Location: Vancouver Washington

Odell, Gladys Louise Linn – Obituary

Funeral for Gladys Louise Odell, who resided at 6962 NE Morris St., will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham. Private interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Odell died Thursday [December 1] after a long illness. She was 66. Her early school years were spent at Salem School for the Deaf and the Vancouver, Wash., School for the Deaf. She was born Aug. 2, 1911, in Estacada. She married Ralph Odell in 1941 and spent most of her adult life in the Sandy community. She was a member of Lutheran Church for the Deaf. Surviving are her husband, Ralph, Portland and a brother, Orville Linn, Molalla. Sunday Oregonian, December 4, 1977 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Dixon, Elwood J. – Obituary

Resident Here Since 1882, Former Mail Carrier Dies Sunday. Death came to another pioneer resident of the Kittitas valley here Sunday when Elwood J. Dixon, 82, died at the Ellensburg General hospital following a major operation [died May 9, 1937]. A resident of this valley since 1882, and one of the earliest rural mail carriers here, Mr. Dixon was widely known throughout this section. He was born in Fulton County, Illinois, on October 3, 1854 and came west to Vancouver, W., with his parents [John Wesley Dixon and Sarah E. Smith] when he was 24 years old. The family came to Ellensburg 55 years ago and he spent the rest of his life in this valley. He spent the greater part of his life as a farmer. Later he carried mail on rural route No. 2. After retirement from the service he became night watchman at the Ortman Lumber company and at the Cabin Creek mill. He was a member of the Methodist church from early young manhood, transferring to the Baptist church a quarter of a century ago. He is survived by his widow, Melinda Bannister Dixon, to whom he was married on December 18, 1890, and by a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Erickson. A son, Elmer H. Dixon, preceded him in death last August and another son, Newell, died in infancy. Also surviving are a granddaughter, Lois Erickson,...

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McEwen, Sarah Agnes Banister – Obituary

Following a long illness, Mrs. Sarah Agnes McEwen, age 91, died early Saturday morning, Jan. 27, 1962, in the Ellensburg General Hospital. Mrs. McEwen was born March 28, 1870 in Clark County near Vancouver, Wash., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel N. Banister [mother was Martha Dixon]. When she was a small child, the Banister family first came to the Kittitas Valley. They spent one winter here, then moved to Walla Walla because of the Indiana scare. In the fall of 1884 they returned here to make a permanent home. Sarah Banister was married Jan. 3, 1884 to James William McEwen. They were engaged in farming until 1908 when they moved into Ellensburg. Mr. McEwen has lived in the family home at 306 South Sampson, for the past 53 years. At the time of her death she was the oldest living member of the First Baptist Church in Ellensburg, having united with the church in January 1902. Survivors include two daughters, Miss Cora B. McEwen and Mrs. Martha Jordin, both of Ellensburg; two granddaughters, six great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Melinda Dixon of Ellensburg and Mrs. Belle Lewis of Wenatchee, several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Elwood Marvin officiating. Interment will be in the IOOF...

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McEwen, Martha Grewell – Obituary

Old Pioneer of Valley dies at Toppenish. Mrs. Martha McEwen passes away after lingering illness of several months. Mrs. Martha Grewell McEwen, an old pioneer of this vicinity, passed away at Toppenish Sunday morning at 7 o’clock after a lingering illness which confined her to her bed for the past several months [died December 22, 1918] Mrs. McEwen was born February 22, 1860, in Iowa, and three years later crossed the prairies in an ox team with her parents, settling at Vancouver, Wash. When she was 13 years old she moved to this vicinity where she has since made her home and where she has many friends. She was married in 1877 to Harvey McEwen, by whom she is survived. She has been a staunch member of the Christian Congregational church practically all her life In addition to her husband she is survived by eight children. Four sons, Ed, Ernest, Clarence and Carl, all living at Toppenish, and a fifth son, Oscar, resides here [Ellensburg]. Two daughters, Mrs. Iva McElhinney, is of Seattle. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. William Taylor of Ellensburg and Mrs. Belle Little of Mabton; one brother, Clayton Grewell of White Bluffs, Wash., and three grandchildren, besides many other relatives All of her children will be present for the funeral, but it is not known whether the brother and sister who live out...

