Location: Benton County OR

Ball, Margaret Ann Carroll – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Margaret Ann Carroll Ball, 80, of La Grande, died July 2 at her home. The funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday July 6 at the First Baptist Church, at Sixth Street and Spring Avenue, with Pastor Kent Hug officiating. Graveside services will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday July 5 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Mrs. Ball was born April 27, 1926. to Mr. and Mrs. J.P. McCann of Hattiesburg, Miss. She married Herb Carroll in March, 1946. They lived in Corvallis and Valley Falls, where they helped run the family general store, and moved to La Grande in 1959. She was a member of Women’s Aglow and the First Baptist Church where she served as deaconess, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and was superintendent. Her skill as a hostess was always in demand for visiting missionaries, guest speakers and friends. In later years she worked with her husband in their real estate and insurance business. After he died in 1985 she enjoyed traveling. She sometimes shocked her friends and family with stories of solo adventures in far away places. In the mid-1990s she married Braden Ball. The couple lived in La Grande from 1995 until 1999 when they moved to Lake Oswego. In 2004 she returned to La Grande to live...

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Hecht, Jean – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Jean Hecht, 86, of Wilsonville and formerly of La Grande died April 11. Mrs. Hecht was born April 20, 1920, to Drs. Joseph and Margaret Ingle in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and earned bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Oregon where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She earned a pilot’s license and taught high school in Vale and Corvallis. She served in the Navy and was stationed in Lakehurst, N.J., where she married Irwin Hecht. The couple moved to Portland nine years ago to be closer to family. She was an avid bridge player and a member of PEO and the First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield, Ill., where she served as a deacon. She was also involved in many other philanthropic organizations. Survivors include her husband of Wilsonville; daughters, Pamela Irby of London, England, and Victoria Clemens of Portland; two grandchildren and a sister, Mary Hearing of La Grande. A daughter, Susan R. Hecht, died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 23, 2006, Published: September 26,...

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Coulter, Dusty Clark – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dustin Clark Coulter, 33, of Portland and formerly of La Grande, took his life on March 26. A memorial service is planned for 7 p.m. March 30 at the First Baptist Church in La Grande, 1702 Sixth St. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Known as Dusty, he was born April 21, 1973, in Corvallis and was raised in both Salem and La Grande. After high school he worked various jobs in La Grande until moving to Portland in August 2006. Dusty enjoyed video games, outdoor family activities, sporting events and supporting the Oregon Ducks. He loved his kids and spending time with them. Survivors include his wife, Heather Coulter; children, Owen, Emma, Isabella and Olivia Coulter; stepchildren, Ashley and Amber Taylor; parents, Bob and Sue Coulter of Cove and Marilyn and Doug Smyres of Salem; siblings, Robb Coulter of Salem, Scott Coulter of Cove and Leah Coulter of Cove; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the La Grande First Baptist Church NoSu Fund or to Shelter From the Storm in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 31, 2007 Published: March 31,...

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Battrick, Robin Louise – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robin Louise Battrick, 56, formerly of La Grande, died July 31 at her home in Coffey, Mo., following a 10-month battle with cancer. A funeral service and burial will be in Coffey, with memorial services to follow in Corvallis and La Grande. Robin was born July 17, 1951, in Bloomington, Ind. After a transient childhood with stops from Florida to Alaska, her family settled in La Grande in September 1965. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1969 as co-valedictorian. She attended Reed College in Portland and Oregon State University. Robin served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ecuador in 1973. She married her high school sweetheart, Craig J. Battrick, in the Idaho Falls Temple of the LDS Church on Feb. 12, 1974. They remained in La Grande for most of the next eight years, with brief moves to John Day and Pendleton, before moving to Corvallis in 1982. Robin was employed with Hewlett-Packard Co., where she was a machine operator, technical writer and trainer, and intranet designer. She was communications manager for a software development division of Hewlett-Packard when she retired in 2005. Craig and Robin moved to their retirement farm in Coffey in December 2005. Robin is remembered by friends and family as a gifted and bright student, excellent homemaker and extremely capable employee. After being a...

