Location: Douglas County OR

Thompson, Jerry B. – Obituary

Died at the Soldiers’ Home, Roseburg, Oregon, March 8th, 1923, Jerry B. Thompson, age 87 years. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now The remains arrived in Union on No. 24 Monday, March 12 and were accompanied by his daughter Mrs. Havemann and granddaughter, Elma Davis Havemann. The funeral was held from the Presbyterian church in Union, March 13, 1923 at 2:30 p.m., and (?) was offered by Rev. Quinn of the Methodist Episcopal Church; services by Rev. Hughes who read the 99th Psalm. He talked from the words “The untrodden way or the new road.” He paid a fitting tribute to this old pioneer who endured many hardships in an early day and helped to blaze the trail that we of today are enjoying the comforts and pleasures of. A solo “Face to Face” was rendered by Mrs. Helene Stearns and impressive music by the choir. The Union Lodge of Odd Fellows and the Rebekah attended in a body. Services at the cemetery were conducted by...

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Young, Bryce J., Dr. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dr. Bryce J. Young, 73, of College Place, Wash., a former La Grande resident, died Feb. 4, 2004, in an accident while bicycling in Argentina. There was a service for him on Feb. 15 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in La Grande. Dr. Young was born June 3, 1930, to Bryce L. and Marjorie Mallett Young at Glendive, Mont. He graduated from high school in Miles City, Mont., and attended Walla Walla College. He received his medical training at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and his eye specialist’s training at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. He married Joylyn Jennings on Sept. 28, 1958. He practiced medicine at Missoula, Mont., Roseburg and La Grande. He retired in 1992 after 31 years. He traveled extensively including to the Middle East and Africa, making several mission trips to Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. He sailed by himself across the Pacific Ocean and made trips to the Philippines and Argentina on bird-watching expeditions. He enjoyed visiting family, going on walks with his grandchildren, hiking and backpacking. He was a member of Rotary International. Survivors include his children, David Young of Longview, Wash., Karen Young of Seattle, Wash., and Russell Young of College Place, Wash.; two grandchildren; a sister, Ginger Mackie of Cove; and other relatives. His wife died earlier. Memorial contributions may be made to the La Grande...

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Ash, William Lewis – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon William Lewis Ash, 95, of La Grande died June 26. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Cove Cemetery. Mr. Ash was born Nov. 9, 1910, to Ulysses Yaudes and Eve Belle Mayes Ash in Riddle. He was raised on a farm and attended a trade school in Los Angeles to learn to be an electrician. He loved gardening, and worked on the Becker farm in lower Cove. On June 16, 1947, he married Marie Kight in Cove. They lived on a 10-acre farm on the Cove road outside of Union. He worked at the mill in Union, the state Highway Department, and then Boise Cascade in La Grande. He retired from Boise Cascade in December 1973. He was the oldest retiree from Boise Cascade. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed his gardens and flowers. His family said he could plant almost anything and it would grow. They said he worked hard at going the extra mile in his life. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Survivors include children and their spouses, Robert and Rose Marie Reese, and Frank and Helen Blake, all of La Grande, Shirley Hinojos of Portland, and Larry and Shirley Ash of Union; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen, of Central Point. His wife died in 2001. Memorials may...

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Stennfeld, Dorothy Ann – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dorothy Ann Stennfeld, 74, of La Grande, died Feb. 24 at her home. A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church in La Grande. Mrs. Stennfeld, known as Ann, was born June 23, 1932, to Henry and Berniece Jackson Jones in Roseburg. She was raised in Myrtle Point, graduating from Myrtle Point High School in 1950. She graduated from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Portland in 1954. On Sept. 25, 1954, she married Paul T. Stennfeld. After he died in 1975, she went to work for Grande Ronde Hospital and retired in 2001. Ann was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church. She was also very active with the Boy Scouts and the Knife and Fork Club for several years. She enjoyed reading and researching history and geology. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Marsha and Barry Bones of Medford, Mark Stennfeld of Vancouver, Wash., Scott Stennfeld of Island City and Susan and Fred Knape of La Grande. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a brother, Donald Dean Jones. Memorials may be made to Doernbecker Children’s Hospital in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth Street, La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Mar. 3, 2007 Published: March 3,...

