Location: Milton Freewater Oregon

Obituary of Lester E. Hammack

Jamison, Oregon—Lester E. Hammack 89, of Jamison, died July 13,1989, in a Vale nursing home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First Christian Church in Vale, Rev. Paul Ratzlaff officiating. Internment will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Vale, under the direction of Lienkaemper Chapel of Vale. He was born June 12, 1900 in Lostine, Oregon, the son of John L. and Alice Bohannon Hammack. He moved with his parents and lived in Elgin, Echo and Milton-Freewater, Oregon before moving to Cow Valley in 1918. He moved to Jamison in 1920 where he ranched and farmed. He married Crystal Cammann August 28, 1924 in Payette, Idaho. She preceded him in death January 9, 1978 in Ontario, Oregon. He continued to reside in Jamison. He was a member of the Christian Church in Vale and a past Malheur County Commissioner, member of the Malheur County Cattlemen’s Association and director of the Dell Cemetery and a director of various other boards. Survivors include, one daughter, Verna M. Hammack of Vale, a son and daughter-in-law, W.C. ‘Bud’ and Lorraine Hammack of Jamison, four grand-daughters, Jeanie Singleton of Jamison, Cathy Reinke of Gooding, Idaho, Susan Snyder and Connie Brinton, both of Ontario, nine great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, many grand nieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three half-brothers, two half-sisters and one...

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Reece, Lacy D. – Obituary

Lacy D. Reece of Milton Freewater and a former resident of Enterprise passed away Wednesday, January 22, at the Veterans Administration Hospital at the age of 80. Reece lived at Rt. 3, Milton Freewater. Mr. Reece moved from Clearwater, Kansas, where he was born Sept. 5, 1894, to Oklahoma, and in 1913 he moved to Falls City, Ore. He married Ruth Eaton in Enid, Okla., and the couple then moved to Enterprise. Reece served with the U.S. Army during World War I. He returned to Enterprise after the war and worked as a meat cutter. His wife passed away in 1943. On June 30, 1945, Mr. Reece was married to Nancy Waterman at Baker. They moved to Hermiston in 1946 where he worked until his retirement in 1961. After his retirement the couple moved to Milton Freewater. He began working for DeMoss Grocery in Walla Walla until his second retirement. He was a member of the Grant Farmer Post No. 992 of Walla Walla and attended the Assembly of God Church in Milton Freewater. Mr. Reece is survived by his widow, Nancy, at the family home; his sons, Dean Reece of Enterprise, Wilbur Reece of Hermiston, Bill Reece of Miami, Fla., Wade Reece of Edmonds, Wash., and Larry Reece of Walla Walla; daughters, Mrs. Wolvert (Margaret) Fisher, Enterprise, Mrs. Harold (Milly) Garland of Walla Walla, Helen Ingram of Athena,...

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Rose, Belle – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Belle Rose, 73, died at Milton-Freewater Sunday Belle Rose was born June 6, 1913, in Wallowa County, to Willard B. and Grace (Feagins) Heskett. On May 10, 1932, she married Arthur Rose in Enterprise. She was a homemaker and a member of the Enterprise Community Church and Emerald Rebeckah Lodge. Survivors include her husband Arthur in Enterprise; daughter, Arthene Sigsbee of Milton-Freewater; brother, William Heskett of Portland; sister, Olive Wart of Milton-Freewater; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will [be] held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. The Rev. Ed Morrison will officiate. Ritual services will be conducted by the Emerald Rebeckah Lodge. Private vault interment will follow at the Enterprise Cemetery. Contributions in Mrs. Rose’s memory may be made to the Blue Mountain Oncology program in care of Bollman Funeral Home, Main at West Third, Enterprise. The La Grande Observer, Monday, 19 January 1987 Contributed by: Robert...

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Heskett, Jesse C. ‘Jerry’ – Obituary

Pendleton–A graveside funeral for Jess C. “Jerry” Heskett will be held Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Enterprise Cemetery. Heskett, 76, of Pendleton, formerly of Milton-Freewater, died Wednesday, September 18, 1985, at Amber valley Nursing Home, Pendleton. He was born May 31, 1909, in the Leap area near Enterprise, the son of Willard and Grace (Feagins) Heskett. He attended schools at Trout Creek and Joseph and upon completion of his schooling Heskett farmed with his parents. He lived in Wallowa County until the mid-1960s when he moved to the Milton-Freewater area. He came to Pendleton in 1981 where he entered Amber Valley Care Center. Survivors include sisters, Dollie Wart of Milton-Freewater and Belle Rose of Enterprise; brother, William of Portland; several nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Erma Fisher and Mona Vest, died earlier. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, Milton-Freewater, is in charge of arrangements. East Oregonian, Friday, 20 September 1985, Page # 7A. Contributed by: Robert...

