Mount Hope Cemetery Obituaries Page 1

                                  College Place, Washington                          


Charles "Burton" Bliss, 93, died January 4, 2011, at Regency at The Park. Born July 29, 1917, Milton, Oregon to Charles Alfred & Delia (Samuel) Bliss. Attended Milton Church School, Yakima Valley Academy, graduated Walla Walla College Academy at 16, attended Walla Walla College. Married Marjorie Smith September 5, 1937,  Selah, Washington. Inducted into the Army Air Corps as a flying instructor in Blythe, California.  Member of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Corine and Darl Wallace of College Place, Washington and Carolyn and Max Seltmann of Topeka, Kansas; two brothers and sisters-in law, Bern and Dorothy Bliss of Milton-Freewater, Oregon and Bob and Delores Bliss of Cave Creek, Arizona; eight grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; a sister, Bernita Wild and a nephew, Clay Bliss. The funeral will be Sunday, January 16, 2011, at the College Place Village Seventh-day Adventist Church. Burial at Mount Hope Cemetery with Pastor John Bradshaw officiating. (From online ledger published January 7, 2011, Mountain View-Colonial Dewitt)

Vergie M. Bunch Broadfoot, 96, died September 14, 2010 in Walla Walla, WA. One of 11 children, born May 19, 1914 in Eminence, Missouri, daughter of James and Nettie Tucker Bunch. Attended and taught at schools in Shannon County, Missouri. June 18, 1938 in Salem, Missouri, married Lindell L. Broadfoot. Farmed in Shannon County, Missouri, moving to Heppner, Oregon 1947, then Monument, Oregon and Milton-Freewater in 1980. Lindell passed away July 30, 1992. Member Milton Seventh-day Adventist Church. Survived by her 4 daughters, Linda Vern Walcker and Donna Rual Brown both of Milton-Freewater, Judy James Lamberton of Brewster, Washington and Joan Broadfoot of Ashland, Oregon and Mary Ann Warnock of Kennewick, Washington: brother, Luke Bunch of Douglasville, Georgia, 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Ron Broadfoot. Funeral services were held Sunday, September 19, 2010, Oregon. Interment in the Mount Hope Cemetery in College Place, WA. (Funeral home ledger)

 Dr. Elmer Jesse Bryson, age 97 passed away in Pioneer, CA on Sat, Feb 5, 2011. Born March 28, 1913, in Lemoore, CA, to Samuel and Maria Bryson, the third of nine children. Attended Lemoore High School, graduated in 1932, La Sierra College in Riverside, CA., met his wife Merle, married on Aug 29, 1937 in Palo Alto Seventh-day Adventist Church. Graduated 1940 from Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA, with B. S. degree in Chemistry, attended College of Medical Evangelists, today known as Loma Linda University – School of Medicine. Earned his medical degree in 1952, internship at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, CA. Moved to National City, CA., opened office in family practice. After 26 years, retired in 1978, moved to College Place, WA, then moved to Pioneer, CA. Preceded in death by his wife, Merle of 70 years, their eldest son George Bryson in 1979, his parents, two sisters, and six brothers. Survived by sons – Dale and his wife, Arlene of Roseburg, OR; Jim and his wife, Esther of College Place, WA; Timothy of San Diego, CA; John and his wife, Joan of Caldwell, ID; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Marcellus and her husband, Ace of Pioneer, CA.; 19 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren. Elmer will be buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in College Place, WA next to his wife Merle. (Ledger Dispatch, Amador Co, CA, Mar 16, 2011)

Edward John Flotmann died 12 Sep 1976 in Walla Walla, WA, at 79 years of age. His body was interred Mount Hope Cemetery in College Place, WA. Born Oct 26, 1896 in Washington, Franklin Co., MO., he married Emilie Marie Brehe in Washington, MO, Mar  31, 1921.(Excerpted online family information)

