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Gustafson, Stella – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Flora native, Stella 9evans) Gustafson, 82, of Electric City, Wash., died Aug. 9, 1996, in Spokane, Wash. She was born at Flora and attended High School in Enterprise. Mrs. Gustafson was a 26 year resident of Electric City. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. Prior to residing in Electric city, Stella and her husband, John followed construction work for several years. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, John Gustafson, at the home; son, Arnold Gustafson, Spokane; daughter, Garnet Gustafson, Tulsa, OK; granddaughter, Amy Phillips and three great-grandchildren; brother, Arley Evans, of Clarkston; and sister, Hazel Foster of La Grande. Graveside service was held Aug. 14, at the Enterprise Cemetery. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Grand Coulee United Methodist Church in Grand Coulee, Wash. The family suggest memorials be made to the Grand Coulee United Methodist Church, 203 Roosevelt Dr., Grand Coulee, Wash. 99133 Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Source: Wallowa Chieftain, August 15, 1996, Page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

Weaver, Jay – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Services Held For Jay Weaver Funeral services for Jay Weaver were held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Christian Church at Wallowa with Minister O. W. Jones in charge and the church choir singing “In The Garden” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.” Pallbearers were Tom McBath, Jr., Alderin Oliver, Bill Cramer, Levi Johnson, Clarence Bergett and Frank Murphy. Interment was in the Wallowa cemetery. Donald Jay Weaver was born December 7, 1904 in Wallowa, Oregon. He passed away November 16 at the hospital in Ephrata, Washington. Had he lived until his birthday in December, he would have been forty-five years old. On December 10,1926, he was married to Margaret Nedrow of Richland, Oregon. One child was born to this union, Mrs. Dona Sexton, of South Bend, Indiana. Surviving Mr. Weaver, are his wife and daughter, his son-in-law, Richard Sexton, and two grandchildren, Rodney and Connie. Of his immediate family, his mother, Mary Weaver, survives, also seven brothers and three sisters, all of Wallowa and vicinity. They are Wayne, Lloyd, Kenneth, Wilbur, Selby, Martin, Marshall, Mrs. Edna Coleman, Mrs. Blanche Schaeffer, and Mrs. Myrtle Armon. His father, Elizah Weaver, and three brothers, preceded him in death. While born in Wallowa and spending his boyhood days here, most of Mr. Weaver’s life had been spent in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday November 24, 1949, Front Page Note: Unfortunately I didn’t copy the last page of this obituary. If anyone needs it, I can go to the historical society and get the rest of the obit. – Janine...

Hendrickson, Judy Ann – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Judy Ann Hendrickson, 59, of La Grande, died July 3 at Grande Ronde Hospital. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Island City Ward. Mrs. Hendrickson was born Aug. 11, 1946, to Emerson Lee and Florence Ann Theisen Merritt in Hastings, Neb. The family lived in Iowa, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, New York, Florida and Arizona before settling in La Grande. On Oct. 9, 1968, she married Harvey Leon Hendrickson in Moses Lake, Wash. They had a civil ceremony, and on Oct. 11 were sealed in the LDS temple in Logan, Utah. They lived in Moses Lake for a few years before moving to La Grande. She volunteered in the PTA, serving on many committees and as president twice. She enjoyed reading and would visit the first-grade class weekly to read to the children. She served as Mother Education leader, as Junior Sunday School teacher, Mia Maid leader, YW president, ward and stake activities cultural arts specialist, secretary, counselor and president in primary, youth and Gospel Doctrine teacher, Cub Scout den leader and Enrichment leader. She loved her church and her family. Survivors include her husband of La Grande; children and their spouses, Craig and Trish Hendrickson of Colville, Wash., Staci and Travis Armstrong of La Grande, Jamie and Irene Hendrickson of Pilot Rock, Todd and Camille Hendrickson of Everett, Wash., Darren and Shauna Hendrickson of La Grande, Alisa and Aqeel Rasheed of San Diego, Calif., and Mandy Hendrickson of La Grande; 20 grandchildren and a step-brother, Robert Merritt. Another step-brother, Paul Willis, died earlier. The Observer...

