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Rooney, J. C. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Local people were grieved to learn through a telegram to Mrs. Mae McGregor, of the death last Wednesday morning, Dec. 5 of J.C. Rooney, merchant of Wallowa and who with his son Norval conducted a meat market and grocery in North Powder until early this fall. He died at Clarkston, Wash., after a protracted illness. Bright’s disease was the direct cause of his death. Mr. Rooney had gone to Clarkston about two months ago to be under the care of physicians there. No funeral arrangements have as yet been announced. Mr. Rooney and his family moved to Joseph from Paradise in 1920, after trading his ranch for the Mitchell hotel, which he ran for a short time. Shortly after this, they traded back again, and Mr. Rooney worked for Mr. Mitchel a great deal up until the time when he established a meat market and grocery store here in 1922, which he had owned and operated since. Mr. Rooney also purchased a store in North Powder about two years ago which Norval conducted. The store there was closed however, because of the failing health of Mr. Rooney and Norval came home to take charge of the store here during Mr. Rooney’s illness. Mr. Rooney had the reputation of being an excellent business man and it is said by those who knew him well that everything...

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Fisher, Margaret – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Margaret “Margy” Fisher, Enterprise, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 1988 at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, Wash. She was born Margaret Ruth Reece, Dec. 26, 1923, to Lacy and Ruth Reece in Enterprise. A lifelong resident of Enterprise, on May 2, 1945 she married James W. Fisher in Enterprise. She was a homemaker and retail sales clerk for many years and loved sewing and home crafting for her family. She is survived by her husband, J.W. of Enterprise; sons, Jim Fisher, Asotin, Wash., Allyn Fisher and Bill Fisher, both of Enterprise; grandchildren, Kelly, Jeff, Brad, Jessi, Travis and Terry; brothers, Dean Reece and Wilbur Reece, Hermiston, Bill Reece, North Carolina, Larry Reece, Walla Walla and Wade Reece, Sumner, Wash.; sisters, Milly Garland, Walla Walla, and Mary Jo Cantrell, Sumner. She was preceded in death by one sister, Helen, of Athena. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1988 at the Enterprise cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper Contributed by: Michelle...

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Bork, Rena – Obituary

Lostine resident, Rena Bork, died Oct 4, 1987 at her home. She was 95. Rena was born at Anatone, Wash., on Sept. 24, 1892, the daughter of David Jacob and Mary Melvina Cross Miller. She lived most of her girlhood on the Grande Ronde River, just a short distance from the Oasis. Her parents farmed a ranch on Buford Ridge. She went to the Star school and worked for the Bakers who operated the store at Flora. On Oct. 17, 1909 Rena married Rudolph Bork at Flora. He had a homestead on Day Ridge. They later purchased a ranch two miles north of Flora where they lived until 1939. They moved to Alder Slope and in 1943 moved to the Lostine area, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Rudolph and Rena joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1962. Rena liked to raise a garden and worked hard until 93 years old, when she had to quit her favorite hobby. She made the remark, “When I can’t dig in the dirt, and raise a garden, you just as well bury me.” She raised house plants, African violets and geraniums and made quilts. She is survived by two sons, Marvin of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., and Roy of rural Lostine; two grandsons, one step granddaughter, five great grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson,...

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Waelty, Louise – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Louise Waelty Dies at Enterprise Miss Louise Waelty, who was known throughout Wallowa County as one of the kindest and most efficient of nurses, passed away at the Wallowa Memorial hospital Friday morning, February 2, 1951, following an illness of ten days. The Booth-Bollman Funeral home had charge of the funeral arrangements which were Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Methodist Church of Wallowa, with the Rev. Harold Mackey officiating. Mrs. Clayton Sutphin, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Wyckoff and Victor Kreimeyer, accompanied by Mrs. Kreimeyer, sang, “Sunset and Evening Star” and “Jesus Christ The Crucified.” Pall bearers were: Kenneth Keeler, Earl Schaeffer, Glenn Sherod, Paul Bartmess, Earl Sherod and K. W. McKenzie, and interment was in the Wallowa Cemetery. Miss Waelty was born April 27, 1868, in Minnesota, daughter of Gottfried (Godfried) and Elizabeth Waelty, coming to Oregon when 14 Years of age. She early took up the profession of nursing and during the Spanish-American war served a a war nurse. In 1922 she moved to Clarkston, Washington where she lived until 1947 when she moved to Wallowa to live with her nephew, Murland Waelty and his wife, Christina. She is survived by Murland Waelty of Wallowa; and a niece Mrs. Lee Banks of Walla Walla. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Wallowa. Miss Louise Waelty was a life long friend of...

