Native Oregonian Patsy Hatsumi Yoneyama Abe, 71, died Aug. 30 of natural causes.
The oldest of six daughters born to John and Yoneko Yoneyama, she was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Portland.
In World War II the Yoneyama family was taken from Gresham and interned at the Japanese American internment camp in Minidoka, Idaho, from 1942 to 1945.
After the war the family settled in Nyssa, where Patsy Yoneyama graduated from Nyssa High School in 1952. She then attended Eastern Oregon College, where she completed her bachelor¹s degree in education.
In 1957 she married Albert Abe in Portland, where they settled. She later earned a master¹s degree in education from the University of Oregon.
She taught for two years at Redmond Elementary School before moving to the Tigard School District in 1965, where she first taught at Charles F. Tigard Elementary School and then at Phil Lewis Elementary School. She retired in 1993.
A vibrant, active, fun-loving woman, a Marathon runner, she enjoyed gardening, Japanese dancing, bonsai flower arranging, volunteering, community activities, shopping, and going to free movie screenings with her husband and their friends. She combined her love of children and Japanese culture by teaching in the Seattle Betsuin Kids Summer Program.
She was a longtime member of the Oregon Buddhist Temple, Japanese American Citizens League, Nikkei Fujinkai, Japan America Society of Oregon, Fujinami Kai, Tomodachi Kai, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Valeda, Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Columbia Parliamentarian Organization, Oregon Nisei Senior Swingers Golf Club, plus several other groups.
In 2005 The Asian Reporter presented Mrs. Abe and her husband with a Community Most Honored Elder Award. Earlier she had received the JACL Portland Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award and was a founding member of the Ikoi-So Terrace retirement home.
Her parents preceded her in death.
Survivors in addition to husband Albert include children John Abe of Fontana, Calif.; daughter Debby Abe of Tacoma, Wash.; sisters Dorothy Akiyama of Seattle, Ruth Schargus of Shasta Lake, Calif., Molly Yoneyama of Renton, Wash., Meiko Furukawa of Portland and Ida Price of Keno; plus four grandchildren.
Family services were held Sept. 6 at the Oregon Buddhist Temple and burial was Sept. 7 in Willamette National Cemetery.
The family of Patsy Hatsumi Yoneyama Abe suggests that contributions in her memory may be made to Oregon Buddhist Temple.
Arrangements were made by Riverview Abbey Funeral Home.
Elvin "Alex" L Alexander
11/5/34 - 1/16/2018
Elvin "Alex" Lee Alexander was born November 5, 1934, in Booneville, Indiana. He graduated from Nyssa High School in 1953. He joined the United States Air Force and served as clerk. On June 9, 1961, he married the love of his life, Joy Helen Bateman Alexander. Alex and Joy sponsored many people through Alcoholics Anonymous that later became friends. He also volunteered at Community Christian Center working on computers and writing grants. Alex ministered at various care facilities while Joy played the piano. Although Alex had many struggles, his joy was seeing his children and grandchildren have a firm foundation of Christian faith. He taught many others the importance of believing in God to make changes in their lives. Alex made friends wherever he was and his sweet smile will be missed. Our family will be forever thankful for the care he received at Heritage Assisted Living & Harrison's Hope Hospice.
Alex is survived by John & Pam (daughter) Price, JB (son) & Rena Alexander, Greg (son) & Lara Alexander, 7 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Memorial service to be held at Heritage Assisted Living Friday, Feb 2, 2018, at 2 pm. Donations to Boise Rescue Mission or Cole Community Church.
Toni R Armstrong
NYSSA – Services for Toni Ranae Armstrong, 15, or Nyssa, who died Thursday in a Boise hospital from injuries sustained in an auto accident Wednesday near Nyssa, will be conducted at 2 pm Monday by Bishop Gary V. Thompson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the Nyssa Stake House.
Interment will be in the Nyssa Cemetery. Services will be under the Direction of Lienkaemper Chapel.
She was born July 28, 1960, in Kemmerer, WY. She moved with her parents To Nyssa nine years ago and was a student at Nyssa High School.
Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Armstrong of Nyssa, a brother, Randal James of Nyssa; and three sisters, Mrs. Linda Kay Woodie of Nyssa, Mrs. Sharon Lee Seward of Parma, and Mrs. Brenda Jo Scott of Grandview.
Mary Joan Athey Passed away peacefully on October 12, 2016, surrounded by her family, after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer's. Born June 28, 1935, in Hollywood CA, to Bill and Dorothy Russell. She received her Bachelor's in education from Eastern Oregon University. She pursued her career in education in San Francisco CA where she met her husband Gordon Athey. The couple had 3 children and moved to Eatonville, WA in the summer of 1977. After raising her family, Mary's love for reading lead her to obtain her Master's degree as a Children Specialty Librarian. She retired from Fort Lewis Grandstaff Library where she enjoyed many years of developing that love of reading for many children. After retirement, she volunteered at her local food bank, assisted displaced families through her church Lakewood United Methodist and volunteered for a local grade school. She is survived by her children Gordon (Lisa), Chuck (Sonja) and Debra. Also her brother Bill Russell, sister in law Juanita niece Cameron and nephew Thomas, her grandchildren Andrea, Amanda, Joshua, Lydia, Jonah, Micah, Christy, Jeremy, Ashley, Garrett, James, Daniel and Rebecca, also 13 great-grand-children. Information for the celebration of life ceremony and donations can be found at mountainviewtacoma.com
Backus, Rodney Richard 67, of Mt. Vernon, died peacefully at home on Nov.11, 2009. He was born Feb. 2, 1942, to Charles & Myrtle Backus in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Rod was a retired, long-time Masonry Contractor in Garland, Tex. He loved being at home in the East Texas woods enjoying life in the outdoors and fishing with family & friends. Rod is preceded in death by his parents & daughter Suzy. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; children Chad & Rachel, both of Garland; Christine & Debbie, both of Florida; brothers Ken, Dan, & George, & sister Charla, all of Michigan. Brothers Mathew & Terry, sisters Cele, Dixie, Sue, & Myrna, all of Florida. Grandchildren: Cody & Brandon of Florida, Cassie, Rodney "Bubba" & his beloved Janessa "Boo", all of Garland. Aunt Ethel & Uncle Del of Florida, numerous nephews & nieces, extended family members & many good friends. To honor his wishes, no services will be held. The family asks that contributions be made in his memory to Cypress Basin Hospice or the. Sam B. Harvey Funeral Home Mt. Vernon, Texas
Dale Brent Beckstead was born Feb. 24, 1941, at Ogden, Utah, to parents Clifford and Larene (Ure) Beckstead. He died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Heppner, Ore., at the age of 68.
Dale was raised in Nyssa and graduated high school there. He served in the U.S. Army, and, after the service, he returned to Nyssa to farm with his father. Dale lived in Alaska, Milton-Freewater and, finally, Boardman for the past 11 years. He drove trucks for Oregon Potato and worked at Columbia Improvement District for two years. He loved to tinker on things, including anything mechanical, house maintenance and yard work. He was an avid fisherman, boat or land, and he loved camping and the outdoors.
He is survived by his companion, Brenda Terrell, of Boardman, Ore.; daughters, Tami Tindell, of West Richland, Wash., Emily Gaston, of Pendleton, Ore., Vickie Gaston, of Fallon, Nev., and Brenda Arlene Gaston, of Antioch, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Larene Beckstead and brother, Don Beckstead.
At his request, there will be no services held. Disposition was by cremation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospice, P.O. Box 9, Heppner, OR 97836.
Burns Mortuary, of Hermiston, Ore., is in care of arrangements.
Gregory Eugene Blanch
July 22, 1954 - May 10, 2010
Gregory Eugene Blanch, 55, passed away unexpectedly at his Fruitland home on Monday, May 10, 2010. His wife, Janey, was by his side.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, May 14, 2010, at the Elks Lodge in Weiser.
Cremation is under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Fruitland.
The eldest of three children, Greg was born July 22, 1954, to Gary and Marianne Blanch, in Kennewick, Wash.
He was raised in Nyssa, Ore. and graduated from Nyssa High School in 1972.
He spent his early adult years riding horses, chasing cows and living the cowboy lifestyle he loved.
