The Observer. (La Grande, Or.) 1968-current, August 30, 2022, Page 5, Image 5

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Geraldine Daggett
La Grande
Geraldine Daggett, 77, of La Grande, died Aug. 26,
2022, at Grande Ronde Hospital. Arrangements are by
Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory, La Grande.
Photos by Isabella Crowley/The Observer
Cove Cherry Fair delights
ABOVE: A playground of foam bubbles, courtesy of Cove’s fi re
department, is a hit with the crowd on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, at the
Cove Cherry Fair. LEFT: A contestant in the cherry-spitting contest
gives it his all at the Cove Cherry Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022.
People competed to see who could spit a cherry pit or a full cherry
the farthest.
Sept. 1 — PAT ECKLEY: 1 p.m. graveside
service, Prairie Creek Cemetery, Joseph.
Sept. 3 — NYLE ROLLINS: 1 p.m. celebration of
life, Fred Beeman Park, Island City.
Sept. 4 — JEFF BOND: 1 p.m. celebration of life,
Lone Hawk Ranch, 57899 Highway 237, Union.
HATTON & JOAN JARVIS: 3 p.m. joint memorial
service, The Barn at Tamarack Springs, Summerville.
Sept. 10 — LEE FRIES: 11 a.m. graveside service,
Summerville Cemetery (casual dress preferred);
gathering follows at the Summerville Tavern.
Sept. 10 — THORVAL BURROWS: 1 p.m.
celebration of life and dinner, Wallowa Senior Center.
Out-of-area services
Sept. 2 — DAN HAMRE: 11 a.m. service with
military honors, Idaho State Veterans Cemetery,
10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise; noon to 3 p.m.
memorial gathering, VFW Capitol City Post 63, 8931
W. Ardene St., Boise.
Sept. 30 — JOHN FARRAR SR.: 9:30 a.m.
memorial service, Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600
SE 240th St., Kent, Washington.
— Calendar courtesy of Loveland Funeral Chapel, La Grande
Ribbon-cutt ing planned for Orlaske Gallery
The Observer
LA GRANDE — A rib-
bon-cutting ceremony for
Art Center East’s Orlaske
Gallery will be held at
2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1,
at the art center, 1006 Penn
Ave., La Grande.
Last spring
Art Center
East renamed
its former
Co-op Gallery
in honor of
Sue Orlaske,
who made
countless con-
tributions to Northeastern
Oregon’s world of art over
a span of more than two
decades. ACE announced
on Friday, March 11, that
Orlaske was chosen from
among four local artists
who were posthumously
nominated to become the
gallery’s namesake. She
received the most votes in
an election by community
Contributed Photo
“John Day River” (oil) by Sue Orlaske
Orlaske, who died Oct.
22, 2021, at age 72, won
several regional art awards
and was a featured artist
on Oregon Public Broad-
casting’s Oregon Art Beat.
A biologist who had no
formal art training but had
a lifelong interest in art,
Orlaske became a full-
time artist in the 1990s
when she moved to Union
County. Her themes often
included abstract and rep-
resentational natural ele-
ments — Eastern Oregon
landscapes, animals and
plants — and her work has
been carried by several
galleries in Oregon and
Southern Washington.
After Orlaske’s passing
her art collection was
donated to Art Center East
for the purposes of fund-
raising. A Sue Orlaske Ret-
rospective currently on
display includes a large col-
lection of her pottery, oils,
prints, pastels and Batik
watercolors. In honor of
Orlaske’s legacy, proceeds
from this exhibit will go
toward ACE’s Youth Schol-
arship Fund and Gallery
The exhibit closes at the
end of this week. To see
Orlaske’s art, visit ACE
(open from noon to 5 p.m.
on Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday, and from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat-
urday) or attend the closing
reception on Aug. 2 from
6-8 p.m. The exhibit may
also be viewed at
Art Center East’s gal-
leries — as well as the rib-
bon-cutting and the recep-
tion — are free and open to
the public.
Juniper Jam set for Sept. 3
ENTERPRISE — Music lovers
from around Northeastern Oregon
will gather for Juniper Jam 2022 on
Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Wallowa
County Fairgrounds in Enterprise.
Dubbed “the sweetest little music fes-
tival in Eastern Oregon,” Juniper Jam
showcases original songwriting of all
genres from folk to rock to bluegrass.
The festival returns to the fair-
grounds after a couple quiet COVID
years. Among this year’s performers
are Bart Budwige, Rut Nut, Wan-
derlodge, Sweet ’n’ Juicy, Ashleigh
Flynn, Never Come Down, Siren
Songs, Ezra Rose and Daisy Maker.
Juniper Jam is a fundraiser for
the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance,
which has provided Wallowa County
with music performances and music
education since 2004. For a full
lineup, tickets, volunteer and sponsor-
ship opportunities, and information on
a songwriting workshop, visit www.
— The Observer
8:04 a.m. — A caller reported cattle on the loose on Highway
237, Union. Law enforcement notifi ed the cattle owners.
12:39 p.m. — Union County Sheriff ’s Offi ce received a com-
plaint about littering on the 600 block of Detroit Street, Elgin. A
deputy responded and took information.
2:38 p.m. — A caller in La Grande reported a sex crime. A Union
County sheriff ’s deputy made contact and took a report.
8:46 p.m. — A caller reported the theft of a vehicle at Cinco de
Mayo, 2102 Adams Ave., La Grande. Offi cers responded and took
a report.
