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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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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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Church, Dorlinski (Dolly) – Obituary

“Family notes Dorlinski (Dolly) Church” Union County Died in Vancouver, Washington, Friday, January 25, 1952, Mrs. Dorlinski (Dolly) Church, age 91 years, 1 month, and 1 day. Dolly Post was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Post, who crossed the plains from Illinois to Oregon in 1852, settling in the Willamette Valley where Dolly was born December 24, 1860. In 1867 her family moved to Pyles Canyon near Union, Oregon living there several years then moving on to Whitman County, Washington. Dolly was united in marriage to Manuel G. Church on September 15, 1889. She is survived by her four children, Guy V. Church of Baker, Oregon, Mrs. Abbie Braden of Portland, Mrs. Eathel Hopson and Mrs. Bessie Hoon both of Dayton, Washington, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Undated newspaper clipping “Dorlinski Church Dies at 91” Baker, Baker Co., Oregon Dorlinski (Dolly) Church, 91, died in Vancouver, Wash., Friday. Mrs. Church was born Dec. 24, 1860 in the Willamette valley. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Post, who crossed the plains from Illinois to Oregon in 1852, settling in the Willamette valley. In 1867 she moved to Pyles canyon near Union, living there several years and then moving to Whitman county, Wash. She was married to Manuel G. Church on Sept. 15, 1889. She is survived by four children, Guy V. Church of Baker; Mrs....

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Gray, Nellie Frances – Obituary

Nellie Frances Gray, 91, formerly of Union County, died Tuesday, May 25, 1993, of natural causes in Spanaway, Wash. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at Unger Funeral Chapel in Silverton. Interment will follow in Belle Passi Mausoleum in Woodburn. Mrs. Gray was born Sept. 25, 1901, in Lenox County, Iowa, to George Washington and Alice Mae Wiley Lemon. The family moved to Lynden, Wash., when she was very young. Her father died there when she was six, and her mother moved the family to Union, where she received her education. She married Ernest Merrell Gray on May 28, 1921, at the home of Dillie and the late Eugene Millering of La Grande. She was appointed post-mistress of Alicel in November 1933 and resigned in August 1939. She and her husband farmed for many years in Lower Cove, and owned and operated laundries in Salem and Vancouver, Wash. In 1956 they moved to Santa Clara, Calif., where she worked at Santa Clara University until she retired in 1968. In 1971 they returned to Woodburn, where they lived until her husband’s death on Dec. 31, 1987. Survivors include her daughters Muriel Ellis of Boise and Darlene O’Mohundro of Silverton; sister Flossie Green of Bend; grandsons T. J. Calvin of Priest River, Idaho and Nathan Calvin of Boise, Idaho; granddaughters Frances King of Silverton, Erna Jacobsen of Roy, Wash., and...

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Gray, Elton Hughes – Obituary

E. Hughes Gray, a former resident of Union County, died Thursday, Dec. 24, in Vancouver, Washington. He was born in Lower Cove, the youngest son of George M. and Mary Miller Gray. He was a graduate of La Grande High School. He is survived by his wife, Etta; one son, Milton Gray of Los Angeles and one daughter, Sandra of San Diego; one brother, Ernest M. Gray of Woodburn, Ore.; two sisters, Eudelle Olson and Othella Purvine, both of Milwaukie, Ore.; many cousins in this area and one aunt, Mrs. Eugene Millering of La Grande. Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Vancouver. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Monday, December 28, 1981 Page...

