Location: Ferry County WA

Collins, Elmer R. – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon 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 Elmer R. Collins, of Republic, Wash., died on June 16, 2007, in Renton, Wash. He was 75. Mr. Collins was born in Minam to Lloyd and Irene Collins on Dec. 20, 1931. He attended schools in Enterprise and Milton Freewater. He joined the Army in 1949 and was honorably discharged in 1952 as a staff sergeant. He met and married Kathryn Ann Deaver, in Walla Walla, Wash. and they were married in 1953, where the couple lived for a few years. The couple had two daughters. In 1957, Mr. Collins was hired at the Boeing Company and settled in Renton, Wash., where he worked for 31 years. He retired from Boeing in 1987 and they moved to Republic, Wash. and lived on Curlew Lake. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodwork, and visiting with his neighbors who lived around the small lake neighborhood. He was known fondly as “Tom” to family and close friends. The couple often attended the annual...

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Nitz, Wilfred Arthur – Obituary

LaGrande, Oregon Wilfred Arthur Nitz, 65, of Hillsboro and formerly of La Grande died May 16. A memorial service was held May 31 in Sherwood. Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Nitz was born Oct. 28, 1940, to the Rev. and Mrs. Carl Nitz in Scheflin. He attended Grant High School and graduated from Concordia High School and attended Concordia Junior College. He graduated from Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Ill., and in June 1963, married Judy Berreth. The couple taught in Elgin and Snohomish, Wash., and he served as interim principal in 1967-68. He became a lay pastor in Republic, Wash., and worked at various jobs, including coordinator of Ferry County community services. In 1976 he was certified as a lay minister in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. In 1980 he was ordained through the colloquy program of Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. On. Jan. 28, 1984, he became pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in La Grande where he remained for 19 years. He assisted in an outreach ministry to Joseph, Baker City and Pendleton, and served on the Ministerial Association and on the board of Youth For Christ. He was pastoral advisor for the Northwest Team of the Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ. The family cared for more than 20 foster children, and from 1995 to 2003 he and his wife...

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Ritch, David Fayne – Obituary

David Fayne Ritch, 50, passed away due to cancer on Oct.8,2005. David was the son of Fayne Fredrick Ritch and Joyce Mae Thompson, Ritch. He was born Feb.15, 1955 in Baker,Ore. He is survived by his mother Joyce Anderson of Carlton, Washington, his father Fayne Ritch of Paulina, Ore, a sister Suzy Fay Ritch Twiss, her husband Everett and two nephews Ross and Kyle Twiss, all of Prineville, Ore . David has two children Crystal Ritch of Everett,Wash., and a two year old son Sterling David Ritch of Omak,Wash. David graduated from Pine Valley High School in Halfway, Ore. He attended college at Blue Mt. Community College in Pendleton. His goal was to be a veterinarian. He left college to work the ranch with his father. He was 46 when he left the ranch. He has lived in Keller, Wash. and worked at Toleman Fire center since. He had a great love for the work, the area and people. They call him Super Dave. Dave enjoyed fishing and liked to hunt. David will be cremated and a memorial and celebration of his life will be held in his honor at the Keller, Wash. Community Center on Saturday Nov. 5. A dinner will be served at noon. Salmon and meat dishes will be furnished. Potluck for the balance of the dinner would be appreciated. Everyone is Welcome. Used by permission...

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Ashby, Wanden Lloyd – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Wanden Lloyd Ashby, 77, of Richland, died Nov. 10, 2004, at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise of complications from heart surgery. His graveside service will be at noon Saturday at Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Pastor Ralph Holcomb of the Baker Christian Church will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7847, Halfway. Wanden was his own man. He served his country during World War II, after joining the U.S. Navy at age 16 with his dad’s OK. He received two Purple Hearts, one in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and one at Okinawa. After the war he sailed with the Merchant Marines for about nine years. After serving his country, Wanden moved to Omak, Wash. He later moved to Keller, Wash., where he was married and bought a ranch. Later he bought another ranch in Moses Lake, Wash. He and his wife were divorced and he sold his property. Wanden acquired some racehorses and raced them at Portland, Yakima, Spokane and Seattle, Wash. He sold his horses after a few years and bought a house at Richland. Wanden and his very good friend, Glenn Densley, prospected and mined. In his later years he had a small sawmill and started making wooden bowls. He never sold any, but gave them to friends and relatives. In addition to mining, he loved...

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Coombes, Maude Pearl Johnson Mrs. – Obituary

Haines, Oregon Maude Pearl Coombes, 97, of Haines, died Dec. 8, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. Disposition was by cremation at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Crematory. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Pastor Roger Scovil of the church will officiate. Mrs. Coombes was born on April 1, 1904, at Pine Hill, Ky., to John Clark and Liza Edwards Johnson. She was the last of 12 children. She moved from Kentucky to St. Maries, Idaho, and then to the Republic, Wash., area where she met Oscar Cullen Coombes. They were married on May 12, 1922. They lived in various places in Washington until the fall of 1928 when they came to Sparta. They lived in various places in Eastern Oregon until 1940 when they established their home on Salmon Creek near Baker City. They left the area during the war years and went to Stanfield to help in the war effort. They kept their home on Salmon Creek as their permanent residence. She and Oscar were married just short of 66 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Clark and Liza Edwards Johnson; her husband, Oscar; brothers, Alonzo, Freeman and Gay Johnson; sisters, Ida, Georgia, Laura and Dora; daughter, Erma Gray; a granddaughter, Jean Haluber; and a great-grandson, Virgil Knight. Survivors include Donald...

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