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Christoff, Nicholas – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Nicholas Christoff died March 5, 2006 in Portland. He was 68. Mr. Christoff was born April 11, 1937 in Denver, Colo. He enjoyed fishing on the river and visiting with his many friends. He is survived by his mother, Sonya Christoff and his sister, Sandra Farrington of Wallowa, three nephews and nine great nephews and nieces. A Celebration of Life will be held at the IOOF Hall in Wallowa March 18 at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Wallowa Memorial Hospital, care of Bollmans Funeral Home. Wallowa County Chieftain, March 16,...

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Chandler, Richard – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Robert Richard “Dick” Chandler died at Wallowa Valley Care Center on Jan. 29, 2006. He was 77. Mr. Chandler was born on June 29,1928 in Denver, Colo., to Oscar B. Chandler and Gladys G. Ballantyne Chandler. Shortly after his birth he moved to Joseph with his parents and sister Frances. He spent most of his working years in Wallowa County in logging, working for various ranchers and farmers, and working in scrap metal until ill health forced his retirement. Mr. Chandler married Betty Tenney in Clarkston, Wash., in 1952. They had five children. He served in the U.S. Army for two years from 1954-1956, serving at Fort Lawton as a cook. After his service years he and his wife were divorced. He later married Hallie McCarty. They lived in Lostine until her death and his move to the Wallowa County Nursing Home in January 2006. Mr. Chandler had a wonderful singing voice. In his younger years he often entertained his friends with his singing. In his later years, he enjoyed fishing with friends and with his brother Harley. Mr. Chandler is survived by his children, Tim and Vickie Chandler, Joe and Kathy Chandler, Tom and Andrea Chandler, Laurie Chandler, grandchildren, Jacob, Barbara, Tamara, Nathan, Tom and Braydon, great grandchild Amelia, brother Harley and Shirley Chandler of Milton-Freewater, sister Frances Wingfield of Enterprise, sister Myrtle and Arlen DeLyria...

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Childers, Olive – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Daughter Of Pioneers Dies A high Salvation Army official and daughter of a pioneer Summerville family, Olive Childers, died Saturday at a local hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services will take place at the Dempsey Funeral Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Col. John Erickson officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Born Nov. 3, 1880, Miss Childers was the daughter of Frank and Mary Childers. Childers was one-time sheriff of Union County. Miss Childers had served as a Salvation Army officer since 1898 and worked in the La Grande area from 1915 until 1917. She held some of the highest posts for women in the Army and served as superintendent of the home for unwed mothers both in Denver, Colo., and Los Angeles, Calif. She retired from active service in 1940 and had made her home here since that time. She resided at 1306 Fifth Ave. Surviving is one niece, Adla Rose Edwards, La Habra, Calif., a sister, Della Wagner preceded her in death last November. La Grande Observer Monday, July 31, 1961 Page...

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Wilkinson, Andrew – Obituary

Died—At Vader, Washington, Monday, August 9, 1926, Andrew Wilkinson, age 84 years, 7 months and 14 days. The funeral took place from the Methodist church, Union, Friday, August 13, 1926, at 2:30 o’clock p.m. Word was received at Union early Monday morning of the serious illness of Mr. Wilkinson, and his daughter, Mrs. Webb, left that morning on No. 17 for Vader, but her father passed away before her arrival at Vader. Mrs. Webb returned with the remains Thursday, and the funeral took place as above noted. “Uncle Andy” Wilkinson was one of the old settlers of this section, and had a friend in every acquaintance, and all regret his passing away, though it has been evident for several years that he was nearing the end. Andrew Wilkinson, son of Jacob and Matilda Wilkinson, was born in Cedar County, Mo., Dec. 26, 1841, and died at the home of his son, Edward, at Vader, Washinton, Aug. 9th, 1926, age 81 years, 7 months and 13 days. In 1863 he left the home of his birth and came to Denver, Colo. Five years later he in company with others came by ox team over the plains through Montana via Walla Walla, Wash., thence to the Grande Ronde Valley, and after a time purchased a large farm in High valley, where he entered the cattle business, as well as developing his...

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Holt, Thomas Martin – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Thomas Martin Holt, 72, of Pocatello, died at his home Feb. 21. The family intends to hold a memorial service in the La Grande area sometime this summer. Details for this will be announced. Mr. Holt was born Sept. 2, 1934, to John Charles Lucas and Eunice Louise (Johnson) Holt in Marquette, Kan., where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., with a bachelor of art’s degree in business administration. He married Judith Corinne Miller in 1956. The two then spent a few years teaching and coaching in the Midwest. They moved to Colorado, where he attended Denver University, graduating with an MBA in 1963. He then accepted a job with Boise Cascade as an accountant, and the family moved to Boise. Mr. Holt moved up the ranks within the company and was asked to take on a controller position in a regional office in La Grande. The Holts settled on a small ranch in Summerville, where they spent 32 years raising kids and becoming a part of the community and church. While in Eastern Oregon, Mr. Holt participated with his children in all their endeavors, including sports and academia. He was elected and served on both local and state school boards and served as president of the congregation at Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande. After retiring from Boise...

