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Baldridge, Ruby Anna – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Imnaha, Wallowa County, Oregon A private family service was held for Ruby Anna Baldridge, 68, a longtime Central Oregon resident in earlier years that returned to Prineville nine months ago. She died Tuesday, June 19, 1984 at the Crook County Nursing Home. Mrs. Baldridge’s activities were centered largely in her home, but she had worked for a time as a hospital cook. She was married April 25, 1934 in Park Falls Wis. to Henry T. Baldridge, who survives. They moved to Oregon in 1938 and settled in Hines, where they lived for five years before moving to Prineville. They moved to Izee in 1953, back to Hines in 1962 and to Gilchrist in 1968. They lived in Imnaha from 1973 until returning to Prineville last October. Ms. Baldridge was born July 17, 1915, in Martell, Wis. She grew up in the Fifield area of Wisconsin, where she attended schools. In Prineville she was a member Our Saviors Lutheran Church and Rebekah Lodge No. 103.Her hobbies included fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling. In addition to her husband survivors include a daughter, Rita Evans, Prineville; two sons, Roger Baldridge, Sisters, and Oliver Baldridge, Redding, Calif., a brother, Ronald Warren, Fifield, Wis.; a sister, Avis swan, Lynnwood, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her...

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Marks, Tom O. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Tom Marks Dies At Home Here Tom O. Marks passed away at 7:45 p.m. August 5 at his home in Enterprise at the age of 80 years. Mr. Marks was born at Sweet Home, Ore., Dec. 9, 1866, and lived in Olax, Prineville and Arlington before moving to Imnaha at the age of 23 where he lived on a homestead. In 1905 he and Charles Rice formed a partnership and together they raised cattle for ten years. He was married Sept. 15, 1915, to Mrs. Vertie Snell at Vancouver, Wash. While living on the Imnaha he served as deputy sheriff, school clerk and school director for many years and was a director in the Joseph bank. Mr. and Mrs. Marks made their home in Enterprise for the past few years. Surviving are his widow; a step-daughter, Mrs. B.C. Christy of Imnaha; brothers, Arch of Union, Alfred, Jake, Ira, Charlie and Joe of Imnaha; sisters, Mrs. Frank Shevlin of Joseph and Mr.s anna Denney of Imnaha, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday from the Booth chapel in Enterprise and burial will be in the Prairie Creek Cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday, August 7, 1947 Front Page Contributed By: Marylyn...

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Duckett, A. L. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Long-time Imnaha resident, A. L. Duclett dies at age 104 A. L. Duckett, who died last week at the age of 104, spent most of his adult life in Imnaha. He can be regarded as one of the most influential and popular citizens in Wallowa County’s history. By Elane Dickenson of the Chieftain Armel Lee Duckett, better known by his initials, A.L., died in Prineville last week after spending virtually all of his adult life as one of Imnaha’s leading citizens. The small Imnaha church built just 10 years ago on land he donated was packed with family and friends during his funeral service Saturday. During his long life, A.L. Duckett was interviewed many times by the Chieftain, and the following account was put together from information he supplied, as well as from a short summary of his life, hand-written in pencil by Duckett himself a few years ago. A native of Missouri, working 100-150 acres with a team by the time he was 15, he came to Oregon with his family when he was about 19, working for awhile in the railroad shops in La Grande where he learned to be a boiler maker. Duckett came for the first time to Wallowa County in 1916, working as a ranch hand on...

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Duckett, Armel Lee – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Armel Lee Duckett, 104, of Imnaha, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, at Ochoco Care Center in Prineville. Services were Dec. 12, with burial in Prairie Creek Cemetery at Joseph. Mr. Duckett was born Sept. 18, 1894, in Cassville, Mo., to Bill and Florence Duckett, the third of 13 children. Mr. Duckett moved to Oregon when he was 18 and worked as a farm hand and trapper. He was a boiler maker for the O&R Railroad, based out of La Grande. He enlisted in the Army when he was 23 and served in France and Germany during World War I as a cook. He cooked in a rolling kitchen, a wood-fired stove on a wagon, and prepared the food as the Army moved. Family members recalled that the roast meat was excellent because it was self-basted all day, but there was no refrigeration and flies were bad. Mr. Duckett married Rowena Johnson in January of 1925. She preceded him in death. After his discharge, he moved to Wallowa County, where he lived for 69 years. He clerked at the Imnaha Store and drove horse-drawn mail and freight line to Enterprise and later drove the first trucks on the route. At Imnaha, he started a blacksmith shop which developed into a hardware store, car...

