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Harrison, Hazel – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Hazel Harrison, 93, of Yuma, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande and Island City, died July 6. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday July 14 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Yuma. Mrs. Harrison was born June 19, 1913, to Henry and Flora Herrmann in Hester, Mo. She was raised in Island City, and graduated from La Grande High School. She married Howard Bousquet, and after his death, Albert Harrison. He also died earlier. She worked at the Umatilla Ordnance Depot in the early 1940s, and at the Yuma Proving Grounds from 1963 until her retirement in 1972. She enjoyed traveling, reading, working crossword puzzles and sending cards to remember special dates for family and friends. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Connie Bousquet of Mexico, Mo., and a daughter-in-law, Mary Bousquet of Hermiston; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and other relatives. A daughter, Glenna Schnase; a son, Bill Bousquet; an infant great-grandson; three sisters, Gertrude Lentz, Erleen Burchfield and Dee Holland; and three brothers, Cecil Herrmann, Earl Herrmann and Harold Herrmann, all died earlier. Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes and Special Olympics. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 15, 2006, Published: July 13,...

Rogers, Betty Doris – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Betty Doris Rogers, 79, of Yuma, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 20 at the Yuma Regional Medical Center after suffering a stroke. No services are planned at this time. Mrs. Rogers was born May 9, 1927, to Frank E. and Luva Roberts Messersmith in Alliance, Neb., one of seven children. She attended high school in Curtis, Neb., graduating in 1945. She studied for a year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, then taught at a country school in Box Butte County, Neb. She married Lyle Dunham Rogers on Sept. 27, 1947, in Alliance. The couple moved to La Grande, where she was active in Cub Scouts and County Extension. In late 1959 the Rogers moved to Pendleton, where they held various jobs. They were involved with the Pendleton Round-Up for 10 years as members of the Main Street Cowboys and Sidesaddlers, promoters of the city. They were also active members of the Allons dance club and the Blue Mountain Good Sams RV club. In 1975 she became a cosmetologist, and she owned her own salon for many years. They retired to Yuma, continuing to summer in Pendleton through 2005. Survivors include her husband of 59 years; children and their spouses, Dennis Lee and Kathy Weddell Rogers of Mount Angel and Connie Lu and Gary Snowberger of Cupertino, Calif.; three grandchildren; a great-grandson; three brothers and a sister in Nebraska; and numerous nieces and nephews. The Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending Nov. 02,...

Heitz, Betty Doris – Obituary

Betty Doris Heitz, 79, died on Oct. 20, 2007, of a stroke at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma , Ariz. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday Oct. 8, at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton. Inurnment of ashes will be at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. She was born May 9, 1927, to Frank E. and Luva (Roberts) Messersmith in Alliance, Neb., one of seven children. She attended high school in Curtis and graduated in 1945. She studied for one year at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, then taught at a country school in Box Butte County, Neb. She married Lyle Dunham Rogers on Sept. 27, 1947, and moved to La Grande. In late 1959, they moved to Pendleton where they held various jobs and were involved with the Pendleton Round-Up for ten years as members of the Main Street Cowboys and Sidesaddlers, promoters of the city. They were also active members of the Allons dance club and Blue Mountain Good Sams RV club. In 1975 Betty became a cosmetologist and owned her own salon for many years. In 1987 Lyle retired and they became winter visitors in Yuma , Ariz. They sold their house in Pendleton in 1996 and purchased a home in the Foothills area of Yuma. They summered in Pendleton through 2005. Betty is survived by her husband of 59 years, Lyle; son, Dennis Lee Rogers and his wife, Kathy Weddell, of Mount Angel; daughter, Connie Lu Snowberger and her husband, Gary, of Cupertino, Calif.; several grandchildren; three brothers and one sister in Nebraska; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family...

