Location: Grant County OR

Johnson, James

News of the sudden death of James Johnson of Dale, Oregon, reached Mrs. W.W. Kuhn last Thursday. She and sister, Mrs. H.A. Kuhn, and nephew, Marion Pearce, departed for the funeral which was held at Pendleton Friday, December 6, with interment in the Pendleton cemetery. Mr. Johnson was born on Butter Creek January 16, 1875, to Felix and Katherine Johnson who came from Ireland during their youth, and after settling in central Oregon they engaged in cattle raising. “Jimmie” was married to Rebecca McCubbin May22, 1903, and immediately departed for his home near Crane in Grant county. He and wife have operated a stock ranch of several hundred acres there and have experienced a successful business. To them was born the child, Mrs. Francis Walton, who, with her husband and son, live near Mrs. Johnson and are associated in the business of the Johnsons. Mr. Johnson leaves to mourn his loss his wife, daughter, and grandson, besides one brother Felix, who resides near Dale. Mr. Pearce and Mrs. W. W. Kuhn came home after the funeral but Mrs. H. A. Kuhn went home with Mrs. Johnson and will remain with her for a time. Mrs. Johnson was reared in Wallowa County and was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McCubbin, who came to Lostine in 1877 And homesteaded the farm now operated by H.A. Kuhn. Source: Enterprise...

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Burnett, Ruth Loretta Scott Mrs. – Obituary

Long-time Hermiston resident, Ruth Loretta Scott-Burnett, died August 1, 1995, at Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston. She was 88 years of age. She was born on March 16, 1907 in Athena, the daughter of Arthur and Daisy Bryson-Scott. She graduated from the University of Washington and the taught kindergarden and high school in Stanfield and kindergarden in Seneca. On November 13, 1928, she married William Earl Burnett in La Grande. She was a member of the Stanfield Rebekah Lodge, Stanfield Study Club, Stanfield Grange Faith Presbyterian Church, Echo Womens Golf Club, Theta Rho Advisor and a master bridge player. She also played the piano for the Hope and Faith Presbyterian churches. She is survived by her husband, William Earl (Mick) Burnett of Hermiston; daughters, Lora Looman of Bend, Phyllis Whittington of Portland; and son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Kathy Burnett of Stanfield; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Kay Martinez. Memorial services were held Saturday, August 5, at the Faith Presbyterian Church in Hermiston. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, August, 1995 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Osborne, Eliza – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Laco D. Osborne, former resident of this county, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1937, at Seneca, in the forest belt some distance west of Baker. Funeral services were held at the Booth chapel Sunday and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery, with Rev. Lloyd W. Halverson of the Presbyterian church officiating. Auntie Eliza Sturm was born in Meadowville, West Virginia, Oct. 31, 1882, and was married to Laco D. Osborn at Elkins, West Virginia, July 5, 1898. After coming to Oregon they lived in Enterprise several years when Mr. Osborne was logging for the East Oregon Lumber company. When the lumber industry faded away, the family moved and had been living at Seneca some time. Mrs. Osborne was survived by her husband, three children, eight grandchildren and four brothers, while many friends and acquaintances mourn her loss. Enterprise Record Chieftain, Thursday, January 21,...

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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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Anderson, Charles – Obituary

Anderson, Charles Joseph, Oregon Charles Anderson, a former resident of Joseph and Baker City, died April 30, 2006, in Baker, Mont. He was 57. Funeral services will be held May 8 at 2 p.m. at Baker United Methodist Church in Baker City. A full obituary will run in next week’s paper. Wallowa County Chieftain, May 4, 2006 Charles Anderson, a former resident of Joseph and Baker City, died April 30, 2006, in Baker, Mont. He was 57. Mr. Anderson was born Aug. 6, 1948, to Eldon James and Roberta May Griffin Anderson in The Dalles. He grew up and attended elementary and high school in Condon, where he graduated in 1966. He attended Central Oregon Community College in Bend and received a degree in natural resources. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. After his service, Mr. Anderson returned to John Day and began working for the U.S. Forest Service in range management. In 1980, he was transferred to Joseph where he remained until 1993. He enjoyed working in the field with a pack string of mules and going down to the Snake River. After retiring in 1993, he purchased a ranch in Baker City and fulfilled a lifelong goal of raising cattle and horses. While living in Baker City, he met Kathleen Foster and they married May 4, 2001. In 2002 they...

