Location: Island City Oregon

Gross, William G. – Obituary

Island City, 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 William G. Gross, 81, of Island City died June 20 at a hospital in Boise. A private service will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Gross was born Nov. 1, 1924, to Glenn and Margurite Mathewson Gross in Portland. He attended school in Battleground, Wash., and served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trains and being with his family. He moved to the Grande Ronde Valley around 1960 from Reith. Survivors include children, James Gross of Island City, David Gross of College Place, Wash., and Teresa Mastrude of La Grande; two brothers, Don Gross of Sweet Home and Russ Gross of Gladstone; three sisters, Marjorie Kumpula of Amboy, Wash., Mary Ellen Cleasby of Federal Way, Wash., and Lynelle Kumpula of Port Angeles, Wash.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His wife, Doris, and a brother, Robert, died earlier. The Observer Online,...

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Winter, Bob – Obituary

Island City, Oregon Bob Winter, 82, of Island City died June 22 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. A memorial will be held at a later date. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Winter was born May, 21, 1924, to Fred and Lillian Klein Winter in Sandoval, Ill. After high school he entered the Army and served during World War II and the Korean War. He married Mae Fetter in Carlisle, Pa. He spent 21 years in the Army and another 21 years as a civilian executive assistant at the Umatilla Army Depot. When he retired the couple settled in Island City in 1983. He drew sketches and caricatures, and while in the service he designed a pin that is still worn on military uniforms. St. Mary Regional Cancer Center in Walla Walla has many of his sketches and caricatures on display. He was a member of the La Grande Country Club, and enjoyed art and golf. Survivors include his wife of Island City; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Chuck Fetty of Pueblo, Colo.; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Rudy Winter of Medford; and other relatives. Three brothers, Wayne, Leonard and Fred Winter, and a grandson, Robert Fetty, all died earlier. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley,...

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Harrison, Hazel – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Hazel Harrison, 93, of Yuma, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande and Island City, died July 6. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday July 14 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Yuma. Mrs. Harrison was born June 19, 1913, to Henry and Flora Herrmann in Hester, Mo. She was raised in Island City, and graduated from La Grande High School. She married Howard Bousquet, and after his death, Albert Harrison. He also died earlier. She worked at the Umatilla Ordnance Depot in the early 1940s, and at the Yuma Proving Grounds from 1963 until her retirement in 1972. She enjoyed traveling, reading, working crossword puzzles and sending cards to remember special dates for family and friends. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Connie Bousquet of Mexico, Mo., and a daughter-in-law, Mary Bousquet of Hermiston; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and other relatives. A daughter, Glenna Schnase; a son, Bill Bousquet; an infant great-grandson; three sisters, Gertrude Lentz, Erleen Burchfield and Dee Holland; and three brothers, Cecil Herrmann, Earl Herrmann and Harold Herrmann, all died earlier. Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes and Special Olympics. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 15, 2006, Published: July 13,...

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Abell, Wendell H. – Obituary

Island City, Oregon Wendell H. Abell, 81, of Island City died Saturday at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Island City Cemetery. Mr. Abell was born Dec. 23, 1924, to George and Josephine Graham Abell in La Grange, Mo. He had polio as a child. The family made three trips to Oregon before finally settling here. He began working in a lumber yard in Portland at the age of 16. On May 6, 1952, he married Constance Ott in La Grande. He worked for Hydes’ Market and Zimmerman’s until his retirement but continued to work part-time at Zimmerman’s. He served as mayor of Island City in 1961 and 1962, and was a member of the Island City Fire Department. He served on the Island City School Board and Island City City Council, and was a past member of the Lions Club. He enjoyed fishing on Catherine Creek, trips to the Mormon Basin with his brothers, trips around the valley, working in his yard and socializing. Survivors include his wife of Island City; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Debra Abell of Portland; siblings and their spouses, Bernard and Shelly Abell of La Grande, Leon Abell and his companion Beverly Britian...

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Thompson, Shirley Eugene – Obituary

Island City, Oregon Stanley Eugene Thompson, 59, of Island City, died from unexpected natural causes on Aug. 24 at a hospital in Boise. A celebration of life at the Island City School will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday. He was born in Arcata, Calif., on Aug. 11, 1947 to Ana Mae (Posey) and Glen Thompson. He was raised and educated in Oakland, Calif., and Eufaula, Okla. Mr. Thompson enlisted in the Navy in April of 1965. After his naval service, he moved to Government Camp and helped his father cook at the Huckleberry Inn Restaurant. He greatly enjoyed his work for the Forest Service and as a maintenance technician at Gresham Hospital. He married Lynne on Sept. 1, 1979 in Portland. Mr. Thompson went to work for the City of Island City and worked there for 21 years. He retired for medical reasons. Mr. Thompson loved to hunt and fish and most of all he loved to entertain, especially cooking for large groups of friends and family. He and his wife recently purchased their “dream retirement job,” The Hells Canyon Inn in Pine Creek. This place was conveniently located close to his favorite place to be — “at his cabin.” He is survived by his wife of La Grande; sons, Mitchell Thompson of Pine Creek, Graham Pinard, of McCall, Idaho, and Andrew Pinard of Pine Creek; daughter, Stacy Miller...

