Location: Wheeler County OR

Hamblet, June E. – Obituary

Lostine, Oregon June E. Hamblet, 74, died March 24, 2005, at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. She was born June 10, 1930 to Roy and Theo Tatro Cook in Lostine. She grew up and attended school in Wallowa County. Mrs. Hamblet married Harold Hamblet and they lived in Wallowa County for several years, and lived in other locations throughout Oregon, Idaho and Nevada, before settling in a home along the John Day River near Service Creek 13 years ago. Mrs. Hamblet enjoyed music, rodeos, crossword puzzles, fishing, cattle and horses, and mostly enjoyed family gatherings. Survivors include her husband, Harold Hamblet; daughters Judy Volquardsen and her husband Jim of Metaline Falls, Wash., Linda Bristow and her husband John of Ione, and Judy Horton and her husband Warren of Wallowa; son Dwight Ambrose of La Grande; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and brother Robert Cook of Portland. A memorial service will be held April 9 at the Isabel Edwards Hall in Fossil. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice. Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements. Wallowa County Chieftain , Thursday, April 07,...

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Myers, Helen Aletha – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Helen Aletha Myers, 90, of La Grande died Friday Aug. 4 at a local care center. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 12 at the Fossil Baptist Church. A graveside service and interment will follow at the Fossil Masonic Cemetery. Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Myers was born Jan. 8, 1916, to William and Belle Younce Crawford in Franklin, N.C. The family moved to Service Creek, and she graduated from high school in Wheeler County 1934. On June 28, 1938, she married Edgar Mason Myers in Yakima, Wash. They lived in Klamath Falls, then Kinzua where he worked in logging. They later moved to Fossil where they had a ranch. She was honored as Grand Marshall of the Wheeler County Fair Parade in 1990. She enjoyed gardening, embroidery, the outdoors and especially fishing for steelhead. Survivors include three sons and their wives, John and Willie Myers, and Jim and Deannie Myers all of La Grande, and Bob and Linda Myers of Cove; a brother, Bill Crawford of Portland; grandchildren great grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband, two brothers and a sister all died earlier. Memorials may be made to the Fossil Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 467, Fossil 97830. The Observer Online, Obituaries for the week ending Aug. 12, 2006, Published: August 14,...

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Noble, Loretta Susan – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Loretta Susan Noble, 85, of Beaverton and formerly of Cove, died Aug. 2 in Hillsboro. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery. Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. Mrs. Noble was born April 11, 1921, near Cassville, Mo. to George and Lula Stansberry Craft. She attended one year of high school before she began working. During World War II she worked for Boeing in Wichita, Kan. On Sept. 25, 1943, she married Harold Clifton Noble. The family lived in Jenkins, Mo., and in Fossil for two years, before moving to Cove. She was a homemaker and attended Dorcas at Calvary Baptist Church. The couple moved to Beaverton in 2001 to live with their daughter Frances and her husband, Richard Jacklin. She enjoyed quilting, church potlucks, cooking, writing letters, reading and playing Skipbo. Survivors include children and their spouses, Carol June Noble, Frances and Richard Jacklin and Karen Collins, all of Beaverton, Cecil and Lilas Noble of Huntington, Linda and Michael Dow of Hawthorne, Nev., and Patrick and Darra Noble of Aloha; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and other relatives. Her husband; a sister, Norma, and brothers, Lonnie and Johnnie, all died earlier. Memorials may be made to Washington County Hospice in care of Daniels...

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Williamson, John Harold – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon John Harold Williamson John Harold “Jack” Williamson, 70, of La Grande died Feb. 15 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in La Grande. Jack was born May 26, 1936, to Harold and Shirley (Thomas) Williamson in Albany. He graduated from Jewel High School and later from Western Oregon University with a degree in teaching. He married Sandra Allen from Portland Nov. 29, 1958, and they lived in Fossil. In 1960 he enlisted for one term in the Army. He went on to work for NASA in Pasadena, Calif., then did logging in Eastern Oregon and home construction in La Grande. Jack will likely be remembered by community members driving around La Grande in his little blue pickup doing mobile RV repair. He was always happy to consider a new face a friend and eager to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting on mule back and riding ATVs, but a handshake and a hug always brought him the most joy. Survivors include his wife, Sandra of La Grande; children, Annette Lamb of The Dalles and Justin Williamson of Tigard; siblings, Jerry Williamson of Tucson, Ariz., and Bonnie Campbell of Heppner; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church for NoSU in care...

