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Purinton, Louise – Obituary

Louise Alice Purinton of Newberg died December 20, 2001, at the age of 87. Louise was born the daughter of William Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Stills) Cooper in Troy on February 19, 1914. Louise came from a family of six girls and three boys, growing up and attending school in the Wallowa County area. In 1930 Louise was married to Dwight Warren Purinton and they made their home in Troy and Lostine, where she worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Dwight preceded her in death on March 27, 1975. For a short time she lived on the Oregon Coast and then in 1986 she moved to Newberg to be near her niece, Rose, and nephews, Glen and Bill Cooper. She was a member of the Assembly Of God Church in Newberg and a faithful attendee. She enjoyed writing poetry and wrote many poems. Louise enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews as much as they enjoyed spending time with her. Surviving are one brother Richard Cooper of Castle Rock, Washington. Many nephews and nieces; and those who have come to know and appreciate her where she has lived and worked Three brothers and five sisters preceded her in death. Services were held Wednesday, December 26, in Newberg. A concluding service will be held Friday, December 28, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the Lostine Cemetery in Lostine. Wallowa County Chieftain, December 27, 2001, Page 2 Contributed by: Sue...

Cooper, Edith L. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Services for Edith L. Cooper, 82, of Newberg, were held Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. at Macy and Son Funeral Chapel in McMinnville. Interment will follow at the Enterprise Cemetery. She died Nov. 6, 1993, at the Chehalem Care Center in Newburg. She was born June 17, 1911, in Lostine, the daughter of Martin Luther and Hattie Jane (Biggs) Greenough. On July 8, 1929, she married William H. Cooper in Enterprise. Mrs. Cooper was raised and school in Lostine. She helped raise her brother and sisters and then lived on her uncle’s farm and helped him farm. In 1961 she moved to Newberg and in the late 70s she moved back to Lostine until 1984 when she moved back to Newberg. She loved to play cards. Survivors include five sons, William Jr., Ramon, Darrell, Gary and Steven Cooper, all from Newberg; three daughters, Carol Jane Prine, White Salmon, Wash., Lois A., Trent, Puyallup, Wash., and Susan Perez, McMinnville; one sister, Louise Gettling, Klamath Falls; 27 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son; Wesley Cooper, two brothers, one sister and three grandchildren. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday November 11, 1993 Page...

Ward, John – Obituary

Graveside funeral services for John Ward, 67, formerly of La Grande, who died Friday at a Newberg hospital, will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, 1502 Seventh Street. A complete obituary will follow. La Grande Observer July 4,...

Bare, Benjamin Taylor – Obituary

Union, Oregon Benjamin “Ben” Taylor Bare, 76, of Union, died Aug. 12 at the Elks Hospital in Boise. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Union Cemetery in Union. An earlier notice incorrectly reported a service time of 2 p.m. Viewing will run from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Ben was born on March 10, 1931, to Joseph and Evelyn (Bostler) Bare in Los Angeles. He attended school in Pasadena, Calif. He joined the Air Force in 1950, and was a crew chief fixing fighter planes in Korea from 1952 through 1953. Ben met and married Ruby Knudsen on May 8, 1955, in Hill City, S.D. He was honorably discharged in July 1955 after serving 1 1/2 years at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D. He then worked for Bell Telephone in Pasadena until 1961 when he and his family moved to Newberg and worked for West Coast Telephone. In 1975, he transferred to La Grande. He moved his family to Union later that year and continued to work for West Coast Telephone/General Telephone until he retired in 1991. Ben enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and camping until his health began to fail. He was a member of the La Grande Bush Pilots for many years. Ben is survived by his wife, Ruby; son, Larry Bare of Pendleton; daughters, Denise and her husband, Dennis Parker, of Spokane, and Lynda Bare of Oregon City; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild, one niece and one great-niece. He was preceded in death by his son, Lenny Bare, and sister, Patricia Bare. In lieu...