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Martin, Grace E. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Grace E. Martin, a resident of Prineville since 1974, died Jan. 24, 1988 at the Ochoco Nursing Home. She was 98 years old. Mrs. Martin was born June 19, 1889 at Weston, the daughter of James and Clara (Shaw) Wisdom, who were early pioneers of Wallowa County. She spent her childhood and attended schools in Wallowa County. On Oct. 21, 1908 she was united in marriage to Roy P. Martin in Enterprise. He preceded her in death on Feb 29, 1976. The couple moved to Prineville in 1974 to be near their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. And Mrs. Tom (Edith) Scott. Mrs. Martin was a devoted homemaker and a member of the Christian Church since 1905. She was also a long-time member of the Carnation Rebekah Lodge #157 in Wallowa. She is survived by her daughter, Edith Scott of Prineville and by four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Gerald, in 1965. Graveside services were held Jan. 28, at the Lostine Cemetery, where interment followed. Officiating at the services was Pastor Daniel Trautman of the Christian Church in Enterprise. Prineville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Those who wish may make memorial gifts in her name to the Ochoco Nursing...

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Brace, Paul – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Paul Brace, 89, a 30 year resident of Prineville, died Wednesday, May 22, 1991, in a Prineville hospital. Mr. Brace was an Oregon lumberman until his retirement in 1968. He was the husband of the late Ethyl Brace, and father of the late Betty Kearly. Survivors include five grandchildren, Lynda Heuschkel of Stockton, Calif., Terry Kearly of Las Vegas, Nev., Gloria Kearly-Trautner of Prescott, Ariz.; and by six great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at the Enterprise Cemetery, Wednesday May 29. Memorials in his memory may be made to the charity of choice in care of the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Contributed By: Sue...

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Payne, Porter Alex “Tim” – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now North Powder, Union County, Oregon Porter Alex “Tim” Payne, 84, of Prineville, a former Northeastern Oregon resident, died June 11, 2005, at Ochoco Care Center. At his request, there will be no service at this time. Tim was born on March 29, 1921, at Troy to James S. and Lillian P. Hall Payne. He was raised all over Eastern Oregon and attended schools in the La Grande area. He married Irene Looker in Baker City in 1949. He farmed and raised cattle. He worked for Eastern Oregon College in maintenance from 1960 and then worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation in highway maintenance before retiring in 1983. He moved from North Powder to Prineville in 2004. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Payne was also a past member and officer of the North Powder Grange. He served in the U.S. Army at Luzon, Phillipines, during World War II. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Survivors include his son, Alex G. Payne of Glendale, Calif.; his daughter, Emma “Lucy” and her husband, Charles Thompson, of Prineville; his brothers, Aaron Payne of Union and James Payne of Salem; his sisters, Emma Hoyt of Union and Peggy Garrison of Salem; a grandson and a great-granddaughter; and nine nieces and...

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Smith, Carol May – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Orregon Carol May Smith, 76, of Gresham died July 5. A graveside service will be conducted at Island City Cemetery in Island City at 2:30 p.m. July 27. Mrs. Smith was born July 23, 1929, in La Grande to Clayton and Edith English Hargett. Her grandparents were homesteaders in Oregon. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1947 and then from Eastern Oregon College in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Mrs. Smith was an elementary teacher in Prineville and then decided to go back to school at the University of Oregon where she obtained a master’s of education in 1953. For several more years she taught high school in Harrisburg, Joseph and Wallowa. On June 9, 1956, she married Roland E. “Smitty” Smith on her parents’ ranch near La Grande. She returned to the University of Oregon in the 1960s and received a master’s of science with a librarianship major in 1967. In 1968 the Smiths moved to Lubbock, Texas, where she worked for 18 years at Texas Tech University as a reference librarian. After retiring, they moved to Gresham in 1986. Mrs. Smith was a well-organized woman and in earlier years liked to sew and knit. She and Smitty enjoyed their bridge clubs, where Carol was one of the...

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Alexander, Frank Perry, Jr. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Frank Perry Alexander Jr., 85, of Prineville and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 17 at a care center. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday Sept. 21 at the LDS Church in Prineville, at S.E. Second and Idlewood streets. Burial will be at Juniper Haven Cemetery. Whispering Pines Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Alexander was born March 19, 1921, to Frank and Willie McKee Alexander in Wirt, Okla. He left school at the age of 14 upon the death of his father. He worked in the cotton fields and oil fields until he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp, and in 1940 served in the Army Air Corps. His last duty assignment was at the Pendleton Air Field. On Nov. 7, 1943, he married Adrienne See in La Grande. In 1950, the family moved to Prineville, where he was employed by the Crook County School District. He was a bus driver and custodian for 28 years. He also belonged to the Special Police for 25 years, and worked at local events and dances. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and being with his family. He made several trips to Oklahoma, and enjoyed watching high school sports especially baseball. Survivors include his wife of Prineville; children and their spouses, JoAnne and...

