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Bennett, Clara D. – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Clara D. Bennett, 96, of Aurora, died April 12, 2004, at home. She was born Oct. 15, 1907, in Anatone, Wash. Mrs. Bennett married Edward W. Snodderly in 1926. After a divorce, she was married to Lawrence Bennett from 1955 until his death in 1992. During her life, she lived in Pomeroy, Wash., Canyon City, Enterprise, Goldendale, Wash., John Day, and finally Aurora for the past nine years. Survivors include daughters Lorna Greeley of Aurora and Diane J. Sweek of John Day; sons Laddie Snodderly of Hermiston, Timothy Snodderly of Aurora, David Snodderly of Lodi, Calif., and E. Terry Snodderly of Newport; a sister Myrtle Hastings of Goldendale, Wash.; a brother Darrow Lynch of Wapato, Wash.; 20 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; and 23 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Edgar LeRoy Snodderly, five sisters and three brothers. Graveside services were held April 16, 2004, at the Pomeroy City Cemetery in Pomeroy, Wash. Memorial contributions may be made to the Willamette Falls Hospice, 1404 Division St., Suite 7, Oregon City, OR 97045. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, April 22,...

Carper, Joseph K. – Obituary

Services Held For Joe Carper Funeral Services were held at Centralia, Washington, Saturday, March 13, for Joseph K. Carper, former resident of Promise for many years. Mr. Carper passed away at the Swedish hospital in Seattle March 10, where he had been confined for a month. Mr. Carper was born in Raleigh County, West Virginia, on September 21, 1865, the son of George Washington and Delilah Carper. His father was a minister and came west in the 90’s moving into the La Grande and John Day country. Joe Carper was married when he was 17 years old and came west sometime in the late 1890’s with his family. They lived for a couple of years in the Grande Ronde valley before moving to a homestead in Promise, where they homesteaded 160 acres of grazing land. Mr. Carper went into the business of raising fruit and peddled his products through out the county. He raised fine fruit and was commonly called Huckleberry Joe. He was fond of hunting, usually kept a pack of hounds, and was employed as the first government hunter in the county about 30 years. Mr. Carper was the father of 17 children by his first wife. In 1920 he married Myrtle Voetburg and one child, Eugene, was born to this union. In 1925 Mr. and Mrs. Carper moved to Grants Pass where they lived a few years. In 1929 they visited relatives in Iowa, West Virginia, and Indiana, and in 1931 moved to Rochester, Washington. Mr. Carper was proud of his large family consisting of 18 children, seven step children, 80 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren....

Rice, Lennie Juliet – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Formerly of Enterprise 1945-2000 Lennie Juliet Hearing Rice, 54, of Colville, Wash., and formerly of Enterprise, died April 20. A memorial service will be scheduled later at the Wallowa Cemetery. Mrs. Rice was born July 23, 1945, in Enterprise to Fred and Clara White Hearing. She was raised in Wallowa County and educated at home until the seventh grade. She graduated from Enterprise High School, attended beauty college and one year of veterinary school. She married Ron Rice on September 3, 1963, in Unity. She had a hair salon for some years in John Day. She enjoyed training horses, sewing, dancing, hunting and reading. Survivors include her daughters, Carolina Porter of La Grande and LaLoni Allred of Bend, Elizabeth Thorne of Kennewick, and eight grandchildren. A grandson died earlier. Memorial may be made to the family at 3012 Cove Ave., La Grande. The Observer, Tuesday, 25 July 2000, Page # 2. Contributed by: Robert...

Henry, Patricia Eileen – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Patricia Eileen Henry, 56, of John Day, died July 26 at her home. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Friday July 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in John Day with Bishop Gary Delaney officiating. Burial will be at the Elgin Cemetery. Mrs. Henry was born Oct. 14, 1949, to Ralph Richard and Thelma Jane Miller in Nampa, Idaho. She graduated from Valivue High School in Nampa, and married Ken Henry on March 27, 1970, in Logan, Utah. She worked in the Grant County 4-H office as an assistant. She was a member of the Church of the LDS Church, and served in various callings, including teaching seminary. She was an accomplished pianist and organist, and she enjoyed knitting booties for the newborns at Blue Mountain Hospital, gardening, photography and baking. Survivors include her husband of John Day; children and their spouses, Kristal and Chris Peck of Highland, Utah, Duane and Joan Henry of John Day, Kevin and Lisa Henry of Lehi, Utah; Ami and Fernando Silva of Springville, Utah, and Heidi and Loren Mullin of Las Vegas, Nev.; her parents of Nampa, and 15 grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Hospice through Driskill Memorial Chapel 241 S Canyon Blvd John Day 97845. The Observer Online-Obituaries for the week ending July 29, 2006, Published: August 1,...

