Obituaries for June 2015


Obituary: Dwane A. Obrist

The Dalles, Ore.

Dwane Obrist passed away on March 29th at Columbia Basin Care facility. Dwane was born and chose to live most of his life in his family’s beloved town of The Dalles, Ore. His first career spanning more than twenty years ...

Obituary: Frank William Johnson

Antioch, Ca.

Frank William Johnson, 93, a former resident of The Dalles, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015, while receiving hospice care in Antioch, Calif. He was born December 21, 1921, in The Dalles to Ernest and Mary Elizabeth (Hockman) Johnson. He ...

Obituary: David W. Moore

Dufur, Ore.

David W. Moore, 74, a resident of Dufur, Ore., died at home May 29, 2015. David was born January 25, 1941 in Portland, Ore., the only child to Darrell and Jeanne (Kreps) Moore. He was raised and educated in Portland, ...

Obituary: Bobby Joe Fedde

Umatilla, Ore.

Bobby Joe was born on August 29, 1937, in Jewell, Kan. He moved with his family to Oregon in 1949, before finally settling in Salem, Ore. Bobby Joe served a stint in the Air Force, then spent many years truck ...

Obituary: Janet Sue Copeland

The Dalles, Ore.

Jan Copeland, a long-time resident of The Dalles, Ore., passed away June 4, 2015 while receiving hospice care. She was born in Crawfordsville, Ind., April 30, 1950 the oldest of three children to James and Betty (Owens) Proffitt. She grew ...

Obituary: Gary Bernard Honald

The Dalles, Ore.

On May 30, 2015, while Gary and friends were scouting elk habitat he suffered traumatic injuries as a result of an ATV accident. While his death was tragic and unexpected his family and friends take solace that he spent his ...

Obituary: Willis Otto  Oster

The Dalles, Ore.

Willis Otto Oster, 88, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., died Thursday, June 4, 2015 at the Oregon Veteran’s Home. Willis was born November 3, 1926 in Washington, DC to Norval and Mary (Ritchey) Oster. He served in the U.S. ...

Obituary: James Bernard Copple

Redmond, Ore.

Jim was born in Ortonville Minn., to the late George Washington Copple and Catherine Rena Heinzen. He was accompanied into life with his twin sister, June, and also had six other siblings. During the great depression, his father moved the ...

Obituary: Wendy Erickson Swift

The Dalles, Ore.

Wendy Erickson Swift was born July 23, 1959, in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada to Rose Falk and Andrew Erickson. She departed this life on June 5, 2015 in her home due to heart complications. Wendy is survived by her husband of ...

Obituary: John Henry Howey

Maupin, Ore.

John was born on September 1, 1947 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Robert and Mildred Howey. After graduation from Radford High School in 1965, John attended Linfield College in McMinville, Ore., earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1969 in Physical ...

Obituary: Everette Wayne Brice

The Dalles, Ore.

Everette Wayne Brice, 92, died peacefully on June 2, 2015 at the Veterans Home in The Dalles, Ore. He was born in Grove, Okla., August 7, 1922. He was born to JC & Lettie Brice. He had 5 sisters and ...

Obituary: Francis H. Palmer

Wamic, Ore.

Francis H. Palmer, a long time resident of Wamic, Ore., passed away peacefully June 3, 2015. He was born June 21, 1921 in Paradise, Mont., second of seven children to parents Alvin and Gladys Palmer. Francis was a veteran of ...

Obituary: Delores Ann  Bidwell

Albany, Ore.

Delores “Dee” Ann Bidwell, 63, of Albany passed away on Thursday February 26, 2015 at home. Dee was born in The Dalles, Ore., to Robert Vernon Rolfe and Anna Marie Rolfe (Terry). She was raised in Grass Valley, Ore. She ...

Obituary: Jean Charles Lease

Maupin, The Dalles, Ore.

A Great Man is Missed on Father’s Day 2015 Jean Charles Lease known as “JC”, 92, a longtime resident of Maupin and The Dalles, passed away at peace with his Savior on November 26, 2014. He was born in Hugoton, ...

Obituary: Elizabeth Gordon

The Dalles, Ore.

Elizabeth "Betty" Gordon, a longtime resident of The Dalles passed away June 12th at the age of 82 surrounded by her family. Betty was born Elizabeth Ann Wells on December 27th, 1932 in Cambridge, Vermont. She attended high school there ...

Obituary: Eugene  Gerald Lanthorn

Lewiston, Ca.

Gene Lanthorn lost his battle with cancer June 13, 2015 at his home in Lewiston, Calif., after having been diagnosed with terminal cancer in March of this year. Gene spent the last months of his life with his wife Leila ...

Obituary: Joan Dean DeGrange

Boise, Id.

Joan DeGrange passed away on June 11, 2015 at her daughter’s home, in Boise, Idaho, from a very short battle with ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by family. Joan was born November 2, 1935 to Delbert and Marie Bruce in ...

Obituary: Richard R. Hammer

The Dalles, Ore.

Richard. R. Hammer passed away quietly on June 15, 2015. He was born March 29, 1924 in Nampa, Idaho. He married Geraldine Hollingsworth October 10, 1952. He was a proprietor of a Shell Station and later opened a mechanical shop. ...

Obituary: Bernard William Kortge

Bar Harbor, Maine

Bernard William (Bill) Kortge, 87, Lieutenant Commander, US Navy, retired, died Sunday, June 7, 2015, in Bar Harbor, Maine. Kortge was born June 30, 1927 in The Dalles, Ore., to Oscar William Kortge and Catherine Lillian Fleck Kortge. Bill served ...

Obituary: Patrick K. Martin

The Dalles, Ore.

Patrick K. Martin, 67, was born in Portland, Ore., in 1947, to parents Lucille and Willard Martin. He died on May 31, 2015 in The Dalles, Ore., after a long illness. Pat attended Wilson High School and worked on the ...

Obituary: David E. Johnson

Dufur, Ore.

David E. ‘Dave’ Johnson, 86, a resident of Dufur, Ore., died Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Services will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 1 p.m. at The Oregon Veteran’s Home. Arrangements in care of Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral ...

Obituary: Barbara Huntington Thomas

Eugene, Ore.

Barbara Huntington Thomas, 90, of Eugene, Ore., passed on June 22, 2015. She was born on March 1, 1925 in Eugene, Ore., to Charles A. “Shy” and Hallie (Hills) Huntington, an Oregon pioneer family. She graduated from Eugene High School ...

Death Notice

Death Notice: Richard R. Hammer

The Dalles, Ore.

Richard R. Hammer, 91, of The Dalles died June 15, 2015. No services have been scheduled. Arrangements by Omega Funeral and Cremation Service.

Death Notice: Patrick K. Martin

The Dalles, Ore.

Patrick K. Martin, 67, The Dalles, Ore., died May 30, 2015. A celebration of his life will be held at the United Church of Christ Congregational in The Dalles, July 11, 2015 at 2 p.m.


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