Melvin DuWayne "Wayne" Freund, 56, of Stockton, long-time resident of Lodi, died Oct. 31, 2010. Born Dec. 21, 1954, in Nampa, Idaho. Attended Lodi Adventist Elementary School, Lodi Adventist Academy High School, graduated from Rio Lindo Adventist Academy High School in Healdsburg. Served as department head of a collection firm in the Bay Area. Survived by his sisters, Dora English, Idaho, and Susan Leiske-Ambos, California.  A memorial service will be held Saturday at Lodi Funeral Home, Lodi.  A private family burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery, College Place Washington. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. ( Lodi Funeral Home online, March 01, 2011)

Carl Paul Getzlaff  was born October 24, 1888, at Good Thunder, Minnesota. When about two years of age he came west with his

parents who located first in Spokane, afterwards, moving to Wilcox, Washington, where the doctor spent his early boyhood days. His

primary education was received in a church school of the Seventh-day Adventist church of  at ' Walla Walla College. In 1914 received

his medical degree in Los Angeles, California, first regular practice was at Toledo, Washington about two years. Here he was married to Gladiolus Cuddy, and to this union have been born two children, Paul and Genevieve, who still survive. In 1918 he moved to Priest River, where he has practiced ever since.  He died January 5, and leaves his wife, two children, two brothers, five sisters, and other relatives who mourn his loss. Funeral services were conducted both at Priest River and College Place, due to Doctor Getzlaff's wide acquaintance in each place. Interment at Mount Hope Cemetery at College Place, Washington.( Feb 15, 1927 Adventist Archives newspaper, E. F. Peterson.)


Rose Unruh Getzlaff, died Feb 13, 1950, College Place, WA. Born near Parker, South Dakota on March 23, 1890 she was the 9th of 12 children of Peter T. Unruh and Eva Dirksen. In 1923, graduated from the nurse's training course at the Glendale Sanitarium, Glendale, California, and came to College Place to nurse in the Walla Walla, Washington Sanitarium.   In 1927 Rose married Arno Getzlaff and lived at College Place until the time of her death. Buried in Mount Hope Cemetery ,College Place, Washington. Rose Unruh and Arno had no children. (Excerpted online family information)


Howard Lee Hallock, 90, resident of Quail Run Retirement Community died Saturday, September 4, 2010, at Walla Walla General Hospital.  Born April 15, 1920 north of Briggsdale, Weld county, Colorado, the youngest of five to Richard Truman and Ada Luella (Lapham) Hallock. Graduated Campion Academy , Loveland CO 1938, moved to Walla Walla College, College Place. June 6, 1942, enlisted U.S. Army,  radar technician, finishing as a “buck” sergeant in charge of  x-ray clinic at the base hospital at Camp Mackall, NC, in 1946. Returned to college, graduated 1947 with a B.S. in physics.  Married Sylvia Elizabeth James on Sep. 1, 1947 in Newport OR. Employment took Howard to Boulder CO,  Spokane WA, Porter Memorial Sanitarium x-ray technician in Denver CO, in 1963 Fort Collins CO a master’s degree in Physics, graduating in 1964 from Colorado State University. Worked for Loma Linda University Medical Center as medical physicist Mar. 1, 1965 retiring Aug. 31, 1985. 1987 moved south of College Place WA, then to Quail Run Retirement Community in 2007. Sylvia died 14 Mar 2008. Preceded in death by his wife, his sisters Helen Bunch, Doris Britt, Merle Brown, brother Cedric Hallock and one great-grandson. Survived by his three children Judy Schneider, Gentry AR; Ken Hallock, Buckley WA; Brenda Mulder, Shafter CA; grandchildren Heidi Byers, Alexander AR; Sandy Cothran, Carrollton TX; Alexander Hallock, Walla Walla WA; Christopher Hallock, Lafayette IN; Bryan Mulder, Anchorage AK; Karalee Mulder, Redondo Beach CA; and six great-grandchildren. The memorial service will be Wednesday, Sep. 15, at Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, College Place WA. Pastor Steve Walikonis will officiate. Inurnment in Mount Hope Cemetery. ( Online ledger Mountain View-Colonial Dewitt, 2010)

