a new villa. She traveled extensively in Europe and maintained a flat in Malta upon her divorce in 1977. She moved to Eureka, Calif., and changed her name legally to Phaedra Dedra Dune and received an eclectic education from Humboldt University. She moved to Juneau, Alaska, in 1982 and worked in advertising sales for the local radio station. For five years, she lived in her 32-foot...

Wariner, Stephen

North Powder, Oregon Stephen Wariner, 49, of Sisters and of North Powder, died in a traffic accident in Pyles Canyon outside of Union Sept. 29. Celebration of life services will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Chapel in the Pines at Camp Sherman. Stephen was born Aug. 9, 1958, to Lee Roy and Norma Wariner in Fairbanks, Alaska. He graduated from Diamond High in Anchorage and joined the Ironworkers Local and worked as a journeyman in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington. He crabbed and fished commercially in the Bering Sea. Later he started his own business building homes. He married Dorothy Gallowa-Wariner June 23, 2006, in the Valley of Fire, Las Vegas. They lived in Sisters. He joined the Ironworkers Local 29 and was living temporarily in North Powder while working at the Telocaset wind farm erecting windmills. Those who knew him say Stephen was very creative and artistic and enjoyed building and creating custom furniture. He loved riding his horse, Max, and playing with his dog, Murdock, as well as spending his free time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Gallowa-Wariner of Sisters; mother, Norma Wariner of Anchorage, Alaska; brothers, Wade Wariner of Wasilla, Alaska, and Ronald Wariner of California; sister, Phyliss Burney of Palmer, Alaska; three children, Timothy Wariner of Anchorage, Alaska, Stephanie Krontz of Albion, Ind., and step-son, Kyle Benzo of Sisters; one grandson; and several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for education expenses for his children and grandchild in care of...

West, Brian Donald – Obituary

Brian Donald West, 29, of Wasilla, Alaska, and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 20. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Catherine Creek State Park. Cousin Brandon Boone will officiate. Brian was born July 20, 1978, in Salem. He spent his early years in La Grande. His Great-grandma Faye Hayes spent her later years helping to raise Brian and his younger brother, Christopher. He graduated from Honokaa High School in Honokaa, Hawaii, in 1995. Brian joined the U.S. Air Force after high school. He served 10 years as a civil engineer and was a certified master plumber. Brian was stationed in New Mexico, Spokane, Washington and Japan. He served tours in Kuwait, Afghanistan and two in Iraq. He received an honorable medical discharge and retired as a staff sergeant first class. He moved to Alaska and married his best friend, Mary, on Jan. 5, 2007, in Anchorage. The couple purchased a home in Wasilla and owned and operated West Home Repairs. Those who knew Brian say he was a very adventurous person. He enjoyed skate boarding, snowboarding and rock climbing. While in Hawaii, he relished hunting wild boars with a spear, fishing and board and body surfing in the huge waves off the north shore of the Big Island. He was able to surf while stationed in Japan and was the president of the Hawaiian Military Surfing Organization. Brian was a tattoo artist who loved creating art on friends and family. He earned his associate of applied arts degree in art from Penn Foster University in 2006. Those who knew him say he had an...
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