Location: Tillamook County OR

Obituary of L. Virgil Chadwick

L. Virgil Chadwick, the son of Lynn James Chadwick and Georganna Miller Chadwick, was born on Nov. 3, 1920 at Hot Lake and died on Jan. 24, 1999 at the age of 78. Virgil grew up and attended school in Cove. After graduating from high school in 1938, he went to work on his cousin’s wheat farm. He later enlisted in the Unites States Army Air Corp for World War II and flew a number of missions into Europe. After his discharge from the service he returned to Cove and went back to work on the wheat farm. He then did some driving for the local oil company before driving log truck. He was united marriage to Orella Holloway Holmes on June 15, 1947 in Vancouver, Wash. Virgil and his family moved to Tillamook in 1952 where they leased a farm on the Wilson River tideland. In 1957, they purchased their own farm on Fairview Road, which they operated until they sold and retired in 1989. Virgil was active in the Tillamook County Farm Bureau as well as the State Farm Bureau for many years. He served as president of the Tillamook County Creamery Association for three years as well as several years as a director. He was a member of the Tillamook United Methodist Church, the Fairview Grange, Eagle Cap Post No. 4307 V. F. W., the Tillamook...

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Biography of Hon. Peter G. Stewart

HON. PETER G. STEWART. – Peter Grant Stewart was born on the 6th of September, 1809, in Stanford, Delaware County, New York. When eight years of age he moved to Jefferson, Scohane County, where he received a common-school education, and learned the trade of a watchmaker. He followed the occupation of watchmaker and jeweler in Middlebury until the spring of 1838, when, with a selected stock of watches, jewelry, etc., he started for the West, going by way of Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Toledo and Fort Wayne to Mount Vernon, Indiana, and from there to Morganfield, Union County, Kentucky, where he located, working at his trade until fall. From Morganfield he traveled down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, stopping at the principal points for the purpose of trade, arriving in due time at New Orleans. From there his route took him to Mobile, Mariawa, Jackson County, Florida, Columbus, Georgia, Clarksville and Pendleton, South Carolina. There he was taken sick, and returned to New York. Having recovered his health, in January, 1840, he went to Kentucky, and in the spring to Springfield, Missouri. On the 1st of September, 1842, he was married to Miss Rebecca R. Cason. During the year 1842 he was appointed brigade paymaster by General Smith. Having made the necessary preparations during the winter, on or about the 17th of April, 1843, he left Springfield, Missouri, in company...

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Fisher, H. S. – Obituary

“Fall Is Fatal To H.S. Fisher” While helping wreck box cars at the East Oregon lumber yard Saturday, H.S. Fisher fell to the ground. He struck the back of his head on a flat car and fractured his skull and suffered other severe bruises and was taken to the hospital unconsciousness and passed away late Monday night. Funeral services were held at the Booth chapel yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H.G. Luscombe of the Methodist church and burial was in the Wallowa cemetery. Hiram Sloan Fisher was born at Tillamook, March 3, 1865, and was a son of D.C. Fisher, a native Oregonian who was near the top of the list of native sons. The family lived at Myrtle Creek a time and then came into Wallowa valley in 1874, making them among the half dozen first residents of the district which is now Wallowa county. Mr. Fisher, the father, bought the place later known was the Andy Harris home, on Wallowa river near the city of Wallowa, and lived there for about a year. Then he abandoned it and the family went to Union county where they remained many years. Hiram Fisher was married at Cove, Feb. 19, 1888, to Emma Rundall. They came to Wallowa county in 1909 and lived in Leap and then moved to the valley and made their home at or near Lostine some...

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Fisher, J.H. – Obituary

James Harvey Fisher was born Jan. 12, 1864, the son of David and Nancy Jane Fisher, at Tillamook, Oregon, and passed away Nov. 6, 1947, at the age of 83 years, 10 months. Mr. Fisher had been in failing health for two years and had been bedfast for 14 months. He was united in marriage to Hattie Ellen Bloom Aug. 15, 1884, at Cove. To this union were born 11 children. One child passed away in infancy. Surviving are sons; Frank of Joseph, Bruce of Enterprise, Ira of Milton, Harry of Spokane, Willie of Salem; daughters, Mrs. John Stein, Mrs. W.M. Downing and Mrs. Frank Downing of Enterprise, Mrs. W.R. Freudenberg and Mrs. Julius Aleson of Joseph; also 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. Belle Buisck of Union, also survive. Mr. Fisher’s mother passed away when he was nine years old. He and his father and brother, Hyram, came to Wallowa county in the fall of 1875, spending the winter at the mouth of Whiskey Creek. They returned to Myrtle Creek the following summer, coming back to Union county in 1877 where they made their home until coming to Wallowa County in 1899. They lived in the Leap county until 1920 when they moved to Hurricane Creek where they made their home until Mrs. Fisher passed away Dec. 9, 1945. Since then Mr. Fisher had made his...