J. Elton Hansen, 85, of Scenic View Drive, College Place, passed away on Monday, January 22. 2001 at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, Walla Walla, Washington following in illness. Born July 11, 1915 in Hickory, North Carolina to parents Joseph E. and Alta (Reavis) Hansen and step-mother Mary (McCluskey) Hansen. Graduated California College of Medical Technicians San Gabriel,  in 1936. 1938 employed as medical technician at Porter Sanitarium and Hospital (Denver Co). Met registered nurse Velma McComas from Portis, Kansas. Married December 28, 1938,. Worked at a hospital in Cassville, Missouri, a medical clinic in Roseburg, Oregon, retired in 1984. Involved in the Roseburg Seventh-day Adventist Church, church treasurer for 40 years, an elder, and Sabbath School teacher. Moved to College Place May 2000. Survived by his wife, at home, his daughter and son-in-law Teresa and Terry Koch, grandchildren Brenden and Melanie Koch and Lorin Koch, great granddaughter Angelina Koch all of College Place, two sisters Thelma Reed of Kailua, Hawaii and Ruth McCoy of Angwin, California, one niece and four nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, sisters Doris Wiley and Winifred Hansen and nephew Konrad Wiley. Service at the College Place Village Seventh-day Adventist Church  Monday, January 29, 2001, Pastor Bruce Koch of Enumclaw, Washington will officiate. David Thomas, Pastor of the Village Church will officiate at the private family graveside service at Mt. Hope Cemetery, College Place.  (Douglas county, Oregon, 2001)

Helen Wilson Merklin Haste passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2010. Born June 16, 1921 in Lewiston, Idaho Went to rest at The Bridge Assisted Living Facility, Grants Pass, OR. Married Leroy Haste in 1981. Worked many years for Walla Walla (College) University in College Place, the College Fountain in the early 1950’s the College Store.  1989 moved from Milton-Freewater  to Rogue River, Oregon. Member of  Seventh-day Adventist Church from the age of 18. Surviving are her husband of 29 years, Leroy Haste, of Verbena, AL; sons: Larry Merklin of Lake Oswego, Oregon, James Merklin of Bossier City, Louisiana, daughter: Linda Barnes, Rogue River, Oregon; sisters: Betty Plaquet of Walla Walla, Washington Mary Turfey of Spokane, Washington; brother: Joe Wilson of Walla Walla, Washington; step-daughter: Donna Ernest, Verbena, Alabama; step-son: Dorlin Haste, College Place, Washington; 6 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.  Preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Fernandez and a step-son, Floyd Haste. Private Graveside Service, Mt. Hope Cemetery, College Place, Washington ( daughter on Tributes, Grants Pass OR, )

