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Ingram,Chester – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Chet Ingram Killed Under Wheels of Logging Truck Marr Flat Mishap Fatal to Logger Chester Ingram, 36, of Joseph was instantly killed about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when a logging trailer ran over him during logging operations on Marr Flat. The truck which struck Ingram was driven by Wilbur Curry of Joseph. Curry reported that his truck had just been loaded at the jammer and Ingram was assisting him in tightening the chains and checking the load. While Curry was partly under the truck and Ingram was stepping behind the load, the truck started rolling slowly backward. One of the dual wheels of the trailer caught Ingram’s foot and ran up his body. Curry dived into the truck to set the brakes but it was too late. Chester Earl Ingram, son of Carl and Josephine Lockwood-Ingram, was born June 1, 1917 at Halfway, Oregon. On Dec. 8, 1952 he was married at Walla Walla to Helen Reece, who survives him. He was a veteran of World War II, a member of the Eagles Lodge, and of the Christian church of Grass Valley, Calif. He was a logger by occupation and had lived in Joseph for the past year, coming here from Grass Valley. Surviving, in addition to his wife and parents of Joseph, are one sister, Clara Ingram of Prairie City, Ore., one brother, Walter...

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Colpitts, Georgettae Pearl – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Georgettae Pearl “Georgie” Colpitts, 69, of Baker City, died June 20, 2007, at her home. There will be a graveside celebration of her life at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. A potluck reception is scheduled afterward at the Pine Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Halfway. Visitations will be Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home in Halfway. Georgettae Pearl was born on May 26, 1938, in Enterprise to Richard and Dellourias Whitmore Brock. She was raised and educated at Enterprise, graduating from high school in 1956. That very year, in December, she married Harvey Colpitts. They had four children, Audrey, Alice, Arlene and Chip. The family moved to Milton-Freewater for a short time, until Harvey found work on the dams in Oxbow in 1967. They lived at Oxbow for a couple of years, and then made their permanent home in Halfway. Georgie spent many hours sewing, doing craftwork and was so creative painting ceramics. She enjoyed fishing and putting puzzles together. Georgie was very social and enjoyed being around people When she moved to Halfway, she went to work cooking and waitressing at Wild Bill’s and Stockman’s restaurants. Georgie was a friend to many and always had a smile. She had a great outlook on life and never minced words in telling you exactly how...

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Colpitts, Georgie – Obituary

There will be a graveside celebration of her life at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. A potluck reception is scheduled afterward at the Pine Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Halfway. Visitations will be Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home in Halfway. Georgettae Pearl was born on May 26, 1938, in Enterprise to Richard and Dellourias Whitmore Brock. She was raised and educated at Enterprise, graduating from high school in 1956. That very year, in December, she married Harvey Colpitts. They had four children, Audrey, Alice, Arlene and Chip. The family moved to Milton-Freewater for a short time, until Harvey found work on the dams in Oxbow in 1967. They lived at Oxbow for a couple of years, and then made their permanent home in Halfway. Georgie spent many hours sewing, doing craftwork and was so creative painting ceramics. She enjoyed fishing and putting puzzles together. Georgie was very social and enjoyed being around people When she moved to Halfway, she went to work cooking and waitressing at Wild Bill’s and Stockman’s restaurants. Georgie was a friend to many and always had a smile. She had a great outlook on life and never minced words in telling you exactly how it was. Survivors include her sister, Carlene Johnson-Small of Enterprise; her children, Audrey, and her husband, Walt...

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Clark, Leland

Union, Union County, Oregon Former Union Boy Falls Under Wagon Wheels and Is Killed Leland Clark, better known as Boots Clark, a former resident of Union, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Clark, age 26 years, was killed at Halfway Friday of last week, by falling from a load of hay and under the wheels of the wagon. His head was crushed and death was probably instantaneous. Clark was hauling a load of hay, and the team being somewhat fractious, became frightened at some boys passing on horseback. In attempting to stop the team, Clark lost one of the reins and fell from the wagon in an attempt to regain it. Leland Clark leaves a wife, formerly Miss Gaylord, of North Powder. The funeral took place at Union Tuesday afternoon, from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Clark in south Union. Newspaper item, Oct 28, 1915 Contributed by: Larry...

