Location: Pendleton Oregon

Svetich, Corinne Josephine – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Corinne Josephine Svetich, 78, of Walla Walla, died June 29 at her home. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Svetich was born Jan. 4, 1928, to Charles and Francis Butler in Sacramento, Calif. She grew up in North Port, Wash., and graduated from La Grande High School in 1946. She took business courses at Eastern Oregon Normal School for two years. On March 10, 1950, she married Matthew Svetich in Pendleton. She worked as a teller at U.S. National Bank and Oregon Bank in Pendleton, and briefly for Baker-Boyer Bank in Walla Walla. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Neighbors of Woodcraft, the Elks Lodge No. 228 and the Pendleton Country Club. She enjoyed sewing, crochet, gardening and cooking for her family. Survivors include her husband of Walla Walla; children, Randy Svetich of Pendleton, Steven Kim Svetich of Ephrata, Wash., and Lisa Marie Hartman of Las Vegas, Nev.; a bother, Robert Butler of Island City, and a sister, Winnie Heaps of Connell, Wash.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A sister, Loraine, died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 8, 2006, Published: July 10,...

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Thompson, Jacklyn L. Grape – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Jacklyn L. Grape Thompson, 67, of Pendleton and formerly of Cove died July 4 at St. Elizabeth Hospital. A memorial and potluck supper will begin at 3 p.m. July 22 at the Cove Sportsmen’s Club. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Thompson was born Sept. 17, 1938, to Jack and Jessie Robertson Stareo in Starkey. The family moved to Cove in 1940, and she graduated from Cove High School in 1948. She graduated from Eastern Oregon Normal School with a degree in education and worked for the Bureau of Indian affairs. She taught on reservations in Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, and at Chemawa Indian School in Salem. After retiring from teaching she worked with veterans in vocational rehabilitation. She enjoyed her horses, knitting, traveling and taking college classes. Survivors include her husband, Dewight Thompson of Pendleton, and other relatives. In lieu of cards and flowers, memorials may be made to any charity. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending July 15, 2006, Published: July 13,...

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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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Fischer, Kimberly Dawn – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Kimberly Dawn Fischer, 47, of Marysville, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 9 at her home of natural causes. A service will be begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Marysville Senior Community Center, 514 Delta St. A memorial in Oregon will be conducted at a later date. Mrs. Fischer was born April 22, 1959, to Donna and Jerry Martin in Pendleton. She attended school in La Grande, and married Randy McKinnis. On April 28, 2002, she married Craig Fischer. She worked in food and beverage management for many years. She enjoyed rock and gem hunting, crafting jewelry, dancing and listening to jazz and the blues. She was an excellent cook and host, and enjoyed growing her own herbs, trying new recipes, writing poetry, reading and beging with her family. She and her brother, Ray, spent their childhood summers with grandparents in Long Creek. Survivors include her husband and stepson, Ethan, of Marysville; her children, Forrest Dean McKinnis of the Tri-Cities, Cody Lee McKinnis of Albany and Jerae Dawn McKinnis of Pendleton; her mother, Donna Amos of La Grande; three brothers and their wives, Ray and Paula Martin of Long Creek, Randy Amos of La Grande and Scott and Kathy Martin of Baker City; a stepbrother, Richard Amos; and other relatives. Her father died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept....

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Droschkey, William Russell – Obituary

Cove, Oregon William Russell Droschkey, 82, of Cove died Friday at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cove Cemetery. Mr. Droschkey was born Oct. 3, 1923, to William and Mary Alice Bill Droschkey in Spokane. He was raised in Idaho and graduated from high school in Orofino, Idaho. At the age of 14 went to work in the woods. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and on Sept. 18, 1948, he married Shirley Brazil in Cove. In 1951 he graduated from the University of Utah as a pharmacist, and worked in Pendleton, Burns, John Day and Walla Walla before returning to the Grande Ronde Valley. In 1965 the family moved to Cove, and he continued to work in La Grande until retiring in 1984. He was a member of the Ontario Elks Lodge, the VFW and the DAV. He raised horses and mules for recreation in the wilderness and raced horses for seven years in five different states. Survivors include his wife of Cove; a brother, Dave Best of Lewiston, Idaho; a sister, Myrna Henry of Tacoma, Wash.; and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Cove Library in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 26, 2006, Published: August 28,...