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Benge, Mary – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Mary Benge, 92, died June 21 in La Grande. A memorial service will be held at the Heppner Masonic Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday. A potluck will follow at the Heppner Elks Club. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mary was born April 9, 1915, in Coffey, Mo., to Claude and Ethel Brumfield Cartwright. She had four siblings. Raised by her grandparents, she grew up in Coffey and graduated from Coffey High School at age 16. After graduating, she met and married Dem Reninger and they had three children. They lived in Denver, where they were in the restaurant business before divorcing. In 1943, she moved to Heppner where she married Terrell Benge. They ranched on Social Ridge and Rea Creek until retiring in 1972. Mary was very active in the Ladies Elks and Eastern Star. She was known for her cooking, especially her sourdough bread. She also enjoyed playing cards and gardening and was an avid reader. Survivors include her son, Michael “Butch” Benge of Falls Church, Va.; stepdaughter, Lynn Marie McDonald of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Terry Hughes of La Grande, Teresa Hughes of Heppner, Saderia and Tiffany Benge of Falls Church, Va., Leann Cardell of Omaha, Neb., and Cameron McDonald of Houston; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Terrell; two daughters, Maryann and Joan; stepson,...

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Roper, Virginia Shaffer – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Virginia Shaffer Roper, 81, of Denver and formerly of La Grande died July 27 in Denver. A memorial service will be Aug. 10 at Horan and McConaty Chapel in Colorado. Virginia was born April 1926 to Pearl and Leo Westenskow in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and became a legal secretary, working for lawyers in La Grande, Portland, Spokane and Denver. She lived in six cities since her husband was transferred often by United Airlines, and she made friends easily. She liked flowers, gardening, playing bridge, painting, her pets, world news and travel. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Warren Roper; her son, Dr. Alan Roper and grandson, Cody Roper. La Grande Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending August 4, 2007 – Published August 4, 2007 Submitted by: Dixie...

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Strickler, Joanne F. – Obituary

Joanne F. Strickler, 79, of La Grande, died Oct. 14 of natural causes. A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at the First Presbyterian Church in La Grande. A luncheon will follow at the Presbyterian Friendship Center. Joanne was born to Guy and Esther Furst in Topeka, Kan., on Nov. 24, 1928. In the late ’30s her family moved to Denver, where she spent her high school years. She attended Colorado State University and received her degree in early childhood development in 1951. On Dec. 16, 1951, Joanne married Gerald Strickler, her one true love. They honeymooned in the remote Salmon Wilderness of Idaho as fire lookouts during the summer of 1952. In 1956 Gerry and Joanne settled in La Grande, where they raised their four children. Joanne was a gifted seamstress and taught sewing and tailoring classes locally. She was also the records secretary at La Grande High School for 20 years. Joanne loved La Grande and its people. She was involved in many organizations including the First Presbyterian Church, PEO Chapter I and the Alleluia Bells. She strongly supported educational endowments and was steadfast in her support of the arts. Her husband, Gerry, preceded Joanne in death. She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Nancy Moore and her husband, Ralph, of La Grande, Jeff Strickler and his wife, Mary, of Portland,...

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Alexander, Pearl Everette Taylor – Obituary

Pearl E. Alexander, 10201 E. 3rd Ave. Mother of Mrs. Terry Colburn, Denver; sister of Dollie Lickey, Wichita, Kan.; beloved aunt of Lucretia Mathews, Wichita, Kan. Services Friday, 1 p.m., Little Stone Chapel, 17th and Clarkson, Dr. Harold Warner officiating, followed by Rainbow Rebekah Lodge No. 139. [Died June 20, 1978; Interment Hampden Memorial Gardens] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Alexander, Burl Lee – Obituary

Burl Alexander, 1445 Corona St. Husband of Pearl E. Alexander; father of Terry V. Colburn, Denver, Services, Friday 3:30 p.m., Little Stone Chapel, 17th and Clarkson. Services conclude at the chapel. Family prefers gifts to the Emphysema Anonymous Incorporated, P. O. Box 66, Fort Meyers, Fla., 33902. [Died February 14, 1978 with interment in Hampden Memorial Garden] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Alexander, Olive Rosa Lee – Obituary