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Childers, Minnie M. (Bailey) – Obituary

Minnie M. (Bailey) Childers Hermiston – The funeral for Minnie M. Childers will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston with burial to follow at the Hermiston Cemetery. Mrs. Childers, 93, of Hermiston, died Sunday, July 14, 1996 at her home. She was born Feb. 21, 1903, at Tillamook, to John and Elvira Parrish Bailey. She grew up in Wallowa County and lived there until her marriage to Howard B. Childers. The couple moved to Walla Walla. She came to Hermiston in 1953. Mrs. Childers enjoyed playing cards, fishing and quilting. Survivors include her son, H. Jay Childers of Prosser, Wash.; daughter Gay Van Scholack of Hermiston; brother, Walter Bailey of Hermiston; 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Her husband, Howard, parents, two brothers, and one sister preceded her in death. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. East Oregonian, Tuesday, July 16, 1996, Page...

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Storm, Myrtha Lee – Obituary

Myrtha Lee Storm, 79, died Feb. 5, 2008. She was born Oct. 20, 1928, to Jesse William Poulson and Vella Boswell Poulson in Steamboat Springs, Colo. As a young girl, Myrtha and her family moved to Oregon, where she attended a one-room grade school in Imnaha. Some of her high school years were spent at Lincoln High in Portland. She returned to Wallowa County for graduation from Enterprise High in 1946. Myrtha and Robert Storm attended Eastern Oregon College following Bob’s discharge from the Army. They married Dec. 22, 1946. Two children, Carole Lynn and Jon Ervin, were born in Enterprise. The family moved to the Portland area in 1959. Myrtha worked as a bookkeeper while she helped support her husband and children through school. Bob lost his battle with kidney disease in 1981 after nearly 35 years of marriage. While doing the books for Vern Gilbert Agency, Myrtha met her second husband, Vern Gilbert. They married in Maui in 1986. Vern and Myrtha soon became snowbirds in Mesa, Ariz., with a summer home over-looking the Pacific Ocean at Bay City. The loss of her son, Jon, in 1994 devastated Myrtha. She survived by focusing on her grandchildren and other family members. This devoted “Gammy” befriended her grandchildren’s friends as she cheered everyone from the sidelines of their various events. She was a very stylish grandmother in her white...

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Hathaway, R. E. Mrs. – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Mrs. R. E. Hathaway Victim Of Influenza This community was shocked to hear Wednesday morning that Mrs. R. E. Hathaway had died during the night. Death occurred shortly after midnight, following a short illness with what is said to have been flu. Mrs. Irene Hathaway was born in Tillamook, Oregon, September 9, 1906. She moved to North Powder last September. The deceased is survived by her husband; a daughter, Irene Loutcria; a son, Thomas Rudolph and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Lyster of Tillamook. Mrs. Lyster was at her daughter’s bed side at the time of her death. Undertakers of Baker prepared the body for shipment to Portland where the funeral has been set for today. Mrs. Hathaway came to North Powder last year with her husband, he having held a position with the faculty of the local school during the past year. The husband has the sympathy of the community in his loss. North Powder News – Oregon Trail Weekly Friday, May 8, 1931 Transcribed by Charlotte...

