Location: Linn County OR

Kuba, Dorothy Laree – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dorothy Laree Norton Britton Kuba, 74, of Cottage Grove and formerly of La Grande and Wallowa County, died March 15. A graveside memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. March 24 at the Wallowa Cemetery. A lunch for family and friends will be served at 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Enterprise. Arrange-ments are under the direction of Bollman Funeral Home, Enterprise. Dorothy was born Nov. 11, 1932, to William and Eva (Scrivner) Norton in Nampa, Idaho. The third of seven children, she moved with her family to La Grande in 1941 and to Enterprise in 1942. In 1944 the family moved again to Seneca, where her father was a logger, and later to Scio, where she met Willard Britton, whom she married in 1949. Dorothy and Willard lived in Albany, where two children were born. In 1954 they moved to Wallowa, where Willard was employed at the sawmill, and they had two more children. The family suffered the loss of 5-year-old Cathy in 1958 from complications from one of the earliest open-heart surgeries, at OHSU. In 1964 they moved to Cottage Grove, where Dorothy worked as a school custodian until retirement. She and Willard divorced in 1974. In 1980 she married Ryoyei (Roy) Kuba, and they continued to live in Cottage Grove. Dorothy was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Moose Lodge....

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Kropf, Elmer James – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Elmer James Kropf, 88, of Cove, died April 11. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church, 10401 West First Street, Island City. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Burial is to be at the Duchess Cemetery in Duchess, Alberta, Canada, at 2 p.m. Friday with Delbert Birky officiating. Elmer was born Feb. 15, 1920, to Levi David and Esther (Maurer) Kropf near Harrisburg. At the age of 13, Elmer accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized and united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith he remained faithful until death. On Nov. 3, 1940, he married Orpha Gingerich of Harrisburg. They lived in the Lake Creek area until 1960 when he, with his family, moved to Canada, living most of the time in the Duchess, Alberta, area. There, his wife died of cancer on Jan. 16, 1991. In the late summer of 1991, he moved back to Oregon where, on Sept. 22, 1991, he married the former Esther Miller (Gingerich) of Harrisburg. Esther presently lives in a nursing care home at Scio. He is survived by two sons, Owen and his wife; Ella, of Cove, and Ellis and his wife, Ruth, of Tilley, Alberta, Canada; and daughter, Barbara and her husband, Brian Maldaner of Tilley, Alberta, Canada; 26 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; stepson, Harold Miller...

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Harpole, Howard – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Howard Harpole, 82, of Albany and formerly of La Grande, died June 15 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital with his family at his side. Memorial services will begin at 10 a.m. June 28, at the First Christian Church in Albany. Howard was born in 1926 to Marvon and Rosetta (Marsh) Harpole in Elmira. He was raised in the Cottage Grove area, where he lived until enlisting in the Army. He served in the South Pacific during World War II and was in the 341st Infantry, 86th Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star. After the war he attended Oregon State University, where he was a member and president of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He graduated in June 1950 with a business degree. Howard married Janet Gebhardt in June 1950 in Corvallis. They had met at Oregon State University. The couple lived in La Grande from 1962 to 1969, where Howard worked in the insurance business. Howard was a councilman on the Albany City Council, a board member of Albany Boys and Girls Club, a member of Rotary Club of Albany and a deacon at First Christian Church. He worked as a logger, in insurance sales and in car sales at Hudson Dealership & Garage. He founded Forest Industries Insurance Exchange in 1970, was instrumental in starting Oregon Loggers Association, co-founded Greater Pacific Bank, co-founded Freedom Federal...

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Sumpter, Nellie Long – Obituary

Nellie Sumpter of North Portland died Tuesday in a Portland hospital of complications arising from hypoxemia. She was 79. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of St. John’s Funeral Home. She was born July 22, 1911, in Baker. Her maiden name was Long. She married Claude Sumpter on Sept. 28, 1930, in Albany. Mrs. Sumpter was a homemaker. She and her husband lived in Portland for about 20 years before moving to the Oregon coast about 1970. She moved back to Portland last year. Survivors besides her husband include her son, John of Portland; sister, Zella of Salem; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Disposition was by cremation. The Oregonian, December 21, 1990 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Sumpter, Claude Ruel – Obituary

