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Keith, Lyall – Obituary

Lyall Keith of Box 300, Walton, passed away February 9, 1970 at the age of 66. He was born November 13, 1903 in Portland, Oregon and had resided in Lane County for the past 31 years. He was united in marriage to Edith Bilyeu, December 24, 1930 in Albany, Oregon. Besides his wife, he is survived by a half brother, Gordon Keith of Eureka, California; several aunts and uncles. He was a member of the Eugene Moose Lodge. Funeral services will be held in the Poole-Larsen Chapel Thursday, February 12th at 3 p.m. with private cremation to follow. [Interment Pine Grove Cemetery] Eugene Register-Guard, February 10, 1970 Contributed by: Shelli...

Biography of Henry M. Thatcher

Throughout the greater part of his life Judge Henry M. Thatcher has resided on the Pacific slope, and as one of the honored pioneers of this section of the country has been prominently identified with its development, progress and up-building from an early day. He was born in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, October 17, 1833, and is of German lineage. His grandfather, Samuel Thatcher, was born in Germany, and when a young man emigrated to the United States, settling in Susquehanna county, Pennsylvania, where he married Miss Hannah Smith. He was a soldier in the war of 1812 and lived to the advanced age of ninety-three years. Enos Thatcher, the father of the Judge, was one of a family of three sons and five daughters. He married Miss Artemesia Case, also a native of Susquehanna County, and in 1837 they removed to Illinois, locating at Ottawa, LaSalle County, where the father entered land and, in connection with agricultural pursuits, conducted a hotel. Both he and his wife were Congregationalists in religious belief, and for many years Mr. Thatcher served as chorister of his church and took an active part in other branches of the work. He lived to be seventy-eight years of age. The mother of our subject died in the fifty-first year of her age, leaving two children, Henry M. and Elizabeth, who is now Mrs. Deckerd, of Albany, Oregon. After the death of his first wife the father married again, and by that union had two children. Judge Thatcher was reared on the old homestead in Illinois, and in 1850 crossed the plains from LaSalle County to Placerville,...

Fleshman, Mintie Courtwright Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Mintie E. Fleshman, of Albany, a former resident of Wallowa County and well known here, passed away Sunday morning, February 19, 1973 in the Albany nursing home following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Fleshman was born at Logan, Iowa, on October 2, 1891, daughter of Peter Courtwright and Amanda Henderson. On December 10, 1910 she was married at Milton to Robert Lee Fleshman. For many years the couple farmed on Alder Slope. In 1947 they moved to Walla Walla where he passed away in 1949. She had lived in Albany since 1966. She was a member of Albany First Methodist Church, of the Women’s Society of Christian Service, and Albany Senior Citizens. Surviving is one son, Eugene H. Fleshman of Albany; two grandchildren, Larry Fleshman of Joseph and Mrs. B. W. (Virginia) Boyd of Pomeroy, Washington; and one sister, Mrs. C.H. (Ethel) Young, Port Angeles, Washington. Memorial services were Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Fisher Funeral Home in Albany, and graveside services were conducted yesterday (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. by the Bollman Funeral Home in the Enterprise Cemetery with Rev. Edward J. Morrison officiating, followed by vault entombment. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, February 22, 1973 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

Sherod, Tony – Obituary

Services Held For Tony Sherod Wallowa, Oregon Funeral services were held at Albany November 21 for Tony L. Sherod, 74. He was reard in Wallowa County and formerly owned the Gerald Gelsinger place in middle valley. He had been bedfast for the past month. He leaves his wife, Laura Heskett Sherod, two sons, Vincent, of Blodgett, Ore. and Willie of Lebanon. His brother, Earl H. Sherod went down from here to attend the funeral. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, 26 November 1953, Page 1 Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sherod attended the funeral services on November 21st of his brother Tony Sherod at Albany, Ore. Tony, a former resident of Middle Valley passed away on November 19. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, 26 November 1953, Page 2 Contributed by Robert C....

