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January 7, 2015
D EATH N OTICE
Charlene Anne Berry
Feb. 25, 1937 – Dec. 25, 2014
Robert Brian Boyd
Dec. 28, 1955 – Dec. 19, 2014
Charlene Anne Berry,
76, of Elgin, formerly of
Wallowa, passed away on
Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, at
Saint Alphonsus Hospital in
Boise, Idaho. A memorial
service will be announced at
a later date.
Charlene was born Feb.
25, 1937, in Wallowa to
Charles George and Ione
Joy (Elledge) Berry. She
graduated from Wallowa
High School. She married the love of her life, Tony
She was an owner of a local restaurant, dog grooming
parlor and a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, hunting
Charlene is survived by her husband, Tony, and brother,
Duane Berry of Imbler, and five nieces and nephews. She
was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ione,
and brothers, Cleve L. Berry and Earl Berry.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.
Robert Brian Boyd, 59, of Enterprise,
a much loved husband, father,
grandfather, son and brother, died of a
liver disease known as NASH, Dec. 19,
2014, surrounded by his family.
He was born in La Grande on Dec.
28, 1955, and graduated from La Grande
High School in 1974. He attended
Eastern Oregon State and Idaho State
University. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad as a
signal maintainer for 20 years and retired in 1996-97. He
resided in Pocatello, Idaho, and then returned to his home
state in 2000.
He received his private pilot’s license and enjoyed
flying his plane, and riding his Gold Wing motorcycle
all over the country. He was an avid outdoorsman.
He enjoyed scuba diving, hunting, fishing, camping
and boating. He was a member of the Elks Club. Very
dedicated and involved with the Boy Scouts.
Robert is survived by his wife Georgene of 38 years,
his four children Rebecka, Katherine, Joshua and
Michael, his brother William P. Boyd, his nine loving
grandchildren, nieces, and extended family. He was
preceded in death by his parents Paul W. Boyd, Clara
Marjorie DeBoie and his grandparents.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 10,
2015, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints in Enterprise. All are invited to attend.. The
family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make any
donations to Bollman’s Funeral Home or Umpqua Bank
Aug. 22, 1943 – Dec. 23, 2014
Thomas Hutchison, aka Hutch and Tommy Kolohe,
passed away in Bend, Dec. 23, 2014. Born Aug. 22, 1943,
in Bronx, N.Y., he graduated from Los Altos High School
before beginning an exciting career of college participation
in San Francisco, New Orleans and Omaha, Neb. He traveled
extensively through Mexico and Central America, and in his
Tom possessed an extraordinary number of life interests
key guitar/orthodox/blues/Irish ballads), to a concentration
places to be. Tom served as a Bartender and Entertainment
Coordinator in Santa Cruz, Calif., while writing for GOOD
TIMES, voicing the outlook from the food and beverage
industry for a newspaper specializing in music, arts and
in Joseph, Ore., a life’s dream combining his joys of music and
literature. Continuously Tom performed in local venues with
his slack key guitar which resulted in releasing three CD’s of
his Hawaiian music. He also volunteered in local schools as a
reading mentor, while teaching guitar to students after school.
Most notably, Tom was the recipient of the “Leader of Arts”
Award in 2008, a citizen’s award presented to him by Wallowa
County. He also continued as a Board Member of the Wallowa
Valley Arts Council and the Rotary Club, and most recently,
was participating in a Catholicism study to join a church near
Tom had an exceeding desire to live his life like he wanted
to, to pay-it-forward or give back, to live by faith and to end
his life in a peaceful, gentle way, playing his guitar until the
end with his charming smile guiding his delivery.
Tom is survived by his partner, Dolo Cutter, of Joseph;
three sisters of Tucson, Ariz., Peggy (Michael), Teri (Vince),
and Patricia; and two nieces, Jessica (Kevin) and Sara (James);
and a wealth of dedicated, devoted friends. He was preceded in
death by his loving parents, Dale and Charlotte Hutchison.
The family extends great appreciation to Hospice of
Bend, and to Alpine House in Joseph for their ultimate
be made to the charity of your choice or to The Primavera
Foundation in Tucson, Ariz.; Habitat for Humanity, Tucson,
Ariz.. Arrangements by Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home,
Bend. Please visit the online registry for the family at www.
