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Wallowa County Obituaries

~Gastin ~ Gaston~

These obituaries have been contributed by  Orvetta Harmon. This page is also linked with Orvetta's family genealogy at  Gastin Genealogy

Clarice M. (Bun) Gastin Dee Jay Gastin Emily Elestia "Emma" (Hammack) Gastin
Eugene E. Gastin Irvin H. Gastin James Barr Gastin
Kate May (Cussins) Gastin LeRoy James Gastin Mack Gaston
Martha Ellen (Gastin) Thompson


Services for Leap area resident Clarice Mary "Bun" Gastin will be held Friday, March 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lostine Presbyterian Church followed by interment in the Wallowa cemetery.

     Mrs. Gastin, 74, died at hme near Lostine Monday, March 6, 1989. She is survived by a son, Ted Gastin of rural Wallowa who lives on the Leap ranch; a daughter, Judy Brock, of rural Lostine; six grandchildren; and sisters Lois Rambo, of Milton-Freewater, Ilah Bookout, of Salem, and May Hoffman, of Franklin, Texas.
     Mrs. Gastin, known to her friends as Bun, enjoyed cooking and helping on the ranch. She was active in the Lostine Presbyterian Church, the Neighborhood Club and the Wallowa Grange.
     She was born April 3, 1914, to John and Carrie Couch of Leap. She graduated from Wallowa High School in 1834 and married Eugene Edward Gastin at Walla Walla, Wash. in 1935. Mr. Gastin died in 1968.
     Friday's services will be conducted by Rev. Lewis Frees with music provided by the church choir. Pall bearers will be Joe Lathrop, Bruce Lathrop, Melvin Lathrop, Duke Lathrop, Wayne Lathrop and Howard Rambo.
     Memorial contributions may be made to the Lostine Presbyterian Church in care of Bollman Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.

In Loving Memory
Clarice M. Gastin

Born at Leap, Oregon
April 3, 1914

Died at Wallowa, Oregon
March 6, 1989

Celebration of Life
held at the
Lostine Presbyterian Church
Friday March 10th
10:30 a.m.
Officiating Rev. Lewis Frees
Organist Joyce Terry
Presbyterian Choir
"In the Garden"
"How Great Thou Art"

Casket Bearers

Joe Lathrop      Melvin Lathrop
          Duke Lathrop      Bruce Lathrop
     Howard Rambo     Wayne Lathrop

Wallowa Cemetery

Dee Gastin Laid To Rest Here Sunday

     Funeral services were held at the Christian church here Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock for Dee Jay Gastin. Mr. Gastin was born January 14, 1904 at Wallowa. He died December 12. He was the son of James B. and Katie (Cussins) Gastin. He resided in this community all his life with the exception of two years during which he farmed at Irrogon; and about a year in army service during World War II. He operated a wheat and stock ranch in the Dry creek section for a number of years and following that farmed on Diamond Prairie for a few years. During the past year and a half he has worked for J. Ray Davidson at his Diamond Prairie ranch.
     The Rev. O.W. Jones, pastor of the Christian church, officiated. Sons by the Christian church choir were "No Night There," and "Beyond The Sunset". Zora Belle Bartmess was pianist.
     The services were in charge of the American Legion, Kruse Post No. 72, of which he was a member. Color guard were Jack Coleman, Bob Evans, and Vern Mason, chaplain.
     Dee was a quiet unassuming man, industrious and always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. He will be missed by his wide circle of friends.
     Pallbearers were Vern Werst, Reid Johnson, Bob Brooks, Jesse Sarrett, Don Schaeffer and Bud Hayes.
     He is survived by the following members of his family; his mother Mrs.Katie Gastin; three brothers, Roy, Eugene and Irvin H. Gastin, all of Wallowa; one sister, Mrs. Laura Anderson of La Grande; and five nieces and five nephews.
     Burial was in Wallowa cemetery with vault entombment.

Card of Thanks

     We wish to express our thanks and gratitude to the friends and neighbors, for many acts of kindness, the flowers and words of comfort during our recent bereavement. Wish to especially thank the ? and choir of the Christian Church, the American Legion, Kruse Post No. 72, the South Fork Grange and Mrs. Bobbie Couch.

