Location: Pilot Rock Oregon

Sturm, Joseph Charles – Obituary

Joseph Sturm Crash Victim Paradise, Oregon Joseph Sturm of Flora died last Tuesday, December 24, after the car in which he was riding left the road and plunged into Camas creek near Ukiah Lake Monday. Sturm a World War II veteran, and Witt Nolton, driver of the car, were rescued from the icy waters and both were apparently uninjured. However, Mr. Strum died enroute to Pilot Rock. Joseph Charles Strum was born at Paradise, Oregon, June 22,1908. He was the son of Charles and Lizzie Sturm. He lived on a farm in that vicinity until entering the service, April 9, 1942. Since his discharge October 1, 1945, he has been engaged in logging near Ukiah, Oregon. He is survived by his father and two brothers; Jack and Clifford Sturm, all of Flora. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. H.C. Stover of the Enterprise Community church, were held at Flora, Saturday afternoon. Mrs. Garnet Best and Mrs. Helen Kay, accompanied at the organ by Rev. Stover, sang, “Abide With Me” and “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere”. Burial was in the Paradise cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, January 2, 1947, Front...

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Crawford, Jennie Gale – Obituary

1910-2004 Jennie Gale Crawford, 94, of Wallowa died Dec. 7 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 11 at Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise. Mrs. Crawford was born Feb. 13, 1910, to James and Lucy Rutledge in Princeton, Mo. She grew up in Mercer, Mo., and on June 11, 1930, married Theodore Crawford in Corydon, Iowa. The couple lived in Powersville, Mo., Pleasant Valley, Telocaset and North Powder where they stayed for 24 years. They moved to Pilot Rock until retirement in 1972 and then to Wallowa. She was a member of the Lostine Presbyterian Church and enjoyed gardening, gathering mushrooms and being with her grandchildren. Survivors include children and their spouses, Richard and Beverly Crawford of La Grande, Patricia and Royce Horton of Wallowa; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, James Rutledge of Kansas and other relatives. Her husband, a son, a great-granddaughter, five brothers and five sisters all died earlier. Memorials may be made to any charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home. La Grande Observer – Obituaries from December 6 – December 11, 2004 – Published: December 23, 2004 Transcribed by Dixie...

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Murry, Barbara June Nielsen – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Barbara June Nielsen Murry, 75, of La Grande and formerly of Pilot Rock, died Nov. 9 at Grande Ronde Hospital. Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Daniels Chapel. Ms. Murry was born June 16, 1931, at Pilot Rock to Hans C. and Mable E. Galbreath Nielsen. Ms. Murry grew up on a ranch up East Birch Creek and attended schools in Pilot Rock to half her sophomore year until her parents moved to Portland where she completed her schooling at Franklin High School. On Jan. 28, 1950, she married Stanley Fitzpatrick from Lansing, Mich. Ms. Murry worked for the General Telephone Co. in Grand Lodge, Mich., for four years and then worked for Oldsmobile-building Oldsmobiles until the Korean War and they quit making cars and made parts for airplanes. Ms. Murry divorced in 1955 and in 1957 moved back to Oregon where she worked for Esco (Electric Steel Foundry) in Portland. On Dec. 13, 1957, she married Howard Hansen and moved to White City and worked for 3M. She and her husband built a log home themselves. They had one daughter, Theresa. In 1969 she married Earl L. Murry, a logger and PRCA cowboy, traveling all over rodeoing. They moved...

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Lyon, Everett M. – Obituary

Everett M. Lyon Everett M Lyon, 83, died April 9 surrounded by family. Funeral services will be held Tuesday in Mount Vernon, Mo. A private service for burial will be at the Grandview Cemetery in La Grande. Mr. Lyon was born May 20, 1923, in Wallace, Idaho, one of 13 children. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Leavenworth, Wash., where he lived until he graduated from high school and married the love of his life, Esther Bates, whom he met at a roller rink. They spent the early years of their marriage in Leavenworth, where Everett was employed at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery, and where he single-handedly built their first home. They then relocated to the Seattle area, where he worked as a riveter at Boeing Aircraft for three years. He spent the next 35 years of his work career in Pilot Rock, where he supported his family by working at the sawmill. Survivors include his wife, Esther, of Mount Vernon, Mo.; one sister, Delores, of Dale; five children, Wayne Lyon of Warwick, N.Y., Sharon Campbell of Mount Vernon, Mo., David Lyon and Robert Lyon, both of La Grande, and Daniel Lyon of Salem; 19 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 21, 2007 Published: April 21,...