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Myers, John E. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon John E. Myers, 67, died April 13 at his home in La Grande. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Loveland Funeral Chapel, followed by burial at Grandview Cemetery. Mr. Myers was born Aug. 30, 1939, to Edgar and Helen (Crawford) Myers in Klamath Falls. They moved shortly thereafter to Kinzua and then to a small ranch east of Fossil, where John grew up. He attended grade school in Fossil and graduated from Wheeler County High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball, in 1957. After high school John attended Willamette University in Salem and then returned to Fossil to work at Kinzua sawmill. He was then drafted into the Army and stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. After serving his country, John returned to Oregon, working for Ford’s Tire Service in Pendleton and later was transferred to the La Grande store that became Commercial Tire. On Sept. 27, 1968, he married Willie Mae Hefner and has since been a resident of La Grande. He continued to work in the tire business for 32 years, retiring from Commercial Tire in 2001. At the time of his death, he was working for Allen Chase in Hermiston. John was an avid hunter and loved to fish, camp and vacation with his family. He was a devoted father and grandfather. Survivors include his wife, Willie Mae; children...

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Givens, M. LaVelle – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon M. LaVelle Givens, 80, of La Grande and formerly of Baker City, died Oct. 25 in La Grande. At her request there will be no public services. Those who wish may sign the on-line guest book at www.danielsknopp.com. LaVelle was born on May 19, 1927, to Elmer and Ethel (Boyer) Graven in Baker. Her great-grandparents, Thomas and Marietta (Dunn) Boyer, homesteaded in the Grande Ronde Valley in 1864. Her grandfather, Richard Boyer, was born near La Grande in 1873. LaVelle was raised and educated in Hereford where she graduated from high school. She married Jimmie Warren on Dec. 17, 1945, in San Francisco. He died of injuries on April 11, 1946, at the Treasure Island Naval Hospital in San Francisco. LaVelle married John Atkinson on Aug. 16, 1946. They had two sons and a daughter. LaVelle and John lived in Hereford, Austin Junction, Fossil, Baker and La Grande during John’s career with the Oregon Department of Transportation. LaVelle worked at JC Penneys in Baker City, for Dr. Alan Hall and at the Red Barn Market in La Grande. LaVelle and John were divorced in 1972, and LaVelle married Rex Givens on Dec. 15, 1973. LaVelle and Rex lived in Baker City, Payette and Medford where she assisted him with his carpet-cleaning business. LaVelle was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, the Eagles Auxiliary and the Red...

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Delaney, Vennie Florence – Obituary

Union, Oregon Vennie Florence Delaney, 98, of Lewiston and formerly of Union, died Oct. 23 in Lewiston. A graveside service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Union Cemetery. A luncheon and sharing time will follow at the VFW Hall in Union. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. Vennie was born Sept. 7, 1909, to Ray Jordan and Mamie (Riggins) Oliver in Fossil. The family moved to Union where she met Roy Delaney. They married on March 27, 1930. They lived in Union and raised their children there. She cooked at three restaurants during the early years and later became the town “Avon Lady” for 15 years. Vennie and her good friend, Grace Aldrich, enjoyed traveling and lots of fun times together. Vennie took oil and watercolor painting lessons from her daughter, a well-known local artist. In 1974 her husband preceded her in death, and in 1999 she moved with her daughter and son-in-law to Lewiston. She sewed and crocheted many blankets and hats over the years. She loved to camp and fish and loved going to the ocean to collect seashells. Her family was important to her, and she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them, especially her grandkids. Survivors include her daughters and their husbands, Wythel and Ken Aldrich of Union and Vera and Ron Walker of Lewiston; daughter-in-law, Sue Delaney of Pacific...

