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Ellen M. Minardi
Leslie T. ‘Tom’ Harper
February 6, 1933 — June 17, 2019
August 31, 1922 — June 10, 2019
Ellen M. Minardi of McNary Dam, where she
Hermiston was born Feb- eventually retired.
ruary 6, 1933, in Cleveland,
Ellen enjoyed reading.
Ohio, the daughter of John She was a volunteer for
and Ellen (Spisak) Schnei- several Hermiston Police
der. She passed
away in Hermiston
such as D.A.R.E
on June 17, 2019, at
the age of 86.
Out and Land-
gram. She loved
she attended ele-
being part of the
activity and vol-
from high school.
After high school,
she attended nursing school
She was preceded in
in Cleveland. After complet- death by her parents and two
ing her nursing degree she brothers, Billy and Johnnie.
worked as a nurse in Cleve-
She is survived by her
land area for several years.
daughter, Joan of Klamath
Ellen moved to Hermis- Falls, Ore.
ton, Oregon, in 1968 where
At her request, no ser-
she has resided since. She vices will be held.
worked as a nurse for Dr.
Burns Mortuary of
Rasmussen for several years. Hermiston is in care of
She later worked as a nurse arrangements.
for Marlette Homes and then
To leave an online condo-
as a public health nurse for lence for the family please
Umatilla County. Her last go to www.burnsmortuary-
job was as a ﬁ sh counter at hermiston.com
Leslie T. “Tom” Harper and built the public safety
of Hermiston, Oregon, was building that houses the
born on August 31, 1922, in police and ﬁ re departments.
Many miles of
to parents Leslie
roads were paved,
Hagar Harper and
the city purchased
the land where the
Burns Harper. He
died on June 10,
Trade and Event
2019, in Hermis-
Center and new
ton, Oregon, at the
age of 96.
today, created the
up and attended
etery District and
school in Empo-
put together a plan
ria, Kansas. When
for the Hermiston
he was 17 years
of age the family
port in which the
moved to Hutchin-
was named in his
where he grad-
honor. Tom was
uated from high school. an original member of the
After high school he entered Hermiston
Hutchinson Junior College. Corporation, the ﬁ rst non-
He attended there until the proﬁ t development corpora-
start of World War II. Prior tion in the state of Oregon.
to that he was a civil engi- This group was instrumen-
neer with the Kansas High- tal in recruiting some of
way Division and also a reg- the city’s largest employers:
istered land surveyor in the Lamb Weston, Hermiston
state of Kansas.
Foods, and the Wal-Mart
At the onset of WWII Distribution Center.
A plaque and picture
every male at the junior col-
lege enlisted in the service, hangs in city hall to honor
as did Tom. However, he had Tom for his service and ded-
a physical defect that pre- ication to the city of Hermis-
vented him from enlisting in ton and its citizens.
Tom was a member of
any of the branches of ser-
vice. In 1942 he was drafted the Elks, Eagles and Moose
by the Army and served in lodges, the VFW and the
the Paciﬁ c Campaign as a Rotary Club.
During retirement Tom
forward observer for the
96th Infantry’s artillery enjoyed outdoor sports,
division. During his time hunting, ﬁ shing, and golf-
of service he participated in ing. He especially enjoyed
the invasion of Leyte in the nearly 40 years of trips to
Philippine Islands and also Hawaii with Betty and many
the invasion of Okinawa, of their friends and family.
Tom was preceded in
which was held by Japan.
He was honorably dis- death by his parents, wife
charged from the Army in Betty, a beloved nephew
1946. He went back to Kan- Thomas R. Strand and
sas and attended the Univer- son-in-law H. Tim Novak.
sity of Kansas in Manhattan, He is survived by his sis-
Kansas, and graduated as an ter, Barbara E. Owens, age
industrial physicist in 1950. 99, of Springﬁ eld, Mo.;
He went home to Hutchin- daughter Nancy G. Novak
son and started working for (Clint Fordice) of Hermis-
ton, Ore.; son Michael T.
the city of Hutchinson.
On January 7, 1952, he Harper (Jake) of Hermiston,
married Betty Jeane Glover Ore.; a niece, Mauna Loa
in Hutchinson, Kansas, and Strand of Springﬁ eld, Mo.;
the couple honeymooned in three grandsons, Tony Horn
Old Mexico. Tom and Betty (Jackie) of Kennewick,
had two children, a daugh- Wash., Brian Horn (Chris-
ter Nancy Gail and a son tine) of Blackstone, Mass.,
and Nathan Harper of Herm-
In the spring of 1961 Tom iston, Ore.; six great-grand-
and Betty moved their fam- children;
ily to Hermiston, Oregon, great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial celebration
to build a city. Tom became
Hermiston’s ﬁ rst city man- of life service will be held
ager. He served in that Saturday, June 29, 2019, at
capacity for over 25 years. 11 a.m. at Burns Mortuary
At the time of his retirement of Hermiston. A reception
in 1987 at the age of 64, he and gathering will be at the
was the only city manager in Hermiston Elks Lodge fol-
the state of Oregon to serve lowing the service.