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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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Cross, Wayne L. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Wayne L. Cross, 64, formerly of Elgin, died May 5 at his home in Roseburg. Roseburg Memorial Gardens is in charge of arrangements. Wayne was born June 10, 1943, to Lloyd and Martha Cross. He was raised in Elgin and attended school there. In 1977, Wayne married Bonnie. The couple enjoyed camping, cooking and improving their home. He loved the outdoors. Wayne is survived by his wife, Bonnie; mother, Martha Cross of Elgin; three brothers, Ken Cross of Netarts, Don Cross of Tigard and Dennis Cross of Elgin; and sister, Rhonda Thomas of Newport, Wash. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Melanoma Foundation, 12395 El Camino Real, Suite 117, San Diego, Calif., 92130. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the day of May 9, 2008 Richardson, Raymond Union County, Oregon Obituary Cove, Oregon Raymond Richardson, 73, a lifetime resident of Cove, died May 9 at a local care center. Daniels-Knopp Funeral Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the day of May 10, 2008 ___________________________________ Raymond Arlie Richardson, 73, a lifelong resident of Cove, died May 9 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cove Cemetery. Viewing will run from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation &...

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Fennell, Thomas D. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Thomas D. Fennell, 69, of Sutherlin and formerly of La Grande, died June 11. A memorial service is planned for June 28 in Sutherlin. Chapel of the Roses in Roseburg is in charge of arrangements. Thomas was born June 11, 1939, to Grady and Lorene (Priest) Fennell in Monticello, Ark. In 1947, the Fennell family moved to the Sutherlin area. Thomas graduated from Sutherlin High School in 1957, and enlisted in the Army 87th Airborne unit. He was stationed in Germany and while serving his country enjoyed parachute jumping. After completing his military service, he became a member of the Oregon State Police and lived and worked in La Grande. Thomas returned to Sutherlin and began an excavating business. In the mid-1980s, he bought and developed a business running a service station and store in Evanston, Wyo. In the early 1990s, Thomas retired to Sutherlin and took up his favorite past-times: hunting, fishing and reading the Bible. In the last few years, ill-health curtailed his outdoor activities and limited his excursions. On Dec. 8, 2007, Thomas married Sharon Bjerkbig Hollamon. Thomas is survived by his wife, Sharon Fennell of Sutherlin; daughter, Tammra and her husband, Jack Chess, of La Grande; sister, JoAnn and her husband, Leland Nelson of Bandon; brother, Jack and his wife, Wendy Fennell, of Sutherlin; brother, Troy Fennell of Roseburg; step-children, Doug Hollamon...

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Sutherland, William Morrow – Obituary

Private family services for William Morrow Sutherland, 76, of Charleston, will be held in Heppner where he will be laid to rest in the Morrow family plot beside his father and mother. Mr. Sutherland died in Roseburg of complications of age on Jan. 19, 1995. He was born to Mr. and Mrs. Martin VanBuren Sutherland on Oct. 11, 1918. He attended Lincoln High School in Portland, then attended Reed College and majored in economics, graduated in 1941. Immediately following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, becoming a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. After separation from the Army, he held various sales positions until the late 1950s. He moved to Charleston in 1961 and bought the fishing vessel “Legend” and became a commercial fisherman. He joined the South Coast Trollers Association at its inception and was elected treasurer for a two-year period. When land use planning began, he was invited to join the Charleston area zoning group. Later he and others began a group to form a South Slough Sanctuary to protect the estuary of this region. He was appointed to the position of commissioner of the South Slough Estuarine Reserve Commission by Gov. Victor Atiyeh for a two year term. He is survived by his wife, Lucille, of North Bend; a son, William L. Sutherland of Santa Cruz, California; a daughter, Mary Hopson...