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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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Carper, Joseph K. – Obituary

Services Held For Joe Carper Funeral Services were held at Centralia, Washington, Saturday, March 13, for Joseph K. Carper, former resident of Promise for many years. Mr. Carper passed away at the Swedish hospital in Seattle March 10, where he had been confined for a month. Mr. Carper was born in Raleigh County, West Virginia, on September 21, 1865, the son of George Washington and Delilah Carper. His father was a minister and came west in the 90’s moving into the La Grande and John Day country. Joe Carper was married when he was 17 years old and came west sometime in the late 1890’s with his family. They lived for a couple of years in the Grande Ronde valley before moving to a homestead in Promise, where they homesteaded 160 acres of grazing land. Mr. Carper went into the business of raising fruit and peddled his products through out the county. He raised fine fruit and was commonly called Huckleberry Joe. He was fond of hunting, usually kept a pack of hounds, and was employed as the first government hunter in the county about 30 years. Mr. Carper was the father of 17 children by his first wife. In 1920 he married Myrtle Voetburg and one child, Eugene, was born to this union. In 1925 Mr. and Mrs. Carper moved to Grants Pass where they lived a few...

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Rice, Lennie Juliet – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Formerly of Enterprise 1945-2000 Lennie Juliet Hearing Rice, 54, of Colville, Wash., and formerly of Enterprise, died April 20. A memorial service will be scheduled later at the Wallowa Cemetery. Mrs. Rice was born July 23, 1945, in Enterprise to Fred and Clara White Hearing. She was raised in Wallowa County and educated at home until the seventh grade. She graduated from Enterprise High School, attended beauty college and one year of veterinary school. She married Ron Rice on September 3, 1963, in Unity. She had a hair salon for some years in John Day. She enjoyed training horses, sewing, dancing, hunting and reading. Survivors include her daughters, Carolina Porter of La Grande and LaLoni Allred of Bend, Elizabeth Thorne of Kennewick, and eight grandchildren. A grandson died earlier. Memorial may be made to the family at 3012 Cove Ave., La Grande. The Observer, Tuesday, 25 July 2000, Page # 2. Contributed by: Robert...

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Gawith, Orval – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Former Elgin Man Killed Accidentally Orval Gawith, a native son of Elgin, was accidentally killed at Mt. Vernon, Oregon Monday evening. Available information indicated that while he was unloading a load of logs the top log on his load slipped off and crushed him to the ground beneath it. Logging is the work in which he had long been engaged. Harry Gawith of Wallowa, father of the deceased, and Allen Gawith, a brother of Minam, were in Elgin Tuesday on their way to Mt. Vernon. Funeral arrangements were made while they were here. The remains will be interred in Elgin Cemetery at 2:30 this afternoon and will preceded by graveside services. Willard Orval Gawith was born in Elgin May 13, 1904 and was 42 years, 3 months and 6 days old. He leaves a wife and son. He and his family visited Elgin several weeks ago. Grandparents of deceased settled in the Pinegrove district about 50 years ago, and his father resided there as a boy and young man. The Elgin Recorder, Thursday, 22 August 1946 Contributed by: Robert...

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Pratt, Larry Arnold – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Larry Arnold Pratt, 67, of Prairie City, who was raised in North Powder, died April 28, 2005, after a long illness. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Haines Cemetery. There will be a reception dinner afterward at the First Baptist Church in Haines, 714 Cole. Visitations will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grays West & Co. Pioneer Chapel , 1500 Dewey Ave. He was born on Dec. 2, 1937, to Louis and Edythe Pratt and was raised on the North Powder River, and attended North Powder School. He was a 1956 graduate of Powder Valley High School. He was very popular in school and played all sports. He especially liked basketball and football. He was a very social and friendly person, willing to lend a helping hand whenever needed. He was a very talented man who could fix anything. A lot of ranchers were upset when he couldn’t shear sheep anymore, because he was so good at it. He was very proud of his kids and grandkids and loved them very much. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Survivors include his mother, Edythe; his sister, Wanda, and her husband, George “Danny” Gover; his friend and soul mate for 20 years, Clara Lemley; mothers of his children, Zona Pratt and Freda Wallace; his children,...

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Flower, Anna Mae Whiting Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon Anna Mae Whiting Flower, 86, of La Grande, who taught school for many years in Eastern Oregon, died Jan. 18, 2004, at La Grande. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Island City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was born on April 11, 1917, at Mount Glenn to Edward Daniel and Mary Emelia “Mille” Olsen Whiting. She married Jake Cecil Flower on Jan. 17, 1944, at Los Angeles. They were later divorced. The couple had three children, Kay, Lee and Keith. Anna attended schools at Mount Glenn and La Grande. She was a 1934 graduate of La Grande High School. She attended Eastern Oregon Normal School from 1934 to 1936 and graduated with a life teacher’s certificate. She was a member of Phi Beta Sigma and president of the Women’s Athletic Association in 1935 and 1936. She first taught at Kimberly where she boarded with the Clyde Jackson family. The next two years she taught at Sumpter and then moved back to La Grande and taught there 7 years before marrying and starting a family. She lived at North Powder and taught school there for 28 years. During that time she studied and received her bachelor’s degree at Eastern Oregon College in 1958 and later her master’s degree at the University of Oregon at Eugene. She taught grade school, home...