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Bork, Agnes R. – Obituary

Agnes R. Bork, 92, formerly of Milton-Freewater died September 1, 1992 in Highland, California. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home. Pastor Dick Jewett of the Stateline Seventh-Day Adventist Church will officiate. Concluding services and burial will follow at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so today from 1 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. The oldest of three children, Mrs. Bork was born August 19, 1900, in Flora, Ore., to Frank and Ella Davis Lindley. The family moved to Wallula early in her life, and later returned to acquire more land through home steading and continue to farm. She went to school in one-room schools in several areas, including Star and Sunny Glade in Wallowa County. She attended high school in Flora. On May 19, 1919, she married William Bork in Enterprise, Ore. They made their home on a ranch about 30 miles from Enterpise for several years, where they also raised three children. In 1939, the couple moved to the Stateline area, where Mrs. Bork lived until the death of her husband in 1988. She then lived with her daughter in California and her son in Pendleton. She was baptized into the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in 1938. She and her husband helped establish the Stateline Seventh-Day Adventist Church, which was built on land donated from...

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Finley, Lula Ann – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Lula Ann Finley Services Held Memorial services were conducted by the Bollman Funeral Home Monday at 1 p.m. at the Wallowa Christian Church for Mrs. Lula Ann Finley who passed away Saturday, May 7, 1966 at Wallowa Memorial hospital. The Rev. Orville Mick officiated and Mrs. Nyoda Scott was organist and soloist, singing “Beyond The Sunset” and “Beautiful Isle Of Somewhere”. Honorary pallbearers were Hilbert Murrill, W. A. Richman, J. W. Rounsavell, Marion McCrae, Wm. Collins, Russell Temple, Bernard Livingood, Frank Renfrow. Casket bearers were Joe Wise, Melvin and Don Scott, Jay Rugg, Fred J. Zielke, and Pat Rankin. Graveside services and interment was at 4 .m. in the IOOF cemetery at Milton Freewater where her husband had been buried. Mrs. Finley was the daughter of Daniel and Mary Wynn and was born May 28, 1876 in Henry County, Tenn. On March 29, 1893 she was married at Murray, Ky., to Henry L. Finley and the couple lived in Kentucky until coming to Wallowa County in 1910. In 1942 they moved to Milton-Freewater to live until his death on March 14, 1955. Since then she had lived in Wallowa County. She was a member of the Christian church. She had been in failing health for the past year. Survivors include three daughters; Mrs. Hesrchel (Lillie) Scott, of Wallowa, Mrs. Ercell (Mary) Richman, of Troy, and...

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Farr, Grace Lee – Obituary

Grace Lee Farr, 91, a pioneer resident of the Flora area, died in Milton-Freewater on Wednesday, July 9, 1980. She had been in failing health about a year. She was born on Nov. 17, 1888, in La Grande, the daughter of James Jackson and Bell Martin Berner. The family moved in the spring of 1889 to Fora, where Mrs. Farr lived until last August when she moved to Milton-Freewater. On Dec. 12, 1912, she was married to Claude Cole in Flora; he died on May 10,1944. On September 20, 1950, she married Walter Farr in Lewiston, Id. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1962. She loved farm life, her garden and the out-of-doors, always finding time to create Afghans, quilts and artificial flowers. Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Bollman Chapel with J. Maynard Norvell officiating. Soloist Kathy Miller sang “In The Garden” and “Peace In The Valley.” Wanda Sorweide was organist. Bearers were Keith Mathews, Jim Sturm, Bryce Sturm, Spencer Bacon, Elmo Curry, and Delbert McCall. Interment was in the Enterprise Cemetery. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Orvel (Lovilla) Austin, Lewiston, Id.; and four nieces. Wanda Sturm of Milton-Freewater, Anna Belle Wolfer of Livermore, Cal., and Margaret Mathews and Wilda Fern Johnson, both of Spokane, Wash. Those who wish may contribute to the Wallowa County Heart Fund or the Wallowa...

