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Starkey Cemetery, Union County, Starkey Oregon

In E. 1/2 of Section 3, T.4S., R.35E.; on timbered knoll, on fence line, .25 mile E. of nearest road; on old French homestead, either of T.A. French or John French. (Information gathered 1972-3) Marked graves as noted in 1958: BRIGGS, Ruth P.; b 2 April 1905, d 12 August 1905 GERKIN (or GIRKEN), George H.; b 12 June 1870, d 21 September 1897 (stone has been defaced- could be Griken, but spelling given above is from information furnished by member of Burnett family) BURNETT, O.M.; “grandfather”; no dates (Obadiah M. Burnett, b. Virginia 18 December 1823, d 10 October 1904) BURNETT, B.L.; “father”; b 1861, d 1905 BURNETT, Helen M.; no dates given BURNETT, Amy W.; no dates given G___, G.W.; stone has initials only Other persons buried here whose graves are no longer marked: ALDEN, John MOORE, James B.M.; b TN 4 March 1828, d 23 August 1915; buried 24 August; wife was Susan Milligan (or Mulligan);.married in IN, 1851; Susan died 1882, presumably in KS (from obituary) FRENCH, Jimmie GARIN, Johnnie LOFTUS (or LOFTIS), Rena GESA, Mrs., and infant daughter BURNETT, Martin; b Starkey 16 February 1887, d Starkey 21 Nov 1891 SULLIVAN, Andrew (may not be buried in cemetery, but is buried at Starkey) Names of persons who were in the Starkey Prairie area prior to 1884; members of these families may have been buried in the vicinity: MARLEY, Len; LOFTUS, Pat; McCOY; BURNETT, Billy; FRENCH, Theron A.; FRENCH, John; STARKEY, John (see list of isolated graves in Union County for description of John Starkey’s grave). Additional and supplementary information furnished by Mrs. Tom Able,...

Thompson, Jacklyn L. Grape – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Jacklyn L. Grape Thompson, 67, of Pendleton and formerly of Cove died July 4 at St. Elizabeth Hospital. A memorial and potluck supper will begin at 3 p.m. July 22 at the Cove Sportsmen’s Club. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Thompson was born Sept. 17, 1938, to Jack and Jessie Robertson Stareo in Starkey. The family moved to Cove in 1940, and she graduated from Cove High School in 1948. She graduated from Eastern Oregon Normal School with a degree in education and worked for the Bureau of Indian affairs. She taught on reservations in Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, and at Chemawa Indian School in Salem. After retiring from teaching she worked with veterans in vocational rehabilitation. She enjoyed her horses, knitting, traveling and taking college classes. Survivors include her husband, Dewight Thompson of Pendleton, and other relatives. In lieu of cards and flowers, memorials may be made to any charity. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 15, 2006, Published: July 13,...

Pierce, Robert Lee – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robert Lee Pierce, 58, of La Grande, died March 12 at his home after a long battle with multiple myeloma. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel. Known as Bob, he was born Oct. 16, 1948, to Robert and Phyllis (Eckelman) Pierce in Portland. He graduated from Beaverton High School. Bob served in the Air Force from 1967 to 1971. While stationed in Georgia, he met and married Julia LaFavor. They had a son, Scott, in 1972. The couple later divorced. After moving back to Oregon, Bob met Helen “Ann” Wilson, whom he married in 1974. Ann had two daughters, Sonnet and Sandy, and Bob and Ann had a son, Danial. They lived in Verona and raised their children on a small farm. During this time Bob drove a log truck and enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and playing musical instruments. The family moved to North Powder in 1994 and opened an adult foster care home. In 1998 Bob and Ann divorced. Bob moved to Starkey and drove truck for Gresham Transfer. He loved the Starkey area and spent his free time playing music and hiking around the mountains. In 1999 Bob met Doreen Boyer. They married in September 2004, adding stepchildren Sheila and Jeremy to his family, and they made their home in La Grande. Bob’s health forced him to retire in 2004, which gave him time to do the things he loved — playing music and spending time with his kids and grandchildren. He also was able to get reacquainted with his brothers and sisters, who share his gift of music. Survivors include...

Taal, Beulah May – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Beulah May Taal, 92, of La Grande, died April 21 at a local care center. A celebration of life will run from 1 to 3 p.m. May 3 at her home at 1903 Washington Ave. in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Beulah was born Dec. 10, 1915, in Starkey. She lived there for a few years until she moved with her family to Island City. She went to grade school in Island City, then on to high school in La Grande. In 1937, she married Winnie Taal. They lived a few years in Owsley Canyon where they had a ranch. They then moved to Lakeview for a few years. Around 1945, they moved to the old Mount Emily lumber camp in Starkey. They lived there until 1955, then bought a home in La Grande. She and Winnie liked to go camping and fishing. She took pride in her yard and home and her card parties with friends. Survivors include a daughter, Annette Hoadley; several grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers and their wives, Ralph and Myrtle Hagey, Darl Hagey, Floyd and Evelyn Hagey and Cliff and Ruth Hagey; parents, Henry and Maggie Hagey; and son-in-law, Bob Hoadley. Memorial contributions may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Home Health Hospice. La Grande Observer, Obituaries for the week ending April 26,...

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