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Hamon, Reba L. Briggs – Obituary

Union, Oregon Reba L. Briggs Hamon Reba L. Briggs Hamon, 78, of Prineville and formerly of Union and La Grande, died Oct. 16 at her home. A celebration of life took place Oct. 19 at the Prineville Funeral Home with Pastor Dusty Flegel officiating. Mrs. Hamon was born in Shidler, Okla., April 22, 1928, to William Ernest and Bernie Hohstadt Briggs. The family moved to Oregon in 1937, settling in Union in 1938 when she was in the third grade. She lived and worked in Union and La Grande until moving to Prineville in 1948. In 1953 she married Noah Hamon in Stevenson, Wash. In Prineville, she worked in the potato fields, at the mills and as a waitress for many restaurants for several years. She was a dispatcher for the Prineville Police Department from 1963 to 1973. She worked at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Prineville, then was a manager of the Madras DMV, retiring in 1989. She loved to play golf and was a member of the Redmond Country Club. She enjoyed traveling, including to Europe, and had been a member of the Prineville Eagles Lodge. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Hartley of Auburn Wash.; sons and their spouses, Randy and Sue Hamon and Ron and Sheri Hamon, all of Prineville, and Don and Samantha Hamon of Redmond; siblings, Lonnie Briggs of Roseburg, Dale Briggs of...

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Stahl, Dean Lee – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dean Lee Stahl Dean Lee Stahl, 54, of Boise and formerly of La Grande and Cove, died in a Boise care center Oct. 14. A memorial service will be at the Cove Cemetery at 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Mr. Stahl was born April 19, 1952, in La Grande, the youngest of three sons of David and Lorna Dee Hallmark Stahl. He attended school in Cove and lived there most of his life. In 1974, he moved to the Salem/Woodburn area but soon returned home. In 1992, he moved with his mother and brother to Pendleton. He attended truck driving school and was a truck driver in Eastern Oregon. He enrolled in computer classes at BMCC in Pendleton and also earned his GED from BMCC. In 2005, he moved to Boise to be closer to his great-nephew David Stahl. While in Boise, he enrolled in Boise State University and was taking welding classes. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with his great-nephew David. Together they would go to the movies or spend hours in the pet store at the mall. Though Dean never had any children of his own, he cared for all of his nieces and nephews as if they were his own. He liked watching TV, playing chess and having his family around him. He was a jokester and was always kidding around....

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Comstock, Chester Glen – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Chester Glen Comstock, 56, of La Grande, died Dec. 5 at a care home in La Grande from complications of cancer. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hillcrest Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. Born May 15, 1950, in Seattle, Chester spent his childhood in St. Paul, Minn., graduating from high school and attending vocational school there, where he participated on the wrestling team. He married and had two children, and was then inducted into the Army, where he served in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1974. He divorced and moved to Oregon in the mid-1970s. He joined the LDS Church where he met and married Melada Lee Doney on May 10, 1983. In 1989 the couple moved to Pendleton for 15 years, returning to La Grande in 2004. Mr. Comstock was a devoted husband, a hard worker and a good friend. He enjoyed gardening, animals and mechanics. He is survived by his wife, Melada, of La Grande; a son, Travis; and a daughter, Amy, of St. Paul, Minn.; and a sister, Linda Wesley of Coon Rapids, Minn. The Observer-Obituaries for the week ending Dec. 9, 2006, Published: December 9,...

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Rogers, Betty Doris – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Betty Doris Rogers, 79, of Yuma, Ariz., and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 20 at the Yuma Regional Medical Center after suffering a stroke. No services are planned at this time. Mrs. Rogers was born May 9, 1927, to Frank E. and Luva Roberts Messersmith in Alliance, Neb., one of seven children. She attended high school in Curtis, Neb., graduating in 1945. She studied for a year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, then taught at a country school in Box Butte County, Neb. She married Lyle Dunham Rogers on Sept. 27, 1947, in Alliance. The couple moved to La Grande, where she was active in Cub Scouts and County Extension. In late 1959 the Rogers moved to Pendleton, where they held various jobs. They were involved with the Pendleton Round-Up for 10 years as members of the Main Street Cowboys and Sidesaddlers, promoters of the city. They were also active members of the Allons dance club and the Blue Mountain Good Sams RV club. In 1975 she became a cosmetologist, and she owned her own salon for many years. They retired to Yuma, continuing to summer in Pendleton through 2005. Survivors include her husband of 59 years; children and their spouses, Dennis Lee and Kathy Weddell Rogers of Mount Angel and Connie Lu and Gary Snowberger of Cupertino, Calif.; three grandchildren; a great-grandson; three brothers...

