Location: Alicel Oregon

Ruckman, Omar – Obituary

Omar Ruckman Dies In Hospital Omar [Scoot] Ruckman, 52, of Alicel, died in a hospital here on Sunday, after a long illness. he was born at Alicel on July 17, 1904 and had lived in the county all his life. Funeral services are scheduled for Daniels Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 2 p. m. with the Rev. Gene Robinson officiating. Burial is to be in Summerville Cemetery. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ruckman of Alicel; two brothers, Audmer Ruckman, Oakland, Calif.; Clark Ruckman, La Grande; a sister, Mrs. Lucretia Paroz, Imbler, and other relatives. La Grande Evening Observer Monday, Nov 19, 1956, Page...

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Ruckman, Samuel G. Mrs. – Obituary

Alicel, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Samuel G. Ruckman Dead Survived by Husband and Four Children Death Comes a Few Hours After the Birth of a Son Saturday Night  A few hours after a son had been born to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel G. Ruckman of Alicel last Saturday night, Mrs. Ruckman died of an acute attack of Bright’s disease,a malady with which she had been suffering for some time, and which was the cause of her being moved to the local hospital from her Alicel home shortly before death came. The motherless babe is healthy and strong today. Mrs. Ruckman’s remains were laid away at Alicel this morning at 11 o’clock with rev. Hamilton officiating. The sorrowing relatives and intimate friends have the sympathy of the entire community for yet young, popular and well known, Mrs. Ruckman’s death is causing deep sorrow and regret. She is survived by her husband, S. G. Ruckman, two sons, a daughter and a babe of two days, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clark of Alicel, and several brothers and sisters. Before her marriage to Mr. Ruckman she was Miss Lillie Clark and her parents are well known pioneers of the county. Among near relatives of the deceased are Samuel Cochran, C. E. Cochran, and George T. Cochran of this city, all of whom attended the funeral this morning. Source: La Grande Evening...

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Ruckman, Samuel G. – Obituary

Alicel, Union County, Oregon Services Set For Samuel Ruckman Services for Samuel G. Ruckman of ALicel, who died at the Grande Ronde Hospital Sunday, will be held at Daniels Funeral Home, Thursday at 2 p.m. Rev. Gordon Milldrum will officiate. Burial will follow at Summerville cemetery. Born at Alicel, he had lived there all his life. He was a member of the First Christian Church. Survivovors include his widow, Mrs. Hermia Ruckman, Alicel; two sons, Audmer Ruckman, Oakland, Calif., Clark Ruckman, La Grande, one daughter, Mrs. Lucretia Paroz, Imbler; one stepson, Walter Phillips, Salem; 11 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Source: La Grande Observer Thursday, 4 Aug 1964, Pg 7 Final Services Held for Samuel G. Ruckman Samuel G. Ruckman, retired farmer of Alicel where he was born on Jan. 6, 1880, and where he lived throughout his lifetime, passed away last Sunday, Aug. 2, at a local hospital following an extended illness. He was 84 years of age. Funeral services are being held today at Daniels Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., and Rev. Gordon Milldrum will officiate. Mr. Ruckman had been a member of the First Christian Church. Interment will take place at the Summerville Cemetery. Surviving are Mr. Ruckman’s wife, Mrs. Hermia Ruckman of Alicel; two sons, Clark of La Grande, and Audmer of Oakland, Calif., together with a daughter, Mrs. Lucretia Paroz of...

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Belknap, Florence – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Florence Belknap, 88, of Rt. 1, Box 160, Cove, died Tuesday at Valley View Manor. Mrs. Belknap was born on July 4, 1890, at Hamilton, N. D., the daughter of Hugh and Mary (Millar) MacDonald. The family moved to Nyssa in 1900 where Mr. MacDonald had a homestead. Florence attended Monmouth College, graduating in 1914. She taught school in Island City, Alicel, Ladd Canyon and La Grande. She was married to Edward D. Jasper, who preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 1936. She married Maynard M. Belknap at Lewiston, Idaho, in 1949. She moved to La Grande in 1972 after the death of Mr. Belknap. Mrs. Belknap was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church of La Grande and Laurel Chapter No. 13 Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include her sons, Dr. Donald Jasper, Davis, Calif.; Burdette Belknap, Pomeroy, Wash.; daughters, Mrs. Bud (Edna) Jones, Cove, Mrs. Malcom (Jean) Dawson, Joseph, Mrs. Wallace (Mary) Johnson, Salem; brothers, Dr. Gordon MacDonald, Riverside, Calif., Dwight MacDonald, Capistrano Beach, Calif.; 16 grandchildren and other relatives. Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Barry Heath officiating. Interment services for he family will be held at the Island City Cemetery. Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Florence Belknap to the First United Presbyterian Church Memorial...

