Collection: Union County Oregon Obituaries

Burford, Archie Reed – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Archie Burford, native of High Valley and a graduate of Cove high school, died unexpectedly Friday in Glendale, Cal. His sister, Mrs. Ray Hartley, and a nephew (Howard is son of Archie), Howard Burford, La Grande, left for Glendale Saturday. Photo of tombstone: Archie R. Burford Loving Husband and Father 1892 – 1950 Donated by Margaret Shinoki “Archie R. Burford” The Union Republic. Union, Union County, Oregon. Friday, February 24, 1950. Volume 62, Number 40, Page 1. Funeral services for Archie Reed Burford, who died Feb. 10 at his home in Glendale, Calif., were held at 10:00 a.m. on Feb. 14 in the Little Church of the Flowers, under the direction of a Los Angeles mortuary. Interment was at Forest Lawn memorial park. Rev. Palmquist, D.D. of Wilshire Methodist church officiated. Burford was born June 28, 1892 at Cove. He was married to Lula M. Davis on Oct. 14, 1916. Survivors include his widow; a son Howard Burford, La Grande; a daughter, Mrs. LaVaughn Gauthier of Glendale, and three grandchildren. Beside his immediate family, Burford leaves five brothers, William, Orphie and Frank, all of Union, Arthur of Hermiston and Claude of Jarvis, Ore. Five sisters, Mrs. Ruth Cockrell, Union, Mrs. Hazel Hartley and Mrs. Opal Gassett, Cove, Mrs. Vivian Mytenger of Pendleton and Mrs. Letha Parr of Anacortes, Wash. A number of other near relatives...

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Burford, Frank Leslie – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Funeral services for Mr. Frank Leslie Burford, Of Union, 82, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Methodist Church in Union under the direction of the Beatty Chapel. The Rev. James H. Soden of the Calvary Baptist Church in Baker will officiate. Burial will be in the family plot in the Union Cemetery. Mr. Burford died early Monday morning, Jan 31, (1972) after a short illness. Mr. Burford was born on Oct. 1, 1889 at Cove, the son of James Samuel and Minnie Rundall Burford. He attended schools in Cove, and farmed in High Valley. He worked for over 20 years for the Hess Lumber Company in Union. He was very interested in baseball, and played with the Alexander baseball team of Cove. Mr. Burford had been in Baker since early fall to spend the winter with his daughter. He married Elva Virgie Ross in La Grande, Dec. 3, 1913. She died in 1956. He is survived by two daughters, Ada Cowles of Baker, and Reta Connell of Portland; one brother, Claude Burford of Gervais; two sisters, Hazel Hartley of Cove and a sister, Letha in California: three grandchildren, Gordon Cowles, Leslie and Margaret Connell, all of Portland and by numerous nieces and nephews. Contributed by: Arthur S....

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Burford, Ida Matilda – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Ida Matilda Burford, wife of William Burford, died in Union Friday of last week and the funeral took place Saturday. Mrs. Burford leaves a husband and young child. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. V. Davis, of High Valley. The immediate cause of her death was pneumonia. Ida Matilda Burford was born on October 9, 1890, at High Valley. She was the second daughter and third child of nine children of Robert and Viola Davis, and was married to William P. Burford November 20th, 1913. Of this union one child, Alvin William, was born. Mrs. Burford was an invalid for the last two years and passed away on Friday, June 30th, 1916, from a complication of diseases. She leaves many friends and relatives here and at other points to mourn her departure. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. A. Brown, pastor of the Presbyterian Church. The remains were interred in the Union Cemetery. “Death of Mrs. Burford” Printed 1916. Obituaries and Other Vital Records of Union County, Oregon. 1890 – 1930. Compiled by Clara Cline Lee. Reproduced by Walter M. Pierce Library, Eastern Oregon Library, 1972. Contributed by: Robin...

