Location: Tacoma Washington

Ragsdale, A. B. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs.. Anna H. Ragsdale Passes In Tacoma, Wash. Word that Mrs.. Anna Hadley Ragsdale, a daughter of one of the early pioneer families of this community, is dead in Tacoma, Wash., where she was making her home with a son has been received here. The body is to be shipped to La Grande for burial beside the decedent’s father and mother and her son, Leo Hearing, of an earlier marriage. Other details were not included in the message received by friends here. La Grande Evening Observer, Thursday, 28 January 1926, Page 1. Funeral services for the late Mrs. Anna B. Ragsdale who was born near Summerville nearly 60 years ago and lived in the Grande Ronde valley until a few years ago before her death at Tacoma, Wash., Wednesday, will be conducted at the Snodgrass and Zimmerman chapel at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon. The body arrived in La Grande this morning accompanied here by the decedent’s husband, Walter Ragsdale, and two sons, Harold Hearing and Lewis Bay. A sister, Effie Liak, of Auburn Wash., is the only other near relative who survives. La Grande Evening Observer, Friday, 29 January, 1926, Pages 1 & 5. Contributed by: Robert C....

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See, James B. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon James B. See Pioneer of This County Dead James B. See who was born on June 25, 1869 near Island City, died this week in Tacoma. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Summerville Chapel under the auspices of the Moose Lodge. He is survived by his father, Benjamin See who resides in La Grande. Four brothers; Jefferson, Frank, George and Albert, and a sister, Anna Arthur living at Stanfield. The See families were early settlers of this valley and for many years made their home on the Summerville District. Source: The La Grande District News Friday March 7, 1930 Page 1 Source: David Ronald...

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Biamont, Robert Thomas – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Robert Thomas Biamont, 54, of Portland and formerly of La Grande died Aug. 11. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday Aug. 18 at Grace Christian Fellowship, 7325 N. Bank Road in Portland. Mr. Biamont was born Dec. 17, 1951, in Tacoma, Wash. He lived in La Grande from 1974 to 1987, and married Carolyn June Livingston in 1991. He worked for Pizza Hut and Vinnie’s and lived in Portland most of his life. Survivors include his wife; his mother, Barbara Biamont; children, James P. Sarkis, Tracie Thompson and Kellie Hornych; a brother, Kenneth Biamont, four sisters, Nikki Mershon, Mary Long, Corinne Biamont and Eleanor Renoe; and 15 grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Greyhound Pets of America in care of Hillside Chapel, 1306 Seventh St., Oregon City 97045. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 19, 2006, Published: August 17,...

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Rogers, Norma Ellen – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Norma Ellen (Erickson) Rogers, 85, died March 25 at her home in Elgin. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Elgin Church of the Nazarene, 11th and Birch. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Mrs. Rogers was born Jan. 17, 1922, to Lawrence and Emma I. (Bickford) Hawes in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School and in 1941 married Manuel Erickson in Idaho. The marriage ended in divorce, and in 1947 she married Ernest Rogers in La Grande. He preceded her in death in 1992. Mrs. Rogers worked first as a waitress and later as a certified nurses aide in a nursing home in Tacoma, Wash. She returned to Union County in 1981. She was past president of the Eagles Auxiliary. She was an avid yard saler and enjoyed working in her flower garden, dancing and going to senior meals on the bus. In her later years she enjoyed sitting outside and watching the wildlife and animals. Survivors include her sons, Fred Erickson of Elgin, Shannon Rogers of La Grande and Chuck Rogers of La Grande; siblings, Phyllis Hayter of Canby, Ruby Hohn of Arizona, Doris Goodin of Myrtle Creek, Kenneth Hawes of Portland and Ronald Hawes of Seattle; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband,...

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Saunders Phyllis Jane – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Phyllis Jane Saunders, 80, of Cove, died Aug. 12 at her home of natural causes. A funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Phyllis was born Sept. 9, 1926, to Clyde and Virgie (Bell) Robinson in Tacoma, Wash., one of eight children. She was raised and educated all over the Northwest. Her father worked for Pacific Fruit and traveled throughout the Northwest, so she attended several schools. She eloped with Grant Saunders on Oct. 23, 1944, to Weiser, Idaho. After Grant returned from the Air Force and got his teaching degree at EOU, the couple moved to Salem for five years, then back to Cove in 1956. Phyllis and Grant owned their own real estate firm, and Phyllis was voted retailer of the year. Phyllis’ family says she was an accomplished piano player, an outstanding hostess and excellent cook, always making sure her kids had their favorite meals on their birthdays. She and her husband enjoyed rodeos, and made 10 trips to the national finals in Las Vegas. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, the La Grande Country Club, Rotary and Union County Ambassadors. Her family says she was a loving and generous person. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Jack C. and Cathie Saunders of Weiser, Grant Timothy and Debbie Saunders of...

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Kovach, Florian Michael – Obituary

Dr. Florian Michael “Jeff” Kovach, 87, of La Grande, died Oct. 12 at a local care center. A celebration of life will be planned for sometime in the spring. The announcement will be published later. He was born on July 3, 1920, to Michael and Elizabeth (Farkas) Kovach in Tacoma, Wash. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in veterinary medicine and served with the Air Force in Korea. In 1946 he moved to the Grande Ronde Valley as the county’s first professional veterinarian and opened the Animal Health Center on Island City strip. On Aug. 30, 1948, he married Ruthe Dusenberry from Halsey in La Grande, initially living above the original clinic. He took care of large and small animals throughout the county, and was known by many. He later built a new clinic in Island City proper and loved his work there. He retired in 1987. In retirement, he enjoyed gardening and spent many hours growing a large garden and lots of flowers. He enjoyed fishing, especially with his pals, Joe Fredricks, Dick Crawford and many others. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthe Kovach. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Florian Michael Kovach Jr. of Florida, Peter Anthony and his wife, Rebecca Kovach, of Eugene, Rebecca Jo and her husband, Mark Sullivan, of La Grande and Nicholas Lee and his wife,...

