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Obituary: Cheryl J. (Haefer) Wagoner

Cheryl J. Wagoner, 75, of La Grande, died Oct. 18, 2021, at her home. A viewing will be held Nov. 3 from 5-7 p.m. at Loveland Funeral Chapel, La Grande. On Nov. 6, a celebration of her life will begin at 2 p.m., also at Loveland Funeral Chapel, followed by a dinner at her son Trent’s Perry residence, 62173 Lower Perry Loop. Casual dress is preferred by the family.
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Obituary: William 'Bill' R. Olson

William “Bill” R. Olson, 82, of La Grande, died Oct. 11, 2021. At his request, there will not be a service. Known as Bill, he was born Jan. 9, 1939, in Burlington, Washington, to Woodrow “Woody” Olson and Beryl (Johnson) Olson. He was raised in Rockport, Washington. He graduated from Concrete High School in Concrete, Washington, and what is now Oregon State University in Corvallis. He was married to Joyce (Yeager) Olson for 60 years.
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Obituary: Howard L. Bailey

Howard L. Bailey, 95, of Island City, died Oct. 15, 2021, in La Grande. A memorial service is planned for June 2022. Howard was born Nov. 5, 1925, in Iowa, to Ralph Bailey and Cecelia Bailey. In 1928 the family moved to Great Falls, Montana, where Howard completed grade school. In 1937 they moved to Eugene, where he graduated from high school. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946. After his honorable discharge he moved to Portland. In June 1946 he married Juanita Johnson.
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Service notice update: Skip T. Beardsley

Skip T. Beardsley, 81, of Elgin, died Oct. 19, 2021, in La Grande. The location of his memorial service has been changed to the Presbyterian Friendship Center, La Grande. The service will begin at 11 a.m. on Oct. 29 and will be streamed live; to join, go to www.mypersonalstream.com.
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Sylvia A. (Hebert) Sweet

Sylvia (Hebert) Sweet, 83, of La Grande, OR, died Sept. 17, 2021 at her residence. She was born May 4, 1938 in St. Albans, to Armand and Gertrude (Allard) Hebert. Sylvia attended BFA then married George Sweet (later divorced) then moved west to Oregon where, before retiring, she was the Enterprise school district’s head cook.
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Obituary: Susan V. (Jones) Schultz

Susan Viola Schultz, 65, of La Grande, died Oct. 21, 2021, at Grande Ronde Hospital resulting from an extended illness. The family will have a private memorial gathering at a later date. Arrangements are by Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, La Grande. Susan was born June 30, 1956,...
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Obituary: Skip T. Beardsley

Skip T. Beardsley, 81, of Elgin, died Oct. 19, 2021, in La Grande. A memorial service will be held Oct. 29, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, La Grande. The service will be streamed live; to join, go to www.mypersonalstream.com. Skip was born Feb....
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Obituary: Frances ‘LaDon’ (Lewin) Evers

Frances “LaDon” Evers, 92, of La Grande, died Oct. 15, 2021, at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of her life will be held Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. at the La Grande American Legion Hall. Casual dress is preferred by the family. Known as LaDon, she was born Oct. 11,...
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Death notice: Ryan Jorgensen

Ryan Jorgensen, 41, of La Grande, died Oct. 24, 2021, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise. Arrangements are by Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory, La Grande.
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Death notice: Norman Svaty

Norman Svaty, 89, of La Grande, died Oct. 26, 2021, at his residence. A graveside service will be held Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Union Victorian Cemetery. Casual dress is preferred by the family. Arrangements are by Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory, La Grande.
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Obituary: Shelia M. (Hansen) Evans

Shelia Maureen Evans, 52, of La Grande, died Oct. 9, 2021, at Grande Ronde Hospital. A celebration of her life will be held Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, Island City. Nicknamed “Gigi,” Shelia was born March 14, 1969, in La Grande, to Lorin Hansen and...
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Obituary: GLORIA HUDSON ENGELSON

Mom enjoyed hunting and fishing, long drives around the valley and, in her younger days, water skiing and boating. Mom was from the Valley but always called Eastern Oregon her home and wanted to be here at the end of her life. As Mom aged she moved back home and Russ and Kelly provided her with a home and watched over her until her death. She passed peacefully with the love and nurturing of her children by her side.
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Obituary: PATRICIA AILEEN DUFFEY

June 17, 1944 - October 15, 2021. Patsy “Pat” Duffey of La Grande, happily passed away October, 15, 2021, at the age of 77 years. In her own words, she wants all of her acquaintances and dear friends to know that if you are reading this, she no longer poses a threat.
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Death notice: Susan V. Schultz

Susan Viola Schultz, 65, of La Grande, died Oct. 21, 2021, at Grande Ronde Hospital from an extended illness. Arrangements are by Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, La Grande.
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Service notice: Skip T. Beardsley

Skip T. Beardsley, 81, of Elgin, died Oct. 19, 2021, in La Grande. A memorial service will be held Oct. 29, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, La Grande.
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Death notice: Sue E. Orlaske

Sue E. Orlaske, 72, of La Grande, died Oct. 22, 2021, at a local care facility. Arrangements are by Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory, La Grande.
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Upcoming Services — Saturday, Oct. 23

Durand, Bill — Celebration of life at 11 a.m., Youth For Christ building, 1001 Second St., La Grande. Garcia, Esther — Celebration of life at 1 p.m., West Park (below McNary Dam), near Umatilla. Face masks required. Linfoot, Ruth — Celebration of life at 10 a.m., First Assembly of God...
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Obituary: SHAUN DALE HOYT

Shaun Dale Hoyt was born in Bend, Oregon, to Kyle Boylen and Linda Standley and was then adopted by Frank and Emma Hoyt and raised in Union. He attended Union High School and worked at Woodgrain sawmill in La Grande, where he passed in an accident. He was a self-taught...
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Obituary: Marjorie C. (Patton) Savage

Marjorie Carolina Savage, 89, of La Grande, died Oct. 2, 2021. A graveside service was held at the Elgin Cemetery. Marjorie was born Nov. 11, 1931, in Peanut, California, to Willis Harry Patton and Edyth Claire (Schmaucher) Patton. She graduated from high school in California. In 1954 she moved to Oregon and lived in Elgin, Wallowa, Weston and La Grande. She worked at Smith Frozen Foods for 15 years, retiring in 1996.
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Death notice: Joseph Aragon

Joseph Aragon, 91, of La Grande, died Oct. 20, 2021, at a local care facility. Arrangements are by Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory, La Grande.
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