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Brandon, Robert Leslie – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Robert Leslie Brandon, 65, of La Grande and Battlement Mesa, Colo., professor emeritus at Eastern Oregon University, died unexpectedly June 12. There will be no public service. Mr. Brandon was born in 1940 in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington in civil engineering in 1962, and served in the Navy. In September 1967, he married Cheri Roberts. He earned a master’s degree in mathematics from California State University at Northridge in 1969, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Colorado State University in 1972. He taught at the University of Maine-Presque Isle and at Eastern Oregon University, where he was awarded the 2000 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, represented EOU on the Oregon Inter-Institutional Faculty Senate and served as Chairman of the Athletic Committee. He retired in 2002. He was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, the American Mathematical Association and the Mathematical Association of America. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed backpacking, hiking, bicycling, skiing, canoeing and golf. He and his daughter completed Cycle Oregon eight times. He ran several northwest races as well as the Boston Marathon. He climbed Mount Rainier and canoed down the Moisie River in Labrador. Survivors include his wife of La Grande and Battlement Mesa; a son, Christopher Brandon of Costa Mesa, Calif;...

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Lyon, Everett M. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Everett M. Lyon Everett M Lyon, 83, died April 9 surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held Tuesday in Mount Vernon, Mo. A private service for burial will be at the Grandview Cemetery in La Grande. Mr. Lyon was born May 20, 1923, in Wallace, Idaho, one of 13 children. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Leavenworth, Wash., where he lived until he graduated from high school and married the love of his life, Esther Bates, whom he met at a roller rink. They spent the early years of their marriage in Leavenworth, where Everett was employed at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery, and where he single-handedly built their first home. They then relocated to the Seattle area, where he worked as a riveter at Boeing Aircraft for three years. He spent the next 35 years of his work career in Pilot Rock, where he supported his family by working at the sawmill. Survivors include his wife, Esther, of Mount Vernon, Mo.; one sister, Delores, of Dale; five children, Wayne Lyon of Warwick, N.Y., Sharon Campbell of Mount Vernon, Mo., David Lyon and Robert Lyon, both of La Grande, and Daniel Lyon of Salem; 19 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 21, 2007 Published:...

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Gray, Barbara Jean – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Union, Oregon Barbara Joan Gray, 70, of Union, died March 20 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. At her request, there will not be a formal service, but all are welcome to attend a gathering in remembrance at 11 a.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall in Union. The family requests no gifts or food. Barbara was born Nov. 21, 1936, in Enterprise. She was educated in La Grande, graduating from La Grande High School and attending what is now Eastern Oregon University. Barbara married Wade Crook in Portland; they later divorced. She lived in Seattle for many years and worked as a typesetter for various newspapers, including the Post Intelligencer and the Seattle Times. Upon retirement she moved back to the Grande Ronde Valley. Barbara loved animals and the outdoors. Although declining health kept her increasingly indoors, she loved watching the birds and squirrels come to her patio feeders. Her part-Siamese cat, Surena, was an important part of her life. Barbara had a lifelong love of reading and was a talented writer, leaving a legacy of poems, essays and short stories. Using her typesetting skills, she designed and published a treasured family history book as well as an annual family newsletter. Very active in the community, Barbara served on the Union City Council and volunteered with the...

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Mulhall, Robert – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Robert Mulhall, 86, of La Grande and formerly of Seattle, died March 5. At his request there will be no public services. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mr. Mulhall was born June 3, 1920, to Leo and Jenny (Price) Smith in Yakima, Wash. He lived in Yakima, Portland and Seattle and served in the Army during World War II. After an honorable discharge, he worked as a manufacturing engineer for Boeing for 25 years. In the 1970s he moved to La Grande, where he was employed as a consultant for the Forest Service for 10 years before retiring. Mr. Mulhall was an avid mountain climber. He was very active in the Seattle Mountaineers Club and was a member of the first party to climb Mount Adams in Washington State. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Seattle and La Grande and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Writing was another hobby, and he wrote and published various articles on mountain climbing and politics. Several years ago he began work on a novel about Chief Joseph that has not yet been published. Mr. Mulhall enjoyed prospecting for silver and gold in the Blue and Wallowa mountains and taking his beloved dog and faithful companion,...

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Smead, Eleanor Eunice – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Eleanor Eunice Smead, 87, of Eugene and formerly of La Grande, died March 5 of age related causes. Arrangements are under the direction of Musgrove Family Mortuary of Eugene. Mrs. Smead was born Dec. 30, 1919, in Auburn, Wash., to Ward and Stella (Magers) O’Neill. She graduated from Auburn High School at the age of 16. On Sept. 1, 1938, she married Wendell Martin in La Grande, and the couple had four children. He preceded her in death in 1972. In 1976 she married Harold Smead, who preceded her in death in 2004. She spent a good part of her adult life caring for her family. She retired from the Farmers Home Administration in La Grande. In 1980 she moved to Bend, where she lived for 12 years. She lived the last years of her life in Eugene. Survivors include her children, Dennis Martin and Rick Martin, both of Eugene, Lee Martin of Portland and Barbara Terjeson of Lake Oswego; and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Mar. 10, 2007 Published: March 10,...

