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The Ontario Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, September 10, 1959
Last Rites Held For Mr. O'Dell

NEW PLYMOUTH - Services for Harry Leslie O'Dell, 62, were today at the New Plymouth Shaffer Chapel with Percy Hartland officiating. Interment was in Park View in New Plymouth. Mr. O'Dell died Monday in a Boise hospital following a traffic accident.

He was born in Carroll county, Missouri, Dec. 14, 1896 and came to Idaho in 1913. He moved from Grandview to New Plymouth community in 1937. He was a member of the Non-denominational church.

He is survived by his wife Arzulia of New Plymouth; seven sons, Robert of Richland, Wash., Roy of Baker, Clifford of Parma, Donald of Payette, Kenneth of Weiser, Glen of Hereford and Billy of New Plymouth; three daughters, Mrs. Mildred Wells of Grandview, Mrs. Eva J. Morrow of Shelton, Wash., and Mrs. Rosemary Rustemeyer of McCleary, Wash., and 33 grandchildren. (Parkview Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Idaho Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Saturday, April 20, 1912

OLIVER - Joshua Oliver private company I, Second Minnesota Cavalry, aged 68 years, dropped dead on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home Thursday, April 18, 1912; cause of death embolus. The deceased was a well known resident of New Plymouth, and came to the home last fall. He leaves several children in the east, who have been notified of his death, and relatives at New Plymouth. Funeral arrangements will not be made until relatives are heard from.

Independent Enterprise
Wednesday, October 16, 1985
Graveside services for Otto Ommert, 92, Jordan Valley, formerly of Payette, a retired store owner, who died Monday, Oct. 14, 1985, in a Caldwell hospital, were conducted today at Parkview Cemetery, New Plymouth, with Rev. Earl Traughber officiating, under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, Payette.

He was born March 18, 1893 at Orofino, Neb., the son of John and Etta Ommert. He was reared and educated in Nebraska. He married Elsie Tridle on Sept. 8, 1912, at Gothenberg, Neb. In 1948 they moved to Payette where they owned and operated a grocery store. In 1955 they moved to Weiser where they owned and operated apartments in Weiser. They retired and returned to Payette in 1973. Mrs. Ommert died in 1981.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Ethel Ommert of Malin, Ore.; a son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Dick "Darlene" Arnall of Basque, Ore., a sister, Lois Rosenfelt of Cambridge, Neb., four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Elsie he is preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters, and a grandson.

Memorials may be made to the Jordan Valley Ambulance service, Jordan Valley, Ore. 97910.

Independent Enterprise
Thursday, March 22, 1951
Services Held For Ortega Infant

Graveside services were held Wednesday morning at Riverside cemetery for Freda Marie, six weeks old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Romula Ortega.

Father Nicolas Walsh of the Holy Family Catholic church conducted the services and interment was under the direction of the Shaffer memory chapel.

Little Freda Marie was born in this city Feb. 6, and died at her home March 20. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

The Idaho Daily Statesman (Boise, Ada County, Idaho)
Sunday, December 22, 1901
One of William Orie's children was buried at Riverside. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Independent Enterprise
October 26, 1944

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Osburn, who passed away at the Payette General Hospital on Wednesday morning of this week will be buried at Riverside cemetery at two o’clock on Friday. Elder Atigan will have charge of graveside services. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Patty Theurer

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Thursday, April 25, 1985
BOISE - Services for Bonnie Jean Oster, 61, Boise, who died Monday, April 22, 1985, at home, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, Payette, with Dr. Leonard Reifel of the St. John's United Church of Christ officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Payette.

She was born June 20, 1923 at Nevada, Mo., the daughter of Marion and Lena Stewart. She was reared and educated in Nevada. She moved to Payette in 1946 and married Donald Oster on December 27, 1949. They made their home in various states including Utah, California and Arizona, before moving to Boise in 1977.

Survivors include her husband, Donald of Boise; three daughters, Lana Christine Rathbun of Laguna Hills, Calif.; Kathleen Oster of Boise; and Kerri Susanne Smart of Nampa; a brother, Edwin T. Stewart of Nevada; 4 grandchildren; three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth in 1980.

