Location: Medford Oregon

Hearing, Mary E. – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Lostine Christian church for Mary Elizabeth Hearing, Wallowa County pioneer, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Otto Dolkey near Medford, May 29, 1929. Rev. Arthur Harriman of Wallowa conducted the services. A quartet, Mrs. Orval McArtor, Mrs. Roy Haun, Roy Haun and Chas. Bridwell, sang appropriate hymns, with Mrs. S.L. Magill at the piano. Interment was in the Lostine cemetery. Mary Elizabeth Conner was born in Sigourney, Iowa, July 28, 1846, and crossed the plains to Portland, Oregon in 1853 at the age of seven years. She was united in marriage to George Hearing in 1865. To this union were born eleven children, seven of whom are still living. The children surviving the aged mother are Mrs. Alice Bayne of Bend, Oregon; Mrs. James Leeper, Mrs. Otto Dolkey in Medford, Oregon; Mrs. George Childers, Mrs. Oliver Wood of Lostine; George Hearing of Minam, and M.V. Hearing of Wallowa. All of them were present to pay their last respects to the memory of their mother. Mrs. Hearing was one among the early pioneers, having come to Wallowa county in 1884. She lived on a homestead, experiencing all the hardships of an unsettled land. She lived at different locations in the valley continuously for 41 years. Her husband preceded her in death April 27,...

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Childers, Robert – Obituary

Robert Childers, Artist, Dies Robert Edward Childers III, 60, an artist, who designed the Hobbie Holly cloth doll while on the staff of American Greetings Inc. in New York, died Saturday in Medford. Enturnment [sic – Interment] will be in Jacksonville Cemetery with Hillcrest Mortuary, Medford, in charge of arrangements. No service is planned. Mr. Childers was born Jan. 21, 1924, in Lostin [sic – Lostine], Ore. He attended Medford schools, graduating in 1941 from Medford High School. While a student he had small parts in early Oregon Shakespearean Festival productions in Ashland. Following graduation he served in the U.S. Navy for six years. He then attended school in Copa, Miami, Fla., Philadelphia Museum School of Art, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, from which he received his master’s degree. He received a gold medal upon graduating from the Museum School of Art and attended the Academy of Fine Arts on a Cresent scholarship. He also attended evening classes at Fleisher Memorial and performed for two years with the Philadelphia Dance Theater. His paintings – oil on canvas and wood – are exhibited in Philadelphia galleries, including three permanent exhibits in Wagner, Pa., and Minsky History of Theater. He was sponsored for three one-man shows in Philadelphia. While in Florida he worked for Ron Rico Rum. Following his studies, he worked in fabrics, film production, toys and illustrations for...

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Childers, Lucille C. (Sizemore) – Obituary

Former Wallowa County resident, Lucille C. Childers died July 11, 1996, at Medford. She was born May 16, 1911, at Milner, Idaho, the daughter of Frank O. and Rosella (Bennett) Sizemore. On June 6, 1929, she married Claire Childers at Enterprise. He preceded her in death on May 29, 1990. She is survived by sons, James Childers and Eugene Childers, both of Klamath Falls; sister, Ruth Bragg of Medford; grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Graveside services were held Monday, July 15, at 1 p.m. at the Enterprise Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Enterprise Christian Church in care of the Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main, Enterprise. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, July 18, 1996, Page...

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Garrett, Richard R. – Obituary

Funeral services for Richard R. Garrett of Medford who passed away Monday will be held today at 3 o’clock at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford. Mr. Richard F Genaw will officiate. Conger-Morris Funeral Directors of Medford are in charge of arrangements. Mr. Garrett was born April 8, 1898 in Flora, Oregon the son of the late Brock and Edith Garrett. On Aug 7, 1931 he married the former Bessie Falvey who survives. He served in the army in World War I. He had lived in the Medford area for 50 years and was engaged in the logging business. Survivors, besides his wife include one son Richard P. Garrett, Bellevue Wash. One daughter Heloyse Burk, Portland: one Sister Velma Osborne, La Grande; four grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Contributed by Julie...

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McClain, John – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon John J. McClain died at the Wallowa Memorial Hospital June 26, 1978 where he had been a patient for 5 days. He was a resident of the Pioneer Guest Home, and a former resident of Medford and Salem. He was born September 30, 1886 on Upper Prairie Creek to James R. and Alice McClain. He married Ida Mae Hursch at Medical Springs, Oregon. She preceded him in death in 1939. In August of 1977 he married Lurena B. in Salem, Oregon. Mr. McClain was a meat cutter, retired. Services were held Saturday, July 1 at Bollman Chapel at 4:00 p.m., with Eric Walch officiating. Cliff Collingsworth was the soloist singing “How Great Thou Art” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Organist was Jeannette Powers. Pall bearers were Jim McClain, Max Gorsline, Harold Klages, Jack Harmon, Vern McClain and Norman McClain. Internment was in the family plot at Prairie Creek Cemetery, Joseph. Survivors are his wife, Lurena B. McClain of Salem, two sons, Gene H. McClain of Sanger, California; Kermit Raymond McClain of Newport, Washington; One daughter, Mrs. Clyde R. (Marilyn) Wilson of Kelley, Iowa; one sister, Hattie Beaudoin; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Bollman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, July 6, 1978, Page 14 Contributed by: Sue...