Please share memories
one city for a period longer
of Tom with his family at
than 25 years.
During Tom’s tenure as burnsmortuaryhermiston.
city manager the city built a com.
Burns Mortuary of
library, public works build-
ing, wastewater treatment Hermiston, Oregon, is in
plant, opened a new city hall care of arrangements.
7:01 a.m. — An Irrigon resident complained about the neigh-
bor’s dog jumping into her backyard on Southeast California Ave-
nue and causing trouble with her dog. The Morrow County Sher-
iﬀ ’s Oﬃ ce responded and warned the neighbor for having a dog
8:31 a.m. — A female threw coﬀ ee over an employee at Sin-
clair, 4412 Westgate, Pendleton, and left the station. Pendleton
police took a report.
9:27 a.m. — Hermiston police took a report for a burglary on
the 1500 block of North First Street.
10:03 a.m. — A motorcyclist reported the theft of a weapon
from his saddlebag while he was at the Mobil station at 1800 Sixth
10:25a.m. — A Hermiston man asked to speak to police after
ﬁ nding someone hacked his computer, took out loans in his name
and stole his identity.
11:15 a.m. — Pendleton police received a report of child abuse.
11:28 a.m. — Two College Place teens got into some trouble
for drugs during a stop.
An Oregon State Police trooper stopped a white BMW 330
for a traﬃ c violation on the northbound side of Highway 11 near
milepost 23. A 16-year-old girl was driving and a 17-year-old boy
was the lone passenger, both from College Place.
The trooper searched the vehicle and found a marijuana pipe
and a jar containing less than an ounce of pot. The trooper seized
the drugs and pipe and cited the driver for violation of the basic
rule and minor in possession of marijuana.
12:30 p.m. — Two males fought in front of a house on North-
east Riverside Avenue, Pendleton.
4:26 p.m. — A man with a beard threatened customers at the
Pendleton Taco Bell, 2001 S.W. Court Place.
5:31 p.m. — An emergency caller reported she was at Pater-
son Ferry Road and Columbia Lane, Irrigon, and a man walked to
her car and asked for an ambulance for his girlfriend. The caller
said the girlfriend may be dehydrated and the male may have had
a broken hand. Ambulances responded and took the couple to
Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston.
9:34 p.m. — Hermiston police received a report of an assault
on the 300 block of East Dogwood Avenue.
9:53 p.m. — A person driving a Nissan was throwing things at
motorcycle on the 1900 block of South Highway 395, Hermiston.
Carol Ann Meredith
Lawrence Dee ‘Larry’ Meredith
11:54 a.m. — Hermiston police took a report for a burglary on
the 1300 block of Southwest Sage Drive.
1:17 p.m. — A 911 caller reported a male was hitting a female
on Southwest 11th Street, Hermiston.
4:18 p.m. — A family on Forest Service Road 21 outside Hep-
pner lost its 10-year-old male boxer, Indie, at Bull Prairie. Indie is an
emotional support dog for a family member.
9:01 p.m. — A parent reported a dog bit their daughter at
Tri-Harbor Apartments, 210 Klickitat St., Umatilla.
9:52 p.m. — A Milton-Freewater resident on Walla Walla River
Road reported she was just in a yelling match with her neighbor
across the fence. She also claimed the neighbor harasses her.
11:05 p.m. — Umatilla police received a report of an assault at
Marina Apartments, 1600 Second St.
10:52 a.m. — A mother reported someone kicked in her
daughter’s garage door during the night on East Birch Creek Road,
Pilot Rock. The Umatilla County Sheriﬀ ’s Oﬃ ce took a report.
11:01 a.m. — Pendleton police received a report of an assault
at Terwilliger Apartments, 245 S.W. Fifth St.
8:25 p.m. — Pendleton police responded to a ﬁ ght at the Dairy
Queen Grill & Chill, 1415 S.W. Court St.
10:10 p.m. — The Morrow County Sheriﬀ ’s Oﬃ ce responded
to a caller on Linden Way, Heppner, who reported someone with
a ﬂ ashlight was outside her house. The sheriﬀ ’s oﬃ ce checked out
the scene and did not ﬁ nd anyone.
•Hermiston police arrested Tyler Duane Winterton, 28, of
Hermiston, for felony methamphetamine and heroin possession,
felony probation violation and a state warrant. State court records
show Winterton in May began serving two years probation for
theft and burglary.