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Burford, Ivy Myrtle (Ross) – Obituary

Union, Union County, Oregon Ivy M. Burford of Union, died Wednesday at a local hospital at the age of 80. Mrs. Burford was born on September 16, 1890 at Union, the daughter of Frank and Emma Ross. She lived in Union County all her life and attended schools in Union. She was a member of the Baptist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was an avid gardner. Survivors include a son, Clifford of Eugene, Ore.; sisters, Ellen Alexander, Union; and Belle Hutchinson, La Grande, brothers, Archie Ross, Klamath Falls, Ore.; and Norman Ross, La Grande; seven grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband Orphie, daughter, Luella Barnhart and two sisters, Virgie Burford and Delia Alexander. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Union Methodist Church with Rev. Al Boschee officiating. Vault interment will follow at the Union Cemetery. Contributed by: Margaret...

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Burford, James S. – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon Pioneer, Passes; Burial Thursday James S Burford, 76 year old pioneer of Union County, died this morning (June 25, 1935) at the Grande Ronde hospital after a short illness. (He was born February 19, 1859 per funeral card). Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Methodist church at Cove with Rev. Smits in charge of the services. Burial will take place at the family plot in the Cove Cemetery. Friends may view the body at the chapel of Walters Funeral Home. Mr. Burford crossed the plains to Oregon at the age of 17 years and has been a resident of Cove the last 53 years. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge at Cove. Survivors include six sons; William, Orphia, Frank, and Archie, all of Union: Arthur of Sandpoint, Ida., and Claude Burford, of Salem and six daughters; Mrs. Vivian Mytinger of Pendleton; Mrs. Hazel Hartley of Cove; Mrs. Ruth Cockrell of Union; Mrs. Bina Vann and Mrs. Opal Gassett, of Cove, and Mrs. Leitha Parr of Everett, Wash. James Samuel Burford, son of Preston Williamson Burford and Elizabeth Ann Hornbeck, was born in near Stockton, Cedar Co, MO 02-19-1859. James died 06-25-1935 in La Grande, Union Co, Oregon, at 76 years of age. – Margaret. Contributed by: Arthur S....

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Burford, William Preston – Obituary

Cove, Union County, Oregon William Preston Burford, Born August 31, 1885 in Cove, Oregon, Died February 14, 1968 in La Grande, Oregon Funeral services held Saturday, February 17, 1968 at 2:00 p.m. at the Union Methodist Church. Rev. John Schweigert officiating. Serving as pallbearers were: Kenneth Alexander, Edgar Wilkinson, Wilbur Smith, Merlin Alexander, Maurice Pyatt and Ralph Titus. Burial in Union Cemetery, Union, Oregon. Contributed by Robin...

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Burleigh, Eva L. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Eva L. Burleigh, 90, of Portland and a former long-time La Grande resident, died Wednesday at a Portland hospital. She was born on April 21, 1898 in Elgin to Dora and Fred Becker. She moved to La Grande from Enterprise in 1932. She was married to attorney Sylvester H. Burleigh who died Aug. 22, 1971. Mrs. Burleigh was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary of La Grande. She is survived by a daughter, Doris B. Kaiser, Portland; and grandchildren, Karen, Charles, and Clifford, Portland, and Mark and Mitchel Bass, Smyrna, GA. Private interment will be held at a later date at Grandview Cemetery. Payne Family Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Saturday, October 15, 1988 Page 2 Contributed by: Tom...

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Burleigh, J. F. – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Fatal Accident J. F. Burleigh died at his home in this city Sunday morning, of concussion of the brain, the result of being thrown from a buggy. He was returning from Enterprise Friday evening about six o’clock and when near the limits of the town of Lostine his team became frightened and ran away. The evening was very dark and stormy, and running along the street the buggy collided with a wagon which was standing in the street and he was thrown out, lighting on his head and was rendered unconscious. He remained in that condition until his death Sunday morning. Dr. Seely called and rendered all aid that could be given, but the concussion of the brain had been so great that human skill was unavailing. The funeral services were held from the family residence Monday at 10 o’clock, Rev. Chandler, officiating, followed by the interment in the Lostine cemetery by the faternal orders of Knights of Maccabees and the Modern Woodmen of America, of which the deceased was a member. – Ledger Democrat. Elgin Recorder Friday December 1,...