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Wood, James Leland – Obituary

Vancouver, Washington James LeLand wood, a carpenter and 12-year resident of the Vancouver area, died Friday, November 29, 1985, he was 59. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel with Rev. James Finkbeiner officiating. Private burial will be in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Wood was born August 21, 1926, in Wallowa, Oregon. He last lived at 1913 Leichner Road He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War and attended the Methodist church. He is survived by his mother, Clara Finstad of Port Lavaca, Texas; two sons, Jordan of Maupin, Oregon, and Landon of Redmond, Oregon; two daughters, Wendy Buchheit of McMinnville, Oregon, and Tracey Senter of Denver, Colorado; two sisters, Lavonne Burgess of Port Lavaca, Texas and Marjorie Williams of Bullhead City, Arizona and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Clark County, Suite D, McMaster House, 316 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, 98663. Source: The Columbian, Vancouver, Clark County, Washington Transcibed by: Gerald...

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Humphreys, Sarah Lulu Odell – Obituary

Humphreys, Sarah L.-Age 80, November 5, 1962 of Vancouver, Wash. Born November 5, 1882 at Dayton, Ore. Lived in Vancouver since 1948. Resided at 1012 West Twenty-first St. Formerly of California and member of a pioneer family of Willamette Valley in Oregon. Son Norman Humphreys, Vancouver, Wash.; Daughter, Lois M. Humphreys, Vancouver, Wash. There are two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Brother, Albert L. Odell, Portland, Ore. Funeral services at 3 p.m., Thursday, November 8 at the Vancouver Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Edward Hastings officiating. Vault interment in Brush Prairie Cemetery. Vancouver Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Allstead, John Elton – Obituary

John Elton Allstead, 60, died at his home on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, in Vancouver, Wash. John is the son of the late John Dudley Allstead and Daisey Bell Davidson Allstead. A memorial service will be held in July 2006, date to be announced. Those wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of John may do so to the ALS foundation, VFW Post 7847 or the Halfway/Oxbow Ambulance Service through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, December, 2005 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Fisher, James K. – Obituary

James K. Fisher, 71, a former Haines resident, died Friday, August 19, 1983, in a Portland Hospital. His graveside funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Haines Cemetery. The Rev. Don Carpenter of the Haines Baptist Church will officiate. Mr. Fisher was born November 14, 1911, in Haines to Calvin and Lena Maxwell Fisher. He grew up on the family farm near Haines. He attended school in Haines and Muddy Creek High School. He left Haines in 1936 and had been living in Vancouver, Washington for the past 14 years. Survivors include his wife, Louise of Vancouver, Washington; two daughters, Darlene Johannsen of Fort Collins, Colorado and Jaxine Britton of Sacramento, California; a son, Michael of Ridgefield, Washington; a brother John of Haines; a sister Elizabeth Rhodes of New Hampshire; six grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Heart Association through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel. The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, August, 1983 Contributed by: Belva...

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Davis, Darnell – Obituary

Baker City, Baker County, Oregon Darnell Davis, 54, of Huntington, died July 8, 2005, at his home. His memorial service will be scheduled later at Vancouver, Wash. Darnell Davis was born on April 10, 1951, at Fort Towson, Okla. He was raised and educated in Oklahoma. He started working outside of the home at the age of 13 to help support his family. Darnell was awarded a football scholarship and attended college in Oklahoma. Earning his degree, he joined the U.S. Navy, completing his tour of duty in 1974. After serving in the Navy, Darnell began driving truck in Oklahoma. He continued driving when he moved to Vancouver, Wash. He met his future wife, Katherine, in 1990; they were married at Vancouver in 1994. They bought their home at Huntington just this last year. Darnell loved to go fishing for any type of fish. He enjoyed collecting tools, even though he didn’t know how to use them. Darnell welcomed the opportunity to bring his nephews into his home and enjoyed being a part of their raising. He enjoyed teasing. Whether you knew it or not, you might be the brunt of the tease and he enjoyed every minute of it. Darnell had a heart of gold; he’d help anyone and give the shirt off of his back if it was needed. Survivors include his wife, Katherine; nephews, Robert and...