Mrs.Katie Gastin
Roy Gastin
Irvin H. Gastin
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gastin and Family
Mr. and Mrs. H.O. ? son and family

Mrs. E. Gastin Rites Are Held

Wallowa - Funeral rites were held here Saturday at the Christina church for Mrs. Emma E. Gastin.
     Mrs. Gastin was born April 12, 1871, at La Grande and came with her parents to Wallowa county when a small girl. The family settled near Lostine where she grew to womanhood. She was married to T.M. Gastin at Lostine, about 42 years ago. Following the death of her husband a number of years ago, Mrs. Gastin had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Eugene Johnson of Middle Valley. She is survived by four other daughters; Mrs. Lehman of California, Mrs. Clara Finstead of Baker, Mrs. Clara hale of Hermiston, and Mrs Mina Gastin of Wallowa, as well as a number of grandchildren and great granchildrena nd many relatives. Services were conducted by the Rev. Stover of Enterprise with burial in the Lostine Cemetery.


ENTERPRISE. - Eugene E. Gastin, 62, a rancher of the Wallowa area died suddenly Friday, June 21, at his farm home.
     Funeral services were Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Lostine Presbyterian Church with Rev. Earl Eyre officiating, and interment was in the Wallowa cemetery.
     Gastin was born August 2, 1905 near Wallowa and was the son of James B. and Kate M. Gastin. On April 3, 1935 he was married at Walla Walla, Wash. to Clarice M. Couch who survives him. He had lived in Wallowa county all of his life.
     Other survivors include a son, Teddy, and a daughter, Mrs. Judy Brock; two brothers, Roy and Irvin H.; and three grandsons, all of Wallowa.


ENTERPRISE. - Irvin H. Gastin, 61, a farmer and rancher of near Wallowa, died at his farm home probably on Friday, Sept. 12, 1969, according to authorities. His body was found by a nephew, Ted Gastin, on Tuesday morning, Set. 16.
     Rev. Gary Johnson will officiate at the funeral services to be held at the Wallowa Christian Church on Friday at 2 p.m., and Mrs. Nyoda Scott will be organist and soloist. Interment will be in the Wallwoa cemetery.
     Mr. Gastin, son of James and Kate Gastin wa born at Wallowa on Nov. 10, 1907. He was a veteran of World War II. His survivors include nieces and nephews.

September 18, 1969


     James Barr Gastin was born in Oswego County Kansas, January 25, 1868. Sometime in the early 1880's he migrated to Wallowa County with his parents, William Penn Gastin and Mary Barr.
     Kate May Cussins was born December 24, 1879 in Pickerell, Nebraska. When she was seven years old, she and her family came by train to Elgin, Oregon. They came to Wallowa County by wagon with their horses and household belongings. For seven years the family lived on the J.A. Tulley place, two miles east of Wallowa. Later they moved to the Leap District.
     When Kate was 18 and James was 29, they were united in marriage. This was on Maarch 31,1897 in Lostine, Oregon. Her mother and father was Samuel Jefferson Cussins and Louisa Elizabeth Nelson.
     They settled on a homestead five miles east of Wallowa in the Leap District. They became the parents of five children: 1. LeRoy James was born January 3, 1898 in Wallowa and died in Wallowa on January 9, 1969. He was unmarried. 2. Laura Josephine was born May 12, 1901 in Wallowa and died in La grande on July 11, 1950. She married harry Orville Anderson May 5,1920 in Weiser, Idaho. 3. Dee Jay was born January 14,1904 in Wallowa and died in Wallowa December 12,1955. He was unmarried. 4. Eugene Edward was born August 3, 1905 and died June 21, 1968 in Lostine, Oregon. He married Clarice Mary Couch April 3, 1935. 5. Irvin Howard was born November 10, 1907 in Wallowa and died September 12, 1969. He was unmarried.
     On December 4, 1924, James pssed away in Portland, Oregon. Kate died September 2, 1961 at her home in Leap.


James Gastin ~ Death Comes at Portland December 4

     Death claimed another of Wallowa County pioneers last Thursday evening when James Gastin passed away at Portland. Brights disease was the cause of his death. The body was shipped here and the fuenral held Sunday afternoon at two. The services were conducted under the Odd Fellow ritual, Rev. Westor Shilds speaking the last sad rites. Inerment was made in the local cemetery. he made many friends during his long and active residnece hre who mourn his passing.
     James Barr Gastin wa born in Oswego, Labette Co., Kansas, January 25, 1868. Mr. Gastin came to Wallowa County in 1882 where he lived until his death, december 4, 1924, at the age of 56 years 10 months and 9 days. He was married to Kate May Cussins March 31, 1897, to which union was born five children. Mr. Gastin is survived by his wife, five children, one grandchild, three brothers and one sister: Roy James, Dee Jay, Eugene Edward and Irvin Howard, sons; Laura Josephine Anderson, daughter; Ruby J. Anderson, grandchild, all residents of Wallowa, Oregon; Franklin B. Gastin of Elgin, Ore., Thos. M. Gastin of Wallowa, Ore. and Archie Gastin of Placerville, Cal., brothers; and Martha E. Thompson of Bengert, Mo., sister, Mr. Gastin also leaves a host of mourning friends, being an old pioneer settler of Wallowa County.