Droschkey, William Russell – Obituary

Cove, Oregon William Russell Droschkey, 82, of Cove died Friday at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cove Cemetery. Mr. Droschkey was born Oct. 3, 1923, to William and Mary Alice Bill Droschkey in Spokane. He was raised in Idaho and graduated from high school in Orofino, Idaho. At the age of 14 went to work in the woods. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and on Sept. 18, 1948, he married Shirley Brazil in Cove. In 1951 he graduated from the University of Utah as a pharmacist, and worked in Pendleton, Burns, John Day and Walla Walla before returning to the Grande Ronde Valley. In 1965 the family moved to Cove, and he continued to work in La Grande until retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Ontario Elks Lodge, the VFW and the DAV. He raised horses and mules for recreation in the wilderness and raced horses for seven years in five different states. Survivors include his wife of Cove; a brother, Dave Best of Lewiston, Idaho; a sister, Myrna Henry of Tacoma, Wash.; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Cove Library in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 26, 2006, Published: August 28,...

Burnett, Preston Frank – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Preston Frank Burnett, 85, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande died June 7 at St. Anthony Hospital. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 241 S.E. Second St. in Pendleton. Preston was born July 7, 1921, to Lawrence and Mabel Brown Burnett in Island City. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1938 and served in the Navy prior to World War II. Preston married Madaline E. Rhoads in Portland. He worked for the Oregon Highway Division for 42 years and was a resident engineer on many highway projects. The family lived in Hood River, Roseburg, North Bend, John Day and Baker before settling in Ontario in 1962. They lived there for 39 years and then moved to Pendleton in 2001. Preston enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting and camping. He spent a lot of time with his grandchildren, family and friends. After retirement, Preston and Madaline enjoyed traveling and spending time at their cabin on the Owyhee Reservoir. He was a member of the Episcopal Church. Survivors include sons and their spouses, Gary and Tammy Burnett of Pendleton and Ronald and Nancy Burnett of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Shriners Hospital for Children in care of Burns Mortuary, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton 97801 La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending June 16, 2007 Published: June 16, 2007 Transcribed by Dixie...

Battrick, Robin Louise – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robin Louise Battrick, 56, formerly of La Grande, died July 31 at her home in Coffey, Mo., following a 10-month battle with cancer. A funeral service and burial will be in Coffey, with memorial services to follow in Corvallis and La Grande. Robin was born July 17, 1951, in Bloomington, Ind. After a transient childhood with stops from Florida to Alaska, her family settled in La Grande in September 1965. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1969 as co-valedictorian. She attended Reed College in Portland and Oregon State University. Robin served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ecuador in 1973. She married her high school sweetheart, Craig J. Battrick, in the Idaho Falls Temple of the LDS Church on Feb. 12, 1974. They remained in La Grande for most of the next eight years, with brief moves to John Day and Pendleton, before moving to Corvallis in 1982. Robin was employed with Hewlett-Packard Co., where she was a machine operator, technical writer and trainer, and intranet designer. She was communications manager for a software development division of Hewlett-Packard when she retired in 2005. Craig and Robin moved to their retirement farm in Coffey in December 2005. Robin is remembered by friends and family as a gifted and bright student, excellent homemaker and extremely capable employee. After being a straight-A student in high school and college, she was consistently ranked at the top of the employee rankings at Hewlett-Packard for most of her 21-year career. Robin was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Cornelius and brother, Greg Cornelius....

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,...

Livingston, Ardith Maxine – Obituary

Union, Oregon Ardith Maxene Livingston, 100, of Union, died at her residence May 31. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Union. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Maxene Livingston was born Aug. 29, 1907, the oldest of 13 children, in Santaquin, Utah. She grew up on the family farm owned by her parents, Albert and Chloe Tietjen Greenbalgh. As the oldest child, she was very involved in rearing her brothers and sisters. She also learned to operate all of the farm equipment except the binder because that was pulled by three horses. She grew up in a time when there were very few cars, so travel and farming was done with horses. Maxene graduated from the ninth grade in Santaquin, then graduated from high school in Payson, Utah, where she met her future husband, Vaughn Livingston. After graduation, she moved to Salt Lake City, where she worked as a milliner, designing and making women’s hats. Maxene and Vaughn were married in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 28, 1926. They remained in California until the Great Depression when they moved to Provo, Utah, where Vaughn attended Brigham Young University. Upon graduation they moved to Twisp, Wash. – the beginning of a long career with the U.S. Forest Service. Employment with the Forest Service required living in many places including John Day, Seneca, Naches, Wash., Entiat, Wash., and Union, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Over the years, five sons were added to the family. Now the family includes 22 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren...

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,...
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