Location: Yamhill County OR

Lockett, James H. – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now James (Jim) H. Lockett, 78, of McMinnville and formerly of La Grande, died Oct. 26 at the Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville. There will be an 11 a.m. memorial service today at the First Baptist Church in McMinnville with Pastor Kent Harrop officiating. A private family burial will be at the Enterprise Cemetery. Mr. Lockett was born in La Grande June 16, 1928, to Arden Carmen and Gwendolyn Bell Lockett. He spent the first six years of his life in Kamela. He finished grade school in La Grande, attended high school in Athena and graduated from Eastern Oregon College in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in education. He went on to complete a master’s degree at OSU. While at EOC, he met Reita Murrey, and on Aug. 5, 1950, they married in Enterprise. They made their home in McMinnville, where he was an elementary school principal for 31 years and taught for five years. He was...

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Bare, Benjamin Taylor – Obituary

Union, Oregon Benjamin “Ben” Taylor Bare, 76, of Union, died Aug. 12 at the Elks Hospital in Boise. Services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Union Cemetery in Union. An earlier notice incorrectly reported a service time of 2 p.m. Viewing will run from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande. Ben was born on March 10, 1931, to Joseph and Evelyn (Bostler) Bare in Los Angeles. He attended school in Pasadena, Calif. He joined the Air Force in 1950, and was a crew chief fixing fighter planes in Korea from 1952 through 1953. Ben met and married Ruby Knudsen on May 8, 1955, in Hill City, S.D. He was honorably discharged in July 1955 after serving 1 1/2 years at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, S.D. He then worked for Bell Telephone in Pasadena until 1961 when he and his family moved to Newberg and worked for West Coast Telephone. In 1975, he transferred to La Grande. He moved his family to Union later that year and continued to work for West Coast Telephone/General Telephone until he retired in 1991. Ben enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and camping until his health began to fail. He was a member of the La Grande Bush Pilots for many years. Ben is survived by his wife, Ruby; son, Larry Bare of Pendleton;...

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Smith, Robin Joyce – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Robin Joyce Smith, 64, a third-generation resident of Cove, died Nov. 11 at her home. A memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Union United Methodist Church. Private burial was held at the Cove Cemetery. Robin was born on Oct. 16, 1943, to Jay M. and Guyene J. (Fuller) Martin in McMinnville. She graduated from Cove High School with the Class of 1961 and in 1962 graduated from Yakima Business College. On May 24, 1968, she married Stephen B. Smith in Cove. Over the years she worked for the Yakima Potato Commission, La Grande First National Bank, as secretary of the Cove School and as a kindergarten teacher in Cove. She homeschooled her grandchildren for nine years. Survivors include her husband, Stephen of Cove; children, Shannon Smith of Big Sky, Mont., Heidi Kast of Pendleton and Dustin Smith of Cove; and six grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to GRH Hospice or the Union Methodist Church. Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center is in charge of arrangements. La Grande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending November 17, 2007 – Published: November 17,...

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Hamilton, Ina Mae – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Ina Mae Hamilton, 80, of Newberg and formerly of La Grande, died Jan. 5 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Beaverton. A memorial service begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at 307 S. College St. in Newberg. Ina was born Nov. 29, 1927, to Mable and Melvin Walker in Ontario. She attended high school in La Grande and attended Oregon State College and San Jose State College in California. She married William on Aug. 29, 1948, in La Grande. She was a homemaker, a cook-manager of a middle school cafeteria and a library aide at La Grande High School. The couple traveled by RV for eight years through the United States and Canada after retiring in 1987. They had made their home at the Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg since 1995. Survivors include her husband; sons, William of Berkeley, Calif., Robert of Walla Walla and Charles of Klamath Falls; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her third son, Donald A. of Redmond, when he died suddenly in August 2007. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tilicum Retreat, 15321 N.E. North Valley Road, Newberg 97132-6525. La Grande Observer – Obituaries For The Week Ending January 19, 2008 – Published Jan. 15,...

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Crimmins, Deltah M. – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Deltah M. Crimmins, 89, of McMinnville and formerly of Elgin, died Jan. 6 at Oakwood Country Place. Visitation will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Chapel of Macy and Son, 135 N. Evans St., in McMinnville. Graveside service begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at McBride Cemetery with Rev. Kent Savage officiating. Burial will be at McBride Cemetery in Carlton. Deltah was born Dec. 13, 1918, to Eldon and Gladys McClune Hartley in Elgin. She was raised and went to school in Elgin. She moved to McMinnville in 1941 and married Darrell Crimmins on July 8, 1945. During World War II, she worked for the post office in McMinnville. She also worked for Oregon Mutual Insurance, General Hospital and McMinnville Hospital, Montgomery Ward, JC Penney, Scott’s Funeral Home, Miller’s Department Store and Mode-O-Day Women’s Apparel. She was a life member of the VFW, president of the VFW Auxiliary for seven years and a district VFW Auxiliary president. She was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a past member of the Braids and Braves square dancing club and Trail Dusters RV Club. She enjoyed quilting, oil painting, traveling, games, playing the organ and piano and family get-togethers. Survivors include daughters Darla Gregory of McMinnville and Maris Crimmins of Salem; sister, Adell Hodney of Eugene; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren....

