Miscellaneous Umatilla County, Oregon Obituaries


Baird, Lloyd
The East Oregonian
December 6, 1976
IRRIGON- graveside services were held today at Desert Lawn Cemetery, Irrigon, for two-year old Lloyd Baird, son of Leslie Baird of Irrigon. The Rev. Floyd Moore of the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Burns Mortuary was in Care of arrangements.

Martin, Lloyd
The East Oregonian
December 7, 1976
Lloyd Martin
HERMISTON- Lloyd L. Martin, 82, died at Good Shepard Hospital Saturday. Mr. Martin was born in Missouri August 31, 1894.
Mr. Martin had been a resident of Hermiston the past 27 years, and formerly had lived in LaGrande. He was a long time employe of the Union Pacific Railroad, having started work for the railroad in 1922. He was a fireman, brakeman and conductor durinf his employment with the Union Pacific. He was a veteran of World War I, U.S. Navy, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post at LaGrande.
Surviving are two sons, Patrick and Howard, both of Hermiston, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, one nephew, Clarence Rudell, also of Hermiston.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Paul McArthur of the Umatilla Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Hermiston Cemetery.

Bergevin, Louis C.
The East Oregonian
August 25, 1959
BERGEVIN Louis C., 64, late of Pendleton, husband of Ina, Pendleton, father of Denward L. Bergevin, Ione; Mrs. Betty J. Garvey, San Jose, Calif.; grandfather of five; brother of Al Bergevin, Sacramento, Calif.; Mrs. Ivan Yeakel, Seattle; Mrs. Ed Atherton, Pendleton; Mrs. Mike Estes, Walla Walla; several nieces and nephews; step-children, Jack Mayer, Donald Mayer, Portland; Lawrence Mayer, Seattle; Mary Lou Sterkel, San Francisco. Requiem mass will be at St. Mary’s Church, Thursday, Aug. 27, 10:00 A.M. Active pallbearers: Rich Thompson, Barney Foster, Delbert Emert, Clem Bergevin, Arthur Bergevin, DeMoss Bergevin; honorary pallbearers: Fred Rankin, Charles Carlson, Gar Swanson, Bick Snow, Ralph Schwalbe, Jack French, Bill Kilkenny, Charles Hester. Burial will be in Olney Cemetery. Rosary will be Wednesday, 7:30 P.M. at St. Mary’s Church. Arrangements in care of BURNS MORTUARY.

Wilson, Louise Mary
The East Oregonian
September 10, 1959
WILSON, Louise Mary, 53, late of Pendleton. Wife of Lowell Wilson, Pendleton; mother of Francis Wilson, Pendleton; Marguerite Wilson, Sacramento, Calif.; Mrs. Kathleen Dave, Pendleton; Lowella Wilson, Pendleton; sister of Francis Narcisse, Cayuse; grandmother of eight. Requiem Mass will be Saturday, Sept. 19, 10:00 A.M., St Andrew’s Church with the Rev. Fred Simoneau, S.J., celebrant. Bearers: Arnold Lavadour, Harold Jones, David McKay, Eli Quaempts, Walter Pond, Dick Johnson. Burial will be in St. Andrew’s Cemetery. Rosary at home at 7:30 P.M. on Friday. Arrangements in care of BURNS MORTUARY.

Craven, McKinley
The East Oregonian
December 6, 1976
Funeral for McKinley D. Craven, 315 SW 15th, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Burns Mortuary. Mr. Craven, 80, died Wednesday at Delamarter Care Center.
He had lived in Pendleton since 1951. He was born at Boone, Iowa. Mr. Craven was married to Alberta M. Trowbridge June 19, 1948, at Park Rapids, Minn. He was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church.
Survivors are the widow; sons, Ross, El Cajon, Calif., and Bob, San Diego, Calif.; stepsons, Merle Trowbridge, of Plentywood Mont., Roger Trowbridge, of Aurora, Minn., and James Trowbridge, of Pendleton; daughters, Harriet Pinkston and Ethel Gutowski, both of San Diege, and Gwyne LaPiedra, Encinitas, Calif.; stepdaughters, Delores Wooliscroft, of Bagley, Minn., Alvina Rheinheimer of Noblesville, Ind., Lois Tidwell of Franklin, Tenn., and Marjorie Trowbridge of Long Beach, Calif.; brothers, Clarence of Zumbra Falls, Minn., George of Jackson, Minn., and Charley of Lakewood, Calif.; sisters, Jessie Hildrand, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mayne Gensmer, Altura, Minn.; stepsister, Alice Sanford, Park Rapids, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, 18 stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the Heart Fund. Burial will be in Olney Cemetery.