Hamilton, Ina Mae – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Ina Mae Hamilton, 80, of Newberg and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 5 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Beaverton. A memorial service begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at 307 S. College St. in Newberg. Ina was born Nov. 29, 1927, to Mable and Melvin Walker in Ontario. She attended high school in La Grande and attended Oregon State College and San Jose State College in California. She married William on Aug. 29, 1948, in La Grande. She was a homemaker, a cook-manager of a middle school cafeteria and a library aide at La Grande High School. The couple traveled by RV for eight years through the United States and Canada after retiring in 1987. They had made their home at the Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg since 1995. Survivors include her husband; sons, William of Berkeley, Calif., Robert of Walla Walla and Charles of Klamath Falls; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her third son, Donald A. of Redmond, when he died suddenly in August 2007. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tilicum Retreat, 15321 N.E. North Valley Road, Newberg 97132-6525. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending January 19, 2008 – Published Jan. 15,...

Fleming, Carl Douglas – Obituary

Carl Douglas Fleming, 40, of Newberg and Halfway, died Aug. 30, 2005, as the result of a motor vehicle accident near Halfway. There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Carl’s life later this month. The date and time will be announced. Carl was born on Feb. 9, 1965, at Santa Cruz, Calif., to Jimmy Dale and Carla Sue Caskey Fleming. He spent most of his growing up years at Santa Cruz, graduating from Monte Vista High School in 1983. He was a gifted athlete and after graduation he played baseball for a year in college. Carl and Monique met in 1988 and were married on March 3, 1991. They had two children: James and Casey. Carl worked most of his life as an equipment operator. In 1995, the family moved to Newberg. It was after the move to Newberg that Carl became an avid hunter and fisherman, with the help of his friend and mentor, Gary Star. These last several years, Carl had enjoyed coming to Halfway to hunt. He was in the process of moving to the Halfway area at the time of his death. He had just gained employment with the Pine Valley Ranch at Halfway. Carl will always be remembered for his love of family, friends, the outdoors and his great sense of humor. Survivors include his wife, Monique; sons James and Casey; and his sister, Katee. He was preceded in death by his parents Jimmy, who died in 1997, and Carla, who died in May 2005; and a brother, Trevor, who died in 1986. Memorial contributions may be made to The...

Westberg, Robert Gene “Bob” – Obituary

Robert Gene “Bob” Westberg, 54, of Baker City, died Jan. 16, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There will be a celebration of Bob’s life at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gene and Bonnie Westberg’s home. He was born on March 9, 1950, to Gene and Bonnie Westberg at Newberg. He was a 1969 Baker City High School graduate. Immediately after high school he joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy until 1983. Bob served in Vietnam during the war. He served in the National Guard from 1983 to 1993. He married Bee Keeton on May 19, 1979. They later divorced. After retirement from the service, Bob managed the Cenex service station at North Powder, then worked for D&D construction. At the time of his death he was working for Humbles Service Station. Bob was a very active member of FFA and the high school gun club. His passion was restoring antique cars. He was a member of the North Powder car club. He won many awards with his 1955 Chrysler car and Dodge truck. Bob also devoted many hours helping his parents with their place. Survivors include his parents, Gene and Bonnie Westberg of Baker City; sisters, Kay Shellito, and her husband, Richard, and Eileen Mayes of Baker City; brother, Ross Westberg of Pilot Rock; stepdaughter, Berenda Carter; three granddaughters, Karen, Krystal, and Kimberly, all of Bixby, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, January...

