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THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010 THE PENDLETON RECORD, PENDLETON, OREGON PAGE 3 LORA ESSELSTYN MARCH 19, 1928-APRIL 18, 2010 Lora Esselstyn, 82, of Pendle- ton died Sunday, April 18, 2010.At her request, no services we re held. Mrs. Esselstyn was born March 19, 1928, in Union at Catherine Creek to Art and Mable Moudy. She had one sister and two brothers. She left the farm at the age of fifteen and moved to Pendleton, where she was a waitressfor many years. She raised her children in Pendleton and Florence. She also worked as a butcher at the Albertson's grocery store in Pendleton for about 13 years be- fore her retirement in 1990. Mrs. Esselstyn is survived by children Bill Wohlford and Velda Wohlford Horner, both of Pendle- ton, and Deb Wohlford Reber of Newberg; sister Fae Moudy Hamp- ton of Sisters; 5 grandchildren; and 1 great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her be- loved husband Rodney Esselstyn; parents Art and Mabel Moudy; and brothersEverettand SteveMoudy. MELVIN L. THOMAS FEB. 2, 1926-APRIL 23, 2010 BOARDMAN - Melvin L. Tho- mas Sr., 84, of Boardman died Fri- day, April 23,2010. A private fam- ily gathering will be held at a later date. Disposition was cremation. Mr. Thomas was born Feb. 2, 1926, in Loretto, Tenn., to Lewis and Ura Tidwell Thomas. He was a veteran of World War I[, serving in the Army. In 1948 he married Pauline M. Edsall in Aptos, Calif. He wasa resident of Boardman the past 38 years. He worked in farming and food processing. Su rvivo rs include sons Melvin Thomas Jr. of Irrigon, Theron Tho- mas, Boardman and Clinton Tho- mas, Umatilla; daughters Glenda Bozarth and Louella Swett, both Boardman, and Christine Daniels, Reno, NV; brother Roy Thomas of Michigan; sister Anita Sue Antram of Lewiston, I D; 24 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and 12 nieces and nine nephews. He was preceded in death by hiswife, Pauline May Thomas; brothers Leon Tho- mas, W.C. Thomas and Wayne Tho- mas; and sister Lorne Edsall. HAZEL M. STOOLRRE JUNE 28, 1912-APRIL 18,1 0 Hazel M. Stoolfire, 9,.ofi Milton-Freewater died Sumlay, April 18, 2010. Graveside services were held Friday, April 23 in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Mrs. Stoolfire was born June 28, 1912, in Elgin to Willis and Cynthia Colpitts Carlton. She lived with her family in Elgin for a time. She later moved to Tuttle, I D, where she attended school. In 1931 she married Wallace Stoolfire in Tuttie and they lived there and in Hagerman, Idaho until moving to Walla Walla and finally to Milton- Freewater in 1941. She lived at their home for 62 years. She worked as a cook, wait- ress, an d dishwasher. The last res- taurant she worked at was the M- F Supper Club, retiring in 1969. She also worked at Mojonnier Fruit Packing for a time. Mr. Stoolfire preceded her in death in 1972. Mrs. Stoolfire is survived by sons Lyle Carlton of Ridgefield, Wash., Robert Wallace Stoolfire of Troy, Idaho, Willis "Lee" Stoolfire of Pendleton and George Stoolfire of Pilot Rock; daughters Lila Hudson and Rebecca Stoolfire, both of Milton-Freewater, Clara Canoe of Mattawa, Wash., Eunice Wickert of Pendleton and Mary Ellen Stauter of Mustang, Okla.; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great- grandchildren, great-great-great grandchildren, nieces and neph- ews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, two grandchildren and a son-in-law. LESLIE L. ALEXANDER MAY21, 1936-APRIL 20, 2010 Leslie L. Alexander, 73, of Pendleton died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in Pendleton. A graveside funeral service was held Thurs- day, April 22 in the Agency Cem- etery, Pendleton. Mr. Alexander was born May 21,1936, in Pendleton to Uriah and Lillian (Farrow) Alexander. He gradu- ated from Pendleton High School in 1954. After high school he worked for a time for the Bureau of Indian Affairs before he entered the Ma- rines Corps. He was discharged in 1962 as a lance corporal. After his discharge he lived in Warm Springs, where he worked scaling logs until about 1965. He then returned to Pendleton, where he worked for the BIA as a forestry technician, heavy equipment op- erator, log scaler and firefighter. He reti red from the BlAin 1992. In 1998 he was acknowledged by the CTUIR Athletic Hall of Fame for his baseball talents. He also was acknowledged by the government for his 30-plus years of service. Mr. Alexander is survived by his wife, Loretta Alexander of Pendleton; children Shana Alexander and Craig Alexander, both Pendleton; stepsons Armand Minthorn, Pendleton, Kent Minthorn, Tennessee and Phillip Cash Cash of Arizona; brothers Start and Randy Alexander, both Pendleton; sisters Marie Dick, Cay- use and Barbara Guerrero, Pendle- ton; 4 grandchildren; and 1 great- grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements ELMER K. 