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Hodge, William – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon William Henry Hodge, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1993, at Elzora Manor Care Center in Milton-Freewater. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, 10:30 a.m. at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater. Internment will be in the Enterprise Cemetery, Thursday, Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m. Mr. Hodge was born Aug. 11, 1906, in Enterprise, the son of Steve and Barbara (Hammock) Hodge. He attended school in Joseph. He worked as a logger/tree faller, a sheepherder and on cattle and grain farms. On June 30, 1929, he married Nellie Cooper. They lived in Enterprise until 1939 when they moved to the Milton-Freewater area where he worked as a logger/woodcutter. Later he worked in maintenance at the Milton-Freewater Senior Center and at a nursery. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, picking mushrooms, pine cones, huckleberries, camping, family outings and family reunions. Survivors include his wife, Nellie; four sons, Wayne Hodge of Waitsburg, Wash., Larry Hodge of Milton-Freewater, Duaine Hodge of Umatilla, and Lealand Hodge of Nez Perce, Idaho, four daughters, Betty Radke-Dye of Eugene, Ida Bennette, Goldendale, Wash., Fay Pansch, The Dalles, and Deloris Knapp of Fortuna, Calif.; brother, Evin Hodge of Portland; sisters, Nan Dressler of Tualatin, Lillie Trump of Wallowa and LaVisa Grey of Enterprise; 39 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers....

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Hearing, Clara – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Wallowa County rancher, Clara Hearing, died Jan.4, 1990, at Elzora Manor in Milton-Freewater where she had resided since Oct. 9, 1987. She was born Jan. 31, 1909, at Spokane, Wash., the daughter of John and Dorothy (Briscoe) White. The family moved to Wallowa County when she was five years old. On July 11, 1933, she married Fred Hearing in Pasco, Wash. He preceded her in death in 1962. They operated a ranch on Powwatka for 25 years. Later they bought the Butte Creek holdings (the old Bill Zurcher Place) from Mark Sevier. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Hearing continued to ranch for several years then rented the ranch and moved to Union County to work on a cattle ranch for five years. She later moved to Clarkston, Wash., where she operated a flower shop until she suffered a stroke in January of 1974. Mrs. Hearing was honored with a lifetime membership from the Wallowa County Stockgrowers Association and the Wallowa County Cowbelles. She was the grand marshal of the 1984 Hells Canyon Mule Days celebration. She is survived by a daughter, Lennie Rice, of Hutchison, Kansas; sister, Juliet Moore, San Pedro, Calif., three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one niece, Gayle Cavalli, Walla Walla, Wash. Funeral services were held Jan. 9, at Bollman Funeral Home with Dan Trautman officiating. Music was provided by Fred Bornstedt. Private internment...

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Down, Melvin C. – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County Melvin Charles Down, 55, of Island City, died Friday, May 25, in Baker. Mr. Down was born Aug. 8, 1923 in Joseph to Roy and Ethel Stanford Down. On April 29, 1950 he married Peggy Waddingham in La Grande. In 1969 he moved from Milton-Freewater to La Grande. He was a World War II veteran and a member of La Grande Eagles Aeri No. 259, La Grande Elks Lodge #433 and the American Legion. He was a logger and former member of the Oregon Log Truckers Association. Survivors include his wife of Island city: sons, Kenneth, stationed in Hawaii with the Army, and John, La Grande; brother, Eldon, Union; three nieces and other relatives. Services were Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Ronnie Stricklan of Trinity Baptist Church officiating. Internment was at Summerville Cemetery. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, June 21, 1979 Page 12 Contributed by: Sue...

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Jones, Mary E. – Obituary

Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Funeral services for Mrs. Mary E. Jones of Milton-Freewater, were held Saturday, July 18, 1964, in the Federated Church in that city, with the Rev. W. James Halfaker officiating. C. W. Wrinkle sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In The Garden”, with Mrs. Donald Clements as organist. Casket bearers were Herbert Warner, W. D. Croghan, Howard Rice, W. A. Bottorf, Jerry Geister and Walter Rand. Ritualistic services were by Rebekah Integrity Lodge No. 175. Concluding services and internment were in Milton IOOF cemetery. Mary Ellen (Weathers) Jones was born March 24, 1886 in the old town of La Grande, Oregon, shortly after the Union Pacific Railroad was completed to that city. She attended school at La Grande, Leap and Enterprise. She was married to John E. Jones, a Trout Creek stock man in 1903. The moved in 1909 to Umapine, near Milton-Freewater, where they lived on a farm until they retired a few years ago and moved into town. Mr. Jones passed away in 1961. She is survived by two sons, Paul W. Jones of Tacoma, Wash. And Ralph E. Jones., of Grants Pass, Oregon; one grandson Paul W. Jones Jr., with the U.S. Army, Washington, D.C..; two brothers, W.C. Weathers of Umapine and Ben Weathers of Enterprise; and several nephews and nieces. She was a member of the federated Church and Rebekah Integrity Lodge...