Fullerton, Jay, Jr. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Jay Fullerton Jr., 83, died Nov. 29, 2004 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise due to injuries sustained after a fall. A graveside inurnment was today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Truscott Irby of the American Legion officiated. There was a reception afterward at the family’s home. Jay was born on Oct. 11, 1921, at Springbrook to Jay and Mae Fullerton. In his early years, Jay attended school at Newberg and Pendleton. He went to work laying asphalt airstrips in Baker City, where he met his wife of 62 beautiful years, Louise McCarthy. Louise and Jay were married July 6, 1942, in Vancouver, Wash. During World War II, Jay served in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed at Bonneville and Longview guarding the loading of bombs on to ships. After his honorable discharge from the Coast Guard in October 1945, Jay began a 45-year career as a painting contractor and interior decorator with his father-in-law Walter L. Perry. Jay had the pleasure of working in Baker County with the best general contractors. They came to be his lifetime friends: Sid and Nancy Johnson, Cliff and Bea Welter, Don and Jake at Artcraft and Dickie Hindman. Jay was preceded in death by his son Ronald J. Fullerton, who died in 1999. Survivors include his wife, Louise of Baker City; daughter, Marsha Corley of Dallas, Texas; son, Dennis and Merry Fullerton of Caldwell, Idaho; grandchildren, Shannon Corley of Dallas, Texas, Rhonda Fullerton of Meridian, Idaho, and her mother, Colleen Fullerton of Baker City; Jason Fullerton and Chelsea Fullerton, both of Caldwell, Idaho; and one great-grandchild, Amerah Corley of Dallas, Texas....

Christenson, Gayle Arlyn

Gayle Arlyn Christenson, 74, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 7, 2005, at home surrounded by family and friends. An Elks service and celebration of his life will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. Gayle was born in 1931 at McMinnville to Chester and Lola (Johnson) Christenson. He attended school in Newberg and graduated there in 1950. He received training in radio engineering and moved to Salt Lake City where his distinct deep voice got him a job as a radio announcer. From there, Gayle worked a short time in the oil fields of Wyoming before he moved back to Detroit, Ore. There he went to work for his granddad, who owned and operated Detroit Phone Company. The town of Detroit was being relocated for the damming of the Santiam River. Gayle worked to rebuild and move the phone system of Detroit and two smaller towns nearby. His career with Pacific Northwest Bell as janitor for three months months began in Portland, then he soon moved to Baker City. Here he met Karen Metcalf, who was working as a telephone operator. They were married in 1954. Gayle retired from the phone company in Baker City in 1989. He worked the central office in Baker and several microwave stations of Central Oregon where his troubleshooting and problem-solving skills were well known. Gardening, hunting, travel and A LOT of fishing were Gayle’s favorite pastimes. He was a longtime brother of the Baker Elks Lodge and he coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for several years. Many people say Gayle could give meaningful...

Holcomb, Margaret Hutchins Baird Mrs. – Obituary

McEwen, Oregon Margaret Holcomb, 94, died July 13, 2004. A celebration of her life will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McEwen Bible Fellowship. There will be a potluck dinner afterward. She and her twin sister, Margie, were born on June 30, 1910, at Newberg to Homer and Effie Hutchins. She married Vero Baird in 1927. They had three children: Robert, Corinne and Phillip. In 1946, she married Ralph P. Holcomb. They had a daughter, Nancy. Ralph died on Dec. 17, 1997. Margaret, who was lovingly known as “Maggie,” was a cafeteria cook at Churchill School for many years. She was well-known for her delicious cinnamon rolls. She also gained recognition for creating more than 100 crocheted afghans, which she presented to her friends and relatives. Margaret’s good-natured humor added to her home, where she often entertained her many friends and family. One of her favorite pastimes was camping, which she was able to enjoy just two weeks ago at Phillips Lake. She was strong in faith and was a member of McEwen Bible Fellowship. Private family interment will be later at the Richland Cemetery. Survivors include her daughter, Corinne, and her husband, Mike Fuzi, of Coolin, Idaho; her son, Robert Baird, and his wife, Fran, of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; daughter, Nancy, and her husband, Robert Smith of Baker City; daughter-in-law, Joanna Baird of Sequim, Wash.; stepchildren, Ralph H. Holcomb, and his wife, Velma, of Baker City, Doris Baum of San Jose, Calif., and Velora Morton of Eugene; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph; 10 brothers...
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