Location: Grant County OR

Burnett, Preston Frank – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Preston Frank Burnett, 85, of Pendleton and formerly of La Grande died June 7 at St. Anthony Hospital. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 241 S.E. Second St. in Pendleton. 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 Preston was born July 7, 1921, to Lawrence and Mabel Brown Burnett in Island City. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1938 and served in the Navy prior to World War II. Preston married Madaline E. Rhoads in Portland. He worked for the Oregon Highway Division for 42 years and was a resident engineer on many highway projects. The family lived in Hood River, Roseburg, North Bend, John Day and Baker before settling in Ontario in 1962. They lived there for 39 years and then moved to Pendleton in 2001. Preston enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting and camping. He spent a lot of time with his grandchildren, family and friends. After retirement, Preston and Madaline enjoyed traveling...

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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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Steinbeck, J. D. – Obituary

Formerly of La Grande 1915-2009 J.D. Steinbeck, 93, of Seneca and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 31 at Country Spice Assisted Living Center in John Day. Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Hermiston Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. J.D. was born May 19, 1915, to Frank and Clara (Hadley) Steinbeck in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and later from Boeing Aircraft School in California. He served in the U.S. Army as a diesel mechanic instructor based in Seattle. He then returned to La Grande to work for Bunting Tractor Co. as parts manager. He later started and managed Inland Machinery Co. in John Day. He also owned and operated a motel in Ashland at one time. Throughout his life, J.D. was involved in farming and cattle in Culver, Tillamook and Hermiston. After selling the farm in Hermiston he was employed at Pendleton Grain Growers, Lamb Weston and Eastern Oregon Farms as farm manager. He served on the Westland Water District Board of Directors. He was a member of the Elks and a Mason. Survivors include his son, Don, and his wife, Char; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; son, Jim; and wife, Aretha. The Observer – Obituaries for the day of February 3,...

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Givens, M. LaVelle – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon M. LaVelle Givens, 80, of La Grande and formerly of Baker City, died Oct. 25 in La Grande. At her request there will be no public services. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest book at www.danielsknopp.com. LaVelle was born on May 19, 1927, to Elmer and Ethel (Boyer) Graven in Baker. Her great-grandparents, Thomas and Marietta (Dunn) Boyer, homesteaded in the Grande Ronde Valley in 1864. Her grandfather, Richard Boyer, was born near La Grande in 1873. LaVelle was raised and educated in Hereford where she graduated from high school. She married Jimmie Warren on Dec. 17, 1945, in San Francisco. He died of injuries on April 11, 1946, at the Treasure Island Naval Hospital in San Francisco. LaVelle married John Atkinson on Aug. 16, 1946. They had two sons and a daughter. LaVelle and John lived in Hereford, Austin Junction, Fossil, Baker and La Grande during John’s career with the Oregon Department of Transportation. LaVelle worked at JC Penneys in Baker City, for Dr. Alan Hall and at the Red Barn Market in La Grande. LaVelle and John were divorced in 1972, and LaVelle married Rex Givens on Dec. 15, 1973. LaVelle and Rex lived in Baker City, Payette and Medford where she assisted him with his carpet-cleaning business. LaVelle was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, the Eagles Auxiliary and the Red...

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Jacoby, Nellie Althea – Obituary

Nellie Aletha Jacoby, 84, of Union, died Oct. 13 after an extended illness. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Prairie City Cemetery in Prairie City. Nellie was born Nov. 14, 1922, to William and Beatrice King. Those who knew her say family was what Nellie was all about. She loved writing poetry and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her six children, Georgia Shank of Union, Ed Jacoby Jr. of Imbler, Corkey Jacoby of Salem, Terry Everidge of La Grande and Susie Young of Union; two brothers, Wilbur King and Dave King, both of Baker City; two sisters, Edna Harrison of North Bend and Audry Straub of Sparks, Nev.; 13 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending October 20, 2007 – Published: October 20, 2007 __________________________ Nellie Aletha Jacoby, 84, of Union, died Oct. 13 after an extended illness. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. today at the Prairie City Cemetery in Prairie City. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. Nellie was born Nov. 14, 1922, to William and Beatrice King. Those who knew her say family was what Nellie was all about. She loved writing poetry and spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her...