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Hutson, Carol Anne – Obituary

Carol Anne (Smith) Hutson, 63, of Kennewick and formerly of La Grande, died May 9 after a long illness. A private memorial service was held earlier in the month at Hillcrest Memorial Center in Kennewick. Carol was born Aug. 20, 1944, to Sherman Elton Smith and Josephine Amanda Thorpe in McMinnville. She married Richard Hutson. They later divorced. A retired library custodian and homemaker, Carol enjoyed rock hunting and arts and crafts projects. She lived in La Grande for 10 years, Lincoln City, Netarts, Tillamook and Salem and spent the last four years in Kennewick. She is survived by her sisters and their families, Lynn Dixon of La Grande and Janet Jones of Gresham; brothers, David and Dennis Smith of La Grande and Daryl Shimanek of Salem; daughters, Melinda and her husband, Lonnie Rouse of Kennewick and Angie and her husband, Kenyn Cumpston of Ridgefield, Wash.; son, Thomas Hutson of Salem; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Leah Williams. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. La Grande Observer – May 29,...

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Smith, Thomas – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Aug. 9 — Thomas Smith, memorial service, 1 p.m., United Methodist Church, Elgin The Observer – August 4, 2008 ___________________________________ Thomas Ira Smith, 93, of McMinnville and formerly of Elgin, died July 10 in McMinnville. Memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at the United Methodist Church at Fifth and Birch Street in Elgin. Autumn Crematorium in Tigard was in charge of arrangements. Tom was born Sept. 22, 1914, to Ira Arthur and Henrietta Esther (Cruikshank) Smith in Gridley, Calif. The family soon moved to Elgin where Tom graduated from Elgin High School in 1932. Joining the Navy in November 1941, Tom served on a destroyer in the Pacific Ocean for the next four years. Tom reached the rate of chief petty officer before being discharged in November 1945. While on leave, he and Orlena Belle Roberts married in La Grande on March 17, 1945. They moved to San Diego for the balance of Tom’s enlistment. The couple moved to Pendleton, living there from 1945 to 1956. They moved their family to Halfway until 1960. Eventually settling in Ontario, they raised four children while running the family electrical business. Tom enjoyed hunting, camping and spending time with his wife and children in the outdoors. He learned to fly small aircraft. He and Orlena would fly back and forth visiting their children while they attended colleges...

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Bowman, Martha Elizabeth Carroll – Obituary

Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Carroll Bowman, wife of Walter S. Bowman died at her home, 918 Main Street last night [March 13, 1931] at 7:30 her death being caused by an illness resulting from a paralytic stroke which occurred a little over five years ago. She was born December 5, 1866 in Yamhill, Oregon, and came in the early part of her life to Dayton, Washington with her family, coming to Pendleton in the early nineties. On November 24, 1896, she was married to W. S. Bowman, they being the parents of one child, no longer living [Juanita Bowman]. Mrs. Bowman was a member of the Pioneer Club and had been a member of the Episcopal Church since 1893 and a member of the Parish Aid and Auxiliary also. She is survived by her husband and two sisters, Mrs. Kate Washburn and Mrs. Anna Moody of Seattle, and a neice, Mrs. Winnie Dailey of Portland. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Church of the Redeemer with Rev. Ralph V. Hinkle, rector, officiating. Pall bearers will be Fred Laatz, George Hartman, J. W. Maloney, J. T. Lambirth, W. D. Humphrey, and Mark Patton. Interment will be at Olney Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bean, Robert Sharp, Judge – Obituary

Judge Robert Sharp Bean of the federal court for the District of Oregon, nationally known for his judicial mind died suddenly of a heart attack at 6:30 o’clock this morning [January 7, 1931] at his home, 1620 Briar Place. He was 76. Shock of the death was doubly felt in that it was so unexpected. According to a member of the family, Judge Bean, on retiring last night, was as well as he had ever been. He retired about 11 o’clock, Mrs. Bean said. Shortly before 6 a.m. today he arose complaining of a slight stomach ailment. He was somewhat nauseated and suffered a light heart attack. He returned to bed, and at 6:30 a second attack came. Death was instantaneous. He had been dead for some minutes when the family physician arrived. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Friday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 19th and Everett streets, with interment at Riverview Cemetery. Arrangements are in charge of Finleys. Word was sent immediately to the judge’s oldest son, Condon, of Seattle, who flew south to Portland. Besides this son, Judge Bean is survived by other boys, Ormand and Robert, both of Portland; his widow, Ina C. Bean; a sister, Mrs. W. W. Pope of Ventura, Cal. and two brothers, James R. Bean of Oswego, and Chester O. Bean of Raymond, Wash. One son, Dr. Harold Bean, Portland diagnostician...