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Lyons, Edward Charles – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Edmund “Boomer” Charles Lyons, 38, died at his home in Enumclaw, Wash., June 8. A memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. June 30 at the Hermiston Eagles Lodge, 160 N.W. Second St., Hermiston. Boomer was born in Othello, Wash., on Sept. 4, 1968, to Evelyn Lyons and Ed C. Lyons I. In 1993, Boomer met his future wife, Chrissy, at Crabby’s bar and it was love at first sight. They were married Oct. 15, 1993, and made their home in Enumclaw. Boomer worked at FedEx National LTL. He enjoyed coaching his daughter’s fast pitch softball team and was his son’s biggest fan at all Special Olympic athletic events. Boomer’s passion was his family. His second passion was football; he played all through high school and one year in college at Eastern Oregon State College. Boomer had many friends, and if he considered you his friend, he was fiercely loyal. He had a wonderful sense of humor and anyone who ever met Boomer never forgot him, his family said. He is survived by his wife, Christine (Duggan) Lyons; son Austin, and daughter, Paige, of Enumclaw; father, Ed C. and stepmother, Pat Lyons of Federal Way, Wash.; grandmother, Elsa Ferguson of Pendleton; brother, Brett Lyons of Arizona, sister, Roberta Lyons of Federal Way; step-siblings, Cheryl Bothwell of...

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Smith, Kenneth L. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Kenneth L. Smith, 78, died July 10 at the Veterans Hospital in Seattle after a lengthy illness. A funeral service was held on July 16 in Kirkland, Wash. He was born on Nov. 23, 1928, in La Grande. Ken barbered for many years in the Bothel area of Seattle. He was also a tree-topper in northeast Seattle for many years. Of the two occupations, he enjoyed tree-topping more. Ken was quick to make friends and never knew a stranger. He is survived by his wife, the former Sherril Bateman of Union; five sons and their wives, Frank and Jodi, Rusty and Sarah, Don and Shirley, Steve and Melody and Bob and Mary; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Glenn Smith, who was killed while on duty in the military. La Grande Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending August 4, 2007 – Published August 4, 2007 Submitted by: Dixie...

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Leggett, Billy R. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Billy Robert Leggett, 89, of La Grande died Sept. 11 at Valley Creek Adult Foster Home in La Grande. Visitation will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday 15 at Coles Funeral Home with burial following at Mount Hope Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Baker City United Methodist Church with the Rev. Juanita Bergacker officiating. Billy was born April 26, 1918, to Robert Lee and Mary Virginia (Shaver) Leggett in Seattle. He was raised in Seattle and went to school there. Billy worked as a lifeguard at Green Lake. In July 1936 he moved to the Baker community where he continued his schooling and played football at Baker High School. After graduating, Billy joined the Army and served four years in the European Theater. On Dec. 22, 1945, Billy married Doris May Bond at the Presbyterian Church Parsonage in Baker City. The couple raised three children, Deryl, Billy and Janine, in Baker City. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Baker YMCA and the secretary of the Upper Bulger Ditch Company. Billy is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Doris May Leggett; children, Deryl Leggett and his wife, Carolyn, Billy Leggett...

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Horn, Stanley Bruce – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Elgin, Oregon Stanley Bruce Horn, 74, of Elgin died Nov. 19. An inurnment begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Elgin Cemetery with a celebration of life following at 1:45 p.m. at the Elgin Community Center. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Stanley was born May 16, 1933, to Clarence and Lillie Southard Horn in Kimball, Neb. When he was 4, his family moved to High Valley near Union, and when he was 5 or 6, they moved to Cricket Flat near the breaks of the Minam River. He spent the remainder of his childhood years there and attended Pine Grove School District. Stanley married Barbara Janet Thompson on July, 22, 1950. The couple lived in Elgin where Stanley worked at Thorn’s Box Factory. In 1951, the couple moved to Hermiston where Stanley worked at the Ordinance Depot, and in 1956, they moved to Renton, Wash., where he worked for Boeing as a riveter. Three years later, Stanley helped build the Brownlee Dam in Hells Canyon and then worked for Eastern Oregon Television in La Grande. In the 1960s, Stan entered the logging industry as a heavy equipment operator. He also worked for the Boise Cascade road crew and the Oregon state highway department. After 20 years in Elgin, the couple moved...