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Hammack, Stella May – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Stella May Hammack, 96, of Pendleton, died Jan. 13, 2003. She was born March 08, 1906, in Cold Springs to Augustus and Eliza Thompson Stumbaugh. Mrs. Hammack grew up in the Asotin and Imnaha areas. She and her mother often acted as house sitters for homesteaders along the Snake River and as a teenager she worked as a cook in sheep camps and on cattle ranches. In 1927, she married William Hammack of Enterprise, after which they made their home in Wallowa and later moved to Weston. Mrs. Hammack enjoyed sightseeing, going on picnics, reading, spending time with family and friends, and reminiscing about earlier years. She is survived by her daughters, Maxine Prince and Myrna Chavez, both of Pendleton; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, William; two brothers, Alfred and Henry Stumbaugh, and a great-grandchild. Graveside services were held Jan. 16 at the Enterprise Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain Thursday January 23, 2003 Contributed by: Dixie...

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Evans, William Lee – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Former Flora Resident Dies at Asotin Home William Lee Evans, 68, former resident of Flora, passed away at his home in Asotin, Wednesday of last week after a lingering illness. He was born in Nebraska May 24, 1875. He married in Nebraska and moved to the West, coming to Asotin in 1920 where he has reside since, engaging in the dairy business. He is survived by his widow, Bertha Evans of Asotin, and three children, a son, Clifford Evans, and two daughters, Mrs. Odna Hollenbeck and Mrs. Frank Ledford, all of Clarkston. Mrs. Martha Doran, Enterprise, Ore.; Mrs. Ella Smally, Walla Walla, John Evans, Flora, Ore., are his brothers and sisters. He is also survived by seven grandchildren. The funeral was held from H.R. Merchants Chapel in Asotin Saturday at 2 p.m. with Rev. David Brown Officiating. -Clarkston Herald. Source: Enterprise Chieftain, August 19, 1943, Front Page Contributed by: Sue...

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Shelton, Mack C. – Obituary

Mack C. Shelton Passes To Rest Mack C. Shelton was born in Dallas County, Iowa on February 25, 1885. He crossed the plains with his parents in 1862, coming first to Willamette valley. In 1873 he came to Union county and purchased a quarter section of land two and one-half miles northwest of Elgin in 1878. While he lived in this vicinity he was engaged in farming and stock-raising. He was married to Miss DeLilah Long September 21, 1874. To this union were born eleven children and two passed away in infancy. His wife passed away July 18,1900. He then sold his property and moved to the Grande Ronde river near Anatone, Washington, where he was engaged in the sheep business for a number of years. Later he purchased a place near Paradise, where he spent his remaining years. He was married to Bernice Hays on November 16, 1918. He passed away at his home on December 24, 1937, at the age of 82 years, 9 months and 29 days. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife; one brother, Haratio Shelton of Ellensburg, Washington; two sisters, Maggie Fine of Walla Walla, Washington, and Alice Bowman of Richland and nine children; Mrs. Lula Griffith of Grand Junction, Colorado; Mrs. Estella Goble, Medical Springs; Mrs. Blanche Ryland, Hermiston; Mrs. Verda Gray, Alicel; Chesley Shelton, Wallowa; Mrs. Rosa Norton, Baley; Lawrence...

