Imnaha, Oregon Jean Gardner Bell, 84, of Carlsbad, Calif., died May 13, 2004, at home. She was born Feb. 29, 1920, in Los Angeles, Calif. After graduating from John Marshall High School, she attended Glendale Junior College and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) before marrying Franklin Bell II, a union that lasted 50 years until his death in 1992. They founded Bell Pipe and Supply Company in Anaheim, Calif., and raised their family in Tustin, Calif. In 1975 the couple bought a ranch on the upper Imnaha River where they spent springs and summers and Mrs. Bell worked tirelessly in her garden. After Frank’s death, she traveled extensively throughout the U. S. and abroad with her close companion James “Rip” Harper. Survivors include her companion James Harper; children Madelyn, Kristin and Franklin III; sisters Betty Riley and Suzanne Tully; five grandchildren; brother-in-law Ains Bell; cousin Joanne Youngberg; and friends and other family members. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, May 20,...Read More
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Enterprise, Oregon Ruth G. Evans Burcham, formerly of Enterprise, died in Arlington, Wash. on March 28, 2006. She was 91. Mrs. Burcham was born in Duncan, Ariz., on Feb. 27, 1915 to John Evans and Minnie Lloyd. She was raised in Duncan, and attended high school there. She became a nurse’s aide in a Catholic geriatrics hospital. On November 14, 1931, Ruth married Orville Jay Burcham in Riverside, Calif. They had two children. After living in Enterprise and Pomona, Calif., the couple moved to Pendleton in 1961, where they resided for 35 years. Mrs. Burcham was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 61 years, Orville Jay Burcham. She is survived by her son Donald John Burcham of Redmond, her daughter Diana Basim of Arlington, Wash., 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Contributions in memory of Ruth Burcham may be made to a charity of choice. Graveside services have been held. Wallowa County Chieftain – April 6, 2006 Contributed By: Sue...Read More
Joseph, Oregon Donald Franz Buhler Funeral services for local ranch owner Don Buhler, 88, who died Monday, March 19, 2007, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Joseph United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at 1 p.m. at the Buhler Ranch at the foot of Mount Joseph near Joseph will follow. A full obituary will be published next week. Wallowa County Chieftain – March 22, 2007 Contributed By: Sue Wells Second Obit. Donald Franz Buhler, real estate developer and local rancher, died in Portland on March 19, 2007, at the age of 88. During his final weekend, he was surrounded by his grandchildren. Don was born on August 24, 1918, in Polson, Montana, in a house that his father, a lumber yard owner, built near Flathead Lake. Shortly thereafter, his parents, Jake and Anna, and his little sister, Marjorie, headed west to Los Angeles. At L.A. High, Don met future bride, Virginia Reed. During those teenage years, Don’s intellectual curiosity and spirit of adventure drew him to numerous activities. He joined youth groups, was a star member of the drama club, took elocution classes and practiced public speaking, among other activities. He was also a member of the Pages, a philanthropic young men’s organization, and he was appointed youth director at First Methodist Church L.A. During that time, his faith strengthened and became a driving...Read More
La Grande, Union County, Oregon Daughter Of Pioneers Dies A high Salvation Army official and daughter of a pioneer Summerville family, Olive Childers, died Saturday at a local hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services will take place at the Dempsey Funeral Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Col. John Erickson officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Born Nov. 3, 1880, Miss Childers was the daughter of Frank and Mary Childers. Childers was one-time sheriff of Union County. Miss Childers had served as a Salvation Army officer since 1898 and worked in the La Grande area from 1915 until 1917. She held some of the highest posts for women in the Army and served as superintendent of the home for unwed mothers both in Denver, Colo., and Los Angeles, Calif. She retired from active service in 1940 and had made her home here since that time. She resided at 1306 Fifth Ave. Surviving is one niece, Adla Rose Edwards, La Habra, Calif., a sister, Della Wagner preceded her in death last November. La Grande Observer Monday, July 31, 1961 Page...Read More
North Powder, Oregon There will be a memorial gathering at 2 p.m. Saturday for the friends of Marian McDonald, a former North Powder resident who died Jan. 2, 2004, at Los Angeles while visiting her family during the holidays. For directions to the memorial gathering, call Roxanna Swann at 523-9265. Marian had moved to Bainbridge Island, Wash., in 1999 after living in Baker County for almost 30 years. She was born at Youngstown, Ohio. Her parents Emile A. Titangos and Anna Fondas, came from Triglia, Asia Minor. The family moved to Los Angeles when Marian was quite young. Her father was a furrier and Anna was a seamstress. They made and sold fur items to the Hollywood stars of that time. Marian graduated from UCLA and taught English in the Los Angeles school system. She first came to Baker County in 1968, where she and her husband purchased a piece of property near Anthony Lakes. After retiring from teaching, Marian moved here permanently and became an active member of the community. She had jobs in advertising and public relations and was an ardent supporter of several environmental causes. She was active with the Blue Mountain Native Forest Alliance, the Blue Mountain Environmental Council, the Nature Conservancy, and the Sierra Club. She especially loved the forests of Eastern Oregon and spent many hours hiking around her property and on trails...Read More
