Collection: Wallowa County Oregon Obituaries

Fisher, Ida Obit – Obituary

Lostine, Wallowa County, Oregon Ida Fisher, of Lostine, died Jan. 6, 1963 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital. She was the daughter of Susan and John Graham, she was born in Elgin on July 25, 1890. In 1958 she married Guy Fisher in La Grande, Oregon, who survives her. She was a member of the Christian Church and Lostine Rebekah Lodge No. 158. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated January 10, 1963. Contributed by: Michelle...

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Fisher, Guy – Obituary

Death Claims Guy Fisher Guy Fisher, of Lostine, a retired grain inspector for the USDA, passed away Thursday February 17, 1966 at Wallowa Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for five days. He had been in failing health for the past year. He was the son of Hiram and Emma Fisher and was born November 27, 1892 in Cove. He was a veteran of WWI and belonged to St. John’s American Legion Post No. 98 of Portland. He had lived in Wallowa county about 35 years. On July 13, 1912 he was married at Enterprise to Anna Inez Graham, who died June 20, 1945. On July 28, 1958 he was married at LaGrande to Ida Wart who preceded him in death on January 6, 1963. He is survived by one son, Jesse, of Lostine, four sisters; Mrs. Landy (Nell) Ward of Enterprise, Mrs. Earnest (Stella) Colvin of Colfax, Wash., Mrs. Minnie Hodges and Mrs. John Eiffert, both of Spokane; one brother, Harry of Union; a step-son, Delbert Wart of Enterprise; nine grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Earl Eyre officiating. Freda-Bobs Hall was organist and she and Melvin Crow sang “There’s A Wilderness In God’s Mercy”. Casket bearers were Bill Britton, Lloyd Chapman, Dee Magee, Vern Conrad, D.D. Denney, and Maurice Weaver, and...

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Fisher, H. S. – Obituary

“Fall Is Fatal To H.S. Fisher” While helping wreck box cars at the East Oregon lumber yard Saturday, H.S. Fisher fell to the ground. He struck the back of his head on a flat car and fractured his skull and suffered other severe bruises and was taken to the hospital unconsciousness and passed away late Monday night. Funeral services were held at the Booth chapel yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. H.G. Luscombe of the Methodist church and burial was in the Wallowa cemetery. Hiram Sloan Fisher was born at Tillamook, March 3, 1865, and was a son of D.C. Fisher, a native Oregonian who was near the top of the list of native sons. The family lived at Myrtle Creek a time and then came into Wallowa valley in 1874, making them among the half dozen first residents of the district which is now Wallowa county. Mr. Fisher, the father, bought the place later known was the Andy Harris home, on Wallowa river near the city of Wallowa, and lived there for about a year. Then he abandoned it and the family went to Union county where they remained many years. Hiram Fisher was married at Cove, Feb. 19, 1888, to Emma Rundall. They came to Wallowa county in 1909 and lived in Leap and then moved to the valley and made their home at or near Lostine some...

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Fisher, Lloyd – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Lloyd Leland Fisher, 72, died Feb. 8, 1999, at his home in Hillsboro following a lengthy illness. Born Nov. 3, 1926, in Enterprise, he was one of five children born to James Edward and Vera Kyle (Draper) fisher. Lloyd was raised and schooled in Enterprise. He left school before the end of his senior year to join the Navy during WWII. Following his discharge, he returned to Enterprise and finished high school. He served in the Air Force reserve, only to be called once again to active duty during the Korean War. In 1956 he moved to La Grande and in 1957 to the Beaverton/Hillsboro area. He worked for GTE for 36 years, retiring in 1989. He was an engineer in their communications division. Lloyd and Naomi were married January 5, 1994 in Hillsboro. At the time of his death, he and his wife were attending Alliance Bible Church. A former Mason at the Joseph Lodge, he also had been an active member of the Tualatin Valley Gem and Agate Club. In addition to lapidary and rock hunting, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne Turner. Survivors include his wife, Naomi Fisher of Hillsboro; daughters, Renee Fisher-Schaeffer of Seattle, Wash. and Nancy Price of Aloha; daughters and sons-in-law Denita and Joe Ware of Stayton and leRee and Jerry...

