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Obituaries: From the Enterprise, Jan. 5, 2023 – Donald Wolfe, L. Dwayne Bennett, Charles Robert Van Buren

Donald Lee Wolfe

July 1, 1941 – Jan. 1, 2023

Donald Lee Wolfe 81, of Vale, Oregon, passed away Jan. 1 of an extended illness.

He was born to Frank and Eunice Wolfe on July 1, 1941, in Caldwell, Idaho. He graduated from Vale Union High School in Vale in 1959. In high school he was on the wrestling team in which he earned his way to the state tournament.

He married Karen Faye Moser in 1963. They later divorced. They had one daughter, Eunice (Dee).

Don served in the Army National Guard from 1966 through 1971, when he was honorably discharged. Don earned the qualifications of Rifle Expert and Rifle Marksman, he continued to be a straight shooter throughout his life.

He married Carolyn Martin in June 1981. He and Carol made their home on Alder Road in Vale for 32 years.

Don enjoyed working with horses and cattle most of his life. He spent several years working the stripping gate at the Vale Fourth of July Rodeo, he was awarded the rodeo’s appreciation buckle in 1979. He really enjoyed hunting with his dad, brothers and many close friends.

Don was a good farm and ranch hand and worked for farmers and ranchers in Vale, Juntura, Brogan, Ironside, Bridgeport and for the Vale Livestock Auction. He worked for the Malheur County Road Department in Vale for 20 years before retiring in 2002.

Don devoted much of his time to membership with the America Legion, Malheur County Search and Rescue and Malheur Gun Club. Don was a valuable member of many pool teams/leagues over the years.

He is preceded in death by his mother Eunice, father Frank, his stepmother Leona, stepbrother Mike Marble and sister Pam Marble Creech. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Carol Wolfe, his daughter Dee Lorence (Bob) of Umatilla, Oregon; stepchildren Blaine Martin (Sherrie) of Sanford, Florida, Linette (Kate) Langmack (Colton) of Harpster, Idaho, Tracy Schmidt (George) of Spring Lake, North Carolina; brothers Solon Wolfe (Beth), Frank Wolfe (Sharon), Randy Marble, Kelly Wolfe (Shannon); sisters Delva Wageman (Mark) and Kathy Harrod (Larry); grandchildren Megan Lorence, Katelyn Butters (Brady), Ryan Lorence, Brodie Martin (Staci), Nick Martin (Chelsea), Orrin Dooley, Calley Campbell (Luke), Chris Frasure, Brandon Frasure and Danielle Frasure; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many close friends.

Viewing will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Ontario. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Valleyview Cemetery, Vale, followed by a meal at the American Legion Hall in Vale.


L Dwayne Bennett

Dec. 9, 1936-Dec. 23, 2022

Dwayne Bennett, 86, of Caldwell and formerly of Adrian, died peacefully Dec. 23 in Caldwell, Idaho.

Dwayne was born Dec. 9, 1936 in Caldwell to Leroy and Esther Bennett. He attended grade school at Wade School and graduated from Adrian High School in 1955.

On June 2, 1955, he and Justine (Dusty) married and settled in the Adrian area to farm and raise their family. In retirement they spent their time traveling and collecting antiques, spending their summers in Adrian and winters in Quartzsite, AZ. In 2009 they moved their primary residence to Fruitland, where they resided until 2020.

Dwayne, is survived by his daughters, Tonya Ito (Leslie) and Gayle Wilhelm, and son, Kelly Bennett; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Justine; son, Stuart Bennett and brother, Alan Bennett.

The family would like to thank the staff of Aspen Creek Caldwell and Ancora Hospice for their compassionate and skilled care of Dwayne.

A family memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to Adrian Fire Department, PO Box 167, Adrian, OR 97901.


Charles Robert Van Buren

June 29, 1952 – Dec. 15, 2022

Charles Robert Van Buren (Bob), of Clark Fork, Idaho, passed away Dec. 15 from complications of a stroke. He was born on June 29, 1952, in Prosser, Washington. He was taken in at a young age by R. A. and Leona Scott, by which he gained two brothers and five sisters. 

He was a gruff man on the outside, but if you took the time to get to know him and break through that tough exterior, you would find a giant heart. He was the type of man that would do anything and everything he could to help someone in need. Bob was a man that you could never really run out of second chances with as long as you did your best. He always had a soft spot for kids and was frequently referred to as the baby whisperer. You have a fussy baby, give them to Bob, he’ll quiet them down. 

Bob was a mechanic for B & M Equipment in Nyssa, Oregon for over 20 years where he gained lifelong family friends, Gene and Janice Gilbert. His family relocated to Clark Fork where he then was employed at the Bonner County Juvenile Detention Center as well as the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office for almost 30 years. Gene and Jan also decided to relocate to Clark Fork and became surrogate grandparents to Tiffany and Tabitha.  

He was preceded in death by R A Scott, his brothers Ross and Thomas, nephew Russell Scott, great nephew RA Scott, and Janice Gilbert. He is survived by his daughters Tabitha Van Buren and Tiffany Van Buren, Maddie Stiltz, his granddaughter AmyJo Van Buren, numerous other pseudo-grandchildren and many of the boys that lived with him and his wife, Teresa (m. 1985-2021) throughout the years to include: Robert Scott (Shauntelle), Travis Villines (Melony), Trinity Villines (Kelly), John Atnip (Jordan), Bill O’Hara (Amy), and Shawn O’Hara (Dawn). He is also survived by Leona Scott and his sisters: Donna Hansen (Lenard) , Janet Griffin (Gary), Sandy Kundert (Gordon), Wanda Jean Scott, and Sharron Gedde (Jeff). He’s also survived by his lifelong friend, Gene Gilbert.

Services will be held at the Bonner County Fairgrounds on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m.  Family and friends are invited to sign Bob’s online guest book at

Arrangements are under the care of Coffelt Funeral Service.