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November 18, 2015
Wallowa County Chieftain
Swinehart pedals 70 miles for 70th
Edward Andrew Wallace
July 3, 1936 to Nov. 5, 2015
By Steve Tool
Wallowa County Chieftain
Friends and family helped
celebrate Rachel (Stanaway)
Sines’ 90th birthday with a
four-day weekend surprise
party. Rachel lives in La
Grande. The Sines family
lived in Wallowa for 10 years
when Rachel’s husband Roy
Sines worked for the U.S.
Forest Service as district rang-
er. All three of their children
graduated from Wallowa High
School. Relatives traveled
from North Carolina, Mon-
tana, Idaho and Oregon for
the celebration at Three Island
Crossing State Park historical
site on the Oregon Trail. One
day was spent on the lake at
Bruneau Sand Dunes in Idaho.
Former city of Enterprise
engineer Ralph Swinehart
didn’t celebrate his 70th birth-
day in a wheelchair. Instead,
he spent it on the road bik-
ing a mile for each of his 70
“I just decided I wanted to
ride my age on my birthday,”
Swinehart said. “I’ve been
thinking about it since last
Swinehart works at his
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terprise. He spent some time
on his bike beforehand, shap-
ing up for the odyssey. He
trained for the ride on his vin-
tage 1981 Schwinn Voyager.
“I used to ride a lot more
than I do now,” he said, “I’m
trying to get back into it.”
Swinehart’s 70-mile route
took him and a few friends 35
miles up Highway 3, ending
0.7 miles north of the Flo-
ra junction before turning
around for the return journey.
He said he never thought of
quitting any time during the
“No, not really,” he said.
“But it turned into a harder
ride than we expected. We
had a strong tailwind going
up, but a strong headwind
Swinehart’s partner, Janet
Septuagenarian Ralph Swinehart and his trusty Schwinn
Voyager bicycle. Swinehart rode the bike 70 miles in honor of
his 70th birthday on Oct. 31.
Pulsifer, and a friend made
the trip via vehicle in order
to provide lunch at Joseph
Overlook for the travelers
during their seven-hour trip.
A mix-up found Swinehart
with the only lunch, so he split
his sandwich, chips and cook-
ies with his comrades. Swine-
hart said they needed it.
“When we got to the sum-
mit, which is 1000 feet higher
than Enterprise, we thought
we’d have an easy ride com-
ing back in. With that 20
mph headwind, it felt like
we gained 2000 feet in eleva-
Swinhart already has plans
for future birthday journeys.
“All downhill with a tail-
wind,” he said. “I might
change over to kilometers as
D EATH N OTICE
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Lester O. Rudd
July 17, 1913 to Nov. 12, 2015
Walla Walla resident Lester O. Ruud, 102, died Nov. 12,
2015, at Parkview at Wheatland Village of Walla Walla. Ar-
rangements are pending through Mountain View-Colonial De-
Witt, 1551 The Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Longtime Wallowa County
resident Edward Andrew Wal-
lace, 79, passed away peace-
fully Nov. 15, 2015 at his home
in Clarkston, Wash., with his
family by his side.
Ed was born July 3, 1936
in Granger, Wash., to Donald
Perry and Lucile Francis (Rine-
hold) Wallace. Ed enjoyed
working on the ranch with his
folks and two sisters. He played
football, was a steer wres-
tler and asparagus cutter, and enjoyed hunting. He graduated
from Granger High School in 1954. Shortly after graduation he
moved to Wallowa County with his folks and ranched in Los-
tine, Enterprise and Kuhn Ridge. On June 28, 1958 he married
Carol Lee Cherry of Lostine, his wife of 57 years. Ed had many
successful hunts with his boys, many friends and family from
both the Yakima Valley and Wallowa County over the years.
Ed was a farmer, a rancher, caretaker of the Wallowa County
Fairgrounds and State C Brand Inspector.
Ed was actively involved in many organizations over the
years. He worked the calf shoots at Chief Joseph Days, was
Jaycee’s member, NRA member, 4-H leader, Fair Board mem-
ber (14 years), Wallowa County Stockgrowers member and
Stockgrowers president and worked the Enterprise Livestock
Taking after his dad Don’s love of rodeos, Ed team-roped
and calf-roped at Chief Joseph Days and many other events
throughout eastern Oregon.
hunting, roping, trap shooting, reading, and playing cribbage.
He also ran for County Commissioner and loved visiting with
friends and family and was always supported his children’s and
grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. In 2006 Ed and
Carol moved to Clarkston to go on dialysis. Although Ed had
many health issues over the years his sense of humor, his caring
wife, the love from family and friends kept him going. The past
several years he enjoyed building airplanes and painting.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Lucile
Wallace, and nephew Doug Parker.
He is survived by his wife Carol; his sons: Dwayne and
his girlfriend Betsy, Dan and his wife Jaana; daughters Deb-
bie and her husband Trent Axen, and Diana Jannuzzi and boy-
friend Rick; Six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and one
great-grandson; sisters Donna Everetts of Hood River and Jo-
anne Birch of Omak; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ed will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor,
kindness, his ability to tell great stories, his tenacity in life, and
his lasting friendships with others.
A memorial service will take place March 19 in Enterprise.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Wallowa County
Stockgrowers or a charity of your choice. Merchants Funeral
Home of Clarkston is handling arrangements.
Aug. 14, 1927 to Nov. 6, 2015
Patricia Noland was born
Aug. 14, 1927 in Emmett, Ida-
ho, to Eugene and Delia Grat-
ton. She was the youngest of
six children, four brothers and
one sister who lovingly called
her “Honey.” Pat graduated
in 1945 from Emmett High
School, where she enjoyed
cheerleading and playing the
trombone in the school band.
On April 6, 1946 Pat mar-
ried William H. Noland (Bill)
in Emmett, Idaho. She then worked and helped Bill graduate
from Pharmacy School at Idaho State University. In 1968 Pat
and Bill purchased Economy Drug in Enterprise, Ore. They
worked hard with the help of many employees to make their
business successful. Many thanks to the people of Wallowa
County who were patrons of Bill’s economy Drug Store. In
1986 they retired. They thoroughly enjoyed playing golf and
made many friends at Alpine Meadows.
To all the grandkids Pat was known as Grandma Trisha. She
was a very loving grandmother and always had a smile and a
twinkle in her eye and enjoyed taking care of the grandkids
during spring breaks, the summer and vacations. Pat was a de-
voted wife for over 61 years, a generous and loving mother and
grandmother. She loved each of her dogs that she had over the
years and taught them many tricks to our amazement. She liked
to take long walks and exercised daily to keep in shape.
After a month-long courageous battle following open heart
surgery with multiple strokes, Pat passed away peacefully sur-
rounded by her loving family. Pat is survived by her three sons,
Scott (wife Doris), Mike (wife Pam) and Joe (wife Teri), along
with 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
The family will have a memorial service in the spring with
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