Collection: Wallowa County Oregon Obituaries

Warren, Eunice – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Eunice Warren passed away July 28, 1978 at Wallowa Memorial hospital. She had been a patient for five weeks and in failing health approximately two years. She was born on November 18, 1913 in Enterprise, daughter of James and Vera (Draper) Fisher. She lived in Wallowa county most of her life. On March 16, 1971 she married Henry W. Warren in Enterprise, Oregon. Survivors include her husband, Henry of Enterprise; her mother Vera Fisher; brothers, Leland Fisher of Hillsboro, Oregon; Wolvert Fisher of Enterprise, Oregon; two sisters, Mrs. Otis (Inez) Varney of the Dalles; and Mrs. Roy (Louina) Sizemore of Joseph, Oregon. Vigil service was at 7:30 pm Monday, July 31, at the Bollman Chapel. Mass of Christian burial was offered by Father Leo Wickerle at 10 am, Tuesday at St. Katherine’s church in Enterprise. Pall bearers were Jim, Allyn, and Bill Fisher, Gilbert Nuxall, W.S. Brock, and Dennis Botts. Interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Bollman Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper (page 10) Aug. 3, 1978 Contributed by: Michelle...

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Childers, Albert L. – Obituary

Funeral services for Albert L. Childers, 84, of Sams Valley, who died Friday will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Perl Funeral Home. Pastor Gordon Peterson of Shady Cove Full Gospel Church will officiate. Interment will be private in Siskiyou Memorial Park. Mr. Childers was born Oct. 15, 1881, in Summerville, Ore. He lived for a number of years in Willows, Calif., where he was engaged as a farmer. For the past 14 years he had made his home in the Sams Valley area. On Jan. 28, 1903, in Wallowa County, Ore., he was married to Maude Heskett, who survives. Additional survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Blanche Graves, Sams Valley; one brother, Earl Childers, College Place, Wash., one sister Mrs. Lillie Carswell, Berkeley, Calif.; one grandson and three great grandchildren. Honorary casket bearers will include Floyd Sherman, Leon Sherman, Ralph James, Adolph Angal, George Botsford and Milton Scank. Mail Tribune Medford, Oregon Monday, April 4, 1966 Page...

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Childers, Clarice Gayle “Gay” – Obituary

Gay Childers dies suddenly Clarice Gayle “Gay” Childers, 56, the wife of Wallowa County Judge LeRoy Childers, died of an apparent heart attack in the Whiskey Creek area north of Wallowa early Sunday afternoon, Oct. 12, 1986. She was with her husband on a wood gathering expedition at the time of her death. Mrs. Childers was a native of Cove, and lived in Wallowa for the past 20 years. Besides her husband, she is survived by three children and two grandchildren. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Cove cemetery. A full obituary appears in this issue of the Chieftain. Wallowa County Chieftain Thursday, October 16, 1986 Front Page Clarice G. Childers Wallowa, Wallowa County, Oregon Clarice Gayle “Gay” Childers, 56, Wallowa died Sunday after suffering a heart attack while gathering wood near Whiskey Creek north of Wallowa. Mrs. Childers was born Feb. 25, 1930, at Baker, to Thomas Richard Conklin and Helen J. Antles. She married LeRoy Childers at Cove on Dec. 26, 1950. She was a homemaker all of her life. Mrs. Childers attended Cove schools, Eastern Oregon State College, and Oregon State University. She had lived in Wallowa for 20 years. Survivors include her husband LeRoy; sons Lon Childers of Nampa, Idaho, and Tom Childers of Portland; daughter Belinda Kubler of La Grande; and two grandchildren, Melissa Powers and Emily...

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Crow, Elda Mae (Childers) – Obituary

Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. Vic Crow Fatally Injured in Auto Crash Mrs. Victor M. Crow was instantly killed Saturday evening when the Crow car met with a violent accident as they were on their way to the basketball tournament in Wallowa. The accident occurred about three-quarters of a mile west of Lostine. Mrs. Crow apparently died from severe head injuries. The automobile was completely demolished. A pickup, owned by Darrell Rysdam had stopped on the edge of the highway to retrieve one of the sideboards that had blown off. The Crow’s automobile crashed into the left rear of the truck while Rysdam was in the borrow pit picking up the sideboard. The impact of the collision threw the truck across a bridge abutment while the Crow’s automobile spun around and careened off of the opposite side of the road facing the east. Vic, himself, was thrown from the car and landed in the middle of the pavement receiving extreme cuts and bruises. He was taken to the doctor in Wallowa for immediate treatment and was later transferred to the Wallowa Memorial Hospital. His injuries included a slight head concussion along with the extensive cuts and soreness. How long he will have to remain a patient at the hospital was not determined at first report. Rysdam, who lives at the top of Minam Hill about a mile north of...