GASTIN. - In this city, Dec. 4. James B. Gastin aged 56 years, beloved husband of Kate Gastin of Wallowa, Or., father of Roy, J.D., Eugene and Irwin Gaston and Mrs. H.O. Anderson, all of Wallowa, Or. Remains were forwarded friday, Dec. 5, at 10:45 P.M. by Miller & Tracey, to Wallowa where services and interment will take place at a later date under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. 154, BR2691


In the death of Brother James Gastin, the Grange has lost a good member. It becomes our duty to pay a last tribute of respect to a worthy brother, and our hearts go out to the family in this hour of bereavement. The community has lost a respected citizen and friend. His cheerful nature and kindly dispoition will be missed, but the memory of his life will remain. May all of us seek to profit by his example, and emulate his good qualities. If we do this, he will not have lived in vain.

Wallowa Grange No. 603
C.H. Thorp,
G.L. Martin,
G.C. Meek,

James B. Gastin

     This community was greatly saddened Friday morning when word was received from Portland telling of the passing away of James B. Gastin, one of the early pioneers of this county. Mr. Gastin was born January 25, 1868, in Oswego County Kansas and came to this county in the early 80's with his parents and brothers and sisters.
     In 1897 he was married to Miss Katie Cussins. Mr. Gastin has made this county his home continuously since first coming here. For many hears he lived on his homestead a few miles east of Wallowa. He is survived by his widow and four sons Roy J., Dee, Eugene, and Irgin. One daughter Mrs. Laura Andearson, one grandchild Ruby Josephine Anderson, three brothers, Frank Gastin, of Elgin, Mac Gastin of Wallowa, Archie M. Gastin of Placerville, California, and one sister Mrs. Mary Thompson of Fort Scott, Kansas besides a host of friends ad neighbors. Mr. Gastin's friends were numbered only by his large scope of acquaintances with people in all parts of the county. His pleasant, congenial disposition was a source of pleasure to those with whom he associated, either in business or in a social way.
     The remains were shipped from Portland, arriving Saturday, with funeral at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the cemetery under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. Loge No. 154 of which Mr. Gastin had been a devoted member for many years. A very impressive service was given with a large crowd of brother members in attendance. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire county in their hours of sorrow.

Card of Thanks

We feel greatly indebted to many friends for their kindness duringour late bereavement. To the Knighs of Pythias and the I.O.O.F. lodge and the Grange for floral contributions and to other friends for the use of the cars.

Mrs. J.B. Gastin and Children

Enterprise Record Chieftain
Thursday December 11, 1924

Kate Gastin Laid To Rest Here Wednesday

     Funeral services for Kate May Gastin were held Wednesday afternoon at the Christian church in Wallowa with the Rev. Floyd E. White of Joseph in charge. Burial was at the Wallowa cemetery beside her husband, James B. Gastin, who died in1924.
     Mrs. Gastin was 81 years of age. Though her strength and activity was somewhat reduced since the death of a daughter about a year ago, she remained active in her daily duties to the very hour of her death. Her son, Roy, with whom she lived, had been at home until 2 o'clock last Saturday, and left on an errand to Lostine and Enerprise. When he returned at 5:20 he found his mother seated at a chair at a table in the kitchen. She was, however, dead. Irvin, who also lives at home in the Leap district, had been gone all afternoon doing some work in the Gastin pasture nearby.
     When Roy left, his mother was at work in the garden, gathering cucumbers and squash. Apparently she had come into the house and had done some household work, including putting clean pillow cases on the beds upstairs. She had apparently lain on a couch downstairs for a time. As Roy surmises, his mother suffered a heart attack. perhaps finding it difficult to breath while lying down, she may have risen to take a seat on a chair, and here it was she expired. Because his mother had not yet gone to feed the chickens, as was her custom at 4 o'clock he assumes death may have come about 4 o'clock.
     Mrs. Gastin was born Kate May Cussins on December 24,1879, at Beatrice, Nebr. She was the daughter of Samuel J. and Elizabeth Cussins. When she was seven years of age, the family came by train to Elgin, Ore., bringing their household goods and some horses. They came into Wallowa county by wagon with their horses.
     For seven years the family lived on the then J. A. Tulley place two miles east of Wallowa. This is the same place where Mr. and Mrs. Barton Wade now live. The family then moved to the Leap district where Mrs. Gastin lived to the end. She lived in Wallowa county 74 years.
     Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Gastin, three of whom survive. They are Roy and Irvin H. Gastin, who live at the home place in Leap; Laura Andaerson, long-time resident of La Grande who died July 11, 1960; Dee Gastin who died about five years ago; and Eugene Gastin of Wallowa.
     There are 10 grandchildren; Mrs. Carl (Ruby) Smith of La Grande; Jim Anderson of Hollywood, Calif.; Bob Anderson, Cove; Don Anderson in the U.S. Air Force at Omaha; Mrs. Charles (May) Little of La Grande; Ovetta Thomas; formerly a WAVE of Pennsylvania; Mrs. Bob (Loretta) Moore of La Grande; Teddy Gastin, Fort Ord, Calif.; and Judy Gastin of Pendleton.
     Five of the grandsons, with Sam Meek, of Wallowa, were the pall bearers. These grandsons were Jim Anderson, bob Anderson, Harold Anderson, Bob Moore and Carl Smith.
     Two brothers and a sister, all of Wallowa county, survive Mrs. Gastin. They are Leander Cussins of Lostine and Arthur Cussins of Enterprise, both older than their sister; and Mrs. Odelia Jacobs of Enterprise, two years younger than Kate.
     Mrs. Gastin's life was devoted to her husband and the raising of her children. She always had a keen interest in her garden and chickens. Many years ago she was active in Grange work in her community.