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Childers, Lee Roy – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon La Grande Evening Observer Saturday, January 18, 1947 Page 3, Hospital Notes Lee Childers Dies Following Illness Lee Roy Childers, Cove farmer, and life resident of Union County, died Saturday in a local hospital at the age of 62. Active in Calvary Baptist church in that city, he had served as deacon for many years. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon in Snodgrass funeral home with Rev. Howard B. Smith of Vale officiating. Burial will be in Summerville. Mr. Childers, son of George P. and Nancy A. Childers, was born Nov. 10, 1884 near Alicel.      On May 24, 1908 he married Bessie M. Gray. Surviving are his wife; his mother; two daughters, Iola Robinson of Missoula, Mont., and Elda Mae of Cove; a son, LeRoy, of Cove; a grandson Don Robinson, and six sisters and two brothers of California. La Grande Evening Observer Monday, January 20, 1947 Page...

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Childers, Merton T. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Merton T. Childers, 49, died Sunday morning at Hermiston. Funeral services will be held at La Grande, Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Snodgrass Mortuary in charge. Mr. Childers was water service foreman for the Union Pacific Railroad at Hinckle. He had worked for the railroad 26 years except for time with the Seebees during World War II. He was a member of the Masons, Elks, and Shriners. Mr. Childers was born at Alicel and had been a resident of La Grande until about five years ago when the family moved to Hermiston. Survivors are his widow, Laura, Hermiston; a son, Donald, Los Angeles; mother, Mrs. Maude Johnson; and brother, Frank Johnson both of La Grande, and two sisters, Mrs. William Lake, Emmett, Ida., and Mrs. Frank Simonson, Spokane. East Oregonian Pendleton, Oregon Monday, July 11, 1955 Page...

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Cates, John A. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon John A. Cates Responds to The Final Summons John A. Cates, aged seventy, died yesterday at the home of his son, Cecil Carter, near Alicel. His demise was due to injuries following an accident by a fall at the son’s farm a week or so ago and which resulted in a condition of partial paralysis. The deceased was a member of one of the earlier pioneer families of Union County, his parents settling on a homestead above Union in the early sixties. The surviving members of the original family are Robert S. Cates, former county clerk of this county and now a resident of Kingman, Kansas; Ed E. Cates, of Sparta; W. A. Cates, of Vancouver, Wash.; George, of Baker, and an only sister, Mrs. Josephine Ison, also of Baker, whose husband was former district attorney for eastern Oregon.-La Grande Observer Newspaper item: August 1916 Contributed by: Larry...

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Cook, Nora – Obituary

Funeral services for Nora Anna Cook, 47, who died at a hospital here Thursday morning after a short illness, will be held at Summerville chapel Saturday at 2 p.m. She was born in Union County January 20, 1893 and had made her home in the valley all her life. She leaves two children, Wesley of Alicel and Mrs. Milda McCoy of Irrigon; one brother, Charles Hamilton, with whom she made her home at Alicel; three sisters, Sally Gray of Bend, Hattie Wright of Joseph and Lettie Pratt of Alicel. The Observer Friday, November 22, 1940 Page 3 Contributed by: Tom...

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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...

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Gray, George M. – Obituary

Gray Funeral Is Planned Sunday George M. Gray, 61, Alicel, who died of a heart attack at Wecoma, Oregon yesterday was born in Union county in 1881 and has lived here all of his life. Funeral services will be held for him at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Snodgrass Funeral Home. Rev. Lester Carlsen will conduct the services, and burial will be in the family plot in the Summerville cemetery. Gray is survived by his wife, Mary, and four children, Ernest, Beaverton, Oregon; Mrs. Eudelle Russell, Pocatello, Idaho; Mrs. Othella Purvine, Salem; and Hugh, Portland. He is also survived by two brothers, Nate and Joe of La Grande; and four sisters, Mrs. Sarah Conley, Mrs. Anna Miller, and Mrs. Bessie Childers, all of Cove, and Mrs. Berdilla Millering of La Grande. He had four children and one great grandson. Lincoln County Leader January 21, 1943 Page 4 George Merrell Gray, who came to Taft from La Grande, Oregon, for his health two months ago, passed away January 15th, at the age of 62 years. He was born March 18, 1881, in Union County, Oregon, and is survived by his wife Mary Alma, also four sisters, living in Eastern Oregon and two sons and daughters. Services were held at La Grande, Oregon, January 17th. The La Grande Evening Observer Saturday, January 16, 1943 Page...

