Island City, Oregon

Wilbur Paul Landers

Wilbur Paul Landers, 96, died in Wenatchee, Wash., Oct. 15. Funeral services will take place at the LDS Church in Island City at 1 p.m Saturday. Viewings will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Loveland Funeral Chapel and noon until 12:50 p.m. Saturday prior to the funeral. Burial will be at the Grandview Cemetery following the services.

Arrangements are under the direction of Loveland Funeral Home and Telford’s Funeral Home.

Mr. Landers was born Aug. 21, 1910, near Leadwood, Mo., to John and Essie Landers. His family moved to Oregon when he was only 6 months old, arriving by train and traveling through a blizzard in a horse-drawn wagon to Wallowa County.

He grew up and attended schools in Wallowa and later moved to the La Grande area.

Upon retiring from the Union Pacific Railroad after 37 years, he took on many projects. He was an avid hiker, leaving many younger and stronger men behind. He was a source of information to everyone and was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and had recently moved to the Wenatchee area to be closer to family members.

Survivors include his wife, Luella “Jean” Landers; children, Darcia Hing of Dayton, Sherrilyn McClune of Olympia, Wash., and David Landers of Hemet, Calif.; a sister, Kathleen Munhall of Spokane; 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

The Observer, La Grande, Oregon – Obituaries for the week ending Oct. 14, 2006,, Published: October 16, 2006