The latest obituaries and death notices for Malheur County

Robert “Bob” White

Feb. 7, 1933~ Mar. 16, 2019

Robert ‘Bob’ White, 86, of Vale, was welcomed into his heavenly home on March 16, 2019.

Bob fought a seven-year battle of kidney failure. He passed peacefully in his sleep, with his family at his side.

Bob was born in Eugene, on February 7, 1933. He grew up in the Willamette Valley area. As a young boy, he would pack a lunch in a metal bucket and spend the day exploring in the woods. He knew where the berry patches were, and the apple trees, and the best place to catch wild salmon in the creek that ran through the property. He always carried something home for his mother to fix for dinner or dessert.

His love of the outdoors and nature led him to love gardening and flowers, landscapes and waterfalls. He taught himself how to whittle and began his second love; woodworking. He would carve little people and shapes and he would craft dams with sticks, to help catch the fish.

Bob graduated from Albany High School in 1952. He excelled in wood shop and FFA, receiving honors and awards for projects and lessons. He worked at the lumber mill right out of school for two years.

He married the love of his life, Aliece Grice, soon after they met at a church dance, in May 1952. Together, they farmed in the Jefferson area for several years, raising pole beans and strawberries. They had two children: a son, Ernest Lynn, and a daughter, Susan Elaine.

Bob and Aliece were very active in the Morning Star Grange. Each earned high status and held various officer positions. They were awarded the “Young Family of the Year” in 1958.

In the fall of 1959, they moved to Vale and bought 360 acres just below the Bully Creek Reservoir, and it became known as Bully Creek Mint Farm. A third child, daughter Cynthia Ann, was born in Ontario. A beloved foster son, Larry Hale, lived with the Whites for several years.

The family was quick to become involved in the Treasure Valley area. Bob was on the both Vale School boards, the Federal Land Bank board, the Malheur County Beet Association board, Pioneer Nursing Home board, and others.

Along with the Homer Shelby family, they raised mint, beets, corn, wheat, and other row crops for 23 years. Many high school students moved sprinkler pipe and worked the mint harvest over the years.

Bob was a wood craftsman, making everything from “tooth fairy” boxes to grandfather clocks, from Barbie houses to China cabinets, from pens to model cars. He made it all so beautifully and with love. Bob also loved to design and landscape his yard. He crafted many waterfalls with ponds, rock planters with gorgeous flowers, and big gardens.

After selling the mint farm in 1982, his love of farming continued. He worked with the Kamo family farms for several years and then at Simplot Soil Builders in Ontario.

His fingerprints are all over this area, in so many places and with so many families.

Bob was always available to help a neighbor and friend, a church need, and even offer a place to stay when needed. He loved his hometown and this community, his many friends, and his church family.

Bob is survived by his two daughters, Susan and Cindy, a brother, Martin, and two sisters, Doreen and Carol. He has six grandchildren: Casie, Jennie, Laura, Brandon, Matthew, and William, and ‘almost 10’ great-grandkids (one due next week), plus numerous nieces and nephews. He leaves behind a dear partner of six years, Ruby Linville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Aliece, and his son Ernie.

Services will be held on Friday, April 5, at the Vale Christian Church, at 11 a.m.

A luncheon will follow immediately after the service. The family invites you to come celebrate with them and share your memories of Bob.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vale Christian Church or to the American Kidney Fund.org in memory of Bob White.

A private burial will take place on Saturday at Valley View Cemetery.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com


Leray “Ray” Huff

March 16, 1943 ~March 27, 2019

Leray “Ray” Huff (76) passed away March 27 in Vale, after a valiant 9-year battle with cancer. Services will be held April 5, at 11 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Vale. Visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. Procession will leave at 1 p.m. from Vale Church to New Plymouth, Idaho Cemetery. Interment is at 2 p.m.

Ray was born on March 16, 1943, in Gooding, Idaho, to Elmer and Eleanor Huff. He was the oldest of seven children. He grew up working on his parent’s dairy farm in New Plymouth and attended New Plymouth schools, graduating from New Plymouth High School in 1961. He attended University of Idaho in Moscow, 1961-1963. Ray served a church mission from 1963-1965 in the Eastern States Mission (USA) and was assigned to serve at the New York City World’s Fair. After his mission, he returned to the University of Idaho and received a BS Degree in Ag Management, Dairy Science and Public Health in 1968. He was the environmental health director for Malheur County Health Department in Vale, and also worked in Grant, Harney and Baker counties, and the Southwest Idaho District Health Department.

Ray married Coralie Richards on Dec.16, 1966, in the Idaho Falls Temple.

He served in many church callings including the Boise and Meridian, Idaho Temples.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting (especially archery), trapping, cutting wood, fishing and white water rafting. He always had a helping hand, a friendly smile, a warm handshake or hug for everyone he met along his path.

He enjoyed attending his grandchildren and nephews’ and nieces’ sporting, academic events and music recitals. Ray played trombone in the Vale High School Pep Band and the TVCC Intermediate Band and sang in community and church choirs.

Leray is survived by his wife, Coralie, Vale; children: Anjanette (Craig) Cude, Twin Falls; Tirza Ross, Ontario; Andrea, Pocatello; Erin (Ron) Sorenson, Bluffdale, Utah; Farrah (Wayne) Chastain, Baker City; Hayden Huff, Meridian, Idaho. His Siblings: Joyce (Bruce) DeGraff, Payette; Arlene (John) Bartlett, Las Vegas; Elroy (Edith) Huff, Nampa; Gary (Elaine) Huff, Kimberly, Idaho. Ray was blessed with 15 grandchildren. Preceded in death by: his parents, Leroy (twin brother); Dennis (brother); Lael (son).

Special thanks to MSTI and Canyon Hospice both of Fruitland, Idaho, and many special friends.


Katherine E. Stumpf

August 5, 1925~ April 1, 2019

Katherine E. Stumpf, 93, of Ontario, died April 1 at a local assisted living facility. Katherine was born on August 5, 1925, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to James and Myrtle Linville. She attended schools in the Harper Valley. She married William Frank Grigg in 1943 and later married Kenneth Stumpf in 1968; he preceded her in death 1991. Her first husband William Grigg preceded her in 1996.

She loved to croché and make beautiful afghans, along with working in her flower garden.

She is also preceded in death by a son, Randy Grigg; two sisters, Dorothy White and Martha Smit; and two brothers, James Linville and David Linville.

She is survived by a daughter, Dolores DeNoma, Ontario; son, Douglas (Grace) Grigg, New York; brother, Jack Linville, Ontario; eight grandchildren, eight great- grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 3, at 11 a.m. at Valley View Cemetery in Vale. Services under the direction of Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. Condolences may be made to the family at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com


• Antonio Garia, 73, of Ontario, died March 22 at home. Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. 

• Norma Elaine Reece, 91, of Nyssa, died March 25 at a local care facility. Lienkaemper Chapel, Nyssa. 

• Merle M. Maxwell, 80, of Ontario, died March 25 at a local hospital. Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. 

• Winford “Gene” Moore, 88, of Ontario, died March 26. Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Ontario.

• Lynn Jess Bisby, 82, of Ontario, died March 27. Lienkaemper Chapel, Ontario. 

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