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Gray, Sallie Inez – Obituary

The funeral for Sallie Inez Gray, 93, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Niswonger-Reynolds Chapel, with burial in Deschutes Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Howard Heimbuch of the Four Square Gospel Church will officiate. Mrs. Gray, of 517 W. Birch in Redmond, died Sunday at a local nursing home. She was born to Charles and Sarah Bridwell Hamilton on March 20, 1884, in Alicel, Union County, Ore., and had come to Central Oregon in 1929. She had been a cook at the Altamont Hotel, the Sisters Hotel and the East and Crescent Lake resorts. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H., in October 1960. Survivors include five children: Arell H. Gray of Kelso, Wash., T. G. Gray of Lostine, Ore., V. W. Gray of Sutherlin, Mrs. Marion Crocket of Brothers, and Mrs. LaDesca Brown of Redmond; 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. The Bulletin Bend, Oregon Monday December 19, 1977 Page...

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Hamilton, Charlie – Obituary

Alicel, Union County, Oregon Charlie Hamilton, Alicel Farmer, Taken By Death Charlie Hamilton, 75, farmer from Alicel, died Wednesday, June 9, in a local hospital after a long illness. Mr. Hamilton was born in Scioto, Ohio, August 25, 1867. He had been a resident of Union county for 70 years. Survivors are three sisters; Mrs. Walter Pratt, Mrs. J. G. Wright and Mrs. Charles Gray. He also had several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at the Snodgrass Funeral Home. Rev. Irvin S. Motz will officiate. Burial will be in the Summerville cemetery. The La Grande Evening Observer Friday, June 11, 1943 Page 5 Contributed by: Tom...

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Hamilton, C. W. – Obituary

C. W. Hamilton, Of Lower Cove, Called by Death Charles W. Hamilton was born in Scioto, county, Ohio, May 2, 1845 where he lived until 1869. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Union army. From May 2, to Sept. 3, 1864, he served as corporal in Company I of the 140th regiment. In this long and terrible struggle he offered his life daily for his country standing where only the bravest can stand. Sept. 13th, 1864 at Platsmouth [sic – Portsmouth], Ohio, he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah F. Bridwell and to this union were born 11 children of which six now survive him. The living children are Mrs. Hattie Wright of Joseph; Mrs. Sallie Gray of Bend, Ore.; Mrs. Mina Pratt, of Lewiston, Ida.; and Charles Hamilton, Mrs. Lettie Pratt and Mrs. Nora Cook all of this valley. Beside[s] there [these] he is survived by 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, and a host of friends. In 1869 Mr. Hamilton moved his family to Missouri, where they lived until 1874 when they came across the plains in a covered wagon to Oregon settling east of Alicel on what is known as the Henry Young place. In 1902 they moved to Shasta county, California, and in 1909 to Benton county, Oregon, where they lived three years, after which time they moved to Eastern Oregon...

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Hamilton, Sarah Frances – Obituary

Alicel, Union County, Oregon Funeral services over the remains of Sarah Frances Hamilton, who passed on yesterday morning at her home near Alicel, were held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at Summerville, in charge of Snodgrass and Zimmerman funeral service parlors. Mrs. Hamilton was born January 8, 1850 and died at the age of 75 years, three months and 26 days. The La Grande Evening Observer Thursday, April 30, 1925 Page 5 Contributed by: Tom...

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Miller, William Ward – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Ward Miller of Union died Sunday, July 26, 1981 at his home. He was 77. Mr. Miller was Union County water master for 26 years, retiring in 1970. He was born Aug. 21, 1903 at Alicel, the son of William D. and Alice (Miers) Miller. On Dec. 29, 1926 he was married to the former Thelma Murphy at La Grande. Mr. Miller was a member of the La Grande Elks Lodge No. 433, and Grande Ronde Valley Lodge No. 56, A.F. & A.M., Union. Survivors include his wife, of Union; brothers, Howard of Union; Glenn of Baker; Arthur of Anaconda, Mont.; sister Alice South of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are scheduled Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Cove Cemetery with Rev. Jack Hart of First Christian Church officiating. Friends may call at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel today until 8 p.m. Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Mr. Miller to the Union County Home Health Agency, c/o Daniels Chapel, P.O. Box 772. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Tuesday, July 28, 1981 Page...

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