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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Institute launching journeyman electrician apprenticeship program
Blue Mountain Eagle
Baker Technical Institute is launching a
journeyman plant electrician apprenticeship
program. A core requirement is to have an
oversight committee that consists of jour-
neyman electricians and industry represen-
tatives. The program also requires industry
partners to offer on the job training oppor-
tunities to students to be able to meet their
8,000 hour requirement.
Both Ash Grove Cement Company and
Marvin Wood Products, along with local
electricians, stepped up and partnered with
BTI to make this all possible.
Students in the apprenticeship program
will attend class one night per week at BTI
and work onsite with a journeyman electri-
cian when not in class. Students will need
to complete 576 hours of classroom work
and 8,000 hours of on the job training to
complete the program. BTI plans to begin
classes in January.
Delta M. Rude
May 17, 1920 – Sept. 28, 2018
Delta May Rude, 98, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed
into eternity Sept. 28, at her residence in Ontario, OR, with loved ones at her side. A memorial
service will be held at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) at the John Day United Methodist Church, 126 NW
Canton St., John Day, OR, on Friday, Oct. 26. Laypersons Sherry Feiger, Shermayne Boethin and
Becky Carey will be officiating. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory in La Grande is in charge of
arrangements. A meal will follow the service. Delta was born on May 17, 1920, in Ontario, Oregon
to Charles L. Kelso and Nina R. Baker Kelso. She attended various schools throughout the Treasure
Valley, graduating from Caldwell High in 1938. She then attended beauty school where she earned
her state beautician license. Her 62-year marriage began Dec. 27, 1941, when she married Robert
(Bob) Rude in Weiser, ID. They became parents of four children, one of whom died in infancy. Delta
was ambitious and had several jobs during her years of employment, most notably at Grant County Bank and as secretary at Prairie
City High School. She was very active in Eastern Star for 66 years and was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church and
its women’s group; she was a committed Christian. Following retirement, she and Bob discovered the world of golf and loved the
game. She became an avid, excellent player at the John Day Golf Course and gained many friends during the time spent there. She
continued to play after her move to Ontario in 2004 and made numerous new friends in the Ontario Golf Ladies Association. Her
move to Ontario opened a new circle of good friends. She continued to be active in the United Methodist Church and Order of the
Eastern Star. As a volunteer in the gift shop at Holy Rosary Hospital (now St. Al’s), she encountered and mastered challenges and
gained friends as she enjoyed her new experience. With all of her accomplishments, her family was always her most prized.
Delta’s survivors include daughters, Leslie Olson (Gary), Rebecca/Beck Morgan (Ron); son, Robbie Rude; sister, Melba Shaver
(Dean); grandchildren, Chris Gibson, LeAnne Flodstrom, Stephanie Navarrete, Eric & Nick Morgan, Travis & Tim Rude; 14
precious great-grandchildren; special nephew, Scott (Carol) Franks, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews, whom she
loved. Preceding Delta in death, included her parents; her husband, Bob; infant son, Eric; daughter-in-law, Janet Rude; sister, Ethel
Franks; and brothers, Milo, Wilbert & Orval Kelso. In lieu of flowers, Delta requested donations be made to Star Chapter #69, Order
of the Eastern Star (O.E.S.). Checks made payable to Star Chapter, can be sent to: Leslie Olson, 2040 Bonnie Drive, Payette, ID
83661. Donations will then be forwarded to a state project supported by O.E.S.
Family members want to express their appreciation for all those at Dorian Place Assisted Living in Ontario who made her 4.5 years
as a resident very pleasant and comfortable; she was treated with respect and loving care. Thanks to her physician, Dr. John Phillips,
for caring for and about her through her years in Ontario. Heart-n-Home Hospice was very helpful in the last week of her life as well.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.lovelandfuneralchapel.com. Paid for by the family of Delta Rude
Merrill McKern was born on the family ranch west of Mt. Vernon May 20, 1920 to parents Jay
and Jessie Stormer-McKern,. His youth included all of the usual fun, outdoor Grant County pur-
suits as well as ranch chores. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School as valedictorian in his
class of nine seniors. He had a lot of help from his kid sister Wilma who was paid – occasionally
– to catch his horse for him so he could ride to class in style.