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Hefner, John C. – Obituary

John C. “Jake” Hefner, 69, of Union, died Sept. 12 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of life will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Private burial will follow at Union Cemetery. Jake was born on Dec. 23, 1937, the son of Howard and Wilma (Starnes) Hefner in Hickory, N.C. The family moved to Oregon when he was 12. He attended schools in Pilot Rock. On Jan. 4, 1969, he married Dianne Bartsch in Pendleton. They ranched at Medical Springs until 1976 when they moved to Union. Jake loved the Grande Ronde Valley and its four seasons. He was a very active member of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show, was president in 1992-93 and was supervisor of the race track. He was also a member of the Cattleman’s Association. He earned the title of Cattleman of the Year in 1998. Those who knew him say he was great with older people and enjoyed coffee time with his buddies. He loved the outdoors, hunting, horses and sitting on his patio watching the world around him. He could often be found riding his four-wheeler down the road with his dog, Bingo. Survivors include his wife, Dianne of Union; children, Kathy and Kelly McDowell of La Grande, John and JoAnn Hefner of Union, Jeff McClaskey of Touchet, Wash., and Wendy and Rob Langford of Union; sisters,...

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Hascall, Maurice Eugene – Obituary

Services for Maurice E. Hascall, 85, retired merchant-farmer of LaGrande, who died Wednesday [November 16, 1966] at St. Joseph Hospital, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Crippin and Daniels Chapel. Rev. Gordon Milldrum will officiate, and burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Born in Proctor, Vermont, Mr. Hascall had resided in LaGrande for 33 years. He was a member of the Fist Christian Church. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. Mr. and Mrs. Hascall [Frances Luvena Hale] were married in Pilot Rock on December 20, 1911. They were farmers and merchants in this area for approximately 33 years. Mrs. Hascall preceded her husband in death by one week. Her funeral service was held November 15. The LaGrande Observer, November 18, 1966 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Knight, Theodore W. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Theodore “Ted” W. Knight, 68, of Pilot Rock and formerly of La Grande, died June 5 at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – June 6, 2008 ________________________________ Theodore “Ted” William Knight, 68, of Pilot Rock and formerly of Union County, died June 5 at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. Memorial services will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton with graveside services to follow at 2 at Island City Cemetery. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Ted was born June 29, 1939, to Floyd and Martha Knight in Axtell, Neb. After moving from Nebraska to Colorado, the Knights settled down in the La Grande area, where Ted spent most of his school days. Ted married Jeannie in June 1963. He spent his early career working on dairy farms. In 1965, Ted went to work for Boise Cascade in Elgin. Then in 1969, Ted and his family moved to Pilot Rock, where Ted went to work for Louisiana Pacific. He remained there until its closure. For the next 15 years, Ted worked for the Pendleton Woolen Mills. He remained at the mills until his retirement in 2001. Ted enjoyed family time with his wife, their three sons, his grandchildren and his dog, Jack. Ted was an avid fan of...

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Fields, Elizabeth’s – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Formerly of La Grande Elizabeth Fields, 93, formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 18 at a care center in Kennewick. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – October 19, 2009 _________________________________ Elizabeth Fields Formerly of La Grande 1916-2009 Elizabeth Ann Fields, 93, a former longtime resident of Pilot Rock and later of La Grande, died Oct. 18 in Kennewick. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center is in charge of the arrangements. She was born Aug. 3, 1916, in Pilot Rock, the eighth of nine children born to Samuel Monroe and Flora Anna Albaugh Galbreath. She grew up near California Gulch along East Birch Creek south of Pilot Rock before attending La Grande High School. She and Ilo Fields were married Oct. 30, 1936, in Walla Walla. They lived in La Grande for the next 31 years where they owned and operated one of the first chainsaw shops in the Grande Ronde Valley. Later they added motorcycle sales and repairs to the business. Those who knew the couple say both were excellent skeet sharpshooters with Ilo winning one or two state championships. “We survived many a winter on those turkeys and hams (won at the competitions),” she liked to say. Both enjoyed the outdoors and made numerous excursions into the surrounding wilderness to fish and hunt, taking...

