Location: Grants Pass Oregon

Grimes, Loraine Wyman – Obituary

Loraine W. Grimes, 87, Grants Pass, died today, Friday, Dec. 1, 1995, at Royale Gardens Health Care Facility. Services are pending with Hull & Hull Funeral Directors. [Loraine’s parents were George Milton Grimes and Maude May Fleming. He was married to Josephine Pirzer who died November 27, 1957 in Marion Co. He was buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery] The Courier, December 1, 1995 Contributed by Shelli...

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Cooke, Ellsworth V. – Obituary

Ellsworth V. “E. V.” Cooke, 94, of Grants Pass died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Redwood Terrace. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Laurel Cemetery in Cave Junction. Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives is in charge of arrangements. Cooke was born April 8, 1912, in Entiat, Wash., and was raised on a ranch near Entiat. During World War II, he spent time mining copper in Butte, Mont. He moved to the Illinois Valley in 1944 and worked in the logging industry. In the 1970s, he moved to Grants Pass, where he promoted garlic production in the state of Oregon. He was married five times and, though he had no children, he helped raise five families. He was a member of the Eagles and Masonic lodges and the White Shrine. He enjoyed memorizing poems, songs, and stories. Survivors include a sister Gladys Fattig of Eureka, Calif. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Jordan, Edna H. – Obituary

Imbler, Oregon Edna H. Jordan, 101, of Grants Pass and formerly of Haines, Imbler and La Grande, died Nov. 16 at her home. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Imbler. Arrangements are under the direction of Hull & Hull Funeral Directors of Grants Pass. Mrs. Jordan was born Edna Grace Henner Sept. 18, 1905, in Baker City and grew up in Haines. In 1931 she married Ben Rich Jordan. They lived in Imbler from 1936 to 1989, when they moved to La Grande. Her husband died in 1999, and she moved to Grants Pass in 2002. Survivors include her son, Kim L. Jordan of Grants Pass, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Daniel Jordan. Memorial contributions may be made to Lovejoy Hospice, 939 S.E. Eighth St., Grants Pass 97526. The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 25, 2006, Published: November 25,...

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Kehr, Ewald Albert – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Ewald Albert Kehr, 84, of La Grande, died April 11 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise. A funeral will begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran Church, 12th Street and Gekeler Lane. The celebration of life for Ewald will also be a celebration of what would have been Ewald and Edna’s 63rd anniversary. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery. Ewald was born March 20, 1923, to Ernst and Hilda (Schroeder) Kehr in Wentworth, S.D., where he worked with his father farming. In October 1939 he moved to Minnesota, where he met Edna Gieseke. They were married April 16, 1944, in South Branch, Minn., and farmed for the next seven years in Truman, Minn. In 1952 they moved to Grants Pass, where Ewald was a partner in a logging operation. In 1954 he contracted polio and had to quit logging. After recovering he worked in a plywood mill and construction until he started his own contracting business. Ewald and Edna moved to La Grande in 1976, where he worked at building as long as his health permitted. He loved woodwork, especially scroll work, and continued making wooden pliers until last winter. Ewald’s biggest enjoyments were to go hunting and fishing with family and friends and his partner in life, Edna. He also enjoyed playing the harmonica. He was active in the Lutheran Church, serving...

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Kopsas, Ralph ‘Nick’ – Obituary

Ralph “Nick” Kopsas, 73, of Merlin, died Monday, Sept. 14, 1998, at his home. Memorial graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Southern Oregon Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements. He was born on March 3, 1925, in Sioux Center, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a seaman first class and was a shipwreck survivor. In 1958, he moved to Grants Pass from Los Angeles. He worked at Redwood and Fourply Mills for many years. He married the former Letha Crossley 28 years ago in Grants Pass. His memberships included the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, the Eagles Lodge, the Elks Lodge, the Merlin Horseshoe Club, and the Old Timers Bowling League. He especially enjoyed playing cards. He volunteered for different organizations including the Meals on Wheels Program in the Cave Junction and O’Brien areas. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Judy Theis of Phoenix, Ariz.; three stepdaughters, Nellie Wildey of Grants Pass, Mary Kamps of Missoula, Mont., and LaVeeta Baily of Medford; a stepson, Alfred Kamps of Reno, Nev.; three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, seven step grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cooke, James Delmore – Obituary

