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Obituaries: Oct. 17, 2018
Obituaries: Oct. 17, 2018
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Merrill McKern
Merrill McKern

Merrill McKern was born on the family ranch west of Mt. Vernon May 20, 1920 to parents Jay and Jessie Stormer-McKern,. His youth included all of the usual fun, outdoor Grant County pursuits as well as ranch chores. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High...

Doreene Franson Livermore
Doreene Franson Livermore

Doreene “Dode” Livermore, of Deary, ID, died Monday, Oct. 1, the Purity Adult Family Home in Pullman, WA; she was 83. Doreene Lee Livermore (née Franson) was born Nov. 23, 1934 in Bandon, Oregon to Daniel Brer and Hannah Nay...

Janet Lee Engle Hardin

Janet was born in Fox OR on April 26, 1936 as the oldest child to Bud and Osie Engle. Janet lived her younger years in Redmond and moved to Monument in 1946. She attended elementary school at the Cottonwood schoolhouse.

Janet had fond memories...

Obituaries: Oct. 10, 2018
Obituaries: Oct. 10, 2018
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Joseph L. Bowman
Joseph L. Bowman

Joseph L. Bowman was born Nov. 4, 1931, to Harry and Ida Bowman in Tacoma, Washington.

The family moved to the Oliver Ranch between John Day and Prairie City when he was about 4 years old and later moved to the Laycock Ranch. Joe started school...

Merrill McKern

Merrill McKern, 98, of Portland, formerly of Mt. Vernon, passed away Sept. 15 at Laurel Parc senior living center in Portland. His cremains with be placed in the columbarium at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 with...

Obituaries: Oct. 3, 2018
Obituaries: Oct. 3, 2018
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Ida Grace Hicks
Ida Grace Hicks

Ida Grace Hicks, 91, of Baker City died on Sept. 23, 2018, at her home. A memorial service will be held at the Missouri Flat Grange on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., with Pastor John Goodyear officiating. The family asks that those attending contribute desserts...

Leo Stratton

Leo Stratton, 50, of Portland, formerly of John Day, passed away Sept. 12. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Grant County Fairgrounds. Stratton was a 1986 graduate of Grant Union High School.

Delta May Rude

Delta May Rude, 98, of Ontario, formerly of Prairie City, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, at her residence. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory will be handling the arrangements.

John ‘Jack’ Michael Peila Jr.

John Michael Peila Jr., better known as Jack, 93, passed away Sept. 23. He was born Sept. 28, 1924, at the family ranch near Meeker, Colorado, and moved to Harney County in the spring of 1959. Recitation of the holy rosary will be held at 7 p.m.

Charles C London Jr.

Charles C London Jr., 76, of Keizer, formerly of Prairie City, died unexpectedly Sept. 16 in Keizer. An interment, with full military honors, is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. A casual reception...

Doreen F. Livermore

Doreen F. Livermore of Deary, Idaho, and a former area resident, died Monday, Oct. 1, in Pullman, Washington. Services are pending and will be announced by Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, Idaho.

Thomas Ray Bessler

Thomas Ray Bessler, 83, of Seneca passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, of acute leukemia.

A proud fourth-generation Oregonian, he was born March 21, 1935, in Portland, to Thomas Daniel Bessler and Fairy Lillian Bessler nee Harris. Tom lived in Seneca...

Obituaries: Sept. 26, 2018
Obituaries: Sept. 26, 2018
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Christopher W. Swanson
Christopher W. Swanson

Christopher W. Swanson, 64, passed away on Sept. 15 in John Day.

A celebration of life will be held at the Community Hall in Mt. Vernon at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Christopher was born on May 11, 1954, in Prairie City and was the...

Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith

Dennis Clayton Smith, 86, of Canyon City passed away at his residence on Sept. 15. A celebration of life for family and friends will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the downstairs conference room at the airport.

Dennis was born...

Curtis ‘Curt’ Antone Pereira
Curtis ‘Curt’ Antone Pereira

Curtis “Curt” Antone Pereira, 42, of John Day passed away at his residence on Sept. 15.

Curt was born in John Day to Art Pereira and Cheryle (Cuff) Eggers on Jan. 20, 1976. He graduated from Grant Union High School in 1995.

Norman Strawn

Norman Strawn, 88, a longtime resident of Mt. Vernon, passed away July 23. A memorial is planned at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the John Day Senior Center. Family and friends are invited to this potluck event.

Thomas Ray Bessler

Thomas Ray Bessler, 83, of Seneca died Sept. 13 in Boise. Arrangements are under the direction of Cremation Society of Idaho. A celebration of life is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 13, at Seneca City Hall.

Charlotte (Blank) Low

Charlotte (Blank) Low, 95, Albany, formerly of Canyon City, passed away Aug. 2 in Albany. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Canyon City Cemetery.

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