Glenn E. Bock Glenn E. Bock, 59, of Boise, Idaho, passed away Aug. 18, 2008, of cancer. Funeral services will be held at the Idaho State Veteran Cemetery in Eagle on Monday, August 25th at 3 p.m. There will be a brief service at the cemetery. Glenn was born April 12, 1949, in Sidney, Mont., to Cy and Dorothy Bock. He was raised in Nyssa, Ore., and graduated from Nyssa High School in 1967. Glenn served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Richard Lynn Bunn 64 of Nyssa, Oregon born December 28, 1952, to Jay E. Bunn and Nancy A. Kesler. Passed away March 9, 2017, from a fall and complications after surgery. Richard ran Sunray Towing & Recovery, Inc. with his son Fred and B-line Pilot Car Services, LLC with his wife Lorri. Richard loved going to car shows and meeting old friends and making new ones. He loved his family and giving service to others. Richard is survived by his wife Donya L “Lorri” Gonzalez-Bunn and 5children; William M “Manny” (Mellisa) Weckesser of Payette ID, Rebekka (Jason) Shannon, of Nampa ID, Fred T (Natasha) Bunn, of Nyssa OR, Jordan (Candice) Bunn, James K (Veronica) Bunn of Nyssa OR. Two brothers; Kenneth (Jennette) Bunn of Sherwood, OR Daryl (Patricia) Bunn of Amboy, WA; two sisters Janan (George) Ellis of Vancouver, WA and Saralee (James) Kwek of Reno, NV. Richard also leaves 16 grandchildren and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Richard was preceded in death by his parents and 3 grandchildren.
Edison Dee Child passed away Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010. Dee was born in Ogden, Utah Nov. 26, 1941, to Andrew Edison and Marion Geiger Child. His family moved to Nyssa, Ore., in 1947. Dee met Helen Gay Goodrich while attending USU. They were married and sealed as an eternal family in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple, Sept. 15, 1964. They raised their nine children in Oregon, Nevada, and Jerome and Caldwell. Dee was involved in farming and real estate for most of his life. Dee and Gay have nine children, Grayson and Malinda, Logan and Dawn, Celeste and Randy Bickham, Jordan and Shannon, Clinton and Kendra, Stephanie and Jason Nielsen, Corinne and Enoch Dahle, Cameron and Tom Waqa, Sierra and Scott De Burgh, and 33-and-counting grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Marion and four brothers, Andrew, Bruce, Fred, and Tim. Dee had a great love and desire to protect our God-given personal freedoms and liberties. Our husband, father and grandfather is a wise and gentle man, known for his integrity, kindness, and generosity to everyone. He gave his all for his family and we love him for it. His funeral will be April 8, at 11 a.m. at the LDS Chapel at 3015 S. Kimball, Caldwell.
Gary L. Condon, 82, passed away on April 28, 2022, from natural causes.
Gary was born on 2/17/1940, in Danville, IL to the late Robert and Jean (Irwin) Condon. Gary grew up in Eastern Washington and Western Canada and graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1957. He attended Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, ID, where he made lifelong friends and was a member of the Harmonaires. He married Delores Kalkbrenner, of Litchfield, MN, on March 11, 1961, in Litchfield, MN. He completed his BS in Music Education at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN and began his teaching and coaching career in McCall, ID. In McCall, the Condons were founding members of the Nazarene Church, gathered a few more lifelong friends and became avid bridge players. Gary began skiing at Brundage and continued to ski the Brundage slopes for the next 60 years where he taught his kids and grandkids to ski. Gary taught in Nyssa, OR and Caldwell, ID. Gary directed several musicals, conducted Handel's Messiah for several years, and gave everything to all of his students. In 1979, Gary and Delores moved to Litchfield, MN, where they owned and managed The Red Castle, a board and care home. Gary was active in the Litchfield Community Theater and the Litchfield Nazarene Church. He began working for West Central Youth for Christ in Willmar, MN, as the director of their music department. His time with YFC was filled with private lessons for students, a busy concert schedule and world mission and concert tours. The students and families that were a part of his life continued to enrich his life until his final days.
