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Gray, Barbara Jean – Obituary

Union, Oregon Barbara Joan Gray, 70, of Union, died March 20 at the Grande Ronde Hospital. At her request, there will not be a formal service, but all are welcome to attend a gathering in remembrance at 11 a.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall in Union. The family requests no gifts or food. Barbara was born Nov. 21, 1936, in Enterprise. She was educated in La Grande, graduating from La Grande High School and attending what is now Eastern Oregon University. Barbara married Wade Crook in Portland; they later divorced. She lived in Seattle for many years and worked as a typesetter for various newspapers, including the Post Intelligencer and the Seattle Times. Upon retirement she moved back to the Grande Ronde Valley. Barbara loved animals and the outdoors. Although declining health kept her increasingly indoors, she loved watching the birds and squirrels come to her patio feeders. Her part-Siamese cat, Surena, was an important part of her life. Barbara had a lifelong love of reading and was a talented writer, leaving a legacy of poems, essays and short stories. Using her typesetting skills, she designed and published a treasured family history book as well as an annual family newsletter. Very active in the community, Barbara served on the Union City Council and volunteered with the annual Grassroots Festival. She received Union’s 2005 Woman of the Year award. Survivors...

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Mulhall, Robert – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robert Mulhall, 86, of La Grande and formerly of Seattle, died March 5. At his request there will be no public services. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mr. Mulhall was born June 3, 1920, to Leo and Jenny (Price) Smith in Yakima, Wash. He lived in Yakima, Portland and Seattle and served in the Army during World War II. After an honorable discharge, he worked as a manufacturing engineer for Boeing for 25 years. In the 1970s he moved to La Grande, where he was employed as a consultant for the Forest Service for 10 years before retiring. Mr. Mulhall was an avid mountain climber. He was very active in the Seattle Mountaineers Club and was a member of the first party to climb Mount Adams in Washington State. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Seattle and La Grande and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Writing was another hobby, and he wrote and published various articles on mountain climbing and politics. Several years ago he began work on a novel about Chief Joseph that has not yet been published. Mr. Mulhall enjoyed prospecting for silver and gold in the Blue and Wallowa mountains and taking his beloved dog and faithful companion, Roger, with him for long rides. He was a kindhearted man who helped...

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Leggett, Billy R. – Obituary

Billy Robert Leggett, 89, of La Grande died Sept. 11 at Valley Creek Adult Foster Home in La Grande. Visitation will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday 15 at Coles Funeral Home with burial following at Mount Hope Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Baker City United Methodist Church with the Rev. Juanita Bergacker officiating. Billy was born April 26, 1918, to Robert Lee and Mary Virginia (Shaver) Leggett in Seattle. He was raised in Seattle and went to school there. Billy worked as a lifeguard at Green Lake. In July 1936 he moved to the Baker community where he continued his schooling and played football at Baker High School. After graduating, Billy joined the Army and served four years in the European Theater. On Dec. 22, 1945, Billy married Doris May Bond at the Presbyterian Church Parsonage in Baker City. The couple raised three children, Deryl, Billy and Janine, in Baker City. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Baker YMCA and the secretary of the Upper Bulger Ditch Company. Billy is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Doris May Leggett; children, Deryl Leggett and his wife, Carolyn, Billy Leggett and his wife, Bonnie, and Janine Wilson; several grandchildren and their spouses; five...

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Larkin, Alice – Obituary

Alice Larkin died in her home at MooreCare in Kent, Wash., March 9. A memorial service will be held Saturday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 19030 Eighth Ave S., SeaTac, Wash., at 1 p.m. Burial will take place in Island City at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s research, hospice care or charity of choice. Alice was born June 28, 1913, in Canova, S.D., to Lizzie and B. A. Schierholz. As a young woman, Alice owned and operated a beauty shop in Corvallis. While in Corvallis, she met and married Earl Herrmann and moved to La Grande, where she lived for many years. There she and Earl raised their children, Phyllis and Jim and numerous foster children. Alice was an adventurous and creative artisan and cook, and was active in the First Christian Church. In 1971, after 35 years of marriage, Earl died. In 1975, Alice married Ted Larkin and moved to the Seattle area. During her years in Seattle she enjoyed her family, friends, cooking, painting and travels that took Alice and Ted to many interesting places. Alice was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Seatac. Alice is preceded in death by her brothers, Howard and Hadley Schierholz, and sister, Belva Roddewig, husbands Earl Herrmann and Ted Larkin. Surviving Alice are her children, Phyllis Lee (John)...

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Horstman, Dolores Rose – Obituary

Dolores (Dode) Rose Horstman, 77, of La Grande died Feb. 22 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla. At her request there will be no public services. Those who wish may sign the guest book on-line at www.danielsknopp.com. Dolores was born Oct. 20, 1930, to Charles and Velma (Weidman) Marra in Red Oak, Iowa. She was the only child. The family moved to La Grande when she was a teenager. She attended school in Baker City and La Grande, graduating from La Grande High School with the Class of 1947. In 1950 she married Norman Bud Horstman in La Grande where he worked for the railroad. They moved to Portland in 1951 and were there until 1961 when he was transferred to Seattle. In 1972 they returned to Portland where they lived until returning to La Grande in 2002. For many years, Dolores was a stay-at-home mom. When her children were grown she re-entered the workforce as a real estate agent, then moved into property management. Among her many passions were working in her flower beds, tending her garden, playing cards and watching and feeding the birds and squirrels around her home. She loved socializing and was always happy to be invited to the La Grande High School Class of ’46 lunches. Those who knew her say she was a nice mom. Survivors include her husband, Norman Horstman...

