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November 11, 2015
Wallowa County Chieftain
Janell ‘Nellie’ Daly
July 20, 1949 to Oct. 21, 2015
Gabriel Ryan Renfroe
April 18, 1996 to Oct. 31, 2015
Janell “Nellie” Daly passed
away Oct. 31, 2015, with her
loving family surrounding her
in Richland, Wash., after a long
battle with several medical con-
ditions. She is survived by her
four children — James Quinby,
Tammie Quinby, Jeremy Quin-
by and Brent Quinby — as well
as her two stepsons and step-
daughter, 14 grandchildren, and
Nellie was born in Marsh-
¿ eld, Ore., to mother Ma[ine (rwin and father Micheal Ward.
She was the sister to John (rwin, Joy Nelson, James (rwin, Jer-
ry +adley, Judy (rwin and Jeff (rwin. She graduated from San-
ta Rosa High, class of 1967, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Nellie made
her home in Wallowa in 1978 with her husband Richard Daly
and their seven children. She worked at Tom’s Auto for years,
where she would greet anyone who walked in with a smile. She
was an active member in the community. She was a member
of the Church of Christ — her faith was her life. She also was
a member of the IOOF Hall, the Red Hats Society, the Smart
Reader program and the 4-H program. You could guarantee she
would be in attendance at almost all school functions. She loved
playing cards and visiting with friends.
She was a staple in the community helping teach and men-
tored many for the last thirty years. Nellie was a mother, grand-
mother, sister, friend and con¿ dant for all in Wallowa County.
She was preceded in death by her mother Ma[ine, father Mi-
cheal, brother James, sister Joy and her husband Richard.
Gabriel Ryan Renfroe, 19,
of Joseph passed away Satur-
day, Oct. 31, 2015. A Celebra-
tion of Life Service will be held
at a later time.
Gabriel was born April 18,
1996, in (nterprise to Johnny
William Fine and Linda Nancy
Renfroe. He resided in Wallowa
and La Grande. He graduated
from Wallowa High School,
where he played football and
was on the wrestling team.
Gabriel was employed as a ranch hand for Organic Farms in
Wallowa. He enjoyed video games, comics, anime (“Legend of
=elda,” “Mega Man” and music (Mis¿ ts, System of A Down,
Asking Ale[andria and Murder Dolls.
Gabriel was like a bright light where ever he went. His smile
would light up everyone around him. He will be missed very
much. We all love you.
Gabriel is survived by his parents, Linda and Johnny; broth-
ers Shawn C. Renfroe and Levi W.A. Fine, and sister Salena
F. Renfroe; grandmother Onia Renfroe; aunts and uncles, Joy
and Steve Rogers, Larry Renfroe, Ronnie Renfroe (Linda) and
(dward Renfroe (Dee), Tom Fine, Dan and Dovie Lathrop and
many cousins. He was preceded in death by uncle Johnny Ren-
froe and grandfather Albert Renfroe.
In lieu of À owers, memorial contributions may be made to
any Umpqua Bank using the last 4 digits of account No. 9755 to
help with funeral e[penses.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.
Leslie Marvin Masterson
May 15, 1928 to Oct. 29, 2015
Les Masterson, 87, passed away on the evening of Oct.
29, 2015, at his home in Alpine, Ari]., after an e[tended bout
with cancer and heart disease. He passed away quietly, sur-
rounded by his family. Les was born May 15, 1928, to An-
gie and Jesse Masterson in Tillamook, Ore. He was the sec-
ond-youngest of si[ children. He graduated from (nterprise
High School in 1947.
In 1945, Les began a career as a stock contractor and part-
time rodeo cowboy. After high school he began a full-time job
with Harley Tucker and it wasn’t long before he was putting
on rodeos himself. Les also squeezed in some saddle bronc
rides when Harley wasn’t looking. When they weren’t putting
on rodeos, they were back at the Tucker Ranch haying, tend-
ing to stock or riding in the divide to bring in horses or cattle.