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Burleigh, Sylvester Howard – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Presbyterian Church for Sylvester Howard Burleigh, 75, of 508 Spring Ave., La Grande. The Rev. James Jones will officiate. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. Burleigh, a lawyer with the firm Burleigh, Carey & Gooding, died at a local hospital Sunday after an extended illness. He will lie in state from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Dempsey Funeral Chapel. Born in Enterprise Sept. 15, 1895, Burleigh has been a resident of Union County for 40 years. He was a member of the Union Co. Bar Association, American Bar Association, and served as member of the Board of Governors from 1948 to 1950. He also was a member of Elks Lodge No. 433, and the local American Legion Post. Survivors include his wife Eva L. Burleigh, La Grande; two daughters, Mrs. Doris Kaiser, Manhattan Beach, Cal., and Mrs. Sydney L. Bass, Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Mrs. Genevieve McCubbin and Mrs. Florence McCubbin of Enterprise; five grandchildren and other relatives and friends. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Tuesday, August 24, 1971 Page 3 Contributed by: Tom...

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Burke, J. G. – Obituary

Head Crushed To Pulp J.G. Burke Meets Instant Death on Monday J.G. Burke, in the employ of Mr. Peterson, a railroad subcontractor, was instantly killed Monday afternoon near the mouth of the Looking Glass river. Burke was in the act of cutting limbs from a tree that rested on the side hill, and in doing so, released the holdings of the huge timber. It is supposed he realized his danger and sought safety under another log but was caught before he reached it. Burke’s brains were literally crushed out. The skull was crushed as if an egg shell. When found at 3:30 p.m. he was pinioned to the ground, life being extinct for some time. The remains were removed to this city Wednesday morning. Deputy Coroner S.M. Coff empanneled the following jury to inquire into the death: D. Sommer, W.D. Graves, Wm. Fine, H.H. Hug and J.C. Austin. Word was received last evening that Burkes parents live on a farm near Weiser. The jury will examine witnesses today. Elgin Recorder Friday October 27,...

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Burnap, Ocie Vaun – Obituary

This was copied from page 44 of the private published book titled, “My Burnap Family” by Zola Burnap Irwin. Published in 1980. William and Mary Burnap were in both Wallowa and Union County. The family moved to Touchet in Walla Walla County in 1892. Eugene and Asel returned to Joseph in 1887. Ocie Vaun Frakes was born in Lamar, Mo., April 11, 1885 and died in Walla Walla, Wn. September 21, 1912. She was married to James H. Frakes April 26, 1904. She leaves to mourn in deepest sorrow a faithful and devoted husband, two small children, a widowed mother, four brothers and a sister. Last May she suffered a slight stoke of apoplexy, resulting in cerebral hemorrhage from which she never fully recovered, and the enfeebled condition of her reduced physical system by her long illness was unable to withstand a second attack, and loving friends and best medical aid were alike unsuccessful to repulse the fatal ending. Interment was in the Touchet Cemetary, services by Elder J.T. Barnes, assisted by Undertaker Hennessey of Walla Walla. The honorary pallbearers were Mrs. Lizzie White and Mrs F.M. Lowden of Walla Walla, Mrs. A. Cornell of Lowden, Mrs. Nellie Cummins, Mrs L.D. Payne, and Mrs. Lizzie Layman of Touchet. Mrs frakes was the youngest of her father’s family; the beloved parent preceded her in death only a few months previous....