Carrel, Charles E. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Charles E. Carrel, 80, of La Grande, died Jan. 7. A memorial service took place at the Shangri La RV Resort in Yuma, Ariz. Johnsons Mortuary in Yuma was in charge of arrangements. Charles was born Feb. 21, 1927, in Deweese, Neb., to Joseph and Anne Carrel. He grew up in Nebraska and married Norma Snyder on Dec. 3, 1951, in Faibury, Neb. The couple moved to La Grande in 1969 and had two children, Lance and Pamela. Charlie owned and operated the Texaco Station at Greenwood and Adams in La Grande for 12 years and then was a courier for ESD. After retiring, he and his wife were work-campers in various RV parks across the country including at Dollywood in Pigeon Fork, Tenn. They spent their winters in Yuma at Shangri La RV Resort for 18 years. He loved his family, enjoyed visiting with people and playing cards. He also loved traveling and camping. His last wish was to spend his winter at Shangri La, which he was able to do until he died. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma; son, Lance and his wife, Kolleen Carrel of La Grande; daughter, Pamela Counsell of La Grande; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Rene Campbell of Yuma; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and a brother. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice of Yuma. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending January 19, 2008 -Published Jan. 18,...

Beck, Joyce Kennedy – Obituary

Joyce Kennedy Beck, 63, of Kennewick and formerly of Elgin, died March 17 in Yuma, Ariz., in an ATV accident. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Building 4 of the Benton-Franklin County Fairgrounds just off East 10th Avenue in Kennewick. Joyce was born June 1, 1944, to William and Mildred Kennedy in Portland. She grew up in Elgin and graduated from Elgin High School in 1962. She was married in January 1964 to Bill J. Beck of Hermiston. The couple moved to the Tri-Cities in 1969 where she worked for Ice Harbor Dam and the Social Security Administration as an administrative specialist. Her husband of 40 years, Bill, died in 2004. Those who knew her say Joyce enjoyed life and participated in the Benton/Franklin County Fair Board Association, Red Hat Society and Cosmos Singles Group. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Joyce is survived by her sons, Kent and Steve of Kennewick; two grandchildren of Kennewick; aunt, Mina Burnett of Springfield; sister, Barbara Prince of Kamiah, Idaho; brothers, Dick Kennedy of Pendleton and David Kennedy and Rex Kennedy, both of Elgin; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 22, 2008 Submitted by Dixie...

DeRoest, Barbara P. DeRoest – Obituary

Prairie City, Oregon Barbara P. DeRoest, 85, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died March 27, 2004, at her home on Pine Creek Road at Prairie City. Her graveside memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Bishop Tom Brock of the Baker City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Mrs. Kim Eardley will officiate. There will be a reception afterward. Barbara was born on Aug. 6, 1918, to John W. and Magdaline P. Hass Williams at Baker City at the old Baker hospital. She was raised at Sparta where she attended grade school; she then attended high school at Baker City. After high school, Barbara moved to Portland to further her education. She attended one or two years of business college. While in Portland a good friend set her up on a blind date with Harry Bateman. Their relationship blossomed and the couple married shortly thereafter. They moved to the San Diego area while Harry was in the U.S. Navy. Barbara gave birth to her first daughter, Diane, while living there. After five years, the marriage dissolved and a short time later Barbara moved to Baker City. There she met and married Hector DeRoest. They had two children: a daughter, Leanne, and a son, John. Barbara worked as a secretary/receptionist for many years, working for the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management in Baker City and for the Biswell doctor’s office, Dunlap & Tyler Insurance and for Osters CPA at Burns. She retired at the age of 62. Barbara and Hector traveled frequently to Yuma, Ariz., with...

Jewett, Joe – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Joe Jewett, 93, of La Grande, died Feb. 19, 2005. He was born May 13, 1911 in Helena, Montana to George and Alice Geary Jewett. His memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church in La Grande. Visitations will be until 4 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Joe was raised at Winston, Mont. He went to electrical school in Chicago, and graduated after one year. He returned to Aberdeen, Wash., to finish his high school education as an adult. He worked about 1 year before deciding to go to college and into the ministry. He attended Whitman College at Walla Walla, Wash., for one year. In September 1935 he started preaching at Montesano, Wash. There he married Helen Fry on September 28, 1935. Joe graduated with a bachelor of theology degree and a bachelor of oratory degree from the Northwest Christian College at Eugene. He worked his way through college by starting a new congregation at a Christian Church in Florence until 1938. Joe and Helen moved to Enid, Okla., for graduate work. He preached at Fairview Christian Church in Sandcreek, Okla., until 1940 where he earned his masters of arts degree and bachelor of divinity. In 1941, he moved to Milton-Freewater, and preached at the Christian Church until 1946. Joe and Helen made their home in Heppner for two years while he preached at the Christian Church. They moved to Baker City and preached at the First Christian Church for more than 21 years. Joe then moved to Enterprise and ministered at the Christian Church from 1969...

