Location: Mt. Vernon Oregon

Gawith, Orval – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Former Elgin Man Killed Accidentally Orval Gawith, a native son of Elgin, was accidentally killed at Mt. Vernon, Oregon Monday evening. Available information indicated that while he was unloading a load of logs the top log on his load slipped off and crushed him to the ground beneath it. Logging is the work in which he had long been engaged. Harry Gawith of Wallowa, father of the deceased, and Allen Gawith, a brother of Minam, were in Elgin Tuesday on their way to Mt. Vernon. Funeral arrangements were made while they were here. The remains will be interred in Elgin Cemetery at 2:30 this afternoon and will preceded by graveside services. Willard Orval Gawith was born in Elgin May 13, 1904 and was 42 years, 3 months and 6 days old. He leaves a wife and son. He and his family visited Elgin several weeks ago. Grandparents of deceased settled in the Pinegrove district about 50 years ago, and his father resided there as a boy and young man. The Elgin Recorder, Thursday, 22 August 1946 Contributed by: Robert...

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Laurence, Harold W. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Harold W. Laurence, 86, of La Grande died Aug. 5 at his home. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 10 at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11 also at Daniels Chapel. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Mr. Laurence was born in Dec. 9, 1919, to Joe and Daisy Hayward Laurence in Mount Vernon. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School, and married Raema Helen Davis. He worked as a meat cutter and apprenticed to become a watchmaker. He was certified in 1946 and became a Master Watchmaker in 1948. The couple opened jewelry stores in Wallowa, Enterprise and La Grande. Their first store in La Grande was a very small shop between the Granada Theatre and the J.C. Penny Store where the movie billboard is now. After their sons, Jack and Eric, became watchmakers and began running the jewelry store with their mother, Harold became an insurance representative for Farmers Insurance. He retired from Farmers but continued to participate in the family store. He was a life member of the Freemasons, a 50-year member of the La Grande Elks Lodge and past Exalted Ruler. He enjoyed fly tying, fly fishing and tinkering with various contraptions. His family turned to him for advice on every subject and never...

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Teufel, Robert Calvin – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robert Calvin Teufel, 66, of Mount Vernon and formerly of La Grande, died April 20 at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Portland. Robert was born April 4,1942, to Robert and Marjorie (Corey) Teufel in Portland. Robert graduated from Beaverton High School in 1961 and later went on to serve two years in the Army as Private E-1, where he earned sharpshooter and expert rifle badges as well as good conduct and Vietnam service medals. In 1966, Robert married Joyce Hayden in Beaverton. He later married Betty Holznagel in John Day in 2002. Robert was employed with the City of La Grande for 20 years as the parks and recreation superintendent. He retired in 2000. Robert also ran a successful nursery business in La Grande. Robert was an avid outdoorsman. Those who knew him considered him a jack of all trades. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseback/mule riding, rock hounding, propagating nursery stock, ATVing, raising racing pigeons, camping, traveling, playing games and cards. He was also affiliated with the Oregon Hunters Association, Eagles, Elks, American Racing Pigeon Union and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Those who knew him say he had a strong sense of morals and ethics. He is survived by his wife, Betty Holznagel-Teufel of Mount Vernon; daughter, Traci...

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Roach, Naoma Huss – Obituary

Mrs. Naoma Roach, 80, Chehalis, died Saturday at her home on 1763 Cascade Ave. She was born November 3, 1880 in Mt. Vernon, Oregon. Mrs. Roach had been a resident of Chehalis for the past 24 years and a former resident of Onalaska. She was a member of the non-denominational church. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Blanche Strey and Mrs. Anne Wassco, Randle, and Mrs. Catherine Roundtree, Everson, Wash.; three sons, Fred, Elk City, Idaho; Charles, Kimberly, Ore.; and Harvey Roach, Eugene, Ore.; three brothers, Ray Huss, Parker; Bird Huss, Ellensburg, and Oscar Huss of Winthrop, 15 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Bonne Mortuary in Chehalis with Malcolm Graham officiating in the Claquato Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Green, Otis H. – Obituary

Mt. Vernon Final rites were held Tuesday in John Day for Otis H. Green, 65, of Mt. Vernon. The late Mr. Green, who had been ill the last three years, died at 3:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Blue Mountain hospital in John Day, where he had been a patient five weeks. Death was due to heart and lung ailments. Service was held at 2 p.m. at the chapel of the Driskill mortuary. Officiating was the Rev. Richard Goold of Long Creek. Mrs. Richard Goold, Long Creek, served as organist. John Liveira of John Day sang “How Great Thou Art” as a vocal solo. Mrs. Kathleen Rehder and Mrs. Edith Damon, Mt. Vernon, sang a duet, “Whispering Hope.” John Fossum of John Day read a tribute written by the late Mr. Green’s daughter, Mrs. D. L. Clea Rasmussen. Interment was made in the Canyon City cemetery. Active pallbearers were Charles McKenna, Clyde Stormer, Isaac Shank, Arnold Lemons and Carl Edwards, Mt. Vernon, and George Gilbert of John Day. Honorary pallbearers were Arthur Culp, Miles Gilman, Rex Brisbois, Peter Holmberg, Robert Hiatt, Marvin Brannon and Byron Lemons of Mt. Vernon. Otis H. Green, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Green, was born June 12, 1895, at Long Creek. He attended the Long Creek and Mt. Vernon schools. His marriage to Valene Irene McKern was solemnized June 12, 1918, at...