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Burnap, William David – Obituary

La Grande,Union County, Oregon William David Burnap was born in Bedford township, Meigs County, Ohio, May 10, 1842, and died at his home near LaGrande, Oregon, December 22, 1911. He was married to Mary Melvina Hoit, of West Point, Illinois, March 3, 1867, by the late Rev. William B. Finlay, of St. Albens township, Hancock County. The following children and his aged companion survie him; Rrs. Ruthanar Maud Cole of flora, Or., Marius Melvin Burnap, La Grande, Or, Albert Vinton Burnap, Walla Walla, WA, W. Eugene Burnap, Asel Hoyt Burnap of Touchet, WA, and Mrs. Ocie Vaun Frakes of Starbuck, WA. Mr. Burnap was a Civil War veteran, enlisting at Warsaw, Illinois, September 2, 1861, in the Black Hawk Independent Calvalry, afterwward known as the 7th Mo. Cav., and served as fourth and third sargent in Cos. E. and M.. He reinlisted January 1, 1864, and received his final discharge papers by reason of expiration of term of service at Little Rock, Arkansas in 1865. He and his family left Hancock County in September of 1872, and resided in western Kansas for several years, enduring with other friends and comrades from St. Albens, the famishing grasshopper siege of 73 and 74 and in 1885 went overland to eastern Oregon, and afterwards moving to Walla Walla county, WA. In 1910 he returned to Oregon, LaGrande, Union County. On Thursday, December...

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Burnaugh, Andrew – Obituary

Elgin, Union County, Oregon Andrew Burnaugh, who was operated on Wednesday evening of last week for a bad case of appendicitis, died Saturday evening, notwithstanding the fact that his physicians did everything possible for him. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church Monday morning, the discourse being delivered by Elder Mayfield. The body was then taken to the Summerville cemetery and buried by the side of his mother. Andrew Jackson Burnaugh was the youngest son of S.L. Burnaugh, and was born on his father’s farm on Clarks Creek, Jan. 18, 1882, and was therefore 22 years, 2 months and 8 days old at the time of his death. He was a young man of exceptionally good habits and was a graduate of the business department of the State Agricultural college at Corvalis. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. of this city and his funeral was conducted by that organization. In addition to his father, two brothers, two sisters and numerous other relatives and friends are left to mourn his untimely death. Elgin Recorder Friday April 1,...

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Burnaugh, Emma Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. Emma Burnaugh, 76, died Saturday in a La Grande hospital following a long illness. Funeral rites will be held in the Summerville chapel tomorrow morning at 10:30, under auspices of the Snodgrass Funeral home, Rev. Gene Robinson officiating. Mrs. Burnaugh was born near Summerville, Dec. 3, 1875, and had lived all her life in Union county. She was a member of the Frances Brown auxiliary to the Pioneers association. Survivors are a sister, Allie, and a brother, George Slack, both of La Grande; two nieces; Mrs. Harry Billerbeck, Summerville, and Mrs. Kenneth Kirby, Prineville; a nephew, Lyle Slack, Summerville. Observer La Grande, Oregon Monday July 14, 1952 Page 6 Contributed by: Tom...

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Burnaugh, Joseph Merrill – Obituary

Summerville, Union County, Oregon Native of Union County Dies Joseph Merrill Burnaugh, 63-year-old farmer of Summerville, died Sunday, Dec. 26, at a local hospital following a long illness. He was born Feb. 25, 1880, at Elgin, and had lived in Union county all his life, and was a member of the Christian church. Among survivors are his widow, Emma, two daughters, Mrs. E. W. Marks of Darrington, Wash., Mrs. Arthur Furman of Imbler and one son, Walter, USN, six grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Brook Galloway of Elgin and one brother, Lewie Burnaugh of Portland. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday at the Summerville chapel under the auspices of Rev. Arthur J. Stanley. Burial will be in the Summerville cemetery. The La Grande Evening Observer Monday December 27, 1943 Page 5 Contributed by: Tom...

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