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Burnett, Preston Frank – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Battrick, Robin Louise – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Steinbeck, J. D. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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....

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Livingston, Ardith Maxine – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Steinbeck, J. D. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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....

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Glascock, Peter – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Clark, Raymond – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Shaw, Ella Green – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Ella Green Shaw, 88, was born Feb. 23, 1877 at Molalla, and died at the Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day on October 12. She moved to Long Creek with her family when a young girl, and spent the remainder of her life there. On Jan. 1, 1895 she married Roscoe Shaw. The had one daughter and three sons. A daughter, Secil, a son, Sydney, and her husband preceeded her in death. She was a lone survivor of a large family-seven brothers and four sisters, also a number of half brothers and sisters. She was the last remaining charter member of the local Seventh Day Adventist church which, was organized in 1896. She became a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in 1912. Survivors include two sons, Gilman and Gerald, both of Long Creek, six grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and one great, great grandson. Grant County Blue Mountain Blue Eagle Thursday, November 4, 1965, p. 8, col. 1 Contributed by: T. D....

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Lively, Mildred – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now John Day, Oregon Mildred Lively, 89, of John Day and formerly of Wallowa, died Sept. 25 at Blue Mountain Hospital. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Wallowa Cemetery in Wallowa. Driskill Memorial Chapel in John Day is in charge of arrangements. Mildred was born May 12, 1919, to Paul and Evelynn (Hyde) Bartmess in Metropolis, Nev. She attended Wallowa High School, graduating in 1938. On Feb. 20, 1939, she married Leonard Lively in Lewiston, Idaho. She enjoyed being a homemaker and knitting. Survivors include her son, Gary and his wife, Sharon Lively, of Mount Vernon; son, Gale and his wife, Janice Lively of Enterprise; daughter, Donna and her husband, Kyle Lovell of Union; brother, Bart Bartmess; sister, Bernice Milligan of Enterprise; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Lively; parents, Paul and Evelynn Bartmess; sisters, Wanda Evans and Vernie Southwick; and grandson, David Lively. La Grande Observer – September 30,...

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Proffitt, Pat Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now John Day, Baker County, Oregon Pat Proffitt, 48, of John Day, died Dec. 20, 2005, after a long illness. At her request, her body was cremated and a private memorial service will be scheduled later. Pat was born on April 15, 1957, at Oka Tamuning, Guam. She graduated from high school at Guam and moved to Baker City in 1975. While living in Baker City, she became a part of the community helping others. Pat moved to Grant County in 1992, and married Norman Proffitt Jr. on April 10, 1997. Pat enjoyed ceramics, crocheting and working in her flower beds. Family and friends will always remember her smile and personality. She will be greatly missed. Survivors include her husband, Norman, of John Day; a son, Matt Mespelt, of John Day and his wife, Amanda, and his daughter, Faith, also of John Day, who was precious to her “gramma”; her mother, Terri Santiago of Guam; two brothers, Frank of Seattle, Wash., and Joe of Guam; and many other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made in her name at Old West Federal Credit Union in Baker City or John Day. Proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 30, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Humble, Mabel M. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Mabel M. Humble, 100, of Prairie City, died Dec. 5, 2005, at Blue Mountain Nursing Home. Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the John Day United Methodist Church, 126 N.W. Canton St. Private vault interment was Friday, Dec. 9, at Mount Hope Cemetery. She was born in Baker City on Feb. 9, 1905. She was the youngest of five children born to Martin and Nettie Humble. After graduating from Baker High School in 1923, Mabel began a career as an elementary school teacher. She taught at several one- and two-room schools in Baker County, including Fairview, east of Baker City; Rock Creek, northwest Baker City; and Little Lookout and Plano, both near Durkee. She attended Seton Hall College in New Jersey and then returned to Oregon and attended Ashland Normal School where she graduated with a teaching degree in 1932. In the fall of 1932 she returned to Baker County and taught at McEwen, near Sumpter, and then spent two more years at Plano. These were all one- and two-room schoolhouses where Mabel taught eight grades and did the janitorial work as well. In 1935 she moved to Klamath County and taught at Merrill, Bonanza and Altamont schools until she retired in 1968. After her retirement she...

