Location: Richland Washington

Curtis, Emma Irene – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon 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 Emma Irene Curtis, of Vale and formerly of Enterprise, died June 4, 2007, at an Ontario Care Center. She was 95. Mrs. Curtis was born Dec. 28, 1911, in Lenox, Iowa to Willis Marion and Ella Inez Wolfinger Davis. She received her schooling in Coffeyville, Kansas. On March 10, 1935 she married Paul Wayne Curtis in Coffeyville. In 1943, the couple moved from the Midwest to Richland, Wash., where her husband was employed as an electrician on the construction of the Hanford Nuclear Plant. In 1948, they moved to Enterprise where Mr. Curtis opened a Radio and TV repair shop. Mrs. Curtis worked in the shop along side her husband. While living in Enterprise they were both active in the Community Church, school functions and sports with their three sons who all graduated from Enterprise High School. In 1962 the couple relocated their Radio and TV repair shop to Milton-Freewater, Oregon. They were active in the church and...

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Cate, Jenice E. – Obituary

Flora, Oregon Jeniece E. “Jenny” Cate, 57, died March 12, 2005, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. She was born on Aug. 24, 1947 in Enterprise to Glenn (Blackie) McElroy and Jean Burleigh McElroy. Mrs. Cate grew up in Flora and Irrigon. She graduated in 1965 from Riverside High School and attended Blue Mountain Community College. She enjoyed reading, knitting, science fiction movies and cats. In 1970 she married Robert Cate and they had four children together. They divorced in 1983. She moved back to Irrigon in 1981 from Happy Camp, Calif. She worked for Cong Agra for 23 years and was working at the time of her illness. She also sold Avon in the Irrigon area. She is survived by her adopted mother Marguriete McElroy of Milton-Freewater; children Kent Cate of Boardman, Kurt and Lisa Cate of Pendleton, Robert and Rockie Cate of Pendleton and Fawn Cate of Irrigon; aunt Joan Plummer of Fairbanks, Ala.; sister DeeAnn Drake of Hermiston; grandchildren Ryan and Tori Cate Derick, Jessie of Hermiston, Brittany Rae of Boardman, Billie Jack and Ashley; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and many good friends, including Melanie Sellers. She was preceded in death by her parents Glenn and Jean Burleigh McElroy, grandparents Wendell and Ida Hinton Burleigh and grandparents George and Lillian McGraw McElroy. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at the Irrigon Senior Center....

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Trimble-Blank, Bonnie Mrs. – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Bonnie Jean Trimble-Blank, 73, of Weston and formerly of Union, has left this life to start on her next adventure. She passed away March 5, 2006, at St. Mary Medical Center. There will be no services at her request. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt Cremations & Funeral Services, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Wash., 99362. Bonnie was born Feb. 6, 1933, at Baker City, Ore. She attended grade school at Homestead, Cornucopia and Richland, Ore., along with various other schools. She graduated from Columbia High in Richland, Wash. This is where she met and married her first husband, John Trimble. John and Bonnie were married Dec. 6, 1952. Bonnie became a full time housewife. Although she did have to wait a few years for that first “cloth” diaper to appear on the clothes line, they were there for many years, as she had five children to keep her busy. This is what she enjoyed most family. After John’s death an old family friend introduced her son to Bonnie. This led to her marriage to Alvin Blank in November of 1993. In her younger years, she enjoyed going to her grandparent’s farm to ride the horses. She also did a little hunting with her dad (which she really didn’t enjoy). As she got older, the school dances, basketball and football games were...

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Killingbeck, Fern E. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Fern E. Killingbeck, 94, died Aug. 21 at Richland Rehabilitation Center in Richland, Wash. A private family graveside service will be held at the Redmond Memorial Cemetery in Redmond. Mrs. Killingbeck was born July 8, 1912, at Madras to Thomas Jefferson and Etta Mora Parsley Fields. She lived in Longview, Wash., and The Dalles before moving to Redmond, where she graduated from high school. On Dec. 22, 1930, she married Clarence Herbert Killingbeck in Bend. She owned and cooked at her restaurant in Redmond for several years. In 1949 she moved to La Grande and operated the lunch counter at Pay Less Drug Store for many years. Mrs. Killingbeck won the Union County Wheat League cake baking contest several times. In 1994 she moved to Milton-Freewater, and in 1995 her husband died. She moved to Hermiston in 2003. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, crafts and cooking. Survivors include children, Thad Killingbeck of Boardman, Clareen Coblens of Milton-Freewater and Carolyn Gibbs of Redmond; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Glen, Ned and Thomas, and two sisters, Ona and Blanche, died earlier. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 26, 2006, Published: August 28,...

