Thirty operating employees from Union Pacific Railroad in the La Grande, Ore., area, who retired or left employment on disability in the last year, will be honored at a retirement party Nov. 23, SMART Transportation Division Local Chairperson Larry Romine reports.
The 30 members of both the SMART TD and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen have more than 1,000 years of combined railroad service.
The party will be held Nov. 23 at the La Grande Retirement Center, located at 1504 Albany St. in La Grande, from 6 p.m. until midnight.
For only $10 per person, attendees will enjoy the music of Rusty Roe and his buddies, dancing, a railroad archives room, a no-host bar and hors d’oeuvres, including chicken skewers, East Indian meatballs, vegetable platters, shrimp, bacon wraps and stuffed mushrooms.
Photograph albums and publications from the Old Timers’ Group from 1960-1970 and a Junior Old Timer’s photo album from 1983-1984 are being provided for the railroad archive room. All submissions for the room are welcome and encouraged. To make submissions to the railroad archive room, or for more information, contact Larry Romine at (541) 910-4568.
Those being honored are:

  • Richard T. Aarde Jr. (473)
  • R.C. “Bob” Aldred
  • Dewayne K. Bechtel
  • Gordon W. Blankenship (473)
  • Kerry G. Bolen (473)
  • R. Dan Bowen
  • Larry V. Cathey (473)
  • Kevin L. Edwards
  • Tim S. Elliott (473)
  • Frayne E. Emerson (473)
  • Cole J. Fields (473)
  • Mike D. Flower
  • Tim K. Gorrell
  • Willard E. Hafer (473)
  • Gregg P. Hjelm (473)
  • Phil W. Horton
  • Brad L. Jenkins
  • Jim L. Johnson (473)
  • Lloyd L. Leathers (473)
  • HD Butch Malone (473)
  • Lane R. Marshall (473)
  • Dale F. Mitchel (473)
  • Pat R. Orourke (473)
  • Matt S. Sirrine (473)
  • Roger A. Shaw (473)
  • Ron W. Slatt
  • M.E. Spaulding Jr. (473)
  • Charlie H. Springer (1468)
  • Doug L. Trice (473)
  • Ron P. Ward (473)