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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
David Henry Coombs
Dec. 23, 1930 – Dec. 18, 2015
LA GRANDE — David Henry
Coombs, 84, of Enterprise, formerly of
Prairie City, died Dec. 18. A celebra-
tion of life will be held in the spring.
Mr. Coombs was born Dec. 23,
1930, in Prairie City, to Henry John
Coombs and Marie Elsie Bradley
Coombs. He grew up on a ranch and
attended school in Prairie City.
On Dec. 25, 1949, he married Shir-
ley Ella Allen. In about 1953, they
worked and mined in Arizona and
Montana with her father, Frank Allen. They ranched and raised
their family in Hereford and Unity, where they raised Hereford
and Angus cattle and put up their own hay.
He took classes at Treasure Valley Community College to
learn how to do his own veterinary work. He was also skilled
with all heavy equipment.
In 1974, they moved to a 100-acre property near Baker
where they lived for 38 years before moving to Enterprise July
He loved his family, cattle ranching, the cow dogs, snow,
water skiing, boating and À ying their Cessna 182 with his wife.
He was an active member of the Burnt River community,
serving on the school board, soil and water conservation dis-
tricts and the election board. His interests included art, music,
learning, playing high school football and basketball, snowmo-
biling and downhill skiing.
He supported all his children’s sports and endeavors. The
couple hosted ice skating and sledding parties for their children.
He derived special joy watching beginners in 4-H showmanship
and band, Sami Lu’s visits and Tyler’s grin.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 66 years, Shirley;
daughters, Judy (Richard) Wolf and Teena (Marc) Stauffer;
daughter-in-law, Evelyn Coombs; 14 grandchildren; nine
great-grandchildren; brother, John Coombs and family; broth-
er-in-law, Gordon “Pinky” Allen and family; and Ken and Jan
Alexander and family.
He was preceded in death by his son, David Allen “Whip”
Coombs, and infant son, Steven Paul Coombs.
Arrangements are under the care of Bollman Funeral Home,
315 W. Main St., Enterprise, OR 97828.
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TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12-13
Red Cross blood drive
12-6 p.m. Tuesday, 9
a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday,
Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints, John Day
The church is at 944 E.
Main St. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED-
CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
There are simply no words
to express our heartfelt
thanks to our family, friends
and community, for your
support in this time of
loss of our son AJ.
Not only once, but twice,
has everyone been more
than gracious to our family.
We will be forever grateful
Lois Louise Hickerson
April 29, 1931 – Dec. 24, 2015
Lois Louise Hickerson, 84, of John
Day, died Dec. 24 in John Day. A memo-
rial service was held Dec. 30 at Driskill
Memorial Chapel in John Day.
Mrs. Hickerson was born April 29,
1931, in Harrah, Oklahoma, to Clarence
and Georgia Culvey. She graduated from
Harrah High School.
In 1950, she married Carmine Honea
in Harrah. They later divorced.
On Jan. 28, 1995, she married Bill Hick-
erson in Canyon City. She spent many years working as a caregiver for
the state of Oregon, and also worked at Chester’s Thriftway bakery.
She enjoyed working in her yard, watching birds and deer, draw-
ing, painting and helping others. In 1991, she received a Long Term
Care Worker Award from the state of Oregon. She was everyone’s
proud “Grandma Great.”
Survivors include her daughter, Sherri (Lenny) Dowdy of John
Day; son, Jerry Honea of Florence; stepsons, Keith (Barbara) Hick-
erson of Peyton, Colorado, Billy (Lori) Hickerson of John Day and
Alan (Roni) Hickerson of John Day; stepdaughters, Laurel (Alfred)
Johnson of Redmond and Cindy Hickerson of San Diego, Califor-
nia; sisters, Lou Kelley and Jerrie Perlni; 14 grandchildren; and 24
She was preceded in death by husband, Bill Hickerson, in 2001;
grandson, Jacob Hickerson; great-granddaughter, Kayden Dowdy;
and siblings Dan, Ethel, Grace, Dot and Billie.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Hos-
pice or the Scleroderma Angels through Driskill Memorial Chapel,
241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.
For condolences, visit www.driskillmemorialchapel.com/.
Michael John Costello
April 20, 1936 – Dec. 12, 2015
Michael John Costello, 79, formerly of
Dayville, died Dec. 12. A memorial ser-
vice will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1, at
Brooks Assembly of God, 9165 Portland
Rd. NE, in Brooks, Oregon.