'CLEM" LOMEN JAN. 12, 1924-APRIL 20, 2010 Elmer K. "Clem" Lomen, 86, of Hermiston died Tuesday, April 20, 2010. A graveside funeral service with military honors was held Monday, April 26 at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Mr. Lomen was born Jan. 12, 1924, in Columbia Township, Minn., to Knute and Anna Ander- son Lomen. He joined the Mer- chant Marine and served during World War I1. After the war he con- tinued in the Merchant Marine for several years. He married Virginia Holshu. Theydivorced. He later married Alice Rundell in 1956 in International Falls, MN., and they moved to the Longview-Kelso, WA, area in 1962. He moved to Hermiston in 1990. Mr. Lomen is survived by his wife, Alice Lomen of Kelso, WA.; daughters Karen Leighton, Port- land, Shirley McCrackea, Longview, WA., Janet Storer, Redmond, Brenda Lomen, Port Angeles, WA., and Cindy Tift of Irrigon; sons Garry Lomen and Larry Lomen, both of Kelso, WA.; sisters Terri Tangen and Vi Data, both Fargo, N.D.,and Mert Robbins of California; 21 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Michael Lomen; brothers Les and Joe Lomen; and sisters Lillian, Ida, and Pearl. ARLEETA DARLENE NA YLOR AUG. 24, 1968-APRIL 23, 2010 Arleeta Darlene NayLor, 41, of Hermiston died Fri, April 23, 2010. A graveside memorial service was held Wednesday, April 28 at the Hermiston Cemetery. Mrs. Naylorwas born Aug. 24, 1968, in Spokane, WA., to Don and Gloria Lane. Her personal strength and character brought joy and wonder to her family. She will be missed by her hus- band, RobertNaylor; children Holly, Tommy, Timmy, Tyler, Halley and Tyson; her parents; grandmother Rozella Cawthra; brothers Donavan and Andrew Lane; 4 grandchildren; and 11 nieces and nephews. Her grandfather, Gerald Cawthra, preceded her in death. The Pend/eton Record P.O. BOX 69 Pendleton, OR 97801 SUBSCRIPTION COUPON I would like a subscription to ThePendleton Recordsent to: Name Mailing address City State  Zip If this is a gift subscription, please sign Renewaln Newn Subscfiptio Rates- $25.00 for 1 year 52 issues - 1 each week for 52 weeks Phone 276-2853 OBITUARIES IDA K. SCHILLING JULY 15, 1924-APRIL 21, 2010 Ida K. Schilling, 85, of Pendleton died Wed, April 21,2010. A memorial service was conducted Monday, April 26 in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Pendleton. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Olney. Cemetery in Pendleton. Mrs. Schilling was born July 15, 1924, in Miles, WA., to James and Clara (McCrea) Carroll. She g row up in the Pilot Rock area, where her family ranched, and attended the Byrd School. She married Henry A. Schilling in 1944 in Pendleton. She wasa homemakerand had lived in the areas of Joseph, Ukiah, Enterprise, Albee, Pilot Rock and Kennewick. She lived in Pendleton for 65 years. She was also a musi- cian, playing piano, guitar, har- monica, accordion and violin. Mrs. Schilling is survived by children Duane Schilling, Melody Schilling and Melerine Thompson, all of Kennewick, WA., and Phyllis Birkyand Irene Graham, Pendleton; sisters Virginia Garrison, Pilot Rock and Jean Smith, Echo; 9 grandchil- dren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and brothers Jim Carroll and Levi Car. CHARLOTTE ROBERTS ? 1917-APRIL 18, 2010 Las Vegas, NV - Charlotte Roberts, 92, passed away on Sun- day, April 18, 2010. Charlotte was born in Pendle- ton in t917. She has been a Las Vegas, NV resident since 1957. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Perkins, hus- band, George, sisters, Clara May Edward and Rosemary Belts, broth- ers Garry and Tom Tullis. She is survived by brother John Tullis of Wrangle, AK; son Pete Lybecker of Cove, OR; daughters Tam Branson of Hines, OR and Georgann Fairbanks, Las Vegas; 13 grandchil- dren, 22 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. FRANCES R. NEILL .'" MARCH 9, 1927-APRIL 19, 2010 HARRISBURG - Frances R. Neill, 83, of Harrisburg died Mon- day, April 19, 2010. