Obituaries for the week of Aug. 26 to Aug. 30

August 30, 2002 12:00 am

Warren Evan Carroll

Warren Evan Carroll, 84, a long-time La Grande resident, died Aug. 22, 2002, at Twin Firs Retirement Center in La Grande.

At his request, there will be no public services. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.

Mr. Carroll was born June 30, 1918, in Kelly, Wyo., to Hubert Lawrence and Lucy Jane VanCleave Carroll. He graduated from Baker High School and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II.

In 1937, he married Ann Dockweiler. The couple had two children. In 1951, he married Mary Miller.

Mr. Carroll worked as an electrician for the Mount Emily Lumber Company and for Boise Cascade for 35 years.

Mr. Carroll enjoyed being with family and friends, fishing, traveling, woodworking and other hobbies. He loved to go to auctions. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and belonged to several other organizations.

Survivors include his sisters, Lillie Ells and Violet Graham of Baker City, and Lois Music of Yelm, Wash.; brothers, Omar and George Carroll, both of Baker City; three grandchildren; his special companion, Bobbie Shaw of La Grande; a special friend, Minnie Halsey of Union; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Mary; his daughter, Anna Geraldine; his son, Warren Jr.; three brothers and four sisters.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande OR 97850.

‘Pud' Collins

Leonard "Pud" Collins, 83, of Elgin, died Aug. 26, 2002, at Grande Ronde Hospital.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Powwatka Cemetery, north of Wallowa. Loveland Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Mr. Collins was born Sept. 18, 1918, to Jesse Elbert and Mattie Rae Prince Collins in Powwatka Ridge, in Wallowa County. He spent his entire childhood on Powwatka and loved it there. He was a logger all of his life.

In 1945 he moved to Pondosa, and then to Elgin in 1947. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, picking huckleberries, family gatherings and his grandchildren.

He is survived by brothers, Roy Collins of Wallowa and Allen Collins of Richland; a sister, Mary Cathcart of Lakeview; two daughters and their families, Susan and Tom Wells of Elgin and Cindy and Ron Noland of Hermiston; stepdaughter, Carol Stimmel and her husband, Bob, of Milton-Freewater; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jack; a stepson, Gary; and a brother, Willard "Bud" Collins.

‘Denny' Craig

Paul Dennis "Denny" Craig, 66, of Las Vegas, Nev., a former North Powder resident, died Aug. 20, 2002, at Las Vegas.

Mr. Craig's body was cremated. There was a private funeral at Las Vegas. There will be a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Haines United Methodist Church. Pastor Sally Wiens will officiate.

Denny was born on March 11, 1936, at Baker City. He was raised on his parents' ranch at North Powder and was a 1954 graduate of Powder Valley High School.

He attended the University of Oregon at Eugene for one year and Eastern Oregon University at La Grande for one year. From there he moved with his family to the Willamette Valley.

He worked at Oregon Metallurgical Co. and then went into the dairy business with his father and brother. He moved to Portland in 1960 where he was in the restaurant and lounge business at Portland, Mount Hood and Corvallis.

Mr. Craig married Patricia Louise O'Connor on Dec. 25, 1971. They then moved to Salem where he formed his own yard maintenance business.

Upon retiring and selling his business, the couple moved to Las Vegas. Between traveling, he still did occasional yard service work, for which he really had a talent and he really enjoyed.

Hunting, sports, children and animals were a huge part of his life. He always had two or three exceptionally well-trained dogs. He raised exotic pheasants on their mini farm at Salem and had a miniature horse and a parrot.

Survivors include his wife, Patty; children, Sherri Ferguson, Melody Northrup and Patrick Fisher; grandchildren, Robbi and Roshelle Ferguson and Alexandria and Justin Fisher; brothers, Lowell and Randy Craig; sisters, Katharine Stauffer and Karen Yates; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Olive Craig.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to a charity of one's choice.

Rhoda Roth

Rhoda J. Roth, 83, of Pendleton, a former longtime Baker City resident, died Aug. 23, 2002, at Willowbrook Terrace in Pendleton.

Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Dennis Hickman of the First Lutheran Church will officiate. Visitations will be from noon until 5 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. until noon Tuesday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.

Rhoda Jane Coles Mattes Roth was born March 1, 1919, at Twin Falls, Idaho. She was a daughter of Joseph Joel Coles and Nettie May Locken Coles Carlson.

She moved with her family back to Haines at the age of six months. She received her education in Haines and graduated from Haines High School. She played basketball during school. She loved swimming and picnicking at Radium Hot Springs. Rhoda was a member of First Lutheran Church.

In June 1936, she married George Richard Mattes. They had two children: Myra Diane and Richard Michael. In 1949, she went to work for Pacific Northwest Bell and remained employed with that company until her retirement in 1975.

She loved her cabin property on Griffin Gulch and the farm on Burnt River Canyon. Mr. Mattes died on Feb. 11, 1969. Rhoda and George adopted their granddaughter, Soraya Jane, in 1965.

She married Leonard G. Roth in May 1972. He died in 1985.

Mrs. Roth loved to work in her strawberry garden, drive her car and take care of her daughters. She lived in Baker County until 1998 when because of ill health she moved to Pendleton to be near her son.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; and a brother, Emery Coles.

Survivors include her children, Myra D. Stout of Siloam Springs, Ark., Richard M. Mattes of Pendleton, and Soraya J. Kanakis-Campbell, of Bellevue, Wash.; grandchildren, Camille Morehen of Novhea, Calif., Maverick Salangsang of Alameda, Calif., Deon Mattes of Beaverton and Dustin Mattes of La Grande; great-grandchildren, Michael Biel of Chicago, Stephen Blum and Cory Blum, of Bellevue, Wash., Michael Mattes of Pendleton, and Deon "D.J." Mattes Jr. and Shayla Mattes of Beaverton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.