Butler, Walt – Obituary

Walt Butler, 79, a former Halfway resident, died on March 9, 2005, at Yuma, Ariz. At his request, there will be no service. Walt LeRoy Butler was born at Wiley City, Wash., on March 21, 1925, to Walt LeRoy Butler Sr. and Annette B. Sams. Walt left high school early, acquiring a GED. He then entered the U.S. Navy and served until 1946. After the service, Walt went to work for Safeway stores in northern California, a career from which he retired in May of 1975. In September of 1971, Walt and Elsie Scoggin were married at Carson City, Nev. The couple raised a blended family of seven children, Walter LeRoy Butler III, Christine, Cindy, Nannette, Linda, Donald and Darrell. In 1976, Walt and Elsie moved to Halfway. Prior to their arrival in Halfway, Walt had been involved with the Ceres Fire Department, so it was a perfect fit for him to volunteer for the Pine Valley Fire Department. Walt was also active with the Lions Club, American Legion, Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance Service, Elks Lodge, Sheriff’s Posse, and both the Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo and Panhandle Labor Day Rodeo. He was a reserve deputy with the Baker County Sheriff’s Department and served as mayor of Halfway from 1979 to 1981. Walt loved to umpire the local Little League games. Every summer, he looked forward to helping his nephew, Larry Casebold, at Yakima, Wash., with his cherry and pear orchards. Walt was always there when something needed to be done, or when others needed encouragement. He always had a joke, a wonderful smile and that little mischievous twinkle in his eye....

Biography of James E. Mack

James E. Mack, Public Administrator of San Bernardino County, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in November 1848, and resided there until twelve years of age. At the breaking out of the war in 1861 he enlisted in the Fourteenth Massachusetts Infantry, serving ninety days as drummer boy. On the expiration of his term he re-enlisted in the Twenty-seventh Massachusetts Infantry for three years, but his mother prevented him being mustered in. In the fervor of his youthful patriotism he determined to try again, and enlisted in the United States Naval Marine Corps, but was again prevented from entering the service by maternal interference. In March, 1865, he entered Mount Pleasant Institute at Amherst, Massachusetts; in September, 1867, he entered Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, remaining two years, when he left school and started out to engage in the battle of life. Possessing an innate love of travel, Mr. Mack gratified his desire to rove by visiting many of the principal places in the New England, Middle and Western States, during which time he was employed at various vocations, and learned three different trades, namely: shirt-cutting, butter-tub making, and making ladies’ hats and bonnet frames. He could apply himself with equal facility to either of these trades, and when in a section of the country where neither availed him he turned his attention to farming or some other business with true Yankee ingenuity. In 1875 he came to California and for a time worked in a sawmill in El Dorado County, then went to San Francisco, but, not being able to obtain employment at his trade, went to Arizona in February...

Loennig, Alice Helen Williams Mrs. – Obituary

Muddy Creek, Oregon Alice Helen Williams Loennig, 93, a longtime Muddy Creek community resident, died Feb. 27, 2004, at Yuma, Ariz., while visiting her daughter, Sally Ganter. Alice suffered a fall while watering her petunias, survived hip surgery and a heart attack, but did not have the strength to completely recover. There will be a celebration of Alice’s life at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Haines United Methodist Church. Pastor Sally Wiens will officiate. Private burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Alice was born at Terre Haute, Ind., on July 3, 1910, to Ralph and Carla Belt Williams. When she was 3, the family moved to North Powder. Her childhood years were spent at Rock Creek, Enterprise, Wallowa, Reseda, Calif., Hermiston and Van Nuys, Calif., where she graduated from high school in 1928. She received her degree from UCLA in 1932 and returned to live with her parents, who then lived at Mount Carmel. She taught Grades 6-7 at North Powder for one year, then taught at Haines High School for three years. She lived with the Carl Loennigs at Haines and this was where she met William Roger Loennig. Alice and Roger were married on Dec. 21, 1935, at the Baker Hotel. They moved into a new home on the ranch given to them by Roger’s parents. Alice continued to live at the ranch home until her trip to Yuma. Alice was a member of the Haines United Methodist Church and the Rock Creek-Muddy Creek Mutual Improvement Club all her married life. She was a 50-year member of PEO and was active in the PTA,...
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