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 30 at the First Chris- tian Church in Junction City. Mrs. Neill was born March 9, 1927, in Belt, MT., to Ernest and Opal (Tetrick) Rainwater. She married Harold Harmon Neill in 1946 in Snohomish, WA.,and the couplelived in Hermiston from 1946 to 1957. They moved to Harrisburg, where her husband still resides. Shealso is survived bydaugh- ter Kay Neill of Renton, WK, son Larry Neill, Portland, and sister Marguerite Schaeffer of Manson, WA. WA YNE A. THOMAS MAY 22, 1945-APRIL 20, 2010 Wayne A. Thomas, 64, of Her- miston died Tuesday, April 20,201 O. A private gathering will be held. Mr. Thomas was born May 22, 1945, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Colo- nel Leon A. and Elaine Eggerth Thomas. He was raised in a military family in many places throughout the world. He graduated from Coeu r d'Alene High School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He then served in the Army in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He mar- ried Penny Lasater in 1966 in Everett, Wash. He worked all over the United States for many years as a tele- phone cable splicer until settling in Hermiston in 1998 and going to work for Qwest. Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, PennyThomas of Hermiston; son David Thomas of Hermiston; sister Vicki Eddelkamp of Georgia; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Scott Thomas. FRED WARD GRAVES MAY 19, 1937-APRIL 18, 2010 HUNTINGTON - Fred Ward Graves, 72, of Huntington died Sunday, April 18,2010. A g raveside service was held Sat, April 24 at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Mr. Graves was born May 19, t937, in Centralia, Wash., to Shelby and Gertrude (Pettyjohn) Graves. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Darleen Graves of Hinting- ton; sons Start, Steve and Rod; brother Dave; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Pauline Jenson and Marge Taylor. DAVID LEROY "PINK' HARWOOD AUG. 12, 1946-APRIL 23, 2010 David Leroy "Pink" Harwood, 63, of Pendleton died Friday, April 25, 2010 at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Services were held Wednes- day, April 28 atthe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Pendle- ton. Mr. Harwood was born Au- gust 12, 1946, at Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Roland and Harriet (Johnson) Harwood. He graduated from West High School in Salt Lake City and from Utah Tech College with a journeyman plumber's li- cease. He and his wife, Sandra, were married Sept. 4, 1970 at Salt Lake City. In 1978, he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad. He worked for 20 years in the Salt Lake City diesel shop until it closed. He transferred to the Hinkle diesel shop in Hermiston and retired with 30 years of service in 2008. Mr. Harwood had many fond memo- ries of friends at the railroad both in Salt Lake City and at Hinkle. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints and served in many capacities, but loved serving in the Boy Scout troops the best. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Harwood, in Pendleton; sons John Harwood and Jason Harwood; daughter Jana Sander- son; brother Dennis Harwood; and five grandchildren. Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop was in charge of arrangements. VIOLET L. (DAVIS) THOME MARCH 21, 1911-APRIL 21, 2010 PI LOT ROCK- Violet L. (Davis) Thome, 99, of Pilot Rockdied Wed, April 21,2010. Memorial services were held Wednesday, April 28 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Lat- ter-day Saints in Pilot Rock. . Mrs. Thome was born March 31,1911, in Seattle to William and Luticia (Arthur) Heftier, At eight years old she moved to Nebraska to live with heraunt and uncle. She spent her youth traveling between Florida and Nebraska. She later moved to Hermiston. She graduated from Eastern Oregon Universitywith a bachelor's degree in education, and married Michael Thome in 1942. She later married Merlen Davis and moved to Pilot Rock until her passing. Mrs. Thome is survived by son Dave Davis of Pilot Rock; 3 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchil- dren; and 1 great-great-grandchild. PARALEE WEINKE Paralee Weinke, 83, of Pilot Rock died Sunday, April 18, 2010. Recitation of the holy rosary was held Thursday, April 22 at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Mass of Christian burial was conducted Fri- day, April 23 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pendleton. Interment followed the mass in Olney Cem- etery. Mrs. Weinke was born Feb. 19,1927, in Monument to Emmett and Nellie (Carter) Cochran. She attended the Carter District School in Long Creek before the family moved to Pendleton. She then at- tended the St. Joseph Academy, graduating in 1944. She married William Weinke in 1946 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Penal/e- ton. She worked