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Crowl, Nelson – Obituary

Kills Self When Twins Arrive Nelson Crowl, 45, a truck gardner, six miles east of Minam, in Wallowa county, shot and killed himself when he received word that his wife was the mother of twins born in the La Grande hospital. The body was found at the Crowl home last Saturday five days after the act. It was Monday-five days earlier-that Crowl was notified form the hospital in La Grande that his 26-year old wife had presented him with twins. The mother and babies, a boy and girl, were doing well, the message said. Mrs. Crowl when her friends broke the news to her at the hospital, wearily replied that she was not surprised. He had attempted to take his life...

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Danielson, Gustave Adolph – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Gustave Adolph Danielson, 79, Utica, Mich. who came two weeks ago to visit his son Ray H. Danielson of Alder Slope, died Monday at the local hospital following a short illness. He was born Jan. 24, 1893 in Sweden. He was a veteran of World War 1, and a retired employee of Chrysler Motor Company. He was a lifetime member of Lodge No. 4 AF& AM of Rochester, Mich. His wife Olive died in 1968. Survivors include two sons, Ray H. of Alder Slope and Glen of Palos Verdes Penin, Calif.; one daughter Mrs. Dan (Joyce) Guthrie, Utica, Mich.; and eight grandchildren. The body is being taken to Rochester for funeral services and for burial at Birmingham, Mich. The La Grande Observer, August 24, 1972 Contributed by: Holly...

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Gray, Charles H. – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Charles H. Gray dies at age 82 Charles H. Gray, 82, died Saturday evening at his home at 1240 Baltimore Avenue. A retired employe of The Shevlin – Hixon Company, he was a Bend resident for 30 years. A native Oregonian, Mr. Gray was born Nov. 24, 1877, at Lostine, in Wallowa County. He is survived by his wife, Sallie, at the home address: two daughters, Ladesca (Mrs. Elmer) Brown, Bend, and Willa Crockett, Tangent, and three sons: Arell H. Gray, Cathlamet, Wash.; Thorval Gay, Lostine; Berrell [Verell] W. Gray, Dillard. There are 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Edna Mitchell, Union. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Heider’s Funeral Home. The Rev. Harriet Marling of True Gospel Church will officiate. Burial will be in Deschutes Memorial Gardens. The Bend Bulletin Monday October 10, 1960 Page...

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Finstad, Clara – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Clara L. Finstad, 99, of Port Lavaca, Texas, a former Baker City resident, died May 24, 1997, in Texas. Her funeral was held Saturday, May 31, 1997 at 2 p.m. at Gray’s West and Co. Pioneer Chapel. Pastor Dennis Hickman officiated. Burial followed in Mount Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Finstad was born to Jacob E. and Emily ( Hammack ) Womack July 10, 1897, in Lostine. She had been a lifelong Oregon resident except for the few past years when she lived with her daughter in Port Lavaca. She moved from Baker City in 1984. She enjoyed church work and was a member of the Dorcas Society. She also was past president and a very active member of the Auxiliary of Veterans of World War I. Survivors include her daughter LaVonne Burgess of Port Lavaca; and grandchildren Gary Jaensch, David Jaensch, Donna Rhine, Kathryn Alford, Ronald Burgess, Landon Wood, Jordan Wood, Wendy Buchheit and Tracy Anderson. She was preceded in death by two husbands, James F. Wood and Hans Finstad; LeLand J. Wood; a daughter, Marjorie Wood Jaensch; her parents and three sisters. Contributed by: Gary...

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Gastin, Emily Elestia Hammack, Womack, – Obituary

Wallowa-Funeral rites were held here Saturday at the Christian Church for Mrs. E. Gastin. Mrs. Emily Elestia Hammack, Womack, Gastin was born April 12, 1871 at La Grande, Or. and came with her parents to Wallowa County when a small girl. The family settled near Lostine where she grew to womanhood. She was married to T. M. Gastin at Lostine, about 42 years ago following the death of her husband Jacob Clairborne Womack a number of years ago ( 1904), Mrs. Gastin had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Eugene Johnson of Middle Valley. She is survived by four daughters; Mrs. Leola Leaman of Berkley, California, Mrs. Clara Lureene Womack, Wood, Finstad of Baker, Or. Mrs. Gladys S. Womack Hale of Hermiston, Or. and Mrs. Mina Hazel Womack, Litchfield. Johnson of Wallowa. Or., as well as as a number of of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many relatives. Services were conducted by the Rev. Stover of Enterprise with burial in the Lostine Cemetery. Contributed by: Gary...

