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Butler, Georgia LaVella – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Georgia LaVelle Butler, 95, of La Grande died Sept. 11 at Jody’s Country Care in La Grande. A celebration of life will be held on at 2 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in La Grande. A graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. She was born in La Grande on Sept. 27, 1910, to Herman and Florence Richey. She grew up in La Grande except for five years when her family lived on a ranch in Cove. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1930. She went to nurses training in 1932 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, and graduated in 1935. On July 23, 1941, she married Chester W. Butler at Mizpah Presbyterian Church in Portland. During the time he served in WWII she lived in Portland, where she worked in nursing. Chester and LaVelle lived in West Linn after the war until he retired. They moved to Alicel in 1973. Chester preceded her in death in 1997. LaVelle lived in Aurora for two years, then Vancouver, Wash., while recovering from a broken hip. She returned to La Grande in June 2000. Wherever she lived, she met the needs of others through meals either in her home or at her church. She was an active member of the La Grande United Methodist Church at the time of her death. She is survived by two cousins in Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews as well as her many dear friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in...

Redwine, Margaret Jill – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Margaret Jill Redwine, 61, of La Grande died Aug. 10. Cornerstone Funeral Home of Estacada is in charge of arrangements. Ms. Redwine was born May 18, 1945, in Raymond, Wash. She married James Moss, and later she married Larry Davis. She was a homemaker and lived in Estacada her whole life except for the last six months Survivors include children, Tony Moss, Tom Davis, Teresa Lange and Megan Redwine; and seven grandchildren. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 19, 2006, Published: August 17,...

Boula, Keith Lee – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Keith Lee Boula, 50, died Jan. 2 at St. Mary Hospital in Walla Walla of colon cancer. Friends are invited to join Mr. Boula’s family in celebrating his life at an open house at the home of his sister Kathryn, 60522 Bushnell Road., Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Keith was born in Los Angeles June 19, 1956. He spent his early childhood in southern California and his teen years in northern Minnesota. He returned to California and graduated from Sylmar High School in 1974. There he followed in his father’s footsteps as a race car driver and mechanic. Mr. Boula moved to Zigzag in 1977. His love of racing and adventure led him to skiing, which became a life-long passion. He worked as an EMT on the Timberline ski patrol for several years. In 1994, Keith moved to La Grande. He worked for WC Construction until his death. Survivors include his son, Ryan Young, and Ryan’s mother, Carol, of Ontonogan, Mich.; sisters, Kathryn Boula and her family of La Grande, and Mary Noble and her family of Palmdale, Calif.; and many friends in northeastern Oregon and Mount. Hood. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Jan 6, 2006, Published: January 6,...

Baker, Leola Mary – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Leola Mary Baker, 83, of Central Point and formerly of Elgin, died March 27. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Elgin Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Memory Gardens Mortuary of Medford. Mrs. Baker was born June 15, 1923, in Elgin, where she was raised. She married Delmar Baker, and they owned and operated a real estate business in La Grande. She was a member of Eastern Star and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #259 in La Grande. She also was a Grey Lady volunteer at Grande Ronde Hospital many years ago. She enjoyed collecting plates, yard work and hunting. Survivors include her children, Sheree Rabourne of Central Point and Gary Baker of Hermiston; sister, Ila Colson of South Carolina; and one grandson. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 31, 2007 Published: March 31,...

Stevens, Jeffery Max – Obituary

Union County, Oregon Obituary La Grande, Oregon Jeffery Max Stevens, 39, formerly of La Grande, died March 10 after battling cancer. There will be a private family memorial service in Canby. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel. Jeffery was born Aug. 22, 1967, to Arthur and Shirley (Shelly) Stevens in Oregon City, where he graduated from high school. He never married and was a painter by trade. He enjoyed spending time with his children, taking trips to the Wildhorse Casino in Pendleton, bowling and working in his yard. Survivors include his children, Jessy Stevens of Milwaukie and Desiree Stevens of La Grande; siblings and their spouses, Rick and Sandi Stevens and Cheryl (Chester) Gunter, all of La Grande; one grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gus Stevens. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 24, 2007 Published: March 24,...