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Johnson, Robert E. – Obituary

Robert E. “B.J.” Johnson, 74, of Barstow, Calif., and formerly of La Grande, died Feb. 15 at his home from complications of colon cancer. A memorial service was held Feb. 24 at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, Wash. Einan’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. He was born April 2, 1933, the first of five children, to Alva and Macel Johnson in St. Paul, Ark. After serving four years as a fighter jet radar technician in the U.S. Air Force and receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Richland to pursue his collegiate education and follow his dreams of becoming an aircraft pilot. As time passed and the passion for flying grew, so did his desire to raise a family. In 1957, he married Zana Lea Ellison of Rapid City, S.D., and within the next six years, Steven, Alan, Karen and Sandra were born. In the spring of 1972 he became the operations manager at the La Grande Airport under fixed base operator Wayne Mitchell, and had the opportunity to fly fire reconnaissance missions for the Forest Service and deliver smoke jumpers to drop targets. While in La Grande, he became active in the First Presbyterian Church and earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies from Eastern Oregon State College. Seeing an opportunity for diversification, Bob and Zana purchased Joel’s Grocery — a small neighborhood market on the...

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Stahl, Donald – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Donald “Don” Stahl, 57, of Pendleton, died May 15 in a Richland, Wash., hospital. Funeral services were held today in the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton chapel. Don was born Aug. 4, 1950, to David and Lorna (Hallmark) Stahl in Cove. He was raised and educated in Cove. After high school, he enlisted into the United States Navy and served his country during the Vietnam Conflict. He won the National Defense Service Medal as well as the Bronze Star. After his discharge he returned to Cove for a time before he moved to Pendleton. He then began working as a Corrections Officer for E.O.C.I. He continued to work for the prison until he retired after 26 years of service. He then began working for Wal-Mart in Pendleton in the hardware and paint department. He continued working there until the time of his death. He enjoyed fishing, camping and his family. He is survived by his son, Ira and his wife, Jacquie Stahl, of Pendleton; a daughter, Stormey Richardson of Portland; and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by two brothers. Memorials in his memory may be made to any charity. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the day of May 19,...

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Wells, Bert – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Bert L. Wells, 79, formerly of La Grande, died Sept. 28 at his home in Yakima. He was born Nov. 5, 1929, to Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Wells in Grandview, Wash. His primary and secondary education was completed in the Grandview area and he worked various jobs at fruit processing plants throughout high school. After a year of employment at an airport terminal in Point Barrow, Alaska, he took a job through General Electric at the Hanford Nuclear site outside of Tri-Cities, Wash. He was drafted in 1951 and spent the majority of his service in Japan as secretary to a colonel. His literary and typing skills spared him from combat and soon his musical talents were also recognized. He performed with the band, Far East Rangers, at officers’ clubs while in Japan and continued to play in dance bands in the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla and La Grande after returning home. He married Elinor L. Wells on April 5, 1953, in Grandview and they moved to Richland to continue his employment at Hanford. Participation in a talent show hosted by Yakima’s first TV station, KIMA, launched his musical entertainment career. Their station in Tri-Cities (KEPR) needed a star for a cowboy program for kids called “Buckaroo Time” and Bert was remembered from this talent show and was immediately recruited. He sang and played his guitar on...