Johnson, Melba
The East Oregonian
March 12, 1974
Melba Johnson
UMATILLA- Melba Fern Johnson died Sunday at Kennewick General Hospital, Kennewick, Wash. Mrs. Johnson was born in Cleveland Okla., Oct. 22, 1920.
She had been a resident of Umatilla the past seven years, and formerly had lived in Oklahoma.
Survivors are the widower, Cliff Johnson, Umatilla; one daughter, Mrs. James Clements, Kennewick; brothers, Charles Pinkstaff, Ogden, Utah, Ben Pinkstaff, Oklahoma, Bill Pinkstaff, Vallejo, Calif., Ray Pinkstaff, Martinez, Calif.; sisters, Gertrude Roundtree, Arkansas City, Kan., Doris Worley, Mountain View, Okla., and Jackie Broadwater, Grass Valley Calif.
Funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston. Burial will be in the Hermiston Cemetery.

Purcell, Melissa Martha
The East Oregonian
November 19, 1955
PURCELL, Melissa Martha, age 51, late of Pendleton. Wife of Dewey Purcell, Pendleton; daughter of Mrs. Mary M. Hargett, Pendleton; sister of Ralph Hargett, Sweet Home, Ore.; Thad Hargett, Pendleton; Mrs. Lillian Deardorff, Prairie City; Mrs. Myrtle Kimball, Pendleton; Mrs. Francis Hughes, Pendleton. Funeral services will be Tuesday, 2:00 P.M. at FOLSOMS’ FUNERAL CHAPAL, off street parking for family and friends, entrance on SE 2nd St. Bearers: Dale Tucker, R.E. Bissenger, Percy Dickerson, Bud Sonlater, Woodrow Hartle, Rat Lee. Burial in Olney Cemetery. Please contribute to Cancer Fund or Heart Society for research in lieu of flowers.

Purcell, Melissa Martha
The East Oregonian
November 19, 1955
Mrs. Purcell Dies
Mrs. Dewey Purcell, 51, South Cold Springs, died Saturday in St. Anthony’s Hospital after a short illness. Born in Juniper Canyon, resident of this county for most of her life, she and Mr. Purcell were married April 4, 1925and had lived in the Cold Springs for 11 years. Surviving relatives are her husband; her mother, Mrs. Mary Hargett, brothers and sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Kimball, Thad Hargett, Ernest Hargett, Mrs. Clifford Hughes, Pendleton, Mrs. Lillian Deardorff, Prairie City; Clayton Hargett, La Grande and Ralph Hargett, Sweet Home. Funeral notice appears on this page. In lieu of flowers friends may contribute to the Heart Fund or Fund for Cancer Research.

Speer, Myrtle Grace
The East Oregonian
September 10, 1962
SPEER, Myrtle Grace, 58, late of Umatilla, survived by one sister, Mrs. Minnie Vera Jenkins, Umatilla. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 12th, at 3 p.m., BURNS MORTUARY CHAPEL, Hermiston with Rev. Willard Cromwell of the First Christian Church officiating. Burial in the Hermiston Cemetery.

Carden, Nancy
The East Oregonian
September 9, 1962
CARDEN, Nancy, age 80, late of Portland, survived by one son, Allen O. (Monk) Carden, Honolulu, Hawaii; 2 granddaughters, Candice and Janet Carden, Honolulu; one sister, Mrs. Ralph Reynolds, Jacksonville, Fla. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 12th at 10:30 a.m. in Olney Cemetery. FOLSOMS’ FUNERAL CHAPEL in care of arrangements. Pallbearers: George Woodward, Albert Anderson, Ed Straughan, Herby Wiles, Ray Elliot, Floyd McDonald.