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Varney, Inez L. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Inez L. Varney, former resident of Enterprise, died March 15, 1980 at the Dalles General Hospital, The Dalles, Oregon. She was born Jan. 12, 1922 in Enterprise, Oregon and married Otis Varney on December 23, 1941. She attended the Enterprise Community Church and was a member of the Lady Elks, BPOE #1829. She received her 20 year pin from the Eagle Cap Auxillary Post #4307, VFW. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 18. Burial in the Enterprise cemetery. Survivors include her husband, Otis of Troy; a son, Dennis L. Varney of Selhah, Wash.; a daughter, Donna Aschenbrenner of Enterprise. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated March 20, 1980. Contributed by: Michelle...

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Sizemore, Valda L. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Valda Louina Sizemore died Nov. 9, 1994, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. She was born Jan. 8, 1918, the daughter of James E. and Vera K. (Draper) Fisher. On Oct. 4, 1976, she married Roy L. Sizemore at Elko, Neveda. He preceded her in death on June 27, 1985. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vera and Manford Isley; four grandchildren, Stephen Isley, Joseph, Nancy (Isley) Parker, Athena, Brian Isley, Lostine, and Sandra Isley, Eltopia, Wash.; six great grandchildren; brothers, Wolvert Fisher, Enterprise, and Leland Fisher; nieces and nephews; two step-sons and their families, “Buddy” Dodson, Pasco, Wash., and Kyle Dodson, Eugene. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Eunice Warren and Inez Varney, and Cody Dodson. At her request, a private family service was held Saturday, Nov. 12, at Bollman Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Enterprise cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper dated Nov. 27, 1994 Contributed by: Michelle...

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Fisher, Vera K. – Obituary

Vera K. Fisher died Feb. 14, 1990, at the Wallowa County Nursing Home in Enterprise. She was born Nov. 21, 1895, at LaGrande, the daughter of Judson W. and Frances (Baldwin) Draper. On June 21, 1913, she married James E. Fisher in Enterprise. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1959. As a young girl, attending school in Lostine, she won the state spelling bee contest. Mrs. Fisher was a homemaker and a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She and her husband farmed and later owned and operated two different restaurants. They also operated the Enterprise Little Store for several years. Survivors include two sons, Wolvert, Enterprise, and Leland, Hillsboro; one daughter, Louina Sizemore, Enterprise; nine grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters and one brother. Family services were held at the Bollman Funeral Home Feb. 17. Private interment was in the Enterprise cemetery. Memorials may be made in care of the Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper Contributed by: Michelle...

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Fisher, James E. – Obituary

James Edward Fisher, 69, a farmer, died suddenly Monday evening at his home near Enterprise. Funeral services are being held today at 2 p.m. at the Bollman Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Boschee officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise cemetery. Fisher was born at Cove, October 13, 1889, son of Hiram and Emma Fisher. June 21, 1913 he was married at Enterprise to Vera Draper who survives him. Other survivors include two sons, Leland, of Beaverton and Wolfert, of Enterprise; three daughters, Mrs. Inez Varney and Mrs. Louina Sizemore, of Enterprise, and Mrs. Eunice Van Houten, of Union; four sisters, Mrs. Nell Ward, Enterprise; Mrs. Stella Colvin, Colfax, Wash.; Mrs. Minnie Hodges, Spokane and Mrs. Hazel Rusten, La Crosse, Wash., two brothers, Guy, Lostine and Harry, Union; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. LaGrande Newspaper James Fisher Passes Suddenly At Home James Edward Fisher passed away suddenly at his home on Alder Slope Monday evening, March 9, 1959. He had gone out to throw down hay for the cattle. When he failed to return, his wife went to look for him and hound his body lying on the hay. Funeral services are being held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 o’clock at the Bollman Funeral chapel with Rev. Al Boschee officiating. Mrs. A.L. Kintner will be organist and Kenneth E. Johnson will sing, “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In The...

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Fisher, Margaret – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Margaret “Margy” Fisher, Enterprise, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 1988 at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston, Wash. She was born Margaret Ruth Reece, Dec. 26, 1923, to Lacy and Ruth Reece in Enterprise. A lifelong resident of Enterprise, on May 2, 1945 she married James W. Fisher in Enterprise. She was a homemaker and retail sales clerk for many years and loved sewing and home crafting for her family. She is survived by her husband, J.W. of Enterprise; sons, Jim Fisher, Asotin, Wash., Allyn Fisher and Bill Fisher, both of Enterprise; grandchildren, Kelly, Jeff, Brad, Jessi, Travis and Terry; brothers, Dean Reece and Wilbur Reece, Hermiston, Bill Reece, North Carolina, Larry Reece, Walla Walla and Wade Reece, Sumner, Wash.; sisters, Milly Garland, Walla Walla, and Mary Jo Cantrell, Sumner. She was preceded in death by one sister, Helen, of Athena. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Aug. 23, 1988 at the Enterprise cemetery. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper Contributed by: Michelle...