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Delaney, Keith – Obituary

Formerly of Union 1934-2004 James Keith Delaney, 69, of Pacific City and formerly of Union died May 24. A memorial service will take place 2 p.m. June 12 at the Central Building, Pacific City. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery. Mr. Delaney was born Oct. 7, 1934, to Roy Eldred and Vennie Florence Brown Delaney in Union. He graduated from Union High School and in 1955 he married Cheryl Sue Forsythe. In 1961 the couple moved to Pacific City, where he worked as a manager of Pacific City Supply and Lumber Co., as a building contractor, commercial fisherman and in retail marketing. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Pacific City Water District. He began a one-penny refund for bottles and cans, which became the basis for the Oregon Bottle Bill. Today many other states have adopted the program that originated in Pacific City. Mr. Delaney volunteered in the Salmon-Trout Enhancement Program and worked under contract with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to control cormorant predation on the Nestucca River. He began several public-safety projects in Pacific City, and checked on beach homes during storms. He was always on the scene to help during floods, and he provided salmon and oysters for Legislative gatherings in Salem, at the Dory Festival and the annual Soil and Water District meeting in Pacific...

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Bodyfelt, Edith – Obituary

La Grande and Union 1913-2004 Edith M. Bodyfelt, 91, of La Grande and formerly of Union, died May 22 at a local care center. A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. June 5 at the Tillamook Odd Fellows’ Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Carter of the Nestucca Valley Presbyterian Church officiating. Mrs. Bodyfelt was born March 30, 1913, to Homer and Nora Marian Cheney in New Plymouth, Idaho. She graduated from Union High School in 1931, and married Guy E. Watts in September of that year in Union. In 1959 the couple moved to Pacific City where they had a restaurant. After her husband’s death in 1965 she worked as a cook and at Lincoln City Hospital as head dietitian. In November 1967 she married Walter Bodyfelt. She enjoyed gardening, travel, looking after children and being with her family. Survivors include children, Marla Williams of Beaverton, Melba Wagner of Imbler, Bob Watts of Tucson, Ariz., and Deanna Robinson of Newberg; stepchildren, Floyd Bodyfelt of Corvallis, Bob and Richard Bodyfelt, both of Portland, George Bodyfelt of Cloverdale and Larry Bodyfelt of Rock Springs, Wyo.; 33 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and other relatives. Her husband, a son, Douglas Watts, two sisters, three brothers and a grandson all died earlier. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or GRH Home Health Care in care of Daniels Chapel of the...

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Harvey, Edna Irene – Obituary

Edna Irene Harvey, 99, of La Grande, died March 19 at home. A service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eternal Hill Cemetery in Oceanside, Calif. Family and friends may sign the guest book online at www.danielsknopp.com . Edna was born Oct. 18, 1908, to Allan and Daisy (Cox) Reeves in Springhill, La. She married Leonard Burr “Buck” Harvey, and they lived in Gresham, Pendleton and Texas. In 1969, they moved to Oceanside. She was active in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Oceanside and with ladies’ organizations. The couple loved working in their yard and always kept it beautiful. Her husband preceded her in death on March 13, 1999. Three years ago, Edna moved to La Grande. Survivors include her daughter, Carol “Joyce” O’Connor of Carlsbad, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Myrna Stertz of La Grande; four grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her sons, Doyle Harvey and Dennis Harvey Sr.; and granddaughter, Judy Aldrich. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 29, 2008 – Published March 26, 2008 Submitted by Dixie...

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Vincent , James Douglas – Obituary

Ukiah, Oregon James “Doug” Douglas Vincent, 73, of Ukiah, died April 7 in Gresham. At his request no services will be held. Burial was at the Ukiah Cemetery. Gresham Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Doug was born Oct. 17, 1934, to Cecil and Ruth (Dawson) Vincent in St. Louis. When Doug was 6, the family moved from Missouri to Tillamook where Doug was raised and educated. At 16, he purchased a log truck and moved to Eastern Oregon where he met and married the love of his life, Patsy Sheff, on Aug. 14, 1955. The couple had five children. Doug logged in Union, Wallowa and Umatilla counties. In 1964, they moved to Alaska where Doug owned and operated Specialized Truck Parts & Service. In 1984 Doug and Patsy moved back to Ukiah, where they opened and operated Dan’s Ukiah Service, a hunters’ travel stop. Doug bred and raised Healer dogs and rabbits. He loved the Ukiah valley and enjoyed caring for the local bird population and engaging in political discussions. Doug is survived by his wife of 52 years in Ukiah; three daughters, Dellena Levan of Wasilla, Alaska, Vonnie Ceja and Terrie Lockwood of Gresham; son, Daniel Vincent of Ukiah; sister, Rosemary Vincent of Boliver, Mo.; brother, John Vincent of Gresham; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Doug was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Allen Vincent...