Union, Oregon Paula Errolo Burford, 80, of College Place, Wash., and formerly of Union died Sept. 17 at her daughter’s home. The funeral was held today at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater. Burial was at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Mrs. Burford was born March 25, 1926, to Joseph Coleman and Katie Rosilla Deuel Lay in Medical Springs. She graduated from Union High School, and attended Brigham Young University. She moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where she worked for Western Union. On Sept. 16, 1949, she married Clifford Edwin Burford in Los Angeles. They returned to Oregon and lived in Milton-Freewater for several years. She was a homemaker, and loved music and the arts and provided lots of hands-on creative experiences for her children. After her husband’s retirement, the couple moved to Walla Walla in 1990. She was active in her church, and enjoyed oil painting, cake decorating, creative writing, sewing, crafts, genealogy. She was known for her sense of humor. Survivors include children, Blaine Burford of Prescott, Ariz., Kim Burford of College Place, Paul Burford of Sherwood, Zane Burford of Queen Creek, Ariz., Erralee Cleveland of McMinnville and Paula Mooso of College Place; a sister, Gay Lerwill of Redding, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 23, 2006, Published: September 26,...Read More
La Grande, Oregon William Millord “Squeek” Marcum, 65, of Sand Hollow, Idaho, and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 26 at the VA Hospital in Boise. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Private interment will be at the Hillcrest East Cemetery. Mr. Marcum was born April 16, 1941, the son of William H. and Evelyn (Sanderson) Marcum in Weiser, Idaho. He was educated in La Grande and in his later years was raised by his mother and step-father, Howard Ramsey. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Army and he served in Alaska working with heavy equipment and tanks. Following his honorable discharge he worked for the Los Angeles Police Department for seven years as a motorcycle patrolman. He then worked as a pilot for various commercial and cargo airlines for 20 years. For the past 10 years he worked as a long haul driver for various companies, most recently England and Jim Palmer. He enjoyed reading and recreation travel on his motorcycle. He held his family close to his heart but he really loved being on the road or in the air. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Michael Marcum of Portland and Maureen and Mark McLeod of Cooksville, Ill.; seven grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Virginia Marcum of Portland; an aunt, Wanda...Read More
La Grande, Oregon Keith Lee Boula, 50, died Jan. 2 at St. Mary Hospital in Walla Walla of colon cancer. Friends are invited to join Mr. Boula’s family in celebrating his life at an open house at the home of his sister Kathryn, 60522 Bushnell Road., Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. Keith was born in Los Angeles June 19, 1956. He spent his early childhood in southern California and his teen years in northern Minnesota. He returned to California and graduated from Sylmar High School in 1974. There he followed in his father’s footsteps as a race car driver and mechanic. Mr. Boula moved to Zigzag in 1977. His love of racing and adventure led him to skiing, which became a life-long passion. He worked as an EMT on the Timberline ski patrol for several years. In 1994, Keith moved to La Grande. He worked for WC Construction until his death. Survivors include his son, Ryan Young, and Ryan’s mother, Carol, of Ontonogan, Mich.; sisters, Kathryn Boula and her family of La Grande, and Mary Noble and her family of Palmdale, Calif.; and many friends in northeastern Oregon and Mount. Hood. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending Jan 6, 2006, Published: January 6,...Read More
Cove, Oregon Julia Martha Mueller Koenig, 96, of Cove died Nov. 11 at a care home in Cove. A celebration of life service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor Wiseman officiating. A graveside service at the Cove Cemetery will follow the church service. Mrs. Koenig was born Oct. 13, 1910, in Reedley, Calif., to Gottlob and Anna Strohmaier Mueller. She was a member of the First Mennonite Church. She was educated in Reedley and attended secretarial training school in Los Angeles. In 1934 she accepted a secretarial and bookkeeping position at the Ascot Avenue Elementary School in the Watts area of Los Angeles. She was employed there for seven years. She married John Koenig in Santa Monica, Calif., Dec. 7, 1940. The Koenigs lived in Los Angeles and Van Nuys until moving to a farm in Cove in 1962. She enjoyed being a homemaker, gardening, traveling, music and reading. She was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in La Grande, the Oregon Farm Bureau, Cove Women’s Improvement Club, Home Extension and the Knife and Fork Club. Survivors include children and their spouses, Charles and Donna Koenig and Karen and Lyndon Rose, all of Cove, Carol and Dave Hanson of Los Alamos, N.M., and Linda Koenig of College Place, Wash.; sister, Miriam Von Seggern of Grass Valley, Calif.; and six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren...Read More