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Hardesty, William – Obituary

William Hardesty, veteran of the Civil War, died Friday afternoon [April 8, 1927] at the Soldiers Home Hospital at the age of 89 years. He had been a resident of the Soldiers Home since June 20, 1921, coming to this city from Freewater, Oregon. Mr. Hardesty enlisted for the Civil War in March of 1862 and served as a private in Co. M, 7th Missouri Infantry. He is survived by a son, William D. Hardesty of Freewater. The body has been taken in charge by the Roseburg Undertaking Company and will be sent to Walla Walla, Washington for burial. Roseburg News Review, April 9, 1927 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bogen, Belva Gene Lakey Mrs. – Obituary

Richland, Baker County, Oregon Belva Gene Bogen, 78, of Richland, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family and friends on Nov. 9, 2005. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Richland Christian Church. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception following the service at the church. Belva Gene was born on March 25, 1927 in Drain, to Eugene Harold and Bessie Bell White Lakey. She was raised and educated in Drain, graduating from Drain High School in 1945. Upon graduation, Belva married her high school sweetheart, John Bogen, on June 17, 1945 in Decatur, Ill. Of this union they had four children. She accumulated one year of college credit from Boise Bible College while she and John served as house parents at the Christian Children’s Home. During Belva’s life she most enjoyed being a homemaker, caring for her husband and children. She enjoyed camping, hunting, outdoor activities, family, teaching women life enrichment and writing. Belva was blessed with the gift of music; she was an accomplished pianist and loved to sing. John and Belva lived many places during their lives, as they were missionaries. They traveled Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Alaska and Europe. In Europe they carried Bibles to Christians behind the Iron Curtain. Belva is survived by her husband, John, of Richland; daughter Sherry Curtis of Phoenix, Ariz.; sons,...

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LaBaun, George Bradford – Obituary

George Bradford LaBaun, 82, a Baker City resident from 1996 until moving recently with his wife to Roseburg, died Dec. 29, 2004, with his family at his bedside after several years of battling with a rare lung disease. His memorial service was Jan. 3 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit. A celebration of his life will be scheduled later at Corvallis. He was born on Feb. 13, 1922, at Sheridan, Wyo., to George and Cora Burdick LaBaun. When he was 2 years old he moved with his parents to Eugene. He was a 1939 graduate of Eugene High School. After completing two years of engineering at Oregon State University, he worked as an engineer at Boeing Aircraft Co., the Spokane Army Air Depot and Lockheed Aircraft Co. before enlisting in the U.S. Army. During World War II, George served in the Pacific Theater as a combat engineer in the 715th Ordinance DLM Co. (“Flaming Bomb”). After his discharge, George worked 10 years as a construction superintendent, before returning to OSU to continue his education. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering and began teaching at OSU. Later, as a liaison between OSU Civil Engineering and the construction industry, he was instrumental in creating the Construction Engineering Management Program at Oregon State University. Professor LaBaun taught at OSU for 28 years and retired in 1984. He...

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Densmore, Luella Harrison Ewing Mrs. – Obituary