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Dickson, Mary Ellen – Obituary

Mary Ellen Dickson, 73, of La Grande, died March 7 following an extended illness. Mary was born May 13,1934, in Atlanta, Kan., to Charles and Alma Cunningham. The family moved to Weiser, Idaho, where she attended school. She married Frank Dickson of Homedale, Idaho, on Aug. 3, 1952. Mary and Frank moved to Umatilla, where Frank was employed at the Army Ordnance Depot. Following this, the family moved to Kinzua in Wheeler County, then to La Grande, where Frank worked for Boise Cascade and Mary for Sprouse-Reitz for many years. Mary was devoted to her family and enjoyed activities that included her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank and her parents. Mary is survived by her son, Randy Dickson, and his wife Ann, of Meacham; daughter, Jean Atkinson, and her husband, Laine, of Ione, Calif.; daughter Debbie McCall of La Grande; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Kay Parton of Hood River and Mrs. Linda Carey of Lovelock, Nev., and a brother, Gerry Cunningham of Boise. By Mary’s request, there will be no services. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 22, 2008 Submitted by Dixie...

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Donnelly, Roderick – Obituary

Formerly of La Grande 1921-2009 Roderick W. ‘Doc’ Donnelly, 88, formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 12 at his home in Richmond. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Sweeney Mortuary of Condon is in charge of arrangements. Roderick was born May 23, 1921, the first son of Virginia Odessa Wechter and Hamilton Keyes Donnelly at his grandmother’s house at the top of the Donnelly Grade in Wheeler County. He was the grandson of a founding father of Wheeler County. He attended grade school in a one-room school at Service Creek. He attended high school in Fossil where he boarded with several families. After he graduated in 1938, he worked on the Donnelly ranch until the fall of 1941. Between his father and Uncle George (Bags) Donnelly, they farmed 3,000 acres and ran a full band of sheep (1,200) and 50 Herefords. He attended a diesel-electric trade school in Portland and began attending in September 1941. When World War II broke out, he wanted to enlist, but an instructor told him to wait until he graduated in February 1942. The day after graduation, he went into the U.S. Navy. He was awarded The Distinguished Cross, an Air Medal, a Philippine Liberation Medal, an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and an American Campaign Medal. He was discharged at Bremerton, Wash., on Nov. 25, 1945. A final honor awarded...

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Cooke, Lester Vaner

Lester V. Cooke, 96, of Ellensburg died Thursday in Kittitas Valley Community Hospital. He was born January 27, 1890, in a house on the banks of Coleman Creek north of Ellensburg. He parents were early Kittitas Valley pioneers Mode and Isabella (Fulton) Cooke. After graduating from Ellensburg High School in 1910, Mr. Cooke entered Washington State College, where he received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture in 1914. While attending school he was well known as a sprinter and competed in track events, attaining undefeated status. He married Mary B. Edwards in Drain, Oregon, in 1917, and they farmed in Fossil, Oregon, until 1928, when they moved to the Kittitas Valley to establish a farm. He first wife died in 1931. He married Gladys (Thoman) Haskins in South Cle Elum June 14, 1935. She died in 1960. Mr. Cooke later retired and moved to Ellensburg. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a brother, Francis Cooke of Prescott, Ariz.; two sons, William Cooke of Spokane and Charles Cooke of San Mateo, Calif.; two stepsons, Keith and Kenneth Haskins, both of Wenatchee; eight grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Asher, Mabel Roland Mrs. – Obituary

Mabel Roland Asher, 94, of Prairie City, a former Baker City resident, died January 10, 2005, in Prairie City. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Private vault interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Visitations will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mabel was born on Jan. 18, 1910, in Wheeler County. She was the oldest of five children. Mabel lived in the Wheeler County area from birth until shortly before her marriage. Like many children of the era, Mabel rode a horse to at least one school she attended, and loved to talk about that. After her marriage to Fred Asher during the Depression, she started moving where he found jobs. Fred was an engineer and worked for the Bureau of Public Roads constructing roads, dams and bridges, and in later years worked for the Department of Interior. During their marriage, they lived in Idaho, Utah, Montana, Washington and Oregon. Mabel and Fred were the parents of three children, Verne, Rod and Beverly. After Fred’s retirement in the 1950s, they settled in Baker City, near Mabel’s sister. During many of the years while living in Baker, they were snowbirds and spent their winters in Arizona, usually near their daughter. After Fred’s death, Mabel moved to Reno to be near her son, Rod, and...

