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Crow, Phil – Obituary

Phil Crow, a 23-year resident of Olympia, Wash. died May 14, 2007. He was 62. Mr. Crow was born Sept. 14, 1944, in Milwaukee, Wis. to Henry and Mary Greenwood Loades, Sr. He graduated from Joseph High School in 1962 and attended Spokane Community College as well as General Motors University of Automotive Management. He was the Service Director for Chevrolet, General Motors, and Honda. Prior to residing in Olympia, Mr. Crow lived in Joseph, Spokane and Walla Walla, Wash. and Enterprise. In he married Diane Farris in Enterprise in 1981. His many hobbies included gardening, grapes and tomatoes, shrimping, crabbing, fishing, hunting, woodworking, mentoring and all things regarding automobiles. He enjoyed “his” squirrels, the Seattle Mariners, traveling and exploring new places, and playing with his grandchildren. Mr. Crow held memberships in the Beacon Point Community including the Elks Club, and was a member for many years with the Chevrolet Division of “Only the Best” club. Mr. Crow is survived by wife Diane; his children: Shawn Farris-Crow of Sherwood, Brian Lewin of Stillman Valley, Ill., Patrick Crow of Boise, Idaho, Dionne Evans of Hay, Wash., and Staci Cenis of Forest Grove and seven grandchildren: Amanda, Nathan, Connor, Taylor, Caroline, Cole, and Henley. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., May 18, at the Masonic Center, 521 North St. SE, Tumwater, Wash. Memorial donations may be given to...

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Denney, William L. – Obituary

William L. “Bill” Denney, 63, of Champaign, Ill., and formerly of Wallowa County, died Aug. 13 after a long battle with pancreal cancer. Bramley Funeral Home in Champaign is in charge of arrangements. A funeral was held Aug. 18 in Divernon, Ill., with burial in Pawnee, Ill., at Calvary Cemetery. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at Northside Baptist Church in Vancouver, Wash. A reception and visitation will follow. Bill was born Dec. 14, 1944, to Clifford R. and Mary (Betz) Denney in Spokane. He moved to Oregon in 1948 to the lower Imnaha area. He excelled in school with highest honors and several scholarships. He was grateful to Gardner Locke and Wm. Williams Sr. for help they gave him in high school, especially trigonometry, calculus and other advanced mathematics. He attended Oregon State University where he majored in forest-civil engineering, business administration and mathematics. He received his bachelor of science degree with highest honors. He worked for Bill Hagedorn of Portland as office manager and business manager for three years, then returned to Oregon State for graduate school. He received his MBA with highest honors in 1972. He met and married Arlys Wright in 1968. His daughter, Lanae, was born in 1975 and Rachelle was born in 1978. They lived in a home built at Salmon Creek. They moved to El Paso, Texas, in...

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McElhannon, Janet – Obituary

Janet McElhannon died in Spokane, Wash., on April 1, 2008. A Wallowa County resident since 2000, she was born Janet Raye Osier on April 28, 1943 in Valley City, ND. She married Dallas McElhannon in May 1978. She was a hard worker, enjoyed the simpler things in life, and most recently enjoyed serving the wonderful folks at the Alpine House in Joseph. Her consistent and devoted prayer life kept her close to her savior and served as an example to many who knew her. Janet was the loving wife of Dallas McElhannon, mother of Cynthia, Joie, and Ray. Sister to Joyce and Jackie. Adoring grandmother of JR, Brock, Devon, and Gracie. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter Cassie, and leaves behind many nieces and nephews, great nephews and nieces, cousins, and many friends. Wallowa County Chieftain – April 10,...

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Dulin, Dorothy Irene – Obituary

Lostine, Oregon Dorothy Irene Dulin died Feb. 20, 2008. She was born Jan. 13, 1918 in Spokane, Wash. to Olla Lee Gooch and John Fredrick Bachman. Dorothy grew up in Vancouver, Wash. and was the youngest of five siblings. She graduated high school and worked in a cannery before moving to southern California, where she spent the next 64 years of her life. There, she met John W Dulin, a young man from Springfield Mo. They were married in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 16, 1941, and recently celebrated their 66th anniversary. Dorothy worked in a bag factory and later at Grayson’s, running a drill press ,while John served in the Army during World War II. After John’s return, they were blessed with a daughter, Christina Lee Dulin, and a son, John W Dulin, Jr. They discovered the Lostin Valley in 1972 and, starting in 1976, spent ten years building a log house on the Lostine River. Dorothy is survived by her husband, John; two children, Christina Dulin Geyer (and husband Chris) of Lostine, and John W Dulin Jr. (and wife Linda) of Chino Hills, Calif.; six grandchildren; and 10 great grand children. Graveside service were held Feb. 25 at the Lostine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Cancer Society. Wallowa County Chieftain – February 28,...