After retirement, Gary and Delores moved back to Idaho. Gary was involved in several music adventures, attended all the NNU sporting events, traveled with a camping service group, and gave piano lessons. Between their friends and family, Gary and Delores always had a busy entertaining and social schedule. Gary never missed a day to ski, fish, golf, or help someone.
Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Delores, their daughter Kimberly, and his brother Wendell Condon. He is survived by brothers: Ron (Colette) Condon, Dwayne (Jenifer) Condon; his sisters in law: Sally Condon, Janice Markovich; his children: Leah (Randy) Norris, Robert (Amy) Condon, Gerald (Margaret) Condon; his grandchildren:(Melinda (Mike) Skoglund, Richie (Leah) Norris, Devin (Jennifer) Norris); Daniel Condon, William Condon, Laurie (Bruce) Holmlund, Elenice Condon; and great grandchildren: Arlee and Remi Norris, Jayden and Ryann Holmlund.
A graveside service and gathering in McCall, ID is being planned for early Fall. Gary requested that any memorials are sent to West Central Youth for Christ, 106 Litchfield Ave SW, Willmar, MN 56201. Family communications: 1150 Pleasant View Drive, Weiser, ID 83672
When Sherrie was a teenager, she sang in a trio with Georgia Peterson, Barbara Glover and Neva Flake. Neva loved singing with those classmates. Neva attended Sherrie's funeral in Moore, Idaho. Also deceased is Barbara from Lehi, Utah. Georgia (Redmond, OR) has had a severe stroke.
Since 1998, Neva and her husband have served 4 LDS service missions in the Salt Lake Inner City Mission and 1 humanitarian mission in Thailand. They live next door to the Jordan River Temple and are developing another acre with a home in Kamas East, Utah. To date they have 6 great grandchildren.
Sherrie Glenn Crawford, 63, of Moore, Idaho, died July 26, 2008, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
She was born Jan. 31, 1945, in Tremonton, Utah, to Marion Lar- son and Donna C. Anderson Glenn. She lived in Tremonton, Utah, and Nyssa, Ore. She attended school in Nyssa and graduated from Nyssa High School in 1963. She attended Boise State Col- lege and studied forestry at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.
On Aug. 30, 1966, she married Alvin Walter Crawford in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They lived 41 years on the Crawford ranch in the Antelope Valley. She was a school bus driver. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings throughout her life. Sherrie enjoyed working with young people in the 4-H program and Scouting; serving on the board of the Natural Resources Conservation Committee; needlepoint and sewing, having made a variety of items for family and friends in the valley; and loved spending time with her grandchildren and teaching them crafts.
Survivors include her husband; children, Glenn (Ginger) of Rexburg, Eric (Kimberlee) of Mentor, Ohio, Warren (Samantha) of Laramie, Wyo., and Moria (Steve) Fries of Meridian; 11 grandchildren; five brothers, Larry (Karen) and Mike (Kathy), both of Nyssa, Ore., Val (Lori) and Robert (Shellie), both of Oregon City, Ore., and Roger (Donna) of Tracy, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Moore LDS Stake Center in Moore. A viewing will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 31, and for one hour before services Friday at the church. Burial will be in the Lost River Cemetery under the direction of the Hawker Funeral Home.