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Bertels, Christofer C. – Obituary

Union, Oregon Christofer C. Bertels, 36, of Salem and formerly of Union, Baker and La Grande, died Nov. 6 at Salem Hospital in Salem. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Assembly of God Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St., Baker City. Chris was born Sept. 3, 1971, in La Grande. He was raised in Union and later attended Baker Valley Christian Academy in Baker City. Chris received an associate’s degree from Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, and continued his education at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Chris worked for the State of Oregon Insurance Division in Salem. Chris had a wide range of interests – he knew military history and could quote lines from hundreds of movies. Chris was an excellent bowler and won a number of trophies and rings for perfect games. Chris enjoyed his silver Mustang, on-line gaming and traveling with his good friend, Gail Jones (“Jonesee”). Those who knew him say he will be remembered for his humor, kindness, generosity and sense of adventure. Chris is survived by his wife, Jennifer of Salem; mother, Barbara of Pendleton; father and stepmother, George and Virginia of Island City; brother, Scott Bingham of Union; sister-in-law, Beth Bingham of Hillsboro; and nephew and niece, who were like siblings to Chris, Sgt. Tony Bingham of the U.S. Army and Sarah Mwango of Hillsboro. Chris’ great-niece...

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Linfoot, Delbert B. – Obituary

Formerly of Elgin Delmer B. Linfoot, 87, of Jefferson and formerly of Elgin, died Sept. 14 in Salem. Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton. Funeral service begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Mission Assembly of God Church, 47328 Short Mile Road in Pendleton. Graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Island City Cemetery. Delmer was born Jan. 12, 1920, in Dacoma, Okla. He grew up in Elgin. A full obituary will be available later. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending September 15, 2007 Published: September 17,...

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Moschkau, Michael Don – Obituary

Michael Don Moschkau, 32, of La Grande, died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 9. A memorial service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on Gekeler Lane in La Grande. Michael was born on Oct. 2, 1975 in Salem, the son of LeeRoy L. and Diane M. (Kirk) Moschkau. Though he was vision and hearing impaired from birth, Mike graduated from South Umpqua High School in Myrtle Creek with the Class of 1994. In 1997 he graduated from Umpqua Community College with an automotive degree. In 2003 he graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a B.A. degree. He was currently working at WalMart where he hoped to advance with his degrees. Michael was passionate about many things, especially his faith. He was a member and trustee of the Faith Lutheran Church and was also their faithful lawn caretaker. He loved his family and helped all of them with whatever they needed. He enjoyed sports, particularly EOU and Portland Trail Blazer basketball. During his years at EOU he will be remembered for his filming of the basketball games and his assisting coach Art Furman. Michael will be remembered for his infectious sense of humor, his huge heart for others, his desire to do his best at all times and his integrity. Michael’s favorite memories were when he played quarterback on the high school football...

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Luhrs, Sarah J. – Obituary

Sarah J. Luhrs, 88, formerly of North Powder and La Grande, died Tuesday March 11 in Eugene. A service will be start at noon Monday at West Lawn Funeral Home in Eugene. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon at West Lawn Funeral Home. Mrs. Luhrs was born March 1, 1920 in North Powder to Dick and Enolia (Gorham) Brothers. She married John Luhrs on Aug. 23, 1938 in Wallowa. They were married 47 years. John Luhrs died Feb. 16, 1984. She was a foster home care giver in La Grande, Corvallis, and Clarkston, Wash. She had lived in the Lane County area since 1961. Mrs. Luhrs was a 63-year member of and past president of Eagles 275. She had received the Lady of Charity Award, the Eagle of the Year honor and was in the Eagle Hall of Fame. Survivors include a son Richard of Eugene and daughters Carrie (Pat) Biggs of Eugene, Lola Gray of Dinuba, Calif., and Jean (Lynn) Funk of Salem. She had 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren. Contributions may made to Sacred Heart Hospice, Northside Baptist Church or a charity of choice in care of Forest Lawn Funeral Home, P.O. Box 22210, Eugene, 97402. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 15, 2008 – Published March 13, 2008 Submitted by Dixie...