Kessell, Olna June
The East Oregonian
August 9, 1962
KESSELL, Olna June (June McBee), 48, late of Weston and LaGrande, wife of Elmer, daughter of Lucy Smith, Mitchell, S.D.; mother of James Leroy Morgan, Mrs. Edward Brady, both in California; sister of Ray Ham, Greenacres, Wash., Lester Ham, Stella, Mo.; Mrs. Ora Townsend, Mitchell, S.D., Mrs. David Sanasac, Yuma, Ariz.; Mrs. John Lucas, Cheney, Wash. Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 11, 2:00 P.M. in the METHODIST CHURCH, Weston, Ore., with Rev. Stanley W. Day officiating. Interment will be in Weston Cemetery. BERTELSON AND LEINKAEMPER FUNERAL HOME, Ontario, Ore. In charge of arrangements.

Kaiser, Paul R.
The East Oregonian
December 28, 1992
PENDLETON- Paul Richard Kaiser, 27, of Pendleton died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1992 in a fall at Fulton Elevator.
The Funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton with interment at Skyview Memorial Park.
Paul Kaiser was born Aug. 4, 1965 at LaGrande to Richard and Donna Kaiser. He attended Lincoln Elementary School, Helen McCune Junior High, John Murray Junior High, graduated from Pendleton High School and attended Blue Mountain Community College.
He was active in the Pendleton Softball League, was an avid downhill skier and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his father, Richard Kaiser of Pendleton; mother, Donna Pearl Postlewait of Pendleton; stepmother, Carol Ann Kaiser of Pendleton; grandmother, Velma Lorene Tollefson of Milton-Freewater; sister, Heidi Kaiser of Pendleton; stepsister, Sarah Triplett, and stepbrother, Benjamin Triplett, both of Vancouver, B.C.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Paul Kaiser Memorial Fund through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Ore. 97801.

VanCleave, Paul M.
The East Oregonian
Wednesday, June 11, 1997
Boardman— Paul M. Vancleave, 65, of Boardman died Monday, June 9. 1997, at his home.
Graveside services will be Thursday at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City.
Mr. VanCleave was born May 7, 1932, at Hereford Ore., to Newton and Barbara Engelhaupt VanCleave. He was raised in the Unity area and attended scholls there. He later attended college in California prior to going to work for the U.S. Forest Service in timber sale management. He was based in Baker County and later at Bly before his retirement in the mid 1980’s after more than 30 years.
On March 2, 1996, he and his wife, La Veta, were married at Stayton.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with is children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, La Veta, of Boardman; sons, Daniel of Roseberg, Jon of Redmond; stepson, David Adams of Astoria; daughter, Jennifer Escalara of Sparks, Nev.; stepdaughter, Dianne Hanson of Seaside; brother, James of Baker City; sister, Rose Rawls of Emmett, Idaho; seven grandchildren, and six stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Archie and Johnny, and sisters, Mary and Ethel.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in Charge of arrangements.

Ledbetter, Ralph Franklin
The East Oregonian
September 18, 1962
LEDBETTER, Ralph Franklin, 56, late of Pendleton, father of Estelle Garner, Pendleton, grandfather of Stephen Garner, Pendleton, step-father of Mrs. Vernon Christopherson, Olex, and Melvin Brady, Arlington, Ore., brother of Bergen Ledbetter, Heppner, Ore, Hazle, Mack, and Howard Ledbetter all of Rutherfordton, North Carolina, and Rose, Rhoda, Sue, and Nany Jane, all in North Carolina. Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 20, 10:00 A.M. in the BURNS MORTUARY CHAPEL, with Rev. Paul Coulombe of the Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in Olney Cemetery.