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Wallowa County Chieftain
Michael “Mike” Rearick, of Enterprise, died Jan. 2, 2015,
at Kadlec Hospital in Richland, Wash. A full obituary and
memorial plans will be published at a later date.
Courtesy photo/Laura Skovlin
Let me outta here! Brave but frozen 2015 Polar Plunge
participants head for towels, shelter and hot liquids after
a freezing Jan. 1 dip into Wallowa Lake.
Polar Plunge partakers
brave extra-cold temps
while this year’s plunge fea-
tured some of the coldest tem-
peratures he experienced, it
As many as 75 people wasn’t one of the worst years
showed up to the 2015 Polar for sheer torture. He added
Plunge held at the north end that the sunshine and lack of
of Wallowa Lake on Jan. 1, wind made the experience tol-
but the near-zero air tempera- erable. “You get out of there
ture limited active participa- and the sun beats on you, and
tion in the plunge to 40-50, it’s like stepping out of a sau-
down somewhat from 2014’s na. If you get your head and
record of an estimated 60 your feet covered real fast,
you don’t get very cold.”
Wandschneider did not
The event started promptly
DWDPDQG¿QLVKHGQHDUO\ swim in the lake, although
as quickly. The vast majority he got wet from head to foot.
of participants spent very lit- “You don’t swim much. The
tle time in the freezing waters. deal is, you’ve got to dive
Age appeared to make little in and get your whole body
difference in the active partic- wet. Most of us dive, get our
ipation as plungers ranged in heads underwater and come
age from around 10 years old out.” Wandscneider added he
to plungers in their early 70s. thought he saw one or two
Joseph resident, Laura other swimmers attempt to
Skovlin, whose family partic- swim a few strokes.
Purely for the sake of safe-
ipated, cited the cold weather
as the reason active partic- ty, Wandscheider took pre-
ipation numbers appeared cautions to alleviate his tem-
down slightly from last year’s porary hypothermia. “I went
plunge which featured rela- home and took a hot shower
and had a couple of hot tod-
tively balmier temperatures.
Longtime participant Rich dies. Then I watched the ball
Wandschneider said that game,” Wandschneider said.
By S.F. Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
Kenneth Lee Nevin
Aug. 19, 1965 – Dec. 28, 2014
Kenneth Lee Nevin, 49, of
La Grande, died Dec. 28, 2014,
in Boise, Idaho.
Kenny was born Aug. 19,
1965, in Carmichael, Calif.
He was employed at
Outdoors RV in La Grande.
Formerly he was a mechanic at
Bill’s Pit Stop in Lostine.
His hobbies and interests
included NASCAR, the
Dallas Cowboys and Oregon
Ducks football. He went to the
Kenny loved being with his grandchildren and his longtime
partner Kay. He was known as the “protector” of the family.
He always had his family’s best interests in mind. He valued
his family and friends.
He accepted everyone for who they were, never passing
judgment. He was always available to help anyone in need.
Kenny is survived by his partner Kay Chatwood, of La
Grande, children Casey (Andrea) Chatwood, of Eugene,
Adam Chatwood, Eugene, Brandon Chatwood, La Grande,
Kenneth Nevin Jr. (Tyeshia), Sacramento, Calif.; parents Mike
and Nancy Suit, La Grande, Tod Nevin, Lakeport, Calif., and
Felipe and Dawn Lozano, Red Bluff, Calif.; brothers Bradley
Nevin (Jaymie), Pittsburgh, Pa., Ray Suit (Blair), Eugene,
and David Golz, Santa Rosa, Calif.; sisters Lilia Ortmann
(Herman), Imbler, Heather Allison (Chris), San Diego, Calif.,
nieces and nephews, 11 aunts and 11 uncles.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Paul and
Kathryn Travis, J.M. and Sidney Nevin, and Robert and Lilia
A service is scheduled Friday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Bud
Jackson’s in La Grande. Donations to help the family with
expenses can be directed to P.O. Box 535, La Grande, OR
97850 c/o Kay Chatwood.
High and Low Temperatures
According to data sent to MesoWest: www.mesowest.utah.edu
Jan 7 - Jan. 12
Source: National Weather Service
H: 42 L: 30
H: 40 L: 24
H: 37 L: 28
H: 38 L: 26
Slight chance of snow
H: 36 L: 25
H: 35 L: n/a
Phases of the moon