Last Rites held for LeRoy Gastin

LeRoy James Gastin passed away at his farm near Wallowa, on Friday, January 9, 1969. He had been in failing health for several years.
     Bollman Funeral Home conducted memorial Services yesterday (Wednesday), at the Wallowa Christian Church 2 o'clock. Reverend Lester Wells officiated and Mrs. Nyada Scott was organist and Soloist singing "Beyond the sunset and Beautiful Garden of Prayer"
     Casket bearers were Charles Little, Bob Anderson, Don Anderson, Ted Gastin, Art Brock, and Bob Peterson. With Vault entombment in Family Plot in Wallowa Cemetery.
     Mr. Gastin was the son of James Barr Gastin and Kate Cussins. He was born January 3, 1898 near Wallowa where he lived all of his life. He was a farm owner and rancher and had never married. he is survived by one brother Irvin H. Gastin of Wallowa and nieces and nephews.

Wallowa County Chieftain
Enterprise, OR
(LeRoy was buried 11 Jan. 1969)


WallowaMack Gaston, 78, who died here Saturday, was buried Tuesday afternoon from the Christian church. Gaston was born in 1863 in Jefferson county, Pa. He came to Wallowa with his parents when he was 19 years of age and made his home here snce. He was married March 12, 1904. Besides his wife he leaves four stepdaughters, Leola Leaman of Berkely, Calif., Clara Finstead of Baker, Gladys Hall of Hermiston and Mina Johnson of Wallowa. A brother, Archie, is living in Terra Bella, Calif., but was unable to come because of illness.

Mrs. Martha Ellen Thompson

     Mrs. Martha Ellen Thompson who homesteaded east of Wallowa in1902. The homestead now being a part of the Kitty Minor ranch, passed away at her home in Wallowa last Friday, Dec. 27, at the age of 76 years, seven months and one day. Mrs. Thompson had suffered a stroke of paralysis Dec. 15, from which she never rallied.
     Mrs. Thompson was born Martha Ellen Gastin, May 26, 1864, near Waterloo, Iowa, but spent most of her childhood in Missouri and Kansas. She was married to Henry Thompson on February 13, 1882, and to this union nine children were born, five of whom died in infancy and childhood. Mrs. Thompson was widowed in1900. Mr. Thompson passing away in Kansas, and she came to Oregon in1902, taking up homestead east of Wallowa, when her son, J.C. (Pat) enlisted in the Navy in 1917, she returned to Kansas, residing here and in Missouri until 1934 when she returned to Wallowa and had resided here since.
     Four children survive her. Joe L., John C. and Nina of Wallowa and Mrs. Edna Feagins of Ft. Scott, Kansas. She is also survived by two brothers, T. M. Gastin of Wallowa and A.M. Gastin of California and 15 Grand children and eight great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services were held from the Wallowa Church of Christ Sunday Afternoon at 3:30 with Rev. Joe Standidge of the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints, of which Mrs. Thompson was a member, in charge. Music was by a trio composed of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Henry and Mrs. Marjorie Jensch, who sang "Rock of Ages" and "Abide with Me." Pall Bearers were all legionnaires and were Sam Jaensch, who sang "Rock of Ages" and Abide with Me." Pall Bearers were all legionnaires and were Sam Berry, W.F. Goebel, Oscar Lampkins, P.L. Bales. E. V. Lewis and W. O. Brines. Burial was in the Wallowa Cemetery by the side of her father and mother, William Penn Gastin and Mary Barr Gastin.

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