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Duckett, Richard E. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Richard E. Duckett, 51, of Elgin, died Nov. 30, 2004, at his home of a brain tumor after a long illness. There was a celebration of his life Saturday at the La Grande Baptist Church. Loveland Funeral Chapel of La Grande was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Duckett was born on Nov. 15, 1953, at La Grande to Richard L. and Doris Duckett. The family moved to Bates in 1959. He was a 1972 graduate of Prairie City High School where he was a member of the Order of DeMolay and played baseball and football. He served in the U.S. Navy, and on Dec. 30, 1972, he married Debra Frazier at Prairie City. The couple lived at Antioch, Calif., and Canyon City before moving to Elgin in 1988. He worked as an electrician for John Day Lumber Co., Malheur Lumber, Boise Cascade and Marvin Wood Products in Baker City. He was a member of the Canyon city Masonic Lodge and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family. He was quick with a smile and always had a joke to share. Survivors include his wife of Elgin; children and their spouses, Missy and Jason McKinnon, and Rick Duckett and his fiance, Nikki Stark of Island City; one grandchild; one stepgrandchild; his mother of La Grande; sisters and their husband, Georgia and Jim Boethin of Canyon...

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Henry, Patricia Eileen – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Patricia Eileen Henry, 56, of John Day, died July 26 at her home. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Friday July 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in John Day with Bishop Gary Delaney officiating. Burial will be at the Elgin Cemetery. Mrs. Henry was born Oct. 14, 1949, to Ralph Richard and Thelma Jane Miller in Nampa, Idaho. She graduated from Valivue High School in Nampa, and married Ken Henry on March 27, 1970, in Logan, Utah. She worked in the Grant County 4-H office as an assistant. She was a member of the Church of the LDS Church, and served in various callings, including teaching seminary. She was an accomplished pianist and organist, and she enjoyed knitting booties for the newborns at Blue Mountain Hospital, gardening, photography and baking. Survivors include her husband of John Day; children and their spouses, Kristal and Chris Peck of Highland, Utah, Duane and Joan Henry of John Day, Kevin and Lisa Henry of Lehi, Utah; Ami and Fernando Silva of Springville, Utah, and Heidi and Loren Mullin of Las Vegas, Nev.; her parents of Nampa, and 15 grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Hospice through Driskill Memorial Chapel 241 S Canyon Blvd John Day 97845. The Observer Online-Obituaries for the week ending July 29, 2006, Published: August 1,...

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Droschkey, William Russell – Obituary

Cove, Oregon William Russell Droschkey, 82, of Cove died Friday at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cove Cemetery. Mr. Droschkey was born Oct. 3, 1923, to William and Mary Alice Bill Droschkey in Spokane. He was raised in Idaho and graduated from high school in Orofino, Idaho. At the age of 14 went to work in the woods. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and on Sept. 18, 1948, he married Shirley Brazil in Cove. In 1951 he graduated from the University of Utah as a pharmacist, and worked in Pendleton, Burns, John Day and Walla Walla before returning to the Grande Ronde Valley. In 1965 the family moved to Cove, and he continued to work in La Grande until retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Ontario Elks Lodge, the VFW and the DAV. He raised horses and mules for recreation in the wilderness and raced horses for seven years in five different states. Survivors include his wife of Cove; a brother, Dave Best of Lewiston, Idaho; a sister, Myrna Henry of Tacoma, Wash.; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Cove Library in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 26, 2006, Published: August 28,...

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Kuba, Dorothy Laree – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dorothy Laree Norton Britton Kuba, 74, of Cottage Grove and formerly of La Grande and Wallowa County, died March 15. A graveside memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. March 24 at the Wallowa Cemetery. A lunch for family and friends will be served at 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Enterprise. Arrange-ments are under the direction of Bollman Funeral Home, Enterprise. Dorothy was born Nov. 11, 1932, to William and Eva (Scrivner) Norton in Nampa, Idaho. The third of seven children, she moved with her family to La Grande in 1941 and to Enterprise in 1942. In 1944 the family moved again to Seneca, where her father was a logger, and later to Scio, where she met Willard Britton, whom she married in 1949. Dorothy and Willard lived in Albany, where two children were born. In 1954 they moved to Wallowa, where Willard was employed at the sawmill, and they had two more children. The family suffered the loss of 5-year-old Cathy in 1958 from complications from one of the earliest open-heart surgeries, at OHSU. In 1964 they moved to Cottage Grove, where Dorothy worked as a school custodian until retirement. She and Willard divorced in 1974. In 1980 she married Ryoyei (Roy) Kuba, and they continued to live in Cottage Grove. Dorothy was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Moose Lodge....

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