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Oberteuffer, William Healey – Obituary

Island City, Oregon William Healey Oberteuffer William Healey Oberteuffer, 86, known as “Bill Obie,” died in his home in Island City Sept. 24. A memorial service in Portland will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Tryon Farm, followed by refreshments. A memorial service in the La Grande area will take place at noon Nov. 4 at the Summerville Pine Grove Grange, followed by a potluck. Remembrances can be sent to the Union County Extension Service for the Oberteuffer research and education forest. Donations can be sent to the Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Mr. Oberteuffer was born Nov. 4, 1919, in Spokane to George Herman and Mildred Oberteuffer. His family moved to Portland where he graduated in 1937. After working that summer at Camp Meriwether, a Boy Scout camp run by his father, he and two other Eagle Scouts rode horses along the Pacific Crest Trail from Mount Hood to the Mexican border. He then attended Reed College for a year before transferring to Oregon State University to complete a degree in agriculture. In 1941, he married Margaret Sengstake Young, his childhood sweetheart. During World War II, he worked in a shipyard and as a substitute teacher. What began as a temporary job turned into a lifelong career and an all-encompassing identity: teacher. He received a master’s degree in science teaching from OSU...

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Carpenter, William Vernon – Obituary

Island City, Oregon William Vernon Carpenter, 78, of Island City died Feb. 4 at his home. A graveside service is planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Island City Cemetery. Mr. Carpenter, known as Vern, was born July 18, 1928, to Thomas and Zoe (Safford) Carpenter in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1946 and received an associate degree from what was then known as Eastern Oregon College. He served with the Army during the Korean War. On Nov. 20, 1955, he married Laurel “Grace” Miller in Boardman. He managed Van Petten Lumber Company and later Hoff Lumber Company until his retirement. Mr. Carpenter was a member of the Elks Lodge and enjoyed hunting and trap shooting. He was a handyman who enjoyed building things. Survivors include his wife, Grace, of Island City; children and their spouses, Tom and Edna Carpenter of La Grande and Russell and Alayna Carpenter of Myrtle Point; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to Grande Ronde Hospital Home Care and Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh Street, La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Feb. 10, 2007 – Published: February 10,...

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Sanderson, Kathleen Enid – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Kathleen Enid Sanderson, 83, of La Grande, died March 19 at a local care home. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. April 14 at the Island City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Kathleen was born Oct.22, 1923, to Thomas Houston and Lucinda (Davis) Blackman in Island City. On Jan. 8, 1941, she married Delbert “Bud” Sanderson in Weiser, Idaho. During World War II she ran the head rig for Mt. Emily Lumber and was a “Rosie the Riveter” for Reur Aircraft in San Diego, Calif. After the war, she and Bud returned to La Grande. Mrs. Sanderson was a member of the La Grande Eagles Auxiliary. She kept a well-groomed and weed-free garden every year. She loved fishing, hunting, camping and music and was a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Mariners. A fun-loving woman who always had a smile on her face, she had a great sense of humor and was never at a lack for a joke or story. Mrs. Sanderson had very original and inherited sayings that will be passed down in her family. Known as “Cookie Grandma,” she was an excellent cook. At Christmastime she made many homemade candies. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Judie and George Kleng of La Grande, Michael and Bernie Sanderson of Hermiston and...

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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. 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 and spending time at their cabin on the Owyhee Reservoir. He was a member of the Episcopal Church. Survivors include sons and their spouses, Gary and Tammy Burnett of Pendleton and Ronald and Nancy Burnett of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Shriners Hospital for Children in care of Burns...

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Bowen, Robert – Obituary

Island City, Oregon Robert “Blackie” Bowen, 81 of Island City died at his home Aug. 1. A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion in La Grande. Time and date will be announced at a later date. Blackie was born on Feb. 1, 1926, to John and Alberta Mills Bowen in Riverton, Wyo. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945. He married Betty Bretz of Nyssa, Idaho, on June 20, 1950, in Winnemucca, Nev. Blackie was a member of Operating Engineers Local 701 in Portland and Local 370 in Spokane. He was a 40-year member of the Eagles club and American Legion in La Grande. He loved playing pool with his buddies in La Grande and enjoyed having hamburgers at the Legion on Tuesdays with his wife and friends. Blackie also loved to make pool cues in his shop. Blackie is survived by his wife, Betty Bretz Bowen; his children, Mike and Marilyn Bowen of Elgin, Dan and Honour Bowen, Susan and Delmer Hanson, and Rick and Tina Bowen, all of La Grande and Jerry Bowen of Salem, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, siblings and their spouses, Jack and Vivian Bowen of Pendleton, Bernice Cleaver of Hermiston and Bill and Marguerite Bowen of St. Maries, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospice in care of Loveland Funeral...