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 1996, in St. Johns Funeral Home Chapel for Claude Ruel Sumpter, a retired Hyster Co. shipping clerk who died July 27 at age 94. Mr. Sumpter was born April 29, 1902, in Crabtree. In 1930, he married Nellie Long, who died in 1990. Surviving are his son, John of Gresham; brother, Don of Tigard; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Disposition was by cremation. The family suggests remembrances to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are by Skyline Funeral Home. The Oregonian, August 3, 1996 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Odell, William Holman – Obituary

Plans have been completed for funeral services this afternoon in Salem for W. H. Odell, who died here late Wednesday night [April 26, 1922] at the age of 92. He was formerly editor and owner of the Oregon Statesman of Salem and a well-known educator and political figure. Mr. Odell came to Oregon from Indiana in 1851. He attended Willamette University. After his marriage, he and his wife had charge for a time of the old Santiam Academy. Later he was identified with the public schools of Albany. In 1864 he moved to Eugene and was appointed United States Deputy Surveyor. In 1871 he was appointed United States Surveyor-General of Oregon. Mr. Odell acquired the Statesman in 1877 and controlled it until 1884. He was the last of his immediate family, and was making his home at the time of his death with his niece, Mrs. L. H. Baker, 464 East 24th Street. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Jewell, Marie Mildred Bilyeu – Obituary

A funeral for Marie Mildred Jewell will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Skyline Funeral Home. Burial will be in Skyline Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Jewell died of pneumonia Saturday in a Portland hospital. She was 66. Born Dec. 30, 1925 in Silverton, she was raised and attended school in Lebanon. Her maiden name was Bilyeu. She married Ray Evan Jewell on June 20, 1943. Mrs. Jewell worked for the Milwaukee Box Factory for several years and was employed at a gift shop at Union Station for about five years until 1970. She then operated the utility pay station at the Portland Saw Works in Oak Grove until her retirement in June. Her husband died on Aug. 21. Survivors include a son, Ray R. of Walla Walla; daughter, Rose Marie Gothard of Milwaukee; sister, Ruth Ellson of Pasco, Wash.; brother, William Bilyeu of Tacoma; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. The Oregonian, September 1, 1992 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bean, Ina Elizabeth Condon – Obituary

Mrs. Ina Condon Bean, pioneer daughter of Oregon, widow of Federal Judge Robert S. Bean and mother of City Commissioner O. R. Bean, died Sunday night [April 11, 1937] at her home, 7326 Southwest Brier Place, where she had lived since 1921. Mrs. Bean was born in Linn County, November 13, 1857, the daughter of Dr. Thomas and Cornelia Holt Condon. Dr. Condon came to Oregon as a missionary and later became a famous geologist of the Oregon country, serving as professor of geology at the University of Oregon and writing authoritative works on the subject. Mrs. Bean was a graduate of the university with the class of 1881. Judge and Mrs. Bean were married September 7, 1880, and they came to Portland in 1909 from Salem, where he was a member of the state supreme court. Mrs. Bean is survived by three sons-Condon R. Bean, Seattle, and Ormond R. and Robert D. Bean, Portland; a sister, Mrs. Frederick Nolf, Seattle; a brother, Herbert T. Condon, Seattle, and eight grandchildren, Nancy Anne and Thomas, children of Condon R. Bean; Robert S. Bean, son of the late Ernest G. Bean; Ormond R. Jr. and Betty, children of Ormond R. Bean; Janet Sharp and Harold Gilmer, children of the late Harold C. Bean, and Yvonne, daughter of Robert D. Bean. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday at the...

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Brotherton, Louis S. – Obituary

Louis S. Brotherton, late resident of Lyons, at a local hospital, September 11 at the age of 64 years. Survived by son, Donald Brotherton of Lyons, and a sister, Mrs. Rhoda Trask of Albany; a brother, Wm. Brother, Ashland. Funeral services will be held at the Clough-Barrick Chapel, Tuesday, September 14, at 1:00 p.m. Interment at the Fox Valley Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bilyeu, Nancy Ellen Cole – Obituary