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Kent, Nettie E. – Obituary

College Place–Nettie E. Kent, 90, of 1200 SE 12th St., died Thursday [September 7] at the Blue Mountain Convalescent Center. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Mountain View Cemetery. Elder Ralph J. Wendt of the College Place Seventh-Day Adventist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery. Miss Kent, the daughter of Frank and Mattie Kent, was born Aug. 24, 1888 in Walla Walla. She attended local schools. She lived in Spokane for many years before returning to Walla Walla six years ago. Miss Kent is survived by her brother, Arthur Kent of Kent, Wash. She was preceded in death by her sister, Amy Givens, in January. Walla Walla Union Bulletin, September 8, 1978 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Billerbeck, Harry Paul – Obituary

Summerville, Union County, Oregon Harry Paul Billerbeck, 60, Summerville, died Tuesday in St. Helens of a heart attack. He was in St. Helens as a superintendent of a job in progress for A. J. Zinda Construction Co. Born in Rockford, Wash., he moved with his family to Wallowa County at the age of six. He attended schools until he began farming in 1929. After marriage to the former Bernice Slack of Enterprise in 1935, he moved to Union County to farm, later purchasing a farm here. Twelve years ago he went to work for the Zinda firm as a millwright. Survivors include widow Bernice; son Darrel, Elma, Wash.; daughter Mrs. Joyce Brown, Kent, Ore.; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ellis Billerbeck and a sister, Evelyn Lovell. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel, La Grande, pastor Paul O. Jewell, La Grande United Methodist Church, officiating. Concluding services and interment will follow in Summerville Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel until 2 p.m. Friday. The family suggests memorial contributions for those who wish to Oregon Heart Association, 1500 SW 12th Portland. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Thursday, January 25, 1973 Page 7 Contributed by: Tom...

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Donohue, Florence Mary – Obituary

Florence M. Donohue, 2101 First St., died Friday in Spokane, Wash. She was 74 years old. Mrs. Donohue was born November 25, 1885 in La Grande, the daughter of Donald and Joan (Childers) McLachlen. Her grandfather John McLachlen came to the Grande Ronde Valley as a young boy and was later U. S. Marshall and Sheriff of Union County. She was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and at one time worked in the rectory as the priest’s housekeeper. She was also an Air Mail carrier for the Post Office. On May 19, 1912 she was married to Edward Jones [sic – James] Donohue in La Grande. He preceded her in death in 1947. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Edward B. in 1917 and Theodore T. in 1941. She is survived by three daughters, Ethel L. Wagner, La Grande, Elizabeth J. Roe, La Grande, and Angela J. Keeler, La Grande; one son, Donald M. Donohue, Yakima, Wash.; 20 grandchildren and one brother, Donald Mitchell, Orleans, Indiana. Recitation of rosary will be Monday, Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Father Patrick J. Gaire will officiate. Concluding services will be at Calvary Cemetery. Observer La Grande, Oregon Monday, December 29, 1969 Page...

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Hite, R. L. – Obituary

Two Injured In Wreck Die At Hot Lake Sunday Both Mrs. Marjorie Wykoff, of La Grande, and R.L. Hite of Spokane, Wash., seriously hurt in an auto accident Friday of last week, died as a result of their injuries at the Hot Lake sanatorium Sunday. The woman passed away Sunday morning about 1:55 o’clock and the man died early Sunday evening. Skull fractures were said to have caused the death of both. The fatal accident occurred late Friday afternoon, just west of the Hot Lake viaduct when Hite’s large car failed to make a turn, ran into the bank and rolled over. Both were badly injured, but it was not known at that time whether or not they had skull fractures. Neither regained consciousness, although Hite was delirious at times. Mrs. Wykoff was 26 years, 10 months and 23 days old at the time of her death. She leaves, besides her divorced husband, George E. Wykoff, two small sons, ages three and five, her mother, Mrs. W.M. Palmer, and two brothers, Martin L. Gillis and Albert Gillis, all of La Grande, and one sister, Mrs. Pearl Berdar of Spokane, Wash. Hite’s body was taken to Spokane for burial. Oregon Trail Weekly North Powder News Saturday, September 3,...

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Monaghan, Barbara Jean Bowman Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon Barbara Jean Bowman Monaghan, 77, of Aurora, Ill., a former North Powder resident, died April 9, 2004, at her home surrounded by her devoted children and grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. June 26, 2004, at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Hermiston. Committal will be at the Hermiston Cemetery. There will be a celebration of Barbara’s life immediately after the services. Her family and friends are invited to come and share in the commemoration of her life. Barbara was born to Roland “Bill” and Vera Clarke Bowman on June 28, 1926, at Spokane, Wash., the second of their four children. The Bowman family moved to Bend, where Barbara attended school before moving to Salem where her father operated Bowman’s Garage until his death in 1981. Barbara was married on Dec. 19, 1943, at Salem, to Bernard R. Monaghan. They spent more than 40 happy years of their life together until Bernard’s death in 1984. Barbara was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed by her family and many friends. The most important part of Barbara’s life was the love and care that she gave so freely to her family. She never knew a stranger. Bernard and Barbara and their family moved to North Powder, in 1950 and to Hermiston in 1969. After...