Schwendemann, Margie Evelyn – Obituary

Summerville, Oregon Margie Evelyn Schwendemann, 87, formerly of Wallowa and Union counties, died April 26 in Portland. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Wallowa Cemetery. Marge was born Nov. 18, 1920, in Wallowa, the youngest child of Benjamin H. “Dick” and Martha M. (Wise) Anderson. She married John M. “Jack” Schwendemann on Sept. 10, 1946, in Boise. The couple lived in Camas, Wash., Portland, Lake Oswego and Boring, moving to Summerville in 1967. They owned and operated Western Automatic Sprinkler Co. since 1960. When Jack died in 1984, she moved back to Portland in 1990. Those who knew her say Marge had an indomitable will that helped her survive and overcome many challenges. They considered her an unforgettable person. She valued her family and friends, and made sure to keep up with loved ones through visits and correspondence. She devoted her life to creating a home and raising a family – her desire being that her children had more opportunities than she had. She was proud of not only their accomplishments, but of the good citizens and people they became. Whether it was playing pinochle, gambling in Reno, deer hunting, traveling or reading, she was at her happiest. An excellent seamstress, she excelled at embroidery and appliqué. Everyone will miss her good cooking, but especially her baking powder biscuits, cakes and huckleberry pie. She was a member of the 1909 Society of Emanuel Medical Center Foundation and Emanuel Children’s Hospital Foundation, a lifetime member of Lifeflight...

Alexander, Susan – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Susan Alexander, 57, of Elgin, died Oct. 25 at her home. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – October 26, 2009 ________________________ Susan L. Alexander Elgin 1952-2009 Susan Lorraine Alexander, 57, of Elgin, and formerly of Wallowa, died Oct. 24 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Wallowa Cemetery. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center in La Grande is in charge of arrangements. Susan was born Sept. 3, 1952, to Ardeth and Patricia Spruill in Oregon City. She was raised in California and graduated from Oroville High School. She married Doug Alexander Aug. 30, 1974. In 1977 they moved to Wallowa from California. In 1993 they moved to Elgin. Her children consider her an “awesome Mom.” She enjoyed cooking and loved having turtles and collecting turtle memorabilia. Survivors include her husband, Doug of Elgin; children, Doug Alexander of Maryland, Tammy Garwood of Mississippi and Brandy Alexander of Mississippi; three grandchildren; sister, Sandra Schultz of Missouri; brothers, Zane and Shawn Fallon of Alaska and Quinn Fallon of California; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by brothers, Danny and Flynn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Lung Association in care of Daniels-Knopp, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande. La Grande Observer – October 29,...

Odell, Gladys Louise Linn – Obituary

Funeral for Gladys Louise Odell, who resided at 6962 NE Morris St., will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham. Private interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Odell died Thursday [December 1] after a long illness. She was 66. Her early school years were spent at Salem School for the Deaf and the Vancouver, Wash., School for the Deaf. She was born Aug. 2, 1911, in Estacada. She married Ralph Odell in 1941 and spent most of her adult life in the Sandy community. She was a member of Lutheran Church for the Deaf. Surviving are her husband, Ralph, Portland and a brother, Orville Linn, Molalla. Sunday Oregonian, December 4, 1977 Contributed by: Shelli...

Hallock, Mary Peninger – Obituary

Mary P. Hallock, who resided at 8413 SW 14th Ave., died Wednesday [April 9] at a Portland hospital. A native of Central Point, Mrs. Hallock was 82 and lived most of her life in Portland. Surviving are her husband Joseph H., a son, State Sen. Ted Hallock, a sister, Bertha Pomerene, all of Portland; and a brother, William Peninger, Central Point. There will be no funeral. Entombment will be at Riverview Cemetery Mausoleum. The Oregonian, April 11, 1975 Contributed by: Shelli...

Schnebly, Philip Henry – Obituary

The Kittitas Valley lost another of its well known pioneers Sunday [October 17, 1926] when Philip Henry Schnebly passed away after an illness that extended over a period of more than three years. Death came at 7 o’clock Sunday, morning but was not unexpected, as Mr. Schnebly had suffered an acute sinking spell Friday. Coming here from Oregon, his birthplace, in 1872, Mr. Schnebly became one of the most important growers of beef cattle in the state, both stock and acreage mounting into the thousands. For a number of years, however, his livestock interests have been handled by his six sons. He retired in 1909. The funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the family residence at Eighth and A streets. The Rev. E. Leslie Rolls, rector of Grace Parish, will officiate, and the pall bearers will be friends of the deceased of long standing. They include: John J. Sharp, John N. Faust, Ben Shelton, D. W. S. Ramsay, J. C. Sterling, and C. C. Churchill. The lives of Mr. Schnebly and his family have been closely associated with the development of the Northwest. Mr. Schnebly was born October 8, 1852, near Oregon City, Ore. He was a son of David J. and Margaret (Painter) Schnebly, who were married in Oregon after crossing the plains by ox team. David J. Schnebly purchased from the founder and published the Oregon Spectator, the first newspaper in the Northwest, and years later when he came to Ellensburg he published the Ellensburg Localizer, which has been succeeded by the Evening Record. In 1861 the elder Mr. Schnebly moved his family...
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