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Bloom, Louis R. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Louis R. Bloom Dies On His Way To South Louis R. Bloom, a native son of Wallowa valley, died at Goldendale, Washington, Wednesday, December 22, 1937. He was on his way from Yakima, where he had lived for three years, to souhtern California where Mrs. Bloom had gone a few weeks before. He was stricken with a heart attack and went to a hotel where he passed away. The body was brought to Enterprise by C.L. Booth and funeral services were held at the Booth Chapel Monday morning and burial was in Enterprise cemetery. Rev. Lloyd W. Halvorson of the Presbyterian church conducted the services. Mr. Bloom was a son of R.W. Bloom, pioneer of the upper valley and was born August 19, 1885 on what is now the Wade ranch on Alder Slope. He was married to Minnie Fluke April 29, 1917, and in November, 1919, they moved to Medford. That city remained their home until three years ago when they went to Yakima. Mrs. Bloom was called to Covina, California, the last of November to help care for her mother, Mrs. L. Rest of article missing. Source: Enterprise Record Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, December 30, 1937, page 2 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Belva...

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Colpitts, Eva R. – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Eva R. Colpitts, 97, of Enterprise died Oct. 29 at the Wallowa Valley Care Center in Enterprise. There will be a celebration of life at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise with Dr. Craig Strobel officiating. Burial will be in a private vault at the Enterprise Cemetery. Mrs. Colpitts was born in Cliffs, Wash., Dec. 6, 1908, to Stephen Douglas Cox and Ethel Mae Washburn. She was raised by Orris and Effie Gorsline of Joseph after the death of her mother in 1910. She attended Pleasant Center School and Joseph High School. On Jan. 9, 1927, she married Edmund Perry Colpitts in La Grande. They farmed on Upper Prairie Creek until 1936, when the moved to California and worked on ranches. In 1942 they moved back to Eagle Point, where they had a small farm. In 1948 they purchased a tavern in Central Point and later bought interest in the 21 Club in Medford. After her husband’s death in 1959, she operated the club until 1973. She lived in Medford until 2002 when she returned to Enterprise. Survivors include many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers and sisters. The Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending Nov. 02,...

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Gibson, Jackson Wesley – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Mrs. Daisy Rundall received word recently of the death of her brother, Jack Gibson of Medord, Ore. Mr. Gibson was born in Cove in 1890 and received his education in the Cove school. He was married Aug. 5, 1912 to Nellie Glassen of Elgin. The couple moved to Elgin for a while, then Mr. Gibson moved to Seaside, Ore., where he lived for a period of time before moving to Medford. He was a carpenter and contractor, and built houses in Elgin, Seaside and Medford. He is survived by his wife La Veta, one daughter, Shirley Robinson and one son, Stanley, both of Medford; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Richards of Salem, Mrs. Daisy Rundall, of Cove, and Miss Mabel Gibson of Seattle; one brother, Ray Gibson of Portland. Mr. Gibson had been ill for the last 3 years. Jackson Wesley Gibson Funeral services for John Wesley Gibson, 63, who died Wednesday, will be held in Conger-Morris chapel Friday at 10 a.m., with Dr. J. Thomas Dixon of the First Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Siskiyou Memorial park. The deceased was born July 26, 1891, in Cove, Ore. He had resided in this community for 27 years. He was a member of Carpenters local union 2067. On Jan. 24, 1948, in Medford, he was married to LaVeta Jackson, who survives. Other survivors include a...

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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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Cleveland, Michael Gene – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Michael Gene Cleveland, 34, of La Grande died Aug. 1 at Grande Ronde Hospital of natural causes. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday Aug. 5 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Mr. Cleveland was born July 25, 1972, to Robert and Deborah Beickel Cleveland in Medford. The family moved to Pendleton and then settled in La Grande in 1973. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1990 and from Eastern Oregon State College in 1995. On Aug., 30, 2003, he married Elizabeth Canfield in La Grande. He worked for Boise Cascade as a stacker operator and was the current president of the union local. He enjoyed sports, playing baseball and basketball, hunting, fishing and being with his family. Survivors include his wife of La Grande; children, Zoe and Gillian Cleveland of La Grande; his parents of La Grande; cousins, Scott Allen and Brad Allen of La Grande and Adria David of Kuna, Idaho, and other relatives. Contributions may be made to the family at US Bank or in care of Daniels Chapel. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 5, 2006, Published: August 7,...