Merrill went to Western Oregon College in Monmouth for 2 1/3 years until Pearl Harbor. He
then promptly enlisted in the Navy with buddy Dale Morris “because the line for the Marines
was too long”. He served as a radio operator on the submarine tender U.S.S. Fulton in Brisbane,
Australia, until selected for Midshipman’s School at Columbia University. After commissioning in 1943, he married Lois Bowerly of
Mohawk, Oregon, in Norfolk, Virginia with sister Charlyne and her husband Jim Rutter, also a Navy officer, in attendance.
He then was assigned as radio officer on the destroyer U.S.S. Fitch in Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific theaters of war, including
being right off shore at Utah Beach on D-Day. He was on his ship in Tokyo Bay at war’s end. Not quite sailing around the world, he
missed transiting the Indian Ocean (but did not miss it much!).
After finishing his bachelor’s degree at University of Oregon post war, he taught in Mt. Vernon (1948-1950) and then Eugene schools.
He earned his master’s degree while teaching full time and was an elementary school principal for over 25 years until retirement.
He and his family were frequent visitors in Grant County over the years and his sons still own a part of the Century Farm homesteaded
by his great grandparents, Wells Willcott and Eva Allen Stone. Nephew Neil and Jan Bauer own and operate most of the rest of that
“since 1882” holding.
He enjoyed ocean salmon fishing on his boat at Florence, geology and rock collecting, baking lip smacking desserts such as mincemeat
pie, beach combing, Jack Russell terriers and making up original puns and jokes.
Merrill passed peacefully of complications of advanced age at Laurel Parc senior living center in Portland on Sept. 15 where he and his
wife of 51 years had lived since 2015, previously living in Eugene.
He is survived by his wife, Joann, of Portland, and sister Wilma Bauer of Mt. Vernon. And by son Craig and daughter Kay of Eugene,
son Roy of Junction City, Joann’s daughters Mary and Anne of Portland; and all their spouses. In addition, by eight grandchildren,
seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Charlyne Rutter, brother Melvin “Shorty” McKern, many other Grant County kin and
his first wife Lois Bowerly McKern.
His cremains with be placed in the columbarium at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on Oct. 22, at 2:30 p.m. with military
honors. Later memorials will be arranged for family and friends in Eugene, Florence and Mt. Vernon.
Paid for by the family of Merrill McKern
In Loving Memory
HON. THOMAS MATHEW MOSGROVE
June 5, 1929 - October 7, 2018
Hon. Thomas (Tom) Mathew Mosgrove, was born June 5, 1929, to Pauline Myrick and Thomas
Henderson Mosgrove in the old Walla Walla Sanitarium & Hospital, now a Whitman College dorm. He
died of pancreatic cancer at home in Walla Walla surrounded by family on Oct. 7.
It was Tom’s grandfather, Matthew Mosgrove, who brought the family to Oregon from Ireland in
1875 and opened the Mosgrove Mercantile stores in Milton, Athena, Dayton and Waitsburg. That Irish
connection was always in Tom’s heart and he made many trips there to visit relatives.
Tom grew up in Milton, OR, until the passing of his father, when he and his mother eventually moved
to Pendleton, OR, where she became the Umatilla County Treasurer. Tom spent many summers working in the wheat fields and at the
pea cannery. Upon graduating from Pendleton High School in 1947, he wasted no time planning a future that did not include manual
labor and attended the University of Oregon with an eye toward medicine. Discovering a distinct distaste for chemistry, Tom switched
to law and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1953.
After his marriage to Carla Cunha, and a stint as 1 st Lieutenant in the Air Force stationed in Dayton, OH, during the Korean
War, Tom went on to practice law in Pendleton and John Day, OR. He was legal counsel to the local school board, Blue Mountain
Hospital board, and the towns of John Day, Prairie City and Mount Vernon. In 1979, then Governor Vic Atiyeh appointed him to the
11th District Circuit Court. Judge Mosgrove served in that capacity in Bend, OR, until he retired in 1994 to travel, play tennis and
fish at the family campsite near the Copper River in Alaska. Many delicious salmon dinners were enjoyed as a result of those Alaskan
Tom was an avid tennis player and, by the time he was 86 years old, his coverage of the tennis court had slowed but his
blistering serve continued to make him a sought-after doubles partner. His love of jazz and an aptitude for making dry martinis carried
through his life and was the cause for many delightful evenings with lifelong friends.
