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Heller, F. – Obituary

Frank Heller, who has been visiting relatives in Enterprise, received the sad news of the death of his son, Frank Heller at Vancouver, Wash., Saturday. He was an electrician and fell from a pole. Enterprise relatives are Mrs. Sarah Todd, Charles Heller and George Cannon. Wallowa County Reporter, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday October 10,...

Wood, James LeLand – Obituary

James LeLand Wood, a carpenter and 12-year resident of the Vancouver area, died Friday. He was 59. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel with Rev. James Finkbeiner officiating. Private burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Wood was born August 21, 1926, in Wallowa, Oregon. He last lived at 1913 Leichner Road. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War and attended the Methodist church. He is survived by his mother, Clara Finstad of Port Lavaca, Texas; two sons, Jordan of Maupin, Oregon, and Landon of Redmand, Oregon; two daughters, Wendy Buchheit of McMinnville, Oregon, and Tracey Senter of Denver, Colorado; a sister, LaVonne Burgess of Port Lavaca, Texas, and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Clark County, Suite D, McMaster House, 316 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, 98663. Note: by Gary Jaensch James Leland Wood has a second sister that wasn’t mentioned in this funeral notice, her whereabouts were not known at the time of Leland’s death. Her name was Marjorie Ellen Wood Jaensch, Strack, Williams, she died on June 12, 1996 in Bullhead City, Arizona. Her ashes were placed in the Colorado...

Stephens, Montia Coval – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Montia Coval Stephens died May 20, 2007, at the Vancouver Veterans Hospice Center, from cancer surgery complications. He was 64. Mr. Stephens was born Dec. 30, 1942, in Cottage Grove. He graduated from Joseph High School in 1960. Immediately after high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army. His service included Officers’ Candidate School, tours in Korea and the Dominican Republic and in the White House as a communication specialist and on the presidential press team during President John F. Kennedy’s term. He also worked in the Pentagon. He left the army as a Captain. Mr. Stephens remained in the communication field as a radio disc jockey and as a singer in a country band. He also served for a short time as an interim pastor at a small church in The Dalles. Mr. Stephens wanted to make a difference in this world and his death gave him an opportunity to donate his body to the medical community in hopes of finding a cure for cancer. Mr. Stephens was deeply loved and will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence M and Eloine Witty Stephens; uncles Robert Witty and Howard Stephens and Aunt Dorothy Stephens Spaulding. Mr. Stephens is survived by son Robert Stephens; daughters: Tonya Draper, Alice Pittman and Kris Conrad; three step-children Michelle Clubb, Dawn Poe and Chester Clubb; three sisters Darlene Conyers, Sheila Biegel and Laurel Deardorff; 12 grandchildren; one great grandchild and Aunt Jerry Robertson. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on May 26 in the chapel at the Calvary Baptist Church, in The Dalles. Interment...

Stephens, Montia Coval – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Montia Coval Stephens died May 20, 2007, at the Vancouver Veterans Hospice Center, from cancer surgery complications. He was 64. Mr. Stephens was born Dec. 30, 1942, in Cottage Grove. He graduated from Joseph High School in 1960. Immediately after high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army. His service included Officers’ Candidate School, tours in Korea and the Dominican Republic and in the White House as a communication specialist and on the presidential press team during President John F. Kennedy’s term. He also worked in the Pentagon. He left the army as a Captain. Mr. Stephens remained in the communication field as a radio disc jockey and as a singer in a country band. He also served for a short time as an interim pastor at a small church in The Dalles. Mr. Stephens wanted to make a difference in this world and his death gave him an opportunity to donate his body to the medical community in hopes of finding a cure for cancer. Mr. Stephens was deeply loved and will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence M and Eloine Witty Stephens; uncles Robert Witty and Howard Stephens and Aunt Dorothy Stephens Spaulding. Mr. Stephens is survived by son Robert Stephens; daughters: Tonya Draper, Alice Pittman and Kris Conrad; three step-children Michelle Clubb, Dawn Poe and Chester Clubb; three sisters Darlene Conyers, Sheila Biegel and Laurel Deardorff; 12 grandchildren; one great grandchild and Aunt Jerry Robertson. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on May 26 in the chapel at the Calvary Baptist Church, in The Dalles. Interment...