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Miller, Odetta F. Jacobs Patterson Mrs. – Obituary

Odetta F. Miller, 78, a lifetime Baker City resident, died May 14, 2005, at her home of natural causes. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mr. Larry Albert will conduct the service. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be fro 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Odetta was born on June 12, 1926, at Baker City to Howard and Goldie Jacobs. Her best childhood memories included living on the homestead out at Five Mile (Lookout Mountain). She spent most of her time with her father. He gathered mustangs and broke them to use for the summer. Her mother would have to take a shovel to the berry patch to kill rattlesnakes before she could pick the berries. In addition to “a life of hard-knocks education,” she attended public school in Baker City, as well as Baker Business College. She continued her education to get her private investigators license. She received her certified nursing assistant training at St. Elizabeth Hospital in the mid 1970s. During World War II, Odetta played her guitar, yodeled and sang on the local radio station KBKR. She also worked at the Vancouver, Wash., shipyard with her sister, Edna. Odetta married William Patterson in 1944. They had two children, Willy and Odett. Then on June 26, 1950, she married Frank...

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Smelcer, Lawrence J. – Obituary

Lawrence J. Smelcer, 97, a lifelong Pine Valley resident, died Jan. 1, 2005, at his winter home in Yuma, Ariz. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church. Lawrence was born on Aug. 4, 1907, in the Panhandle of Baker County to Marion X. and Milda Schmidt Smelcer. He was raised in Pine Valley and attended Pine Town grade school and Halfway High School. He married Dorothy Romine on June 1, 1931, at Vancouver, Wash. They were married for 72 years. They bought and sold many ranches in the area, settling in their home place in 1941 where he continued to make his home in the summer. Lawrence always wanted a winter home in Yuma and spent the last 30 winters enjoying the warmer weather. He never met a stranger. He loved to socialize and to go out to dinner. He enjoyed visiting with his neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; his brother, Leroy; sisters, Vyril Agen and Letha Hubbel; and a grandson, Ray. Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Ben and Dortha Smelcer of Halfway, and Dean and Margaret Smelcer of Emmett, Idaho; a daughter and son-in-law, Pam...

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Hayes, Connie Rae DuPree Mrs. – Obituary

Connie Rae Hayes, 46, of Durkee, May 26, 2005, at her home. Her graveside service will be at 9 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. MDT) Wednesday at the Cambridge Cemetery in Cambridge, Idaho. There will be a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. PDT at the Durkee Grange Hall in Durkee. Connie was born on Aug. 5, 1958, at Council, Idaho, to Don Howard and Lois Lawson DuPree. She was educated at Council, New Meadows and Kooskie, Idaho. When she was 9, the family moved to Seattle, Wash., and then to Vancouver, Wash., where Connie remained for several years. Connie had worked as a waitress, worked in nursing homes and was a bingo caller at the Moose Lodge, which she really enjoyed. At the age of 20, Connie had twin girls, Amie and Kassie. Four years later, she had a son Adam. She moved to Virginia Beach for a short time, returning to Cambridge, Idaho, to be near her family. Connie met her husband, Gary, on a blind date, having dinner at the Yacht Club in McCall, Idaho. They immediately clicked and were married on May 22, 1997 at Baker City. After their marriage, they traveled following Gary’s work in construction. They returned to Durkee in September 1998 where Connie worked at the Wagon Wheel cafe and as a postal clerk in Durkee. Connie loved to play bingo and...