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Hammack, James Wesley – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County A resident of Wallowa County for 13 years died Tuesday October 15, 1912 at his home near Lostine. Asthma, from which he had been a sufferer for many years was the cause of death. Mr. Hammack was born in Kentucky in 1838. He married Miss Sarah Miller in 1856 in Wayne County, Iowa. They came across the plains in 1865 and lived two years in the Willamette Valley. Thence they moved to Union County, where they made their home at Summerville until they came to Wallowa County. The funeral was held at the home last week Wednesday and burial was in Summerville. Rev. W. J. Bohanan conducted the funeral. Mrs. Hammack and ten children survive Mr. Hammack. Their children are John L. (Lindsay), James L. (Lafayette), D. M. (Daniel Marion), Bert, and F. W. Hammack (Floyd Waitman). and Mrs. T. R. Cook (Nancy Josephine), Mrs. G. B. Cook (Effie R.), Mrs. T. M. Gaston (Emma), Mrs. Berkley Caudle ( Carrie Viola) and Mrs. Floyd Leonard ( Hattie Alice). Enterprise Record Chieftain Thursday Oct. 24,...

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Hammack, Sarah Miller Mrs. – Obituary

Far Home Calls Pioneer Woman Mrs. J. W. Hammack, one of the best known of Wallowa an Union county pioneers, died at her home at Lostine, Friday night, June 3, 1927 at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 17 days. Sarah Miller was born in Spencer County, Indiana, Oct., 17, 1842. In 1856 she was united in marriage to J. W. Hammack who passed away Oct. 15, 1912. She united with the Christian church when about 19 years of age and remained a faithful member until her death. About ten years ago she had a severe stroke of paralysis, from which she never fully recovered, although she was able to help herself and do the work at her own little home. She took great pleasure in visiting her daughters who live in Lostine. About five years ago she suffered a second stroke, which left her more feeble. On May 6, of this year she became ill with flu and had been almost bedfast ever since. Friday morning about 5 o’clock she had a third stroke from which she never rallied. She was greatly loved by all who knew her, and every child in the community was her favorite. Her death has cast the whole community in gloom. She had lived in the Lostine community for 27 years, and was an eastern Oregon pioneer, having come to Union...

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Harte, Annie – Obituary

Near Alder, Wallowa Valley, of diptheria; Annie And Zella Harte, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Harte. Little Annie died on the fourteenth of June after a sickness of two weeks and was nine years of age. Three days afterwards her loving little seven year old sister Zella, who had been in bed for six weeks followed her to the spirit land. Everything was done by the doting parents that mortal beings could do for their darling children, but the fair buds of promise have been transferred from earth’s cold shores to Heaven’s sunny Clime. “O happy dead is thee that sleep, While o’er their mouldering dust we weep. Oh faithful savior who shalt come. That dust to ransom from the tomb.” T.A.R. Mr. and Mrs. Harte desire to thank their neighbors and friends for their kindness during the sickness of their family. Mountain Sentinel, Saturday July 3,...

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Johnson, “Brick” – Obituary

“Brick” Johnson Murdered John Bear Enters Saloon From the Rear and Shoots Johnson Through the Head “Brick” Johnson, a notorious character of Wallowa county, was foully murdered in a saloon at Enterprise Monday evening at 7:30 by John Bear, a resident of the same city. Johnson had been tending bar in Ott Bros. saloon and on Monday afternoon Bear, who was intoxicated, attempted to crawl over the bar. Johnson prevented him from doing so and trouble arose. A number of Bear’s friends appeared on the scene and persuaded him to go to his home and leave Johnson alone or serious trouble might result. About 7:30 Bear took his 30-30 Winchester and went to the saloon, entered the rear door and without any warning shot Johnson who was sitting on the bar shaking dice with friends, through the head, killing him instantly. Johnson or none of the men in the saloon could see Bear, as all were in the front of the saloon standing at the bar when Bear opened the back door and fired the fatal shot. As soon as the bloody deed was committed Bear fled to Shackleford’s livery stable and commanded the keeper to saddle a horse for him. This the keeper refused to do and Bear went into the street and took a horse away from a small boy and begun his flight. By this time...

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Johnson, Mina Hazel (Womack, Litchfield) – Obituary

Wallowa County native Mina Hazel, (Womack, Litchfield) Johnson died Thursday, March 21, 1996, at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident of the Wallowa County Nursing Home for the past year. She was born December 12, 1903, at Lostine, the daughter of Jacob (Clairborne) and Emily (Elestia-Emma) Womack. As a young woman she met and married Ira Litchfield. They had two children, James M. (McClelland) and Esther D. He preceded her in death. On August 20, 1937, she married Eugene E. (Tiny) Johnson. They lived in Wallowa for many years before moving to Enterprise. He preceded her in death in 1979. She worked as a dispatcher for the city and county before she retired. Mina was a member of the Christian Church, and the Stitch and Chatter Club. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She is survived by her son, James Litchfield of Wallowa and a daughter Esther D. Carper of Enterprise; five grandchildren, Melodie (Twidwell) Bailey and Ron Carper of Hillsboro, Oregon., Judy Horton of Wallowa, Marvin Litchfield of Portland, Oregon and Larry Twidwell of California; and eight great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Gary Carper and Steve Litchfield, two sisters and daughter-in-law, Joan Litchfield. Funeral services were held at the Bollman Funeral Home on Monday, March 25, with internment following at the Bramlet Cemetery in Wallowa. Remembrances may be made to...

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