William Edward Fields, 81, 682 Ash Union, died Thursday at Grande Ronde Hospital.
He was born Oct. 3, 1905, the son of William II and Bessie (Rimbey) Fields at Cricket Flat near Elgin. As a young man he worked with his father in the logging industry, then became a government trapper. Later he was the first distributor on McCulloch chainsaws in the area, and at the time of his retirement was working as a meat cutter.
He married Vida Marie Ruffum on April 23, 1965, in Tucson, Ariz. He belong to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Cove.
Survivors include his wife at home; a son, Kenneth Fields, Bend; three daughters, Lios Magnuson, Pentwater, Mich., Beverly Riggs, Shelby, Mich., and Jan Hull of Union; a brother, Vern Fields of John Day; a sister, Inez Rumney, Island City, 14 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A grandmother Tammy Hull, died earlier.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2p.m. at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ed Scheresky of the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery.
Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. Contributions may be made in care of the Oregon Heart Association.
La Grande Observer, July 4, 1987.