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Hunt, Richard Eric – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Richard Eric Hunt, 37, of Lovelock, Nev., and formerly of La Grande died Sept. 4. A memorial Mass will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 9 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church with Father Hank Albrecht and the Rev. Irwin Smutz officiating. Mr. Hunt was born Nov. 18, 1968, to Richard and Iris Hunt in Spokane, Wash. He graduated from Yamhill-Carlton Union High School where he was class valedictorian and state representative to the Oregon School Board. He was a member of the National Honor Society and given early admission to the University of Notre Dame and a four-year Navy ROTC scholarship. He graduated from Notre Dame and served in the Navy before working as a teacher for the Union Baker ESD alternative education program in Eugene and in the Pershing County School District in Lovelock. He was highly regarded for his generosity, intelligence, integrity and work ethic. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Iris and Lyle Mann of Summerville; a grandmother, Karene Mann; aunts and uncles, angela Cole, Georga Remm, John Mann, Jim Mann, Tim Mann and Mike Thill. His father and grandparents, Richard and Mary Hunt, Jack Mann, and Agnes and Gunnar Finstad, all died earlier. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Sept. 9, 2006, Published: September 7,...

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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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Oberteuffer, William Healey – Obituary

Island City, Oregon William Healey Oberteuffer William Healey Oberteuffer, 86, known as “Bill Obie,” died in his home in Island City Sept. 24. A memorial service in Portland will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Tryon Farm, followed by refreshments. A memorial service in the La Grande area will take place at noon Nov. 4 at the Summerville Pine Grove Grange, followed by a potluck. Remembrances can be sent to the Union County Extension Service for the Oberteuffer research and education forest. Donations can be sent to the Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Mr. Oberteuffer was born Nov. 4, 1919, in Spokane to George Herman and Mildred Oberteuffer. His family moved to Portland where he graduated in 1937. After working that summer at Camp Meriwether, a Boy Scout camp run by his father, he and two other Eagle Scouts rode horses along the Pacific Crest Trail from Mount Hood to the Mexican border. He then attended Reed College for a year before transferring to Oregon State University to complete a degree in agriculture. In 1941, he married Margaret Sengstake Young, his childhood sweetheart. During World War II, he worked in a shipyard and as a substitute teacher. What began as a temporary job turned into a lifelong career and an all-encompassing identity: teacher. He received a master’s degree in science teaching from OSU...

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Gunter, Dana L. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Dana L. Gunter, 69, died April 5 at her son’s home in LaPine. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at Grandview Cemetery, La Grande. Mrs. Gunter was born April 5, 1938, in Spokane, Wash., and was raised in Oregon. She was married to Chester Gunter and lived in La Grande for about 10 years. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and had a special relationship with great-granddaughters Mya and Brittany. Survivors include her children, Ernie of San Jose, Calif., Tom of LaPine, Chester, Dana of La Grande, Eva of Salem and Barbara of Portland; and 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 14, 2007 Published: April 14,...

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Gibbs, Donald – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Donald W. Gibbs, 77, of Redmond and formerly of La Grande, died March 12 of Parkinson’s disease. A private family memorial service took place March 17. Redmond Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements. Mr. Gibbs was born Sept. 13, 1929, to Hallie and Mary (Kane) Gibbs in Spokane, Wash. He began working as a baker at the age of 15 and continued in that profession most of his life. On April 1, 1950, he married Carolyn Killingbeck in La Grande, where they lived before moving to Redmond. He owned Gibbs Bakery in downtown Redmond for 43 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bird watching. A dedicated father and husband, he loved spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Gibbs of Redmond; children, John Gibbs of Portland, and Terry Gibbs, Vance Gibbs and Linda Scott, all of Redmond; and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hospice Center Bend La Pine, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend 97701. The Observer – Obituaries for the week ending April 7, 2007 Published: April 7,...

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Broyles, Virginia D. – Obituary

Formerly of La Grande 1914-2007 Virginia Dorothy Broyles, 92, of Hermiston and formerly of La Grande, died March 9 at her home. A celebration of life is planned for 11 a.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Viewing will be available from 8 to 10 a.m. prior to the service. Mrs. Broyles was born July 23, 1914, to James A. and Dorothy Ellen (Standard) Cunningham in Albion, Wash. She was raised in Albion, Hooper and Spokane, graduating in the first senior class of John Rogers High School in Hillyard in 1933. During her high school years, she was a mainstay for her parents in the family business, the cafe Cunningham’s Lunch in Spokane. Virginia married Chester W. Broyles April 24, 1940, in Couer d’Alene, Idaho. In 1941, the couple moved to La Grande, where Chet hired out as a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad. Mrs. Broyles was a devoted home-maker and mother to their four children. After Chet’s retirement in 1979, they began making toys and traveling to craft fairs, a hobby that gave them many hours of enjoyment. Mrs. Broyles was also an avid seamstress, supplying her family with many beautiful articles of clothing, quilts and dolls. One special project was her daughter’s wedding dress, which she appliqu├ęd and beaded by hand. Mrs. Broyles was active in Eastern Star and Daughters of the...

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