Location: Newberg Oregon

Purinton, Louise – Obituary

Louise Alice Purinton of Newberg died December 20, 2001, at the age of 87. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Louise was born the daughter of William Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Stills) Cooper in Troy on February 19, 1914. Louise came from a family of six girls and three boys, growing up and attending school in the Wallowa County area. In 1930 Louise was married to Dwight Warren Purinton and they made their home in Troy and Lostine, where she worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Dwight preceded her in death on March 27, 1975. For a short time she lived on the Oregon Coast and then in 1986 she moved to Newberg to be near her niece, Rose, and nephews, Glen and Bill Cooper. She was a member of the Assembly Of God Church in Newberg and a faithful attendee. She enjoyed writing poetry and wrote many poems. Louise enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews as much as they enjoyed spending time with...

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Cooper, Edith L. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Services for Edith L. Cooper, 82, of Newberg, were held Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. at Macy and Son Funeral Chapel in McMinnville. Interment will follow at the Enterprise Cemetery. She died Nov. 6, 1993, at the Chehalem Care Center in Newburg. She was born June 17, 1911, in Lostine, the daughter of Martin Luther and Hattie Jane (Biggs) Greenough. On July 8, 1929, she married William H. Cooper in Enterprise. Mrs. Cooper was raised and school in Lostine. She helped raise her brother and sisters and then lived on her uncle’s farm and helped him farm. In 1961 she moved to Newberg and in the late 70s she moved back to Lostine until 1984 when she moved back to Newberg. She loved to play cards. Survivors include five sons, William Jr., Ramon, Darrell, Gary and Steven Cooper, all from Newberg; three daughters, Carol Jane Prine, White Salmon, Wash., Lois A., Trent, Puyallup, Wash., and Susan Perez, McMinnville; one sister, Louise Gettling, Klamath Falls; 27 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son; Wesley Cooper, two brothers, one sister and three grandchildren. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday November 11, 1993 Page...

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Ward, John – Obituary

Graveside funeral services for John Ward, 67, formerly of La Grande, who died Friday at a Newberg hospital, will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, 1502 Seventh Street. A complete obituary will follow. La Grande Observer July 4,...

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Bare, Benjamin Taylor – Obituary

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;...

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Hamilton, Ina Mae – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Ina Mae Hamilton, 80, of Newberg and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 5 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Beaverton. A memorial service begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at 307 S. College St. in Newberg. Ina was born Nov. 29, 1927, to Mable and Melvin Walker in Ontario. She attended high school in La Grande and attended Oregon State College and San Jose State College in California. She married William on Aug. 29, 1948, in La Grande. She was a homemaker, a cook-manager of a middle school cafeteria and a library aide at La Grande High School. The couple traveled by RV for eight years through the United States and Canada after retiring in 1987. They had made their home at the Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg since 1995. Survivors include her husband; sons, William of Berkeley, Calif., Robert of Walla Walla and Charles of Klamath Falls; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her third son, Donald A. of Redmond, when he died suddenly in August 2007. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tilicum Retreat, 15321 N.E. North Valley Road, Newberg 97132-6525. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending January 19, 2008 – Published Jan. 15,...

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Fleming, Carl Douglas – Obituary

Carl Douglas Fleming, 40, of Newberg and Halfway, died Aug. 30, 2005, as the result of a motor vehicle accident near Halfway. There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Carl’s life later this month. The date and time will be announced. Carl was born on Feb. 9, 1965, at Santa Cruz, Calif., to Jimmy Dale and Carla Sue Caskey Fleming. He spent most of his growing up years at Santa Cruz, graduating from Monte Vista High School in 1983. He was a gifted athlete and after graduation he played baseball for a year in college. Carl and Monique met in 1988 and were married on March 3, 1991. They had two children: James and Casey. Carl worked most of his life as an equipment operator. In 1995, the family moved to Newberg. It was after the move to Newberg that Carl became an avid hunter and fisherman, with the help of his friend and mentor, Gary Star. These last several years, Carl had enjoyed coming to Halfway to hunt. He was in the process of moving to the Halfway area at the time of his death. He had just gained employment with the Pine Valley Ranch at Halfway. Carl will always be remembered for his love of family, friends, the outdoors and his great sense of humor. Survivors include his wife, Monique; sons James and...

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Westberg, Robert Gene “Bob” – Obituary

Robert Gene “Bob” Westberg, 54, of Baker City, died Jan. 16, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. There will be a celebration of Bob’s life at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gene and Bonnie Westberg’s home. He was born on March 9, 1950, to Gene and Bonnie Westberg at Newberg. He was a 1969 Baker City High School graduate. Immediately after high school he joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy until 1983. Bob served in Vietnam during the war. He served in the National Guard from 1983 to 1993. He married Bee Keeton on May 19, 1979. They later divorced. After retirement from the service, Bob managed the Cenex service station at North Powder, then worked for D&D construction. At the time of his death he was working for Humbles Service Station. Bob was a very active member of FFA and the high school gun club. His passion was restoring antique cars. He was a member of the North Powder car club. He won many awards with his 1955 Chrysler car and Dodge truck. Bob also devoted many hours helping his parents with their place. Survivors include his parents, Gene and Bonnie Westberg of Baker City; sisters, Kay Shellito, and her husband, Richard, and Eileen Mayes of Baker City; brother, Ross Westberg of Pilot Rock; stepdaughter, Berenda Carter; three granddaughters, Karen, Krystal, and Kimberly, all of Bixby,...