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Larkin, Alice – Obituary

Alice Larkin died in her home at MooreCare in Kent, Wash., March 9. A memorial service will be held Saturday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 19030 Eighth Ave S., SeaTac, Wash., at 1 p.m. Burial will take place in Island City at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s research, hospice care or charity of choice. Alice was born June 28, 1913, in Canova, S.D., to Lizzie and B. A. Schierholz. As a young woman, Alice owned and operated a beauty shop in Corvallis. While in Corvallis, she met and married Earl Herrmann and moved to La Grande, where she lived for many years. There she and Earl raised their children, Phyllis and Jim and numerous foster children. Alice was an adventurous and creative artisan and cook, and was active in the First Christian Church. In 1971, after 35 years of marriage, Earl died. In 1975, Alice married Ted Larkin and moved to the Seattle area. During her years in Seattle she enjoyed her family, friends, cooking, painting and travels that took Alice and Ted to many interesting places. Alice was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Seatac. Alice is preceded in death by her brothers, Howard and Hadley Schierholz, and sister, Belva Roddewig, husbands Earl Herrmann and Ted Larkin. Surviving Alice are her children, Phyllis Lee (John)...

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Colter, Norma Fay – Obituary

Norma Fay (Horn) Colter, 75, formerly of Elgin, died March 5 at Corvallis. A funeral was held for her at Northside Church in Corvallis on March 8. A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. March 22 at the Elgin Methodist Church. The family has indicated that floral arrangement are not necessary. Born July 6, 1932, to Mercedes McCain, Norma was raised from birth by Arthur and Annie McCain. At age 13 she traveled to Oregon with her grandparents and lived with her uncle and aunt, Jim and Agnes Hicks. On Oct. 23, 1948, at age 16, she married Eugene Ray Horn at the Elgin Church of Christ. They had four children, Rebecca June, Charlie Ray, Roy Eugene and Phillip Arthur. Eugene died Dec. 20, 1968. Norma went back to school and received her GED in 1969. She graduated from accounting school in 1970. On May 22, 1970, she married James L. Cagley. They had one child together, Jamie Leigh, the youngest and sweetest of her children, family members said. The couple were divorced in 1976. On Oct. 22, 1977, Norma married Robert Dale Colter and lived happily with him until her death. Norma loved to play card games, bingo and do crossword puzzles. In her younger years she enjoyed deer hunting and fishing. Later in life she enjoyed time with her children and grandchildren, and enjoyed fellowship...

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Larkin, Alice Herrmann – Obituary

Alice Herrmann Larkin, 94, formerly of Union County, died March 9 in Seattle. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 at Island City Cemetery. A reception will follow at the First Christian Church in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – June 26, 2008 _________________________________________ Alice Larkin died in her home at MoorCare in Kent, Wash., March 9. A memorial service will be held Saturday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 19030 Eighth Ave. S., SeaTac, Wash., at 1 p.m. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Aug 8 at Island City Cemetery. A reception will follow at the First Christian Church in La Grande. Burial will take place in Island City at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s research, hospice care of charity of choice. Alice was born June 28, 1913, in Canova, SD, to Lizzie and B.A. Schierholz. As a young woman, Alice owned and operated a beauty shop in Corvallis. While in Corvallis, she met and married Earl Herrmann and moved to La Grande, where she lived for many years. There she and Earl raised their children, Phyllis and Jim and numerous foster children. Alice was an adventurous and creative artisan and cook, and was active in the First Christian Church. In 1971, after 35 years...

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Ransom, Paul E. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Paul E. Ransom, 83, of La Grande and formerly of Milton-Freewater, died Aug. 8 at Rose Cottage, an adult care center, in Kennewick. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla. Pastor Roger Holden will officiate. A reception will follow at the funeral home. Paul was born Sept. 30, 1924, to Ernest and Lou Hahn Ransom in Walla Walla. He attended elementary school on Government Mountain then the Forks School on the Walla Walla River. He started high school in Prescott, Wash. His family then moved to Elma, Wash., where he graduated from high school in 1941. He and Merle Chapman married in Elma, and they had two children, Jerry and Linda. He was married to Helen Crouse in Ellensburg, Wash., and they had four children: Calvin, Paula, Ernie and Kimberli. He later married Carol Cunningham in Nyssa. A farmer and cattle rancher, he raised purebred Charolais in Milton-Freewater and both Charolais and commercial cattle in Richland. He enjoyed horseback riding, hunting and pack horse trips into the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Hells Canyon. He was privileged to travel with his church on mission trips to Africa, Guatemala, the Samoan Islands and the Philippines. He was an ardent supporter of 4-H and FFA and was a recipient of the Oregon State Honorary Chapter Farmer and...