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Morefield, William Reecer – Obituary

Services for William R. Morefield will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Piper Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Wade LeRoy officiating. Burial in Tacoma Cemetery. Evening hours until 8:30 p.m., Friday. Tacoma News Tribune, June 6, 1968 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fix, Stella F. Hall – Obituary

Mrs. Stella F. Fix, 93, of 112 S. 36th St., Tacoma, died in a local hospital Wednesday [February 12]. She was born in Battle Ground, and had lived in this area all her life. She is survived by a son-in-law, Fred Ferritti of Tacoma; and a cousin, Bill Burt of Portland. Services are announced by Orting Funeral Home. [Interment Orting Cemetery] Tacoma News Tribune, February 14, 1969 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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Lee, Robert Edward – Obituary

Robert Edward (Bob) Lee, manager of the Tacoma office of the General Electric Company and prominent in business, civic, and sports circles, died late Wednesday night [October 23, 1940] at his home, 825 North Yakima Avenue, of a heart attack. He appeared to be in good health during the afternoon and ate a hearty dinner Wednesday night. Following dinner, he sat down in his living room and fell into a sleep from which he never awakened. He had been at his office as usual Wednesday. About three years ago he suffered a slight stroke, from which he seemed to have almost completely recovered. Only a few weeks ago he took a 500 mile trip into the Cariboo District for hunting with Ralph Scott, President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Les Jensen, an engineer of the Star Iron & Steel Company. Lee was said to be the only person holding a position of his importance in the General Electric organization who was not a college graduate. From boyhood he had a genius in mechanical and electrical matters. When he finished high school in his native town of Orting, he went to work for the Puget Sound Power & Light Company. He was only a youth when he was made a foreman. Boys who grew up with him in Orting 40 years ago say they rarely ever saw...

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Lee, Mary O’Conner O’Farrell – Obituary

This community was saddened on Christmas day when the news reached here of the passing of Mrs. Mary C. Lee [December 25, 1926], at the home of her son in Tacoma. She had made her home for the past few years with her son Daniel. Mrs. Lee was born in Ireland and spent her early life in Melbourne, Australia, being married in New Zealand. In September she met with an accident and broke a hip and since that time had been confined to her home and with her advanced age, she soon grew weaker, quietly passing in the great beyond, at the age of 88 years. Thus passes another and we might say the last of the early settlers of the upper Puyallup Valley. There were only four families in this section when the deceased came with her husband to settle here. And since that time she has made her home in and near Orting. The memory of this pioneer cannot be honored too highly. For it was from hardships endured by her kind that the present cities and towns have evolved. Mrs. Lee was a true character of pioneer days. Always faithful and kind, and one whose greatest quality was in making and holding her friends. Her slipping quietly into the great unknown, takes from our midst a personage beloved by all. She gave to the Northwest the...

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Hardesty, Noah – Obituary

Noah M. Hardesty, 84, of 2509 ½ S. 13th St., died Wednesday [March 28, 1968] in a local hospital. He was born in Spokane and had lived in Tacoma seven years. He was a retired plumber. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Joe Lyons of Tacoma; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday under the direction of Cassedy and Allen Mortuary. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Zelten, Bessie Pedersen – Obituary

Mrs. Walter Zelten, 77, of 1001 E. 32nd St., died Wednesday [February 4, 1981]. Mrs. Zelten was born in Ellensburg and moved to Tacoma in 1942. Survivors include a son, Walter, Jr. of Tacoma; a daughter, Mrs. Irene Aylett of Tacoma; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Henry of Tigard, Ore., and Mrs. Louise Durland of Portland; four grandchildren and a great grandchild. Buckley-King at Brookside is in charge. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Zelten, Walter Jr. – Obituary

Walt was born in Akron, OH on Feb. 5, 1930 to Bessie and Walt Zelten Sr. and passed away on May 26, 1997. Along with his family at age 12, he moved to the Tacoma area in the summer of 1942. He completed his elementary education in Akron, and attended Gault Jr. High and Lincoln High School here in Tacoma. After school, he was stationed in Korea with the Army during that war. He was a lifetime member with the Ray C. Roberts VFW Post #969. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Swayze, Wesley – Obituary

Wesley Swayze, 66, for some years a resident of Tacoma and living on South L Street, did Saturday [August 9, 1930] at Hamilton, Canada, where he had gone on a visit. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Flora Duffy of Tacoma and a daughter, Mrs. Karl Smith of Muroc, Cal.; sons, Dee of Portland, Roy of San Diego and Hubert of Alaska, and four grandchildren. Mr. Swayze was a floor man in a garage in Tacoma for some time, and was a member of the IOOF in Hamilton. His body will reach the Lynn mortuary Monday and the funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Trinity Methodist Church, Rev. O. J. Beadles officiating; burial in Tacoma Cemetery under the direction of Lynn. Contributed by: Shelli...

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