Olive R. Alexander of 1326 Cherokee St. Mother of Nina M. McCormick and Lura V. Foreman, both of Denver, and Burl Lee Alexander, El Paso, Tex.; sister of Virgil R. Lee, Chehalis, Wash., and Bessie Rosemeyer, Indianapolis, Ind. Services Saturday 1 p.m., Moore’s, Clarkson at E. 17th Ave. to Fairmount. [Died June 26, 1959] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Kipling, Sherman C. – Obituary

The sad news of the passing of one of Haines’ well known farmers, Sherman Kipling, reached the city Friday, death occurring at the farm home south of town that morning. He had been ill for some time and the end was not unexpected. He recently was brought back form the sanitarium at Hot Lake. Sherman Charles Kipling was born Sept. 22, 1869, near Valparaiso, Ind., and died Sept. 28, 1928. He came from Denver Colo., to Haines 18 years ago. He married Lula M. Barker of Holyoke, Colo., April 30, 1892. He leaves besides his wife, one son Emil and one daughter Mildred, a sister Mrs. Alice Black of Colorado Springs, Colo., and a brother, John Bradley of Holyoke, Colo., who were with him at time of death. Funeral was conducted at the Methodist church by Miss Josie Blokland at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, which was attended by a host of friends who mourn the passing of so good a citizen. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, October 6,...

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Boydstun, Ramona Lee “Mona” Harlin Mrs. – Obituary

Ramona Lee “Mona” Boydstun, 62, of The Dalles, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 4, 2005. A family service will be scheduled later. There was a private cremation at Win-quatt Crematory. Interment was at The Dalles Threemile Odd Fellows Cemetery. She was born on Oct. 18, 1942, at Denver, the third of four daughters born to Carl Robert and Sybil Grace Wayman Harlin. She grew up in Baker City and was a 1960 Baker High School graduate. She married Robert Boydstun on June 12, 1960, at Baker City. They had lived at The Dalles for 35 years. Mona was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, decorating, gardening and being with her family. She also worked for Safeway pharmacy for nine years. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Robert Boydstun of The Dalles; her children and their spouses, Robert Boydstun IV and Corissa of Portland, and Amy Lee and Russell Latham of BZ Corners, Wash.; grandchildren, Robert Boydstun V, Miranda Boydstun, Maggie Latham and Wyatt Latham; her sisters, Roxane Beeler of Portland, Judy Henjum of Kennewick, Wash., and Jackie Calhoun of North Powder. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 380, The Dalles, OR 97058. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 14, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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M’callum, Phillip A. – Obituary

Phillip A. M’Callum, Well Known Baker Business Man Dies Abstractor Succumbs to Heart Trouble at 11:50 P.M. Long Active in Civic Work Here Widow, Two daughters, Son Survive; Funeral Friday  Phillip A McCallum, well-known Baker resident, died unexpectedly at his home, 2710 First Street, Tuesday night a t 11:50 apparently from the effects of heart trouble. Mr. McCallum apparently had not been ill and worked for a time at his office last night. He retired before other members of his family and was found dead in bed. Mr. McCallum was prominent in civic and business circles in Baker after coming here in 1918. Immediately after arriving in Baker, Mr. McCallum became associated with William Bowers in the Bowers Abstract and Title Company. He assumed the position of secretary manager of the Baker Abstract and Title Company in 1929 following the merger of the two title concerns. Mr. McCallum was vice president of the Oregon Title association at the time of his death. Mr. McCallum was secretary of the Baker Kiwanis club from the time it was organized about 12 years ago and was a charter member of the club. He was also a member of the Baker County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. McCallum became a member of the Baker Masonic lodge in February 1920. Born in Virginia City, Montana March 10, 1883, Mr. McCallum left there with his parents...

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Henry, Jim – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Jim Henry, 81, died at home on July 22, 2005, after a long battle with lung cancer. His graveside inurnment service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the military section of Mount Hope Cemetery. Father Camillus Fernando of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Military rites will be under the auspices of the National Guard and Doug Riggs will speak on behalf of the Baker Elks Lodge. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the services at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St. Jim was born on Aug. 17, 1923, at Denver to John J. Henry and Mary Florence Fellows Henry. He was one of 12 children. Jim attended Catholic schools in Denver, including St. Joseph High School. After high school, he worked in his father’s heating and sheet metal business, learning the trade. In 1940, the family moved to Washington, and Jim again was employed in the sheet metal business at Bremerton, Wash. In May 1943, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After training, he was assigned to the 19th bomb squadron, 22nd bomb group. His group was known as the Red Raiders. He was a nose gunner on the B24 Liberator Bomber. Jim flew 40 combat missions in the South Pacific Theatre of World War II. His plane was shot down twice, once over...

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