Bork, Leola Elizabeth – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Leola Elizabeth Bork, 84, a resident of The Dalles since 1966, died at an Albany care facility on May 12, 2004. Her graveside service was Saturday at The Dalles Odd Fellows Cemetery on Cherry Heights Road. Pastor Ken Post officiated. Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home was in care of arrangements. She was born on Aug. 4, 1919, at Enterprise, to Richard and Edith “Wilson” Surber, the fourth of 12 children. She was raised at Enterprise and graduated from high school there. Leola married Ivan Richard Bork on June 23, 1940, at Enterprise, by A.B. Conway, the same justice of the peace who had married their parents, Ira and Lora Bork and Richard and Edith Surber, in June 1916. She was a member of Solid Rock Community Church of God. She enjoyed her family, homemaking, the outdoors, gardening and her roses, craft work, quilting and embroidery. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Rosalie and David Harnden of Prineville, Ivan Harry and Saundra Bork of Baker City, Wayne and Sharon Bork of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Darlena and Robert Salisbury of Albany; grandchildren, Brian, Lisa, Carl, Crystal, Timothy, Andy, Dave Jr., Vaughn and Danita; 14 stepgrandchildren; great-grandchildren, Kristopher, Alina, Staranna, Nicholas, Tiffany, Steven, Stacey, Shailyon and Trista; two great-stepgrandchildren; two sisters, Esther Evans, of Clarkston, Wash., and Rosemary LeSollen of The Dalles; three brothers, Ellwood Surber of Baker City, Vernon Surber of Enterprise and Earl Surber of Forest Grove. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan, in July 2001; one sister; five brothers; an infant son; and an infant grandson. Memorial contributions may be made...

Biography of August Ferdinand Krumrei

August Ferdinand Krumrei, a Muskogee contractor whose extensive patronage is at once proof of his skill and of his ability, was born in Germany, October 17, 1862, and acquired his education in the schools of his native land. He there remained to the age of twenty years, when in September, 1882, he bade adieu to friends and family and crossed the Atlantic to the new world, making his way first to Ann Arbor, Michigan. He had previously acquainted himself with the trade of masonry and carpentering and he became identified with building construction in that city, working for others for a period of ten years and then starting out independently as a contractor in 1892. He left Michigan, however, four years before that time, going to Albany, Oregon, in 1888. There he established business and remained for thirteen years, or until. 1901. At that time he returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he continued to reside until October, 1906, when he began contracting in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In 1913 he incorporated his business under the name of the A. F. Krumrei Construction Company, of which he is the President. Even a partial recital of the buildings which he has constructed serves to show the prominent position which he occupies among the contractors of the city. He erected the Bass building, the LaRue Hotel, the Albany building, the Zufall building, the St. Clair building, school buildings at Webbers Falls, Morris and Vian, Oklahoma, and several consolidated schools in McIntosh County. He has likewise erected large apartment houses in Tulsa and Muskogee and there stand at various points throughout the state large...

Wilson, Bradley Dean – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Bradley Dean Wilson, 58, of Elgin died Jan. 4 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash., after a year-long battle with cancer. A funeral service is planned for noon Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Elgin. A viewing will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. that morning at the Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande. Burial will be at the Summerville Cemetery immediately following the services. Mr. Wilson was born Sept. 8, 1948, in Albany to Marion W. and Berna Clara Wilson and was educated in Albany and Portland. After high school he attended a heavy-equipment operators school in Weiser, Idaho, followed by millwright school at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. He retired in September after nearly 30 years as a millwright at the Elgin stud mill. Mr. Wilson spent many years hunting, fishing and black-powder shooting in the Grande Ronde Valley and the Blue Mountains. Known as “Pathfinder,” he was a reserved man who taught himself to tan hides, sew and bead his mountain-man clothes and create all of the regalia needed for a frontier woodsman. He read extensively on history and native wildlife. He and his wife, Carol, a schoolteacher in Boardman, were married Nov. 7, 1998, at the LDS Church in Boardman. They enjoyed halibut fishing in Alaska, spending time with their grandchildren, camping, reading and especially riding Mr. Wilson’s Harley, taking annual excursions to places such as Canada, Sturgis, S.D., Crater Lake and northern Idaho. Survivors include his wife, father and a brother, Byron; children and their spouses, Dawn K. Cunningham of Imbler and...