as a bookkeeper for Comrie Motors, and later for Pendleton Auto Parts. She then wasa homemaker and devoted her time and energies to raising her family for many years. After raising her family she began work as a secretary for the Pilot Rock El- ementary School. She worked there 28 years until her retirement in the spring of 1996. Mrs. Weinke is survived by her husband William of Pilot Rock; children Elouise Kirsch of Madras, Don Weinke of Pilot Rockand Janis Weinke of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister LaVelle Province of Portland; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers. Memorial contributions may be directed to either the Pilot Rock Booster Club, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Pilot Rock Education & Com- munity Foundation in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements. ERMA M. SHEOSHIPS AUG. 19, 1948-APRIL 24, 2010 Erma M. Sheoships, a resi- dent of Pendleton, died Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the home of her daughter. She was 61 years old. A Rosary was conducted Monday, April 26 at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Mass was on Tuesday, April 27 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Mission. Burial followed in the St. Andrew's Cemetery. Mrs. Sheoships was born August 29,1948 in Pendleton. She was the daughter of John and Dorothy (Mills) Sheoships. She grew up in the Thornhollow area and attended St. Andrew's School. She graduated from Athena High School in 1967. After high school, she attended Haskell Indian School in Lawrence, Kan., from 1967-1968. She then returned home and began working as a CNA in the area. She married George R. Walks- On-Top in August 15, 1996 in Coeur d' Alone, Idaho. She grew up riding horses most of her life. She loved watch- ing horror movies, spending time with her grandchildren and taking walks with them. She had enjoyed many Seattle Mariners games with her husband and the road trips she took with him. She also enjoyed just sitting in her backyard and watching the scenery. She is survived by children, Elizabeth Butler, Jason Butler, Margaret Shoeships and Amanda John, all of Pendleton. She had six sisters, three brothers and eight grandchildren. Mr. Shoeships preceded her in death in 1998. Burns mortuary of Pendleton was in charge of arrangements. TIFFANY NICOLE EDWARDS- HA YWAR D MAY 29, 1983-APRIL 21, 2010 Tiffany Nicole Edwards-Hay- ward, 26, died Wed, April 21, 2010. Recitation of the Rosary was held Monday, April 26, at Bums Mortuary chapel, Hermiston. Funeral Mass was held Tues, April 27, at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, Hermiston. Burialwasatthe Hermiston Cemetery. Mrs. Edwards-Hayward was born on May 29,1983 to Debbie Hill in Hermiston and was welcomed into the Edwards family in 1986, the third daughter of Kevin and Kay Edwards: She attended school in Hermiston. She participated in cross country at Hermiston High School, graduating in 2001. After becoming certified as a CNAthrough Blue Mountain Com- munity College, Mrs. Edwards- Hayward worked as an in-home caregiver in Eugene as well as at Rose Arbor Assisted Living and Sun Terrace Assisted Living facili- ties in Hermiston. She served in the Coast Guard and was stationed in Port Angeles, WA., until her dis- charge in April 2007. She married Allen Hayward on August 8, 2008 and lived in Pasco prior to returning to Hermiston. She was a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, where she was active from a young age in Junior Catholic Daughters and Youth Group. She se rved as a missionary in the Dominican Republic in 2003. An avid sports fan, Mrs. E dwards-Hayward also loved video and board games, word search puzzles and movies. She is survived by her hus- band: Allen Hayward of Hermiston; parents Kevin and Kay Edwards, Hermiston; grandparents Vern and Ann Hoskins, Hermiston; brothers Marc Edwards, Pasco, Vernon Edwards and Danny Edwards, Her- miston; sisters Angola Young, Alissa Simmons and Jessica Edwards, of Hermiston; and Several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Freda Edwards. FAWN ELIZABETH IRONBEAR SEPT. 29, 1981-APRIL 18, 2010 Fawn Elizabeth Ironbear, 28, of Irrigon died Sunday, April 18, 2010. Recitation of the rosary and mass of Christian burial was held Friday, April 23 at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church in Her- ralston. Burial followed in the Desert Lawn Cemetery in Irrigon. Ms. I ronbear was born Sept. 29,1981, in Richland,WA.,to Arden and Joanne Giffen. She moved to I rrigon five years ago. Ms. I ronbear is survived by her parents, Joanne K. McKenzie and Arden Giffen; grandmother Nancy Kent; brothers Brian I ronbear, Daniel Thompson, Evan Ironbear and Ben I ronbear; sister Keristan I ronbear; auntsand unclesCindyand Michael Hiltwien (hergodparents), David and Patsy Kent, John and LeAnne Kent; great-aunts and uncles John and Odessa Mann, Lemon and Christine Davis; 2 nephews, a niece. She was preceded in death by grandparents Aaron Kent, Andrew Ironbear and Mary Younger; aunt Jessie Sparks; and uncle Bill Tapio. MARGARET A. 