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Obituaries for May 6, 2011


Dean Yeske
Dean Yeske, 71, of La Grande, died May 3, 2011 in La Grande at a local nursing facility.
His graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Grandview Cemetery. A viewing for family and friends will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande.

Dean was born on May 7, 1939, at Pendleton with his twin brother, Larry, to Henry Frank and Marguerite Agnes Ellis Yeske. He was raised at La Grande and Baker City, graduating from Baker High School.

After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1959 and served for four years, receiving an honorable discharge. Dean never married. He was employed by Boise Cascade at the plywood plant in Elgin, where he retired with more than 20 years of service.

Dean was a collector. He enjoyed collecting antiques, including primitive furniture, dishware and antique cars. He was a coin collector and a stamp collector.

Dean was well known for his lifelong efforts of helping people. He was a member of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and a faithful volunteer at the La Grande Senior Center.

Survivors include his brother and his spouse, Larry and Sharon Yeske of La Grande, and several nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marguerite; and stepfather, Glenn Miller.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Senior Center or St. Ann’s at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church through Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, OR 97850.


‘Patty’ Munkres

Patricia Kay “Patty” O’Neil Munkres, 69, died April 9, 2011, at the Hopewell House Hospice Home in Portland after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

Her memorial service for burial and a celebration of Patty’s life will be July 9 at the Eagle Valley Cemetery in Richland. More details and the time will be announced later.

Patty was born on Dec. 1, 1941, at Baker City to Vernon H. and Auburene Welter O’Neil. She was a 1960 Baker High School graduate.

She married Kurt Osborne on Dec. 31, 1960. They lived in Germany for a number of years while Kurt served in the U.S. Armed Services and several places in Oregon before settling at Hood River. They had two children: Kirsten, who was born in 1965; and Joel, born in 1968.

On April 24, 1991, Patty married her childhood friend, Larry Munkres, on the Big Island of Hawaii. They made their home in Aloha and pursued their love of travel.

They returned many times to Hawaii and many other parts of the U.S. and Canada. They loved to take cruises going to Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal and a land-and-cruise tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Patty was a very talented seamstress and won blue ribbons on both the local and state levels during high school in 4-H and the Make it with Wool contest. In later years she belonged to local sewing clubs and also gardening and book clubs at Aloha.

Patty also had a lovely voice and sang in the high school choir and a high school girls group. She sang, as her talent, when she entered the Miss Baker Contest in 1960.

While at Hood River, she appeared in the yearly Lion’s Follies, singing, dancing, and acting in the skits for a number of years. After moving to Aloha she enjoyed several seasons singing with the Singing Christmas Tree in Portland until her health began to fail.

Patty attended the Lutheran Church with her family as a child and was confirmed into membership when she was a teenager. She was active in the youth group and continued throughout her life in the Christian faith.

She was employed in her early career days with the U.S. Forest Service and ended her career prior to her illness working for several different credit unions.

Survivors include her husband Larry; daughter, Kirsten, and her husband, Luis Castre, grandsons, Morgan and Evan Williams, and granddaughter, Madison Shoaf, all of Beaverton; son, Joel Osborne, and his wife, Jane, and grandson, Aaron Osborne, all of Hood River; stepdaughter, Kendra, and her husband, Bill Boos, and grandkids, Brady and Shae Boos, of Bend; stepson, Brent Munkres, and his wife, Jeannine, of Sisters; sister, Sherrill, and her husband, Tom Bunch, of Enterprise; brother, V. Greg O’Neil,  of Monroe, Wis.; and two nieces, three nephews and their families.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell House, 6171 Capital Highway, Portland, OR 97239.

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