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Bowman, Eugenia Decravel Hunot Blanchett – Obituary

Mrs. Walter S. Bowman, 79, Pendleton resident since 1901, well known here, died Sunday morning [December 5, 1954] in St. Anthony’s Hospital after an illness of 17 days. Mrs. Bowman, formerly Eugenia Ellenberger [adopted name] was born in Berne, Switzerland, and first came to Umatilla County when she was 13, living in Pilot Rock with her mother the last Mrs. Fritz Ellenberger. She came here in 1901. She and the late Mr. Bowman, a pioneer photographer, were married in 1934. She was a member of the First Christian Church, the Rebekah Lodge, and the Pioneer Ladies Club. Surviving relatives are her daughter, Mrs. Grace Morrison, Portland; sister, Mrs. Mary Perry, Milton, Wash., two half brothers, Martin Ellenberger, Pilot Rock; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Funeral notice appears on page 10 of this issue of The East Oregonian. Funeral Notice: Bowman, Eugenia, 79, late of 418 SW 8th. Mother of Mrs. Grace Morrison, Portland; Mrs. Thelma Johnson, Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; sister of Mrs. Mary Perry, Tacoma, Wash.; half-sister of Mart Ellenberger, Pendleton; William Ellenberger, Pilot Rock. Funeral services will be Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. Folsoms’ Funeral Chapel, off-street parking for family and friends, entrance on SE 2nd St. Interment Olney Cemetery. Funeral Attendees Here from out-of-town for the funeral of Mrs. Walter S. Bowman, Tuesday, were her daughters, Mrs. Grace Morrison, Portland, and Mrs. Thelma Johnson,...

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Moser, Leona Claire Bowman – Obituary

The funeral for Leona C. Moser will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Bishop Funeral Chapel in Pendleton with interment at Olney Cemetery. Mrs. Moser, 97, of Pendleton, died Tuesday, May 7, 1996, at St. Anthony Hospital. She was born May 29, 1898 at Pendleton to Oliver Purl and Eva Stickler Bowman. She grew up in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School. On Dec. 20, 1924, she married Albert Moser at Pendleton. After their marriage, the couple lived at various locations in Umatilla County, settling at Pilot Rock in 1945. For several years, they owned and operated the Pilot Rock Motel. In 1962, she moved to Pendleton and helped her son who owned the Pioneer Motel. Mrs. Moser was active in community volunteer work. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and embroidery, playing cards, dancing, and traveling when possible. She especially enjoyed visiting with family and friends. Survivors include her children: Carol Elliott of Pilot Rock, and W. Dale “Bill” Moser of Albany, five grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren., her husband, Albert; brothers, Roy Bowman, Oscar Bowman, Hugh Bowman, Kenneth Bowman, and Robert Bowman, and sisters, Mildred Crow and Florence Windsor, preceded her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pilot Rock Community Presbyterian Church memorial Fund or a charity of choice, directly or through Bishop Funeral Chapel, P.O. 325, Pendleton, Ore. 97801. Contributed by:...

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Hunot, Fred Peter – Obituary

Fred P. Hunot, 44, died Saturday [March 14, 1943] in St. Anthony’s Hospital following an operation for appendicitis. He was born in Pilot Rock and had been a mechanic here for 25 years, owning his own shop, the Motor Inn Auto Repair. His friends were many and his death is the occasion for regret. Surviving are his widow; two sons, Frederick and Arthur Hunot; a daughter, Norma Hunot; his mother, Mrs. W. S. Bowman; and two half sisters, Mrs. Kenneth Morrison of Portland and Mrs. Harold Johnson of Oakland, Calif. Mr. Hunot was a member of the IOOF and WOW. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in the Folsom Chapel with the Rev. O. D. Harris, pastor of the Christian Church, officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hunot are here for the funeral, the former being in the navy, stationed at Bremerton. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Warner, Kenneth George – Obituary