Wallan, Ralph Archie
The East Oregonian
September 8, 1962
WALLAN- Ralph Archie, Age 67, late of Adams. Husband of Dora Wallan, Adams. Father of Bill Wallan, Weston. Brother of Rd Wallan, Adams. Grandfather of Mary Lou and Mike Wallan. Funeral services Monday, Sept. 10, 10:00 A.M. FOLSOMS’ FUNERAL CHAPEL. Rev. C.A. Wright will officiate. Burial in Athena Cemetery.

Rood, Ray A.
The East Oregonian
December 15, 1987
HERMISTON- Ray Andrews Rood, 60, of Hermiston, died Saturday, Dec. 12 1987, at Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston.
The funeral will be 2 p.m., Tuesday in the chapel of Burns Mortuary in Hermiston with military graveside services to follow at the Hermiston Cemetery.
He was born Jan. 14, 1927, at Heppner, son of Walter and Cora Coleman Rood. He attended schools at Heppner, Hermiston, and Ritter.
On Aug. 28, 1948, he married Betty Lee Morris in Pendleton.
He served in the Army during World War II. After the war, Rood worked at the Umatilla Army Depot for 30 Years.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and helping his many friends.
Survivors include his wife, at the home; daughters, Roseann Virgen and Andrea Rhea Rood, both of Hermiston; sons, Edward J. of Hermiston and Warren Travis of Spokane; sisters, Betty Mikesell of Oakridge, Margaret Charlene Collins of Reno, Nev., Marjorie Cummings of Portland; brothers, Orville of Yakima, Gerald of Hermiston and Louis of Portland, and eight grandchildren.

Seaton, Robert
The East Oregonian
December 7, 1976
HERMISTON- A graveyard service for Robert H. Seaton, a former resident of Hermiston, Echo, and Ione, will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Echo Cemetery.
Mr. Seaton died Thursday in Portland at age 90. He was a resident of Portland the last 26 years.
He was a long time employee of Union Pacific Railroad, a member of the Blue Mountaineers Club, the Masonic Lodge of LaGrande and the V.F.W. post of Hermiston, and was a veteran of World War I.
Survivors include a son, Ben, Hood River; stepdaughter, Hazel Ferguson, Portland; and several grandchildren.
Burns Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Oveson, Theora
The East Oregonian
December 10, 1976
Theora Crawford Oveson, 79, died at St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, Tuesday.
She was born in Ferron, Utah, Dec. 29, 1896.
She was born a resident of Boardman the past seven years. She formerly lived at Toole, Utah. She was a member of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was active in the music department of the church. She was a member of the Boardman Garden Club.
She is Survived by a daughter, Mrs. Roland (Evelyn) Black, Boardman; sons, Crawford, Wallowa, Keith of Newark, Calif., and Gene of Musselshell, Mont.; brother, Caryle Crawford, Ferron, Utah; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Hermiston at 2 p.m. Concluding service will be Monday at Tooele.
Viewing will be at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. before the service.
Burns Mortuary is in charge of local arrangements.

Tucker, Trajan
The Athena Press
September 13, 1962
Trajan Tucker, 87, Former Resident Passes
Trajan Tucker, 87, of Toppenish, Wash., formerly of Weston, died there Sept. 3. He was born March 10, 1875, and had been married to the former Carrie Vanderpool about 60 years. She survives as do two sons, Damon of Toppenish and Truman of Adams; five daughters, Mrs. Hobart (Florence) Hand, White Salmon, Wash., Mrs. Ray (Rita) Jones and Mrs. Harold (Olive) Gould of Weston, Mrs. Emery (Hazel) Purcell, Pendleton, and Mrs. Gracie Morford , Athena; 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Three brothers, Ed of Walla Walla, Ralph of Weston, and Elmer of Salt Lake City, and three sisters , Mrs. Gertrude Hart, Walla Walla, Mrs. May Critchlow, Baker, and Mrs. Joseph (Katie) Wood, Castle Rock, Wash., also survive.
Funeral services were held in Toppenish at 2 p.m. Sept. 6. Attending from here were the Harold Gould family, Ray Jones family, Ralph Tucker, and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Erickson.