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Wyatt, Lester Jay – Obituary

Lester Jay Wyatt, 27, teacher and head basketball coach of Hanford High School, died Tuesday [November 1, 1982] at his home in Richland. He was born in Ellensburg on Dec. 31, 1954, the only son of Marvin and Kathryn Wyatt of Ellensburg. He graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1973 and from Central Washington University in 1977 with a degree in education. Mr. Wyatt taught and coached for one year at Tonasket High School. Since 1979 he had been a teacher and coach at Hanford High. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wyatt of Ellensburg; a sister, Mrs. John (Jane) Floyd of Spokane and his grandparents, Helen Scott and Mr. and Mrs. Otis Wyatt, all of Ellensburg. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Evenson Chapel. The Rev. Donald Meekhof will officiate and burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery. Daily Record, November 3, 1982 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Wyatt, Lester Jay – Obituary

Lester Jay Wyatt, 27, teacher and head basketball coach for Hanford High School, died Tuesday at his home in Richland. He was born in Ellensburg on Dec. 31, 1954, the only son of Marvin and Kathryn Wyatt of Ellensburg. He graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1973 and from Central Washington University in 1973 with a degree in education. Mr. Wyatt taught and coached for one year at Tonasket High School. Since 1979 he had been a teacher and coach at Hanford High. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Wyatt of Ellensburg; a sister, Mrs. John (Jane) Floyd of Spokane and his grandparents, Helen Scott and Mr. and Mrs. Otis Wyatt, all of Ellensburg. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Evenson Chapel. The Rev. Donald Meekhof will officiate and burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Hankins, Eva May Mills Mrs. – Obituary

Funeral services for Eva May Hankins, 50, of 503 Stanford Ave., Richland, Washington, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday February 26, at the Christian Church in Richland, Oregon. The Rev. Chester A. Stewart will officiate and vault interment will follow in the family plot at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. The arrangements are under the direction of Grays West and Co. Pioneer Chapel. Mrs. Hankins died Friday at a hospital in Boise, Idaho, after an extended illness. She was born February 5, 1924, in Seattle, Washington. She attended schools at Homestead, Eagles Valley High School and graduated from Pine Valley High School. She was married to F. Doyle Hankins in Lewiston, Idaho, on December 2, 1963. With her family she lived in Homestead, Richland and Halfway, Oregon, and San Rafael, California, before moving to Richland, Washington, several years ago. She was a member of the Christian Church. She is survived by her husband, Doyle, at home; one daughter, Jean Neill of Warren, Arkansas; step-children Sonya MacAuliffe of Tacoma, Washington, and F. Doyle Hankins, Jr. of Seattle, Washington; her father and mother, James and Ruth Taylor Mills of Richland, Oregon, one sister, Bonnie Trimble of Richland, Oregon; two grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; aunts, Myrtle Wells, Fannie Blank, and Maggie Wells all of Richland, Oregon and Gadys Rainey of Portland; uncles, Morris Wells, Elmer Blank and Harley Wells all...

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Hall, Edward Isaiah “Ed” – Obituary

Edward Isaiah “Ed” Hall, 80, was born Sept. 4, 1925, at Haines, Ore., to James Otho and Mabel Mae (York) Hall. He died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005 at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. Ed was raised in Baker and attended Baker schools. On Feb 9, 1945 he married Violet Irene Music at Baker, Ore. He joined the U.S. Army and served in the South Pacific during World War II where he was wounded in Okinawa earning the Purple Heart. He finished his tour of duty in the Military Police in Hawaii. After the service he returned to Haines and worked for a lumber mill. He then started to work at the Umatilla Army Depot as a Munitions Destroyer in 1961. The family moved to Hermiston in 1962 and Ed worked there until he retired in 1974. He worked at a carwash with his son, then drove school bus and finally worked for the Hermiston School District. Ed was Past President and a founding member of the Eastern Oregon Museum in Haines. He was actively involved for a long time in the Hermiston V.F.W. Desert Post #4750 Honor Guard, the Boy Scouts, Hermiston Little League Baseball, and with his wife, Violet, put up the Red Cross Flags for Blood Drawings. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Violet Hall of Hermiston, Ore.; children, Martie and her husband,...

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Hunt, Ross D. – Obituary

Ross D. Hunt, 81, of Baker City, a former Baker County sheriff, died Jan. 17, 2005, at his home. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Baker City Christian Church, 2998 Eighth St. Pastor Roger Scovil will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at Community Connection, 2810 Cedar St. Visitations will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory will conduct the cremation after the funeral. Ross was born on Aug. 15, 1923, at Richland, Wash., to Harry and Florence Cline Hunt. As a young boy his family moved to Grandview, Idaho, where Ross attended school. He was a graduate of Grandview High School. Ross excelled in high school sports and was offered a full-ride scholarship to Boise State University in both football and boxing. However, having had his fill of school, he declined the offers. While in high school, Ross met and dated Violet Geddes who turned out to be the love of his life. The two were married on June 15, 1942, at Mountain Home, Idaho, after her high school graduation. They remained happily married until her death in February of 2003. The couple lived their entire lives in the Northwest, residing in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Ross wore many hats throughout the course of his life, working as a...