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Judah, Carol Galbreath – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Carol Galbreath Judah, 57, formerly of La Grande, died Nov. 15 at a hospital in Meridian, Idaho. A memorial service will be held in Fox at a later date. Accent Funeral Home in Meridian is in charge of arrangements. Carol was born April 11, 1950, to Bruce and Colleen Reynolds Galbreath in Pendleton. She lived in the Long Creek area of Grant County. At 7, she moved with her family to Pendleton. She attended elementary school at West Hills in Pendleton and later La Grande High School. In 1966 the family moved to Springfield and she graduated from Springfield High School in 1968. She moved back to La Grande in 1969 and attended Eastern Oregon College until she married Michael Smith in 1974. They had one son, Noah. Michael was killed in an accident at Fort Sill, Okla., in 1980 while serving in the military. Carol and Noah moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where she worked in the Social Service Department of Lewiston Care Center for 15 years. Those who knew her say she had a great compassion for the elderly. Carol was an avid reader and was particularly interested in history. She enjoyed writing short stories, shopping for antiques, going to yard sales, flea markets and attending Silver Sage Baptist Church of Boise. Carol is survived by her son, Noah of Phoenix, Ariz.; her mother and...

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Bruce, Braddie May – Obituary

Braddie May Bruce, 79, of Island City, died Jan. 11 at a local care center. A service will be held later in Canyon City. Braddie was born Jan. 26, 1928, to Clyde Willis and Grace Irene (Herburger) Laughlin in Prairie City. She was raised in Dayville and graduated from high school there. On Jan. 12, 1947, she married Ralph Bruce in Canyon City. She worked as a school secretary in Canyon City, Ukiah and John Day. For several years they lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she worked for the Episcopal bishop and for a co-op drug company. In her younger years she was a Rainbow girl and then a member of Eastern Star, of which she was a past worthy matron. She was an active member of the Canyon City Episcopal Church and a 4-H leader in the 1960s. In more recent years, Ralph and Braddie spent their winters in Arizona and visited family in San Diego. She loved to dance, square dance, sing in church and go on picnics. She enjoyed people, cooking and playing cards. Survivors include her husband, Ralph of Island City; children, Sandra Rysdam of Elgin, Craig Bruce of Bend and Sheila Bruce of Bend; brother, Willis Laughlin of San Diego; two grandchildren in La Grande and Elgin; two step-grandchildren in Portland and Bend; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to...

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Teufel, Robert Calvin – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robert Calvin Teufel, 66, of Mount Vernon and formerly of La Grande, died April 20 at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Portland. Robert was born April 4,1942, to Robert and Marjorie (Corey) Teufel in Portland. Robert graduated from Beaverton High School in 1961 and later went on to serve two years in the Army as Private E-1, where he earned sharpshooter and expert rifle badges as well as good conduct and Vietnam service medals. In 1966, Robert married Joyce Hayden in Beaverton. He later married Betty Holznagel in John Day in 2002. Robert was employed with the City of La Grande for 20 years as the parks and recreation superintendent. He retired in 2000. Robert also ran a successful nursery business in La Grande. Robert was an avid outdoorsman. Those who knew him considered him a jack of all trades. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback/mule riding, rock hounding, propagating nursery stock, ATVing, raising racing pigeons, camping, traveling, playing games and cards. He was also affiliated with the Oregon Hunters Association, Eagles, Elks, American Racing Pigeon Union and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Those who knew him say he had a strong sense of morals and ethics. He is survived by his wife, Betty Holznagel-Teufel of Mount Vernon; daughter, Traci...