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O’Neal, Raymond Willis – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Raymond Willis O’Neal, 97, of Baker City died Feb. 24, 2003, at Settler’s Park Assisted Living Center. His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. Pastor Lenny Spooner of the First Church of the Nazarene will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at Gray’s West & Co. Graveside committal will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville. Visitations will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at Gray’s West & Co. Raymond Willis O’Neal was born July 11, 1905, at Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Ada and Newton O’Neal. As a small child he traveled by wagon train from Missouri to New Mexico where the family homesteaded at Elida. He married Thelma Brummett Jan. 25, 1936, at Clovis, N.M. They moved with two small children to Kamiah, Idaho, in 1939 where they lived in a logging community in the mountains. After the birth of their third child, they moved to the mill town of Kinzua where their fourth child was born. In 1959 they moved to Prineville where they retired and remained until 1993 when they moved to Baker City. Mr. O’Neal had lived at Settler’s Park for the past two years. Ray spent most of his lifetime logging and working in mills. After his retirement in 1969 he continued to...

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Wheeler County, Oregon Census

Wheeler County, Oregon was formed from Crook, Gilliam and Grant counties in 1899. 1850 Wheeler County, Oregon Census Free 1850 Census Form for your Research Free 1850 Census Images (partially indexed) Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1850 Wheeler County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1850 U.S. Census Guide 1860 Wheeler County, Oregon Census Free 1860 Census Form for your Research Free 1860 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1860 Wheeler County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1860 U.S. Census Guide 1870 Wheeler County, Oregon Census Free 1870 Census Form for your Research Free 1870 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1870 Wheeler County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1870 U.S. Census Guide 1880 Wheeler County, Oregon Census Free 1880 Census Form for your Research Free 1880 Census Transcription Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1880 Wheeler County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1880 U.S. Census Guide 1890 Wheeler County, Oregon Census Free 1890 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1890 Veterans Schedule $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Hosted at Census Guide 1890 U.S....

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Wheeler County, Oregon Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Cemeteries hosted at Wheeler County ORGenWeb Project Byrd Cemetery Caleb Cemetery Camp Watson Cemetery Carroll Cemetery Old Fossil Cemetery, Masonic Cemeteries hosted at Wheeler County USGenWeb Archives Antone at Spanish Gulch Antone Graves Caleb Cemetery Carroll Cemetery, aka Painted Hills Camp Watson Cemetery Foppiano Family Cemetery Mitchell Cemetery Spray Cemetery Unknown Cemetery, Taylor Burials Westbranch Cemetery Winlock Cemetery Cemetery Photos Hosted at Wheeler County USGenWeb Archives Spray Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Wheeler County Oregon Political Graveyard Cemeteries Hosted at Dead Man Talking Cemeteries Hosted at Graveyards & Gravestones Cemeteries Hosted at Interment Spray Cemetery Winlock Cemetery Cemeteries Hosted at Oregon Find a Grave Caleb Cemetery Camp Watson Cemetery Carroll Cemetery Foppiano Family Cemetery Fossil IOOF Cemetery Frederic Arnecke Burial Site Haystack Cemetery I.O.O.F. Cemetery James W. Chambers Burial Site Lower Mitchell Cemetery Mary Waterman Burial Site Masonic Cemetery Mitchell Cemetery (Lower) Mitchell Cemetery (Upper) Richmond Cemetery Spanish Gulch Cemetery Spray Cemetery Taylor Family Cemetery Toney Cemetery Upper Cemetery Upper Mitchell Cemetery West Branch Cemetery Winlock Cemetery...

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Brainard, Bertha Alice “Babs” Crawford Mrs. – Obituary

Bertha Alice “Babs” Brainard, 91, a longtime resident of Prairie City, passed away at John Day, on Sunday, November 16, 2003. Babs was born May 29, 1912 in Canby, Oregon to Noah Mac and Suzanna Crawford, and was raised in the Madras area. She married Ben Brainard in Fossil, Oregon on July 18, 1929, and with her husband lived most of the time in Grant County. She was quite active in the outdoors with her husband, and in about 1970 became the Justice of the Peace at Prairie City. She is mostly remembered here as the spark behind the improvements of the DeWit Museum, housed in the former Sumpter Valley Railroad Prairie City depot, and was curator for many years. It was her drive that got the depot building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, She retired from that position following her 90th birthday. Survivors include a son, Miles V. Brainard of Belfair, Washington, and daughters, Jean Perkins of Port Orchard, Wash., and Carol Voigt of Prairie City. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ben, on 1957 a son Lloyd, as well as six brothers and one sister. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Grant County. There are no services planned for Mrs. Brainard. Driskill Memorial Chapel in...

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