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Oliver, Ned – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Former Cove Resident Taken by Long Illness Word was received by Mrs. Charles Hancock of the death of Ned Oliver, Tuesday, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver were proprietors of the Cove Corner Grocery for several years, leaving here a year ago in March for a location in Halfway, Ore. Mr. Oliver had been seriously ill in a Boise hospital for some time, but recently seemed much improved and was taken home. After a short time he became worse and Mrs. Oliver and their son, Bill, started with him for Boise but he became so much worse that they stopped at Weiser, where he died. Funeral services were held at Halfway, Saturday. His trouble was diagnosed as brain tumors and cancer. Attending the services were: Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Puckett, Mrs. Charles Hancock, Mrs. Floyd Bates, Mrs. Arlie Richardson, Marvin and Boone Childers, Col. and Mrs. M. L. Sherburn and Fred Bristow. William Oliver was on furlough from Fort Ord and had to leave shortly for a new assignment in Texas soon after the funeral, but his wife will be with Mrs. Oliver for a while. Eastern Oregon Review, May 5, 1966 Contributed by: Holly...

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Collier, Rulen Frank – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Rulen Frank Collier, 86, of Union, died March 24, 2005, at his home. His funeral will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Union. Don Baxter will conduct the service. Interment will be at the Union Cemetery. Visitations will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley in La Grande and on Wednesday at noon at the church prior to the service. All are invited to bring a dish and attend a potluck after the service at The Hut in Union. Rulen Frank Collier was born Dec. 2, 1918, at St. Anthony, Idaho, to Frank and Ethel Thompson Collier. Rulen attended schools at Harper and later graduated with the class of 1937 at Star, Idaho. After high school, Rulen went to work for the Morrison Knutson Co. overseas during World War II. Rulen was captured and was a prisoner of war for 44 months. Upon his release, he was recognized as a veteran of foreign war with the U.S. Navy. He spent a short time in Guam before returning to the United States In 1949 Rulen married Ruth Fisher. The couple raised two children. Ruth preceded him in death. On Jan. 1, 1976, Rulen was married to Dennis “Denny” Allred at Union. Rulen spent most of his life as an owner...

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Pope, Grace – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Grace Pope, 99, formerly of Cove and Halfway, died June 2 at a care center in Clayton, Wash. A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. July 22 at the Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Mrs. Pope was born Sept. 21, 1906, to Isaac and Mary Nelson in Aitkin County, Minn. On Nov. 8, 1927, she married Milo Pope in Montesano, Wash. They lived in Washington, Montana and in Sutherlin, John Day and other Eastern Oregon towns where he worked as a logging contractor. They lived in Halfway from 1964 to 1996. She was a member of the Christian Church and helped establish a congregation in John Day. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and sang with the PTA Mothers Singers. She enjoyed sewing, crochet, knitting, tatting and quilting. She often said, “When life gives you scraps, make a quilt.” Her door was always open. After her husband died in 1997 she lived in Clayton or in Cove with her daughters. She moved to a care center three years ago. Survivors include children and their spouses, Beverly Nordquist of Cove, Bruce and Cathy Pope, Milo and Gayle Pope, and Nila and Jim Palmer of Clayton; 21 grandchildren; 75 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. A son, Delford Pope, a son-in-law, Darold Nordquist, and a great-grandson, Gordon McGinnis, all died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending...

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Gover, Alvada – Obituary

Imbler, Oregon Alvada Gover, 88, of Imbler, died April 14 at .a local care home. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Viewing will be Wednesday from 4 until 6 p.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street,La Grande. Mrs. Gover was born May 5, 1918, the daughter of John Lee and Florence Bell (White) Taylor in Halfway. She was raised in Halfway and graduated from high school there. On June 1, 1937, she married David S. Gover, Jr. in Baker. In 1959 they came to Union County. She enjoyed picking berries, especially huckleberries, playing cards, reading, embroidery work, genealogy research and gardening. Survivors include her daughters, Ellen J. Gover of Greenacres, Wash., and Joyce M. Gover of Portland,; a son, David S. Gover III; and four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, David S. Gover, Jr., a sister, Annabelle Taylor and brothers, Cliff, Kennett, Derral, Floyd, George, Walter and Oscar Taylor. Memorials may be made to the Oregon Heart Association, the Oregon Lung Association or the Oregon Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 7th Street, La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 21, 2007...