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Livingston, Ardith Maxine – Obituary

Union, Oregon Ardith Maxene Livingston, 100, of Union, died at her residence May 31. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Union. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Maxene Livingston was born Aug. 29, 1907, the oldest of 13 children, in Santaquin, Utah. She grew up on the family farm owned by her parents, Albert and Chloe Tietjen Greenbalgh. As the oldest child, she was very involved in rearing her brothers and sisters. She also learned to operate all of the farm equipment except the binder because that was pulled by three horses. She grew up in a time when there were very few cars, so travel and farming was done with horses. Maxene graduated from the ninth grade in Santaquin, then graduated from high school in Payson, Utah, where she met her future husband, Vaughn Livingston. After graduation, she moved to Salt Lake City, where she worked as a milliner, designing and making women’s hats. Maxene and Vaughn were married in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 28, 1926. They remained in California until the Great Depression when they moved to Provo, Utah, where Vaughn attended Brigham Young University. Upon graduation they moved to Twisp, Wash. – the beginning of a long career with the U.S. Forest Service. Employment with the Forest Service required living...

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Steinbeck, J. D. – Obituary

Formerly of La Grande 1915-2009 J.D. Steinbeck, 93, of Seneca and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 31 at Country Spice Assisted Living Center in John Day. Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. Friday at the Hermiston Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. J.D. was born May 19, 1915, to Frank and Clara (Hadley) Steinbeck in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and later from Boeing Aircraft School in California. He served in the U.S. Army as a diesel mechanic instructor based in Seattle. He then returned to La Grande to work for Bunting Tractor Co. as parts manager. He later started and managed Inland Machinery Co. in John Day. He also owned and operated a motel in Ashland at one time. Throughout his life, J.D. was involved in farming and cattle in Culver, Tillamook and Hermiston. After selling the farm in Hermiston he was employed at Pendleton Grain Growers, Lamb Weston and Eastern Oregon Farms as farm manager. He served on the Westland Water District Board of Directors. He was a member of the Elks and a Mason. Survivors include his son, Don, and his wife, Char; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; son, Jim; and wife, Aretha. The Observer – Obituaries for the day of February 3,...

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Glascock, Peter – Obituary

Peter Glascock meets death from a shot fired by Relative in a hunting mishap. Victim of the usual mistake, during deer hunting season. Peter Glascock of Kingman Kolony was instantly killed Wednesday at 11 a.. but a bullet fired from the gun of James Hite, his son-in-law. The accident occured near John Day, where Mr. Glascock and his party had camped. A Coroner’s verdict absolved James Hite of any responsibility by rendering a verdict of death by accidental shooting. The shooting was one of those freak accidents that happens. Mr. Glascock and Dwight Burke were seated on a log resting and James Hite and his partner were across a valley hunting. Hite according to reports looked across the valley in search of a deer when he spotted what he thought was one, instead it was his father-in-law seated on the log with a gun leaning back over his shoulder. Young Hite fired and the bullet entered the left side of Glascocks neck coming out the right shoulder. Death was instant, according to members of the party. Mr. Glascocks body was bought to the Nyssa Funeral Home Thursday morning after an all night trip from John Day. Final arrangement for the funeral have not been announced. Mr. Glascock is survived by his widow and six children, two of whom are married. Mrs. Fields of Mc Call and Mrs. James Hite...