Mrs. Nancy Ellen Bilyeu, 64, died here Sunday [February 18, 1945] at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ima Woodard. Funeral services are to be held in the Weddle Chapel here at 2 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. Kenneth W. Knox officiating. Burial will be in the Bilyeu Den Cemetery. Born at Grubville, Mo., on July 9, 1880, Mrs. Bilyeu had lived in Oregon for 62 years, chiefly In the Scio-Crabtree area. In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Woodard, she is survived by two grandchildren, Larry and Collene; four brothers, Robert Cole of Salem, Curtis Cole of Eugene, Roy and Otto Cole of Astoria; three sisters, Mrs. Lucy Pepperline of Crabtree, Mrs. Ada Applet of Grants Pass and Mrs. Mabel Leffler of Stayton as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Albany Democrat-Herald, February 19, 1945 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Kinzer, Louisa Wolf – Obituary

On Monday, July 26 [1896], at 9:25 o’clock in the evening, of a complication of diseases, Mrs. L. M. Kinzer, aged about 67 years. Mrs. Kinzer was an energetic pains taking woman just in her dealing with all, an accommodating neighbor and a kind mother. She was one of the 1852 emigrants and settled in the immediate vicinity of where Crabree station now is and where she passed to the Great Beyond. The remains were interred in the family burial plot at Franklin Butte cemetery on Tuesday. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Kinzer, John Wesley – Obituary

John Wesley Kinzer, 79, lifelong resident of Linn county, died at a Lebanon nursing home Monday evening [November 14, 1955]. He was born at Crabtree on April 10, 1876, and married Rose Jane Bilyeu in 1900. Mr. Kinzer was a retired farmer. Surviving are a son, Lyle C. Kinzer of Lyons, a daughter Mrs. Reta Beebe of Eugene; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Fortmiller-Fredricksen Funeral Home in Albany Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Ryan, minister of the first Baptist church of Albany officiating. Concluding services will take place in Franklin Butte cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Calavan, Virgil L. – Obituary

Virgil L. Calavan, 75, former Albany mayor who was active in civic affairs here for many years, died Friday morning in a Corvallis hospital after a long illness. Mr. Calavan was the former owner of a drug store in East Albany which is now Lammers’ Pharmacy. After selling the East Albany store he operated Mason’s Drug Store in downtown Albany, which is now owned by Gerald Steele. He had lived in Corvallis since 1946. A 1911 graduate of Oregon State College, Mr. Calavan was a school principal in eastern Linn County before he opened his first drug store in Albany. He was elected as an Albany City councilman in 1926 and served as mayor from 1928 to 1932. In addition, he served for 25 years on the Albany School Board; was president of the Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis club; and severed for several years on the Willamette Memorial Park Board. Mr. Calavan’s first wife, the former Vida Nanney, died in 1944. In 1946 he married the former Lona Nanney Locke, who survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Edith Creighton of Albany; a brother, Roy Calavan of Salem; two grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Fisher Funeral home, with the Rev. Morton Booth and the Rev. Perry Avery officiating. Burial will be in Willamette Memorial Park. The family suggests...

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Bilyeu, George Washington – Obituary

One by one those sturdy old pioneers who crossed the plains with a plow ox team and endured privations almost equal to death itself, and by their untiring labors and horrendous efforts laid the foundation for this grand and glorious country, are passing into the land beyond from whence no traveler returns. The last to join this numberless multitude was George W. Bilyeu. Mr. Bilyeu came to Oregon in 1852, crossing the broad plains with the regulation ox team. He settled with his family on a donation land claim a few miles from this city, and there spent the greater part of his life. Mr. and Mrs. Bilyeu [Hester Jane Reed] were hard-working people, and by diligence and good management accumulated a reasonable share of the worlds goods. Fifteen children were born to them, eleven of whom are living and have married and have families about them. During the last few years Mr. Bilyeu has been in very poor health and it was necessary to keep a constant watch over him. The weight of his years was upon him, and his mind failed to such a degree that his children exerted every effort to make his declining years as comfortable as possible. About two weeks ago it was decided to place him under the care of the asylum at Salem, hoping that the treatment there would be beneficial to...

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Bilyeu, William M. – Obituary

William Bilyeu, one of the oldest citizens of Linn County, died at his residence near Scio last Wednesday, aged 80 years [June 25, 1879]. He was perhaps the ancestor of the most numerous family in Oregon-the Bilyeu’s reaching over a hundred in number, nearly all of whom reside on the Forks of Santiam. We deeply sympathize with his large circle of relatives and friends, and shall attempt to secure a more succinct obituary of the good old man at an early day. Peace to his ashes. [William married Dianna Coker in 1816 TN. He fathered 12 children. William is buried in the Bilyeu Den Cemetery]. Contributed by: Shelli...

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