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Koopman, Norman – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Norman Koopman, 82, of Halfway died peacefully with family by his side Nov. 6 in La Grande. A celebration of Norm’s life will be held this spring with a gathering of family, friends and a picnic. Details will be announced later. Norm was born Oct. 1, 1925, to Charles and Esther Koopman of Halfway. He spent most of his career teaching vocational agriculture at La Grande and Pine Eagle high schools before retiring in 1993. Once retired, he and his wife, Jewel, enjoyed winters on the southern Oregon coast and summers in Halfway. Norm was an avid gardener and never missed an opportunity to play a round of golf. He was active with the Baker County Weed Board. Norm taught the 55 Alive Driving program until 2006. Those who knew him say he was a teacher of teachers and will be missed by many. Norm is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jewel; sons, Rod and wife, Deb, of La Grande and Ron and wife, Sherri, of Portland; and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Norman Koopman FFA Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded to an FFA Pine Eagle High School student in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway 97834. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending November 10, 2007 – Published: November 10,...

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Metz, Janice M. – Obituary

Formerly of North Powder 1934-2007 Janice Marie (Christman) Metz, 73, of Troy, Mont., and formerly of North Powder, died Aug. 29 of congestive heart failure at the Libby Care Center in Libby, Mont. A memorial service is planned for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Methodist church in North Powder, followed by a graveside service at the North Powder Cemetery. Janice was born on May 15, 1934, in Halfway, to Calvin and Helen Christman. She grew up in the North Powder area and graduated as salutatorian of the North Powder High School Class of 1952. From an early age, Janice was an accomplished pianist and organist and often played during Sunday worship services at local churches. She earned college scholarships to Oregon State University and was a member of the Azalea House. Janice attended Eastern Oregon University, and earned a degree in elementary education from the University of Idaho in Moscow. On Jan. 23, 1957, Janice married August “Gus” G. Metz Jr., in Stevenson, Wash. They had seven children. The family moved to northern Idaho, where Janice was an elementary school teacher for the Bonners Ferry School District. She taught in the Umatilla School District for several years. Some of her former pupils maintained contact with her until her death. Janice retired after more than 20 years of teaching and managed property in Portland with her husband. They enjoyed...

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Dean, Barbara June – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Former Union County Treasurer Barbara June Dean, 84, died April 14 at her home in La Grande. There will be no services. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. Barbara was born Dec. 7, 1923, to William Humphrey and June Alta (Evans) Morrison in Halfway. After graduating from high school in Baker she attended business college. On Oct. 10, 1942, she married Byrl Dean in Weiser, Idaho. In 1961 she began working at the Union County Courthouse and in 1976 she was elected Union County treasurer. She served four terms, a total of 16 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and a life member of the Soroptimists Club. She belonged to the Legal Secretaries Club and Beta Sigma Phi sorority. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Byrl of La Grande; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Mary Lou Dean of La Grande and James and Dianne Dean of Salem; siblings, John Morrison of La Grande, Alice Stitzel of Union and Bonnetta George of Springfield; five grandsons; one great-grandson; and other relatives and many friends. Memorial contributions may be made to GRH Homecare Services, P.O. Box 3290, La Grande 97850. La Grande Observer, Obituaries for the week ending April 19,...