12:25 a.m. — La Grande police arrested Justin Jay Ransford, 26,
who is in custody at the Union County Jail, La Grande, on a Union
County warrant for vehicle theft, recklessly endangering another
person, second-degree assault and unauthorized entry into a
8:06 a.m. — La Grande police received a complaint about a
transient camp on the 2600 block of Union Street.
8:19 p.m. — A caller reported gunshots on the 2500 block of
Empire Drive, La Grande. Police responded and determined it was
fi reworks.
10:45 p.m. — La Grande police during a traffi c stop at Jackson
and U avenues arrested Christopher Joe Hughes, 38, for driving
under the infl uence of intoxicants.
2:33 a.m. — La Grande police responded to the 1800 block of
26th street on a noise complaint. An offi cer counseled the home-
owner about the noise.
10:55 a.m. — La Grande police responded to Antlers Espresso,
1701 Washington Ave., on a report of a burglary. An offi cer took a
5:04 p.m. — La Grande police received a complaint about inde-
cent exposure on the 1900 block of H Avenue. Offi cers responded
and took a report.
6:07 p.m. — A caller reported reckless burning at Wolf Creek
Reservoir, North Powder.
9:55 p.m. — A caller reported a suspicious male on Island Ave-
nue, La Grande. A Union County sheriff ’s deputy made contact. The
person reported being OK and the deputy told the individual to
stay out of the road.
Leland “Lee” Henry Fries
February 20, 1945 - July 25, 2022
Leland “Lee” Henry Fries
passed away on Monday, July 25,
2022, at his home in Ellensburg,
Washington. A graveside service
will be held at the Summerville
Cemetery in Summerville, Oregon,
on Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. The family
invites you to join them at the
Summerville Tavern after the
service. Casual dress is preferred
by the family.
Lee was born on Feb. 20, 1945, in La Grande,
Oregon, to Inez and Henry Fries. Lee eventually moved
to Clackamas, Oregon, to pursue a career with the
Department of Defense and the Oregon National Guard.
After retiring, Lee moved to Newport, Oregon. Life
on the Oregon coast was good for Lee and Candy. They
were involved in many volunteer programs and enjoyed
crabbing, fishing and clamming. Last summer Lee and
Candy relocated to Ellensburg, Washington.
Lee will be deeply missed by his wife, Candy;
children, Brian Fries, Amy Fries and Chelsea Fries;
sister, Milodene Bolen; and granddaughter, Micheala
Fries. His stepchildren, Todd (Rebecca) Garrison and
Stacey (Scott) Weeks, and his grandson, Mason, will
also miss him dearly.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (800-225-5355) or to
Forest Access for All, c/o Wand Ballard, Treasurer, P.O.
Box 48, Baker City, OR 97814.
Online condolences may be made to the family at
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Walter Rosslyn “Ross” Shumway
May 19, 1941 - August 5, 2022
Ross passed from this life into the
arms of Jesus on August 5, 2022, at
a care facility in La Grande, Oregon.
He was born in Baker, Oregon, on
May 19, 1941, the fifth son of Walter
William and Iva Bernice (Walters)
His parents owned a cattle ranch
on Burnt River at the end of the road
in the Bridgeport Valley. Ross grew
up knowing how to work hard and loved ranch life. He
graduated from Hereford High School and earned his
associate’s degree from Yakima Junior College. Shortly
thereafter he was drafted into the Army. His posting
proved to be a blessing from God in three ways. He was
sent to Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, where he was
trained as a Vet Animal Specialist to care for the Caisson
horses, among other duties. The skills he learned during
this period proved to be invaluable in caring for the
livestock on the ranch.
Ross used his free time to take correspondence
courses in forestry, thinking the then poor timberlands
on the ranch could be turned into a renewable income-
producing crop. Ross and his brother Bill both took great
interest in this. Eventually a model was created that won
a state award for best private forestry practices.
The third blessing was a chaplain who befriended Ross
- later their lives would intertwine in a most interesting
way. The chaplain’s name was William “Bill” Jacobson.
Our dad believed he had been entrusted to steward
“our” land to the best of his ability during his time on
earth, and passed that belief on to his children. He had
been praying, asking God how he could honor Him with
this precious resource.
Sometime after Ross returned home, Bill Jacobson
was directed by God to leave the military in order to
join a mission that sent people to minister to remote
tribal peoples. The training school “just happened” to be
recently established in Baker City, Oregon. Bill moved his
wife and family there to the New Tribe Mission school.
The Jacobsons soon visited Ross and the rest of the family
at the ranch, where their friendship continued. Eventually
the Shumways joyfully allowed their ranch, including the
haven of the forest, to be used for “Jungle Camp.” It was
there the mission’s students learned important survival
skills for beginning to work and remote places. Dad’s
prayer was answered!
Ross was a kind, gentle soul, who never put himself
forward. He married Patricia Ann Myers May 17, 1969.
They were active members of the Unity Community
Church during their years in Bridgeport, and later
attended Elgin Christian Church.
He spent his life working on the ranch with three of his
brothers until it sold in the spring of 2014. He and Patty
moved to Summerville, Oregon, for the next few years,
then to La Grande last year.
Ross is survived by his wife, Patty of La Grande,
Oregon; brothers, Bill (Sally) of Surprise, Arizona; Duane
(Beulah) of Meridian, Idaho; and Steve, of Council,
Idaho; sisters, Marjorie (David) Pidcock of La Grande,
Oregon; Esther (George) Smith of La Grande, Oregon;
and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no memorial service. Online condolences
may be made to the family at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.