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Fullerton, Jay, Jr. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Jay Fullerton Jr., 83, died Nov. 29, 2004 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise due to injuries sustained after a fall. A graveside inurnment was today at Mount Hope Cemetery. Truscott Irby of the American Legion officiated. There was a reception afterward at the family’s home. Jay was born on Oct. 11, 1921, at Springbrook to Jay and Mae Fullerton. In his early years, Jay attended school at Newberg and Pendleton. He went to work laying asphalt airstrips in Baker City, where he met his wife of 62 beautiful years, Louise McCarthy. Louise and Jay were married July 6, 1942, in Vancouver, Wash. During World War II, Jay served in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed at Bonneville and Longview guarding the loading of bombs on to ships. After his honorable discharge from the Coast Guard in October 1945, Jay began a 45-year career as a painting contractor and interior decorator with his father-in-law Walter L. Perry. Jay had the pleasure of working in Baker County with the best general contractors. They came to be his lifetime friends: Sid and Nancy Johnson, Cliff and Bea Welter, Don and Jake at Artcraft and Dickie Hindman. Jay was preceded in death by his son Ronald J. Fullerton, who died in 1999. Survivors include his wife, Louise of Baker City; daughter, Marsha Corley of Dallas, Texas; son, Dennis and Merry...

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Christenson, Gayle Arlyn

Gayle Arlyn Christenson, 74, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 7, 2005, at home surrounded by family and friends. An Elks service and celebration of his life will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1896 Second St. Gayle was born in 1931 at McMinnville to Chester and Lola (Johnson) Christenson. He attended school in Newberg and graduated there in 1950. He received training in radio engineering and moved to Salt Lake City where his distinct deep voice got him a job as a radio announcer. From there, Gayle worked a short time in the oil fields of Wyoming before he moved back to Detroit, Ore. There he went to work for his granddad, who owned and operated Detroit Phone Company. The town of Detroit was being relocated for the damming of the Santiam River. Gayle worked to rebuild and move the phone system of Detroit and two smaller towns nearby. His career with Pacific Northwest Bell as janitor for three months months began in Portland, then he soon moved to Baker City. Here he met Karen Metcalf, who was working as a telephone operator. They were married in 1954. Gayle retired from the phone company in Baker City in 1989. He worked the central office in Baker and several microwave stations of Central Oregon where his troubleshooting and problem-solving skills were well known. Gardening,...

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Holcomb, Margaret Hutchins Baird Mrs. – Obituary

McEwen, Oregon Margaret Holcomb, 94, died July 13, 2004. A celebration of her life will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McEwen Bible Fellowship. There will be a potluck dinner afterward. She and her twin sister, Margie, were born on June 30, 1910, at Newberg to Homer and Effie Hutchins. She married Vero Baird in 1927. They had three children: Robert, Corinne and Phillip. In 1946, she married Ralph P. Holcomb. They had a daughter, Nancy. Ralph died on Dec. 17, 1997. Margaret, who was lovingly known as “Maggie,” was a cafeteria cook at Churchill School for many years. She was well-known for her delicious cinnamon rolls. She also gained recognition for creating more than 100 crocheted afghans, which she presented to her friends and relatives. Margaret’s good-natured humor added to her home, where she often entertained her many friends and family. One of her favorite pastimes was camping, which she was able to enjoy just two weeks ago at Phillips Lake. She was strong in faith and was a member of McEwen Bible Fellowship. Private family interment will be later at the Richland Cemetery. Survivors include her daughter, Corinne, and her husband, Mike Fuzi, of Coolin, Idaho; her son, Robert Baird, and his wife, Fran, of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; daughter, Nancy, and her husband, Robert Smith of Baker City; daughter-in-law, Joanna Baird of Sequim, Wash.; stepchildren, Ralph...

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Gongliewski, Olivia Alsada Dillard Mrs. – Obituary

Olivia Alsada Gongliewski, 71, of Newberg, a former Baker City resident, died Feb. 21, 2003, at her home. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Attrell’s Newberg Chapel. Chaplain Greg Sealander will officiate. Committal will be at 2:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Visitations were Sunday and until 8 o’clock tonight at the Newberg funeral home. Olivia was born on Sept. 25, 1930, at Spokane, Wash., to William and Elma Moten Dillard. She grew up and attended elementary school in the Kooskia, Idaho, area before moving to Portland in 1942. She graduated from high school there and attended two years at PolyTech. She became a practical nurse and raised her family. In 1965, she was employed at Tektronics where she continued to work for 21 years. She married Leonard Gongliewski at Vancouver, Wash., on April 2, 1970. They lived at Aloha for 23 years. In 1986 Olivia retired. She moved to Baker City in 1991 where she lived for 10 years before moving to Newberg. Olivia was a very good Christian. She loved music and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3048, and the American Legion, Post 41, Auxiliary. She loved sewing, was an exceptional cook and an avid gardener who really loved roses. She loved camping, fishing, deep-sea fishing and was very much an outdoor person. Survivors include her husband,...