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Lindstrom, Rosalynn M. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Rosalynn “Rose” M. Lindstrom, 58, formerly of Elgin, died March 22 of lung cancer. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception at the Halfway Lions Hall. Rose was born the eighth of 11 children July 6, 1949, to Albert and Beulah Crow in Halfway. She was raised and educated in Halfway, graduating from Pine Eagle High School. Rose also attended a year at Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. Rose married Malcolm A. “Mick” Lindstrom on Sept. 10, 1970, and settled in Elgin where she raised three children. She served the community as an emergency medical technician for the City of Elgin and the Grande Ronde Hospital Emergency Department. After the death of her husband in 1987, Rose returned to Halfway, where she continued to serve the community through the local food bank, and as a proud member of the Halfway Lions Club. Those who knew her say she was best known for her amazing generosity and willingness to help anyone in need. She is survived by her three children: Vance Lindstrom of Siletz, Kathy (Lindstrom) Dillon of Roseburg and Craig Lindstrom of Marysville, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Marion Crow, Dick Crow and John Crow of Halfway, Dave Crow of Stanfield; and sisters, Louise Tyler,...

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Stoddard, Shirley Elaine – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Shirley Elaine Stoddard, 66, formerly of Union County, died April 26 at her daughter’s home in Baker City. A celebration of Shirley’s life and a memorial service and potluck will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the V.F.W. Hall, 518 N. Main St. in Union. Shirley was born Jan. 26, 1942, to Lawrence and Alberta (Holcomb) Conner in Halfway. She was raised in Halfway, Pondosa, Baker City, Elgin and graduated from Baker High School. She met Vernon Stoddard Sr. and the couple eloped and married on July 25, 1960. They had five children. During Shirley’s life she worked as a teller at the 10th Street Market in Baker City, Valley View Nursing Home in La Grande and the Union Market in Union. Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved to crochet, garden and read. She is survived by her children, Patricia and her husband, John Weitlauf of Union, Jodi and her husband, Cecil George of Union, Kimberly and her husband, David Baggerly of Baker City, Vernon Stoddard Jr. of John Day and Daniel and his wife, Lisa Stoddard of Tochet, Wash.; sisters, Nellie Turner of Union and Rosemary Howerton of North Powder; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; sisters, Alberta Bowman Walker Conner and Pat Conner; brothers, Darrel Conner, Dan Conner, Donald...

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Smith, Thomas – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Aug. 9 — Thomas Smith, memorial service, 1 p.m., United Methodist Church, Elgin The Observer – August 4, 2008 ___________________________________ Thomas Ira Smith, 93, of McMinnville and formerly of Elgin, died July 10 in McMinnville. Memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at the United Methodist Church at Fifth and Birch Street in Elgin. Autumn Crematorium in Tigard was in charge of arrangements. Tom was born Sept. 22, 1914, to Ira Arthur and Henrietta Esther (Cruikshank) Smith in Gridley, Calif. The family soon moved to Elgin where Tom graduated from Elgin High School in 1932. Joining the Navy in November 1941, Tom served on a destroyer in the Pacific Ocean for the next four years. Tom reached the rate of chief petty officer before being discharged in November 1945. While on leave, he and Orlena Belle Roberts married in La Grande on March 17, 1945. They moved to San Diego for the balance of Tom’s enlistment. The couple moved to Pendleton, living there from 1945 to 1956. They moved their family to Halfway until 1960. Eventually settling in Ontario, they raised four children while running the family electrical business. Tom enjoyed hunting, camping and spending time with his wife and children in the outdoors. He learned to fly small aircraft. He and Orlena would fly back and forth visiting their children while they attended colleges...

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Leep, Janie E.

Janie Elizabeth Leep, 70, 2350 F. Street, died Monday evening at her home. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. (PST) Thursday at West and Co. Chapel with Joe Jewett officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Leep, daughter of George and Lizzie Haines, was born in Gifford, Iowa, on November 22. 1890. She moved to Baker County at 18 and was married t Willis Leep at Halfway on Nov. 11, 1911. Mr. and Mrs. Leep lived in Halfway from 1912 until 1942 when the family moved to Baker. She was a member of the Christian Church. Survivors are the widower; a son George of Baker; a brother, Herman Haines of Star, Ida., four sisters, Lidia Ellis and Mary Harris, both of Baker, Rosie Banks of Milton-Freewater and Telva Womack of La Grande; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Baker Democrat Herald – – August 30,...

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