Kenneth George Warner, 67, well-known sheep man, died yesterday [May 22, 1939] in St. Anthony’s hospital of a complication of illnesses. He was born in Rutland, Vermont, and came west in 1885 to reside in the Pilot Rock region. In his early life he assisted his father in the sheep business, and later enlisted in The Dalles Company H, participating in overseas activities during the Philippine insurrection. On returning to Oregon, he went into the sheep business for himself. He was also active in the Oregon Wool Growers Association and for two terms was president of the state association. He was a member of the Masconic Order in Pilot Rock, Lodge No. 165 A.F. & A.M.; a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and joined the Methodist Church many years ago. His life was one of industry and integrity and his friends were many. He is survived by his widow, formerly Margaret May Lee, whom he married in 1902, two sons; Lawrence of Pilot Rock; Byron of Burbank, Calif.; one daughter, Ms. R. Allen Bean, of Eugene; two grandchildren, David Allen Bean and Patricia Jean Warner; a brother, Raymond J. Warner of Portland and a sister, Eleanor Richards of Portland. Funeral services will be held at the Bomboy Chapel tomorrow, 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Louis C. Kirby, Methodist pastor, officiating, assisted at the grave by the Masonic order....

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Bomboy, Thomas Bruce – Obituary

Funeral will be here Tuesday for Thomas Bruce Bomboy, 80, retired mortician and resident of Pendleton since May of 1925. Mr. Bomboy died Wednesday night [March 16, 1966] at St. Anthony Hospital. He was secretary of the Odd Fellows Lodge for many years and he received the Service medal from the Grand Lodge May 19, 1954, the first such medal issued in Oregon. Mr. Bomboy was born in Columbia County, PA. When he came to Pendleton he purchased the Brown Funeral Home at SW 4th and Dorion, which he operated until he sold to Charles and Joe Burns Jan. 1, 1949, and retired. He was married to Rova M. [Bowman] Christy July 7, 1955, at the First Christian Church Pendleton. He was very active in the First Christian Church. Before coming to Pendleton, he had operated a funeral home in Cutbank, Mont. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Eureka Lodge 32 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Masonic Lodge, charter member of the Kiwanis Club and a retired member of the Oregon Funeral Directors Association. Survivors are the widow; a son, Atwood, Pittsburgh, PA; a daughter, Esther Stroble, Pendleton; brothers, Howard and the Rev. Lloyd Bomboy, both of Bloomsburg, PA., two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral notice is in today’s paper. Burns Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. [Interment at Olney Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Snyder, John Conrad – Obituary

East Oregonian, August 30, 1991 John C. Snyder, 94, of Pendleton, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 1991, at Good Samaritan Nursing Center in Hermiston. A graveside service will be held at Olney Cemetery on Saturday at 10 a.m. Friends may call at Bishop Funeral Chapel until 8 p.m. today. Mr. Snyder was born June 24, 1897 in Pendleton to Elmer and Margaret Schomerus Snyder. He grew up in Pendleton and attended local schools. He married Marie Hunt and the couple moved to Pilot Rock where they ranched along Yellow Jacket Road for several years prior to moving to Pendleton in 1930. Mr. Snyder farmed with his brother on the family place in Despain Gulch. After Mrs. Snyder’s death, he was employed as a card dealer at the Club Cigar in Pendleton for many years. On Jan. 20, 1942, he married Josephine [Edwards] Hyde at Walla Walla. They moved back to the ranch at Pilot Rock where he raised turkeys, cattle and wheat during the summer and spent the winter months in California. He was a ranch caretaker near Stanfield before returning to Pendleton where he managed several different motels until his retirement in the 1970s. He had been in Hermiston for the past nine months. His wife, Jo, died in 1990. Mr. Snyder had been a member of Pendleton Masonic Lodge No. 52 for over 50 years. Survivors include a...

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Hascall, Charles Daniel – Obituary

Charles Hascall of Pilot Rock died last night at home. He was 84 years of age and was born in 1837 near Syracuse, New York. At the age of three he moved with his parents to Vermont and remained there until 50 years of age after which he came to Pilot Rock. He is survived by four sons, Fred, Arthur, James, and Maurice Hascall, all of Pilot Rock, as well as 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Pilot Rock tomorrow at 10 a.m. with Rev. Love officiating. East Oregonian, July 2, 1923 Contributed by: Shelli...

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