After several years of working for Harley, Les tried his
hand in the dude ranch business in Palm Springs, Calif.,
then worked his way to Tennessee and Northern Alabama,
where he did some farming, rounded up wild cattle and even
worked in some time to rodeo himself. After returning to
Palm Springs in 1954, he married Jean Warren of Spokane,
Wash., who had been working summers at Wallowa Lake,
where they met when Les was working for Harley.
Not long after marrying, the couple went to Tennessee
and spent about 18 months working the farms and ranches he
had worked during his previous stay. Les and Jean returned
to Wallowa County, where they worked ranch jobs on Fence
Creek and Lightning Creek for Walter Brenan, finally wind-
ing up on the Vern Hays ranch in 1957. Les worked on the
Hays ranch until 1961 and then went to town for a bit to work
for Snyder Lumber. In 1964, Les went to work for Merton
Wade near Lostine until 1974 and then returned to the former
Hays ranch for three years when they took on the Stubble-
field ranch upriver Imnaha, where they stayed until 1982.
They sold out and went back to the valley where Les
worked for several years helping Pat Wortman ranching and
some work in the woods. Les finally retired (for the most
part) in 1993. Les and Jean spent several years snow-birding
to Arizona until 2000. He stayed in Wallowa County until
2010, when he moved to Arizona to live with his son Burke
and daughter-in-law Ann at their bed and breakfast, where he
stayed until his passing.
Les loved all facets of ranch life and probably was most
happy being on horseback and taking care of the cattle. He
loved to hunt and even fish a little. He took pride in rais-
ing his kids up right and making sure they turned out to be
good responsible people. He was a volunteer fireman when
he lived in town and actively participated in community pro-
grams and organizations.
Les is survived by his son Burke and daughter-in-law
Ann, both of Alpine, Ariz., four grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife
Jean, who passed in 1998, daughter Terri (1977), siblings
Irene, (dna, Betty, Harold and Robert.
Thank you Dad! You were a great husband, father and
friend. We love you and miss you. A celebration of his life
will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov 16 at the Bollman Funer-
al Home with private Internment at the (nterprise Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the
Hospice Foundation of the White Mountains, 1789 W. Com-
merce Dr., Lakeside, A=, 85929, or to Friends of the (nter-
prise Cemetery — contact Sondra Lozier, 104 W. Main St.,
(nterprise, OR, 97828.
Delbert ‘Del’ Stone
Jan. 21, 1933 to Oct. 9, 2015
Delbert “Del” Stone, of Richland died Oct. 9, at Mead-
ow-brook Place in Baker City.
Delbert Francis was born on Jan. 21, 1933 in a farmhouse
west of Newberg, Ore., to Francis and Mildred (Cornwell)
Stone. He was raised in the Portland area until 1943, then
moved to a small, 10-acre farm in Tualatin. He attended grades
3-8 there and graduated from Sherwood High School in 1951
with top honors as Chapter Member President of Region 3 of
the Student Council Association of Oregon.
Del met a “cute blonde” on a small neighboring farm. Doris
was in the eighth grade at the time. She also attended Sherwood
High School, where he kept an eye on her until graduation. Del
claimed to have kept all the guys away until he ¿ nally proposed
in 1953. They had ¿ ve children together.
During his junior year, Del worked part time doing farm
work. At the end of his senior year, he worked part time in retail
at the local lumberyard until the fall of 1952. After his birthday
in January, the draft got his attention and he joined the Army in
February of 1953 and served with the 82nd Airborne until 1956.
After his honorable discharge he had a landscape, e[cavating
and asphalt-paving businesses until 1969. Del then worked as
an equipment operator with the Wallowa-Whitman National
Forest until he retired in 1990.
Del enjoyed being an equipment operator and the responsi-
bility and projects assigned to him at the Forest Service, as well
as the personnel he worked with. He also enjoyed a lifelong
passion of À ying his ultralight plane over Wallowa and Baker
Counties and would also take it with him when he headed south
in the winter.