Williamson, John Harold – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon John Harold Williamson John Harold “Jack” Williamson, 70, of La Grande died Feb. 15 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in La Grande. Jack was born May 26, 1936, to Harold and Shirley (Thomas) Williamson in Albany. He graduated from Jewel High School and later from Western Oregon University with a degree in teaching. He married Sandra Allen from Portland Nov. 29, 1958, and they lived in Fossil. In 1960 he enlisted for one term in the Army. He went on to work for NASA in Pasadena, Calif., then did logging in Eastern Oregon and home construction in La Grande. Jack will likely be remembered by community members driving around La Grande in his little blue pickup doing mobile RV repair. He was always happy to consider a new face a friend and eager to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting on mule back and riding ATVs, but a handshake and a hug always brought him the most joy. Survivors include his wife, Sandra of La Grande; children, Annette Lamb of The Dalles and Justin Williamson of Tigard; siblings, Jerry Williamson of Tucson, Ariz., and Bonnie Campbell of Heppner; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church for NoSU in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande, 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Feb. 24, 2007 Published: February 24,...

Kuba, Dorothy Laree – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dorothy Laree Norton Britton Kuba, 74, of Cottage Grove and formerly of La Grande and Wallowa County, died March 15. A graveside memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. March 24 at the Wallowa Cemetery. A lunch for family and friends will be served at 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Enterprise. Arrange-ments are under the direction of Bollman Funeral Home, Enterprise. Dorothy was born Nov. 11, 1932, to William and Eva (Scrivner) Norton in Nampa, Idaho. The third of seven children, she moved with her family to La Grande in 1941 and to Enterprise in 1942. In 1944 the family moved again to Seneca, where her father was a logger, and later to Scio, where she met Willard Britton, whom she married in 1949. Dorothy and Willard lived in Albany, where two children were born. In 1954 they moved to Wallowa, where Willard was employed at the sawmill, and they had two more children. The family suffered the loss of 5-year-old Cathy in 1958 from complications from one of the earliest open-heart surgeries, at OHSU. In 1964 they moved to Cottage Grove, where Dorothy worked as a school custodian until retirement. She and Willard divorced in 1974. In 1980 she married Ryoyei (Roy) Kuba, and they continued to live in Cottage Grove. Dorothy was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Moose Lodge. Survivors include her husband, Roy Kuba; former husband, Willard Britton; children and their spouses, Kenneth Britton, Larry Britton and Lyle and Gina Britton; siblings and their spouses, Clarence and Frances Norton, Agnes Roberts, Juanita Hanson and Mary Horton; and 11...

Harpole, Howard – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Howard Harpole, 82, of Albany and formerly of La Grande, died June 15 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital with his family at his side. Memorial services will begin at 10 a.m. June 28, at the First Christian Church in Albany. Howard was born in 1926 to Marvon and Rosetta (Marsh) Harpole in Elmira. He was raised in the Cottage Grove area, where he lived until enlisting in the Army. He served in the South Pacific during World War II and was in the 341st Infantry, 86th Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star. After the war he attended Oregon State University, where he was a member and president of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He graduated in June 1950 with a business degree. Howard married Janet Gebhardt in June 1950 in Corvallis. They had met at Oregon State University. The couple lived in La Grande from 1962 to 1969, where Howard worked in the insurance business. Howard was a councilman on the Albany City Council, a board member of Albany Boys and Girls Club, a member of Rotary Club of Albany and a deacon at First Christian Church. He worked as a logger, in insurance sales and in car sales at Hudson Dealership & Garage. He founded Forest Industries Insurance Exchange in 1970, was instrumental in starting Oregon Loggers Association, co-founded Greater Pacific Bank, co-founded Freedom Federal Savings and Loan and co-founded The Oregon Fishing Club. Howard was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish, hunt, golf and garden. He was an avid OSU supporter. Spending time with his family was one of his favorite pastimes. He...
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