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Green, Joseph Delo – Obituary

Mt. Vernon Joseph Delo Green of Mt. Vernon died November 4, 1962, at the age of 70 years. Final rites were conducted Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Driskill Mortuary chapel at 2 p.m. with Elder Fred Wagner of the Seventh day Adventist church officiating. Joseph Delo Green was born August 21, 1892 in Long Creek, son of Marquis L. and Nancy Jane Green. He was one of 14 children, 12 of whom preceded him in death. When a young man he came to Mt. Vernon where he continued to make his home. He was united in marriage March 2, 1928 to Nellie E. Parrish and to this union were born four children. One son, Delo Edward, died in infancy. In 1924 Mr. Green moved with his family to Hood River and resided there eight years. The remainder of his lifetime was spent at Long Creek and Mt. Vernon. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Elks lodges. Surviving are his wife, Nellie; three daughters, Mrs. Lorene Carter of Prairie City, Mrs. Colleen Simmons of John Day and Mrs. Elouise Simmons of Canyon City; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; and one sister, Mrs. Ella Shaw of Long Creek. Music at the final services was presented by Mrs. Edith Damon of Mt. Vernon who sang “Beyond the Sunset” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” with Mrs. Elda Way at the...

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Beam, Delilah Lillian Siegler Mrs.

Baker City, Oregon Lillian S. Beam, 83, a longtime Baker City resident, died July 13, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co., 1500 Dewey Ave. The Rev. Ed Niswender of the Calvary Baptist Church will officiate. Vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be until 8 o’clock tonight at Gray’s West & Co. She was born Delilah Lillian Siegler on Sept. 1, 1920, at Kulm, N.D., to John and Katherina Weisser Siegler. After finishing her schooling, she traveled West with her sister, Viola, to Tacoma, Wash., where they both went to work at Madigan Army Hospital. It was there she met and married Robert “Bob” Beam in November of 1946. They made their home at Olympia, Wash., until Bob was discharged from the service. At that time they moved to Unity where Bob’s parents, Ralph and Rose, lived. They later moved to Mount Vernon and John Day, but eventually made Baker City their home. Together they had four children, Tom, Susan, John and Mike. After 26 years of marriage they divorced, but they always stayed close. Bob died in 1990. Lillian spent most of her life as a devoted homemaker, wife and mother. You could always count on a good meal at her home. After the children got older, Lillian went to work...

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Fry, John E. “Jack” – Obituary

John E. “Jack” Fry, 77, of Boise, whose family has owned a cabin at Trout Meadows for many years, died Sept. 11, 2004, at the Hospice Center of the Boise Veterans Hospital. No memorial service is scheduled at this time. His family and friends will celebrate his life in the summer of 2005 at Trout Meadows in the Granite area. The date will be announced later. Mr. Fry was born on June 1, 1927, at Canyon City to Everett and Ora Fry. He grew up at Mount Vernon. He married Ada Newcome in 1950 at Oakland, Calif. They lived at San Leandro, Calif., until moving to Boise four years ago. He worked as a lath and plastering contractor in California until he was forced to retire after suffering a stroke at the age of 50. The family cabin at Trout Meadows was purchased by Jack’s father in the 1960s. They made many friends in Baker City and the neighboring communities over the years. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Ada, of Boise; a son, John, of New Baltimore, Mich.; a daughter, Marla, of Shaker Heights, Ohio; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, September 17, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Rutter, Charlyne E. McKern Yokom (Whitesitt) Mrs. – Obituary

Charlyne E. Rutter, 89, of Baker City, died Oct. 19, 2007, at Ashley Manor, in Baker City. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the First Christian Church in John Day. Pastor Duane Cheadle will officiate. She was born on Oct. 20, 1917, at Mount Vernon to J.E and Jessie “Stormer” McKern. She attended school at Mount Vernon, graduating from high school on May 1, 1935. Charlyne married Dale Yokom in 1935. The couple had one daughter, Marilyn Colleen. Dale died in 1938 in a tragic accident. On April 4, 1941, Charlyne married Percy James “Jim” Rutter. Six weeks later Jim was called back into active service in the U.S Navy. During the war Charlyne and Marilyn accompanied Jim from Vallejo, Calif., to Staten Island, N.Y., via several other naval bases until he was shipped out to the Pacific Theatre. Charlyne then drove herself and Marilyn back to Oregon. After the war, Jim and Charlyne made their home at John Day. In 1953 they owned John Day Cleaners and Laundry. With Dana and Frances Saunders they opened Rutters Stationery Store in John Day and operated it until Jim’s health required them to sell the store to Idaho Typewriter Exchange. During these years Charlyne was a worthy matron of Eastern Star, mother adviser of Rainbow Girls and active in church. Jim died in 1962. Charlyne...

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