Marlene Bair Gibson August 23, 1950~June 13, 2014 South Ogden, UT-Marlene Bair Gibson, 63, passed away on June 13, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. She died of cholangiocarcinoma. She was born August 23, 1950, in Ontario, OR, daughter of Cecil R. and Thelda Hunter Bair. She grew up in New Meadows, ID, near Payette Lake. She moved to Oregon with her family in 1967 and graduated from Nyssa High School in 1968. Marlene married the love of her life, Roy Montgomery Gibson, on March 18, 1969, in the Logan LDS Temple. They have three children, Melanie Fairchild of Kaysville, Jaren (Stephanie) Gibson of West Jordan, and Leah (Todd) Clark of Farmington. Marlene was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many leadership capacities throughout her life. Later in her life, she served two full-time missions with her husband. They first served as Senior Missionary Coordinators for the Welfare Services Department at the Church Office Building (Salt Lake City). And in August 2013, they returned home from the Germany Berlin Mission, having served in the mission office. In 2007, Marlene completed her 30-year career for the Internal Revenue Service, where she worked primarily in software development. She developed many lasting friendships with her co-workers. Marlene was always positive-minded and charitable in her words and actions. Many were fond of her thoughtful and kind nature. She enjoyed spending time with her beloved family, golfing and traveling with her husband. She is survived by her husband, three children, father and five siblings: Wendy (Newell) Cleaver, Lora (Greg) Widman, Leann (Jeff) Allen, Craig (Shawn) Bair, and Nikki (Curtis) Berry, along with 12 grandchildren, Tori, Tess, Hannah, Bennett, Hallie, Maren, Elissa, Bryn, Claira, Bethany, Taylor and Mia. She was preceded in death by her mother. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Burch Creek 2nd Ward Chapel, 5161 S. 1300 E., South Ogden, UT. Friends may visit with the family at a viewing which will be held at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT on Wednesday, June 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to services from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the West Weber Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses and GI Medical Oncology team who cared for Marlene at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, along with Dr. Aaron Frodsham and nurses with the Interventional Radiology team. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com
Dolores was born on November 8, 1938 to Antonia Gallegos and Daniel Velasquez in Ignacio, Colorado. Dolores spent her early childhood in Colorado and Utah. She attended Catholic school in Durango, Colorado and East Carbon City, Utah. When Dolores was 11 years old her mother was tragically killed. At this time she went to live with her grandmother, aunts, uncles and 66 first cousins. She was no longer an only child; she gained many, many brothers and sisters. Dolores completed the ninth grade in Utah and then moved to Nyssa, Oregon enrolling at Nyssa High School as a sophomore. It was there she made many lifelong friends. She graduated from Nyssa in 1957.
Dolores held many jobs in her life, but none more important than teaching children. She worked for the Nyssa School District for 22 years. The most rewarding to her was teaching English as a Second Language. She always loved to see her students succeed. She seldom went anywhere that one of her former students wouldn't come up, hug her and thank her for taking such a personal interest in there lives. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
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As soon as Allen was 18 he joined the Oregon Nat'l Guard for 10 yrs.
Allen married Thelma Powers in Caldwell, ID and they had Tammy and Allen Jr. He farmed and worked at various jobs and in 1969 he got a good job with the City of Grandview, WA in the sewer and water dept where he worked until retirement.
As soon as Gus was old enough he joined the Oregon Nat'l Guard for 10 years same as his brother. After graduation he worked at various jobs then went to Portland Barber College. He had a good job in Portland but came back to Nyssa to help his brother on the farm and barbered for Lyle Minor. He married Linda Teague and they had Bart and Mary. In 1969 Linda's sister and husband talked them into moving to Grand View, ID. He cut hair part time and sold fertilizer and chemicals for Simplot; then Co-op(Cenex). Gus and his brother-in-law Mike and a friend started Grand View Sewer and Water Assoc. because sewer water was getting in the Snake River. When Grand View became incorporated Gus was appointed to the first council and served many years and later became mayor. In 1978 they started Gus's Gas for a job for the kids and to make extrta money for college. It became Linda's livelyhood after Gus died. Gus was active in church, Lions, fire dept and was fire commissioner and second term as mayor when he passed away.
When Barbara was a teenager, she sang in a trio with Georgia Peterson, Sherrie Glenn and Neva Flake. Neva loved singing with those classmates. Neva visited Barbara when Barbara lived in a care center in Lehi. Barbara was a sweet and gentle soul. She passed away before Sherrie passed. Neva attended Sherrie's funeral in Moore, Idaho. Georgia (Redmond, OR) has had a severe stroke.