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Kovach, Florian Michael – Obituary

Dr. Florian Michael “Jeff” Kovach, 87, of La Grande, died Oct. 12 at a local care center. A celebration of life will be planned for sometime in the spring. The announcement will be published later. He was born on July 3, 1920, to Michael and Elizabeth (Farkas) Kovach in Tacoma, Wash. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in veterinary medicine and served with the Air Force in Korea. In 1946 he moved to the Grande Ronde Valley as the county’s first professional veterinarian and opened the Animal Health Center on Island City strip. On Aug. 30, 1948, he married Ruthe Dusenberry from Halsey in La Grande, initially living above the original clinic. He took care of large and small animals throughout the county, and was known by many. He later built a new clinic in Island City proper and loved his work there. He retired in 1987. In retirement, he enjoyed gardening and spent many hours growing a large garden and lots of flowers. He enjoyed fishing, especially with his pals, Joe Fredricks, Dick Crawford and many others. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthe Kovach. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Florian Michael Kovach Jr. of Florida, Peter Anthony and his wife, Rebecca Kovach, of Eugene, Rebecca Jo and her husband, Mark Sullivan, of La Grande and Nicholas Lee and his wife,...

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Heitz, John Ray – Obituary

John Ray Heitz, 67, of Island City, died at his home Sept. 28 from mesothelioma. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Island City. A viewing will precede the service beginning at 9 a.m. John was born Sept. 7, 1940, to John Helmic and Vera W. Heitz in Chicago. At 2, his family moved to Fruitland, Idaho, where they eventually acquired a small farm. John learned to work as he attended school. He hoed beets, picked fruit, worked at the cannery and graduated from high school. He also learned carpentry. After graduation in 1958, John joined the Air National Guard where he worked as an airplane electrician. On his way to basic training at San Antonio, the plane’s wings iced up while flying over the Texas panhandle. The plane went down and killed two of the crew. After John spent a week in the hospital, he no longer dreamed of being a pilot. After graduating from basic training he returned home to begin dairy farming in New Plymouth, Idaho. He married Kay Kelly on Aug. 5, 1960. They lived on the dairy farm for the first 11 years of their marriage. Health issues forced John out of farming and back into construction full-time. He fell in love with the Grande Ronde Valley at first sight and moved his...

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Jones, Charlotte – Obituary

Island City, Oregon Charlotte Jones, 91, of Island City, died Nov. 20 at her home. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at Daniels~Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. Private interment will be held at the Grandview Cemetery. Mrs. Jones was born on Aug. 17, 1916, the daughter of Clyde and Julia (Knapp) Leonard in Kent, Ohio. She was a Salvation Army officer and worked in the Salvation Army Home and Hospital. After her marriage to Wesley Jones in 1951, she was employed as a nurse for the Grande Ronde Hospital for many years and then moved to Pendleton where she also worked in a hospital. Her husband preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs. Jones was an active member of the New Life Center, and as illness came into her life, the members of the church were gracious to help her and to visit her. She loved to read and to crochet, making dresses, tablecloths, doilies and bedspreads. She enjoyed making bread and candy and doing embroidery work. Those who knew her said she was a quiet person who never complained. Survivors include her niece, Anna Carol Keele of Milwaukie; twin nephews, Jay Leonard of Elgin and Joe Leonard of La Grande; nephew, Dennis Winn of La Grande; niece, Charlene Snider of Island City; good friends, Rev. and Mrs. Denny of Pendleton;...

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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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Coy, Glendolla Jacqueline – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Glendolla Jacqueline “Jackie” Coy, 78, of La Grande, died Jan. 3 at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. A celebration of her life will begin at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at “The Place,” 62872 Buchanan Lane, in Island City. Jackie was born July 12, 1929, to George Earl and Ida Mae McDanell in Tulsa, Okla. The family traveled quite a bit, often living in rustic conditions. Jackie was the oldest of four siblings. She would tell stories of how she and her two sisters and brother would hunt or fish for the evening meal, pick greens, fruit, nuts and if luck had it they would find berries for supper. Her personal favorite was blackberries. She washed clothes in creeks and did not have indoor plumbing many times in her earlier years. Over the years she worked at Woolworths, a dog food factory and dry cleaners. In January 1952 she married Frank Coy. They were married for 38 years before he died of heart and kidney failure. Shortly after, she moved to La Grande where she made her home. Those who knew her say Jackie loved people and loved to play with kids and have lots of sleepovers, barbecues and tea parties. She also loved to fish and her eyes always lit up when she saw a big catfish. Camping with Jackie was an event. She had...

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