Lorna Kranzler Kellison, 92, died October 5, 2010, of heart failure in Pendleton, Oregon. Born March 11, 1918, in Ashley, North Dakota, to Johann and Friedricka Zimmerman Kranzler. In 1923, traveled with her family in an immigrant train car to a farm near Fallon, Montana.  She spoke of the dust bowl and the runs on banks during the Depression.  Attended all German-speaking schools, went to high school in Mildred, Montana, stayed in a cabin with her brother, Richard, was the center for her basketball team because she was the tallest girl. Senior year attended Mount Ellis Academy, Bozeman, Montana, graduating 1937, there met Walter Phillip Kellison. Married at camp meeting at Mount Ellis Academy June 30, 1939.  Lived in Bear Canyon near Bozeman, moved to Billings, Montana, moved to Beach, North Dakota, to work on a sheep ranch, moved to the Kranzler farm, then to Bozeman to do construction,  lived up Bridger Canyon. In 1976, moved to the Spokane area. Due to Walter’s deteriorating health, 1994 moved to College Place. Lorna became a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked many years at the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Survivors include her daughter Patti (Rudy) Rittenbach, Pendleton, Oregon; son Steve (Samantha Ivie) Kellison, Lakeside, Oregon; Susan Kellison, College Place, Washington; grandchildren: Dusty (Lisa Winslow) Rittenbach, Medford, Oregon; Wendy (Jerry) Harris, Castle Valley, Utah; Rory (Amber) Rittenbach, Pendleton, Oregon; Heide (John) Wilson, Grants Pass, Oregon; Cody (Denise) Kellison, College Place, Washington; and seven great-grandchildren – Heidi and Kayla Harris; Taya and Mariah Kellison; and Daven, Kilee, and Aubree Wilson; sister-in-law Virginia Kranzler, Terry, Montana; nieces: Darlene (John) Kelley, Redmond, Oregon; and Lois Ann (Bill) Bloom, Martha’s Vineyard, California; nephews: Delwin (Joy) Kranzler, Plentywood, Montana; and Tim (Diane) Ehman, Fallon, Montana. Preceding her in death were her husband, Walter Kellison in 1995; her sister, Hildegard Ehman and her brother, Richard Kranzler.The graveside service was held October 11, 2010, at Mount Hope Cemetery, College Place, Washington. (Published Oct. 13, 2010, Terry Tribune, Eastern Montana)


Carolyn Sue Kinney, 76, passed away in Spokane, Wash. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. Born in Los Angeles, CA., April 30, 1934 to Norman Melvin and June Lillian (Ostling) Imbertson.  Graduated Arizona Academy (now Thunderbird Academy), attended Occidental College and Pacific University where she met first husband, Donald Hobart Collins.  Moved to Lakeview in 1966 when husband Lorrin Winfred Kinney became pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Retired from Lake County School District in 1996.,  moved to Milton-Freewater in 1997, then Spokane, WA in 2005, owned Economy Grocery and later, the Franko Gas station. Retired from the Lake County School District in 1996. Member of the Seventh-day Adventist church for over 60 years. After complications following a stroke, Carolyn went to sleep in the Lord. Survived by Sons and daughters-in-law Eric and Denise Kinney of Deer Park, Wash., Terry and Kim Kinney of Battle Ground, Wash. and Dan and Becky Kinney Deer Park, Wash.; daughters and sons-in-law Heidi and John Pierson of Chattaroy, Wash. and Thyra and Brent Hinshaw of Walla Walla, Wash.; daughter Norma Angele of Lakeview; Stepsister Jane Oftelie of Grand Rapids, N.M.; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, graveside services followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, College Place ( Lake Examiner, CA, Sep 2010)


Teri Haughey Kuhlman, 44, died Thursday, January 29, 2004, at home of melanoma. Born August 2, 1959,  Escondido, Calif., attended elementary School at the Escondido Adventist Academy, graduated San Pasqual Academy, graduated Walla Walla College with bachelor's degree in health and physical education. Lived in Walla Walla, the past 22 years,  taught in the physical education department and was office manager.  Was the main feature of an "Escape Series" documentary on Blue Mountain Television showcasing individuals who have great courage facing life's difficulties. Active member of  Walla Walla College Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Preceded in death by her mother, Barbara,1973; and grandparents Paul and Bernice Haughey. Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Curtis Kuhlman and son, Spencer, Walla Walla, Wash.; parents Richard and Marolyn Haughey, Escondido; two brothers Rick Haughey, Palos Verde Estate, Calif., and Todd Petrik, Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters, Kristi McGee, Poway, Calif., and Lenae Haughey, Escondido, Calif. Also survived by her in-laws, Hale and Dolores Kuhlman, Rainbow, Calif.; brothers-in-law Hale Kuhlman Jr., Valencia, Calif., and Brad Kuhlman, Santa Maria, Calif.; sister-in-law Renee McKaig, Riverside, Calif.; grandmother Dorothy Kibbey, Escondido, Calif., 14 nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a multitude of friends. Funeral was held on Monday, February 2, 2004, at the Walla Walla College Seventh-day Adventist Church with over 850 people in attendance. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, College Place, Wash. Mountain View Funeral Chapel of Walla Walla, Wash.( North Country Times, CA,  Dec 12, 2004)  