John A. Lienkaemper May 31, 2005 Sept. 18, 1936 - May 26, 2005 Ontario John A. Lienkaemper, 68, Ontario, former owner of Lienkaemper Chapel, died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at home following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2005, at the Ontario's First Church of the Nazarene, 1131 Alameda, Ontario, with the Rev. James Aalgaard of St. Paul Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Ontario. Friends may call from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2005, at Ontario's Lienkaemper Chapel. John was born Sept. 18, 1936, in Parma, the son of Bertram B and Joyce E. Freeman Lienkaemper. He was raised and educated in Nyssa, graduating from Nyssa High School in 1955. He attended and graduated from Oregon State in 1959. He married Norma Benedict Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Ontario. He then attended San Francisco College of Mortuary Science where he graduated in 1962. They returned to Ontario where he owned and operated Lienkaemper Chapel in Nyssa, Ontario and Vale, with his father until his death in 1981. John sold the business in 1989 but continued to work, traveling the United States and Canada, until he was forced into retirement in 2003. John served on the Pioneer Bank Board for more than 20 years. John was a member of the Acacia Masonic Lodge, Al Kader Shrine Temple and the Snake River Shrine. Also a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla No. 5, the B.P.O. Elks 1690 since 1961 and was a member of the Ontario Lions Club, where he awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship in 2004. He was also a charter member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. John is survived by his wife, Norma Lienkaemper, Ontario; two daughters, Lisa and Ken Graton, Junction City and Diane, Lienkaemper, Boise; three granddaughters, Meggan, Sierra and Emma Graton, Junction City; father-in-law, Deward Benedict, Nyssa; a sister-inlaw, Doris Benedict, Vancouver, Wash.; a brother-in-law, Jim and Linda Benedict, Lake Oswego. Memorial may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund, C/O Lienkaemper Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Ontario, OR. 97914. To plant a tree in memory of John Lienkaemper as a living tribute, please visit Tribute Store
Norma J. Lienkaemper Feb. 19, 1940-Nov. 13, 2015 Ontario Norma J Lienkaemper, 75 of Ontario, Oregon died November 13, 2015 of natural causes. She was born in Sterling, Colorado on February 19, 1940 to Deward & Emma Benedict. Her family moved to Nyssa in 1944, where Norma was raised on a farm and graduated from high school in 1958. After attending Pacific Lutheran College for 2 years she returned to Nyssa where she met and married John Lienkaemper on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960. They moved to San Francisco shortly after where John attended the College of Mortuary Science. John & Norma returned to Ontario in 1962, where they went into the family business, Lienkaemper Chapel, with John’s dad Bert. After Bert’s death in 1981, Norma went to work fulltime at the funeral home, until Lienkaemper Chapel was sold in 1989. Norma and John then semi-retired, enjoying traveling with friends and spending time at their cabin at Wallowa Lake. Family and friends will always remember Norma as an avid gardener, incredible cook, loving mother and grandmother. Spending time and spoiling her granddaughters was one of her greatest pleasures. She was generous beyond measure and will be greatly missed by her family, friends, Beta Sigma Phi sisters and the congregation at St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was a member since its inception in 1964. Norma is survived by her daughter, Diane Lienkaemper, her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Ken Graton, granddaughters, Meggan, Sierra and Emma Graton, sister Doris Benedict, brother & sister-in-law, Jim and Linda Benedict. A visitation will be held Friday, November 20, 4-6 p.m. at Lienkaemper Chapel. Services will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ontario and burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to Project Dove in Ontario, Oregon or the Boise Rescue Mission, in care of Lienkaemper Chapel, PO Box 970 Ontario, Or. 97914, Charity’s dear to Norma’s heart. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lienkaemper-thoNorma J. Lienkaemper Feb. 19, 1940-Nov. 13, 2015 Ontario Norma J Lienkaemper, 75 of Ontario, Oregon died November 13, 2015 of natural causes. She was born in Sterling, Colorado on February 19, 1940 to Deward & Emma Benedict. Her family moved to Nyssa in 1944, where Norma was raised on a farm and graduated from high school in 1958. After attending Pacific Lutheran College for 2 years she returned to Nyssa where she met and married John Lienkaemper on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960. They moved to San Francisco shortly after where John attended the College of Mortuary Science. John & Norma returned to Ontario in 1962, where they went into the family business, Lienkaemper Chapel, with John’s dad Bert. After Bert’s death in 1981, Norma went to work fulltime at the funeral home, until Lienkaemper Chapel was sold in 1989. Norma and John then semi-retired, enjoying traveling with friends and spending time at their cabin at Wallowa Lake. Family and friends will always remember Norma as an avid gardener, incredible cook, loving mother and grandmother. Spending time and spoiling her granddaughters was one of her greatest pleasures. She was generous beyond measure and will be greatly missed by her family, friends, Beta Sigma Phi sisters and the congregation at St. Paul Lutheran Church where she was a member since its inception in 1964. Norma is survived by her daughter, Diane Lienkaemper, her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Ken Graton, granddaughters, Meggan, Sierra and Emma Graton, sister Doris Benedict, brother & sister-in-law, Jim and Linda Benedict. A visitation will be held Friday, November 20, 4-6 p.m. at Lienkaemper Chapel. Services will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ontario and burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to Project Dove in Ontario, Oregon or the Boise Rescue Mission, in care of Lienkaemper Chapel, PO Box 970 Ontario, Or. 97914, Charity’s dear to Norma’s heart. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lienkaemper-tho
Joanne Strickland Meyer died Tuesday, May 17th at a hospital near her home in the Grant Park neighborhood of NE Portland. She was 74.