Engle Jimmie E. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Jimmie E. Engle, 88, of Eugene and formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 13. The family will have a private memorial service in Eugene. Mr. Engle was born Jan. 24, 1918, in Krupp, Wash., and grew up in eastern Washington. In 1941 he married Sheila Thompson in Portland. He served in the Army overseas during World War II, then attended pharmacy school at Oregon State University. He was a pharmacist for 30 years and was the manager of the La Grande PayLess from 1969 to 1984. After retiring in 1985, he and his wife moved to Eugene. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, golf and woodworking. He was an avid OSU Beavers fan and raised his children to be the same. Survivors include his wife; children, Tom Engle and Barb Engle, both of Portland, Dennis Engle of Salem and Joanna Engle of Corvallis; and six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 18, 2006, Published: November 18,...

Christopherson, Fennell, Harpole – Obituary

Ethel June Jeppsen Christopherson, 83, of Idaho Falls and formerly of Union, died June 16 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Idaho Falls Eagle Rock LDS Stake Center, 2020 S. Charlotte Dr. with Bishop Anthony Passino. The family will visit with friends one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be at Milo Cemetery. Coltrin Mortuary in Idaho Falls is in charge of arrangements. June was born Feb. 11, 1925, to Ethel Mirriam North and Cleon Jeppsen in Brigham City, Utah. On June 29, 1943, she married Ernest William Christopherson in Donald. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. June was a staunch member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with full belief, commitment and testimony. June and Ernie served two full-time missions, one in the Idaho Falls, Taylor Mountain Stake and the other in the Payson, Utah, Mountain View Stake. Besides Idaho Falls, June also lived in Union, The Dalles and Mattawa, Wash., with her family. She had friends in dozens of places. June loved flowers, gardening, sewing and most of all music. Her pantry was full of products preserved from her gardening labors. Concerned for the physical and spiritual health of people she knew, June often cut articles from the paper and sent them to the one in need. She never missed a loved one’s birthday, sending her love in a card or letter. She loved to receive cards from friends and family and saved every one. Survivors include children, Sherry and her husband,...

Fields, Elizabeth’s – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Formerly of La Grande Elizabeth Fields, 93, formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 18 at a care center in Kennewick. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – October 19, 2009 _________________________________ Elizabeth Fields Formerly of La Grande 1916-2009 Elizabeth Ann Fields, 93, a former longtime resident of Pilot Rock and later of La Grande, died Oct. 18 in Kennewick. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements. She was born Aug. 3, 1916, in Pilot Rock, the eighth of nine children born to Samuel Monroe and Flora Anna Albaugh Galbreath. She grew up near California Gulch along East Birch Creek south of Pilot Rock before attending La Grande High School. She and Ilo Fields were married Oct. 30, 1936, in Walla Walla. They lived in La Grande for the next 31 years where they owned and operated one of the first chainsaw shops in the Grande Ronde Valley. Later they added motorcycle sales and repairs to the business. Those who knew the couple say both were excellent skeet sharpshooters with Ilo winning one or two state championships. “We survived many a winter on those turkeys and hams (won at the competitions),” she liked to say. Both enjoyed the outdoors and made numerous excursions into the surrounding wilderness to fish and hunt, taking their beloved golden retrievers with them. The couple loved to square dance, play cards and join the rest of the family for evenings filled with music and singing. After Ilo died in 1967, Beth continued to live on Z Avenue...

Sisk, Gladys Morrison – Obituary

Gladys B. Sisk, 84, a lifetime resident passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 1994 at Lakeridge Care Center of Moses Lake, Washington. She was born on August 9, 1909 in Ellensburg, the only daughter of pioneer parents Tom and Lillie (Ferguson) Morrison. Gladys attended Kittitas schools and was on all the girls athletic teams-basketball, baseball, tennis, etc. After graduation in 1928, she enrolled in Success Business College in Seattle. After 7 months at school, she was called home to take care of her ill mother. September 16, 1929 Gladys married Clarence C. (Irish) Sisk and they made their home in Kittitas on the 40 acres that Gladys inherited from her parents. Gladys sorted potatoes for Les Wilson for a number of years. When Les retired, Gladys and her husband bought a sorter and started sorting potatoes in potato cellars for farmers. After a few years of sorting, Gladys bought and sold potatoes for Walton Distributing Company in Seattle. After the potato business, Gladys sold real estate for Thayer Realty until her retirement. Gladys and her husband organized the Flying Hoof Riding Club, of which she was an officer and game captain for 17 years. The club rode in the Seafair Parade, and at Yakima, Selah, Toppenish, Goldendale, Wenatchee, Quincy and at the Ellensburg Rodeo night shows. She is survived by her nephews and their wives, Chet (Tuff) & Judy Morrison and Tommy and Ginger Morrison; sister-in-law, Bertha Morrison all of Ellensburg, great niece, Tammy (Jeff) Hansen of Loon Lake, WA; and great nephew, Victor Morrison of Spokane. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her...