Terry, Waldo
The East Oregonian
April 20, 1973
TERRY, Waldo Emerson, age 70, 602 SE Dorian, Pendleton, Ore. Father of James Allen Terry, Gresham, Ore.; brother of Irl Terry , Twain Harte, Calif., and Mrs. Norma Garris, Pendleton, Ore., grandfather of two. Graveside services will held Friday, April 20, 1973 at 1 p.m. in Olney Cemetery, Pendleton, Ore. FOLSOMS’ FUNERAL CHAPEL, PENDLETON, ORE., in care of arrangements.

Attebury, Walter
The East Oregonian
September 15, 1962
ATTEBURY, Walter, age 66, late of Ft. Harrison, Mont. Brother of Charles Attebury, Felton, Calif.; William R. Attebury, Harlowton, Mont.; Roy and George Attebury, Hermiston; Mrs. George Clanton, San Jose Calif.; Mrs. Delina Bloom, San Jose, Calif.; Mrs. Ada B. wayland, Pacific Grove Calif. Funeral services will be Monday. Sept. 17 at 10 A.M. at FOLSOMS’ FUNERAL CHAPEL with interment at Olney Cemetery.

Hall, William Brian
The East Oregonian
September 3, 1962
HALL, William Brian, age 76, late of Weston. Survived by his wife, Jennie Mae or Weston, 4 sons, Virgil Hall, Portland; Glenn Hall, Mulino, Ore.; Donald Hall, Kodiak, Alaska; Russell Hall, Pilot Rock; 3 daughters, Mrs. Wendell Kirk, Weston; Mrs. E.A. Bradley, Columbia, S.C., Mrs. Clifford Kraft, Adams; 1 sister, Mrs. Henry Thompson, Weston, brother, Ruford Price, Weston; 16 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Sept. 5th at 2 p.m. at the Brethren Church, Weston with Rev. Martin Gauby officiating. MUNSELLE FUNERAL HOME in care of arrangements. Burial in the Weston Cemetery.

Humphrey, William David
The East Oregonian
September 13, 1959
HUMPHREY, William David (Razz), age 85, late of Pendleton. Father of Robert L. Humphrey, Pendleton; Mrs. Marguerite A. A. Knight, San Francisco; brother of Albert A. Humphrey, Dorris, Calif.; Bert Humphrey, Salem, Ore. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2:00 p.m. FOLSOMS’ FUNERAL CHAPEL. Pallbearers: Thomas Campbell, Chester Kennedy, William Dierdorff, Leon Ruck, John Miller, Kenneth Crumbull. Burial in Olney Cemetery, with the Knights of Pythias officiating.

McCutchen, William L.
The East Oregonian
September 12, 1962
McCUTCHEN, William L.. age 81, late of Hermiston. Survived by his wife, Ella of Hermiston; son William E. McCutchen, Umatilla; sister, Mrs. Mary Avaline Fisher, Portland; two grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 14, at 2:00 p.m. at BURNS MORTUARY CHAPEL, Hermiston with Rev. Willard Cromwell of the First Christian Church officiating. Burial in the Hermiston Cemetery.

Wallan, William A.
The East Oregonian
December 10, 1976
Funeral for William A. Wallan of Los Angeles, formerly of Adams and Pendleton, will be at Folsom-Bishop Funeral Chapel.
Mr. Wallan, 55, died Sunday at a Long Beach, Calif., Hospital. He was born at Adams April 17, 1921. He graduated from Adams High School. He attended the University of Oregon and was a Happy Canyon Director from 1953 to 1958.
He was in the Navy during World War II. Mr. Wallan had been working as a project manager in building construction. He was a member of Pendleton Elks Lodge 288.
Survivors are the widow, Jan; mother, Dora Wallan, Adams; son, Michael, Portland; daughter, Mary Trevor, Los Angeles; and foster uncle, Jasper Hodge, Adams.
Interment will be at the Weston Cemetery, Weston.
Contributions may be made to the Oregon Heart Association or a charity of choice.


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