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Vandetta, Ray – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Ray Vandetta, 55, of Baker City died Jan. 4, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 61341 Highway 97, in Bend. Ray was born on Sept. 20, 1949, at Prairie City to Choicey Aldura Jones and Charles Freeman Vandetta. He grew up at Monument. At the age of 12, the family moved to Bend. Ray lived most of his life in John Day, until moving to Baker City in 2002. Ray was an avid hunter and fisherman; he enjoyed anything that included being in the great outdoors. He also enjoyed going to rodeos. He joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, serving in Vietnam. Ray was a very good timber faller and also a mechanic. Survivors include his wife, Judy Vandetta of Baker City; daughters, Jennifer Conklin and Niki Vandetta, both of Bend and Amy Vandetta of Prineville; a son, Austin Vandetta of Pilot Rock; stepson, Jasen Smith of Eugene; stepdaughter, Danielle Pelroy of Eugene; his mother, Choicey Condley of Bend; a brother; five sisters; and seven grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with Ray’s memorial service, in care of Gray’s West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814. Used with...

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Rhea, Ralph – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Ralph Rhea, 78, a longtime Baker City resident, died May 20, 2005, at Providence Hospital in Portland, from complications of acute pancreatitis. Visitations will be today until 5 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. There will be a vigil service at 7 p.m. today at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. Mass of Christian Burial will be at noon Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. The Most Rev. Thomas J. Connolly and the Rev. Robert C. Irwin will concelebrate the Mass. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Honor Guard will be by the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. There will be a luncheon reception at the church Parish Hall after the graveside service. Ralph was born at John Day on Nov. 6, 1926, to Ralph and Stella Keerins Rhea. He was a descendent of an earlier homestead family, the Keerins, who built a home and began a long ranching business. The Rhea family originally came to colonial America, settling in Tennessee. Family members included a prominent congressman. A county in Tennessee bears the family name (Rhea County). Raised in Grant County, Ralph spent much of his childhood at the family homestead at Izee. At the age of 15 he moved with his family to Baker City. He was...

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Hickerson, Donna May Pontius Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Donna May Hickerson, 70, of Baker City died Jan. 26, 2005, at her home. At Donna’s request, there will be no service. Donna May Hickerson was born on July 13, 1934, at Bend to Ira and Evelyn Crowley Pontius. She was raised at Mount Vernon. Donna married Bill Hickerson in 1950; they divorced in 1962. She was an excellent cook and worked in various restaurants in John Day and Baker City. At one time she ran the Geiser Grand Restaurant. Donna loved to cook for her family. She was a great canner. Her specialties were pickles and jellies. She enjoyed playing cards with her neighbors, and will be missed by all. Survivors include five children and their spouses, Laurel and Alfred Johnson of Redmond, Keith and Barbara Hickerson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Billy and Lori Hickerson of Canyon City, Cindy Hickerson of Vallejo, Calif., and Echo and Javier Milanez of Boise; her special friend, Alan Hickerson of John Day; her friend and caregiver, Fern Shell of Spokane, Wash.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The family suggest memorial contributions to Pathway Hospice through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 3, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Cochran, Margaret L. “Mary” Born Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Margaret L. ‘Mary’ Cochran, 78, of Baker City, died Feb. 14, 2005, at St. Lukes Regional Medical Center in Boise. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, First and Church streets. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin will celebrate the Mass. There will be a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Prairie City Cemetery. Pastor Darrell Johnson of Grace Chapel of Prairie City will officiate. Visitations will be until 7 o’clock tonight at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mrs. Cochran was born on Feb. 18, 1926, at John Day to Carl and Mabel Gunther Born. She was raised in Grant County and received her education in Grant and Baker counties. She married Laurance W. “Larry” Cochran on April 6, 1947, at John Day. In 1954, they moved from Prairie City to Baker City. Mrs. Cochran worked for the Baker County Education Service District for 22 years. She enjoyed doing crafts and was an avid reader. She enjoyed fishing and loved animals. She dearly loved her grandkids. Mary was able to see the funny things in life. She loved life and her family. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. Survivors include her husband, Laurance W. “Larry” Cochran of Baker City; daughter, Linda...

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