Ellsworth V. “E. V.” Cooke, 94, of Grants Pass died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Redwood Terrace. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Laurel Cemetery in Cave Junction. Grants Pass Funeral Alternatives is in charge of arrangements. Cooke was born April 8, 1912, in Entiat, Wash., and was raised on a ranch near Entiat. During World War II, he spent time mining copper in Butte, Mont. He moved to the Illinois Valley in 1944 and worked in the logging industry. In the 1970s, he moved to Grants Pass, where he promoted garlic production in the state of Oregon. He was married five times and, though he had no children, he helped raise five families. He was a member of the Eagles and Masonic lodges and the White Shrine. He enjoyed memorizing poems, songs, and stories. Survivors include a sister Gladys Fattig of Eureka, Calif. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cooke, Clara Noland – Obituary

Clara Cooke, 67, of 2970 Elk Lane was pronounced dead on arrival at Josephine General Hospital Wednesday [Oct. 16, 1968]. She was born May 18, 1900 in Homewood, Ill. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Hull and Hull Chapel with the Rev. Masimo Ghilardl of St. Anne’s Catholic Church officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Cemetery at Cave Junction. Survivors include the widower, Ellsworth Cooke, Grants Pass; a sister, Elizabeth Drill, Fond du Lac, Wis; and a brother, Joseph Noland, Milwaukee, Wis. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Keller, Robert George – Obituary

Robert George Keller, 71, of 2939 Redwood Ave. died Wednesday, April 4, 1984, at Josephine Memorial Hospital. Graveside services were held today at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Walter Ferris of the First Baptist Church officiating. Slawson’s Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. He was born December 30, 1912 in Seattle. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked for the U. S. Forest Service in timber and resources management for 37 years before retiring in 1972. He began work in the Siskiyou National Forest office before being transferred to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest office in Eastern Oregon where he worked for most of his career. He moved to Grants Pass from Unity in 1972. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Elizabeth of Grants Pass; daughter Ann Keller, Grants Pass; and sister Frances Steedman of Renton, WA. Daily Courier, April 5, 1984 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Reddick-Bowman, L. Dawn Washburn Mrs. – Obituary

L. Dawn Reddick-Bowman, 80, of Eugene, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 7, 2005, of chronic leukemia. American Burial & Cremation alternatives of Springfield was in charge of arrangements. Reddick-Bowman was born on June 6, 1925, at Baker City to Harry and Catherine Washburn. She was married to Ronald Bowman in Idaho. He later died. Previously, she was married to Wilson “Bill” Reddick of Grants Pass. He died in 1993. She graduated from high school and worked in retail sales. She had lived at Eugene for four years and previously had lived at Grants Pass and Baker City. She enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking and was an artist. Survivors include two daughters, Debra Blixseth of Eugene and Lisa Millett of Tampa, Fla.; two sons, Gary Reddick of Portland and Tom Reddick of Junction City; two sisters, Varene York of Baker City and Patty Stockdale of Roy, Wash.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Fire Department and the Baker City Food Co-op. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 25, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Leep, Frances Williams Mrs. – Obituary

Frances W. Leep, 87, of Baker City, died Jan. 16, 2005, at her home. Memorial services for Mrs. Leep will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Baker City Christian Church. Pastor Roger Scovil and Mr. Jack Pittman of the church will officiate. Mrs. Leep was born in King City, Mo., on July 11, 1917, to Nelson Oscar and Clara Belle (Keeney) Williams. She moved to Oregon with her family at the age of 14 and settled in Eugene, where her father was a pastor and her mother taught school. She attended schools in the Eugene area and graduated from Oregon State University. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a Home Economics teacher. She taught two years in Halfway, one year in Lebanon and two more years in Grants Pass. On Sept. 11, 1943, she married George E. Leep in Eugene. They moved to Baker City in 1943. Frances went to work for the State of Oregon Family Children Services department and retired in 1972 after 22 years of service. She was a member of the Baker City Christian Church for more than 50 years. Mrs. Leep is survived by her children, Elizabeth Erwin and her husband, David, of Oregon City; Marydee Rea and her husband, Lloyd, of Baker City and Margy Heilman and her husband, Eric, of Milwaukie; grandchildren, Georgene Rea, Marianne Stone and her...

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Maxwell, John Dwyer – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon John Dwyer Maxwell, a plaintiff in the successful United Steelworkers 1988 unfair labor practices lawsuit against Oregon Steel, died May 11, 2004 of complications from AIDS. A resident of Baker City at the time of his death, he was 56. There will be a wake and gathering at 10:00 am on June 5, 2004 at the Longshoreman’s Meeting Hall, 2435 NW Front St. in Portland. A native Oregonian, Maxwell was born in Grants Pass, February 13, 1948. He was the youngest son of Robert Douglas Maxwell, a logger and long time Oregon lumberman, and Catherine Winifred Dwyer Maxwell. Following his graduation from Plankinton, SD High School, Maxwell became a journeyman millwright under the apprentice program at Oregon Steel in Portland. He worked for Oregon Steel from 1969 until 1983 when two bargaining units, locals 6380 and 3010 of the United Steelworkers Union, struck. In 1984 Maxwell and other strikers offered to end the strike and return to work. By 1985, after a decertification vote by the contract and temporary replacement workers, Maxwell was one of those dropped from the rehiring list. On behalf of Maxwell and other shut out workers, the Union filed an unfair labor practices suit with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Oregon Steel. The NLRB found in favor of the plaintiffs and ordered reinstatement and back pay. Oregon Steel appealed. The...

