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Clemens, Gerald Raymond – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon The funeral for Gerald Raymond Clemens will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at O’Hair and Riggs Funeral Chapel, Klamath Falls. The Rev. Robert L. Larson of Ascension Lutheran Church will officiate. Internment will be in Klamath Memorial Park. Mr. Clemens, 87, of Medford, died Dec. 7, 2001, at Rogue Valley Manor in Medford. Memorial contributions may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church Memorial fund, 2617 Barnett Road, Medford, OR 97504, or Rogue Valley Manor Assistance Program, 1200 Mira Mar, Medford, OR 97504. He was born Nov. 13, 1914, in Lostine, the son of Emmett H. and Sadie Jane (Hammack) Clemens. He graduated from Helix High School in 1932. His family moved to Merrill in 1933, and he worked at Ewauna Box Company until 1933. He attended what is now Southern Oregon University from 1933 to 1935. He later received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene. On may 25, 1941, in Spokane, Wash., he married Henrietta Ekern, who preceded him in death. Mr. Clemens taught at Klamath Falls elementary schools from 1935 until his retirement in 1974. During his tenure he served as principal at Pelican, Conger, Roosevelt and Fairview Schools. He moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in 1987. He served in the U.S. Army 96th Infantry Division during World War II and participated in the invasion of...

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Childers, Claire Amos – Obituary

Claire Amos Childers, 79, died Monday, May 28, 1990 in Klamath Falls, OR. He is survived by his wife, Lucille Childers; sons, James and Eugene Childers, all Klamath Falls, OR. Services will he held Saturday, June 2, 1990 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church, Enterprise, OR with the Bollman Funeral Home officiating. Burial will follow in the Enterprise Cemetery. Davenport’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd is in charge of the local arrangements. Herald & News, Klamath Falls, Oregon, Wednesday, May 30, 1990, Page 9 Claire Amos Childers Enterprise native, Claire Amos Childers, died May 28, 1990, in Klamath Falls. He was born Aug. 16, 1910, in Enterprise, the son of Earl and Edna (Knapp) Childers. On June 6, 1929, he married Lucille Sizemore in Enterprise. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Eugene Childers and James Childers, Klamath Falls; sisters Oma Smith, Myrtle Creek, Arvilla Krantz, Las Vegas, Nev.; brother Bill Childers, Rathburn, Idaho; step-mother, May Childers, Las Vegas; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services were held Saturday, June 2, at the Enterprise Christian Church with Dan Troutman officiating. Special music was provided by Nyoda Scott. Interment followed at the Enterprise Cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, June 7, 1990, Page...

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Weaver, Jay – Obituary

Wallowa, Oregon Services Held For Jay Weaver Funeral services for Jay Weaver were held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Christian Church at Wallowa with Minister O. W. Jones in charge and the church choir singing “In The Garden” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.” Pallbearers were Tom McBath, Jr., Alderin Oliver, Bill Cramer, Levi Johnson, Clarence Bergett and Frank Murphy. Interment was in the Wallowa cemetery. Donald Jay Weaver was born December 7, 1904 in Wallowa, Oregon. He passed away November 16 at the hospital in Ephrata, Washington. Had he lived until his birthday in December, he would have been forty-five years old. On December 10,1926, he was married to Margaret Nedrow of Richland, Oregon. One child was born to this union, Mrs. Dona Sexton, of South Bend, Indiana. Surviving Mr. Weaver, are his wife and daughter, his son-in-law, Richard Sexton, and two grandchildren, Rodney and Connie. Of his immediate family, his mother, Mary Weaver, survives, also seven brothers and three sisters, all of Wallowa and vicinity. They are Wayne, Lloyd, Kenneth, Wilbur, Selby, Martin, Marshall, Mrs. Edna Coleman, Mrs. Blanche Schaeffer, and Mrs. Myrtle Armon. His father, Elizah Weaver, and three brothers, preceded him in death. While born in Wallowa and spending his boyhood days here, most of Mr. Weaver’s life had been spent in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday November 24, 1949, Front Page...

