Lewis Maynard Carper, 87, of La Grande, died Monday, March 2, 2009, at his residence.
Lewis was born on January 29, 1922, in Promise, Ore. to Charles Paris and Bertha (Doud) Carper. He was raised and educated in Promise at the Riverside School. He played guitar, fiddle, and harmonica. He enjoyed woodworking by making tables and chairs out of trees using a chainsaw. He always was helping people in need with woodcutting. He also enjoyed hunting & fishing.
He was married to Wilda Pullen from 1945 - 1948 they had a daughter Darlene. He married Rose Ray in 1954 and they had five children.
He is survived by his wife Rose, children Darlene Hansen of Pilot Rock; Robin (Sherri) Carper of Spokane, Wash.; Timothy (Janis) Carper of Enterprise; Cynthia Carper of La Grande; Cheryl (Steve) Nuttall of Hillsboro; and Sheila Carper (David Nemec) of Seattle, Wash.; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers and sisters, Luella Skillings, Ivan Carper, Orval Carper, Lillian Garrett, Melvin Carper, Ethel Burnett, Ralph Carper, Roy Carper, Robert Carper, Emma Lindsey, Willard Carper, Harold Carper, Howard Carper, and Edith Lindsey.
A viewing and service was held March 7 at Loveland Funeral Chapel in La Grande.