Location: West Linn Oregon

Becker, Vernon – Obituary

Enterprise, Oregon Vernon Becker, 83, passed away Jan. 3 at a nursing home in West Linn. Becker was born Sept. 15, 1921 in Calhoun County, Ill., and moved to the Northwest after his years in the Navy. Becker was a resident of Wallowa County for 35 years. He was active in Wallowa County Search and Rescue and in various horse clubs. In his retirement he and his wife traveled extensively through the United States, Alaska and Canada. Becker is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary, daughters Mickey and Theresa, 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers. He was preceded in death by his daughters Shirley and Marilynn and his son Danny. There will be no service. A private internment will be at Redland Cemetery in Oregon City. Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise, Oregon, Thursday, January 13,...

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Butler, Georgia LaVella – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Georgia LaVelle Butler, 95, of La Grande died Sept. 11 at Jody’s Country Care in La Grande. A celebration of life will be held on at 2 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in La Grande. A graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. She was born in La Grande on Sept. 27, 1910, to Herman and Florence Richey. She grew up in La Grande except for five years when her family lived on a ranch in Cove. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1930. She went to nurses training in 1932 at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, and graduated in 1935. On July 23, 1941, she married Chester W. Butler at Mizpah Presbyterian Church in Portland. During the time he served in WWII she lived in Portland, where she worked in nursing. Chester and LaVelle lived in West Linn after the war until he retired. They moved to Alicel in 1973. Chester preceded her in death in 1997. LaVelle lived in Aurora for two years, then Vancouver, Wash., while recovering from a broken hip. She returned to La Grande in June 2000. Wherever she lived, she met the needs of others through meals either in her home or at her church. She was an active member of the...

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Bigley, William Clive ‘Bill’ – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon William Clive Bigley, 86, of Baker City, died July 30, 2002, at his home. His memorial service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Pastor Aaron Oglesbee of the Agape Christian Center in Baker City will officiate. Mr. Bigley was born Dec. 23, 1915, to Clyde and Fern (Swan) Bigley. He was raised in and received his schooling in West Linn. He moved to Baker City in 1933. On Jan. 21, 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 30, 1945. On Nov. 30, 1946, he married Billie Rae Sievers in La Grande. He worked as a ranch hand, seaman and lumberman during his life. He was a loving husband and father. An avid fisherman, he enjoyed spending time fishing for crappie on the Snake River. He is survived by his wife, Billie, of Baker City; a daughter, Bunny Bigley of Hubbard; daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Don Copeland of Stevensville, Mont., and Beth and Dave Yeaton of Baker City; sons and daughters-in-law, Dick and Gladys Bigley of St. Johns, Ore., and Clyde and Georgy Bigley of Pueblo, Colo.; a sister, Marcella Anderson of Juneau, Alaska; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Bigley was preceded in death by his parents, two...

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