Friends may call today from 4 to 9 p.m. at Shaffer Jensen Chapel in Payette.

Memorials may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ in care of Shaffer Jensen Chapel. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Obituary and news article source St. John's United Church of Christ scrapbook
Newspaper and date of publication not known
Boise - Donald Kenneth Oster, 73, Boise, Passed away on June 21, 1998. His last wish was to be cremated. No services are planned. Cremation arrangements were by Cremation Society of Idaho, Boise.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints of snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there, I did not die.

Former local man dies as car plunges into reservoir.

A former Payette resident died Sunday night after the car he was riding in plunged off a 400-foot cliff on Idaho Highway 21 into Lucky Peak Reservoir, east of Boise.

Donald Oster, 75, died several hours after the accident, which also took the life of the driver, Richard York, 40, of Boise.

Police were still trying to determine the reason the car made an abrupt hard right turn and veered into a gravel pull-out area where there were no guardrails. Police said it appeared the car's brakes had not been applied.

Oster, a denturist and owner of American Denture Repair Lab in Boise, formerly owned and operated businesses in Payette.

His granddaughter, Jami Oster Goff, is a Payette resident, as are his great-granddaughters, Tristan Oster Goff and Jordan Nicole Goff, and his daughter-in-law, Katha Oster James, lives in Ontario. His aunt, Marion Shock Whitney, also lives in Payette.

Oster's son, Kenneth, was killed in a May Trucking Co. wreck several years ago. His wife, Jean, and his brother, Ralph, also preceded him in death. Oster's daughters, Kris, Kathy and Kerri, and other grandchildren reside outside the Payette area.

He is a son of the late Wendolyn "Vinnie" or "Patch" and the late Esther Schock Oster.

Argus Observer (Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon)
Monday, June 02, 1980
PAYETTE - A truck accident near Mt. Shasta, Calif. claimed the life of Kenneth Stewert Oster Thursday.

Dr. Leonard Reifel, St. John's Church of Christ, Payette will conduct services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Shaffer-Jensen Chapel, Payette. Riverside Cemetery, also Payette, is site of interment.

Kenneth Oster was born Oct. 8, 1950 in Payette and attended schools in Odgen, Utah; Tuscon, Ariz. and Roland Heights, Calif. He and Katha Tompkins were married Jan. 10, 1969 in Hacienda Heights, Calif. In 1874 he was employed by May Trucking Co. in Payette as a mechanic and driver and in 1979 he began driving for the D. and B. Trucking Co., Payette. He leased back to May Trucking in March of this year.

Surviving are his wife Katha and daughter Jamie, Ontario; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Oster, Boise; paternal grandparents W. E. and Esther Oster, Payette and three sisters, Mrs. Terry (Lana Christine) Rathbun, Laguna Hills, Calif., Jeanne Kathleen and Kerri Susanne Oster, Boise residents.

Friends may visit the chapel Monday, 3-9 p.m. (Riverside Cemetery) Submitted by Cheryl Hanson

Payette Independent
Thursday, June 08, 1911
E. E. Ovens, Manager of Canning Company, Dies

E. E. Ovens, for a number of years manager of the Seven Devils canning company, died Saturday morning in his room at the office of the company.

Mr. Ovens was born in New Jersey about 65 years ago - the exact date is not known, as he had no relatives in this city. He came to Payette eight years ago. He was an active member of the Commercial club until his health failed him and was always one of the substantial workers and boosters for the valley.

His health incapacitated him for active labor, yet he had a keen mind and was optimistic till the last. A few days before he died, the reporter of the Independent called on him at his apartments and found him reclining comfortably in an easy chair. He spoke enthusiastically of the valley, the outlook for a heavy crop and of his plans for taking care of it. He remained steadfast to the last and died like a man.

Short Masonic services were held at the hall Sunday afternoon, and the body was started on its long journey to Albany, New York where his relatives requested it sent for burial. (Submitted by Cheryl Hanson)

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