Obituaries for the week of April 22 to April 26

April 26, 2002 12:00 am

Zeek Turner

Zeek Turner, 91, of Richland died April 23, 2002, at the Boise Veterans Hospital.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Richland Christian Church. Pastor Gordon Bond of the church will officiate. Disposition was by cremation at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Crematory.

Zeek was born on Dec. 8, 1910, at Homer, La., to Zeban and Rosalee Turner. He was raised by his grandfather at Marshall, Texas.

He was married to Margaret Clark around 1960. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946. After his discharge he and Margaret owned and operated a restaurant and bar in San Bernardino, Calif.

He then worked for FMC in Los Angeles and then transferred to Portland. He was a shift foreman with the company before retiring in 1983.

He and Margaret then traveled all over the United States before settling in Richland.

Survivors include his wife and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his only son, Clyde. The fate of his brothers, W.C. and Joseph, is unknown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland Ambulance Fund through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Arnold Elliott

Arnold Elliott, 61, of Baker City, died April 22, 2002, at his home.

At his request, there will be no service.

Arnold was born on June 2, 1940, at Long Creek to Earl and Beulah Elliott. He lived at Pondosa in his early years and then moved to Union. He was a 1958 Union High School graduate. He served in the U.S. Army at Baumholder, Germany, from March 1959 through April 1962.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Larry and Monte.

Survivors include two brothers, Doyle Elliott of Salem and Dean Elliott of Portland; and two sisters, Joyce Loree of Troutdale and Vera Wicks of Salem.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) through Gray's West & Co., P.O. Box 726, Baker City, OR 97814.

Pauline Howard

Pauline Isabelle Howard, 97, of La Grande, a former Sumpter resident, died April 20, 2002, at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.

Her funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel. Viewing will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., in La Grande.

Mrs. Howard was born May 27, 1904, to James and Ione Jaycox Woodell in Wallowa County. She graduated from La Grande High School and in 1923 she married Glynn Howard in La Grande.

The couple lived on the Oregon Coast and later farmed at Grants Pass until 1936 when they moved to Sumpter. After her husband's death in 1953 she returned to La Grande although she spent the summer months in Sumpter.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Sumpter for almost 50 years. She enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include her daughter, Jean Massie of La Grande; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, James Howard; and a brother, Clarence Woodell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the OES Alpine Chapter, the Union County Historical Society or any charity in care of Daniels Chapel.

Fred Norwood

Fred L. Norwood Sr., 82, of Baker City died April 22, 2002 at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise.

There will be a memorial service later at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St., in Las Vegas, Nev. Local funeral arrangements are under the direction of Coles Funeral Home.

Fred was born Nov. 28, 1919, at Natural Bridge, Ala. A former 20- year resident of Las Vegas, Nev., he had lived in Baker City for the past 10 years. He was a retired U.S. Air Force major. He had served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict. He was also a 49-year member of the Masonic Lodge.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy I. Norwood.

Survivors include his daughter, Marci Seltzer, and son, Fred L. Norwood Jr. of Las Vegas; daughter, Nancy Curtiss of Baker City; sister-in-law, Patricia Weekley of Clovis, N.M.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. John's Masonic Lodge at Pioche, Nev. This may be done through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.

Virginia Conner

Virginia M. Conner, 75, a former Baker City resident, died April 20, 2002, at Portland.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Mr. Ernie Collard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will conduct the service. Interment will be at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway.

Mrs. Conner was born on May 27, 1926, at Baker City. She was the daughter of Ernest A. and Phoebe Calder Burby. She was raised in Baker City.

She married Clifford Conner on St. Patrick's Day in 1946. They moved to Hermiston in 1950, where they lived for 20 years. After Mr. Conner's retirement, they returned to Baker City. She moved to Portland three years ago to be close to her daughter. She was a very loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her sons, Clifford B. Conner Jr. of Beaverton and Dennis Conner of Irrigon; a daughter, Cynthia Lesina-Conrad of Portland; her mother, Phoebe Burby of Baker City; and brothers Ernest Burby of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Robert Burby of Baker City; and seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Coles Funeral Home and Mount Scott Funeral Home of Portland.

‘Dot' DeMoss

Dorothy "Dot" DeMoss, 57, of Oxbow died April 13, 2002, of injuries from an automobile accident.

There was a Celebration of Life memorial service for her on Friday at the Oxbow Community Building.

"Dot" was born on Jan. 3, 1945, at Wichita, Kan.

"Dot" and Max initially met each other through mutual friends. She had, according to "Dot," found the love of her life and married Max DeMoss in the spring of 1993.

"Dot"enjoyed being with her friends as well as being a friend to so many. She loved the beauty of the Snake River Country. "Dot" enjoyed the animals and working in her garden, being outdoors, fishing and rafting.

Survivors include her husband, Max of Brownlee; daughter, Kristine Green of Hillsboro; sister, Mary of Hinkley, Minn.; brothers and sisters-in-law, George Green of Halfway, Fred and Martha Green of Portland,and John and Leola Green of West Palm Beach, Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sarcoma Alliance through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.