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Donnelly, Roderick – Obituary

Formerly of La Grande 1921-2009 Roderick W. ‘Doc’ Donnelly, 88, formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 12 at his home in Richmond. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements. Roderick was born May 23, 1921, the first son of Virginia Odessa Wechter and Hamilton Keyes Donnelly at his grandmother’s house at the top of the Donnelly Grade in Wheeler County. He was the grandson of a founding father of Wheeler County. He attended grade school in a one-room school at Service Creek. He attended high school in Fossil where he boarded with several families. After he graduated in 1938, he worked on the Donnelly ranch until the fall of 1941. Between his father and Uncle George (Bags) Donnelly, they farmed 3,000 acres and ran a full band of sheep (1,200) and 50 Herefords. He attended a diesel-electric trade school in Portland and began attending in September 1941. When World War II broke out, he wanted to enlist, but an instructor told him to wait until he graduated in February 1942. The day after graduation, he went into the U.S. Navy. He was awarded The Distinguished Cross, an Air Medal, a Philippine Liberation Medal, an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and an American Campaign Medal. He was discharged at Bremerton, Wash., on Nov. 25, 1945. A final honor awarded...

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Hale, Gladys Sarah – Obituary

Corvallis, Oregon Gladys Sarah Hale, 93, of Corvallis, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1993, at Corvallis Manor. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the chapel, Burns Mortuary of Hermiston with burial at the Echo, Oregon Cemetery. Mrs. Hale was born May 28, 1900 at Lostine to Jacob Clairborne and Emily E. Hammack Womack. She grew up in Lostine and attended school there. On Nov. 17, 1920, she married Roy Charles Hale at Pendleton. The couple lived at Echo where Mr. Hale was postmaster for many years. In 1929 they moved to Hermiston where Mr. Hale owned and operated Hales Tavern and Sporting Goods. Her husband died in 1968, and in 1985, Mrs. Hale moved to Corvallis. She was a member of the Elks Lodge, Rebekah Lodge, and Episcopal Church in Hermiston. Survivors include a daughter, Claudine Shoen of Idaho Falls, Idaho; a son, Charles of Corvallis; sisters Clara Finstad of Port Lavaca, Texas and Mina Johnson of Enterprise; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. McHenry Funeral Home, Corvallis, is in charge of arrangements. Source: Corvallis Gazette-Times Transcribed by: Betty...

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Calavan, Virgil L. – Obituary

Virgil L. Calavan, 75, former Albany mayor who was active in civic affairs here for many years, died Friday morning in a Corvallis hospital after a long illness. Mr. Calavan was the former owner of a drug store in East Albany which is now Lammers’ Pharmacy. After selling the East Albany store he operated Mason’s Drug Store in downtown Albany, which is now owned by Gerald Steele. He had lived in Corvallis since 1946. A 1911 graduate of Oregon State College, Mr. Calavan was a school principal in eastern Linn County before he opened his first drug store in Albany. He was elected as an Albany City councilman in 1926 and served as mayor from 1928 to 1932. In addition, he served for 25 years on the Albany School Board; was president of the Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis club; and severed for several years on the Willamette Memorial Park Board. Mr. Calavan’s first wife, the former Vida Nanney, died in 1944. In 1946 he married the former Lona Nanney Locke, who survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Edith Creighton of Albany; a brother, Roy Calavan of Salem; two grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Fisher Funeral home, with the Rev. Morton Booth and the Rev. Perry Avery officiating. Burial will be in Willamette Memorial Park. The family suggests...

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