Joanne was the first of four children born to Ray and Eleanor Strickland and grew up in the house her father built on the family’s farm in Cow Hollow near Nyssa, Ore. Her childhood was centered around church, school, and family. Holidays always meant extended-family gatherings and delightful dinners. Owyhee reservoir became a favorite weekend destination.
Joanne attended Nyssa High School where she graduated with honors. She played piano and clarinet in the school’s concert band and clarinet in the marching band. One of her favorite memories of that time was the band’s participation in the 1964 Tournament of Roses (Rose Bowl) parade in Pasadena, followed by an encore performance with the band leading that evening’s Disneyland Parade in Anaheim.
Joanne had a lifelong commitment to learning. She began her higher education at Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, Ore., and received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She earned her Master of Arts degree in English and Education at the University of Chicago.
Joanne spent much of her professional career in the Portland area as a senior technical writer for various firms including Sequent, Alpine, Atlas Telecom, Envivio, and Intel.
She enjoyed music, poetry, collecting cookbooks, trips to the Oregon Coast, church activities, and especially sharing time with family and friends.
Joanne is survived by her husband Bob Meyer; her brothers, Jerry Strickland of Huntington, Ore., Ken (Cheryl) Strickland of Nyssa, and John (Sharon) Strickland of Beaverton and now Forest Grove.
Joanne will be profoundly missed by everyone who knew her gentle kindness and honest, loving spirit.
In lieu of flowers, Joanne would likely suggest a donation to your favorite charity.
A summertime, pandemic-safe memorial service and celebration of life will be announced once an outdoor venue is secured.
Dale Glen Mitchell, 77 years old, passed away peacefully at home from natural causes on January 30, 2022.
He was born January 11, 1945 to Wilford (Bill) and Afton Mitchell in Nyssa, Oregon. He attended school in Nyssa and graduated in the class of 1963. A year later, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Eastern Atlantic States Mission.
After returning from his mission, he attended TVCC and also joined the Oregon National Guard. He married his High School sweetheart, Vicki Maxfield, in the Idaho Falls temple on August 24, 1967. To this union was born six children: Holly, Loren, Keith, Lucas, Nancy, and LaNae.
Dale was a dedicated and hard worker all of his life. At a very early age, he learned the value of hard work by doing various jobs like gopher trapping and selling soda at JC Watson’s. Later in life, he worked at Amalgamated Sugar Company in the factory and beet seed research. He was a mechanic for Treasure Valley Growers and Sales Inc and he retired as a manager of the fertilizer plant for Nyssa Co-op.
He loved restoring motors, motorcycles, hunting, fishing, tying flies, and spending time in the outdoors. His ideal vacation was a tent in the woods by a stream or a lake. He enjoyed being the chef for Sunday dinners whether he used the grill, smoker, or dutch oven. Dale was a jack of all trades and could fix or repair anything. He enjoyed his family and had a profound love for his ancestry. He had the greatest sense of humor and will truly be missed.
Dale was proceeding in death by his parents, five brothers, five sisters and his son, Keith Mitchell. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Vicki; his children, Holly, Loren (Melissa), Luke (Juliana), Nancy (Ney), LaNae (Jacob), 22 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Services will be held on February 4, 2022 at the Nyssa Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Stake Center at 10:00 am. webcasting at http://mywebcast.churchofjesuschrist.org/events/nyssaoregonstake. Interment will follow at the Owyhee Cemetery. At Dale’s request, no viewing will be held.