Luella Harrison Densmore, 91, of Pendleton, died Feb. 20, 2005, at Willowbrook Terrace in Pendleton. At her request, there will be no funeral services. Arrangements are in care of Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton. Mrs. Densmore was born in New Bridge on April 14, 1913, the daughter of William and Lavina Chipman Ewing. She lived her younger years in New Bridge, where she received her education. She married Victor Lee Harrision in Payette, Idaho, on Nov. 18, 1929. They had a son, Harvey L. Harrison. She lived in Myrtle Creek for several years and was a beautician. Mr. Densmore preceded her in death in Myrtle Creek on Nov. 9, 1988. She later married Sheldon Lee Densmore. She had resided in Pendleton since 1989 to be near her son and his family. Mrs. Densmore is survived by her son, Harvey Harrison, and his wife, Merledene, of Pendleton; a granddaughter, Holly Harrison Davis, and her husband, Jeffrey, of Pendleton; three great-grandchildren, Kendall, Mason and Mallory Davis, all of Pendleton; a sister, Veda Ewing Knoblauch of Baker City; a niece, Sharla Knoblauch Stevens of Old Town, Idaho; two nephews, Carlton Knoblauch of New Orleans and Duane Ewing of Baker City; stepdaughter, Shelley Mazoral of Bend and two sisters-in-law, Doloros Densmore Holloway of Scio and Barbara Densmore Baxter of Jefferson. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 25, 2005...

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Wilson, Ira, Jr. – Obituary

Ira Wilson Jr., 94, of Portland, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Jan. 29, 2005, at Portland. There will be no service. Mr. Wilson was born on Aug. 18, 1910, at Roseburg. He and his wife, Sylvia, were married in 1945. She died in 1977. He attended Tigard High School and served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 25, 1942, to Oct. 8, 1945. He lived in Baker City from 1947 to 1978 where he worked in the sawmill. Survivors include his nieces, Hope Wilson, Dawn Wilson Stricklin, Becky Wilson Freeman and Marsha Wilson, all of Portland; a nephew, Steven Wilson of Portland; and sister-in-law, Lucille Wilson of Portland. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 3, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Miller, Hudson Linden – Obituary

Hudson Linden Miller, 84, of Dolan Springs, Ariz., died Feb. 8, 2005, in Kingman, Ariz., of congestive heart failure. His funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane in Baker City. Bishop Tom Brock of Baker Valley Ward will conduct the service. Public visitation will be Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. in the Relief Society Room at the church. He was born Sept., 22, 1920, at Midvale, Idaho, to Philip and Alice Miller. He served as a cook in the Army Air Corps during World War II, ranched in Baker County for many years and retired from Roseburg Lumber in Roseburg in 1985. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years, serving in many capacities including two full-time missions. He is survived by his four children: Nina Stephens, Alice Sheldon, Philip Miller and LaFawn Smith and their families; his second wife, Berniece Miller, and six stepchildren: Shirley Benjamin, Leland Carlson, Ralph Carlson, Dennis Carlson, Ivan Carlson and Louise Cunningham and their families. He was beloved by all. He was preceded in death by his beloved Anna in 1966, and by one infant daughter, Maryann. Contributions in Mr. Miller’s memory can be made to the LDS Mission Fund through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814....

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Lethlean, Betty E. Bennett Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Betty E. Lethlean, 79, a long-time Baker City resident, died May 5, 2004, at her daughter’s home. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Pastor Roger Scovil will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 7 p.m. tonight at Coles Funeral Home. Betty was born on Nov. 21, 1924, at St. Louis, Mo. She was a daughter of Gordon and Esmerilda Tippett Bennett. She married William Ivan Gilliland and they moved to Baker City in 1944. He was killed in a logging accident in 1960. In September 1965, she married Carl “Bill” Lethlean at Prineville. In 1972, they moved to Roseburg, where they lived until Bill retired. They then moved to Waldport, before returning to Baker City in 1991 where they made their home together until his death in 1998. Betty loved gardening and being outdoors. She enjoyed being with her family and reading. She was a member of Baker City Christian Church. Survivors include her children, Bonnie Jean Gentry, and her husband, Homer, of Haines, William R. Gilliland and his wife, Nancy, of Waldport, Kenneth “K.C.” Gilliland of Pendleton, and June Marie Coller of Hermiston; stepchildren, Merle L. Lethlean and Gary Wallace Lethlean of Newport; brother and sister-in-law, Burton and Mescal Paine of Hermiston; sister, Donna Moore of Washington; 16...

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