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Davis, Maria Harris – Obituary

Funeral Of Pioneer To Be Held Tomorrow. Mrs. Maria Davis Was In Valley In 1869 Crossed Plains On Horseback At Age Of Six Years-First Settler On Lake Washington The death of Mrs. Maria Davis, 77 years old, one of the earliest pioneers of Washington, who passed through the Kittitas Valley on her way to Lake Washington in 1869 and met at the summit of Snoqualmie Pass, Tillman Houser and Gus Nesalhouse, first settlers here, resulted from a short illness from pneumonia, according to information received here today Mrs. Davis and her husband, John Davis, lived in Yakima in 1867 to 1869, when a small grist mill and a few cabins constituted the only settlement in the entire valley. At that time a few dozen people made up the population of this section of Washington, the list including the Heatons, Goodwins, Splawns and Snipes. Mrs. Davis had crossed the plains on horseback from Missouri with her family in 1849, settling n Yamhill County, Oregon, where they lived until five years after Mrs. Davis’ marriage. Mr. Davis fought in the Indian wars in Oregon in the sixties In 1869 Mr. and Mrs. Davis moved to a spot near Lake Washington, passing through the Kittitas valley and meeting the first two settlers as they crossed the summit of the Cascade divide. They were th first settlers of the Squak District King County,...

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Chambers, Archie B. – Obituary

Archie B. Chambers, 81, died this morning at St. Charles Memorial Hospital. He had been a Bend resident eight months, coming here from Fall City. He made his home at 133 1/2 Broadway Avenue. Mr. Chambers was a native of Dayton, Oregon. He is survived by a cousin, Mrs. Retta L. Montney of Fall City. The funeral is tentatively scheduled for Dallas, at a time to be announced later. The Niswonger-Winslow Chapel is in charge of local arrangements. The Bend Bulletin, March 18, 1958 Contributed by: Shelli...

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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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Farnsworth, Levi Albert – Obituary

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon for Levi A. Farnsworth, 91, who lived in Riverside since 1930 with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jessie E. Farnsworth. Ill several weeks, he died Sunday [December 14] evening in Doctors Hospital, Oregon City, where he had been taken Dec. 2. The Rev. Dayton Loomis, pastor of Canby Methodist Church of which “Grandpa” Farnsworth was a member, officiated the services in the Canby Chapel of Everhart & Kent and at the graveside in Multnomah Cemetery, Portland. Menno Seethoff was soloist, with Mrs. R. F. Morrow at the organ. Pallbearers were Henry Kuehl of Gleneden, A. B. Landon, C. B. Henslee, Conrad Herman, J. A. Lighthill and Gordon Ellis. Mr. Farnsworth had been a carpenter and farmer, both in southeast Portland and in Riverside, most of his active years. He was a native of the “Hardscrabble” District out of Molalla, spent part of his early childhood at Silver Lake, Wash., and attended school at East Portland. He was married in Portland to Annie Gates, and lived chiefly in the Lents-Gilbert District until he came to Canby 28 years ago. Mrs. Farnsworth died in 1918 and he had lived with Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Farnsworth since their marriage in 1920. Surviving Levi Albert Farnsworth are the one son; a sister, Mrs. Eva Haines, 83, of Omak, Wash.; two grandsons, Ray and Bert...

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Farnsworth, Jesse Elmer – Obituary

Jesse E. Farnsworth, a former resident of 620 S.E. 2nd Ave. in Canby, died at a Canby nursing home early Thursday [April 10] morning at the age of 84. He was born to Levi and Annie Farnsworth at Dayton, Ore. June 11, 1895. As a child, he moved to Multnomah County and attended Gilbert School for eight years and then spent two years at Washington High School. He worked in a furniture store in Portland for 10 years, and later owned and operated a grocery store at Lents. He was a World War I veteran. He married Hazel M. Mason at Portland on August 21, 1920 and she died March 29, 1976. Mr. Farnsworth was a charter member of the American Legion Post #122 at Canby and a member of the World War I Veterans Champoeg Barracks #205 at Molalla. Surviving are two sons, Ray Farnsworth of Canby and Bert Farnsworth of Jennings Lodge; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Canby Chapel of Everhart and Kent. Interment followed at Zion Memorial Park. The Canby Herald, April 16, 1980 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Maxwell, William J. (Billy) – Obituary

Services will be Friday, February 13, 10:30 a.m. at Macy and Son in McMinnville for William J. (Billy) Maxwell, 73, who died of a heart attack Monday, Feb. 9. The Rev. Bernard Turner will preside at service, which will be followed by private interment at Evergreen Memorial Park. Maxwell was born July 22, 1902 at Haines, Oregon the son of J.O. and Nancy Ann Maxwell. He grew up on a farm in the Muddy Creek area and graduated from Muddy Creek high school. He entered Linfield College in McMinnville, and after his graduation in 1924, he started a long teaching-administrative career at McMinnville high school. Maxwell started teaching math and in 1939 became principal, a position he held 17 years until 1946. In 1941 Maxwell served as a farm labor assistant for the federal government. He was one of the first to organize work platoons for farm harvest and at one time had 2,900 worker’s organized and working under this system. He left the school district in 1946 to become office manager and personnel director for Alderman Farms outside Dayton, and held that position until 1964. Four years later, Maxwell was elected Yamhill County assessor, a position he held for four years. Maxwell served continuously on the Linfield College board of trustees since 1929, and was an emeritus member at time of his death. He was an active fund...

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