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Clark, Geraldine Nina – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Geraldine Nina Clark Geraldine Nina Clark, 87, who has spent much time in La Grande, died Feb. 13 at her home at the Sun Terrace Assisted Living Facility in Hermiston. At her request, there will be no public services. The family will have a private service at a later date. Disposition was by cremation. Arrangements are under the direction of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston. Mrs. Clark was born Feb. 28, 1919, to LaVerne W. and Mary Harriet (Floyd) Loomis in Kennewick, Wash. She was raised in Medford and attended Oregon State University. On July 27, 1942, she married Edward Joel Clark in Portland. She lived most of her adult life in Pendleton and the last 10 years in Hermiston. She enjoyed watercolor painting, sewing, cross-country skiing, hiking, camping, gardening, crafts and playing bridge. Most of all she loved her family. Survivors include her sons and their spouses, Chris and Marla Clark of Hermiston, Nick Clark of Santa Cruz, Calif, Jode and Brenda Clark of La Grande and Doug Clark of Spokane, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Betty Loomis of Seattle; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Edward Joel Clark, and her parents. Memorials may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 1050 W. Elm Ave., Suite 220, Hermiston 97838. The Observer – Obituaries for the...

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Keeney, Darlene ‘Cookie’ – Obituary

Darleen “Cookie” Keeney, 64, of La Grande, died Sept. 9 at her home of natural causes. There will be a memorial service on Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Victory Christian Center, 1020 Jefferson Ave. in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Cookie was born on Dec. 25, 1942, to Fred and Thelma (Olsen) Hall in Medford. She was raised and educated in Redmond. She had a daughter, Laura, and a son, Patrick, both of La Grande. Cookie loved the outdoors, horseback riding, camping and fishing. She also enjoyed watching her grandchildren play sports. She loved church and was very passionate about doing the Jail Ministry. Those who knew her say that showing compassion was one of her greatest gifts, and she always tried to see the good in everybody. She is survived by her father, 100-year-old Fred Hall, and stepmother, Faye Hall of Redmond; children, Laura Stein-Robbins and Patrick and his wife, Linda Stein, of La Grande; siblings, Janet May of Redmond, Joanne Delu of Redmond, Vada Harlow of Kennewick, Gary Romine of Phoenix, Ariz., Tom Hall of Redmond and Brad Smith of Eureka, Calif.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Smith. Memorial contributions may be made to Jail Ministry, in care of Victory Christian Center, 1020 Jefferson Avenue, La Grande...

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Collins, Ora O. Jackson Mrs. – Obituary

Ora O. Collins Dies, Burial Friday Funeral services for Ora Odelia Collins, 67, will be conducted at 2 pm Friday at West and Company Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Robert McNeil of the First Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Haines Cemetery. Mrs. Collins was born March 24, 1900 at Perry, Oregon and married Charlie E. Collins Feb. 22, 1920 at Haines. The daughter of G. W. and Ida Long Jackson, she spent her early life in Baker County. The family moved to Medford where they made their home for many years. After retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Collins moved to Albany. She was preceded in death by her husband June 16 of this year. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. George (Bettymae) Ray of Albany; 3 grandchildren, Dennis, Patricia, and Georgia Mae Ray all of Albany; 3 brothers, John Jackson of Woodland, WA., Charlie Jackson of Hubbard, and Roy Jackson Welch of Glendale, CA. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, July 20, 1967 page 8 Contributed by: Belva...

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Lay, Myrtle Yvonna Inman Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Myrtle Yvonna Lay, 91, died Aug. 22, 2005, at Medford Rehabilitation and Health Center in Medford. A graveside service will be held for Mrs. Lay at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland. The Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home in Ashland will handle the arrangements. Chaplain Paul Hagedorn of the Providence Hospital Hospice Care Unit will officiate. Myrtle was born April 19, 1914, to Guy and Jane Inman, whose parents were early immigrants to Eastern Oregon from the Midwest. She spent most of her childhood in or near Baker City and was a graduate of Baker High School. On Christmas Eve of 1933, Myrtle married Deshler (Dash) Lay, who lived on his parents’ farm near Medical Springs. After a few years of farming in Union and Baker counties, the couple moved to Haines, where Dash was employed by the Haines Commercial Equipment Company. In 1956, Myrtle and Dash moved to Baker, where he worked for Levinger’s Rexall Drug Store. Myrtle worked a couple of years as a cook for the Haines Grade School, but for the most part her occupation in life was that of a very competent and caring housewife and mother. In September of 2002, Myrtle and Dash moved from Baker City to Medford to be near their son and his wife, who are long-time Ashland residents. They...

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Henry, Jim – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Jim Henry, 81, died at home on July 22, 2005, after a long battle with lung cancer. His graveside inurnment service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the military section of Mount Hope Cemetery. Father Camillus Fernando of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will officiate. Military rites will be under the auspices of the National Guard and Doug Riggs will speak on behalf of the Baker Elks Lodge. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception after the services at the Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St. Jim was born on Aug. 17, 1923, at Denver to John J. Henry and Mary Florence Fellows Henry. He was one of 12 children. Jim attended Catholic schools in Denver, including St. Joseph High School. After high school, he worked in his father’s heating and sheet metal business, learning the trade. In 1940, the family moved to Washington, and Jim again was employed in the sheet metal business at Bremerton, Wash. In May 1943, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After training, he was assigned to the 19th bomb squadron, 22nd bomb group. His group was known as the Red Raiders. He was a nose gunner on the B24 Liberator Bomber. Jim flew 40 combat missions in the South Pacific Theatre of World War II. His plane was shot down twice, once over...

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