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Fisher, James W. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Enterprise resident, James Wolvert Fisher, 74, died Dec. 18, 1994, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. “J-Dub”, as he was affectionately called, was born June (incorrect) 21, 1920, at Vale, the son of James E. and Vera Kyle (Draper) Fisher. After graduating from Wallowa High School in 1939, he worked with his father on Alder Slope cutting wood and helping in the family restaurant “Fisher’s Cafe”. On May 2, 1945, he married Margaret (Margy) Ruth Reece. She preceded him in death in 1988. After a 3 1/2 year tour of duty in France, Italy and Africa, he returned home to Wallowa County to raise his family and pursue a 32 year career with the Oregon State Highway Department. He retired in 1982 and devoted much time to his love of outdoors and wood working. He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Jim Fisher of Asotin, Wash., Allyn and Diana Fisher of Enterprise, and Bill and Michelle Fisher of Joseph; grandsons, Jeff and Brad Fisher of Enterprise and Travis Fisher of Echo; granddaughters, Kelly Fisher of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Jessie Fisher of Echo; and one brother, Leland fisher of Hillsboro. Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 22, at 11 am at the Bollman Funeral Home with private interment in the Enterprise cemetery. Memorials may be made to the 4-H Association in Wallowa...

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Adams, Mary Mrs. – Obituary

Prairie Creek, Wallowa County, Oregon February 5, 1931 County Loses a Loved Pioneer In Passing of Mrs. Adams In the passing of Mrs. Mary Adams at her home on Prairie Creek last Wednesday evening, Wallowa County lost one of its oldest and most loved pioneers. Mrs. Adams, with her husband and little girl, came to Wallowa county more than 50 years ago. The family settled on Prairie Creek on the ranch upon which they lived for many years and where both Mr. And Mrs. Adams died. In 1882 they moved to Imnaha, which was at that time an almost inaccessible frontier. On their way to their new home a distance of eight miles above Imnaha bridge it was necessary to ford the river 18 times. There were but five families on Imnaha at that time and horseback riding was the chief mode of travel. During their 18 years of residence on Imnaha Mrs. Adams endured all the hardships incident to pioneering. She also assumed the task of welcoming into the world the little newcomers of the neighborhood for which a doctor was seldom called. No task was too great for her, no neighborliness too much trouble. Into her later life came other hardships and sorrows, for about twenty years ago her younger daughter died, leaving two little girls for Mrs. Adams to rear. Again in 1927 a granddaughter passed...

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Reece, W. J. Mrs. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Mrs. W.J. Reece passed away in Enterprise, Thursday, June 21, 1934, after an illness of more than a year. She had been helpless for some time but had suffered little physical pain and the end came very peacefully. Funeral services were held in the Christian church Sunday and burial was in the Enterprise cemetery. Rev. B.F. Miller conducted the services. Margaret Ann Cox was born in Madison county, Kentucky, December 5, 1870, and grew to womanhood there. She moved to Illinois where she united in marriage to W.J. Reece December 20, 1891. To this union were born 12 children, two of them dying in infancy. Following are those remaining: Mrs. E.H. Bonner of Weiser, Idaho;; Mrs. Willard Phillips of Mesa, Idaho; Mrs. F.E. Laird of Hermiston, Ore.; A.M. Reece of Spokane, Wash.; Lacy, Wilbur, Floyd, Emerson, Homer and Wayne, all of Enterprise. Mr. Reece also survives. The relatives of the deceased who were at the funeral were Mrs. Frank Cook and W.B. Cox of Enterprise; D.H. Cox of Willamina, Ore., H.D. Cox of Nampa, Idaho. There are two sisters and one brother in the east. Mrs. Reece united with the Christian church in early life. Although moving frequently she always placed her membership in the church where she resided, feeling the need of a church home. She was a loyal, loving, uncomplaining wife, a wonderful...