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Roach, Naoma Huss – Obituary

Mrs. Naoma Roach, 80, Chehalis, died Saturday at her home on 1763 Cascade Ave. She was born November 3, 1880 in Mt. Vernon, Oregon. Mrs. Roach had been a resident of Chehalis for the past 24 years and a former resident of Onalaska. She was a member of the non-denominational church. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Blanche Strey and Mrs. Anne Wassco, Randle, and Mrs. Catherine Roundtree, Everson, Wash.; three sons, Fred, Elk City, Idaho; Charles, Kimberly, Ore.; and Harvey Roach, Eugene, Ore.; three brothers, Ray Huss, Parker; Bird Huss, Ellensburg, and Oscar Huss of Winthrop, 15 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Bonne Mortuary in Chehalis with Malcolm Graham officiating in the Claquato Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Huss, William Sylvester – Obituary

Graveside funeral services for William Sylvester Huss, 84, Ellensburg pioneer who died at Medical Lake, Monday [January 10, 1949], will be held at the IOOF Cemetery here Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock with Rev. R. W. May officiating. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Born in Laclede, Mo., June 3, 1864. Huss came across the plains by ox cart with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Huss in 1865. They settled in Grant County, Oregon and moved to the Kittitas Valley in June 1885. He had resided here since that time. He was employed for 25 years as buildings and grounds superintendent and heating plant engineer at the Central Washington College before his retirement because of ill health in 1927. He was married here to Annette Thompson on June 1, 1899. She died in 1923. He was married in 1925 to Mrs. Rachael Allen, who survives him. Also surviving are a son, Paul Huss of Seattle; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Ballard and Mrs. Marjorie Jones, both of Ellensburg; a sister, Mrs. Nainy [Naomi] Roach of Chehalis; five brothers, James Huss of Chehalis; Oscar Huss of Twisp; Frank and Bird Huss of Ellensburg, and Roy Huss of Parker; two grandchildren, Robert Ballard and Mrs. Barbara Marr of Ellensburg, and numerous nieces and nephews. Daily Record, January 12, 1949 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Clark, Raymond – Obituary

Raymond Clark, 70, of John Day, died April 20, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. At his request, there will be no memorial service. Raymond Harlo Clark was born on Aug. 6, 1934, at La Grande. He lived in the Harrisburg area on the Oregon Coast until his family moved to Austin. He attended grade school at Austin, and then continued his education at Prairie City, where he graduated from high school in 1952. After graduation, Ray went to work for a short time with the U.S. Forest Service. He then worked for six months at the Kinzua mill. In 1954, he married his childhood sweetheart, Janis. They made their first home at Bates where Ray worked for Edward Hines Lumber Co. When the mill closed its Bates site and moved to John Day, Ray made the move as well. He retired as a millwright from Edward Hines Lumber Co. after 40 years of service. Ray enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed being out in the hills. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Janis of John Day; a daughter, Cheryl, and her husband, Terry Sherman, of John Day; a son, Roger Clark of Pilot Rock; three grandchildren, Megan Sherman, Colton Clark and Kaylie Clark, all of John Day; and three sisters, Lois Jean King of Payette, Idaho, Betty Lou White of Portland, and Stella McCauley of Mount...

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Patterson, Ethel Hazel Reed Mrs. – Obituary

Ethel Hazel Patterson, 97, of John Day, died Oct. 9, 2005, at Blue Mountain Nursing Home in Prairie City. Her graveside memorial service will be Saturday at the Fox Cemetery in Fox. Ethel was born on Aug. 11, 1908, at Fox to George and Amanda Medlin Reed. She grew up in the Fox Valley and attended school at Cottonwood, John Day and Hood River. In 1924, Ethel married John Smith at Hood River. She and John remained married for about 25 years before they divorced. She operated a dress shop and restaurant at Condon for a while. A few years later Ethel married Carl Patterson. They lived at Mount Vernon, Baker City, and John Day. They also lived in Arizona where they ran a gas station and in Missouri where they had a chicken farm. Ethel also worked as a beautician in Arkansas and ran an elevator in California for a hospital. Carl was a mail carrier at John Day and ran the stage from Condon to John Day. He died in 1995. Ethel never had children, but had lots of nieces and nephews whom she helped raise. She was close to her family and friends and they all loved her dearly. She loved attending family reunions at Fox and Raddue every year. Ethel had many hobbies, including crocheting, embroidery work and crafts. She really enjoyed outdoor activities such...

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