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Rak, Marian Almira McClain Mrs. – Obituary

Marian Almira Rak, 77, died March 20, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services after a brief illness. She was born July 31, 1925, at Hood River to William Herbert and Edith Grace McClain. She was raised and educated there and then attended Willamette University for three years, majoring in social work. In 1948 she married John Felix Rak of Salem. They settled in Newberg in 1950, where she lived until illness forced her to move to Baker City to be closer to her daughter, Betty. She lived in the Sunnycrest area for many years, moving back into town when her son, Patrick, died in 1985. Marian was very active in her church, singing in the choir for many years and always helping in the kitchen. She was the 1998 Interfath Volunteer Caregiver of the year, and lived to be useful. She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann of Sumpter; son-in-law, William; sister, Marcia Stone of Albuquerque, N.M.; numerous nieces, nephews and their children; and all the friends whose lives she made real contributions of time and care. Memorial contributions may be made to the Newberg First Presbyterian Church, 501 Mission Drive, Newberg, OR 97132-1656. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 27, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Getty, Delbery Lynn – Obituary

Delbert Lynn Getty, 42-year-old Newberg resident and a former resident of Baker City, died Tuesday, November 14, 2000, in Newberg. Funeral services for Mr. Getty will be held Monday, November 20, at 2 p.m. in the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home. Bishop Greg Baxter of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, First Ward, will conduct the services. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Getty was born May 14, 1958, in Portland to Delbert Getty and Louise (Glover) Maness. He attended schools in Baker City, Bates and Bellingham, Wash., graduating from Baker High School with the class of 1976. He served briefly with the U.S. Marines. He moved to the Portland area, where he worked for eight years for Pacific Paper Products. He then worked off the Alaska coast on a fishing boat for one season. He returned to the Portland where he was a greenskeeper at the Rose City Golf Course. He then went to work for the Newberg School District. Mr. Getty loved his nieces, nephews, younger cousins, and the children of his good friend Dan Curtis: Joe, Kylie and Jordy. He would attend their games and school functions when possible, and was a friend to many. He loved outdoor activities. From the time he was a small child, he always wanted a picnic instead of a birthday party. He loved to play golf and worked...

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Brothers, Gloria A. Newall Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Gloria Brothers, 78, of Newberg died Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, at her home. Attrell’s Funeral Home of Newberg was in charge of arrangements with inurnment in Valley View Memorial Park in Newberg. Mrs. Brothers was born Nov. 1, 1923, in Port Angeles, Wash., the daughter of Evah and Edgar C. Newall. The family resettled in the Newberg area where landmarks like Newall Road and others record the family’s influence in the community. After graduation from high school in Vancouver, Wash., she attended the University of Oregon to obtain a degree in English. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She married Samuel A. Brothers Dec. 16, 1945, in Newberg. After a year in Roanoke, Va., during which she taught English at the National College, they returned to Newberg to establish a hardwood floor contracting business. In 1953, Mrs. Brothers joined the Newberg Graphic newspaper where she served as society editor until 1957. For the next three years, she and her husband were active miners on gold claims in Baker County, after which her husband began a long career in the pressroom of The Oregonian in Portland. In 1964, Mrs. Brothers rejoined the Newberg Graphic as assistant to the publisher, a post she held until 1983. Still an ardent miner, she joined Western Consolidated Mines Inc. of Baker City in 1986, serving as vice president,...

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Hix, Nan LaRee Koontz Mrs. – Obituary

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Newberg Christian Church. Pastor David Case will officiate. There will be a private committal at the Unity Cemetery. Mrs. Hix was born on Dec. 27, 1922, at Hereford to William Asa and Rebecca Ruth Van Cleave Koontz. She grew up and received her early education at Hereford and was a Hereford High School graduate. She married Thomas G. Hilger in 1941 and they moved to a lumber camp at Bates. Mr. Hilger died in 1962. She moved to Newberg in 1963 and had lived there since. She married John Wesley Hix at Newberg on Sept. 5, 1971. She was employed as an assembly worker for Adec, retiring after 22 years with the company. A homemaker, her hobbies included crocheting, reading and traveling. Survivors include her husband, John Hix of Newberg; two sons, Shaylor Hilger and Norven Hilger, both of Newberg; four daughters, Ardith Burnett, Fonda Schmidt, Tanya Dehart and Rebecca Bertagna, all of Newberg; two stepdaughters, Laura Reed of Newberg and Cheryl Henderson of Elkins, Ark.; two brothers, Henry Koontz of Kennewick, Wash., and Chester Koontz of Hereford; three sisters, Edith Derrick of Unity, Wilma Loeks of Dundee and Maxine Brouillette of Brookings; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and those who had come to know and appreciate her where she had lived and worked. She was preceded in death by...

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