La Grande, Oregon Linda Carol Creel, 66, died April 9 at her home in La Grande. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Mrs. Creel was born Aug. 6, 1940, to Harry and Audra Elizabeth (Edwards) Monroe in Rawlins, Wyo. On July 18, 1959, she married Charles F. Creel in Los Angeles, Calif. In 1967 they moved to La Grande from Evanston, Wyo. She was a devoted wife and mother and dedicated her life to her family. Survivors include her husband, Charles Creel; children, Melinda, Janet, Wade, Carol and Jeffrey; siblings, James Monroe, Harold Monroe, Sue Glenn, JoAnn Sieg and Claire Sells; and numerous grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Arthur Monroe and Evelyn Dupuis. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 14, 2007 Published: April 14,...Read More
La Grande, Oregon Myrtle Geneva Christopher, 88, of La Grande, died Aug. 14 at a local care center. At her request there will be no public services. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. Myrtle was born on Nov. 15, 1918, to Jasper and America Selby in Comanche, Okla. She began school in Oklahoma and finished in Los Angeles. She worked for Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, Calif., as an inspector until her retirement. On July 21, 1956, she married Gordon Woodrow Christopher. After her retirement, the couple spent much of their time in Kingman, Ariz. She cared for her husband before and after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and the outdoors. She loved to take rides in the car to enjoy the countryside. Survivors include her son, Gordon W. Christopher Jr. of Kingman; daughter, Pam D. Alton of Union; brothers, Henry Selby of Wasilla, Alaska, and Orbie Selby of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband and four sisters. Memorial contributions may be made to the Summerville Baptist Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. La Grande Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending August 18, 2007 – Published: August 18, 2007 Submitted by: Dixie...Read More
Union, Oregon Benjamin “Ben” Taylor Bare, 76, of Union, died Aug. 12 at the Elks Hospital in Boise. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Union Cemetery in Union. An earlier notice incorrectly reported a service time of 2 p.m. Viewing will run from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Ben was born on March 10, 1931, to Joseph and Evelyn (Bostler) Bare in Los Angeles. He attended school in Pasadena, Calif. He joined the Air Force in 1950, and was a crew chief fixing fighter planes in Korea from 1952 through 1953. Ben met and married Ruby Knudsen on May 8, 1955, in Hill City, S.D. He was honorably discharged in July 1955 after serving 1 1/2 years at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D. He then worked for Bell Telephone in Pasadena until 1961 when he and his family moved to Newberg and worked for West Coast Telephone. In 1975, he transferred to La Grande. He moved his family to Union later that year and continued to work for West Coast Telephone/General Telephone until he retired in 1991. Ben enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and camping until his health began to fail. He was a member of the La Grande Bush Pilots for many years. Ben is survived by his wife, Ruby; son, Larry Bare of Pendleton;...Read More
Phaedra Dune Baxter, 62, of La Grande died on Oct. 26. A celebration of Phaedra’s life is planned and the details will be announced later by Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center. She was born Pamela Bernice Bishop on Oct. 13, 1945, to Edward Fletcher Bishop and Bernice May Bedford in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was raised in Sumas, Wash., then moved to Wenatchee, Wash., where she attended grade school. The family moved to Los Angeles where she graduated from Lynwood High School in 1963. There, Phaedra became active in school and community theatre, nurturing a lifelong love of drama and costume. In 1964, she married Lloyd Woolery and they had two children, David and Douglas. During that time, she worked as a draftsman and was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, a disease she battled throughout her life and that ultimately led to her death. After a divorce, she married Kenneth Hoke, a chemical engineer. She convinced him to apply for jobs overseas and they moved to Tripoli, Libya, in 1973. Her ability to attract adventure moved front and center, capped by requesting a meeting with Moammar al-Qaddafi after her villa had been appropriated by one of his generals. The upshot was a new villa. She traveled extensively in Europe and maintained a flat in Malta upon her divorce in 1977. She moved to Eureka, Calif., and changed...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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