Conaway, Violet – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Violet Effie Conaway, 88, of McMinnville, died April 15, 2004, at home. She was born Oct. 3, 1915, in Flora to Roy and Bessie Varney. Mrs. Conaway spent most of her growing up years on Upper Prairie Creek and graduated from Joseph High School. After marrying James B. Conaway in 1938, the couple moved to La Grande a few years later where she worked as a high school secretary, followed by a move to McMinnville in 1950. After a short time in Alaska, the couple lived in Vancouver, Wash., before returning to McMinnville in 1980 with two young granddaughters, Katherine and Leslie. Survivors include a son, Michael Conaway of Willamina; a daughter, Molly Pullen of The Dalles; brothers Otis Varney of Enterprise, and Roy Varney of Dayton, Wash.; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Conaway, in 1989; and a brother, Vester Varney. Graveside services were held April 22, 2004, at the McMinnville Masonic Cemetery with Rev. Steve Ross of McMinnville United Church officiating. Macy and Son Funeral Directors of McMinnville were in charge of the arrangements. Wallowa County Chieftain – Thursday, April 29, 2004 ______________________________ Violet Conaway Formerly of La Grande and Joseph 1915-2004 Violet Effie Varney Conaway, 88, of McMinnville and formerly of La Grande and Joseph died April 15 at her home. Burial was at the McMinnville Masonic Cemetery. Macy & Son Funeral Directors of McMinnville were in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Conaway was born Oct. 3, 1915, to Roy and Bessie Varney in Flora. She spent most of her early years on...

Denney, William L. – Obituary

William L. “Bill” Denney, 63, of Champaign, Ill., and formerly of Wallowa County, died Aug. 13 after a long battle with pancreal cancer. Bramley Funeral Home in Champaign is in charge of arrangements. A funeral was held Aug. 18 in Divernon, Ill., with burial in Pawnee, Ill., at Calvary Cemetery. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at Northside Baptist Church in Vancouver, Wash. A reception and visitation will follow. Bill was born Dec. 14, 1944, to Clifford R. and Mary (Betz) Denney in Spokane. He moved to Oregon in 1948 to the lower Imnaha area. He excelled in school with highest honors and several scholarships. He was grateful to Gardner Locke and Wm. Williams Sr. for help they gave him in high school, especially trigonometry, calculus and other advanced mathematics. He attended Oregon State University where he majored in forest-civil engineering, business administration and mathematics. He received his bachelor of science degree with highest honors. He worked for Bill Hagedorn of Portland as office manager and business manager for three years, then returned to Oregon State for graduate school. He received his MBA with highest honors in 1972. He met and married Arlys Wright in 1968. His daughter, Lanae, was born in 1975 and Rachelle was born in 1978. They lived in a home built at Salmon Creek. They moved to El Paso, Texas, in 1983 when Bill found work with Wang Computer Software as engineering manager. The family moved to Blaine, Wash., where he started a computer company, developing civil engineering software. The patent sold to Plus III Software, and he continued developing software...

Dulin, Dorothy Irene – Obituary

Lostine, Oregon Dorothy Irene Dulin died Feb. 20, 2008. She was born Jan. 13, 1918 in Spokane, Wash. to Olla Lee Gooch and John Fredrick Bachman. Dorothy grew up in Vancouver, Wash. and was the youngest of five siblings. She graduated high school and worked in a cannery before moving to southern California, where she spent the next 64 years of her life. There, she met John W Dulin, a young man from Springfield Mo. They were married in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 16, 1941, and recently celebrated their 66th anniversary. Dorothy worked in a bag factory and later at Grayson’s, running a drill press ,while John served in the Army during World War II. After John’s return, they were blessed with a daughter, Christina Lee Dulin, and a son, John W Dulin, Jr. They discovered the Lostin Valley in 1972 and, starting in 1976, spent ten years building a log house on the Lostine River. Dorothy is survived by her husband, John; two children, Christina Dulin Geyer (and husband Chris) of Lostine, and John W Dulin Jr. (and wife Linda) of Chino Hills, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 10 great grand children. Graveside service were held Feb. 25 at the Lostine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Cancer Society. Wallowa County Chieftain – February 28,...