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Justice, Ralph – Obituary

Ralph Hendricks Justice, 85, of Walla Walla, Wash., died Feb. 23, 2000, at the Jonathon M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Medical Center in Walla Walla. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center through the funeral home. Mr. Justice was born July 13, 1914, in West Clarkston, Wash., to James G. and Amanda C. Cox Justice. He attended schools in Enterprise and worked in the area after graduating from Enterprise High School in 1932. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and served as an airplane maintenance technician with the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed in the European Theater, including in France, Tunisia, Sicily and Central Europe. A sergeant, he was discharged in 1945 and received the Bronze Star, Good Conduct and American Defense Service medals. In 1946, he married Edna Mae Renfrow in Walla Walla. He was a foreman with Continental Can and retired after 30 years. Mrs. Justice died in 1972. A special interest was race horses, and he races his own thoroughbreds. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and was an avid reader. He was former member of the VFW Post No. 992, BPOE No. 287 and FOE No. 26. Survivors include two stepdaughters, Peggy Sullivan of Spokane and Sally Martin of Meridian, Idaho; a stepson, Charles Hunter of Tortola, British Virgin Islands; a brother, George Justice of...

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Tibbet, T. S., Mrs. – Obituary

T. S. Tibbet Imnaha, Oregon Mrs. S.T. Tippet returned Saturday from Asotin, Wash. where she was called by the death of her son’s wife, Mrs. T. S. Tibbet (sic), on May 12th. She brought home with her the youngest of the four children who where left motherless by this sad event. The mother had been failing health for about a year and they had left their home on the Imnaha last fall to spend the winter in Arizona in hopes of benefiting her; but came back to Asotin seven weeks preceding her death. Wallowa County Reporter, Thursday May 22,...

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Beach, Ronald Oscar – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon 1951-2004 Ronald Oscar Beach, 52, of Clarkston, Wash., and formerly of Enterprise died Jan. 5 of natural causes. At his request there will be no services. Merchant Funeral Home in Clarkston is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Beach was born March 9, 1951, to Joe O. and Lillian K. Snyder Beach in Enterprise. He grew up in Paradise and graduated from Enterprise High School in 1969. He was active in 4-H clubs, FFA, the football and wrestling teams, the marching band and a number of clubs. He helped on the family ranch, worked for the Wallowa Whitman National Forest on a survey crew, and worked as a millwright at the Boise Cascade mill in Joseph. A knee injury forced his retirement and he later faced multiple sclerosis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, river rafting and camping out. Survivors include children, Edward Beach and April Williams, both of La Grande, and Robert Beach, who is serving in the Navy; one grandchild; two brothers, Gary Beach of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Thomas Beach of Paradise; and two sisters, Donna Dunning of Paradise and Susan Radford of Enterprise. His parents died earlier. Memorials may be made to the Joe and Lillian Beach 4-H Memorial Fund through the Leaders Association, 668 N.W. First St., Enterprise 97828. LaGrande Observer, Published: January 26, 2004 Contributed by Dixie...

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Maxwell, Marvin L. – Obituary

Lostine, Oregon Marvin L. Maxwell Marvin L. Maxwell, 78, of Lostine died Saturday at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the Wallowa Cemetery. Bollman Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Maxwell was born Jan. 29, 1928, to Bailey and Carmen Maxwell in Clarkston, Wash. He graduated from Enterprise High School, and served in the Army and during World War II. On March 13, 1949, he married Blanche Lermeny. He worked for First National Bank of Oregon, First Interstate Bank and Wells Fargo before retiring as branch manager in Enterprise after 46 years. He served as mayor of Canyon City and worked for Congressman Bob Smith’s election campaign. He was county chairman of the Republican Party, and served on the Oregon Community Foundation Committee. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, Shriners, Elks and Masons, and volunteered during Hells Canyon Mule Days. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife of Lostine; a sister, Norma Gray of Shingle Springs, Calif; a brother, Bud, of Joseph; sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Glenda, of Clarkston, Wash., Don and Kathy of The Dalles, and Dale of Portland; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A brother, Bill, died earlier. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, 97201 or the Wallowa...