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Remsen, Ruth Abbott Mrs. – Obituary

Ruth Abbott Remsen, 83, of Richland, Wash., a former Richland, Ore., resident, died April 8, 2005, in the company of her daughter. Her graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2005, at the Island City Cemetery. She was born Aug. 13, 1921, in Malheur County, near Weiser, Idaho, to Isaiah and Nannie May Wade Abbott. Ruth was one of 11 children. Ruth and her husband, Mearl F. “Mick” Remsen, were married on July 7, 1942. After the war, the family moved to Lakeview, where they lived for 12 years. They later moved to La Grande, where they lived for 18 years, and then to Richland, Ore., for 14 years. They also spent some time in Arizona, Nevada and Idaho. After her husband’s death in 1999, Ruth moved to Boise, and subsequently to Richland, Wash., to be near her youngest daughter, Geri. Ruth had a zest for life and loved to garden. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and working with ceramics. She was a longtime supporter of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America and other youth organizations that helped build character in young people. Survivors include her twin brother, Ralph Abbott, of Richland, Ore.; three children, Micki Vandenburg of Kamiah, Idaho, George Remsen of Lansing, Kan., and Geri Robinson of Richland, Wash.; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was...

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DeHart, Betty Rosa Evans Mrs. – Obituary

Richland, Oregon Betty Rosa DeHart was born in Richland to Alvin and Rosa Evans in April 16, 1926. She passed away peacefully at her current residence Quail Hollow, on Sept. 28, 2004. Memorial services were held Monday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. at Northwest United Protestant Church. Interment followed in sunset Memorial Gardens. She graduated from Eagle Valley High School and moved to Portland to work as a telegraph operator. She then moved to Oakland, Calif., where she met her future husband. She married Lloyd DeHart on Sept. 3, 1946. They moved to Richland, Wash., in 1947. She was employed by General Electric for several years. Lloyd and Betty were active in Cub Scouting and leading a youth group at their church NWUP. They also enjoyed square dancing and in their retirement years they did a lot of traveling in their 5th wheeler. They visited most of the capitols of the continental USA cities. Betty also enjoyed being a part of a women’s bowling team, was president of the National Women’s ASCET group and was noble grand of the Rebekah Lodge. She was an avid scrabble player, and enjoyed playing pinochle and other card games with her family. She enjoyed stamp collecting and collecting matchbook covers and was able to attend several national conventions. Betty is survived by two sisters, Elma and Sid Ziegler, Richland and Wilma and Vernon Lathrop,...

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Ash, Norma L.Beckwith Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Norma L. Ash, 69, a longtime Baker City resident, died Sept. 17, 2004, at her home after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. today at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Family friend Sally Farmer officiated. There was a reception afterward to share a meal and memories with the family at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall. Vault interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hermiston Cemetery. Norma married Billy Joe Ash on May 14, 1952, at Richland, Wash. They had three children. Norma enjoyed camping, fishing and raising her family. In Norma’s later years, she spent time with her companion, Charlie Bishop. They traveled, spent time with family and enjoyed many hours playing cards. Survivors include her longtime companion, Charlie Bishop of Baker City; son, Dan Ash, and his companion, Midge, of Riverside, Calif.; son, Dave Ash, and his wife, Donna, of Umatilla; daughter, MaryJo Nee, and her husband, Mike, of Keller, Wash.; five grandsons, Travis, Nickolas, and Zachery Ash, and Spencer and Sawyer Nee; three brothers, Ron, George and Lawrence Noggles all of Tri-Cities, Wash. She was preceded in death by her mother, Elsie Noggles; her father, James Beckwith; adoptive father, Claude Noggles; husband Billy Joe Ash; and one grandson, Jeremy Ash. Memorial contributions may be made to Pathway Hospice through Gray’s West...

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