•Umatilla police arrested Tana Nicole Halligan, 23, of Pendle-
ton, for a felony probation violation, felony heroin possession, giv-
ing false information to law enforcement and on a misdemeanor
warrant for failure to appear. She is serving three years probation
after pleading guilty to vehicle theft in March, according to state
•Hermiston police arrested Juan Carlos Ochoa, 27, of Hermis-
ton, for felony aggravated harassment. According to state court
documents, police alleged Ochoa spit at oﬃ cer Mike Ellwood.
•Pendleton police arrested Tommy Lee Calvin Strickland, 35,
of Pendleton, for felony fourth-degree assault, interfering with
a peace oﬃ cer, felony aggravated harassment and third-degree
mischief. The aggravated harassment charge is for the allegation
Strickland spit at oﬃ cer Copy Porter.
•A caller reported an armed male made threats to a resident
of Maple Crest Apartments, 700 S.W. Wilson Lane, Boardman. The
Morrow County Sheriﬀ ’s Oﬃ ce responded and arrested Miguel
Gutierrez-Velasquez, 23, of Boardman, for eluding, resisting arrest
and driving under the inﬂ uence of intoxicants.
•The Morrow County Sheriﬀ ’s Oﬃ ce arrested Eliezer Morales,
21, of Hermiston, for DUII, property hit-and-run and felony
attempt to elude.
•Pendleton police arrested Angel Michelle Patterson, 40, of
Pendleton, for unauthorized use of a vehicle.
•Umatilla County Sheriﬀ ’s Oﬃ ce arrested Quinn Patrick Coun-
tryman, 25, of Athena, for second-degree assault, unlawful use of
a weapon and tampering with physical evidence.
•Umatilla County Sheriﬀ ’s Oﬃ ce arrested Marisol Olivares, 39,
for DUII and reckless driving.
•Milton-Freewater police arrested David Lee Nelson, 50, for sec-
ond-degree criminal mischief, property hit-and-run, second-de-
gree disorderly conduct, reckless driving and resisting arrest.
•Pendleton police arrested Marvin R.J. Thompson, 24, for a pro-
bation violation, failure to appear, giving false information, car-
rying concealed weapons, resisting arrest, second-degree disor-
derly conduct, interfering with a peace oﬃ cer and on a state hold.
•Umatilla police arrested Lucio Lopez Curruchich, 28, for felony
TUESDAY, JUNE 25
UMATILLA-MORROW COUNTY HEAD START, 11:30 a.m., Head
Start boardroom, 110 N.E. Fourth St., Hermiston. (Monina Ward
IONE SCHOOL DISTRICT, 3:30 p.m., Ione Community School,
445 Spring St., Ione. 4:30 p.m. board meeting, 5:30 p.m. budget
committee meeting. (Kim Thul 541-422-7131)
UMATILLA PLANNING COMMISSION, 6:30 p.m., Umatilla City
Hall, 700 Sixth St., Umatilla. (Brandon Seitz 541-922-3226 ext. 103)
MORROW COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION, 7 p.m., Port of
Morrow Riverfront Center, 2 Marine Drive, Boardman. (Stephanie
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26
BUTTER CREEK IRRIGATION DISTRICT, 8 a.m., Butter Creek Irri-
gation District, 28790 Westport Lane, Hermiston. Meeting held
via telephone conference 541-289-5201 (541-289-5201)
ECHO IRRIGATION DISTRICT, 8:15 a.m., Echo Irrigation District,
28790 Wesport Lane, Hermiston. Meeting held via telephone
conference 541-289-5206 (541-289-5206)
December 10, 2009 / August 23, 2018
Former Echo resident Carol Ann (Wiglesworth) Mer-
edith died Dec. 10, 2009, in Sacramento, Calif. Husband
Lawrence Dee ‘Larry’ Meredith died Aug. 23, 2018, also in
Sacramento. Graveside burial of their ashes will be held Sat-
urday, June 29, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Echo Cemetery. Burns
Mortuary of Hermiston handled local arrangements.
Cristian Alejandro Rodriguez
June 21, 2019
Cristian Alejandro Rodriguez, 22, of Milton-Freewater,
died Friday, June 21, 2019, in Richland, Wash. He was born
Aug. 29, 1996. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home of Mil-
ton-Freewater is in charge of arrangements.
Paul Scott Shampine
College Place, Wash.
June 21, 2019
Paul Scott Shampine, 68, of College Place, Wash., died
Friday, June 21, 2019, at his home. Celebration of life ser-
vices are pending with Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Fol-
som-Bishop. Online condolences may be sent to www.pio-
February 25, 1938 — June 20, 2019
Former Pendleton resident Robert Temple, 81, of Salem,
died Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Salem. He was born Feb.
25, 1938. No services will be held, at his request. Dallas
Mortuary Tribute Center is assisting the family.
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