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Cochran, Clifford Henry – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Clifford Henry Cochran, 94, of Tri-cities and formerly of La Grande died Feb. 25 at a care center. At his request there will be no funeral. Mr. Cochran was born Jan. 27, 1912, to Walter M. and Blanche Barnes Cochran in Enterprise. He graduated from La Grande High School where he played football and baseball. In 1934 he married Helen Conkey in Walla Walla. They lived in Klamath Falls and in La Grande, where he worked for the Mt. Emily Lumber Co. He retired after more than 40 years. He coached the fast-pitch softball team and a basketball team. He was instrumental in getting a semi-professional baseball team in La Grande, the Raiders. The couple moved to Kennewick in 1997. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, watching sports, traveling to Jackpot, Nev., gambling, working jigsaw puzzles and reading Westerns. Survivors include children and their spouses, Jack and Janet Cochran of Pasco, and Carole and Mac Sawyer of Lake Oswego; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His wife and three brothers, Harold, Otto and Clayton Cochran, all died earlier. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society or Hospice of Kennewick. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 11, 2006 – Published: March 13,...

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Stone, Genevieve R. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Karl R. (Genevieve) Stone of 1703 Cedar, died Monday at Grande Ronde Hospital. Mrs. Stone was born in Brier Hill, N.Y.; the daughter of William H. and Amanda Jane (Guernsey) Rogers. She taught music in a Watertown, N.Y., elementary school before she married Karl R. Stone on Aug. 27, 1919, in Watertown. The Stones moved to Oregon in 1920, and in 1943 came to La Grande from the Willamette Valley. They were owners of the Stone Cream Station for 20 years. Mrs. Stone taught school for two years in Reedsport, and was choir director at the Klamath Falls Presbyterian Church for several years. She was a member of the La Grande Presbyterian Church, an ordained deacon, and a member of U.P.W. Besides her husband Karl in La Grande, Mrs. Stone is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Rankin of Island City; sons, David of Long Island, N.Y., and Roger of Eugene; eight grandchildren and other relatives. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church with Rev. Barry Heath officiating. Vault interment will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Those who wish may make contributions in memory of Mrs. Stone to the Cancer Research Fund or the Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund in care of Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel.” La Grande Observer, 5/25/76 Contributed by: Marilynn...

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Stone, Karl R. – Obituary

Karl Roy Stone, a well-known La Grande businessman and longtime head of the Union County Planning Commission, died Saturday at Grande Ronde Hospital. He was 89. Mr. Stone, of 1703 Cedar St., was born on Sept. 15, 1895, in Sterling, Kan., to Robert and Amalia “Mollie” Birk. He served with the U.S. Army during World War I, and was corporal of the honor guards at the funeral of Buffalo Bill Cody at Pike’s Peak, Colo. He married Genevieve Rogers at Watertown, N.Y., on Aug. 27, 1919. The couple homesteaded near Reedsport in 1920, and Mr. Stone owned and operated the Reedsport Creamery from 1921 to 1926. He was in the creamery business in Klamath Falls, Eugene, Springfield and Portland from 1926 until 1945, when the couple moved to La Grande. Mr. Stone owned and operated Stone’s Cream Station from 1945 to 1960, and served as Union County fruit fly inspector from 1960 to 1965. He served as administrator for the Union County Planning Commission from December 1965 until June 1976. Mr. Stone was a member and deacon emeritus of the First United Presbyterian Church of La Grande. He was a member of the La Grande Lodge No. 41 A.F. & A.M., Baker Consistory Scottish Rite; Union Council No. 5 Royal and Select Masons, La Grande Chapter 9 Royal Arch Masons; Eastern Oregon Commandary No. 6 Knight Templar, Al Kader...

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Clemens, Gerald Raymond – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon The funeral for Gerald Raymond Clemens will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at O’Hair and Riggs Funeral Chapel, Klamath Falls. The Rev. Robert L. Larson of Ascension Lutheran Church will officiate. Internment will be in Klamath Memorial Park. Mr. Clemens, 87, of Medford, died Dec. 7, 2001, at Rogue Valley Manor in Medford. He was born Nov. 13, 1914, in Lostine, the son of Emmett H. and Sadie Jane (Hammack) Clemens. He graduated from Helix High School in 1932. His family moved to Merrill in 1933, and he worked at Ewauna Box Company until 1933. He attended what is now Southern Oregon University from 1933 to 1935. He later received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene. On May 25, 1941, in Spokane, Wash., he married Henrietta Ekern, who preceded him in death. Mr. Clemens taught at Klamath Falls elementary schools from 1935 until his retirement in 1974. During his tenure he served as principal at Pelican, Conger, Roosevelt and Fairview Schools. He moved to the Rogue Valley Manor in 1987. He served in the U.S. Army 96th Infantry Division during World War II and participated in the invasion of Leyte and Okinawa. He was awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. Clemens was a lifetime member of the Klamath Falls Elks, Lodge No. 1247. He was also a member...