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Hearing, Ross Ellwood – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon La Grande 1921-2000 Ross E. Hearing, 78, of La Grande, died April 23. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum with the Rev. Norm Shrumm of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Following the service, Mrs. Hearing’s friends and family will honor him at a luncheon at noon at Hoke Hall room 309 on the Eastern Oregon University campus. Viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Mr. Hearing was born Sept. 6, 1921, to Merle and Alma McCullough Hearing in Wallowa. He graduated from La Grande High School in 1939 and magna cum laude from Eastern Oregon University in 1947 where he was president of the student body. He served in Africa and Italy during World War II before attending graduate school at the University of Oregon. Mr. Hearing married Mary Ingle in 1948 in La Grande. The couple divorced, and he married Vera Wetzel on Sept. 5, 1975, in Newport. Mr. Hearing taught school in Vancouver, Wash., before graduating from Lewis and Clark School of Law in 1951. He received the degree of Juris Doctor in 1970 and was elected to the Board of Overseers at Lewis and Clark College. He practiced law for 33 years in La Grande, presided as municipal judge from 1952 to...

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Wells, John – Obituary

LaGrande has had a full share of accidents during the year past. The last is the accident by which one of our oldest and most prominent citizens, Mr. John Wells met his death. For twenty years Mr. Wells has been hauling wood from his mountain ranch into town and had never met with an accident. Last Friday morning he went to the mountains as usual for a load of wood taking with him a China man whom he had employed. The road was frozen so that although the wagon was rough locked, in coming down the mountain there was danger of its sliding off the grade. He had a new horse, for which he had recently traded and which, not being accustomed to mountain work, became excited and in some manner stepped into the stretchers of the leaders, thus becoming so entangled as to render it impossible for Mr. Wells to control the team. He jumped from the wagon to the upper side of the grade, but the ground being frozen and slippery and having nothing to hold to, he sliped back and fell between the wheels and the hind wheels of the wagon passed over his body about the waist, breaking his back and rendering him unconscious and insensible to pain almost immediately. He died about an hour after the accident. Mr. Wells was a native of Ohio,...

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Wilkinson, Virginia – Obituary

Mary Virginia Wilkinson, age 52 years, wife of Andrew Wilkinson, died at her home in North Union at 11 p.m. Thursday, March 27, after a short illness. Mrs. Wilkinson was the mother of Mrs. Jas. Webb, of Union, Mrs. Clara Lee of Baker, and E. E. Wilkinson of Nicola, B.C., and has been a resident of this section for many years. The funeral will be held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. from the residence. The funeral of Mary Virginia Wilkinson, took place Sunday last at 1:30 p. m., as announced in the Republican, and was largely attended. Mary Virginia Lamere was born March 5, 1864, in Sacramento, California. Left motherless in her early childhood, she and her only brother, D. P. Lamere, were placed in the convent at Vancouver, Washington, where they remained eight years. The little family then came to Union county, Oregon, in the fall of 1872, settling in High Valley. She was married to Andrew Wilkinson October 21, 1876. To this union three children were born-Nora, Edward and Clara, all of whom, with the husband and brother, survive her. Mr. and Mrs. Wilkinson lived continuously in High Valley until 1908, when they rented the old home place, moved to Union and built a comfortable home. Mrs. Wilkinson was an intense sufferer during her illness, but she bore her suffering with patience, thinking always of others first. Her...

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Thorpe, Frank – Obituary

Graveside funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Summerville cemetery for Frank Thorpe, 79, who died earlier this week at the Pythian Home at Vancouver, Washington, where he had lived the last several years. The service of the Knights of Pythias was used. Mr. Thorpe was born July 7, 1866 at Seymour, Iowa, and came in this locality when a small boy. He was in business here for many years and later moved to his acreage a mile from Alicel on the old Summerville road where he lived until going to Vancouver. The deceased leaves no known surviving relatives unless it be one daughter, whose residence has not been known for many years and friends here have even no knowledge of her identity. The Eastern Oregon Review, December 28, 1945 Contributed by: Holly...

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Polk, Opal Laverne – Obituary

North Powder, Oregon Opal Laverne Polk, 80, of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of North Powder died June 8. Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Polk was born July 15, 1925, to Mary and Jacob Simonis in North Powder. She married Perry Polk who died earlier. Survivors include children and their spouses, Betty and John Sneddon of Vancouver, Linda Sill and her fiance Bob Turkington of Anchorage, Alaska, and David and Margaret Polk of Longview, Wash.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending June 24, 2006, Published, June 26,...