Arthur J. Patzer, 90, of Wheatland Village Retirement Center, died at his residence October 10, 2010. Born June 1, 1920 near Kulm, North Dakota, to Henry and Christina Patzer. Graduated from Walla Walla College Academy and Walla Walla College. On Sept. 1, 1941 married Pearl Tetz in Twin Falls, ID.  42 years of ministry for the Seventh-day Adventist Church began in Seattle WA, Bozeman, MT, Pennsylvania and Maryland. From 1958 to 1965 served as president of the Adventist churches of West Virginia, followed by 10 years in New York, headquarters in Syracuse. 1975 until retirement in 1985 he served as assistant to the president of the world organization of Seventh-day Adventist churches, located in Maryland. Retired to College Place in 1985, active members of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, founded and directed the choral group, The Village Men. Preceded in death by his wife Pearl in 2001 and his only son, Jere in 2008. Survivors include: daughter-in-law Susan Patzer of Battle Ground, WA; three grandchildren Darin (and Natalie) Patzer of Spokane, WA; Troy (and Renee) Patzer of Spangle, WA; Carissa Patzer of Fresno, CA, and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for 3 pm Sunday, November 14, at (Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt online funeral home ledger, 2010)

George E. Peterson  born Aug. 17, 1900, in Lockport, Ill., passed Sept. 30, 1968, at College Place, Wash. Came to College Place in 1947 from Minnesota, member of the College Place Village SDA church. Survived by his wife, Mrs. Gladys M. Peterson; a son, Dean Peterson, U.S. Army; his daughters, Mrs. Muriel Glover of Sacramento, CA., Mrs. Carol Hunter of San Gabriel, CA, and Mrs. Faith Platt of Claremont, CA; and five grandchildren. (Adventist Archives Oct 28, 1968)

Elwin Russell Tall, 84, a resident of Park Plaza Retirement Residence, died May 28, 2001 in Walla Walla. Born Feb.23, 1917, in Union, OR to William and Margaret VanTress Tall. One of eight brothers and two sisters. Attended school in Union, high school at Gem State Academy in Caldwell, Idaho, briefly attended Walla Walla College. In 1941, joined the U.S. Army and served in the European Theatre. On D-Day he made many trips across the English Channel returning wounded soldiers to England, also participated in the liberation of Paris. Christmas Eve 1945 married Myrtle Egelhoff in Boise, Idaho. Moved to Baker, OR, then Pendleton, then College Place, where they retired. Survivors include his wife,Walla Walla; son, Jim Tall, Knoskia, Idaho; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Ray Jordan, Fairview, OR; Gordon Tall, Dryden, WA and Dean Tall, Medford, OR; two step grand-daughters and a step great-grandchild. Buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery, College Place, Washington.

Roger Thiesen, born in Bakersfield,(1936) California, the son of Aaron and Hilda Biloff  Thiesen, both of whom were children of parents who had been homesteaders in North Dakota, lost their farms in the Great Depression, they moved to California. In 1940, his parents returned to North Dakota and bought a farm where they lived until 1949, then moved to the Walla Walla area. Entered Walla Walla College Academy, later Walla Walla Valley Academy, in 1951 transferred to Upper Columbia Academy,  graduated in 1955. Spent a year at the high school in Walla Walla, before enrolling at WWC in 1957. Drafted into the US Army December, 1958, shipped to San Antonio, Texas, trained as a medic. Returned to the Walla Walla area in the 1990s, when his parents became ill. Survived by the love of his life, Ellie Prusia of College Place; Uncle Hagen and wife Gladys Biloff of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, numerous cousins and many lifelong friends. Graveside service will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2010, at Mount Hope Cemetery, College Place, Washington. Memorial service will follow at Walla Walla University Church, Chaplain Walt Meske and Pastor Neil Biloff will officiate. (Mountain View - Colonial DeWitt online ledger, 2010)