He was preceded in death by his beloved sons, Matthew (Matt) Mosgrove and Douglas (Doug) Mosgrove. He is survived
by his wife of 53 years, Jerry Marshall Mosgrove and children Shauna Mosgrove, Michelle Liberty, David Liberty and Mary Liberty-
Traughber; five grandchildren, Loren and Ryan Traughber, Isaac Liberty, Asia Richardson (Ollie), Maxime Liberty-Point; three great-
granddaughters and his faithful rescue dog, Cody.
A celebration of life will be held on Oct. 23 at
Waterbrook Winery, 10518 W Highway 12, Walla Walla, WA,
from 3-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be
made to Blue Mountain Humane Society or Walla Walla Hospice.
Friends and family may send condolences or sign the online guest
book at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com
Paid for by the family of Hon. Thomas Mathew Mosgrove
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they can have campfires and
operate chainsaws without
restrictions, but are still cau-
tious and aware of the risks.”
Year-to-date the Central
Oregon District has had 74
human caused fires, up over
20 percent compared to the
10-year average of 61 and
up from the 65 fires in 2017.
These fires have burned over
8,000 acres of land. Fires
started by lightning were
down by 35 percent, with only
45 fires year-to-date versus 10
ten-year average of 70.
ODF does not require burn
permits for burning yard de-
bris in the John Day Unit.
Contact local fire departments
to determine if a permit is
necessary prior to burning.
Use caution when burning
yard debris, never leave a
fire unattended and monitor
weather forecasts before de-
ciding to burn. A burn permit
from ODF is required before
burning logging slash or de-
bris from fuel reduction ac-
tivities. Contact the John Day
ODF office to obtain a permit.
For more information,
contact the local Oregon De-
partment of Forestry office.
Contact information is avail-
able at odfcentraloregon.com.
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Central Oregon Dis-
trict of the Oregon Depart-
ment of Forestry terminated
fire season Oct. 12.
Continued cool moist
weather over the last few
weeks has significantly re-
duced the fire danger within
the Central Oregon District,
according to a press release.
Fuel conditions in Central Or-
egon are heavily influenced
by weather patterns, and
while the risk is diminished
erratic winds and lack of pre-
cipitation can quickly cause a
rise in fire danger.
Monitoring weather fore-
casts, following prevention
tips such as having a shov-
el and water available when
burning, and being aware of
fire risk will help limit wild-
fires this fall.
“We live and work in an
environment prone to wild-
fires, (and) termination of fire
season doesn’t mean the risk
of wildfires is gone,” said Rob
Pentzer, acting district for-
ester for the Central Oregon
District. “It means the risk is
reduced to a point where we
can work with landowners,
operators and the public so
G RANT U NION S TUDENTS OF THE
M ONTH — S EPTEMBER
and Alicia Hall
Kori Jo Girvin
Cook hired as Malheur National
Forest deputy supervisor
The Malheur National For-
est has hired Leisa Cook as
deputy forest supervisor.
Cook comes to the forest
from her current position as
the branch chief of Communi-
ty Nutrition Programs, USDA
Food and Nutrition Services, in
Atlanta, Georgia, according to a
Forest Service press release.
Cook earned her bachelor’s
degree in environmental health
sciences along with master’s
degrees in business administra-
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tion and public
excited to wel-
come Leisa to
Leisa Cook est and Eastern
Forest Supervisor Steve Bev-
erlin. “Leisa brings excellent
communication, leadership and
conflict resolution skills to the
position. She and her husband
are welcome additions to the
forest and local communities.”
Cook will assume the
role from Larry Sandoval,
who will return to the Wal-
lowa-Whitman National For-
est upon Cook’s arrival in
Members of the winning
Rally for the Cure golf scram-
ble team were Melody Miller,
Kathy Gregory, Julie Proctor
and Virginia Miller. One team
member’s name was listed in-
correctly in last week’s issue.
The Eagle regrets the error.
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