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Larkin, Alice – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Alice Larkin died in her home at MooreCare in Kent, Wash., March 9. A memorial service will be held Saturday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 19030 Eighth Ave S., SeaTac, Wash., at 1 p.m. Burial will take place in Island City at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s research, hospice care or charity of choice. Alice was born June 28, 1913, in Canova, S.D., to Lizzie and B. A. Schierholz. As a young woman, Alice owned and operated a beauty shop in Corvallis. While in Corvallis, she met and married Earl Herrmann and moved to La Grande, where she lived for many years. There she and Earl raised their children, Phyllis and Jim and numerous foster children. Alice was an adventurous and creative artisan and cook, and was active in the First Christian Church. In 1971, after 35 years of marriage, Earl died. In 1975, Alice married Ted Larkin and moved to the Seattle area. During her years in Seattle she enjoyed her family, friends, cooking, painting and travels that took Alice and Ted to many interesting places. Alice was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Seatac. Alice is preceded in death by her brothers, Howard and Hadley Schierholz, and sister, Belva Roddewig, husbands...

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Horstman, Dolores Rose – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Dolores (Dode) Rose Horstman, 77, of La Grande died Feb. 22 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla. At her request there will be no public services. Those who wish may sign the guest book on-line at www.danielsknopp.com. Dolores was born Oct. 20, 1930, to Charles and Velma (Weidman) Marra in Red Oak, Iowa. She was the only child. The family moved to La Grande when she was a teenager. She attended school in Baker City and La Grande, graduating from La Grande High School with the Class of 1947. In 1950 she married Norman Bud Horstman in La Grande where he worked for the railroad. They moved to Portland in 1951 and were there until 1961 when he was transferred to Seattle. In 1972 they returned to Portland where they lived until returning to La Grande in 2002. For many years, Dolores was a stay-at-home mom. When her children were grown she re-entered the workforce as a real estate agent, then moved into property management. Among her many passions were working in her flower beds, tending her garden, playing cards and watching and feeding the birds and squirrels around her home. She loved socializing and was always happy to be invited to the La Grande High School Class of ’46 lunches. Those who knew...

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Smith, Irene W. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Irene W. Smith, 85, of La Grande, died Feb. 23 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, at the Union Cemetery. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. Irene was born July 2, 1922, to Archie and Eunice (Griffith) Williamson in Brookhaven, Miss. She lived in Seattle for some time before moving to the Los Angeles area of California where she lived for 30 years. In June 1984, she moved to La Grande to be near family. In the early 1990s her daughter, Judith Ann DeLeebeck lost her life in an automobile accident. Irene was an avid reader. Survivors include her sister, Vivian Burford of La Grande; half-sisters, DeLeatha Foster, Violet Crosby and Bonnie Johnson, all of Mississippi, and Lou Coulder of Florida; three grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her half-brother, Lamar Allen. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 1, 2008 Submitted by Dixie...

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Stewart, Thomas G. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Thomas G. Stewart, 82, of La Grande died April 3 at the home of his friends, Kay and Vernon Slippy. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Daniels-Knopp with Rev. Vernon Slippy officiating. Thomas was born Sept. 18, 1925, to Thomas A. and Mary Jane (Gale) Stewart in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. He served in WWII in the Canadian Navy as a Telegraphist Trained Operator serving in the Atlantic, in the D-day invasion, and in the Pacific on board Corvettes and Mine-sweepers. He moved, with his parents, to New Westminister, B.C., during the war. After the war he attended the University of British Columbia. He transferred to the University of Washington in 1946 as a pre-med major. He married Jo Anne Arnold in 1951 in Seattle. They had one daughter, Bonnie Gale. They divorced in 1967. Thomas was an adjuster for Grange Insurance. He later joined the National Association of Independent Insurance Claims Adjusters and was a member until his death. He adjusted as a Storm Trooper traveling to the Gulf States after hurricanes. He was also responsible for five southern counties in Southwest Washington. He was a member of the ski patrol and a Red Cross first aid instructor. Thomas was a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of...

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Larkin, Alice Herrmann – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Alice Herrmann Larkin, 94, formerly of Union County, died March 9 in Seattle. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 at Island City Cemetery. A reception will follow at the First Christian Church in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – June 26, 2008 _________________________________________ Alice Larkin died in her home at MoorCare in Kent, Wash., March 9. A memorial service will be held Saturday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 19030 Eighth Ave. S., SeaTac, Wash., at 1 p.m. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Aug 8 at Island City Cemetery. A reception will follow at the First Christian Church in La Grande. Burial will take place in Island City at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s research, hospice care of charity of choice. Alice was born June 28, 1913, in Canova, SD, to Lizzie and B.A. Schierholz. As a young woman, Alice owned and operated a beauty shop in Corvallis. While in Corvallis, she met and married Earl Herrmann and moved to La Grande, where she lived for many years. There she and Earl raised their children, Phyllis and Jim and numerous foster children. Alice was an adventurous and creative artisan and cook,...

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McCarty-Raff, Judith – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Auburn, Wash. Judith McCarty-Raff, 70, of Auburn, Wash., died Oct. 5 at her home. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. La Grande Observer – October 15,...

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