Location: Marion County OR

McCully, Frank D. – Obituary

Year-long illness takes life of F.D. McCully, 79. Frank D. McCully d. 14 Mar 1939 at his home in Joseph, OR, after a yearlong illness; “the father of Wallowa County”; 1st republican representative elected to the State legislature from Union Co.; elected in 1886, immediately introduced a bill to create Wallowa Co. Born Salem, OR 2 Jun 1859; attended Willamette University; started out in business at age 15; came to Union, OR, in 1872; 1874 made his first visit to Wallowa Valley; 1879 returned there with a large herd of cattle; 1880, left the livestock business, opened a general store in Joseph, the first store in that town. The townsite of Joseph is on Frank’s preemption land claim, and much of the property still remains in his estate; owned stores in Joseph, Lostine, and Flora; was once president of the First bank of Joseph, the Joseph Milling Co., the Joseph electric light plant, and the Joseph waterworks. He once owned the phone line from Union Co. to Joseph and to Anatone, WA. 1881 m. Julia Hamileton of Missouri, 3 children: Wilmer, Roy and Lelia; Frank and Julia divorced; m. 2nd Martha E. Dunbar, Frank D. McCully Jr. their only child; Frank D. McCully III the only grandchild. Evening Observer (La Grande, OR), 14 Mar 1939 Frank D. McCully died at his home in Joseph, OR, 13 Mar 1939. He...

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Raabe, Rose Estelle – Obituary

At the home of her mother in Salem, Saturday evening, July 14. 1900, Rose Estelle Raabe, wife of Captain Clyde Raabe, of Portland. Deceased was the daughter of Mrs. Mary J. Creighton of this city. She was born at Union, Oregon, Dec.28, 1878, and lived in Salem nearly all her life, and had a large circle of friends here. She was married to Captain Raabe about two years ago and resided in Portland until some three months ago, when she fell ill and was brought to her mother’s home in this city. The cause of her death was an abcess on the brain. Besides the husband, deceased is survived by the mother and three sisters, Mrs. W. H. Dancy and the Misses Jessie and Mabel Creighton, of this city. The funeral which was largely attended took place at 2 p m. from the residence, services being conducted by Rev. P. S. Knight, and burial took place in Rural Cemetery. Daily Journal (Salem, OR) 16 July 1900, p.3. Contributed by: Sandy...

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Read, Lu Mrs. – Obituary

The death of Mrs. Lu Read, wife of Dr. S.D. Read, of this city, occurred at the home of her parents, near Junction City, this state, at 3:40 a.m. Sept. 28. Mrs. Read had been in poor health for several weeks and in August she went down to the home of her parents in Marion county, with the hope that the change would do her good. For a time she appeared to be on the road to recovery, but soon had a relapse. Her husband went down the forepart of September and everything that medical skill and loving friends and relatives could do was of no avail and the end came Monday. The interment was in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Junction City, Tuesday after noon. Mrs. Read was a member of the Christian church and leaves a large circle of friends to mourn her untimely death and sympaathize with her husband in his sad bereavement. Elgin Recorder Friday October 2, 1903 Resolutions To Rock Wall Camp No. 700, W.O.W. Your committee on Resolutions of Condolence hereby submit the following for adoption: Silently and reverently we bow our heads in submission to the will of Prvidence in relieving of early care and suffering the late dearly beloved wife of Neighbor S.D. Read. While we believe that death is but the passing from this to a highter and better world,...

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Rees, A. F. Mrs. – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Mrs. A.F. Rees, the beloved wife of M.B. Rees, of Cove, Ore., passed away to her long rest, on Friday Morning, January 20th, 1899 at 2:20 a.m. Mrs. Rees, whose maiden name was Hall, was a native of Missouri having been born in that state February 10, 1841. In the year 1845, she crossed the plains with her parents, who settled in Marion Co., Ore. Here she grew up to womanhood, and meeting M.B. rees was married to him in 1856. They continued to reside in Marion co., until 1864 when they moved to the Grande Ronde Valley. They resided in Cove until her death. Mrs. Rees leaves a disconsolate husband, four sons, five sisters and two brothers to mourn her loss. A faithful wife, a devoted mother and a sincere friend, she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. The funeral took place on Saturday morning from the Church of the Ascension. the services, which were full choral, were conducted by the Rev. Harry Harris, D.D., assisted by the vested choir, and friends. Not withstanding the severity of the weather, a large concourse of people assembled to pay the last token of respect to the departed. Cove Ledger Thursday January 26,...