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Pratt, Zona Marie Taylor Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Zona Marie Pratt, 64, of Dayton Ore., and a former North Powder resident, died Monday, June 13, 2005, at Willamette Valley Medical Center. Memorial Service will be held today, June 16, 1 p.m. at Church on the Hill, McMinnville, Ore., with Pastor Lon Eckdahl officiating. A private family burial will take place. A potluck reception will follow the service at the Palmer Creek Lodge, 606 4th Street in Dayton. Zona was born Jan. 1, 1941, at Klamath Falls to William Thomas and Mary Lucille Cutshall Taylor. She was the second daughter in a family of eight children. She came from a large family that was proud of their Native American Heritage and was a member of the Madesi Band of the Pit River Tribe. She was raised in North Powder, where she met and married Larry Pratt in 1957 in Haines. They were later divorced. In 1975, she moved to Dayton. She attended the Church on the Hill in McMinnville. The family said, “The joy she found in life was her children and grandchildren, and she came from a very strong and close-knit supportive family.” She loved music and played the piano and accordion by ear. Survivors include her sons, Ken “Scott” Pratt of McMinnville, Jim Pratt of Melba, Idaho, Curtis Pratt of Dayton, Ray Pratt of McMinnville, and Shawn Pratt of Dayton; daughter,...

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Schisler, Ralph – Obituary

Union, Oregon Ralph Schisler, 74, of Union, died June 23. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the New Life Center on Island Avenue next to Wal-Mart. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Mr. Schisler was born Dec. 23, 1931, to Francis and Marie Schneider Schisler in North Platte, Neb. The family moved to California, and he served in the Navy. In 1973 he moved to Klamath Falls where he owned a ranch. In 1981 he moved to the Catherine Creek area where he continued ranching before settling in Union where he was a carpenter and contractor for many years. On April 22, 2005, he married Betty Travis in La Grande. He was a member of the New Life Center and enjoyed traveling, photography, hunting and cutting wood. Survivors include his wife of Union; children, Chuck Schisler of Lake Forest, Calif., Debbie Carroll of Apple Valley, Calif., Dawn Roland of Riverside, Calif., and Julie Achleithner of La Grande; step-children, Tammy Pascoe of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Teena Bambolo of Bothel, Washington; a brother, Bob Schisler of California; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other relatives. A son, Jack Schisler, died earlier. Memorials may be made to the New Life Center in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 1, 2006, Published, July 3,...

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Myers, Helen Aletha – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Helen Aletha Myers, 90, of La Grande died Friday Aug. 4 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 12 at the Fossil Baptist Church. A graveside service and interment will follow at the Fossil Masonic Cemetery. Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Myers was born Jan. 8, 1916, to William and Belle Younce Crawford in Franklin, N.C. The family moved to Service Creek, and she graduated from high school in Wheeler County 1934. On June 28, 1938, she married Edgar Mason Myers in Yakima, Wash. They lived in Klamath Falls, then Kinzua where he worked in logging. They later moved to Fossil where they had a ranch. She was honored as Grand Marshall of the Wheeler County Fair Parade in 1990. She enjoyed gardening, embroidery, the outdoors and especially fishing for steelhead. Survivors include three sons and their wives, John and Willie Myers, and Jim and Deannie Myers all of La Grande, and Bob and Linda Myers of Cove; a brother, Bill Crawford of Portland; grandchildren great grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, two brothers and a sister all died earlier. Memorials may be made to the Fossil Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 467, Fossil 97830. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 12, 2006, Published: August 14,...

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Wilson, Arthur Edward, III – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Arthur Edward Wilson, III Arthur Edward Wilson III, 74, of La Grande, died Saturday at a local care facility. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the LDS Church, 1802 Gekeler Lane. Viewing will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel. Mr. Wilson was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Klamath Falls to Arthur Edward Wilson Jr. and Margaret Elsie Mulligan. He attended school in Klamath Falls and Roseburg and served in the Air Force and the Oregon National Guard. In 1953 he married Carolyn Mae Walker. They had one son, James Arthur, and later divorced. He married Donna Fay Sherwood in 1973. He worked for the Oregon State Highway Division and retired from the Boise Cascade particle board plant in 1988. He worked part time for many years at the Greyhound bus station and became an agent in 2000. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed fishing, cutting wood and being in the mountains. Survivors include his wife and son, both of La Grande, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife and his sister, Darlene Rodgers. The Observer, La Grande, Oregon – Obituaries for the week ending Oct. 14, 2006,, Published: October 16,...