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Blackburn, Robert Neil, Dr. – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Dr. Robert Neil Blackburn, 77, of Cushing, Okla., and formerly of Joseph died July 27. Dr. Blackburn was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Cushing, Okla. He served as a jet fighter pilot in the Korean War and taught other pilots how to fly by instrument. After leaving the military, he graduated from medical school at the University of Oklahoma, and served his residency at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. He bought Dr. Coffman’s practice in Joseph and practiced there for nearly 25 years. He delivered many of the babies in Wallowa County for two generations. He worked in Asotin, Wash., for five years before retiring to Oklahoma. He volunteered his services at every Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, and was grand marshal of the Chief Joseph Days parade. He also started Joseph Little League Baseball. Survivors include five sisters, all in Oklahoma. Four brothers died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 2, 2006, Published: September 5,...

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Bennett, Clara D. – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Clara D. Bennett, 96, of Aurora, died April 12, 2004, at home. She was born Oct. 15, 1907, in Anatone, Wash. Mrs. Bennett married Edward W. Snodderly in 1926. After a divorce, she was married to Lawrence Bennett from 1955 until his death in 1992. During her life, she lived in Pomeroy, Wash., Canyon City, Enterprise, Goldendale, Wash., John Day, and finally Aurora for the past nine years. Survivors include daughters Lorna Greeley of Aurora and Diane J. Sweek of John Day; sons Laddie Snodderly of Hermiston, Timothy Snodderly of Aurora, David Snodderly of Lodi, Calif., and E. Terry Snodderly of Newport; a sister Myrtle Hastings of Goldendale, Wash.; a brother Darrow Lynch of Wapato, Wash.; 20 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; and 23 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Edgar LeRoy Snodderly, five sisters and three brothers. Graveside services were held April 16, 2004, at the Pomeroy City Cemetery in Pomeroy, Wash. Memorial contributions may be made to the Willamette Falls Hospice, 1404 Division St., Suite 7, Oregon City, OR 97045. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, April 22,...

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Beach, Ronald Oscar – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Ronald Oscar Beach, 52, of Clarkston, Wash., died Jan. 5, 2004, in Clarkston. He was born March 9, 1951 in Enterprise to Joe O. and Lillian K. (Snyder) Beach. He grew up in the Paradise area where he attended school through the fifth grade. While finishing his schooling in Enterprise from where he graduated in 1969, he was active in 4-H, FFA, football, wrestling, various clubs, and the marching band for which he played trumpet under the direction of Bob Clegg. He enjoyed hunting with family and friends, fishing, river rafting, and camp outs. His working career included helping out on the family ranch in Paradise with everything, surveying for Wallowa Whitman National Forest, and working at the Boise Cascade sawmill in Joseph, where he was millwright for many years. He retired after a knee injury and later faced severe chronic multiple sclerosis. Survivors include his sons Edward J. Beach of La Grande and Robert J. Beach of the U. S. Navy; a daughter, April D. (Beach) Williams of La Grande; a grandson, Hunter Williams of La Grande; brothers Gary Beach of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Thomas Beach of Paradise; and sisters Donna Dunning of Paradise and Susan Radford of Enterprise. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Lillian Beach; and grandparents Dale and Cordelia (Bodmer) Beach and Jeff and Ruby (Graham) Snyder. At his...

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Barnes, Oliver P. – Obituary

One by one the pioneers of this section of country are passing away, among our good old mothers as well as with our fathers, but this time we are called upon to chronicle the passing of one of our pioneer fathers, Mr. Oliver P. Barnes of Asotin, whose earthly existence came to an end last Saturday morning, at about one o’clock a.m. Mr. Barnes has not been a well man for close to four years, but for the last year and a half, he has been a constant sufferer from Bright’s disease, and for weeks before the end came, it was recognized by his people that there were no hopes of him ever being any better. The funeral was held at the residence of his son in law, W. R. Day, Sunday afternoon, being conducted by Elder Tyler of the Christian church, with prayer by Rev. James Marrav of the Presbyterian church, and interment was made in the Asotin Cemetery. Oliver P. Barnes was born in Johnson County, Indiana, Nov. 21, 1833, and died in Asotin, Washington, January 9, 1909 – making him 75 years, one month and 18 days of age. At the age of twelve years he moved with his parents to Illinois, where he made his home for seven years and in 1852 started westward again locating in Mercer County, Missouri. On June 16, 1855, he...

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