'MARGE" MORRIS AUG. 25, 1926-APRIL 23, 2010 MargaretA."Marge" Morris, 83, of Pendleton died Friday, April 23, 2010. Memorial service was Mort, April 26 at Oregon Trail Manor. Mrs. Morris was born Aug. 25, 1926, in Camp Crook, S.D., to Fred and Ella Goode. She married Dearie Morris in 1941 in Lewiston, ID. She was a kindergarten teacher for many years in Enterprise and as- sisted with day care after their move to Athena. She was a Umatilla County resident for 25 years. Survivors include daughters Sharron Wart of Tri-Cities, Wash., and Sharlene Norton of Portland; son Mike Morris of Sacramento, Calif.; sister Lois McCracken of Washougal, Wash.; two grandchil- dren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Deane Morris, par- ents, two brothers and four sisters. HELEN MARIE GEBHARDT JUNE 15, 1922-APRIL 22, 2010 Helen MarieGebhardtdiedThurs, Apdl 22, 2010. She was 87. At her request, there will be no services. Dis- position was by cremation. Mrs. Gebhardt was born June 15th, 1922 at Minneapolis, Kan., to parents, Len and Josephine (White) Markley. She was raised in Kansas. The family moved to Puyallup, Wash., where she mar- ried Werner Martin Gebhardt. During World War II she worked at Boeing as a riveter. After the war her husband worked for the Washington State Patrol, so they moved all of over Washing- ton state, finally settling in Yakima. They were members of the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Gebhardt was an artist and painted and sold paintings at an art gallery in Yakima. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and the computer. She is survived by a son, Ron Gebhardt of Orlando, Fla.; daugh- ters Diana Jamison, Hermiston, Connie Hagy of California; sister Carmen Feathers, Yakima; 8 grand- children; and 2 great-grandchil- dren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Werner, and brother Don Markley. CHARLES SHERMAN GILMAN AUG. 10, 1952-APRIL 7, 2010 PAYETTE, ID - Longtime Her- ralston resident Charles Sherman Gilman, 57, died Wed, April 7,201 O, in Payette, Idaho. A memorial ser- vice was held Saturday, April 24 at Til Taylor Park in Pendleton. Mr. Gilman was born Aug. 10, 1952, in Walla Walla and raised in Adams. He served in the Army Na- tional Guard from 1970-1974. He lived most of his life.in Her- miston, where he worked as irriga- tion specialist for many years until he became disabled. Survivors include wife Kris Gilman; daughter Angela; son Michael; brothers Larry, David, Ed; sister Gayle; and 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, I mogene and Sherman Gilman, and grandson Jared. FREDERICK JONA THAN ERICKSEN, JR. JAN. 28, 1925-APRIL 21, 2010 ARLINGTON - Former Arling- ton and The Dalles resident Frederick Jonathan Ericksen, Jr. 85, of Portland died Wed, April 21, 2010. A funeral service was held Sat, April 24 at the United Method- ist Church in Arlington, with Ma- sonic service and burial following at the Arlington Cemetery. Mr. Erickson was born Jan. 28,1925, in The Dalles to Fred and Sybil Wisner Erickson Sr. The Ericksen family owned and oper- ated a commercial truck garden (famous fortheircantaloupes) and fruit orchard. He grew up on the family farm at 18th and Mount Hood streets and attended school in The Dalles. He studied electrical engineering and agriculture at Or- egon State University. In 1949 he married Yvonne Johnson of Odell and they began ranching at Blalock, raising cher- ries and wheat. During the next 25 years, he worked as a general superinten- dent, building more than 20 power lines and substations. After retire- meat hewaselected mayorofArling- ton in a landslide write-in campaign in 1992, and was re-elected in 1996. He married Gladys McKay of Port- land that same year, in Arlington. Mr. Erickson is survived by his wife, Gladys of Portland; daughters Janet Arlen Gohring of Cove and Susan Joanne McCarthy of Arlington; stepdaughters Darlene Boles of St. Helens and Diana Taal of Sedro-Woolley, Wash.; brother Russell E ricksen of Adams; three granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Yvonne; his parents;