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Gibson, Jackson Wesley – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Daisy Rundall received word recently of the death of her brother, Jack Gibson of Medord, Ore. Mr. Gibson was born in Cove in 1890 and received his education in the Cove school. He was married Aug. 5, 1912 to Nellie Glassen of Elgin. The couple moved to Elgin for a while, then Mr. Gibson moved to Seaside, Ore., where he lived for a period of time before moving to Medford. He was a carpenter and contractor, and built houses in Elgin, Seaside and Medford. He is survived by his wife La Veta, one daughter, Shirley Robinson and one son, Stanley, both of Medford; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Richards of Salem, Mrs. Daisy Rundall, of Cove, and Miss Mabel Gibson of Seattle; one brother, Ray Gibson of Portland. Mr. Gibson had been ill for the last 3 years. Jackson Wesley Gibson Funeral services for John Wesley Gibson, 63, who died Wednesday, will be held in Conger-Morris chapel Friday at 10 a.m., with Dr. J. Thomas Dixon of the First Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Siskiyou Memorial park. The deceased was born July 26, 1891, in Cove, Ore. He had resided in this community for 27 years. He was a member of Carpenters local union 2067. On Jan. 24, 1948, in Medford, he was married to LaVeta Jackson, who survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. James E. Stewart, Medord; a son Stanley O., Springfield, Ore.; three sisters, Miss Mabel Sue Gibson, Seattle; Mrs. Bertha richards, Salem, Ore., and Mrs. Daisy Rundell, Cove; a brother, Ray, Portland, and two grandchildren. (The obituary says John...

Huffman, C. D. – Obituary

C. D. Huffman Passes Away Death Comes at Termination of Short Illness; Community Mourns His Demise Charles D. Huffman aged approximately 72 years, passed on this morning at 2:30 o’clock at the termination of a short illness. Residents of this city and Mr. Huffman’s many friends throughout Eastern Oregon are sincerely mourning his demise, for with his passing on goes a man who played an important role in the building of Eastern Oregon. The remains are at the Snodgrass and Zimmerman funeral service parlors. Charles D. Huffman was born in Portland, on December 24, 1852, and then the parents soon moved to Lane county and shortly afterwards to Jackson county. Five years later they returned to Lane county where Mr. Huffman received his earlier education. At the age of sixteen he went to Monmouth and completed a scientific course in the institution there. Subsequent to his graduation he joined the ranks of the educators and was numbered with the leading ones of his section for some time, having the distinction of holding one school for four years. Then he laid aside the garb of the instruction and bought a hop farm, and three years later had the sorrow to see the flood wash it away. Came to Grande Ronde Not daunted by this misfortune, he came to the Grande Ronde valley and rented a farm in March 1890, continuing in this occupation for eight years, when he purchased his present place, immediately northeast of La Grande, which then consisted of ten acres of fine land all in fruit, having all the varieties indigenous to this latitude. In 1898 he...

Clemens, Gerald Raymond – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon The funeral for Gerald Raymond Clemens will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at O’Hair and Riggs Funeral Chapel, Klamath Falls. The Rev. Robert L. Larson of Ascension Lutheran Church will officiate. Internment will be in Klamath Memorial Park. Mr. Clemens, 87, of Medford, died Dec. 7, 2001, at Rogue Valley Manor in Medford. He was born Nov. 13, 1914, in Lostine, the son of Emmett H. and Sadie Jane (Hammack) Clemens. He graduated from Helix High School in 1932. His family moved to Merrill in 1933, and he worked at Ewauna Box Company until 1933. He attended what is now Southern Oregon University from 1933 to 1935. He later received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene. On May 25, 1941, in Spokane, Wash., he married Henrietta Ekern, who preceded him in death. Mr. Clemens taught at Klamath Falls elementary schools from 1935 until his retirement in 1974. During his tenure he served as principal at Pelican, Conger, Roosevelt and Fairview Schools. He moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in 1987. He served in the U.S. Army 96th Infantry Division during World War II and participated in the invasion of Leyte and Okinawa. He was awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. Clemens was a lifetime member of the Klamath Falls Elks, Lodge No. 1247. He was also a member of the Oregon Education Association, the National Education Association and Ascension Lutheran Church. He was an avid supporter of University of Oregon sports. He had a cabin at Union Creek where he enjoyed snow shoeing in the winter and relaxing,...