McKenzie, Charles Maxfield – Obituary

Former Yakima Valley resident Charles “Max” McKenzie, 84, of Edmonds, died Sunday in Edmonds [August 17, 1986]. Mr. McKenzie was born Dec. 8, 1901, in Omaha, Neb., to Charles and Maude McKenzie. They moved in 1903 to Quincy, where his family homesteaded until the death of his father in 1915. In 1917, they moved to the Kittitas Valley and took up farming. Mr. McKenzie went to work for the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1923, retiring in 1967. He was married in 1926 to Ruth Barnhart. They were transferred to Yakima in 1932. While working for the railroad, he maintained a farm in Badger Pocket in the 1930s, did fruit farming in Englewood in the 1940s and farmed in Moxee in the 1950s. Survivors include his wife, Ruth, of Edmonds; two sons, the Rev. Don McKenzie of Dallas, Texas, and Charles S. McKenzie of Seattle; seven grandchildren; a great grandchild; two brothers, Elvin McKenzie of Grandview and Don McKenzie of Yakima; and two sisters, Eleanor McGrath and Margaret Harrel, both of Ellensburg. He was preceded in death by a brother, George, and a son, David. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the IOOF Cemetery in Ellensburg. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor’s choice. Contributed by: Shelli...

Michels, Frank – Obituary

Frank Michels, 83, member of a Kittitas Valley pioneer family, died here this morning [March 27, 1951] about 6:30 a.m. at the Airway Nursing Home. Michels was born at Shakopee, Minnesota., October 10, 1868 and came to the Ellensburg area at the age of 15, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Michels in 1882. In 1892 here he was married to Mary O’Brien. She died in 1924 and three years later Michels was married to Vera Johnson. The marriage took place at Ephrata, although both resided here. During a 20 year period, until three years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Michels operated a ranch in Menastash Canyon. They then moved to a Lincoln Street residence in Ellensburg and lived there until 15 months ago when he entered the nursing home. Michels was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church. He is survived by his widow, at 411 E. Thirteenth Avenue here; two sons, Earl and Martin Michels, both of Portland, Ore., two stepdaughters, Mrs. Verna Nelson of Ellensburg and Mrs. Holly Anderson of Glendale, Calif., one stepson, Willard Johnson of Tacoma; two sisters, Mr. G. H. Beaver of Bellingham and Miss Lena Michels of Ellensburg; seven grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, one great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. Services are to be announced by Honeycutt-Evenson Funeral Home. Contributed by: Shelli...

Strong, Claudia Cooke – Obituary

Strong, Claudia Cooke Grant Co., WA Claudia P. Strong, 70, a long-time Moses Lake resident, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 1990 at her home. Graveside services were held today at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Memorial Gardens with the Women of the Moose officiating. Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel of Memories in Moses Lake. Mrs. Strong was born on March 9, 1920 in Seattle, Wash., daughter of Claude and Emma (Storey) Cooke, members of Washington State pioneer families. She was raised and educated in Entiat, Wash. and was married to Fred L. Strong on March 8, 1940 in Yakima. They moved to Moses Lake in the mid-1940s. Mrs. Strong worked as a checker for Dietzen’s Grocery Store for many years and later at Jack’s Bargain Barn, retiring in the mid 1970s. She was a member of the Women of the Moose in Moses Lake. She is survived by two brothers, George E. Cooke of Oak Harbor and C. P. Cooke of Soap Lake; four sisters, Lois Parcher of Everett, Iris Morical of Brewster, Blanche Dean of Moses Lake and Emma Pierce of Sparks, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Columbia Basin Daily Herald, July 16, 1990 Contributed by: Shelli...
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