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Polk, Opal Simonis Mrs. – Obituary

Opal Simonis Polk, 80, passed away June 8, 2006, in Vancouver, Wash., where she resided the past 50 years. Opal was born July 15, 1925, in North Powder, Ore., to Mary and Jacob Simonis. She was preceded in death by her husband Perry Polk. She is survived by her children: daughters, Betty Sneddon and husband John of Vancouver, Wash., Linda Sill and fiance Bob Turkington of Anchorage, Alaska; son, David Polk and wife Margaret of Longview, Wash. Also surviving are six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, June, 2006 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Gooderham, Steven Douglas – Obituary

Steven Douglas Gooderham, 62, of Vancouver, Wash., and formerly of La Grande died Oct. 12 at the Veterans Hospital in Portland. A military service was held at the Willamette National Cemetery Oct. 17. Steven was born on May 30, 1945, to Wayne and Lois in La Grande. In 1952 his mother married Alfred Martens and the family moved to Portland. His siblings, Susan, Pam and Bill, were born. The family traveled around Oregon as Alfred helped build the I-84 and I-5 freeways. Steven graduated from Madison High School and joined the Army. He served two of his four years in Germany. Two hours after receiving his discharge papers, his platoon was deployed to Vietnam. Steven married Carol and had two children, Wayne Lee and Wendy Dee. He then married Linda and the couple had William and Wanita. Those who knew him say he was a loving father to his children as they were the love of his life. He learned his love for hunting and fishing from his father, and brother, Mike. Four years ago, COPD caused him to give up his hobbies in the outdoors and the hunting and fishing he loved so much. He had spent much of his lifetime on his boat with many friends and family. During the last 18 months of his life, he lived with his daughter, Wendy, and her partner, Joe, where...

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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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Planting, Allen Arnold – Obituary

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. June 17, 1994, in Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Wash. Disposition will be by cremation. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver. Mr. Planting died of a stroke June 13 in Portland hospital. He was 80. He was born Dec. 31, 1913 in Pendleton. Before his retirement he was a shipping clerk for Crane Plumbing Co. in Portland. He had lived in Vancouver since 1929. Survivors include his wife, Leone; daughters, Ann Bates, Ruth Sundheim and Kay Planting, all of Seattle; sister, Goldie Vice of Vancouver; and one granddaughter. Remembrances: Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund, 309 W. 39th St., Vancouver, Wash. 98660. Arrangements: Vancouver Funeral Chapel. [Allen was the son of Alrik Arnold Planting and Hilma Korpela.] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bowman, Laura Evalena Stickler – Obituary

Mrs. O. P. Bowman, long time resident of Umatilla county, died on Sunday morning [August 31, 1930] at 7:00 at St. Anthony’s hospital after an illness of three weeks. Mrs. Bowman was 62 years of age, being born in Winterset, Madison County, Iowa, on January 20, 1868. She crossed the plains at the age of 15 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Stickler. The family settled in Vancouver, Washington, later moving to Pendleton. She was married to Mr. Bowman on April 26, 1891 in Vancouver, WA. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Roy, Oscar, Hugh, Kenneth, and Robert Bowman, Florence Windsor, Leona Moser, Mildred Crow and 17 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. J. W. Ingram, Pendleton, Mr. C. C. Anderson, Pendleton, and Mrs. W. W. Abbott of Portland; two brothers, Fred Stickler and Edgar Stickler of Pendleton. Funeral services will be held from the Folsom Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at two o’clock, with interment in Olney Cemetery. Pall bearers will be Frank Gritman, John Dunning, Frank Frazier, Earl Gillanders, Bill Patton and Henry Schwartz. Contributed by: Shelli...

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