Cleveland, Michael Gene – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Michael Gene Cleveland, 34, of La Grande died Aug. 1 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday Aug. 5 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Mr. Cleveland was born July 25, 1972, to Robert and Deborah Beickel Cleveland in Medford. The family moved to Pendleton and then settled in La Grande in 1973. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1990 and from Eastern Oregon State College in 1995. On Aug., 30, 2003, he married Elizabeth Canfield in La Grande. He worked for Boise Cascade as a stacker operator and was the current president of the union local. He enjoyed sports, playing baseball and basketball, hunting, fishing and being with his family. Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children, Zoe and Gillian Cleveland of La Grande; his parents of La Grande; cousins, Scott Allen and Brad Allen of La Grande and Adria David of Kuna, Idaho, and other relatives. Contributions may be made to the family at US Bank or in care of Daniels Chapel. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 5, 2006, Published: August 7,...

Clark, Geraldine Nina – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Geraldine Nina Clark Geraldine Nina Clark, 87, who has spent much time in La Grande, died Feb. 13 at her home at the Sun Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Hermiston. At her request, there will be no public services. The family will have a private service at a later date. Disposition was by cremation. Arrangements are under the direction of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston. Mrs. Clark was born Feb. 28, 1919, to LaVerne W. and Mary Harriet (Floyd) Loomis in Kennewick, Wash. She was raised in Medford and attended Oregon State University. On July 27, 1942, she married Edward Joel Clark in Portland. She lived most of her adult life in Pendleton and the last 10 years in Hermiston. She enjoyed watercolor painting, sewing, cross-country skiing, hiking, camping, gardening, crafts and playing bridge. Most of all she loved her family. Survivors include her sons and their spouses, Chris and Marla Clark of Hermiston, Nick Clark of Santa Cruz, Calif, Jode and Brenda Clark of La Grande and Doug Clark of Spokane, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Betty Loomis of Seattle; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Edward Joel Clark, and her parents. Memorials may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 1050 W. Elm Ave., Suite 220, Hermiston 97838. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Feb. 17, 2007 – Published: February 17,...

Keeney, Darlene ‘Cookie’ – Obituary

Darleen “Cookie” Keeney, 64, of La Grande, died Sept. 9 at her home of natural causes. There will be a memorial service on Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Victory Christian Center, 1020 Jefferson Ave. in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Cookie was born on Dec. 25, 1942, to Fred and Thelma (Olsen) Hall in Medford. She was raised and educated in Redmond. She had a daughter, Laura, and a son, Patrick, both of La Grande. Cookie loved the outdoors, horseback riding, camping and fishing. She also enjoyed watching her grandchildren play sports. She loved church and was very passionate about doing the Jail Ministry. Those who knew her say that showing compassion was one of her greatest gifts, and she always tried to see the good in everybody. She is survived by her father, 100-year-old Fred Hall, and stepmother, Faye Hall of Redmond; children, Laura Stein-Robbins and Patrick and his wife, Linda Stein, of La Grande; siblings, Janet May of Redmond, Joanne Delu of Redmond, Vada Harlow of Kennewick, Gary Romine of Phoenix, Ariz., Tom Hall of Redmond and Brad Smith of Eureka, Calif.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Smith. Memorial contributions may be made to Jail Ministry, in care of Victory Christian Center, 1020 Jefferson Avenue, La Grande 97850. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending September 15, 2007 Published: September 17,...

Kropf, Elmer James – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Elmer James Kropf, 88, of Cove, died April 11. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church, 10401 West First Street, Island City. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Burial is to be at the Duchess Cemetery in Duchess, Alberta, Canada, at 2 p.m. Friday with Delbert Birky officiating. Elmer was born Feb. 15, 1920, to Levi David and Esther (Maurer) Kropf near Harrisburg. At the age of 13, Elmer accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith he remained faithful until death. On Nov. 3, 1940, he married Orpha Gingerich of Harrisburg. They lived in the Lake Creek area until 1960 when he, with his family, moved to Canada, living most of the time in the Duchess, Alberta, area. There, his wife died of cancer on Jan. 16, 1991. In the late summer of 1991, he moved back to Oregon where, on Sept. 22, 1991, he married the former Esther Miller (Gingerich) of Harrisburg. Esther presently lives in a nursing care home at Scio. He is survived by two sons, Owen and his wife; Ella, of Cove, and Ellis and his wife, Ruth, of Tilley, Alberta, Canada; and daughter, Barbara and her husband, Brian Maldaner of Tilley, Alberta, Canada; 26 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; stepson, Harold Miller of Harrisburg; stepdaughters, Janice and her husband, Gary Kropf, of Harrisburg, Marlene and her husband, Douglas Ulrich of Albany, and Carolyn and her husband, Daniel Zook, of Culver; 13 step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; and brother, Wilbur Kropf, of Pelkie, Mich. He...