Mr. Costello was born on April 20,
1936, in Syracuse, N.Y., to Francis and
Ellene Costello. He had one sister, Dotty.
He served in the U.S. Army during the
Korean War. Upon returning home, he
was introduced to Ethel Girod, whom he
married on Aug. 30, 1957, in Salem.
In 1969, he graduated from Oregon College of Education (now
Western Oregon University) with a teaching degree, and went on to
get his master’s degree at the University of Oregon.
His ¿ rst teaching job was at JFK High School in Mt. Angel,
where he worked from 1970-1974 as counselor, teacher and vice
principal. He continued as principal and superintendent in Camas
Valley, Crow, Dayville, Silver Lake and Days Creek, where he re-
tired from a long and ful¿ lling career.
The Costellos retired in Salem. He enjoyed spending time with
and investing in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Costello; two daughters, Karen
Davis and Kim Davis; son, Ken Costello; grandchildren, Shar, Cory,
Leah, Kaila, Michael, Sarah and Micah; and eight great-grandchil-
He was a man of God and loved the Lord, his God, with all his
heart, soul and mind.
In lieu of À owers, memorial donations may be made to the Mt.
Angel School District.
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Dayville School students gather after decorating
the Dayville Christmas tree with ornaments they
Dayville celebrates with
contest and tree lighting
Blue Mountain Eagle
DAYVILLE — By day
and by night, things are mer-
ry and bright in Dayville this
The community recently
held its 20th annual Christ-
mas decorating contest for
homes and businesses. The
First place: Brandon
and Sydney Thompson and
Second place: Skip and
Third place: Dan and
Dea Driscoll and family of
Prairie Springs Fish Farm
Fourth place: The Day-
Fifth place: Jeff and Ba-
Sixth place: Taylor and
Winners light up Mt. Vernon
Blue Mountain Eagle
MT. VERNON — The
community of Mt. Vernon is
looking festive this Christ-
mas season, thanks to people
and businesses who partic-
ipated in the town’s Christ-
mas lighting contest.
Here are the winners for
this year’s competition:
First place: Eastern Or-
egon Professional Services,
Blue Mountain Eagle
JOHN DAY — Thanks
to the generosity of do-
nors, motorists will soon
see two new signs in Grant
County honoring veterans.
The signs, which will
be placed south of Canyon
City and north of Mt. Ver-
non, are among those being
installed on the 383-mile
stretch of Highway 395 in
Oregon that was recently
designated the World War I
According to Robert
Van Voorhis of the John
528 E. Main, St. E,
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
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First place: John La Lib-
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Second place: Tammy
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The prize for ¿ rst place
was $100 and for second
place $50. The winners were
announced Dec. 23.
Elks Lodge receives $1,800
for two WWI Memorial signs
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Tiffnie Schmadeka and fam-
Seventh place: Ralph
and Merle Metcalf
Residents also gathered
for the 2nd annual Christmas
tree lighting ceremony on
Dec. 13, near City Hall.
Mayor Robert Walten-
burg did the tree-lighting
honors, with about 40 in at-
tendance, who also enjoyed
hot cocoa and refreshments.
Dea Driscoll and her daugh-
ter, Marguerite, led the group
in Christmas carols.
Dayville School students
trimmed the tree with orna-
ments they made.
People and groups who
decorated lamppost trees
lining the highway through
town were also thanked for
Call and schedule your
Day Elks Lodge, $1,801
has been collected, just
enough for the two 4x8-
foot signs, which cost $900
“The generosity of
our members and our
community continues to
amaze me,” he said. He
thanked Elks members
who “put meaning into our
pledge to never forget our
The local donors are
Grant County VFW Post
No. 3597, John Day Elks
member anonymous do-
nations, Etoile and Clint
Benge, Jerome Consul-
tants, Land Title Company,
Prairie City Legion Post
No. 106, Bob and Nita
Van Voorhis, Ansel and
Judy Krutsinger, Jack and
Teresa Southworth, Andy
and Maxine Day, Mobile
Glass, Carl Lino, Vern and
Veronica Flanary and Jim
and DJ Damon.
The Oregon Department
of Transportation will
build and install the signs.
The Elks Lodge will
hold a dedication ceremo-
ny at a later date. Due to
the response on this proj-
ect, Van Voorhis said he
already has the next one
W EATHER F ORECAST FOR THE WEEK OF D EC . 30-J AN . 5
Ski Report: Anthony Lakes: Base 49 inches; 1 inches of new snow.