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Smith, Irene W. – Obituary

Irene W. Smith, 85, of La Grande, died Feb. 23 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, at the Union Cemetery. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. Irene was born July 2, 1922, to Archie and Eunice (Griffith) Williamson in Brookhaven, Miss. She lived in Seattle for some time before moving to the Los Angeles area of California where she lived for 30 years. In June 1984, she moved to La Grande to be near family. In the early 1990s her daughter, Judith Ann DeLeebeck lost her life in an automobile accident. Irene was an avid reader. Survivors include her sister, Vivian Burford of La Grande; half-sisters, DeLeatha Foster, Violet Crosby and Bonnie Johnson, all of Mississippi, and Lou Coulder of Florida; three grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her half-brother, Lamar Allen. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 1, 2008 Submitted by Dixie...

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Stewart, Thomas G. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Thomas G. Stewart, 82, of La Grande died April 3 at the home of his friends, Kay and Vernon Slippy. A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Daniels-Knopp with Rev. Vernon Slippy officiating. Thomas was born Sept. 18, 1925, to Thomas A. and Mary Jane (Gale) Stewart in Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. He served in WWII in the Canadian Navy as a Telegraphist Trained Operator serving in the Atlantic, in the D-day invasion, and in the Pacific on board Corvettes and Mine-sweepers. He moved, with his parents, to New Westminister, B.C., during the war. After the war he attended the University of British Columbia. He transferred to the University of Washington in 1946 as a pre-med major. He married Jo Anne Arnold in 1951 in Seattle. They had one daughter, Bonnie Gale. They divorced in 1967. Thomas was an adjuster for Grange Insurance. He later joined the National Association of Independent Insurance Claims Adjusters and was a member until his death. He adjusted as a Storm Trooper traveling to the Gulf States after hurricanes. He was also responsible for five southern counties in Southwest Washington. He was a member of the ski patrol and a Red Cross first aid instructor. Thomas was a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Baker, the Defiance Lodge AF & AM of Tacoma, Wash., and the Presbyterian...

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Larkin, Alice Herrmann – Obituary

Alice Herrmann Larkin, 94, formerly of Union County, died March 9 in Seattle. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 at Island City Cemetery. A reception will follow at the First Christian Church in La Grande. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – June 26, 2008 _________________________________________ Alice Larkin died in her home at MoorCare in Kent, Wash., March 9. A memorial service will be held Saturday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 19030 Eighth Ave. S., SeaTac, Wash., at 1 p.m. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Aug 8 at Island City Cemetery. A reception will follow at the First Christian Church in La Grande. Burial will take place in Island City at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s research, hospice care of charity of choice. Alice was born June 28, 1913, in Canova, SD, to Lizzie and B.A. Schierholz. As a young woman, Alice owned and operated a beauty shop in Corvallis. While in Corvallis, she met and married Earl Herrmann and moved to La Grande, where she lived for many years. There she and Earl raised their children, Phyllis and Jim and numerous foster children. Alice was an adventurous and creative artisan and cook, and was active in the First Christian Church. In 1971, after 35 years...

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Messer, David L. – Obituary

Jamieson 1949-2009 David Leo Messer, 60, of Jamieson, died as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident Sept. 29, one mile west of Jamieson. Graveside services will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lostine Cemetery. A memorial service will follow on Monday at the Pendleton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1401 SW Goodwin Place. A memorial service was held Oct. 5 in Vale. Lienkaemper Chapel of Ontario was in charge of arrangements. David was born Aug. 11, 1949, to Leo Eugene Messer and Elizabeth Lucille Jenson in Great Falls, Mont. He attended Great Falls schools and graduated from Charles M. Russell High School. He took courses in land surveying with the Montana State Highway Department and North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and obtained his Montana State Land Surveyor-in-Training license. In 1977, David married Nadine Hayes in Sandpoint, Idaho. They lived in the greater Seattle area and Kalispell, Mont., where he worked for 20 years in the private land surveying field and Nadine taught elementary school. In 1989 the couple moved to Pendleton, where David earned associate degrees with honors in civil engineering technology and math/computer science from Blue Mountain Community College. In 1995 he opened a computer consulting business, which he operated in Pendleton and, since 2007, in Vale. He enjoyed reading, photography, travel, ham radio and working with computers. He is survived by his...