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Cannon, Geneva R. – Obituary

Geneva R. Cannon, 1261 Melrose, Walla Walla, Wn., died June 6, 1979 at Walla Walla. She was born in Michigan, June 27, 1902 to Gordon and Lizzie Mae Treat. She moved to Oregon with her family as a small child. She was a graduate of Monmouth Normal School, Monmouth, OR. She married Everett L. Cannon on June 17, 1925 at Monmouth.. They made their home north of Flora until their retirement in 1959 when they moved to Milton-Freewater. After her husband’s death in 1973 she moved to Walla Walla. She was a member of the Eastgate Baptist Church and a volunteer reading teacher in recent years. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Don (Gretchen) Anthony of Walla Walla; two sons, Gordon of Salem and Arthur of Flora; grandchildren, Cecelia Liskey, Stephen, Scott, Charles, Brenda and Lorelei Cannon and two great-grandchildren, Sarah and Jeremy Liskey. Services were held Friday, June 8 at Herring Funeral Home in Walla Walla with burial at Milton-Freewater. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, June 14, 1979 Contributed by: Sue Wells Transcribed by: Dixie...

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Johnson, James “Mike” – Obituary

Wallowa native, James “Mike” Johnson, 69, died October 2, 1988 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. He had been a patient there since May. He was born September 12, 1919 at Wallowa, the son of Charles and Mabel (Fields) Johnson. Johnson attended schools in Wallowa, graduating in 1937. He attended Abilene Christian College in Texas for one year. He served in World War II as a flight navigator on a B-29 in the Army Air Corps. He married Helen Moffit in Wallowa, They divorced. He married Vesta Tippett. They later divorced. Johnson was a logger and rancher. He moved to Milton-Freewater in 1971 where he worked as a rancher on a farm in Walla Walla until retirement. Survivors includes sons Terrell, of Alaska, Charles, Lostine, and Mike, Wallowa; one daughter, Chris Cissell, Phoenix, Arizona; one brother, Aldon, Wallowa; sisters, Viola Frazier and Geneva Werst, Enterprise, and LaVern Frazier, Pendleton; and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Jess and Bob. Graveside services and interment will be held at the Wallowa Cemetery in Wallowa at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 8, with Lonnie Spencer officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice in care of Bollman Funeral Home, Main at West 3rd, Enterprise. Source: Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, October 6, 1988 Contributed by: Sue...

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Sample, Lois L. – Obituary

Wallowa County, Oregon Lois L. Sample died at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash., July 9, 1987. She was 65. No funeral services were held at her request. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children or the Elks Eye Clinic through Munsell-Rholdes Funeral Home Chapel in Milton-Freewater. Sample was born in Wallowa to Cecil and Thelma (Crow) Childers, on April 29, 1922. She attended schools in Lostine and Joseph, completing high school at Enterprise in 1940. She moved to Weiser, Idaho following high school graduation and attended the National Youth Business College. She eventually settled in Portland, working there as a business secretary. She married Harvey Sample in Vancouver, Wash., on Aug. 30, 1947, traveling extensively with her husband during his career in the military. In 1972, the couple moved to Milton-Freewater shortly after his retirement. Sample is survived by her husband, at home; a daughter, Marla Paz of Ventura, Calif.; a son, Greg Sample of Escondido, Calif.; her parents of Joseph; two brothers, Dale Childers of Milton-Freewater and Jack Childers of Boring; and three grandchildren. Wallowa County Chieftain. Thursday, July 23, 1987 – Page 15 Submitted by: Tom...

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Wright, Gladys – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Gladys Wright, a former teacher who taught at a country school on the Sheep Creek Divide, died Sept. 11, 1987 at the Odd Fellows Home in Walla Walla, Wash. She was 81. Funeral services were held Sept. 14th at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel in Milton-Freewater with Rev. Edward Morrison officiating. Ritualistic services were conducted by Integrity Rebekah Lodge. Graveside services and burial followed later the same day in the Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph. Wright was born April 22,1906 in Evelyn, Wash., the daughter of Douglas and Edith Eaton Towers. She was the eldest of nine children. Following completion of high school, she graduated from a normal school in Monmouth. She moved to Wallowa County with her family in the early 1920s, and taught at a country school on the Sheep Creek Divide. She was wed to Charles J. Wright in Wallowa County on April 28, 1928, and the couple lived outside Joseph for several years. He preceded her in death in 1941. Wright moved her family to Milton-Freewater in 1942. She began working for the Milton-Freewater Post Office in 1947, retiring from that job in 1968. She was a member of the Ingle Chapel Congregational Church and the Integrity Rebekah Lodge. Survivors include two sons, Donald Wright of John Day, and Lester Wright of Temecula, Calif; five sisters; six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may...

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