Steinbeck, J. D. – Obituary

Formerly of La Grande 1915-2009 J.D. Steinbeck, 93, of Seneca and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 31 at Country Spice Assisted Living Center in John Day. Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Hermiston Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. J.D. was born May 19, 1915, to Frank and Clara (Hadley) Steinbeck in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and later from Boeing Aircraft School in California. He served in the U.S. Army as a diesel mechanic instructor based in Seattle. He then returned to La Grande to work for Bunting Tractor Co. as parts manager. He later started and managed Inland Machinery Co. in John Day. He also owned and operated a motel in Ashland at one time. Throughout his life, J.D. was involved in farming and cattle in Culver, Tillamook and Hermiston. After selling the farm in Hermiston he was employed at Pendleton Grain Growers, Lamb Weston and Eastern Oregon Farms as farm manager. He served on the Westland Water District Board of Directors. He was a member of the Elks and a Mason. Survivors include his son, Don, and his wife, Char; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; son, Jim; and wife, Aretha. The Observer – Obituaries for the day of February 3,...

Wood, Timothy – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Timothy Wood, 57, of La Grande, died Oct. 10 at a local care center. A full obituary will be available later. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – October 12, 2009 ________________________________ Timothy J. Wood La Grande 1951-2009 Timothy Joel Wood, 57, of La Grande, died Oct. 10 at Evergreen Health and Rehab Center of a fast-growing brain tumor. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ with Minister Doug Edmonds officiating. Viewing will be one hour before the service. Burial will be later in Phoenix at the Hillcrest Cemetery at 11 a.m. Oct. 26. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Timothy was born Oct. 21, 1951, to Ralph and Charlotte Wood in Abilene, Texas. The family moved back to Oregon in 1953, and they moved to Ashland in March1954. He attended schools in Ashland, and graduated in May 1970. He worked at numerous and varied jobs before going into the Navy where he was stationed on the USS Nathaniel Greene Nuclear Submarine. After being discharged, he worked on farms; as a taxi driver; a carnival driver; a telephone lineman in Montana; a tow truck driver; a big rig cross country driver; a Harley mechanic; a Medford Mail Tribune carrier; and at a truck wash. Then in fall 1997, he moved to La Grande where he logged for Ken McCoy, and worked at the Blue Mountain Animal Shelter before he had a back injury and was forced to retire. He was actively involved with the Union County Search and Rescue. He...

Charlton, George Carmi – Obituary

George Charlton, one of the pioneers of Kittitas Valley, died yesterday morning [April 14, 1919] at 7 o’clock at the family residence on a farm northeast of Ellensburg. Mr. Charlton had been suffering for the past seven years with heart trouble, which yesterday caused his death. Mr. Charlton was born in Jacksonville, Oregon, November 4th, 1858, and came to the Kittitas Valley in 1881, where he has made his home ever since. Mr. Charlton was married October 23rd, 1890, to Miss Maude Filer, who still survives him. To this marriage, seven children were born, three girls, Madge, Fern and Mr. W. J. Roberts, all of Ellensburg, and four boys, Ralph, Glen, Max and LaVerne, all of Ellensburg. The deceased is also survived by his father J. J. Charlton of Daisy, Wash., one brother, John Charlton, of Daisy, Wash, and five sisters, Misses Alice and Lydia Charlton of Daisy, Wash., Mrs. B. W. Filer of Twisp, Wash., Mrs. J. L. Wilson of Chewelah, Wash., and Mrs. Frances Charlton of Ellensburg. The funeral services will be held from the house Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Rev. F. E. Billington of the Christian church officiating. Interment will be made in the IOOF Cemetery under the direction of George Steltz. Contributed by: Shelli...
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