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Stuth, Nellie M. Grunden – Obituary

Nell M. Stuth, 82, of Olympia died Saturday, Jan. 5, 1985, in an Olympia convalescent center. She was born July 1, 1902 in Ellensburg and lived in Seattle and Yakima before moving to Olympia in the 1930s. She was married in 1940 to Albert E. “Stubb” Stuth in Olympia. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Stuth worked for Miller’s Department Store and was a member of First Christian Church. Survivors include two sisters, Anna Nichols, Port Orchard and Lottie Dale, Portland, Ore. The graveside funeral service for Mrs. Stuth was today, Jan. 8, in Masonic Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Mills and Mills Funeral Services. The Olympian, January 8, 1985 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Brunn, Marie Hertz – Obituary

Mrs. Marie Brunn, the wife of Dr. C. Brunn, died at her home, 3124 South Seventh Street, early Sunday morning [June 3]. Mrs. Brunn has suffered from asthma for a number of years, and about two months ago the disease developed alarmingly, causing her death yesterday. She was 45 years of age and had come to Tacoma from Seattle two years ago. Mrs. Brunn is survived by her husband and eight children. The funeral services will be held at her late residence on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Walker of the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church conducting the services. Interment will follow in Tacoma Cemetery. Tacoma Daily News, June 4, 1906 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cahill, Alice V. Boers – Obituary

Funeral services for Alice V. Cahill, who died Thursday evening at the Sturgis Community Memorial Hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home, with Rev. Harold Fitch officiating. Burial will be in the Bear Butte Cemetery under the direction of the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home. Alice Boers was born on June 14, 1905 at Lacon, Ill. to Ole and Daisy [Hewitt] Boers. The family moved to South Dakota in 1911, returning to Lacon until 1915 when they returned to South Dakota. In 1917 they moved to Seattle, Wash. returning to South Dakota in 1921. She was married to Joseph E. Cahill on Oct. 30, 1926 at Dupree, SD. In 1943 the couple moved to Rapid City where they lived until 1946 when they moved to Sturgis and have lived there since. She is survived by 2 sons, Eugene Cahill of Portland, Ore., and Keith Cahill of Spokane, Wash.; one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Virginia) Freeman of Sturgis; one brother, Louis Boers of Sturgis and one sister Doris Boers of Sturgis, and 9 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1974 and an infant brother. Black Hills Press, December 13, 1975 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Boers, Louis Paul – Obituary

Funeral services for Louis P. “Slim” Boers, Sturgis, were Friday at Carlsen-Jolley Funeral Home, Sturgis, with the Rev. Randy Hogarth officiating. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery will full military honors provided by the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard. Boers, 78, died April 21, 1993, at his home. He was born Nov. 29, 1914, at Lacon, Ill. to Ole Jacob & Daisy Ellen (Hewitt) Boers. In 1917 he and his family moved to the Faith area where they lived for several years. They moved to Seattle, Wash., for a short time before returning to South Dakota. He served in the United States Army from April 1942 until January 1946, and upon release from the military he returned to the Sturgis area where he practiced his carpentry trade until his retirement. He had lived at the Highrise since 1977. He was a member of the Sturgis American Legion. Survivors include one sister, Doris Boers, Sturgis; two nephews, Eugene Cahill of Portland, Ore., and Keith Cahill of Sturgis; one niece, Virginia Freeman, Sturgis; and many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Alice Cahill. Black Hill Press, April 24, 1993 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bratton, Sophia R. – Obituary

Bratton Rites Set Saturday Funeral services for Sophia R. Bratton, 56, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ellensburg. Mrs. Bratton, a former Ellensburg resident, died Wednesday in Seattle. She was born January 16, 1909 in Tacoma and spent her childhood years in Ellensburg. She had lived in Seattle and Tacoma the past 43 years. She is survived by a son, Frank Frost of Chicago, Ill., a brother, W. R. Johnston, Tacoma; a sister, Mrs. Fred Lundstrom of Ellensburg; two half sister, Mrs. Margaret Hinkle of grand Coulee and Mrs. Dorothy Buroker, Renton; a granddaughter, Miss Deborah Frost, Seattle; and her step-father, R. W. Nicol of Edmonds. She was returned to Ellensburg by the Evenson Funeral Home. The Rev. Silas Erickson will officiate at the services and burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Ellensburg Daily Record, December 2, 1965 Contributed by: Cathy...

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Smathers, Willie Smith – Obituary

Mrs. Willie F. [Smith] Collins Smathers, 31, died Thursday [January 3, 1952] in Seattle at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Charles L. Miles. She had been ill a short while and went to Seattle three weeks ago. She came to the state of Washington from West Virginia in 1902 with a previous husband and two children. They settled in the Kittitas valley, and she had since made her home here. She became the wife of John E. Smathers of Ellensburg who survives her. Mrs. Smathers is also survived by a son, Frank Collins of Seattle, and five daughters, Mrs. Nettie C. Lane and Mrs. Ettie M. Sackett of Tacoma, Mrs. Victor L. Hewitt and Mrs. Miles of Seattle, and Mrs. W. J Weybright of Columbia Falls, Montana; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Internment is to take place here Monday in the IOOF cemetery following funeral rites at Honeycutt-Evenson funeral home. The time of service is to be announced. Contributed by: Shelli...

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