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Moore, Scott “Scotty” – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Oregon State Police Sergeant Scott “Scotty” Moore, 47, of Cove died Nov. 2 at OHSU in Portland from complications of pancreatic cancer. There will be a celebration of life with Oregon State Police Honors at noon Nov. 20 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande. A reception and meal will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Chapel. Mr. Moore was born Apr. 2, 1959, in Gardena, Calif., to Robert A Moore and Kathleen Q. O’Neal. He lived in Fallbrook, Calif., for 10 years before moving with his family to Salem and then to Klamath Falls, where he graduated in 1977 from Henley High School. He began his 27-year career with the Oregon State Police in 1979, serving as a cadet in Wallowa and Deschutes counties. In 1984 he became a full-time OSP trooper in Lakeview as a patrol officer and then as a game officer. While in this area he worked the entire Lake County and also parts of Klamath and Deschutes counties. He transferred to Bend in 1991 and worked as a game officer in the Fish and Wildlife Division in Deschutes and Jefferson counties. In 1997 he became a sergeant and was transferred to the La Grande office as patrol sergeant, later moving to the Fish and Wildlife Division. Most recently he was working as the patrol sergeant. During this...

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Myers, John E. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon John E. Myers, 67, died April 13 at his home in La Grande. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, followed by burial at Grandview Cemetery. Mr. Myers was born Aug. 30, 1939, to Edgar and Helen (Crawford) Myers in Klamath Falls. They moved shortly thereafter to Kinzua and then to a small ranch east of Fossil, where John grew up. He attended grade school in Fossil and graduated from Wheeler County High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball, in 1957. After high school John attended Willamette University in Salem and then returned to Fossil to work at Kinzua sawmill. He was then drafted into the Army and stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. After serving his country, John returned to Oregon, working for Ford’s Tire Service in Pendleton and later was transferred to the La Grande store that became Commercial Tire. On Sept. 27, 1968, he married Willie Mae Hefner and has since been a resident of La Grande. He continued to work in the tire business for 32 years, retiring from Commercial Tire in 2001. At the time of his death, he was working for Allen Chase in Hermiston. John was an avid hunter and loved to fish, camp and vacation with his family. He was a devoted father and grandfather. Survivors include his wife, Willie Mae; children...

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McCoy, Elmer – Obituary

Elmer “Ellis” McCoy, 85, formerly of La Grande, died of natural causes March 1 in Klamath Falls. A memorial is planned for summer 2008 in La Grande. Elmer, also known as Ellis, was born in February 1923 in La Grande, the youngest son of Delmer and Mintie (Neal) McCoy. His parents operated a dairy on Mt. Glen Road. Ellis attended the Mt. Glen School and graduated from La Grande High School. He took over the family dairy and ran it for many years. Ellis married Rose Marie Buckley on Aug. 10, 1944. He enjoyed running the dairy, farming and operating an electrical/plumbing shop in town. He was a member and past president of the La Grande Lions Club. Rose and Ellis traveled the U.S. for many years, then moved to Klamath Falls in 2001 to be near family. Ellis is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rose McCoy; children and their significant others, Eloise McCoy and John McKim of Eugene, Christy Stanfield and Gregg Dutton of Grand Junction, Colo., Rande McCoy and Valerie Thomas of Klamath Falls, and Deena and Dan Rutledge of Klamath Falls; and one granddaughter of Keizer. LaGrande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 22, 2008 Submitted by Dixie...

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Chitwood, Lawrence Allan – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Lawrence Allan Chitwood, 65, of Bend and formerly of La Grande, died unexpectedly of natural causes Jan. 4 while hiking up Pilot Butte. Memorial services are being planned. Visit www.LarryChitwoodMemorial.notlong.com for details. Larry Chitwood was born Aug. 4, 1942, to Paul H. and Ruth O. Chitwood in Los Angeles. He spent his childhood in Mount Shasta, Calif., and completed high school in Klamath Falls. His early interests included music, astronomy, electronics and mechanics. He earned degrees in music and education from Whitman College in Walla Walla. While attending Whitman, he met Karen Bergstrom of Yakima, and they married Dec. 18, 1965. The couple moved to La Grande where Larry taught music at the junior high school. After four years of teaching, Larry changed careers. The couple moved to Portland where Larry attended Portland State University, earning a master’s degree in geology. In 1972 the family moved to Bend where he began a career in geology with the U.S. Forest Service. He had special interest in the volcanology of Central Oregon. He retired in June 2007 after 35 years as the geologist for the Deschutes National Forest. He was instrumental in creating the Newberry Volcanic National Monument. His work is seen in the interpretive signs on the Big Obsidian Flow in Newberry Crater and at the top of Pilot Butte. He was active in ecological resource management...

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