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Obituaries for June 13: 'Fuz' Harris, Churby Stanciu, June Gerry-Crawford

‘Fuz' Harris

Albert Roy "Fuz" Harris, 85, of Hillsboro, a former resident of Halfway, Richland and Baker City, died June 9, 2008, at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro.

Fuz was preceded in death by his wife, Velda Mae Black Harris; and two sisters, Ruby Meyers and Letha Roper.

Survivors include daughter, Kathy Brooks, and her husband, Tom, of Hillsboro; son, Ernie Harris of Big Piney, Wyo.; grandchildren, Jason Brooks of Vancouver, Wash., Michelle Brooks of Hillsboro, Lacy Mae Harris and Chase Harris, both of Homer, Alaska, and Albert Harris and Rachel Harris, both of Baker City; great-grandchildren, Kailen and Jaedyn Brooks; brother, John Harris of Utah; and sister, Eunice Nimentz of California.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Arthritis Foundation through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Churby Stanciu

Churby Janice Densley Stanciu, 78, of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, died June 10, 2008, at Coeur d' Alene.

Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Richland Seventh-day Adventist Church. Interment will be at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at the Eagle Valley Grange Hall after the committal service.

Mrs. Stanciu was born on Feb. 6, 1930, at Richland to John and Belva Densley. She grew up in the Richland area, and was a 1948 Eagle Valley High School graduate.

She married Lorin Stanciu on Oct. 20, 1948. They made their home on the Stanciu family ranch near Richland.

In 1963 Lorin and Churby purchased a motel on the beach near Newport. In 1969, they sold the motel and moved to Walla Walla, Wash.

While living at Walla Walla, Churby worked as a cook at a nursing home and Lorin worked for the City of Walla Walla. In 1971, they moved back to Richland and purchased a ranch along the Powder River.

In 1979, they sold their ranch and moved to town. Her husband, Lorin, died in 2001.

Mrs. Stanciu was a loving mother and enjoyed her family immensely. She was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and looked forward to a life in heaven with her loved ones, her family said.

Survivors include a brother, David Densley of Baker City; sister, Jean Connall of Coos Bay; daughter, Marion Ross and her husband, Joe, of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho; son, John Stanciu, and his wife, Mary, of College Place, Wash.; grandchildren, Lora and John Scott of Winterset, Iowa, Joe and Linda Ross of Cameron Park, New South Wales, Australia, Eli and Jenny Stanciu of Liberty Lake, Wash., Katie and Maggie Gladden of College Place, Wash., and Jeremy and Callie Hayes of Seattle, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Andrew Scott of Winterset, Iowa, Densley and Katie Ross of Cameron Park, South Wales, and Eli and Austin Stanciu of Liberty Lake, Wash.

Mrs. Stanciu was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lorin; two sisters, Belva and Alice; and a brother, John.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Valley Ambulance fund or 3ABN through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

June Gerry-Crawford

June M. Gerry-Crawford, 86, of La Grande, died June 11, 2008, at her home after a long illness.

There will be a Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. Monday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation, and Life Celebration Center in La Grande. Doug Edmonds, minister of the La Grande Church of Christ, will officiate. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery in La Grande.

June was born in 1921 at Eugene to Harry and Nellie Dickenson Howden of Haines. She graduated from Haines High School as valedictorian in 1939 and went on to graduate from Baker College of Business.

She married James R. "Jim" Gerry in 1941. They both enjoyed long careers with Union Pacific Railroad. Jim was a train dispatcher and June worked in the Labor Relations Department.

Jim died in 1978. June retired after 30 years, moving from Portland back to La Grande.

Upon her return to La Grande, June started her second career (and hobby) in real estate, purchasing many houses and duplexes as rental properties. She met and enjoyed many friends in this phase of her life.

June married Clarence H. Crawford in August 2000. They moved to Elgin where they enjoyed their home on the Grande Ronde River. Both June and Clarence enjoyed the great outdoors and camped for several summers in the high mountains of Eastern Oregon.

They both attended the Christian Church in Elgin, and later, June briefly attended the Church of Christ in La Grande where she appreciated the many people who showed her prayers and kindnesses throughout her illness.

June will always be remembered as a very kind and wonderful person who dearly loved her family. She lived life fully and served as an inspiration to her family and friends, family members said.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, who died in October 2006; and a brother, Ray Howden of Columbus, Ohio.

Survivors include son, Rick Gerry, and his wife, Sharon, of Cove; daughter, Susan Gerry of La Grande; granddaughter, Kim Kimball, and her husband, Brian Kimball, and their children, Zack and Shalee, of Union, granddaughter, Riki Anderson, and her husband, Cody Anderson, and their children, Ali Abrego and Jacey, of North Powder, grandson, Ryan Gerry, and his wife, Sami, and their children, Mason, Paige and Ava June, of Prairie City; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary Howden, and his wife, Syd, of Curlew, Wash.; a special niece, Sarah Hindman Harrison of Santa Clara, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation and Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.


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