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Rees, McDonough Bainbridge – Obituary

M. B. Rees Called By Death Last Night; Aged 84 Years. Man Who Came To Oregon During The Fifties And Settled In The Grande Ronde In 1864, Succumbs Suddenly At Dove Last Night-Four Sons Will Gather At Funeral M. B. Rees-one of Union county’s staunchest citizens, and also one of its earliest pioneers- died shortly after 12 o’clock last night at his home in Cove. He went to bed last night feeling fit and fine, but at 11 o’clock he was heard to leave his bed. About midnight groaning was heard, and when his family went to his room they found him dying. He passed away about midnight. Death was entirely unexpected, for although he was 84 years of age he was in reasonable health. Not only does Cove lose one of its foremost citizens, but the county feels the loss, for “Uncle Mac” was known from center to circumference as an exemplary citizen, kind and generous. His sons will be assembled in Cove tomorrow morning, Sherman having come from Portland; Tobe (E.C.); and Walter live at Cove and H.C. Rees, deputy sheriff, lives in La Grande. Mrs. Rees has been dead several years. An only brother, a retired naval officer, resides in Erie, Penn. [Corwin Pottenger Rees] The funeral will be held from the Episcopal church at Cove tomorrow at 2:30. McDonough B. Rees was an active, energetic...

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Robinson, L. Irl – Obituary

Nov. 2, 1904 – Oct. 6, 1988 L. Irl Robinson, 83, of Salem died Thursday in Salem. He was born in Gordon, Texas. He lived in Cove from 1905 to 1919. He served in the Army from 1923 to 1924 and was middleweight boxing champion in the armed services. He married Iola Childers, June 8, 1928, in La Grande. He lived in Montana, Washington and California before coming to Salem in 1950. He moved to Union in 1976 and returned to Salem in 1978. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Salem, and was on the original board of directors at Capital manor. He was a retired insurance agent for Businessmen’s Insurance Co. Survivors include his son, Don E. of Union. Graveside services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in Cove Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Union First Baptist Church memorial fund in care of Daniels Valley mortuary, P.O. Box 722, La Grande, 97850. S-J 10/7/88 Statesman-Journal Salem, Oregon Friday, October 7, 1988 Page B2 Contributed by: Tom Childers Portland,...

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Sanders/Saunders, J. N. Judge – Obituary

The many friends of Judge Sanders, of this city, were greatly shocked to hear of his death which occurred in Salem a few days ago. He leaves a wife, four sons and two daughters to mourn his death. Hon. J. N. Saunders, ex-county judge of this county, died in Salem, Ore. on the 14th instant. Cove Ledger Thursday December 29,...

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Walker, Valeria Bell – Obituary

Mrs. Valeria Bell Walker, sister of C. C. Bull and Mrs. Overpeck, of La Grande, died last week in Salem after an extended illness. The remains were brought to La Grande and private funeral services were held at the Snodgrass Funeral Home conducted by Clarence A. Kopp, with interment in the Masonic cemetery. Besides the relatives here, Mrs. Walker leaves her widower, Albert C. Walker and a sister, Mrs. Florence Umbarger, of San Diego. The Eastern Oregon Review, Friday, 16 July 1943, Page 6. Contrubited by: Robert C....

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Goodnough, R. – Obituary

R. Goodnough Passes Away In Salem Ronald Goodnough of Salem, Oregon, passed away at Salem, Oregon, January 13 from an extended illness. Mr. Goodnough was 57 years of age. Born in La Grande January 24, 1904, Mr. Goodnough had lived in Salem for the past 16 years. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Walnum, Island City and Mrs. Charles Bull, La Grande; and several nieces and nephews. Grave side services at Hillcrest cemetery were held for Mr. Goodnough Tuesday, January 16, at 10:30 a.m. Reverend William Woodman officiated. La Grande Eastern Oregon Review, Thursday, 18 January 1962, Page 1. Contrubuted by: Robert...

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Scriber, Loyd – Obituary

Loyd Carlton Scriber, 106 Greenwood, La Grande hospital after a long illness. He was 65 years old. Scriber was born in Salem on Aug. 21, 1885 but moved to “La Grande when he was only five, living here for the past 60 years. In La Grande, he was a member of B.P.O. Elks lodge number 433. He worked for the Union Pacific railroad. Private funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Snodgress funeral home with Rev. Clarence A. Kopp officiating. Burial will be in the city cemetery. The family has requested that flowers not be sent to the funeral. Friends wishing to remember Scriber are asked to donate the money to the cancer fund drive. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ona L. Scriber, and niece, Bess Scriber, both of La Grande. Contributed By: Sue...