Arrangements and Services by Lienkaemper Chapel, Nyssa.
Mrs. Nelson read THE LITTLE SHEPHERD OF KINGDOM COME to our 5th grade class. When I was 15, this book helped me break up with my boyfriend and start all over again.... like Chad did in the LITTLE SHEPHERD... book. At the time, after 1/2 day of mourning, I figured there was barely enough time to start over ! That's when a big weight came off my shoulders, to my great relief and astonishment. I hadn't even realized the burden was there.
Mrs. Nelson also read WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS to us. Lovely Book. Lovely Teacher.
Thanks for the memories.
Mary Elaine Christensen Nelson, 91, passed away on May 6, 2015 in Legacy House Assisted Living, South Jordan, Utah. She was born on July 6, 1923 in Thatcher, Utah to Melvin & Ivie Christensen. She married Devere Nelson in Reno, Nevada on March 29, 1947. They were sealed in the Logan LDS Temple on March 15, 1957. He later passed away on June 15, 2001.
She was raised in Thatcher, and graduated from Bear River High School. After high school she attended Weber College where she earned her Associate of Arts. She then attended Utah State University and received a Bachelor’s degree.
She worked as a Social Worker for Kid to Dependent Children for 18 months. She was an elementary teacher in Tremonton, Utah for 3 years. She then moved to Nyssa, Oregon where she continued to work as an elementary teacher and retired in 1985.
Elaine loved to read and work in her garden. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, King Colony Book Club, Nyssa Education Association, Oregon Education Association, Garden Club, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held various callings.
Rex Dale Schilling, age 63, of Branson, Missouri, passed away November 21, 2019. He entered this life on July 29, 1956, in Ontario, Oregon, the son of Bill and Ila (LaCrone) Schilling. His father has preceded him in death. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.
During his working years, Rex was a sales representative in the entertainment industry. After retirement, he was able to pursue his passion for golf. In fact, every conversation with Rex involved golf in some way, and it was rumored that he would not date a woman unless she was a golfer. Rex enjoyed life and lived it with gusto. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him.
Rex is survived by his mother, Ila Schilling of Idaho; brother, Ken (Lynn) Schilling of Oregon; sister, Dalene (Ron) Brinley of Oregon; and sister, Lynda McGarry of Oregon.
A family gathering will be held later in Oregon to celebrate Rex’s life.
When I was 13, I was in the 2nd Ward LDS Choir standing on a Sears and Roebuck catalogue while Vela Dee played the piano beautifully for us. I was enchanted with her playing THE HOLY CITY, so I determined to also play it. For days I practiced until my brothers couldn't stand my practicing any more and locked our piano. Through trial and error, I learned a 3-sided file would unlock the piano and my practicing continued.
Thanks Vela Dee for inspiring me to whole-heartedly practice the piano.
After graduation Glen volunteered for the Army and after two years he got out and went to OSU to study geology. The damp weather caused health problems so he came back to Nyssa. He married Marie Niccum and they has Irene and April. He was a millwright, had a small backhoe business and discovered bentonite and zeolite in the succor creek area; this was the start of Teague Mineral Products that ships products worldwide. April continues to run the business. He built his family a nice mostly stone home which he quarried the stone himself. A number of years later he purchased property near Adrain and started an apple orchard with Fuji, Gala and Marvilla-this is an early yellow apple from an unknown tree that came in a bundle of fuji trees and he got a patent on this varity. Through bud grafting he created a lot of trees. On this property he built a lovely new stucco Santa Fe style home that over looks the whole valley.
Jack graduated from OSU with a Master of Science Degree-Chemistry. He worked at INEL near Arco for several years. While in Idaho Falls he started rock climbing and he and some friends started a local Alpine Rock Climbing Club. He climbed the Grand Teton several times. He went back to college to the University of Missouri-Kansas City(research college). He received a Doctorate Degree in Nuclear Chemistry June 30,1969. He was also a licensed ham radio operator. Jack was killed in a car wreck July 24,1969.