Church, Dorlinski (Dolly) – Obituary

“Family notes Dorlinski (Dolly) Church” Union County Died in Vancouver, Washington, Friday, January 25, 1952, Mrs. Dorlinski (Dolly) Church, age 91 years, 1 month, and 1 day. Dolly Post was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Post, who crossed the plains from Illinois to Oregon in 1852, settling in the Willamette Valley where Dolly was born December 24, 1860. In 1867 her family moved to Pyles Canyon near Union, Oregon living there several years then moving on to Whitman County, Washington. Dolly was united in marriage to Manuel G. Church on September 15, 1889. She is survived by her four children, Guy V. Church of Baker, Oregon, Mrs. Abbie Braden of Portland, Mrs. Eathel Hopson and Mrs. Bessie Hoon both of Dayton, Washington, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Undated newspaper clipping “Dorlinski Church Dies at 91” Baker, Baker Co., Oregon Dorlinski (Dolly) Church, 91, died in Vancouver, Wash., Friday. Mrs. Church was born Dec. 24, 1860 in the Willamette valley. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Post, who crossed the plains from Illinois to Oregon in 1852, settling in the Willamette valley. In 1867 she moved to Pyles canyon near Union, living there several years and then moving to Whitman county, Wash. She was married to Manuel G. Church on Sept. 15, 1889. She is survived by four children, Guy V. Church of Baker; Mrs. Abbie Braden of Portland; Mrs. Eathel Hopson and Mrs. Bessie Hoon of Dayton, Wash., four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Tombstone Inscriptions Union Cemetery Block 181 Union, Union Co., Oregon Church Mother  Father Dollie Manuel G. 1860 -1951 1850 -1929...

Gray, Nellie Frances – Obituary

Nellie Frances Gray, 91, formerly of Union County, died Tuesday, May 25, 1993, of natural causes in Spanaway, Wash. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at Unger Funeral Chapel in Silverton. Interment will follow in Belle Passi Mausoleum in Woodburn. Mrs. Gray was born Sept. 25, 1901, in Lenox County, Iowa, to George Washington and Alice Mae Wiley Lemon. The family moved to Lynden, Wash., when she was very young. Her father died there when she was six, and her mother moved the family to Union, where she received her education. She married Ernest Merrell Gray on May 28, 1921, at the home of Dillie and the late Eugene Millering of La Grande. She was appointed post-mistress of Alicel in November 1933 and resigned in August 1939. She and her husband farmed for many years in Lower Cove, and owned and operated laundries in Salem and Vancouver, Wash. In 1956 they moved to Santa Clara, Calif., where she worked at Santa Clara University until she retired in 1968. In 1971 they returned to Woodburn, where they lived until her husband’s death on Dec. 31, 1987. Survivors include her daughters Muriel Ellis of Boise and Darlene O’Mohundro of Silverton; sister Flossie Green of Bend; grandsons T. J. Calvin of Priest River, Idaho and Nathan Calvin of Boise, Idaho; granddaughters Frances King of Silverton, Erna Jacobsen of Roy, Wash., and Julie Magill of Mount Angel; twelve great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, those who died earlier include five brothers, four sisters and a great grandson. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Thursday,...

Gray, Elton Hughes – Obituary

E. Hughes Gray, a former resident of Union County, died Thursday, Dec. 24, in Vancouver, Washington. He was born in Lower Cove, the youngest son of George M. and Mary Miller Gray. He was a graduate of La Grande High School. He is survived by his wife, Etta; one son, Milton Gray of Los Angeles and one daughter, Sandra of San Diego; one brother, Ernest M. Gray of Woodburn, Ore.; two sisters, Eudelle Olson and Othella Purvine, both of Milwaukie, Ore.; many cousins in this area and one aunt, Mrs. Eugene Millering of La Grande. Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Vancouver. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Monday, December 28, 1981 Page...
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