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Knoblauch, William “Bill” – Obituary

Richland, Oregon William “Bill” Knoblauch, 89, a longtime Richland resident, died Dec. 21, 2004, at Baker City. His funeral was Dec. 27 at Richland. Interment was at Eagle Valley Cemetery. Bill was born March 11, 1915, at Portland to Paul and Mary Elizabeth Knoblauch. He grew up in Richland on the family ranch. He attended school in Richland and after graduation he attended the Gem State Academy in Caldwell, Idaho. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Veda Ewing, on June 5, 1935, in Caldwell. They made their home on the family ranch in Richland. During World War II Bill worked as a welder in the Vancouver, Wash., shipyards. Bill was an avoid reader and sports fan. He loved his home and family. In 2001 Bill and Veda left the family home in Richland and moved to Baker City. Bill is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Veda; their children, Carleton and Anne Knoblauch of New Orleans, Sharla Stevens and her husband, Wayne, of Oldtown, Idaho; grandchildren, Ronda Stevenson and Carol Peterson, both of Baker City, Dennis Knoblauch and his wife, Cheryl, of New Orleans, and Cathy Knoblauch of New Orleans; great-grandchildren, Sami Garrett and her husband, Justin, Bo Stevenson, Cody Peterson and Landon Peterson, all of Baker City; a special niece, Iva; and a nephew, Harvey. Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Eagle Valley...

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Bukowiec-Crow-Woolf, Travis – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Travis Lane Bukowiec-Crow-Woolf, 25, of Halfway, died Oct. 4, 2004, as the result of a one-vehicle accident near Halfway. His funeral was Friday at Pine Valley Presbyterian Church in Halfway. Travis was born on Dec. 14, 1978, at Portland. He was raised in Vancouver, Wash., and was a graduate of Brush Prairie High School. Travis loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. He enjoyed drawing, hunting, fishing, old cars and just goofing off. He had recently remade his home in Halfway. Travis had two favorite sayings, “posse up” and “we’re burnin’ daylight. Survivors include his parents , Daryl and Elaine Woolf; grandparents, Jack and Joyce Woolf; brothers, Jerrod Crow and his wife, Angie, Joseph Bukowiec and his wife, Melissa, Rickie Woolf and Robbie Woolf; sisters, Katherine Woolf, Billie Brown, Debbie Woolf, Kimberly Brock, Bobbi Jo Kubo and Ginger Selness; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; one great- nephew, Justin; and his faithful companion, his dog “Patch.” He was preceded in death by his uncle, Larry Guniter; and his brother, Albert Woolf. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or the National Wildlife Foundation through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 15, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Deiter, Eugene “Gene” – Obituary

Eugene “Gene” Deiter, 66, died June 18, 2004, at his daughter’s home in Vancouver, Wash. He had been ill for the last few years. There will be a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 349 South Egan in Vancouver, Wash. Gene was born on Oct. 17, 1937, at Rifle, Colo., to Edwin and Pearl Nichols Deiter. He attended grammar school in Colorado until 1949, when the family moved to Burns, where he continued his education. When he was 17, he joined the military and served during the Korean War. During his military service, he married Elaine Williams in 1955. Later, they divorced. In 1974, he married Joann Kennedy. They had two children, Rose and Tracy. For 19 years he was employed by Edward Hines Lumber Co. Gene enjoyed gardening, working, traveling and talking with people. Survivors include his wife, Joann of St. Helens; mother, Pearl Deiter of Burns; brothers and sisters, Lana and Bob Barber and Vivian and Brent Drury of Hines and Dennis and Novell Deiter of Burns; children, Albert Deiter of Burns, Kelly and Ray Gregg of Redmond, Danny and Lou Ann Deiter of Burns, and Rose Quigley and Tracy Deiter of Vancouver, Wash.; stepsons, Joseph Fox and Jason Tryon of Vancouver, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his...

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