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Cartwright, James Orlin “Jim” – Obituary

James Orlin “Jim” Cartwright, 58, a former Baker City resident, died June 16, 2003, at his home in Grants Pass. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Grants Pass Country Club, 230 Espey Road. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements. Jim was born July 25, 1944, at Baker City to Norma and Orlin Cartwright. He graduated from Baker High School in 1962. He grew up working in the meat business with his mom and dad in Baker. On Dec. 4, 1964, Jim married Sandra Lee Bailey. In 1966 he moved to Medford where he was partners with his dad in Central Point. In 1975, Jim moved with his family to Grants Pass to operate Cartwright Valley Meat Company, which he owned and operated for 30 years. Jim was a member of the Elks and Lions clubs. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, and just being in the outdoors. He loved spending time with his family and his dog, Jackie. Survivors include his wife, Sandy Cartwright of Grants Pass; daughter, Jodi Harford of Grants Pass; two sons, Curt Cartwright of San Diego, Calif., and Jamie Cartwright of Grants Pass; his mother, Norma Cartwright of Medford; sister, Sharron McMurdie of Avondale, Ariz.; and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Oregon Affiliate, 1425 N.E....

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Schmidt, Marvin Michael “Mike” – Obituary

Marvin Michael “Mike” Schmidt, 56, died Feb. 18, 2006. There will be no funeral. Mike was born on Sept. 4, 1949, at Grants Pass. He was a 1968 Baker High School graduate. He served four years in the U.S. Navy. He married Theda Green on Nov. 25, 1972. They lived at Tigard where he worked for Tektronics Inc. Later he moved to Idaho and worked as a welder. Most recently he tended honeybees in Oregon and California. CB radio was his favorite hobby. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Aletha. Survivors include his two sons, Andrew and Johnathan of Spokane, Wash.; his father and mother, Marvin and Bettie Schmidt of Baker City; his sister, Larrissa Thompson of Ontario; his nephew, Miles Thompson of Boise; and numerous cousins, including Jim and Brenda Holly of Baker City and Ross Sprenger of Shed; and his beloved Boston terrier, Willie. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 24, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Evans, Wayne A. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Wayne A. Evans, 67, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 21, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. At Wayne’s request, his body was cremated. There will be no formal funeral. There will be a potluck celebrating his life at 6 p.m. Monday at the Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Wayne was raised at San Diego where he entered the U.S. Air Force. After leaving the military, he moved to Oregon where he met his wife, Lorrena. They were married on May 6, 1961, and returned to the San Diego area. Wayne worked for the U.S. Forest Service there for a few years. They then moved back to Oregon where he worked for Oregon State Forestry in the Grants Pass-Medford area. He was transferred to the Baker City office in 1968 and worked as the assistant unit forester until his retirement on Jan. 1, 1995. Wayne was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved getting young people interested in hunting and fishing. Wayne was a firm believer in preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat. He also fought for the privilege to hunt and to bear arms. He was a member and past president of the Oregon Hunter’s Association. He also was a member of the Powder River Sportsmen’s Club. He was a former member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Rifle Association....

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Howard, Pauline Isabelle Woodell Mrs. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Pauline Isabelle Howard, 97, of La Grande, a former Sumpter resident, died April 20, 2002, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. Her funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel. Viewing will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande. Mrs. Howard was born May 27, 1904, to James and Ione Jaycox Woodell in Wallowa County. She graduated from La Grande High School and in 1923 she married Glynn Howard in La Grande. The couple lived on the Oregon Coast and later farmed at Grants Pass until 1936 when they moved to Sumpter. After her husband’s death in 1953 she returned to La Grande although she spent the summer months in Sumpter. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Sumpter for almost 50 years. She enjoyed fishing. Survivors include her daughter, Jean Massie of La Grande; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, James Howard; and a brother, Clarence Woodell. Memorial contributions may be made to the OES Alpine Chapter, the Union County Historical Society or any charity in care of Daniels Chapel. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 26, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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