College Place resident, Caroline Rae Kellogg-Torkelsen, 71, died December 12, 2010, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla, Washington. Born May 12, 1939, in Seattle, Washington, to Charles H. and Hazel Cox Wright. Graduated salutatorian of her class from Portland Union Academy, Portland, Oregon,1957, attended Walla Walla College. August 16, 1959, married David I. Kellogg in Portland. They lived in Echo, Oregon, moving to this area in 1964. Worked as a librarian at Walla Walla College Library. David passed away March 24, 1990. On May 2, 1992, married L. Dean Torkelsen, St. Helena, CA. Member of  Walla Walla University Church, played piano in the cradle roll division, member of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church and the 50+ club. Mr. Torkelsen passed away August 20, 2006. Survived by her daughter, Karen Kellogg-Klug, Salem, Oregon; a step-daughter, Patricia Torkelsen,  Riverside, California; her son, Kevin Kellogg, Pasco, Washington; a step-son, Ron Torkelsen, Dayton, Nevada; her brother, Lester Wright, New York City, New York; two grandchildren: Joshua and Jenni Klug; a great-grandson, Landon Klug; three step-grandchildren and two step-great-grand children. Graveside service and burial in Mount Hope Cemetery. ( Funeral home ledger Colonial Dewitt, Dec 2010)

College Place resident, Franklin H. “Frank” Weeks, 78, died November 24, 2010, at the Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho, after a lengthy illness. Born February 20, 1932, in Williston, North Dakota, to Frank A. and Anna Handley Weeks. Served four years in the US Air Force, attended Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska studying theology. Member of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church. Survived by his long-time companion, Barbara Nelson; three sisters: Marie Hartl of Fargo, North Dakota, Lyla Wolcott of College Place, Washington and Lenore Stevens (Bob) of Grants Pass, Oregon; three brothers, Dick Weeks of Maple Valley, Washington, John Weeks (Sylvia) of Red Wing, Minnesota and Gerald Weeks (Julia) of North Richland Hills, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Floyd and Lyle and an infant brother; sisters: Frances Weeks, Yvetta Wilson and an infant sister, Anna; and a sister-in-law, Catherine Weeks. Pastor John Bradshaw of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church will officiate. Burial  in Mount Hope Cemetery. (Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt online ledger)

Kathryn R. "Kittee" (Marvin) Wohlers, after living 94 ˝ years, died peacefully at her home in Chehalis, WA, September 14, 2010. Born February 6, 1916, in Winamac Indiana, the second of three children. Survived by her sister Rosemary Farver, her brother, Melvin, preceded her in death. The Wohlers' made their home in several different areas of the United States prior to settling in College Place, WA, in 1962. Her husband, John D. Wohlers, preceded her in death in 1995. Survived by her children, J. Robert Wohlers (Earlene) of Chehalis, WA, William R. Wohlers (Rita) of Collegedale, TN, and Karen Y. Boulton (Michael), of Mill Valley, CA. Also surviving her are five grandchildren Wendy Kleppe (Kurt), Nicole Kiger (Doug), Jon Wohlers (Naomi), Jason Wohlers (Kathleen) and Jeremy Wohlers. Kittee; also six great-grandchildren and beloved nieces and nephews. Mt Hope Cemetery. (Brown Mortuary Service online Memorial, Chehalis, WA)


Mount Hope Cemetery obituary excerpts submitted March 2011

to the WAGENWEB, Walla Walla, Washington, R. Gleaton