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Crawford, Clarence H. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Clarence H. Crawford Clarence H. Crawford, 78, of La Grande and formerly of Elgin, died Tuesday at Grande Ronde Hospital. A funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, followed by a graveside service at Grandview Cemetery. Mr. Crawford was born July 4, 1928, near Gotham, Ark, where he grew up. Later in life he worked with handicapped children for the State of California. After retirement, he moved to Oregon and ranched near Lebanon and Prineville, then moved to Eastern Oregon. Clarence loved the outdoors. He felt he was a caretaker, a protector of the land and forests. He and his wife spent summers camping, four-wheeling and enjoying nature. He has always been active in church, most recently attending the Christian Church in Elgin. Survivors include his wife, June, of La Grande; stepchildren, Susan Gerry of Pocatello, Idaho, and Rick Gerry and family of Cove and surrounding areas; and a favorite niece, Lela Duvall of Yelma, Wash. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society Research, in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. The Observer, La Grande, Oregon – Obituaries for the week ending Oct.. 28, 2006, Published: October 30,...

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Hamon, Reba L. Briggs – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Carter, Ralph V. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Ralph V. Carter, 88, of Florence and formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 26. The family will have a private memorial service at a later date. Mr. Carter was born Sept. 5, 1918, in Henning, Minn., to Clarence and Lillian Carter, the fourth of eight children. He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps and spent four years in the Army with the Coastal Defense Battalion. In 1959, after a particularly hard Minnesota winter, he and his wife, Florence Mabel Stewart, moved with their four children to Oregon. He worked as a Crook County assessor in Prineville and as a right of way appraiser for the Oregon State Highway Department in La Grande, Portland and Salem. He and his wife retired to Mapleton and enjoyed living on the Siuslaw River. He loved the out of doors, meeting new people and playing cribbage, dominos and bingo. He is survived by his wife of 62 years; children and their spouses, R. Douglas Carter of Shasta City, Calif., Sharon and Allan McGlasson of North Bend, Deborah Lee and fiancé Dan White of Eugene and Connie and Lance Barton of Coos Bay; 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Florence Hospice, 310 Ninth St., or Florence Food Share, P.O. Box 2514, both in Florence,...

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Alexander, Adrienne Leona – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Adrienne Leona Alexander Adrienne Leona Alexander, 82, of Prineville and formerly of La Grande, died Feb. 20. Visitation will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Whispering Pines Funeral Home, 185 NE Fourth St., Prineville. Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, SE Second Street and Idlewood, Prineville, with Bishop John A. Morgan officiating. Mrs. Alexander was born Oct. 19, 1924, to Adren and Leona (Morris) See in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and was employed by Union Pacific Railroad as a telegrapher for one year. On Nov. 7, 1943, she married Frank Alexander in La Grande. She worked for Montgomery Wards, Erickson’s Supermarket, Erickson’s Department Store, Pioneer Memorial Hospital, Crook County School District, Ochoco Federal Credit Union, Ronjos Radio Shack and Dave Westbrook Insurance. She retired in 1986. Her hobbies were playing and teaching the piano, crocheting, embroidering and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the the Woman’s Auxiliary VFW. Mrs. Alexander had a dance band, played for the Crook County Boys Choir and provided music for the LDS Church for 50 years. Survivors include her children and their spouses, JoAnne...

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Stephens, John Scott, Sgt. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Sgt. John Scott Stephens, 41, formerly of La Grande, died March 15 in Tikrit, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his patrol came under attack. Known as Scott, Sgt. Stephens was born May 16, 1965, to Gene and Jo Stephens in Prineville. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1983. While in high school he played baseball and football and competed as a wrestler and a swimmer. Growing up, he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and beating his sister at water-skiing. After attending college, he joined the Army as a medic in 1985. On Aug. 11, 1988, he married his wife, Beatte, in Germany, and they had three children, Brian, Cheryl and Darren. Sgt. Stephens coached baseball at many of the bases where he was stationed, and in Germany led the Army team to the European championship. He loved baseball, working with children, teaching and learning. He earned a degree in teaching and an associate’s degree in computer science while in the Army. He planned to come back to La Grande to get his master’s at Eastern Oregon University when he retired. Survivors include his wife, Bea; children and their spouses, Brian and Klylie Reddington of Fort Rucker, Ala., Cheryl and Brian Ellis of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Darren Stephens of Germany;...

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Marx, Phyllis Marie – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now La Grande, Oregon Phyllis Marie Marx, 56, of La Grande, died July 29 at her home. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, and viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the chapel. Burial will be at the Union Cemetery following the funeral service. Phyllis was born on July 1, 1951, the daughter of Beryl and Dorothy (Silvey) Brookshire in Prineville. The family lived in Mitchell before moving to Union, where she graduated from high school. She worked in the bakery at Albertsons for 14 years. On April 4, 1992, she married Bert Marx in La Grande. She enjoyed crocheting, camping, fishing and boating. Survivors include her husband, Bert of La Grande; children, Mark Kirkland of Nampa, Idaho, and Laurie and Tim Testiman of Enterprise; parents, Beryl and Dorothy Brookshire of Union; brothers, Rick Brookshire of Alaska and Jeff Brookshire of Enterprise; two grandsons; and other relatives. Her son, Clint Kirkland, preceded her in death. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850. La Grande Observer, Obituaries For The Week Ending August 4, 2007 – Published August 4, 2007 Submitted by: Dixie...

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