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Reece, William J. – Obituary

William J. Reece died Tuesday evening, Feb. 11, 1936, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E.H. Bonner, at Weiser, Idaho. He had been there only a few days, as his son, Floyd, had taken him there last week from Yakima, Wash., where he had been for some time with another daughter, Mrs. Willard Phillips. Funeral services will be held at the Christian church, Enterprise, tomorrow, Friday, at 2 p.m. and burial will be in the Enterprise cemetery. C.L. Booth has driven to Weiser for the body accompanied by Emerson and Floyd Reece. Mr. Reece was born in Logan county, Illinois, Dec. 20, 1869 and was married Dec. 20, 1891, to Margaret Ann Cox. They moved to Oklahoma where they farmed a few years and then came to Oregon more than 2 years ago. Mrs. Reece died June 21, 1934, and the surviving children are: Mrs. E.H. Bonner of Weiser, Idaho; Mrs. Willard Philips of Yakima, Wash.; Mrs. F.E. Laird of Hermiston; A.M. Reece of Grandview, Wash.; and Lacy, Wilbur, Floyd, Emerson, Homer and Wayne Reece, all of Enterprise. A brother, Lon Reece, lives in Kansas. During his residence in the county Mr. Reece made many friends. He was generous and loyal and a man of fine character. Wallowa County Chieftain Newspaper, Enterprise, Oregon, dated February 11, 1936 Contributed by: Michelle...

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Reece, Lacy D. – Obituary

Lacy D. Reece of Milton Freewater and a former resident of Enterprise passed away Wednesday, January 22, at the Veterans Administration Hospital at the age of 80. Reece lived at Rt. 3, Milton Freewater. Mr. Reece moved from Clearwater, Kansas, where he was born Sept. 5, 1894, to Oklahoma, and in 1913 he moved to Falls City, Ore. He married Ruth Eaton in Enid, Okla., and the couple then moved to Enterprise. Reece served with the U.S. Army during World War I. He returned to Enterprise after the war and worked as a meat cutter. His wife passed away in 1943. On June 30, 1945, Mr. Reece was married to Nancy Waterman at Baker. They moved to Hermiston in 1946 where he worked until his retirement in 1961. After his retirement the couple moved to Milton Freewater. He began working for DeMoss Grocery in Walla Walla until his second retirement. He was a member of the Grant Farmer Post No. 992 of Walla Walla and attended the Assembly of God Church in Milton Freewater. Mr. Reece is survived by his widow, Nancy, at the family home; his sons, Dean Reece of Enterprise, Wilbur Reece of Hermiston, Bill Reece of Miami, Fla., Wade Reece of Edmonds, Wash., and Larry Reece of Walla Walla; daughters, Mrs. Wolvert (Margaret) Fisher, Enterprise, Mrs. Harold (Milly) Garland of Walla Walla, Helen Ingram of Athena,...

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Fisher, J. H. Mrs. – Obituary

Mrs. J.H. Fisher Answers Call Funeral services conducted by Rev. E.L. Beem of the Christain church, were held at the chapel on Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. J.H. (Harvey) Fisher, who passed away at her home in Hurricane Creek on Sunday, Dec. 9, after an illness of only an hour. Music was by Mrs. Helen Kay and Mrs. Lois Best, who sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Abide with Me”. Pallbearers were Fred Himelwright, Tracy Puderbaugh, Willard Heskett, Albert Childers, Elmer Roup and J.O. Blume. Hattie Ellen Bloom was born Jan. 13, 1863, at Cove, and had spent her entire life of 82 years in eastern Oregon. She was united in marriage to J.H. Fisher August 15, 1884, at Union. They made their home in Union county for 20 years, coming to Wallowa county in 1904 and settling in the Leap county, where they lived for about 16 years before moving their present home. Mrs. Fisher was the first white child born at Cove. Mrs. Fisher was the mother of 11 children, one passing away in infancy. Surviving, besides the widower are sons; Willie of Salem; Harry of Spokane; Bruce of Enterprise; Frank at the family home; and Ira of Milton-Freewater, and daughters; Mrs. Frank Downing, Mrs. W.M. Downing and Mrs. John Stein of Enterprise, Mrs. W.R. Freudenberg of Prairie Creek, and Mrs. Julius Aleson of Joseph. There are also...

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