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Wilson, Bradley Dean – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Bradley Dean Wilson, 58, of Elgin died Jan. 4 at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash., after a year-long battle with cancer. A funeral service is planned for noon Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Elgin. A viewing will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. that morning at the Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande. Burial will be at the Summerville Cemetery immediately following the services. Mr. Wilson was born Sept. 8, 1948, in Albany to Marion W. and Berna Clara Wilson and was educated in Albany and Portland. After high school he attended a heavy-equipment operators school in Weiser, Idaho, followed by millwright school at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. He retired in September after nearly 30 years as a millwright at the Elgin stud mill. Mr. Wilson spent many years hunting, fishing and black-powder shooting in the Grande Ronde Valley and the Blue Mountains. Known as “Pathfinder,” he was a reserved man who taught himself to tan hides, sew and bead his mountain-man clothes and create all of the regalia needed for a frontier woodsman. He read extensively on history and native wildlife. He and his wife, Carol, a schoolteacher in Boardman, were married Nov. 7, 1998, at the LDS Church in Boardman. They enjoyed halibut fishing in Alaska, spending time with their grandchildren, camping, reading...

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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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Barnes, Roberta Moore – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Roberta Moore Barnes, 64, died April 11 at her home in La Grande. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Grandview Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Roberta was born June 6, 1942, to Charles Edwin and Rita C. (Hazelwood) Moore in Pendleton. The great-granddaughter of Joseph Vey, she spent most of her life in the Pendleton and La Grande area. She married Daniel Barnes, and they had 15 years together until his untimely death in 1997. Roberta was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary and enjoyed rebating and quilting and liked horses. Survivors include her siblings, Leland Moore of Bend, Mark Clark of Seaside and Kay Craven of Bend, and other relatives. Memorials may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 14, 2007 Published: April 14,...

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Christensen, Betty Jane – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Betty Jane Christensen, 88, formerly of La Grande, died March 17 in Gilbert, Ariz. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, and 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 1802 Gekeler. A funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the LDS Stake Center, followed by dedication of the grave at Grandview Cemetery. Mrs. Chistensen was born March 16, 1919, to Roy and Blanche (Kessler) Grice in Hutchinson, Kan. Her family moved to Oregon when she was a child, first to Pendleton and a short time later to La Grande. She spent more than 70 years in the Grande Ronde Valley. A 1937 graduate of La Grande High School, she was involved in many high school activities, including her role as Little Eva in the play “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in which she was hoisted to heaven on a rope. After high school, trained and graduated as a registered nurse from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Mrs. Christensen returned to La Grande in 1941, where she worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She later joined the Army Nurses Corp and spent most of her time on the maternity ward in Oakland, Calif. She met Russell “Lamar” Christensen upon her return to La Grande....

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Harris, Lavelle – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Lavelle Harris, 93, of La Grande, died March 9 at her home. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande. A complete obituary will be published at a later date. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 17, 2007 1913-2007 LaVelle Harris, 93, of La Grande, died March 9. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande, with burial to follow at the Union Cemetery. Mrs. Harris was born April 6, 1913, to Alton and Josephine (Cavin) Hogoboom in Baker City. She attended school in Baker City, Walla Walla and Pendleton. She also lived in Huntington, Wallowa County, Portland and Susanville, Calif., but spent most of her adult life in Union and La Grande. Mrs. Harris, known affectionately as “Grandma Belle,” had many interests and was talented at drawing, singing, playing the piano, sewing, crocheting and cooking. Her biggest love was her family and friends. From being present at the birth of a friend’s baby to soothing an ill great-great-grandchild, Mrs. Harris could always be counted on to help where she was needed. Her example is evident in the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Her great-granddaughters Kyira McLaughlin and Kimberly See were with her around the clock during...

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Maldonado, Audrey – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Audrey Maldonado, 89, of La Grande, died Feb. 28 at her home. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. March 16 at the La Grande Country Club, 10605 S. McAlister. Audrey was born Jan. 15, 1918, to L. W. and Adrian (House) Copeland in Pendleton. She was raised in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School in 1935. After graduation she moved to the San Francisco Bay area to further her education and worked for several companies and at the 1938-1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island. While in California she met Jim Maldonado. They were married Aug. 30, 1940. During World War II, Jim served in the military, and they were stationed in Fort Riley, Kan., until he was sent overseas in 1944. After the war they returned to Pendleton, where Jim worked for Audrey’s father in the electrical contracting business. During their time in Pendleton, their first child, Jadon “Herk,” was born in 1947. Soon after his birth the family moved to La Grande, where they operated La Grande Electric. Two more sons were born to Audrey and Jim, Jeffrey in 1950 and James in 1955. Audrey and Jim divorced in 1970. Audrey was employed in the business offices of Grande Ronde Hospital for 16 years, retiring in 1984. In her retirement she enjoyed volunteering for the Chamber of Commerce. She thoroughly enjoyed her...

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