His family will miss his humor, smile and his never-ending
generosity with anyone he became even remotely acquainted
with. He was always there to lend a helping hand. We love you,
It was Dad’s wishes not to have a memorial service but for a
family gathering instead.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Janice
Del is survived by his brother Keith Stone of Hebo, Ore., his
children — Debbie and her husband John Saylor of Richland,
Doug Stone of (nterprise, Donald Stone of Joseph, Diana and
her husband Scott Holcomb of Joseph, Donna Stone of Portland
— and wife Doris Stone. He had nine grandchildren and 10
If any remembrances would like to be shared with the fam-
ily, people may submit them in care of Tami’s Pine Valley Fu-
neral Home Cremation Services P.O. Bo[ 543 Halfway, Ore.,
97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispine-
D EATH N OTICE
Courtesy of Morgan Waters Photography
Megan Dawn Collins and Aaron Joseph Speegle, both
of Wallowa, were married Sept. 13, 2015, at Swisher
Farms in Enterprise.
wed in (nterprise
Megan Dawn Collins and
Aaron Joseph Speegle, both
of Wallowa, were married
Sept. 13, 2015, at Swisher
Farms in (nterprise.
Collins graduated from
Wallowa High School in
2009. Her parents are Ava
JoAnne Skillings of Wal-
lowa and Thomas Levi
Collins of (nterprise.
Speegle is a graduate
of Kankakee Valley High
School in Wheat¿ eld, Ind.
His parents are Suzette
Bonneau of Joseph and
Samuel Speegle of Indi-
Best man was the cou-
ple’s dog, Budweiser
Jones. The couple plans to
remain in Wallowa.
Eleanor L. Coles
June 13, 1930 to Nov. 4 2015
(leanor L. Coles, 85, of La Grande passed away at a local
care facility Nov. 4, 2015. A graveside service will be held at
North Powder Cemetery at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.Please
join the family after the service for refreshments at the Wolf
Creek Grange, 215 ( Street, North Powder.
(leanor was born June 13, 1930 in Klamath Falls, Ore., to
John & Verna (Ashley) Beck. As a youngster, her family lived
in Fossil, John Day and Boardman before they settled in Telo-
caset. (leanor attended Union High School. After graduating,
she married her high school sweetheart, Norvin M. Coles.
(leanor and Norvin made homes in Union and La Grande
before purchasing a farm in Cove, where they resided until
Norvin’s death in 2010. (leanor was very active in PTA and
activities at her children’s schools. (leanor was a member of
(astern Star, Daughters of the Nile. She also enjoyed member-
ship with the Cove Sportsman Club and New Bridge Grange.
(leanor is survived by her children, Norvin, Jr. (Skip) of
Baker City, Karen of La Grande, and James of Mission, Kan-
sas; sister Joyce Lanigan of Black Mountain, N.C.; brothers,
Robert Beck (Sharon) of Alicel, Ore., and Jack Beck (Margie)
of Montrose, Colo.; two grandchildren; four great-grandchil-
dren and one great-great-grandchild. (leanor was preceded in
death by her parents, John and Verna; brother Bill Beck; infant
son Richard and step-father Robert Wheeler.
In lieu of À owers, memorial contributions may be made
to the Shriner’s Hospital in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel,
1508 4th St., La Grande, OR, 97850.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.
D EATH N OTICES
Former Wallowa County resident (dward Wallace of Clark-
ston passed away Nov. 5, 2015 of complications due to diabe-
tes. His wife and family were with him at the time of passing.
A full obituary will be published at a later date. The family will
accept condolences and phone calls at 509-758-6843, or 1217
Boston St., Clarkston, WA, 99403. Merchant Funeral Home is
in charge of arrangements. No services are planned at this time.
Fern M. Strickler
Fern M. Strickler of College Place, Wash., and formerly of
(nterprise passed away Oct. 31, 2015 at her home at the age
of 98 years. Fern was born on Feb. 5, 1917 in (nterprise. A
complete obituary will be published at a later date. Mun-
selle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater,
Ore., is in charge of the arrangements.
Roger T. Wood Sr.
Roger T. Wood Sr. died Oct. 27 in Prineville, Ore, at age 75.
He was born Sept. 2, 1938 in Bellingham, Wash. Cremation was
handled by Juniper Funeral Home in Prineville.
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