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McDowell, Nora Alice Thompson Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Nora Alice McDowell, 77, of North Powder, died May 1, 1996, at the North Powder Ponderosa Adult Foster Home. Her graveside funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Marion/Friends Cemetery at Marion , Oregon. Rev. E.E. Blackmon of the Parkrose Deliverance Tabernacle of Portland will officiate. Vault interment will follow. Visitations will be today until 4 p.m. at the Coles-Strommer-Monroe Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. Mrs. McDowell was born April 3, 1919, in Marian, Oregon, the daughter of Fredrick and Milly Slyter Thompson. She spent her childhood and attended schools in Eugene, graduating from high school there. On April 3, 1939, she was united in marriage to James A. McDowell in Vancouver, Washington. He preceded her in death in July 1995. The couple lived for a time in Humboldt County, California, and in Brownsville, Oregon. They moved to North Powder in 1986 and bought property and a building in 1988 that they converted into the Bethel Full Gospel Church. Mrs. McDowell was active in the Assemblies of God and the Pentecostal Churches, and a member of the Full Gospel Fellowship. She enjoyed being a Sunday School teacher and loved to garden. She will be greatly missed. Mrs. McDowell is survived by her two children, Milly Simonsen of Portland, and John McDowell of the San Francisco area; a sister, Eleanor...

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Yeske, Donald A. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Donald A. Yeske, 77, of Lebanon and formerly of La Grande, died June 29 at Salem Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the family home, 38811 Collins Lane, Lebanon. Mr. Yeske was born Aug. 17, 1928, to Herman E. and Frieda V. Zweifel Yeske in La Grande. He graduated from La Grande High School and served in the Army Air forces during World War II, then served 32 years in the reserves. On April 22, 1949, he married Lois Johnston in La Grande. He attended the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif., and worked in as a quality control inspector in aerospace and later for the Army Depot. He retired in 1990. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and being with his friends. Survivors include his wife of Lebanon; two sons and their wives, Mark and Colleen Yeske and Cory and Vicki Yeske; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A son, Alan Yeske, and a grandson, Derrick Yeske, both died earlier. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of the Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon 97355. Condolences can be made online at www.hustonjost.com . The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 8, 2006, Published: July 10,...

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Harsin, Susan Jane – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Susan Jane Harsin, 67, of La Grande, died June 30 in Woodburn. A memorial mass will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Mrs. Harsin was born Aug. 22, 1938, to Jim and Elizabeth Nolten Gooding in Salem. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Salem, and moved to La Grande. She married Darwin Harsin on July 24, 1961. She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and the St. Jude Altar Society, the UPRR Junior Old Timers and Old Timers, the Eagles Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an ombudsman for the local nursing homes for a number of years and an honorary member of FFA. She loved to read. Her family and church were her main activities. She suffered from phantom pain for the last 25 years of her life but was always a champion for the underdog. She helped many people over the years. Survivors include her husband of La Grande; a son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Carrie Harsin, all of La Grande; a brother and two sisters; and other relatives. One sister died earlier. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Hospital for the Neonatal ICU and the flight crew in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for...

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Bruch, Georgeanna Marie – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Georgeanna Marie Bruch, 89, of Hillsboro and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 4. A memorial service was held today in Hillsboro. Burial at Fir Lawn Cemetery in Hillsboro will be private. Fir Lawn Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bruch was born Nov. 19, 1916, to George E. and Marie Keller Lockwood in Riverside. She attended school in La Grande and graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Spokane in 1940. On Jan. 24, 1943, she married Robert H. Bruch. The lived in Yreka, Calif., and Hillsboro before moving to Woodburn, and more recently to a care center in Hillsboro. She worked as a nurse at hospitals in Spokane, Grand Coulee, Wash., Yreka and Hillsboro. She retired as assistant supervisor of surgery. She later worked for Dr. Imbrie at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Portland. She was a member of a Methodist women’s group and DAR. She volunteered with Cub Scouts, Blue Birds and Camp Fire, and was known as an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed traveling, quilting, knitting, genealogy and being with her family and friends. Survivors include her husband of Hillsboro; children and their spouses, Leland and Ginny Bruch of Seattle, and Claudia and Bill Stockton of Hillsboro; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Lockwood of Virginia; and other relatives. A brother, Robert Lockwood, died earlier. Memorials may be made to...

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Butler, Georgia LaVella – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Georgia LaVelle Butler, 95, of La Grande died Sept. 11 at Jody’s Country Care in La Grande. A celebration of life will be held on at 2 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in La Grande. A graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. She was born in La Grande on Sept. 27, 1910, to Herman and Florence Richey. She grew up in La Grande except for five years when her family lived on a ranch in Cove. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1930. She went to nurses training in 1932 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, and graduated in 1935. On July 23, 1941, she married Chester W. Butler at Mizpah Presbyterian Church in Portland. During the time he served in WWII she lived in Portland, where she worked in nursing. Chester and LaVelle lived in West Linn after the war until he retired. They moved to Alicel in 1973. Chester preceded her in death in 1997. LaVelle lived in Aurora for two years, then Vancouver, Wash., while recovering from a broken hip. She returned to La Grande in June 2000. Wherever she lived, she met the needs of others through meals either in her home or at her church. She was an active member of the...

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