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Twedt, Terrance Lee – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Terrance “Terry” Lee Twedt, 72, of Pacific City and formerly of La Grande, died at his home April 21 surrounded by family. A life celebration reception will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kiawanda Community Center in Pacific City. Terry was born July 14, 1935, to Irvin and Virgie (Wilson) Twedt in Omaha, Neb. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. In 1961 he married Karin Lee Twedt in Portland. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Oregon State University and worked in management with Boise Cascade in La Grande and Many, La., retiring in 1994. In January 1995, Terry and Karin settled on the Oregon coast in Pacific City where Terry enjoyed photography, walking on the beach, playing cards and taking part in the Kiawanda Community Center activities. Survivors include his wife, Karin; son and daughter-in-law, Ken Twedt and Kendal Shaber of Wexford, Pa.; daughter and son-in-law, JoAnna and Dale Wilson of Payson, Ariz.; five grandchildren; and special care givers, Perry and Ginny Sorenson of Pacific City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kiawanda Community Center in care of Waud’s Funeral Home. La Grande Observer, Obituaries for the week ending April 26,...

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Curtiss, Anna L. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Anna L. Curtiss, 71, of La Grande, died April 17 at home surrounded by her family. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Grandview Cemetery. Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Anna was born Jan. 1, 1937, to John and Gladys (Ratcliffe) Rom in Portland. She was raised and educated in Portland and attended two years of college at Columbia Basin College in Tri-Cities, Wash. She married William Curtiss on Oct. 17, 1955, in Downey, Calif. Anna moved to La Grande from Tri-Cities about nine years ago. She owned and operated an art and craft boutique in Rockaway Beach, and also worked as a waitress and an apartment manager. But those who knew her say her greatest accomplishment was raising her five children and three of her grandchildren. She enjoyed art, music, literature and theater, and was an accomplished oil painter. Her open-door policy with children and teens made her home a safe haven to many who fondly called her Grandma or Grannie. She is survived by her children, Mary DeWeber of Royal, Ark; Debra Kelsay of La Grande; William Curtiss, Jr. of La Grande; and Annette Curtiss of Spokane; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one stepgrandson, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; a daughter, Linda Bacon; and three sisters. In lieu...

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Johnson, Zeb Dee – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Zeb Dee Johnson, 29, formerly of Elgin, died Aug. 23 in Tillamook County. A celebration of life runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Community Center in Elgin. A second service begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Tillamook Cheese Visitor Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Oregon. Cash donations can also be made to Community Bank in Northeast Oregon, to help offset funeral costs. The Observer – Obituaries for the day of August 30, 2008 ______________________________ Zeb Dee Johnson, 29, formerly of Elgin, died Aug. 23 in Tillamook County. A celebration of life will be held from 3-7p.m. Sept. 5 at the community center in Elgin. A second service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Tillamook Cheese Visitor Center. Zeb was born Dec. 14, 1978, to Lanna Dawson and Dick Johnson in Ontario. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1998. His high school accomplishments included president of the Elgin FFA Chapter, high school mascot as well as class president. After high school he followed the foreign exchange students back to Europe and spent the summer exploring the Alps. Upon his return to the states he attended Western Culinary Institute and graduated in 2000. He stayed in Portland and worked at the University Club downtown. His passion for...

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Allen, Rose M. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Rose M. Allen, 97, formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 21 at her home in Bend. Autumn Funerals in Bend is in charge of arrangements. She was born Sept. 30,1912, to John and Barbara Kline in Vancouver, Wash. She married Verne A. Allen May 31, 1941. They moved to La Grande in September 1960. During the next 20 years she worked for several doctors and the Saint Joseph Hospital as a medical transcriptionist. During that time she became involved with the La Grande Country Club. She enjoyed playing golf with her husband and with her female friends. She and Verne were regulars at the Tuesday night golf game and potluck. She also loved to go camping anywhere there was a creek or river. Her other hobbies included reading and crossword puzzles. In June 1989 they moved to Pacific City on the coast. In 2001 she moved to Bend where she remained until her death. She still has friends living in La Grande. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan M. (Allen) and Gary L. Baker; daughter, Ginny Allen of Bend; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; two step-grandsons; four step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Verne A. Allen; son, Chuck Allen; parents, John and Barbara Klein; and 10 brothers and sisters. La Grande Observer – October 30,...

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